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Turkish Press Review, 05-02-02

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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

02.02.2005

ERDOGAN EVALUATES IRAQ’S ELECTIONS AT HIS PARTY’S GROUP MEETING US’ FEITH: “IRAQ’S TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY IS BOTH WASHINGTON’S AND TURKEY’S PRIORITY” ANKARA HOSTS PALESTINIAN LEADER, ISRAELI MILITARY CHIEF ERDOGAN RECEIVES EP’S COMMITTEE ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND GENDER EQUALITY EU’S FLORI URGES TURKEY TO EXTEND ANKARA AGREEMENT BEFORE DEC. 3 BOUCHER: “WE WILL WORK IN COOPERATION WITH TURKEY TO FIGHT THE PKK” KAZAKHSTAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER VISITS ANKARA TALABANI: “WE WILL TAKE BRUSSELS AS A MODEL FOR KIRKUK” FRENCH PARLIAMENT VOTES ON REFERENDUM ON NEW EU ADMISSIONS INCLUDING TURKEY BAYKAL: “SCENES FROM THE CONGRESS UPSET ALL CHP MEMBERS” PAPADOPOULOS: “TURKEY CAN’T BEGIN ITS EU ACCESSION TALKS IF DOESN’T SIGN CUSTOMS UNION PROTOCOL” EU WARNS OF TURKEY’S HIGH CURRENT ACCOUNTS DEFICIT FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… A NEW PERIOD IN IRAQ BY TURKER ALKAN (RADIKAL)

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN EVALUATES IRAQ’S ELECTIONS AT HIS PARTY’S GROUP MEETING
  • [02] GUL VISITS CHINA
  • [03] US’ FEITH: “IRAQ’S TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY IS BOTH WASHINGTON’S AND TURKEY’S PRIORITY”
  • [04] ANKARA HOSTS PALESTINIAN LEADER, ISRAELI MILITARY CHIEF
  • [05] ERDOGAN RECEIVES EP’S COMMITTEE ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND GENDER EQUALITY
  • [06] EU’S FLORI URGES TURKEY TO EXTEND ANKARA AGREEMENT BEFORE DEC. 3
  • [07] BOUCHER: “WE WILL WORK IN COOPERATION WITH TURKEY TO FIGHT THE PKK”
  • [08] KAZAKHSTAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER VISITS ANKARA
  • [09] TALABANI: “WE WILL TAKE BRUSSELS AS A MODEL FOR KIRKUK”
  • [10] FRENCH PARLIAMENT VOTES ON REFERENDUM ON NEW EU ADMISSIONS INCLUDING TURKEY
  • [11] BAYKAL: “SCENES FROM THE CONGRESS UPSET ALL CHP MEMBERS”
  • [12] PAPADOPOULOS: “TURKEY CAN’T BEGIN ITS EU ACCESSION TALKS IF DOESN’T SIGN CUSTOMS UNION PROTOCOL”
  • [13] EU WARNS OF TURKEY’S HIGH CURRENT ACCOUNTS DEFICIT
  • [14] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [15] A NEW PERIOD IN IRAQ BY TURKER ALKAN (RADIKAL)

  • [01] ERDOGAN EVALUATES IRAQ’S ELECTIONS AT HIS PARTY’S GROUP MEETING

    Addressing his party’s group meeting yesterday, Prime Minister and Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey could never allow a chaos in its neighboring country Iraq. “Now elections are held in Iraq and constitutional process has begun in the country,” said Erdogan, adding, however, that some circles didn’t participate in the elections. Erdogan stressed that balance between all parts should be established. “It’s very important that no ethnic group dominates others,” he said, adding that Iraq’s resources should be divided equally among the whole nation. “Every step which doesn’t consider Turkey will create negative developments in the region and these will bother all countries of the region.” /Aksam/

    [02] GUL VISITS CHINA

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday left for People’s Republic of China to pay an official visit. Before his departure, at a press conference at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, Gul told reporters that the Kirkuk issue concerned all neighboring countries and the United Nations. Stressing that all peoples in Iraq were brothers of Turkish people, Gul said that Turkey wanted them to be in peace. “Turkey helped and received Kurds with open arms when they were in trouble, and now if other brothers are in trouble, we have a right to ask their peace as a neighboring country,” said the foreign minister. After arriving in China, Gul met with Deputy Prime Minister Huang Ju. During a series of contacts with in Chinese officials, Gul will seek ways to boost bilateral relations. /Turkiye/

