OPPORTUNITY NOT MISSED IN KURDISH ISSUE
President Abdullah Gul commented on the latest issues on Turkey's agenda on his way to New York, USA. Noting that Turkey's biggest problem was the "Kurdish issue", Gul said the opportunity for a solution had not been missed yet. "If we do not solve this matter today, it will be more difficult tomorrow. We should take initiative and act together," Gul noted.
NINE VILLAGERS DIED FOR LEADERSHIP FIGHT IN PKK
It has been revealed that the attack in southeastern Hakkari province was commanded by Fehman Huseyin who was earlier vetoed by Abdullah Ocalan and Mount Qandil. Upon completing their technical studies, security forces proved that terrorists acting under the command of Fehman Huseyin, who was dismissed from the terrorist organization's armed wing, killed civilians in order to sabotage PKK's decision on not to wage attacks.
LEADERSHIP FIGHT IS REASON OF BLOODSHED
It was found out that the attack in southeastern province of Hakkari killing nine civilians and wounding four others including infants was based on leadership fight which has been continuing within PKK. The bloody attack was staged by men of Syrian Fehman Huseyin who was dismissed from armed wing of terrorist organization last year.
GUL SAYS TERRORISM ISSUE MUST BE SOLVED IMMEDIATELY
President Abdullah Gul who arrived in the United States to attend the 65th session of the UN General Assembly replied to questions of reporters on board the plane. Gul gave important messages on fight against terrorism and said, "if the issue is not solved today, it will be a more difficult problem tomorrow."
GREETING WITH ROSES AT AKDAMAR
The historical Akdamar Church in eastern Van province will host today its first religious ceremony after 95 years. As a crowded Armenian group arrived in Van to attend the ritual, Van's mufti Nimetullah Arvas welcomed Aram Atesyan from the Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey with red roses in his hand.
TURKEY NOW READY FOR EU
The New York Times wrote that the referendum held on September 12 in Turkey had fortified freedoms in the country. The U.S. newspaper also said that Turkey was now constitutionally ready to become a member of the European Union.
MASSACRE ORDER FROM BAHOZ
Sources said that PKK's Syrian terrorist Fehman Huseyin was at the backstage of the recent trap in southeastern Hakkari province. According to security forces, all the evidence concerning the attack that killed 9 people point out to Fehman Huseyin, known with the code name "Dr. Bahoz Erdal".
10 MARINAS TO BOSPHORUS
The primary steps were taken for a project that will ease sea transportation in Istanbul. Out of the 10 marinas to be constructed by Istanbul Municipality in Bosphorus, authorities approved the construction of Tarabya and Istinye marinas. When construction process is completed, yachts and boats will dock at flowing "boat parks" on the sea and the coasts will have a more organized look.
PROPOSAL ON "STAGED MEMBERSHIP" TO EU
European socialists explained their new plan to Republican People's Party (CHP) chairperson Kemal Kilicdaroglu. Adrian Severin, the deputy head of European Parliament's Socialists Group, said that they had prepared an alternative plan against Christian Democrats' "privileged partnership" proposal in order to speed up Turkey's EU membership process. Severin said they wanted Turkey's active participation in EU debates through a staged integration method to be implemented until full membership.
RELIGIOUS CEREMONY AT AKDAMAR AFTER 95 YEARS
The Armenian church on Lake Van's Akdamar island in Turkey's eastern Van province will be opened to worshippers for the first time after 95 years. Efforts to locate the 2-meter "cross" in Van Museum on top of Akdamar Church's dome gave rise to discussions. However, the problem was temporarily solved upon the ministry's granting permission to put the cross in the church's garden.
AKDAMAR TO HOST RELIGIOUS WORSHIP
The Armenian church located on the Akdamar island in Lake Van in eastern province of Van will be opened to religious worship for a single day on Sunday. People in Van are very excited about hosting their Armenian neighbors for the first time after 1915 incidents. Thousands of Armenians from Turkey and other countries poured to Van for the historical worship.
GUL: "THERE ARE SOME GROUPS IN PKK"
President Abdullah Gul reacted to allegations that 'deep state' was responsible for the blast in southeastern province of Hakkari. Gul said that there were independent groups within PKK. Regarding discussions over 'autonomy', Gul said, "such mentality is confusing and it weakens confidence." Gul said the solution was to improve democratic standards in the country.
PRESIDENT GUL SPEAKS TO REPORTERS ON BOARD TO U.S.
President Abdullah Gul replied to question of reporters on board the plane en route to the United States. Regarding Kurdish issue, Gul said that if the current efforts on the matter had been exerted 10 years ago, the issue would have been solved by now. Regarding Peace and Democracy Party's (BDP) demand on democratic autonomy, Gul said, "all these things are very wrong. It is confusing. It is not innocent."
THERE IS A GREAT TRANSFORMATION IN TURKEY
The Armenian church located on Akdamar island in Lake Van in Turkey's Van province will be opened to worshippers for the first time after 95 years on Sunday. Archbishop Aram Atesyan of the Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey said that there has been a great transformation and great progress in Turkey.
THY PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING DUE TO PLAYSTATION
Turkish Airlines (THY) plane en route from Istanbul to Beijing made an emergency landing at Astana Airport in Kazakhstan. The Airbus A-330 plane named "Konya", with 241 passengers on board, had to make an emergency landing at the Kazakh airport as cabin crew found an unclaimed Playstation Portable (PSP) device on a passenger seat and suspected it might be a bomb. Upon landing, the plane was evacuated and all the luggages on the aircraft were checked. No trace of bomb or explosives was found in the search. THY plane proceeded to the Chinese capital of Beijing after 4 hours.
MUSLIM KURDS TO GATHER FOR SOLUTION
Around 40 Islamic associations in the eastern and southeastern regions will gather in Diyarbakir province to discuss PKK's cease-fire that will end on September 20 and the ways to solve Kurdish issue. After the meeting, associations are expected to call for terrorist organization PKK to extend cease-fire.
STATE HAS INITIATIVE ON KURDISH ISSUE
On his way to USA, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said the initiative needed for the democratization process that would end the Kurdish issue should come from the state.
Gul said that the basic goal was to destroy terrorist organization PKK, however, it was also a method to hold talks with the terrorist group in ways known by experts.
"DEEP PKK" RESPONSIBLE FOR HAKKARI ATTACK
It has been claimed that a group working under the command of Fehman Huseyin, the head of terrorist organization PKK's "Hawks" wing, staged the recent attack that killed 9 people in southeastern Hakkari province. Huseyin had been removed from the leadership of PKK's armed wing and the attack waged by his team shows the leadership fights within the terrorist organization.