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Turkish Press Review, 06-01-23

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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

23.01.2006

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN, TALAT CALL FOR AN END TO TURKISH CYPRIOTS’ ISOLATION
  • [02] PREMIER ERDOGAN: “EARLY ELECTIONS WOULD BE A TREASON OF THE PUBLIC”
  • [03] GUL VISITS RIO DE JANEIRO
  • [04] AGAR CRITICIZES GOVT BEING OPPOSED TO EARLY ELECTIONS
  • [05] AYDIN GUVEN GURKAN PASSES AWAY
  • [06] MGK SECRETARY GENERAL ALPOGAN VISITS THE US
  • [07] ISTANBUL TO HOST WOMEN SUMMIT
  • [08] TURKEY AWAITS HEAVY SNOW
  • [09] US DELEGATION ARRIVES IN VAN TO BEGIN EXAMINATIONS ON BIRD FLU, VISITS BIRD FLU CRISIS CENTER THERE
  • [10] REHN ADDRESSES CONFERENCE AT LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS, SAYS EU TO BENEFIT TURKEY’S DYNAMISM
  • [11] EU COMMISSION TURNS GREEN LIGHT TO BEGIN ACTUAL NEGOTIATIONS WITH TURKEY
  • [12] ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO BE SENT TO TURKEY
  • [13] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [14] ERDOGAN VISITS PICASSO EXHIBITION BY TUFAN TURENC (HURRIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN, TALAT CALL FOR AN END TO TURKISH CYPRIOTS’ ISOLATION

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat have called on the international arena to end the isolation imposed on the Turkish Cypriots. Erdogan and Talat’s statements came on Saturday at a joint press conference following their bilateral meeting in Istanbul. While Erdogan took a firm stance on the issue saying, “Turkey will not do anything unless Turkish Cypriots’ isolation ends,” Talat’s appeared to be hopeful when he said, “The isolation of the Turkish Cypriots will come to an end we’ll integrate into the world.” Calling on all the relevant parties to put an end to the isolation of Turkish Cypriots, Erdogan said, “We’re determined to protect the rights of the Turkish Cypriots and cooperate with the TRNC authorities to this end. Despite the negative attitude of the Greek Cypriot administration, we advocate a fair and lasting solution on the island.” /The New Anatolian/

    [02] PREMIER ERDOGAN: “EARLY ELECTIONS WOULD BE A TREASON OF THE PUBLIC”

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday attended to a party meeting. Premier Erdogan touched on many issues as the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) organization, early election debates, economic developments and opposition parties’ criticisms. He challenged the media by saying that it can deceive neither the public nor him and said, “Recep Tayyip Erdogan isn’t a premier who listens to his public through media, he is a prime minister who directly meets with people to listen to their complaints. We’re always with the public. We listen to them, not the media.” Also touching on early election debates, Erdogan said that early elections would be a treason of the public that carried the AKP to power. “The opposition parties are running towards a dead end regarding their political career,” said Erdogan and claimed that the reason for their persistent calls for early elections is this fear. /Star/

    [03] GUL VISITS RIO DE JANEIRO

    In line with the government’s resolution to improve relations with Latin American countries, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday completed his four-day visit to Brazil. On his last day of stay, Gul accompanied by his wife, visited Rio de Janeiro. He also met with Turkish businessmen. /Turkiye/

    [04] AGAR CRITICIZES GOVT BEING OPPOSED TO EARLY ELECTIONS

    Opposition True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar yesterday criticized the government being opposed to early elections. In a written statement, Agar stated that the government officials had said that early elections would harm Turkey’s atmosphere of trust and stability, which is not true. “If you’re serving the nation, then why are you afraid of early elections?” asked Agar. “You can’t betray the nation.” Last week, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that holding early elections would mean to betray the nation. /Milliyet/

    [05] AYDIN GUVEN GURKAN PASSES AWAY

    Former Socialist People’s Party (SHP) leader and former minister Aydýn Guven Gurkan died yesterday morning at the age of 65. Gurkan married with one child will lay to rest tomorrow in Istanbul. /Sabah/

    [06] MGK SECRETARY GENERAL ALPOGAN VISITS THE US

    Secretary General of the National Security Council (MGK) Yigit Alpogan yesterday went to the US to hold contacts. Alpogan will meet US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and officials from the Defense Department and will discuss regional developments. During his contacts, especially Iraq, Iran and developments in Caucasus are expected to be discussed. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] ISTANBUL TO HOST WOMEN SUMMIT

    Istanbul is set to host a women summit on Jan. 28-29. Speaking to reporters State Minister Nimet Cubukcu said that women had played a positive role in development of humanity. Stressing that Istanbul was elected to hold the gathering, as it was a city bringing all civilizations together, Cubukcu added that Turkey had witnessed important reforms on women rights in recent years. /Turkiye/

