TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 13

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on May 13, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 13

TURKIYE
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I DON'T WANT!
Republican People's Party's (CHP) is having a "leader crisis" as the date for the general assembly gets closer. It has been claimed that CHP's former chairperson Deniz Baykal has pointed to Kemal Kilicdaroglu as his successor. However, Kilicdaroglu said that he would not be a candidate in the upcoming general assembly.

HISTORIC COOPERATION WITH RUSSIA
Turkey and Russia have initiated a new era by signing 17 agreements on matters such as construction of a nuclear power plant and visa exemption.
The two countries signed an agreement on the construction and operation of Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant. Accordingly, the construction of the plant will be completed in 7 years. In accordance with the visa exemption deal, Turkish and Russian citizens will not be asked for visa for their touristic visits for up to 30 days.

ZAMAN
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HISTORIC STEPS WITH RUSSIA
Turkey and Russia celebrated the 90th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations with historic agreements. During Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Turkey, two countries took giant steps like lifting visa procedures and constructing a nuclear power plant. The guest leader defined the steps as "historic giant leap forward and milestone." Medvedev showed economic relations between Turkey and Russia, foreseen as 100 billion USD, an example for the European Union (EU), and supported the normalization process between Turkey and Armenia.

ERDOGAN: WE WILL OPEN TO WORLD FROM CEYHAN
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who met President Abdullah Gul at the Cankaya Presidential Residence, later met Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Holding a joint press conference, Erdogan underlined importance of Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline which will transport Russian oil to the Mediterranean. "We will have the opportunity to open to the world from Ceyhan, and at the same time open a refinery in this town," he said. Erdogan defined it as the most important step taken in energy. Erdogan said Turkey could join efforts of Minsk Group for settlement of Karabakh dispute.

IF THERE WAS SOMEONE ON MY MIND, I HAD MADE HIS/HER NAME PUBLIC
Answers are sought to the question who the new leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP) will be after Deniz Baykal resigned. CHP spokesperson Mustafa Ozyurek replied questions of reporters after meeting Baykal and said Kemal Kilicdaroglu's name was brought up. However, Ozyurek's remarks were denied a short time later by references to Baykal himself. Former CHP leader told his close friends that he would have made his/her name public if he had had someone on his mind.

YENI SAFAK
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PARTNERSHIP WITHOUT BOUNDARIES
Turkey and Russia made historic deals in the Turkish capital, Ankara. The two countries agreed to lift visa requirements mutually in stays for up to 30 days, construct a $20 billion nuclear power plant and make trade in their national currencies. Turkey and Russia also expressed will to increase the trade volume up to as high as $100 billion within five years.

MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY YET TO DECIDE ON NEW LEADER
Minds at Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) seemed very much confused on Wednesday over who the next chairman will be after Deniz Baykal announced that he resigned as the party leader. CHP spokesman Mustafa Ozyurek told reporters that Baykal favored Kemal Kilicdaroglu, a senior party member, as the new chairman. Baykal denied the Ozyurek's statements within just five minutes as Kilicdaroglu said he would not run for the post of the party leader.
 

VATAN
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CRITICAL DIALOGUES AT ANGORA SUMMIT
Four top officials of Republican People's Party (CHP) visited the party's former chairperson Deniz Baykal at his house at Angora building complex in Ankara to "call him back". During the summit that lasted for hours, important talks were held on CHP's future. Party officials asked Baykal to change his mind, while he rejected and said, "seek new names and new faces".

FOUR-LINE APPROVAL
President Abdullah Gul approved the constitutional amendment package with a one-sentence statement on the 5th day. The referendum process has started. Turkey's Higher Electoral Board convened to assess the matter while CHP is getting prepared to carry the issue to the Constitutional Court.

TURNING POINT
Turkey and Russia, two countries that fought the most throughout history, have signed 17 agreements including a deal on a nuclear power plant. They also lifted visa procedures for each other's citizens.
The two countries took action to increase their trade volume to 100 billion USD in the next five years. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said historic agreements were signed and removal of visa requirements would ease millions of people's lives.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey would turn into a transit base thanks to South Stream, Blue Stream and Samsun-Ceyhan pipelines as well as an oil refinery.

CUMHURIYET
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OUTGOING OPPOSITION LEADER HINTS SWIFT COME BACK
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) sent mixed signals on Wednesday over who the next leader of the party will be after Deniz Baykal announced his resignation earlier this week. A party spokesman told reporters that Baykal was considering senior party member Kemal Kilicdaroglu as the new leader, news that Baykal himself denied within minutes. Kilicdaroglu said he would not run for the party chairman as rumors had it that Baykal was going to be re-elected in absentia during an upcoming party congress.

