Turkish Press Review

Turkish Press Review of Hurriyet, Milliyet, Sabah, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal, Turkiye, Zaman, Yeni Safak

Turkish Press Review
Turkish Press Review of Hurriyet, Milliyet, Sabah, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal, Turkiye, Zaman, Yeni Safak


Turkey's Ziraat Bankasi have applied to Greek authorities to open two branches in Athens and Komotini, and the expected reply came from Greece. Thus, a Turkish bank will enter Greece for the first time in history. Can Akin Caglar, the Manager of Ziraat Bankasi, said that the bank has not received the official document regarding the process yet, and added that the branches will be inaugurated next year. There are actually two Greek banks functioning in Turkey.

The stock exchange is about to break a record due to low inflation rates which are made public after high growth rates were announced. One USD dropped to 1.28 new Turkish liras (YTL), while the Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) closed the session at 48,680 points. Thus, the USD fell to the lowest level since March 2005.

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan was received by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday. This has raised expectations for a motion on a possible operation on north of Iraq because this was the first meeting between Erdogan and Sezer in a month. Upon demands of the army, the government is believed to call the parliament for an extraordinary session. Salih Kapusuz of Justice & Development (AK) Party said "we will do what we have to do", while Deniz Baykal, the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), said, "we will be pleased to join the session."


Chairman of the Turkish main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal said on Tuesday that the "CHP will extend support to a motion on a possible cross-border military operation into north of Iraq if the motion is brought up in the Turkish parliament". We will gladly give authorization to the government for a cross-border operation, noted Baykal. "However, if the government receives such authorization and it does not act accordingly, this would seriously harm Turkey," added Baykal.

World famous pop star Shakira will give a concert at the Kurucesme Arena on Monday, July 9th. Shakira will stay in Turkey for five days. 25 tonnes of equipment will arrive in Turkey in a private plane for the concert. Shakira requested that the windows of her hotel room be darkened. Shakira wants a DVD player in her hotel room. Furthermore, Shakira wants Evian brand water and Diet Cola in the refrigerator of her room.

246 sniffer dogs used in Turkey do not permit drug trafficking. In the past one year, these specially trained dogs helped in finding four tonnes of illicit drugs. A sniffer dog normally works up to nine years.


"While we are expecting collaboration against terrorism, certain attitudes are disappointing us," said Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Buyukanit to visiting NATO representatives. Chairman of the Nato Military Committee Gen. Henault replied Gen. Buyukanit's remarks by saying that they could execute the Article 5. If a NATO member state is attacked from outside, Article 5 envisages other NATO members to help that country. This response was perceived as a implicit consent to a military operation in to the north of Iraq.

Chairman of the Republican People's Party Deniz Baykal said they could give consent if the government asked authorization for a cross-border operation and said, "however if this authorization is not exercised, it could cause serious harm to the country.


Positive contribution of the Democratic Left Party (DSP) and its popularity among young voters of high educational levels are pluses for the Republican People's Party (CHP). CHP seems to gain votes of 8.5 million people with some of the votes that will shift to this party in coastal cities which have high population. And thus, CHP is expected to gain 25 percent of votes in the upcoming general elections. On the other hand, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which won 5,594,000 in 1999, gained only 2,624,000 votes in 2002. Its vote percentage in 1999 is expected to help the MHP gain 16 percent of votes on July 22nd. However, MHP seems to stay a bit below 15 percent due to the ongoing impact of the Young Party (GP).

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan was received by President Sezer, with whom he has not met for three weeks. Some comments were made on this meeting, and some circles claimed that "they discussed a possible cross-border operation". Upon demands of the General Staff, the government is planning to call the parliament for an extraordinary session to pass a motion paving the way for a cross-border operation, just before elections. The matter is expected to be debated in the cabinet meeting on Monday, while former Justice Minister Cemil Cicek said, "the government and state are assessing the motion". Deniz Baykal, the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), said that they will support the motion. The parliament may convene on July 9th or 11th.

Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, the Chief of General Staff, said that relationship with terrorists does not remain as a secret, implying the confessions of PKK terrorists that "U.S. troops supplied weapons to Qandil". During a seminar in Antalya, Buyukanit said, "walls are so transparent in globalization era that no relationship established with terrorists remain as a secret." On the other hand, the U.S. Embassy aired on its web-page that "the USA is not supplying weapons to the terrorist organization PKK."


