JORDANIAN KING EXPRESSES SUPPORT IN FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM
Jordanian King Abdallah II expressed support on Tuesday for Turkey's fight against the terrorist organization PKK. "We condemned every type of terrorism, particularly the attacks of the terrorist organization PKK against Turkey," Abdallah said during a joint press conference with Turkish President Abdullah Gul. Jordanian King was in capital Ankara for an official visit where he also met Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
LAND REFORM IN EAST, SOUTHEAST
A report drafted by near 60 institutions proposed to make a land reform in east and southeast Turkey. The report envisages to grant poor families lands belonging to the state treasury for cultivation.
NEW HIGHER EDUCATION HEAD PROMISES TO LIFT ALL BANS IN UNIVERSITIES
Prof. Dr. Yusuf Ziya Ozcan, new chairman of the Turkey's Higher Education Board (YOK), said all bans in universities would be lifted. "You cannot talk about scientific achievement in universities if there are bans and limitations," Ozcan said. "I have two goals: One is to remove all bans in universities and the other one is to focus more on scientific character of universities."
BESIKTAS PAYS FAREWELL TO CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Turkey's Besiktas football team ran out of hope to continue with the European Champions League when it lost against Portugal's Porto in Tuesday's game. The black eagles were defeated 0-2.
LAST WARNING: PULL-UP
It was revealed that Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) made a warning to the pilots to pull up before the Atlasjet plane crashed the hill Turbetepe in Mediterranean province of Isparta.
According to data recordings in the accident in which 57 people lost their lives, MD83 type Atlasjet plane descended 2,600 meters in line with the maps.
As the weather was moonlit, the pilots did not abide by the warnings and diverted 30 degrees from the route. When the GPWS system worked, they pulled-up but crashed into Turbetepe.
HISTORICAL ASSESSMENT FROM CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF
Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit said domestic and foreign support given to terrorism triggered each other, and noted that terrorist organization became legalized and politicized.
Asked if he meant the parliament, Gen. Buyukanit said, "yes, I mean the parliament."
Gen. Buyukanit said human rights turned into the values of "terrorist rights", indicating that, "we lost the high values of humanity in fight against terrorism since 1984. We have mistake."
BUYUKANIT: "PKK IS IN PARLIAMENT"
As government made a call for PKK terrorists to have them lay down arms, Chief of General Staff Gen. Buyukanit made a harsh remark on Tuesday. "PKK is in parliament" he said, referring to the deputies of the Democratic Left Party (DTP). "PKK has completed the process of politicization," he said. "Terror is now both politicized and legalized. The only thing that remains illegal is the dimension of armed terror," Buyukanit said.
WE LOST MR. FASHION
Vitali Hakko, father of the fashion brand Vakko, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 94. He began his career as the owner of a small shop which sold women's hats in Istanbul's Beyoglu district. With Vakko, he carried Turkish fashion to the west.
PKK IS IN PARLIAMENT
Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, speaking at a symposium on "Cutting Ideologic and Economic Support for Terrorist Organization, said PKK entered the parliament politically. He said terrorist PKK organization not only got politicized but also got legalized. Gen. Buyukanit said acts that will encourage terrorist organization should be avoided.
Gen. Buyukanit said Turkey overlooked some important values of humanity while combatting terrorism since 1984. Buyukanit listed them as human rights, democracy, freedom and peace. He said PKK gained strengthened in international arena by using those values.
As frequency of visits from Iran to Turkey recently attracts the attentions, Iranian Minister of Trade Masud Mir-Kazemi is expected to pay a visit to Ankara. Executives of Iranian Embassy said agreements boosting trade volume would be signed.
BLACK BOX RIDDLE IN TURKISH PLANE CRASH
Curtain of mist thickened over an AtlastJet plane that crashed near the southern province of Isparta as rumors had spread that one of the two black boxes of the plane was empty and the data that the other black box has recorded was deleted. No official authority including the Turkish Civil Aviation denied the claims. "I cannot know, there will be a statement probably on Friday when investigation is completed," Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said in response to a question on the issue.
FINANCE MINISTER HOPEFUL OVER GROWTH
Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan sounded optimistic about economic growth rate even if he said Turkey might not reach its year-end target. "We have to open the way for sectors that lead the growth. There is no need to worry," he said on Tuesday. "Fight against inflation is pretty hard but we will continue to do it," he said.
"A PATHOLOGICAL CASE"
Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) qualified French attitude to argue for the removal of "membership" expression out of a draft final declaration of an EU summit as "a pathological case". "An illegal and a pathological resistance of a democracy to another democracy contradicts the idea of European integration and blocks the development of bilateral relations," TUSIAD said in a statement on Tuesday.
WE LOST THE FATHER OF FASHION
Renowned Turkish businessmen Vitali Hakko, founder of Vakko company, passed away in Istanbul late on Monday. Hakko (94) was one of the pioneers in Turkish retail sector.
NEW YOK CHAIRMAN: ALL BANS IN UNIVERSITIES WILL BE LIFTED
New Chairman of the Higher Education Board (YOK) Prof. Dr. Yusuf Ziya Ozcan said bans in universities would be lifted. "My opinion is that universities should be completely free institutions and should deal with science and science only. Our universities have to create the knowledge that will carry Turkey to 21st Century. And if we can do this problems such the headscarf will be solved automatically," Ozcan said.
YOK CHAIRMAN WROTE THIS
New Chairman of the Higher Education Board (YOK) Prof. Yusuf Ziya Ozcan who in an article in 1995 said, "there would be less problem if each Muslim lived according to the principles of Islam."
In his article titled, "Is Islam a Hindrance to Economic Development?" Prof. Ozcan defended that Islam was misunderstood.
CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF HARSLY REACTS AGAINST DTP
Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit said internal and external support given to terrorism triggered each other and PKK got legalized. Asked if he meant the Parliament, Gen. Buyukanit said, "yes".
Gen. Buyukanit said terrorist PKK organization not only got politicized but also got legalized. "Values like human rights, democracy, freedom and peace passed into the hands of the terrorists. We are shown as people who could not tolerate freedoms and hate peace. This is psychological operation."
CAPTAIN OF THE BOAT GAVE THE RUDDER AND DIVED INTO THE SEA
Captain of the boat carrying 85 illegal migrants, who is known as "Ali Captain", called an illegal migrant after the boat sailed for around 100 meters and said, "this is the gas pedal, this is the rudder. Go strait ahead. You will be in Samos in two hours," and dived into the sea. The illegal migrants got panicked. The boat was capsized also because of the effect of the southwest wind.
STRONG MESSAGES TO EU AND DTP
Chief of General Staff. Gen. Yasar Buyukanit said, "terrorism both got politicized and legalized. It continues to become legalized in the basis of the organization." Gen. Buyukanit said he meant DTP with his statements.
Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Ergin Saygun said, "Europe, which supports PKK, shares the responsibility of Turkey's loss of lives and property together with the terrorist organization."