REFERENDUM STRENGTHENED STABILITY
Turkish State Minister & Deputy Premier Ali Babacan said majority's voting "Yes" at the referendum on September 12 showed the world that political stability would continue in Turkey. Commenting on Turkish and world economy in New York, Babacan said major economies with weak administrations incurred great losses during the global crisis, however, Turkey had a strong administration.
"With the result of the referendum, we assured investors that stability would continue in Turkey in the future. That's why our stock exchange left its rivals behind," Babacan said.
WORLD IS JEALOUS OF TURKEY
World Bank's Director for Turkey Ulrich Zachau said that the Turkish capital of Ankara had managed the crisis well and had gotten over hard times thanks to its accurate decisions. Zachau also said Turkey's unemployment figures recorded a stable decline and its growth rate would exceed expectations.
TURKEY TO GIVE OUT-OF-CRISIS LESSON TO GREECE
Turkey's State Minister Ali Babacan said Turkey had decided to cooperate with Greece in crisis management after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU) were positive towards that initiative.
TUSKON CHAIRMAN MERAL RINGS NASDAQ'S OPENING BELL
Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey's (TUSKON) chairman Rizanur Meral rang the opening bell of NASDAQ, the technology market of the United States. Visiting New York, Meral said he was honored to open the market of giant technology companies as a representative of the Turkish business world.
YES MY BROTHER WAS KILLED
As the prosecutor's office launched an investigation for the names behind the assassination attempt on defunct Turgut Ozal after 22 years, his brother Korkut Ozal spoke to Yeni Safak daily.
Hakan Karaali, Public Prosecutor in Istanbul, launched an investigation basing on the news report that "former Secretary General of the National Security Council Yirmibesoglu was behind the assassination of Ozal" regarding the assassination attempt against 8th President Turgut Ozal on June 18, 1988.
Korkut Ozal, brother of Turgut Ozal, said, "Yes, there was a plan in death of my brother Turgut. This should be investigated. Who let the doctors and nurses take a leave in the Palace that day? This should be investigated."
Korkut Ozal defended that nobody intervened when his brother had a heart attack. "They as if waited him to die. Isn't it interesting that there is not a doctor in the palace of a President who had an open heart surgery?"
RED CRESCENT MODEL TO PAKISTAN
President of the Turkish Red Crescent Tekin Kucukali said they could stay for two years in Pakistan which heals the wounds of flood disaster.
Kucukali said, "Turkish Red Crescent model was taken as example from the Pakistani government".
The negotiation traffic with head terrorist Abdullah Ocalan for a "lasting peace" has speeded up. A civilian delegation is at the Imrali Island, where Ocalan is kept, for days. Aysel Tugluk, who was a former MP from the banned Democratic Society Party (DTP) and the co-chairperson of Democratic Society Congress (DTK), is waiting for a permission to go to the island.
The attack in which a civilian van was blew up in the southeastern province of Hakkari when "the decision of the terrorist organization PKK not to stage any attacks" was still active, caused Ocalan's reaction. Ocalan said, "negotiations were dynamited with this attack. Negotiations were fairly fruitful and I was hopeful."
After these remarks, a civilian delegation comprised of state's security units contacted Ocalan again. The delegation is trying to achieve a "continuous and lasting peace" instead of short-time break in attacks.
Therefore, Tugluk is claimed to postpone her visit to Imrali, scheduled for Wednesday. In line with instructions Tugluk will get from Ocalan, DTK's chairperson Ahmet Turk can go to Qandil.
"MEETING WITH BDP WILL TAKE PLACE IN A FEW DAYS"
The meeting to take place between the government and the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) was cancelled due to the mine attack in the southeastern province of Hakkari. However, executives said it could take place within a few days. Huseyin Celik, the deputy chairman of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party, said, "I cannot understand why a meeting with a political party that has a group at the parliament has been made so extraordinary. I hope the meeting will take place in a few days."
DOUBLE APPOINTMENT FORMULA
Peace & Dialogue Initiative's demand to get appointments from Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu and the Prime Ministry has been blocked by the Democratic Society Congress (DTK). Noting that DTK was perceived "different" by the state and the government, the Prime Ministry said DTK and the initiative should ask for separate appointments.
LOCAL ADMINISTRATION REFORM IS A NECESSITY
Replying to Peace and Democracy Party's (BDP) demand for "democratic autonomy", Turkish President Abdullah Gul said, "These are issues that come with a secret agenda. We will not make any concessions on the unitary structure". Gul also said that the authority of local administrations should be expanded as everything could not be managed from Ankara.
