TURKEY PRESS ON JULY 30

ese are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on July 30, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS ON JULY 30

TURKIYE

QUAKE IN COMMAND
General Staff Chief Isik Kosaner, who held talks with President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, resigned from his post after an indictment on attempts to overthrow the government by using several web-sites was approved by a high criminal court yesterday. Following Kosaner's resignation, force commanders filed for retirement as well. Kosaner said that he resigned as he deemed necessary.

NECDET OZEL BECOMES GENERAL STAFF CHIEF
Gendarmerie Forces Commander Necdet Ozel, who was appointed as the Land Forces Commander, later became the Acting Chief of General Staff. Ozel is expected to attend the upcoming Supreme Military Council meeting as the new army chief.

THIS IS A FIRST
Resignations by the General Staff Chief and force commanders is a first in Turkey's history. During the presidency of Turgut Ozal, the then General Staff Chief Necip Torumtay had resigned only.

ZAMAN

ARMY'S NEW COMMANDER
General Staff Chief Isik Kosaner and three force commanders have filed for resignation prior to the Supreme Military Council (YAS) scheduled for Monday. The government resolved the resignation crisis by issuing a decree appointing Gen. Necdet Ozel as the Land Forces Commander. Such move has cleared the way for Ozel to become the new General Staff Chief.

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: TURKEY PROCEEDS ON DEMOCRATIC PATH
Commenting on the latest resignations, European Parliament's Turkey rapporteur Ria Oomen-Ruijten said Turkey got more democratic with each passing day. "Turkey turns into a more democratic country where democratic institutions have control over military decisions," the rapporteur said in a statement.

THIRD WAVE IN MATCH-FIXING PROBE
The match-fixing investigation continues with third wave of detentions. Numerous people including Fenerbahce executive Murat Ozaydinli, manager Hasan Cetinkaya and former referee Zafer Onder Ipek were detained as part of the investigation yesterday. Ozaydinli and Trabzonspor official Nevzat Sakar have been released after giving statements to the police.

YENI SAFAK

HEADQUARTERS RETIRED
Chief of General Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner retired as "he deemed necessary" ahead of critical Supreme Military Council meeting. Land Forces Commander Gen. Erdal Ceylanoglu, Air Forces Commander Gen. Hasan Aksay and Naval Forces Commander Adm. Esref Ugur Yigit, who would retire on August 30, also retired.

MILITARY SERVICE TO BE SHORTENED
Turkish government has pushed the button to shorten the length of compulsory military service. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the government would take necessary steps to shorten the military service.

ADABANK LIKELY TO BE SOLD TO GUR
G Capital Consultancy, in which businessman Remzi Gur has a stake, has submitted the highest offer for Adabank which was put on sale once again by Turkey's Savings Deposit Insurance Fund, or TMSF. The company offered 75 million USD for Adabank, once owned by Uzan family and seized in 2003.

VATAN

"I COULD NOT PROTECT RIGHTS OF MY STAFF, SO I'M LEAVING"
Ties were broken only 72 hours before the Supreme Military Council meeting when court issued arrest warrant for seven more generals including the commander of Aegean Army. Chief of General Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner and 3 force commanders --Land Forces Commander Gen. Erdal Ceylanoglu, Air Forces Commander Gen. Hasan Aksay, and Naval Forces Commander Adm. Esref Ugur Yigit-- have taken off their uniform.
General Kosaner's farewell message criticized the government:
"Currently, 173 active and 77 retired, a total of 250 generals/admirals, officers, non-commissioned officers and special sergeants are behind bars in contravention of justice and conscientious values. 14 generals/admirals and 58 colonels have lost their rights to be assessed at this year's Supreme Military Council and they have been punished in advance although they are not convicted.
"Investigations and long detention times are kept on the agenda to create an image that Turkish Armed Forces is a crime organization. Government has not made efforts enough to stop it. I will not be able to continue as Chief of General Staff as I have been impeded by this situation to protect rights of my staff."

OZEL IS THE NEW COMMANDER
The government appointed Gen. Necdet Ozel, who was the only commander who did not resign, as the new Chief of General Staff. Crisis was over in just 2 hours.

CUMHURIYET

HISTORIC RESIGNATION IN TURKISH MILITARY
For the first time in Turkey's history, Chief of General Staff and force commanders have resigned together. Chief of General Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner, Land Forces Commander Gen. Erdal Ceylanoglu, Air Forces Commander Gen. Hasan Aksay and Naval Forces Commander Adm. Esref Ugur Yigit petitioned to retire as the crisis between the government and the military over promotion of commanders was not resolved. Government wanted to retire commanders who are standing trial in Balyoz case but Kosaner insisted that the result of the case should be waited, sources said.

