TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JUNE 18

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on June 18, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JUNE 18

TURKIYE
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FLOOD SWALLOWS ROADS IN BLACK SEA REGION
Heavy rains have paralyzed eastern Black Sea region. One person was killed due to flood. Many houses and business places were inundated. Landslides closed the roads.
As torrential rains paralyzed Giresun, Trabzon and Rize provinces of Black Sea region, one person in a motor vehicle was dragged by flood waters and killed. Hundreds of houses, business places and arable lands were inundated. Livestock perished. People, who were trapped, were rescued by heavy work vehicles.

EUROPE CONDEMNS ISRAEL
European Parliament said Israel, which shed blood in humanitarian assistance ship, trampled international law. Reactions continue against Israel which committed massacre in Mavi Marmara ship carrying aid to Gaza. EP, which strongly condemned Israel, supported Turkey's view that an international investigation should be launched into the bloody raid and EU countries should contribute to that investigation.

ZAMAN
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HIGH COURT REJECTS APPEAL FOR PROBING TURKISH PRESIDENT IN "MISSING TRILLION" CASE
Turkey's High Court of Appeals has returned a filing by Sincan Chief Prosecutor Osman Kacmaz to try Turkish President Abdullah Gul for his involvement in what is dubbed in Turkey as "the missing trillion case." The case primarily concerned Necmettin Erbakan, former prime minister and leader of the defunct Welfare Party (RP), who was accused of fraud of falsifying party records to hide RP's cash that were ordered to be seized after his party was disbanded in January 1998.

TURKEY MANUFACTURES FIRST OWN ADVANCED BALLISTIC SHIELD
A Turkish defense company has manufactured Turkey's first own advanced ballistic shield. After three years of research and development effort, engineers with the Nurol Technology Corp. manufactured "T-Zirh". Fifteen million euros were spent to manufacture the shield which can be used in ballistic protection of troops, buildings, ground and aerial military vehicles.

YENI SAFAK
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15 MLN STUDENTS TO RECEIVE REPORT CARDS
Around 15 million elementary, junior high and high school students in Turkey will receive report cards today. Students will have a summer break of three months after the 2009-2010 school year that lasted around eight months. The 2010-2011 school year will begin on September 20, 2010.

MADIMAK EXPROPRIATED
Madimak Hotel in central province of Sivas where 37 people were burnt to death was expropriated. State Minister Faruk Celik said they have allocated 4.5 million Turkish liras-TL (2.8 million USD) for expropriation of the hotel.
 

VATAN
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COURT ARRESTS TEN PKK MEMBERS WHO SURRENDERED
LAST OCTOBER AS PART OF DEMOCRATIC DRIVE
A court in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir arrested a group of PKK members who surrendered in October 2009 in response to a government drive to expand democratic rights and freedoms, an effort which came to be dubbed as the "democratic initiative." Court arrested 10 PKK members for speeches they delivered during celebrations after coming to Turkey from PKK camps in northern Iraq together with two dozens of others. At the court, the arrested PKK members refused to be granted immunity from prosecution under a repentance law, expressing no regret that they were part of the organization. Deputy Chairwoman of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Gultan Kisanak said the government had affirmed that it would no longer seek "a solution other than use of weapons."

SWITZERLAND TO DISCLOSE FINANCIAL SECRETS OF TURKS
The Turkish Ministry of Finance has launched a hunt for the money Turkish nationals transferred to banks in countries abroad. Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek is set to sign an agreement on Friday with Swiss authorities for exchange of information after a similar deal with Luxembourg. The agreement with Switzerland would allow Turkey to scrutinize accounts belonging to Turkish nationals at Swiss banks with a five-year backtrack search.

CUMHURIYET
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HABUR ARRIVALS DETAINED
10 members of terrorist organization PKK, who were released after entering from Habur border gate within the scope of the government's democratic initiative, were detained. Arrest warrants were also issued for three others. Suspects did not want to benefit from the repentance law.

MADIMAK HOTEL EXPROPRIATED
Turkey's State Minister Faruk Celik said that the Hotel "Madimak" in central province of Sivas would be expropriated. "We have allocated 4.5 million Turkish liras-TL (2.8 million USD) for expropriation of the hotel," Celik said during an Alevi meeting in Ankara.

RADIKAL
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DAUM STAYS, ASSISTANTS GO
Under the shadow of the rumors that he would quit the team and be replaced by sporting director Aykut Kocaman, Fenerbahce's coach Christoph Daum met with executives of the club yesterday. Following the meeting, Daum said that he would continue to work as the team's coach, however, all of his assistants -except for Roland Koch- were discharged.

HABUR TEAM IN PRISON
After call of Abdullah Ocalan, head of PKK terrorist organization, 30 PKK members had arrived in Turkey in October, and they had been welcomed with a show-off at Habur border gate. 16 of those 30 people appeared at court. They were asked whether they regretted (being PKK members). Ten of them replied "no", and they were arrested for being members of terrorist organization and aiding it.
 

HURRIYET
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EP CONDEMNS ISRAEL OVER GAZA CONVOY RAID
The European Parliament condemned Israeli government for the killing of nine activists aboard the vessel, Mavi Marmara, part of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that came under a heavy attack of Israeli commandos. Israel on Thursday announced that it would partially ease its blockade on Gaza.

PARLIAMENTARY PANEL IN TURKEY APPROVES BILL ON PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
A committee with the Turkish parliament approved on Thursday a bill amending a law on the election of the Turkish president by popular vote that would allow a sitting prime minister to run for the president without resigning from his post as the premier. The bill was greenlighted by the constitutional committee of the Turkish parliament.

MILLIYET
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HERE'S FIRST TURKISH SHIELD
First Turkish-made military shields, which were developed by the engineers of Nurol technology company after a three-year work, were introduced. The "T-Shield", which was manufactured with an investment of 15 million Euro, can be used to protect soldiers as well as buildings and every land and air vehicles against attacks. The most important distinctive feature of the shield is that it is lighter than shields of same kind. A standard steel vest is 6-8 kilograms while T-Shield vest is 4-5 kilograms the most.

CLUB PRESIDENT YILDIRIM'S INTIMIDATION OPERATION
Fenerbahce club's board which decided to "go on" with coach Christoph Daum as his compensation is over 13 million Turkish lira is using an intimidation tactic. As a first move, three assistants of Daum --except for Roland Koch-- were discharged. Daum was informed that he, from now on, would work under Fenerbahce's sporting director Aykut Kocaman. Daum was also asked to start working at club's facilities in Samandira two months before the league kicks-off and while the team is still on vacation.

SABAH
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AWARD FROM UNITED STATES TO DAVUTOGLU
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu received "Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service" by Woodrow International Center while Dogus Holding Executive Board Chairperson Ferit Sahenk received "Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship". Delivering a speech at the award ceremony at Four Seasons Hotel in Istanbul, Davutoglu said, "if the ground of the world is changing, we cannot stand firm on this ground. But our principles help us stand firm." Davutoglu said Turkey's ideals were clear. "Turkey and the United States need a new paradigm, because the current system does not meet the needs," he said.

YUKSEKOVA RESIDENTS COMPLAIN ABOUT DEMONSTRATIONS
Residents of Yuksekova town of southeastern province of Hakkari have complained about street demonstrations. They have been negatively affected from street rallies which escalated especially in the past two years. Shopkeepers had a meeting with mayor Ruken Yetiskin from Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and told her that they were tired of street demonstrations and they didn't want to close their shops.
 

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