STANCE ON IRAN SHOULD ALSO BE ASSUMED ON ISRAEL
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the international community should show a reaction to Israel, satisfying every one. Erdogan said, "those who are sensitive about Iran's having nuclear weapons should also react to the nuclear weapons of other countries in the region."
FINE TUNE FOR CIVIL SERVANTS
A 23-article bill envisaging radical amendments to civil servants law has been submitted to the parliament. According to the bill, the employees of State Economic Enterprises (SEEs) could be members of unions. Employees can get union bonuses four times a year. The death leave will be seven days. High-level executives can be transferred from private sector. Women employees can take 24 months of unpaid leave to look after their children.
NEW SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN BY UN
The United Nations Security Council adopted new and tough sanctions against Iran on Wednesday due to Iran's nuclear program. 12 members of the Security Council voted 'yes' for the sanctions while Turkey and Brazil voted 'no' on the sanctions. Lebanon abstained. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Turkey and Brazil would continue to play important roles. Speaking prior to the voting at the Security Council, Turkey's Permanent Representative at the UN Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan said that the sanctions would hurt the Tehran Declaration of May 17 and the positive atmosphere created after the Declaration.
JAPANESE ALSO INTERESTED IN 'NUCLEAR' INVESTMENT IN TURKEY
Japanese technology giant Toshiba is watching Turkey's nuclear power station process closely and they want to erect a nuclear power plant in Turkey soon. While the Russians are working to construct a nuclear power plant in Mersin Akkuyu and South Koreans are working at Sinop to construct a nuclear power plant, the Japanese have visited Turkey recently regarding the construction of a nuclear power station. The Japanese wish to open up to European and Asian countries via Turkey.
TURKEY STAYS BEHIND ITS SIGNATURE
The U.S. insisted on sanctions against Iran despite the nuclear swap deal solution which was developed by Turkey, Brazil and Iran. Turkey which stood by its signature under the "nuclear swap" deal signed in Iran within U.S. President Barack Obama's knowledge, maintained its resolute stance in the UN Security Council. While 12 countries voted for the package, Turkey and Brazil voted gainst it despite U.S. pressure urging them to abstain.
CASE FILE BACK AGAIN IN DIYARBAKIR
The file of Chief Prosecutor Ilhan Cihaner who is tried in the Ergenekon case in Erzincan, was sent to Diyarbakir because of a recusation demand. The Supreme Court had demanded it to be sent to Ankara immediately with a courier.
WE SAID "NO" DESPITE UNITED STATES
Despite U.S. President Barack Obama's call to "think again", Turkey cast "no" vote to new sanctions on Iran. Twelve countries including Russia and China cast "yes" and the United Nations (UN) Security Council passed the resolution.
Before the critical voting, the United States tried to convince Turkey and Brazil, who signed "uranium swap" agreement with Iran and therefore opposed to new sanctions on Iran, to at least "abstain". Obama called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan late on the previous night and requested "Turkey to review its decision."
However, Turkey and Brazil cast "no", saying that "new sanctions would hamper a solution." Lebanon "abstained". Iran's allies Russia and China took sides with the United States, Britain and France this time.
After the voting, the United States said that the diplomatic means were still open, however Iran said it would go on with uranium enrichment.
Mevlut Macit, who was dragged by floods in Kadikoy, Istanbul found a job eight months ago. He was paying half of his 800 Turkish lira (TL) wage to the rent of his house. He could not send his children to school, and he died the day he was born.
EU'S UNWILLINGNESS HAS PUSHED TURKEY TO EAST
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made an interesting comment on "shift of axis" discussions. Gates argued that the unwillingness of Europe to strengthen ties with Turkey had pushed the country to the East. Gates said if Turkey was shifting to the East, he was personally thinking that this was because Turkey was pushed to that direction. Gates said some Europeans were rejecting to give an organic tie to Turkey, which Turkey was trying to establish with Europe. The secretary also said regional instability could occur if Turkey-Israel relations were harmed.
"TURKEY WAS PUSHED TO THE EAST," GATES
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the reluctance of EU to enhance ties with Turkey, pushed Ankara away from the West. Gates argued that it caused a shift in Turkey's foreign policy and strained its relations with Israel.
ANKARA RESISTS UN DECISION
The sanctions package against Iran which foresees tighter financial restrictions over Iran, expansion of the arms embargo and inspection of Iranian ships in high seas and extension of the list of banned materials, was adopted with votes of 12 countries. Turkey and Brazil which exerted efforts till the last minute voted against the package while Lebanon abstained.
