TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON SEPT 16

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on September 16, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON SEPT 16

TURKIYE
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OECD CHIEF SAYS TURKEY IMPRESSED THE WORLD WITH ECONOMIC GROWTH RATE
Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Angel Gurria said on Wednesday that Turkey had made a remarkable recovery form a global economic crisis, adding that the country "impressed" the world with the pace of its economic growth rate. "11 percent growth rate for the first half of 2010 is just impressive. Turkey became the most powerful country of the OECD with dropping unemployment figures and increasing foreign investment," Gurria said.

FORMER MAIN OPPOSITION HEAD CALLS FOR PARTY CONGRESS
Deniz Baykal, former chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party who was ousted by Kemal Kilicdaroglu, called for grand congress of the party after last Sunday's referendum which saw the approval of a raft of government-backed constitutional amendments. "The congress needs to convene right away. I will not run for the chairman. We need to find out what we have done wrong," Baykal said.

ZAMAN
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TURKEY GROWS, UNEMPLOYMENT DECLINES
11 percent growth recorded in economy in the first half of 2010 was also reflected on unemployment. Unemployment was down to 10.5 percent in June. The number of unemployed people was down 518,000 persons compared to the same period of the previous year and has reached to 2,751,000 persons. 1,541,000 people found new jobs. In case growth continues, unemployment rate can fall to one-digit figures.

COOPERATION COUNCIL UNITES TURKISH WORLD UNDER SINGLE ROOF
A dream, the groundwork of which was laid by then Turkey's President Turgut Ozal 18 years ago, has come true. Turkish Cooperation Council will officially be launched in Istanbul on Thursday. Heads of state of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan--who met in Istanbul on Wednesday for the Turkish Speaking Countries Summit, made their final decision on the cooperation council. Thursday's leaders summit will be the first step of the Turkish council, which will be headquartered in Istanbul.

YENI SAFAK
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AKDAMAR SHOULD NOT REMAIN UNRECIPROCATED
10th Turkish Speaking Countries summit meeting started in Istanbul.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who attended the meeting in Istanbul, met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The meeting was closed to the press.
Erdogan made a statement after the meeting and made a call to Armenia, "the step we made in Akdamar should not remain unreciprocated. The religious rite on September 19 is an expression of our tolerance. We are expecting the same tolerance."

COAST MOVE
Justice & Development (AK) Party is getting ready for a move about the Mediterranean and Aegean region where "yes" vote was not given.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked for a broad analysis in central executive board meeting of his party.
Serious steps which would overcome the concerns of people in the region would be made after the study.
 

VATAN
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NOW SCHOOL BOYCOTT
The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) has decided to boycott schools for "education in mother tongue" after its boycotting Sunday's referendum. Schools will be empty between September 20 and 25 in the region. Ankara strongly reacted to the boycott.
BDP chairman Selahattin Demirtas, who supports the campaign "we want education in mother tongue", said, "I will not send my child to school for five days because I want my child to get education in mother tongue."

COST OF GROWTH: CURRENT DEFICIT
Economic recovery and rise in import demands caused a record rise in current deficit. The current (accounts) deficit was up 630 percent year-on-year in July 2010 and reached 3.44 billion USD. In January-July period, the current deficit was tripled and reached 24.23 billion USD.

CUMHURIYET
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WISEMEN IN DIYARBAKIR
The Independent Commission on Turkey, known as the "the Wise Men," headed by former Finnish President Marti Ahtisaari, paid a visit to Diyarbakir. Ahtisaari met with Diyabakir governor, senior members of Peace and Democracy Party as well as Diyarbakir Mayor Osman Baydemir. "All methods regarding the security perspective have been deployed. Weapons are no longer of use. Kurds need to understand Turks, and Turks need to understand Kurds," Baydemir reportedly quoted as telling Ahtisaari. The Independent Commission on Turkey is sponsored the Open Society Foundation and British Council to extend support to Turkey's European Union membership process.

