TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON SEPT 22

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on September 22, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON SEPT 22

 

TURKIYE
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POLICE CAPTURES PKK BOMBER
Police detained a PKK operative suspected of staging a road side bomb attack late June on a military personnel bus in Istanbul that killed four soldiers and the daughter of a military officer. The man, identified as Abuzer D., was reportedly preparing to stage sensational attacks on military and police targets in Istanbul.

REFERENDUM RESULT SIGN OF STABILITY, SENIOR BUSINESS FIGURE SAYS
Guler Sabanci, head of Turkey's business conglomerate Sabanci Holding, said the business world received very well the outcome from a referendum in Turkey which saw a 58 percent voter support for a raft of government-backed constitutional amendments. "After the referendum, markets have priced and bought the stability, expecting no surprises from 2011's general elections," Sabanci said.

ZAMAN
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12 GIANT MEN TO DONATE 30 PERCENT OF PRIZE
Turkish national basketball team, 12 Giant Men, which recorded a historical success by winning silver medal in the World Basketball Championship, is getting prepared to launch an initiative. The team will donate 30 percent of the prize (28 million Turkish lira) --which was presented by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan-- to charity organizations.

REFERENDUM RESULTS SHOW STABILITY TO CONTINUE IN 2011
58 percent "yes" votes in the referendum, which was held on September 12 for a constitutional amendment package, excited the markets. Also business world is making positive assessments about the result. Sabanci Holding's Executive Board Chairperson Guler Sabanci said that the referendum results showed that the stability would continue in 2011 general elections, too. She said that markets were positive about the result, and they did not expect a surprise in 2011. Speaking to the Anadolu Agency, Sabanci said that Turkey overcame the influences of global economic crisis. She stressed that foreign investors considered Turkey and Brazil as emerging countries among other developing countries.

YENI SAFAK
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I AM ASTONISHED: WHAT KIND OF A COUNTRY IS ISRAEL, GUL
President Abdullah Gul who reacted strongly to news about an appointment with Israeli President Shimon Peres, said "how can an appointment that was not even made in the first place can be cancelled. It is really difficult to understand Israel."
Gul, who underlined that neither himself nor Peres requested an appointment, said "news in the Israeli media started to appear. They wrote that we turned down the offer. I don't understand this mentality. What they are making is very wrong."

MARKETS PRICED STABILITY
Guler Sabanci, Chairperson of Sabanci Group, said investors read the referendum results as an indicator that stability would continue in 2011 general elections.
Sabanci said the markets welcomed the referendum results and investors have been pricing the continuation of stability in the 2011 general elections.

VATAN
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PKK'S CONDITION FOR A 'LASTING CEASE FIRE'
It was learned that PKK terrorist organization asked for two conditions for a lasting cease fire: Talks between terrorist head Abdullah Ocalan and the related units of the state shall continue. The government shall consider Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) as an interlocutor and give positive messages for a solution. Aysel Tugluk --deputy chairperson of Democratic Society Congress which was set up by banned Democratic Society Party-- is expected to meet with Ocalan in Imrali Prison on Friday.

OSYM'S CHAIRMAN GETS EXHAUSTED, RESIGNS
The cheating scandal in Public Personnel Selection Exam (KPSS) swept Prof. Unal Yarimagan, Chairman of the Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM). Prof. Yarimagan, who resigned yesterday, said, "conditions required this." Also nine personnel of OSYM were lashed off temporarily yesterday.

CUMHURIYET
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"CHIEF" CONFIRMS CONGREGATION INVOLVEMENT
Oruc Ali Ugur, an instructor who goes by the nick name of "Chief" and was arrested under the investigation into the cheating incidents in some examinations of the Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) last Sunday, made striking allegations. Ugur said he acquired the questions of the Police Recruitment Test in 2009, which was later cancelled, from people who had connections with the congregation. Public Personnel Selection Exam (KPSS) suspect Baki Saci also pointed earlier at the congregation. Apparently the police was informed beforehand about the scandal in KPSS but failed to prevent it.

