CICEK: CLOSURE IS FOR DTP'S ADVANTAGE
State Minister Cemil Cicek said, "Democratic Society Party wants to be closed since it has lost serious ground in the Southeastern Anatolia Region."
MINIMUM WAGE DISCUSSIONS TO BEGIN
The Minimum Wage Fixing Commission will have its first meeting at 10 a.m. on Monday. The commission will set the raise in the minimum wage for 2008, which interests almost 12 million citizens.
FIRST RAIN, THEN COLD
Turkey will be under the influence of a new rainy weather as of Tuesday. The rain will begin from the south and west of Turkey. Temperatures will drop 3-5 degrees Celsius.
TURK: SEEKING A SEPARATE STATE WOULD DARKEN THE FUTURE
Ahmet Turk, head of the Democratic Society Party's (DTP) parliamentary group, said seeking a separate state would be a "meaningless move" which he said could create enmities within the society and "darken the future." "In the past, I used to prioritize ethnicity and now I see that this policy is full of dangers and traps," Turk told daily ZAMAN.
BARZANI'S REPRESENTATIVE: "PKK IS THREATHENING US"
Fazil Mirani, secretary general of the Iraqi Kurdish Democratic Party (IKDP), said the terrorist PKK was threatening the regional administration in north of Iraq. "We do not want any more problems. We have fought for 50 years and had certain gains and we will not risk them for the PKK," Mirani told Turkish reporters.
POISED HAMMER GREW PKK
Deputy PM Cemil Cicek said everything including point operations will be done in fight against terrorism. "If we had entered north of Iraq during the Gulf War in 1991, 600,000 refugees would not have rushed in Turkey and the calamity named Poised Hammer would not have caused these results," he also said.
MCDONNEL DOUGLAS TEAM INVESTIGATION PLANE CRASH
McDonnel Douglas, the U.S. firm which produced the plane that crashed in Isparta on Friday, sent a team consisting of six members to Turkey. The team will investigate the plane crash, and the wreckage will then be removed.
BLACKOUT AT BORDER
Military activity in the Southeastern Anatolia Region has increased after point operations in Cukurca town. Turkey continues to deploy troops and ammunition to the border without interruption. Troops at the border are on alert. On the other hand, military troops in strategic points launch "blackout" practice at nights, which is only done during war times.
OZKAN GETTING PREPARED TO BECOME NUMBER TWO EXECUTIVE OF CHP
Tuncay Ozkan, who drew attention with his speeches in Republican demonstrations, will join active politics in the Republican People's Party (CHP). Ozkan decided to sell Kanalturk TV and met CHP chairman Deniz Baykal last week. Ozkan is eager to take an active role in the party and he wants to become the general secretary of the party, sources said.
SHOW OF DETERMINATION
The Turkish Armed Forces showed its determination when it used without any delay the authorization to stage cross-border operation in Iraq's north and made its first operation last Saturday. Turkish General Staff said the operation inflicted heavy damage on a group of 50-60 PKK terrorists. The statement also said the operation targeted only PKK and it said unless any hostile attitude was shown against Turkish forces, local groups would not be targeted.
TURKISH SECURITY FORCES KILL TWO PKK TERRORISTS IN SIRNAK
Turkish security forces killed two PKK terrorists in a clash, Turkish General Staff said in a statement on Sunday. The clash erupted in a mountainous area near the southeastern province of Sirnak.
WE WILL DO IT NO MATTER HOW MANY OPERATIONS WE HAVE TO STAGE
Regarding the first cross-border attack of Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), USA said, "Turkey had the right to defend itself." Sweden also expressed its support for the operation, however it asked for a political solution in the long term.
Meanwhile, Deputy Premier Cemil Cicek said TSK would decide on the necessity and timing of an operation, as well as the number of operations that would be waged.
BAYKAL: "JURISDICTION IS A TARGET FOR AK PARTY"
Deniz Baykal, chairperson of Republican People's Party (CHP), said the Justice and Development (AK) Party government aimed to "hamper the jurisdiction" with the arrangements it carried out regarding the appointment of judges and public prosecutors. Baykal claimed that AK Party would also "scratch out" the understanding of "unitary state".
Turkey drew with Portugal, Czech Republic and Switzerland in Group A of Euro 2008. Switzerland will host the championship. In the World Cup 2006 play-offs, Turkey was defeated at the end of an eventful match in Switzerland. Turkey and Switzerland are again in the same group. Turks commented is as a "pay-off day" while the Swiss commented it as "oh my God, Turks again!" Turkish national football team will play its first match against Portugal in Geneva on June 7th. Turkey will take on Switzerland in Basel on June 11th. Turkey's last match in the group will be against Czech Republic in Geneva on June 15th.
GUL: AUTHORIZATION USED WHEN NECESSARY
President Abdullah Gul travelled to Islamabad upon an invitation of his Pakistani counterpart Pervez Musharraf, who is experiencing difficult times in his country. "Authorization has been given and it is used when it is necessary," Gul told reporters when commenting on a cross-border operation targeting at the terrorist organization PKK.
FOREIGN INTEREST IN THE BRIDGE
Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Australian companies are interested in the upcoming privatization process of highways, as well as "Bosphorus" and "Fatih Sultan Mehmet" bridges in Turkey.
Halil Eroglu, Director General of Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB), said the sale of highways and bridges would take place in the first six months of 2008. Eroglu said the transfer of highways and bridges to the new purchasers would be completed till the end of 2008.
ASP: "DTP DID NOT CALL PKK A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION"
Swedish ambassador in Ankara Christer Asp said there was now a better understanding in EU regarding the problems Turkey are facing due to PKK terrorism.
Recalling that EU acknowledged PKK as a terrorist organization, Asp said the Turkish government apparently tried to find a political solution to the issue.
Asp, who said that Democratic Society Party (DTP) should stand distant to PKK, also noted that DTP should declare that it accepted PKK as a terrorist organization.
TURKEY DRAWS PORTUGUAL, SWITZERLAND, CZECH REPUBLIC IN EURO 2008
Turkish national football team is set to challenge Portugal, Switzerland and Czech Republic in Group A in Euro 2008 which is scheduled for June. Turkish coach Fatih Terim said Sunday his team was drawn in a very competitive group. "Portugal is the finalist of recent European championship and a tough rival. Czech Republic completed group matches very well. Switzerland is a good team and the host of the championship. This will be a great advantage for them," Terim said. "It doesn't matter who we are paired with in the first game, we just have to play well."
EXPERTS SAY FAILED "SHORT CUT" MIGHT HAVE LED TURKISH PLANE TO CRASH
An initial report by a group of aviation experts who are investigating a plane crash last Friday, has said an attempted "short cut" landing might have led the Atlasjet plane to crash, killing 57 crew members and passengers on board. A former pilot has said airline companies encourage their pilots to use short cuts when they are available to cut down fuel costs.