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Turkish Press Review, 05-11-11

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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

11.11.2005

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ATATURK COMMEMORATED AROUND TURKEY ON 67TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH
  • [02] ERDOGAN TO VISIT QATAR AND BAHRAIN
  • [03] GUL: “THERE ARE SOME NEGATIVE FACTORS IN THE EU PROGRESS REPORT ON TURKEY”
  • [04] EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS: “BAN OF WEARING HEADSCARVES IN UNIVERSITIES DOESN’T VIOLATE FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND CONSCIENCE”
  • [05] NEW US AMBASSADOR TO ANKARA: “IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO CREATE PROBLEMS IN RELATIONS BETWEEN ANKARA AND WASHINGTON”
  • [06] 22ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE TRNC TO BE CELEBRATED TOMORROW
  • [07] KRETSCHMER: “EU PROGRESS REPORT ON TURKEY AND ACCESSION PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT ARE POSITIVE”
  • [08] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [09] MULTIDIMENSIONAL CONFUSION BY TURKER ALKAN (RADIKAL)

  • [01] ATATURK COMMEMORATED AROUND TURKEY ON 67TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH

    Yesterday marked the 67th anniversary of the death of the founder of the modern Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The anniversary was officially commemorated with a ceremony at Anitkabir, Ataturk’s mausoleum, in the morning. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer laid a wreath after which one minute of silence was observed. Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, State Minister Abdullatif Sener, several government Cabinet ministers, Land Forces Commander Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, Air Forces Commander Gen. Faruk Comert, Gendarmerie Commander Gen. Fevzi Turkeri, Deputy Chief of Gen. Staff Isýk Kosaner and other high-ranking officials took part in the ceremony. Ataturk was also commemorated at Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace, where he passed away at 57 years old 67 years ago. /All papers/

    [02] ERDOGAN TO VISIT QATAR AND BAHRAIN

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Qatar and Bahrain between Nov. 12-14 and will call these two Arab countries which have strong economies to invest in Turkey. Turkish businessmen accompanying the Premier will look into the opportunities in these countries. 200 businessmen are expected to participate in the visit organized by the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB). /Aksam/

    [03] GUL: “THERE ARE SOME NEGATIVE FACTORS IN THE EU PROGRESS REPORT ON TURKEY”

    Speaking at a press conference yesterday at the Foreign Ministry, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said that there were some negative factors in the European Union progress report on Turkey and the Accession Partnership Document, both issued earlier this week, calling some points in the document on the Cyprus issue “unacceptable,” adding that Ankara would evaluate reasonable views about the issue. Gul stated that the progress report and the Accession Partnership document wouldn’t prevent Turkey’s accession process to the EU, which was continuing. “There are both positive and negative things in the documents,” added Gul. Later, Gul met with visiting Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) President Rene Van Der Linden to discuss Turkey’s EU membership bid. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS: “BAN OF WEARING HEADSCARVES IN UNIVERSITIES DOESN’T VIOLATE FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND CONSCIENCE”

    The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg yesterday said the ban of wearing headscarves in universities didn’t violate freedom of religion and conscience. In a final verdict on an application from Leyla Sahin, who had to leave university in 1998 because the university declined to admit her after she refused to stop wearing a headscarf, a panel of 17 European judges ruled that the ban did not violate the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion guaranteed by an international human rights treaty. “This is an issue for Turkey, and I believe we will resolve our own issues, ” Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said when asked to comment on the decision the European Court of Human Rights released in Strasbourg yesterday. In related news, “If the government carries on with their current policy, they will have to make a choice between the headscarf and the EU,” said the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) deputy parliamentary group chairman Ali Topuz at a press conference. Meanwhile, the Board of Higher Education (YOK) Chairman Erdogan Tezic said, “The ruling has a binding effect on our domestic laws as well. Debates on the issue will most likely end from now on.” /Hurriyet-Cumhuriyet/

