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Turkish Press Review, 06-06-27

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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

27.06.2006

PRESIDENT SEZER TO VISIT RUSSIA CABINET DISCUSSES IRAN ISSUE ERDOGAN URGES LOCAL ADMINISTRATORS TO BE IN DIALOGUE WITH PEOPLE TO SOLVE ISSUES ERDOGAN MEETS WITH SUDANESE VICE-PRESIDENT ARINC TO VISIT DENMARK ON THURSDAY ECEVIT BEGINS INITIATIVES TO FORM COALITION AGAINST AKP AGAR: “DYP IS CONTINUING ON ITS PATH” FINNISH PRESIDENT: “THE EU SHOULD HELP TURKEY” EU COMMISSION APPROVES OPENING OFFICE IN TRNC GREEK TOP MILITARY OFFICIAL TO VISIT TURKEY AT THE END OF NEXT MONTH SCREENING IN TRANSPORT POLICY KICKS OFF EU’S KRETSCHMER MAKES NO COMMENT THIS TIME CTP, DP MAKE RECORD GAINS IN TURKISH CYPRIOT ELECTIONS CB HEAD: “THE CB WILL PLAY A MORE ACTIVE ROLE ON BOTH FOREIGN EXCHANGE AND INTEREST RATES” HISARCIKLIOGLU: “WHAT CB DID IS CORRECT” AGREEMENT ON NABUC-CO PROJECT TO TRANSFER NATURAL GAS TO EU MEMBER STATES SIGNED IN VIENNA WORLDWIDE KNOWN TURKISH MUSIC PRODUCER PASSES AWAY FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS TURKISH-US RELATIONS BY CUNEYT ULSEVER (HURRIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT SEZER TO VISIT RUSSIA
  • [02] CABINET DISCUSSES IRAN ISSUE
  • [03] ERDOGAN URGES LOCAL ADMINISTRATORS TO BE IN DIALOGUE WITH PEOPLE TO SOLVE ISSUES
  • [04] ERDOGAN MEETS WITH SUDANESE VICE-PRESIDENT
  • [05] ARINC TO VISIT DENMARK ON THURSDAY
  • [06] ECEVIT BEGINS INITIATIVES TO FORM COALITION AGAINST AKP
  • [07] AGAR: “DYP IS CONTINUING ON ITS PATH”
  • [08] FINNISH PRESIDENT: “THE EU SHOULD HELP TURKEY”
  • [09] EU COMMISSION APPROVES OPENING OFFICE IN TRNC
  • [10] GREEK TOP MILITARY OFFICIAL TO VISIT TURKEY AT THE END OF NEXT MONTH
  • [11] SCREENING IN TRANSPORT POLICY KICKS OFF
  • [12] EU’S KRETSCHMER MAKES NO COMMENT THIS TIME
  • [13] CTP, DP MAKE RECORD GAINS IN TURKISH CYPRIOT ELECTIONS
  • [14] CB HEAD: “THE CB WILL PLAY A MORE ACTIVE ROLE ON BOTH FOREIGN EXCHANGE AND INTEREST RATES”
  • [15] HISARCIKLIOGLU: “WHAT CB DID IS CORRECT”
  • [16] AGREEMENT ON NABUC-CO PROJECT TO TRANSFER NATURAL GAS TO EU MEMBER STATES SIGNED IN VIENNA
  • [17] WORLDWIDE KNOWN TURKISH MUSIC PRODUCER PASSES AWAY
  • [18] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [19] TURKISH-US RELATIONS BY CUNEYT ULSEVER (HURRIYET)

  • [01] PRESIDENT SEZER TO VISIT RUSSIA

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer will pay first presidential visit to Russia after the establishment of the Federation of Russia. Foreign Minister will accompany Sezer during his visit to Russia. The bilateral relations between the two countries, which were raised to multi-dimensional cooperation, as well as the Cyprus issue, the PKK and Iran will be debated at the meetings. Energy issues and pipeline projects including Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline project will dominate Sezer’s meetings with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] CABINET DISCUSSES IRAN ISSUE

    Justice Minister Cemil Cicek said yesterday that Turkey was playing a key role for a peaceful settlement concerning the Iran issue. Speaking to reporters following a Cabinet meeting in Ankara, Cicek said that in addition to a number of bills, the Iran issue was taken up at the gathering. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul attended the meeting after completing his contacts in Iran and returning to Turkey late on Sunday, and he briefed on his visit, expressing his hope that the issue would be resolved through peaceful means. /Turkiye-Milliyet/

    [03] ERDOGAN URGES LOCAL ADMINISTRATORS TO BE IN DIALOGUE WITH PEOPLE TO SOLVE ISSUES

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday said that local administrators including bureaucrats, governors and mayors should become in dialogue with people rather than carrying out their duties from the offices. Speaking at the Third International Conditional Cash Transfer Conference in Istanbul yesterday, the premier said that administrators should try to solve issues by keeping close ties with citizens. Stressing that the poverty in the world would be discussed and attendances would exchange views on the issue during the gathering, Erdogan said that his government was working for prosperity of both Turkey and the world. Pointing to the recent campaign of Girls to School, the premier said that thousands of girls had begun to go to school and their families had also been financially supported. /Turkiye/

