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Turkish Press Review, 05-08-31

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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

31.08.2005

NATION MARKS VICTORY DAY, OZKOK CAUTIONS ON A RECENT WAVE OF TERRORIST ATTACKS ERDOGAN DUE TO TRAVEL TO ITALY TO ATTEND A FORUM IN BAKU, TRNC DELEGATION ATTENDS A FORUM OF AZERBAIJANI-TURKISH BUSINESSMEN ASSOCIATION ERDOGAN ADDRESSES NATION, TOUTS TURKEY’S PROGRESS IN THE LAST THREE YEARS FRANCE: “WE WILL NOT CREATE A CRISIS IN THE EU” ERDOGAN: “WE ARE COMMITTED TO NEW IRAQI IDEAL” EU COMMISSION: “NO EU MEMBER STATE DEMANDED TURKEY’S EU TALKS TO BE DELAYED” EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: “THE EU WILL BEGIN ANKARA’S EU TALKS ON OCT. 3” INVESTMENTS OF ENGLISH CLOTHING COMPANIES FLOW FROM CHINA TO TURKEY TURKEY IS THE SAFEST COUNTRY IN EUROPE FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... TERRORISM AND MORAL VALUES BY TURKER ALKAN (RADIKAL)

CONTENTS

  • [01] NATION MARKS VICTORY DAY, OZKOK CAUTIONS ON A RECENT WAVE OF TERRORIST ATTACKS
  • [02] ERDOGAN DUE TO TRAVEL TO ITALY TO ATTEND A FORUM
  • [03] IN BAKU, TRNC DELEGATION ATTENDS A FORUM OF AZERBAIJANI-TURKISH BUSINESSMEN ASSOCIATION
  • [04] ERDOGAN ADDRESSES NATION, TOUTS TURKEY’S PROGRESS IN THE LAST THREE YEARS
  • [05] FRANCE: “WE WILL NOT CREATE A CRISIS IN THE EU”
  • [06] ERDOGAN: “WE ARE COMMITTED TO NEW IRAQI IDEAL”
  • [07] EU COMMISSION: “NO EU MEMBER STATE DEMANDED TURKEY’S EU TALKS TO BE DELAYED”
  • [08] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: “THE EU WILL BEGIN ANKARA’S EU TALKS ON OCT. 3”
  • [09] INVESTMENTS OF ENGLISH CLOTHING COMPANIES FLOW FROM CHINA TO TURKEY
  • [10] TURKEY IS THE SAFEST COUNTRY IN EUROPE
  • [11] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [12] TERRORISM AND MORAL VALUES BY TURKER ALKAN (RADIKAL)

  • [01] NATION MARKS VICTORY DAY, OZKOK CAUTIONS ON A RECENT WAVE OF TERRORIST ATTACKS

    August 30 Victory Day was celebrated yesterday with ceremonies throughout the country, in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and in Turkey’s missions abroad. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff. Gen Hilmi Ozkok watched ceremonies at the Ataturk Culture Center. Later, Ozkok hosted a reception to mark the day. Addressing the gathering, Ozkok cautioned on a recent wave of terrorist attacks, adding that everyone in Turkey should be aware of his responsibility. Ozkok added that he welcomed the government’s support for the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in its fight against terrorism. /All papers/

    [02] ERDOGAN DUE TO TRAVEL TO ITALY TO ATTEND A FORUM

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due tomorrow to travel to Naples, Italy to receive the Mediterranean Institutional Award, which will be given by the Mediterranean Laboratory Foundation. Later, Erdogan will proceed to Milan to attend a forum which will be organized by an Italian think-tank Ambrosetti. Erdogan is expected to make a speech at the forum, which will focus on geopolitics, economy, science and recent political developments. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berluscoi is also expected to attend the forum. /Star/

    [03] IN BAKU, TRNC DELEGATION ATTENDS A FORUM OF AZERBAIJANI-TURKISH BUSINESSMEN ASSOCIATION

    A Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) delegation, which flew directly from the Ercan Airport to Baku last week, yesterday attended a forum organized by the Azerbaijani-Turkish Businessmen Association. Addressing the forum, TRNC former President Rauf Denktas said that Azerbaijan and the TRNC could cooperate in the economic field. “We understood this at our meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Alýyev,” he said. Denktas further said that he appreciated Azerbaijan for organizing direct flights from Baku to the TRNC and the TRNC to Baku, adding that the Turkish Cypriots also received invitations from other Turkish speaking republics following Azerbaijan. /Turkiye/

    [04] ERDOGAN ADDRESSES NATION, TOUTS TURKEY’S PROGRESS IN THE LAST THREE YEARS

    Appearing on television yesterday to address the nation, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey became one of the star countries in the world through successes it achieved in the last three years. “Meetings, economic, political, and military summits such as NATO, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) held in Turkey also prove this,” said Erdogan, these developments couldn’t even be imagined in the past. The premier further stressed that Turkey’s future was very bright. /Turkiye/

    [05] FRANCE: “WE WILL NOT CREATE A CRISIS IN THE EU”

