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Turkish Press Review, 01-02-07

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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>

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CONTENTS

  • [01] TENSION BETWEEN TURKEY AND FRANCE CONTINUES IN SPORTS
  • [02] ADLER'S STATEMENT CONCERNING THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
  • [03] MANGO: BRITISH TOURISTS DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE ARMENIAN LAW
  • [04] MINISTER OF STATE TOSKAY TO TRAVEL TO REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
  • [05] ADDITIONAL INTENT LETTER GIVEN TO THE IMF ANNOUNCED
  • [06] TURKISH DIRECTOR REPRESENTS GERMANY IN INTERNATIONAL BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL BERLINALE
  • [07] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [08] ANGER IS SWEETER THAN HONEY BY METIN TOKER (MILLIYET)
  • [09] ARMENIANS' NEW INITIATIVE IN IRAN AND GERMANY
  • [10] TENSION BETWEEN TURKEY AND FRANCE CONTINUES IN SPORTS
  • [11] DNA TO PROVE ARMENIAN CRUELTY
  • [12] ADLER'S STATEMENT CONCERNING THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
  • [13] MANGO: BRITISH TOURISTS DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE ARMENIAN LAW
  • [14] DENKTAS IN MALATYA
  • [15] FULL SUPPORT FROM THE US
  • [16] 2,142 HIZBULLAH OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN MOUNTED
  • [17] ADDITIONAL INDICTMENT CONCERNING THE FP
  • [18] MINISTER OF STATE TOSKAY TO TRAVEL TO REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
  • [19] ANKARA TO GIVE VISA IN GAZZE
  • [20] AIOC READY TO SUPPORT BAKU-CEYHAN
  • [21] DUTCH INTEREST IN GAP
  • [22] TURKSAT 2A'S PERFORMANCE BETTER THAN EXPECTED
  • [23] ITALIAN JOURNALIST BENEFITS FROM AMNESTY
  • [24] AGCA'S DEMAND FOR A PARDON REJECTED
  • [25] TEKEL TO BE PRIVATIZED
  • [26] PROFESSOR SENGOR'S INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS
  • [27] IMF DECIDES TO GIVE LOAN TO TURKEY
  • [28] ADDITIONAL INTENT LETTER GIVEN TO THE IMF ANNOUNCED
  • [29] PEARSON ON THE TURKISH ECONOMY
  • [30] TURKISH EXPORTS TO THE US: 3 BILLION US DOLLARS
  • [31] ADDITIONAL MEASURES IN ECONOMY
  • [32] TURKEY PLACES FOURTH IN WORLD CARD MARKET
  • [33] VAN TO EXPORT TROUSERS TO BRITAIN
  • [34] DISNEYLAND IN KUSADASI
  • [35] TURKISH DIRECTOR REPRESENTS GERMANY IN INTERNATIONAL BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL BERLINALE
  • [36] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [37] ANGER IS SWEETER THAN HONEY BY METIN TOKER (MILLIYET)

  • [01] TENSION BETWEEN TURKEY AND FRANCE CONTINUES IN SPORTS

    [02] ADLER'S STATEMENT CONCERNING THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

    [03] MANGO: BRITISH TOURISTS DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE ARMENIAN LAW

    [04] MINISTER OF STATE TOSKAY TO TRAVEL TO REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

    [05] ADDITIONAL INTENT LETTER GIVEN TO THE IMF ANNOUNCED

    [06] TURKISH DIRECTOR REPRESENTS GERMANY IN INTERNATIONAL BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL BERLINALE

    [07] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [08] ANGER IS SWEETER THAN HONEY BY METIN TOKER (MILLIYET)

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    [09] ARMENIANS' NEW INITIATIVE IN IRAN AND GERMANY

    It has been learned that the Armenians want to bring the so-called genocide claims to Iran's agenda after successfully bringing it to the agendas of the US, France, Italy and England. While the Turkish lobby has become active against the Armenians' actions in Germany, Iran did not give the genocide claims a warm welcome. Armenian claims were discussed in Germany first at the Federal Parliemantary Application Commission. After the Armenian diaspora collected 14,000 signatures and brought the claims to the Commission's agenda, the Scientific Researches Center, attached to the Federal Parliament, was appointed to prepare a report. This report claims the Armenians were unjustly treated during incidents occurring in World War I. Within this framework, the Turkish Associations in Germany began to counter the Armenian diaspora by preparing brochures, annnouncements and organizing conferences. Diplomatic sources say this report, which includes the strongest Armenian claims, is not expected to be approved by the German Parliament. /Aksam/

