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Turkish Press Review, 01-09-12

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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr>

<LINK href="http://www.byegm.gov.tr_yayinlarimiz_chr_pics_css/tpr.css" rel=STYLESHEET type=text/css> <map name="FPMap1"> <_map> Press &amp; Information Turkish Press Foreign Press in Turkey Turkish Press Review &gt;&gt; Press Guide Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

12.09.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] WORLD IN SHOCK: TERRORIST ATTACKS HIT THE US
  • [02] TURKEY CONDEMNS TERRORIST ATTACKS IN THE US
  • [03] AKUT: "WE ARE READY FOR HELP"
  • [04] AMERICAN DIPLOMATS TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [05] EP: TURKEY HAS ONE YEAR FOR REFORMS
  • [06] VASILIOU: CYPRUS WILL ENTER THE EU
  • [07] DIPLOMATS TOUR ANATOLIA
  • [08] TURKISH SOLDIERS IN MACEDONIA
  • [09] MATTHYSEN'S STATEMENT ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS IN TURKEY
  • [10] LAST WARNING BY YUCELEN
  • [11] TURK ON THE HUNGER STRIKE
  • [12] ERDOGAN RECEIVES FOGG
  • [13] HALMAN RECEIVES THE "CULTURAL HORIZONS"
  • [14] DERVIS HOLDS MEETINGS WITH ECONOMY BUREAUCRATS
  • [15] DERVIS MEETS WITH THE IMF DELEGATION
  • [16] SERDENGECTI'S STATEMENT
  • [17] IMAI ON TOYOTA'S INVESTMENTS IN TURKEY
  • [18] ONE GOLD AND ONE SILVER
  • [19] YILDIZ ARAS WINS KARATE GOLD
  • [20] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [21] TERROR RECOGNIZES NO BORDERS BY MUSTAFA BALBAY (CUMHURIYET)

  • [01] WORLD IN SHOCK: TERRORIST ATTACKS HIT THE US

    The worst terrorist attack in the U.S. history destroyed New York's landmark World Trade Center, damaged the Pentagon and shook financial markets around the world yesterday. Three planes commandeered by unknown hijackers slammed into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, burying thousands of people alive. Life came to a standstill in the US and all around the world after the several terrorist attacks. The twin 110-story World Trade Center towers lay toppled and in ruins. A state of emergency was declared in New York. Most of the federal government offices were closed for the day. President Bush condemned the attacks and branded them an "apparent terrorist" action. The attacks hit the financial markets in the US and all around the world. As the US financial markets will stay closed on Wednesday, the attacks are considered as a turning point for the history of the world economy, appearing to bring about a considerable decrease in the world prosperity. /All Papers/

    [02] TURKEY CONDEMNS TERRORIST ATTACKS IN THE US

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit conveyed their condolences to the US President Bush condemning the terrorist attacks and stating that Turkish nation felt the pain of the American people. After the attacks, Ecevit met with his deputies, representatives from the Office of the Chief of the General Staff and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Meanwhile, the National Security Council (MGK) held an extraordinary meeting to evaluate the developments. Ecevit said that they were following the developments very closely. The security measures for the American Embassies in Turkey increased. Since US ambassador to Ankara, Robert Pearson was currently in the US, the extraordinary meeting was held with the Undersecretary of the American Embassy. Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli and Husamettin Ozkan, the MGK Secretary General Tuncer Kilinc, Interior Minister Rustu Kazim Yucelen and Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Faruk Logoglu attended the meeting chaired by Ecevit. They evaluated the possible consequences of a possible US retaliation and how Turkey would be affected by such a retaliation. The security measures in Istanbul and Izmir near the American Embassies and the Incirlik Air Base were also increased. /All Papers/

    [03] AKUT: "WE ARE READY FOR HELP"

    In a statement concerning the terrorist attack against the US, the Chairman of the Turkish Search and Rescue Team (AKUT), Nasuh Mahruki, stated that as soon as they had learned the attack against the US, they were immediately prepared. He added, "We have established a team of 12 people and applied to the US Embassy in Ankara, Prime Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, they have not ask for help. If we receive such a call, we are ready." /Hurriyet/

    [04] AMERICAN DIPLOMATS TO VISIT TURKEY

    The international pressure over Turkey on the Cyprus issue is increasing gradually. After the pressure by the EU commissioner demanding a solution no matter the conditions, the US will also increase her pressure over Turkey by sending high level diplomats to Turkey. The US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Armitage and the US diplomat responsible for European and Asian Affairs, Elisabeth Jones are expected to visit Turkey next week with a busy agenda. The issues which are expected to be discussed are the Cyprus issue, Iraq, European Security and Defense Identity (ESDI), the development in the Caspian region and pipelines. Contrary to Turkey, the US believes that Greek Cypriot Administration's admittance to the EU might be a great opportunity for a permanent solution on the island. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] EP: TURKEY HAS ONE YEAR FOR REFORMS

