'While supporting Palestinian efforts to establish their independent state, we also place great importance on them being able to stand on their own feet economically,' Gül says
Turkish newspapers continued to write on Wednesday about lessons for Turkey over the natural gas crisis between Russia and Ukraine and also reported a historic decline in annual inflation rates. ‘Gül new boss in anti-terror fight'Radikal said a National Security Council (MGK) meeting on Dec. 29 had discussed a proposal to authorize the Anti-terrorism Supreme Board (TMYK), headed by Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül, to implement an anti-terror action plan. The board will be responsible for coordinating anti-terrorism efforts among all ministries and relevant organizations. According to plans, a secretariat-general will be created within the board, which has been idle for the
The Kurdish problem will continue to dominate the agenda in 2006. This problem is transforming itself at an increasing pace and becoming a regional matter. We are still not aware of what’s happening. Have we solved the PKK and the Roj TV issues, which we believe we will resolve the Kurdish problem?
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with top commanders of the military on Wednesday to discuss domestic security and anti-terrorism efforts.
Diyarbakır Mayor and Democratic Society Party member Osman Baydemir sent all deputies and all top state officials a New Year's card in Kurdish, reports said on Wednesday.
Parliament Speaker Bülent Arınç said on Wednesday that the Constitution provided them with a clear understanding on who could become president, for how long and under what conditions,
Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in Ankara on Wednesday for the first official visit to Turkey by an Afghan head of state in 48 years. Karzai is expected to stay two days and meet with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, General Hilmi Ozkok - the chief of the Turkish military - and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. Talks will focus on the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Dubai grieves today after the announcement that Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al- Maktoum, the ruler of the Gulf Arab emirate, died on Wednesday during a private visit to Australia. Maktoum, who was also vice president and prime minister of the seven-member United Arab Emirates, had been suffering from heart problems for some time and was in his mid sixties. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Dubai this morning to represent Turkey at Maktoum's funeral.
The Danish government has not yet assessed a letter sent by pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party mayors from southeastern Anatolia to Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen urging him not to shut down a Denmark-based television station.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai will pay an official visit to Turkey from Wednesday until Saturday at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Necdet Sezer, according to a statement released yesterday by the Presidency Press Office.
Turkish columnists wrote yesterday about political speculation, Turkish-U.S. contacts and the latest National Security Council (MGK) meeting. Political speculation: Appealing to her readers to avoid taking seriously ?abundant political
No January increase in natural gas prices: ANK - Turkish Daily News Natural gas prices will remain at their December level this month with no increase, according to a statement from the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. The board of state-owned
Less than three weeks ahead of the first parliamentary elections for the Palestinians in 10 years, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül is expected to head to the region on Thursday for talks with his
I don’t want to be over-optimistic, but if there are no road accidents and if we don’t harm our own interests, many positive developments are in store for 2006.
56 mayors in the Southeast face prosecution for their support of Roj TV
Reports of six people being hospitalized on suspicion of having contracted bird flu dominated the front pages of Turkish newspapers. A 14-year-old boy who was one of the six tested for bird flu at a hospital in the eastern province of Van died, and his sister was in critical and worsening condition on Monday night. All six individuals come from the Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı. Doctors said yesterday that the death had not been caused by bird flu but Monday's front pages carried the suspicion that bird flu might have taken its first human toll in Turkey. Another story was the killing of a six-year-old girl accidentally shot during New Year's Eve celebrations. ‘Deadly susp
The president, the prime minister and most of the Cabinet do not smoke
The Turkish government has announced new income tax rates, raising the income level taxable at the minimum rate of 15 percent, from YTL 6,600 to YTL 7,000.
Because of the new year, I would like to re-emphasize a matter I have constantly noted.
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