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Turkish Press Review, 05-02-14

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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

14.02.2005

FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN RECEIVES GREEK CYPRIOT OPPOSITION LEADER
  • [02] GREEK CYPRIOT LEADER ANASTASIADES BACKS TURKEY’S EU BID
  • [03] ERDOGAN TO VISIT ALBANIA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
  • [04] ARINC: “TURKEY IS DETERMINED TO FIGHT CORRUPTION TO THE VERY END”
  • [05] IN PUSH TO END ISOLATION, TRNC PM TALAT TRAVELS TO BRUSSELS
  • [06] GUL: “THE EU WILL SUPPORT 72 PROJECTS”
  • [07] TURKEY AGAIN ASSUMES ISAF COMMAND
  • [08] FRENCH EU MINISTER HAIGNERE VISITS TURKEY
  • [09] WASHINGTON UPS PRESSURE ON TURKEY OVER INCIRLIK
  • [10] CONCERNED OVER ELECTIONS RESULTS, ANKARA URGES “MORE ACTIVE” UNITED NATIONS ROLE IN IRAQ
  • [11] IRAQI TURKMEN DEMONSTRATE FOLLOWING RELEASE OF ELECTION RESULTS
  • [12] WASHINGTON PLAN TO HELP TRNC BUSINESSMEN DRAWS GREEK CYPRIOT PROTEST
  • [13] EU COMMISSIONER SCHROEDER: “EU FINANCIAL AID TO TURKEY WILL RISE”
  • [14] CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF TO VISIT EGYPT
  • [15] TURKEY TO REQUIRE VISAS FROM SIX COUNTRIES
  • [16] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [17] IRAQ’S MOST CRITICAL ERA BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN RECEIVES GREEK CYPRIOT OPPOSITION LEADER

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the weekend received Greek Cypriot opposition Greek Cypriot Democratic Mobilization Party (DISI) leader Nicos Anastassiades. “I understand that Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopulous wants to meet with me,” said Erdogan in his talks with Anastassiades. “I’m ready to talk.” Criticizing Papadopulous, Erdogan charged that the Greek leader is dragging his feet in seeking a solution for the island. /Hurriyet/

    [02] GREEK CYPRIOT LEADER ANASTASIADES BACKS TURKEY’S EU BID

    Visiting main opposition Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades yesterday met with Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomeos in Istanbul. Speaking afterwards to reporters, Anastasiades, head of the Democratic Mobilization Party (DISI), the second-largest in Greek Cyprus, stated that his visit had succeeded in expressing Greek Cypriots’ expectations and sensitivities. Voicing backing for Turkey’s EU membership bid, he said, “EU members, Greece, the Greek Cypriot administration and candidate Turkey form a network of cooperation to resolve the long-running division of Cyprus amid expectations for the revival of peace efforts for the island.” /Turkiye/

    [03] ERDOGAN TO VISIT ALBANIA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to leave tomorrow for a three- day trip to visit Albania as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina. He will expect to meet with Albanian President Alfred Moisiu, Parliament Speaker Servet Pellumbi and Premier Fatos Nano and then to attend a meeting of Turkish- Albanian businessmen. After completing his contacts in Albania, Erdogan is scheduled to proceed to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday to hold talks with the country’s top leaders and attend a business meeting. /Turkish Daily News/

    [04] ARINC: “TURKEY IS DETERMINED TO FIGHT CORRUPTION TO THE VERY END”

    Commenting on an ongoing crackdown on energy sector corruption, Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc said yesterday that Turkey was resolved to tackle the scourge of corruption through to the very end. “Regardless of where it should lead, Turkey has set up a mechanism to root out corruption and force the perpetrators to stand trial,” said Arinc. Addressing the recent controversial student amnesty issue, the speaker said that there was great public pressure on the subject, adding that Parliament would decide on the matter after debate. /Turkiye/

    [05] IN PUSH TO END ISOLATION, TRNC PM TALAT TRAVELS TO BRUSSELS

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Prime Minister Mehmet Ali Talat flew to Brussels yesterday for talks with European Union Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on measures to end the Turkish Cypriots’ international isolation. Last year the commission proposed a set of measures for financial assistance to Turkish Cypriots and to allow direct trade between Turkish Cyprus and EU countries, but their implementation has so far been blocked by EU member Greek Cyprus. /Turkish Daily News/

