Read the European Union Resolutions on The Cyprus Problem A)? GHT="50">
Compact version
Today's Suggestion
Read The "Macedonian Question" (by Maria Nystazopoulou-Pelekidou)
HomeAbout HR-NetNewsWeb SitesDocumentsOnline HelpUsage InformationContact us
Friday, 21 February 2020
 
News
  Latest News (All)
     From Greece
     From Cyprus
     From Europe
     From Balkans
     From Turkey
     From USA
  Announcements
  World Press
  News Archives
Web Sites
  Hosted
  Mirrored
  Interesting Nodes
Documents
  Special Topics
  Treaties, Conventions
  Constitutions
  U.S. Agencies
  Cyprus Problem
  Other
Services
  Personal NewsPaper
  Greek Fonts
  Tools
  F.A.Q.
 

Turkish Press Review, 07-01-16

Turkish Press Review Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

16.01.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] UKRAINIAN PM TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [02] ARINC HEADS TO SUDAN
  • [03] GUL, BUYUKANIT TO PAY SEPARATE VISITS TO US
  • [04] SENER: "THE AKP WILL SUBMIT A MOTION TO DISCUSS DEVELOPMENTS IN IRAQ"
  • [05] IN GERMANY, CICEK DECRIES THE USE OF TERRORISM AS "POLITICAL FODDER"
  • [06] PANEL ON KIRKUK HELD IN ANKARA
  • [07] BARROSO, PRODI EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR TURKEY'S EU BID
  • [08] TRNC'S TALAT: "OUR STRUGGLE IS LIKE WALKING DOWN A ROAD LITTERED WITH MINES"
  • [09] BRITISH LAWMAKERS HOLD TALKS IN TURKEY
  • [10] BAYKAL'S SUGGESTIONS BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] UKRAINIAN PM TO VISIT TURKEY

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych is due to arrive in Ankara tomorrow to pay an official visit upon the invitation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. During his stay in Turkey, Yanukovych is expected to meet separately with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc, and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] ARINC HEADS TO SUDAN

    Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc started an official visit to Sudan yesterday at the invitation of his Sudanese counterpart, Ahmed Ibrahim al- Tahir. Speaking to reporters before his departure, Arinc said that it was the first official visit to Sudan by a Turkish Parliament speaker. /Turkish Daily News/

    [03] GUL, BUYUKANIT TO PAY SEPARATE VISITS TO US

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit are expected to visit the US separately next month. During their visits, Gul and Buyukanit will discuss issues such as developments in the Mideast, Iraq, terrorism, and the Cyprus issue with US officials. Gul is expected to tell Washington that Ankara expects concrete steps from the US against the terrorist PKK. /Turkiye/

    [04] SENER: "THE AKP WILL SUBMIT A MOTION TO DISCUSS DEVELOPMENTS IN IRAQ"

    State Minister Abdullatif Sener said yesterday that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) parliamentary group administration will submit a motion to hold a debate about developments in Iraq. Speaking after Monday's Cabinet meeting, Sener said: "Important developments have recently been occurring in Iraq, and all those are of interest to Turkey." He also said that Turkey has been taking those developments seriously from the very beginning. Sener said the assessments of Deniz Baykal, leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), concerning sending Turkish troops to Iraq and recent developments in the country were of importance for the government, adding that the government had always welcomed dialogue with the opposition parties. /Sabah/

    [05] IN GERMANY, CICEK DECRIES THE USE OF TERRORISM AS "POLITICAL FODDER"

    Speaking at an unofficial meeting of justice and interior ministers of European Union member states in Germany yesterday, Justice Minister Cemil Cicek said that terrorism was still being used as a "political fodder" in some countries, adding that there was no fast-operating mechanism to counter terrorism. Stressing that terrorism was being used as a tool by some countries to get leverage with other countries or fulfill their own agendas, Cicek stated that Ankara could see this from developments in its region. "There is no sufficient cooperation in taking concrete steps on the issue," added Cicek. /The New Anatolian-Turkiye/

    [06] PANEL ON KIRKUK HELD IN ANKARA

    The Kirkuk 2007 Panel, organized by the Global Strategy Institute in Ankara, yesterday discussed the future of Iraq. Iraqi Sunni, Shiite, Turkmen and Assyrian groups attended the meeting. An advisor to Iraq's Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi said: "The future of Kirkuk lies in national reconciliation." Hamit Al Mutlak, deputy chair of the Iraqi Dialogue Front, said that Kirkuk was an Iraqi city which belongs to all Iraqis. /Star/

