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Turkish Press Review, 06-02-14
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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 : firstname.lastname@example.org <caption> <_caption> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning
14.02.2006GOVT SPOKESMAN CICEK: “THE NOTION OF PUBLIC AREA ISN’T A LEGAL ONE” RICE: “MUSLIM REACTIONS AGAINST MUHAMMED CARTOONS ARE NORMAL” DANISH AMBASSADOR IN ANKARA SEEKS TO CALM CARTOON CONTROVERSY SOLANA: “WE’LL DO OUR BEST TO AVOID ANOTHER CARTOON CRISIS” GREEK CYPRIOTS GIVE PROPERTY BACK TO CYPRIOT TURK TALAT: “THE EU SHOULD KEEP ITS PROMISE” ERDOGAN TO MEET WITH BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES TO DISCUSS THEIR PROBLEMS AGRICULTURE MINISTER: “OUR MEASURES HAVE PREVENTED BIRD FLU SPREAD” TURKEY EXPORTS ITS FIRST AIRPLANE SIMULATOR TO SOUTH KOREA FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... WHY DO THE IRISH LOVE THE OTTOMANS? BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)
 GOVT SPOKESMAN CICEK: “THE NOTION OF PUBLIC AREA ISN’T A LEGAL ONE”Yesterday’s Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed recent developments. After the meeting, government spokesman Cemil Cicek told reporters that he hadn’t seen the Council of State’s statement on criticisms of its recent ruling concerning a teacher wearing a headscarf, and said, “The notion of a public area isn’t a legal one. It’s a sociological and ideological notion.” Cicek added, “The Council of State has declared its view. In my opinion, we shouldn’t talk about it anymore. The public continues to discuss it.” Asked about the possibility of Hamas representatives visiting Turkey, Cicek said, “The prime minister and foreign minister have both spoken about the recent Palestinian election results. Turkey’s stance is clear. To make a lasting peace there, Turkey will do its utmost. Turkey has good relations with both Palestine and Israel. We support everything in order to establish peace.” /Star/
 RICE: “MUSLIM REACTIONS AGAINST MUHAMMED CARTOONS ARE NORMAL”US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that reaction in the Muslim world against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed was normal, adding however, that these reactions shouldn’t include violence. “We understand the protests, but the solution shouldn’t be violence,” she said. Rice further urged Iran and Syria not to provoke these protests. In related news, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Riza yesterday predicted that the protests would calm down if Denmark, which first published the cartoons, were to apologize to the Muslim world. /Turkiye/
 DANISH AMBASSADOR IN ANKARA SEEKS TO CALM CARTOON CONTROVERSYSeeking to calm the furor over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammed, Danish Ambassador to Ankara Christian Hoppe yesterday visited State Minister Mehmet Aydin, and then ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Deputy Turhan Comez, who has called for a boycott of Danish medical products. During Hoppe’s visits, the duties of diplomats and political figures were discussed. “We regret the recent developments,” said Hoppe. “I wish these hadn’t happened, and I’d like you to talk to the Turkish public. An economic boycott would damage both sides. Our prime minister said that the newspaper which published those cartoons made a mistake and has apologized. We believe that people should respect religious beliefs while exercising freedom of expression.” /Hurriyet/
 SOLANA: “WE’LL DO OUR BEST TO AVOID ANOTHER CARTOON CRISIS”European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana yesterday met in Saudi Arabia with Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the Turkish secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), to evaluate the recent Muhammed cartoon crisis. Speaking afterwards, Solana said that the European Union would do its utmost to avoid any further such crises. Solana said that the West and the East needed each other, adding that he wanted the Western world to respect Muslims. “We don’t want to hurt the feelings of Muslims,” he said. For his part, Ihsanoglu said that he hoped the EU would fight its fear of Muslims through legislation in the European Parliament. Later, Solana met with Saudi King Abdullah and proceeded to Egypt. /Turkiye/
 GREEK CYPRIOTS GIVE PROPERTY BACK TO CYPRIOT TURKIn a decision likely to affect ongoing property disputes on the island, the Greek Cypriot administration has given property in Greek Cyprus back to Turkish Cypriot Mustafa Aydin after he petitioned Greek Cypriot courts. Under Greek Cypriot law, Turks who resided more than six months there have the right to get back property which they left before 1974. /Hurriyet/
 TALAT: “THE EU SHOULD KEEP ITS PROMISE”Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD) President Omer Sabanci yesterday decried the deadlock on the Cyprus issue and unkept promises to Turkish Cyprus. Speaking at Eastern Mediterranean University in Gazimagosa, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Sabanci said, “The European Union’s lack of resolve against Greek Cypriot pressure and failing to keep its promises to Cyprus’ Turks disappoints us.” TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat also said, “The Turkish side expects the world, and especially the EU and the United Nations, to take steps towards finding a solution to the Cyprus problem, and we hope they keep their promises given to Turkish Cypriots on April 26, 2004 following the island-wide referendum.” /Cumhuriyet-Turkiye/
