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Turkish Press Review, 06-07-21

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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

21.07.2006

SEZER SENDS MESSAGE TO TRNC'S TALAT ON 32ND ANNIVERSARY OF CYPRUS PEACE OPERATION ERDOGAN ATTENDS CEREMONIES MARKING ANNIVERSARY OF CYPRUS PEACE OPERATION GUL SPEAKS WITH FINANCIAL TIMES ABOUT PKK, TURKEY’S EU BID, AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE MIDEAST BABACAN: “THANKS TO ITS STRUCTURAL TRANSFORMATION, TURKEY HAS ATTRACTED SUBSTANTIAL FOREIGN CAPITAL SINCE 2002” DYP’S AGAR: “PM SHOULD ANNOUNCE THAT THE CYPRUS ISSUE CAN’T BE SOLVED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF TURKISH-EU RELATIONS” IMF TO REVIEW TURKEY’S STANDBY AGREEMENT RUSSIA FAILS TO ADD THE PKK TO ITS LIST OF TERROR GROUPS TURKEY TO SEND ADDITIONAL TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS.. THE US WOULDN’T ALLOW IT, BUT… BY M. ALI KISLALI (RADIKAL)

CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER SENDS MESSAGE TO TRNC'S TALAT ON 32ND ANNIVERSARY OF CYPRUS PEACE OPERATION
  • [02] ERDOGAN ATTENDS CEREMONIES MARKING ANNIVERSARY OF CYPRUS PEACE OPERATION
  • [03] GUL SPEAKS WITH FINANCIAL TIMES ABOUT PKK, TURKEY’S EU BID, AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE MIDEAST
  • [04] BABACAN: “THANKS TO ITS STRUCTURAL TRANSFORMATION, TURKEY HAS ATTRACTED SUBSTANTIAL FOREIGN CAPITAL SINCE 2002”
  • [05] DYP’S AGAR: “PM SHOULD ANNOUNCE THAT THE CYPRUS ISSUE CAN’T BE SOLVED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF TURKISH-EU RELATIONS”
  • [06] IMF TO REVIEW TURKEY’S STANDBY AGREEMENT
  • [07] RUSSIA FAILS TO ADD THE PKK TO ITS LIST OF TERROR GROUPS
  • [08] TURKEY TO SEND ADDITIONAL TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN
  • [09] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS..
  • [10] THE US WOULDN’T ALLOW IT, BUT…
  • [11] BY M. ALI KISLALI (RADIKAL)

  • [01] SEZER SENDS MESSAGE TO TRNC'S TALAT ON 32ND ANNIVERSARY OF CYPRUS PEACE OPERATION

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer yesterday sent a message to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat marking the 32nd anniversary of the Cyprus Peace Operation, saying that Turkey would determinedly continue its efforts for the economic and social development of the TRNC. Saying that the 1974 Peace Operation had brought peace and stability to the island, Sezer added that Turkey would continue to protect the historical rights of the Turkish Cypriots under the relevant international agreements. “The Turkish Cypriots are walking confidently towards the future safeguarded by Turkey and under the roof of the TRNC,” he added. /Turkiye/

    [02] ERDOGAN ATTENDS CEREMONIES MARKING ANNIVERSARY OF CYPRUS PEACE OPERATION

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday attended ceremonies marking the 32nd anniversary of the Cyprus Peace Operation. He pledged that Turkey wouldn’t permit a return to the troubled days prior to 1974 and added, “The whole world now sees that Greek Cypriot efforts to tyrannize the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) are in vain and unfair. We expect the international community, especially the European Union, to look at the Cyprus issue with a fresh eye. There’s a great injustice in making Turkish Cypriots pay for the unconstructive policy of the Greek Cypriots. Thus, it is necessary that the unfair isolation on the Turkish Cypriots be lifted.” TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat said that the Greek Cypriot administration’s policy since the April 2004 referendum was built on lying in wait to ambush Turkey’s European Union bid. Stating that the Greek Cypriots always block efforts to find a solution, Talat said, “Solving the Cyprus issue is our strategic goal.” Meanwhile, during his stay in the TRNC, Erdogan spoke with both US President George W. Bush and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He told them about his recent talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and Syrian President Bashar Assad. Stating that the situation in the region is growing worse and a cease-fire should be reached as soon as possible, Erdogan said, “The steps taken by the EU will be key.” /Star/

    [03] GUL SPEAKS WITH FINANCIAL TIMES ABOUT PKK, TURKEY’S EU BID, AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE MIDEAST

    In a wide-ranging interview with the Financial Times yesterday, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said that the failure to resolve the dispute on Cyprus was "poisoning" the process for negotiating Turkey's membership in the European Union, while warning that US support for Israel's actions in Lebanon could have a backlash across the Middle East region. Gul stated that the PKK was armed with remote-controlled explosives and weapons obtained in Iraq, including some from the Iraqi army. “This is very dangerous,” he said. “We cannot tolerate this. Definitely we will use all our rights under international law.” Commenting on Turkey’s EU bid, Gul said that on the EU negotiations, launched last October, excellent progress was being made in technical preparations, with the pre-negotiation screening now completed for 29 of the 35 chapters involved. Commenting on the Cyprus issue, Gul said it would be impossible to win approval in the Turkish Parliament for the additional protocol unless the Greek Cypriots also lifted their veto on any direct trade with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). "We have been asked to lift our restrictions [on Greek Cypriot ships], but all the isolation should continue on the Turkish side," he said. "This is impossible. No elected government in Turkey can do this,” he added. /Turkiye/

