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Turkish Press Review, 06-02-21

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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

21.02.2006

ERDOGAN TO ATTEND INTL CREDIT CONFERENCE IN MONTE CARLO AUSTRIAN FM: “TURKEY’S TALKS COULD BEGIN BEFORE JULY, UNDER OUR EU PRESIDENCY” CICEK: “ANKARA WILL CONTINUE TO PROMOTE PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI PEACE” MUMCU: “THE GOVT’S UNSUCCESSFUL MEDIATION WAS AN EMBARRASSMENT” IFC PREDICTS $11 BLN FOREIGN INVESTMENTS IN TURKEY CHP DEPUTY LEADER KOC: “THE HAMAS VISIT HURT TURKEY’S ABILITY TO VOICE ITS MESSAGE” ISRAEL TURNS DOWN BRIEFING ON HAMAS VISIT QATAR SUMMIT TO ADDRESS CARTOON CRISIS LATVIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER VISITS ANKARA FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS… ISRAEL CAN’T CUT TIES BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN TO ATTEND INTL CREDIT CONFERENCE IN MONTE CARLO
  • [02] AUSTRIAN FM: “TURKEY’S TALKS COULD BEGIN BEFORE JULY, UNDER OUR EU PRESIDENCY”
  • [03] CICEK: “ANKARA WILL CONTINUE TO PROMOTE PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI PEACE”
  • [04] MUMCU: “THE GOVT’S UNSUCCESSFUL MEDIATION WAS AN EMBARRASSMENT”
  • [05] IFC PREDICTS $11 BLN FOREIGN INVESTMENTS IN TURKEY
  • [06] CHP DEPUTY LEADER KOC: “THE HAMAS VISIT HURT TURKEY’S ABILITY TO VOICE ITS MESSAGE”
  • [07] ISRAEL TURNS DOWN BRIEFING ON HAMAS VISIT
  • [08] QATAR SUMMIT TO ADDRESS CARTOON CRISIS
  • [09] LATVIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER VISITS ANKARA
  • [10] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [11] ISRAEL CAN’T CUT TIES BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN TO ATTEND INTL CREDIT CONFERENCE IN MONTE CARLO

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to travel to Monte Carlo next Wednesday to attend the International Credit Conference. Erdogan is expected to address the gathering to tell the participants about the strength of the Turkish economy and investment opportunities, while inviting leading international investors to invest in Turkey. /Hurriyet/

    [02] AUSTRIAN FM: “TURKEY’S TALKS COULD BEGIN BEFORE JULY, UNDER OUR EU PRESIDENCY”

    Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik yesterday predicted that the European Union would end the preliminary screening and begin Ankara’s official accession talks before July 1, during Austria’s rotating EU term presidency. Speaking to news channel Euronews, Plassnik stated that she believed there was no obstacle to beginning negotiations with Turkey during Austria’s term presidency. Stressing that the EU decision to begin Turkey’s accession talks last November was “irreversible,” she added however that the result of the talks was not yet clear. /Turkiye/

    [03] CICEK: “ANKARA WILL CONTINUE TO PROMOTE PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI PEACE”

    Speaking after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, Justice Minister Cemil Cicek commented on the recent visit of a Hamas delegation to Turkey, saying that Turkey would continue to contribute to efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Cicek said that reaching a resolution would end the suffering of both nations, adding that Ankara would do its best to boost peace efforts in the region. Cicek stressed that Turkish officials had told the Hamas delegation about the expectations of the international community. “We said that Palestine and Israel should coexist in the region,” he said. “We also said that peace negotiations under the determined roadmap should continue.” Asked about Israel’s negative reaction to the visit, Cicek said that after next month’s Israeli general elections its relations with Turkey would get back on track. /Turkiye/

    [04] MUMCU: “THE GOVT’S UNSUCCESSFUL MEDIATION WAS AN EMBARRASSMENT”

    Criticizing the recent visit of a Hamas delegation to Ankara, opposition Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) leader Erkan Mumcu yesterday said that during the visit the government had both failed to please the Hamas delegation and also lost the confidence of Israel. “Foreign policy is a serious business,” he said. “The government’s unsuccessful mediation role has embarrassed Turkey on the international stage. It had no right to do this.” /Aksam/

    [05] IFC PREDICTS $11 BLN FOREIGN INVESTMENTS IN TURKEY

    The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Monetary Fund’s private sector financing arm, yesterday predicted that this year Turkey would attract at least $11 billion in foreign capital. According to an IFC report, foreign capital flow to Turkey will grow faster than the European Union average. It also stated that tax cuts, the privatization process, and beginning accession talks with the EU had all made Turkey more attractive. The report further stressed that Romania would be second to Turkey, predicting that it would attract $7 billion. /Milliyet/

