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Turkish Press Review, 06-06-14

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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

14.06.2006

FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER SPEAKS AT 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF ANKARA UNIVERSITY
  • [02] ERDOGAN VISITS MACEDONIA
  • [03] FM GUL MAY PAY VISIT TO TEHRAN
  • [04] SENER: “THE GOVT IS DETERMINED ON REFORMS AND RESTRUCTURING”
  • [05] GUL: “THE EU SHOULD KEEP ITS PROMISE”
  • [06] BAYKAL PUSHES FOR EARLY ELECTIONS
  • [07] MUMCU: “THE NATION NEEDS THE MOTHERLAND PARTY”
  • [08] CB HEAD SPEAKS ON FINANCIAL STABILITY AND RISKS REPORT
  • [09] FITCH: “TURKEY’S CREDIT OUTLOOK ISN’T AS GOOD AS A FEW MONTHS AGO”
  • [10] UNAKITAN: “THERE'S NO NEED FOR PANIC OVER LATEST ECONOMIC FLUCTUATIONS”
  • [11] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [12] STAYING IN THE EUROPEAN ORBIT BY ISMAIL KUCUKKAYA (AKSAM)

  • [01] SEZER SPEAKS AT 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF ANKARA UNIVERSITY

    Speaking at a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the foundation of Ankara University, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer yesterday asked students not to be influenced by dogmas whose ends are known but instead to adopt critical thinking systems. “We know that the problems which universities are facing are large hurdles to their development,” he said. “Universities embracing a democratic administration style based upon academic and fiscal independence, one transparent and grounded in ethical values, is a must to reach the standards of modern universities.” Sezer exhorted the students, saying, “You must fight for a clean society, strive to put ethical values before everything, and enrich society with your identity open to changes. Furthermore and first of all, you have to learn by heart Ataturk’s principles and reforms. You should know that a thinking system in line with Ataturk’s policies is indispensable to the modern world and a brighter Turkey." Ankara University Rector Nusret Aras also spoke, saying that as national and international courts have both made final rulings on the headscarf issue there should be no further debates on the matter. “Today the headscarf issue, which is a matter of how women dress at universities, should no longer be a legal problem," he said. "But certain circles are keeping the issue in the public eye and thus creating tension; it should no longer be an issue in Turkey.” The rector added that women can dress the way they like and act as they wish outside of universities. /Cumhuriyet-The New Anatolian/

    [02] ERDOGAN VISITS MACEDONIA

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, currently in Macedonia for an official visit, yesterday met with his Macedonian counterpart Vlado Buckovski. After being asked about Greek Cypriots’ not only asking Turkey to open its ports to them but also to recognize the Greek Cypriot administration, Erdogan said, “During yesterday’s [European Union] meetings, our science and education chapter was opened and closed, and Greek Cyprus might have had these kinds of requests. But as we always say, it would be wrong to mix in political principles which are outside the [accession] process. During Turkey’s EU bid we’ll face some problems, as we have before. We know that. What happened yesterday had been expected. But common sense won out yesterday and finally the science and education chapter was opened and closed.” /Star/

    [03] FM GUL MAY PAY VISIT TO TEHRAN

    A further stop might be added to Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul’s visits to Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan set to begin this weekend. Ankara is considering Tehran’s repeated invitation to Gul and is planning for a possible meeting with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Gul yesterday confirmed that a trip to Tehran was being considered, adding, “If it will help reach positive results, I could surely go to Iran, but we haven’t decided yet.” /Hurriyet/

    [04] SENER: “THE GOVT IS DETERMINED ON REFORMS AND RESTRUCTURING”

    Speaking at a seminar yesterday entitled “Global Trends, Expectations, and Turkey’s Growth Performance” organized by the Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD) and Koc University, Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener said that the government was determined to carry through reforms and restructuring. Addressing the gathering, TUSIAD head Omer Sabanci said that doing nothing in the face of fluctuations in the international markets hurting the Turkish economy was not an option. Sabanci stressed that the economy was being greatly affected by the fluctuations since the markets weren’t confident that political stability and reforms would continue. Saying that meeting the 5% inflation target for this year would be difficult, Sabanci added the Central Bank should prepare a package of measures to help reach the target. /Sabah/

    [05] GUL: “THE EU SHOULD KEEP ITS PROMISE”

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said yesterday that Ankara had fulfilled its all responsibilities on Cyprus, and that the European Union too should meet its commitments. Speaking to reporters at Ankara’a Esenboga Airport upon returning from his visit to Luxembourg for the historic beginning of Turkey’s EU talks, Gul said the resolution of the decades-old Cyprus issue should not be related to Turkey’s EU membership bid. Stressing that negotiations on science and research, the first of the 35 chapters, had nothing to do with the Cyprus issue, Gul said, “Turkey’s EU joining process should not be turned into a process of Cyprus talks." Pointing to upcoming chapters to be discussed, the foreign minister called on everybody not to expend both Turkey’s and the EU’s energy in vain. Gul stated that the Turkish side had introduced a number of creative proposals for a settlement on the island. “But settlement requires compromise, not one-sided efforts,” added Gul. He also urged the EU to make efforts to end the international isolation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), as it had promised. /Turkiye/