THREE KILLED IN BLAZE AT SHOOTING RANGE
A police officer, an intelligence agent and a cook were killed when an explosion caused a fire at shooting range in a police house in the western province of Aydin. Ten people were injured as officials suspected that gunpowder residue might have caused the explosion.

RADIKAL
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INTRIGUES IN CHP
Statements of former chairman of Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal that, "a fresh start is needed. A young and dynamic cadre should come" paved the ways for excitement, interest and political intrigues in CHP.
CHP spokesman Mustafa Ozyurek said Baykal would extend support to the name who will gather the organization together and noted, "the name coming forefront is Kemal Kilicdaroglu".
However, later both Ozyurek and Baykal denied the statement. Kilicdaroglu in the evening said his candidacy was out of question.

HISTORIC DAY WITH RUSSIA
Historic signatures were put on agreements during the visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Turkey.
Visa procedures were removed mutually. An agreement was reached for a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "bilateral annual trade volume will amount to 100 billion USD in the next five years."
Medvedev said studies were underway on Blue Stream and South Stream projects. He said, "I see promising future for high technologies."
Medvedev said the targets were "assertive" and Erdogan said nuclear power plant which would be constructed in Akkuyu would be completed in seven years.
 

HURRIYET
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TURKEY, RUSSIA SIGN HISTORIC AGREEMENTS
The Turkish capital was the venue for a number of historic agreements signed by Turkey and the Russian Federation during the visit of the latter's president to Ankara. The agreements included the removal of mutual visa requirements for Turkish and Russian nationals in their stay in each other's country for up to 30 days. The two countries also signed a $20 billion deal for construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant in the southern Mediterranean province of Mersin. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey and Russia aimed at reaching a trade volume of $100 billion within the next five years.

PRESIDENT APPROVES CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
President Abdullah Gul approved a constitutional amendments package which was ratified by the Parliament early in May. Gul has sent the package to the Prime Ministry for referendum. Turkey's elections authority is set to decide about the schedule of the referendum amid discussions over when to hold the popular vote on the government-backed package. The government says that the referendum should be held within 60 days according to a recently amended law whereas the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) argues that it should be held within 120 days in line with the old version of the law on referendum. The CHP is also expected to appeal to the Constitutional Court to ask for the annulment of the package.

MILLIYET
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POLITBUREAU'S GHANDI INTRIGUE
When Mustafa Ozyurek of the Republican People's Party (CHP) voiced the name of Kemal Kilicdaroglu as the new candidate for leader of the party, party members gave so different reactions that Kilicdaroglu had to say "he was not a candidate."
Appearing on the private NTV channel, Ozyurek said, "the name coming forth is Mr. Kilicdaroglu as every one talks" when replying to a question if there was any candidate on former chairman Deniz Baykal's mind. When this remark was reflected as "Baykal's candidate was Kilicdaroglu", everything was messed up.
After this remark, Ozyurek's cell phone rang and Ozyurek listened to the speaker for a long time and his face fell down. In the meantime, Yilmaz Ates of CHP said Baykal did not say such a thing. Ozyurek called Baykal and said his remarks were misunderstood, and told the public that Mr. Baykal did not voice any name. Kilicdaroglu ended the discussions saying, "I am not a candidate."

TWO HISTORIC SIGNATURES WITH RUSSIA
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the stairs of the Prime Ministry building's entrance. Two leaders had a long tete-a-tete meeting, and then held a joint press conference. Erdogan said he had a fruitful meeting with Medvedev, and two countries signed 17 agreements. Under the agreements, visa procedures have been lifted and a nuclear power plant will be constructed.

SABAH
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FRIENDSHIP WITHOUT BORDERS
During the visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Turkey, 17 agreements, including establishment of nuclear power plant in Mersin's Akkuyu town and removal of visa requirements, were signed.
Commenting on the agreement that has put an end to visa procedures between the two countries, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "it is the first step for the peoples of the two countries to become friends".
Medvedev said the agreement removing visa requirements was a "historical leap" and noted, "our relations are strategic from now on".

WAYS OPENED FOR REFERENDUM
President Abdullah Gul approved constitutional reform package and sent it to Prime Ministry to be presented to referendum. The package is expected to be put to referendum in July.

BLAST KILLS 3 IN POLICE GUESTHOUSE
A fire broke out when unspent gunpowder gas in the shooting range in the basement of the Police Guesthouse in western province of Aydin exploded. Police officers Aytekin Yapar and Ibrahim Seker and cook Fecri Celik died and 12 people were injured in the blast which also sparked a fire.
 

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