MOTHERS, FEEL INSIDE AND TAKE ACTION TO END BLOODSHED
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave significant messages in the southeastern province of Mardin where he talked about the democratic initiative of his government. Speaking at the Artuklu University, Erdogan said, "terrorism is fed by the blood of young people, however national unity is gaining power now." Erdogan called on mothers to feel inside and take action to end bloodshed.
Cold and snowfall, coming from Europe, was influential throughout Turkey after it affected the Thrace and Marmara Region. Many cities were covered with white. Istanbul had the first snow of the year. Snowfall and storm paralyzed daily life in many Anatolian cities. Snow thickness reached 30 centimeters in skiing resorts. Citizens who walked around the cities despite cold weather enjoyed the snowfall, while children preferred to play snowball.
OBAMA CALLS ERDOGAN FOR WIKILEAKS CLAIMS
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan by phone, and expressed his uneasiness over diplomatic cables posted on the web-site Wikileaks. Obama also thanked Erdogan for Turkey's help extinguish forest fire in Israel.
BAYKAL, SAV WANTS INDIVIDUAL ELECTION SYSTEM
Before the extraordinary convention of the Republican People's Party (CHP), CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu met former leader Deniz Baykal and former secretary general Onder Sav in order to show a picture of unity. However, no messages of unity came out of Kilicdaroglu's separate meetings with Baykal and Sav. CHP's former chairman and secretary general insisted on individual election system instead of voting a pre-drafted party-list, while Kilicdaroglu reiterated his call for a block list.
TURKISH FM INSISTENT ON APOLOGY FROM ISRAEL OVER DEADLY CONVOY RAID
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Turkey would not take a back step in its demand Israeli apology to the Turkish state and the relatives of the victims who were shot dead by Israeli commandos in a May raid on Gaza-bound aid flotilla. "An apology is an apology. There are no different kinds to it. And the Turkish state and the Turkish people are waiting for one from Israel," Davutoglu said.
ISTANBUL RANKS FIRST ON METROPOLITAN LIST WITH HIGHEST INCOME
Turkey's main commercial hub Istanbul placed first on a list of 150 metropolitan cities around the world on ranking according to income and increase in employment. Istanbul saw an increase of 5.5 percent in income and 7.3 percent rise in employment between 1993 and 2010. London ranked 123rd on the list.
TURKEY SHOULD JOIN THE GAME
Before the "enlargement summit" that will convene in Brussels on Monday, the foreign ministers of Italy, Britain, Finland and Sweden released a joint statement regarding Turkey. In the joint text, the minister said, "the crucial question is not whether Turkey is turning its back on Europe, but rather if Europe is turning its back on the fundamental values and principles that have guided European integration over the last 50 years. In some quarters there is clearly some anxiety regarding the consequences of a Turkish E.U. membership. The doubts over admitting a large and self-confident nation are as explicit now as they were when Britain once applied ? facing strong opposition from older members of the club. Voices of opposition were also heard when Sweden and Finland knocked on the door to the E.U."
The foreign minister said, "Turkey is an influential actor on the world stage with considerable soft power. Its economy is expected to expand by more than 5 percent this year, compared with a eurozone average of 1 percent. The O.E.C.D. predicts that Turkey will be the second-largest economy in Europe by 2050. Turkish entrepreneurs in Europe already run ?40 billion worth of businesses and employ 500,000 people."
They also said, "a Turkish economy in the E.U. would create new opportunities for exporters and investors, and link us to markets and energy sources in central Asia and the near east. So the security and economic case for Turkish membership is strong. That said, if we are all to reap those benefits, Turkey needs to play its full part."
WIKILEAKS PHONE CALL FROM OBAMA TO ERDOGAN
U.S. President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erodgan, who was in the southeastern province of Mardin, and expressed his uneasiness regarding cables regarding Turkey that were posted on the web-site WikiLeaks. Obama also thanked Erdogan for fire-fighting planes Turkey had sent to Israel to help put out a forest fire.
According to web-page WikiLeaks, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Pope Benedict XVI are also against Turkey's European Union (EU) membership. The secret diplomatic cables posted on the web-page indicated that Westerwelle, who often stresses that he is backing Turkey's EU membership, voiced a different view in Washington D.C. During his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Westerwelle said, "the EU cannot integrate to a country of such a magnitude. Turkey is not as contemporary as to become an EU member."
