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Turkish Press Review, 05-09-06

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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

06.09.2005

FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS

CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER MEETS WITH JORDAN’S KING ABDULLAH
  • [02] ERDOGAN: “THE ISLAMIC WORLD’S PROBLEMS SHOULD BE SOLVED IN LIGHT OF TRADITION, REASON AND DEMOCRACY”
  • [03] CICEK CRITICIZES PKK PROVOCATIONS AND RECENT WAVE OF TERRORIST ATTACKS
  • [04] BAYKAL PROPOSES SUMMIT TO ADDRESS RECENT PKK PROVOCATIONS
  • [05] RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTER CALLS FOR COOPERATION AGAINST TERRORISM
  • [06] FINANCIAL TIMES: “THE EU MUST HONOR ITS PROMISE TO TURKEY”
  • [07] TOBB HEAD: “TURKEY HAS FULFILLED ALL CONDITIONS FOR ITS EU MEMBERSHIP BID”
  • [08] IMF DELEGATION DUE IN TURKEY FOR SECOND REVIEW OF ECONOMIC PROGRAM
  • [09] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [10] “GREEK CYPRIOT EMPIRE BY GUNDUZ AKTAN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] SEZER MEETS WITH JORDAN’S KING ABDULLAH

    King Abdullah of Jordan paid a one-day visit to Ankara yesterday. During the visit, the Jordanian king met with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. After the meeting, King Abdullah and President Sezer held a joint press conference where Sezer said, “There is an important potential between our two countries, especially in the areas of economy and commerce, which will also contribute to regional prosperity.” Sezer stated that they had also exchanged views about recent developments in Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, efforts for peace in the Middle East as well as regional and international matters which concern Turkey and Jordan. /Star/

    [02] ERDOGAN: “THE ISLAMIC WORLD’S PROBLEMS SHOULD BE SOLVED IN LIGHT OF TRADITION, REASON AND DEMOCRACY”

    Delivering the opening speech at the Sixth Eurasian Islamic Council in Istanbul yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip said that the problems faced by the Islamic world can only be solved under the guidance of tradition and reason, a democratic basis, and through science, experience, and mutual consultation. He warned that there were groups trying to spread the dangerous mentality of Islamic terrorism and Muslim terrorists. The premier said that he had constantly tried to overcome this concept on all international platforms, adding that religious leaders, particularly in Eurasia, should make efforts against this. /All papers/

    [03] CICEK CRITICIZES PKK PROVOCATIONS AND RECENT WAVE OF TERRORIST ATTACKS

    Speaking after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, Justice Minister and government spokesman Cemil Cicek yesterday criticized the terrorist group PKK’s weekend provocations in Gemlik and Bozuyuk and a recent wave of terrorist attacks, saying that the issue had been taken up at the meeting. Cicek said that the PKK was continuing its provocative actions in order to harm the atmosphere of peace in Turkey, adding that he appreciated the nation’s common sense about this. “Common sense is a must in order to fight the PKK as well as to protect our unity,” he added. /Turkiye/

    [04] BAYKAL PROPOSES SUMMIT TO ADDRESS RECENT PKK PROVOCATIONS

    Opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal yesterday criticized recent provocative actions of the terrorist group PKK in Gemlik and Bozuyuk, saying that a summit should be held to address these provocations. Baykal said that the government should convene the summit with the participation of all legitimate sides. In related news, Democratic Leftist Party (DSP) leader Zeki Sezer said that citizens should pay no heed to provocations. /Turkiye/

    [05] RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTER CALLS FOR COOPERATION AGAINST TERRORISM

    Turkey and Russia should work together against international terror, said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Ivanov yesterday. Ivanov said that the two countries should exchange intelligence on the basis of the international legal framework against terrorism, adding that mutual working visits, joint maneuvers and training courses would also be beneficial. Ivanov also spoke highly of the cooperation between the two countries under the Black Sea Naval Cooperation Task Group (Blackseafor). /Milliyet/

    [06] FINANCIAL TIMES: “THE EU MUST HONOR ITS PROMISE TO TURKEY”

