FORD-OTOSAN CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Ford Otosan, the American automotive giant's co-venture in Turkey with its Turkish partner Koc Holding, celebrated the 50th anniversary of its establishment. Ford Motor Company CEO Bill Ford said they had "some big plans" about Turkey, adding that many positive developments had happened in the country over the last years.
ERDOGAN SAYS TRI-LATERAL MECHANISM TO "GO BEYOND" INTELLIGENCE SHARING
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he discussed with U.S. President Barack Obama a tri-lateral mechanism between Turkey, the United States and Iraq that allows for intelligence sharing, adding that the mechanism would "go beyond intelligence sharing to take decisive steps" in the fight against the terrorist organization PKK.
HIGH JURISDICTION SHOULD BE RESCUED FROM GUARDIANSHIP
Lawyers, who are members of the Platform of Law Associations, called on the jurisdiction that has rendered scandalous verdicts in the recent term "to abide by the universal rules of law". 50 lawyers, who are members of the platform, delivered a statement in front of the Istanbul courthouse, saying the high jurisdiction took the flag of guardianship and got into a power fight with the political authority.
"Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), Supreme Court of Appeals and the Council of State have no duty as the protector of the existing order," the lawyers said.
TERROR ACTS ARE EFFORTS OF THOSE NOT SUPPORTING CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
State Minister Hayati Yazici said the democratization process in Turkey was tried to be suspended with acts of terrorism. Pointing to the timing of attacks, Yazici said terrorism was the effort of those who did not want the constitutional amendment.
"We come across such kind of incidents a lot. The reform package will be debated at the Constitutional Court in upcoming days. Such incidents and the demands voiced afterwards are meaningful," Yazici said.
ERDOGAN SIGNALS TO MEET WITH OPPOSITION LEADERS
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said in Toronto where he was attending the G-20 summit that he had no prejudices against meeting with the opposition leaders.
"Our such requests in the past have been turned down. I hope that with Mr. Kilicdaroglu, that period would be over," said Erdogan.
Erdogan who said that a sincere and shared consensus was to the benefit of the country, went on to say: "If we can adopt a common discourse with all the political parties, the terrorist organization will be doomed to demise and we will get results very shortly."
THIS IS EVEN MORE PAINFUL
Soldiers positioned in the Amanos mountains in southern province of Hatay mistook four villagers from the Hassa town of Hatay, who went to collect thyme, for terrorists and opened fire.
Ali Dalmis (61) and Mustafa Fil(62) were killed while Mehmet Sak (75) was wounded.
While it was suspected to be an attack staged by the PKK, Governor of Hatay said soldiers who mistook villagers for terrorists accidentally shot them. "We are very sad and regretful," said the governor.
SOLDIERS MISTOOK VILLAGERS FOR TERRORITS: TWO KILLED
Turkish soldiers who lay an ambush in pursuit of PKK terrorists in the Amanos mountains mistook villagers collecting thyme for terrorists. Soldiers which were alarmed after the terrorist attack in Iskenderun on May 31 which claimed lives of 6 soldiers, opened fire on villagers collecting thyme in the plateau. Two villagers were killed another was injured. Governor Celalettin Lekesiz who visited the wounded villager Mustaf Sak in hosital said "we are very regretful."
WE RUSHED TO KABUL, YOU SHOULD RUSH TO KANDIL
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a rather interesting statement in Toronto. Erdogan who pointed out that PKK was dominating certain regions in the north of Iraq, said, "Either Baghdad or the regional administration should prevent this."
He went on to make a strategic demand, "We should carry our partnership in Afghanistan to other regions with determinism, just the same. Especially our cooperation in this region bears a special significance. We are working on this."
Chief of Staf Gen. Ilker Basbug had said earlier, "security of the NATO member countries should be guaranteed."
PREMIER SAYS NO PRECONDITIONS FOR MEETING WITH MAIN OPPOSITION LEADER
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday he had no prejudices about meeting with the main opposition Republican People's Party Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu over escalating terrorist attacks. "Fight against terrorism is a national cause. I can meet with Kilicdaroglu or with Devlet Bahceli [head of the Nationalist Movement Party] as long as we can have a consensus. I believe that we can yield positive results in the shortest possible time if we speak the same language," Erdogan said
CALL FROM DIYARBAKIR
Near 100 civil society organizations in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir released a joint statement on Monday which said "all forms of military operations should stop and the PKK should declare inaction." The joint statement urged the Turkish parliament, the government and opposition parties to exert concerted efforts to solve the Kurdish issue. "In order to solve the Kurdish issue and to provide an environment for peaceful coexistence for the country's peoples, all dynamics that could assume an active role should be involved in this process," the statement said.
