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Turkish Press Review, 06-02-20

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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

20.02.2006

FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN TOUTS GOVT ROAD CONSTRUCTION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  • [02] GUL: “FOREIGN MEDIA COVERAGE OF HAMAS’ VISIT TO ANKARA WAS POSITIVE”
  • [03] PAPADOPOULOS: “WE WANT TO BEGIN IMMEDIATE CYPRUS TALKS TO REACH A RESOLUTION”
  • [04] US CHIEF OF STAFF HEAD GEN. PACE TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [05] TUZMEN ADDRESSES CONFERENCE ON “GREAT OTTOMAN PROJECT”
  • [06] BABACAN: “NO MECHANISM AFFECTS THE EXCHANGE RATE MORE THAN THE MARKET”
  • [07] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [08] YES, IT’S OUR PROBLEM BY TARHAN ERDEM (RADIKAL)

  • [01] ERDOGAN TOUTS GOVT ROAD CONSTRUCTION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    Speaking at an opening ceremony of a local road in Bursa over the weekend, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that when government announced that it would build a divided highway 15,000 kilometers long, other political parties had scoffed at this. “But we’ve built around 7,000 kilometers of it already,” said Erdogan. He stated that the government was working very hard to raise the standards of living of the Turkish nation, adding that Turkey’s economy was developing by using inactive equipment and employees from the public sector. “Turkey has become a construction site,” said Erdogan. He stressed that everyone knew the situation of Turkey back in November 2002, when his party came to power, but now it was much better than it was in past years. Later, attending the opening ceremony of the Bursa Organized Industrial Zone, Erdogan said that the government aimed at growth while respecting the environment. /Turkiye/

    [02] GUL: “FOREIGN MEDIA COVERAGE OF HAMAS’ VISIT TO ANKARA WAS POSITIVE”

    Addressing a meeting of his party over the weekend, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul responded to critics of last week’s visit of a Hamas delegation to Ankara, saying that it was unfortunate that Turkey is unaware of its own power. “While we’re unaware of this, it’s known by other countries such as the US and Japan as well as the Arab world,” he said. Gul stated that he had followed the foreign media’s coverage of the visit, saying that it was positive, not negative. “However, our media is interested in the tabloid aspect of the visit,” said Gul. He stressed that the region where Palestine and Israel are situated was governed by the Turks for centuries and added, “It is natural for us to deal with the issue.” He further called the recent elections in Palestine the “most democratic elections” yet in the Arab world. /Turkiye/

    [03] PAPADOPOULOS: “WE WANT TO BEGIN IMMEDIATE CYPRUS TALKS TO REACH A RESOLUTION”

    Speaking to Greek daily Ethnos yesterday, Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos said that his administration wanted to begin immediate negotiations to reach a resolution on the island. Papadopoulos claimed that the Annan plan was prepared under the expectations of Turkey, adding that he had proposed some changes to the plan. Papadopoulos stated that he would tell UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that Cyprus negotiations should begin under an “appropriate atmosphere.” He stressed that he accepted “political equity” on the island, but that there couldn’t be “administrative equity” between the two sides. /Sabah/

    [04] US CHIEF OF STAFF HEAD GEN. PACE TO VISIT TURKEY

    Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, will visit Ankara on March 23-24 to participate in the “Global Terrorism and International Cooperation” symposium organized by the Center of Excellence in the Defense Against Terrorism. Pace is also expected to hold meetings with his Turkish counterpart Gen. Hilmi Ozkok and high-ranking state officials in Ankara. The terrorist PKK and developments in Iran and Iraq will be the top issues during these meetings. /Hurriyet/

    [05] TUZMEN ADDRESSES CONFERENCE ON “GREAT OTTOMAN PROJECT”

    Speaking at a conference of a foundation called the “Great Ottoman Project” over the weekend, State Minister Kursat Tuzmen said that since the Ottoman Empire had been just to all nations, all nations had good feelings about it. Tuzmen also said that history was a science, not a gossip discipline, saying that it depended on material evidence and mind. He stated that leaders in Turkey should look at the future realistically, unaffected by prejudices. /Turkiye/

    [06] BABACAN: “NO MECHANISM AFFECTS THE EXCHANGE RATE MORE THAN THE MARKET”

    Speaking at a meeting of his party over the weekend, State Minister for the Economy Ali Babacan said that Turkey had a floating exchange rate, adding that the last intervention of the Central Bank showed that there was no mechanism stronger than the market for affecting the exchange rate. “It would be impossible for the CB to affect the rate by purchasing or selling foreign exchange,” said Babacan. Touching on the current accounts deficit, Babacan said that necessary steps had been taken on the issue. “A high deficit is seen in countries like ours, which is in the midst of negotiations with the European Union,” added Babacan. /Sabah/

    [07] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [08] YES, IT’S OUR PROBLEM BY TARHAN ERDEM (RADIKAL)

    Columnist Tarhan Erdem comments on the Kurdish issue. A summary of his column is as follows: “The Democratic Turkey Party (DTP) issued a statement. The party’s co- chairs said that they had understood the government’s inviting Hamas and added that in solving the Kurdish issue, the government should take advantage of modern countries’ experience solving similar problems and so adopt a method of dialogue and consensus. Following this invitation, the DTP members wrote that they were ready to support all sorts of positive steps. This declaration has a value for those who accept the Kurdish issue as it is, like me. However, those considering the method of dialogue and consensus or meetings should answer certain questions: Who are the parties of the meeting? How do the parties define themselves and the problem? Who represents the parties and why? If answers are found to these questions, other questions should be asked: What are ‘issues’ of the meeting? Wouldn’t it be better to cover ground without sitting at the negotiating table? Efforts to answer these solutions without defining the Kurdish problem clearly would yield no result. The first step is to define the problem. I think today’s definition of the Kurdish problem is that our non-separatist Kurdish citizens don’t consider themselves ‘equal citizens’ in life and human rights. It’s more important whether they consider themselves equal, rather than whether equality is real in life and human rights. The majority of non-separatist Kurds in our country believe that they’re not considered equal citizens. Is the DPT their real representative? The problem starts with this question both for non-separatist Kurds and the DPT. The DPT, which hasn’t cut its links to armed separatists, can’t get the votes of all Kurds and can’t direct most of them either. Firstly, a position should be taken against armed separatists in order to inspire confidence for non-separatists. It might be thought that arms are effective as well! Kurdish politicians should look and decide whether armed separatists are the majority of the Kurds and how great is their influence. I believe that the number of separatists and armed Kurds isn’t the majority, although they are rising due to mistaken policies. Making political efforts with the law and waging an armed struggle and favoring separateness are very different from each other. It’s true that there are these groups within the Kurds but it’s wrong to assume that these groups deal with politics under the same roof. It’s impossible for all the groups to deal in politics under one roof. There’s also a Kurdish problem, namely our Kurdish citizens’ considering themselves not equal citizens. The Kurdish problem shouldn’t be ignored, postponed or seen as unimportant. Delays raise the number of those who take the armed separatists into consideration and make the issue harder. Even if this isn’t the case, don’t the problems of our people belong to us as well? Yes, we have a Kurdish issue. In addition, whether it’s discussed or not and whoever the parties are, both the matters and solutions are known.”

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