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Turkish Press Review, 04-06-22

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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

22.06.2004


CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “TURKEY SHOULD NO LONGER HAVE TO WAIT AT THE EU’S DOOR”
  • [02] GUL MEETS WITH TURKMEN FRONT HEAD ABDURRAHMAN, DISCUSSES IRAQ
  • [03] CABINET DISCUSSES NEW REFORM PACKAGES
  • [04] TALABANI VISITS ANKARA
  • [05] KOCAOGLU CHOSEN NEW IZMIR MAYOR
  • [06] WB’S VORKINK PRAISES TURKEY’S GROWTH, URGES CONTINUED REFORMS
  • [07] IMF’S MOGHADAM MEETS WITH BABACAN, DISCUSSES COMPLETION OF EIGHTH ECONOMIC REVIEW
  • [08] CAPACITY UTILIZATION SOARS IN MAY
  • [09] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [10] WHAT’S CHANGED?
  • [11] BY SAHIN ALPAY (ZAMAN)

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “TURKEY SHOULD NO LONGER HAVE TO WAIT AT THE EU’S DOOR”

    Addressing a symposium yesterday on Turkey’s harmonization to European Union norms, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey had been waiting at the EU door for the past 41 years, adding, “We should not be made to wait any longer.” He stated that legislating certain reforms wasn’t enough for Ankara to join the EU and so the government was striving to actually implement these reforms. The premier said that Ankara would overcome its deficiencies after beginning its accession talks with the EU. “If Turkey is made to wait after the December EU summit [for a greenlight for talks], then we would suspect other reasons behind this,” he said, adding that the EU must be a place for a meeting of civilizations and not a Christian club. Erdogan added that 75% of the nation supported Turkey’s EU membership bid. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] GUL MEETS WITH TURKMEN FRONT HEAD ABDURRAHMAN, DISCUSSES IRAQ

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday met with visiting Iraqi Turkmen Front leader Faruk Abdurrahman to discuss a number of issues. Speaking afterwards, Gul said that Ankara would respect Iraqi decisions that serve to uphold the country’s territorial integrity. “Iraq will reach peace and stability through democratic means, and everybody will benefit from prosperity through preserving Iraq’s political and territorial integrity in this transition period,” said Gul. Asked about media reports that Israeli operatives are training Kurdish peshmerga in northern Iraq, Gul said, “We’ve been closely monitoring all developments in Iraq. We’re always getting new information, and we issue warnings when necessary. Everybody knows our sensitivities, especially regarding [the northern Iraqi city of] Kirkuk.” He added, “Everybody knows very well that we absolutely won't allow any fait accompli there,” alluding to any forced change in Kirkuk’s ethnic makeup. /Milliyet/

    [03] CABINET DISCUSSES NEW REFORM PACKAGES

    Following a Cabinet meeting yesterday, Justice Minister Cemil Cicek told reporters that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul had shared their impressions of the recent European Union summit in Brussels with their fellow Cabinet ministers. He stated that a ninth reform package had also been discussed, one proposing amendments to certain laws including the Board of Higher Education Law, the Supreme Board of Radio and Television Law as well as the Penal Code. Cicek added that the package might include some 40 articles. /Turkiye/

    [04] TALABANI VISITS ANKARA

    Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (IPUK) leader Jalal Talabani arrived late yesterday in Ankara to hold a series of contacts. Turkish Foreign Ministry officials are expected to signal to Talabani that Ankara would not oppose a federal structure in northern Irak, provided that it is within the framework of the Iraqi Constitution. In addition, officials will express Turkey’s concern over efforts to alter the demographic makeup of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. A delegation headed by Ambassador Osman Koruturk recently met also with Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (IKDP) leader Massoud Barzani in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil (Erbil). In related news, speaking to reporters upon his arrival, Barzani denied media reports that Israel was training Kurdish peshmerga in northern Iraq. Asked about the resumption of PKK terrorist attacks against Turkey, Barzani stated that his party was opposed to all kinds of violence. /Turkiye/

