Roma Basin Musavirligi 11 Novembre 2013
of the Republic of Turkey e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org homepage: www.ambasciataditurchia.it 11 novembre 2013 TURKEY HAS MADE GREAT PROGRESS IN DEMOCRATIZATION, SAYS PRESIDENT GUL
HURRIYET/SABAH/GUNES - 11/11/2013
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's death, President Abdullah Gul attended on Sunday the official ceremony held at Anitkabir (Ataturk's mausoleum) in Ankara, where he marked the beginning of the ceremony by laying a wreath. Afterwards, delivering a speech at the commemoration ceremony organized by the Ataturk Supreme Council for Culture, Language and History at the National Library in Ankara, Gul said, “Turkey is very strong today, a country that has won the tribute of the whole world with its economic, political and military strength and with its other rising standards in all areas. We have made great progress in the democratization of our Republic through comprehensive legislation,” adding, “Leading our nation with his gallantry, sagacity, wisdom and unshakable resoluteness at a time when our nation was going through extraordinary conditions, Ataturk left his mark in the history of Turkey and the world and won the appreciation of humanity for his vision, ideas and for what he achieved during his life time. It was Ataturk’s biggest objective throughout his life that the Turkish nation should live as an honorable nation.” At the end of his speech, Gul commemorated Ataturk with tribute and gratitude.
ERDOGAN ADDRESSES PARTICIPANTS AT THE COMMEMORATION CEREMONY OF ATATURK
AKSAM - 11/11/2013
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's death, a commemoration ceremony was held on Sunday by the Ataturk Supreme Council for Culture, Language and History at the National Library where Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the participants. Recalling Ataturk's saying, "The Turkish Republic is my greatest work," Erdogan noted that Ataturk has spent his whole life glorifying the Republic's values. "There is only one single Ataturk and he is not a personality to be exploited over individual interests. Ataturk symbolizes unity and alliance. In this regard, Ataturk is the last person who can be a tool of separation," Erdogan concluded his remarks.
MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATURK IS A GUIDE, SAYS ARINC
HURRIYET - 11/11/2013
During the ceremony commemorating Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s death, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said that Ataturk advised seeking solutions for problems in the light of science and added that if his ideals, philosophy and principles were considered in an unbigoted manner, they would be a guide in overcoming today’s troubles. “Ataturk said the Republic was established by the Turkish nation, which is an embracing concept. In his address to the members of the Parliament one week after the opening of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Ataturk stated that it was not only the Turks, Circassians, Kurds or Laz who constituted the parliament, but the Muslim elements embracing all,” he said.
A NEW PAGE OPENS IN TURKEY-IRAQ RELATIONS
STAR/AKSAM - 11/11/2013
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in Baghdad yesterday for a two-day visit including talks with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari, as well as several other top officials and political leaders in Baghdad and visits to the Shiite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala. Holding a joint press conference in Baghdad yesterday, Davutoglu and Zebari confirmed that a new page has now been opened in relations between Turkey and Iraq. “There are no limits to relations and cooperation between Turkey and Iraq. Too much blood has been shed in our region. From now onwards, we have to cooperate for peace and stability,” Davutoglu noted. “We see the political structure embracing all ethnic groups and all sects as a disincentive for Sunni-Shiite clashes. Iraq is a little Middle East. If sectarian peace could be established in Iraq, it would mean peace for the whole region. These developments between Turkey, Iran and Iraq will avert the scenario of sectarian clashes,” Davutoglu told reporters, adding, “Therefore, timing is important.” Davutoglu said the bilateral visits between Turkey and Iraq were planned to break the period of silence between the two countries and added that the plans also included a possible visit by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Baghdad. ATATURK COMMEMORATED AT HIS BIRTHPLACE IN GREECE
TODAY’S ZAMAN - 11/11/2013
A large group of Turkish citizens went to Thessaloniki (or Selonica) in Greece to commemorate the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, on the 75th anniversary of his death on Sunday. The passengers on the “peace train” that departed from Istanbul arrived in Ataturk's hometown with a five-hour delay due to extended inspections at the Greek customs. Gathering at the garden of the house where Ataturk was born in Thessaloniki in 1881, many citizens could not hold back their tears at the ceremony. Participating in the ceremony, Minister of Health Mehmet Muezzinoglu said that Ataturk's understanding of the national struggle for independence has not only been an example for the Turkish nation, but also for all humanity, which dreams of independence and world peace. In addition to Muezzinoglu, who himself is an immigrant from Western Thrace, members of parliament, civil society representatives and Turkish students from different parts of the world participated in the ceremony. Due to the delay in the program, the “peace train” stopped at 9.05 a.m., the time of death of Ataturk, on the road instead of at Ataturk's house.
TURKEY AND GEORGIA TO OPEN JOINT BORDER GATE
HURRIYET DAILY NEWS - 11/11/2013
The Sarp border crossing between Turkey and Georgia, Turkey’s gateway to the Caucasus and Central Asia, will be jointly used, says a Turkish official. Turkey and Georgia are to open a joint border gate, the first shared border crossing implementation, in the first quarter of 2014, the Undersecretary of the Customs and Trade Ministry Ziya Altunyaldiz said. The Sarp border crossing between Turkey and Georgia, Turkey’s gateway to the Caucasus and Central Asia, will be jointly used. Turkey is one of the biggest foreign trade partners of Georgia. Turkey ranks first among foreign trade partners of Georgia by accounting for 18 percent of volume of imports, and ranks fifth for the volume of exports with a weight of 6 percent. Turkish contractors have carried out 159 projects in Georgia worth $2.7 billion so far. In the first nine months of 2013, about one million vehicles and six million passengers crossed the Sarp border gate.
WHERE IS TURKEY FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE?
STAR - 11/11/2013
Nasuhi GÜNGÖR You do not build a foreign policy on personal choice, sudden expectations or anger but on history, experience, circumstances, political and economic stability, balance of power and a future perspective of that country. The fact that Turkey has built a foreign policy with a look transcending its political borders together with its policy moves and aspiration to be a main player are frequently debated issues. We quite often tend to forget what Turkey implies: a country with a historical depth, a certain civilisation perspective and plans for future. And this is exactly why we try to interpret the incidents trapped in today’s agenda. Having self-confidence, "nafs" with its older expression, and transforming this self-confidence into action with the help of experience and knowledge is surely a challenging endeavor which takes time. You should set off with patience, courage, foresight, most importantly with determination and you should not be discouraged by the obstacles you encounter during the journey; on the contrary, you should dust yourself off and ask yourself frequently "where we are heading to?" *** This is the third term of AK Party in power and particularly since the second term, Turkey has taken bold steps in foreign policy and made unexpected moves. See Iraq where Turkey is forging alliances, signing contracts for huge projects like pipelines, and beyond all that, Turkey holds a perception of common fate that is replacing the former dismissive attitude towards the Kurdish population in Northern Iraq. Now, I can hear some voices saying “What about Syria?” What I think really matters about the debates on Syria is that Ankara did not remain indifferent to the plans on Syria and showed the courage to devise a policy accordingly. Those who tell Turkey, “What are you doing in the Middle East? Stay at home; shut your door and windows. Why would you care about the refugees, the bloodshed?” either have no idea how grave those words are or are speaking on behalf of big brothers. No matter what they say, Turkey is the new home of power, progress, ambition and particularly of peace on these lands.