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Turkish Press Review, 03-10-13

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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 : newspot@byegm.gov.tr <caption> <_caption> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

13.10.2003

FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS “BUSH IN BABYLON” BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN REELECTED AS RULING PARTY LEADER
  • [02] GUL TO ATTEND OIC SUMMIT IN MALAYSIA
  • [03] BAHCELI REELECTED TO MHP HELM
  • [04] BARZANI ASKS ARAB LEAGUE HEAD TO OPPOSE TURKISH TROOPS IN IRAQ
  • [05] ANKARA CELEBRATES 80TH ANNIVERSARY AS TURKEY’S CAPITAL
  • [06] INDEPENDENT DEPUTY JOINS AKP
  • [07] FISCHER: “THE EU SHOULD ADMIT TURKEY AFTER IT FULFILLS THE COPENHAGEN CRITERIA”
  • [08] IMF GIVES HIGH MARKS TO ANKARA’S WAR AGAINST INFLATION
  • [09] ISTANBUL TO HOST PROCESSING ZONES ASSOCIATION MEETING
  • [10] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [11] “BUSH IN BABYLON” BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN REELECTED AS RULING PARTY LEADER

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday was unanimously reelected as leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) at the AKP’s first regular congress in Ankara. Over 1,400 delegates attended the congress. In elections for the AKP’s Central Executive Board (MKYK), the number of women holding seats rose to 10. Beside these new members, State Minister Besir Atalay and Justice Minister Cemil Cicek also joined the board. Party Assembly members and Disciplinary Council members were also elected. Addressing the congress, Erdogan said Turkey’s aims in sending troops to Iraq were peace and the improvement of the country’s humanitarian situation. Among many foreign guests attending the congress were Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu, Greek Development Minister Akis Cohacopulos, European Liberal Democrats Group leader Graham Watson, and Greek Ambassador to Ankara Petros Molidiatis. /All Papers/

    [02] GUL TO ATTEND OIC SUMMIT IN MALAYSIA

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday flew to Malaysia to attend an Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) foreign ministers’ summit set to begin there today. The main topic of the meeting will be the Iraq issue, with Gul expected to brief his counterparts about Turkey’s decision to send troops to Iraq. He is also to hold bilateral meetings with the top diplomats from various Islamic countries. Meanwhile, Iraq will be represented by Muhsin Abdulhami and Mahmoud Othman (Osman), two members of its Governing Council. Following this meeting, on Thursday, the OIC member countries’ heads of state will convene for three days. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer is set to travel to Malaysia on Wednesday to attend this meeting. /Turkiye/

    [03] BAHCELI REELECTED TO MHP HELM

    Devlet Bahceli yesterday was overwhelmingly reelected leader of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) at the party’s national congress in Ankara. Bahceli won 688 votes, while all his competitors combined received fewer than 450. Speaking to the congress, Bahceli charged that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government was using Turkey’s European Union membership bid to advance its own political ends. A former government coalition partner, the MHP has held no seats in Parliament since last fall’s elections. /Milliyet/

    [04] BARZANI ASKS ARAB LEAGUE HEAD TO OPPOSE TURKISH TROOPS IN IRAQ

    After meeting yesterday in Cairo with Arab League head Amr Musa, Massoud Barzani, leader of the Iraqi Kurdish Democratic Party (IKDP) and member of Iraq’s Governing Council, urged that the league join him in opposing Turkish troop deployment in Iraq. “We are against troop deployment by Turkey or other countries in the region,” said Barzani. “We want support from the Arab League.” Responding to Barzani’s request, Musa said the league would support “any stance of the Governing Council on troop deployment from Turkey or any other country in the region.” Though Barzani and other individual Kurdish members of the council have publicly opposed troop deployment, the council itself has yet to release any official statement on the issue. /Star/

    [05] ANKARA CELEBRATES 80TH ANNIVERSARY AS TURKEY’S CAPITAL

    On Oct. 13, 1923, the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) issued a unanimous declaration making Ankara Turkey’s capital, and today the city is set to celebrate its 80th anniversary with a host of activities. State museums will be open to the public free of charge. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer is also scheduled this afternoon to receive a delegation headed by Ankara Provincial Governor Yahya Gur to mark the occasion. /Sabah/

    [06] INDEPENDENT DEPUTY JOINS AKP

    Cemal Kaya, an independent deputy from the eastern province of Agrý, joined the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) yesterday after its first regular congress. Kaya’s action boosts the AKP’s majority in Parliament to 368, one vote more than the 367 needed to pass constitutional amendments without opposition help. /Hurriyet/

    [07] FISCHER: “THE EU SHOULD ADMIT TURKEY AFTER IT FULFILLS THE COPENHAGEN CRITERIA”

    Turkey joining the ranks of the European Union is a must for the EU’s future, said German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer yesterday. “Turkey is a part of Europe and when it fulfills the Copenhagen criteria, it should join the Union,” said Fischer. “It’s an obligation for the Union to take in Turkey, and those who shrink from this will pay the price later.” He added that the failure of Ankara’s bid would hurt the EU more than it would Turkey. “Those who oppose Turkey’s EU bid should ask themselves what the EU stands to lose,” he warned. “We will do our best to bring around those who are opposed.” /Aksam/

    [08] IMF GIVES HIGH MARKS TO ANKARA’S WAR AGAINST INFLATION

    A new International Monetary Fund report gives high marks to Ankara’s victories in the war against inflation, ranking its success since 2000 as number six worldwide. Turkey’s cumulative inflation over the period was 44.8%, though this year’s annual rate is expected to be just over half of that. In 1990-99, Turkey’s anti-inflationary policies were ranked number 30. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] ISTANBUL TO HOST PROCESSING ZONES ASSOCIATION MEETING

    The world Economic Processing Zones Association (WEPZA) is set to hold its 25th anniversary conference in Istanbul on Oct. 19-21. At the meeting, the role of processing zones in the enhancement of trade capacity will be taken up. /Turkiye/

    [10] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

    [11] “BUSH IN BABYLON” BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Derya Sazak comments on Tariq Ali’s new book ‘Bush in Babylon.’ A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Following its publication in the US and Britain, antiwar crusader Tariq Ali’s new book ‘Bush in Babylon’: The Recolonisation of Iraq’ has just come out in Turkey. Pakistani-born Ali is one of the leading activists of the 1968 generation. He has worked for peace in Vietnam and Palestine, and he currently works in London as an editor for the journal New Left Review. I once interviewed him just after Sept. 11. After speaking with Iraqi exiles, he wrote on the US war in Iraq in his new book. ‘If you want to know how Iraqi children really see the invasion, look them straight in the eye!’ he writes.

    Turkey is preparing to send soldiers to Iraq. According to Ali, the occupation is still crawling along. He thinks a broader national resistance might rise in the future. If the Iraqi Communist Party, some Kurdish organizations and Shiites join up the resistance, wouldn’t this frustrate the US’ plans to stay in Iraq indefinitely? In his book, Ali also writes about Iraq’s being divided up ‘de facto.’ He thinks the rising resistance to the occupation will cause Iraq’s Balkanization. He also emphasizes the future of 2 million Kurds living in Baghdad. As we consider sending troops to our troubled neighbor, this book is an indispensable guide.”

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