FRIEND IN NEED
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan goes to Greece today to start a new historic era for the both sides of the Aegean.
10 ministers and 100 businessmen will accompany Erdogan during his stay in Athens. Prior to his trip, Erdogan issued a decree on protection of rights of minorities and gave an important message to Athens.
Erdogan's talks will center on reduction in defense expenditures, situation of Turkish minority in Western Thrace and Greeks in Istanbul, efforts for Cyprus peace and proposal for a four-party meeting on Cyprus, as well as re-opening of Heybeliada seminary.
"SOMEONE IS TAKING REVENGE FROM BAYKAL"
Culture & Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay, who was once Secretary-General of the Republican People's Party (CHP), said video tape scandal which caused resignation of CHP chairman Deniz Baykal could be a revenge operation.
"This thing has nothing to do with the government. If you have blocked someone, they can take revenge using different ways," Gunay said.
Supreme Board of Elections did not allow the law which rules that a law shall be put to referendum 60 days after it is ratified by the parliament and approved by the president, saying that the law in question which lowered the time limit to 60 days from 120 days could be applied one year after it was enacted. So, referendum date for recent constitutional amendments was set as September 12, the date of a military coup in 1980 after which the constitution was changed. The ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party criticizes the board decision but main opposition CHP is ok with it.
MEANINGFUL DATE FOR REFRENDUM
Turkey, which woke up with noises of tanks on September 12, 1980, will go to ballot boxes on the same day after 30 years. Higher Election Board (YSK) said that the law, which reduced referendum time limit from 120 to 60 days, could not be applied for one year. YSK stated that the referendum could be held 120 days later. This means that annulment of the article --which prevents trial of people who staged September 12 military coup-- will be voted on the 30th anniversary of September 12.
82 PERCENT WANTS TAKSIM SQUARE TO KEEP ITS NAME
Milliyet's web-site conducted a survey, and reached the conclusion that people are not positive to changing of the name of Taksim Square. 82 percent of 34,458 people, who answered the survey as of 12:30 a.m. today, said "no" to changing of the name of the square. Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Kadir Topbas objected the proposal and said, "intervening in the memories and changing this name, which has existed for centuries, is not right."
REFERENDUM TO TAKE PLACE ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2010
Deputy Chairman of Turkey's Higher Board of Elections (YSK) Kirdar Ozsoylu said the referendum on constitutional amendments recently adopted by the parliament will take place on Sunday, September 12, 2010. Ozsoylu said that the YSK's decision to hold the referendum on September 12 was taken unanimously. Based on the former elections law, a referendum has to take place 120 days after the adoption of the relevant law on amendments at the parliament. A new arrangement at the parliament reduced the number of days in which a referendum must take place to 60 days. However, changes in elections laws could not be implemented within one year as of the date of change, Ozsoylu said. A committee will work to organize the referendum, Ozsoylu also said.
REDUCTION IN PRICE OF RUSSIAN NATURAL GAS
Turkey and Russia have agreed on the reduction of the price of Russian natural gas. With the new agreement, the price of Russian natural gas will go down by up to 11 percent. Based on the reduction, Turkey will pay eight billion USD less for Russian natural gas in the next 15 years.
TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 14
These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on May 14, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.