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Turkish Press Review, 07-12-05

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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

05.12.2007

FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

CONTENTS

  • [01] PARLIAMENT DEBATES 2008 BUDGET
  • [02] PM ERDOGAN SPEAKS WITH ASSAD AND HARIRI ABOUT LEBANESE CRISIS
  • [03] CHIEF OF STAFF BUYUKANIT: “WE WILL DO WHAT WE ARE AUTHORIZED TO DO”
  • [04] TURKISH, GREECE FMS ANNOUNCE EXPANDED MILITARY COOPERATION
  • [05] INTERPARLIAMENTARY EUROPEAN ASSEMBLY PASSES NEW ANTI-PKK MEASURES
  • [06] UN SECRETARY-GENERAL CALLS FOR END TO EMBARGO ON TURKISH CYPRIOTS
  • [07] US STATE DEPT: “TURKEY DOESN’T GET GREEN LIGHTS FROM THE US”
  • [08] PUBLIC SERVANTS WEARING HEADSCARVES

  • [01] PARLIAMENT DEBATES 2008 BUDGET

    Parliamentary debate on the 2008 budget bill began yesterday with an introduction by Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan. In a speech on behalf of the government, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused opposition party members of falsely painting a bleak picture of the country’s economy. He said that Turkey had satisfied the European Union’s Maastricht economic criteria and that the country’s sound performance in this area would continue. “This is called stability and financial discipline,” he said. “What we urgently need is democratic stability. If this can be ensured, our economy will be more powerful. We are aware of this, and we continue to move forward with determination and courage. We believe this is the road that will take our country to a brighter future.” For their part, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal and opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli both took the floor to criticize government economic policy. /All papers/

    [02] PM ERDOGAN SPEAKS WITH ASSAD AND HARIRI ABOUT LEBANESE CRISIS

    Syrian President Bashar Assad yesterday telephoned Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to seek his help in solving the presidential crisis in Lebanon, to prevent it from becoming an international crisis. Afterwards, Erdogan telephoned Saad Hariri, the leader of the anti-Syrian opposition in Lebanon. During both conversations, discussions centered on ways to overcome problems in Lebanon’s presidential elections, which carry the risk of damaging the country’s political stability. /Hurriyet/

    [03] CHIEF OF STAFF BUYUKANIT: “WE WILL DO WHAT WE ARE AUTHORIZED TO DO”

    Speaking to reporters at the Albanian national day reception, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit yesterday said that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) was authorized to launch a cross-border operation. Saying that TSK will do what it is authorized to do, Buyukanit added that Turkey’s pain over the grievous loss of soldiers will strengthen its determination to fight terrorism. /Milliyet/

    [04] TURKISH, GREECE FMS ANNOUNCE EXPANDED MILITARY COOPERATION

    During his official visit to Greece, Foreign Minister Ali Babacan yesterday laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens. After meeting with Babacan, Bakoyannis told reporters that a new day had dawned with Turkey’s EU bid. “In this new era, not only are bilateral relations between our two countries developing, but also regional stability,” she said. Babacan said that Turkey is very pleased with Athens’ support for Turkey’s EU bid. “The Cyprus issue should be solved under United Nations auspices,” he added. The two leaders also announced that Ankara and Athens have agreed to expand military cooperation as a part of new confidence-building measures, including the establishment of a joint military unit for NATO missions for the first time in their history. /Turkiye-Milliyet/

    [05] INTERPARLIAMENTARY EUROPEAN ASSEMBLY PASSES NEW ANTI-PKK MEASURES

    Turkey’s fight against terrorism deserves our support, Robert Walter, chairman of the Interparliamentary European Security and Defense Assembly, told the group yesterday. Also speaking to the meeting in Paris, Iraqi Ambassador to Paris Mouwafak Aboud said that the Baghdad administration will support Turkey’s efforts. “All the PKK offices in Iraq have been closed,” he added. Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul told the group that some 70 percent of PKK terrorists take shelter in camps in northern Iraq. “The Turkish Armed Forces have a clear goal for launching a cross- border operation, namely to end the terrorist presence in northern Iraq,” he said. Afterwards, the group passed a resolution under which European Union countries will take measures to block the terrorist PKK from seeking new recruits and financial support. In related news, after visiting Diyarbakir in Turkey’s southeast, German ambassador to Ankara Eckard Cuntz said that Germany has no more patience left for PKK terrorism. “The public in the southeast is focused on economic development, the PKK will no longer find support from them,” he added. /Turkiye/

