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Turkish Press Review, 01-09-17

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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr>

17.09.01

Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning


CONTENTS

  • [01] TGNA CONVENES
  • [02] AZNAR IN ISTANBUL
  • [03] ECEVIT'S STATEMENT
  • [04] THANKS FOR TURKEY
  • [05] KUTAN: "TERROR AND WAR ARE DIFFERENT THINGS"
  • [06] TURKISH ACADEMICIANS' STATEMENTS ON US RETALIATION
  • [07] ATTACK PROMPTS EU TO REVISE ITS ANTI-TERROR POLICY
  • [08] BAYKAL: "IT IS WRONG TO EQUATE TERROR WITH A RELIGION"
  • [09] MEMBERS OF CONSTITUTIONAL COURT IN PARIS
  • [10] ISO CHAIRMAN: "A NEW PROGRAM IS NECESSARY"
  • [11] ORAL: " WE WILL OVERCOME DIFFICULTIES"
  • [12] AGRICULTURE MINISTERS OF BALKAN STATES AT YALOVA
  • [13] TARUTINO COMPRESSOR STATION OPENS IN UKRAINE
  • [14] DENKTAS TO OPEN EXHIBITION IN GAZIANTEP
  • [15] TOBB SUPPORTS CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION
  • [16] DERVIS TO EXPRESS OUR CONCERNS IN LONDON
  • [17] THE GREATEST EXPORT INCREASE WAS TO ITALY
  • [18] TURKEY DONATES 80 MILITARY VEHICLES TO AZERBAIJAN
  • [19] CLEANING PROCESS TO START ON BOSPHORUS
  • [20] TURKISH PHOTOGRAPHERS' EXHIBITION IN GERMANY
  • [21] TURKISH AIRLINES FLIGHTS RESTARTED
  • [22] GOLDEN ORANGE FILM FESTIVAL OPENS TO THE WORLD
  • [23] THE NEW YORK TIMES PRAISES ISTANBUL
  • [24] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM TH ECOLUMNS
  • [25] WHY? BY SEDAT SERTOGLU (SABAH)

  • [01] TGNA CONVENES

    The Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) will convene today to debate the proposal for Constitutional amendments on 37 articles. During the Plenary Session, which will be chaired by the Speaker of the TGNA, Omer Izgi, a new Deputy Speaker of the TGNA, as well as, new members from Felicity Party (SP) and the Justice and Progress Party (AKP) for the Constitutional Commission will be elected. /Hurriyet/

    [02] AZNAR IN ISTANBUL

    Spain Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar arrived in Istanbul yesterday to attend the opening ceremony of the Istanbul Cervantes Institute and to hold meetings with Turkish authorities. Premier Bulent Ecevit hosted a dinner last night at the Cıragan Palace in the honour of Spanish Premier. Both Prime Ministers will open the Institute following a press conference. /Turkiye/

    [03] ECEVIT'S STATEMENT

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit left for Istanbul yesterday to hold a meeting with Spanish Premier Jose Maria Aznar and to attend the opening ceremony of the Cervantes Institute. Before leaving, upon a question posed by journalists at the Esenboga Airport, regarding the threat of a nuclear war, Ecevit said, " God save the world from a kind of nuclear war. It will a disaster for the humanity." /Turkiye/

    [04] THANKS FOR TURKEY

    The US Secretary of State Colin Powell thanked Turkey for her support against terrorism. Calling Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Cem last night, Powell expressed his pleasure for Turkey's share in the grief of the US nation for the recent terrorist attack and support. /Turkiye/

    [05] KUTAN: "TERROR AND WAR ARE DIFFERENT THINGS"

    The leader of the Felicity Party (SP) Recai Kutan said terror and war are different concepts. Addressing a party meeting, regarding the terrorist attack in the US, Kutan said, "Terrorism is not related to any religion. Some circles try to establish a connection between terrorism and Islam. This is completely wrong. Islam is a religion of peace and friendship." He said struggle with terrorism is necessary. However, innocent people should not be harmed." /Turkiye/

