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Turkish Press Review, 06-05-08

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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

08.05.2006

PM ERDOGAN ATTENDS PROVINCIAL PARTY CONGRESSES IN SOUTHEAST ARINC VISITS SWEDEN IRAN’S LARIJANI TO VISIT ANKARA PARLIAMENT DELEGATION TO TRAVEL TO FRANCE TO WORK AGAINST ARMENIAN BILL TURKEY’S AMBASSADOR TO CANADA RECALLED TO DISCUSS RECOGNITION OF SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE BY PM HARPER SENER: “AS OF 2004, ABOUT 17 MLN PEOPLE WERE LIVING BENEATH POVERTY LINE” EU'S KALLAS TO VISIT TURKEY FOR EUROPE DAY MHP LEADER BAHCELI: “BEWARE OF THOSE TRYING TO BAIT NATIONALISTS INTO A CONFLICT” PARLIAMENT FACING TWO CONTROVERSIAL BILLS THIS WEEK FILM DIRECTOR ATIF YILMAZ LAID TO REST

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM ERDOGAN ATTENDS PROVINCIAL PARTY CONGRESSES IN SOUTHEAST
  • [02] ARINC VISITS SWEDEN
  • [03] IRAN’S LARIJANI TO VISIT ANKARA
  • [04] PARLIAMENT DELEGATION TO TRAVEL TO FRANCE TO WORK AGAINST ARMENIAN BILL
  • [05] TURKEY’S AMBASSADOR TO CANADA RECALLED TO DISCUSS RECOGNITION OF SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE BY PM HARPER
  • [06] SENER: “AS OF 2004, ABOUT 17 MLN PEOPLE WERE LIVING BENEATH POVERTY LINE”
  • [07] EU'S KALLAS TO VISIT TURKEY FOR EUROPE DAY
  • [08] MHP LEADER BAHCELI: “BEWARE OF THOSE TRYING TO BAIT NATIONALISTS INTO A CONFLICT”
  • [09] PARLIAMENT FACING TWO CONTROVERSIAL BILLS THIS WEEK
  • [10] FILM DIRECTOR ATIF YILMAZ LAID TO REST

  • [01] PM ERDOGAN ATTENDS PROVINCIAL PARTY CONGRESSES IN SOUTHEAST

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the weekend participated in his party’s Diyarbakir and Siirt provincial congresses. Erdogan devoted most of his speeches to recent terrorist events, giving messages of unity and solidarity. Erdogan criticized the abuse of children during demonstrations by the terrorist PKK, saying, “Those who are supported by terrorism still continue their abuse, particularly against children.” “As long as we walk together as Turks, Kurds, Circassians, Lazes, Georgians, Bosniacs and Albanians, without discriminating against any particular ethnic group, nobody will be able to divide us,” said Erdogan. The prime minister added, “While protecting peace and stability, you have also protected the republic and democracy. For that I would like to congratulate Diyarbakir residents once more.” After his party’s Diyarbakir congress, Premier Erdogan went to the Diyarbakir Industrial Zone and cut the ribbon on 21 factories. /Star/

    [02] ARINC VISITS SWEDEN

    Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc left Ankara yesterday to pay an official visit to Sweden at the invitation of his Swedish counterpart, Bjorn von Sydow, who extended full support to Turkey’s European Union membership drive on behalf of all Swedish lawmakers when he visited Turkey last June. Arinc will also meet with King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Deputy Prime Minister Bosse Ringholm. /Turkish Daily News/

    [03] IRAN’S LARIJANI TO VISIT ANKARA

    Ali Larijani, secretary general of Iran’s National Security Council and the country's chief nuclear negotiator, is set to arrive in Ankara today for talks with Turkish officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. He is also expected to meet with his Turkish counterpart Yigit Alpogan. During their meetings, the Turkish side will reportedly urge Iran to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over its nuclear program. Larijani’s scheduled visit to Turkey late last month was postponed due to US Secretary of State Condolezza Rice’s visit to Ankara at about the same time. /Turkiye/

    [04] PARLIAMENT DELEGATION TO TRAVEL TO FRANCE TO WORK AGAINST ARMENIAN BILL

    Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc said yesterday that a delegation of four parliamentarians is planning to travel to France tomorrow. Speaking to reporters, Arinc, currently paying an official visit to Sweden, stated that France's Parliament is set to debate a bill concerning the so-called Armenian genocide on May 18, adding that the Turkish parliamentarians will hold a series of talks with their France counterparts to convince them not to pass the bill. Regarding the issue, Arinc also sent a message to France Parliament Speaker Jean-Louis Debre last month. /Turkiye/

    [05] TURKEY’S AMBASSADOR TO CANADA RECALLED TO DISCUSS RECOGNITION OF SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE BY PM HARPER

    Turkey’s Ambassador to Canada Aydemir Erman has been recalled for consultations after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that his country recognized the so-called Armenian genocide. Erman was brought back to Turkey to discuss possible steps to be taken over Harper’s statements. An official said that the issue was “serious” for Turkey, adding that the Armenian claims were direct attacks against the Turkish nation’s identity and history. In related news, Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc said that he would travel to France tomorrow to help prevent passage of a law criminalizing denial of the so-called Armenian genocide. /Aksam/

    [06] SENER: “AS OF 2004, ABOUT 17 MLN PEOPLE WERE LIVING BENEATH POVERTY LINE”

    Answering a question motion of a Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) deputy, Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener said yesterday that according to figures from that year, about 17 million people in Turkey were living beneath the poverty line in 2004. “The proportion of people living beneath the poverty line to the whole population was 26.9% in 2002, and fell to 25.6% in 2004,” he added. Saying that the Turkish Statistics Institution (TUIK) gauged the number of the poor using various methods, Sener stated that according to one of these methods 17 million people were living beneath the poverty line in 2004. /Milliyet/

    [07] EU'S KALLAS TO VISIT TURKEY FOR EUROPE DAY

    Siim Kallas, European commissioner for administrative affairs, audit and anti-fraud, is scheduled to arrive in Turkey tomorrow for a three-day visit, announced the Delegation of the European Commission to Ankara. “Kallas’ visit on Europe Day [May 9] shows the commission’s support to Turkey’s efforts to modernize its economy and prepare for accession,” the statement said. /Turkish Daily News/

    [08] MHP LEADER BAHCELI: “BEWARE OF THOSE TRYING TO BAIT NATIONALISTS INTO A CONFLICT”

    Opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli yesterday said that some groups are trying to lure the MHP into street fights. Speaking at the MHP’s Eskisehir provincial congress, Bahceli criticized Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying that he was questioning the history of the republic. “Beware of those trying to bait nationalists into a conflict,” he warned. “We draw a distinction between separatist terrorists and Kurdish-speaking Turkish citizens. We’ll end separatist terrorism,” said Bahceli. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] PARLIAMENT FACING TWO CONTROVERSIAL BILLS THIS WEEK

    Among other measures, Parliament is to debate two controversial bills this week that have made headlines and stirred controversy for weeks. One of the key issues to be addressed is the social security bill, which was sent back to Parliament for re-debate by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, while the other proposes changes to the Anti-Terror Law. On Tuesday an 11-article bill stipulating the privatization of electricity providers will also be debated in Parliament. A bill to lengthen the leave period for female Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) personnel will also be debated. /The New Anatolian/

    [10] FILM DIRECTOR ATIF YILMAZ LAID TO REST

    Famous movie director Atif Yilmaz, who passed away on Friday, was laid to rest yesterday and remembered in a ceremony attended by many members of the film community. Yilmaz had a distinguished 55-year career as a director, scriptwriter, and producer. /All papers/

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