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Turkish Press Review, 06-05-22

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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

22.05.2006

ERDOGAN: “WE CAN PROVIDE DIALOGUE WITH IRAN” ECEVIT KEPT IN MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA PROBE OF ATTACK ON TOP COURT DEEPENS; NINE SUSPECTS QUESTIONED GUL: “TURKEY WON’T REVISIT THE PAST WE LEFT BEHIND" CHP LEADER BAYKAL: “THE PUBLIC WILL DEFEND SECULARISM” DYP LEADER AGAR: “THE GOVT SHOULD WORK TO WIN PEOPLE'S TRUST” THOUSANDS OF TURKS MARCH IN ANNUAL NEW YORK PARADE PAPADOPOULOS: “NO POLICY CHANGE IN GREEK CYPRUS AFTER ELECTIONS” FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... DIVIDED CAPITAL BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “WE CAN PROVIDE DIALOGUE WITH IRAN”
  • [02] ECEVIT KEPT IN MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA
  • [03] PROBE OF ATTACK ON TOP COURT DEEPENS; NINE SUSPECTS QUESTIONED
  • [04] GUL: “TURKEY WON’T REVISIT THE PAST WE LEFT BEHIND"
  • [05] CHP LEADER BAYKAL: “THE PUBLIC WILL DEFEND SECULARISM”
  • [06] DYP LEADER AGAR: “THE GOVT SHOULD WORK TO WIN PEOPLE'S TRUST”
  • [07] THOUSANDS OF TURKS MARCH IN ANNUAL NEW YORK PARADE
  • [08] PAPADOPOULOS: “NO POLICY CHANGE IN GREEK CYPRUS AFTER ELECTIONS”
  • [09] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [10] DIVIDED CAPITAL BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “WE CAN PROVIDE DIALOGUE WITH IRAN”

    Attending the weekend World Economic Forum (WEF) conference on the Middle East in Egypt’s Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Erdogan took part in a panel discussion entitled “Strengthening cooperation and dialogue” together with Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazief and Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora. Erdogan said that when the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power Turkey was experiencing serious dialogue troubles with neighboring countries, but today Ankara had forged good dialogue with these countries and was in a good situation. Asked about Turkey’s possible role in efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis, Erdogan began by recalling that he had had two meetings with the Iranian president in just a month. Referring to public discussion over whether Iran's nuclear energy program is meant to develop a nuclear weapon or for peaceful civilian goals, Erdogan underlined the importance of political dialogue to avoid deepening the crisis and to find a diplomatic solution, and said that Turkey could help in this process. /Hurriyet/

    [02] ECEVIT KEPT IN MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA

    After being hospitalized on Thursday after attending the funeral of a top judge killed by a gunman, senior statesman Bulent Ecevit is continuing to be kept in a medically induced coma to prevent further swelling around his brain. Speaking to reporters, Zeki Sezer, Ecevit's successor as leader of the Democratic left Party (DSP), said that there was no further indication of complications in Ecevit’s condition, adding that how long he would be kept in the coma was not yet clear. Meanwhile, members of the DSP coming from all around the country and ordinary people gathering at DSP headquarters and GATA military hospital in Ankara continued to lend support to the ailing former prime minister. /Aksam/

    [03] PROBE OF ATTACK ON TOP COURT DEEPENS; NINE SUSPECTS QUESTIONED

    Nine suspects believed to have been involved in a an attack last week on the Council of State that left one senior judge dead and four others wounded were interrogated by the state prosecutor in Ankara as an investigation into the shocking assault deepens. A key suspect in the attack, a former army captain, was in police custody at an Istanbul hospital, where he was brought on Saturday by two unidentified people, saying he had stabbed himself in a suicide attempt. The suspect, Muzaffer Tekin, who was discharged from the military due to disciplinary problems, is believed to have instructed lawyer Alparslan Arslan to attack the Council of State. He was also expected to be taken to Ankara to testify before the state prosecutor. Authorities discovered that Arslan had spoken to him on the phone several times before the attack. The attack on the Council of State judges on Wednesday, seen largely as an attack on secularism, sent shockwaves through Turkish politics, and thousands of people took the streets to protest the attack as well as the government, which they said encouraged the attack with statements criticizing the top court in the past. /Turkish Daily News/

    [04] GUL: “TURKEY WON’T REVISIT THE PAST WE LEFT BEHIND"

