of the Republic of Turkey
19 giugno 2013
- GUL CALLS ON PROTESTORS TO END DEMONSTRATIONS IN STREETS
AKSAM/MILLIYET - 19/06/2013
President Abdullah Gul yesterday hosted the promotion meeting of “The Great Seljuk Heritage” Project at the Cankaya Presidential Palace and then responded to queries from the press about the agenda. Calling on the protestors to end the demonstrations, Gul stated that these demonstrations have begun to damage peace throughout the nation and negatively influence the economy. “The events that happen on the streets at nights, they should end now. These will eventually disturb the peace. Nobody really notices this, but these events have caused great damage to the economy. As I have said the first day [of the protests], there is this image of the Great Turkey, for which we all struggled. We should protect this image in all aspects,” Gul said. Touching on recent developments regarding government plans to regulate the social media, Gul said provocative messages spreading false news to agitate people were unacceptable. “Just as you can't do that in a newspaper, you can't do that on social media either. But Turkey should not fall behind European legislation in any new regulation,” Gul added.
- ERDOGAN MEETS WITH HAMAS LEADER AND GAZA PM
CUMHURIYET - 19/06/2013
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday met with Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashal and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Ankara. The meeting at Erdogan's official residence was closed to the press. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also attended the meeting.
- ERDOGAN VOWS TO INCREASE POLICE FORCE
STAR/AKSAM/ZAMAN - 19/06/2013
Speaking at Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) parliamentary group meeting yesterday, Erdogan said that the government would increase the intervention force exercised by the police, regarding possible incidents related to the ongoing Gezi protests. “Within the authority the law provides, from now on, our police will not overlook any lawlessness; will continue to fulfill its duty. We will further strengthen our police. We will strengthen further in every way. So that we will increase the intervention power against these events,” Erdogan said. Erdogan also said they would be inquiring into who was behind the Gezi protests, arguing that it was all a massive conspiracy, prepared very professionally in collaboration with social media, companies, the interest rate lobby, media and some internal traitors and external collaborators. Erdogan also gave information about the 10th Development Plan. “Within the framework of our 10th Development Plan, we aim the economy to grow by 5.5 percent. As a result, our national income will climb to $1.3 trillion. We also aim to increase per capita income to $16,000 by 2018,” Erdogan noted.
- SIMSEK: FOREIGN MINISTRY TAKES ALL NECESSARY STEPS
SABAH/AKSAM/STAR - 19/06/2013
Speaking about the British Guardian’s allegations that the UK intercepted phone calls and monitored the computers of Turkish delegation during a meeting in London in 2009, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said yesterday that the foreign ministry has taken and will continue to take necessary steps. Simsek attended the Seyitomer Thermal Power Plant’s handover agreement signing ceremony held at Rixos Hotel along with Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz. In response to a question about the Guardian’s allegations, Simsek said he didn’t understand why they needed such an attempt, since there were dialogues between the countries. “According to press, they wanted to see our views on international financial audit and financial reforms. They wanted to learn our dialogues and cooperation with other countries at G-20 level,” he said. Simsek stated that the foreign ministry made a statement and took steps in this direction. “Our Foreign Ministry has taken and will continue to take all necessary steps,” Simsek said. Meanwhile, Yildiz said that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government took its strength from transparency. “By intercepting or not intercepting a minister, you cannot get any advantage,” Yildiz said, adding that this act was wrong and unforgiveable.
- CAVUSOGLU SAYS MANY TURKS LIVING ABROAD SUPPORT ERDOGAN
STAR - 19/06/2013
Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy leader Mevlut Cavusoglu said yesterday that Turkish collaterals living abroad have been sending messages of support for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Cavusoglu added that some Jewish Karai people have phoned him and sent messages of appreciation and support for Erdogan who has made the greatest contributions to the Turkish descent and Turkic republics. Stating that he has received many phone calls, e-mails and declarations from various organizations and institutions representing the Turkish people living abroad to say that they stand in solidarity with Erdogan, Cavusoglu said, “Many Turkic societies mainly from Azerbaijan, Dagestan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Crimea phone us to say that they support us. Among them, there are many Turkish collaterals from various religions, besides Muslim people.
- BORSA ISTANBUL TO ANNOUNCE NEW MAJOR PARTNER IN TWO MONTHS
TODAY’S ZAMAN - 19/06/2013
The head of Borsa Istanbul (Istanbul Stock Exchange), Ibrahim Turhan, announced on Tuesday that the market will be partnering up with one of the major global stock markets in two months. Turhan said the agreement is to be finalized in two months. He had previously stated that Borsa Istanbul was discussing a partnership with the London Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, Nasdaq and German Deutsche Bourse. Despite the global financial crises, Turkey's average growth between 2002 and 2012 stood at 5.1 percent, Turhan said, adding that Turkey had become more integrated with global markets during this time. “In times of crisis, there were no limitations imposed by the government on foreign capital. There was no extra tax and no different treatment between foreign and domestic companies.” In addition, he said that Turkey's outperforms the Maastricht criteria with its inflation rate at around 6 percent, which the central bank aims to drop to 5 percent, and the borrowing rate at around 6 percent. He said the BIST-100 index will be offered to the public by the end of 2015.
- EU MAKES SELF-CRITICISM ABOUT TURKEY
HABER TURK/STAR - 19/06/2013
Several members of the European Parliament on Tuesday said that unopened chapters in Turkey's EU policy alignment negotiations pushed the European Union to inconsistency. Co-chair of EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee Helene Flautre said, "If we had opened the negotiation chapters on 'judiciary and fundamental rights' and 'right to liberty and security', we could act more consistently now and I would feel much better." Receiving the support of the most of the European Parliament lawmakers, Flautre said that the failure to open and even to define the opening criteria for the two chapters diluted the effectiveness of EU's advices to Turkey about the fundamental rights and freedoms.
- LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PRESENTED AT MUSIC FESTIVAL
HURRIYET DAILY NEWS - 19/06/2013
Polish composer Krzysztof Pendereck receives the music festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the festival director, Yesim Gurer. The 41st Istanbul Music Festival continued June 18 with the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award. At a ceremony held at the Hagia Irene Museum, famous Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, who is known for his sensitiveness to social matters, received the award from the Istanbul Music Festival director, Yesim Gurer. Also, the Munich Chamber Orchestra performed a concert at the ceremony. Every year through the Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Istanbul Music Festival shows its gratitude and respect to masters who have contributed greatly to the development of classical music. Penderecki is considered as one of today’s greatest composers with a unique style that blends contemporary sounds and traditional forms. He composed several of his works in remembrance of catastrophes in the 20th century. “Threnody for 52 string instruments,” composed in 1960, is dedicated to the victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and the piano concerto “Resurrection” was composed as a reaction to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. At the award ceremony, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, made its festival debut under the baton of its artistic director, Alexander Liebreich, with a program centering upon “Time and Transformation.” The concert featured one of the iconic virtuosos of the new generation, Khatia Buniatishvili.