TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 26

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on July 26, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 26

TURKIYE
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"BREAK THE CHAINS"
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that there would be brighter Turkey after the September 12 referendum.
"Our people will set the course. On one side there is a constitution from the military coup, on the other side there is a constitution of people. Supporters of the democracy will say (yes)," Erdogan said.
"Our nation will change the coup constitution on September 12 and save Turkey from its chains," he added.

CETIN DOGAN DETAINED
A court had issued arrest warrant for retired General Cetin Dogan, former commander of the 1st Army. Dogan was detained at Bodrum Airport where he was heading for Istanbul. Dogan is the prime suspect of the "Sledgehammer" case.

ARTICLE 35 TO BE DEBATED IN PARLIAMENT
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) is set to submit a bill to parliament to change the article 35 of the Turkish Armed Forces Internal Service Law which paves the way for military coups.

ZAMAN
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EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL
It was revealed that the military unit in Hantepe region in the southeastern province of Hakkari received a warning from unmanned surveillance planes 15 minutes before the last week's terrorist attack. The unit responded to the warning that everything was under their control. Then, the unit came under attack of terrorists. Six soldiers lost their lives in the attack.

GUTI LEAVES REAL MADRID, SET FOR BESIKTAS
Guti announced his departure from Real Madrid at a press conference. 33-year-old player is expected to arrive in Istanbul on Monday to sign a two-year contract with Turkey's Besiktas. During his 15-year career in Real-Madrid, Guti won 15 trophies including five league titles and three Champions League medals.

YENI SAFAK
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BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT TURKEY
British Prime Minister David Cameron will come to Turkey later today on a two-day state visit. Turkey's European Union membership process and efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus issue will be high on agenda during Cameron's talks in Turkey.

A LETTER FROM NUCLEAR SUMMIT TO IAEA
Foreign ministers of Turkey, Brazil and Iran who signed the uranium swap agreement in May, met in Istanbul. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said following the meeting that Iran was ready to hold talks on its nuclear program with the European Union in early September, after the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. He added that he would send Tehran's letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) later in the day.
 

VATAN
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NUCLEAR TALKS MAY TAKE PLACE IN ISTANBUL
The foreign ministers of Turkey, Brazil and Iran had a surprise meeting in Istanbul on Sunday.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that Iran was ready to start talks with P5+1, five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.
He said negotiations between the West and Iran could take place in Istanbul after Ramadan.

TURKISH ENGINE FOR F-35, THE FIGHTER JETS OF FUTURE
U.S. company United Technologies Corp and Turkey's KaleKalip will build engines of F35 joint strike fighter jets in Izmir. The announcement was made by Turkey's foreign trade minister Zafer Caglayan who paid a one-week visit to United States last week. Under the deal, 51 percent of the joint venture will be owned by KaleKalip. KaleKalip will also produce Sikorsky helicopters with Alp Aviation and UTC.

CUMHURIYET
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"ARTICLE 35 IS NOT ENOUGH"
Former Turkish President Suleyman Demirel, who was ousted twice by military coups, said he tried hard for annulment of article 35 of Internal Service Law of Turkish Armed Forces. However, he said he could not get support for that purpose.
"It would be very important to abolish that law, but it is not enough," Demirel said. "Nothing can stop a man carrying a gun. The important thing is to avoid conditions that could drag the country into a ground for coup."

5 CRITICAL DAYS IN "SLEDGEHAMMER"
The organic link between arrest warrants in Sledgehammer case and the Supreme Military Board is conspicuous. Seven generals, for whom a court issued arrest warrants, have the chance to be promoted at the board meeting if the court accepts objection to warrants.

RADIKAL
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A PROSECUTOR IN BEYOGLU
Ali Safak, who was appointed as the district prosecutor in Beyoglu in Istanbul, has filed scores of lawsuits against police officers on charges of maltreatment and torture, and requested courts to punish them with imprisonment terms. He became the symbol of combat against torture and maltreatment.

IRAN WANTS TO NEGOTIATE FOR "SWAP"
Foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Brazil gathered in Istanbul surprisingly. The Tehran Agreement about uranium swap was high on agenda of the meeting. Following the meeting, Ahmet Davutoglyu said that Iran was ready to hold talks on its nuclear program in early September, after the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

HURRIYET
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FIRST INVITATION FROM GEORGE
Kemal Kilicdaroglu said that Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou invited him to Greece after being elected as leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP). "But I did not accept the invitation since I had to concentrate on the upcoming referendum in September," he said.

A MEETING IN ISTANBUL
Foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Brazil met in Istanbul on Sunday. Iran sat at an international negotiation table for the first time after the UN Security Council approved a new round of sanctions. Iran said that it might hold talks on its nuclear program with the European Union in early September, after the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

MILLIYET
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SPAT OVER "BRUTUS"
Political party leaders started their tours for referendum campaigns and they are now using stronger words. First, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused main opposition CHP chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu of betrayal.
Erdogan said, "those, who betray their friends and leaders, will be victim of other betrayals."
Kilicdaroglu's answer came quickly.
"If you are curious about betrayal, go ask it to Necmettin Erbakan. Erbakan will answer you," he said.

DYNASTY OPENING
The Ottoman dynasty had first been seen in public for a 2006 documentary film made by state-run broadcaster TRT. Recently, the family members appear at different events. The last event was the 70th birthday party for Sehzade (prince) Osman Selahaddin in the resort town Bodrum. The party was attended by two princes, a princess, 12 sehzades, two sultans and two sultanas. Sehzade Orhan Osmanoglu commented on the recent change in the Ottoman dynasty.
"Elder members of the dynasty had feared that someone could think that the dynasty would have demands. But no, we do not have any demands. We just say we should not live in our shells from now on," he said.

SABAH
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THY IN EUROLEAGUE
The Turkish Airlines (THY) continues investing in sports. After signing partnership deals with two of the best football teams in the world, FC Barcelona and Manchester United, the national Turkish carrier has now decided to support the best basketball teams in Europe by becoming an official sponsor of the Euroleague. The games will be played under the title of "Turkish Airlines Euroleague" in the next season.

COSMIC SECRETS STOLEN
It was revealed that two laptops which contained very confidential information about military exercises, maps and list of code names were stolen from the First Army Headquarters. The laptops were stolen in April.
 

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