NEGOTIATIONS OVER SAMSUN-CEYHAN PIPELINE HALTED, RUSSIAN OIL GRID COMPANY HEAD SAYS
Nikolai Tokarev, head of Russia's state-run oil company Transneft, has said negotiations with Turkey over Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline had been halted. Tokarev said the Burgaz-Dedeagac oil pipeline, set to be built by Russia, Bulgaria and Greece through Thrace, is a much more "attractive" alternative.

RADIKAL
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REFERENDUM PUNISHMENT
PKK supporters went to the marble-quarry of businessman Raif Turk who criticized Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and said he would give "yes" vote in the referendum. The PKK supporters raided the marble quarry in southeastern province of Diyarbakir where 300 people work and made propaganda to the workers for two hours.
The group wrote "boycott" on the walls and set the work machines and the buildings into fire.

FIRST HALF IS "VERY GOOD" BUT ...
Figures of growth, unemployment rate, and budget deficit raised the morales. Now eyes are turned to the second half of the year.
Economy grew 11 percent, budget deficit dropped 54.1 percent and unemployment dropped to 10.5 percent in June.
Minister Ali Babacan said election economy would not be implemented.
OECD Secretary General Gurria said, "Turkey becomes a center of attraction. However, the experts are careful: "slow down in current account deficit and leading indicators of industry may drop the growth in the second half."
 

HURRIYET
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MR.GOVERNOR SHELVED BY CHP
Kirklareli's Governor Cengiz Aydogdu, who said it was a mistake for the Democrat Party not to close down the Republican People's Party (CHP) when it came to the ruling in the 1950s, was called back to the central headquarters. Governor Aydogdu made the remarks during Abant meeting held in June.
Moreover, Muammer Erol was appointed from the central headquarters to the eastern province of Elazig as a governor. In a meeting, Erol mentioned Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan without naming him, and said, "I want a prime minister who says 'one minute' to the U.S. president, instead of a prime minister who stands in 'order arms' position against the U.S. president."

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN TO 10.5 P.C.
The unemployment rate, which started to go down after reaching 14 percent in January and February, continued to decline in June. It was 10.5 percent in June. The number of unemployed was down 518,000 persons compared to the same period of the previous year and has reached to 2,751,000 persons in Turkey.

MILLIYET
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UNINVITED GUESS
Chris Spirou, who established an NGO named "International Hagia Sofia Coalition", got the support of many Greek Orthodox people living in the United States with a promise to "conduct a religious service" in Hagia Sofia.
Spirou, who earlier acted as adviser of bloody-handed Milosevic in the past, will take off from Dedeagac (Alexandroupolis) together with 40 people on Saturday to come to Istanbul to conduct a religious service in Hagia Sofia.
In talks carried out in Ankara-Washington-Athens, it was reported that Spirou was not a person that would be taken into consideration, however that the move could create a nationalist effect against the Greek Orthodox people.
The Patriarchate which felt uneasy over the initiative, came out against Spirou.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE CLOSE TO TARGET
In May-June-July period, employment rate dropped to 10.5 percent and number of unemployed dropped 2.7 million people.
Thus, only a half point remained to achieve the target of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who said, "I believe that we will reach 10 percent in unemployment rate in three months".

SABAH
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IRAN, ISRAEL ENGAGE IN WAR TO BUY TURKEY BANK
Iran and Israel, the two archenemies in the Middle East, are reportedly poised to open another front in a conflict to buy a bank in Turkey, put on sale by the country's Savings and Deposit Insurance Fund as both the Mossad and the CIA closely monitor Iran's possible moves. Cornered by the UN sponsored sanctions, Iran eyes to buy the Adabank, which was seized from the Uzan family. Israel's Hapoalim Bank, already partner of a Turkish investment bank, is also interested in Adabank to collect deposits and increase market share in Turkey. Tender for the Adabank is scheduled for October 19.

JOBLESS RATE DOWN
Unemployment rate in Turkey was down in June by 2.5 points year-on-year to 10.5 percent with a record economic growth in the country. The number of the jobless dropped by 518 thousand to 2.7 million. The unemployment figure among the young population decreased to 19.1 percent.
 

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