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Turkish Press Review, 06-04-13

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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> <style type="text_css"> <!-- .baslik { margin-right:0cm; margin-left:0cm; margin-top:1cm; font-size:12.0pt; color:#000099; text-align: justify; } --> <_style> e-mail : newspot@byegm.gov.tr <caption> <_caption> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

13.04.2006

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER, ERDOGAN, ARINC ADDRESS OIC MEETING IN ISTANBUL
  • [02] SEZER: “THE ARMY HAS BECOME TREATED UNFAIRLY DUE TO SEMDINLI CONTROVERSY”
  • [03] ISTANBUL NAMED CAPITAL OF CULTURE OF EUROPE FOR 2010
  • [04] TURKEY ANNOUNCES NINTH EU REFORM PACKAGE
  • [05] IN SOUTHEAST, ERDOGAN TO SPEAK WITH THE PEOPLE
  • [06] TURKEY’S FIRST NUCLEAR PLANT TO BE BUILT IN SINOP
  • [07] TUZMEN: “TURKEY HAS BEGUN TO ATTRACT INTERNATIONAL CAPITAL”
  • [08] SCHROEDER TO ADDRESS CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL NEXT MONTH
  • [09] BANGLADESHI PM TO HAVE TALKS IN ANKARA
  • [10] GERMAN GREENS PARTY LEADER ROTH TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [11] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [12] BEING THE RULING PARTY BY ISMAIL KUCUKKAYA (AKSAM)

  • [01] SEZER, ERDOGAN, ARINC ADDRESS OIC MEETING IN ISTANBUL

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc yesterday attended a meeting of the Organization for the Islamic Conference Parliamentarians Union in Istanbul. Addressing the gathering, Sezer said that in some countries there are people trying to equate Islam and its values with violence, intolerance, and intemperance. “The Islamic world should renounce all forms of violence, ” added Sezer. Also addressing the gathering, Erdogan said that rising conflicts, hunger, and terrorist attacks in the region were a source of concern. Erdogan further sought the support of the participants for Turkey’s stance on the Cyprus issue. For his part, Arinc called the current state of the Islamic world “disappointing.” Saying that the Islamic world had shortcomings, Arinc added, however, that this wasn’t its fate. “Accepting this would be betraying our past,” he said. “The Islamic world has to make a decision to be strong.” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan sent a message to the meeting, saying that lack of tolerance in the world had created serious problems. “I understand the reaction in the Islamic world to the [Prophet] cartoon crisis, and believe that you have reason,” he said. /Sabah/

    [02] SEZER: “THE ARMY HAS BECOME TREATED UNFAIRLY DUE TO SEMDINLI CONTROVERSY”

    Speaking at a conference at the Turkish Military Academy, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said yesterday, “Attempts to defame our glorious army are irreconcilable with rationality and patriotism. Protection of the army’s prestige is one of the major duties of the government.” Sezer sharply criticized the handling of the Semdinli case, which he said the judicial system had wrecked through reckless statements, and further stressed that the army has become subject to an unfair controversy. Sezer also implicitly criticized Diyarbakir Mayor Osman Baydemir, saying that “certain people who came to power through democratic means” had adopted wording dangerously close to the rhetoric of the terrorist group PKK. “This stands in direct conflict with the position they hold and the essence of the system that bought them there,” he added. Sezer also said that he plays a role on the secularism issue due to his oath of office. /Star/

    [03] ISTANBUL NAMED CAPITAL OF CULTURE OF EUROPE FOR 2010

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler and Greater City Mayor Kadir Topbas, yesterday held a press conference in Istanbul to celebrate the city being named European Capital of Culture for 2010. An international committee earlier this week declared Istanbul a Capital of Culture of Europe for 2010, said Erdogan. Stressing that the process has not been completed, the premier said the final decision would be made in November by European Union’s bodies. He stated that the city connected two continents and had served as home to numerous peoples from various nations and religions during its history, adding that the good news would help promote both Istanbul and Turkey. Furthermore, he announced the government’s determination to eliminate eyesores in Turkey’s largest cities, including shantytowns, in line with building projects by the Turkish Housing Development Administration (TOKI), which plans to build up to 50,000 low-income housing units per year. /Turkiye/

    [04] TURKEY ANNOUNCES NINTH EU REFORM PACKAGE

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday announced the ninth EU reform package, amid criticisms that the government has lost its enthusiasm for European Union membership. Gul said that Turkey is dedicated to pursuing reforms that are critical to its goal of becoming a member of the EU. He rejected allegations that the pace of reforms had slowed, and said, “There’s no end to the improvements that will be made... Turkey’s direction is greater democratization.” Guls remarks, which included assurances that the government will soon speed up the approval process of several necessary measures, appeared to be an attempt to counter EU criticism that the pace of reform in Turkey has slowed since the 25-member bloc opened membership talks with Ankara last October. Gul said that the new reform package foresees no further amendments to Article 301 of the revised Turkish Penal Code (TCK). /Star/

