Istanbul Hurriyet in Turkish 28 Apr 05
Report by Ugur Ergan in Ankara: "Greek Orthodox Seminary Must not Be Reopened"
The Office of the Chief of the General Staff has conveyed to the Secretariat General of the National Security Council [MGK] its opinion on revisions to the National Security Policy Document [MGSB].
The MGSB, which is commonly known in public as the "Red Book," will be updated and rewritten by the MGK Secretariat General. The Secretariat had earlier obtained the views of other relevant agencies and was waiting for input from the General Staff for some time.
The new MGSB, which will be drafted before the regular meeting of the MGK in June, will reportedly be "short and focused on essence" as recommended by the Prime Minister's Office.
The section of the General Staff's opinion on internal threats discusses reactionarism and separatist activities and recommends that the battle against these movements be given serious consideration in a "scientific framework" and that intelligence work be conducted along these lines.
The [General Staff] study sends the message "Turkey's goal must be full membership in the EU." It adds that Greece must see Turkey's efforts at maintaining goodneighborly relations and that the preservation of Iraq's territorial integrity is very important for Turkey. The study, which also comments on "economic inequalities" [in Turkey], underscores the following main points:
o The battle against terrorist organizations must be fought at an international level and no international documents that portray separatist activities as legitimate must be signed.
o "Greek Pontus" propaganda that may threaten Turkey's territorial integrity must be stopped.
o The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Phanar must not be allowed to engage in any activities aimed exceeding its current status.
o Demands to reopen the [Greek Orthodox] Seminary on Heybeliada must be opposed.
o Close interest must be shown to Turkey's current social and economic problems and discrepancies among different regions must be alleviated.
o Certain sectors of the free market are under the control of criminal organizations. The possibility of the economic system passing into the hands of these organizations if this situation continues must not be discounted.
o Similarly vigilance is required to oppose activities by criminal organizations to acquire a say over the banking system.
o If the necessary measures are not taken purse snatching and other aggressive activities that have generated anger in society may spread.
Not surprising. It looks like the only way Turkey could change it's mind is if the EU is unwilling to allow them membership unless they reopen Halki and end their state sanctioned oppression of the Phanar. Rather sad.