Press Roundup

Press Roundup

August 30, 2008, Saturday/ 20:15:00
Gen. İlker Başbuğ took over the duty of chief of general staff from Gen. Yaşar Büyükanıt in a handover ceremony held on Thursday at the General Staff headquarters in Ankara.

Zaman: Baykal was not admitted to handover ceremony when he was late, read the headline of a front-page story in the daily yesterday, which reported that Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal was not admitted to a ceremony in which former Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Büyükanıt handed over his title to Gen. İlker Başbuğ in Ankara on Thursday because he was delayed by traffic. When Baykal reached the ceremony venue, a colonel at the gate told him: "The ceremony has already started. We are not allowed to take anybody in now according to the order of our commander." Upon these remarks, Baykal replied, "If this is an order from your commander, certainly you will fulfill it, but please inform him about my arrival." The CHP leader then returned to his party headquarters in Ankara, reported the daily.

Radikal: From Gül to Sarksyan, we are the children of the same land, read the daily's headline yesterday, covering messages from President Abdullah Gül to Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan, who talked to the daily on Thursday. "We would like to solve all problems with our neighbors. This region belongs to all of us. Turks and Armenians live together in these lands," Gül told Sarksyan through Radikal daily. Gül also said he supported the recent efforts of Armenia to contribute to the establishment of peace in the region.

Sabah: Ergenekon suspect, read the headline of the daily yesterday, featuring a photo of Ferda Paksüt, wife of Constitutional Court Deputy Chairman Osman Paksüt. Ferda Paksüt testified at the Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office on Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into Ergenekon, a criminal network suspected of plotting a coup against the government. Paksüt was called to testify at the prosecutor's office due to her phone conversations with Turhan Çömez, a former Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputy currently sought after on suspicion of links to Ergenekon. An indictment prepared by prosecutors into the Ergenekon investigation includes Ferda Paksüt's phone conversations with Çömez about a closure case against the AK Party, reported the daily.

Bugün: Former Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Büyükanıt handed over his title to Gen. İlker Başbuğ at a ceremony on Thursday, reported the headline of a front-page story in the daily yesterday. In his last speech as the chief of general staff, Büyükanıt reiterated that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) was a party in the secularism debate, while Gen. Başbuğ, in his speech, said it was unacceptable to open the nation-state concept to debate and that secularism does not conflict with democracy, reported the daily.