ATTACK ON ART GALLERIES IN ISTANBUL CREATED UNEASINESS
Attack during opening ceremony of four art galleries in Istanbul, 2010 European Capital of Culture, cast shadow on a year that took place with full of art. Around 30 people joined the attack in Tophane district. The attackers were using sticks, batons and pepper gas. Police rescued the artists and foreign and local guests very difficultly.
GOVERNMENT OPENS DOOR TO BDP
Meeting of the government with the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which could not take place because of the blast in Hakkari, is about to take place.
Huseyin Celik of Justice & Development (AK) Party said, "I expect the meeting to take place within a few days".
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will decide for the time and place of the meeting.
WAS HE GOING TO AN ATTACK?
A person died when his car crashed into a lorry due to improper overtaking in the Aegean province of Usak. Five bombs, ready to be detonated by cell phones, were found in the truck of Faik Yorgun's car. When forensic medical experts were examining Yorgun's clothes and body, they found deciphered notes and sketches in his pockets. Then, medical experts informed anti-terror teams. A specially-trained dog brought from the Aegean province of Izmir found 5.4 kilograms of A-4 and C-4 explosives stashed in Yorgun's car. It has been learned that Yorgun was used as a courier by terrorist organizations.
Seven people who were involved in the attacks on five art galleries on Bogazkesen Street and Kadirler Yokusu in Tophane, Istanbul were captured. Police examined the video footage of street cameras in the vicinity, and found out that knives and sticks were not used in the attack. Police also saw in the footage that three people were wounded. The detainees were charged of harming properties and hitting and wounding people.
The detainees said, "those who attended the event in the art galleries stood at streets, smoked and drank. We warned but they did not listen. Therefore, a row occurred." On the other hand, gallery owners said, "they used pepper bombs, knives, sticks and clubs in the attack. It was an organized attack."
The reason of "attack with pepper bombs and sticks" is change. Tradesmen of the neighborhood are uneasy about the 200 percent rise in rents caused by that change. Therefore, they mostly react to galleries.
FIRST COOPERATION FROM IMRALI
Former Deputy Undersecretary of the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) Cevat Ones, one of the names who very well knows PKK, said Ocalan for the first time spoke in a different way. He said "cooperation picture focused on solution" was reflected from Imrali.
Ones said, "talks always took place with Ocalan but this is the first time he comments on them as 'positive talks' and criticises PKK for the last blast. He as if has a point of view trying to bring permanency during the ceasefire.
Ones said, "this atmosphere of cooperation is the most important key for solution. Furthermore, dynamics of Turkey force for this".
BOMBS REVEALED DURING IMPROPER PASSING
A traffic accident that occurred in Aegean province of Usak province on Tuesday defeated plans of PKK. The accident took place when a car, driven by Faik Yorgun, crashed into a lorry on its way to Aegean province of Izmir.
Yorgun died immediately in his car. Five bombs, made from A4 and A5 explosives, were found in his car. The bombs were ready to be detonated by remote control.
NEW INVESTIGATION FOR ASSASINATION ATTEMPT ON OZAL
The dark file regarding the assassination attempt Turgut Ozal when he was acting as the prime minister was opened again after 22 years.
Hakan Karaali, Public Prosecutor of Istanbul, started to take action following the last allegations of Ahmet Ozal.
CIVILIAN BLOCKADE TO IMRALI
Civil society intensifies pressure over Abdullah Ocalan in an effort to change terrorist organization PKK's inaction decision into a permanent cease-fire. The civil initiative traffic between Ankara, Imrali island and Mount Qandil has speeded up. The Peace Initiative set up by 700 NGOs in Turkey's southeast is waiting for an appointment from the Turkish capital, as it is also getting prepared to send a delegation to Mount Qandil. Ahmet Turk, the chairperson of Democratic Society Congress (DTK), is expected to be in the delegation.
Mehmet Emin Aktar, the head of Diyarbakir Bar Association, said that the initiative's goal was to create the necessary grounds for dialogue. On the other hand, Ankara's red lines are clear. The demands on autonomy cannot be even discussed, the Turkish capital says.
YES TO REFORM, NO TO AUTONOMY
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who continues his talks in New York, USA, replied to the questions of Turkish Radio and Television (TRT). Commenting on the autonomy issue, Gul said, "This issue comes with a secret agenda. I cannot assess such matters with sympathy".
Noting that Turkey needed a local administration reform, Gul said managing everything from Ankara did not reflect a modern understanding of administration.
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