Relations between Turkey and Syria will be up to Syrian government's response to Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who will pay a critical visit to Damascus today. Prior to the visit, the government discussed the last messages to be conveyed to Damascus at a meeting at the Prime Ministry Office. Davutoglu will call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop acts of violence. If Syrian government gives a positive response, it will be given time. But if Damascus says no, Ankara will hold off.
GUL: "WE ARE A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION"
President Abdullah Gul said in an interview with the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, "Turkey has been playing an active role in its region. The Middle East follows Turkey's democratization process. Turkey is a source of inspiration for the regional countries."
U.S. QUAKE IN MARKETS
Decrease in the credit rating of the United States caused a 4-5 percent loss in world stock exchanges. The biggest hit was on Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE) with 7.08 percent. The U.S. dollar reached 1.76 Turkish lira (TL). Central Bank stated that there was no stagnation risk for Turkey.
EYES ON DAVUTOGLU'S VISIT TO DAMASCUS
While civilian killings are continuing in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will pay a critical visit to that country today. International community is also closely following the visit. Davutoglu will hold a tete-a-tete meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and convey "friendly and brotherly" warnings of Turkey. He will ask Syria to immediately quit using violence on civilians. The visit may be a beginning of a new period in Turkey-Syria relations.
Prior to Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's visit to Damascus, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan convened a security summit in Ankara and USA sent a diplomat to Ankara. Besides Davutoglu, Interior Minister Ismet Yilmaz and new chief of the General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel were in attendance at the meeting at the Prime Ministry Office. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Davutoglu on phone and asked him to convey the message to President Bashar al-Assad to put an immediate end to the massacre.
"WE INSPIRE MIDDLE EAST"
President Abdullah Gul has said that Turkey was an exemplary country in the region with its democratization process. In an interview with the Japanese daily Nikkei, President Gul said, "we historically and geographically have the capability to take a leading role in the region. We are making efforts to ensure stability in our region. We inspire the Middle Eeast."
THREE POLICE KILLED IN THE LAST 42 HOURS
While Special Task Force is high on the agenda in counter-terrorism, PKK terrorist organization again targeted police. In the last 42 hours, five attacks have been staged against police officers in the eastern provinces of Van and Bitlis and in Cukurca town of the southeastern province of Hakkari. Police officers Yasin Horbek and Murat Celikhasi were killed. In the last attack in Hakkari, Bayram Gobe was killed after being shot in his back while he was shopping in his civilian clothes.
DAMASCUS SUMMIT WITH U.S. AMBASSADOR
Prior to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's visit to Syrian capital Damascus today, U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton called Ankara and gave a message to "convince Syrian President Bashar al-Assad; let him withdraw his soldiers to barracks". Following the summit meeting in Prime Ministry HQ, the U.S. Ambassador in Ankara was briefed too. Meanwhile, al-Assad discharged his defense minister with an urgent decision.
FROM ZERO PROBLEM TO DANGEROUS WATERS
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will travel to Syria today. Prior to the visit, a meeting took place at the Prime Ministry Office with the participation of new chief of the General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel to review Turkey's strategy about Syria. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a telephone conversation with Davutoglu and asked him the convey the message to President Bashar al-Assad that Syrian troops should withdraw from cities. U.S. Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone and Fred Hof, an official from the U.S. Department of State for Syria also held talks with Turkish authorities.
ARINC: "IT CONCERNS EVERYONE"
Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Bulent Arinc said that neither timing nor method of operations in Syria was unacceptable. Arinc told reporters following the Council of Ministers meeting, "incidents in Syria concern both the region and the whole world, not only Turkey and Syria. Therefore, it is impossible to expect the U.S. Department of State and the European states to remain indifferent about the recent developments. We think that the United Nations and the international community should take action."
U.S. RATING HITS ISE
Second deep expectations in the global economic crisis are shaking the markets. Decrease in the credit rating of the United States hit Turkish stock exchange most. Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE) dropped seven percent yesterday. One-week loss in the stock exchange reached 16 percent. The figures of Turkish industrial production index, which were announced yesterday, were considered as the first signals of an expected economic stagnation.
EITHER REFORM OR AN ASSAD-FREE SYRIA
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will leave for Damascus today to find a solution to crisis in Syria. The United States, which is not pleased with this initiative, leaked the details of a meeting between Davutoglu and U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton, and wherreted Turkey. Davutoglu will give the message that he was not a representative of the western world, and ask Syria to make reforms. If no result is taken, an Assad-free Syria will be taken into agenda.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has first held a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, then, she sent a special envoy to Ankara. It was revealed that Washington and Ankara bargained about several harsh measures against Syrian government.
DAVUTOGLU TO TRAVEL TO SYRIA
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will travel to Syria today. He will convey Turkish government's messages to President Bashar al-Assad. He is expected to remind al-Assad the situation of leaders in the other Arab countries.
FIRST AID TO SOMALIA
The Red Crescent, the Directorate of Religious Affairs and the Turkish International Cooperation & Development Agency (TIKA) have sent humanitarian aid to Somalia. Two cargo planes of the Turkish Airlines (THY) carrying the humanitarian aid arrived in Somalia on Monday. The aid includes foodstuff to meet urgent requirements of nearly 1,500 families.
SADDAM SAID NO TOO
The critical meeting, which Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will hold with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus today, reminded Turkey's efforts to convince Saddam prior to the Gulf War in 2003. Davutoglu will hold a tete-a-tete meeting with al-Assad today. He will convey Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's message to al-Assad to "stop massacre of civilians immediately". U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton's phone conversation with Davutoglu yesterday as well as the meeting between U.S. ambassador and Erdogan's Chief Advisor Ibrahim Kalin show how closely the U.S. is following the visit of Davutoglu.
BIRTHDAY AT SILIVRI
Journalist and a parliamentarian of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Mustafa Balbay celebrated his 52nd birthday at Silivri Prison during the 127th trial session of the 2nd Ergenekon case and on the 885th day of his imprisonment as well as on the 162nd day of his solitary confinement yesterday.
'LAST CHANCE' FOR AL-ASSAD
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will travel to Syria today. He will convey Ankara's last messages to President Bashar al-Assad: either listen to Turkey's warnings or put up with results of wrongful policies. Davutoglu will make three proposals to Syrian leader to halt operations immediately, withdraw troops from cities and make democratic reforms.
TWO PLANELOADS OF HOPE
The first aid has been sent to Somalia under a campaign launched by the Sabah daily. Turkish people have donated 6 million Turkish lira so far in an effort to help Somalia in which a child dies in every six minutes. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said that death of children because of famine was a shame.
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