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Turkish Press Review, 05-09-28

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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

28.09.2005

FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “IRAQ PUT A LARGE BURDEN ON US”
  • [02] ANTI-TERROR COUNCIL MEETS
  • [03] FIVE CRITICAL DAYS IN COUNTDOWN TO EU TALKS
  • [04] ARINC MEETS WITH FRENCH SENATE’S HAENEL, DISCUSSES TURKEY’S EU TALKS
  • [05] EU PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL
  • [06] US DELEGATION VISITS TURKEY
  • [07] EU PARLIAMENT VP: “TURKEY HASN’T FULFILLED ALL THE OBLIGATIONS FOR BEGINNING ITS TALKS”
  • [08] COSKUN MEETS WITH EGYPTIAN OFFICIALS
  • [09] BAYKAL: “TURKEY’S EU BID AND CYPRUS ARE SEPARATE ISSUES”
  • [10] 467TH ANNIVERSARY OF PREVEZE NAVAL VICTORY CELEBRATED
  • [11] IDEF 2005 BEGINS IN ANKARA
  • [12] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [13] THE ANKARA-BRUSSELS-WASHINGTON LINE BY ISMAIL KUCUKKAYA (AKSAM)

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “IRAQ PUT A LARGE BURDEN ON US”

    As part of his tour of Gulf Arab countries, Prime Minister Erdogan accompanied by some 100 businessmen yesterday traveled to Oman. First Erdogan met with Omani Sultan Qaboos and then attended the Turkey-Oman Business Council meeting, where he delivered a speech. In his speech Erdogan touched on recent developments in the region and economic issues. “Turkey bore a large burden as a country neighboring Iraq,” said Erdogan, and added, “The situation in Iraq has not developed as hoped. Preparations for the constitution did not reach the expected point. In order to change this, the neighboring countries must assemble. Iraq must have a constitution in which all the people living in Iraq participate, a constitution which says that all of Iraq’s treasures, above ground and below, belong to the Iraqi people.” Prime Minister Erdogan proceeded to the United Arab Emirates last night. /Star/

    [02] ANTI-TERROR COUNCIL MEETS

    The Anti-Terror Higher Council chaired by Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul met yesterday. During the four-and-a-half-hour meeting, the ministers of interior, finance, defense and justice and the National Security Council (NSC) secretary general as well as other high-level officials discussed the recent rise of terrorist incidents in the country. A statement made following the gathering stated that the government would determinedly fight terrorism with full coordination and cooperation with all organizations and institutions. The council is an advisory one making proposals to the Cabinet. /Turkiye/

    [03] FIVE CRITICAL DAYS IN COUNTDOWN TO EU TALKS

    Turkey is determined to begin its negotiations with the European Union on next Monday, Oct. 3, but is firmly against the “privileged partnership” option being included in the framework document. For this reason, Ankara wants to examine the draft of the framework document. If the “privileged partnership” option is not included in the document, which will determine its talks with the EU, Turkey will accept the document and start the negotiations. Expectations contained in EU Term President Britain’s Foreign Minister Jack Straw’s opening address for the talks will get a response from Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. The EU’s Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) is expected to approve the framework document tomorrow if the objection of Austria, which is insisting on the “privileged partnership” option, is rejected. In related news, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said, “With Turkey’s accession, the European Union would be more secure and more stable, but Ankara had to speed up the reform process.” Denmark’s Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the EU’s politicians must listen to people opposing Turkey’s membership, and added, “Can we imagine an EU bordering Syria, Iraq and Iran?” /Milliyet/

    [04] ARINC MEETS WITH FRENCH SENATE’S HAENEL, DISCUSSES TURKEY’S EU TALKS

    Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc yesterday received Hubert Haenel, the head of the French Senate’s European Union delegation, who is currently in Ankara for an official visit. During their meeting, Haenel stated that Turkey’s EU talks should begin on next Monday, Oct. 3, adding that this was inevitable. “We want to extend our hand to Turkey, and we brought a letter from the chairman of the senate,” he said. “Our relations should be strengthened.” Haenel also stressed that French President Jacques Chirac had never used the term “privileged partnership,” unlike some other politicians, including German Christian Democrat leader Angela Merkel. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] EU PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL

    The European Parliament is set to debate and vote on an additional protocol today regarding extension of Turkey’s Customs Union to new European Union members. The additional protocol was planned to be taken up at the full Parliament in the beginning of this month, but debates were postponed to meetings at month’s-end. Ankara signed the additional protocol in July, and then, with an additional declaration, stated that by so doing it was not recognizing the Greek Republic of Cyprus. /Turkiye/

    [06] US DELEGATION VISITS TURKEY

    A delegation of US senators visiting Turkey to hold a series of official and unofficial meetings with Turkish officials was briefed yesterday by the Turkish-American Business Council in Istanbul on recent developments in Turkey. Speaking to reporters, California State Senator Bob Margett said that Turkey and the US were close allies sharing common interests, adding that his country would continue to back Turkey’s EU membership to the end. /Turkiye/

