ANKARA - The executive committee president of the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency, Nuri Çolakoğlu, has resigned from his post, daily Radikal reported yesterday.

Çolakoğlu, an advisor and former CEO of Daily News, has been one of the key figures in the Istanbul Capital of Culture project since it was initiated. According to the agency, there has been no official resignation. "Nothing is clear at this moment," Çolakoğlu told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review yesterday. "I believe we will be able to issue a statement on Wednesday."

According to Radikal’s report, agency General Secretary Eyüp Özgüç announced in a meeting with artistic directors late Monday that Çolakoğlu and five other members of the executive committee Ğ elected members İskender Pala, Metin Sözen and Gökhan Ertür, Istanbul Trade Center representative Şekip Avdagiç and Istanbul Industry Chamber representative Nuri Tuna Ğ had also resigned.

Just three left

If all of these members have indeed stepped down, only three appointed members Ğ Istanbul Municipality representative Alpaslan Baki Ertekin, Istanbul Governorship representative Sabri Kaya and Culture Ministry representative Ahmet Emre Bilgili Ğ would be left on the executive committee.

Sources said disagreements between the executive council and the general secretary led to the resignations. Çolakoğlu, speaking to daily Radikal, had said the disputes could be sorted out.