Turkey

Davutoğlu holds official contacts in Finland – December 20th 2012

“As part of an official visit to Finland, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Wednesday met with Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto, Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja and European Affairs Minister Alexander Stubb. During these meetings, bilateral relations between the two countries, the Mediation for Peace initiative which has been launched by Turkey and Finland, Turkey’s negotiation process with the EU and the Cyprus issue were discussed. Meanwhile, in response to reporters’ questions on the Syria issue following his meeting with Tuomioja, Davutoğlu said that the fall of Syria’s government was “only a matter of time.””

Bağış slams Greek Cypriot ambassador to Ireland in Dublin – December 19th 2012

“Turkey’s EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağış yesterday made a speech on the new difficulties faced by Europe and Turkey at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin, Ireland. In his speech, Bağış said that Ireland’s EU term presidency to start as of January 1, 2013 would be a historical turning point in regard to Turkey’s relations with the EU. During a question and answer session following his speech, Greek Cypriot Ambassador to Ireland Michalis Stavrinos told Bağış that Turkey should implement the Ankara Agreement and its Additional Protocol. Bağış responded by asking Stavrinos which part of Cyprus he was from. Bağış then reiterated that Turkish Cypriots voted in favor of a UN plan to reunite the island in 2004, while Greek Cypriots had rejected it. “Take good note of what I said and convey it to your government. You have to honor your commitments first. Tell your government to quit its silly policies,” Bağış said.”

Pegasus Airlines unveils deal for 100 Airbus planes – December 18th 2012

“Turkish carrier Pegasus Airlines said Tuesday that it has ordered up to 100 Airbus passenger jets, the biggest commercial plane deal to date by a Turkish airline and the first time that Pegasus has not placed its orders with Airbus’ arch US rival Boeing.”

“Pegagus chairman Ali Sabancı told a press conference in Istanbul that the airline had signed a firm order for 75 planes and taken options on 25 others from the Airbus A320 series, in a deal that would carry a catalogue price of $12 billion (9.1 billion euros), though large orders are routinely signed at discounts.”

“The purchase involves deliveries that are to extend from 2015 through 2022 and includes Airbus A-320 Neo and bigger A-321 Neo planes, which are the latest, more fuel-efficient versions of the group’s top-selling short- to medium-range aircraft.”

“Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy was quoted by a statement as saying that the new aircraft would “cut fuel burn by 15 percent” while offering the proven reliability of a model already being flown widely around the world.”

“Sabancı added that such savings by the Airbus airliner along with “superior cabin comfort made it without a doubt the best choice for achieving our ambitious future development plans.””

“Airline analyst Christophe Menard from Kepler Capital Markets commented that the order “would be another token for Airbus to demonstrate that the A320 Neo is a superior offering to the B737Max, as the Boeing plane should have been the natural successor to the current fleet.””

Erdoğan announces 112 projects worth $8.9 billion – December 13rd 2012

“Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan inaugurated 112 separate public projects worth $8.96 billion at a ceremony in Ankara on Wednesday. With the commencement of 112 projects, including dams, irrigation systems, flood-prevention systems, water supply refinement facilities, forests, weather stations and environment protection projects, 2.4 million acres of land will be irrigated, 8.4 billion kilowatt-hour electricity will be generated and 614 million cubic meters of drinkable water will be made available. “Deriner Dam in Artvin costs TL 2.5 billion and it is estimated to generate 2.1 million kilowatt-hour of electricity annually. It is followed by the Süreyyabey Dam in Yozgat with the cost of TL 530 million. Atasu Dam in Trabzon, Köprübaşı Dam in Bolu, Demirözü Dam in Bayburt, Bağbaşı Dam in Konya as well as Blue Tunnel Project in Konya was listed consecutively. Total of 16 dams with the cost of TL 5.9 billion will be implemented,” Erdoğan said. During his speech, Erdoğan added that names of notable Turkish leaders, including former Turkish President Turgut Özal and Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek, would be given to these facilities.”

Turkey to have its own satellite launching station within ten years – December 20th 2012

“After Turkey’s second domestically made Earth observation satellite, Göktürk-2, was launched into space from China on Tuesday, a Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) official stated that Turkey will complete its own satellite launching station in the next 10 years. Speaking to the Turkish news portal ntvmsnbc.com on Wednesday, TÜBITAK’s Corporate Development Manager Sadık Murat YÛksel stated that Turkey is among 25 satellite manufacturing countries and that TÜBITAK is working cooperatively with several other government institutions to construct a domestic satellite launching station. Göktürk-2 was originally scheduled for launch on Wednesday but was rescheduled to a day earlier due to adverse weather conditions in China. It was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert, near China’s border with Mongolia, at 6:12 p.m. Turkish local time. Göktürk-2 is the first national Earth observation satellite to be produced by TÜBITAK and the Turkish Aerospace Industry Corp. (TUSAŞ). According to a written statement from TÜBITAK, the satellite will operate from approximately 686 kilometers above the Earth. The first images from the satellite should be received between Dec. 25 and 30. The satellite’s launch in China was aired live in Ankara, where hundreds of people, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, watched the event on large screens.”

BCCT chairman hails Turkish coffee – December 11th 2012

“British Chamber of Commerce of Turkey Chairman Jonathan Beard said that leading food and beverage companies from Turkey has been welcomed with great interest by Britain. Beard said that he has preferred to have a cup of coffee at Kahve Dünyası (Coffee World) and the only problem was that the place was full of British customers and he had to remain standing. Speaking for his part, British Consul General in Istanbul Leigh Turner said that they were open to different tastes and experiences and making efforts to help Turkish companies’ investment and partnership plans. “We are facing a quite successful example such as Kahve Dünyası. We believe that new Turkish brands would be brought to Britain,” Turner noted.”

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