Turkey's pres summit stresses implementation of legal procedure.hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;}.hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;}The Turkish president on Wednesday called for maximum care to be given in the implementation of “procedural legal arrangements”, following a luncheon given for the heads of the country’s legislative, executive and judicial organs. (UPDATED)

Many issues, in spite of the important developments in the world and in the region that interested the executive, legislative, as well as judicial bodies, were discussed in the meeting which was held in "a sincere atmosphere", the Turkish President Abdullah Gul's office said in a statement posted on its Website after the luncheon at the presidential palace in Ankara.

"It was emphasized in the meeting that the deepening of democracy, adhering to the principle of rule of law, as well as to the basic principles, accurately and showing maximum care towards the implementation of procedural legal arrangements, will strengthen Turkey, and ease overcoming the challenges faced and enhance the atmosphere of confidence in the public," the statement added.

The president aims to hold similar meetings, deemed as very helpful by all participants, on a regular basis, the statement added.

The summit came after tensions heightened in the country between the judiciary and the government over alleged misconduct within the controversial Ergenekon case.

Many legal experts have claimed that the detainment method used in the operations is illegal.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan, head of the Constitutional Court Hasim Kilic, head of the High Court of Appeals Hasan Gerceker, head of the Council of State Mustafa Birden, head of the Court of Accounts Mehmet Damar, head of the Military High Court of Appeals Brig. Gen. Ahmet Alkis and head of the Military Supreme Administrative Court Brig. Gen. Turgut Aribal and Government Spokesman Cemil Cicek attended Wednesday's luncheon hosted by Gul.

"We discussed the problems of the judiciary and the country in general terms," broadcaster CNNTurk quoted Gerceker as saying after the luncheon at the presidential palace.
Gul brought together the executives within the scope of Article 104 of the Turkish Constitution which says that "the President of the Republic is the Head of State. In this capacity he or she shall represent the Republic of Turkey and the unity of the Turkish Nation; he or she shall ensure the implementation of the constitution, and the regular and harmonious functioning of organs of the state."
Given to mark the start of the new year, the Turkish president hopes the luncheon event will become an annual tradition.