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Turkish Press Review, 05-11-07

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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> <style type="text_css"> <!-- .baslik { margin-right:0cm; margin-left:0cm; margin-top:1cm; font-size:12.0pt; color:#000099; text-align: justify; } --> <_style> e-mail : newspot@byegm.gov.tr <caption> <_caption> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

07.11.2005

ERDOGAN GIVES THANKS TO GERMANY’S SCHROEDER GUL TO MEET WITH RICE AND STRAW JUSTICE MINISTER CICEK CRITICIZES EU NATIONALIST MOVEMENT PARTY REPORT: “THE EU IS A ROAD TO NOWHERE” GREECE SEEKS TO MAKE ISSUE OF TERRITORIAL WATERS “CASUS BELLI” EU CITIZENS IN TURKEY TO GET RIGHT TO VOTE TURKISH DEMOCRACY TO BE DISCUSSED AT EU COUNCIL ALIEV’S PARTY AHEAD IN INITIAL AZERBAIJAN ELECTION RESULTS UAE PRINCE NAHYAN COMES TO ANKARA TO INVEST WORK ON 2006 BUDGET CONTINUES

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN GIVES THANKS TO GERMANY’S SCHROEDER
  • [02] GUL TO MEET WITH RICE AND STRAW
  • [03] JUSTICE MINISTER CICEK CRITICIZES EU
  • [04] NATIONALIST MOVEMENT PARTY REPORT: “THE EU IS A ROAD TO NOWHERE”
  • [05] GREECE SEEKS TO MAKE ISSUE OF TERRITORIAL WATERS “CASUS BELLI”
  • [06] EU CITIZENS IN TURKEY TO GET RIGHT TO VOTE
  • [07] TURKISH DEMOCRACY TO BE DISCUSSED AT EU COUNCIL
  • [08] ALIEV’S PARTY AHEAD IN INITIAL AZERBAIJAN ELECTION RESULTS
  • [09] UAE PRINCE NAHYAN COMES TO ANKARA TO INVEST
  • [10] WORK ON 2006 BUDGET CONTINUES

  • [01] ERDOGAN GIVES THANKS TO GERMANY’S SCHROEDER

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday opened the headquarters of the Union of European Turkish Democrats (ATDB) in Cologne, Germany, and then attended a dinner hosted by the group. Outgoing German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Turkish businessmen also attended the dinner. Addressing the gathering, Erdogan said that the main common points linking Turkey with the European Union were democracy, human rights, the rule of law and freedom of speech, and that steps taken in that direction would help Turkey to reach its goal. Erdogan also had the opportunity to thank Schroeder for his support ahead of the start of negotiations between Turkey and the EU on Oct. 3. In related news, the premier said en route to Cologne that a third bridge would be constructed in Istanbul in order to alleviate traffic jams. “A third bridge is needed in the north,” he explained. “After this third bridge goes into operation, large trucks will be barred from crossing the other two bridges. This bridge will also be a connection to the Black Sea Highway. We can put out the tender next year.” /Turkiye-Hurriyet/

    [02] GUL TO MEET WITH RICE AND STRAW

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will attend a summit in Bahrain this Friday and Saturday. The Greater Middle East and North Africa Project will be discussed at the meeting. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Minister Jack Straw will also attend the meeting. Gul is expected to meet with both. This will be an opportunity for Gul to meet with Straw after this week’s release of the EU progress report on Turkey. /Hurriyet/

    [03] JUSTICE MINISTER CICEK CRITICIZES EU

    Visiting delegations from the European Union meet only with “marginal groups” in Turkey and judge the country on the basis of this biased experience, charged Justice Minister Cemil Cicek over the weekend. Cicek stated that EU visitors see only marginal groups such as the Human Rights Association (IHD) and the Human Rights Foundation but not with other groups more representative of the population such as associations of martyrs’ relatives and veterans. Cicek also underlined that EU visitors have never visited the veterans’ rehabilitation center of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in Ankara, despite his calling on them to do so. /Milliyet/

