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Turkish Press Review, 01-09-26

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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> <map name="FPMap1"> <_map> Press &amp; Information Turkish Press Foreign Press in Turkey Turkish Press Review &gt;&gt; Press Guide Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

26.09.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PACKAGE DEBATED IN PARLIAMENT
  • [02] CEM TRAVELS TO THE US
  • [03] CAKMAKOGLU LEAVES FOR BRUSSELS
  • [04] TURK TO TRAVEL TO BRUSSELS
  • [05] OPPOSITION GROUP IN ANAP TO ISSUE DECLARATION
  • [06] TURKISH PARLIAMENTARIANS REPROACH EC MEMBER COUNTRIES
  • [07] ERDOGAN: "TERROR HAS NO RELIGION"
  • [08] DIE WELT: "ANKARA LENDS ITS FULL SUPPORT TO THE US"
  • [09] ATATURK PRAISED
  • [10] TASAR: "TOURISM WILL NOT BE NEGATIVELY AFFECTED"
  • [11] BRAIN STORMING IN THE UNITED STATES AND TURKEY
  • [12] TURKEY WILL BE ARMED AGAIN
  • [13] TURKEY CALLS FOR WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL TO TRY TERRORISM
  • [14] IMF: WE DO EVERYTHING FOR TURKEY
  • [15] CIGAR PRODUCTION FROM CUBAN TOBACCO BEGINS
  • [16] IDEF TO BE OPENED TOMORROW
  • [17] TURKEY TAKES PART IN 'CLEAN UP THE WORLD' CAMPAIGN
  • [18] TURKEY AND ARMENIANS SEEK RECONCILIATION
  • [19] TREASURY ON THE ROAD SHOW
  • [20] TURKISH MONGOLIAN COOPERATION AHEAD
  • [21] THE "GOLDEN ORANGE" OPENS TO THE WORLD
  • [22] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [23] STRATEGIC COOPERATION WITH THE US BY SAMI KOHEN (MILIYET)

  • [01] CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PACKAGE DEBATED IN PARLIAMENT

    The Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) started debates on the reform package including amendments to 37 articles in the Constitution on Monday following its approval by the Constitutional Commission last week. The parliamentarians approved the first nine articles of the package with some changes in them. The Parliament will continue the debates beginning from article 10 today. /All Papers/

    [02] CEM TRAVELS TO THE US

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Cem left for Washington yesterday at the invitation of US Secretary of State Colin Powell. During the meeting Cem and Powell will discuss the recent developments and Cem will express Turkey's views on a possible attack to Afghanistan, as well as Turkey's experiences on the fight against terrorism. /Turkiye/

    [03] CAKMAKOGLU LEAVES FOR BRUSSELS

    Minister of Defense Sabahattin Cakmakoglu left for Brussels to attend a NATO Defense Minister's meeting. Before his departure Cakmakoglu replied journalists questions. He said the meeting is the first one after the terrorist attack on the US. Stressing that the international dimensions of terrorism and and its reflection to NATO countries will be debated at the meeting, Cakmakoglu said NATO and Russian Federation relations will also be discussed. He added the European Security and Defense Identity topic will be taken up and he will reiterate Turkey's views on it. /Turkiye/

    [04] TURK TO TRAVEL TO BRUSSELS

    Minister of Justice Hikmet Sami Turk will travelş to Belgium to attend a meeting which brings together EU member and candidate countries' ministers of justice and defense on Friday. During the meeting the plan which fully supports US decision on the fight against terrorism will be debated. Turk is expected to inform the participants about the terrorist organizations which are included in Turkey's "terror list." /Turkiye/

    [05] OPPOSITION GROUP IN ANAP TO ISSUE DECLARATION

    A rumor about preparation of a declaration by an opposition group in the Motherland Party (ANAP) activated the political circles. Accordingly, the declaration, prepared by Isın Celebi, stresses that the country is not ruled properly. On the other hand, an ANAP opposition member, Eyup Asık resigned from his party while a group of members including Burhan Kara and Veysel Atasoy discuss total resignation. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] TURKISH PARLIAMENTARIANS REPROACH EC MEMBER COUNTRIES

