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GOOD MORNING--TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 26

GOOD MORNING--TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 26
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These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on May 26, 2009. Hurriyet Daily News Online does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

HURRIYET
-- GERMANS TO CONSTRUCT "MUSEUM OF INNOCENCE"
German architects will construct a museum in Istanbul to be named after Nobel-laureate, Turkish author Orhan Pamuk's recent novel "The Museum of Innocence". The museum will be in a house in Cukurcuma where Kemal and Fusun, two characters in the novel live. Pamuk reached an agreement with Brigitte and Gregor Sunder Plassmann for the construction of the museum. The two German architects will start building the museum within three months.
       
-- SENER'S PARTY IS TURKEY
Former deputy prime minister Abdullatif Sener, who resigned from the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, established the "Turkey Party". Sener declared his place in politics as "democratic central party." M. Yasar Ozturk, an AKP parliamentarian from the central province of Yozgat, resigned from his party and joined the Turkey Party. Thus, Sener's party entered parliament on the day it was established.
       
MILLIYET
-- SENER SETS UP "TURKEY PARTY"
Abdullatif Sener, one of the founders of Justice and Development Party, or AKP, and former deputy prime minister, returned to politics with the "Turkey Party" after an interval. The party will be represented in Parliament by Mehmet Yasar Ozturk who earlier resigned from the AKP. The emblem of the party is hands shaking in map of Turkey. The party has 33 founders, nine of who are women. Three of the founders are under the 30 years of age.
       
-- ERDOGAN'S A BRAVE APPROACH
Minorities and communities reacted positively to the statements of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan who said, "People who had different ethnical identity were banished from the country (in the past). This was the result of a fascist approach." Turkish Jewish community chairman Silvyo Ovadya said that Erdogan told the truth, while Fener Greek Patriarchate spokesman Dositheos Anagnostopoulos said that it was a very brave approach, but concrete steps should follow that approach. Also Greek newspapers wrote broadly on the statements made by Erdogan.
       
SABAH
-- HOMECOMING AFTER NIGHTMARE
The crew of Turkish cargo ship Mira, which was stranded off India for four months, have returned home. The crew of 16 Turkish and 8 Azeris arrived in Istanbul on Monday. Teary relatives and friends greeted them on arrival. The sailors faced the risk of hunger and sinking during the time they were stranded in the middle of the ocean.
       
-- DELAY FORMULA
In search for a solution to "affidavit crisis" of the Democratic Society Party, the parliament speaker's office sent a surprise petition to the court. The petition said, "Parliamentarians are usually out of town. We have given a written notice about the court decision to their secretaries but they might not have information about it." So, the parliament speaker's office has taken a step to delay the court hearing and take their testimony through police questioning.
       
-- DAVUTOGLU FLIES ON MILES
The Foreign Ministry collects miles earned from flights of diplomats in a pool. It was revealed that some of Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's tickets were purchased using these miles.

VATAN
-- NAME OF SENER'S PARTY IS TURKEY
Abdullatif Sener, who has long been making preparations for a political party, submitted the petition regarding the foundation of his party. Sener, who set off with the name Turkey for his party, strongly criticized the Justice and Development Party, or AKP.
       
-- TURKEY CONDEMNS NORTH KOREA
The United Nations Security Council convened an extraordinary meeting and discussed the nuclear tests of North Korea. Speaking to journalists, Baki Ilkin, Turkey's Permanent Representative to the U.N., said nuclear tests would further deepen North Korea's isolation in the world. He said Turkey also condemned the nuclear test.
       
CUMHURIYET
-- SENER BEGINS WITH STRONG CRITICISM
Former state minister and deputy prime minister, Abdullatif Sener, who left the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, a while ago, formed a new political party, the "Turkey Party." Sener said the government could not manage the economic crisis and relieved only importers in Turkey. "They (government) are re-designing the furniture while the Titanic is sinking," he said.
       
-- SOCIAL STATE IN DEATH AGONY
Theologian professor, Salih Akdemi,r said holy Koran should be re-interpreted. Akdemir, a professor at Ankara University Faculty of Divinity, said an almsgiving culture has been created in Turkey instead of a social state. Akdemir said one of the goals of the Koran was to create a classless society. He also said that the directorate of religious affairs should be re-arranged. "There can not be a directorate of religious affairs as a state organization in a secular country," he said.
       
RADIKAL
-- CINDORUK: "DEMIREL PREVENTED MARCH 12 MODEL"
Husamettin Cindoruk, the chairman of the Democrat Party, or DP, said that Suleyman Demirel, a former president of Turkey, prevented a military intervention on Feb. 28, 1997, similar to that on March 12, 1971. Cindoruk said, "They proposed the March 12 model to Demirel and said that Demirel could stay as president and the army could settle the issue using old methods." Cindoruk also said, "However Demirel kept parliament open and prevented military intervention." Cindoruk regretted that he had not become the chairperson of the True Path Party, or DYP, instead of Tansu Ciller after Demirel was elected the president of Turkey.
       
-- MINSK IS THE TARGET
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed his anger at the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, for failing to solve the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute in 17 years. Davutoglu said, "The issue should no longer be a frozen dispute."

YENI SAFAK
-- CONNECTING ABDULLATIF
Abdullatif Sener's new political party, "Turkey Party", was recorded as the 61st party of Turkish political history. People, who saw the emblem of the party displaying hands shaking on a blue background in a map of Turkey, murmured the "Connecting People" slogan of Nokia.
       
-- FOUR MONTHS OF ENSLAVEMENT AT OCEAN ENDS
The 16 Turkish and 8 Azerbaijani crew of the cargo ship 'Mira', who waited four months for rescue in the Indian Ocean, were brought to Istanbul. Teary family members welcomed the crew home. The crew was stranded at sea over financial problems faced by the operator company.

 


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