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Turkish Press Review, 05-11-10

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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

10.11.2005

FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “MARKETING TURKEY MEANS ATTRACTING MORE CAPITAL”
  • [02] EU RELEASES TURKEY’S PROGRESS REPORT AND ACCESSION PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT
  • [03] FM SPOKESMAN TAN: “WE WON’T ACCEPT PRIVILEGED PARTNERSHIP”
  • [04] BAYKAL: “OUR HONEYMOON WITH THE EU IS ABOUT TO END”
  • [05] MUMCU CRITICIZES ERDOGAN’S STANCE ON VIOLENCE IN FRANCE
  • [06] SERDAR DENKTAS: “TURKISH TROOPS REMAINING ON CYPRUS WILL SPUR GREEK CYPRIOTS TO NEGOTIATE”
  • [07] GREECE: “THE PROGRESS REPORT AND ACCESSION PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT MEET ALL OUR REQUIREMENTS”
  • [08] PACE’S LINDEN ADDRESSES TURKISH PARLIAMENT
  • [09] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [10] GOING BEYOND WALLS OF HISTORY BY DENIZ ULKE ARIBOGAN (AKSAM)

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “MARKETING TURKEY MEANS ATTRACTING MORE CAPITAL”

    Speaking on the second day of a conference sponsored by the Foreign Capital Association (YASED) on “New Favorite Destination for Foreign Investments: Turkey, Where Opportunities Abound,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday said that his government, since it came to power, managed to achieve long-term confidence and stability in the country, adding that it also tried to promote Turkey abroad. “This is what I meant by saying that I am marketing Turkey,” he said. “You have to market your country’s prestige through strategic planning. You can attract foreign capital this way. Our efforts to attract foreign capital go towards this goal.” The premier further hailed recent positive economic figures such as falling interest rates and inflation. Erdogan also stressed that attracting foreign capital would help Turkey fight unemployment and create new jobs. /Star/

    [02] EU RELEASES TURKEY’S PROGRESS REPORT AND ACCESSION PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT

    The European Union Commission yesterday released Turkey’s progress report in which developments in the country are evaluated as well as the Accession Partnership Document, the roadmap for Turkey’s negotiation process. The progress report emphasizes that Turkey has to accelerate the reform efforts and fully implement human rights standards. The Accession Partnership Document states that Turkey has to fully implement the additional Customs Union protocol to all EU member countries and open its ports to Greek Cyprus. In related news, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn said that Turkey had continued respecting the Copenhagen political criteria and had made sweeping reforms, but that a slowdown had been seen in implementation of the reforms. After the release of the progress report, Rehn told a press conference that the report was balanced and impartial. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday attended a luncheon hosted by the ambassador of current EU Term President Britain. “Turkey will evaluate carefully the progress report and Accession Partnership Document,” said Gul, and added, “We might not agree on every point in this document. Still, we believe that we can express most of our concerns during the accession process.” /Turkiye-Aksam/

    [03] FM SPOKESMAN TAN: “WE WON’T ACCEPT PRIVILEGED PARTNERSHIP”

    Turkey wouldn’t accept proposals such as “privileged partnership” as expressed in the new coalition government agreement in Germany, Foreign Ministry spokesman Namik Tan said yesterday. “Turkey’s negotiations with the European Union have one goal: full membership,” Tan told a regular weekly press conference. “Goals and proposals other than full membership will never be accepted. As a matter of fact, the EU confirmed explicitly on Oct. 3, the start to Turkey’s negotiations, that the goal of the negotiations is full membership.” /Aksam/

    [04] BAYKAL: “OUR HONEYMOON WITH THE EU IS ABOUT TO END”

    Speaking after his meeting yesterday with visiting Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) President Rene Van Der Linden, opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal said that Turkey’s European Union membership bid issue was looking worse and worse, adding that those who believed that Ankara’s EU talks are aimed at full membership should wake up from their dream. “Unfortunately our honeymoon with the EU is about to end,” he said. “A new era in our relations with the EU is beginning.” Baykal further stated that Germany, an important member of the Union, had made developing a “privileged partnership” for Turkey the policy of the new coalition government. /Sabah/

