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Turkish Press Review, 07-06-21

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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

21.06.2007

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “WASHINGTON AND BAGHDAD SHOULD TAKE STEPS AGAINST THE TERRORIST PKK IN NORTHERN IRAQ”
  • [02] NSC: “WE WILL FIGHT TERRORISM UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES”
  • [03] ERDOGAN, GUL TO VISIT GENERAL STAFF
  • [04] BAYKAL TOUTS CHP ELECTION PROGRAM
  • [05] REHN: “THE EU SHOULDN’T LET TURKEY SLIP AWAY”
  • [06] DP’S AGAR CRITICIZES RULING, OPPOSITION PARTIES
  • [07] TUSIAD HEAD, GERMAN AMBASSADOR DISCUSS TURKEY’S EU BID
  • [08] US OFFICIAL SEEKS TURKISH HELP AGAINST IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM
  • [09] BAGHDAD: “WE BLOCKED ACTIVITIES OF THE TERRORIST PKK IN IRAQ”
  • [10] HOW FAR ALIENATION?

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “WASHINGTON AND BAGHDAD SHOULD TAKE STEPS AGAINST THE TERRORIST PKK IN NORTHERN IRAQ”

    Speaking yesterday to Reuters, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Washington and Baghdad need to take steps against the terrorist PKK in northern Iraq, adding that Ankara would take steps if necessary. "We are continuing discussions with the (Turkish) Armed Forces (TSK)," he said during a campaign visit to Agri ahead of next month's elections. "If needed we will take the necessary steps (for a cross-border operation into northern Iraq) because we cannot allow the PKK to carry out attacks any longer." Asked whether he believed Iraqi and US officials would honor promises to combat the PKK, Erdogan said, "I wish to remain positive." /Turkiye/

    [02] NSC: “WE WILL FIGHT TERRORISM UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES”

    The National Security Council (NSC) convened yesterday under the chairmanship of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, Cabinet ministers and other military commanders also attended. During the three-plus hour meeting, a possible cross-border operation against terrorist PKK camps in northern Iraq and buffer zone options were discussed. “Attacks against our unity were evaluated in detail, and we resolved to continue counter-terrorism measures with the nation’s support,” said an official statement after the meeting. “All measures against terrorism will continue to be implemented under any circumstances.” The statement also said that recent developments concerning Cyprus had been discussed, adding, “The isolation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is unacceptable, and Turkey will continue its support for the TRNC.” /Star/

    [03] ERDOGAN, GUL TO VISIT GENERAL STAFF

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will visit the General Staff office today. There they will be briefed on terrorism, and especially the recent state of domestic security operations and claims that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) lacks equipment effective in countering terrorist PKK mines. Erdogan and Gul will also be told about anti-PKK operations since the beginning of spring. /Sabah/

    [04] BAYKAL TOUTS CHP ELECTION PROGRAM

    Alongside fellow party officials, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal yesterday released “CHP Compass ’07,” his party’s election program. Stating that they consider themselves a “national team” and the July 22 general elections a “national match, ” Baykal said that they would like to serve the country with a “national team spirit.” Pledging better education and healthcare and more prosperity throughout Turkey, Baykal said, “This is a program to restore Turkey and propel it forward.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] REHN: “THE EU SHOULDN’T LET TURKEY SLIP AWAY”

    Speaking yesterday at France’s National Administrative College (ENA), which produces many of the nation’s top leaders, European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn said that the EU shouldn’t let Turkey’s full membership perspective slip away. Stressing that Turkey’s full membership perspective has a firm strategic and historical basis, Rehn said that the membership goal had been determined together in talks with Ankara. /Milliyet/

    [06] DP’S AGAR CRITICIZES RULING, OPPOSITION PARTIES

    Speaking in Antalya yesterday, Democrat Party (DP) leader Mehmet Agar criticized the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP). Stressing that terrorism was Turkey’s most pressing problem, Agar added that if it comes to power, his party would end this problem within a year. /Turkiye/