    [06] GUL: “THE EU WILL SUPPORT 72 PROJECTS”

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said yesterday that the European Union had decided to support 72 projects in Turkey within the EU’s sixth framework program. “A total of 72 projects were accepted out of 540,” added Gul. /Hurriyet/

    [07] TURKEY AGAIN ASSUMES ISAF COMMAND

    Turkey took command of NATO’s peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan yesterday for a second round since the multinational force was established following the overthrow of the Taliban regime in late 2001. At a ceremony in the Afghan capital Kabul, German commander Gen. Gerhard W. Back handed over the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) command to Lt. Gen. Ethem Erdagý for the next six months. The ISAF currently includes troops from 37 countries. /Turkish Daily News/

    [08] FRENCH EU MINISTER HAIGNERE VISITS TURKEY

    French Minister for European Union Affairs Claudie Haignere yesterday arrived in Ankara to discuss Turkey’s EU membership bid with Turkish officials. Haignere will meet with Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, State Minister Ali Babacan and Parliament Harmonization Commission head Yasar Yakýs as well as Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ali Tuygan and Ambassador Murat Sungar, Turkey’s secretary-general for EU affairs. Gul is to discuss with Haignere possible joint projects to be developed with France within the framework of Turkey's EU bid. A recent survey showed 57% of the French public opposed to Turkey's EU membership. /Aksam/

    [09] WASHINGTON UPS PRESSURE ON TURKEY OVER INCIRLIK

    Gen. Burwell Bell, commander of the US Army in Europe (USAREUR), is set to visit Ankara this week to discuss issues of bilateral defense cooperation. In particular, Bell is expected to discuss with Turkish military officials Washington’s hopes to make more extensive use of Incirlik Airbase, near the southern city of Adana, as a logistic military center. The US is reportedly planning to use the base as a “transportation hub” for the shipment of supplies to US forces in regional countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. In related news, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ali Tuygan is set to travel to Washington next week. Tuygan will meet with US State Department officials to discuss joint defense projects, including a new coordination mechanism that Washington is reportedly planning to form with Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] CONCERNED OVER ELECTIONS RESULTS, ANKARA URGES “MORE ACTIVE” UNITED NATIONS ROLE IN IRAQ

    According to official results released yesterday, Iraq's majority Shiite Muslims won nearly half the votes in last month’s elections. However, the Shiites' 48% of the vote falls far short of the two-thirds majority needed to control the 275-member National Assembly, or interim Parliament. The results threw immediate focus on efforts to create a new coalition government, possibly in an alliance with the Kurds. In contrast, Iraqi Turkmen groups won only three seats in the interim Parliament. In related news, Turkey urged Iraqi electoral officials and the United Nations to examine the elections results, saying Ankara was particularly concerned about vote tallies in the oil-rich and ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk. A Foreign Ministry statement charged that there were "imbalanced results" in several regions. “It has emerged that certain elements tried to influence the voting and made unfair gains from this," the statement added. “As a result the Iraqi interim Parliament won't reflect the true proportions of Iraqi society. The flaws . . . lead to serious doubts as to whether the goal of an interim Parliament can be achieved." The ministry urged the UN to take a "more active role" to ensure that "the flaws, disorder and irregularities" of the poll are not repeated when Iraqis vote on a new constitution later this year. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] IRAQI TURKMEN DEMONSTRATE FOLLOWING RELEASE OF ELECTION RESULTS

    After yesterday’s announcement of the results of Iraq’s Jan. 30 elections, a crowd gathered in Baghdad to protest pressure on Turkmen during the elections as well as Kurdish policy in northern Iraq. Gathering outside Iraq’s Supreme Board of Elections building, Turkmen chanted slogans demanding rectification of the injustice done to them. In related news, a curfew was declared in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk following the announcement of the results, and the Turkish Foreign ministry expressed concerns about “unbalanced results” in several regions, including Kirkuk. Kurds in the city celebrated success of a joint list of two Kurdish parties in the elections. /Turkiye/

