TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON SEPT 28

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on September 28, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON SEPT 28

TURKIYE
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THE FIRST STEP
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a surprising meeting with Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu in Ankara. Erdogan and Kilicdaroglu discussed constitutional amendment and headscarf issue in the meeting which lasted for 10 minutes. It was the first step for compromise. Erdogan told Kilicdaroglu that "we should not waste time" in the meeting. Erdogan said they should start to work immediately.

SIGNATURES FOR LONGEST HIGHWAY
Turkish government signed a build-operate-transfer deal with a consortium of six construction companies to carry out country's largest-ever highway project which will link Turkey's largest city Istanbul to third-largest city of Izmir. The highway will reduce travel time between Istanbul and Izmir to about 3.5 hours. Under this $11-billion mega project, world's second-longest suspension bridge will be built over the Gulf of Izmit. The bridge will have a length of 3,000 meters.

ZAMAN
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COURT CASES AGAINST JOURNALISTS HURT OUR IMAGE, GUL SAYS
Turkish President Abdullah Gul is scrutinizing court cases filed against Turkish journalists following investigations that are closely observed by the public. It is very dangerous for journalists to work under the threat of prison sentence, Gul said. "I will continue to watch the process. It would be wrong to try writers, thinkers and journalists," Gul said. "Court cases against journalists hurt our image," Gul also said.

HE ENTERS LIST OF WORLD'S MOST SUCCESSFUL CENTRAL BANK GOVERNORS
Prestigious finance magazine Global Finance has chosen the world's most successful central bank governors. Among the seven central bank governors who have received 'A' grade is Turkey's Central Bank Governor Durmus Yilmaz.

YENI SAFAK
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LET US SOLVE IT NOW
The first steps towards the solution of the headscarf issue were taken during a conversation at the meeting of the Confederation of Turkish Tradesmen and Craftsmen (TESK). "You talked about this issue all the time. Let us solve it now," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu during the gathering. When Kilicdaroglu asked Erdogan if the matter would be solved via a constitutional amendment, the prime minister replied briefly, "There is no need. We can do it by changing a couple of articles".

POLITICIANS SHOULD USE THEIR ENERGY FOR THE COUNTRY
President Abdullah Gul said that polarization in politics was dangerous. "Politicians should use all their energy for the future of their country, not for mutual struggles. This is what we need," Gul said. The president also noted that Turkey's problems could be solved in an easier way if everybody participated in the process.

VATAN
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FIRST STEP FOR HEADSCARF
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reminded Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu his recent remarks which claimed that "his party would solve the headscarf issue". Erdogan proposed to set up a parliamentary committee to work on the matter, as CHP leader said he still stood by his words.

INACTION DECISION MAY BE EXTENDED TO A YEAR
Aysel Tugluk met with terrorist organization PKK's head Abdullah Ocalan as his lawyer yesterday. Speaking after the one-hour meeting at Imrali island, Tugluk said, "We are closer to peace". Tugluk said Ocalan mentioned during the gathering that Turkey was going through a critical time and such process should not be wasted.
According to Vatan daily's sources, Ocalan gave three messages during the meeting. He said PKK might declare that it would not wage any attacks for a year; a lasting cease-fire and disarmament process would be put in practice in time and the political steps to be taken by the government would be followed; moreover, the solution would be within the framework of Turkey's integrity.

CUMHURIYET
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HIS PRIORITY IS AGAIN HEADSCARF
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu who attended a meeting of the Confederation of Turkish Tradesmen and Craftsmen (TESK), had a meeting.
Erdogan said, "let us take step immediately and form commission for headscarf."
Replying to the proposal of Erdogan, Kilicdaroglu suggested Higher Board of Education (YOK), removal of immunities, and dropping election threshold to be assessed together. "On the headscarf issue, we have been examining decision of European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)" he said.

