TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 7

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on July 7, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 7

TURKIYE
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ATALAY WARNS MEDIA: DO NOT SERVE TERRORISM
Minister of the interior exchanged views with senior executives of the press and broadcasters on the way the media handled terrorist incidents. Besir Atalay who emphasized that the issue was delicate went on to say: "We share the concerns of the General Staff. Terror incidents should not be made the subject matter of daily politics. No one is advertising terrorism, but sometimes they inadvertently serve terrorism. It is necessary to display concern here."

THREE SOLDIERS FALLEN: 12 TERRORISTS ATTACKING MILITARY OUTPOST KILLED
A large group of terrorists attacked the Beyuyurdu Gendarmerie outpost in Semdinli town of Hakkari with rocket launchers and long range weapons. Three soldiers were killed and three others were wounded. 12 terrorists were killed in the operation that was launched in the aftermath of the attack with helicopter support. The brother of Erkan Akdeniz from Igdir, one of the fallen soldiers, had also been killed while he was doing the mandatory military service 13 years ago, in a mine blast in Sirnak in 1997.

ZAMAN
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WORLD BANK ISSUES LOAN OF 500 MLN USD FOR SMALL & MEDIUM SCALE BUSINESSES IN TURKEY
The World Bank has issued a loan of 500 million USD to the Development Bank of Turkey, Ziraat Bankasi and Vakifbank to be utilized in financing the activities of small and medium scale businesses in Turkey. According to a statement issued by the Turkish Treasury, the World Bank and the three Turkish banks signed an agreement facilitating the loan of 500 million USD. Based on the agreement, the Development Bank of Turkey would receive 100 million USD whereas Ziraat Bankasi and Vakifbank will each receive 200 million USD. At least 25 percent of the World Bank loan will be used in regions with priority in development.

TURKISH ECONOMY GROWING AFTER DISCOVERING EAST
An influential U.S. newspaper, the New York Times, wrote that the Turkish economy was growing at a time when Europe was dealing with serious economic problems. The newspaper wrote that Turkey made excellent progress after the Justice and Development (AK) Party government implemented multi-dimensional economic cooperation policies and developed relations with the Arab world, Iran and Russia.

YENI SAFAK
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BALYOZ IS IN DOCK
Indictment pertaining to the case Balyoz (Sledgehammer), including dirty scenarios like "mosque bombing", has concluded.
It was the first time such a thing happened in the history of the Republic of Turkey, a suit was brought against former force commanders Ibrahim Firtina and Ozden Ornek on charges of the crime of "coup".
800-page indictment prepared by specially authorized Istanbul public prosecutors Mehmet Ergul, Murat Yonder, Suleyman Pehlivan and Ali Haydar, was approved by Acting Chief Prosecutor Turan Colakkadi and sent to 10th High Criminal Court which will hear the case.

WE DO NOT BRING EMERGENCY RULE EVEN ONTO AGENDA
Interior Minister Besir Atalay met with the executive editors of the newspapers and wanted self-control in news.
Atalay said they did not bring issues like getting back to emergency rule because of terrorism even onto their agenda.
Atalay said, "security and freedom can not be sacrificed to each other".
 

VATAN
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TURKEY TURNS FACE TO EAST & ECONOMY GROWS
The New York Times wrote that the Turkish economy grew fast after it turned its face to the East. At a time when certain European countries became happy after a growth rate of 1 percent, the Turkish economy grew 11.4 percent, the New York Times said. The newspaper asked whether Turkey needed the EU or EU needed Turkey the most.

AROUND 200 FLOODS CAUSE LOSSES WORTH 150 MLN TL
Around 200 floods take place in Turkey annually. The losses from such floods are worth almost 150 million Turkish liras (approx. 96.8 million USD).

CUMHURIYET
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THREE SOLDIERS KILLED IN HEINOUS ATTACK
Terrorists attacked the Beyuyurdu Gendarmerie outpost in Semdinli town of Hakkari, with rocket launchers and long range weapons, killing Corporal Erkan Akdeniz and privates Volkan Yulali and Mahmut Yalcindag, and injuring three others. It turns out brother of Akdeniz, one of the fallen soldiers, died in 1997 in Sirnak while he was doing the mandatory military service.

