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Turkish Press Review, 08-07-08

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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

08.07.2008


CONTENTS

  • [01] BABACAN MEETS WITH IRANIAN PRESIDENT
  • [02] BAYKAL: "IF THE CLOSURE CASE AGAINST THE AKP IS TURNED BACK, TENSIONS WILL BE RELIEVED"
  • [03] GEN. BUYUKANIT DECLINES TO COMMENT ON ERGENEKON PROBE
  • [04] US DIPLOMAT VISITS CYPRUS TO BOOST SETTLEMENT EFFORTS
  • [05] SIMSEK PREDICTS SLOWDOWN IN GROWTH
  • [06] TURKEY AT NUMBER 55 ON IMF LIST OF RICHEST COUNTRIES

  • [01] BABACAN MEETS WITH IRANIAN PRESIDENT

    Foreign Minister Ali Babacan yesterday met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he is attending a meeting of the Developing Eight Countries (D-8). Afterwards, Ahmadinejad said that the Turkish-Iranian relationship is a friendly one. "We see Turkey's development, progress and success as Iran's development, progress and success," he added. "We're sure that our brothers in Turkey have the same perspective on Iran." Regarding Iraq, Ahmadinejad said that only solution was to support the popularly elected government. /Aksam/

    [02] BAYKAL: "IF THE CLOSURE CASE AGAINST THE AKP IS TURNED BACK, TENSIONS WILL BE RELIEVED"

    If the closure case against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is turned back, tension in Turkey will fall, said main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal yesterday. "Nobody should be bothered," he told a public affairs program on news channel Haberturk. "Turkey will get out of from this. A new Turkey will arise from the Constitutional Court's ruling. If the closure case is turned back, the AKP will feel relieved, and the tension within Turkish domestic politics will be relieved. They will learn lessons from their policies up to now." /Star/

    [03] GEN. BUYUKANIT DECLINES TO COMMENT ON ERGENEKON PROBE

    The Second Conference of Balkan Countries' Chiefs of Staff began yesterday in Belek, Antalya. Addressing the opening of the three-day gathering, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit said that states and international organizations should try to protect their societies from terrorism, energy and food shortages, and the effects of global warming, which he said pose a bigger danger to peoples' lives than conventional threats. He also called on Balkan countries to cooperate to ensure regional peace. At a press conference following the meeting, Buyukanit declined to take reporters' questions about recent developments in the Ergenekon criminal probe. The top general said he understood the media's need to ask about domestic developments, but added that he wouldn't address topics outside those related to the gathering. /Turkiye/

    [04] US DIPLOMAT VISITS CYPRUS TO BOOST SETTLEMENT EFFORTS

    Daniel Fried, US deputy secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia, yesterday arrived on Cyprus to lend support to efforts to reach a settlement on the long-divided island. Speaking at a press conference in Lefkosha's buffer zone after separate talks with Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Hristofias, as well as Taye Brook-Zerihoun, the UN's Cyprus special representative and Peace Forces (UNFICYP) mission chief, Fried said that the US wants to see one nation, one citizenship and a unified state on the island. He added that Washington hopes leaders from both sides will soon begin comprehensive talks towards that aim. /Turkiye/

    [05] SIMSEK PREDICTS SLOWDOWN IN GROWTH

    State Minister for the Economy Mehmet Simsek yesterday predicted that economic growth could slow down in the second quarter of the year due to domestic political uncertainty, adding that this uncertainty has brought an additional burden of 20 billion YTL to the Treasury. He said the domestic uncertainty has a much bigger impact on Turkey than global developments. "Both we and foreign and Turkish analysts believe that in the absence of political uncertainty, Turkey would have been among the countries least affected by the global crisis," he explained. "Because our economy was in a normalization period." He added that the government was continuing to make structural reforms to achieve sustainable growth in the medium and long term despite the domestic political tension. "With its very high budget performance, Turkey doesn't deserve this economic situation," he said. /Milliyet/

    [06] TURKEY AT NUMBER 55 ON IMF LIST OF RICHEST COUNTRIES

    Turkey has been ranked 55th on a new International Monetary Fund list of countries with the highest per capita income. According to IMF predictions for this year, there are 57 countries whose per capita incomes are over $10, 000, including 31 on the European continent. Turkey was ranked 55th in the world and 31st in Europe, with a per capita income of $10,700. /Milliyet/
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