TRAVEL TIME BETWEEN IZMIR AND ISTANBUL TO REDUCE TO 3.5 HOURS
A deal was signed regarding Gebze-Orhangazi-Izmir motorway, tendered by Build-Operate-Transfer model, the biggest motorway project of Turkey.
The motorway will reduce travel time between Istanbul and Izmir from 6 hours 30 minutes to about 3 hours.
Country's largest-ever motorway project will link Turkey's largest city Istanbul to third-largest city of Izmir.

RADIKAL
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THE BACKSTAGE OF DISCUSSIONS ON NEW CONSTITUTION
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu had an 15-minute surprising meeting.
Erdogan recalled Kilicaroglu his statements that the new constitution may take place prior to the elections and suggested a commission to be formed for this.
Kilicdaroglu said he was stood by his word adding such a study had taken place before during bylaw changes.
Replying to the proposal of Kilicaroglu to form commissions, Erdogan said, "then, let us start from the headscarf." Kilicardoglu said there were many other issues like the headscarf, noting all of them can be assessed together.

HIGH RANKING MISSION TO SOYSAL
Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Engin Soysal was appointed to UN's Coordination Office to Assist Pakistan. Following Kemal Dervis's assignment as president of UNDP, this is the second high ranking mission in the UN.
 

HURRIYET
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FIRST DIALOGUE, FIRST BARGAIN
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu got together at the meeting of the Confederation of Turkish Tradesmen and Craftsmen at Rixos Hotel in Ankara. Erdogan told Kilicdaroglu: "You said that constitutional amendment package can be passed in a week. How can we do that? If you are ready, we can start to work." Kilicdaroglu said, "party groups should hold talks and establish a commission. We can enact articles on which this commission agreed." Erdogan said, "you made promise regarding headscarf at rallies. The parliament's recess will end on October 1. We can support your proposal on the matter."

YILMAZ AMONG BEST CENTRAL BANK GOVERNORS OF WORLD
Turkey's Central Bank Governor Durmus Yilmaz is among the top seven central bank governors in the world, according to international journal Global Finance. The journal released the results of its annual assessment of the most successful central bank governors of the world. Global Finance gives grades to each of these governors on an "A" to "F" scale for success in areas such as inflation control, economic growth goals, currency stability and interest rate management. Durmus was given an "A" along with six other governors from the European Central Bank, Australia, Israel, Malaysia, South Korea and Taiwan this year. His grade was "B" in 2009.

MILLIYET
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HEADSCARF DIALOGUE IN SURPRISING MEETING
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu discussed headscarf issue in Rixos Hotel in Ankara where they went to attend a meeting of the Confederation of Turkish Tradesmen and Craftsmen (TESK).
Erdogan said, "you continuously spoke about headscarf issue in your rallies. What did I say? I said let us take steps starting from now on, form the teams and start studies on the matter."
Kilicdaroglu said, "I am still after what I have said. I have not only spoken about headscarf issue, I also spoke about removal of immunities, Higher Board of Education and article 100 of the Constitution related to trial of ministers. We can establish a commission in which other parties will be included, and we can reach a solution."

FULL MARKS TO DURMUS YILMAZ
Durmus Yilmaz, Governor of the Turkish Central Bank, was elected as one of the most successful Central Bank governors of 2010 by prestigious economy magazine the Global Finance.
Six central bank governors, as well as Durmus Yilmaz, got full points in the list.

SABAH
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FORMULA BY BARZANI
The leader of the regional administration in north of Iraq, Massoud Barzani, announced his formula on terrorist organization PKK. Barzani said that inaction by PKK should continue. "PKK should be initially cleared off of heavy weaponry. Those in the mountains should be relocated to villages and camps. Until there is a solution, they should have their own defense zones," Barzani said.

"LET US BEGIN IMMEDIATELY"
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with the leader of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu for the first time since the referendum of September 12. Erdogan reminded Kilicdaroglu about the latter's remarks made on the issue of headscarf during referendum rallies. Erdogan made a proposal to Kilicdaroglu to immediately take a step on the issue of headscarf. In return, Kilicdaroglu said that they were behind what they said in rallies. "Yes, let us solve this problem," Kilicdaroglu noted.
 

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