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Turkish Press Review, 07-08-22

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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

22.08.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER ATTENDS HIS FINAL NSC MEETING
  • [02] GENERAL STAFF: “THE TSK BARGAINING WITH ANY PERSON OR INSTITUTION IS OUT OF THE QUESTION”
  • [03] PM ERDOGAN: “THE AKP IS ACTING IN LINE WITH THE NATION’S WILL”
  • [04] BAYKAL: “THE NEXT PRESIDENT SHOULD ACT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONSTITUTION’S BASIC PRINCIPLES”
  • [05] TRNC’S TALAT TO MEET NEXT MONTH WITH PAPADOPOULOS
  • [06] EP VICE PRESIDENT: “IF TURKEY FACES A REGIME ISSUE, THE EU COULD SUSPEND TIES”

  • [01] SEZER ATTENDS HIS FINAL NSC MEETING

    Outgoing President Ahmet Necdet Sezer yesterday attended his final National Security Council (NSC) meeting. After he made a short farewell speech, council members thanked Sezer for his service and work. Abdullah Gul, the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) presidential candidate, will chair the next NSC meeting if he wins the post in the current election. A statement said that both domestic and foreign developments had been discussed at the meeting, while reiterating Turkey’s determination to continue the fight against the PKK. It also said that recent developments in Iraq had been covered, again stressing the importance of protecting Iraq’s territorial integrity. /Milliyet/

    [02] GENERAL STAFF: “THE TSK BARGAINING WITH ANY PERSON OR INSTITUTION IS OUT OF THE QUESTION”

    The General Staff yesterday denied news reports that it had reached an agreement with the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) presidential candidate Abdullah Gul, saying that it was out of the question for the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) to “bargain” with any person or institution. In an official statement, it stressed that Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit has no “secret schedule,” adding that any talks he holds are conducted according to established rules between state institutions. /Aksam/

    [03] PM ERDOGAN: “THE AKP IS ACTING IN LINE WITH THE NATION’S WILL”

    In a televised interview on Monday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his Justice and Development Party (AKP) is acting in line with the nation’s will as expressed in last month’s general elections. Stressing that provinces throughout Turkey gave full support to the AKP in the elections, which produced a resounding win for the ruling party, Erdogan said that he couldn’t simply ignore this. Commenting on ongoing work to draft a new Constitution, Erdogan said the results of this work would soon be released to allow a wider public discussion, adding that the first four articles of the Constitution would be left unchanged. Later, Erdogan’s controversial statements about a popular newspaper columnist during the interview drew fire from both his political rivals and non- governmental organizations. Concerning Hurriyet columnist Bekir Coskun’s recent statement that he couldn’t see Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul as his president, Erdogan said that someone who couldn’t accept Gul’s presidency should leave the country. Speaking to reporters, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy leader Mustafa Ozyurek said that such a proposal belongs to a fascist country, urging Erdogan to offer an apology to Coskun as well as millions of loyal Turks who oppose AKP rule. Also weighing in on the issue, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Group Deputy Chairman Mehmet Sandir called the premier’s statements unfortunate and inappropriate. Furthermore, the Turkish Journalists Association (TGC) criticized the remarks, saying that the premier should act with tolerance and respect for views at odds with those of his party. /Turkiye-Cumhuriyet/

    [04] BAYKAL: “THE NEXT PRESIDENT SHOULD ACT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONSTITUTION’S BASIC PRINCIPLES”

    Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal said yesterday that the CHP believes the next president should act in accordance with the Constitution’s basic principles as well as republicanism. Addressing his group meeting, which was closed to the press, Baykal said that the choice of president is the most concrete example of a nation’s basic values and worldview. /Milliyet/

    [05] TRNC’S TALAT TO MEET NEXT MONTH WITH PAPADOPOULOS

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos will meet early next month in a bid to revive the stalled peace process on the island. The Sept. 5 meeting will be the first between the two leaders in more than a year. /Turkiye/

    [06] EP VICE PRESIDENT: “IF TURKEY FACES A REGIME ISSUE, THE EU COULD SUSPEND TIES”

    Recent developments in Turkish politics were taken up at a panel this week in Nurernberg, Germany. Speaking at the gathering, regarding allegations that political developments could put Turkey’s regime in doubt, European Parliament Vice President Ingo Friedrich said that such debates would badly affect ties between Turkey and the European Union and could even lead to their suspension. Also addressing the meeting, German Social Democrat Party (SDP) Deputy Angelika Weikart said that the outcome of last month’s general elections demonstrated that the Turkish people favor the likely presidency of current Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. /Star/
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