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Turkish Press Review, 06-11-23

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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

23.11.2006

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN CALLS ON ISLAMIC WORLD TO TAKE CONCRETE STEPS ON INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
  • [02] BAYKAL: "WE AIM TO COME TO POWER SINGLE-HANDEDLY, SO TALK OF A CHP-MHP COALITION HAS NO PLACE"
  • [03] TOP BULGARIAN COMMANDER VISITS ANKARA
  • [04] FOREIGN MINISTRY: "THE PKK CAN'T TAKE SHELTER IN NORTHERN IRAQ"
  • [05] 16 TURKS RUN FOR SEATS IN DUTCH PARLIAMENT
  • [06] EU PUTS PRESSURE ON GREEK CYPRIOTS TO LIFT EMBARGO FROM TRNC
  • [07] SCHROEDER: "I BELIEVE THE CYPRUS ISSUE CAN BE SOLVED WITH A JUST APPROACH"
  • [08] MASKED GREEK CYPRIOTS ATTACK TURKISH CYPRIOT STUDENTS IN BRITISH SCHOOL IN NICOSIA
  • [09] AN UNWANTED VISIT?

  • [01] ERDOGAN CALLS ON ISLAMIC WORLD TO TAKE CONCRETE STEPS ON INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday attended the 10th International Business Forum Conference organized by the Independent Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD) in Istanbul. Addressing the gathering, Erdogan said that the Arab world had abandoned Lebanon and Palestine. Stressing that Turkey was making significant contributions to global peace and prosperity, the premier urged the Arab League to take concrete steps to find settlement to problems. "The Islamic world should not only talk, but begin to act on these issues," said Erdogan. In addition, the premier said that he would probably visit Lebanon next month, adding that he planned to meet with his Lebanese counterpart Fouad Siniora and also visit Turkish peacekeeping troops deployed in the southern part of the country. Erdogan also stated that Turkey was one of the markets where global capital has begun to flow, characterizing Turkey as a country of opportunities and possibilities. He added that his government was determined to maintain its policy of encouraging international investments. /Sabah/

    [02] BAYKAL: "WE AIM TO COME TO POWER SINGLE-HANDEDLY, SO TALK OF A CHP-MHP COALITION HAS NO PLACE"

    Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal said yesterday that his party aimed to come to power single-handedly in next year's general elections, adding that comments speculating that the CHP and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) could form a coalition had no place. Baykal stated that although the two parties shared similar views on such issues as national sensitivities and criticisms of the government, they also had differences on many issues. "The two parties have their own programs and policies," said Baykal, adding that comments that the CHP and MHP could form a coalition were ill-timed and baseless. /Milliyet/

    [03] TOP BULGARIAN COMMANDER VISITS ANKARA

    Bulgarian Chief of General Staff Gen. Zlatan Stoykov, on a visit to Turkey, yesterday met with his Turkish counterpart Gen. Yasar Buyukanit. During their talks, the two top commanders reportedly discussed bilateral military relations and regional issues. After completing his contacts, Stoykov is expected to leave Turkey tomorrow. /Turkiye/

    [04] FOREIGN MINISTRY: "THE PKK CAN'T TAKE SHELTER IN NORTHERN IRAQ"

    Foreign Ministry spokesperson Namik Tan yesterday said that they were expecting concrete steps to counter the terrorist PKK's presence in northern Iraq, adding, "The terrorist PKK can't take shelter in northern Iraq. You will all see this soon." During his weekly press conference, Tan said that work has been going on for some time to apprehend and extradite 150 PKK militants in northern Iraq. Tan also said that claims about Turkey and Iran establishing a joint commission against the terrorist PKK were untrue. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] 16 TURKS RUN FOR SEATS IN DUTCH PARLIAMENT

    Parliamentary elections were held yesterday in the Netherlands. More then 10,000 Turks with Dutch citizenship also voted in the elections, in which 16 Turks -- half of them women -- ran for seats. Turkish candidates Nebahat Albayrak (Labor Party), Coskun Coruz (Christian Democrat) and Sadet Karabulut (Socialist Party) are all expected to win seats in Parliament. /Hurriyet/

