TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 30

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on July 30, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JULY 30

TURKIYE
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NO PERMIT TO TENSION IN HATAY
A convoy of Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which decided to go to Hatay, upon the incidents which broke out after the killing of four police officers, was not allowed into the city. Hatay Governor said, "we will not allow actions that may sabotage this delicate situation."

FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF REACTS TO CHP: ALLEGATIONS ARE FLIGHT OF IMAGINATION
Former Chief of General Staff Yasar Buyukanit reacted strongly to main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu's allegation that the April 27 communique of the military was posted to carry Justice and Development (AK) Party to government once again.
"Not only that these allegations are far from factual, they are flight of fancy insults to my person who wore a uniform for 53 years. I condemn it" said Buyukanit.

ZAMAN
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CURED 300 PEOPLE DURING VACATION IN AFRICA
Turkish doctor Ayhan Yilmaz visited Sudan in his summer vacation. He performed ten cataract surgeries every day, and cured 300 patients in a month.

PROTECTION WITH HELICOPTERS TO REFERENDUM BOXES
Interior Ministry is taking important measures for the referendum on September 12. Officials are on alert against initiatives like pressure or boycott. Ballot boxes will be carried with helicopters, if necessary.

BDP CONVOY NOT LET IN
Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) chairman Selahattin Demirtas and accompanying 60 party officials including several deputies were not let in Dortyol town of the southern province of Hatay. They were turned back 25 kilometers away from the town.

YENI SAFAK
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PREMIER, TOP GENERAL GATHER AHEAD OF CRITICAL MILITARY COUNCIL MEETING
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of the General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug held on Thursday a 140-minute meeting ahead of a high level military council meeting in which promotions and retirements in the army are decided. The military council meeting is seen as critical specially because of a number of senior generals who await promotion but who are also sought under a probe for their suspected involvement in an alleged military coup attempt.

MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY SUBMITS BILL TO CHANGE MILITARY LAW
Main opposition Republican People's Party submitted to parliament a bill to amend Article 35 of Internal Regulation of the Turkish Armed Forces, which is seen as a pretext used by the Turkish military for its past takeovers in the country. Mustafa Elitas, a lawmaker from the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, said the bill was not "sincere".
 

VATAN
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MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY CHANGING UNDER NEW LEADER
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) in Turkey has been showing signs of change under its new leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, specifically in the party's attitude towards the military. The CHP submitted to parliament a bill on Thursday to amend an article in the country's military laws which is seen as a pretext used by the Turkish military for its past takeovers in the country. Kilicdaroglu also said the party would file a complaint on former chief of the military staff, ret. Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, who gave the government an e-memorandum in April 2007 ahead general elections.

THREE-YEAR PRISON TERM ON DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE
Turkey's roads and traffic authority is poised to introduce a new traffic law that would set imprisonment terms up to three years for driving under influence. The new draft law also introduces seizure of driver's license in case of five red light violations.

CUMHURIYET
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TENSION OVER VISIT
News that Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) leader Selahattin Demirtas and party members would visit Dortyol town of the southern province of Hatay, once more escalated the tension in the town. The BDP delegation which was not allowed in the town, decided to return after waiting for hours at the Erzin highway.
Demirtas said, "if our entrance to the city is restricted by the state with an unlawful decision, the situation is even graver."

RETIRED AMBASSADOR BOLUKBASI SAYS CELIK NOT TELLING THE TRUTH ON DUBAI AGREEMENT
The Dubai agreement, with which the main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu accuses Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan with treason vowing to make him wear the agreement over his neck, was first brought to light by Cumhuriyet newspaper on September 26, 2003. The 8.5 billion USD loan agreement signed by Ali Babacan through which the U.S. imposed Turkey not to enter the north of Iraq.
Muharrem Ince of CHP said retired Ambassador Deniz Bolukbasi, now a lawmaker from Nationalist Movement Party, was willing to testify. According to Ince, Bolukbasi says Justice and Development Party's Huseyin Celik who claimed that the agreement did not contain a provision for not deploying troops in the north of Iraq, was not telling the truth, adding that the agreement itself was negligence and depravity.

