TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 20

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 20, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 20

TURKIYE
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ISRAELI LOOT
A new scandal has erupted in Israel after the interception of the six-ship flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza on May 31. Four soldiers who stole computers and mobile phones from the aid ship, were detained.

TURKEY TO TAKE OVER ROTATING PRESIDENCY OF UN SECURITY COUNCIL
Turkey will take over the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council on September 1 for a month. President Abdullah Gul will host world leaders during the General Assembly meeting on September 21. Issues such as Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, the Middle East, North Korea, the fight against terrorism and climate change will be high on agenda of the meeting.

ZAMAN
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ISRAELI SOLDIERS WHO PLUNDERED MAVI MARMARA ARRESTED
It was revealed that Israeli soldiers who attacked Mavi Marmara aid ship carrying aid to Gaza, plundered the ship after being tugged to Ashdod Port.
According to Ynetnews, a leading news portal of Israel, one of the four Israeli soldiers, who were detained on charges of stealing computers and mobile phones of the volunteers, was also arrested on Thursday.
Another Israeli soldier was also detained on charges of robbery last Tuesday. Israeli police said the damages would be compensated in case owner of the goods can be determined.

FROM POLITICIANS TO BASBUG: EXPLAIN HERONS BEFORE LEAVING
General Staff has not made a statement for 18 days regarding Heron scandal in Hantepe. Politicians reacted against this.
Justice & Development (AK) Party Group Acting Chairman Mustafa Elitas said, "Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug should respond to the allegations before he hands over his post."

YENI SAFAK
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A HELPING HAND
Pakistani Ambassador in Ankara Tariq Azizuddin said that Turkey and Pakistan supported each other in their difficult periods. The Union of Turkish Chambers & Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) decided to send a financial aid of 1 million USD to flood-struck Pakistan while two Turkish charity organizations distributed food to thousands of people every day. Turkey became the first country rushing assistance of Pakistani people after the worst flood disaster in the country's history.

A CALL FOR COMMON-SENSE
General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug attended the National Security council meeting for the last time before his retirement on August 30. During the meeting, it was reiterated that Turkey would maintain its fight against terrorism without making any concessions. The council also warned people to act with common-sense in the face of terror attacks.
 

VATAN
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INSISTENCE ON AUTONOMY
The leader of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), Selahattin Demirtas, said in the southeastern province of Sirnak, "if you respect this people, you will accept their language, their culture and their demand for democratic autonomy."

ISRAEL'S THIEF SOLDIERS
Two Israeli soldiers, who were suspected of having stolen computers and mobile phones from the ship "Mavi Marmara" carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, topped the agenda of Israel. A second lieutenant admitted that he stole six computers and mobile phones from the ship and sold them to other soldiers. The second lieutenant had access to the ships after they were taken to an Israeli port following their interception in international waters.

CUMHURIYET
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WARNING DELEGATION FROM THE UNITED STATES
U.S. administration sent a delegation to Turkey and threatened to punish the institutions making business with Iran. The outlines of the warning is that: Sanction will be imposed on those who make investment to Iran's energy sector like TPAO and those who sell processed oil products to Iran like TUPRAS.
In case their relations continue, all commercial relations of those companies with the United States will come to the point of termination.

TURKEY IS AFTER REAPER
Ankara sent a delegation, led by Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary Feridun Sinirlioglu, to Washington D.C.. The delegation will be in an effort to overcome the hinderance of the Congress to purchase unmanned aerial vehicle Reapers which can also carry missile to deal with PKK.

RADIKAL
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TURK: "YES" VOTE TO BE GIVEN IF ERDOGAN PLEDGES
According to Ahmet Turk, the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) could say 'yes' in case detainees are released, and if Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives promise to reduce election threshold and to prepare a new Constitution.
He said this would prolong September 20 (cease-fire) timetable.

HOPES CARRIED OVER TO RETURN MATCH
Three more Turkish soccer teams delayed their hopes to return matches after having matches in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League play-off rounds.
British Liverpool defeated Turkey's Trabzonspor 1-0, Greek PAOK defeated Turkey's Fenerbahce 1-0 and Turkey's Galatasaray drew 2-2 with Ukraine's Karpaty in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League play-off round.
 

HURRIYET
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TWO SHIPS, SAME ACTIVIST
It was revealed that Erdinc Tekir, who served 3.5 years in prison for his involvement in abduction of Eurasia ferry in 1996, was on board the "Mavi Marmara" ship which was raided by Israeli forces on May 31 while carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL CONVENES IN ISTANBUL
The National Security Council convened in Istanbul under the chairmanship of President Abdullah Gul. General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug attended the meeting at the War Academies Command for the last time before he is going to retire on August 30. Recent developments both in Turkey and the world were on top of the agenda of the meeting.

MILLIYET
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SHAME OF ISRAEL
It was revealed that Mavi Marmara ship, which was raided by the Israeli commandos while carrying aid to Gaza, was robbed by the soldiers in Ashdod Port where it was anchored. An Israeli third lieutenant, who had permission to enter the ship, stole and sold the laptop computers and mobile phones in the ship.
Two soldiers having connection with the incident were detained.

FIRST FAREWELL FROM BASBUG IS TO MGK
National Security Council held its meeting at the War Academies Command as President Abdullah Gul was in Istanbul.
Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug, who will retire on August 30, attended the meeting for the last time and Gendarmerie General Commander Gen. Necdet Ozel attended the meeting for the first time.

SABAH
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TERROR TOPS AGENDA OF BASBUG'S LAST MEETING
The National Security Council of Turkey convened at the War Academies Command in Istanbul under the chairmanship of President Abdullah Gul. General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug was in attendance at the meeting for the last time before his retirement on August 30. During the meeting, it was reiterated that the fight against terrorism would continue without making any concessions.

PAKISTANI AMBASSADOR SAYS THEY CANNOT COMBAT FLOOD DISASTER ON THEIR OWN
Pakistani Ambassador Tariq Azizuddin said that the worst flood disaster in the history of Pakistan destroyed infrastructure of the country. He said that Pakistan did not have the capability to overcome such a calamity on its own.
 

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