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Turkish Press Review, 05-06-23

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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

23.06.2005

FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN VOWS TO SOLVE HEADSCARF ISSUE
  • [02] GUL PLEDGES TO SUPPORT IRAQ
  • [03] ARINC CONDEMNS GERMAN PARLIAMENT’S DECISION
  • [04] NEW INITIATIVES PLANNED ON ARMENIA
  • [05] UN UNDERSECRETARY: “LAUNCHING A NEW CYPRUS PROCESS NOW WOULD BE INADVISABLE”
  • [06] ISRAEL TO STREAMLINE VISAS FOR TURKISH BUSINESSMEN
  • [07] BARROSO: “TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP BID SHOULD BE OPENLY DISCUSSED”
  • [08] COURT RULES TERRORIST FEHRIYE ERDAL WON’T BE TRIED IN BELGIUM
  • [09] GEN. BUYUKANIT VISITS GREECE
  • [10] TURKEY TO BUY 17 SEAHAWK HELICOPTERS
  • [11] TUSIAD: “OUR PRIORITY MUST BE EXTENDING THE CUSTOMS UNION”
  • [12] GERMAN PEACE AWARD GOES TO ORHAN PAMUK
  • [13] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [14] GOOD NEWS NEEDED BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN VOWS TO SOLVE HEADSCARF ISSUE

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that his government would solve a number of public issues, including the headscarf issue. Addressing his Justice and Development Party (AKP) parliamentary group meeting, Erdogan warned that problems which are neglected might lead to bigger issues, adding that his party would solve them and relieve the tension. In addition, he spoke at the AKP Ankara Provincial Chairmanship’s Political Academy. Stressing that his party was practicing politics with wisdom, knowledge and experience, the premier said that the AKP was the party to fulfill the nation’s will. Commenting on proposals to lower the 10 percent election threshold, Erdogan said that the party had no plans to try and change it, adding that it helped Turkey to preserve its stability. /Star/

    [02] GUL PLEDGES TO SUPPORT IRAQ

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said yesterday that Turkey’s support to Iraq during its political transition period would continue, adding however that Turkey was frustrated with the terrorist presence in northern Iraq which should be ended. Speaking at a conference organized jointly by the European Union and the US in Brussels to discuss the future of Iraq, Gul stated that the period of preparing a constitution would set out the Iraqis’ destiny. “The Iraqis will solve their national issues themselves,” said Gul. Stressing that Ankara’s dialogue with the Iraqi government was going on at the highest level, Gul pointed out that Iraqi Premier Ibrahim al-Jaafari’s first visit abroad had been to Turkey. After completing his contacts in Brussels, Gul returned to Turkey yesterday. /Turkiye/

    [03] ARINC CONDEMNS GERMAN PARLIAMENT’S DECISION

    Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc yesterday sent a letter to his German counterpart Wolfgang Thierse condemning the approval of an Armenian resolution last week in the German Federal Parliament. Stressing that the decision had caused anger among Turkish parliamentarians, Arinc said that both government officials and parliamentarians visiting Germany over the last three months had expressed Turkish views on the matter and warned of possible anger among Turks if such a decision was made. This one-sided decision made by a friendly allied country deeply wounded some 3 million Turks living in Germany, said Arinc. /Turkiye/

    [04] NEW INITIATIVES PLANNED ON ARMENIA

    In order to reduce recent tension over the so-called Armenian genocide claims, the Turkish government has started to shift some of its policies. After ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Balikesir Deputy Turan Comez’s visit to Armenia earlier this month, he began to prepare a comprehensive new program about Armenian relations along with the Republican People’s Party’s (CHP). Under the new program, Turkey hopes to advance relations with Armenia while avoiding any missteps. First of all, there are plans to form a joint parliamentary group to discuss common problems. Also, the government will propose a student exchange program with Armenia. Moreover, 20 Armenian journalists will be invited to do research in Turkey into the so-called Armenian genocide. And finally some football, volleyball and basketball teams will hold friendly matches with their Armenian counterparts. /Hurriyet/

    [05] UN UNDERSECRETARY: “LAUNCHING A NEW CYPRUS PROCESS NOW WOULD BE INADVISABLE”

    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan wants to move very carefully in the search for a solution to reunify Cyprus, UN Undersecretary for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast told the UN Security Council yesterday. A divided Cyprus is unacceptable, he said, but “launching an intensive new process prematurely would be inadvisable.” Prendergast added that all parties want to see the resumption of peace negotiations with the rejected Annan plan serving as the basis of the talks. “Political figures on both sides are maintaining contacts in an effort to promote mutual understanding,” he said. “On the negative side, however, the gap between the parties appears to be wide, while confidence between them does not seem high. These two factors, especially in combination, make efforts to establish common ground extremely difficult.” /Milliyet/

    [06] ISRAEL TO STREAMLINE VISAS FOR TURKISH BUSINESSMEN

    Israeli Ankara Ambassador Pinhas Avivi yesterday announced new measures to streamline visa procedures for Turkish businessmen. Under the new procedures, Turkish businessmen who are members of a recognized economic organization or businessmen association will be allowed to obtain multi- entry visas from Israel for up to three years. “This is an important step to eliminate bureaucratic obstacles in visa applications,” he said. Avivi also reiterated Israel’s support for Turkey’s European Union membership bid. “Israel lends its full support to Turkey’s EU membership bid,” he added. “An EU member Turkey would be a guarantee of stability and development in the region.” /Aksam/