    The European Union should keep its promise to Turkey, urged The Financial Times yesterday. In an editorial, the FT stated that Turkey, in return for this, should meet its pledges on freedom of expression. In the article, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is characterized as a “neo-Islamist.” Despite a number of disputes and divisions, the EU still looks likely to agree to start accession negotiations with Turkey on Oct. 3, as scheduled, predicted the daily. But it also warned: “France, Germany, Austria and Cyprus have all raised objections to Turkish entry, some of which they could turn into roadblocks. For some, especially Christian Democrat politicians in the heart of what was once the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Turks are, as it were, still at the gates of Vienna. Beyond the challenges of the EU embracing a poor and populous country, for them the point is that Turkey is Muslim and not really European. That is the nub of German and Austrian objections.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] TOBB HEAD: “TURKEY HAS FULFILLED ALL CONDITIONS FOR ITS EU MEMBERSHIP BID”

    Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) Chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu said yesterday that Turkey had fulfilled all the conditions for its European Union membership bid. Addressing a symposium, Hisarciklioglu said that the EU shouldn’t expect other commitments from Ankara besides these. He stressed that he believed Ankara would begin its EU talks on Oct. 3, as scheduled, adding that it would be unconceivable not to do so. If the talks don’t begin, he said he would support Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who recently warned Turkey could leave the negotiating table. /Turkiye/

    [08] IMF DELEGATION DUE IN TURKEY FOR SECOND REVIEW OF ECONOMIC PROGRAM

    A delegation from the International Monetary Fund, headed by the Fund’s Turkey Desk Chief Lorenzo Giorgianni, is due to arrive in Turkey on Wednesday or Thursday for the second review of the IMF-supported economic program. The delegation will first visit Istanbul to meet with representatives from the banking sector and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Later, the delegation will proceed to Ankara to discuss the 2006 budget, macroeconomic developments, and structural reforms. In related news, State Minister for the Economy Ali Babacan and Treasury Undersecretary Ibrahim Canakci are expected to attend G20 meetings in China next month to discuss IMF-World Bank reform. /Turkiye/

    [09] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS

    [10] “GREEK CYPRIOT EMPIRE BY GUNDUZ AKTAN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Gunduz Aktan comments on the Cyprus issue. A summary of his column is as follows: “Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul are right to criticize. The EU should listen to these two people who have made such great efforts for Turkey’s European Union bid. Let’s see what we experienced. The negative elements in the document on which agreement was reached last December are known. It envisaged a ‘conditional membership’ for us with derogations in basic fields of integration such as an ‘open- ended process’ and agriculture, structural policies and free movement. The decision taken then stipulated an additional protocol to the Ankara Agreement only to start the process of recognizing Greek Cyprus. Although the decision includes starting membership talks on Oct. 3, this was criticized by the public severely due to these reasons. The first draft of the negotiations framework was revealed. In addition to the decision taken in December, the draft included other negative aspects. This document was also criticized and it was stressed that the negative aspects shouldn’t be included in the final document. During the EU foreign ministers meeting held in Newport last week, didn’t the negative aspects of these two documents come to our mind? No way. The declaration to be issued by the EU against our declaration concerning the additional protocol attracted our attention just like a black hole. The EU knows how to negotiate very well. It’s also prejuediced and cruel. It doesn’t remember the promises it gave and it turns out that it’s always right. When it’s keeping us busy with the Cyprus issue, France and Germany try to make the process of membership open-ended and put the term ‘privileged partnership’ into the process of membership talks. Making the process an open-ended one means that even if Turkey meets all the conditions, it might not become an EU member. Even if we meet all the conditions following a long process of membership talks, the EU will be able to say that it will be able to make us not a full member, but a ‘privileged partner.’ However, the EU confesses that it won’t be able to provide us with necessary financial resources so we can apply EU standards. Turkey should know that the tendency to rejecting us due to religious_cultural differences uses this as a pretext. The EU is presenting its demands concerning the Cyprus issue as the ‘realities of life.’ The Greek Cypriots rejected United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s plan. So what? They have already joined the EU. They can put a judgment in the counter- declaration that Turkey will meet its obligations deriving from agreements. Thus, we would be obliged to open our airports and docks to Greek Cypriots. However, as their commitments about lifting the isolation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) wasn’t written in agreements, it might not do that. Isn’t it great? During a UN Security Council meeting held in 1979, Turkey was addressing the Greek Cypriots as the Greek Cypriot administration, as usual. The Greek representative got angry with this and said, ‘150 UN members recognize us as the “Cyprus Republic.” It’s not important if you recognize us or not.’ Then the late Ambassador Orhan Eralp replied, ‘The Cyprus issue isn’t an addition problem. It’s an algebra equation. The ‘x’ of this equation is Turkey. Even if the entire world recognizes you, this equation can’t be solved unless Turkey recognizes you. Now, if you want, you can even call yourself the ‘Greek Cypriot Empire’.’ Happy Empire to the EU!”

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