    [06] TURKISH ACADEMICIANS' STATEMENTS ON US RETALIATION

    Stating that international law recognized "retaliation" Prof. Rona Aybay at Istanbul Bilgi University said, "Retaliation is in compliance with international law. However, the problem is that US retaliation has no specific target." Aybay said that the recent terrorist attacks on the US led the world into a new period. Aybay added, "The current data is not enough for taking a decision to attack a country. However, if the US carries out an operation, they will have to explain their legal basis." Meanwhile, Chairwoman of the Sociology Department at Marmara University Prof. Nilufer Narli warned that if the US retaliated without any specific targets, this would increase anti-American and anti-Western views in the Eastern world and more people in the region would begin to label Americans as "enemies" which might result in polarization and struggles between the two cultures. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] ATTACK PROMPTS EU TO REVISE ITS ANTI-TERROR POLICY

    The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in new York City and the Pentagon outside Washington on Sept 11, which prompted the US to prepare retaliatory action at various points in the world has also brought to the forefront a debate over an effective fight against acts of international terrorism and terrorists. For the first time in its history NATO decided to invoke Article V. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit expressed his desire that some of Turkey's allies change the way they treat terrorists such as the DHKP_C and PKK militants. The members of the European Union are expected to definitely change their anti-terrorism policy, which is based, in the words of a senior EU diplomat on the tolerance of dissidents residing in many European countries. /Turkish Daily News/

    [08] BAYKAL: "IT IS WRONG TO EQUATE TERROR WITH A RELIGION"

    Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal said it was wrong to define terrorism by religion. Interpreting the terrorist attacks against the US, Baykal said terrorism can affect a whole society and it has changed its quality. He said, "Relating terrorism to a religion is a terrible mistake. Terrorism has no religion. You can't define any religion as a supporter of terrorism. Every religion accepts the importance of justice, respect and care for human life. These events showed how important a country Turkey is. Turkey, as a Muslim country, has always fought against terrorism." /Turkish Daily News/

    [09] MEMBERS OF CONSTITUTIONAL COURT IN PARIS

    A delegation including Constitutional Court members traveled to Paris. The delegation will make some official visits in several cities of Europe as guests of European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)Chief Luzuis Wildhaber, the European Council and German Foreign Affairs Minister. /Turkish Daily News/

    [10] ISO CHAIRMAN: "A NEW PROGRAM IS NECESSARY"

    Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ISO) Chairman Husamettin Kavi said that the recent terrorist attacks on the US could be considered as the consequence of the extreme social inequalities in the world. Emphasizing that Turkey was one of the countries who were affected mostly by the attacks, Kavi said, "IMF's and World Bank's current loans to be delivered to Turkey will not be enough under these new conditions. We cannot talk about a sustainable economic program based on tourism and exports revenues any longer. We need to discuss the new conditions and their effects on Turkey as soon as possible." /Hurriyet/

    [11] ORAL: " WE WILL OVERCOME DIFFICULTIES"

    Attending a ceremony in Karaburun, Izmir, Minister of Finance Sumer Oral said Turkey is passing from a hard and difficult period , however, all difficulties will be surmounted. Oral said, "Turkey is one of the great countries in the world. She is 17th with respect to the Gross National Income figure. We have the power and potential to overcome the difficulties. "Regarding the terrorist attack in the US, he said, "This incident shows us how terrorism reached dangerous dimensions." /Turkiye/

    [12] AGRICULTURE MINISTERS OF BALKAN STATES AT YALOVA

    At the "Balkan States Agriculture Ministers Meeting," which is being held in Istanbul, ministers from eight countries met with Turkish Agriculture Minister Husnu Yusuf Gokalp in Yalova. Gokalp said that they were working on establishing a secretariat for the meeting and their aim was to carry out any kind of collaboration between the states and coordinate the marketing of agricultural products, and integration of agricultural activities with the environment. /Turkish Daily News/

