TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 8

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on May 8, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 8

HURRIYET 
  
     PROSECUTOR LAUNCH PROBE INTO VIDEO TAPE ALLEGEDLY FEATURING MAIN OPPOSITION LEADER 

     Chief prosecutor's office in Ankara have launched an investigation into the release of a video tape allegedly featuring Turkey's main opposition leader Deniz Baykal having an affair with his fellow Republican People's Party (CHP) MP Nesrin Baytok. The tape was first posted on video sharing website Metacafe and spread through the Internet instantly on the news portal, habervaktim.com. Turkey's online communications watchdog blocked access to the video tape. Baykal remained silent on Friday as his close circle said legal charges would be pressed.
    
     TWO TROOPS KILLED IN CLASH WITH TERRORISTS IN SOUTHEAST TURKEY 

     Two Turkish troops were martyred and another was wounded in a clash with PKK terrorists in the southeastern province of Hakkari. Terrorists attacked the Daglica border post, the scene of a similar attack back in October 2007 that killed 12 Turkish troops. Five terrorists were also killed in Friday's clash.
    
     PRESIDENT SAYS HIS DECISION OVER CONSTITUTIONAL BILL WILL COME SHORTLY
     Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Friday he would decide shortly whether to ratify a government-backed constitutional bill that was adopted by the Turkish parliament earlier this week, adding that his legal advisers were working on it. "I think that it won't take long before I make my decision," Gul told reporters. The constitutional package would be put on referendum if the Turkish president ratifies it within 15 days and publish it on the Official Gazette. 
     
 MILLIYET

     WHAT IS NEXT? 

     Another video recording shocked Turkey yesterday. While lawmakers were at the parliament to vote the constitutional amendment package on Thursday night, a video recording allegedly featuring Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal having an affair with CHP deputy Nesrin Baytok, was released in a video-sharing website, Metacafe. The Chief Prosecutor's Office in Ankara has launched a criminal investigation. Members of the CHP claimed that it was a conspiracy against their political party. President Abdullah Gul also condemned it and said that it was extremely obnoxious.
    
     TWO TROOPS KILLED IN DAGLICA 

     Terrorists who killed 12 troops in an outpost in Daglica region in the southeastern province of Hakkari on October 21, 2007, staged another attack on the base. Clashes between security forces and terrorists lasted for all night. Two troops were martyred in the clashes and five terrorists were killed. Operations are continuing in the region to capture terrorists.
    
     SABAH 

     RUSSIA WITHOUT VISA 

     Turkey and Russia have agreed to remove visa requirements gradually for each other's citizens following talks with Russian Deputy Premier Igor Sechin. For the start, Turkish and Russian nationals would not need to apply for a visa for their stay in each other's countries for up to 30 days. The agreement that would lift up visa requirement is expected to be signed during Russian president's upcoming visit to Turkey.
    
     U.S. APPOINTS NEW AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY 

     The United States has appointed ret. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry as its new ambassador in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Eikenberry, who serves as the top U.S. diplomat in Afghanistan is set to replace James Jeffrey, who is set to become the new U.S. ambassador in Baghdad. 

 VATAN

DAGLICA AGAIN

Two troops were martyred in a clash erupted between security forces and terrorists in Daglica region of southeastern province of Hakkari. Terrorists were planning to stage another attack on an outpost in Daglica region where 12 troops were killed on October 21, 2007. Five terrorists were killed in the clash.
 

NO VISA FOR RUSSIA

An agreement removing visa requirements between Turkey and Russia was initialized. The agreement is expected to be signed by President Gul and President Medvedev during the Russian president's scheduled visit to Turkey on May 11 and 12. Under the agreement, Turkish and Russian nationals will not need to apply for a visa for their stay in each other's countries for up to 30 days.
 

CUMHURIYET

MARKETS SHAKEN AMID GREEK FALLOUT FEARS

Stock markets in Europe slumped drastically on Friday amid concerns that the crisis in Greece could spread to Portugal, Italy and even Britain. Turkey's benchmark Istanbul Stocks Exchange fell sharply to it lowest levels in over a month. U.S. dollar gained against the Turkish currency at 1.5830.
 

