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

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


"Counter-Terrorism Summit" will convene today under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Prime Ministry. Chief of General Staff Gen.Yasar Buyukanit, Land Forces Commander Gen. Ilker Basbug and Gendarmery Commander Gen. Isik Kosaner will also attend the meeting. Every kind of possibility, including an operation into north of Iraq against PKK will be assessed.

Executives of the giant companies of the world who convened at the 4th Meeting of the Turkish Investment Advisory Council held in Istanbul, gave the message that they would continue investing in Turkey. Indicating that the general elections would not have an impact on this decision, the executives said, "we have full confidence in Turkey".


Greek government which has re-shown its "enmity" against Turkey by starting "dog fight" over the Aegean, this time acts arm-in-arm with the Kurdish administration which has become a problem for Turkey in north of Iraq. Athens, which earlier stated that it would open a consulate in Irbil, this time decided to start missionary activities in the region through the Greek Church. According to a news report of Elefterotipia newspaper, Greek Ambassador in Baghdad Panayotis Makris went to north of Iraq and met Necirvan Barzani from the administration. Makris said they were willing to open kindergarten, health facilities, schools and churches in the region. It was also reported that Barzani accepted the proposal.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met the foreign businessmen who control 750 billion dollars fund in Istanbul. Erdogan said, "a strong democracy is the guarantee of a strong economy. Turkey has succeeded in this. You may come and invest in Turkey easily."


The continuous news reports regarding killings of Turkish soldiers sadden the whole nation. While the public says farewell to the martyrs, it condemns terrorism harshly. However, protests and demonstrations that Turkey is not used to see, are also seen at the funerals nowadays. Such political protests that may harm the souls of the martyrs, raise reaction of different segments of the society.

The recently increasing terrorism acts will be discussed in capital Ankara today. FM and Deputy PM Abdullah Gul, General Staff Chief. Gen. Yasar Buyukanit and Land Forces Commander Ilker Basbug will participate in today's security summit which will be presided by PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan. While security issues will be on the agenda of the meeting, plans regarding a probable cross-border operation will also be discussed.


President Ahmet Necdet Sezer has not yet signed the constitutional amendment about election of the president by a popular vote. Turkey has to bear 40 trillion lira of referendum cost if the amendment is not approved. The second 15-day period for Sezer who has earlier examined the amendment, is about to end.

EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn strongly warned French President Sarkozy: "Turkey is the guide of the Muslim world from Morocco to Malaysia. If you hinder Turkey, a clash of civilizations erupts between the West and Islam."


Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and General Staff Chief Gen. Yasar Buyukanit will come together at a security meeting today. Related ministers and commanders will also participate in the security summit at the Prime Ministry this afternoon. National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Undersecretary and Chief of the Police Department are expected to attend the meeting and make presentations as well. According to sources, all the measures such as the announcement of an "Emergency State" or "Martial Law" and a comprehensive cross-border operation into north of Iraq will be discussed at the summit. On the other hand, Turkish National Security Council (MGK) will convene on June 22nd.

We need to unite and act as a single body these days. We should not let the reactions raised at the funerals of Turkish soldiers create a situation that would separate the Turkish public and please the enemies. As a nation, we should not change these funerals into traps that would deepen differences. The target of the Turkish nation should be the enemies.


Upon the call of the General Staff for a mass reflex action against terrorism, non-governmental organizations have started to take action. A "silent demonstration against terrorism" will take place in Caglayan district in Istanbul on June 24th.

European Union (EU) and the United Nations started to carry out a joint working within the scope of the European Security & Defense Policy (ESDP) projects from where Turkey withdrew its military support. According to a crisis management agreement signed between the EU rotating president Germany and the UN on June 7th, the EU would also give support from the ESDP to a peacekeeping force which the UN would dispatch for a probable operation. This paves the way for inclusion of Greek Cypriot party, which does not take place in the United Nations because of Turkey's veto, in UN peacekeeping forces within the framework of the ESDP projects.


Premier Erdogan addressed the foreign investors at the 4th Meeting of the Turkish Investment Advisory Council in Istanbul. "A strong democracy is the guarantee for a strong economy. We have provided the democratic stability, this is the key point of our improvement and development success," said Erdogan.

Turkish parliament may break a record with the number of independent candidates at the upcoming general elections. A total of 7,535 candidates will request votes from the public on July 22nd. On the other hand, the number of independent candidates will be 764 at this election. This figure was only 190 at the previous elections held on November 3rd, 2002.


Discussions started upon Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul's remarks that Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave signed authorization to the Turkish army for a cross-border operation. Discussion focus on these questions: "Was it an instruction for an operation or a directive to get prepared?" General Staff Chief Gen. Yasar Buyukanit's statements emphasizing that "the government, first of all, should determine a political target, and according to this target, how and how much the army will use its forces can be planned" triggered an important discussion regarding a cross-border operation into north of Iraq. Meanwhile, FM Gul stressed that a directive signed by PM Erdogan was delivered to the army.

While the number of Turkish soldiers deployed at the border increases continuously, the front guards subordinate to the regional administration in north of Iraq withdrew nearly 5 km inside. It was determined that 6 new police stations were built at the locations left by the front guards. The activity of Turkish Armed Forces disconcerted those living in the border region of north of Iraq.


Emergency security summit will convene at prime ministry today because of the discussions pertaining to a cross-border operation into north of Iraq and the rise in number of killed soldiers. The military will give information to PM Erdogan about terrorism. Reasons for escalation of PKK terrorism, counter measures and probable results of these measures are expected to be discussed. The government is expected to ask the military about its expectations regarding security. Consequences of a probable operation into north of Iraq will be assessed.

European Union Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said if a clash of civilizations is to erupt between the East and Islam, it would be a result of obstacle put before Turkey's EU membership by French leader Nicolas Sarkozy. Rehn emphasized that Turkey was an indication of democracy for the Muslim world extending from Morocco to Malaysia.

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