BOMBS ON PKK
Turkish Armed Forces gives no respite to PKK terrorists. Turkish jets which exercised patrol flights over the north of Iraq, bombed PKK targets afterwards. Meanwhile, Turkish soldiers at the Turkish-Iraqi border bombed Hakurk, Basiyan, Rubarok and Bradost regions.
RECORD LEVEL IN FOREIGN CAPITAL INFLOW
The total amount of direct international investments conducted in Turkey in 2007 reached 21.8 billion USD. While 18.4 billion USD of such figure was net capital inflow, purchase of real estates reached 2.9 billion USD. Foreign investments rose by 9.8 percent over 2006.
PREPARATIONS FOR A LAND OPERATION
After Turkish FM Ali Babacan announced that the option of a land operation against the terrorist organization is on the table, the Turkish Armed Forces are making record amounts of deployment along the border with north of Iraq. More than 10,000 troops are stationed in Sirnak and Hakkari provinces and are waiting for orders to cross the border into north of Iraq.
INDUSTRIALISTS WARN GOVERNMENT OVER POSSIBILITY OF AN INCREASE IN NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED
Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) Industry Chambers Council meeting took place on Thursday. Declaring a statement following the meeting, the council said there is a possibility that the number of unemployed in Turkey will rise based on rising amounts of imports and interest policies implemented.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Şubat 2008, 10:24
PREPARATION FOR GUNES (SUN) AT BORDER
After FM Ali Babacan said the ground operation is on the table, activity has been observed at Turkey's border with Iraq. F-16 jets are flying on a reconnaissance mission, while Turkish artillerymen pounded terrorist PKK camps. The ground operation is thought to be launched in March. It has been learned that the operation will be named after three-year-old Gunes (Sun), the daughter of corporal Kazim Aksoy who died in Gabar.
IT HAS BEEN A SHAME BUT...
Galatasaray bade farewell to Europe after a serious defeat by Leverkusen in a UEFA Cup third round second leg in Germany. Galatasaray drew with their rival 0-0 in the first leg in Istanbul. They started the match in Germany with 11 Turkish players, but it was led by Leverkusen 3-0 at the first half. Lincoln, Barusso and Sabri were in the match at the second half but the result did not change. Leverkusen scored two more goals, and defeated Galatasaray with a historic score: 5-1.
2 MONTHS TO CALIK FOR SABAH-ATV PAYMENT
The Savings Deposits Insurance Fund (TMSF) approved the sale of ATV (broadcaster) and Sabah (daily newspaper) to Calik Group for 1.1 billion USD. Upon Calik's request, TMSF gave the company 60 days to make the payment. If the payment is not made within such period, Sabah-ATV will be put on sale again.
SEVILLA'S PRESIDENT PRAISES FENERBAHCE FANS
Jose Maria Del Nido, president of the Spanish Sevilla team that was defeated by Turkish football team Fenerbahce 2-3 in a recent match in Istanbul, praised fans of Fenerbahce. Drawing attention to Greek football fans, who are described as passionate fans in Europe, Nido said he had never seen an atmosphere like the one experienced during the Fenerbahce-Sevilla game in his entire football career.
UNEASINESS AT MGK OVER HEADSCARF
The Turkish National Security Council (MGK) held a meeting on Thursday under the chairmanship of President Abdullah Gul. In a statement issued after the meeting, the MGK indicated that cross border operations into north of Iraq will continue as long as they are needed. Meanwhile, military members of the MGK expressed their uneasiness and discomfort over the issue of headscarf in Turkey.
PRIVATIZATION OF TEKEL CIGARETTES
The tobacco bought by the Turkish government dropped by 38 percent during the rule of Justice and Development (AK) Party while the number of tobacco growers dropped by half. A tender will take place on Friday for the privatization of Tekel Cigarettes. If the privatization takes place, close to 1.5 million Turks will lose their income from tobacco. Turkey would become an importer of tobacco once Tekel Cigarettes gets privatized.
LEVERKUSEN WINS 5-1 AGAINST GALATASARAY
Galatasaray went to Germany with great hopes to qualify for another round in the UEFA Cup, however they were disappointed. Galatasaray lost 1-5 to Leverkusen. They drew 0-0 in the first leg in Istanbul where Galatasaray missed a lot of goal chances.
INDUSTRIALISTS: URGENT MEASURES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY
Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), Turkish Clothing Industry Association (TGSD) and Union of Chambers & Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) drew attention to unemployment problem and asked the government to take measures. On the figures of the Turkish Board of Statistics (TUIK) that indicate a rise in unemployment, TUSIAD said, "there is slowdown in domestic demand. Low productivity is an obstacle before employment. The economic tendency is away from increasing employment opportunities." On the other hand, TGSD Chairman Ahmet Nakkas said the number of clothing firms that are thinking of ending up their business is on the rise. "The government and public authorities have been late in taking measures," he also told. Meanwhile, TOBB said, "urgent measures are required to increase competitive power."
I DID NOT SEE SUCH AN ATMOSPHERE BEFORE
Sevilla's head Jose Maria Del Nido praised Fenerbahce soccer team of Turkey, who raised their undefeatable title at their own stadium to 11 after a 3-2 victory over the Spanish soccer team. Thus, Fenerbahce became a thing for Turkey to be proud in Europe. Nido said he has not seen anything like such an atmosphere in his 21-year football career. "There was a show and amazing Turkish audience," he told. 260,000 people watched five European matches at Fenerbahce's Sukru Saracoglu Stadium. Thus, Fenerbahce won 12.2 million euros from UEFA.
SAME DESTINY IN BELGRADE
Serbians, who are bursting out anger at Kosovan independence, attacked on the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade which was earlier evacuated. Masked demonstrators set the building on fire, and looted office equipment and furniture. On the other hand, Turkey's Embassy in Belgrade was also stoned. After the incident, Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the charge d'affairs of Serbian Embassy in Ankara, whereas Turkish Embassy called Serbian security forces and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and demanded that the security of the diplomatic mission should be ensured.
GUL'S GESTURE TO SARKISIAN
Turkish President Abdullah Gul congratulated Serge Sarkisian on his election as the new president of Armenia. President Gul said in his message that he hoped Sarkisian's mission would enable creation of a ground for normalization of relations between Turkish and Armenian peoples.
TENSION IN NORTH OF IRAQ
Fuad Hussein, a close name to Massoud Barzani, leader of the regional administration in the north of Iraq, claimed that a clash took place between Turkish soldiers and the pesmergha on Thursday. Turkish General Staff denied such allegation. A spokesman for the peshmerga also said such a clash did not take place. Meanwhile, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) announced on its web-site that Turkish jets bombed Nerwe and Nihele regions in Iraq.
GUL CALLS ON SARKISSIAN FOR PEACE
Turkish President Abdullah Gul called on new Armenian leader Serge Sarkisian for peace. "Let the relations be as they were in the past. Let us create the necessary atmosphere. Let us make efforts," Gul said in his letter to Sarkisian. Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent proposal to Armenia to set up a joint historical commission to study the incidents of 1915 was left unanswered.
GREEK CONSUL GENERAL REITERATES SUPPORT FOR IZMIR'S 2015 EXPO CANDIDACY
Greek Consul General Hara Skolarikou said her country will support Izmir's candidacy to host EXPO 2015. "Greece's decision was announced personally by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis in Istanbul and my country's stance toward EXPO 2015 is crystal clear, we are supporting Izmir," Skolarikou told. Skolarikou said hosting the international exhibition event would be a major asset for Izmir and help the city's further development.