Turkish press on September 8th
These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on September 8th, 2008. World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
Monday, 08 September 2008 08:56
"THEY DID NOT EVEN MENTION GENOCIDE"
President Abdullah Gul, who took a historic step by paying a visit to Armenia to watch the World Cup qualifier between Turkish and Armenia national teams, said, "President Serzh Sargsian of Armenia invited me months before. Now, we gave a positive message to the whole world. This visit destroyed the psychological wall between Turkey and Armenia."
"The Upper Karabakh issue is the most important problem in the Caucasus. President Sargsian brought the issue on agenda on his own. They did not even mention genocide," he said.
MORE EFFECTIVE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM
A new era has begun in Turkey's fight against terrorism after Gen. Ilker Bagbug inducted into office as the new chief of the General Staff. As the chief, he paid his first visit to the southeastern Turkey, and gave the message that the fight would be further intensified. A professional army will be charged in the fight against terrorism.
"NOW, IT'S THEIR TURN"
President Abdullah Gul said about his historic visit to Armenia, "my visit to Armenia destroyed the psychological wall in the Caucasus. They did not even mention genocide. All these developments entail everyone in the region to cooperate with each other."
SIX TROOPS KILLED IN SEMDINLI
Six Turkish troops have been killed in a clash with a group of PKK terrorists in Semdinli town of the southeastern province of Hakkari. Two troops were injured in the clash.
AZERBAIJANI OIL GIANT PURCHASES HALF OF TEKFEN
Azerbaijani state-run Socar and Palmali holding purchased half of stakes of the Tekfen, one of the biggest construction companies in Turkey. The holding paid 520 million USD.
WORLD SPEAKING OF THIS PICTURE
Soccer game between Turkey and Armenia that President Abdullah Gul watched in Armenian capital Yerevan was on the top of the world's agenda. Turkish-Armenian brotherhood in the grandstand was on the headlines of the international press.
Gul's visit was described as a historic step and newspapers said that a soccer game gathered the leaders.
BELGIUM FEAR WEDNESDAY
Belgians were daunted by the 2-0 Turkish victory over Armenia in 2010 World Cup qualifiers. "Wednesday's game (between Turkey and Belgium) will be a challenging one. Turkey has globally known stars. We have to do our best," Belgium coach Rene Vandereycken, whose team defeated Estonia 3-2 in their first match in the group, said.
4 CASES IN 2 MONTHS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is nervous these days since a series of scandals --in which his Justice & Development (AK) Party members or some figures whose names have been mentioned with AK party, were involved-- have become very hot issues.
AK Party Deputy Chairman Saban Disli resigned over a land scandal. Under Deniz Feneri e.V. case, which is described as the biggest donation scandal in Germany, an investigation into Zahid Akman, chairman of the Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTUK), has been reportedly launched. Zoning scandals in the southeastern province of Gaziantep and an arrest warrant, issued for AK Party provincial chairman in another southeastern province of Batman, were two other scandals.
SCHOOL BELLS RINGING FOR 14 MILLION STUDENTS
14 million primary and high school students, as well as 662,000 teachers begin the new education year this morning. Over 165 million books will be handed out to students for free.
ARMENIAN FOREIGN MINISTER: "WE HAVE ALREADY TAKEN HALF OF THE ROAD"
Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian of Armenia said that Saturday's meeting between Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Armenian President Serzh Sargsian increased expectations. "Now, positive developments will occur. The parties have the necessary will and willingness. Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan and I will meet again in the coming days," he said.
Nalbandian said that President Sargsian would pay a visit to Turkey to watch the World Cup qualifier between Turkish and Armenian national teams in Istanbul on October 14th.
SIX MARTYRS IN HAKKARI
A lieutenant, two soldiers and three village guards have been killed in a clash with a group of PKK terrorists. The clash erupted in Semdinli town of the southeastern province of Hakkari. A large-scale operation is under way in the region to capture PKK terrorists who managed to flee from the area.
"I TOOK RISK AND WENT TO THE PLACE FAMOUS WITH ITS ASSASSINATIONS"
President Abdullah Gul talked about his trip to Armenian capital Yerevan.
"Sargsian did not even mention the word 'genocide'. Yes, I took risk. In the end, we went to a place famous with its assassinations. But we have to be brave. Turkey's image has grown stronger," Gul said.
FIGHTING IN SEMDINLI: 6 SOLDIERS KILLED
Three Turkish soldiers, including a first lieutenant, and three village guards were killed in a clash in Semdinli town of the southeastern province of Hakkari. Two soldiers were wounded in the clash.
GREEK CYPRIOT STUDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT ATROCITY AGAINST TURKS
Education Minister Andreas Demetriou of the Greek Cypriot administration said that the history textbooks describing Turks as occupiers would be changed. His statement triggered arguments in the Greek Cypriot administration. While the opposition parties reacted to the education minister, Cyprus Mail newspaper reported that it was not correct to hide atrocity against Turks during the 1963 events. The newspaper also wrote that the two nations could not get united by hiding the truths.
TERRORISTS MARTYR SIX TURKISH TROOPS
Clash erupted between security forces and a group of PKK terrorists in Semdinli town of the southeastern province of Hakkari. A lieutenant, two soldiers and three village guards were killed in the clash. A large-scale operation is under way in the region to capture PKK terrorists who managed to flee from the area.
SIX MORE MARTYRS
Three village guards were killed when PKK terrorists opened fire on security forces in Semdinli town of the southeastern province of Hakkari. A large-scale operation was launched to capture the terrorists. Clash erupted between security forces and the terrorists. A first lieutenant and two soldiers were killed and two troops were injured.
LEADERS REJECT BABACAN
Foreign Minister Ali Babacan has begun holding talks with leaders of the political parties having seats at the parliament about the draft National Program including several arrangements such as removal of state incentives and permission to the EU companies to bid for public tenders. Leaders of the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) rejected Babacan's request for appointment.
PERPETRUAL CONTACT WITH ARMENIA
During President Abdullah Gul's visit to Armenia on Saturday, the parties have decided to initiate a "full normalization process" in the bilateral relations. Accordingly, consultation mechanisms between Turkey and Armenia will be increased. Talks will be raised to ministerial level. The two presidents will meet again during the United Nations Summit in the coming days.
"WE ARE HALFWAY THROUGH"
Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian of Armenia said that they completed the half of the road after Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Armenian President Serzh Sargsian took the initial steps. "We exprerienced a very important, historic day on Saturday. The first step was the half of the road. It was taken by the president. Now, they have given directions to their ministers for the second half of the road," he said.
Nalbandian said that Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan and he would meet again in the coming days. He also extended full support to Turkey's proposal for a Caucasian Platform.
"I COULD NOT MISS SUCH AN OPPORTUNITY"
President Abdullah Gul said about his visit to Armenia on September 6th, "I could not miss such an opportunity. If I had not gone to Armenia, the world would have accused me of being timid."