    [07] BARROSO: “TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP BID SHOULD BE OPENLY DISCUSSED”

    The European Union needs to have a frank discussion on Turkey's candidacy to join the bloc, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said yesterday. Although Barroso stood firm on the EU's commitments to opening accession talks with Turkey, he also argued that public concerns on the issue should be “discussed seriously.” Barroso called for a “frank discussion'' of Turkey's prospects of joining the European Union. “We should discuss seriously the signals that were sent by the [French and Dutch] electorate regarding Turkey,” he told a Brussels press conference yesterday. /All Papers/

    [08] COURT RULES TERRORIST FEHRIYE ERDAL WON’T BE TRIED IN BELGIUM

    Belgium’s Court of Bruges yesterday ruled that Fehriye Erdal, a member of the terrorist group DHKP-C, cannot be tried in the country for crimes she committed in Turkey. The court decided that DHKP-C militants would be tried in the Bruges criminal court on charges of stockpiling weapons and possessing illegal propaganda. However, according to the ruling, Belgian courts have no jurisdiction to try Erdal, who is a suspect in the Ozdemir Sabanci assassination. Fernand Schmitz, lawyer of the Sabanci family, announced that they would appeal to the Higher Court of Ghent. /Sabah/

    [09] GEN. BUYUKANIT VISITS GREECE

    Land Forces Commander Gen. Yasar Buyukanit yesterday traveled to Athens as the official guest of his Greek counterpart Gen. Nikolaos Dukas. Gen. Buyukanit yesterday attended a banquet held by Turkey’s Ambassador to Athens Tahsin Burcuoglu in his honor. He will start his official meetings today and will separately meet with Gen. Dukas, Greek Chief of General Staff Vice Adm. Panayotis Hinofotis and Defense Minister Spilios Spiliotopoulos. Gen. Buyukanit is expected to return to Turkey tomorrow. /Aksam/

    [10] TURKEY TO BUY 17 SEAHAWK HELICOPTERS

    Speaking to reporters after a Defense Industry Executive Committee meeting, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul said that 17 Seahawk Helicopters would be bought from US aircraft maker Sikorsky. The committee chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Turkish Armed Forces’ (TSK) needs for the next decade and decided to buy 17 Seahawk helicopters as well as spare parts and equipment. In addition, he stressed that 20 fire- fighting helicopters are also slated to be bought for the Forestry General Directorate. /Turkiye/

    [11] TUSIAD: “OUR PRIORITY MUST BE EXTENDING THE CUSTOMS UNION”

    The top item on Turkey’s agenda should be concluding the protocol that will extend its Customs Union to the 10 new members of the European Union, said Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD) Chairman Omer Sabanci yesterday. “Including the new members of the EU in the Customs Union is an important matter that should be dealt with before Turkey’s full membership negotiations begin,” added Sabanci. “Therefore, delaying or discarding this protocol would mean delaying our membership talks, and this would contradict Turkey’s perspective.” Some have argued that extending the treaty would amount to recognizing Greek Cyprus, but the government has denied this. Turkey’s EU talks are due to begin on Oct. 3. /Milliyet/

    [12] GERMAN PEACE AWARD GOES TO ORHAN PAMUK

    The German Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Association has chosen Turkish author Orhan Pamuk as the recipient of its peace prize. According to the association, this award will be given to Pamuk to recognize his efforts for human and minority rights and his fearless remarks about Turkey’s political problems. They also praised Pamuk’s exploration of “the historical footprints of the West in the East and the East in the West.” Asked whether the award has anything to do with Pamuk’s controversial comments about the Armenian issue, an association representative said that it did not. The association’s prize jury added, “Pamuk has created a genre in which Europe and Islamic Turkey coexist.” He will receive the prize on Oct. 23. /Hurriyet/

    [13] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [14] GOOD NEWS NEEDED BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Semih Idiz comments on the need for good news from Turkey. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “In spite of confusing signals from the European Union to Turkey, everybody says our membership talks will start on Oct. 3. The EU should keep its promise on this date, but certain EU circles, including France and Germany, say they will continue to try to persuade Turkey to give up its EU membership bid and that an important part of these efforts will be the ‘negotiation framework’ document. This document will determine the way the talks will be held. It’s expected that it will be approved by the 25 EU members. For this reason, those opposed to Turkey will likely add to the criteria for Turkey’s EU membership. How will this happen? These countries won’t stipulate new criteria, though they would like to. However, they will take certain preconditions from the ‘general’ level to the ‘specific’ one. For example, good neighborly relations are among the EU’s general conditions. This is a general expression. However, it’s likely that certain EU members will try to make this concrete by saying that as part of good neighborly relations, Turkey has to open its borders with Armenia. This is valid also for the issue of minority foundations. This issue isn’t a precondition for Turkey’s membership. It’s included in the general framework called ‘minority rights.’ However, at this point, they might say that the issue of minority foundations will be an indicator of Turkey’s commitments about minority rights. If they say that, certain people in Turkey will use take up anti-EU rhetoric. Those who are opposed Turkey within the EU also trust the demagogic words of these people.

    However, whatever their subjective calculations are, not everybody in the EU is opposed to Turkey, including Britain, which next week will begin its term presidency. Of course France might say that Britain is supporting Turkey to hinder the European bloc. Every country in Europe is making calculations, and so should we. However, we should do this in the right way and benefit from others’ calculations. Whatever the reason, those who support Ankara now expect good news from us. They say, ‘This way we can gird ourselves against those opposed to Turkey’.”

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