    [03] US’ FEITH: “IRAQ’S TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY IS BOTH WASHINGTON’S AND TURKEY’S PRIORITY”

    US Defense Department Undersecretary Douglas Feith, who is currently in Turkey for an official visit, said yesterday that he reached compromise with Turkish officials on such issues as Iraq’s unity and territorial integrity. “Iraq’s territorial integrity is priority of both Washington and Ankara,” he said, adding that Iraq’s territorial integrity was important for stability and peace in the region. He stated that he discussed with Turkish officials the situation in Kirkuk and other issues concerning Iraq. Feith added that Iraqi elections didn’t only contribute to Iraq’s political process but also to its security. /Aksam/

    [04] ANKARA HOSTS PALESTINIAN LEADER, ISRAELI MILITARY CHIEF

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israel’s Chief of General Staff Gen. Moshe Ya’alon both arrived in Ankara yesterday. Visiting Turkey after talks in Russia, Palestinian new leader Abbas met with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and then Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu. The focus of the talks was prospects for the Middle East peace process. In addition, after meeting with his Turkish counterpart Gen. Hilmi Ozkok, Israel’s top military official Gen. Ya’alon was received by Sezer. During their talks, bilateral military relations, including a $1 billion deal to let Israel upgrade Turkish fighters and tanks reportedly were taken up. /Turkiye/

    [05] ERDOGAN RECEIVES EP’S COMMITTEE ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND GENDER EQUALITY

    EP's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality came to Turkey to prepare a report on violence towards woman, women's business life and their participation into civilian politics. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday received the committee headed by Anna Zaborska. The committee members requested Erdogan to take affirmative action on Turkish women politicians, meaning to set a quota for female members of the civilian politics. Thanking Erdogan for his government’s efforts to improve woman rights, Zaborska asked Ankara to take measures to ensure the effective implementation of the reforms. For his part, Erdogan said that this issue was a matter of conscious and the level of women’s participation into politics should be increased not by setting quotas but increasing the level of awareness. /Hurriyet/

    [06] EU’S FLORI URGES TURKEY TO EXTEND ANKARA AGREEMENT BEFORE DEC. 3

    Jean-Christophe Flori, spokesman of European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn said yesterday that a document proposing a frame for Turkey’s EU accession negotiations would be ready by end of June at the latest. He stated that Turkey must sign a protocol extending Ankara agreement to 10 new EU members including Greek Cyprus before Oct. 3, the date Ankara is supposed to begin talks. Stressing that any political resistance would jeopardize the talks, Flori said, “That is very clear and definite, talks cannot begin without signing the protocol.” /Turkiye/

    [07] BOUCHER: “WE WILL WORK IN COOPERATION WITH TURKEY TO FIGHT THE PKK”

    US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher yesterday denied the US government was indifferent to the actions of the terrorist group PKK in northern Iraq. “We have made clear our position on terrorism and the PKK in the north, we're not in any way countenancing their activities,'' Boucher said. “And we continue to work, ourselves, against terrorism throughout Iraq, as well as coordinating closely with the Turkish government.” Earlier this week, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan argued that Washington failed to crack down on the activities of the Kurdish minority that threatens the stability of the region. /Hurriyet/

    [08] KAZAKHSTAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER VISITS ANKARA

    Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc yesterday met with his Kazakh counterpart Oral Muhammedcanov in Ankara. Muhammedcanov said that his country fully supported Turkey’s European Union membership bid. For his part, Arinc praised the bilateral relations between the two countries. Muhammedcanov was also received by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. /Star/

    [09] TALABANI: “WE WILL TAKE BRUSSELS AS A MODEL FOR KIRKUK”

    Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (IPUK) head Jalal Talabani yesterday stated that they would take the Brussels model as an example for the demographic structure of Kirkuk. “Kirkuk will be a city of brotherhood for Kurdish and Turkmen groups,” he said. “We want to establish a strong coalition government, and we believe that we will have good relations with Turkey. The Kurdish, Turkmen and Arab groups have been living in peace for a long time, and that’s how it will be in the future. We support the Turkmen participation in the national assembly.” /Sabah/

