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Turkish Press Review, 05-11-15

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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

15.11.2005

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN MEETS WITH BAHRAINI PM, DISCUSSES BILATERAL RELATIONS
  • [02] ERDOGAN, PUTIN AND BERLUSCONI TO MEET IN SAMSUN FOR OFFICIAL BLUE STREAM OPENING
  • [03] ISTANBUL HOSTS TURKISH WORLD YOUTH DAYS CONVENTION
  • [04] CICEK: “THERE WAS NO NEGLIGENCE IN ARPALI’S DEATH”
  • [05] ARPALI LAID TO REST, RECTOR ASKIN RECEIVING TREATMENT
  • [06] TRNC CELEBRATES 22ND ANNIVERSARY
  • [07] STATE MINISTER ATALAY: “AN IMPORTANT POWER LIKE THE PRESS CANNOT BE LEFT WITHOUT RULES AND PRINCIPLES”
  • [08] AGAR CRITICIZES GOVT ON INCIDENTS IN SEMDINLI, ARPALI SUICIDE AND RISE IN PURSE-SNATCHING
  • [09] ZEKI SEZER ISSUES MESSAGE MARKING 22TH ANNIVERSARY OF TRNC
  • [10] EU COMMISSION: “THE PKK IS AN OBSTACLE TO DEVELOPMENT”
  • [11] OGER TAKES OVER TURK TELEKOM IN LARGEST DEAL
  • [12] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [13] WHAT WILL CHANGE WITH MERKEL? BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN MEETS WITH BAHRAINI PM, DISCUSSES BILATERAL RELATIONS

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Bahrain for an official visit, yesterday met with his Bahraini counterpart Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa to discuss a number of issues, including bilateral relations. The two premiers signed an agreement on preventing double taxation. Later, Erdogan was received by Bahraini King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa. Later, Erdogan attended a dinner hosted by the Bahraini premier accompanied by State Minister Kursat Tuzmen, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul and Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) Chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu. /Star/

    [02] ERDOGAN, PUTIN AND BERLUSCONI TO MEET IN SAMSUN FOR OFFICIAL BLUE STREAM OPENING

    The opening ceremony of the Blue Steam Project, which will bring Russian natural gas to Turkey under the Black Sea, will be held tomorrow with the participation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. However Turkey has been getting gas from the Blue Stream Project for three years now, with 7.6 billion cubic meters of gas received as of this September. On the “hidden agenda” of the trio of leaders meeting at the opening are three energy projects worth some $10 billion. /Aksam/

    [03] ISTANBUL HOSTS TURKISH WORLD YOUTH DAYS CONVENTION

    The12th Turkish World Youth Days and Convention began yesterday in Istanbul. The convention, bringing together some 200 delegates from 36 different countries, will last until Sunday. Addressing the gathering, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said that discussions at the meeting would help to brighten the future for all Turks. Stressing that the Turkish government would continue to back such activities to boost cooperation in the Turkic world, Gul pointed to the importance of improving democracy in Turkic language-speaking countries. Furthermore, speaking at the meeting, Great Union Party (BBP) leader Muhsin Yazicioglu called on all Turks throughout the world to cooperate to help counter negative international developments. /Turkiye/

    [04] CICEK: “THERE WAS NO NEGLIGENCE IN ARPALI’S DEATH”

    Justice Minister and government spokesman Cemil Cicek yesterday commented on Sunday’s prison suicide of Van Yuzuncu Yil University Deputy Secretary General Enver Arpali, saying that there was no negligence involved. “If a person is determined to commit suicide, then you can’t stop them,” said Cicek, adding that it had never been indicated to him that Arpali was depressed or at risk for suicide. /Milliyet/

    [05] ARPALI LAID TO REST, RECTOR ASKIN RECEIVING TREATMENT

    Van Yuzuncu Yil University (YYU) Deputy Secretary-General Enver Arpali, who committed suicide on Sunday in jail, was laid to rest yesterday. Hasan Koprulu, Arpali’s lawyer, told reporters that his client had been depressed due to the lengthy legal process. Commenting on the death, Board of Higher Education (YOK) Chairman Erdogan Tezic said yesterday that they wanted measures to be taken to prevent any further similar tragedies. He also called on authorities to resolve the case as soon as possible. In related news, YYU Rector Yucel Askin, who was taken to hospital late on Sunday after Arpali’s suicide, is still receiving treatment due to chest pains. Both Arpali and Askin were imprisoned for corruption allegations in an official tender valued at $25 million. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] TRNC CELEBRATES 22ND ANNIVERSARY

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat said yesterday that his government was ready to resume talks with Greek Cypriots under the auspices of the United Nations in order to find a settlement to the Cyprus issue. Speaking to reporters at a press conference held as part of the celebrations for the TRNC’s 22nd anniversary, Talat reiterated that Turkish Cypriots wanted a just and lasting resolution to the longstanding dispute on the island. Describing the April 2004 referendum as a turning point, the president said that it had proved to the world that it was not the Turkish side which is opposed to a settlement. Asked whether Turkey should open its ports and airports to Greek Cypriot ships and planes, Talat said he had no objection to such a development, but added that the international isolation of the TRNC should be lifted at the same time. /Turkiye/

    [07] STATE MINISTER ATALAY: “AN IMPORTANT POWER LIKE THE PRESS CANNOT BE LEFT WITHOUT RULES AND PRINCIPLES”

