NEW DAVOS: ERZURUM
Turkey's eastern province of Erzurum, which will soon host the UN secretary-general, the Greek prime minister and tens of ambassadors, is becoming a rival to the Swiss town of Davos. The Turkish city, which will be the venue of 2011 Universiade Winter Games, will also gain a political identity. Thanks to the "Ambassadors Conference" to be held on January 6, Palandoken will resemble Davos which hosts thousands of politicians and economists every year.
MGK UNDERSCORES TURKISH IS ONLY LANGUAGE
A statement released by National Security Council (MGK) said, "none of the efforts aiming at changing the understanding of 'single flag, single nation, single country and single state' as well as the fact that Turkish, one of our major common values, is our official language, are acceptable".
DEADLOCK ON 'TWO LANGUAGES & AUTONOMY' IN CHP
Views of deputy chairmen Sezgin Tanrikulu and Gursel Tekin, who wanted the demands of "two languages" and "autonomy" to be discussed, caused a new dissolution in main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu said that political autonomy was against unitarian structure, and warned as "we should unite, not dissolve".
NO INCREASE IN PRICE OF ELECTRICITY TILL APRIL
Energy Market Regulation Board (EPDK), which assessed the demands of electricity distribution companies asking for a rise in the electricity prices, decided not to change the prices. The prices will not increase till April 2011.
ISTANBUL, DOOR OF HOPE FOR NEIGHBOR
Many Greek people started to migrate to Turkey after the economic crisis. Once one of the first stops of Turks who wanted to migrate to Europe, the people of Greece are coming to Turkey to have better living standards. The citizens of the country we were at the brink of a war in the past now have the opportunity to be employed in many areas in Turkey from tourism to academic career. Istanbul is the main city where Greek people want to work. Eleni Varmazi, who started to work in a private university, said she was happy to be in Turkey. "It is easier to live here than trying to live in London or Berlin," she said.
MR. KEMAL COULD NOT OPEN HIDIR'S SACK
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) who accused Kayseri Mayor by depending on remarks of a convicted person, ignored the corruption allegations that there was a sack full of documents in Izmir Municipality. Erzu Hizir, who was taken from Secretariat General of the Municipality on charges of the claims, were then appointed back to that position.
WORLD CAN BE SHAKEN, WE ARE IN GOOD POSITION
Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister Ali Babacan said the crisis in Europe could spread to the world. "However, we are in good condition. If a surprise is to happen in the world, it should have a positive reflection on Turkey, and we are getting prepared to any surprises," he said.
"HELLO" IN KURDISH FROM GUL
President Abdullah Gul's visit to the southeastern province of Diyarbakir will begin today. Diyarbakir Mayor Osman Baydemir will present a Kurdish-Turkish dictionary as a gift to Gul. President will attend Rojev (Agenda) program in TRT Ses channel which broadcasts in Kurdish. Gul will say "hello" in Kurdish, and his speech will be translated into Kurdish.
"SINGLE" VOICE IN MGK
Summit of the state said the last word to those who demanded "two language and autonomy": the understanding of "single flag, single nation, single motherland, single state" cannot be changed. The meeting of National Security Council (MGK), which took place prior to President Abdullah Gul's visit to the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, lasted for five hours.
DOCUMENTS ARE IN SAFE
Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu said that the file regarding the corruption allegations in central Anatolian province of Kayseri were being kept in a bank safe. Recalling that he had made public the records kept by the person that had received bribe in Kayseri, Kilicdaroglu said, "why aren't these records examined?".
HARSH STATEMENT FROM MGK
In the last National Security Council (MGK) meeting of the year, which was held during the ongoing discussions over two languages and autonomy, it was emphasized that concerns previously expressed by the Turkish Armed Forces were reiterated by the Chief of General Staff. The declaration released after the meeting underscored the importance of "single flag, single nation, single country and single state".
