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Turkish Press Review, 06-07-14

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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

14.07.2006

"SILK ROAD OF THE 21ST CENTURY" OPENS ARINC COMPLETES RUSSIAN VISIT FIVE SOLDIERS IN BITLIS KILLED BY MINE ECHR CONVICTS GREECE FOR VIOLATING RELIGIOUS RIGHTS EU: “THE BTC WILL BE A CENTER OF SECURE ENERGY” PAPADOPOULOS PROTESTS OFFICIAL BRYZA-TALAT MEETING UNAKITAN: “NO CONCESSION WILL BE MADE FROM THE ECONOMIC PROGRAMS” FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... TERRITORY WITH A BLOODY, DEADLY FATE BY TUFAN TURENC (HURRIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] "SILK ROAD OF THE 21ST CENTURY" OPENS
  • [02] ARINC COMPLETES RUSSIAN VISIT
  • [03] FIVE SOLDIERS IN BITLIS KILLED BY MINE
  • [04] ECHR CONVICTS GREECE FOR VIOLATING RELIGIOUS RIGHTS
  • [05] EU: “THE BTC WILL BE A CENTER OF SECURE ENERGY”
  • [06] PAPADOPOULOS PROTESTS OFFICIAL BRYZA-TALAT MEETING
  • [07] UNAKITAN: “NO CONCESSION WILL BE MADE FROM THE ECONOMIC PROGRAMS”
  • [08] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [09] TERRITORY WITH A BLOODY, DEADLY FATE BY TUFAN TURENC (HURRIYET)

  • [01] "SILK ROAD OF THE 21ST CENTURY" OPENS

    The nearly $4 billion Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline officially opened yesterday with a ceremony attended by high-level representatives from over 30 countries, including President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and his Azerbaijani and Georgian counterparts Ilham Aliyev and Mikhail Saakashvili, in Turkey’s Mediterranean town of Ceyhan. The pipeline, which enables the transfer of Caspian oil to Western markets, will change the face of the region, said Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his address to the gathering. Pointing to the project’s contribution to stability, development and prosperity in the region, Erdogan said as energy demand is set to rise significantly in the coming years, the BTC’s importance would grow. Also addressing the gathering, Sezer underlined that Turkey was at the center of energy corridors and that the pipeline would develop cooperation with neighbors and partners. A message sent to Sezer by US President George W. Bush also hailed the opening of the pipeline, as it will ensure that Caspian oil reaches world markets through a viable route. The BTC, with a length of 1,776 kilometers, at full capacity is expected to pump 1 million barrels of oil every day. /All Papers/

    [02] ARINC COMPLETES RUSSIAN VISIT

    Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc yesterday left for Ankara after completing a four-day visit to Russia. Speaking to reporters in Moscow before his flight home, Arinc said that he had had very fruitful talks with Russian officials on strengthening bilateral ties. /Sabah/

    [03] FIVE SOLDIERS IN BITLIS KILLED BY MINE

    Terrorist PKK militants are continuing bloody attacks on security forces. A military vehicle yesterday hit a mine laid on a road by terrorists in the eastern Anatolian city of Bitlis. The explosion took the lives of five soldiers while leaving four others wounded. The wounded soldiers were receiving treatment at Tatvan Military Hospital. /Turkiye/

    [04] ECHR CONVICTS GREECE FOR VIOLATING RELIGIOUS RIGHTS

    Ismet Emin Aga, the elected mufti of Xanthi in Greece's Thrace region, has won in two cases he filed against Athens at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The court ruled that Greece violated Aga’s freedom of thought, religion and conscience. Aga was elected mufti of Xanthi in August 1990 but Athens didn’t recognize his election and instead appointed another mufti in his place. A Greek court first convicted Aga to prison time, claiming that he continued his duty despite the Interior Ministry’s decision, but later reduced that to a fine. Aga had earlier won two other cases against Greece at the ECHR. /Milliyet/

    [05] EU: “THE BTC WILL BE A CENTER OF SECURE ENERGY”

