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Turkish Press Review, 06-05-24

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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

24.05.2006

ERDOGAN: “WE’LL NOT LET TRUTH OF ATTACK ON COURT BE CONCEALED” PM ERDOGAN: “ALGERIA IS TURKEY’S NUMBER ONE AFRICAN TRADING PARTNER” GUL: “ATTACK ON THE COURT TARGETED DEMOCRACY” TURKISH, GREEK JETS DOWNED OVER AEGEAN; GREEK PILOT DIES WOLFOWITZ: “TURKEY’S MAJOR ISSUE IS UNEMPLOYMENT” CHP LEADER BAYKAL: “CRISIS WILL BE SOLVED AT THE POLLS” AYDINER: “ORGANIZED GANG WAS INVOLVED IN COUNCIL OF STATE ATTACK” US IRAQ COORDINATOR JEFFREY: “WE DISCUSSED THE PKK THREAT WITH IRAQI KURDISH LEADERS” ECEVIT SHOWS NO IMPROVEMENT AFTER STROKE TURKEY WELCOMES FORMATION OF NEW IRAQI GOVT FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS ... DANGEROUS GAME BY ERDAL SAFAK (SABAH)

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “WE’LL NOT LET TRUTH OF ATTACK ON COURT BE CONCEALED”
  • [02] PM ERDOGAN: “ALGERIA IS TURKEY’S NUMBER ONE AFRICAN TRADING PARTNER”
  • [03] GUL: “ATTACK ON THE COURT TARGETED DEMOCRACY”
  • [04] TURKISH, GREEK JETS DOWNED OVER AEGEAN; GREEK PILOT DIES
  • [05] WOLFOWITZ: “TURKEY’S MAJOR ISSUE IS UNEMPLOYMENT”
  • [06] CHP LEADER BAYKAL: “CRISIS WILL BE SOLVED AT THE POLLS”
  • [07] AYDINER: “ORGANIZED GANG WAS INVOLVED IN COUNCIL OF STATE ATTACK”
  • [08] US IRAQ COORDINATOR JEFFREY: “WE DISCUSSED THE PKK THREAT WITH IRAQI KURDISH LEADERS”
  • [09] ECEVIT SHOWS NO IMPROVEMENT AFTER STROKE
  • [10] TURKEY WELCOMES FORMATION OF NEW IRAQI GOVT
  • [11] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS ...
  • [12] DANGEROUS GAME BY ERDAL SAFAK (SABAH)

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “WE’LL NOT LET TRUTH OF ATTACK ON COURT BE CONCEALED”

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while returning from Algeria, yesterday said that in the face of dissolution by various circles about last week’s attack on the Council of State, he would soon speak out about the issue. “I am personally involved in this,” said Erdogan. “I will meet with my colleagues at least once a week and closely follow it. We want to do our utmost to bring it to the judiciary as soon as possible. We’ll not let things be concealed or sidetracked. We’ll bring things up again if there’s anything, and examine them one by one. We’ll uncover it even if it’s [related to the 1996 scandal of] Susurluk.” He added that he would also address the state of the financial markets. /Hurriyet/

    [02] PM ERDOGAN: “ALGERIA IS TURKEY’S NUMBER ONE AFRICAN TRADING PARTNER”

    On the last day of his visit to Algeria yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was received by President Abdulaziz Bouteflika. During their talks, Bouteflika said that Algeria continues to lend support to Turkey on a number of issues, including the Armenian issue and Turkey’s European Union membership bid. In addition, a friendship and cooperation agreement was signed by Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler and Algerian Finance Minister Murat Midilisi. The agreement reportedly proposes cooperation and investment in politics, the military, trade and culture. Furthermore, the two countries agreed to carry out research into petroleum, natural gas and minerals. Erdogan also attended a meeting of Turkish and Algerian businessmen. Speaking at the gathering, the premier noted that Algeria was Turkey’s number one trading partner in Africa, adding that both countries wanted to further develop their ties. /Turkiye/

    [03] GUL: “ATTACK ON THE COURT TARGETED DEMOCRACY”

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said yesterday that last week’s attack on Council of State judges had truly targeted democracy. Addressing Parliament during debates over setting up a Security Affairs Directorate under the Prime Ministry, Gul said that if democracy should falter, both the government and the opposition would suffer. Stressing that the attack had targeted the state, principles of the republic, secularism and basic principles of the judiciary, Gul said the government was closely following developments and that the security forces had began to unravel the case. Calling on all people to act together against the enemies of the regime, secularism and judiciary, Gul said that their duty was to protect those values. /Turkiye/

    [04] TURKISH, GREEK JETS DOWNED OVER AEGEAN; GREEK PILOT DIES

    A Turkish and Greek fighter jet collided yesterday during a dogfight some 35 miles south of the Aegean island of Rhodes. The Turkish pilot was rescued by a merchant ship while the Greek pilot died, according to a statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry. The Turkish General Staff, in a written statement yesterday on the accident, stressed that the clash occurred while the Greek jet was intercepting the Turkish jet. The General Staff said that Turkish fighter jets were performing routine training flights in international airspace over the Aegean and Mediterranean when they were intercepted by Greek jet fighters over 35 miles south of the Greek island of Rhodes. “During this interception, a Turkish F-16 fighter jet and a Greek F-16 fighter jet collided and both planes crashed,” the statement said. Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul spoke to his Greek counterpart Dora Bakoyannis on the phone yesterday to avoid a possible crisis between Ankara and Athens following the crash. /All papers/