    [04] BABACAN: “THANKS TO ITS STRUCTURAL TRANSFORMATION, TURKEY HAS ATTRACTED SUBSTANTIAL FOREIGN CAPITAL SINCE 2002”

    State Minister for the Economy Ali Babacan said yesterday that in 2002 Turkey began to attract great amounts of foreign capital thanks to its structural transformation, adding that the share of short-term capital in total capital inflows was falling. "The rising share of long-term credits and foreign direct investments plays a big role in this,” said Babacan. Commenting on rising oil prices, Babacan stated that these price hikes were having the biggest effect on inflation and imports and added, “Since crude oil prices are high, mineral fuels and oils, which have the biggest share in imports, are pushing up imports.” /Turkiye/

    [05] DYP’S AGAR: “PM SHOULD ANNOUNCE THAT THE CYPRUS ISSUE CAN’T BE SOLVED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF TURKISH-EU RELATIONS”

    Opposition True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar yesterday said that the 1974 Cyprus Peace Operation started a process which laid the groundwork for a lasting, comprehensive solution based on political equality between the two sides on the island. In a message marking the 32nd anniversary of the Cyprus Peace Operation, Agar said, “We expect on this significant day that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will announce in clear and definite language that the Cyprus issue is still being conducted on the grounds of the UN and that Turkey won’t consent to solving it within the context of Turkish-European Union relations.” /Turkiye/

    [06] IMF TO REVIEW TURKEY’S STANDBY AGREEMENT

    The International Monetary Fund Executive Board will meet on July 28 to review Turkey’s three-year standby agreement and discuss approval of a loan tranchet, IMF External Relations Director Masood Ahmed said yesterday. “Both the second and third reviews of Turkey’s program are on July 28,” Ahmed told reporters at a regular briefing. /Hurriyet/

    [07] RUSSIA FAILS TO ADD THE PKK TO ITS LIST OF TERROR GROUPS

    Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov yesterday signed a decree listing the groups recognized by the Kremlin as terrorist organizations. But despite Turkey’s diplomatic efforts, Russia failed to add the PKK to the list. During his recent visit to Russia, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer reiterated Turkey’s request that the PKK be added. /Aksam/

    [08] TURKEY TO SEND ADDITIONAL TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN

    The General Staff announced yesterday that a Regional Commandership in Kabul, Afghganistan will be formed between Turkey, France and Italy. In this framework, Turkey will send additional troops to the region. /Cumhuriyet/

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

    [10] THE US WOULDN’T ALLOW IT, BUT…

    [11] BY M. ALI KISLALI (RADIKAL)

    Columnist M. Ali Kislali comments on Turkish-US relations and the situation in northern Iraq. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “The basic rule of the 22-year fight against the terrorist PKK is to cut its cross-border support. Not only military field manuals, but also books written by experts say this and certain policies show this as well. Based on this, the Turkish General Staff says that the PKK headquarters in northern Iraq must be removed. Our ally, the US, is hindering this aim of Turkey’s. The US ambassador to Ankara says at every opportunity that we can’t carry out an operation alone. The US is right to some extent. Iraq is in a complete quagmire and it’s sinking deeper everyday. It can only trust the Kurds, who don’t want Turkey to carry out a military operation against northern Iraq and who say this openly at every opportunity. They also don’t do anything in order to hinder the PKK’s activities. They even don’t say anything about the PKK representative in Baghdad. In this case, what can Turkey do? Can it make an initiative which can be considered a conflict with Washington? Will it only do certain maneuvers which can be seen as bluff? Will it move units to the Iraqi border? Will it propose a partnership with Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani? Or would it declare a general amnesty for the PKK elements on Mt. Kandil? In addition, would it allow the establishment of a Kurdish political party as proposed by a high-ranking diplomat who was sent by the US to the region in the past?

    Are these solutions that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) can afford? If not, would the AKP give the solution to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK)? The signs of this can be seen now, and it’s about a tendency towards meeting all the requests of the military. However, if these requests are made, would everything be gotten under control even if a state of emergency (in the southeast) is declared? Or would it be necessary to look for other remedies for a solution? When Turkish diplomats were being killed by Armenian murderers some years ago, I remember some of our diplomats saying that if we can do nothing, should we give the work of stopping these murders to the Italian mafia? Why don’t we establish close cooperate with Iran on this issue? Or, do we think that Turkish-Iranian cooperation would disturb our ‘ally’ the US? I know little about Special Forces. However, I have a shelf full of books about the US Special Forces and their covert operations throughout the world. Doubtlessly the TSK is establishing a similar force. If we don’t use them now, when will we use them? The US wouldn’t let us enter northern Iraq to destroy the PKK headquarters. However, while funeral ceremonies of soldiers slain in southeastern Anatolia are held every day, nobody in Turkey can remain an bystander anymore. This trend wouldn’t only cause the end of the AKP.”

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