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Friday, December 31, 2004

Turkey's Image Makeover year

"Turkey�s �Image Makeover� year
BYEGM: 12/31/2004
MILLIYET- In terms of its foreign relations, we can define 2004 as Turkey�s �Image Makeover Year�. The whole world was abuzz about Turkey, and we reflected a positive new image to the international community. It�s the image of a country which has implemented sweeping political and social reforms domestically, reconciled democracy and Islam, began integrating with the European Union, and played a multifaceted role in world politics. Turkey became the focal point of important international developments, which played an important role making this new image. For example, a NATO summit was held in Istanbul, our own Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu was elected head of the Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC), and important developments were seen in Turkey�s EU membership process. "

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