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Turkish Press Review, 07-12-27

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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

27.12.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT GUL HOSTS TUBITAK AWARDS CEREMONY
  • [02] ERDOGAN: “ANTI-PKK MILITARY OPS WILL CONTINUE”
  • [03] MILITARY CONTINUES TO HIT PKK TARGETS
  • [04] US CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION VISITS PM ERDOGAN
  • [05] TALABANI, BARZANI MEET WITH US’ CROCKER
  • [06] DTP CLAIMS TERRORIST PKK IS A “POLITICAL ORGANIZATION”
  • [07] JAPANESE AMBASSADOR: “WE ARE FULLY COOPERATING WITH TURKEY TO CUT OFF PKK’S FINANCIAL RESOURCES”
  • [08] EARTHQUAKE RATTLES ANKARA
  • [09] 2008 MINIMUM WAGE TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY
  • [10] SABANCI FIRST TURKISH FIRM TO EARN ISO 27001 CERTIFICATE

  • [01] PRESIDENT GUL HOSTS TUBITAK AWARDS CEREMONY

    The Cankaya Presidential Palace yesterday hosted a Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council (TUBITAK) awards ceremony. Present at the event were President Abdullah Gul as well as Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, several Cabinet ministers, and Board of Higher Education head Yusuf Ziya Ozcan. Addressing the ceremony, Gul said that investments in science and technology play a major role in driving Turkey’s development. Erdogan and State Minister Mehmet Aydin also delivered speeches, saying that the government places great importance on investments in science and encouraging research. /Milliyet/

    [02] ERDOGAN: “ANTI-PKK MILITARY OPS WILL CONTINUE”

    Speaking to TV's Kanal 7 yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey is benefiting from cooperative intelligence sharing with the US. Saying that Turkey’s recent anti-terrorist operations were launched using intelligence, experience, and high technology, he reiterated that these operations against the terrorist PKK will continue. Erdogan also urged scholars, politicians and non-governmental groups to make proposals on changes to Article 221 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), which deals with criminal penitence. /Aksam/

    [03] MILITARY CONTINUES TO HIT PKK TARGETS

    The Turkish General Staff said yesterday that Turkish warplanes hit eight terrorist caves and hideouts in the Zap region of northern Iraq in an “effective pinpoint operation.” A general staff statement said that for some time the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) had been monitoring a large terrorist group preparing to spend the winter in those caves and hideouts. The statement said warplanes struck targets belonging to the terrorist PKK yesterday. "Determined operations within the country are also underway,” added the statement. “Five terrorists, two of them women, were rendered ineffective in an operation waged on Sirnak’s Mt. Kupeli on December 25.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] US CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION VISITS PM ERDOGAN

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday received a delegation of visiting congressmen from the US House of Representatives. After the meeting, Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel told reporters that this was his first visit to Turkey, adding that their talks with Erdogan had been beneficial. Stating that they had concentrated on Turkish-US relations, Engel said that Turkey and the US are allies sharing similar views and interests. He added that Washington is supporting Ankara’s fight against terrorism. /Turkiye/

    [05] TALABANI, BARZANI MEET WITH US’ CROCKER

    Meeting yesterday with US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker in the northern Iraqi city of Selahaddin, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani expressed uneasiness about ongoing Turkish anti-terrorist military operations on targets in northern Iraq. “We told of our concerns about the operations conducted by Turkish army,” Molla Bahtiyar, spokesman for the Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (IPUK), the party founded by Talabani, said after the meeting. Saying that Crocker would tell Turkey’s foreign minister about these concerns, Bahtiyar added that they want the cross-border operations into northern Iraq to end. /Star/

    [06] DTP CLAIMS TERRORIST PKK IS A “POLITICAL ORGANIZATION”

    The Central Executive Board of the Democratic Society Party (DTP) convened yesterday. In a statement afterwards, the party’s parliamentary deputies criticized the government’s stance on the Kurdish issue. It charged that democratic openings and hopes for political resolution had been disregarded, and peace and dialogue suspended. Claiming that the terrorist PKK is a political organization seeking a resolution to the Kurdish issue, the party said that an anti-war front will be formed along with mass movements to protest a recent Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) crackdown against PKK militants. /Sabah/

    [07] JAPANESE AMBASSADOR: “WE ARE FULLY COOPERATING WITH TURKEY TO CUT OFF PKK’S FINANCIAL RESOURCES”

    Japan will give its full support to Turkey’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council in 2009-10, Nobuaki Tanaka, Japan’s new ambassador to Turkey, said yesterday. “We also share your concerns regarding the eradication of terrorism,” added Tanaka. “We are cooperating fully with Turkey to cut off the (terrorist) PKK's financial resources.” /Star/

    [08] EARTHQUAKE RATTLES ANKARA

    An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale jolted the capital Ankara at 1:47 a.m. early Thursday morning. The quake was centered in the town of Bala in the province of Ankara. The tremor, which lasted for 25 seconds, was felt in Ankara and surrounding provinces. /Milliyet/

    [09] 2008 MINIMUM WAGE TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY

    Following a series of meetings between government officials and labor representatives, the Minimum Wage Determination Commission is expected today to announce the new minimum wage for next year. The current gross wage for workers over 16 is YTL 585. /Turkiye/

    [10] SABANCI FIRST TURKISH FIRM TO EARN ISO 27001 CERTIFICATE

    The Sabanci Group has become the first holding in Turkey to earn an ISO 27001 certificate, which is an international information security management system (ISMS) standard. Speaking to reporters yesterday, Ergun Hepvar, Sabanci's chief information officer, said the group got the certificate after passing an audit by the British Standards Institute (BSI). He said Temsa, a motor vehicle manufacturer, became the first Sabanci group company to get the certificate as well. Hepvar said information security was a basic goal for Sabanci and that the certification would strengthen its strategic approach on the issue. /Hurriyet/
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