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News by Date for October 1999

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Friday, 1 October 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-01 [13] HUGO BOSS OPENS FACTORY IN IZMIR
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-01 [15] TRNC GETS CLOSE TO ITALY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-01 [16] CYPRUS ON THE CONGRESS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-01 [19] CYPRUS ISSUE ON CNN
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-01 [16] CYPRUS ON THE CONGRESS
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-01 [06] Former hotel "Butrinti" to become University compound of Turism
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-01 [08] Berisha and idea of Albanians' Federation in the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-01 [11] Confidential meeting of Kosovo political subjects
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-01 [22] FAO defines new projects in agriculture
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-01 [24] Albanian Government projects under Stability Pact evaluated
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-01 [26] Hill praises Albanian Government performance
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 192, 99-10-01 [14] KFOR COMMANDER CONCERNED ABOUT SECURITY IN
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 192, 99-10-01 [15] ETHNIC ALBANIAN PATIENTS, STAFF REMOVED FROM
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 192, 99-10-01 [16] BERISHA WARNS OF ALBANIAN FEDERATION...

Saturday, 2 October 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-02 [03] Albania, Greece cooperate against economic, financial crime
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-02 [04] ATA to open office in Prishtine soon
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-02 [15] "BLUE SKY" radio broadcasts in Kosova territory
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-02 [18] SP prepares program-documents to be presented to congress

Sunday, 3 October 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-03 [03] Albanian prosecutor's office starts investigation into theft of camp of Mission Arcobaleno
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-03 [04] Creation of new party in Kosova agreed upon

Monday, 4 October 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-04 [02] RED CROSS / PRISONERS (L-O) BY LISA SCHLEIN (GENEVA)
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-04 [03] REFUGEE CONFERENCE (L-ONLY) BY LISA SCHLEIN (GENEVA)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-02 [17] ANKARA, October 2 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Saturday that his official visit to the U.S., which took place upon the invitation of Bill Clinton, the U.S. President, was very positive, adding that ''this visit once again showed that Turkey and the U.S. are strategical partners.'' Addressing a news conference in Ankara's Esenboga Airport, Ecevit briefed about his visit to the U.S. Noting that his five- day official visit to the U.S. was very positive and that he held a very fruitful meeting with Clinton, Ecevit said ''we have talked in a friendly and sincere atmosphere that suits to two allies. We have discussed many issues. We have thanked to them due to the support they extended following the massive quake.'' Ecevit said ''we have agreed to strengthen both economical and political relations.'' He said ''providing 108 million U.S. dollar increase for two years in textile quotas given to Turkey can be a positive development. Also, trade and investment agreement was signed. This agreement has a quality to create a basis that can realize many concrete projects. Willingness of the U.S. President to sent a group of businessmen to search for the investment facilities in Southeastern Anatolia region is pleasing for us.'' Pointing out the Bill Clinton, the U.S. President, reiterated his full support to Baku-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline project, Ecevit said they found appropriate to increase cooperation on Caspian passing Natural Gas Pipeline Project. Ecevit said Clinton continued to support Turkey's membership to the EU in an active way, noting that ''the U.S. President once again pointed out that he supports our views regarding European Defense and Security Identity.'' Ecevit said ''we have exchanged views with Clinton on regional issues like Kosovo'', adding that they have stressed the contribution of Turkish-U.S. cooperation in solution of regional conflicts. Ecevit said the U.S. President Clinton felt pleasure over the improvement in Turkish-Greek relations. Ecevit said they have seen Clinton and the U.S. administration in a more realistic manner that is forwarded to understand the views of Turkish Cypriots. Statement issued by the U.S. side which pointed out that there could be no return to the status quo on Cyprus to the pre-1974 period was a realistic approach. