DAVUTOGLU TO VISIT U.S.
Turkey pursues its reaction against the U.S.'s approval of Armenian allegations about 1915 incidents. Ankara stated that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu --instead of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan-- would represent Turkey in "Nuclear Summit" which would be hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama on April 12.
"NO" FROM BRITAIN
British Justice Minister Jack Straw gave a response to Yerevan (Armenia) like a slap in the face. Straw said that the possibility of approval of Armenian resolution on 1915 incidents was zero.
APOLOGY OF SWEDEN, A COMPENSATORY STEP
Ankara considered the statement of Swedish prime minister --who said that the Swedish parliament adopted Armenian resolution due to internal political interests-- as positive. Turkish Foreign Ministry said that it was a compensatory step.
WOMEN WITH HEADSCARVES CAN NOT EVEN ENTER GIFT SHOP OF RENAULT
The management of Renault Automobiles Factory in northwestern province of Bursa has banned the entrance of women with headscarves to the factory's gift shop. The company's decision came after a worker wanted to enter the gift shop with his mother who was wearing an headscarf. Renault's decision caused uneasiness among the workers of the factory.
SWEDEN MAKES REMARKS, AMBASSADOR KORUTURK TO RETURN BACK TO STOCKHOLM
After a resolution on the incidents of 1915 was adopted at the Swedish Parliament recently, Turkish-Swedish ties were damaged. However, things are going back to normal. Remarks made by Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt that he was deeply saddened by the resolution was evaluated by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a step adequate to repair the damaged ties between Turkey and Sweden. As such, the Turkish Ambassador in Sweden, Zergun Koruturk, will return back to Stockholm and continue her tenure there.
Mayor of southern province of Adana, Aytac Durak, who is accused of making illegal fortune, announced as persona non grata in his latest party, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
MHP leader Devlet Bahceli who thought that the allegations were serious, asked Durak to resign who is serving as the mayor for 5 consecutive terms.
Bahceli said Durak should resign from the party before paving ways for any disciplinary investigation.
Bahceli asked the Interior Ministry to take action against the matter and gave the message to Durak that, "first get acquitted, and later return to the party".
Adana Governor Ilhan Atis said legal process had started against 99 percent of the incidents at the municipality. Interior Ministry sent 3 inspectors to Adana.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to BBC within the scope of his talks in Britain.
Erdogan said in case a tangible result could not be obtained from the efforts carried out with Armenia to normalise relations, situation of Armenian workers who are in Turkey illegally would be reviewed.
British Justice Minister Jack Straw reassured Turkey that the bill on Armenian allegations regarding 1915 incidents would not be adopted at the House of Commons.
Straw said the resolution would not be enacted.
Erdogan also said statements of Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Armenian resolution were an expression of apology.
100,000 ARMENIANS MAY BE DEPORTED
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Armenian resolutions hurt the people of Armenia. "There are 170,000 Armenians living in the Republic of Turkey. 70,000 thousand of them are actually Turkish citizens. However, we are tolerating 100,000 Armenians living as illegal aliens. If necessary, I will tell Armenians living in Turkey illegally to leave the country," Prime Minister Erdogan said.
PRIME MINISTER WILL HOLD EARLY ELECTIONS BECAUSE...
Chairman of Felicity Party (SP), Numan Kurtulmus, argued that the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan would hold early general elections in fall 2010 with his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party. "Mr. Erdogan wishes to become the new president of Turkey. As such, he is planning to build an AK Party group that would be supportive of his candidacy for Turkish presidency. Secondly, economic conditions in Turkey are getting worse every single day," Kurtulmus stressed.
ERDOGAN: WE WILL SEND 100,000 ARMENIANS BACK
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had an interview with BBC during his visit to London. When asked about parliamentary resolutions on recognition of Armenian allegations, Erdogan brought up the issue of Armenians living illegally in Turkey. In spite of warnings that "a racist image could emerge", Erdogan said 100,000 Armenians living in Turkey were not Turkish citizens.
"I do not have to keep them in my country. I will tell them to go back home if necessary," Erdogan said.
