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Turkish Press Review, 02-08-23

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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

23.08.2002

PRESIDENT SEZER TO ATTEND WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT MGK CONVENES FOR GEN. KIVRIKOGLU’S VALEDICTORY MEETING GUREL TO SPEARHEAD EU BID PUSH IN BRUSSELS, STRASBOURG TURKER: “SPECULATION WON’T DERAIL THE ECONOMIC PROGRAM” DERVIS MEETS WITH CHP ADMINISTRATION YTP LEADER CEM PLEDGES TO TACKLE MAJOR PROBLEMS SHP LEADER KARAYALCIN TO MEET WITH CEM ZEBARI: “BARZANI’S WORDS ARE NOT OFFICIAL IKDP POLICY” MORE RESIGNATIONS SHAKE DSP, ANAP SCHROEDER HOSTS TURKISH BUSINESSMEN IN BERLIN REPORT PREDICTS ROSY FUTURE FOR TURKISH TOURISM GOLD MEDALIST AYHAN TO REPRESENT EUROPE AT WORLD COMPETITION FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS… COMPETITION OVER THE EUROPEAN UNION BY FERAI TUNC (HURRIYET) A COUNTRY’S SUICIDE BY ZEYNEP GURCANLI (STAR)

CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT SEZER TO ATTEND WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
  • [02] MGK CONVENES FOR GEN. KIVRIKOGLU’S VALEDICTORY MEETING
  • [03] GUREL TO SPEARHEAD EU BID PUSH IN BRUSSELS, STRASBOURG
  • [04] TURKER: “SPECULATION WON’T DERAIL THE ECONOMIC PROGRAM”
  • [05] DERVIS MEETS WITH CHP ADMINISTRATION
  • [06] YTP LEADER CEM PLEDGES TO TACKLE MAJOR PROBLEMS
  • [07] SHP LEADER KARAYALCIN TO MEET WITH CEM
  • [08] ZEBARI: “BARZANI’S WORDS ARE NOT OFFICIAL IKDP POLICY”
  • [09] MORE RESIGNATIONS SHAKE DSP, ANAP
  • [10] SCHROEDER HOSTS TURKISH BUSINESSMEN IN BERLIN
  • [11] REPORT PREDICTS ROSY FUTURE FOR TURKISH TOURISM
  • [12] GOLD MEDALIST AYHAN TO REPRESENT EUROPE AT WORLD COMPETITION
  • [13] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [14] COMPETITION OVER THE EUROPEAN UNION BY FERAI TUNC (HURRIYET)
  • [15] A COUNTRY’S SUICIDE BY ZEYNEP GURCANLI (STAR)

  • [01] PRESIDENT SEZER TO ATTEND WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer is scheduled to attend the 10-day United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa due to begin on Monday. Environment Minister Fevzi Aytekin is expected to accompany President Sezer. The Johannesburg Summit 2002 will bring together tens of thousands of participants, including heads of state and government, national delegates and leaders from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to focus the world's attention on a number of vital issues, including improving people's lives and conserving our natural resources in a world with a fast growing population. At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, the international community adopted Agenda 21, a global action plan for sustainable development. The Johannesburg Summit presents an opportunity for today's world leaders to adopt concrete steps and identify quantifiable targets for better implementing Agenda 21. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] MGK CONVENES FOR GEN. KIVRIKOGLU’S VALEDICTORY MEETING

    The National Security Council (MGK) headed by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer convened yesterday. Chief of General Staff Gen. Huseyin Kivrikoglu participated in an MGK meeting for the last time, and President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit both made speeches expressing gratitude to the general, who is set to retire at the end of this month. At the meeting, important issues such as problems at Turkey’s universities and recent Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (IKDP) threats were disscussed. Interior Minister Muzaffer Ecemis and Justice Minister Aysel Celikel, both newly appointed independent ministers, participated in an MGK meeting for the first time. /Milliyet/

    [03] GUREL TO SPEARHEAD EU BID PUSH IN BRUSSELS, STRASBOURG

    Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Sukru Sina Gurel is scheduled to visit Brussels and Strasbourg at the beginning of next month. The Turkish government is working to boost its diplomatic efforts at the international level in order to tell European Union countries about the steps it has recently taken on its path towards full EU membership. Gurel’s visit to the EU countries is of great importance for the Turkish government since it will take place in the run-up to December’s Copenhagen summit where Turkey’s performance will be discussed. Turkey is requesting from the EU that it immediately determine a specific date for the beginning of Turkey’s accession negotiation process. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] TURKER: “SPECULATION WON’T DERAIL THE ECONOMIC PROGRAM”

