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Turkish Press Review, 06-05-02

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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> <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

02.05.2006

GOVT SPOKESPERSON CICEK: “OCALAN IS INELIGIBLE FOR AMNESTY UNDER ANTI-TERROR BILL” ANTI-TERROR BILL DUE IN PARLIAMENT TODAY FM GUL: “WE CAN’T OPEN HEYBELIADA SEMINARY” TURKEY CELEBRATES MAY DAY AGAR: “FARMERS ARE SUFFERING UNDER AKP RULE” BAHRAINI FM VISITS TURKEY TO BOOST TIES IRAN PLEDGES TO FIGHT PKK NEWSWEEK: “TURKEY LOSING PATIENCE OVER US STANCE ON PKK” BARZANI: “WE WANT TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS WITH TURKEY” TOBB: “THE GREATEST NEED FOR REFORMS IS IN THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR” IMF DELEGATION TO VISIT TURKEY FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... GULER’S REJECTION BY MUHARREM SARIKAYA (SABAH)

CONTENTS

  • [01] GOVT SPOKESPERSON CICEK: “OCALAN IS INELIGIBLE FOR AMNESTY UNDER ANTI-TERROR BILL”
  • [02] ANTI-TERROR BILL DUE IN PARLIAMENT TODAY
  • [03] FM GUL: “WE CAN’T OPEN HEYBELIADA SEMINARY”
  • [04] TURKEY CELEBRATES MAY DAY
  • [05] AGAR: “FARMERS ARE SUFFERING UNDER AKP RULE”
  • [06] BAHRAINI FM VISITS TURKEY TO BOOST TIES
  • [07] IRAN PLEDGES TO FIGHT PKK
  • [08] NEWSWEEK: “TURKEY LOSING PATIENCE OVER US STANCE ON PKK”
  • [09] BARZANI: “WE WANT TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS WITH TURKEY”
  • [10] TOBB: “THE GREATEST NEED FOR REFORMS IS IN THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR”
  • [11] IMF DELEGATION TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [12] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [13] GULER’S REJECTION BY MUHARREM SARIKAYA (SABAH)

  • [01] GOVT SPOKESPERSON CICEK: “OCALAN IS INELIGIBLE FOR AMNESTY UNDER ANTI-TERROR BILL”

    Yesterday’s Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lasted for six-and-a-half hours. After the meeting, government spokesperson and Justice Minister Cemil Cicek told a press conference that Article 6 of the bill, a recent subject of debate, wouldn’t be withdrawn and that experts agreed that Ocalan was ineligible for an amnesty under this article. Cicek said that main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal was being misleading on the matter, adding, “Debates over Article 6 led to baseless agitation in society. Freeing this person is out of the question. Misleading evaluations were made by the CHP leader. A legal arrangement is being used as fodder for political debates. As the bill is before Parliament, it is the decision-making body.” /Star/

    [02] ANTI-TERROR BILL DUE IN PARLIAMENT TODAY

    Parliament’s Justice Commission will today debate the anti-terror bill which has been in the public spotlight. Article 6 of the bill, which was discussed by Parliament’s Interior and EU Harmonization Commissions last week, was criticized by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal, who claimed it would enable Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the terrorist PKK, to go free in two years. Under the bill certain crimes that are covered by other laws would be defined as terrorist crimes. The bill also includes a redefinition of terrorism in its first article on the definition of terrorism and terrorist groups. It also stipulates that crimes laid out in the Firearms, Knives and Other Implements Law; deliberately burning down forests; crimes covered by the Anti- Smuggling Law that result in a prison sentence; crimes that lead to a state of emergency being declared; searching, excavating and drilling without permission; and smuggling materials abroad will also be counted as acts of terrorism if they’re committed as part of the activities of a terrorist group set up to commit crime. /Star/

    [03] FM GUL: “WE CAN’T OPEN HEYBELIADA SEMINARY”

    Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis reportedly did not get a positive response on reopening Istanbul’s Heybeliada seminary from her Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul, whom she met during the NATO meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria. During the meeting, Bakoyannis reportedly said that Turkey should take further steps on religious freedom during its European Union negotiation process, and within this context she touched on the importance of reopening the Heybeliada seminary. Gul replied that Turkey had no problems with religious liberty and that minorities could practice their religions. But Gul added that the seminary giving religious education would violate the Constitution and the principle of secularism. In related news, Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomeos told a group of Greek tourists in Cappadocia, “Athens is the only European city lacking a mosque. If you support construction of a mosque, we can seek authorities’ protection for the churches here.” /Hurriyet/

    [04] TURKEY CELEBRATES MAY DAY

    The first of May was celebrated nationwide yesterday with the participation of thousands of people. A heavy police presence and calls for peace by union leaders prevented violence during demonstrations. There were minor incidents in Istanbul, Izmir, and Elazig. Police prevented 50 people from trying to enter Istanbul’s Taksim Square. In related news, Turk-Is Chairman Salih Kilic said that May 1 should be an official holiday. /Aksam/

    [05] AGAR: “FARMERS ARE SUFFERING UNDER AKP RULE”

    Speaking on the second day of a conference in Istanbul to examine problems in the agriculture sector during Turkey’s European Union accession process, True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar said yesterday that farmers and villagers were suffering under the rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government. Criticizing the government’s agriculture policies, Agar said the country could not be ruled by neglecting farmers. The government hasn’t given money to the farmers, but rather has enriched farmers from other countries, claimed the DYP leader. /Milliyet/

