Roma Basin Musavirligi 15 Novembre 2013
of the Republic of Turkey e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org homepage: www.ambasciataditurchia.it 15 novembre 2013 TURKEY’S ERDOGAN TO VISIT RUSSIA TO DISCUSS SYRIAN CRISIS
SABAH/STAR - 15/11/2013
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to pay a two-day official visit to Russia on November 21-22 to discuss regional and international issues, primarily the ongoing crisis in Syria. Erdogan is expected to have bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss the Syrian crisis, Iran's nuclear proliferation, the events in Egypt and other regional and international issues. He will also attend the fourth meeting of the High Level Cooperation Council (UDIK). As part of his visit, Erdogan will be accompanied by Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
ARINC ATTENDS 1ST CHILDREN AND MEDIA CONGRESS
MILLIYET - 15/11/2013
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc has delivered a speech on Thursday at the 1st Children and Media Congress in Istanbul. During his speech, Arinc said that media was the new friend of children, leading them to develop both good and bad habits. He described today’s children as the screen generation and added that the new generation surprised everyone with their use of new media. Arinc also underlined that children’s exposure to violence on the screen might cause them to copy certain behaviors. The congress, first of its kind in Turkey, was organized by the Directorate General of Press and Information, the Children's Foundation and the Supreme Board of Radio and Television.
WE ARE READY TO SUPPORT MYANMAR, SAYS DAVUTOGLU
AKSAM/SABAH - 15/11/2013
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has begun on Thursday a two-day trip to Myanmar along with Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and representatives from the member states of the OIC Contact Group on Rohingya Muslims. During his trip, Davutoglu said that Turkey and Myanmar were very close, despite the geographical distance and that Turkey was ready to support the country which is in a new period of democratization. Davutoglu also participated in the handover ceremony of four tractors which were granted to Myanmar by the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA). Agriculture Minister of Myanmar Myint Hla, who was also present at the ceremony, expressed his gratitude to Turkey for its support and added that the Turkish Government provided significant assistance during the challenges they have faced in the Rakhine State.
NULAND SAYS TURKEY, US AGREE ON LARGER STRATEGY BUT MAY DIFFER IN TACTICS
TODAY’S ZAMAN - 15/11/2013
US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland has said that the US and Turkey always agree on “larger strategy” but that the two allies may sometimes differ in their tactics. Nuland's remarks came in response to a question implying that Turkish-US relations have been strained since the Gezi Park protests that swept Turkish cities this summer. “The alliance between the US and Turkey is absolutely vital, not just for the two of us and our security, but now as an engine around the turbulent region. … We are not always going to see perfectly eye to eye on the tactics, but we always agree on the larger strategy. So it's a matter of maintaining that open dialogue on what has to be done,” said Nuland during a speech she delivered at the Atlantic Council on Wednesday, her first public address since taking office. Nuland went on to comment on democratic developments in Turkey, saying that the US “obviously stands on the side of those Turks who want more openness, more press freedom, want accountable government.” She added that US officials will never be shy about expressing their thoughts. “The beauty of our alliance is we can be honest when we disagree,” Nuland maintained. The US assistant secretary of state also praised efforts by Turkey and Greece to solve the Cyprus issue by mediating reunification talks between the leaders of the Turkish and Greek Cypriots. “We also appreciate the support of Turkey and Greece for a mutually acceptable settlement between the parties. Today, both the leadership and shared interest are in place for a comprehensive settlement; this moment must not be squandered,” said Nuland. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos agreed in late September that special representatives from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) and Greek Cypriot administration would make visits to Turkey and Greece. Turkey will receive the Greek Cypriot president's special representative, Andreas Mavroyiannis, and the KKTC president's special representative, Osman Ertug, will be hosted by Greece. The representatives from Cyprus are expected to be received by the respective undersecretaries of the Turkish and Greek foreign ministries. Nuland said the US is “impressed” by the commitment of the two Cypriot sides, led by Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu, in recent months to working together for a “truly bi-zonal, bi-communal federation on the island.” The leaders of both sides of the island will most likely meet in November to hold reunification negotiations in the hopes of finding a comprehensive solution for Cyprus' future. Cyprus has been divided between the Greek Cypriot south and Turkish Cypriot north since 1974, when Turkey sent troops to the island in the aftermath of a Greek-inspired coup that sought to unite the island with Greece. In 2004, a UN plan to reunite the island, backed by Turkey, collapsed because it was rejected by the Greek Cypriots in a referendum. Talks between the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders to reach an agreement on a reunification plan have failed to produce any breakthrough. “A settlement [between Greek and Turkish Cyprus] will have benefits far beyond the island. It will also have a profoundly positive effect across the Eastern Med and on NATO-EU relations,” added Nuland. TULIP PROFESSIONALISTS GATHER IN ISTANBUL