    State Minister Besir Atalay yesterday said that the sphere of activity of the press had acquired a universal dimension and added, “Today, all the rules applying to other economic activities also hold for the press. An important power like this can not be left to an atmosphere bereft of rules.” Atalay made the opening speech of the “Seminar on Rights and Responsibilities of Journalists” co-organized by the Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information and the Council of Europe, and said, “Today, where global communication has expanded, structuring the rights and responsibilities of journalists and reaching a balance between these rights and responsibilities are challenges faced by all democratic countries.” /Turkiye/

    [08] AGAR CRITICIZES GOVT ON INCIDENTS IN SEMDINLI, ARPALI SUICIDE AND RISE IN PURSE-SNATCHING

    Opposition True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar yesterday criticized the government, saying that poverty had risen during its three years in power. Touching on last week’s bombing and subsequent incidents in Semdinli, a town in the southeastern Hakkari province, as well as Van Yuzuncu Yil University Deputy Secretary General Enver Arpali’s prison suicide and a recent rise in purse-snatchings, Agar said that government officials had failed to take satisfactory stances on these issues. “A citizen in Istanbul was killed over the weekend by purse-snatchers,” he said. “I’m asking the government how many people will be killed before these criminals are cleared from our streets.” He added, “There is no political authority in the country which is engaged with the problems of the nation.” /Star/

    [09] ZEKI SEZER ISSUES MESSAGE MARKING 22TH ANNIVERSARY OF TRNC

    Democratic Leftist Party (DSP) leader Zeki Sezer yesterday issued a message marking the 22th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) stating that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government should understand that the Turkish nation wouldn’t accept the abandonment of the national cause of Cyprus. Sezer added that the Additional Protocol which would enable Greek Cypriots to be the only representative of the island shouldn’t be passed by Parliament. /Star/

    [10] EU COMMISSION: “THE PKK IS AN OBSTACLE TO DEVELOPMENT”

    Jean-Christophe Filori, a member of the Cabinet of the Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn, responsible for Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots, yesterday indicated that the terrorist PKK is an obstacle to Turkey’s development. Speaking at the conference on “Strategic Factors in Turkey’s EU Initiative” held by the European Policy Centre (EPC), Filori said, “If the terrorist PKK’s attacks continue, improvement in the region will remain out of reach. The progress report released by the EU Commission last week states that situation in the southeastern region is getting worse, and Ankara was criticized because cultural rights in the region couldn’t be guaranteed.” He added, “Also, the terrorist PKK’s attacks are key factors for the southeast being an underdeveloped region.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] OGER TAKES OVER TURK TELEKOM IN LARGEST DEAL

    The group of companies buying a majority stake in fixed-line telecom operator Turk Telekom signed a deal yesterday for the transfer of the shares, finalizing Turkey’s biggest privatization. A group led by Saudi Oger Telecom and including Telecom Italia won the tender for a 55% stake in the company in July with a bid of $6.55 billion. Saudi Oger Senior Vice President Mohammed Hariri, Turkish Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan and Turk Telekom General Manager Mehmet Ekinalan signed the deal in Ankara. “We don’t see this success as a mere acquisition but rather a long-term investment, not only in the future of Turk Telekom but also in Turkey,” said Hariri. /Milliyet/

    [12] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [13] WHAT WILL CHANGE WITH MERKEL? BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen comments on the new coalition government in Germany and Turkey’s relations with the European Union. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “The program of the grand coalition established nearly two months after the German elections interests us for two reasons: the first concerns the stance of the new government, led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, towards Turkey in the future, and the second concerns the way the program’s economic and social dimensions will influence the lives of 2.7 million Turks living in Germany. The coalition agreement created certain worries on both of these issues. It’s not hard to guess that the situation in these two areas will be different than the situation during Gerhard Schroeder’s chancellorship, and both Ankara and Turks in Germany will have certain problems. There’s an ominous expression in part of the coalition protocol dealing with Turkish-European Union relations, namely the term ‘privileged relationship.’ The term which had been used insistently by Merkel was ‘privileged partnership.’ At first glance, there seems to be no difference between relationships and partnership, but there’s still a special status. However, the part including this term emphasizes that if the EU is unable to accept new members or Turkey can’t fulfill its responsibilities for EU membership, then privileged relationship will be considered. If everything goes well during our membership talks, the membership goal won’t change. However, if a problem occurs either on the side of Turkey or the EU, a special status will be proposed.

    However, for the first time a government program in Germany says that a different status could be envisaged for Turkey within the EU. This contradicts Berlin’s official policy up to now, but then Schroeder was in power. Actually, the inclusion of the term ‘special relationship’ doesn’t mean that the Merkel government will create obstacles during our membership talks. However, we shouldn’t expect the former active support from this government. As Professor Faruk Sen, director of the Essen-based Turkish Research Center (TAM), said, ‘Now there is no chancellor to defend Turkey. Although Berlin’s policy hasn’t changed much fundamentally, Schroeder’s personal support and closeness won’t be felt.’ Sen is pessimistic on how the economic and social program of the grand coalition will influence opinions in Germany. Turks there already have certain serious problems and there are concerns that measures which the Merkel government envisages will increase these problems more. Under the new government program, value-added tax will be raised to 19%, new tax arrangements will be made, pensions will be frozen and the retirement age will be increased to 67. Certain German observers predict that this coalition will be neither successful nor lasting.”

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