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Turkish Press Review, 05-07-05

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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

05.07.2005

SPEAKING ON MTV, ERDOGAN TO SEND MESSAGE TO G-8 SUMMIT TRNC THANKS GUL FOR HIS EFFORTS AT OIC SUMMIT KARAMANLIS TO VISIT TURKEY GOVT PLEDGES TO PROVIDE FARMERS WITH INCENTIVES ARINC VISITS CICEK IN WAKE OF JUSTICE MINISTRY ATTACK REHN: “TURKEY SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE” AGAR: “THIS GOVERNMENT HAS COME TO ITS END” BAYKAL: “WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE GOVT TO PROTECT DEMOCRACY” GEN. BUYUKANIT: “THE PKK POSES A THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL INTEGRITY” TURKMEN STAGE DEMONSTRATE FOR THEIR RIGHTS IN N.IRAQI CITY FRENCH AMBASSADOR: “MURDERERS SHOULD BE PUNISHED” TOPBAS TELLS WORLD ARCHITECTS ABOUT NEW PROJECTS IN ISTANBUL RUSSIA’S ALFA TO INVEST $3.3 BLN IN TURKCELL FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… CIVIL SOCIETY DIALOGUE WITH THE EU BY ILTER TURKMEN (HURRIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] SPEAKING ON MTV, ERDOGAN TO SEND MESSAGE TO G-8 SUMMIT
  • [02] TRNC THANKS GUL FOR HIS EFFORTS AT OIC SUMMIT
  • [03] KARAMANLIS TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [04] GOVT PLEDGES TO PROVIDE FARMERS WITH INCENTIVES
  • [05] ARINC VISITS CICEK IN WAKE OF JUSTICE MINISTRY ATTACK
  • [06] REHN: “TURKEY SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE”
  • [07] AGAR: “THIS GOVERNMENT HAS COME TO ITS END”
  • [08] BAYKAL: “WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE GOVT TO PROTECT DEMOCRACY”
  • [09] GEN. BUYUKANIT: “THE PKK POSES A THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL INTEGRITY”
  • [10] TURKMEN STAGE DEMONSTRATE FOR THEIR RIGHTS IN N.IRAQI CITY
  • [11] FRENCH AMBASSADOR: “MURDERERS SHOULD BE PUNISHED”
  • [12] TOPBAS TELLS WORLD ARCHITECTS ABOUT NEW PROJECTS IN ISTANBUL
  • [13] RUSSIA’S ALFA TO INVEST $3.3 BLN IN TURKCELL
  • [14] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [15] CIVIL SOCIETY DIALOGUE WITH THE EU BY ILTER TURKMEN (HURRIYET)

  • [01] SPEAKING ON MTV, ERDOGAN TO SEND MESSAGE TO G-8 SUMMIT

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will send a message to the G-8 countries’ summit tomorrow via global music channel MTV. Erdogan, a self-proclaimed political conservative, will address the G-8 countries’ leaders on behalf of the organizers and supporters of the weekend Live 8 concerts. Prime Ministry spokesman Arif Beki said that during the three-day G-8 leaders’ Edinburgh summit, an interview with Erdogan and his British counterpart Tony Blair will be broadcast. Erdogan will reportedly point to the huge sums countries spend on weapons and armaments, saying that if this money were instead devoted to alleviating poverty, both poverty and terrorism would be things of the past. /Sabah/

    [02] TRNC THANKS GUL FOR HIS EFFORTS AT OIC SUMMIT

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer yesterday telephoned Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul to thank him for his efforts to promote the TRNC at last month’s Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. “Turkish Cypriots and our government are grateful to you,” Soyer said. At the OIC summit, Gul called on the Islamic world to take concrete steps to end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots. He also requested that the OIC secretary general establish contact with the Islamic Development Bank to support development projects in the TRNC. /Turkiye/

    [03] KARAMANLIS TO VISIT TURKEY

    Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis accepted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s invitation during Monday’s foundation-laying ceremony of the Turkish-Greek natural gas pipeline. Karamanlis is set to visit Turkey before the beginning of Turkey’s European Union membership negotiation talks on Oct. 3, making him the first Greek prime minister to visit Turkey in 46 years. /Sabah/

