TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 24

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on May 24, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 24

TURKIYE
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"BIGGEST PROBLEM IS KURDISH PROBLEM"
President Abdullah Gul said that Turkey's biggest problem was the Kurdish problem. Gul told reporters on his way to Kazakhstan, "some called this problem the issue of southeastern Turkey, while the others called it the issue of terrorism. This problem should be resolved properly. And terrorism should be eradicated to solve the problem."

PEACE REDUCES DEFENSE EXPENDITURES
Twenty-two confidence-building agreements, signed by Turkey and Greece during Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Athens, have also made a contribution to the economy. National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul said that improving relations reduced defense expenditures from 5.5 percent to 2 percent.

ZAMAN
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NEW EMPLOYMENT PACKAGE ON WAY TO COUNTER UNEMPLOYMENT
The government has taken action to reflect positive economic figures on employment, and is preparing a new package together with business world. According to the plan, the unemployment insurance share of employees will be reduced to one point from two. New employees will be recruited in public institutions that have employment gap. Social insurance premiums of young people who establish new businesses will be reduced. Firms will be provided with financial support for equipment and they will be granted investment loan. Those who pay their premium regularly will be encouraged.

GUL: U.S. REACTION ON IRAN AGREEMENT IS RELATED WITH DOMESTIC POLICY
President Abdullah Gul said the U.S. administration's uneasiness regarding the uranium swap agreement with Iran was related with domestic political concerns. Gul said giving nuclear fuel to Iran in return for 1,200 kilograms of enriched uranium was the proposal of international community, particularly the United States.

YENI SAFAK
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SAV HOLDS ACES IN CHP
While Kemal Kilicdaroglu was elected Republican People's Party's (CHP) new chairman, "the authority and the word" belong to Onder Sav. The secretary general of the party, who postponed the amendment on the bylaw and secured his seat, became CHP's "real leader" as he won the list fight he had with Gursel Tekin while determining the members of the party assembly.

AHMADINEJAD: WE ARE READY FOR SWAP
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that his country would tell the international Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that "it was ready for the uranium swap".
During the phone talk, Erdogan said that he was sure Iran would make use in the best way the opportunity that arose as a result of intense efforts.
 

VATAN
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ONLY FOUR STAY
Sixteen names close to Deniz Baykal, the former chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) who were members of the central executive board--the highest decision-making organ of the party, could not join the new administration. Sixty new people joined the party assembly comprised of 80 members. Baykal's traces are being erased in the CHP. Only Onder Sav, Mesut Deger, Faik Oztrak and Mehmet Ozpolat, all members of the former central executive board, joined the new administration. Yilmaz Ates, Onur Oymen, Algan Hacaloglu, Cevdet Selvi and Mustafa Ozyurek, known as Baykal's "Team A", were excluded from the list.

TUSIAD: CHP'S PLEDGES PROMISING
The Executive Board of the Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) released a statement on Sunday which congratulated Kemal Kilicdaroglu on becoming the new leader of CHP. In the statement, TUSIAD said, "Kilicdaroglu's pledges, particularly the principles of pluralist democracy and representation capability, are important and promising for meeting of expectations from pluralist parliamentary system."

"MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEM OF TURKEY IS KURDISH ISSUE"
President Abdullah Gul, speaking en route to Kazakhstan, did not use the expression "Kurdish", but said, "whatever you call it, you can either call it terrorism, or democracy, or brotherhood or Kurdish, this is the most important problem of Turkey."

CUMHURIYET
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LOUD AND CLEAR MESSAGES
Kemal Kilicdaroglu replied to criticisms which claimed that he did not mention secularism or the Kurdish issue during his speech at Republican People's Party's (CHP) general assembly meeting.
Regarding the remarks on secularism, Kilicdaroglu said, "I did not think it was necessary to put a special emphasis on this issue. CHP's stance on such matter is quite clear. We have to address the citizens directly".
Commenting on the Kurdish issue, Kilicdaroglu said, "I laid down what should be done and I said that winds of peace should blow. Can we solve the problems of an unemployed person by looking at his/her identity?".

