ISRAEL TRAPPED IN THE CORNER
The UN report describing the Mavi Marmara attack as "cruelty and a crime against humanity" humiliated Israel in the international arena. The Tel-Aviv administration was shaken by the report shock. UN Human Rights Council's expression saying "Israel displayed an unacceptable cruelty by raiding civilian ships in international waters and killing 9 civilians" had repercussions all over the world.
FIRST SUPPORT TO NEW CONSTITUTION
"New constitution" was on the agenda of the meeting between the government and Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). During the talks, BDP said that it would extend support to the process.
Turkish State Minister Cemil Cicek said numerous issues stemmed from the constitution, and therefore, the matter should be discussed.
BDP chairman Selahattin Demirtas said in his part the new constitution process which would serve peace should be initiated nowadays.
GUL PRAISES UN REPORT
Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Thursday praised the report prepared by the UN Human Rights Council on Israeli attack on aid ship "Mavi Marmara" last May in which nine Turks were killed. "The UN report showed how painful the Mavi Marmara incident was," Gul said. Gul reiterated Turkey's demand for an apology and compensation from Israel.
MUHTAR KENT: TURKEY MAKES IMPRESSIVE PROGRESS EVERY YEAR
Turkish President Abdullah Gul received the CEO of Coca Cola Corporation Muhtar Kent in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings. Speaking to reporters after meeting President Gul, Kent said that Turkey made impressive progress every year. "We are ready to provide all assistance so entrepreneurship gets developed in Turkey," Kent said.
SOLUTION CAN BE REACHED SOON
A meeting between the government and Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) took place in the parliament on Thursday. Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin and BDP co-chairpersons Selahattin Demirtas and Gulten Kisanak attended the meeting. A general consensus was achieved in the meeting that the issue should be solved by democracy and law. Cicek said, "the people consider that problems can be removed by dialogue. We are ready to discuss every problem with everyone."
OIL IN ERGANI
Turkey struck oil with a gravity of 36 degrees near Ergani town of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. Turkey's Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) teams started to drill a region near the town of Ergani two months ago. Teams struck oil at 2,106 meters of the South Guney Sarik-2 well.
MURDER, TORTURE, BARBARITY
The UN Human Rights Council announced its report on the deadly Israeli attack on aid ship "Mavi Marmara" that killed nine Turks on May 31. The UN report said that the Israeli attack constituted "murder", involved "torture" and was an act of "barbarity". Israel's attack was against international laws, the report also said.
DO NOT CLOSE DOOR IN TURKEY'S FACE, GERMAN MINISTER SAYS
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said that everyone had to see the changing balance of power in the world. No one should slam the door in Turkey's face at a time when Turkey is a rising power with great efforts, Westerwelle stressed.
THEY DISCUSSED THE CONSTITUTION
As talks with Imrali continue, it was decided in the meeting between the government and Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) that dialogue should be maintained. "The content and method of the new constitution" was on the agenda of the government-BDP meeting, which was scheduled for last week following terrorist organization PKK's extending its decision to lay down arms after the referendum, but later delayed due to the attack in southeastern Hakkari province.
Making a call to all the political parties and NGOs for a new constitution, Deputy Premier Cemil Cicek said "a solution could be achieved through channels of democracy".
USA ASSIGNS KENT A NEW DUTY
Muhtar Kent, the head of Coca-Cola Company, became the deputy chairman of the executive board of the "Partners for a New Beginning" initiative launched by USA in an effort to build closer relations with the Islamic world. Kent will manage the relations between USA and the Islamic economic milieu.
GOVERNMENT AND BDP MEET
The meeting between Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and the government which was earlier postponed due to the attack in southeastern province of Hakkari took place on Thursday. Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek and Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin met with BDP co-chairpersons Gulten Kisanak and Selahattin Demirtas in the parliament. After the meeting, Cicek said that they discussed content of new constitution in the meeting. "We will discuss it with all parties and nongovernmental organizations," Cicek said.
TUSIAD: "IT IS TIME FOR REFORMS"
Umit Boyner, chairwoman of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), said that the economy was in solid recovery track and it was time for the government to put structural reforms in place to strengthen Turkey's position in international markets. "The Turkish economy showed remarkable resilience to the global recession thanks to reforms made after a crippling 2001 crisis in the banking sector. And now we are expecting an impressive economic growth in 2010 over other developing countries," Boyner said.
GUL SAYS IT IS HARD TO FIND COUNTRY LIKE TURKEY
President Abdullah Gul met with executives of 20 U.S. companies in New York and told them that it was hard to find a country like Turkey. Gul said that Turkey was a country with minimum risk and maximum gain. "I know some of you did not see Turkey. The country has passed through a great transformation and this process continues," he said. Gul said, "we could attract 1 billion U.S. dollar foreign capital a year in the past. Before global economic crisis, it reached 24 billion U.S. dollars." Gul said that Turkey was advancing on its EU path.
BERLIN PUSHES TURKEY'S EU BID
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called on the European Union to step up its faltering talks with Turkey over the country's bid to join the bloc, saying Europe should send Ankara a positive signal in response to the country's latest political reforms. "Nobody should rashly snub Turkey by slamming the door in its face after all its efforts," Mr. Westerwelle told The Wall Street Journal in his first interview as foreign minister with an international newspaper.
TURKISH PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION DUE TO U.S.
A Turkish parliamentary delegation led by chairman of Turkey-U.S. Friendship Group and Justice and Development (AK) Party's deputy chairman in charge of foreign relations Suat Kiniklioglu will travel to the U.S. to attend a meeting of the Turkey-U.S. Friendship Group on Sunday, September 26. The Turkish delegation will meet members of the U.S. Congress and other U.S. dignitaries. The Turkish delegation will also deliver speeches at several U.S. think tank organizations.
iPHONE 4 ARRIVES: 1,569 TL
iPhone 4 officially enters the Turkish market on Friday. An iPhone of 16 GB will sell for 1,569 TL (approx. 1,060 USD) while an iPhone of 32 GB will sell for 1,849 TL (approx. 1,249 USD).
PKK CHANGES ITS DISPLAY
In an effort to make public feel more comfortable in the solution process of the Kurdish issue, new faces will be highlighted instead of PKK's bloody faces. Terrorist organization PKK, which is faced with an increasing pressure calling it to lay down arms permanently, has decided to put on display the terrorist organization's recently admitted well-educated members. In the meantime, the decision to lay down arms will be put in practice.
THE ONLY HEALTHY MAN OF EUROPE
New York Times praised Turkey in its article titled "At the UN, Turkey Asserts Itself in Prominent Ways". Commenting on Turkish President Abdullah Gul's talks in the United States, the daily said, "Turkey used to be known as the sick man of Europe, whereas it now is the only healthy man of Europe".
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