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Turkish Press Review, 06-03-10

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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

10.03.2006

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] THREE DEAD IN BOMB BLAST IN VAN
  • [02] ERDOGAN CHAIRS FUEL SUMMIT
  • [03] GUL MEETS WITH IAEA HEAD ELBARADEI AND DISCUSSES IRAN STANDOFF AND TURKEY’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM
  • [04] SENER: “WE HAVEN’T SETTLED ON NEW CB HEAD, BUT WE WILL IN A FEW DAYS”
  • [05] TOURISM MINISTER TOUTS REBOUND FROM BIRD FLU
  • [06] AGAR: “ALL PROBLEMS WILL BE SOLVED BY THE JUDICIARY AND DEMOCRACY”
  • [07] EU ENLARGEMENT COMMISSIONER REHN: “TURKEY IS A STRONG, RELIABLE ALLY”
  • [08] FT: “TURKEY’S MARKET CORRECTION HIGHLIGHTS ITS EXTERNAL VULNERABILITY”
  • [09] BAYKAL, MUMCU ACCUSED BY BOOKSTORE OWNER OF MEDDLING IN JUDICIARY
  • [10] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [11] CYPRUS REPORT AND REALISTIC SUGGESTIONS BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

  • [01] THREE DEAD IN BOMB BLAST IN VAN

    A bomb set off by suspected PKK members killed three people and injured 18 others yesterday in the eastern province of Van. Police Chief Tacettin Kurt and Mustafa Yavuz, the deputy governor of Van, said they both suspected a suicide bomber was behind the attack. Kurt said that four of the 18 injured were in serious conditions, adding that a municipal officer, a civilian and an unidentified man had been killed in the blast. The explosion also shattered the windows of several other vehicles and nearby houses and businesses. /All papers/

    [02] ERDOGAN CHAIRS FUEL SUMMIT

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday chaired a summit to discuss the problems of the fuel industry following last week’s textile summit. During the summit, Erdogan said that the government would do its best to prevent fuel smuggling. State Minister Kursat Tuzmen, Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu, Justice Minister Cemil Cicek, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler, Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan and Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim were all present at the meeting. At the summit, security measures to prevent illegal fuel from entering Turkey via waterways were discussed. Erdogan is expected to announce measures to overcome the sector’s problems after the Finance Ministry and other institutions complete their work on the issue. /Turkiye/

    [03] GUL MEETS WITH IAEA HEAD ELBARADEI AND DISCUSSES IRAN STANDOFF AND TURKEY’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, in Vienna for talks with the European Union Troika, met with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Mohammed ElBaradei yesterday and discussed the nuclear standoff with Iran. ElBaradei said that he hoped Turkey would redouble its efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the standoff between the West and Iran, stressing that Ankara has the confidence of both parties. “There are only a few countries which understand the issue and at the same time have the confidence of both Western actors and Iran,” ElBaradei reportedly told Gul. In his meeting with ElBaradei, Gul also said that Turkey will announce its own civilian nuclear program soon, underlining that Ankara’s will be transparent and in full cooperation with the IAEA. /Star/

    [04] SENER: “WE HAVEN’T SETTLED ON NEW CB HEAD, BUT WE WILL IN A FEW DAYS”

    Speaking to reporters following a meeting of the Caucasus Businessmen’s Association yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener said yesterday that the new Central Bank governor hadn’t been decided yet, but that this would become clear in a few days. Saying that the economy was on track, Sener said that there would be no negative change in economic indicators. “There is no need to expect such changes in a sound and healthy economy,” he added. /Turkiye/

    [05] TOURISM MINISTER TOUTS REBOUND FROM BIRD FLU

    Tourism Minister Atilla Koc, who is currently in Germany to attend an international tourism fair, said that Turkish tourism was overcoming the after-effects of the bird flu. “We’ve used our opportunities to solve the issue,” he said, adding that migrating birds weren’t only flying through Turkey. Guler predicted that tourism would rebound this year, adding that bookings had fallen in Germany and Britain over the issue. /Turkiye/

    [06] AGAR: “ALL PROBLEMS WILL BE SOLVED BY THE JUDICIARY AND DEMOCRACY”

    Opposition True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar yesterday commented on accusations that Land Forces Commander Yasar Buyukanit had tried to interfere in the judicial process over last November’s Semdinli incidents, saying that all of the problems in Turkey would be solved by the judiciary and democracy. “The issue will be solved within common law and the Turkish Armed Forces’ (TSK) domestic legal regulations,” he said. Agar stated that everybody should be sensitive about the judiciary’s independence and that the issue should be solved before becoming fodder for debate. /Hurriyet/

    [07] EU ENLARGEMENT COMMISSIONER REHN: “TURKEY IS A STRONG, RELIABLE ALLY”

