These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 24th, 2007.
GREEN LIGHT TO KURDISH EDUCATION
According to new constitution, restrictions on Kurdish education and political propaganda will be removed. Article 42 of the current constitution prohibits Kurdish education at schools. Only private Kurdish language courses can be opened. New draft says "education and teaching language is Turkish. Education in another language will be legally arranged according to requirements of democratic society."
FAREWELL CONVOY FOR SEZER
A plain and warm farewell program will be organized for President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, who will hand over his post to Abdullah Gul without a ceremony. Non-governmental organizations and his compatriots will not leave Sezer alone on August 29th. They will gather at the entrance of Cankaya Presidential Palace and see him off with flowers.
The draft constitution prepared by several academicians, envisages changes in Article 24 on freedom of religion and conscience, and in Article 42 on right of education.
Prof. Dr. Ergun Ozbudun, a lecturer at Ankara's Bilkent University who heads the commission preparing the constitution, said that he has been opposed to the ban on Islamic-style headscarf at universities from the very beginning.
HIJACKERS: "HAMAS WOULD HELP US"
Mommen Abdul Talikh and Mehmet Resat Ozlu, who hijacked the AtlasJet passenger plane during a flight from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to Istanbul last weekend, gave a 16-page deposition to the prosecutor before being sent to prison. In his deposition, Talikh said, "I knew that we would be arrested as soon as the plane landed at the airport in Tehran. But I was also sure that the organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah would help us in the aftermath."
ISRAEL SURPRISED AS MUCH AS ANKARA
FM Abdullah Gul met Israeli Ambassador to Turkey Pinhas Avivi when ADL, one of the most influential Jewish organization in USA, acknowledged "Armenian genocide".
"ADL's decision was shocking for us. This decision will jeopardize not only Turkish-American relations but also Turkish-Israeli relations," Gul said.
"The decision is not sensible and it does not reflect our opinions," Avivi replied.
SOLUTION WAYS FOR HEADSCARF BAN
The new draft constitution, prepared by academicians for Justice & Development (AK) Party, includes alternative proposals for issues that could cause the escalation of tensions. Academicians' draft proposes that headscarf ban at universities should be abrogated. Final word will be said by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
WE SHOULD BETTER UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER
Recently retired Air Force Commander Gen. Faruk Comert said at the handover ceremony that Turkey would be a global power if it overcomes differences by the help of patriotism. "When we try to better understand each other, it will not be hard for us to overcome difficulties in our country," Comert said.
FIRST CUSTOMER: GOVERNOR OF MEDINA
Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF) has started to operate Airwaves and Frequency, --two mega yachts that belonged to Uzan family-- when it could not sell them. These two yachts renamed as Beluga and Splendido. Beluga was first rented by the Governor of Medina (Saudi Arabian city) through a French agency. Medina Governor paid 250,000 USD to tour Aegean bays between Bodrum and Marmaris for a week.
MODERATE STATEMENT FROM ADL
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), one of the most influential organizations of the Jewish lobby in the United States, released a moderate statement after President Shimon Peres of Israel took action.
"We must encourage steps to create an atmosphere in which Armenia will respond favorably to the several recent overtures of Turkey to convene a joint commission to assist the parties in achieving a resolution of their profound differences," ADL which decided to recognize the allegations regarding the incidents of 1915, said in its new statement.
The second round of voting will take place at the parliament to elect the next president of Turkey. The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Democratic Left Party (DSP) MPs will attend the parliamentary session to support their own candidates while the Republican People's Party (CHP) will continue protesting Abdullah Gul's candidacy.
TURKISH CONTRACTORS BECOME RISING STARS
According to the new list of the Engineering World Record, twenty-two Turkish firms have taken place among world's biggest 225 contractors. Enka was ranked the 44th while Renaissence was ranked the 61st.
Ankara has taken immediate action after the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), one of the most important Jewish organizations in the United States, decided to recognize the allegations regarding the incidents of 1915. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed Turkey's uneasiness to President Shimon Peres of Israel in a telephone conversation.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul met Israeli Ambassador to Turkey Pinhas Avivi. Avivi said that they were also surprised with the ADL's decision, and added that they did not expect such a move.
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AGAINST PATRIARCH
Prosecutor Ahmet Cakar has launched a criminal investigation against Patriarch Bartholomew, who claimed that the patriarchate has been ecumenical since the 6th century, on charges of misusing religious services under Article 219 of the Turkish Penal Code. Patriarch Bartholomew was invited to the Prosecutor's Office to give a deposition. If convicted, he may face an imprisonment sentence up to one year.
REVOLUTION IN CONSTITUTION
The most civilian constitution, which will increase the fundamental rights and freedoms to the maximum level, will have 138 articles. The new constitution, prepared by a commission of academicians headed by Prof. Dr. Ergun Ozbudun, envisages to limit authorities of the president in accordance with the parliamentary system. The new constitution also lifts political immunity of deputies in crimes such as embezzlement, bribery and corruption.
AL-HASHIMI: "MoU IS BINDING"
Iraqi Vice-President Tariq al-Hashimi said that the memorandum of understanding (MoU), which was recently signed between Turkey and Iraq, was binding. Al-Hashimi said after his arrival in Ankara that the Iraqi government's will to put the memorandum of understanding into practice was quite clear. He added that his political party also supported that commitments stemming from the memorandum of understanding should be fulfilled.
STRIKE WAVES THREATENING ECONOMY
Turkey is experiencing the greatest wave of strike of the last 17 years. Following Turkish Airlines, textiles and maritime workers and Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) workers have decided to go on strike. Talks with civil servants are continuing. Timing of strike decisions is thought to be meaningful. Business world is concerned about destabilization.
BAYKAL'S REMARKS TRIGGER OPPOSITION: MHP, DSP TO
ATTEND PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WITH FULL FORCE OF MPs
Parliamentary General Assembly will convene today for the second round voting of presidential election. Candidates are seeking 367 votes and parties are continuing their policies in the first round. Republican People's Party (CHP) that boycotted the parliament insists on its stance. However, CHP Chairman Deniz Baykal's harsh criticism against Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Democratic Left Party (DSP) that participated in the voting was counterproductive. Both parties are planning to attend the voting with full force of deputies.
"OUR RELATIONS WILL BE SERIOUSLY DAMAGED"
Turkey has warned Israel that the Anti-Defamation League's recognizing the allegations on the incidents of 1915 will have a serious impact on Turkey-Israel bilateral relations.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation with President Shimon Peres of Israel, and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul called his Israeli counterpart. Gul expressed Turkey's uneasiness and stressed that such a move will play havoc with the relations.
TURKISH CONTRACTORS IN WORLD LEAGUE
There are 22 Turkish firms in the new list of the Engineering World Record for the world's biggest 225 contractors. Turkey was ranked the third behind the United States which has 51 firms in the list and the People's Republic of China which has 49 firms.
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