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of the Republic of Turkey e-mail: email@example.com homepage: www.ambasciataditurchia.it 12 novembre 2013 ERDOGAN TO MEET BARZANI IN DIYARBAKIR
AKSAM/STAR/ZAMAN - 12/11/2013
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to meet Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani this weekend in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. According to sources from the Office of the Prime Minister, Erdogan will head to Diyarbakir on November 16 to attend several ceremonies and meet Barzani, and then continue talks the next day as well. The visit comes amidst Turkey's recent efforts to address the Kurdish conflict in the Southeast. Erdogan and Barzani are expected to discuss the settlement process, the role of the PKK in settlement talks and the situation of Syrian Kurds.
FM DAVUTOGLU VISITS NAJAF AND KARBALA
STAR/SABAH - 12/11/2013
On the second day of his two-day official visit to Iraq, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in Najaf early in the morning yesterday. Davutoglu firstly met with Shiite leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Speaking to reporters after the meeting that was closed to press, Davutoglu reiterated his call for the prevention of sectarian clashes in the Middle East. Davutoglu then met Iraqi Shiite political figure Muqtada al-Sadr and told Turkish reporters after the meeting that they discussed what joint action Turkey and Iraq could take to prevent the regional problems from turning into sectarian clashes. “There are and there will be those who provoke sectarian clashes,” Davutoglu said, adding that the difference of opinions between Ankara and Baghdad were not major and could be overcome through consultations. Later proceeding to another Shiite holy city Karbala, Davutoglu visited the tomb of Hussain.
SOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL SHOULD BE MORE ACTIVE IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION, CHP LEADER SAYS
HURRIYET DAILY NEWS - 12/11/2013
Turkey’s main opposition leader has urged the Socialist International (SI) to take a more active role in resolving conflicts all over the world and the Middle East, during the organization’s ongoing summit in Istanbul. Speaking at the SI’s council meeting in Istanbul yesterday, Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu voiced his concerns over “worrisome adverse developments in the process of the Arab Spring.” The Arab world’s democratic struggle is facing three significant problems, “extremist groups and reactionary forces,” “ethnic, religious and sectarian fault lines in the region” and “the possibility of foreign military intervention that might provide legitimacy to oppressive regimes and encourage extremist groups,” according to the CHP leader. “These threats to peace, stability and the wealth of our region and the obstacles before the struggle for democracy confer significant tasks and responsibilities on the SI,” Kilicdaroglu said, calling on the SI to put its weight behind endeavors aimed at resolving the conflicts through political and diplomatic methods. Describing the Geneva II conference as a significant opportunity to put an end to the ongoing war in Syria, Kilicdaroglu urged the SI to act on its decision to create a working group on Syria. “Getting into dialogue with the parties involved in the conflict and actively contributing to the Geneva II process concerning Syria, where chaos and violence prevail, shall demonstrate the Socialist International’s capacity and power to resolve conflicts,” he said. In further comments on the ongoing global economic crisis, Kilicdaroglu criticized the neoliberal economic policies “which have caused millions of people all over the world to pay enormous sums for the market’s failures.” Global issues can only be overcome through global coordination and cooperation, the CHP leader said. “Although limited steps were taken after the global crisis, the problems of representation and legitimacy concerning important international institutions, such as the IMF and the United Nations, have not been resolved,” he said. “Unless justice is provided in the representation of developing and rising economies within these institutions, it will not be possible to provide effective solutions to global problems.” Also speaking at the meeting, Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo congratulated the Syrian opposition for its decision to participate in the Geneva II talks. “Today, it’s important for us to struggle against oppression. We have to stand together with those who struggle against barbarian regimes,” di Rupo said, adding that diplomacy should be the way to stop the bloodshed in Syria. The Arab League’s Turkey representative, Mohamed al-Fatah Najiri, and the president of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), Ahmad Jarba, also delivered separate speeches during the gathering. Najiri voiced his hope that Geneva II would bring all of the Syrian people together and aid them in finding a political solution to the problem. Jarba, for his part, said socialism had a bad reputation for them because of the authoritarian Baath administration in Syria. In response, SI Secretary General Luis Ayala said: “Your victory will put an end to this false name of socialism in Syria.”
TURKEY SENDS 65 TONS OF HUMANITARIAN AID TO PHILIPPINES
STAR/SABAH - 12/11/2013
Turkey has sent around 65 tons of humanitarian aid to the typhoon-stricken Philippines on Sunday. Speaking to journalists at Ankara Esenboga Airport, where humanitarian aid was loaded to an Airbus 330 cargo plane, Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said that the death toll was not yet clear, but the Philippines Red Crescent estimates stood around 200-300 thousand. He also stated that according to the UN, 4.5 million people were affected by the typhoon and approximately 330 thousand people lost their homes. “The Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) has been working to collect relief supplies. This initial cargo includes tents, blankets, kitchen utensils and other supplies provided by Turkish Red Crescent. We will determine the needs on the spot and send further aid,” Atalay said before the departed from Ankara for Philippines to visit the disaster area. Atalay also told reporters that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent a telegraph to his Philippine counterpart to express his condolences and reiterated Turkey's readiness to send humanitarian aid. 455,000 VISIT TUYAP ISTANBUL BOOK FAIR IN NINE DAYS
TODAY’S ZAMAN - 12/11/2013
This year's TUYAP International Istanbul Book Fair attracted 455,000 bibliophiles before wrapping up on Sunday evening at the TUYAP Fair and Convention Center in Istanbul’s Buyukcekmece district, the fair's organizers said on Monday. The 32nd edition of the fair, which opened on Nov. 2 with “Tarih: Gecmicteki Gelecek” (History: The Future in the Past) as its main theme, hosted 690 publishers and nongovernmental organizations from 28 countries, according to a press release issued Monday by TUYAP Fairs and Exhibitions Organization, Inc. The fair ran concurrently with the 23rd Istanbul Art Fair -- ARTIST 2013, which was also held at the TUYAP Fair Center and presented numerous exhibitions by over 100 local and international art galleries and institutions. The nine-day fair featured 300 events from book signing events to panel discussions on the publishing industry. The fair's guest country was China, and the writer of honor was historian-academic Taner Timur. Representatives from the Istanbul-based Pegasus publishing house, one of the publishers featured in the fair, said there was more interest in the fair compared to previous years, adding that the number of book lovers between the ages of 10 and 35 were the highest, with attendance dominated by female readers, the Cihan news agency reported.