"CIVIL CONSTITUTION IS A MUST"
The co-chairwoman of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), Helene Flautre, said that government's move to bring constitutional reforms was a positive but late step.
A coup-era constitution is the biggest obstacle for Turkey's EU membership, said Flautre, adding that reforms should definitely be made.
26 PEOPLE ARRESTED IN MATCH-FIXING PROBE
An Istanbul court arrested 11 more people who were detained earlier in police operation regarding match-fixing investigation. The number of suspects sent to jail rose to 26 after 11 more people, including former football players and coaches, were arrested on Saturday.
THIS BILL SHALL BE BEGINNING FOR NEW CONSTITUTION
Helene Flautre, the co-chairperson of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, made a written statement and said she supported the constitutional amendment package of the Turkish government. Flautre said the bill was a basic step in democratization. Flautre said both the government and the opposition should exert efforts for success of the package and she hoped that the bill would be the beginning for a new constitution.
ERDOGAN ON REFORM PACKAGE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made statements over the constitutional amendment package on board the plane en route to Libya. Erdogan said the package would be finalized on Tuesday evening at latest and would be submitted to the parliament. Erdogan said high judiciary's reaction to the package was emotional and political.
DALAN IN BEKAA
Syria was one of the most recent stops for former Istanbul Mayor Bedrettin Dalan, who is named as a suspect at large in the Ergenekon case, in his 522-day world tour covering United States, Finland, the Netherlands and Belarus. Dalan, who stayed about a month in towns around Bekaa Valley, headed back to Belarus using a fake passport, it was claimed.
ISRAEL SET FOR "GENOCIDE"
Following resolutions regarding Armenian allegation on incidents of 1915 passed in a U.S. congressional panel and Swedish Parliament, parliaments of Serbia and Israel are set to put such bills on the agenda.
Israeli leftist opposition Meretz Party chairman Haim Oron will bring the bill to Knesset in April, sources claimed.
ARAB LEAGUE INVITES
The Arab League said Turkey was a country that shouldered responsibility in the Middle East and called on Ankara to join the "regional project" which aims at cooperation between Arab countries and their neighbors.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who attended the Arab League summit in Libya, said, "we would be pleased to join."
RASMUSSEN ADVOCATES TURKEY FOR THE FIRST TIME
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Turkey had to have a say in European Security and Defence Policy. Rasmussen said Turkey had the second largest contribution in EU operations in Bosnia.
"Why doesn't the EU grant such an arrangement to Turkey?" said Rasmussen.
ERDOGAN IN LIBYA FOR ARAB LEAGUE SUMMIT
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech in the 32nd Arab League Summit in Sirte city of Libya. Erdogan said Palestine issue was the most important problem in the region. Erdogan said, "Israeli interior minister's declaration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital is madness."
BAYKAL: "THIS GAME IS DANGEROUS"
Deniz Baykal, the chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), kept criticizing the constitutional amendment package of the Justice and Development (AK) Party. Baykal said, "a very dangerous game is being played. This constitutional package is not going to happen. There is a clear violation."
WHAT ISRAEL DOES IS MADNESS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Israel in the summit of the Arab League in Libya held to discuss Palestine-Israel conflict and Jerusalem issue. Erdogan rejected Israel's policy on Jerusalem and said "Israel's declaring Jerusalem as united capital is madness."
DEMANDS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
There are not only criticisms but also demands for the ruling party's constitutional amendment package. Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) said that the package of the government is not enough to remove shortcomings in democracy.
ERDOGAN ON MERKEL'S STANCE OVER TURKISH SCHOOLS IN GERMANY
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will start her visit to Turkey on Monday. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made remarks over Merkel's statement that there was no need to establish Turkish high schools in Germany. Erdogan said there were schools having German education system in Turkey. "I will convey my views on the matter to Merkel when she comes to Turkey," Erdogan said.
CONSTITUTIONAL PACKAGE TO BE COMPLETED ON TUESDAY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "we are getting some views regarding the constitutional package of the government. The package will be finalized on Tuesday evening at latest." Erdogan said after the package was completed, it would be submitted to the parliament.
"WHAT ISRAEL DOING IN JERUSALEM IS MADNESS"
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke at the Arab League meeting in Libya. While talking about Israel's announcement that it considered Jerusalem as the united capital, Erdogan said, "Jerusalem is one of the most precious places for Islam. Israeli declaration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital is madness. Remember that Palestine will burn as long as Jerusalem burns, Middle East will burn as long as Palestine burns, and the world will never see peace as long as Middle East burns."
SUPPORT TO ERDOGAN ON TURKISH SCHOOL PROPOSAL
Educators gave support to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's proposal for opening Turkish high schools in Germany. Professor Firdevs Gunes from Ankara University said the proposal, which was rejected by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was in line with EU principles.
"There are such schools in Turkey. It must be allowed considering the right to receive education," Gunes said.
"HIGH JUDICIARY VERY EMOTIONAL"
On board the plane from Turkey to Libya for the Arab League Summit, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan replied to questions of reporters. Asked why high judiciary showed a harsh reaction to the constitutional amendment, Erdogan said, "I think that its reactions are very emotional and political."
SECOND TERM WITH ADNAN POLAT
Adnan Polat became the president of Galatasaray soccer club for the second term. Polat got 2,944 votes of 5,530 in the voting in the congress that took place in Galatasaray High School and became the president of Galatasaray.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 28 Mart 2010, 10:36