Turkey press September 20th

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on September 20th, 2007.

Turkey press September 20th

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on September 20th, 2007.

TURKIYE

EVERYBODY'S OPINION TO BE ASKED


Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that when the new draft constitution is ready, they will ask the opinion of all parts of the society.


RAIN ON WAY, TEMPERATURES TO DROP

Meteorology stated that rain is expected across country for the next three days as of today. Temperatures will drop for 7 degrees with the rainy weather.


WE BURIED INTER TO KADIKOY

Fenerbahce soccer team of Turkey beat FC Inter of Italy 1-0 in European Champions League Group G match in Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Kadikoy.


ZAMAN

GUL SETS UP TEAM TO FIX IMAGE OF PRESIDENTIAL PALACE

President Abdullah Gul, who plans to open Cankaya Presidential Palace to people, makes important changes. President, who wants to change the image of Palace, directed officials to set up a public relations team.


FENERBAHCE WIPES OUT WORLD GIANT INTER

Fenerbahce soccer team of Turkey beat FC Inter of Italy 1-0 in European Champions League Group G match in Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Kadikoy.


YENI SAFAK

RECTORS SHOULD MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS


Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly reacted that civilian constitution draft is lowered to the discussions on headscarf. Erdogan said, "everybody should know his own place. Legislation duty belongs to the parliament. The nation will make the decision."


4 MESSAGES FROM THE UNITED STATES

U.S. Department of State Undersecretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns, who is currently in Ankara, relayed 4 messages.

"Armenian draft would not pass from the Congress. We support you against PKK. We will continue diplomacy with Iran. USA supports Turkey's European Union (EU) membership."

VATAN


AND THE SWORDS DRAWN

Rectors issued a declaration as "students wearing headscarf cannot enter universities." Also Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor warned: it causes oligarchy.

Following an extraordinary meeting, Chairman of Higher Board of Education (YOK) Prof. Erdogan Tezic made a strong statement: it is legally impossible to make a regulation in Constitution which envisages liberation of attire. Tezic --who wanted constitutional amendment to be stopped till referendum-- recalled the decision of Constitutional Court regarding headscarf, and said, "you know, two political parties were closed due to this reason." On the other hand, Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya released an unexpected written statement and said, "freedom of headscarf causes polarization, and gives the impression (to public) that the government turned to oligarchy."


15 PERCENT INCREASE IN PRICE OF ELECTRICITY

Price of electricity --which has not increased for 5 years-- will rise. Decision of price increase emerged in yesterday's Energy Summit which convened under the chairmanship of Energy & Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler. The increase will be 15 percent, and put into effect in 2008.


CUMHURIYET

DOUBLE WARNING TO ERDOGAN


Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor and rectors mentioned the disadvantages of constitution draft prepared by Justice & Development (AK) Party, and made some proposals. Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya stressed that elements like headscarf
--which were banned by both Turkish courts and ECHR-- should not be legalized. On the other hand, Rectors Committee, which held an extraordinary meeting due to debates of constitutional amendment, called for a suspension until the referendum for presidency.


LOBBY OBSTACLE TO MUTAFYAN

Armenian Patriarch Mutafyan's speech on 'deadlock between Turks and Armenians should be get over' --which is planned to be given in Georgetown University tomorrow-- was cancelled through initiatives of diaspora.


RADIKAL

YESTERDAY IN TURKEY...

A commander protested President Abdullah Gul's wife. A chief prosecutor threatened Justice & Development (AK) Party. Rectors called on the ruling party to halt the works on the constitution. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "everybody should mind his own business."

Reaction of the Turkish Armed Forces against entrance of President Gul's wife Hayrunnisa Gul to the protocol was seen clearly in Ankara. Ankara Garrison Commander and Commander of the 4th Army Corps Gen. Aslan Guler left the protocol when he saw the president getting off the plane with his wife.

The commanders, who did not welcome Gul in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), also did not take place in seen off ceremony.

Another reaction on the constitution came from Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, Chief Prosecutor of the Supreme Court. "Searches for freedom on headscarf is a mistake despite ECHR and domestic jurisdiction decisions."

Committee of Rectors convened, and Chairman of the Higher Board of Education (YOK) Prof. Erdogan Tezic said after the meeting that, "constitutional amendment initiative should be halted. The first 4 articles can not be amended. The method and style of the preparation of the draft caused uneasiness in the society."

PM Erdogan harshly reacted to the Committee of Rectors who called on the works to be halted. "They should mind their own business. If the duty of making the mission belongs to rectors, than Parliament has no meaning," Erdogan said.

HURRIYET

WOMEN SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave assurances to women for the "neighborhood pressure" that may appear with headscarf freedom. Erdogan said, "they should not feel uneasy. What kind of a problem appeared in the past 5 years?"

Erdogan also responded to the criticisms on the constitution, "I find it inconvenient to condemn the works before the first draft appeared."


NO BANK ACCOUNT IF THERE IS NO SOCIAL SECURITY

Social security number system that is under effect in the Netherlands is among the implementations which the Finance Ministry may adapt in Turkey. Those who do not have social security number in the Netherlands could even not open a bank account. Thus, the system prevents unregistered employment and revenue loss caused by this.


MILLIYET

BABACAN FAMILY GIVES MARTYR


Gendarmery private Erkut Babacan (21), a close relative of Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, was killed when PKK terrorists attacked Celtikli Gendarmery Station in southeastern province of Bitlis yesterday. President Abdullah Gul, ministers, Chief of General Staff and commanders participated in funeral ceremony of private Babacan in Ankara. Minister Babacan could not attend the ceremony as he was in the United States on a formal visit.


RECTORS: SUSPEND IT

Chairman of Higher Board of Education (YOK) Prof. Erdogan Tezic --who made a statement after the meeting of Rectors Committee on draft constitution-- said, "ban on headscarf is a legal situation emerged through decisions of higher courts and ECHR." Tezic wanted Justice & Development (AK) Party to suspend its studies on draft constitution until the referendum which will be held on October 21st.


SABAH

CONSTITUTION REACTION

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly reacted when the rectors said, "suspend the constitution, don't change ban on headscarf." Erdogan said, "everybody should deal with his own job."

Erdogan said, "rectors can not decide for the continuation of works on the constitution. We are open to their contribution like all the segments of the society but everybody should know his place. They may not accept our party, but we are preparing a constitution for Turkey not for Justice & Development (AK) Party.


COUSIN OF MINISTER MARTYRED

Erkut Babacan (21), cousin of Foreign Minister Ali Babacan was martyred in the attack of PKK to Celtikli military outpost. Another soldier was injured. Babacan learned about the news when he was in the United States.

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