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Turkish Press Review, 06-06-23

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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

23.06.2006

GUL TO TRAVEL TO TEHRAN THIS WEEKEND NSC: “EU ACCESSION WILL CONTINUE IN LINE WITH THE NATION’S INTERESTS” FIRST LADY SEZER: “THE BIGGEST HURDLES BEFORE TURKISH WOMEN ARE EDUCATION AND HEALTH” EU TO OPEN OFFICE IN TRNC US THINK-TANK: “THE US SHOULD TAKE STEPS TO REBUILD TIES WITH TURKEY” BAKOYANNIS EXTENDS FRIENDSHIP MESSAGES TO TURKEY UNAKITAN, BABACAN ANNOUNCE 9-ARTICLE PACKAGE TO DEAL WITH ECONOMIC FLUCTUATIONS CB HEAD: “WE CAN INTERVENE IN FOREX IF THE MARKETS FACE A LIQUIDITY SHORTAGE” FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE MILITARY BY CUNEYT ARCAYUREK (CUMHURIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] GUL TO TRAVEL TO TEHRAN THIS WEEKEND
  • [02] NSC: “EU ACCESSION WILL CONTINUE IN LINE WITH THE NATION’S INTERESTS”
  • [03] FIRST LADY SEZER: “THE BIGGEST HURDLES BEFORE TURKISH WOMEN ARE EDUCATION AND HEALTH”
  • [04] EU TO OPEN OFFICE IN TRNC
  • [05] US THINK-TANK: “THE US SHOULD TAKE STEPS TO REBUILD TIES WITH TURKEY”
  • [06] BAKOYANNIS EXTENDS FRIENDSHIP MESSAGES TO TURKEY
  • [07] UNAKITAN, BABACAN ANNOUNCE 9-ARTICLE PACKAGE TO DEAL WITH ECONOMIC FLUCTUATIONS
  • [08] CB HEAD: “WE CAN INTERVENE IN FOREX IF THE MARKETS FACE A LIQUIDITY SHORTAGE”
  • [09] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [10] CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE MILITARY BY CUNEYT ARCAYUREK (CUMHURIYET)

  • [01] GUL TO TRAVEL TO TEHRAN THIS WEEKEND

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is due to travel to Iran this weekend to pay an official visit. A top official from the Foreign Ministry said that Gul would be in Tehran tomorrow or on Sunday, adding that Gul would be received by Mahmoud Ahmadinajad or Iran’s supreme religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to discuss a number of issues, including Iran’s nuclear program. Gul will make telephone calls to his German, Russian, and US counterparts before his trip. During his visit, Gul is expected to say that all countries are expecting a constructive stance from Iran concerning its nuclear program. /Aksam/

    [02] NSC: “EU ACCESSION WILL CONTINUE IN LINE WITH THE NATION’S INTERESTS”

    The National Security Council (NSC) said yesterday that Turkey’s European Union accession process would continue with determination in line with the nation’s interests. A statement released after the NSC meeting said, “Developments that followed the opening [this month] of EU accession negotiations were reviewed, and the determination for the continuation of the EU accession process in line with our national interests was confirmed.” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok, commanding officers of the army and NSC member ministers attended the meeting chaired by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. During the four-hour gathering, issues such as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, terrorism and the single European Sky, a project for a border-free upper European airspace, were discussed. /All papers/

    [03] FIRST LADY SEZER: “THE BIGGEST HURDLES BEFORE TURKISH WOMEN ARE EDUCATION AND HEALTH”

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer’s wife Semra Sezer yesterday said that the biggest obstacles to the development of women in Turkey were education and health. Speaking at the First Women’s Studies Conference held in Izmir, Sezer said, “With the Support Campaign for National Education which we started in 2001, we worked to support widespread and lifelong education for young Turkish girls and women. We are hoping to reach 100% girl’s attendance at school by 2010.” /Star/

    [04] EU TO OPEN OFFICE IN TRNC

    The European Union Commission has almost completed preparations to open an office in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The office, scheduled to be opened in July, will be responsible for the coordination of EU financial aid to the TRNC and relations with Turkish Cypriots. Decisions on the financial aid will be made in Brussels, and the first part of a 139 million euro aid package is set to be extended in July. The EU office will decide which projects would benefit from the aid, which is to be used by December 2008. /Milliyet/

    [05] US THINK-TANK: “THE US SHOULD TAKE STEPS TO REBUILD TIES WITH TURKEY”

    US think-tank the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) presented a report to the White House this week saying that comprehensive cooperation with Turkey should be developed. Stressing that Turkish-American relations have been damaged by the Iraq war, the report includes a series of proposals to revivify ties. The Turkish-American relations report, prepared by analysts Steven A. Cook and Elizabeth D. Sherwood-Randall, calls for the establishment of a regular tripartite dialogue mechanism on northern Iraq as well as the appointment of a new US Cyprus special coordinator, and also says European leaders should urge Greek Cypriots to take a more constructive stance. Calling the bilateral ties “vital,” the report also points to the importance of efforts to end the international isolation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), and continuation of strong support for Ankara’s European Union membership bid. /Turkiye/

