GÜL CALLS TURKISH CONTRACTORS TO BID ON INDONESIAN DEFENSE CONTRACTS
Returning from his visit to Indonesia, Turkish President Abdullah Gül on Monday urged Turkish defense contractors to do business with Indonesia.
"Indonesia has vast borders and that is why security is an important issue to them. They want the cooperation of a friendly country, like Turkey, to be involved in their defense industry. Turkish defense contractors should act promptly to claim a share in this market," Gül said.
TURKEY AND INDONESIA CALL FOR LIBYAN CEASEFIRE
On Tuesday, Turkey and Indonesia called for a ceasefire in Libya and promised to help rebuild the country as rebels and government forces battled for key eastern cities under a U.N. no-fly zone.
The call came after Moamar Gadhafi's regime rejected an opposition offer of a truce provided his forces ended their assaults on rebel-held cities.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said it was time to "stop the bloodshed", following talks in Jakarta with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
"We discussed this issue... to stop the bloodshed in Libya. Infrastructure should not be destroyed," he told a joint press conference at the state palace. "It is not possible to have a closed regime (in Libya)... Democracy will come to this region and people in Libya should not suffer any more," Gul said.
In a joint statement, the two leaders "stressed the importance of the preservation of the sovereignty, national unity and territorial integrity of Libya."
The two presidents underscored the need for an immediate and effective ceasefire and an end to hostilities to bring about a complete end to the violence against long-suffering innocent civilians. They also called for a "United Nations presence" to monitor any truce.
Yudhoyono said Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, was ready to send peacekeepers.
"When the ceasefire is established, certainly there'll be surveillance and Indonesia is more than willing to take part in some sort of peacekeeping mission," he told reporters.
Coalition aircraft have been striking Gadhafi's forces since March 19 under a U.N. resolution to enforce a no-fly zone and protect civilians.
HELP COMES IN THE FORM OF F-16s
The Ankara Ferry evacuated 460 injured people from the ports of Misrata and Benghazi [Libya] and headed to Turkey yesterday. The ferry left Turkey's Cesme port on March 26 with an escort group consisting of ten patrolling F-16 fighters.
TURKISH PRIME MINISTER MEETS NATO HEAD
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday met with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
Erdoğan has reportedly told Rasmussen that the will of the Libyan people should be respected. He also urged the NATO chief that the alliance forces in Libya should be careful not to harm civilians with friendly fire.
SENIOR PKK OPERATIVE KILLED IN MILITARY OPERATION
One of the seven PKK terrorists who were killed five days ago in Turkey's southern province of Hatay has been identified as Aydın Baran, a senior operative in command of Mount Amanos.
Turkish security units have been searching for Baran since 1991. He has commanded 83 attacks that killed 113 troops and civilians.
GÜL'S APPROACH TO A PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM
Turkish President Abdullah Gül commented on a possible presidential system in Turkey during a visit to Indonesia.
Gül said: "Everyone can express ideas about the presidential system. I approach the presidential system discreetly."
TURKISH INTELLIGENCE AGENCY SEEKS 'THE MOLE WITHIN'
The National Intelligence Organization (MIT), has started an internal investigation regarding the leak of secret documents found in an Ergenekon raid in February.
Istanbul police searched the offices of ultranationalist news portal Oda TV and confiscated MİT-originated documents there. MİT member Kaşif Kozinoğlu was arrested after the raid and accused of giving secret documents to the portal. Kozinoğlu has denied the accusations, claiming he had never heard of Oda TV before the raid made the news.
Kozinoğlu is accused of "membership in an armed terrorist organization," and damaging, stealing and misusing documents regarding national security.
The documents, all in electronic format, were found in a computer at the Oda TV office in a folder titled "KOZİNOGLU 3." They include data on "The West Working Group," an alleged would-be junta within the military active in the 1990s, religious leader Fethullah Gülen, politician and businessman Cüneyt Zapsu and Abdülkadir Aygan, a former operative of both the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the alleged gendarmerie intelligence unit JİTEM.
Ergenekon is an alleged ultranationalist plot, part of a shadowy gang accused of planning to topple the government by staging a coup initially by spreading chaos and mayhem. It is allegedly an extension of the "deep state," an unofficial organization within the state that operated above the elected governments since the Cold War.
TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER LEAVES FOR BAHRAIN
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday departed for Bahrain at an invitation from his Bahrain counterpart Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa.
Davutoglu is set to meet Al-Khalifa as well as other officials and discuss latest developments in the country and in the Middle East.
The Turkish foreign minister is expected to proceed to Damascus, Syria after completing his talks in Bahrain.
TURKEY CALLS FOR PROSECUTION OF ATTACKS ABROAD ON TURKISH PROMOTION EVENTS
Turkey urges prosecution against attacks by certain Armenian groups on events promoting Turkey abroad.
"Attacks on events promoting Turkey abroad by some Armenian groups has recently increased. We are expecting related countries to prosecute those attacks and take measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents," Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Selcuk Unal said in a response to a question on Tuesday.
Unal said the latest examples of such attacks came during a Beirut fair of Turkish ready-wear manufacturers and at the International Books Fair in Paris.
"This hostile attitude, and the radical nationalist mindset it is founded on, have shown its face in the form of terrorist attacks in the past," Unal said.