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Turkish Press Review, 06-07-24

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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

24.07.2006

TREATY OF LAUSANNE REMEMBERED BAYKAL: “NEXT YEAR’S GENERAL ELECTIONS WILL HAVE HISTORIC IMPORTANCE” TALAT ASSURES ANNAN OF CONTINUING EFFORTS FOR CYPRUS PEACE OYMEN: “THE US ISN'T SAYING IT WILL ELIMINATE THE TERRORIST PKK FROM IRAQ” TALABANI: “WE WON’T LET TURKEY CONDUCT A MILITARY OPERATION IN IRAQ” RED CRESCENT SENDS AID TO PALESTINIANS TROOPSHIP SENT TO LEBANON TO EVACUATE TURKISH CITIZENS ANKARA TO OPEN ITS AIRSPACE FOR LEBANON HUMANITARIAN AID WB WORKS WITH GOVT ON NEW JOB CREATION MEASURES FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS… MIDDLE EAST CRISIS TO AFFECT TURKEY BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] TREATY OF LAUSANNE REMEMBERED
  • [02] BAYKAL: “NEXT YEAR’S GENERAL ELECTIONS WILL HAVE HISTORIC IMPORTANCE”
  • [03] TALAT ASSURES ANNAN OF CONTINUING EFFORTS FOR CYPRUS PEACE
  • [04] OYMEN: “THE US ISN'T SAYING IT WILL ELIMINATE THE TERRORIST PKK FROM IRAQ”
  • [05] TALABANI: “WE WON’T LET TURKEY CONDUCT A MILITARY OPERATION IN IRAQ”
  • [06] RED CRESCENT SENDS AID TO PALESTINIANS
  • [07] TROOPSHIP SENT TO LEBANON TO EVACUATE TURKISH CITIZENS A
  • [08] ANKARA TO OPEN ITS AIRSPACE FOR LEBANON HUMANITARIAN AID
  • [09] WB WORKS WITH GOVT ON NEW JOB CREATION MEASURES
  • [10] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [11] MIDDLE EAST CRISIS TO AFFECT TURKEY BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)

  • [01] TREATY OF LAUSANNE REMEMBERED

    The 83rd anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne between Turkey and the allied countries and the Soviet Union will be commemorated today, with leaders hailing the importance of the treaty in the founding and growth of the republic. In a statement released yesterday, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said that the treaty showed the determination of the Turkish people to live independently. He noted that the Treaty of Lausanne was the only post-World War I treaty in force and this was because Turkey negotiated with the allies as an equal. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the treaty ensured the independence and sovereignty of Turkey and was considered one of the cornerstones of the Turkish Republic. Main opposition Republican People’s Party leader Deniz Baykal said that the signing of the treaty symbolized the defeat of efforts to divide Turkey. /Turkish Daily News/

    [02] BAYKAL: “NEXT YEAR’S GENERAL ELECTIONS WILL HAVE HISTORIC IMPORTANCE”

    Speaking in Sivas, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal said yesterday that next year’s general elections would have historic importance, adding that all political parties whether on the left or the right should do their best for Turkey. “We won’t allow circles which try to make Turkey like Iran,” said Baykal. “Some circles want to change Turkey’s values, but the foundation of Turkey is sound. Turkey’s importance in the world is increasing and this will continue in the future.” Baykal added that he hoped next year’s elections would make him the leader of the party in power. /Milliyet/

    [03] TALAT ASSURES ANNAN OF CONTINUING EFFORTS FOR CYPRUS PEACE

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat, in a letter send to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan through UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari during his visit to Cyprus earlier this month, expressed the Turkish Cypriots’ full support for the Annan plan with efforts to find a comprehensive solution to the dispute over the island. /The New Anatolian/

    [04] OYMEN: “THE US ISN'T SAYING IT WILL ELIMINATE THE TERRORIST PKK FROM IRAQ”

    Speaking in the midst of disputes over a possible cross-border operation into Iraq to fight the terrorist PKK, Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Onur Oymen said yesterday, “The recent phone call between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President George W. Bush is a positive development, but their messages amount to saying that Turkey shouldn’t act unilaterally in the region.” Oymen added that the US doesn’t say that it will eliminate the PKK in Iraq. “We don’t see a satisfactory movement from the US for eliminating the PKK,” said Oymen. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] TALABANI: “WE WON’T LET TURKEY CONDUCT A MILITARY OPERATION IN IRAQ”