    [07] EU PARLIAMENT VP: “TURKEY HASN’T FULFILLED ALL THE OBLIGATIONS FOR BEGINNING ITS TALKS”

    European Parliament Vice President Ingo Friedrich yesterday claimed that Turkey had not fulfilled all of its obligations for the beginning of its accession talks, adding that it should have recognized Greek Cyprus and dealt with the so-called Armenian genocide issue. “The recent Armenian conference was positive, but it was a first step,” he said. Friedrich further stated that Turkey still had human rights problems. /Aksam/

    [08] COSKUN MEETS WITH EGYPTIAN OFFICIALS

    On the second day of his visit to Egypt, Industry and Trade Minister Ali Coskun met with Egyptian Premier Ahmed Nazif, Public Works Minister Muhammad Ibrahim and then Finance Minister Yusuf Bodros Gali. Speaking at a press conference, Coskun said that his talks with Egyptian officials had been very fruitful, adding that they had agreed to work to eliminate bureaucratic hurdles holding back the development of bilateral trade relations. He added that work on the Turkey-Egypt Free Trade Agreement was expected to be completed by the end of this year. /Turkiye/

    [09] BAYKAL: “TURKEY’S EU BID AND CYPRUS ARE SEPARATE ISSUES”

    Opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal, who is currently in Britain to attend a meeting of the Workers’ Party, yesterday criticized the linkage some try to make between Turkey’s European Union membership bid and the Cyprus issue, adding that they were separate issues. “Cyprus is a complex and longstanding problem, the solution of which is very difficult,” he said. “Ankara’s EU membership bid has the same characteristics. Therefore, trying to find links between these has made solving both only more difficult.” Baykal further expressed that Turkey wouldn’t accept anything except full EU membership. /Aksam/

    [10] 467TH ANNIVERSARY OF PREVEZE NAVAL VICTORY CELEBRATED

    The 467th anniversary of the Preveze Naval Victory was celebrated yesterday at a ceremony. Naval Forces Commander Adm. Yener Karahanoglu also attended the ceremony. In related news, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer issued a message marking the day, saying that he was pleased that the Naval Forces had reached the capacity to fulfill its obligations. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] IDEF 2005 BEGINS IN ANKARA

    The Seventh International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF 2005) yesterday began in Ankara. Addressing the opening ceremony, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul said that this year the Turkish defense industry is expected to reach $2 billion in exports, adding that IDEF has become an important meeting point of the international defense, aviation and space sectors. “IDEF and similar events are important platforms to meet the needs of the armed forces,” he added. /Aksam/

    [12] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [13] THE ANKARA-BRUSSELS-WASHINGTON LINE BY ISMAIL KUCUKKAYA (AKSAM)

    Columnist Ismail Kucukkaya comments on relations between Ankara, Brussels and Washington. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Turkish-European Union relations are so strange now that it seems they have included the US in this. Some people think that establishing a bridge between the East and West and the Christian and Muslim worlds or deepening the gulf between them depends on incidents along on this axis. The US is very careful and wants Turkey to stay within Brussels’ orbit. The US Embassy in Ankara has never been so active these days, as Charge d’Affaires Nancy McEldowney visits the Foreign Ministry every week and reporters in Ankara are being invited to receptions almost weekly. McEldowney organized a reception in the honor of a US delegation who came for the International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF) yesterday. The issue was the repairing of Washington-Ankara relations as well as Oct. 3, when our EU talks are to start. Now an Ankara-Brussels-Washington line has been established and the US is lobbying in favor of Turkey because neither the US nor the EU wants a Turkey out of the EU process. Washington is telling both parties to ‘be calm and balanced.’ All Turkish diplomats and US representatives whom we talked with there agreed that Turkey’s membership talks with the EU will start and a solution can be found once everybody sits at the table.

    Both the Foreign Ministry and Ankara are afraid of and reject the suggestion of a privileged membership. If this issue weren’t on the agenda, the other conditions would be bearable. In other words, there is an atmosphere of ‘at least we can find a solution within the process.’ There is a war of tactics now. The calm one will be the winner, or the one which doesn’t make mistakes will stay in the game. Meetings were held with diplomats from the EU Commission at the EU Secretariat General yesterday, and lines of communication are open. Cutting Ankara loose wouldn’t be beneficial for the EU, and Europe is trying to establish a strategy for the future over Turkey. Meanwhile, the US is trying to make new openings in the Middle East. The negative picture in Iraq shook the US’ image. A developed Turkey could save it. Ankara’s importance rose on this basis, and more visits prove this. According to the common interest, Ankara should stay within the EU orbit. However, Ankara is now in a difficult situation. If we can stay calm, we can save ourselves from this bind.”

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