"LET'S TURN A NEW PAGE"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at his meeting with executives of media organs, "the referendum on the constitutional amendment package marked a milestone for Turkey. Political parties, non-governmental organizations and the media should contribute to the efforts for a new constitution. We are entailed to turn a new page and make a new beginning for a more democratic constitution."
"EUROPEAN UNION SLOWDOWNS US"
President Abdullah Gul criticized the European Union's attitude towards Turkey during his speech at the World Leaders Forum at New York's Columbia University. "Turkey has fulfilled its responsibilities in its European Union membership process. But some member countries are trying to prevent us from fulfilling the criteria. The European Union slowdowns us," he said.
HERE IS THE ROAD MAP FOR THE NEW ERA
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan explained the post-referendum period to media executives.
General Election: "We will bring it one month forward. We can hold it in June after school closing.
New constitution: It is impossible to make new amendments before 2011 election due to timetable. We can go to referendum again if needed.
Education in native language: We have lifted the ban on learning one's native language. However, multilingual education could be a problem for internal peace.
Terrorism: We are working on a new security structure. Abdullah Ocalan has no influence in this process. General amnesty is the amnesty for murderers. Political amnesty is something different.
Fight against gangs: We are struggling to turn the dark into bright. Media should give support while gangs are being uncovered.
Military service by payment: The matter is being assessed by officials of Defense Ministry and General Staff.
EU LACKS VISION
Turkish President Abdullah Gul addressed a meeting at Columbia University in New York. Gul said some EU countries which lack vision have displayed political stance that could even prevent Turkey from fulfilling membership criteria.
Gul was applauded when he said, "Israelis and Palestinians are not coming from the same nation, they are not part of the same nation. Gaza is a territory occupied by Israel. Gaza is not an Israeli territory, it is Palestinian."
THEY COMMITTED MASSACRE WITH BANNED BULLETS
UN delegation examined the attack on Gaza-bound aid ship Mavi Marmara and once again revealed that Israel had obfuscated the evidences. UN delegation's report said that bodies and injured activists were sent to Turkey after illegal bullets were taken out of their bodies.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with executives of all newspapers and TV channels for the first time at his office in Istanbul. "We do not want the media to support us. But we do not approve the media's becoming part of a political campaign. The media should always support democracy, rule of law, humanitarian values, rights and freedoms. We understand our people's concerns and we want to ease them. We want to see the same attitude from the media," he said at the meeting.
KILICDAROGLU: "WE WILL PAVE THE WAY OF DEMOCRACY"
The leader of the main opposition party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, said in an interview with the Vatan daily, "Europe considers the Republican People's Party (CHP) as a political party which objects to simply everything including the membership to the European Union. We paid visits to several European countries to put an end to this perception and explain ourselves. The CHP is the political party which ensured democracy in Turkey. Now, I want to prepare a more democratic by-law for the party itself."
"TURKEY WILL CONTINUE ACTING AS A MEDIATOR"
President Abdullah Gul said at the World Leaders Forum at New York's Columbia University that Turkey would continue acting as a mediator between Iran and the Western world. "The Turkish government wants this issue to be settled through diplomacy. Because if a war erupts, it will happen in our region," he said.
YEAR OF SAY BEGINS
Pianist and composer Fazil Say gave his first concert at the Berlin Konzerthaus in Germany as part of the "Artist in Residence Concert Series". During the concert, Say performed George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue". Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra conducted by Lothar Zagrosek accompanied him. A number of Turkish and German classical music lovers watched the concert.
ZERO TOLERANCE TOWARD RACISM
Prosecutors have completed the probe into expulsion of gypsies, whose houses and tents were torched by local people in Manisa's Selendi district. A total of 80 people have been sued. Prosecutors watched all video images in detail and decided that suspects had not only damaged properties belonged to gypsies but also hurt them. Prosecutors also decided that it was racism against these people.
"WE ARE TRYING TO EMPHATIZE"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a breakfast with executives of media companies. He gave the message of "opening a blank page."
"We don't think referendum results caused a polarization. Turkey opened a blank page on September 12. What happened during referendum campaigns are left behind. A new start has become a must with a more libertarian constitution," he said.
"I USED PHOTOGRAPHS TO DEPICT ISTANBUL"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at his meeting with executives of media organs that he had to use photographs to remove Europeans' misunderstandings about Turkish people's clothes in Istanbul. He said that they wanted to move the election one month forward, for the elections to be held before the schools were closed. Referring to the issue of education in mother tongue, Prime Minister Erdogan said, "we have already allowed opening of courses to teach mother tongues. But a multilingual education system will lead to problems about future of domestic peace in Turkey. Ethnic elements in Turkey are not restricted with Turks and Kurds."
TWO DOCTORS KILLED IN CAR CRASH
Two doctors were killed and 11 medical students were injured when their minibus toppled in Sereflikochisar town of Ankara. They were on their way to the Cappadocia region. The injured students were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.
"HONEY" WINS BEST FILM AWARD IN 17TH GOLDEN BOLL FILM FESTIVAL
Famous director Semih Kaplanoglu's "Honey" won the Best Film Award in the 17th Golden Boll Film Festival in the southern province of Adana. The Best Director Award went to Selim Demirdelen and Levent Semerci.
IMRALI HAS NO INFLUENCE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the inaction decision made by the PKK had nothing to do with head of the terrorist organization Abdullah Ocalan. At a meeting with executives of Turkish media companies, Erdogan said, "Ocalan has no influence right now in shaping the process."
He said there was a fight for leadership within the terrorist organization, adding, "decision for inaction was totally made by leaders on the mountain. I have not seen, over the past eight years, anything like signals given by Ocalan had found the address. There is a leadership on the mountain and there is another in Europe. There is a struggle between these two."
NEW CONSTITUTION TO BE MADE AFTER ELECTIONS
Prime Minister Erdogan said, "I don't think remarks as 'we should not wait for general elections for a new constitution' are not sincere. We will bring forward 2011 elections to June. We have got 10 months ahead. When the parliament starts working, debates on budget will be made until the beginning of the new year. Three of the five months remaining will go on as election campaigns. And also there are bills pending in the parliament. So, it is impossible to make amendments in this busy time."
DIABETES DRUG AVANDIA BANNED IN TURKEY
Turkish Ministry of Health banned 12 drugs which increases risk of heart attack and stroke. Diabetes drug Avandia, asked to be banned in United States and Europe, and 12 other drugs containing the same active substance will be recalled in Turkey. The ministry also banned import and production of these drugs used to control blood sugar.
MEDIATOR CLUB FROM TURKEY
A "group of mediators", which will get together on a regular basis for world peace, has been founded within the United Nations after efforts of Turkey and Finland.
9 SHINING CITIES
According to a report by Boston Consulting Group, Turkey's nine cities --Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bursa, Adana, Mersin, Kayseri, Konya and Antalya-- are among emerging-market cities that will constitute the biggest commercial opportunity in the world in the coming decades.
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