TURKEY-PRESS SCAN (1).
GAS PIPELINE DEAL EXPECTED IN JUNE
Partners of a senior natural gas pipeline project which would by-pass Russia are expected to sign a deal on June 25 in the Turkish capital, Ankara. The deal on the Nabucco pipeline project would come as an alternative route to Russian pipelines which run through Ukraine to Europe. The Nabucco pipeline would carry natural gas to European markets from the Caspian Basin, as well as the Middle East and Central Asia via Turkey.
INTERIOR MINISTER SAYS SEES OPPORTUNITY TO END TERROR PROBLEM
Interior Minister Besir Atalay said conjuncture was right to find a solution to the PKK terrorism. "We want a life without terrorism. And we will do what it takes to protect lives. There is a problem before us no matter what its name is. And the conjuncture is suitable more than ever to find a solution to this problem," Atalay said during a press conference.
IRAN'S MORTAR SHELLS DROP TO YUKSEKOVA
Citizens panicked when mortar shells thrown by Iranian troops, which were conducting operations against the terrorist organization PKK, dropped to a land close to the Esendere Border Gate early on Monday. Sariyildiz neighborhood at the border was evacuated due to the artillery fire that lasted nearly 15 minutes.
AGREEMENT TO BE REACHED IN NABUCCO
Turkey took a step back in "transit fees" and "discount" issues with Nabucco which is a natural gas project supported by both Europe and USA. An official from the European Union (EU) said that June 25, 2009 could be the agreement date for Nabucco.
HERE IS EXPANSION ON KURDISH ISSUE
Ankara is working on a German model for an expansion on Kurdish issue. A senior official who participates in National Security Council meetings explained the German model. The official said the new move stated that citizens of Kurdish origin should be given the same rights as the Turkish citizens living in Europe.
JEALOUSY TO BE OVER
Interior Minister Besir Atalay said that the Undersecretariat for Public Order and Security would be responsible to ensure the coordination between Turkish security forces. "The jealousy among intelligence units will be over," Atalay said.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)
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|Publication:||Anadolu (Eskisehir, Turkey)|
|Date:||May 12, 2009|
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