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Turkish Press Review, 01-09-19

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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

19.09.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] ECEVIT'S STATEMENT ON TERRORISM
  • [02] ANKARA IS CONCERNED ABOUT CENTRAL ASIAN COUNTRIES
  • [03] TGNA TO BEGIN DEBATES ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PACKAGE
  • [04] YILMAZ: "NO CONCESSIONS REGARDING FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY"
  • [05] BAHCELI: "TURKISH ARMY KEEPS PEACE"
  • [06] LADIN'S FINANCE CENTER IN GREEK-CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION
  • [07] ROBERTSON ON CNN TURK
  • [08] CAKMAKOGLU TO VISIT KAZAKHSTAN
  • [09] BAYKAL: "TURKEY'S RECORD ON TERRORISM IS CLEAN"
  • [10] DENKTAS : "ISLAM REFUSES VIOLENCE"
  • [11] TURKISH FIREFIGHTERS COMMEMORATES AMERICAN COLLEAGUES
  • [12] TURKISH PARTICIPATION IN A-400M MILITARY TRANSPORT
  • [13] FOGG: "CYPRUS ISSUE MUST BE SOLVED BEFORE TURKEY'S ADMITTANCE TO THE EU"
  • [14] STATE MINISTER KARAKOYUNLU RECEIVES GERMAN PRESS
  • [15] NEW TARGET FOR FOREIGN TRADE: MIDDLE EAST
  • [16] TUSIAD MEMBERS TO TRAVEL TO SWEDEN
  • [17] BULGARIAN-TURKISH AGRICULTURE SUMMIT
  • [18] TURKISH TRAVEL AGENCIES ASSOCIATION PROMOTES TURKEY
  • [19] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [20] NEITHER A CRUSADE NOR A JIHAD BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)
  • [21] ADVANTAGES OF TURKEY BY OKAY GONENSIN (SABAH)

  • [01] ECEVIT'S STATEMENT ON TERRORISM

    Speaking at the group meeting of the Democratic Left Party (DSP), Chairman and Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said, "Recent horrifying terrorist attacks on the US, who is our friend and ally, concern all the world, so we owe our full support the US in the name of humanity." Stating that most of the terrorist attacks on Turkey were planned in the Western European countries, Ecevit said, "This is a disgrace of Europe. The US has always been among the countries who understands and supports our fight against terrorism. It's our turn now. We have to support our friend." Stating that Turkey never made concessions regarding democracy when fighting against terrorism, Ecevit said, "There are certain countries who have tolerated the terrorist activities against Turkey. They should change their attitudes now." /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] ANKARA IS CONCERNED ABOUT CENTRAL ASIAN COUNTRIES

    Turkey is concerned about the possible negative effects of a future US retaliation to Afghanistan on the Central Asian countries who are still beset by economic and political problems. Taleban's statement which threatened the neighboring countries who will ensure military and logistic support to the US retaliation is another matter which worries Turkey. Among the neighbors of Taleban are Iran, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] TGNA TO BEGIN DEBATES ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PACKAGE

    The package including 37 articles for the amendment on the Constitution will be taken up at the Constitutional Commission's meeting today. The Commission is scheduled to complete the debates by weekened. The package is then expected to be debated at the Plenary Session of the Parliament. /Turkiye/

    [04] YILMAZ: "NO CONCESSIONS REGARDING FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY"

    Answering a question by a reporter if he changed his mind about the issue of national security after the recent terrorist attacks on the US, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Motherland Party (ANAP) Mesut Yilmaz said, "Fighting against terrorism does not require to make concessions on freedoms and democracy. After the recent attacks on the US, President Bush's first statement said that the US was and would always be a country of freedoms. I completely agree with this statement. There is no need to sacrifice individual freedoms for the fight against terrorism. Upon another question posed, how Turkish economy will be affected after the recent terrorist attacks on the US, Yilmaz said that the negative effects of the incident were being observed not only in Turkey but also all around the world. He added, "The negative effects will be temporary, markets will sustain an equilibrium soon." /Milliyet/

    [05] BAHCELI: "TURKISH ARMY KEEPS PEACE"

    Leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Minister of State and deputy prime Minister Devlet Bahceli issued a message to mark the Martyrs and Veterans Week Stressing that Turkish Armed Forces exists for keeping peace, Bahceli said in his message, "Turkish troops have always defended peace in the country, as well as in the world, against assaults and our soldiers have never hesitated to jeopardize their lives with this aim." /Turkiye/

    [06] LADIN'S FINANCE CENTER IN GREEK-CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION

    The claims that Saudi terrorist Usame Bin Ladin has been using Southern part of Cyprus as a base to finance his terroristic activities have again been brought to fore. It is pointed out that Ladin's brother, Salih bin Ladin has three overseas companies on the Island. Reportedly Ladin also has accounts in offshore banks in southern Cyprus. It is noted that Ladin is selling goods to Europe through companies in southern part of the Island. According to Cevat Ahmet Alfato, one of Ladin's aides who was tried in New York, the revenues coming from this trade were sent to the terrorists in the US, Egypt, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The commercial activities of Ladin are conducted by his aides Ebu Abdullah Lubnani, Ebu Rida el Suri, Ebu Isra el Iraki and Vedih el Hac. /Hurriyet/

    [07] ROBERTSON ON CNN TURK

    Speaking on CNN Turk, NATO Secretary General George Robertson replied the questions of prominent Turkish reporter Mehmet Ali Birand on the recent terrorist attacks in the US. Upon a question asking why NATO did not invoke Article V for the cases of Turkey and Spain who had been fighting against PKK and ETA for years, Robertson said, "This is the first time a country applied for invoking the Article V. NATO has two conditions to invoke the Article V. First, the attack must be committed from abroad and the second, the decision to invoke the Article must be taken unanimously. The attacks on the US has showed us that invoking Article V was a must to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism. Upon Birand's question about Turkey's position under these recent circumstances, Robertson said "Turkey and all other member countries are obliged to support the US. This obligation covers determining what should be done and then giving the possible support. All NATO members have accepted this obligation and responsibility. /Hurriyet/

    [08] CAKMAKOGLU TO VISIT KAZAKHSTAN

    National Defense Minister Sabahattin Cakmakoglu has gone to Almati by military plane as the official guest of the Kazakhstan Defense Minister. In his speech at Etimesgut Airport he recalled Kazakhstan Defense Minister Sat Tokpakbayev's visit to Turkey last year and said he would be in Kazakhstan for three days as the official guest of Tokpakbayev. He added that during his visit they would discuss bilateral relations. He continued "The public knows we are cooperating with Kazakhstam in different areas. I believe that we will be reviewing what we can do about our future relations as two national defense ministers." /Turkish Daily News./

    [09] BAYKAL: "TURKEY'S RECORD ON TERRORISM IS CLEAN"

    Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal said that the terrorist acts against the US showed how right Turkey was and said, "Turkey's record on terrorism is clean." Baykal who attended a meeting titled "Youth in Eurasia in the Changing Process," which was organized by the Dialogue Eurasia Platform in Belek, answered the questions of press members. He said that Turkey had neither followed a hypocritical policy against terrorism, neither had it supported it. /Turkish Daily News/

    [10] DENKTAS : "ISLAM REFUSES VIOLENCE"

    The President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Rauf Denktas regarding the recent terrorist attacks to the US, said it is wrong to target Islam. Stressing that Islam is a religion of peace and rejects violence, Denktas said, "The struggle will be against terrorism and terrorists." Talking about the Greek Cypriot leader Glafcos Clerides' travel to the US alone, Denktas said, "It is a disgrace on Clerides. The US had invited both of us. He is making a show." He also added that the right of the TRNC will be understood sooner or later. /Turkiye/

    [11] TURKISH FIREFIGHTERS COMMEMORATES AMERICAN COLLEAGUES

    A ceremony to commemorate American firefighters who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on Sep. 11 was held by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Fire Department. Speaking at the ceremony, Chief of the Department of Fire Brigade, Sabri Yalin qualified the dead firefighters as the "innocent hereos" and said, "they lost their lives to save thousands of people." /Turkiye/

    [12] TURKISH PARTICIPATION IN A-400M MILITARY TRANSPORT

    As previously announced, Turkey has started its participation in the EU's military transport jet program. Officials said two major Turkish companies, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Turkish Engine Industry (TEI) have been selected to participate in the design, development and manufacturing of the A-400 M project. The project by eight EU countries is meant to produce a large transport aircraft for military use, in direct competition with a US offering. Ankara has pledged to purchase 10 A-400 M transports. /Turkish News/

    [13] FOGG: "CYPRUS ISSUE MUST BE SOLVED BEFORE TURKEY'S ADMITTANCE TO THE EU"

    European Union Turkey Representative Karen Fogg said that the Cyprus issue must be solved before the admittance of Turkey to the EU. Delivering a speech at the Turco-EU Relations Conference organized by the Political and Social Researches Foundation, Fogg said, "Turkey's economic performance for the next few months is very important. If Turkish economy cannot overcome the crisis, Turkey will a have hard time in her political reforms. Talks over the Cyprus issue must be solved next summer." Fogg said Turkey had the potential to enter the EU earlier than expected. /Milliyet/

