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Turkish Press Review, 04-08-12

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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> e-mail : newspot@byegm.gov.tr <caption> <_caption> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

12.08.2004

ERDOGAN, GEORGIAN PM STRESS IMPORTANCE OF BAKU-TBILISI-CEYHAN PIPELINE TRAIN ACCIDENT KILLS 6, INJURES 85 NEAR ISTANBUL WOLFOWITZ: “TURKEY IS A STRONG ALLY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM” DYP LEADER CRITICIZES GOVERNMENT, SAYING REDUCING INFLATION AND MEETING SURPLUS TARGET AREN’T ENOUGH TO BOOST ECONOMY IMF REPORT PRAISES TURKEY’S MACROECONOMIC CONDITIONS, BUT WARNS OF HIGH CURRENT ACCOUNTS DEFICIT NATO COMPONENT COMMAND AIR HEADQUARTERS ACTIVATED IN IZMIR UNESCO URGES MEASURES TO PROTECT NATURE IN ISTANBUL MODERATE QUAKE INJURES 11 IN ELAZIG FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… WHILE TERRORISM IS ON THE RISE BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN, GEORGIAN PM STRESS IMPORTANCE OF BAKU-TBILISI-CEYHAN PIPELINE
  • [02] TRAIN ACCIDENT KILLS 6, INJURES 85 NEAR ISTANBUL
  • [03] WOLFOWITZ: “TURKEY IS A STRONG ALLY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM”
  • [04] DYP LEADER CRITICIZES GOVERNMENT, SAYING REDUCING INFLATION AND MEETING SURPLUS TARGET AREN’T ENOUGH TO BOOST ECONOMY
  • [05] IMF REPORT PRAISES TURKEY’S MACROECONOMIC CONDITIONS, BUT WARNS OF HIGH CURRENT ACCOUNTS DEFICIT
  • [06] NATO COMPONENT COMMAND AIR HEADQUARTERS ACTIVATED IN IZMIR
  • [07] UNESCO URGES MEASURES TO PROTECT NATURE IN ISTANBUL
  • [08] MODERATE QUAKE INJURES 11 IN ELAZIG
  • [09] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [10] WHILE TERRORISM IS ON THE RISE BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN, GEORGIAN PM STRESS IMPORTANCE OF BAKU-TBILISI-CEYHAN PIPELINE

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, currently in Tbilisi for an official visit, yesterday met with his Georgian counterpart Zurab Zhvania to discuss a number of issues, including bilateral relations and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline Project. During their meeting, Erdogan stressed the importance of the project for both countries and added that Georgia would attract more foreign investment after its completion. The two premiers resolved to see through the project’s completion as soon as possible. Erdogan stated that Georgia’s territorial integrity, stability, and domestic security were very important for Turkey. Later, Erdogan met with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. Speaking at a joint press conference, Saakashvili said that for years the Turkish nation had helped Georgians and that he appreciated this. For his part, Erdogan touted good relations between the two countries, adding that he believed these friendly relations would be further developed. /Turkiye/

    [02] TRAIN ACCIDENT KILLS 6, INJURES 85 NEAR ISTANBUL

    A passenger train called the Baskent Express ignored a stop signal on its way from Ankara to Istanbul and rammed into the oncoming Adapazari Express yesterday, resulting in the deaths of six people and 85 injured. The trains crashed into each other near the village of Tavsancil in the northwest province of Kocaeli, some 50 miles east of Istanbul. Visiting the scene of the accident, Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu said all the injured had been rescued and taken to hospital for medical treatment. Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said that an immediate investigation had begun and that he would keep the public up to date in order to head off speculation and rumors. “One of the trains ran a red light,” said Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. “When the engineer noticed, he tried to slow down but unfortunately the accident [still] occurred.” Conductor Hasan Yucedag said that the green light had suddenly turned red as the train was about to cross. Both President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Parliament Speaker Bulent Arnic expressed condolences for those who lost their lives and wished rapid recoveries for the injured, stressing the importance of education in preventing such tragedies. The accident comes three weeks after a high-speed train from Istanbul to Ankara derailed, killing 37 people. /All Papers/

    [03] WOLFOWITZ: “TURKEY IS A STRONG ALLY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM”

    US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said yesterday that regardless of Ankara’s views of US policies in Iraq and Afghanistan, Turkey remained a very strong ally in the fight against terrorism. Addressing the US House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee, Wolfowitz stated that the US had developed close relations with several countries in the Islamic world, especially Indonesia and Turkey. /Aksam/

    [04] DYP LEADER CRITICIZES GOVERNMENT, SAYING REDUCING INFLATION AND MEETING SURPLUS TARGET AREN’T ENOUGH TO BOOST ECONOMY

