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Turkish Press Review, 06-11-17

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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

17.11.2006


CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN MEETS WITH IRAQI PM, DISCUSSES MEASURES TO BE TAKEN AGAINST PKK
  • [02] IN COPENHAGEN, BABACAN BOOSTS TURKEY'S EU BID
  • [03] IN WASHINGTON, SAYGUN PLEDGES TO FIGHT TERRORISTS TO THE END
  • [04] FRENCH DEFENSE MINISTER LEFT OFF GONUL'S DEFENSE FAIR GUEST LIST
  • [05] KOCHARIAN: "AS AN EU CANDIDATE, TURKEY SHOULD ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH ARMENIA"
  • [06] SOYER MEETS WITH BRITISH EU MINISTER HOON TO DISCUSS CYPRUS
  • [07] IRAQI FM: "KIRKUK'S FUTURE WILL BE DETERMINED UNDER IRAQ'S NEW CONSTITUTION"
  • [08] REHN: "A SOLUTION TO VAROSHA WILL BE FOUND AT THE UN"
  • [09] ATHENS: "NOBODY IS BEING BLACKMAILED"
  • [10] US STATE DEPT OFFICIAL: "THE US WANTS TURKEY'S EU PROCESS TO CONTINUE"
  • [11] ANTALYA TO HOST TURKIC COUNTRIES' LEADERS FOR KEY SUMMIT
  • [12] TURKISH FIRMS TO ATTEND DEFENSE FAIR IN PAKISTAN
  • [13] INITIATIVE OF THE ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS

  • [01] ERDOGAN MEETS WITH IRAQI PM, DISCUSSES MEASURES TO BE TAKEN AGAINST PKK

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, currently in Ankara for an official visit, yesterday met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss a number of issues, including bilateral relations. During their meeting, Erdogan warned al-Maliki about the Kirkuk situation and the presence of the terrorist PKK in northern Iraq. Speaking at a press conference afterwards, Erdogan said that he had fruitful talks with al-Maliki on military, political, economic, social, and cultural issues, adding that they had had the opportunity to review measures to be taken against the PKK. Erdogan stressed that the territorial integrity of Iraq was very important for the Iraqi nation, as well as Turkey, and added, "Iraq's territorial integrity is indispensable. I've briefed al-Maliki on our views about the issue. There is consensus between the two countries and we're pleased about this." Stressing that the presence of the PKK in northern Iraq was also discussed, Erdogan added that cooperation between Turkey and Iraq would determinedly continue. "Cooperation in this area will also pave the way for improving economic ties," he added. For his part, al-Maliki stated that he was accompanied by seven Cabinet ministers to strengthen ties with Ankara. He further stated that trade ties between the two countries were getting stronger every day. "Turkish firms are participating in infrastructure work, and this will boost the trade volume between our countries," added al- Maliki. /Turkiye/

    [02] IN COPENHAGEN, BABACAN BOOSTS TURKEY'S EU BID

    Turkey's chief European Union negotiator Ali Babacan, currently in Copenhagen to promote Turkey's EU bid, yesterday met with Danish businessmen. Speaking at the meeting, Babacan briefed the participants on social and economic reforms carried out by Ankara, adding that Turkey was determined on the nation's EU bid and that all its efforts were directed towards full membership. He said, however, that EU membership wasn't guaranteed. "Europe has its own problems such as unemployment," he said. "New EU members also posed problems for the Union since they weren't ready for membership. We don't know if we'll join the EU, but our all efforts are aimed towards this goal." Babacan further stressed that it was natural that some people didn't favor Turkey's EU bid, but that the Turkish nation needed to be patient and tolerant. /Sabah/

    [03] IN WASHINGTON, SAYGUN PLEDGES TO FIGHT TERRORISTS TO THE END

    Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Ergin Saygun said yesterday that Turkish soldiers would continue their fight with terrorists until none are left in the mountains. Speaking to reporters in Washington during his official visit to the US at the invitation of Joint Chiefs of Staff Deputy Chairman Adm. Edmund Giambastiani, Saygun said that the PKK issue was at the top of his agenda to be discussed with US military officials. Stressing his hope that a positive outcome come from the joint efforts of the US, Turkish and Iraqi special envoys on the issue, Saygun said that the Turkish military was resolved to continue its fight until no militant was left in the mountains. Meanwhile, the US reportedly warned certain European countries to cut their financial and moral support for the terrorist PKK. A US delegation of diplomats and intelligence officials last week visited the capitals of six European countries -- France, Britain, Belgium, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands -- on the issue and briefed Turkish officials on their contacts, said diplomatic sources. /Turkiye/

    [04] FRENCH DEFENSE MINISTER LEFT OFF GONUL'S DEFENSE FAIR GUEST LIST

    Following Land Forces Commander Gen. Ilker Basbug's announcement on Wednesday that military ties with France had been suspended, the government also took a negative stance towards France. Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul said yesterday that he had not invited his French counterpart Michele Alliot Maire to the Eighth International Defense Fair (IDEF 2007) set for next May in Ankara. During a promotional meeting, Gonul said that France had a respected defense minister, but due to the recent developments, he had not been officially invited to the fair in question. Meanwhile, commenting on Basbug's announcement, French Defense Ministry spokesman Jean- Francois Bureau stated that the statement had been made by a military commander but not by the Turkish government, adding that no practical or concrete effect of the declaration had been seen so far. In addition, regarding Basbug's statement, world media outlets interpreted the move as "Turkey's revenge" following the French Parliament's passage of a bill criminalizing denial of the alleged Armenian genocide. /Milliyet/

