CB GOVERNOR YILMAZ: TURKEY LITERALLY EMERGED FROM CRISIS
Governor of Turkey's Central Bank (CB) Durmus Yilmaz said Turkish economy which grew 10.3% in Q2, returned to pre-crisis levels.
Durmus said positive economic indicators showed the global downturn has been left behind, and Turkish economy exceeded pre-crisis levels. "Our economy will grow faster once the negative atmosphere in Europe disperses," said Durmus.
PKK HARMS EAST THE MOST
President Abdullah Gul said the people of the southeastern and eastern regions of Turkey suffered economically, mostly because of terrorist organization PKK. "No businessmen will go, open factories and make investments in a place where terror, chaos and bloodshed roams."
Gul underlined that terror was solutionlessness said, "Edirne is ours; so is Hakkari. It would have been very different if terror did not exist," said Gul.
PEOPLE HAVE NOT LET SCHOOL BOYCOTT
The Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) found people against itself when it tried to involve children in politics. Hundreds of thousands of students rushed to schools in Diyarbakir and other southeastern provinces. Partial boycott to schools was observed in Hakkari and some towns. Some families took their children to schools by themselves, whereas non-governmental organizations reacted to the boycott. "Rights should be sought by legitimate methods," NGOs said.
"WE SHOULD WRITE NEW CONSTITUTION IN SELF-CONFIDENCE"
President Abdullah Gul, who is in New York for United Nations (UN) General Assembly sessions, made striking remarks regarding the issues on Turkey's agenda. Gul strongly reacted to the "school boycott" in the southeast, and said, "I would like to address our citizens living in the region from New York and tell them not to make their children a tool for such campaigns. If they do so, they will make the biggest harm to their children."
On expectations for a new constitution, Gul said the constitutions of 1961 and 1982 were prepared as a reaction, and the new one should be prepared calmly.
PKK SUMMIT WITH CIA
Turkish state, which is determined to fight terrorism, is trying all ways. Central Intelligence Organization's Undersecretary Hakan Fidan went to the U.S. following the two security meetings that were held last week. Fidan held important meetings with representatives of the CIA, officials said.
WITHOUT TERROR DEMOCRACY WILL RISE
President Abdullah Gul, who underlined that nothing could be gained through terrorism, said, "if there had been no terror, our democracy standards would have been higher."
Gul said the current parliament could draft a new constitution. "If not it will be left to the aftermath of the elections. But the intention to make a new constitution should be made public," said Gul.
ELIMINATION OF PKK FROM NORTH OF IRAQ UNDER DISCUSSION
It has been revealed that Hakan Fidan, the undersecretary of National Intelligence Organization (MIT) who did not attend Sunday's terrorism summit in Ankara, was in the United States. Fidan has gone to the United States to hold a series of talks on elimination of the terrorist organization PKK, and met the head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and executives of the National Security Organization.
GOOD NEWS: CRISIS OVER
Durmus Yilmaz, the governor of the Central Bank of Turkey, gave the good news on Monday: Turkey's economy has been better than the days before the crisis." Earlier Yilmaz had said there was light at the end of the tunnel when asked if Turkey had got out of the crisis.
KILICDAROGLU REPROACHES EU IN GERMANY
Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicaroglu, who met officials of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), said Europe which remained indifferent to anti-democratic practises, failed to grasp the situation. Kilicdaroglu said, "telephones are tapped and intellectuals are imprisoned. In which democracy such things can exist?"
Terrorist Organization PKK extended the ceasefire which expired on September 20. A statement issued by the terrorist organization, said though the ceasefire period has not been free of violence, it nevertheless decided to extend it.
MONEY FLOWS ABROAD
The wrong agriculture and livestock polices which has been implemented in the last 30 years has peaked in the Justice and Development (AK) Party rule. The farmers who have constantly incurred losses, without any support, were forced to sell the stock it owned, and Turkey started importing livestock. Chairman of Turkey's Agricultural Engineers Association Gokhan Gunaydin accused the government of remaining indifferent.
