TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 25

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 25, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 25

TURKIYE
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"YES" FOR JUSTICE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a white page would be opened with referendum. "Don't forget that every 'yes' vote is an invitation to democracy, justice, freedom and law. Le us trample on coup constitution," Erdogan said.
Responding to the allegations that bargaining took place with the terrorist, Erdogan said, "we do not sit at negotiation table with any terrorist organization. Those are lies, slanders."

REACTION TO BOYCOTT CALL OF DEMIRTAS
Business world of southeastern province of Diyarbakir criticized leader of Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) leader who said, "giving 'yes' vote is immorality".
Chamber of Diyarbakir Merchants and Craftsmen chairman Alican Ebedinoglu said they would say "yes" on September 12 despite boycott call of BDP.

ZAMAN
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PKK KILLS MOSQUE'S IMAM, HAKKARI CRYING
Hakkari's 31-year imam Aziz Tan ate his sahoor meal (meal eaten before dawn during Ramadan), and left his house for the morning prayers. He was killed dastardly with eight bullets shot on his back when he was going to the mosque. People who rushed to his funeral condemned terrorism, whereas Governor Muammer Turker showed his reaction with these words: "A religious official is immune, but they (terrorists) do not have any sacred values."

GENERAL IGSIZ COMES TO TESTIFY AT LAST
A significant development occurred on Tuesday in the internet memorandum investigation. General Hasan Igsiz, who has handed over the First Army Command, came to Istanbul Court House in Besiktas and testified to Prosecutor Zekeriya Oz. Igsiz's testimony lasted for four hours.

YENI SAFAK
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THEY PUNISHED ME, THEN THEY WENT TO CHP
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Republican People's Party (CHP) used jurisdiction as its backyard. Referring to the case during which he was sentenced to imprisonment, Erdogan said, "Members of the Supreme Copurt of Appeals, who ruled for my sentence, later became members of CHP".

HE WAS BELOW BAYKAL
CHP chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu's rally in eastern province of Van was a fiasco. Kilicdaroglu could bring together few people in Van, even less than CHP's former leader Deniz Baykal, and nearly 200 people listened to him. During the rally, Kilicdaroglu addressed the 1,500 police officers who were responsible for his security as he could not find anybody to talk to.
 

VATAN
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FOR 30 LIRAS A DAY
Omer Cetin was 22 years old. He won university entrance exam last year, but he did not have enough money to buy books. He was working in construction as a worker for his future, however he fell from the structural framework on Tuesday, and he died.

HAVEN'T THEY MET WITH OCALAN?
During a party rally in Sivas, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded to claims of "a bargaining with the terrorist organization PKK." Erdogan said, "Justice & Development (AK) Party government does not sit at a negotiation table with any terrorist organization, it neither bargains nor negotiates. Haven't the Motherland Party (ANAP), True Path Party (DYP), and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) met the head of the terrorist organization? Who stopped Ocalan's execution?"

CUMHURIYET
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COMPROMISE IS ONLY WAY
Speaking to Cumhuriyet daily, head of Science Platform Sencer Ayata explained Republican People's Party's (CHP) solution formula for the headscarf issue. Noting that the issue could only be solved by reaching a consensus, Ayata said the solution should not make any party feel like "it has lost something". "There are many ways to reach a compromise. An agreement could be reached even in defining ways to put the headscarf on. In our traditional way of using a headscarf, one's hair does not have to be covered totally," Ayata said.

GUL: IT IS IMPORTANT TO PUT AN END TO TERRORISM
Turkish President Abdullah Gul replied to questions on remarks claiming that a meeting was held between terrorist organization PKK's head Abdullah Ocalan and the Justice and Development (AK) Party government.
"The important thing is to put an end to terrorism. Terrorism cannot be fought by arms only, all means should be used to struggle with it. Sometimes diplomacy can be used and sometimes Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) can step in," Gul said.