    [05] IN SOUTHEAST, ERDOGAN TO SPEAK WITH THE PEOPLE

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is getting prepared to visit southeastern Turkey to ease tension and give direct messages to citizens after the recent terrorist incidents. Erdogan will go to Tunceli and Erzincan to attend his ruling Justice and Development Party’s congresses. He will also attend the Diyarbakir, Siirt, Sirnak and Mardin congresses of the AKP in June, barring any last-minute change. Erdogan, who this week had a meeting with his party’s deputies from southeastern provinces to gauge people’s views on the government’s performance, recent terror incidents and their expectations, is planning to directly communicate with citizens and give messages. /Sabah/

    [06] TURKEY’S FIRST NUCLEAR PLANT TO BE BUILT IN SINOP

    Turkish Atomic Energy Agency (TAEK) head Okay Cakiroglu said yesterday that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has chosen a Black Sea port city for the construction of the country’s first nuclear power plant. He stated that among the eight regions recommended by the agency, Erdogan decided on Sinop for the construction of the plant. He added that the agency had carried out technical inspections, judging some 40 criteria, throughout Turkey to find the most appropriate place. In related news, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler is planning to meet with representatives from Turkey’s 10 largest firms in the coming days to discuss investment possibilities for the power plant. /Turkiye/

    [07] TUZMEN: “TURKEY HAS BEGUN TO ATTRACT INTERNATIONAL CAPITAL”

    State Minister Kursat Tuzmen yesterday received Sohud Baalawl, head of the Dubai Investment Group’s Executive Board. During their meeting, Tuzmen briefed Baalawl on investment opportunities in Turkey. Saying that the group was interested in the real estate and finance sectors, Tuzmen added that recently Turkey has begun to attract international capital. “Interest in our banks, industry, commercial companies, and real estate is rising rapidly,” he said. Speaking afterwards, Tuzmen commented on the current accounts deficit, saying that it should be followed carefully. “The deficit isn’t a cause for concern since it can be financed easily,” added Tuzmen. /Aksam/

    [08] SCHROEDER TO ADDRESS CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL NEXT MONTH

    Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is due to speak at a conference in Istanbul next month at the invitation of Akbank. Akbank said Schroeder would address a conference on May 11 at the Sabanci Center. The meeting will focus on globalization, the future of the European Union, and global inequality. /Hurriyet/

    [09] BANGLADESHI PM TO HAVE TALKS IN ANKARA

    Bangladeshi Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia is set to arrive in Ankara today to pay an official visit. He is expected to have talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul to exchange views on bilateral relations and regional and international issues. /Turkish Daily News/

    [10] GERMAN GREENS PARTY LEADER ROTH TO VISIT TURKEY

    German Greens Party leader Claudia Roth will visit Ankara today due to the recent incidents in the southeast. Roth will meet with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and is also planning to go to Diyarbakir. As part of her visit, Roth will meet with Diyarbakir Mayor Osman Baydemir and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). /Sabah/

    [11] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [12] BEING THE RULING PARTY BY ISMAIL KUCUKKAYA (AKSAM)

    Columnist Ismail Kucukkaya comments on the Justice and Development Party (AKP). A summary of his column is as follows:

    “We can break down the basic parameters determining the performance and life of political power in our country under four main headings. Important developments occur in all these parameters, scenarios are written about them, and speculation is rampant. We need a sound analysis, because presidential and general elections will be held soon (scheduled for next year). Everybody in Ankara is busy gauging the life of the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) political power. Failure to fight terrorism is the most potent poison for political powers. Now the AKP faces this dilemma. When the political power changed hands in November 2002, terrorism had all but stopped in Turkey. Terrorism started to rise last summer. If the nation thinks that when the AKP came, terrorism restarted, this will be a serious problem for the ruling party. However, developments of the last two weeks show that the government is taking this issue seriously. I met twice with Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. ‘Our number one issue is fighting terrorism,’ he said. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks have a tone which gives hope to the public. The Anti-Terror Law will be changed as well. As part of this, relations between the military and government are gaining importance. There have been no accidents during this critical period. A balance protecting the sensitivities of both sides is being reached. We can consider the surprise meeting between Erdogan and Land Forces Commander Gen. Yasar Buyukanit as the beginning of a new era.

    Turkish governments’ relations with the White House are one of the most important parameters of political powers. Either surrendering to the US or being seen to irritate it can shake the Turkish nation’s confidence in the government. The nation would prefer a balanced policy. Erdogan’s advisor Cuneyd Zapsu’s recent visit to Washington aimed at this. Some people criticize this and Zapsu, and the AKP calls this a translation error. I believe Zapsu had important criticisms and warnings for the American people. There’s no problem between Erdogan and Zapsu. In addition, though Zapsu appeared in a den of neocons, not a single negative news story was published in the US press for two days. The most important thing was Zapsu’s remarks about the PKK. I think when he said, ‘We know that you meet with PKK,’ he was very right. As for the economy, settling the macroeconomic balances and stability ensures that the business world supports the ruling party. Even those who don’t like it don’t talk or act against the AKP. The public is tired of crises and afraid of losing stability. There won’t be a problem if there’s no economic crisis. The risky area for the AKP is the judiciary. It’s vital for the party to stay in the social center. This is the basic condition of relations with military, the US, the business world and the judiciary.”

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