TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 15

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on May 15, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 15

TURKIYE

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BAYKAL CALLS FOR COMPRIMISE IN CHP IN ELECTION OF NEW LEADER

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, whose name is frequently spelled out as the new Republican People's Party (CHP) leader, met with former CHP leader Deniz Baykal for one and a half hours, at his residence. After the meeting, Kilicdaroglu said Baykal was for change and compromise. "He will support someone the party executives agree over, in order to avoid separation in the party," said Kilicdaroglu.


CHP USED ITS LEGAL RIGHT, GUL

President Abdullah Gul, who is visiting Aydin, commented on CHP's appeal to the Constitutional Court for cancellation of the constitutional amendments, and said, "they used their legal right, no one can say anything."


ISE RANKS WORLD'S SIXTH LUCRATIVE STOCK EXCHANGE

The Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE), which rose 102% on USD basis, became the most sixth lucrative stock exchange of the world.


ZAMAN

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HISTORIC COOPERATION WITH ATHENS

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a historic visit to Greece with 10 ministers and hundreds of businessmen. Two countries signed 22 agreements. Turkey-Greece High-Level Cooperation Council met for the first time, and the two countries decided to cut down their defense expenditures. Greece lifted visa procedures for special passport owners. Two countries aim at an annual trade volume of 5 billion Euro.


CHP'S FILE TO CONSTITUTIONAL COURT FROM YARSAV

The Republican People's Party (CHP) filed a lawsuit to the Constitutional Court for annulment of the constitutional amendment law, ratified and called for a referendum by President Abdullah Gul. CHP also asks the court to halt the execution. Ali Riza Aydin, a former rapporteur of the Constitutional Court and a member of the Executive Board of the Association of Judges and Prosecutors (YARSAV), prepared the file.


YENI SAFAK

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CIHANER OPERATION FROM SUPREME COURT, RESCUE PLAN UNDERWAY

The Supreme Court, which is trying --the culprit of the Ergenekon Case in Erzurum-- Erzincan Chief Public Prosecutor Ilhan Cihaner, under charges related with his duties, gave a decision which is an intervention to another independent court's jurisdiction.

Cihaner attended the hearing at the Supreme Court's 11th chamber for the first time. The chamber ordered the Erzurum 2nd Heavy Penal Court to send the case file immediately in order to save Cihaner from trial under charges of being an Ergenekon member by transferring the case to the Supreme Court.

The Chamber ordered the court to not wait to unite the case with the "coup memorandum" case in Istanbul. The Chamber also decided to file a criminal complaint about the judges of the said court, because the refused to send in the case file.


HAPPY FINALE WITH THE NEIGHBOUR

Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed 22 protocols with his Greek counterpart George Papendreu in the first day of his historic visit to Athens. The parties agreed over visa exemption, launching a common tourist destination program, the restoration of the Fethiye mosque in Athens, and transfer of the orphanage in Buyukada to the Greek Orthodox Patriarch.

VATAN

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A HARD QUEST AWAITS GHANDI

Deniz Baykal, the former chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), showed the CHP headquarters as an address to Kemal Kilicdaroglu, a deputy chairman of the CHP group at parliament who is one of the leading names for leadership. Baykal also made public his pre-condition: "I will support you if you get the consent of the party administration."

Baykal, who resigned as the CHP chairman five days ago, had a 75-minute meeting with Kilicdaroglu. Baykal told Kilicdaroglu that there should not be any conflicts or disagreements in the party. After the meeting, Kilicdaroglu told reporters, "Mr. Baykal said he would support any candidate on whom the party cadre reaches a compromise."


HEAVY ACCUSATION

Erzincan's chief prosecutor Ilhan Cihaner, who was arrested in the eastern province of Erzurum regarding Ergenekon organization, joined a hearing at the Supreme Court of Appeals Criminal Department No.11. Cihaner announced for the first time an information he got when he was investigating congregations. "There are phone talk records showing that former justice minister Mehmet Ali Sahin and the congregation leaders I investigated had meetings," Cihaner said.


"ECUMENICAL" SURPRISE IN ATHENS

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave messages of friendship in Greece. Erdogan said, "ecumenical Patriarch does not make me uneasy. Jets should not fly with bombs in the Aegean from now on."


CUMHURIYET

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KILICDAROGLU: "I WILL UNITE THE PARTY"

Former Leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP) met separately with CHP Deputy Group Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu and head of CHP's Istanbul branch Gursel Tekin. Kilicdaroglu and Tekin also met later separately. During the meeting, in response to Baykal's question asking him whether he could shoulder the burden of the leadership of the party, Kilicdaroglu said he could unite the party should Baykal extend his support. Baykal told Kilicdaroglu to talk to the senior officials of the party.


