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Turkish Press Review, 01-02-08

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

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CONTENTS

  • [01] ALLEGATIONS OF THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN SWISS PARLIAMENT
  • [02] HISTORICAL EVIDENCE CONTRARY TO ARMENIAN ALLEGATIONS IN RUSSIAN ARCHIVES
  • [03] PROPOSAL TO CHANGE BY-LAWS ACCEPTED IN TGNA PLENARY SESSION
  • [04] YUGOSLAV DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER BOGOJEVIC TO VISIT ANKARA
  • [05] GARANTI BANK RECEIVES AWARD IN NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
  • [06] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [07] OF ALL THE REQUIREMENTS..... BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)
  • [08] CROATIAN PRESIDENT MESIC VISITS TURKEY
  • [09] ECEVIT ON THE DECREASING INFLATION RATE
  • [10] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM TO TRAVEL TO IRAN
  • [11] CEM AND ARAFAT ON THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS
  • [12] ALLEGATIONS OF THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN SWISS PARLIAMENT
  • [13] HISTORICAL EVIDENCE CONTRARY TO ARMENIAN ALLEGATIONS IN RUSSIAN ARCHIVES
  • [14] IGDIR GOVERNORSHIP'S REPLY TO ARMENIANS
  • [15] PROPOSAL TO CHANGE BY-LAWS ACCEPTED IN TGNA PLENARY SESSION
  • [16] SERVANTIE DISMISSED
  • [17] FP CASE FILES
  • [18] ARNON VISITS GURTUNA
  • [19] EUROPEAN-MEDITERRANEAN PARLIAMENTARIANS FORUM
  • [20] NEW POLICE CHIEF APPOINTED TO DIYARBAKIR
  • [21] YUGOSLAV DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER BOGOJEVIC TO VISIT ANKARA
  • [22] COUNTDOWN BEGINS FOR GSM 1800 BID
  • [23] 'FINE TUNING' MEETING TO BE HELD
  • [24] ERCEL'S STATEMENT
  • [25] YKB'S SUPPORT FOR THE DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM
  • [26] CUBAN COACHES COMING TO TURKEY
  • [27] ORDER OF MERIT TO TURKISH DOCTOR
  • [28] GARANTI BANK RECEIVES AWARD IN NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
  • [29] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [30] OF ALL THE REQUIREMENTS..... BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ALLEGATIONS OF THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN SWISS PARLIAMENT

    [02] HISTORICAL EVIDENCE CONTRARY TO ARMENIAN ALLEGATIONS IN RUSSIAN ARCHIVES

    [03] PROPOSAL TO CHANGE BY-LAWS ACCEPTED IN TGNA PLENARY SESSION

    [04] YUGOSLAV DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER BOGOJEVIC TO VISIT ANKARA

    [05] GARANTI BANK RECEIVES AWARD IN NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

    [06] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [07] OF ALL THE REQUIREMENTS..... BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

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    [08] CROATIAN PRESIDENT MESIC VISITS TURKEY

    Croatian President Stipe Mesic arrived in Turkey yesterday for an official visit. An official ceremony was held for Mesic in Cankaya Palace. President Mesic and President Ahmet Necdet Sezer held a joint press conference after the ceremony. Stating both societies in Cyprus had the right to determine their own future, Mesic said, &quot;The reality of Cyprus is that there are two different nations living on the island. Both must have the right to determine their own future.&quot; Sezer said Croatia was very important for the peace and security in the Southeastern Europe. Sezer stated they reached an agreement on improving economic and commercial relations, increasing cooperation on issues related to military and defense industry and the fight against organized crime. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] ECEVIT ON THE DECREASING INFLATION RATE

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit was angered by the opposition parties statements that the government was `acting in hurry'. Ecevit said, &quot;We are in a hurry. Not only the ruling parties, but Turkey is in a hurry.&quot; Ecevit evaluated the latest developments at the Assembly Group meeting of his party (Democratic Left Party) yesterday. He added, &quot;Inflation, which has been considered as a 'nightmare' for many years, is restrained now. The inflation rate decreased below 30% for the first time in 14 years. We have said that while decreasing the inflation, payments and salaries will not be defeated by the inflation. We have kept and are continuing to keep our promise.&quot; /Aksam/

