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Turkish Press Review, 01-11-07

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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

07.11.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] LEADERS SUMMIT HELD
  • [02] HARRAZI'S ONE-DAY VISIT TO TURKEY
  • [03] IMF DELEGATION MEETS TOSKAY
  • [04] SEZER TO VISIT TAJIKISTAN, GEORGIA
  • [05] DENKTAS: "TURKS MUST SHOW THAT THEY ARE NOT MINORITIES ON CYPRUS"
  • [06] PARLIAMENT HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION TRANSLATES UN CONVENTIONS INTO TURKISH
  • [07] TURKISH FLAG FLOWN AT INTERNATIONAL PEACE SUMMIT
  • [08] IZGI : "ELECTIONS ARE INEVITABLE"
  • [09] FOREIGN MILITARY ATTACHES VISIT ANITKABIR
  • [10] CILLER TOURS IN PUSH FOR EARLY ELECTIONS
  • [11] AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE 86 PASSES FIRST HURDLE
  • [12] ABRAMOWITZ: TURKISH SOLDIERS KEEP THE PEACE IN CYPRUS
  • [13] CAKMAKOGLU SAYS ANKARA OPPOSES WAR IN IRAQ
  • [14] TURK CALLS FOR UNIFORM STANCE IN FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM
  • [15] TOROS-2001 MILITARY TRIALS CONTINUE
  • [16] ENIS SULUN RESIGNS FROM ANAP
  • [17] TURKISH-GREEK BUSINESS COUNCIL TO MEET IN ATHENS
  • [18] TURKEY TO BRING UZBEK BASES UP TO NATO STANDARDS
  • [19] TURKISH AID REACHES AFGHANISTAN
  • [20] ARCELIK PLANS TO PURCHASE BRANDT
  • [21] REYHAN ARABACIOGLU WINS GOLD MEDAL
  • [22] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [23] THE PRICE IS HIGH FOR EVERYONE BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)
  • [24] WAR AND OPPORTUNITY BY GUNGOR MENGI (SABAH)

  • [01] LEADERS SUMMIT HELD

    During the leaders summit yesterday, in which a 7 quadrillion TL savings package and shrinking the state were discussed, it was decided that 19 Village Services Regional Directorates would be closed in stages. Before the summit, State Minister for Village Services Mustafa Yilmaz told his concern that 50,000 workers might lose their jobs. Reportedly, although Yilmaz protested, State Minister for the Economy Kemal Dervis was insistent and it was thus decided that the 19 directorates would be closed by stages in one month's time. In addition, Dervis brought the issue of closing Highways and State Water Works (DSI) Regional Directorates to the agenda. /Milliyet/

    [02] HARRAZI'S ONE-DAY VISIT TO TURKEY

    During a visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Kemal Harrazi to Turkey yesterday, Turkey and Iran were unable to reach a consensus on the US operations in Afghanistan and on the issue of sending troops to the region. Although certain steps were taken to improve Turco-Iranian bilateral relations, disagreement concerning the US operations could not be overcome. After meeting with Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, Harrazi was also received separately by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi. Cem and Harrazi held a press conference after the meetings. Denouncing the US operations in Afghanistan, Harrazi said, "Problems in Afghanistan should be solved by the Afghan people themselves. Other countries' sending troops to Afghanistan only makes things worse. Iran is against any state or power attacking an Islamic country." After having Harrazi's criticisms of Turkey's sending troops to the country, Cem remarked, "These are Mr. Harrazi's own ideas. It is natural that we have a divergence of opinion on certain issues. Our Turkish soldiers are not going over to attack Afghanistan, on the contrary they will help the Afghan people to get rid of terrorism." Meanwhile, Ecevit voiced his satisfaction with the cooperation between Turkey and Iran in fighting against terrorism. Stating that they both were doing their utmost to prevent any attempts to subvert Turkey's territorial integrity, Harrazi recalled Iran's extraditing a number of PKK militants to Turkey. Furthermore, President Sezer emphasized the necessity to improve security cooperation between the two countries. A protocol on establishing a Turkish-Iranian Business Council was signed during Harrazi's visit. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] IMF DELEGATION MEETS TOSKAY

    An International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation met with State Minister Tunca Toskay yesterday. Targets to be set regarding exports, imports and the inflation rate were reportedly discussed during the meeting. Diplomatic sources stated that the IMF delegation was pleased with the firm financial policies pursued by Turkey's government. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] SEZER TO VISIT TAJIKISTAN, GEORGIA

