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Turkish Press Review, 07-03-19
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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
 TURKEY COMMEMORATES BATTLE OF GALLIPOLITurkey yesterday marked the 92nd anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli and Martyrs Day. In his message marking the day, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said, "This shining country is our inheritance from all the martyrs who gave their lives while serving their country, for love of the fatherland with no thought of the difficulties they were facing at home and abroad." Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended ceremonies on the Canakkale peninsula and officially opened a new memorial for unknown Ottoman soldiers and a new museum located in a restored artillery position on the shores of the Dardanelles that played a major part in the Allied defeat on March 18, 1915. In his message, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit said that just as in the past, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) stood ready to make any sacrifice to ensure the nation's independence and integrity,. /Hurriyet/
 ISTANBUL TO HOST IRAQ SUMMIT TODAYMeetings of the Iraq Reconstruction Forum (IRFO) and Iraq International Reconstruction Fund Donors Committee (IRFFI) will be held in Istanbul today and tomorrow. About 130 high-level representatives and bureaucrats from 19 countries, along with World Bank and UN Development Group representatives, will attend the IRFO meeting to discuss Iraq's reconstruction process. In addition, Iraq will participate in the gathering with a 30-member delegation including Cabinet ministers. Another Istanbul meeting on Iraq is planned for next month. /Turkiye/
 CUBUKCU VISITS NURSING HOMES FOR JEWS, GREEKS, AND ARMENIANSState Minister for family and women's affairs Nimet Cubukcu yesterday paid separate visits to nursing homes for elderly members of Istanbul's Jewish, Greek and Armenian communities. During her visits, Cubukcu said that state social services aimed to serve all communities without any regard to religion, language or ethnicity. She added that nursing homes should be places for the elderly to live out their lives in tranquility. /Milliyet/
 GREEK FM BAKOYANNIS: "TURKISH-GREEK RELATIONS ARE NORMAL"Speaking to Greece's To Vima daily yesterday, Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis rejected media reports that Turkish-Greek relations face a new period of crisis after her Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul cancelled his visit to Athens. "There's neither a glorious improvement nor deterioration in Turkish-Greek relations," she said. "Our relations continue at the same level. Turkey's stance is the same." She added this misperception of relations comes from an exaggerated sense of importance. /Sabah/
 THOUSANDS IN ISTANBUL PROTEST WARMore than 3,000 people protested the war in Iraq in two separate weekend demonstrations in Istanbul to mark the fourth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. /Turkish Daily News/
 GERMAN EMBASSY DECORATES ZAPSU WITH HONORARY MEDALGermany's Embassy in Ankara yesterday decorated Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's advisor Cuneyd Zapsu with an honorary medal for his contributions to the development of Turkish-German relations. Hosting a ceremony for the occasion, German Ambassador Eckart Cuntz said that his government welcomed Zapsu's efforts to boost bilateral ties. /Milliyet/
ISTANBUL TO JOIN RANKS OF WORLD'S 30 LARGEST URBAN ECONOMIES BY 2020
Istanbul is set to climb into the top-30 rankings for the world's largest economies by 2030, according to a new report by investment and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Istanbul would particularly fare well in the ranking for 2020, as it is projected to climb from 34th place in 2005 to number 27, with a 5.2% gross domestic product (GDP) average growth rate per annum. Ankara and Izmir were also included in the rankings. Ankara ranked 94 and Izmir 117 on the 2005 list. /The New Anatolian/
 BABACAN: "EU COUNTRIES WILL MAKE THE TOUGH CHOICE WHETHER OR NOT TO SHARE THEIR POWER"State Minister for the Economy Ali Babacan said yesterday that concerning Turkey's membership, European Union member states would make the though decision as to whether or not to share their power. Meeting with visiting students from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, Babacan said that he was a graduate of the same school. Babacan said that Ankara expected EU talks to focus on technical topics, while certain EU states were concentrating on unimportant minutiae from the thousands pages of the EU communautaire. Stressing that Turkey has implemented many reforms for democracy, basic rights, and the rule of law, Babacan touched on Turkey's importance for the bloc as a majority Muslim, democratic country. /Turkiye/
FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
 CANAKKALE: GOAL FOR 2015Columnist Ferai Tinc comments on anniversaries of Turkey's victory in the Battle of Gallipoli. A summary of her column is as follows:
"As the 92nd anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli is being marked this week, I wondered if there's something new to say, or a new message, or new approach to effectively carry the vision of that time to our collective consciousness. But I searched in vain. What could it be? If a point mentioned in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's speech had been filled out and emphasized more meaningfully, it could have been the most meaningful message. During his visit to Gokceada, Erdogan said that we have considered it a humanitarian understanding to co-exist with everybody on this land, regardless of their race or religion. He added that our civilization taught us to do it and that we're determined to continue this course. Back in World War I when Russia was intervening, there were very worthy examples of the unity of the entire nation in the west, on the Canakkale peninsula. What was the common interest which brought together people from different religions, origins and viewpoints? How was this psychological situation created? If there had been pressure from dominant religions or nations, would this awesome spirit of sacrifice and determination have ever developed? By saving history from trivialization we can discover that it has something new to say every day. Today Canakkale is telling us that victory can't be won with pressure and that differences will come together only under common interests.
I would like to celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the victory with a message of peace from Turkey, as part of a different understanding. That anniversary should solve the Kurdish issue through democratic openings and carry the message that ambitious projects have begun to solve the southeastern region's economic problems. On that anniversary, education should have the necessary depth and prevalence which would leave behind debates over secularism, and social differences should be mentioned not on the basis of religion, language or ethnicity, but only on the basis of politics. That anniversary also should carry the message that the representation of women in politics should surpass that of the early years of the republic. For example, couldn't we look eight years ahead and think about new messages and take certain steps accordingly? 2015 should be a year for Turkey being a country of peace, and Canakkale should be a city of peace.
When I say that Canakkale should be a city of world peace, this meaning should be full. Countries set to help Iraq's reconstruction will meet in Istanbul tomorrow. Next month foreign ministers of the countries neighboring Iraq, plus the G8, UN Security Council permanent members and Germany, will also hold a meeting in Istanbul. Not only international meetings, but also various groups in Iraq have chosen Turkey to host their meetings. Istanbul is strengthening its position in the history of diplomacy. Now it's Canakkale's turn. Don't you think that eight years is enough for infrastructure improvements so Canakkale can play host to such meetings?"
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