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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 004701

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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
THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2003

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


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


MASS APPEALS
Bush: Saddam regime has collapsed - Aksam
Bush: Those murderers were enemies of the Iraqi people
- Sabah
Talabani informed on Uday, Kusay - Turkiye
Mosul center of Iraqi resistance - Hurriyet
Bremer cold to UN umbrella for Iraqi peacekeeping -
Milliyet
Pakistan asks Turkey before sending troops to Iraq -
Milliyet


OPINION MAKERS
Powell says U.S. ties with Turkey strong - Yeni Safak
Iraqis vow to avenge killing of Saddam's sons -
Cumhuriyet
Mahmud Osman: PKK not a terror organization - Yeni
Safak
Turkomen to rally in Baghdad - Zaman
Amnesty International blames U.S. for torturing Iraqis
- Cumhuriyet
AI: U.S. a torturer - Radikal
`Hi' magazine targets Arab youth - Radikal


BRIEFING


FM Gul in the U.S.: Foreign Minister Gul will meet with
Vice President Cheney, Secretary of State Powell, and
Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld in Washington on

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Thursday. Dailies expect Gul to make clear that Turkey
does not want to act as a gendarme force in Iraq, and
does not want to come into conflict with the local
people. Gul will also say that Ankara will consult
with the EU and Islamic countries before deploying its
troops to Iraq.


Turkish troops for Iraq peacekeeping: President Sezer
said on Wednesday that Turkey should deploy troops in
Iraq only in the event of a UN resolution, and that a
new motion must be approved by the parliament in order
for Turkey to contribute to the peacekeeping force.
Foreign Minister Gul is expected to tell Washington
about Ankara's preference for a UN or NATO umbrella for
Iraqi peacekeeping.


Turkey, Greece sign cooperation agreements: NATO
Secretary-General Robertson said on Wednesday that

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Turkey and Greece had signed two new confidence-
building agreements regarding the exchange of military
personnel. The agreements will help to reduce tensions
caused by Greek complaints against Turkey at EU and
NATO platforms last month.


Cabinet approves EU reforms package: The Council of
Ministers approved a 7th package of EU harmonization
laws on Wednesday and submitted it to the parliament
for approval. The package limits the authority of the
National Security Council (NSC) Secretary-General, and
envisages that a civilian will be assigned to that
post. Based on objections by the TGS, however, the
principle of secrecy in the oversight of defense
spending will be preserved.


Parliament rejects amnesty bill: The ruling AKP failed
to pass a controversial amnesty bill for members of
terrorist organizations. About 60 AKP lawmakers voted
against or abstained from the motion that would have
brought reductions in criminal penalties for defectors
from terror organizations. The rejection has forced
the AKP to pull back the draft for further review in
committee.


Former ministers charged with corruption: A
parliamentary commission investigating corruption has
opened the way for legal probes into two former prime
ministers, DSP leader Bulent Ecevit and ANAP leader
Mesut Yilmaz, and 23 other former ministers. Yilmaz
and Ecevit could face between six and ten years in
prison for irregularities in state-owned banks and
facilities. Papers criticize the fact that some AKP
cabinet members, like the ministers of transportation
and finance, are immune to corruption charges against
them, while former ministers will be investigated.


EDITORIAL OPINION: Saddam's sons dead/Iraqi
stabilization


"Two sides of the truth"
Sami Kohen wrote in mass appeal Milliyet (7/24): "The
deaths of Saddam Hussein's sons represent the
elimination of one more reminder of Saddam's regime.
The operation was not only a military success, but also
boosted morale for the US following the increase in
attacks against American soldiers in Iraq. . On the
other hand, continued resistance from the Iraq people,
whether motivated by ideology or economics, is a bad
sign for the US in Iraq. The Bush administration has
so far pursued a unilateral, even arrogant policy. Yet
it remains to be seen to what extent this policy will
be revised in light of current situation. It is
certain that the Bush administration is considering the
issue due to the growing reaction of the American
public. Initial signals from Washington show renewed
US interest in dialogue with its friends and allies,
and the possibility of establishing a security
mechanism under a UN umbrella. If all of this really
happens, the Bush administration will be able to win
over the natural friends of the US and overcome the
difficulties in Iraq's critical transition period."


"The mistakes of the Hawks"
Cuneyt Ulsever commented in mass appeal Hurriyet
(7/24): "Turkey should send its troops to Iraq. Yet we
should also be able to discuss the mistakes made during
the Iraq crisis. Turkey's hawks made many mistakes,
and Turkey has been left without any coherent policy on
the issue. . The US hawks have also made many mistakes,
however. The ongoing mess in Iraq is proof of that.
Hawks are good at military strategies, but fail
dramatically when it comes to political planning and
social order. Their narrow-minded approach tells them
to act with physical force at the expense of social and
political factors. Hawks not only lost in Iraq, but
also managed to create seriously high anti-American
sentiment in Turkey, which used to be staunch ally and
friend of the US. Hawks think and act unilaterally,
which in itself is incompatible with societies that are
changing in a dynamic way. . A Turkish military
presence would help the US to overcome this problem."


DEUTSCH

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