These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on September 17th, 2007.
RE-DISCOVERING OF LIBYA
Turkish contractors have been granted projects worth 2.5 billion USD in the past eight months in Libya. "Our contractors plan to reach a business volume of 17 billion USD by the end of 2007," said Turkish State Minister Kursad Tuzmen. Turkish contractors were extremely active in the Libyan market in the 1970s.
CETIN MANDACI IN GREEK PARLIAMENT
Cetin Mandaci, a Greek politician of Turkish descent, has been elected to the Greek parliament as a PASOK deputy from Xanthi.
Two other Turks may enter the Greek parliament.
TURKISH UNION OF BARS TO PROVIDE TRAINING ON HOW TO GO TO ECHR
The Turkish Union of Bars will provide training to lawyers on how to make appeals to and file cases at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Approximately, 10,500 Turkish lawyers will receive training on the ECHR.
ERDOGAN TO ADDRESS WORLD LEADERS
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend the 62nd General Assembly of the United Nations between September 24th and October 3rd. Erdogan will deliver a speech at the UN's General Assembly on September 28th.
NEW DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IS A MUST
Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD) said that current account deficit and the number of unemployed people should be reduced. MUSIAD Chairman Omer Bolat noted, "there is need for a new development program in the coming period. The 60th government should also work to boost the competitive capacity."
TRNC WAITS FOR GUL
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is getting prepared to welcome Turkish President Abdullah Gul. President Gul will pay his first visit abroad to the TRNC between September 18th and 19th. Gul will meet TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat and receive ministers and representatives of political parties.
PM ERDOGAN TO MAKE FINAL DECISION ON HEADSCARF
Some discussions took place during the meeting of Justice & Development (AK) Party in Sapanca town of northwestern province of Sakarya. Academicians who have been preparing a draft constitution made two proposals. One of them was that "no one can be debarred from his/her right of education at universities due to his/her outfit" and the other was that "students are able to dress freely at universities." AK Party deputies could not reach an agreement on these proposals. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will make the final decision on the matter.
United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Dervis said that fluctuations in global markets would continue. Dervis stated, "there are fluctuations, ups and downs in global markets. However, they have not affected the real economy yet. If this happens, it results in a slowdown in economic growth in the whole world. In that case, Turkish exports, its economic growth and employment rates are also affected."
DO NOT LEAVE DORMITORIES TO RELIGIOUS ORDERS, BAYKAL
The new education year kicks off on Monday. One child out of every 10 will not be able to attend school in Turkey. Out of every 10 students that will not attend school, 7 are girls. Pointing out to the construction of modern dormitories for students, Chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal indicated that "authorities should not leave dormitories to religious orders." Students should not be influenced by the ideologies of religious orders, stressed Baykal.
TURKISH BUSINESSMEN IN NORTHERN IRAQ WORRIED
Many Turkish businessmen are leaving northern Iraq after Baghdad cut funds going to the regional Kurdish administration. Also the speculation that the Turkish Armed Forces may conduct a military operation in north of Iraq negatively affected Turkish businessmen in northern Iraq.
DRAFT CONSTITUTION TO BE MADE PUBLIC THIS WEEK
The meeting held between members of the commission formed by Justice & Development (AK) Party for the new constitution and academicians in Sapanca town of northwestern province of Sakarya ended. AK Party deputy chairman Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat said, "the draft is our draft now." Firat announced that it would be made public this week.
WE HAVE 17,000 BRITISH NEIGHBOURS
British paper The Sunday Mirror reported, "then why not take a look at Turkey? The country at the eastern end of the Med is becoming increasingly popular with Brits buying abroad, with 17,000 homes now under UK ownership." It stated, "and with massive investment in airports, hotels, marinas and tourist hotspots, some property experts are predicting Turkey could soon overtake Spain as Brits? favourite spot for a holiday home. The most popular area is the coastline between Kusadasi in the north and Alanya in the south-east, which includes the resorts of Bodrum, Marmaris and Izmir."
IS TURKEY BECOMING SPAIN IN REAL ESTATE?
Daily The Sunday Mirror published a news story and compared Turkey to Spain in real estate. The newspaper announced that to date over 17,000 Britons purchased real estate property in Turkey. "Real estate experts believe that Turkey's real estate sector will surpass Spain in attracting foreign customers," wrote the Sunday Mirror.
SCHOOLS OPENING, FREE TRANSPORTATION
Close to 15 million elementary and high school students throughout Turkey begin the new education year on Monday. 600,000 teachers also begin the new school year. 3,068 police officers will be on assignment close to 833 schools in Istanbul. All mass transportation vehicles, including buses, ships and subway, will be free to students between 06:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 16:00 - 20:00 p.m. in Istanbul.
7 PEOPLE ARRESTED IN VAN IN
CONNECTION WITH EXPLOSIVES IN MINIBUS
Turkish Police have arrested seven people in eastern province of Van on Sunday in connection with a minibus in Ankara that had explosive substances in it. Those 7 people have links to terrorist PKK organization.
PM ERDOGAN TO DEAL WITH CRITICAL MATTERS
Justice and Development (AK) Party delegation headed by the party's deputy chairman Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat and academicians including Prof. Dr. Ergun Ozbudun who have been preparing a draft constitution had a meeting in Sapanca town in northwestern city of Sakarya. A discussion took place regarding the article which brings freedom of headscarf at universities. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will make final decision on some matters including freedom of headscarf at universities.
2007-2008 education year in elementary and high schools takes start on Monday. 600,000 teachers will begin the new education year after three months of holiday. 2007-2008 education year's first term will end on January 25th, 2008; and the second term will start on February 11th, 2008. The education year will end on June 13th, 2008.
TURKISH DELEGATION QUESTIONS PKK MEMBERS IN PARIS
An 8-member Turkish delegation, comprised of prosecutors and security officers, questioned 5 PKK terrorists in Paris, France. This was the first time Turkish authorities questioned members of terrorist PKK organization in France. The Turkish delegation presented essential documents and information to French security officers.
RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS OPPOSE TO RELIGIOUS
STUDIES AS AN ELECTIVE COURSE
Turkish Religious Affairs Directorate General has opposed to the possibility of offering religious studies courses as elective courses rather than mandatory ones. "We must teach our religion, national, spiritual and humanitarian values to our children," said Religious Affairs Director General Ali Bardakoglu.