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Turkish Press Review, 07-04-19

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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

19.04.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] AAAAAAA
  • [02] REACTIONS TO MURDERS OF BIBLE PUBLISHERS IN MALATYA
  • [03] DEPUTY PARLIAMENT SPEAKER DINCER PASSES AWAY
  • [04] AKP’S MKYK GIVES FULL AUTHORITY TO ERDOGAN TO MANAGE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PROCESS
  • [05] TODAY’S CABINET MEETING CANCELLED
  • [06] GUL TO MEET WITH GREEK FM BAKOYANNIS IN BELGRADE
  • [07] BUYUKANIT: “TURKISH AIR FORCES NEVER VIOLATE GREEK AIRSPACE”
  • [08] MUMCU MEETS WITH SEZER TO SEEK WAYS FOR JOINING FORCES BEFORE GENERAL ELECTIONS
  • [09] US’ MCCORMACK OPPOSES TURKISH CROSS-BORDER OPERATION
  • [10] TUSIAD TO MEET REHN
  • [11] DEMOCRACY IS SOLUTION
  • [12] TURKEY MAY GO TO ELECTIONS WITHOUT ELECTING ITS PRESIDENT

  • [01] AAAAAAA

    NATION SHOCKED BY MURDERS OF BIBLE PUBLISHERS IN MALATYA

    Assailants yesterday killed three people, including a German citizen, at a publishing house distributing Bibles in the eastern province of Malatya. Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu said, “No matter what the reason is, we hatefully condemn this savagery.” Aksu called the attack an “attempt to deal a blow to the atmosphere of peace, stability, and tolerance.” The initial official statement concerning the attack came from Malatya Governor H. Ibrahim Dasoz, who said both the judiciary and the police were working on the case. In related news, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the attack in Malatya “savagery,” adding that some were caught as suspects but the real murderers were trying to be found. Stressing that a German citizen was also killed in the attack, Erdogan said that this expanded the aspects of the event. The premier added that all efforts aimed at finding the murderers as soon as possible. /All papers/

    [02] REACTIONS TO MURDERS OF BIBLE PUBLISHERS IN MALATYA

    Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis yesterday called the attack in Malatya “brutality” and said that he sharply condemned the attack. In a written statement, Davis said that they were horrified by this attack, which seemed to have been carried out through religious reason and they condemn it. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, “I sharply condemn this barbarous event. Reasons of this event should completely be revealed.” The Anatolian Representative of the Papacy said that the attacked publishing house wasn’t Catholic, adding, “It’s probably a Protestant or an Orthodox publishing house. We’re in a difficult and dangerous atmosphere in Turkey.” /Cumhuriyet-Hurriyet/

    [03] DEPUTY PARLIAMENT SPEAKER DINCER PASSES AWAY

    Deputy Parliament Speaker and main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Bursa Deputy Ali Dincer, who was taken under treatment in intensive care unit of Ankara’s Ibni Sina Hospital on Monday, passed away yesterday. His death was due to infection caused by lymphoma. Funeral services for Dincer will be held today. A ceremony will be held in Parliament at 11:30 a.m., and will be followed by a funeral service in Ankara’s Kocatepe Mosque at noon. Dincer will be laid to rest in the capital’s Karsiyaka Cemetery. /All papers/

    [04] AKP’S MKYK GIVES FULL AUTHORITY TO ERDOGAN TO MANAGE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PROCESS

    The ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Central Decision-Making and Executive Committee (MKYK) convened yesterday and gave Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan full authority to manage the process of upcoming presidential election. During the eight-hour meeting, Erdogan listened to the views of 50 MKYK members concerning the process and his possible candidacy. Speaking afterwards, AKP’s deputy leader responsible for media and promotion Edibe Sozen said that the members of the board had stressed that the process has been managed well to date and stability and peace have not been damaged, adding that the members unanimously gave authority to Erdogan to manage and finalize the process. Also speaking after the meeting, Erdogan reiterated that the deadline for declaring the presidential candidate was April 25 midnight. “We discussed the issue at MKYK and continue to evaluate it till the last moment,” added Erdogan. /Turkiye/