    France, which has been recently threatening via various ranking French officials who say: “Turkey should recognize Greek Cyprus,” otherwise the negotiations with the European Union may not begin on Oct. 3, alleviated its stance yesterday. French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy, said: “France did not want to create a new crisis in Europe.” At the annual meeting of the French ambassadors to foreign countries, Douste-Blazy stated that if a country that would like to join the EU (Turkey), rejected recognizing an EU country (Greek Cyprus), it would not be an appropriate condition. Douste-Blazy said that, therefore, an EU country France had the right to demand Turkey to clarify its attitude on the Cyprus issue, and added: “This is a legitimate demand. France is not looking for creating a new crisis in Europe.” /Milliyet/

    [06] ERDOGAN: “WE ARE COMMITTED TO NEW IRAQI IDEAL”

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Turkey is committed to the new Iraqi ideal in an article published in Wall Street Journal, one of the most prestigious dailies in the US. Erdogan also announced that, in Iraq where everything had changed dramatically, all the segments of the society had been struggling to establish security, stability, but this could be achieved if ethnical and religious diversity was taken into consideration as a source of wealth, not competition. Erdogan also stated that Turkey was concerned over the terrorist activities and instability in Iraq. /Milliyet/

    [07] EU COMMISSION: “NO EU MEMBER STATE DEMANDED TURKEY’S EU TALKS TO BE DELAYED”

    European Union Commission Head Jose Manuel Barroso said yesterday that no EU member state demanded from the commission to delay Turkey’s EU talks, scheduled to begin on Oct. 3. Speaking to Polish daily Wyborcza, Barroso said that the commission didn’t receive any demand from any EU member state to delay Ankara’s accession talks. Barroso stated that the EU Commission was preparing for Turkey’s EU talks, adding that it was the responsibility of the EU member states to decide when Turkey’s talks would begin. /Turkiye/

    [08] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: “THE EU WILL BEGIN ANKARA’S EU TALKS ON OCT. 3”

    European Parliament President Josep Borrell said yesterday that the European Union would begin Ankara’s EU talks on Oct. 3, adding that this was the promise of the Union. “The EU will keep its promise,” said Borrell, adding that Christian Democrats leader Angela Merkel’s opposition to Turkey’s EU membership was about the elections in Germany. Borrell added that the Europeans weren’t rational in evaluating Turkey’s EU membership bid. /Turkiye/

    [09] INVESTMENTS OF ENGLISH CLOTHING COMPANIES FLOW FROM CHINA TO TURKEY

    The Financial Times wrote that the investments of the English clothing companies began to flow from China to Turkey, India, and East Europe as these companies want to reply to the rapid changes in fashion with the same momentum. The billionaire retailer Philip Green announced that they have abandoned China since December and that began to work with Turkey and Eastern European countries which are closer to the market. Green said that in China the quality was very high and the costs are very low, but China could not quickly meet the demands of the market. /Milliyet/

    [10] TURKEY IS THE SAFEST COUNTRY IN EUROPE

    The officials of the Centraal Beheer, one of the leading insurance companies based in the Netherlands, said in their statement published in Telegraaf that Turkey was the best country in Europe in terms of security. France, mostly preferred by Dutch tourists for vacation, is the most insecure country. Dutch tourists are faced with robberies mostly in France, Spain and Italy. /Milliyet/

    [11] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [12] TERRORISM AND MORAL VALUES BY TURKER ALKAN (RADIKAL)

    Columnist Turker Alkan comments on the terrorism and possible reasons and solutions to this problem. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Terrorist attacks are increasing in the entire world and it’s likely to increase more in the future. Everybody’s suggesting a solution. Some people say that the only solution is more democracy and others don’t agree with this. Some people say that the problem essentially derives from inequality and exploitation and others say that if we know the identity of terrorists, this problem would be solved. Another suggestion has come from Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc recently. He said, ‘We can solve this problem only by channeling towards moral values.’ Of course, Arinc is not an ordinary person, but a parliament speaker. He must know something to say this. However, considering the terrorist attacks of recent years, actually I don’t observe such a problem as the lack of belief or moral values. On the contrary, it seems to me that the people causing terrorism have some ‘extra moral values.’

    Recently, a terrorist said, ‘We’re killing people for God’s sake.’ Can you say that the people who believe in God and call his name before committing suicide with bomb and killing hundreds of people lack moral values? I can’t say this. Of course, not all the people who believe in God are terrorists. Nobody can say such a thing. However, most of the terrorists are extremely committed to their religion, give importance to moral values too much and ready to end their lives for this. We have seen the bloody examples of this both in Turkey and abroad. All these attacks were carried out by the people who express their devotion for moral values, weren’t they? How many of these terrorists said that they weren’t committed to moral values? None of them…

    Some people who think like Mr. Arinc has an answer to this. They say, ‘These terrorists believe in wrong moral values. Our moral values are right. If they believe in ours, there would be no problem.’ Actually, some of the problems derive from the discussion that my moral values are superior to yours! Maybe, the main reason of terrorism is fanaticism. Of course, there is no need to be religious to be a fanatic. You can be a fanatic nationalist or a fanatic leftist. The remedy to this illness isn’t following such conventional views as moral values which might create more fanaticism. On the contrary, the people can get rid of fanaticism as long as they start to ask questions, analyze conventional views and develop their views freely. This way their mentalities would be free and it gets unlikely for them to use violence.”

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