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Turkish Press Review, 06-04-27

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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

27.04.2006

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNOR-GENERAL VISITS ANKARA ERDOGAN ENCOURAGES TURKISH SCHOLARS TO AIM FOR NOBEL PRIZE GUL, RICE DISCUSS BILATERAL TIES, TERRORIST PKK FM GUL ATTENDS UNOFFICIAL MEETING OF NATO COUNTERPARTS FOREIGN MINISTRY: “TURKISH SOLDIERS WILL STAY IN NORTHERN IRAQ AS LONG AS PKK PRESENCE PERSISTS” EU GREENLIGHTS TURKEY’S TALKS ON EDUCATION AND CULTURE ISTANBUL HOSTING WORLD BUSINESSWOMEN’S SUMMIT CHP DEPUTY CHAIR: “PARLIAMENT SHOULD BE BRIEFED ON THE STRATEGIC COMMON VISION PAPER” IRAN’S LARIJANI SET TO VISIT ANKARA NEXT WEEK GREEK PRESS: “RICE BACKS TURKEY” NEW ENVIRONMENT LAW INTRODUCES TOUGH FINES FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS… WHO’S CHANGED? BY DENIZ ULKE ARIBOGAN (AKSAM)

CONTENTS

  • [01] AUSTRALIAN GOVERNOR-GENERAL VISITS ANKARA
  • [02] ERDOGAN ENCOURAGES TURKISH SCHOLARS TO AIM FOR NOBEL PRIZE
  • [03] GUL, RICE DISCUSS BILATERAL TIES, TERRORIST PKK
  • [04] FM GUL ATTENDS UNOFFICIAL MEETING OF NATO COUNTERPARTS
  • [05] FOREIGN MINISTRY: “TURKISH SOLDIERS WILL STAY IN NORTHERN IRAQ AS LONG AS PKK PRESENCE PERSISTS”
  • [06] EU GREENLIGHTS TURKEY’S TALKS ON EDUCATION AND CULTURE
  • [07] ISTANBUL HOSTING WORLD BUSINESSWOMEN’S SUMMIT
  • [08] CHP DEPUTY CHAIR: “PARLIAMENT SHOULD BE BRIEFED ON THE STRATEGIC COMMON VISION PAPER”
  • [09] IRAN’S LARIJANI SET TO VISIT ANKARA NEXT WEEK
  • [10] GREEK PRESS: “RICE BACKS TURKEY”
  • [11] NEW ENVIRONMENT LAW INTRODUCES TOUGH FINES
  • [12] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [13] WHO’S CHANGED? BY DENIZ ULKE ARIBOGAN (AKSAM)

  • [01] AUSTRALIAN GOVERNOR-GENERAL VISITS ANKARA

    Australian Governor-General Michael Jeffery, who is currently visiting Turkey for ceremonies marking the 91st anniversary of the Battle of Canakkale, yesterday met separately with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc. In the evening, Sezer hosted a dinner in the honor of his overseas guest. /Turkiye/

    [02] ERDOGAN ENCOURAGES TURKISH SCHOLARS TO AIM FOR NOBEL PRIZE

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan, Health Minister Recep Akdag and Education Minister Huseyin Celik yesterday visited Ankara’s Bilkent University Nanotechnology Institute. Addressing a meeting there, Erdogan encouraged scholars to work hard, adding that in future years he hopes to see a Turkish scholar winning the Nobel Prize. Erdogan also paid a visit to Professor Ihsan Dogramaci, the founder of Bilkent University. /Turkiye/

    [03] GUL, RICE DISCUSS BILATERAL TIES, TERRORIST PKK

    US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, paying an official visit to Turkey, yesterday met with Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul to discuss a number of issues, including bilateral relations. During their meeting, Gul said that cooperation between the two countries should be further developed. Gul further reportedly stated that Ankara appreciated the US’ longtime recognition of the PKK as a terrorist group, and called for the US to play a more active role against the PKK at a time when it has been stepping up attacks. For her part, Rice reportedly said that Ankara and Washington trusted each other and added, “Our dialogue should be strengthened.” Following the meeting, diplomats said that Rice’s visit would bolster close ties between Washington and Ankara. The diplomats stated that there was strategic cooperation between the two countries and that there should be more talks in order to develop this cooperation. After completing her contacts in Turkey, Rice proceeded to Iraq. /Turkiye/

    [04] FM GUL ATTENDS UNOFFICIAL MEETING OF NATO COUNTERPARTS

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul left Ankara yesterday morning to attend a two-day unofficial NATO foreign ministers meeting to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria. Gul traveled by land due to his recent ear illness, and he and his accompanying delegation spent the night in Edirne. The group is expected to go to Sofia this morning. The next NATO summit set for Riga, Latvia this November and general security issues will be debated during the meetings, which starts today. /Star/

    [05] FOREIGN MINISTRY: “TURKISH SOLDIERS WILL STAY IN NORTHERN IRAQ AS LONG AS PKK PRESENCE PERSISTS”

    The Foreign Ministry yesterday responded to a note from Iraq claiming that Ankara was conducting “hot pursuit” in northern Iraq. The Foreign Ministry stressed that Turkish soldiers would continue to stay in the region as long as the presence of the terrorist PKK persists there. In related news, Foreign Ministry spokesman Namik Tan said that the measures taken by the government in the region aimed at ensuring security. “The presence of PKK necessitates these measures,” added Tan. /Milliyet/

    [06] EU GREENLIGHTS TURKEY’S TALKS ON EDUCATION AND CULTURE

    During the meeting of the European Union Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) in Brussels held yesterday, the body gave the go-ahead to begin Ankara’s EU talks on the education and culture chapter. The invitation letter to be sent to Ankara will reportedly not include any reference to political criteria. /Sabah/

