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Turkish Press Review, 05-07-26

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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

26.07.2005

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN TO TRAVEL TO BRITAIN
  • [02] CABINET DISCUSSES UNEMPLOYMENT, TERRORISM
  • [03] US CHARGE D’AFFAIRES: “THE US STANCE AGAINST THE PKK IS CLEAR”
  • [04] ANKARA EXPECTED TO SIGN ADDITIONAL CUSTOMS PROTOCOL
  • [05] TURKMEN TELL UN ENVOY THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT IRAQI CONSTITUTION
  • [06] TUGCU ELECTED FIRST FEMALE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT HEAD
  • [07] UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS TO 10% IN APRIL
  • [08] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [09] A TRAGEDY BY ISMAIL KUCUKKAYA (AKSAM)

  • [01] ERDOGAN TO TRAVEL TO BRITAIN

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to fly today to Britain for an official visit. During his stay in London, Erdogan is expected to meet with his British counterpart Tony Blair to discuss bilateral relations, regional issues, developments in Iraq and the recent wave of terrorist attacks throughout the world. Erdogan is also expected to tell Blair that terror has no religion or race and that relations with Muslims living in Britain should be handled more sensitively. The two premiers are also expected to discuss Turkey’s European Union membership bid, with Erdogan reiterating that Ankara’s accession talks should begin as scheduled on Oct. 3. Following their meeting, Erdogan and Blair will hold a joint press conference. Britain holds the EU term presidency through the end of this year. /Turkiye/

    [02] CABINET DISCUSSES UNEMPLOYMENT, TERRORISM

    Speaking following yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, Justice Minister and government spokesman Cemil Cicek said that a number of issues, including the recent wave of attacks of the terrorist PKK and unemployment, had been discussed at the gathering. Cicek said that unemployment was one of most pressing problems of developing countries, adding that Turkey’s unemployment rate so far this year stands at 10%. “This means that unemployment has fallen, but this is not enough,” he said. “We have to implement multifaceted policies to create new jobs, and we need to achieve sustainable growth.” Touching on the threat of terrorism, Cicek said that terrorism was a crime against humanity under which the Turkish nation had suffered for years, adding that some countries had not supported Ankara’s fight against terrorism. “We long stressed that all countries need to cooperate in fighting terrorism, but some of them ignored this, although others took it into consideration,” said Cicek. “Now it is certainly clear that terrorism is a threat to humanity.” /Turkiye/

    [03] US CHARGE D’AFFAIRES: “THE US STANCE AGAINST THE PKK IS CLEAR”

    Speaking at a photo exhibition yesterday, US Charge d’Affaires in Ankara Nancy McEldowney said that Washington and Ankara were cooperating against their common enemy terrorism, adding that a double standard was unacceptable. “The US considers the PKK a terrorist group,” said McEldowney, adding that the US stance against the terrorist group was clear. “We condemn the recent terrorist attacks in Turkey.” She further stated that the US was trying the capture the leaders of the PKK. McEldowney is heading the US Embassy in Ankara till this fall, when a new ambassador is due to arrive. /Aksam/

    [04] ANKARA EXPECTED TO SIGN ADDITIONAL CUSTOMS PROTOCOL

    Turkey is expected today to sign the additional Customs Union protocol, a precondition to begin its European Union accession talks on Oct. 3. According to diplomatic sources, Turkey’s permanent representative in Brussels will sign the document on behalf of Ankara. Turkey will also issue a declaration saying that signing the protocol does not entail recognition of Greek Cyprus. /Milliyet/

    [05] TURKMEN TELL UN ENVOY THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT IRAQI CONSTITUTION

    Iraqi Turkmen parliamentary deputies yesterday told United Nations Special Envoy to Iraq Ashraf Qazi their concerns about the country’s new constitution, which is now being written. Visiting Qazi at his office in Baghdad, the deputies said that the new constitution was not transparent and requested his help to make changes to it. Speaking following their meeting, the deputies said that they had also requested help concerning the status of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. /Turkiye/

    [06] TUGCU ELECTED FIRST FEMALE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT HEAD

    After Constitutional Court Chief Justice Mustafa Bumin stepped down due to his reaching mandatory retirement age, elections for a new head which started at the beginning of this month finally bore fruit yesterday. Tulay Tugcu was elected the first female head of the 44-year-old Constitutional Court. Tugcu said she would continue her work on the basis of human rights and freedoms, Ataturk’s principles and revolutions, and the democratic and secular state of law under the Constitution. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS TO 10% IN APRIL

    The State Instýtute of Statýstics (DIE) yesterday announced that Turkey’s unemployment rate fell to 10% this April, with the ranks of the unemployed decreasing by 155,000. According to the DIE, the number of people employed also rose to 21.99 million from 21.2 million. /Aksam/

    [08] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [09] A TRAGEDY BY ISMAIL KUCUKKAYA (AKSAM)

    Columnist Ismail Kucukkaya comments on Parliament’s rejection in March 2003 of a motion for US troops to use Turkey as a base for a northern offensive onto Iraq. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “If we take a good look at our rejection of the motion back on March 1, 2003, we can perceive important things. We started to pay the price for this rejection. The roots of terrorism’s revival are certainly related to Iraq. Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug stressed last week that the terrorism had stepped up its revival since 2003. This date indicates the war in Iraq. Everything started on March 1, 2003. Many influential sources both in Washington and Ankara interpret the recent situation of the terrorist group PKK as follows: ‘It can’t be said that the US is tolerating the terrorist PKK. However, it isn’t fighting it effectively because the US has different priorities in Iraq. Before, the US would have included such a vital request of Turkey among its priorities. Now it’s ignoring this because it wants Ankara to understand and even experience the negative results of its rejection. We should consider its tolerant stance towards Kurds along the same lines.’

    The Justice and Development Party (AKP) had enjoyed good relations with the US up to that time. The warm dialogue which started even before the November 2002 elections reached the top level with Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Washington before he became prime minister. In this respect, Turkey’s rejection froze these relations instantly. Although this was later partly redressed, they’ve never been the same. As long as the US has difficulties in Iraq, the pain of Turkey’s rejection will always live and Turkey will continue to pay the price for this. From what I can tell, the US thinks that Erdogan didn’t favor the rejection. Of course the military didn’t want it. However, for the first time in our history, our military chose not to become a party in the decision-making mechanism. They acted just like in democratic countries. When the president took the same stance, the National Security Council made its decision. The military considered this a political decision because it thought that the political powers should deal with the results of a political decision. The military believed that the Parliament wouldn’t reject the motion. However, Turkey rejected it and they were obliged to cancel all their plans. Tragedy is something like this. Whatever you choose, the result is certainly disappointment. If the AKP hadn’t rejected it, each martyr’s corpse [if Turkish troops had been sent to Iraq, also under the motion] would have brought their end closer. However, this time corpses started to arrive due to terrorism. This is called tragedy.”

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