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GOOD MORNING--TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUG 17

ANKARA - Anatolia News Agency | 8/17/2009 12:00:00 AM |

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on Aug. 17, 2009. Hurriyet Daily News does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

[HH] HÜRRİYET

-- U.S. EXPECTED TO RENEW REQUEST FOR TURKISH TROOPS FOR AFGHANISTAN

U.S. president's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke is expected to ask Turkey to send combat troops to Afghanistan during an upcoming visit to Turkey. Several U.S. diplomats have confirmed the troop request while Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has denied it.

-- POLICE OFFICERS BANNED FROM SMOKING IN STREETS

Ankara Police Chief Orhan Özdemir has said he will not allow police officers to smoke in streets, public recreation areas or in vehicles. Officers who do not comply with the ban would be fined and disciplinary action would be taken. Police chief's move followed an extensive smoking ban in public areas that recently came into force in Turkey.

[HH] MİLLİYET

-- KADIKÖY WIND

Football team Fenerbahçe defeated Sivasspor, the flash name of last season in the Turkcell Super League, 3-0. Fenerbahçe, which played at its stadium in Kadikoy for the first time in this season, gained three points with the scores of Kazım, Emre and Dos Santos. Fenerbahçe, which is the leader of the Turkcell Super League, also missed two scores in the game, hitting two shots to the bar.

-- MUALLA EYÜBOĞLU GONE

Mualla Eyüboğlu Anhegger, one of Turkey’s first female architects, passed away yesterday. Mualla Eyüboğlu was the sister of world-known painter and poet Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu and author, academician and translator Sabahattin Eyüboğlu. She died at the age of 90.

[HH] SABAH

-- WE DIDN'T FORGET THAT BIG PAIN

Ten years has passed since the earthquake that hit Golcuk town of the northwestern province of Kocaeli, measuring 7.4 on the Richter's scale and lasting for 45 seconds. Relatives still feel the pain of the 17,480 people who were killed in the earthquake.

-- MARDINSPOR'S SWEDEN EPIC

DalKurd soccer team, which was set up in Sweden by seven soccer players from the Turkish southeastern province of Mardin, completed all the leagues in which it has played as champion since 2004. Now, the team is the leader of the second league. There are players from ten different nations in the team, which was set up by Ramazan Kızıl – former headman of Girmeli village of Nusaybin town of Mardin.

[HH] VATAN

-- ÖCALAN'S "ROAD MAP ON KURDISH ISSUE" LEAKS

According to sources from the government and the Democratic Society Party, or DTP, Abdullah Öcalan's "road map” for a solution to the Kurdish issue is comprised of six sections: Improvement of Öcalan's prison conditions, a democratic constitution, recognition of Kurdish political rights, negotiation with the PKK, abolishment of the village guard system and general amnesty. Öcalan also reportedly spoke through his lawyers, saying that the solution plan should include "the recognition of the Turkish state by Kurds in Turkey and the state should accept the right of Kurds to become a democratic nation."

-- "NO KURDISH ISSUE BUT PKK TERROR"

Interior Minister Beşir Atalay met with family members of Turkish soldiers who were killed in fighting with the PKK terrorist organization. Family members have expressed their reactions: You are engaging in a partnership with the killers of our sons. There is a not a Kurdish issue but there is the PKK terror, they said.

[HH] CUMHURİYET

-- VICTIMS OF MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE COMMEMORATED

Relatives and family members commemorated the victims of a 7.4 magnitude earthquake that jolted northwestern Turkey on August 17, 1999. A ceremony was held in Kocaeli's Gölcük town, the epicenter of the earthquake. People laid flowers on the graves of their loved ones. The earthquake was heavily felt in the industrialized and densely populated urban areas of the country, including oil refineries, several automotive plants, and the Turkish Navy headquarters and arsenal in Gölcük. According to the data published by the European Seismological Commission, around 17,000 people lost their lives in the earthquake.

[HH] İLHAN SELÇUK'S HEALTH PROBLEMS CONTINUE

Editor-in-Chief of Cumhuriyet daily İlhan Selçuk's health problems continue, doctors said on Sunday. Selçuk, who was hospitalized late on Friday, still suffers from speech disorder and weakness on the left side of his body, said a statement from Vehbi Koç Foundation American Hospital. "Selçuk is awake and can communicate. He is still under treatment at the intensive care unit of the hospital," the statement read.

[HH] RADİKAL

-- THREE POINTS WITH THREE SCORES

Fenerbahçe football defeated last season's second team Sivasspor in the Turkcell Super League, by 3-0. Kazım, Emre and Dos Santos scored the goals. Beşiktaş and Antalyaspor will have a match today.

-- UNITY MESSAGE

Celebrations started for the 800th birthday anniversary of Hajji Bektash Wali, a Persian philosopher who lived in Anatolia in the 13th century. President Abdullah Gül sent a message for the celebrations, and stressed that Hajji Bektash Wali made great contributions to unity in Anatolia.

[HH] YENİ ŞAFAK

-- SENSITIVE MEETING ON DEMOCRATIC MOVE

Turkish Interior Minister Beşir Atalay held a meeting with the representatives of associations of the families of martyrs and war veterans on Sunday as part of his tour to meet political parties and nongovernmental organizations within the scope of government's democratic move. Officials and representatives of numerous associations attended the meeting held in Ankara. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Atalay said that the government shared and respected the sensitivities of the families of the martyrs.

-- NATURAL GAS FROM QATAR

Amir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani of Qatar is set to arrive in Turkey for a two-day working visit upon an invitation from Turkish President Abdullah Gül. Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız said a protocol will be signed to buy 4 billion cubic meters of liquefied natural gas from Qatar.

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