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Turkish Press Review, 06-05-11

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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

11.05.2006

ERDOGAN TRAVELS TO AUSTRIA COUNCIL OF STATE CELEBRATES 138TH ANNIVERSARY SEZER VETOES SECTIONS OF SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM BILL FRENCH PARLIAMENT COMMISSION REJECTS ARMENIAN BILL FOREIGN MINISTRY PRAISES FRENCH PARLIAMENT COMMISSION’S REJECTING ARMENIAN BILL ARINC: “IN ADDITION TO HINDERING TURKEY’S EU BID, THE ARMENIAN BILL IS ALSO MEANT FOR DOMESTIC POLITICAL CONSUMPTION” IN FRANCE, GENDARMERIE COMMANDER TO WARN APPROVAL OF ARMENIAN BILL WOULD HURT TIES; FRENCH BUSINESSMEN PRESS FOR WITHDRAWAL OF BILL PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION IN PARIS WORKS AGAINST ARMENIAN BILL TUSIAD SENDS LETTER TO FRENCH DEPUTIES, SENATORS WARNING ABOUT HARMFUL BILL TURKEY PROTESTS NEW PONTIC MONUMENT IN ATHENS

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN TRAVELS TO AUSTRIA
  • [02] COUNCIL OF STATE CELEBRATES 138TH ANNIVERSARY
  • [03] SEZER VETOES SECTIONS OF SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM BILL
  • [04] FRENCH PARLIAMENT COMMISSION REJECTS ARMENIAN BILL
  • [05] FOREIGN MINISTRY PRAISES FRENCH PARLIAMENT COMMISSION’S REJECTING ARMENIAN BILL
  • [06] ARINC: “IN ADDITION TO HINDERING TURKEY’S EU BID, THE ARMENIAN BILL IS ALSO MEANT FOR DOMESTIC POLITICAL CONSUMPTION”
  • [07] IN FRANCE, GENDARMERIE COMMANDER TO WARN APPROVAL OF ARMENIAN BILL WOULD HURT TIES; FRENCH BUSINESSMEN PRESS FOR WITHDRAWAL OF BILL
  • [08] PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION IN PARIS WORKS AGAINST ARMENIAN BILL
  • [09] TUSIAD SENDS LETTER TO FRENCH DEPUTIES, SENATORS WARNING ABOUT HARMFUL BILL
  • [10] TURKEY PROTESTS NEW PONTIC MONUMENT IN ATHENS

  • [01] ERDOGAN TRAVELS TO AUSTRIA

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday traveled to Austria to attend the three-day European Union-Latin America_Caribbean Summit to be held in Vienna. Speaking to reporters before his departure at Ankara’s Esenboga Airport, Erdogan said that leaders from 60 countries, including 33 from Latin America and Caribbean countries, will participate in the gathering, adding that international issues and bilateral relations will be taken up. The premier stated that after completing his contacts in Vienna, he would proceed to Indonesia for the weekend D-8 meeting. Commenting on France’s recent bill on the so-called Armenian genocide, Erdogan said that the two countries have good relations rooted in history. “I believe France will not let this virus infect our relations and common sense will eventually win out,” said Erdogan. He also pointed out that investments by French companies in Turkey top the list of foreign investment. In related news, the premier will take part in a friendly football match between leaders from the EU and Latin America countries. Turkish National Team Coach Fatih Terim will accompany Erdogan during the match. /Turkiye/

    [02] COUNCIL OF STATE CELEBRATES 138TH ANNIVERSARY

    The Council of State yesterday celebrated its 138th anniversary. A ceremony was held in Ankara to mark the day with the attendance of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Constitutional Court Chief Justice Tulay Tugcu. Addressing the gathering, Sumru Cortoglu, the new chief justice of the Council of State, said that the judiciary could be criticized but it should be impartial, based on law and scholarship. She warned that fundamentalism and separatism supported by foreign and domestic forces were a threat to the unity, existence and integrity of the Republic of Turkey. Cortoglu hosted a reception in the evening at Parliament. In addition, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer sent a congratulatory message to Cortoglu yesterday saying that the independence of the judiciary was a must in countries that respect the rule of law. /Sabah/

    [03] SEZER VETOES SECTIONS OF SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM BILL

