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Turkish Press Review, 05-07-12

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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

12.07.2005

LEADERS ISSUE MESSAGES MARKING WORLD POPULATION DAY GUL ATTENDS COMMEMORATION CEREMONY AS WORLD MARKS 10th ANNIVERSARY OF SREBRENICA PARLIAMENT TO HOLD EXTRAORDINARY SESSION FOR RTUK ELECTION DEPARTING US CONSUL TO TURKEY FETED GERMANY’S GREENS: “WE WILL SUPPORT TURKEY’S EU BID IN OUR ELECTION CAMPAIGN” AGAR STRESSES INDEPENDENCE OF JUDICIARY ISTANBUL TIGHTENS SECURITY MEASURES FENER GREEK PATRIARCH TRAVELS TO BRUSSELS “CARAVAN FOR PALESTINE” REACHES TURKEY IMF TO REVIEW POSTPONEMENT OF MEETING ON TURKEY TURKISH, LITHUANIAN GROUPS TO COOPERATE ON INFO TECHNOLOGY TURKISH DOCTOR ADMITTED TO ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… A NEW MIDDLE AGES? BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

CONTENTS

  • [01] LEADERS ISSUE MESSAGES MARKING WORLD POPULATION DAY
  • [02] GUL ATTENDS
  • [03] PARLIAMENT TO HOLD EXTRAORDINARY SESSION FOR RTUK ELECTION
  • [04] DEPARTING US CONSUL TO TURKEY FETED
  • [05] GERMANY’S GREENS: “WE WILL SUPPORT TURKEY’S EU BID IN OUR ELECTION CAMPAIGN”
  • [06] AGAR STRESSES INDEPENDENCE OF JUDICIARY
  • [07] ISTANBUL TIGHTENS SECURITY MEASURES
  • [08] FENER GREEK PATRIARCH TRAVELS TO BRUSSELS
  • [09] “CARAVAN FOR PALESTINE” REACHES TURKEY
  • [10] IMF TO REVIEW POSTPONEMENT OF MEETING ON TURKEY
  • [11] TURKISH, LITHUANIAN GROUPS TO COOPERATE ON INFO TECHNOLOGY
  • [12] TURKISH DOCTOR ADMITTED TO ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS
  • [13] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [14] A NEW MIDDLE AGES? BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] LEADERS ISSUE MESSAGES MARKING WORLD POPULATION DAY

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc yesterday issued messages marking World Population Day. Noting that Turkey’s rapid population growth had recently begun to slow, Sezer warned however that the current rate was still very high in terms of providing all the citizens with education, health and social services, and raising people’s income levels. Erdogan stated that the goal of his government was to help temper a rising population by creating new opportunities to reach higher standards of living for all citizens. For his part, Arinc emphasized that rapid population growth was Turkey’s one of biggest problems and was pressuring the country’s natural resources. "This rapid population growth constitutes a serious obstacle to development,” he added. /Milliyet/

    [02] GUL ATTENDS

    COMMEMORATION CEREMONY AS WORLD MARKS 10th ANNIVERSARY OF SREBRENICA

    World leaders and about 40,000 people yesterday commemorated the deaths of nearly 8,000 Srebrenica Muslims killed by Serb soldiers in 1995. Following a religious service in Srebrenica’s memorial center, the caskets of the 610 identified victims were passed from hand to hand toward grave pits and buried. The massacre happened shortly before the end of the Bosnian war. The Serb soldiers entered a UN-designated camp and began a slaughter which left 8,000 Muslims dead. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy Mark Brown said at the ceremony that the tragedy would haunt the UN forever. "We made serious errors of judgement in a philosophy of impartiality and non-violence which, however admirable, was unsuited to the conflict in Bosnia,” he said. “That is also why I also wrote, the tragedy of Srebrenica will haunt our, the UN history forever." Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul earlier this week issued a statement decrying the fact the massacre’s perpetrators have yet to be captured even 10 years later. /Aksam/

    [03] PARLIAMENT TO HOLD EXTRAORDINARY SESSION FOR RTUK ELECTION

    Parliament will convene for an extraordinary session tomorrow to elect members of the Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTUK). After receiving a Justice and Development Party (AKP) application, Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc summoned Parliament to convene tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. under a new law for the election of RTUK members. Under the law, the ruling AKP yesterday nominated 12 candidates for the board and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) six. /Sabah, Turkiye/

    [04] DEPARTING US CONSUL TO TURKEY FETED

    US Consul to Turkey David Arnett, who will return to his country after the end of his term of office in August, stated yesterday that his ancestors were born in the region where Melungeons settled in the US and that his grandmother was from a famous family of Melungeons, an ethnic group said to be of Turkish descent. Speaking at the lunch organized in his honor by the Turkish-American Business Council (TAIK) at Istanbul’s Conrad Hotel, Arnett said, “I hope I carry Turkish blood in my veins.” TAIK Chairman Yýlmaz Arguden also spoke at the meeting, saying, “Mr. Arnett has made a very positive mark in Turkish-US relations in the nine years he’s been in Turkey. We know that his heart is here. He feels like a Turk with the friendships he established, and we consider him a Turk. Maybe he will be one of the most important representatives of Turkey in the coming years.” Arguder gave Iznik ceramics to Arnett as a present for his contributions to Turkish-US relations. /Milliyet/

    [05] GERMANY’S GREENS: “WE WILL SUPPORT TURKEY’S EU BID IN OUR ELECTION CAMPAIGN”

