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Turkish Press Review, 06-05-25

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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

25.05.2006

FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “THE ATTACK WAS A PROVOCATION”
  • [02] GUL: “WE SHOULD STAND BY EACH OTHER”
  • [03] AKSU: “LET’S NOT ALLOW PROVOCATEURS TO DISTURB THE NATION’S PEACE”
  • [04] PARLIAMENT APPROVES NEW ANTI-TERROR BODY
  • [05] CHP LEADER BAYKAL: “WE’LL OPEN UP OUR PARTY TO THE CENTER-RIGHT”
  • [06] ANAVATAN LEADER MUMCU: “ISN’T THE GOVT PART OF THE DEMOCRATIC REGIME?”
  • [07] ISRAELI, RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTERS TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [08] TURKEY, GREECE BLAME EACH OTHER FOR CRASH
  • [09] FIRE AT ISTANBUL AIRPORT CAUSES PANIC
  • [10] 25 SWEDISH CEOS TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [11] DREAM OIL PIPELINE SET TO BEGIN OPERATIONS
  • [12] ASO: “CENTRAL BANK SHOULD ABSOLUTELY NOT INTERVENE IN FOREX RATES”
  • [13] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [14] WHO DOES HISTORY BELONG TO IF NOT THE HISTORIANS? BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “THE ATTACK WAS A PROVOCATION”

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday last week’s attack on the Council of State judges was an open provocation aimed at damaging national stability and trust. Speaking at the Justice and Development Party (AKP) parliamentary group meeting, Erdogan called on people to be alert and act with common sense. The premier also reiterated that the government has been trying to ensure national unity since it came to power and embraces all Turkish people without any discrimination. Adding that there would be no retreat from the principles of democracy and the judiciary, Erdogan also dismissed rumors of early elections. /Sabah/

    [02] GUL: “WE SHOULD STAND BY EACH OTHER”

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said yesterday that recent attack on Council of State judges targeted Turkey’s peace, success and stability. Speaking at a meeting of the Ankara Chamber of Industry (ASO), Gul said, “There are certain circles who want to harm our unity, but we should stand by each other and tolerate our differences.” Stressing that the government covered Turkey’s 73 million people, Gul urged all sectors of society to act with common sense and responsibility. Concerning recent economic developments, Gul underlined that there would be no deviation in the economic program, calling on economic circles to trust in the government’s program. /Turkiye/

    [03] AKSU: “LET’S NOT ALLOW PROVOCATEURS TO DISTURB THE NATION’S PEACE”

    Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu said yesterday that last week’s attack on Council of State judges was meant to strike at the nation’s peace and stability. Addressing governors from Turkey’s 81 provinces at the opening of the Local Administrations’ Reform meeting in Ankara, Aksu said that the investigation concerning the hateful attack was underway, adding that officials would unravel the case. Pointing to the importance of national unity, Aksu called on citizens not to serve provocateurs through taking part in extremist activities. /Aksam/

    [04] PARLIAMENT APPROVES NEW ANTI-TERROR BODY

    Parliament yesterday approved a bill proposing the establishment of a new anti-terror unit under the Prime Ministry. The new Security Affairs Directorate General is supposed to work on necessary measures in the fight against terrorism and ensure coordination between security units of the Prime Ministry. /Aksam/

    [05] CHP LEADER BAYKAL: “WE’LL OPEN UP OUR PARTY TO THE CENTER-RIGHT”

    Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal yesterday said, “We’ll open the CHP’s doors to people who consider themselves democrats, secularists and republicans,” adding, “There’ll be an alternative to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). It is incumbent upon everybody, but firstly the CHP, to find an alternative to the AKP.” Speaking at his party’s group meeting, Baykal criticized the premier’s evaluation that the attack on the Council of State was a “bloody plot aiming to disturb Turkey’s peace,” saying, “They’re trying to impose on us the script they wrote.” /Hurriyet/

    [06] ANAVATAN LEADER MUMCU: “ISN’T THE GOVT PART OF THE DEMOCRATIC REGIME?”

    Speaking at a party group meeting, opposition Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) leader Erkan Mumcu yesterday criticized Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement on last week’s Council of State shooting, in which he said, “The bullets shot the government, not the regime,” Mumcu responded, “A person who said that doesn’t have the right to act as the prime minister for even a second in this country. He draws a distinction between the regime and the government. Isn’t the government a part of the democratic regime?” Mumcu also said that the government is trying to rule the country with an “us and them” mentality and that this would pull the country into chaos. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] ISRAELI, RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTERS TO VISIT TURKEY

    Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will both pay visits to Turkey over the next week to hold contacts. During his weekly press conference yesterday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Namik Tan said that both ministers would visit Turkey upon the invitation of Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. Tan said that Livni would visit Turkey on Sunday, in his first foreign trip in his new post, and Lavrov on Wednesday. In addition to Gul, both top diplomats are expected to meet with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and National Security (MGK) Secretary-General Yigit Alpogan. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] TURKEY, GREECE BLAME EACH OTHER FOR CRASH

