LET'S TAKE LESSONS FROM HISTORY, AND WALK TOWARDS FUTURE
President Abdullah Gul discussed Turkish-Iraqi relations with his Iraqi counterpart Jalal Talabani, who was in Istanbul for the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit. Gul gave messages of unity regarding the Menemen incident which happened 80 years ago and which killed a military officer named Kubilay. "We have not come to these days easily. We should take lessons from history, and stand together against all dark initiatives," he said.
WELCOME, GROUP OF PRIDE
Fenerbahce Acibadem women's volleyball team, who have written a history in the 2010 FIVB Women's Club World Championship in Qatar, returned to Turkey. Champion girls said, "we have promised to win all cups, and we have got the biggest cup."
WE WERE ALMOST LOSING OUR LIVES!
Players of Pinar Karsiyaka basketball team who were attacked by 3,000 Greek Cypriots in a game against Apoel, returned to Turkey. Talking about the terror they experienced in the Greek Cypriot administration, the players said, "people wearing masks and carrying clubs were waiting at the door, thinking of killing us."
ICES MELT, TALABANI THANKS TURKEY
Economic Cooperation Organization's (ECO) Summit will convene in Istanbul on Thursday. Turkish President Abdullah Gul will host the summit to be attended by seven leaders. President Gul held meetings with the leaders who arrived for the summit on Wednesday. One of the most interesting meetings took place between Gul and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. Gul made a warm welcome to Talabani who conducted his first overseas trip after the formation of the Iraqi government to Turkey. In a meeting that lasted one hour, Talabani thanked Gul for his contributions in the process that led to the establishment of the Iraqi government.
TURKEY MORE IMPORTANT THAN EU FOR US, SERBIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER
Speaker of the Serbian Parliament, Slavica Djukic Dejanovic, arrived in Ankara on an official trip for the first time. Dejanovic said that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan could be a mediator in relations between Kosovo and Serbia. Dejanovic stressed that "Turkey was more important than the European Union (EU) for Serbia".
SUPPORT BY GOVERNMENT TO ENTREPRENEURS
The government will donate 27,000 TL to entrepreneurs who are eager to start a new business within the scope of entrepreneurship project assistance programme. An examination will take place for those who apply to this programme. The entrepreneurs will have courses if they pass the examination.
HISTORIC PENINSULA TO BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC
90 streets in Sultanahmet, Sirkeci and Beyazit will be closed to traffic as of January 1, 2011. The area will only be open to pedestrian traffic. A tramline will be constructed in Sultanahmet to transport tourists. According to a decision from the Transportation Coordination Center, only official vehicles, such as police and municipal patrol vehicles, bank and post office vehicles, and fire engines and ambulances would be able to enter the area.
HE HAS CHANGED IN A YEAR
Herman Van Rompuy, the former prime minister of Belgium who used to say that "Turkey, an Islamic country, cannot become a European Union (EU) member" before he was elected the EU President, did a u-turn and eulogized Turkey. Rompuy was elected to this position in November 2009 with the support of Turkey opponents French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Those days, Rompuy was known as a Turkey opponent, and said, "if Turkey joined the EU, it would weaken Christian identity of Europe." He was strongly opposing to Turkey's membership in every opportunity.
These views of the Belgian politician have completely changed in his first year as the EU president. Speaking in Hungary on Wednesday, Rompuy said, "Turkey's reform initiatives have given impressive results. It is playing an active role in its region and has become a G-20 member. In my opinion, we should boost our partnership with Turkey before waiting for the end of the negotiations."
"THEY CAME TO KILL US"
Turkish basketball players told reporters about the terror they experienced in the Greek Cypriot administration. Birkan Batuk of the Pinar Karsiyaka basketball team said, "masked assailants who also carried clubs threw stones on us. Two people carrying knives chased us." Erdem Gunak said, "they threw us stones, marbles and bottles. They came there to kill us with clubs. If we had stayed there for five minutes, they would have killed us." Coach Hakan Demir said, "there were fanatics wearing masks and carrying clubs even at the door of the locker room."
