Turkey Press September 21st

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on September 21st, 2007.

Turkey Press September 21st

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on September 21st, 2007.

TURKIYE

ERDOGAN: PARTNERSHIP WITH IRAN IN NATURAL GAS WILL CONTINUE


Speaking at a press conference before his departure for the United States on Thursday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will not halt relations with its eastern neighbor Iran. "We cannot cut our relations with a country from which we receive half of our natural gas demand and I hope that friendly countries would not ask to act the other way," he said.


KOC: "WE BELIEVE IN FUTURE"

"We will keep our firm belief in Turkey's bright future, the power of Turkish business world and the ability and willingness of the Turkish people to choose the best," said Mustafa Koc, president of the executive board of Koc Holding. Attending the opening ceremony of a branch of holding's DIY market Koctas, Koc also underlined and praised stability of Turkey's economy.


ZAMAN

THOSE WHO PREPARED COUP CONSTITUTION

ALSO WANT CIVIL CONSTITUTION


Turkey's latest constitution was written during a military rule period after the coup of September 12th, 1980. The Turkish Armed Forces formed a 15-member commission to write the new constitution. Later, the constitution was accepted during a referendum symbolizing the transition from military rule into civil administration.

25 years have elapsed since those days. Now, Turkey discusses a civil constitution. Those who wrote the coup constitution in 1980, are the strongest supporters of a civil constitution.


TUGLUK OF DTP TO BE TRIED

Democratic Society Party (DTP) MP Aysel Tugluk will be tried on charges of making propaganda in favor of the terrorist organization PKK. During the hearing at the Istanbul High Criminal Court no: 13, Tugluk's lawyer requested suspension of the case since his client was elected deputy. However, the request was rejected by the court in line with articles 14 and 83 of the Constitution preventing misuse of fundamental rights and freedoms.


YENI SAFAK

"ELECTIVE RELIGION COURSES COULD TRIGGER DISCRIMINATION"


Prof. Dr. Ali Bardakoglu, head of Religious Affairs, said in an interview with the Yeni Safak that elective religion courses could trigger discrimination in the society. "According to my view, the religion courses should be compulsory. If there are any problems, we should resolve them. If the religion courses are made elective, children who do not attend those classes, will be subject to isolation," he said.


CORRECTION

The Financial Times corrected its interview with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Vincent Boland, correspondent of the Financial Times in Turkey, said in a statement, "Prime Minister Erdogan made no direct link in the interview between reform of the constitution and any change to the headscarf ban. He did not say that lifting the ban on the headscarf at universities would restore the position as it was before 1980."

VATAN

DOES STATE DO THIS?


The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality expropriated the property of Razi Trak, one of former presidents of the Fenerbahce soccer club, 27 years ago to build a park. However, the property was sold to the Morgan Stanley in return for 80 million USD. Now, construction of the biggest shopping mall of Europe and residences has been continuing on the property. Heirs of Trak filed a lawsuit and won the case. If the Council of State upholds the court's verdict, the property will be given back to the Trak family.


ERDOGAN TO ASK SUPPORT OF 30 PRIME MINISTERS

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan left for the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly meetings. During the meetings, Prime Minister Erdogan will lobby for Turkey's candidacy for non-permanent membership to the United Nations Security Council for the period of 2009-2010. He is scheduled to hold talks with 10 presidents, 30 prime ministers and 50 foreign ministers.


CUMHURIYET

"WE ARE WORKING"

Rectors did not wait long to give a response to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who criticized their request to suspend constitutional amendment till uncertainties stemming from the presidential referendum are removed. "We are doing our job," they said and reminded the prime minister that it was their duty to inform the society and warn people on issues that could pose a threat for the country's future.


SURPRISING PROPOSAL

The United States has pledged to extend energy support to Turkey if it decides to cancel its agreement with Tehran. Nicholas Burns, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, proposed during his stay in Ankara that if Turkey give up its agreement with Iran, the United States will extend all kinds of support for transportation of energy resources in Iraq and Central Asia.


RADIKAL

AKP TO OVERCOME ITS "DIFFICULTIES" THROUGH CONSTITUTION


Through the new constitution, the Justice and Development (AK) Party is set to overcome certain difficulties it faced with other state institutions during its four and a half years term. Powers of the the Higher Education Board are curbed in the new constitution and the time for presidential review of laws is shortened. The new constitution is also changing the structure of the Constitutional Court with 17 members, eight of which will be elected by parliament. Higher Education Board will be given a coordinating role and its chairman and rectors will be appointed by the president. The new constitution will also introduce a structure for the Council of State, the highest administrative court.


SAHIN OF TURKEY WINS GOLD MEDAL

Ramazan Sahin of Turkey competing in men's free-style 66 kg category, won gold medal at the World Men's Wrestling Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Sahin beat his Cuban opponent Geandry Garzon in the final and won the gold medal.

HURRIYET

PREMIER DEPARTS FOR U.S.


Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan departed for the U.S. on Thursday to participate at the United Nations Assembly General in New York. Erdogan will attend fast breaking dinner (iftaar) on September 28th given by New York Turkish Culture Center at Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Iftaar will be attended also by Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.


PAPADOPOULOS IN PANIC OVER HUMAN RIGHTS

COURT'S RULE ON PROPERTY SWAP IN CYPRUS


Leader of Greek Cypriot administration Tassos Papadopoulos was weary over a pending ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in one of the property cases filed by Greek Cypriots against Turkey. As the court is expected to rule in favor of a property swap, the Greek Cypriot leader said they would not recognize such a ruling.


MILLIYET

TUGLUK TO BE TRIED


The high criminal court in Istanbul ruled that trial of Democratic Society Party (DTP) MP Aysel Tugluk on charges of making propaganda in favor of the terrorist organization PKK will continue.

Tugluk's lawyer Ozcan Kilic requested the court to suspend the trial since his client was elected deputy during the July 22nd general elections.

The court rejected the request in line with articles 14 and 83/2 of the Constitution preventing misuse of fundamental rights and freedoms.


UNPLEASANT NIGHT AT UEFA

Galatasaray of Turkey lost out to FC Sion of Switzerland 2-3 in the UEFA Cup first round match in Geneva while Atletico Madrid of Spain beat Kayseri Erciyesspor of Turkey 4-0 in Madrid.


SABAH

CIRCLE TIGHTENS ON MOUNT KATO


Turkish Armed Forces launched a wide-reaching autumn operation in the region along the border where PKK terrorists have nested on Kato and Incebel mountains near Beytussebap town of the southeastern province of Sirnak. Five terrorists were killed in the operations backed by Cobra attack helicopters. Many more terrorists have been encricled by security forces which have taken hold of strategic points in the area to prevent any escape.


TUGLUK'S CASE TO CONTINUE

A criminal court in Istanbul ordered Thursday that trial opened against Aysel Tugluk, a deputy from Democratic Society Party (DTP), would go on. Tugluk was transferred before the tribunal under charges of "making propaganda to praise the terrorist organization PKK." The court rejected an appeal by the defense lawyers who asked for the suspension of three separate cases filed against Tugluk, as she enjoys from parliamentary immunity, citing a constitutional provision (that stipulates the trial cannot be suspended).

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