TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MARCH 20

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on March 20, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MARCH 20

 TURKIYE
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     ERDOGAN SAYS PARLIAMENT HAS THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE A NEW CONSTITUTION
     Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish parliament as the representative of the national will, had the power, determination and the authority to make a new constitution. Erdogan said a constitutional amendment package had been drafted in line with the nation's expectations. Erdogan also criticized the opposition parties for arguing that the parliament was unfit to make a new constitution.
    
     TURKEY TO PRODUCE OWN ELECTRIC CAR
     Two Turkish businessmen Murat Gunak and Alphan Manas are poised to buy French Heuliez company to manufacture Turkey's first own electric car. The car, designed by Gunak and Manas, will be called "Mia".
    
     ZAMAN
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     BRITISH ROYAL INSTITUTE NAMES GUL STATEMAN OF YEAR
     British Royal International Affairs Institute (Chatham House) has voted Turkish President Abdullah Gul as the winner of "2010 Chatham House Award" for his contributions to the improvement of international relations. "His efforts to bring stability and prosperity to Turkey's region and his encouragement of Turkey's rapid progress towards reform and full European integration have been acknowledged by Chatham House members," the institute said. Gul's mediator role in Iraq, his efforts to bring Pakistani and Afghan leaders together as well as his contributions to Turkey-Middle East cooperation have been underlined.
    
     ERDOGAN SET TO MEET ARTISTS ON DEMOCRATIC INITIATIVE
     Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to meet with actors and actresses in Istanbul to ask for support to the government's democratic initiative. Yilmaz Erdogan, Kenan Isik, Hulya Avsar and Necati Sasmaz are among the group to meet the premier.
    
     YENI SAFAK
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     COMPANIES FLOWING TO ENERGY
     Following Sabanci Holding, Anadolu Group, Akenerji and Borusan, Alarko also decided to invest in energy sector. Alarko said that it envisioned an investment of 2,5-3 billion USD for electricity production for the next five years.
    
     DIYARBAKIRSPOR DEFEATED, BUT NOT RELEGATED
     Turkish Football Federation (TFF) recorded the result of the called-off game between Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye and Diyarbakirspor as 1-0. Accordingly, Diyarbakirspor lost three points, but was not relegated in Turkcell Super League.
 

VATAN
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     BRITISH THINK-TANK HONORS TURKISH PRESIDENT WITH PRIZE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP
     British think tank Chatham House has named Turkish President Abdullah Gul as the winner of "2010 Chatham House Award" for his efforts for "reconciliation and restraint at the national and international levels." Gul will receive in fall the award from Queen Elizabeth. Last year, the award was given to the Brazilian president.
    
     PROSECUTORS ASK 15 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR THREE ADMIRALS IN MINORITIES PLOT
     Prosecutors has asked an imprisonment term of 15 years each for three admirals in an investigation over an alleged plot against minorities in Turkey. Head of the South Sea Command Adm. Kadir Sagdic, former chief of North Sea Command Feyyaz Ogutcu and Adm. Fatih Ilgar are among 33 suspects in the alleged plot dubbed as "the Cage Action Plan."
    
     CUMHURIYET
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     LEGEND TO BE IN ISTANBUL IN MAY
     One of the living legends of the music world, Bob Dylan, will arrive in Istanbul after 21 years. Dylan will perform his old classics as well as songs from his new album in a concert at Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu open-air theater on May 31.
    
     U.S.-TURKEY CONFERENCE POSTPONED
     The 29th U.S.-Turkey Council Conference, which was scheduled to be held in Washington between April 11 and 14, was postponed. The reason; "conference could not be held as it was planned because of the approval of a resolution on Armenian allegations regarding 1915 incidents at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs."
    
     RADIKAL
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     INSISTENCE ON "DEPORTATION"
     Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his statements about Armenians were reflected with malicious intentions. He said that there was a difference between deporting Armenians and deporting illegal Armenians. Noting that his statements were used with malicious intentions by erasing the word "illegal", Erdogan said that there was a difference between deporting Armenians and deporting illegal Armenian workers.
    
     DELAY IN CONSTITUTION
     Despite the statements of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan --who said that they would announce the Constitutional amendment package on Friday (yesterday)--, the announcement was postponed to Monday. Justice & Development (AK) Party got an appointment from opposition to personally present the package.

HURRIYET
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     LAST CHANGE IN PACKAGE IS ABOUT CONSTITUTIONAL COURT
     Justice & Development (AK) Party extended the content of Constitutional amendment package on the last minute. The number of articles which will be amended is now over 15. Last changes in the package, which will also be presented to opposition on Monday, are related with Constitutional Court. Accordingly, the number of court members will be increased from 11 to 21, and the high court will have two chambers. The members will be chosen by President, Parliament and Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK).
    
     DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME TO START ON MARCH 28
     Daylight Saving Time will begin on March 28. Clocks will be wound forward by one hour at 3:00 a.m. on March 28 for making use of daylight in order to save energy. It will end on October 31, 2010.
    
     MILLIYET
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     TURKEY COURT ACCEPTS INDICTMENT ON ALLEGED PLOT AGAINST MINORITIES
     A criminal court in Istanbul has accepted prosecutors' indictment in the investigation over an alleged plot to stage bomb attacks against minorities in Turkey. Thirty-three suspects, with three under custody, are set to stand their first trial on June 15 in the case dubbed as "the Cage Action Plan." The indictment was accepted by 2 votes to 1 in a three-judge committee. The dissenting judge, Oktay Kurban, has said the case should be heard in a military court.
    
     OCALAN SAYS NOT FIT FOR LEADERSHIP
     Head of the terrorist organization PKK Abdullah Ocalan has said through his lawyers that he was not fit anymore to do leadership due to his moral understanding and physical condition. "Under these circumstances, being a leader would not be moral," he said, sending a message to the Kurds: "Make your own decisions from now on."
    
     SABAH
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     MOSSAD HITS IN EUROPE THIS TIME
     An Israeli news web-site stated that Mossad agents secretly landed in Budapest by two planes, and staged an assassination to Syrian Trache Bassam who financially supported Palestine. The news claimed that the two planes used Turkish air space. Experts said that this issue would cause a new tension between Turkey and Israel.
    
     MALEVOLENT PEOPLE ERASED "ILLEGAL" WORD
     Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his statements about "illegal Armenians" were manipulated by people who had malevolent intentions. Erdogan said, "there is a deep difference between the meanings of deporting Armenians and deporting illegal Armenians."
 

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Mart 2010, 10:59
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