The Turkish government has announced a set of constitutional amendments aimed at further democratization of the country and acceleration of the process of its integration into the European Union, RIA Novosti reports. Constitutional reform includes changes in 23 articles of the Turkish constitution, adopted after a military coup in 1980 and the possibility of impleading its organizers.
Alexei Vlasov about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statements concerning Armenian migrants, the meetings of Armenian and Azerbaijani parliamentarians in Yerevan, and Armenia’s proposal on the signing of an agreement on the non-use of force.
Patriarch of Moscow and all-Russia Kirill has urged Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey to forget their differences and not become hostages to past events, Armenia Today reports.
The Social Democratic Party of Sweden is suing the country’s prime minister over his apology for the adoption of a resolution by parliament calling the 1915 killings of Armenians by Turks “genocide.”Fredrik Reinfeldt expressed his regret during a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Hurriyet said.
Turkey and Armenia should not involve other states in their bilateral disputes, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs said, Trend reports, citing CNN Turk."The problems between Turkey and Armenia should be solved by the two countries," Phillip Gordon said.
An agreement on the abolition of the visa regime between Turkey and Cameroon was signed during the official visit of Turkish President Abdullah Gul to the West African country, 6news.com.tr reports.
Turkey has decided to return its ambassador to Sweden, less than a week after Zergun Koruturk was recalled by Ankara over the Swedish parliament’s approval of a resolution calling the 1915 killings of Armenians by Turks “genocide,” 1news.az said.
Turkey has annulled transit tax for Georgian citizens until May 1 of this year, a Georgian Foreign Ministry consular official said on Tuesday, Business Georgia reports.
Russia doesn't show an interest for participation in the project of building of gas main "Nabukko", the head of Ministry of Foreigh Affairs of Russia said, RIA Novosti reports.
Employees of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia held inspections on the territory of Turkey in 8-13 March. According to Armenia Today in the press service of Ministry of Defense of …
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) supports the initiative of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to hold an OSCE summit this year, KazTAG said.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the invitation of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, will go to London tomorrow, said TRT Russian. The two-day visit of Prime Minister Erdogan will be accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister Cemil Cicek, government ministers and Zafer Chaglayan Egemen Bagysh, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and MPs.
In Turkey in clashes with Kurdish rebels one policeman was killed, another one was injured, said a source in law enforcement agency in the country, reports Reuters.The incident occurred near the border with Iraq.It is reported that the activists of the Kurdistan Workers' Party took part in the clashes.
Resolution of the Foreign Affairs Committee of House of Representatives that admits the so-called "Armenian genocide", is a mistake - said in an interview on Al-Arabiya, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, said Trend News with reference to the agency Anatolia. "We certainly hope that Congress and the House of Representatives will not push further this bill," - Gates said. According to him, such resolutions can be very harmful to the Turkish-Armenian relations.
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt expressed to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan his regret about the adoption of the Parliament resolution on the so-called "Armenian genocide," the Trend News reports with reference to the television channel CNN Turk and the press-service of the Turkish premier. "We as a government, won’t ratify this resolution," - said Reinfeldt during a telephone conversation with Erdogan last night.
Ankara’s answer on the acceptance of “Armenian genocide” by Swedish Parliament will be strict – said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who is now in Finland with an informal visit – reports Trend News agency quoting CNN Turk.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized sharply the movement for a ban against women’s wearing the hijab in educational and public institutions, which became widely spread in Turkey in recent years. The violation of human rights, including the right of women to dress on their own discretion, worse than the destruction of the holy Kaaba, said the Prime Minister.
European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule will make an official visit to Turkey on March 15-16, for talks on the main issues of Turkish-EU cooperation, reports Trend news agency with reference to an EU statement."I am sure that eventually, Turkey will become an updated, modern and reformed country whose membership of the EU will be in the interest of both sides," Fule said before leaving.Fule’s visit to Turkey is the first since he was appointed several months ago.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Byulent Arinc held a breakfast meeting with the representatives of Turkey’s ethnic and religious minorities, reports 6news.Arinc mentioned that work is continuing on the resumption of education at the Orthodox theological seminary on Heibeliada Island, located not far from Istanbul.Arinc said the opening of the seminary was prevented by some of positions of Turkish law. “I hope that Turkey, as state governed by the rule of law, will remove the obstacles connected with this problem within Turkish law in the near future,” he said.