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Turkish Press Review, 02-07-08

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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> <map name="FPMap1"></map> Press &amp; Information Turkish Press Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

08.07.2002


CONTENTS

  • [01] BAHCELI: "LET'S HAVE POLLS IN NOVEMBER"
  • [02] ECEVIT COMMENTS ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
  • [03] DSP DEPUTIES TO GATHER TODAY
  • [04] PARTY LEADERS RESPOND TO BAHCELI'S CALL FOR ELECTIONS
  • [05] YILMAZ: "ANAP IS IN FAVOR OF SPRING 2004 ELECTIONS"
  • [06] CILLER: "WE ARE READY FOR EARLY ELECTIONS"
  • [07] CLINTON ARRIVING IN ISTANBUL
  • [08] TOBB CHAIRMAN TO VISIT ECEVIT
  • [09] TUSIAD TO MEET WITH AKP LEADER ERDOGAN
  • [10] DERVIS VISITS SAMOS FOR SYMPOSIUM
  • [11] REAL SECTOR GROUPS ECHO EARLY ELECTIONS CALL
  • [12] CHINESE DELEGATION VISITS TURKEY
  • [13] OTTOMAN HISTORY CONFERENCE GATHERS IN LONDON
  • [14] EPHESUS TO HOST OPERA RECITAL
  • [15] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [16] US ROLE ON CYPRUS BY YASEMIN CONGAR (MILLIYET)
  • [17] THE NATION WILL NOT FORGIVE BY SUKRU ELEKDAG (SABAH)

  • [01] BAHCELI: "LET'S HAVE POLLS IN NOVEMBER"

    Deputy Prime Minister and Nationalist Action Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli said yesterday, "As all the problems in the economy have been linked to 'political uncertainty' in Turkey, let's call Parliament for an extraordinary session on Sept.1, then at its Sept. 3 gathering let's make a decision on early elections." Bahceli proposed that the election campaign last for 60 days, as is the standard practice. "The date for the elections may be Nov. 3," he said. "Turkey may have elections under the current government headed by Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit." Bahceli made these remarks in Bursa where he attended the 11th Turkmen Convention. He told reporters that under normal conditions, the MHP wanted elections to be hold at the regularly scheduled date. "We believe that in the interest of Turkey's political stability, governments should be long lasting and elections should be held in their normally scheduled course. The coalition government leaders have also declared their desire to hold elections on time with a written statement." He added, "Despite this fact, from time to time, certain coalition parties have called for early elections, while the opposition has insisted on them." /All Papers/

    [02] ECEVIT COMMENTS ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

    Interviewed yesterday on CNN-Turk, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit replied to questions on recent developments. Pointing to the current coalition government's breakthroughs in many areas, Ecevit said that the government should complete its five-year service in power to complete all its reforms. "There is an intensive campaign to force the government to resign. However, I cannot not understand why they want this while many positive developments have been taking place," he said. Concerning a scenario that a new coalition could be formed with the True Path Party (DYP) in place of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), Ecevit stated that he did not favor such an idea and that it was unnecessary. "There is no need to break the harmony of the current government." Ecevit said. /Turkiye/

    [03] DSP DEPUTIES TO GATHER TODAY

    Following Deputy Prime Minister and Nationalist Action Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli's call to hold elections this November, Democratic Left Party (DSP) Deputy Chairwoman Rahsan Ecevit yesterday met with a group of DSP deputies including DSP Group Acting Chairman Emrehan Halici and Deputy Chairman Zeki Sezer at the party's headquarters in Ankara. The deputies not in the capital were also called for a gathering chaired by Rahsan Ecevit at 10:00 a.m. today. During the meeting, the party's internal affairs and recent developments will reportedly be discussed. /Turkiye/

    [04] PARTY LEADERS RESPOND TO BAHCELI'S CALL FOR ELECTIONS

    Following Deputy Prime Minister and Nationalist Action Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli's call for early elections, a number of political party leaders weighed in on the issue. True Path Party (DYP) deputy leader Hayri Kozakcioglu said that his party was ready to support a range of measures that might precede early elections this fall. He added that work for Turkey's European Union membership bid should be done under a new government and Parliament. Stating that his party was ready for elections, Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "There's no need to wait until November. The Parliament should convene in August and let's start the election campaign. We have no time to lose." Felicity Party (SP) deputy leader Mehmet Bekaroglu charged that Bahceli's call for early elections was "insincere." Stating that his party favored early elections, too, Bekaroglu said, "If Bahceli is sincere about this issue, Parliament should be convened as soon as possible. However, I think that Bahceli's call for elections is a tactic, which he made to ensure a place for his party in the political wake after Ecevit leaves his post." In addition, Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal said that the government had "run its natural course" and that it was incapable of harmoniously implementing policies to solve Turkey's major problems. Stating that the government was unable to fulfill its duties or shoulder its responsibilities anymore, Baykal added that that the government was also failing to take important steps for EU membership. /Turkiye/

    [05] YILMAZ: "ANAP IS IN FAVOR OF SPRING 2004 ELECTIONS"

    Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Mesut Yilmaz yesterday reacted to Nationalist Action Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli's call for early elections. Yilmaz stated that his party was in favor of elections being held in 2004, their regular date, as the coalition parties had decided at the leaders' summit. "ANAP thinks that it will be advantageous for Turkey to hold elections in 2004," he stated, adding however that his party was ready for early elections. /Milliyet/

    [06] CILLER: "WE ARE READY FOR EARLY ELECTIONS"

    True Path Party (DYP) leader Tansu Ciller said yesterday that her party was ready for early elections on Nov. 3, as called for by Nationalist Action Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli. Ciller also said that the Political Parties Law and steps for Turkey's European Union membership bid should be taken before that date. In related news, Ciller has obtained an appointment to meet with Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit tomorrow. /Hurriyet/

    [07] CLINTON ARRIVING IN ISTANBUL

    Former US President Bill Clinton is to visit Turkey today as a guest of the Turkish-American Businessmen's Association (TABA). Clinton is scheduled to give a speech on Turkish-European-US relations vis--vis the European Union tomorrow at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace. Clinton is also expected to meet with Turkish businessmen, members of Parliament and bureaucrats. Deputy Prime Minister and Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Mesut Yilmaz is also expected to meet Clinton. The former president previously visited Turkey while still in office, in 1999. /Sabah/

    [08] TOBB CHAIRMAN TO VISIT ECEVIT

    Union of Turkish Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) Chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu is to visit Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit today at the Prime Ministry's residence. Hisarciklioglu cancelled his visits to the eastern cities of Bayburt and Gumushane in order to be able to attend the meeting. /Hurriyet/

    [09] TUSIAD TO MEET WITH AKP LEADER ERDOGAN

    Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) Chairman Tuncay Ozilhan and an accompanying delegation will meet with opposition Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan today at a luncheon in Istanbul. Erdogan will be accompanied by several AKP deputies, including former Finance Minister Abdullatif Sener as well as Ali Coskun. The issues of political uncertainty, the economy and early election discussion spurred by Nationalist Action Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli are expected to be discussed at the meeting. TUSIAD had said it wanted to meet with AKP officials since the party plays a key role in Parliament concerning Turkey's European Union membership process and it is attracting increasing support among voters. /Milliyet/

    [10] DERVIS VISITS SAMOS FOR SYMPOSIUM

    The Fifth International Symi Symposium organized by the Andreas Papandreou Foundation began on the Greek island of Samos over the weekend. Turkish State Economy Minister Kemal Dervis is representing Turkey at the symposium, which is scheduled to end next week. Among other attendees are former US President Bill Clinton and Javier Solana, European Union's secretary- general and high representative for the common foreign and security policy. Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou is chairing the symposium, which brings together a host of prominent figures such as high-level politicians, intellectuals and scientists. The agenda of the symposium has been influenced by events in recent months in New York, Afghanistan, and the Middle East, their effects on perceptions of international relations, and the effective management of these relations. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] REAL SECTOR GROUPS ECHO EARLY ELECTIONS CALL

    A number of representatives of the real sector voiced their support for early elections in the wake of yesterday's call by Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli for polls to be held this fall. Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) Chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu stated that people had the right to demand early elections in democratic societies, underlining that delaying elections by claiming that they could hurt the economy would be a mistake. He also stated that the TOBB considered amending the Political Parties and Elections Law a must for further democratization. In addition, the Turkish Association of Agriculturalists (TZD), the Foreign Capital Association (YASED) and the Young Businessmen's Association (TUGIK) also expressed their support for early elections, stressing that Turkey had no time to waste. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] CHINESE DELEGATION VISITS TURKEY

    A delegation of 12 representatives from nine Chinese firms is scheduled to arrive in Istanbul today to hold a three-day meeting with Turkish exporters. The delegation will also visit Ankara on Thursday. The Chinese businessmen are expected to visit a number of factories during their visit. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] OTTOMAN HISTORY CONFERENCE GATHERS IN LONDON

    Famous historians and scholars will gather together in Britain today for the 15th International Committee of Pre-Ottoman and Ottoman Studies. The conference will be held at the London School of Economics through Friday. Well-known academics, including Professors Salahi Sonyel, Ilber Ortayli, Sina Aksin, and Kemal Karpat as well as Orhan Kologlu will discuss all aspects of Ottoman Empire history, including art, politics, economy, medicine, and culture. /Aksam/

    [14] EPHESUS TO HOST OPERA RECITAL

    Renowned baritone Mesut Iktu, a performer with Istanbul's State Opera and Ballet as well as a member of Mimar Sinan University's Opera Department, is scheduled tomorrow to give a recital at the Celsus library in the Ancient city of Ephesus. The concert, during which Iktu is set to perform 21 opera arias and other works, is being held to celebrate the first anniversary of the Praktiker Market in nearby Izmir, and is sponsored by Praktiker owner Metro AG. Iktu will be accompanied by Russian pianist Sergei Gavrilov, and he is expected this October to perform the same works at Eskisehir's International Music Festival. While Iktu is famous for his renditions of the works of Gustav Mahler, he has pledged to also perform pieces by young Turkish composers so as to support their works. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [16] US ROLE ON CYPRUS BY YASEMIN CONGAR (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Yasemin Congar writes on the probable role of the US in a solution of the Cyprus problem. A summary of her column is as follows:

