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Turkish Press Review, 05-07-22

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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

22.07.2005

ERDOGAN: “TURKEY WILL CONDUCT A CROSS-BORDER OPERATION WHEN APPROPRIATE” AKSU: “CROSS-BORDER INFILTRATIONS SHOULD BE PREVENTED” US STATE DEPT: “BOTH ANKARA AND WASHINGTON HAVE AN INTEREST IN FIGHTING THE PKK” AGAR: “THERE ARE CIRCLES SEEKING TO SHATTER TURKEY’S PEACEFUL ATMOSPHERE” LOCKHEED MARTIN TO MODERNIZE TURKISH F-16s IRAQI TURKMEN FRONT: “OUR PATIENCE IS WEARING THIN DUE TO INJUSTICES AGAINST US” FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS… WHO COULD OPPOSE THIS? BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “TURKEY WILL CONDUCT A CROSS-BORDER OPERATION WHEN APPROPRIATE”
  • [02] AKSU: “CROSS-BORDER INFILTRATIONS SHOULD BE PREVENTED”
  • [03] US STATE DEPT: “BOTH ANKARA AND WASHINGTON HAVE AN INTEREST IN FIGHTING THE PKK”
  • [04] AGAR: “THERE ARE CIRCLES SEEKING TO SHATTER TURKEY’S PEACEFUL ATMOSPHERE”
  • [05] LOCKHEED MARTIN TO MODERNIZE TURKISH F-16s
  • [06] IRAQI TURKMEN FRONT: “OUR PATIENCE IS WEARING THIN DUE TO INJUSTICES AGAINST US”
  • [07] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [08] WHO COULD OPPOSE THIS? BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “TURKEY WILL CONDUCT A CROSS-BORDER OPERATION WHEN APPROPRIATE”

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that Turkey could conduct a cross-border operation into Iraq against the terrorist group PKK when it judged the time appropriate, adding that the nation had run out of patience after a wave of recent attacks. Asked about the timing of a possible operation, the premier stated that the price of waiting was too high, since soldiers were dying in the southeast every day. Erdogan stressed that Turkey had been targeted by terrorism since 1978 and had paid and was still paying the price for terrorism. “We want to tackle this problem through humanitarian means and within the law,” said the premier. “We have passed important laws for the eastern and southeastern regions, areas which have been exploited by the terrorist PKK,” said Erdogan, adding that reducing the economic differences between regions was one aim of these laws. Also asked about the economic and political consequences of a cross-border operation, Erdogan said that nothing was more important than the nation’s security. /Milliyet/

    [02] AKSU: “CROSS-BORDER INFILTRATIONS SHOULD BE PREVENTED”

    On a visit to the province of Bolu yesterday, Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu stressed the importance of the meeting in Istanbul earlier this week of the interior ministers of countries neighboring Iraq. “Iraq’s newly appointed interior minister also attended the meeting,” said Aksu. “Turkey has always argued that Iraq’s territorial integrity should be protected and a legitimate administration where all of Iraqi ethnic groups are represented equally should be established.” Aksu also called on all neighboring countries not to harbor terrorists on their soil. “There are many terrorists groups infiltrating Iraq and then Turkey. These groups should be identified and eliminated. In addition, there are also terrorist groups which are established in Iraq such as the PKK. The most important thing here is to take effective measures to crack down on these groups and prevent infiltration from one country to another. Along these lines, we will sign a joint protocol with all the countries neighboring Iraq.” Turkey is particularly sensitive to border security and wants its neighbors to tighten security measures along the borders. Addressing the Istanbul meeting, Aksu had said that PKK terrorists armed with explosives were crossing the border from Iraq and staging attacks in Turkey. "Particularly over the last year, Turkey has been subject to increased attacks from the terrorist PKK, which is taking shelter in northern Iraq," Aksu told his counterparts. /Star/

    [03] US STATE DEPT: “BOTH ANKARA AND WASHINGTON HAVE AN INTEREST IN FIGHTING THE PKK”

    US State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said on Wednesday that both Ankara and the US had an interest in preventing attacks of the terrorist group PKK, adding that they would continue to cooperate towards this goal. "The United States and Turkey share ... a common interest and share a common goal, which is preventing the PKK from engaging in terrorist activity," said Ereli. "We both consider them a terrorist organization. We are both active in moving against the PKK. And I think we've got a good history of cooperation in that regard and we'll continue to work together, to consult closely and to act in our common interests." /Aksam/

    [04] AGAR: “THERE ARE CIRCLES SEEKING TO SHATTER TURKEY’S PEACEFUL ATMOSPHERE”

    Visiting the Polatli Chamber of Commerce yesterday, opposition True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar spoke on a recent wave of terrorist attacks in the country, warning that there were circles seeking to shatter the nation’s peaceful atmosphere. Agar stressed that fighting the terrorist PKK should be a multilateral effort, adding that the issue shouldn’t be used as a political weapon. /Turkiye/

    [05] LOCKHEED MARTIN TO MODERNIZE TURKISH F-16s

    US aircraft maker Lockheed Martin said yesterday that it had reached a deal to modernize F-16s of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The firm stated that the total price of the contract was $800 million, and it is expected to be completed next year. June Shrewsbury, the Lockheed executive in charge of the modernization, said that the company had a longstanding relationship with both the Turkish government and the TSK and that she was pleased this relation was continuing to grow. /Turkiye/

    [06] IRAQI TURKMEN FRONT: “OUR PATIENCE IS WEARING THIN DUE TO INJUSTICES AGAINST US”

    Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Iraqi Turkmen Front British representative Asif Setturkmen said that the Turkmen’s patience was wearing thin due to injustices against them, adding that a civil war was inevitable if this situation continues. /Cumhuriyet/

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

    [08] WHO COULD OPPOSE THIS? BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen comments on the security measures that both Turkey and European countries are debating in the wake of the recent London attacks. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin earlier this week expressed his opposition to setting up an anti-terror unit under the Prime Ministry, arguing that such a move could be seen as anti-democratic and might give the world the impression that our country is under a grave threat of terrorism.

    Earlier this week, Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug proposed that such a central unit be founded in an attempt to ensure coordination between the various anti-terror units of the state. As a matter of fact, many European countries have similar units. In addition, in the wake of the latest terrorist attacks in London, all European countries have beefed up their security measures to ensure more effective efforts against terrorist groups. Therefore, they can’t criticize Turkey for establishing an anti-terror unit. Furthermore, isn’t Europe itself under a grave threat of terrorism? Aren’t Europeans fully aware that terrorism is a globalized phenomenon which can strike anywhere in the world? So Turkey also has the right to do what it must to protect its citizens.

    Britain is now debating a bill to amend its current anti-terror law in an effort to tighten security measures nationwide. Interestingly, although the bill seems to impose large restrictions on individual rights and freedoms, most British citizens support it. Once terror hit the old continent, Europeans finally understood the importance of security measures.

    Despite its extreme sensitivity over democratic freedoms, even Germany is debating a number of measures. Cameras installed in Berlin’s subway will monitor and record all of its passengers. Public buildings will be monitored through video cameras.

    Italy is also working on certain measures, from prolonging detainment periods to monitoring suspicious bank transactions. Spain is reorganizing its security forces. Denmark and Austria are also working on new security measures.

    Under these circumstances, who could denounce us for setting up a central anti-terror unit? However, we should maintain the delicate balance between security and freedom. We should be careful to protect human rights and make sure that the application of new measures doesn’t violate democratic principles...”

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