    [07] TUSIAD HEAD, GERMAN AMBASSADOR DISCUSS TURKEY’S EU BID

    Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD) head Arzuhan Dogan Yalcindag yesterday met with German Ambassador to Ankara Eckart Cuntz. Speaking afterwards, Cuntz said that Turkey’s European Union membership had headlined the meeting, adding that next month’s elections, the economy, and the terrorist PKK had also been discussed. Cuntz stressed that the EU condemned the terrorist PKK. For her part, Yalcindag emphasized Turkey’s determination on its EU bid, adding that nothing besides full membership was acceptable. /Hurriyet/

    [08] US OFFICIAL SEEKS TURKISH HELP AGAINST IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM

    Gregory L. Schulte, the US’ ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), yesterday told reporters that Iran’s nuclear program would affect not only Turkey’s region but Turkey itself, and asked for Ankara’s cooperation on the issue. Scuhlte stressed that the program was a source of concern to Russia, China, and the European Union member states in addition to the US, adding that it was time to work together against it. /Turkiye/

    [09] BAGHDAD: “WE BLOCKED ACTIVITIES OF THE TERRORIST PKK IN IRAQ”

    In the runup to a visit by Iraq’s prime minister to discuss the extradition of PKK terrorists and establishing a common buffer zone, Iraqi government spokesperson Ali Debbag yesterday extended a message of cooperation. “We cannot let any organization working against Turkey stay on our territory,” he said. “We have prevented activities of the terrorist PKK in Iraq.” Underlining that it is an illegal group, Debbag added, “The PKK is harming our neighbor.” /Star/

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

    [10] HOW FAR ALIENATION?

    BY MUSTAFA BALBAY (CUMHURIYET)

    Columnist Mustafa Balbay comments on foreign companies buying Turkish banks. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Following the recent sale of Oyakbank to foreigners, the subject of ‘alienation’ came up again. People who see Turkish economy as part of the stock exchange - interest - foreign exchange triangle naturally welcomed the sale.

    These circles’ idea of Turkey usually goes like this:

    ‘Turkey has become a country of opportunities...There are many other areas to enter...’

    The government also seems to have adopted this view, and so sells everything when it gets an opportunity...

    The main issue of sales to foreigners is this:

    They don’t make investments from scratch. They buy investments which are already profitable or believed to be profitable by paying what they cost.

    At this pace, the banking sector will be largely alienated from us in a short time. With the Oyakbank sale, the percentage of foreign-owned banks reached 42 percent. This trend shows that in the near future a foreigner will chair the Turkish Union of Banks.

    The banking sector, in modern understanding, is one of countries’ most important economic tools. In any country, whoever controls the banking system has the money, whoever has the money controls the economy, and finally, whoever controls the economy has a say in the country’s direction.

    * *

    The actors of globalization are definitely trying to take control of the banking systems of countries in regions targeted in line with the logic that I described above.

    The most concrete example of this is Eastern European countries. Just after the European Union’s decision to take them in, a serious alienation in all these countries began. Eighty percent of the banks in these countries " especially Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic " passed into the hands of big countries, mostly EU member states.

    In other words, Eastern countries lack full access to the bloc, but the EU has entered them!

    What are the alienation rates in EU countries? Here are the figures:

    In Germany 5 percent, Italy 8 percent, Spain 10 percent, the Netherlands 11 percent, Denmark 17 percent, France 18 percent, and Greece 20 percent...

    If alienation of the banking system is such a good development, showing a country’s progress and greatness, why don’t those countries open up their banks to foreigners? Why does even Greece raise hurdles to a Turkish bank not even trying to buy a bank, but merely open a branch?

    * *

    We see that alienation in Turkey is not only in the banking system, but has spread to many other areas.

    Fears about water quality fuelled the bottled water sector. When they saw this, foreign firms at once snatched up the sector.

    The insurance sector is experiencing an under-the-radar growth. When companies began to grow after tough times, foreigners immediately launched a ‘let’s become partners’ operations.

    We can see such moves in the cleaning sector too.

    On the other hand, would closing everything to foreigners, 100 percent of domestic sectors, be realistic?

    Of course not... That’s not what I’m arguing…

    But everybody should see that the process isn’t right, and will cause a complete alienation in our country in the near future...

    Alienation, how, in which sectors, under which conditions, and to what extent?

    A common answer to these questions in Turkey is this:

    However and wherever it goes!

    No country targeted by Turkey has similar policies.

    The way things are going, someday there will no longer be any need for elections…

    We give the rule of the country to an international company, and that’s that ...”


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