MIDDLE EAST UNION ON THE WAY
Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan made a decision to cooperate in many economic areas. The common market will be implemented in January. All four countries agreed on the model which envisages a free trade and a visa-free zone. The countries will also cooperate in commerce, energy, transportation and tourism.
SUMMIT AGAINST TERRORISM IN THE NORTH OF IRAQ
A busy period began in fight against terrorism. Interior Minister Besir Atalay, who left for the north of Iraq with a crowded delegation yesterday, warned Massoud Barzani administration regarding PKK terrorist organization, and asked for more cooperation. Barzani said that PKK's decision of inactivity should continue, adding that he would do his best to contribute to Turkey.
I AM READY TO CONTRIBUTE TO TURKEY'S FIGHT AGAINST TERROR, BARZANI
Turkey is now focusing on north of Iraq to end terrorism in Turkey. Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay was in Irbil on Sunday where he discussed the issues of terrorist organization PKK and the democratic move of the Turkish government. In north of Iraq, Atalay met with the leader of the regional administration Massoud Barzani in a meeting that lasted three hours. Barzani told Atalay that he was ready to contribute to Turkey's fight against terror.
MIDDLE EASTERN COMMON MARKET TO BE ESTABLISHED AT BEGINNING OF NEW YEAR
Turkey is taking solid steps to turn the Middle East region into one of stability and welfare. Last June, an announcement was made to the public in Istanbul about efforts to create a free trade and visa free zone between Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. The second meeting for the common market took place in New York. The foreign ministers of the four countries met in New York and issued a declaration. According to the ministers' declaration, the Middle Eastern common market would go into effect at the beginning of 2011 with a summit of leaders in Istanbul.
INTENSE TRAFFIC IN NORTHERN IRAQ
Interior Minister Besir Atalay held a three-hour meeting with Massoud Barzani, head of the regional administration, in Iraqi city of Salah ad-Din. Meanwhile, National Intelligence Agency (MIT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan is expected to travel to Iraqi town of Irbil in the coming days.
After intense efforts of Turkey, an appropriate atmosphere has emerged to put an end to the issue of terror. Preparatory efforts are under way to evacuate the PKK base on Mount Qandil. Most of PKK members are expected to be settled in Makhmour camp. Also an amnesty may be declared for PKK members who have not been involved in any acts of terror.
TURKEY'S FIRST ARM TRANSPLANT
Surgeons performed Turkey's first double arm transplant at the Akdeniz University Hospital in the southern province of Antalya. The operation was carried on a worker who lost both arms in an accident two years ago. He has been given the arms of a 23-year-old man who died in a car crash.
Interior Minister Besir Atalay unexpectedly traveled to northern Iraq. He met with Massoud Barzani, head of the regional administration, in Salah ad-Din. Measures to be taken to disarm the PKK terrorism organization topped the agenda of the meeting. Berham Salih, prime minister of the regional administration, said later in the same day that they did not want to harbor the PKK in northern Iraq any more.
"LET'S GIVE UP FIGHTING"
Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu called on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to give up fighting and seek for ways of working together. "We have turned a new page. There are rights, freedoms, efforts to end regional disparities, struggle for European Union membership and respect for criticism," he added.
INTERIOR MINISTER ATALAY IN NORTH OF IRAQ
Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay went to north of Iraq on Sunday to hold talks on terrorist organization PKK. Atalay met with the leader of the regional administration in north of Iraq, Massoud Barzani, in a meeting that lasted three hours. Atalay and Barzani discussed PKK's activities along the Turkish-Iraqi border.
WE WILL NOT PERMIT ANYONE, GUL SAYS
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said, in reference to rumors that terrorist organization PKK left Turkish soil, that they will never permit anyone to carry weapons within the boundaries of Turkey. If they have understood this fact, then it is a good development, Gul said.
ATALAY IN THE NORTH OF IRAQ
Interior Minister Besir Atalay secretly left for the north of Iraq yesterday to hold meetings with Kurdish administration in the north of Iraq. Atalay gave the message, "stop supporting Qandil".
CHP OPENING A WHITE PAGE
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu --whose statements about constitutional amendment were defined as insincere by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan-- replied Erdogan as, "he shall not doubt and afraid. We have opened a new page. There are rights and freedoms in this page."
Galatasaray soccer team stopped their bad luck thanks to three respective victories in Super League. They also defeated Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor 3-1 yesterday. All three goals of Galatasaray were scored by Baros.
"WE PASS IT IN A WEEK"
Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu reiterated his proposal to make a new constitution before the general alections in 2011. "I am positive that we will pass the new constitution from the parliament just in a week," he said. Kilicdaroglu added, "let's initiate the timetable. In that case, the parliament speaker will take action and establish a commission to find out which articles of the constitution needed amendment. Both parties should have members in the commission."
MIT UNDERSECRETARY TO TRAVEL TO IRAQ
National Intelligence Agency (MIT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan will travel to Iraqi town of Irbil next week. Fidan is set to hold talks with Iraqi authorities on efforts to disarm the PKK terrorist organization.
A HUNT FOR MIGRANTS IN CORN FIELD
Acting on a tip-off that a group of migrants were hiding in a corn field in the northwestern province of Edirne to cross the border illegally, police searched the field. They apprehended 26 Palestinian migrants including four women and three children.
500 MLN EURO OF INVESTMENT FROM BOSCH
Franz Fehrenbach, executive board chairman of Bosch, said that Bosch invested one billion Euro in Turkey in the past ten years. He added that they were planning to invest 500 million Euro in Turkey in the next three years. Also Bosch's number of personnel in Turkey will be increased from 8,250 to 10,000.
TOUR TO DISARM PKK
While dialogue is continuing with PKK terrorist organization's head Abdullah Ocalan, Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay visited Irbil and met with Massoud Barzani to neutralize PKK. Atalay asked for an active support from Barzani for PKK's extending its decision of inactivity as well as laying down the arms.
WHY ARE WE WAITING 2011?
Earlier, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu asked to prepare the new Constitution before the general elections in 2011, and ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party leader and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Kilicdaroglu's call was not sincere. Kilicdaroglu said, "why do we have to test our sincerity? They shall not have a doubt, and shall not afraid. We say let's sit on the table, and prime minister says we can sit only after 2011. Why are we waiting? What is keeping us from sitting on the table?"
SUSPICIOUS EXPLOSION IN BELGIUM
A suspicious explosion took place in a Turkish neighborhood of Brussels on Sunday. Three homes collapsed and three people, including a Turkish individual, were killed in the explosion. The owner of one of the homes that collapsed is still missing. Experts believe that gas entrapment was the cause of the explosion.
3 HOURS WITH BARZANI
Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay had a meeting with the leader of the regional administration in north of Iraq, Massoud Barzani, on Sunday. Atalay and Barzani discussed "the terrorist organization PKK and the democratic move process of the Turkish government". The main topic at the meeting was PKK and its activities along the Turkish-Iraqi border.
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