Search

 

Cablegate: Ankara Media Reaction Report

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 ANKARA 008900

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
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2002


THIS REPORT WILL PRESENT A TURKISH PRESS SUMMARY UNDER THREE
THEMES:


HEADLINES
BRIEFING
EDITORIAL OPINION
-------
HEADLINES


MASS APPEALS
Bush to Erdogan: We are shoulder to shoulder with you -
Milliyet
EU Support from Bush - Hurriyet
President Bush: Operator, connect me to Berlin - Sabah
Turkish People Deserve EU entry - Hurriyet
EU Stubbornness-Turkiye
Top Level summit at Cankaya - Milliyet
Annan offers new Cyprus plan - Hurriyet
Parliament Clears Obstacles in front of Erdogan - Milliyet


OPINION MAKERS
Cooperation for Iraq - Cumhuriyet
Bush: Shoulder to shoulder for EU entry - Radikal


BRIEFING


Erdogan-Bush Meeting/EU: Today's papers give extensive,
front-page coverage to AKP leader Erdogan's US visit and to
the Erdogan-Bush meeting at the White House. Erdogan was
welcomed by President Bush with the words `Welcome to the
home of Turkey's closest friend and ally'. All papers
report that the US President has extended support to
Turkey's EU entry by saying that `we are shoulder to
shoulder with Turkey in their struggle to enter the EU'.
"Aksam" reports that Erdogan was briefed for 2 hours by
DepSecDef Wolfowitz and U/S Grossman prior to his meeting
with President Bush. "Hurriyet" reports that top-level US
officials, including SecState Powell, Condoleezza Rice,
Wolfowitz and US Ambassador to Turkey Robert Pearson,
attended the meeting at the White House. "Sabah" reports
that President Bush promised to call EU capitals to lobby
for an early accession date for Turkey.


"Turkiye" reports that despite all the efforts exerted by
Turkey, EU countries stubbornly insist on delaying the start
of accession talks until 2005. Britain, Spain, Greece,
Italy, Portugal, Ireland, and Belgium want to begin the
accession talks in 2003. However, 8 countries led by France
and Germany insist on 2005. In a banner front-page
headline, "Hurriyet" says that the Turkish people deserve EU
entry because Turkey has carried out reforms to meet EU
standards. "Milliyet" reports that Ankara is planning
responses to a possible negative outcome in Copenhagen.
Options under consideration include rejecting Annan's Cyprus
plan, imposing economic sanctions on selected EU countries,
and rejecting automatic EU access to NATO resources.


Cankaya Summit: "Milliyet" reports that a `security summit'
was held at the Presidential Palace yesterday with the
participation of President Sezer, PM Abdullah Gul, and chief
of General Staff General Hilmi Ozkok. EU accession, Cyprus,
and Iraq were the top issues of yesterday's meeting, and
three decisions were taken : 1. The 2005 proposal for EU
accession talks is unacceptable, 2. The EU demand for
evaluating the Turkish government's performance over the
next six months is acceptable, 3. A deal on Cyprus cannot be
signed before or during the EU summit. General Ozkok
reportedly submitted an evaluation report on the Annan plan.
PM Gul will present the report to EU leaders in Copenhagen.


Cyprus: All papers report that Annan has presented the new
Cyprus plan. "Hurriyet" reports that Annan's revised Cyprus
Plan does not differ very much from the initial plan, and
does not meet Turkish demands for equality and sovereignty.


Constitutional Amendments: "Milliyet" reports that the
parliament amended article 76 of the constitution to clear
the way for the premiership of AKP leader Erdogan. CHP
reportedly tried to keep the obstacles in front of Erdogan,
but to no avail. In the end, most CHP deputies voted in
favor of the amendments.


EDITORIAL OPINION: Turkey-EU and Erdogan's Washington visit


"Plan A: 2003; Plan B: 2004"
Zeynep Gurcanli wrote in tabloid Star (12/11): "The worst-
case-scenario in Ankara's mind is to be given a negotiation
date in 2004. This date seems to be the upper `acceptable'
limit for Turkey. . AKP leader Erdogan underlined the EU
issue as the major topic to discuss with President Bush
prior to his meeting at the White House. He believes that
Turkey's chances to get a negotiation date within the
acceptable parameters will increase at least 50 percent more
after meeting with Bush. Erdogan hints that he expects
President Bush to exert even more pressure on European
leaders. This support, of course, comes with a price.
Erdogan and his staffers believe that the price will be
Turkey's support for the Iraq operation. However, there
might be another bill attached to it: Cyprus. . It is very
likely that President Bush will promise to increase pressure
on the EU but also exert pressure on the Turkish side on the
Cyprus issue. The revised Annan plan on Cyprus will most
likely be presented to Erdogan while he is in the United
States. Turkey is rapidly moving toward a `take-it-or-leave-
it' position on the Cyprus issue. The visit of Erdogan to
the US might be a breakthrough in Turkish foreign policy."


"The last 24 hours"
Zafer Atay wrote in economic-political Dunya (12/11): "It
seems there are two main scenarios for Turkey's membership
procedures. First is the positive scenario, i.e. giving
Turkey a negotiation date as early as 2003, or setting a
time in 2004 for giving a date. The so-called French-German
formula regarding a 2005 plan is the worst scenario. The
approval of this formula has the potential to undermine
Turkish-EU relations dramatically. It would provide the
anti-EU lobby in Turkey clear and undeniable arguments. .
Time is running out, and in only a few days we will see the
outcome. Yet whatever the decision may be, we should never
think about giving up our efforts to meet the Copenhagen
criteria. These are indispensable elements for Turkey and
Turkish society, and we better continue these reforms
whether or not we are admitted to the EU."


DEUTSCH, ACTING

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>

UN Report: Civilian Casualties Surged After Peace Talks Began In Afghanistan

Monitoring by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, and the UN Human Rights Office has revealed that despite a drop in civilians killed and injured overall in 2020 there was a rise in civilian casualties following the start of peace negotiations ... More>>

Climate: UN Chief Lauds ‘day Of Hope’ As US Officially Rejoins Paris Climate Accord

The official return of the United States to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change represents good news for the country and the world, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday during a virtual event to mark the occasion. The US, under ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs


2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>


Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at webtv.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>

WeBeliev: Scoop In Conversation With Abhishek Sinha, Founder Of WeBeliev, An NZ Crowdfunding Platform

WeBeliev supports 17 SDGs, launching sector specific campaigns every month Q. What is WeBeliev and why did you start it? A. WeBeliev is a Singapore-registered crowdfunding platform aimed at fundraising for all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ... More>>