TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 19

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 19, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 19

 

TURKIYE
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THIS IS THE FIRST STEP
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that "Yes" votes to be cast at the upcoming referendum would constitute an opportunity for a civilian constitution. "September 12 will be an important date for a brighter future. This critical turning point will pave the way for a new constitution," Erdogan said.

HARSH WARNING TO ISRAEL FOR EMBASSY RAID
Turkey's reaction was harsh after a Palestinian entered the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv with a toy gun, a gasoline can and a knife, and tried to take hostage the Turkish officials.
"We take all kinds of precautions for the security of your diplomats. You should fulfill your responsibility as well. It is our right to expect such a thing from you," Ankara told Israel.

ZAMAN
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AID TRAIN TO SET OFF FOR PAKISTAN
The world finally heard the cry of flood-hit Pakistan. Initiatives launched by the United Nations and Organization of Islamic Conference to attract attention of the world for an aid campaign to Pakistan started to yield favorable results. Turkey which has been assisting Pakistan since the first day of disaster launched a new initiative. Turkish Red Crescent which has sent 250 tons of aid materials to the region so far decided to send aid materials by train. A train that will carry 1,500 tons of material will depart from Ankara for Islamabad in the coming days.

MUSTAFA ERDOGAN TO SAY 'YES'
Mustafa Erdogan, art director of the Fire of Anatolia, said that he would vote 'yes' in the referendum on constitutional amendment package. "It is a good beginning to change September 12 constitution," he said. Erdogan said that they would vote a text, not a party.

YENI SAFAK
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MINISTER FOILS SUPREME BOARD'S ATTEMPT TO INTERVENE IN JUSTICE
Turkish Justice Minister Sadullah Ergun has withdrawn a decree on the appointments of 138 senior judges and prosecutors to foil an attempt by members of the country's Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors to change the positions of 20 senior judges and prosecutors who are currently on duty in critical cases such as Ergenekon and Balyoz. The list includes Zekeriya Oz, the prosecutor in the Ergenekon case, Erzurum Prosecutor Osman Sanal and Diyarbakir Chief Prosecutor Durdu Kavak who launched an investigation into unsolved political murders in the country's southeast.

TURKEY EXTENDS HELPING HAND TO FLOOD-HIT PAKISTAN
Turkey launched a major aid campaign for millions of flood victims in Pakistan. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered to send 10 million USD and aid worth of 2 million USD. Turkey's Red Crescent Society also launched a separate campaign to send 1,500 tons of aid.
 

VATAN
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I DON'T LIKE HIM, BUT...
Turkish State Minister & Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc referred to the situation of journalist Tuncay Ozkan who has been under arrest as part of the Ergenekon case for 22 months and said, "He is a journalist I do not like, however, we cannot tolerate injustice".
Arinc, who said last week "journalist Mustafa Balbay's cry should be heard", noted that the 102 soldiers whose arrest warrants under the Balyoz case were cancelled during the latest Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting were being "protected". "Some people protected them and they are now free despite the law's ruling," Arinc said.

CRISIS AT HSYK AGAIN
The appointments of Ergenekon judges and prosecutors locked the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) meeting this year as well. Sources said that HSYK's legist members wanted to appoint 2 alternate members to the courts in charge of the Ergenekon case and to remove from office Istanbul Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor Turan Colakkadi and Ergenekon prosecutors. Upon such development, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin withdrew the relevant decree.

CUMHURIYET
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NO PROBLEM IN RELATIONS WITH U.S., TURKEY'S TOP DIPLOMAT SAYS
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said there were no problems in Turkey's relations with the United States. However, Davutoglu is set to send his undersecretary to Washington D.C. for high level talks. The Turkish delegation headed by Feridun Sinirlioglu is expected to appeal to the U.S. administration to ask for help to mend ties with the U.S. Congress in the aftermath of Turkey's deteriorating relations with Israel against warm ties with Tehran. The Turkish delegation is expected to explain to the U.S. officials that Turkey's foreign policy axis is not shifting.

ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY AMONG TOP 500 IN WORLD LIST
Turkey's Istanbul University was named among the top 500 universities in the world. The Turkish university ranked 424th. The top ten includes eight universities from the United States.

RADIKAL
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MESUT OZIL SIGNS WITH REAL MADRID
German midfielder Mesut Ozil, who signed with Real Madrid, appeared at a news conference at Santiago Bernabau Stadium. Former Werder Bremen player said Real coach Jose Mourinho called him on the phone and convinced him to join the Madrid side. "I am very happy to be here with Real Madrid and I am honored to get this chance. I have always wanted to be part of the best team. That's why I am here," he said.

ERDOGAN: "MORE COMPREHENSIVE CONSTITUTION WILL COME"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the constitutional amendment package would be a key to a more comprehensive constitution. Erdogan said, "September 12 will be a milestone. It will be a new beginning for law, justice and social state."
 

HURRIYET
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INDUSTRY MINISTER JOINS DISCUSSION ON PRESIDENTIAL TERM IN OFFICE
Turkish Trade and Industry Minister Nihat Ergun was last to join a discussion over when the country's sitting president's term in office ends. "Mr. President was elected for a term of seven years. It is legally wrong to say that his term ends in five. We have lowered the presidential term to five years in the parliament. What if we have made it ten, for instance. Would he be sitting in for 10 years, then," Ergun said. The minister said it was the parliament's job to put end to the ambiguity while others have argued that Turkey's high election board had the final say on the issue.

CRISIS OVER APPOINTMENTS OF SENIOR JUDGES, PROSECUTORS DEEPENING
A row over the appointments of senior judges and prosecutors was seen as deepening as the Justice Ministry had withdrawn a decree for the appointments of heads and deputy heads of high criminal courts, and of chief prosecutors. The justice minister and his undersecretary also made a no show at Wednesday's meeting of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK). The board's head, Kadir Ozbek, has said the Justice Ministry had no authority to withdraw the decree over the appointments.

MILLIYET
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CRISIS AT HSYK, ERGENEKON LOCKS MEETING
Legist members of the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) asked the judges and prosecutors who are suspects under cases like Balyoz to be changed. Upon such development, the justice minister terminated the council meetings as 79 appointments could not be carried out.

MESUT'S DESTINY
Soccer player Mesut Ozil first had to make a preference between Turkish and German national teams. The player was criticized harshly when he chose Germany over Turkey. The footballer got more popular after he played in the German national team at the latest World Cup. Mesut finally signed a 6-year deal with the Spanish football giant Real Madrid for 5 million Euros.

SABAH
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TAX ON CIGARETTE AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE
Social Security Institution (SGK) and World Health Organization's (WHO) Turkey representation have been working on a project that there will be tax on cigarette and alcoholic beverages. 1-2 percent tax on cigarette and alcoholic beverage will be transferred to the SGK. The fund will be used in treatments especially for cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

1001 INVENTIONS IN ISTANBUL
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated the exhibition 1001 Inventions featuring many scientific achievements the world inherited from the Muslim civilization between 7th and 17th centuries in Istanbul. Delivering a speech in the inauguration of the exhibition in Sultanahmet Square, Erdogan said nearly half million people visited 1001 Inventions exhibition in British capital of London. Erdogan said he believed that numerous foreign and Turkish people would visit the exhibition which would run till October 5, 2010.
 

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