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Turkish Press Review, 08-03-05

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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

05.03.2008


CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “TURKEY WILL CONTINUE FIGHTING UNTIL THE TERRORISTS LAY DOWN THEIR ARMS”
  • [02] GENERAL STAFF BLASTS CRITICISM OF TSK AS “UNFAIR AND WORTHLESS ATTACKS”
  • [03] BAYKAL: “THE OPERATION’S END WAS A SURPRISE TO THE WORLD”
  • [04] BAHCELI CRITICIZES GOVT OVER WITHDRAWAL FROM N.IRAQ
  • [05] NEW SARKOZY, MERKEL PROPOSAL WOULD MAKE “MEDITERRANEAN UNION” OPEN TO ALL EU STATES
  • [06] TALABANI DUE IN ANKARA THIS WEEK
  • [07] US VICE PRESIDENT TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [08] TRNC’S TALAT TO ARRIVE IN ANKARA TOMORROW
  • [09] FENERBAHCE MAKES CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS
  • [10] SUPPORT THIS DECLARATION

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “TURKEY WILL CONTINUE FIGHTING UNTIL THE TERRORISTS LAY DOWN THEIR ARMS”

    Speaking to his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) group meeting yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the fight against terrorism and national security issues are matters that transcend parties. “Not announcing beforehand the date our troops would return home was a necessity,” he said. “People trying to interfere cast a shadow over Turkey’s fight against terrorism and don’t respect our fallen soldiers.” Criticizing main opposition party leader Deniz Baykal, Erdogan said that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) should not be fodder for arguments, and that anyone with something to say should speak to him instead. “The TSK knows how to conduct the cross-border operations, and what is needed, ” he said. Erdogan added that Turkey will continue to fight terrorism until the terrorists lay down their arms. /Sabah/

    [02] GENERAL STAFF BLASTS CRITICISM OF TSK AS “UNFAIR AND WORTHLESS ATTACKS”

    The General Staff issued a statement yesterday blasting recent remarks critical of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) as “unfair and worthless attacks.” “Remarks made by circles other than the press were targeted at an institution that fights terrorism and sacrifices soldiers,” said the statement. “These remarks are unfair and worthless attacks.” Saying that the TSK doesn’t want to get into arguments with either politicians or political institutions, the statement added that such attacks damage both the TSK itself and its determination to fight terrorism. /Hurriyet/

    [03] BAYKAL: “THE OPERATION’S END WAS A SURPRISE TO THE WORLD”

    Speaking to his main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) group meeting yesterday, CHP leader Deniz Baykal said that the aim of sending Turkish forces into northern Iraq should have been ending the terrorist PKK. “I don’t believe that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) could conduct an operation for only eight days, and the operation’s end was a surprise to the world,” Baykal added. “The question of why the TSK ended its ground operation on the eighth day is still open, especially when you consider that the operation had been going successfully.” /Hurriyet/

    [04] BAHCELI CRITICIZES GOVT OVER WITHDRAWAL FROM N.IRAQ

    Speaking to his party’s parliamentary group meeting yesterday, opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli criticized the surprise withdrawal late last week of the Turkish Army from northern Iraq. “The public is suspicious about these developments,” said Bahceli. “There is a serious lack of harmonization between state organs.” Calling official explanations following the withdrawal unsatisfactory, Bahceli claimed that the operation was launched with permission from the US. Saying that establishing a secure region in northern Iraq is a must for stopping PKK terrorism, the MHP leader urged both the US and the government to cut off Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani’s direct or indirect support to the PKK. /Turkiye/

    [05] NEW SARKOZY, MERKEL PROPOSAL WOULD MAKE “MEDITERRANEAN UNION” OPEN TO ALL EU STATES

    French and German leaders yesterday reworked a proposal for a “Mediterranean Union,” long seen as a ploy to distract Turkey from its European Union membership goal. Under a compromise between French President Nicholas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, membership in the proposed bloc would be open to all EU member states, not just countries on the Mediterranean coast. Meeting in Germany, Merkel had objected to Sarkozy’s more restrictive view of the union. Sarkozy, an opponent of Turkey’s EU bid, first proposed the idea. /Sabah/

    [06] TALABANI DUE IN ANKARA THIS WEEK

    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is set to arrive in Ankara on Friday to pay an official working visit at the invitation of President Abdullah Gul. In addition to Gul, Talabani, accompanied by four Iraqi Cabinet ministers, is scheduled to meet with Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His two days of talks with top Turkish officials are expected to focus on cooperation against PKK terrorism. The visit comes one week after the Turkish military withdrew troops from northern Iraq following an eight-day ground offensive against the PKK. This will be Talabani’s first visit to Turkey as Iraq’s president. /Aksam/

    [07] US VICE PRESIDENT TO VISIT TURKEY

    US Vice President Dick Cheney is set to pay an official visit to Ankara in the coming weeks. Cheney will be accompanied by top military and civilian officials and will have talks with President Abdullah Gul, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit. During his one-day stay, the fight against PKK terrorists and the Iran and Afghanistan issues are expected to dominate his talks with Turkish leaders. Cheney last visited Turkey six years ago. /Turkiye/

    [08] TRNC’S TALAT TO ARRIVE IN ANKARA TOMORROW

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat is set to arrive in Ankara for a one-day working visit. During Talat’s joint talks with President Abdullah Gul and Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, recent developments on the Cyprus issue and efforts to restart the process of peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations will be taken up. /Aksam/

    [09] FENERBAHCE MAKES CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS

    Football side Fenerbahce yesterday defeated Spain's Sevilla 3-2 on penalties to reach the European Champions League quarterfinals for the first time after drawing 5-5 on aggregate. Fenerbahce is the second Turkish team to reach that stage, after its archrival Galatasaray. /All Papers/

    FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [10] SUPPORT THIS DECLARATION

    BY EMRE AKOZ (SABAH)

    Columnist Emre Akoz comments on an intellectuals’ declaration calling on the government to continue Turkey’s European Union bid. A summary of his column is as follows.

    Yesterday I wrote about a declaration written by intellectuals calling on the government to make sure Turkey’s European Union bid continues and 2008 will be the ‘year of the EU,’ as both President Abdullah Gul and Foreign Minister Ali Babacan promised. Then an interesting thing happened. The declaration by 100 intellectuals was opened up for anyone in Turkey to sign. Some friends and readers wrote to say that they also want to sign and asked me how.

    I looked into it and found the woman who spearheaded the declaration is Sebnem Karaucak, the editor in chief of the journal Kriter, which deals with Turkish-EU relations. Then I found out something else interesting: In preparing the declaration, they hadn’t planned to open it up to everybody. But many people asked Karaucak, just like me. Certainly people have such a desire. They don’t want the government and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to give up our EU quest. I agree with them.

    Remember how our moves on the EU in 2002-2004 created a great atmosphere of excitement and hope? In the words of political scientist Fuat Keyman, the EU process is a very important anchor. It’s a triangulation point, a criterion, and a foundation to depend on. When the government and AKP move away from this, it not only loses its perspective, but also some people start to question its legitimacy.

    Also remember that when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was shuttling among European capitals, even his harshest opponents were watching him enviously. Don’t get caught up in news reports saying support for the EU in falls is falling. This is just cyclical. Who wouldn’t like to live in a European Turkey? When the government starts to embrace this idea again, you’ll see support rising rapidly again.

    Finally, when she saw the people’s requests, Karaucak changed her mind. If you want to show that you agree with the declaration, send an email to info@kriterdergisi.com with your name, age and profession. Your messages will be included on this paper’s webpage, and you’ll see more to come.”


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