TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MARCH 24

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on March 24, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MARCH 24

TURKIYE
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     I WANT PARLIAMENT TO WRITE HISTORY
     Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he hoped the parliament would make constitutional amendments and write history and if it did not happen, they would bring them to the nation.
     Speaking at the Justice & Development (AK) Party group meeting, Erdogan said they were seeking a compromise for the constitutional amendments package. "We are asking the views of everybody who can contribute to it. We are open to criticism. Politics is once again under test of sincerity. Those who oppose to the process will be responsible for history."
    
     TURKISH SHIP HIJACKED
     Pirates of Somalia hijacked a Turkish ship, MV Frigia. There are 21 crew members, 19 of them Turks, aboard the Maltese flagged cargo ship.
     Officials of the company said they could only get emergency signals from the ship.
    
     ZAMAN
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     THOSE WHO WANTED JUDICIAL REFORM YESTERDAY, NOW AGAINST PACKAGE TODAY
     Justice Ministry's "Judicial Reform Strategy Draft" has been brought up to the agenda again, as the constitutional amendments package was made public for discussion. It is interesting that the judicial bodies which supported the draft in the past are against the package today.
     A preliminary meeting was held on the said draft in Kizilcahamam in June 2009. During the meeting attended by representatives of the Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeals, Council of State, Military Court of Appeals, Military High Administrative Court, Bars' Association and Higher Board of Education, participants agreed on a judicial reform.
    
     SOMALI PIRATES HIJACK TURKISH SHIP AGAIN
     Somali pirates, who became the nightmare of the ships travelling through the Gulf of Aden, hijacked a Malta flagged ship carrying a total of 21 personnel including 19 Turks. The crew on board the Turkish ship "MV Frigia" are all men. Turkey's Undersecretariat for Maritime Affairs said that the ship, which was carrying fertilizers from Israel to Thailand, sent a "security alarm signal" at 03:37 a.m. yesterday.
    
     YENI SAFAK
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     ERDOGAN: BILL TAKES NEEDS OF TURKEY INTO CONSIDERATION
     Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the constitutional bill took the needs of Turkey into consideration. Premier Erdogan, chairman of the Justice and Development (AK) Party, delivered a speech in his party's group meeting and said the bill would pave the way for Turkey which was conducting EU accession talks and eager to be integrated in the world. Erdogan said, "we are ready to listen to those who are eager to contribute to the constitutional package."
    
     HUGE STEP FOR MEDIA
     The Media Association which was established to boost press freedom was introduced. The slogan of the association is "media and democracy of quality". Salih Memecan, chairman of the Media Association, said they aimed to preserve diversity in the media.
 

VATAN
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     ALARM AGAINST ASSASSINATION
     Extraordinary security measures were taken for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan following two tip offs that a state official would be victim of an assassination in two weeks.
     The denunciator having the nickname of "Mehmet Ali" who had informed about the bomb laden lorry belonging to Turkish Armed Forces, alarmed Security Department with his denunciation that a high ranking state official would be killed in assassination in two weeks.
     Bodyguards of Erdogan stepped up security measures when another unidentified denouncer said the prime minister was the target.
    
     MOON AND STAR LOVE OF IRELAND
     Irish President Mary McAleese, who paid a visit to Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Tuesday in Ankara, explained friendship between Turkey and Ireland saying, "As one million people died in our country because of hunger in 1847, Abdulhamit I sent five ships loaded with foodstuffs to Drogheda region. Irish people never forgot this generosity and chose moon and star of your flag as the symbol of the region.
     Dogheda soccer club in the premier league has moon and star in their team emblem.
    
     CUMHURIYET
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     AGAINST WESTERN PRINCIPLES
     Justice and Development (AK) Party's constitutional package is not in conformity with Venice criteria as well as norms of the European Union (EU) and International Labor Organization (ILO).
     The package is against EU's demand for the "independence of jurisdiction" which is an issue criticized by the union. Although EU criticizes the presence of a minister and undersecretary in the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), the package does not include such an arrangement.
    
     UZAN CASE IN PARIS
     The 20 billion USD compensation case filed by Libananco Holdings Co. Ltd, which alleges that it possessed 60 percent shares in CEAS and KEPEZ electricity companies whose concession agreements were cancelled by the Turkish Energy Ministry in 2003, began in Paris. Libananco is a shell corporation established by people close to Uzan's.
    
     RADIKAL
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     AK PARTY ALONE
     Opposition parties don't support the constitutional amendments of the government. The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Deniz Baykal criticized arrangements regarding jurisdiction and said civil coup process would be finalized with this constitutional amendment. Devlet Bahceli, chairman of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), said if the process led to referendum, MHP was ready and determined to explain drawbacks of these amendments.
    
     COUNCIL OF STATE SAYS PACKAGE NOT MEAN A REFORM
     Council of State gathered to assess the constitutional amendment bill of the government. Council of State President Mustafa Birden said the constitutional package did not mean a judicial reform and arrangements regarding the Constitutional Court were against the principle of separation of powers.

HURRIYET
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     TWO SOLDIERS INJURED IN AFGHANISTAN
     A helicopter carrying Turkish troops in Afghanistan crashed on Tuesday, injuring two Turkish soldiers. Sikorsky S-70 Blackhawk which was carrying four personnel and military equipment crashed near Wardak due to engine failure. Two of them were injured in the crash.
    
     TURKEY TO WIN THIS CASE
     Libananco case which was filed by Cyprus-based Libananco Holdings Co. Ltd. against the Republic of Turkey began in Paris, France on Tuesday. Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said regarding the hearing of the major arbitration case that Turkey would win the case. Yildiz said, "this is a 10.1 billion USD case, it is not a small amount. I believe that Turkey will win."
    
     MILLIYET
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     STRONG RESPONSE TO HIGH JURISDICTION
     Speaking to chairmen of the Supreme Court of Appeals and the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), who criticized constitutional amendments package, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "they should from now on give up efforts to seize executive and legislative powers."
    
     I AM COMING TO RELAY PRIVILEGED PARTNERSHIP
     German Chancellor Angela Merkel talked about a "privileged partnership" including 27-28 chapter headings ahead of her visit to Turkey on March 27.
     Speaking to a group of Turkish journalists, when asked why she was opposed to Turkey's membership to EU and what privileged membership meant, Merkel said, "there are mingled relations between Turkey and the EU. There are 35 chapters under negotiation. I am sure 27-28 of them can be discussed and this really means privileged partnership."
    
     STRANGE YELLOW JOURNALISM
     Armenian news agencies Today and ARKA announced that Turkey, which got very angry with the approval of the Armenian bill by the U.S House Committee on Foreign Affairs, had decided to close all the McDonalds branches in Turkey.
     According to the false news reports of the newspapers, Turkey would announce that foods of McDonalds were hazardous for health.
    
     SABAH
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     HERE IS EUROPEAN JUSTICE
     European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) reached a verdict in its "Y.O. case" filed by the family of Turkish kid Y.O. who was given blood with HIV virus during his premature birth in the Aegean city of Izmir in 1996. ECHR ruled that Y.O. shall be given a 378,000 EUR compensation and shall receive life-time free treatment.
    
     HIGH JURISDICTION DEALS WITH POLITICS
     Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that high jurisdiction should give up intervening in the duties of executive and legislative organs.
     Commenting on high jurisdiction's criticism regarding the constitutional package, Erdogan said, "in the arrangements to be done, the parliament has no connection with the election of the members to the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK). Judges and prosecutors will select the members within their own body. EU does it this way. High jurisdiction is not comfortable with such arrangement".
 

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