Search

 

Cablegate: Ankara Media Reaction Report

VZCZCXRO5049
OO RUEHDA
DE RUEHAK #1179/01 1791351
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 271351Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6683
RUEKJCS/CJCS WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/OSD WASHDC//PA
RUEUITH/ODC ANKARA TU
INFO RUEHTH/AMEMBASSY ATHENS 8986
RUEHIT/AMCONSUL ISTANBUL 4399
RUEHDA/AMCONSUL ADANA 3040
RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 6692
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO 6522
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 3103
RUEUITH/DET 1 39LG ANKARA TU
RHMFISS/USDOCO 6ATAF IZMIR TU
RHMFISS/39OS INCIRLIK AB TU
RHMFISS/AFOSI DET 523 IZMIR TU
RHMFISS/39ABG INCIRLIK AB TU
RHMFISS/AFOSI DET 522 INCIRLIK AB TU
RUEUITH/AFLO ANKARA TU

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 ANKARA 001179

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR INR/R/MR, EUR/SE, EUR/PD, NEA/PD, DRL
JCS PASS J-5/CDR S. WRIGHT

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OPRC KMDR TU
SUBJECT: ANKARA MEDIA REACTION REPORT
FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008

In Today's Papers

EU Process Depends on Lawsuit
All papers: Today's lead news story in papers focuses on the
outcome of yesterday's discussions the Parliamentary Assembly of the
Council of Europe (PACE). PACE approved a report prepared by
Belgian MP Luc Van den Brande on "The functioning of democratic
institutions in Turkey." The report said it may be necessary to
activate a monitoring mechanism for Turkey because the closure of
the ruling AKP would result in decreased political stability in
Turkey and would negatively affect Turkey's EU bid.
Conservative-nationalist Turkiye writes, "The Council of Europe
Sends a Harsh Message to Turkey," as, "Banning a ruling party would
lead to a social crisis and would make EU accession impossible."
Islamist-oriented Yeni Safak's front-page banner headline reads,
"The Council of Europe Issues a Stern Warning against the Judicial
Coup." Islamist-oriented Zaman writes, "PACE calls the ban of the
AKP, 'a blow to democracy,'" as the goal of the debates, "was not to
punish Turkey, but to rescue democracy," as AKP closure would,
"render Turkey to the league of fragile democracies." Mainstream
Sabah carries the headline, "The EU Process Depends on the Outcome
of the Closure Case." Mainstream Hurriyet notes, "PACE Adopts a
Harsh Stance on the Suit against the AKP," and reports, "PACE
adopted a report that was ordered by AKP officials." In addition,
Hurriyet carries excerpts of the joint declaration from opposition
CHP and MHP, calling PACE's declaration, "an intervention in the
Turkish judicial process." Liberal Radikal notes, "The Closure of
the AKP Would Cause Europe to Consider Our Democracy a Second Class
Democracy," as, "PACE sent the message that banning the AKP would be
a judicial coup, which could be followed by a military coup."
Mainstream Milliyet reports, "PACE Strongly Supports the AKP."
Mainstream Vatan writes, "PACE Warns Turkey that AKP Closure Could
Lead to Turkey's Placement on the Blacklist of Troubled
Democracies," and, "yesterday's PACE meeting threw strong support
behind the AKP." Leftist-nationalist Cumhuriyet comments, "PACE Is
Monitoring Turkey," and thus, "PACE poses a threat to Turkey."

EDITORIAL OPINION: Turkish Political Debates

"The Military's Statement"
Ercan Karakas wrote in leftist Birgun (6/27): "Turkey is going
through a serious political crisis. The political system, more
importantly the ruling party, prefers to work for its own agenda
rather than defending democracy for everyone. In addition, the
ruling party does not seek consensus and dialogue in order to
decrease political tensions. A solution to Turkey's political
problem must be found within its democratic structure, regardless of
the nature of the political tensions. Therefore, it is wrong for
the military to devise a plan to manipulate public opinion for the
purposes of pushing its own political agenda. When the Turkish
General Staff's documents regarding this plan were revealed, TGS
declared, 'there is no such officially approved plan or document.'
This statement is positive, but not satisfactory because some
important questions remain unanswered. For example, who prepared
this plan and who is behind this effort? The main opposition CHP
asked TGS to initiate an investigation, but as far as I can see, no
such investigation has begun. This is an important matter and should
not be ignored. Why didn't the government respond to reports of the
military's plans? What is government's position regarding an
investigation into this issue? We are still waiting."