SUPREME COURT LAYS HAND ON CIHANER CASE

The 11th Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court ruled that the files regarding Erzincan Chief Prosecutor Ilhan Cihaner and Colonel Dursun Cicek should be sent to the Supreme Court without any further juristical action. One of the files are regarding the case in which Cihaner is being tried on charges of being a member of a terrorist organization. The other is regarding the file of the case in which Dursun Cicek is a suspect and which includes the "action plan to fight against reactionary movement" sent to Istanbul by the Erzurum Criminal Court.

The chamber also decided to file a criminal complaint at the Justice Ministry about the Erzurum 2nd Heavy Penal Court judges whom did not stick to the code and manners in official correspondence with the Supreme Court.


RADIKAL

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A NEW PAGE WITH ATHENS

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened a new page with Athens, where he paid a visit with 10 ministers and many businessmen. A joint cabinet meeting was held under the chairmanship of Erdogan and his Greek counterpart George Papandreou. 22 agreements were signed. Erdogan said, "jets should fly without bombs over the Aegean". On opening of the seminary in Heybeliada, Erdogan said, "I am positive. We will get a result soon."


CHP REQUESTS ANNULMENT

The Republican People's Party (CHP) went to the Constitutional Court for annulment of the constitutional amendment law, ratified by the president. A referendum is to be held on the law on September 12. CHP also asked the court to halt the execution.


HURRIYET

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HE WILL DIRECT 71 BLN USD

49-year-old Hikmet Ersek will become the president and CEO of Western Union, that directs 71 billion USD of money flow, in September. Defining himself as a "global Turk", Ersek quitted his basketball life when he slammed dunk over the player of the rival team in a game, and joined business life. Hikmet Ersek is the nephew of Professor Siyami Ersek, who performed the first open heart surgery in Turkey.


WHOEVER CHEATS ON HER WIFE CANNOT BE VICTIM

Prime Ministe Recep Tayyip Erdogan referred to recent incidents that led to resignation of Deniz Baykal as the leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP) before he left for Athens. Erdogan said, "they are in an effort to involve us in this incident by force, but they should not be sorry. We cannot consider those who cheat on their spouses victims."


"ECUMENICAL" DOES NOT MAKE US UNEASY

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Greek President Karolos Papoulias, and Prime Minister George Papandreou. Erdogan gave messages such as, "Aegean should be a sea that unites us, and jets should fly over the Aegean without missiles and arms."

Asked if he was uneasy about definition of Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch as "ecumenical", Erdogan said, "no, it did not make our ancestors uneasy, and it does not make us uneasy either. If the head of our Religious Affairs Directorate had been vacant and appropriate, I would have brought not only him but also the Patriarch with me."


MILLIYET

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THE AGEAN EMBRACES PEACE

In one of the 22 protocols signed during Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's trip to Greece, accompanied by a delegation of 320 people including 10 ministers, Turkey and Greece were designated as a "common destination package" for Chinese tourists. Also parties decided to omit statements from text books that could instigate animosity.

Erdogan, who met with his Greek counterpart George Papandreou, told Greek state television NET that they came to Greece to display solidarity with Greek people who were struggling with the crisis. Erdogan said that the Aegean would become a sea of peace if the fighter jets of the two countries flew without weapons.

"The issues between us stem from lack of dialogue. In other words our inability to sit around a table together, like Ataturk and Venizelos once did," said Erdogan.


KILICDAROGLU AJARS THE DOOR

Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy group chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who met with Deniz Baykal-- the former leader of his party-- for one hour, told reporters on his way out that his thoughts became very clear but did not spell out that he would become a candidate.

Kilicdaroglu said they did not discuss possible names for the leadership of the party, but the principles only. When asked if he would run for chairman, Kilicdaroglu said "no comment". According to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, Baykal told Kilicdaroglu that the candidate should take the support of senior party officials like Onder Sav, Yilmaz Ates and Mustafa Ozyurek and the Central Executive Board members.


SABAH

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ATHENS EPIC

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Greece with a large delegation comprised of 320 people changed all parameters of Turkish-Greek relations.

Ten ministers each from Turkey and Greece signed 22 agreements on economy, culture, trade, transportation and energy under the co-chairmanship of their prime ministers. Erdogan said, "in this meeting, we signed agreements as many as we have signed during our Republican history. We are writing a peace epic." Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said, "the number of agreements signed indicate the historic importance of this visit."

During the press conference, Erdogan addressed Papandreou as "my fellow friend", and both prime ministers made historic remarks. The two prime ministers used bold remarks when replying questions of reporters, which led to demolition of may taboos from the renovation of Fethiye Mosque to opening of the seminary in Heybeliada, from Western Thrace Turks to Cyprus and "dog fight" crisis in the Aegean.


EURO UPSIDE DOWN

Euro, affected by the debt crisis in the European Union (EU), dropped to its lowest level against the USD in 19 months. Euro was down to 1.2387 against the USD, and it dropped to 1.90 level against the Turkish lira (TL). The debt crisis causes plunges in European markets. An ounce of gold climbed to 1,249 USD.

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