    True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar yesterday visited the Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO) to discuss recent economic developments. Speaking to reporters before his visit, Agar warned that the nation was facing serious problems and criticized the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Party government, saying that reducing inflation and reaching the primary surplus target were not enough to boost the economy. Agar also criticized the government’s tax policy, urging it to adopt tax reforms as soon as possible. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] IMF REPORT PRAISES TURKEY’S MACROECONOMIC CONDITIONS, BUT WARNS OF HIGH CURRENT ACCOUNTS DEFICIT

    Following its Executive Board meeting, the International Monetary Fund yesterday released a report on Turkey praising the nation’s macroeconomic conditions, calling them the best in the last decade. The IMF report stated that it appreciated the government’s fiscal policies and efforts to reduce inflation and predicted that this year’s 12% inflation target and 5% growth target were both achievable. However, the report also warned about Turkey’s high debt stock and the rising current accounts deficit, which is expected to reach $10 billion by year’s-end. The report urged the government to continue to pursue its tight monetary policy in order to control the trade deficit. /Aksam/

    [06] NATO COMPONENT COMMAND AIR HEADQUARTERS ACTIVATED IN IZMIR

    The NATO Headquarters Joint Command Southeast (JCSE) was deactivated and the Component Command Air Headquarters (CC Air HQ-Izmir) activated yesterday in a ceremony held in Izmir. US Naval Adm. Gregory G. Johnson led the ceremony, which was attended by Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok and other high-ranking NATO officers. Lt. Gen. Glen W. Moorhead of the US Air Force assumed the command of the new headquarters, saying that the CC Air HQ-Izmir would provide Greece with air support during the Athens Olympics. /Milliyet/

    [07] UNESCO URGES MEASURES TO PROTECT NATURE IN ISTANBUL

    Turkey has two years to take measures to protect Istanbul’s natural heritage before it is declared endangered, declared UNESCO at a recent conference. At its one-week World Heritage Committee meeting in Sushou, China, which concluded on July 4, UNESCO examined over 150 reports concerning conservation, including the condition of nature in Istanbul. Unless Turkey takes appropriate measures to protect Istanbul’s nature, warned the committee, the area will be considered for inclusion on UNESCO’s 2006 World Heritage list of endangered cultural heritage. Over 700 national delegates and nongovernmental organization (NGO) members attended the meeting, which added 29 cultural sites and five natural sites to the heritage list. /Hurriyet/

    [08] MODERATE QUAKE INJURES 11 IN ELAZIG

    A moderate earthquake injured 11 in the city of Elazig in southeastern Turkey yesterday. The 5.5-magnitude quake caused panic but no casualties, and damaged a half-dozen homes and a mosque. /All Papers/

    [09] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [10] WHILE TERRORISM IS ON THE RISE BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Fikret Bila comments on the terrorist group PKK, the European Union and the US. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Some are allowing terrorism in Turkey to once again rear its ugly head. Big cities are being targeted this time. Turkey had successfully completed its fight against terrorism by paralyzing the terrorist group PKK. However, efforts to get a date for accession talks from the European Union were merely intended to legitimize the PKK, which took the lives of 35,000 civilians. The EU threw its weight in this direction. For the sake of its EU accession, Turkey’s hands were tied concerning the PKK. At the same time, with the new political conditions as a result of the US occupation of Iraq, Washington’s cooperation with Kurdish groups in Iraq and its closeness to the terrorist group PKK have drawn increased attention. Ankara saw the US protecting the Iraqi Kurdistan Democracy Party (IKDP) and the Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (IPUK). The US policy towards these groups is undistinguishable from its policy towards the PKK. Washington even prepared a joint action plan with Ankara against the PKK, but failed to take action against the terrorist group.

    The US policy is a serious problem for Turkey in a time of a rising terrorism. Ankara is expecting Washington to paralyze PKK armed forces in the Kandilli Mountain in northern Iraq, and has weakened its hand. Clearly this problem can’t be solved with the interference of others. Turkey has to question US policies on this issue. Turkey supported the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, done under the pretext of the fight against terrorism, and now we have the right to expect a clear attitude from the US. The US shouldn’t have the opportunity to continue this policy. Turkey shouldn’t be in a situation where it is obeying pressure from the EU and the US. Ankara should consider acting in the awareness that it has the right to expect the US to keep its promise, and it should know that getting a date for accession talks from the EU is no favor, but Turkey’s right. Turkey has the power to claim and take its right. The key thing here is that Turkey’s leaders should believe in themselves and this power.”

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