TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JUNE 16

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on June 16, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JUNE 16

TURKIYE
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PKK, PART OF DIRTY GAME
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, addressing a group meeting of his party, said bloody attacks of the terrorist organization aimed at hampering democratization.
Erdogan said, "the terrorist organization is openly a part of deadlock, status quo and dirty games."
Criticizing those who support terrorism, Erdogan said, "those who tolerate and support terrorism and those who try to get political benefit from terrorism are partners of this bloody face of terrorism and those murders."

NUCLEAR COOPERATION WITH SOUTH KOREA
A memorandum of understanding on nuclear energy was signed by Turkey and South Korea during the visit of President Abdullah Gul to this country.
Gul said nuclear energy was inevitable for Turkey.

130 MEN OF MINE KILLED IN THREE MONTHS
Mustafa Karasu, with the code name Huseyin Ali, the third name in PKK, said, "Turkish pilots are considerably successful. They hit right on the targets. I should confess that they killed 130 of my men since March. Herons (unmanned warplanes) fly above us 24 hours."
"We can't do a thing without Abdullah Ocalan and also he can't do a thing without us. However, he can not lead the organization while in prison. Ocalan himself said this. He said he could not lead the organization under prison conditions," Karasu said.

ZAMAN
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WE LEFT OUR HOUSE, JOBS AND RETURN
Around 159 Turkish citizens living in Kyrgyzstan returned to Turkey by a plane. However, it seems they cannot overcome the fear they felt during the clashes.

WITHDRAW FROM CASE
Telephone conversations of former justice minister Seyfi Oktay, tapped under a court decision, deciphered the trap against judge Koksal Sengun of the Ergenekon case. Tulay Bekar, a lawyer who was a suspect of the Ergenekon case, took the court delegation under pressure by blackmail and threats and insisted that Sengun should withdraw from the case.

I DO NOT SEE ANY SHIFT OF AXIS IN TURKEY
Wilfried Martens, the leader of the European People's Party, said Turkey was a place where the East and the West met, and its policies did not contradict the European Union (EU). Martens said Turkey's relations with its neighbors did not mean Turkey rejected EU membership. Also, Martens said the constitutional amendment package of the government would help Turkey's democratization.

YENI SAFAK
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PEACE DOES NOT COME WHEN YOU JUST SAY IT
"There are certain parties that deal with politics by taking advantage of terrorism," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, pointing to Peace and Democracy Party (BDP).
"Peace does not come when you just say the word 'peace'. Those who have direct or indirect ties to the terrorist organization cannot bring peace to this country," Erdogan also said.

THEY CARRIED WOUNDED LIKE SACKS
In an interview with daily Yeni Safak, Captain Mahmut Tural of the ship Mavi Marmara, which raised anchor to carry humanitarian aid to Gaza, told about the Israeli terror they faced in the Mediterranean on May 31.
"Everywhere was full of dead and injured people right after the attack. Israeli soldiers dragged the wounded like sacks and took them to the hospital with helicopters," Tural said.
 

VATAN
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DID ONLY ARABS STAB US IN THE BACK?
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Arab move continues. "Whenever we came closer with the Arab world, they said 'Arabs stabbed us in the back' referring to World War I. There are even people who call their dogs 'Arab'," Erdogan said during a Justice and Development (AK) Party's group meeting.
Commenting on criticisms alleging that Turkey's axis has shifted, Erdogan said a propaganda campaign was launched whenever Turkey got closer with Arab countries.

VIDEO SHOWING THEM IN ACTION
A U.S. news web-site aired a video footage showing the moment when Israeli soldiers killed Furkan (on the ship Mavi Marmara). U.S. citizens reacted harshly to the video footage and asked President Barack Obama to call on Israel to account for the attack.
American journalist Dave Lindorff uploaded the 21-second footage on his website "This Can't Be Happening". "Here is the video which reveals Israel's lies," Lindorff said. The journalist also said that Furkan's murder resembled "executions" in Vietnam War.

CUMHURIYET
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TERRORIST AMBUSH KILLS ONE SOLDIER IN SIRNAK
Improvised explosive device planted by the terrorist organization in the Uludere town of Sirnak detonated killing one soldier and injuring three others. A statement issued by the Governor's Office said, "An improvised explosive device planted by terrorists around the new outposts being built as part of border security, detonated killing one of our soldiers."