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit pointed out that during his meeting with Al Gore, the U.S. Vice President, oil and natural gas pipelines were discussed and added that they also took up development in the Caucasia. Noting that he held separate meetings with the administrators of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ecevit said ''we have seen that economic reforms covered by our country were welcomed. It is clear that our fruitful cooperation with these institutions will continue increasingly.'' Ecevit also said he held various meetings with Senate and Congress members, press representatives, businessmen as well as Turkish community in the U.S. that forms a friendship bridge between the two countries. Ecevit said statements of two senators, during one of these meetings, created reaction in the press and public, adding that ''these two people are spokesmen and militants of Greek Cypriot lobby so far. I think, it will be wrong to evaluate the inconvenient views of these people as the views of Senate or the Representatives Assembly.'' PM Ecevit pointed out that the reforms which Turkey initiated in economic and political field increased the support of the U.S. to Turkey, adding that ''I have seen that fruitful studies of our coalition government and its consistent attitudes created appreciation. This was always stressed during the meetings we have attended. I have also seen that harmonized studies of the Parliament increased respect to a great extend.'' Noting that this visit once again proved that Turkey and the U.S. were two strategical partners, Ecevit said ''our visit prepared base of close cooperation with our important ally. This was a positive and fruitful visit. I am happy to return to home with a positive impression.'' When a journalist asked the contents of the meeting he held with Kofi Annan, the U.N. Secretary General, Ecevit said Annan was an understanding and constructive person. He said ''it was a very beneficial meeting. His interest to Cyprus question was natural, moreover, this should be seen as a guarantee. Because he is a very understanding and positive person.'' Responding to a question about his meeting with Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State and Kissinger's point of view towards Cyprus question, Ecevit said Turkey announced its views regarding Cyprus issue to the world public ''yet, we have seen that our views to this end are evaluated in a gradually understanding way in the world.'' Devlet Bahceli, Deputy Prime Minister, Cumhur Ersumer, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, and Ahmet Kenan Tanrikulu, Minister of Industry and Trade, also participated in the news conference.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-01 [08] NEW YORK, Oct 1 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Friday that the U.S. is a world state and at the same time the most powerful state of the world, adding ''Turkey now opens to whole world by the power it gets from its democratic secular republic, its history and its people.'' Ecevit stated that Turkey's military and political relations with the U.S. are very advanced, but its economic relatkions are weak. Ecevit, who is currently in New York, participated in the meeting held by the Federation of Turkish-American Associations. Rahsan Ecevit, the wife of Premier Ecevit, Cumhur Ersumer, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister and several deputies also participated in the meeting. Addressing the meeting Ata Erim, the Chairman of the Federation, said that Turks living in the U.S. started an aid campaign due to the earthquake disaster in Turkey and 1.5 million dollars which was collected was sent to Turkey. Noting that they launch efforts to form an effective lobby in the U.S., Erim pointed out that they are behind lobbies of other countries regarding activities. Referring to dual citizenship, Erim said that the support of Turkey to the Federation of American-Turkish Associations should strengthen. ''We are devoted to our national values, principles and reforms of Ataturk and democratic republic, '' Erim said. Ata Erim also gave a plate to Premier Bulent Ecevit as he was chosen by the Federation as the ''Statesman of the Year.'' Premier Bulent Ecevit said in his part that the U.S. President Bill Clinton was the first President who phoned him after the formation of the 57th government and this showed the interest and trust of the U.S. in Turkey. Noting that they took up all world issues during his meeting with U.S. President Clinton, Premier Ecevit pointed out that ''we discussed all problems of the world in our meeting. It was a very useful and friendly meeting. Thus I explained clearly our expectations from the U.S. to Mr. Clinton and his friends.'' Addressing the people in the meeting, Ecevit said ''I wish you to remain as our citizens, but at the same time the citizens of this friendly country. There is no obstacle for that in our Constitution and laws. Those who want to benefit from dual citizenship or who want to leave Turkish citizenship, have to inform the state about it and get permission. But Merve Kavakcı didn't abide with that.'' Noting that a framework-agreement was signed between the U.S. and Turkey for improvement of economic and commercial relations, Ecevit said the negotiations held to increase textile quotas were concluded. Recalling that a quota of 108 billion dollars in two years was accepted, Ecevit pointed out that Clinton and he reached full consensus about the issues of Baku-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline and Caspian Basin Pipelines. Issues such as relations with the EU, Bosnia, Kosovo, Turkish-Greek relations and Cyprus issue were taken up in his meeting with Clinton, said Premier Ecevit, adding they reached a consensus of opinion with Clinton regarding the unacceptability of a solution which creates a situation on