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Turkish Press Review, 05-09-27

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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

27.09.2005

SEZER: “IF TURKISH DEGENERATES, OUR SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND UNITY WILL ALSO SUFFER” ERDOGAN TRAVELS TO OMAN BUYUKANIT WARNS OF TERROR AND REACTIONARY ACTIONS OPENING STATEMENT FOR START OF EU TALKS UNDER DEBATE TALAT: “IF THE GREEK CYPRIOTS CONTINUE LIKE THIS, THE EU COULD ISOLATE THEM” COSKUN VISITS EGYPT BAYKAL TO VISIT LONDON, ROME CABINET DISCUSSES MORTGAGE SYSTEM PROPOSAL US STATE DEPT’S HUGHES TO VISIT TURKEY THIS WEEK FRANCE’S HAENEL VISITS ANKARA FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... ARMENIAN TABOO BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER: “IF TURKISH DEGENERATES, OUR SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND UNITY WILL ALSO SUFFER”
  • [02] ERDOGAN TRAVELS TO OMAN
  • [03] BUYUKANIT WARNS OF TERROR AND REACTIONARY ACTIONS
  • [04] OPENING STATEMENT FOR START OF EU TALKS UNDER DEBATE
  • [05] TALAT: “IF THE GREEK CYPRIOTS CONTINUE LIKE THIS, THE EU COULD ISOLATE THEM”
  • [06] COSKUN VISITS EGYPT
  • [07] BAYKAL TO VISIT LONDON, ROME
  • [08] CABINET DISCUSSES MORTGAGE SYSTEM PROPOSAL
  • [09] US STATE DEPT’S HUGHES TO VISIT TURKEY THIS WEEK
  • [10] FRANCE’S HAENEL VISITS ANKARA
  • [11] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [12] ARMENIAN TABOO BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)

  • [01] SEZER: “IF TURKISH DEGENERATES, OUR SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND UNITY WILL ALSO SUFFER”

    Speaking at a ceremony at the Turkish Language Council marking the 73rd Turkish Language Festival yesterday, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said that the nation shouldn’t forget that if the Turkish language degenerates, then its social structure and unity would also suffer. “Today leaders, actors, and writers should all strive to use our rich language Turkish correctly,” he said. “Everyone should use Turkish correctly and try to improve it.” Also addressing the gathering, Culture and Tourism Minister Atilla Koc said that pessimistic talk of Turkish being “invaded” by foreign tongues was out of place. “Today Turkish is spoken over a vast geography, and it is the second-most spoken first language in Germany,” he added. “Our language is rich and has deep roots.” /Sabah/

    [02] ERDOGAN TRAVELS TO OMAN

    As part of a tour of Gulf Arab countries, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan traveled yesterday to Oman. Accompanied by State Ministers Kursad Tuzmen and Besir Atalay as well as some 100 businessmen, Erdogan will hold a series of meetings with Omani officials and Turkish businessmen in the country to boost Turkey’s trade relations. Then, on a second stop, he is expected to proceed to the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday. /Star/

    [03] BUYUKANIT WARNS OF TERROR AND REACTIONARY ACTIONS

    Speaking at the War Academy yesterday to mark the new education year, Land Forces Commander Gen. Yasar Buyukanit said that Turkey was faced with two threats, namely reactionary actions and terrorism. He added that he condemned those who called the Turkish Armed Forces’ (TSK) fight against the terrorist group PKK “aggressive military operations.” /Sabah/

    [04] OPENING STATEMENT FOR START OF EU TALKS UNDER DEBATE

    There are reportedly ongoing disputes between Turkey and the European Union over the opening statement to be delivered on next Monday, Oct. 3, when Ankara’s EU talks are to begin. Turkey took action after learning that European Union Term President Britain’s Foreign Minister Jack Straw will refer to components of the recent counter-declaration which Turkey opposed. Ankara is trying to prevent Straw’s call for Turkey to fully implement the harmonization protocol and to open its harbors and airports to Greek Cypriots, as well as his voicing the Greek Cypriots’ recognition expectations. In related news, disputes over the negotiations framework are continuing in the countdown to Oct. 3. Modifications to the latest framework document issued in June are few, but the modifications made last week include elements which might disturb Turkey. The most important objection against the framework document to be discussed on Thursday was made by Austria. Although Vienna isn’t getting support from other countries, it is insisting on a “privileged partnership” option being included in the framework document. /Aksam-Milliyet/

    [05] TALAT: “IF THE GREEK CYPRIOTS CONTINUE LIKE THIS, THE EU COULD ISOLATE THEM”

