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Turkish Press Review, 01-11-05

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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

05.11.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] ECEVIT TALKS OF TURKISH REPUBLIC OF NORTHERN CYPRUS (TRNC) ANNEXATION
  • [02] CILLER SUPPORTS CEM'S REMARKS ON CYPRUS
  • [03] PAPANDREOU: JOIN IN OR STAND ASIDE
  • [04] UN CYPRUS REPRESENTATIVE VISITS ANKARA
  • [05] CLERIDES' STATEMENT ON A SOLUTION FOR CYPRUS
  • [06] RUMSFELD: SENDING TROOPS WAS TURKEY'S DECISION
  • [07] DER SPIEGEL: "BLACK VOICE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SPEAK ANY MORE"
  • [08] MEDITERRANEAN, EU COUNTRIES TO MEET IN BRUSSELS
  • [09] BAHCELI WARNS ABOUT POSSIBLE ELECTIONS
  • [10] DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC INTENSIFIES: SCOWCROFT, KHARAZZI TO VISIT ANKARA
  • [11] CIVIL CODE BILL DEBATES TO CONTINUE
  • [12] CREW OF VARYAG RESCUED
  • [13] WAR ACADEMIES CELEBRATES 153RD ANNIVERSARY
  • [14] IMF DELEGATION ARRIVES IN TURKEY
  • [15] NECKERMANN: "MORE TOURISTS WILL VISIT TURKEY THIS YEAR"
  • [16] TREASURY PAYMENTS
  • [17] ULUSOY TOUTS TURKISH TOURISM
  • [18] TURKEY WORKS TO INCREASE EXPORTS TO IRAQ TO $2 BLN LEVEL
  • [19] IFC GIVES $3 BLN SUPPORT TO PRIVATE SECTOR
  • [20] HALIIL MUTLU BREAKS WORLD RECORD
  • [21] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [22] TURKEY AT A CROSSROADS BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)
  • [23] SENDING TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN BY SUKRU ELEKDAG (SABAH)

  • [01] ECEVIT TALKS OF TURKISH REPUBLIC OF NORTHERN CYPRUS (TRNC) ANNEXATION

    As Europe and Greek Cyprus have began a loud countdown towards EU integration, Ankara is sending a strong warning to the EU that it wouldn't accept such a development and would even think instead of annexing Northern Cyprus to Turkey. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit yesterday said that Turkey would never abandon the Turkish Cypriot people and would take every possible measure for their defense. Ecevit added that if Greek Cypriots were admitted into the EU, Turkey would have only two options, and for the first time ever mentioned the possibilty annexing Northern Cyprus. Ecevit laid down the ganntlet to the EU that if the Greek Cypriots were admitted into the European club of democracies, Ankara would either annex the TRNC or establish with the Turkish Cypriot state a "special relationship" that would make Northern Cyprus an "autonomous area of Turkey." Ecevit argued that Greek Cypriot EU accession would mean leaving Turkish Cypriots in the hands of Greek Cypriots, a development Ankara would never agree to. He said under such a situation the TRNC may decide to unite with Turkey and that a full annexation could take place. The second option, Ecevit said, would be establishment of a special autonomous status for the TRNC that he had earlier suggested and which would enable Turkish Cypriot state sovereignty in its internal affairs but make it dependent on Turkey regarding foreign policy and defense./Turkish Daily News/

    [02] CILLER SUPPORTS CEM'S REMARKS ON CYPRUS

    True Path Party (DYP) leader Tansu Ciller said yesterday that world had entered a new restructuring period and this signalled a good opportunity for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Stressing her view that Foreign Minister Ismail Cem's declarations about Cyprus was "very realistic", in a written statement Ciller noted, "The DYP will support the government in its initiatives concerning Cyprus." On Friday Cem said during an address to the Parliamentary Planning and Budget Commission in Ankara that the EU had been totally ignoring Turkey's interests in giving the go-ahead to Greek Cypriot membership. He suggested that this was unacceptable to Turkey, which may have no choice but to take a "radical step" even if this "costs Turkey." Concerning October's inflation figures, Ciller also criticized the government's economic policy and reiterated her call for early elections. /Turkiye/