Cyprus which is similar to the one in pre-1974 period. Stressing that there was genocide, injustice, unequality and slavery on Cyprus before 1974, Ecevit said that ''Turkey and Turkish Cypriots also can't accept a solution which will carry the island to pre-1974 period.'' Ecevit said that the Turkish nation is grateful for the aid provided by Turks living in the U.S. and by Americans, adding tents given to citizens whose houses collapsed in the quake are not solution and they examine examples of prefabricated huts from all over the world. ''I hope this problem will end till November,'' said Ecevit, adding sources have been allocated to make the necessary aid to earthquake survivors. Stressing that thousands of permanent houses have to be built in the disaster region, Ecevit said that chosing the place where they will be built is very important.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-04 [12] Albanian Premier Pandeli Majko meets Nobel Prize Winner Ferid Muradi
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-04 [14] Albanian Foreign Minister urges EU's support for Albanian projects
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-04 [18] Fushe-Kosove leadership demands roads release
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-04 [19] Discussions on constituting Technical Government of Kosova go on
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-04 [20] Two 15 year old girls from Kukes deactivate 200 landmines
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-04 [21] 54 Kosovo Albanian released from Serb jails
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 193, 99-10-04 [16] THACI: BELGRADE WILL NEVER HAVE A SAY IN KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 193, 99-10-04 [17] CLARK SAYS NATO HAS NO DATE FOR WITHDRAWING FROM BOSNIA,
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 193, 99-10-04 [18] TOWN IN KOSOVA UNDER BLOCKADE
Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-03 [10] RADIKAL (LEFT) - --------------- FRIENDSHIP WILL BE TILL BAF A crisis may erupt if a plane lands Baf in Greek-Greek Cypriot joint manoeuvres. The expectation that friendship winds which blow between Turkey and Greece will bring ''tranquility'' to the Aegean, will be in vain. Ankara says ''everything depends on Athens.'' ''Toksotis'' military exercise of Greece which was planned to take place in the Mediterranean, and ''Nikiforos'' military exercise of Greek Cypriots will be jointed on October 5. It is reported that Greek planes will land Baf Base in southern Cyprus for supplying. Ankara is absolutely opposed to the landings even if for supplying.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-02 [18] MOSES, CLINTON'S CYPRUS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE TO VISIT ANKARA AND ATHENS NEXT WEEK
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-02 [19] WASHINGTON, D.C October 2 (A.A) - Ahmet Erdengiz, the Washington, D.C. Representative of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said he hoped Alfred Moses, Clinton's Special Cyprus Representative, would return to the U.S. realizing that there was no favorable grounds to call for a meeting between the Greek and Turkish side of the Cyprus, following his contacts in Ankara and Athens next week. Erdengiz told A.A that Moses' visits are important because the the U.N. Secretary General will invite both sides according to the results of the report prepared by Moses after his visits. ''First the necessary grounds should be formed, later meetings can start between the two states,'' Erdengiz said. Despite the attitude of the Turkish side, the U.N. Secretary General called on two sides for a meeting, Erdengiz noted and said ignoring realities would not be good. The U.S. wants to understand the situation in Cyprus very well, and acts cautiously by sending Moses the the island, he said and added that ''he hoped Moses would stop a negative move that might occur''.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-02 [21] NEW YORK, October 2 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Friday that ''Turkey is a European country although the door of full membership is closed for now.'' Addressing a dinner which was jointly staged by Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association (TUSIAD) and U.S. Foreign Policy Association, Ecevit said Turkey beloged to the Balkans, eastern Mediterranean, Middle East, Caucasia and Asia as well as Europe. The U.S. businessmen and diplomats were also at the dinner. Pointing out that Turkis-U.S. relations were based more solid grounds and encouraging for future especially following the end of cold war, Ecevit said ''we have developed a strategic relation with our American friends forwarded to future. Peace, stability, democratization and welfare will be taken under guarantee in the region in the future due to this relation.'' Stressing that economic and trade relations between the two countries should be increased to a higher level due to the potential and values shared by the two countries, Ecevit thanked to the support the U.S. extended following the massive earthquake which hit Marmara region. Pointing out that the quake revealed the joint fate between Turkey and Greece, Ecevit said ''Turkey and Greece always improved positive relations if they are left alone.'' Ecevit, who mentioned about terrorism issue, noted that ''terrorism which escalated for 15 years negatively effected our reform efforts.'