    Speaking on recent developments on the Cyprus issue, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat said yesterday the that the issue was shifting again, adding that there might be developments towards the isolation of Greek Cypriots in the European Union. Talat said that the Greek Cypriots were wagering that they could pressure Turkey on the issue during its EU process and drive it into a corner. But, during the EU process, he added, when the discomfort created by Greek Cyprus squeezes the Union, the EU could react against Greek Cyprus rather than supporting it. In related news, chief EU talks negotiator Ali Babacan said that there might be some modifications to the EU’s negotiations framework document on Thursday, and that they were following developments and added, “We were hoping that there would be modifications as we expected.” EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn at a press conference in Brussels yesterday warned that relations between Turkey and the EU were worsening and there was a negative atmosphere between the two sides. Rehn said that he had the feeling that a vicious circle was forming in Turkish-EU relations. The bridge between us is growing larger instead of shrinking, he said. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] COSKUN VISITS EGYPT

    Industry and Trade Minister Ali Coskun yesterday arrived in Cairo, Egypt to pay an official visit at the invitation of his Egyptian counterpart Rashid Muhammad. Speaking to reporters, Coskun underlined that Turkey and Egypt were friendly countries, adding that they aimed at strengthening bilateral trade relations. Coskun, accompanied by deputies and businessmen, held a series of meetings with Egyptian officials including Premier Ahmed Nazif. He is also expected to attend a Turkish-Egyptian Joint Business Council meeting. /Turkiye/

    [07] BAYKAL TO VISIT LONDON, ROME

    Opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal yesterday flew to London to address a meeting organized as part of a conference of Britain’s Workers’ Party and to hold contacts with British officials. Speaking before his departure, Baykal said that he would proceed to Rome after completing his contacts in London and attend meetings on Turkey’s European Union membership there. Touching on a recent wave of terrorist attacks, Baykal said that an explosive substance planted along the Erzincan-Erzurum railway over the weekend proved that terrorism was continuing. “Terror has reached new heights,” he added. “Putting an explosive substance on a rail line is immoral and inhuman.”

    [08] CABINET DISCUSSES MORTGAGE SYSTEM PROPOSAL

    The Cabinet ministers chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met yesterday. Following their four-and-a-half hour meeting, Justice Minister Cemil Cicek told reporters that they had discussed a mortgage system which would enable low-income citizens to own their own homes. “We expect the bill on the matter to be debated and pass Parliament next month,” said Cicek. Parliament convenes on Saturday. /Turkiye/

    [09] US STATE DEPT’S HUGHES TO VISIT TURKEY THIS WEEK

    US Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes is due to pay an official visit to Ankara this week. Speaking before her visit, Hughes said that Turkey was an important democratic state and a key ally which served as a bridge between Europe and Asia. She also reiterated the US’ support for Turkey’s European Union membership. /Hurriyet/

    [10] FRANCE’S HAENEL VISITS ANKARA

    Visiting Turkey yesterday, Hubert Haenel, head of the French Senate’s European Union delegation, met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey’s EU membership bid dominated their talks, and Erdogan stated that Ankara expected France’s support to continue in the days to come. Speaking to reporters, Haenel argued that Turkey and Europe share a common future, adding that Ankara would enter an important period after next Monday, Oct. 3, the date it is set to begin its EU accession talks. The French official and his accompanying delegation were then received by Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. /Turkiye/

    [11] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [12] ARMENIAN TABOO BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Derya Sazak comments on the Armenian conference which was held last weekend in Istanbul. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Another taboo has been broken. The Armenian conference was held, and the world didn’t come to an end. These are the headlines of newspapers published in Turkey. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times characterized the issue as follows: ‘a groundbreaking event where Turkish academics could for the first time publicly challenge their country's official version of the events leading to the slaughter of Armenians.’ People immediately paid attention to the fact that the conference was held, because some tried to block the meeting at Bogazici University with a court order. Three rectors, namely Ayse Soysal, Tosun Terzioglu and Aydin Ugur, resisted the judiciary’s intervention in academic autonomy and ensured the meeting was held. However, demonstrators protested the participants in front of Bilgi University, which was nothing but thuggery. Another series of conferences can be held on Turkey’s Armenian thesis, but demonizing a conference as ‘biased’ in front of universities is outmoded behavior. What’s more, such acts took place even before any speeches were made.

    The thesis of ‘genocide’ didn’t stand out, but speeches were made stating that as long as the policy of ‘recognition, then compensation and land’ isn’t abandoned, the process of dialogue will be difficult. Professor Baskin Oran made striking remarks on the issue. ‘The effect on the Turkish people of the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia’s (ASALA) killing Turkish diplomats and the murderers being left unpunished is similar to the criticisms from Armenians over the massacre which occurred in 1915, and this situation strengthened the Armenian taboo,’ he said. ‘Some of our colleagues say that genocide is a term in the social sciences. Genocide is a legal term. When the Convention on the Prevention and Repression of the Crimes of Genocide was passed in 1948, Armenians shaped the term so it could constitute a similarity to the Holocaust. The Armenian issue isn’t a taboo anymore, and this conference confirms this.’ As long as democracy grows stronger in Turkey and hurdles to freedom of expression are removed, the atmosphere of discussion will grow more mature. The common judgment of participants was that a similar conference couldn’t be organized in Yerevan. The academics who organized the conference contributed to the development of Turkey’s democratic structure, just like the intellectuals who took the initiative for disarmament in southeastern Anatolia. We should congratulate them.”

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