DO NOT GIVE UP ON DEMOCRACY
President Abdullah Gul met Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and opposition leaders including Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad. Gul said, "If a country has a strong army and democracy, economic development will follow them." Gul gave a message to the three leaders to overcome problems by democracy. "Everybody should leave aside personal and political matters, and serve Pakistan's interests," he also said.
"END YOUR RELATIONS WITH PKK" CALL TO EUROPE
The new target of Ankara, which is blowing a stroke on the terrorist organization PKK by military operations, is to end "foreign support." Turkey is staging successful operations against the terrorist organization by getting intelligence support from the USA. Now, Ankara has pushed the button to cut sources of income and to prevent new people from joining the terrorist organization PKK. Turkey will warn EU members not to extend direct or indirect support to the terrorist organization. Some EU member states allow activities of by-organizations of the terrorist organization and permits the organization to make illicit drug trafficking although it is included in the list of terrorist networks, shelters top members and provides financial sources.
TURKEY ON PAKISTAN'S SIDE AGAIN
Pakistan, which congratulates the 60th anniversary of its independence this year, has been going through a critical crisis lately. While many people lost their lives in the politically tense atmosphere of the country, Turkey was again the first country which offered help to Pakistan.
President Abdullah Gul paid a visit to Pakistan and held talks with representatives of the government and opposition.
LAGENDIJK REACTS UPON ZANA'S REMARK
Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Commission Co-chairman Joost Lagendijk reacted upon remarks of Leyla Zana, former deputy of banned Democracy Party (DEP), who delivered a speech at the "Kurdish Conference" hosted by the European Parliament.
When Zana said "the path to peace passes through Ocalan", Lagendijk said Zana's remarks were quite inessential and inappropriate. Lagendijk also said that terrorist organization PKK should immediately lay down arms without any pre-condition.
ARTICLE 301 TO CHANGE SOON, SAHIN SAYS
Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin said Monday Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code would be amended soon. "We have been working for at least a year now to make the change to the article and the government will soon submit a bill to the Council of Ministers on this issue," Sahin told reporters.
FATHER LOSES CHILD, WIFE, PARENT IN PLANE CRASH
Bulent Ceylan, a police officer, cannot help bursting into tears as he looks down on the wreckage of a Turkish jetliner which crashed last Friday, killing 57, among them Ceylan's just-born daughter Ceren, his wife and his mother-in-law. "I have lost everything I got," he says.
"MY BROTHER GUL" INTERVENES FOR PAKISTAN
President Abdullah Gul hosted most important Pakistani politicians. In Monday morning, Gul met his Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who said "my brother Gul's approach is positive." Then, Gul received Benazir Bhutto, Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif. Gul addressed Pakistani people: "All region is very vital for Pakistan's future. Look at the big picture."
MINUS 10 DEGREES DOES NOT HAMPER TROOPS
Despite snow and freezing cold, Turkish troops continue their operations to prevent the terrorist organization PKK from infiltrating Turkey. Troops and military equipment are deployed to strategic regions, while commandos are scouring Cudi and Gabar mountains.
INFLATION EXCEEDS TARGET
Consumer prices increased by 1.95 percent to reach the highest levels over the last years. Hikes in private consumption tax for fuel and tobacco products were seen as a major reason for the upward move, and producer prices increased by 0.89 percent in November, 2007. Annual inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) by the end of November was 8.40 percent and annual inflation based on Producer Price Index (PPI) by the end of November was 5.65 percent.
CONFERENCE ON EU, TURKEY, KURDS IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
European Parliament hosted Monday a conference on the European Union, Turkey and Kurds. Joost Lagendijk, a Dutch lawmaker and president of the EU-Turkish delegation, said the terrorist PKK should lay down arms without any pre-condition. Leyla Zana, a former deputy, gave her speech in Kurdish and a PKK member named Ahmet Gulabi Dere, was also at the conference. Just two weeks ago, Turkey appealed to Belgian authorities for the extradition of Dere.
DEMOCRACY ADVICE TO PAKISTAN
Turkish President Abdullah Gul has become the first foreign leader who paid a visit to Pakistan after Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf proclaimed martial law in the country.
Right in the middle of the political crisis in Pakistan, Gul held talks with Pakistani leaders and gave messages for unity.
"Functioning democratic institutions will make Pakistan stronger against terrorism," Gul said.
AMENDMENT OF ARTICLE 301 INTRODUCED TO ERDOGAN
Turkish Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin said that the amendment draft regarding the Article 301 of Turkish Penal Code, was introduced to Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
"We can rapidly send the draft to the Council of Ministers and then to the parliament," Sahin said.
GUL MEETS PAKISTANI PRESIDENT, OPPOSITION LEADERS
Turkish President Abdullah met Monday his Pakistani counterpart Pervez Musharraf in capital Islamabad as well as opposition figures such as Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif. "My aim is not to interfere with Pakistan's internal issues. I am just offering some advice as a friend because Turkey walked down that road before," Gul said.
CINDORUK TO RUN FOR DEMOCRAT PARTY LEADERSHIP
Mehmet Agar, leader of the Democrat Party (DP), said Monday Husamettin Cindoruk, a former speaker of parliament, would run for the chairmanship of the DP at an extraordinary party congress scheduled for January 6, 2008. Agar is expected to leave his top post within the party ranks. "I am not leaving politics but for the first time a politician in Turkey is keeping his word to the nation," Agar said.
BAKOYIANNI: "LET US LEAVE HISTORY BEHIND"
Greek Foreign Minister Theodora Bakoyianni, who will host Turkish FM Turkish Ali Babacan in Athens today, said they were determined to improve the relations between Turkey and Greece.
In an interview with Milliyet daily, Bakoyianni said the remains of the history should be left behind. Bakoyianni also said she believed there would be a chance for a settlement in Cyprus in 2008.
SALE OF SABAH-ATV
After Nurol-Carlyle, one of the 3 companies which applied for preliminary qualification for the tender aiming to sell Turkey's prominent media companies Sabah and ATV, announced that it would not attend the tender, Ipek-Koza-RTL consortium also declared that it would not participate in the tender.
Consequently, Turkuaz, a Calik group company from Turkey, was left alone in the tender process.
"The tender will take place even if there is a single participating company," Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF) Presdient Ahmet Erturk said.
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SABAH-ATV AUCTION PROCESS GOES ON
Executives of the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF) said the process to sell Sabah daily and ATV channel continues and the auction is not delayed or cancelled. Three groups have received pre-qualification documents for the tender, while bids will be collected till the end of Tuesday.
CIVIL AVIATION POINTS TO PILOTAGE FAULT
Ali Ariduru, the DG of Civil Aviation, said there was no fire or sabotage when commenting on Friday's plane crash that killed 57 people. "The flight route and the place of the wreckage are evident. How did the plane get there," he said.