TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 22

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 22, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 22

TURKIYE
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SLANDERERS WILL GIVE ACCOUNT
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the opposition after claims that the government bargained with the terrorist organization PKK.
"We have never come to the table with terrorists and we will never do it. Those who cast these aspersion on us will pay the price," Erdogan said.

PAKISTANIS MIGRATING
People in Pakistan, where 70 percent of land has been submerged, cannot find dry places to pitch their tents. 40 million people have been affected by country's worst-ever disaster. People are still in panic and they started to migrate as they fear another wave of flooding.

ZAMAN
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ALLEGATIONS LEFT UNANSWERED
The General Staff made a statement about the Heron scandal 20 days after the attack. However, the statement posted on its web-site did not remove hesitations of the public opinion. A number of questions were left unanswered.

BEST CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD FOR AVEA
Avea was awarded by the Best Business Awards of the United Kingdom in the category of "Best Corporate Social Responsibility". Avea said that one of its main responsibilities was to be involved in long-term and sustainable projects aiming to increase living standards of Turkish people.

YENI SAFAK
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TURKISH MOBILE HOSPITALS IN PAKISTAN
Turkey has erected two mobile hospitals in flood-stricken Pakistan after spread of epidemics. There are 14 doctors treating Pakistani people in those hospitals. Also, the Turkish army sent a cargo plane carrying humanitarian aid to Pakistan.

"THEY WILL ACOUNT FOR IT"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the opposition parties which claimed that his Justice & Development (AK) Party government bargained with the terrorist organization, to prove those allegations. He said at a rally in the central province of Kayseri, "those who defamed us will account for it."
 

VATAN
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WARNING AGAIN, EXCAVATION AGAIN
The police which carried out excavations in ten different places in the last 1.5 years under the Ergenekon probe, has begun digging up again to seek for weapons and ammunition in the resort town of Sile. Anti-Terror teams received a warning yesterday that a number of weapons were buried in a wooded area in Sile.

"OUR BANKS ARE STRONGER THAN MANY BANKS IN EUROPE AND USA"
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for Economy Ali Babacan said at a meeting of the Mugla Chamber of Industry and Commerce, "the banks in Turkey are much more stronger than many banks in Europe and the USA in terms of capital and liquidity."

CUMHURIYET
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TROOP KILLED IN CLASH WITH TERRORISTS
A soldier was killed in a clash between security forces and a groups of terrorists in rural area in southeastern Turkey. Emrah Yalim will be laid to rest in his hometown Adana later today.

TURKISH FILMS TO BE SCREENED IN TORONTO FESTIVAL
During the 35th International Toronto Film Festival on September 9 and 19, ten feature and seven short films from Istanbul will be screened. Those films are "10 to 11" by Pelin Esmer, "40" by Emre Sahin, "Block-C" by Zeki Demirkubuz, "City to City Shorts" by Burcak Kaygun, "Dark Cloud" by Theron Patterson, "Distant" by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, "Hair" by Tayfun Pirselimoglu, "The Majority" by Seren Yuce, "My Only Sunshine" by Reha Erdem, "September 12" by Ozlem sulak and " Somersault in a Coffin" by Dervis Zaim.

RADIKAL
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GOVERNMENT'S NEW TEST ABOUT DINK
Conviction nears for Turkey in Hrant Dink case at the European Court of Human Rights. New question is: will Turkey object?
Withdrawal of Turkey's scandal defense means nothing legally. Because the decision has been made and there is a very high possibility of conviction. Sources say Turkey could show its goodwill by not going for an appeal.

"BOYCOTT IS HARD IN DIYARBAKIR"
14 non-governmental organizations, which takes commercial, industrial and social pulse in southeastern province of Diyarbakir, announced that they would say "yes" to September 12 referendum. This is very important. Galip Ensarioglu, head of Diyarbakir's Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says, "PKK does not represent all the Kurdish people. Those who are insistent on boycott might get hurt politically. Also, government should drop the election threshold to 7 percent."
 

HURRIYET
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NUCLEAR NEIGHBOOR
Iran, which has been subject to new round of sanctions by the UN Security Council over its nuclear program, officially opened its first nuclear reactor yesterday. The reactor will be used as the electricity power plant of the Middle East. Iranian and Russian officials were in attendance at the inauguration of the reactor. Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said that they needed 20 more nuclear power plants. He said that Iran would maintain its nuclear energy activities.

"IMAGES CAME 46 MINUTES AFTER THE ATTACK"
The General Staff denied allegations that the army failed to intervene in the attack on a military outpost in Han Tepe region although infiltration of terrorists was detected by the unmanned aerial vehicles Herons. In a statement, the General Staff said that the images taken by Herons were came 46 minutes after the attack.

MILLIYET
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"THEY WANT THE MODEL IN NORTH OF IRAQ"
Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), by saying "democratic autonomy", demanded a governmental structure in southeast Turkey similar to the one in the north of Iraq. Cicek said, "one step ahead is independence."
Speaking to CNN Turk television, Cicek said the ultimate goal was independence from Turkey but this goal has not been mentioned yet as it was considered too risky.

"ONE DAY WE WILL WRITE OUR OWN CONSTITUTION"
BDP Deputy Chairperson Gultan Kisanak said her party would boycott the September 12 referendum in order to "write their own constitution."
Speaking at a party rally in southeastern province Batman, Kisanak said, "our colors are obvious: yellow, red and green. They will accept these colors and Kurdish people will gain their freedom and democratic autonomous Kurdistan with the new constitution we will write."

SABAH
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LOUDSPEAKERS OF QANDIL
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly criticized the opposition parties at a rally in the central province of Kayseri. "The Justice & Development (AK) Party government does not reach agreement with any terrorist organization. Those who defamed us will account for it. Look at the Republican People's Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). When the terrorist organization speaks from Mount Qandil, they become loudspeakers of it in Ankara," he said.

TURKISH ARMY: "WE WERE LATE"
The Turkish army replied allegations that although infiltration of terrorists was detected by the unmanned aerial vehicles Herons, the army failed to intervene in the attack on a military outpost in Han Tepe region: "These allegations are baseless. The images taken by Herons were came after the attack. On the other hand, helicopters could not arrive in the region in time because of bad weather conditions."
 

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