TURKEY: WE ARE AGAINST SANCTIONS ON IRAN
The United Nations Security Council convened in New York on Wednesday to vote on new sanctions against Iran due to this country's nuclear program. Turkey and Brazil voted 'no' against the sanctions. Lebanon abstained. The new sanctions were adopted with the votes of 12 countries. The session at the UN Security Council began an hour late due to Turkey's and Brazil's stance.
LANG IN ISTANBUL
Renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang will perform at the Istanbul Music Festival on Thursday evening. The New York Times described Lang Lang as "one of the hottest pianists of the classical music planet".
"FOUR" REASONS FROM TURKEY FOR NO VOTE
The United Nations (UN) Security Council voted and adopted an international package of sanctions against Iran's nuclear program. Turkey cast "no" vote to the package. Before the voting, the Vienna Group, comprised of the United States, Russia and France, submitted three letters saying that they had not accepted Iran's answer. Then, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to U.S. President Barack Obama by phone, and explained him the "four" reasons why Turkey would cast "no" in the voting.
Below are these reasons:
1- The signature we put under an agreement (uranium swap agreement) with Iran is an assurance given to this country.
2- Iran has stated that it is ready to take a step after the agreement.
3- Our target is to have Iran sit at a table.
4- Turkey will feel ashamed if it says "yes" to the package.
ERDOGAN MODEL, NOT TALIBAN
Ahmed Yousef, deputy foreign minister of Hamas who replied to questions of daily Hurriyet, said that the success of the Justice & Development (AK) Party in Turkey had become a model for them. Yousef said, "I am writing a book titled 'Erdogan and A New Strategic Vision' right now. Every one sees us like Taliban and al-Qaida. But you will see when you talk to people in Gaza that every one is talking like Erdogan, i.e. every one wants exactly what Erdogan wants for his country."
Yousef said, "Taliban model is against everything. It is against women and education. However, Erdogan's model is open-minded and for taking responsibilities, changing things, establishing good relations with the secular people, working for human rights, and backing an open society. And, this is what we want."
Ahmed Yousef said, "Mavi Marmara martyrs in fact broke the blockade, and brought the attention of the world back to the blockade. European Union (EU) member states have started to talk about different measures."
"NO" TO OBAMA
Turkey voted against the "sanctions package for Iran" which was prepared by the U.S. and strongly supported in order to secure its adoption. Brazil also voted against the package. Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked to U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian Premier Vladimir Putin and Lebanese Premier Sa'ad al-Din al-Hariri by the phone, ahead of the voting in the UN Security Council. The U.S. pressed hard on Turkey and Brazil until the last minute to abstain in the voting. However despite those efforts the two countries voted against the package while Lebanon abstained. The package foresees the heaviest sanctions against Iran in its history.
WEST DISCUSSES TURKEY
The Gaza and Iran incidents started a "Turkey" discussion in the world. While Middle Eastern newspapers praise "Ankara", a discussion questioning whether Ankara is heading for the East began in the West.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said if Turkey was heading towards the East, it was because Turkey retreated when Europe refused to form the organic ties Turkey expected. He said they should all question why such developments were taking place in Turkey.
The New York Times wrote "Turkey Goes From Pliable Ally to Thorn for U.S.". It said Erdogan's accusation of Israel with "state terrorism" raised the loudest alarms for Americans. It said Erdogan's statements were seen as a sign that Erdogan was aligning himself with Islamic rivals of the West.
'NO' WHICH GOES BEYOND ORDINARY
In a voting on sanctions against Iran at the United Nations Security Council, Turkey voted 'no' and showed to the world that it was behind the nuclear swap agreement it signed with Tehran. The UN Security Council's majority voted in favor of new and tough sanctions against Iran due to Iran's nuclear program on Wednesday. While Turkey and Brazil voted 'no' on the sanctions, Lebanon abstained. Turkey and Brazil said that the sanctions adopted at the UN Security Council would damage the Tehran Declaration under which Iran had accepted a nuclear swap.
TURKEY BECOMES LEADER, ALSHAYA
Having participated in the Foreign Investment Council meeting for three times, Mohammad Alshaya of Kuwait said that Turkey had become a regional leader and became a center of attraction for foreign investors. "Turkey has done great things not only for its own people but also for the people of the region. As an individual coming from Kuwait, I can say that Turkey has become a strategic leader in the Middle East and North Africa. Turkey has become a much better economy. This led to the investments of foreigners," a Kuwaiti investor Alshaya said.
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