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Turkish Press Review, 05-06-06
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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 : email@example.com <caption> <_caption> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning
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 ERDOGAN: “A NEW AIRPORT WILL BE BUILT IN ISTANBUL”Speaking at the First Regional Organization Education Program organized by the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Research and Development Chairmanship in Istanbul yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that preparations had begun for a new airport in Istanbul. Stating that Ataturk International Airport was working overcapacity, Erdogan said, “We need another large airport to meet our future needs. Now my colleagues are looking for ways to establish one on Istanbul’s European side. I foresee the construction of an airport which can ease landings, departures and terminal services. We are planning a facility that is on par with other modern international airports. The Transportation Ministry has gotten its orders and is working on the issue.” /Milliyet/
 ERDOGAN TO FLY TO WASHINGTON TONIGHTPrime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will fly to Washington tonight for a four-day visit to the United States. Erdogan will participate in the closing banquet of the American-Turkish Council meeting tomorrow. The next day he will meet with US President George W. Bush at the White House. Erdogan will meet UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday in New York and will return to Turkey on Friday. /Aksam/
 UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT VISITS TURKEYUkraine’s new President Victor Yuschenko is set to begin a two-day visit to Turkey today at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Necdet Sezer. Yuschenko, on his first trip abroad after coming to power in last year’s Orange Revolution, will meet with Sezer, Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. Their talks are expected to focus on deepening cooperation between the two countries, including in the area of energy. The Ukrainian president is also scheduled to meet with Turkish businessmen in Istanbul. /Turkiye/
 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY CELEBRATEDWorld Environment Day was celebrated yesterday throughout the country with a number of events. During demonstrations and rallies, activists highlighted environmental issues. In related news, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued messages marking the importance of a cleaner and healthier environment, adding that Turkey would continue to cooperate with other nations to reach common policies to address environmental issues. /Hurriyet/
 IMF DELEGATION TO MEET OFFICIALS IN ANKARAAfter completing several days of contacts in Istanbul with business circles, an International Monetary Fund delegation will proceed to Ankara today. The delegation, led by Turkish Desk Chief Lorenzo Giorgianni, is scheduled to begin its official meetings with economic circles. Recent economic developments and improvements in the implementation of structural reforms are expected to dominate the talks in line with the first progress review under Turkey’s new standby deal. /Star/
 GREEK INTERIOR MINISTER DECLINES TO ATTEND SECURITY CONFERENCE IN ISTANBULGreek Interior Minister Georgius Vulgarakis has reportedly decided not to attend a conference to be held this week in Istanbul after learning that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) will also participate in the gathering. Greece will instead be represented by its deputy interior minister, director general of security and Athens’ security head. The conference, entitled “Democracy and Global Security,” is organized by the Turkish Directorate General of Security and will host 650 people from 80 countries, including interior ministers, top security officials and scholars. The US is expected to attend the conference with a delegation of 170. /Star/
 WORLD LEASING CONGRESS TO BE HELD IN ISTANBULThe 23rd World Leasing Congress will be held in Istanbul this Thursday and Friday. Banking Supervision and Regulation Agency (BDDK) Chairman Tevfik Bilgin will make the opening speech of the congress, which will be hosted by the Financial Leasing Association (FYDER). In addition, FYDER Executive Board Chairman Dursun Akbulut will make a presentation about “Leasing in Turkey.” /Aksam/
 RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ENDS IN ANTALYACitroen driver Sebastian Loeb of France won the Turkish leg of the World Rally Championship yesterday. Loeb was followed by Subaru’s Petter Solberg of Norway and Peugeot’s Markus Gronholm of Finland. /Cumhuriyet/
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 THE BUSH-ERDOGAN MEETING BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)Columnist Yýlmaz Oztuna comments on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the United States due to start today. A summary of his column is as follows:
“Today Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan begins his visit to the United States. As the Washington Post writes, the two sides are meeting with the aim and hope of renewing their strategic alliance.
Will this aim and hope be translated into true political resolve? We shall see. In my view it must be so, because both sides will gain countless advantages from this.
A flood of vetoes and ‘no’ referendums has begun in Europe. The European Union needs at least a couple of months to solve its problems. Within this time, the United States’ weight – which is already strong enough – will grow even clearer. The counterarguments don’t hold water, because they are unable to grasp the future.
Britain, a country with a very subtle diplomacy, has started moving even closer to the US than it already is. It will probably decide against holding a referendum. If I’m not mistaken, holding referendums for the European Union constitution is the idea of French President Jacques Chirac. Presenting something to the public rather than to Parliament has precedents in French history. However Chirac knows very well that such referendums are controlled.
Now Bush and Erdogan will meet at the White House. It’s up to them to see how much they can heal the damage in bilateral relations. Both sides must negotiate in light of the future.
Otherwise rogue states will take advantage of this situation. Uncontrolled missiles will fly through the skies, and they could accidentally land in populated areas. This must be carefully considered.
We agree with the Washington Post that the meeting between Bush and Erdogan is of historic importance and invaluable in terms of deciding which course to adopt.”
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