TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 21

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 21, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 21

TURKIYE
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"DO NOT LISTEN TO THE DEFAMERS"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a rally in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaras, "there are some circles trying to connect the recent statement of the terrorist organization with our government. This is simply a villainous defamation. It is totally out of question that the Justice & Development (AK) Party government sit at the negotiation table with a terrorist organization and bargain with it. These are lies made to affect the referendum process."

THE ECONOMIST: "TURKEY IS THE GREAT MEDIATOR"
The Economist magazine, one of the leading magazines in the United Kingdom, eulogized Turkey as a great mediator. "Sometimes Turkey really is a bridge between west and east," the magazine wrote.

ZAMAN
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A CALL FROM STATE
President Abdullah Gul called on Turkish people to give a helping hand to Pakistan which was devastated by flood waters. "There are millions of people in Pakistan who were left homeless and destitute. Pakistan cannot overcome such a disaster on its own," President Abdullah Gul said at a statement.

VOLUNTARY DOCTORS GO TO AFRICA
A number of Turkish doctors have been spending their holidays in Africa for the last three years. The reason of this preference is not to go on a safari. Voluntary doctors go to Africa to treat poor and ill Africans.

YENI SAFAK
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A TIME FOR HUMANITY
The Prime Ministry Office, the Red Crescent, chambers of commerce, businessmen, companies and charity organizations have launched aid campaigns for flood-stricken Pakistan. Turkey mobilized for Pakistani people who have been struggling for their life in the face of one of the most destructive disasters in their history.

"IT IS A VILLAINOUS DEFAMATION"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted harshly to the allegations that his Justice & Development (AK) Party bargained with the PKK terrorist organization to halt its acts of terror. He said at a rally in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaras, "this is nothing but a villainous defamation aiming to affect the referendum process."
 

VATAN
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"GENERAL STAFF WILL MAKE A STATEMENT"
There are still allegations that the General Staff did not take into consideration the images taken by the unmanned aerial vehicles Herons before the PKK terrorist organization's attack on a military outpost in Hantepe region on July 20. President Abdullah Gul said after his meeting with General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug, "the Turkish army has been investigating the incident. The General Staff will make a statement."

UNITED NATIONS TAKES ACTION
The United Nations convened a summit three weeks after the flood disaster in Pakistan and collected 55 percent of urgently required aid of 460 million USD. The United States pledged to send 150 million USD while India will donate 5 million USD. Meanwhile, State Minister Egemen Bagis said at the high-level meeting of the 192-member UN General Assembly in New York that Turkey would do its utmost to assist flood-stricken Pakistan.

CUMHURIYET
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REQUEST FOR FAIR TRIAL
Journalism organizations visited journalists who are on trial in Ergenekon case. Organizations gave solidarity messages. Turkish Journalists' Society (TGC) Chairman Orhan Erinc said the time of being under arrest do not comply with jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. Oktay Eksi, head of the Press Council, said, "our colleagues could not use their right to fair trial."
Suspects of the second Ergenekon case, including Cumhuriyet columnist Mustafa Balbay and Tuncay Ozkan, requested their release, however, the court turned down their request again.

TPAO GIVES UP ON IRAN
Turkey told the U.S. administration that it gave up on its decision to invest in Iran's natural gas fields after Washington warned that energy cooperation with Iran should be reduced.

RADIKAL
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BOOK ASTONISHING, INVESTIGATION AT JET SPEED
Hanefi Avci, police chief of the central province of Eskisehir, claimed that Gulen community created an organization similar to the "Ittihat ve Terakki" (the Ottoman-era Union and Progress Party) in several governmental institutions including police department. According to Avci, the organization that manipulates files of the Ergenekon case is led by a civilian who carries the nickname "Kozanli Omer". An investigation has been launched after claims made by Avci.

FT: TURKEY ON TEST
Financial Times said that Turkey won a reputation for stability over the past two year. It added: by the start of 2011, investors will also be increasingly focused on elections, due to take place by next summer, which will be the first big test of the government's commitment to fiscal discipline since it dispensed with International Monetary Fund oversight.
 

HURRIYET
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PRESIDENT TAKES THE SITUATION IN HAND
President Abdullah Gul met with Orhan Hosrof Dink, slain journalist Hrant Dink's brother, in Istanbul. The meeting discussed the self-defence over Dink case sent by Turkey to the European Court of Human Rights which took reactions as it drew an analogy with Nazis.
Gul said it would not be true to be in a position of creating an image as if Turkey was looking for an excuse for killing of an intellectual.
"I am closely interested in the matter and I asked it to be examined," Gul said.
Hosrof Dink said, "we talked about very special things. It was a sharing of pain and grief."

4 SPECIAL WOMEN IN ISTANBUL
Istanbul Fashion Week 2010 will host three world famous models and a stylist from August 24 to 28.
Alexandra Richards, daughter of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, former tennis star Anna Kournikova, TV series Sex and the City's stylist Patricia Field will watch young designers' shows. Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio will be on the catwalk.

"ORHAN IS THE MOST REAL WRITER I'VE EVER SEEN"
India's novelist Kiran Desai, author of "the Inheritance of Loss" which was published also in Turkish, told about her Nobel laureate boyfriend Orhan Pamuk.
"Orhan is the most hardworking and real writer I have ever seen. Writers are usually melancholic people but I am very very happy at the moment," she said.

MILLIYET
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WITHDRAW THAT DEFENSE
It was revealed that the Turkish government, which sent a defense to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) keeping Hrant Dink responsible for his killing, could withdraw its defense. Earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it was legally impossible to withdraw the defense.

THE ECONOMIST: "THE GREAT MEDIATOR"
The Economist magazine described Turkey as a "great mediator" and wrote, "sometimes Turkey really is a bridge between west and east". The magazine also indicated that Turkey had taken action for Sakineh Ashtiani, a woman facing death by stoning in Iran for alleged adultery. "Turkey is also pressing Iran for the release of three American hikers who were arrested, on suspicion of 'spying', near the Iraq border a year ago and who have been rotting in Tehran's notorious Evin prison ever since," it added.

SABAH
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CIVIL INITIATIVE FOR PERMANENT CEASE-FIRE
Non-governmental organizations have taken action in eastern and southeastern Turkey for a permanent cease-fire. A few days ago, nearly a hundred non-governmental organizations made a call to the PKK terrorist organization to lay down its arms. Diyarbakir Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Galip Ensarioglu said that there were many things to do solve problems.

PRESIDENT: "HERON ISSUE WILL BE DISCLOSED"
President Abdullah Gul said about the terrorist attack which was detected by the unmanned aerial vehicles Herons, "the General Staff will make a statement." President's statement came after his meeting with General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug who bid farewell to him before retiring on August 30.
 

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