 ERDOGAN TO MEET WITH BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES TO DISCUSS THEIR PROBLEMSPrime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due today to attend the third meeting of the Regional and Sectoral Economic Council, organized by the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB). Chairmen of chambers from Turkey’s 81 provinces and 157 towns and cities will attend the gathering. During the meeting, the businessmen will tell Erdogan about the problems of the private sector and Erdogan will listen. TOBB Chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu said yesterday that TOBB had asked the government to convene the council to discuss the country’s pressing problems and that the government had welcomed this. /Aksam/
 AGRICULTURE MINISTER: “OUR MEASURES HAVE PREVENTED BIRD FLU SPREAD”Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker said yesterday that the measures taken by the government had prevented the further spread of bird flu. Eker stressed the role of bird migration in the spread of the disease, adding that the disease was unavoidable since Turkey was on the birds’ flight path. “The danger is still continuing due to migration, but we’ve prevented it spreading with the measures we’ve taken,” he added. Eker further called on the nation to turn over their birds to state officials if they carry the risk of flu. In related news, Health Minister Recep Akdag said that the government had been successful in fighting bird flu, adding that developments and information on the issue had been shared with the public through the media. /Turkiye/
 TURKEY EXPORTS ITS FIRST AIRPLANE SIMULATOR TO SOUTH KOREATurkey’s first CN-235 full flight airplane simulator, produced by Havelsan, was exported to South Korea this week. Speaking at the export ceremony for the 15-ton simulator, State Minister Kursat Tuzmen stressed the importance of exporting high-tech products, saying, “As you see, this export goes for $2 million per ton. These exports show the level which want to reach.” Tuzmen said that the average ton price of the products which Turkey exports was $400-500, adding, “The price of this 15-ton simulator is $30 million.” /The New Anatolian/
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 WHY DO THE IRISH LOVE THE OTTOMANS? BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)Columnist Semih Idiz comments on the Irish and their positive stance towards Turks. A summary of his column is as follows:
“I spent most of last week in Dublin, where I spent 10 years in my youth. I could feel the huge difference since Ireland became a European Union member, but certain things haven’t changed at all. For example, the Irish people’s obsession with Britain or their considering self-criticism a social virtue... Meanwhile, I saw another thing which still continues in Ireland. The Irish people have sympathy for Turks, just like in the past. I asked Paddy Smyth, a columnist for the Irish Times, about this. He told me that the Irish people used to believe that the Ottoman sultan would save them from British cruelty. During the Great Hunger which occurred due to the British misadministration in the mid-19th century, causing Ireland’s population to fall by half, food aid sent by the sultan encouraged this expectation even more. Of course, then, the Ottoman Empire wasn’t strong enough to save itself. However, this perception prevented the emergence of prejudices about Turks. The Irish people’s historic obsessions are about the British people, as I mentioned above. An Irish speaker at a Dublin conference on ‘Press Ethics in the EU’ that I took part in explained how EU membership saved them from British oppression.
Although Ireland was actually independent in 1973 when it joined the EU, it was completely dependent on Britain economically at that time. When the speaker mentioned the term ‘being saved from oppression,’ he meant just that. He was explaining how Ireland served its national interest through its EU membership. When an arrogant journalist from continental Europe tried to link the undeveloped character of the Islamic world to cultural reasons and asked in what other country had demonstrators set an embassy on fire, an elderly Irish man spoke up immediately. This retired politician started talking by saying, ‘My friend, let me enlighten you.’ He continued: ‘An angry Irish group burned the British Embassy in this city in 1972. A few years after this incident, the British ambassador in Ireland was blown to pieces.’ He was applauded by the Irish there and the European journalist was embarrassed, because the ‘clash of civilizations’ argument that he tried to put forth had collapsed. Although I was preparing to answer him, he left me nothing to say, because that Irish man brought him back in line. However, I asked myself if we can reach the maturity symbolized by this Irish man and appreciated by other Irish people.”
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