    [05] WOLFOWITZ: “TURKEY’S MAJOR ISSUE IS UNEMPLOYMENT”

    Sabanci University and the US’ Brookings Institute yesterday held the Second Sakip Sabanci Conference in Washington. Addressing the gathering, World Bank President and former US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said that Turkey’s most important issue was unemployment. Stressing that unemployment was a greater concern for the Turkish public than even terrorism, Wolfowitz stated that 10 million new jobs should be created through 2010. Pointing to the importance of boosting investments and strengthening the foreign private sector in the country, he added, however, that Turkey has difficulty attracting foreign investors. Concerning Turkey’s efforts to join the European Union, Wolfowitz stated that reforms in Turkey would benefit both Turkey and the EU. He added that Turkey needed to invest in its people to have a population in step with technological advances. /Sabah/

    [06] CHP LEADER BAYKAL: “CRISIS WILL BE SOLVED AT THE POLLS”

    Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal yesterday said that Turkish society was safeguarding secularism, which enjoyed the protection of various institutions in the past, and that this gives him hope. “We’ll find a way through this political crisis with policy,” he said. “We’ll find a way to those who brought Turkey to this point through democratic means, at the polls.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] AYDINER: “ORGANIZED GANG WAS INVOLVED IN COUNCIL OF STATE ATTACK”

    National Police Chief Gokhan Aydiner said yesterday that they had uncovered an organized gang’s involvement in the attacks on both the Council of State judges and Cumhuriyet daily, adding that members of the gang have been detained. Stressing that a total of 17 people have been taken into custody, and two more suspects are being sought, Aydiner said that all leads were being investigated. /Aksam/

    [08] US IRAQ COORDINATOR JEFFREY: “WE DISCUSSED THE PKK THREAT WITH IRAQI KURDISH LEADERS”

    US State Department Iraq Coordinator James Jeffrey yesterday said that the terrorist PKK issue would constitute one of the most important priorities of Washington’s cooperation with the new government established in Iraq. Jeffrey stated that they had brought the PKK issue to the attention of Iraqi Kurdish leaders last month. Touching on Turkey’s security concerns stemming from the PKK’s presence in Iraq, the diplomat stated that his country expects to work in cooperation with both Ankara and Baghdad on the issue. Urging all of Iraq’s neighbors to use Turkey as a model, Jeffrey praised Turkey’s contribution to the reconstruction of Iraq and its role in political and economic developments. /Milliyet/

    [09] ECEVIT SHOWS NO IMPROVEMENT AFTER STROKE

    Doctors treating former Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said Tuesday he had shown no improvement and remained in a coma on life support following treatment for a stroke. Doctors previously had been unable to assess the 81-year-old former leader’s neurological condition because he was in a medically induced sleep for nearly three days following his stroke late Thursday night. The doctors said in a written statement Tuesday that Ecevit had come out of anesthesia, but remained in critical condition and on life support. “The expected changes in his condition have not occurred,” they said, and “he remains in critical condition and in a coma.” /The New Anatolian/

    [10] TURKEY WELCOMES FORMATION OF NEW IRAQI GOVT

    Turkey has extended its congratulations to the new Iraqi government that took office over the weekend and expressed hope that the new government would be beneficial for all Iraqis. A written statement released by the Foreign Ministry on Monday said that Turkey is determined to do its best to support the efforts of the new government led by Nouri al-Maliki to solve the political, economic, security and social problems of Iraq. /Turkish Daily News/

    [11] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS ...

    [12] DANGEROUS GAME BY ERDAL SAFAK (SABAH)

    Columnist Erdal Safak comments on yesterday’s dogfight between Turkish and Greek jets. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “This is a war game. A deadly war game in peacetime! I’m talking about the dogfight between the Turkish and Greek jets. One of these dogfights caused fear on both sides of the Aegean. The Turkish and Greek jets crashed. Both pilots managed to eject before the crash. The Turkish pilot, Halil Ibrahim Ozdemir, survived. There was no information about the Greek pilot as I was writing this column. I hope he’ll survive.

    On Oct. 8, 1996, Turkish pilot Nail Erdogan died during a dogfight over the Aegean when tension between Athens and Ankara was high, and the fact that he fell from a Greek missile came out years later. This was reported by a Greek periodical. The pilot’s family brought the incident to the European Court of human Rights. The court agreed to handle the case.

    This war game sometimes brings the two countries to the brink of a conflict. On Nov. 18, 2004, a Greek warplane locked its radar on a Turkish jet and the jet opened fire, because locking radar for more than five minutes is considered a hostile act. Of course this was followed by mutual harsh declarations.

    Both the military and politicians of both countries intervened right after the latest incident. Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok immediately called his Greek counterpart. And Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul called his Greek counterpart Dora Bakoyannis, who was scheduled to go to Paris after her stay in Helsinki, but now is returning to Athens. This shows that the incident will stay on the agenda for several days.

    Could this dangerous war game not be prevented? According to the military: ‘No.’ Because dogfights are an exercise for war pilots. Retired Gen. Yasar Mujdeci said: ‘Planes from both sides have fallen during the air maneuvers called dogfights. Dogfights are necessary for gauging the combat capabilityies of both sides.’ Fine, but Gul and Bakoyannis have explained that they would establish a ‘red line’ between Eskisehir and Larissa to put an end to these dogfights. Based on Mujdeci’s words, we would have no hope. Former Greek Defense Minister Spilyos Spilyotopolos echoed Mujdeci: ‘Nothing will change even if a red line is established.’ I hope the incident won’t cast a shadow over the visit by Bakoyannis to Turkey in the coming days.”

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