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Turkish Press Review, 06-06-28

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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

28.06.2006

SEZER TRAVELING TO MOSCOW ERDOGAN LAYS TO REST HIS ELDER BROTHER GUL: “WE’RE WORKING FOR A SETTLEMENT TO THE IRAN ISSUE” RAHSAN ECEVIT CONTINUES TOUR FOR UNITY AGAINST AKP BAHCELI RULES OUT PARTICIPATION IN COALITION AGAINST AKP ISRAEL SEEKS TURKISH SUPPORT FOR ABDUCTED SOLDIER US AMBASSADOR WILSON: “I’M NOT PERSUADED THAT THE US HAS DONE ITS BEST TO COMBAT THE PKK” TURKISH SOLDIERS TO GO TO CONGO AS PART OF MULTINATIONAL FORCE FINNISH PRESIDENT: “TURKEY’S ROAD TO THE EU IS ROCKIER” AL-QAEDA THREATENS TURKEY WB’S VORKINK: “WE DON’T EXPECT A CRISIS IN TURKEY IN THE SHORT OR MID TERM” CB HEAD: “TURKEY DOESN’T DESERVE THESE FLUCTUATIONS” TBB REPORTEDLY TO CALL FOR GOVT TO REVISE MACROECONOMIC TARGETS FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... CONGO OPERATION BY ERDAL SAFAK (SABAH)

CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER TRAVELING TO MOSCOW
  • [02] ERDOGAN LAYS TO REST HIS ELDER BROTHER
  • [03] GUL: “WE’RE WORKING FOR A SETTLEMENT TO THE IRAN ISSUE”
  • [04] RAHSAN ECEVIT CONTINUES TOUR FOR UNITY AGAINST AKP
  • [05] BAHCELI RULES OUT PARTICIPATION IN COALITION AGAINST AKP
  • [06] ISRAEL SEEKS TURKISH SUPPORT FOR ABDUCTED SOLDIER
  • [07] US AMBASSADOR WILSON: “I’M NOT PERSUADED THAT THE US HAS DONE ITS BEST TO COMBAT THE PKK”
  • [08] TURKISH SOLDIERS TO GO TO CONGO AS PART OF MULTINATIONAL FORCE
  • [09] FINNISH PRESIDENT: “TURKEY’S ROAD TO THE EU IS ROCKIER”
  • [10] AL-QAEDA THREATENS TURKEY
  • [11] WB’S VORKINK: “WE DON’T EXPECT A CRISIS IN TURKEY IN THE SHORT OR MID TERM”
  • [12] CB HEAD: “TURKEY DOESN’T DESERVE THESE FLUCTUATIONS”
  • [13] TBB REPORTEDLY TO CALL FOR GOVT TO REVISE MACROECONOMIC TARGETS
  • [14] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [15] CONGO OPERATION BY ERDAL SAFAK (SABAH)

  • [01] SEZER TRAVELING TO MOSCOW

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer will travel to Russia, Moscow today for Turkey’s first presidential visit there since the foundation of the Russian Federation. During his stay in Moscow, Sezer is expected to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin to discuss bilateral political relations besides cooperation between the two countries in the economy and energy, plus the Cyprus issue, Iran, and the terrorist PKK. Sezer’s visit is expected to further develop Turkish-Russian relations, which have recently gained momentum. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will accompany Sezer. /Milliyet/

    [02] ERDOGAN LAYS TO REST HIS ELDER BROTHER

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday attended the funeral of his elder brother Hasan Erdogan, who died on Monday. Erdogan was laid to rest in the town of Guneysu in Rize with the attendance of a number of Cabinet ministers, businessmen and politicians, including True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar, as well as a large crowd of people. /Turkiye/

    [03] GUL: “WE’RE WORKING FOR A SETTLEMENT TO THE IRAN ISSUE”

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday traveled to Moscow, Russia to attend the Paris Pact meeting. Before his departure, Gul told reporters at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport that Ankara was making efforts for a peaceful settlement to the international dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. Stressing that Turkey and Iran were two neighboring countries, Gul said that Turkey’s interest in the matter was normal. “Our efforts aim to ease finding a resolution to the issue,” said the foreign minister. Commenting on Rahsan Ecevit’s ongoing tour to political party leaders to form a coalition against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Gul said that Turkey was a democratic country which allows all political activities. Stating that everybody was following the developments with keen interest, Gul underlined that the final decision would be made by the citizens. In addition, Gul said that he would share impressions from his recent visit to Tehran with Russian officials. /Turkiye/