    [10] FRENCH PARLIAMENT VOTES ON REFERENDUM ON NEW EU ADMISSIONS INCLUDING TURKEY

    French parliament members yesterday voted for a compulsory referendum allowing new European Union admission bids, which will be applied to Turkey if its EU negotiations are completed. The parliamentarians adopted the Article 2 of the bill to modify French constitution by stipulating that future EU admission bids should be necessarily submitted to referendum. According to French Justice Minister Dominique Perben, the article is helpful to clarify debates on the thorny issue of the Turkish bid for EU. The parliament will vote later article 4 of the bill, which stipulates that this referendum will be applied only after the admission of Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia. /Sabah/

    [11] BAYKAL: “SCENES FROM THE CONGRESS UPSET ALL CHP MEMBERS”

    Addressing his party’s group meeting yesterday, opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal said that the Sisli auto park mafia was responsible for the unfortunate scenes at the extraordinary congress broadcast nationally, noting that a commission would investigate the incidents. “Scenes from the congress upset all CHP members,” said Baykal, adding that the party was insulted. “But who was responsible for these acts? You can’t ignore what happened. This was a first for our party. Those responsible for this violence had proclaimed that they would be the ones that would resolve all of the CHP’s problems.” Baykal stated that he would handle the matter and the party will be refreshed after this process, adding that the CHP will reborn in its beautiful image. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] PAPADOPOULOS: “TURKEY CAN’T BEGIN ITS EU ACCESSION TALKS IF DOESN’T SIGN CUSTOMS UNION PROTOCOL”

    Greek Cypriot leader Tasos Papadopoulos said yesterday that signing the Customs Union Protocol was Turkey’s obligation for the European Union. “Turkey signs the protocol or its EU accession membership talks will not begin,” he added. “The EU should undertake a proactive role on the Cyprus issue.” In related news, appearing on Greek Cypriot television yesterday, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Prime Minister Mehmet Ali Talat said that he was ready to meet with Papadopoulos to discuss Cyprus, adding that if a resolution couldn’t be reached now, then it would be more difficult in the future. “We’ve done our best for a resolution,” added Talat. Greek Cypriot government spokesman Kipros Hrisostomidis said that there was no reason for Papadopoulos to meet with Talat at this point, claiming that Talat wanted to meet with Papadopoulos to provide political gains. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] EU WARNS OF TURKEY’S HIGH CURRENT ACCOUNTS DEFICIT

    The European Union Commission Economy and Finance Directorate yesterday warned of Turkey’s high current accounts deficit. An economy and finance expert from the EU predicted that if the high current accounts deficit continues in 2005, this could create a crisis in the country. “Turkey grows rapidly and this is not sustainable in the long term,” he added. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [15] A NEW PERIOD IN IRAQ BY TURKER ALKAN (RADIKAL)

    Columnist Turker Alkan comments on last week’s elections in Iraq. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “It’s difficult to predict if last weekend’s elections in Iraq will be a step towards democracy, or cause new confusions. However, they made certain issues clear. Firstly, the position of terrorist insurgents, who were trying to find an armed solution to conflicts, must have been weakened because the rate of participation in elections was more than expected. Of course, results of elections are open to discussion, but the result isn’t the violence and the violence isn’t approved by the people. We will see if terrorist insurgents will end the attacks by evaluating these results. Secondly, the high rate of participation in elections will decrease the hesitation concerning the legality of occupation forces. The people approved the suggested political solution in principle by voting in these elections. However, it wouldn’t be right to suggest that the people approved the occupation by depending on it. However, they elected the most bloodless way to end the occupation. In addition, this process might accelerate the departure of allied forces from Iraq.

    The disagreements to occur concerning the legality of elections, the way to share the political power, the policy to be followed by the administration and basic characteristics of the constitutional order in the government to be established following the elections might cause new conflicts, even a civil war. These elections seem to be the beginning of a new process. Arabs’ unfamiliarity with the culture of consensus, the lack institutions which can ensure the democratic consensus, Iraq’s religious and ethnic dividedness and neighboring countries’ tendency towards creating problems by benefiting from this dividedness will force the political power. Considering this atmosphere from a wide perspective, although Iraqis have a reason to be happy, this shouldn’t be more than a careful optimism. The establishment and implementation of democracy with all its institutions and processes require a long and difficult process. Iraqis took the first undecided step. I hope this will continue. A new page is being opened in the Middle East.”

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