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Turkish Press Review, 04-07-30

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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

30.07.2004


CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN MEETS WITH IRANIAN PRESIDENT KHATAMI, FOREIGN MINISTER KHARRAZI
  • [02] SEZER RECEIVES NEW SWISS AMBASSADOR
  • [03] PARLIAMENT TO DISCUSS TRAIN CRASH IN SPECIAL SESSION
  • [04] SPECIAL COMMITTEE FORMED TO INVESTIGATE TRAIN DERAILMENT
  • [05] ISTANBUL’S NEVE SHALOM SYNAGOGUE REOPENS
  • [06] DEPUTY PM SENER REBUKES CB GOVERNOR: “NO BUREAUCRAT IS AUTHORIZED TO WARN THE GOVERNMENT”
  • [07] DAWSON: “THE FUTURE OF TURKISH-IMF TIES IS UP TO ANKARA”
  • [08] ROMANIA TIGHTENS AIRPORT SECURITY MEASURES
  • [09] NEW IMF REPRESENTATIVE TO TURKEY BREDENKAMP MEETS THE PRESS
  • [10] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [11] DIPLOMACY IN CYPRUS
  • [12] BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN MEETS WITH IRANIAN PRESIDENT KHATAMI, FOREIGN MINISTER KHARRAZI

    On the last day of his two-day visit to Iran, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday met with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi in Tehran to discuss avenues for boosting bilateral relations and regional cooperation. Erdogan was welcomed by Khatami at the Sadabad Palace, where they reportedly discussed bilateral relations, regional issues and terrorism. “We should try to bolster bilateral cooperation based on respect for mutual and regional interests,” said Khatami. For his part, Erdogan pointed to the importance of expanding cooperation between the two countries to fight terrorism. Erdogan then met with Kharrazi at the Azadi Hotel where they also discussed bilateral and regional issues. As the premier requested more support from Iran on the Cyprus issue, Kharazzi said that an Iranian delegation would soon pay an official visit to the TRNC to show Tehran’s support for the Turkish Cypriots. “We’ll keep our promises on the Cyprus issue,” he pledged. Meanwhile, Turkey and Iran signed a memorandum of understanding on security to jointly combat the terrorist PKK_Kongra-Gel and anti-Iranian groups. “I think the existing security cooperation between our two countries is bearing fruit,” said Erdogan. Furthermore, Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Ali Asghar Ahmadi stated that Iran had agreed to put the PKK_Kongra-Gel on its official list of terrorist groups. Turkey in return will add the People's Mujahedeen (MKO), Iran’s top terrorist threat, to its own list. “Both Iran and Turkey have decided to brand the PKK and MKO as terrorist groups, and what was signed today stated that even if these groups maintain their operations under different names, we will continue to deal with them as terrorist groups,” Ahmadi added. Erdogan also reiterated Ankara’s request for Tehran to lower the price of its natural gas as Turkey has halted imports, complaining of poor quality. “The matter of natural gas has been dealt with,” Erdogan said, but added that both countries’ main natural gas companies still needed further discussions to resolve the dispute. /All Papers/

    [02] SEZER RECEIVES NEW SWISS AMBASSADOR

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer yesterday received new Swiss Ambassador to Ankara Walter Gyger at the Cankaya Presidential Palace. Gyger introduced his secretariat and presented his letter of credentials to Sezer. The president conveyed his best wishes for the Swiss ambassador’s tenure in Ankara. /Aksam/

    [03] PARLIAMENT TO DISCUSS TRAIN CRASH IN SPECIAL SESSION

    At a special session next Wednesday, Parliament will debate last week’s high-speed train crash in Pamukova which took the lives of 39 people. Parliament went into summer recess in mid-July, but the government has come under heavy criticism for its handling of the derailment. The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) had lobbied hard for a recall of Parliament and wants to submit a censure motion against Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim. Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc accepted the request to reconvene the Parliament, but the debate will only proceed if 184 deputies agree to it. /Milliyet/

    [04] SPECIAL COMMITTEE FORMED TO INVESTIGATE TRAIN DERAILMENT

    A special committee of scientists has been formed to investigate last week’s deadly train derailment in Pamukova. Isik University Rector Siddik Binboga Yarman will head the committee, and its members include engineering professor Aydin Erel, who warned the rails were unsafe before the accident. The group’s first meeting is expected to be held today. In related news, Professor Coenraad Esveld, the head of a Dutch delegation also investigating the accident, said that the rails were in good condition and so cannot be blamed for the derailment. /Milliyet/