    [05] KOCHARIAN: "AS AN EU CANDIDATE, TURKEY SHOULD ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH ARMENIA"

    Speaking at a conference in Berlin yesterday, Armenian President Robert Kocharian said that as a European Union candidate, Turkey should pursue a different approach by establishing diplomatic relations with Armenia. Kocharian further complained that Turkey, an important country in its region, has closed its border with Armenia, adding that it should take a different stance. Kocharyan also said that diplomatic ties between the two countries should be established without any preconditions. /Milliyet/

    [06] SOYER MEETS WITH BRITISH EU MINISTER HOON TO DISCUSS CYPRUS

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer yesterday met with Geoff Hoon, the British minister responsible for European affairs, to discuss recent developments on the Cyprus issue. Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, Soyer said that the Turkish Cypriots favored a resolution based on political equality. /Milliyet/

    [07] IRAQI FM: "KIRKUK'S FUTURE WILL BE DETERMINED UNDER IRAQ'S NEW CONSTITUTION"

    Speaking on CNN-Turk yesterday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said that the future of Kirkuk would be determined under Iraq's new constitution, adding that Kirkuk was an Iraqi province, not a Turkish one. Zebari added that the Turkish government and nation was expecting concrete steps from Iraq against the terrorist PKK. Kirkuk has traditionally had a majority ethnic Turkmen population. /Aksam/

    [08] REHN: "A SOLUTION TO VAROSHA WILL BE FOUND AT THE UN"

    European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn yesterday said that the place to find a solution on Varosha, an area closed since 1974, was not the EU, but the UN. Speaking at the European Parliament, Rehn said, "Trying to link the restitution of Varosha and ending the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots was wrong." Stating that the restitution of Varosha was the most comprehensive item of the UN peace plan which was put to a referendum in 2004, Rehn said that he supported the EU's efforts to find a comprehensive and lasting solution. /Hurriyet/

    [09] ATHENS: "NOBODY IS BEING BLACKMAILED"

    Greek Foreign Ministry spokesperson George Kumucakos yesterday said that no one should be optimistic that European Union Term President Finland's Cyprus plan will come to a positive conclusion. Commenting on Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul's remarks, "Blackmailing Turkey isn't proper," Kumucakos said, "The EU has criteria, conditions and policy based on a certain logic. Candidate countries should harmonize themselves to this approach. No candidate country is being blackmailed." /Star/

    [10] US STATE DEPT OFFICIAL: "THE US WANTS TURKEY'S EU PROCESS TO CONTINUE"

    According to Internet news site ABHaber.com, an official from the US State Department responsible for Southeastern Europe and Turkey held contacts this week in Brussels. The official said that they all wanted Turkey's EU process to continue, adding, "All the Europeans, Greek Cypriots and Greeks I speak with want the process to continue, but the negative statements made from Europe about the process lead to bad results. They should end." /Star/

    [11] ANTALYA TO HOST TURKIC COUNTRIES' LEADERS FOR KEY SUMMIT

    The heads of state of Turkic-speaking countries will meet today in the Mediterranean city of Antalya, where Turkey will have a chance to strengthen ties with the former Soviet republics at a time when its bid to join the European Union is picking up pace. The presidents of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and high-level envoys from Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will attend the meeting. The last summit between Turkey and the five Central Asian nations was held in 2001. /The New Anatolian/

    [12] TURKISH FIRMS TO ATTEND DEFENSE FAIR IN PAKISTAN

    Turkish defense industry firms will participate in the IDEAS 2006 Defense Fair to start next Tuesday in Karachi, Pakistan. Some 20 Turkish firms will promote their products at the four-day event. Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul and Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) representative Adm. Metin Atac are also expected to travel to the country to hold contacts with Pakistani officials during the fair. /Turkiye/

    FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [13] INITIATIVE OF THE ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS

    BY BERAT OZIPEK (STAR)

    Columnist Berat Ozipek comments on the meeting of the Alliance of Civilizations initiative held in Istanbul this week. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "Istanbul hosted an important meeting this week. As part of the initiative of the Alliance of Civilizations conducted by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, wise people from many countries who strive for peace met and searched for an answer to the question of what should be done. However, the meeting didn't have the impact that it deserved in Turkey. It seems that the fact that this initiative wasn't discussed in Turkey sufficiently is related to the political context. If Erdogan hadn't been connected to the initiative and the media had better relations with the government these days, maybe the situation would be different. But it didn't happen. The press even preferred to underestimate it along with the opposition parties. Sacrificing peace to political debate isn't peculiar to us. Zapatero's political rival, the Spanish main opposition party leader, also said that the only alliance Spain should take part in is NATO. However, this initiative is worthy due to its aim, whatever its results. It deserves praise and support like all initiatives which work not to surrender to the way of the world, challenge those who favor war, and keep hope alive.

    This support is perhaps possible through a constructive criticism of the initiative's name and how it can be filled. For example, a concept such as ‘alliance' taken from the lexicon of war may not be very appropriate. Also perhaps ‘civilizations' shouldn't be mentioned, because there's only one civilization, or the United Nations' effectiveness can be questioned. However, we don't have the luxury to underestimate any initiative which talks about peace in today's world. Muslim and Catholic clergymen, former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami, who made the UN declare 2001 the ‘Year of Dialogue between Civilizations,' and such intellectuals as Giandomenico Picco have all contributed to it. The survival of the edifice built on this basis can be considered a moral duty for everybody who thinks that peace is important."


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