TURKEY-PRESS SCAN (1).
THAT BORDER SHALL NOT BE OPENED UNTIL INVASION ENDS, ERDOGAN
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made assuring statements about Karabakh issue at a joint press conference with President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan in Baku. Erdogan said that Turkey would not open its border with Armenia unless this country ends its invasion of Upper Karabakh.
HISTORICAL VISA STEP FROM GERMANY
Sending a declaration to the police department and provincial interior ministries, the German Federal Ministry of Interior said that Turkish citizens who are traveling to Germany to attend scientific events or art or sports activities cannot be asked for visas. The declaration said that Turkish workers who travel to Germany to carry out repair, revision or mounting services shall not be asked for visas as well. Turkish truck drivers, who transport goods from Turkey to Germany, will also be able to travel to this country without visas for up to 2 months.
BORDER ASSURANCE TO AZERIS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a formal visit to Azerbaijan together with five of his ministers. Erdogan said border with Armenia would not be opened unless occupation in Upper Karabakh ends.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev expressed gratitude to Erdogan and said, "there can not be any other open response. I am grateful to this response. There is no place for suspicion".
A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH IN BANK BRANCH
A person wearing a snow mask and carrying a rifle attempted to rob a bank branch in Kusadasi town in Aegean province of Aydin.
The robber took 17 people hostage and the incident which started at 10.30 a.m. ended after 7 hours when the police detained the robber.
FULL ASSURANCES TO AZERBAIJAN
Dark clouds over Turkey's relations with Azerbaijan dispersed with the initiatives of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan gave assurances both in his meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his address at Azerbaijani Parliament.
Erdogan said, "even enouncing that Turkey gave up Upper Karabakh is a slander. We will not open border gates unless occupation ends. Azerbaijan's territorial integrity should be preserved."
7 HOURS OF NIGHTMARE IN BANK BRANCH
An assailant named Serkan Saglam raided a bank branch in Kusadasi town in Aegean province of Aydin and took 15 people hostage. Police rendered the assailant ineffective in an operation.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)