    [06] BAHRAINI FM VISITS TURKEY TO BOOST TIES

    Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheik Khalid bin Ahmad al-Khalifa arrived in Ankara on Monday for talks with his counterpart Abdullah Gul to explore ways to further strengthen and deepen ties. Besides meeting with Gul, the visiting Bahraini foreign minister will also be received by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan today in Ankara. Ways to further develop bilateral relations, regional and international developments and increasing threats are expected to dominate his talks with high-ranking Turkish officials. /The New Anatolian/

    [07] IRAN PLEDGES TO FIGHT PKK

    Iranian Interior Minister Mustafa Pur Muhammedi said yesterday that Iran and Turkey share common interests. During a meeting with Turkey’s Ambassador to Tehran Gurcan Turkoglu, Muhammedi stated that Iran would do its best to prevent attacks of terrorist groups on Turkey along the two countries’ common border. In related news, the Firat News Agency, known for its close links to the PKK, said that Iran had carried out an operation over the weekend targeting to PKK militants’ camps in the Kandil Mountains in northern Iraq. Meanwhile, Iraq’s ethnic Kurdish President Jalal Talabani said yesterday that entry into northern Iraq by other countries’ forces was unacceptable. /Turkiye/

    [08] NEWSWEEK: “TURKEY LOSING PATIENCE OVER US STANCE ON PKK”

    Newsweek international magazine, in its current issue, reports that Turkey is losing patience regarding the US’ stance on PKK terrorists in northern Iraq. Stressing that Turkey was deploying 200,000 troops to its border with Iraq, the magazine said that serious clashes in the region were possible. Furthermore, claiming that the US is standing between the Iraqi Kurds and Turkey, it stated that the US was urging Iraqi Kurds to crack down on the PKK. /Turkey/

    [09] BARZANI: “WE WANT TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS WITH TURKEY”

    Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani said yesterday that he wanted to solve northern Iraq’s problems with Turkey. Appearing on television, Barzani stated that Iraq’s neighboring countries, especially Turkey, are concerned about the northern Iraqi Kurdish region. “We want to establish friendly relations with neighboring countries, but we’re having problems with Turkey,” he said. “But I believe that we’ll solve these problems.” In related news, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said that the Iraqi borders were “red lines,” adding that no country should cross these borders. /Sabah/

    [10] TOBB: “THE GREATEST NEED FOR REFORMS IS IN THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR”

    Addressing a conference entitled “Agriculture in Turkey’s European Union Process” yesterday, Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) head Rifat Hisarciklioglu said that Turkey had the potential to meet the agricultural needs of all European Union member states, adding, however, that the country’s greatest need for reform was in the agriculture sector. Saying that 5% of the EU population was employed in agriculture, Hisarciklioglu compared this to 35% in Turkey. /Sabah/

    [11] IMF DELEGATION TO VISIT TURKEY

    A delegation from the International Monetary Fund headed by IMF Turkey Desk Chief Lorenzo Giorgianni is due to arrive in Istanbul on Friday. The delegation is expected to meet with the representatives of private banks to discuss developments in the banking sector. The delegation is expected to proceed to Ankara next week to discuss macroeconomic developments, public finance, and structural reforms. /Sabah/

    [12] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [13] GULER’S REJECTION BY MUHARREM SARIKAYA (SABAH)

    Columnist Muharrem Sarikaya comments on US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s suggestion to Turkey and Turkey’s answer to this. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said last week that the US was against making Russian Gazprom a partner of the Turkish-Greek pipeline on the grounds that Russia is becoming the only energy monopoly in the region and that the US is disturbed that Gazprom is using a strategic card. Rice gave a similar message to Athens before she arrived in Ankara. It’s no secret that Washington suggested to the two capitals that it would be better to be directed towards the Azerbaijani pipeline. Will Turkey go along with this? Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler said that it was important for Turkey to continue with this pipeline. Guler stated that the question of including Gazprom in the Turkish-Greek pipeline partnership didn’t depend on Ankara’s decision alone. He added, ‘Turkey has a clear stance: It will continue its efforts to become an energy corridor. We can’t make a decision concerning the Gazprom issue alone. Greece should make a decision on that as well.’ Guler said that the issue shouldn’t be considered as the Turkish-Greek gas pipeline alone.

    He also mentioned the project called ‘Nabuco’ which he called important. In other words, the pipeline to be extended through Turkey to Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Australia and then Slovakia and the Czech Republic… Guler said that other countries were also interested in this project and added, ‘Firstly, the gas should be brought from Azerbaijan, because its construction hadn’t been completed yet. In addition, the Caspian passage is important. This issue should be solved as well.’ Concerning the difficulty of going along with Rice’s suggestion, Guler said that in the Turkish-Greek pipeline, Russia wants to give us gas totaling 4.5 billion cubic meters which we haven’t taken from the pipeline before, that is, only make us use the excess capacity. ‘Turkey can’t give up this pipeline,’ he added. ‘In addition, supplier countries’ opinions should be listened to as well. Nobody can make the decision alone. All the countries should come together and make a decision.’ What’s interesting is Washington’s paradox. While Washington suggested that Ankara and Athens exclude Gazprom, it ignored how US energy companies signed developments strengthening Russia. For example, the first oil in Baku was transported from Russia’s Novorossisk harbor through the pipeline, and another line was laid through the Georgian Supsa harbor. Meanwhile, the Dagestan pipeline which was built due to the problems in Chechnya made things easier for Russia. It became an 80% partner in Turkmenistan natural gas and raised its energy leverage in the region through a new agreement with Uzbekistan. All these developments happened because Western countries, mostly American ones, gave way to Moscow. Now Washington, which says that we should break Russia’s domination, should present an alternative place to receive the gas. Otherwise, the suggestion would mean Turkey giving up becoming an energy terminal, which is impossible.”

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