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer's official visit to Tajikistan and Georgia begins today, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. President Sezer's visit to Tajikistan will end on Nov. 8 and then he will fly on to Georgia. He is expected to return the next day. State Minister Abdul Haluk Cay will accompany the president. During the visits, recent developments and their repercussions within Eurasia will be discussed as will regional bilateral matters. /Turkish Daily News/

    [05] DENKTAS: "TURKS MUST SHOW THAT THEY ARE NOT MINORITIES ON CYPRUS"

    A meeting was held yesterday to evaluate recent developments regarding the Cyprus issue. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas, high-level TRNC officials, Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ugur Ziyal and Turkey's Ambassador to Nicosia (Lefkose) Hayati Guven attended the gathering. Speaking at the beginning of the meeting, Denktas remarked that Greek Cypriots were extremely uneasy with Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's and Foreign Minister Ismail Cem's recent statements concerning Cyprus. Stating that the Greek Cypriots saw themselves as Cyprus's legal government and Turkish Cypriots as minorities, Denktas said, "They have stolen the name of 'Cyprus government' by carrying out illegal activities. We are responsible for developing the TRNC against such efforts. We are indeed nothing but minorities if we do not preserve our state and let them join the EU without recognizing our presence. We must show the world that we are not minorities on Cyprus." Meanwhile, Undersecretary Ziyal stated that Turkey would always stand by Turkish Cypriots. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] PARLIAMENT HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION TRANSLATES UN CONVENTIONS INTO TURKISH

    The Parliament Human Rights Commission has prepared translations into Turkish of two United Nations documents, UN Convention on Prohibiting Child Pornography, Child Trafficking and Child Prostitution and the "UN Convention on Preventing the Recruitment of Children in Armed Conflicts". The translated conventions will be included in a publication entitled "Booklet for International Human Rights Documents", which will cover all human rights documents to which Turkey is a party. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] TURKISH FLAG FLOWN AT INTERNATIONAL PEACE SUMMIT

    At yesterday's Peace Summit held in Warsaw, Poland, 16 Eastern and Southern European countries pledged their support to the West in the fight against terrorism. Turkey attended the meeting as an observer. The Turkish flag was carried together with those of the 16 participating countries and the US in front of the hall in which the meeting was held. /Sabah/

    [08] IZGI : "ELECTIONS ARE INEVITABLE"

    Motherland Party (ANAP) Izmir Deputy Isin Celebi presented a bill proposing amending the Political Parties and Elections Law to the office Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi yesterday. Celebi said that bill had been prepared in line with citizens' requests and asked that it be taken up at the Interparties Reconciliation Commission. Receiving Celebi and his colleagues, Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi stated that the work would be beneficial since elections were inevitable and would be held in the near future. /Turkiye/

    [09] FOREIGN MILITARY ATTACHES VISIT ANITKABIR

    General Staff Intelligence Chief Corps Commander Huseyin Goksu and foreign military attaches visited Anitkabir yesterday for the international representatives' annual pilgrimage to the site of Ataturk's mausoleum. The delegation later visited the Missak-i Milli Tower. There Corps Commander Goksu wrote in the guest book: "Great Leader Ataturk, we are proud and honored to be near you once again, along with the foreign military attaches. The Turkish Republic you established and the principles you proclaimed as ideals for humanity continue to be a guiding light for world peace today. The good relations which Turkey established through following your principle, "Peace at home, peace in the world" continue to improve every day with the additional support of the foreign military attaches too." /Turkish Daily News/

    [10] CILLER TOURS IN PUSH FOR EARLY ELECTIONS

    True Path Party (DYP) leader Tansu Ciller has begun her tour of political parties' leaders to ask support for elections to be held in the near future. Ciller first visited Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit yesterday. During their half hour meeting, Ciller requested to Ecevit that the Political Parties and Elections Law be amended and that elections' expenditures be made transparent, as well as that the number of parliamentarians be decreased to 450. After being reminded that the government had given signals that elections will be held in 2004, Ciller told reporters, "The government doesn't always call for elections. However, they may emerge when needed. The people want elections. We cannot separate the Parliament from the people. Otherwise, the Parliament will lose its honor." /Turkiye/

    [11] AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE 86 PASSES FIRST HURDLE

