Turkish Press Review

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

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


Radar system of Air Traffic Control Center at Ataturk Airport --which manages the air space in the west of Turkey-- collapsed at 6.45 p.m. yesterday due to an unknown technical failure. Air traffic controllers swiftly started to use manual system, and control the air traffic by creating spaces between planes in the air. For not taking a risk, planes which were waiting for take off at Ataturk Airport were stopped. Radar failure which lasted for 35 minutes locked the air traffic in the west of Turkey.

Family of 13-year old British girl --who was sexually harassed by German Marco in Turkish southern city of Antalya-- stated that they trust in Turkish justice.

Turkish State Meteorological Service stated that temperature will drop 6-8 degrees in northern, central and western parts of the country as of today.


The opposition who criticized the PM for travelling by planes, helicopters, buses and autos belonging to the Prime Ministry to election areas, and qualified this as unethical, called the Higher Electoral Board (YSK) to duty. Kemal Anadol of CHP said, "Justice an Development (AK) Party should pay these expenditures spent from public funds to the state." Mehmet Sandir, Deputy Chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) stated that Erdogan was committing a crime and said, "you can't make party propaganda with public funds." Deputy chairman of Democratic Party (DP) Nuzhet Kandemir said the turning of the inauguration ceremonies of mass public housings to rally arenas was unfortunate. Necati Cetinkaya, Deputy Chairman of AK Party in charge of the election campaign said, "PM is not using the vehicles to just for travelling to election rallies but to inauguration ceremonies also. YSK announced the propaganda ban as July 12th."

Portugal, who will undertake the rotating EU presidency on July 1st, extended support to Turkey's full membership to the EU. Portugal said "member states should be loyal to their commitments," and warned France.


It was revealed that Mehmet Yilmaz, who was killed in Iraq, was the brain of al-Qaida in Iraq and organized the resistance. Yilmaz was from southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep and was killed by U.S. troops near Kirkuk. He went to Pakistan together with Mehmet Resit Isik from southeastern city of Batman long ago. Mehmet Yilmaz, married with seven children, also moved his family in Pakistan. He was the top member of al-Qaida in Iraq and was providing militants to the organization from Arab countries. He was extradited to Turkey after he was exiled from Pakistan three years ago. He was released two months later.

40-degree hot weather will be replaced with rainfall. Temperatures will start to drop 6-8 degrees as of Friday. Rain is expected in Istanbul on Sunday.

Alibey dam, one of the nine dams providing water for Istanbul, was out of service when the water level dropped to the minimum level. There has been 1.5 million cubic meters of water loss in dams in the last two days.


Chairman of Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal claimed that the government received loan from the U.S. in return for "a promise for not entering north of Iraq." His words created controversy. Baykal explained the details of an agreement that he brought to attention in private news channel NTV the other day: "it was signed between Ali Babacan and John Snow from the U.S. on September 22nd, 2003 in Dubai." Baykal noted that the government did not have the courage to bring the agreement to the parliament, because of the condition of not entering north of Iraq. The agreement foresees 1 billion USD grants. State Minister Aydin said "the claims are far from being serious. Republic of Turkey would not consent to such an imposition, whether it is given 1 billion USD, or even the entire world." During the discussions in 2004, PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "there were not any political requirements when it was discussed in Dubai. Later we were asked some political requirements, and we said we were not so positive towards the loan."

In its secret reports that were made public recently, CIA explains even how it planned to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro, but it censors three pages related to PKK. Three pages of the report, dated March 1st, 1988, explained how the terrorist organization PKK was set up. However, these three pages were censored. Whereas in CIA reports only the parts that would "harm national security of the USA" are censored. This means there is more serious information in the mentioned parts of the report, than planned assassination of Castro."


Among the public surveys carried out on 47 different countries, Turkey has become the one which stances the United States most negatively. The rate of supporters of the United States dropped from 52 percent to 9 percent; and 83 percent of Turkish people is negative towards the United States.

Republican Poeple's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal who spoke at the formal dinner hosted in honor of participants of Socialist International harshly criticised Barzani and Talabani without giving names. Baykal said that some leaders in the region are trying to legitimise terrorism.


"Our manoeuvre plans against the PKK presence in Iraq is ready. We will enter if the USA cannot stop the PKK threat," Turkish FM Abdullah Gul said. According to Gul, they are waiting for the right time for a political decision regarding this matter. "We are in continuous contact, some of them are not reflected to the media. Everything cannot be made public," he stated. Gul also said, "unfortunately, cooperation with the United States is behind our expectations. As the occupation force, it is responsible for the attacks against us. If the Iraqi government or the USA does not do anything, we will make a decision and implement it. PKK captured the historical friendship between us and the Kurdish people in the north of Iraq." On the other hand, Gul claimed that the governing party (Justice & Development -AK Party) will come out of the general elections by strengthening its hand. According to Gul, two parties will pass the electoral threshold. Their AK Party and Republican People's Party (CHP). "The intrigues during the presidential election harmed Turkey's prestige. Turkish people reacted to unjust behaviors. I believe that our party will gain more than 40 percent of votes. I do not think MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) will get enough votes, because those who vote for MHP will object to this obvious injustice," he added.

United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Dervis said that the economic program of 2000-2001 re-established the macro-economic balances in Turkey. "It was a program aiming to extinguish the fire under those circumstances," he stated. Dervis continued, "economic programs need to be reviewed continuously. Turkey needs a program by which it will ensure rapid growth and rapid employment. It is impossible to say that an economic program which does not provide employment is successful."


Assessing the statements of Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit (who said that an operation on the north of Iraq can be beneficial), U.S Ambassador in Ankara Ross Wilson said that Iraq is neighbor of Turkey thus it is necessary to settle security and stability there, adding that the United States also warned Iraq and it is waiting for a response.

Land Forces which was settled during rule of Hun Emperor Mete Khan celebrated its 2,216th anniversary on Thursday. Turkish Land Forces is watching peace in many regions of the world.


Markets have stagnated before general elections, but they revived due to hot weather. Hot weather increased sale of water, ice cream, hats and slippers. Water producers, who have difficulties in meeting the orders, have sold their one-year stock. Water sales have been up 30 percent these days, while ice cream consumption is up by 20 percent.

Deniz Bolukbasi, who is known as "the diplomat of tough negotiations", has run for the parliament in the upcoming general elections, while he asks for support of voters in Ankara to become a MP from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). Bolukbasi, who conducted Turkish-U.S. negotiations on motion (for deployment of troops), is cautious about a cross-border operation: "The USA is controlling Iraq. It is a mistake to stage a military operation without reaching an agreement with USA," he said.


Higher Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) dispatched the court council in Van who did not comply with the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeals that transferred the case to the Military Court. Van Third High Criminal Court had sentenced, two NCOs and a informer to 39 years related to the bombing in Semdinli and reasoned, "the incident can't have occurred out of the chain of command, their superior must be reached." The higher court of appeals had overruled the decision and had said the case should continue at a military court. However the high criminal court had decided not to send the case to the military court and to continue the trial.

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