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Turkish Press Review, 05-09-29

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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

29.09.2005

FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

CONTENTS

  • [01] ROMANIAN PRESIDENT VISITS ANKARA
  • [02] EP POSTPONES VOTE TO RATIFY TURKEY’S ANKARA PROTOCOL
  • [03] ERDOGAN: “TURKEY IS A COUNTRY OF OPPORTUNITIES”
  • [04] FOREIGN MINISTRY: “TURKEY WILL NOT MAKE ANY CONCESSIONS”
  • [05] ERDOGAN: “THE EP DECISION WON’T AFFECT US, WE’LL CONTINUE OUR WAY”
  • [06] BAYKAL LOBBIES IN LONDON FOR TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP
  • [07] OZKOK MEETS WITH CONGOLESE DEFENSE MINISTER TO DISCUSS MILITARY TIES
  • [08] US UNDERSECRETARY HUGHES: “THE PKK AND AL-QAEDA ARE TWO OF A KIND”
  • [09] STRAW: “CLOSING THE EU DOOR TO TURKEY WOULD BE A HUGE BETRAYAL”
  • [10] REHN: “THE EP DELAY ON THE ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL VOTE WON’T HINDER ANKARA’S EU TALKS”
  • [11] ITALIAN SENATE’S DINI: “TURKEY WILL JOIN THE EU SOONER OR LATER”
  • [12] CHP DEPUTY GURSOY QUITS PARTY
  • [13] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [14] EU CONDITIONS BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ROMANIAN PRESIDENT VISITS ANKARA

    Romanian President Traian Basescu yesterday paid a visit to Ankara. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer welcomed his guest with an official ceremony at the Cankaya Palace. At a joint press conference after the meeting, Sezer congratulated Romania on signing its accession agreement with the European Union in April. In return, Basescu thanked Turkey for its support for Romania joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and said, “Turkey can count on Romania’s support during its EU process.” /Star/

    [02] EP POSTPONES VOTE TO RATIFY TURKEY’S ANKARA PROTOCOL

    The European Parliament yesterday postponed a vote to ratify Turkey’s Ankara Protocol with the European Union. The EP stated that Ankara’s refusal to recognize both the Greek Cypriot administration and Armenian genocide allegations justified the delay in the protocol’s ratification. The ballot’s delay will not affect the start of Turkey’s accession talks, set for next Monday, Oct. 3, said EU circles. /Turkiye/

    [03] ERDOGAN: “TURKEY IS A COUNTRY OF OPPORTUNITIES”

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday met with United Arab Emirates (UAE) President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. After the meeting Erdogan attended the Turkey-UAE Business Forum Meeting and spoke on the Turkish economy, touting its improvements over the last three years. Erdogan, citing figures showing growth, said that Turkey was one of the fastest-growing countries in the world. The premier also said, “Companies are founded in just one day in Turkey. Turkey is a country of opportunities now.” /Star/

    [04] FOREIGN MINISTRY: “TURKEY WILL NOT MAKE ANY CONCESSIONS”

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Namik Tan said yesterday that Turkey could not accept any formula other than full European Union membership. Speaking to reporters, Tan said, “We want to sit at the table on Oct. 3 to begin accession talks, but certain circles are still trying to put provisions against Turkey into the Framework Document.” He added that Ankara would reject any statement such as “privileged partnership” appearing in the document. /Turkiye/

    [05] ERDOGAN: “THE EP DECISION WON’T AFFECT US, WE’LL CONTINUE OUR WAY”

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is currently in Abu Dhabi for an official visit, said yesterday that a European Parliament decision delaying approval of the additional protocol and pushing recognition of the so- called Armenian genocide would not affect Ankara, adding that Turkey would continue its way. Erdogan added that a meeting of EU member states’ foreign ministers to be held today was important for Ankara. In related news, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said that he wanted Turkey’s EU bid to be evaluated through “objective criteria,” like other candidates’, adding that if the EU adds new criteria Ankara would reject these. /Hurriyet/

    [06] BAYKAL LOBBIES IN LONDON FOR TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP

    Opposition People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal said yesterday that Turkey had fulfilled its obligations on the road to European Union membership. Speaking to the BBC on his trip to London to hold a series of contacts to push Turkey’s EU membership bid, Baykal said that Turkey had seen great changes in recent years. Regarding the Armenian issue, the CHP leader said that the European Parliament’s demand for recognition of the so- called Armenian genocide was a trap, adding that that shouldn’t be a precondition for Ankara’s full membership. /Sabah/

    [07] OZKOK MEETS WITH CONGOLESE DEFENSE MINISTER TO DISCUSS MILITARY TIES

    Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok yesterday met with visiting Congolese Defense Minister Gen. Yvon Jacques Ndolou to discuss bilateral military ties and sign a cooperative agreement on military education. Later, addressing a press conference, Ndolou said that there were many things which they could learn from Turkey. “Turkey has taken important steps in the defense industry,” he added. /Milliyet/

