STOP TESTING OUR PATIENCE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the European Union (EU) which has kept Turkey waiting for a long time by using some pretexts, and said, "if you do not want us, clearly say it." Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou first gave messages of friendship and suggested to end prejudice between the two countries. Then, Papandreou threatened Turkey saying, "as long as invasion continues in Cyprus, you cannot become an EU member." Erdogan gave a harsh response to Papandreou, and said, "we have been kept waiting for 50 years to become an EU member, our patience is tested. Even Brazil moves in Europe without a visa. However, you are urging us to get a visa. Tell us what Turkey has done to you."
GOLDEN FRANC ERA AT STRAITS
Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said Turkey could activate the "golden franc" article of the Montreux Convention to reduce traffic of tankers carrying hazardous substances at the Turkish Straits. The article envisages rise in tanker transition fees.
COUNCIL OF STATE HAMPERS STEPS TO SPEED UP JURISDICTION
Responding to questions why the state had not appointed new people to 3,365 vacant positions, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin drew attention to an obstacle they were facing. Ergin said, "we have opened exams to recruit new judges and prosecutors, however the Council of State has halted them."
FRIENDSHIP IN CEREMONY, ARGUMENT IN CONFERENCE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated the 25th Winter Universiade facilities in the EASTERN province of Erzurum together with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. The universiade will take place between January 27 and February 6. After the inauguration that was held in a sincere atmosphere, Papandreou spoke in the Conference of Turkish Ambassadors and touched on continental shelf, air space violations and minority problems and defined Turkish soldiers in Cyprus as "invader". Erdogan pushed hard on the European Union (EU) and called it to be more sincere saying that Turkey had been waiting for 50 years."
IT IS NOT GOVERNMENT'S BUSINESS TO KNOW THE CASE FILES
Deputy Premier Cemil Cicek responded to the Supreme Court who blamed the government for the release of detained culprits. "Those case files, periods of prescription of which, were about to expire could be given precedence. It is not the government who is supposed to know this," said Cicek.
MORE FREEDOM FOR STUDENTS
President Abdullah Gul, who received the representatives of university students, met with President of the Board of Higher Education (YOK) Yusuf Ziya Ozcan. President Gul, who gave a list of 16 student demands to Ozcan, called for greater freedom for students at Universities. Ozcan said, "we will allow more rights to students so that they can express themselves. We are contacting boards of universities to this end."
IT BEGAN WARM BUT ENDED WITH CHILLS
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Greek counterpart George Papandreou, together, opened the Universiade Winter facilities in Erzurum. The two premiers gave messages of friendship. But Papandreou's speech at the Ambassadors Conference came as a surprise. "Eight Turkish jets flew over the Aegean islands. What's the meaning of this? What is Turkey trying to prove? As long as the invasion in Cyprus continues, Turkey cannot become an EU member," said Papandreou.
Erdogan gave a calm, yet strong answer to Papandreou: "we don't want a world where war, hatred and blood rules. But, if you are saying Turkey and Turkish Cypriots should always give, unfortunately that can't happen. What Turkey saw in EU was not done to anybody. We have been showing patience for 50 years, but our patience has limits."
ANTI-CIGARETTE ADDICTION MEDICINE CHAMPIX SUED IN THE U.S
Anti-cigarette addiction medicine Champix which is also sold in Turkey, was sued in the U.S. on the grounds that it is driving patients to suicide. It is alleged that because of the drug manufactured by Pfizer, 37 patients committed suicide and 1,200 others attempted or taught of committing suicide. Turkish Health Ministry warned doctors and pharmacists that Champix could lead to suicide.
FORENSICS HELD ON TO THE FILE FOR FIVE YEARS
Supreme Court President Hasan Gerceker said the Hizbullah file was delayed in the Forensics for 5 years and sent to the Supreme Court on October 26. Gerceker appealed to conscience of politicians who criticised them. "We have warning about the problems of the judiciary for years. What should we do, sign verdicts without reading," said Gerceker.
CHILLING WORDS IN ERZURUM
The ten winter games complexes, built for the 25th Winter Universiade, were inaugurated by Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Greek Counterpart George Papandreou. Papandreou, who gave warm messages in the opening, made strong criticism about the air space and Cyprus issues, later at the Third Ambassadors Conference also attended by Erdogan and his ministers. "What is Turkey trying to do? Nothing can be solved with threats. As long as the invasion in Cyprus continues, Turkey can not become an EU member," said Papandreou. Erdogan, who avoided responding to Papandreou in the same tone, lashed out at the EU. "Our patience has a limit," said Erdogan.
Hasan Gerceker, the head of the Supreme Court, revealed the bitter fact behind the scandal of release of murderers. Gerceker said, "we could not even opened the front page of 50,000 files in our archives due to work load. We are scrutinizing the files with masks."
YOUR PROBLEM IS LOVE, MINE IS STATE ISSUES
Alper Altinel, one of the students President Abdullah Gul hosted at the Presidential Residence, has a SUV collection. The teenager owning a Jaguar wrote on Twitter: "your problem is love, mine is state issues."
EIGHT SORTIES TO PAPANDREOU'S VISIT
Before Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou's visit to the eastern Turkish city of Erzurum, Ankara and Athens had a crisis over eight sorties of Turkish jets over the Aegean Sea. Eight Turkish F-16 jets flew over Greek islands two days ago. For this reason, Papandreou even thought of cancelling his visit to Turkey. Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu intervened, and the crisis was solved.
Erdogan and Papandreou gave warm messages while opening winter universiade facilities in Erzurum on Friday. However, Papandreou brought up the eight sorties, which caused a cold atmosphere in Erzurum. Moreover, Erdogan gave harsh messages regarding the European Union (EU).
JURISDICTION SHOULD NOT BE TURNED INTO A POLITICAL TOOL
Hasan Gerceker, the head of the Supreme Court, said there was not any negligence in the release of members of the terrorist organization Hizbullah. Gerceker said, "I do not want to have polemics with anybody, and I do not know what the political will wants to do. However, the judicial system should not be turned into a political tool."
IF TARGET IS TO EXCEED ELECTORAL THRESHOLD, I AM NOT IN
Tansu Ciller, the former chairperson of the True Path Party (DYP) whose Democrat Party (DP) leadership has turned into an endless story, put a full stop to discussions by saying, "I will not be a candidate." Speaking to Milliyet daily newspaper, Ciller said, "I have waited for some time hoping to see that there will be an alliance in the party. The party seems to get 1 percent support from the public. The target is not to win 10 percent electoral threshold, it is to come to the power. It is to be an alternative to the ruling not to exceed the electoral threshold. I do not see such a will under current circumstances."
VIDEO CHAT FROM PRISON
Members of the terrorist organization Hizbullah were given the opportunity to use internet at the Diyarbakir prison, and they video chatted through MSN and Skype, and they reached special documents of the state institutions.
IS THIS YOUR JUSTICE SUPREME COURT?
Supreme Court President Hasan Gerceker, in an attempt to rebuff criticism on the recent release of detained culprits, said, "there is obviously something wrong. But this is the best we can do. We don't even have enough space. We carry the files with wheel carts. 50,000 files have not even been opened. We have given priority to files of priority."
AEGEAN SUN MELTED THE SNOW
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Premier George Papandreu, together, inaugurated the Winter Universiade Facilities in Erzurum. "We should leave behind all the mistakes of the past and build the future where peace is paramount. We are exerting intense efforts to turn the Aegean into a sea of peace," said Erdogan.
Papandreu said, "We should leave aside the prejudices and competition of the past. Our countries will grow together in cooperation. We are exerting efforts for peace and friendship between the two countries."