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Turkish Press Review, 01-11-15

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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

15.11.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] PEACEKEEPING DUTY FOR TURKEY
  • [02] ECEVIT'S STATEMENT ON TURKEY'S ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN
  • [03] COLIN POWELL'S STATEMENT
  • [04] HOLBROOKE: "TURKEY IS THE MOST SUITABLE OPTION"
  • [05] CEM MEETS WITH ALBANIAN FM
  • [06] ARGHOON: "TURKEY MUST LEAD THE PEACEKEEPING FORCES"
  • [07] US AFGHAN REPRESENTATIVE DOBBINS IN ANKARA
  • [08] TURKISH EMBASSY IN KABUL TO BE REOPENED
  • [09] DERVIS: "MONEY IS ON THE WAY, LET'S NOT SQUANDER IT
  • [10] SURPRISE IN CYPRUS: NEGOTIATIONS COULD BEGIN
  • [11] YILMAZ CALLS FOR CHANGES IN COALITION PROTOCOL
  • [12] RUSSIAN DELEGATION ASKS FOR COOPERATION AGAINST CHECHEN REBELS
  • [13] US AIRLINERS MAY GET SLOTS AT SABIHA GOKCEN AIRPORT
  • [14] TURKISH EUROPE FOUNDATION: "ANKARA SHOULD TAKE DETERMINED STEPS"
  • [15] YILMAZ: "ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF UNITY"
  • [16] GERMAN, TURKISH PARLIAMENTS TALK
  • [17] TURKEY FREEZES TERRORIST ACCOUNTS
  • [18] INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS FOR TURKIC REPUBLICS
  • [19] AID FROM ANKARA TRADE CHAMBER FOR RAMADAN
  • [20] RIFKIN: "MARKET YOUR CULTURE"
  • [21] TURKISH FAIR IN BULGARIA
  • [22] TUBITAK AWARDS HANDED OUT
  • [23] GERMANY EXTENDS LOANS AND AID
  • [24] TURKEY HEADED FOR WORLD CUP
  • [25] RUSSIAN WAXWORKS IN ISTANBUL
  • [26] TURKISH ARCHITECT WINS AWARD
  • [27] QUALITY AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED
  • [28] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [29] PROGRESS REPORT BY MEHMET ALI IRTEMCELIK (TURKISH DAILY NEWS)

  • [01] PEACEKEEPING DUTY FOR TURKEY

    After Taliban's withdrawal from Kabul, the possibility of peacekeeping forces being sent to Afghanistan is growing stronger. Reportedly, Turkey has been shortlisted as one of the most suitable countries for peacekeeping duty. Addressing the UN Security Council, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said yesterday that Turkey was ready to play a leading role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Cem emphasized that true solution was only possible through forming a broad-based government. Meanwhile, in the wake of fast-breaking developments in Afghanistan, Turkish authorities chaired by Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit convened yesterday to evaluate the situation. /Turkiye/

    [02] ECEVIT'S STATEMENT ON TURKEY'S ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN

    Speaking after a meeting at the Prime Ministry yesterday, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit stated that turbulence might emerge in Afghanistan if a new political and administrative structure was not established as soon as possible. Ecevit said that although recent developments in the country seem positive, over-optimism should be guarded against since there was a threat of disorder. "Turkey might assume a dominant role in the efforts both to fill the political and administrative vacuum in Afghanistan and to bolster deliveries of the humanitarian aid. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] COLIN POWELL'S STATEMENT

    Speaking this week to the New York Times, US Secretary of State Colin Powell said that volunteer Muslim countries including Turkey could take part in forces meant to keep peace in Afghanistan and help to the formation of its interim government. Powell added that Turkey, Indonesia and Bangladesh had proposed sending soldiers to the country. He further remarked that Muslim countries contributing to such a peacekeeping force would be better than the US doing so'. /Turkiye/

    [04] HOLBROOKE: "TURKEY IS THE MOST SUITABLE OPTION"

    Richard Holbrooke, the US' permanent UN representative during the Clinton administration, has said that Turkey is the most suitable country to take part in any multinational peacekeeping force in Afghanistan. In an opinion piece written for the Washington Post, Holbrooke said that forming a post- Taleban UN peacekeeping force in Afghanistan would take a long time, and that instead of that a better option would be to establish a multinational force involving Muslim countries, headed by Turkey. /Turkiye/

    [05] CEM MEETS WITH ALBANIAN FM

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, who is currently in New York for work with the UN General Assembly, is now holding bilateral meetings. Yesterday, Cem met with his Albanian counterpart Arta Dade. During their meeting bilateral relations, Afghanistan and international terrorism were reportedly discussed. /Turkiye/