    [04] ERDOGAN MEETS WITH SUDANESE VICE-PRESIDENT

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday met with Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman M. Taha in Istanbul. Speaking to reporters after their talks, Erdogan said they had the chance to discuss further steps to enhance bilateral ties and also review a meeting of defense ministers scheduled for next month in Turkey. /Turkish Daily News/

    [05] ARINC TO VISIT DENMARK ON THURSDAY

    Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc is scheduled on Thursday to visit the Danish capital of Copenhagen to attend the European Union parliament speakers’ meeting. In addition to delivering a speech at the gathering, Arinc will also have talks with his European counterparts. Furthermore, Arinc is expected to meet with Turkish community living in Copenhagen and Turkish businessmen. /Turkish Daily News/

    [06] ECEVIT BEGINS INITIATIVES TO FORM COALITION AGAINST AKP

    Rahsan Ecevit, former deputy leader of the Democratic left Party (DSP) and the wife of former Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit who is currently under treatment in hospital, yesterday met with ninth President Suleyman Demirel as the first stop on her campaign to form an election coalition of all parties both from left and right against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Welcoming Ecevit’s efforts, Demirel told reporters that there was no retirement in politics, adding, “A politician always remains a politician.” Rahsan Ecevit is expected to visit Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal today at the CHP headquarters. /Sabah/

    [07] AGAR: “DYP IS CONTINUING ON ITS PATH”

    True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar said yesterday that his party was already in coalition with people including workers, farmers, civil servants, craftsmen and artisans. Dismissing recent initiatives in politics, Agar said that the public was aware how they would reach the true path. Stressing that he was the sole leader who was not defeated by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Agar said that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) had beaten all others. He added that he wanted to see the recent efforts of former politicians as the transfer of their political experiences rather then returning to active politics. /Sabah/

    [08] FINNISH PRESIDENT: “THE EU SHOULD HELP TURKEY”

    During a visit to Austria, the European Union’s next Term President Finland’s President Tarja Halonen, said yesterday that the EU should help Turkey to fulfill its membership criteria. At a meeting with her Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer, Halonen said that Turkey could join the union as soon as it fulfills necessary requirements. Stressing that she hoped that Ankara would not delay in implementing harmonization reforms, adding that Turkey was a great country and its membership could be an advantage for the union. /Turkiye/

    [09] EU COMMISSION APPROVES OPENING OFFICE IN TRNC

    The European Union Commission yesterday officially approved to open an office in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The office will ensure its contact with Brussels via EU Representative in Greek Cyprus. Under the decision, four-five staff will be assigned from the department of the EU Commission for Enlargement. The EU’s 139 millions of financial aid to the TRNC will be transferred to infrastructure projects and non-governmental organizations. /Sabah/

    [10] GREEK TOP MILITARY OFFICIAL TO VISIT TURKEY AT THE END OF NEXT MONTH

    A Greek top military official is set to pay an official visit to Turkey first ever. Chief of General Staff Adm. Panayotis Hiofotis will arrive in Turkey at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart Gen. Hilmi Ozkok late next month. Both countries’ officials lay great importance to this highest-level visit to develop military ties between the two neighboring countries. /Milliyet/

    [11] SCREENING IN TRANSPORT POLICY KICKS OFF

    Officials from Turkey and the European Union Commission started exploratory talks yesterday for the screening of Turkish legislation on transport policy, one of the 35 chapters on which Turkey and the EU will hold accession talks. The session in Brussels will last for four days. /Turkish Daily News/

    [12] EU’S KRETSCHMER MAKES NO COMMENT THIS TIME

    European Commission Representative Hansjoerg Kretschmer yesterday said that he wouldn’t make comments on the Democratic Society Party’s (DTP) statement “We can’t put distance between us and the PKK” made at the congress, even though he called on DTP to put distance between the terrorist PKK. Kretschmer said, “There’s nothing we can do, I can’t comment, but I can note.” Kretschmer, who went to Van yesterday, wasn’t welcomed by any officials at the Ferit Melen Airport. Stating that they regularly visit different parts of Turkey, Kretschmer said, “We have previously visited Van and Hakkari within this context.” “We evaluate political reforms made via these visits,” he said, “For this purpose, we will hold various contacts in Hakkari and Semdinli.” In related news, the European Commission is set to appoint French diplomat Marc Pierini as their new representative to Turkey, diplomatic sources said on Monday. The French diplomat is expected to come to Ankara in November following the departure of current European Commission Representative to Turkey Hansjoerg Kretschmer for his new post as EU representative to Afghanistan. /Cumhuriyet-The New Anatolian/

    [13] CTP, DP MAKE RECORD GAINS IN TURKISH CYPRIOT ELECTIONS

    The partners in the Turkish Cypriot coalition government-the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and the Democrat Party (DP)-performed well in the local and interim elections held in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Sunday, according to the final results released on Monday. While two vacant posts in the TRNC’s Parliament were filled by CTP candidates in the interim elections, the DP made a surprise rise in the local elections by winning the municipality of the capital, Lefkosa. By winning the two vacant Parliament seats, the CTP increased its number of seats from 23 to 25 out of a total 50 seats and attained majority in Parliament to become the ruling party. /The New Anatolian/

