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Turkish Press Review, 05-11-24

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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

24.11.2005

NOV. 24 TEACHERS’ DAY TO BE CELEBRATED TODAY ERDOGAN MEETS WITH ITALIAN BUSINESSMEN, SEEKS THEIR SUPPORT FOR GAP PROJECT GUL MEETS WITH TURKEY-EU JOINT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS ISTANBUL HOSTS TURKISH-AFRICAN CONGRESS PARLIAMENT COMMISSION TO PROBE INCIDENTS IN HAKKARI CICEK RESPONDS TO REHN’S CRITICISMS OVER FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION REHN: “TURKEY’S PARLIAMENT SHOULD APPROVE ADDITIONAL CYPRUS PROTOCOL AND OPEN ITS AIRPORTS AND HARBORS TO GREEK CYPRUS” MERKEL: “CLOSE STRATEGIC TIES WITH TURKEY ARE IMPORTANT FOR THE EU” HAKKARI, TOKAT GOVERNORS EXCHANGE POSTS BAHCELI PREDICTS EARLY ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR ARMENIAN PRESIDENT: “WE AREN’T AGAINST TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP” FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS 0ZKOK’S TERM IN OFFICE BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] NOV. 24 TEACHERS’ DAY TO BE CELEBRATED TODAY
  • [02] ERDOGAN MEETS WITH ITALIAN BUSINESSMEN, SEEKS THEIR SUPPORT FOR GAP PROJECT
  • [03] GUL MEETS WITH TURKEY-EU JOINT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS
  • [04] ISTANBUL HOSTS TURKISH-AFRICAN CONGRESS
  • [05] PARLIAMENT COMMISSION TO PROBE INCIDENTS IN HAKKARI
  • [06] CICEK RESPONDS TO REHN’S CRITICISMS OVER FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
  • [07] REHN: “TURKEY’S PARLIAMENT SHOULD APPROVE ADDITIONAL CYPRUS PROTOCOL AND OPEN ITS AIRPORTS AND HARBORS TO GREEK CYPRUS”
  • [08] MERKEL: “CLOSE STRATEGIC TIES WITH TURKEY ARE IMPORTANT FOR THE EU”
  • [09] HAKKARI, TOKAT GOVERNORS EXCHANGE POSTS
  • [10] BAHCELI PREDICTS EARLY ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR
  • [11] ARMENIAN PRESIDENT: “WE AREN’T AGAINST TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP”
  • [12] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [13] 0ZKOK’S TERM IN OFFICE BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)

  • [01] NOV. 24 TEACHERS’ DAY TO BE CELEBRATED TODAY

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer yesterday issued a message marking Teachers’ Day. Sezer said that teachers had undertaken an important role to train youth to adopt the principles of the Republic of Turkey and that they sacrificed themselves for this cause. Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and leaders of the other political parties also issues messages. In his message, Erdogan said that it was the government’s priority to raise the standard of living of teachers. /Turkiye/

    [02] ERDOGAN MEETS WITH ITALIAN BUSINESSMEN, SEEKS THEIR SUPPORT FOR GAP PROJECT

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday met with Italian businessmen accompanying Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who is paying an official visit to Turkey. Addressing the gathering, Erdogan said that he hoped for Italian businessmen’s support for Turkey’s Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP), adding that the project was among the world’s nine largest and is already 50% completed. “If we can get a significant injection of resources, then the project could be finished in a short time,” said Erdogan. The premier reiterated that now that Turkey has begun its European Union accession talks, retreat was out of question. Erdogan stated that in 1988 there were only 17 Italian companies operating in Turkey, but today that number has ballooned to 355. “Over 100 of these companies came to Turkey during our government’s term in office,” said Erdogan. Also addressing the gathering, Italian Industry, Energy and Trade Minister Claudio Scajola said that Italy as a whole and all of Italy’s political leaders would stand by Turkey in its EU process. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] GUL MEETS WITH TURKEY-EU JOINT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday met with Turkish members of the Turkey-European Union Joint Advisory Committee in advance of the commission’s meeting, set to be held in Brussels next Monday. Addressing the gathering, Gul said that in years past the EU didn’t consider Turkey a country with a free market, adding, however, that the latest EU progress report had belatedly reversed this stance. “This finding of the EU is meaningful,” added Gul. For their part, the members of the committee expressed support for the government’s EU reforms. /Aksam/

    [04] ISTANBUL HOSTS TURKISH-AFRICAN CONGRESS

    The First International Turkish-African Congress started yesterday in Istanbul. Speaking at the gathering’s opening, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said that the Turkish and African peoples had deeply rooted ties, both culturally and politically, going back to the Ottoman era. Stressing that the Turkish government wanted to develop both cultural and economic relations with African countries, Gul recalled that Turkey has declared 2005 the “Year of Africa.” Pointing to the importance of African Union Commission Chairman Alpha Oumar Konare’s current visit to Turkey, Gul said that it was the first visit at that level since the commission was established in 1963. Also addressing the meeting, Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu called on OIC member countries to forge closer ties with African countries. /Turkiye/

    [05] PARLIAMENT COMMISSION TO PROBE INCIDENTS IN HAKKARI

    Motions submitted by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) regarding the recent incidents in Hakkari’s towns of Semdinli and Yuksekova were taken up by Parliament yesterday. Addressing the General Assembly, Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu stated that the government was resolved to determine what had happened. A later vote said that an investigative commission of 12 members will be established, with a mandate lasting for three months. /Star/

