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Turkish Press Review, 05-07-21

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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

21.07.2005

SEZER SENDS MESSAGE TO TALAT ON 31ST ANNIVERSARY OF PEACE OPERATION ERDOGAN: “WE’LL TAKE NECESSARY STEPS TO PREVENT FURTHER TERRORIST ATTACKS” GUL: “TURKEY WILL NEVER FORSAKE THE TRNC FOR ITS EU BID” 31ST ANNIVERSARY OF PEACE OPERATION CELEBRATED IN THE TRNC GONUL MEETS WITH ALIYEV IN AZERBAIJAN US STATE DEPT: “THE ANNAN PLAN IS THE BEST HOPE FOR A CYPRUS RESOLUTION” FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… INTELLIGENCE COOPERATION WITH RUSSIA BY MURAT YETKIN (RADIKAL)

CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER SENDS MESSAGE TO TALAT ON 31ST ANNIVERSARY OF PEACE OPERATION
  • [02] ERDOGAN: “WE’LL TAKE NECESSARY STEPS TO PREVENT FURTHER TERRORIST ATTACKS”
  • [03] GUL: “TURKEY WILL NEVER FORSAKE THE TRNC FOR ITS EU BID”
  • [04] 31ST ANNIVERSARY OF PEACE OPERATION CELEBRATED IN THE TRNC
  • [05] GONUL MEETS WITH ALIYEV IN AZERBAIJAN
  • [06] US STATE DEPT: “THE ANNAN PLAN IS THE BEST HOPE FOR A CYPRUS RESOLUTION”
  • [07] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [08] INTELLIGENCE COOPERATION WITH RUSSIA BY MURAT YETKIN (RADIKAL)

  • [01] SEZER SENDS MESSAGE TO TALAT ON 31ST ANNIVERSARY OF PEACE OPERATION

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer yesterday sent a message to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat marking the 31st anniversary of the 1974 Cyprus Peace Operation. Sezer stated that there were two equal separate states and nations on the island, adding that this should be considered while seeking a resolution there. Sezer further stated that Turkey would continue to support efforts for a just and lasting peace, adding that it was time to bring the TRNC’s isolation to an end. “The Turkish nation will always stand by the Turkish Cypriots,” said Sezer. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] ERDOGAN: “WE’LL TAKE NECESSARY STEPS TO PREVENT FURTHER TERRORIST ATTACKS”

    Speaking at Esenboga Airport yesterday after returning from visits to Russia and Mongolia, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his stays in both countries had been fruitful, adding that in Russia he and Russian President Vladimir Putin had discussed international relations. “We’re pleased with the strengthening relations between our countries,” said Erdogan. The premier added that his trip to Mongolia was the first Turkish visit at the prime ministerial level since diplomatic relations were first established between the two countries. Also touching on recently rising terrorist attacks in Turkey of the terrorist group PKK, Erdogan said that the government would take necessary measures to prevent further attacks. “We’ll hold meetings of the Cabinet and other related bodies to take steps on the issue,” said Erdogan, adding, however, that it wouldn’t be appropriate to declare a state of emergency. The premier also stressed that the government was not planning any general amnesty. /Turkiye/

    [03] GUL: “TURKEY WILL NEVER FORSAKE THE TRNC FOR ITS EU BID”

    Speaking at a ceremony marking the 31st anniversary of the 1974 Peace Operation in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul called the operation a turning point for the Turkish Cypriots’ fight for freedom, adding that Ankara would never forsake the TRNC for its European Union aspirations. “The world saw the stance of the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots for a resolution during last year’s referendums,” he said. “Greek Cypriots rejected the UN Cyprus plan, while Turkish Cypriots voted for it.” Gul further stated that Greek Cypriots should pay a price for this rejection. “They will pay a price if the TRNC’s isolation ends,” said Gul, adding that Ankara would stand by the TRNC in its economic development and growth. “The development and welfare of the TRNC is one of our priorities,” added Gul. /Turkiye/

