TURKEY PRESS ON AUGUST 3

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 3, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS ON AUGUST 3

TURKIYE
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NO GREEN LIGHT TO SUSPECTS
The Supreme Military Council meeting lasted 5.5 hours on the second day. Five generals --who are under arrest in alleged coup plot cases Ergenekon, Balyoz and internet memo case-- were to be promoted, but they were disappointed.

EMRE WAS ASKED ABOUT 6-0 IN MATCH-FIXING PROBE
Fenerbahce player Emre Belozoglu and former Besiktas manager Sinan Engin were questioned by prosecutors in match-fixing investigation.
Turkey international Emre Belozoglu was asked about a text message which he allegedly sent to opposing Ankaragucu player Kaan Soylemezgiller before their match and said "do not push it too much." Fenerbance defeated Ankaragucu 6-0 in that game.
Prosecutors also asked former Besiktas manager Engin about his phone conversation with Fenerbahce Chairman Aziz Yildirim who is behind bars as a suspect in match-fixing probe.

ZAMAN
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CICEK CONFESSES: INTERNET MEMORANDUM IS A REAL DOCUMENT
It was confirmed that internet web-pages aiming at black propaganda were established by the General Staff. Colonel Dursun Cicek spoke at Tuesday's hearing of the case "to end AK Party and Gulen" and said "internet memorandum is a real document. However, it is impossible to find the news in the web-page as it was destroyed."

CHILDREN OF MISSING GENERATION LEARN TURKISH IN RHODES
Nazife, Gunay, Suheyla and Guler, and many other hundreds of children. Their names are Turkish but they can only communicate in Greek. They are the missing generation of Rhodes, which has the most Turkish population among other Greek Islands in the Aegean.
Rhodes Muslims Fraternity and Culture Association carries out important studies for the 3,500 Turks whose schools were closed and who were deprived of getting education in the mother tongue after 1974 Cyprus Peace Operation.
The association opens courses aiming to teach children their mother tongue.

YENI SAFAK
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COMMANDERS WAITING TO BE PROMOTED TO RETIRE
Democratization, which was reflected in the seating order of the Supreme Military Council meeting, was not just an image. The Council convened under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the second day and civilians get what they wanted. There was a consensus at the meeting to retire arrested generals who are to be promoted.

GEN. UNAL TO BE APPOINTED AS AIR FORCE COMMANDER
Lieutenant General Abidin Unal will be named as the new Air Forces Commander. Gen. Unal will be appointed as acting commander for 1 year. He will be advanced to full general in 2012 Supreme Military Council meeting, and then appointed as Air Forces Commander.

VATAN
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PRACTICE PERIOD ENDS IN TSK
Important names of Justice & Development (AK) Party assessed new seating order that was changed after 51 years. Hayati Yazici, Customs Minister, said, "Turkey is getting rid of unlawful implementations known as practices. The developments and changes are very important."
Egemen Bagis, the EU minister said, "Turkey is getting normalized. This is the right thing. The meeting has one chair only."

WET SIGNATURE IS FAKE, BUT THE MEMORANDUM IS REAL
Colonel Dursun Cicek, the arrested suspect of the case "Action Plan on Fight Against Fundamentalism" spoke during yesterday's hearing in Silivri. "The court accepted internet memorandum indictment. That is a real document. If the wet signature was real, I would also say it, but it is fake."
The court refused Cicek's call for release.

CUMHURIYET
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BARGANING FOR RETIREMENT
Supreme Military Council meeting lasted for 6 hours on the second day. An agreement was reached for the appointments to be made for force commands. Gen. Hayri Kivrikoglu will be appointed as Land Forces Commander, Gen. Yalcin Ataman as Gendarmerie General Commander, Full Admiral Murat Bigel as Naval Forces Command and Lieutenant General Mehmet Erten will be appointed as Land Forces Commander.
The actual problem in YAS meeting is promotion of arrested generals. The government flank wants to retire the 14 names, who are under trial on charges of Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case. Laying the generals and admirals off is also at the table.
Uncertainty still continues against Major General Helvacioglu, Major General Kaya and Rear Admiral Gavremoglu, who had to be promoted last year but whose decrees were not approved by the government.

