Turkish Press Review

Turkish Press Review of Zaman, Bugun, Radikal, Aksam, Vatan, Turkiye, Yeni Safak, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Hurriyet, Milliyet, Sabah

Turkish Press Review
Turkish Press Review of Zaman, Bugun, Radikal, Aksam, Vatan, Turkiye, Yeni Safak, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Hurriyet, Milliyet, Sabah


Ankara issued a note to the US regarding the violation of the Turkish airspace on May 24th by two US F-16s. The disturbance was expressed in the note that asked for the violation not to be repeated.
At a time when a possible operation of the Turkish military to the north of Iraq is being discussed, the U.S. army left the responsibility of the security of three provinces to the Kurdish administration. The USA who thinks that the regional administration is ready to undertake the task will leave As Sulaymaniyah, Irbil and Dohuk. Thus the security of the whole north of Iraq will be left to Peshmerga forces. However the agreement on the handover envisages a coordination between the Peshmerga, Iraqi forces and U.S. forces.


The daily’s headline relates to the various prison types in Turkey; there are a total of 456 prisons in Turkey, where the crime rate has risen dramatically in recent years. The most famous type of prison, one which caused many to go on hunger strike in protest of its methods, is the F-type, where the inmates are kept in isolation. It said that since the Turkish system classifies types prisons with a letter, only five letters remained in the alphabet that have not yet been used to label a certain type of prison. Officials have reportedly complained about this problem when attempting to name new prison types.


“367 decision a black stain” read the daily’s headline, quoting remarks from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The premier directed harsh criticisms toward the Constitutional Court, which had ruled that a quorum of 367 deputies was needed to start presidential voting and cancelled the first round of the presidential ballot. He said that the court made this decision due to impositions from some circles. He also evaluated his relations with Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Büyükanıt and explained that there were no specific problems between them, although there are some issues over which they are in conflict.


The daily headlined the story of the diplomatic note that Turkey delivered to the US over the violation of Turkish airspace by two US warplanes last week, terming it a “light note.” Only five days after the airspace infringement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry handed the note via a low-ranking US diplomat, rather than the US ambassador. In the text of the diplomatic note, soft language was used, asking the US not to do such things again. As for the criticisms about the lack of coordination between the Foreign Ministry and General Staff, the Foreign Ministry said that there is a regular coordination between the institutions; however the relevant documents about the issue had only just arrived at the Foreign Ministry.


The daily ran a story about ammunition found in a freight train that had several train cars derailed by a mine laid by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the eastern city of Bingöl on May 25. It said that a total of 300 missiles, many weapons and bullets were found in the derailed cars of the train. The military officials obtaining the materials, which have a US origin, has started an investigation into the issue. The materials were found hidden among some building materials.


Turkish General Staff Chief Gen. Yasar Buyukanit will deliver a speech at the international symposium at the War Academies tomorrow. Nearly 800 people are expected to participate at the symposium. France, which is the supporter of Armenian allegations, and Greece, which has increased its airspace violations over the Aegean recently, were not invited to the symposium.

Turkish Armed Forces assumed the command of Multinational Task Force South (MNTF-S) deployed in Kosovo for a period of one year at a ceremony held in Prizren. During their term of assignment, Turkish soldiers will provide health services for the civilians in the region as well.

The U.S. Army hands over the responsibility regarding the security of Dohuk, Irbil and As Sulaymaniyah, the 3 provinces in north of Iraq, to the regional administration as of today. It became apparent after certain assessments that the regional administration was ready to take responsibility regarding the security of the region, the U.S. authorities said in a written statement.


Members of the True Path Party (DYP) who went to the Interior Ministry to change the name of the party as the Democrat Party (DP), were shocked when they learned that a delegation close to Suleyman Demirel (former president and chairman of DYP) gave a petition to "found DYP". The two groups argued. The DYP members went to the ministry on May 28th to change the party's name, but came across with acquaintances. DYP deputy secretary general Ali Yucelen and accompanying delegation who were sent to the ministry by Mehmet Agar, asked former Justice Party (AP) member Cetin Ozacikgoz and former MP Nejat Resuloglu what they were doing there. Resuloglu said, "we submitted a petition to found True Path Party", and DP members said, "you cannot do this because this will be separation." The surveillance cameras put an end to the question that who came first to the ministry for application. DYP delegation arrived at the ministry at 3.05 p.m., while Demirel's delegation at 3.00 p.m. Thus, the petition of Demirel's delegation was accepted by the ministry.

