Erdoğan: Dual Citizenship for Syrians

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President Recep Tayyip  Erdoğan has answered the questions of journalists while returning back from the Warsaw 2016 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Summit in Poland.

With regards to the discussions on naturalization of Syrian refugees, Erdoğan has noted that granting dual citizenship could come into question.

Concerning the claims of Bahoz Erdal getting killed, Erdoğan has noted; “The information we acquired also indicate the same. There are some information implying that he has been killed while he was by a 14-person group on the Syrian side. The effort to confirm the information continue”.

Erdoğan answering the questions regarding the naturalization of Syrian citizens has been reflected on Verda Özer’s report from Hürriyet daily as follows:  

You have made a statement on the naturalization of Syrians. It has been a much-debated issue. Would you like to make a comment on the matter?

“Let me tell you frankly, Some politicians babbling about the naturalization issue upsets me seriously. […] Today, a Turk can get German or US citizenship, why can’t it be the same for those who live in our country?

“[…] Right now, they have immigrated from their homeland and […] and taken shelter by us. Are we going to condemn these refugees to camps or the empty basement of some houses for years? We sometimes see 10-15 persons squeezed on a basement. Instead of that, our relevant ministries, and intelligence service could conduct a study and […] and let’s place the arriving Syrians to certain places in our country. If necessary, TOKİ (Housing Development Administration of Turkey) has even free residences”.

It is being argued as ‘What if they do not return?’…

Dual citizenship could apply. Do dual citizens and those who have acquired citizenship necessarily have to return. In US, some among those who have been naturalized, return later back to their countries and some do not. Do all the Turks who acquire the German citizenship in Germany return back to their countries? When they went there in 1963, no one asked them whether they would return or not. There is no need to hold back., this nation lives on a 780.000 km2 land with its 79 people.  Germany with only half as much as area has a population of 85 million. We are a country which could easily overcome this. (NV/DG)

5 Soldiers Killed in Hakkari

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Five soldiers have lost their lives over PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party)  members detonating improvised explosives planted on the road while military vehicle was passing by in Akütün region subordinated to Şemdinli district of Hakkari province.

Security forces have launched operations in the region.

Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has announced that the attack has been carried out at 12.05 on  Hakkâri/Şemdinli Beyyurdu-Aktütün highway while a road control was being carried out.

In the statement, it has been reported that following the four soldiers, another soldier injured in the explosion could not be rescued and lost his life. (NV/DG)

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British Officials, Buckingham Palace Scramble to Crown Theresa May

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Another day in post-Brexit British politics and more surprises. Government officials and Buckingham Palace were scrambling Monday to nail down the procedures for the country’s long-serving interior minister, Theresa May, to move into Downing Street on …



ISTANBUL, — Turkish police seized six more suspects on Friday over their links to the triple suicide bombing attacks on Istanbul Ataturk Airport late last month, local media reported. One was believed to be in contact with the suicide bombers, while t…

Esra Mungan, Can Dündar Run For Sakharov Prize

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 Cumhuriyet daily’s Editor in Chief Can Dündar and academic Assist. Prof. Dr. Esra Munfgan who had also signed the peace declaration of the academics; “We will not be a party to this crime”, have been nominated from Turkey as candidates for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought run by the European Parliament.

Dündar on his Twitter account has posted that he had been nominated a as a candidate together with Esra Mungan.

Also Rebecca Harms, the president of The Greens–European Free Alliance group in the European parliament has announced Dündar’s and Mungan’s nomination on her Twitter account. 

Sven Giegold, European Parliament Spokesperson from the Greens Party has posted on Twitter that they have nominated Can Dündar and Esra Mungan who were their allies in Turkey for the Sakharov Prize. (EA/DG)

Sakhorov Prize

The Sakharov Prize, officially known as the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and named after Russian scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, was established in December 1988 by the European Parliament as a means to honour individuals and groups of people who have dedicated their lives to the defense of human rights and freedom of thought.

The first prize was awarded jointly to South African Nelson Mandela and Russian Anatoly Marchenko.

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Erdoğan: NATO Should Be More Active

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as to the attacks in İstanbul, Iraq and Saudi Arabia has noted that “NATO should be more active”. 

Erdoğan ahead of his departure for Warsaw, capital of Poland, where The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit would take place, has answered the questions of journalists in the guest house of Atatürk Airport

As to the suicide attacks in İstanbul, Iraq and Saudi Arabia he has noted; “the international security measures were being more fragile”.  

“No country is outside of this process”

This is not a local situation which only concerns some countries in Middle East and South Africa. On the contrary, it is a matter which affects all countries and regions and has a global dimension. Hence the terrorist attacks in France, Belgium, Tunisia, Egypt and US have shown that no county is left out in this process, regardless of how developed they are and where they are located”. 

“NATO should update itself”

Today we are faced with new security challanges caused by terrorist organizations such as DAİŞ (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), Al Quaida, PYD and YPG in addition to previous classical threats. 

“The refugee crisis and the immigration movements affect the whole world. Cyber attacks, epidemics, local instabilities affect even countries which are geographically isolated. […] During this process, NATO should be more active and should update itself against these new threats. 

“In order to maintain the global stability and the balance of powers, the alliances should further act in solidarity […]. We expect that NATO takes more action against the developments which affect the security in Turkey negatively.”

Meeting with Putin 

Erdoğan has reiterated that he could possibly get together with the Russian President Vladimir Putin before the G20. He has noted that the meeting was planned to be held in August but the concrete date had not been determined yet. (EA/DG) 

Two Injured in Explosion in Reyhanlı Lose Their Lives

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The two Syrian citizens who got severely injured in the explosion while producing bombs in a house in Reyhanlı district of Hatay on July 6 have lost their lives in the hospital they had been taken to. 

State-run Anadolu News Agency (AA) has reported that the persons were Syrian citizens and have lost their lives in Mustafa Kemal University Faculty of Medicine Research Hospital where they had been taken to. 

Dicle News Agency (DHA) has reported the names of the casualties as Usam İsa and Rahmi Hadad. It has also been added that a women who had been in the same house during the explosion had been taken into custody. The vehicle used by İsa and Hadad who had reportedly settled in the respective house in Reyhanli two months ago has been seized and taken to the yard of the Security Department. 

An extensive investigation has been launched in order to find out any possible link between a terrorist organization and Usam İsa and Rahmi Hadad predicted to be related to the opponent groups in Syria. 

What had happened?

An explosion had occurred in a house in Reyhanlı district of Hatay province. The two injured persons had been taken out of the house after the explosion which has occurred in Kurtulus neighbourhood in the center of the district at around 4.30 on July 6. (HK/DG)