TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 7

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on May 7, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 7




HURRIYET
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BLACK BOX LOCKED

Canada has put an end to discussions on the testimony of Tuncay Guney, "Ergenekon's black box". In a statement sent to Turkey, it has been stated that the file regarding Guney had been closed down.

Prosecutor Zekeriya Oz, who is carrying out the Ergenekon investigation, had previously demanded that Guney would be asked 37 questions. In a petition he sent to Canadian authorities, Oz had also reminded that an investigation had been launched about Guney on the charge of "being a member of an armed terrorist organization".

Replying to such demand on April 29, the Canadian justice ministry said that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had tried to contact Guney within the scope of the principle of voluntariness, however, Guney had rejected to deliver a statement. "Under Canadian laws, we cannot force him to testify," Canadian officials said.

YOU WILL EITHER MAKE HISTORY OR BECOME HISTORY

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan convened his party group in an extraordinary session prior to the final voting of the constitutional amendment package. "You will either make history or become history," Erdogan told the deputies.

CONSTITUTIONAL PACKAGE WITH APPLAUSE

The constitution marathon at the Turkish parliament, which was going on for 3 weeks, was concluded with the voting of the whole package yesterday. The constitutional amendment bill passed with 336 votes. Justice and Development (AK) Party deputies applauded the bill, which was entirely approved expect for Article 8 (on closure of political parties) that was rejected as it could not get 330 votes.


MILLIYET
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EITHER WE WRITE HISTORY OR WE BECOME HISTORY

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan again made an emotional speech at a meeting with his Justice & Development (AK) Party MPs in the parliament ahead of the final voting on the constitutional amendment package. Erdogan said he did not want any dissent on the voting on whole of the constitutional amendment package.

Erdogan said, "you have seen the eulogies of the opposition after Article 8. Consider who you will make happy or unhappy. Let us not please those who support status quo. Don't let them sow discord in our party. Don't allow their tricks."

Voting on whole package continued till midnight. The package was adopted by 336 votes in favor and 72 against. Eyes turned to the decision of President Abdullah Gul.

Republican People's Party (CHP) will apply to Constitutional Court after approval of the package.

TRAIN ACCIDENT IN IZMIT

Two passenger trains, going between Istanbul and Adapazari, collided at Izmit Sekapark region.

The accident happened when last car of one of the trains on separate tracks derailed and fell over in front of the other.

32 people, 4 of them seriously, were injured in the accident.

SABAH
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PARLIAMENT ADOPTS CONSTITUTIONAL BILL

The parliament adopted early on Friday a government-backed constitutional amendment package as a whole with 336 votes in favor and 72 against in the final voting after a two-week long debate. The first round of the constitutional sessions lasted nine days and the second round five. Now eyes are set on the president who may either put the package to referendum or send individual articles or the whole package back to the parliament for review. "The results of the referendum will bring a new spring to our country. You have written down your names in history in gold letters," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his AK Party lawmakers after the voting.

TRAINS COLLIDE IN NORTHWEST TURKEY, OVER 30 INJURED

Thirty-two people were injured when a passenger train in the northwestern province of Izmit collided with two derailed cars of another train coming in from opposite direction on separate tracks. One of the injured was in serious condition, officials said.

VATAN
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MILITARY FORENSIC EXPERT SAY EVIDENCE OVER COUP ALLEGATION MAY BE FAKE

Compact discs which were presented to court as evidence that reportedly included plans on an alleged military coup back in 2003 in Turkey may have been forged, forensic report by a military expert has said. However, experts with Turkey's national science agency had said the CDs that included plans over what came to be dubbed as "the Sledgehammer" were genuine. The plans allegedly aimed at causing turmoil by bombing mosques and shooting down Turkey's own planes.

REPORT ON TURKISH AIRLINER CRASH PUT MOST OF BLAME ON MANUFACTURER

A report released by a Dutch flight safety board put the most of the blame on aviation giant Boeing in the crash last February of a Turkish Airlines 737-800 plane near Amsterdam for downplaying the malfunctioning of one of the radio altimeters of the airliner, which THY said it had notified the company. The report said pilots noticed the altimeter failure two-and-a-half minutes before the crash but their lack of training did not let them to realize the danger in time. The report also blamed the air traffic controllers for rushing the THY plane to land. Nine people were killed including four crew members and over 30 were injured in the crash near Amsterdam's Schipol Airport.

