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Turkish Press Review, 04-11-19

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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

19.11.2004

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN TELLS CHENEY OF ANKARA’S CONCERN OVER MILITARY OPERATIONS IN IRAQ
  • [02] ERDOGAN RECEIVES TOP SYRIAN BAATH PARTY OFFICIAL
  • [03] PRIME MINISTER TO PUSH FOR TURKEY’S EU ACCESSION TALKS
  • [04] GUL IN INTENSIVE EU EFFORT IN RUNUP TO SUMMIT
  • [05] BLAIR: “TURKEY WILL BE AN EXTRAORDINARY SYMBOL FOR EUROPE”
  • [06] GERMAN DEFENSE MINISTER: “TURKEY SHOULD BEGIN ITS EU ACCESSION TALKS”
  • [07] TUZMEN PAYS VISIT TO AZERBAIJANI PRESIDENT
  • [08] US COMMANDER: “WE WILL COOPERATE WITH IRAQIS TO END THE PKK_KADEK PRESENCE”
  • [09] BARZANI, TALABANI SEEK POSTPONEMENT OF KIRKUK ELECTIONS TO ALLOW RETURN OF EXILED KURDS
  • [10] TURKISH RED CRESCENT SENDS AID TO FALLUJAH
  • [11] EP TO HOLD CONFERENCE ON TURKISH-KURDISH RELATIONS
  • [12] EURLINGS DENIES CHANGE OF HEART; TURKEY ISSUES WARNING
  • [13] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [14] A HARD TEST FOR ALL BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN TELLS CHENEY OF ANKARA’S CONCERN OVER MILITARY OPERATIONS IN IRAQ

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday telephoned US Vice President Dick Cheney to express Ankara’s concerns over the recent US military crackdown in Iraq, including attacks on mosques. Pointing to increasing anger both in Turkey and Islamic countries over the offensive, Erdogan asked Cheney to take necessary measures to prevent a further rise in ill will. He also touched on attacks on Turkish truck drivers and efforts to postpone local elections in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. /Aksam/

    [02] ERDOGAN RECEIVES TOP SYRIAN BAATH PARTY OFFICIAL

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday received Abdallah al-Ahmar, the deputy leader of Syria’s ruling Baath Party. Saying that the United Nations should act more assertively in both the Palestinian territories and Iraq, Erdogan said that Ankara is ready to act as a negotiator if all the parties agree. Al-Ahmar’s delegation also visited Anitkabir, Ataturk’s mausoleum, and then met with Parliament’s Syrian Friendship Group. Al-Ahmar stated that his country is planning to open its second consulate in Turkey in the southeastern province of Gaziantep. /Sabah–Star/

    [03] PRIME MINISTER TO PUSH FOR TURKEY’S EU ACCESSION TALKS

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to begin another round of lobbying for an early start to Ankara’s European Union accession talks. Erdogan is expected to meet with his Portuguese counterpart on Dec. 2 in Ankara and also to travel to Brussels on Dec. 10 to meet with Belgian Crown Prince Phillippe to discuss Turkey’s EU accession talks. Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the media and other politicians are also planning to push for the talks in the weeks before the Dec. 17 EU summit. /Turkiye/

    [04] GUL IN INTENSIVE EU EFFORT IN RUNUP TO SUMMIT

    In the runup to next month’s European Union summit where Ankara expects to get a date to begin its accession talks, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is pursuing last-minute diplomatic efforts to firm up support for Turkey’s bid. Next week he is set to attend a meeting on Iraq in Egypt, where he will have bilateral talks with EU leaders. On Wednesday, he is scheduled to attend a Turkey-EU Troika meeting in The Hague and to meet with EU Term President the Netherlands’ Foreign Minister Bernard Bot and its successor Luxembourg’s Jean Asseborn, as well as EU Commission members. At the end of this month, he is expected to travel to The Hague to attend a meeting of Euro-Mediterranean foreign ministers and on Dec. 8, he is due to host the Netherlands’ EU minister. In addition, Gul will attend NATO’s Dec. 9-10 foreign ministers summit. /Turkiye/

    [05] BLAIR: “TURKEY WILL BE AN EXTRAORDINARY SYMBOL FOR EUROPE”

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair said yesterday that Turkey would be an extraordinary symbol for Europe. Visiting London’s mayor, Blair said that since May, when it inducted 10 new members, the European Union has stood at a turning point. “A number of candidate countries are waiting for to join the Union, Turkey among them,” said Blair. “In the future, Turkey will be the harbinger of great change.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] GERMAN DEFENSE MINISTER: “TURKEY SHOULD BEGIN ITS EU ACCESSION TALKS”

    Visiting German Defense Minister Peter Struck was received yesterday by his Turkish counterpart Vecdi Gonul. During their meeting, Struck stressed that Germany was continuing to give its support to Turkey’s European Union membership bid, adding that Berlin favored an early start to Ankara’s accession talks. /Turkiye/

