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Turkish Press Review, 08-07-16

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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

16.07.2008


CONTENTS

  • [01] AT AKP GROUP MEETING, ERDOGAN LAMBASTES OPPOSITION LEADER
  • [02] TOP TURKISH DIPLOMATS DISCUSS FOREIGN POLICY IN ANKARA
  • [03] AT CHP GROUP MEETING, BAYKAL CRITICIZES ERGENEKON INDICTMENT
  • [04] TALAT: "UN HEAD BAN KI-MOON IS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT A CYPRUS SETTLEMENT"
  • [05] SIMSEK: "IN THE ABSENCE OF GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS, TURKEY CAN REACH ITS TARGETS"
  • [06] US CONGRESSMAN: "OBAMA WILL NEED TURKEY'S COOPERATION FOR IRAQ WITHDRAWAL"
  • [07] FRENCH FM KOUCHNER: "FRANCE WILL START TWO CHAPTERS OF TURKEY'S EU NEGOTIATIONS"
  • [08] GENDER INEQUALITY IN TURKEY NARROWING, BUT SLOWLY
  • [09] ATO HEAD AYGUN: "I BELIEVE THE JUDICIARY WILL MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION ABOUT ERGENEKON"
  • [10] TWO TURKISH ENGINEERS KIDNAPPED IN AFGHANISTAN

  • [01] AT AKP GROUP MEETING, ERDOGAN LAMBASTES OPPOSITION LEADER

    Speaking at his ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) group meeting, Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan yesterday criticized main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal's statements about the Ergenekon probe. "The masks of those trying to protect the interests of a certain class are falling away," he said. "Once Turkey manages to get rid of these masks, nothing can stand in its way." He added, "No one need worry. Turkey will never fall a single step behind democracy." He also said, "Only those who have a weak belief in the democratic state of law can playact the lawyer for suspects of illegal groups facing allegations of striking at this country's democratic processes." He said that such politicians and their view of politics are doing enormous damage to democracy and the law in Turkey. /Star-Aksam/

    [02] TOP TURKISH DIPLOMATS DISCUSS FOREIGN POLICY IN ANKARA

    Over 100 Turkish ambassadors and permanent representatives serving all over the world and their Ankara-based Foreign Ministry colleagues yesterday began a three-day conference in the capital to discuss the country's foreign policy. Addressing the diplomats, Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said that Turkey had not strayed from its determination to become a full European Union member, adding that it has a great deal to contribute to the bloc. On Turkey's candidacy for a nonpermanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, Babacan said this would be clear in the fall, and that if elected, Turkey would help the cause of UN reform. /Turkiye/

    [03] AT CHP GROUP MEETING, BAYKAL CRITICIZES ERGENEKON INDICTMENT

    Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal yesterday criticized the Ergenekon indictment, some details of which were made public this week. At his party's group meeting, Baykal said that the indictment didn't targeted coup plotters but rather terrorists. People were misled about the indictment, he added, and so they expected to see a settling of accounts over Turkey's history of coups and the generals who staged them as well as a strengthening of Turkish democracy. Because of this illusion, he continued, people who believe in democracy, such as intellectuals and other sectors of society, had overlooked some mistakes of the prosecution and waited patiently, putting their trust in the prosecutors. "And in the end, what came out of this?" he asked. "Diaries and new interrogations to begin, based on these diaries. This case is over, and the indictment isn't a coup indictment." Referring to a late 2005 bombing in southeastern Turkey and the subsequent prosecution of two noncommissioned gendarmerie officers, he added, "What we went through during the Semdinli indictment is happening all over again." /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] TALAT: "UN HEAD BAN KI-MOON IS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT A CYPRUS SETTLEMENT"

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat yesterday met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Berlin. Afterwards, Talat said that the secretary-general was pleased with the recent progress made on the Cyprus issue. Expressing his hope that comprehensive negotiations on the issue will start later this month, Talat said, "The secretary-general appointed his special envoy to support solution talks, and this indicates that he believes a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus issue will be reached at the end of these talks. This is because under Security Council resolutions, the secretary-general appoints a special envoy to help solve an issue only when he believes a solution will probably be reached." /Star/

