TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 24

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 24, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 24

TURKIYE
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NO STEP BACK FROM BROTHERHOOD PROJECT
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the people in the eastern province of Van and said that terrorism brought tears to the country. "We try to sublime brotherhood, but some try to continue terrorism," he said. Erdogan said, "we will fight it resolutely."

LONGEST FAREWELL
Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug who will hand over his post to Gen. Isik Kosaner on August 27 bade farewell to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The meeting between Erdogan and Basbug lasted for one hour and 35 minutes that was the longest farewell. Hilmi Ozkok's farewell to Erdogan took 30 minutes and Yasar Buyukanit's farewell lasted for 50 minutes.

ZAMAN
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BLACK SEA STORM HITS YELLOW CANARY
Trabzonspor (soccer team from Black Sea province of Trabzon) --which tripped up Fenerbahce (yellow canary) both in the league and cup game last season-- defeated Fenerbahce on the second week of Super League 3-2. Mehmet Topuz (own goal), Yattara and Glowacki were the scorers.

IF HERON FLIES, THEN HELICOPTER FLIES TOO
Public opinion was not satisfied with the statement of General Staff about Heron scandal which said that bad weather condition was the reason of delaying air support to the military unit in Hantepe. Aviation officers, who have worked in Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) for years, also objected the claim that attack helicopters in Hakkari province were not able to reach the clash scene (between soldiers and terrorists) in Hantepe due to heavy fog and cloud. The officers --including retired squadron leader Mustafa Hacimustafaogullari, retired colonel Abdurrahman Turan and retired squadron leader Gurcan Onat-- say that aviation vehicles are able to perform operations even in worse conditions. They say that helicopters can fly in the same weather condition with Heron.

YENI SAFAK
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WE DON'T WANT OTHER FLAGS NEAR OUR FLAG
In a TV programme he attended, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted strongly to the autonomy demand of the Peace and Democracy Party. Erdogan who said they did not want a second flag near the Turkish flag, criticised the opposition's approach.
"While we are fighting with terrorism in Yuksekova, they are hitting us in Ankara," said Erdogan.

REPORT EXONERATING BERK, SIGNED BY ERDAL CEYLANOGLU
General Staff's report exonerating, Gen. Saldiray Berk, the number one suspect of the Ergenekon organization in Erzincan, was apparently prepared by Gen. Erdal Ceylanoglu.
The 500 page report said the allegations were imaginary and biased. During the report's preparation, 10 generals, 16 officers and 2 non commissioned officers were interrogated.
The report said PKK was discussed in the seminars organised by Berk and not military coup attempts.
 

VATAN
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THEY FEED ON YOUNG PEOPLE'S BLOOD
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was heavy on PKK terrorist organization and Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) during his Justice & Development (AK) Party rally in the eastern province of Van. Erdogan said, "they have been shooting security forces and innocent people in this country for 30 years. For 30 years, our young people have been deceived and drawn to mountains. For 30 years, mothers have been crying. Who has been winning for 30 years? This country lost 450 billion USD. This country lost more than 40,000 citizens. People, who fed on young people's blood and exploited citizens of Kurdish origin, became gainful in this issue."

SURPRISING HEADSCARF REPORT FROM CHP
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who said "we can solve the headscarf problem", assigned Prof. Sencer Ayata to prepare a report about the issue. Ayata told Vatan daily, "we have examined the decisions of European Court of Human Rights. We will also meet with religious officials and take their views."

CUMHURIYET
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BDP NEGOTIATION: THREE CONDITIONS FOR YES
In order to change its decision to boycott the referendum, Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) stipulated Erdogan to publicly promise to solve the Kurdish issue with a new constitution. BDP also laid down lowering of the election threshold to 5% and the release of detained BDP members as conditions.