Another diplomatic message indicated that Pope Benedict XVI, of German origin, was also against Turkey's EU membership. The diplomatic cables quoted the pontiff as saying that admitting a Muslim country to the EU would weaken Christian roots of Europe.
BAYKAL AND SAV AGREE ON INDIVIDUAL ELECTION SYSTEM
Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu held separate meetings with former leader Deniz Baykal and former secretary general Onder Sav on Saturday. Baykal and Sav agreed on an individual election system instead of voting a pre-drafted party-list.
PROTESTORS CLASH WITH POLICE IN SOUTHEASTERN TOWN
Nearly two thousand people clashed with police in the southeastern town of Yuksekova after a 33-year-old man allegedly shot himself in the head when security forces stopped and tried to search the car he was in. The man, identified as Sedat Karadag, -- a spokesman for the Peace and Democracy Party's youth branch -- was severely injured.
AK PARTY OFFICIALS ATTEND IRAQI KURDISH PARTY'S CONGRESS
Omer Celik and Abdulkadir Aksu, deputy chairmen of the Justice and Development (AK) on Saturday attended a congress of the Iraq Kurdistan Democratic Party (IKDP). Aksu delivered a speech at the congress saying Turkey considered Iraq's north as a gateway to Iraq and the Middle East. "And Turkey for you is a gateway that opens to Europe," Aksu said.
OBAMA, ERDOGAN SPEAK ON PHONE FIRST TIME AFTER WIKILEAKS DISCLOSURES
U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday telephoned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the two leaders made first contact after Wikileaks disclosed secret cables from U.S. embassies all around the world. A statement from the White House said Obama had expressed sadness over the incident as the two leaders had agreed that it would have no impacts on bilateral relations. The statement said Obama also thanked for two fire-fighting planes Turkey had sent to Israel.
OPPOSITION PARTY TOP BRASS FAIL TO AGREE OVER ELECTION PROCEDURE OF SENIOR EXECUTIVES
Leader of the main the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu on Saturday met with CHP's former head Deniz Baykal and its former secretary-general Onder Sav, yet Kilicdaroglu failed to agree with the two on how to elect senior party executives in an upcoming party congress. Baykal and Sav pressed on for individual election system instead of voting a pre-drafted party-list.
Burhan Kuzu of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party was cautious at the Istanbul University this time. Students listened to his speech from another hall, whereas a bodyguard waited beside Kuzu and he carried an umbrella. Kuzu was protested with eggs at the Political Sciences Faculty in Ankara University. Kuzu was scheduled to deliver a speech on ombudsmanship at the Istanbul University on Saturday. However, this time tight security measures were taken. Students were allowed in another hall, and listened to Kuzu's speech from a barcovision.
FOUR EUROPEAN FRIENDS
Foreign ministers of Sweden, Italy, Finland and Britain released a joint article in which they extended strong support to Turkey's European Union (EU) membership. The article titled, "Europe: Look Outward Again", was published in the International Herald Tribune and New York Times. The four ministers drew attention that Turkey would improve Europe's interests, and eulogized Turkey as saying, "Turkey is in a class of its own. It is an influential actor on the world stage with considerable soft power. Its economy is expected to expand by more than 5 percent this year."
WE WILL SHARE SAME LOAF OF BREAD
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave messages of Turkish-Kurdish friendship in the southeastern province of Mardin. Erdogan said, "we will sit at the same table in the future, like we did in the past." During the inauguration of 78 facilities in Mardin on Saturday, Erdogan said, "I am calling on mothers in (the southeastern province of) Mardin to take action to end bloodshed, and I am calling on fathers of Mardin to help end agonies."
SEVERE WINTER COMES
The first snowfall of this winter occurred on Saturday. Also, it was the first time in years Izmir was hit by snowfall. Cold weather coming from the Balkans was influential all around Turkey on Saturday. Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir woke up on Saturday and saw snow everywhere around the city. Istanbul-Ankara highway was closed to traffic, while a mother and son were poisoned to death due to the gas that leaked out of a stove in the southeastern province of Gaziantep.
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