TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 28

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 28, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 28

 

TURKIYE
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FEHMI ISIKLAR: NOT ENOUGH, BUT I WILL VOTE "YES"
Fehmi Isiklar, the former secretary general of the Confederation of Revolutionary Workers Unions (DISK) and the leader of closed People's Labor Party (HEP), said, "the package to be voted (on September 12) shows that the coup constitution can be changed even though the contents of the package are not sufficient."
Attending a TV program named "Ankara's Agenda"; Isiklar said he lost his right kidney due to torture when we was kept at the prison during September 12 military intervention. Isiklar addressed the citizens living in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia Regions, and said, "what will be the use of boycotting the referendum. The content is not sufficient, but this coup constitution should be abolished."

IT SAID I AM ON THE WAY
Black Sea Region is shocked. Twelve people, five of whom were from the same family, died due to a landslide triggered by floods in Rize. Houses built on brook banks and high regions caused more casualties.

ZAMAN
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BASBUG NOT DECORATED WITH "STATE MEDAL OF HONOR"
Gen. Ilker Basbug, who handed over the chief of General Staff post to Gen. Isik Kosaner, was not given "state medal of honor". The medal, granted with a decision of the Council of Ministers and the consent of the president, was first given to Ismail Hakki Karadayi during the February 28 process, and then to Huseyin Kivrikoglu, Hilmi Ozkok and Yasar Buyukanit.

GEN. KOSANER: TSK NOT TO SHELTER STAFF ACTING ILLEGALLY
Gen. Isik Kosaner, who took over the chief of General Staff post from Gen. Ilker Basbug, said there could be people in the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) who committed crimes or behaved wrongly. Kosaner said TSK had always respected laws and TSK would not shelter its staff who behaved against the principles of democracy and state of law if their acts were proved, not according to baseless allegations.

YENI SAFAK
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SENT OFF WITHOUT A MEDAL
The tension at the Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting continued at General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug's farewell ceremony as well. Basbug, who handed over his duty to Isik Kosaner, was not given a state medal, a move that broke the well-established practice of 12 years. Republican People's Party's (CHP) provocation on the medal has been effective on such decision.

OUR EYES SET ON TURKEY
Haris Silajdzic, chairman of Bosnia Herzegoviana's three-member Presidency, said that he was very pleased with Turkey's policy regarding the Balkans. "A lot of people in Europe closely follow this move of Turkey," Silajdzic said.

VATAN
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BASBUG TO BE CALLED TO TESTIFY
An interesting developed occurred when Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug handed over the post to new chief Gen. Isik Kosaner. Prosecutor Zekeriya Oz, who is investigating the claims that "propaganda aiming to hamper the government" is being made in web-pages established by the General Staff, decided to invite Basbug to testify. Oz also called 19 commanders to testify. Prosecutor Oz had interrogated 11 people, including General Hasan Igsiz as "suspects".

WON'T WE EVER TAKE LESSONS?
Disaster hit northern province of Rize again blatantly. Houses built on brook beds were under floods and landslide, and 12 people lost their lives. Floods demolished 20 houses, and damaged more than 100 others.

THREE MLN TL AID NIGHT FOR PAKISTAN
More than 3 million Turkish lira-TL (1.9 million USD) of aid was collected for Pakistani flood victims in a fast-breaking dinner Turkish Premier's spouse Emine Erdogan hosted together with Turkish Businesswomen's Association. Emine Erdogan extended 100,000 TL (65,700 USD) aid during the dinner.

CUMHURIYET
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AMNESTY'S CONDITION IS PEACE
Speaking to Cumhuriyet daily, Republican People's Party (CHP) chairperson Kemal Kilicdaroglu commented on the framework of the proposal on general amnesty.
"PKK should lay down arms without reservation, and afterwards, a social consensus should be reached in order to declare amnesty," Kilicdaroglu said.
Pointing to the importance of the role to be played by political parties in this process, Kilicdaroglu noted that general amnesty would not include terrorist organization PKK's head Abdullah Ocalan in anyway, adding such a move would not be legally possible either.

