Turkey

Here is a 10th journey about Turkey:

Turkey decides to boost cooperation

Turkey decided on friday to boost cooperation and speed up coordination and consultations with regional and international partners regarding developments in the Middle East and North Africa.

Turkey’s ambassadors to Middle Eastern and Northern African countries came together in Ankara under the chairmanship of foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu. The meeting ended on friday. Turkish ambassadors in the United States, Russia, Britain, France, Belgium and Italy as well as permanent representatives to the United Nations, Nato and European Union attended the meeting.

Participants assessed possible course of developments in the mentioned countries in the short, medium and long term, and relations with those countries.

At the end of the meeting, foreign ministry released a statement and said the political change and democratic transformation in the Middle East and North Africa were a late normalization process.

“A peaceful transformation process is of vital importance for regional peace and security”, the statement said.

It said all regional countries and international actors were closely monitoring Turkey’s constructive contributions.

According to the statement, participants underlined importance of an institutional and economic reconstruction in the countries that were undergoing a transition process, and said international community should give a priority to extending assistance to those countries which had to meet daily economic needs of their peoples.

The statement said Turkey was a source of inspiration and a focus of interest in its region, thanks to its successful democratic and economic performance and active foreign policy.

“To this end, we have decided to boost our cooperation and speed up our coordination and consultations with our regional and international partners”, the ministry statement added.

The new web site of Dünya is excellent:

Turkey calls for immediate end to Syrian crackdown

In a meeting yesterday between Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and a top Syrian envoy, Turkey called on Syria to immediately halt a violent crackdown on protesters and pass democratic reforms. The crackdown, which Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned as “savagery,” has tested relations between the two countries, and Turkey has given sanctuary to some 8,900 Syrian refugees who have streamed across the border. “We want a strong, stable, prosperous Syria,” Davutoglu told reporters after three hours of talks with Syria’s Hassan Turkmani. “To achieve this we believe it necessary to implement the comprehensive reform process towards democratization guaranteed by [Syrian President] Bashar Assad.” He added, speaking of his trip to tent camps for Syrian refugees in Turkey, “In order to achieve this, the violence must stop immediately. Yesterday I clearly saw the fear in the eyes of the people and I shared this.” He described talks with Turkmani as friendly and Syria as Turkey’s “closest friend.”

The incredible actress and wonderful human being Angelina Jolie is in Turkey (it is 2:55 pm and she is leaving the airport of Hatay). She went to Turkey because she wants to meet the Syrian refugees (I will update that post with the pictures that will be provided by the Turkish media). She cares for the world and the poor and unstable countries. She also went to Pakistan where 20 million people were homeless. Angelina Jolie is sincere and fights for humanity and that affects and moves me. Her courage and her strength ought to be an example to many people but also to numerous politicians, actors and journalists who do nothing but some propaganda for some shadowy lobbies.

(June 20th – Update

Here is an article suggested by EurActiv Turkey – article in Turkish, and here is the translation of almost all the article:

Angelina Jolie, who visited the Syrian refugees camp (in the Turkish side of the frontier), was very moved and surprised because it was the first time that she saw smiling children in a camp.

She told some refugees that she wanted to share their pain, but also the world to see their emotions more closely. She said that the Turkish officials do their best to facilitate their situation, and that she once more thanked them in their name. She also said that with their generosity and organized way, the Turkish government and the Turkish Red Crescent are really doing a wonderful job.

Foreign ministry spokesman Selçuk Ünal said that Angelina Jolie was very happy to see that there is a place where men and women are able to pray, and that she said she cared about the possibility for people to pray, wherever they are. He said that she wanted to visit a place of worship, but when she saw that people were at prayer, she didn’t want to disturb.) (I also want to suggest that article of TRT English).

Friends of Turkey in Europe: “On sunday, Turkey voted for stability and economic growth”

The Friends of Turkey, an informal parliamentary friendship group in the European Parliament, on Wednesday congratulated the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) for its weekend election victory. “The Turkish people voted for stability and economic growth,” Alojz Peterle, chairman of the Friends of Turkey, said in a statement.

