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Turkish Press Review, 05-08-08

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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

08.08.2005

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] US, TURKEY, IRAQ HOLD SECURITY MEETING IN WASHINGTON
  • [02] SOYER: “TURKISH CYPRIOTS ARE DETERMINED TO REACH THE ECONOMIC PROSPERITY THEY DESERVE”
  • [03] GERMAN FM: “MERKEL CLOSING THE EU DOOR TO TURKEY WOULD BE A GREAT MISTAKE”
  • [04] REHN: “THE EU SHOULD KEEP ITS PROMISE TO TURKEY FOR ITS ACCESSION TALKS”
  • [05] US CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO VISIT TRNC THROUGH ERCAN AIRPORT
  • [06] SWISS SENATE: “DEBATING GENOCIDE ALLEGATIONS ISN’T OUR JOB”
  • [07] TURKEY SEES JUMP IN ARAB INVESTMENT
  • [08] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [09] THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

  • [01] US, TURKEY, IRAQ HOLD SECURITY MEETING IN WASHINGTON

    The US, Turkey, and Iraq yesterday held a second tripartite security meeting in Washington. The Turkish delegation was led by Turkish Foreign Ministry Security Affairs Director Hayati Guven, and the US group was headed by US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matt Bryza. The extradition of members of the terrorist group PKK was discussed at the meeting. The Turkish delegation then returned to Ankara. /Star/

    [02] SOYER: “TURKISH CYPRIOTS ARE DETERMINED TO REACH THE ECONOMIC PROSPERITY THEY DESERVE”

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer said yesterday that the Turkish Cypriots are determined to reach the economic prosperity they deserve. Speaking at a press briefing on the government’s performance, Soyer said that owing to the Turkish Cypriots’ acceptance of the Annan reunification plan last year, a number of positive developments had come about, including direct flights from Azerbaijan. “If we maintain our faith and determination in a Cyprus resolution, we’ll reach a happy ending,” said Soyer, adding that the government and TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat were as one in seeking a resolution based on the equality of the two nations on the island. /Turkiye/

    [03] GERMAN FM: “MERKEL CLOSING THE EU DOOR TO TURKEY WOULD BE A GREAT MISTAKE”

    Speaking over the weekend, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer criticized main opposition Christian Democrat leader Angela Merkel’s stance against Turkey’s European Union membership, adding that several German governments had supported Turkey’s EU bid since they knew Germany would benefit. “Merkel wants to close the EU door to the Turkey, which I consider a great mistake,” said Fischer. “They are ignoring Germany’s own security.” Fischer further stated that Turkey, a majority-Muslim, democratic country with a liberal economy, would contribute to the Union. Merkel’s party is due to face off with Fischer’s coalition partners in elections next month. /Turkiye/

    [04] REHN: “THE EU SHOULD KEEP ITS PROMISE TO TURKEY FOR ITS ACCESSION TALKS”

    Speaking to German newspaper Bild am Sonntag yesterday, European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn said that the European Union should keep its promise to Turkey on its EU accession talks. “We’ll begin Ankara’s accession talks since it has signed the additional Customs Union protocol,” he said, adding that recognition of Greek Cyprus was not a precondition for beginning accession talks. “If all EU member states stick to their commitments given at last December’s EU summit, then we’ll begin Ankara’s EU talks on Oct. 3 as scheduled,” he stressed. “The EU needs a stable, democratic, and prosperous Turkey. This is in our strategic interest.” /Milliyet/

    [05] US CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO VISIT TRNC THROUGH ERCAN AIRPORT

    A US congressional delegation is reportedly soon expected to arrive in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) through Ercan Airport. The Greek Cypriot lobby opposes such a visit. Washington has criticized the Greek Cypriots’ rejection of the Annan reunification plan in a referendum last year. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] SWISS SENATE: “DEBATING GENOCIDE ALLEGATIONS ISN’T OUR JOB”

    The Swiss Senate decided over the weekend not to debate the so-called Armenian genocide issue. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted against considering the issue in the full Senate, saying that the issue should instead be discussed between Turkey and Armenia. Peter Briner, head of the committee, said that the third countries should not point the finger at Turkey 90 years after the events. Briner also said that Turkey has to look into the Armenian issue if it wants to join the European Union, though Switzerland itself is not a member of the bloc. Under Swiss law, denying any genocide is a crime. Ankara recently criticized the Swiss canton of Vaud for recognizing the so-called genocide and cancelled a planned visit by Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey. /Aksam/

    [07] TURKEY SEES JUMP IN ARAB INVESTMENT

    Since last year, a great increase has been seen in capital flow of Middle East origin into Turkey. Through the end of 2004, approximately 200 companies of Middle East origin began to operate in Turkey. Last year, companies of Middle East origin invested a total of $42 million in Turkey. Companies backed by Arab capital have invested mainly in telecommunications, tourism, infrastructure and finance. Factors behind this investment spike include a less-friendly atmosphere in the US and European Union countries since Sept. 11, 2001, capital restrictions on Arabs, Turkey’s accelerated privatization process, and strengthened relations between Turkey and Arab countries. But in Turkey’s foreign investment pie, European Union countries still take first place, with 72% of investments. /Aksam/

    [08] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [09] THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Yilmaz Oztuna comments on Turkey’s fight against terrorism. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok recently decried the Turkish Armed Forces’ (TSK) lacking sufficient authority to fight terrorism effectively, and Justice Minister Cemil Cicek said legal arrangements would be made. Indeed, legal arrangements should be made immediately and complaints about this issue should be addressed. However, nothing contradicting the European Union should be done. Certain Europeans who are trying to put off Turkey with empty promises, without bringing discredit on their states due to the agreements they signed, shouldn’t be able to confront us with claims of human rights violations.

    As a solution, we should adopt European anti-terrorism legislation exactly as it is, without altering a comma, so they won’t tell us that we put the comma in the wrong place and so our laws are invalid. Years ago PKK terrorism emerged to hold back the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP). Now, the PKK is rising again with other names, obviously in order to block Turkey’s EU bid. Our rejecting a motion on deploying US soldiers back in March 2003 before the war in Iraq and thus the US’ casualties and disappointment had an impact on the PKK’s development. In sum, mistakes in foreign policy are being reflected in the domestic political scene. Those who fail to understand this are fooling themselves with flawed analyses and can never solve these problems.”

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