    After a major controversy between Turkey and the European Parliament over a parliamentary report on Cyprus, the EU body’s annual report on Turkey had a partially settling effect on Tuesday. The report, prepared by French Conservative Alain Lamassoure, said the period between autumn 2001 and autumn 2002 was of crucial importance for Turkey’s EU membership.” We have to see reform on key issues, from democratization to foreign policy questions,” Lamasssoure said. /Turkish News/

    [06] VASILIOU: CYPRUS WILL ENTER THE EU

    The Greek Cypriots will enter the European Union (EU) whether or not there is a solution on the Island, the Chief Greek Cypriot negotiator with the Union stated in Washington. George Vasiliou, said that the division of the island into two independent states was unacceptable, both to the Greek Cypriots and the international community. He added that the absence of a solution to the Cyprus problem was directly caused by the attitudes of the President Rauf Denktas and Ankara. /Turkish News/

    [07] DIPLOMATS TOUR ANATOLIA

    Some 29 foreign diplomats, including 16 ambassadors, arrived in Diyarbakir to visit a number of historic and touristic sites in Southeastern Anatolia yesterday. The diplomats were invited by the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) Development Administration. They will travel to Sanliurfa after completing a tour that will include a journey from Diyarbakir to Mardin. /Turkish News/

    [08] TURKISH SOLDIERS IN MACEDONIA

    It was stated that Turkish soldiers in Macedonia would begin their duty today. NATO Spokesman Major Barry Johnson said in a press conference that Italian and Turkish troops will join the disarming activities in Macedonia today. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] MATTHYSEN'S STATEMENT ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS IN TURKEY

    Belgian Ambassador to Turkey, Jan Matthysen said that the constitutional amendments are essential for Turkey's admittance to the EU. Stating that they believed Turkish Parliament which would discuss the constitutional amendment package, would take the best decision for Turkey, Matthysen said, "Most of the Turkish citizens want Turkey to be a member of the EU. We expect the Turkish Parliament to make decisions in accelerating Turkey's accession period to the EU." /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] LAST WARNING BY YUCELEN

    Minister of the Interior, Rustu Kazim Yucelen, has interrupted his official visit to Syria and returned to Turkey last morning. During the press conference he held at Ataturk Airport , he said he was deeply saddened by the bombing attack which occurred in Istanbul and said, "I send my condolences to the Turkish nation and the security forces. I went to Syria to sign an Agreement of Security and Cooperation Agreement but interrupted my visit." Yucelen, saying that nobody can bargain with the Turkish State, added, "The Turkish State will not tolerate those who offend the State and work against the nation. This is the last warning." /Sabah/

    [11] TURK ON THE HUNGER STRIKE

    Minister of Justice, Hikmet Sami Turk, stated that 25,000 people had been on a hunger strike and 172 people had been carrying out death fasts. He added that organizing hunger strikes and death fasts will be considered as crime with the new draft law, prepared by the Ministry of Justice. /Sabah/

    [12] ERDOGAN RECEIVES FOGG

    Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan received Karen Fogg, European Commission Representative of Turkey. After the meeting which was closed to the press, Erdogan and Fogg answered journalists' questions. Fogg told journalists that she paid a cordial visit to AKP, and obtained information on the party program, and the perspective of the party in economic and social issues in particular. Fogg added that they hoped all the political parties in Turkey know the EU well, and that the progressive ideas of the EU to inspire the party programs. AKP leader Erdogan said they informed Karen Fogg on the party's attitude towards economic and social issues, and said they give emphasis to the relations between Turkey and the EU in the globalization area. /Turkish Daily News/

    [13] HALMAN RECEIVES THE "CULTURAL HORIZONS"

    The first Minister of Culture Talat Halman will receive the book titled "Cultural Horizons" prepared as a gift for him with the contributions of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and 72 academicians and writers including Bernard Lewis, Ekrem Akurgal and former UNESCO Director-General Federico Mayor on September 15th. The book, which was prepared in dedication to Halman's successful life, includes scientific articles, short stories, essays and poems in Turkish, English and other languages. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] DERVIS HOLDS MEETINGS WITH ECONOMY BUREAUCRATS

    Economy bureaucrats held a meeting chaired by the State Minister responsible for Economy, Kemal Dervis, to evaluate the possible developments in economy following the terrorist action organized against the US. The meeting was also attended by the Governor of Central Bank, Sureyya Serdengecti, Undersecretary of Treasury, Faik Oztrak, Chairman of the Banking Regulation and Supervision Board, Engin Akcakoca and Chairman of the Capital Markets Council, Dogan Cansizlar. Following the meeting, Dervis issued a written statement which said, "The Turkish economic administration began to follow the economic and financial developments throughout the world closely. The Turkish economic administration has evaluated the reflections of the developments taking place in the international markets on Turkey following the terrorist action through an intensive coordination. This terrorist action will not affect the Turkish economy directly but its possible impacts over the international markets will be closely followed." /Hurriyet/

