Turkish Press Review

Turkish Press Review of Hurriyet, Milliyet, Sabah, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal

Turkish Press Review
Turkish Press Review of Hurriyet, Milliyet, Sabah, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal


The 15th Anniversary Summit of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) was held in Istanbul with the participation of eight presidents and three prime ministers. During the summit, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted a luncheon and President Ahmet Necdet Sezer hosted a dinner in honor of the guests. But they did not partake in each other's banquet by totally ignoring diplomatic practices.

Prime Minister Konstandinos Karamanlis of Greece met Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the 15th Anniversary Summit of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Istanbul, and wished him luck in the upcoming elections.


Turkish Ministry of Health sent a recommendation to all governorships to make Tuesday and Wednesday holidays due to extremely high temperatures. While record temperatures are about to take place in most of Turkey, Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler has announced that Tuesday and Wednesday will be holidays for the pregnant, disabled and chronically ill public servants. Turkey is going through the hottest June in the past 25 years.

Turkish citizens living abroad began casting votes on Monday, June 25th. Turks who have lived abroad for the past six months began voting at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport at 07.00 a.m. and Kapikule border pass at 08.30 a.m. on Monday. The general elections in Turkey will take place on July 22nd.


PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "stay away" attitude towards President Ahmet Necdet Sezer --since his term of office was completed-- continued at Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) summit in Istabul. Erdogan did not attend the dinner Sezer hosted in honor of guest leaders at Dolmabahce Palace. Sezer was also not present at the luncheon that was hosted by Erdogan in honor of leaders at Ciragan Palace. Besides, none of the ministers attended the talks that Sezer held with guest leaders. Sezer and Erdogan neither had a face-to-face contact nor spoke to each other although they had their meetings with leaders in two rooms very close to each other.

PM Erdogan both had a luncheon and a 45-minute meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Showing an oil tanker passing through the Istanbul Strait to Putin, Erdogan said, "we want you to join our Samsun-Ceyhan project. By this way, sea traffic in the strait will be reduced."


Former Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz indicated on Monday that "the day he enters the parliament as a deputy, he will begin efforts to unite the Democrat Party (DP) and Motherland Party (ANAVATAN). I will unite the two parties in center right of Turkish politics. If necessary, I will establish a new political party and be at the head of this party at the next elections."

Leaders of 14 countries convened in Istanbul on Monday in a summit of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). Turkey was the host for seven heads of state, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, and six prime ministers and ministers. On the 15th anniversary of the BSEC's establishment, Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan noted that the "organization is now on its way to new horizons."


Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian said after holding talks with Turkish Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul during the 15th Anniversary Summit of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Istanbul, that the border between Turkey and Armenia should be opened. Meanwhile, tension escalated between Oskanian and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan at the summit over the Upper Karabakh dispute.

After meteorologists predicted that temperatures will soar several degrees above seasonal averages this week, the governor's offices in Istanbul and in the northwestern city of Bursa said that civil servants with health problems or disabilities, and pregnant women would not have to go to work on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Turkish people have got used to snow recess but it's most likely that Turkey will meet high-temperature recess. Ministry of Health offered governors to announce recess on Wednesday, considering boiling heat wave. In Istanbul that saw 40 degrees centigrade, civil servants, pregnant women and disabled officers are off-duty today and tomorrow.

The meeting between Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin --who bypassed Turkey regarding energy-- left its mark to Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) summit in Istanbul. Turkey wants to become an effective agent, not only a transit country.

Last Mod: 26 Haziran 2007, 12:25
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