    [04] 31ST ANNIVERSARY OF PEACE OPERATION CELEBRATED IN THE TRNC

    The 31st anniversary of the 1974 Peace Operation was celebrated yesterday in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener attended the ceremony, along with, for the first time, delegations from Azerbaijan and Pakistan. The foreign delegations stated that they were pleased to be with the Turkish Cypriots on such an important day, adding that direct flights from their countries to the TRNC would soon begin and economic ties would be developed. Speaking at the ceremony, TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat said that a just and lasting peace could be reached through an awareness of the island’s realities. “We’re ready for all kinds of initiatives for a resolution, and the Greek Cypriots should also support this,” said Talat. Talat also stressed that he appreciated Ankara’s support for the Turkish Cypriots. /Milliyet/

    [05] GONUL MEETS WITH ALIYEV IN AZERBAIJAN

    On an official visit to Azerbaijan, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul yesterday met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. “We appreciate Azerbaijan’s support for Turkish Cyprus,” Gonul said. “During our meetings, Aliyev stressed that Azerbaijan supports Turkey’s demands on the Cyprus issue. The Turkish nation thanks Azerbaijani officials for their support.” In related news, Azerbaijani Imair Airlines has applied to the Azeri Directorate General of Civil Aviation under the Transportation Ministry to organize flights from Baku to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Imair should be granted permission to organize direct flights to the TRNC following the approval of the ministry. The air travel embargo imposed on Turkish Cyprus will then be effectively lifted by Azerbaijan. /Sabah/

    [06] US STATE DEPT: “THE ANNAN PLAN IS THE BEST HOPE FOR A CYPRUS RESOLUTION”

    Speaking at a press conference yesterday, US State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said that the Annan plan remained the best hope for a resolution on Cyprus, adding that possible negotiations between the two sides would depend on the plan. Ereli stressed that the US administration continued to support the plan. Asked about yesterday’s 31st anniversary of the 1974 Peace Operation in the Turkish Republic of the Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Ereli declined to comment, saying that there was no use in looking back three decades. "Our focus [is] ... on the Annan plan and we continue to work with all sides to try to get them to focus on the here and now," added Ereli. "[And our focus is] on 2005 and what the ambitions of the people of the island are and how we can meet those ambitions and meet those dreams of a peaceful and unified future. That's where our focus is." /Turkiye/

    [07] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [08] INTELLIGENCE COOPERATION WITH RUSSIA BY MURAT YETKIN (RADIKAL)

    Columnist Murat Yetkin comments on Turkey’s cooperation with Russia on the issue of terrorism. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “On Nov. 4, 2004, Russian military intelligence GRU head Gen. Valentin Korabelnikov paid a visit to Ankara. He held top secret meetings with General Staff Intelligence head Gen. Arslan Guner. The media paid no attention to these meetings, but they marked a new era of intelligence cooperation between Turkey and Russia. Along the same lines, Gen. Guner will soon pay a visit to Russia.

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimit Putin also discussed intelligence issues on Sunday and Monday in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The Caucasian region is very important to Russia. Gen. Korabelnikov visited Turkey soon after Chechen terrorists attacked a school in Beslan last year and killed more than 250 people. Turkey and Russia are cooperating in exchanging intelligence on Chechen terrorists. In addition, the PKK and Iraq are of course very important to Turkey. During the Saddam regime, Iraq was the backyard of Moscow in the Middle East. However, the US invasion upset all the balances in the region. Still, Russia has established connections with Iraq as well as links with spy satellites owned by countries besides the US. Russia doesn’t want to see a divided Iraq in the region, and neither does Turkey. Protecting Iraq’s territorial integrity is of great importance to both countries, and for similar reasons. We know that Russian military and civilian intelligence units have established contact with the terrorist PKK. Former PKK head Abdullah Ocalan took refuge in Russia twice before his 1999 capture. Therefore, Russian intelligence had good information on the PKK.

    Our National Intelligence Organization (MIT) has close and well-established relations with Moscow. Both civilian and military intelligence units of the two countries are currently trying to improve their cooperation. Two days ago, Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug announced that the US had ordered the capture of terrorist PKK leaders in northern Iraq. Thus, with the backing of Russia and the US, Turkey is now getting more support than ever in its fight with terrorists. We’ll wait and see what this cooperation will bring in the future.”

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