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    GOOD MORNING--TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON OCT 13

    Anatolian Agency
    13 Ekim 2008 - 09:22Son Güncelleme : 13 Ekim 2008 - 12:00

    These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on Oct. 13, 2008. HotNewsTurkey does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET
    --TWO PEOPLE ARRESTED FOR AIDING SUICIDE BOMBER
    It has been determined that the name of the PKK terrorist, captured with 8.8 kg of explosives in Sisli district of Istanbul, was Hatice I., code-named "Ezgi". Police also arrested two people, Tuncay S. and Mehmet S.A., who sent her to Istanbul to stage a terrorist attack two weeks ago, in the eastern province of Van.

    --PKK'S TOP TERRORISTS HIT IN 7TH OPERATION
    After the recent terrorist attack on Aktutun military outpost, the army waged its 7th operation against PKK terrorists in the north of Iraq. "An air strike was conducted in Zap region against a PKK/KONGRA-GEL terrorist group comprising of top terrorists. All the targets were hit," the General Staff said on its web-site.

    MILLIYET
    --WILL GUL INAUGURATE IRBIL AIRPORT?
    The Kurdish administration in north of Iraq, which aims to boost relations with Turkey, made a proposal to President Abdullah Gul and asked him to open Irbil Airport. The Presidency's chief advisor, Ahmet Sever confirmed the invitation and said, "a date has not been set, but the president will travel to Baghdad. The proposal about Irbil is being assessed."

    --ERDOGAN: WE FIRMLY STAND ON OUR FEET
    Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan reacted against the representatives of Turkey’s business world who made statements that the global fluctuation in markets would have a negative impact on the country. Erdogan said, "Thank God, we firmly stand on our legs. We have not been negatively affected by the crisis like European countries and the United States. We are closely monitoring the developments. We are working very carefully to make use of any opportunity."

    SABAH
    --NO KURDISH COMMENTATOR TO BROADCASTS IN KURDISH
    The Turkish Radio Television's (TRT) "Kurdish Channel", which was a part of the government's opening out to the east and southeast of the country, has not started broadcasting. Although it has been three months since the legislation regarding broadcasting in Kurdish was adopted, TRT has not found a television announcer who can speak Kurdish. TRT says it could not find intellectual personnel with clean political records who could speak Kurdish fluently.

    --DO NOT FAN THE FLAMES
    PM Tayyip Erdogan reacted to Turkey's Association of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSIAD) that said the financial crisis could also affect Turkey. "There are circles in our country who are fanning the flames. Please don't," he said.

    VATAN
    --THREE ATTACKS ON THE SAME DAY
    PKK's female suicide bomber, who was caught by security forces in Istanbul, was preparing to stage three terrorist attacks with the 8.8 kilograms of explosives she was carrying. According to the police, the suicide bomber who carried a fake identity card bearing the name of "Ayse Sen", was going to separate the explosives into three parts. The terrorist was preparing to place two pieces at certain locations and explode them with a remote control device. Police believe she planned to wrap the remaining part on her body and wage a suicide attack on a specific target.

    --NECHIRVAN BARZANI TO VISIT ANKARA
    Nechirvan Barzani, executive of the regional administration in north of Iraq, will pay a visit to Turkey in two days, sources said. The precautions to be taken against the terrorist organization, PKK, will be discussed during the surprise meeting.

    CUMHURIYET
    --7TH AIR RAID HITS TERRORIST LEADERS IN ZAP
    The General Staff announced that the Turkish Armed Forces continued operations, in pursuit of PKK/KONGRA-GEL terrorists, who partook in the attack on the Aktutun military outpost. Turkish warplanes launched an air strike on a group of terrorists situated in the Zap region located in north of Iraq. The General Staff said the targets were hit with precision.

    --CRISIS HAS ALREADY STARTED AFFECTING REAL SECTOR
    The financial crisis has started to affect the real sector in Turkey. In many sectors production fell, and the foreign debts of the private sector rose. The current account deficit is close to reach $50 billion. While representatives of the real sector say the AKP administration failed to take precautions in time, exporters are gathering this week to develop a "plan B" against the crisis.

    RADIKAL
    --ANTICIPATION BOOSTING MORALE
    According to Vural Akisik, who restructured the state banks after the 2001 economic crisis, said it would take time for the United States to remove the crisis. Akisik said the fire should be extinguished soon. "But the cost would be more tomorrow". Akisik said Turkey would not be at the same point as the United States because it did not have liquidity problems. "It now seems that Turkey would be affected less."

    --FROM PRIME MINISTER TO BUSINESS WORLD: DON'T URGE FIRE
    Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan responded to TUSIAD chairperson, Arzuhan Yalcindag Dogan and names from the business world and economy bureaucracy. Erdogan said, "It is wrong for a non-governmental organization or a public organization to use the expression of crisis when there is not a danger of crisis."

    YENI SAFAK
    --PKK IS NOW A SUBCONTRACTOR
    Prof. Deniz Ulke Aribogan, the rector of Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, said that the terrorist organization, PKK, had become the tool of intelligence agencies. "Terrorist organizations are like soccer balls. Once they are put on the field, everyone tries to hit them to score a goal against his/her opponent," Aribogan said.

    SUICIDE BOMBER SENT FROM VAN
    Two people, who brought the explosives to the suicide bomber who was caught while she was preparing to stage a terrorist attack in Istanbul, were arrested in the eastern province of Van. It has been determined that the two terrorists brought the explosives to Istanbul two weeks after the suicide bomber arrived in the city. The two suspects are currently being interrogated.

     

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