Turkish press on August 13th

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 13th, 2008. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Turkish press on August 13th
TURKIYE

ARMS SHOULD GET QUIET

President Abdullah Gul said conflict in the Caucasus should end soon. Gul said, "Turkey has always done its best to restore peace and stability in the region and will continue to advance on this path."

"Arms should get quiet soon to prevent killings," Gul said and supported "Caucasus Alliance" suggestion of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "We may end the crisis in the region before it starts," he added.

TURKISH ECONOMY GETS STRONGER AGAINST SHOCKS

International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Turkey had recorded serious developments in the past five years in state and private sectors and become stronger against external crises.

IMF said confidence of the foreign investors in Turkey had grown.

ZAMAN

TRADING VESSELS WAIT IN RIZE AND TRABZON

War between Russia and Georgia also hit the maritime commerce in the Caucasus. Many ships carrying cargo to Poti port of Georgia are waiting off Turkey's northern ports of Trabzon, Rize and Hopa because of the war. Some ships are unloading their cargo at these ports.

There is a problem also at the border pass of Turkey opening to the Caucasus.

Crossing of Turkish citizens and vehicles to Georgia from Sarp land border gate has been banned. Only vehicles with foreign licence plate are allowed to pass.

GUL: TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF GEORGIA SHOULD BE PRESERVED

President Abdullah Gul said territorial integrity of Georgia should be preserved, and the pipeline in the region was constructed for humanitarian purposes and nobody should target the pipeline.

President Gul asked establishment of a Caucasus Forum for stability in the region.

YENI SAFAK

TURKEY'S ECONOMY MORE RESILIENT, IMF SAYS

IMF said that improvements in public and private sectors in the past five years had strengthened Turkey's resistance against shocks, however foreign risks still continued. IMF released a report following conclusion of reviews and said ongoing foreign risks required close monitoring. The report also said macroeconomic developments had become less favorable since the last review in May 2007.

GALATASARAY, FENERBAHCE TO TACKLE ROMANIAN, SERBIAN TEAMS IN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Turkey's Galatasaray and Fenerbahce football teams will take on their opponents in the first leg match of the third qualifying round of the European Champions League. Galatasaray will play against Romania's Steaua Bucharest in Istanbul, and Fenerbahce will face Serbia's Partizan in an away game.

VATAN

DTP TO JOIN IN ERGENEKON CASE

Democratic Society Party (DTP) is set to seek prosecution in what is publicly known as the Ergenekon case for unsolved murders in Turkey's southeastern region. DTP has been contacting families of the victims to have them intervene in the case. "Ergenekon has grown, got organized and targeted the government because of the Kurdish problem," DTP leader Ahmet Turk said.

REGULAR PRICE HIKES ON HORIZON FOR NATURAL GAS

Turkey's energy regulatory authority is planning a new pricing system in natural gas distribution, with due adjustments every three months, as it is in electricity. Accordingly, increasing costs will bring regular price hikes in natural gas.

CUMHURIYET

MARTYRIES LAID TO ETERNAL REST

Five of the nine soldiers who were martyred by the terrorist organization PKK in the eastern town of Kemah were laid to eternal rest on Wednesday in their home towns after a ceremony held at a military hospital in Erzincan. "Down with PKK," crowds chanted at funeral ceremonies.

MARITIME AUTHORITY TO PROBE LIFEBOAT KILLINGS IN TUZLA

Turkey's maritime authority is set to launch a probe into the killing of three workers at a shipyard in Istanbul Tuzla region. Three workers were killed when a lifeboat they were in was capsized during a test on Monday. The shipyard owner admitted to placing workers in the lifeboat instead of sandbags. One worker, who asked not to be identified, said the owner had threatened workers with sacking them if they rejected to board the lifeboat for testing.

RADIKAL

THREE PEOPLE DEAD IN LIFEBOAT BUILT FOR USE IN EMERGENCY

A lifeboat rescued 12 people from freezing from a sinking ship off the United States in 2002. Why did a lifeboat kill three people in Tuzla? Here is the grave claim: The lifeboat was purchased from China for cheaper cost and it did not plunge into the water straight.

What all experts said is, "a lifeboat is tested with sandbags first, and later with people."

GUL: GEORGIA'S TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY IS IMPORTANT
President Abdullah Gul described statement of Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that they stopped military operations in Georgia, "as a positive development".

Gul said, "Turkey attaches importance to territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. It is very important that everybody should respect this."

HURRIYET

TERRORIST HEAD DIES

Dursun Karatas, head of the DHKP-C terrorist organization, died in hospital in the Netherlands. Karatas had been under treatment for cancer. His lawyer said the family was willing to bury Karatas in Turkey. "There is no obstacle to bury him in Turkey as he was a Turkish citizen. One of the family members will come to get the body," the lawyer said.

TURKEY'S LIONS, CANARIES TO FACE OPPONENTS IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Turkey's Lions, Galatasaray, and Canaries, Fenerbahce, are set to take on their opponents in the first leg match of the third qualifying round of the European Champions League. Galatasaray will face Romania's Steaua Bucharest in a home game, and Fenerbahce will play against Serbia's Partizan in away game.

MILLIYET

SEND WORKER TO DEATH, PAY 20,000 YTL

Turkey harshly reacted against use of workers instead of sandbags in testing of a life boat as the incident killed three workers and injured 16 others.

Experts said, "only 2 trained staff are used to operate the boat in such kind of tests and sandbags are put to the other sections. However, 19 workers were used as test dummies. Most probably some of them did not know swimming."

There is a great negligence in the life boat test but those responsible would pay only a fine of 20,000 YTL (nearly 16.8 thousand USD) for causing such an accident.

KARATAS TO BE BURIED IN ISTANBUL

Body of head of DHKP-C terrorist organization Dursun Karatas, who died in the Netherlands on Monday, would be brought to Turkey and buried in Istanbul, his lawyer said and noted procedures were underway.

SABAH

EXPERT WARNED, THEY DID NOT TAKE IT SERIOUSLY

Kerem Kiper, director of French Loydu company, who examined the ship after the life boat accident in Tuzla, said, "I can not describe it as an accident. The shipyard acted as if nothing would happen. We had warned them not to do the test with workers. Unmanned tests are applied in such cases in Europe."

Trade associations said using people as test dummies was murder.

TURKEY MUST BE STRONG

President Abdullah Gul said Russia's halting the operations was positive and Turkey attached importance to Georgia's territorial integrity.

Gul said, "developments in Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Georgia have proved that Turkey should always be strong and stable in its region. Turkey's role for peace will continue."

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