August 18, 2011
Turkey’s development agency will open water wells in Somali caopital Mogadishu.
Turkey’s Development and Cooperation Agency or TIKA is set to open deep and semi-deep water wells in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and in other cities of the country in a project over the next two years, TIKA’s Africa coordinator said.
“Just because they can’t access to fresh water, around 25 children die here everyday. We will open wells first in Mogadishu and then in every major settlement here. We will finish the project in two years”, Cünyet Esmer told the Anadolu Agency.
Esmer said TIKA was also set to build six field hospitals in Somalia as well as five ambulances.
Turkish ministry of health sent the first field hospital to drought and famine stricken Somalia on wednesday.
The field hospital was sent in a cargo jet. 40 tonnes of medicines and medical equipment as well as a health team of 21 people also were sent from Turkey to Somalia on wednesday.
Somalia is going through its worst drought in six decades.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said donations for Africa in Turkey reached 214.1 million Turkish Liras on Wednesday.
Speaking on a private TV channel, Babacan said that the donations collected for Africa in Turkey were meaningful but still much less than the needed amount.
“Besides financial help, we will also send wheat, sugar and tea to Africa,” Babacan said.
Touching upon the incidents in regional countries, Babacan said that those incidents had a negative impact on Turkey’s export and business activities.
“These incidents cause a hike in oil prices. Every ten dollars of increase in oil prices, widens Turkey’s current account deficit by four billion dollars,” Minister Babacan added.
Governor of the south-eastern province of Hakkari, Muammer Turker, said 7 Turkish troops and a village guard were killed and 14 others wounded in a terrorist attack.
Speaking to the AA, governor Turker said that the casualties came after PKK terrorists detonated four different explosives as a military convoy was passing by at the 12th kilometer of the Hakkari-Çukurca road.
President Gül released a statement on the 12th anniversary of the devastating Marmara earthquake.
“Turkey has experienced the biggest disasters of its history when a devastating earthquake struck northwestern Turkey on August 17, 1999. The quake caused serious casualities and massive damage. Our state and people made extraordinary efforts in an unforgettable solidarity to heal the wounds of quake survivors”, he said.
“Although 12 years have passed since that day, our grief is still fresh. We have never forgotten those who lost their lives in the disaster and we will always remember them. As the Turkish state and society, our biggest responsability is to learn from the disaster and take necessary decisions and measures by taking into consideration the fact that Tukey laid atop the active North Anatolian fault line”, he said.
President Gül highlighted importance of the National Quake Strategy and Action Plan.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said Turkey did not want any foreign intervention in Syria, adding however, that Syrian army’s military operations against civilians were not acceptable.
“We do not want any intervention in Syria from outside the country but at the same time we cannot accept operations conducted against civilians the way they continued in this holy month of Ramadan. And we are determined to take every necessary measure to make sure that operations stop … This is for us an issue that closely concerns our own stability,” Davutoglu told reporters Tuesday in a fast breaking dinner in the Turkish capital, Ankara.
“We do not want to see the sufferings in Iraq re-occur in Syria, too. We have done everything over the last eight months to prevent worst case scenarios from materializing. We have worked day and night and we will continue to do anything in our power to make Syria a country free of any conflicts, oppression and confrontation. We have made and will continue to make necessary warnings,” Davutoglu said.
Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said “If the Greek Cypriot administration delays negotiations and assumes the EU term presidency on its own, Turkish-EU relations would freeze”.
“In such a case, it would be out of question for Turkey to accept the Greek Cypriot administration as an interlocutor”, Davutoglu said.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Ukrainian foreign minister Konstantin Griscenko in Ankara, Davutoglu said that their aim in Cyprus was to immediately find a solution and to see both sides in Cyprus assume the EU term presidency in July 2012 simultaneously.
“If Greek Cypriot side assumes the EU term presidency unilaterally, it would freeze Turkish-EU relations. I have openly said this to (EU enlargement commissioner) Mr Stefan Fule. We do not believe that Turkey and the EU can continue relations in a case where the Greek Cypriot side assumes the EU term presidency before a solution is found in Cyprus”, Davutoglu also said.
Chris Green Worcester/Kyrenia posted this comment on the Hürriyet Daily News:
In the final analysis, the Greeks will take their orders from the Greek Orthodox church whose starting point was 100% since 1879. Tough one.
