Ankara mayor: Turkey may be ‘targeted by man-made earthquakes’

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Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek. (AFP)
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A man with his motorcycle passes next to a damaged house after an earthquake in the village of Plomari on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, on Monday. (AP)
Updated 13 June 2017

Ankara mayor: Turkey may be ‘targeted by man-made earthquakes’

JEDDAH: Ankara’s mayor blamed Monday’s earthquake, which hit western Turkey and the Greek islands, on foreign powers’ aim to undermine the country’s economy.
In a series of tweets, Ibrahim Melih Gökçek said that this is not the first time Turkey is being targeted by “man-made” earthquakes.
“Now I think that this might be a man-made earthquake. I do not say it is certain but it is a very serious possibility,” Gökçek tweeted.

“I say that it should definitely be investigated. Was there any seismic research ship sailing near the epicenter? If so, which country does it belong to?” he said.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 damaged scores of homes on the eastern Greek island of Lesbos Monday, injuring at least 10 people. It was also felt in western Turkey, including in Istanbul, and on neighboring islands.
The mayor later shared YouTube videos explaining the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), urging people to watch carefully.

Gökçek previously claimed that quakes in the western province of Canakkale could have been caused by dark external powers.
“Today a serious earthquake occurred in Çanakkale. I have investigated and there is a ship conducting seismic research nearby," the Mayor tweeted in Febuary.

"What this ship is researching and which country it belongs to should be solved urgently."

"I worry about a potential earthquake that could be triggered artificially. This should definitely be investigated and announced to the public,” he said.

According to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management, the epicenter of Monday’s undersea earthquake was at a shallow depth of 7 km.
At least 25 aftershocks have been recorded following the initial quake at 3:28 p.m. (1228 GMT).
The earthquake was also felt in densely populated Istanbul and the western Turkish province of Izmir, but no injuries were reported there.
Earthquakes are frequent in Greece and Turkey, which are on active fault lines. Two devastating earthquakes hit northwestern Turkey in 1999, killing about 18,000 people. Experts in both countries said more aftershocks are to be expected from Monday’s earthquake.

 

 


South Sudan says will host peace talks between Sudan and rebels

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South Sudan says will host peace talks between Sudan and rebels

  • Hamdok will meet rebel leaders from the Sudanese states of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile

JUBA: Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok will attend peace talks in the South Sudan capital Monday with rebel leaders from several Sudanese states, said official sources in Juba.
“Tomorrow’s meeting is to mark the launching of Sudan’s peace talks,” Ateny Wek Ateny, spokesman for South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, told AFP Sunday.
Hamdok, who was only appointed in August in a deal between the army and the opposition, will meet rebel leaders from the Sudanese states of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.
Kiir, who just a few weeks ago signed his own peace deal with rebel leader Riek Machar, offered to mediate between Sudan and the rebels back in November 2018.
This new set of talks follow a first round in September when both sides agreed on a road map for the negotiations.
This week’s meeting is intended to tackle the main issues, said Ateny.
Also attending will be Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who last week won the Nobel Peace Prize, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Their presence, said Ateny, was to give the talks more weight.
A senior Sudanese delegation arrived in Juba on Sunday.
The Sudanese delegation will meet Abdulaziz Al-Hilu, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), which is active in Bule Nile and South Kordofan states. Al-Hilu will lead the rebel delegation.
This new peace initiative comes after the fall of longtime Sudanese autocrat Omar Al-Bashir, who was toppled from power by the Sudanese military in April.
Prime Minister Hamdok has been tasked with leading Sudan back to civilian rule, but he has said he also wants to end the conflicts with the rebels.
Over the years, the rebels’ conflict with Khartoum have killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced millions to flee their homes.