    [05] MUMCU CRITICIZES ERDOGAN’S STANCE ON VIOLENCE IN FRANCE

    Speaking at his party’s group meeting, opposition Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) leader Erkan Mumcu yesterday criticized Prime Minister’s stance on the recent violence in France, adding that it wasn’t appropriate for Erdogan to comment on the issue. Mumcu further criticized the government’s greenlighting the Dubai Towers project, adding that there was no plan on the issue. “There are only advertisements about it,” he added. /Star/

    [06] SERDAR DENKTAS: “TURKISH TROOPS REMAINING ON CYPRUS WILL SPUR GREEK CYPRIOTS TO NEGOTIATE”

    Addressing Dogus University students yesterday at a conference entitled “Cyprus and the European Union,” Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Foreign Minister Serdar Denktas pointed to the importance of Turkish troops remaining on the island, adding that this would help spur Greek Cypriots to sit at the negotiating table to reach a resolution. “The Greek Cypriots are quite uncomfortable about the Turkish troops and see them as threat,” said Denktas. He further claimed that Britain had an interest in not solving the Cyprus issue and criticized the European Union’s indifference to the issue. /Star/

    [07] GREECE: “THE PROGRESS REPORT AND ACCESSION PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT MEET ALL OUR REQUIREMENTS”

    The Greek Foreign Ministry yesterday declared that the European Union progress report on Turkey and the Accession Partnership Document, both just released, covered all of Athens’ requirements, calling the documents “satisfactory.” The Foreign Ministry further stated that it was an obligation and a European Union criterion for Turkey to have friendly relations with Greece. /Sabah/

    [08] PACE’S LINDEN ADDRESSES TURKISH PARLIAMENT

    Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) President Rene Van Der Linden yesterday addressed the Turkish Parliament. Linden praised the reforms made by Turkey, and stated that he believed that Turkey will do what is needed such as lowering the 10% threshold for elections, dropping the case against Orhan Pamuk, letting Kurdish citizens exercise their rights, maintain the principle of secularism, and boost the percentage of women parliamentarians. Linden stressed that Turkey was the EU’s “indispensable partner.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [10] GOING BEYOND WALLS OF HISTORY BY DENIZ ULKE ARIBOGAN (AKSAM)

    Columnist Deniz Ulke Aribogan comments on the concept of history and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. A summary of her column is as follows:

    “History is no ordinary expression of the past. It is a story of the past that is produced, then told and perceived by the people. This story has a function to construct the future. In other words, the past is known, maintained and told by one person to another. Knowing something should have a function. Knowledge about history teaches us not only about past events, but also the mistakes, successes, and good and evil in the past. It indicates who betrayed, who supported and who was reliable so we can be prepared for the future and don’t relive the mishaps of the past. Thus, we learn whom we should love, whom we should fear and who deserves our anger. History isn’t an innocent discipline. It should be accepted in a scholarly way, and history can become a very dangerous trap if we don’t add our original experience. So it should be approached carefully. If your past has a political function so valuable that it can’t be left to others and has a directing effect on your plans for the future, you should attach importance to the knowledge of history. A shared history is one of the most important facets of a nation. All the nations of the world seek to build on a glorious past. Let’s think of the issue this way: for example, in telling the story of Izmir to Greek students, how it would sound if you said, ‘Children, we went there to invade Turkish territory. As we started to torture and kill the people and set the city on fire, the Turkish Army drove us into the sea. Then we got home by swimming.’ How do you think this sounds?

    Bravery is needed by everybody. Each nation wants to tell and hear its own stories of bravery and brave leaders. However, not everybody has real heroes. In this sense, we’re lucky. We have a real hero and a story of bravery in spite of all the distortion, exploitation and corruption. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk comes out on top of 20th century political leaders in Arnold Ludwig’s book ‘King of the Mountain: The Nature of Political Leadership.’ Ataturk is followed by Mao, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Stalin and Lenin. In his ranking, an evaluation was made of leaders’ qualifications and the immortals of the century were determined. Ataturk isn’t only a historical figure. The value he carries as the symbol of a viewpoint beyond history is more important today. Actually, considering today Nov. 10, the anniversary of his death, not as a day of mourning but as a day in which his outlook is strengthened is a new development. His pictures and statues might wear out in the course of time, but his outlook is so powerful that even history cannot alter it.”

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