Turkey Press August 22th

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 22nd, 2007.

Turkey Press  August 22th

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 22nd, 2007.

TURKIYE

OUR PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY REACHED A CONSENSUS, ERDOGAN

Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the public has expressed its opinion regarding the presidential election at the general elections held on July 22nd.

Stressing that Abdullah Gul was a suitable candidate for presidency, Erdogan said, "Mr. Gul will have no connection with us after he is elected, he will be the president of Turkey".


ANOTHER SUCCESS OF TAV

Tepe-Akfen-Vie (TAV) Construction has won the tender for construction of Tripoli International Airport in Libya. TAV, which is a rising star in international airport tenders, won the tender together with its Brazilian and Lebanese partners.

Tripoli Airport, whose construction is expected to cost nearly 3 billion USD, will be the most modern facility of the region.


ZAMAN

THOSE WANTED CAN NOT BOARD A PLANE

Turkey experienced two hijacking incidents in the past 5 months. Hijackers were convinced and surrendered without causing any calamity. Police was in fact for a long time searching for Mehmet Goksingol, who hijacked the plane (on April 10th) on its way to Diyarbakir, on charges of producing drugs. Goksingol's boarding the plane opened security measures to discussion.

Following a series of meetings, Security Department decided to open its general data gathering to 40 airports. Interior Ministry sent a circular to governors informing them that general data gathering, which was earlier used in foreign flights, would be used in domestic flights. From now on, all domestic flight passengers will go through criminal record.


INDONESIA SELECTS TURKISH SCHOOLS AS MODEL

Turkish schools, which are opened throughout the world with the support of Turkish people, started to be model to the countries they are in. Indonesia, which is the 4th biggest country in the world with respect to population and number of students, chose Turkey as model for its education system.


YENI SAFAK

TURKEY'S TAV TO CONSTRUCT AIRPORT IN TRIPOLI

Tepe-Akfen-Vie (TAV) Construction has won the tender for construction of Tripoli International Airport in Libya. The airport is expected to cost some 3 billion USD and would be completed in 2009. The airport will have a passenger capacity of 20 million. The TAV consortium has built terminals in Cairo and Tbilisi and currently carrying out airport projects in Georgia, Batumi, Qatar, Doha and Tunisia.


GENERAL STAFF: "ARMED FORCES DID NOT BARGAIN WITH ANYBODY"

The General Staff severely rejected on Tuesday news reports alleging that Chief of Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit held several meetings and made secret agreements with a number politicians. "Turkish Armed Forces did not bargain with anybody," the statement added.

VATAN

THREE CRITICAL ARTICLES IN THE NEW CONSTITUTION

For the first time the constitution will be amended by a civilian administration and will be resorted to referendum again for the first time by a civilian administration.

The 140 article Constitutional package was submitted to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The draft package will be put to the internet web-page of the Justice and Development (AK) Party and afterwards will be submitted to the public.

According to VATAN, the first 4 article of the constitution have not been changed. However, almost all of the other articles will be amended. The expression that, "Turkish nation uses its sovereignty with the principles put forward by the constitution and through authorized organs," will be amended as, "Turkish nation uses its sovereignty with the principles put forth by the constitution and through legislative, executive and judicial bodies."

Definition of "citizenship" in Article 66th will be re-arranged. The current article says, "everybody, who is connected to the Turkish state with citizenship ties are Turkish," will be changed with the expression, "without making religious and racial discrimination, everybody will be called as Turkish with respect to citizenship." Citizenship will no more be an ethnic concept.

In the new constitution, authorities of Higher Education Board (YOK) will be trimmed. Coordination Board Among Universities (UKK), that will carry out programming and planning among universities will be established. Universities will select their own rectors.


CUMHURIYET

GENERAL STAFF DENIES NEWS REPORTS ALLEGING AGREEMENT BETWEEN GUL AND BUYUKANIT

The General Staff denied Tuesday recent news reports which alleged that presidential hopeful Abdullah Gul and Chief of Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit had held a meeting and made a secret agreement after bargaining on presidential vote. "These news reports are not just false but they are lies," a statement from the General Staff said. "The Chief of General Staff does not have any secret agenda."


FIRST TURKISH MUSICIAN AT LA SCALA

Ozlem Adiguzel, a violinist from Aegean port city of Izmir, has become the first Turk musician who joined the orchestra of world-famous La Scala Theater. "I passed the test I had taken when I was playing in the Arena di Verona Orchestra, and joined Teatro alla Scala," Adiguzel said. "It is enthusiastic to perform with musicians from various countries, particularly Europe. And I am proud to be the first Turkish musician playing in the theater that was established in 1778," she added.


RADIKAL

NOT A PREMIER, A TOURISM AGENCY

Those who cannot stand different opinions have expressed themselves with various slogans. For instance, while nationalists and Islamists sent communists to Russian capital of Moscow, seculars shouted "Mullahs to Iran".

The latest message of such intolerance came from Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan was criticized after saying, "There are certain people who say 'he cannot be my president' for Abdullah Gul, such people should renounce their nationality. They can go anywhere and elect whoever they want".


UNIFICATION DREAM IS ABOUT TO END, TALAT

President Mehmet Ali Talat of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) has warned the international community.

In his statement to Daily Telegraph, Talat said, "The division in the island is getting deeper. Turkish Cypriots are again moving towards the idea of two states. If the deadly wound is not healed, the dream for a unified island may die".

HURRIYET

TSK WILL NOT BARGAIN WITH ANYBODY

General Staff refuted the news stories that appeared in the newspapers that, "military reached a secret agreement with president candidate Abdullah Gul".

In a written statement that was published in web-page of General Staff, it was remarked that it was out of question for the General Staff to bargain any person or institution. "The news reports are not wrong but lie," the statement said.


LEAVE THE COUNTRY POLEMICS

Bekir Coskun and his wife Andree responded to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who called those who could not acknowledge Abdullah Gul as president to leave Turkish citizenship.

Coskun and his wife said, "we will not go anywhere, we are here."


MILLIYET

SHORTEST AND MOST QUIET MGK

The National Security Council (MGK) meeting held yesterday lasted 1.5 hours. None of the members from the military delivered speeches at the shortest MGK meeting held during Justice and Development (AK) Party's ruling. Only President Ahmet Necdet Sezer who said farewell to the council and Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan made speeches during the meeting.

"Domestic and foreign developments with respect to the country's security were discussed," said a statement released after the meeting.


FORMULA 1 PILOTS TO ATTEND FOOTBALL MATCH

Before the Formula 1 Petrol Ofisi Turkish Grand Prix to be held in Istanbul, F1 pilots will appear at a football match in Istanbul's Ali Sami Yen stadium.

Renowned F1 pilots such as Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will play at the match together with famous Turkish footballers Ridvan Dilmen and Tanju Colak.


SABAH

POLICE TIGHTENS SECURITY CONTROLS AS NUMBER OF HIJACKINGS CLIMB UP

Security controls at domestic flights have been tightened up after after last Saturday's incident in which an Egyptian and a Turkish national hijacked an Istanbul-bound Atlas Jet flight from Lefkosa. The Ministry of Interior ordered arrangements to have police access to the wanted people list at domestic flight check points.


SEZER CHAIRS HIS LAST SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING

The outgoing President Ahmet Necdet Sezer chaired his last National Security Council (MGK) meeting on Tuesday as his days are almost over at the top state post. The meeting lasted just one and half an hour, the second shortest MGK meeting after an infamous meeting on February 21 2001, in which President Sezer was alleged to throw a Constitution book on the late Premier Bulent Ecevit. That meeting lasted only 15 minutes.

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