BALKANS GATHERING IN ISTANBUL
The Trilateral Summit of Turkey-Bosnia-Herzegovina-Serbia was hosted by Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Istanbul's Ciragan Palace. Turkey, which gathers countries having problem with each other, united Bosnia-Herzegovina's President Haris Silajdzic and Serbia's President Boris Tadic under the same roof with the slogan "peace in Balkans".
TURKS FINISH CRISIS, FERRARI SOLD OUT
Luxury automobile sales increased in Turkey which is one of the first countries recovering from global economic crisis. TOFAS' CEO Ali Pandir said that they sold 17 Ferrari in the first quarter of 2010. Pandir added that they were demanding extra automobiles for the first time since crisis.
LEAGUE'S HEART BEATS IN ISTANBUL
Two critical games will be played in Istanbul today for the championship in Turkcell Super League. Kasimpasaspor will play against Fenerbahce, and then Galatasaray and the leader of the football league Bursaspor will compete.
U.S. PRESIDENT NOT SAY "GENOCIDE" AGAIN
Releasing a statement on April 24th --the date Armenians commemorated 1915 incidents--, U.S. President Barack Obama did not use the expression "genocide" for the incidents. Instead, he used Armenian expression "Meds Yeghern", meaning "great tragedy" in Turkish.
HE DID NOT SURPRISE
As the Armenian diaspora besieged the White House just like it does on every April 24, U.S. President Barack Obama did not use the word "genocide" again.
In his statement, Obama used the Armenian expression "Meds Yeghern" which means "great tragedy". The U.S. President also said that he saluted the Turks who had saved Armenians in 1915.
WE WROTE HISTORY
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who brought together the leaders of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia in Istanbul, said that it was a historic meeting. Leaders of the two countries, who met for the first time after the massacre in Bosnia, thanked Gul for the historic summit. Serbian President Boris Tadic assured that his country would not take any steps that would harm Bosnia's stability.
NO GENOCIDE, BUT SALUTATION
Releasing a statement to mark the 95th anniversary of the Armenian emigration, U.S. President Barack Obama used the Armenian expression "Meds Yeghern", meaning "great tragedy", while describing the incidents of 1915, and for the first time, he saluted the "Turks who saved Armenians".
This year Obama kept his statement short. He also laid a weaker emphasis on the normalization process between Turkey and Armenia than expected.
TWO FORMULAS FOR MILITARY SERVICE
As shortened military service by payment was removed from the agenda, all eyes have been set on the new regulation to be implemented regarding the length of military service. The first proposal on the table is the cancellation of the title "sublieutenant" and bringing a 6-month military service for university graduates instead. The other formula is a 12-month military service for everyone regardless of educational background.
SECOND TOUR FEAR IN PACKAGE
The administration of Justice and Development (AK) Party fears a decrease in the number of votes for the constitutional package, and therefore, it is expected to hold talks with opposition parties. As votes started to decline in the debate on constitutional amendment package, AK Party is concerned about the possible dismissal of the articles on the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK).
AK Party, which currently negotiates with Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), is expected to hold intense talks with Republican People's Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and BDP prior to second-tour voting.
ERDOGAN AND FOREIGN MINISTRY CONTRADICT
Releasing a message on Armenian allegations, U.S. President Barack Obama did not use the word "genocide" and instead used the Armenian expression "Meds Yeghern" (Great Tragedy) while describing the incidents of 1915.
Commenting on Obama's statement, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "Turkey's sensitivities were taken into consideration", while Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it deeply regretted such one-sided statement.
A FIRST AFTER 95 YEARS: 1915 COMMEMORATED IN TURKEY
Commemoration ceremonies were held in four places in Istanbul for the victims of 1915. People opened banners saying "this pain, this mourning belongs to all of us". They shouted slogans as "Armenian people are not alone".
OBAMA GREETS "SAVIOR TURKS"
In his message for April 24th, U.S. President Barack Obama used the Armenian expression "Meds Yeghern", meaning "great tragedy" in Turkish, while describing the incidents of 1915, just like he did in a similar statement last year. He also greeted Turks who saved Armenians in 1915. Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the statement of Obama.
U.S. TO GIVE MORE FRESH INTELLIGENCE
The United States --which has been giving intelligence in a period not before 24 hours regarding the activities of PKK terrorist organization in the north of Iraq-- shortened the period of instant share of intelligence. The U.S. will inform Turkish authorities about the activities of the organization in the region as soon as possible.
HE SAID "BIG TRAGEDY" AGAIN
In his message for April 24th, U.S. President Barack Obama used the Armenian expression "Meds Yeghern", meaning "great tragedy" in Turkish, while describing the incidents of 1915, just like he did in a similar statement last year. He also praised the Turks who saved Armenians in 1915.
NEW MODEL IN MILITARY SERVICE
A new military service model has started to take shape after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug agreed on "standardization of military services". Studies envisage a model in which military service will be a "uniform and 12-month service" that will be carried out as a "soldier".
WE HAVE OVERCOME IT THIS YEAR AS WELL
In his April 24 statement, U.S. President Barack Obama used the Armenian expression "Meds Yeghern", meaning "great tragedy" in Turkish, while describing the incidents of 1915, just like he did last year.
Commenting on the statement, Prime Minister Erdogan said Obama made such a remark as he knew about the sensitivities of Turkey.
Releasing a statement following Obama's remarks, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, "we deeply regret this statement which reflects an incorrect and one-sided political perception".
ISTANBUL, THE HEART OF BALKANS
Thanks to the the magnificent diplomatic initiative of Turkey, a bloody page of Balkan history was closed yesterday. Serbian-Bosnian peace, which could not be achieved by western world, happened in Istanbul. Turkey, following its peace initiatives in Middle East and Caucasus, has become the pioneer of this reconciliation. Haris Silajdzic and Boris Tadic, the leaders of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, which separated after a bloody war 15 years ago, came together in Istanbul yesterday. The historical summit in Istanbul's Ciragan Palace, which was also participated by Turkish President Abdullah Gul, was recorded as the most important development for the two countries since Dayton Peace Agreement which ended the Bosnian war. Istanbul, which was the heart of Balkans for a period in the past, undertook its historical role again.
AN APRIL 24TH CLASSIC FROM OBAMA
U.S. President Barack Obama used the Armenian expression "Meds Yeghern" while describing the incidents of 1915, just like he did in a similar statement last year. He said that 1,5 million Armenians were slaughtered on the last days of Ottoman Empire. However, he became the first U.S. president praising the Turks who saved Armenians in 1915.