WITH SAME PRIDE
Turkey celebrated the May 19 Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day with enthusiasm. After the ceremony at Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk, which was attended by pillars of the state, ceremonies and events were held throughout the country.
BAYKAL FURIOUS: THEY CONSIDERED ME NON-EXISTENT
Deniz Baykal, former chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), said Kemal Kilicdaroglu hid his candidacy for chairman from him and added, "they did everything behind my back."
Piles of coal prevent 30 miners who have been trapped in a collapsed coal mine in the northern province of Zonguldak from being rescued. Rescue teams come across with new debris every day, which block their way towards the trapped miners. The possibility of alive miners is less each passing day due to the 20-meter distance that is expected to be overcome in four days due to piles of coal.
UN SECRETARY GENERAL: I APPRECIATE TURKEY'S EFFORTS ON ISSUE OF IRAN
The Secretary General of the United Nations (U.N.) Ban Ki-moon said he appreciated Turkey's efforts on the issue of Iran. The uranium swap agreement signed by Turkey, Brazil and Iran will help resolve the Iran issue through negotiations, Ki-moon stressed.
WORLD'S SECOND BIGGEST HOME TEXTILE FAIR OPENS DOORS
Turkey's biggest and the world's second biggest home textile fair, Evteks, opened its doors to visitors at the CNR Expo Fair Center in Istanbul. The fair expects over 100,000 visitors. Thanks to foreign visitors, almost all hotels have been fully booked in Istanbul this week. The fair will end on May 23.
GIANTS EASE OFF AFTER SPEAKING WITH ERDOGAN
Leaders of the U.S. and Russia --who have been trying to make UN take a decision of sanction against Iran although it signed uranium swap deal-- relaxed after speaking with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the phone. During his conversations, Erdogan explained the details of the deal, and stressed that the deal made great contributions to the process.
FIRE OF YOUTH
May 19, Commemoration of Ataturk and Youth & Sports Day, was celebrated with ceremonies across Turkey, in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and foreign representations with excitement. Ceremonies in capital Ankara began with state officials' visit to Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk. Flag, which was brought from the northern province of Samsun, as well as soil brought from Thessaloniki were presented to President Abdullah Gul.
Thirty miners are expecting to be rescued from 540 meters below the ground for two and a half days. The entire Turkey is praying for them. However, another collapse occurred on Wednesday, demoralizing every one. Teams can reach the miners in three or four days.
HE IS DISAPPOINTED WITH HIS DESTINY, ANGRY ABOUT SAV
Deniz Baykal, former chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) who was not called on by local chairmen of his party to "return to the party", met Cevdet Selvi, deputy chairman of his party, on Wednesday. Selvi said Baykal was disappointed with his destiny, nobody else. However, with whom Baykal was disappointed and angry became clear in the evening. Baykal said, "when I told (secretary general) Onder Sav that 'Kemal (Kilicdaroglu) should run for chairman', he said it could not be possible. They did everything without telling us their views and without asking for our contributions. They did everything sneakily."
TURKEY TO GROW OVER EXPECTATIONS
Mustafa Koc, chairman of Koc Holding's Executive Board, said Turkey would grow over expectations despite ongoing Euro problems. Koc defined the draft fiscal rule as "right step."
RETURNING BACK HOME AT CHP
Many former members of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) began returning back to the CHP after Kemal Kilicdaroglu announced his candidacy for the chairmanship several days ago. Kilicdaroglu said that "no one had the luxury of getting mad at the CHP".
DAVUTOGLU: I DO NOT THINK SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN POSSIBLE
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that he thought it was normal for the West to make a reaction following the joint declaration of Turkey, Brazil and Iran. "I do not think that sanctions against Iran are possible. The West's insistence on new sanctions will hurt Turkey's national interests," Davutoglu said.
ERDOGAN: DEATH IS DESTINY OF MINERS
Police intervened in the protest against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who visited Karadon mine in the northern province of Zonguldak where 30 miners have been trapped after Monday's explosion. Erdogan said, "we are very sorry. But people of this region are used to incidents like this. I earlier saw how miners are working 2,000 meters under the ground. I joined a fast-breaking dinner with them. This is the destiny of this profession. Miners are making this profession by knowingly."
WIND OF KILICDAROGLU
There is no one left who does not support Kemal Kilicdaroglu in main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Executives of the party are in excitement. Members, who earlier quit the party, are ready to return. Eyes turned to the administration which will be shaped up in the general congress meeting of the party. There is a wind of Kemal Kilicdaroglu who became candidate for CHP leadership after resignation of Deniz Baykal.
THEY HIDE IT
Deniz Baykal, the former chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), assessed Kemal Kilicdaroglu's candidacy for chairman and the support chairmen of local branches of CHP extended to Kilicdaroglu. Baykal said, "I asked everyone to be in compromise in this process, however they did everything in secret. We learned every development from the TV."
FOUR DAYS SHOCK
Hopes are fading for 30 miners who were trapped under a collapsed coal mine in the northern province of Zonguldak. Experts said rescue teams could breach a 20-meter block of rock in four days. The only hope for the miners who have been trapped since Monday are "experienced miners". According to experts, those experienced miners could have broken the air pipes, managing to bring clean air into the mine. If so, there is a small possibility that miners could be alive.
ERDOGAN CALLS PUTIN
After the United States submitted a sanction package for Iran to the United Nations (UN) Security Council, Turkey launched a counter action. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Moreover, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke to his U.S., Russian, Chinese, Iranian, British and Brazilian counterparts.
WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU
Turkey is waiting for a voice or a breath from 540-meter underground. There is still a small hope for our 30 miners who have been trapped in a coal mine after Monday's explosion in the northern province of Zonguldak.
IT TAKES AT LEAST FOUR DAYS
Here is the information which was given in a press conference regarding the rescue efforts for trapped miners: a four-meter debris was passed. Teams reached a 20-meter hollow after passing the debris. However, there is a risk of collapse in this hollow. At least four days of period is needed to eliminate the risk. After passing the hollow, there is another debris which has an unknown length. If that debris is breached, 150 meters will remain to reach the trapped miners.
WIND OF YOUTH
May 19, Commemoration of Ataturk and Youth & Sports Day, was celebrated with ceremonies. Performances which were prepared by young people from all over the country were magnificent. Deputy Chairman Onur Oymen represented main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) during the ceremonies at Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk, in capital Ankara. After participating in the ceremony in Anitkabir, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not attend the ceremony at May 19 Stadium.
BUTTON PUSHED FOR EXPORTS TO 6 STATES
State Minister for foreign trade Zafer Caglayan is in the United States to hold talks with U.S. officials about the commercial relations between Turkey and the U.S.. Turkey aims to boost commercial relations with states such as California, New York, Texas, Georgia, Florida and Illinois. We plan to have exports worth a total of at least 500 billion USD on the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Republic of Turkey (year 2023), Caglayan said.
CHINESE AUTOMOTIVE GIANT HAIMA TO INVEST 500 MILLION USD IN IZMIR
Executives from China's automotive giant Haima were in western province of Izmir trying to learn more about this Turkish city. Haima is expected to make an investment of 500 million USD in Izmir and provide employment to at least 1,300 people. Haima's executives also visited the Aegean Free Trade Zone in an helicopter.