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Turkish Press Review, 06-07-17

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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

17.07.2006

ERDOGAN: "EVERYONE SHOULD AID THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM" ANTI-TERROR COUNCIL GATHERS AKP'S AKIF GULLE INJURED, MERZIFON MAYOR KILLED IN CAR ACCIDENT CHP'S BAYKAL: "THE RECENT PICTURE IN THE MIDDLE EAST ISN'T PROMISING" MUMCU: "TURKEY IS GRIPPED BY FEAR OF UNPRECEDENTED PROBLEMS" BAHCELI COMMENTS ON RISING MIDEAST TENSION TUZMEN TO VISIT THE US IN SEPTEMBER IN BID TO BOOST TRADE FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... ANGER OVER THE GME BY ERDAL SAFAK (SABAH) PUTIN'S LESSONS TO BUSH ON STRENGTH BY OSMAN ULIAGAY (MILLIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN: "EVERYONE SHOULD AID THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM"
  • [02] ANTI-TERROR COUNCIL GATHERS
  • [03] AKP'S AKIF GULLE INJURED, MERZIFON MAYOR KILLED IN CAR ACCIDENT
  • [04] CHP'S BAYKAL: "THE RECENT PICTURE IN THE MIDDLE EAST ISN'T PROMISING"
  • [05] MUMCU: "TURKEY IS GRIPPED BY FEAR OF UNPRECEDENTED PROBLEMS"
  • [06] BAHCELI COMMENTS ON RISING MIDEAST TENSION
  • [07] TUZMEN TO VISIT THE US IN SEPTEMBER IN BID TO BOOST TRADE
  • [08] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [09] ANGER OVER THE GME BY ERDAL SAFAK (SABAH)
  • [10] PUTIN'S LESSONS TO BUSH ON STRENGTH BY OSMAN ULIAGAY (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN: "EVERYONE SHOULD AID THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM"

    Speaking at a meeting of his party in Agri over the weekend, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan commented on a recent rise in terrorist attacks in which 13 soldiers were killed by the terrorist PKK over the past week, saying that this caused him great sorrow. "I hope my emotions will not overshadow my mind, knowledge, and experience," he said. Stressing that everyone should help in the fight against terrorism, Erdogan added that the PKK was continuing to kill Turkish soldiers. "We were always patient about the issue and want to solve it through democracy," said Erdogan. "But the PKK killed eight soldiers overnight. Last week five soldiers were killed by the terrorist PKK. There many things to discuss at tomorrow's Cabinet meeting." Erdogan stated that it was necessary to end the nation's terror problem, and peace should be ensured in the country. The premier further said that the government had made investment in the eastern and southeastern Anatolia regions and added, "We will be happy when these regions have the same modern structure as the west of the country." He added, "We're against ethnic nationalism. There are more than 30 ethnic groups in Turkey. We should give the necessary response to those who want to divide our country." Later, speaking in Igdyr, Erdogan said that those who supported terrorism should know that terror would strike them too one day. /Turkiye/

    [02] ANTI-TERROR COUNCIL GATHERS

    The High Anti-Terrorism Council chaired by Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday gathered extraordinarily upon the directive of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. During the meeting, urgent measures for stepping up the fight against the terrorist PKK were discussed. After yesterday's meeting, the Cabinet today will discuss cross-border operations, air operations including Iraq's Kandil Mountains, tightened inspections at the Habur border gate with Iraq, diplomatic initiatives to Baghdad and Washington, an urgent meeting among Iraq, the US and Turkey, and renewing the "hot pursuit" agreement between Turkey and Iraq. /Sabah/

    [03] AKP'S AKIF GULLE INJURED, MERZIFON MAYOR KILLED IN CAR ACCIDENT

    Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy leader Akif Gulle was seriously wounded in the head yesterday when his car collided with another near the Merzifon district of the central Anatolian province of Amasya. Gulle was traveling with Merzifon Mayor Hayati Incekul and local AKP local officials in the same car. Incekul died en route to hospital, while others in the car as well as two people traveling in the other car involved in the accident were wounded. /Turkish Daily News/

    [04] CHP'S BAYKAL: "THE RECENT PICTURE IN THE MIDDLE EAST ISN'T PROMISING"

    At a Socialist International (SI) meeting on the Greek island of Samos over the weekend, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal spoke on the recent developments in the Middle East. After a SI working group meeting yesterday, Baykal told reporters that they had discussed the recent situation of the Middle East and evaluated the speech of Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, who also attended the meeting. Baykal also said that he felt a deep sorrow for the fallen soldiers killed in a clash with the terrorist PKK late Saturday night and called on the government to do its duty. /Star-Sabah/

    [05] MUMCU: "TURKEY IS GRIPPED BY FEAR OF UNPRECEDENTED PROBLEMS"

    The leader of the Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) said yesterday that the country is gripped by fear due to unprecedented ethnic, sectarian and economic problems. ANAVATAN leader Erkan Mumcu said people are being pushed into an abyss of fear that is deepened by ethnic, religious and economic problems the country has been recently facing. Speaking at a press conference before his party's advisory board meeting, Mumcu also extended his condolences to the families of soldiers killed in an armed struggle with the terrorist PKK on Friday near Siirt's Eruh province. /The New Anatolian/

