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Turkish Press Review, 06-01-19

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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

19.01.2006

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER, ARINC MEET WITH BULGARIAN PM
  • [02] TURKEY WELCOMES ECHR RULING
  • [03] ARINC VISITS MUMCU TO PRESENT DRAFT PROPOSING NEW REGULATIONS FOR PARLIAMENT
  • [04] RELEASED TURKISH PARADIGLIERS ARRIVE IN TEHRAN
  • [05] BAYKAL TO TRAVEL TO ATHENS LATE THIS MONTH
  • [06] ERBAKAN INVITED TO SURRENDER
  • [07] OZKOK VISITS FRANCE
  • [08] RAHMANOV TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [09] ARMENIAN ALLEGATIONS TO BE DISPROVED BY ARCHIVES
  • [10] EU ENLARGEMENT COMMISSIONER REHN’S CYPRUS EFFORTS
  • [11] 81 GOVERNORS TO MEET FOR BIRD FLU
  • [12] 35 MILLION USD TO BE SPENT FOR THE PROJECTS
  • [13] COOPERATION PROTOCOL SIGNED BETWEEN TURKEY AND OMAN
  • [14] TUSIAD TO VISIT AUSTRIA
  • [15] TUZMEN ATTENDS 3RD LEATHER FAIR IN ISTANBUL
  • [16] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [17] GIRL FROM AKCAOVA BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)

  • [01] SEZER, ARINC MEET WITH BULGARIAN PM

    Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev, who is currently in Turkey for an official visit, yesterday met separately with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc. Speaking following their meeting, Arinc reiterated Ankara’s support for Bulgaria’s NATO membership and said that he hoped Bulgaria, which is soon due to join the European Union, would back Turkey’s aspirations. Arinc added that he planned to visit Bulgaria this year. For his part, Stanishev highlighted the significance of friendly ties between the two countries. Later, Stanishev proceeded to Istanbul to attend a Turkish-Bulgarian Business Council meeting. Addressing the gathering, Stanishev said that there were many fields of cooperation and trade between the businessmen of the two countries. “It’s important to establish mixed companies,” he said. “I’m sure that our businessmen will find the most appropriate mechanisms.” /Turkish Daily News-Sabah/

    [02] TURKEY WELCOMES ECHR RULING

    Turkish officials welcomed a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling rejecting a complaint from a Turkish applicant that he has been unable to return his home and land in his eastern Anatolian village, which he was forced to abandon in the last decade. The verdict on Tuesday in Aydin Icyer’s petition is expected to open the way for the return of some 1,500 similar pending applications to Turkish authorities. Commenting on the matter before his departure for Brazil, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said that the decision was very important because it shows that domestic law is functioning effectively in Turkey. He pointed out that Turkey put a compensation law into force in July 2004 for losses resulting from terrorism and anti-terror efforts. /Turkiye/

    [03] ARINC VISITS MUMCU TO PRESENT DRAFT PROPOSING NEW REGULATIONS FOR PARLIAMENT

    Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc yesterday visited opposition Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) leader Erkan Mumcu to present a draft proposing new regulations for Parliament. During their meeting, Arinc said that he wanted to adopt a new regulation for Parliament within this period. The draft aimed Parliament to work more actively and more effectively in line with the European Union norms. /Milliyet/

    [04] RELEASED TURKISH PARADIGLIERS ARRIVE IN TEHRAN

    Three Turkish paradigliers who were kidnapped 24 days ago in Iran and released on Tuesday arrived yesterday in Tehran to spend the night there. Turkish sportsmen Serdar Durna, Yurdaer Etike and Avni Ozan, were welcomed at the airport by Turkish Ambassador to Tehran Halit Bozkurt. Bozkurt thanked the Iranian authorities for helping secure the release of the Turkish paradigliers, saying that he was very glad to see them. Yurdaer Etike told the Anatolia news agency that he would like to thank those who exerted great efforts to save them. “We had a very difficult time. Now we’re happy. We’ve talked to our families on the phone and we want to go to Turkey as soon as possible,” he added. The Turks are expected to leave Tehran for Istanbul today. /The New Anatolian/

    [05] BAYKAL TO TRAVEL TO ATHENS LATE THIS MONTH

    Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal will travel to Athens late this month to attend a Socialist International meeting to be held on Jan. 30-31. During his stay, the CHP leader will also hold bilateral talks with world leaders. /Star/

    [06] ERBAKAN INVITED TO SURRENDER

    The Edremit Prosecutor’s Office has sent a notice by mail for Necmettin Erbakan, former prime minister and head of the now defunct Welfare Party (RP), to surrender to police on Monday to serve a two year, four month prison sentence for tampering with official documents in a case of missing state money. Erbakan either has to surrender or apply for a suspension of the sentence. His previous four applications for suspension on health grounds were accepted. /Turkish Daily News/

    [07] OZKOK VISITS FRANCE

    Chief of the General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok yesterday flew to Paris, France for an official visit. During his stay in Paris, Ozkok is expected to meet with a French delegation chaired by his French counterpart Henri Bentegeat to discuss bilateral military relations. Ozkok is expected to return to Ankara tomorrow. /Milliyet/

    [08] RAHMANOV TO VISIT TURKEY

    After completing his contacts in Iran, Tajikistan President Imamali Rahmanov is set to arrive in Ankara today to pay an official visit at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Necdet Sezer. During his four- day stay, Rahmonov will have talks with Turkish officials to discuss bilateral and regional issues. In addition, Ankara’s Gazi University will present the Tajik president an honorary doctorate. /Star/

