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    Aksit: "Seven priorities of Annan are also priorities of Turkey

    Hürriyet Haber
    01.03.2005 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    ''Seven priorities which UN Secretary General Kofi Annan mentioned in the opening of 49th Term Meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women are valid for Turkey as well. However, Turkey is more developed than other countries in several issues,'' said Turkish State Minister Guldal Aksit. Aksit, who is currently in New York to attend the 49th Term Meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, held a news conference for Turkish press members on Monday.''Topic of problems about women are same both in developed and underdeveloped countries. Education, health and employment are among these problems,'' said Aksit.Aksit said, ''192 UN member countries attended studies in this commission for a common aim.''''Problems like education, health and employment which Turkey attributes importance are also the most significant topics of the agenda of the commission. Very serious activities are carried out in Turkey, especially by the Turkish Interior Ministry, against women andchildren smuggling which is also on the agenda of the commission'' shesaid.Aksit noted, ''regarding what have been done in Turkey since 1995, eight years of compulsory education was adopted. Also arrangements within the Civil Code as well as articles in the Turkish Penal Code regarding women which will be fulfilled in April are important steps taken about this issue.''When asked whether seven priorities which Annan listed are also priorities for Turkey, Aksit said, ''we do not have any alternative to say 'Turkey's priorities are different.' If we are member of such a commission, these are also priorities for Turkey. Our target is to carry Turkey over a standard regarding these seven priorities.  However, Turkey is not behind many countries in this area. Especially in recent period Turkey recorded great progress with arrangements and implementations.''Aksit said, ''as it happens in many countries, violence in families continues in Turkey. There are still many things to be done and Turkey exerts great efforts about this issue.''
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