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Turkish Press Review, 01-10-09

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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

09.10.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] MEETING AT THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE
  • [02] PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE WAR
  • [03] ECEVIT EXPRESSES HOPE FOR OPERATION TO END SOON
  • [04] ECEVIT MEETS DERVIS AND OZTRAK
  • [05] ANKARA'S MESSAGE TO THE US
  • [06] GOVERNMENT AND THE OPPOSITION'S MEETING
  • [07] CEM TO TRAVEL TO DOHA
  • [08] TURKEY TO SEND SPECIAL TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN
  • [09] THE US WARNS THE EU: "DIALOGUE WITH TURKEY IS VERY IMPORTANT"
  • [10] AWACS IN KONYA
  • [11] TURKISH SECURITY FORCES: "TERRORIST LEADERS RESIDE IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES"
  • [12] OECD COUNTRIES TO HOLD AN EXTRAORDINARY MEETING
  • [13] PKK BLACKLISTED BY HOLLAND
  • [14] NATO EXERCISE
  • [15] IMF DELEGATION TO ARRIVE IN ANKARA
  • [16] A NEW LETTER OF INTENT TO BE PREPARED
  • [17] FOREIGN TRADE WEEK ACTIVITIES BEGINS
  • [18] TREASURY BIDDING
  • [19] FEDEX COMPANY'S SUPPORT TO TURKISH EXPORTS
  • [20] TURKEY PREPARES ITS OWN FLORA MAP
  • [21] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [22] TURKEY AND THE US DISCUSS RELATIONS WITH IRAQ BY TUNCAY OZKAN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] MEETING AT THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE

    Ankara, in a state of alert, following the US operation, discussed the possible requests from Turkey in the following the stages of the war and the measures to be taken. In a statement issued following the security summit in the Cankaya Presidential Palace, it was stressed that national interests would be taken into consideration regarding the contribution made to the operation and added that the steps to bring stability to Afghanistan would be supported. /Milliyet/

    [02] PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE WAR

    The Parliament will debate the war in Afghanistan and the support Turkey will lend to her allies today in its Plenary Session. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit will inform the parliamentarians on the issue at the beginning of the session. Parliamentarians recalled that the authority to send troops abroad belonged only to the Parliament. The 92nd article of the Constitution regulates the case of declaration of war and the authority to send Turkish troops abroad. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] ECEVIT EXPRESSES HOPE FOR OPERATION TO END SOON

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said he hoped the operation against Afghanistan ended soon, without leading to new disasters. Ecevit also said that many countries, with the exception of the US, had ignored the damage terrorism had done to Turkey, adding, "It is therefore natural for us to stand by them in their time of suffering." Ecevit assessed the operation against Afghanistan during the opening ceremony of the METU-Halici Software House at the Middle East Technical University (ODTU). Ecevit stated, "I hope this operation ends without leading to great disasters. It is humane behavior for the US to care about the humanitarian requirements of the Afghan people. I hope this continues." /Turkish Daily News/

    [04] ECEVIT MEETS DERVIS AND OZTRAK

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit met with Minister of State for Economy Kemal Dervis and Undersecretary of the Treasury, Faik Oztrak yesterday. During the one-hour meeting the effects of the US air strikes to Afghanistan on Turkey, the suspension of the $ 3-billion IMF loan and preparation of a new intent letter to the IMF to obtain additional finance support were taken up. /Turkiye/

    [05] ANKARA'S MESSAGE TO THE US

    During the second day of the operation against Afghanistan, the US Ambassador to Ankara, Robert Pearson visited the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ugur Ziyal. Pearson gave information during the meeting and Ziyal pointed out two issues, to which Ankara attaches a great importance. Ziyal wanted the US to treat the Afghan people well. He added, "If there will be a land operation, it should support the Northern Alliance." Meanwhile, Pearson said, "The cooperation with Turkey is very useful and it will continue." Pearson evaluated the meeting as a "normal meeting of consultation" and added, "We are very pleased by Turkey's support, particularly by Prime Minister Ecevit's strong support." While answering a question if they have any requests from Turkey, Pearson said, "We are informing Turkey. We do not have any requests." /Sabah/

