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Turkish Press Review, 03-11-19
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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> e-mail : email@example.com <caption> <_caption> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning
19.11.2003ERDOGAN: “THE TERRORIST ATTACKS TARGETED TURKISH CITIZENS, REGARDLESS OF FAITH” ERDOGAN: “TURKEY WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE TURKMEN IN IRAQ’S RECONSTRUCTION PROCESS” GUL: “AN AFGHAN TERROR GROUP IS LINKED TO SATURDAY’S TERRORIST ATTACKS” ERDOGAN REPORTEDLY ASKS WASHINGTON TO LIFT POLITICAL PROVISIONS OF $8.5 BILLION LOAN BAYKAL: “LACK OF LEADERSHIP, NOT INTELLIGENCE FAILURES, ENABLED THE TERRORIST ATTACKS” ISRAELI PARLIAMENT SPEAKER VISITS ISTANBUL; SIX JEWS LAID TO REST REGULATION READY FOR BROADCASTS IN TRADITIONAL LANGUAGES AND DIALECTS ANKARA SEEKS COMPROMISE ON LOIZIDOU CASE FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS… TRANSNATIONAL TERRORISM BY CUNEYT ULSEVER (HURRIYET) NATIONAL ISSUE, NATIONAL GOAL BY ISMET BERKAN (RADIKAL)
 ERDOGAN: “THE TERRORIST ATTACKS TARGETED TURKISH CITIZENS, REGARDLESS OF FAITH”Speaking at his party’s parliamentary group meeting yesterday, Prime Minister and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his condemnation of Saturday’s terrorist attacks on two synagogues in Istanbul. “If these terrorists wanted to send a message, then rest assured they will find no audience here,” he said. He lamented that the attacks had cast a shadow over Turkey’s peaceful atmosphere, adding that such slaughter of innocents was inhuman. “All those who lost their lives or suffered injuries are citizens of Turkey, regardless of their religion,” said Erdogan. He added that Turkish security forces had gathered important clues in the search for the attacks’ culprits and that DNA test results would be pivotal in this effort. /Milliyet/
 ERDOGAN: “TURKEY WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE TURKMEN IN IRAQ’S RECONSTRUCTION PROCESS”Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday received visiting Iraqi Turkmen Front head Faruk Adullah Abdurrahman. During their talks, Erdogan said that Turkey would continue to support Iraq’s ethnic Turkmen in the nation’s reconstruction process. He said that he wanted the Turkmen to be prepared for elections in the country, adding that he had no wish to see a Turkmen-Kurdish conflict. /Cumhuriyet/
 GUL: “AN AFGHAN TERROR GROUP IS LINKED TO SATURDAY’S TERRORIST ATTACKS”Speaking yesterday at a seminar on obstacles to peace in the 21st century, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said that investigators had uncovered a link to Saturday’s deadly synagogue bombings and a terrorist group in Afghanistan. “It has emerged that there is a link with an organization in Afghanistan in terms of belief and understanding,” said Gul. “The emerging evidence demonstrates that the security services have been very successful in their work. A trail has been found and relationships have emerged.” Though Gul declined to provide any further details, his comments were the clearest statement to date pointing to a connection with the al Qaeda terrorist network. /Cumhuriyet/
 ERDOGAN REPORTEDLY ASKS WASHINGTON TO LIFT POLITICAL PROVISIONS OF $8.5 BILLION LOANPrime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last night met with US Ambassador to Ankara Eric Edelman. On the eve of Edelman’s departure for a visit to Washington, Erdogan reportedly conveyed Turkey’s request that the US lift the political provisions in an $8.5 billion US loan pledged to Turkey following the Iraq war. Pointing to instability in Iraq and the ongoing PKK_KADEK terrorist threat, Erdogan argued that conditions in Iraq had changed and so the conditions of the agreement should also be changed. Edelman reportedly pledged to convey Ankara’s concerns to Washington, but added he was not hopeful the terms of the agreement could be changed. /Sabah/
 BAYKAL: “LACK OF LEADERSHIP, NOT INTELLIGENCE FAILURES, ENABLED THE TERRORIST ATTACKS”Speaking at his party’s parliamentary group meeting yesterday, opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal charged that a lack of leadership, not intelligence failures, had made Saturday’s deadly terrorist attacks possible. He added that the attacks had not just targeted two Istanbul synagogues, but in fact the entire nation. /Milliyet/
 ISRAELI PARLIAMENT SPEAKER VISITS ISTANBUL; SIX JEWS LAID TO RESTIn the wake of Saturday’s deadly terrorist attacks in Istanbul, Israeli Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin accompanied by Israeli Ambassador to Ankara Pinhas Avivi yesterday visited the Beth Israel and Neve Shalom Synagogues, which were the targets of the attacks. After surveying the damage in the area, Rivlin told reporters that as the attacks were acts of international terrorism, international cooperation was needed to fight this menace. Meanwhile, six Jewish victims of the attacks were laid to rest in Istanbul yesterday. Speaking at their funerals, Chief Rabbi Ishak (Yitzhak) Haleva blamed terrorism for their tragic deaths. /Sabah/
 REGULATION READY FOR BROADCASTS IN TRADITIONAL LANGUAGES AND DIALECTSRegulations prepared by the Radio and Television Higher Board (RTUK) for broadcasts in traditional (mother-tongue) languages and dialects were sent to the Prime Ministry yesterday. At a press conference, RTUK Chairman Fatih Karaca said that as an initial phase, stations with a nationwide reach would be able to produce broadcasts in traditional languages, including news shows, music, and promotion of traditional culture. Under the regulations, radio stations and TV channels can broadcast such programs for up to five hours a week. In addition, Turkish subtitles of the texts must be simultaneously broadcast. /Sabah/