    [04] RAHSAN ECEVIT CONTINUES TOUR FOR UNITY AGAINST AKP

    As part of her efforts to form a coalition between political parties for next year’s general elections against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Rahsan Ecevit, former deputy leader of the Democratic Leftist Party (DSP) and wife of ailing former Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, yesterday visited main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) headquarters in Ankara to meet with CHP leader Deniz Baykal. During the one-and-a-half-hour talk, Baykal reportedly offered to merge with the DSP, while Ecevit asked for establishment of a front defending the values of the republic against the AKP. /Aksam/

    [05] BAHCELI RULES OUT PARTICIPATION IN COALITION AGAINST AKP

    Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli, in a written statement, said yesterday that efforts to bring political parties together against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) would only serve to strengthen it. Claiming that political parties unsure of their strength had initiated a movement to form a new establishment and coalition, Bahceli said that the MHP would not take part in those efforts. He declared that the MHP was the sole alternative to the ruling power. /Aksam/

    [06] ISRAEL SEEKS TURKISH SUPPORT FOR ABDUCTED SOLDIER

    While the crisis caused by Palestinian militants’ abducting an Israeli soldier raises tensions, the US has called on Israel to give a chance to diplomacy. Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni called her Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul to ask for Ankara’s assistance in finding and rescuing the Israeli soldier. Following this request, Gul telephoned Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to urge him to find a solution to the abduction crisis and to prevent a further escalation. During the conversation Haniyeh expressed his government’s determination to secure stability and peace in the region, adding that although the Palestinian administration is trying to solve its problems with Israel through diplomacy, Israel’s threat to invade the Gaza Strip is creating obstacles to the process. /Star/

    [07] US AMBASSADOR WILSON: “I’M NOT PERSUADED THAT THE US HAS DONE ITS BEST TO COMBAT THE PKK”

    US Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson, visiting Izmir yesterday to attend July 4 celebrations, spoke about Turkish-US relations. “Turkish-US relations have improved significantly since last year,” he said. “This development was reflected in a series of high-level visits, including one by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.” “There are certainly many issues that we should work on,” added Wilson. “I’m not fully persuaded that the US has done its best to help Turkey in combating the PKK. We’ve made some progress, but still we’ve got more to do.” /Star/

    [08] TURKISH SOLDIERS TO GO TO CONGO AS PART OF MULTINATIONAL FORCE

    Turkish soldiers will to the Democratic Republic of Congo next month to support the multinational force which will be on duty during the first democratic elections since it gained independence. A motion on this sent by the government on June 20 was approved by Parliament, and so Turkish soldiers will be deployed in Congo, following a string of deployments since 1950 in Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Hebron, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and East Timor. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] FINNISH PRESIDENT: “TURKEY’S ROAD TO THE EU IS ROCKIER”

    Incoming European Union Term President Finland’s President Tarja Halonen yesterday said, “Turkey’s road to the EU is rockier in comparison with other candidate countries.” Halonen, currently in Austria, told a press conference alongside his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fisher, “The Copenhagen criteria apply to all countries who want to be EU members, and these criteria should suffice for membership. But Turkey has different problems. So Turkey’s road to the EU is rockier than others.” Finland will become EU president for six months beginning Saturday. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] AL-QAEDA THREATENS TURKEY

    Ayman el-Zawahiri, the number two figure in terrorist group al-Qaeda, is saying Turkey is a target for allegedly “distorting Islam.” Zawahiri, in a new video shown last week on Arab news channel Al Jazeera, said that the US administration was distorting Islam in order to form groups loyal to them. El Zawahiri criticized the secular structure in Turkey and said that Turkey constituted an example of this. Zawahiri said that Turkey was being governed by groups which couldn’t dare to implement Sharia law. He also criticized Turkey for recognizing Israel and permitting US bases and called on Muslims to continue their resistance. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] WB’S VORKINK: “WE DON’T EXPECT A CRISIS IN TURKEY IN THE SHORT OR MID TERM”

