TURKEY PRESS ON AUGUST 24

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 24, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS ON AUGUST 24

TURKIYE
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HAND IN HAND WITH NEW LIBYA
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who paid a visit to Benghazi on Tuesday met Libyan Interim Transitional Council Chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil. Davutoglu said that they would support Libya in its transition to democracy. Turkey also provided 200 million U.S. dollars of aid to Libya. Abdul Jelil said that Turkish government and people overcame the bureaucratic obstacles, and achieved to extend the financial support they promised to Libyan people. This is an example of a new money transfer method, and we call it "Turkish model", he said.

PM ERDOGAN SAYS BLOODSHED IN SYRIA MUST END
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that bloodshed in Syria must stop. Erdogan delivered a speech at a ceremony for a new high-speed train rail that links the Turkish capital Ankara and the central Anatolian city of Konya. Erdogan said, "I hope the Ramadan holiday will be the one for our Libyan brothers and sisters that crowns peace, unity and solidarity."

ZAMAN
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PLAY OFF SYSTEM ACCEPTED IN SUPER LEAGUE
Turkish Football Federation and presidents of clubs in Super League agreed on implementing play off system which is not liked very much by important leagues of Europe. Four teams will play for the top in the end of the league season. The system will be implemented as of this season.

FROM DAVUTOGLU TO LIBYA: DO NOT BE DIVIDED
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited the stronghold of opposition, Benghazi, one day after the opposition entered capital Tripoli in Libya. Davutoglu gave three messages: "don't fall for inner clashes. Protect your unity and integrity. Turkey's support is for a united Libya."

YENI SAFAK
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CONTACT GROUP TO CONVENE IN ISTANBUL
Turkey took the first step for playing a leading role in the construction of the new Libya. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke ministers of ten countries via teleconference, and he stated that Libya Contact Group would convene in Istanbul within a few days.

PLAY OFF AGAINST MATCH-FIXING
Turkish Football Federation and presidents of clubs in Super League agreed on implementing play off system in soccer league as of the next season. Besiktas club's President Yildirim Demiroren said, "we will try play off system this year. If it fails, it will be removed. Trying does not give harm."

ROUND TRIP BETWEEN ANKARA-KONYA 3 HOURS
High-speed train line, which decreases travel time between capital Ankara and central Anatolian province of Konya from three hours to 1.5 hours, began with a ceremony participated by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his spouse Emine Erdogan. The train reached 255 km during the travel.

VATAN
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FIVE OF THE TRAITORS IN CUKURCA KILLED
General Staff stated that during the air operation, which was staged within borders of Turkey on August 19 and based on intelligence, five of PKK terrorists who previously held the attack in Cukurca town of the southeastern province of Hakkari were killed. Also, a total of 90-100 PKK terrorists were killed during air operations in the north of Iraq.

PRIDE OF HIGH-SPEED TRAIN
High-speed train between capital Ankara and the central Anatolian province of Konya began serving. Speaking at the inauguration, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "it has been one of our biggest desires to see these days and completion of this line. Today is one of the turning points for our geography."

CUMHURIYET
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'I CALLED NAMES FROM EVERY OPINION'
Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek spoke regarding the process on new Constitution as well as the meeting he invited 24 professors of Constitutional law. He said, "the new Constitution will not be prepared by professors. The real process will be set by a consensus commission among political parties without a rush."

TURKEY SENDS 200 MLN USD
Insurgents entered capital Tripoli and took control of Gadhafi's headquarters in Libya. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu became the first foreign official visiting the country after opposition took control of Tripoli. Turkey released 200 million USD of financial aid which had been promised to the new administration in Libya. Following his meeting with Davutoglu, Libyan Interim Transitional Council Chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil said, "Turkish officials overcame the bureaucratic obstacles and delivered the financial aid," and he thanked.

RADIKAL
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TURKEY IN BENGHAZI
Turkey is following the transformation in Libya there. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his spouse Sare Davutoglu proceeded from Ethiopia to Benghazi on Tuesday. Davutoglu had a meeting with Libyan Interim Transitional Council Chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil. Davutoglu paid his second visit to Benghazi in a month. Abdul Jalil said after the meeting that Davutoglu's second visit in a month showed Turkey's support to this revolution. Davutoglu said that they were supporting Abdul Jelil till the end.

CLUBS AGREE ON PLAYOFF SYSTEM
Turkish Football Federation and clubs agreed to implement the "playoff system" to determine the champions in topflight Super Toto Super League this season. Speaking on behalf of Turkish clubs, Besiktas Chairman Yildirim Demiroren said that all clubs accepted federation's proposal. Demiroren said they would try the system.

HURRIYET
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TURKISH MODEL OF HELP TO LIBYA
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is the first foreign statesman visiting the new Libya, said, "the money, which was needed by Libyan people, was transferred to the country through creative ways in Ramadan month." It was learned that 300 million Turkish Lira (TL) assistance was delivered by hand to the representatives of Libyan Interim Transitional Council in Ankara.

100 TERRORISTS KILLED
General Staff announced the result of the air operations which were staged against PKK terrorists in the north of Iraq between August 17 and 22: "90-100 terrorists were killed, and more than 90 wounded terrorists were carried to the hospitals and villages in the region. Also, five terrorists, who were killed during the air operation within Turkish borders on August 19, were among the group that staged the treacherous ambush in Cukurca town of the southeastern province of Hakkari."

MILLIYET
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100 TERRORISTS KILLED
General Staff announced that 90-100 terrorists were killed during the air offensive on PKK camps in the north of Iraq between August 17 and 22. General Staff said in a statement posted on its web-site that Turkish Air Forces jets hit 132 targets while artillery units shelled 349 targets. It also said 73 hiding places, 6 shelters, 18 caves, 8 depots, 14 buildings, 1 arsenal, 9 anti-aircraft positions and 3 control points were destroyed.

YES TO PLAYOFF
Important issues were discussed in a meeting between Turkish Football Federation and representatives of Super League clubs. Turkish Football Federation and clubs agreed to implement the "playoff system" to determine the champions in topflight Super Toto Super League this season. Speaking on behalf of Turkish clubs, Besiktas Chairman Yildirim Demiroren said that all clubs accepted federation's proposal.

SABAH
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GREETING TO LIBYA AND WARNING TO SYRIA
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the first journey of a new high-speed train rail that links the Turkish capital, Ankara, and the central Anatolian city of Konya. Erdogan said that violence and bloodshed in Syria must stop at once. Speaking at ceremony marking the inauguration of the high-speed train railway, Erdogan said, "we hope that bloodshed will end in Syria." Regarding Libya, Erdogan said, "our brothers and sisters in Libya are drawing close to the day they have longed for so many years. I hope the holiday of Ramadan will be a holiday for our Libyan brothers and sisters that crowns peace, unity and solidarity."

TSK SAYS 100 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED
Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) announced that nearly 100 PKK terrorists were killed in the air offensive on PKK camps. A statement posted on the web-site of General Staff said that Turkish Air Forces jets hit 132 targets while artillery units shelled 349 targets. It also said that operations would continue.

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