TWO TROOPS KILLED IN CLASH WITH TERRORISTS

Two Turkish troops were martyred and another was wounded in a clash with PKK terrorists as they prepared to attack on a border post in southeast Turkey, the scene of an ambush back in 2007 where 12 Turkish troops were killed and eight others were kidnapped. Five terrorists were killed in Friday's clash. Turkish military launched an extensive operation after the incident as top Turkish general cut short his visit to Belgium and returned to Turkey.
 

RADIKAL

BAYKAL BECOMES LATEST VICTIM OF "RECORDING" ILNESS

Turkey has become center of video recording and telephone tapping. Privacy was totaly destroyed. And it is serious that there is almost nothing to do against it. Yesterday, Turkey witnessed an extreme example of misusage of products of communication technology. a video recording allegedly featuring Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal having an affair with CHP deputy Nesrin Baytok, was released in a video-sharing website, Metacafe. Members of the CHP claimed that it was a conspiracy against their political party.
 

PACKAGE'S ROUTE: PRESIDENT, COURT, YSK AND PEOPLE

The constitutional amendment package which was approved by the parliament, has a long legal process ahead of it. The first address on the package's route is the Presidential Palace. If President Gul ratifies the package, he will pave the way for referendum process. On the other side Turkey's main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), is expected to apply to the Constitutional Court to invalidate the package. If the court does not decide to invalidate the package, the Higher Electoral Court (YSK) will decide whether to put it to referendum in 60 days or in 120 days.

TURKIYE

DIE WELT: TURKS LAUGH WHILE EU WEEPS

German Die Welt newspaper compared the EU-member states which were concerned about spread of financial crisis in Greece to their countries, with Turkey. The newspaper said that Turks who were not accepted as a member of the EU because of their financial system, were laughing on Greece and the EU countries now. The newspaper added that the EU should learn something from Turkey.


VISA TO BE REMOVED WITH RUSSIA

Turkish and Russian ambassadors initialized an agreement removing visa requirements between Turkey and Russia in Moscow. The agreement will be signed during Russian President Medvedev's scheduled visit to Ankara on May 11 and 12. Under the agreement, Turkish and Russian nationals will not need to apply for a visa for their stay in each other's countries for up to 30 days.


ZAMAN

TURKEY PROMOTED IN CALIFORNIA

A Turkish culture and food festival, organized by the Pasifica Institute, has opened in California, the United States to promote Turkey. Five Turkish cities are being promoted in the four-day Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival. American people and Turkish citizens living in the United States will have the opportunity to view Anatolia's culture, taste Anatolian food and learn more about Turkish cities of Istanbul, Konya, Antalya, Mardin and Van. Models of Topkapi Palace, Maiden's Tower, Mevlana Museum, Aspendos Ancient Theater, Mardin's stone houses, and Akdamar Church will be on display during the festival.


EU PREPARING TO EXTEND SUPPORT FOR TURKEY'S CONSTITUTIONAL BILL

European Union is expected to extend great support to a government-backed constitutional bill in Turkey, which was adopted by the Turkish parliament earlier this week. The EU is set to voice its support for the constitutional reforms during a meeting of the Turkey-EU Partnership Council on Monday. According to an 18-page Joint Position Paper reached by daily ZAMAN, the reforms would raise the quality of the Turkish people's lives.


YENI SAFAK

CONSTITUTIONAL BILL SENT TO PRESIDENT

A government-backed constitutional bill in Turkey was submitted to President Abdullah Gul on Friday after being adopted by the Turkish parliament. The president will either ratify the bill or send it back to the parliament for review in 15 days. "It won't take long before I make my decision," Gul told reporters.


RUSSIA CLOSER NOW

Turkey and Russia have reached an accord to remove visa requirements for their nationals as Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and Russian Deputy Premier Igor Sechin had completed talks in the Turkish capital, Ankara. The agreement on the lifting of visas between Turkey and Russia will be signed during an upcoming visit of the Russian president to Ankara.

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