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Turkish Press Review, 06-06-30

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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

30.06.2006

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER MEETS WITH PUTIN, DISCUSSES BILATERAL RELATIONS
  • [02] ARINC: “OUR EU MEMBERSHIP GOAL CONTINUES AS STRONG AS EVER”
  • [03] ERDOGAN: “WE HAVEN’T FALLEN BEHIND IN EU NEGOTIATIONS”
  • [04] PARLIAMENT APPROVES ANTI-TERROR BILL
  • [05] FINNISH FM: “WE’LL DO OUR BEST TO MAKE TURKEY STAY IN THE EU NEGOTIATION PROCESS”
  • [06] IMF’S KRUEGER ADDRESSES MEETING OF INVESTMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
  • [07] MEETING OF CIVILIZATIONS TO BE DISCUSSED IN ANKARA
  • [08] EU’S REHN: “TURKEY’S TALKS COULD BE SUSPENDED”
  • [09] WILSON: “THE US HAS NO PLANS FOR A PERMANENT NAVAL PRESENCE IN THE BLACK SEA”
  • [10] TRNC’S TALAT TO MEET WITH GREEK CYPRIOT LEADER
  • [11] ANKARA URGES COMMON SENSE IN THE MIDEAST
  • [12] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [13] IS THIS FRANCE’S IGNORANCE? BY M. ALI KISLALI (RADIKAL)

  • [01] SEZER MEETS WITH PUTIN, DISCUSSES BILATERAL RELATIONS

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, currently in Moscow for a historic official visit, yesterday met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss a number of issues, including bilateral relations. During their meeting, Sezer said that Ankara hopes to boost the trade volume between Turkey and Russia to about $25 billion. “Last year trade volume between our countries reached $15 billion and we want to bring this up further,” said Sezer. Putin stated that he had met with Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan many times since his visit to Turkey in 2004, adding that relations between the two countries were growing stronger. Saying that the Russian government wanted to boost the bilateral trade volume between the two countries, Putin added that trade volume was increasing annually by about 35-40%. “Relations between our two countries are taking on a new dimension,” added Putin. /Sabah/

    [02] ARINC: “OUR EU MEMBERSHIP GOAL CONTINUES AS STRONG AS EVER”

    Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc said yesterday that Turkey hadn’t deviated from its goal to become a full European Union member. Speaking to reporters before leaving for Copenhagen, Denmark, to participate in an EU parliament speakers meeting, Arinc said Turkey was continuing its relations with the EU in a normal manner. Stressing that Turkey was now a country carrying out accession talks, Arinc pointed out that the talks could be tiring and difficult, adding that Ankara was determined on the road to full membership and proceeding towards that aim. “We only regret the issues put before us, including the Cyprus issue, which are not among the real criteria," said Arinc. /Turkiye/

    [03] ERDOGAN: “WE HAVEN’T FALLEN BEHIND IN EU NEGOTIATIONS”

    In an interview with Spanish daily El Pais published yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara had not fallen behind in its European Union negotiations process. Stressing that Turkey was continuing reforms to harmonize with the EU at an appropriate speed, Erdogan said that Turkey should devote at least a decade to EU talks, adding that Ankara had implemented its commitments to begin accession talks. The premier underlined hat Turkey could only open up its airports and harbors to Greek Cyprus when the international isolation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is completely lifted. “Settlement of the Cyprus issue is in the hands of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan,” said Erdogan. Asked about his possibly running for president next year, Erdogan said, “I’m a man of politics, and the leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), which got the most votes in the last general elections.” He added that the next general elections would be held in November 2007, as scheduled. /Sabah/

    [04] PARLIAMENT APPROVES ANTI-TERROR BILL

    Parliament yesterday passed a sweeping new anti-terror bill. “We didn’t restrict freedom of press and expression in the new law,” said Justice Minister Cemil Cicek, and added, “We tried to cite texts from comparative law and in framework decisions.” Under the law, which expands the scope of crimes of terrorism, intentionally burning down forestland and taking cultural and natural assets abroad would be among terrorist crimes. /Star/

    [05] FINNISH FM: “WE’LL DO OUR BEST TO MAKE TURKEY STAY IN THE EU NEGOTIATION PROCESS”

    Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja said yesterday that the Finnish government would do its best to maintain ties between Turkey and the European Union and to make sure Ankara stays in the negotiation process. Finland will assume the rotating EU term presidency tomorrow. Saying that there were things that Turkey needed to do, the Finnish leader stated that EU talks could be suspended if Turkey doesn’t recognize Greek Cyprus. “This may become a serious problem, which could hinder Turkey’s talks,” he said. “But we’ll do our best to prevent such a situation. I believe that the Turkish government is aware of this.” /Sabah/

    [06] IMF’S KRUEGER ADDRESSES MEETING OF INVESTMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL

    International Monetary Fund First Deputy Managing Director Anne Krueger yesterday addressed a meeting of the Investment Advisory Council attended by CEOs of 19 foreign companies, all international giants. Addressing the gathering, Krueger said that the IMF expected inflation to be higher than the 5% target, adding that this was unavoidable due to recent changes in the exchange rate. “There will be no change in the inflation target in the mid-term,” she said. Stressing that there was a normal fiscal atmosphere in Turkey, Krueger stated that the markets had had various reactions to inflation and certain risks. “The government is taking necessary measures and putting public expenditures under control,” said Krueger. “The Central Bank successfully intervened in the markets in recent fluctuations. There will be bright days for Turkey in the mid-term, but there is still much to do to boost the competitive power of the economy.” Also addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey had the capacity and strength to overcome recent fluctuations, adding that the government was determined to finish the economic transformation it began. Erdogan stressed that the government was pursuing determined and disciplined policies, adding that Turkey had reached difficult goals for sustainable growth. “With our policies, confidence in our economy is strengthening,” added Erdogan. “Foreign direct investments (FDI), which were about $1 billion in 2003, rose to $9.7 billion last year. Our reforms made Turkey the world’s 17th biggest economy.” /Milliyet/

