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Turkish Press Review, 05-11-25

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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

25.11.2005

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER ADDRESSES OIC COMMITTEE, CALLS FOR CONCRETE STEPS TO END TRNC’S ISOLATION
  • [02] ERDOGAN RECEIVES TEACHERS FROM 81 PROVINCES ON TEACHERS’ DAY, STRESSES GOVT PRIORITY ON EDUCATIONAL REFORMS
  • [03] GUL TO ATTEND OIC MEETING NEXT MONTH
  • [04] AKSU MEETS WITH NEW HAKKARI GOVERNOR
  • [05] CHIEF OF STAFF OZKOK DENIES POLITICAL AMBITIONS
  • [06] TERROR SUMMIT TO BE HELD IN ANKARA
  • [07] ANKARA HOSTS ARMENIAN SYMPOSIUM
  • [08] BILL ON MORTGAGES SENT TO PARLIAMENT
  • [09] TUZMEN VISITS ROMANIA
  • [10] TURKISH-ITALIAN FORUM BEGINS
  • [11] IN LONDON, BABACAN SAYS BOTH EUROPE AND MIDEAST WILL BENEFIT FROM TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP
  • [12] PICASSO EXHIBIT BEGINS IN ISTANBUL
  • [13] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [14] DEC. 15 ELECTIONS TO DETERMINE NORTHERN IRAQ VISION BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

  • [01] SEZER ADDRESSES OIC COMMITTEE, CALLS FOR CONCRETE STEPS TO END TRNC’S ISOLATION

    Speaking at the Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC) Economic and Commercial Cooperation Permanent Committee yesterday in Istanbul, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said that concrete steps should be taken in order to end the isolation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Touching on Iraq, Sezer said that Turkey shared the concerns of the Iraqi nation, adding that Ankara was expecting a government to be founded in the country as soon as possible which would ensure its unity, bolster the rule of law, and be in line with both its nation and the international community. Sezer further stated that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict should be solved under the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, adding that negotiations should begin between the two sides under the roadmap for peace. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] ERDOGAN RECEIVES TEACHERS FROM 81 PROVINCES ON TEACHERS’ DAY, STRESSES GOVT PRIORITY ON EDUCATIONAL REFORMS

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan along with Education Minister Huseyin Celik yesterday received teachers coming from Turkey’s 81 provinces in observance of Teachers’ Day. Addressing the gathering, Erdogan said that it was the government’s priority to ensure a modern working atmosphere and enact educational reforms. The premier stated that he considered it a priority to raise the quality of education, adding that the government had increased education’s share of the budget towards this end. “This means a change in mentality which is a first in the history of the Turkish Republic, ” said Erdogan. He further briefed the teachers about the government’s efforts to help education such as providing laptop computers and housing for teachers. /Star/

    [03] GUL TO ATTEND OIC MEETING NEXT MONTH

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is due to attend the meeting of the Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC) set to be held on Dec. 7-8 in Mecca, South Arabia. Due to his Australia and New Zealand visits, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not able to attend the meeting. /Milliyet/

    [04] AKSU MEETS WITH NEW HAKKARI GOVERNOR

    Newly appointed Hakkari Governor Ayhan Nasuhbeyoglu yesterday met with Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu at Parliament. During their meeting, Nasuhbeyoglu said that his mission was a difficult and critical one. “I know the region’s problems and how to solve them,” he said. For his part, Aksu said that he believed that the region would benefit from Nasuhbeyoglu’s experience in fighting terrorism. In related news, the newly appointed governor of Tokat said that his appointment was belated. /Sabah/

    [05] CHIEF OF STAFF OZKOK DENIES POLITICAL AMBITIONS

    Rumors about Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok seeking an extension of his term are not true and he has no intention of running for president in 2007, said a statement issued by his office yesterday. The statement said Ozkok was not considering taking a political post after retirement, adding that false rumors concerning him damaged the entire military. Gen. Ozkok’s term in office is set to end next August. /Turkish Daily News/

    [06] TERROR SUMMIT TO BE HELD IN ANKARA

    A meeting to discuss recent terrorist incidents will be held at the Prime Ministry today. The gathering chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to focus on the incidents in Semdinli and also social and economic measures to be taken to counter terrorism. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, Justice Minister Cemil Cicek, Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu and Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul as well as bureaucrats and force commanders are all set to attend the meeting. /Sabah/

    [07] ANKARA HOSTS ARMENIAN SYMPOSIUM

    Historical events should be comprehensively investigated with the research findings shared with the international community, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday told a symposium at Ankara’s Gazi University on Turkish- Armenian relations and events in 1915. In a message sent to the meeting, Gul stressed that Turkey had opened up its own archives to researchers in the interests of clarifying history, adding that the results of such research should help to dispel prejudices and forge better relations between countries and peoples. He added that Armenians had lived in harmony with Turkish people on this land for nearly 1,000 years and had benefited from freedom of worship as well as economic freedom. /Turkiye/

    [08] BILL ON MORTGAGES SENT TO PARLIAMENT

    State Minister Abdullatif Sener said yesterday that a bill proposing the establishment of mortgage system had been signed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and sent to Parliament. “I expect the bill to pass the Planning and Budget Commission by the end of next month,” said Sener. He added that the system would enable people to buy houses using long-term banking credit. /Sabah/

