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Turkish Press Review, 05-11-17

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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

17.11.2005

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN, BERLUSCONI AND PUTIN TO OFFICIALLY OPEN BLUE STREAM NATURAL GAS PIPELINE IN SAMSUN
  • [02] GUL MAKES UNEXPECTED VISIT TO SYRIA, URGES ASSAD ON INTL COOPERATION
  • [03] GOVT HOLDS SEMDINLI SECURITY SUMMIT
  • [04] FOREIGN MINISTRY: “OUR EXPECTATIONS OF DENMARK ARE PART OF INTL COOPERATION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM”
  • [05] SEMRA SEZER ADDRESSES THIRD EDUCATION CONVENTION IN ANTALYA
  • [06] CICEK: “FOUR YEARS AREN’T ENOUGH FOR A LEGAL EDUCATION”
  • [07] CHP’S KOC: “TURKEY WILL NOT BE AN AYATOLLAH STATE”
  • [08] DETAILED EU SCREENING BEGINS ON EDUCATION AND CULTURE CHAPTER
  • [09] HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH CRITICIZES ECHR RULING ON HEADSCARVES
  • [10] TRNC’S TALAT RECEIVES EU OFFICIALS
  • [11] US WARNS GERMANY NOT TO CHALLENGE TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP
  • [12] KORUTURK: “TURKEY EXPECTS MORE US ACTION AGAINST THE PKK”
  • [13] IMF’S BREDENKAMP WARNS OF HIGH CURRENT ACCOUNTS DEFICIT
  • [14] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [15] DAMASCUS SURPRISE BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN, BERLUSCONI AND PUTIN TO OFFICIALLY OPEN BLUE STREAM NATURAL GAS PIPELINE IN SAMSUN

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due today to make the official opening of the Blue Stream Natural Gas Pipeline in Samsun alongside Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The pipeline was one of Turkey’s most controversial projects. In related news, addressing Parliament’s Planning and Budget Commission yesterday, Energy Minister Hilmi Guler briefed deputies on the government’s energy policies. Guler stressed that in the past Turkey was faced with natural gas problem due to inappropriate agreements. In related news, Russian Energy Minister Viktor Hristenko said that Turkey could achieve its goal of being a bridge between the East and West by strengthening its cooperation with Russia. /Milliyet/

    [02] GUL MAKES UNEXPECTED VISIT TO SYRIA, URGES ASSAD ON INTL COOPERATION

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul unexpectedly flew to Syria yesterday. Gul met with Syrian President Bashar Assad at Damascus during his three-hour stay. After the visit, Gul told a press conference at Esenboga Airport that the report of a commission investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri had been accepted by the UN. Gul added, “The goal of my visit is full implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions. I believe that my visit was beneficial. I had a frank meeting with President Assad. We passed on our views, and I hope it will be helpful in solving the region’s problems.” According to diplomatic sources, Gul urged Assad to cooperate with the probe into the Hariri assassination and also asked him to make a persuasive gesture that Syria is cooperating fully with the UN. /Star/

    [03] GOVT HOLDS SEMDINLI SECURITY SUMMIT

    The incidents which began in Hakkari’s Semdinli district and then spread to Yuksekova were discussed at a security summit yesterday. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired the summit, and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu, Justice Minister Cemil Cicek, and Gendarmerie Commander Gen. Fevzi Turkeri, as well as related bureaucrats attended. In a statement afterwards, Prime Ministry spokesperson Akif Beki said that the prime minister had expressed once again his determination to capture the suspects in the bombing and clarify the incidents, and ordered the ministers and related security bureaucrats to follow the developments with close attention. /Star-Aksam/

    [04] FOREIGN MINISTRY: “OUR EXPECTATIONS OF DENMARK ARE PART OF INTL COOPERATION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM”

    In the wake of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan refusing to attend a press conference with his Danish counterpart Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday, Turkey yesterday again pressed Denmark to take action against a television station that it says is spreading propaganda for the terrorist PKK. A reporter from the station, Roj-TV, had been at the conference. Addressing reporters, Foreign Ministry spokesman Namik Tan said, “The action we expect Denmark to take is part of international cooperation in the fight against terrorism. We expect Denmark to clarify its position on the issue and to take necessary action.” /Sabah/

    [05] SEMRA SEZER ADDRESSES THIRD EDUCATION CONVENTION IN ANTALYA

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer’s wife Semra Sezer yesterday attended the Third Education Convention in Antalya, a meeting aimed at developing new strategies in education. Addressing the gathering, Sezer briefed the participants on the work of the Campaign to Support National Education which started in 2001. She stated that research both at home and abroad clearly showed that the Turkish educational system faces problems of quality. “There are still too many Turkish people who can’t go to school and exercise their right to get an education due to economic, social, and regional hurdles,” said Sezer. “The campaign will continue until everybody can read and write.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] CICEK: “FOUR YEARS AREN’T ENOUGH FOR A LEGAL EDUCATION”

    Stressing that justice is one of the basic functions of the state, Justice Minister Cemil Cicek said yesterday that justice could not be served by buying special services as in other areas of the state. Speaking at a ceremony opening Turkey’s Justice Academy and the new education year, Cicek said the current four-year education at law schools was not enough for a justice system to function properly. He added that the Justice Academy was expected to contribute to meeting the demands of the public to a certain extent. /Turkiye/

    [07] CHP’S KOC: “TURKEY WILL NOT BE AN AYATOLLAH STATE”

    Turkey will not be an “Ayatollah state,” said Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy group leader Haluk Koc yesterday, accusing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of trying to create a class of Muslim scholars and theologians in Turkey. Addressing a press conference in Parliament, Koc said that Erdogan’s efforts to “eviscerate” the Turkish Republic’s achievements should not be allowed in the democratic process. Claiming that Erdogan had suggested that a solution to the headscarf problem could be found by deferring to religious law, Koc characterized the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government as a “mindset that criticizes the European Court of Human Rights ruling” upholding Turkey’s headscarf restrictions. /The New Anatolian/