    [05] TODAY’S CABINET MEETING CANCELLED

    Today’s Cabinet meeting was postponed since President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan would hold their regular weekly meeting and since Erdogan would attend the funeral ceremony of CHP Deputy Ali Dincer who died yesterday. The Cabinet which was needed to convene on Tuesday was postponed to today. /Turkiye/

    [06] GUL TO MEET WITH GREEK FM BAKOYANNIS IN BELGRADE

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is due to travel to Belgrade today to attend a meeting of Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) and meet with Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis. During their meeting, Gul and Bakoyannis will discuss a number of issues, including Turkey’s European Union membership bid, Cyprus issue, and regional issues. Serbia hosts 16th meeting of BSEC Foreign Ministers’ Council. Gul had to cancel his visits to Athens twice, in December and in late March, due to a political chill between the two countries. /Sabah/

    [07] BUYUKANIT: “TURKISH AIR FORCES NEVER VIOLATE GREEK AIRSPACE”

    Chief of General Staff Gen.Yasar Buyukanit, currently in Thessalonica, Greece to attend the First Balkan Countries Regional Conference, yesterday said that Turkish planes would never violate Greece’s airspace. Upon a question by a Greek journalist about the dogfights over the Aegean Sea, Buyukanit said, “Turkish and Greek perception of the FIR line isn’t the same. Turkish Air Forces never violate Greece’s airspace. They fly over the international air space of the Aegean. When planes enter the international airspace, they pass over the FIR line. FIR line isn’t the sovereignty space of a country.” /Aksam/

    [08] MUMCU MEETS WITH SEZER TO SEEK WAYS FOR JOINING FORCES BEFORE GENERAL ELECTIONS

    Opposition Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) leader Erkan Mumcu yesterday met with Democratic Left Party (DSP) leader Zeki Sezer to seek ways for cooperation in November’s general elections against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Speaking afterwards, Mumcu said that there was no reason for DSP not to participate in the cooperation process between his party and the True Path Party (DYP). “Deceased Former Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit wasn’t intolerant about such cooperations,” said Mumcu. “Our priority is to protect the state, which is under danger.” For his part, Sezer said that he agreed with Mumcu about the fact that the state was under danger, adding that joining forces could be helpful to overcome Turkey’s problems. Later, Mumcu visited Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli to evaluate recent political developments. /Milliyet/

    [09] US’ MCCORMACK OPPOSES TURKISH CROSS-BORDER OPERATION

    US Assistant of Secretary of State for Public Affairs Sean McCormack said on Tuesday that they were attaching importance to the territorial integrity of Iraq. Upon a question if they were opposing any invasion of Iraq by neighboring countries, mainly Syria, Iran and Turkey, McCormack said, “...Now, there have been some tensions recently -- invade Iraq. There have been some tensions recently between Turkey and Iraq, and what we are doing is trying to have the Turks, have the Iraqis work together to resolve those tensions. We understand that these tensions emanate from activities of the PKK. It's a terrorist organization and it poses a threat to Turkish citizens as well as Turkish officials, and that threat needs to be addressed. The best way to address that threat is for Turkey and Iraq to cooperate so that you don't get to the point where parties are considering cross-border actions.” /Aksam/

    [10] TUSIAD TO MEET REHN

    A delegation from the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD) chaired by Chairwoman Arzuhan Dogan Yalcindag is expected to meet European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn in Brussels today. /Star/

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

    [11] DEMOCRACY IS SOLUTION

    BY ERGUN BABAHAN (SABAH)

    Columnist Ergun Babahan comments on the concept of democracy and yesterday’s attacks in Malatya. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “When Turkey was waiting for the result of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) Central Decision Board, news of massacre came from Malatya yesterday. We have witnessed a mistreatment which would feed the fear in Turkey and increase the discomfort in Europe. The people, whose hands and foot were tied, were killed yesterday. This massacre occurred on the day when the reasoned decision on the murder of former Diyarbakir Security Director Gaffar Okkan was reflected on media. It looks like a killing in Hizbullah’s style. The fact that those who were killed were dealing with missionary work makes such a link reasonable. However, as the court emphasized in its decision on the murder of Okkar, it’s hard to find who has really pulled the trigger in such attacks. Clearly, the attack has only one target; increasing the tension in the country and raising the people’s concerns over future.

