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Turkish Press Review, 06-05-26

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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

26.05.2006

TURKISH, GERMAN POLITICIANS, BUSINESSMEN TO MEET IN BERLIN KUWAITI FM VISITS TURKEY FM GUL: “TURKISH-GREEK HOTLINE WILL HELP AVOID CRISES” MGK SECRETARY-GENERAL: “NO MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAN EXPECTED THIS YEAR” FIRE AT ISTANBUL’S ATATURK AIRPORT CAUSES HUGE LOSSES EU TO WARN TURKEY AT JUNE MEETING US REMOVES AMBASSADOR WHO SAID “ARMENIAN GENOCIDE” FROM OFFICE

CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKISH, GERMAN POLITICIANS, BUSINESSMEN TO MEET IN BERLIN
  • [02] KUWAITI FM VISITS TURKEY
  • [03] FM GUL: “TURKISH-GREEK HOTLINE WILL HELP AVOID CRISES”
  • [04] MGK SECRETARY-GENERAL: “NO MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAN EXPECTED THIS YEAR”
  • [05] FIRE AT ISTANBUL’S ATATURK AIRPORT CAUSES HUGE LOSSES
  • [06] EU TO WARN TURKEY AT JUNE MEETING
  • [07] US REMOVES AMBASSADOR WHO SAID “ARMENIAN GENOCIDE” FROM OFFICE

  • [01] TURKISH, GERMAN POLITICIANS, BUSINESSMEN TO MEET IN BERLIN

    Turkish and German politicians and businessmen are set to convene for the Berlin Economic Congress beginning today. During the three-day gathering, bilateral ties, including political and economic relations, are expected to be taken up. Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his German counterpart Angela Merkel will deliver speeches at the opening of the meeting. Erdogan, accompanied by State Minister for the Economy Ali Babacan, former Premier Mesut Yilmaz, opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Onur Oyman and a number of deputies, as well as representatives from leading Turkish firms, is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Merkel to exchange views on Turkey’s European Union membership bid and the negotiation process. After his arrival in Berlin late yesterday afternoon, Erdogan addressed his countryman, saying that Turkey had made great strides on its road to the EU membership. Furthermore, the premier held talks with former Federal Parliament Speaker Rita Sussmuth and former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Bondavik. /Aksam-Turkiye/

    [02] KUWAITI FM VISITS TURKEY

    Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Muhammad Sabah al-Salim al-Sabah, who is currently visiting Turkey, yesterday met with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul. Economic relations and regional issues, including Iran, Iraq and the Middle East, were reportedly the focus of their talks. The two top diplomats told reporters that they had similar views on Iraq, saying that the country’s territorial integrity should be ensured, adding that the Iran issue should be resolved through diplomatic means. The Kuwaiti official was accompanied by businessmen, who stated that they have hopes of buying Halkbank, Istanbul’s Cevahir Mall and the city’s gas distribution network. /Turkiye/

    [03] FM GUL: “TURKISH-GREEK HOTLINE WILL HELP AVOID CRISES”

    Speaking about Tuesday’s plane crash over the Aegean Sea, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday said that as a part of new precautionary measures, a hotline between Turkey’s Eskisehir National Aviation Center and Greece’s Larisa Center would be established soon. “It is unfortunate that such a painful event occurred,” said Gul, adding that a probe telling where, how, and in what conditions the event had happened was underway, and all this would be revealed and mutual work would be carried out. /Milliyet/

    [04] MGK SECRETARY-GENERAL: “NO MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAN EXPECTED THIS YEAR”

    While closely following the nuclear dispute between the US and Iran, Turkey believes that the possibility of a war in the region this year isn’t strong. Developments about Iran marked National Security Council (MGK) Secretary-General Yigit Alpogan’s visit to Russia this week. Alpogan said that during his meeting with his Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov, the tension between Washington and Tehran was discussed. Speaking to Turkish journalists, Alpogan said that Turkey and Russia accepted that Iran had the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes like all countries, adding, “Turkey doesn’t like having a neighbor with nuclear weapons. We favor a diplomatic solution to the nuclear crisis. Considering the possible damage to Turkey, it’s natural for us to choose diplomacy and dialogue to persuade Iran. We have no other choice.” Alpogan reportedly told his Russian counterpart that Turkey doesn’t expect US-led military action against Iran before the end of this year, should efforts at a diplomatic solution to the nuclear crisis not bear fruit. /Milliyet/

    [05] FIRE AT ISTANBUL’S ATATURK AIRPORT CAUSES HUGE LOSSES

    Wednesday’s fire at a cargo section of Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport caused a large amount of damage, including the destruction of textile products worth around $10 million as well as gold, silver and electronic equipment shipments. Officials stated that they did not know the full extent of the damage, but goods from hundreds of firms were in the affected area. Fire extinguishers were used during the day and night to eliminate hot spots, and officials are investigating whether there was any leakage from radioactive material stored in the cargo building. Meanwhile, security officials are carrying out an extensive investigation to determine the reason for the blaze. /Sabah/

    [06] EU TO WARN TURKEY AT JUNE MEETING

    The European Union is preparing to give sharp warning to Turkey at the Association Council meeting to be held in Luxembourg on June 12. In its draft position paper to be submitted to Turkey, there are criticisms on Cyprus, the situation in Turkey’s southeast, civilian-military relations, religious rights and the supplementary protocol. The draft position paper will be discussed by the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) and will take its final shape by June 12. /Cumhuriyet-Hurriyet/

    [07] US REMOVES AMBASSADOR WHO SAID “ARMENIAN GENOCIDE” FROM OFFICE

    US President George W. Bush has removed from office Ambassador to Armenia John Evans, who recently described the events of World War I as a “genocide,” contrary to the US’ official policy. The White House statement said that current Ambassador to Tajikistan Richard Hoagland is slated to take over the post. /Star/

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