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Turkish Press Review, 07-10-04

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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

04.10.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] IN STRASBOURG, PRESIDENT GUL ADDRESSES PACE
  • [02] ERDOGAN RECEIVES GERMAN GREENS’ CLAUDIA ROTH
  • [03] BAYKAL WARNS GOVT OF POST-REFERENDUM PRESIDENTIAL CRISIS
  • [04] BASBUG VISITS MUS
  • [05] EP APPROVES RESOLUTION ON TURKEY
  • [06] FRENCH FM DUE IN ANKARA TOMORROW
  • [07] US’ WILSON: “WE’RE NOT DOING ALL WE CAN TO FIGHT THE TERRORIST PKK”
  • [08] US HOUSE COMMITTEE SET TO VOTE ON SO-CALLED GENOCIDE RESOLUTION
  • [09] HIGHER PLANNING BOARD CONVENES TO DISCUSS 2008 BUDGET
  • [10] TUZMEN HOPEFUL ABOUT TURKEY’S FUTURE

  • [01] IN STRASBOURG, PRESIDENT GUL ADDRESSES PACE

    In a historic first, President Abdullah Gul yesterday delivered a speech at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Afterwards, speaking with the parliamentarians, he said that fighting discrimination and hatred of all kinds requires strong political will and proactive action, and he denied any links between religion and terrorism. “The principle that the Republic of Turkey is a democratic, secular and social state governed by the rule of law is irrevocable,” he said. “This principle will be protected in the new constitution. In Turkey religion and the state work separately, and will remain separate in the new constitution.” He also responded to deputies’ questions about freedom, human rights and Turkey’s southeast. /Star/

    [02] ERDOGAN RECEIVES GERMAN GREENS’ CLAUDIA ROTH

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday met with Claudia Roth, co- chair of the German Alliance 90_Green Party and chair of the German-Turkish Interparliamentary Friendship Group. During their meeting, Erdogan said that there are certain groups which act as advocates for the terrorist group PKK, calling this situation “intolerable.” He stressed that the government would not deal with any parties which fail to recognize the PKK as a terrorist group. For her part, Roth said that the Greens are opposed to all forms of violence and condemned last weekend’s terrorist attack in Sirnak. Afterwards, Roth told reporters that Erdogan had vowed to lift the Turkish Penal Code’s (TCK) controversial Article 301 and that she welcomed the decision. /Sabah/

    [03] BAYKAL WARNS GOVT OF POST-REFERENDUM PRESIDENTIAL CRISIS

    Speaking to reporters before his party’s meeting, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal yesterday issued a warning. “Turkey is headed towards a presidential crisis,” he said. “This must be dealt with before Oct. 21,” the date of a public referendum on constitutional changes, including popular election of the president. Some observers have said the changes would trigger a second, popular election of the 11th president, even though Abdullah Gul was elected to the post by Parliament in August. Baykal said that an adjustment to the constitution is necessary to avoid this. “Should the government fail to introduce a change, the Supreme Board of Elections (YSK) will have no choice but to set a date for new presidential elections and announce its decision on the matter,” he added. “It is not in the YSK’s power to ignore the result of a referendum. The people will have opted to elect the 11th president themselves, and it will be impossible to ignore their will.” /Milliyet/

    [04] BASBUG VISITS MUS

    Land Forces Commander Gen. Ilker Basbug yesterday traveled to the eastern Anatolian province of Mus. Basbug, accompanied by a group of high-level military commanders, visited Mus Governor Ibrahim Ozcimen to discuss regional issues. /Turkiye/

    [05] EP APPROVES RESOLUTION ON TURKEY

    The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday approved a resolution on Turkey prepared by Ria Oomen-Ruijten, a Dutch MEP. Most of the 236 proposed amendments were either withdrawn or redrafted as a result of compromises by political groups in the EP. The so-called Armenian genocide allegations are not directly mentioned in the document, but a clause saying a withdrawal of Turkish troops from Cyprus would facilitate a solution on the island was added in a compromise. It also praises Turkey’s fair and democratic election process. /Milliyet/

