HR-Net - Hellenic Resources Network Compact version
Today's Suggestion
Read the Weekly Financial Report on Greek Markets (by SAE Americas)
HomeAbout HR-NetNewsWeb SitesDocumentsOnline HelpUsage InformationContact us
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
 
News
  Latest News (All)
     From Greece
     From Cyprus
     From Europe
     From Balkans
     From Turkey
     From USA
  Announcements
  World Press
  News Archives
Web Sites
  Hosted
  Mirrored
  Interesting Nodes
Documents
  Special Topics
  Treaties, Conventions
  Constitutions
  U.S. Agencies
  Cyprus Problem
  Other
Services
  Personal NewsPaper
  Greek Fonts
  Tools
  F.A.Q.
 

Turkish Press Review, 08-03-13

Turkish Press Review Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

13.03.2008


CONTENTS

  • [01] GUL: “IT’S NOT THE KURDISH ISSUE, IT’S TURKEY’S PROBLEM”
  • [02] ERDOGAN: “THE GOVT WILL INVEST $11-12 BLN IN THE SOUTHEAST”
  • [03] INTERIOR MINISTER RECEIVES DTP DEPUTIES
  • [04] TRNC’S TALAT TO MEET NEXT WEEK WITH CHRISTOFIAS
  • [05] CARIBBEAN PREMIER VISITS TURKEY
  • [06] ECONOMY MINISTERS TOUT IMPROVED FIGURES
  • [07] TUSIAD URGES GOVT TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH IMF
  • [08] BAYKAL IS TELLING THE TRUTH

  • [01] GUL: “IT’S NOT THE KURDISH ISSUE, IT’S TURKEY’S PROBLEM”

    President Abdullah Gul yesterday flew to Dakar, Senegal to attend a summit meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Before leaving, speaking about his recent meeting with a group of Democratic Turkey Party (DTP) deputies, Gul told reporters, “The problem in southeastern Turkey concerns all Turks, not only the people living in that region. It is characterized as a ‘Kurdish issue,’ ‘terrorism issue’ or ‘southeastern Anatolia issue.’ In fact, it is Turkey’s problem, not that of any group or party. The DTP is a party represented in Parliament, and every political party has opinions about the problems. My meeting with the DTP deputies was very normal.” Gul said he had listened to the deputies’ views on various issues, expressed his own, and gave them some advice. He stressed that all political parties, politicians, and people should help to solve the problem. /Hurriyet/

    [02] ERDOGAN: “THE GOVT WILL INVEST $11-12 BLN IN THE SOUTHEAST”

    In an interview with the New York Times published yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the government is planning a broad series of investments worth as much as $12 billion in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast, in a new economic effort intended to create jobs and draw young men away from the terrorist PKK. “The state will invest between $11 billion and $12 billion over five years to build two large dams and a system of water canals, complete paved roads and remove land mines from the fields along the Syrian border,” reported the Times. Plans for the project will be completed within two months, said Erdogan, at which point construction on the two dams will begin. He said he had dedicated one of his deputy prime ministers to visit cities across the southeast to work on it. Within a few months one TV channel of state broadcaster TRT will also include Kurdish, Persian and Arabic, Erdogan said. “We have relatives in northern Iraq,” he added. “And people living there have relatives in our southeastern region. With whom will we have good relations other than with ourselves?” He also said a consulate would be opened in the southern Iraqi city of Basra in an effort to improve relations with Iraq. /Turkiye/

    [03] INTERIOR MINISTER RECEIVES DTP DEPUTIES

    On the heels of meetings earlier this week with both the president and Parliament speaker, Democratic Society Party (DTP) deputies yesterday met with Interior Minister Besir Atalay. DTP group leader Ahmet Turk and deputy group leader Selahattin Demirtas attended the meeting, at which the upcoming Nevruz celebrations were discussed. Turk said that they would organize events at 87 locations and asked Atalay to provide facilities for those, and Atalay urged them to avoid any actions that could cause tension. /Star/

    [04] TRNC’S TALAT TO MEET NEXT WEEK WITH CHRISTOFIAS

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat will reportedly meet with Greek Cypriot administration leader Demetris Christofias next Friday, March 21, at the residence of Michael Moller, the special UN envoy on Cyprus. The Turkish side places great importance on the meeting, where it expects clarification of the direction the Cyprus issue will take in the days to come. /Turkiye/

    [05] CARIBBEAN PREMIER VISITS TURKEY

    Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of the Caribbean islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, yesterday arrived in Ankara as the guest of his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Gonsalves, in Turkey to exchange views on regional issues with an eye towards developing Turkey’s friendship and cooperation with the Latin America and Caribbean regions, will also travel to Izmir and Istanbul to meet with tourism sector investors. /Aksam/

