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Turkish Press Review, 05-06-30

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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

30.06.2005

ERDOGAN TRAVELS TO AZERBAIJAN GUL SPEAKS ON EUROPEAN UNION FRAMEWORK DOCUMENT EU COMMISSION RELEASES TALKS FRAMEWORK ZEBARI VOWS NOT TO ALLOW TERRORISTS SAFE HAVEN IN IRAQ ISRAELI COMMANDER VISITS ANKARA SUPPORT FOR THE TRNC AT OIC TWO VETOED LAWS PASSED AGAIN BY PARLIAMENT ECEVIT REBUKES TALAT OVER OFFER OF MARAS TURKISH BUSINESSMAN RELEASED IN IRAQ MURATLI HYDROELECTRIC DAM OPENS FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… A BASIS TO RETURN TO OUR EU PATH BY ISMET BERKAN (RADIKAL)

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN TRAVELS TO AZERBAIJAN
  • [02] GUL SPEAKS ON EUROPEAN UNION FRAMEWORK DOCUMENT
  • [03] EU COMMISSION RELEASES TALKS FRAMEWORK
  • [04] ZEBARI VOWS NOT TO ALLOW TERRORISTS SAFE HAVEN IN IRAQ
  • [05] ISRAELI COMMANDER VISITS ANKARA
  • [06] SUPPORT FOR THE TRNC AT OIC
  • [07] TWO VETOED LAWS PASSED AGAIN BY PARLIAMENT
  • [08] ECEVIT REBUKES TALAT OVER OFFER OF MARAS
  • [09] TURKISH BUSINESSMAN RELEASED IN IRAQ
  • [10] MURATLI HYDROELECTRIC DAM OPENS
  • [11] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [12] A BASIS TO RETURN TO OUR EU PATH BY ISMET BERKAN (RADIKAL)

  • [01] ERDOGAN TRAVELS TO AZERBAIJAN

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday flew to Azerbaijan to pay an official visit. Before his departure, Erdogan told reporters that his visit aimed at boosting relations between the two friendly countries, adding that his talks would focus on both bilateral and regional relations. Asked about Turkey’s European Union membership process, the premier said that the accession talks were expected to be both long and difficult. “However,” he added, “we’ll overcome all difficulties through our concerted efforts.” Erdogan, accompanied by State Ministers Besir Atalay and Mehmet Aydin, was welcomed by his Azeri counterpart Artur Rasizade at Baku Airport upon his arrival. Erdogan is expected to hold talks with top-level Azeri officials, including the president and the Parliament speaker. /Turkiye/

    [02] GUL SPEAKS ON EUROPEAN UNION FRAMEWORK DOCUMENT

    Following yesterday’s release of the European Union Framework Document, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said, “Our membership talks will start on the date previously determined. Our goal is full membership. The important thing is to start the talks on Oct. 3. The determination of Turkey and the EU is very clear.” /Aksam/

    [03] EU COMMISSION RELEASES TALKS FRAMEWORK

    The European Union Framework Document as prepared by the EU Commission was released yesterday by EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn. Stating that the process of Turkey’s membership talks would be long and difficult, Rehn said that its joining couldn’t be envisaged before 2014, taking the EU budget into consideration. Rehn added that the EU had evaluated its enlargement experiences and that it would be very important to keep these promises. “A stable, democratic and prosperous Turkey will be for the EU’s benefit,” he said. /Aksam/

    [04] ZEBARI VOWS NOT TO ALLOW TERRORISTS SAFE HAVEN IN IRAQ

    Iraq’s neighboring countries’ foreign ministers yesterday met at a breakfast hosted by Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul on the sidelines of a ministerial-level meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Sanaa, Yemen. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari reportedly briefed the ministers about recent developments in his country. Speaking to reporters after the gathering, Zebari said that contrary to the policies of the Saddam Hussein dictatorship, the new Iraqi administration would not use terrorist groups as bargaining tools in diplomacy. Stressing that they are aware of Ankara’s longstanding concern over the presence of terrorist PKK militants in northern Iraq, Zebari said that his administration would not tolerate any groups in Iraq that threaten neighboring countries’ security, economy or political interests. /Turkiye/

    [05] ISRAELI COMMANDER VISITS ANKARA

    Israeli Land Forces Commander Maj. Gen. Yiftach Ron-Tal yesterday visited his Turkish counterpart Gen Yasar Buyukanit in Ankara at Land Forces Headquarters. The two top military officials discussed ways to improve cooperation between the land forces of their countries. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] SUPPORT FOR THE TRNC AT OIC

