COUNCIL OF EUROPE REPORT ON OCALAN: PLAYING PING PONG, NO ISOLATION
The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), a delegation from which paid a visit to Imrali island on January 26-27, released a report on Friday:
"We have seen Ocalan play table tennis for one hour. The CPT has reached the conclusion that the conditions of detention of Abdullah Ocalan have improved as compared to the situation found during the 2007 visit. Isolation claims are unfounded. Only the lighting and ventilation conditions can be improved."
LAST MINUTE AT THE BORDER
The recent developments in the Turkey-Armenia border, and the recent statements of the two countries brought to fore the question, "Is the border being opened?"
Turkish Foreign Ministry in a legal correspondence with the Kars Governorship dated July 5 asked how long it would take to make preparations if a decision to open the border was taken. Kars Governor Ahmet Kara said it would take around 1 to 1.5 months.
The same day, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was in Yerevan, said, "Now the ball is in Turkey's court." Armenian officials said the visit was important noting that the border could be opened before the religious ritual at the Akdamar Church in Van.
EU GIVES PASSING GRADE TO IMRALI
Council of Europe's Committee to Prevent Torture has examined the prison of terrorist head Abdullah Ocalan on the Imrali island. The Committee found the prison to be at European standards.
APPOINTMENT REQUESTED FROM KILICDAROGLU
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter of invitation to the chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu for a meeting on counter-terrorism to take place at Kilicdaroglu's office in the Turkish Parliament. In his letter, Erdogan said that he wanted to meet Kilicdaroglu either on July 14 or 15.
"OCALAN LIVES IN COMFORT"
The Council of Europe's Committee to Prevent Torture has closed the file on Imrali. According to the Committee, the prison conditions of terrorist head Abdullah Ocalan at the Imrali island were at European standards. The Committee's report said that Ocalan's prison only lacked a television set.
PRIME MINISTER REQUESTS APPOINTMENTS FROM LEADERS OF POLITICAL PARTIES
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan requested appointments from the leaders of Turkish political parties to discuss escalating acts of terror in Turkey. Erdogan did not request an appointment from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP).
"EU SPOKESPERSON SHOULD READ THAT REPORT," KILICDAROGLU
Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu criticised the EU which extended support to the constitutional amendment package.
"How can the EU say 'yes we are supporting" without even reading its own progress reports. If the EU has indexed itself to the Justice and Development (AK) Party, then that's a different thing. But this does not suit the ethical values of the EU," said Kilicdaroglu.
The EU, in the progress reports it published between 2003 and 2006, had criticised the membership of the Minister and the Undersecretary in the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors.
"THE ROOF AND SKELETON OF THE PACKAGE IS INTACT," ERGIN
Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin who spoke to Vatan said,"Despite a partial annulment, the roof and skeleton of the package is not damaged. In spite of everything it is an important step. The package is meaningful even like this. Now everyone will hush and the nation will speak. Those who say the package can not be carried to referendum are out of their minds."
"EU INDEXED TO AKP," KILICDAROGLU
Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who reacted to EU Term Spokesperson's call for support to the constitutional amendment package, said "It is not me but them who is arguing that the Minister and the Undersecretary should not be a part of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors. But if the EU has indexed itself to the Justice and Development (AK) Party, then that is something else."
Drawing attention to the Constitutional Court's fear of phone tapping, Kilicdaroglu said a government which created such an atmosphere could not possibly take steps for democratization. Kilicdaroglu reiterated that they would say "no" to the package.
MINISTRY LATE AGAIN: GRAVE NEWS FROM THE MINE
The bodies of the three miners, who were trapped in a private coal mine which collapsed after a fire in the Kesan town of Edirne, were recovered. The Ministry's decision to suspend the operation of the coal mine reached the Governorship a day after the accident.
TURKISH SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS AT PEAK OF WORLD GAMES MARKET
The digital game, "Mount & Blade: Warband", developed by Turkish software developers have sold 100,000 copies so far and has reached the peak of world games market. The game is among the most popular 25 games in the world.
NORTH ALWAYS RAINY
There will be no summer in Turkey's north this year. Rainfall in northern regions of Turkey will continue for one month more. Turkey's south will be extremely hot during the summer.
THIS SCENE IS OUR ACHIEVEMENT
Turkey succeeded in making the difficult a reality. The enmity among the Bosnians, Serbs and Croats turned into friendship. The architect of peace was Turkish President Abdullah Gul. President Gul brought together the presidents of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia in Istanbul in June. Since then, there have been winds of peace between the peoples of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia.
TURKISH CONTRACTORS TO BUILD RESIDENCES FOR AMERICAN INDIANS
Turkish State Minister Zafer Caglayan will travel to the United States on July 17 with a large group of Turkish contractors. Caglayan said that there was great potential in the U.S. State of Texas for the construction of residences for American Indians. "Turkish contractors will enter the U.S. market following a 1-week trip to five states," Caglayan said.
COUNCIL OF EUROPE: IMRALI AT EUROPEAN STANDARDS
Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture said that the prison of terrorist head Abdullah Ocalan at the Imrali island was at European standards. The Committee said that Ocalan was not isolated in his prison.
TURKISH MINISTRY OF HEALTH TO EMPLOY 2,000 DISABLED INDIVIDUALS
The Turkish Ministry of Health will employ 2,000 disabled individuals in 2010. The disabled individuals will work in various departments within the ministry.
The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), released a report on the prison conditions of leader of terrorist organization Abdullah Ocalan who is serving a life sentence:
"The conditions in Imrali comply with European standards. The CPT has reached the conclusion that the conditions of detention of Abdullah Ocalan have improved as compared to the situation found during 2007."
ERDOGAN REQUESTS APPOINTMENT FROM CHP, SP AND BBP
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan requested appointments from Republican People's Party (CHP), Felicity Party (SP) and Grand Unity Party (BBP).
According to the Justice and Development (AK) Party Central Executive Board meeting decision, Premier Erdogan who wants to meet with CHP Leader Kilicdaroglu at the Parliament will visit SP Leader Numan Kurtulmus and BBP Leader Yalcin Topcu at their offices.
Erdogan who requested to make the visits on July 14-15, did not request appointments from Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) on the grounds that they were exploiting terrorism.
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