TURKEY PRESS ON AUGUST 13

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 13, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS ON AUGUST 13

TURKIYE

GUL: "YOU COULD BE TOO LATE"
President Abdullah Gul has reiterated a call on his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, who drew world's criticism because of killing of civilians in his country. "I would not want to see you in a position where you look back and regret that what you have done was late and not enough," Gul said in his letter.

SICK MAN DAZZLES EYE NOW
The Wall Street Journal has written, "modern Turkey dazzles the eye and addles the mind. With growth in double digits and shiny new buildings everywhere, the old 'sick man of Europe' looks more like a Eurasian China."

ZAMAN

LETTER FROM GUL TO AL-ASSAD
A letter by Turkish President Abdullah Gul was relayed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Gul said in his letter: "I would not want to see you in a position where you look back and regret that what you have done was late and not enough." Gul said, "it is time to show your leadership courageously and lead the way for change instead of getting caught up in the winds of change."

DONATIONS FOR SOMALIA REACH RECORD
Many people donated to the campaign launched by Samanyolu Group and an aid organization Kimse Yok Mu. Donations have exceeded 26 million Turkish lira. The highest donation, 750,000 TL was made by Ferit Sahenk, chairman of executive board of Dogus Holding. Several celebrities including Kayahan and Muslum Gurses also contributed to the campaign.

YENI SAFAK

"I DO NOT WANT TO SEE YOUR REGRET"
President Abdullah Gul has warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who has been trying to repress his people's demands for a transition by using force, through a letter relayed by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. "I would not want to see you in a position where you look back and regret that what you have done was late and not enough," Gul said in his letter. Gul said Syria was passing through critical and historic times, telling al-Assad, "it is time to show your leadership courageously and lead the way for change instead of getting caught up in the winds of change."

CAGLAYAN TO RETURN HOME WITH 777
Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan will proceed to Seattle, the USA, from South Korea. Caglayan will visit the Boeing company and take over the Boeing 777 produced for the Turkish Airlines (THY). He will return to Turkey by the brand new Boeing 777.

VATAN

ERDOGAN TO TRAVEL TO SOMALIA
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Somalia on August 18. He will be accompanied by his wife and daughter as well as Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his wife. Measures will be taken during the visit to protect the prime minister, the foreign minister and their families against malaria.

CENTRAL BANK HOLDS FOREX-SELLING AUCTION
Turkish Central Bank held a foreign exchange selling auction. The bank has not held forex-selling auction since April 2, 2009. The Turkish Central Bank sold $100 million, the highest amount so far, in its sixth forex-selling auction on Friday. The total amount sold by the bank in its forex-selling auctions totals $390 million.

CUMHURIYET

VELI GOCER TO BE RELEASED
Contractor Veli Gocer, who was earlier sentenced to prison term of 19 years and 9 months for causing the death of 195 people when houses he built collapsed in the earthquake that took place on August 17, 1999, will be released from prison soon. Gocer was accused of causing the death of people because of his failure to take measures and to carry out proper work.

MORE PROBLEMS IN MEDITERRANEAN
Some circles said that the Greek Cypriot authorities who decided to start oil exploration after reaching agreement with Israel in Mediterranean on October 1 are eager to put pressure on Turkey whose relations with Israel have deteriorated. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu earlier said that if oil exploration started, a harsh message would be given to the Greek Cypriot administration.

RADIKAL

ERDOGAN TO TRAVEL TO SOMALIA
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Somalia on August 18. "We are going to send humanitarian aid to Somalia by ship. We are also planning to erect a mobile hospital in the region," Prime Minister Erdogan said.

25 MILLION TL IN ONLY FIVE HOURS
Turkish charity organization "Kimse Yok Mu" has collected 25 million Turkish lira (nearly $14 million) in only five hours in an aid campaign for Somali people who have been suffering from severe shortage of food and water.

HURRIYET

NO ONE TALKS IN HAMA
Turkish Ambassador in Damascus Omer Onhon has sent a report to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs after visiting Syrian city of Hama. "People are afraid of talking," he said. "Hama is the fourth biggest city of Syria with a population of 700 thousand. We did not see any tanks or artilleries in the streets. But there were military vehicles deployed in the entrance of the city," Onhon said in his report.

FIRST DINNER
President Abdullah Gul and his wife Hayrunnisa Gul has hosted a fast-breaking dinner in honor of relatives of 79 troops who lost their lives in fight against the PKK terrorist organization in the last 1.5 years, as well as 9 veterans and their families. It was the first dinner hosted by the president this Ramadan. "You are my most precious guests," President Gul said.

MILLIYET

THEY WAIT FOR ERDOGAN
Turkey has been exerting efforts to help Somali people who have been suffering from famine. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who will travel to Somalia with his wife and daughter on August 18 will take donations that have been collected in the country. Donations collected by Turkish Prime Ministry and Religious Affairs Directorate reached 66.3 million TL on Friday. Meanwhile Koc Group said that the group would donate 2 million TL to the campaign.

LETTER FROM GUL TO AL-ASSAD
Turkish President Abdullah Gul has reiterated a call on his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad to make democratic reforms rapidly in a letter Turkish foreign minister relayed to Assad. "People's legitimate demands toward democracy must be fulfilled sincerely and rapidly, which I believe would improve the current negative circumstances in Syria with an equal rapid pace," Gul told al-Assad in his letter conveyed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to the Syrian leader last Tuesday during a visit to Damascus. "I would not want to see you in a position where you look back and regret that what you have done was late and not enough," Gul said in his letter. Gul said Syria was passing through critical and historic times, telling Assad, "it is time to show your leadership courageously and lead the way for change instead of getting caught up in the winds of change."

SABAH

TURKISH JEWELLERY SHOP FIRST TO GET LOOTED
A London jewellery shop owned by a Turk was the first to get looted during rioting in Tottenham area, the shop owner said as the damage the looters caused was extensive with an estimated loss of at least 70 thousand British pounds. "My shop was the first that got attacked. Looters also tried to burn it down," Cetin Erbil, owner the Erbiller Jewellery on Tottenham High, said. "A group of 10 to 15 looters tried to bring down the shutters, breaking down vaults and cabinets. British police have been a total disappointment for me. I could not believe my eyes when I see the police standing right there doing nothing but to watch the looters going in and out. Who would have thought police would do nothing to stop the looters?" Erbil said.

GUL SENDS LETTER TO AL-ASSAD
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu relayed letter of Turkish President Abdullah Gul to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Gul said in his letter: "I would not want to see you in a position where you look back and regret that what you have done was late and not enough," Gul said in his letter. Gul said Syria was passing through critical and historic times."

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