    [06] CICEK RESPONDS TO REHN’S CRITICISMS OVER FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

    Speaking following yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, Justice Minister and government spokesman Cemil Cicek responded to European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn’s charges that Turkey is violating freedom of expression, saying that there was no need to make too much of the issue since Ankara’s EU accession talks began only three months ago. Also expressing support for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent remarks about upper identity, Cicek stated that Erdogan’s statements were clear and that there was no difficulty in understanding them. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] REHN: “TURKEY’S PARLIAMENT SHOULD APPROVE ADDITIONAL CYPRUS PROTOCOL AND OPEN ITS AIRPORTS AND HARBORS TO GREEK CYPRUS”

    Speaking at a meeting yesterday held by the Turkey-European Union Joint Parliamentary Commission, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn called for Ankara to fulfill its obligations in order to join the EU. Rehn said that the Turkish Parliament should approve the additional Cyprus protocol and open its airports and harbors to Greek Cyprus, adding that if Parliament doesn’t approve the protocol, then its negotiation chapters on the Customs Union wouldn’t start. “The party’s over and eight weeks have passed since the beginning of Ankara’s EU talks,” he said. “Now it’s time for work.” Rehn stated that if Turkey’s reforms were to slow down, then the entire accession talks process would be affected by this. “Now the ball’s in your court and I’m sure that you’ll play the game wisely,” he added. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] MERKEL: “CLOSE STRATEGIC TIES WITH TURKEY ARE IMPORTANT FOR THE EU”

    On her first official visit in her new post, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with French President Jacques Chirac to discuss a number of issues, including bilateral relations and Turkey’s European Union membership bid. Merkel predicted that Turkey’s membership aspirations would be “a long process,” adding that she had told this to Turkish officials. Merkel said that close strategic ties with Turkey are important for Europe. “Turkey’s close strategic connection to the EU is important,” she said following her meeting with Chirac. /Aksam/

    [09] HAKKARI, TOKAT GOVERNORS EXCHANGE POSTS

    Hakkari Governor Erdogan Gurbuz and Tokat Governor Ayhan Nasuhbeyoglu were switched to each other’s posts yesterday. Certain groups have criticized Gurbuz, who is taking over the Tokat governorship, for his stance following the recent bombing incident in Semdinli, and some locals have called for his resignation. /Star/

    [10] BAHCELI PREDICTS EARLY ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR

    Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli yesterday declared 2006 the year of early elections. Speaking to reporters before his party’s Central Executive Board meeting, Bahceli said that the dynamics of elections had been set into motion and no one had the power to stop this. /Turkiye/

    [11] ARMENIAN PRESIDENT: “WE AREN’T AGAINST TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP”

    Speaking at a press conference during a visit to Slovenia, Armenian President Robert Kocaryan said that his country was not against Turkey’s European Union membership, adding that he opposed preconditions for Turkey different for those other countries. He stated that when Turkey becomes an EU member, Armenia would get the opportunity to be a border country to the EU. Previously, Armenian officials had insisted on Turkey’s recognition of the so-called Armenian genocide allegations before it could join the Union. /Hurriyet/

    [12] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

    [13] 0ZKOK’S TERM IN OFFICE BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Derya Sazak comments on Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok’s term in office and the incidents in Semdinli, Yuksekova and Hakkari. A summary of his columnn is as follows:

    “We see surprisingly that the debates following both the recent incidents in Semdinli and prior to our rejection of the deployment of US soldiers for the invasion of Iraq back in March 2003 are very similar to each other. When the US was preparing to invade Iraq, the civilian and military wing at the institutions responsible for Turkey’s national security, including the National Security Council (NSC), were far from having a common policy. In other words, it was difficult to understand who wanted what in the coming war. There were serious disagreements, even a lack of confidence, among the staff about the crisis. The promises which were given in Washington caused the focus outside Parliament to be cautious but this stance was creating concerns among the domestic and foreign public about what Ankara really wanted. Although the memorandum of understanding was put together after weeks of negotiations, the Land Forces commander said, ‘We’re disturbed’ just 48 hours before the vote, causing great consternation. The government didn’t accept the deployment and Turkey stood outside the war. For me, this was fortunate, because the way to start membership talks with the European Union was opened. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) was saved from being included in a civil war and also from looking like an army of occupation. If the resolution hadn’t been rejected, the process of northern Iraq might have been very different, because the desires of the civilian and military authority weren’t clear yet. Historians of the future will have a better chance to explore the meaning of March 2003.

    As for today, the bombing incidents in Semdinli and the difference of opinion between the civilian and military authority about the region have been reflected on the course of investigations and the F-16s flying over a funeral ceremony in Yuksekova. Certain circles want to take discussions on the ‘Kurdish issue’ away from its democratic essence and make them ‘ethno-nationalist’ through using violence. While there’s the need for a policy to avoid this, some people are dealing with unreasonable issues. Is this the time to discuss Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok’s term in office? Extending Ozkok’s term would cause Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, next in line to be chief, to be retired. In addition, some people are talking about Ozkok becoming president. Gen. Ozkok is being forced to make a statement. It seems Turkey will start next year in a troubled way.”

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