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Turkish Press Review, 06-05-01

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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> <style type="text_css"> <!-- .baslik { margin-right:0cm; margin-left:0cm; margin-top:1cm; font-size:12.0pt; color:#000099; text-align: justify; } --> <_style> e-mail : newspot@byegm.gov.tr <caption> <_caption> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

01.05.2006

ERDOGAN TO ATTEND ANNUAL ECO MEETING IN BAKU, WILL WARN IRANIAN PRESIDENT OVER NUCLEAR PROGRAM ERDOGAN: “TURKEY WILL MAKE EFFORTS ON AGRICULTURE” BAYKAL CRITICIZES GOVT’S AGRICULTURE POLICIES GUL CRITICIZES FRANCE OVER BILLS PROPOSING JAIL TIME, FINES FOR “GENOCIDE” DENIAL GREEK FM BAKOYANNIS: “ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL ISN’T UP FOR DEBATE” DEFENSE MINISTER GONUL: “MINE CLEARING WILL BE EXPENSIVE” TURKEY TO BUY “INTELLIGENT ROCKETS” FROM US BAHCELI: “IT’S TIME FOR THE MHP TO COME TO POWER” BBP’S YAZICIOGLU URGES NATIONAL UNITY FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMN PRIME MINISTER’S LONGING FOR A ROSE GARDEN BY TUFAN TURENC (HURRIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN TO ATTEND ANNUAL ECO MEETING IN BAKU, WILL WARN IRANIAN PRESIDENT OVER NUCLEAR PROGRAM
  • [02] ERDOGAN: “TURKEY WILL MAKE EFFORTS ON AGRICULTURE”
  • [03] BAYKAL CRITICIZES GOVT’S AGRICULTURE POLICIES
  • [04] GUL CRITICIZES FRANCE OVER BILLS PROPOSING JAIL TIME, FINES FOR “GENOCIDE” DENIAL
  • [05] GREEK FM BAKOYANNIS: “ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL ISN’T UP FOR DEBATE”
  • [06] DEFENSE MINISTER GONUL: “MINE CLEARING WILL BE EXPENSIVE”
  • [07] TURKEY TO BUY “INTELLIGENT ROCKETS” FROM US
  • [08] BAHCELI: “IT’S TIME FOR THE MHP TO COME TO POWER”
  • [09] BBP’S YAZICIOGLU URGES NATIONAL UNITY
  • [10] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMN
  • [11] PRIME MINISTER’S LONGING FOR A ROSE GARDEN BY TUFAN TURENC (HURRIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN TO ATTEND ANNUAL ECO MEETING IN BAKU, WILL WARN IRANIAN PRESIDENT OVER NUCLEAR PROGRAM

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to attend the annual meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan this Friday. During his stay in Baku, Erdogan is expected to urge Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad to change course on Tehran’s nuclear program. Erdogan will tell Ahmedinejad that his government should be more transparent on the issue and meet the needs of the international community. In related news, the nuclear program’s chief negotiator Ali Larijani is due to visit Ankara this month. /Aksam/

    [02] ERDOGAN: “TURKEY WILL MAKE EFFORTS ON AGRICULTURE”

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that Turkey has so far had the most difficulty in the agriculture sector during its European Union accession process. Speaking at a conference in Istanbul on agriculture in Turkey’s EU integration period, Erdogan said that Turkey would work hard to reach the standards of the EU on agriculture. Stressing that Turkey was currently carrying out its screening process, the premier said the most difficult part would be agriculture among the 35 main negotiations chapters, adding that the process would be accomplished with the support of all related organizations, including professional chambers, farmers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Furthermore, Erdogan also attended his Justice and Development Party (AKP) Edirne Second Ordinary Provincial Congress. Addressing the gathering, he underlined that general elections would be held as scheduled in fall 2007, not before. He added that his government’s main concern was to serve the nation. /Turkiye/

    [03] BAYKAL CRITICIZES GOVT’S AGRICULTURE POLICIES

    Speaking at a weekend conference on “Agriculture in Turkish-European Union Integration,” opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal criticized the government’s agricultural policies, adding that farmers had gotten poorer under Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule. Saying that the EU’s agricultural financial aid wouldn’t always be available to Turkey, Baykal stressed that Turkey needed to solve its problem itself. Also addressing the gathering, Agricultural and Rural Affairs Minister Mehdi Eker said that Turkey hasn’t kept up with technological developments in agriculture even though it’s an agricultural country. For his part, State Minister for the Economy Ali Babacan said that agricultural enterprises should leave behind their traditional ways in favor of a modern structure. Saying that the agricultural sector wasn’t meeting expectations, Babacan added that productivity in the sector was very low. /Sabah/

