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Turkish Press Review, 03-12-09

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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 : newspot@byegm.gov.tr <caption> <_caption> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

09.12.2003

FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER, ERDOGAN SPEAK AT 5TH INTERNATIONAL ATATURK CONGRESS
  • [02] SEZER APPOINTS HEAD OF HIGHER EDUCATION BOARD
  • [03] GUL: “WE’VE TAKEN IMPORTANT STEPS TO BEGIN IMPLEMENTING REFORMS”
  • [04] CICEK: “EU MEMBERSHIP IS TURKEY’S MOST IMPORTANT PROJECT”
  • [05] FRATTINI: “TURKEY WILL GET ENCOURAGING MESSAGE AT EU SUMMIT”
  • [06] SYRIA VOWS TO COOPERATE WITH TURKEY IN FIGHTING TERRORISM
  • [07] PUTIN: “RUSSIA IS READY TO COOPERATE WITH TURKEY IN FIGHTING TERRORISM”
  • [08] LIFE SENTENCES EXPECTED FOR NOV. 17 TERRORISTS
  • [09] CHIEF OF STAFF OZKOK VISITS KOSOVO
  • [10] DENKTAS: “TRNC ELECTIONS WILL MARK A TURNING POINT”
  • [11] YILMAZ FACES SUPREME COURT CORRUPTION PROBE
  • [12] ATHENS HOSTS REGIONAL ENERGY MEETING
  • [13] IMF DELEGATION ARRIVES IN ANKARA
  • [14] WORLD BANK POWER PROJECTS OFFICIAL DUE IN ANKARA
  • [15] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [16] TRNC POLARIZATION BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

  • [01] SEZER, ERDOGAN SPEAK AT 5TH INTERNATIONAL ATATURK CONGRESS

    Speaking at the Fifth International Ataturk Congress yesterday, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said that Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk had waged a struggle against opponents of change and modernism, adding that the leader’s tolerant and peaceful nature had been respected by all. He also stated that Ataturk had placed great importance on peace and that his principles served as shining beacons for the nation. For his part, Erdogan called the republic “a project of modernization and civilization” supported by the three pillars of democracy, the rule of law, and secularism. “We can solve our nation’s challenges by maintaining an atmosphere of freedom and democracy,” added the premier. /Aksam/

    [02] SEZER APPOINTS HEAD OF HIGHER EDUCATION BOARD

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer yesterday appointed Professor Erdogan Tezic as the new head of the Higher Education Board (YOK). Tezic is currently rector of Isatnbul’s Galatasaray University and has also served as guest professor at Paris’ Sorbonne University and the University of Rennes, also in France. After his meeting with Sezer, Tezic said, “I met the president and have accepted the duty he assigned me.” /Star/

    [03] GUL: “WE’VE TAKEN IMPORTANT STEPS TO BEGIN IMPLEMENTING REFORMS”

    Speaking at a Prime Ministry meeting yesterday, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government had taken important steps to begin implementing recently passed European Union reforms, adding that criticisms of the government over this issue were unfair. Later Gul met with Hasan Onal, a Turkish engineer who was recently freed after a month’s captivity in Afghanistan. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] CICEK: “EU MEMBERSHIP IS TURKEY’S MOST IMPORTANT PROJECT”

    Speaking after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, Justice Minister and government spokesman Cemil Cicek said that Turkey’s European Union membership was the nation’s most important project, adding that he believed Turkey would contribute much to the EU. Also touching on the aftermath of last month’s terrorist attacks in Istanbul, Cicek charged that the action of some countries advising their citizens to avoid Turkey was tantamount to supporting terrorism. /Aksam/

    [05] FRATTINI: “TURKEY WILL GET ENCOURAGING MESSAGE AT EU SUMMIT”

    An encouraging message will be given to Turkey at the European Union summit later this month, said Term President Italy’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini at a press conference in Brussels yesterday. Frattini noted that the agenda for the EU summit had been set, adding that “an encouraging message” would be given to member candidates such as Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania. /Sabah/

    [06] SYRIA VOWS TO COOPERATE WITH TURKEY IN FIGHTING TERRORISM

    During a meeting with the Turkish Parliamentary Friendship Group, Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass said yesterday that his country was ready to cooperate with Turkey in the fight against terrorism. After completing its contacts in Syria, the Turkish-Syrian Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group delegation led by Yuksel Cavusoglu returned to Ankara. Cavusoglu visited President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and briefed him about the delegations’ meetings with Syrian officials. During the four-day visit, the delegations met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Prime Minister Mohammed Naji Otri, and Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass as well as the nation’s health, foreign and trade ministers. Expressing his sympathy over the recent terrorist attacks in Istanbul, Tlass vowed to cooperate with Turkey in the fight against terrorism. Following the attacks, Syria handed over to Turkey 22 terror suspects. In related news, al-Assad is expected to visit Turkey next month. /Turkiye/

    [07] PUTIN: “RUSSIA IS READY TO COOPERATE WITH TURKEY IN FIGHTING TERRORISM”

    Russia is ready to cooperate with Turkey in fighting terrorism, said Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday. Putin condemned last month’s terrorist attacks in Istanbul, adding that international cooperation was needed to eliminate terrorism. “We will stand by Turkey,” he added. /Milliyet/

