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Turkish Press Review, 05-08-18

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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

18.08.2005

FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN SENDS MESSAGES TO SHARON, ABBAS WELCOMING ISRAEL’S WITHDRAWAL FROM GAZA STRIP
  • [02] FOREIGN MINISTRY: “THERE IS NO OBSTACLE TO ANKARA STARTING ITS EU TALKS ON OCT. 3”
  • [03] SOYER: “WE’LL TRY TO REACH A CYPRUS RESOLUTION WHILE DEVELOPING THE TRNC’S ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL LIFE”
  • [04] AGAR PREDICTS EARLY ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR
  • [05] TRNC DELEGATION TO FLY DIRECTLY TO AZERBAIJAN, MEET WITH ALIEV
  • [06] MORGAN STANLEY PREDICTS ANKARA’S EU TALKS WILL BEGIN ON OCT. 3
  • [07] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [08] DIFFICULTIES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM BY ISMAIL KUCUKKAYA (AKSAM)

  • [01] ERDOGAN SENDS MESSAGES TO SHARON, ABBAS WELCOMING ISRAEL’S WITHDRAWAL FROM GAZA STRIP

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent messages to both Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas this week saying that he welcomed Israel beginning to implement its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Erdogan stated that he hoped successful implementation of the plan would help promote peace in the region. /Turkiye/

    [02] FOREIGN MINISTRY: “THERE IS NO OBSTACLE TO ANKARA STARTING ITS EU TALKS ON OCT. 3”

    Foreign Ministry Spokesman Namik Tan said yesterday that there was no obstacle to Ankara’s European Union accession talks beginning on Oct. 3, as scheduled. Speaking at a press conference, Tan said that the EU leaders had made a decision at last December’s summit to begin Ankara’s accession talks. “Our ambassadors have been visiting EU capitals, and they will continue to do so in order to reinforce the cause of Turkey’s talks,” added Tan. /Star/

    [03] SOYER: “WE’LL TRY TO REACH A CYPRUS RESOLUTION WHILE DEVELOPING THE TRNC’S ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL LIFE”

    Addressing a ceremony marking the 31st independence anniversary of Gazimagosa, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer said that the Turkish Cypriots would try to reach a resolution on the island while at the same time developing the TRNC’s economic, social and cultural life. “We want the TRNC’s isolation to be brought to an end,” he added. /Turkiye/

    [04] AGAR PREDICTS EARLY ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR

    Opposition True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar yesterday predicted that early elections would be held next year at the latest. Addressing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent statements stressing that elections wouldn’t be held before 2007, as scheduled, Agar said that this was up to the nation to decide. Agar further criticized the government’s economic policies, charging that it had done nothing to better the economic situation of the southeastern region. /Turkiye/

    [05] TRNC DELEGATION TO FLY DIRECTLY TO AZERBAIJAN, MEET WITH ALIEV

    Cyprus Turkish Airlines (KTHY) of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) will reportedly fly to Azerbaijan on Aug. 28, making it KTHY’s first flight to a foreign country besides Turkey. KTHY is expected to fly from Ercan Airport to Baku, Azerbaijan on that day. A delegation of businessmen, politicians and journalists on the flight are expected to meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev in Baku. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] MORGAN STANLEY PREDICTS ANKARA’S EU TALKS WILL BEGIN ON OCT. 3

    International investment bank Morgan Stanley yesterday predicted that since Turkey had fulfilled all the European Union’s technical conditions, it would begin its EU accession talks on Oct. 3 as scheduled. In a written statement, Stanley stressed that Ankara had fulfilled the Copenhagen criteria and recently signed the additional Customs Union protocol, adding that the EU should keep its promise to start the talks. /Milliyet/

    [07] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [08] DIFFICULTIES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM BY ISMAIL KUCUKKAYA (AKSAM)

    Columnist Ismail Kucukkaya comments on difficulties in the fight against terrorism. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Considering how over the last month we’ve seen Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug’s briefing on terrorism, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Diyarbakir, Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Erkan Mumcu’s comments on terrorism and the meetings of various state bodies, one can see a snapshot of the fight against terrorism in which all politicians and the entire military are arrayed on the same side. The fight against terrorism is everyone’s number one priority, but there’s no agreement on the methods. At this point, the government is facing certain problems. Yesterday I met with Mumcu and Ankara representatives of 21 daily newspapers at the same table. For nearly two hours, Mumcu put forth his suggestions and analyses in the fight against terrorism and answered our questions. The terminology used by Mumcu was new and important, but journalists, who wanted to hear something concrete, weren’t satisfied. Reality shows that the process faced by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is strewn with difficulties, and this lay beneath Mumcu’s words. Indeed, if one looks at the picture during and after his visit to Diyarbakir, these difficulties can be understood. Faced with these criticisms, Erdogan even felt the need to say that then President Turgut Ozal had said the same things 15 years ago.

    Now let’s talk about the biggest difficulty. Erdogan believes that the government should make an opening on the eastern and southeastern issue because our membership talks with the European Union will start on Oct. 3, the EU is putting pressure on us, and there is a rising trend in terrorist attacks. However, Erdogan’s openings are also being criticized by a great many people, because it’s not easy to say that there is a ‘Kurdish problem’ when a Kurdish state is on the verge of being established in northern Iraq and all Turkish citizens are sensitive about this issue. It’s difficult for Erdogan and his rivals to produce good alternative policies. This was the problem faced by Mumcu that day. Now Ankara will produce a policy about this issue with the backing of the political will and other units of the state, in which the state’s unity and solidarity will be protected and the region will be provided with hope. Ankara has started to work on this. Erdogan’s visit to Diyarbakir and Mumcu’s statements are indication of these efforts. For this reason, the National Security Council (NSC) meeting set to be held next Tuesday is very critical.”

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