Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Turkey

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Turkey

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2001

Jan. 24: The New York Times reported that in response to the French Parliament bill acknowledging the Ottoman Empire's 1915 mass killing of Armenians as genocide, Turkey canceled a $149 million planned deal for the purchase of a spy satellite from the French-based Alcatel Space Company. [1124 NYT]

In Diyarbakir, in southeast Turkey, assailants fired at a car carrying Diyarbakir's police chief, killing him and five other policemen. [1/25 WPI Feb. 8: The Ankara Anatolia (AA) news agency reported that at police headquarters, in Istanbul, a bomb explosion had injured three police officers. [2/9 FT]

Feb. 13: The New York Times reported that a court had convicted and sentenced to four years in prison 16 security officials charged with involvement in a 1996 auto accident. Among those convicted were former chief of special police Ibrahim Sahin and former National Intelligence Organization officer Korkut Eken. [2/13 NYT] Feb. 14: The Strasburg Parliament approved the "Accession Partnership," the Turkish government's blueprint for joining the European Union, thereby allowing Turkey to move forward on the legal and financial framework toward EU membership. …

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