    [10] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM TO TRAVEL TO IRAN

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Cem will travel to Iran February 12. Cem is expected to discuss with Iranian officials the possibility that allegations of the so-called Armenian genocide will be taken up at the Iranian Parliament. Turkey's concerns arose after Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanyan's visit to Tehran. Vartanyan had brought the allegations into the agenda of his meetings in Tehran. Cem is expected to convey the message that such allegations would seriously damage regional peace as well as bilateral relations. He will want the Tehran Administration to focus on the Hizbullah and PKK terror organizations. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] CEM AND ARAFAT ON THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Cem stated a backward step should not be taken concerning the issues on which a consensus was reached in the Middle East peace process. Cem added, &quot;They should be protected and further steps should be taken. We also expect Sharon to act positively on the peace process, about which Turkey is sensitive.&quot; Meanwhile, Palestinian leader Yaser Arafat said he hoped the peace process would continue with Sharon. Arafat, in comments to Turkish journalists, said they were expecting Turkey to force Israel to keep the peace. /Aksam/

    [12] ALLEGATIONS OF THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN SWISS PARLIAMENT

    Swiss Parliament is preparing to discuss passage of a so-called Armenian genocide law. The application prepared by Josef Zsyadis, a deputy of Greek origin, and signed by other four deputies, will be discussed in the Parliament in March. The Parliament will decide whether or not to prepare a law. Zyadis and other deputies had first appealed to the Swiss government. However, the Swiss government said the issue must be taken up in the international arena adding the Swiss Parliament was not the correct forum to discuss the issue. Meanwhile, Ankara is concerned over the new Armenian attempts in Switzerland. Diplomatic sources states bilateral relations between the two countries would be seriosly damaged unless the attempts were prevented. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] HISTORICAL EVIDENCE CONTRARY TO ARMENIAN ALLEGATIONS IN RUSSIAN ARCHIVES

    According to books prepared by the Armenian Philology Desk at Moscow University , the number of Armenians exposed to deportation were 438.758, not 1.5 million as alleged. Russian information sources and books at Moscow University were prepared by using the Russian archives and show the Armenian allegations are untrue. The books stated 382.148 Armenians were put in Syrian refugee camps and others died from illness or terrorist attacks. The books said there was no genocide. The Russian documents on the issue will be translated into English and Turkish. /Turkiye/

    [14] IGDIR GOVERNORSHIP'S REPLY TO ARMENIANS

    Igdir Governorship will begin a series of meetings and exhibitions where the real victims of the incidents during 1915 will tell the truth as a reply to the allegations of the Armenian lobbies. The program called &quot;The Real Face of Armenians&quot; will be promoted at a meeting on February 10. Ataturk University's School of Science and Literature, Chairman of History Department Prof. Enver Konukcu, who is an expert on the mass graves of Turks killed by the Armenians, will give a conference during the program. An exhibition called &quot;Armenian cruelties&quot; will also be opened. /Turkiye/

    [15] PROPOSAL TO CHANGE BY-LAWS ACCEPTED IN TGNA PLENARY SESSION

    The proposal for changing the by-laws to accelerate the process for bills and proposals was accepted in the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) Plenary Session. According to the proposal, the question and reply periods in the general discussions will be limited to 10 minutes. The commission reports and search and investigation reports related to the bills will not be read in the Plenary Session. Discussions will be held only on the total text of the bills, not on the single articles. /Turkiye/

    [16] SERVANTIE DISMISSED

    European Union (EU) Commission's Chief to the Turkish Desk, Alain Servantie was dismissed. Servantie sent an official letter to the 'Chairmanship Council' of the terrorist organization PKK last November. The Turkish reaction to his correspondence with the PKK led to his dismissal. British Michael Leigh was appointed instead of Servantie. The incident over the letter created a restless situation and caused many discussions. EU Commission sources stated the above-mentioned change was made as relations with Turkey had improved and to improve the Turkish Desk as well. /Aksam/