    [04] GOVT PLEDGES TO PROVIDE FARMERS WITH INCENTIVES

    Yesterday’s Cabinet meeting discussed possible ways to provide farmers with government incentives as well as the problems of public finance and debt management. After the meeting, Justice Minister and government spokesman Cemil Cicek briefed reporters on the gathering, saying that the Council of Ministers had decided to provide farmers with a number of incentives to cut costs. Turkey’s EU chief negotiator Ali Babacan also spoke about Turkey’s framework document for EU membership talks, said Cicek. /Turkiye/

    [05] ARINC VISITS CICEK IN WAKE OF JUSTICE MINISTRY ATTACK

    Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc yesterday visited Justice Minister Cemil Cicek to discuss last week’s attempted terrorist attack at the Justice Ministry building in Ankara. “I told Cicek that I was sorry what happened last week,” Arinc stated. “We always denounce such terrorist attacks which aim to disturb public peace. We won’t be provoked by such attempts.” /Star/

    [06] REHN: “TURKEY SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE”

    Turkey’s membership negotiations will begin on Oct. 3 as scheduled, European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn said at a European Parliament Foreign Affairs Commission meeting yesterday. “Europe needs a stable, democratic and developed Turkey,” he added. “Anti-Turkish circles are inciting ultra-nationalists with their rhetoric. However, Turkey should be given a chance.” /Milliyet/

    [07] AGAR: “THIS GOVERNMENT HAS COME TO ITS END”

    Truth Path Party (DYP) head Mehmet Agar yesterday condemned the government’s “antidemocratic” changes to parliamentary rules that reduce opportunities for opposition parties to contribute. He said that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) had started to edge towards oppression as their power has come to an end, and that is why they are trying to obstruct and muzzle opposition party deputies. “Everybody has lost all hope in this government,” charged Agar. “Despite the huge public support it enjoyed, this government doesn’t deserve it. Turkey will elect a new Parliament without the AKP and the Republican People’s Party (CHP). This government has no right to say that they don’t want to go to elections when the public favors it.” Agar also said that the current Parliament had damaged the agriculture sector and caused hardships to farmers. Moreover, tradesmen, retirees, workers and civil servants are also in trouble, added Agar. /Aksam/

    [08] BAYKAL: “WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE GOVT TO PROTECT DEMOCRACY”

    Speaking at a dinner marking the end of the legislative year, opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) head Deniz Baykal yesterday criticized the government’s administration, saying that the CHP would do whatever they can to change this government. “Despite pressing problems, the ruling party is wasting Turkey’s time by picking fights with the secular, democratic regime,” Baykal told his fellow CHP deputies. “As an opposition party we should continue our civil, democratic and political struggle as long as need be so as to defend the nation’s interests. We have to change the ruling party and protect Turkish democracy.” He pledged that the CHP would work harder in the coming legislative term to change the government, and hinted about early elections. /Aksam/

    [09] GEN. BUYUKANIT: “THE PKK POSES A THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL INTEGRITY”

    Land Forces Commander Gen. Yasar Buyukanit yesterday warned that the PKK terrorist group poses a grave threat to the country’s national integrity. “International cooperation is very important for fighting terrorism,” he said. “The PKK has already won political support in northern Iraq, and is also getting assistance from certain European countries on their accommodation, weapons, education and medical treatment.” /Turkiye/

    [10] TURKMEN STAGE DEMONSTRATE FOR THEIR RIGHTS IN N.IRAQI CITY

    Some 3,000 Iraqi Turkmen yesterday gathered in Kirkuk to urge that they be recognized as a people and their rights be enshrined in the Iraqi constitution. Before their demonstration, American soldiers and the Iraqi police took tight security measures. The Iraqi Turkmen Front, 10 Turkmen parties, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and Arab consultation council members all took part in the demonstration. Meanwhile, Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) head Saaddettin Ergec said that Kirkuk was a Turkmen city and that its cultural structure proved this. /Turkiye/