    [06] ECONOMY MINISTERS TOUT IMPROVED FIGURES

    Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan and two other state ministers responsible for economic matters, Nazim Ekren and Mehmet Simsek, yesterday held a press conference on economic figures for Turkey revised under new formulas. “Since 2004, the debt owed by the Turkish public sector has been declining, in a mark of economic success, and debts are no longer a matter of concern,” said Simsek. “This is an important development.” He added that over the past five or six years, fiscal discipline has been restored. Erken also stated that Turkey can be seen as richer from a macroeconomic perspective as the nation’s income was adjusted to a higher figure, adding, “International investors will have a different approach to Turkey from now on.” Unakitan said that the government budget’s share of the economy has declined to below one-fourth and that making concessions from fiscal discipline is out of the question. /Turkiye- Milliyet/

    [07] TUSIAD URGES GOVT TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH IMF

    Turkey’s future relations with the International Monetary Fund need to be clarified as soon as possible, said Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD) head Arzuhan Dogan Yacindag yesterday. “Turkey’s standby agreement with the IMF will end in May, when uncertainty and instability in the world economy will probably reach a peak, ” she said. “Maintaining strong relations with the IMF will be an important safeguard for Turkey’s economy.” /Sabah/

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

    [08] BAYKAL IS TELLING THE TRUTH

    BY ALI SIRMEN (CUMHURIYET)

    Columnist Ali Sirmen comments on recent remarks by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Recent developments have been crystal clear. There’s no need for years of political experience or a team of seasoned foreign policy advisors to understand them.

    Following Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Washington last November, a lot was written about a package said to be forthcoming. Everybody was expecting something to happen. A ‘civilian settlement’ began to be mentioned more frequently.

    The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was keeping its silence and saying nothing about what the package would contain.

    People were saying, ‘Let’s wait to see what happens.’

    Plans were only known by the US administration and high-level Turkish officials.

    One upon a time, plans proposing amnesty for militants in southeastern Anatolia were prepared in London, but now similar plans were being drawn up in Washington.

    When airstrikes across the Iraqi border began with intelligence help from the US, we could tell the plan had been set in motion.

    With the beginning of Turkish troops’ ground offensive into northern Iraq, it became clear that the final stage had been reached before a ‘civilian settlement’

    * *

    There’s no need to even discuss whether or not the ground offensive was carried out with the permission of the US or the withdrawal done at Washington’s request.

    Understanding the plan as a whole, which we heard about piecemeal, and fully understanding it are more important.

    The CHP leader’s recent remark, ‘There is a great plan,’ shows that he saw what was really happening.

    Baykal is asking: If the ground offensive hadn’t been carried out in northern Iraq, could President Jalal Talabani have ever been invited to visit Turkey?

    Rather than getting angry with him, one should answer his question

    Honestly, if there hadn’t been any military operation into northern Iraq, could Talabani have been invited to Turkey?

    The plan will also be fully seen by the public slowly, like putting together a puzzle.

    The plan doesn’t just include military operations but also proposed ‘reforms’ for southeastern Anatolia. In addition, it includes relations between Turkey and the formation in northern Iraq.

    If you can’t get past here, then you can’t see the whole plan.

    It’s a part of the Greater Middle East Initiative.

    * *

    Turkey, in other words, the AKP, is again assuming the role of co- chairmanship of the project.

    For six years the balances in our region have been upset, and relations have become very complicated.

    Turkey just sitting and watching developments and objecting to everything while doing nothing is not logical.

    But Ankara not seeing the whole plan and acting only with partial perceptions without considering what will happen to its borders and constitutional structure when the project is implemented is extremely wrong.

    Turkey blocking the formation in northern Iraq is out of the question. But the issue of what stance this formation will take against terrorist attacks on Turkey should be fully examined.

    Here we should look at deeds, not words. Turkey, burned in the past by the gulf between Talabani’s deeds and words, should act more carefully.

    Everybody is saying that the armed fight alone isn’t enough to face down terrorism.

    But the people who are urging a ‘civilian settlement’ should make fully clear what they mean and what they want, in detail. Will the public allow any initiatives which could harm Turkey’s unilateral structure established under the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne?

    Again, will the public welcome any deal with terrorists?

    Many people have recently gotten angry with Baykal, but we shouldn’t do the same. He sees the game and is trying to make us to see it too.”


    Turkish Press Review Directory - Previous Article - Next Article
    Back to Top
    Copyright 1995-2016 HR-Net (Hellenic Resources Network). An HRI Project.
    All Rights Reserved.

    HTML by the HR-Net Group / Hellenic Resources Institute, Inc.
    trkpr2html v1.02a run on Thursday, 13 March 2008 - 9:51:05 UTC