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Turkish Press Review, 06-03-02

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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

02.03.2006

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN VISITS MONACO, ATTENDS EUROPEAN CREDIT CONFERENCE
  • [02] GUL SIGNS PACT WITH UKRAINIAN FM TO BOOST ECONOMIC TIES AND COOPERATIVE ANTI-TERROR EFFORTS
  • [03] MUMCU CRITICIZES TALABANI’S OPPOSITION TO IRAQI PM’S VISIT
  • [04] AL-JAAFARI: “MY VISIT TO TURKEY WAS LEGAL”
  • [05] US REITERATES PKK IS TERRORIST GROUP
  • [06] EU ENLARGEMENT SPOKESWOMAN: “WE’RE PLEASED WITH CYPRIOT LEADERS’ WILLINGNESS TO START DIALOGUE ON TECHNICAL ISSUES”
  • [07] ERDAL ON THE RUN AFTER BELGIAN CONVICTION
  • [08] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [09] NEW OPENINGS IN OUR IRAQ POLICY BY HASAN CELAL GUZEL (RADIKAL)

  • [01] ERDOGAN VISITS MONACO, ATTENDS EUROPEAN CREDIT CONFERENCE

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, currently in Monaco for an official visit, yesterday met with Monaco’s Prince Albert and Prime Minister Jean- Paul Proust to discuss bilateral relations. Later Erdogan attended the European Credit Conference. Addressing the gathering, Erdogan briefed the participants on recent developments in Turkey’s economy, saying that it is now the world’s 17th largest. Touching on Ankara’s European Union membership bid, Erdogan said that the EU decision’s last fall to begin accession talks with Turkey was very important, adding that by making such a decision the EU proved that it would be a global power. Stressing that the screening process had begun last October, Erdogan said that Ankara wanted to successfully complete the entire accession process. “I trust my country and the nation,” said Erdogan. “Of course the EU’s responsibility shouldn’t be disregarded. If the talks fail, this will hurt the Union’s global aspirations as well as Turkey.” The premier added that the screening process would be completed later this year. /Aksam/

    [02] GUL SIGNS PACT WITH UKRAINIAN FM TO BOOST ECONOMIC TIES AND COOPERATIVE ANTI-TERROR EFFORTS

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday met with visiting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Boris Tarasyuk to discuss a number of issues, including bilateral relations. During their meeting, the two ministers signed a 15-article action plan aimed at several issues, including boosting economic ties and cooperation in fighting terrorism. The plan also includes a new investment fund and a working group to explore avenues of cooperation issues in the energy field. During the meeting, Gul said that Ankara supported the reform process in Ukraine and its integration with European Atlantic institutions. For his part, Tarasyuk praised Turkey’s recent proposal for resolving the Cyprus issue. /Turkiye/

    [03] MUMCU CRITICIZES TALABANI’S OPPOSITION TO IRAQI PM’S VISIT

    Speaking at his party’s group meeting yesterday, opposition Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) leader Erkan Mumcu harshly criticized Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s reaction against Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari’s visit to Turkey this week, claiming that Talabani was trying to hurt Turkey’s prestige. Mumcu said that no one should forget that the nations of the region couldn’t protect their identities without the support of Turkey. Also criticizing the government’s stance on the Cyprus issue, Mumcu said that Ankara had lost its place to take the initiative on the issue. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] AL-JAAFARI: “MY VISIT TO TURKEY WAS LEGAL”

    Iraqi Prime Minister al-Jaafari, back in his country after completing his contacts in Turkey, yesterday called his visit “legal and in accordance with the law,” adding that ties between Turkey and Iraq had been strengthened by his visit. Al-Jaafari said that he was pleased with the results of his visit. /Star/

    [05] US REITERATES PKK IS TERRORIST GROUP

    US State Department Iraq Coordinator James Jeffrey said Tuesday that the US had nothing to do with the terrorist PKK. During a State Department briefing on aid in Iraq, a reporter asked if militants attached to the terrorist PKK were patrolling alongside US military forces in Iraq’s Kirkuk and Mosul. Ambassador Jeffrey replied that the US considers the PKK a terrorist organization and that it has nothing to do with the group. Jeffrey said that the violence in Iraq over the last week had not brought the country closer to a civil war and that the situation was normal for now, by Iraqi standards. /Turkey/