    [06] GOVERNMENT AND THE OPPOSITION'S MEETING

    Coalition party leaders and the opposition leaders, True Path Party (DYP) leader Tansu Ciller, Justice and Progress (AK) Party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Felicity Party (SP) leader Recai Kutan held a meeting at the Prime Ministry to evaluate the war last night. Besides these leaders, Deputy Prime Minister Husamettin Ozkan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ismail Cem, Minister of the Interior, Rustu Kazim Yucelen, State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel and the Minister of Defense, Sabahattin Cakmakoglu were also present at the meeting. Following the meeting, Tansu Ciller issued a statement and said the parties in power and the opposition will cooperate regarding national interests. Ciller added that the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) should support the Enduring Freedom operation. /Milliyet/

    [07] CEM TO TRAVEL TO DOHA

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will travel to Doha to attend the extraordinary session of the Organization of the Islamic Conference which will be held to evaluate the war in Afghanistan. The summit is considered to be vital as there are divergences of opinion among the members concerning the US retaliation to Afghanistan. Ankara is concerned over the summit as these divergences of opinion might affect it negatively. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] TURKEY TO SEND SPECIAL TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN

    Turkey has launched efforts, within the scope of the "Enduring Freedom" operation, the US is currently carrying out, as a retaliation to the September 11th attacks, to send special military troops to Afghanistan to train Northern Alliance forces fighting against Taleban Administration. At the summit attended by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Chief of the General Staff, Huseyin Kivrikoglu and various top-level officials in Cankaya Presidential Palace yesterday, it was decided that Turkey should ensure military training support to the Northern Alliance. Leaders reached such a decision since Turkey had responsibilities towards the US' retaliation, as a member of NATO which invoked the Article V for the first time in its history. Council of Ministers opened the note of the Office of the Prime Minister to signature to ensure permission of the parliament to send the troops to Afghanistan. /All Papers/

    [09] THE US WARNS THE EU: "DIALOGUE WITH TURKEY IS VERY IMPORTANT"

    High-level American officials who are currently in Brussels to meet EU officials so as to improve international cooperation against terrorism said that the EU should attach great importance to its dialogue with Turkey. Stating that they expressed the importance of EU's relations with Turkey and the necessity of further trying to overcome the problems between the EU and Turkey, American officials pointed out that Turkey, the US and the EU should act harmoniously regarding the European Security and Defense Identity. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] AWACS IN KONYA

    It was stated that some of the American and British war planes, which participated in the operation against Afghanistan, passed through the air space in Turkey. The 3rd Jet Headquarters in Konya will host five Awacs planes, which NATO plans to allocate for the operation. According to the information furnished by the Air Forces, some of the US and British war planes, which bombed the regions controlled by Taleban, yesterday and the day before, passed through Turkish air space on their way to Afghanistan. /Milliyet/

    [11] TURKISH SECURITY FORCES: "TERRORIST LEADERS RESIDE IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES"

    According to the Anti-Terror Department of the Directorate General of Security, most of the members and leaders of the terrorist groups who are engaged in terrorist activities in Turkey reside in European countries. Deputy Director General of Security Forces, Feyzullah Arslan said that these terrorists' residence in European countries contradicted with the NATO decision to invoke Article V. Stating that terrorism was not a problem belonging to one country, Arslan said, "Terror is the enemy of all humanity. Therefore, it is the problem of all the states throughout the world. No country should shelter these terrorists within their borders." /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] OECD COUNTRIES TO HOLD AN EXTRAORDINARY MEETING

    Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries including Turkey have decided to hold an extraordinary meeting in Washington within the scope of the international cooperation in eradicating financial resources of terrorism. The meeting to be organized by Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) affiliated with the OECD between October 29-30, will be a platform to discuss the ways to prevent the abuse of world financial system by terrorists. "The FATF, the leading international body in the global fight against money laundering, will provide its expertise and energy to the related combat against the financing of terrorism," said Clarie Lo, the President of FATF. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] PKK BLACKLISTED BY HOLLAND

    European countries, which have taken action in the wake of terrorist attacks against the United States, are now taking extensive measures against terrorism. After the US and various other European countries, the Netherlands, too, is preparing a black list, a list of terrorist networks. According to Dutch daily Volkskrant, the coalition parties will also include the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) in the black list which they are about to prepare. The list will include along with the PKK, fundamentalist Islamic terrorist networks, too, and that the activities of the listed organizations will be banned completely in the Netherlands. /Turkish News/

    [14] NATO EXERCISE

    A NATO exercise underway in northwest Turkey will help prepare a highly mobile land force for rapid action in future emergencies, a NATO official said yesterday. The exercise, called Adventure Exchange 2001, involves 5,500 troops simulating a NATO response to an attack on Turkey. The ground stage of the exercise began Sunday, hours before the first US and British strikes against targets in Afghanistan. /Turkish News/

