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Turkish Press Review, 07-11-12

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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

12.11.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] THOUSANDS FLOCK TO ANITKABIR TO COMMEMORATE ATATURK
  • [02] ISRAEL’S PERES VISITS ANKARA
  • [03] IN BRUSSELS, CHIEF OF STAFF BUYUKANIT TO SPEAK ON POSSIBLE CROSS-BORDER OP
  • [04] TURKISH-GREEK NATURAL GAS PIPELINE SET TO OPEN SUNDAY
  • [05] PAKISTAN, GEORGIA AND BAYKAL

  • [01] THOUSANDS FLOCK TO ANITKABIR TO COMMEMORATE ATATURK

    Nearly half a million people visited Anitkabir, the mausoleum of modern Turkey’s founder, on Saturday to commemorate the 69th anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s death. President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Yasar Buyukanit attended the official ceremony at Anitkabir. Compared to last year, the number of visitors increased nearly four-fold this year. / Turkish Daily News/

    [02] ISRAEL’S PERES VISITS ANKARA

    Israeli President Shimon Peres yesterday arrived in Ankara for an official visit. Peres will meet with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul, Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, and is also set to address Parliament. Gul will bring Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas together tomorrow. Speaking to news channel NTV, Peres said that he was in Turkey not only to speak but also to listen and added, “We’ll listen to what Turkey says. We’ll benefit from the experiences of the Turkish president and prime minister.” Touching on a possible Turkish cross-border operation into northern Iraq, Peres said that Turkey’s intention to end terrorism was acceptable. /Aksam/

    [03] IN BRUSSELS, CHIEF OF STAFF BUYUKANIT TO SPEAK ON POSSIBLE CROSS- BORDER OP

    At a NATO meeting in Brussels today, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit will speak about a possible Turkish cross-border operation into northern Iraq. Buyukanit yesterday traveled to Brussels to attend the military committee meeting, where he will meet with his US, Italian and Greek counterparts and exchange views on how to combat the terrorist PKK. /Hurriyet/

    [04] TURKISH-GREEK NATURAL GAS PIPELINE SET TO OPEN SUNDAY

    A new Turkish-Greek natural gas pipeline is set to be inaugurated next weekend by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Greek counterpart Costas Karamanlis. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi and energy ministers from neighboring countries are also invited to Sunday’s opening ceremony. The pipeline will initially pump 250 million cubic meters of natural gas per year, and by 2012 is set to have an annual capacity of 11 billion cubic meters. A Turkish energy official hailed the pipeline as an landmark step, as it constitutes a new energy corridor to the EU. /Turkiye/

    FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [05] PAKISTAN, GEORGIA AND BAYKAL

    BY NASUHI GUNGOR (STAR)

    Columnist Nasuhi Gungor comments on an anti-terrorism package proposed by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP). A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Recent statements by Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal signal new developments. Obviously, he said nothing new. What’s more, clearly, the anti-terror package he proposed was prepared a bit hastily. But this start by Baykal, who has been walking the nationalist line for some time, is important. So what will its impact be? This depends on analyzing the problem properly without pursuing other calculations. Clearly, the current Iraqi border (with Turkey) separates a structure which in terms of history, culture and economy could be a whole. The will which drew the border this way calculated that this separation would bring ethnic and strategic problems to Turkey. And so it did. In other words, those who want to take steps to solve this problem should first take a historic perspective. Secondly, they should take bold steps, particularly within themselves. In other words, girls shouldn’t have to withdraw from universities and the army shouldn’t discriminate between journalists. In addition, Turkey needs an economic program benefiting the entire country. This is the only way we can control the ethnic problem which was created for us and the problem of terrorism.

    Both Kurdish rebels and the terrorist PKK which has marked the last 30 years put Turkey’s point of view on this huge problem into a security perspective. What’s more, this security-centric point of view caused the ethnic problem to escalate. Confessions of commanders, which we found out about via journalist Fikret Bila, show that the Turkish security bureaucracy is far from grasping the seriousness of issues mostly concerning the PKK and other crucial points. When politicians avoid taking responsibility, they are crushed by this burden. Turkey saw developments in northern Iraq, in other words, the Kurdish formation there, as a threat against it and thus it made the problem worse. Both courage and vision require a stance from inside to outside, just like any great country.

    Unfortunately, the opposition led by the CHP has been making the public an enemy of formations in this region. It all but branded a few young people who were attending university in northern Iraq traitors to their country. Those who speak of solutions were turned into targets. This perception must be changed in order to fulfill the elements of the weak package presented by Baykal and to make new political and economic moves. If Baykal and his colleagues aren’t pursuing short-term gains and are sincere about this new opening, they have to contribute to this process. But things might not be as they seem, because what’s happening in Pakistan and Georgia right now evokes strange things. What if somebody is calculating that new openings about northern Iraq should be made not by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), but by the CHP? What if somebody is telling Baykal that Pakistan and Georgia are examples and now it’s your turn and you should transform yourself? Don’t you think the CHP’s past can justify these suspicions?”


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