    State Minister for the Economy Masum Turker charged yesterday that certain speculative interests were trying to foment uncertainty, but pledged that these efforts would not hurt Turkey’s economic program. “The decision to hold elections in November was taken to head off a damaging uncertainty, but today some circles are trying to sow uncertainty anew to reap speculative benefits,” said Turker. “The same circles had said in the past that setting a date for elections would end this political and economic uncertainty.” /Aksam/

    [05] DERVIS MEETS WITH CHP ADMINISTRATION

    Former Economy Minister Kemal Dervis met yesterday with the Executive Board of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the party he has pledged to join. CHP Deputy Chairman Esref Erdem told reporters that at the meeting, Dervis briefed board members on the state of Turkey’s economy. Dervis is expected to officially join the CHP today. /Turkiye/

    [06] YTP LEADER CEM PLEDGES TO TACKLE MAJOR PROBLEMS

    Speaking at a press conference in Istanbul yesterday after returning from Germany, New Turkey Party (YTP) leader Ismail Cem said that Turkey’s major problems were unemployment, low productivity and income inequality. “We will try to overcome these problems through our nation’s creativity and brainpower,” he said. “That’s why we are working with young people.” Cem also said that besides youth, the YTP would also be a party of villagers, women and families. Milliyet_

    [07] SHP LEADER KARAYALCIN TO MEET WITH CEM

    New Turkey Party (YTP) leader Ismail Cem and Social Democratic People’s Party (SHP) leader Murat Karayalcin are expected to meet this weekend in Istanbul to discuss the possibility of an alliance between the two parties before the Nov. 3 elections. Last week, Karayalcin met twice with Husamettin Ozkan, one the YTP’s founding members, to exchange views on the likelihood of such an alliance. It was reported that Karayalcin was in favour of an institutional and structural alliance with the YTP, as opposed to one based on common candidate lists.

    [08] ZEBARI: “BARZANI’S WORDS ARE NOT OFFICIAL IKDP POLICY”

    Hoshyar Zebari, foreign policy chief of the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (IKDP), tried yesterday to distance the party from IKDP leader Massoud Barzani’s threat earlier this week to “bury the Turkish Armed Forces [TSK]” if they entered northern Iraq. Zebari asserted that Barzani’s words did not represent the official stance of the IKDP. “The IKDP doesn’t want to be in an antagonistic relationship with Turkey,” he stated. “Turkey is an important country for northern Iraq, so we want to have good relations with it.” He added that Brayati, the newspaper which published the statement containing Barzani’s threats, was a semi-official IKDP publication which was also open to the views of non-members. /Aksam/

    [09] MORE RESIGNATIONS SHAKE DSP, ANAP

    Resignations from both the Democratic Left Party (DSP) and the Motherland Party (ANAP) continued yesterday. Ankara Deputy Yücel Seckiner resigned from ANAP, bringing down the total number of ANAP deputies to 74. Additionally, six deputies tendered their resignations from the DSP -- Ali Arabci from Bursa, Uluc Gurkan from Ankara, Emin Karaa from Kutahya, Sadik Kirbas from Canakkale, Ertugrul Kumcuoglu from Aydin and Ahmet Arkan from Kocaeli –- leaving the onetime dominant party in Parliament holding 54 seats. /Turkiye/

    [10] SCHROEDER HOSTS TURKISH BUSINESSMEN IN BERLIN

    German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder hosted a delegation from the European Turkish Businessmen’s and Industrialists’ Association (ATIAD) at a banquet held in Berlin yesterday. Schroeder acknowledged the difficulties Turkish businessmen face in Germany and said that a number of measures had recently been taken to address these. He then asked the businessmen to be patient and give time for these measures to work. When reminded of German Interior Minister Otto Schily’s assertion that assimilation was the best method for non-Europeans to harmonize with Europe, Schroeder stated that Germany was a democratic country. “Everyone has the right to live with their own culture,” he added. /Sabah/

    [11] REPORT PREDICTS ROSY FUTURE FOR TURKISH TOURISM

    Turkey will enjoy the highest rate of development in its tourism sector over the next decade among all the nations of the world, predicted a report released yesterday by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The report painted a future picture of many more tourists visiting Turkey’s shores amid a 10.2% annual tourism growth rate. Commenting on the report, Tourism Minister Mustafa Tasar said that last year Turkey had bucked the global economic woes and the post-Sept. 11 slump to post record rates of tourism sector growth. This was accomplished, he added, in part through the success of the Tourism Ministry’s promotional campaigns. /Hurriyet/