    Those who made the young people slaughter each other in the past are now making others kill Hrant Dink or murdering the people in Malatya. Even if those who have used the knife and killed those people are caught, the real perpetrator of this murder won’t be found. Allowing political atmosphere in Turkey to get dirty with such bloody attacks would mean contributing to real killers’ reaching their goals. However, I believe that our democracy has become mature enough to overcome such incidents. Actually, efforts made by the True Path Party (DYP) and the Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) to get united are the indication of this. Nobody should be disturbed by the initiatives of those, who want to dissent on a stronger basis, to come together transparently and create a new movement. The real problem in Turkey is now the opposition. Therefore, the ruling party shouldn’t be disturbed by this initiative aiming to strengthen the legal opposition. Actually, it’s not so meaningful that two parties in Turkey which are nourished from the same sources are active under different roofs. Therefore, efforts for a union should be evaluated separately from the efforts of those who support them. A similar initiative on the left wing will be the guarantee of a strong democratic atmosphere. After all, all the parties are a kind of coalition. The emergence of strong structures as a result of such initiatives will weaken the hands of those who have bad intentions, because strong political parties are the biggest guarantee of democracy.”

    [12] TURKEY MAY GO TO ELECTIONS WITHOUT ELECTING ITS PRESIDENT

    BY MEHMET TEZKAN (VATAN)

    Columnist Mehmet Tezkan comments on next month’s presidential election and the recent political developments in Turkey. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “What I wrote in the title is not a wish. The general atmosphere of politics is in that direction. Both Agar,the leader of True Path Party (DYP) and Mumcu, the leader of the Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) say that 184 votes are enough to start the elections. They also note that the problem should be solved at the ballot boxes not at the court but they don’t declare whether or not they are going to participate in the voting. Should Erdogan announce his candidacy in the following days, both parties will clearly regard this is an imposition but they won’t have another choice. When the plenary session starts, 367 votes will be provided. In other words Agar and Mumcu will be those who will lead Erdogan to Cankaya.

    Let’s think now… Won’t that be a political suicide for them? They will first support Erdogan’s presidency and then speak ill of their rival to request ballots. Won’t voters ask them why they helped him to become president if they didn’t like him? So what is going to happen? I think Agar and Mumcu won’t get involved… They will just watch-by. The struggle for presidency will be held between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP). The Constitutional Court will rule after the first round. Should it rule that there is no need for 367 votes, the following rounds will follow but should it rule that 367 votes are necessary, the parliament will start the general elections.

    Then what will happen? The elections will be held three months later and the secound round of the settling will take place before the public. The voters will make the decision. Will a crisis take place? Will the markets fluctuate? I believe that only a tremor, not an earthquake will occur because Turkey is already proceeding to the election. That will be better, in fact. Turkey will be at ease as for several aspects. First of all, the discussions to avail for years will end. People will vote regarding the presidential elections. Thus they themselves elect the president, in a way. Isn’t that what the politicians want? Secondly, like the presidential elections in 1950, 1954, 1957 and 1966, the immediate decision of the ballots will set both the president and the prime minister. Thirdly, the seeds of a culture of compromise between the political parties will unavoidably be sown after the elections. The parties can’t avoid it after they saw the choices of the voters.

    You may ask whether all these are possible. My answer is in the affirmative. But the AKP thinks it is just imagination because they think that this duty was given to them four and a half years ago.”


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