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Turkish Press Review, 07-06-20
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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
 LEADERS OF POLITICAL PARTIES CONTINUE TO TOUR PROVINCESLeaders of political parties continued to tour provinces yesterday as part of their campaign ahead of next month’s general elections. Prime Minister and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday visited eastern Anatolian provinces of Agri and Igdir. Speaking to crowds, Erdogan promoted his party’s regional candidates, and asked citizen to vote for the AKP in the elections. Stressing that the upcoming elections had a great importance for a stronger Turkey, the premier said that coalitions couldn’t serve the country properly. He also called on citizens not to waste their votes for independent candidates, adding that ballots should not be cast only for ideological purposes, but considering service to the country. Furthermore, Democratic Party (DP) leader Mehmet Agar launched his election campaign in Aegean city of Aydin yesterday. Addressing the crowds, Agar said that the country needed his party’s rule more than ever. Stressing that the DP would serve the whole country, especially farmers suffering under AKP’s rule, Agar said that they would make efforts to end terrorism. In related news, Republican People’s Party CHP) leader Deniz Baykal today is expected to issue his party’s election declaration including CHP’s promises to the public to realize if they come to power following next month’s elections. /Turkiye-Milliyet/
 GENDARMERIE PRIVATE KILLED IN GUMUSHANEGendarmerie private Basri Aslan was killed in Gumushane in a conflict against PKK terrorists. Another gendarmerie private Muhammet Karaman was wounded. Speaking yesterday after the event, Gumushane governor Enver Salihoglu said that all security forces were trying to capture the terrorists who escaped. /Aksam/
 NSC TO DISCUSS TERRORThe National Security Council (NSC) is due to convene today under the chairmanship of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. The council is expected to discuss especially the escalating terrorist attacks and the latest evaluation reports prepared by the security forces on terrorist PKK. The support which the PKK receives from abroad, the support given by the Kurdish groups, and the measures to be taken by Ankara are also expected to be handled by the participants. /Cumhuriyet/
 US ANKARA EMBASSY: “COOPERATION BETWEEN TURKEY AND IRAQ IS THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY IN FIGHTING AGAINST TERRORIST PKK”US Embassy Spokesperson Kathy Schallow said yesterday that she believed that the most efficient way in fighting against terrorist PKK was the cooperation between Turkey and Iraq, adding that the US was working to develop views about concrete steps which the US, Turkey, and Iraq would agree on. Schallow further stressed that it was important that the efforts were continuing. She added that US special envoy to counter terrorist PKK Joseph Ralston held contact with his Turkish counterpart Rafet Akgunay, who has been recently appointed. /Cumhuriyet/
 YSK TO RELEASE DEFINITE CANDIDATE LISTS TODAYThe Supreme Board of Election (YSK) has completed its examination of candidates from political parties and independents who have applied to run in the next month’s general elections. The board is expected to declare the definite candidate lists today. /Turkiye/
 DUTCH ING BANK BUYS OYAKBANK FOR $2.7 BILLIONING, the Netherlands’s largest financial services company, has reached an agreement with OYAK, the Turkish Armed Forces Pension Fund to acquire its subsidiary Oyakbank for $2.67 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2007. The deal is yet another purchase in the Turkish banking sector, which in recent years has become increasingly popular among foreign investors. By the deal, ING joins Citigroup, Fortis and Dexia and the National Bank of Greece, in expanding in Turkey, where annual economic growth has averaged more than 7% since 2002. /All papers/
 FENERBAHCE TRANSFERS CARLOSBrazilian world famous football player Roberto Carlos yesterday signed a contract with Fenerbahce. Carlos was transferred from Spain’s Real Madrid football team. Fenerbahce reportedly will pay Carlos 4 million Euro annually. Speaking to fans, Carlos said that Fenerbahce will get all cups this season. /Hurriyet/
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 SCENARIOBY HIKMET BILA (CUMHURIYET)
Columnist Hikmet Bila comments on imagined scenarios for Turkey discussed by the US’ Hudson Institute recently. A summary of his column is as follows:
“There are many scenarios these days. It is said that a think-tank in the US talked about a scenario about Turkey, according to which a bombed attack will be made in Istanbul to kill 50 people, Constitutional Court head will be assassinated and the Turkish army will enter northern Iraq. Certain politicians and parties thought that now they have a good material. However, the truth has nothing to do with this scenario; it is not on the table, but on the field.
Let me write a scenario based on not dreams, but truths. The forces using a terrorist organization has reached the final stage of their plan aiming to separate Turkey. This organization, which is nested in northern Iraq and armed and supported by the administration there, is also protected by certain Americans and Europeans. Certain European countries support the organization with money, aid and mine. As part of the plan, again, certain Americans and Europeans conduct ‘human rights’ campaigns in Turkey and try to camouflage and grow terrorism under the shadow of these campaigns. It is written on the western press that the most effective way to prevent terrorism is to ‘grant more rights’ and collaborators who are active in Turkey under the name of non-governmental organizations systemize and spread these views. In addition, parallel campaigns are carried out in order to make the Turkish Armed Forces inactive and weak of purpose. The Bush administration, which invaded Iraq and depends on Kurdish tribes in northern Iraq in order to continue with the invasion, is making Kurdish tribes, which are said to be supporting the terrorist organization openly, against Turkey. The Bush administration is depending on a calculation that Turkey won’t be able to be courageous enough to enter Iraq. It is dragged into a swamp in the Middle East, where it entered in order to ‘bring peace and democracy,’ became dazed by the blows of Iraqi resistance groups, Hamas militants, Iran and Syria, but it keeps on acting stubbornly. It intimidates, but actually it is afraid. It has neither the political, nor the military power to prevent the Turkish army from entering Iraq. The public opinion in Turkey has seen that attacks which have been defined as ‘terrorism’ for many years are actually more comprehensive, systematic and planned ones. In spite of all the contrary propaganda campaigns, the public opinion started to turn its back to the US due to the Bush administration and to the European Union due to its hypocritical stance. As the domestic and foreign campaigns against the Turkish Armed Forces are being intensified, the people’s support for the army increases.
This is such a scenario. It is not hard to guess how it will end.”
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