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Turkish Press Review, 05-09-09

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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

09.09.2005

ERDOGAN: “WE WON’T LET AGITATION BLOCK OUR EU TALKS” GUL: “WE’RE INTENSIVELY PREPARING FOR OUR EU TALKS SET FOR OCT. 3” ERDOGAN, GUL, AND BABACAN TO HOST NGO SUMMIT ON ANKARA’S EU TALKS US GENERALS ARRIVE IN TURKEY, DISCUSS MEASURES TO FIGHT PKK IN NORTHERN IRAQ ERDOGAN TO TRAVEL TO NEW YORK FOR UN SUMMIT BRITAIN’S FM: “TURKEY IN THE EU WOULD BE A POWERFUL SYMBOL” UN REPORT: “TURKEY STILL FACE CHALLENGES IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT” IMF DELEGATION BEGINS CONTACTS IN ISTANBUL, TO PROCEED TO ANKARA NEXT WEEK FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... GORDIAN KNOT BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “WE WON’T LET AGITATION BLOCK OUR EU TALKS”
  • [02] GUL: “WE’RE INTENSIVELY PREPARING FOR OUR EU TALKS SET FOR OCT. 3”
  • [03] ERDOGAN, GUL, AND BABACAN TO HOST NGO SUMMIT ON ANKARA’S EU TALKS
  • [04] US GENERALS ARRIVE IN TURKEY, DISCUSS MEASURES TO FIGHT PKK IN NORTHERN IRAQ
  • [05] ERDOGAN TO TRAVEL TO NEW YORK FOR UN SUMMIT
  • [06] BRITAIN’S FM: “TURKEY IN THE EU WOULD BE A POWERFUL SYMBOL”
  • [07] UN REPORT: “TURKEY STILL FACE CHALLENGES IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT”
  • [08] IMF DELEGATION BEGINS CONTACTS IN ISTANBUL, TO PROCEED TO ANKARA NEXT WEEK
  • [09] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [10] GORDIAN KNOT BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “WE WON’T LET AGITATION BLOCK OUR EU TALKS”

    Turkey will not let agitator-stirred unrest block its European Union membership talks starting next month as scheduled, said Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday. “We have enjoyed tranquility for five years,” he said in a television interview. “Then agitation began again. And this happened just when our talks are about to begin. We believe these the activities are meant to block the Oct. 3 negotiations. I don’t want our Kurdish citizens to become the focal point of terrorism. Terrorist groups are damaging our Kurdish citizens.” He added, “The government and our security forces will not take these incidents lying down. The security forces will act when necessary.” /Milliyet/

    [02] GUL: “WE’RE INTENSIVELY PREPARING FOR OUR EU TALKS SET FOR OCT. 3”

    Speaking to reporters, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said yesterday that Ankara was intensively preparing for its European Union accession talks, which are scheduled to begin on Oct. 3, adding that it was important for Ankara not to falter in the final stretch to this date. “Diplomatic work both in Ankara and in the EU is continuing,” he said. “I hope our EU talks will begin on Oct, 3 since Ankara has fulfilled all the required criteria.” /Turkiye/

    [03] ERDOGAN, GUL, AND BABACAN TO HOST NGO SUMMIT ON ANKARA’S EU TALKS

    The government is moving aggressively to ensure that Ankara’s EU accession talks start on Oct. 3 as scheduled. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, and State Minister for the Economy and Turkey’s chief EU negotiator Ali Babacan are expected today to host a summit of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) on Turkey’s EU talks. During the summit, Erdogan, Gul, and Babacan will listen to the views of NGO representatives about Turkey’s EU bid. /Turkiye/

    [04] US GENERALS ARRIVE IN TURKEY, DISCUSS MEASURES TO FIGHT PKK IN NORTHERN IRAQ

    US Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. James Jones and US Central Command Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Lance Smith yesterday arrived in Turkey and met with Turkish military officials to discuss measures to fight the terrorist PKK presence in northern Iraq. During the meeting, Turkish officials briefed the US generals about Turkey’s efforts against the PKK and Ankara’s sensitivities on the issue. Afterwards, the generals signed an accession document for the Center of Excellence Defense Against Terrorism on behalf of their country. /Turkiye/

    [05] ERDOGAN TO TRAVEL TO NEW YORK FOR UN SUMMIT

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to travel next Tuesday to the US to attend the summit of the United Nations heads of state and government. During his stay in the US, Erdogan is expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. Erdogan will also visit UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to discuss a number of issues, including Turkey’s European Union membership bid. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, who will also accompany Erdogan in the US, is expected to meet with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. /Turkiye/

    [06] BRITAIN’S FM: “TURKEY IN THE EU WOULD BE A POWERFUL SYMBOL”