    Turkish Parliamentarians stressed European countries have left Turkey alone in her fight against terrorism. During the European Council Parliamentarians Assembly session yesterday, Turkish Parliamentarians recalled PKK terrorist organization caused the death of 35,000 people in Turkey, and said, "European countries have not supported us and some of them even opened their doors to terrorists." They pointed out democratic rights can only be obtained through democratic ways and criticized certain countries for their stance regarding terrorist Abdullah Ocalan and Fehriye Erdal cases. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] ERDOGAN: "TERROR HAS NO RELIGION"

    Justice and Progress Party (AK)Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that they totally rejected the views which equate Islam with terrorism. Erdogan received Egyptian Ambassador to Ankara Muhammet El-Shazli yesterday. Agreeing with Erdogan, El-Shazli said that it would wrong to relate Islam with terrorism. /Turkiye/

    [08] DIE WELT: "ANKARA LENDS ITS FULL SUPPORT TO THE US"

    The German paper Die Welt stated that Ankara would lend full support to the US retaliation. The papers said that Turkey was the country which promised the greatest support among the Muslim countries to the US. Pointing out that parties defending religious ideologies in Turkey also supported the struggle against terrorism as well as Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Die Welt stated that Turkish nation reached a consensus to support the fight against terrorism. /Turkiye/

    [09] ATATURK PRAISED

    Michael Radu, one of the experts in terrorism of Foreign Policy Research Institude, centered in Washington, pointed out that Muslim leaders in the world should take Ataturk, who established the Turkish Republic, as model. Radu proposed Ataturk as an example for Muslim leaders. He stated that it was ironic that European countries viewed Turkey's crackdown on Islamic fundamentalism was violating human rights. World famous historian Bernard Lewis praised Ataturk in his article that compares the models of Turkey and Iran. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] TASAR: "TOURISM WILL NOT BE NEGATIVELY AFFECTED"

    Minister of Tourism Mustafa Tasar, who is currently in Hamburg, said that Turkey would not be negatively affected by the recent developments regarding the recent terrorist attacks in the US. Stating that they came to Germany to promote Turkey, Tasar said they visited Turkish and foreign tour operators in Hamburg. Arguing that terrorist attacks in the US would not affect Turkey as much as expected, Tasar said, "Turkey has nothing to do with these incidents." /Turkiye/

    [11] BRAIN STORMING IN THE UNITED STATES AND TURKEY

    High ranked political and military authorities of the United States will hold brain-storming meetings in Ankara with their Turkish colleagues. They will hold a conference titled "The strategical and technological developments in the world and its impacts on Turkey". In the meeting that will be open to press, the issues on the new perceptions of threat in the world and changes in the security field after the terrorist attacks on the United States, Turkey-USA relations, European Security and Defence Identity and defence industry will be discussed. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] TURKEY WILL BE ARMED AGAIN

    Due to the expectations of war, Office of the General Staff takes the 19.5 billion dollars project to the agenda, which was postponed. Within the framework of modernization of Turkish Armed Forces, Office of the General Staff determining six projects that have priority decided that these should be finished as soon as possible. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] TURKEY CALLS FOR WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL TO TRY TERRORISM

    Turkey called on Monday for the world's first International Criminal Court to add terrorism to the heinous crimes it will prosecute. At the opening of a two-week meeting of the commission prepearing for the tribunal's establishment, Turkey asked delegates to explore a way to immediately include terrorism on the list of crimes. /Turkish Daily News/

    [14] IMF: WE DO EVERYTHING FOR TURKEY

    Anne Krueger, who took over the duty of IMF Deputy Chairmanship from Stanley Fischer, said economic situation in Turkey is indefinite because of the high interest rates. Replying a question on what IMF can do for Turkey after that, Krueger said, "I believe for the time being we have already done whatever we can do for Turkey." /Hurriyet/

    [15] CIGAR PRODUCTION FROM CUBAN TOBACCO BEGINS

    TEKA Cigar Production and Trade Company established jointly by TEKEL Directorate General and Cuban Catec began cigar production from hundred percent Cuban tobacco. The facility was opened by Minister of State Yilmaz Karakoyunlu and Minister of Cuba Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation, Marta Lomas Morales. The factory is expected to produce10 million cigars annually. /Hurriyet/

    [16] IDEF TO BE OPENED TOMORROW

    The Fifth International Defence Industry, Aviation and Navigation Fair (IDEF) is to open in Etimesgut, Ankara tomorrow. Some 243 companies will participate at the Fair, among which 75 are national entities. Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) Foundation General Director stated that defense Minister Sabahattin Cakmakoglu had invited 89 defense ministers to the fair, of which 11 responded positively. He said delegations from 44 countries will attend. /Turkish Daily News/

