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Turkish Press Review, 05-11-30

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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

30.11.2005

ERDOGAN ANNOUNCES NEW TAX CUTS CICEK: “EU MEMBERSHIP IS TURKEY’S BASIC AND INDISPENSABLE POLICY” CHIEF NEGOTIATOR BABACAN: “IT‘S NORMAL FOR SOME REFORMS TO TAKE TIME” CHP LEADER BAYKAL: “THERE’S ONLY A SINGLE NATION IN OUR REPUBLIC, NAMELY THE TURKISH NATION” TRNC FM: “WE COULD PURSUE THE TAIWAN MODEL” NEW US AMBASSADOR SET TO ARRIVE ON SATURDAY GREEK CYPRIOTS COMPLAIN ABOUT TRNC TO UN TURKISH-GREEK EXPLORATORY TALKS ON AEGEAN TO RESUME ECONOMY COULD BE PROBLEM IN EU TALKS, WARNS TOBB CHAIRMAN WB’S VORKINK PRAISES TAX CUTS, PREDICTS TURKEY WILL ATTRACT MORE FOREIGN CAPITAL FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... “GONGOS” COMING BY MUHARREM SARIKAYA (SABAH)

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN ANNOUNCES NEW TAX CUTS
  • [02] CICEK: “EU MEMBERSHIP IS TURKEY’S BASIC AND INDISPENSABLE POLICY”
  • [03] CHIEF NEGOTIATOR BABACAN: “IT‘S NORMAL FOR SOME REFORMS TO TAKE TIME”
  • [04] CHP LEADER BAYKAL: “THERE’S ONLY A SINGLE NATION IN OUR REPUBLIC, NAMELY THE TURKISH NATION”
  • [05] TRNC FM: “WE COULD PURSUE THE TAIWAN MODEL”
  • [06] NEW US AMBASSADOR SET TO ARRIVE ON SATURDAY
  • [07] GREEK CYPRIOTS COMPLAIN ABOUT TRNC TO UN
  • [08] TURKISH-GREEK EXPLORATORY TALKS ON AEGEAN TO RESUME
  • [09] ECONOMY COULD BE PROBLEM IN EU TALKS, WARNS TOBB CHAIRMAN
  • [10] WB’S VORKINK PRAISES TAX CUTS, PREDICTS TURKEY WILL ATTRACT MORE FOREIGN CAPITAL
  • [11] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [12] “GONGOS” COMING BY MUHARREM SARIKAYA (SABAH)

  • [01] ERDOGAN ANNOUNCES NEW TAX CUTS

    Speaking at his party’s group meeting yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hailed recent economic developments and announced new tax cuts. Erdogan stated that next year corporate tax would be cut from 30% to 20% and that the number of income tax brackets would be reduced to four from five. “The tax rate for the first bracket is 15%, 20% for the second, 27% for the third, and 35% for the fourth, the latter down from 40%,” said Erdogan. “We want to simplify our tax system.” The premier stated that he wanted to reduce value-added tax (VAT) for both textiles and ready-to-wear clothing, adding that businessmen who continue to employ unregistered workers would be punished. “Everybody should be aware of their responsibility,” he said. Erdogan said that reducing inflation to single digits was an historic success of the government. Erdogan further dismissed criticisms of his upcoming trips to Australia and New Zealand, saying that they would be working visits not sightseeing tours. Turkiye_

    [02] CICEK: “EU MEMBERSHIP IS TURKEY’S BASIC AND INDISPENSABLE POLICY”

    Speaking after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, Justice Minister and government spokesman Cemil Cicek said that Turkey’s chief European Union talks negotiator Ali Babacan had briefed the Cabinet members on recent developments concerning Ankara’s EU membership bid, adding that EU membership was Turkey’s basic and indispensable policy. Cicek stressed that any government succeeding the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government should continue to do what is required for Turkey’s EU bid. /Milliyet/

    [03] CHIEF NEGOTIATOR BABACAN: “IT‘S NORMAL FOR SOME REFORMS TO TAKE TIME”

    An answer to EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn’s criticisms that Turkey has slowed down the pace of reforms since last year was given yesterday by Turkey’s chief European Union talks negotiator Ali Babacan. “We don’t have a timetable before us for the implementation of new legal arrangements,” said Babacan. “I don’t think it wise to immediately change newly enacted laws. We have to watch the implementation for a while. If any problems are encountered we can change the laws later on … No one should expect a modification in the short term.” Babacan also said that the reform process hadn’t slowed down, but that it was normal for some reforms to take time. /Star/

    [04] CHP LEADER BAYKAL: “THERE’S ONLY A SINGLE NATION IN OUR REPUBLIC, NAMELY THE TURKISH NATION”

    Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal yesterday weighed in again on the sub-identity_primary-identity debate. Speaking at a CHP parliamentary group meeting, Baykal said that legal identity and political identity are quite different concepts, and added, “Our legal political identity can’t erase our ethnic identities. Our state is the Turkish state. Our republic is the Turkish Republic. There’s only a single nation in our republic, and it’s called the Turkish nation.” Baykal then cited Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s words: “Those dwelling in Turkey established the Turkish state that is called the Turkish nation.” /Aksam/

    [05] TRNC FM: “WE COULD PURSUE THE TAIWAN MODEL”

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Foreign Minister Serdar Denktas said yesterday that if they fail to reach an agreement with Greek Cypriots on the Cyprus issue, then Turkish Cypriots would try to be accepted economically by the world without political recognition, a la Taiwan. “Our alternative is the Taiwan model,” said Denktas. “Political recognition could be belated, so we can fulfill the Taiwan model.” He added that no one should expect Turkish Cypriots to leave the island if the two sides fail to reach an agreement. /Milliyet/