    [10] TENSION BETWEEN TURKEY AND FRANCE CONTINUES IN SPORTS

    The Directorate General of Youth and Sports are among the institutions protesting French approval of the so-called Armenian genocide bill. Director General of Youth And Sports, Kemal Mutlu, declared they would not participate in sports events held in France. Mutlu said in accordance with this decision, they would not participate in eight activities which they had included their program before. In addition to not inviting French teams to sporting events in Turkey, Mutlu said they also would not purchase French sports equipment. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] DNA TO PROVE ARMENIAN CRUELTY

    An exemplary work has begun in Erzurum, site of harsh Armenian cruelty, to prove the truth for the so-called Armenian genocide supporters. DNA tests will be done on bodies of the Turks buried in mass graves after being massacred by the Armenians, and to their relatives. If the results of these tests prove positive, then the countries responsible for the cruelty will be sued for damages. Chairman of the Armenian Cruelty Research Commission, lawyer Naci Turan, recalled that the Armenians massacred many people in Erzurum and the neighboring villages after World War I. He added that the Commission had begun the process of recording them in official documents in order to form a legal background. /Aksam/

    [12] ADLER'S STATEMENT CONCERNING THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

    Researcher and writer Alexandre Adler, famous for his works on the former Soviet Union, compared the European Union (EU) to the former Soviet Socialist Republics Union (SSCB) during his speech on the so-called Armenian genocide at the annual meeting of the Turco-French Friendship Commission. Alexandre Adler said, &quot;The French National Assembly and Senate took a negative decision and unfortunately the socialist Jospin Government and the French President Jacques Chirac were in agreement with this decision. 95% of the French people are unaware of the incident and 25% of the Assembly and Senate do not have any knowledge about the issue. The Soviet Union was very restless because of Turkey's geographic situation in the region. Now, the EU seems to be very restless because Turkey will be included into the EU. Now the EU plays the role of the Soviet Union. It is as if they undertook this duty by discussing the Armenian genocide at the European Parliament and bringing the Kurdish problem to the agenda.&quot; /Turkiye/

    [13] MANGO: BRITISH TOURISTS DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE ARMENIAN LAW

    Attending a conference organized by the Ministry of Tourism, famous British historian and author of the book titled &quot;Ataturk&quot;, Andrew Mango said British tourists did not care about the French approval of the so-called Armenian genocide bill. He conveyed his views on Turkey's tourism strategies. Mango said promotion of Turkey as a comfortable and friendly country was very important. Mango also stated Turkey should moderate its reactions to the French approval of the so-called Armenian genocide bill. He added, &quot;Noone can solve anything through mutual accusations. Turkey should not go to the extremes on the issue.&quot; /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] DENKTAS IN MALATYA

    Today the Malatya Municapility will organize a 'Meeting for Denouncing and Protesting France', which will be also attended by the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas. Statement made by the Malatya Municipality said, &quot;The so-called Armenian genocide bill, accepted by the French Parliament and approved by the French President Jacques Chirac, is the result of a smear campaign. It was decided to organize the 'Meeting to Denounce and Protest France' in order to demonstrate Malatya's reaction to France, who heads the smear campaign. Participating in the event are the provincial chairmen of the Democratic Left Party (DSP), Nationalist Action Party (MHP), Motherland Party (ANAP), Virtue Party (FP), True Path Party (DYP), Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Great Union Party (BBP).&quot; The meeting, which will also be attended by Denktas as the main speaker, will be held on 7 February at 12:00. /Turkiye/

    [15] FULL SUPPORT FROM THE US

    Turkey under great pressure due to the European Security and Defense Identity and isolated even in NATO, of which she is a member, is seeing the results of the policy she has followed. Messages by the new US Administration relieving Turkey are causing concern for the Europeans. The three main messages given by US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld have led the EU member countries to review these issues. Rumsfeld had said, 'NATO is the backbone of the European defense; we are against the weakening of the organization; the new formation should be open to all NATO members wanting to participate in it.'/Milliyet/

    [16] 2,142 HIZBULLAH OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN MOUNTED

    A statistical study regarding operations mounted in Turkey against the terrorist organizations, Hizbullah and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), in Turkey disclosed results worth noting. According to information compiled by an Anatolia news agency correspondent, a total of 3,143 terrorists have been arrested while 4,180 detainees have been released as a result of 2,142 anti-Hizbullah operations mounted in Southeastern Turkey in the last eight years. More than 29,000 terrorists have been captured by the end of operations mounted against the PKK, the statistical study revealed. /Turkish Daily News/

    [17] ADDITIONAL INDICTMENT CONCERNING THE FP

    The action brought against the Virtue Party (FP) in the Constitutional Court claiming 'it is the continuation of a party that was closed' took another dimension when the High Court of Appeals Republican Chief Public Prosecutor Sabih Kanadoglu sent a 'additional indictment'. The Constitutional Court is expected to evaluate the additional indictment today. If the report is presented to the members of the court, the Constitutional Court will decide whether or not to accept the additional indictment. /Aksam/

