TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 16

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on May 16, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 16

TURKIYE
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SUPPORT FOR TURKEY'S OLYMPICS CANDIDACY
Greek Premier George Papandreou, who signed the Olympic Truce in Kalimarmaro where the first Olympic games were held together with Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said, "Turkey bids to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Olympics is peace. We are supporting Turkey's candidacy. We will be by Turkey's side."

ANKARA STEPS IN FOR NUCLEAR CRISIS
Turkey undertook a critical role between Iran and the West. Shortly after returning from Athens, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu left for Iran upon receiving a phone call from the Tehran administration. Davutoglu will contribute to the solution of the crisis through diplomacy.

ZAMAN
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ERDOGAN'S VISIT IS A NEW BEGINNING
Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Athens was welcomed both in Turkey and Greece. Foundations for promoting the bilateral relations between the two countries were laid down with the visit during which 22 protocols were signed. Greek Premier and Foreign Minister George Papandreou, who got together with journalists on Saturday, also emphasized this. He said his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit was a new beginning.
He said he believed the signing of the protocols would pave the way for discussion of more controversial issues. He said both the Turkish and the Greek side had the political will to further promote relations, adding that the continental self issue could be solved. He said the problems of the Muslim foundations and Muftis in Western Thrace would be solved.

CHAMPIONSHIP KNOT TO BE UNDONE
In the last week of the Turkish Super League, Fenerbahce who are leading the league, are hosting Trabzonspor while Bursaspor, which are only one point behind them, are hosting Besiktas. Both games are set to kick off at 8:00 p. m.

YENI SAFAK
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IS SOCIETY THIS MUCH LARGE?
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Deniz Baykal, the former chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) not to "make politics over his Justice & Development (AK) Party and government." Erdogan harshly reacted to Baykal saying, "this nation will not let those who play with his/her own ethical values." Erdogan said this nation was not large enough to digest all those developments.

TURKISH VISA TO SOUTH STREAM
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin claimed that Turkey would approve in November the pipeline project that would by-pass Ukraine and carry Russian natural beneath the Black Sea.

URGENT INVITATION FROM TEHRAN
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu went to Iran to discuss with his Iranian counterpart Manuchehr Motaki developments in nuclear negotiations. According to Foreign Ministry sources, Motaki called Davutoglu with an "urgent" code and invited him to Tehran.
 

VATAN
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HEAVY PROVOCATION
Nezir Karabas of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) has forgotten the oath he took when he became a member of parliament during a demonstration in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. He threatened, "Kurdish people will turn daily life into hell if operations continue."

HE WILL NOT RUN HIS CANDIDACY
Speaking to Star Haber, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the deputy chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) group at parliament, said next Tuesday's meeting of local chairmen of the party was important. "We will altogether see what will happen, but I will definitely not submit a petition before the convention and run my candidacy," he said. Commenting on Kilicdaroglu's decision, Deniz Baykal, the former chairman of CHP, said, "it is his appreciation, and I also think the same."

CUMHURIYET
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ECUMENICAL CONTROVERSY
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who argued 6 years ago that the ecumenical title was against the Lausanne Treaty, said during his trip to Greece that this title did not bother him. His remarks created great controversy. Onur Oymen of Republican People's Party (CHP) said that there was a diversion from fundamental polices of Turkey. Oktay Vural of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) said that those who had certain dreams about Turkey were now closer to realising them.

HOT NIGHT IN TURKCELL SUPER LEAGUE
Turkcell Super League 2009-2010 season will end with four games to be played tonight and reveal the champion. Fenerbahce, which are leading the championship race, will play against Trabzonspor at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium while Bursaspor, which are only one point behind Fenerbahce, will play against Besiktas at its home. Both games will kick off at 8 p.m.

RADIKAL
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SUPER FINAL IN SUPER LEAGUE
The champion of Turkcell Super League will become clear in the last games to take place on Sunday. The two games in Istanbul and Bursa will determine the winner of the league. Leader Fenerbahce will host Trabzonspor, the strongest team of the Black Sea Region by whom they were defeated in Ziraat Turkey Cup. Bursaspor, ranked the second in the league standings, will host Besiktas. The games will begin at 8 p.m.

BAYKAL'S CONCERNS
Deniz Baykal, the former chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), spoke to Radikal on Saturday and said, "I want every one to know that I resigned." There are three reasons why Baykal says he will not return to CHP. Baykal's three "red lines" are national integrity and fight against terrorism, principles of the Republic, and fight against corruption and the government.

DAVUTOGLU IN TEHRAN
A surprise happened after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan decided to join Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during his visit to Iran. Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is paying a visit to Iran.
 

HURRIYET
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I WOULD IMMEDIATELY EXPEL HIM, IF HE WERE IN MY PARTY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized those who backed Deniz Baykal, the former chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP). Erdogan said, "if such a thing happened within my party, I would send him to the discipline board, asking the board to expel him from the party."

PROMISE TO SUPPORT CONCERT IN EPHESUS
Prime Minister Erdogan and his Greek counterpart Geeorge Papandreou visited Greek singer Mikis Theodorakis at his house the previous night. Theodorakis said he wanted to give a concert with Turkish singer Zulfu Livaneli at the ancient theater of Ephesus. Then, Erdogan said he would extend necessary support.

MILLIYET
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ERDOGAN'S REMARKS BAFFLE GREEK MEDIA
At a meeting with Greek newpapers's executives over breakfast Saturday, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "you are like the officials of the Greek Air Force. You monitor how many jets took off and landed like a radar technician." Erdogan, who urged the journalists to ease the tense mode they used, said "I have been in power for 7.5 years and I have never bombed any country. Just relax," said Erdogan.

OZKAN HAS ORIGINAL COPY OF SUSURLUK REPORT
The court hearing the 2nd Ergenekon case decided to search into the credibility of the remarks of culprit Tuncay Ozkan's lawyer claiming that, "former Premier Mesut Yilmaz forgot the original copy of the Susurluk report in Ozkan's desk."

SABAH
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ALSO, HE SHOULD HAVE RESIGNED FROM PARLIAMENT MEMBERSHIP
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to eight journalists who covered his visit to Athens, and talked about daily issues. Regarding resignation of Deniz Baykal as the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), Erdogan said, "Baykal behaved bravely, but also he should have resigned from parliament membership."

"WE CAN GO TO THE HAGUE FOR AEGEAN"
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou replied questions of Turkish journalists regarding territorial waters and air space. Papandreou said two countries could go to the International Court of Justice regarding Aegean issues.
 

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