    [06] BAYKAL PUSHES FOR EARLY ELECTIONS

    Opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal said yesterday that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government had lost its control over both the economy and politics. “The government doesn’t favor elections anymore,” said Baykal. Addressing deputies at his party parliamentary group meeting, Baykal said that it was time to get rid of the AKP rule in the country. He called on all citizens who believe in Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s principles, and the secular and democratic republic, to own and reconstruct Turkey. Regarding the European Union’s decision on Monday to begin accession talks with Turkey, Baykal claimed that the Cyprus issue had become a part of the accession, adding that the negotiations process would be difficult. /Aksam/

    [07] MUMCU: “THE NATION NEEDS THE MOTHERLAND PARTY”

    Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) leader Erkan Mumcu said yesterday that his party wants to build the country’s future. Speaking at a meeting of the party in Istanbul entitled, “Marching Back to Power,” Mumcu said ANAVATAN was not only a party but also an outlook, adding that his party was founded to serve the nation. /Turkiye/

    [08] CB HEAD SPEAKS ON FINANCIAL STABILITY AND RISKS REPORT

    Speaking at a press conference yesterday on a new financial stability and risks report, Central Bank Governor Durmus Yilmaz said that though consumers' disposable income had risen a bit, their level of personal debt had gone up considerably in line with increased consumption. He urged consumers to use their credit cards wisely. Saying that recent developments in the markets were testing the soundness of the financial sector, Yilmaz added that he thought he was also being tested as CB head. “With the floating exchange rate, we don’t say anything about the exchange rate and we can’t give any guarantees about it,” he said. “The latest economic developments will certainly have an impact. It’s clear that US Federal Reserve will continue to raise interest rates.” Yilmaz stressed that he didn’t think that CB’s interest hike decision had been late. “The effect of this decision is positive for now,” he added. “However, there are important developments on the international stage.” /Sabah/

    [09] FITCH: “TURKEY’S CREDIT OUTLOOK ISN’T AS GOOD AS A FEW MONTHS AGO”

    Ed Parker, credit specialist at international rating agency Fitch, said yesterday that Turkey’s credit outlook wasn’t as good now as a few months ago, adding that there had been some negative news from Turkey. Parker said that the recent Central Bank interest hike decision was made amid an atmosphere of panic, adding that Turkish authorities should act determinedly and pursue fiscal discipline in order to prevent possible shocks in the future. “Otherwise, a negative note could come,” he said, adding that May inflation was 10%, above this year’s target of 5%, and as a result of this the CB raised interest rates more than expectations. “We’ll see if this decision is appropriate,” added Parker. /Milliyet/

    [10] UNAKITAN: “THERE'S NO NEED FOR PANIC OVER LATEST ECONOMIC FLUCTUATIONS”

    Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan said yesterday that there was no need for panic over the latest fluctuations in the economy. Saying that he didn’t agree with international rating agency Fitch saying that Turkey’s economic outlook wasn’t as sound as it was a few months ago, Unakitan stated that many comments were made about Turkey’s economy, adding that some of these were positive and some not. “There's no need to panic over such temporary fluctuations,” he added. /Sabah/

    [11] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [12] STAYING IN THE EUROPEAN ORBIT BY ISMAIL KUCUKKAYA (AKSAM)

    Columnist Ismail Kucukkaya comments on developments in Luxembourg concerning Turkey. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “On Monday when we were waiting at Esenboga Airport’s VIP lounge for seven hours and tense, hard bargaining was going on between Ankara and Brussels, we were all sure that we would go to Luxembourg. We all thought that if we weren't told to be prepared to fly, this would mean early elections, because if relations with the European Union are cut in a period of economic fluctuation, the price for this would be high. Turkey, the European Union and even the entire Western world would face the danger of a deep gulf between civilizations. Then we went to Luxembourg, as expected. The seven-hour delay caused the postponement of all the programs. ‘We’re late again, I hope this won’t become a tradition,’ said Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. When midnight came, everybody was sullen during the press conference and repeated questions about Cyprus created a tense atmosphere. Just then, Gul got a note from Foreign Ministry spokesman Namik Tan and started to smile. Later, we learned what was written on the note. ‘Sir, you look so downbeat and nervous. Please, smile a little.' We saw once again that we learned this technique of negotiation. Gul said so many times that the road to the EU isn’t smooth and that we would handle the crises. Gul wasn’t angry with the Greek Cypriots at all. On the contrary, he said, ‘They will do this. I only hope that the EU won’t be the prisoner of a single country.' We saw once again in Luxembourg the principle that in the EU, nobody wins 100%. For two days, Gul said that even if it doesn’t admit it, all of Europe accepts that Turkey was right on the Cyprus issue and that the actual threat to Turkey comes from inside. He added that nobody in Turkey should lose enthusiasm over the EU and that this responsibility wasn’t only the government’s. 

    Gul looked better at breakfast the other day. He was happy to have successfully used the method of not making concessions. Turkey actually started its membership talks. We stayed in the Western orbit. During the breakfast, Gul talked proudly about the soldiers’ support for Turkey’s EU membership process and stressed that the president should act like a leader for society and universities should have a mission to broaden the horizons of the people. We also talked about domestic politics. He said that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) was in a very good situation but that the opposition party didn’t have a good position. He said he felt bad about this. When I asked why, he said when the opposition is weak, this reflects on us. Gul said sincerely that Turkey needs a Western-type strong social democratic party. I’m writing this column on the plane, on our way back from Luxembourg. Everybody on the plane is happy and I wonder what kind of situation we’ll face this fall. We know that neither Turkey, nor the EU can survive without each other. Maybe we won’t be together completely, but we’ll never separate from each other. We’ll stay in the orbit.”

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