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Turkish Press Review, 02-04-03

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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

03.04.2002


CONTENTS

  • [01] ECEVIT RECEIVES MESSAGE FROM SADDAM
  • [02] CEM: “THE US SHOULD DO MORE TO END SUICIDE BOMBINGS”
  • [03] IMF’S KRUEGER: “TURKEY IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK”
  • [04] DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE ON TANK DEAL WITH ISRAEL
  • [05] CIVIL GROUPS PROTEST ISRAEL
  • [06] IRAN: “THE PKK IS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION”
  • [07] ISRAEL PULLS OUT OF JOINT TURKISH-US MANEUVERS
  • [08] DEMIREL BIDS FAREWELL TO BRITAIN’S QUEEN MOTHER
  • [09] ALTERNATIFBANK IN TALKS WITH FRENCH CREDIT AGRICOLE
  • [10] TURKISH WEEK CELEBRATED IN CAIRO
  • [11] ARTISTS WORK TO RAISE PROFILE OF ANCIENT LYCIANS
  • [12] INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IN ISTANBUL
  • [13] BARANSEL’S PAINTINGS FEATURED IN MICHELANGELO TRIBUTE
  • [14] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [15] LESSONS FROM PALESTINE BY MUMTAZ SOYSAL (CUMHURIYET)
  • [16] TERROR IS A DEAD END BY HASAN CEMAL (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ECEVIT RECEIVES MESSAGE FROM SADDAM

    State Minister Tunca Toskay met yesterday with Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, carrying with him a message from Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein from Toskay’s recent visit to Iraq. Asked by reporters about the letter’s contents, Toskay said that it concerned Turkey’s outlook on the region and on recent events. “The message also includes suggestions towards averting problems which could also affect Turkey’s future in the region,” Toskay added. /Hurriyet/

    [02] CEM: “THE US SHOULD DO MORE TO END SUICIDE BOMBINGS”

    Speaking to the Parliament yesterday, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said that the United States should take a more active role in stopping the wave of suicide bombings in the Middle East. Cem also stated that the US could contribute to ending the current conflict by assuming an impartial stance towards the two sides. “We support the resolution passed by the UN Security Council last week and believe that it should be implemented immediately,” Cem added. /Hurriyet/

    [03] IMF’S KRUEGER: “TURKEY IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK”

    Answering questions on Turkey, International Monetary Fund deputy Manager Director Anne Krueger said yesterday that Turkey was on the right track and that the government’s economic program was also going well. /Aksam/

    [04] DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE ON TANK DEAL WITH ISRAEL

    Against a backdrop of the volatile Mideast situation and Israel’s incursion into the Palestinian West Bank, public debate in Turkey continues to swirl around whether or not to honor an M-60 tank modernization contract signed with Israel. Answering reporters’ questions on the topic yesterday, Defense Minister Sabahattin Cakmakoglu said that any cancellation of the deal would have to come through a decision by the Defense Industry Executive Committee headed by Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. He added that modernization of F-14, F-5 and F-4 fighter jets had also been carried out by Israel during the tenure of previous Turkish governments. Meanwhile, Felicity Party (SP) leader Recai Kutan, Bulent Arinc from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Turhan Guven from the True Path Party (DYP) all issued calls to the government to suspend the tank modernization deal due to Israel’s West Bank military operation. /Turkiye/

    [05] CIVIL GROUPS PROTEST ISRAEL

    A host of political parties, trade unions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and students joined forces in Istanbul yesterday to protest Israel’s laying siege to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and moving into the Palestinian territories. A group calling itself “The Peace Initiators” made up of scholars, writers, artists and journalists issued a joint statement to denounce recent Israeli operations against the Palestinians and stressing the need for the United Nations to take immediate measures against the escalating violence in the Middle East. The group called for worldwide cooperation to aid and support the Palestinians. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] IRAN: “THE PKK IS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION”

