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Turkish Press Review, 06-07-26

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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

26.07.2006

SEZER VISITS HUNGARY ERDOGAN URGES ISRAEL TO STOP USING DISPROPORTIONATE FORCE, CALLS ON NATO TO INTERVENE IN N.IRAQ AGAINST TERRORIST ATTACKS GUL ATTENDS ROME SUMMIT ON MIDEAST CRISIS BARZANI: “IF TURKEY INTERVENES IN NORTHERN IRAQ, WE’LL CONSIDER THIS AN ATTCK” MUMCU CONDEMNS ISRAEL’S “BARBAROUS” BOMBINGS OF LEBANON ISRAELI SHIP FIRES WARNING SHOT AT TURKISH EVACUATION FERRY FROM THE COLUMNS ... FROM THE COLUMNS ... FROM THE COLUMNS … MEETING IN ROME BY CUNEYT ULSEVER (HURRIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER VISITS HUNGARY
  • [02] ERDOGAN URGES ISRAEL TO STOP USING DISPROPORTIONATE FORCE, CALLS ON NATO TO INTERVENE IN N.IRAQ AGAINST TERRORIST ATTACKS
  • [03] GUL ATTENDS ROME SUMMIT ON MIDEAST CRISIS
  • [04] BARZANI: “IF TURKEY INTERVENES IN NORTHERN IRAQ, WE’LL CONSIDER THIS AN ATTCK”
  • [05] MUMCU CONDEMNS ISRAEL’S “BARBAROUS” BOMBINGS OF LEBANON
  • [06] ISRAELI SHIP FIRES WARNING SHOT AT TURKISH EVACUATION FERRY
  • [07] FROM THE COLUMNS ... FROM THE COLUMNS ... FROM THE COLUMNS …
  • [08] MEETING IN ROME

  • [01] SEZER VISITS HUNGARY

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, currently in Budapest for an official visit, met yesterday with Hungarian President Laszlo Solyom to discuss a number of issues, including bilateral relations. Speaking afterwards, Sezer said that he was pleased to visit Hungary and that he appreciated the hospitality of the country. Saying that there were strong, historic ties between the two countries, Sezer added these flawless relations helped to boost bilateral cooperation in all areas. For his part, Solyom stated that Hungary supported Turkey’s European Union membership bid. Saying that Sezer had briefed him on the Cyprus issue, Solyom stressed that Hungary supported reunification efforts on the island. /Turkiye/

    [02] ERDOGAN URGES ISRAEL TO STOP USING DISPROPORTIONATE FORCE, CALLS ON NATO TO INTERVENE IN N.IRAQ AGAINST TERRORIST ATTACKS

    Speaking to reporters while vacationing on Ekinlik Island, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that the recent conflict in the Mideast had started after Israel killed seven Palestinian children, adding that Israel should sit at the negotiating table with Palestine and Lebanon. Erdogan said that Israel was using disproportionate force, adding that it should stop doing so. Commenting on recent terrorist attacks, Erdogan said that NATO should intervene in northern Iraq against these attacks. /Milliyet/

    [03] GUL ATTENDS ROME SUMMIT ON MIDEAST CRISIS

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will today attend an international conference in Rome on the Middle East crisis. Gul is expected to underline the urgent need for an Israel-Lebanon cease-fire to prevent a more serious and widespread problem, and he will stress that international intervention should not be discussed until after the cease-fire. Gul will also have bilateral talks with US Secretary of State Condolezza Rice and other foreign counterparts attending the summit. During his talk with Rice, Gul will reiterate Turkey’s requests from the US to step up the fight against the PKK. /Hurriyet/

    [04] BARZANI: “IF TURKEY INTERVENES IN NORTHERN IRAQ, WE’LL CONSIDER THIS AN ATTCK”

    Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani said yesterday that they wouldn’t let the terrorist group PKK take shelter in Iraq, adding, however, that if Turkey intervenes in northern Iraq, he would consider this an attack. Holding contacts in Sulaimaniyah, Barzani said that he had expressed time and again that he didn’t want northern Iraq to be used for terrorist attacks against neighboring countries, and added, “But if a country intervenes in the region, we’ll defend ourselves.” Iraqi Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani said on Monday that they wouldn’t let Turkey conduct a cross-border operation in northern Iraq. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] MUMCU CONDEMNS ISRAEL’S “BARBAROUS” BOMBINGS OF LEBANON

    Speaking in Samsun yesterday, opposition Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) leader Erkan Mumcu condemned Israel’s bombings of Lebanon, branding them “barbarous.” Mumcu further stated that a strong country was needed to ensure peace in the region, and this country could be Turkey. He added that due to the government’s “clumsy policies,” Turkey is currently unable to help Lebanon. “We‘re just watching these bombings,” said Mumcu. /Star/

    [06] ISRAELI SHIP FIRES WARNING SHOT AT TURKISH EVACUATION FERRY

    1. An Israeli naval vessel fired a warning shot Monday night at a Turkish ferry en route to Beirut to pick up Australian nationals trying to flee Lebanon, said Turkish Transportation Minister Binyali Yildirim yesterday. “Last night the Akcakoca ferry was sailing from Gazimagosa (in Northern Cyprus) to Beirut when it was stopped by an Israeli naval vessel,” said Yildirim. “It waited until morning, and after efforts by the Australian Embassy, the Turkish Foreign Ministry and the Transportation Ministry, the problem was overcome and the ferry returned to Gazimagosa.” The incident was confirmed by Australian Ambassador to Ankara Jean Dunn, who said none of the 13 crew was hurt. “This was a communications issue, and the Israeli naval vessel fired a warning shot.” said Dunn. /Sabah/

    [07] FROM THE COLUMNS ... FROM THE COLUMNS ... FROM THE COLUMNS …

    [08] MEETING IN ROME

    BY CUNEYT ULSEVER (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Cuneyt Ulsever comments on the meeting on the Mideast crisis to be held in Rome today. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “An important meeting will be held today in Rome about Israel’s operation in Lebanon. The US, Russia, Britain, France, Germany, Finland, Spain, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia will be represented on the foreign ministerial level, and Lebanon will be represented on the prime ministerial level during the conference hosted by Italy. The UN secretary-general and the World Bank head are also expected to attend the conference. Turkey will also attend it with Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul representing us. I think that the war in Lebanon may give Turkey the opportunity to regain some of the influence that it lost due to its rejection of the deployment of US soldiers before the Iraq invasion in March 2003. My basic paradigm is based on the belief that the world will be remade with ugly wars in the 21st century and if Turkey can play active roles in these inevitable and unstoppable wars, it can be an influential country in this new century. So I don’t understand why

    It both suggested a cross-border operation against the PKK and then condemned Israel’s attacks on Lebanon. It both rejected the deployment of US soldiers before the Iraq invasion and then got angry that the Kurds in northern Iraq just because they oppose our cross-border operation.

    My perception of the international order is based on the assumption that each country protects its own interests in line with its power and that peace can be ensured in such an atmosphere when interests coincide with each other. The basic engine of international relations is based on a give-and-take policy. According to this, Turkey should give something to the Middle East so it can take something from the Middle East. If the leaders in Rome decide to send a UN peacekeeping force to Lebanon and Turkey participates in this, we will gain influence in the Middle East and can relax in terms of many issues, including the PKK. I also think that Turkey’s interests in the Middle East will conflict with Iran in the long term and such paramilitary powers as Hizbullah should be weakened before the ‘great conflict.’ Such paramilitary powers in the Middle East are against northern Iraq, and thus Turkey and northern Iraq can cooperate with each other. I wonder what will be decided in Rome.”

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