ALCOHOL RAID TO ART GALLERY
400 art enthusiasts who filled Galerinon, Galerioutlet and Eclitsis, three art galleries in Istanbul's Beyoglu district which opened the new season with galas, were attacked by a group with tear gas, sticks and bottles. The group which chanted religious slogans, and cried out "you cannot drink alcohol here", broke the windows of the galleries. Dozens of people were battered and five people were wounded. Painters Nazim Hikmet Richard Dikbas and Sevket Kazan got stitches in the head.
The victims complained that the police who were nearby did not intervene and told them to call the police hot line. It was striking that none of the assailants were taken into custody. Firat Saka, one of the guests of the gala said, "they choked our friends and sprayed tear gas in their mouths. They made such an entrance, I thought they were going to kill us. A second Sivas incident. They tried to lynch us. We were locked for one and a half hours."

RADIKAL
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BUSINESS ASSOCIATION HEAD DEMANDS NEW CONSTITUTION
Head of the Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) Umit Boyner renewed a call for a new constitution in Turkey, saying "I hope the polarization of the referendum process is left behind. We are expecting a new constitution that makes freedom of conscience, the identity issue and checks and balances the elements for unification."

BARBARITY IN ISTANBUL
A group of people assaulted on Tuesday a number of art galleries in Istanbul's Tophane district, terrorizing and wounding gallery visitors. The group assailants first raided Gallery Non, a venue featuring an exhibition of Extramucadale (or Extrastruggle), a team of artists known for their "taboo-breaking" works. The group also assaulted other art galleries nearby.
 

HURRIYET
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PROBE REVEALS CHEATING IN MORE OFFICIAL EXAMS
An investigation by police in capital Ankara has revealed cheating in more exams conducted by Turkey's central examinations authority. The investigation, which was launched six months ago on an anonymous tip-off over cheating in a selection exam to the vocational police school, has revealed cheating in five more exams of the Student Selection and Placement Center or OSYM. Police detained four suspects in ten different provinces. OSYM cancelled earlier this month parts of a nation-wide civil servant selection exam after a probe revealed cheating.

TURKISH PRESIDENT CONGRATULATES ARMENIAN COUNTERPART ON INDEPENDENCE DAY
Turkish President Abdullah Gul has sent a letter to his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan on the 19th anniversary of Armenia's declaration of independence from the crumbling Soviet Union. Gul expressed hope in his letter that two protocols signed between the countries to normalize relations and open their border crossing would be implemented in the shortest possible time and that they lay the foundations of good neighborhood relations.

MILLIYET
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IT WOULD HAVE CAUSED A WAR IN THE PAST
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who is currently in New York for the UN meetings, spoke to AP news agency and said that the raid on Mavi Marmara aid ship was unacceptable. Gul noted, "it is not possible to pretend as if this incidents had never been happened. In the past, such an incident would have caused a war. However, today international laws should be taken into consideration."

ONE RESIGNATION, NINE DISMISSAL IN OSYM
Prof. Unal Yarimagan, Chairman of the Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM), resigned after the cheating scandal in Public Personnel Selection Exam (KPSS). Then, nine personnel, who were on critical positions in OSYM, were discharged for the sake of the investigation. One of the most important of those names is Data Processing Director Mustafa Tutuncu. State Supervision Board especially pointed out the rise in the personal assets of Tutuncu in an investigation.

SABAH
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GLOBAL COMPASSION FOR TERROR VICTIMS
A special section was added to the draft resolution on terrorism at the UN Security Council, thanks to Turkey's efforts. Turkey's proposal was submitted to the approval of the 5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members of the council and was approved unanimously.
With the document that will take effect as of September 27, the solidarity and aid system for families of security personnel killed in action and veterans implemented in Turkey, will be wide spread around the globe. Terror victims and their families will be embraced globally for the first time.

30 THOUSAND VICTIMS' CURSE
The Head of Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) Prof. Unal Yarımagan who denied allegations that the questions of the Public Personnel Selection Exam (KPSS) were oozed, resigned after Board of Higher Education demanded dismissal of senior OSYM officials. Yarimagan said, "I don't believe the questions were oozed, my conscience is clean." Following his resignation, 9 senior OSYM officials were removed from office.
 

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