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer yesterday vetoed 15 articles of the social security reform bill, sending them back to Parliament to be re-debated. One of the articles that he objected to proposed raising the retirement age to 65 for both genders. The president argued that this was “not fair, reasonable, or appropriate” in a country with an average life expectancy of 66 years, underlining that the laws should be in line with an understanding of a social welfare state. Sezer has the authority to veto legislation only once. /Aksam/

    [04] FRENCH PARLIAMENT COMMISSION REJECTS ARMENIAN BILL

    The Foreign Relations Commission of France’s Parliament yesterday rejected a bill to criminalize denial of the so-called Armenian genocide. However, the bill is still set to be considered by the General Assembly next Thursday. /Milliyet/

    [05] FOREIGN MINISTRY PRAISES FRENCH PARLIAMENT COMMISSION’S REJECTING ARMENIAN BILL

    Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Namik Tan praised yesterday’s rejection by the French Parliament’s Foreign Relations Commission of a bill to criminalize denial of the so-called Armenian genocide, adding that he hoped next week the full Parliament would do the same. “Relations between our countries go back a long time,” he said. “We hope that this relationship won’t be hurt.” Saying that the French government was very sensitive about the issue, he added that people should remain calm over the matter. /Turkiye/

    [06] ARINC: “IN ADDITION TO HINDERING TURKEY’S EU BID, THE ARMENIAN BILL IS ALSO MEANT FOR DOMESTIC POLITICAL CONSUMPTION”

    Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc said yesterday that France’s Armenian bill wasn’t meant solely to hinder Turkey’s European Union membership bid, but also was meant for domestic political consumption. Saying that Turkish parliamentarians were lobbying in Paris against the bill, he added that he thought the bill would be rejected by the French Parliament next Thursday. This bill disappoints Ankara, he stated, warning that this would be taken into consideration in relations. In related news, opposition True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar said that he hoped the bill won’t pass. “Such initiatives can hurt Turkish-French relations,” added Agar. /Turkiye/

    [07] IN FRANCE, GENDARMERIE COMMANDER TO WARN APPROVAL OF ARMENIAN BILL WOULD HURT TIES; FRENCH BUSINESSMEN PRESS FOR WITHDRAWAL OF BILL

    Gendarmerie General Commander Fevzi Turkeri, currently in France for an official visit, is set to tell his French counterparts that Ankara is very sensitive about the so-called Armenian genocide issue. He is expected to meet with his counterparts and say that approval of the Armenian bill by France’s Parliament would hurt relations between the two countries. In related news, leading French businessmen say that the Armenian bill should be withdrawn as soon as possible, warning that France could lose the Turkish market worth $4.7 billion. /Turkiye/

    [08] PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION IN PARIS WORKS AGAINST ARMENIAN BILL

    A Turkish parliamentary delegation yesterday started contacts in Paris to lobby against a bill threatening prison sentences for people who question the Armenian genocide claims. The delegation, including Mehmet Dulger and Musa Sivacioglu from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) as well as Onur Oymen and Gulsun Bilgehan Toker from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), met first with French National Assembly Speaker Jean-Louis Debre and then with Foreign Affairs Commission Chair Edouard Balladur. Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Oymen said, “We told our French counterparts about the Turkish nation’s backlash” against the proposed measure, and that they had stressed the recent campaigns to boycott French goods. In related news, a Bulgarian bill for recognition of the so-called Armenian genocide prepared by the Ataka party, known for its racist views, was rejected yesterday by the Bulgarian Parliament. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] TUSIAD SENDS LETTER TO FRENCH DEPUTIES, SENATORS WARNING ABOUT HARMFUL BILL

    The Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD) sent a letter this week to French parliamentarians rebuffing the genocide allegations at the heart of a new bill criminalizing denial of the “genocide” and also warning of the damage bilateral relations could suffer over the measure. The letter signed by TUSIAD Chairman Omer Sabanci was sent to 577 deputies and 331 senators, and also said that the proposed bill would have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and historical research. /Hurriyet/

    [10] TURKEY PROTESTS NEW PONTIC MONUMENT IN ATHENS

    Turkey reacted sharply to the so-called Pontic Hellenism genocide monument which was opened last Friday. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Namik Tan yesterday said that so-called Pontic genocide lacks historical and scientific evidence. “We suggest that Greek authorities and scholars evaluate the historical events objectively instead of using such expressions that can damage relations between our two countries,” said Tan. “We want to again reiterate that this step, which became a fodder for feeble arguments, isn’t in line with the spirit of the cooperation and dialogue we’re trying to develop.” /Cumhuriyet/

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