TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 6

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on July 6, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 6

TURKIYE
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SUPPORT FROM GUL TO KYRGYZSTAN
President Abdullah Gul met with the new president of Kyrgyzstan, Roza Otunbayeva. Gul wished success to Otunbayeva in her term-in-office. Gul also expressed pleasure over the settlement of political system in Kyrgyzstan.

LET'S BECOME FIST AGAINST TERRORISM
Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug said, "we have a sensitive period ahead of us. Everybody should be careful." He added, "we should get over the process --during which terrorist acts rose-- as a single fist."

CANCELLATION DEMAND SHALL BE REJECTED
Constitutional Court rapporteur Ali Riza Coban delivered his report which rejects the demand to cancel the constitutional amendment package. The report was completed and delivered to members of the court. The reason of the rejection: legal process is not completed. There is no violation of method. It is not against the principle of separation of powers.

ZAMAN
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APPEAL SHOULD BE REJECTED
A critical turn was taken in the cancellation appeal for the reform package as Constitutional Court Rapporteur Ali Riza Coban submitted his report to the Court's President Hasim Kilic. Coban pointed out that the amendment was in conformity with the Constitution. Following the suit of legal experts he said the top court could not get into the merits of the case and could not cancel the package because it was not enacted yet.

INFLATION FALLS, PUBLIC SERVANTS TO RECEIVE 1.06% RAISE
Annual inflation which declined down to 7.41% in June according to TurkStat figures brought extra raise to public servants. The Ministry of Finance announced that public servants would see a raise between 7.5-49.5 TL in their salaries.

GUL VOWS TO SUPPORT OTUNBAYEVA
President Abdullah Gul who attended the anniversary of the foundation of the Kazakh capital of Astana met with Kyrgyzstan's President Roza Otunbayeva. Gul told the Kyrgyz leader that Turkey would continue to help and support Kyrgyzstan.

YENI SAFAK
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LET NATION DECIDE
Constitutional Court's Rapporteur Ali Riza Coban said in his report that the appeal filed for the annulment of the constitutional amendment package should be rejected. Noting that a case could not be filed before the enactment process was completed, Coban pointed to the referendum.

NAVAL REACTION TO PIRATES
The piracy against Mavi Marmara isolated Israel at sea as well. Turkey has withdrawn from the "Reliable Mermaid" maneuvers which has been held regularly for the last 10 years.
Turkey has been implementing all the possible sanctions in order to make Israel pay for its state terror. In this context, Turkey declared that it would not participate in the "Reliable Mermaid" military exercise to be held in the Mediterranean together with the Israeli and U.S. navies in August.
 

HURRIYET
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AT GENOCIDE MEMORIAL
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who began her tour of southern Caucasus, visited genocide memorial during her stay in Yerevan, Armenia. According to the official protocol in Armenia, foreign guests firstly visit genocide memorial. However, Clinton did not do it. Proceeding from Azerbaijan to Armenia on Sunday afternoon, Clinton first met with the Armenian president and toured streets of Yerevan. Clinton paid her surprising visit to memorial before she departed for Georgia yesterday morning. International news agencies did not serve her visit's photos which were leaked by Armenian sources to the internet. Armenian diaspora said, "an official with the U.S. administration visits genocide monument for the first time."

SWIFT STATEMENT FROM U.S.
U.S. Embassy in Yerevan released a statement about the visit of Clinton, and said, "Secretary Hillary Clinton did not pay that visit as a state official. It was a personal visit."

ISRAEL: WE DON'T APOLOGIZE
Israeli said "no" to Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who demanded an apology in order to normalize relations between Turkey and Israel. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, "we don't have the intention to apologize. We think this is against the truths." Also, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said, "you do not make threats or ultimatum if you want apology."

MILLIYET
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DOCUMENT LEAKED BY POLICE
General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug made a serious accusation claiming it was obvious that the document on the "action plan to fight against reactionary movement" had been leaked to the press by the police.
Basbug delivered important statements in an interview with Star TV Group's head Ugur Dundar. Upon a question on whether his term in office was planned as a "coup period", Basbug said, "This is a huge defamatory accusation. I totally reject it".

