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Turkish Press Review, 01-10-05

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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

05.10.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS BEFORE THE PRESIDENT
  • [02] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING
  • [03] RUMSFELD TO VISIT ANKARA
  • [04] YILMAZ: "ADJUSTMENT LAWS SHOULD BE ENACTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE"
  • [05] DERVIS HOLDS MEETINGS IN THE US
  • [06] TUSIAD: "CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ARE IMPORTANT STEPS"
  • [07] THE US PRAISES CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
  • [08] WORLD IMPRESSED BY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
  • [09] FOGG: "TURKEY SURPRISES THE EU"
  • [10] VURAL: "WE HAVE MADE MAJOR PROGRESS ON HUMAN RIGHTS"
  • [11] TURK CRITICIZES EUROPEAN ATTITUDE TO TERRORISM
  • [12] KAZAKHSTAN SHARES THE SAME STANCE WITH TURKEY
  • [13] IRTEMCELIK RESIGNS FROM ANAP
  • [14] VARYAG PASSES THROUGH THE STRAITS IN OCTOBER
  • [15] TURKISH BUSINESS DELEGATION IN BEIRUT
  • [16] FISCHER GIVES GUARANTEE TO CEM ON "BLACK VOICE"
  • [17] ARMENIAN LITERATURE ANTHOLOGY IS PUBLISHED
  • [18] AWARD TO THE TURKISH SURGEON
  • [19] FAZIL SAY CHARMED WITH 'NAZIM'
  • [20] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [21] ATHENS AND COMBATTING TERRORISM BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

  • [01] CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS BEFORE THE PRESIDENT

    The bill regarding the amendments to some articles of the constitution, is presented to the president for approval. The period given to President Ahmet Necdet Sezer to examine the amendments began today. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer will examine the amendments in 15 days at the most. The bill in question will have to be approved by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and published in the Official Gazette in order to go into force. /Turkiye/

    [02] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING

    The Council of Ministers convened yesterday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. The main issue discussed in the meeting was the national and international strategies which Turkey will pursue in combating terrorism after the emergence of new conditions in the aftermath of the September 11th incident. Pointing out that NATO became more important in international politics recently, the Council emphasized that this fact strengthened Turkey's arguments on combating terrorism. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit stated that Turkey would develop strategies within the framework of her national interests. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and Minister of National Defense Sabahattin Cakmakoglu briefed the Council about their contacts abroad. Stating he conveyed the message that Turkey would lend her full support to the US in line with her own conditions and interests during his visit to Washington, Foreign Minister Cem said that he presented detailed intelligence on Afghanistan to the US. Cem said the US was content with Turkey's attitude. He also added that he had the impression in Germany that there might be positive developments regarding a possible cooperation against terrorism between Turkey and Germany. Briefing on NATO Ministers Council meeting, Cakmakoglu said more positive ideas developed within the European countries towards Turkey's attitude to the European Defense and Security Identity (ESDI). /All Papers/

    [03] RUMSFELD TO VISIT ANKARA

    US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will pay a suprise visit to Ankara today. Reportedly, he will inform Turkish authorities about his recent tour including Saudia Arabia, Umman, Eygpt and Uzbekistan to convince those countries that a war against terrorism did not target Arabs and Islamic world. Rumsfeld is expected to arrive in Ankara at night, after completing his contacts at the last stop of the visits, Uzbekistan. /Turkiye/

    [04] YILMAZ: "ADJUSTMENT LAWS SHOULD BE ENACTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE"

    Stating that Parliament responded the criticisms by approving the constitutional amendment package in a very short period, Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz said, "The next duty of the Parliament is to enact the adjustment laws necessary for the implementation of the amendments immediately." Yilmaz said that recent amendments are significant for the future of Turkey. Reminding that prepatory work had already been initiated for the enactment of adjustment laws in the Parliament even before the approval of the reform package, Yilmaz said, "In order to accelerate this period, we need to clarify certain definitions in the law to prevent extreme differences of interpretation. It will be appropriate for us to accept European Court of Human Rights decisions as criteria for our future steps." /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] DERVIS HOLDS MEETINGS IN THE US

    Minister of State for Economy, Kemal Dervis is continuing his meetings with the IMF and the World Bank authorities in the US. Dervis finally met with Chairman of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn. Meanwhile, Turkish delegation, headed by Kemal Dervis, is holding meetings with the World Bank and US administration. Reportedly, Turkey's $ 5-million debt to the IMF, foreseen to be paid next year, is highly expected to be postponed. Additionally, important steps were taken for the cancellation of Turkey's debts to the US regarding the military loans. Dervis will hold a press conference today to inform about the developments. /Turkiye/

