TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON SEPT 17

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on September 17, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON SEPT 17

TURKIYE
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SIX STATES, ONE NATION
Important decisions were taken at the Summit of Heads of State of Turkish Speaking Countries held in Istanbul. Although Uzbekistan did not attend the summit hosted by Turkish President Abdullah Gul, heads of state of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan participated in the gathering. Aside from remarks, concrete steps were taken at the summit. Talks were held in Turkish throughout the meeting, where official working language was Russian or English previously. The Secretariat of Turkish Cooperation Council was also established in Istanbul in order to maintain continuity of talks between countries.

MINE TRAP TO CIVILIANS
PKK terror targeted civilians this time. A remote-control mine exploded while a minibus, carrying children as well, passed over it in southeastern Hakkari province. Nine people died in the attack, as a 15-month baby and three people including a small kid were wounded. The wounded infant was sent to eastern province of Van via an air ambulance.

ZAMAN
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EU REPROVES KILICDAROGLU: YOU PRESENTED NO ALTERNATIVE TO REFORMS
Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who criticized the European Union harshly during the referendum process, was faced with the union's reproachful attitude in Brussels. Sources said that EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fuele complained about CHP's not preparing an alternative text against the constitutional amendment.

EUROPEAN EAGLE FLIES IN 90
Turkey's Besiktas soccer team defeated Bulgaria's CSKA Sofia 1-0 in a Group L game in the UEFA Europa League. The Turkish team was happy over Ernst's last-minute goal.

YENI SAFAK
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TURKEY AIMS TO BOOST TRADE WITH IRAN TO 30 BLN USD
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who delivered a speech in the Turkish-Iranian Business Forum said that the two countries should work to boost bilateral trade to 30 billion U.S. dollars within next five years. Erdogan said trade between Turkey and Iran should be freed.

EXPECTED DECREASE
Central Bank made a decrease in interest rates which has been expected by the real sector. Monetary Policy Board of Central Bank dropped overnight borrowing rate from 6.50 percent to 6.25 percent and lending rate from 9.00 percent to 8.75 percent.

VATAN
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THE THIRD DISHONORABLE COINCIDENCE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was going to meet with Ahmet Turk, former chairman of the outlawed Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), but mines planted by terrorist organization PKK killed 7 people. The bill on "stone-throwing children" was about to be brought to the Turkish parliament, but a PKK ambush killed 7 again. And yesterday, BDP had an appointment with ministers, as a mine blasted in southeastern Hakkari province. Nine people were killed in the mine explosion that hit a minibus in Hakkari, as 4 days were left till September 20, the date until which PKK had decided to lay down arms.

WE EXAMINE WHY 42 PCT SAID "NO" AT REFERENDUM
Prime Minister Erdogan is having an analysis conducted in order to win the hearts of those who said "No" at the latest referendum. "Why have the 42 percent of voters said 'No' to us? Experts on politics and social sciences are currently carrying out a study on this issue. We cannot be deaf to the nation's message. Because, 'No' votes should be converted to 'Yes'," Erdogan said.

CUMHURIYET
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BLAST KILLS NINE IN HAKKARI
Land-mine blast killed nine people when it exploded under their minibus in southeastern province of Hakkari. Four others including an infant and a child were wounded in the blast. President Abdullah Gul condemned the attack and said, "we will not leave alone our citizens against terrorist organization." Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that those who staged this attack would pay back.

JOINT PURSUIT
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu had a meeting with European Commissioner for enlargement Stefan Fuele in Brussels. Kilicdaroglu said, "we conveyed our sensitivity on independence of judiciary to him." Fuele said they would monitor the process on legal arrangements.

RADIKAL
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MASSACRE PRIOR TO MEETING
Date: September 16, 2010. Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) was going to hold talks with the government. Nine civilians were killed violently at 9 a.m. in southeastern Hakkari province. Deputy Premier Cemil Cicek said no talks could be held unless the attack was solved.

MINISTER ERGUN: ERDOGAN HAS NO RIVAL FOR PRESIDENCY
Turkish Industry Minister Nihat Ergun, who earlier said "President Abdullah Gul's term of office was 7 years", stated that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was "the candidate for presidency without any rivals". Ergun said Erdogan could be elected president with more than 50 percent of votes in the first round.
 

HURRIYET
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ERDOGAN: "TRADE WITH IRAN SHOULD BE FREED"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech at Turkish-Iran Business Forum attended by Iranian First Vice President Mohammed Reza Rahimi and said that trade with Iran should be freed. Erdogan said that non-tariff obstacles, customs and quotas should be lifted. Erdogan said, "we should find ways to boost free trade."

MINE BLAST CLAIMS NINE LIVES
Nine people including one child died at a mine blast that hit a minibus near the southeastern city of Hakkari on Thursday morning. When the minibus was travelling near Gecitli village, the explosion occurred, killing nine people and wounding four others.

MILLIYET
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SEPTEMBER 20 MINE
As 4 days were left till September 20, the date until which terrorist organization PKK had decided to lay down arms, nine people were killed in a mine blast that hit a minibus in southeastern Hakkari province. Two mines and C-4 explosives were found in backpacks at the scene of the explosion. Four people, including two children, were wounded in the attack.

CHP IS LIKE A SAFE WITH TWO KEYS
Republican People's Party's (CHP) former chairman Deniz Baykal said that the "two-key" system used during the Cold War era was being implemented in CHP and such practice blocked ways for a solution.
During conversations with his fellows, Baykal said, "There are two keys for big safes in the banks and unless two people carrying these keys come together, the safe cannot be opened. The situation in CHP is exactly like that. One key is at the chairperson and the other at the secretary general".

SABAH
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SIX STATES, ONE NATION
Turkic world reached its goal of "one nation, six states" with establishment of Turkish Cooperation Council in Istanbul on Thursday. President Abdullah Gul said, "we are proud of being six states and one nation," at Summit of Turkish Speaking Countries which was not attended by Uzbekistan. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov and Kyrgyzstan's interim President Roza Otunbaeva attended the summit hosted by Gul. After the summit, Turkish Speaking Countries Cooperation Council was established.

CENTRAL BANK DROPS BORROWING RATE TO 6.25%
Monetary Policy Board of Turkey's Central Bank dropped overnight borrowing rate from 6.50 percent to 6.25 percent and lending rate from 9.00 percent to 8.75 percent. In a statement issued, the Board said that liquidity conditions in the Turkish market developed as expected and as such a decision was taken to lower interest rates.
 

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