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Turkish Press Review, 07-03-09

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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

09.03.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN DEDICATES MASS HOUSING IN NEVSEHIR, URGUP
  • [02] TURKEY TO TAKE COMMAND OF 3 UN PEACEKEEPING FORCES
  • [03] ANTI-TERROR ENVOY BASER MEETS WITH US' RALSTON
  • [04] ISTANBUL TO HOST MEETING ON IRAQ
  • [05] EU COMMISSIONER REHN PRAISES THE TSK'S CAPABILITIES AND PROFESSIONALISM
  • [06] GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER CALLS GUL'S UPCOMING ATHENS VISIT "HISTORIC"
  • [07] AZERBAIJAN HOSTS TURKISH DIASPORA MEETING
  • [08] EU COMMISSION'S WALLSTROM ADDRESSES PANEL IN ISTANBUL
  • [09] TUSIAD DELEGATION VISITS ARINC
  • [10] WOMEN'S MEETING AT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

  • [01] ERDOGAN DEDICATES MASS HOUSING IN NEVSEHIR, URGUP

    Premier Erdogan yesterday visited the central Anatolian city of Nevsehir to attend the grand opening of mass housing built by the Turkish Housing Development Administration (TOKI). Addressing crowds, Erdogan said Turkey is moving into a brighter future step by step. Touting his government's achievements during its rule, Erdogan called on people not to pay any heed to anti-modern mentalities, adding that he doesn't believe they will retreat from democracy, stability and reform. After attending a panel entitled, "Women in Our Society" at the Cappadocia Culture and Art Center, the premier also visited Urgup, and then returned to Ankara. /Hurriyet- Turkiye/

    [02] TURKEY TO TAKE COMMAND OF 3 UN PEACEKEEPING FORCES

    Turkish troops are expected to take over command of three international peacekeeping forces in the coming months. First the Kabul Regional Commandership in Afghanistan will be handed over to Turkish command nest month. Then in May, Turkish troops will take over the Kosovo South Mission Force Commandership for 12 months. In addition to these two important posts, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) is expected to succeed Germany in commanding the UN Marine Fleet deployed in Lebanon. /Turkiye/

    [03] ANTI-TERROR ENVOY BASER MEETS WITH US' RALSTON

    US Special anti-terror Envoy Joseph Ralston, in Turkey for a brief visit, yesterday met in Istanbul with his Turkish counterpart Edip Baser to discuss the fight against terrorism. No statement was made after the meeting, and Ralston later returned to the US. /Sabah/

    [04] ISTANBUL TO HOST MEETING ON IRAQ

    Ankara stated yesterday that the idea of organizing a meeting in Istanbul on Iraq's security has been accepted by the parties involved. Speaking to reporters, Foreign Ministry spokesman Levent Bilman said that an initial meeting on Iraq will be held tomorrow in Baghdad, adding that it will be followed by a gathering of foreign ministers in Cairo. Turkey's special representative to Iraq Oguz Celikkol is expected to attend the technical meeting. Stressing that the Istanbul meeting would be the third held within this framework, Bilman said its exact date has not been set yet. However, he said that the United Nations' five permanent Security Council members and the G8 nations might participate. /The New Anatolian/

    [05] EU COMMISSIONER REHN PRAISES THE TSK'S CAPABILITIES AND PROFESSIONALISM

    Speaking to journalists in Brussels yesterday, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn praised the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), saying that he respected the capabilities and professionalism of the Turkish army, whose mission is to protect the country and participate in peacekeeping operations. Asked if the TSK night seek to influence May's presidential election, Rehn said that he saw no reason for such interference. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER CALLS GUL'S UPCOMING ATHENS VISIT "HISTORIC"

    Appearing on television yesterday, Greek Defense Minister Evangelos Meymarakis said that Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul's visit to Athens scheduled for March 28-29 would be "historic." He further stated that the visit would be no ordinary one. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] AZERBAIJAN HOSTS TURKISH DIASPORA MEETING

