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Turkish Press Review, 04-06-08

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

08.06.2004

FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “TURKEY HAS TAKEN IMPORTANT STEPS, NOW THE BALL’S IN THE EU’S COURT”
  • [02] ERDOGAN APPROVES THIRD ARMY CORPS TO SERVE, COMMAND IN AFGHANISTAN
  • [03] ERDOGAN TO ADDRESS G-8 MEETING IN THE US
  • [04] GUL MEETS WITH MUBARAK
  • [05] CABINET RESOLVES TO SPEED UP REFORM PACKAGES
  • [06] 84TH ANNIVERSARY OF DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION MARKED
  • [07] BROADCASTS IN LOCAL LANGUAGES BEGIN
  • [08] EU COMMISSION REPORTEDLY URGES ANKARA TO SIGN TRADE PACT WITH GREEK CYPRUS
  • [09] IMF DELEGATION VISITS TUSIAD, DISCUSSES POSSIBLE POSTPONEMENT OF ANKARA’S DEBTS TO THE FUND
  • [10] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [11] TRT HEAD: “REACTIONS HAVE BEEN POSITIVE” BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “TURKEY HAS TAKEN IMPORTANT STEPS, NOW THE BALL’S IN THE EU’S COURT”

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted a banquet last night in the honor of the Ankara ambassadors of European Union member and candidate countries. During the occasion, Erdogan told the gathered ambassadors about Turkey’s reforms on its road to EU membership. Stressing that though Turkey had not reached its ultimate goal, it “has taken important steps,” Erdogan stated that Ankara hoped a decision would be made at the December EU summit to begin its accession talks in early 2005. Pointing out that certain states had implemented EU criteria only after joining the pact, Erdogan said that Turkey had already fulfilled most of them. “Now its the EU’s turn to take steps,” he added. /Milliyet/

    [02] ERDOGAN APPROVES THIRD ARMY CORPS TO SERVE, COMMAND IN AFGHANISTAN

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday approved Istanbul’s Third Army Corps to serve in Afghanistan as part of the NATO peacekeeping force there. After a briefing by bureaucrats on the matter, Erdogan reportedly gave his permission but asked for a study on how to finance it. Turkey is expected to announce its decision during this month’s NATO summit in Istanbul or just afterwards. The army corps is supposed to command the NATO force in Afghanistan beginning next year. /Turkiye/

    [03] ERDOGAN TO ADDRESS G-8 MEETING IN THE US

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to travel today to Sea Island, Georgia in the US to attend a G-8 meeting expected to focus on the US’ Greater Middle East Initiative. Erdogan is set to address the meeting tomorrow. /Milliyet/

    [04] GUL MEETS WITH MUBARAK

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Speaking to reporters afterwards, Gul said that he had conveyed to Mubarak a message from President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. Stressing that Egypt and Turkey were two regional countries with friendly relations, Gul stated that he had told the Egyptian leader about recent developments on the Cyprus issue and asked his support both on that matter and on Turkey’s candidate, Ekmelettin Ihsanoglu, to helm the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). After completing his contacts in Egypt, Gul returned to Ankara last night, telling reporters that his meetings with Egyptian officials had been fruitful. /Turkiye/

    [05] CABINET RESOLVES TO SPEED UP REFORM PACKAGES

    The Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Recp Tayyip Erdogan convened yesterday. During its three-hour-plus gathering, the implementation of European Union reforms and the government’s privatization program were both discussed. Speaking to reporters afterwards, Justice Minister Cemil Cicek said that the government had decided to enact certain European Union harmonization reforms before the November release of the EU’s progress report on Turkey and so would speed up work on the measures. /Turkiye/

    [06] 84TH ANNIVERSARY OF DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION MARKED

    The 84th anniversary of the Office of the Prime Minister Directorate General of Press and Information was marked yesterday. A delegation led by Director General Abdurrahman Bilgic visited Anitkabir, Ataturk’s mausoleum. Bilgic said that the directorate general was continuing to work in accordance with the principles set out by Turkish Republic founder Ataturk. Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc also issued a message marking the occasion, saying that since its foundation the directorate general had fulfilled its mission successfully. Later, addressing a reception in Ankara, Bilgic said that over 500 foreign press members had arrived in Turkey in the first five months of this year and that this number would soon swell to thousands due to the month-end NATO summit. Also present at the reception was State Minister Besir Atalay. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] BROADCASTS IN LOCAL LANGUAGES BEGIN

    Broadcasts in local languages and dialects spoken by Turkish citizens started yesterday morning with Bosnian. During the state-owned TRT broadcast, domestic and world news as well as sports were aired. There will also be Arabic, Kirmanchi, Circassian and Zaza broadcasts during the week. /Hurriyet/

    [08] EU COMMISSION REPORTEDLY URGES ANKARA TO SIGN TRADE PACT WITH GREEK CYPRUS

    The European Union Commission yesterday reportedly called on Ankara to sign a customs union agreement with Greek Cyprus. Diplomatic sources said that the government was planning to take steps on the issue, adding that commercial ties with Greek Cypriots would not mean that Ankara was recognizing the Nicosia administration. The sources added that the issue would be worked out “technically.” Turkey has a Customs Union agreement with the EU, and Greek Cyprus joined the Union in May. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] IMF DELEGATION VISITS TUSIAD, DISCUSSES POSSIBLE POSTPONEMENT OF ANKARA’S DEBTS TO THE FUND

    An International Monetary Fund delegation currently in Turkey for the completion of the eighth review of the nation’s IMF-supported economic program yesterday visited the Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD). Speaking afterwards, Omer Sabanci, the head of TUSIAD’s Board of Directors, said that a number of issues, including possible postponement of Ankara’s debts to the IMF, ways to boost investment, and reducing unemployment had been discussed at the meeting. Sabanci said that it could be beneficial to sign a one- or two-year standby agreement with the Fund. He also stressed that work was needed to rein in Turkey’s unregistered economy. Touching on the 6.5%-primary surplus target for this year, he said that the goal could be reduced. Sabanci also stated that he had welcomed the recent falls in inflation and interest rates, adding that their year-end targets were achievable. /Aksam/

    [10] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [11] TRT HEAD: “REACTIONS HAVE BEEN POSITIVE” BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Fikret Bila comments on the broadcasts in mother tongues and dialects other than Turkish begun this week on TRT. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “State broadcast TRT has begun broadcasts in mother tongues and dialects other than Turkish. Arabic broadcasting will start today, plus Kurdish (the Kirmanchi dialect) on Wednesday, Circassian on Thursday and Kurdish (the Zaza dialect) on Friday. When I asked TRT Director General Senol Demiroz what people are saying about the move, he said reactions so far had been very positive, adding that he had had no difficulty finding staff for the programs. Concerning the negative reaction of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Friends to the program, he said, ‘We make our decision on the basis of suitability, not the wishes of any one group.’ As for ratings, he said that TRT 3 where the broadcasts originate wasn’t included in the ratings system. He stated that the TRT would shape broadcasts according to people’s responses and decide if they fulfill their purpose.

    Demiroz is deviously heartened by the positive reactions so far. Of course some have criticized the format and length of the programs. Obviously the TRT has a certain understanding of its broadcasts and duties. It’s unreasonable to expect anything more. Those criticizing the TRT should consider the private sector, as the new regulations also let private radio and television stations make such broadcasts. However, none have shown any interest yet. I wonder how and on what level the private sector will show an interest in broadcasts in mother tongues.”

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