    [18] MINISTER OF STATE TOSKAY TO TRAVEL TO REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

    Minister of State Tunca Toskay and an accompanying delegation will travel to the Republic of South Africa between February 12-18. Toskay said, &quot;This country is very important regarding Turkey's exports to the African countries.&quot; /Sabah/

    [19] ANKARA TO GIVE VISA IN GAZZE

    Turkey, which favors the Middle East peace process and which plays a 'faciliating' role toward this end, is starting to give visas to Palestinian citizens in Gazze. Ankara will begin giving visas through an administrative attache to Palestinian citizens. An administrative official from the Turkish Consul General in Jerusalem will go to Gazze twice a week. The Turkish official will work at an office allocated for him_her at the Palestinian Ministry of Justice. It is pointed out that Turkey is the third country after the US and England to carry out such a procedure. /Aksam/

    [20] AIOC READY TO SUPPORT BAKU-CEYHAN

    The consortium Azerbaijani International Operating Company (AIOC) which operates the Azeri oil reserves in the Caspian sea revealed on Tuesday it was ready to support the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline project. AIOC President David Woodward said that at the end of this month there would be a meeting in Kazakhstan's capital of Astana. The aim would be to include Kazakh oil into the pipeline. It is widely thought that Kazakh oil will make a positive contribution to the feasibility of the pipeline. Drawing attention to the importance of Kazakh oil to strengthen the positions of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, Woodward indicated that Kazakh oil was integral for the pipeline, but it would also be wrong to depend too heavily on Kazakh oil. /Turkish Daily News/

    [21] DUTCH INTEREST IN GAP

    Chairman of the Dutch Agricultural Investments Consulting Firm DLV Agricosult, Willem Tacken, will visit Sanliurfa for business discussions. According to the statement by the GAP (Southeastern Anatolia Project) Regional Development Administration Directorate, Tacken is expected to arrive in Sanliurfa today and will be informed on the latest developments in the GAP. /Cumhuriyet/

    [22] TURKSAT 2A'S PERFORMANCE BETTER THAN EXPECTED

    Turkey's third satellite, Turksat 2A, has successfuly completed its orbit tests. Manager of the satellite Eurasiasat said Turksat 2A's performance was better than expected. /Hurriyet/

    [23] ITALIAN JOURNALIST BENEFITS FROM AMNESTY

    Italian journalist Domiano Giovanni Frusillo, who received a one year prison sentence by Diyarbakir's State Security Court No. 3 benefited from the Conditional Release and Posponement of Punishments Law after his sentence was overturned by the High Court of Appeals. /Turkiye/

    [24] AGCA'S DEMAND FOR A PARDON REJECTED

    The Ministry of Justice rejected Mehmet Ali Agca's demand to benefit from the amnesty law. Agca had wanted the court's decision rejecting his demand to be sent to the Hight Court of Appeals. However, the Ministry of Justice did not accept his appeal. Agca could not benefit from the amnesty law. /Cumhuriyet/

    [25] TEKEL TO BE PRIVATIZED

    The process of privatizing TEKEL (State monopoly) has begun. The sale of TEKEL will be completed within three years. TEKEL's privatization decision was published in the Official Gazette yesterday. TEKEL's privatization is in line with the letter of intent presented to the IMF. /Sabah/

    [26] PROFESSOR SENGOR'S INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

    Istanbul Technical University Rector Gulsun Saglamer presented a shield to Prof. Celal Sengor who was elected member of the US Natioanal Academy of Sciences. Sengor was elected to the Academy after his successful geological investigations following the August 17 Marmara earthquake. Sengor is the first Turkish scientist elected to the Academy. /Sabah/

    [27] IMF DECIDES TO GIVE LOAN TO TURKEY

    After the Turkish government promised to enact the Electricity Market Law by 15 February, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a loan amounting to 1.4 billion US dollars. The Executive Board of IMF approved delivery of the stand by loan slice totalling 300 million US dollars and the Additional Reserve Facility slice totalling 1.1 billion US dollars to Turkey. Chairman of the IMF, Horst Kohler, evauated the Turkish government's implementions as 'encouraging and successful'. Kohler added, &quot;The determination that the Turkish government has displayed up to now contributes both to the renewal of confidence in the markets and the decreasing inflation rate in Turkey.&quot; /Aksam/

