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TURKEY-PRESS SCAN (2).

ANKARA, Jul 8, 2009 (TUR) -- These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on July 8, 2009. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

VATAN

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THEY COULD NOT LET IT GO

Three financiers of the Ilisu dam project decided to withdraw their support stating that the historical town of Hasankeyf, whose history dates back 10,000 years, will be inundated with the construction of the dam.

Credit institutions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland had earlier accepted to provide a 1.2 billion euro loan for the Ilisu project provided that the cultural assets in Hasankeyf would be protected and the people living in the region would not be affected negatively. However, neither the invaluable historical assets in the region were moved to some other location nor the accommodation problem of the citizens that would lose their houses could be solved. The credit institutions withdrew their support "in order not to be a part of this cultural massacre".

ERDOGAN INSISTS

In a report it sent to the Presidential Palace regarding the "midnight law", the government, unlike the army, said that the law was "not against the constitution and EU standards" and asked for its approval. The report claimed that the law was not in breach of Article 145 of the constitution and it was in line with EU's Accession Partnership document and progress reports.

CUMHURIYET

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TURKISH GOVT. SUBMITS REPORT TO PRESIDENT OVER BILL ON CIVILIAN TRIAL OF MILITARY PERSONNEL

Turkish government has presented its justifications to President Abdullah Gul over a bill that allowed civilian courts to try military personnel. The government cites European Union progress reports, rulings of the European Court of Human Rights and related regulations in EU-member countries. However, examples given in the report only concern the European rulings on trial of civilians by military courts. The Turkish General Staff does not have any opposition to an arrangement that would prevent trial of civilians by military courts. The General Staff objection is to the civilian trial of military personnel.

GOVT., PUBLIC WORKERS AGREE ON WAGE RAISE

Talks between Turkish government and labor unions for public sector workers in a wage increase bargain produced an agreement on Tuesday after a workers went on a one-hour strike in the country. The agreement will give to public workers a 3 percent increase during the first half of the year, and a 5.5 percent in the second half. Government will also pay an additional 60 TL for underpaid workers.

RADIKAL

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"ILISU DAM" CONSORTIUM TERMINATES AGREEMENT

"Don't Let Hasankeyf get lost" campaigns yielded result and international consortium that pledged loan terminated the agreement. The Consortium that had asked for a series of assurances for the protection of environmental and historical fiber, said, "the conditions are not met".

Environmentalists claim that Turkey could not construct Ilisu Dam because of technical inadequacy of the country. Hasankeyf survived for 55 years despite tens of feasibility reports, three international agreements, two consortiums, two tenders and 40 government that are eager for construction.

DERVIS ESTIMATES: GROWTH TO START IN 2010

Former Economy Minister Kemal Dervis thinks Turkey will enter into growth route again in 2010. Dervis said it was hard to estimate the speed of this growth, yet noted that it was important to set forth real targets.

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