    [07] TUZMEN PAYS VISIT TO AZERBAIJANI PRESIDENT

    State Minister Kursad Tuzmen and an accompanying delegation of 120 businessmen yesterday traveled to Azerbaijan to attend the Turkish- Azerbaijani Joint Economic Forum. Estimating that this year trade between the two countries will reach a half a billion dollars, Tuzmen said that the figure is expected to double next year and then rise to $3 billion in 2006. For his part, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev noted that Turkey was the first nation to officially recognize his country in 1991, adding that bilateral relations were continuing to develop. “Although relations are going well overall, economic cooperation falls short of what it could be,” Aliyev added. He called on both countries to boost economic ties so that other countries in the region could take Turkish-Azerbaijani relations as a model. /Hurriyet/

    [08] US COMMANDER: “WE WILL COOPERATE WITH IRAQIS TO END THE PKK_KADEK PRESENCE”

    Lt. Gen. Lance Smith, deputy commander of Iraq’s US Central Command, said yesterday that nobody wanted the continued presence of the terrorist group PKK/KADEK in Iraq, adding that the US would cooperate with the Iraqis to end this menace. /Aksam_

    [09] BARZANI, TALABANI SEEK POSTPONEMENT OF KIRKUK ELECTIONS TO ALLOW RETURN OF EXILED KURDS

    Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (IKPD) leader Massoud Barzani and Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (IPUK) leader Jalal Talabani have decided to work jointly to postpone local elections in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk to allow time for Kurds who were exiled under the reign of Saddam Hussein to return to the city. Talabani’s spokesman stated yesterday that the two leaders had discussed the issue on Wednesday and agreed to act together until the interim government resolves the issue. /Milliyet/

    [10] TURKISH RED CRESCENT SENDS AID TO FALLUJAH

    The Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay) will send humanitarian aid to Fallujah, the scene of a recent US military offensive against Iraqi insurgents. Red Crescent head Omer Tasli said that in the coming days, 20-25 trucks of food and medical supplies would be dispatched to some 300,000 Iraqis in the devastated region. /Turkiye/

    [11] EP TO HOLD CONFERENCE ON TURKISH-KURDISH RELATIONS

    The European Parliament is set to hold a two-day conference starting on Monday focusing on Turkish-Kurdish relations. Participants will include EU- Turkey Joint Parliamentary Commission Co-Chairman Joost Lagendijk and Tunver Bakirhan, the leader of Turkey’s Democratic People’s Party (DEHAP). /Star/

    [12] EURLINGS DENIES CHANGE OF HEART; TURKEY ISSUES WARNING

    Camiel Eurlings, the European Parliament’s Turkey rapporteur, yesterday denied media reports saying that he had altered his recent Turkey report in the direction of favoring a speedy start to Ankara’s EU membership talks. Ankara also sent a letter to Eurlings, a Dutch Christian Democrat, warning him that his efforts to find alternative formulas for Turkey short of full membership were unacceptable. Eurlings denied recent rumors that he had rewritten the report, adding that he was only seeking new avenues for compromise. /Star/

    [13] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [14] A HARD TEST FOR ALL BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen comments on Turkey’s European Union membership bid. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Reports from various European capitals show an atmosphere favoring the start of our European Union membership talks. However, some things remain unclear, namely their date and the conditions under which they will begin. In addition, certain circles oppose starting the talks, favoring instead a ‘special membership’ status or arguing that there’s no place in the EU for us. However, at least the leaders of most member states and important political institutions believe that our talks should begin. Likewise, messages from various capitals are also pointing this way. For example, it’s significant that Luxembourg, which used to not favor Turkey, now endorses talks in early 2005. It’s uncertain yet whether the talks will start then or later in the year. In this respect, France’s stance is very important. If the EU decides at next month’s summit to start talks, there’s no guarantee this will happen before July 2005. In addition, if they begin later, new problems might crop up.

    The second unclear point has to do with whether the talks will carry certain conditions. The European Commission report has two sections which displease Ankara. One of them says that our talks will be an open-ended process, and the other would restrict free movement. Turkish diplomats are trying hard to get these parts taken out. However, it’s almost impossible for EU leaders to ignore these issues. Even European diplomats working in our favor say, ‘Everybody needs to be realistic. However, these issues wouldn’t hinder full membership at the end of negotiations.’ If they are included in the EU’s decision next month, the government’s stance will be important. In other words, will Ankara accept or reject sitting at the negotiating table under these conditions? Ankara has no desire to burn bridges with the EU and change its basic foreign policy aims. The government will also have difficulty with domestic policy issues. In the final analysis, the political leadership facing this decision should prepare itself for a hard test.”

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