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Turkish Press Review, 07-02-22

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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

22.02.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER MEETS WITH IRANIAN FM MOTTAKI
  • [02] ERDOGAN: "HURDLES TO INVESTMENT WILL BE A THING OF THE PAST"
  • [03] GUL MEETS WITH MAHDI, URGES IRAQ TO BLOCK TELEVISED PKK PROPAGANDA
  • [04] TRNC'S TALAT MEETS WITH LINDEN
  • [05] US STATE DEPARTMENT: "THE IRAQI GOVT IS DETERMINED TO COOPERATE WITH TURKEY AND THE US TO FIGHT THE PKK"
  • [06] IRAQ, STEMMING INTERNAL MIGRATION TO TOP MGK MEETING
  • [07] RICE SPEAKS OUT IN FAVOR OF TURKEY'S EU MEMBERSHIP BID
  • [08] PARLIAMENT PASSES MORTGAGE BILL
  • [09] COSKUN: "INVESTORS CAN BE CONFIDENT WE WILL STICK TO THE ECONOMIC PROGRAM"
  • [10] THE NETHERLANDS AND TURKEY

  • [01] SEZER MEETS WITH IRANIAN FM MOTTAKI

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer yesterday met with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, who is currently paying an official visit to Ankara. During their meeting, Mottaki was accompanied by a six-person delegation. Mottaki stated that Iran would continue to pursue its peaceful nuclear program. /Sabah/

    [02] ERDOGAN: "HURDLES TO INVESTMENT WILL BE A THING OF THE PAST"

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that his government was making efforts to lift all obstacles facing would-be investors. Addressing businessmen at a gathering organized by the Chamber of Maritime Trade (DTO) in Istanbul, Erdogan said that since his government came into office, it had tried to solve the issues hindering business. He added that the Turkish maritime sector had made great strides in recent years. In related news, Erdogan also received Congressman Jane Harman and US Ambassador to Ankara Ross Wilson. During their talks, regional and international issues, as well as the so-called Armenian genocide resolution in the US Congress, were taken up. /Turkiye/

    [03] GUL MEETS WITH MAHDI, URGES IRAQ TO BLOCK TELEVISED PKK PROPAGANDA

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday met with Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi, who is currently paying an official visit to Ankara. Speaking at a joint press conference, Gul said that he had urged the Iraqi government to stop the terrorist PKK from televising its propaganda on Iraqi TV stations, adding that such promotion was unacceptable. Gul stressed that Ankara has no designs on Iraqi territory, but added, "It's clear that we have a problem concerning terrorism originating from northern Iraq." For his part, Mahdi stated that he knew all terrorist groups in Iraq were taking advantage of the country's situation, adding that the government was trying to prevent PKK attacks on Turkey. He further stressed that the Iraqi administration wouldn't welcome a Turkish military operation in northern Iraq and that neighboring countries should respect Iraq's sovereignty and independence. Later, Gul attended a ceremony in Ankara organized by groups from the Black Sea city of Trabzon. Addressing the gathering, Gul urged people not to fall into despair over last month's murder of Turkish journalist of Armenian descent Hrant Dink, since such murders were isolated incidents. Dink's assassin came from Trabzon. /Hurriyet/

    [04] TRNC'S TALAT MEETS WITH LINDEN

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat yesterday received Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Chairman Rene van der Linden in the capital Lefkosha. Speaking to reporters after their talks, Linden said that his trip aimed to establish a bridge between the two sides on the island, adding that the issue should be dealt with urgently without delay. Talat, for his part, stressed that he had expressed his government's opposition to the embargo imposed on the TRNC, adding that his ultimate goal was a comprehensive, permanent settlement on the island. /Turkiye/

    [05] US STATE DEPARTMENT: "THE IRAQI GOVT IS DETERMINED TO COOPERATE WITH TURKEY AND THE US TO FIGHT THE PKK"

    US State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey yesterday stated that Washington believes the Iraqi government, including Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and other ethnic Kurdish officials from the northern Kurdish region, were determined to cooperate with both Turkey and the US in the fight against the terrorist PKK. He stressed that the US placed importance on the issue, as shown by its appointment of retired Gen. Joseph Ralston as special envoy to counter the PKK. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] IRAQ, STEMMING INTERNAL MIGRATION TO TOP MGK MEETING

