TURKISH FM SAYS TURKEY'S DIPLOMACY WILL WORK TO SOLVE GLOBAL CRISES
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu elaborated on his vision of Turkish diplomacy during an Ankara meeting with his diplomats on Monday, saying that the country's foreign policy will work to engage and settle crises in the world. "Turkey is a wise country that foresees things before they happen. And our diplomats are fire fighters who produces solutions," Davutoglu said. "If a new order is to be established, we should be the country to lay the first brick of that new order," he said.
INFLATION LOWEST IN 40 YEARS
Turkey's statistics authority, TurkStat, announced on Monday that annual inflation rate for 2010 stood at 6.4 percent, Turkey's lowest in 40 years. In December 2010, consumer prices index dropped 0.3 percent while producers prices rose 1.3 percent. In 1994, Turkey saw an inflation rate of as high as 125 percent.
HIGHEST-LEVEL VISIT AFTER MENDERES TO PATRIARCHATE
Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc visited Fener-Greek Patriarchate yesterday. He met with Fener-Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew. Arinc said, "I visited to celebrate his new year. I hope this would be a fortunate beginning." This was the highest-level visit after the one which was paid by former prime minister Adnan Menderes.
3 WEEKS MILITARY SERVICE FOR ACADEMY GRADUATES
Good news, which policemen have been waiting for a long time, finally came. The government's draft law, which includes radical arrangements about military service terms of policemen, was approved in the Council of Ministers. When the draft becomes law, military service period of Police Academy graduates will drop to three weeks from six months, while it will drop to six months from 15 months for Police Vocational High School graduates. There are nearly 40,000 policemen whose time has come to make military service.
NEW VISION TO DIPLOMATS
In his address to 180 Turkish ambassadors in Ankara, Davutoglu said "If a new global order is to be built, Turkey will be one of the countries that lays the foundation of that order. We are strong enough to do that." Davutoglu said Turkey would assume the "wise country" role in the term ahead.
He gave a new vision to Turkish diplomats who are often referred to as fire-fighters: "we will not contend with fire-fighters. We want to see our diplomats as city planners that prevent future fires."
DETENTION TIME FOR ORGANISED CRIMES IS 10 YEARS
Supreme Court put an end to the "release chaos" caused by the enforcement of the article 102 of the Code of Criminal Procedures. The 9th Chamber of the Court held that the detention time in organised crimes was 10 years, and decided for the release of certain detained culprits.
Supreme Court President Hasan Gerceker said, "This is too long. It is unacceptable."
FROM GUL TO OBAMA: TAKE US TO SPACE
A cable of Wikileaks web-site, which dates back in January 2010, describes a meeting between Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim and U.S. Ambassador in Ankara James Jeffrey. Yildirim asks NASA to take a Turkish astronaut to the space in a flight in return for Turkish Airlines' buying 20 jets from Boeing. The cable says Turkish President Abdullah Gul wrote a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama about the issue.
WE HOPE WE'LL BRING MESSI TOO
Turkey's Besiktas soccer club's President Yildirim Demiroren spoke assertively during signature ceremonies of Simao, Almeida and Fernandes with the club. Demiroren said, "when we talked about Quaresma, 90 percent of the press did not believe us. We hope we will bring Messi and Ronaldo too. Nothing is impossible in the life. Belief is 50 percent of the success. We want to record the most important successes of Besiktas in Europe in the next season. These three players chose Turkey and Besiktas which is very important for Turkish football." 31-year-old Simao signed a 2.5 year, while Almeida signed a 3.5 year of contract with Besiktas. Fernandes will play for six months.
TURKISH DEPUTY PREMIER VISITS FENER GREEK PATRIARCH
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc on Monday paid a visit to Istanbul-based Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew. "It is our duty to meet rightful demands of citizens living in this country," Arinc told reporters after his meeting with the patriarch. Bartholomew said he conveyed a request for the re-opening of an Orthodox seminary in Istanbul's Heybeliada or Halki.
