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Turkish Press Review, 06-01-17

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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

17.01.2006

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN MEETS WITH JORDANIAN PRIME MINISTER
  • [02] GUL TO VISIT BRAZIL
  • [03] CICEK: “AGCA’S EARLY RELEASE AND BIRD FLU WERE DISCUSSED AT THE CABINET”
  • [04] MINISTER EKER TO ATTEND A BIRD FLU CONFERENCE IN BEIJING
  • [05] BAYKAL: “THIS IS A SCANDAL”
  • [06] COURT OF APPEALS TO DECIDE FOR AGCA
  • [07] AGCA NOT FIT FOR MILITARY SERVICE
  • [08] BULGARIAN PM TO VISIT TURKEY TODAY
  • [09] EU’S BARBASO LENDS SUPPORT TO TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP
  • [10] GREECE HEALTH MINISTER: “AVOID TRAVELING TURKEY IF THERE’S NO SERIOUS REASON”
  • [11] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [12] AGCA, LAW AND NATIONALISM BY HASAN CELAL GUZEL (RADIKAL)

  • [01] ERDOGAN MEETS WITH JORDANIAN PRIME MINISTER

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday met with Jordanian Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit who is currently paying an official visit to Turkey. Bakhit, a former ambassador to Turkey, was accompanied by government ministers and Jordanian businessmen. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul also held talks with his Jordanian counterpart Abdal-Illa al-Hatib. At a joint press conference, Erdogan and Bakhit stated that they resolved to further develop economical, political, military, commercial and cultural relations between the two countries. Furthermore, the two leaders also discussed the Iraq issue and remarked the importance of Iraq’s territorial integrity and political unity. Meanwhile, taking a break during a Cabinet meeting yesterday, Erdogan paid a visit to Kuwait Ambassador to Turkey to present his condolences on the death of the emir of Kuwait Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah. /Turkiye-Star/

    [02] GUL TO VISIT BRAZIL

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is due tomorrow to travel to Brazil to pay an official visit upon an invitation of Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim. During his five-day stay in the country, Gul is expected to meet with Brazilian Foreign Trade Minister Louis F. Furlan and Speaker of Brazil’s Representatives House Aldo Rebelo in Brasilia to discuss bilateral relations. Gul is also expected to be received by Brazilian President Lula Da Silva. On Friday Gul will proceed to Sao Paulo to attend the opening ceremony of an honorary consulate general and attend a meeting of Turkish- Brazilian Business Council. On Saturday, Gul will proceed to Rio de Janeiro to make contacts to boost bilateral trade ties. /Hurriyet/

    [03] CICEK: “AGCA’S EARLY RELEASE AND BIRD FLU WERE DISCUSSED AT THE CABINET”

    Speaking after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, Justice Minister Cemil Cicek said that the release of Mehmet Ali Agca, the muderer of journalist Abdi Ipekci and assassin of Pope John Paul II in 1981, was discussed at the meeting. Cicek said that he would be filing a written order to the Court of Appeals to review Agca’s release. He said that the decision of early release had nothing to do with the Justice Ministry, adding that it was a judicial issue. “Criticisms made to the government about the issue aren’t fair,” said Cicek. “No file of a detainee is at the Justice Ministry.” Cicek stressed that there was judicial independence in Turkey. He further stated that Health Minister Recep Akdag and Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker briefed the Cabinet on bird flu issue. Cicek added that the Agriculture Ministry Undersecretary was carrying out a technical study to compensate the losses of the poultry sector. “This study will be possibly completed tomorrow,” added Cicek. /Star/

    [04] MINISTER EKER TO ATTEND A BIRD FLU CONFERENCE IN BEIJING

    Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Mehdi Eker will attend a conference on bird flu which will begin today in Beijing, China. The conference held by Chinese government, European Commission and World Bank will last two days. Ministers and bureaucrats of 66 countries will participate in the conference. At the conference, the issues as the funds ensured for the bird flu, technical requirements of the related countries to avoid and control the flu, work conducted by all sides to raise the funds, and to form a coordination mechanism will be debated. The Beijing Declaration on the struggle against the flu will be released after the meeting. /Aksam/

    [05] BAYKAL: “THIS IS A SCANDAL”

    Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal evaluated the release of Abdi Ipekci’s murderer Mehmet Ali Agca as a scandal. While expressing his opinions at the meeting with the Executive Board of the Union of Turkish Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), Baykal also assessed the event as a corrosion of the judicial body. Baykal stated that Turkey is in a period during which the judicial body is under the effect of politics. Baykal said: “This picture should be an occasion for a justice reform.” In related news, Baykal said that the government should begin to negotiate a new economic program with the International Monetary Fund, claiming that the conditions of five years ago have changed. “A new program is a must,” said Baykal. “The social harm of the program in the last five years should be compensated.” Baykal noted that the foreign exchange policy of the government wasn’t appropriate, adding that the foreign trade deficit was about $40-45 billion due to this policy. /Milliyet-/Sabah/

    [06] COURT OF APPEALS TO DECIDE FOR AGCA

    The Court of Appeals will say the last word on the issue about the release of Abdi Ipekci’s murderer Mehmet Ali Agca. The conditional release of Agca was on the agenda of the meeting of the Council of Ministers yesterday. Justice Minister Cemil Cicek and Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu informed the ministers. While criticizing the amnesty law, Cicek condemned the former government for causing confusion in the public opinion. Cicek said: “Probably tomorrow, we will send the file to the Court of Appeals by using the way called ‘written order’”. Cicek noted that he had no further authority on this issue. On the other hand, Nukhet Ipekci, daughter of Abdi Ipekci, and family lawyer Turgut Kazan had a meeting with Cicek. After the meeting, Kazan stated that they applied to the Justice Ministry for the annulment of the decision. /Sabah/

