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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 005269

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
TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2003

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


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


MASS APPEAL
Rumsfeld the most powerful defense secretary in U.S.
history - Hurriyet
Saddam's men target Iraq's economy - Sabah
Unlike Kurds, Americans want Turkish troops in Iraq -
Turkiye
Pakistani troops to Iraq via Turkey - Milliyet
America's nightmare: Another blackout - Hurriyet


OPINION MAKERS
Tribes, fundamentalists behind attacks against U.S.
troops - Cumhuriyet
Pakistan, Turkey hold talks on Iraqi peacekeeping -
Zaman
12,000 guards for Iraqi oil pipeline - Radikal
Iraqi opposition front against U.S. expansion - Yeni
Safak
Turkey's business giants in Iraq - Yeni Safak
Uzans have disappeared - Radikal
U.S. wants Cyprus talks resumed by October - Cumhuriyet
Blackout costs New York $1 billion - Zaman


BRIEFING


Turkish troops to Iraq: The U.S. prefers that Turkish
troops be deployed in the Fallujah-Tikrit-Bakuba
triangle. Turkey, meanwhile, has proposed to the U.S.
that the Turks be given a separate sector of Iraq, in
which they will also have a say on the reconstruction
effort. If the U.S. approves such an arrangement,
Turkish companies will be given priority in
reconstruction of that particular zone. Papers predict
that the cost of deployment will be lower than was
initially estimated by TGS and MFA. Revised estimates
show the cost of deploying 10,000 troops would be about
$3 million per month, including salaries.


Papers quote an official at the U.S. Embassy as
reaffirming that the United States would welcome a
Turkish troop presence in Iraq. The statement
contradicts comments made over the weekend by PUK
leader Talabani, who said he opposed a Turkish
deployment.


Ankara has assured Islamabad that it will facilitate
the transit of Pakistani peacekeepers into Iraq, and
will meet their logistical needs. Turkey believes that
by sending peacekeepers to Iraq, Pakistan can restore
its international credibility, which was damaged by the
9/11 attacks. The visiting Pakistani Foreign
Undersecretary Riyaz Khokhar was given detailed
information by the MFA about Northern Iraq, the likely
location for deployment of Pakistani troops.


Iraqi reaction to Turkish troop deployment: All-news
Turkish broadcaster NTV reported on Monday that Iraqi
interim governing council members are voicing no
objection to a possible Turkish peacekeeping operation
in Iraq. However, local Iraqis interviewed by NTV said
that any country cooperating with the Americans would
be regarded as an occupying force and could face
attacks. Some Iraqi interim government members believe
that Turkish troops should be deployed in Ambar, in
western Iraq.


Ankara demands U.S. action against the PKK:
"Cumhuriyet" claims that Turkey has become impatient
with the U.S. reluctance to take action against the
PKK/KADEK presence in Northern Iraq, despite an amnesty
law passed by Ankara to encourage defectors from
terrorist organizations. The paper claims that a U.S.
delegation will soon visit Ankara to discuss the issue.


Energy minister postpones Israel visit: Dailies report
that Energy Minister Hilmi Guler postponed his visit to
Israel at the request of the Israeli government due to
rising tension in the region. A framework agreement
was to be signed during the visit regarding the sale of
Turkish water to Israel.


Police searching for the Uzans: Turkey is carrying out
its most comprehensive financial security operation in
recent years as police seek members of the Uzan family
in connection with the seizure of Imarbank. The
prosecutor's office has issued an arrest warrant for
several family members for refusing to hand over
Imarbank documents. Leading members of the family were
nowhere to be found after the warrants were issued.
This raised suspicions about a possible mole in the
security organization. Minister of Transportation
Binali Yildirim said that the license for Telsim, the
mobile phone company owned by the Uzans, might be
annulled for the illegal transfer of family shares to
another company.


EDITORIAL OPINION: Iraq; Power Blackout


"Northern Iraq"
Yilmaz Oztuna observed in conservative Turkiye (8/19):
"Ankara seems disturbed with the `we don't want Turkish
troops' rhetoric of Talabani. We should evaluate the
issue not only from a broader perspective -- because
Talabani does not want Pakistani soldiers either -- but
also with self-criticism.. Talabani and some Kurdish
figures are able to make such remarks because of our
mistakes as well. Turkey failed to have a presence in
the Iraq war. Permitting U.S. renovation of ports and
bases in Turkey and then deciding not to be involved in
the war is, in itself, evidence enough of Turkey's
political mistake..We are not capable of preventing
anti-Turkey activities abroad. However, we should be
able to face our own political mistakes and take action
to correct them..The developments in Iraq are
indicating a more difficult time ahead, particularly in
preserving Iraq's territorial integrity. There is a de
facto autonomy in northern Iraq that is awaiting the
proper atmosphere for independence. Those who argue
strongly against Turkey's military presence in Iraq
should see the issue from this angle as well."


"Power Blackout"
Hadi Uluengin wrote in mass appeal Hurriyet (8/19):
"The blackout brought the world's most technologically
advanced nation to a halt. It was like one of the
chaos scenes in a science fiction movie. No public
transportation, no telecommunication. Moreover, money
even did not matter since credit cards were useless
too. It was a total collapse of the technologically
modern society..The U.S. blackout should remind us of
the fact that modern technology is doomed to experience
weaknesses or failures. Technology is a very complex
structure and human beings should not take everything
for granted in order not to live through a New York-
alike chaos once again..It does not necessarily require
living in a primitive manner, but it does require a
revision of the relation between people and
technology."


DEUTSCH

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