    [06] UN SECRETARY-GENERAL CALLS FOR END TO EMBARGO ON TURKISH CYPRIOTS

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has for the first time openly stated his support for ending the embargo on the Turkish Cypriots. According to Greek daily Politis, in a report to extend the term of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Ban said that lifting the embargo from the Turkish Cypriots and developing their economy would contribute to efforts to find a political solution on Cyprus. He added, “The goal of these efforts is to advance the development of the Turkish Cypriots to promote reunification of the island, and to provide greater economic and social equality between the two sides.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] US STATE DEPT: “TURKEY DOESN’T GET GREEN LIGHTS FROM THE US”

    The Turkish government takes action against terrorists guided by its own security concerns, not any “green light” from the US, said US State Department spokesperson Tom Casey on Tuesday. “The Turkish government, like any of our other friends and allies, doesn't get green lights from the United States or red lights from the United States,” he said when asked about a recent Turkish military operation just across the border in northern Iraq. “In terms of their actions, the Turkish government did this in response to their national security concerns and … the common threat posed to all of us by the PKK, and I'd refer you to the statements that the Turkish military and others have made about this operation. Certainly, as we've reiterated, we have a common goal in seeing the PKK eliminated and not being given a safe haven anywhere. And certainly, as the president said in his meetings with the prime minister, we intend to work cooperatively with the government of Turkey on this issue.” /Cumhuriyet/

    FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

    [08] PUBLIC SERVANTS WEARING HEADSCARVES

    BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Fikret Bila comments on the issue of wearing headscarves. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “A survey carried out for Milliyet by Konda Research, led by Taha Erdem, called, ‘Religion in daily life, secularism and headscarves’ has yielded remarkable results.

    According to the survey, over the last four years more women have started covering their heads, rising from 64.2 percent to 69.4 percent. In addition, the usage of more religious-style headscarves ballooned from 3.5 percent to 16.2 percent.

    According to Erdem, the main reason for the 5 percent increase in women covering their heads is the Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule, and a party holding the power with this culture is an important factor in that increase.

    ‘The AKP is a party established by people with this culture,’ said Erdem. ‘They haven’t hidden this. In the past, leaders didn’t do their namaz in the presence of cameras. Today, we see leaders go to namaz on Fridays. Their going to namaz can be seen on TV in any case.’

    There are other examples of ways that the ruling party encourages head covering. It’s clear that the AKP uses headscarves as a criterion for their public appointments. All the men appointed to high-level positions have wives who cover their heads. This is also true of lower-level staff.

    If Konda or another reliable polling group were to study public servants, more remarkable results could be seen.

    What percentage of public servants have wives who cover their heads?

    What percentage of public servants support public servants being able to cover their heads?

    What percentage of public servants at the administrative level have wives who cover their heads?

    What percentage of high-level bureaucrats have wives who cover their heads?

    Such a study would show the actual influence of the ruling party.

    It would be a mistake to see this influence as limited to only AKP rule. Similar trends have been seen among the AKP’s predecessors.

    We should keep in mind that the rise in women covering their heads and favoring the right of civil servants to cover their heads depends not only on the influence of being in power, but also years of systematic organizational efforts. On the one hand, young people who are targeted for high-level posts in the future are being educated in the schools of private religious communities. And secondly, the young people trained in these schools have been hired by certain civil organizations not only for the last four years, but for years before the AKP even come to power.

    For this reason, a study of public organizations could yield even more striking results than one among civilians.

    Of course, headscarves aren’t the only indicator. Male public servants’ views of religion, secularism and headscarves can’t be gauged by their external appearance. The important thing is their mentality.

    If university girls get the right to wear headscarves, the next issue will be the same thing for public servants.”


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