    [17] TURKEY TAKES PART IN 'CLEAN UP THE WORLD' CAMPAIGN

    Turkey took part in the international environment project between Sept. 21- 23. The "Clean up the World" campaign, which was recognized by volunteers from more than 100 countries, collected waste. The campaign which is the biggest in the world, aims to find solutions to environmental problems by attracting the attention of businessmen and and governments. In the seventh year of the campaign nearly 80 people from Turkey took part in the cleaning activities. /Turkish Daily News/

    [18] TURKEY AND ARMENIANS SEEK RECONCILIATION

    Prominent Turks and Armenians met in Istanbul yesterday hoping to encourage a thaw in relations between the two people, who have had little contact due to the hostile relations during the last century. Yesterday' meeting was the first meeting of the Turkish-Armenian reconciliation Committee since the group's establishment in July. The organization is comprised of Armenian and Turkish academics, politicians and former military officers. Turkish member of the committee and a former minister İlter Türkmen said " It is not an easy process, it is not a rapid process, but the first step has been taken". Chairman of the Armenian Assembly of America and a founding member of the reconciliation committee, Z. Krikorian "the more contact that takes place..the easier it is to deal with some of the issues that separate us". /Turkish Daily News/

    [19] TREASURY ON THE ROAD SHOW

    Turkey's Treasury stated that the cancelled 'road-shows' in America after the September 11 terror attacks would begin next week. Treasury calls that they had made a series of meetings with the international investors during September 10- 11 in America and September 17-21 in Europe to promote Turkish economy. After the terrorist attacks, some stages of the meetings were cancelled. /Milliyet/

    [20] TURKISH MONGOLIAN COOPERATION AHEAD

    Turkey-Mongolia Joint Economic Board (KEK) Protocol was signed in Ankara, after three days of constructive meetings between the two parties. State Minister Abdulhaluk Mehmet Cay repeated Turkey's stance by stating the protocol will contribute to the trade and economic relations between Turkey and Mongolia. The Mongolian Education Science and Culture Minister Tsanjid, who signed the agreement on behalf of the Mongolian government, told reporters that the protocol also reflects the will to cooperate. /Turkish Daily News/

    [21] THE "GOLDEN ORANGE" OPENS TO THE WORLD

    The 38'th Golden Orange Film Festival organized in Antalya every year, will take place in 1-5 October. Bekir Kumbul the Mayor of Antalya, said that the Golden Orange Film Festival will become an international festival in 2005. /Milliyet/

    [22] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [23] STRATEGIC COOPERATION WITH THE US BY SAMI KOHEN (MILIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen writes on the effects of the developments following the terrorist attack on the US. A summary of his column is as follows:

    ""How will the developments following the terrorist attack on the US, affect Turkey? This question was debated for days. At first, it was believed that this would create an atmosphere in favor of Turkey. A reason for this assesment was Turkey's geostrategic location and that its importance would further increase by the new formation. A second reason was Turkey's experience in tackling terrorism for years and that the West has only recently understood the threat posed by terrorism. However, following these optimistic evaluations, recently people have begun to discuss the new responsibilities and problems these new developments will confer on Turkey. Particularly certain circles are recalling the Gulf crisis and saying that the flow of the events may lead Turkey into situations she doesn't want and she may have to adopt policies she does not believe in. Official circles state that Turkey is standing by the US in the fight against terrorism but will refrain from embarking on an adventure while trying to benefit from positive dynamics. To answer this question we have to analyze the issues Turkey is faced with one by one. For example the Turkish-US relations; both Turkish and the US diplomats and analysts say that the relations can turn into a real strategic cooperation. The stance adopted by Ankara has displayed the place and importance of Turkey. Turkish officials believe that Ankara should support the US on the issue of terrorism. In cautious and measured steps Turkey can benefit from this climate. Certainly it is hard to determine what the US may ask or expect from Turkey in time. However, the analysts in the US issued the signal that the Bush Administration is aware of Turkish sensitivity and will not request anything Turkey cannot deliver. Therefore both in Ankara and Washington it is believed that Turkish-American relations will grow stronger and no serious hitches will come up during the war against terrorism. If this happens, a favorable atmosphere towards Turkey will reign in the US and the Bush Administration will decide to support a 'strong, stable and modern Turkey model' more actively."


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