And Yavuz Baydar wrote through Zaman newspaper:
But the dark horse remains Greek Cyprus. In this sense: Christofias is weak, the Church is fiercely opposed to a solution, and society is to a large extent against unity. The public communications are lacking or, at the best, conducted in an old, venomous rhetoric.
If a peace agreement is reached on Cyprus by year’s-end, then a referendum could be held on the deal in early 2012, said Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay yesterday.
“The Cyprus issue is a huge and problematic one, an important issue for us,” Atalay said in the province of Kirikkale, when asked about his visit there last week to mark the 37th anniversary of the Cyprus Peace Operation.
“Contacts are still going on under UN auspices. There are planned meetings. Our expectations are towards reaching a solution by the end of this year, and at the end of these meetings clearly having a solution which satisfies both sides. Then there should be a referendum in January (2012) on both sides.”
The last referendum on a Cyprus peace deal, in 2004, passed in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) but was rejected in Greek Cyprus, resulting in the latter joining the European Union illicitly representing the entire island.
Since there is no clear perspective on Turkish accession to the European Union, the bloc will not play a key role in Turkey’s post-election reform efforts, Turkey’s Ambassador to the EU Selim Kuneralp said late last week.
“The European Commission’s recommendations will be taken on board to the extent that they reflect universal norms,” Kuneralp told news website EUobserver, speaking of efforts to draft a new constitution.
“Take the death penalty. Whether or not you want to join the EU, it’s a good thing to abolish the death penalty (which Turkey did in 2004). But in the absence of any clear perspective of accession, there’s no reason why Turkey should align its legislation toward narrow EU standards. To put it simply, the EU has lost its leverage on Turkey.”
He added that officials “in Ankara are fed up. They made all sorts of attempts to satisfy the Commission. But the more material we gave them, the more they demanded.”
A bid allowing Turkish companies to trade with American Indian tribes without requiring federal approval was recently submitted to the US House of Representatives.
The move follows a visit last year to US tribal chiefs by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and then State Minister for Foreign Trade Zafer Caglayan, now economy minister, to strengthen its trade with the Indians.
The Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act says its goal is “to facilitate economic development by Indian tribes and encourage investment by Turkish enterprises.”
In the bill, Turkey is named as the only country that can do business with Indian tribes with no additional approval by the federal government.
Philips is seeking double-digit growth in Turkey, according to a top executive. The Dutch company is planning to relaunch manufacturing in the country
Multinational Dutch company Philips is aiming for aggressive growth in the robust Turkish market, according to the top executive of the Turkish branch of the company, who noted that Phillips is considering joint ventures and acquisitions in Turkey to achieve its goals.
Philips might consider restarting manufacturing in Turkey due to “tremendous change” in global economic stability in recent years, said Willem Rozenberg, chief executive of Philips Turkey & Caucasus, speaking to the Hürriyet Daily News in an interview on Thursday. Founded in Istanbul in 1930, the company manufactured a wide range of products in Turkey until 2008. Talking about the future plans of the company, Rozenberg said, “The company might return to Turkish with an industrial presence in some form.”
“Turkey is an important example for other countries in the region,” said Rozenberg, noting that many international investors sees the country as “a hub for penetrating into new markets” such as the Middle East or North Africa. Referring to Turkish construction companies actively running giant projects in Russia, Iraq and Central Asian countries, he said Philips also plans to penetrate into new markets especially in the lighting sector through Turkish construction companies.
Turkey’s first national earth observation satellite, RASAT, has been launched to space and placed in orbit successfully.
Designed and manufactured by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey – Space Technologies Research Institute (TÜBITAK – UZAY), the satellite was launched to space from the Yasny base of Russia at the Kazakh border by the Dnepr space lauch vehicle.
Two Turkish state-run defense companies have reported major progress in what analysts view as crucial locally designed and developed missile and rocket programs.
Earlier in June, Tübitak Sage, the missile specialist operating under the state’s Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey, or TÜBİTAK, exhibited the country’s first domestic cruise missile during an air show in İzmir marking the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Air Force’s foundation.
The missile, which has a range of 180 kilometers, was designed and developed by Turkish engineers, including its software, company officials said. The program was launched in 2006.
The missile carries guided stand-off munitions, or SOM, and targets mobile and immobile land and naval targets. It features a mixed light metal, composite body, and a GPS guidance system.
