Turkish Minister of Transportation Binali Yildirim said Saturday executives of "Google" have requested an appointment for a meeting with Turkey's Telecommunications Communication Presidency (TIB) and they were expected to arrive in Turkey as early as next week.
Yildirim answered the questions of the press corps at a ground breaking ceremony for the new domestic and international flights terminals of the Kars Airport.
In response to a question on the "YouTube" internet site, Yildirim said that it was the duty of everyone to protect the rights of Turkey.
It is unacceptable (for "YouTube") to advertise products and services without providing an invoice and paying taxes to the Turkish government, Yildirim said.
"Google" executives have made a request for a meeting with the TIB. If they do fulfill our requirements, we will hold talks with them as the Ministry of Transportation, Yildirim said.
Asked if an agreement with an internet site was possible, Yildirim said that Turkey had no intention for an agreement.
All we are saying is for them to act according to Turkish laws. We are not in a position to bargain with them. They need to accept Turkish laws and have a valid address in Turkey. If they are making money in Turkey, they need to abide by the laws and regulations of this country, Yildirim also said.
Video-sharing web-site "YouTube" was banned upon a decision of the Ankara 1st Penal Court of Peace on May 5, 2008 on charges of opposing to the Law on Crimes Against Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey.
Turkey's Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim had said on Tuesday that the Turkish finance ministry has accrued 30 million Turkish liras (TL) of tax to "YouTube" due to its generating advertising revenues in Turkey.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 13 Haziran 2010, 09:59