The Democratic Society Movement, led by Leyla Zana, calls for a halt to the terror in order to allow democratization to begin
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a message to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharone commending and congratulating Israel for carrying through with its Gaza pullout plan. Erdogan said that he hoped that the plan would help kick start the Middle East peace process. According to Foreign Ministry spokesman Namik Tan the message was sent on Monday, the day the plan was enacted.
Two previously separate metro lines, namely Dutluk and Gazino, have been linked in a project launched by the Ankara municipality in a ceremony attended by officials from the ruling Justice and
Turkish newspapers yesterday wrote about the Ankara municipality's efforts to change inappropriate street names; Turkey's lack of readiness for a future earthquake; a pro-Kurdish party's plans to merge with another Kurdish movement, which came after the prime minister's Diyarbakır visit; and Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTÜK) plans to amend regulations banning Kurdish broadcasts by private stations. Street names to be changed: The municipality of Ankara will change other street names deemed to be inappropriate on the heels of replacing a street name in the Çankaya district, Hürriyet reported. Local deputies of both the ruling Justice and
The highlight of Turkish columns yesterday was comments on statements made by the prime minister in Diyarbakır last week regarding the “Kurdish problem.” PM Erdoğan should announce Southeast plan: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan first acknowledged the Kurdish problem and then stressed that the way to overcome it was more democracy, Radikal's İsmet Berkan mentioned. He noted that opposition leaders accused Erdoğan of “flirting with terror” by claiming that Erdoğan's statements were the first step of a plan to divide Turkey. “My main duty is not defending but criticizing the prime minister, but I believe Erdoğan is unfairly criticized on this issue
'We have decided to join the DTH to strengthen the democratic Kurdish movement and unity among Kurds'
Turkey has expressed its satisfaction over the beginning of the implementation of a plan for the withdrawal of Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip and aired hopes that the pullout would help the
One cannot help but wonder in earnest what this holder of the Sakharov Prize and her friends can contribute to the actual solving of the Kurdish problem.
DEHAP disolves itself and joins the Democratic Society Movement to strengthen the Kurdish political front
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has sent messages to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcoming an Israeli plan to withdraw from the
According to the website Grandprix.com, very tight security measures have been set for the inaugural Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul on Friday. More than two thousand paramilitary police will be on patrol at the new circuit, all vehicles will be searched, and all fans must pass through metal detectors upon entry. "Measures we're taking here for security purposes have been doubled", said Mumtaz Tahincioglu, head of the Turkish Motorsports Federation.
European Union Scandinavian members Sweden and Finland have said accession talks with Turkey would start on Oct. 3 as scheduled amid rising concerns that a group of countries, including
In the run up to the race, paramilitary police conducted a security check on residents living near the track, and reports say they have built a police station overlooking the track
The highlight of Turkish columns yesterday was the prime minister's Diyarbakır visit last week and the Kurdish reality in Turkey. Baykal slams PM on politicizing ethnicity: Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal contradicted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who said last week that his government recognizes the “Kurdish problem,” supposedly marking the first time such a comment was made by a Turkish leader, wrote Milliyet's Fikret Bila. Baykal blasted Erdoğan's claim of being the first to acknowledge a Kurdish problem and cited a CHP report drafted eight years ago in which the CHP referred to the Kurdish reality at the time.
The Turkish Armed Forces are reportedly concerned over the prime minister's recent statements and intend to voice their opinion at the next MGK meeting
President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said on Tuesday it was a precondition for nations to protect their cultural wealth in order to be successful in the race towards modernization.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's unveiling of his new initiative to resolve terrorism through greater democracy and his definition of the “Kurdish problem” have unnerved
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter of condolences to his Greek counterpart Costas Caramanlis over the loss of 121 people who were killed in the tragic plane crash near to Athens on Sunday. Erdogan offered his sorrows to the relatives of the victims. It is still not clear what caused the plane to crash. Experts were sifting through the debris in order to find some clues.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has responded to the strong reaction to his recent reference to a "Kurdish problem" in Turkey, noting that it was not the first time in the country that people had spoken of such a matter, and saying "It is because Tayyip Erdogan started to refer to this issue that the matter has gotten out of control."
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