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Turkish Press Review, 07-09-17

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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

17.09.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] IN FIRST TRIP ABROAD AS PRESIDENT, GUL SET TO VISIT TRNC TOMORROW
  • [02] GUL TO ADDRESS COUNCIL OF EUROPE ASSEMBLY
  • [03] ERDOGAN TO FACE BUSY SCHEDULE OVER THE NEXT MONTH
  • [04] AKP COMMISSION COMPLETES WORK ON NEW DRAFT CONSTITUTION
  • [05] 2007-2008 SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS
  • [06] TURKEY-EU TROIKA MEETING TO BE HELD IN PORTUGAL
  • [07] TOBB DELEGATION LEAVES FOR THE US
  • [08] WHERE GUL WANTS TO STAY ONE MORE NIGHT

  • [01] IN FIRST TRIP ABROAD AS PRESIDENT, GUL SET TO VISIT TRNC TOMORROW

    In his first visit abroad in his current office, President Abdullah Gul is set tomorrow to travel to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). During his stay, Gul will meet with TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat and receive various Cabinet members. Later, Gul will attend a dinner hosted by Talat. Gul is also expected to meet with former TRNC President Rauf Denktas. After addressing the Turkish Cypriot Parliament, Gul will leave the country on Wednesday. /Sabah/

    [02] GUL TO ADDRESS COUNCIL OF EUROPE ASSEMBLY

    President Abdullah Gul will address the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) during PACE’s fall session in Strasbourg early next month. His participation in the session, set to be held on Oct. 1-5, will be the president’s first international public appearance since being elected last month. According to the draft program, Gul will deliver his speech on Oct. 3. /Today’s Zaman/

    [03] ERDOGAN TO FACE BUSY SCHEDULE OVER THE NEXT MONTH

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to face a busy schedule after returning to Ankara from Denizli, where he took a short vacation. Erdogan is expected today to open the 2007-2008 school year, and later will assemble the new Cabinet. On Thursday, Erdogan will travel to New York to pay a one-week official visit for the UN General Assembly. The premier is also expected to visit Britain on Oct. 10-12. /Star/

    [04] AKP COMMISSION COMPLETES WORK ON NEW DRAFT CONSTITUTION

    A commission of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputies yesterday completed its work on a new draft Constitution. The head of the 18-member commission, AKP deputy leader Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat, told reporters that they had put together a new civilian draft constitution which focuses on the individual and will meet all the requirements of society. The draft will be taken up on Wednesday at an AKP Central Executive Board (MYK) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, where it will be finalized. Then it will be presented for public discussion and debate for three months before being presented to Parliament. /Milliyet/

    [05] 2007-2008 SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS

    After the three-month summer holiday, the 2007-2008 school year will start in elementary and high schools today. Throughout Turkey nearly 15 million students and 600,000 teachers will begin the new year, which will end next June. Meanwhile, approximately 122 million textbooks for elementary schools and 35 million for high schools will be distributed free. /Aksam/

    [06] TURKEY-EU TROIKA MEETING TO BE HELD IN PORTUGAL

    A meeting between Turkey and the European Union Troika is set to be held tomorrow in Portugal , which is now serving as the EU term president. During the meeting, a Turkish delegation is expected to brief the Troika on its work on Turkey ’s new civilian draft Constitution. The EU side is expected to express its expectations for revisions to Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK). On the same day, Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy leader Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat will meet with EU ambassadors and tell them in detail about the draft Constitution. /Star/

    [07] TOBB DELEGATION LEAVES FOR THE US

    A delegation led by Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) Chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu left for the United States yesterday to hold meetings in Chicago and Washington. The delegation will meet with business leaders and then proceed to Washington to have talks with World Bank President Robert Zoellick, IMF Vice President John Lipsky and US Assistant Secretary of State Dan Sullivan. Hisarciklioglu will also deliver a speech on the Turkish economy to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think-tank. After meeting with US congressmen, the TOBB delegation will return to Turkey next Thursday. /The New Anatolian/

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

    [08] WHERE GUL WANTS TO STAY ONE MORE NIGHT

    BY SUKRU KUCUKSAHIN (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Sukru Kucuksahin comments on President Abdullah Gul’s recent visit to the southeast. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “In his first domestic visit as president, Abdullah Gul traveled to the southeast, and in so doing attracted a great deal of attention. People asked why and when Gul decided to make the trip, and what impact it will have. As far as I can tell, the visit was entirely Gul’s idea, and he made the decision before being elected. Three days before the final presidential vote, Gul explained the decision by saying that terrorism is the most pressing problem facing Turkey and that if elected, he would visit the places hurt the most by terrorism. He stated that the soldiers serving in the region and its residents, who have nothing to do with terrorism, are suffering the most from terrorism. He added that he would visit to understand their feelings and experiences and express his solidarity. In writing about July’s general elections, I also noted how the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) got more votes from the southeast and what this means, so I place great importance on Gul’s visit to the southeast.

    During his visit Gul made sure to visit the garrisons that have lost the most soldiers. This was meant to show how he places importance on the military’s fight with terrorism and express his support. Gul took pains to talk with a lot of soldiers in each military unit and listened to them carefully and even delayed his program. But the biggest delay took place at units along the border hills. In Karakas he lost track of the time. He was touched the most there during his tour and really felt what the soldiers are going through. He even said he wished he could stay for one more night. I got the impression Gul will pay more such visits to the region and I won’t be surprise if he spends one night at one of those hill units.

    From what he said after the visit, it seems Gul thinks he can reach his goals and that the people have placed their hopes in him. Now he will do what he must in line with what they asked and what he learned. They gave him many requests, and Presidential Palace officials have already started to sort through them. Afterwards, Gul will take action on the things he can do himself and forward the other requests to the proper institutions. For now, I want to address the people who expect a conflict between Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Solidarity among leaders is something Turkey ’s center-right and left-wing parties are poor at, but the AKP excels at this. So these expectations are misplaced; these people are close to each other will take care not to have problems among themselves. Even if there are some, they will be discussed and resolved in unity.”


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