    [06] ARGHOON: "TURKEY MUST LEAD THE PEACEKEEPING FORCES"

    Afghan government-in-exile Charge d'Affaires in Ankara Elmurad Arghoon said yesterday, "We expect Turkey to lead the peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan. The Afghan people will appreciate Turkey greatly if it assumes such a role." Stating he was pleased with Turkey's decision to open its embassy in Kabul, Arghoon said, "We hope other countries will follow Turkey's lead." Arghoon, the representative of Burhaneddin Rabbani's government in Ankara, remarked that the Afghan people hoped that Turkey will contribute significantly to efforts to re-build Afghanistan, which has suffered great losses due to the recent conflict war. "The Afghan people's best friend and ally is Turkey. The Afghan people believe that Turkey will always stand by them," said Arghoon. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] US AFGHAN REPRESENTATIVE DOBBINS IN ANKARA

    US State Department Afghanistan Coordinator James Dobbins and an accompanying delegation arrived in Ankara yesterday after their meeting with former King of Afghanistan Zahir Shah in Rome. Dobbins met with Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ugur Ziyal and Turkey's Afghanistan Coordinator Aydemir Erman and discussed recent development in the region. Speaking after the meetings, Dobbins said, "Turkey will definitely be an indispensable part of future cooperative efforts to help the Afghan people." /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] TURKISH EMBASSY IN KABUL TO BE REOPENED

    In the wake of recent dramatic developments in Afghanistan, Turkey has decided to open its embassy in Kabul as well as its consulate General in Mazar-i Serif. This decision was announced by the Foreign Ministry. The Turkish Embassy in Kabul suspended operations on Sept. 26 and the Consulate General in Mezar-i Serif did the same on May 25. However, a new ambassador to Kabul has not been named yet. In related news, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Huseyin Dirioz reported that during US law enforcement operations held in response to the Sept. 11 attacks, 39 Turks have been arrested on charges of working and residing without permission in New York and New Jersey. /Sabah/

    [09] DERVIS: "MONEY IS ON THE WAY, LET'S NOT SQUANDER IT

    State Minister for the Economy Kemal Dervis told the Parliamentary Planning and Budget Commission yesterday that money coming from International Monetary Fund would not be unconditional. We mustn't squander the moneyin the pipeline, he stressed He also predicted that Turkey's difficulties would continue, but with that support it would be able to end the current crisis./Hürriyet/

    [10] SURPRISE IN CYPRUS: NEGOTIATIONS COULD BEGIN

    Negotiations in Cyprus could start soon through a surprise decision by Rauf Denktas and Glafcus Clerides, the leaders of the divided island. Greek Cypriots leader Clerides send a letter to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Denktas saying that face-to- face negotiations could now begin the first such talks in over 4 years. In the letter, Clerides said that the two could meet face to face under the auspices of an UN authority. Denktas then accepted Clerides offer, remarking that " I am ready to meet with Clerides under UN auspices, and thereby everybody will have the chance to see what is really happening." Denktas also said that he would suggest that they meet in Nicosia (Lefkosa) . On the other hand, Denktas yesterday told a group of Arab journalists that what EU was doing could cause a war between Turkey and Greece. The EU is making a big mistake by considering Cyprus membership as the whole island, this would cause a crisis between Turkey and Greece, he predicted./Hürriyet/

    [11] YILMAZ CALLS FOR CHANGES IN COALITION PROTOCOL

    Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz said yesterday that the current governmental structure was hampering efforts to find solutions to Turkey's economic and political problems, and suggested a number of changes in the coalition protocol and ruling program. Yilmaz, the chairman of the coalition's junior partner Motherland Party (ANAP), told deputies during a parliamentary group meeting of his party that he had pursued a number of political goals through a packace of economic and administrative reform proposals. The package, prepared by ANAP and presented to the coalition partners last week, suggested measures in the fields of the economy and adminisration and called for futher liberalization and a downsizing of the state./Turkish News/

    [12] RUSSIAN DELEGATION ASKS FOR COOPERATION AGAINST CHECHEN REBELS

    A Russian delegation visiting Turkey has asked for cooperation against Chechen militants who, they said, were heading to Afghanistan via Turkey and Georgia in order to help the Taleban regime. Dimitri Rogozin, head of the Russian Duma's Foreign Relations Committee, said that the list would be conveyed to the Turkish authorities so that the necessary measures could be taken. "These militants could endanger Turkey's security as well. All these problems should be solved through political dialogue, and we are sure that there is an understanding between the Turkish and Russian authorities," Rogozin said./Turkish News/

