Turkish foreign policy agenda: Unrest at the Syrian border, not too public talks with Israel…



Turkey and Israel holding secret direct talks to mend diplomatic rift

by ISTANBUL – Daily News with wires
Turkish and Israeli officials have been discussing ways to solve the diplomatic crisis between the two countries with American support, according to a senior official in Jerusalem.

Turkey, Israel in new bid to overcome crisis: report

from Yahoo news
Israel and Turkey have been holding secret talks at several levels to end their diplomatic crisis, Haaretz newspaper reported on Tuesday, quoting a senior Israeli official.

Turkey mulls buffer zone on Syrian border

by Joshua Keating

Syrian tanks enter Turkey border village

from turkey – Yahoo! News Search Results (Images)
VIDEO Syrian security forces killed at least eight people when they opened fire on protesters, rights activists said. ATTENTION: these images were obtained from YouTube. We have been able to verify the images were shot in Homs, Dael, Deir Ezzor, Hama, Sarakeb, in the suburbs of Damas and in the province of Idleb. Postings on YouTube indicate the images were shot on June 17. Duration: 01:01(YouTube/anonymous)

Syria, Libya and Middle East unrest – live updates

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Matthew Weaver

Turkey: The First Mideast Revolution – Huffington Post (blog)


Syrian tanks enter village near Turkey border

from Yahoo news
Army tanks on Saturday entered a village bordering Turkey, where 10,000 Syrians have sought refuge, an activist said, as Washington warned Damascus over its “continued brutality” against protesters.

Displaced Syrians Anxious as Assad Troops Approach

from NYT > Turkey by By LIAM STACK
Syrian security forces were coming nearer to makeshift refugee camps lining the border with Turkey.

Some news regarding Turkey X

from Blogactiv

Jolie Good

by M.A.M

Celebrity provides lip service for another cause. The frail looking Angelina can benefit from some food aid also.

Mavi Boncuk| U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie traveled to Turkey?s border with Syria to meet refugees Friday. The Hollywood celebrity and goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees arrived in the Turkish province of Hatay on a private jet with boxes of toys for the refugee camps and visited one of the three refugee camps in Turkey, where nearly 10,000 Syrians have sought refuge.


Angelina Jolie visits Syrian refugees in Turkey

US actress Angelina Jolie leaves from airport upon her arrival in Hatay, Turkey, on June 17, 2011. Jolie Friday meet thousands of Syrians sheltered in Turkey in camps as other refugees began a hunger strike against curbs imposed by Turkish authorities.(AFP)

The Western media and Erdogan: Falling out of love?

Newsweek reports on ‘Why Turkey’s Prime Minister is Good for Christians’


Pour une relance réaliste et efficace des relations entre l?UE et la Turquie

Agence Europe, 18 juin 2011
par Ferdinando Riccardi
L?adhésion est mise de côté. L?hypothèse de l?adhésion de la Turquie à l?UE n?avait joué aucun rôle dans la campagne électorale qui a conduit au succès éclatant de Recep Tayyip Erdogan: les observateurs étrangers ainsi que les moyens d?information locaux l?ont constaté. Tout ce qu?avait fait M. Erdogan était d?annoncer l?intention d?attribuer le rang de ministre au responsable de ce dossier (il est actuellement secrétaire d?État) ; il n?a pas été plus loin que ce geste purement formel. Du côté européen, MM. Van Rompuy, Barroso et Buzek ont logiquement évoqué, dans leurs félicitations officielles, les négociations d?adhésion, mais en mettant l?accent sur les transformations internes que la Turquie doit accomplir pour relancer des pourparlers qui sont, en fait, totalement bloqués. C?était le minimum obligatoire: du côté turc, pour des raisons tactiques, en vue de réclamer des compensations si l?adhésion échoue; du côté européen, par devoir institutionnel.

200000 Europeans employed in Turkey
In its report the newspaper quoted a leading professor from İstanbul Bilgi University and claimed that there are now 200000 European Union citizens employed in Turkey. Migration into Turkey from Europe, where a number of members of the euro common

Reset Turkey/EU Relations

Daily News Egypt, June 15, 2011                  Français Deutsch Español
By Javier Solana *, Madrid
Just five months ago, Osama bin Laden was alive, Hosni Mubarak was firmly in control in Egypt, and Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali ruled Tunisia with an iron hand. Today, popular rebellion and political change have spread throughout the region. We have witnessed brutal repression of protests in Syria and Yemen, Saudi troops crossing into Bahrain, and an ongoing battle for Libya.

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