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Turkish Press Review, 06-11-02

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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr>

Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

02.11.2006


CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN DENIES AKP FAVORING YIMPAS HOLDING
  • [02] AFRICAN MUSLIM LEADERS MEET IN ISTANBUL
  • [03] GUL MEETS WITH RUSSIAN FM
  • [04] CHIEF OF STAFF BUYUKANIT VISITS ATHENS
  • [05] FLOODS TAKE LIVES, CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE
  • [06] REHN CALLS TURKISH-EU RELATIONS "SCHIZOPHRENIC"
  • [07] MEP WIERSMA: "ARTICLE 301 NEEDS TO BE CHANGED"
  • [08] IMF'S LIPSKY: "TURKEY SHOULD MAINTAIN FISCAL DISCIPLINE, STRUCTURAL REFORMS, AND LOW INFLATION FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS"
  • [09] COSKUN: "RED TAPE AND INDUSTRIALISTS PROBLEMS' HAVE PERSISTED UNDER THIS GOVT"
  • [10] TURKS PROTECT BULGARIA FROM FASCISM

  • [01] ERDOGAN DENIES AKP FAVORING YIMPAS HOLDING

    Speaking at a meeting of his party yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly denied recent claims that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) had benefited from the resources of YIMPAS Holding and that company officials were being protected by the government, saying that the media was smearing the AKP. "Such claims cannot be made without proof," said Erdogan, adding that the allegations can't hurt his party. Also commenting on arguments over next year's presidential election, Erdogan said that the current Parliament would elect the president when the time comes, meaning next June. /Aksam/

    [02] AFRICAN MUSLIM LEADERS MEET IN ISTANBUL

    A meeting of religious leaders of Muslim countries and communities in Africa began yesterday with a ceremony held at Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace. Addressing the opening of the three-day gathering, Turkish Religious Affairs head Ali Bardakoglu said that Islam had made great contributions to the history and civilization of humanity. It is our duty to explore Islam's thought and cultural richness and to convey this to societies worldwide to improve the image of Islam, said Bardakoglu. /Turkiye/

    [03] GUL MEETS WITH RUSSIAN FM

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, on a visit to Moscow to attend a Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) meeting, yesterday met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. Following the talks, Gul told reporters that two countries' ties in a number of areas were getting stronger. Gul also said that Russia shared Ankara's view that a resolution of the Cyprus issue should be sought through the United Nations. "We never accept Greek maneuvers to shift the issue from the UN to the European Union platform," said Gul. He also stated that he had observed the great willingness of top Russian officials to develop trade ties with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Gul stressed that trade volume between Turkey and Russia this year so far was over $15 billion and was expected to reach $20 billion by year's-end, adding that the target for 2008 was $25 billion. Furthermore, he added that in the course of hisvisit, he had had the opportunity to have fruitful talks with his Georgian, Romanian and Albanian counterparts. /Turkiye/

    [04] CHIEF OF STAFF BUYUKANIT VISITS ATHENS

    Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit arrived in Athens yesterday as the official guest of his Greek Counterpart Gen. Panayotis Hinofotis. Buyukanit will begin his official contacts today and meet with Greek Defense Minister Evangelos Meymarakis. After the official meetings, Buyukanit will visit a monument to Turkish martyrs in the port city of Piraeus. Buyukanit will also host Hinofotis at a dinner at the Turkish Embassy in Athens before leaving Greece on Saturday. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] FLOODS TAKE LIVES, CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE

    Heavy rain and storms and their subsequent floods have caused serious damage around the country, both in terms of causalities and property damage, resulting in more than 20 deaths in the southeast. Authorities said troops supported by helicopters were searching yesterday for several people who were reported missing across the region. Floodwaters have also killed hundreds of animals and caused widespread damage to houses in several villages. Heavy rainfall and flooding were also affecting Istanbul and the Mediterranean coast. /All Papers/

    European Parliament President Josep Borrell, currently in Athens, yesterday spoke at the Greek Parliament's European Affairs Committee. Touching on the Cyprus issue and Turkey's European Union membership bid, Borrell said, "The European Parliament insists on respect for the basic principles, criteria and values of the European Union. A candidate country which doesn't accept these conditions can't be an EU member." Stating that this had been clearly conveyed to Turkey, Borrell noted EU Term President Finland's efforts and added, "The European Parliament wants a united Cyprus." /Star/

    [06] REHN CALLS TURKISH-EU RELATIONS "SCHIZOPHRENIC"