    [17] FP CASE FILES

    The Constitutional Court put the additional indictment, prepared by the Court of Appeals Public Prosecutor in Chief Sabih Kanadoglu, and the main FP (Virtue Party) case files together. Therefore, the Court accepted video tapes as evidence showing ex-leader of the closed Welfare Party (RP), Necmettin Erbakan in the FP Congress. /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] ARNON VISITS GURTUNA

    Israeli Consul General to Istanbul, Amira Arnon, visited the Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Ali Mufit Gurtuna, yesterday. Arnon wanted the support of Gurtuna to further cooperation in the textile sector and invited Gurtuna to the Meeting of Mayors that will be held in Israel. /Star/

    [19] EUROPEAN-MEDITERRANEAN PARLIAMENTARIANS FORUM

    The second European-Mediterranean Parliamentarian Forum, which will be attended by parliamentarians from EU-member Mediterranean countries, begins in Brussels today. Parliament's Deputy Speaker Ali Iliksoy and five other deputies will attend the first session of the forum that is expected to last two days. Cooperation in the political, security, financial and social projects are among the topics to be discussed in the forum. /Turkish Daily News/

    [20] NEW POLICE CHIEF APPOINTED TO DIYARBAKIR

    The Anatolian news agency reported Thursday that Malatya Police Chief Atilla Cinar was appointed as acting Diyarbakir Police Chief to replace Gaffar Okkan, who was killed in an attack in Diyarbakir's Sezai Karakoc Square on January 24. &quot;I will try to be worthy of this distinguished duty I was given by our state,&quot; said Cinar. /Turkish Daily News/

    [21] YUGOSLAV DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER BOGOJEVIC TO VISIT ANKARA

    The political consultations between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Turkey will begin again with the Ankara visit of Yugoslav Deputy Foreign Minister Radojko Bogojevic. According to a statement by the Foreign Ministry, Bogojevic will come to Ankara as the official guest of Deputy Undersecretary Ambassador Yigit Alpogan February 12, 2001. Bilateral relations and regional issues are expected to be discussed in the political consultations. /Cumhuriyet/

    [22] COUNTDOWN BEGINS FOR GSM 1800 BID

    Companies are expected to make their proposals for the GSM 1800 bid until the February 15 dealine. Authorities stated the bid was expected to be completed in two months. /Turkiye/

    [23] 'FINE TUNING' MEETING TO BE HELD

    Leaders of the coalition parties will meet representatives of the financial and real sector and determine the 'fine tuning' precautions that will be announced at the beginning of next week. The meeting will be held at the Prime Ministry at 11:00. The problems of real sector representatives will be discussed and solutions for these problems will be found within the framework of the stability program. The precautions to be taken will be announced next week. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and the Deputy Prime Ministers Devlet Bahceli and Mesut Yilmaz will attend the meeting, which will be held with 40 representatives from the private sector including the Turkish Union of Chambers and Stock Exchanges, Turkish Assembly of Exporters, members of the Executive Board of Union of Banks and the Turkish Association of Agricultural Chambers. /Aksam/

    [24] ERCEL'S STATEMENT

    Governor of the Central Bank, Gazi Ercel, said important gains were reached in the anti-inflation program's three-year perspective. Ercel gave a written statement titled 'Monetary Policy Implementation During the Next Term', stating, &quot;The inflation rate has decreased to its present level after a long period of time. This decrease will continue in the following months as well. The Central Bank's policies concerning the issue and its contribution to the program will continue. Reserves of the Central Bank increased by 25.6 million US dollars from 5 February 2001.&quot; /Star/

    [25] YKB'S SUPPORT FOR THE DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM

    `IT Day-Day of Visions', organized by Yapi Kredi Bank and sponsored by the Sweden Consul, the Swedish Council of Commerce and the Turkish Data Processing Foundation, will be held 13 February at Lutfi Kirdar Congress Hall. The event will provide information on e-trade and will be attended by former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, the Swedish Minister of Commerce, Leif Pagrotsky and the parliamentarians from the Turkish Grand National Assembly. /Aksam/

