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Turkish Press Review, 08-08-06

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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

06.08.2008


CONTENTS

  • [01] GUL APPOINTS 21 UNIVERSITY RECTORS
  • [02] PM ERDOGAN MEETS WITH SYRIA 'S ASSAD
  • [03] BABACAN: "THE GOVT WILL SUBMIT A COMPREHENSIVE EU REFORM PACKAGE"
  • [04] BAHRAINI KING MEETS WITH CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF BUYUKANIT
  • [05] LAGENDIJK: "TURKEY AND THE EU SHARE THE SAME LONG TERM INTERESTS"
  • [06] IRAN SENDS NEW AMBASSADOR AHEAD OF AHMEDINEJAD VISIT
  • [07] TURKISH CYPRIOT GOVT DECLARES READINESS FOR TALKS
  • [08] CAGLAYAN URGES BAHRAINI BUSINESSMEN TO INVEST IN TURKEY

  • [01] GUL APPOINTS 21 UNIVERSITY RECTORS

    President Abdullah Gul yesterday appointed 21 universities rectors. Gul appointed 12 rectorial candidates who won the largest number of votes in elections at their respective universities, along with six candidates who got the second-largest number of votes, and three who got the third-largest number of votes. Afterwards, a Presidential Press Center statement stressed the importance of Turkish universities competing with scholarly and scientific work among each other as well as prestigious international universities. Gul also said that universities play a key role in countries' economic, political, social and cultural development. He called on Turkish academics to reach European Union standards in universities, and also congratulated the new rectors, wishing them the best of luck in their duties. /Star-Milliyet/

    [02] PM ERDOGAN MEETS WITH SYRIA 'S ASSAD

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday met with Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is currently vacationing in the Turkish resort town of Bodrum. During their nearly five-hour meeting, the two discussed bilateral relations, recent developments in the region, the tension between Tehran and Washington over Iran's nuclear program, and other international issues. /Turkiye/

    ERDOGAN VISITS AREAS HIT BY FOREST FIRE

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday visited areas in the Mediterranean province of Antalya badly damaged in a recent forest fire. Speaking to reporters afterwards, Erdogan said that the entire community and all state resources had mobilized to put out the fire. Stating that the Cabinet had discussed the fire at its Monday meeting, he added that the government will do whatever is necessary. Promising that the government will rebuild homes damaged or destroyed by the fire, Erdogan said that they also will continue to help injured people through the governor's office and local officials. /Turkiye/

    [03] BABACAN: "THE GOVT WILL SUBMIT A COMPREHENSIVE EU REFORM PACKAGE"

    Speaking to Sabah daily yesterday, Foreign Minister and chief negotiator for Turkey's EU Talks Ali Babacan said once Parliament reconvenes, the government will submit a comprehensive European Union reform package elaborating the country's reform efforts towards EU full membership over the next four years. To eliminate hurdles to its membership bid, he said Turkey should reach EU standards in all areas. Babacan also said the reforms serve to benefit Turkey. Asked about Constitutional Court Chief Justice Hasim Kilic saying party closures should be made more difficult, Babacan said the issue would be discussed by both the Cabinet and Parliament, adding that Turkey should make changes to bring it in line with EU standards. Babacan said that following the court's decision not to ban the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkey has an important opportunity to realize new EU reforms. /Sabah/

    [04] BAHRAINI KING MEETS WITH CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF BUYUKANIT

    During an official visit to Turkey at the invitation of President Abdullah Gul, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa yesterday met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit. Turkey's top military leader welcomed the monarch with a ceremony at General Staff headquarters. Later they had a meeting along with Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan and Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Ergin Saygun. /Aksam-Turkiye/

    [05] LAGENDIJK: "TURKEY AND THE EU SHARE THE SAME LONG TERM INTERESTS"

    In the end Turkey will join the European Union, because they share the same long-term interests, said Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee Co- Chairman Joost Lagendijk yesterday. "In the next 20 or 50 years, the US, Russia, China, India, Brazil and South Africa will be the main powers, so the EU and Turkey will have to join forces in that new order," he said. "Developments in the Middle East are very important for Europe, and it needs Turkey's experience and support to play a key role in the region and to become a global actor." Lagendijk said that after the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in late 2002, there were initially many reforms and an optimism in Turkey. But its EU membership process got harder after 2004, he added, because there were forces in both Turkey and Europe determined to stop it. Lagendijk said that one of the reasons for falling Turkish public support for EU membership was the EU's Cyprus policy, which he called their biggest mistake. Lagendijk decried the EU's accepting Greek Cyprus as a member in 2004 before the issues of the island were solved, and in the wake of Greek Cypriots rejecting a UN reunification plan while the Turkish Cypriots accepted it. This damaged the EU's reputation in Turkish eyes, he said. Lagendijk added that he thought Turkey might join the EU in the next seven to 10 years, but that no date was certain. On a recent top court decision not to close down the ruling AKP, Lagendijk said that now the EU expects Turkey to resume passing reforms for its membership. /Aksam/

    [06] IRAN SENDS NEW AMBASSADOR AHEAD OF AHMEDINEJAD VISIT

    After two years of having representation in Turkey at only the chargé d'affaires level, Iran finally sent a new ambassador to Ankara yesterday, just one week ahead of a visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ambassador Bahman Hussein Pour is expected to present his letter of credentials to President Abdullah Gul this week. /Today's Zaman/

    [07] TURKISH CYPRIOT GOVT DECLARES READINESS FOR TALKS

    Turkish Cypriots are prepared for full-fledged negotiations on the future of the island set to start next month, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) government spokesperson Hasan Ercakica told reporters yesterday. "The timeline previously set by our president is very realistic," he said. TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat had said a solution could be reached by next year. /Turkish Daily News/

    [08] CAGLAYAN URGES BAHRAINI BUSINESSMEN TO INVEST IN TURKEY

    Addressing a Turkish-Bahraini Business Forum in Ankara , Industry and Trade Minister Zafer Caglayan said yesterday that Turkey would be an important regional food production center in the years to come. Stating that Turkey's doors are open wide to Bahraini businessmen, he called on them to invest in the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP). Stressing that opportunities for foreign investors in Turkey abound, Caglayan said Turkey's Investment Support and Promotion Agency as well as the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) will help Bahraini businessmen interested in GAP to invest in the areas of food, livestock breeding, and agriculture. Referring to an economic cooperation pact signed between the two countries, Bahrain's Industry and Commerce Minister Abdallah al-Fakhru told the forum that his country would do its best to improve mutual investments. He said that it would be helpful to reach stronger agreements in the cement, iron and steel, and public works sectors to further develop commerce between the two countries. TOBB head Murat Hisarciklioglu also said that his group would provide all necessary support to Bahraini businessmen who want to invest in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) /Sabah/
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