BOYNER: "TURKISH ECONOMY SHOULD BE A MODEL TO WORLD"
Umit Boyner, the chairperson of Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), said Turkey's success in its economy should be a model to whole world. Boyner delivered a speech in a panel discussion titled "transatlantic economic growth and innovation" within the scope of the European Business Summit in Brussels and said Turkey, which was not much affected by global economic crisis with its sound banking sector and macroeconomic reforms it had fulfilled in the last 10 years, should be a model to the world.
ISRAEL ASKS FOR SECRET MEETING
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had a meeting with Israeli Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin "Fuad" Ben-Eliezer in Brussels the previous day. Davutoglu said the meeting took place upon demand by Israel. Ben-Eliezer gave the message that Turkey and Israel should normalize relations.
OPERATION AGAINST PKK BY SYRIA
Syrian security forces conducted simultaneous operations in five cities against terrorist organization PKK on Thursday. Syrian security forces took into custody 400 people believed to have had ties to terrorist PKK.
WEST GETTING DIVORCED, EAST NOT WILLING TO GET MARRIED
Turkey's Statistics Authority, TurkStat, announced that divorce rates in western Turkey are on the rise. According to TurkStat, the number of people living in eastern Turkey who are not planning to get married is also on the rise. In the first quarter of 2010, 96,841 couples got married in Turkey while 30,773 couples went through a divorce. The number of couples getting married went down 9.9 percent in the first quarter of 2010 when compared to the same term last year while the number of couples getting divorced went up 4.8 percent.
SECRET MEETING BETWEEN DAVUTOGLU AND BEN-ELIEZER SHAKES ISRAEL
A secret meeting between Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin "Fuad" Ben-Eliezer caused tension in Israel. Davutoglu said that the meeting took place upon demand by Israel. Davutoglu said, "Eliezer wanted to hold the meeting as the representative of (Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin) Netanyahu. We accepted the request to tell our demands from them and we did the right thing."
COURT SENTENCES CEM UZAN TO 2.5 YEARS IN PRISON
An Istanbul court sentenced businessman Cem Uzan to two years and six months in prison over charges of tax evasion. The court in Kucukcekmece also sentenced four others along with Uzan to two-and-a-half years in prison for violating the Law on Tax Procedures.
It was U.S. President Barack Obama who wanted a secret summit between Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Binyamin "Fuad" Ben Eliezer in order to overcome the crisis between Turkey and Israel. Washington organized Davutoglu's meeting with Eliezer in Brussels on Tuesday. Davutoglu said that the request for the meeting came from Israel. During the meeting, Davutoglu reiterated Turkey's views that Israel should make an apology to the families of individuals killed and those wounded on May 31 in an Israeli attack on ships carrying aid materials to Gaza, pay compensation and end the blockade in Gaza.
RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT MAY ESTABLISH TV CHANNEL AND RADIO STATION
A draft law on the Turkish Religious Affairs Department has been adopted at the General Assembly of the Turkish Parliament on Thursday. The law will make it possible for the Religious Affairs Department to establish a TV channel and a radio station.
12 TERRORISTS KILLED
Two soldiers and three village guards were killed and two soldiers were wounded in a clash between soldiers and terrorists in Pervari town of southeastern province of Siirt the previous day. In accordance with images detected by Herons, unmanned aerial vehicles, fire was opened on terrorists. Commandoes patrolled the region and a clash erupted. 12 terrorists were killed in the clash.
MINISTER YILDIRIM: "WE WOULD SEND SHIPS AGAIN"
Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim made some assessments regarding ship crisis between Turkey and Israel to daily Cumhuriyet. Yildirim said, "if such thing happens again, we assume a similar attitude." Yildirim said it was impossible for them to reject such requests by fearing of an Israeli attack. Nine people died in an attack by Israel on aid flotilla bound for Gaza on May 31.
TIME FOR REPAIRS WITH ISRAEL
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Binyamin "Fuad" Ben Eliezer held a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. During the meeting, Eliezer said that "Turkish-Israeli relations should be repaired. Let us forget everything". In response, Davutoglu said that "everyone must be accountable for their acts in the past".
Turkish exports in the first half of 2010 increased by 21 percent when compared to the same term last year and reached a value of 53.3 billion USD. Turkish exports increased by 13.5 percent in June when compared to May.
FIVE DEMANDS IN SECRET SUMMIT
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had a meeting that lasted for two and a half hours with Israeli Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin "Fuad" Ben-Eliezer in Brussels the previous day. Davutoglu conveyed Turkey's five demands to Ben-Eliezer during the meeting. These demands are: Israel should apologize for its raid on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza, should pay compensation, an international independent and impartial commission should be established, embargo on Gaza should be lifted and three ships which were seized should be given back. Ben-Eliezer was informed about these demands to convey them to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
COURT SENTENCES CEM UZAN TO 2.5 YEARS IN PRISON
An Istanbul court sentenced embattled businessman Cem Uzan to two years and six months in prison over charges of tax evasion. The court in Kucukcekmece also sentenced four others, Tunc Burusukoglu, Ahmet Yilmaz, Hasan Kalafat and Yusuf Bozan, along with Uzan to two-and-a-half years in prison for violating the Law on Tax Procedures. Uzan once owned Turkey's second-largest mobile telephone company as well as a bank.
TURKISH FIGHTER JETS BOMB QANDIL
At a time of heavy military activity at the Turkish-Iraqi border, Turkish fighter jets have bombed Qandil and Hinire camps of terrorist organization PKK on Thursday. The fighter jets took off from an air base in south-eastern province of Diyarbakir.
SUGGESTION FROM U.S., DEMAND FROM ISRAEL
A secret meeting between Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Binyamin "Fuad" Ben Eliezer took place after a suggestion from the United States and a demand from Israel. The meeting took place in Brussels on Tuesday after 10 days of planning and lasted around 2.5 hours. The prime ministers of Turkey and Israel knew about the meeting. Turkish diplomatic sources said that Eliezer was present at the meeting as the special envoy of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu.
HERONS LOCATE, COBRAS HIT TERRORISTS
25 terrorists attacked an outpost near Dogan village in Pervari town of southeastern province of Siirt, killing two soldiers and three village guards the previous night. Herons, unmanned aircraft, spotted where 12 PKK terrorists were and Cobra helicopters hit them. Operations are continuing in the region.
NOT OIL BUT DANGER PASSES THROUGH STRAITS
Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and Environment & Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu held a summit in Istanbul on prevention of risks of oil transportation by tankers for the Sea of Marmara and Turkish Straits. The summit focused on the issue that the straits were not available for more tanker transportation. Participants agreed that there is need for a concrete action plan on the matter.