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Turkish Press Review, 07-03-05

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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

05.03.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] IN ANTALYA , ERDOGAN TOURS HISTORICAL BUILDINGS UNDER RESTORATION
  • [02] FM GUL: "THE MIDEAST WOULD BENEFIT FROM A REGIONAL ORGANIZATION"
  • [03] EDUCATION MINISTER CELIK: "WITHOUT SKILLED WORKERS, WE CAN'T COMPETE GLOBALLY"
  • [04] HISARCIKLIOGLU EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR GOVT SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM PLANS
  • [05] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

  • [01] IN ANTALYA , ERDOGAN TOURS HISTORICAL BUILDINGS UNDER RESTORATION

    Over the weekend, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the last day of his visit to Antalya , toured historical buildings undergoing restoration in Kaleici. Antalya Greater Muncipality Mayor Menderes Turel briefed the premier on the Kaleici project. Erdogan visited Kaleici Church , which is currently undergoing restoration, accompanied by his wife Emine Erdogan and Culture and Tourism Minister Atill Koc. Erdogan said that the historical structure of the church should be protected. /Milliyet/

    [02] FM GUL: "THE MIDEAST WOULD BENEFIT FROM A REGIONAL ORGANIZATION"

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday said that a regional organization covering a comprehensive range of areas would be beneficial for the Middle East . Speaking as a guest at the foreign ministers meeting of Arab League member states in Cairo , Gul said that it was not possible to solve the region's problems on a piecemeal basis. He said that the Palestinian issue lay at the center of the problems and was creating pessimism and the ground for fundamentalism in the region. Gul also underlined the importance of maintaining the territorial integrity of Iraq . After his meeting with Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, Gul said, "It would be out of the question for Turkey to attack any of its neighbors." /Star/

    [03] EDUCATION MINISTER CELIK: "WITHOUT SKILLED WORKERS, WE CAN'T COMPETE GLOBALLY"

    Speaking at a conference entitled "Globalization and Education" over the weekend, Education Minister Huseyin Celik said that there is a direct correlation between education and global growth and the economy, adding that if Turkey fails to produce and educate skilled, qualified workers, then it won't be able to compete globally. He stressed that although Turkey was allocating most of its resources to education, there was still much to do to sharpen Turkey 's competitive edge. Celik further stressed that debating globalization was meaningless, adding that smart people would act in line with globalization. He further said that globalization was like a water current. "You can't stop the flow of water, but you can regulate it," he explained. /Turkiye/

    [04] HISARCIKLIOGLU EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR GOVT SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM PLANS

    Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) head Rifat Hisarciklioglu yesterday met with the members of the Adana Chamber of Industry (ASO). Addressing the group, Hisarcikliogl expressed support for the government's stated desire to change the social security system. Stressing that the current social security system constitutes the biggest obstacle to employment, Hisarciklioglu stated that the system was going into deficit even while imposing a crushing tax burden. /Turkiye/

    [05] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    TURKEY IS WATCHING BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Semih Idiz comments on the role played by Turkey . A summary of his column is as follows:

    "The meeting between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh shows that new developments are coming in the region. The meeting set to be held in Baghdad this Saturday between the US secretary of state and her Iranian and Syrian counterparts is another sign of this. This meeting between Iran and Saudi Arabia also relaxed those people worried about a serious Sunni-Shiite conflict, because these two key countries of the region are for the first time pushing a constructive initiative to calm the atmosphere. Of course, Turkey isn't outside this activity, in which efforts are being made to build new bridges. As part of this, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will take part in the meeting in Baghdad . However, it's debatable whether we're at the center of this activity, because it's still a problem for Turkey to produce policies according to new regional realities, just like as we did with the Iraqi Kurds. In this situation, we're painting ourselves not as an active player which opens the way, but as a reactive regional power which is trying to hold back truths that we don't like. Thanks to journalist Sedat Ergin, we now know more about the role played by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer in the Iraq crisis and here is a clear example of this: Sezer ignores the Kurdish leaders -- one of whom is the president and the others, the region's governors -- in accordance with the country's Constitution, and the military wing has embraced this situation.

    Last week I learned from the official Iranian news agency IRNA about the message sent from Ahmadinejad to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who is now undergoing medical treatment in Jordan . The news stated that Ahmadinejad praised Talabani, whom some say will intimidate Turkey and the Iraqi Kurds. He not only wished him good health, but also praised him for his ‘struggle for democracy and freedom in Iraq .' Obviously, these warm words are the result of Talabani's visit to Tehran . Likewise, Talabani made it felt that he liked this message the most. Meanwhile, as if highlighting the conflict in Turkey , he said that he also received a get-well soon message from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Clearly Erdogan is trying to dispel the negative atmosphere caused by the absence of any such message from the Cankaya Presidential Palace. Perhaps he was successful, because nobody in the region knows Sezer, but everybody knows Erdogan. However, this isn't important. What is important is that we stay outside the equation in terms of developments occurring next to us and that such countries as Saudi Arabia and Iran snatch our role with more flexible approaches. As always, we're trying to shape our world not with objective realities but with subjective perceptions, and meanwhile the world is making us sit in the back seat. This situation cannot change without a serious change of mentality."


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