    The First World Azerbaijan and Turkish Diaspora Groups Officials Forum will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan today. Set to attend the gathering hosted by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev are Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, State Minister Mehmet Aydin and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat. In addition, 450 other Turkish world representatives from countries such as the US, Canada, Australia, Russia, and Iraq are also invited to the meeting. The talks are expected to focus on developing strategic cooperation between Turkic-speaking communities and countries, and ways of promoting Turkish history and culture. Efforts against the Armenian allegations, the Karabakh and Cyprus issues, and the situation of Iraqi Turkmen will also be taken up at the meeting. A final declaration is expected to be released at the end of the gathering. /Turkiye-Cumhuriyet/

    [08] EU COMMISSION'S WALLSTROM ADDRESSES PANEL IN ISTANBUL

    European Commission Vice President Margot Wallstroem yesterday attended a panel in Istanbul held to mark March 8, International Women's Day. Addressing the gathering, Wallstrom said that Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk considered women's freedom and equality preconditions for sweeping social change. She stressed that she hoped Turkish women would participate more in elections, adding that she favors a quota system. /Milliyet/

    [09] TUSIAD DELEGATION VISITS ARINC

    A delegation from the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) led by the group's Chair Arzuhan Dogan Yalcindag yesterday visited Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc. During the meeting, asked if Arinc would run for president this May, Yalcindag declined to comment. For his part, Arinc said that the issue seems to have staying power, adding that he values TUSIAD's input. He further stressed that the TUSIAD delegation thought that the presidential election should be harmonious one. /Milliyet/

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

    [10] WOMEN'S MEETING AT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

    BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Ferai Tinc comments on a meeting she attended in Brussels about women. A summary of her column is as follows:

    "Today, Nawal al-Saadawi has to go on the road, in spite of the tiredness of her age, as she is more than 70. Al-Saadawi, an Egyptian feminist, human rights activist, former parliamentarian, socialist and famous woman of letters, was declared ‘sinful' by al-Azhar University due to her latest book. The ‘intellectual elite' want her to be punished severely, and al- Saadawi says that this means death. We attended the meeting organized by the European Parliament's Socialist Group, the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) and the Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Turkey (KAGIDER) at the EP in Brussels, and there we discussed steps taken by the Turkish women on the path to Europe. Then we listened to al-Saadawi during the meeting of European socialist women. She said that her grandmother told her that Allah meant justice, love and freedom, and that then she wrote a play. In the play, there were two gods; one was her grandmother's god, and the other was the god of ideologies. She said that she criticized dogmas in her play, and the target of these dogmas was women. Al-Saadawi said that they want to use her book in order to justify their injustices. She added that she would leave her country and surrender if she were sure that the court would be fair. However, she said that she knows that this won't be the case, because it would be a trial against creative thinking. She also said that an international court should be convened at the EP so she could be tried by independent judges, authors and scholars. Al-Saadawi wants support and help against dogmatism and intolerance and for creativity. She also said that no matter where she is, if the decision is taken, they might kidnap her and bring her to the court. The EP's Socialist Group will bring the issue to European Commission Chairman Jose Manuel Barroso, and the EP will call on the Egyptian government to stop the pressure on al-Saadawi. We should give her Turkey's support in the name of freedom of thought, belief and solidarity between women.

    The EP celebrated International Women's Day with the slogan of ‘Catching Equality: 50_50' 50 years after the Treaty of Rome. Among these celebrations, Turkish women also told about their struggle for equality. The second such meeting held at the EP this year became more interesting with the participation of Vladimir Spidla, the European Commission's employment and social affairs commissioner. Emine Bozkurt, the Dutch Socialist parliamentarian and Parliament rapporteur on the situation of women in Turkey, described the improvement in women rights in Turkey as a good example of the effective, determined cooperation between Turkey and the European Union. Talking about the situation of women in Turkey were Nukhet Hotar Goksel from our ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), TUSIAD Gender Equality Committee Chairman Feryal Menemenli, KAGIDER's Gulseren Onanc, Nebahat Akkoc from the Women's Center (KA-MER), Meltem Akkoc, a UN official responsible for the project on women's participation in education and social life in Turkey, and Selma Acuner from Ankara University's Women Studies Research Center and a European Women's Lobby Executive Board member. Particularly things done by the government and non- governmental groups in Turkey for education and against domestic violence and campaigns for this were in a better situation than in many European countries. Don't think that they don't need it, because European parliamentarians and representatives of women's movement said that domestic violence is rising anew in Europe and are seeking legal measures against it on both the national and European Union levels and drew Barroso's attention to the issue."


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