"Will the Constitutional Court Go on Vacation this summer?"
Murat Yetkin wrote in liberal-intellectual Radikal (6/27): "From a
procedural perspective, the closure case against the AKP should be
resolved soon. However, there is not a binding calendar or a legal
deadline for the Court's final decision. One thing is clear. The
longer it takes for the Court to conclude this case, the more
political uncertainties in Turkey will continue to grow.
Traditionally, the judiciary's summer holiday begins in early
August, but the Constitutional Court is not bound to that tradition.

ANKARA 00001179 002 OF 003


Speculation in Ankara indicates the Court will not recess until the
AKP closure case is finalized. Once this decision is reached,
everyone will benefit because we can all move on. There are three
possibilities regarding the Court's decision. First, the court may
close the party and impose a political ban on certain figures,
including PM Erdogan. Second, the court could reject the indictment
and dismiss the case. Finally, the court could find the AKP guilty
of anti-secular activities, but impose a practical penalty by
cutting off state treasury financing to the party. The majority of
political circles in Ankara consider the first option as the most
probable outcome. Very few consider the other two options as strong
possibilities. Nevertheless, the court will not reach its decision
based on the majority's expectations anyway."


National Security Council (NSC) Convened Yesterday
All papers report that the NSC convened for five and half hours
under the chairmanship of President Gul yesterday. In a statement
released after the meeting, the NSC Secretariat General said that
council members discussed, "operations and measures by security
forces against the terrorist organization, recent developments in
Iraq, and measures which officials would take regarding Turkey's
rising energy demand. The Council expressed determination that
successful operations against the terrorist organization and
measures regarding the fight against terrorism would be pursued.
The Council members assessed the results of meetings held with Iraqi
officials. The statement confirmed Turkey would contribute to
efforts to stabilize Iraq and the broader region. Council members
also discussed policies regarding Turkey's energy security. They
decided to capitalize on domestic and renewable energy sources and
increase cooperation with neighboring countries. Finally, the
statement underscored Turkey's important role as a transit country
for energy resources.

Intensified Operations against the PKK
Sabah and Milliyet report that Turkish security forces have stepped
up operations against the PKK in the Gabar and Kupeli Mountains. In
addition, military operations have intensified in the
Bestler-Dereler region of Sirnak. Large numbers of commando troops
were dispatched to the region, along with Cobra helicopters.
Meanwhile, a group of PKK opened fire on a minibus carrying soldiers
near the town of Lice in the Diyarbakir region. The driver died
and four soldiers were wounded.

The Largest Number of U.S. Nuclear Bombs in any European Country are
in Turkey
Milliyet cites Reuters in a report from the American Federation of
Scientists, who claim the U.S. stores nuclear bombs in six European
countries, including Holland, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Turkey.
Reuters cites nuclear weapons expert Hans Kristensen's report, which
states the U.S. keeps most of its nuclear bombs in Turkey's Incirlik
air base and Italy's Aviano air base.

TV Highlights
NTV

Domestic News

- Residential electricity prices rise 21%.

- Forest fires are reported in the resort cities of Bodrum and
Antalya.

- In July, the monthly minimum wage will increase by 5% to 503.26
YTL.


International News

- President Bush announced that Washington will drop trade sanctions

ANKARA 00001179 003 OF 003


against North Korea and remove North Korea from a terrorist
blacklist. Such measures are contingent on the Pyongyang
government's submission of a long-awaited declaration about the
extent of its nuclear activities.

- Opposition parties CHP and MHP members of PACE voiced fierce
criticisms against the PACE report on Turkish democracy.

- Foreign Ministers of the G8 open talks in Kyoto, Japan to discuss
North Korean and Iranian nuclear disputes.


WILSON

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC