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Turkish Press Review, 04-11-29

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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

29.11.2004

SUPREME MILITARY COUNCIL TO CONVENE IN ERZURUM, ERDOGAN URGES QUAKE-RESISTANT CONSTRUCTION ERDOGAN: “I BELIEVE THE EU WILL MAKE A POSITIVE DECISION ON TURKEY’S TALKS” EU COMMISSION HEAD: “TURKEY’S EU BID SHOULDN’T BE DECIDED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS” TUZMEN: “OUR TRADE VOLUME WITH RUSSIA WILL SURPASS $10 BLN BY YEAR’S END” NSC USHERS IN NEW ERA OF OPENNESS JUSTICE MINISTRY SET TO PROPOSE NEW POLITICAL PARTIES LAW TRNC’S TALAT REELECTED CTP LEADER BAYKAL: “THE CHP WON’T FALL” DEMONSTRATORS PROTEST AMERICAN, TURKISH POLICIES IN IRAQ FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS ARE WE READY FOR 2006? BY ZEYNEP GURCANLI (STAR)

CONTENTS

  • [01] SUPREME MILITARY COUNCIL TO CONVENE
  • [02] IN ERZURUM, ERDOGAN URGES QUAKE-RESISTANT CONSTRUCTION
  • [03] ERDOGAN: “I BELIEVE THE EU WILL MAKE A POSITIVE DECISION ON TURKEY’S TALKS”
  • [04] GUL TRAVELS TO THE HAGUE
  • [05] EU COMMISSION HEAD: “TURKEY’S EU BID SHOULDN’T BE DECIDED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS”
  • [06] TUZMEN: “OUR TRADE VOLUME WITH RUSSIA WILL SURPASS $10 BLN BY YEAR’S END”
  • [07] NSC USHERS IN NEW ERA OF OPENNESS
  • [08] MARDIN HOSTS EU MEETING
  • [09] JUSTICE MINISTRY SET TO PROPOSE NEW POLITICAL PARTIES LAW
  • [10] TRNC’S TALAT REELECTED CTP LEADER
  • [11] BAYKAL: “THE CHP WON’T FALL”
  • [12] DEMONSTRATORS PROTEST AMERICAN, TURKISH POLICIES IN IRAQ
  • [13] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [14] ARE WE READY FOR 2006? BY ZEYNEP GURCANLI (STAR)

  • [01] SUPREME MILITARY COUNCIL TO CONVENE

    The Supreme Military Council (YAS) is due to convene tomorrow to discuss a number of issues, including training of Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) staff, disciplinary issues, and planned TSK activities. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will chair, and Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok and Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul are among those set to attend. The YAS’ decisions will be announced by the General Staff’s Secretariat-General after being approved by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. /Aksam/

    [02] IN ERZURUM, ERDOGAN URGES QUAKE-RESISTANT CONSTRUCTION

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the southern Anatolian province of Erzurum over the weekend to attend a series of opening ceremonies. Speaking to a ribbon-cutting for a new mass housing project, the premier urged contractors and firms to construct buildings strong enough to resist earthquakes. Touting the possibilities created by the Incentive Law, Erdogan also called on Erzurum’s businessmen to invest in their province. /Turkiye/

    [03] ERDOGAN: “I BELIEVE THE EU WILL MAKE A POSITIVE DECISION ON TURKEY’S TALKS”

    Speaking in this week’s issue of German magazine Focus, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he believed the European Union would make a positive decision at next month’s EU summit on Ankara’s accession talks. “I believe the EU’s leaders are far-sighted and have the political courage to keep their promise concerning our talks,” said Erdogan. Asked what would happen if the Union’s decision is negative, Erdogan stated that Turkey would still pursue its close relations with individual EU member states. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] GUL TRAVELS TO THE HAGUE

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will attend a joint meeting of the Turkish-European Union Mixed Consultation Committee at The Hague today. Turkish-EU Joint Parliamentary Commission Co-Chair Joost Lagendijk and Turkish Ambassador to The Hague Tacan Ildem are also set to attend the meeting, which will focus on recent developments in Turkish-EU relations. /Turkiye/

    [05] EU COMMISSION HEAD: “TURKEY’S EU BID SHOULDN’T BE DECIDED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS”

    European Union Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said yesterday that a decision on Turkey’s European Union membership shouldn’t be made behind closed doors. Speaking to German daily Bild, Barroso said that it was up to the EU member states to decide whether or not to hold a referendum on Turkey joining. Asked how Turkey’s membership would affect the Union, Barroso stressed that first Ankara’s accession talks should begin. “Turkey can be an EU member if it fulfills all the political and economic criteria,” he added. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] TUZMEN: “OUR TRADE VOLUME WITH RUSSIA WILL SURPASS $10 BLN BY YEAR’S END”

