These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 28th, 2007.
FRIENDLY HAND TO ATHENS
Turkey sent an amphibic plane having 4.5 tons of water capacity to Greece to control the fires that cover half of the country and not extinguished for 5 days.
GREEN LIGHT FROM SARKOZY
French President Sarkozy who is known with his contrary views against Turkey said that they shall improve Turkey-France relations, and open 30 chapter headings in Turkey's EU membership talks.
TURKEY ELECTS ITS NEW PRESIDENT
Presidential election, which turned into a crisis because of quorum of 367, will end today. Parliament will say its last word at 3:00 p.m. It is almost for certain that Abdullah Gul will become the 11th President of Turkey. The 60th government is expected to get vote of confidence within the week.
The first assignment of the government would be to revive relations with the European Union (EU) which has come to the point of halt. Turkey also needs to strengthen its hand in the Middle East.
OPEN MESSAGE TO ISRAEL
Ankara took action after Jewish organization in the United States ADL accepted the incidents in 1915 as "Armenian Genocide".
Turkey expects Israel to get Jewish lobby in the U.S. to back down, said Turkish Ambassador to Turkey Namik Tan, regarding the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) reversal of position last week on the Armenian allegations.
In an exclusive interview with Israel's prominent English daily Jerusalem Post, Tan said he understood that Israel's position had not changed and that Israel should not let the U.S. Jewish community change its position regarding the incidents of 1915.
Discussions for the presidential election, which continued for 4 months, will end today. Turkey's 11th president Abdullah Gul will take oath after the 3rd round of voting.
Following the voting, Gul will take oath at the parliament for the presidency and a hand-over ceremony will be held at Cankaya Presidential Palace at 7:30 p.m.
TURKISH FRIENDSHIP IN UNFORTUNATE DAY
"Recover soon" wishes of Turkish people for the giant fire in Greece locked the telephones of Greek Embassy.
Greek Ambassador George Yennimatas said telephone calls of the Turkish people wishing speedy recovering locked the telephones.
WE WILL NOT MAKE CONCESSION FROM OUR DECISIVE POSITION
Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, in his message released to mark August 30th Victory Day, stated that, "we will never make concession from our duty to preserve and protect republic."
Unfortunately, sneaky plans to ruin Turkey's secular and democratic nature emerge in different forms everyday.
FIRE PLANE TO NEIGHBOR
Turkish Forestry Minister Osman Pepe proposed help as Greece did not ask for help to extinguish the fire in the country. After getting an affirmative response, a fire plane, having a capacity of 4.5 tons, left for Greece to join efforts to put out the fire.
COMROMISE IN THY
Turkish Labor & Social Security Minister Murat Basesgioglu said an agreement was reached in the collective bargaining talks between the Turkish Airlines (THY) and the Turkish Civil Aviation Labour Union (Hava-Is).
WHAT DO PEOPLE EXPECT FROM PRESIDENT?
While FM Abdullah Gul is running for presidency, KONDA made a research for Milliyet to show the expectations of citizens. First expectation of public is "neutrality" with 52.9 percent. 28.4 percent of participants of the survey said "loyalty to values of Republic", and 20 percent said "knowledge of law".
GUL TO BE PRESIDENT AT 6:00 P.M.
Third round voting in presidential elections will be held today. It is almost certain that candidate of Justice & Development (AK) Party Abdullah Gul will gain the required 276 votes and become the 11th president. The voting will probably end at around 5:00 p.m., and Gul will take oath at 6:00 p.m.
TURKEY APPLIES FOR ISLAMIC GAMES
Youth and Sports Department Director Mehmet Atalay said Turkey, which applied to host 2013 Islamic Games, plans to hold the games in southeastern city of Diyarbakir. He said men and women race could be separated. Turkey had joined Islamic Games only once in 1980.
TURKISH PLANE TO FIRE
Greece responded affirmatively to Turkey's proposal to send aid. Death toll rose 63 in more than 70 fires broke out in Greece.
Turkish Environment and Forestry Ministry keeps 51 planes and helicopters waiting in case of any urgent need.
TONIGHT AT CANKAYA PRESIDENTIAL PALACE
Term in office of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer ends. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will be at Cankaya Palace as the 11th President of Turkey. 57-year old Gul will be the third youngest president of the country. Ataturk had become president at the age of 42, and Ismet Inonu at 54.
TURKISH PLANES ON THE OTHER COAST
Fires which have been continuing in Peloponnese peninsula, Evia and Athens could not be put out for four days. When joint efforts of 12 EU member states were not sufficient to extinguish the fires, Athens asked for help of Turkey too. A JL215-type amphibic plane took off from Turkish Bodrum Airport yesterday. Turkish Environment & Forestry Minister Osman Pepe said other planes are ready too, if necessary.
THERE ARE SNEAKY PLANS
Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit said sneaky plans were underway to disrupt unity and integrity of the Turkish nation, and ruin secular and democratic structure of the Turkish Republic.
Stating that attacks against Turkish Armed Forces were intensified, Gen. Buyukanit said Turkish Armed Forces would never make concession from the task of protecting democratic, secular and social state of Turkish Republic.
MHP TO HAVE GUL ELECTED
3rd round of voting for the president will take place in the parliament today. It is almost definite that Justice & Development (AK) Party candidate Abdullah Gul will be elected president. Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) attended two sessions in the parliament with all its parliamentarians. In fact, MHP gives support to AK Party by attending the sessions.
HAPPY ENDING AT THY
When the government took action, collective bargaining talks at Turkish Airlines (THY) were completed with a happy ending. Sides are pleased with the agreement.
GUL TO BE PRESIDENT TODAY
Abdullah Gul, who is expected to be elected president in the third round voting at Parliament (to start at 3:00 p.m.), will take oath at 6:00 p.m. and take over the post from Ahmet Necdet Sezer at 7:30 p.m.
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