    Commenting on the collision of Turkish and Greek F-16 fighter jets during a dogfight on Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis condemned Turkey yesterday for its part in the crash and said such incidents did not square with Ankara’s ambition to join the European Union, while Ankara said the Greek plane was at fault. Speaking to reporters yesterday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Namik Tan said that Turkey wanted “peace and stability” in the Aegean and added, “We hope the Greek-Greek Cypriot side has the same understanding.” Ankara dismissed Greek charges that the Turkish flight was in violation of Flight Information Region (FIR) requirements, saying international pacts on the matter underlining the necessity to inform the Greek side about Turkish flights in the FIR apply only to civilian planes, not military ones. Turkish Foreign Ministry officials also made clear yesterday that the area where the accident took place was over international waters, an area that cannot even be considered “Aegean.” Meanwhile, US officials also called on Ankara and Athens to work together to prevent future military accidents over the Aegean Sea. /Turkish Daily News/

    [09] FIRE AT ISTANBUL AIRPORT CAUSES PANIC

    A fire which incinerated the cargo section of the Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport yesterday caused extensive damage and inconvenience but no injuries. The resulting smoke, which covered the airport after a series of explosions, was seen from many districts of Istanbul. Some planes were re- routed as a precautionary measure. Deputy Governor Vedat Muftuoglu said that three people suffered smoke inhalation but there were no other casualties in the blaze, which spewed thick black smoke high into the air, and that there was no sign of terrorism or sabotage. /Milliyet/

    [10] 25 SWEDISH CEOS TO VISIT TURKEY

    A group of prominent Swedish business leaders will come to Istanbul next week. Twenty-five CEOs of Swedish firms including Ericsson, Telia Sonera and Volvo, which are among the world’s largest companies, will participate in the Sustainability and Good Management Panel to be held in Istanbul next Thursday. During the panel, issues such as good management for sustainable growth, corporate citizenship, business ethics, transparency and the importance of concept of social responsibility will be discussed. /Turkiye/

    [11] DREAM OIL PIPELINE SET TO BEGIN OPERATIONS

    Only 40 kilometers remains for crude oil to reach the Ceyhan, Turkey juncture of the Baku-Ceyhan-Tbilisi pipeline, which will convey Azerbaijan’s oil to Turkey. The first loading of oil to tankers will be done on this Saturday. As it has thick consistency, the oil can travel at two-and-a-half kilometers per hour, so it will reach Ceyhan the very same day. The official opening ceremony of the pipeline will be held on July 13, and presidents, prime ministers and energy ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey as well as representatives of 16 countries will attend the ceremony, which carries great importance for Turkey. /Turkiye/

    [12] ASO: “CENTRAL BANK SHOULD ABSOLUTELY NOT INTERVENE IN FOREX RATES”

    Ankara Chamber of Industry (ASO) Chairman Zafer Caglayan yesterday reacted against statements predicting possible intervention in foreign exchange markets, specifically a banker’s comment that the Central Bank would intervene if the value of the US dollar exceeds YTL 1.55. Criticizing these words, Caglayan said: “Why would the CB intervene?” Delivering a speech at the opening of the May assembly meeting of the ASO, Caglayan indicated that the CB should not intervene in either exchange or interest rates. /The New Anatolian/

    [13] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

    [14] WHO DOES HISTORY BELONG TO IF NOT THE HISTORIANS? BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Semih Idiz comments on the so-called Armenian genocide. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “I said earlier that the bill to criminalize denial of the so-called Armenian genocide would be passed by France’s Parliament. We can’t say that it didn’t pass. In other words, we can’t say that common sense won. Observers believe that the bill will pass if it comes to a vote. Now people say the bill will be brought to the agenda by the end of this year.

    The French Armenians aren’t satisfied with the situation either. They would prefer for the bill to be passed in the General Assembly and stay in legal procedures even if it’s not accepted. Armenian Deputy Partick Deveciyan lashed out at French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy. In his speech in Parliament, Balazy pointed to France’s important political and economic interests in its relations with Turkey and said the bill should be rejected. Deveciyan branded Blazy’s request “unethical.”

    However, the French are concerned about their economy. Smart observers know that foreign trade and foreign investment are very important in their economy. In other word, they are aware that Blazy’s words aren’t empty. If we come to ‘ethical’ Deveciyan, in light of the French approach to Algeria, he is also aware that the bill isn’t at all ethical. He’s already stated his views on history. After being reminded how at least one leading French historian is opposed to the bill, he said meaninglessly: ‘History isn’t the private property of historians.’

    Judging from the comments of French Armenians, this problem is a political problem rather than a historical one. That’s why the Armenians are against Turkey’ proposal for a commission of historians which was also supported by Douste-Blazy. They try to base the problem on demagogy. That’s why Turkey hast to stick to its proposal. But Ankara isn’t doing much about this.

    The fact that the Armenians didn’t reach their goals this time doesn’t change the situation much, because there are third parties who want to use this issue for their own interests.”

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