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "a cross-border operation is a thing that is staged, not discussed. Military and diplomatic circles make necessary consultations, and work on this matter. We are (actually) having pre-negotiations." Erdogan noted, "the terrorist organization is deployed in north of Iraq. We expressed our expectations. I cannot say anything about how long this process will last. The final decision is made by the political will."


Republican People's Party (CHP) former members, Ertugrul Gunay (whose 'Muslim Left' initiative did not succeed) Erdal Kalkan and Ibrahim Yigit and Democratic Left Party (DSP) former member Haluk Ozdalga joined Justice and Development (AK) Party. True Path Party (DYP) former member Reha Camuroglu and Contemporary Jurists' Association member Aysenur Bahcekapili are among those who joined AK Party. Gunay criticised AK Party for not being transparent and honest in his latest book.
With the election of the president by popular vote and thus the strengthening of its authority, the constitutional amendment bill violates the fundamental and unamendable Article 4 of the Constitution. Therefore the amendment bill is not in compliance with the Constitution in appearance. The constitutional amendment bill first needs to be in compliance with Article 4 of the Constitution and then should be submitted to the parliament.


Switzerland's Justice Minister Christoph Blocher prepared a bill for the removal of the law that criminalizes the denial of so-called Armenian genocide under which Workers' Party (IP) chairman Dogu Perincek was tried. According to Blocher, it casts a shadow on the preservation of the neutrality principle, restricts freedom of expression and punishes freedom of thought. Blocher wants removal or restriction of the criminalizing of the denial of so-called genocide. Dogu Perincek who was tried because of his remarks saying "so-called genocide was a lie" in Lausanne, stated, "Swiss Minister Blocher will submit a bill to the parliament that will change the 'denial law' next month. My lawyer has also taken part in the preparation of the bill. The bill will bear results that will reverse the process."

300 rocket missiles were found at a container which was on the train that tipped over due to a mine sabotage staged by terrorist organization PKK in the eastern city of Bingol. The legal papers of the container where 300 rocket missiles and ammunition were found said it contained construction material.


It has been revealed that the General Staff informed the Foreign Ministry about U.S. jets' violation of Turkish air space a short time after the incident. Two U.S. F-16 jets violated Turkish air space at 11.57 a.m. on May 24th. The jets that violated two and a half kilometers of Turkish air space, left Turkish skies at 12.01 p.m. The jets were seen immediately and followed till the last minute. Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) prepared a report. A message was sent to the Foreign Ministry through the communication system between the two institutions at 4.00 p.m. The General Staff did not inform any U.S. authority. However, some think that the USA may have received information from the joint defense center.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced on Tuesday that they were informed about the violation of air space on the day the incident occurred. FM Abdullah Gul said on Monday that he could not say anything without receiving detailed information. Meanwhile, a note was given to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara regarding the violation. PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "what will happen in case of any recurrence (of such incident) is certain."

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan introduced to his Justice & Development (AK) Party nine new members who have recently joined the party. The most striking name among these new members, most of whom have leftist backgrounds, was Ertugrul Gunay, the former secretary general of the Republican People's Party (CHP). Gunay praised AK Party in his speech, and said, "AK Party is a party which is supported by every party of the society."


Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan commented on the speculations that "there would be a cross-border operation on Iraq and therefore, the upcoming election would be cancelled". "I do not see such a probability," said Erdogan and added, "However, the public should stand firm in case of such a development. The voting process should continue".

Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs delivered a diplomatic note to USA regarding the violation of Turkish airspace by U.S. fighter jets and stated that "necessary precautions should be taken to prevent re-occurrence of such violations". On the other hand, Premier Erdogan stated that "if such violation happened again, it was quite clear what would happen".

Source: AA and Today’s Zaman
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