TURKISH PREMIER SAYS WILL SKIP CLIMATE MEETING IF ISRAELI COUNTERPART SHOWS UP
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he would not participate in a Mediterranean summit meeting in Athens on climate change if Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu will make an appearance at the event. "I do not come together with a prime minister who says he is proud of the armed attack on the aid flotilla," Erdogan told a televised interview on a Greek channel. Erdogan was referring to Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid convoy that killed eight Turks and a U.S.-Turkish citizen. "We have learned that he will not come to the summit. I'll go if he is a no show," Erdogan said.
TURKEY PEACE AMBASSADOR, GERMAN PRESIDENT SAYS
Visiting German President Christian Wulff praised foreign policy Turkey has been pursuing over the past years, saying Turkey exerted sincere efforts for the world peace. "Turkey plays an important part for peace in the world by its growing mediation role," Wulff told Turkish lawmakers in the parliament.
TURKEY IS A GAIN FOR EUROPE
German President Christian Wulff who is the first German president to visit Turkey in ten years gave important messages at the Turkish parliament. Wulff said that Turkey reconciled Islam with modern state. Wulff said that Turkey was a bridge between the East and the West and it was an asset for the EU. German President Wulff said that Turks living in Germany were a part of Germany.
ARINC ON PAID MILITARY SERVICE
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc who appeared on a TV program on TV8 channel made statements on paid military service. Arinc said that he hoped that a regulation would be prepared for the paid military service and single type of military service.
"INTERVENTION IN HSYK ELECTIONS IS OUT OF THE QUESTION," ERDOGAN
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan who spoke to reporters before his departure for Finland, said the Ministry of Justice did not intervene in the elections for Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors. Erdogan said, "they were nominated from inside the Ministry, and got elected. There are no legal impediments."
Erdogan who pointed out that 12,000 prosecutors and judges throughout the country casted votes for 200 candidates, went on to say, "Elections were held under supervision of Supreme Council of Elections (YSK). The results were announced by YSK. Now they fabricated this allegation. I can't help but laugh at such approach," said Erdogan.
GESTURE FOR A GESTURE
Referring to his German counterpart Christian Wulff who at a joint conference in Ankara, said he was also the President of the muslims in Germany, President Abdullah Gul said, "we have Christian, Jewish and non-muslim citizens. I also am their President."
Wulff who is the first German President to visit Turkey, addressed the Turkish Parliament. Wulff urged Turkey to open its border with Armenia.
SHE IS ON RED CARPET
Turkish President Abdullah Gul changed the protocol which has been implemented at the Cankaya Presidential Palace for three years and welcomed his guest at a formal ceremony with his wife Hayrunnisa Gul. Earlier Hayrunnisa Gul was only attending photo shooting part of the formal ceremonies. President Gul cancelled this protocol yesterday. President Gul and his spouse welcomed German President Christian Wulff and his wife at the Cankaya Presidential Palace. Hayrunnisa Gul also walked on the red carpet.
3M DENOUNCES ITS EXECUTIVES IN TURKEY FOR BRIBERY
3M, one of the most important companies of the United States, denounced its executives who won public tenders by bribe in Turkey. The company launched an internal probe. 3M which has 500 million U.S. dollar of turnover in Turkey questioned its executives in Istanbul.
"DON'T BLAME THE TURKS," GUL
Speaking at a joint press conference with his German Counterpart Christian Wulff, President Abdullah Gul urged German authorities not to put the blame on immigrant workers in the integration issue. Gul said some of the Turkish workers migrated to Germany without even seing a single city in Turkey, noting that this could be one of the reasons in the delay.
DEFENDANTS REQUEST FOR PLEA IN KURDISH TURNED DOWN IN KCK CASE
A controversy over Kurdish took place in the courthouse in the KCK case where Mayors from Peace and Democracy (BDP) also face trial. The court board argued that plea through an interpreter would prolong the trial. In protest of the board the defendants answered questions addressed to them by saying "yes" and "no" in Kurdish.
In response to Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan who argued that the votes that BDP received were shady, BDP Leader Selahattin Demirtas said, "if 2.5 million citizens are casting votes under threat then your mandate as Prime Minister is over. Don't occupy that office, for even one more second. Resign!" said Demirtas. Demirtas also criticised the court for not allowing the defendants to plea in Kurdish.
