World Bulletin / News Desk
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has denied the claim that Turkey rejected the Palestinian Authority's request to be granted the status of observer or member state in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
According to the statement made by a senior Turkish diplomat on Sunday, it is not true that Turkey voted against the Palestinian bid at a meeting of OSCE in Monaco last Saturday.
“It is true that the bid was rejected at the end of the meeting. But the Turkish delegation didn't vote against the bid. On the contrary, Turkey's attitude is positive,” said the same diplomat.
Israel Hayom, an Israeli newspaper, stated on Sunday that Turkey rejected the Palestinian proposal for observer or member state status in OSCE.
“In a surprising move, Turkey, a country that has generally voted in favor of Palestinian statehood requests in the international arena, voted against the Palestinian proposal for member state status in OSCE,” states the Israeli newspaper.
According to the information in the newspaper, at the meeting in Monaco, 28 members voted against the bid, 21 voted in favor, with Turkey surprisingly voting against.
According to Israel Radio, officials in the Foreign Ministry expressed the hope that the move was a sign of warming relations between Israel and Turkey.
Israel and Turkey were once close allies, but after the Mavi Marmara incident, relations became strained. Israel troops attacked Turkish-led humanitarian aid convoy to besieged Gaza on May 31, 2010, and killed eight Turkish civilians and a Turkish-American.
Ankara has declared that re-establishing good relations depends on an official apology, compensation for families of the victims and an end to the Gaza blockade. Israel has refused to issue an apology, expressing only regret, claiming that its soldiers acted in self-defense.
According to Israel Hayom, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon did not comment on Turkey's vote against the Palestinian bid.
Israeli Ambassador to Austria Aviv Shiron led a campaign to prevent the Palestinians from obtaining a higher level of recognition in the Austria-based OSCE.
Palestinians have steadily been pursuing recognition from the UN and other international organizations since their bid for full membership in the UN in September 2011 was failed by US threat that has veto power in the Security Council.
Turkish dailies on Wednesday mainly cover the death of Gezi protests victim after 269 days in coma, the release of the detained suspects in Ergenekon case and the killings in courthouses.
Plans to reconstruct the military barracks in its former spot in Taksim's Gezi Park caused much controversy last year, when activists occupied the park to prevent building work from being commenced.
More detainees in "Ergenekon" coup trial have been released as the maximum detention period is reduced.
Turkey and Niger signed agreements for cooperation in energy, infrastructure, health
Elvan was the sixth person to die in violence during nationwide protests in late May and June over Erdogan's plans to rebuild an Istanbul park
Israel's Netanyahu said he is hopeful for the restoration of diplomatic ties with Turkey.
Turkish parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek said “The biggest insult and the biggest disrespect that can be done to a society is accusing them of committing genocide, though it is not real.”
Muhammad Salih claims that followers of Fethullah Gulen are pushing to deport him from Turkey in return for a lift of restrictions on their activities in Uzbekistan.
Most Turkish dailies on Tuesday dedicated their front pages to the releases of detainees connected with Ergenekon case – an alleged coup plot – plus a Turkish Super League football match between Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce which was abandonded after fans threw flares and objects on to the pitch before clashing with police.
A court in Istanbul frees two more detainess of Ergenekon alleged coup attempt case, but one will still be detained pending his second case.
Two people, one man and one woman, have been shot in an attack at a courthouse in Istanbul's Caglayan district.
Bulgaria plans a gas pipeline connection to Turkey in order to diversify its natural gas resources.
Berkin Elvan, then aged 14, got caught up in street battles between police and protesters on June 16 after going out to buy bread for his family
In a statement, the ministry said navy forces moved to rescue the 48-year-old Turkish crew member after receiving a request for help from the ship crew.
In a Monday statement following a meeting with Turkish ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Mustafa Sarnic, Jamal al-Khoudari, who is also a member of the board of the Islamic University in Gaza, said he asked the diplomat to convey his gratitude to the Turkish premier.