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Turkish Press Review, 03-10-06
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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> e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org <caption> <_caption> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning
06.10.2003FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS
 CABINET TO DISCUSS IRAQ DEPLOYMENT ISSUEThe Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to convene today in Ankara. During the meeting, both the recent situation in Iraq and the issue of sending troops there will be taken up. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is also to brief the ministers about his many foreign contacts during the recent United Nations General Assembly Meeting in New York. /All Papers/
 ERDOGAN: “THE ERA OF AUSTERITY HAS ENDED”Speaking to the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) provincial chairmen yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the government was moving ahead by eliminating all obstacles blocking its path. Regarding the Supreme Board of Elections’ (YSK) decision this weekend not to annul the results of last year’s general elections, Erdogan said, “This matter is off the table. It’s over. The YSK has issued its final decision.” Stressing that certain circles were trying to erect obstacles to frustrate the government’s goals, the premier said that the judiciary was also helping to clear their way. Concerning Turkey’s recent economic situation, Erdogan stated that all figures signaled continued positive developments. “The era of austerity policies for Turkey has ended,” he stated. “Now we’re on a road of development and growth.” /Turkiye/
 GUL: “THERE’S NO SET DATE FOR POSSIBLE IRAQ TROOP DEPLOYMENT”Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said yesterday that as yet there was no definite date regarding a possible Turkish troop deployment in Iraq. Speaking in Kayseri, Gul told reporters that the issue would be taken up at today’s Cabinet meeting. He said that following the Cabinet discussions and in line with its decision, details of the matter would be settled by the Foreign Ministry and the military. Regarding Turkey’s European Union membership bid, Gul said that Turkey was making progress on its road to joining the EU. As evidence of this, he cited an EU meeting in Rome a week ago, pointing out that there for the first time, Turkey attended an EU meeting alongside EU member countries’ representatives. Asserting that Turkey would make a good impression on the EU in the year to come, Gul said, “I hope Turkey will begin accessions talks at the end of 2004.” The EU is set to decide on whether to begin those talks with Ankara at its December 2004 summit. /Turkiye/
 IPUK’S SALIH ARRIVES IN ANKARAIraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (IPUK) official Berham Salih yesterday arrived in Ankara to discuss recent developments in his country with Turkish officials. Speaking to reporters, Salih said that Turkey’s contribution to a democratic and federal Iraq would be vital, adding that Iraq would cooperate with its neighbors in the interests of peace and stability. In related news, State Minister Kursat Tuzmen yesterday met with Ganim Sultan Abdullah, the visiting mayor of Mosul in northern Iraq. During their talks, Abdullah reportedly proposed that Turkey establish a consulate in his city. He also briefed Tuzmen on Iraq’s recent electricity supply problems. /Cumhuriyet/
 YTP LEADER CEM CRITICIZES AKP’S IRAQI POLICYNew Turkey Party (YTP) leader Ismail Cem yesterday criticized the policy on Iraq pursued by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), charging that the government was committing grave errors on the issue. Cem added that Turkey shouldn’t send its troops to Iraq in the absence of a UN resolution. /Cumhuriyet/
 TOBB CHAIRMAN: “TO CREATE JOBS, TURKEY’S INVESTMENT CLIMATE NEEDS IMPROVEMENT”Speaking to the Fourth Domestic Goods Fair organized by the Cyprus Chamber of Industry in Girne (Kyrenia) yesterday, Rifat Hisarciklioglu, chairman of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB), said that Turkey was continuing to implement the nation’s economic program with determination and that it would continue to do so. Hisarciklioglu added that in order to bring down unemployment, Turkey’s investment climate needed to be improved. He stressed that without certain critical reforms, it would continue to be difficult to attract foreign capital. Touching on the Supreme Board of Elections’ (YSK) decision this weekend not to cancel last year’s election results, Hisarciklioglu said that now the issue should be dropped and that failing to do so would endanger the nation’s well- being. Also touching on the Iraq troop deployment issue, which the government is set to decide on this week, Hisarciklioglu said that Turkey had suffered greatly in the past due to the power vacuum in Iraq and moreover lost nearly 35,000 of its people in the fight against the PKK_ KADEK terrorist group. He stated that a recently approved $8.5 billion US loan would help bring down interest rates and restructure Turkey’s debt, adding that this in turn would help the economy to grow. /Cumhuriyet/
 DIRECTORS, ACTORS RECEIVE ACCOLADES AT ANTALYA’S GOLDEN ORANGE FILM FESTIVALWinning directors and actors last night picked up their prizes at the 40th Altin Portakal (Golden Orange) Film Festival awards ceremony in Antalya. Omer Kavur received the Best Director award for “Karsilasma” (Encounter) while, “Metropol Kabus” (Metropolitan Nightmare) director Umit Cin Guven got the Special Jury Prize. Meltem Cumbul was named Best Actress for her performance in “Abdulhamit Duserken” (The Fall of Abdulhamit) while Tarik Akan won Best Actor for his turn in “Gulum” (My Rose) /Milliyet/
 30,000 ATTEND OPENING FOR ANKARA’S “WONDERLAND,” TURKEY’S LARGEST PUBLIC PARK“Wonderland,” Turkey’s largest public park, officially opened for visitors yesterday in Ankara with a gala celebration. Among the crowd of 30,000 who attended were Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara Municipality Mayor Melih Gokcek, government ministers, parliamentarians and businessmen. The 1.2 million-square meter park features recreational grounds, a congress hall, an amphitheater, sports facilities, and a huge “Fairy Tale Island” for children. /Sabah/
 FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS
 DIVIDED MIND ON CYPRUS BU FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)Columnist Fikret Bila writes on two conflicting views within Ankara on the Cyprus issue. A summary of his column is as follows:
“One thing that’s become clear in the runup to December’s elections in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is that Ankara has a divided mind on the island’s future.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is supporting the Turkish Cypriot opposition against the current Denktas administration. The main impetus for this policy is the European Union’s pressure on Ankara. Certain EU circles, including EU Commissioner for Enlargement Guenter Verheugen, are pressuring Ankara to persuade the Denktas administration to negotiate over the plan prepared by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, a plan considered ‘sine qua non’ by them for a permanent settlement on the island. Under these circumstances, the AKP government seems to be willing to sacrifice Denktas for the sake of its good relations with the EU.
However, both the presidency and the General Staff Office believe that Ankara should maintain its traditional Cyprus policy by standing firm with the Denktas administration. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul has pledged to the EU that Ankara will make significant progress on the issue after the island’s elections, which means the AKP government believes the opposition party will form a new administration which favors Annan’s plan.
However, it’s unclear whether or not the AKP’s Cyprus policy would benefit Turkey on its path towards EU membership. The Cankaya presidency believes that no concessions should be made before Ankara is sure the EU would facilitate Turkey’s membership process if it pushes for a settlement in line with the UN plan.
In short, this is Ankara’s starkest dispute on the Cyprus issue in some 40 years.”
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