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Turkish Press Review, 07-02-23

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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

23.02.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] NSC TO CONVENE TODAY
  • [02] ERDOGAN: "WITH ITS RECENT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT, TURKEY IS BEING CALLED A COUNTRY OF OPPORTUNITY"
  • [03] HIGH ANTI-TERROR COUNCIL GATHERS IN ANKARA
  • [04] GUL: "MEETING WITH TALABANI OR BARZANI WOULDN'T MEAN RECOGNIZING AN INDEPENDENT STATE"
  • [05] DUTCH QUEEN TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [06] PACE HEAD: "THE MEETING BETWEEN YONLUER AND CHRYSOSTOMOS IS A STERLING EXAMPLE OF INTERFAITH DIALOGUE"
  • [07] EFFORTS ON THE RIGHT

  • [01] NSC TO CONVENE TODAY

    The National Security Council (NSC) is due to convene today under the chairmanship of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. The terrorist PKK and northern Iraq are expected to top the meeting. During the gathering, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit is expected to provide video evidence of his recent assertions in Washington that the Iraqi border is under the control of the PKK. /Milliyet/

    [02] ERDOGAN: "WITH ITS RECENT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT, TURKEY IS BEING CALLED A COUNTRY OF OPPORTUNITY"

    Speaking at a conference entitled "Turkey: Country of Opportunities" in Istanbul yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that with its growth and development in recent years, Turkey has started to be hailed as a country of opportunity. Stressing that the government had succeeded in strengthening the rule of law with growth, development, democracy, political confidence and stability, Erdogan added that the West appreciated these accomplishments. Erdogan stated that when his party came to power in fall 2002 inflation was about 30%, and had been high for nearly three decades, but now it has fallen to single digits. "In 2002 exports stood at $36 billion, but now they total $85 billion," added Erdogan. In related news, Erdogan is due to travel to Saudi Arabia today to attend the Eighth Jeddah Economic Forum. During his short stay in the country, Erdogan is also expected to meet with Saudi King Abdullah. /Turkiye-Sabah/

    [03] HIGH ANTI-TERROR COUNCIL GATHERS IN ANKARA

    The High Anti-Terror Council chaired by Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul gathered yesterday. In attendance at the nearly three-hour meeting were Justice Minister Cemil Cicek, Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan, Gendarmerie Commander Gen. Isik Kosaner, Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Ergin Saygun, National Security Council (NSC) Undersecretary Yigit Alpogan, Prime Ministry Undersecretary Omer Dincer, Turkish Intelligence Agency Undersecretary Emre Taner and retired Gen. Edip Baser, Turkey's special anti-terror envoy. "Current efforts to fight terrorism and future activities towards this end were discussed during the meeting," said a statement released afterwards. "Within this context, work especially on protecting our borders and preventing illegal traffic and the measures to be taken were discussed." /Turkiye/

    [04] GUL: "MEETING WITH TALABANI OR BARZANI WOULDN'T MEAN RECOGNIZING AN INDEPENDENT STATE"

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday said that if Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan becomes president this May this will not present any problems to either Turkey or the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Speaking to Kanal 7, Gul said that his recent talks with US Vice President Dick Cheney had been very fruitful. Regarding the possibility of meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader Massoud Barzani, Gul said, "If we can reach a solution on such meetings, Erdogan is ready to meet anyone. Meeting with Talabani or Barzani wouldn't mean recognizing or approving an independent state. But these issues could be discussed." /Hurriyet/

    [05] DUTCH QUEEN TO VISIT TURKEY

    Dutch Queen Beatrix is due to arrive in Ankara next Tuesday upon the invitation of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. During her stay in Turkey, Queen Beatrix is also expected to visit Istanbul and Kayseri. She will be accompanied by Dutch Prince Willem Alexander and her daughter-in-law Maxima. Beatrix will be the first Dutch queen to visit Turkey. During her four-day stay, Beatrix will meet with Turkish officials to discuss a number of issues, including Turkey's European Union bid, bilateral ties, tourism, and dialogue between cultures and civilizations. /Star/

    [06] PACE HEAD: "THE MEETING BETWEEN YONLUER AND CHRYSOSTOMOS IS A STERLING EXAMPLE OF INTERFAITH DIALOGUE"

    Ahmet Yonluer, the head of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' Religious Affairs Directorate, and Greek Cypriot Archbishop Chrysostomos II yesterday met at the Ledra Palas Hotel at a gathering hosted by Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Chair Rene van der Linden. At the meeting, the two resolved to act together to encourage respect for places of worship of both Islam and Christianity. In a statement, Linden said that the historic meeting of the two religious figures was a sterling example of intercultural and interfaith dialogue, which is a priority of his presidency. /Star/

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

    [07] EFFORTS ON THE RIGHT

    Columnist Mustafa Balbay comments on the situation of right-wing and left- wing parties before this year's general and presidential elections. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "Generally, Turkey's political left wing is emotional, and the right is pragmatic. Today, let's talk about efforts on the right. There have been many new efforts and quests for alliances, but most of the ones which started late last year are over now. But now the prospect of the right making a breakthrough outside the Justice and Development Party (AKP) before the general and presidential elections is stronger. Many of these efforts and parties overlap. Their common thought is this: ‘It would be difficult or impossible for us to intervene in May's presidential election. Let's think about what will happen next.'

    As in the recent past, the first name which comes to mind when the ‘right's search' is mentioned is former President Suleyman Demirel. It seems that Demirel's umbrella is wide. A broad section, from supporters of the True Path Party (DYP) to the Motherland Party (ANAVATAN), sometimes visits Demirel. Demirel spent the last year pushing for early general elections last fall. Now his plan can be understood: ‘Firstly, let's see the May presidential elections…' If Demirel is saying this, it means he has calculated who he can work with. The DYP couldn't solve its problem getting over the 10 percent election threshold to make it into Parliament. ANAVATAN has put the threshold aside and wants to be taken seriously. Former deputies of the two parties think they can only make progress through a common movement.' Meanwhile, former ANAVATAN leader and Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz has a serious ambition behind his calm appearance. Yilmaz also might join attempts to unify in the months to come and look for ways to be elected as independent deputy from Rize.

    While the left has been losing ground since the 1983 elections, the right has been expanding. There are also more radical movements drawing courage from this. I wrote about the situation of the DYP and ANAVATAN. The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) thinks that it won't have any problem with the 10 percent threshold. While the AKP is the number one party on the right, the bottom dwellers are rising: the Felicity Party (SP), the Grand Unity Party (BBP), and others. If we look at polls, neither the SP nor the BBP can pass the threshold. But what if they were to join forces? In the past, realistic domestic solidarity between rightist parties yielded success. It seems the SP and BBP may try this. Maybe some in Parliament will be offended by the AKP following May's presidential election. If they move closer to this partnership, the right might get into Parliament under four different banners. Let me say this for the benefit of the left."


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