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    GOOD MORNING--TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON OCT 8

    HotNewsTurkey with wires
    08.10.2008 - 09:27 | Son Güncelleme:

    These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on Oct. 8, 2008. HotNewsTurkey does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET
    --TEN TOUGH QUESTIONS TO DENIZ FENERI
    The leftist party in Germany brought the claims regarding Deniz Feneri e.V case, which is seen as the largest charity corruption scandal of the country, before the federal parliament. The motion prepared by Sevim Dagdelen, a member of parliament, was approved by the party group chairmen her party, Gregor Gysi and Oskar Lafontaine.

    --ALONE WITH GIGANTIC DEBT
    Esat Edin, owner of the famous holiday resort Kemer Country, died in a flood together with three of his children and now $70 million of debts were inherited by 14-year-old Murat, Edin's only remaining child.

    --BESIKTAS COACH RESIGNS
    Turkish soccer team Besiktas coach Ertugrul Saglam resigned after facing heavy criticisms when his team was eliminated from the UEFA Cup. "I started my job as a decent man and now I quit as a decent man," Saglam told a press conference.

    MILLIYET
    --SPENDING DOWN
    Turkish consumers have cut spending because of the fear of an economic crisis. Luxury restaurants began offering economic menus while shopping malls are waiting for Arab tourists. The sale of real-estate has stopped completely.

    --BRAINSTORMING AT HEADQUARTERS
    General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug met six academicians and they discussed the issue of terrorism. Professor Albulkadir Cevik, Professor Ali Caglar, Professor Deniz Ulke Aribagan, Professor Ihsan Bal and Professor Ali Nihat Ozcan who specialized in terrorism-clashes, political psychology and international relations, were in attendance at the five-hour meeting.

    --TRACES OF ANCESTORS OF EUROPEAN FARMERS FOUND IN ISTANBUL
    Stone-carved tools of some 15-20,000 years old have been unearthed in Istanbul. Those tools prove that Istanbul was one of the first agricultural sites in Europe.

    SABAH
    --QUESTIONS FROM JOURNALIST ULUC TO GEN. BASBUG
    Journalist Hincal Uluc opened to discussion "the method to end violence", sought by every one after the terrorist attack on Aktutun. Uluc asked, "Wasn't it Gen. (Ilker) Basbug (the chief of General Staff) who drew the red lines regarding an issue under the authority of parliament in the week he was appointed to this post?" Uluc also asked, "Wasn't it Gen. Basbug who said there could not be any general amnesty and who told that the only way to win the fight was to prevent people from joining the terrorist organization PKK?"

    Uluc said, "Then he knows or thinks about a solution that does not include an amnesty. He should make it public. For the military, what is the shortest way to prevent people from joining the PKK? The public is awaiting a solution."

    --HARSH WINDS IN ANKARA
    Responding to the General Staff's statement regarding budget, Premier Tayyip Erdogan said, "We have done what our military has wanted from us, and we will continue to do so. However, we will not take a backward step from democracy." Deniz Baykal, the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), suggested that a buffer zone that could ensure regional security should be formed. Devlet Bahceli, the chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), also proposed that a buffer zone should be set up in the north of Iraq.

    VATAN
    --CIVIL SOLUTION MEETING AT GENERAL STAFF
    Representatives of six think-tanks and institutions which have different strategies and views in regard to the fight against terrorism held a six-hour meeting with Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug. Gen. Basbug, who held a press conference in Septembe, said they wanted to make the General Staff's Strategic Research and Study Center (SAREM) more effective and improve relations with think tanks. After these statements, Gen. Basbug held a meeting with representatives of six institutions including the Turkey Economy Policies Research Foundation and the International Strategic Researches Institution. They discussed the fight against terrorism, regional and global developments in the meeting.

    --ERDOGAN: "WE FULFILLED WHAT MILITARY DEMANDED"

    Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech at his party's group meeting and said this attack (terrorist attack in Aktutun in Semdinli town of southeastern province of Hakkari) targeted tranquility and stability in the country. Erdogan said his government had fulfilled what the military had demanded so far.

    CUMHURIYET
    --FIRE IN TURKEY
    As an impact of the global economic crisis, price of the dollar has risen up to 1.38 YTL in the markets. Depreciation of the Turkish lira in the last three days rose to 6 percent. Also, consumer confidence index dropped to 75.3 percent in September from 80.1 percent in August.

    --CEBIT OPENS
    CeBIT Informatics Eurasia, the largest and the most important Information and Communication Technology (ICT) trade show in the region, has opened at Istanbul's TUYAP Fair and Congress Center. Nearly 150,000 people from 70 countries are expected to visit the show. Over 900 companies from several countries converged on Istanbul to exhibit the very latest integrated technology solutions.

    RADIKAL
    --PATERNITY LEAVE LOOMS
    There is good and bad news from the government. The good news is that men will be allowed to leave the work without pay for six months just like female workers. The bad news is that six the months of leave will be shared by both the father and the mother.

    --BACCA'S MURDERER COULD NOT LOOK AT HER MOTHER'S FACE
    The suspect in the murder of Italian artist Pippa Bacca appeared in court. Bacca's mother, Elena Manzoni said, "I looked at his face but he could not dare to look at mine." Manzoni said she believed in the Turkish justice.

    YENI SAFAK
    --MOUNT BUZUL UNDER FIRE
    The General Staff said jets bombed 21 targets on the Avasin, Basyan in the north of Iraq, and Mount Iki Yaka and Mount Buzul in Hakkari. The number of terrorists killed after the Aktutun attack reached 25.

    --MOTION AT PARLIAMENT
    The parliament will discuss on Wednesday a motion extending the authority of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) to stage military operations in the north of Iraq as of Oct. 17, 2008. The Prime Ministry motion envisages extension of the authority for one more year.

    --ATTACK ON COUNCIL OF STATE TO BE UNITED WITH ERGENEKON CASE
    The Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor's Office demanded that the case regarding the attack on the Council of State should be re-heard by examining all the documents and statements gathered as part of the Ergenekon case.

     

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