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Turkish Press Review, 05-07-29

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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

29.07.2005

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CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO WHAT WE MUST TO PROTECT OURSELVES”
  • [02] PARLIAMENT TO HOLD EXTRAORDINARY SESSION TO CONSIDER ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL
  • [03] OZKOK: “A COMMON DEFINITION OF TERRORISM IS NEEDED”
  • [04] KRETSCHMER: “A STRONG, STABLE AND PEACEFUL TURKEY WILL BENEFIT THE EU”
  • [05] DENKTAS LAUDS COURAGE OF AZERBAIJANI GROUP VISITING TRNC VIA DIRECT FLIGHT
  • [06] PAPADOPOULOS: “ANKARA SIGNING THE ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL WILL HELP NORMALIZE ITS RELATIONS WITH GREEK CYPRUS”
  • [07] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [08] BITTER, BUT SILENT BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO WHAT WE MUST TO PROTECT OURSELVES”

    Speaking in an interview with the Times of London yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara could conduct a cross-border operation against the terrorist group PKK and furthermore urged countries aiding the PKK to end this support. “If a country, if a people, if a nation are under threat, that country can do what is necessary under international law," Erdogan told the Times. "We would exercise that right in the same way as any other country could, would and did exercise that right.” He added, "We have had terrorism in Turkey since 1978. Everybody should be in the joint effort against terrorism; no one should be left outside the struggle.” Erdogan also insisted the Ankara takes its took his responsibilities in combating terrorism seriously, saying, “To give you an example, Turkey has sent troops to Afghanistan to fight against terrorism. Turkish troops number 1,500 and Turkish forces have twice taken over command of ISAF, the international security force in Afghanistan ... We are a country ready to take an active part in the fight against terrorism.” /Turkiye/

    [02] PARLIAMENT TO HOLD EXTRAORDINARY SESSION TO CONSIDER ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL

    The Parliament is soon expected to break its summer recess for an extraordinary session to vote on the additional Customs Union protocol. When it convenes, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold a group meeting with his party’s deputies to brief them on the issue. Parliament Foreign Affairs Commission head Mehmet Dulger said that the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) was very sensitive to the matter, adding that the government wouldn’t forsake Cyprus. Parliament must ratify the protocol for it to become law in Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] OZKOK: “A COMMON DEFINITION OF TERRORISM IS NEEDED”

    Speaking at a reception marking Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) Day yesterday, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok said that a common definition of terrorism was needed, adding that a scholarly commission could be founded for this task. “Academics could do this better than politicians,” he said. Ozkok stated that the whole world was under the threat of terrorist attacks, noting that all the recent attacks had been bombings. Also present at the reception were Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug, Land Forces Commander Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, and Naval Forces Comander Adm. Ozden Ornek. /Turkiye/

    [04] KRETSCHMER: “A STRONG, STABLE AND PEACEFUL TURKEY WILL BENEFIT THE EU”

    European Union Commission Turkey Representative Hansjoerg Kretschmer said yesterday that a strong, stable, and peaceful Turkey will be to the EU’s benefit, adding that there are several areas in Turkey which need to be developed. “First a free market economy and a liberal democratic atmosphere should be fostered,” he said. “Turkey has adopted important social reforms, but there is still much to do to guarantee human rights and basic rights and freedoms.” /Turkiye/

    [05] DENKTAS LAUDS COURAGE OF AZERBAIJANI GROUP VISITING TRNC VIA DIRECT FLIGHT

    Former Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas yesterday received an Azerbaijani delegation which arrived in the TRNC via a direct flight from Baku. This direct flight is the first to the TRNC from another country besides Turkey. During the meeting, Denktas said that he appreciated the delegation’s action, adding, “I congratulate you for your bravery and I hope you will set an example for the world.” Denktas also criticized countries which have threatened to recognize Nagorno-Karabagh if Azerbaijan recognizes the TRNC, adding that the Karabagh dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia had nothing to with the Cyprus issue. /Turkiye/

    [06] PAPADOPOULOS: “ANKARA SIGNING THE ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL WILL HELP NORMALIZE ITS RELATIONS WITH GREEK CYPRUS”

    Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos said yesterday that Ankara signing the additional Customs Union protocol wouldn’t amount to recognition of Greek Cyprus, so there was no need for it to issue a supplementary declaration. But Papadopoulos also stressed that with Ankara’s signature, relations between Greek Cyprus, a European Union member state, and Turkey, an EU candidate state, would move towards normalization. /Turkiye/

    [07] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [08] BITTER, BUT SILENT BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Ferai Tinc comments on the consequences of Ankara signing the additional Customs Union protocol. A summary of her column is as follows:

    “The impression I got from my friends living in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on the issue of additional Customs Union protocol to be signed soon runs like this: ‘We didn’t understood it completely. If we had, we could have wanted Turkey to sign this in return for the European Union passing trade regulations for the TRNC, like it promised.’ Of course it might seem strange that the TRNC didn’t discuss this issue until now. However, the most important thing is the quest for a solution. Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos’ stubborn stance and the fact that he’s ignoring the rights of Turkish Cypriots has started to be discussed much more. However, now they started to think of what might follow the signing of the protocol. The protocol won’t change much in practice because the Customs Union agreement which was signed between Turkey and the European Union in 1995 started to cover the Greek Cypriot administration, like other new members. The additional protocol is just the approval of the legal basis of this. When Greek Cypriots said, ‘If Turkey doesn’t announce that it recognizes us, we would certainly oppose starting membership negotiations’ before last December’s summit, this formula of an additional protocol was put forth by then EU Commissioner for Enlargement Gunter Verheugen. Is this situation special to Turkey? No! A similar protocol was signed between Russia and the EU on April 30, 2004. Russia resisted this until the eve of May 1, the date the new members joined the EU. However, finally Russia signed this on April 30.

    Britain said that the additional protocol wouldn’t mean Turkey recognizing the Greek Cypriot administration and that Turkey has the right to mention this. What is the reason for this insistence if the additional protocol is nothing but the legal basis of a practice which is already being carried out? Why does Turkey want to announce that this wouldn’t mean recognition? Ankara will issue this statement in order to establish a zone of legal protection against the Greek Cypriots, who like to corner Turks and Turkish Cypriots. However, this doesn’t mean that the Greek Cypriots’ trump cards will be taken away from them forever. At every stage of the membership talks, Greek Cypriots will continue their strategy of threatening to veto every chapter. Opponents of Turkey’s EU membership will try to build a wall by hiding behind them, just like before. But there’s more. Greek Cypriots will never want Turkey to say that it gave up. Then we would give up our EU bid and be rescued from these pressures. Why not? If we can be rescued from all these problems, nobody will call us to account for our soldiers on Cyprus, and the state of Turkish Cypriots would be recognized, and we could do this right now. However, what if these problems continue and we sit at the negotiating table with the taint of a country which doesn’t want a solution? Isn’t it worth it to act wisely and determinedly wherever we can?”

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