    [08] TURKEY AWAITS HEAVY SNOW

    Istanbul and most of the country were expected to wake up to a heavy snow, traffic jams and ice this morning, with no respite expected until the weekend. The cold front affecting Russia and Europe has moved towards Turkey, the roads thousands of villages in the east blocked. Officials said the snowfall in the east was expected to continue and would soon star to affect the western parts of the country. /Turkish Daily News/

    [09] US DELEGATION ARRIVES IN VAN TO BEGIN EXAMINATIONS ON BIRD FLU, VISITS BIRD FLU CRISIS CENTER THERE

    A 12-person US delegation chaired by US State Department official Ann Derse, yesterday arrived in Van in order to begin examinations on recent bird flu incidents. The delegation, which is composed of specialists from the International Health Agency and the State Department, later visited bird flu crisis center in Van to get information about recent developments on the issue and met with representatives from several institutions. Van Deputy Governor Mustafa Yavuz said that the delegation was working in coordination with all institutions in Van and that a delegation from the World Health Organization (WHO) was also following the work closely. “Our work on fighting bird flu is continuing,” added Yavuz. /Sabah/

    [10] REHN ADDRESSES CONFERENCE AT LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS, SAYS EU TO BENEFIT TURKEY’S DYNAMISM

    Addressing a conference at London School of Economics yesterday, European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn said that the expanding process was indispensable for the EU, adding that this process was very active for now. Rehn said that in 2005 EU member states grew more than in the past, when the number of EU members was fewer. Rehn stated that the growth rate in EU candidates such as Turkey and Romania was even higher. “Turkey grew by 9% last year,” said Rehn, adding that the EU would benefit from this dynamism which would provide new opportunities. “We shouldn’t forget that Turkey would contribute to overcome the EU’s demographic imbalance in the future,” he said. Rehn further stressed that the EU candidates would join the Union after fulfilling the required criteria. /Turkiye/

    [11] EU COMMISSION TURNS GREEN LIGHT TO BEGIN ACTUAL NEGOTIATIONS WITH TURKEY

    European Union Commission yesterday turned green light to begin Turkey’s actual negotiations on certain issues, the screening process of which was completed. The Commission presented a report to both Turkey and to the Council of Europe to begin actual negotiations with Turkey on “Science and Research” and “Education and Culture.” The report further stated that there was no obstacle to begin negotiations on these issues. The approval of all EU member states is a must to begin actual negotiations with Ankara. /Turkiye/

    [12] ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO BE SENT TO TURKEY

    The European Union is continuing to search new measures for the illegal immigrant problem. To send the immigrants to the countries, the EU negotiations of which are continuing, is assessed as the first choice. According to this rapprochement, immigrants might be sent to especially Croatia and Turkey. At the ‘EU’s Shelter Policies” section of the EU justice and interior ministers’ meeting held on Jan. 12-14, migration and immigrant problem was debated. After the meeting, it was decided that immigrants entering or trying to enter the EU countries should be captured and be sent to the candidate EU countries in case that they don’t want to be sent back to their countries. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [14] ERDOGAN VISITS PICASSO EXHIBITION BY TUFAN TURENC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Tufan Turenc comments on the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the Picasso exhibition in Istanbul, which is pleasing. After he visited the exhibition, he evaluated Picasso and gave messages of ‘development and change.’ He said, ‘Picasso has been the representative of a continuously developing and changing movement. When we see his works, we should deal with development and change. It would be useful to benefit from this.’ Thus, he made references to the people who believe that he hasn’t and won’t change. Let’s say that he visited the Picasso exhibition not to give this message with the suggestions of his staff. Whatever the reason is, Erdogan’s meeting with Picasso can be accepted as a stage, because when he was the mayor, he made such evaluations that he finds ballet amoral. Who knows, maybe he will watch Giselle, performed by Istanbul State Ballet. Now, I want to write about something other than art, for example, the bird flu. There was such an impression in the public that Erdogan didn’t deal with the bird flu for a long time. He even said that the crisis isn’t managed by discussing. However, he found it appropriate to talk about the bird flu during his party’s group meeting last week. He said that the government was struggling against the disease greatly and successfully and that the measures were complete. He praised relevant ministries’ work. However, I couldn’t understand why the disease became widespread in Turkey so much, although measures were taken.

    Even if Erdogan doesn’t accept, it seems to me that mistakes were made on the issue. Perhaps, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has some difficulties with administering Turkey. I think it will suffer more difficulties, as long as the problems increase. For example, we see that the Cyprus issue was left to its own fate. Some people drove former President Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) out, on grounds that he hinders the solution. Now, they are helpless, aren’t they? Nobody knows what will happen from now on. How will the obstacles of Germany and France be overcome? What’s Turkey’s policy in the formations in northern Iraq, in terms of the tension between the US and Iraq? Does the AKP have a horizon or strategy about the place to bring Turkey during the 21st century? Will there be a consensus about the presidency? Or will the people insist that a person representing the AKP’s views should be the president? Before holding an election, will Erdogan take it into consideration that he received one vote from four citizens and three seats out of four at the Parliament? Will he be able to see that this power won’t be enough for the person to be the president to sit comfortably on that seat?”

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