    [06] TUSIAD: "CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ARE IMPORTANT STEPS"

    Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association (TUSIAD) evaluated the constitutional amendments approved by the Parliament as an important step regarding Turkey's accession period to the EU. In its written statement TUSIAD said, "Amendments in 34 articles of the Constitution should be considered as important steps to meet the Copenhagen Political Criteria on the path towards the EU. We believe that Parliament will enact the regulations necessary for the implementation of the new articles as soon as possible." TUSIAD also requested further amendments concerning Political Parties Law and abolishment of the political immunity for the parliamentarians. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] THE US PRAISES CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

    The US expressed her contentment with the constitutional amendments made in Turkey. US Department of State Spokesman Richard Boucher stated that they appreciated the reform package approved in Turkey through which rights and freedoms on expression, meeting and private lives of citizens were extended. Boucher said, "The approval of this package in the Turkish Parliament is an important milestone." Reminding that Turkey was an ally and friend to the US, Boucher said that the Parliament should also enact the necessary regulations for the implementation of these amendments as soon as possible. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] WORLD IMPRESSED BY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

    The approval of the reform package including the constitutional amendments by the Turkish Parliament is receiving positive reactions from the world. While world press is praising the amendments, European observers evaluated the amendments as the most important development in the recent years in Turkey. Prominent newspapers and news agencies such as Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Reuters and the Guardian stated that Turkish parliament took an essential step concerning Turkey's accession period to the EU. They evaluated the developments as a symbol of Turkey's resolve to become an EU member. /Sabah/

    [09] FOGG: "TURKEY SURPRISES THE EU"

    Delivering a speech on the Turco-EU relations at a conference titled "Turkey's and Poland's Accession Period to the EU- Two EU candidate countries in a period of change" at the Middle East Technical University (ODTU), European Union Commission's Representative to Turkey, Karen Fogg said Turkish Parliament's making constitutional amendments in such a short time surprised the EU. Fogg said, "These amendments showed how determined Turkey is to meet EU's political criteria. EU Commission shall take these attempts into consideration." Meanwhile, Secretary-General for EU Affairs Volkan Vural said, "Turkey will be an indispensable actor for the future of Europe." /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] VURAL: "WE HAVE MADE MAJOR PROGRESS ON HUMAN RIGHTS"

    Secretary General for European Union Affairs Ambassador Volkan Vural said yesterday that Turkey had shown signs of a big leap towards bettering its human rights record by passing a comprehensive constitutional amendment package. Vural said, "Turkey, as a signatory to many international agreements and conventions in this field, is now at a very important and comprehensive process of transformation." He added, "This is a very important step taken by the Parliament, of which we should be proud as far as Turkish democracy is concerned." /Turkish News/

    [11] TURK CRITICIZES EUROPEAN ATTITUDE TO TERRORISM

    Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk joined other Turkish officials in criticizing European countries for their attitudes towards terrorist organizations. At the 24th European Justice Ministers Conference in Moscow, Turk spoke at "The measures against international terrorism" session, which was proposed by Germany, Russia and Slovenia, as well as Turkey. Turk told that having become the target of terrorist campaigns for years, Turkey is determined to continue struggling with this problem, and to support all the relevant international initiatives. /Turkish Daily News/

    [12] KAZAKHSTAN SHARES THE SAME STANCE WITH TURKEY

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev continued their assessments initiated by the phone call from Sezer, with a meeting in the Presidential Palace the day before. The Presidency Press Office issued a statement concerning the meeting of the two presidents. It said, "In addition to bilateral and regional issues, the Sep. 11 terrorist attacks in the US have also been discussed during the meeting. Both presidents share the same opinions on the fight against terrorism, that international cooperation is essential and they support every effort in this context. On the other hand they also underlined the importance of the Joint Statement for Fight Against Terrorism, signed in Astana last October." /Turkish Daily News/

    [13] IRTEMCELIK RESIGNS FROM ANAP

    A Motherland Party (ANAP) deputy from Istanbul, Mehmet Ali Irtemcelik resigned from his party yesterday. After his resignation, ANAP's number of deputies in Parliament decreased to 83 while the number of independents increased to 20. Criticizing the government Irtemcelik said Turkey urgently needs a powerful government. On the other hand, Mesut Yilmaz, the leader of ANAP and Deputy Prime Minister said that the resignations' of certain deputies whose political horizons were not wide enough to see anything other than their own interests would not harm their party. /All Papers/

