As a result of efforts of Ankara, Iran agreed to exchange its low-enriched uranium in Turkey for enriched uranium which could not be used in weapon production. Foreign ministers of Turkey, Brazil and Iran signed the agreement regarding exchange of uranium at a ceremony in Tehran. According to the agreement, Iran will exchange its 1,200 kg low-enriched uranium with enriched uranium that is not used in weapon production.
KARABAKH ISSUE TO BE SOLVED
Turkey which solved nuclear crisis between the western countries and Iran will exert efforts for solution of Upper Karabakh issue. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who visited Baku, Azerbaijan will discuss Upper Karabakh issue with Russian Premier Vladimir Putin in Russia.
WE BECAME CHAMPIONS WITH PRAYERS, SAGLAM
A new page has opened for Turkish football the other day. Bursaspor became the champions after beating Besiktas 2-1 on Sunday evening. Coach of Bursaspor, Ertugrul Saglam, said that they became the champions thanks to the efforts of players and prayers of the Turkish people. "Our goal from now on is to represent Turkey as best as possible at the Champions' League in Europe," Saglam said.
TURKISH EXPORTERS TO CREATE JOBS FOR 250,000 PEOPLE IN 2010
Turkish exporters responded positively to a proposal made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that they should hire new personnel. The chairman of Assembly of Turkish Exporters (TIM), Mehmet Buyukeksi, said that based on a research they conducted, Turkish exporters would create jobs for 250,000 people in 2010.
FRUIT OF SCANDAL
Kemal Kilicdaroglu has been the first name to take advantage of the quake within Republican People's Party after a videotape scandal. Getting an "implicit" support from his partner Gursel Tekin and an "open" help from CHP's Secretary General Onder Sav, Kilicdaroglu announced his candidacy for the chairmanship of the party.
URANIUM IN SAFE HANDS
The mediation efforts of Turkey and Brazil eased the nuclear crisis between Iran and USA. Commenting on the exchange of 1,200 kg of uranium with 120 kg of fuel envisaged to take place in Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "Uranium is in safe hands".
WEST NOT CONVINCED
Thanks to the efforts of Turkey and Brazil, Iran agreed to exchange its uranium with nuclear fuel, however, the West was not satisfied with the deal. The agreement aiming at preventing Iran's building an atomic bomb was signed in Tehran yesterday by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.
"This step is a historic opportunity. Iran's confidence in Turkey is of great importance," Erdogan said.
CHP'S TOP OFFICIALS POINT "GANDHI"
Kemal Kilicdaroglu announced yesterday his candidacy for the chair of Republican People's Party (CHP). CHP's leading names, 58 MPs out of the total 97 deputies, as well as the heads of CHP's 65 out of 81 provincial organizations expressed their support for Kilicdaroglu.
MY GOAL IS 40 PERCENT, KILICDAROGLU
Republican People's Party's (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu announced his candidacy for CHP chairmanship on Monday. My candidacy was supported by the Turkish people, Kilicdaroglu said. "There is no returning back as of this point. If I do become the chairman of the CHP, my goal is to receive 40 percent of all the votes in general elections and form a CHP government," Kilicdaroglu said.
TURKISH BANK IN IRBIL
Turkey is making efforts to develop relations with the regional administration in north of Iraq. Economic relations between Turkey and the regional administration in north of Iraq are expected to grow following the visit of the head of the regional administration Massoud Barzani to Turkey at the end of May or beginning of June. A special ceremony will take place in Irbil in June to inaugurate Turkey's new Consulate General there. Turkish Airlines will begin direct flights to Irbil and a Turkish bank will open a branch in Irbil this summer.
30 WORKERS TRAPPED AT DEPTH OF 540 METERS
30 workers were trapped after a blast in a coal mine in Black Sea province of Zonguldak. The blast triggered by methane gas ripped through the Karadon mine in Zonguldak at around 1:30 pm on Monday, cutting off contact with miners trapped at a depth of 540 meters. "30 miners are trapped underground and we are working non-stop to get to them," Labor Minister Omer Dincer said. "The explosion was caused by methane gas," he said.
KILICDAROGLU TO RUN FOR CHAIRMAN OF CHP
A powerful candidate appeared after Deniz Baykal resigned as the chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Kemal Kilicdaroglu announced that he would run for chairman of CHP in the weekend's congress in Ankara. Kilicdaroglu said his goal was to make CHP more democratic.
"OUR TARGET IS 40 PERCENT"
Kemal Kilicdaroglu announced that he would run for chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) in the weekend's congress in capital Ankara. Kilicdaroglu visited Hurriyet's offices in Ankara and explained targets of CHP for the general elections. Kilicdaroglu said the party would come to the political power with at least 40 percent of all votes in the parliamentary elections. Kilicdaroglu said the number of young people would increase in the party.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech at a summit in Iranian capital of Tehran on the occasion of an agreement reached through a joint initiative of Turkey, Iran and Brazil. Erdogan thanked Iran which agreed to exchange 1,200 kilograms of its low-enriched uranium with high-enriched nuclear fuel to be used in a medical research reactor in Tehran. It also accepted Ankara's proposal that the exchange would take place in Turkey.
THREE TURKS IN PLANE WHICH CRASHED IN SALANG PASS
A passenger plane en route from Kunduz to Kabul, Afghanistan crashed near Salang Pass. There were three Turkish people on board the plane. The plane was carrying 43 people including Mustafa Cebil, Faruk Aktas and Bahattin Yildiz.
GANDHI ON WAY
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who announced his candidacy for the chair of Republican People's Party (CHP) thanks to the support coming from party members despite former chairman Deniz Baykal, saw the party administration's harsh resistance. Commenting on such development, Kilicdaroglu said, "these are healthy labor pains".
Baykal had told Kilicdaroglu to reach compromise with the party administration before standing as a candidate, however, Kilicdaroglu announced his candidacy only with the support of CHP's Secretary General Onder Sav.
FIGHT FOR LIFE UNDER GROUND
Thirty workers were trapped in three galleries following an explosion in a coal mine 540 meters below ground level in the northwestern province of Zonguldak. A total of 11 mine workers were rescued after the explosion, while 30 others working for a subcontractor were trapped. The miners could not be contacted as the communication system broke down.
Republican People's Party (CHP) Parliamentary Group Deputy Chairman, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, announced his candidacy for CHP chairmanship on Monday. Kilicdaroglu's candidacy led to an earthquake within the CHP. Secretary General of the CHP, Onder Sav, said that he supported Kilicdaroglu's candidacy even if former CHP chairman Deniz Baykal returned to active politics following a resignation due to a video tape. Baykal described Kilicdaroglu-Sav alliance as "betrayal". Upon Baykal's recommendation, CHP's Central Management Council (MYK) made harsh criticisms against Sav. At the end of the MYK meeting on Monday, CHP's spokesman Mustafa Ozyurek called on Baykal to become a candidate for chairmanship and on Sav to resign as the Secretary General.
An uranium agreement, signed in Tehran with Turkey's efforts, opened doors for a peaceful solution to the Iran crisis. An uranium swap agreement was signed after 18 hours of talks between the leaders and foreign ministers of Turkey, Brazil and Iran. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in reference to the agreement, said that the world should support the process.