    [07] MEETING OF CIVILIZATIONS TO BE DISCUSSED IN ANKARA

    The Global Forum, sponsored by the Greater Ankara Municipality, opens today at Ankara’s Sheraton Hotel, with the theme of “Meeting of Civilizations.” Approximately 400 heads of state, religious leaders, representatives from international organizations, and well-known musicians will participate in the conference aimed at building bridges between cultures and civilizations. /Turkish Daily News/

    [08] EU’S REHN: “TURKEY’S TALKS COULD BE SUSPENDED”

    European Union Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said yesterday that Turkey’s accession talks could be suspended if it doesn’t open its airports and harbors to Greek Cyprus. Asked by Finnish news agency STT if the negotiations would be suspended if Turkey refuses to take action on the Greek Cypriot administration, Rehn said, “It’s a possibility. I hope we don’t have to resort to that, but we have no reason not to if there are grounds to do so.” A similar message was given by Erkki Tuomioja, foreign minister of Finland which will assume the EU’s term presidency tomorrow. Toumioja said unless Ankara moves on the Cyprus issue before the end of this year it’s possible that talks could be frozen, adding, “It would be a failure for the European Union and we’ll do our utmost to avoid that.” /Hurriyet/

    [09] WILSON: “THE US HAS NO PLANS FOR A PERMANENT NAVAL PRESENCE IN THE BLACK SEA”

    US Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson on Thursday dismissed wide speculations about US military plans in the Black Sea, saying his country wasn’t looking for a permanent naval presence in this sea. “Our goal is to work together with our friends and allies in the Black Sea region and advocate cooperation and security within the framework that they want,” he said. Wilson spoke at the Ari Movement’s Eighth International Security Conference, a two-day seminar where democratization and the security of the Black Sea are the main topics. The US ambassador underlined that his country fully respects the Montreaux Treaty, which limits the entrance and presence of foreign military forces in the Black Sea. /The New Anatolian/

    [10] TRNC’S TALAT TO MEET WITH GREEK CYPRIOT LEADER

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat will meet with Greek Cypriot administration leader Tassos Papadopoulos on Monday. The two leaders will meet in the buffer zone at the residence of Michael Moller, the UN secretary general's special representative and head of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Talat and Papadopoulos will participate in the meeting held in the honor of the arrival of the third member of the Missing Persons Committee, Christophe Girod. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] ANKARA URGES COMMON SENSE IN THE MIDEAST

    The Turkish Foreign Ministry yesterday expressed its concern over recent developments in the Mideast following the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier. In a written statement, the Foreign Ministry called on both sides to act with common sense and urged Palestine to release the soldier as soon as possible and Israel to end its military operation in Gaza. The statement added that the ongoing tension and possible clashes would only serve the interests of circles opposed to a comprehensive and permanent solution in the region. /Turkiye/

    [12] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [13] IS THIS FRANCE’S IGNORANCE? BY M. ALI KISLALI (RADIKAL)

    Columnist M. Ali Kislali comments on a speech made by a retired French admiral. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Jean Dufourq is a retired French admiral who now works for NATO’s Defense College in Italy. This month he attended a European Union-sponsored seminar which examined Turkey’s contributions to the EU in the area of security, if it becomes an EU member. Speaking at the seminar, he said, ‘The fact that Turkey has a large army means nothing to the EU.’ When I heard this I asked myself, isn’t it strange for such a person to act as if he doesn’t know that Turkey’s support isn’t only limited to the military even within NATO, but was also decisive in the areas of the economy, politics and psychology? I shouldn’t have been surprised by this situation that I came across while reading about the speeches given at the seminar, which I was invited to but didn’t attend. Actually, we hear similar sentiments from Brussels and EU political circles. However, this time an admiral, albeit a retired one, showed the same stance during an EU meeting focusing on security. An experienced expert who attended the seminar said, ‘We tried to tell the French admiral that Turkey’s strategic contribution in the socio-cultural, political, economic and psychological areas would be even more than the advantages it would gain thanks to the EU membership.’ However, it’s also accepted that foreigners misunderstanding our country isn’t unilateral. Do experts, academics and members of the media fulfill their duties concerning the issue? A retired commander made the same self-critique as follows: ‘I hope that soon we’ll start to look for the answer to the question of where we’ve gone wrong.’

    Retired Gen. Edip Baser spoke about Turkey’s contribution to EU activities during the meeting, saying that Turkey’s priorities firstly consists of consistency, coordination, cooperation, dialogue and openness with its neighbors, and NATO and EU countries. Aydan Karamanoglu, first secretary from the Foreign Ministry, gave another answer to the French admiral. He brought up Turkey’s contribution to the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) in detail and quoted EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana’s speech speaking of Turkey’s importance. Turkey should promote itself to the EU nations. At this point, it would be better to approach the French admiral from different angles, instead of seeing him as ignorant. However, we also shouldn’t forget that emphasizing important possibilities which could be provided by our large, well-trained army for the EU shouldn’t cause us to take offense.”

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