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Turkish Press Review, 07-11-30

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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

30.11.2007

FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

CONTENTS

  • [01] SERBIAN PRESIDENT TADIC VISITS ANKARA
  • [02] SUPREME MILITARY COUNCIL CONVENES
  • [03] GERMANY EXTRADITES TWO MEMBERS OF THE TERRORIST PKK
  • [04] PRINCE CHARLES VISITS ANITKABIR
  • [05] BABACAN ATTENDS OSCE SUMMIT IN MADRID
  • [06] HILLARY CLINTON APPOINTS TURKISH BUSINESSMAN AS DELEGATE FOR DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION
  • [07] TURKISH BUSINESSMAN HONORED IN BERLIN
  • [08] DON’T CLOSE THE DTP, BUT HOW?

  • [01] SERBIAN PRESIDENT TADIC VISITS ANKARA

    Serbian President Boris Tadic yesterday arrived in Ankara for an official visit at the invitation of President Abdullah Gul. Speaking at a joint press conference after exchanging views on the ongoing Kosova talks and the situation in the Balkans, Gul said that Turkey wants the issue to be settled in a peaceful manner. “Serbia will continue to meet on the issue of Kosovo in a patient and calm manner,” Tadic said. Tadic also met with Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. /Turkiye/

    [02] SUPREME MILITARY COUNCIL CONVENES

    The Supreme Military Council (YAS) convened yesterday under the chairmanship of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss planned activities of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) as well as personnel, training and disciplinary issues. Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, force commanders and other top officers attended the regular two-day meeting at General Staff Headquarters. The decisions of the council will be presented today for the approval of President Abdullah Gul. /Sabah/

    [03] GERMANY EXTRADITES TWO MEMBERS OF THE TERRORIST PKK

    The Justice Ministry yesterday announced that Germany has extradited to Turkey two members of the terrorist PKK long sought by Turkish officials. Mehmet Iltas and Mehmet Esref Kizilay, both members of the terrorist group, were taken into Turkish custody upon their arrival from Germany, the ministry said in a written statement. The ministry said that intensified efforts and a diplomatic push to get back PKK members who fled Turkey after staging attacks have started to bear fruit. /Aksam/

    [04] PRINCE CHARLES VISITS ANITKABIR

    Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, duchess of Cornwall, yesterday visited Anitkabir, Ataturk’s mausoleum in Ankara. Charles laid a wreath at the mausoleum and signed the Anitkabir Memorial Guestbook at the Misak-i Milli Tower. “I am glad to pay homage to Mustafa Kemal in front of his mausoleum,” he wrote in the book. “Turkey and Britain will continue to work for world peace.” Charles also visited the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) Rehabilitation and Care Center and met with soldiers being treated there. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] BABACAN ATTENDS OSCE SUMMIT IN MADRID

    Foreign Minister Ali Babacan is representing Turkey at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council, which began yesterday in Madrid. In related news, answering a question from main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul Deputy Mustafa Ozyurek about Turkey being absent from the map printed on new euros, Babacan said that he had registered Turkey’s displeasure over the matter with European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn. /Star/

    [06] HILLARY CLINTON APPOINTS TURKISH BUSINESSMAN AS DELEGATE FOR DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

    Senator Hillary Clinton, who currently leads her rivals to win the Democratic nomination for president next year, has appointed a Turkish businessman to serve as one of her delegates at next summer’s Democratic convention, where the nominee will be formally chosen. Chicago businessman Mehmet Celebi, a longtime Clinton supporter, will serve as a delegate from the Midwest City next year. /Turkiye/

    [07] TURKISH BUSINESSMAN HONORED IN BERLIN

    Turkish businessman Ozan Taner, who was selected this year’s most successful entrepreneur in Berlin, was awarded yesterday at a ceremony honoring the most successful businessmen in Germany. /Milliyet/

    FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

    [08] DON’T CLOSE THE DTP, BUT HOW?

    BY OZDEMIR INCE (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Ozdemir Ince comments on legal moves to close down the Democratic Society Party (DTP). A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Recently a dispute over the Supreme Court of Appeals chief prosecutor filing an indictment seeking the closure of the Democratic Society Party (DTP) has been making headlines. Democrats are saying that closing political parties ill suits democracies and doesn’t solve any problems. They condemn the push to close parties and are pointing fingers at the officials involved.

    I share this general view of party closures, yet on the other hand I don’t blame the officials seeking the closure. The majority of the public believe that the DTP deserves to be closed, but in order not to create a bad impression, they don’t want it to be closed.

    * *

    Is it possible to close the DTP? Yes, it is! How were charges filed against the party? In line with the law …

    Certain circles claim that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan opposes closing the DTP, while the chief prosecutor, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and terrorist PKK all favor its closure.

    The Supreme Court’s chief prosecutor has drawn a lot of fire. But he based his argument on Articles 68 and 69 of the Constitution and the Political Parties Law as well as other laws specified in the indictment. If he hadn’t done so, he could have been charged with neglecting his duty. And the MHP could have filed a complaint against him.

    * *

    People who say no indictment should have been filed should work to change all the laws that the indictment against the DTP is dependent on. All these laws could be changed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government. It has necessary power in Parliament to do that.

    It was charged! Now the Constitutional Court has greenlighted the case and the legal process has begun. The DTP will be closed or not. Our knowledge and experience indicate that it could be closed.

    * *

    If the DTP is closed down, or if it isn’t, the AKP government is the sole responsible party for this. It has the remedy in its hands. The relevant articles in the Constitution, Political Parties Law and other laws should be changed immediately. But the party’s passionate supporters don’t even intent to criticize it.

    So this is only a show of Second Republicanism, and democracy!”


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