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Ecuador Slams Erdogan Guards for Attack on Pro-Kurdish Protest

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Ecuador’s foreign minister said the attack by the Turkish president’s security guards on the protest was irresponsible and against free speech

Protesters interrupt Turkish President Erdoğan’s speech in Ecuador

Today’s ZamanFeb 5, 2016
A group of protesters has interrupted a speech by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Quito, Ecuador‘s capital, on Friday according to .
EU urges Turkey to open its borders to Syrians fleeing war-torn Aleppo

Oncupinar border remained closed despite an estimated 70,000 people expected to head there in coming days

Turkey trying to conceal illegal military activity on Syrian border – Russian military
RT
The spokesman reminded that 32 foreign observation flights took place in Russian air space in 2015, in accordance with the treaty, with four of them carried out by Turkish observers. The earlier agreed observation flight over Turkish territory was

Turkey Poised to Invade Syria? Is NATO – Russia Confrontation Possible?Sputnik International

 

PYD-YPG has no future in Syria, says Turkey’s top national security body

Neither the current regime under President Bashar al-Assad nor any “terrorist organization” has a place in Syria’s future, Turkey’s top national security body has reiterated
Internationally acclaimed Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk has accused the European Union of turning a blind eye to the state of democracy and media freedom in Turkey because of its cooperation in the migration crisis
Reporters Without Borders shows reaction against demanding aggravated life imprisonment for journalist Can Dündar and Erdem Gül over the report on National Security Organization’s trucks.
The first reactions received from European Union regarding the indictment against Dündar and Gül. European Union Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations has noted that “Turkey must ensure full respect of human rights including freedom of expression”.

Rights groups criticise Europe refugee resettlement plan

Dutch Labour leader proposes that resettlement would be in exchange for Turkey taking back migrants expected to land on Greek shores this year

 

According to the 2015 statistics of ECtHR, Turkey has been convicted 79 times of violation of human rights. Most complaints have been brought against Turkey regarding violation of freedom of expression.
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said he would not be a party in sending migrants back to Turkey upon what he called “Samson Plan,” stating the plan was “illegal” after it drew negative reactions both from the European Commission and several rights advocate groups

Article | Biden Should Ask Turkey To Double Down On Its Commitment To The West

Mavi Boncuk |

By Soner Cagaptay

Hurriyet Daily News

January 23, 2016

Can Dündar and Erdem Gül charged with revealing state secrets for alleging Erdoğan government tried to send arms to Syria

Aggravated life imprisonment and life imprisonment demanded for journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül arrested for making news report of MİT trucks.
Representatives of IPI, CPJ, RSF, EJN, IFJ, and EFJ whose demand to meet Can Dündar and Erdem Gül rejected have held a press statement in front of Silivri prison and kept “Hope Watch”.

With Russian-Turkish relations bottoming out after Turkey’s downing of a Russian military jet last November, Ankara is scrambling to reduce its dependency on Russian gas. But the help it needs from post-Soviet energy producers may not be swift in coming.

 

wilsoncenter.org – Feb 1, 8:34 AM

Amid the uncertainty shrouding the latest UN-brokered Syrian peace talks, one thing is already clear: Syria’s Kurds, who control a sizeable chunk of the country’s border with Turkey, are being excluded yet again, triggering feelings of betrayal and

The EU is closely watching whether Turkey’s actions are affecting the record flow of migrants to Europe, after the EU reached a $3 billion deal with Ankara to curb migration last year, European Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said
The White House has said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden discussed regional developments and ways to deepen cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in a meeting on Jan. 23 in Istanbul
independent.co.uk – Jan 30, 12:54 PM

A month before Turkey shot down a Russian bomber which it accused of entering its airspace, Russian military intelligence had warned President Vladimir Putin that this was the Turkish plan. Diplomats familiar with the events say that Putin…

Turkey tourism in wait-and-see mode after attack in Istanbul

In the wake of last month’s deadly suicide attack in the heart of Istanbul, tour operators and the country’s tourism representatives remained hopeful for …

ILO joins UNHCR in welcoming Turkey’s work permit offer to Syrian refugees

Leading international bodies have welcomed Ankara’s presentation of new regulations that allow many of the 2.5 million Syrian refugees in Turkey to apply for work permits, underlining that the regulations would allow refugees to build a decent life
News | Morning Agenda: Restrained Debate and Global Tensions at Davos
New York Times (blog)
Greece and Turkey signed a no-war agreement there in 1988. Six years later, Yasir Arafat, the Palestinian … Although WikiLeaksdominated talk at Davos for several years, Julian Assange was never invited. Until last year, discussions that focused on
Attempts to include the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in U.N.-backed talks on Syria planned for later this week were a last minute fait accompli, a senior Turkish official has said, adding Turkey would be represented “at the highest level” during the planned talks in Geneva
Turkish PM Davutoğlu has responded to US Vice President Biden’s recent remarks over differentiating the outlawed Kurdistan Workes’ Party (PKK) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northern Syria

Turkey says another Russian jet has invaded airspace despite warnings

Relations between two nations deteriorate further, with the Kremlin’s ambassador to Ankara being summoned for crisis talks

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said a Russian fighter jet entered the country’s airspace after radar units warned it to turn back.

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