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Turkish Press Review, 05-10-20

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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

20.10.2005

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN TO TRAVEL TO PAKISTAN
  • [02] PREMIER TO MEET EU LEADERS IN GREAT BRITAIN
  • [03] CICEK: “RECTORS MADE A SHOW OF PROTEST”
  • [04] AGAR CRITICIZES NEW AKP PERSONNEL REFORM PROPOSAL
  • [05] NSC SECRETARY-GENERAL VISITS PARLIAMENT CONSTITUTION COMMISSION HEAD, DISCUSSES TERRORIST ATTACKS
  • [06] ANAVATAN HOLDS FIRST GROUP MEETING IN PARLIAMENT
  • [07] 112 TO BE NEW NUMBER FOR ALL EMERGENCY CALLS
  • [08] FENER GREEK PATRIARCH TO MEET WITH CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT MEPs AT CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL
  • [09] BULGARIA LENDS SUPPORT TO TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP
  • [10] TRNC’S SOYER: “GREEK CYPRUS IS STEPPING UP PRESSURE”
  • [11] KYRGYZ GOVT DELEGATION FLIES DIRECTLY TO TRNC
  • [12] EU SCREENING PROCESS BEGINS
  • [13] EU COMMISSION HEAD: “IF TURKEY MAKES PROGRESS ON HUMAN AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS, ITS EU TALKS CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED”
  • [14] US STATE DEPT: “BE PATIENT ON IRAQ”
  • [15] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [16] ANKARA’S EXPECTATIONS FOR IRAQ BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN TO TRAVEL TO PAKISTAN

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to travel to earthquake-stricken Pakistan this morning. Erdogan, accompanied by a number of Cabinet ministers, deputies and reporters, will meet with his Pakistani counterpart Sevket Aziz late in the afternoon. Tomorrow, after visiting Muzefferabad, the most devastated region from the quake, Erdogan is expected to have talks with President Pervez Musharraf. The Turkish premier will also donate financial aid collected in Turkey to the quake survivors. /Turkiye/

    [02] PREMIER TO MEET EU LEADERS IN GREAT BRITAIN

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to visit Great Britain next week to attend the European Union heads of state and government unofficial summit in Surrey. Erdogan will meet with his EU counterparts for the first time since Turkey began its EU accession talks on Oct. 3. The Cyprus issue is expected to dominate the talks, and the Turkish premier will urge the EU leaders to keep their word on the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), including an end to its international isolation. In addition, Turkey’s screening process will be another topic up for be discussion at the meetings. During bilateral contacts, Erdogan will extend Ankara’s gratitude to EU leaders who supported Turkey in the runup to Oct. 3. /Turkiye/

    [03] CICEK: “RECTORS MADE A SHOW OF PROTEST”

    After a three-and-a-half-hour meeting, the Board of Higher Education (YOK) yesterday extended its full support to Yucel Askin, the arrested rector of the eastern Anatolian province of Van’s Yuzuncu Yil University. Speaking to reporters, YOK head Erdogan Tezic said that Askin was paying the price for modernizing a university under the threat of radicalization by some Islamic sects, adding that the rectors would set out for Van on Sunday to show solidarity with Askin. Then rectors also paid a visit to Justice Minister Cemil Cicek. Calling on all people in the country to trust in the justice system, the minister told reporters that he was pleased with the visit, but added that some 50 rectors coming to his ministry was a kind of show protest. Askin was arrested on corruption charges earlier this week. /Sabah/

    [04] AGAR CRITICIZES NEW AKP PERSONNEL REFORM PROPOSAL

    True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar yesterday criticized the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government’s new personnel reform bill, claiming that the proposal would violate the Constitution. “The government aims to sow partisanship,” added Agar. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] NSC SECRETARY-GENERAL VISITS PARLIAMENT CONSTITUTION COMMISSION HEAD, DISCUSSES TERRORIST ATTACKS

    National Security Council Secretary-General Yigit Alpogan yesterday visited Parliament Constitution Commission head Burhan Kuzu to discuss a recent wave of terrorist attacks. During their meeting, Alpogan said that the Turkish nation had suffered from terrorism for a long time, adding that necessary measures should be taken to prevent further attacks. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] ANAVATAN HOLDS FIRST GROUP MEETING IN PARLIAMENT

    The Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) yesterday held its first group meeting in Parliament under the chairmanship of its leader Erkan Mumcu. Addressing the gathering, Mumcu criticized the government, saying that there were alternatives in Turkish politics, and ANAVATAN is one. Mumcu further stated that his party would not criticize all actions of the government, and that it would accompany its criticisms with constructive proposals. “We’ll support initiatives which will help the nation,” he added. /Star/

    [07] 112 TO BE NEW NUMBER FOR ALL EMERGENCY CALLS

    As part of Turkey’s European Union harmonization process, the Interior Ministry has sent a circular to governors to lay the groundwork for a new system for emergency calls. Under the new system, all emergency phone numbers -- security (155), ambulance (112), firefighters (110) and forest fire (167) -- will be consolidated to just one number, 112, as in EU countries. /Turkiye/

    [08] FENER GREEK PATRIARCH TO MEET WITH CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT MEPs AT CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL

    Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomeos and member of the European People’s Party - European Democrats (a Christian democrat umbrella group) are to meet today in Istanbul for their ninth annual dialogue conference. The prime ministers of Austria, Serbia and Croatia, the Bulgarian deputy Parliament speaker, and representative of the world’s Christians, Muslims and Jews will attend the two-day gathering. /Star/

    [09] BULGARIA LENDS SUPPORT TO TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP

