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Turkish Press Review, 06-07-11

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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

11.07.2006

GUL URGES ISRAEL TO STOP CRACKDOWN IN GAZA PUTIN CALLS ON ERDOGAN TO HELP TO STOP VIOLENCE IN THE MIDEAST PM PAYS COURTESY VISIT TO NEW CHP HEADQUARTERS ARINC: “PARLIAMENT CAN BEGIN TO WORK EARLY IF NEEDED” CUBUKCU: “WE'RE TAKING STEPS TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN” EU: “WE’RE PLEASED WITH THE UN UNDERSECRETARY’S VISIT TO CYPRUS” EU BEGINS SCREENING ON CONTENTIOUS CHAPTER TURKEY-EU JOINT PARLIAMENTARY CO-CHAIR LAGENDIJK: “TURKEY NEEDS MORE REGIONAL AUTONOMY” FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS THE AKP AND PUBLIC PRESSURE CUNEYT ULSEVER (TURKISH DAILY NEWS)

CONTENTS

  • [01] GUL URGES ISRAEL TO STOP CRACKDOWN IN GAZA
  • [02] PUTIN CALLS ON ERDOGAN TO HELP TO STOP VIOLENCE IN THE MIDEAST
  • [03] PM PAYS COURTESY VISIT TO NEW CHP HEADQUARTERS
  • [04] ARINC: “PARLIAMENT CAN BEGIN TO WORK EARLY IF NEEDED”
  • [05] CUBUKCU: “WE'RE TAKING STEPS TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN”
  • [06] EU: “WE’RE PLEASED WITH THE UN UNDERSECRETARY’S VISIT TO CYPRUS”
  • [07] EU BEGINS SCREENING ON CONTENTIOUS CHAPTER
  • [08] TURKEY-EU JOINT PARLIAMENTARY CO-CHAIR LAGENDIJK: “TURKEY NEEDS MORE REGIONAL AUTONOMY”
  • [09] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [10] THE AKP AND PUBLIC PRESSURE CUNEYT ULSEVER (TURKISH DAILY NEWS)

  • [01] GUL URGES ISRAEL TO STOP CRACKDOWN IN GAZA

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said yesterday that Israel should stop its military operations against Palestinians in Gaza, adding that the attacks were feeding new generations with ideas of enmity and revenge. Speaking at a ceremony in Ankara marking Turkey’s donating $1 million in aid to Palestine, Gul said the escalation of violence in the Mideast was worrying and jeopardizing chances for a two-state solution. He further stated that the donation was aimed at helping develop small- and medium-sized commercial enterprises in Palestine. He also called on the international community to make efforts to stop the violence in the region. /Turkiye/

    [02] PUTIN CALLS ON ERDOGAN TO HELP TO STOP VIOLENCE IN THE MIDEAST

    Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday telephoned Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding the escalating violence in the Mideast following the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier. Telling of his initiatives to stop the bloody activities in the region, Putin stated that the situation was very worrying, adding that Russia and Turkey shared similar views on the issue and on doing their best to defuse the tension. Stressing that the Palestinians were suffering under Israel’s military onslaught, Putin said they were against the punishment of innocent Palestinian people. For his part, Erdogan also mentioned his and the Foreign Ministry’s efforts on the issue. Pointing to unease in the international community concerning Israel’s intense military operations, Erdogan said Israeli strikes on the civilian infrastructure and power plants made the situation harder. Both leaders reportedly agreed to cooperate in efforts for the Israeli soldier's release and to urge Israel to set free Palestinian state ministers and deputies as soon as possible and end its bloody crackdown. /Sabah/

    [03] PM PAYS COURTESY VISIT TO NEW CHP HEADQUARTERS

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a courtesy visit yesterday to the recently completed headquarters of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP). During the meeting, Erdogan was accompanied by Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin, Justice Minister Cemil Cicek, AK Party group spokesperson Salih Kapusuz, AK Party deputy leader Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat and Selma Kavaf, head of the ruling party’s Women’s Branches. /Milliyet/

    [04] ARINC: “PARLIAMENT CAN BEGIN TO WORK EARLY IF NEEDED”

    Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc said yesterday that Parliament, which began its summer recess at the beginning of this month, could reconvene earlier than Oct. 1. Speaking to reporters at Ankara’s Esenboga Airport before his departure for a four-day visit to Russia, Arinc said that if the government needs it during the recess he could call on Parliament to reconvene, but he added that for the time being it seems there is no need. Asked about girls doing a folklore dance wearing headscarves during his recent visit to the eastern Anatolian province of Tunceli, the speaker said that he and the public had gotten tired of the reports on headscarves. Calling on the media to act responsibly, Arinc added that Turkey had important issues to deal with other than headscarves. /Turkiye/

