These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on September 2nd, 2007
The 137-article "Civilian Constitution" draft prepared by the experts will be submitted for discussion within a few days. The draft constitution, prepared upon the request of the Prime Minister, is completed. Prof. Dr. Ergun Ozbudun said they have given the draft to Justice and Development (AK) Party administration, stating that, "we have not met any political intervention from any party. The draft that is completely prepared by civilian experts will meet all expectations of the people."
GUL IS AN IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY FOR TURKEY
Democratic Left Party (DSP) Chairman Zeki Sezer said they would pursue a moderate opposition policy. "We will not assume a stance like not recognizing the presidential palace. If Abdullah Gul acts sensitively on Republic and secularism issues as he had stated, he will be an important opportunity for Turkey."
SEZER: GUL MAY PRESENT AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TURKEY
Zeki Sezer, chairman of the Democratic Left Party (DSP), said Saturday that President Abdullah Gul may present an opportunity for Turkey if he acts sensitively on the democratic and secular principles of the republic. Sezer added that his party did not pursue a policy of "non-recognition" towards Gul's presidency, saying that his party would act in common sense and follow a constructive opposition policy.
TURKEY'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM TO TAKE ON LITHUANIA IN FIRST GAME IN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
In its first game at the European Basketball Championship in Spain, Turkish national team will take on Lithuania on Monday (September 3rd). Turkish team's coach Bogdan Tanjevic says the Lithuanian team is the third best after the Spanish and the Greek teams, but maintains his hope that Turkey will win its first game and make a good start with the championship. Tanjevic also stresses that the Turkish team is much more strong than the previous year.
TURKEY RENEWED, IT IS TIME FOR ACCELERATION
Foreign ministers of Italy and Sweden warned European Union (EU): Turkey elected its government and president. Those who have doubts about Turkey's importance, should think of the "strategic disaster" in case Turkey drifts off in other directions. Massimo D'alema and Carl Bildt, in the joint article published in Herald Tribune, stated that it is the proper time to refresh full membership negotiations with Turkey which has renewed its government and president.
ERDOGAN TRAVELS TO USA
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to USA on September 24th to attend UN's sessions on global warming. Erdogan is also planned to meet US President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton.
SECRET VISITS OF LAND FORCES COMMANDER
Land Forces Commander Gen. Ilker Basbug, who will take over the post of Chief of General Staff next year, has been paying occasional visits to the families of martyries in Ankara and nearby towns. While his visits are kept secret, members of the families feel the proud of being visited by one of top officers of the Turkish Armed Forces. Gen. Basbug is said to have visited almost all families in Ankara who have lost their sons in duty.
PROFESSOR WHO PREPARES A NEW CONSTITUTION SAYS SECULARISM IS PROTECTED MORE IN DRAFT
Professor Dr. Ergun Ozbudun, who has recently finished drafting a new constitution upon the request of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, said Saturday that the 137-article draft protected secularism more strongly than the current Constitution does. "We have prepared a constitution that would meet all expectations. The draft protects secularism more strongly than the 1982 Constitution does. Even the religion courses are not compulsory, but selective," he said.
DEFICIT IN FOREIGN TRADE GROWS
Rise in imports again is more than the rise in exports. Annual foreign trade deficit reached 57 billion USD. Despite the 97 billion USD exports, Turkey made 154 billion imports in the past one year. Since 2001, annual exports rose 209.9 percent, while imports rose 272 percent.
HALF OF THE TAXES ARE PAID FOR INTERESTS
According to the report of Ankara Chamber of Trade (ATO), Turkey paid 51 USD of each 100 USD it collected between the years 1983-2007 for interest. Although the share allocated for interests increases each year, the share allocated for the investments remained the same.
COUNTDOWN FOR NEW CONSTITUTION
Prof. Dr. Ergun Ozbudun of Ankara's Bilkent University, who has finished preparing a new constitution, said that the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party would announce the draft in a few days. "The draft protects secularism more strongly than the current Constitution does," Ozbudun said, denying allegations that the draft introduced a new definition for the principle of secularism.
MINISTER PLEDGES GUARANTEE FOR WATER SUPPLY
Environment and Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu said that global warming would not effect Turkey for necessary measures were being taken, adding that there would be no more water-cuts. "Water reserves in our country are ten times higher than the actual demand and we will not experience any water shortages for the next 15 years," Eroglu told reporters during a visit to the central city of Afyonkarahisar.
TURKEY BECOMES CENTER FOR BUSINESS JETS
With a growing aviation industry over the last years Turkey has become a center for business jets and helicopters in the Middle East and East Europe. As experts estimate that the growth in aviation will continue, at least 50 new airplanes and helicopters are expected to be based in Turkey. There are currently 57 firms that provide air-taxi services with some 192 aircrafts, Civil Aviation Authority has said.
TURKISH BUSINESSMEN BUILDING NEW MIAMI RESORT
A Turkish businessmen who bought the Watson Island in Miami to convert it into a new resort and had an approval in a 2001 referendum from locals of the area, is constructing a new holiday paradise for those who can afford that luxury. Mehmet Bayraktar's Flagstone Property Group invested 600 million USD for the 600-room Island Gardens which is expected to be completed 2010.
SEPTEMBER 9 CALL
Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal said CHP supporters will gather at Anitkabir, (the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Founder of the Modern Turkish Republic) on September 9th on the foundation anniversary of CHP. Baykal called on the party supporters to get ready for a new structuring and struggle.
GUL TO DECLARE HIS PROPERTY
Abdullah Gul, who was elected as the 11th president of Turkey, will declare his properties to Presidential Secretariat General within two months as the requirement of law. Gul had lastly declared his properties to the court because of the "missing trillion" case.
MESSAGE FOR PEACE
Leaders of the three religions gathered in September 1st World Peace Day activity in Ortakoy district in Istanbul. Brooklyn Mayor Markowitz, Haleva, the Rabbi of the Synagogue in Ortakoy, Armenian Patriarch Mesrob II, Besiktas Mayor Unal and Istanbul Mufti Cagirici joined hands and let fly peace pigeons.
SWEDISH AND ITALIAN SUPPORT FOR EU
Italian Foreign Minister D'Alema and Swedish Foreign Minister Bildt told European Union that, "government supporting reforms started to work in Turkey. Speed up membership process." In an article published in Herald Tribune newspaper, it was stated that reforms in Turkey would constitute example for the Islam world.
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