BAYKAL: SUPPORT KEMAL
CHP's former chairman Deniz Baykal said that the "operation" against his party had failed. During his meeting with CHP officials from the Mediterranean province of Antalya, Baykal said that he trusted and supported the party's new chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu. "Kilicdaroglu is a decent person. Everybody should support him," Baykal said.

RADIKAL
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KILICDAROGLU'S MARK
During the general congress of the Republican People's Party (CHP), only 28 out of 80 members of the party assembly were re-elected. Three members of the CHP who run for leadership of the party earlier against Baykal, were also included in the party assembly. Kemal Kilicdaroglu renewed CHP's party assembly after being elected as the new leader of the CHP during Saturday's election.

RISKY EFFORTS TO FIND TWO MINERS
Search-and-rescue efforts are underway to find two miners who went missing during last week's explosion in a coal mine in northern province of Zonguldak in which 28 miners lost their lives. Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said, "we called off search and rescue efforts in Karadon area. Teams have begun searching for the miners in another area. But it is too risky."
 

HURRIYET
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52 NEW NAMES
After Kemal Kilicdaroglu was elected the chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), a new party assembly that would take the party to general elections was set up. The list included sociology professor Sencer Ayata, the son-in-law of late Turan Gunes who encouraged former CHP leader Deniz Baykal to involve in politics. Also, Turan Gunes's son Professor Dr. Hursit Gunes was in the list. University lecturer professor Suheyl Batum also joined the CHP administration.
Haluk Koc, who wanted to be a rival to Baykal but could not find enough supporters in the past; businessman Umut Oran; and Inonu's granddaughter Gulsun Bilgehan are the other names who were elected members of the party assembly.
Baykal's team was out of the list. Only Onder Sav, Faik Oztrak, Mesut Deger, Mehmet Ali Ozpolat joined Kilicdaroglu's team from the former central executive board. Yilmaz Ates, Mustafa Ozyurek, Cevdet Selvi, Onur Oymen, Algan Hacaloglu, Savci Sayan, Bihlin Tamayligil, Nur Serter and Ali Kilic could not join the new list.

HIGH-SPEED TRAIN TO BE READY TILL SEB-I ARUZ
Suleyman Karaman, the director general of the Turkish Railways Administration (TCDD), said Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had given instructions, and the TCDD was working to launch the high-speed train service between Ankara and the central city of Konya till Seb-i Aruz (Wedding Night) ceremonies on December 17, 2010. One can travel between the two cities in one hour and 15 minutes after the high-speed train starts to operate.

MILLIYET
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BAYKAL'S TEAM ELIMINATED
Kemal Kilicdaroglu chose members of the new party assembly of the Republican People's Party (CHP) after being elected as the new leader of the political party in the general congress on Saturday. Most of those who were members of the party assembly during Deniz Baykal's leadership were not included this time. Three members of the CHP who run for leadership of the party earlier against Baykal, were also included in the party assembly.

PKK FIGHT IN DENMARK
One of Denmark's leading newspapers, Berlingsk Tidende, published a seven-page news story claiming that Danish police hid evidence about connection between the Roj TV and the PKK terrorist organization. The story included a photograph featuring Iranian Manouchehr Zonoozi, former director of the Roj TV, and Metin Yuce, who is responsible for the Roj TV in Belgium, together with Murat Karayilan in northern Iraq.

SABAH
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SWORD IMPACT ON BAYKAL'S SUPPORTERS
Former chairman Deniz Baykal's team was left outside Republican People's Party's (CHP) new party assembly, while candidates who were previously against Baykal were all included in the list. The list bargaining for the 80-member party assembly, which acts like CHP's administrative organ, continued till morning hours. Former chairman Deniz Baykal's team was not included in the block list prepared.

FROM ERDOGAN TO AHMADINEJAD: DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the phone and said, "Do not miss the opportunity that arose thanks to the uranium swap agreement". Iran presented a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) yesterday in the light of the tripartite settlement it has reached with Turkey and Brazil.
 

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