2010 WORLD BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TO GENERATE 300 MILLION TL
All hotels in Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, and Ankara where 2010 World Basketball Championship games will be played, were fully booked. The tournament is expected to attract 200 thousand spectators, with 80 percent of the tickets already sold.
Turkey which is getting ready to host the 2010 World Basketball Championship is expected to generate 300 million TL in revenues during the tournament.
According to Turkcell,the main sponsor of the tournament which will run through August 28-September 12, the championship is expected to contribute a total of 300 million TL (159.5 million Euro) to the Turkish economy, through spending on items like accommodation, transportation, tournament tickets, events, sponsorships, advertisements as well as revenues from investments on facilities, and operational spending.
A total of 100,000 visitors are expected to follow the games between 24 national basketball teams in four cities. Teams, players, sponsor companies, the press and spectators represent a $44 million accommodation economy. Only the accommodation of the U.S. National team represent a 1 Million Euro spending. Tourists and teams are expected to spend 15 million Euro on social expenses.

RADIKAL
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TICKETS FOR SEPTEMBER 11 ABOUT TO RUN OUT
Those who are eager to vote for the constitutional amendment package in the referendum on September 12 should buy or reserve their return tickets. The referendum will take place at the last day of Ramadan holiday and those who will have a holiday outside their hometown should return on September 11. Officials from travel companies said, "most of return tickets are about to run out. People should buy their tickets."

ANKARA PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE INITIATES INVESTIGATION REGARDING KPSS
Ankara prosecutor's office has launched an investigation into allegations that a large-scale cheating took place during Public Personnel Selection Examination, or KPSS. Higher Education Board (YOK) Chairman Prof. Yusuf Ziya Ozcan told YOK's Inspection Council (which is also investigating claims) that it should speed up its inspection and conclude it.
 

HURRIYET
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100 THOUSAND TOURISTS TO VISIT TURKEY FOR WORLD BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
100 thousand tourists are expected to visit Turkey for 2010 World Basketball Championship that will take place between August 28 and September 12. The basketball championship sponsored by Turkcell is expected to contribute 160 million euros to the Turkish economy. All hotels in Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, and Ankara where the games will be played, were fully booked.

LONG FAREWELL AT PRIME MINISTRY
Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug bade a farewell to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The meeting between Erdogan and Basbug lasted for one hour and 40 minutes. It was the longest farewell visit that has been paid to Erdogan so far. Yasar Buyukanit's farewell visit lasted for 50 minutes and Hilmi Ozkok's visit lasted for 30 minutes. Erdogan told Basbug that "we worked harmoniously and had a very fruitful period. Thank you."

MILLIYET
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SHE WILL WATCH FASHION SHOW FOR 20,000 EURO
Anna Kournikova, who was transferred to catwalk from tennis courts, will be the guest of Istanbul Fashion Week that will take place in Turkey between August 24 and 28. Russian tennis player will stay at Ciragan Palace, watch a fashion show and hold a press conference in return for 20,000 euro (nearly 40,000 Turkish lira).

PROSECUTOR INTERVENES
Suspicions of corruption raised when 350 candidates correctly answered all the 120 questions in Public Personnel Selection Examination (KPSS). Prosecutor Sadan Sakinan launched an investigation. Sakinan is getting prepared to ask for the identity information of 120 candidates from Higher Board of Education (YOK). Prosecutor also launched separate investigations about YOK Chairman Prof. Yusuf Ziya Ozcan as well as OSYM (Student Selection & Placement Center) Chairman Prof. Unal Yarimagan. Some candidates claimed, "this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are thousands of others who answered four or five questions wrong by knowing."

SABAH
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ERDOGAN SAYS NO TO SECOND FLAG DEMAND
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave important messages before the upcoming Diyarbakir rally of his party.
Erdogan who referred to flag remarks of Osman Baydemir, said, "our people of Turkish origin and Kurdish origin fought side by side. The blood on our flag belongs to all. Therefore one nation and one flag."
Erdogan also answered the opposition's claim that the government sat down to negotiation table with the government: "The political authority will not sit down to negotiation table with the terrorist organization. In such cases the state has an intelligence service when necessary," said Erdogan.

IT'S WITNESSES TURN TO SPEAK IN ERGENEKON
The 13th Heavy Penal Code heard a witness for the first time since the beginning of the Ergenekon case. Following a two month recession, Orhan Kadi gave his testimony in the first hearing.
 

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