    European Union Term President Britain’s support for Turkey’s full membership was strongly reiterated yesterday by Jack Straw, the British foreign minister. In a commentary published in the International Herald Tribune, Straw wrote: “There are now two options: a Europe turned inward on itself or a Europe looking outward to the rest of the world; one that expands its boundaries to build a wider community of stable, prosperous democracies or one that closes the door to its neighbors.” Added Straw: “We don’t have the luxury of choice. We live in a world of global challenges and global competition. A static Europe will not face either with confidence. Stopping enlargement would only weaken Europe’s ability to compete with emerging Asian economies.” Straw also stated: “The political case for Turkish accession is even more powerful. It would show how diversity of culture and religion is compatible with a unity of purpose. A stable, prosperous Turkey, a secular nation with a majority Muslim population, anchored in the European Union, would be a powerful symbol.” In related news, the Greek Cypriot administration yesterday criticized Britain for being partial to Turkey. Greek Cypriot government spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said: “The EU presidency needs to show impartiality and bear in mind the collective interests of the EU and not its own interests by securing the opening of accession talks between Turkey and the EU.” /Milliyet/

    [07] UN REPORT: “TURKEY STILL FACE CHALLENGES IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT”

    According to the just-released 15th annual Human Development Index of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Turkey is behind the new members of the European Union in terms of human development. Amongst the new members of the EU, Slovenia has the highest indicators of human development. And Turkey is ranked in the index behind Romania and Bulgaria, which are due to join the EU in 2007. The index reported: “But additionally, several countries, such as Belize, China, the Dominican Republic, Grenada and Ecuador moved upwards in this year’s index due to significant data changes in one or more components of the Human Development Index, which also contributed to the downward move of Turkey.” /Milliyet/

    [08] IMF DELEGATION BEGINS CONTACTS IN ISTANBUL, TO PROCEED TO ANKARA NEXT WEEK

    A delegation from the International Monetary Fund, currently in Turkey for the second review of the nation’s economic program, yesterday began its contacts in Istanbul. The delegation first met with representatives from the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF) and Turkish Exporters’ Union (TIM) to discuss recent economic developments. Later, it visited the Independent Businessmen’s Association (MUSIAD) and the Turkish Bankers’ Union (TBB). The IMF delegation is expected next week to continue its work in Ankara and complete the second review of the IMF-supported economic program before this year’s IMF-World Bank annual meetings. /Turkiye/

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

    [10] GORDIAN KNOT BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen comments on the Cyprus issue. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “When the European Union signed the Ankara Protocol, if our government hadn’t issued a declaration stating that this didn’t mean recognizing the Greek Cyprus, would the crisis over starting membership talks have been prevented? According to a European diplomat who follows these issues closely, ‘Yes, it would have been prevented. The Greek Cypriot administration couldn’t have ensured a consensus for a counter-declaration with the support of France and a few other countries. I wish your government had voiced its position orally instead of in a written declaration. Then there would be no need to issue a counter-declaration in order to force Turkey.’ Certain Turkish analysts agree. As an EU scholar said, ‘An oral declaration of intent by the prime minister or foreign minister would have been enough. After overcoming the unforeseen dangers of Oct. 3, it could have issued a written declaration.’ Now the main issue is that how Turkey can reconcile the clear stance it put forth in written form and the position of the EU, which isn’t yet clear. There are two more critical dates before us: the EU Permanent Representatives’ Committee (COREPER) meeting on Sept. 14 and the Extraordinary European Council meeting on Sept. 26. Let’s see if a consensus will be reached or the issue will be left to Oct. 3.

    Now the EU’s problem is how to mention the issue of recognizing Cyprus in the counter-declaration. Is this an obligation or liability? The EU Legal Office’s view is as follows: ’Turkey will de facto recognize Cyprus with the opening of membership talks. There’s no legal requirement for de jure recognition in order to start the negotiations. The issue is political. In other words, the decision of whether or not to stipulate the condition of recognizing it legally belongs to 25 EU member countries.’ In this case, those who stipulate the condition of recognizing it (Greek Cyprus, France, Austria, etc.) are trying to include this in the counter-declaration in an open and binding way. In return, Turkey’s views are based on an important truth, that is, the fact that Cyprus is actually divided, the Greek Cypriot administration doesn’t represent the entire island, and Greek Cypriots rejected the Annan plan for a solution. Ankara’s recognizing the Greek Cypriot administration isn’t a legal obligation and this would also cause the denial of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and cause Greek Cypriots to put Turkey under pressure with new demands within the EU. That’s why Ankara says let’s solve the Cyprus issue first and then we can recognize you. However, there is no hope for a solution. Now the United Nations is out of the game and it’s unlikely that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will make a new initiative soon. Thus, it might take years to start a new process and get results. So, can the issue of recognition be suspended for years? Actually, now the issue of recognition is a Gordian knot. Will British diplomacy be able to show its skills in using words cleverly and produce a text which can be accepted by all the parties? Now not a single diplomat or official can answer this question. There are only hopes and wishes hope, that’s all…”

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