    [03] PAPANDREOU: JOIN IN OR STAND ASIDE

    In the leadup to Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem's visit to Athens on Nov.7, the Cyprus issue has again sparked an exchange between Cem and his counterpart Papandreou. The latter has called on the Turkish side to support Cyprus's European Union membership bid. He reiterated that Cyprus will try for membership, and marked that Turkey's position in such a case should be to join in or "stand on the sidelines and watch to watch". Papandreou told the Greek Eleftros Tipos newspaper that " the Helsinki summit was not an easy road for Turkey to follow, but it could be a good way for Turkey and Greece to solve the Cyprus problem."/Hürriyet/

    [04] UN CYPRUS REPRESENTATIVE VISITS ANKARA

    Alvaro De Soto, United Nations Secretary General Koffi Annan's special representative for Cyprus will visit Turkey today. The reason for his visit will be to convince the Turkish side to enter into negotiations again. De Soto will first visit the Foreign Ministry today and than proceed to Athens./Hürriyet/

    [05] CLERIDES' STATEMENT ON A SOLUTION FOR CYPRUS

    Greek Cypriot Leader Glafkos Clerides said that the southern half of the divided island would continue to increase armaments on Cyprus in line with the Greek-Greek Cypriot Common Defense Doctrine till a permanent peaceful solution is established on the island. Remarking that he was trying to find a just and sustainable solution for the island, Clerides argued that such a solution should be in accordance with the UN Security Council's decisions on Cyprus, human rights conventions, European Court of Human Rights decisions and the EU criteria. Clerides voiced his belief that Greek Cypriot administration would enter the EU within the next two years. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] RUMSFELD: SENDING TROOPS WAS TURKEY'S DECISION

    US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, paying a visit to Uzbekistan yesterday, said, "The US didn't ask Turkey for troops to participate in the strike against Afghanistan, it was Turkey's own decision. They will also decide on the sorts of duties they undertake in the operation." Responding to a journalist's question regarding Turkey's decision to send troops, Rumsfeld said, "I think that Turkish soldiers will serve in the northern part of Afghanistan, the area controlled by the Northern Alliance. I don't want to give more details about the operation." /Turkiye/

    [07] DER SPIEGEL: "BLACK VOICE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SPEAK ANY MORE"

    German magazine Der Spiegel reported this week that the Union of Islamic Communities and Societies (ICCB, a group established by Cemalettin Kaplan, a.k.a. the "Black Voice", and chaired by his son Metin Kaplan, would be closed down this month. The magazine stated the ICCB members would be deported after a security package prepared by German Interior Minister Otto Schilly is put into effect in December. Noting that Germany's Institution for Preserving the Constitution was gathering evidence for the ICCB to be closed down as soon as possible, Der Spiegel claimed that the activities of other institutions which support the ICCB financially would also be halted. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] MEDITERRANEAN, EU COUNTRIES TO MEET IN BRUSSELS

    The 15-member European Union countries' foreign ministers and representatives of 12 Mediterranean countries laid plans to meet in Brussels to discuss the fight against terrorism. In the two-day meeting, which will be held as part of the "Barcelona Process" with EU members and representatives from Turkey, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Southern Cyprus, discussions will include "improving dialogue between cultures and civilizations, and the struggle against racism and xenophobia." /Turkish News/

    [09] BAHCELI WARNS ABOUT POSSIBLE ELECTIONS

    Devlet Bahceli, deputy prime minister and Nationalist Action Party (MHP) chairman, said yesterday, "The next elections must be held in 2004. However, the political climate is tenuous. We should be prepared both for a government change or early elections." Evaluating recent political developments at a MHP meeting in Kizilcahamam, Bahceli said, "Given the uncertain political climate, it is not clear what time will bring about. Be prepared for any kind of change." /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC INTENSIFIES: SCOWCROFT, KHARAZZI TO VISIT ANKARA

    Turkey will be very busy in diplomacy next week. A US delegation headed by retired Gen. Brent Scowcroft will hold meetings in Ankara next week. Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazzi will also pay a two-day official visit to Ankara as the official guest of Foreign Minister, and Cem will go to Athens for a one-day working visit in the middle of the week. The meeting, a return visit, will represent the continuation of contacts with Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou./Turkish Daily News/

