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Turkish Press Review, 07-12-13

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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

13.12.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT GUL VISITS KAZAKHSTAN
  • [02] ERDOGAN CRITICIZES SARKOZY’S INCONSISTENCY, OPPOSITION TO TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP
  • [03] NEW BOARD OF EDUCATION HEAD VISITS GUL, ERDOGAN
  • [04] NGOS VOICE PROPOSALS FOR NEW CONSTITUTION
  • [05] IN WAKE OF ATTACKS, UNDP HEAD DERVIS TRAVELS TO ALGERIA
  • [06] TOP COURT HEAD WEIGHS IN ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO CONSTITUTION
  • [07] ARMENIAN PM EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP
  • [08] GREEK PM TO VISIT TURKEY NEXT MONTH
  • [09] OUR SEA, OR SARKOZY’S?

  • [01] PRESIDENT GUL VISITS KAZAKHSTAN

    President Abdullah Gul yesterday left for Kazakhstan at the invitation of his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev. Gul was accompanied by State Minister Said Yazicioglu, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul and Energy Minister Hilmi Guler. Before his departure, Gul addressed the rumors of a new amnesty law, saying “This is a very dynamic process. If there are new things that should be done, then they will be done.” He added, “The fight against terrorism is multidimensional. Turkey has firm determination on this matter. Wide-ranging programs to fight terrorism have been prepared and implemented.” /Turkiye/

    [02] ERDOGAN CRITICIZES SARKOZY’S INCONSISTENCY, OPPOSITION TO TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday attended a reception organized by the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association at Ankara’s Hilton Hotel. In a speech, Erdogan criticized the anti-Turkish stance taken by French President Nicholas Sarkozy at a recent EU summit. Saying that Turkey is not just a candidate country but one whose membership talks are underway, Erdogan added that Sarkozy says different things about Turkey’s membership bid to different audiences. “In any case, Turkey’s determination on its EU membership will move forward,” he said. “Turkey is a representative of the 1.5 billion people of the Islamic world. If the EU accepts the alliance of civilizations, they should accept Turkey into their fold.” /Turkiye-Star/

    [03] NEW BOARD OF EDUCATION HEAD VISITS GUL, ERDOGAN

    Professor Yusuf Ziya Ozcan, the new chairman of the Board of Higher Education (YOK), yesterday paid courtesy visits to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul. /Milliyet/

    [04] NGOS VOICE PROPOSALS FOR NEW CONSTITUTION

    A coalition of nongovernmental organizations yesterday unveiled a number of proposals they believe a proposed new constitution should embrace. About 250 representatives from over 80 NGOs contributed to the proposals at a workshop organized by the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB). The coalition proposed the adoption of a two-round election system and a bicameral Parliament. Also according to the coalition, NGOs should have the right to submit bills to Parliament and administrative decisions should be open to judicial review. /Star/

    [05] IN WAKE OF ATTACKS, UNDP HEAD DERVIS TRAVELS TO ALGERIA

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday stated that he had sent UN Development Program (UNDP) head and former Turkish Economy Minister Kemal Dervis to Algeria in the wake of Wednesday’s deadly terrorist attacks on UN buildings. “Mr. Dervis and other high-level officials will determine the best way to help those who are wounded after the attacks, and their families,” said Ban. “The security of UN employees is very important to us. We’ll take all necessary measures to provide for their security in Algeria and in every part of the world, and we’ll review our security measures and policies towards this end.” In related news, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday telephoned Algerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflika to offer his condolences for the attacks, which left 67 people dead. /Milliyet/

    [06] TOP COURT HEAD WEIGHS IN ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO CONSTITUTION

    Constitutional Court Chief Justice Hasim Kilic yesterday commented on proposed changes in the way court members are elected contained in a new draft constitution drawn up by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Touching on a controversial proposal for some court members to be chosen by Parliament, Kilic said from an international perspective, all equivalent courts worldwide have some connection with their national legislatures. “If you try to arrive at a conclusion by looking only at practices, you will come to the wrong conclusion,” he said, stressing the importance of theory over practice. The top jurist also suggested that individuals be granted the right to file petitions at the Constitutional Court, which he said would eventually cut the number of suits reaching the European Court of Human Rights. /Today’s Zaman/

    [07] ARMENIAN PM EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP

    Armenia favors Turkey's bid to join the European Union because it might improve the prospects for overcoming strained relations between Ankara and Yerevan, said Serzh Sargsyan, Armenia's prime minister yesterday. "I think it would be good for us if Turkey's desire to become a member of the European Union were satisfied," Sargsyan told Britain’s Financial Times. "Maybe the problems between us could find a solution within an EU framework." Sargsyan, the early favorite to win Armenia's presidential elections next February, said he hoped that Turkey would produce proposals for improving ties with Armenia after the vote. /Aksam/

    [08] GREEK PM TO VISIT TURKEY NEXT MONTH

    Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will visit Turkey on Jan. 22-24. Karamanlis will first visit Ankara, and afterwards will proceed to Istanbul and visit the Fener Greek Patriarchate. /Sabah/

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

    [09] OUR SEA, OR SARKOZY’S?

    BY HADI ULUENGIN (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Hadi Uluengin comments on the French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s proposal for a “Mediterranean union.” A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Even if most European countries favor us, I would like to ask this: What countries defended Ankara this week in Brussels during France’s Pyrrhic victory over Turkey? Britain and Sweden! So are we a country from the English Channel or the Baltic Sea? Of course not! What do we have to do with foggy waters and northern fjords? As I’ve been emphasizing for two days in this space, theoretically, we should be called Mediterranean. London and Stockholm have been arguing that Turkey’s perspective for full European Union membership should be confirmed. In return for this, Paris, with whom we share the same coast, set forth its final opinion by saying that Asia Minor has no place in Europe.

    So where is that Meditarrenean solidarity? Where is the southern psychology? Of course, if you ask French President Nicolas Sarkozy, this solidarity and psychology will be proved by giving Ankara the role of a ‘central pillar’ in a Mediterranean union which is unlikely to ever happen. As I said yesterday, no, Monsieur Sarkozy, we didn’t fall into that sea, and merci beaucoup!

    No, we don’t want it, because there will be no Mediterranean union, a project frowned on by EU countries, in particular Germany, since the beginning. Probably they want to construct this unreasonable project on the foundation of the Barcelona process, which brought Mediterranean countries together for the first time12 years ago. But it won’t be accepted, because the slippery soil of that foundation is fill dirt, just like the Catalan Harbor. Even minor North African countries didn’t take it seriously, and most of heads of state didn’t ‘honor’ it when its 10th anniversary was celebrated in 2005.

    But Sarkozy is still trying to push this vague, inconsistent plan. What’s more, he was so kind as to provide Turkey, which has been always been land- based, ethnologically, sociologically and historically, with the duty of a central pillar. Does he think that we’ll be trapped on this issue?

    In addition, Sarkozy didn’t win a victory by excluding any mention of Turkey’s ‘accession’ in the EU declaration. But it should be accepted that this is a relative ‘concession’ given by other members to Paris. In fact its aim is to overcome Paris’ hurdles within the Brussels mechanism. In other words, when members said yes to Sarkozy’s blackmail of Ankara, they overcame the Paris hindrance and thus Sarkozy showed the French public that he was ‘standing strong.’ But this mischief is just one of the natural bumps that we’ll face on that long, narrow road. But be careful! I used the word ‘road,’ not ‘route’ as sailors say. Because I think it would be best if we steered clear of the Mediterranean union issue!”


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