YES, WE RECEIVED FAKE COUP NOTES
In an interview with daily Milliyet, former U.S. ambassador to Turkey Eric Edelman commented on the "fake document" mentioned by Dani Rodrik in his blog, the son-in-law of retired Gen. Cetin Dogan who was arrested and later released under Balyoz operation. Edelman said, in 2004, several people had brought him the copy of a hand-written letter about a junta getting prepared to stage a coup. Edelman said, upon examinations, it had been revealed that the letter was a "product of forgery".

SABAH
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RAPPERTUER URGES CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO REJECT CANCELLATION APPEAL
Constitutional Court's Rapporteur Ali Riza Coban submitted his report on the appeal filed with the court by the Republican People's Party (CHP) for the annulment of the Constitutional Amendment Package.
Coban asked the Constitutional Court to reject the appeal made by CHP. Coban argued that an appeal could not be made before the amendment was enacted. He claimed that the amendment was not against the rule of law and separation of powers principles.

SPECIAL TEAM TO HUNT TOP CADRE OF PKK
Turkish Armed Forced which increased the frequency of the cross border operations as terrorist attacks escalated, put PKK leaders Murat Karayilan, Fehman Huseyin and Cemil Bayik at its target. The security forces formed a special team to hunt down PKK leaders.
Leader cadre of PKK, which panicked after the cross border operations is constantly switching locations. Intelligence reports suggest the the leader cadre is not using telephone or radio to communicate.
 

VATAN
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TWO BARRICADES CANNOT BE COMPARED
Speaking to TV program Arena, General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug commented on the recent "barricade" discussions. Regarding the barricade in Gediktepe region visited by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Basbug said, "The Iraqi border was right across us. There was a stream in between. We were within the reach of shooters. Not being a target was a military requirement".
Basbug said Republican People's Party (CHP) chairperson Kemal Kilicdaroglu had visited Sariyaprak and Gurgil regions, adding such region could not be compared to Gediktepe as there had not been the threat of snipers in those areas. "This discussion should end. It is enough," Basbug said.

RAPPORTEUR LISTS 4 REASONS FOR REJECTION
Constitutional Court's Rapporteur Ali Riza Coban asked for the rejection of the appeal filed by Republican People's Party (CHP) for the annulment of the referendum package. The rapporteur asked for the rejection of the case based on procedure in the first place.
Accordingly, he said a case could not be filed as the package had not become a law yet; claims on procedural unconformity were not among the three conditions laid down in the Constitution; the package did not envisage an amendment in the Constitution's unchangeable articles; and it was not against principles of "state governed by the rule of law" and "separation of powers".

CUMHURIYET
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RAPPORTUER URGES CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO REJECT CANCELLATION APPEAL
The Rapporteur who was appointed following the Constitutional Court announcement that it would only make an procedural assessment of the appeal filed by the Republican People's Party, finished his report. The rapporteur who asked the Constitutional Court to reject the appeal on the grounds that the amendment was not enacted yet, argued that the amendment was not against the rule of law and separation of powers principles.

MACHINE PRINTED WET SIGNATURE
Lawyers of Colonel Dursun Cicek who is tried under the Action Plan against Reactionarism, brought an automated signature machine (CNC) to the court room and made a demonstration. The court usher's signature was first scanned and then replicated in wet ink. Lawyers argued that with a little more investment on a more expensive machine, the peculiar hand strokes could even be imitated.

RADIKAL
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RAPPORTEUR SAYS "NO"
Constitutional Court rapporteur delivered a report regarding the case which was filed by Republican People's Party (CHP) to cancel the constitutional amendment package that will be voted in a referendum on September 12. Rapporteur's view: a lawsuit cannot be filed before the process ends.

RECESS IN INFLATION
Inflation is in minus due to food prices which dropped rapidly in June. Consumer prices index (TUFE) decreased 0.56 percent and producer prices index decreased 0.5 percent. As of June, annual inflation was 8.37 percent in consumer prices index and 7.64 percent in producer prices index.

IT WILL EITHER RAIN OR BURN
Although it is summer season in Turkey, there was sunny weather only in the beginning of this week. However, rainy weather will be seen in some parts of the country at the weekend. It will rain in Thrace, Marmara, Black Sea and inner parts of Aegean. In the regions where rain will not be seen, the temperature will be four degrees over the seasonal averages.
 

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