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Turkish Press Review, 06-07-06

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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

06.07.2006

ERDOGAN MEETS WITH PAKISTANI PM AZIZ ERDOGAN: “INFLATION TARGETS WILL BE MET” IN WASHINGTON, GUL MEETS WITH RICE TO DISCUSS BILATERAL RELATIONS YAS TO CONVENE ON AUG. 1 ELBARADEI TO ARRIVE IN ANKARA TODAY FINNISH PM: “TURKEY’S MEMBERSHIP WILL STRENGTHEN THE EU” MUSIC PRODUCER ARIF MARDIN LAID TO REST GULER: “ENERGY PRICE HIKES OUT OF THE QUESTION FOR NOW” FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... IRAN’S FUTURE BY SOLI OZEL (SABAH)

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN MEETS WITH PAKISTANI PM AZIZ
  • [02] ERDOGAN: “INFLATION TARGETS WILL BE MET”
  • [03] IN WASHINGTON, GUL MEETS WITH RICE TO DISCUSS BILATERAL RELATIONS
  • [04] YAS TO CONVENE ON AUG. 1
  • [05] ELBARADEI TO ARRIVE IN ANKARA TODAY
  • [06] FINNISH PM: “TURKEY’S MEMBERSHIP WILL STRENGTHEN THE EU”
  • [07] MUSIC PRODUCER ARIF MARDIN LAID TO REST
  • [08] GULER: “ENERGY PRICE HIKES OUT OF THE QUESTION FOR NOW”
  • [09] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [10] IRAN’S FUTUREBY SOLI OZEL (SABAH)

  • [01] ERDOGAN MEETS WITH PAKISTANI PM AZIZ

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday met with his Pakistani counterpart Shaukat Aziz. During the meeting at the Prime Ministry residence in Ankara, the two premiers reportedly discussed regional issues as wells as bilateral political and commercial relations. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] ERDOGAN: “INFLATION TARGETS WILL BE MET”

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that the government’s fight with inflation was continuing, and they believed that the economic targets set for the mid and long terms would be met. Addressing a meeting of the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TIM) in Ankara, Erdogan said that his government had taken important steps to establish reliability and stability in the country. Commenting on recent economic volatility, Erdogan said that fluctuations and movements were possible in economies, adding that this was a reality of the world. In addition to Cabinet ministers, opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal, Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) leader Erkan Mumcu, Democratic Left Party (DSP) leader Zeki Sezer, and bureaucrats as well as businessmen were also present at the gathering. Also speaking at the meeting, Baykal criticized the government’s economic policies, warning that the country was at great risk for a new crisis. He added that Turkey could stand on its own two feet only through a large rise in exports. /Turkiye/

    [03] IN WASHINGTON, GUL MEETS WITH RICE TO DISCUSS BILATERAL RELATIONS

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, currently in Washington for an official visit, yesterday met with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to discuss a number of issues, including bilateral relations and a new strategic vision document. During their meeting, Gul briefed Rice on his recent contacts with the Iranian government concerning its nuclear program. Gul and Rice also discussed Iraq, the terrorist PKK, Cyprus, Turkey’s European Union membership bid, and energy cooperation. Speaking at a joint press conference afterwards, Rice said that sometimes it was important to look at relations between the two countries from a general point of view and consider the broad, deep values and strategic interests their relations are based on, adding that the strategic vision document would help underline this. Asked about the terrorist PKK, Rice said that the US administration would work actively with Ankara and Baghdad to overcome this problem, adding that Washington didn’t want the PKK to attack Turkey from anywhere, and especially not from northern Iraq. For his part, Gul said that presence of a terrorist group in a friendly country such as Iraq was inexplicable. Later, Gul met with US Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs Tim Adams. During their meeting, they discussed the situation of the Turkish economy and recent market fluctuations. Adams said that the fluctuations were due to international developments, adding that he had confidence in the structure of the Turkish economy. Afterwards, Gul said that Turkey wasn’t considered the “weak link” in the chain. /Milliyet/

    [04] YAS TO CONVENE ON AUG. 1

    The Supreme Military Council (YAS) is set to convene for its annual meeting on Aug. 1. The four-day gathering chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will discuss the promotions of military personnel. Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok and Gendarmerie Chief Commander Gen. Fevzi Turkeri are both expected to retire as they have reached mandatory retirement age. /Turkiye/

    [05] ELBARADEI TO ARRIVE IN ANKARA TODAY

    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei is set to arrive in Ankara today at the invitation of Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler. During his three-day stay in Turkey, ElBaradei is expected to meet with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. He is also scheduled to address a conference in Ankara held by the Turkish Atomic Energy Agency (TAEK) on the use and efficiency of nuclear energy. He will proceed to Istanbul after completing his contacts in Ankara. /Turkiye/