    [06] EU PUTS PRESSURE ON GREEK CYPRIOTS TO LIFT EMBARGO FROM TRNC

    European Union countries including Britain, Finland, Italy, Sweden and Spain, supporting Ankara's stance that its ports and harbors can't be opened to Greek Cypriot vessels before the embargo on Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is lifted, have now begun to put pressure on Greek Cyprus, as they are uncomfortable about its veto threat. These countries have reportedly told the Greek Cypriots it they want Turkey to open its ports and harbors, they should lift the embargo from the Turkish Cypriots. A high-level diplomat from the Foreign Ministry said, "Turkey and the TRNC evaluated Finland's proposals and conveyed their sine qua nons to Helsinki. But the Greek Cypriot administration put the issue completely aside. So now Italy, Spain, Sweden and Britain, in addition to Finland, are trying to spur the Greek Cypriots." Meanwhile, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn said, "Turkey is a difficult issue," adding, "Some think that Turkey is moving backwards. But I don't agree. For me, Turkey is on the right path. But the pace of reforms has slowed down." /Star/

    [07] SCHROEDER: "I BELIEVE THE CYPRUS ISSUE CAN BE SOLVED WITH A JUST APPROACH"

    Speaking at the 15th Quality Congress in Istanbul yesterday, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder commented on the Cyprus issue, saying that he believed the issue could be solved with a just approach. Stressing that the Turkish Cypriots had proven their positive stance by voting for the Annan plan in a referendum in 2004, Schroeder added, however, that the Greek Cypriots got into the European Union despite turning down the same plan. "The Turkish Cypriots were punished for their positive stance," added Schroeder. /Milliyet/

    [08] MASKED GREEK CYPRIOTS ATTACK TURKISH CYPRIOT STUDENTS IN BRITISH SCHOOL IN NICOSIA

    A group of masked Greek Cypriots this week raided a British school in part of Nicosia within the borders of Greek Cyprus, attacking students from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). TRNC Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer said that he had urged the Greek Cypriot administration to find the perpetrators of this attack and bring them to justice. "If it doesn't do so, then it will prove that it not only encourages racism but also protects it, " added Soyer. "The European Union doesn't tolerate racism." /Aksam/

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

    [09] AN UNWANTED VISIT?

    BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Semih Idiz comments on Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Turkey next week. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "It seems that Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Turkey will be troubled, and the government is experiencing uneasy days due to this visit. Some people say that it comes from the Justice and Development Party's (AKP) unhappiness with this visit. According to the latest news, negative interpretations in the West of this situation caused Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to belatedly schedule a meeting with him during the visit. But it's not certain if this will happen or not. We can see the visit is worrying the government as well. The main reason for this is the pope's visit to Patriarch Bartholomeos. If the state could, it would block the visit. But it can't. The reason is very clear: The whole world will pay attention to this visit. Ankara knows that such an action would damage Turkey's international image and so would be more serious than the drawbacks of the pope-Bartholomeos meeting. So why is the visit being paid? Firstly, let me remind you of something. The pope was supposed to come to Turkey last year at Bartholomeos' invitation for St. Andreas day, the holiest day of the Orthodox church. As the head of the Catholic world, his aim was to meet with 'ecumenical' leaders of the Greek Orthodox world and continue the process of rapprochement between the Eastern and Western churches.

    Meanwhile, although we say the opposite, the world considers Patriarch Bartholomeos to be the ecumenical leader of the Greek Orthodox Church. Ankara, which was disturbed that Bartholomeos invited the pope, sent a state invitation on behalf of Turkey to the pope. As he wouldn't be able to reject the state's invitation, the pope accepted it but postponed his meeting with Bartholomeos. In other words, Ankara faced a visit that it never wanted. Meanwhile, new dynamics emerged and this visit started to gain new meanings. The pope opened his mouth and enraged the Muslim world. Erdogan himself made some of the harshest criticisms. So the pope's visit to Turkey took on a meaning of ‘creating consensus between civilizations.' However, for that the pope shouldn't be meeting with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, but Erdogan, who is considered the ‘leading Muslim politician in Europe,' so that it would be meaningful. If Turkey had been a normal country, the pope would have been received at the Presidential Palace in Cankaya, and Erdogan, the Religious Affairs Directorate head, the Greek and Armenian patriarchs and the Jewish chief rabbi would have been invited to the banquet given in his honor. This way Turkey's secular character would have been emphasized and it would have promoted interfaith tolerance. But since this didn't happen, now I can only hope Ankara will come through this visit without any problems."


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