RADIKAL
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GOVERNOR NOT LET BDP DELEGATION IN DORTYOL
A delegation from Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) led by party's chairman Selahattin Demirtas --which departed from southeastern province of Diyarbakir and wanted to visit Dortyol town of the southern province of Hatay (following the incidents which occurred on Monday and Tuesday after killing of four police officers)-- was not let in the town upon a decision of Hatay governor's office. The town, which was expecting the delegation, was tense all day long. Police did not allow the groups to gather to protest the delegation. Vehicles, which had license plates from east and southeast regions, were let in the town after removing their plates.

THREE LEADER TEAMS PLAY DRAW
After Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray soccer teams of Turkey played a draw in Europa League qualifying round games. Besiktas gained advantage by drawing 1-1 with Czech Viktoria Plzen in an away game. On the other hand, Galatasaray drew 2-2 with Serbian OFK Belgrade at home.
 

HURRIYET
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OFFICER SACKED OVER LECTURE BESMIRCHING TURKISH PREMIER
A colonel working as an instructor at a military school in Turkey was forced to retire after he showed a videotape during a lecture featuring remarks against the Turkish premier. The revelation came out after parents of a military cadet informed the school and filed a complaint about lectures of the the colonel, identified with his initials as O.Z., who gave history lessons at the Air Force Academy in Istanbul. A probe was launched promptly and the colonel was asked to retire immediately.

BDP LEADERS NOT ALLOWED TO ENTER CITY FOR PROTEST
Security forces on Thursday did not allow chairman of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and other senior figures from BDP to enter Dortyol town of the southern province of Hatay, the scene of violent clashes earlier this week, to protest the incidents. BDP Chairman Selahattin Demirtas and party officials were stopped by gendarmerie teams on a highway from Diyarbakir to Hatay. The group then decided to turn back to Diyarbakir.

MILLIYET
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BESIKTAS HOPEFUL, GALATASARAY SHOCKED
Both Galatasaray and Besiktas failed to win victories in the Europa League 3rd qualifying round. Galatasaray drew 2-2 with Serbia's OFK Belgrade Thursday at its home in Ali Sami Yen stadium and jeopardized its chances of advancing to the play-off rounds. Besiktas, on the other hand, drew 1-1 with Czech Viktoria Plzen at an away game, and gained advantage for the return match at its home.

CROWD WAITED BDP CONVOY WITH STICKS IN THEIR HANDS
As the tension caused by the killing of 4 police officers in Dortyol, Hatay raged on, the town continued to be the venue of interesting scenes. A convoy of 50 buses carrying Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) members, including Chairman of the party Selahattin Demirtas and deputies from the party set off from Diyarbakir to Hatay. As the convoy approached Dortyol, reinforcements were dispatched to the town where tension escalated. Some groups waited for the BDP convoy with sticks in their hands.
In the end, Hatay governor did not let the BDP convoy in the province on the grounds that it could lead to irreparable situations. The convoy which was stopped at the Erzin gate of the Adana-Iskenderun highway, turned back. Demirtas who spoke to Milliyet said Interior Minister Besir Atalay called him the night before and said, "we are investigating the incident. It will be better if you go a few days later."

SABAH
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CIMBOM GOT SHOCKED AT HOME
While two points ahead, Galatasaray soccer team of Turkey drew 2-2 with Serbia's OFK Belgrade team at Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul in the Europa League 3rd qualifying round first leg match. Cimbom (Galatasaray) left its chance to the game in Serbia.

KARTAL RETURNS HOPEFUL
Besiktas soccer team of Turkey gained advantage by drawing 1-1 with Czech Viktoria Plzen in Prague in the first leg of the Europa League 3rd qualifying round match. Delgado scored the goal of Besiktas on the 45th minute with a penalty shoot-out.

WARM WAVE COMING FROM BASRA
Turkey will be under the influence of the warm wave which will come from Basra in the weekend. The temperature will be 42 degrees in Istanbul. Officials warn people to drink water more.
 

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