Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) is purchasing 468 remote-controlled vehicles which are resistant to bomb and mine. Safety of Turkish soldiers --who trace terrorists on mountains-- will be on the highest level with MRAP (mine resistant ambush protected) armored vehicles. Defense Industry Undersecretariat will give priority to Turkish companies in the tender in December.
FM BABACAN: KURDISH ADIMINISTRATION IS NOT SINCERE
FM Ali Babacan pointed out that the remarks of the Kurdish administration in the north of Iraq (under the leadership of Massoud Barzani) about PKK have changed recently and said, "however, we haven't seen any steps taken that would inspire confidence in us."
MINE RESISTANT MOBILE CASTLES
Turkish Army will be equipped with Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. 400 MRAP vehicles (which are also known as 'mobile castles') will be purchased.
PARIS SIGNALS SOFTENING TENDENCY ON THE ARMENIAN ISSUE
President Abdullah Gul got together with French PM Francois Fillon. The French PM said to Gul that his country could change its stance regarding the 'Armenian issue' and remove its pressure against the opening of two chapters in the EU membership process.
I'VE READ JOURNALS OF TERRORISTS
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that he has read everything about terrorists including their journals. He said, "it is not a bearable life. The number of militants who are ready to surrender is very high."
TURKEY IS RIGHT
EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn said that international community supports Turkey's fight against terrorism. Rehn called Iraq to give the assurance to Turkey that it will guarantee respect towards Turkish border.
NOT WITH BANS
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said, "previous mistakes should not be repeated in fight against terrorism. Ban on Kurdish language was a mistake. It was seen that we cannot be successful with bans."
HOLDING OUR HAND IS ENOUGH
Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) helicopters are handing out papers to regions where terrorists take shelter, and call them to surrender. The papers say; "decide, leave the organization. Go to the nearest military unit, gendarmery or police station. You will be welcomed." On some papers, there is a uniformed hand photo, and says, "holding our hand is enough."
FOREIGN MINISTRY TENSION
Turkey could not send its ambassadors to several capitals as names chosen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were discountenanced and the decree to appoint new ambassadors was deferred. Activities of the crucial departments of the ministry, such as Iraq and the Middle East desk, were blocked because of the problem.
DISCLOSE THE SECRET DEAL
Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal underscored PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks as "confidential agreements can not be made public" and said that Erdogan should spill the beans. He added that every Turkish citizen has the right to be informed about the agreement.
WE HAVE TO WORK VERY VERY HARD
United Nations Development Program (UNDP) unveiled human development report 2007-2008. As the 17th largest economy in the world, Turkey ranked 84th in human development index. UNDP representative in Turkey Ayub said, "one of the factors that curbed Turkey was gender inequality. Turkey was 111th on that."
Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) are becoming harsher against the government.
CHP chairman Deniz Baykal said PM Erdogan, by saying "confidential agreements can not be made public", admitted that there was a secret deal regarding a cross-border operation into north of Iraq.
MHP chairman Devlet Bahceli said, "PM's remarks show that the government shelved an operation which would eradicate PKK in the north of Iraq. The government has minimized its objectives."
FIRST SIGNS OF COMMON SENSE FROM PARIS
President Abdullah Gul, who travelled to Paris to promote Izmir's bid to host Expo 2015, said that French PM Francois Fillon supported Turkey's offer to establish a joint commission (on Armenian allegations).
"Historians should decide on Armenian allegations, not politicians," said Fillon who met President Gul.
PRINCE'S GRATUITY RETURNED WITH FLOWERS
Saudi Prince Al-Suud gave envelops of thanks to gendarmerie teams who ensured his security during his summer vacation in Aegean resort town of Bodrum, it was revealed. Each of the envelops contained 5,000 USD and they were all returned with roses and carnations by the order of gendarmerie captain. Prince Al-Suud, who shook captain's hand, said, "I am not used to such a situation. I am sorry if I hurt you."
HERE'S THE QANDIL SCENARIO
The United States and Kurds will force PKK terrorist organization to lay down arms. It was claimed that instead of an operation of Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), the U.S. plan of isolation of PKK was put into practice in the north of Iraq. The scenario was conveyed to Kurdish administration too.
MOBILE CASTLE FOR TSK
Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) is purchasing MRAP (mine resistant ambush protected) armored vehicle which can resist at least 400 mines. These vehicles --which are used by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan-- are not affected by any mine attack including the remote-controlled ones too.
FENERBAHCE FALLS APART AFTER ONE YEAR
Fenerbahce soccer team of Turkey, which had collected 8 points in 4 matches, fell apart against Inter. It was defeated in Europe for the first time in one year. With this loss, it left its chances of advancing to the next round to the match against CSK Moscow in Istanbul.
ONE WHO PAYS THE PRICE WINS THE TENDER
Government Spokesman & Deputy PM Cemil Cicek answered allegations regarding the tender for the sale of ATV TV channel and Sabah daily; "Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF) is an independent institution. The government's choice or inspiration is out of the question. One who pays the price will buy it. The issue regarding the share of foreigners in media was not brought us yet."