REFERENDUM TO HAVE TURKEY PROGRESS MORE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to journalists in Serbia and touched on daily matters. Erdogan said, "September 12 (the day when Turkey will hold a referendum on constitutional amendment law) is a breaking point for the country's future. Our nation will not miss this opportunity."
Erdogan said, "if the General Staff demands a land operation (into north of Iraq), we will think about it." Erdogan also reacted to the European countries that have not handed over PKK members to Turkey, and said, "they do not behave honestly."
CLOSE RELATIONS WITH AFRICA
President Abdullah Gul visited many countries after Turkey launched "Africa initiative." Following leaders of Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritania and Egypt, Zambia's President Rupiah Bwezani Banda also visited Turkey. Gul and Banda decided on cooperation in agriculture, mining and energy.
2,000 TURKS WATCH FIFA WORLD CUP GAMES IN SOUTH AFRICA
2,000 Turks watched the FIFA World Cup games in South Africa between June 11 and July 11. Half of those Turks went to South Africa thanks to sponsors while the rest went to South Africa individually.
EU EXTENDS SUPPORT TO TURKEY IN DEBATES REGARDING AXIS
The European Union (EU) has joined debates on Turkey and its axis after Turkey experienced tension with Israel and voted against U.N. sanctions on Iran recently. Contrary to U.S. officials, the EU has made it clear that they were happy with the growing role of Turkey in the region.
MHP AND BDP NOURISHED BY TERRORISM
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) was directly nourished by terrorism, while Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) did the same thing by carrying out the exact opposite policy. Erdogan said both parties, which have decided to vote "No" in the referendum and stage a "boycott" against it, were in a serious contradiction with their root organizations.
In an effort to present the pirates who staged the massacre on the ship Mavi Marmara as innocent, the show-off report of the Israeli army said, "Professional mistakes were made while gathering intelligence and making decisions".
In the fake report prepared by Israel, which disregarded Turkey's demand for an international investigation, it is stated that lack of intelligence caused a bad result.
THEY MADE MISTAKE, NOT MASSACRE
Israel, which does not accept an international investigation, has completed the first stage of its internal investigation into the raid on Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine people. The 100-page report prepared by the Israeli army said the raid was obligatory but the Naval Forces made some mistakes during the operation.
The report said commandos acted with insufficient order and incomplete intelligence, but it was a mistake to get on the ship although the ship resisted them. However, the report said, soldiers who shot 30 bullets on nine Turks at a close range acted "heroically and professionally."
OGER TOUR SOLD TO GIANT BRITISH TOURISM FIRM
Vural Oger sold his Oger Tour tourism company to giant British tourism firm Thomas Cook for 90 million Euro. Oger aims to grow in boutique hotel business and has not sold his facilities in Turkey. Oger will open three hotels in six months.
EVERYBODY AGAINST IT
Members of Justice and Development (AK) Party, Republican People's Party (CHP) and Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) have all agreed on a common point in "separation" discussions.
AK Party MP Abdurrahman Kurt said that discussions should have started much earlier and Kurdish people's demand should have been understood better. "Kurds will never agree to get separated from Turkey," he said.
Commenting on the issue, CHP's Atilla Kart said that terrorism and external dynamics could not provide a dissolution due to the strong relationship between Turks and Kurds.
Moreover, BDP's Bengi Yildiz noted that "separation" discussions were nonsense and they should be left behind. "Separation of nations that are 'integrated' to each other is not possible in Turkey and the world anymore," Yildiz said.
BAN ON IHH
The Frankfurt-based association IHH e.V., which claims that only its name is similar to the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) in Turkey, was banned in Germany. German Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that the association extended a significant financial support under the name of "humanitarian aid" to pro-Hamas organizations.
GERMANY SHUTS DOWN IHH
German Minister of Interior Thomas de Maiziere has banned the activities of the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) for collecting donations on behalf of Hamas. The German media reported that the activities of IHH in Germany had no connections to the IHH in Turkey.
ERDOGAN MAKES COMPLAINT ABOUT U.S.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan complained that the U.S. was not following up the process after Furkan Dogan, a U.S. citizen of Turkish descent, was killed by Israeli troops on May 31 when they raided ships carrying aid materials to Gaza. "Is the U.S. not paying attention to and following up Furkan Dogan's death because Dogan was a Turk?" asked Erdogan.
THERE IS NO PKK MEMBER TO BE HANDED OVER
Jabar Yawar, spokesman for the peshmerge department in the north of Iraq, claimed that 248 top members of the terrorist organization PKK, whose extradition had been requested by Turkey, were not in the north of Iraq. Yawar denied news stories that the United States and Turkey had agreed to stage an operation in the region. Yawar said those top members were not living in north of Iraq, but they were living in Turkey. He also said those people were committing crimes.
PERPETRATORS DO NOT SHAKE HANDS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said if he was asked a question about the video footage regarding former Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Deniz Baykal, he would say, "you can resort to the Ankara Prosecutor's Office, those who are responsible are obvious."
On his scheduled meeting with CHP chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu this week, Erdogan said he would share with public if Kilicdaroglu made recommendations.
VISA WITH SERBIA LIFTED
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who visited Serbia, announced that Turkey and Serbia reciprocally lifted visa procedures. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu signed the agreement. Thus, the number of countries that do not ask for visa from Turkish citizens reached 62.
STRANGE POLICEMAN IN DINK CASE
During the trial held yesterday within the scope of Hrant Dink's murder case, the detainee police officer Cavit Kilic, who owns the internet cafe that suspect Ogun Samast had gone to on the day of the murder, delivered contradictory statements.
Kilic, who is currently under arrest for "murdering someone", said that Samast had come to the internet cafe located 50 meters away from Dink's weekly Agos offices and chatted with someone on the internet in an excited way for nearly 2.5 hours. Noting he saw Samast on the street after the incident, Kilic said, "He ran shouting repeatedly 'I killed someone'."
The judge recalled that Kilic had mentioned in his 2007 dated statement that he had not seen Samast at his cafe but now he said the opposite, and he asked Kilic which of his statements were true. "I recognized him when I saw him on TV with his white cap," Kilic said.
IT IS NOT RIGHT TO JOIN EURO WHEN SITUATION IN EU IS UNCERTAIN
Kemal Dervis, who will discuss with socialists the situation in Europe and the debt problem of rich countries during a meeting in the Greek island of Patmos, said that Turkey's joining the Euro zone is not a good idea "for now". "Until common fiscal political rules and financial institutions are established within the EU, joining the Euro zone will not be a right thing to do for Turkey," Dervis said.
"It will limit our freedom of movement and rates will not be a tool of economic policy anymore," Dervis noted, adding EU's future in the next 5-10 years was not clear.
DATE OF GENERAL ELECTIONS NOT TO CHANGE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that regardless of the result of the referendum on September 12, there would not be early general elections in Turkey. "We planned to hold the general elections on July 17, 2011. We may hold the general elections a month or two months before July 17, 2011," Erdogan said.
CHP GIVES APPOINTMENT TO ERDOGAN FOR THURSDAY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will begin meeting opposition leaders on Tuesday. Erdogan will meet the leader of the Democratic Left Party (DSP) on Tuesday. The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) gave an appointment to Erdogan at 11.00 hours on Thursday. Prime Minister Erdogan will give the message that terror and politics should be separated.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 13 Temmuz 2010, 09:06