    [13] US AIRLINERS MAY GET SLOTS AT SABIHA GOKCEN AIRPORT

    The Defense Industry Undersecretariat has recently offered US airlines the use of Sabiha Gökcen Airport in Istanbul as an alternative to Ataturk International Airport. Following the suggestion, US authorities and the undersecretariat have held meetings, and susequently a group of US officials arrived at Sabiha Gokcen for inspections of the facility./Turkish News/

    [14] TURKISH EUROPE FOUNDATION: "ANKARA SHOULD TAKE DETERMINED STEPS"

    The Turkish Europe Foundation (TAV) has called on the Turkish government to take determined steps in compliance with the Copenhagen Criteria, and on the EU to begin Turkey's negotiation process as soon as possible. The TAV Executive Council stated that although certain the EU criticisms concerning the deficiencies of the Turkish political structure might be partially true, steps the country has recently taken should not be ignored. "Recent constitutional amendments have proved Turkey's resolve to catch up with the EU criteria. The EU's Fourth Progress Report is far away from meeting Turkey's demands." /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] YILMAZ: "ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF UNITY"

    Religious Affairs Directorate head Nuri Yilmaz said yesterday, "Islam is an expression of peace not of war, and of unity not division." In a message to mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan on tomorrow, Yilmaz said that the Koran had been delivered to humanity during this month. He added that Ramadan had more importance for religious and social life than other months. Alluding to recent terrorist activities, he said, "Islam is not a religion of war but of peace." /Turkiye/

    [16] GERMAN, TURKISH PARLIAMENTS TALK

    The Turkey-Germany Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group has met in Berlin and held talks with the chairmen and staff of various Turkish associations in the German capital. The Turkish Parliamentary delegation was briefed on problems encountered by Turks living in Germany. Leading the delegation, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Afyon Deputy Mujdat Karayerli called on "our citizens in Germany" to pay more attention to education. He stressed that Turks in Germany should learn German well yet not neglect their Turkish. He also told reporters that the aim of the visit was to remove obstacles on Turkey's path to the EU, to discuss what kind of contribution Turkey could make to the fight against terrorism and to find solutions to educational problems. /Turkish Daily News/

    [17] TURKEY FREEZES TERRORIST ACCOUNTS

    Steven Cook of Washington-based think tank the Brookings Institute notes in a new report on "Turkish-US Relations and the Fight Against Terrorism" that Turkey has frozen several accounts belonging to the Al Qaida terrorist organization, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. The report stated that Turkey had given permission for US aid aircraft to refuel at Incirlik Airbase on their return journey to Germany and that Turkey's airfields at Malatya, Konya and Izmir as well as its ports at Antalya, Mersin and Ceyhan had been made available to NATO. Cook also observed that with increasing Saudi reservations about the use of the country as an American base of operations, the NATO base at Eskisehir was being seriously contemplated as an alternative. /Turkish Daily News/

    [18] INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS FOR TURKIC REPUBLICS

    The Turkic republics celebrated the 10th anniversary of their independence yesterday at a special night at the Ataturk Cultural Center attended by Culture Minister Istemihan Talay. At the ceremony, Talay said: "We are happy to be here all together for such a special occassion. Mustafa Kemal always said that 'The most important thing for Turks is to be independent'. And I hope that our independence will continue forever." Azerbaijan's culture minister said that he was very pleased to be in Turkey on such a special night as a guest of Talay. Kazakhstan's culture minister recalled that Turkey was the first country to recognize his country's independence. He said, "I hope the Turkic Republics can be together for their 20th and even their 100th anniversary." /Turkish Daily News/

    [19] AID FROM ANKARA TRADE CHAMBER FOR RAMADAN

    The Ankara Trade Chamber (ATC) is now delivering food aid to 20,000 families in need in honor of Ramadan. Stressing that the group expects contributions from all businessmen, ATC Chairman Sinan Aygun said the aid would continue during the whole holy month and that the group hopes to eventually feed 50,000 families through its project. /Turkiye/

    [20] RIFKIN: "MARKET YOUR CULTURE"

    US author Jeremy Rifkin, a leading figure in the international arena with his 14 books translated into 20 languages and his successful leadership of nongovernmental organizations, said yesterday that Turkey might be the starting point in a dialogue between world religions. Rifkin gave a speech to the 10th Annual National Quality Convention, saying that Turkey could establish a dialogue between the East and West in the best way and added, "There is a need for dialogue between the Islamic world and the West. Turkey is the only country that can reach across both Islamic and Western culture. Turkey is a culturally rich culture and it should make investments especially in this field. Turkey should market its culture." /Milliyet/