    [11] FRENCH AMBASSADOR: “MURDERERS SHOULD BE PUNISHED”

    French Ambassador to Ankara Paul Poudade yesterday visited Bingol, a city in Turkey’s southeast where five security guards were killed last weekend by PKK terrorists. “This was a negative incident for the image of Turkey on its path towards EU membership,” he said. “The murderers should be punished as soon as possible.” Poudade urged Ankara to work harder to achieve its goals on the road to EU membership. He also visited Greater Diyarbakir Municipality Mayor Osman Baydemir. /Milliyet/

    [12] TOPBAS TELLS WORLD ARCHITECTS ABOUT NEW PROJECTS IN ISTANBUL

    On the second day of the 22nd World Architecture Congress organized by the Union of International Architects (UIA), Greater Istanbul Municipality Mayor Kadir Topbas delivered a speech telling the participants about a number of new architectural projects in Istanbul. Topbas lamented that Istanbul still lacks a main city plan and stressed that the government is still working on the issue. Some 10,000 architects are attending the congress from 120 countries. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] RUSSIA’S ALFA TO INVEST $3.3 BLN IN TURKCELL

    State Minister Kursad Tuzmen yesterday announced that Russia’s Alfa Group will make a $3.3 billion investment in Turkcell, the largest injection of foreign capital that Turkey has ever seen. Speaking after visiting Alfa Chairman Mikhail Fridman, Tuzmen said that this investment is important to both Turkey and Russia and is the result of Turkey’s economic stability. Speaking after the same meeting, Fridman said that the Russian government also supports this investment, adding that both countries will gain importance in their regions. He explained that the entire investment will come out of Alfa’s own resources, with $1.7 billion in credit and the remainder in convertible bills. /Milliyet/

    [14] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [15] CIVIL SOCIETY DIALOGUE WITH THE EU BY ILTER TURKMEN (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Ilter Turkmen comments on the European Union’s civil society dialogue project. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “The European Union Commission attaches great importance to the project of developing dialogue between the civil societies of member and candidate countries. What they mean by candidate countries is Croatia, etc. However, actually they place more importance on Turkey on this issue, because the major criticism against the EU’s enlargement policy comes from the concern and prejudice created by Turkey’s EU bid. The commission will finance its dialogue project from a fund of 40 million euros beginning next year. The dialogue aims to address not only Western, but also Turkish public opinion. Indeed, after the French and Dutch rejection of the referendum on the EU constitution, doubts on our EU membership are on the rise. The civil dialogue’s long-term aim is to prepare the citizens of Europe and Turkey for Turkey’s EU membership. The broad participation of economic and social institutions and the education, culture and media sectors are expected in the dialogue. In some of the fields envisaged by the EU Commission, productive programs are already being implemented. For example, ‘Socrates’ is the economic action program of the EU, and ‘Erasmus’ covers communication and cooperation in higher education. Our universities have been implementing student exchange programs for two years. For example, Galatasaray University, which is the only university in Turkey to offer education in French, has agreements with 39 French, two Belgian, one Italian, one Polish and one Greek university. Thirty students from Galatasaray were educated in French and Belgian universities, and nearly 20 French students received education at Galatasaray in 2004-2005. These numbers will rise to 90 and 50 respectively in the next academic year.

    Such relations will also be beneficial in order to create a greater rapprochement between the two countries. Of course the work should be carried in youth and family associations, unions and churches. Politicians and the media play the most important role in terms of directing public opinion. There are constant contacts between European and Turkish politicians, but it’s hard to believe that there’s a real dialogue between them. As for the media, it should be kept in mind that following exciting headlines and supporting false views tends to mislead public opinion. Informing Turkish public opinion on the EU and winning over EU public opinion will be important. The Turkish public is a bit impatient and is quickly influenced by bad news. It has understandable historic doubts and is generally suspicious. Public institutions and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) of both the EU and Turkey should keep these characteristics in mind at all times.”

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