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DOES NOT PLACE ARMENIAN RESOLUTION ON AGENDA
The U.S. House of Representatives did not place an Armenian resolution, describing the events of 1915 as "genocide", on their agenda. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's efforts to place the Armenian resolution on the agenda failed. The House recessed for holidays.
POLICIES AND NOT GUNS SHOULD SPEAK FROM NOW ON, TALABANI SAYS
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani arrived in Turkey on Wednesday to attend the Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). Speaking in Istanbul, Talabani touched on Turkey's Kurdish issue and said that "policies and not guns should speak from now on".
SAHIN: "WE SHOULD NOT WAIT TO LIFT BANS"
Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin called on the government to lift bans on political parties. Sahin said that there was no need to wait for elections to lift bans on parties. Parliament Speaker Sahin said that 10 percent electoral threshold could be discussed.
"WE DON'T WANT DIVISION"
Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) co-chairman Selahattin Demirtas said that they did not want any division in Turkey. Demirtas said that the current cease-fire was different from others, stating that this opportunity should be utilized well.
WE HARDLY ESCAPED FROM BEING LYNCHED
Turkish basketball players who faced an attack during a game against Greek Cypriot administration said they hardly escaped from being lynched, and only five police officers protected them. Players of Turkey's Pinar Karsiyaka basketball team said three 15-year-old teenagers were detained in connection with the incidents that lasted about two and a half hours.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reacted to the UN Peace-Keeping Force commander as saying, "you will have to make an explanation." Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias complained as saying, "we have given an opportunity to Turkish propaganda due to brainless hooligans."
The plane carrying Turkish basketball players returned to the Aegean province of Izmir from Larnaka via Athens on Wednesday morning. Thousands of people welcomed the basketball players at the airport.
"BRONZE MAN" PREVENTS RESOLUTION
The tension Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, caused as she tried to bring a resolution on incidents of 1915 was finally over six days later it had occurred. John Boehner, the leader of the Republican wing with the nickname "Bronze Man" who will become the new speaker, intervened and the resolution became null.
ARMED FIGHT ENDS, NOW IT IS TIME TO TALK
President Abdullah Gul met his Iraqi counterpart Jalal Talabani at the Huber Mansion in Tarabya, Istanbul. The meeting lasted about an hour. Talabani, who is in Istanbul for the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit, said, "armed fight has ended, now it is time for political struggle. I advise those on mountains to lay down their arms." Talabani also said the Iraqi government and regional administration in north of Iraq were ready to contribute to the process. Talabani said, "we have tried to convince them to get down from the mountains, but we could not manage. This should be done in a peaceful way."
BAGIS CALLS ON EU TO PUNISH ATTITUDE BY GREEK CYPRIOTS
Turkish basketball team Pinar-Karsiyaka who were attacked by Greek Cypriot hooligans Tuesday night following a Group C game at the FIBA EuroChallenge Cup with Greek Cypriot team Apoel in the Greek Cypriot side of Lefkosa returned to Turkey. Turkish State Minister for the European Union (EU) and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis said this attitude must be punished. Turkish Foreign Ministry said that EU countries should monitor developments after the attack.
ERBAKAN TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS IN 20 PROVINCES
Felicity Party (SP) Chairman Necmettin Erbakan (84) is getting prepared to hold public meetings in 20 provinces. Erbakan will make his first public address in northeastern province of Trabzon on December 26. Erbakan will later visit other provinces for public addresses till June 2011 ahead of general elections.
FUTURE IS IN THIS GEOGRAPHY
Thirteen leaders who will attend the Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) have arrived in Istanbul. Hosting a dinner in honor of the leaders, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "once we strengthen peace, justice and tranquility, this region will become the world's center of economic power".
GREEK CYPRIOTS ALMOST LYNCHED TURKISH PLAYERS
Turkish basketball team Pinar-Karsiyaka were attacked by Greek Cypriot hooligans Tuesday night following a Group C game at the FIBA EuroChallenge Cup with Greek Cypriot team Apoel in Greek Cypriot side of Lefkosa. Turkish officials virtually moved the whole world in order to facilitate the return of the Turkish players to Turkey safely. Players of Pinar-Karsiyaka said that Greek Cypriot attacks were "organized".
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