Nine-day protest : The long protest for syndical rights began in Istanbul and finished in Ankara on Wednesday after a nine-day walk, undertaken despite El Nino and opposition from the government Angry citizens : Can you say the doctors were right when they stopped seeing patients? Wouldn't you feel angry if your daughter or son was suffering from a serious illness and waiting for a doctor who wasn't in the hospital because he was protesting the 30 percent wage increases? Loyalty needed : The state needs
Is Turkey 'eastern' or 'western?' : Turks are now wondering about their country's place in civilizations and alliances, having been distanced from both the Islamic Conference countries and the EU countries Distancing of Turkey a mistake : No-one and no party in the international community should be happy because the EU's door is not yet open to Turkey Turkey's targets are modernization and development :Most Turkish intellectuals defended EU membership as a vehicle which would shorten the period required
December 12 The Turkish military expels dozens of its members for indiscipline in what the Turkish press says is a new crackdown on soldiers with Islamist links. Ankara criticises Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker for branding Turkey a torture state that would have to wait years to become a member of the European Union.December 13 The EU summit names ten Eastern and Central European countries and the Republic of Cyprus as candidates for full membership while shutting the doors on Turkey.
The KKTC Parliament gathers for an extraordinary session on Saturday to discuss the EU invitation to Greek Cyprus and the steps to be taken TDN with wire dispatches Ankara - Russia on Friday strongly denied a Financial Times report that it might pull out of an agreed sale of S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Greek Cyprus. "We categorically deny this," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Gennady Tarasov told Reuters in Copenhagen, on the sidelines of a European security conference. A Financial
The deputy prime minister feels the attitude of the EU will remain vague for the foreseeable future and Turkey's political ties will be frozen during this time He stresses Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots should go forward with partial integration plans, denies any wish to annex the Northern Turkish Republic of Cyprus; says it should remain independent.By Ilnur Cevik And Mine Cevik / Turkish Daily News CEVIK- It is clear that we have problems with the European Union. We have rejected a dialogue with them.
Turkish Daily News Electronic Edition, 'Washington Insight' By Harun Kazaz, December 20 1997 20 December, 1997, Copyright © Turkish Daily News'Washington Insight' By Harun Kazaz Washington - While Turkey refuses to believe in the arrival of Thursday after Wednesday (this is a take-off on a well-known Turkish proverb), finally the European Union (EU) made it official by its actions that Turkey is not welcome at this time and for some time to come. As most of our readers may well know by this time,
PM Yilmaz is criticized for not consulting with anybody, including the deputy PM, before announcing that Turkey would withdraw EU application TDN with wire dispatches Ankara - It seems European deputies were not the only ones surprised by Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz's latest outburst in which he threatened to withdraw Turkey's application of 1987 for European Union full membership. The deputy prime minister, hard-liner Bulent Ecevit said on Thursday that Yilmaz's plan was just an option and had not been
Operation Northern Watch will be on Yilmaz-Albright agenda Anti-Turkish coalition asks Clinton to pressure Turkey on human rightsBy Ugur Akinci / Turkish Daily News Washington -- The U.S. State Department continued on Wednesday with the policy of unequivocal support for Turkey, which President Clinton had expressed without reservations during a press briefing on Tuesday. When probed by journalists regarding the U.S. policy towards Turkey's rebuffed European Union (EU) application, the State Department's
Turkish minister, in Paris to sign an OECD convention against bribery, says it is up to the European Union to make a new offer after Luxembourg. 'We will make an assessment when the offer is before us. But we do not want promises,' he saysBy Nazlan Ertan / Turkish Daily News Paris - Justice Minister Oltan Sungurlu, in Paris for the signing of the OECD's convention on combatting bribery, said that Turkey was now waiting for "a concrete offer" from the European Union after the Luxembourg summit.
