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Turkish Press Review, 02-08-02

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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr>

<LINK href="http://www.byegm.gov.tr_yayinlarimiz_chr_pics_css/tpr.css" rel=STYLESHEET type=text/css> <map name="FPMap1"> </map> <map name="FPMap1"></map> Press &amp; Information Turkish Press Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

02.08.2002

PARLIAMENT BEGINS TO DEBATE EU REFORMS FOREIGN MINISTER GUREL TO VISIT JORDAN ECEVIT: “DERVIS HAS PLEDGED TO CONTINUE HIS MISSION” CEM: “EVEN IF TURKEY DOESN’T JOIN THE EU, THE HARMONIZATION LAWS ARE IMPORTANT” CILLER TO VISIT COALITION LEADERS PARRIS: “AN IRAQ OPERATION WITHOUT TURKEY IS UNTHINKABLE” MIDEAST EXPERT CAUTIONS OF RISKS IN IRAQ OPERATION NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY DOCUMENT REVISED JOB SECURITY BILL REMOVED FROM EU PACKAGE, TO BE DEBATED LATER ITO HEAD: “JOB SECURITY BILL IS ELECTION POPULISM” IMF TO DISCUSS LETTER OF INTENT, LOAN TRANCHE NEXT WEEK FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… 95 CRITICAL DAYS AHEAD BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET) TURKEY, THE KEY COUNTRY BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] PARLIAMENT BEGINS TO DEBATE EU REFORMS
  • [02] FOREIGN MINISTER GUREL TO VISIT JORDAN
  • [03] ECEVIT: “DERVIS HAS PLEDGED TO CONTINUE HIS MISSION”
  • [04] CEM: “EVEN IF TURKEY DOESN’T JOIN THE EU, THE HARMONIZATION LAWS ARE IMPORTANT”
  • [05] CILLER TO VISIT COALITION LEADERS
  • [06] PARRIS: “AN IRAQ OPERATION WITHOUT TURKEY IS UNTHINKABLE”
  • [07] MIDEAST EXPERT CAUTIONS OF RISKS IN IRAQ OPERATION
  • [08] NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY DOCUMENT REVISED
  • [09] EXPORTS JUMP 29% IN JULY
  • [10] JOB SECURITY BILL REMOVED FROM EU PACKAGE, TO BE DEBATED LATER
  • [11] ITO HEAD: “JOB SECURITY BILL IS ELECTION POPULISM”
  • [12] IMF TO DISCUSS LETTER OF INTENT, LOAN TRANCHE NEXT WEEK
  • [13] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [14] 95 CRITICAL DAYS AHEAD BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)
  • [15] TURKEY, THE KEY COUNTRY BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

  • [01] PARLIAMENT BEGINS TO DEBATE EU REFORMS

    Parliament met yesterday in order to debate a package of European Union harmonization laws. All the political parties except the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) voiced support for the 14-article package. Speaking at the Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister and Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Mesut Yilmaz stated that passing the harmonization laws would be to the benefit of all political parties. During the Justice Commission’s debate on the package, which included abolition of the death penalty, the six MHP members of the commission voted against every article of the draft. Facing opposition only from the MHP deputies, the Parliament decided not to observe a standard 48-hour waiting period and instead favored opening debate on the package immediately. /All Papers/

    [02] FOREIGN MINISTER GUREL TO VISIT JORDAN

    As part of a “persuasion diplomacy” initiative on the Iraq issue, Foreign Minister Sukru Sina Gurel will pay an official visit to Jordan next Tuesday. Gurel will work to convey the message through Jordan’s King Abdullah to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein that Iraq should abide by United Nations resolutions on that country. Jordan’s possible role in a US operation and its talks with the US on the issue make this a key visit in efforts to head off US military intervention. Gurel’s visit comes as increased talk in both the US and Turkey indicates the probability of an operation, which would step up pressure on Turkey. Foreign Ministry officials still believe that a peaceful resolution to the issue is possible. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] ECEVIT: “DERVIS HAS PLEDGED TO CONTINUE HIS MISSION”