RADIKAL
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PKK BOMB ON POLITICS
Opposition is reacting against the statements of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that, "government does not sit at table with the terrorist organization. State itself will do it if such kind of talks are necessary with various institutions."
Responding to the reactions, Erdogan said, "haven't the Motherland Party (ANAP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and Democratic Left Party (DSP) talked with the head of the terrorist organization before us? Institutions of the state make such kind of talks."

CONTRACT OF CHEAP MEAT
Efforts are underway to find a solution to extreme rise in prices of meat. As the imported meat did not lead to expected cheapness, Agriculture Ministry started to implement another method.
A contract has been signed with the Federation of Butchers of Turkey to ensure products of Meat and Fish Authority reach people cheaply.
According to the contract, the institution will supply the imported meat to butchers and shopping centers. There will be an obligatory price in imported meat.
 

HURRIYET
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FIRST SUPPORT TO PAKISTAN
Another aid for Pakistan, which is experiencing the disaster of the century, came from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spouse Emine Erdogan. Mrs. Erdogan cancelled all her schedule and decided to visit Pakistan next week. Mrs. Erdogan will host a fast-breaking dinner at Istanbul's Surmeli Hotel to help flood victims, and she will hand over the monetary aid collected during the dinner to Pakistani executives.

TERRORISM CANNOT ONLY BE ERADICATED BY WEAPONS
After Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks that "the government does not sit at a negotiation table with the terrorist organization," President Abdullah Gul made interesting remarks on the same issue. Gul said, "the duty of a state is to end terrorism and terrorist organization. All state institutions, particularly the armed forces and security department, are charged to eradicate terrorism, to prevent terrorism from causing new casualties and to eliminate this threat."
Gul said, "terrorism could not only be countered by weapons, but it could be fought by mobilizing all resources. Neighboring countries and other countries, and allies should contribute to Turkey's fight against this trouble."
President Gul also said, "diplomacy, military and police forces intervene when the time comes. When the time comes, other elements are used to win our people facing terrorism. Economic, social and cultural activities are a part of this."

MILLIYET
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LEGENDARY MUSICAL DUE IN TURKEY
Chicago, the best musical of the recent times, will come to Turkey to perform 13 shows between October 1 and 9.
Chicago was adapted from a story in real life in 1920's. Story of Chicago, knitted with embezzlement, murder, violence, greediness, got six Tony awards, two Laurence awards and a Grammy Award. Film of the musical which was turned into a screenplay in 2002, won six Oscars.

FULL EFFORTS WILL BE EXERTED AGAINST PKK
When asked to comment on allegations that a "contact" took place with Abdullah Ocalan, the head of the terrorist organization, President Abdullah Gul said the biggest calamity in Turkey was terrorism.
"We have been dealing with terrorism for long years. Thousands of people were martyred. Terrorism will be dealt by exerting full efforts. Method of this depends on the experts."

SABAH
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GIVE ME YOUR HAND PAKISTAN
Sabah-Kizilay aid train, which carries 500 tons of humanitarian aid to flood-hit Pakistan, has departed from Ankara with a ceremony. Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Premier Cemil Cicek said, "We feel deep gratitude for Pakistan which has always stood by us during hard times. We also thank the Sabah-ATV group for the support it has extended in collecting aid".
During the ceremony, Pakistani ambassador in Ankara Tariq Azizuddin said he had never been that emotional throughout his career, while head of Turkish Red Crescent Tekin Kucukali noted an aid train would leave from Turkey for Pakistan every week.

TURKEY GOES BEYOND ESTABLISHED MENTALITY IN GREECE
Turkey's decision not to consider 12 miles as a cause of war anymore was covered widely by the Greek media. Athens was shaken by the news announced by Sabah daily that the new National Security Policy document would not accept Greece's extending its territorial waters to 12 miles as a cause of war. "Turkey is changing its strategy to reset its problems with its neighbors," wrote Greek newspaper Ethnos.
 

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