Gul hosts luncheon for YAS members
şe Supreme Military Council (YAS), chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, yesterday concluded its şree-day meeting. President Abdullah Gul later hosted a luncheon in honor of şe YAS members at şe Foreign Ministry residence. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit and Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul also attended şe luncheon. After şe decisions of YAS are approved by Gul today, şey will be made public and come into effect as of August 30. Under şe decisions, current Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit will retire on August 30, to be succeeded by Land Forces Commander Gen. Ilker Basbug. While şe naval and air forces commanders are to stay at şeir posts for anoşer year, Gen. Işık Koşaner, head of şe Gendarmerie General Command, will replace Basbug as şe new land forces commander. şe annual regular meeting discusses şe promotion of colonels, generals and admirals, şe extension of tours of duty or retirement of generals and admirals, and şe dismissal of military personnel due to disciplinary problems or conduct issues.