    [13] TARUTINO COMPRESSOR STATION OPENS IN UKRAINE

    The Turkish construction company, Transbalkan, has built a natural gas compressor station in the Ukraine and has opened it. The construction of the Ukraine Tarutino compressor station, which will increase the capacity of the pipeline transporting natural gas from the Russian Federation to Turkey by 3,9 billion cubic meters, costs 78 million US dollars. During the opening of the compressor station, Member of the Executive Board of Transbalkan and the General Director of Tekfen Construction, Umit Ozdemir, said for the first time they worked without the partnership of a foreign company. He added, "We have signed an agreement to implement the second stage of the project. This is an important advantage for us." /Sabah/

    [14] DENKTAS TO OPEN EXHIBITION IN GAZIANTEP

    President of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA), Rauf Denktas, will go to Gaziantep today to open his personal photography exhibition called "Through Denktas' Camera" and to maintain contacts. After the opening of his exhibition in Gaziantep, Denktas will give a conference titled "Cyprus Yesterday and Today." /Sabah/

    [15] TOBB SUPPORTS CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION

    The Turkish Union of Chambers and Commoditites Exchanges (TOBB) has stated that it supports the changes to the Constitution. In a written statement it said, "Our union hopes that the agreement will be protected by the Parliamentary Committee and that constitutional amendments will be implemented as soon as possible." The statement said changing the constitution was necessary to move with the times. The TOBB has dealt with this subject before, and called in a number of academicians to prepare a constitutional change in 2000. It was stated that Turkey, whose aim is to become a member of the European Union in this age of globalization, accepted the results of the Copenhagen Summit in 1993 and announced its Internal Program. The TOBB statement continued: "The TOBB supports the changes to make individuals stronger in the state-individual relationship, to improve human rights and the powers that protect human rights, and to better local government foundations." /Turkish News/

    [16] DERVIS TO EXPRESS OUR CONCERNS IN LONDON

    State Minister Kemal Dervis began his visit to London. After having a breakfast with a correspondent of Financial Times, Dervis will later have an interview with the Trade Minister Baroness Symons in the Foreign Ministry. It is also stated that Kemal Dervis will visit the central office of Standart and Poors, which is an international rating organization, in London. In the second day of his visit Dervis will join the Foreign Economic Relations Council. He will explain the improvements in the Turkish economy to the international finance circle and bankers. Dervis is also expected to meet the President of the English Industrialists and Businessman Confederation Digby Jones. /Milliyet/

    [17] THE GREATEST EXPORT INCREASE WAS TO ITALY

    In the first eight months of the year the export made to the European Union Countries increased by 14% and reached 10 billion 722 million U.S. Dollars. According to the data of the Export Associations, Turkey's export increase to Italy took the lead by 36.1% increase. $1.5 billion export was made to Italy. The export made to Germany increased 8.3% and reached $3.6 billion. The export to Central and Eastern European countries increased by 23.3%. /Milliyet/

    [18] TURKEY DONATES 80 MILITARY VEHICLES TO AZERBAIJAN

    Under a military training, technical and scientific cooperation agreement signed with Azerbaijan, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has donated 80 military vehicles and four construction machines to the Nahkchevan's 5th Army Corps Command, Anatolia news agency reported over the weekend. The ceremony in Nakhchevan started with the playing of the national anthems of both Turkey and Nakhchevan. The TSK's representative, 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander General Necmettin Baykul, said that the ceremony was one of the most beautiful tributes to Turkic unity and cooperation. Due to Nakhchevan's geopolitical location, it needed motorized combat units more than ever. /Turkish News/