    [07] AGCA NOT FIT FOR MILITARY SERVICE

    Gulhane Military (GATA) hospital said Mehmet Ali Agca, whose recent release from prison provoked anger among the Turkish public, wasn’t fit for obligatory military service. GATA’a decision ended days of speculation about whether he would have to serve in the army after spending a combined 25 years in prison in Italy and Turkey both for shooting Pope John Paul II in 1981 and murdering Turkish journalist Abdi Ipekci in 1979. Agca, who was behind bars for almost six years in Turkey for killing Ipekci, was freed from prison on Thursday and disappeared. He resurfaced yesterday and reported to GATA in Istanbul. /The New Anatolian/

    [08] BULGARIAN PM TO VISIT TURKEY TODAY

    Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev is to pay an official visit to Turkey beginning today at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The talks between the two leaders will focus on bilateral ties along with regional and international issues. Stanishev will travel to Turkey together with a group of businessmen to have talks with Turkish businessmen to boost economic ties between the two neighboring countries. /Turkish Daily News/

    [09] EU’S BARBASO LENDS SUPPORT TO TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP

    European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Fabrizio Barbaso said yesterday that a delay in Turkey’s EU membership might cause instability in the Balkans and the Middle East. In an article issued in New Europe daily, Barbaso underlined the importance of Turkey’s EU membership. Pointing to Turkey’s contribution to the union with its big market, young population and cultural richness, the commissioner said that lending support to the candidate countries would also help in the fight against crime and terrorism. /Turkiye/

    [10] GREECE HEALTH MINISTER: “AVOID TRAVELING TURKEY IF THERE’S NO SERIOUS REASON”

    Greece Minister of Health Nikitas Kaklamanis asked Greeks to avoid traveling to Turkey if there is no serious reason. The minister cited the latest bird flu outbreak in Turkey was the reason for his warning as part of precautionary measures taken by Greece. Kaklamanis said, “Recently, we heard calls to close the border with Turkey. Related Greek officials contacted with the Europe Infectious Disease Center and there is no need to close the borders at this stage,” adding, “As a doctor and a minister, I request Greek citizens to limit visits to Turkey and seriously consider the list of measures prepared against this disease.” /Aksam/

    [11] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [12] AGCA, LAW AND NATIONALISM BY HASAN CELAL GUZEL (RADIKAL)

    Columnist Hasan Celal Guzel comments on Mehmet Ali Agca’s release. A summary of his column is as follows: “Discussions on Mehmet Ali Agca’s release showed once more that Turkey needs a judicial reform urgently. Justice Minister Cemil Cicek has been making efforts concerning the issue of judicial reform for three years and got ahead in the fields of democratization and law thanks to the laws he has prepared. He should declare the year 2006 as the ‘Year of Judicial Reform’ and complete his operations to solve the problems concerning the judiciary. Agca’s release derives from the mistakes in the Execution Law. If amnesty laws are enacted often in a country, the deterrent force of punishment is removed. What’s more, the probation system in the Law on Execution of Punishment numbered 647 which came into force in 1965 shows that this institution isn’t understood in the Turkish Penal Law and that it’s used just like an amnesty law. According to lawyer Assoc. Prof. Sami Selçuk, the probation was completely misunderstood. Selçuk stated that this is the institution of personalizing the punishment during its execution, but this is considered an opportunity to be rescued from troublesome criminals and applied like an amnesty law. He said that the execution law prepared by famous execution lawyer Lopez Rey was spoiled and that the 6- month period of test was decreased to 2 days. This period ranges between 2 and 6 months in developed countries and the convict person is taken under observation and then released with a commission decision. This way of release can be applied on one of 9 convicts. However, if the guardian of the convict says that this is a good man in 2 days, he can be released. In other words, all the convicts can benefit from the release automatically. It’s hard to say if the calculation in Agca’s release is wrong without seeing his file. However, Cicek used the method of written order, which shows that there are legal hesitations concerning the issue of release. The right which was obtained is out of the question in this incident and now there’s nothing to do but wait for the decision of the Court of Appeals. Agca, who assassinated Pope John Paul II was tried in Italy in 1981 for three days and the court gave its decision on the fourth day. At that time, certain columnists who are also lawyers complained that a trial can’t be that short. However, this was the right way of trial and it’s wrong to carry out trials which last for many years just like in our country. Don’t you think that this shows that Turkey needs a judicial reform? The press’ intensive interest in Agca should be received normally, because Agca killed one of the leading journalists in Turkey. However, I also wish that the press shows the same level of sensitivity concerning similar issues. In addition, I can understand that Agca’s relatives and family welcomes him, but I can’t tolerate that he was considered a nationalist and welcomed with flowers and a Turkish flag. Agca killed one of the leading press members in Turkey and attempted at killing the highest-ranking representative of a religion. Both of these incidents which are inhuman damaged Turkey’s image. Agca’s actions have nothing to do with being a Turk and patriotism. Those who protect Agca should stop this fanaticism and remember these truths.

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