    [15] DERVIS MEETS WITH THE IMF DELEGATION

    The Minister of State Kemal Dervis met with the IMF delegation headed by Juha Kahkonen yesterday morning. During the two-hour meeting macro economic targets for the year 2002 and estimates for the last quarter of the year were discussed. The Undersecretary of Treasury Faik Oztrak and Deputy Governor of the Central Bank Sukru Binay also attended the meeting. IMF's Turkey Desk Chief Kahkonen later visited Chairman of the Privatization Board, Ugur Bayar. The delegation is expected to pay a visit to the Union of Turkish Chambers and Stock Exchanges (TOBB). Kahkonen said he will attend a meeting with Turkish authorities next week in London to inform the British investors about Turkish economic program. /Turkiye/

    [16] SERDENGECTI'S STATEMENT

    Governor of Central Bank, Sureyya Serdengecti, gave a statement to CNN Turk channel concerning the terrorist attack against the US and said, "Following the developments in the US, a crisis desk was established in the Central Bank. The goods and finance markets both in the US and the world have begun to be closely followed. We are exchanging information with the other Central Banks in the world concerning the precautions to be taken in this field. First of all, the liquidity need will be met within the monetary market, open market operations and Stock Exchanges rapidly and without interruption. If additional precautions will be necessary, they will be announced later." /Hurriyet/

    [17] IMAI ON TOYOTA'S INVESTMENTS IN TURKEY

    Toyota's Chairman on Europe, Akira Imai, has answered the questions of "Hurriyet" daily at the International Frankfurt Automobile Fair and pointed out that the economic crisis in Turkey cannot stop Toyota's investments in Turkey. Imai resembled the economic crisis in Turkey to a marriage and said, "In Turkey, we have always invested in the future. The Japanese people try hard to save their marriage. This will be the situation in Turkey. We are doing our best. The crisis does not occur only in Turkey, each market has its ups and downs." /Hurriyet/

    [18] ONE GOLD AND ONE SILVER

    At the 14'th Mediterranean Games Turkish women athletes Mehtap Sızmaz won the gold medal and Serap Aktaş the silver medal in marathon. Another gold medal was brought by Nora Güner. She broke the Turkish record in 100 meters and took the golden medal. Levorato from Italy took the silver and Patsou from Greece the bronze medal. In women's volleyball the Turkish team took the silver medal. /Türkiye/

    [19] YILDIZ ARAS WINS KARATE GOLD

    In the women's karate open category contest at the Mediterranean games, the Turkish athlete Yıldız Aras earned the golden medal. Turkish athletes took 27 gold 9 silver and 10 Bronze medals. /Turkish News/

    [20] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [21] TERROR RECOGNIZES NO BORDERS BY MUSTAFA BALBAY (CUMHURIYET)

    Columnist Mustafa Balbay comments on the terrorist attack in to the US centers. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "It is difficult to define the incidents occurring in various US cities. The doomsday which began with the airplane attacks on twin towers in New York, which had become the symbol of world order both in the US and the world, went on with the assault on Pentagon. People and societies who have felt pain of terrorism underline the fact that they are against terrorism wherever it may come from, whatever purpose it may have, and regardless of to whom it is aimed. We repeat this statement once more. Terrorism is a disaster with which no one should be confronted with. It has struck the US citizens and institutions. The first information gathered suggest that the perpetrators are unknown. It is very hard for the terrorist organizations which seem to take the responsibility to carry out such an operation. A terrorist organization at such a great scale is very difficult. Money, technology, intelligence, and qualified personnel are necessary for the execution of such an operation. The first sights of the incidents recalled the Pearl Harbor attack to mind . The American people were not directly faced with terrorism on such a great scale. The incident has shown that terror did not recognize any borders, and those supporting terrorism in one part of the world should bear in mind that it is never known when it will strike others. In a sense, nothing will be the same any more following this attack. The US definition of terrorism will change. We shall witness a different attitude and action both within her borders and in various parts of the world. However, these will not be enough to eradicate terrorism altogether. Terrorist acts may end but terrorism will continue. The main issue is to dry up the sources fostering terrorism. One of these sources is the imbalance between the living standards seen throughout the world. Imbalances stemming from globalization will not have a positive affect on world peace. The attacks experienced in the US show that terror has also globalized. The incident will influence the whole world. The EU, NATO are on alert. We shall also be affected by it. If there is a Middle East connection to it, the effect on us will be much greater. To what extent can the Turkish economy already in a crisis be affected? We hope the officials will take necessary precautions."


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