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Turkish Press Review, 05-09-13

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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

13.09.2005


CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “EDUCATION IS OUR NATIONAL CAUSE”
  • [02] GUL: “THE US SHOULD TARGET THE PKK”
  • [03] CICEK PRESENTS THREE ANTI-TERROR PROPOSALS
  • [04] BAYKAL CALLS ON PARLIAMENT TO CONVENE TO DISCUSS TERRORIST INCIDENTS
  • [05] OZKOK SPEAKS ON RECENT TERRORIST ATTACKS
  • [06] FT: “CYPRUS RECOGNITION DEADLOCK BROKEN”
  • [07] TALABANI CRITICIZES TURKEY, RUSSIA
  • [08] WASHINGTON: “TURKEY’S CONCERNS ABOUT THE TERRORIST PKK ARE LEGITIMATE”
  • [09] ANATOLIAN EAGLE MANEUVERS BEGIN
  • [10] BABACAN MEETS WITH IMF DELEGATION
  • [11] SHELL-KOC GETS 51 PCT STAKE OF TUPRAS
  • [12] TURKISH-GERMAN WRITERS TO MEET IN GERMANY
  • [13] TURKISH BALLET TO PERFORM IN PAKISTAN

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “EDUCATION IS OUR NATIONAL CAUSE”

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accompanied by Educational Minister Huseyin Celik yesterday ushered in the new school year at Kutahya’s Linyit Primary School. Speaking to the opening ceremony, the premier stated that the government placed great importance on education, pointing out that the Education Ministry took the biggest share of the state budget. Stressing that investing in education was an investment in Turkey’s future, Erdogan said education was a national cause, adding that Turkey would make progress only with well-educated people. /Hurriyet/

    [02] GUL: “THE US SHOULD TARGET THE PKK”

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said yesterday that operations against terrorist groups in Iraq should also be done to the terrorist PKK. Gul, who is currently visiting New York for a United Nations meeting, told reporters that the fight against the PKK was not only the duty of Iraqis but also that of coalition forces in this country. Stressing that his government was closely pursuing developments in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar, Gul said that Turkey had called on US officials to protect civilians in the city during the operations. Meanwhile, Gul held a meeting with Turkey’s consuls general in the US yesterday. He is also set to accompany Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who left for New York to attend a UN heads of state and government summit this week. /Turkiye/

    [03] CICEK PRESENTS THREE ANTI-TERROR PROPOSALS

    Justice Minister Cemil Cicek has presented a package of amendments to the Anti-Terror Law in the form of three proposals to the Justice Ministry. Under these proposals, a wide range of activities constituting crimes meant to upset the political, legal, economic or social order and foment instability would be considered terrorist actions. Terrorist group leaders would be eligible for 10-year prison sentences and group members would be eligible for five-year sentences. Non-terrorist group members who commit crimes on behalf of such groups would also be considered terror criminals and be given jail sentence of five years. Cicek also stated that a bill has been proposed to give medical treatment to dependents of village guards with a card issued by the state. /Star/

    [04] BAYKAL CALLS ON PARLIAMENT TO CONVENE TO DISCUSS TERRORIST INCIDENTS

    Following a two-hour meeting of the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) Central Executive Committee and parliamentary group managing board yesterday, CHP leader Deniz Baykal said that they had evaluated a rising wave of terror and unrest in recent months in the country. Speaking at a press conference, he urged Parliament to hold an extraordinary session to debate terrorism. Criticizing the government’s stance on the recent terrorist events, Baykal said that there was lack of a clear policy on the matter. Under the law, Parliament can be called for an extraordinary session only by the president or Parliament speaker. Parliament is scheduled to return from its recess on Oct. 1. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] OZKOK SPEAKS ON RECENT TERRORIST ATTACKS

    Speaking yesterday at the 9th Army Corps Command in Erzurum about the recent terrorist attacks, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok called on the people to live in unity and solidarity. “If we are tied to each other with bonds of friendship and cooperation, we can develop this country more and live more happily,” said Ozkok. Then Ozkok visited Erzurum Governor Celalettin Guvenc at his office. During his visit, he said that the recent incidents had saddened everybody and that that they hadn’t represented a certain age group or educational level. He added that everybody should take lessons from the incidents and that citizens should trust the government and claim their rights and voice criticisms under the law. _Cumhuriyet

    [06] FT: “CYPRUS RECOGNITION DEADLOCK BROKEN”

