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Turkish Press Review, 06-05-10

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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> <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

10.05.2006


CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN URGES FRENCH FIRMS TO WORK AGAINST ARMENIAN BILL
  • [02] FRENCH PARLIAMENT COMMISSION TO DEBATE ARMENIAN BILL TODAY
  • [03] AMBASSADOR TO FRANCE KORUTURK TO MEET WITH ERDOGAN
  • [04] GUL HOSTS EU COUNTRIES’ AMBASSADORS
  • [05] NINTH EURASIA ECONOMIC SUMMIT CONTINUES
  • [06] CHP LEADER BAYKAL: “THIS GOVT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANTI-TERROR BILL”
  • [07] DUTCH INTERIOR MINISTER PRAISES TURKEY’S REFORMS TOWARDS EU MEMBERSHIP
  • [08] SWEDISH PARLIAMENT SPEAKER: “ROJ-TV CAN’T BE BROADCAST IN SWEDEN”
  • [09] TUSIAD HEAD SABANCI: “IS THE HEADSCARF ISSUE TURKEY’S PRIORITY?”

  • [01] ERDOGAN URGES FRENCH FIRMS TO WORK AGAINST ARMENIAN BILL

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday met with representatives of French companies operating in Turkey. “Help block passage of the Armenian bill in the French Parliament,” urged Erdogan. “Otherwise, Turkish-French relations will suffer grave damage.” During the meeting, Erdogan conveyed Turkey’s concerns about the Armenian bill and said, “We ask you to stand with Turkey. We expect your support for Turkey’s stance. Leave this issue to the historians.” The French representatives, for their part, showed Erdogan the letter they sent to French parliamentarians warning against damaging bilateral economic relations by approving the bill. Meanwhile, France’s Ambassador to Ankara Paul Poudade said, “I’m not certain that there will be a big crisis between two countries, because keeping a low profile and not making too much of things are to the advantage of both countries.” Poudade said that he was confident that developments would be kept under control in the French Parliament. The French ambassador stated that France’s continuing its relations with Turkey was important, adding, “At the same time, keeping ties with France, a European Union member, is also to the advantage of Turkey.” In related news, a delegation of Turkish parliamentarians yesterday went to Paris. The four-member delegation of two ruling and two opposition party deputies will meet with the French Parliament speaker and deputies to warn of the negative impact the Armenian bill could have on Turkish-French relations. /Hurriyet-Milliyet-Star/

    [02] FRENCH PARLIAMENT COMMISSION TO DEBATE ARMENIAN BILL TODAY

    The Foreign Relations Commission of France’s Parliament will debate a bill today to criminalize denial of the so-called Armenian genocide, submitted by the Socialist Party. The bill will be debated at the General Assembly next Thursday. The Armenian Case Defense, a group active in France, will demonstrate in favor of the bill next week. Turkish associations in France are also expected to organize a demonstration in front of the Parliament to protest the bill. /Aksam/

    [03] AMBASSADOR TO FRANCE KORUTURK TO MEET WITH ERDOGAN

    Turkey’s Ambassador to Paris Osman Koruturk, recalled this week to Ankara for consultations over a French bill criminalizing denial of the so-called Armenian genocide, today is set to meet with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and then France’s Ambassador to Ankara Paul Paudade. He is expected to return to Paris in the late afternoon and continue lobbying against the bill together with Turkish parliamentarians visiting Paris. /Aksam/

    [04] GUL HOSTS EU COUNTRIES’ AMBASSADORS

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul accompanied by State Minister for the Economy and Turkey’s EU chief negotiator Ali Babacan yesterday hosted a banquet for European Union member countries’ ambassadors in Ankara to mark Europe Day. Addressing the top diplomats, Gul said that Turkish young people especially wanted the nation to join the EU. Concerning this week’s visit to Akara of Ali Larijani, secretary general of Iran’s National Security Council and the country’s top nuclear negotiator, Gul said that Turkish officials had conveyed the international community’s concerns over Tehran’s nuclear program, adding that Larijani claimed that Iran did not plan to use its program for military purposes. /Turkiye/

