Turkish Press Review

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

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


Bilderberg Istanbul, which brings together the most influential politicians and businessmen of the world, will start later in the day. State Minister Ali Babacan, Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) Chairperson Arzuhan Dogan Yalcindag, Bogazici University Rector Ayse Soysal, European Commission President Jose Barroso, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt are among guests of the summit.

Value-added tax (VAT) rates on tourism sector and on some food products were re-arranged. Accordingly, VAT rates on some food products such as meat, milk, tea and soup will be reduced to 8 percent from the current 18 percent.

Constitutional Court Chief Judge Tuley Tugcu said that they would appeal to the Prosecutor's Office to file criminal charges against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan since his statements including threats and insults directly made the court a target.


“The CHP cannot make it to the parliament by making a fuss over the regime,” said the daily, quoting remarks from a former Republican People’s Party (CHP) member Mehmet Moğultay during a meeting where former CHP members gathered to protest against CHP policies. There were important political figures at the meeting, such as Hikmet Çetin, Onur Kumbaracıbaşı and Gürbüz Çapan, all of who have been influential in the CHP in the past. Moğultay made one of the most striking speeches during the meeting, saying: “CHP leader Deniz Baykal does not want to come to power and rule the country. If Baykal ever comes to power, I promise I will kill myself.”


“Train scenarios in Ankara,” read the daily’s headline, referring to the ammunition found in a train, several cars of which were derailed by a landmine laid by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the eastern city of Bingöl. Experts predicted that the weapons found in the train were to be sent to Syria via Turkey and then submitted to either Hamas or Hezbollah. It is being discussed whether the PKK hit the train with the aim of obtaining the weapons it was carrying, or whether the PKK was striking a blow to Hezbollah as it was trying to damage to Turkey. It is reported that Israel is closely following the developments.


The daily ran a story about the Bilderberg meeting that began in İstanbul on Thursday, and which will last for three days. Bilderberg, known as one of the most confidential meetings in the world, gathers together important political figures from around the world. The main issue of this year’s meeting will be Iran. One of the most important figures of the Bilderberg meetings, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger arrived in İstanbul on Wednesday by private plane. Security levels have been set to alarm status in the city as the name of the venue is kept secret, as are those of the hotels in which the participants will stay.


The daily ran a story about a corruption case allegedly involving current Higher Education Board (YÖK) head Professor Erdoğan Teziç. It has been reported that Teziç was involved in corruption when he was the rector of Galatasaray University. Finance inspectors detected a YTL 3 million loss that Teziç transferred to the Galatasaray Education Foundation rather than showing it as income during 2001-2002. YÖK, which was informed about the corruption case in 2003, did not allow an investigation to be launched against Teziç, but settled for sending back the report about corruption to the university.


762 Kanas long-range assassin guns, mortar shells, explosives and launching pads were found in the containers of a freight train which derailed near eastern city of Bingol last Friday because of a remote bomb blast. Sources told that the weapons and ammunition were loaded in Iranian capital of Tehran and they were on their way to a firm in Syria. The ammunition that was confiscated by the security forces and placed in a depot in Genc district of Bingol is thought to be sent to terrorist organization Hizbullah via Syria.

Constitutional Court gave a harsh answer to Prime Minister Erdogan who described court's ruling that 367 deputies must be present in parliament for validity of a presidential election as a "disgrace". Chief Judge of the Constitutional Court Tulay Tugcu held a press conference and said, "prime minister has exceeded the boundaries of respect." She said, "prime minister's statements that exclude both the principles of supremacy of law and the incontestably binding characteristic of judicial decree, point our court as a target."


Constitutional Court Chief Judge Tulay Tugcu stated that they will file a complaint against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan because of his statement that 'decision about 367 is a disgrace for jurisdiction'. It was interesting that Tugcu made this statement at the room of High Tribunal.

Higher Election Board (YSK) announced the number of voters as 42,533,000. The number of voters was 1 million more than it is today in the local elections in 2004.


Turkish security sources indicated that the United States had been monitoring activities of the Turkish Armed Forces in the border region with Iraq by using the highest technological tools, and handing over the information to Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (DRP) leader Massoud Barzani. According to the same sources, Barzani had been conveying the information to the terrorist organization PKK.

The Constitutional Court reacted harshly against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who described the top court's decision to cancel the presidential vote earlier this month as a "disgrace". Tulay Tugcu, chief judge of the Constitutional Court, said that Prime Minister Erdogan's statement exceeded the boundaries of criticism and respect. She added that they would ask prosecutors to file charges against the prime minister.


Leader of Republican People's Party (CHP) severely criticized Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for describing the "367 ruling" of the Constitutional Court as a "disgrace." Deniz Baykal who said that Erdogan had previously criticized Constitutional Court too, and said "prime minister cannot hold of himself. Those around him try to becalm him but he explodes. This statement is terror against law."
Vatican reacted against French President Sarkozy who said "Turkey does not have a place in European Union." "Turkey has made great progress, and it continues to do so," told Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Secretary of State of the Vatican, to Italian La Stampa daily.


When asked why he did not meet Barzani, Turkey's special representative to Iraq Oguz Celikkol replied, "his statements are very harsh. It is understood that this is not going to work with dialogue." On the other hand, Ankara rejected the demands of Barzani and Talabani for a meeting.

Eric Gerets, Belgian coach of Galatasaray soccer team, bade a farewell to Turkey. Galatasaray Club President Ozhan Canaydin and executive Adnan Polat eulogized Gerets as 'the best coach we have ever worked with'.


Higher Election Board (YSK) announced the number of voters as 42,533,041. It stated that the number of voters was 43.5 million in local elections in 2004 as death records were not registered to files.

When 'ammunition' was found in a train on its way from Iran for Syria, two cargo planes on Iran-Syria flight were forced to land and searched in Turkish southeastern city of Diyarbakir.

Source: AA and Today’s Zaman

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