    State Minister for the Economy Kemal Dervis, just back from a visit to the United States, yesterday met with Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit at the Parliament for nearly 40 minutes. Speaking after the meeting, Ecevit said, “Dervis hasn’t yet decided about what to do about his political situation, but he will continue his mission [with the government]. This is a welcome development.” In talks with Dervis, Ecevit stated, the two had agreed that Turkey’s economy was recovering despite some continued problems. “As I understood Dervis, he wants to continue his mission for as long as possible,” Ecevit added. /Sabah/

    [04] CEM: “EVEN IF TURKEY DOESN’T JOIN THE EU, THE HARMONIZATION LAWS ARE IMPORTANT”

    Speaking at the Parliament yesterday, former Foreign Minister and New Turkey (YT) leader Ismail Cem stated European Union membership was needed by the Turkish people and that his party fully supported the EU harmonization laws. Cem also said that even if the EU does not accept Turkey into its ranks, the harmonization laws are an important step forward for the nation. /Hurriyet/

    [05] CILLER TO VISIT COALITION LEADERS

    According to a statement released by the True Path Party (DYP), DYP leader Tansu Ciller will visit the government coalition leaders today. Ciller is scheduled to visit Prime Minister and Democratic Left Party (DSP) leader Bulent Ecevit at 3:00 p.m., Deputy Prime Minister and Nationalist Action Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli at 3:30 p.m. and Deputy Prime Minister and Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Mesut Yilmaz at 4:00 p.m. at the Parliament. /Turkiye/

    [06] PARRIS: “AN IRAQ OPERATION WITHOUT TURKEY IS UNTHINKABLE”

    Former US Ambassador to Turkey Mark Parris told hearings on the Iraq issue yesterday that Turkey would necessarily play a key role in any military intervention in that country. “Turkey’s stance will be critical in the United States’ efforts to overthrow Saddam Hussein’s regime,” Parris told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “Just by looking at a map we can easily see that an Iraq operation without Turkey would be impossible.” He added that the economic losses Turkey suffered as a result of the 1991 Gulf War made it extremely wary of a new operation. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] MIDEAST EXPERT CAUTIONS OF RISKS IN IRAQ OPERATION

    Speaking at US hearings on the Iraq issue yesterday, Mideast analyst Dr. Phebe Marr cautioned that a power vacuum resulting from US intervention in Iraq could mean serious problems, both in Iraq and the region at large. In a struggle to gain control of Iraq’s extensive oil fields, Turkey or Iran might feel obliged to intervene, Marr told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She remarked that though the nation would probably not break up, “retribution, score-settling and bloodletting” could follow a US operation. “If the US is going to take responsibility for removing the current leadership, it should assume that it cannot get the results it wants on the cheap,” she added. Aksam_

    [08] NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY DOCUMENT REVISED

    A statement yesterday from the National Security Council (MGK) said that at its meeting last week it had reviewed and revised its National Security Policy Document in line with Turkey’s European Union National Program. In the new document, which was last revised in 1997, Greece and Syria were removed from the category of “priority threats.” The new document identifies the east as the source of current threats, and mentions Iran as the top factor in this regard. The category of domestic threats to security was also revised. In the new document, fundamentalism -- which ranked first in the 1997 document -- is now equal to separatist terrorism as a threat. The document stated that fundamentalism and separatist terrorism would continue to rank as priority threats in the domestic security arena. /Aksam/

    [09] EXPORTS JUMP 29% IN JULY

    According to provisional figures released yesterday by the Turkish Exports’ Union (TIM), Turkey’s exports in July leapt 29% as compared to the same period last year, to reach a total of $3.15 billion. In addition, exports for the first seven months of the year increased by 9.1%. State Minister Tunca Toskay lauded the figures, saying they represented a historic month for Turkey. A statement from TIM Chairman Oguz Satici added, “The July export figures inject fresh hope into Turkey’s plans to escape its foreign and domestic debt spiral.” /Aksam/

    [10] JOB SECURITY BILL REMOVED FROM EU PACKAGE, TO BE DEBATED LATER

    Parliament’s Justice Commission yesterday removed a job security bill from a European Union harmonization package under consideration, on the grounds that the bill was a late addition not on Parliament’s agenda. However, as a result of entreaties by the presidents of several trade unions, deputy chairman of all the parties represented in Parliament submitted a petition to Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi requesting further action on the issue. /Milliyet/

    [11] ITO HEAD: “JOB SECURITY BILL IS ELECTION POPULISM”

