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Turkish Press Review, 07-10-03

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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

03.10.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] GUL TRAVELS TO STRASBOURG FOR PACE MEETINGS
  • [02] ERDOGAN URGES YES VOTE IN CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM
  • [03] BABACAN: “US WEAPONS SHOWING UP IN PKK HANDS SHOWS A LACK OF CONTROL”
  • [04] CABINET MINISTERS VISIT SIRNAK, SITE OF TERRORIST ATTACK
  • [05] BOMBS KILL ONE IN IZMIR
  • [06] ROTH URGES TERRORIST PKK TO LAY DOWN ITS ARMS
  • [07] SHP LEADER CRITICIZES AKP METHODS FOR DRAFTING NEW CONSTITUTION
  • [08] FORD OTOSAN PRIMARY SCHOOL OPENS IN IZMIT
  • [09] CeBIT TECH FAIR BEGINS IN ISTANBUL

  • [01] GUL TRAVELS TO STRASBOURG FOR PACE MEETINGS

    President Abdullah Gul, accompanied by his wife along with Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek and Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin, yesterday flew to Strasbourg, France, to attend fall meetings of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Before his departure, Gul told reporters said that he was glad to be the first Turkish president to visit the Council of Europe. After his arrival, in the evening, Gul met with representatives of Turkish associations in Strasbourg and today is set to address PACE’s General Assembly. He is also expected to meet separately with PACE President Rene Van Der Linden and Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner, as well as Yavuz Mildon, the head of the Council’s Chamber of Regions. The president is set to return to Turkey tomorrow. /All Papers/

    [02] ERDOGAN URGES YES VOTE IN CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM

    Addressing his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) parliamentary group meeting yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged people to vote yes in a referendum on constitutional changes scheduled for Oct. 21. Erdogan said the changes would put the right to elect Turkey’s presidents in the hands of the people, adding that popular election of the president would be an example of the best of democracy. Furthermore, the premier underlined that his government is the guarantor of the Republic of Turkey, and its democratic, secular and social state under the rule of law. /Turkiye/

    [03] BABACAN: “US WEAPONS SHOWING UP IN PKK HANDS SHOWS A LACK OF CONTROL”

    A probe of how US-made weapons fell into the terrorist PKK’s hands hasn’t concluded yet, but clearly serious mistakes were made, said Foreign Minister Ali Babacan yesterday. In New York for the UN General Assembly, Babacan told reporters that Iraq has become a virtual training ground for the terrorist PKK and that for those weapons to end up in PKK hands, the Americans must have failed to exercise control in the midst of a chaotic, complicated atmosphere. He added, however, that the completed investigation would give a fuller picture. Stating that in past years Turkey has sought the support of other countries against the PKK, but in vain, Babacan added that fighting terrorism was a priority for Ankara and that he had expressed this to both US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and his Iraqi counterpart and asked for their support. He added that Turkey would continue its determined anti-terrorist efforts. /Hurriyet/

    [04] CABINET MINISTERS VISIT SIRNAK, SITE OF TERRORIST ATTACK

    Following last week’s terrorist attack in the town of Beytussebap, Sirnak, which took 12 lives, State Minister Mehmet Simsek, Interior Minister Besir Atalay and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Mehdi Eker arrived yesterday in the region. Speaking to locals, the Cabinet ministers condemned the terrorists and pledged government support to the families of the victims. In related news, European Union Commissioner Olli Rehn issued a message condemning the terrorist attack and expressing his condolences for its victims. He also stated that the EU backs Turkey’s anti-terrorist efforts. /Star/

    [05] BOMBS KILL ONE IN IZMIR

    Two successive bomb explosions outside a shopping center in the Aegean city of Izmir yesterday killed one person and injured four others. Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul visited the site of attack and was briefed by local officials about the ongoing investigation. Tight security measures were reportedly taken. /Milliyet/

    [06] ROTH URGES TERRORIST PKK TO LAY DOWN ITS ARMS

    Claudia Roth, co-chair of the German Greens and vice-chair of the German- Turkish Interparliamentary Friendship Group, said yesterday that the pro- Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) shouldn’t be held responsible for recent deadly terrorist PKK attacks. Speaking to reporters on a visit to Ankara, Roth said that PKK should lay down its arms and help create an atmosphere of peace. Then Roth visited Parliament’s European Union Harmonization and Human Rights Commission, where its chairman, Zafer Uskul, criticized German immigration laws. In response, Roth admitted that her country has a double standard against Turkey. She said that that if she wanted to marry a Turk, he would have to speak fluent German, but there was no such requirement for marriages with the French. /Hurriyet/

    [07] SHP LEADER CRITICIZES AKP METHODS FOR DRAFTING NEW CONSTITUTION

    Social Democrat People’s Party (SHP) leader Murat Karayalcin yesterday called on all the party’s supporters to vote yes in the Oct. 21 referendum on constitutional changes. Speaking before his party’s Central Executive Board (MYK) meeting, Karayalcin said that President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan, all of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), had showed their approach to a proposed new constitution (separate from the referendum) during this week’s opening of the new legislative year. Karayalcin added that Erdogan’s remarks showed that they are taking the wrong approach to drafting the text and that Gul should know that the current efforts would only deepen national divisions and disagreements. No consensus can be reached, he said, unless an atmosphere of productive dialogue is created. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] FORD OTOSAN PRIMARY SCHOOL OPENS IN IZMIT

    Izmit’s Ford Otosan Primary School, built under the supervision of the Vehbi Koc Foundation and financed by Ford Otosan, officially opened yesterday in a ceremony attended by Education Minister Huseyni Celik. Citing Vehbi Koc’s principle “Give what you get from the nation back to the nation,” Koc Holding Chairman Emeritus Rahmi Koc said that they were glad to do their civic duty. He added that the foundation’s investments in education, health and culture were continuing and that over the last two years alone it has invested $83 million in these areas. /Hurriyet/

    [09] CeBIT TECH FAIR BEGINS IN ISTANBUL

    The CeBIT Bilisim Eurasia information technology and communications fair kicked off yesterday at Istanbul’s TUYAP Congress and Convention Center. Some 150,000 people are expected to visit the five-day fair, where some 900 firms will show more than 500 new products. Addressing the fair’s opening, Industry and Commerce Minister Zafer Caglayan vowed his ministry’s full support to the development of information technologies. /Aksam/
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