TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 21

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on May 20, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 21



TURKIYE
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WEIRD DENIAL AFTER 10 DAYS

Denial came from a private company, National Criminal Bureau, for the video clip that former leader of main opposition CHP Deniz Baykal has not denied. The company, which was asked by Baykal's lawyers to analyze images, said that the "video clip was montage."

Experts said images can not be described as fake before having the original record. Law experts said the company's decision would mean nothing.


BAYKAL: I AM NOT A CANDIDATE

In a statement following the press conference regarding video images, Deniz Baykal said that he would not run for CHP chairman at party congress this weekend.


WORLD APPRECIATES NUCLEAR SWAP

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said uranium swap deal sealed in Tehran was an important step for global peace. Erdogan said he talked with U.S. President and Russian Prime Minister on the phone, adding, "protocol signed with Iran is a victory of diplomacy. Both Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin appreciated it."


ZAMAN
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BAD NEWS DOES NOT WAIT FOR FOUR DAYS

Hopeful waiting in Zonguldak since Monday was replaced with sorrow. Bodies of 28 of the 30 workers, who were trapped 540 meters depth in coal mine explosion, were found.

Efforts are underway to find the bodies of the remaining two miners.

Director General of the Hardcoal Authority, Burhan Inan, earlier said they needed four more days to reach the miners. However rescue teams took risk and went to the explosion area with the elevator that was repaired.

"URANIUM" LETTER FROM TURKEY AND BRAZIL

Turkey and Brazil who signed swap deal with Iran at the beginning of the week sent letter to the members of the U.N. Security Council.

The letter asked five permanent members of the Council and Germany to review the deal.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also carries out a busy telephone conversation diplomacy. Erdogan met with the leaders of the United States, Russia, Azerbaijan, Syria, Qatar and Greece.


YENI SAFAK
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BITTER NEWS

Hopeful waiting in Zonguldak turned into sorrow with the news that came from 540 meters depth. It is estimated that 28 workers were in lunch break when the explosion occurred. The workers died because of gas and high temperature.

OBAMA AND PUTIN FOLLOW SWAP DEAL

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the United States was wondering about the content of the letter which Iran would send to International Atomic Energy Agency till May 24.

Erdogan said, "Obama attaches importance to the letter. Putin was relaxed. Both of them appreciated our efforts".

Erdogan said a healthy future could not be established without the support of Vienna Group.

"We will send the 10-item text, signed with Iran, to countries in the region and related countries. We will talk to Britain, Germany, China and France about the matter," Erdogan said.


VATAN
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WORKERS FOUND DEAD

Turkey mourns after the bad news from Zonguldak. Rescue teams found bodies of 28 workers out of 30 who were trapped in a coal mine after a blast on Monday. They were found 540 meters down the surface. Efforts are under way to reach two workers who are still missing.

Families who were waiting for a miracle were devastated.

"THAT TAPE IS MONTAGE"

Lawyers of Deniz Baykal, former leader of main opposition CHP, asked National Criminal Bureau, a private company, to analyze the video clip that shocked CHP. A team of three engineers, a biologist and a doctor, compared the man in the video wearing shorts with Baykal's photographs.

Spokesman for the experts team said, "we are fully convinced that images were altered through different ways such as montage, removal and addition of frames."

"IRAN PROTOCOL IS A VICTORY OF DIPLOMACY"

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he talked with U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Erdogan said both leaders said they appreciated efforts of Turkey and Brazil regarding Iran's nuclear program. He said they told him that "it was a good example to diplomacy."

Stating that the protocol signed with Iran was a victory of diplomacy, Erdogan said, "we do not want nuclear weapons in our country. And we are not positive on nuclear sanctions by a country," he said.


CUMHURIYET
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"DON'T CALL IT FATE ANYMORE"

Rescue teams reached bodies of coal mine workers trapped 540 meters beneath the surface. Waiting has ended with tears of people for whom Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "they are accustomed to such pains."

Although authorities said "there are four days to reach workers", miners were found on Thursday, causing suspicion.

Opposition parties and labor unions reacted harshly to Erdogan who also said, "this is the fate of this job" after the mine accident.

They said it was not fate but a massacre. They urged government to take immediate measures.