    [14] STATE MINISTER KARAKOYUNLU RECEIVES GERMAN PRESS

    State Minister Yilmaz Karakoyunlu has recived the German press, who are in Turkey as guests of the Foreign Affairs Ministry and General Directorate of Press and Informatıon. Karakoyunlu said that he will be answering questions of the German press on Turkey's economic development. The press members will later visit Foreign Affairs Minister Ismail Cem and then visit the Grand National Assembly. Karakoyunlu also stated that the guests would get information about Turkey's economy from the Central Bank and Treasury, and then make a visit to GAP (Southeastern Anatolia Project). /Turkish Daily News/

    [15] NEW TARGET FOR FOREIGN TRADE: MIDDLE EAST

    In the scope of the project which foresees to increase export to neigbour countries started by the Foreign Trade Undersecretariat, the Union of Uludag Exporters (UIB) will send a delegation of trade to Syria and Lebanon on Sep. 30. UIB Secretary General Onder Yavuz said the trade volume between the neighbor countries and Turkey is not at a desired level although it has a high potential and added that the Middle Eastern countries were also a gate for the African markets. /Turkiye/

    [16] TUSIAD MEMBERS TO TRAVEL TO SWEDEN

    A delegation of the Association of Turkish Industralists and Businessmen (TUSIAD) will travel to Stockholm, capital of Sweden on Sep. 24-25. The delegation, headed by Tuncay Ozilhan, will hold a series of meetings with Swedish authorities and businessmen to exchange views on bilateral economic relations. /Turkiye/

    [17] BULGARIAN-TURKISH AGRICULTURE SUMMIT

    Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Husnu Yusuf Gokalp met with his Bulgarian counterpart, Agriculture and Forest Minister Mehmed Dikme, in Ankara yesterday. Gokalp said after the meeting that closer cooperation between Turkey and Bulgaria would help the establishment of solidarity in Southeastern Europe, and help improve standards of living in the region. /Turkish News/

    [18] TURKISH TRAVEL AGENCIES ASSOCIATION PROMOTES TURKEY

    Chairman of the Turkish Travel Agencies Association (TURSAB) Başaran Ulusoy stated that as members of TURSAB, they will give advertisements to the most influential newspapers of the United States like New York Times and Washington Post for three days. The advertisements will point out that Turkey is a safe country, a friend, an ally of the U.S. and a member of NATO. /Sabah/

    [19] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [20] NEITHER A CRUSADE NOR A JIHAD BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen comments on the recent reactions to the terrorist attack in the US. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "Taliban Administration in Afghanistan stated that it would declare Jihad (holy war) if the US attacked its territory...While President Bush was speaking of the war against terrorists, he used the term 'crusade' even if it was a slip of the tongue. Is the world turning back to the dark ages at the beginning of the 21st century? Are the developments following the savage terrorist attacks on the US leading to a war of religions in line with the scenario mentinoned in Samuel Huntington's book 'Clash of Civilizations'? Such a polarization would form the most embarrasing and terrible page in the history of humanity. President Bush who stated that he did not use the word 'crusade' meaning a war of religion, felt the need to convey a message of tolerance and unity to the American people in his visit to the Islamic Center in Washington. Leaders of many Moslem countries rejected the connection between Islam and terrorism and stated they were ready to take place in a wide coalition which will be formed against terrorism. At the moment, all leaders in both the Islamic and Christian worlds have to refrain from any action or mentality which would recall a holy war. Otherwise the wide international coalition tried to be formed against terrorism will be debilitated."

    [21] ADVANTAGES OF TURKEY BY OKAY GONENSIN (SABAH)

    Columnist Okay Gonensin comments on Turkey's role in the shaping of the new world order. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "Turkey must be considered among the countries with an advantage on the eve of the shaping of the new world order. However, this depends on how well Turkey can play her role. As a Muslim country she is a part of the Islamic world and as a secular democracy, a part of the Western world. This special identity will have great significance for new formations. Turkey, who is acting together with the Western World, may be the guarantee of an imminent war from turning into a clash between 'Western and Islamic' civilizations. It is hoped that Washington and the Western capitals take utmost care not to divert this war into a clash with Islam. In the new process, in line with the position Turkey will take, the EU policy towards Turkey may change. This may mean that Turkey's full EU membership process may be expedited. Turkey has delayed completing her homeworks on the road to the European Union membership and in fact dragged her feet. In return, Europe has delayed keeping its promises for the realization of Turkey's membership. However, with the attack on the twin towers, it has become inevitable for the Europeans to review their point of view towards Turkey. Certainly, there may be opposition to Turkey's admittance to the EU as she is a predominantly Moslem country. However, Turkey has to play her cards right and if she accelarates the constitutional amendments and legal reforms it will create a different atmosphere. The stance Turkey will adopt will display her will to take place in the Western World and shorten the path to the membership in the European Union. It is natural for the US to help Turkey in line with her political plans on this isssue."


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