    "The lack of progress in face-to-face negotiations between the leaders of two communities on the island strengthens the possibility of a Cyprus crisis at the end of the year. Those who say that if the EU invites Cyprus by only addressing the Greek Cypriot administration then no alternative will be left to Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Cyprus (TRNC) but to draw a 'separate but joint' path, are giving indications that they are inclined to integrate the north of the island with Turkey. US diplomats are following these indications with concern. They believe that the integration of the TRNC with Turkey may result in a deterioration of relations with both Greece and the EU and even with the West in general. This deterioration may spook foreign investors, upset the markets and cause new tremors in the Turkish economy. For Washington, which probably will ask for Turkey's support at the end of the year for a strike in Iraq, this is a pessimistic scenario. There may be those who think that the weaker Turkey is the more it may suit the US' purposes, as it can use Turkey easily to do its bidding. It is true that economic and political troubles have weakened Ankara's hand to act effectively and independently in regional matters. However, Washington cannot trust the support of a weak Ankara. We could see the strengthening of anti-western, anti-American feelings and the emergence of Islamist or ultra-nationalist currents if there is a crisis over Cyprus- EU relations. Therefore, a fire spread by a Cypriot admittance into the EU is contrary to US interests. However, the US administration has not changed its policy of supporting Cypriot admittance into the EU with or without a solution, as they consider EU membership to be in the benefit of both sides. When asked how they can be both frightened of a fire but in favor of the first spark which may ignite it, the US officials are saying that EU membership must encourage a political solution on the island. Notwithstanding the impasse in the Denktas-Clerides negotiations, this hope is being reiterated. One US diplomat has said that if the sides take advantage of a new opportunity which will give them a calendar for a solution in autumn, a great stride will have to been taken not only for the Turkish Cypriots but also for Turkey's admittance into the Union. This belief gives the impression that Turks are participating in the negotiations not to find a solution to the problem, but rather to show that they are not the ones hampering a solution. The US official said that if Cyprus were admitted into the EU as it is, many Turkish Cypriots would leave the TRNC and take Greek Cypriot and European passports. Two scholars of the subject, Philip H. Gordon from the Brookings Institute and Henri Barkey from Lehigh University, have a suggestion on the issue which ties a solution to the Cyprus issue to Turkey's admittance to the Union. The admittance of the Greek Cypriots should not be considered the end of a process but rather the first step for the Turkish side's admittance together with Turkey's admittance into the organization. These two analysts believe that Athens and the Greek Cypriot side should be persuaded to accept Turkey's EU membership and a political solution in Cyprus, and that Ankara should be discouraged from integrating Northern Cyprus. Gordon and Barkey know that it will not be easy, but are of the opinion that preventing a crisis in the Turkey-EU-West triangle lies this way."

    [17] THE NATION WILL NOT FORGIVE BY SUKRU ELEKDAG (SABAH)

    Retired Ambassador Sukru Elekdag writes on the barriers before Turkey's entrance to the European Union. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "In order for Turkey to get out of the dangerous impasse it is currently in, it needs not only a healthy prime minister but also a government focused on the country's membership to the EU, one where the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) is not represented. If such an administration formula is not immediately put into effect, uncertainty and instability will continue and therefore the fire in the markets will remain roaring. At the point we're at now, it is not enough for Ecevit to withdraw and be replaced by a new prime minister to boost the markets and establish stability. The key factor which would boost the economy would be Ankara's success in getting a date for accession negotiations at the end of the year from the EU. If this is achieved, it will be proof to the whole world that Turkey has settled into a stable orbit. In the history of the EU, there is no country which has entered the negotiations process and then been rejected. Kemal Dervis is working on this point in agreement with business circles and he has stressed that if deadlock on the issue continues, the country will be unable to emerge from its crisis. Getting a date for accession negotiations from the EU will be a 'quality certificate' for this government. Thus, it will regain the credibility and confidence it has lost both on domestic and foreign markets. If this hapens, the funds fleeing the system will return to the economy and serve to trigger growth. In such an environment, foreign capital will find Turkey attractive and Turkey's fate will change. However, the coalition parties are throwing the present and future of Turkey into danger out of fear of not being elected again. They are stealing the future of the country for their blind ambitions. They are deciding to freeze questions on the EU leading to dispute within the government just to rule a little longer as a government. Thus they are inviting a new economic crisis and blocking Turkey's road to reach the standards of modern civilization. The future of the country is more precious than the future of its political parties. Unfortunately the Parliament has stayed silent and failed to take any initiative regarding the recent developments. Under these conditions, the only way out seems to enter elections as soon as possible."

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