TURKISH FIRST LADY MAKES FIRST APPEARANCE ON RED CARPET IN STATE CEREMONY
Turkey's First Lady Hayrunnisa Gul walked on the red carpet for the first time in in a formal military ceremony at the Presidential Residence since President Abdullah Gul assumed the post three years ago. The Gul couple on Tuesday welcomed German President Christian Wullf and his wife, Bettina.
GOVERNMENT PLANS TO SELL TWO BRIDGES, HIGHWAYS
Turkish government finalized plans for the sell out of two bridges over the Istanbul Strait and 2,000-kilometer highway. The sell out will be made as the transfer of operation rights for 25 years.
BAD NEWS FOR TURKS: FACEBOOK MAY SHUT DOWN
Turkey is the fourth largest country with over 12 million members to use social network site Facebook. But the site might be banned in Turkey no time as it has so far avoided 4100 official complaints for the shut down of the site.
GUL'S WIFE ATTENDS FORMAL WELCOMING CEREMONY
Turkish President Abdullah Gul's wife Hayrunnisa Gul attended a formal welcoming ceremony on Tuesday for the first time at Cankaya Presidential Palace. President Gul and his wife welcomed German President Christian Wulff and his wife Bettina Wulff at Presidential Palace. Hayrunnisa Gul participated in the formal ceremony from the beginning to the end for the first time. Earlier President Gul was welcoming guests by himself at the Presidential Palace. Hayrunnisa Gul only used to attend photo shooting part of the welcoming ceremonies before.
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT REJECTS DIRECT TRADE REGULATION WITH TRNC
The European Parliament decided to cancel direct trade regulation that would be implemented between the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and the EU. The parliament said the regulation did not have any legal grounds. TRNC President Dervis Eroglu reacted to the decision and said, "a confidence crisis appeared between Turkish Cypriots and EU." European Parliament's Commission on Legal Affairs decided that trade could be made with the TRNC with approval by the Greek Cypriot administration.
ERDOGAN PROPOSES TO STOP MILITARY FLIGHTS OVER AEGEAN
Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan has extended a proposal to Greece to stop military flights over the Aegean. "We want that no military flights are done over the Aegean islands. And we need to make sure that the public opinion in the two countries does not see the issue as a military one," Erdogan told a televised interview on Greek channel SKAI TV. Erdogan said ending military flights would also cut down military expenses. Cost of the "dog fights" over the Aegean for Greece was estimated last year as 25 million euros.
TIME OF MILITARY SERVICE TO BE CHANGED
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of the Turkish Military Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner are set to meet on Thursday and they are expected to discuss plan a change time of compulsory military service. Kosaner's proposal would reportedly increase time of military service to eight months from six for university graduates and it would reduce from 15 months to 12 months for non-university graduates.
THREE THOUSAND TROOPS CHASING PKK TERRORISTS ON MOUNT CILO
Turkish security forces launched an extensive operation after they have received an intel that a large group of PKK terrorists was spotted on Mount Cilo in the Hakkari province. Nearly three thousand troops have been deployed to the area including specially-trained commandos. The operation is expected to last for a few days.
LET'S BE PARTNERS IN THE AEGEAN
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan who spoke to the Greek Sky TV, on the onset of the Mediterranean Climate Change Conference which is set to take place in Athens on October 22, gave four messages to the neighbour:
1)NATO shall control the flights over the Aegean Sea.
2)We shall mutually inform each other about the routes of warships.
3)We shall solve the continental shelve issue and reduce armament.
4)We shall jointly explore oil and natural gas in the Aegean.
PLEA FOR DEFENSE IN KURDISH REJECTED
The court rejected the plea of culprits for defense in Kurdish at the KCK case. The president of the court said the defendants knew Turkish and gave their statements to the prosecutor in Turkish. "With an interpreter the trial will be prolonged," said the court's president. The court decided that outline of the 7500 page indictment be read in the court. Diyarbakir Mayor Osman Baydemir, who is being tried without arrest, is also attended the hearing.