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Turkish Press Review, 06-03-17

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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

17.03.2006

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CONTENTS

  • [01] PM ERDOGAN: “THE BOND BETWEEN THE STATE AND THE NATION HAS BEEN RENEWED”
  • [02] GUL: “WE WON’T ACCEPT ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS IN OUR EU TALKS”
  • [03] INTERIOR MINISTER CONDEMNS RISING TERROR
  • [04] TERROR SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD NEXT THURSDAY
  • [05] OZKOK: “ALONG WITH MANY OPPORTUNITIES, THE INTERNET ALSO CARRIES RISKS IF NOT USED CAREFULLY”
  • [06] EP: “TURKISH SOLDIERS WILL STAY ON CYPRUS”
  • [07] US HISTORIAN: “ARMENIANS PLAYED KEY ROLE IN KILLING MILLIONS OF OTTOMAN MUSLIMS”
  • [08] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [09] WHY NOT BOZCAADA? BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

  • [01] PM ERDOGAN: “THE BOND BETWEEN THE STATE AND THE NATION HAS BEEN RENEWED”

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that since his Justice and Development Party (AKP) assumed rule three-and-a-half years ago, they had taken reform steps to solve chronic health problems in the public health system. Erdogan added that they had made a huge effort in order to renew people’s confidence in the state. The premier took part in the opening ceremony of the Haseki Education and Research Hospital’s new Surgical Department wing in Istanbul alongside Health Minister Recep Akdag. Erdogan said that Turkey was making progress with determination to solve chronic problems in every area to accomplish a great transformation and change. /Turkiye/

    [02] GUL: “WE WON’T ACCEPT ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS IN OUR EU TALKS”

    Speaking before flying to Tunisia for an official visit, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul commented on reports that political criteria would be conditions in Turkey’s negotiations with the European Union on education and culture, saying that Ankara wouldn’t accept any additional conditions. Gul stated that no political issue would be discussed during talks on education and culture. After his arrival in the country, Gul met with Tunisian Foreign Minister Abdulwahab Abdullah to discuss a number of issues, including bilateral relations. During their meeting, the two top diplomats signed a pact to develop political, economic, cultural ties between the two countries. Gul said that the Tunisian and Turkish nations share a common history and culture which brings them closer together. He stated that relations between the countries didn’t consist of only exchanging goods, and added that there were many opportunities to make profitable investments. For his part, Abdullah praised good relations between the two countries, saying that he was pleased to host Gul and his delegation. “We’ve strengthened cultural ties,” said Abdullah. He also reportedly commented on the Cyprus issue, saying that the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots should be brought to an end. /Turkiye/

    [03] INTERIOR MINISTER CONDEMNS RISING TERROR

    Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu yesterday condemned the recent increase in terrorist attacks, saying that there’s no use in these dark forces plotting such vile attacks against the security forces. Referring to recent rise in attacks, Aksu said, “No such treacherous attacks in any part of the world have led to any goals being achieved. It is the same in Turkey.” Aksu made the remarks on a visit to Batman where the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) recently staged an attack, claiming the lives of four police officers. Expressing his strong hatred for terrorist actions, Aksu asserted that Turkey’s heroic security forces will thwart any attempt launched against the nation or its unity. /The New Anatolian/

    [04] TERROR SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD NEXT THURSDAY

    An international symposium entitled “Global Terrorism and International Cooperation,” part of the annual action plan of the Anti-Terrorism Commandership, will be held next Thursday in Ankara. The opening speech at the symposium will be made by Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok. Statesmen from several countries and scholars are also expected to address the symposium. /Turkiye/

    [05] OZKOK: “ALONG WITH MANY OPPORTUNITIES, THE INTERNET ALSO CARRIES RISKS IF NOT USED CAREFULLY”

    Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok said yesterday that he had placed great importance on military academies in the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), adding that officials graduating from these academies were very qualified. He also said that the Internet offered many opportunities to people, but that it also carries risk if it isn’t used carefully. “There has been a rise in psychological warfare due to the development of the Internet,” he added. /Turkiye/

    [06] EP: “TURKISH SOLDIERS WILL STAY ON CYPRUS”

    A European Parliament report and resolution including its response to the European Union’s “Enlargement Strategy Document” prepared last year was approved by the EP yesterday. During the vote, an amendment demanding that Turkey withdraw both its soldiers and Turkish mainland immigrants from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was rejected. The EP report also asked the EU Council to continue its efforts for financial aid to and direct trade with the TRNC. /Turkiye/

    [07] US HISTORIAN: “ARMENIANS PLAYED KEY ROLE IN KILLING MILLIONS OF OTTOMAN MUSLIMS”

    US historian Justin McCarthy said yesterday that Armenians had played an important role in killing millions of Muslims living within the borders of the Ottoman Empire. Speaking at the Second Armenian symposium organized by Istanbul University, McCarthy said that the Ottomans were reasonable people, adding that they had isolated the Armenians since this group had been found untrustworthy. /Turkiye/

    [08] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [09] WHY NOT BOZCAADA? BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Ferai Tinc comments on Turkey’s European Union membership bid and the European Parliament’s enlargement report. A summary of her column is as follows: “All the clouds over our European Union membership bid are causing our ship to rock from side to side. The EU’s political institutions started to wake up from their slumber after the decision last year to start our membership talks. Isn’t it time for us to refresh our vision? Let’s look at the European Parliament’s enlargement report. Actually, we have a tendency to look down on everything coming from the European Parliament by saying that it’s not binding, but they’re all EU documents under EU law. The enlargement report underlines a concept put forth by the European Commission: the EU’s capacity for assimilation. The EU commission was called on to fill inside out this concept by the end of this year. For example, it will determine if Turkey can be assimilated before the end of our membership talks. It means ‘anchoring’ the candidate countries without showing them the way of full membership. The report’s section on Turkey calls on them to start trade with the Greek Cypriot administration and implement the additional protocol towards this end. The report also says that recognizing all the EU member countries is a necessary element of the accession process. There are two details which got my attention in the report. Firstly, it asks Turkey not to hinder the Berlin Plus agreement at NATO. Actually, it wants to remove our veto of Cyprus’ NATO membership. Europe wants to take the transatlantic relationship with the US out of NATO, and Washington wants it to be made as part of NATO. In other words, Washington wants to hinder the agreement, but it was adopted by Europe with the initiatives of Greek Cypriots and Greece as well. The second detail is as follows: while requesting the recognition of the Patriarchate’s ‘ecumenicalism,’ it writes about the rights of the Greeks people of Istanbul, Imros and Tenedos. Why it didn’t include Gokceada and Bozcaada? I’m sensitive not only about rights, but also about factual mistakes. The enlargement report is a political report, but not everything is all right in the official process. The EU Council wanted our membership talks to include political criteria as well. Concerning the new situation which emerged due to the initiatives of Germany and France, our EU Secretary General Ambassador Oguz Demiralp said, ‘The political criteria were included only in the chapters on security, domestic affairs and basic rights. We asked the commission about the education and culture chapter, and they told us that the political criteria weren’t included in that chapter. We’re preparing our position in accordance with this.’ The EU’s acquis communautaire about education and culture is limited. This chapter might be finished in a short period of time. However, when it comes to the issue of political criteria, elements such as the ‘languages other than Turkish’ are involved. Ankara has made its objection and now it’s awaiting a reply.”

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