    [28] ADDITIONAL INTENT LETTER GIVEN TO THE IMF ANNOUNCED

    The additional letter of intent given to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was announced. The letter was signed by the Minister of State Responsible for Economy, Recep Onal, and Central Bank Governor, Gazi Ercel. Stating that confidence in the market has been gradually maintained after the 2000 financial crisis, the letter said, &quot;We are determined to follow the strategy outlined in the letter of intent prepared on December 18, 2000. The Treasury Undersecretary stated that all principles mentioned in the letter of intent given to the IMF should be closely followed. /Cumhuriyet/

    [29] PEARSON ON THE TURKISH ECONOMY

    Pearson delivered a speech at the opening of 'The US Commercial and Financial Services' seminar organized at the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO). He said, &quot;I can understand it clearly that Turkey has perfect economic and commercial potential. We, as the US mission in Turkey, want to benefit from this potential. Commerce has increased by 70% since 1994 and Turkish exports to the US increased by 15% on 1999-2000.&quot; Pearson then addressed the businessmen who attended the seminar saying, &quot;We are looking forward to working with you in the upcoming months and years. We also want to strengthen the commercial links between Turkey and the US.&quot; /Aksam/

    [30] TURKISH EXPORTS TO THE US: 3 BILLION US DOLLARS

    Turkish exports to the US reached 6.6 billion US dollars except the minimum expense of foreign commerce volume for the year 2000. According to the US data, Turkish exports to the US amounted to 3 billion US dollars, an increase of 17% in 2000 when compared to 1999. Meanwhile, the amount of imports reached 3.6 billion US dollars. Thus, the trade volume between Turkey and the US increased by 64% during the last six years. /Aksam/

    [31] ADDITIONAL MEASURES IN ECONOMY

    The government partners after meeting with industry representatives, decided to begin implementing certain additional measures next week to relieve the markets. Stating all sectors were experiencing problems stemming from the latest economic crisis, Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz said they would begin implementing certain economic decisions without making any concessions to the economic program. /Cumhuriyet/

    [32] TURKEY PLACES FOURTH IN WORLD CARD MARKET

    Turkey placed first in Europe with a 59.9 % increase in the Mastercard purchases. Turkey placed third again in Europe with a 36.4 % increase in the purchase of the Maestro card. Eurasia Region Director General of Europay International, Ozlem Ercelen Imece, stated that Turkey placed fourth in the world card market after Germany, Britain and Netherlands. She said their aim was to be the third in the world this year. /Cumhuriyet/

    [33] VAN TO EXPORT TROUSERS TO BRITAIN

    Van Textile affiliated with the Van Province Administration will export 100 thousands Golf trousers to Britain. Van Governor Durmus Koc said Van Textile has become an important company in the region with its production capacity. /Hurriyet/

    [34] DISNEYLAND IN KUSADASI

    Disneyland World, founder and manager of the world-famous Disneyland entertainment centers, has presented a proposal to Kusadasi Municipality. Disneyland world would like to turn Guvercinada, which is the symbol of Kusadasi, into an enterntainment center. Mayor of Kusadasi, Fuat Dogan, said, &quot;Officials will come to Kusadasi concerning the proposal and then the meetings will begin to be held.&quot; /Milliyet/

    [35] TURKISH DIRECTOR REPRESENTS GERMANY IN INTERNATIONAL BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL BERLINALE

    International Berlin Film Festival Berlinale will begin today. Director Fatih Akin of Turkish origin represents Germany in the international jury choosing the Golden Bear Award. Additionaly Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek's film &quot;Le fate ignorati&quot; will be screened at the festival. /Hurriyet/

    [36] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

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    [37] ANGER IS SWEETER THAN HONEY BY METIN TOKER (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Metin Toker comments on Turkey's indignation at the French National Assembly passing a law on the so-called Armenian genocide. A summary of his column is as follows: &quot;Turkey has every right to be angry with France over the so-called Armenian genocide issue. The law's passage in the French National Assembly and the lack of any preventive effort on the part of the Administration to have their basis in local election considerations. However satisfying, anger does not free Turkey from the trap of the 'domino theory' she has fallen into due to her own mistakes. The best way to break free of the trap is by speedily activating international law. The massacres of the Jews were justly defined as a 'Holocaust' and a new type of crime was defined at the Nuremberg Trials following the Second World War. Throughout the history of mankind many similar, tragic events have occurred such as, unilateral or reciprocal massacres, the cruelties the Incas and American Indians were subjected to, the fields full of people lit afire by the Khmer Rouge, African clans destroying one another. However, these are only similar. The 'Final Solution' decision was taken in 1940. Now, Armenians are trying to lump what can be seen as 'mutual massacres' or 'tragedies of war' into the basket with 'genocide. A decision such as the 'Final Solution' was never made on the Bosphorus. It is not the time to wallow in the sweet taste of anger, but to have it accepted by the international law as soon as possible that these incidents cannot be defined as genocide.&quot; <_ul>

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