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TURKEY-PRESS SCAN (3).

ANKARA, Feb 6, 2010 (TUR) -- These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 6, 2010. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKIYE

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ECONOMICALLY DISTRESSED NATO SEEKS FOR REMEDY IN ISTANBUL

Global crisis that turned even the giant economies upside down also shook NATO. Defense Ministers Summit in Istanbul had two important topics. One was the situation in Afghanistan and the other was to recover the alliance from crisis.

NATO Secretary General said the operations were extremely costly, and noted that, "we may take measures like lessening number of troops in some regions to reduce the cost."

LIEUTENANT COLONEL DISMISSED FROM ARMY

Military Jurisdiction sentenced Lieutenant Colonel Mustafa Donmez to four years in prison because of the ammunition in Zir Valley and dismissed him from the army.

This is the first dismissal from Turkish Armed forces in Ergenekon probe.

The court unanimously found Donmez guilty on charges of hiding military goods. The lieutenant colonel was dismissed from the Turkish Armed Forces as his sentence was more than a year.

ZAMAN

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GEN. ILKER BASBUG: "IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SUPPORT A BAN ON HEADSCARF AT GATA HOSPITAL"

Chief of Turkish General Staff, General Ilker Basbug, joined debates on a ban on entering the Gulhane Military Medical Academy (GATA) with a headscarf. General Ilker Basbug stressed that "it was impossible to support such a ban (at GATA)". General Basbug's comments came after the spouse of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Mrs. Emine Erdogan, was not permitted to enter GATA when she wanted to visit Turkish theatre actor Nejat Uygur who was receiving medical treatment at GATA in November 2007. It is impossible to support such a ban (on headscarf at GATA) when one looks at the issue from an humanitarian perspective, General Basbug said.

This was rather a special circumstance. I wish that it was never experienced, General Basbug also said.

SUPPORT OF TURKISH ARTISTS FOR DEMOCRATIC MOVE

Artists from all corners of Turkey extended support to the Turkish government's democratic move. Many of the artists indicated that "we must find a solution to the problem". While many in Turkey thought that the democratic move process slowed down recently, the process will in fact continue in the near future with the contributions of artists and writers. Prominent artists like Yilmaz Erdogan, Ayse Kulin and Haldun Dormen have all expressed great pleasure over having been invited to a brunch with Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan on February 20. Erdogan's meeting with artists will take place in Istanbul. Aroung 50 artists and writers have been extended invitations for the February 20 brunch. Among those invited to the brunch were Sezen Aksu, Ajda Pekkan, Ibrahim Tatlises, Emel Sayin, Mahsun Kirmizigul and Ferhat Gocer.

I TELL THE LAST WORD AT HOME BUT MY WIFE'S DECISION IS IMPLEMENTED, CHIEF NEGOTIATOR EGEMEN BAGIS

Turkish State Minister and Chief Negotiator for EU talks, Egemen Bagis, said that the secret to his happy marriage of 19 years with Mrs. Beyhan Bagis was "living in a planned fashion".

I make the final comments in negotiations at home. But my wife's decision gets implemented, Bagis said.

The spouse of a politician must be extremely patient, Bagis said.

The Bagis couple have two children.

YENI SAFAK

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THEY KNOW FASCISM VERY WELL

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Deniz Baykal and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli were maternal twins. Erdogan accused MHP of being the representative of fascism.

Erdogan said Bahceli was the only perpetrator of the inconsiderateness in the parliament.

Erdogan said, "they carry the aggressive stance they exhibited in the streets in the past to the politics now. If there is something like civilian fascism, this mentality is the representative of it. They know fascism very well".

WE LIKED AQUARIUM

350,000 people visited Turkey's first giant aquarium Turkuazoo in 3.5 months. There are 5 different sharks and endangered species like dusky groupers as well as the freshwater and salt water fishes in the aquarium.

One million people are expected to visit the aquarium in one year.

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