    Iraqi Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani yesterday met with Aydin Silgin, Turkey's coordinator responsible for Iraq affairs, to discuss a number of issues, including a possible Turkish cross-border operation in Iraq. During their meeting, Talabani said that neighboring countries should respect Iraq’s sovereignty, adding that they wouldn’t let Turkey carry out a military operation in Iraq. Talabani further stressed that he wouldn’t let Iraq to be used for terrorist attacks against Turkey. /Aksam/

    [06] RED CRESCENT SENDS AID TO PALESTINIANS

    Some 10 trucks dispatched from Ankara to provide assistance to violence-torn Palestine yesterday reached the Karni crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip. The convoy is expected to proceed to the Gaza Strip today. The trucks' loads are transferred to trucks used by Israelis after they are checked. At the Karni crossing point, they will be loaded onto Palestinian trucks and sent to Gaza. Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay) Chairman Fecri Alpaslan said that the group was sending the biggest aid convoy in its history, adding that the aid would be distributed in both Gaza and Palestinian provinces in the West Bank. /Turkiye/

    [07] TROOPSHIP SENT TO LEBANON TO EVACUATE TURKISH CITIZENS

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    troopship of the Sea Forces Commandership was sent to Lebanon from the port of Mersin yesterday to evacuate Turkish citizens from the country. A Foreign Ministry official said that the ship would return to Turkey today. According to the Turkish Embassy in Beirut, 1,200 Turkish citizens applied for evacuation via ferryboat. In related news, Mersin Governor Huseyin Aksoy said that in total about 3,000 people have been evacuated through Mersin. /Turkiye/

    [08] ANKARA TO OPEN ITS AIRSPACE FOR LEBANON HUMANITARIAN AID

    Ankara favors the opening of a Turkish air corridor for humanitarian aid bound for Lebanon, but reportedly isn’t willing to lead a possible peacekeeping force there. Turkey is one of the countries making significant contributions to humanitarian aid in Lebanon. “An air corridor can be opened which would be appropriate for Turkey’s position as a balancing factor in the region,” said a Foreign Ministry official. But he added that leading a multinational peacekeeping would hurt Ankara’s balancing role in the region. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] WB WORKS WITH GOVT ON NEW JOB CREATION MEASURES

    The World Bank is working on a new reform package with the government to help create jobs in Turkey. WB officials think that a permanent solution to the employment problem lies in education reform. According to WB officials, who believe that rising labor costs boost unregistered employment, cuts in wages were among the reasons for unregistered employment. /Milliyet/

    [10] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [11] MIDDLE EAST CRISIS TO AFFECT TURKEY BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Semih Idiz comments on the current Middle East crisis. A summary of his column is as follows: “It's become clear that Israel is attacking Lebanon in coordination with the US. Washington, which supports these operations, rejected calls for a cease-fire and said that it wants a 'comprehensive' solution covering the Iran and Syria issues as well. In short, the Bush administration believes it can seize the opportunity to bring the order it wants to the Middle East. During Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s contacts in the region starting today, she will be considered not as a mediator, but as an enemy by the masses in the Middle East. Now we can clearly see that Washington’s claim to bring democracy and human rights to the region was a futile tactic. It gave a green light to the destruction of Lebanon, which was the so-called apple of its eye after the assassination of Lebanon's ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Neo-Huntingtonian thoughts are rapidly spreading in the West, and with it suggestions that the Islamic world lacks the necessary social and cultural structure for democracy and human rights and that Turkey shows that a Muslim society can only go so far on these issues. In short, the West is considering Israel’s attacks with a certain understanding. Here there is a perception which started with the Sept. 11 attacks, strengthened by bomb attacks in Madrid and London and reaching a climax with the Muhammed cartoon crisis.

    In sum, the Western public generally supports Israel in spite of its embarrassing appearance, because it strikes out at Islamic terror and the fundamentalists who feed it. In other words, Israel is working as the subcontractor of the West as part of the Islamophobia which rose due to various brutalities committed in the name of Islam. It knows this and therefore advances without any bad conscience. Therefore putting all the blame on the US would mean missing the larger picture. This situation puts secular Turkey in a dilemma. It’s making things more complicated that a party which doesn’t hide its sympathy for such organizations as Hamas and Hezbollah is in power in Turkey. In short, this crisis was deepened by the West indirectly and by the US directly, and Turkey will be influenced by this crisis the most in terms of its foreign and domestic politics.”

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