    [07] BARROSO, PRODI EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR TURKEY'S EU BID

    European Union Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso yesterday met with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi. Speaking at a press conference afterwards, both Prodi and Barroso expressed support for Turkey's European Union membership bid. Barroso stressed that the talks would continue with Ankara, but the process would be long and complicated. Prodi echoed Barroso's remarks. /Aksam/

    [08] TRNC'S TALAT: "OUR STRUGGLE IS LIKE WALKING DOWN A ROAD LITTERED WITH MINES"

    Speaking at a ceremony commemorating Fazil Kucuk, a leader of the Turkish Cypriots' struggle for freedom, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat said that his countrymen remember Kucuk with aspiration and longing. Saying that the Turkish Cypriots' struggle today is like walking down a road littered with mines, he added that they are being faced with a new structure and new conditions on the Cyprus issue. /Turkiye/

    [09] BRITISH LAWMAKERS HOLD TALKS IN TURKEY

    Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee head Mehmet Dulger yesterday met with a delegation from the British House of Common's Foreign Affairs Committee. MP and committee member Fabian Hamilton asked Dulger to withdraw one battalion from Cyprus as a gesture, and Dulger responded by saying: "We already made a gesture by accepting the Annan plan in the (2004) referendum, but on the contrary the EU has rewarded the Greek Cypriots by accepting their membership," The delegation also said that Turkey should accept the Greek Cypriot government and open its ports to them. Dulger said that this issue can be discussed, but everyone knows that the Greek Cypriots don't want to find a solution. /Hurriyet/

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

    [10] BAYKAL'S SUGGESTIONS BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen comments on the opposition leader's suggestions to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on developments in Iraq. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal suggested that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hold a closed session of Parliament concerning developments in Iraq and what should be done. Baykal argued that the proposal about ‘the authority to send soldiers' which was made to Erdogan was a ‘historic call.' According to Baykal, the situation in northern Iraq, preparations about Kirkuk and possible scenarios and the obligation to fight terrorism require Turkey to be vigilant and be prepared for every possibility. He thinks that rather than always being a country which hopes and complains about things, Turkey should have a foreign policy in line with its importance, power, influence and seriousness.

    Speaking to me yesterday, Baykal called on Erdogan to hold a closed session in Parliament and said that Erdogan and the government shouldn't talk nonsense. ‘Mr. Erdogan has been hoping and complaining about things for a while. He has certain criticisms of the US. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul also says that Turkey is making preparations for all contingencies. When the prime minister of a country such as Turkey opens his mouth, he should do what is necessary. If they bring the Iraq issue to Parliament, we can discuss the issue in detail. If they consider it necessary, we could give them the authority to send soldiers. They shouldn't talk nonsense, but be serious. Turkey should have a legal basis with the capacity to back up what it says. Parliament hasn't given the authority to send soldiers. This authority was given before but it wasn't used. Its time has expired. Now, if there is a need, I call on them to come to Parliament, hold a general session and get the authority.'

    Baykal added that the government ignored his warnings before the March 1, 2003 motion on the eve of the Iraq war but that now it's started to complain. ‘Turkey should have taken measures south of the Iraqi border,' he said. ‘We proposed this. In addition, there was no need to get permission from anybody. If measures had been taken south of the border with enough military units, today the problems that they complain about wouldn't have existed. Turkey needs this. This need could have been explained to the world. If Turkey had taken this measure, the border could have been controlled more easily, terrorists wouldn't have infiltrated the border, the demographic makeup in Kirkuk wouldn't have been ruined, and sacks wouldn't have been put on the heads of Turkish soldiers. We suggested this to Parliament. However, the government didn't heed us. Now it's only crying and making wishes and complaining. Turkey shouldn't be governed like this, and it's not a good picture.' Baykal also said that these suggestions don't contradict the rejection of the March 1, 2003 motion. He added, ‘As expected, the March 1 motion didn't give the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) the right to launch an operation with the US. That motion envisaged deploying American soldiers in Turkey. We rejected the entry of American soldiers into Turkey and accepted sending Turkish soldiers. Our position today is no different'."


    Turkish Press Review Directory - Previous Article - Next Article
    Back to Top
    Copyright © 1995-2016 HR-Net (Hellenic Resources Network). An HRI Project.
    All Rights Reserved.

    HTML by the HR-Net Group / Hellenic Resources Institute, Inc.
    trkpr2html v1.02a run on Tuesday, 16 January 2007 - 9:51:06 UTC