NOBODY SHOULD DERIVE SULTANATE FROM PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM
President Abdullah Gul said presidential system was a different system. "When we take our history into consideration, it may seem sympathetic to us. However, nobody should derive sultanate from this system," he said.
BELLS RING FOR EMPTY CLASSES IN HAKKARI
The Kurdish language and education movement platform has launched "a boycott on schools", demanding education in mother tongue. The boycott was most influential in the southeastern province of Hakkari. The governor of Hakkari said, "95 percent of students did not go to school in the first week of the school year last year. The low attendance is related with first week (not with the boycott)." The boycott was 60 percent effective in downtown Sirnak, and 90 percent effective in its towns. There was no boycott in Elazig, Bitlis, Tunceli or Bingol. Three people who threatened families in Siirt were arrested.
"PRESIDENT CANNOT TURN INTO SULTAN"
President Abdullah Gul spoke to journalists in the United States, and assessed presidential system, use of a new language in politics, and the recent referendum in Turkey which was turned into an election campaign.
Gul said, "the congress, authorities, election and control mechanisms of the presidential system are different. Election of parliamentarians is different. When we look at our history, this system can seem sympathetic to us. However, we should not derive sultanate from it."
President Gul also said, "a new language is necessary for a pluralist democracy, not only for the government but also for the opposition. The language of politics can destroy dialogue opportunities and co-existence. Therefore the language should change. The current situation hampers dialogue and pluralist democracy."
On September 12th referendum in Turkey, Gul said, "the campaign was wrong. Nobody has asked whether ombudsman's office is necessary, whether officers should be tried in civilian courts, or whether changes in the Constitutional Court or the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) will be beneficial. However, they should have been discussed. If they had been discussed, many more people would have voted in favor of the amendments."
ELIF, WIFE OF MARTRY, NOW A TEACHER
Dreams have come true when Elif Boluk, the wife of sergeant Cavus Caglar Boluk who lost his life in a bomb attack of the terrorist organization PKK on a military vehicle in Istanbul's Halkali neighborhood last June, became a teacher.
Elif Boluk started to serve as a teacher in Izmir's Tire town on Monday as the new school year began. She said, "I am glad to serve my husband's hometown."
SHE SAID "MOTHER" AS SHE OPENED HER EYES
There are good news about one-year-old Zeynep, whose injury in a PKK attack in Hakkari deeply moved Turkey. The head Doctor of the hospital in Malatya where Zeynep is being treated, said her leg would not be amputated. Her aunt said the little girl has been asking for her mother since she regained consciousness. Zeynep's four-year-old sister who was also injured during the attack was released yesterday. Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered officials to find a job for Zeynep's father.
PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM SHOULD NOT MEAN SULTANATE
President Abdullah Gul said everyone had an opinion about the presidential system, but when it came to talking about it in detail, it did not even last 15 minutes. "The congress, powers, election system and checks and balances are different. Not just the laws, much will have to be changed. Even the election of the lawmakers will be different," said Gul.
Gul said while there were practices in the presidential system, the parliamentary system had its own advantages. "One day I will clearly state my views," said Gul.
SECRET OF TWO SACKS
From where two military sacks, left to the spot of massacre in the southeastern province of Hakkari, had come was understood by a statement the terrorist organization PKK made six days before the attack.
A statement posted on the web-page of HPG, the military wing of the terrorist organization PKK, on September 10, said a clash erupted between PKK and security forces on September 6. It said, "nine guerillas were wounded in the clash, and we seized a weapon and two sacks that belonged to Turkish security forces."
The same day, Firat news agency made a story regarding this statement and said, "two sacks that belonged to soldiers seized." This was a significant clue about the mine attack that killed nine villagers in Hakkari's Gecitli village on September 16.
It has been claimed that two sacks found at the spot of the attack were the two bags in the hands of the terrorists.
"PEACE OLIVES" BEAR FRUIT
Two olive saplings planted ten years ago by Ismail Cem, a late Turkish foreign minister, and George Papandreou, then Greek foreign minister, for peace have yielded fruit.
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