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Turkish Press Review, 05-12-01

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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

01.12.2005

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN CALLS ON MAYORS NOT TO TOLERATE ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION
  • [02] SUPREME MILITARY COUNCIL TO MEET
  • [03] ERDOGAN TO VISIT AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND TO STRENGTHEN POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC TIES
  • [04] EU PARLIAMENT TO SEND OBSERVERS TO PAMUK’S TRIAL
  • [05] GREEK CYPRIOT RETURNS STOLEN TURKISH FLAG
  • [06] PAPADOPOULOS: “I BELIEVE ANNAN WILL START A NEW INITIATIVE BY SENDING HIS SPECIAL ENVOY TO THE ISLAND”
  • [07] GERMAN CHANCELLOR MERKEL: “TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP WON’T BE AUTOMATIC”
  • [08] IRANIAN FM MOTTAKI VISITS ANKARA
  • [09] TOP PROSECUTOR SEEKS WARNING FOR AKP
  • [10] DSP LEADER SEZER: “WE DESERVE CREDIT FOR ECONOMIC PROGRESS, NOT THE AKP”
  • [11] ANAVATAN LEADER MUMCU CRITICIZES PM
  • [12] YOK REJECTS NEW UNIVERSITIES IN 15 PROVINCES, GREENLIGHTING ONLY FOUR
  • [13] BABACAN PREDICTS TAX CUTS WILL IMPROVE INVESTMENT CLIMATE, WARNS BUSINESSMEN ON UNREGISTERED EMPLOYMENT
  • [14] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [15] BEING LARGE AS A PROBLEM BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN CALLS ON MAYORS NOT TO TOLERATE ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION

    Speaking at a ceremony in Duzce yesterday marking the opening of 558 mass housing units and the start of natural gas service to the city, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his government has been working hard rather than just delivering speeches. “The important thing is to completely carry through initiatives, not just begin them,” said Erdogan. Also addressing a gathering on earthquakes held by the Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay), the premier called on all mayors not to tolerate illegal construction, adding that if they did, earthquakes would inevitably result in disaster. Furthermore, Erdogan presented plaques to businessmen and representatives of institutions who donated aid to Pakistan’s quake victims. In related news, last evening Erdogan delivered his regular televised address to the nation. Commenting on recent incidents in Semdinli, Erdogan said all illegal activities which harm the nation’s peace and unity would be punished. /Turkiye/

    [02] SUPREME MILITARY COUNCIL TO MEET

    The Supreme Military Council (YAS) will gather today at the General Staff Headquarters’ Cakmak Hall for its regular December meeting. The council chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will take up the usual issues, namely the Turkish Armed Forces’ (TSK) planned activities related to its personnel, and educational and disciplinary issues. At noon council members will first visit Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, lay a wreath at his tomb and stand at attention. After the council’s decisions are approved by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, they will be declared by the General Staff’s general secretary. In attendance will be Erdogan, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, and the force commanders, generals and vice admirals of the TSK. Navy Commander Vice Adm. Muzaffer Metin Atac, War Academies Commander Gen. Aydogan Babaoglu, and Land Forces Staff Commander Gen. Ergin Saygun will attend the meeting for the first time. /Star/

    [03] ERDOGAN TO VISIT AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND TO STRENGTHEN POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC TIES

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due tomorrow to start nine days of official visits to Australia and New Zealand. During his trip, Erdogan is expected to discuss with the two countries’ officials ways to strengthen political and economic ties. In related news, Australia’s Ambassador to Ankara Jean Dunn said that Erdogan would be the first Turkish prime minister to visit his country, adding that though the two countries were enemies of the Ottoman Empire during Battle of Canakkale, they were now Turkey’s allies. Dunn said that during Erdogan’s visit a number of issues, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Cyprus, would be discussed. /Star/

