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Turkish Press Review, 07-06-28

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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

28.06.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] CHIEF OF STAFF BUYUKANIT: “WE SHOULD FIGHT NOT ONLY TERRORISTS, BUT ALSO THEIR SUPPORTERS”
  • [02] US STATE DEPT: “A NORTHERN IRAQ OPERATION WOULD NOT BE HELPFUL”
  • [03] RULING AKP TOUTS ISTANBUL CANDIDATES, BLASTS OPPONENTS
  • [04] BAYKAL: “WITH ITS FLAWED APPROACH TO TERRORISM, THIS GOVT MUST GO”
  • [05] GONUL RECEIVES NORWEGIAN DEFENSE MINISTER
  • [06] PERKTAS APPOINTED CONSTITUTIONAL COURT CHIEF JUSTICE
  • [07] CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RELEASES TEXT OF DECISION UPHOLDING 367-DEPUTY QUORUM
  • [08] TUSIAD CRITICIZES FRANCE’S ATTEMPT TO OBSTRUCT TURKEY’S EU TALKS
  • [09] TOBB: “POLITICAL REFORMS ARE NEEDED TO CONTINUE ECONOMIC REFORMS”

  • [01] CHIEF OF STAFF BUYUKANIT: “WE SHOULD FIGHT NOT ONLY TERRORISTS, BUT ALSO THEIR SUPPORTERS”

    To prevent further terrorist attacks, Turkey needs not only to fight the terrorists themselves, but also their supporters, said Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit yesterday. “The biggest obstacles to our success against terror are these supporters,” he told a press conference in Isparta. “We need to cut off this support.” Buyukanit stated that the terrorist PKK also gets support from abroad, both monetary and political. Also commenting on a possible cross-border operation into northern Iraq, Buyukanit said that he believes strongly that such an operation is needed and that conducting one was in Turkey’s best interests. /Turkiye-Aksam/

    [02] US STATE DEPT: “A NORTHERN IRAQ OPERATION WOULD NOT BE HELPFUL”

    The US continues to believe that an operation by the Turkish military into northern Iraq would not be helpful, either in the short, medium, or long term, said US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack yesterday. Speaking at a daily press briefing, McCormack was asked about Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit’s statement that an operation against the PKK presence in northern Iraq should be organized. McCormack said that the US absolutely understands the Turkish government’s sensitivity and the Turkish army’s need to defend the Turkish people against attacks by terrorist groups. “All of that said, it is not our view that a substantial land incursion by Turkish forces into Iraq is going to help the situation,” he said, adding that the PKK is a terrorist group and that the solution is to work together with the Turkish and Iraqi governments against this common threat. McCormick further stated that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul were in regular contact on this issue and other issues. He added, “Gen. [Joseph] Ralston, our special [anti-terror] representative, is still working on this issue as well and I can tell you, as a matter of fact, that our embassy is deeply involved in the issue, working with the Turkish government … and the Iraqi government.” /Star/

    [03] RULING AKP TOUTS ISTANBUL CANDIDATES, BLASTS OPPONENTS

    The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) yesterday touted its candidates for deputy for the high-profile Istanbul district. At the gathering Prime Minister and AKP leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the opportunity to criticize the opposition parties, saying that by threatening the nation they were trying to bring back the past. Erdogan added that the AKP had four goals: a single nation, single flag, single country, and single state. In related news, Erdogan yesterday attended the Organization for Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) World Forum on Statistics. Later, he met separately with the president of Iceland and vice president of Colombia. /Sabah-Turkiye/

    [04] BAYKAL: “WITH ITS FLAWED APPROACH TO TERRORISM, THIS GOVT MUST GO”

    Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal said yesterday that the first step needed to fight terrorism is to give the current government its walking papers. Speaking on television, Baykal charged that the ruling party’s approach to terrorism was flawed and criticized a law to encourage terrorists to lay down their arms and come down from mountain bases. Baykal said that unfortunately both PKK and Hizbullah terrorists who had been in prison ended up being released, and they all returned to their previous misdeeds. He added that not even a single terrorist had come down from the mountains to surrender and that the fight against terrorism can’t continue with this approach. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] GONUL RECEIVES NORWEGIAN DEFENSE MINISTER

    Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul yesterday received his Norwegian counterpart Anne Grete Strom Erichsen in Ankara. Speaking afterwards, Gonul said that the two countries currently lack any military agreements or defense industry cooperation, adding that he hoped this visit would help to boost bilateral military ties. For her part, Erichsen said that she was pleased to say that relations between the two countries were developing. /Milliyet/

    [06] PERKTAS APPOINTED CONSTITUTIONAL COURT CHIEF JUSTICE

    Council of State member Zehra Ayla Perktas has been appointed Constitutional Court chief justice, replacing the retiring Tulay Tugcu. A Presidential Press Center statement said that President Ahmet Necdet Sezer appointed Perktas from among three candidates. Perktas, 56, has served on the Council of State since 2000. /Aksam/

    [07] CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RELEASES TEXT OF DECISION UPHOLDING 367-DEPUTY QUORUM

    The full text of the Constitutional Court’s ruling upholding a parliamentary quorum of 367 deputies for the first and second round of presidential elections was published in the Official Gazette yesterday. “Consensus in the first two rounds of the presidential ballot is only possible if the necessary number of deputies, clearly stated in Article 102 of the Constitution, is presented,” said the decision. “The article applies to both quorums and votes needed to pass legislation. Otherwise paragraph three of that article would be meaningless. Paragraph three says if a two-thirds majority of the total number of members cannot be obtained in the first two ballots, a third ballot shall be held and the candidate who receives an absolute majority of votes of the total number of members shall be elected.” Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc yesterday criticized the court’s reasoning, saying he found it unconvincing and lacking in legal basis. /The New Anatolian-Turkiye/

    [08] TUSIAD CRITICIZES FRANCE’S ATTEMPT TO OBSTRUCT TURKEY’S EU TALKS

    France will not be able to hinder Turkey’s European Union membership process, said the Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD) yesterday. In a statement responding to France blocking the opening of Turkey’s negotiations on monetary policy, TUSIAD said that based on the Accession Partnership Document approved by all the EU member states and the European Parliament, Turkey was carrying out full membership talks with the EU, and that Turkey’s full EU membership goal had been confirmed by the EU. The statement added that France’s new president and government had unfortunately resulted in an unfriendly stance towards Turkey, one that undermines both the EU’s legal basis and respect for the EU. It further stated as that France and Turkey have no political or economic disputes and Turkey has no unfriendly feelings towards France, Paris’ stance is unsuitable for a democratic country in the 21st century. /Hurriyet/

    [09] TOBB: “POLITICAL REFORMS ARE NEEDED TO CONTINUE ECONOMIC REFORMS”

    Reforms to Turkey’s political system are first of all needed so that its economic reforms can continue, said Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) Chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu yesterday. Speaking to the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ISO), Hisarciklioglu said that the driving force behind Turkey’s economic growth over the last five years was the growth in the industrial sector. Stating that the reforms to the Political Parties Law, social security system and public administration were all needed, he added that Turkey’s political system has been subject to turbulence over the last three years. /Star/
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