TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 22

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on May 22, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 22

HURRIYET
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     WE WILL NOT WALK, BUT RUN TO BE RULING PARTY
     Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who will be the only candidate for the chair of Republican People's Party (CHP) during the party's congress to start today, gave his final messages through Hurriyet daily. "Both our party and people have great expectations from us. We will not walk, but run to be the ruling the party," Kilicdaroglu said.
    
     LOOK FOR BRUTUS INSIDE YOU
     Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered harsh statements regarding CHP's former chairman Deniz Baykal's videotape scandal.
     "Before blaming Justice and Development (AK) Party, they should first look at their own Brutus. They should look at those who revolted against Baykal and those who called him back. They should try to solve this dirty conspiracy by looking at the mafia and dark gangs they have been defending, and the dark powers they have been getting support from," Erdogan said.
    
     MILLIYET
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     PROPOSAL FROM DAVUTOGLU FOR THREE PORTS
     Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey would open all its ports to Greek Cypriots in case Girne and Magosa ports and Ercan Airport in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) are opened to the world.
    
     RAHSAN ECEVIT CLOSES HER PARTY
     Positive wind created by Kemal Kilicdaroglu also effected Rahsan Ecevit who left Democratic Left Party (DSP) and established DSHP.
     Ecevit called on those who set their hearts on Bulent Ecevit to support Kilicdaroglu and CHP.
     It was also reported that Rahsan Ecevit would dissolve and join CHP after the convention.
    
     SABAH
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     VIDEO TAPE OF BAYKAL IS FROM ERGENEKON
     Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking at the provincial chairmen meeting of the Justice & Development (AK) Party, reacted against the allegations of the Republican People's Party (CHP) for video tape.
     "Instead of accusing us for being the writer of the scenario, they should be careful against those who exaggerate everything, making calls to resign and calls for convention," he said.
     "They should look for the perpetrators of this dirty conspiracy not among the AK Party ruling but among the mafia and dark organizations which they defended," Erdogan said.
    
     THIS WIND WILL NOT BE ENOUGH FOR CHP SUPPORTERS
     Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the candidate to become chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), gave his last message prior to the convention.
     The 33rd convention of CHP gathers today. Kemal Kilicdaroglu in his message released on Friday said, "I am not so amazed by this wind. I am happy with the interest. However, this is not enough. We want to be hope for CHP to become government as one party". 

VATAN
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     THEIR FATE DOES NOT CHANGE
     Mehmet Torun, chairman of Chamber of Mine Engineers, spoke to daily Vatan and told the deficiencies in Karadon Mine Pit.
     Torun said there was not 'early warning system' in the pit against firedamp explosion. "This system gives audial and visual warnings when density of carbon monoxide gas increases and miners leave the mine," he said and noted the cost of the system was 562,000 TL.
     Torun said ventilation system almost did not work, "they tried to protect themselves by covering their mouths with their handkerchiefs and jumpers. None of them had oxygen masks. Then, sending them to 540 meter dept was murder" he said.
    
     REFERENDUM BOMBERS
     Two terrorists, one of them woman, were detained after entering Turkey illegally. The terrorists got bomb training in Greece.
     30 kg of explosives, two bomb mechanisms, and bullets were found in the bags of the terrorists, who were planning bomb attacks in Istanbul prior to referendum.
     The woman terrorist was the sister of DHKP-C member Sengul Akkurt, who died in Ankara seven years ago when the bomb she was carrying exploded in toilet of a case in Kizilay.
    
     CUMHURIYET
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     CHP OPENS NEW PAGE
     The new administration to be elected during Republican People's Party's (CHP) 33rd general assembly to start today, will carry the party to 2011 elections. A total of 1,250 delegates will vote for the new chairperson and authorized councils at the congress to which Kemal Kilicdaroglu is expected to attend as the only candidate. During the general assembly, Kilicdaroglu is expected to give a message saying "his goal is to be the ruling party".
    
