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    GOOD MORNING--TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APR 29

    Anatolian Agency
    29.04.2009 - 09:21 | Son Güncelleme: 29.04.2009 - 10:34

    These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on April 29, 2009. Hurriyet Daily News Online does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET
    -- IMPORTANT DECISION FOR NORTHERN CYPRUS
    Europe's highest court, the European Court of Justice, made a historic decision and ruled that the Greek Cypriot judiciary also has authority in northern Cyprus and that the decisions made by the Greek Cypriot judiciary should be implemented in all EU countries. This decision shocked Turkish Cypriots. The European Court of Justice ruled that a British couple must vacate land they purchased in northern Cyprus in the "Orams" case. The decision will have a negative impact on the ongoing negotiation process on the island.
           
    -- TURKISH COMPANIES TO MAKE PARTS OF F-35 AIRCRAFT
    Turkish companies will manufacture components worth $5.5 billion for the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft. Lockheed Martin, a multinational aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology company from the United States, signed an agreement with Turkey's ALP Aviation, ASELSAN and Kale Aviation.
           
    MILLIYET
    -- ‘HE COULD HAVE BLOWN UP ENTIRE BUILDING’
    Police teams have impounded a massive cache of explosives from an Istanbul terrorist cell. Police on Monday raided an apartment and killed a terrorist who was said to be a senior operative of a terrorist group called Revolutionary Headquarters. Nearly two tons of A-4 plastic explosive was found in the apartment along with numerous weapons and munitions in other cell houses in Istanbul. The terrorist, identified as Orhan Yilmazkaya, was said to have been trained in PKK camps in northern Iraq.     

    -- GERMANY ASKS FOR 16 TESTIMONIES IN FRAUD CASE
    A German prosecutor has asked Turkish officials to take testimonies from 16 people, including Zahid Akman, head Turkey's broadcasting authority, and Zekeriya Karaman, head of a private television channel, in a charity fraud case, which came to be known as the Lighthouse e.V. case. The prosecutor also asked for their photographs, and their hand and fingerprints.       

    SABAH
    -- JUDICIAL CRISIS BETWEEN TURKEY, GERMANY
    German authorities have turned down a request for legal assistance from a top Turkish prosecutor, who probed alleged financial aid made by a German foundation to Turkey's main opposition party. The top prosecutor, Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, launched an investigation into allegations that the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation had donated 85,000 euros to the Republican People's Party, or CHP. In Turkey, political parties could face closure for receiving financial aid from abroad. The Justice Ministry in Berlin has rejected Yalcinkaya's assistance request on the grounds that the probe could cause the party to be disbanded.
           
    -- TURKISH SECURITY COUNCIL REJECTS OBAMA'S REMARKS
    The Turkish National Security Council on Tuesday criticized remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama, who called the events of 1915 the "Great Disaster." "The joint history of the Turkish and Armenian nations should be evaluated with an objective and scientific approach that is supported by indisputable proofs and documents and is free of all preconceived notions," the council said in a statement issued after a meeting.

    VATAN
    -- COUNCIL DISCUSSES SENDING TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN
    The Turkish National Security Council discussed the developments regarding Armenia and dispatching additional troops to Afghanistan in its meeting Tuesday. The National Security Council said in a statement issued after the meeting that the "joint history of the Turkish and Armenian nations should be evaluated with an objective and scientific approach that is supported by indisputable proofs and documents." Replying to questions at a reception, former NATO senior civilian representative for Afghanistan Hikmet Cetin said Turkish authorities would probably dispatch additional troops to Afghanistan.
           
    -- TERRORIST TRAINED IN PKK CAMPS
    Istanbul Gov. Muammer Guler said the operation waged Monday against a terrorist cell in the Bostanci district of Istanbul was successful. Guler said the terrorist who was killed in the operation was trained in terrorist organization PKK camps.
           
    CUMHURIYET
    -- AKP'S NEW CONSTITUTIONAL PACKAGE READY
    The ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has finished preparing a new constitutional amendment package that would prevent the Constitutional Court from rejecting legislation such as the headscarf issue. The AKP also aims to introduce a new law on political parties in line with the Venice criteria that would make it harder to close them.
           
    -- LABOR UNION LEADERS MEET PRESIDENT OVER MAY 1
    Leaders of several Turkish labor unions met with President Abdullah Gul on Tuesday and requested permission to use Istanbul's Taksim square for May Day celebrations. Gul was said to have told union leaders that he would convey the request to officials. Labor Day celebrations at Istanbul's Taksim Square have been banned since 1977, when gunmen opened fire on demonstrators, killing thirty-seven people.      

    RADIKAL
    -- IMPLICATION FROM ALIYEV
    Azerbaijani officials grew angry with the recent rapprochement between Turkey and Armenia. Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev said they had the right to revise the policies regarding the region.
           
    -- FUNERAL FOR SLAIN POLICE OFFICER
    A funeral took place for Semih Balaban, the police officer who died in the operation against a terrorist in Istanbul’s Bostanci district on Monday. Several civil and military officials attended the funeral.

    YENI SAFAK
    -- PRESIDENT STEPS IN FOR TAKSIM CRISIS
    President Abdullah Gul met on Tuesday with leaders of a number of labor unions and other civil society organizations over their request to use Istanbul's Taksim Square to celebrate May Day. Gul pledged to talk to the authorities about the request. May Day celebrations at Istanbul's Taksim Square have been banned since 1977, when gunmen opened fire on demonstrators. Thirty-seven people were killed.
           
    -- POLICE SEIZE 35 KG OF A-4 EXPLOSIVES IN SOUTHERN TURKEY
    Counter-terrorism police captured a member of the terrorist PKK organization in the southern province of Mersin on Tuesday, impounding 35 kilograms of A-4 explosives. The PKK terrorist is believed to have been planning a massive bomb attack.

     

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