    [05] ISTANBUL’S NEVE SHALOM SYNAGOGUE REOPENS

    Istanbul’s Neve Shalom Synagogue, the target of a car bomb attack last November, was officially reopened yesterday. Renovations on the house of worship have been completed and the synagogue is expected to return to its former active community role. A ceremony was held with the attendance of Chief Rabbi Ishak (Yitzhak) Haleva. Tight security measures were taken during the rite, which Israeli Ambassador to Ankara Pinhas Avivi and Israeli Consulate General Amira Arnon also attended. /Star/

    [06] DEPUTY PM SENER REBUKES CB GOVERNOR: “NO BUREAUCRAT IS AUTHORIZED TO WARN THE GOVERNMENT”

    No bureaucrat is authorized to warn the government, said the deputy prime minister in charge of economic coordination to Central Bank Governor Serdengecti yesterday, in what amounted to a stern rebuke. Serdengecti earlier this week said that Turkey would suffer deeper crises if it failed to continue working with the International Monetary Fund. “The government shapes its economy policy in line with the country’s needs,” said Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener. “If a bureaucrat makes such a statement, he has gone too far in his words, going into territory which is beyond his domain. The markets are already sure that the government is developing policies in line with their needs.” /Aksam/

    [07] DAWSON: “THE FUTURE OF TURKISH-IMF TIES IS UP TO ANKARA”

    It is Ankara that will decide the future course of its relationship with the International Monetary Fund, said IMF External Relations Director Tom Dawson yesterday. Asked what will happen when the IMF’s standby program with Turkey expires next February, Dawson said, “That is fundamentally a decision the [Turkish] authorities will make in the first instance by themselves before the Fund would have a response. And it's my understanding ... that the authorities have indicated that they expect to make a decision in this regard by September.” Dawson added that an IMF Executive Board meeting on the eighth review of Turkey’s program could be expected to issue a statement tomorrow. /Hurriyet/

    [08] ROMANIA TIGHTENS AIRPORT SECURITY MEASURES

    Romania has tightened security measures for flights from Bucharest to Istanbul, the Romanian Transportation Ministry announced yesterday. The reason for these new measures is that there was a threat made against Turkish officials. The ministry stated that tight security measures were being taken at Bucharest’s Henri Coanda International Airport. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] NEW IMF REPRESENTATIVE TO TURKEY BREDENKAMP MEETS THE PRESS

    Hugh Bredenkamp, who will officially start working as the new International Monetary Fund representative to Turkey on Aug. 18, yesterday held a press conference alongside the former Turkey desk chief Odd Per Brekk. Bredenkamp, a 16-year veteran of the IMF, introduced himself to Turkish journalists, adding that he had visited Turkey twice in the last three months. In related news, Brekk is set to leave Turkey next week to start his new mission in Indonesia. /Turkiye/

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

    [11] DIPLOMACY IN CYPRUS

    [12] BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen comments on the latest developments on Cyprus. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “There are certain developments on Cyprus not directly related to the Cyprus issue, but rather to the situation in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Diplomacy is almost asleep in terms of the Cyprus issue. Following the April referendums, efforts for a solution and ending the embargo on the TRNC seem to have stalled. A vote on the EU Commission’s proposal to end restrictions on the TRNC has been delayed to September due to summer vacation. However, the TRNC is very busy now. Its coalition government has set early elections for Nov. 6. Now this government proposal must be confirmed by the TRNC Parliament, and it probably won’t be easy because the opposition National Revival Party (UDP) is insisting on the government’s resignation. As TRNC Prime Minister Mehmet Ali Talat said, Parliament’s math doesn’t match the political realities, and so early elections are inevitable. All the political parties in the TRNC should end this uncertainty.

    Now the issue of Turkey’s Board of Higher Education (YOK) has captured the interest of TRNC politicians, professors and students. Unfortunately, this issue is seen by the TRNC as ‘Turkey’s embargo.’ Northern Cyprus has five universities with 30,000 students, 70% of whom are non-Cypriots from Turkey and other countries. Actually the TRNC is proud of its educational sector which is a key part of its economy. Universities in the TRNC are attractive not only for local students, but also for students from Turkey. The number of students will reach 45,000 – that is, nearly one-fourth of the TRNC’s population – when certain facilities are completed. However, YOK recently cancelled the TRNC universities’ right to accept students with preliminary registration. Turkish Cypriots and thousands of Turkish students who want to attend these universities have criticized the decision. This YOK issue has caused disappointment and concern in the TRNC, and I hope Ankara will solve it as soon as possible.”

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