In the future, the missile could replace similar imported SOM-based missiles installed on F-16 Block 40 and F-4E 2020 fighter aircraft, company officials said. Tübitak Sage plans its first deliveries to the Turkish military by the end of 2011.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had telephone conversations with Norwegian and Finnish Foreign Ministers following the UN mediation decision taken with the initiative of Turkey.
Diplomatic sources said that Davutoğlu discussed the UN General Assembly decision and regional issues in his telephone conversations with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store and Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb.
UN General Assembly had passed a resolution on June 22 with the initiative of Turkey and Finland to strengthen mediation for the solution of international problems through peaceful means.
A Foreign Ministry statement said that Turkey will keep its leading position in mediation matters.
2011 is adopted in Turkey as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Year.
Promotion activities held in the context of this program have begun to yield results. The first tourist group from Poland has arrived in Lefkoşa, TRNC.
A private airline flight that took off from Poland’s capital Warsaw with 189 passengers on board landed in Ercan Airport in Lefkoşa Monday evening. Polish tourists, who were welcomed with folk dance performances at the airport, had much information about the TRNC.
Warsaw-Lefkoşa flights operated via Turkey, despite obstructions from the Greek Cypriot side, will take place once a week throughout the year.
First charter flights from Iran and Azerbaijan to TRNC will be held within a week.
Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan said on Sunday that Turkey would build a logistics center in Los Angeles to store Turkish goods and minimize the disadvantages of the huge distance between Turkey and the United States.
“During my previous trip to the US I had asked the Turkish Exporters Assembly Pesident, Mehmet Buyueksi to hire a big warehouse at the Los Angeles Harbor to store the most exported Turkish goods to the US to be able to sell them immediately when needed.
Since the distance is far between the two countries, we face some disadvantages in sending goods from Turkey.
However, if TİM does not take the initiative to hire this storage space, we as the Economy Ministry, will do it. There is no other way,” Caglayan told the reporters during his trip to San Francisco.
The ancient city of Kibyra draws attention with its well-preserved and solid structures.
A mosaic pavement was found in excavations that intensified on the parliament building and in front of the music house in the ancient city. Officials say that the mosaic that has been uncovered can be the world’s largest mosaic structure.
The ancient city of Kibyra. It is a magnificent settlement with its stadium, square and parliament building. It is as if the city takes one on a journey to the past with its structures that have succeeded in remaining intact.
Exports by Turkish textile sector have reached $4.7 billion in the first seven months of the year with an increase of 20 percent.
BURSA – Uludag Textile Exporters’ Association said Friday that exports of textile increased 25 percent to $666.64 million in January-July period of 2001.
Exports to American continent increased by 40 percent while exports to Africa rose by 30 percent, exports to the Middle Eastern countries climbed by 30 percent and exports to the European Union-member states rose by 28 percent.
Ibrahim Burkay, chairman of the association, said that the sector aimed at increasing exports up to $8 billion by the end of the year.
There is no economic crisis in Turkey, the chairperson of top business association of Turkey said on Wednesday.
ISTANBUL – Turkish President Abdullah Gul received Umit Boyner, the chairperson of executive board of Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD), and an accompanying delegation in Istanbul.
After the closed-door meeting, Boyner told reporters that they discussed several matters including democratization, EU process and sustainable growth in the meeting with President Gul.
Replying to questions, Boyner said that Turkey should fulfill some important reforms in the coming period, stating that Turkey was dealing with trade deficit. “We should focus on our industry model. Reforms are needed in the country,” she said.
Boyner said that Turkey was not passing through an economic crisis and any crisis was not expected in the country in the following period.
World’s biggest thematic aquarium was inaugurated by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul.
Prime Minister Erdoğan and Mrs. Emine Eroğan toured the gigantic aquarium together.
In his inaugural speech Erdoğan said that he gives a great importance to Istanbul.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reminded that two cities will be built in Istanbul and they will eliminate earthquake threat with the urban transformation.
The visitors of the biggest thematic aquarium of the world follow the geographical route and travel from the Blacksea to the Pacific on a path consisting of 16 themes.
The tropical forests are exciting which have been prepared like real.
15 thousand sea and land living beings will cohabitate in the aquarium in a natural atmosphere closest to their living conditions.
I’m looking forward to seeing that.