HURRIYET DAILY NEWS - 15/11/2013
The 5th World Tulip Summit, which was previously organized in Canada, Australia, England and the United States, is being held in Istanbul’s Halic Congress Center this year. The summit, which started yesterday, is being attended by nearly 300 delegates from 11 countries. “The tulip, which returned to its homeland through the efforts of Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas, is now exported from Turkey to the Netherlands, the world’s flower production center,” said the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. The summit is being held with the attendance of delegates from the United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, South Korea, the Netherlands, Italy, Uzbekistan and Turkey, as well as many horticulturists and gardeners. The theme of the summit is “the tulip in nature, history and art.” Among the speakers in the event include Professor Deniz Calis Kural of Bilgi University; Dutch photographer Eric Breed; art historian and architect Professor Gul Irepoglu; the head of the International Festivals Union Professor Jeong Gang Hoan; Istanbul Municipality official Mehmet Ihsan Simsek; Istanbul University Professor Neriman Ozhatay; Central Connecticut State University member Professor Richard Benfield; Horticultural Manager at the Royal Botanic Gardens Richard Wilford and tulip designer Ronald van der Hilst. The two-day summit will end today.
AKSAM - 15/11/2013
AKªAM, 14 November 2013 Cengiz Özdemir We are witnessing the transition of Turkey from a country which until quite recently feared diversity to one which should consider that the greatest source of richness. It is certainly not easy, we have absurd and artificial thought patterns that need to be broken. We have been accustomed to always consider that certain things are essential while the rest are others... We spent years in such an ill social structure. Which one of us does not have bitter memories that we recall in remorse today? I was in my first year at Kabataº High School. I remember how we used to follow the crowd and scoff at an Armenian classmate... Or how we used to label any newcomers in our neighbourhood from the East as Kurdish but would not dare to call those who called themselves Kurdish Kurdish. And the word “Alawi” which entered our vocabulary with negative tones as new neighbours moved in. Later on, as we read and learned about the historical background of the issue and witnessed examples in our daily lives, we came to better appreciate the magnificent composition that we once built on these lands. As a natural outcome of blending in this geography for centuries, we, not only Sunnis or Alawis but all ethnic groups, had actually intertwined with each other. And it is still like that, isn’t it? My favourite place for tripe soup in Istanbul is Apik. Today, only there can I find the zerde that used to be served with rice in my childhood. And zerde reminds me of ashura. The competition between my late mum and neighbours for the right consistency of ashura meant a complete joy for us. Yesterday was the 10th day of Muharram, the Day of Ashura. Many major events occurred on this day in the history of Islam. The martyrdom of Husain, the grandson of our beloved Prophet Muhammad, was the most tragic of all. According to the tradition, it was on the Day of Ashura that Prophet Adam’s repentance was accepted, Prophet Noah's Ark survived the flood, the fish cast out Prophet Jonah, Prophet Abraham survived the fire he was thrown into and Prophet Joseph was taken out of the well. It is also related that the qiyamah (Day of Judgement) will take place on the Day of Ashura. Sunni families are full of Hasans, Husseins, Alis... Or the other way around and this is exactly how it is supposed to be. Ashura is a special delicacy made by Prophet Noah by simmering together his supplies that were left after the flood in a cauldron. It is an ancient tradition that has left its traces in other cultures as well. In recent years, I have witnessed very special Days of Ashura. All these repeatedly remind the people, who belong to the same history and geography, of probably the strongest element of cohabitation- common memories. This is what needs to be done instead of inventing absurd controversial issues which would only serve to undermine our cohabitation. Turkey in no time should fully focus on abroad and aim at greater goals. And the absolute prerequisite to achieve this is that we should never forget and always remember that we are on the same boat