    Stressing that the attack last week on Council of State judges was also against the state and the government, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday said that the Turkish police, intelligence and the military were capable of foiling such plots, adding that all that was needed is solidarity. Speaking at a gathering organized by his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the central Anatolian province of Amasya yesterday, Gul said that Turkey would not return to the old days of violence and tension. Furthermore, in the eastern province of Van, Education Minister Huseyin Celik said the bullets fired at Council of State judges had targeted Turkey’s peace, unity and the government. He stressed that a pawn had carried out the attack and had been captured, but the master of this pawn was still at large. /Milliyet/

    [05] CHP LEADER BAYKAL: “THE PUBLIC WILL DEFEND SECULARISM”

    Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal claimed over the weekend that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was trying to use democracy to deprive Turkey of secularism. Speaking at a party meeting, Baykal accused a speech made by Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc on National Sovereignty Day, April 23, in Parliament of being a memorandum against secularism. He said that the latest developments and particularly the deadly shooting at the Council of State last Wednesday showed that it’s critical for the public and not only public institutions to defend republican principles. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] DYP LEADER AGAR: “THE GOVT SHOULD WORK TO WIN PEOPLE'S TRUST”

    The government should also work to win the confidence of sectors of society which didn’t vote for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), said opposition True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar yesterday. Speaking at a meeting in Karaman over the weekend, Agar said that the government was responsible for the health and security of the entire nation, and that preventing and blocking every kind of armed attack is also the government’s responsibility. Agar said that those ruling Turkey should understand this well and that it's necessary to prevent actions which could drag society into tension. /Star/

    [07] THOUSANDS OF TURKS MARCH IN ANNUAL NEW YORK PARADE

    Thousands of Turkish-Americans marched along the main avenues of New York yesterday in the 25th annual Turkish Day parade. The annual event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin, and a parliamentary group led by Egemen Bagis, head of the Turkish-US Interparliamentary Friendship Group. Addressing the crowd, Sahin expressed his pleasure at seeing the solidarity of Turks in America, adding that the US is a melting pot, and Turks are a part of it. /Turkiye/

    [08] PAPADOPOULOS: “NO POLICY CHANGE IN GREEK CYPRUS AFTER ELECTIONS”

    Greek Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos said yesterday that he sees no reason for a “dramatic change” in foreign policy following yesterday’s parliamentary elections in the Greek Cypriot administration. Asked by Turkish Cypriot journalists at Deftera Elementary School, where he voted, if after the elections there might be major changes to the Greek Cypriot side’s position, Papadopoulos replied, “I think the policy of the Greek Cypriot side, as you call it, is well-known and correct.” I see no reason for any dramatic changes,” he added. The Greek Cypriots voted for a new Parliament yesterday following a campaign dominated by debates over a future settlement on the divided island. /The New Anatolian/

    [09] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [10] DIVIDED CAPITAL BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Ferai Tinc comments on Cyprus. A summary of her column is as follows: “As everybody was waiting for the results of the Eurovision song contest, a Greek Cypriot spokesman characterized Cyprus as having the last divided capital in Europe. Nicosia_Lefkosha is the only problematic capital of Europe. While the European Union took over efforts for a solution to the Cyprus problem, it knew this very well and was saying it would be able to solve it. However, the problem drags out more and more every day, because Brussels dealt separately with the Cyprus problem and the EU membership of Greek Cyprus. For instance there's the view that there can be no linkage made between Europe not keeping its word to the Turkish Cypriots after the April 2004 referenda and Turkey not being willing to apply the additional protocol. In other words, the EU doesn’t accept the balance that Turkey won’t open its ports to the Greek Cypriots unless the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots is accepted and its isolation lifted. They say: ‘No such linkage can be made. We do everything we can to lift the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots. There are binding rules. But as a candidate country, Turkey has to accept all of our members and can’t treat Cyprus separately. Turkey has to fulfill its obligations towards Cyprus, as it’s a member of the Customs Union.’ Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Mehmet Ali Talat wants Ankara to stand firm against Brussels’ initiative to sever this linkage, because unless the isolation of the Cypriot Turks is lifted and the EU gathers the will to act against this unfair situation, Turkey establishing economic ties with the Greek Cypriots would make the Cypriot Turks a minority. The last divided Capital of Europe would also be history. Not with a solution, but with a deadlock. This is clear. All public opinion polls show this. Only a small percentage wants to live together and favors a solution. The problem isn't limited to Turkey’s application of the additional protocol. There are Greek Cypriot suits about property ownership in the European Court of Human Rights. In its last ruling, the court decided that this was a matter of internal law and that the Greeks should apply to a commission in the TRNC. A commission has been established, but there are some problems in implementing it. The burden of compensation will mount as the cases are brought to Strasbourg. The solution of these problems is only then possible when a solution for the island is found, but it's getting more difficult to get the Greek Cypriots to sit at the negotiating table.”

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