    [04] NATIONALIST MOVEMENT PARTY REPORT: “THE EU IS A ROAD TO NOWHERE”

    Opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has prepared a report entitled “The Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) European Union Roadmap is Dead-End Street.” The report charges that Turkey has been put on a road to nowhere in which it is obliged to obey all the decisions of the EU’s Negotiation Framework Document and progress reports, as well as those of the European Parliament. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] GREECE SEEKS TO MAKE ISSUE OF TERRITORIAL WATERS “CASUS BELLI”

    Athens is reportedly planning to make an issue out of Ankara’s declaration that an expansion of Greek territorial waters beyond international norms may constitute a “casus belli,” or cause of war. Athens hopes to make the issue appear in the European Union progress report on Turkey due out on Wednesday. It was also reportedly addressed in Ankara’s recent National Security Policy Document. /Aksam/

    [06] EU CITIZENS IN TURKEY TO GET RIGHT TO VOTE

    This week’s European Union progress report on Turkey will address Turkey’s practices about EU citizens’ rights. The report says that when the time comes, EU citizens in Turkey will have the right to vote. The report says that the Turkish Constitution currently only gives Turkish citizens the right to vote and the right to run for office in elections and that a change will be requested in the future on this issue. The section concerning the right of EU citizens says, “When the time comes, it will be necessary to give the right to vote and the right to run for office to EU citizens who live in Turkey and who have no Turkish citizenship during European Parliament elections and domestic elections.” /Milliyet/

    [07] TURKISH DEMOCRACY TO BE DISCUSSED AT EU COUNCIL

    Turkey will be asked to implement more reforms at the local and regional administrative level during the European Council’s Local and Regional Administrations Congress in Strasbourg today. The two most important subjects of the two-day meeting will be local and regional democracy in Turkey and local democracy on Cyprus. As part of this, a report evaluating local and regional democracy in Turkey will be discussed. The report emphasizes the Turkish government’s determination to implement noteworthy institutional changes in order to modernize local administrations. /Milliyet/

    [08] ALIEV’S PARTY AHEAD IN INITIAL AZERBAIJAN ELECTION RESULTS

    Azerbaijanis voted on Sunday in parliamentary elections seen as a major test of the ex-Soviet republic’s commitment to democracy. About 4.5 million voters were registered to choose between more than 1,500 candidates, including President Ilham Aliev's wife, competing for places in the Parliament, or Milli Majlis. According to the initial results, Aliev’s ruling party won 35 out of 62 of the constituency districts. The opposition parties, on the other hand reportedly won 17 districts. Over 550 international observers, including 60 Turkish and 260 international press officers, monitored the poll, and the US government sponsored an exit poll as a check on the official count. For the first time, election officials in the 5,000 polling stations sprayed indelible ink on voter’s thumbs to stop them for voting twice. The opposition parties, however, accused the authorities of vote rigging and said that they are planning major protests tomorrow. /Aksam/

    [09] UAE PRINCE NAHYAN COMES TO ANKARA TO INVEST

    Crown Prince Hamid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates’ head of Abu Dhabi’s Planning and Economy Administration and Executive Board member, yesterday came to Ankara as the guest of State Minister Kursat Tuzmen. Sheik Nahyan was welcomed by Tuzmen at Esenboga Airport. Tuzmen told a press conference at the airport that they were planning to draw 10% of an expected $150 billion cash surplus, depending on oil prices, and invest it in Turkey. Nahyan is expected to meet with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Economy Minister Ali Babacan, Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan and Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler. /Turkiye/

    [10] WORK ON 2006 BUDGET CONTINUES

    Parliament today is set to resume work on the 2006 budget after the Ramadan holiday. The budget legislation process is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 29 in the Planning and Budget Commission. The commission will work on the individual budgets of various government departments. /Star/

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