Well said.

In fact, it’s been 9 years since there has been stability in Turkey, and that crucial stability provoked a virtuous circle.

The winner of the last Turkish election is that virtuous circle.

Over last 8 years, Turkey sent $4.8 bln in aid to 100 countries

Through its Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), Ankara has extended $4.8 billion in aid to 100 countries over the past eight years, according to newly released data. Investing in many areas from hospitals to schools, education to transportation, TIKA also brought 30,000 students from these countries to Turkey. Over those eight years, TIKA also boosted the number of countries it is running development and cooperation projects in to 100.

I’m proud.

PM Erdogan promises to seek consensus on new constitution

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday vowed to seek a consensus among all sectors of society to draw up a new constitution. “The people have given us the duty to make a new constitution,” Erdogan told reporters after his party’s historic third general elections. “And we will do it together with the opposition. It will be the constitution of Turks, Kurds, Alevis and Sunnis.”

Sweden is a friend of Turkey that supports our EU membership process, says Bagis

Turkish State Minister and Chief Negotiator for European Union (EU) talks, Egemen Bagis, said Tuesday that Sweden was a friend of Turkey in which almost all political groups present in the parliament supported Turkey’s EU membership process.

Egemen Bagis met a Swedish parliamentary delegation led by Sweden’s Parliament Speaker Per Westerberg in Istanbul on Tuesday.

In a meeting closed to the press, Bagis and the Swedish officials discussed Turkey-EU relations, Turkey’s EU negotiations process, Turkish-Swedish relations, the Cyprus problem and its impact on the EU process and visa requirement of EU countries for Turkish citizens.

Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Bagis said that they were pleased to see the Swedish delegation’s visit to Turkey.

Sweden is a friend of Turkey in which the majority of the groups in the parliament support Turkey’s EU bid, Bagis said.

Sweden is a friend and an ally. We thank Sweden for the sincere support extended in our EU process, Bagis said.

Per Westerberg, in his part, said that they were pleased to be visiting Turkey.

The majority in the Swedish Parliament support Turkey’s EU membership, Westerberg said.

I have come to Turkey with the leaders and members of the eight political groups in the Swedish Parliament. There are around 100,000 Turks living in Sweden. They have been well integrated into the Swedish society. Some of them have become deputies in the Swedish Parliament. Mehmet Kaplan has joined us in our visit. We want Turkey to become an EU member and hope that it will become a member, Westerberg said.

We want to see Turkey as an EU member once all conditions have been met, Westerberg also said.

Ankara vetoes ex-Austrian FM’s candidacy to head OSCE

Ankara has vetoed the candidacy of former Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik to be the secretary-general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), citing concerns about her stance on Turkey. “We have notified not only Austria but also Lithuania [the OSCE’s rotating president] that it is impossible for us to accept a person who questions our European identity as the secretary-general of such an important international organization,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a weekend TV interview. Turkey’s move was not a veto of Austria, Davutoglu said, adding that Austria had nominated a candidate who does not support an inclusive European identity. Plassnik said in 2008 that Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country, should consider a relationship with the European Union short of full membership.

Bagis: “Even if we follow its rules, the Turkish people may opt out of EU membership”

The current government wants Turkey to have a civilian constitution, said State Minister and Chief European Union talks Negotiator Egemen Bagis yesterday. Speaking to the Muslim Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (MUSIAD), he added: “Once our negotiations are over, Turkey might join the European Union, like Bulgaria and Malta, or we may face difficulties, like Britain, Spain, and Portugal.” Alternately, he said, the Turkish people could also reject EU membership, like Norwegians did, even if Turkey is implementing EU rules.

THY increases number of daily Hamburg-Istanbul flights to three

Turkey’s national air carrier, Turkish Airlines (THY), has increased number of daily flights from German city of Hamburg to Istanbul to three as of June 13.