"EFFORTS TO REDESIGN TURKISH MILITARY"
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu cut short his holiday and returned to Ankara after Gen. Isik Kosaner resigned. Opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli said that "recent efforts aimed at redesigning the Turkish military."

NEW WAVE OF DETENTION IN MATCH-FIXING PROBE
Police launched third wave of detentions in match-fixing probe into Turkish football. Senior executives of Fenerbahce, a player, a former referee and Genclerbirligi official were detained.
Fenerbahce's senior official Murat Ozaydinli was released after he gave a statement to police.

RADIKAL

KOSANER: "WE ARE RETIRING", ERDOGAN: "YOUR CALL"
This is how the bargaining over the upcoming Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting ended at Cankaya Presidential Palace. General Staff Chief Isik Kosaner asked for the promotion of jailed generals "due to precedent", as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected such demand saying "there were no precedents, but the law". Upon such tension, Turkey's top commanders resigned.

GEN. NECDET OZEL TO BECOME TOP COMMANDER
After the shocking resignations, Gendarmerie Forces Commander Gen. Necdet Ozel has been appointed as the Land Forces Commander in order to become the next General Staff Chief. As part of the busy traffic in the Turkish capital yesterday, Ozel first went to the prime ministry headquarters to meet with Prime Minister Erdogan. The two officials later headed to the Presidential Palace. After the tripartite summit, Ozel was appointed as the Land Forces Commander. The decision, signed by President Abdullah Gul, will now pave the way for Ozel to take over the army's top position.

HURRIYET

NECDET OZEL IS THE NEW COMMANDER
Chief of General Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner and 3 force commanders retired ahead of Supreme Military Council meeting. Gendarmerie Commander Gen. Necdet Ozel was appointed as the Land Forces Commander and acting Chief of General Staff. Ozel is expected to be appointed as top military chief on Saturday.
In a statement at 11:30 p.m., Prime Minister's office announced that Ozel was appointed as the acting Chief of General Staff.
The statement said: "Our commanders will be remembered with appreciation because of their devoted service." It said the Supreme Military Council would convene on August 1 as planned.

"THEY ARE USING ME"
Abdullah Ocalan, head of the terrorist organization PKK who is serving a lifetime sentence in Imrali island, told his lawyers that he is out.
"I have earlier said that I cannot lead (the PKK) here and cannot continue it under these conditions. Both sides are saying something," he said.
"Both Qandil and the state are using me as a tool. I am now putting an end to it. From now on, I have to be provided with a free area of health and security to continue my role," Ocalan added.

RACE IS OVER
Negotiations did not yield any results after Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone raised Istanbul Grand Prix contract price to 26 million USD from 13.5 million USD. Istanbul has been left off provisional F1 calender for 2012.

MILLIYET

COMMANDERS RESIGN
Chief of Turkish General Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner and commanders of Turkish land, naval and air forces have made a surprising move and tendered their retirement letters prior to the upcoming Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting. For the past week, there have been rumors in Ankara that Kosaner might demand to be retired. The process that led to resignations had started with the arrest of numerous high-ranking commanders. Army faced difficulties as 13 of the 41 jailed generals were waiting for promotion prior to the YAS meeting. President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted that the imprisoned generals retired. Tension escalated as arrest warrants were issued for 6 more generals yesterday.

AND NEW COMMANDER AT PRESIDENTIAL PALACE
After four commanders filed for resignation, Gendarmerie Forces Commander Gen. Necdet Ozel first visited the Prime Ministry and then the Presidential Palace. Following the talks, Kosaner was appointed as the commander of Turkish Land Forces in order to become the new General Staff Chief. Ozel is expected to be officially appointed as the army chief during the YAS meeting to be held on Monday.

PRIME MINISTRY: THEY WILL BE REMEMBERED WITH APPRECIATION
Releasing a statement after top commanders submitted their retirement letters, the Turkish prime ministry said generals' petitions have been put into process. The prime ministry statement noted that the soon-to-be-retired generals would always be remembered with appreciation thanks to their long and devoted years in the army.

SABAH

MOVE AGAINST MOVE
In a move to resolve the crisis that has arisen after General Staff Chief Kosaner's and Turkish land, naval and air forces commanders' shocking decision to retire two days before the YAS meeting, the government rapidly appointed Gendarmerie Forces Commander Ozel first as the Land Forces Commander, and then as the Acting General Staff Chief. Solving the crisis in four hours, the government both gave the message that Turkish army would not be left without a leader, and provided the necessary legal grounds for new appointments at the upcoming YAS meeting.

KOSANER'S REPROACH IN FAREWELL MESSAGE
Gen. Isik Kosaner criticized numerous Turkish commanders' imprisonment in his farewell message. "There are currently 250 detained commanders. It is impossible to accept that these detentions are in line with universal principles of law," Kosaner said.

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