    [21] TURKISH FAIR IN BULGARIA

    "The Balkan Expo-2001 and 8th Turkish Producers Fair" was opened yesterday in Sofia. Bulgarian State Minister Necdet Mollov, an ethnic Turk, said "With this fair, I am calling upon the Turkish companies to invest in our country." The fair continue through Nov. 17. /Cumhuriyet/

    [22] TUBITAK AWARDS HANDED OUT

    The Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council (TUBITAK) 2001 Science Service and Encouragement Awards were handed out yesterday. Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer stated for the occasion that Turkey should produce its own technology in order to fulfill its economic development. In addition, Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli remarked that investments in science and technology safeguards to hold off future economic crises. /Cumhuriyet/

    [23] GERMANY EXTENDS LOANS AND AID

    The Federal Government of Germany is extending DM 25 million in subsidized loans and DM 45 million in outright aid to help develop Turkey's infrastructure. A statement issued by the German Embassy in Ankara said that Turkish-German economic cooperation talks had been held on Nov. 7-9 in Ankara with the participation both countries' governments. The talks were held in a positive, open and friendly environment, the embassy added, at their conclusion both German and Turkish officials resolved to improve infrastructure in Turkey." /Turkish News/

    [24] TURKEY HEADED FOR WORLD CUP

    With its victory yesterday theTurkish National Football Team is now slated to compete in the World Cup for the first time in 47 years. The National Team beat Austria last night in Istanbul, trouncing it 5-0./Hürriyet/

    [25] RUSSIAN WAXWORKS IN ISTANBUL

    An exhibition from the Saint Petersburg Waxwork collection was opened in Atakoy Galleria yesterday. The statues of famous figures such as Ataturk, Leonardo da Vinci, Princess Diana, Dostoyevsky, Casanova, Napoleon Bonaparte, Karl Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mehmet the Conquerer, and the Beatles are featured at the exhibition. In total more than 200 statues are being exhibited in this joint venture with the Russian Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology. /Milliyet/

    [26] TURKISH ARCHITECT WINS AWARD

    An architect from Denizli, Cengiz Bektas, has won the 2001 International Aga Han Architecture Award. Bektas was deemed worthy of the award with his Olbia Social Centre at the campus of Mediterranean University in Antalya and he received the honor during a ceremony held at Halep Castle in Syria. Only architectural projects that have been fully completed can qualify for the biennial award. /Milliyet/

    [27] QUALITY AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED

    The National Quality Conventions held annually by the Turkish Association of Industrialists and Businessmen (TUSIAD) and the Quality Association (KalDer) have become a tradition since their beginnings a decade ago. The Conventions, during which a spotlight issue is discussed with international participants each year, have helped the Turkish private sector to establish a greater consciousness of quality. During the 10th Annual Quality Convention held this week, the topic of "Nongovernmental organizations and Good Management" will be discussed and the National Quality Awards will be handed out this evening /Sabah/

    [28] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [29] PROGRESS REPORT BY MEHMET ALI IRTEMCELIK (TURKISH DAILY NEWS)

    The "Political Criteria" section of our National Program document, the final draft of which was approved of by the National Security Council (MGK), carries special importance for Turkey but suffers from gaps in willpower that not even the literary acrobats who penned it could hide. Consequently, it has nothing to do with the rules we have to stick to for EU membership and will therefore not be considered acceptable by the EU. I had, you will recall, tried to draw attention to these facts during the spring, when this document of ours, which contains other inadequacies of secondary importance and slightly easier to make up for, was being made official. However, I failed to make an impression on the powers that be. The EU Commission's Progress Report, which was published the other day--quite apart from the Cyprus issue, which by virtue of its distinctive characteristics has become a field of debate in its own right and has been listed in the EU "sins" box since 1990-- is a full-length mirror set before us in the light of EU norms and with as much diplomatic courtesy as possible. Mirrors do not talk. You can't get angry at a mirror. You will never find fault with them. If it really is your intention, then the smart and sensible thing to do is use the mirror to make yourself presentable. Consequently, looking at the report in this light as an "opportunity" and acting with the will to use it as such would be of great benefit both for our national well-being and our strategic interests.

    Those among us who still fail to understand ought to now understand that the question before Turkey is not, as some of us are still hung up on, whether our full conditions for that existed. Neither is the question one of what we should to do if we cannot become full EU members, as some of us are worried might be the case. The crucial question, over which we must be brutally honest and as visionary as possible, is the question of what will become of us if we fail to achieve in good time EU standards in all fields that compromise the level of contemporary civilization which Ataturk envisioned for us.


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