    State Minister Mehmet Kececiler yesterday received Iran’s Ambassador to Turkey Muhammed Huseyin Lavasani. Speaking to reporters prior to their meeting, Lavasani remarked that Iran had always attached great importance to Turkey’s concerns about the terrorist organization PKK. Recalling a meeting between Iranian President Muhammad Khatami and Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem some two years ago, Lavasani said, “Khatami gave his assurances to Cem at that time that Turkey’s security was synonymous with Iran’s security.” He also remarked that Iran always stood ready to take practical measures against terrorist groups. “Iran and Turkey have both identified the PKK and the People’s Mujahadeen Organization in Iran as terrorist organizations,” said Lavasani. “That’s why both countries have to fight against these groups.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] ISRAEL PULLS OUT OF JOINT TURKISH-US MANEUVERS

    Israel announced yesterday that it was pulling out of planned military maneuvers with Turkey and the United States scheduled for April 22-May 4 near Konya. In so doing, Israel withdrew from its first-ever joint maneuvers with the two countries. Israel cited the current unstable situation in the Middle East as a reason for its withdrawal. The letter added that Israel still hoped to participate in joint maneuvers scheduled for June and October. /Sabah/

    [08] DEMIREL BIDS FAREWELL TO BRITAIN’S QUEEN MOTHER

    Former President Suleyman Demirel yesterday signed the book of condolences opened at Ankara’s British Embassy for Great Britain’s Queen Mother Elizabeth, who died late last week. Speaking of the Queen Mother, Demirel told reporters, “I knew her. We were invited to dinner at the Buckingham Palace. She was a great lady who served her country well. May God’s mercy and grace go with her.” Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz also signed the condolences book. /Sabah/

    [09] ALTERNATIFBANK IN TALKS WITH FRENCH CREDIT AGRICOLE

    Alternatifbank (Abank), a division of the Anadolu Group, has entered into negotiations with French Credit Agricole Indosuez to form a possible partnership, it was announced yesterday. Anadolu head Tuncay Ozilhan, who is also president of the Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association, said that the talks were due to last through June 30, by which time the two banks hope to arrive at a positive result. /Milliyet/

    [10] TURKISH WEEK CELEBRATED IN CAIRO

    “Turkish Week” is currently being celebrated in Cairo, Egypt, with a wide variety of activities. Turkish Culture Minister Istemihan Talay helped kick off the event at the Sheraton Hotel in Cairo on Monday with the attendance of a number of distinguished Turkish and Egyptian guests. During the ceremony, a fashion show was presented and authentic Turkish food was promoted along with Turkish music. Earlier in the week, Talay also attended the opening ceremony for a Turkish martyrs’ cemetery which was restored by Turkey’s MNG Holding Company. The Turkish Week activities are set to last through Friday. /Turkiye/

    [11] ARTISTS WORK TO RAISE PROFILE OF ANCIENT LYCIANS

    Artists living in the Mediterranean city of Kas have begun a campaign to raise awareness and the profile of the ancient Lycians, a people who established an important civilization which thrived in Anatolia for several hundred years straddling the BC_AD line. The coalition of sculptors and mosaic artists hopes to educate the public through such projects as new and restored mosaic installations, classes, and underwater sculpture gardens. The artists are working in league with the Kamera Media Co. and the Ucgen Communication Counseling Group, but they are still seeking a sponsor for the Lycian awareness project. /Sabah/

    [12] INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IN ISTANBUL

    The 14th Istanbul International Short Film Festival, an annual event designed to present a selection of short films from various countries to Turkish audiences, is set to start tomorrow. Among the participating countries are Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Britain, Spain and Hungary. The festival will last through April 10. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] BARANSEL’S PAINTINGS FEATURED IN MICHELANGELO TRIBUTE

    Zeynep Baransel, a Turkish painter who is also a student at the famous Accademia di Belle Arti (Florence, Italy’s State Academy of Fine Arts), is currently participating in an exhibition being held in honor of Michelangelo at the Casa Buonarrotti Museum in Florence. The exhibition, which features 24 of Baransel’s paintings, will be open through May 6. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [15] LESSONS FROM PALESTINE BY MUMTAZ SOYSAL (CUMHURIYET)

