Turkey backs U.A.E. over Gulf islands

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, April 28 (UPI) -- Turkish Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan called on Iran to hasten its resolution of disputes with the United Arab Emirates over three Persian Gulf islands.

Turkish politician: Keep quiet about 1915

ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A top Turkish official warns that other countries could harm relations between Turkey and Armenia by focusing on the 1915 killing of Armenians in Turkey.

Turkish politico suggests Kurdish solution

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A high-level Turkish political leader has suggested steps to resolve the country's ongoing dilemma with its independence-seeking Kurdish population.

Change proposed in Turkey's censorship law

ANKARA, Turkey, April 15 (UPI) -- A Turkish official says he has asked justice officials to consider a proposal to put certain criminal investigations under the authority of the president.

Erdogan: Kurds must denounce PKK

ANKARA, Turkey, March 15 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a Kurdish political party that he will meet with its leaders if they declare the PKK a terrorist organization.

Turkish Parliament elects speaker

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Koksal Toptan, a secular conservative from the Islamist AK Party, was elected Thursday as speaker of the Turkish Parliament.

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Köksal Toptan (1943, Rize) is a Turkish lawyer and politician with the AKP. He earlier served as government minister in three cabinets. He now acts as the speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

He was educated in the Faculty of Law at Istanbul University. He worked as a lawyer following his graduation. Köksal Toptan entered politics first at regional level in Zonguldak. Later, he was elected to the parliament as Deputy of Zonguldak and Bartın. He served as Minister of State in the 6th Süleyman Demirel cabinet (November 12, 1979 - September 12, 1980), as Minister of National Education in the 7th Demirel cabinet (June 23, 1991 - June 25, 1993) and then as Minister of Culture in the 2nd Tansu Çiller cabinet (October 5, 1995 - October 30, 1995). During the government of Justice and Development Party (AKP), he was the chairman of the parliament commission of justice between 2003-2007.

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