TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 1

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on May 1, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 1

HURRIYET
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     IN MEMORY OF THEM
     Istanbul's Taksim Square will host Labor Day celebrations for the first time after 32 years. Today, Turkey expects 37 people, who were killed during the "bloody May 1" in 1977, to be commemorated in peace and fraternity.
    
     "CLAIMS OF CLOSURE UPSETS ME"
     Chief Public Prosecutor of the Supreme Court Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya spoke about speculations over a possible closure case against the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party.
     "I am saddened over claims that are not based on facts. Filing a closure case is not up to only me. A case can be opened only if there are enough evidences," Yalcinkaya said.
    
     MILLIYET
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     MAY 1 IN TAKSIM AFTER 32 YEARS
     May 1 Labor Day which has not been celebrated in Taksim Square since 1978 is being celebrated in the square today. Over 100,000 people are expected to participate in the celebrations. Members of labor unions will begin celebrations at 10:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. Many roads around Taksim will be closed to traffic due to celebrations.
    
     BARZANI TO VISIT TURKEY
     Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu sent a letter to Massoud Barzani, the head of regional administration in the north of Iraq, and invited him to Turkey. A news story posted on the website "www.peyanmer.com" which is known close to Barzani said that he would be welcomed in Turkey with an official ceremony.
    
     SABAH
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     HELLO TAKSIM
     Labor unions will gather at Taksim Square in Istanbul today for the first time since 1978. Taksim Square, which was closed to celebrations one year after 1977 when 34 people died, is opened to workers today. Members of several labor unions will celebrate Labor Day in Taksim. Nearly 200,000 are expected to gather in the square.
    
     CICEK IN PRISON
     Colonel Dursun Cicek who was earlier arrested and released twice was brought to the court house on Friday due to an arrest warrant on him. Later Cicek was again sent to prison. 

VATAN
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     $240-MILLION INVESTMENT FROM FORMER MINISTER
     Former Forestry Minister Osman Pepe, who served twice in two cabinets between 2002 and 2007, was a politician who had close ties with Georgia. Pepe was the only minister to accompany Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili during the inauguration of Georgian Embassy in Ankara in 2006.
     In 2007, two of Pepe's employees, Cuneyt Turkut and Mahmut Tufekci, started a company named Kar Enerji Ltd to seek opportunities in Georgia. This firm has been awarded by Georgia to build and operate seven hydroelectric power plants. 60 percent of the electricity to be generated would be sold to Turkey.
     14 months after he quit his post as minister, Pepe took over all shares of this company which got investment permit in Georgia. Former minister and his sons have pushed the button to build power plants with a capacity of 120 megawatts which will cost 240 million USD.
    
     CEM'S FATHER FREE
     Cem Garipoglu, suspect of high school student Munevver Karabulut murder, came to Friday's hearing one hour late. When judge asked him why he was late, Cem said, "I have a stomach ache."
     At that time his mother Tulay Garipoglu broke into tears. Munevver's mother reacted to her, saying, "why do you cry? I have to be the one to cry."
     At the end of the hearing, court released four suspects, including Cem's father Nida Garipoglu, for whom prosecutors are seeking 24 years in prison.
    
     "WE AIM TO REACH CYPRUS SETTLEMENT THIS YEAR"
     Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan spoke at a conference organized by The Economist.
     "Turkey and Greece has responsibilities to achieve peace in the region. By helping both parties [in the island], we aim to reach a solution to Cyprus problem by the end of this year," he said.
     "Removal of visa for daily trips would boost trade and tourism between the two countries," he added.
    
     CUMHURIYET
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     WORKERS IN TAKSIM ARM IN ARM
     Workers will celebrate Labor Day with rallies which will take place across Turkey. Members of several labor unions will gather in Taksim Square in Istanbul. Preparations have been completed for celebrations in Taksim Square which will host Labor Day gathering today for the first time after 32 years. Workers will raise their voices against violation of their rights and chant their demands.
    
     SIBEL KEKILLI WINS BEST ACTRESS AWARD
     "When We Leave (Die Fremde)", directed and written by Feo Aladag, won the best movie award in the Tribeca Film Festival, one of the world's leading independent film festivals, in New York. German actress of Turkish origin Sibel Kekilli won the best actress award in a Narrative Feature Film for her role in "When We Leave". Turkish filmmaker Ferzan Ozpetek's movie "Serseri Mayinlar" (Loose Cannons) won special jury mention in the festival.
    
     RADIKAL
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     HISTORICAL GATHERING IN TAKSIM AFTER 32 YEARS
     Meaningless ban for Labor Day celebrations in Taksim Square ended. Workers and people will gather in Taksim Square today. The square was closed to May 1 celebrations after incidents that took place in 1977. Labor unions and nongovernmental organizations are ready for the celebrations. Suleyman Celebi, the head of Revolutionary Labor Unions Confederation (DISK), invited everyone to the gathering and said the people in Istanbul should experience this joy.
    
     "WE ARE NOT WELL-PREPARED FOR AN EARTHQUAKE"
     Justice and Development (AK) Party deputy Idris Gulluce, the head of parliamentary committee on earthquake, said that Turkey was in better situation against an earthquake now when compared to 1999. "But we have to make more progress on the matter," Gulluce said. Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) is the best one in preparations against quake, he said.

TURKIYE
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     GREECE CONTINUES ITS INITIATIVE
     Greece took another important step after announcing a mosque would be built in Athens. Greek government said Ottoman-era historical buildings would be restored by experts.
    
     6 MILLIONTH TRANSIT ON ITS WAY TO GERMANY
     Ford's 6 millionth commercial vehicle Transit rolled out of its production line in Ford Kocaeli plant.
     Mustafa Koc, chairman of Koc Holding, the owner of Ford Otosan, said, "we have added a new page to our success story."
     6 millionth Transit was produced for a German client.
    
     ZAMAN
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     CICEK IN PRISON THIRD TIME
     Colonel Dursun Cicek, for whom an arrest warrant was issued by the 13th high criminal court, surrendered to Istanbul court house on Friday. Cicek was arrested after he testified. Earlier Cicek was arrested twice and sent to prison. But Cicek was released by judges Oktay Kuban and Faik Saban pending a trial.
    
     CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF HAS TO RETIRE ACCORDING TO SOCIAL SECURITY EXPERT
     An alleged news story published in Bugun daily on Friday caused discussions in Ankara. It said that Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug who was born on April 29, 1943 reached compulsory retirement age of 67 the previous day. According to social security expert Ali Tezel, Gen. Basbug has to retire.
    
     YENI SAFAK
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     BACK IN HASDAL AFTER 166 DAYS
     Navy Colonel Dursun Cicek, who has his signature on the "action plan to fight fundamentalism", has been arrested once again on charges of being a member of Ergenekon network and attempt to overthrow the government. Cicek was sent to Hasdal Prison 166 days after his last release from prison.
    
     SUPER AIRCRAFT FOR BASBUG
     Turkish military's new plane, a Gulfstream G550 jet, which was bought for use of the chief of General Staff and force commanders for 100 million USD, started its flights. Turkish military chief Gen. Ilker Basbug flied to a military exercise in Konya with his new jet.
     Another Gulfstream G550 jet was earlier bought for use of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It can fly non-stop from Turkey to United States without refueling.
 

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