TURKISH AMBASSADOR TAN: REQUEST CAME FROM BARAK
Turkish Ambassador in Washington, D.C. Namik Tan said that Israel's defense minister's recent remarks, in which he claimed that Turkish officials had displayed efforts to hold a meeting with him during his visit to USA, was not true.
Tan said it was in fact Ehud Barak who had requested to arrange a meeting with him but later changed his mind.

RADIKAL
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ANKARA LIKE POWDER BARREL
Acts of PKK which have escalated recently was brought to the agenda once again with the statements of President Abdullah Gul who said, "this is number one problem of Turkey. It should be solved definitely."
It is understood from what have been said and the developments that have occurred that new and comprehensive decisions were made at the National Security Council (MGK) meeting held on June 24.
Statements of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug and Interior Minister Besir Atalay indicate that a different process has started in Ankara secretly.

TOWARDS RUPTURE WITH ISRAEL
Tension in Turkish-Israeli relations escalates everyday. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu got angry at Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman who said, "we will not apologize. They (Turkey) should apologize."
Davutoglu said, "there is no ground at the time being for talks. An environment of communication does not exist now."
 

HURRIYET
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TWO FALLEN SOLDIERS FROM SAME HOUSEHOLD
50 PKK terrorists who attacked a military outpost at a three km distance from a Gendarmerie post 30 kms outside the Beyuyurdu village of the Semdinli town of Hakkari, were taken under fire.
3 soldiers were killed, three others were wounded during the attack. 12 PKK terrorists were killed in the ensuing clashes. It was reported that the brother of Erkan Akdeniz from Igdir, one of the fallen soldiers, had also been killed while he was doing the mandatory military service 13 years ago, in a traffic accident during a deployment to the north of Iraq.

27 OF 28 CHARGES AGAINST DURAK DROP
Inspectors concluded the preliminary investigation on Adana Metropolitan Mayor Aytac Durak who was suspended from duty by the Ministry of the Interior on March 28.
The inspectors decided not to allow an interrogation as three of the charges dropped due to prescription, one of the charges was the subject of an ongoing investigation, while in 23 of the charges he was found to be innocent.

MILLIYET
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THREE PROPOSALS AND LAST WARNING TO BARZANI
Ankara put forth three options to the United States and regional administration leader Massoud Barzani regarding PKK.
1- Either you render presence of PKK in north of Iraq ineffective,
2- or three of us (U.S., Barzani and Turkey) altogether render PKK ineffective with joint operations,
3- or we (Turkey) will eliminate them in collaboration with you.
But what would happen if anyone of those three options is not put into force?
The reply to this question should be sought in "military backed political pressure" imposed on Syria under the leadership of Hafez Assad in 1998 which resulted in departure of head terrorist Ocalan from this country.
Latest statements of Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug said that there was no more endurance to the failure in extradition of PKK's leading terrorists in Qandil.

ERDOGAN MAY INTERVENE IN FOR GILAD
Noam Shalit, father of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who was abducted by Hamas four years ago, sent a message to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan through daily Milliyet.
Shalit spoke to Milliyet's editor-in-chief Cinar Oskay prior to a concert in the region where his son was abducted, and which was organized to call on Hamas to show mercy and to call on the government to make concession.
Oskay said, "I asked him (the father) how he was. He did not want to speak much. I asked if he had any message to Turkey. The father said, 'yes, maybe your prime minister may help us put pressure on Hamas'."

SABAH
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PRESSURE ON ISRAEL FOR APOLOGY
U.S. President Barack Obama has urged Israel to apologize to Turkey after Israel attacked ships carrying aid materials to Gaza on May 31, killing nine Turks and wounding many others. In his meeting with the Israeli prime minister in Washington, D.C., President Obama suggested that Israel make an apology to Turkey in order to reduce tension in relations with Turkey.

AUTOMOBILE SALES IN TURKEY GO UP
The number of automobiles sold in Turkey in 2010 went up compared to 2009. In the first six months of 2010, 278,255 automobiles and motor vehicles were sold in Turkey. Last year, 273,357 automobiles and motor vehicles had been sold in Turkey in the first six months.
 

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