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Turkish Press Review, 06-01-05

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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

05.01.2006

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] TOP OFFICIALS DISCUSS SECURITY ISSUES
  • [02] ERDOGAN TO ATTEND DUBAI EMIR’S FUNERAL
  • [03] GUL, PALESTINIAN FM SIGN DEAL TO REOPEN INDUSTRIAL ZONE IN GAZA
  • [04] GULER TOUTS NATURAL GAS DEAL WITH RUSSIA
  • [05] AKDAG CONFIRMS AVIAN INFLUENZA IN AGRI
  • [06] CHP’S BAYKAL: “ISTANBUL CHOOSES THE RULING PARTY”
  • [07] ANAVATAN LEADER MUMCU: “IT’S TIME FOR SOLIDARITY WITH PAKISTAN”
  • [08] KARZAI ARRIVES IN ANKARA
  • [09] FRENCH “GENOCIDE” LAW TO BE REVIEWED
  • [10] ANOTHER SEPARATIST TV STATION BEGINS BROADCASTING IN SWEDEN
  • [11] PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEOS VISITS US FOR EPIPHANY SERVICE
  • [12] SENER HAILS MARKETS, SAYS THEY ARE ENTERING 2006 WITH CONFIDENCE
  • [13] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [14] THE US AND THE MIDDLE EAST BY CUNEYT ULSEVER (HURRIYET)

  • [01] TOP OFFICIALS DISCUSS SECURITY ISSUES

    A meeting of top state officials chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday met in Ankara to take up security issues, including efforts to fight terrorism. Present at the three-and-a-half-hour gathering were State Ministers Abdullatif Sener and Mehmet Ali Sahin, Justice Minister Cemil Cicek, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu, Land Forces Commander Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, Naval Forces Commander Adm. Yener Karahanoglu, Air Forces Commander Gen. Faruk Comert and Gendarmerie Commander Gen. Fevzi Turkeri. A statement issued following the meeting said that the state, in cooperation with all state institution, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as all individuals, was resolved to continue to fight terrorism and to take necessary measures to ensure peace in the country. /Sabah/

    [02] ERDOGAN TO ATTEND DUBAI EMIR’S FUNERAL

    The ruler of the Gulf Arab emirate of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al- Maktoum, died yesterday during a private visit to Australia. Maktoum, who was also vice president and prime minister of the seven-member United Arab Emirates, had suffered heart problems and was in his mid sixties. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Dubai this morning to represent Turkey at Maktoum’s funeral. /Hurriyet/

    [03] GUL, PALESTINIAN FM SIGN DEAL TO REOPEN INDUSTRIAL ZONE IN GAZA

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday signed a deal with Palestinian officials for reopening an industrial zone in the Gaza Strip. “In addition to political efforts to ensure a settlement, we also place great importance on the economic development of the region,” said Gul, on the first day of a two-day visit to Israel and Palestinian territories, accompanied by his Palestinian counterpart Naser al-Qidwa at a press conference. Gul will sign a similar agreement today with Israeli officials in Jerusalem. Stressing that reopening the Erez industrial zone under the management of Turkey’s Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) would help the Palestinians rebuild their economy after several years of violence, Gul stated that new job opportunities would emerge. Gul also held talks with Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei, who said after meeting with Gul that economic cooperation with Turkey was “greatly needed.” /Turkiye/

    [04] GULER TOUTS NATURAL GAS DEAL WITH RUSSIA

    Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler said yesterday that as a result of Turkey’s negotiations with Russia in 2003, its natural gas prices taken from three different routes are fixed and adjustments are in favor of Turkey. “The two countries we buy natural gas from are selling us back the cheap gas that they buy from Turkmenistan,” he told a press conference on the recent Russian-Ukrainian gas deal. “If this adjustment had not been made in 2003, our conditions today would be problematic.”

    [05] AKDAG CONFIRMS AVIAN INFLUENZA IN AGRI

    Speaking at a press conference alongside 13 health experts yesterday, Health Minister Recep Akdag said that recent events in the Dogubayazit province of Agri had shown the presence of avian influenza. Akdag stated that tissue tests of 10-year-old Mehmet Ali Kocyigit, who died earlier this week, and Fatma Kocyigit, who passed away after the press conference, and Sema Topcu had been analyzed at the Refik Saydam Hifzisihha Institute and Medical School. “We’ve found avian influenza in the tissue of Ali and Fatma Kocyigit, but haven’t found any viral infection in the tissue of Topcu,” he said. Akdag stressed that there was no need to make too much of this news, adding that the threat was confined to Dogubayazit. Akdag said that the samples have also been sent to the World Health Organization’s London lab to be confirmed. In related news, an official from the United Nations said that there was no need for worry over the recent events in Turkey, adding that it wasn’t the beginning of an epidemic. /Milliyet/

    [06] CHP’S BAYKAL: “ISTANBUL CHOOSES THE RULING PARTY”

    Speaking at his party’s Central Executive Committee (MYK) meeting, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal said yesterday, “Whoever wins Istanbul during the elections wins Turkey,” adding, “Istanbul is Turkey. Parties can’t be successful without capturing Istanbul. Istanbul chooses the ruling party and also throws it out of power. Istanbul brought this government in and will take it away.” Baykal criticized the Greater Istanbul Municipality and said that both central and local governments fail to govern the city properly. In related news, Istanbul’s Sisli district Mayor Mustafa Sarigul criticized his not being invited to the CHP’s MYK meeting, saying, “This is a clear indicator of how far the Baykal administration’s intolerance of diverse voices and democracy has gone.” /Aksam/

