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Turkish Press Review, 02-03-20

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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 Turkish Press Review &gt;&gt; Foreign Press Guide Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

20.03.2002


CONTENTS

  • [01] US VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY VISITS TURKEY
  • [02] PARLIAMENT COMMISSION APPROVES REFORM PACKAGE
  • [03] SOARES: “TURKEY LIES WITHIN THE EU’S NATURAL BORDERS”
  • [04] BRITISH AMBASSADOR: “TURKEY WOULD MAKE A GREAT CONTRIBUTION TO THE EU”
  • [05] YILMAZ TO ATTEND EU CONVENTION
  • [06] TURGUT: “EUROPE MUST DO MORE TO FIGHT TERRORISM”
  • [07] GUREL MEETS WITH KARZAI
  • [08] TALABANI VISITS ANKARA
  • [09] DENKTAS AND CLERIDES MEET IN CYPRUS BUFFER ZONE
  • [10] ISTANBUL HOSTS SEMINAR ON MARITIME ENGLISH
  • [11] DERVIS: “OUR ACUTE CRISIS IS OVER, WE ARE DOING WELL”
  • [12] TURKISH SKIER WINS GOLD AT BALKAN GAMES
  • [13] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [14] CHENEY IN ANKARA BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)
  • [15] LET’S FOIL THE PLOY BY GUNGOR MENGI (SABAH)

  • [01] US VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY VISITS TURKEY

    US Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in Ankara yesterday on the last stop of his 10-day tour of the Middle East region. Cheney was first received by Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and Robert Pearson, the US ambassador to Turkey, and other Turkish and American high-level officials were also present at the meeting. Cheney then met with Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit at his residence. Following that meeting, Ecevit told journalists that their talks had been very fruitful and related that Cheney told him there was little chance of an operation in Iraq in the near future. Ecevit also stated, “Mr. Cheney told us that a proposal regarding $228 million in aid to Turkey would be presented to the US Congress today. I think this issue will be a contribution to offset our expenses in Afghanistan.” The two sides continued their discussions during a working dinner hosted by Ecevit. Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Huseyin Kivrikoglu also attended the dinner and after it, a meeting on bilateral military topics was held. A press conference by Cheney scheduled for this morning has reportedly been cancelled. Cheney will leave Turkey today following his visit to Anitkabir, Ataturk’s mausoleum. /All Papers/

    [02] PARLIAMENT COMMISSION APPROVES REFORM PACKAGE

    A reform package which includes nine amendments to eight laws and proposes harmonization with EU norms was accepted yesterday at the Parliament Constitutional and Interior Affairs Commission. The bill will be debated at the Justice Commission today, and then it is expected to be taken up by the Parliament General Assembly. /Turkiye/

    [03] SOARES: “TURKEY LIES WITHIN THE EU’S NATURAL BORDERS”

    Speaking to French daily Le Figaro yesterday, European Parliament member and former Portuguese President Mario Soares said that the European Union’s borders should include both Russia and Turkey. “We don’t want a Christian Europe, we want a secular Europe open to all religions,” he added. /Hurriyet/

    [04] BRITISH AMBASSADOR: “TURKEY WOULD MAKE A GREAT CONTRIBUTION TO THE EU”

    Speaking to the British-Turkish Council in Konya yesterday, Britain’s Ambassador to Turkey Peter Wetmacott said that his nation supported Turkey’s European Union membership bid and that Turkey would make a great contribution to the Union. “Great Britain places great importance on the EU’s enlargement, and Turkey’s membership would be beneficial for itself as well as for the Union,” Wetmacott stated. /Hurriyet/

    [05] YILMAZ TO ATTEND EU CONVENTION

    Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and an accompanying delegation of parliamentarians will leave for Brussels tomorrow to attend the second meeting of the Convention on the Future of the EU. Issues facing the EU in the years ahead, possible responses to these, and reforms to be made will be discussed during the convention, which will continue all year long. /Turkiye/

    [06] TURGUT: “EUROPE MUST DO MORE TO FIGHT TERRORISM”

    The Turkish General Staff’s head of Planning and Principles, Lt. Gen. Resat Turgut, yesterday called on European nations to cease supporting terrorist organizations. Speaking at the 21st meeting of the American-Turkish Council held in Washington, Turgut remarked that Europe was not doing enough to discourage and expel terrorist organizations such as the PKK, DHKP-C and Hizbullah. “Unfortunately Turkey has to deal with a double standard,” he said. “We have repeatedly tried to wake up Europe to the menace of terrorism, which threatens everybody and against which we have struggled for years. However, Turkey has been unable to find the support it was looking for in the international arena and it has even seen some European countries using Turkey for their own political ends.” /Aksam/

    [07] GUREL MEETS WITH KARZAI

    Turkish State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel, who is currently visiting Afghanistan, yesterday met with Afghanistan’s Interim government Prime Minister Hamid Karzai. Speaking to the press after their meeting, Gurel stated that Karzai had conveyed his satisfaction with bilateral relations between Turkey and Afghanistan. Gurel added that Karzai was expected to visit Turkey next week to discuss Turkey’s possible takeover of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan. /Star/

    [08] TALABANI VISITS ANKARA

    The leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Jalal Talabani, arrived in Ankara yesterday to be briefed on US Vice President Dick Cheney’s current Mideast tour, which also stopped off in Ankara yesterday. Talabani is to meet with Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ugur Ziyal today. Talabani stated that had not asked for an appointment with Cheney, adding that he was visiting Ankara to tell about his recent visit to Syria to the Turkish officials. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] DENKTAS AND CLERIDES MEET IN CYPRUS BUFFER ZONE

