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Turkish Press Review, 07-06-27

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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

27.06.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER: “THE BURGAZ-DEDEAGAC PIPELINE WOULD POLLUTE THE AEGEAN”
  • [02] TURKEY OPENS TWO CHAPTERS AT EU ACCESSION CONFERENCE
  • [03] TOP COURT REJECTS “ECUMENICAL” TITLE
  • [04] ERDOGAN: “THE AKP’S ELECTION VICTORY CAN’T BE STOPPED”
  • [05] CHP’S BAYKAL VISITS “REPUBLICAN STRONGHOLD” IZMIR
  • [06] YILMAZ PLEDGES TO UNIFY CENTER RIGHT
  • [07] ISTANBUL HOSTS OECD FORUM
  • [08] BDDK HEAD CRITICIZES SALES OF TURKISH BANKS TO FOREIGN INTERESTS

  • [01] SEZER: “THE BURGAZ-DEDEAGAC PIPELINE WOULD POLLUTE THE AEGEAN”

    The Burgaz-Dedeağaç oil pipeline, set to be built by Russia, Bulgaria and Greece through Thrace, would pollute the Aegean and moves should be taken to avoid this, said President Ahmet Necdet Sezer yesterday. Speaking at the 10th Energy Conference, organized in Istanbul by the Foreign Economic Relations Council (DEIK) and Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), Sezer added that the Turkish Straits should no longer be used as an oil transportation channel, but efforts are needed to ensure that new environmental problems aren’t created while trying to fulfill this goal. He added that the Nabucco pipeline, which will carry natural gas from Azerbaijan and other countries to Turkey and then on to Europe, would soon be operating and that this would contribute to Europe’s safe natural gas supply. Also speaking at the conference, Energy Minister Hilmi Guler commented on the meeting this week between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) summit. Guler said that Putin was a very clever person and Russia was putting its card on the table but that Turkey is playing its cards close to its chest. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] TURKEY OPENS TWO CHAPTERS AT EU ACCESSION CONFERENCE

    Turkey yesterday opened two new chapters in its European Union accession negotiations, namely statistics and financial control, at the third Intergovernmental Conference held in Brussels. Due to a blocking maneuver by France, a third expected chapter, on economic and monetary policy, was excluded from the agenda of yesterday’s meeting. Expressing Turkey’s displeasure at France’s move, State Minister Ali Babacan, Turkey’s chief EU talks negotiator, said that Ankara was dissatisfied with the technical excuses cited for the action, adding that the EU shouldn’t allow member states to drag unrelated matters into the negotiations. He also expressed his hope that the economic and monetary chapter will be opened during Portugal’s EU term presidency, set to begin next week. /Milliyet/

    [03] TOP COURT REJECTS “ECUMENICAL” TITLE

    The Supreme Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the Istanbul-based Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, which has been allowed to remain within Turkish territory since the republic was founded, holds the status of a minority and that the patriarch’s use of “ecumenical” (universal) lacks any legal basis. The ruling was included in a verdict upholding a lower court decision acquitting Patriarch Bartholomeos of charges of illegally barring a Bulgarian priest from conducting religious services. The court also upheld the acquittals of other top church leaders on the same charges. Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomeos claims he has spiritual authority over the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians, but Turkey rejects any Vatican-like status for the patriarch and says he is the religious head of the local Greek community of around 3,000. “A sovereign state granting special status to minorities living in its territory would be unconstitutional,” ruled the court. /Hurriyet-Turkish Daily News/

    [04] ERDOGAN: “THE AKP’S ELECTION VICTORY CAN’T BE STOPPED”

    Campaigning in the central Anatolian town of Nigde yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has never once ruled Turkey single-handedly, adding that nothing can stop his Justice and Development Party (AKP) from again emerging the victor in next month’s elections. He also asked rhetorically if those who don’t respect the nation can really be nationalists and if those don’t the republic can be republicans. Erdogan added that the AKP had vowed not to damage Turkey’s dignity and that the July 22 elections would prove this. /Star/

    [05] CHP’S BAYKAL VISITS “REPUBLICAN STRONGHOLD” IZMIR

    Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal yesterday attended a series of opening ceremonies in the Aegean coastal city of Izmir. Addressing crowds, Baykal praised Izmir as an exemplary bastion of awareness of the republic and democracy, adding that the city is one of the strongest defenders of the secular Republic of Turkey. Baykal also expressed his hope for a bright new future for Turkey following next month’s elections. /Milliyet/

    [06] YILMAZ PLEDGES TO UNIFY CENTER RIGHT

    Former Premier Mesut Yilmaz, an independent candidate from the Black Sea coastal city of Rize, yesterday visited his hometown. Speaking to crowds, Yilmaz pledged to do his best to unify the center-right parties when he regains a seat in Parliament in next month’s elections. /Turkiye/

    [07] ISTANBUL HOSTS OECD FORUM

    The second Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) World Forum on statistics, knowledge and policy, “Measuring and Fostering the Progress of Societies,” will start in Istanbul today. The three-day conference is co-organized by the OECD, Turkey’s State Planning Organization (DPT) and the Turkish Statistical Institute (DIE). More than 900 participants from 120 countries will meet at the gathering. /Turkish Daily News/

    [08] BDDK HEAD CRITICIZES SALES OF TURKISH BANKS TO FOREIGN INTERESTS

    Turkish banks starved for capital often try to solve this problem by selling their banks, said Banking Supervision and Regulation Board (BDDK) Chairman Tevfik Bilgin yesterday. Speaking at the First International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI) Interregional Conference, Bilgin said that the Turkish banking system had made great progress over the last six years but that still much remains to do. Bilgin added that the ruling party and a host of other factors, including the Turkish people, were vitally important in how far banking has gotten today. He added that nobody can ignore the people’s good sense, the taxes they have paid, the loans they have used and their contribution to banks in the years since the 2001 economic crisis. /Cumhuriyet/
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