    In its first meeting of the new year, the National Security Council (NSC) will discuss two important issues: the possibility of the country establishing dialogue with Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's suggestion that people seeking to move to Istanbul be required to obtain official permission. The meeting will be chaired by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, one of his last NSC meetings before his tenure ends in May. /The New Anatoian/

    [07] RICE SPEAKS OUT IN FAVOR OF TURKEY'S EU MEMBERSHIP BID

    US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that her country supported Turkey's European Union membership bid. During a one-hour-plus meeting with representatives from Turkish and Muslim groups in Berlin, Rice listened to their opinions and exchanged views on various topics. Also attending the gathering, Cem Ozdemir, a Turkish-origin European Parliament deputy from Germany, said that Rice had expressed the US' support for Turkey's EU membership and also stated that her country was not against Muslims. /Star/

    [08] PARLIAMENT PASSES MORTGAGE BILL

    Parliament yesterday passed a bill designed to enable people to buy houses through long-term loans with low interest rates. Under the new mortgage system, interest rates will be either fixed or variable. State Minister Abdullatif Sener hailed the law as a landmark reform. /Star/

    [09] COSKUN: "INVESTORS CAN BE CONFIDENT WE WILL STICK TO THE ECONOMIC PROGRAM"

    Addressing the International Investors' Association (YASED) yesterday, Industry and Trade Minister Ali Coskun pledged that the government wouldn't change the economic program in order to gain advantage in the elections set for this fall. "All investors can invest without reservation," said Coskun. Stressing that Turkey had faced a number of economic crises in past years but had overcome them, he added, "Turkey has become a stable country in its region with sustainable growth." Also addressing the gathering, Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) head Rifat Hisarciklioglu said that Turkey was a country of opportunities, adding that its economy was among the world's 20 largest. /Aksam/

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    [10] THE NETHERLANDS AND TURKEY

    Columnist Cuneyt Ulsever comments on Turkey's image in the Netherlands. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "Before the upcoming visit of Dutch Queen Beatrix to Turkey, today I'd like to write about how the Netherlands sees Turkey. When the Dutch rejected the EU Constitution in a referendum, some commentators characterized this as a rejection of Turkey's EU membership. How accurate is this perception? It's impossible for the Netherlands, with just 16 million people, not to be disturbed by the EU memberships of Germany and France, which have much larger populations. Turkey's possible EU membership could shrink the Netherlands' political leverage within the EU even more. We shouldn't think that the Netherlands would view such a prospect with naive optimism. In a country where two notorious murders were committed, worries that Islam won't be in harmony with Western traditions, foreign workers will depress wages and even cause unemployment, and foreign workers will cause the social security system to collapse have created a nationalist trend in the Netherlands, and extreme rightist parties sent nine deputies to Parliament in the last elections. This means the rate of Islamophobia among the Dutch is some 6-7%. But what does the other 93-94% think of Turkey? The Dutch people see Turkey through the lens of the 400,000 workers_citizens of Turkish origin settled in the Netherlands. Only Dutch people who visit Turkey as tourists can see that there are Turks besides these expatriates. What do the Dutch people, who think about Turkey through the Turks living in the Netherlands, see? Two pieces of Turkey!

    On one side of the scale, there are Workers' Party Deputy and new government Cabinet Minister Nebahat Albayrak, Rotterdam Vice Mayor Orhan Kaya, Forum administrator Zeki Arslan, Fatma Kaya, Justice Ministry senior consultant Mehmet Akozbek, Turkish Societies administrator Ahmet Azdural, and so on, and on the other, there are other Turks whom I saw at the Hague. While Albayrak made me wonder why there are so few politicians of her distinction in Turkey, you can see that the Dutch people respect her greatly and see her as the number two in their Workers' Party, which is a coalition partner of the ruling party. On the other hand, you can see the other Turks living in Turkish neighborhoods in the Hague who are proud of not changing or assimilating for 40 years. Turks also find it strange when they see their kin who have insisted not learning Dutch for four decades. The Dutch can't help but ask how they can be members of the same club when they look at the Turks living in the Netherlands who insist on not to integrating with the society they live in. When you ask any Dutch person if he wants Turkey's EU membership, he would ask you ‘which Turkey'? I would like to extend my welcome in advance to Queen Beatrix, who is very much beloved by Turks living in the Netherlands."


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