    [07] ISTANBUL HOSTING WORLD BUSINESSWOMEN’S SUMMIT

    The two-day World Businesswomen’s Summit is due to begin in Istanbul today. Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s wife Ziniat arrived in Istanbul on Tuesday to attend the summit. Later, Bosnia Herzegovina prime minister’s wife Niado Terzic and Lebanon Parliament speaker’s wife Randa Berri arrived yesterday in Istanbul to attend the summit. However, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s wife Suzanne Mubarek cancelled her visit to Turkey. /Sabah/

    [08] CHP DEPUTY CHAIR: “PARLIAMENT SHOULD BE BRIEFED ON THE STRATEGIC COMMON VISION PAPER”

    The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) yesterday balked at a strategic common vision paper to be developed between Turkey and the US as announced after the Tuesday meeting of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul. CHP Deputy Chairman Onur Oymen said that they found such a prospect unrealistic and that the government should tell Parliament about the document. Oymen said that two countries’ basic strategic issues must overlap in order to speak about a strategic cooperation between them. Oymen said that no strategic partnership is possible in this context, adding, “The US may have a strategic partnership with Israel or Britain. But the US doesn’t speak about effective intervention in northern Iraq to fight against the terrorist PKK. There are different views on the visit of Hamas to Turkey (in February). They have different thoughts on the Cyprus issue. The US accepts Southern Cyprus as the ‘Cypriot state’.” /Star/

    [09] IRAN’S LARIJANI SET TO VISIT ANKARA NEXT WEEK

    Iran’s top nuclear negotiator is planning to visit Turkey next Wednesday, diplomatic sources said yesterday. Larijani’s visit, originally planned for this week, was postponed due to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s decision to visit Ankara on Tuesday. Turkish sources said that Ankara is willing to listen to one of Iran’s highest officials responsible for their nuclear program talk about Tehran’s ideas. Larijani is Iran’s top negotiator during talks with Russia and Western states, and he is secretary general of Tehran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC). /The New Anatolian/

    [10] GREEK PRESS: “RICE BACKS TURKEY”

    The remarks of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaking to Athens dailies prior to her visit to Ankara, were reported in the Greek press with the headings, “Rice backs Turkey.” She told the papers, “Though Cyprus is a divided island, when it (Greek Cyprus) entered the European Union, this caused anxiety that its position would complicate Turkey’s EU bid. But (Greek) Cyprus was saying the opposite. Now it should keep its promises.” Rice said that the Annan plan was a fair solution for the island, and she also reproached Greek Cypriots for rejecting the plan two years ago. She said that she had wanted to explore both in Athens and Ankara if there is the basis for a new initiative. /Star/

    [11] NEW ENVIRONMENT LAW INTRODUCES TOUGH FINES

    The new Environment Law, after being shelved for 11 years, has finally been passed by Parliament, stipulating tough fines for environmental polluters. Environment Minister Osman Pepe said he had repeatedly voiced concern over the previous failure to pass the bill into law, adding that Turkey needs to spend 35 billion euros just to conform to European Union standards. Under the new law, fish farms cannot be established in protected coastal areas of archeological and natural importance. Environmental education is set as a priority for schools. In addition, noise pollution is banned, and those found guilty of committing that infraction will pay fines of between YTL 200-6,000. /Turkish Daily News/

    [12] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [13] WHO’S CHANGED? BY DENIZ ULKE ARIBOGAN (AKSAM)

    Columnist Deniz Ulke Aribogan comments on Turkish-US relations. A summary of her column is as follows:

    “Calculations of loss and gain are like a book of accounts which is never closed. All the details, figures, supporters, non-supporters, friends, enemies, etc. are written in it. Then, it’s sai,d ‘Look, we did this in the past and we didn’t forget that.’ Sometimes the sacks over the heads of Turkish soldiers in northern Iraq (in July 2003), Turkey’s rejection of deployment of US soldiers in March 2003 or Hamas’ visit (this February) are brought up. Actually, all these are bargaining chips which don’t create great changes in the big political picture but are like the little brushstrokes on a painting. Rises and falls are normal and the negative behavior against you can be trump cards which can strengthen your hand at the bargaining table. Alliance with Turkey is an indispensable relation for the US, which has become an essential element of the Middle East. It’s a great risk even for the world’s greatest military power to continue its presence in a region this far away from its center. This is a very expensive choice both economically and politically, because the need for allies is always greater than ever in an operation away from one’s center. A foreign policy doctrine constructed on unilateralism can’t succeed, if you’re not an isolationist. It’s possible to be allies in politics, if not friends. For this purpose, common interests and concerns are necessary. Centers of strength in the world are now more varied and numerous than ever. No single power can govern the world alone. There are those who think that they can understand this through trial and error. Creators of the doctrine of unilateral foreign policy in the US are being slowly shed. Now, there’s a foreign policy perspective which prefers a role of leadership, rather than that of master.

    In this respect, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s visit is important. Even if crises occur sometimes, no party wants a huge crisis. As a matter of fact, more than 30 high-ranking visits were paid during the last year between Turkey and the US. They know the importance of bilateral relations, but there are angry masses on both sides. The public in Turkey is very angry with US policies. Many people in Turkey think that the US is Turkey’s greatest enemy. The terrorist PKK is associated not with Kurds, but with the US in our minds. Although the US has the PKK on its list of terrorists, nobody believes the US’ sincerity on this issue. The US might think that this is a false image, but it’s a mistake to look for the problem somewhere else. It would be enough to consider not only Turkey’s, but also the masses’ stance in the world. However, after Rice became the driver, a partial change started to emerge. There’s no change in general aims, don’t get me wrong. The US is leaning towards concluding its operation in the Middle East, but it seems the method will be different.”

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