BURKAY: WEAPONS SHOULD QUIET DOWN FROM NOW ON
Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay visited politician and poet Kemal Burkay. Gunay said Burkay would have great contribution on solving the Kurdish problem.
Burkay said, "we can not say to the army to lay down arms. However, it may contribute to the peace by putting an end to military operations."

RADIKAL
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"EMPTY YOUR HOMES, WE WILL HIT"
Witnesses of the massacre in Syria spoke to Radikal.
Bashar Al-Assad's soldiers made this announcement and killed 150 people in Hama. 28-year-old computer engineer Basil tells: "There are snipers in the street. I cannot get out. They are bombing the mosque so that people would not stage protest after the pray. They are killing without caring about prayer calls or fast-breaking."
Farmer Hisham says Rayes Hospital and Ashehr Bishir Mosque were hit.
"Soldiers are firing randomly. They ravaged Kaza, a village near Hama," he says.

SUGGESTION FOR THE NEW ORDER MADE BY GOVERNMENT
The new order of seating in Supreme Military Council meeting was made by the government. Meanwhile, new commanders were not named on the second day too. There is a disagreement between the government and the military on lieutenant generals.

HURRIYET
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KARAGUMRUK IS BURNING NOW
TV host and poet Ugur Arslan, who is known for his song "Karagumruk is Burning", has been detained in Denez Feneri e.V. investigation. Arslan was the founding chairman of Deniz Feneri Association in Istanbul and he produced and hosted the TV show "Deniz Feneri" on private television Kanal 7. Four Kanal 7 staff were also detained as part of the probe.

INTERNET MEMO REAL, WET SIGNATURE NOT
In 22nd hearing of the case "Action Plan on Fight Against Fundamentalism", Navy Colonel Dursun Cicek asked to be released saying he was in jail for 16 months.
Cicek also said: "The indictment on internet memo was accepted by the court. Internet memo is a real document. I would also admit it if the wet signature was real too. It is not a document, it is just a peace of paper. But it is enough for my arrest."

2 YEAR JAIL SENTENCE TO AYSEL TUGLUK
A criminal court in the eastern province of Van found independent lawmaker Aysel Tugluk guilty of orchestrating the propaganda of the terrorist organization. The court sentenced her to two years in prison.

MILLIYET
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ARRESTED GENERALS DISCUSSED IN YAS MEETING
Supreme Military Council had a 5.5 hour meeting on the second day. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended only the morning session of the meeting. The government insisted on retirement of 14 generals, who are under arrest, but had to be promoted.
Military flank demanded extension of time to be implemented on some names. Mustafa Korkut Aslan is one of those names. General Ismail Hakki Pekin, General Staff head of Intelligence Division, is another name for whom the military said, "his retirement will not suit to criteria of justice."

HIS ARRIVAL IS A MATTER OF TIME
Happy ending is very close in arrival of Kobe Bryant, the biggest star of NBA, to Besiktas. Besiktas Chairman Yildirim Demiroren left for the United States to make the final decision for the transfer.
In case Kobe comes to Turkey, tv channels like TNT and ESPN will make the world watch the matches of Besiktas Basketball Team.

SABAH
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TWO MORE FINE TUNING TO NORMALIZATION
Efforts are underway to plan two new arrangements, like reform, in relations of the government with the Turkish Armed Forces. E-memorandum of April 27 will be removed from the web-page of the Turkish Armed Forces. In parallel, the TSK will not state a view on political issues.
General Staff will only relay its views to the prime minister in weekly meetings.
Another implementation that the prime minister and parliament speaker's welcoming chief of General Staff remaining standing on August 30 Victory Day will also be removed.

CALL FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO SOMALIA
Turkish Red Crescent Chief Tekin Kucukali wrote a letter to businessmen and made a call for urgent aid to people in Somalia.

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