"CHP WILL BECOME A HARBOR"

Gursel Tekin, provincial head of main opposition CHP in Istanbul who has also become the third man in the party, explained the change to be seen in CHP.

"It is impossible for us to give up on our redlines. Secularism is our redline," Tekin said.

He said CHP would become a harbor that anyone could take shelter, adding they would tour everywhere in Turkey. Tekin said CHP would hit the government using arguments on corruption, poverty and fight against bans.


RADIKAL
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CRY TURKEY CRY

Hopes faded on the third day, miners could not be rescued. Bitter realities were faced in works carried out to rescue 30 miners in the coal mine in Zonguldak on Wednesday evening.

Rescue teams, only after 66 hours after the explosion, could reach the bodies of 28 of the 30 workers who were trapped in 540 meters depth.

The workers were around the pool where the waters are collected for ground dewatering. They had their masks but it was not enough.

Chairman of Chamber of Mine Engineers said, "the miners might have died because of 1800 degrees celsius heat or intensity of the explosion, or intensive carbon monoxide gas".

TURKEY DOES NOT GIVE IN

Turkey does not give in to the retaliation of the United States that submitted a bill to the United Nations including sanctions.

The United States submitted a sanction bill to the UN as retaliation to the nuclear deal which Turkey and Brazil made Iran to accept.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was not contended with having telephone conversations with U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, was engaged in an broad scale telephone diplomacy.

Erdogan signalled that he would be pursuing the nuclear swap deal signed with Iran.

HURRIYET
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TUNNEL OF PAIN

Whole Turkey was waiting for a miracle in Zonguldak. However, rescue teams fixed the elevator in the coal mine and reached the gallery where they found bodies of 28 workers.

Families heard the bad news 66 hours after the explosion. Two workers, who are still missing, could have fallen into a well full of water 150 meters down that gallery, experts said.

"THEY ARE NOT BAYKAL AND BAYTOK"

New documents have been released regarding video images that led to resignation of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Deniz Baykal. National Criminal Bureau, a private company, analyzed the images at the order of Baykal and decided that people in the video were not Baykal and Nesrin Baytok, a CHP parliamentarian.

50 TARGETS HIT IN NORTHERN IRAQ

Turkish Air Forces launched an operation in the north of Iraq as Turkish military detected activity in camps used by the terrorist organization PKK which are close to Turkish border.

Turkish warplanes took off from air bases hit around 50 targets in Hakurk-Zap region.

MILLIYET
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TURKEY MOURNS FOR 30 MINERS

Miracle did not happen. There was deep silence when bodies of 28 of the 30 miners were brought to "surface" from the collapsed coal mine at a depth of about 540 metres. Screams of their relatives waiting for them followed the silence.

Dilek, daughter of 56-year-old miner Huseyin Aslan, was also there. She ran towards her father. They stopped her. She shouted at her father for the last time, "I will not leave you daddy."

POLICEMAN WORKING ONLY FOR ONE YEAR MARTYRED AT ASIYAN CEMETERY

Baris Dogan attacked with his knife when policemen asked him to show his ID card at Asiyan cemetery in Istanbul. Dogan took gun of a policeman which he dropped while fighting. Turgay Yilmaz, who even couldn't finish his first year in duty, died when Dogan opened gunfire. Also other policeman Mehmet Birlik was shot and wounded.

The attacker who was caught injured died in hospital.

BABACAN: TAXES TO REDUCE

State Minister Ali Babacan said Istanbul had become a center of attraction for the banks which were threatened by the crisis in Europe. Babacan said they would make tax reductions as much as possible. "The reductions in question will make Turkey different from the other countries," he said.


SABAH
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MARTYRS FOR BREADWINNING

Hopes that continued in Zonguldak in the past three days were replaced with mourns. Bodies of 19 workers found in pool region and bodies of 9 were found near the place of explosion. No news has been heard yet from two others. It was found out that the workers were poisoned from carbon monoxide gas.

After the executives stated that the miners could not be reached for four days more, rescue teams took risk and went to the explosion area with the elevator that was partly repaired. The miners were found under the debris.

MINISTER: STRICT MEASURES WILL BE TAKEN

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said strict measures would be taken about coal mines following the recent accidents in Bursa, Balikesir and Zonguldak.

Yildiz said illegal mines who did not work in line with the rules would be targeted at the first stage.

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