Published On: Thu, Jul 6th, 2017

News Scan for Turkey, July 06th 2017

Turkey calls EU report to suspend accession talks null and void

EU Minister Ömer Çelik said on July 6 that the EU report to suspend accession talks with Turkey was null and void immediately after the European Parliament voted to accept the proposal for the suspension.

Çelik said the decision was not impartial and binding for the country and Ankara would return the report. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hüseyin Müftoğlu also called the report null and void, adding that the decision would not have any positive contribution to the relationship with the bloc.

Turkey deported 5,000 Daesh suspects, killed 3,000 terrorists, Erdoğan says

Turkey deported over 5,000 Daesh terrorist suspects, including those from Southeast Asia, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Wednesday.

Speaking at a news conference with his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo, Erdoğan urged both countries to boost cooperation in the global anti-terror fight. “The world is no longer a place that can be dealt with at a local level” Erdoğan said, adding that it is necessary to evaluate global problems as a whole and join forces against terrorism.

Erdoğan noted that Turkey aims to boost its cooperation with Indonesia regarding the fight against Daesh and Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ).

Chair of Turkey’s CHP responds to Erdoğan: ‘Since when has seeking justice been at mercy of someone?’

On the 22nd day of the Justice March, chair of Turkey’s main opposition CHP, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, gave statements responding to latest assertions of President Erdoğan the massive march of the opposition.

During an interview with French channel France 24, Erdoğan had said he will ‘allow’ the final public meeting of the march in İstanbul’s Maltepe ‘so long there is no violence.’

Kılıçdaroğlu said on Thursday (July 6): “Nobody should forget this: we are holding this march for ‘justice.’ Some say ‘well, you are able to march because we permit it.’ Since when has seeking justice become at the mercy of someone? We are getting closer to Sunday and we are going to hold our public meeting without any problem”.

Turkey says it’s not ‘declaring war’ on YPG, but ready to respond

Turkish military preparations in northwest Syria are legitimate measures against a threat from the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin region, and Turkey will retaliate against any hostile move, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş told Reuters on July 5.

Kurtulmuş was responding to the head of the YPG militia, who told Reuters that Turkish military deployments near YPG-held areas of northwestern Syria were a declaration of war which could trigger clashes within days.

“This is not a declaration of war. We are making preparations against potential threats,” Kurtulmuş said in the interview. “It’s a legitimate measure so that we can protect our independence. We cannot remain silent against those sending missiles from Afrin,” he added.

Turkey’s military has said it has returned fire against members of YPG militia near Afrin several times in the last few weeks. “Their [YPG] primary goal is a threat to Turkey, and if Turkey sees a YPG movement in northern Syria that is a threat to it, it will retaliate in kind,” Kurtulmuş said.

Tomatoes become game-changer in Turkey’s easing inflation rate

Turkey’s consumer price inflation eased at a faster-than-expected pace in June to the lowest level in four months, with a significant decrease in food, clothing and transport prices, data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) showed on July 3.

Monthly inflation was down with a decrease of 0.27 percent in June compared to the previous month. The annual consumer price index eased to 10.9 percent year-over-year in June, slower than the 11.7 percent spike in May.

The annual rate hit 11.87 percent in April, an eight-year high, mainly due to the then-ongoing increases in food prices and the impact of the loss in Turkish Lira’s value across several sectors. June inflation was the weakest since February, when prices had grown 10.1 percent.

The highest monthly decrease was 1.25 percent in clothing and footwear in June, according to TÜİK data. In June 2017, the indices declined for food and non-alcoholic beverages 1.06 percent and for transportation 0.84 percent, TÜİK data showed.

Turkey hits historic electricity consumption record

Turkey broke its daily electricity consumption record on Monday, consuming 927.8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, an Energy Ministry official said Wednesday.

The previous high for daily electricity consumption was 905.7 million kilowatt hours on Aug. 10, 2016.

Increased industrial production capacity as well as extremely hot weather led to high levels of power consumption, the official said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media. “The necessary electricity investments, especially in distribution and transmission systems, have been completed and Turkey managed to meet the record consumption without any problem or any cuts,” the official said.

compiled by Editor BTT

This is a news-scan from major Turkish papers and internet sites. However, we do not verify above stories neither do we vouch for their accuracy.

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