TURKEY-PRESS SCAN (2).
"THEY MADE A BIG HAUL, 900 MLN EUROS"
State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc had said "indecent" while mentioning those who were involved in Deniz Feneri case in Germany. Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal said, "they collected 900 million Euros in ten years. It is not something perpetrated by a few indecent people."
YOUTUBE BAN NOT LIFTED, CASE TO BE TAKEN TO ECHR
Efforts by the Internet Technologies Association to overturn Youtube ban in Turkey did not work out. Courts rejected association's demands to lift the ban. Executives of the association have decided to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
Ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party's efforts to convince the terrorist organization PKK to lay down arms are waning, and political attitude is not clear.
First phase of the move is social measures such as creating jobs or socializing and isolating high-level executives of the terrorist organization.
In the second phase, AK Party will make a democratic move. The government has yet to make clear outlines of the "democratization project" about how far this move would go. Strengthening Kurdish language and culture will be brought to the forefront.
MINE BLAST KILLS ONE SOLDIER
A soldier was killed in a blast in Cukurca town of the southeastern province of Hakkari. The blast occurred when the soldier stepped on a landmine planted by the terrorist organization PKK. A lieutenant and another soldier were badly injured in the explosion.
SARKOZY AND MERKEL LACK VISION
President Abdullah Gul replied French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel who repeated their opposition to Turkey's EU membership in their statements last week. Gul said, "various politicians come and go. They say several things due to their lack of vision. We do not take such things into consideration."
CALL FOR GOODWILL TO SOLVE KURDISH ISSUE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that they would not let Kurdish issue be turned into a political crisis. He said, "if everybody exerts efforts to make good things, then good things happen."
HADISE OF COURSE IN FINAL!
Hadise, who is representing Turkey in the 54th Eurovision Song Contest, passed the semi-final last night and reached the final.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)