TURKEY WISE COUNTRY, FM SAYS
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey will play a role of a wise country in its foreign policy in a bid to produce solutions to problems. "Turkey will no longer remain as a country which gives only reaction when a new order is established, but it will be a country to lay the foundations of that new order," Davutoglu told Turkish ambassadors in a meeting in Ankara. "Turkey has the power to do that," he said.
PLEASE, TAKE US TO SPACE
New cables released by Wikleaks revealed that Ankara requested from Washington that NASA sent a Turkish astronaut to space in exchange for purchase of 20 Boeing jets by Turkish Airlines. The U.S. kindly rejected Turkey's request.
SPECIAL MILITARY SERVICE FOR COPS
The government opened to signature the bill proposing shortened military service for policemen. Police Academy graduate officers, who had to serve for 6 months, will only serve for three weeks while high school graduate policemen who had to serve for 15 months will serve for six months, under the bill.
HISTORICAL DAY IN FENER
Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc, who visited Fener-Greek Patriarchate, said that he paid the visit to celebrate 2011 and wish health, welfare, happiness and success in the new year. On the other hand, Fener-Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew said that they were expecting the seminary in Heybeliada to be opened.
THREE WEEKS OF MILITARY SERVICE FOR POLICE
Deputy Premier Cemil Cicek said, "we have prepared the draft law. The draft envisions that military service will be three weeks for Police Academy graduates, and six months for Police Vocational High School graduates."
INFLATION ON MINUS, 0.21 PERCENT RISE IN SALARIES OF CIVIL SERVANTS
Inflation dropped 0.30 percent in consumer prices, and rose 1.31 percent in producer prices in December. It became 6.40 percent in consumer prices, and 8.87 percent in producer prices on annual base. When inflation rate remained under 6.5 percent target for annual base, the rise in salaries of civil servants became 0.21 percent.
The newly released Wikileaks documents mentions the Boeing purchases of the Turkish Airlines. The document, which carries the signature of the then U.S. Ambassador James Jeffrey, is dated January 19, 2010. According to the document, while talks between Turkey and the U.S. for purchase of 20 Boeing jets for the Turkish Airlines are still underway, Gul writes a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama and requests NASA to send a Turkish astronaut to space. Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim implies that the astronaut request has to do with the commercial agreement.
Another document dated May 12, 2004 carries the signature of U.S. Ambassador Eric Edelman. A person who is not identified, brings together former Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan and Boeing. During negotiations, Unakitan asks Boeing to make an unidentified Turkish businessmen its Turkey representative. Boeing refuses.
HOGTIE ASSASSINS AND MOBSTERS GO FREE
The enforcement of the article 102 of the Code of Criminal Procedures revealed how long trials can take. Hizbullah case suspects, who are charged with murdering 188 people including writer Konca Kuris and Mehmet Sincar, were released as the court did not give a verdict yet. Hizbullah members hogtied majority of their victims and buried them underground. Mobster Sedat Sahin, who is charged with 6 felonies including murder, was also released.
JUDGE ORDERS LAST MINUTE LIFE SENTENCE FOR TWO
A court in Turkey found two men guilty of being involved in the terrorist PKK organization, sentencing them to life in prison at the last minute on December 30, just a day before an amendment to the country's criminal procedures law -- entered into force on December 31 -- which would otherwise set the two men free. Suleyman Kaya and Faruk Menekse have stood trial for the last 12 years at the court in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. They would have been set free according to the provisions of the amendment which orders for the release of suspects who have stood trial with arrest for over five years.
GOOD NEWS FOR ECONOMY
Three basic indicators of Turkey's economy saw on Monday improvement with dropping inflation and interest rates and surging exports. Annual inflation decreased by 0.13 percent to 6.4 percent, 0.1 points lower than anticipated. The country's exports were up to 113.7 billion USD, to exceed a target of 111.7 billion USD for 2010. Interest rates saw a historic low with 7.04 percent.
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