    [06] EU ENLARGEMENT SPOKESWOMAN: “WE’RE PLEASED WITH CYPRIOT LEADERS’ WILLINGNESS TO START DIALOGUE ON TECHNICAL ISSUES”

    European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn’s spokeswoman Krisztina Nagy yesterday said that he was pleased with recent statements of Cypriot leaders towards resuming dialogue on technical issues. Stressing that the confidence needed for a resolution could be ensured through talks, Nagy said that Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos’s recent meeting with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan had been satisfactory. /Turkiye/

    [07] ERDAL ON THE RUN AFTER BELGIAN CONVICTION

    Terrorist Fehriye Erdal disappeared yesterday, one day after a Belgian court convicted her of belonging to a terrorist group and handed her a four- year prison term. She had been under house arrest in Belgium since 1999, but when police came to formally arrest her she was missing, the Belgian Justice Ministry announced yesterday. “We’re actively looking for her,” prosecution spokeswoman Lieve Pellens told Reuters. “She is being sought nationally and internationally.” Turkey has long sought Erdal’s extradition for her role in a 1996 assassination in Istanbul. /Turkish Daily News/

    [08] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [09] NEW OPENINGS IN OUR IRAQ POLICY BY HASAN CELAL GUZEL (RADIKAL)

    Columnist Hasan Celal Guzel comments on developments in Iraq and Turkey’s policy. A summary of his column is as follows: “During a conference I recently participated in, a person in the audience asked if I thought our March 2003 rejection of US troop deployment for the Iraq war was still working against us in terms of the latest developments in Iraq. I replied that on the contrary, these developments reaffirmed how our views concerning Iraq policy were appropriate. Unfortunately, we couldn’t explain to officials that the active foreign policy which we should apply in Iraq isn’t a walk-on role for the US but that it should mean protecting our national interests and security by benefiting from a historic opportunity. Actually, three basic principles employed by Turkey in its Iraq policy drew an outline for a reasonable policy in favor of the US, the region and Turkey. The protection of Iraq’s territorial integrity, benefiting equally from natural riches and recognizing a special status in Kirkuk was a policy of balance which was necessary for Iraq and the Middle East. However, it was impossible for Turkey to play a regulating role without using its power and taking a risk. It was out of the question for us to participate in the game without entering the field with the ‘red lines’ which remained only on paper. Consequently, we were gotten rid of, while we were planning to be impartial. Firstly, we failed to give the support to the US that we promised. However, it was necessary for us to enter Iraq and have a regulating position for our national interests, even if the US didn’t want it. If we were in Iraq today, the massacres in Fallujah and Talafar wouldn’t have happened, our Iraqi kin wouldn’t be subject to outrages, Kirkuk and Mosul wouldn’t be invaded by peshmerga and there wouldn’t be any developments endangering our integrity and security in northern Iraq. Then we became a mere onlooker to our exclusion with the influence of our embarrassment and timidity towards the US. Ignoring the nearly 4 million Turkmen population, the Kurds’ policy of rebellion in Kirkuk which is also supported by the US, fraudulent elections, our soldiers whose heads were put in sacks and offices opened by the terrorist PKK were insufficient to spoil this silence. Now Iraq is on the brink of a civil war. In this situation, Iraq will be fragmented and three separate states will emerge. There will be blood not only in Iraq, but all over the Middle East. The New York Times wrote this week that Turkey could enter Iraq to protect the Turkmen. This interpretation, which was found strange by most people, actually expresses a normal political reaction. If one becomes the greatest state in the region and has the strongest army and continues to be an onlooker to an incident changing the map of the region, then can a normal democratic country be an onlooker? We consider Turkey’s new openings in Iraq policy that it’s trying to develop with its own initiative as positive and believe they should continue. Even if belated, inviting Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr and holding contacts with Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani were appropriate moves, in spite of certain drawbacks. However, we shouldn’t consider these diplomatic contacts sufficient but rather continue with them by expanding them. In this sense, we shouldn’t shrink from using force, if necessary. If Turkey again loses its influence in the new era in Iraq, this time it will find itself in a process it can’t recover from.”

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