TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JUNE 30

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on June 30, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JUNE 30

TURKIYE
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INVITATION TURNED DOWN
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would invite opposition leaders to discuss the terror incidents and the democratic opening. Erdogan said, "I have no prejudice. Let's sit together and talk and try to find solutions. I will make my invitation shortly. We shall see who shows up," said Erdogan.
Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicadroglu who signalled he would participate in a summit, said, "Does he think he is the President or what? I will not attend a panel meeting." Nationalist Movement Party Leader Devlet Bahceli said he would not meet with the Premier and shut the doors.

THREE CRITICAL MESSAGES TO NATO MEMBER COUNTRIES
Turkey which partakes in various NATO operations will call on members of the NATO to take action against terrorist organization PKK. Turkey will emphasize the following points in its message: Hand over terrorists. Prevent the terrorist organization from smuggling illicit drugs. Share intelligence.

ZAMAN
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EU TRAFFIC IN JULY
Ankara is getting ready for an intense EU traffic next month. First, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will pay visits to Portugal, Germany and UK in order to emphasize that "EU is an indispensable state project for Turkey". Afterwards, the EU membership process and negotiations will be discussed at the Political Dialogue Summit to be held in Istanbul.

ERDOGAN: WE SEE PKK-ERGENEKON COOPERATION
During his party's group meeting yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan explained the "subcontractor" expression he had used for PKK. Noting that the terrorist organization was being supported both at national and international level, Erdogan said, "Some indictments even explicitly express the cooperation it has with several organizations and gangs. We see that in the Ergenekon indictment".
Erdogan also said that the escalating acts of terror were being used as a chance to harm the government, adding the government would not give up on the democratic move.

YENI SAFAK
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TURKISH HERON JUST TO SPITE ISRAEL
Turkey, which is getting ready to close accounts with Israel on Heron drones, used its local sources and made unmanned aircraft, which it called MALE, ready to get out of the hangars.

TRABZON TO LINK IRAN TO WORLD
Trabzon Port Management, ALPORT, and Iranian Shipping Company signed an agreement. Exports and imports that would be made with Europe and Russia would be made from Trabzon port.
The shopping would be made with national currencies.

ENTRANCE TO INDONESIA NOW WITHOUT VISA
Indonesia was included in list of countries which can be visited without visa by Turkish citizens. Borders were removed reciprocally with an agreement signed by Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
 

VATAN
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ISN'T IT SHAMEFUL?
As Turkey was expecting its leaders to come together against escalating terrorism, it was disappointed again. Due to different points of view of politicians, an "invitation crisis" erupted and the meeting was cancelled one more time.
Speaking at his party's group meeting yesterday, Erdogan said, "In the past, there had been impolite approaches like asking for a camera during the meeting. This issue was brought up again today. I will extend my invitation as soon as possible. We will see who will come. As the prime minister, I will invite all of them."
Commenting on Erdogan's remarks, Republican People's Party chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu said, "I do not know if Mr. Prime Minister thinks he is the President, but we would like him to pay a visit to us."
Nationalist Movement Party chairman Devlet Bahceli's reply was harsher. "It is not clear what kind of lies and false accusations we will be faced with after the meeting. Therefore, I will not meet with him".

FIRST-TIME MEASURES AT GENERAL STAFF
Turkey's General Staff, which has taken tight measures in all of its units due to the escalating acts of terror, started implementing such precautions in its headquarters as well. Accordingly, the checkpoint at the HQ has been covered with bullet-proof glass and officials started to ask for IDs from commanders during their entry. Even photocopies are made upon permission in order to prevent leakage of information.

CUMHURIYET
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A BUFFER ZONE SHOULD BE FORMED
Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu who suggested that a buffer zone should be formed in the Iraqi border in order to prevent terror, said he would convince the U.S., should they come to power. Kilicdaroglu said the buffer zone would help lower the number of casualties. Summarizing his impressions about his tour of the country, Kilicdaroglu said a people's revolution was taking place. He called on those who were waiting for an invitation to join the party and said "Everybody is welcome but no one should come for the sake of a seat."