    As part of the direct talks process which began this January to find a solution to the Cyprus issue, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas met with Greek Cypriot leader Glafcos Clerides for the 19th time in the island’s buffer zone yesterday. Following their one- and-a-half-hour meeting, Denktas said that United Nations Special Cyprus Envoy Alvaro de Soto would go to Athens, Ankara and New York to work on the issue. Stating that it was too early to speak of a deadlock on Cyprus, Denktas added that detailed disclosure of the meetings would be given when the time was right. /Aksam/

    [10] ISTANBUL HOSTS SEMINAR ON MARITIME ENGLISH

    Today Istanbul Technical University’s Maritime Faculty (ITUMF) and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are opening a seminar today on the use of “ Maritime English” at the university’s campus. This is the world’s first seminar on Maritime English, a simplified language to help professional seafarers better communicate and avoid accidents. Representatives from maritime organization, maritime scholars, and business representatives will attend the seminar, which is due to run through Friday. /Milliyet/

    [11] DERVIS: “OUR ACUTE CRISIS IS OVER, WE ARE DOING WELL”

    Speaking at the American-Turkish Council meeting in Washington yesterday, State Minister for the Economy Kemal Dervis said that Turkey’s acute economic crisis was now over and that the government’s economic program was going well. Dervis added that the focus in Turkey was mainly on growth, but that reducing inflation was also important. /Hurriyet/

    [12] TURKISH SKIER WINS GOLD AT BALKAN GAMES

    Turkish skier Kelime Aydin scored a gold medal this week at the Balkan Winter Games held in Pompora, Bulgaria. Kelime, the first female Turkish athlete to participate in the games, came first in a field of 22 rivals from Greece, Bulgaria and Romania in the Young Women’s 30-km. Endurance Skiing Competition. Saying that she was pleased with her success, Kelime added, “My goal is to win a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy.” /Aksam/

    [13] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [14] CHENEY IN ANKARA BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Yilmaz Oztuna writes on US Vice President Dick Cheney’s visit to Ankara. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “US Vice President Dick Cheney came to Ankara from Israel yesterday afternoon and is leaving the country today. This column was written before his visit. However, the outlines of what the two sides will tell each other is pretty much certain. Turkey will warn the US of the complicated consequences of a war against Iraq, which could prove dangerous. Turkey’s participation in such a war is out of the question. However, it is also certain that it will support the US. Otherwise, in the post-war atmosphere, we may not have any say in bringing a new order to Iraq. In any case, a war in Iraq would cause severe losses for Turkey. Cheney was unable to get the answers he would have liked from Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Egypt. However, the aim of the visit may be to ensure the neutrality of the Arab countries. Washington has the firm belief that Saddam may dare to threaten the US with the biological, chemical and nuclear weapons which he possesses. If the Sept. 11 attacks had not occurred, the US claim may not have been believed. However, it can be said that Saddam and his even more horrendous son Uday intend to intimidate the US through terrorism and to furthermore carry out a ‘pan-Arab’ policy. Another point may be that the operation’s main aim may be to reduce the number of anti-American states in the Gulf region (Iran and Iraq) from two to one. What is more, after establishing a friendly state in Iraq, Washington may turn to Iran. The ‘Pax Americana’ is trying to establish itself on solid foundations. This is the essence of the US policy for the 21st century. The US is determined not to live through an experience similar to that of the Sept. 11 attacks.”

    [15] LET’S FOIL THE PLOY BY GUNGOR MENGI (SABAH)

    Columnist Gungor Mengi writes on the stance of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture regarding Abdullah Ocalan. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has asked for a television, shortwave radio and a telephone for Abdullah Ocalan, who is serving out his stentence in Imrali. The release of the report requesting this coincided with General Staff Planning and Principles Department head Lt. Gen. Resat Turgut’s speech to the American-Turkish Council’s meeting in Washington calling on Europe to stop supporting terrorism. Lt. Gen. Turgut said, ‘The West should support Turkey and point to it as a role model for other Islamic countries.’ He added that if Europe really understood the importance of Turkey’s role, it would not have supported terrorist organisations indirectly nor would it have blocked Turkey’s road to entering the EU. In fact, whether the CPT’s suggestions regarding Ocalan are made deliberately or unknowingly, it is certain that they are provoking hatred inTurkey against the EU. At a time when we expect the appreciation and support of the whole world for not executing Ocalan, who caused the death of 30,000 people and enormous losses in Turkey totalling $100 billion, they are acting to the contrary by keeping his situation continually in the news. People asking for justice are being provoked. Although his conditions in the prison are known to be acceptable and humane, new privileges are asked for him and there are requests that he be transferred to a prison where he can have contact with other inmates. Don’t they know that such a development would endanger Ocalan’s security? Or is this exactly what they want? If Turkey is a democratic state of law, it has to find a solution to counter this interference. The Turkish public supports the government’s patience in pursuing national interests rather than sacrificing its admittance to the EU, as no one has been executed for 14 years. This cannot go on indefinitely. It is time to put a stop to this problem, which may result in an accident led by provocations, and to end the exploitation of the Ocalan case for political purposes. Parliament has to adopt the amendment which would commute his death sentence to severe life imprisonment with no chance of release or amnesty. We must be aware that this problem not only blocks over the road to the EU but also the future of social calm and security. Crying out, getting tough and saying ‘you can do whatever you want with your organization’ is not the way to prove wrong those opposed to Turkey in the EU. This in fact does not serve us, but rather our opponents. Reason dictates not stepping on mines but to first sweep for them calmly. The interests of a political party should not be taken into account during such an important time.”

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