    [05] NINTH EURASIA ECONOMIC SUMMIT CONTINUES

    At the Ninth Eurasia Economic Summit yesterday, energy issues were discussed. Addressing the gathering, Energy Minister Hilmi Guler said that petroleum was the king of the last century, but now natural gas has the crown. Stressing that energy involves a complex equilibrium, the minister stated that the government is well aware of this and is pursuing a very deliberate policy on the matter. Also speaking at the meeting, IsBank Director General Ersin Ozince said that the Turkish banking sector had become attractive for foreign investors. Also, Industry and Commerce Minister Ali Coskun stated that Turkey’s goal was an economic structure with a sharp competitive edge in the global economy. /Aksam/

    [06] CHP LEADER BAYKAL: “THIS GOVT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANTI-TERROR BILL”

    Responding to Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s criticism that he had not made any proposals to the anti-terror bill, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal yesterday said no such proposals would be forthcoming. “You either withdraw that bill, accepting that it’s flawed, or you revise it,” he said. “You’re the ones who must do that. Isn’t it you who said that the bill is a good one? Why are you expecting proposals from me now? If you pass this bill now, you’ll be held responsible for it.” Speaking at a party group meeting, Baykal also said that Turkey was expecting “salvation,” adding, “We’ll save the country at the ballot box.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] DUTCH INTERIOR MINISTER PRAISES TURKEY’S REFORMS TOWARDS EU MEMBERSHIP

    Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner, currently paying an official visit to Turkey, yesterday met with his Turkish counterpart Cemil Cicek. Following their talks, Cicek told reporters at a joint press conference that a large number of Turkish citizens living in the Netherlands contributed to develop good relations between the two countries. He added that on the road to European Union membership, Turkey always received the Netherlands’ support and benefited from the country’s experience. For his part, the Dutch official stated that his country welcomed Turkey’s recent judicial reforms and praised Ankara’s efforts to join the bloc. /Turkiye/

    [08] SWEDISH PARLIAMENT SPEAKER: “ROJ-TV CAN’T BE BROADCAST IN SWEDEN”

    On the second day of his visit to Sweden, Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc yesterday met with his Swedish counterpart Bjorn Von Sydow. Speaking to reporters, Von Synow vowed that his government would not allow the pro- terrorist PKK Roj-TV to broadcast in their country. Commenting on the Armenian genocide allegations, he stated that the Swedish Parliament had not recognized the so-called genocide, adding that they left the issue to the historians to be researched and discussed. Moreover, addressing the Swedish Parliament, Arinc dismissed the genocide allegations, saying that Armenians had freely lived under Ottoman rule. He reminded then that Ankara had proposed to Armenia the formation of an impartial joint commission to focus on the issue, but had not gotten an affirmative reply. In addition, he stated that Turkey’s European Union membership bid served both Turkey’s and the EU’s interests. Arinc also pointed out that Turkish state has no religion, but rather is a secular, democratic country. /Turkiye/

    [09] TUSIAD HEAD SABANCI: “IS THE HEADSCARF ISSUE TURKEY’S PRIORITY?”

    Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD) Chairman Omer Sabanci yesterday warned that an atmosphere of tension would damage Turkey. Speaking to Hurriyet daily, Sabanci spoke about issues in Turkey’s spotlight. Touching on the recent headscarf debates, Sabanci said, “Is this the priority issue of Turkey?” and added, “Why do we preoccupy Turkey’s agenda with such artificial issues? … There might be different points of views among the members of TUSIAD but this isn’t the priority issue of Turkey. We have other issues on our plate. Turkey wastes its time and grows weary. We have the European Union, development, investment and unemployment to tackle.” /Hurriyet/

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