TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 31

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on July 31, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 31


 

TURKIYE
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"YES" FOR FUTURE
Addressing the people in western province of Balikesir, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said doors of a new period opened for Turkey with the Constitutional amendment. He said the nation would say "yes" for the future. Erdogan said, "those who look at the nation from above and those who are well-situated say 'no' to the change."
Erdogan said September 12 would be a landmark for Turkey and noted, "come on let us all say 'yes' and open a white page. Every 'yes' is an invitation to democracy and freedom."

ITALY DID NOT GIVE CONCESSION TO PKK
Italy considered Turkey's demand and prolonged detention period of Nizamettin Toguc, a top name of PKK, which it earlier caught and brought before court.
Ankara, who asked for extradition of Toguc, wanted 40 day period from Italy.

ZAMAN
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SO THEY WOULD COME AT FIRST CALL?
102 military officers that are suspects of the Balyoz coup plan, for whom arrest warrants have been issued, have still not surrendered to justice. Such development disproved previous criticisms on detention implementations. Comments such as "Commanders respect law. An invitation letter will be enough. They will come at the first call," turned out to be wrong. Moreover, it is claimed that members of the 11th High Criminal Court, who will assess the appeal against the detention decision, are under a great pressure.

THEY SAW PKK TERRORISTS ATTACKING GEDIKTEPE, BUT DID NOTHING
The negligence in the Gediktepe attack, during which 11 soldiers were killed, was proven with documents. It has been revealed that unmanned aerial vehicles Herons had taken images of the PKK terrorists who had entered Turkey from the border 15 days before the attack waged on June 19. According to Taraf daily, military helicopters, which went to the region upon getting the Herons' images, came back without shooting down the terrorists.

YENI SAFAK
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GOOD NEWS FROM UNESCO TO ISTANBUL
The committee, comprising experts from 27 countries, will make its final decision about Istanbul on August 3.
The UNESCO committee unanimously rejected requests for removal of Istanbul from World Heritage List and inscription of the city on the list of World Heritage in Danger.

HERON DETECTED, HELICOPTER DID NOT HIT
It was revealed that unmanned aerial vehicle Heron detected the attack 15 days before which the Provincial Security Directorate informed two days ago.
The helicopters that fly above the 100 PKK members who entered to Turkey on June 3, 2010 from the border on mules returned without firing on them.
 

HURRIYET
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IF OUR WITHDRAWAL WILL END TERRORISM, THEN WE WILL WITHDRAW
Speaking at a referendum rally in northwestern Balikesir province, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan commented on the recent incidents in southern Hatay province and Inegol town of northwestern Bursa province.
Noting that the recent tension was the consequence of a sneaky plan, Erdogan said, "If terrorism will end with our withdrawal as the ruling party, we will".

ANSWER TO QUESTIONS: FULL STOP
Turkish General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug, who attended yesterday a reception held to mark the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Armed Forces Day, politely rejected reporters' questions on the Supreme Military Council meeting and Balyoz case. "I will not answer any questions or deliver any statements. Full stop," Basbug said, however, he told everybody about his memories in TRNC.

MILLIYET
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LAWYER OF STARS AGAINST TURKEY
Armenian diaspora filed a claim in Los Angeles against Turkey to ask for damages for the Armenian assets claimed to be seized in 1915.
Mark Geragos, one of the lawyers of the Armenians, is the name who acquitted Michael Jackson from harassment case and Winona Ryder from theft accusations.
The other lawyer is Brian Kabateck who won more than one billion USD compensation against big companies.

IF TERRORISM WILL STOP WHEN WE WITHDRAW, THEN WE WILL
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the opposition considered the tension in Hatay and Inegol as opportunity.
Erdogan said nowhere in the world such kind of incidents turned into a struggle for power, "I am again saying. If terrorism will stop when we withdraw from ruling, we may withdraw."

SABAH
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GLOBAL RUSH TO TURKISH DEBENTURE BOND
The world showed great interest in the fourth eurobond sale of the Treasury. The Treasury increased its sales cost to one billion USD when more than 5 billion demand came from 23 countries.
According to the experts, this demand shows confidence in the Turkish economy.

GREAT SUSPICION IN DORTYOL
It has been determined that the car, which was used by the terrorists who killed four policemen in southern province of Hatay, belonged to Bestami Kilic, a municipality member from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
Kilic, who said the terrorists seized his car, also determined to have met three gendarmerie intelligence officers in his office a few hours before the incident.

VATAN
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NEW HEADACHE OF TURKEY
Mark Geragos and Brian Kabateck, lawyers of renowned people, filed a claim against Turkey for all the assets and bank accounts which the Ottoman Armenians lost in 1915.
Two Armenian descent lawyers of Garbis Devouyan and Hrayr Turabian claim that Turkish state registered the properties belonging to Armenians who were forced to migrate and kept the rent and sales revenues under safekeeping accounts and later seized all of them.

WE MADE THE COOPERATION WITH THE NATION
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan replied to the accusations of Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu that "he made cooperation with Buyukanit on April 27".
Erdogan said, "he says AK Party came to power by making cooperation with some people. The nation put AK Party into power. AK Party got its power from the nation when they were acting as the lawyer of gangs. AK Party stood by the nation when they were applauding the statements and making status quo demonstrations."

CUMHURIYET
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BASBUG TO PUT AN END TO DISCUSSIONS
Former Culture Minister Fikri Saglar, who has voiced the claims on Dolmabahce for the first time, said that Turkish General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug was the one who could put an end to discussions on the issue. Describing Dolmabahce as the "breaking point" for Republic of Turkey, Saglar said, "Does Basbug know about the contents of the meeting? He should make an explanation. If he knows about it, this is state business".
"Basbug is the person who will end the discussion. Because, state secrets are transferred to people at these positions. There is a mutual agreement in Dolmabahce," Saglar also noted.

ACTION FOR DAMAGES AGAINST TURKEY
Armenians in USA have filed cases against the Turkish state, Central Bank and Ziraat Bankasi claiming compensation for their heirs whose assets had been allegedly seized during the incidents of 1915. It is claimed in the cases that the Turkish state accepted rent and sales revenues of the "seized" assets to be put into safekeeping accounts "until they were delivered back to the owners", however, it later "seized" the said assets and the revenues coming from them.

RADIKAL
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MIT WARNED AGAINST ETHNICAL CLASH
The developments taking place in Turkey nowadays had been predicted months ago. It has been revealed that Emre Taner, former undersecretary of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), had warned that terrorist organization PKK might carry the clashes to cities if the move was not managed properly. Taner made such warning not only to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, General Staff Chief Ilker Basbug and during small meetings on counter-terrorism activities, but also at crowded gatherings closed to press, senior officials from MIT told Radikal daily.

DORTYOL FIGHT GROWS, ARINC: MHP SHOULD NOT GO THERE!
The tension in Dortyol town of the southern Hatay province starts to calm down, however, political discussions are getting tougher. As members of Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), who were not let in the city center, deliver harsh statements on the ruling party, Turkish Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc recommended members of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) not to go to Dortyol.
 

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