ORPHANAGE TO BE RETURNED TO PATRIARCHATE
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the orphanage in Buyukada, Istanbul be returned to the Fener Greek Patriarchate in three months. The court also held that Turkish government had to pay indemnity to the Patriarchate. The Patriarchate appealed to the ECHR in 2005. The orphanage was closed in 1964.

RADIKAL
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LEGAL ENTITY PATH FOR PATRIARCHATE
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) made a decision that would pave the way for recognition of legal entity of the Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. The court said a Greek Orthodox orphanage in Buyukada, Istanbul should be registered as "the property of the patriarchate" with the land registry office, and compensation should be paid. During his visit to Greece in May, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said Turkey was ready to give back the orphanage to the Patriarchate when the detailed verdict was revealed.

PRIME MINISTER'S LIST
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said escalation of terrorism in recent days was meaningful, and accused those who objected to "democratic initiative" and constitutional amendments: Republican People's Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), PKK and Imrali.
Criticizing BDP, Erdogan said, "peace does not happen by just saying the word. Those who have direct or indirect contact with the terrorist organization can't and won't bring peace to this country. Those who benefit from terrorism and try to get political advantages are partners to the bloody face of terrorism."
"Who did object to the national unity and solidarity project and constitutional amendments? CHP, MHP, BDP, separatist terrorist organization and Imrali... We have seen it during negotiations," Erdogan said.

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED DROPS
Unemployment was down 2.1 percent to 13.7 percent year-on-year in March 2010. The number of unemployed dropped by 338,000 to 3,438,000.
 

HURRIYET
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NINE JUDGES CONVICTED
The Supreme Court's Legal Department no:4 sentenced nine judges to pay compensation in a lawsuit filed by Professor Dr. Mehmet Haberal, who has been under arrest for 14 months under Ergenekon probe. Haberal, the founding rector of Ankara's Baskent University who is at the hospital for his heart problem, claimed that he had not been released from prison on purpose. He had filed a lawsuit against nine judges, two of whom were heads of heavy criminal courts, in March, and demanded each of the judges pay 20,000 Turkish liras (TL) of compensation. The Supreme Court heard the case since they were high-level judges. On June 8, the court decided with majority of votes on payment of a moral compensation of 1,500 TL to Haberal.

KYRGYZSTAN BECOMES HELL, 223 TURKS RETURN
Around 151 Turks who escaped from clashes in Kyrgyzstan return to Istanbul by a private aircraft sent to this country, and 72 others came to Turkey by a scheduled flight of the Turkish Airlines (THY). The passengers said everywhere was full of dead bodies in Kyrgyzstan, and the casualties were more than the announced.

ISRAEL TO GIVE BACK AID SHIPS
Negotiations between Turkey's Embassy in Tel Aviv and Israel resulted positively. Israel will unload the "Mavi Marmara", "Gazze (Gaza) 1" and "Gazze 2" ships, and return them to Turkey. The United Nations (UN) will take the aid and distribute it in Gaza.

MILLIYET
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SOLDIERS STAND AT ATTENTION AT COURT
The trial of 33 suspects (3 of them detained), including the Southern Sea Zone Commander Admiral Kadir Sagdic and retired admiral Ahmet Feyyaz Ogutcu, under the Kafes case began yesterday. The court accepted the application of daily Agos to get involved in the case of the Kafes plan, an alleged plot against non-Muslim communities in Turkey. The most interesting moment of the hearing was when Admiral Sagdic entered the court room. The culprits who are active duty soldiers, stood at attention in the courtroom and waited for his signal to be seated.

UNEMPLOYMENT CONTINUES TO FALL
The unemployment rate declined 2.1 points down to 13.7% in March. Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "We will take the unemployment rate back down to 10%. The figure announced is the March rate. I believe the current unemployment rate is below the announced rate."

SABAH
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GETS NOURISHED FROM TERRORISM
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described PKK terrorism which has escalated recently as "savageness" and strongly criticized Peace and Democracy Party.
Erdogan said, "those who try to get political advantage from terrorism and those who have direct and indirect connection with the terrorist organization can not bring peace to this country."

HONORARY MEDAL TO SABANCI
Turkish Sabanci Holding's chairperson Guler Sabanci was presented with the "Officier's insignia" of the France's highest award Legion d'Honneur during a ceremony held at Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul.
Italy, Belgium, Spain and Austria have earlier conferred medal to Sabanci.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS 2 POINTS
In the past one year, 1.6 million people got new jobs and unemployment rate dropped by 2.1 percent. Number of unemployed dropped to 3,438,000.
 

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