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GOOD MORNING--TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAR 30

GOOD MORNING--TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAR 30
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These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on March 30th, 2008. Hurriyet English does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

HURRIYET

-- OPERATION ON TERRORIST HIDE-OUT

Turkish General Staff stated that hide-outs of PKK terrorist organization in the north of Iraq were hit by artillery fire and also by planes; and 15 terrorists were killed. Also another terrorist group was seen in Bestler Dereler region of southeastern province of Sirnak and an operation has started.
       
-- WE RANK 3RD IN MSN IN THE WORLD

When grandmothers who want to communicate with their grandchildren even turned to internet, Turkey has become the third in the world in use of MSN Messenger with its 25 million subscribers.
       

MILLIYET

-- SECURITY FORCES KILL 15 PKK TERRORISTS IN TURKEY

Turkish security forces killed 15 PKK terrorists in the southeastern province of Sirnak late Friday. After the security units received an intelligence from unmanned spy plane "Heron" or eagle that a group of nearly 200 PKK terrorists infiltrated Bestler-Dereler region, special forces were dispatched to the area. 15 terrorists were killed in the clash. In related news, Turkish General Staff said Saturday that 15 PKK/KONGRA-GEL terrorists were killed by long-range weapons fire in Avashin-Basyan region in Iraq's north on Thursday after it detected a group of terrorists trying to infiltrate Turkey to stage attacks on targets in the country. General Staff also said Turkish fighter planes carried out an air assault on Friday against targets in the region, adding that the number of terrorists killed in the air assault was unclear.

-- EU COMMISSIONER EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER AK PARTY CLOSURE CASE

European Union Commissioner for enlargement Olli Rehn expressed concern over a closure case filed against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Rehn said negotiation process could be reviewed in case of serious breach of the political criteria. "I hope the judges will pass their ruling with an eye to the long-term interests of Turkey," he said.


SABAH

-- HE ALSO ANNOUNCED THE DECISION

Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, the chief prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals, gave early signals regarding the closure case against ruling Justice & Development Party (AKP). He said that 40 deputies can be banned from politics. While Supreme Court of Appeals is warning media not to release news reports about the closure case, chief prosecutor himself spoke to media. Referans newspaper columnist Nuray Basaran who spoke with Yalcinkaya wrote her impressions; 1-If AKP had listened warnings against headscarf, the case would not be filed. 2-Even if political ban is given, Abdullah Gul's presidency will continue. 3-Currently there is no additional indictment, but developments can be assessed. 4-Nearly 40 deputies can be banned from politics. 5-The indictment was prepared with three public prosecutors in Supreme Court of Appeals.
       
-- "EU PROCESS TO BE HAMPERED"

EU Commissioner for enlargement Olli Rehn warned about the closure case against ruling Justice & Development Party (AKP). He said that this initiative hampers Ankara's EU membership talks.


VATAN

-- ERDOGAN: "THOSE WHO ARE CRYING FOR A COUP WILL LOSE"

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that "there are circles who want to disturb our unity and solidarity, and sow seeds of malice and sedition. Unfortunately there are coup criers who are inside the politics and yet who are trying to make contributions outside the politics. Those criers will lose from such attempts, not me". "This country had never made benefit from those circles and it will not do so in the future," Erdogan said.
       
-- TSK HIT TERRORIST TARGETS IN IRAQ'S NORTH

Turkish Armed Forces staged its 7th cross-border operation into Iraq's north on Thursday and Friday. An unmanned spy plane detected a group of PKK terrorists who were trying to infiltrate Turkey from Avashin-Basyan region in Iraq's north. The Turkish artillery shelled the area and fighter jets staged an air strike, killing 15 PKK terrorists.
       

CUMHURIYET

-- MOLOTOV COCKTAIL TO OUR NEWSPAPER

One more attack was staged against Cumhuriyet building. One of the three people --who came to the street where our newspaper's building is located at 11: 24 p.m.-- threw a molotov cocktail to the garden of the building. The explosive caused material damage.
       
-- GEN. BUYUKANIT: WE DON'T WITHDRAW EVEN A METER BACK

Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit said that Turkish soldiers would not immediately withdraw from island after a solution is found to Cyprus problem. He stressed that even if Lokmaci gate is opened, Turkish soldiers will not withdraw a meter back.
       

RADIKAL

-- ALEX SEAL ON DERBY

Fenerbahce soccer team --which is the leader of the week in Turkcell Super League-- defeated Besiktas soccer team 2-1 in Inonu Stadium. After the derby match, there are now five points between Fenerbahce and Besiktas. Alex was the scorer of the two goals of Fenerbahce in the match.
       
-- 15 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED
         Turkish General Staff stated that 15 PKK terrorists who headed towards Turkey from Iraq were killed by long-range weapons on March 27th. Also targets in Avashin-Basyan region were hit by warplanes.


YENI SAFAK

-- ''COUP CRIERS WILL LOSE," ERDOGAN

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that "there were circles trying to fan up the tensions," and warned that "coup cries who want to intervene in the politics will lose." "There are coup criers who want to intervene in the politics either from inside or outside the politics. It would not be me who would lose in these attempts but those coup criers," he said.
       
-- TERRORIST TARGETS HIT IN CROSS-BORDER OPERATION

Turkish artillery and fighter jets shelled targets of the terrorist organization PKK on Thursday and Friday, Turkish Chief of General Staff said Saturday. Fifteen terrorists were killed as they tried to infiltrate Turkey from Avashin-Basyan region in Iraq's north.

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