Cairo, however, seemed to keep up its criticism of Ankara's military alliance with Israel TDN with wire dispatches Ankara - Chief of Staff Gen. Ismail Hakki Karadayi pointed out on Thursday that good relations between Turkey and Egypt can contribute a lot to regional and global peace. Cairo, however, seemed to keep up its criticism of Ankara's military alliance with Israel, according to remarks made by senior Egyptian officials to the press. Gen. Ismail Karadayi, who arrived on Monday for a three-day
Angry Croats demonstrate; Klaus Kinkel says arrests show warcriminals can;t escape justice Reuters Sarajevo- Dutch troops of the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Bosnia arrested two Bosnian Croat war crimes suspects early on Thursday, wounding a man indicted for one of the most notorious massacres of the war. Hours later, a large group of Croats staged a furious demonstration in the central Bosnian town of Vitez and NATO-led peacekeeping SFOR troops prevented a crowd of angry Croats marching to the house
Clinton: 'We must anchor Turkey to West' Secular Turkey 'can open and block doors' Greek-Turkish conflict is 'ultimately irrational' He wants a solution in Cyprus 'very badly'By Ugur Akinci / Turkish Daily News Washington -- Prime Minister Yilmaz announced that Turkey would withdraw its full membership bid by June if the EU does not change its position. U.S. President Bill Clinton emphasized that Turkey was a secular country within the Islamic world and a good ally with the power to "open and block
Defense minister will head Turkish delegation during official talks with Hungary Turkish Daily News Budapest - Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin began his official two-day visit to Hungary to sign a military training and cooperation agreement between Ankara and Budapest. The plane carrying Sezgin and his delegation arrived in Budapest on Wednesday evening, where he was greeted by his Hungarian counterpart, Ghorgy Keleti, at Budapest's Tokol Airport. Sezgin, who visited Hungary at the official invitation of
Another 'strategic partnership' From a Dec. 17 article by Milliyet's Sami Kohen: Undoubtedly it would be more rational to be economic partners with Russia rather than being competitors. A political will to this effect exists. But mutual confidence has not been built up adequately yet. More time and efforts are needed to achieve full mutual confidence. Also, the political problems between the two countries have to be solved. Any progress to be achieved on issues such as the straits, the Baku-Ceyhan
Turkish Daily News Electronic Edition, 'Editorial' by Ilnur Cevik, December 17 1997 17 December, 1997, Copyright © Turkish Daily News Turkey should have sought intensive, high-level contacts with the Russians a long time ago. The fact that we neglected this has resulted in unwanted developmentsEditorial by Ilnur Cevik The Western press seems to be trying to suggest that the change for the better in the climate of relations between Russia and Turkey has much to do with an alleged Turkish fear of
In the course of a number of visits spread over the last 10 years I have seen the wanton destruction in Antalya Province of one of the most important cultural and historic monuments in Turkey The ancient road lies seven kilometers to the east of the point where the modern road from Antalya to Burdur enters the Taurus Mountain range and is marked on the northbound side by a yellow sign, labeled "ANTIK YOL." If you follow this side road, you will pass through the village of Kovanlik where skeins
The envisaged new command in Greece as a sub-command will have no right to control or command in the whole Aegean. The regional commands under the European Strategic Command will be the most responsible bodies Turkish Daily News Ankara - Ankara has managed to push Greece a step back on its earlier claims on the disputed Aegean through the Turkish-Greek compromise which was made during the NATO defense ministers meeting held in Brussels at the beginning of this month, according to Turkish military
'Today is a truly remarkable day' which showed 'how far we have overcome the division of Europe,' Solana told the foreign ministers of the 19 countries including Turkey who took part in the signing ceremony TDN with wire dispatches Ankara - Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said, hours before he signed the accession protocols of three emerging NATO members on Tuesday that Turkey's relations with NATO would not be affected by its embittered ties with the European Union (EU) upon its rejection to
Foley: 'EU accession process offers positive incentives for a Cyprus solution' KKTC: 'EU has dealt a destructive blow to the UN negotiating process in Cyprus' Wall Street Journal: 'Creation of a new dividing line along the Bosphorus'By Ugur Akinci / Turkish Daily News Washington -- The Clinton administration's reaction to the European Union's (EU) decision to leave Turkey out of those countries that are likely to join the EU as full members did not surprise watchers of U.S.-Turkish relations. Washington
The paper holds the Turkish military responsible for the cold shoulder from EUBy Orya Sultan Halisdemir / Turkish Daily News London - One of Britain's prestigious dailies, left-leaning The Guardian, wrote in its editorial on Tuesday that the European Union (EU) had made a mistake by excluding Turkey's name even from the "B" list of potential member states. Criticizing the EU's decision made over the weekend, the Guardian said this anti-Turkish attitude would only please the Greeks in Europe.
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