    [06] NEW US AMBASSADOR SET TO ARRIVE ON SATURDAY

    New US Ambassador Ross Wilson to Turkey is coming to Ankara on Saturday to take up his duties. The appointment of Wilson, a former US ambassador to Azerbaijan, was approved on Nov. 18 by the US Senate. The head of mission’s post which was exited in July by Eric Edelman, now at the US Defense Department, has been filled in since then by Charge d’Affaires Nancy McEldowney. /Aksam/

    [07] GREEK CYPRIOTS COMPLAIN ABOUT TRNC TO UN

    Greek Cyprus’ support for opening the Lokmaci Gate, a third crossing point between the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Greek Cyprus, has been withdrawn, with Nicosia claiming that Turks are “planning to seize the buffer zone.” The Greek Cypriots also complained to the UN about Turkish Cypriots’ efforts to open the gate. Greek Cypriot administration spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said they had withdrawn support because Turkish soldiers were proceeding to “the far side of the 1974 armistice line.” /Star/

    [08] TURKISH-GREEK EXPLORATORY TALKS ON AEGEAN TO RESUME

    Turkish and Greek foreign ministry officials are due today to start the 32nd round of exploratory talks concerning the Aegean issues in Athens, the Foreign Ministry said in a written statement. Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ali Tuygan, who has been in Athens since yesterday, is to head the Turkish delegation, while Greek Foreign Ministry Director-General Anastasios Skopelitis will lead the Greek group. Ankara and Athens initiated exploratory talks regarding the continental shelf in 2002. /Turkish Daily News/

    [09] ECONOMY COULD BE PROBLEM IN EU TALKS, WARNS TOBB CHAIRMAN

    The biggest difficulty in Turkey’s accession talks with the European Union will be on economic issues, said Rifat Hisarciklioglu, the head of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB), yesterday. Hisarciklioglu, in Brussels for joint consultative talks with his European Union counterparts, held a bilateral meeting with Olli Rehn, the EU commissioner for enlargement. The biggest difficulties will be economic in nature, he told journalists after his meeting with Rehn. “Political questions can be overcome, as they carry no economic costs,” he said. The TOBB chairman underlined to Rehn Turkey’s potential as an economic regional power and asked for support from Rehn in that direction. /The New Anatolian/

    [10] WB’S VORKINK PRAISES TAX CUTS, PREDICTS TURKEY WILL ATTRACT MORE FOREIGN CAPITAL

    World Bank Turkey Director Andrew Vorkink yesterday hailed the government decision to cut corporate tax to 20%, adding that this reduction would boost interest in the Turkish economy compared to other countries in the Middle East and Europe. “Turkey will attract more foreign capital,” he said. Vorkink stressed that the cuts would reduce the operating costs of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which would then boost investment and employment. “A simplified tax system will also deter the unregistered economy,” he added. “This decision will make an important change for the Turkish business world and for the economy,” he added. /Milliyet/

    [11] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [12] “GONGOS” COMING BY MUHARREM SARIKAYA (SABAH)

    Columnist Muharrem Sarikaya comments on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) meeting in Brussels. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “There have been government-oriented non-governmental organizations (GONGO) for some time in Europe, but Turkey just recently encountered this concept. The term means organizations which say the things governments can’t say on behalf of governments and then implements them. Leaders of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB), Confederation of Revolutionary Labor Unions (DISK), Confederation of Turkish Trade Unions (Türk-Is), Trade Union Confederation (Hak-Is), and Turkish Public Workers Union (Kamu-Sen), which together constitute the Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) within the European Union, and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been holding contacts in Brussels for two days. However, now the atmosphere in Brussels following the JAC meeting is far from the mild atmosphere caused by the European Union Council on Oct. 3 [when Turkey’s EU negotiations started]. The EU closed the Cyprus file and opened the democracy file, which includes five issues, as EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn has listed before: southeastern Anatolia, freedom of expression and the press, family and rights of women, torture, and union rights. The EU believes that there are certain things happening in Turkey contrary to the reforms on these issues. The EU even emphasizes that as long as the defects on these issues aren’t tackled, the process of membership talks will be stalled. The basic concern in these warnings is that the government will start to apply strict measures against the recent terrorist attacks.

    When the EU is reminded that even EU members take strict measures against terrorism, the EU singles Turkey out. For example, Britain says that lengthening the period of custody without changes to 15 days is acceptable but that this can’t happen in Turkey. Britain also doesn’t consider economic development criteria, but instead says that Christian Democrats in the European Parliament place more importance on social and democratic rights. In spite of all this, JAC representatives have expressed their views calmly for two days. Finally, TOBB Chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu reiterated his view during his meeting with Rehn that not democracy, but the economy matters more. He told Rehn that if Turkey’s democracy improves, a great many problems would be solved. Hisarciklioglu then gave an example: When Italy’s president and the Pirelli company complained about high worker pay in Turkey and talked about moving the Pirelli factory to Egypt, Hisarciklioglu said that he would talk with the union chairman about the issue. When he called DISK Chairman Suleyman Celebi, he replied, ‘If wages are the problem, we’re ready to cut them so the factory stays in Turkey.’ Then Pirelli reversed its decision to move the factory to Egypt. This shows that NGOs in Turkey understand not only how to act together, but also the culture of consensus.”

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