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Turkish Press Review, 07-01-15

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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr>

Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

15.01.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN MEETS WITH IRAQI VICE PRESIDENT AL-HASHIMI
  • [02] BARROSO: "TURKEY WILL JOIN THE EU"
  • [03] TURKEY CONDEMNS ARGENTINA'S GENOCIDE BILL
  • [04] ERDOGAN: "WE WON'T FORSAKE FISCAL DISCIPLINE"
  • [05] BAYKAL CRITICIZES GOVERNMENT'S KIRKUK POLICY
  • [06] DYP'S AGAR: "THE NATION NEEDS US NOW MORE THAN EVER"
  • [07] BABACAN COMMENTS ON TURKEY'S EU BID, ECONOMY
  • [08] MOSUL AND ADVENTURE

  • [01] ERDOGAN MEETS WITH IRAQI VICE PRESIDENT AL-HASHIMI

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iraqi Vice President Tariq al- Hashimi exchanged views on the United States' new strategy for Iraq during their meeting in Istanbul on Saturday. Issues such as efforts to provide security and stability in Iraq, and Turkey's likely contributions to protecting Iraq's territorial integrity and political unity were high on the agenda of the meeting, diplomatic sources said. /The New Anatolian/

    [02] BARROSO: "TURKEY WILL JOIN THE EU"

    During his visit to Rome this weekend, European Union Commission head Jose Manuel Durao Barroso said that Turkey's EU membership will be a difficult process. "But in the end, Turkey will join the EU, because it is for the benefit of global policy as well as for Europe," Barroso said. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] TURKEY CONDEMNS ARGENTINA'S GENOCIDE BILL

    Turkey has condemned and rejected Argentina's passage of a bill marking April 24 as "The Action Day for Tolerance and Respect between Peoples for the Memory of the Armenian Genocide," saying it was unethical and deeply unserious. In a written statement this weekend, the Foreign Ministry labeled the Argentinean move as incompatible with the historical facts and said it was clear that the bill was passed for domestic political gains. /Turkish Daily News/

    [04] ERDOGAN: "WE WON'T FORSAKE FISCAL DISCIPLINE"

    Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan yesterday attended a ceremony celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO). Addressing the gathering, Erdogan said that Istanbul had an important place in the world's economy, adding that he values the ITO proposals concerning the economy. Erdogan stressed that the government wouldn't forsake fiscal discipline and added, "We will continue to carry out the economic program as scheduled and won't change this due to this year's elections. No one should think that we will carry out an election program." Commenting on inflation, Erdogan said that the government aimed at 4% inflation for the end of this year. "We'll try to achieve this goal," added Erdogan. He further stated that one of the most chief problems of the Turkish economy was the unregistered economy, adding that taxes are the government's only source of revenue. /Star/

    [05] BAYKAL CRITICIZES GOVERNMENT'S KIRKUK POLICY

    Main opposition Republican People's Party leader Deniz Baykal claimed this weekend that Iraq is being broken apart, with Turkey actively contributing to this. Shortly before an assembly of his party's Central Executive Committee, Baykal accused the government of remaining a bystander to deliberate changes to the demographic makeup of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, with population and land registry documents being altered. /Aksam/

    [06] DYP'S AGAR: "THE NATION NEEDS US NOW MORE THAN EVER"

    Speaking at a meeting of his party in Adana yesterday, opposition True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar said that the nation needed the DYP more than ever, adding that he thought that his party would come to power in this year's elections. "Its enthusiasm shows this," said Agar. Claiming that the current government doesn't represent the nation, Agar added that future would belong to the coming DYP government. /Turkiye/

    [07] BABACAN COMMENTS ON TURKEY'S EU BID, ECONOMY

    Appearing on television yesterday, State Minister for the Economy and chief European Union negotiator Ali Babacan said that Ankara had determined its road map for its EU bid, adding that the government would fulfill reforms for the nation. Babacan stressed that Ankara recognized the fact that even if it fulfills all the EU's criteria, political considerations play a larger role in Turkey's bid to join the Union. Touching on recent economic developments, Babacan stated that the government hadn't raised electricity prices for several years so there could be a rate hike this year. /Turkiye/

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

    [08] MOSUL AND ADVENTURE

    Columnist Ergun Babahan comments on his recent meeting with Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and the Mosul issue. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "I met with Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul this weekend and we discussed developments in Iraq. Ankara is obviously following these developments closely but it has absolutely no intention of plunging the country into an adventure whose outcome is unclear. It was said that if they try to act by ignoring Turkey, we would remind them that we're here. Actually, Turkey's importance has always been underlined during the process starting from last year's Baker report to the recent remarks made by US President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Yes, if Turkey makes an initiative on northern Iraq, it might be come at odds with the US, and this might cause serious problems. However, such a development would be a failure for the US, whose Iraq policy has fallen flat. So, it can be said that more attention will be paid to Ankara's remarks in the weeks and months to come. As for regional leader Massoud Barzani, his remarks are seen as being directed towards domestic concerns, and it is underlined that he might have problem staying in power. Ankara is constantly following the northern Iraq issue. However, how right is it to relate Iraq policy just with the issue of a possible independent Kurdish state?

    According to the book ‘Musul Sorunu' (The Mosul Issue) by Dr. Ihsan Serif Kaymaz, this is the basis of the problem. In his book, Kaynar wrote that during the Turkish War of Independence most of the Kurdish people living in Anatolia supported the national movement. However, this support, which was ensured thanks to such effective rallying cries as Islamic unity and the Armenian danger, was neither problem free nor unconditional. It was problematic, because the Kocgiri rebellion, which was during the most critical stage of the war and started at a time when Greek forces launched an attack and came as far as the Sakarya River, put the national forces in a difficult position. It was conditional, because throughout the War of Independence, Kurds have always had certain wishes and expectations, meaning autonomy. Mustafa Kemal Pasha (later Ataturk) was obliged to act more tolerantly in an atmosphere in which the general situation was very serious. Under these circumstances, was it correct to include the new mass of half a million Kurds within the country's borders?

    Kaynar also wrote that this evaluation was the reason for not taking in the province of Mosul and listed two conditions which were unacceptable for the young Turkey of that era: Firstly, Mosul shouldn't have been taken under the control of imperialist forces from outside the region. Secondly, an independent Kurdish formation shouldn't have emerged in the province. It seems that in the 80 years since the situation hasn't changed."


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