People throughout Turkey greeted the new year in various ways, with municipalities suggesting public squares as venues for people to celebrate the event without problem.
Turkish newspapers yesterday mainly covered the statements of Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül about his government's plans in 2006 and the message delivered by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. Gül: We will not partake in ideological disputes: Foreign Minister Gül, one of the more significant government leaders following Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, talked about the government's view of the new year, Zaman reported. He evaluated certain events of 2005 and commented about certain plans of the government for 2006. Gül said many disputes in 2005 were directly related to the next presidential election by Parliament. He said he believed that domestic political problems lie as the basis of many
Sezer makes important suggestions: President Ahmet Necdet Sezer's New Year's message included comments about domestic and international problems along with concrete suggestions to the government and Parliament, said Milliyet's Fikret
In foreign policy, the government is loking at a difficult year in terms of Turkey’s relations with the EU and possibly with the US. At home, President Sezer’s New Year's message lists confrontations in the offing
People throughout Turkey flocked to public squares for joyful celebrations on New Year's Eve. In Istanbul, New Year's celebrations were held in various parts of the city including Taksim Square,
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is scheduled to arrive Thursday to sign separate joint declarations with Israel and the Palestinian Authority governing a Turkish role in resurrecting the Erez industrial area, reported the Jerusalem Post on Monday. According to Turkish officials, Gul was deterred neither by the growing anarchy in the Gaza Strip nor by the fact that the industrial area is located inside what is now the "no-go" zone Israel has mandated to prevent the launching of Kassam rockets toward Ashkelon, said the Israeli daily.
The formal opening of Turkey’s membership talks with the European Union on Oct. 3 made history.
Relations between Turkey and the United States witnessed a recovery in 2005 after hitting rock bottom two years ago over Turkish refusal to militarily cooperate with Washington in Iraq, the
2005 provides a glimpse of things to come in 2006
Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat sounded hopeful last weekend when he considered a final verdict released on Thursday by the European Court of Human Rights on a property complaint filed by a Greek Cypriot as justification for a new property law that took effect the same day the court released its verdict. Talat interpreted the ruling of the Strasbourg-based court -- which refrained from ordering Ankara to pay compensation despite ruling that Turkey had violated the property rights of the Greek Cypriot complainant -- to mean that “the court indirectly referred the issue to domestic law” in the northern part of the island. “It is a good and positive st
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Pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party mayors from southeastern Anatolia have appealed to the Danish government, saying in a letter that a Denmark-based television station, which Ankara says is a mouthpiece for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, should not be closed despite Turkey's demand to that effect.
Controversy surrounding the case of Van University rector fails to die down
An appeals court has overturned a fine imposed on a newspaper that printed a cartoon portraying Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a horse being ridden by one of his advisers, the newspaper said on Friday.
Parliament passes law that establishes 15 new universities around the country after serious clashes between the government and the opposition
Turkish newspapers on Friday hailed a court decision to release a university rector after spending 75 days in jail. Yücel Aşkın, rector of Yüzüncü Yıl University in the eastern province of Van, is on trial for alleged corruption in purchases for the university. Aşkın will face the rest of the trial as a free man. Rector Aşkın released: Radikal said in its headline that Aşkın had been released in the second hearing of his trial and added that the court had rejected a request from the prosecutor to ban him from going abroad. Aşkın, who has been undergoing medical treatment, will continue to be treated at Yüzüncü Yıl University Hospital for another week. Aşkın was absent from the trial in Van
Turkish newspapers wrote yesterday about the release of Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Rector Yücel Aşkın, various rectors' response to a comment made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan about universities, warnings about the Feast of
2005, a good year in foreign policy: Milliyet's Sami Kohen said it was possible to evaluate 2005 as a success in terms of Turkey's foreign affairs. He said it was good but added that good did not mean that everything was perfect for the year and that
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