GUL: "MIDDLE EAST CANNOT ENDURE ANOTHER WAR"
President Abdullah Gul said that war had not yielded any positive results so far. "Our region cannot endure another war. We need to solve the problems through dialogue," he said at his meeting with President Bashar al-Asad of Syria at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace.
BAYKAL: "I WILL NOT RESIGN"
The leader of the country's main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP) said that he would not resign. Earlier, a video tape allegedly featuring Deniz Baykal having an affair with a CHP deputy was released on a video-sharing web-site. Baykal said that the tape was completely false.
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT DUE IN TURKEY
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is set to pay a visit to Turkey on May 11-12. A number of agreements will be signed during Medvedev's visit, including one that would remove visa requirement between Turkey and Russia. Medvedev and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul are set to write two articles that will appear on special supplements of the daily ZAMAN and the Russian daily Kommersant.
RUSSIAN ENERGY MINISTER SAYS NUCLEAR AGREEMENT REACHED WITH TURKEY
Ahead of the Russian president's visit to Turkey on May 11-12, Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko said his country reached an agreement in general on the construction of a nuclear power plant in Turkey, adding that they were working to have the agreement signed during Medvedev's visit.
LAND-MINES CLAIM TWO LIVES
A soldier was killed when a land-mine planted by terrorists in Ortakoy village in the southeastern province of Sirnak went off. Another soldier died in Daglica region in the southeastern province of Hakkari after stepping on a land-mine. In the last 11 days, 13 troops were killed and 12 others were injured.
FBI PROTECTION FOR TURKISH FESTIVAL
The Anatolian Culture and Food Festival was opened in California, the United States. Both American and Turkish people showed great interest in the festival displaying historical and cultural assets of five Turkish cities from Istanbul to Mardin. Meanwhile, the FBI has taken tight security measures to prevent any robbery.
"THEY WOULD SHOOT BALKAL IN HIS KNEES"
The country's main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), claimed that Mustafa Sarigul, mayor of Istanbul's Sisli district and a former member of the political party, agreed with a hitman to shoot Deniz Baykal in Brussels in return for 750 thousand USD. CHP's Secretary-General Onder Sav said at a news conference that the police received a tip-off about the plan. Both the Governor's Office in Istanbul and the Police Department confirmed that they received such a tip-off.
FRIENDLY SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL STRAIT
President Bashar al-Asad of Syria has come to Istanbul together with his wife and his children as the guest of President Abdullah Gul. Gul and al-Asad met at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace. During the meeting in which bilateral and regional issues were discussed, the two leaders signed two agreements.
ALLEGED PLAN TO SHOOT MAIN OPPOSITION HEAD
A police tip-off made last month revealed that a political rival had made plans to assassinate Deniz Baykal, leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), a senior party official said on Saturday. CHP Secretary-General Onder Sav told reporters that according to the tip-off, former CHP member and Istanbul's Sisli mayor Mustafa Sarigul had ordered the assassination of Baykal. Istanbul police chief has confirmed the story, saying that a probe was launched immediately after the tip-off reached to the police. Sarigul rejected the allegations as "an ugly slander."
ATTACKS ON TURKISH TROOPS PROVOCATION, PREMIER SAYS
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described recent terror attacks on Turkish security forces as "provocative acts in relation with domestic political developments." Four Turkish troops were killed over the last couple of days in southeast Turkey in clashes with the PKK terrorists.
POLITICS HEATING UP AHEAD OF POSSIBLE REFERENDUM ON CONSTITUTIONAL BILL
The ruling and opposition parties in Turkey are poised to take to the squares ahead of a possible referendum on a government-backed bill. Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to kick-off in Izmir a series of nearly 50 party rallies to ask for 'Yes' vote in a referendum. The two major opposition parties, the Republican People's Party and the Nationalist Movement Party, are expected to convince their constituencies to say 'No' in the popular vote, whereas the Peace and Democracy Party is expected to ask for either a 'No' or a boycott of the referendum.
TWO SOLDIERS KILLED IN MINE BLAST IN SOUTHEAST TURKEY
Two Turkish troops were killed in separate mine explosions on Saturday in Turkey's southeast. The incidents, came a day after two other troops were killed in a clash with the PKK terrorists in the southeastern province of Hakkari.
AN ORDER TO MIT TO "FIND" OFFENDERS
The Prime Minister has ordered the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) to find those who recorded and released the video tape allegedly featuring Turkey's main opposition leader Deniz Baykal having an affair with Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Nesrin Baytok. Erdogan also told members of his ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party not to talk about the incident in any occasion.
TWO TROOPS KILLED IN SOUTHEASTERN TURKEY
A soldier died after stepping on a land-mine planted by terrorists near a road in Ortabag village in the southeastern province Sirnak. Another soldier was killed when a land-mine went off in Daglica region in the southeastern province of Hakkari.
TO ATHENS WITH ERDOGAN
Kezban Hatemi, legal counsellor to Greek-Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew said that they got some signals that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan could invite the patriarch to his scheduled visit to Athens on May 14 and 15.
RIVAL ALLEGED TO HAVE ORDERED SHOOTING OF MAIN OPPOSITION LEADER IN TURKEY
According to tip-off received by the Istanbul police department, Mustafa Sarigul, Istanbul's Sisli mayor and a former member and a dissenting figure in Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), had ordered a hitman to shoot CHP Chairman Deniz Baykal "in the knees," a senior CHP official said on Saturday. Party's Secretary-General Onder Sav said that Sarigul had agreed to pay the hitman, Mithat Yilmaz, 750 thousand U.S. dollars to shoot Baykal during a visit to Brussels on April 13, but that plan had been called off two hours before it was executed. Sarigul has rejected the allegations as "outrageous", saying that they came just after a video tape allegedly featuring Baykal and a fellow CHP MP having an affair hit the the internet websites. Sarigul also claimed that the video tape was delivered to the CHP over two weeks ago.
TWO MORE TROOPS KILLED IN SOUTHEAST TURKEY
Two troops were killed in separate mine blasts in the southeastern Turkey on Saturday just a day after 2 other soldiers were killed in a clash with PKK terrorists. Sergeant Emrah Aktas was killed in Hakkari and private Emin Sener was killed Sirnak's Uludere town.
NO PEACE WITHOUT TURKEY
President Abdullah Gul met with President Bashar al-Asad of Syria at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace. Gul said at the meeting that Turkey attached great importance to efforts to find a solution to Syrian-Israeli, Lebanese-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli disputes through dialogue. President al-Asad, on his part, highlighted importance of Turkey's role in the Middle East.
DE SOTO: TURKEY IS LEADER IN ITS REGION
Famous diplomat and architect of the Annan Plan said that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made Turkey leader of its region. He said that he was disappointed when the Greek Cypriots rejected the Annan Plan in the twin referenda in Cyprus.