TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 3

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on July 3, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 3

 

TURKIYE
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     KARAYILAN WAS THE TARGET
     Terrorist organization PKK's heart Mount Qandil and Hakurk were hit by Turkish jets. Top terrorist Murat Karayilan's fate is not known.
     In the light of the information they got from unmanned aerial vehicles, Turkish jets destroyed terrorists' main base at Mount Qandil. A group of terrorists who gathered at Hakurk camp were also shot down.
     Terrorist organization PKK was harmed heavily during the operation that was watched by Turkish General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug and other commanders. Top terrorist Karayilan and the terrorist organization's other leading names were the main targets in the operation.
    
     LEADERS SHOULD GET TOGETHER
     During his visit to the governor of Istanbul, Turkish President Abdullah Gul made a call to the ruling and opposition parties. "Everybody can have different stances. However, when an important issue of the country is in question, politicians should be able to get together and discuss it without giving rise to any controversy," Gul said.
    
     ZAMAN
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     MADIMAK IS PAIN OF THE WHOLE TURKEY
     37 people, who were burned to death in Sivas province 17 years ago, were commemorated during several ceremonies yesterday. State Minister Faruk Celik, who has been the first minister to attend the ceremonies, gave messages of unity and integrity.
    
     TRIED COMMANDERS NOT TO BE PROMOTED
     Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) is getting prepared for the most critical Supreme Military Board (YAS) meeting. Because, promotions of many commissioned officers --whose names were involved in chaos plans-- would be assessed during YAS meeting. Public and the government are waiting for the stance of Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug in the meeting, because article 65 of TSK Personnel Law does not allow promotion of personnel who is tried.
    
     YENI SAFAK
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     SECULARISM TO COME OUT OF THE HAT
     Some circles claimed that the "Kemal Kilicdaroglu wave" started to turn around and Republican People's Party (CHP) started to look for a new way out. Executives of the party speeded up their reports on the European Union and Kurdish issue, sources said. Moreover, officials have been carrying out a brainstorming behind closed doors in order to form a new definition for a secularism concept that respects religion, sources added.
    
     TURKEY'S PAIN
     State officials for the first time attended the commemoration ceremony held on the anniversary of the Madimak disaster which was planned 17 years ago to create a dispute between Alevi and Sunni communities. During the ceremony, Turkish State Minister Faruk Celik said sneaky groups had wanted to display a dark scenario during the Madimak incident that had killed 37 people. "Madimak's pain is Turkey's pain," Celik also said.
 

VATAN
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     ANOTHER POSITIVE STEP FROM NETANYAHU
     Israeli prime minister said that they wanted to pursue warm relations with Turkey. Speaking to Israeli state radio, Netanyahu said, "one of our ministers met with Turkish officials. This has been the highest-level dialogue with Turkey in recent weeks. We have not reached an agreement yet, but it was pleasing that the rising tension between Turkey and Israel stopped." However, Netahyahu spoke negatively about apologizing to Turkey. He said, "there is no situation to apologize."
    
     RESIGNATION AS A REACTION TO DEMOCRATIC MOVE
     Murat Basesgioglu, who worked as labor and state minister during Justice & Development (AK) Party governments, said, "difference of opinions in Turkey's main issues eliminated the chance to make politics together," and resigned from his party. Noting that he conveyed this decision to prime minister previously, Basesgioglu earlier came out against the democratic move during AK Party meetings.
    
     CUMHURIYET
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     AKP TRIES TO AVOID BAN
     Turkish State Minister Faruk Celik, who attended the commemoration ceremony at Madimak Hotel, did not reply to the calls demanding the hotel to be turned into a museum.
     Justice and Development (AK) Party, which avoids the demands asking for Madimak's becoming a "museum of shame", attended the commemoration ceremonies at a ministerial level for the first time. Minister Celik, who has been carrying out activities on the Alevi move, preferred to visit the hotel early in the morning in order not to appear in the same photographs with other participating organizations. Expressing sorrow over the "painful incident" that took place in 1993, Celik said, "July 2, 1993 is one of the painful days of our history".
    
     APOLOGY AND COMPENSATION ARE OF PRIORITY
     It has been revealed that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said during his secret meeting with Israel's Industry Minister Ben Eliezer that apology and compensation were two primary conditions in order for Turkey to withdraw its sanction plan against Israel.
    
     RADIKAL
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     TURKEY NOT FORGET
     Intellectuals and artists, who were massacred (by burning in Madimak Hotel) in Sivas province in 1993, were commemorated during several activities yesterday. State Minister Faruk Celik, Sivas Governor Ali Kolat and Mayor Dogan Urgup left carnations in front of Madimak Hotel. Minister Celik said that he commemorated the victims with grace.
    
     BASESGIOGLU RESIGNS
     Kurdish move brought resignation to Justice & Development (AK) Party. Murat Basesgioglu, who had roots with Motherland Party before he joined AK Party, resigned from his party. His reason: difference of opinions in basic issues.
 

HURRIYET
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     IRAQ'S BOND APPOINTED AMBASSADOR IN ANKARA
     White House appointed a diplomat --who is an expert on Iraq and counter-terrorism-- as U.S. ambassador in Ankara. Francis Ricciardone (59) is known as the man who shaped the opposition to Saddam in Iraq. Ricciardone --who was appointed as U.S. ambassador in Ankara after James Jeffrey was appointed to Baghdad last week-- has an interesting career. Using the name "Frank", the diplomat had worked in Turkey for three times. He can fluently speak Turkish and Arabic.
    
     BASESGIOGLU RESIGNS FROM AK PARTY
     Murat Basesgioglu, Istanbul deputy of Justice & Development (AK) Party, said "no chance remained to make politics together" and resigned from his party. The number of AK Party's deputies dropped to 335 after Basesgioglu's resignation.
    
     MILLIYET
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     I CANNOT SLEEP AT NIGHT
     Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug said that he was waiting for the news which might come from southeastern Anatolia region till late hours, and thus he could not sleep. Speaking to Sabahattin Onkibar, Ankara representative of Yenicag newspaper, Gen. Basbug said, "soldiers died in my arms while I was in mission in the region. Thus, I cannot sleep now." Gen. Basbug stressed that it was necessary to destroy shelters in the north of Iraq to reach success in fight against PKK terrorist organization.
    
     NETANYAHU: WE WILL NOT APOLOGIZE TO TURKEY
     Despite the meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli Industry Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer in Brussels, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu repeated that they would not apologize to Turkey. Regarding the Israeli raid on Gaza-bound aid ships, Netanyahu said that Israel could not apologize because Israeli soldiers had to defend themselves to escape from a lynch by the crowd.
    
     SABAH
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     RULING AND OPPOSITION PARTIES SHOULD MEET
     Turkish President Abdullah Gul commented on the ongoing controversy regarding leaders' getting together to discuss terrorism.
     "When such an important matter is in question, I believe parties should get over procedural issues such as the method and content of the gathering and hold a sincere meeting," Gul said.
    
     TANKER MONSTER AT BOSPHORUS
     New wild fish species appeared due to the poisonous wastes left by tankers travelling through the Marmara Sea. Officials stated during the Istanbul Summit on Security of the Straits that new wild fish and poisonous jellyfish species appeared as a result of the dirty water and poisonous wastes released by tankers while passing through the Straits. Ministry officials said nearly 15 million living things were under great risk, adding Marmara Sea would soon be closed to swimming if such contamination continued.
 

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