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Israel’s Peres, Netanyahu send letters of condolence to Erdoğan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (L),and Israeli President Shimon Peres during a plenary session on the Middle East peace at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2009. Erdoğan has stalked off the stage at the WWF later, red-faced and agitated after verbally sparring over Gaza with Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have sent separate condolence letters to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over the death of his mother, Tenzile Erdoğan, Israeli media reported on Monday. Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have sent separate condolence letters to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan […]

Turk convicted of Sivas massacre had German passport, report says

An image grab shows the fire at Madımak Hotel which killed 37 people. Hürriyet photo

A Turkish fugitive captured last month by Polish police had remained on the run partly due to a passport he acquired from Germany, daily Hürriyet reported today. Vahit Kaynar, who was convicted of participation in the 1993 Sivas Massacre in which 33 intellectuals and two hotel workers were killed at the Madımak Hotel in the […]

Pro-Kurdish BDP says path to peace passes through Öcalan

BDP Co-chairman Selahattin Demirtaş spoke on Sunday during a sit-in protest staged by the BDP in Diyarbakır, which marked the anniversary of Öcalan being forced to leave Syria, previously a safe haven, in the face of mounting pressure from Turkey in 1998.

The co-chairman of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) has said the path to peace in the country’s Kurdish issue passes through Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed leader of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). BDP Co-chairman Selahattin Demirtaş spoke on Sunday during a sit-in protest staged by the BDP in Diyarbakır, which marked the […]

Turkish police block pro-PKK protest in Bursa

Police blocked roads and turned away buses carrying pro-PKK protesters to Bursa.

Supporters of the terrorist PKK who were planning major demonstrations in Gemlik, a township in the northwestern province of Bursa, on Sunday were not allowed to do so as police blocked roads and turned away buses carrying protesters to the province. The protestors were planning to hold the march specifically on Oct. 9, the anniversary […]

Syria warns not to recognise opposition, vows reform

picture dated November 09, 2008 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addressing the parliament in Damascus during a meeting of Arab parliamentarians. AFP Photo.

President Bashar al-Assad renewed a pledge of reforms on Sunday, as Syria threatened retaliation if countries recognise an opposition bloc increasingly active on the international scene. “Syria is taking steps focused on two main fronts — political reform and the dismantling of armed groups,” who seek to destabilise the country, Assad told the visiting Cuban […]

Elections in Turkey: Enemies become friends

An intense struggle is still observed among parties on the eve of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Turkey. Results of these elections, like the results of the previous elections, are likely to impact Turkey’s domestic and foreign policy. The Justice and Development Party (AKP), Republican People’s Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will struggle […]

Turkey Balances Its Ties With West and Islamic World in Libya Operation

Turkey’s position on the unfolding events in Libya has caused a great deal of confusion for observers of Turkish foreign policy. Despite its objections to the use of military force to solve the impending civil war, Turkey has eventually changed course, by agreeing to the transfer of the military operations to NATO command and taking […]

Erdoğan criticizes Israel over its satellite reservations

 Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan criticized Israel on Friday because the Jewish state is waging a diplomatic war with several countries, including the US, to prevent Turkey from snapping pictures of its territory through a new Turkish satellite.   The GökTürk satellite is due to be in orbit by 2013, Erdoğan noted while speaking […]

Clinton: Turkey will form new alliances

Former US President Bill Clinton said on Saturday that Turkey was the key country for the formation of new alliances in the world in the future. “Turkey is opposing unjust treatments and it is fighting injustice. Under these circumstances, what Turkey is doing will pull us together like a magnate. You might be doing certain […]

Turkey’s divorce from the West?

The findings of public opinion surveys clearly indicate nowadays that there prevails a serious crisis of confidence among Turks toward the West in general. The feelings of Turks toward both the United States and the European Union have indeed cooled significantly in recent years, actually revealing a kind of growing tendency toward political isolation. According […]



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