    [08] LIFE SENTENCES EXPECTED FOR NOV. 17 TERRORISTS

    A Greek court announced yesterday its decision on convicted members of the Nov. 17 terrorist organization. Sentences regarding the members are set to be announced this week. Three of the suspects – Savas Ksiros, Dimitris Kufodinas and Vasilis Corcatos – in addition to other attacks, were also accused of attacks which took the life of Turkey’s Press Attache Cetin Gorgu in Athens in 1991 and Turkish Embassy Undersecretary Haluk Sipahioglu in Paris in 1994. Undersecretary Deniz Bolukbasi was also targeted in a 1991 Nov. 17 assasination attempt. Most of the suspects are expected to be sentenced to be life in prison. _Cumhuriyet)

    [09] CHIEF OF STAFF OZKOK VISITS KOSOVO

    On his first stop in a tour of Balkan countries, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok yesterday visited the province of Kosovo. After meeting with Gen. Holger Kammerhoff, the German commander of the region’s NATO-led international peacekeeping force (KFOR), Ozkok visited the town of Prizren where a Turkish battalion is deployed. Addressing a crowd, Ozkok stated that Turkey’s support for Kosovo and its people have been steadfast. Ozkok added that terrorism threatened all nations and should be fought comprehensively. After completing his contacts in Kosovo, Ozkok proceeded to Bosnia. As part of his tour, Ozkok is also expected to visit Albania. /Turkiye/

    [10] DENKTAS: “TRNC ELECTIONS WILL MARK A TURNING POINT”

    Speaking at Istanbul University yesterday, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas said that TRNC general elections scheduled for this Sunday would be a turning point, adding that he would never forsake his struggle. Also speaking, Democratic Left Party (DSP) Deputy Leader Sukru Sina Gurel said that Turkey shouldn’t forsake its defense of Cyprus. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] YILMAZ FACES SUPREME COURT CORRUPTION PROBE

    The process of the Supreme Court investigating six former ministers, including former Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, is due to begin today. The ministers are to be investigated over allegations of corruption in bids for energy concerns and Turkbank and in the management of Halk Bank. /Hurriyet/

    [12] ATHENS HOSTS REGIONAL ENERGY MEETING

    Athens yesterday began hosting a Southern Europe Regional Energy Market (SEEREM) meeting. During the gathering, chaired by Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler, the issues of setting up a power and natural gas market and integrating it with the European Union were discussed. In addition to Turkey, also attending the gathering were Albania, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia-Montenegro and Greece. Following talks with Greek Development Minister Akis Cohacopulos, Guler is set to return to Turkey today. /Turkiye/

    [13] IMF DELEGATION ARRIVES IN ANKARA

    An International Monetary Fund delegation arrived yesterday in Ankara to complete meetings regarding the sixth review of Turkey’s economic program. During the meetings, reforms of social security institutions and the tax system as well as banking regulations are set to be discussed. Following the implementation of reforms, the IMF is expected to release a $500 million loan tranche. Meanwhile, the IMF delegation yesterday met with State Minister Ali Babacan and Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan./Turkiye/

    [14] WORLD BANK POWER PROJECTS OFFICIAL DUE IN ANKARA

    James Moose, the World Bank coordinator for Turkish power projects, is scheduled to visit Ankara next week to meet with officials in public institutions. During their talks, Moose is expected to discuss developments in electricity sector reform programs and their future progress. /Turkiye/

    [15] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [16] TRNC POLARIZATION BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Fikret Bila comments on polarization in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) before the upcoming elections. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Polarization in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) has reached a boiling point in the countdown to this weekend’s elections. The campaigns are revolving around Annan’s plan for the island, and this lies behind the polarization. For example, if the parties supporting TRNC President Rauf Denktas win, the doors will be closed completely but if Republican Turkish Party (CTP) leader Mehmet Ali Talat wins, Annan’s plan will be signed. Actually, this isn’t the whole truth. If the current TRNC coalition partners can win enough seats to form another government, Denktas won’t burn his bridges with the United Nations, the European Union and the Greek Cypriot administration. Denktas will request proximity talks following the elections and propose a plan to be prepared with Ankara, using Annan’s plan as a starting point. The basis of this plan will consist of two states, two sectors, two nations and two democracies, and an umbrella state to be founded on this basis.

    Another necessary condition in Denktas’s plan will be Turkey as guarantor. It would be hard for the current opposition to oppose this framework. Likewise, if Talat forms a government, he won’t sign onto Annan’s plan. It’s impossible for Talat to ignore the Cyprus problem’s national character and accept the requests of the EU and Greek Cypriot administration. Even if there is such an atmosphere in the elections, neither Talat nor any other politician can follow a policy of protecting not Ankara, but Athens and Brussels without guaranteeing the Turkish Cypriots’ security. A policy depicting the Greek Cypriot administration as peacemakers favoring just resolution but Turkey and the TRNC as blameworthy obstructionists will go nowhere. Whoever wins the elections, we shouldn’t forget that Cyprus is a national problem and that polarization here would be a grave mistake.”

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