 ANKARA SEEKS COMPROMISE ON LOIZIDOU CASEForeign Minister Abdullah Gul said yesterday that Turkey was willing to pay some $900,000 in compensation and accrued interest to Greek Cypriot citizen Titina Loizidou if a compromise could be reached on the issue, and particularly it was established the case wouldn’t set a precedent for similar cases in the International Court of Human Rights. Speaking to reporters at Esenboga Airport before leaving for Sweden, Gul said both Turkey and the Council of Europe were working on the issue. Regarding the weekend synagogue attacks, Gul stated that far too many people had lost their lives due to terrorism. “Making peace in a country is only possible through united efforts against terrorism, one including all neighboring countries as well,” he added. /Turkiye/
 FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
 TRANSNATIONAL TERRORISM BY CUNEYT ULSEVER (HURRIYET)Columnist Cuneyt Ulsever comments on the concept of transnational terrorism. A summary of his column is as follows:
“Here’s what the world requires now:
Efficient production in order to maintain global competitiveness, (b) Local sensitivity in order to be flexible to local demands, Organizational learning able to assimilate constant innovations.
Such developments require a new model of organization, that is, transnational companies. They are dispersed but dependent on each other. Other structures which have been able to keep in step with the differing needs of different countries contribute to these companies’ globally-integrated main structures. In addition, these companies produce information cooperatively which is then shared worldwide.
Since the Sept. 11 attacks, we have seen that terrorist groups are the best at practicing this model. Now the era of national terror (PKK), international terror (ASALA) and even multinational terror (the Red Brigades, Baader Mainhof) has come to an end, ushering in the age of transnational terror. This structure uses global technology and flexibility in line with different national settings, and they produce information and share it worldwide. Each country has its own terrorist organization in this new structure, exemplified by al Qaeda, but orders are given from a single center, and their members are trained in centers where information is produced in cooperation. We saw this in last weekend’s bomb attacks on two synagogues in Istanbul. The perpetrators were Turkish, but they had been trained at a center, they used common world technology, and the main center made the decisions. The information is produced globally, but used appropriate to the general target. Currently this common structure acts together in the Afghan mountains, Chechnya, the Middle East, the US and Turkey. As long as a transnational fight against transnational terror is lacking, there will be no end to the terrorist threat.”
 NATIONAL ISSUE, NATIONAL GOAL BY ISMET BERKAN (RADIKAL)Columnist Ismet Berkan writes on the Cyprus issue. A summary of his column is as follows:
“How would our newspapers and TV stations have covered Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent Cyprus visit if it hadn’t been overshadowed by Saturday’s terrorist attacks?
I wonder whether certain dailies would have argued that Erdogan was shifting his position on the Cyprus issue? Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas was highly pleased with some of the words Erdogan used during his visit to the island. However, his comments also found some favor with the opposition parties. Anyway... Erdogan made similar statements both on the island and during yesterday’s AKP group meeting: ‘Cyprus is our national issue. The European Union is our national goal. We must find a way to reconcile these two issues.’ However, if we examine the current atmosphere, we see that these two questions seem to be on a collision course.
Last Friday, Denktas spoke with a number of journalists on CNN Turk. First a story was shown summarizing why the Turkish side opposes the Annan plan, after which Denktas was asked whether he’d like to add anything. ‘Just a couple of sentences,’ he replied. However, it seemed to me that if no one stopped him, he could have spoken straight through to morning. The Turkish Cypriot side doesn’t seem to be ready to approve any solution under the Annan plan. There’s no point in discussing this plan with Denktas since his opposition to it is clear and outspoken. Both Denktas and his supporters in Turkey are rightfully complaining about the steady international pressure warning that time is running out. ‘Under these circumstances, diplomatic negotiations never work,’ they argue. Very well then, but aren’t these people responsible for this no-solution impasse? Aren’t these people responsible for failing to resolve this problem in 1978 and missing many opportunities since to reach a permanent solution? Is it fair to have the Turkish nation foot the bill for all this? Why do the Turkish people have to make concessions from their own goals for the sake of protecting our rights on Cyprus? To over half of our 70 million population, the Cyprus Peace Operation is ancient history, something which happened before they were even born. These young people know Denktas as a politician always negotiating with some Greek official or another. I can understand why our prime minister is so concerned. Turkey is facing many problems since the handling of these two issues, Cyprus and the EU, has been linked together. But why don’t we think this way? No matter what happens on our path towards the EU, we must resolve the Cyprus issue as soon as possible.
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