    Speaking to French daily Liberation yesterday, European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn called relations between the EU and Ankara "schizophrenic." Decrying a "vicious cycle" in these relations, Rehn stressed that if Ankara's accession negotiations were suspended, this wouldn't end the cycle. Asked whether Turkey's accession talks should be suspended, Rehn stated that they shouldn't if Ankara fulfills the necessary criteria. He also stressed that the EU should be fair towards Turkey's EU bid. "While we expect Turkey to respect the criteria on freedom of expression and thought, we should keep our promises to Ankara." Rehn added that EU Term President Finland was working hard to implement the Ankara Protocol and end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots. /Milliyet/

    [07] MEP WIERSMA: "ARTICLE 301 NEEDS TO BE CHANGED"

    Jan Marinus Wiersma, a member of the Socialist group in the European Parliament visiting Turkey to meet with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and chief European Union negotiator Ali Babacan, yesterday said that his most important message was to tell why Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) should be changed. "There are articles like 301 in many EU countries, but they don't use these laws like Turkey does," he said. "Turkey has two options before it: Either change the mentality of prosecutors and judges, or the law itself. Even if you educate judges and prosecutors, there will be people who want to use Article 301 for bad ends." Also touching on the Cyprus issue, Wiersma said that they were trying to find a formula to open the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' (TRNC) Ercan Airport at least to tourist flights. /Star/

    [08] IMF'S LIPSKY: "TURKEY SHOULD MAINTAIN FISCAL DISCIPLINE, STRUCTURAL REFORMS, AND LOW INFLATION FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS"

    After completing his contacts in Istanbul yesterday, International Monetary Fund First Deputy Managing Director John Lipsky told reporters that 1.5 points of the 6.5% primary surplus would be obtained from government participation, which is financially weak. He further stressed that Turkey should maintain fiscal discipline, structural reforms, and its low inflation target in order to sustain its economic success. Commenting on the high current account deficit, Lipsky said that the deficit would be sustainable as long as Turkey continues its fiscal discipline. "Fiscal discipline, structural reforms, and the low inflation target are important, " added Lipsky. /Milliyet/

    [09] COSKUN: "RED TAPE AND INDUSTRIALISTS PROBLEMS' HAVE PERSISTED UNDER THIS GOVT"

    Speaking at the Fifth Industry Conference yesterday, Industry and Trade Minister Ali Coskun said that over the last four years the government has been unsuccessful in cutting red tape and ending the problems of industrialists, adding that industrialists' competitive edge has also not improved very much. "The bureaucratic hurdles should be eliminated," added Coskun. /Sabah/

    FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [10] TURKS PROTECT BULGARIA FROM FASCISM

    BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Semih Idiz comments on last Sunday's presidential election in Bulgaria and Turks' impact on it. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "The second round of Bulgaria's presidential election was held last Sunday. I expected these elections to attract more attention in Turkey, because Volen Siderov, leader of the fascist, racist Ataka (Attack) Party, was on the ballot. Siderov devoted himself to fighting the Turkish minority and used degrading, racist language. He said openly that if he was elected president, he would work hard to end the rights won by Turks. In addition, Siderov is opposed to the European Union. For example, he says that the rights won by the Turkish minority, which constitutes 9.4% of the population, had emerged because of the EU process. He said all this, but he was beaten by his socialist competitor Georgi Parvanov, who is still president. Parvanov won 75% of the votes, while Siderov got just 25%. In sum, the racist extreme-right rhetoric against Turks and the EU didn't have much impact on Bulgarian voters -- the voter turnout stayed steady at 41%. Siderov blames the countries' Turks and Romanians for this outcome, saying that Parvanov won thanks to them. Maybe he's right about just this issue to some extent, because the voter turnout of Bulgarian Turks was higher than that of ethnic Bulgarians. Almost all these voters voted for Parvanov.

    Even more interestingly, Bulgarian citizens living in Turkey -- most of whom are Turks -- rushed to the ballot boxes at the embassy and consulates. According to Bulgarian officials, almost 90% of these expats voted, or nearly 55,000 of them. It's not hard to guess why the voter turnout was high and who they voted for. Personally I love Bulgarians. They're moderate people. I was among the first Turkish reporters to enter Bulgarian Turkish villages during the outrageous 'Bulgarification' campaign initiated by communist leader Todor Zhivkov at the end of 1980s. We had trying moments which I'll never forget. We published our interviews with Bulgarian villagers in newspapers. I remember with appreciation that particularly old and religious Bulgarians said without fear that they didn't approve of Jivkov's assimilation campaign, even though they know that we were being followed by the secret police. At length Zhivkov was gone, and now Bulgaria is preparing to join the EU. Most of the people favor this as well. Not only the people who support the EU, but also the Turkish minority oppose Siderov. So we can say that Turks are clearly an important element which protects Bulgaria from fascism. Last Sunday proved this."


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