'YES' TO JUSTICE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the people in eastern province of Erzurum and called on the people to vote 'yes' to the constitutional amendment package. Erdogan said September 12 when a referendum on the package would be held would be a beginning for the country. "Every 'yes' is an invitation for democracy and justice," he said.
MUSIAD SAYS 'YES'
Association of Independent Industrialists and Businessmen (MUSIAD) Chairman Omer Cihat Vardan said that the new constitution was an opportunity for Turkey. If Turkey said 'yes' to constitutional amendment package in the referendum, it would be included among modern countries, Vardan said.
USAK MAYOR WELCOMES CONSTITUTIONAL PACKAGE
Usak Mayor Ali Erdogan from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) said he welcomed the constitutional amendment package and he would listen to voice of his conscience in the referendum. 4 mayors from MHP in Corum province decided to vote in favor of the package in the referendum and resigned from their party.
SUPER LEAGUE TO BEGIN
Super League of Turkey will begin today with a match between Sivasspor and Galatasaray. 2010-2011 season will begin with four matches this weekend.
SHOW TIME IN SOCCER
90 days of longing for soccer is coming to an end. The 2010-2011 excitement in the Spor Toto Super League will kick off today with four games.
In the first day of the soccer league, Galatasaray will compete against Sivas at the game which will begin at 8:00pm. Besiktas will play against Buca in Izmir (10:00pm). The game between Gaziantep and Kasimpasa will begin at 8:00pm. The game between Eskisehir and Genclerbirligi will begin at 10:00 pm.
FALLEN SOLDIERS AND VETARANS ARE APPLE OF OUR EYES
President Abdullah Gul in his address at the fast breaking dinner hosted in honour of veterans and relatives of fallen soldiers said, "A nation which does not embrace its veterans and fallen soldiers has no future. Therefore we will treat our veterans and fallen soldiers as the apple of our eyes.
Gul who called on PKK terrorists which declared "inaction" said, "in this holly month, I hope they will realise they are on the wrong path and give up."
Terrorist organization PKK announced ceasefire as a result of demands by nongovernmental organizations in eastern and southeastern regions of Turkey. A statement by PKK said there would be no attacks between August 13 and September 20.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN TURKEY?
A meeting regarding Turkey's foreign policy was held in the United States. The meeting was chaired by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Several high-level U.S. officials attended the closed-door meeting that lasted for two hours. Clinton did not make a statement regarding the meeting, while Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the meeting showed importance of Turkey.
CLINTON AND SENIOR OFFICIALS DISCUSS TURKEY
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a policy discussion on Turkey at the State Department.
Assistant Secretary of State Jack Lew, Director of Policy Planning for State Department Anne-Marie Slaughter and Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian affairs Philip Gordon attended the meeting hosted by foreign policy planning branch of the department. Officials said the meeting was a in-house policy discussion.
A U.S. official who declined to be named said they were looking for new perspectives in U.S. policies regarding Turkey.
PKK DECLARES "INACTION"
Terrorist organization PKK declared so called "truce" between August 13 and September 20. A statement released by the terrorist organization said, "our forces will not launch attacks, but will use its right to self defence when attacked or when operations are launched."
TWO MORE EXTEND SUPPORT TO THE CRY FROM SILIVRI
Following the suit of Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc, Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin and Justice and Development (AK) Party Deputy Chairman Huseyin Celik extended support to Tuncay Ozkan and Mustaf Balbay's protests of their unjust detainment. Sahin said, "the prolonged duration of imprisonment in Turkey, sometimes causes injustice. I agree with Arinc's remarks and concern."
Celik said, "it is the judiciary's duty to establish fair trial. I believe this is what Arinc emphasized. It is not a personal matter. Majority of those in prison are not convicts they are under arrest. This is the defect of the system."
LABELING ON GDOS MADE OBLIGATORY
The statute on GDOs will take effect on September 26. The statute stipulates the placement of labeling on products that contain Genetically Modified Organisms in products that exceed the threshold value of 0.009%.
SUMELA READY FOR RELIGIOUS MASS
A religious mass will be held at the Sumela Monastery in Macka town of northeastern province of Trabzon. Thousands of Orthodox Christians from Russia, Georgia and Greece will attend the religious mass. The Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomeus will conduct the historic mass.
PKK ANNOUNCES CEASEFIRE
Terrorist organization PKK announced on some websites a ceasefire that will continue till September 20. Statement posted on websites by terrorist organization said that the ceasefire started as of August 13 and it would continue till September 20, a week after referendum.
LIKE A TRUCK WITH FAILED BRAKES
In his address at a rally in Erzurum, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Republican People's Party (CHP) of being insincere, unscrupulous, inconsistent and making populism.
"He (CHP chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu) is like a truck with failed brakes at the rallies. He is attacking us with a foul language. Be honest!" said Erdogan. Erdogan said the Nationalist Movement Party turned into a wagon behind CHP. He said fellow MHP members who vote 'no' in the referendum will serve the goals of CHP and Peace and Democracy Party.
SAHIN EXTENDS SUPPORT TO SILIVRI
Following the suit of Bulent Arinc, Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin also extended support to Tuncay Ozkan and Mustafa Balbay's prolonged detainment. "Prolonged detainments in Turkey is causing injustice," said Sahin.
PREMIER CRITICIZES KILICDAROGLU
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), in eastern province of Erzurum. Erdogan said Kilicdaroglu was like a truck with failed brakes. "CHP chairman casts aspersions on us inconsistently," Erdogan said when he addressed people in Erzurum.
PKK DECLARES CEASEFIRE
Terrorist organization PKK declared unilateral ceasefire till September 20. Nongovernmental organizations in southeastern province of Diyarbakir said that they welcomed truce for dialogue.
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