    Columnist Mumtaz Soysal writes on lessons to be drawn from the Palestinian problem. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “The incidents which occurred in Palestine on the heels of similar events in Bosnia and Kosovo have pointed out the need to draw lessons for parallel problems in other places, and particularly for Cyprus. Those offering their views on the Cyprus issue should learn these lessons. The first one concerns situations where people of different cultures both historically and geographically are forced to live on the same piece of land. However different their cultures may be, they will consider the land they are born in as their own country. Under these circumstances, it is not easy to share a common land with the idea of peaceful coexistence. The differences and the memories of the past sometimes have greater influences. The easiest formula is to try a separation on the land based on cultural differences in order to avert possible frictions. Even in Europe, where these frictions stemming from differences are often overcome after lengthy processes, the main factor unifying the states is based on the unity of nations. It is interesting to note that the bloodshed in Cyprus was stopped by just such a separation. Didn’t the chaos and murders in Palestine began when Britain opened these lands to the immigration of Jews with the 1917 Balfour Declaration? The second lesson to be learned is that in such lands only societies which unite under certain beliefs and cultures can survive and protect themselves, and those who cannot do so are defeated. Along these lines, foreign efforts aimed at causing the internal decay and disintegration in Northern Cyprus can be better understood. The third lesson is the most important of them all. The oppression of the Palestinians, notwithstanding their personal sacrifices, stems from the fact there is no power to protect them. Everyone is a bystander. The real aim of the efforts to leave Northern Cyprus bereft of the support of Turkey’s military power can be explained by this lesson drawn from the Palestinian issue.”

    [16] TERROR IS A DEAD END BY HASAN CEMAL (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Hasan Cemal writes on the Palestinian issue. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “It must be stressed one more time that the policy Sharon is pursuing is a dead end. Prime Minister Sharon’s policies based on violence did not open and are not opening the doors of security for Israel, as violence begets more violence. Due to these policies radical Islam and religious fanaticism are growing and support for bin Laden is increasing. It must be pointed out that a political solution must be found to the problem, not a military one. Israel has to stop its military offensive, withdraw from Ramallah and the West Bank at once, and lift the siege of Yasser Arafat. In addition, a cease-fire must be announced, the two sides must sit at the negotiating table with no preconditions and Arafat must denounce the suicide bombings coming from the Palestinian side (which has resulted in the deaths of 111 Israeli citizens) and also avoid encouraging the bombers in one way or another. However, it is still impossible to enter into any meaningful negotiations with an olive branch in one hand and a weapon in the other. Therefore hostilities must cease. The tragedy of the Palestinians should not be forgotten. It is impossible to understand today’s events while ignoring the sufferings of refugees who were driven out of their land with the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948. But one should not be a captive to the past. The state of Israel is a historical fact. Unless the Palestinians accept the presence of the Israeli state, no peace can be achieved. In the same vein, the Israelis have to accept the presence of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. Palestinians believe that they have made the utmost concessions by accepting the presence of Israel as a state on Palestinian lands. Some of them are not even satisfied with this. Those who would like to eliminate the Israeli state are mainly seen among the religious fanatics. Suicide bombing is not conducted only against the occupation of Israel, their ultimate aim to terminate the Israeli state itself. They have differences of opinion among themselves. Some believe that this should be done in stages. They believe that the first stage should be proclamation of an independent Palestinian state. Those who oppose Israel in this way are not satisfied with half-solutions. They think that Israel should be attacked with all kinds of violence and terrorism and that in time the Jews will lose the desire to live on these lands, and an Islamic order could be founded on the Israeli territory. Therefore, terrorist organizations such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hizbullah, and their actions of terrorism in Israel must be evaluated properly. A Palestinian-Israeli peace may not suit the purposes of these organizations. Saddam wouldn’t like it either. Neither will Tehran. Therefore, all these forces and regimes are in favor of the spreading fire in the Middle East, as it leads to the strengthening of radical Islam in Arab and Islamic countries. However, if the Zionist enemy is eliminated, radical Islamic opposition will turn on the ruling powers in these countries. Slogans are not enough to bring a lasting and fair peace to the region. Maybe former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is right in saying that some crises can only be managed, not solved.”

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