CUMHURIYET
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BALYOZ NOT REAL

In a report sent by the military expert to Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, it has been stated that "it was highly probable that there had been a forgery and the system time of the computer had been changed while preparing the CDs about Balyoz". It has been also noted that there was strong evidence showing the plans "Suga, Carsaf, Oraj and Sakal" were not real.

THEY SET THEIR ROUTES

To avoid a last-minute shock, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed his party's deputies ahead of the final voting: "You will either make history or become history. Let us finish this work. We have already started our campaigns and preparations".

On the other hand, Republican People's Party (CHP) chairperson Deniz Baykal said that he had not lost his hope for the constitutional amendment process. "AK Party has started to be afraid of the Constitutional Court and the nation. If a referendum takes place, a surprise will be waiting for AK Party," Baykal said.

RADIKAL
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TOWARDS REFERENDUM

Parliamentary process on constitutional amendment package ended. The session continued till the morning hours with intensive arguments and quarrels like the previous ones. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not leave the parliament and watched the session till the end.

Asked what would be done after approval of the package, Erdogan said preparations had already started for referendum. "The next process is the campaign on referendum. Preparations have already started. "

REPORT OF "FAKE" ON EVIDENCES OF BALYOZ

The military referee report on Balyoz military coup plan included serious suspicions. The report said, "there is a high probability of falsification in formation of CDs no 11 and 17. We have reached the conviction that there are strong evidences that Balyoz, Suga, Oraj, Carsaf and Sakal plans are not real in terms of technical and military typing and methods."

TURKIYE
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ERDOGAN: WE STARTED PREPARATIONS FOR REFERENDUM

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the nation would say the last word on constitutional amendment bill.

Erdogan said they would immediately start campaigns, "we have started preparations. We will bring it to the nation."

Speaking to his Justice & Development (AK) Party Group, Erdogan said, "constitutional amendments will be a landmark for our democracy. Either we write history or we will become history."

MEDVEDEV: NO TANKER SHOULD PASS THROUGH STRAITS

As Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is getting ready to pay a visit to Turkey next week, Moscow will propose Turkey to clear the Bosphorus and Canakkale Straits off from oil tankers and to transport oil via two pipelines.

TURKEY, GREECE'S HOPE

Greece, which has come to the edge of collapse because of economic crisis, focused on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Athens next week together with 10 ministers and 100 entrepreneurs.

Athens particularly wants to make cooperation in tourism.

ZAMAN
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OPPOSITION SCARED OF REFERENDUM, ERDOGAN SAYS

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said opposition parties were scared of going to referendum over a government-backed constitutional bill. "Go to the people and tell them what you have to say. Let the people decide", Erdogan told reporters after the second of round of talks on the constitutional package were completed at the parliament.

TRAIN ACCIDENT: 32 INJURED

Thirty-two people were injured when a train hit a derailed car of another train coming in on a separate track from the opposite direction in the northwestern province of Izmit. Officials said one of the injured people was in serious condition.

YENI SAFAK
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NATION SAYS FINAL WORD

The constitutional amendment package prepared by Justice and Development (AK) Party was approved by the parliament after 200 hours of work. If approved by the president as well, the nation will head for ballot boxes to send 24 articles of the September 12 constitution to history.

The constitution marathon that started on April 19 has been completed. The parliament debated the last 4 articles of the package all day long yesterday and approved the whole package in late hours. Despite the opposition's efforts to block the package, the General Assembly approved the bill with 336 votes.

COURT TO SAY FINAL WORD

As Prime Minister Erdogan showed the nation as the address for a solution, Republican People's Party (CHP) chairperson Deniz Baykal said that applying to the Constitutional Court would be his party's priority.

CHP, which is in a rush of collecting 110 votes in order to carry the constitutional amendments to the Supreme Court, has pushed the referendum issue aside. "I have full confidence in the court. If that is overcome in a way, we will then confide in the nation," Baykal said.

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