    [14] CB HEAD: “THE CB WILL PLAY A MORE ACTIVE ROLE ON BOTH FOREIGN EXCHANGE AND INTEREST RATES”

    The Central Bank (CB) started to sell foreign exchange and purchase Turkish lira from the markets to halt the rise of dollar. With the first purchase of YTL yesterday, 500 million YTL was withdrawn from the market. CB Governor Durmus Yilmaz said yesterday that the CB would play a more active role on both foreign exchange and interest rates. Saying that with the decisions of the Monetary Policy Council, the CB aimed at minimizing the adverse effects of the fluctuations in the international markets on the Turkish economy, Yilmaz added that the CB decisions would reduce the effects of these fluctuations. He stressed that decreasing portfolio investments were leaving the country due to global conditions. Yilmaz stated that growth in consumer products was dropping, adding that this would become clearer in the upcoming weeks. “Slowdown in consumer and investment good imports are expected,” said Yilmaz. /Turkiye/

    [15] HISARCIKLIOGLU: “WHAT CB DID IS CORRECT”

    Chairman of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) Rifat Hisarciklioglu yesterday commented on Central Bank starting to sell foreign exchange to the market and purchase YTL from the market, saying that the CB decision was correct. Hisarciklioglu stated that the CB measures taken against recent fluctuations were very important steps in ensuring confidence in the markets and reducing atmosphere of uncertainty. He stated that when quality and dimension of fluctuation is considered, not only the CB, but also other economic organizations should take measures, adding that series of measures were needed to increase the competitive power and reduce current account deficit and that discrimination between domestic and foreign investors should be ended. /Turkiye/

    [16] AGREEMENT ON NABUC-CO PROJECT TO TRANSFER NATURAL GAS TO EU MEMBER STATES SIGNED IN VIENNA

    The agreement on NABUC-CO project, which aims to transfer natural gas to European Union member states through Turkey, was signed yesterday in Vienna. The project, which would transport natural gas from Azerbaijan and Iran to Europe through Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary, is expected to start fully operating in 2011. The planning and construction stage is expected to be completed in 2005-2007. Austrian Energy Minister Martin Bartenstein and European Union Commissioner responsible for energy Andris Piebalgs signed the agreement on behalf of the EU, and Turkish, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Hungarian energy ministers signed it on behalf of their countries. /Turkiye/

    [17] WORLDWIDE KNOWN TURKISH MUSIC PRODUCER PASSES AWAY

    Worldwide known Turkish music producer Arif Mardin, 74, yesterday died of cancer in New York. Arif Mardin, who has 12 Grammy Awards and worked with famous artists such as Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler, The Bee Gees, and Phil Collins, yesterday died at his home in New York. Mardin will be laid to rest in Istanbul this week. /Sabah/

    [18] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [19] TURKISH-US RELATIONS BY CUNEYT ULSEVER (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Cuneyt Ulsever comments on Turkish-US relations. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Turkish-US relations should be considered at least on three dimensions:

    1. Diplomatic relations between the Foreign Ministry and State Department,

    2. Military relations between the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and Pentagon,

    3. Leadership relations between the US President and Turkish President or Prime Minister.

    These relations generally don’t contradict with each other, but complement each other. Of course, leaders’ relations determine the main direction of relations, but three-dimensional relations sometimes might be different. Now, the US is trying to settle the relations on two perspectives:

    1. Turkey is important for the US more than every time.

    2. However, according to the US’ perspective, the Prime Minister’s office isn’t confident in terms of establishing a common policy.

    In this period, the ‘frozen leader relations’ is the most-preferred form of relation between the President and Prime Minister. Although Turkey’s rejection of US troop deployment for the Iraqi war in March 2003 shook the US’ confidence, now, the diplomatic relations are very warm.

    This difference derives from the Foreign Ministry’s great success in ‘comprehending the world.’ The undersecretaries and advisors at the Office of the Prime Minister are very sentimental about the relations with the US, and thus, they are ideologically blind. However, the Foreign Ministry makes certain analyses lacking sentimental perceptions and ideological preferences and adopts cooler and more realistic approaches than the US’ approaches consisting of ideological fanaticism in terms of the Iraq and Iran issues. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul also seems to be in harmony with the Foreign Ministry. I have harshly criticized Gul in March 2003, but now I think he’s the most successful statesman in this period and he even represents the tradition of government in the most correct way. Now, the military relations look like a closed box the most in the Turkish-US relations. Military relations were considerably weak during the period of March 2003, but the TSK cold heal this wound to a great extent thanks to its diplomatic efforts. The Anti-Terror Law will determine the dimension of military relations. If the amendments in the law strengthen the military, Pentagon will come closer to the TSK. US President George W. Bush’s way of interpreting the new US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman’s power will have a deep impact on these relations.”

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