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Turkish Press Review, 05-08-15

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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

15.08.2005

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN MARKS AKP’S FOURTH ANNIVERSARY, SAYS TURKEY WILL OVERCOME KURDISH PROBLEM DEMOCRATICALLY
  • [02] IRAN: “WE’LL CONTINUE TO COOPERATE WITH ANKARA IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM”
  • [03] KYRGYZ PRESIDENT RECEIVES DEFENSE MINISTER GONUL
  • [04] AGAR: “THE TERRORIST PKK CANNOT DIVIDE TURKEY”
  • [05] BABACAN CALLS ON TURKISH BUSINESSMEN TO INVEST IN EASTERN ANATOLIA
  • [06] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [07] “SEEING” THE KURDISH ISSUE BY H. BULENT KAHRAMAN (RADIKAL)

  • [01] ERDOGAN MARKS AKP’S FOURTH ANNIVERSARY, SAYS TURKEY WILL OVERCOME KURDISH PROBLEM DEMOCRATICALLY

    Addressing a ceremony yesterday marking the fourth anniversary of his party, Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that terrorism had no religion, race or nation, adding that Turkey would overcome the Kurdish problem within the framework of the democratic state. Erdogan further stressed that a common fight against international terrorism was needed, and criticized some political leaders for using terrorism as political fodder. Later, speaking at Ankara’s Bilkent Hotel, Erdogan stated that it wasn’t only the AKP’s mission to fight terrorism, adding that all sectors of society needed to work together towards this goal. “All institutions should cooperate to fight terrorism,” added Erdogan. The premier also touted recent economic developments, saying that the government had brought down high inflation from 34% to 8%. /Turkiye/

    [02] IRAN: “WE’LL CONTINUE TO COOPERATE WITH ANKARA IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM”

    Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Hasefi said yesterday that Turkey and Iran were cooperating in the fight against terrorism and that they would continue to do so. Speaking at a press conference, Hasefi stated that the Iranian government was determined to fight against all terrorist groups and that there were cooperative agreements with Ankara to combat terrorism. /Turkiye/

    [03] KYRGYZ PRESIDENT RECEIVES DEFENSE MINISTER GONUL

    Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, who is currently in Krygyzstan, yesterday met with new Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to discuss a number of issues, including bilateral relations. During their meeting, Bakiyev said that he would try to strengthen relations and boost investments between the two countries. Speaking afterwards, Gonul said that he appreciated Bakiyev’s warm hospitality, adding that their meeting had focused on defense matters. /Turkiye/

    [04] AGAR: “THE TERRORIST PKK CANNOT DIVIDE TURKEY”

    Opposition True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar said yesterday that the terrorist group PKK couldn’t divide Turkey, because the nation wouldn’t let it. Agar stated that three years ago, Turkey overcame its fight against the PKK, but as a result of misguided Justice and Development Party (AKP) government policies, the nation is now faced with renewed attacks. Agar also stressed that the government needed to take measures to spur job growth in the eastern region. /Sabah/

    [05] BABACAN CALLS ON TURKISH BUSINESSMEN TO INVEST IN EASTERN ANATOLIA

    State Minister for the Economy Ali Babacan yesterday called on Turkish businessmen to invest in eastern Anatolia, adding that the economic woes of the region had created a Kurdish problem. “In the long term, our leading businessmen should invest in the region,” said Babacan, adding that the government was also working to find ways to improve the region’s economy. Babacan further touted the nation’s overall economy, saying that it was very sound and wasn’t being hurt by international developments. Touching on the current accounts deficit, Babacan said that there was no need for concern, adding, however, that the government was trying to reduce it. /Star/

    [06] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [07] “SEEING” THE KURDISH ISSUE BY H. BULENT KAHRAMAN (RADIKAL)

    Columnist H. Bulent Kahraman comments on the concepts of the Kurdish issue and Kurdish reality and the difference between looking and seeing. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Frankly, while reading the news stories following Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Diyarbakir, one gets the impression that Turkey is a stuck country and feels sad to see that interpretations and evaluations in the press just sit on the fence. There are hardly any articles trying to comprehend the issue more deeply and realistically. Now, the thing we call the Kurdish issue is a more international, concrete and tough problem than before. When we call this ‘international,’ we need to return to the above interpretation of being ‘stuck.’ The party in power in Turkey, the state and its institutions, are being held back by the US and the European Union. Actually we should see that the latest bomb which exploded in Britain actually exploded at the Justice and Development party. It’s difficult for this party, which has an Islamic bent, even if moderate, to find a place within the EU on the scale of previous eras. What’s more, Turkey has been fighting with the US. The US is thinking of extending a longstanding policy it has in this region, provoked by the constantly rising oil prices, so as to cover Turkey and thus, it will put more pressure on us. What we call the Kurdish issue first of all means this.

    Therefore, now it’s taking the second step of the process which I call ‘being stuck.’ As the terrorist PKK steps up its violence, Turkey begins to think of how to solve the issue. In this respect, of course bargains are being made and the PKK is considered an interlocutor and Turkey is making an international struggle with the concept of the Kurdish issue and the steps required by it. In 1991 then President Suleyman Demirel said, ‘We recognize the Kurdish issue,’ and now we have come from the ‘reality’ to the concept of ‘problem.’ The difference between the concepts of Kurdish reality and the Kurdish issue are the history and process experienced by Turkey in a nutshell. This is the crux of the problem. When we go beyond this, that is, democratization and social transformation, we face the third stage. When we pass the bright, ostentatious stage, we see that we are only looking at the Kurdish issue and unfortunately, nobody means to see the reality.”

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