    [11] CIVIL CODE BILL DEBATES TO CONTINUE

    Parliament will continue debates on the 1,030-article Civil Code this week. Tomorrow, deputies will discuss whether or not to include a censure motion against the government brought forward by the Felicity Party (SP) regarding privatization activities. During today's meeting, the Parliamentary Consultation Board will determine this week's working hours. /Turkish News/

    [12] CREW OF VARYAG RESCUED

    Greek Coast Guard helicopters on Sunday lifted to safety the seven-person crew of a former Soviet aircraft carrier sold to the Chinese as a floating "fun palace" after gale-force winds tore the vessel from its tugboats. The rescue was the latest chapter in a bizarre saga involving the 55,000-ton Varyag, which was on its way from the Black Sea to China following a 15- month diplomatic tussle between Beijing and Ankara. Ferocious winds ripped the ropes connecting the engine-less, 307-meter (1,000-foot) hulk to three tugboats guiding it through the Aegean Sea. "The Varyag is currently floating out of control south of the island of Evia and all the ropes from the tugboats have been broken," a Greek Merchant Marine Ministry official said. /Turkish Daily News/

    [13] WAR ACADEMIES CELEBRATES 153RD ANNIVERSARY

    The 153rd anniversary of the War Academies was celebrated in ceremonies held yesterday. Addressing one ceremony, War Academies Commander Gen. Ibrahim Firtina said that the War Academies had trained many distinguished commanders, including Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and that they would continue to do so. /Turkiye/

    [14] IMF DELEGATION ARRIVES IN TURKEY

    A delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), whose program was postponed in the wake of uncertainty created by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, finally arrived in Turkey yesterday. The delegation is to determine the amount and conditions of the financial resources to be extended by the IMF and G-7 countries. At the end of the meetings it is expected that funds totalling 6.2 billion US dollars will be released. IMF Turkish Desk Chief Juha Kahkonen arrived in Ankara yesterday afternoon and was welcomed by State Minister for the Economy Kemal Dervis. At the reception at Dervis' office, Treasury Undersecretary Faruk Oztrak was also present. Reportedly, recent economic developments and the implementation of government's economic program were reviewed. The delegation will stay in Ankara for two weeks. In addition, resources amounting 3.1 billion US dollars which had been promised to be given by the IMF in October are expected to be released. /Milliyet/

    [15] NECKERMANN: "MORE TOURISTS WILL VISIT TURKEY THIS YEAR"

    High-level representatives of Germany's prominent tourism agency Neckermann arrived in Antalya yesterday for the promotion of their 2002 catalogue. The agency's promotional campaign will begin today with a meeting which will be attended by Turkish Tourism Minister Mustafa Tasar. Neckermann's representatives said that the number of German tourists visiting Antalya would increase this year. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] TREASURY PAYMENTS

    The Treasury will organize two domestic borrowing bids, one with a term of 147 days and the other for 231 day, for the financing of its domestic debt payment of 4.5 quadrillion TL to be made on Wednesday. The Treasury has not yet announced the borrowing limit for these two bids. /Milliyet/

    [17] ULUSOY TOUTS TURKISH TOURISM

    The Turkish Travel Agencies Association (TURSAB) will hold its ordinary general council meeting on Nov. 10-11 in Ankara. TURSAB Chairman Basaran Ulusoy has announced that he will stand as candidate again. Among the other candidates are Bahattin Yucel, Birol Turemis, Deniz Tufekci, Cem Polatoglu, Sibel Eronc and Ihsan Mahmutoglu. Ulusoy said, "Unfortunate incidents such as the 1999 earthquake, the economic crisis, devaluation and government crises are still being felt. Turkey was in a better situation last year, and it tried to carve out the place that it deserves in the Mediterranean through promotions. As a result, 12 million tourists visited Turkey this year. The number of tourists that visited Turkey from 1980-2000 sky rocketed from 1.1 million to 10.4 million. Tourism revenue increased twenty- three fold and reached 7.6 billion US dollars. Our sector provides 1.3 million people with employment. /Sabah/

    [18] TURKEY WORKS TO INCREASE EXPORTS TO IRAQ TO $2 BLN LEVEL

    Turkey is working to increase its annual exports to Iraq $2 billion next year, a top government official said yesterday. In an interview with the semiofficial Anatolia News Agency, Foreign Trade Undersecretary Kursad Tuzmen, who is currently on a trip to Baghdad to attend the opening of the 34th International Baghdad Fair, noted that the last two years had seen increases in Turkey's exports to Iraq. "We will reach our target of $1 billion in our exports to Iraq by the end of this year. Our firms are displaying their high-quality products at the International Baghdad Fair. During my meetings with Iraqi officials, I got positive reactions about the quality of Turkish goods," he said. /Turkish Daily News/