    [04] GUL CRITICIZES FRANCE OVER BILLS PROPOSING JAIL TIME, FINES FOR “GENOCIDE” DENIAL

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul has sharply criticized France for five bills in the legislative pipeline proposing jail sentences of up to one year and fines for denying the so-called Armenian genocide. Last week, Gul met with his French counterpart Philippe Douste-Blazy during the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Sofia. Gul said that if Turkish politicians paying an official visit to France are asked by reporters about the so-called Armenian genocide, they would say that the allegations don’t reflect the facts. “Then will you put these politicians in jail?” asked Gul. /Milliyet/

    [05] GREEK FM BAKOYANNIS: “ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL ISN’T UP FOR DEBATE”

    Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis said over the weekend that the Customs Union is an issue which interests the entire European Union, not only Athens. Bakoyannis said that there would be no debate over the additional protocol and that there was a chance some tension would be felt on the issue. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] DEFENSE MINISTER GONUL: “MINE CLEARING WILL BE EXPENSIVE”

    Responding to a question from main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Denizli Deputy Mustafa Gazalci about a tender for mine clearing, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul said yesterday that the cost of work to clear mined areas is being explored, and the cost would likely exceed the money allocated. Large cleanups aren’t among the duties of the armed forces, he added. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] TURKEY TO BUY “INTELLIGENT ROCKETS” FROM US

    The US Defense Department applied over the weekend for Congress to allow the sale of 50 SLAM-ER rockets, also called “intelligent rockets,” to Turkey. Following the Pentagon’s approval of the sale, Ankara now awaits Congress’ decision, which is expected to take two weeks at most. The Pentagon stated that the Turkey’s total payment will be $162 million and that they would receive the rockets, the accompanying equipment and necessary services. “The Turkish Air Force, which has well-developed technological capabilities, could integrate and use these rocket systems,” said the Pentagon statement announcing its approval of Turkey’s intention to buy missiles. /The New Anatolian/

    [08] BAHCELI: “IT’S TIME FOR THE MHP TO COME TO POWER”

    Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli said yesterday that it was time for his party to come to power. Speaking at the MHP’s Izmir Eight Ordinary Provincial Congress, Bahceli claimed that the MHP was not a far-right or marginal party, but at the center, adding that they embraced all social groups. Criticizing the policies of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Bahceli called for early elections. /Turkiye/

    [09] BBP’S YAZICIOGLU URGES NATIONAL UNITY

    Delivering a speech at his Great Unity Party (BBP) Sixth Ordinary Congress in Ankara yesterday, Muhsin Yazioglu said that now is the time for unity, calling on the Turkish nation to be alert of increasing dangers and attempts threatening the country. Stressing that Turkey would solve its problems by itself, Yazioglu remarked that there was no Turkish-Kurdish issue, but rather terrorism, adding that all people in Turkey were members of a big family. /Turkiye/

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

    [11] PRIME MINISTER’S LONGING FOR A ROSE GARDEN BY TUFAN TURENC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Tufan Turenc comments on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is angry with everybody, including the president, opposition, judiciary, press, unions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities, and defenders of the secular regime. Whoever criticizes him or mentions his mistakes, he gets mad. For example, he can’t stand the opposition parties’ making opposition. He wants Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal (CHP), True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar, Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Erkan Mumcu and Nationalist Action Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli to praise and applaud everything he does and his party. However, there’s no such opposition in the world. He accuses everybody who opposes his filling state posts with people he agrees with of not being democratic. He doesn’t accept that these people don’t have a place in the modern secular state. He says that secularism and modernity should be in accordance with his understanding and that a mentality other than this is enmity towards religion. Okay, but not a single country in the world understands secularism and modernity in the way Erdogan and his allies do. Ataturk didn’t understand secularism and modernity that way, either.

    Secularism isn’t atheism. The most important rule of secularism is not to use religion as a tool for politics. However, Erdogan and his allies do this every day, as everybody can see. He accuses everybody who’s against this of being enemies of religion. He gets so incensed with those who oppose him that sometimes he forgets that he’s the prime minister. He can’t help using inappropriate language. For example, he says that he doesn’t find the main opposition party much of a challenge. However, he can’t explain the confusing Article 6 of the Anti-Terror Law. He insults Baykal instead of finding out who inserted this article into the bill and doing what’s necessary. However, he forgets that even some people from his party opposed including this article in the bill. Erdogan should know that he can’t govern the party with this much anger and that he and his allies will make mistakes. Ruling parties which listen to criticisms and correct their mistakes by leaning from them can endure. Erdogan shouldn’t forget that hard times lie in store for Turkey. These concern terrorism, the Iran, Iraq and Cyprus issues and the European Union, etc. His government should get the support of the opposition and public in order to face these issues. However, this support can’t be ensured with Erdogan’s stance. It’s the greatest evil against this country to divide its people into ‘religious’ and ‘non-religious’ and using the power of the ruling party in line with this. This is a very mistaken path.”

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