    Bulgarian Prime Minister Georgi Pirvanov yesterday said that his country gives full support to Turkey’s European Union membership. Speaking in Washington during a meeting with President George W. Bush, Pirvanov stated that Turkey’s membership was important for both for Bulgaria and the EU itself. “We support Turkey’s full membership in the EU,” he added. /Star/

    [10] TRNC’S SOYER: “GREEK CYPRUS IS STEPPING UP PRESSURE”

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Prime Minister Ferit Sabri Soyer yesterday said that the Greek Cypriots, using the advantage of their European Union membership, are trying to use the issue of the unilateral opening of Turkey’s ports to them as pressure during Ankara’s EU negotiation process. Soyer added, “Both our policy and the Turkish government’s policy, which we determined together, is a proper policy, which is for a mutual end to all restrictions.” /Star/

    [11] KYRGYZ GOVT DELEGATION FLIES DIRECTLY TO TRNC

    A delegation from Kyrgyzstan yesterday arrived in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on a direct flight at the invitation of TRNC Foreign Minister Serdar Denktas. The delegation is composed of 15 Kyrgyz deputies and three deputy prime ministers. During their stay in the TRNC, the delegation is expected to express support for bringing an end to the TRNC’s isolation. /Milliyet/

    [12] EU SCREENING PROCESS BEGINS

    Turkey is taking another big step on the way to the European Union. The screening process, meaning the harmonization of Turkey’s laws with the EU’s acquis communautaire, is beginning today with the screening of the science and research chapter. Turkey’s chief negotiator Ali Babacan yesterday went to Brussels for the screening process with a 30-member delegation. During the screening process, which is expected to last for a year, a preliminary screening will be done for each chapter along with Croatia, another EU candidate. A detailed screening will follow for Turkey only. After one chapter of the detailed screening is completed, the commission will submit its report on the issue to the council, asking whether the negotiations should begin. /Aksam/

    [13] EU COMMISSION HEAD: “IF TURKEY MAKES PROGRESS ON HUMAN AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS, ITS EU TALKS CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED”

    European Union Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said yesterday that if Turkey achieves progress in such fields as human rights and women’s rights, its recently begun accession negotiations could be successfully completed. Barroso stated that Turkey’s talks would be fair and objective, adding that the issue of human rights was very important. He stressed that the final goal was Turkey’s full EU membership and that he hoped it would join the Union one day. Barroso further stated that the EU was gaining strength through expansion and that Turkey’s joining would aid in this goal. /Milliyet/

    [14] US STATE DEPT: “BE PATIENT ON IRAQ”

    James Jeffrey, the US State Department coordinator for Iraq, yesterday asked the countries neighboring Iraq, including Turkey, to put pressure on Iran and Syria. At a press conference held in Washington, asked what the US expects from Turkey and other ountries neighboring Iraq after its weekend constitutional referendum, Jeffrey made a call on these countries to support the democratic process there. Jeffrey praised Turkey’s role in Iraq as “very beneficial,” and said that dialogue among Turkey, Iraq and the US is continuing against the terrorist PKK. In related news, Foreign Ministry spokesman Namik Tan yesterday said that it would be beneficial if an observer delegation under UN supervision monitored the December parliamentary elections in Iraq. Asked about how the constitutional referendum, Tan said that the process had been followed. Tan also cited how the US was one of the first countries to recognize the PKK as a terrorist group, and added, “We expect our ally to fulfill its responsibilities” concerning the PKK in northern Iraq. /Aksam-Star/

    [15] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [16] ANKARA’S EXPECTATIONS FOR IRAQ BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Fikret Bila comments on Ankara’s expectations concerning Iraq. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Iraq hasn’t announced the outcome of its referendum on a new constitution. It’s investigating suspicious vote tallies. The US-Iraq administration developed strange rules and interpretations so the outcome would be approval and then carried out a referendum with less strange rules. It was announced unofficially that the result was positive with Shiite and Kurdish votes, and then the official announcement was postponed due to doubts. Eventually it will be declared that the public approved the constitution. Actually, the Shiites and Kurds accepted it and the Sunnis rejected it. Ankara isn’t very happy with the constitution voted on in the referendum. This constitution is far from Ankara’s expectations. Turkey has two basic goals concerning Iraq: Iraq’s integrity and not putting Kirkuk under the Kurdish administration. On the first goal, Ankara favors Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani’s being Iraq’s president and Sunnis’ participation in the referendum. It expects that Kurds, having the presidency, won’t seek immediate independence. Even if the Sunnis refused to participate in the referendum, they have declared their will. Ankara thinks the Sunnis can be the ‘glue’ between the Shiite Arabs and Kurds. That’s why Ankara wants them to participate in the December parliamentary elections. How realistic is it to expect that Sunnis, who formed the base of the Saddam administration to a great extent, will function as a ‘bridge’ with Shiites, who expect to enter office following the Saddam era and so aren’t part of the insurgency, and the Kurds, who are the closest friends of the US?

    Ankara envisaged a special status for Kirkuk. It was buttressing this view with the thesis that all the Iraqi people own its natural resources. It was against putting Kirkuk under Kurdish administration. However, the constitution voted on envisaged a referendum in Kirkuk in 2007. It’s also known that Kirkuk’s demographic makeup was changed in favor of the Kurds. In this case, Kirkuk might be attached to the Kurdish administration. Ankara’s new goal concerning Kirkuk is that the new parliament following the December elections will change the draft constitution. Ankara expects that all of its concerns will be addressed with such changes, but it’s questionable how realistic this expectation is due to current conditions. Ankara also thinks that a ‘unity of goals’ should be established for Iraq’s Turkmen, that is, the Turkmen should work for the same goal even if they belong to different parties or organizations. Under these circumstances and expectations, it’s difficult for Ankara to fulfill its goals concerning Iraq.”

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