    [08] DETAILED EU SCREENING BEGINS ON EDUCATION AND CULTURE CHAPTER

    Detailed screening of the education and culture chapter under Turkey’s European Union membership negotiations began yesterday in Brussels. As it was a detailed screening, only the Turkish delegation and related units of the EU Commission attended the meeting. At the meeting, the commission was told about Turkey’s legal adjustments to education and culture as well as practical implementation. A similar meeting was held at the beginning of the week on science and research. After this stage, the commission will prepare its reports on both the science and research and the education and culture chapters and is expected to submit them to EU member states on Dec. 19. The probability of starting negotiations on these two chapters in January seems high. /Milliyet/

    [09] HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH CRITICIZES ECHR RULING ON HEADSCARVES

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) yesterday criticized the European Court of Human Rights’ recent ruling upholding the headscarf ban in Turkey. A statement released by the New York-based group claimed that Turkey’s ban on headscarves clearly infringes the right to religious practice and expression. “The European court has let down thousands of women who will be prevented from studying in Turkey’s universities,” it said. /Sabah/

    [10] TRNC’S TALAT RECEIVES EU OFFICIALS

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat yesterday received a European Union delegation including EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn’s Special Cyprus Envoy Jaako Bloomberg, EU Commission Director General for Enlargement Timo Suma and Cyprus Turkish Society Test Force Chairman Leopold Maurer. No statement was made after the meeting. /Turkiye/

    [11] US WARNS GERMANY NOT TO CHALLENGE TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP

    The US yesterday warned Germany’s Chancellor-designate Angela Merkel regarding her opposition to Turkey’s full European Union membership. US Deputy Secretary of State Dan Fried said that it was meaningless to discuss a “privileged relationship” for Turkey after its accession talks had already begun. Speaking at a gathering in Germany, Fried said that the US would continue to back the process of Turkey’s membership. Stressing that the process might last for years, the top US diplomat stated that he believed Turkey would continue its democratic and economic reforms. /Turkiye/

    [12] KORUTURK: “TURKEY EXPECTS MORE US ACTION AGAINST THE PKK”

    On the last day of his tenure as Turkey’s special envoy to Iraq, Ambassador Osman Koruturk said yesterday that Ankara has not been pleased with Washington’s stance regarding the fight against the terrorist PKK in Iraq. Stressing that Turkey expected more action from the US on this issue than from Iraq, the senior diplomat underlined the major risk for Iraq’s future as the disintegration of the country, reflecting Ankara’s firm stance favoring Iraq’s territorial integrity and unity. /Turkish Daily News/

    [13] IMF’S BREDENKAMP WARNS OF HIGH CURRENT ACCOUNTS DEFICIT

    International Monetary Fund Turkey Director Hugh Bredenkamp yesterday warned of Turkey’s high current accounts deficit, which he said was a result of interest of foreign investors, adding that this situation should be followed closely. “Measures should be taken immediately if this deficit increases further,” said Bredenkamp. He stressed that Turkey’s economy was much sounder than in the past, adding however, that there were still some risks. “Turkey’s public debt is higher than those of EU member states and other EU candidates,” he said. “Another risk is the current accounts deficit, which is higher than expectations. This may not come down next year.” Bredenkamp stated that Turkish officials were serious in the implementation of tight fiscal policy and increasing the foreign exchange reserves of the Central Bank. /Milliyet/

    [14] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [15] DAMASCUS SURPRISE BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen comments on Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul’s visit to Damascus and the Roj-TV crisis in Denmark. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul’s surprise visit to Damascus promoted a Turkish diplomatic initiative that will receive appreciation on the international stage, if successful. The aim of this initiative is to alleviate the international crisis and tension over former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination and prevent it from growing and spreading. The United Nations Security Council decided that its probe into the assassination would be completed by Dec. 15, but Damascus doesn’t want some Syrian officials in Lebanon to be questioned. Thus there’s a deadlock on the issue. It’s understood that Egypt, Saudi Arabia and even Russia want to play a role to resolve this dispute. Gul’s quick visit to Damascus shows that Turkey moved on this matter. Actually Turkey is the most influential country which can provide consensus on this issue. Likewise, efforts made by Turkish diplomats with Damascus, Washington and European Union circles show a general support and confidence. As I mentioned recently, the policy followed by Turkey concerning Syria puts Ankar in the right internationally. The aim of the initiative is to encourage the Bashar Assad administration to cooperate with the international community and encourage the West to avoid demands which might destabilize Syria. It would be beneficial for all parties and Turkey to take this message seriously.

    The Roj-TV crisis between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen put the issue of the relation between terrorism and freedom of expression into the spotlight again. Turkey considers stopping any activity supporting terrorists directly or indirectly to be obligatory. According to Turkey, media broadcasts supporting and encouraging terrorism shouldn’t be considered just as part of freedom of expression, and friendly countries in particular should show this solidarity. The stance of Denmark, which puts great importance on freedom of expression, is very different. As Denmark hasn’t faced a serious threat of terrorism up to now, it never found it necessary to take any restrictive measures. However, I think Britain and France, which find freedom of expression as important as Denmark, were obliged to take certain measures restricting rights and freedoms. The same can be said of Spain and Italy as well. Terrorism isn’t only composed of attacks and acts of violence carried out by militants through various methods. These organizations are also strengthened through financial resources, logistical support and propaganda. We hope the public authority investigating the Roj- TV incident in Denmark will reevaluate the demand, which has been reiterated by Ankara since February 2004, realistically this time.”

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