    [12] WASHINGTON PLAN TO HELP TRNC BUSINESSMEN DRAWS GREEK CYPRIOT PROTEST

    A group of representatives of top US firms is set to fly to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) this week on a mission to forge links with Turkish Cypriot businessmen. The move is part of the US new policy on Cyprus, which aims to reward Turkish Cypriots for their “yes” vote in last April’s referendum to reunify the island. Under the US initiative, Washington will provide expertise and technical assistance to Turkish Cypriot entrepreneurs to help them find new markets and identify new business opportunities. In related news, Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopulous reacted strongly against the US plans to aid the TRNC. His protest was conveyed to Michael Klosson, the US Ambassador to southern Cyprus, who was summoned to the Greek presidency building. “The Greek Cypriot administration is threatening to boycott American products and exclude US companies from public tenders,” said Klosson. /Aksam/

    [13] EU COMMISSIONER SCHROEDER: “EU FINANCIAL AID TO TURKEY WILL RISE”

    Holger Schroeder, head of the European Commission Delegation to Turkey’s Financial Cooperation and Coordination of Investment Section, over the weekend said that the amount of financial aid extended to Turkey for its membership bid would be increased considerably in the pre-accession period. “Turkey must boost its self-capacity to take advantage of this aid and develop responsible and accountable methods of using it,“ Schroeder added. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF TO VISIT EGYPT

    At the invitation of Egyptian Defense Minister Huseyin Tantavi, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok is set to visit Egypt next week. Ozkok will also meet with his Egyptian counterpart Hamdi Vehibe. /Star/

    [15] TURKEY TO REQUIRE VISAS FROM SIX COUNTRIES

    As part of its European Union harmonization, Turkey will soon require visas from citizens of six additional countries. In a recent development report on Turkey, the EU Commission urged this move in order to stem the flow of illegal immigrants to Europe. The six countries in question are Bosnia- Herzegovina, Macedonia, Tunisia, Iran, Morocco and Kyrgyzstan. /Hurriyet/

    [16] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

    [17] IRAQ’S MOST CRITICAL ERA BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Ferai Tinc comments on post-election Iraq. A summary of her column is as follows:

    “Yesterday’s announcement of election results ushered in a third era for Iraq. The first was the Gulf War, the second was the US invasion, and the third will see the search for Iraq’s new political fate. The election results showed that the United Iraqi Alliance, a Shiite group, got nearly half of the votes. However, it didn’t win a two-thirds majority. The next- biggest vote winner for the Iraqi interim Parliament was the Kurds. For the first time in Iraqi history, Shiites and Kurds constitute a majority. This will cause problems in an era in which consensus is badly needed. Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s list including Shiite candidates has a better position than other lists. Allawi even sought alliances a few days ago by meeting with Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq. However, the real struggle will start today.

    The post-election era is full of obstacles, both predictable and unexpected. The first step will be finding a president and his two deputies. Talabani is one candidate. However, the Shiites previously spoke about making a Sunni the president, making a Shiite the prime minister and making a Kurd the Parliament speaker. However, their latest remarks signal that they will insist on the presidency. A two-thirds majority in Parliament is needed to elect the head of state and his deputies. Bargaining for alliances will start with this and never end. After naming a president and his deputies, the prime minister will be appointed and the Parliament established. In addition, the Parliament speaker will have a very important position because he will liaison with the committee preparing the constitution. The second most important stage is drawing up the constitution. There are four important issues which might cause conflict. Kurds favor a federal Iraq, while all other groups, including the Shiites, want a unitary state. In addition, the Kurds don’t want to give up their right to veto. How to solve the Kirkuk issue is unclear. There is also the problem of the regime. Will Iraq become an Islamic republic, as the Shiites want? The next eight months will be difficult. In addition, even when the constitution is ready, the problems won’t end. The Parliament will vote on the constitution in October. If it’s accepted, general elections will be held. Otherwise, it’s back to square one. Iraq’s neighbors and the entire world will intervene in this process. Thus, this is the most critical era for Iraq, that is, the third act.”

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