TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 29

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 29, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 29

TURKIYE
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FOREIGN INVESTORS WAIT FOR "YES" RESULT FROM REFERENDUM
Companies willing to invest in Turkey are monitoring the referendum process. Istanbul Chamber of Commerce's (ITO) chairman Murat Yalcintas said, "foreigners think that a 'yes' result in the referendum will have a positive effect on the economy, and make the investment environment better."

FROM WHOM YOU GOT THE AUTHORITY FOR AMNESTY?
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the remarks of Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu regarding general amnesty. Erdogan said, "from whom you got the authority? Who gave you this authority? The Justice & Development (AK) Party, which owns the majority in the parliament, will not let you."

ZAMAN
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EMINE ERDOGAN DUE TO PAKISTAN
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spouse Emine Erdogan will deliver to Pakistani executives the monetary aid collected during a fast-breaking dinner for Pakistani flood victims. Three million Turkish liras (TL) of aid has been collected during the fast-breaking dinner.

COMMON VOICE FROM ATO MEMBERS: "YES" VOTE TO PAVE WAY FOR ECONOMY
Although Ankara Chamber of Commerce's (ATO) chairman Sinan Aygun remains silent regarding upcoming referendum, 133 of 181 chamber assembly members decided to vote "yes" in the referendum. Members met on Saturday, and released a joint declaration in which they called on the business world to support the referendum. In the declaration, the ATO assembly members said, "every 'yes' vote will pave the way for economy, and ensure stability. It will better businesses of tradesmen and artisans, and relieve businessmen who cannot go abroad due to tax debts. It will also lift obstacles before privatization."

YENI SAFAK
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WE SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE EVERYWHERE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized CHP chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu for changing his speeches in every province. "We do not use different languages in Aydin and Tunceli. We have the same discourse not only within Turkey, but also in Brussels and Damascus," Erdogan said.

U TURN FROM MR. KEMAL
CHP chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who denied his statements in eastern Tunceli province, said that terrorist head Abdullah Ocalan could not benefit from a general amnesty. "We said that we would support the declaration of a general amnesty only if PKK laid down arms without reservation and all NGOs and parties wanted such a declaration," Kilicdaroglu said.
 

VATAN
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BASBUG CRISIS IN PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
When prosecutor Zekeriya Oz wanted to invite former chief of General Staff Ilker Basbug to testify, Istanbul Chief Prosecutor Aykut Cengiz Ergin said he was authorized to invite Basbug, not Oz. Engin said there was not any development that required Basbug's testimony right now. "When required, the chief prosecutor or his/her deputy are authorized to make that call," Engin said.

GVT PROPOSES 3+3 P.C. RISE IN SALARIES, AND 70 TL
State Minister Hayati Yazici proposed to raise salaries of civil servants by 3 percent in January and July, and make an additional payment of 70 Turkish liras (TL). The minister also proposed to make 10 TL family assistance in January and July.
Assessing the proposal, civil servants' union Memur-Sen demands 5+5 percent rise and an additional payment of 120 TL. Another union Kamu-Sen demands 10 percent rise and 200 TL rise in the base salary.

CUMHURIYET
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"YES" TO BLOCK WAY TO ECHR
Former Secretary General of the Constitutional Court Bulent Serim said that constitutional amendments would be "the end of democracy". Noting that the amendment package would put an end to the independence of Republic of Turkey and jurisdiction, Serim said the right to make individual applications to Constitutional Court, which was presented as an act expanding democratic rights, would block the way to applications to European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

"NO" TO CONSTITUTION OF ONE PARTY
Republican People's Party (CHP) chairperson Kemal Kilicdaroglu said that his party would immediately start studies on a new constitution if it became the ruling party. Kilicdaroglu also noted that Turkey needed a constitution which was based on the principle of separation of powers and which expanded freedoms.

RADIKAL
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POLITICAL FIRE OF ANATOLIA
Leaders of three political parties --Justice and Development (AK) Party, Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP)-- delivered statements addressing each other during their parties's rallies in central Anatolian provinces of Konya, Kayseri and Sivas.
Criticizing CHP chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu for his remarks on general amnesty, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "who has given you that authority?". Addressing MHP leader Bahceli as well, Erdogan said, "he tells that we will forgive the terrorist head. Shame on him".
Meanwhile, Kilicdaroglu said that the scales of jurisdiction should not be deteriorated. "If you harm that balance, it will come and haunt you down one day," Kilicdaroglu said.
Moreover, MHP chairperson Bahceli criticized Erdogan for asking for the votes of nationalists.

A "DIFFERENT" OPENING AT THE BASKET
Turkey's 12 Giant Men defeated Ivory Coast 86-47 in its first game at the World Basketball Championship. The championship started well for the host country Turkey. Turkish players did not have any difficulty in defeating Africa's Ivory Coast. Giants will play against Russia today, which knocked down Puerto Rico on Saturday.
 

HURRIYET
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SPECTACULAR LIKE OLYMPIC GAMES
The opening ceremony of the World Basketball Championship, presented by Turkish celebrities Mehmet Ali Alabora and Tulin Sahin, was broadcast live in 172 countries. The ceremony began with a performance of Cirque du Soleil. Then, whirling dervishes and Janissary band performed shows. Turkish singers Sezen Aksu, Fatih Erkoc, Muslum Gurses took stage in the ceremony, during which Fire of Anatolia performed a show.

WE BEGAN AS A GIANT
Turkish national basketball team hammered Ivory Coast in its first game in the World Basketball Championship. The national team, which played so well during the game, will play its second game against Russia at 9 p.m. on Sunday. The game will be live broadcast on the private NTV channel.

COUNTRY WILL OPPOSE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan replied to questions of Hurriyet daily newspaper on ANA plane when heading for a party rally in the central Anatolian province of Konya. Erdogan opposed strongly to Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu's proposal to declare a general amnesty. Erdogan said, "how come can you talk about general amnesty in Turkey, which have almost 7,000 police officers and soldiers martyred?"
Erdogan said, "the Justice & Development (AK) Party, which has 65 percent of seats at the parliament, will oppose to such a general amnesty, first of all, I will oppose. Not only us but also all Turkey will oppose".

MILLIYET
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12 GIANT MEN SLAMS IVORY COAST: 86-47
The 12 Giant Men defeated Ivory Coast 86-47 in their first game at the World Basketball Championship hosted by Turkey. The Turkish national team, which made a perfect start to the tournament, will play against Russia at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday.

NO AMNESTY TO TERRORIST HEAD, ERDOGAN
Delivering a speech in the central Anatolian province of Konya, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed Republican People's Party (CHP) chairperson Kemal Kilicdaroglu harshly. "Who has given you the authority to decide for a general amnesty?," Erdogan said.
Addressing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairperson Devlet Bahceli as well, Erdogan said, "you promised not to execute him. According to us, the terrorist head cannot be forgiven".

SABAH
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THE GIANTS WIN AGAINST IVORY COAST BY 39 POINTS
Twelve giant men, Turkish national basketball team, began the world championship Turkey is hosting very well. Turkish team got the support of fans in the game against Ivory Coast, a weak representative of Africa, and won against the team by 39 points.

BDP INTRIGUE IN DIYARBAKIR
Huseyin Celik, the deputy chairman of the Justice & Development (AK) Party, said the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) distorted expectations of the people in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, saying that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan would give significant messages in a party rally in Diyarbakir on September 3. "The BDP caused an artificial expectation. It is trying to set prime minister's agenda. What do you expect the prime minister to say? The prime minister has not only said what he has to say so far, but also has taken action regarding them," Celik said.
 

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