    [04] EU PARLIAMENT TO SEND OBSERVERS TO PAMUK’S TRIAL

    The European Parliament said yesterday that it would send observers to this month’s trial of acclaimed Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, increasing pressure on Turkey to comply with European Union human rights standards. Pamuk is to go on trial on Dec. 16 for remarks on the deaths of Armenians of Anatolia at the beginning of the last century. The EU assembly said that it would send a five-member delegation to observe the proceedings and “verify if the implementation of the constitutional reforms is compatible with EU human rights standards.” /Turkish Daily News/

    [05] GREEK CYPRIOT RETURNS STOLEN TURKISH FLAG

    European Parliament Greek Cypriot Deputy Marios Matsakis yesterday returned a Turkish flag he recently stole from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). After receiving the flag in Brussels, website ABHaber Editor in Chief Vakur Kaya said that he would hand it over to TRNC officials as soon as possible. /Milliyet/

    [06] PAPADOPOULOS: “I BELIEVE ANNAN WILL START A NEW INITIATIVE BY SENDING HIS SPECIAL ENVOY TO THE ISLAND”

    Speaking at a meeting in Ireland yesterday, where he is paying an official visit, Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos said that he had many reasons to believe United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan would start a new initiative for resolution of the Cyprus issue by sending his special envoy to the island. However, Papadopoulos said that he didn’t know when the initiative would begin. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] GERMAN CHANCELLOR MERKEL: “TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP WON’T BE AUTOMATIC”

    New German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Turkey’s European Union membership negotiations which began on Oct. 3 didn’t mean it would automatically get full membership. Merkel made the remarks during her first speech to the German Parliament to determine the new coalition government’s foreign policy. “Any country hoping to join the EU must fulfill all the conditions without restrictions,” said the chancellor. “Turkey’s EU negotiations which began on Oct. 3 will continue in an ‘open-ended’ way. If Turkey fails to meet those conditions or the EU is not ready to admit it, Turkey must be bound as closely as possible to European structures in a way that further develops its privileged relationship to the EU. Agreements are binding. We will stick by these agreements and will carefully watch the negotiation process.” The German leader also pledged an “open an honest” dialogue with Islam but denounced forced marriages and so-called “honor” killings. /Hurriyet/

    [08] IRANIAN FM MOTTAKI VISITS ANKARA

    Manouchehr Mottaki, onetime ambassador to Turkey in 1986-89, yesterday paid his first official visit to Ankara in his new position as Iranian foreign minister. Mottaki met with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul and following their meeting, he expressed his willingness to strengthen bilateral relations with Turkey. Mottaki also said that the two big countries in the region share common concerns and interests in regional developments. Mottaki first met with Rifat Hisarciklioglu, the head of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB), after which he stressed that they had discussed the Tepe-Akfen initiative and Turkcell’s unfavorable experience in Iran, and gave promises of support to Turkish businessmen. Mottaki is scheduled today to meet with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc. /Star/

    [09] TOP PROSECUTOR SEEKS WARNING FOR AKP

    Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor Nuri Ok yesterday applied to the Constitutional Court asking for a warning for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) due to certain articles in its bylaws. Ok argued that eight of the AKP’s bylaws were anti-democratic and requested that they be amended. The Constitutional Court will decide on the matter and may issue a warning and order the AKP to amend its bylaws within six months. /Turkiye/

    [10] DSP LEADER SEZER: “WE DESERVE CREDIT FOR ECONOMIC PROGRESS, NOT THE AKP”

    In a statement yesterday, Democratic Left Party (DSP) leader Zeki Sezer said that recent positive economic developments were a result of the work of the 1999-2002 DSP-led coalition government, not the current Justice and Development Party (AKP) government. Sezer stated that it was proper to cut taxes in an atmosphere of low inflation, but added that not only direct taxes, but also indirect taxes should be brought down. /Star/