PM Erdogan's predating his weekly meeting with President Sezer which is usually held on Thursdays stirred Ankara. There are rumours of Justice and Development (AK) Party getting ready to bring in to agenda a motion for a cross-border operation to the north of Iraq, only for show. It is said that, the parliament may convene on July 9th or July 12th.

A restriction was issued on the number of lawyers to follow the case during the hearing of the trial on the assassination of journalist Hrant Dink which took place yesterday and was closed to the press. Due to limited space, 15 lawyers were allowed to follow the case on behalf of the family. A report that was sent from the police department to the court asserted that not a terrorist organisation but 'a group of friends" committed the suicide. It was argued that Yasin Hayal was the leader of the group.


Deputy Chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Mustafa Ozyurek talked on several goals of his party. According to Ozyurek, CHP's priority is increasing the number of the employed. "The CHP will provide incentives in sectors. We will give priority to investments that generate new jobs. Turkey's agreement with the IMF will end in 2008. We will not manage the Turkish economy by relying on the IMF. In sectors such as banking, we will bring limitations to foreign investment. We will conduct reforms in taxation. Those who earn less will pay less taxes and vice versa," told Ozyurek.

After IMF authorities argued that the minimum wage in Turkey is high, Turkish Minister of Finance Kemal Unakitan said that "minimum wage in Turkey is not high". "The IMF has its own methods of calculating figures and we have our own. According to our calculations, the Turkish minimum wage is not high," stressed Unakitan.

Former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan will attend the 16th Quality Congress in Istanbul between November 13th and 14th, said sources on Tuesday. Annan will deliver a speech at the congress co-sponsored by the Turkish Quality Association and Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD).


During Silk Road 2007 General/Admiral Seminar in Antalya, Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, the Chief of General Staff, reproached to NATO and said, "(terrorist organization) PKK is fed by international links in the Middle East and Europe. It should not be forgotten that terrorism is like a boomerang. When a country is backing terrorism, it is in fact laying a groundwork for terrorism in its own country."

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who participated in his Justice & Development (AK) Party's election campaigns in Karabuk and Zonguldak, said that they have made Turkey the 17th biggest economy in the world, and added, "we are not a government forgetting our people. Turkey will be very different in the second term we will be in power. We have ensured confidence and stability. And you should not waste your votes, and deteriorate this atmosphere."


On July 7th, 2007, the new seven wonders of the world will be announced in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Among the candidates is Turkey's Hagia Sophia.

An inmate staying at Ankara's Sincan prison, Erdal Tan, wrote a letter to Turkish daily Radikal in 2002. The letter was taken by the prison authorities and never sent to Radikal. Tan took this matter to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and filed a lawsuit. The ECHR made a decision recently and said that Tan's human rights were violated by the Sincan prison. The court indicated that Turkey must pay 1000 Euro to Tan as compensation for the violation of his rights.

The Economic Cooperation Organization Trade & Development Bank (ECOBANK) will become operational no later than December 1st, 2007, Turkish Treasury Undersecretariat said on Tuesday. According to a statement by the undersecretariat, the Third Governors Council meeting of ECOBANK was held in at the bank's headquarters in Istanbul. Iran, Pakistan and Turkey are the founder members of ECOBANK.


PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan recalled the election promise of the Republican People's Party (CHP) that "vocational high school graduates will enter vocational colleges", and said, "they (these graduates) have already been admitted to those colleges. They (CHP) do not have any information about this."

STOCK EXCHANGE BREAKS RECORD, USD BELOW 1.3 YTL The Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) broke a record on Tuesday, by reaching 48,825 points in the first session and 48,826 points in the second. The stock exchange closed the day at 48,680 points. The USD dropped to 1.29 new Turkish liras (YTL) for the first time in two years. On the other hand, Euro fell to 1.76 YTL. Interest rates are also expected to drop.

SHAH DENIZ GAS IN TURKEY The first natural gas from Shah Deniz pipeline reached Turkey. Shah Deniz gas will be distributed to Italy and other European countries via Greece.

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