DEMAND OF 182 ORGANIZATIONS: VIOLENCE SHOULD BE LEFT ASIDE
A call came from Turkey's east and southeast against the escalating acts of terrorism. A total of 99 NGOs in southeastern Diyarbakir province and 83 NGOs in Batman province got together and asked for the end of clashes as soon as possible. "Let violence not be a way of seeking for rights," the NGOs said.
THEY DIED WHILE COLLECTING HERBS
Escalating violence keeps affecting the daily lives of civilians. Soldiers, who have taken measures against PKK terrorists in Cardak region of the southern Hatay province, opened fire as they thought villagers collecting herbs were terrorists. Two villagers died, one was wounded and one saved himself as he jumped to a stream bed. Governor Celalettin Lekesiz said he was very sad about the incident.
"I MAY MEET WITH KILICDAROGLU, I HAVE NO PREJUDICE AGAINST HIM," ERDOGAN
Answering a question whether he would meet with Republican People's Party, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "I have no prejudices. Fight against terrorism is a national matter for us. I may meet with both Kilicdaroglu and and Bahceli, as long as there is a sincere approach."
VETO TO ISRAELI PLANES ON JUNE 7 AND 9
Following the raid on Marmara, two Israeli military planes asked for permission to use Turkey's air space, but Turkey denied both requests. Turkish Foreign Ministry said Turkey's decision did not cover civil planes, adding that each military request would be assessed separately.
Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth wrote, "Turkey did not allow a military plane carrying more than 100 Israeli soldiers from Israel to Auschwitz in Poland, where a Nazi Concentration camp is located. The news story was verified by both Premier Erdogan and the Turkish Foreign Ministry sources.
I AM NOT PREJUDICED, I CAN VISIT THEM
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin's proposal which called on all the political party leaders "to come together to display a common stance against terrorism".
Commenting on Sahin's remarks, Republican People's Party (CHP) chairperson Kemal Kilicdaroglu earlier said that he would express his opinion on the issue if the prime minister demanded.
Prime Minister Erdogan was asked the same question upon his arrival in Turkey from Canada yesterday. "I definitely have no prejudice," Erdogan said, noting he could hold talks with Kilicdaroglu, with Nationalistic Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli and other opposition leaders. "Let there be a common and sincere consensus, and let us exchange our views and do our parts," Erdogan said.
CALL FROM 99 NGOs: LET WEAPONS REMAIN SILENT
A total of 99 non-governmental organizations in the southeastern Diyarbakir province demanded the suspension of military operations and called on the terrorist organization PKK to declare inaction. Reading out the statement released by the NGOs, the head of Diyarbakir Chamber of Commerce and Industry Galip Ensarioglu said, "According to our opinion, MHP and Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) should also play active roles in the solution process".
CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS CALLS FOR END OF ARMED CONFLICT
Two large groups of civil society organizations in the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir and Batman have called for an end to both PKK's terrorist acts and the military operations. The group of 99 civil society organizations in Diyarbakir released a joint statement on Monday, saying that "all forms of military operations should stop and the PKK should declare inaction." "In order to solve the Kurdish issue and to provide an environment for peaceful coexistence for the country's peoples, all dynamics that could assume an active role should be involved in this process," the statement read. The other group of 83 civil society organizations in Batman called on PKK to stop armed attacks, saying "violence cannot be a way of claiming rights."
TWO VILLAGERS IN SOUTHEAST TURKEY KILLED IN MISFIRE OF SECURITY FORCES
Two villagers were killed and another was wounded when security forces mistook them for PKK terrorists and opened fire on them in the southern province of Hatay. The fatalities were identified as Ali Dalmis (63), Mustafa Fil (66) and the wounded was identified as Mehmet Sak (75). The villagers were collecting herbs in a mountainous area in Hatay's Hassa town.