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Turkish Press Review, 07-12-04

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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

04.12.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] GUL MEETS WITH PAKISTAN’S MUSHARRAF, OPPOSITION PARTY LEADERS
  • [02] FM BABACAN VISITS GREECE
  • [03] EKREN: “FOREIGN CAPITAL IS HELPING TURKEY CREATE JOBS”
  • [04] TURKEY, IRAN DISCUSS BORDER SECURITY ISSUES
  • [05] REBUFFING DTP DEPUTIES, LAGENDIJK URGES THEM TO REPUDIATE TERRORIST PKK
  • [06] NORTHERN IRAQI NO-MAN’S LAND

  • [01] GUL MEETS WITH PAKISTAN’S MUSHARRAF, OPPOSITION PARTY LEADERS

    President Abdullah Gul yesterday met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf ahead of general elections set for January 8 in Pakistan. Speaking to reporters at a joint press conference following the meeting, Gul said that Pakistan is going through a critical time. “The important thing in this period is to show unity,” he said. “They should look at the big picture and act constructively. This would be good for Pakistan.” Musharraf urged a strengthening of bilateral economic and commercial relations, adding that he had told Gul about the latest developments in his country. “Pakistan is going through a democratic transition,” he said. “This transition will support the country’s future.” Gul also met with opposition party leaders. Gul stressed that democracy is the only way to overcome Pakistan’s problems, calling on opposition leaders to act with common sense. /Turkiye/

    [02] FM BABACAN VISITS GREECE

    Foreign Minister Ali Babacan yesterday went to Greece for a two-day visit at the invitation of his Greek counterpart Dora Bakoyannis. Babacan said that today he and his host would discuss bilateral relations. After completing his talks in Athens, Babacan will proceed to the cities of Komotini and Alexandroupolis in Western Thrace to meet with representatives of the Turkish community living there. He is also scheduled to meet with main opposition party leader George Papandreou. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] EKREN: “FOREIGN CAPITAL IS HELPING TURKEY CREATE JOBS”

    State Minister for the Economy Nazim Erken yesterday announced that foreign capital coming into Turkey has created jobs for more than 113,000 people. In a written statement in response to a question motion from opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kirklareli Deputy Tansel Kirbas, Erken provided details of areas in which foreign capital is being invested and what the effects on employment are. /Today’s Zaman/

    [04] TURKEY, IRAN DISCUSS BORDER SECURITY ISSUES

    A delegation from Iran arrived in the eastern city of Van yesterday to attend a Turkey-Iran border security meeting. Ozdemir Cakacak, the governor of Van, welcomed the delegation and said that Turkey and Iran have a historic friendship and cooperation. The parties discussed border security issues in the context of the 1971 Turkish-Iranian agreement on common frontiers. /Turkish Daily News/

    [05] REBUFFING DTP DEPUTIES, LAGENDIJK URGES THEM TO REPUDIATE TERRORIST PKK

    Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee Co-Chair Joost Lagendijk yesterday attended the Turkey-European Union and Kurds Conference at the European Parliament. During the conference, Lagendijk called on deputies from Turkey’s Democratic Society Party (DTP) to give one hundred percent assurance that they don’t approve of the strategies or attacks of the terrorist PKK. He said that the target of the terrorist attacks and its real victim is the DTP. Stating that the true representative of Kurds is Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has 75 deputies of Kurdish origin, Lagendijk said, “The DTP can find a solution to the Kurdish problem by cooperating with the AKP, but the terrorist PKK won’t allow this.” /Star/

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

    [06] NORTHERN IRAQI NO-MAN’S LAND

    BY MUHARREM SARIKAYA (SABAH)

    Columnist Muharrem Sarikaya comments on recent developments in northern Iraq. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “The General Staff announced on Saturday that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) had conducted a cross-border operation into northern Iraq. The announcement stated that in the southeastern Cukurca district, but across the border in Iraqi territory, the TSK had targeted 50-60 PKK terrorists and inflicted heavy losses. It stressed that the operation didn’t target regional forces if they didn’t assume a hostile attitude.

    That same day, a high-level official of the Northern Iraqi Regional Administration made a statement on the development, according to Iraqi Border Guard Commandership reports, saying, ‘There is no information that Turkish troops crossed the border. The operation may have taken place in the restricted no-man’s land which is not under our control.’

    Through this statement, the regional administration for the first time voiced a remark on the restricted no-man’s land.

    The regional administration had never previously made such a remark, but only used the term ‘the region out of our control’ or ‘no man’s land’ for the Kandil Mountains.

    Indeed, Turkey has been implementing this since June 8 in some parts of the territory inside its own border.

    Under the law, the TSK formed certain ‘restricted military zones’ or ‘security regions’ where entering and exiting are forbidden.

    It seems that a similar situation has also emerged on the other side of the border…

    So Turkey put a buffer zone into force in Iraqi territory, repeating something it did on the eve of the Iraq war, before it was urged to leave.

    Following the Daglica incident, in which over a dozen Turkish soldiers were killed by the PKK, Turkey’s initiatives with US and Iraqi officials have yielded results.

    It is understood that a border region from Uludere to Hakkari will hereafter be a ‘no-man’s land.’

    No activity will be allowed in this region, where the PKK’s Zap and Hakurk camps are also located.

    The Northern Iraqi Regional Government has already been saying that there were no units allocated to this region and that the area was under the control of the terrorist group.

    When I asked Deputy Premier Cemil Cicek about the ‘no-man’s land’ yesterday, he didn’t want to comment on it, but only said that the TSK knows the region very well and is doing and will do whatever is necessary. Asked whether there is any agreement between the Iraqi government and Ankara on forming ‘restricted no-man’s land,’ Cicek replied briefly: ‘We have agreements with the Baghdad administration on a number of topics. We’re implementing them step by step. Turkey wants to get rid of the terrorism on our soil. This is where we’re at. The rest is details…’

    When I repeated my question, his answer was unchanged. He neither confirmed nor denied it.”


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