"SPECIAL UNIT IS MUST"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had talks with leaders of Felicity Party (SP) and Grand Unity Party (BBP) on Wednesday. SP chairman Numan Kurtulmus told Erdogan that terrorism must be eradicated completely. Kurtulmus also gave messages that state of emergency must be avoided and special units should be set up. BBP leader Yalcin Topcu told Erdogan that a professional army was a must in fight against terrorism.
TURKISH ECONOMY TO GROW IN Q2
Reports prepared by Turkey's Is Bankasi and ING Bank said that recovery in the economy would continue and ratings of Turkey would increase. The reports also said the number of unemployed people would also drop in the following period.
WHERE ARE OTHER COMMANDERS THAT HAVE SIGNATURES ON DOCUMENTS?
Discussions have arisen as only Colonel Dursun Cicek has been shown as the responsible party in the indictment of the military prosecutor's office confirming the chaos plan against the government and the nation.
Public opinion is discussing the position of the high-level commanders whose names are mentioned in the documents that were accepted as evidence by the civil court trying Cicek. Commanders even have their signatures and initials in such documents.
SUGGESTION TO GOVERNMENT: AN ANTI-TERROR COMMISSION
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues his talks with political party leaders during which he exchanges views on the referendum and fight against terrorism. Within this framework, Erdogan met with Felicity Party (SP) chairman Numan Kurtulmus and Grand Unity Party (BBP) chairman Yalcin Topcu. SP leader Kurtulmus presented Erdogan a 9-article suggestion package which includes a proposal for the establishment of a "commission on fight against terrorism" within the Turkish parliament.
NATO: STAY ONE MORE YEAR
NATO representative Mark Sedwill in Afghanistan, where violence could not be ended, wanted Turkish soldiers to stay in the region for one more year. In response, Turkey said, "we will assess this demand". Turkey had undertaken the command of Kabul region for eight months in 2007.
DESTINATION IS DEMOCRACY
President Abdullah Gul gave a determination message in democratization on his way to Slovenia. Gul said, "our stance towards Kurdish problem cannot be minimized to a public order issue. We will not give concessions from democratization."
REVOLUTION IN COUNTER TERRORISM
Radical measures are going to be taken against terrorism. Attack concept --instead of defense concept-- will be adopted. A special unit, which will be in mission for ten years, will be formed. Infiltration will be blocked in cross border. Leading terrorists will be captured with sudden raids.
FIRST DUTY AREA: DEVIL TRIANGLE
The first duty area of the 5,000-member special unit to be in charge of Turkey's border security will be the intersection points of Turkish-Iranian-Iraqi borders in southeastern Hakkari province's Semdinli town, known as the "Devil Triangle". Details of the "professional teams", announced by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the first time during his meeting with the Democratic Left Party (DSP) chairman, are getting clear. Those who carry out their military service as commandos will voluntarily join the unit. The selected soldiers, after getting an extensive training, will be deployed along the border for 5-10 years.
WALDORF ASTORIA DUE IN TURKEY
Waldorf Astoria, one of the world's most luxurious brands, wants to run the 5-star hotel of Istanbul's Zorlu Center, whose construction is still in progress. Ahmet Nazif Zorlu is currently holding talks with the company for the operation of the hotel that is being constructed rapidly as part of the project on Turkey's Highways Authority's land at Istanbul's Zincirlikuyu district. Far Eastern hotel chain Mandarin has also expressed interest in Zorlu's hotel, however, Waldorf Astoria is more likely to be selected, sources said.
INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION WITH INITIATIVE OF UN
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that they expected that a step would be taken in the coming days for establishment of an international commission to investigate Israel's raid on Mavi Marmara ship with initiative of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Davutoglu also said that P5+1 group that was formed by permanent five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany asked Turkey to help for the dialogue with Iran.
TRUE DIAGNOSIS CANNOT BE FOUND
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet for the first time with main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu in the parliament today. Kilicdaroglu said they would listen to the premier in the meeting. Kilicdaroglu said terrorism problem could not be solved only by military. "They cannot succeed in treatment, because they cannot diagnose the case properly," he said.
QUARREL FOR KARAGOZ
Greeks got mad when United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) stated that Karagoz (a kind of shadow theater) is a Turkish cultural heritage. Greek media is indignant. Even some of them wanted to negotiate the issue. Greek Premier George Papandreou also rejected UNESCO's decision.
WILL THERE BE A SPECIAL ARMY?
When Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked about "specially trained soldiers who would fight at mountains" regarding the fight against terrorism during his meeting with Democratic Left Party (DSP) leader Masum Turker, a question as "will there be a special army?" came into the agenda. National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul only said that efforts to professionalize soldiers were underway in Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). Justice & Development (AK) Party deputy chairman Bekir Bozdag said that volunteer units would be set up, and he rejected an interpretation as "a separate army".
GUL: "NEW CONSTITUTION WOULD BE BETTER"
Speaking to reporters on board the plane to Slovenia, President Abdullah Gul said, "a completely new constitution would be better." Regarding the constitutional amendment package, Gul said, "now it is time for the people to have a say on the package. There is a new political opportunity for political parties." President Gul said that there was need for a judiciary reform. Replying to a question on Iran, Gul said, "we are not advocate of Iran, but we hope that the issue would be solved without war."
NATO CORRIDOR TO ARMENIA
19 NATO members will take part in a humanitarian aid exercise that will take place in Armenia between September 11 and 17. Diplomatic officials said that the border between Turkey and Armenia could be opened temporarily for the exercise. Turkey is expected to be represented with a 3-4 member team in the exercise. Officials said that opening of border could be an important chance for the process between Turkey and Armenia.
BESIKTAS SIGN GUTI
Besiktas soccer club's President Yildirim Demiroren convinced Spanish player Guti in Madrid who was considered not to come to Turkey. Real Madrid's star player Guti, who signed a two-year contract with Besiktas, is expected to arrive in Istanbul today and meet with fans prior to Besiktas' UEFA Europa League game against Vikingur from Faroe Islands.
GUL: IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER TO PREPARE A NEW CONSTITUTION
President Abdullah Gul involved in the discussions regarding constitutional amendment package --which will be resorted into referendum on September 12-- with a statement as "it would have been better to prepare a new constitution". Gul said, "it would have been better to prepare a new constitution away from prejudices of everybody, but it did not happen. Actually, I don't think it is difficult to do that. But Turkish parliament made its decision."
CLAMP PLAN TO NORTH OF IRAQ
Turkish capital of Ankara discusses 8 measures aiming at urging the regional administration in the north of Iraq to be more active against terrorist organization PKK.
Accordingly, a list demanding the extradition of nearly 300 terrorists was delivered, authorities were asked not to accept terrorists to Iraqi citizenship, each of the vacant areas at the border zone used by PKK terrorists were shown to officials, PKK's logistics centers in the north of Iraq were determined, a list of PKK terrorists travelling frequently from Iraq was presented, intelligence authorities of Iraq and the north of Iraq were asked to share information with Turkey, an inspection mechanism was requested to examine PKK camps like Makhmour, and finally, a new dialogue was established with the 14 clans living in the north of Iraq.
HARSH REPLY FROM DAVUTOGLU
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addressed Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, saying, "How could you dare?".
Davutoglu, who paid a formal visit to Lisbon, replied to Kilicdaroglu's "liar" accusation. "How could you dare to say 'his (Davutoglu's) moral values are not developed'? What about his (Kilicdaroglu's) running as a candidate for CHP chair 24 hours after he had announced that he would not be a candidate? Was it a moral act?," the Turkish foreign minister said.
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