MOUNTAINS TURN INTO SOIL AND FLOW
Heavy rains triggered floods and landslides in the Black Sea province of Rize and its towns. Twelve people lost their lives, while seven people were wounded due to the disaster. One person was reported missing in the province, as nearly 20 houses collapsed in Gundogdu town and more than 100 residences were heavily damaged, officials said.

RADIKAL
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ALL BASKETS OF WORLD, UNITE
Turkey is hosting the 2010 World Basketball Championship to which 24 countries from five continents are joining. Group matches will take place in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Kayseri. Turkey will take on Ivory Coast at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

RAIN FALLS IN RIZE, 12 PEOPLE DIE
Two-day rainfall caused a disaster in the northeastern province of Rize, one of the Turkish cities getting the most rain. Twelve people lost their lies, two people were reported missing and seven people were wounded in the landslides, triggered by floods in Rize's Gundogdu hamlet after the province received 218 kilograms per square meter rain in two days.
 

HURRIYET
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BASKETBALL FESTIVAL
2010 World Basketball Championship, Turkey is hosting, was inaugurated by a opening ceremony at Istanbul's Sinan Erdem Hall on Friday night. During the magnificent ceremony broadcast live in 172 countries, Turkish singers Sezen Aksu, Muslum Gurses, Fatih Erkoc, Greek singer Haris Alexiou and Italian Alessandra Safina gave a mini concert. Turkey will play its first match against Ivory Coast on Saturday.

U2'S BIGGEST DREAM TO WALK ON BOSPHORUS BRIDGE
Journalist Ayse Arman asked Bono, the soloist of the U2 music band who are getting prepared to rock Istanbul on September 6, what he wanted to do the most in Istanbul. Here is Bono's reply: "It is enough for us to see people in our concert, we will be very pleased. However, as you have asked, let me answer your question. What we want is to walk on the Bosphorus Bridge. Even though we know it is forbidden to walk on the bridge, the idea of walking on a bridge connecting the two continents makes us excited. Is it possible for us to get a permission to walk on the Bosphorus Bridge?"

ALWAYS SAME TEAM MEETS
Hurriyet daily newspaper reached a critical intelligence regarding the discussions on "meeting in Imrali Island". According to the intelligence, the special team which had a role in bringing head terrorist Abdullah Ocalan to Turkey from Kenya has been meeting Ocalan in Imrali for 11 years.
This special team has not been changed so much since 1999, when Ocalan was arrested, in order to pursue the process closely and to keep institutional memory of the state alive.
Intelligence units of the state, particularly the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), is meeting members of the terrorist organization and people with whom the organization has links in the north of Iraq-Europe-Imrali axis.
The recent cease-fire is an outcome of negotiations launched before Turkey was set to hold a referendum.

MILLIYET
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DISASTER KNOWINGLY
Meteorology department warned that there would be heavy rain in northeastern province of its vicinity, however nobody took its seriously. Twelve people died in a landslide triggered by floods in Gundogdu, Rize. Brooks overflowed, houses were demolished and Black Sea Coastal Highway was closed to traffic.

NEITHER MEDAL NOR AUDI
The state which saw off former Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit when he retired with a state medal and an Audi worth 1 million Turkish liras (TL), did not decorate Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug, who bade farewell on Friday, with any medal. Basbug will drive a Renault car on his own demand. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "we will look into the procedure."

SABAH
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CIVILIANS TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR BORDER SECURITY
Sabah daily makes public the details of a project implemented together with the European Union (EU) in order to maintain security at Turkey's borders. According to the project, military forces will gradually hand over their responsibilities to a civilian authority in five years time.
"The Integrated Border Management Plan" envisages the protection of Turkey's borders with its neighbors via a method implemented also by Hungary. Two Hungarian experts have presented a draft scheme to the Turkish Ministry of Interior within this framework.

WORLD CEREMONY FOR BASKETBALL
2010 World Basketball Championship will take start today. The championship, which is hosted by Turkey this year and which will bring together 24 teams from 5 continents, was inaugurated with a spectacular ceremony yesterday. Renowned dance groups Cirque de Soleil and Fire of Anatolia performed at the ceremony, while well-known musicians Sezen Aksu, Muslum Gurses, Fatih Erkoc, Haris Alexiou and Alessandro Safina also met with the audience.
 

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