     ERDOGAN SAYS DESTINY, BARDAKOGLU SAYS NOT
     Commenting on the criticisms which claimed that Turkey had the highest number of coal mine accidents due to lack of necessary measures, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said such accidents were "destiny".
     "This is destiny. I would also like to remind that to some writers. If you do not believe in destiny, I will not discuss with you. Go and ask to the Religious Affairs department," Erdogan said.
     While Erdogan desribed the accident that killed 30 miners as "destiny", head of the Directorate General of Religious Affairs Ali Bardakoglu said, "It is not satisfactory to call these saddening incidents an 'accident' or an 'unavoidable development'. Unfortunately, there is the human factor and more measures should be taken," Bardakoglu said.
    
     RADIKAL
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     FLOW TO CHP
     The "Kilicdaroglu wind" within Republican People's Party (CHP) blows stronger with each passing day. The party expects a remarkable participation both in its general assembly meeting and after the congress. Rahsan Ecevit, spouse of Bulent Ecevit, the deceased leader of Democratic Left Party (DSP), called on everybody that loved Ecevit to support Kilicdaroglu.
    
     NUCLEAR LETTER TO OBAMA
     Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey would try hard to put an end to the crises in its region. "This is the new regional policy. If a table is set up, then we will take our place that table," Davutoglu said.
     On the other hand, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama regarding the agreement with Iran. "We have opened the door for a diplomatic solution," Erdogan said.

TURKIYE
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     LET THE BORDERS OPEN, WE WILL OPEN THE PORTS
     Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu once again extended a peaceful hand to Greek Cypriots and said, "Turkish Cypriots are also from the Mediterranean. They also have the right to use the Mediterranean. Borders in the island should be opened. We are ready to open all Turkish ports to Greek Cypriots."
     "There is only one thing we want in return for opening of ports. That is opening of Girne and Magosa ports and Ercan Airport. The world will open three ports and we will open Turkey's ports to Greek Cypriots. I promise," Davutoglu said.
    
     YOU BROUGHT PEACE WITH DIPLOMACY
     UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Turkey launched an important initiative for the solution of nuclear crisis in Iran. He said, "your diplomacy is energetic and has principles. The most important thing is that you achieve results."
    
     BITTER NEWS COMES FROM AFGHANISTAN
     Pieces of the plane which crashed in mountainous region of Kabul were found. It was found out that three Turks, who were officials of the Foundation For Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), died in the accident.
    
     ZAMAN
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     ONDER SAV TO ASSESS PARTY ASSEMBLY
     Republican People's Party (CHP) will have a historical convention following resignation of Deniz Baykal.
     Kilicdaroglu, who is expected to be the only candidate, lost the first round in "a more democrat CHP" target.
     Despite the statements of Kilicdaroglu that "those who get the highest number of votes should enter the party assembly", Secretary General Onder Sav's demands were accepted.
     The election will take place with the 80-people list proposed by Sav.
    
     EULOGY FROM UN SG TO TURKISH SCHOOLS
     UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his speech in Bogazici University, eulogized Turkish schools abroad and Turkey's zero-problem policy with its neighbors.
    
     THEY WERE TO CAUSE BLOODSHED IN REFERENDUM
     Two people, one of them woman, who are members of the illegal organization were arrested in Tekirdag.
     Different kinds of explosive devices hidden inside toys and three bombs were seized with those people.
    
     YENI SAFAK
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     SAV-TEKIN WAR
     Onder Sav, who finished his friend Deniz Baykal off together with Kemal Kilicdaroglu after the videotape scandal, eliminated Gursel Tekin as well prior to the congress of Republican People's Party's (CHP) during which the party's administration will be elected. Despite Kilicdaroglu, Sav did not include Tekin's candidates in the party assembly list.
    
     OPEN CALL FOR PORTS
     A Greek Cypriot parliamentarian asked Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, "Why don't you open the ports between Turkey and Cyprus if you don't want any borders?".
     Replying to the question, Davutoglu said Turkish Cypriots said "Yes" to peace at the 2004 referendum, however, the problem was minimized to the "port issue".
     "We want all the borders to be lifted in Cyprus. There is one thing we want in return: Opening of Girne and Magosa ports and Ercan airport. The world will open 3 ports to Turkish Cypriots. We will open all ports of Turkey to Greek Cypriots," Davutoglu said.

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