Turkish Press Review of Zaman, Hurriyet, Aksam, Bugun, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal, Milliyet, Sabah, Turkiye, Yeni Safak
“One can only be proud of these children,” read the daily’s headline, quoting the remarks of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan about the 550 students who came from 100 countries to Turkey for the 5th Turkish Olympics. Erdoğan congratulated all who made a contribution to the organization of the Turkish Olympics as he termed this event an important step for the spread of Turkish around the world. Erdoğan, who joined the students in front of the Parliament building, seemed surprised to see so many foreign children speaking Turkish. The students also visited parliamentary speaker Bülent Arınç.
The daily ran a headline about statements made by Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül, who talked about the “pious president” discussion that had started during the commemoration ceremonies for the late President Turgut Özal. Gül, who was the presidential candidate of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), acknowledged that being a pious person cannot be a criterion for a presidential candidate, saying, “How can I come up and say I am a pious man while all my sins are playing before my eyes?” Gül also talked about the modernization of headscarf rules and said that headscarves may become more modern. “If I had been elected president, my wife would have a different style. Wives have important responsibilities in such critical times. And my wife is well aware of this,” the daily reported Gül as saying.
The daily ran a headline about the violation of Turkish airspace by two US warplanes and said that neither the government nor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was informed about the incident. It said the violation was only put into official registries four days later due to lack of communication between the organs of the state. The Foreign Ministry was only informed by the army on Monday and is now considering the official reaction Turkey will give to the US Embassy in Ankara for the incident.
“Row in the Parliament,” read the daily’s headline as it talked about how the deputies began to fight as they were discussing the constitutional change package. The fact that former True Path Party (DYP) deputy Ümmet Kandoğan took out a photo that shows President Ahmet Necdet Sezer looking at Prime Minister Erdoğan with eyes full of hatred during a celebration initiated the fight among the deputies. The deputies of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) attacked Kandoğan for his remarks about Sezer, the daily reported.
Former diplomat Deniz Bolukbasi, who carried out 2003 negotiations with the U.S. over deploying American troops in Turkey to invade Iraq from the north, told a private news channel that U.S. proposed a joint incursion into northern Iraq with some 60 thousand American troops and 20-30 thousand Turkish troops plus 2 thousand Turkish special forces. "During the negotiations, Marisa Lino, head of the U.S. delegation, presented a document which said 'Turkish special forces cannot engage in action with PKK terrorists unless attacked by terrorists.' We threw away the document and we left the table. When we got back after a couple of hours later, they asked from us to pretend as if we have never seen such a document," Bolukbasi said.
Two U.S. F-16 fighter jets roamed as deep as 80 km. into Turkey at 900 km per hour over the region of Uzumlu in the southeastern city of Hakkari, the Turkish General Staff said in a report. US Embassy in Turkey confirmed that American jets violated the Turkish airspace but said, the crossings "appeared to have been inadvertent."
The US has divided the World between different commands. While the Turkish territory except its Southeast region is in the responsibility area of USEUCOM dealing with Europe, the Southeast region of Turkey is in the responsibility area of CENTCOM (whose area of responsibility strikingly overlaps with the area of the Greater Middle East Project, the biggest dream of the US).
The area where the US F-16s violated the Turkish airspace is in the responsibility area of CENTCOM. Different remarks were made in Ankara regarding the violation that was announced by the General Staff. Turkish FM Gul said yesterday that the General Staff did not give detailed information on the issue. But detailed information on the issue was presented to PM Erdogan and FM Gul, it was revealed.
Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is assessing the reaction that will be given to the United States as two U.S. F-16s violated Turkish airspace. Turkish General Staff said in a report that two U.S. warplanes violated for a short period of time Turkish airspace over southeastern city of Hakkari last week. On the other hand, the U.S. authorities stated that they could not understand why Turkish General Staff made public this matter.
Replying to questions of Milliyet, Democrat Party (DP) Chairman Mehmet Agar said, "Turkey has been going through the conflict between AK (Justice & Development) Party and CHP (Republican People's Party). This tension heightens effect of terrorist activities." Stating that politics must change sociological structure that raises terrorist, Agar noted, "if bloodshed vanishes, democracy will improve in the country."
European Parliament authorities who had talks with Turkish reporters in Strasbourg made comments on the latest developments in Turkey. They agreed that the messages that were given during rallies held in several Turkish cities were promising for the future of the country. European Parliament's Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Commission's Co-Chairman Joost Lagendijk told reporters that the rallies showed that Justice & Development (AK) Party could not convince women in the country, adding that these rallies also revealed that the fact that there would not be coup d'etat in Turkey.
When Ummet Kandogan, a lawmaker who was expelled from the True Path Party criticized President Sezer and said, "look how he is staring at the PM with hate." A fist fight started during the debates on the Constitutional Amendment package that was vetoed by Sezer. The photo of President Sezer & PM Erdogan that Kandogan showed ignited the fight. Republican People's Party(CHP) Lawmakers came over Kandogan. Lawmakers Tandogdu(CHP) and Tunc (AK Party) got in a fist fight.
The US Congressional delegation of 33 lawmakers and senators who are visiting Ankara said the US ought to take concrete steps against the PKK. Erdogan gave the message "a feeling of frustration prevails among the Turkish public regarding the US's attitude towards PKK," to 28 Congressmen and 5 Senators. "The US is telling Turkey not to intervene in Iraq. But on the other hand the Turkish public and soldiers are loosing their lives. The US needs to take concrete steps. But we are not urging the US to take military action," answered back the delegation.
Turkish Parliamentary General Assembly concluded debates and the first round of voting on Constitutional amendment law (about election of the president by a popular vote, and with 5+5 system) which was earlier vetoed by Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. The General Assembly adopted the Constitutional amendment without any change. The Motherland (ANAVATAN) party attended the voting and ensured the passage of the package.
Death toll rose to 8 in the flood disaster, triggered by torrential rains, in eastern city of Agri. 2 people were rescued. 3 people, 1 of them was child, died in eastern city of Van and southeastern city of Sanliurfa because of landslide and stroke of lightning.
European Parliament member Cem Ozdemir said that the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has assumed a discourse which did not fit with and represent the universal leftist understanding. "CHP is a chauvinist nationalist," he stated. "My family members would vote for CHP if they lived in Turkey but today the Justice and Development (AK) Party is a closer party to us," Ozdemir said.
Turkish Koc Group has sold its shares in Demirdokum, a heating appliances producer, (a total of 72.56 percent) to Vaillant. The company signed a contract selling its shares to German Vaillant Group for 211 million Euros.
Source: AA and Today’s Zaman
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