TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 28

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on July 28, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 28

TURKIYE
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BRITISH PREMIER CAMERON SHOWS REACTION TO SARKOZY AND MERKEL
British Premier David Cameron showed strong reaction to EU which is keeping Turkey at the door with numerous excuses. The British Premier who pointed out that those who opposed Turkey's EU membership fell into three categories naming these as: "conservatives who are scared of Turkey's growing economic power, those who are part of the East and West polarization and those who are prejudiced against Islam."
Cameron who criticised leaders of Germany and France who are against Turkey, without spelling out their names, said, "Turkey is a unique partner and a trustworthy country in the Middle East. EU will be weaker and incomplete without Turkey. I will work hard to open the road to Brussels," said Cameron.

CHP'S OKAY: ARTICLE 35 READY
Spokesperson for the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Hakki Suha Okay, said their amendment proposal on Article 35 was ready. He said a clause that says "the duty of the Turkish Armed Forces is to protect the Turkish homeland and the Republic of Turkey in respect to the parliamentary democracy and the constitution" was added to the article with the proposal, adding that the proposal would be submitted to the Parliament on Wednesday or Thursday.

ZAMAN
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ORGANIZED ESCAPE UNTIL YAS MEETING
Balyoz suspects, whose arrests "within the shortest possible time" have been requested by the court, did not come to the courthouse yesterday either. This situation led to the comment that "the suspects were acting in an organized way". Legists warned against such attitude, which is considered as a technique to save time prior to the Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting. Noting that active military officers are committing a crime acting in breach of the court order, legists say retired soldiers should also be arrested wherever they are seen. "Every suspect, who is not delivered to the security forces, is a fugitive," they say.

TURKEY'S FIRST PRIVATE KURDISH TV CHANNEL STARTS BROADCASTING
Dunya TV, Turkey's first private Kurdish-language TV channel, has started its test broadcasts. The channel, whose preliminary studies were completed in 13 months, is the second TV channel broadcasting in Kurdish after TRT Ses.

YENI SAFAK
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CLEAR AMANOS MOUNTAINS
A massive ceremony with the participation of tens of thousand of people was held in Adana for the four fallen police officers in a terrorist attack in the Dortyol district of Hatay.
Minister of the Interior, Besir Atalay, in his address during the ceremony called on the security forces, said, "I am telling you to clear the Amanos mountains. Do whatever it takes to clear those mountains."

INFLATION TO DROP BY ONE PC
Central Bank Governor Durmus Yilmaz revised down the inflation projection of the bank 0.9% over the projection in Q1. "The inflation rate will be between 6.5-8.5%," said Durmus.

VATAN
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MR. MINISTER, THERE IS A "FUGITIVE" BY YOUR SIDE
Gen. Nejat Bek, who has been treated like a "fugitive suspect" and whose arrest has been requested by the court as part of the Balyoz case, attended the funeral of a group of fallen police officers in the southern Adana province yesterday. Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay also participated in the ceremony together with Bek.
A court calls a commander on duty a "fugitive" and a minister stands next to such "fugitive", committing a crime that can be punished with up to 1.5 years of imprisonment in line with Article 284 of the Turkish Criminal Code. This picture makes one say "such an awkward situation can only take place in Turkey".

BIG PRAISE TO TURKEY
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the European Union (EU) would be weaker, not stronger without Turkey. Paying his second official visit to Turkey after being elected Britain's new prime minister, Cameron said his country would support Turkey's EU membership process until the end. Cameron also said he aimed at doubling the 9 billion USD volume trade between Turkey and Britain.

CUMHURIYET
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CHP'S PROPOSAL ON ARTICLE 35 READY
The amendment proposal of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) on the Article 35 of the Internal Service Act of the Turkish Armed Forces, has become clear. CHP proposes that the "protect and look out for" clause which is cited as part of TSK's duties, to be amended as, "The duty of the Turkish Armed Forces is to protect the Turkish homeland and the Republic of Turkey, in respect to the parliamentary democracy and the constitution."

"DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO CLEAR THE AMANOS MOUNTAINS," ATALAY
In his address at the ceremony held in Adana for the four fallen police officers in the terrorist attack in Dortyol, Hatay, the Minister of the Interior Besir Atalay called on officials including the Commander of the 6th Army Corps, Gen. Nejat Bek, who is wanted under the "Balyoz" (Sledge Hammer) probe and said, "Do whatever it takes to clear the Amanos Mountains."
A Republican People's Party (CHP) member, who cried out "Are you going to clear the mountains by arresting all the commanders?," was taken into police custody.

RADIKAL
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DANGEROUS RISE OF TENSION
The risk for an "ethnic conflict" is getting stronger and measures should be taken. Radikal daily went to Inegol town of the northwestern Bursa province and examined the environment. According to the daily, prejudices provoking an ethnical clash are being expressed clearly in the town and Kurdish people are in fear. On the other hand, groups that have been living side by side in the southern Hatay province for years, have recently clashed. The governor of Hatay asked citizens not to go out at night.

CAMERON HARSH ON EU
British Prime Minister David Cameron was harsh on the EU. Cameron said EU's actions annoyed him when he thought of what Turkey had done as a NATO ally. Cameron also said that the EU would be weaker, less safe and poorer without the presence of Turkey.

HURRIYET
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OF COURSE TURKEY
British Prime Minister David Cameron said that there were certain parties who feared the growth of a country like Turkey. Delivering a speech at the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) in Ankara yesterday, Cameron asked which European country had grown by 11 percent, would become the second biggest economy of Europe by the year 2050, had the youngest population in Europe and was the major TV manufacturer of the continent. "It is of course Turkey," Cameron replied.

WANTED AND MINISTER
Turkey's Interior Minister Besir Atalay and Gen. Nejat Bek, for whom an arrest warrant has been issued as part of the Balyoz operation, were side by side at a ceremony held for 4 deceased soldiers in the southern Adana province.
Speaking at the ceremony, Atalay said the recent attacks had been waged by terrorists hiding at Amanos Mountains near the Syrian border. "Governors of the surrounding provinces, regional commanders and executives from the Police Department are here today. Do whatever it takes to clear away those mountains," Atalay said.

MILLIYET
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SOLVE CYPRUS ISSUE, AND PAVE THE WAY FOR EU MEMBERSHIP
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan received strong support to Turkey's accession to the EU from British Premier David Cameron whom he hosted Tuesday in Ankara. The sincerity between the two premiers during the joint press conference was striking. While Erdogan addressed the British Premier as "my dear friend Cameron", Cameron addressed Erdogan as "Tayyip". Cameron, who emphasized that the Cyprus issue was an obstacle before Turkey's EU bid, went on to say "the sooner you solve it, the more you will accelerate the process."

SIDE BY SIDE AT THE CEREMONY
The ceremony held in Adana for the four police officers who were killed in Dortyol, Hatay, was the venue of interesting scenes. Minister of the Interior Besir Atalay and Commander of the 6th Army Corps, Gen. Nejat Bek, who is wanted under the "Balyoz" (Sledge Hammer) probe, were side by side at the ceremony. Atalay in his address, said, "Our governors and commanders are here. Clear the Amanos mountains". Abeydullah Kolcu, right at that moment, a regional official of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), yelled out "You are arresting the commanders. Who will clear the Amanos?". Kolcu was later taken into police custody.

SABAH
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EU WILL BE POOR WITHOUT TURKEY
British Prime Minister David Cameron said that Europe would be weaker, less safe and poorer without the presence of Turkey. Paying his first visit to Turkey, Cameron said during his speech at TOBB and a press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey and Britain were currently going through a "golden age" in their relations.
Noting Turkey's being left outside the EU was not fair, Cameron said he would act as Turkey's lawyer within the union.

CLEAR AWAY AMANOS MOUNTAINS
Addressing governors, officials from the Police Department and commanders at a ceremony held for 4 deceased soldiers in the southern Adana province, Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay said, "Do whatever you can to clear away the Amanos Mountains".
Gen. Nejat Bek, for whom an arrest warrant has been issued as part of the Balyoz operation, also attended the ceremony in Adana.
 

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