    [15] IMF DELEGATION TO ARRIVE IN ANKARA

    An IMF delegation headed by Juha Kahkonen, will arrive in Ankara this week. The delegation is expected to hold meetings with economy bureucrats on the 10th review and the program for 2002 and budget figures./Turkiye/

    [16] A NEW LETTER OF INTENT TO BE PREPARED

    Reportedly, Turkey will prepare a new letter of intent to obtain additional financial support from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2002. New letter of intent will include reforms in state personnel and expenditure. The loan is expected to be 5-7 billion dollars at least. /Turkiye/

    [17] FOREIGN TRADE WEEK ACTIVITIES BEGINS

    The activities within the framework of the Foreign Trade Week began yesterday. In his opening speech, Minister of State Tunca Toskay said Turkey has been trying to implement a very difficult economic program for two years. He said during the implementation of the program conditions both in Turkey and in the world were not so convenient. Pointing to the importance of exports, Toskay said, "Exports should reach the level seen in 2000." /Turkiye/

    [18] TREASURY BIDDING

    The Treasury Undersecretariat, which will repay a domestic debt amounting to 671 trillion TL and foreign debt amounting to 120 million US dollars, will also organize a 91-days-term bond bidding today. It is estimated that the interest rate of today's bidding will be 92-96%. /Hurriyet/

    [19] FEDEX COMPANY'S SUPPORT TO TURKISH EXPORTS

    The American FedEx Company, which is active in the international area, participated in the logistic support that was started by DHL's campaign called "Buy From Turkey" to ensure an increase in the exports. FedEx will promote Turkey's valuable exports goods, mostly the textiles, carpets, glass and leatherware, through the stickers to be put on the packages. FedEx will organize a meeting on Thursday to promote the campaign. The Company aims to make Turkey's promotion through the packages on which photographs with the clause of "Made in Turkey" will take place and, thus, support the exports. /Milliyet/

    [20] TURKEY PREPARES ITS OWN FLORA MAP

    Abant Izzet Baysal University and the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) have issued a flora map for Turkey after a 17-year long study period. Prof. Tekin Babac says that the studies for the flora map had been started in 1984 by TUBITAK, and some 9,000 plant species have been determined in Turkey under the study. /Turkish News/

    [21] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [22] TURKEY AND THE US DISCUSS RELATIONS WITH IRAQ BY TUNCAY OZKAN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Tuncay Ozkan writes on Turkey's stance considering a possible attack on Iraq. A summary of his column is as follows: "An important problem, has been discussed during the security summits. America is in favour of striking Iraq after Afghanistan. Turkey is opposed to this view and is trying to persuade the US not to attack Iraq. At present Ankara is incredibly busy . From Turkey's standpoint, we are on the verge of deciding on the most critical issue probably for the next hundred years. There is great activity in Ankara due to the 'New Order Wars' waged by the US and her allies. America may target Iraq and other neighbouring countries in the course of these wars. Turkey is opposed to this and says that if the US strikes Iraq, it will be wrong and lead to critical consequencues for Turkey. In this historical turning point, Turkey agrees with the US on the definition of terrorists. However, she differs in the methods and targets during the fight against it. The US had not listened to what Turkey had to say on the Iran-Iraqi war. What will happen now? The General Staff which is the most influential organization in these issues, believes that the wars for the new world order would create great troubles if they cross the borders of Afghanistan and reach Iraq or Turkey's other neighbours. The concerns over Pakistan may constitute an example for this. The possibility of a war with Iraq disturbs Turkey. The territorial integrity of Iraq cannot be maintained if there is an attack to this country . This means new formations and consequently new clashes. Some of the allies want to support the Kurdish fractions in the region as before and form a new state. As their stances cannot be seen clearly by Ankara, problems grow. It is not known how China, India, Russia or Pakistan will react in such a situation. What is more it is not clear how Germany and France will receive the decision to attack Iraq and other countries besides Afghanistan. Turkey has openly declared that she would not allow the establishment of a Kurdish state. At the moment, Ankara is trying to stay clear away from the war, and defend the territorial integrity of Iraq. However, the US who knows the Turkish stance, is conveying her views to the people and is trying to apply public opinion pressure over the Turkish Government. Will the US and Turkey reach a compromise over the issue?"
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