    [05] KOCAOGLU CHOSEN NEW IZMIR MAYOR

    Izmir’s Greater Municipality Assembly yesterday chose Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate Aziz Kocaoglu as the mayoral successor to Ahmet Piristina, who died of a heart attack last week. Speaking to the assembly, Kocaoglu said that it would be difficult to fill the beloved mayor’s shoes but that he would work hard and do his best. /Turkiye/

    [06] WB’S VORKINK PRAISES TURKEY’S GROWTH, URGES CONTINUED REFORMS

    World Bank Turkey Director Andrew Vorkink yesterday praised Turkey’s growth, adding that it should continue its structural reforms. He warned that Turkey’s social security system was “too generous,” adding that the system could collapse within 15-20 years unless it was reformed immediately. “The system can be balanced in 15 years if the government takes necessary measures,” such as making high pensions subject to taxation and raising the retirement age, he said. Vorkink also stated that the WB was following developments in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, (TRNC), adding that the TRNC was determined to implement necessary economic reforms. Vorkink said that the WB would extend assistance to the TRNC after the United States and the United Nations clarified their stance on it. /Aksam/

    [07] IMF’S MOGHADAM MEETS WITH BABACAN, DISCUSSES COMPLETION OF EIGHTH ECONOMIC REVIEW

    International Monetary Fund Turkey Desk Chief Riza Moghadam yesterday met with State Minister for the Economy Ali Babacan to discuss the completion of the eighth review of Turkey’s IMF-supported economic program. During their meeting, the two discussed a number of issues, including tax and social security reform, reducing public debt, and measures needed to achieve sustainable growth. Moghadam’s IMF delegation is expected to leave Ankara tomorrow. /Aksam/

    [08] CAPACITY UTILIZATION SOARS IN MAY

    A report released yesterday by the State Institute of Statistics (DIE) said that capacity utilization in the production sector had risen to 84.3% in May. The figure broke expectations and soared above the rate for the same period last year, 78.7%. The capacity utilization rate is a key indicator of industrial production and growth. /Turkiye/

    [09] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [10] WHAT’S CHANGED?

    [11] BY SAHIN ALPAY (ZAMAN)

    Columnist Sahin Alpay comments on the Greater Middle East Initiative (GME) and its successor. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “I once wrote that if the Greater Middle East Initiative (GME) meant that Washington would abandon its policy of supporting authoritarian regimes when doing so serves its interests and instead encourages democratization in the region in cooperation with its European allies, this would be a welcome development. As soon as the press got wind of this plan, it was rejected by Arab countries. Later the GME was withdrawn and a ‘Cooperation with the Broader Middle East and North African Region for a Common Future and Development’ was presented at the G-8 summit in its place. In short, the GME is different from the latter in certain respects. The latter emphasized that change cannot be imposed from outside and stressed the importance of solidarity and dialogue, the need for a solution to the Palestinian issue and the role to be played by the UN in Iraq. The plan became a traditional development project instead of a project for encouraging democratization. Certain people called it a historic crossroads in US foreign policy and thought that circles supporting democracy in the region would get more understanding from the US and the other G-8 countries.

    I wish this were the case. However, the way to encourage countries in the region to implement the plan is quite a mystery, and doubts have only deepened about the sincerity of the US administration with these two initiatives. Countries in the region want it to put pressure on Israel to withdraw from the territory it occupied in 1967, but US President George W. Bush instead greenlighted the annexation of some parts of West Bank. Countries in the region want sovereignty to be transferred to the Iraqi people, but Bush is trying to convince NATO to send peacekeeping forces to Iraq. The greatest difference between these two initiatives is obviously the US’ sullied image with the photos showing US soldiers torturing Iraqis, damage done not only in the eyes of the world, but among the US people as well. The US commission investigating 9_11 recently concluded that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the attacks, and so shot down one of the grounds put forth by Bush to justify the war.”

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