TEHRAN OFFERS ANKARA TO SET UP UNION
Iran's Ambassador in Ankara Bahman Hosseinpour said relations between Turkey and Iran had seen a golden era over the past one year.
"Iran and Turkey are two countries that can play key roles in the region. These two countries can create a union similar to EU. I think, it is historical mission for both countries," he said.
BAHCELI FINISHES DURAK
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli intervened in the bribery debate between MHP Adana Metropolitan Mayor Aytac Durak and alderman Mustafa Tuncel which has been continuing for the past one week. Bahceli called on Durak and Tuncel to resign, and he did not give an appointment to Durak who wanted to meet with him. MHP Disciplinary Board launched an inspection about Durak. Inspectors of prosecutor's office and Interior Ministry also took action.
FIRST DECISION MADE ABOUT DIYARBAKIRSPOR
Turkish Football Federation (TFF) announced its decision about Diyarbakirspor-Bursaspor game which was called off soon after it started due to the events caused by Diyarbakirspor fans. TFF declared that Diyarbakirspor were defeated by default 3-0. Thus, Bursaspor replaced Galatasaray and became the leaders of Turkcell Super League. TFF will also discuss the eventful game between Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor and Diyarbakirspor on Friday.
GET RID OF DIASPORA, PREVENT DEPORTATION
Turkish Prime Minister told BBC that Armenian resolutions harmed Armenians.
Erdogan said 100,000 out of 170,000 Armenians living in Turkey were not Turkish citizens.
"We have tolerated all these 100,000 people. So, tomorrow, I will tell these people to go back to their country, if necessary. Yes, I will do that," Erdogan said.
AYTAC DURAK MUST RESIGN
Devlet Bahceli, leader of opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), stepped in the bribery and unearned income fight between Adana Mayor Aytac Durak and alderman Mustafa Tuncel.
Bahceli urged Aytac Durak to resign from MHP and said, "these charges are moral issues that MHP can never accept."
Following Bahceli's call, Durak said, "it is not important whether I would resign or not. It is important for a man to live with his honor."
THINGS GET CONFUSED ON ORIGINAL SIGNATURE
Gendarmerie Criminal Department had earlier released a report saying that the signature on the original copy of the Action Plan to Fight Against Fundamentalism belonged to Colonel Dursun Cicek. Following this decision, military prosecutor's office asked for fingerprint investigation to get a definite result. Gendarmerie Criminal Department said the document could be damaged durind that process.
Upon this, the military prosecutor's office asked permission from the deputy Chief Prosecutor of Istanbul and lawyer of Colonel Cicek for the examination.
Lawyer of Colonel Cicek gave permission to the process but the Deputy Prosecutor's Office did not give permission as it would have a damage on the document.
I WILL DEPORT 100,000 ARMENIANS
In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, currently on a visit to Britain, strongly criticized the countries which included Armenian resolution in their agenda.
Erdogan said those countries made show and damaged the process. "There are 170,000 Armenians in my country. 70,000 of them are my citizens, however we tolerate 100,000 of them. If necessary in the future I will tell them to go to their country."
BURSASPOR, LEADERS WITH DEFAULT VICTORY
Turkish Football Federation (TFF) declared that Diyarbakirspor were defeated by default after their eventful home game against Bursaspor. After this decision, Bursaspor gained three points, and became the new leaders of Turkcell Super League 2 points ahead of Galatasaray.
WE CAN DEPORT 100,000 ARMENIANS
Assessing the crisis caused by Armenian resolutions about 1915 incidents, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "there is nothing to do if they clench while we are extending our hands. There are 100,000 Armenians living illegally in Turkey. We are tolerating them for now. I can send them back to their country if necessary."
TSUNAMI ROCKS SHIP, THAT'S ALL
Proceeding from Congo to Cameroon, President Abdullah Gul replied questions about Turkish economy's performance: "Turkish economy proved itself during the global economic crisis. A tsunami began, and rocked the ship. If the ship had not been strong, it would have been destroyed."