    [19] CLEANING PROCESS TO START ON BOSPHORUS

    Deniztemiz (TURMEPA) Association has started a five-day-long clean up campaign for the Bosphorus, Anatolia news agency reported on Saturday. The campaign aims to collect solid garbage from the sea surface with the participation of five ships. Three of them will sail between Beylerbeyi and Kanlica, and two of them between Ortakoy and Bebek. Deniztemiz Association Chairman Levent Lacin said that the Bosphorus would be cleared from top to bottom and added: "We will collect all solid garbage in the Bosphorus for five days. We have been carrying out such campaigns for the past two years, and each year we collect some 500 tons of garbage." /Turkish News/

    [20] TURKISH PHOTOGRAPHERS' EXHIBITION IN GERMANY

    The photographs of three Turkish photographers, Isa Celik, Huseyin Ozdemir and Tahsin Aydogmus, are being exhibited in Cologne, Germany. The main theme of the exhibition is man. /Cumhuriyet/

    [21] TURKISH AIRLINES FLIGHTS RESTARTED

    Following the terrorist attack in the US, Turkish Airlines (THY)'s New York flights were restarted. The plane, "Izmir", landed on Istanbul Ataturk Airport yesterday with its 231 passengers. /Turkiye/

    [22] GOLDEN ORANGE FILM FESTIVAL OPENS TO THE WORLD

    The Chairman of Antalya Golden Orange Culture and Art Foundation Bekir Kumbul attended the conference "7th Europe- Mediterranean Cinema" organized by OCCAM (The Observatory for Culture, Communications and Audiovisual in the Mediterranean) between September 6th-8th. OCCAM's Chairman Pierpaolo Saporito said that OCCAM would give its full support to promote Antalya and Golden Orange Film Festival to the world. /Cumhuriyet/

    [23] THE NEW YORK TIMES PRAISES ISTANBUL

    The New York Times, one of the influential newspapers in the US, has showed that it ignores the nationalist reaction against Muslim countries that has occurred due to the terrorist attack. In its tourism supplement titled "The Sophisticated Traveler", which is published four times a year, Istanbul was covered in seven pages. By writing on a Muslim country, even in an atmosphere of chaos, the article has informed its readers that Turkey is an important part of the free world. Thus, the newspaper gave the American people the message that "Turkey is not dangerous for the American citizens." /Sabah/

    [24] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM TH ECOLUMNS

    [25] WHY? BY SEDAT SERTOGLU (SABAH)

    Columnist Sedat Sertoglu writes on the decisions Turkey must make regarding terrorist actions. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "Turkey must make certain hard but necessary decisions regarding what she should do. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit gave certain clues as to what these may be. He did not answer questions which could have led to speculations. First of all, Turkey will act together with the US. She will give full support to armed and unarmed US diplomacy to eradicate international terrorism. Secondly, she will review her relations with Europe while making these decisions. There are some problems in these relations... For years Turkey was troubled by the tolerance shown towards the terrorist groups working against Turkey.. European Security and Defense Identity (ESDI) is another problem... However, none of these will hamper Turkey's fight against terrorism together with the US. Bringing those issues to the table during or at the end of the war may be a more rational policy.. As we have seen that timing is of utmost importance in diplomatic initiatives, and is of great significance in achieving success, we believe we have to keep calm. Thirdly, Turkey does not have enough money to spare for a military operation because of the economic crisis she suffers. Everyone and mainly the US is aware of the situation. Washington says that Turkey's stance has comforted ant pleased the US Administration. The dialogue between Washington and Ankara is going on and the US defines Turkish policy followed as rational and she is certain that Ankara will do whatever is expected of her when the time comes . A country like Turkey who suffered the pains of terrorism for long cannot remain outside this war or passive. The second important name in the US Department of State, Richard Armitage may stop by Turkey during his visit to Moscow. Ankara will receive information concerning the recent events, the US plans and her expectations from Turkey directly from Mr. Armitage in detail. She will have the opportunity to ask questions in her mind. We hope Turkey will be able to benefit from this new situation which brings many problems and advantages together."


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