    The European Union sent its Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs to yesterday’s opening ceremony of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline to show its support and the project’s value. Turkey, always present in EU strategy papers on the diversity of the energy sources and a common energy policy, has strengthened its position with the BTC. Stressing that the project is being implemented at a time when it is truly needed, EU officials say that Turkey has become indispensable for transferring energy to Europe. The BTC constitutes an alternative for the EU, which wants to reduce its dependence on Russian energy transfers, and this boosts the prestige of the project in Brussels’ eyes. /Milliyet/

    [06] PAPADOPOULOS PROTESTS OFFICIAL BRYZA-TALAT MEETING

    Greek Cypriot administration leader Tassos Papadopoulos yesterday said he would not meet with Matt Bryza, the US assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, in protest of his upcoming meeting with the Turkish Cypriot president at his official office in Lefkosa. During his three-day visit to the divided island, set to begin on Sunday, Bryza will be faced by the Greek Cypriot protest of his plan to meet with Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat at the Presidency, a move that the Greek Cypriots consider a step towards recognition of the TRNC, a state recognized by Turkey but not by the rest of the international community. During Byryza’s last visit to the island Papadopoulos also refused to meet him, boycotting a similar Talat-Bryza meeting at the TRNC Presidency. /The New Anatolian/

    [07] UNAKITAN: “NO CONCESSION WILL BE MADE FROM THE ECONOMIC PROGRAMS”

    Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan, currently visiting London to hold talks with financial institutions in the city on the Turkish economy, said yesterday that Turkey would continue its economic programs without making any concessions. Speaking to reporters, Unakitan hailed the interest of British business in the Turkish economy and ongoing privatization activities. Citing recent economic figures, Unakitan said that positive domestic developments were attracting foreign capital. Stressing that the government was very sensitive to maintaining stability in the country, the minister said that both the presidential and general elections would be held as scheduled next year, adding, “There will be no early elections in Turkey.” /Turkiye/

    [08] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [09] TERRITORY WITH A BLOODY, DEADLY FATE BY TUFAN TURENC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Tufan Turenc comments on the situation in the Palestinian-Israeli region and Turkey’s stance on it. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “It seems that the fate of the Palestinian-Israeli region was drawn with death and sadness, and both the Jewish and Palestinian peoples living there accept this fate. Both of the societies do their best to live in peace. The Israeli people are tired of wars, blood and death, but they bring leaders to power who believe that the problem will be solved with violence. This situation is the same for Palestinians as well. They also acted too unaware in bringing Hamas to power. Unless both parties accept a fair sharing of the region, it will never see peace and prosperity. The recent initiative by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who attempted to mediate without grasping these realties and knowing the region, led to disappointment. Following his mediation, the conflicts in the region got worse. Turkey is the strongest country in the region and the only one which might have an impact on both the Arab people and Israel. However, mediation made without forethought destroys the respect for Turkey among the countries of the region. If you don’t conduct consistent foreign policies, your attempts to solve these kinds of complicated problems will inevitably end in vain.

    Obviously, Erdogan sent his chief advisor Ahmet Davutoglu to bring a secret message to Syrian President Bashar Assad with good intentions. After Davutoglu met with Assad, he also met with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal. This meeting was hidden from the Turkish public, but foreign news agencies reported the news. Firstly Davutoglu and then the Office of the Prime Minister and the Foreign Ministry denied it. However, then Erdogan denied this denial and said that this meeting was held. What a perfect coordination of foreign policy! Lebanon is a strange country, too. It accepted the fact that a war outside its borders turned its territory into a hell. When the war was over and it started to heal its wounds, it again headed towards the same quagmire. Why would such a country which suffered so much give the terrorist Hezbollah shelter on its territory? If it can’t control this group, why doesn’t it tell international institutions about the situation and ask for their help? Why does it carry this risk on its shoulders? Syria is making the same mistake. It’s still protecting and sheltering terrorists. Hasn’t it sheltered the terrorist PKK for years on its land and had a share of responsibility for the bloodshed in Turkey? Didn’t it betray Turkey? Syria shouldn’t forget that not all countries are as forgiving as Turkey is.”

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