    Reforms and the Cyprus issue marked yesterday’s day two of the Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC) ministerial meeting in Yemen. The term “Turkish Cypriot State” was included in a draft decision presented by Turkey concerning the Cyprus issue for the first time. Diplomatic sources stated this way it was included in the OIC’s official terminology. In addition, the draft decision calls on the entire international community to take concrete steps to end the isolation of Turkish Cypriots. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Serdar Denktas said that the TRNC was expecting the OIC member countries to put forth stronger efforts towards this end. Denktas added that the TRNC was willing to improve relations in trade, tourism, transportation, information, sports and investment, and repeated his request for full European Union membership. /Star, Sabah/

    [07] TWO VETOED LAWS PASSED AGAIN BY PARLIAMENT

    Parliament yesterday again passed the vetoed Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) bill and the vetoed regulations of the new Turkish Penal Code (TCK) reducing punishments for unlicensed educational institutions. These two laws had been vetoed by President Ahment Necdet Sezer and were re-approved without any changes. Sezer had vetoed the TUBITAK law on the grounds that it would compromise the council’s autonomy and was furthermore unconstitutional. Under the new TUBITAK bill, functions of the Science Council and the chairman would be eliminated. The new TCK regulations reducing punishments for unlicensed educational institutions would result in penalties payable as fines. Although Parliament’s recess is set to start tomorrow, its adjournment has been delayed to Sunday to deal with other needed legislation. /Turkiye/

    [08] ECEVIT REBUKES TALAT OVER OFFER OF MARAS

    Former Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit yesterday criticized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat’s offer to give Maras to the Greeks in exchange for ending the TRNC’s isolation. Ecevit made the remarks after visiting President Ahmet Necdet Sezer at the Cankaya Palace. “Talat said that he had offered Maras to the Greeks,” Ecevit told reporters. “He should not do such a thing without first informing Turkey. Ankara and the TRNC are not on the same page.” As prime minister in 1974, Ecevit ordered the Cyprus Peace Operation. /Hurriyet/

    [09] TURKISH BUSINESSMAN RELEASED IN IRAQ

    Abdulkadir Tanrikulu, a businessman kidnapped in January in Baghdad, Iraq, has reportedly been released. Foreign Ministry sources yesterday confirmed that Tanrikulu had been kidnapped during a raid against a Turkish construction company in January but now has been released. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] MURATLI HYDROELECTRIC DAM OPENS

    A hydroelectric dam constructed on the Coruh River by the State Waterworks Authority (DSI) in northeastern city of Artvin was opened yesterday with a ceremony with the attendance of Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler and other officials. Addressing the gathering, Erdogan said that Turkey would continue to carry out investments to meet Turkey’s energy needs. DSI General Director Veysel Eroglu said that the river was the most suitable one for constructing a hydroelectric dam and that it was the first dam on the river. /Star/

    [11] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [12] A BASIS TO RETURN TO OUR EU PATH BY ISMET BERKAN (RADIKAL)

    Columnist Ismet Berkan writes on Turkey’s European Union membership bid. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “The European Union Commission yesterday released a draft framework for the EU’s accession negotiations with Turkey. The text includes nothing new or surprising, in other words, everything is as we expected.

    In it, the EU Commission spells out the details of several main principles which were previously summarized in just a few paragraphs. By analyzing the draft text, let’s try to see how Turkish-EU negotiations are likely to progress:

    There are 35 phases. The commission will determine several benchmarking criteria for each phase. If Turkey is found to have met these criteria at the end of the scanning process, the European Council will decide to initiate a phase.

    The commission will lay out the criteria to be used to close the phases temporarily, and similarly, it will be the council which will close a phase, if required.

    In other words, Greek Cypriots and the countries trying to slow down Turkey’s accession bid will have many opportunities to veto us. This is exactly what we mean when we call our membership talks ‘a long road.’

    The draft framework also provides Ankara with an opportunity to select between various opportunities. Were Ankara to abandon its full membership aspirations, then certain mechanisms would go into force to sustain Turkey’s connection to the bloc in some other way. Such options can of course be discussed if Turkey fails to fulfill the required criteria.

    However, let me ask you something: Would Brussels offer Ankara a privileged partnership if we fail to fulfill the required criteria? I don’t think so. Europe would probably not want a failed Turkey.

    Anti-EU circles should give up their unfounded hopes, because our democratization and human rights path is irreversible. Since we have often reiterated that we would never accept any other formula besides full membership, Brussels’ hands are tied. All EU countries can do is to delay and deter us. But would it be wise to delay Turkey’s membership talks? The longer our negotiations, the more opportunities we will have to improve ourselves.

    Under the current circumstances, it’s Turkey which needs time, not Europe. Turks of course want to join a union where they will be treated equally and not be seen as an outcast.”

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