TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 23

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on July 23, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 23

HURRIYET
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YOU WILL BE THIRD-CLASS COUNTRY
When talking with Sirri Sakik of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) regarding "separation" discussions, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey James Jeffrey told Sakik that they would be a third-class country, and Turkey would go on its path as a Western country.
Jeffrey met a group of MPs from political parties that have groups at the Turkish parliament at his residence on July 13 before he left Ankara. During the meeting, participants expressed their views on whether or not Turks and Kurds wanted to be separated from each other. Upon Sakik's remarks regarding the demands of Kurds, Jeffrey said Kurds would be a third-class Middle Eastern country if they separated from Turkey.

THEY SCORED FOUR GOALS THIS TIME
Besiktas soccer team of Turkey scored four goals against Vikingur of Faroe Islands in an away game in UEFA Europa League. Besiktas had defeated Vikingur 3-0 in the home match. Ekrem and Nihat each scored one goal, and Bobo hit two goals in the away game.

SURPRISING VISIT
Sisli Mayor Mustafa Sarigul paid a visit to Deniz Baykal, the former chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), at his house last Monday. The two had one-hour meeting.
This surprising visit of Sarigul, who had tense times with Baykal when he ran for CHP candidate in a CHP convention in 2005 and who was also accused of "plotting to assassinate Baykal", took place as he came across with Baykal's spouse Mrs. Olcay when he was going to former minister Seyfi Oktay's place.
Baykal, who was sitting in the garden, was surprised to see Oktay and Sarigul, but he welcomed them. Baykal said time was the remedy for everything.

MILLIYET
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DOCTORS' OFFICES NOT TO BE CLOSED DOWN
After the Council of State annulled a regulation preventing doctors from working in the private sector in the full workday law, it said the decision covers all physicians working in the public sector. According to the decision, doctors in the public sector can open their own offices like doctors in universities.

STOCK EXCHANGE BREAKS RECORD
Turkish stock market hit all-time closing record on Thursday. It reached 60,112 points and closed at 59,494. The benchmark National-100 index of the Istanbul Stock Exchange rose 424.81 points since the beginning of the day.

SABAH
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WORLD RUNS TO OUR STOCK EXCHANGE
Foreign investors escaping from Europe under crisis, brought 2 billion USD to Turkey in four days. Turkey's stock exchange broke a record, climbing over 60,000 points.
Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE) was over 60,000 points with the inflow of foreign investors on Thursday, and broke two records in one day. ISE which has risen 13.43 percent since the beginning of this year has become the second market that yielded the most profit to investors among the biggest 20 stock exchanges in the world.
This inflow of foreign capital dropped interest rates and foreign exchange rates. Bond interest rates were down to 8.16 percent, whereas one USD was down to 1.51 TL and one Euro was down to 1.91 TL. 10 billion USD of foreign capital flow in Turkish market in ten months.

EAGLES RUN TO BOTH GOALS AND ROUND
Besiktas (The Eagles) defeated Vikingur of Faroe Islands 4-0 in an away UEFA Europa League game, and qualified for another round. Ekrem and Nihat each scored one goal, and Bobo hit two goals in the game.
 

VATAN
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COUNTER-ATTACK FROM CHP
When Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan turned the upcoming referendum due of September 12 into "a pay day for September 12 (1980) military intervention", Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu proposed to "annul the Article 35 (of the Turkish Armed Forces Internal Service Law) which is shown as a pretext for military interventions."
Kilicdaroglu said, "why doesn't the prime minister think of changing the Article 35 if he wants to settle accounts with the September 12 (military intervention)? There is no need to amend the Constitution. The AK Party (Justice & Development Party) has the power on its own to do this. If they really want, they will bring it to parliament and we will support if it is a satisfactory amendment."
Bekir Bozdag of AK Party said this move of the CHP, which said "no" to trial of coup makers and which advocated for Ergenekon case, was not sincere. However, Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin supported the proposal.

LAW ALSO BENEFICIAL FOR SAMAST
Ogun Samast, the killer of journalist Hrant Dink, will also benefit from the law publicly known as "stone throwing children" law. As Ogun Samast was below 18 when he murdered Dink, his punishment will not be raised on charges of "being a member of a terrorist organization."
According to the former law, Samast had to serve 25 and a half years in prison. However under the new law, he will serve only 20 years and five months in prison. His case can also be sent to the juvenile courts.

CUMHURIYET
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KILICDAROGLU'S PROPOSAL CAUSES DISCUSSIONS
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu's proposal that the Article 35 of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) Internal Service Law that lays the legal groundwork for coups d'etat should be lifted was supported by opposition and Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin. Sahin said it would be good to amend it.

WE EAT POISON
Inspections showed that food producers attached great importance to packaging, but they did not attach the same importance to ingredients. Agriculture and Rural Affairs Ministry found honey, molasses, chicken meat and chili pepper inconvenient and unhealthy to be consumed.

RADIKAL
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DISCUSSION OVER 35TH ARTICLE
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu's proposal that the Article 35 of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) Internal Service Law should be lifted was supported by the parliament. Justice and Development (AK) Party group deputy chairman Nurettin Canikli said, "we are open to proposals that will boost democracy." Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin also supported Kilicdaroglu's proposal.

COUNCIL OF STATE ORDERS STAY OF EXECUTION FOR DECISION OF HEALTH MINISTRY
The Council of State ordered a stay of execution for the decision of the Health Ministry which said that doctors must close down their own offices till July 30. It means that all doctors in the public sector have the right to open their own offices.
 

TURKIYE
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TURKISH STOCK MARKET HITS RECORD
Turkish stock market hit a new record on Thursday due to positive atmosphere in the economy. National-100 index of the Istanbul Stock Exchange reached 59,826 in the first session and then reached 60,112 points. It closed at 59,919 points.

JOY AT WAR ACADEMY
President Abdullah Gul, Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended 2009-2010 education year graduation ceremony of War Academies Command. A total of 563 people including 482 soldiers, 26 civilians and 54 guest soldiers graduated from the academy this year.

ZAMAN
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BESIKTAS DEFEAT VIKINGUR
Besiktas soccer team of Turkey scored four goals against Vikingur of Faroe Islands in an away game in UEFA Europa League. Besiktas had defeated Vikingur 3-0 in the match. Ekrem and Nihat each scored one goal, and Bobo hit two goals in the away game.

CEDAW ASKS ABOUT HEADSCARF BAN IN TURKEY
Turkish State Minister Selma Aliye Kavaf for women and family affairs, who made a presentation on legal arrangements on women's rights in Turkey at United Nations (UN) meeting, had hard times. Kavaf informed participants about the "6th Term Report" within the framework of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Asked what is the legal ground of headscarf ban in Turkey, Kavaf said, "there is no such a ban. But there are some problems regarding practice."

YENI SAFAK
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NATION PROTECTS REPUBLIC
Jurists have extended great support to requests to amend the Article 35 of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) Internal Service Law, which the military showed as a pretext to September 12 and February 28 military interventions. Jurists said nation should protect the Republic instead of the army.
The Article 35 includes a provision saying, "TSK's duty is to protect Turkish homeland and the Republic." Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin supported the demands to change the article. Kemal Sahin, the secretary general of Democrat Jurisdiction Union, said it was the duty of the nation to protect the Republic in a democratic country, not the army.

NO ESCAPE FROM MOLL
Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) will use remote detection systems named "moll" to prevent terrorist infiltrations from the border. The "molls" buried and hidden under the soil can detect any type of infiltration with seismic and infrared detectors.
 

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