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Turkish Press Review, 05-02-10

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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

10.02.2005

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN PLEDGES AID FOR ASIAN DISASTER REGION
  • [02] GUL HAILS MIDEAST PROGRESS, STRESSES LEGAL BASIS FOR TROOPS ON CYPRUS
  • [03] GREEK JUSTICE MINISTER VISITS TURKEY
  • [04] FM’S TAN: “COMPLAINTS OF ELECTION IRREGULARITIES SHOULD BE MADE BY IRAQIS THEMSELVES”
  • [05] NYT CONTRIBUTOR SEES “LOOMING POSSIBILITY” OF TURKISH INTERVENTION IN N.IRAQ
  • [06] AGAR: “TURKEY FACES DOWN ALL ITS TROUBLES”
  • [07] TURKISH PUBLIC OVERWHELMINGLY BACKS EU ENTRY, SAYS POLL
  • [08] AZERBAIJAN’S FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS ANKARA
  • [09] MINORITY BUREAUS TO BE ESTABLISHED
  • [10] FOX STATEMENT TRIES TO COOL “24” CONTROVERSY
  • [11] PROPOSAL FOR STUDENT PARDONS HEADED FOR PARLIAMENT
  • [12] 2006 BUSH BUDGET EARMARKS $35 MLN FOR TURKEY
  • [13] TUZMEN, TUNISIAN FOREIGN MINISTER FORESEE TREBLED TRADE
  • [14] SENER: “THERE’S NO DELAY IN THE IMF-BACKED PROGRAM”
  • [15] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [16] RICE RESTORES RELATIONS BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN PLEDGES AID FOR ASIAN DISASTER REGION

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday traveled to the Maldives, the fourth leg of his five-nation tour of the disaster region in south Asia. At a press conference at the Maldives’ airport, Erdogan pledged that Turkey would send more aid to the region to help heal the wounds of the survivors. As part of his contacts in the country, Erdogan met with President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. During their meeting, the two leaders spoke about what Turkey could do to help the country overcome its difficulties in both the short and long terms. The Turkish premier is expected to proceed to Sri Lanka today before returning to Ankara. /Turkiye/

    [02] GUL HAILS MIDEAST PROGRESS, STRESSES LEGAL BASIS FOR TROOPS ON CYPRUS

    Minority factions in Israel and Palestine shouldn’t be allowed to derail recent positive developments, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul told a press conference yesterday. “It is pleasing that Tuesday in Sharm el-Sheikh Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas agreed to end the violence which has plagued the region for more than five years,” he added. Gul also stressed Turkey’s willingness to contribute to the Middle East peace process. “We would focus on development projects in Palestine,” said Gul. “In March, the heads of the Turkish, Israeli and Palestinian chambers of trade will meet in Ankara to discuss ways of strengthening commercial and economic ties.” Asked about statements this week by Nikos Anastasiadis, visiting leader of the Greek Cypriot Democratic Mobilization Party (DISI), saying he expected a gesture from Turkey such as withdrawing its troops from Cyprus, Gul replied, “Our army is under the command of our government and Parliament. All decisions are political. If our army is there, it is the will of the government and Parliament, and its deployment is based upon international agreements.” He added, “Turkey will not recognize the Greek Cypriot administration before a final solution is found. However, we can meet with Greek Cypriots and do not shrink from dialogue, especially if it contributes to solving the problem.” /Star/

    [03] GREEK JUSTICE MINISTER VISITS TURKEY

    Justice Minister Cemil Cicek yesterday met with his Greek counterpart Anastasios Papaligouras. Cicek told reporters that Ankara and Athens has seen intensive cooperation in recent years, to the great benefit of both countries. “We also discussed bilateral legal cooperation, including the training of judges,” added Cicek. For his part, Papaligouras said, “We spoke about how Greece, as an EU member, can convey its experiences on technical issues to Turkey.” He also reaffirmed Athens’ supports for Ankara’s EU membership. /Star/

    [04] FM’S TAN: “COMPLAINTS OF ELECTION IRREGULARITIES SHOULD BE MADE BY IRAQIS THEMSELVES”

    It is “fact” that there were some irregularities in the recent Iraqi elections, Foreign Ministry spokesman Namik Tan told a press conference yesterday in Ankara. He said that complaints over the irregularities should be made by Iraqi groups themselves and in a democratic way. Tan lamented that some Iraqi groups had not participated as much as had been hoped and added: “We consider this to be something that needs an urgent and fair remedy.” Asked about claims by some Kurdish leaders that Ankara was intervening in Iraq’s internal affairs, Tan said, “Iraq is one of Turkey’s neighbors, any fire there would bother us too.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] NYT CONTRIBUTOR SEES “LOOMING POSSIBILITY” OF TURKISH INTERVENTION IN N.IRAQ

    Washington sees Turkish military involvement in northern Iraq as a “looming possibility,” wrote Sandra Mackey in a guest opinion column for yesterday’s New York Times. Mackey, a journalist and author, said that military intervention would be diplomatically risky for Turkey, and also emphasized Ankara’s concerns about Kurdish autonomy in northern Iraq. /Sabah/

    [06] AGAR: “TURKEY FACES DOWN ALL ITS TROUBLES”

    Opposition True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar yesterday met with Spanish Ambassador to Ankara Luis Ferdandez de la Pena. Erdogan told reporters that the two had discussed bilateral relations as well as Turkey’s European Union membership bid. Stressing the DYP’s longtime unwavering support for Ankara’s EU membership, Agar said that Turkey was a strong country which overcomes all the difficulties it faces. For his part, the Spanish ambassador reiterated his country’s support for Turkey’s EU membership and promised that it would continue. /Turkiye/