    [06] BAKOYANNIS EXTENDS FRIENDSHIP MESSAGES TO TURKEY

    In an interview with French daily Le Figaro this week, Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis said that she places great importance on improving relations with Turkey. If Turkey becomes European, many problems can be ended, said Bakoyannis, adding that the uneasiness of Europeans about Turkey was groundless. Stressing that Turkey’s joining the European Union after meeting the necessary requirements was very important, the Greek foreign minister said that in the beginning the EU Commission had also been wary of Greece’s integration. But there were no problems, she said, adding that this would happen for Ankara too, and that when Turkey joins the club, Europeans will understand that there is nothing to worry about. Pointing to a number of deep-rooted issues between the two neighboring countries, Bakoyannis said that French-German rapprochement after World War II could be a model for Turkey and Greece too, adding that by improving ties, they could ensure peace and stability in the region. She also remarked that Turkey joining the EU would serve Greece’s interests. /Turkiye/

    [07] UNAKITAN, BABACAN ANNOUNCE 9-ARTICLE PACKAGE TO DEAL WITH ECONOMIC FLUCTUATIONS

    Speaking at a joint press conference with State Minister for the Economy Ali Babacan, Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan yesterday briefed reporters about a nine-article package to deal with recent fluctuations in the markets. Unakitan said that they had decided to reduce to zero the withholding rate applied to investment earnings of people residing abroad, adding that the withholding rate for people residing in Turkey would be cut from 15% to 10%. The 15% rate for purchases of stocks will be lowered to 10%, he said, adding that the approval of the Cabinet was needed for this. Unakitan stated that there were many positive economic developments in the economy, adding that Turkey didn’t have the luxury to lose these. “We’ll take a wide range of measures to maintain these positive developments,” he said. He added that the government would continue to support the Central Bank achieving this year’s 5% inflation target. “We’ve taken steps to facilitate foreign capital inflow,” said Unakitan. /Milliyet/

    [08] CB HEAD: “WE CAN INTERVENE IN FOREX IF THE MARKETS FACE A LIQUIDITY SHORTAGE”

    Speaking to reporters yesterday before a conference in London entitled “Monetary Policies and Investment Opportunities in Turkey,” Central Bank Governor Durmus Yilmaz said that the CB could intervene in foreign exchange if the markets face a liquidity shortage. “There could be a liquidity shortage in the markets,” he said. Asked how the intervention would be done, Yilmaz said, “There are methods acceptable to the markets,” he said. Yilmaz stated that the priorities of the CB were price stability and smooth operation of the financial markets, adding that the bank could do anything for stability. Yilmaz added that he would proceed to New York to meet with leading investors. In related news, International Monetary Fund spokesman Masood Ahmed said that the IMF believed that Ankara would take necessary steps to achieve the 5% inflation target for this year. /Sabah/

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

    [10] CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE MILITARY BY CUNEYT ARCAYUREK (CUMHURIYET)

    Columnist Cuneyt Arcayurek comments on the military in Turkey. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “The truth is becoming clearer with certain incidents. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government is pursuing a stealth policy to reduce the military’s influence coming from the nation’s trust. Certain methods show us this truth. The slogan which is often mentioned these days is democratization. Those trying to reduce the military’s effectiveness base their reasons on modern democracy, as if the military is opposing democracy. The AKP policy is to appear respectful of the military, but making it out-of-order on international issues. The foreign support favoring this policy is the European Union. The EU says at various occasions, for example, in its progress reports, that the country’s government should be rescued from the army’s influence. It recently expressed its stance against the military with harsher remarks and said that the military’s actions should be restricted. The media wasn’t interested in the US’ latest insistences about the military and the parties didn’t criticize this, either. However, the EU says that if the military has to make statement, they should be about military issues only. The EU also says that the army should make such statements only after getting permission from the government, even if the issue is about itself, for example, a technical issue.

    Nobody from the government replied to these initiatives which aim to put the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) into an ordinary position in such a country like Turkey, where adverse consequences for the regime are being discussed. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who sometimes make so-called shows of bluster against the EU on certain issues, have issued no written or oral statement on this, because Erdogan fully agrees with the EU’s impositions. He’s also happy that the EU supports his views. The Semdinli incident was used against the military. Judges and public prosecutors give the impression that they’re not responsible for the duty of the judiciary, but they’re carrying out a political duty. According to General Staff sources, the top brass finds it illegal for two non-commissioned officers to be sentenced to prison for 39 years, criticizing this as a policy of attrition against the military in the runup to this August’s appointments. Inside and outside forces agree with each other concerning the military issue. EU officials applauded this decision greatly. Some people, like Turkey-EU Joint Commission Co-Chairman Lagendijk, found the decision lacking and said that the TSK, which they claim to have an impact on the issue, should face trial. Politicians have kept silent about the conspiracy against the military. Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli, the only one to speak on this issue, said, ‘The EU can go too far by wanting the TSK to face trial. The terrorist PKK and separatists, the EU and AKP have joined forces on this issue as well.’ So, forces inside and outside Turkey are aiming to cut the military’s vocal chords.”

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