    A proposed amendment to the controversial Article 86 of the Constitution regarding deputies' salaries and pension benefits was approved yesterday at the first round in the Parliament's Plenary Session. If the proposal receives more than 376 votes during the second round of voting to be held next Tuesday, there will be no need for a referendum. /Turkiye/

    [12] ABRAMOWITZ: TURKISH SOLDIERS KEEP THE PEACE IN CYPRUS

    Former US ambassador Morton Abramowitz visited yesterday in his capacity as a member of the International Crisis Group Ankara. During his stay, Abramowitz said that as long as Turkish soldiers remain in Cyprus, there would be no violence./Hürriyet/

    [13] CAKMAKOGLU SAYS ANKARA OPPOSES WAR IN IRAQ

    Turkish Defence Minister Sabahattin Cakmakoglu on Tuesday left no room for doubt that Turkey would be opposed to any attempts by Washington to carry its war against terrorism to Iraq in the absence of clear evidence linking Baghdad and the Sept.11 attacks against the United States. Before visiting Croatia Cakmakoglu, said "We believe that it would not be right to intervene in Iraq in the absence of serious information and documents linking northern Iraq and the bin Laden, al Quaida and Taleban threesome in connection with terrorism and its financial resources as well as facts showing that they are being trained there."/Cumhuriyet/

    [14] TURK CALLS FOR UNIFORM STANCE IN FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM

    Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Türk said yesterday that the fight against terrorism required a uniform stance on the part of world countries, and called for the end of double standards in deciding who is a terrorist and who is not. Türk also said it was a fatal mistake to link terrorism to any particular religion, ethnicity or race. The minister added that Turkey had suffered from terrorism for many years, and for this reason was opting to take an active part in the anti-terrorism campaign in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. "Our painful experience with terrorism showes the necessity of coordinating efforts in the fight against it." For this reason, Turkey was the first country to take part in the international coalition against terrorism, he stressed./Turkish News/

    [15] TOROS-2001 MILITARY TRIALS CONTINUE

    Commandos carried out mock rescues and attacks yesterday as part of the "Toros 2001" exercises held in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The exercises are conducted annually by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). TRNC Security Forces Commander Gen. Galip Mendi released a statement saying that the TRNC Army was becoming a more modern, powerful force with its new weapons systems and with the support of the Turkish Cypriot peacekeeping forces, and that he fully believed these security forces could carry out any duty they might receive. Gen. Mendi also charged that the Greek Cypriots consider the whole of Cyprus as their own, and that they are trying to make the island a part of Greece. " They have never managed to do so, despite all their efforts, and they will never manage to do so he declared."/Turkish News/

    [16] ENIS SULUN RESIGNS FROM ANAP

    Motherland Party (ANAP) Tekirdag Deputy Enis Sulun resigned from his party yesterday. In the wake of his resignation, the number of ANAP deputies in Parliament dropped to 79, while independents rose to 22. /Turkiye/

    [17] TURKISH-GREEK BUSINESS COUNCIL TO MEET IN ATHENS

    A Turkish-Greek Business Council common meeting will be held in Athens today and tomorrow. According to the Foreign Economic Relations Council (DEIK), several meetings have been held since last year to develop trade and economic relations between the two countries, and today's meeting will be another of these. Today a reception will be held at the Atina Divani Caravel Hotel and tomorrow Turkish and Greek Foreign Ministers Ismail Cem and George Papandreou will deliver speeches. Issues such as the possibilities for cooperation and the future of Turkey and Greece in the European Union, development of relations between the two countries in the finance sector and collaborative projects for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games will be discussed. /Turkish Daily News/

    [18] TURKEY TO BRING UZBEK BASES UP TO NATO STANDARDS

    Turkey is preparing for an important mission, namely, that of bringing Uzbek airspace, bases and military facilities up to NATO standards. Towards this end, Air Forces Brigadier Gen. Hasan Kabas last week visited Uzbekistan's capital Tashkent with officers from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia./Hürriyet/

    [19] TURKISH AID REACHES AFGHANISTAN

    Turkey's humanitarian aid to the Afghan people has been delivered by means of the United Nations International Organization of Migration (IOM). Some 55,000 articles of winter clothing, 18,000 blankets, 55,000 pairs of shoes and socks, as well as pots and pans, gas lamps and plastic tent cloths were brought through Turkmenistan in three convoys and delivered to people over last weekend. /Turkiye/

