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Iraqi President Talabani and Barzani, the head of the regional administration in north of Iraq, sent warm messages to Turkey. Talabani and Barzani, who met in As Sulaymaniyah, said that Turkey made military built-up across the border, however Turkish troops have not violated the Iraqi border. "We can solve our problems through dialogue," they added.
Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline is opened to world from the Ceyhan port. Turkey has earned 620 million USD from this port a year.
As debate continues over a Turkish military incursion into northern Iraq, Ankara is expected to appeal to the United Nations and submit an official paper on PKK terrorism to highlight the right to legitimate defense. Turkey's Ambassador to the UN Baki Ilkin will meet Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon and convey Ankara's sensitivities about PKK terrorism. Turkey took similar steps last week within NATO and European Council in a bid to exert international pressure on Iraq.
Efforts for alliance between the True Path Party (DYP) and the Motherland (ANAVATAN) failed over the weekend. Motherland chairman Erkan Mumcu said a major opportunity had been missed, adding that they owed an apology to the nation. Lutfullah Kayalar, a member of the ANAVATAN, resigned from his Party and joined the ranks of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).
Motherland Party chairman Erkan Mumcu said that he is sorry that they could not unite under the banner of the Democrat Party (DP), "I apologize to my nation. My anger was right, however my remarks were not right." He also apologized to Mesut Yilmaz, who he compared to head terrorist Ocalan.
Famous Turkish pianist Idil Biret played Johann Sebastian Bach's "Concerto for Two Pianos" with 11-year-old Mertol Demirelli during the opening ceremony of the International Istanbul Music Festival. Biret, who received an honorary award in the festival, had played with then famous pianist Wilhelm Kempf when she was 11.
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was the last U.S. executive who made remarks about northern Iraq. Noting that they can understand concerns of Turkey, which gives hundreds of victims to PKK terrorism every year, Gates said that they hope "Turkey will not stage unilateral military operation in Iraq."
When I look from outside I cannot understand the harsh and bitter attitudes in Turkish politics, says Kemal Dervis, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Administrator. Here is Turkey from the eyes of Dervis... Turkey is discussed everywhere in the world. It is a country that people are interested in with its fast growing economy, political developments and geographical position. However as a person that looks from the United Nations and wants Turkey to develop, it saddens me to see that political competition is so harsh and bitter at a time when we have the opportunity to show ourselves.
German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote for Milliyet: "Germany as rotating EU president, has made efforts to make the membership process proceed with 27 member states. We have been able to open a new chapter at the end of March and other chapters should be opened. We are giving a concrete signal by this: we are keeping our promise and we are showing that we stick to our commitments."
AKP-36.8 % According to a survey of Konya Selcuk University that covers 40 cities, four political parties will enter parliament after July 22nd general elections. The survey was carried out between May 10th and 20th. Here are the parties that remain below electoral threshold: Labor Party (IP)-4.5 percent, Young Party (GP)-4 percent, Democratic People's Party (DTP-independent candidates)-3 percent, Felicity Party (SP)-1.4 percent, Grand Unity Party (BBP)-1.3 percent. Here are the political parties that will enter the parliament: Justice & Development (AK) Party-36.8 percent, Republican People's Party (CHP)-21 percent, Democrat Party (DP)-10.1 percent, and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP)-10.1 percent.
Osman Ocalan, the brother of Abdullah Ocalan ---the head of the terrorist organization PKK---, was arrested in Iran, where he went for a heart treatment, it was claimed. No news has been received from Osman Ocalan, his wife and two children for a week. It is said that Osman Ocalan will be extradited to Turkey under an agreement with Iran on extradition of criminals. Some web-pages wrote that Osman Ocalan might have gone to Jordan.
Those who broke away from Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) have shaped up the candidate lists of Republican People's Party (CHP). Ilhan Kesici runs as candidate from Istanbul 1st region, Mehmet Sevingen from 2nd region, Sukru Elekdag from 3rd region. On the other hand, Onder Sav stands as a candidate from Ankara 1st region, Yilmaz Ates from 2nd and Guldal Mumcu from Izmir 1st region, and Kemal Anadol from Izmir 2nd region. Lutfullah Kayalar who resigned from ANAVATAN stands as candidate from Yozgat and Edip Safder Gaydali from Bitlis. Members of Democratic Left Party (DSP) fell short of expectations as the list was determined by telephone traffic between Deniz Baykal and Zeki Sezer. A quota of 20 that is necessary for forming a group has both been given to DSP. A quota of 12 has been given to DSP from the places from which CHP is most likely to secure seats at the parliament.
After 50 years from Raman, the highest findings of petroleum has been encountered in Nigde. Central Directorate of Mineral Research & Exploration (MTA) will transfer the data received from drilling work at 1130 meter in Bor, to Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO). After this point, the work that will carried out at petroleum field will be jointly carried out by MTA and TPAO.
Major figures from the Alawite community, which has voted so many years for left wing parties, have moved to the right. The community now face deep division as leftist Alawites accuse their fellow comrades who are bracing to enter parliament from the Justice and Development (AK) Party and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) of betrayal.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates warned that any unilateral Turkish military incursion into northern Iraq would worsen the already-tense situation there. "We would prefer that we continue to work through this problem with them to try and safeguard Turkey, and hope that there would not be a unilateral military action across the border into Iraq," Gates told a news briefing at an Asian security conference in Singapore.
Motherland Party chairman Erkan Mumcu is worried about resignations from his party. After seven important names resigned from the party the previous day, H. Ibrahim Ozsoy and Cengiz Altinkaya left the party yesterday. It is said that some other persons, who are close to Mesut Yilmaz, are waiting for a "signal" to resign from the partY.
Washington did not say anything to Barzani, who sheltered PKK, but warned Ankara not to cross the border because tension will escalate. U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that tension will escalate in the region if Turkey stages a unilateral intervention in north of Iraq, and asked that suggestions, other than military option, should be taken into consideration. Gates noted that they support cooperation with Turkey against PKK, and Turkey's efforts to protect its own security.
Political parties will hand over the lists of candidate MPs to the Higher Board of Election (YSK) before the July 22nd general elections. There was a competition among the candidates in order to be included in the lists last night. The lists have almost been shaped up, but sources say that there may be some last-minute surprises.
French Le Monde daily commented that there are economic interests and power struggle behind the crisis in Turkey. The secular circles that staged demonstrations against Justice & Development (AK) Party saw themselves as the silent majority "that is about to wake up", but "they were in fact the minority", the newspaper wrote. The newspaper also wrote, "moreover, these demonstrations are planned and organized by soldiers who are under the NGOS like Kemalist Thought Association, which is being administered by a retired general."