    State Minister Kursat Tuzmen said yesterday that trade volume between Turkey and Russia would surpass $10 billion by year’s end, jumping 65% over last year, predicting further that within three years annual trade would reach $25 billion. Tuzmen stressed that the investments of Turkish firms in Russia now exceeded $2 billion, adding that he would propose establishing a Turkish Trade and Investment Region on Russia soil. /Aksam/

    [07] NSC USHERS IN NEW ERA OF OPENNESS

    Close on the heels of getting a civilian secretary-general for Turkey’s European Union harmonization efforts, the 66-year-old National Security Council (NSC) is now set to assume an unprecedented degree of public openness. At a press conference tomorrow on these changes, Secretary-General Yigit Alpogan will be on hand to answer reporters’ questions. /Turkiye/

    [08] MARDIN HOSTS EU MEETING

    The southeastern Anatolian province of Mardin hosted a meeting on Turkey’s European Union membership bid over the weekend. In addition to businessmen and politicians, a number of European parliamentarians attended the panel organized by the Turkish Young Businessmen’s Confederation. /Turkiye/

    [09] JUSTICE MINISTRY SET TO PROPOSE NEW POLITICAL PARTIES LAW

    The Justice Ministry is expected early next week to open debate on a new Political Parties’ Law proposing sweeping reforms to the existing law. Culminating a year of work, the bill will be taken up by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and then sent to the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) to seek its support. Under the bill, there would be a nine-year term limit for political party leaders, and all parties would be required to hold primaries to select their election candidates. /Turkiye/

    [10] TRNC’S TALAT REELECTED CTP LEADER

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Prime Minister Mehmet Ali Talat was reelected over the weekend to the helm of the TRNC’s Republican Turkish Party (CTP). At the CTP’s 19th regular meeting, Talat said that many efforts had been made to end Turkish Cypriots’ isolation. /Turkiye/

    [11] BAYKAL: “THE CHP WON’T FALL”

    The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) will not fall, CHP leader Deniz Baykal yesterday told the party’s youth branch. Baykal charged that the media and certain politicians want Turkey to falter, but added that this would not happen unless the CHP falls. /Sabah/

    [12] DEMONSTRATORS PROTEST AMERICAN, TURKISH POLICIES IN IRAQ

    A demonstration in Istanbul against US and Turkish policies in Iraq was led yesterday by the Felicity Party (SP). About 20,000 people attended the demonstration, which was also supported by a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Speaking at the protest, former SP leader Necmettin Erbakan criticized the government’s policies in the Middle East. /Sabah/

    [13] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

    [14] ARE WE READY FOR 2006? BY ZEYNEP GURCANLI (STAR)

    Columnist Zeynep Gurcanli comments on Turkish-European Union relations. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Ankara had hoped that its EU membership negotiations would start in the first half of next year. Following all our reforms, the EU encouraged high spirits. However, the expected failed to materialize. Just two weeks before the Dec. 17 EU summit, the EU’s stance on Turkey is getting clearer while Ankara grows confused. Firstly, let’s talk about a realistic estimate of what we should expect on Dec. 17. During a recent meeting between Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and the EU troika at The Hague, Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot summarized Turkey’s shortcomings on the Copenhagen criteria by saying that six more laws were needed. Among these is the Turkish Penal Code (TCK). If the new TCK is enacted this spring, the EU won’t move on Turkey’s EU partnership process before then. The Hague meeting clearly signalled that new EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn believes a screening process should be finished before our talks start. This process means comparing Turkish laws to the EU acquis communitaire. Experts say this will last at least six months. If this process starts in April, it can be completed by December.

    In light of these developments, the current feeling in Ankara is that the government would reject any talks aimed not at full membership, but at some other formula. However, in order to deny ammunition those who oppose Turkey’s membership, Ankara isn’t stressing this. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Gul think that a statement that Turkey would reject any formula short of full membership and review relations with the EU in such a contingency would be seen as a threat. Now Ankara is keeping quiet in order to head off this charge. Ankara doesn’t want to start talks as late as 2006. However, if a date is given for spring 2006, Ankara might accept it. Ankara has another condition for this acceptance, namely, a celebration to send the message that Turkey is advancing on the path of full membership. Next April’s Turkish-EU Partnership Council meeting is planned for the celebration, to say in effect, ‘the first step in full membership talks, the screening process, is starting.’ In sum, membership talks in the first half of 2005 are a fantasy. The most optimistic estimate is starting them near the end of the year. The realistic date put forth by the EU is the first half of 2006. We should ready ourselves for this.”

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