    [05] CUBUKCU: “WE'RE TAKING STEPS TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN”

    State Minister for Women’s and Children Affairs Nimet Cubukcu said yesterday that the state had drawn up laws and mechanisms to punish people who inflict violence against women. Speaking at a gathering in Ankara, Cubukcu said that a significant process had taken place in Turkey in recent years to combat violence against women and especially “honor killings.” She stated that the government is working to raise women’s economic, social and cultural status in order to prevent violence against them, adding that every step towards that aim would help break the vicious cycle surrounding women. Also addressing the gathering, European Commission Representation in Turkey head Hansjoerg Kretschmer said that women’s rights were inseparable from human rights, and that societies with violence against women could not be called democratic. /Turkiye/

    [06] EU: “WE’RE PLEASED WITH THE UN UNDERSECRETARY’S VISIT TO CYPRUS”

    The European Commission stated yesterday that they were pleased with the positive results of United Nations Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari’s recent visit to Cyprus. In a statement, European Union Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said, “The fact that Greek Cypriot administration leader Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat met three times in a week was an encouraging signal that dialogue has a chance on the island.” The statement also underlined that the commission would support the start of talks under UN auspices. Meanwhile, Athens and Nicosia have decided to await the release of the EU’s progress report on Turkey this fall before taking steps on Turkey’s EU membership bid. Papadopoulos and Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis met yesterday in Athens in order to determine a joint strategy on Turkish-EU relations and for the Cyprus negotiations, which will start at a technical level. But they were unable to reach complete agreement on the EU issue. /Cumhuriyet-Hurriyet/

    [07] EU BEGINS SCREENING ON CONTENTIOUS CHAPTER

    The European Union is expected to further push Turkey to fulfill its requirements concerning the Customs Union following the opening of the screening process on the external relations chapter on Monday. Turkey has been a party to the Customs Union since 1996 and has been running a trade policy in accordance with EU laws. But in order to proceed in the chapter, Turkey has to fully harmonize its laws with the EU acquis through implementing the Ankara Protocol, which extends the Customs Union to the 10 new Union members, including the Greek Cypriot administration. However, Ankara refuses to implement the protocol unless the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots is ended, as promised two years ago by the 25-nation bloc. /The New Anatolian/

    [08] TURKEY-EU JOINT PARLIAMENTARY CO-CHAIR LAGENDIJK: “TURKEY NEEDS MORE REGIONAL AUTONOMY”

    Speaking at a conference held by the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) and the Norwegian Refugee Council Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IMDC), Turkey-European Union Joint Parliamentary Commission Co-Chair Joost Lagendijk yesterday said, “Turkey needs more regional autonomy,” adding that he was saying this not only for the southeastern region but all of Turkey and this wasn’t discrimination. For his part, European Commission Delegation to Turkey head Hansjoerg Kretschmer said that the living conditions of internally displaced persons in Turkey were deteriorating and that a new sub-class had emerged. Kretschmer also emphasized that the EU wanted to cooperate with the government to solve the problems of these people. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

    [10] THE AKP AND PUBLIC PRESSURE CUNEYT ULSEVER (TURKISH DAILY NEWS)

    Columnist Cuneyt Ulsever comments on the headscarf issue. A summary of his columns is as follows:

    “What turns countries into open prisons are both the written laws that fascist, communist and fundamentalist regimes pass and the ‘unwritten rules.’

    According to reports published in newspapers last week, an official in Iran recently told a female Turkish journalist that women in Iran are not obliged to cover their heads. However, I am sure no woman in Iran would dare walk down the street with her head uncovered. Do you know why?

    Because the public pressure everyone in Iran breathes day in and day out precludes a woman from ever leaving her home without having her head covered.

    On the issue of the traditional dance group that performed in front of Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc and State Minister Nimet Cubukcu, I don’t think either asked the organizers for the girls to wear headscarves. The provincial governor probably didn’t know about it, either, I’m sure.

    Most likely a person who wanted to impress them just asked the girls to wear the headscarves. Societies usually tend to follow the leaders, politicians, rich people and bureaucrats for two reasons. 1. In order to praise the strong. 2. Because they fear the strong. Such responses, when one adds the group attitude, grow exponentially. For example, if one person among a group starts clapping for a strong person, the rest of the group follows suit.

    At a recent meeting I attended I couldn’t tell whether the awful speech a deputy governor delivered really reflected his views or if he was trying to impress a ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy there. The relationship between leaders and citizens is strange.

    Leaders are responsible for both what they say and what they do.”

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