    British daily the Financial Times reported yesterday that the European Union disagreement over Turkish recognition of the Greek Cypriot administration had been solved. The daily wrote that Turkey’s hopes for starting European Union membership talks on Oct. 3 had risen thanks to the agreement reached between France and EU Term President Britain. The Times added that there was no obstacle to Turkey’s membership talks and that the agreement was based on the principle of recognizing the Greek Cypriot administration not before the negotiations, but before full membership. The daily added that an agreement was reached on declaring that Turkey would become a full member after recognizing all the EU members and that Turkey’s recognizing the Greek Cypriot administration as soon as possible would be welcomed greatly. /Star/

    [07] TALABANI CRITICIZES TURKEY, RUSSIA

    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani yesterday made harsh criticisms of both Turkey and Russia. Speaking to Russian daily Komersant, Talabani said Russia’s advocating a US pullout from Iraq was unrealistic. Talabani asked who would prevent Turkey from entering northern Iraq claiming to be defending the Turkmen, if US soldiers were to leave Iraq tomorrow. Stating that a period of new realities had started with new political parties and administration in the post-Saddam era, Talabani said that Turkey was claiming to have rights in Kirkuk by playing the role of the defender of the Turkmen minority, adding that Iran and Syria have set their sight on Iraqi land. /Hurriyet/

    [08] WASHINGTON: “TURKEY’S CONCERNS ABOUT THE TERRORIST PKK ARE LEGITIMATE”

    US State Department Coordinator for Iraq James Jeffrey yesterday organized a briefing on Iraq for Turkish journalists in Washington. Speaking to the briefing, Jeffrey said that the US considered the terrorist PKK no different from al-Qaeda, and PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan no different from Osama bin Laden. Stating that the US hopes that the PKK will be destroyed, Jeffrey said that Turkey’s interests are also the US’ and that the US was following the terrorists closely and sharing intelligence about them with the Turkish and Iraqi governments. Jeffrey added that the US was concerned about the PKK issue and that it considered Turkey’s concerns “legitimate.” He added that the Iraqi government also considered the PKK a terrorist group and that all political groups in Iraq should cooperate with Turkey. Jeffrey said that a wide range of support, including commercial, material, and electrical, was being provided to Iraq by Turkey. /Sabah/

    [09] ANATOLIAN EAGLE MANEUVERS BEGIN

    The Anatolian Eagle Maneuvers started yesterday at the Konya 3rd Main Jet Headquarters Command under the planning, coordination and responsibility of the Air Forces Command. Flights will be made in non-residential regions in daytime at medium and high altitudes and traditional training equipment will be used in the maneuvers, participated in by France, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey. /Star/

    [10] BABACAN MEETS WITH IMF DELEGATION

    State Minister Ali Babacan accompanied by high-level bureaucrats of the Treasury Undersecretariat yesterday met with an International Monetary Fund delegation visiting the country for a second review of the nation’s economy program. During their three-hour-plus meeting, the IMF group headed by Lorenzo Giorgianni and Turkish officials focused on developments concerning inflation, employment, monetary policy, payment equilibrium, the 2005-2006 budget, banking and social security reform, as well as growth. /Turkiye/

    [11] SHELL-KOC GETS 51 PCT STAKE OF TUPRAS

    The Shell-Koc consortium yesterday got a 51 percent stake of giant oil refiner Tupras during an open auction with a record $4.14 billion offer. The sale of Tupras was a central element of the Turkish privatization program, backed by an International Monetary Fund loan deal. /Milliyet/

    [12] TURKISH-GERMAN WRITERS TO MEET IN GERMANY

    The Forum Freies Theater (FFT), known for its innovative work in Germany, will organize a Turkish-German Writers Workshop on Oct. 14-16 as part of the “New East” project. The project concerns young writers who have published at least one book in both Turkey and Germany. The workshop will be conducted by two German and two Turkish writers. The participants are to prepare plays on Turkish-German relations, dialogue opportunities of the two nations, and the theme of “borders.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] TURKISH BALLET TO PERFORM IN PAKISTAN

    The Ankara State Opera and Ballet will stage a ballet performance on Sept. 28 in Islamabad with the cooperation of the Pakistan Volunteer Women’s Organization (VWO) and the Turkish Embassy. In 1996 the group became the first foreign group to perform a ballet in Pakistan as part of Independence Day celebrations in Pakistan. /Aksam/

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