    [09] TUZMEN VISITS ROMANIA

    State Minister Kursad Tuzmen accompanied by a delegation of some 100 businessmen yesterday attended a Romanian-Turkish Business Forum in the country’s capitol Bucharest. Addressing the gathering, Tuzmen said that Ankara wanted to boost bilateral trade relations with Romania, adding that Turkish investment in Romania was $500 million and some 15,000 Turkish businessmen were in the country. Also speaking at the meeting, Romanian Economy and Trade Minister Ioan Codrut Seres stated that they aimed for $10 billion in trade with Turkey within three years. He also called on Turkish businessmen to invest in energy and defense, and to take part in privatization projects. /Turkiye/

    [10] TURKISH-ITALIAN FORUM BEGINS

    Addressing the Turkish-Italian Forum which began yesterday, Trade Minister Ali Coskun called on Italian businessmen to put their money in Turkey and told them the advantages of investing in the country. Coskun stated that industries of the two countries complemented each other and added that Turkey welcomed foreign investments. Also addressing the gathering, Italian Trade Minister Claudio Scajola said that Italy sees Turkey like a European Union member, reiterating their support for Turkey’s EU bid. Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD) Chairman Omer Sabanci also said that Turkey is situated at a strategic point between Europe and Asia and that it has a large domestic market with high growth potential. /Milliyet/

    [11] IN LONDON, BABACAN SAYS BOTH EUROPE AND MIDEAST WILL BENEFIT FROM TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP

    Speaking at a meeting in London on Turkey’s capital markets and its European Union membership bid, State Minister for the Economy Ali Babacan said yesterday that both Europe and the Middle East would benefit from Turkey’s EU membership, adding that its membership would be a peace project of the 21st century. “We’ll prove that a secular, democratic country can adopt international values,” said Babacan. “In the future people will see Turkey’s EU membership as a critical turning point of the Union.” Babacan stressed that a modern Turkey would be an example for other countries of the region and added, “Turkey’s EU membership will change the Eastern and Muslim worlds.” /Aksam/

    [12] PICASSO EXHIBIT BEGINS IN ISTANBUL

    A landmark exhibition of Picasso’s works opened yesterday at the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul with the attendance of Sabanci Group head Guler Sabanci and many other distinguished figures, as well as Picasso’s grandchild Bernard Ruiz-Picasso. A total of 135 works of the master artist including works of bronze and ceramics will be on display for four months. /Hurriyet/

    [13] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [14] DEC. 15 ELECTIONS TO DETERMINE NORTHERN IRAQ VISION BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Ferai Tinc comments on Turkey’s vision for northern Iraq. A summary of her column is as follows:

    “A meeting of a National Intelligence Agency (MIT) undersecretary with Salahaddin Barzani at the end of last month led some people to say that Turkey has changed its policy on northern Iraq. Is there really a change? I asked Prime Ministry foreign policy advisor Ahmet Davutoglu this question yesterday, and here’s what he said: ‘We made an arrangement when [Kurdish leader] Jalal Talabani was elected president. We said we were glad about the elections.’ For Davutoglu, the problems on our borders, including the problems suffered by Kurds in northern Iraq and this region, can be solved by cross-border mutual economic relations. Davutoglu explained this approach as follows: ‘Germany’s political power had a great impact on the collapse of the Eastern bloc. The German mark could do what tanks couldn’t.’ Denying that the meeting with Barzani started not with politicians, but with the MIT undersecretary, Davutoglu said that Turkey had close contacts with all the elements in Iraq, including Shiites. The ties between Iraqi Kurds and Turkey aren’t anything new. Iraqi Planning Minister Bahram Salih was in Ankara a month ago. He was given messages about Ankara’s stance. So, what was the MIT undersecretary trying to do? We learned that the undersecretary also discussed other problems, including the terrorist PKK, with Barzani during the meeting. The government is planning to strengthen its relations not only with northern Iraq, but also with northern Syria by creating a common commercial area. However, it has certain conditions. The critical threshold is the Iraqi elections to be held on Dec. 15. If these elections are conducted fairly and Sunnis gain the right of representation in parliament, steps towards ‘mutual dependence with cross-border economies’ can be taken. Turkey’s priority is ensuring stability in Iraq. Certain interpretations based on speculations about a possible Kurdish state are baseless.

    Another outcome of the meeting was that Syria will be foreign policy issue number one next year. Syria should send whoever is needed to Lebanon to be questioned before Dec. 15 about former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination. Damascus rejected this suggestion of the probe commission. Turkey is helping this process by taking into consideration the calls made by British Foreign Minister Jack Straw and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana to Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul in Bahrain. Davutoglu said, ‘We’re doing our best so the process isn’t blocked. We’re in constant contact with Damascus and the United Nations.’ Turkey is against imposing the punishment of a harsh, long-term embargo on Syria. Davutoglu thinks that Turkey’s words are being listened to closely in the Middle East. Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Manusher Mohammadi will visit Turkey next week, which is being seen as another development showing Turkey’s influence.”

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