    Speaking to English-language daily The New Anatolian on Monday, World Bank’s Turkey Representative Andrew Vorkink evaluated recent economic developments, saying that he didn’t expect a crisis in Turkey in the short or mid term. Vorkink praised the ability of the Central Bank and the government to make adjustments in light of global and domestic developments, saying that as the CB was determined to control inflation it could raise interest rates. Saying that the CB’s interest hike decision was the best answer to speculation about the independence of the CB, Vorkink stated that monetary policy and rate hikes were important tools in controlling inflation. He stressed that the economy had the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) operating independently, adding that the foreign exchange positions of the banks were sound. Vorkink stated that he didn’t think that next year’s general elections would create a radical change in basic economic policies. Saying that Ankara’s economic policy was in line with the European Union’s, Vorkink added that investors would be interested in the reform process of Turkey during its negotiation process. /Milliyet/

    [12] CB HEAD: “TURKEY DOESN’T DESERVE THESE FLUCTUATIONS”

    Addressing a conference organized by Morgan Stanley in New York yesterday, Central Bank Governor Durmus Yilmaz said that foreign investors could seek to pull out of Turkish markets, adding that he had no objection to this. “However, the Turkish economy and markets don’t deserve the recent fluctuations,” he said. “Fortunately, there aren’t negative changes in economic indicators due to these fluctuations. The nation isn’t demanding the dollar.” Asked what could happen if dollar demand rose, Yilmaz said that the CB could then increase interest rates. /Hurriyet/

    [13] TBB REPORTEDLY TO CALL FOR GOVT TO REVISE MACROECONOMIC TARGETS

    The Banks Association of Turkey (TBB) is reportedly expected to call for the government to revise macroeconomic targets such as inflation and growth after discussing the issue with officials from the International Monetary Fund. The TBB believes that such an act would reduce uncertainty in the economy. The TBB administration especially wants to meet with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the issue. /Milliyet/

    [14] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [15] CONGO OPERATION BY ERDAL SAFAK (SABAH)

    Columnist Erdal Safak comments on Turkey’s decision to send soldiers to the Democratic Republic of Congo. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “We will be more interested in the African country of Congo from now on, because Turkey has decided to send soldiers to Congo from the Prime Minister’s Office motion which was passed by Parliament yesterday. This decision has an interesting story. The Democratic Republic of Congo – formerly known as Zaire, and not to be mistaken with the Republic of Congo -- was provided with partial stability through efforts by the United Nations, US and European Union following a five-year civil war. A UN peacekeeping force of 17,000 was formed, a consensus was reached among the armed groups, foreign experts prepared a new constitution, and a timetable was determined for a multiparty democratic regime. After a transition period of three years, presidential and parliamentary elections are to be held on July 30. The election costing $500 million was financed by the UN and EU and as this date approached, Europeans’ concerns started to rise, because the east of the country wasn’t under control, there were armed groups and the army was doing whatever it wanted. Finally, it was decided to send a force from EU countries to ensure the security of elections, and Turkey’s support was requested. Then the request was accepted.

    As part of this, we’ll support the EU’s Congo operation, which includes nearly 2,000 soldiers from 25 countries, with a C-130 transport aircraft, 15 plane personnel and liaison officers. After Somali and Darfur, this will be the third African deployment of Turkish soldiers. Some Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) members criticized this decision in emails, asking what we’re going to do in Congo. This is a good question, because European capitals aren’t discounting the possibility that the EU’s duty won’t be limited to the security of elections but it could be forced to use weapons with the UN force in order to suppress the rebellion of certain groups refusing accept the election results. Meanwhile, 74 members of the UN force have died up to now. Congo is a poor country with a population of 62 million, where an average of 1,000 people dies of hunger every day, but its underground resources are amazing: Gold, diamonds, cobalt, copper. This wealth whets the appetite of great forces who consider Africa the place to settle accounts in the 21st century. The EU, in cooperation with the US, is planning to ensure that certain politicians supporting the West will get power in Congo, that is, not to let such forces as China and Russia win this treasure spanning an area of one-fourth of the European continent. How will Turkey gain in this business? It will add a new entry to its contributions to international peace and get a big thank-you from the EU. There’s another point: It will help the settlement of a constitutional order and enjoy having completed its duty, because our Professor Mumtaz Soysal’s signature is on the Constitution of Congo.”

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