The Social Services and Children's Protection Agency (SHCEK) recruited teachers through a tender despite the warnings of the Labor & Social Security Ministry that "it was a fraud." The state reacted to this move this time, not the politicians. SHCEK recruited psychologists, sociologists, teachers and nurses. Upon objections, the Labor Ministry intervened and assigned its inspectors to deal with the issue. The inspectors said SHCEK could not appoint subcontractors to key positions. Despite this, 271 new staff, including 71 teachers, were recruited with tenders this year. The SHCEK said this way, it could appoint more specialized teachers like music and maths teachers.
MGK REACTION TO AUTONOMY: SINGLE HOMELAND, SINGLE FLAG
The National Security Council (MGK) discussed "autonomy" and "bilingual life", brought up by the Peace & Democracy Party (BDP), in its last meeting in 2010. The MGK meeting took place only a day ahead of President Abdullah Gul's visit to the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. The MGK gave the message that Turkey had a single homeland and a single flag during the meeting. It stressed that the official language could not be changed.
NARCOTIC FILM SET
Ankara police constructed a film set to follow a drug network in Cincin and Hidirliktepe neighborhoods saying that "they are shooting a documentary film." A police commander served as film director and 15 police officers as the team. Police followed the streets in two neighborhoods for three months, and staged an operation on December 10. Police seized 21 kilograms of hashish and two unlicensed guns. Police detained 24 people, however only 14 people including the gang leader Kadir I. were arrested.
TWO LANGUAGES CANNOT BE ACCEPTED
The National Security Council (MGK) held on Wednesday its last meeting in 2010 that lasted for five hours under the chairmanship of President Abdullah Gul. The council released a statement at the end of the meeting in which it said, "a single flag, a single nation and a single homeland is our common denominator. Turkey's official language is Turkish. Initiatives aiming to change this fact are unacceptable. Provocations targeting at integrity cannot bear any result."
PRESIDENT TO BE IN DIYARBAKIR FOR TWO DAYS
President Abdullah Gul will visit the southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Thursday and Friday to held talks. Diyarbakir Mayor Osman Baydemir will welcome President Gul at the airport, serve Menengic coffee during Gul's visit to the municipality, and present a Turkish-Kurdish dictionary as a gift.
EFFORTS WILL NEVER YIELD TO ANY RESULTS
National Security Council (MGK), which emphasized the importance of "single flag, single nation and single state", put an end to discussions on the autonomy issue. A council statement said efforts to that end would not yield to any results.
National Security Council, which convened in an atmosphere tensed by discussions over "two languages & two flags", made public the state's opinion on the matter very clearly. The statement released after the council gathering said, "any effort aiming at changing the understanding of 'single flag, single nation, single country and single state' as well as the fact that this country's official language is Turkish is unacceptable".
OBAMA ASSIGNS AMBASSADOR TO ANKARA
U.S. President Barak Obama, taking the advantage of the congressional recess in his country, by-passed the senate and appointed an ambassador to the Turkish capital city. Francis Ricciardone became USA's new ambassador in Ankara. Ricciardone had been previously nominated for the ambassador's office, however, his appointment had not been approved by the senate for a long time.
OBAMA APPOINTS AMBASSADOR TO ANKARA
U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Francis Ricciardone as U.S. Ambassador in Ankara which has been vacated for a while. Obama made the appointment of Ricciardone by using his own authority. Ricciardone's appointment had not been made by the Senate previously.
CAPTURED WITH FAKE PASSPORT
Greek Elefterotipia newspaper claimed that Mustafa Sarikaya, former deputy chairman of banned Democratic Society Party (DTP), was captured with a fake Bulgarian passport at Thessaloniki airport.
HERE ARE THE BULLIES WHO STABBED THE DIPLOMAT
Emrah Yahsi, Cihan Tekmen and Haydar Kaydir, who stabbed the Legal Counsellor of the German Embassy in Ankara Thomas Schultze, were arrested. German Embassy thanked Turkish police.
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