    [12] GOLD MEDALIST AYHAN TO REPRESENT EUROPE AT WORLD COMPETITION

    Turkish athlete Sureyya Ayhan, who earlier this month scored Turkey’s first-ever gold medal at the European Athletics Championship in Munich, Germany, is now set to represent all of Europe in a world competition. Ayhan will compete in her signature event, the women’s 1,500-meter sprint, at the Ninth World Athletics Cup in Madrid, Spain on Sept. 20-21. Ayhan had previously made history in 2000 by becoming the first Turkish athlete, male or female, to reach an Olympic track semifinal. /Aksam/

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

    [14] COMPETITION OVER THE EUROPEAN UNION BY FERAI TUNC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Ferai Tunc writes about the renewed enthusiasm for and competition between certain political parties in Turkey on the issue of the European Union. A summary of her column is as follows:

    “As the date for elections draws closer, competition between political parties about our European Union membership bid is beginning to heat up. However, no matter the reason for such renewed enthusiasm, the fact that parties are embracing the objective of full membership is very positive. Deputy Prime Minister and Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Mesut Yilmaz travelled to EU Term President Denmark earlier this week to tell officials there of the need to set a date, at the Copenhagen summit this December, for the beginning of accession negotiations with Turkey. New Turkey Party (YTP) leader Ismail Cem just returned from Germany yesterday after having asked for German support. In addition, Foreign Minister Sukru Sina Gurel from the Democratic Left Party (DSP) called for a meeting with representatives of media and civil organisations to discuss their possible contributions to the EU process. At these meetings, Gurel spoke of the pivotal role of civil movements in promoting the harmonisation laws in EU member countries, adding that such efforts would boost Turkey’s chances of getting a date. While Cem and Yilmaz have chosen the direct diplomatic road to convince the EU, Gurel has opted to work with civil society. This may demonstrate a difference in political mentality; nevertheless it is a step in the right direction. The success of this civil movement, however, will depend on how non-governmental it really is. Wouldn’t it be a better move for the foreign minister to urge deputies to get in touch with their counterparts in Europe? Also, it shouldn’t be forgotten that the most important part of the reforms is how they are actually implemented. Gurel made several interesting remarks at the meeting with civil organisations on Wednesday. He said that Turkey had fulfilled its commitments towards the EU, and had even gone beyond them. He also pointed out that the scanning process had already been unofficially launched six months ago. Gurel also remarked that the EU’s ‘well done, now let’s see the implementation’ attitude was unacceptable. The reason for Gurel’s reaction is the possibility that the EU might use poor implementation as a pretext to exclude Turkey from the integration process. Justified as his concerns may be, we have to admit that the only way civil society movements can be effective in persuading the EU is if the reforms are implemented and accepted by the people.”

    [15] A COUNTRY’S SUICIDE BY ZEYNEP GURCANLI (STAR)

    Columnist Zeynep Gurcanli writes on Syrian Information Minister Adnan Umran’s recent statements on a possible United States intervention in Iraq. A summary of her column is as follows:

    “ ‘If the Turkish government backs a US intervention in Iraq and permits the US to deploy troops at bases within Turkey’s territories, that would mean suicide for the whole Turkish nation.’ These words belong to Syrian Information Minister Adnan Umran, one of the country’s most prominent politicians. In fact, these weren’t the only significant words that issued from his mouth when I interviewed him in Damascus this week. ‘The Turkish economy, which is already suffering from a serious crisis, would collapse utterly due to the heavy cost of the intervention,’ warned the Syrian minister. ‘Turkey shouldn’t take such a risk which would cause irreparable harm to the country.’ Umran is aware that no country in the region will be able to resist the Bush administration on its own. That’s why he underlined that the Middle Eastern countries must come together and form an alliance to head off a US intervention. He recalled the post-Gulf War alliance previously formed by Turkey, Iran and Syria in order to prevent the establishment of an independent Kurdish state in the region. ‘We’re all aware that the US is currently putting great pressure on Turkey,’ said Umran. ‘However, we also know that the Bush administration at the same time gave promises to the Iraqi Kurds for the establishment of an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq. If such a Kurdish state is established, there is no doubt that the Iraqi Kurds would demand territories from both Turkey and Syria.’ I believe that these are not merely Umran’s personal views but that they also represent the ideas of the whole Arab world. So, then, what should Turkey do under such circumstances? It’s very clear that relations between Turkey and Arab countries world be greatly hurt if Turkey supports a US intervention opposed by all of these countries. ‘Since US President Bush recently made hostile statements against Saudi Arabia, Saudi investors closed their accounts in the US banks and withdrew their money,’ said Suheyl Zakkar, a professor at the University of Syria’s History Department. ‘Billions of US dollars flew towards other regions of the world. Why wouldn’t such great sums of money be invested in Turkish banks?’ This is a small example of the possible advantages that Turkey might win if the Turkish government improved its relations with Arab countries. In short, looking from Damascus, the Middle East’s political landscape looks very different.”

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