    European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn yesterday met with Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bayonnakis in Athens while there to take part in a conference. Touching on Turkey’s EU bid, Rehn said, “The commission will carefully evaluate Turkey’s progress in its 2006 report,” adding that Turkey is a strong, reliable ally and has an important role in the region. Stating that Turkey’s EU bid would be long and difficult, Rehn said, “Turkey, at this time, has all the prospects of avoiding bad developments.” /Star/

    [08] FT: “TURKEY’S MARKET CORRECTION HIGHLIGHTS ITS EXTERNAL VULNERABILITY”

    British daily the Financial Times, which generally praises the Turkish government’s performance, in an article published yesterday said that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is showing a “tired and divided” outlook. “Since Tuesday, Turkish stocks have fallen by about 8 percent, giving up much of the gains they had achieved in the past few weeks,” said the article by Vincent Boland. “The lira has also slid against the euro and the US dollar, and yields on Turkish bonds have risen by about 25 basis points… Industrialists are unhappy with monetary policy, complaining that interest rates are far too high. This is a sensitive issue for the government, because much of its core support comes from owners of small enterprises. Although the opposition is weak and has failed to impress the public, the government's popularity is declining, posing a dilemma for [Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] Erdogan over the timing of the next election. If a worsening in the domestic environment is accompanied by a shift in investor sentiment externally, Turkey may be in for a bumpy ride in the next few months, analysts agree.” /Milliyet/

    [09] BAYKAL, MUMCU ACCUSED BY BOOKSTORE OWNER OF MEDDLING IN JUDICIARY

    Two political party leaders yesterday found themselves the targets of legal challenges over their statements about the Semdinli incidents and their “interference” in legal proceedings. Lawyers for the owner of a Semdinli, Hakkari bookstore which was bombed last November filed the complaint with the public prosecutor against main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal and Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) party leader Erkan Mumcu for interfering in the judiciary. The complaint cited the statements of CHP leader Baykal saying that “this indictment is a coup against the armed forces,” and ANAVATAN leader Mumcu, who called the indictment a “political and legal manifesto where the crime of interfering in the judiciary is evident.” /The New Anatolian/

    [10] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [11] CYPRUS REPORT AND REALISTIC SUGGESTIONS BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Ferai Tinc comments on a report on Cyprus published by the International Crisis Group. A summary of her column is as follows: “There might be hundreds of reports, but the new Cyprus report published by the International Crisis Group this week isn’t like the others. While tension occurred during this week’s first official meeting between Turkey and the European Union since last October, this report put forth a new opening. The report isn’t limited to blaming the Greek Cypriots and Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos. It also underlines that a solution is only possible with the contribution of all relevant parties and simultaneous steps. In Vienna this week the EU asked Turkey to implement the additional protocol immediately. The insistence on starting direct trade with the Greek Cypriot administration and opening harbors and airports was reiterated. Some say membership talks with the EU wouldn’t continue unless these steps are taken. It’s a vexing situation. The principle of equality and confidence which was violated by Europe in the Cyprus issue is a must so Turkey can take a step on the issue. Europe’s suggestions are useless as long as Brussels is being dragged by the Greek Cypriots’ tactics or else following them on purpose. No government in Turkey would take a step concerning the Cyprus issue unless the public believes that a fair process had started. Therefore, the crisis group’s report and its stance are important. Firstly, the composition of this group should be examined closely. It’s chaired by former European Commissioner for Foreign Relations Lord Chris Patten and former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans. Patten was also the last British governor of Hong Kong. His friendship with Evans is based on those days. Among the resources of the crisis group, which is an independent non-governmental organization (NGO), are the foreign ministries of EU member countries, including that of Turkey. In other words, this report can influence political lobbies and it was also written with them in mind. The report’s most important and delicate part is very important in this respect. The report says an equation needing all the relevant parties, including the Greek and Turkish Cypriots, Turkey, Greece, EU, the US and United Nations, to make efforts simultaneously is needed for a solution of the Cyprus issue. Turkey is also called on to keep the promises it gave to the EU, and Brussels is invited to keep the promises it gave to Turkish Cypriots in 2004 and find a way for direct trade and aid for Turkish Cypriots’ integration in the EU. It also requests that the European Commission open an office in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and include ‘northern Cyprus’ in the EU’s Customs Union agreement with Turkey. This is only one example. All of the suggestions reflect the understanding that a solution is possible through mutual openings. This is the report’s realism. The EU should see that all the steps damaging equality on Cyprus hold back a solution and that it can’t overcome the issue if Turkey loses its enthusiasm for EU membership talks. If this equality is ensured, even Parliament’s approval of the additional protocol and opening harbors and airports might not create problems, because they can be justified.”

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