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Turkish Press Review, 05-11-14

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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

14.11.2005

FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN CALLS ON QATARI BUSINESSMEN TO INVEST IN TURKEY
  • [02] ARINC: “ECHR DECISION NO BARRIER TO LIFTING HEADSCARF BAN”
  • [03] PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE SEMDINLI INCIDENT
  • [04] GUL TO MEET WITH GERMANY’S MERKEL
  • [05] VORKINK: “EU PROGRESS REPORT WILL BOOST TURKEY’S RATING”
  • [06] JAILED ARPALI COMMITS SUICIDE
  • [07] SHIPS ANCHORED FOR TRNC ANNIVERSARY
  • [08] ANTALYA TO HOST UNCTAD
  • [09] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [10] ELECTION SYSTEM BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

  • [01] ERDOGAN CALLS ON QATARI BUSINESSMEN TO INVEST IN TURKEY

    As part of his contacts in Qatar, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday addressed Turkish and Qatari businessmen in Doha. Pointing to the Turkish government’s strong will to further develop relations with Gulf coast countries, Erdogan stated that trade relations between Turkey and Qatar could improve. Stressing that Turkey was a country of trust and stability, Erdogan called on Qatari businessmen to invest in Turkey, especially in the areas of energy, food, civil aviation and telecommunications. After completing his contacts in the country, the Turkish premier proceeded to Bahrain to have talks with officials there. /Turkiye/

    [02] ARINC: “ECHR DECISION NO BARRIER TO LIFTING HEADSCARF BAN”

    Speaking to reporters in Parliament yesterday, Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc said that last week’s European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decision to reject Leyla Sahin’s case against the headscarf ban was not binding on Turkey. Stressing that the court was not 100 percent correct, Arinc said that some of its decisions were political. Commenting on President Ahmet Necdet Sezer’s remarks on the court’s decision saying that the decision had legally put an end to the headscarf issue, Arinc said he could not criticize the president, adding that their views on the matter were already well known. /Turkiye/

    [03] PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE SEMDINLI INCIDENT

    A ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) delegation led by Sukru Ayalan held talks in Semdinli, a town in the southeastern Anatolian Hakkari province, over the weekend to investigate last week’s blast and subsequent incidents. Stressing that administrative and criminal investigations would solve the case, Ayalan said the government would closely pursue the developments until it was resolved. Tomorrow AKP delegations are expected to present a motion to the Parliament Speaker’s Office to establish a commission to investigate the case. Furthermore, an opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) delegation led by Secretary-General Cevdet Selvi completed its contacts in the region. Selvi told reporters that they had prepared a comprehensive, detailed report. There were allegations that Turkey’s security forces were behind Wednesday’s bombing targeting a bookstore in Semdinli owned by a convicted PKK member. /Sabah/

    [04] GUL TO MEET WITH GERMANY’S MERKEL

    Turkish officials will hold their first meeting with German leaders following the establishment of the new coalition government in Germany this week. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is scheduled to have talks with new Chancellor Angela Merkel, former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and his successor Frank Walter Steinmeier. The Christian Democratic-Social Democratic coalition government led by Merkel reached agreement on Turkey last week. A protocol between them said nothing about Turkey’s full European Union membership, but emphasized a “privileged relationship.” Speaking to reporters, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said that Ankara would not accept any such offer, adding that the sole goal was full membership. /Sabah/

    [05] VORKINK: “EU PROGRESS REPORT WILL BOOST TURKEY’S RATING”

    Concerning the European Union’s statement in last week’s progress report that Turkey has an operating market economy, World Bank Turkey Director Andrew Vorkink said yesterday that Turkey had moved to a higher class not only in politics, but also in the economy. Vorkink said that the effects of this unprecedented evaluation by the EU would be felt particularly in the international economy, Turkey’s foreign borrowing costs will fall, foreign investment will rise and interest rates will drop thanks to increasing liquidity and confidence, he predicted. Vorkink added that the EU said Turkey’s economy was on the same level with the Union in terms of the structure of competition and that Turkey’s rating would rise with the confirmation that it has an operating market economy. /Milliyet/

    [06] JAILED ARPALI COMMITS SUICIDE

    Van Yuzuncu Yil University Deputy Secretary General Enver Arpali yesterday committed suicide in prison. Arpali and university Rector Yucel Askin were both in jail as part of an ongoing investigation concerning corruption allegations in an official tender. /Star/

    [07] SHIPS ANCHORED FOR TRNC ANNIVERSARY

    Turkish Naval Forces ships are anchored at Gazimagosa Harbor to participate in tomorrow’s 22nd anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to be celebrated in Turkey and its missions abroad. Representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from Turkey, dozens of journalists and scholars from 16 countries will participate in the celebrations. A delegation chaired by Presidential Secretary General Kemal Nehrozoglu will represent Turkey, and Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener will represent the Turkish government. /Turkiye/

    [08] ANTALYA TO HOST UNCTAD

    The five-day United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on Reviewing Competition with all Aspects starts today. “This meeting has been held since 1980,” said Competition Board Chairman Mustafa Parlak. “The meeting had always been held in Geneva. This is the first time it will be held outside there.” Parlak will chair the meeting to which 130 countries are invited. /Milliyet/

    [09] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

    [10] ELECTION SYSTEM BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Yilmaz Oztuna comments on Turkey’s election system and the law. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Last week’s European Union progress report said that our election law didn’t reflect the national will. The election law has been terrible, and now we have a report showing our progress. Election law should be simple, it should be easily understood and it shouldn’t lead citizens to hesitate. Complicated election law isn’t optimum. Results should be revealed in 24 hours. It’s a shame that we didn’t spend $10 million to upgrade to an electronic system.

    Certain politicians have done very well but they got stuck on legislation, because creating obstacles in the legislature was considered a special skill, and thus it was became clear that the real and supreme power was in the exclusive possession of an oligarchy. For this reason, as the leaders of the center right were limited, they yearned for a semi-presidential system. But full presidential systems have failed to establish democracy in all countries except the US. The Turkish Parliament’s authority has been limited. Nobody should mess about with democracy. We should rework the election law now with necessary constitutional amendments.”

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