Turkey

Turkey reacts to China unrest

ANKARA, Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday (July 8th) he will ask the UN Security Council to discuss ways to stop clashes in China. Beijing reacted to Erdogan’s statement on Thursday saying it is a domestic issue. “This is purely China’s internal affair and doesn’t demand a …

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Turkey’s Gul approves law despite military’s objections

ANKARA, Turkey President Abdullah Gul approved a controversial new measure Wednesday (July 8th) that allows civilian courts to prosecute military officers for some crimes. Gul, however, demanded that some regulations be implemented that would “dispel worries” among the military.

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Russian patriarch backs Halki Seminary re-opening

NKARA, Turkey Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill called on Turkish authorities on Monday (July 6th) to re-open the Greek Orthodox Seminary on the island of Heybeliada (Halki in Greek), in a bid to strengthen religious freedoms and minority rights. His comment followed talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey.

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Turkey Pledges to Lobby for Kosovo Recognition

Turkey will continue to support Kosovo’s independence, its speaker of parliament, Koksal Toptan, said in Pristina on Monday. Toptan arrived in the city on Sunday on his first visit to Kosovo. During a meeting with his counterpart, Jakup Krasniqi, the Turkish speaker said Ankara was undertaking various initiatives to lobby …

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Turkish Army opposes controversial law

ANKARA, Turkey The army has submitted a list of objections to President Abdullah Gul regarding a controversial law that limits the power of military courts, local newspapers reported on Sunday (July 5th). Parliament adopted the bill late last month at the request of the ruling Justice and Development Party.

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Talat expects reunification plan

NICOSIA, Cyprus The two Cypriot communities will draft a plan to reunify the divided island by the end of the year, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat said on Sunday (July 5th) in an interview with the Greek Cypriot daily Simerini. Talat, however, predicted international arbitration will be required.

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EU, Turkey to sign Nabucco deal

BRUSSELS, Belgium Several EU countries and Turkey will sign an inter-governmental agreement on the construction of the Nabucco pipeline in Ankara on July 13th, the European Commission (EC) announced on Friday (July 3rd). Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to host the ceremony.

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Cypriot leaders discuss reunification again

NICOSIA, Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat held another round of talks aimed at reunifying the divided island Thursday (July 2nd). This one wrapped up the first stage of talks on the Territories chapter of the negotiations. The next session, in a week, will focus …

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New hope for Nabucco

A key intergovernmental agreement on the European Union’s Nabucco gas pipeline will be signed on July 13 in Ankara, Bulgarian Minister of Economy and Energy Petar Dimitrov told journalists in the city of Varna. The information was confirmed by the European Commission. An invitation for the ceremony in Ankara has …

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