Turkey Press Review August 12th
These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 12th, 2007.
SIGNED BLANK PAPERS FOR CANDIDATE
Presidential election will be discussed at Council of Ministers meeting and Justice & Development (AK) Party's Central Executive Board meeting on Monday. PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to make public candidates for president on Tuesday or Wednesday. AK Party administration had its parliamentarians sign blank papers for presidential candidate. These signs were interpreted as a signal that Erdogan will not wait until the last moment.
WATER FOR 1 YEAR SOLD IN SEVEN MONTHS
Packaged water market has soared 40 percent in last three months and reached a volume of 1.2 billion YTL. (one dollar equals 1.3 YTL) Water firms that are in search for new water resources produced 7.8 billion liters to meet the increasing demand in the first seven months of year.
ANKARA IS THE COMMON TALK OF THE WORLD
Water cut in Ankara also interrupted diplomatic activities. As some embassies recessed with the fear of epidemic, diplomats engage rooms at hotels to bathe. Hungarian embassy decided to interrupt its routine activities for 2 days. Hungarian Ambassador Istvan Szabo said they had to postpone the military day reception to be hosted in their embassy on August 14th. "We did not want to jeopardise health of our guests," he said.
WARNING FROM HAVA-IS: FLIGHTS WILL BE DELAYED
Atilay Aycin, the Chairman of Turkish Civil Aviation Union (Hava-Is), said strike was not their purpose but that they were ready for the strike. Calling on Turkish Airlines Administration to act with "common sense", Aycin said the planes would not fly in their schedule if Council of Ministers postpones strike decision.
TWO GENERALS RESIGN TO PROTEST
Defense Ministry Deputy Undersecretary General Orhan Ugurluoglu resigned from Turkish Air Forces Command as he was not appointed to the post he was expecting after Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting. On the other hand, Air Commodore Muzaffer Karaca, Staff Commander in Air Training Command, resigned as he was not promoted in the YAS meeting.
YETENC TO RETURN TO CHP
Republican People's Party (CHP) Manisa deputy Erdogan Yetenc, who resigned from his party when he could not get the post --parliament's administrative commissioner-- will return to his party.
TURKEY TO GO ON TO THE FINALS IN VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Turkish team for the first time goes on to the finals after defeating Russia 3-1 in World Stars Volleyball Championship. Turkey to take on China to become the champion.
"I WILL PARALYZE TOURISM"
Atilay Aycin, Chairman of Turkish Civil Aviation Union (Hava-Is), threatened: if the government delays strike at Turkish Airlines (THY), none of the planes will fly on time. "We will give time to employer until weekend. We will not wait until the end of this summer, we will go on strike immediately," he said.
BARDAKOGLU: "WE CAN NOT DISREGARD SECULARISM"
Ali Bardakoglu, Director of Religious Affairs Dept., told department officials in southeastern city of Adiyaman that they should answer the requirements of Islam in the most beautiful way. "We have to keep abreast with modern age and advanced technology. We should not disregard principals of the Republic and secularism," he added.
THY STAFF RESOLUTE
Atilay Aycin, Chairman of Turkish Civil Aviation Union (Hava-Is), said their goal is not to go on strike. Noting that they gave time to Turkish Airlines administration until next weekend, Aycin said, "we are an experienced union regarding strikes."
PKK THREATENS AL MALIKI
Terrorist organization PKK warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki not to make a deal with Turkish government. It claimed, "otherwise, Al Maliki government will step down."
MOUNTING CRISIS IN MEDITERRANEAN SEA
Oil prospection crisis in Eastern Mediterranean Sea deepens between Turkey and Greek Cypriot administration. Following Turkish Petroleum Corporation's (TPAO) application to prospect oil in Eastern Mediterranean, Turkish government is expected to licence TPAO before August 16th, the final date for an international tender by Greek Cypriot administration. It was revealed that four of the territories to prospect oil in Eastern Mediterranean by TPAO and Greek Cypriots are overlapping.
STATE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL MEETS INTERNATIONAL CRITERIA
International Bachelor's Degree Diploma Program is implemented in 125 counties. There are 19 private schools from Turkey in the program that require high education quality and certificated conditions. Prof. Dr. Mumtaz Turhan Social Sciences Highschool applied to program two years ago. International Bachelor Institute executives inspected the school between July 7th and 8th for the last time and their decision is: students of the school deserve a second diploma. Graduates of Mumtaz Turhan Social Sciences High School may apply to any university abroad and have the chance to get education and be a professional fellow in those schools.
WHO WILL BE THE CANDIDATES?
Names of Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul and state ministers Mehmet Aydin and Besir Atalay were started to be discussed again following the statement of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that, "our candidate friends may have talks with the opposition leaders." According to the lobbies there will be more than one candidates to run for president if Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul does not oppose. Thus, criticisms against one candidate will be overcome. Erdogan is expected to make his last decision on Monday.
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