Cemil Tezgah, THY’s diretcor in Hamburg, told a news conference on thursday that they decided to increase number of flights from Hamburg to Istanbul upon great demand.

“THY was chosen by Skytrax as the company in the world serving the best food and as the fastest growing company of southern Europe”.

This year THY will most probably become the third air carrier of Europe. Impressive.

The code is F35

The announcement by the US that it cannot divulge the codes of the aircraft and Ankara’s response to it by suspending the orders were followed by a critical move from Europe.

A high level official from the consortium of Europe’s new generation war plane Eurofighter said they are ready to give all source codes and critical technology to Turkey.

According to what Turkish newspaper Zaman says, the same official said if Turkey takes part in the Eurofighter consortium, it will be entitled to participate in all research and development stages.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in no unclear terms that denying Turkey the software codes cannot be accepted.

It was decided in December 2010 that within the framework of the manufacturing by Turkey with a US license of the F-16s, the task computers of the aircraft considered its brain during flight be locally produced. With the manufacturing of national task computers, Turkey aims to free the F-16s from the probable electronic effects of the US.

The Eurofighter Typhoon Consortium which pledged to give Turkey the source codes is a joint project of Britain, Italy, Germany and Spain. The Eurofighter which made its maiden flight in 1994 is now used by European armies.

Eurofighter officials say that if Turkey joins this consortium it will strengthen its hand with the know-how it will obtain for some national projects necessitating the use of high technology. They also offer Turkey equal partnership.

Thus, the code is Eurofighter!

NABUCCO, the most realistic project for the region

Turkish side reminded at the meeting that world’s 72 % of the oil and natural gas resources are located around Turkey, pointing out that Turkey will be a safe bridge for the growing energy needs of Europe.

NABUCCO gas pipeline Project Support Agreements signed

A giant stride has been taken to make Turkey a major station in natural gas transportation.

NABUCCO Natural Gas Pipeline Project that will carry Caspian and Caucasian gas to Europe via Turkey will be translated into life in 2013.

An important stage has been covered in NABUCCO project, which was initiated with an agreement signed in Ankara between participating governments on 13 June 2009.

The partners in the planned Nabucco gas pipeline signed Project Support Agreements which finalize the legal framework of the project. The consensus between the partners for the completion of the project has thus been formalized.

Carrier of the champions: THY

Football’s giants’ hard-fought battle ended as Barcelona claimed the crown of champions league. THY, the sponsor of Barcelona carried the team back to Spain with its specially designed plane, EGE.

The players celebrated the victory with the championship cake they cut aboard and seemed highly satisfied with THY’S exclusive service.

THY had double pride in the champions league final, for it was the sponsor of both Barcelona and Manchester United. THY was victorious, either way.

THY, making a nice gesture, reserved the plane EGE for Barcelona’s homeward bound trip, as the cup 1 winner. The victorious Catalan team was THY’s guest on its way from England to Spain.

First domestic satellite ready for launch

“Rasat” was designed and manufactured in Turkey by the space division of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK).

Well done!

Turkish scientists manufacture longest, thinnest nanowires

A team of Turkish scientists involved with nano-technology has manufactured longest and thinnest nanowires ever through a method used for the first time in the world.

The new invention is set to make the cover of the Nature Material magazine’s July edition.

Well done!

Turkish student wins robot competition in USA

A U.S. based Turkish doctorate student, Mehmet Kemal Korkmaz, has won the top prize and a special award in an intelligent ground vehicle competition held by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Korkmaz, who works on artificial intelligence, and his team won the competition with their robot, “The Warthog”, to leave 57 rival robots from six countries including Japan.

“Within 10-15 years of time we will see robot soldiers and unmanned ground vehicles in the armies”, said Korkmaz, who was also congratulated by Turkish president Abdullah Gül on his competition success, receiving interest from Pentagon officials.

Korkmaz, who is doing his PhD at the Delaware university, won the competition also in 2009 and came third last year.

I’m impressed.

Best regards,

Cem

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