    [06] FRENCH FM DUE IN ANKARA TOMORROW

    French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner is set to arrive in Ankara tomorrow to pay an official visit. An official from the French Embassy in Ankara told reporters that both Turkey and France were eager for the meeting, adding that the visit would be brief but would help to strengthen ties between the two countries. /Hurriyet/

    [07] US’ WILSON: “WE’RE NOT DOING ALL WE CAN TO FIGHT THE TERRORIST PKK”

    Speaking at a traditional fast-breaking Iftar dinner of the Turkish Businessmen’s and Industrialists’ Confederation, US Ambassador to Ankara Ross Wilson stated that he mourned those who lost their lives in recent terrorist attacks in Sirnak and Izmir. “I condemn all terrorist attacks throughout the world,” he said. “The truth is that even Turkey’s friend the US isn’t doing all it can to fight the terrorist PKK. But I am confident that President (George W.) Bush also attaches importance to ending Al-Queda and other terrorist organizations.” He added, “We’re on the same page on the terrorist PKK issue. We have a great role both in capturing the terrorist PKK leader and cutting off financial aid to terrorism. But we know that that’s not enough.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] US HOUSE COMMITTEE SET TO VOTE ON SO-CALLED GENOCIDE RESOLUTION

    A resolution on the so-called Armenian genocide reportedly faces a vote next Wednesday in the US House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee. In related news, US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said that they were in close contact with Congress about the resolution. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] HIGHER PLANNING BOARD CONVENES TO DISCUSS 2008 BUDGET

    The Higher Board of Planning (YPK), chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, convened yesterday to discuss preliminary figures for next year’s budget. Speaking to reporters, Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan said that the government was not planning any new taxes. /Turkiye/

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    [10] TUZMEN HOPEFUL ABOUT TURKEY’S FUTURE

    BY SUKRU KUCUKSAHIN (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Sukru Kucuksahin comments on a conversation with State Minister for Foreign Trade Kursad Tuzmen. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Unlike in recent years, it seems State Minister for Foreign Trade Kursad Tuzmen will keep close to domestic political issues. When I spoke with him yesterday, he signaled this. Tuzmen, one of the nationalist_liberal figures in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), uses the lens of trade and history to look at debates over whether Turkey would end up like Malaysia or religious rule would be established. Tuzmen yesterday said that Turkey had migrated from the East to the West a thousand years ago, turned towards the West after the 1923 proclamation of the republic, had gotten engaged to the EU and is now waiting for the wedding. Then he said that for centuries, in our country men and women have done folk dances together, hand in hand, and then asked if this millennia-old tradition would change.

    Tuzmen sees many similarities between Turkey and Italy. He thinks they are similar to each in the development of their sectors, manpower and their exports. He said that Italy used to be all Catholic, but now is the most modern country in Europe, and asked how this happened. He said the answer lies in its boosting its per capita income. He also sees some similarities in religion. He said that the farther north you go in Italy, and it becomes more developed, the more liberal attitudes towards religious also become. He also said the same is true of Turkey, the farther west you go. Tuzmen also asked if there’s any other reason why the world’s most modern Islam is found in Turkey.

    Tuzmen also said that there are many differences between Turkey and other Islamic countries it is compared to and that Turkey had developed itself not through oil or natural gas, but hard work. Emphasizing that democratization is in the blood of the Turkish people and non-governmental organizations, Tuzmen said that in some of those countries the rulers stayed the same for 30 years, but the situation in Turkey is different. So Tuzmen argued that if we want to emulate another country, we should emulate Italy, and that we can succeed.

    Tuzmen said that everybody will see that Turkey will protect its regime and those who fear should know better, because the Turkish people won’t tolerate compulsion. When asked what would happen if Turkey faced this, Tuzmen said that if Turkey was threatened in an underhanded way, those behind this would be defeated. According to Tuzmen, Turkey should use its will to gain full European Union membership and solve its unemployment problem, and so a freer constitution is needed. He added that this is what they are trying to do. Tuzmen is sure that the government will do a better job showing its determination to reach its goal of EU membership in the months and years to come. He also said that Turkey is now one of Europe’s top 11 exporters and that nobody should expect it to fall back. He also advised those who might still harbor fear to follow the government on Turkey’s EU membership bid.”


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