    [09] ARMENIAN ALLEGATIONS TO BE DISPROVED BY ARCHIVES

    So-called Armenian genocide allegations will be disproved by the Armenian and Russian archive documents. The committee set up to disprove allegations abiding by Armenian and Russian archives and to explain Turkish thesis has started to be active in Istanbul. The presidency of advisory board of the “Big Project-Talat Pasha Operation” is assumed by the First President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas. Representatives of Justice and Development Party (AKP), main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), True Path Party (DYP) Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Homeland Party (YP) and Workers’ Party (IP) attended the first meeting organized by Turk-Is, Kemalist (Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic) Association and National Channel, as well as administrators of NGOs and academicians. At the opening ceremony of the meeting, Denktas said, “We’re not trying to create Armenian hostility. We’re trying to turn hostility created by them into a friendship.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] EU ENLARGEMENT COMMISSIONER REHN’S CYPRUS EFFORTS

    It was reportedly said that European Union Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn is seeking a new solution for the Cyprus issue. The EU sources uttered that this silent period of the Turkey-EU relations is a good opportunity to think hard for the Cyprus issue, and that Rehn nowadays is busy with this question. EU sources stated that Rehn is working on a formula aiming to speed up Turkey to bring in the Additional Protocol of the Ankara Agreement and to put free trade regulations into effect. In related news, European Union Term President Austria’s Prime Minister Wolfgang Schüssel said that after the process of screening, full-membership talks with Turkey were likely to begin in the first half of 2006. “A possible positive report from the EU Commission is very likely to launch talks with Turkey as well as Croatia,” said Schüssel during a press conference at the European Parliament. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] 81 GOVERNORS TO MEET FOR BIRD FLU

    Minister of Internal Affairs, Abdulkadir Aksu, is expected to hold a meeting in Ankara with the governors of 81 provinces on Friday. It is reported that, the same day, Health Minister Recep Akdag and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Mehmet Mehdi Eker will come together with the representatives of the media. /Turkiye/

    [12] 35 MILLION USD TO BE SPENT FOR THE PROJECTS

    Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Mehmet Mehdi Eker attended a meeting in Beijing, China, for the struggle against bird flu with the representatives of 89 countries and 20 international organizations. Eker said Turkey has only 130 thousand boxes of Tamiflu but gave an order for additional boxes. Eker noted that Turkey presented a project worth 35 million USD to the World Bank for improving veterinary services, laboratory and field research and for paying compensations. /Turkiye/

    [13] COOPERATION PROTOCOL SIGNED BETWEEN TURKEY AND OMAN

    A cooperation protocol was signed between Istanbul Chamber of Trade and Oman’s Chamber of Trade and Industry. Speaking at the signing ceremony, State Minister Besir Atalay said that the governments should open the way of the private sector. Atalay said that the agreement on the prevention of double taxation was about to be completed and signed. “Therefore obstacles to the private sector will be overcome,” added Atalay. /Star/

    [14] TUSIAD TO VISIT AUSTRIA

    A delegation of Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD) is paying a visit to Vienna to have talks with Austrian officials and businessmen representatives. During a two-day stay, the delegation is scheduled also to meet with Parliament Speaker Andreas Khol and Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik. /Turkiye/

    [15] TUZMEN ATTENDS 3RD LEATHER FAIR IN ISTANBUL

    Speaking at the 3rd Leather Fair in Istanbul yesterday, State Minister Kursad Tuzmen said that Turkey’s share in the world leather trade was 1 percent, which could later increase to 5 percent. Tuzmen said that nearly 350 firms from 21 countries attended the fair, adding that the Turks have been in this sector for long years. Tuzmen stressed that the registered figure in the leather sector was totally $2 billion, adding that the target was $5 billion. /Star/

    [16] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [17] GIRL FROM AKCAOVA BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Semih Idiz comments on Turkey’s European Union bid. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “We need good news these days. Therefore, I congratulate two reporters from the CNN Turk channel for the ‘EU in Turkey’ series which they have prepared. The people in Turkey think of negativities, when they hear the word EU, as if it was established to destroy us. We hear this shallow view from some people sometimes. However, we should tell them that Ankara should end this issue and remove this threat. Some people might consider this a very simple stance, but this is very reasonable, considering the simplicity of the view that the EU will destroy us. Meanwhile, obviously, the issue isn’t as simple as that. The research on the Turkish Armed Forces’ (TSK) march to the EU which was published on the Foreign Affairs journal and prepared by the people in relation with the General Staff say that the EU membership is the best choice among the bad choices against the threats of fundamentalism and separatism. However, it’s pleasing that some people started to see certain things, which are shown by this series. It is about the EU funds and socio-economic projects which are encouraged in the entire country. Turkey received more than €1 billion in the last three years only from this unit. Of course, this amount is less than the money received by Spain, Portugal and Greece once upon a time.

    However, Turkey should have approached the issue with seriousness appropriate to the soul of Ankara Agreement signed in 1963, in order to participate in that league. If that was the case, it could have become a member before these three countries and benefited from the EU funds more. However, those days passed. EU experts say that the issue is based on the following principle: ‘The more project, the more aid.’ Two things attracted my attention in this series. One of them was the expression of a girl who participated in a pottery program which was initiated with the EU funds in Akcaova. The girl said, ‘I feel like we became an EU member, thanks to this support. I know that we’re not a member yet, but I feel this way.’ Secondly, a man who participated in a wood carving program in Kastamonu said, ‘I had to leave my village due to unemployment. I came back, as soon as I heard about this project. Who wouldn’t like to go back to the village?’ Of course, above-mentioned discussions will continue, but people will understand the things, as long as the EU’s penetration into our country deepens. The EU means increasing the value of the human and the level of prosperity. Therefore, many countries long for becoming a member. The young girl from Akcaova and the man from Kastamonu have understood this. I wonder when the others will understand.”

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