    [08] US UNDERSECRETARY HUGHES: “THE PKK AND AL-QAEDA ARE TWO OF A KIND”

    Visiting US Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes yesterday met in Ankara with Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ali Tuygan and then Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. Stating that there is very effective cooperation between Turkey and the US on strategic issues, Gul thanked Hughes for “the US being the first and the only country condemning PKK terrorism.” Gul also reiterated that Turkey was expecting concrete steps from the US on the terrorist PKK. At a press conference after their meeting, Hughes said that the US was determined in the fight against terrorism and added, “And I want to make it very clear that America absolutely condemns the PKK, just as we condemn al-Qaeda.” Then Hughes proceeded to Istanbul where she met with religious leaders at the Topkapi Palace. /Aksam/

    [09] STRAW: “CLOSING THE EU DOOR TO TURKEY WOULD BE A HUGE BETRAYAL”

    European Union Term President Britain’s Foreign Minister Jack Straw warned yesterday that closing the EU door to Turkey would be a “huge betrayal.” Speaking at the Labour Party’s annual conference, Straw said that beginning Ankara’s accession talks was one of the “highest priorities” of Britain’s EU presidency. "It would now be a huge betrayal of the hopes and expectations of the Turkish people and of Prime Minister (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan's program of reform if, at this crucial time, we turned our back on Turkey," he added. /Hurriyet/

    [10] REHN: “THE EP DELAY ON THE ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL VOTE WON’T HINDER ANKARA’S EU TALKS”

    Appearing on news channel NTV yesterday, European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn said that European Parliament decisions postponing approval of the additional protocol and pushing recognition of the so- called Armenian genocide for Ankara’s EU membership wouldn’t be obstacles to the beginning of Turkey’s EU accession talks. Rehn stated that Turkey should fulfill the additional protocol as soon as possible, adding that not doing so would adversely affect its talks. He further stated that Ankara should take into consideration the EU’s counter-declaration. In related news, Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee Chairman Joost Lagendijk criticized the EP decision postponing approval of the protocol, saying that it had sent the wrong message to Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] ITALIAN SENATE’S DINI: “TURKEY WILL JOIN THE EU SOONER OR LATER”

    Italian Senate Deputy Speaker Lamberto Dini yesterday predicted that Turkey would join the European Union sooner or later, recommending that it should be patient. Speaking in Madrid, Dini said that Turkey would begin its talks on Oct. 3, next Monday, adding that there were no legal grounds for preventing this. Dini stated that there were still reforms that Ankara needed to make. In related news, Michel Rocard, former French prime minister and European Parliament member, said yesterday that the Union would benefit from Turkey’s membership, adding, “Turkey’s membership will also contribute to the region’s stability.” /Turkiye/

    [12] CHP DEPUTY GURSOY QUITS PARTY

    Opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Adiyaman Deputy Sevket Gursoy yesterday resigned from the party. Speaking to reporters, Gursoy criticized his party administration, claiming that the CHP’s policies are far removed from society’s values and needs. Following his resignation, the main opposition CHP has 157 seats in Parliament, while the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has 355. /Sabah/

    [13] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [14] EU CONDITIONS BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Derya Sazak comments on the conditions stipulated for Turkey’s European Union membership. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “The policy of creating difficulties for Turkey’s European Union membership continues. A vote on the Customs Union Additional Protocol was postponed at the European Parliament yesterday. Christian Democrats want the protocol to be voted on at our Parliament first. Some EU circles consider the declaration which Turkey released during its adoption of the Customs Union to Southern Cyprus to be ‘discrimination.’ EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn said that the course of membership talks with the EU might be affected if Turkey doesn’t fulfill its obligations concerning implementation of the additional protocol. It seems that our membership talks will start on Oct. 3. However, if Turkey doesn’t create an atmosphere for recognizing Southern Cyprus by opening its harbors for Greek Cypriot ships and planes by fall 2006, our EU membership talks could be suspended. A draft decision calling for recognizing the so-called Armenian genocide as a precondition for Turkey’s full EU membership was signed by French Socialist parliamentarians yesterday.

    Meanwhile, a suggestion for privileged partnership was rejected. Despite Ankara’s insistence, the framework document, the roadmap for Turkish-EU relations, doesn’t mention it. However, it states that at the end of ‘open- ended negotiations’ Turkey can become a member only after the EU institutions are restructured. Ankara is ready to leave the table if new conditions block the way to full membership. The dilemma within the EU before Oct. 3 is growing; some say that the promises given to Turkey must be kept, but on the other hand there are other circles favoring ending relations before the membership talks start. The framework article leaked from Brussels stating that Ankara wouldn’t block Greek Cyprus’ international group membership was a last-minute surprise. In return, keeping permanent restrictions on free movement even if Turkey becomes an EU member is another sanction not applied to other EU members. The EU hill is getting steeper, and conditions for Turkey’s EU membership are being prepared. During the discussions on last Dec. 17, Oct. 3, etc, a ‘game over’ trap is being prepared with the Cyprus timetable for 2006. The government will have difficulties making a decision next Monday.”

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