    [06] BAHCELI COMMENTS ON RISING MIDEAST TENSION

    Speaking at a meeting of his party yesterday, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli commented on rising tension in the Middle East and criticized the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) for not taking a stance against the aggressive stance of Israel. Bahceli further criticized the United Nations for delaying action to stem the crisis, saying that the UN was no longer a global institution. "Countries should reorganize this institution or set up another one," he added. Also commenting on recent developments in Turkey, Bahceli that Turkey was facing new threats every day. /Turkiye/

    [07] TUZMEN TO VISIT THE US IN SEPTEMBER IN BID TO BOOST TRADE

    State Minister Kursat Tuzmen is expected to travel to the US in September. After preparing strategies on Africa, the Far East, Russia, and neighboring countries, the Foreign Trade Undersecretariat has now prepared a "US Strategy" aimed at boosting exports. During his stays in New York and Chicago, Tuzmen will be accompanied by a group of businessmen. The visit aims to seek ways to boost exports between the two countries. Delegations from the US will also be invited to Turkey. /Milliyet/

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

    [09] ANGER OVER THE GME BY ERDAL SAFAK (SABAH)

    Columnist Erdal Safak comments on the Greater Middle East Initiative. A summary of his column is as follows: "Criticizing the world's sitting and watching Israel's excessive reprisal, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a harsh message to the US and issued a warning on the global threat of terror. Erdogan said that Turkey could stop supporting the Greater Middle East Initiative (GME). 'We have supported the GME so that the Middle East can be peaceful and prosperous,' he added. "But developments don't show this. We'll review this situation.' Erdogan's remarks must have made all the leaders in the Middle East happy, because they can't wait to send the GME to history's dustbin and go back to the status quo. In other words, they're impatiently waiting for US President George W. Bush's term in office to end. They're not wrong. The results of the project developed by the American neocons have been the opposite of their stated aims.

    * When Bush was introducing the GME to the world for the first time in February 2003, he said that the Islamic geography from Morocco to Pakistan would completely change. But in all the countries on which there was pressure for a democratic opening and multiparty elections, Islamists were inadvertently aided.

    * Bush said that the GME would be a model so Iraq's democratic values will boost the Middle East and create a 'domino effect.' But Iraq is about to suffer a Sunni-Shiite civil war and disintegration.

    * Bush claimed that Afghanistan would export not terror, but peace to the world. But Afghanistan has turned into a headquarters of terror. The entire country surrendered to the Taliban, and even al-Qaeda.

    * Bush accused late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat of stalling democratic reforms and trying to hinder the GME. But Arafat's successor Mahmoud Abbas obeyed the rules of the game of democracy, and his opponent Hamas won the election.

    * The GME's real aim was to revive the road map signed by Arafat, Itzhak Rabin and Shimon Perez in 1993, that is, to establish a Palestinian state and make peace between Israel and the region. But the dream of a Palestinian state wasn't fulfilled. Israel was attacked by two sides, and the Middle East is moving towards a fourth Arab-Israeli war. What's more, if this possibility turns into reality, this time the commanding role will belong to Iran.

    * While introducing the GME during the G-8 summit in Georgia in the US in June 2004, the Bush administration said that it was for the benefit of everybody so the Middle East can be saved from ignorance, fanaticism and poverty. But the GME wasn't even mentioned during yesterday's G-8 summit in Saint Petersburg. In sum, the GME hasn't benefited anybody, except certain Islamic people in the Middle East. When Erdogan was threatening that Turkey wouldn't support the GME anymore, I wonder if he considered this item in the balance sheet."

    [10] PUTIN'S LESSONS TO BUSH ON STRENGTH BY OSMAN ULIAGAY (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Osman Uluagay comments on Russia's energy policy. A summary of his column is as follows: "The scene at the joint press conference with US President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 summit was striking. As Bush said that Russia should take how the US has brought democracy and freedom to Iraq as an example, Putin smiled sarcastically and replied: 'Honestly, we don't want a democracy like the one in Iraq. And we know better how to strengthen our nation.' Even those who criticize Putin accept that with these words he expressed a fact. Putin didn't follow the way the West offered him but instead took the natural resources of the country under state control and strengthened Russian energy firms. This is the reason why Russia has become an influential player in the global chess game. The Rosneft incident is a concrete example of this. Rosneft, a Russian oil company under state control, had its IPO in London on Friday, one day before the G8 Summit. Some 15 percent of the firm was included in the offering, and as the shares of the firm went for high prices, the firm made a profit of about $10 billion. This will be the fifth-largest IPO in history. According to these prices, the total value of Rosneft is $79.8 billion and it became one of the most valuable firms in Europe. Rosneft took over the installations of the oil firm Yukos, which owner Mikhail Hodorkovski is now in prison in Siberia. Yukos wants this IPO to be invalid because the property was taken illegally. If Putin hadn't taken over Yukos' properties, Russia's role in energy wouldn't be so large today. According to experienced former US diplomat Stuart Eizenstat, Hodorkovski was in touch with US finance groups and oil firms to determine Yukos' future. If an important part of a Russian oil company were in the hands of an international firm, then there would be a different energy equation in the world (as said in Friday's Wall Street Journal). I probably wouldn't want to live in Putin's Russia, but we have to accept that Putin has strengthened Russia's hand in the global game, by putting energy under state control."

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