    [26] CUBAN COACHES COMING TO TURKEY

    Robert Gonzales, director of the Cuban Directorate of Youth and Sports Institute met Kemal Mutlu, the Turkish director of Youth Education and Sports yesterday, the Anatolia news agency reported. The purpose of Gonzales' visit to Turkey was to assess the need for coaches, trainers and athletic specialists and to introduce similar Cuban sports professionals to Turkey. Gonzales invited Mutlu to Cuba in order to better introduce Turkey to Cuban sports. Emphasizing their will to cooperate in sports, Gonzales said Turkey attracted the utmost international attention in the lifting and wrestling fields especially during the Sydney Olympics. /Turkish Daily News/

    [27] ORDER OF MERIT TO TURKISH DOCTOR

    Turkish doctor Hikmet Ulus working in Koln, Germany, received presidential federal order of merit. Koln Mayor Fritz Schramma presented the order of merit. /Cumhuriyet/

    [28] GARANTI BANK RECEIVES AWARD IN NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

    Garanti Bank's TV advertisement &quot;I hate bank offices.&quot; placed first in the New York Film Festival's advertisement competition. The &quot;Grandfather and grandchild&quot; commercial on online banking placed third among thousands of banking ads. /Turkiye/

    [29] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

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    [30] OF ALL THE REQUIREMENTS..... BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen conveys his impressions from the Wiltonpark Conference. A summary of his column is as follows: &quot;One of the conditions of the Wiltonpark Conference concerns the conveyance of discussions to the public. According to this condition, debates taking place during the Conference can be relayed without mentioning the names of the speakers unless special permission is given. Therefore, in compliance with this condition, the names of the speakers will be withheld but the discussions regarding Turco-EU relations will be disseminated. A member of the EU Parliament, following a speech where he explained at length the conditions Turkey is expected to comply with, said, 'We know Ataturk did a lot to create a modern Turkey. However, this period is over. When we visit Turkey we see pictures of Ataturk everywhere. This has to change. Turkey should look towards liberal democracy and social justice.' Turkish participants immediately replied to this statement and explained the importance of Ataturk as a symbol for the country, saying the pictures of such great leaders of other nations were also seen everywhere and that if the Europeans thought of Ataturk as a problem it would create a backlash. The speech of the guest EU parliamentarian caused shockwaves in the conference hall. At the end of his speech, the MP claimed he was a friend of Turks and never thought he was disrespectful to Ataturk. His only desire was to explain to Turkey that she must comply with the conditions of the day. However, the speaker was listing what Turkey had to do to integrate with Europe from the beginning of his speech. Among them are those we hear often such as political and administrative reforms, reducing the National Security Council's status to an advisory capacity and, avoiding the closure of political parties like the Virtue Party(FP) and People's Democracy Party(HADEP). Many more issues were added to this list, such as not obstructing the European Security and Defense Identity, not boycotting France, choosing friends carefully (like Germany), encouraging trade between the two sections in Cyprus, etc... Where did all these come from? How much do these words represent the EU'S stance towards Turkey? Does the Commission(the executive organ of the EU) think the same way? From the answers the parliamentarian gave in response to my questions following the meeting, I gathered these were not official EU policy, but reflected the tendency of a group in the parliament. However, if the EU Parliament is important and influential, such nonsensical claims are bound to bother us in the future. The Commission which is the direct opposite of the Turkish state has a different and more positive stance. An influential member of the Commission, in a statement made during a different session, said recently there was a campaign against the EU in Turkey. He asked Turkey to try and see the EU's stance. Turkey would see that the EU sincerely desired her membership. 'In the coming days the Parliament and the Council of Ministers will ratify the Accession Partnership Document. The road to membership is open. The rest depends upon you.' The whole problem is what the rest entails. If it means complying with the criteria mentioned in the Accession Partnership Document, Turkey is ready. In fact, the National Program will be announced at the end of this month. If the rest covers the conditions the EU Parliamentarian listed, they will not serve any purpose but be repugnant.&quot; <_ul>

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