TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 17

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on July 17, 2010. The World Buletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 17

HURRIYET
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"WE COULD NOT FIND A BETTER MEDIATOR"
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad received Turkish journalists at Presidential Palace in Damascus. In regard to settlement of peace with Israel, Al-Assad said Turkey was a good mediator and they could not find a better one so far. In regard to Israeli raid on Mavi Marmara ship, al-Assad said Turkish-Israeli relations could have been normalized but blood was shed in the raid. Al-Assad said Turkey could not give up blood of its people.

DIRIOZ BECOMES ASSISTANT TO RASMUSSEN
Huseyin Dirioz, foreign policy adviser to Turkey's president, was appointed as the new deputy secretary general of NATO. Dirioz had been designated as the new deputy secretary general of NATO for defense policy and planning. Dirioz will be the principal adviser to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on political-military policy and planning issues, including logistics, missile defense, terrorism, WMD issues, nuclear policy and defense aspects of cooperation with partners and international organizations. He will start to serve as of August 1.

MILLIYET
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TURKISH-MADE HERON
The Turkish unmanned aerial vehicle "ANKA" designed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has a powerful target detection system. Anka is capable of carrying 200 kg of cargo and remain in the air for 24 hours. According to experts, Anka is more equipped than Israel's Herons.

TURKISH ASSISTANT FOR RASMUSSEN
Huseyin Dirioz, chief foreign policy advisor to President Abdullah Gul, has been appointed as the new deputy secretary general of NATO. Dirioz will be the principal adviser to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on political-military policy and planning issues, including logistics, missile defense, terrorism, WMD issues, nuclear policy and defense aspects of cooperation with partners and international organizations.

SABAH
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NOT SPECIAL ARMY, BUT SPEACIAL BORDER TROOPS
Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey would establish special border troops, not a special army to counter terrorism. Erdogan said experienced military staff would be on duty in those troops for five years or for a longer time at a meeting of his Justice & Development (AK) Party in Ankara. "Our aim is to designate only professional personnel at our borders," Erdogan said.

"FIRST PKK MUST DISARM"
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made important statements regarding terrorist organization PKK. Al-Assad said first PKK must lay down its weapons. "Without weapons and terrorism, all parties can establish dialogue," he said. Al-Assad said there would be a sounder cooperation against terrorist organization PKK.
 

VATAN
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NOT SPECIAL ARMY, BUT SPECIAL UNIT
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that they would establish special units within the Turkish Armed Forces to be deployed in the border regions and in the risky regions. "They will fight against terror as professional security forces," he said.

CIGARETTE SALES FALL BY 2.4 MILLION PACKAGES A DAY
Cigarette sales fell sharply after the introduction of a smoking ban in Turkey, Professor Elif Dagli, head of the National Committee on Cigarette and Health, said. "Cigarette sales fell some 363 million packages in the last five months. And heart attacks reduceD by 30 percent in the same period," Dagli said.

CUMHURIYET
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NOT SPECIAL ARMY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said they would not establish special army, but they aimed to establish "special border troops." Erdogan did not say under which command troops would serve. Premier Erdogan accused Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) of acting as a lawyer of terrorist organization.

CEREMONY HELD FOR "ANKA"
Turkish unmanned aerial vehicle "ANKA" was rolled out with a ceremony held in Ankara. High-level Turkish officials including General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, Land Forces Commander Gen. Isik Kosaner, Naval Forces Commander Gen. Esref Ugur Yigit, Air Forces Commander Gen. Hasan Aksay and Undersecretary for Defense Industries Murad Bayar attended the ceremony at the headquarters of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). Describing the unmanned aerial vehicle systems as a strategic area for all countries, Defense Minister Gonul said the resources allocated for the development of these systems increased rapidly within that framework.

RADIKAL
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SPECIAL TROOPS FOR BORDER REGIONS
National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul said that special troops would be deployed in the border regions to fight against terrorists. "Those troops will be deployed for only five years," he said. Gonul added that they had not yet decided whether to form those special units from those who completed their military service as commando or from those who just began their military service.

TURKEY'S DIRIOZ BECOMES SECOND MAN OF NATO
Huseyin Dirioz has been appointed as the new deputy secretary general of NATO. Earlier, Turkey objected to the election of Anders Fogh Rasmussen as secretary-general of the Alliance and the United States pledged Turkey that a Turkish diplomat would become the second man of NATO.
 

TURKIYE
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SPECIAL UNITS TO BE DEPLOYED IN BORDER REGIONS THIS YEAR
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made public the new restructuring in the country's fight against terrorism. Accordingly, professional troops will be deployed in the border regions and in the risky regions. Those units will become operational this year. The units will be formed by specialized personnel who will work in those regions for five years.

ANKA READY TO FLY
A ceremony took place to introduce The Turkish unmanned aerial vehicle "ANKA" designed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug and National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul were in attendance at the ceremony.

ZAMAN
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HUSEYIN DIRIOZ, SECOND MAN OF NATO
Huseyin Dirioz, a former foreign policy adviser to Turkey's president, had been designated as the new deputy secretary general of NATO for defense policy and planning. Dirioz will be the principal adviser to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on political-military policy and planning issues, including logistics, missile defense, terrorism, WMD issues, nuclear policy and defense aspects of cooperation with partners and international organizations.

SPECIAL BORDER TROOPS TO BE ESTABLISHED
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made public a part of package of measures for combating terrorism. Erdogan said special border troops would be established and it would not be a special army. Training of troops was about to be completed, he said. Erdogan also said they would not make concession from the balance between democracy and security.

YENI SAFAK
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TURKEY'S UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE ROLLED OUT
The Turkish unmanned aerial vehicle was rolled out with a ceremony held in Ankara. The medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle has a service ceiling of 30,000 feet with an endurance of 24 hours. It has a fuselage length of nine meters and a wing span of 17 meters.

TURKISH REVOLUTION IN NATO
Huseyin Dirioz, a former foreign policy adviser to Turkey's president, was appointed as the new deputy secretary general of NATO. Dirioz was designated as the new deputy secretary general of NATO for defense policy and planning. He will have authority regarding critical decisions.
 

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