Turkey-press scan on March 3
These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on March 3, 2011. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
TAX INCENTIVE HITS STROKE ON GENEVA FAIR
Turkey's limiting the special consumption tax between 3 and 15 percent in electric cars was the main issue of a sectoral fair in Geneva. CEOs tried to learn the details of the draft.
DAILY TELEGRAPH TO PAY 25,000 POUNDS OF COMPENSATION TO ERDOGAN
The British Daily Telegraph newspaper has confessed that the news story about "Iran's making a donation to the Justice & Development (AK) Party" was inaccurate and then apologized to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The British high court sentenced the newspaper to pay 25,000 British pounds of compensation to Erdoğan for the inaccurate news story.
DAVUTOĞLU: WE ARE AGAINST MILITARY INTERVENTION, LIBYA SHOULD NOT BE IRAQ
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Turkey was against not only a massacre but also a foreign intervention in Libya. Davutoğlu said opponents in Libya did neither want a NATO intervention, and in case mistakes made in Iraq were reiterated, Libya could be divided.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said that 22,617 Turkish nationals had been brought back home from Libya since the beginning of the turmoil in February. "We have also evacuated 3,340 foreigners from 52 countries. There was a great cooperation among the institutions. We did not face any problems during the evacuation," he said.
PRESIDENT GÜL TO TRAVEL TO EGYPT
President Abdullah Gül will pay a working visit to Egypt on Thursday. He will be the first president visiting Egypt after ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. He is set to meet Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of the Armed Forces Supreme Council. He will also hold talks with the opposition parties.
FIRST ARMENIAN IN STATE
Turkish government broke another taboo. On board the plane on its way to Portugal, State Minister and Chief Negotiator for EU talks Egemen Bagis said that for the first time a citizen of Armenian origin would work in the state cadre. Bagis said that Leo Suren Halepli won the exam for Turkey's secretariat general for EU affairs.
BRITISH DAILY TO PAY COMPENSATION FOR INSULTING PREMIER
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has won a lawsuit filed with a high British court against Britain's Daily Telegraph, with the publication ordered to pay 25,000 pounds in damages. Erdoğan sued the daily for alleging in a news story that he had accepted a $25 million donation from Iran to fund his party's campaign for the upcoming elections. The court ruled that the newspaper's allegations were not based on concrete evidence and that the story was inaccurate.
A tragedy of humanity is being experienced in Libya, from where 22,000 Turks have been evacuated successfully. More than 180,000 workers who have piled up at Egypt and Tunisia borders are struggling to stay alive. Thousands of workers particularly from poor countries like Bangladesh, Vietnam, Niger and Ghana are spending night outside despite the chilling desert nights.
TARGET: 275 WOMEN LAWMAKERS
Women Candidates Support and Training Association (KA.DER) has launched a campaign named "275 women lawmakers" in order to help election of more female parliamentarians in the general elections due on June 12.
BRITISH PAPER TO PAY COMPENSATION
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won the case he filed against the British Daily Telegraph newspaper on charges of insulting him. The paper had written that Iran donated 25 million USD to the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party. The paper published an apology on Tuesday, and it will pay compensation worth 25,000 British pounds to Erdoğan.
BRITISH PAPER TO PAY COMPENSATION
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won the lawsuit he filed against the British Daily Telegraph newspaper on charges of insulting him. British high court ruled that the newspaper did not ground its allegations on concrete basis and the story was inaccurate. The court decided that the British daily newspaper pay compensation worth 25,000 British pounds to Erdoğan.
GREAT HONOUR FROM FRANCE
Istanbul Modern Executive Board Chairperson Oya Eczacibasi and Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) Director General Gorgun Taner won the most prestigious award of France, "La Legion d'Honeur". Eczacibasi and Taner won the award due to their contributions to development of cultural ties between Turkey and France and they will receive their awards in the coming days.
ERDOGAN ACCEPTS LIBEL DAMAGES FROM BRITISH NEWSPAPER
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accepted libel damages from British newspaper, Daily Telegraph, which claimed that he had received a political donation from Iran. The Daily Telegraph reported in September that Erdoğan's Justice and Development (AK) Party had accepted a $25 million campaign donation from Iran. Erdoğan's lawyer, Emma Edhem, said the court ruled that the claims by the newspaper were baseless.
İSTANBUL AND İZMİR TO HAVE MORE DEPUTIES FROM 22 EASTERN PROVINCES
The Supreme Electoral Board (YSK) said that number of deputies from 14 biggest provinces would increase in the upcoming election this summer while number of deputies from 28 smallest provinces would decrease. Accordingly, Istanbul and the western province of Izmir will have more deputies than 22 eastern provinces. Istanbul will send 85 deputies while Bayburt will have only one representative at the parliament.
FROM CEMISGEZEK TO PARIS SUMMIT!
Paris Fashion Week was opened by a show of Turkish designer Hakan Yildirim from Cemisgezek town of the eastern province of Tunceli instead of famous fashion designer Galliano, who is accused of racism against the Jews. The "Hakaan creation" introduced by Russian model Natalia Vodianova received a standing ovation at the opening ceremony.
WRONG AUTHORITY REPREHENDED
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan showed a rightful reaction to the fact that 2.5 million Turkish citizens residing abroad cannot vote in the general elections due in June, however the Higher Election Board (YSK) made such a decision because of a note of the Foreign Ministry. Despite a law passed three years ago, YSK ruled that ballot boxes could not be opened in foreign countries. As he returned from Germany, Erdoğan said, "this is a stroke on freedom of election. YSK has sabotaged us." Erdoğan said he had asked his experts to look into the decision. The YSK decision took a note of the Foreign Ministry dated December 13, 2010 as a base. The ministry said, "there is security problem. There is need for 10,000 ballot boxes for 1.9 million electors in Germany and 13 consulates will not be sufficient enough to hold this elections." Even though the Foreign Ministry made a U-turn with its note that it could send more staff to the embassies, YSK said the final word in the discussion: "Nobody has an address, electoral roll has not been created. Moreover, it is not certain whether foreign countries allow this election."
ARINÇ: "THAT MEMORANDUM MUST BE REMOVED"
State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said that the April 27 memorandum on the website of General Staff must be removed from there. Appearing on private TV channel Kanalturk, Arinc said that it was inappropriate to keep such a statement on the website. Turkish Armed Forces will not have any benefit from keeping memorandum there, he said.
2ND RALLY IN TRNC
Many people supported the second Communal Survival Rally in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). More than 50,000 Turkish Cypriots chanted slogans against the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in the rally. Demonstrators carried banners reading "This country is ours, we will govern it," "AKP take your hands off us."
TELEGRAPH TO PAY COMPENSATION TO ERDOĞAN
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accepted libel damages of nearly 25 thousand British pounds from British newspaper, Daily Telegraph, which claimed that he had received a political donation from Iran. The Daily Telegraph claimed in September that Erdoğan's Justice and Development (AK) Party had accepted a $25 million campaign donation from Iran.
NO CHANGE IN YSK'S DECISION
Head of Turkey's Higher Electoral Board (YSK) said Turks living abroad would not be able to cast their votes in their countries of residence, but they would have to go to the ballot boxes at custom gates. "There is infrastructure work to be done to set up ballot boxes and for their online linking to prevent multiple voting as well as for online voting," Ali Em, chairman of the YSK said. The board's decision was made in a meeting last Saturday, drawing heavy criticism from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.