TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON MAY 22

Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Tuesday issues President Abdullah Gul's meetings within the scope of NATO summit in Chicago, Pakistani doctors' letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and collective bargaining talks between the government and civil servants.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON MAY 22

Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Tuesday issues President Abdullah Gul's meetings within the scope of NATO summit in Chicago, Pakistani doctors' letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and collective bargaining talks between the government and civil servants.

All newspapers wrote President Abdullah Gul's talks in Chicago where he visited to attend NATO Summit. Gul, who met U.S. President Barack Obama for half an hour, repeated Turkey's demand to purchase unmanned aerial vehicles. Obama, in return, said, "I understand your need but I cannot decide it by myself. There is a congress." Gul said that relations would be further strengthened, if Turkey's need was met. Gul's another meeting was with France's new President Francois Hollande. Gul asked Hollande why France was acting so hostile towards Turkey, and Hollande said that he would give directives to his ministers in order to reconstruct Turkish-French relations. Hollande also told Gul that many countries in Africa and Middle East took Turkey as a political reference. Gul also met German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Gul told Merkel that Turkey would not cut its ties with the EU during Greek Cypriot administration's EU presidency, but would not hold any talks with the term presidency.

Another topic in the newspapers is the letter written by Pakistani doctors to Prime Minister Erdogan. Premier Erdogan received the letter during his visit to Pakistan. Pakistani doctors --led by Prof. Hasan Rizvi-- wanted Turkish Prof. Mehmet Haberal, who is currently at prison, to be released. The letter, which was issued at newspapers during Erdogan's visit, tells the services of Haberal in Pakistan, and said, "it is against human rights to deprive hundreds of thousands of patients of Haberal's services."

Newspapers also wrote the collective bargaining talks between the government and the civil servants which could not reach a solution. The government revised its proposal for a salary rise from 3+3 percent to 3.5+4 percent annually. However, Memur-Sen (which asks 16 percent rise) and KESK (which asks 30 percent rise) did not find the proposal noteworthy. Kamu-Sen Chairman Ismail Koncuk said that civil servants would go on a strike across Turkey on May 23.

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