Erdogan says will turn 2009 into year of opportunities for Turkey

Turkish PM Erdogan addressed the nation on television channels on Tuesday.

Erdogan says will turn 2009 into year of opportunities for Turkey

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that "despite all domestic negative developments, we have managed the process with great care and sensitivity."

Addressing the Turkish nation on television channels on Tuesday, Erdogan stressed that "the year 2008 was a tough one. However, it has not been a year in which the Turkish nation lost."

"In 2009, there are tough days waiting for us due to the global financial crisis. With God's help, we will turn 2009 into a year of opportunities for Turkey by taking preventive measures," Erdogan said.

Erdogan stressed that the Turkish government continues to hold talks with the representatives of the real sector and social bodies in order to deal with the problems of the real sector.

"Just as the pleasing export figures of Turkey in the past six years, we have lived a positive development in the amount of foreign investments coming into the Turkish market. While the annual foreign investments were worth one billion USD between 1993 and 2002, this figure rose to 22 billion USD annually in 2007. Despite the negative consequences of the global financial crisis, Turkey succeeded in attracting foreign investments worth 12.3 billion USD between January and September, 2008. By the end of 2008, this figure would rise to 15 billion USD," Erdogan said.

"In the past six years, 336,000 residences were constructed throughout Turkey. These construction projects made available jobs for around 800,000 Turks," Erdogan said.

"Civilization implies highways. Between 2003 and 2008, we have built highways and asphalt roads with a total length of 9,227 kilometers," Erdogan said.

"We are connecting Ankara to Istanbul with a speed train project. Likewise, Ankara will be connected to (central Anatolian) province of Konya with a speed train and it would take only one hour ten minutes to reach Konya from Ankara," Erdogan said.

"Our multi-dimensional fight against separatist terror will continue. We are in a position to strengthen our unity and make our democracy deeper with reforms," Erdogan said.

"We will continue to work, produce and overcome difficulties all together. As the government, we continue investments in all corners of Turkey," Erdogan said.

"We will evaluate the new year based on our people's demands vis-a-vis the EU accession process," Erdogan said.

"No one should be misguided by some debates taking place in Turkey. All of the organs of the (Turkish) republic must continue working without competing with each other and must complement each other," Erdogan said.

These organs should not forget that they exist to serve the Turkish nation, Erdogan said.

"With these wishes and excitement, I pray to God that the year 2009 will bring peace and welfare to our nation and the humanity in general," Erdogan also said.


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