    [20] ARCELIK PLANS TO PURCHASE BRANDT

    Turkish appliance maker Arcelik is reportedly seriously considering the purchase of Brandt, a division of French company Moulinex which was recently put up for sale. The French daily La Tribune published a report based on statements by Arcelik spokesman Omer Kayali saying that Arcelik was a "serious candidate" to buy Brandt. The newspaper wrote that the deadline for purchase proposals was Friday adding that Arcelik was one of the seven leading durable goods producers in Europe. /Milliyet/

    [21] REYHAN ARABACIOGLU WINS GOLD MEDAL

    Turkish weightlifter Reyhan Arabacioglu, 69 kg., yesterday won a gold medal with a lift of 155 kg. in the snatch category during the 71st Men World Weightlifting Championship held in Antalya. Yasin Arslan, another Turkish weightlifter also garnered the silver medal with a 150 kg. lift /Turkiye/

    [22] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [23] THE PRICE IS HIGH FOR EVERYONE BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen writes on the recent developments concerning Cyprus. A summary of his column is as follows: "Due to the unexpected remarks from Ankara, the Cyprus issue has reentered a critical stage . The harsh statements by Foreign Minister Ismail Cem,Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and other government members can be explained through various reasons. The visits by EU high-ranking officials to Southern Cyprus and their statements on the membership of the Greek-Cypriot administration have enraged Ankara as well as TRNC President Denktas. The Turkish government has seen it proper to explain its action plan were this membership granted. The harsh statements from Ankara come at a time when it is sending troops to Afghanistan and its importance has increased in the eyes of the West. This gives the impression that timing is an important factor taken into consideration. With its stance the government is trying to force the EU to change its policy favoring Greek Cypriot membership. The question is, will it succeed? At the moment there is no indication to suggest that. It also seems that Turkey's sending troops to Afghanistan and its increasing geostrategic importance have not impressed the EU. This concerns the US more than the EU, and the US seems uninclined to intervene in EU's Cyprus policy. If Turkey takes a series of drastic measures in the face of the EU's refusal to alter its stance, the price will be high. However, this high price willl be paid not only by Turkey, but the EU and Greece as well. For Turkey, such a situation may mean the severing of ties with the EU, the start of new period of tension with Greece, weakening of relations with the West and increasing unrest among Turkish Cypriots.This may cause serious concerns for Turkey both abroad and within the country. For the EU, admitting the Greek Cypriot administration in a divided and uneasy state would mean bringing a serious problem within itself. The Union may suddenly find itself confronted with a serious security problem. For Greece, there is the danger of disrupting its recently improved relations with Turkey. Even though the admittance of the Greek Cypriots into the Union may satisfy the Greeks at first, eventually uniting the island will become a dream. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem's visit to Greece is taking place under these unfavorable circumstances. However, this may also be an opportunity to form a new understanding on Cyprus. At the moment, the only path to prevent a crisis entails freezing the Greek Cypriot membership process for some time and starting the negotiation process on Cyprus. Foreign Ministers Cem and Papandreou may come up with a conciliatory solution. If this can be achieved during the talks in Athens no one will have to pay a high price needlessly."

    [24] WAR AND OPPORTUNITY BY GUNGOR MENGI (SABAH)

    Columnist Gungor Mengi writes on the campaign against terror and warns against falling prey to provocations. A summary of his column is as follows: "It took Turkey 15 years tobeat the PKK terrorist organization. How long will it take to defeat a terrorist organization which dares to attack the US? When the aim is reached in Afghanistan, radical Islamic regimes which will provoke their people by inciting their emotions of revenge may emerge as the new targets of this war. The imaginary scenario penned by Willam Safire in The New York Times and his envisioned project of making Turkey an oil-rich country through its invasion of Iraq are attempts to awaken imperial desires which are presumed to be present but asleep at the moment in us. Turkey has to be careful in assessing its interests and aims correctly, and it must act quickly and with determination. The decision to send a unit of 90 soldiers was right, but we should be prepared for the possibility that circumstances may force us to make additional contributions. At present, Germany is joining the alliance with 3,900 troops, and Italy with a third of that. This war is against terrorism, not Islam. When it is won, the Islamic world will be liberated. Al Qaida and the Taleban are threats to Islamic nations. War against terror is not a sacrifice for Turkey, but is rather a duty conferred by its national interests and its status as a modern state."
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