    Speaking to reporters yesterday, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) Chairman Mehmet Yildirim charged that a job security bill before Parliament was “mere election populism” in the face of Turkey’s worst economic crisis. The bill in question would only result in increased unemployment and a large unregistered economy, which would benefit nobody, without broader structural adjustments, added Yildirim. /Milliyet/

    [12] IMF TO DISCUSS LETTER OF INTENT, LOAN TRANCHE NEXT WEEK

    The International Monetary Fund Executive Board is set next Wednesday to discuss Turkey’s latest Letter of Intent (LOI), after which it is expected to release a loan tranche totalling $1.1 billion to the country. In a separate move, the World Bank is also to release $450 million in credits to Turkey. /Star/

    [13] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [14] 95 CRITICAL DAYS AHEAD BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen writes about foreign policy issues that the political parties will use in their election campaigns. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “The next 95 days until elections are held are very critical for Turkey. Elections are going to be held on Nov. 3, at a time when important developments are expected to be taking place, and the difficult task of making hard decision during the next three months will be up to the current coalition government. In the past, parties used only social and economic issues, rather than foreign policy issues, in their election campaigns. However this time around there are some foreign policy matters that need urgent attention and careful planning. That’s why the next three months will be very critical. The first foreign policy issue that we will be hearing a lot about during the campaigns are developments related to the European Union. Turkey needs to pass the necessary EU harmonization laws as soon as possible. The EU Commission is set to issue its Progress Report in October and the Union is going to decide, in December at its Copenhagen summit, whether it’s going to determine a starting date for accession negotiations with Turkey. If the Turkish Parliament approves the ‘EU package,’ this will without a doubt have a positive effect on the EU. However it should not be forgotten that how the laws are implemented will also be taken into consideration by the EU when it makes its decision. Another foreign policy issue that is bound to be used in the election campaigns is Cyprus. Direct talks between the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas and Greek Cypriot leader Glafcos Clerides are set to resume in two weeks, and it looks as if the EU and the United Nations secretary-general are planning to take a more active role in these talks. It is highly likely that the EU is going to make its mind up about the accession of Cyprus (meaning Southern Cyprus) at December’s Copenhagen summit. And that’s why the EU wants a solution to be agreed upon by the two sides by November at the latest. And it is in November that elections are going to be held in Turkey. Consequently, the decision the current government and Denktas will make is going to be of great importance both in terms of the future of Cyprus and Turkey’s relations with the EU. The last foreign policy issue that is going to need attention is Iraq. It’s now clear that the US is determined to take military action against Iraq. However a date for the operation has yet to be decided. If the US decides to launch a strike on Iraq at around the same time as elections in Turkey, then the current government will have to make some very tough choices. Let’s hope that these issues are treated with the seriousness that they deserve and that populist considerations of parties don’t stand in the way of the government making logical decisions.”

    [15] TURKEY, THE KEY COUNTRY BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Ferai Tinc writes on Turkish-US relations vis-a-vis the US’s determination to strike against Iraq and Turkey’s sensitivities on the issue. A summary of her column is as follows:

    “All the visitors from the US to Ankara over the last few months spoke with one voice. ‘We have to confer with Turkey if we are to take any action in Iraq,’ they said. ‘This is certain.’ However, there is such a large and striking gap between words and actions on the issue that these promises now ring hollow. They go in one ear and out the other. Leaving aside conferring with Turkey, the US is even intimidating us. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, in an interview with journalist Leyla Umar, said that no matter how firmly Turkey opposes such an attack, the US is absolutely determined to go ahead with it and the US has told Ankara that if it refuses to consent to a possible operation, this won’t work in its favor. This is what the prime minister is saying. Washington should at best be sincere about Turkey’s sensitivity on the future of the Turkmen population living in northern Iraq. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz made a very clear statement on this issue during his recent visit to Ankara, saying that the Turkmens would also be taken into account in deciding northern Iraq’s future. However, not even a month after this visit, the US excluded the Turkmens from meetings expected to be held with Iraqi opposition groups against Saddam Hussein. Washington is consulting with Turkey but not listening to it. Yet the destiny of the Middle East is now being redrawn for the second time since the Ottoman era, and the region’s age-old problems cannot be solved within any framework from which Turkey has been excluded. Furthermore, democratization of the region hinges on Turkey. That is why Turkey is the key country to be given serious consideration in developments of the coming era.”

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