    Green Party Co-chairman Claudia Roth said during her party’s congress last week in Berlin that the party would show its support for Turkey’s European Union membership without hesitation in the campaign for likely early elections. “We will highlight Turkey in our campaign,” said Roth. “There will be criticisms, but this is the most important part of our 20-year program.” /Milliyet/

    [06] AGAR STRESSES INDEPENDENCE OF JUDICIARY

    True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar yesterday met with Court of Appeals head Osman Aslan. Agar said after the meeting that they had discussed several issues concerning the judiciary. “On the one hand, there should be a separation of powers, and on the other, an understanding between powers,” added Agar. /Turkiye/

    [07] ISTANBUL TIGHTENS SECURITY MEASURES

    Istanbul Security Director Celalettin Cerrah said yesterday that he had ordered the police to watch the subway and street railway stations. Cerrah said that the Istanbul Security Directorate has tightened security measures against possible terrorist attacks. The same group that claims responsibility for the attacks in London also bombed synagogues, HSBC Bank and the British Consulate in Istanbul in November 2003. /Turkiye/

    [08] FENER GREEK PATRIARCH TRAVELS TO BRUSSELS

    Fener Greek Patriarch Bartolomeos yesterday flew to Brussels to meet with EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. He issued a written statement saying that he would discuss with Barrosso the problems of European churches and the Christian community. “We will reiterate our support for Turkey’s EU membership bid,” he added. /Hurriyet/

    [09] “CARAVAN FOR PALESTINE” REACHES TURKEY

    The Caravan for Palestine, a project founded by European human rights groups to draw attention to human rights violations in Palestine, yesterday entered Turkey from the Kapikule border gate. Italian doctor Riko Covanni Karuzo, who is participating in the 11-vehicle caravan, said that their aim was to stop the carnage in Palestine. “We want the tears in Palestine to end,” Karuzo said. The caravan, which began last week in France, was welcomed by a crowd carrying Palestinian flags. The caravan will pass through Turkey to reach Jerusalem through Syria and Jordan. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] IMF TO REVIEW POSTPONEMENT OF MEETING ON TURKEY

    The decision to postpone a meeting on Turkey which IMF First Deputy Chairman Anne Krueger last week attributed to the “IMF administration” was yesterday amended as being a “recommendation for the IMF Executive Board.” Thus, the postponement will be reviewed by the IMF Executive Board, but it is not expected to disagree with the decision. Last week Krueger said that the IMF administration found the IMF Executive Board’s decision to postpone the meeting of the first review of Turkey’s program appropriate. /Aksam/

    [11] TURKISH, LITHUANIAN GROUPS TO COOPERATE ON INFO TECHNOLOGY

    The Turkish Information Technology Association (TBD) Eskisehir branch and Lithuania’s Klapedia Science and Technology Partk have signed an agreement aiming to develop the software sector through joint projects. Under the pact, parties will exchange data on the information technology and communication technologies sectors, establish strategic cooperation, and do cross-marketing projects. The cooperation will take place on the academic level, and conferences focusing on science and information technology technologies will be organized. /Hurriyet/

    [12] TURKISH DOCTOR ADMITTED TO ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS

    Professor Nurdan Tozun, a lecturer at Marmara University’s Medical School, was elected this week a full member of the British Royal College of Physicians. A statement announced that membership was bestowed to Tozun by college President Dame Carol M. Black in a ceremony. The statement added that the college gives the status of full membership to a select number of European physicians on the basis of professional performance. /Hurriyet/

    [13] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [14] A NEW MIDDLE AGES? BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen comments on global terrorism. A summary of his column is as follows: ”Will Italy be the terrorists’ next target after Spain and Britain? Europeans are currently fearful that they are on the brink of a new Middle Ages. British Prime Minister Tony Blair condemned last week’s London attacks, calling them ‘barbaric.’ Every person with a conscience denounced these terrorist attacks, which claimed more than 50 innocent lives. However, some also stressed that there were tasks beyond mourning. ‘It is easy for Tony Blair to call yesterdays bombings “barbaric” – of course they were – but what were the civilian deaths of the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq in 2003, the children torn apart by cluster bombs, the countless innocent Iraqis gunned down at American military checkpoints?’ wrote Robert Fisk of Britain's The Independent. ‘When they die, it is “collateral damage”; when “we” die, it is “barbaric terrorism”.’

    For years Fisk was a Middle East correspondent. He is an experienced journalist and activist. He was one of the few reporters who interviewed Osama bin Laden in the 1990s. Fisk knows who really created Osama. Although the US supported Osama’s militants fighting the USSR in Afghanistan for a long time, the stationing of US forces in Saudi Arabia caused Osama’s militants to change sides. Osama then declared a war against foreigners to get them out of the Holy Lands. Fisk tried to warn of the possible effects of the Gulf War on the region’s future, but nobody listened to him until after September 11. ‘If we are fighting insurgency in Iraq, what makes us believe insurgency won't come to us?’ he also asked.

    If the US hadn’t tried to establish world domination by invading Afghanistan and Iraq following September 11, there would have never been such chaos in the world, where poverty and inequality are such huge problems. Unfortunately President Bush collaborated with Britain in this madness and threw the British people into the fire together with his own nation. Fisk’s warning reminded me of Saddam Hussein’s words: ‘We could also hurt you. Maybe we can’t invade the US, but Arabs can reach you individually.’

    Humanity has created its own barbarism with its own hands.”

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