    [07] TURKISH PUBLIC OVERWHELMINGLY BACKS EU ENTRY, SAYS POLL

    The Turkish public overwhelmingly backs Turkey’s European Union membership bid, according to a new public opinion poll. Over 70% of Turkeys surveyed said that if a referendum were held on the bid they would vote yes, while only 16.2% said they would vote no. In the survey, conducted on 6,700 people age 18 and over, 55.5% also said they believed EU membership would improve their lives. /Turkiye/

    [08] AZERBAIJAN’S FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS ANKARA

    Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammedyarov is set to arrive in Ankara today to hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul. The two top diplomats will discuss ways to boost bilateral relations as well as address regional and international issues. /Turkish Daily News/

    [09] MINORITY BUREAUS TO BE ESTABLISHED

    As part of the Eighth European Union harmonization package, the government will establish minority bureaus within provincial governors’ offices to facilitate minority-related bureaucratic procedures. The government’s Reform Monitoring Group made up of Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, Justice Minister Cemil Cicek and Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu recently agreed to set up these bureaus to help minorities deal with bureaucratic processes, a responsibility previously held by sections of the Security Forces Directorate General. /Milliyet/

    [10] FOX STATEMENT TRIES TO COOL “24” CONTROVERSY

    US television network Fox yesterday released a statement trying to defuse the controversy over a storyline in its hit series “24” portraying a fictional Turkish-American family of “sleeper” terrorists. “Our intent was not to offend anyone,” said the statement. Turkish Ambassador to Washington Faruk Logoglu also sent a letter to the NBC television network expressing his disappointment over the series “The West Wing” depicting Turkey as a country which punishes women who commit adultery by beheading. /Hurriyet/

    [11] PROPOSAL FOR STUDENT PARDONS HEADED FOR PARLIAMENT

    A proposal for student pardons will be presented today to the Parliament Chairmanship. The pardon would reverse the dismissals of all students from universities since 2000, no matter the reason. The proposal covers 224,000 students, and Education Minister Huseyin Celik said that the government is expected to back the proposal. /Milliyet/

    [12] 2006 BUSH BUDGET EARMARKS $35 MLN FOR TURKEY

    In his 2006 budget plan sent to Congress earlier this week, US President George W. Bush earmarks a total of $35 million for Turkey, including $10 million to promote human rights and economic stability, and $25 million to support anti-terrorism efforts and military modernization. In addition, the US State Department budget proposes $203 million for NATO allies and coalition partners, with Turkey and Poland slated for the largest share. If approved by Congress, the budget would also give $20 million to promote a reunited Cyprus, with emphasis on strengthening the island’s economic integration. /Aksam/

    [13] TUZMEN, TUNISIAN FOREIGN MINISTER FORESEE TREBLED TRADE

    Over the next three years Turkey and Tunisia hope to boost their bilateral trade volume between from $300 million to $1 billion, said State Minister Kursad Tuzmen yesterday. After meeting with Tunisian Foreign Minister Abdelbaki Hermassi in Ankara, Tuzmen stated that this increase was expected in the wake of the two countries’ recent free trade agreement. “We’re bullish on tripling the trade volume to $1 billion,” said Hermassi. /Aksam/

    [14] SENER: “THERE’S NO DELAY IN THE IMF-BACKED PROGRAM”

    Appearing on CNN Turk yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener said that there was no delay in Turkey’s International Monetary Fund-backed program, as there is a clear timeline for each step to be taken. “There’s no need to rush,” he added. “The government is making good progress with the IMF. Work is expected to be completed in the initial months of 2005. Everything will take place under our control, per the timeline.” /Milliyet/

    [15] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [16] RICE RESTORES RELATIONS BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen comments on US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s remarks in Europe. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “After the US invasion of Iraq, Condoleezza Rice, who was then national security advisor, criticized many US allies’ opposition to the war, saying, ‘France should be punished, Germany ignored and Russia forgiven.’ At that time, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made his infamous statement about the so-called ‘new Europe,’ including Britain and Poland, versus ‘old Europe,’ mainly France and Germany. The US felt it couldn’t trust old Europe anymore. Indeed, the stance taken by certain European countries then – France in particular – against the Bush administration and Washington’s criticisms of it led to an unprecedented transatlantic crisis. This week Rice visited Europe as secretary of state, and she used a different style in her speeches in order to mend fences with US allies. Speaking in Paris, Rice said that old disagreements should be solved, emphasizing the common values shared by the US, France and Europe. She added, ‘It’s time to open a new chapter in our relationship.’ Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier spoke of a new stage in relations and working together for a better world.

    Is the chilly relationship between the US and France thawing? Rice’s remarks on her tour of Europe show that repairs of the transatlantic divide have begun. Rice’s conciliatory messages show this. We have to wait and see if Rice’s remarks signal a real change of policy in the Bush administration. However, we can see signs of such a trend already. This goes for Europe, especially France. Paris is acting more flexibly and pragmatically concerning Iraq. French officials mentioned their pleasure at the recent elections and support for the government in Baghdad. Like Germany, France believes in broad cooperation to establish stability in Iraq. Meanwhile, it would be good for Turkey to take seriously the views of US allies in the interests of greater cooperation and bridging the transatlantic divide. In spite of certain disagreements with Europe, particularly France, we should follow a stance which stresses an active relationship with Washington.”

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