    [07] ANAVATAN LEADER MUMCU: “IT’S TIME FOR SOLIDARITY WITH PAKISTAN”

    Speaking at a party group meeting yesterday, Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) leader Erkan Mumcu called on people to help earth-quake-stricken Pakistan fight starvation, saying that lambs sacrificed over the upcoming holiday should go to the Pakistani people. Mumcu said that Pakistan has always stood by Turkey, especially during the War of Independence, and added, “Here we have a tremendous opportunity to show our solidarity with the Pakistani people. The Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay) has started a support campaign for Pakistan. Our poverty isn’t worse than Pakistan’s.” In his speech, Mumcu also touched on the primary and sub-identity debates. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] KARZAI ARRIVES IN ANKARA

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday arrived in Ankara to pay an official visit. Karzai is expected to meet today with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok to discuss bilateral relations and seek Ankara’s support in such areas as security, education, and health. Sezer and Karzai are expected to address a joint press conference following their meeting. /Milliyet/

    [09] FRENCH “GENOCIDE” LAW TO BE REVIEWED

    Jean-Louis Debre, the president of the French Assembly who is entrusted with investigating laws concerning colonialism and historical issues, said yesterday that the law concerning the so-called Armenian genocide will be looked at again. Speaking to radio Europe-1, Debre said that he would report on the matter to President Jacques Chirac, adding, “I don’t have a preference on this issue. Writing history is not the assembly’s duty. The best solution for the freedom of the assembly and French history will be offered to Chirac.” Nineteen prominent French historians last month called for annulment of the laws urging recognition of the so-called Armenian genocide and the like. (Aksam)

    [10] ANOTHER SEPARATIST TV STATION BEGINS BROADCASTING IN SWEDEN

    While Turkey’s efforts to ensure the closure of Roj-TV in Denmark continue, another pro-Kurdish TV station in Sweden has begun test broadcasts. Rojhelat TV is known as a broadcasting organ of a separatist Kurdish group called Rizgari. /Turkiye/

    [11] PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEOS VISITS US FOR EPIPHANY SERVICE

    Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomeos flew to the US on Wednesday to attend a traditional ceremony. Bartholomeos is scheduled to attend the Epiphany ceremony of the Blessing of the Waters, symbolizing the baptism of Jesus. Bartholomeos will attend the ceremony, during which young men jump into the sea to retrieve a wooden cross, in Florida tomorrow, the patriarchate said. Speaking to reporters at the airport, Bartholomeos said his visit was purely for religious purposes, the Anatolia news agency reported. /The New Anatolian/

    [12] SENER HAILS MARKETS, SAYS THEY ARE ENTERING 2006 WITH CONFIDENCE

    Speaking at a meeting of the Independent Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener hailed positive developments in Turkey’s financial markets, adding that this year promises to be much better than 2005. “The markets entered 2006 with confidence,” he said. Sener stated that the government would continue to work hard in order to maintain positive developments in the macro economy. Sener said that the government did better than its inflation target last year, adding that it recorded the lowest inflation since 1970. Touching on growth, Sener predicted that last year’s growth would exceed 5%, adding that the total growth of the last four years would amount to 32%. Also addressing the gathering, MUSIAD Chairman Omer Bolat lamented that unemployment hasn’t gone down, though 2 million jobs were created over the last three years. Bolat further said that the economy needed “fine tuning” in order to expand positive macroeconomic developments. Touching on privatization, Bolat said that MUSIAD supported Turkish companies in tenders. /Star/

    [13] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [14] THE US AND THE MIDDLE EAST BY CUNEYT ULSEVER (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Cuneyt Ulsever comments on the US, the Middle East and Turkey. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “It would be good for the people who make arguments on certain issues before the public and track developments to look back and see what they wrote before. Thus the author settles old scores with both himself and the readers. Last year I focused on the US’ Middle East policies the most, because I think World War III came following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and this war will determine the fate of the 21st century. I wrote 25-30 pieces on the issue, and today I will quote two of them. After George W. Bush was reelected US president, I wrote in November 2004 that Bush and his new comrades were drawing protests due to their hostile foreign policies and that the US foreign policy will grow even more hostile during this period. During a period when Turkish-US relations were stumbling, I wrote that as Turkey was its most reliable ally in the Middle East, Washington will try to win Turkey’s assent by supporting it concerning its EU bid and giving it a great role in the Greater Middle East Initiative (GME). The latest visits – the FBI and CIA heads, etc. – confirm this judgement, don’t they?

    I’ve been arguing the following since the beginning last year: ‘The new devil will appear from Iran. I don’t think that Bush will leave the White House before he believes he has Iran under control. He will certainly convince Iran concerning nuclear weapons.’ As part of the Bilderberg meetings last May, I wrote the following: ‘US officials think that all sorts of international aid should be given so 70% of the (Iranian) nation rebels against a regime that they don’t want. Material contributions, radio broadcasts for propaganda and establishing a communication network for insurgents are all planned. If the regime doesn’t collapse by itself, it will change! An influential American person said that the US wasn’t planning a land operation. Readers can read this sentence as they like.’ Today, isn’t almost everybody wondering when the air attack will start? Nobody should try to fool us. Lately the agenda has centered around the US and the Iraq-Syria-Iranian circle, no?”

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