    [05] SIMSEK: "IN THE ABSENCE OF GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS, TURKEY CAN REACH ITS TARGETS"

    Though Turkey has been affected by the recent global economic crisis, it is weathering it relatively well, said State Minister Mehmet Simsek yesterday. Addressing a meeting in Ankara organized by the Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD), Simsek said that the crisis in the US hasn't ended but is in fact deepening, and is being accompanied by rising oil and natural gas prices and world banks facing some $400 billion in losses. But despite these developments, Turkey is continuing its structural reforms, he said, adding that in the absence of a global crisis, Turkey can reach its economic targets. /Turkiye/

    [06] US CONGRESSMAN: "OBAMA WILL NEED TURKEY'S COOPERATION FOR IRAQ WITHDRAWAL"

    If presumed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is elected president, his first priority will be safely withdrawing US troops from Iraq, and he will need Turkey's support in this critical task, said US Congressman Robert Wexler early this week. Speaking to a group of Turkish Americans, Wexler said that the Bush administration's go-it-alone policy in the conduct of the Iraq war had harmed Turkish-US relations, but that this would change under an Obama administration. Wexler, a founding member of the Turkish friendship group in the US House of Representatives, also predicted that Turkish-American relations would show great improvement under an Obama administration. "Rather than taking unilateral decisions, Obama will show respect for the UN and NATO," the congressman. "His term would be a good time for US-Turkish relations." He also said that Turks living in the US have the potential to create a lobby as well-organized and influential as the US Jewish lobby. "Everyone talks about the strong Jewish lobby in the US," he said. "I believe that one day Turkish-Americans could be as strong as the Jewish lobby." /Star/

    [07] FRENCH FM KOUCHNER: "FRANCE WILL START TWO CHAPTERS OF TURKEY'S EU NEGOTIATIONS"

    Speaking about France's priorities as EU term president, European French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said yesterday, "We'll start negotiations on two chapters with Turkey. This is France's decision." Speaking to the European Parliament's Foreign Relations Committee, he said that even though his personal view of Turkey's EU bid is different, the view of EU countries, which have different expectations, will be the deciding factor. /Aksam/

    [08] GENDER INEQUALITY IN TURKEY NARROWING, BUT SLOWLY

    Gender inequality in Turkey is slowly narrowing, but there is still much to do to catch up with European standards, according to a new report co- authored by the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) and the Turkish Women Entrepreneurs' Association (KAGIDER). The report focuses on education, employment, and political involvement for women, and the EU's role in reducing gender inequality. Speaking to journalists about the report yesterday, TUSIAD head Arzuhan Dogan Yalcindańü called on all officials and decision-makers to prioritize the issue. Decrying the lack of women in local politics, she said, "The fact that women are almost non-existent in local politics is an area that is repeatedly ignored." She also said that long-term, comprehensive policies should be developed and carried out with the cooperation of the government, non-governmental organizations, and academics knowledgeable about gender issues. / Milliyet /

    [09] ATO HEAD AYGUN: "I BELIEVE THE JUDICIARY WILL MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION ABOUT ERGENEKON"

    Following his release from two weeks of detention under the ongoing Ergenekon probe, Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) Chairman Sinan Aygun yesterday declared his innocence, saying, "I have always been against the idea of military coups." He added, "I know that democratic adjustment is of vital importance for Turkey. I believe the judiciary will make the right decision." In related news, Democratic Leftist Part (DSP) leader Zeki Sezer and Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) head Rifat Hisarciklioglu yesterday paid visits to Aygun. /Hurriyet/

    [10] TWO TURKISH ENGINEERS KIDNAPPED IN AFGHANISTAN

    Two Turkish engineers working for a private construction company in western Afghanistan were kidnapped on Monday, along with their Afghan driver, officials said. The Foreign Ministry said they were making every effort to secure the release of the three men. /Milliyet/
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