    [06] CHP DEPUTY LEADER KOC: “THE HAMAS VISIT HURT TURKEY’S ABILITY TO VOICE ITS MESSAGE”

    Speaking about Hamas political leader Khalid Mashaal’s recent visit to Turkey, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy leader Haluk Koç said yesterday, “With this visit Turkey came to a position where it can’t make its point on similar groups.” Addressing a press conference, he added, “Hamas aims to turn Palestine into an Islamic republic and govern it according to Islamic law. After this visit, Turkey came to a point where it can’t say, ‘This is a terrorist group, this group has certain troubles finding a diplomatic solution.’” /Aksam/

    [07] ISRAEL TURNS DOWN BRIEFING ON HAMAS VISIT

    Israeli Ambassador to Ankara Pinhas Avivi yesterday refused the Foreign Ministry’s invitation for a briefing on last week’s Hamas visit to Ankara, a briefing intended to mend strained ties. Bozkurt Aran, the Foreign Ministry’s Middle East Department head, telephoned Avivi and asked why he hadn’t come for the briefing. “We were against this visit, and we still are,” Avivi replied. “Hamas still doesn’t recognize Israel and isn’t taking any constructive steps. They said what they had to say. I don’t see a reason to come to the ministry for a briefing.” /Aksam/

    [08] QATAR SUMMIT TO ADDRESS CARTOON CRISIS

    Reportedly worried by violence over the recent cartoon crisis, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is set to take part in an Alliance of Civilizations meeting to be held in Qatar. During the meeting, ways to establish a constructive dialogue on the basis of mutual understanding and respect for peoples who have different beliefs and traditions will be sought. State Minister Mehmet Aydýn will be present at the meeting as co-chair. Turkey and Spain spearheaded the initiative. /Turkiye/

    [09] LATVIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER VISITS ANKARA

    Latvian Parliament Speaker Ingrida Urde yesterday came to Ankara as the guest of her Turkish counterpart Bulent Arinc. After meeting with Arinc, Urde was received by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. Parliament’s Latvia Friendship Group head Osman Akman also met with the visiting delegation at a luncheon. /Sabah/

    [10] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [11] ISRAEL CAN’T CUT TIES BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Fikret Bila comments on Hamas’ visit to Ankara and Ankara’s expectations. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Israel is voicing criticisms about last week’s Hamas visit to Ankara. Israeli Ambassador to Ankara Pinhas Avivi rejected the Foreign Ministry’s invitation for a briefing. The Israeli government stated that it wouldn’t meet with the Palestinian government to be established by Hamas. It decided to block Palestine’s share of customs duties to Palestine and said that it would tighten the West Bank and Gaza Strip crossing checkpoints. However, blocking Palestinian people and workers from making the crossings entirely wasn’t among the measures taken. Israel is making harsh criticisms, unlike the US’ careful criticisms. According to Foreign Ministry sources, Ankara had guessed this would happen. It seems that while accepting Hamas’ request for a visit, Israel’s likely response was taken into consideration and efforts were made to soften it. However, Prime Ministry and Foreign Ministry analysts think that Israel and the US should review their ‘speculations’ concerning the Palestinian elections. They reminded them the US encouraged the elections in Palestine and Israel gave permission for Hamas’ participation in the elections. At this point, analysts expect answers to these questions: Why did you let Hamas take part in the elections? Did you think that it wouldn’t win? Did you say that if Hamas wins you won’t accept the outcome? Did you calculate that Hamas’ participation would contribute to its normalization, rather than radicalization? Ankara expects the US and Israel to answer these questions. It considers letting Hamas run and then making these criticisms a contradiction.

    Ankara, which took a risk by accepting the Hamas leader, emphasizes at every opportunity that its only aim was to send the messages shared by the US and Israel and promote peace. Israel and the US’ policy is to draw Hamas to the normal basis of politics, strengthen its commitment to democracy and pave the way to the negotiating table. According to analysts, if Hamas maintains its current stance and terrorist attacks after establishing the government, it can’t get Ankara’s support. But they also say that if the opposite happens, an opportunity will emerge for peace and that Turkey’s efforts and inspiration are in this direction as well. They emphasize that Israel’s considering Turkey to be in the camp with Iran and Hamas due to this visit would be a huge mistake. Ankara doesn’t expect Israel to cut loose from Turkey due to this visit. It believes that when Israel needs to develop and strengthen its relations with Turkey, it won’t want to face difficulties reaching Ankara and therefore it won’t cut loose. Officials from the Prime Ministry say that Israel’s reaction was ‘emotional’ in the heat of the incident and that it would be more rational when the dust clears.”

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