TURKEY SHUTS ITS AIRBASES TO ISRAEL
Turkey will not allow the Israeli military planes to use airbases of the Turkish Air Forces until further notice. The decision which was also communicated to Israeli authorities, came as a serious blow to Israel's defense concept.

RADIKAL
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IT IS STILL UNKNOWN WHO FESTUS OKEY IS
34 months passed after Nigerian Festus Okey died in a police center in Beyoglu district in Istanbul. High criminal court of Beyoglu for 30 months has been "investigating" the "real" identity of Festus Okey more than how he died.
The document which was asked from Nigeria could not again come to the 11th hearing on Tuesday.

CALL TO JURISDICTION FOR MOVE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his government put an end to denial policies (to Kurdish problem). "Even this means the move is 70-80 percent okey. There are steps which jurisdiction should take. Was it the government which closed Democratic Society Party (DTP)? Was it the government which detained those coming from Habur? Way of detention of mayors was not right, but didn't those mayors who turned the municipality into backyard of terrorism have guilt? Erdogan said.
 

HURRIYET
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I WILL MAKE AN INVITATION, WE SHALL SEE WHO SHOWS UP
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he wanted to learn about the views of the opposition leaders on terror regardless of whether or not they were represented in the parliament.
"I will make an invitation shortly. We shall see who shows up," said Erdogan.
Erdogan said he could make the invitation next week.
Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said, "Erdogan says he will make an invitation and wait who shows up. Does the premier think he is the president or what? I think he doesn't know what he is talking about. If he wants a summit, the president makes a call and we meet there."
Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli said, "I will not meet with the premier on terror. The president must invite the leaders."

FOOD SAFETY CHAPTER TO BE OPENED TO NEGOTIATIONS
Spain, whose presidency of the EU will expire today, made ready the Chapter on "food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy" for its opening to negotiations with Turkey. Turkey's Chief Negotiator for talks with the EU, Egemen Bagis, will officially sign the opening of the chapter.

MILLIYET
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APPOINTMENT POLEMICS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's invitation to the political leaders for a meeting was the topic of Tuesday's agenda.
Speaking at Justice & Development (AK) Party Group meeting, Erdogan said, "I will make my invitation in the possible shortest time. Let us see who will come? I will invite all of them. Either for a tete-a-tete meeting or a meeting between the delegations in or outside the parliament."

SHARED TAXI TO SYRIA
Daily Milliyet went to Turkey-Syria border where the life has changed after removal of visa requirements.
"We are at Gaziantep's Karkamis gate. Around 60 commercial shared taxis are waiting at the border gate to pass the border. The border cross opens at 8.30 a.m and closes at 5.00 p.m. Those who are late even a minute has to spend the night at the buffer zone. Each of the four has to pay 3 TL to taxi to pass to the other side. As petroleum is cheaper in Syria than Turkey, some of the taxis carry passengers only to buy cheap benzine," Milliyet correspondent said.

SABAH
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LOCK DOWN QANDIL
Daily Sabah reached the details of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's 75-minute meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Toronto.
During the meeting, Erdogan asked for the evacuation of PKK camps and dissolution of the terrorist organization through active efforts to be displayed by USA, as well as the central and regional administration in Iraq. Erdogan also demanded the logistic support given to PKK to be cut down totally.
"Criminals who are detained in EU cities are released and are not sent back to Turkey. Allies should pay attention to this issue," Erdogan said during the gathering.
"More PKK terrorists should be included in the drug traffickers list and moreover, PKK's assets should be frozen," the Turkish prime minister added.

I WAS OFFENDED
Prime Minister Erdogan criticized various media organs' "irrelevant" comments about his talks in Toronto. Regarding the talks he held in Canada, Erdogan said, "The headlines used by certain Turkish media organs while writing about my talks were totally different than the content of my meetings". Erdogan also said he was offended by such stance.
 

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