    [06] FINNISH PM: “TURKEY’S MEMBERSHIP WILL STRENGTHEN THE EU”

    European Union Term President Finland’s Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen yesterday said, “Turkey’s future European Union membership would strengthen the EU.” Speaking at the European Parliament about his country’s priorities during its six-month presidency, Vanhanen said that Turkey’s membership would bring stability to the region. Stating that the realization of full membership depends on Turkey’s efforts and that the criteria for membership must be fulfilled, Vanhanen said, “Turkey’s membership will be a long process,” and added, “It’s early to speak of a timetable, but it’s not going to happen in six months.” Meanwhile, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Wednesday underlined Turkey’s obligation to open its harbors and airports to Greek Cypriots before it can move ahead with its entry talks. In a speech at the EP, Barroso underlined the importance for both Turkey and the Union to fulfill their responsibilities towards each other, saying, “What matters is that we are open, honest and fair. Turkey must fulfill its commitments, just as the EU must fulfill its commitments. Turkey’s commitments include respect for the Ankara Protocol.” /Hurriyet-The New Anatolian/

    [07] MUSIC PRODUCER ARIF MARDIN LAID TO REST

    Arif Mardin, a legendary Grammy Award-winning producer who died at age 74 last week in New York, was laid to rest in Istanbul yesterday. Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler, Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas, businessmen, artists, musicians, and politicians attended the funeral. Mardin’s daughter Nazan Mardin said that she was touched during memorial ceremonies held in the US, adding that there was great love for his father there. “We lost our father, and we thank everyone who stood by us,” she added. /Aksam/

    [08] GULER: “ENERGY PRICE HIKES OUT OF THE QUESTION FOR NOW”

    Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hlimi Guler said yesterday that energy price increases were out of the question for now. Speaking at a Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TIM) meeting, Guler said that they would do what the economy necessitates. “An electricity price hike is out of the question,” he said. Stressing that blackouts in 13 provinces last weekend were being investigated, Guler said that efforts were being exerted to overcome the underlying problem. He added that he would meet with visiting International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Mohamed ElBaradei this week to discuss nuclear energy. /Sabah/

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

    [10] IRAN’S FUTUREBY SOLI OZEL (SABAH)

    Columnist Soli Ozel comments on Iran’s future. A summary of his column is as follows: “Recent developments are making Turkey’s neighborhood more and more dangerous and complicated. Here it’s important to discuss foreign policy issues without confusing intentions with reality. Developments in the region will have an impact on Turkey’s domestic politics, economy and security. It’s getting more difficult for the government in Turkey to produce policies despite public opinion, so now governments are responsible for keeping the public properly informed. In addition, it should be accepted that foreign policy and security officials’ monopoly on information and strategic thought is now over. From now on, it will be possible to reach a consensus on such policies in line with national interests by cooperating with non-governmental organizations. One of the top issues is Iran. Turkey will play a part in concluding the Iranian crisis. However, as the US secretary of state indicated yesterday, Turkey won’t be the central figure in solving this crisis. All the possibilities for solving the Iran issue have certain aspects which could impact Turkey negatively. So, it’s important to start to think about them and concentrate on how to manage the crisis. A report prepared by terrorism expert Ali Nihat Ozcan on the future of the Iran issue contains valuable observations and suggestions. Ozcan summarizes the characteristics of US-Iranian relations and the parties’ strategic aims and writes about four possible scenarios. They are as follows: Regime guarantee; Iran with nuclear weapons; unexpected change of regime; and change of regime scenarios with military intervention. Ozcan’s presentation shows that the second and third scenarios are the strongest ones. Even if the US and countries in the region look for ways to live peacefully with Iran in the second scenario, all the countries in the region will enter a period shaped on the basis of tension and lack of confidence. If the US intervenes using only air power, Ozcan foresees that the regime won’t change overnight. Iran will fight the interests of the US and its allies with such tools as terrorism, oil prices and more confusion in Iraq. If the regime collapses, three separate conclusions can be foreseen. Iran would become a liberal democratic country which protects its territorial integrity, without nuclear weapons. The second possibility is Iran breaking up along ethnic lines. Under the third possibility, Iran might take on a federal character. When the US-Iran crisis escalates, Turkey will have difficulty choosing sides. According to Ozcan, for historical and structural reasons we can’t support Iran. If we support the US, the public would hardly accept this. In each case, there will be a large, deep impact on Turkey. Soaring oil prices, cutting off trade with Iran, and terrorist attacks urged by Iran would cause us great problems. In addition, the Kurdish issue will take on an international dimension. It’s time for a serious, honest, realistic and comprehensive discussion of the Iran issue.”

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