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Turkish Press Review, 05-09-15

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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

15.09.2005

FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN HOLDS BILATERAL MEETINGS IN NEW YORK
  • [02] EU COUNTER-DECLARATION POSTPONED TO NEXT WEEK
  • [03] IRISH AMBASSADOR TO ANKARA: “IT’S NOT THAT EASY TO ISSUE A VETO”
  • [04] BARTOLOMEOS: “TURKEY SHOULD OPEN THE HEYBELIADA SEMINARY”
  • [05] IN DIYARBAKIR, OZKOK REITERATES HIS CALL FOR NATIONAL UNITY
  • [06] PAMUK GETS FURTHER EU SUPPORT
  • [07] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [08] ELECTIONS IN GERMANY BY SOLI OZEL (SABAH)

  • [01] ERDOGAN HOLDS BILATERAL MEETINGS IN NEW YORK

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is currently visiting New York to attend a United Nations heads of state and government summit, yesterday held bilateral meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Afghanistan’s First Deputy Vice President Ahmad Ziya Massoud and Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, as well as Albanian President Alfred Moisiu. Furthermore, the premier met with representatives of US Jewish groups and then addressed Turkish businessmen at a gathering. During his speech, Erdogan stated that Turkey had fulfilled its duties on the road to European Union membership and that it was expecting fair treatment. He also called on the world to end the international isolation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). In the evening, Erdogan also attended a reception hosted by US President George W. Bush in the honor of leaders in New York participating in the UN meeting. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] EU COUNTER-DECLARATION POSTPONED TO NEXT WEEK

    The European Union Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) yesterday during its regular weekly meeting in Brussels was unable to reach a consensus on a draft counter-declaration concerning Turkey’s Cyprus stance. A spokesman for European Union Term President Britain said that the debate had been positive and the issue would be discussed further during next Wednesday’s meeting. Britain is expected to submit a new draft declaration next week. /Turkiye/

    [03] IRISH AMBASSADOR TO ANKARA: “IT’S NOT THAT EASY TO ISSUE A VETO”

    Anthony Mannix, Ireland’s ambassador to Ankara, yesterday gave important messages about Turkey’s European Union membership. “The EU would like to see progress on the Cyprus issue and on Turkey recognition of Greek Cyprus, ” said the ambassador. “We don’t expect recognition to happen overnight. We see this as a part of an overall solution. Turkey has to recognize Greek Cyprus if it wants to become a full member.” Evaluating the Greek Cypriot threat of vetoes during Turkey’s EU process, Mannix said that theoretically one country can issue a veto, but this happens very seldom in practice. /Aksam/

    [04] BARTOLOMEOS: “TURKEY SHOULD OPEN THE HEYBELIADA SEMINARY”

    Fener Greek Patriarch Bartolomeos said yesterday that Turkey should open the Heybeliada Clerical Seminary School after Oct. 3, the date it is set to begin its European Union membership talks. Speaking on Greek television last night, Bartolomeos said that Turkey should act in line with EU norms after the beginning of negotiations. Calling the closing of the school “unfortunate,” he added that in order to show its respect for religious freedom and minority rights, Turkey should open the seminary after Oct. 3. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] IN DIYARBAKIR, OZKOK REITERATES HIS CALL FOR NATIONAL UNITY

    Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok accompanied by top force commanders is continuing his visit to eastern and southeastern Anatolian provinces. In Diyarbakir yesterday, during a visit to Governor Efkan Ala, Ozkok reiterated his recent call for national unity. Commenting on recent unrest in the country, the top commander underlined that such problems could be easily resolved when there is an order and unity. “We know that the majority of these incidents happen as a result of provocations,” he added. /Star/

    [06] PAMUK GETS FURTHER EU SUPPORT

    European Parliament Turkey Rapporteur Camiel Eurlings yesterday said that the state filing charges a famous writer was an unfortunate signal of Turkey’s not adopting European values. Eurlings said that Turkey had to avoid giving a trump card to its opponents, adding, “Charging a writer due to his thoughts is not good for Turkey’s image.” Pointing out that Pamuk is well known internationally, European Parliament Socialist MEP Jan Marinus Wiersma added, “You’d have to be crazy to charge a writer. Relations are very sensitive prior to Oct. 3. Turkey’s EU talks are due to start on Oct. 3 everyone should act responsibly at this time.” Earlier this week the EU’s commissioner for enlargement criticized the charges against Pamuk. /Turkiye/

    [07] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

    [08] ELECTIONS IN GERMANY BY SOLI OZEL (SABAH)

    Columnist Soli Ozel comments on the German elections set for Sunday. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Obviously, the European Union is suffering from certain crises. Debates over the EU’s identity in terms of Turkey’s membership bid carry the reflections of other crises. The EU has to focus on what its place will be in the world and what kind of role it will play. In addition, there are social and political pressures on the governments against the compulsions of global capitalism. They wonder how to reconcile economic models of free trade with their economic prosperity. The actors of the political system are moving towards populism. Thus, Turkey became the scapegoat. So, the elections to be held in Germany on Sunday are very important not only for the country, but also for the future of the EU because the preferences of Germany, which has the biggest population within the EU and the largest economy, will have a great impact in terms of shaping Europe.

    Although there is no great difference between the Christian Democrats and Social Democrats in terms of economic policy, they have quite different stances on Turkey. Following his loss in regional elections this spring, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder took a calculated risk by calling for early general elections. During his campaign, he managed to make people forget Germany’s 5 million unemployed. Germans afraid that their social security would be terminated started to prefer Schroeder, though his resume is less than impressive. The elections laid out clearly all the divisions and personal enmities between the German left and right. Just five days before the elections, the main issue is that the country might be governed by a Christian Democrat-Social Democrat coalition for the first time since 1969. Certain experts are concerned that if this happens, a process similar to that of Turkey in the 1990s might be seen in German politics. In other words, they are afraid that urgent issues will be neglected, marginal parties will grow more popular, and the electorate will be fragmented because a government similar to Turkey’s True Path Party (DYP)-Social Democrat People’s Party (SHP) coalition will be powerless to take decisions. The elections are also very important in terms of Turkey’s EU membership bid, its relations with the EU and the future of Turks living in Germany. Challenger Angela Merkel reversing Schroeder and Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer’s policies favoring Turkey seems very unlikely. However, Ankara would be hard-pressed to find the understanding and support of this government in a Merkel administration.”

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