    [19] IFC GIVES $3 BLN SUPPORT TO PRIVATE SECTOR

    The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank organization encouraging the private sector in developing countries, has given more than $3 billion in support to the Turkish private sector. According to IFC statistics, as of end-June 2001, Turkey came fourth among 138 countries to which IFC extended support. IFC has given over $3 billion in loans to 106 Turkish companies. IFC gave a $10 million to Turkish firm Teba and a $35 million loan to Sisecam a few months ago. /Turkish Daily News/

    [20] HALIIL MUTLU BREAKS WORLD RECORD

    Turkish weightlifter Halil Mutlu, 56 kg., broke one world record yesterdayin snatch at the 71st World WeightLifting Championship held in Antalya. Mutlu, a world record holder and Olympic champion, broke the world record with 137.5 kg in snatch and also received gold medals in the clean-and-jerk and in overall categories, with 162.5 kg. and 300 kg. respectively. Twain's Shin-Yuan Wang placed second with 280 kg. and Cuba's William Vargas came in third with 277 kg. in the overall category. /All Papers/

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

    [22] TURKEY AT A CROSSROADS BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Yilmaz Oztuna comments on the recent decent developments concerning Cyprus, and the state reforms. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "Important members of the government issued significant messages over the weekend. Both national and foreign policies are at crossroads. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem stressed that the Cyprus problem was urgent and would force us to make a choice. Although he stated that there were two choices before us, it was understood that not making any concessions was the one favored. The connection between concessions in Cyprus and the European Union is known by all. Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli spoke more clearly. He said that there would be no concessions on Cyprus and that they would not accept any linkage of this issue with European Union membership. He accused the European states of sheltering terrorism and of not understanding the importance of the issue despite several warnings from Turkey. He indicated that there was no evidence to the effect that Europe's stance on the issue had changed. The European states which tainted the civilization they tout and uphold above everything else by staying mere spectators to the Bosnian tragedy fully deserve Bahceli's accusations. Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz stated that we would not be able to find any cure for our troubles unless we carried out state reform. His suggestions on decreasing the number of the personnel working in the state sector and on economic measures were on target. However, his suggestions on the election system were mistaken. These suggestions would not increase the votes of the Motherland Party (ANAP), but instead decrease them. Political mistakes have dealt blows to the votes ANAP has received. We expect meaningful and comprehensive messages from the opposition parties as well."

    [23] SENDING TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN BY SUKRU ELEKDAG (SABAH)

    Retired Ambassador Sukru Elekdag comments on the decision to send Turkish troops to Afghanistan. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "Ankara's decision to send troops to Afghanistan was evaluated as returning the favor for US economic support to the Turkish government. Although this view may have some value, if the issue is assessed objectively far from any domestic considerations, the decision to send troops to Afghanistan is correct and in line with Turkish national interests. Turkey spent the last 15 years in an atmosphere of terrorism which harmed the country as much as a war, and it thus called on the whole world to recognize that terrorism was a menace threatening humanity and stated that the basic condition for success in eradicating terrorism was international solidarity and cooperation. Therefore, the US launching of a campaign to establish a global coalition based on international solidarity and cooperation in the fight against terrorism coincides with Turkey's interests. This is a legal and ethical duty for Turkey to fulfil its obligations to NATO . Turkey's decision has a great political significance which cannot be compared to its military contribution. The operation waged against Al Qaida and Taleban in Afghanistan gave the impression that the Christian West had begun a war against Islam. By taking part on the side of the West with its military contributions, Muslim Turkey has shown that the operation is not against Islam but terrorism. From a geopolitical point of view, we can see that the decision supports Turkey's strategic interests concerning the Middle East and Central Asia. The most impressive result of the Turkish decision to send troops to Afghanistan has been to display its exemplary achievement as the only secular, democratic republic which has melded democratic values with those of Islam, distinguishing itself from the outdated, radical mentality slavishly followed by some Muslim countries."


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