    [14] VARYAG PASSES THROUGH THE STRAITS IN OCTOBER

    The Council of Ministers reached a decision yesterday permitting the passage of Varyag (Chinese aircraft carrier)through the Straits. Minister of State Sukru Sina Gurel briefed the Council on the recent developments regarding the passage of Varyag. Stating that China provided Turkey with the guarantee against all the risks that might emerge in the Straits due to the passage of Varyag, Gurel said that meteorological and maritime conditions would be most appropriate in October. The Council of Ministers will determine the exact date of the passage. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] TURKISH BUSINESS DELEGATION IN BEIRUT

    A trade delegation from Turkey, headed by Foreign Trade Undersecretary Kursat Tuzmen, arrived in Beirut on Thursday following a tour in Damascus. The delegation first met Lebanon's Minister of Housing and Public Works Ajib Miqati. The Minister called on both countries to determine all possible fields of cooperation between them. /Turkish News/

    [16] FISCHER GIVES GUARANTEE TO CEM ON "BLACK VOICE"

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem obtained a promise from his German counterpart Joschka Fischer to eradicate the financial resources of the terrorist organizations like the "Black Voice" (Kara Ses), which are active in Germany. Cem briefed the Council of Ministers on the issue yesterday. /Milliyet/

    [17] ARMENIAN LITERATURE ANTHOLOGY IS PUBLISHED

    The "Armenian Literature Anthology" book, which includes samples from Armenian myths, poems, fairy tales, religious songs, letters and traveling notes, has been published by the Culture Ministry. Minister Istemihan Talay said that the anthology had been prepared to introduce world literature to Turkish readers and that a history of Armenian literature had been included to educate Turkish readers on the subject. /Turkish News/

    [18] AWARD TO THE TURKISH SURGEON

    The Union of French Surgeons, awarded a Turkish surgeon for the first time with honorary membership. Professor Cavit Avci from Istanbul University Capa Faculty of Medicine General Surgeory Department, took his award in a ceremony organized in Palais des Congress, Paris. Besides famous scientists, Turkish Ambassador to Paris Sönmez Köksal and Consul General Ozer Aydan attended the ceremony organized by the Union of French Surgeons, which has a history of 103 years. /Sabah/

    [19] FAZIL SAY CHARMED WITH 'NAZIM'

    During the opening concert of the season 2001-2002 by the Presidential Symphony Orchestra (CSO) last night, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and his wife Semra Sezer listened to the world premiere of Fazil Say's work 'Nazim'. The concert was staged in the Selim Sirri Tarcan Sport Hall within the framework of Culture Ministry's "Project for Encouraging Works of Turkish Composers". In the concert Genco Erkal and Sertab Erener also took the stage. /Cumhuriyet/

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

    [21] ATHENS AND COMBATTING TERRORISM BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Ferai Tinc writes on the combat against terrorism and the admittance of the Greek Cypriot Administration into the EU. A summary of her column is as follows: "German Foreign Minister who met with both the Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou said that they preferred Cyprus to enter the EU after it has solved its problems. However, these days the EU officials are all saying the same. The same sentence can also be found in the report prepared in connection with the enlargement of EU. This report will be discussed during the leaders summit to be held in Ghent on October 19. It is stressed that a solution for the Cyprus problem is preferred before the admittance of the Greek Cypriot Administration as a full member to the EU. However, we should not exaggerate the issue. The European Union does not refute its decision adopted at the Helsinki Summit and say that it would not admit the Greek Cypriot Administration as a full-member if it does not solve the question. Not long ago, in August it was giving carte-blanche to Cyprus. Today there is a certain loosening in this stance. That is why Athens is nervous. Papandreou's harsh response to Fischer's words display this uneasiness. He said, 'If you insist on a solution we will block the enlargement process.' Both Greece and Greek Cypriot Administration are feeling uneasy over the the mobilization against terrorism following the attacks on the US. This process has led to a tension between Turkey and Greece. The tension stems from certain reasons First of all, Greece did not account for the support it has lended to the PKK for years and did not indulge in self-criticism over the scandals taking place before the eyes of the whole world. The possibility of settling old accounts creates tension. The attack on the US has created problems for Athens. Many issues it would prefer to be forgotten has come out into the open. Athens is being criticised by Washington for not combatting sufficiently against the 'September 17' organization which has been carrying out actions against American targets for 25 years. Greece is not opening up Milosevic's accounts in Greek and Greek Cypriot banks for international control. The support it has given to PKK is also a hump on Greek Cypriot Administration's back. Following the rumours concerning the money flow, Turks entered into close cooperation with the US. According to information furnished by the officials, the suspected accounts, people and money flow have been opened to the control of experts. Greek Cypriot Administation is still on the defensive. The circumstances of the time provide an opportunity for Turkey to explain its arguments and be understood."
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