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Syria regime ‘using’ PKK, dissident says

The Syrian wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is being used against Syrian protesters calling for an overthrow of the government and could soon be deployed against Turkey, according to several Syrian opposition figures. The Democratic Union Party (PYD), the PKK’s Syrian branch, is currently acting in concert with the Syrian regime to […]

Gov’t expects $150 bln in 2012 export revenues

Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan has announced that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government’s export target this year is to earn $149 billion in revenue from goods sold to overseas markets. Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, the minister made comparisons between Turkey and other economies, particularly those in Europe, with respect to a […]

A year of rediscovery for US and Turkey

The United States and Turkish governments in many senses rediscovered each other in 2011, achieving constructive engagement — especially in the aftermath of the people’s revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa. In stark contrast, the previous year Ankara irked many in Washington with its relatively accommodating stance vis-à-vis Tehran. Deep tactical differences between […]

Turkey’s MGK discusses France, Syria

Turkey’s National Security Council (MGK) on Wednesday convened in Ankara for the last meeting of 2011 with an agenda dominated by recent developments in Syria as well as a recent French move to penalize the denial of Armenian allegations. The MGK meeting, chaired by President Abdullah Gül and attended by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan […]

Turkey urges Belgium to investigate fire that killed Turkish woman

Turkey urged Belgium on Thursday to investigate possible wrongdoings by authorities in a fire that killed a Turkish national and severely injured three others, including two children. The fire took place in a flat in Vilvoorde, near Brussels, on Dec. 25. Tuba Küçüksarı Elçi (26) died after she and her husband, Ramazan Elçi (26), together […]

Charter ‘opportunity for Kurdish solution’

The European Commission’s representative in Turkey, Marc Pierini (R) spoke to a group of journalists regarding Turkey’s new charter. The charter commission, made up of 12 members, met on Oct 20 for the first time to discuss how they will proceed. AA Photo.

The European Commission’s representative in Turkey, Marc Pierini commented on the new charter process, saying that the next constitution will be a historic opportunity to accommodate major problems. Writing a new constitution will be a historic opportunity to accommodate Turkey’s major problems, like the Kurdish issue and the coexistence of conflicting lifestyles, according to a […]

New charter committee kicks off in shadow of deadly attacks

The12 member charter preparatory commission, led by Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek (C) includes 3 members from each party in the parliament. Yesterday’s meeting started off with opening remarks by Cemil Çiçek and the continued with a closed- door session. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Turkey’s new charter commission has come together for the first time yesterday, following the deadly attacks on security forces by the PKK. “We will carry our responsibilities with common sense,” said Cemil Çiçek, who reportedly will be the chairman of the commission. Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek vowed yesterday that a landmark drive to rewrite Turkey’s […]

International coalition of pressure against Syria

By Sami Kohen The meeting Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday constitutes a significant event in the international campaign focused on Syria lately. It is not a coincidence that as Turkey launches this latest diplomatic attempt, many countries and organizations have also expressed tough criticism of the Assad […]

Can police fight the PKK?

Ever since the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government revealed that it will start a new initiative against terrorist groups using police special forces, who were trained to fight against the PKK, a new debate has opened up as to whether the police can really fight against the rural base of the PKK. Former […]

Record increase in number of Turkish generals

The Turkish government has recently displayed a strong determination against the politically meddlesome military’s attempts to dictate the names of its service commanders to the elected authority. The government has exercised its legal right concerning the selection of generals and admirals to be appointed as the land, navy and air forces commanders. The government, however, […]

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