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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
10.12.2003ERDOGAN PROMISES NEUTRALITY TOWARDS TRNC ELECTIONS CICEK: “INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IS THE ANTIDOTE TO TERRORISM” DENKTAS: “THOUGH IT WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO, TURKEY ISN’T INTERVENING IN OUR ELECTIONS,” GROSSMAN: “THE US WILL STAND BY TURKEY IN ITS FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM AND WE WILL WIN THIS WAR TOGETHER” PARLIAMENT GREENLIGHTS INQUIRY INTO FOUR MINISTERS FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... THE GAME OF WHO’S NEXT BY HASAN CEMAL (MILLIYET)
 ERDOGAN PROMISES NEUTRALITY TOWARDS TRNC ELECTIONSSpeaking at his party’s group meeting yesterday, Prime Minister and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his party would be neutral towards this weekend’s general elections in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). “There may be some circles who want to cast a shadow over the elections,” he warned. The premier stressed that Turkey was determined to help reach a resolution on the island, but added that Greece and the Greek Cypriots should show the same resolve. /Cumhuriyet/
 CICEK: “INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IS THE ANTIDOTE TO TERRORISM”Justice Minister Cemil Cicek and his French counterpart Dominique Perben, in the midst of a one-day visit to Turkey, yesterday attended a panel in Ankara. In his opening speech, Cicek said that terrorism was like a puzzle with many pieces scattered over various countries. “In order to solve it, all the pieces need to be put together,” said Cicek. Underlining the importance of coordinated anti-terror efforts, Cicek said that the antidote to terrorism was international cooperation. In his address to the gathering, Perben expressed sympathy on behalf of the French people over the recent terrorist attacks in Istanbul, adding that his visit to Turkey was itself a statement against terrorism. /Turkiye/
 DENKTAS: “THOUGH IT WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO, TURKEY ISN’T INTERVENING IN OUR ELECTIONS,”Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas yesterday received visiting Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener to discuss this Sunday’s general elections. The United Nations’ Cyprus plan aims to separate the TRNC from Turkey, warned Denktas, adding, “[UN Secretary-General Kofi] Annan’s plan is aimed at destroying our state.” Reacting to opposition criticisms that Ankara was trying to interfere in the polls, Denktas said that this was not the case, but added that in its role under international agreements as a guarantor state for the island, “Turkey has every right to intervene.” In related news, US Special Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston is expected to visit the island soon and meet with both Denktas and Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos, who has called for new negotiations within the framework of Annan’s plan. /Cumhuriyet/
 GROSSMAN: “THE US WILL STAND BY TURKEY IN ITS FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM AND WE WILL WIN THIS WAR TOGETHER”Marc Grossman, US undersecretary of state for political affairs and a former US ambassador to Ankara, yesterday met with Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler to discuss a number of issues, including last month’s terrorist attacks in the city. During their talks, Grossman said that both Turkey and the US had lived under the shadow of terrorism. “We will stand by Turkey in its fight against terrorism and we will win this war together,” he said, adding that last month’s terrorist attacks were an offense against not only Turkish citizens, but all of humanity. Touching on the Cyprus issue, Grossman said that the US administration supported the United Nation’s Cyprus plan. “I hope this Sunday’s general elections in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus [TRNC] will pave the way for negotiations on the island,” stated Grossman, adding that he hoped the polls would be conducted democratically. /Cumhuriyet/
 GEN. OZKOK VISITS ALBANIAOn his current tour of Balkan countries, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok yesterday arrived in Tirana, Albania to pay a two-day official visit. As part of his contacts in this country, Ozkok met with his Albanian counterpart Lt. Gen. Pellumb Qazimi, Defense Minister Pandeli Mayko and then Albanian Prime Minister Fatos Nano. Today, the top Turkish commander is expected to be received by President Alfred Moisiu. /Turkiye/
 PARLIAMENT GREENLIGHTS INQUIRY INTO FOUR MINISTERSParliamentary deputies decided yesterday to set up commissions into former Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and five other former ministers to investigate allegations of corruptions during their terms in office. Following the completion of the inquiries, the deputies will decide whether or not to bring the judgement of the former ministers, including Gunes Taner, Cumhur Ersumer, Zeki Cakan, Husamettin Ozkan and Recep Onal, to the Supreme Court. /Hurriyet/
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 THE GAME OF WHO’S NEXT BY HASAN CEMAL (MILLIYET)Columnist Hasan Cemal comments on the Cyprus issue. A summary of his column is as follows:
“During this January’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, I was discussing the Cyprus issue with Justice and Development (AKP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Abdullah Gul, who was then serving as a caretaker prime minister for Erdogan. Neither had good things to say about Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas. Following the AKP’s victory in the fall 2002 elections, Erdogan made striking statements about Cyprus. ‘We’ve followed hawkish policies up to now, but to no avail,’ he said during his visits to European capitals. ’We face the Cyprus issue everywhere. Burying our head in the sand like an ostrich is useless.’ During a television panel last February, Erdogan told me that there were certain obstacles to Cyprus’ EU membership and expressed discomfort that Mumtaz Soysal, who opposes the EU, was an official advisor to Denktas. Did Erdogan change when he became prime minister? For example, Soysal recently wrote that Erdogan had become reasonable on the Cyprus issue. If this is the situation, then there is something strange afoot. Now Erdogan is going through the same things experienced by former Premier Suleyman Demirel and the late Turgut Ozal.
Back in 1983 Ozal became prime minister when his Motherland Party (ANAP) won the elections. First he made a gesture to Greece by unilaterally ending the visa requirement. He was even hoping that he could quickly solve the Cyprus issue using his parliamentary majority, strong government and political decisiveness. However, for many years since the issue has resisted solution. One day Ozal complained about Denktas to his political advisors, saying, ‘He’s leading us around by the nose whenever he wants.’ Probably Ozal should have been angry not with Denktas, but with himself, because he was representing the nation’s will.
Then Demirel became prime minister and faced the Cyprus issue for himself. He tried to avoid being the spoilsport in Washington’s eyes. One day Demirel too complained about Denktas, using words similar to Ozal’s. A decade passed. Now is it Erdogan and Gul’s turn? Or is this a game of ‘who’s next’? Erdogan and Gul began determinedly, but have they thrown in the towel too soon? Can’t they see that failure to solve the Cyprus issue would cripple both themselves and the nation?”
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