    [11] ANAVATAN LEADER MUMCU CRITICIZES PM

    Speaking at his party’s parliamentary group meeting, Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) leader Erkan Mumcu yesterday criticized Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal and True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar. Mumcu again criticized the premier for saying “I’m marketing Turkey,” saying that this amounted to “hawking Turkey.” Mumcu said, “This can’t be called marketing. Privatization is done to open up an economic asset to competition. The duty of the premier is to prevent competition.” Mumcu also called on Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan to resign because of allegations against him. /Aksam/

    [12] YOK REJECTS NEW UNIVERSITIES IN 15 PROVINCES, GREENLIGHTING ONLY FOUR

    The Board of Higher Education (YOK) yesterday rejected the Parliament Education Commission proposal to found new universities in 15 provinces, instead greenlighting only four. In a written statement, YOK stressed that the board examined the commission’s proposal and decided that it would be proper to establish universities in four provinces, namely Tekirdag, Duzce, Usak, and Ordu, which meet the condition of having seven professors on the permanent staff. /Sabah/

    [13] BABACAN PREDICTS TAX CUTS WILL IMPROVE INVESTMENT CLIMATE, WARNS BUSINESSMEN ON UNREGISTERED EMPLOYMENT

    Speaking at a meeting of Ankara Chamber of Industry (ASO) yesterday, State Minister for the Economy Ali Babacan said that the government’s recent 10% corporate tax cut was a step to improve Turkey’s investment climate. Babacan said that businessmen shouldn’t employ unregistered workers, adding that now it was the turn of businessmen to take steps in order to end unregistered employment. “Every unregistered worker is under risk,” said Babacan. “If unregistered employment falls, then you can be sure that tax rates will fall as well.” /Aksam/

    [14] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [15] BEING LARGE AS A PROBLEM BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Muharrem Sarikaya comments on Turkey’s European Union membership path. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Every day we get more news about Turkey’s European Union membership bid. This news is sometimes hopeful, sometimes disappointing. The statements about the meeting between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Barcelona showed that Merkel’s stance was more positive. However, during her speech to the German Parliament yesterday Merkel showed her old stance about Turkish-EU relations. Actually, we shouldn’t have expected a change in her stance. The important thing is whether these meetings will direct the behavior of the German Parliament. So we shouldn’t let ourselves get worried. The news about a recent EU poll is also disappointing. According to the poll, the number of people opposing Turkey’s EU membership has risen. Some 61% said this in Germany and 57% in France, compared to 33% in Germany and 36% in France favoring Turkey’s EU membership. Some 46% are opposed and 40% support us in the EU overall. Analysts of the survey said the main reason for this opposition is that many Europeans are against the EU’s enlargement. Obviously, other reasons, such as the prejudice of some people and the religion factor can be added to this. However, analysts say that most Europeans don’t want the EU, which has 25 members with a population of 450 million, to grow larger and that they think a country like Turkey which has problems and a large population would be a burden.

    Speaking at a conference on ‘Portugal’s EU Experiences’ at Istanbul’s Bogazici University yesterday, Former Deputy Foreign Minister Jose Lamego said that the biggest hurdle on Turkey’s EU path was that most of the member countries feared its large population. However, when Spain and Portugal became EU members in 1986, Europeans had no such concern. If Turkey had acted in a determined way with Greece about EU membership at that time, most probably it wouldn’t have faced this problem of ‘enlargement.’ Professor Lamego called Portugal’s EU membership a ‘success story.’ This country made its membership application after the dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar collapsed and then was accepted as a democracy following a period of transition and negotiation that lasted for nearly a decade. Portugal moved to a free market economy with political reforms and tripled the national per capita income within this period. Of course, as Lamego recalled, Portugal, along with its neighbor Spain, benefited from EU financial help as well. However, today the EU has little money to allocate to new members. Not only the country’s conditions, but also the EU’s situation played a great role in this success story. For this reason, Lamego said, ‘We don’t have many suggestion for you on the issue, except telling you to go your own way with patience without putting so much importance on European politicians’ remarks’.”

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