    [05] NEW US AMBASSADOR TO ANKARA: “IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO CREATE PROBLEMS IN RELATIONS BETWEEN ANKARA AND WASHINGTON”

    “It was important not to create problems in relations between Ankara and Washington,” Ross Wilson, the US diplomat nominated to be the next American ambassador to Turkey said on Wednesday. Speaking at a hearing of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee to ratify his appointment to the Ankara posting, Wilson said that facilitating smooth relations between Turkey and the US was vital. On the issue of the ecumenical status of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchy Wilson said that US recognizes this title and fully backs the patriarchy. He added that he would do his best for the re-opening of the Greek Orthodox seminary on the Heybeliada island in the Sea of Marmara. /Star/

    [06] 22ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE TRNC TO BE CELEBRATED TOMORROW

    The 22nd anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) will be celebrated tomorrow. Turkish officials from the Presidential Palace, the Parliament, the government, and General Staff are expected to attend ceremonies to be held in the TRNC. About 30 journalists, academics, and deputies from 16 countries are also expected to be present at the ceremonies. /Turkiye/

    [07] KRETSCHMER: “EU PROGRESS REPORT ON TURKEY AND ACCESSION PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT ARE POSITIVE”

    Speaking at a press conference yesterday, European Commission Representative in Turkey Hansjoerg Kretschmer said that European Union progress report on Turkey and the Accession Partnership Document, both released earlier this week, were positive documents for Turkey. Kretschmer stated that Turkey had made important reforms, adding that it should efficiently continue its political transformation. Kretschmer stressed that one of the important points in the EU progress report was that Turkey should be evaluated as an operating market economy and added that there were positive developments in the economy owing to structural reforms and macroeconomic policies. However, Kretschmer complained that there were problems in some fields concerning the implementation of the legislation and that the pace of reforms fell. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [09] MULTIDIMENSIONAL CONFUSION BY TURKER ALKAN (RADIKAL)

    Columnist Turker Alkan comments on the confusion about terrorist attacks and religion. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “There have been terrorist attacks in Germany, Iraq, Turkey, the US, Britain, Spain, etc. Who knows what will happen next. In this confusion, we’re trying to take our share. We say to our friends in the European Union, ‘If you let us become an European Union member, we would serve as a bridge between you and the Islam world and thus save you from the religious violence.’ However, there are two serious problems about this thesis. Firstly, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been saying for years, ‘The political violence has nothing to do with Islam. Muslim people don’t use violence and the Muslim who use violence isn’t considered a Muslim.’ However, they make different remarks to the EU, that is, ‘If you don’t let us join the EU, get ready for the incidents similar to those in France.’ Even they tried to attract attentions to their Islamic character by saying that latest incidents in France derived from the ban on wearing headscarf at schools. The second problem is that the latest terrorist attacks in Jordan show that the religious violence happens not only in the Western world. Fanatically religious people can simply attack such countries as Turkey and Jordan, which they don’t consider ‘religious enough.’ There were even certain incidents of religious violence between Iran and Saudi Arabia! As the countries which adopt secularism like Turkey are considered lacking religious beliefs, thus, fanatics might think that they deserve the violence.

    Wouldn’t certain Europeans say to us, ‘If you’re going to save us from the religious violence, then use the remedy and save yourself?’ If you ask me whether Turkey’s EU membership would decrease the clash of civilizations or not, then I would say, of course, it would. Our full EU membership can create such an impact in the long term. Actually what we call the ‘civilization’ doesn’t change in a short period of time and easily. However, maybe just the opposite will happen soon. Even such terrorist organizations which consider Turkey’s EU membership as a Muslim country’s becoming an ungodly one might attack us more. One reason for the complicatedness of the problem is that everybody sees the religion in the way he believes and rejects other interpretations. However, the religion is not only scholastic and theological, but also a sociological and historic concept. When it gains different pictures and characteristics, politicizing the religion makes things terrible and we start to experience a multidimensional and multi-layer confusion.”

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