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Turkish Press Review, 09-05-26

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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

26.05.2009


CONTENTS

  • [01] GUL RECEIVES MEMBERS OF MIT'S INNOVATION AND GLOBAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
  • [02] ERDOGAN, DAVUTOGLU TO VISIT GREECE NEXT MONTH
  • [03] GOV'T URGES EU LEADERS TO LIVE UP THEIR COMMITMENTS TO TURKEY
  • [04] ENERGY MINISTER ATTENDS G-8 MEETING
  • [05] SWEDISH FM BILDT: "EUROPE NEEDS TURKEY"
  • [06] NAMSO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CLEARING THE MINES

  • [01] GUL RECEIVES MEMBERS OF MIT'S INNOVATION AND GLOBAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

    President Abdullah Gul yesterday received a delegation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Innovation and Global Leadership Program at the Cankaya Presidential Palace. Briefing the delegation about Turkey's policies on regional and global problems, Gul told them that Turkey's efforts aimed to serve peace and stability across the world. Stressing the key roles assumed by Turkey in recent years in solving such issues as Iraq, Middle East, the Caucasus, Afghanistan and Pakistan, President Gul said Turkey makes an all-out effort to serve peace and stability all over the world without expecting anything in return. Touching on the remarkable economic and democratic transformation process that Turkey has been passing through for nearly a decade, Gul said, "This process made Turkey a foreign investment magnet, and thus the foreign capital inflow into Turkey in recent years reached $25-30 billion thanks to this process." On Turkey's EU accession bid, Gul recalled that Turkey had met political criteria as a precondition to launch accession talks with the EU. Stressing that Turkey places great importance on its EU accession goal, Gul also reiterated that Turkey would determinedly continue to progress towards this end. /Star/

    [02] ERDOGAN, DAVUTOGLU TO VISIT GREECE NEXT MONTH

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to visit Greece next month to attend the opening ceremony of the New Acropolis archaeological Museum, which is being built at the base of the Acropolis. He will also hold bilateral talks with his Greek counterpart Costas Karamanlis. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also will travel next month to the Greek island Corfu, where he will attend the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) foreign ministers' meeting. /Star/

    [03] GOV'T URGES EU LEADERS TO LIVE UP THEIR COMMITMENTS TO TURKEY

    Speaking to reporters after a Cabinet meeting yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Cemil Cicek called on EU members to make consistent decisions on Turkey's prospective full membership to the 27- member bloc. “We have always stressed that Turkey would not be a burden on the Union. The EU might become an economic power without Turkey, but it cannot become a strategic power. Turkey is an opportunity for the EU," he said. Urging EU leaders to keep their promises made to Turkey, Cicek said, "We stand by our words and expect them to do the same." Cicek also said that Turkey was pushing forward with new reforms to achieve its goal of EU full membership. He said that the government would speed up efforts to finalize the Judicial Reform Strategy by the end of June in contact with members of the judiciary and jurists, adding that the Justice Ministry would have a final say on the planned strategy. Cicek also said that prior to the Parliament's summer recess, the government would try to pass a set of top priority bills regarding EU accession reforms and basic laws, and measures to reduce impacts of the ongoing global economic crisis on Turkey's economy. /Turkiye/

    [04] ENERGY MINISTER ATTENDS G-8 MEETING

    Energy Minister Taner Yildiz went to Rome, Italy yesterday to attend the G- 8 energy ministers meeting, with international energy companies representatives also in attendance. The energy cooperation and problems were discussed during the meeting. Apart from Turkey, ministers from Australia, Brazil, Algeria, China, Indonesia, South Africa, India, South Korea, Libya, Mexico, Egypt, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia also attended the meeting in addition to G-8 member states. /Today's Zaman/

    [05] SWEDISH FM BILDT: "EUROPE NEEDS TURKEY"

    Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt yesterday said that Europe needs Turkey in order to exert its authority in the world. In an interview with French daily Le Figaro, Bildt stated that the European Union would need Turkey's economic dynamism and demographic structure in the future, adding, "Approaching Turkey is necessary for Europe's strategic interest." He also said that Turkey's accession would be an important factor to provide EU's peace with the Islam world. /Aksam/

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

    [06] NAMSO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CLEARING THE MINES

    BY ATILGAN BAYAR (AKSAM)

    Columnist Atilgan Bayar comments on Turkey's NAMSA membership and the mine clearing work. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "NATO established an organization in 1958 so that member countries can jointly carry out the maintenance, feeding, supply and technical work related to their armed forces' weapons, ammunition and equipment in times of war and peace. This organization is called NATO Maintenance and Supply Organization, namely, NAMSO. The NAMSO members are Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Britain and the US. The NAMSO also consists of an operational agency called NAMSA, which was established to furnish service in cooperation, as it was considered that the NATO member armed forces' ownership of all kinds of maintenance, repair, cleansing and similar systems would be very expensive. This agency is certainly a non-profit organization. You can access these principles on http:/_www.namsa.nato.int_about_about/e.htm.

    So the NATO member Turkey has necessary equipment and organization to clear the mines in the framework of its borders. The NAMSO_NAMSA is responsible for undertaking this job at cost. Turkey is also entitled to purchase this service from NATO at cost. This information shows us that the thesis of 'Turkish army doesn't have the equipment to clear the mines within its own borders' is totally invalid and that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) is the member of an organization which would carry out the clearing work and its organizational agency under same conditions as other NATO member countries.

    Firstly we should be aware of this fact. Then we can discuss if we can give out the work of clearing the mines on our Syrian border to other parties by contract, in the case that this work doesn't cause a threat of National Security or provide Turkey with great financial benefits. But Turkey has the necessary possibilities and partnership within the NATO so that this clearing work can be carried out. It's not obliged to make a third party, for example, Israil, perform this job. The clearing work to be carried out by NAMSA means the cleansing work to be carried out by TSK itself. We haven't become a NATO member without any reason. While talking about the conditions of giving out the work of clearing the mines to foreigners, the public shouldn't think that Turkey isn't capable of doing this."


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