The government is proposing to return an estimated 1 million relocated southeastern villagers from a total of 6,153 settlements, 1,779 villages and other hamlets. The people were relocated to big cities because of terrorism and for security reasons during the campaign there against the PKK. Economic problems in the region seem to be the most important barrier in the way of the project Economic life in the region relies on stock-breeding and agriculture. But stock-breeding there, which occupied an
The coalition partners have voted to exonerate Yilmaz and Isin Celebi in the POAS irregularities investigation Ankara - TDN Parliament Bureau A second investigation into irregularities allegedly committed by Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Mesut Yilmaz when he was Prime Minister has cleared his name. The investigation commission was looking into irregularities allegedly committed by Yilmaz and then Minister of State Isin Celebi, also of ANAP. The coalition party members of the commission voted
One has it easy, the other goes down to the wire as favorites come through to contest remaining promotion place Ankara - Turkish Daily News Today's final of the knockout tournament to determine the final promotion place for soccer League Division One will be between Diyarbakirspor and Caykur Rizespor. Both semifinals produced high drama on the neutral territory of Antalya's Ataturk Stadium. Rize, whose sponsors are Turkey's largest tea producing company, saw its game hinge on one moment in the 27th
Hizbullah suspect taken to crime scene in Diyarbakir while six people in custody in Kocaeli Ankara - Turkish Daily News Nurettin Sezik, caught in Sanliurfa and accused of Hizbullah terrorist activities, was taken to the crime scenes of murder and kidnapping incidents which took place in Diyarbakir in 1994, reported the Anatolia news agency. Sezik, a teacher, was taken to the crime scenes under the supervision of Diyarbakir State Security Court (DGM) Prosecutor Yilmaz Aktas in Diyarbakir's Seyrantepe
Izmir Governor Kemal Nehrezoglu, who has been appointed Turkey's new president's general secretary, will take up his new duty in Ankara on Tuesday. Before leaving for his new duty, Nehrezoglu attended some farewell meetings in Izmir Izmir-Turkish Daily News Izmir Governor Kemal Nehrezoglu, who has been posted to Izmir since 1998, has been appointed general secretary to Turkey's new president, Ahmet Necdet Sezer. Nehrezoglu's appointment was announced over the weekend by the president and Nehrezoglu
Aegean army, Ecevit, Karamanlis From a May 29 article by Milliyet's Sukru Elekdag: The argument that the Aegean army could be dismantled under certain conditions made headlines last week. However, this argument is hardly original. In fact -- after obtaining Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's approval -- I, during my tenure as Foreign Ministry undersecretary, had put forth that proposal for the first time to Greek Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ambassador Byron Theodoropoulos on May 11, 1979 in Strasbourg.
Ferda Cemiloglu Cilalioglu's business card is a tad crowded. It includes: founder of a private school, Women's Solidarity Foundation Deputy Chairperson, member of the Central Executive Committee of the Women Candidates' Support and Training Association, board member of the Social Problems Research Foundation and mayoral candidate for Diyarbakir Municipality, among other items Ferda has got one other task. She is the chairman of the Asylum Seekers and Migrants Solidarity Association. This duty has special
Civilian call from the military From a May 28 article by Milliyet's Fikret Bila: Commander of the Second Army Gen. Aytac Yalman has issued a call to the nation in Diyarbakir via the visiting media members. He said: "I want to call on the nongovernmental organizations [NGOs], and associations and foundations operating in such areas as education, health, family planning and modernization to focus their efforts on the Southeast. Let them come to the region. The region needs their activities."
Favorites stay on course as the ball hits the back of the net 21 times in first four matches in Antalya Michael Severn Ankara - Turkish Daily News Twenty-one goals were scored in the first four matches of the knockout tournament which will decide the third and last team to be promoted from Turkish soccer's Second Division. Four teams are through to the semifinals, four have already packed their bags and returned home to dream of another year. The Mediterranean warmth of the Antalya evenings did
May 19 Turkish warplanes make a historic landing at the Greek military's Nea Anchialos airfield near the central port of Volos to join NATO exercises, displaying the remarkable improvement in relations between the longtime regional rivals. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer awards the Galatasaray team a state medal for winning Turkey's first European soccer title. Meanwhile, eight people die and more than 50 are injured during celebrations after the team's UEFA Cup victory. The Chief Prosecutor's Office in
The Ecevit government was formed on May 28, 1999. Since then the government has had to cope with the consequences of two big earthquakes. Two major constitutional amendments have been passed. Apo's execution has been postponed. The CSE summit and the EU's Helsinki summit have taken place. The government has seized control of five banks and reached an agreement with the IMF. The Hizbullah operation has been launched as well as the ongoing operations involving the string of political murders committed over
TDN Online Editor's Choice 28 May 2000, Copyright ©Turkish Probe The Ecevit government was formed on May 28, 1999. Since then the government has had to cope with the consequences of two big earthquakes. Two major constitutional amendments have been passed. Apo's execution has been postponed. The CSE summit and the EU's Helsinki summit have taken place. The government has seized control of five banks and reached an agreement with the IMF. The Hizbullah operation has been launched as well as the
Hizbullah militants were taken to a crime scene in Baglarbasi village, Adana where six dead bodies were unearthed Police officials feel uncomfortable over information leaks during the investigations Ankara - Turkish Daily News Investigations into weapons, documents and forged identity cards seized during "Malazgirt Operation," a police operation launched against terrorist gang Hizbullah, is continuing under the control of the Istanbul Police Department, the Anatolia news agency reported.
As the terror in the Southeast withers away, the United States prepares to open a permanent bureau in Diyarbakir in a bid to contribute to the region's development Selcuk Gultasli Ankara - Turkish Daily News The United States will open a permanent bureau in Diyarbakir in a bid to contribute to the region's economic development. A senior U.S. official stated that U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Mark Parris would sign a protocol in Sirnak to open a permanent Southeast bureau in June. The press had previously
Ankara - Turkish Daily News Police are continuing to dig up the building and grounds of a house in Adana's Kiremithane neighborhood, which has been used by members of the Hizbullah terrorist group, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. Every tile in the house is being lifted and several dugouts have been found in which police say they are certain to find weapons. The interrogation of Hizbullah's so-called Aegean Commander Haci Inan began the day he was captured, May 19. It has been determined
The indictment determines that Hizbullah had a three-phase plan involving preparation, terrorism and insurrection. It planned to use continual murder, violence, fear and sabotage to terrify the public Ankara - Turkish Daily News Diyarbakir State Security Court (DGM) prosecutors Yilmaz Aktas and Omer Tuncay Ipek have completed their indictment against the Hizbullah terrorist organization, reported the Anatolia news agency. In addition to detailing 156 separate murders, the indictment calls for the death
Hasimi knew that the reformists would do well at the congress but that the conservatives would win Hasimi: The conflict within the party is not so much one of reformists versus conservatives, but a struggle to seize the party executive positions Ankara - Turkish Daily News Former Virtue Party (FP) and current Motherland Party (ANAP) Deputy for Diyarbakir Hasim Hasimi's prophecy to the Turkish Daily News that "the reformists will do well but the conservatives will win" at the FP convention
Ankara - Turkish Daily News The Ankara central office of the Human Rights Association (IHD) has issued a press release stating that their branch office in Van had been closed down. This action comes on the heels of the closure of their Diyarbakir branch last week. The statement also criticizes the press and the government for reinforcing the "siege conditions" under which the association has been forced to operate. The press release cites various Organization for Security and Cooperation in
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