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-04 [01] MITCOTAKIS: "DIALOGUE BETWEEN TURKEY AND GREECE ACCEPTED BY ALL PARTIES"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-04 [05] PAPANDREU IN TURKEY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-04 [08] MITCOTAKIS: "DIALOGUE BETWEEN TURKEY AND GREECE ACCEPTED BY ALL PARTIES"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-04 [21] GREEK FRIENDS AID OUR VICTIMS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-04 [23] OTTOMAN SEMINAR IN HOLLAND
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-01 [10] NEW YORK, Oct 1 (A.A) - Premier Bulent Ecevit said on Friday that the government in Turkey works in full harmony and in such a speed which was not seen in Turkish political life before. Addressing the meeting held by the Federation of Turkish-American Associations in New York, Premier Ecevit said that the goverment made the parliament pass 67 laws and constitutional changes in a short period of time, ''many of them are laws having the character of reform,'' he added. Ecevit gave information about the laws adopted and when he mentioned the law that will give opportunity to release of writers from prisons, persons in the hall applauded him. Noting that the Turkish economy was struck twice by the economic crisis first and then the earthquake, Ecevit said that many efforts have to be exerted in the economic field. Both World Bank and IMF promised to provide at least 3 billion dollars of aid to meet the needs of earthquake surviviors in Turkey, he added. ''Our military and political relations with the U.S. are very advanced, but our economic relations are weak,'' said Premier Ecevit, adding the trade volume between the two countries was only 6.3 billion dollars in 1997, this number didn't change in 1998 and it decreased by 29.3 percent in the first half of 1999. ''This upsets us very much. You, our citizens in the U.S., should try to orient American investors to Turkey,'' he said. Pointing out that Turkey is one of the most important countries of the world in respect of historical and natural sightseeings, Ecevit said that 9-10 million tourists come to Turkey annually, but only 5 percent of them is American. Speculations such as ''There is terrorism in Turkey'' are spread and tourists who want to visit Turkey are deterred, said Ecevit, calling on Turkish citizens in the U.S. by saying ''Aegean and Mediterranean are among the safest regions of the world. Please encourage our American friends to come to Turkey.'' Referring to the damage Turkey suffered due to the embargo imposed on Iraq after the Gulf Crisis, Ecevit said that Turkey lost 30-35 billion dollars in eight years. ''Opportunity has been given to Jordan to compensate that, but this opportunity was not given to Turkey,'' he added. Stressing that Turkey is a country which makes the biggest contribution to the policy pursued by the U.S., Ecevit said Turkey also suffers from great damage due to the same reason, adding he told about this injustice to U.S. President Bill Clinton. Premier Ecevit was applauded frequently during his speech. After Ecevit's speech, Ali Sencer, the Chairman of the Federation of American-Turkish Cypriot Associations gave a plate to Ecevit for the 25th anniversary of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' (TRNC) gaining freedom.
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-03 [10] RADIKAL (LEFT) - --------------- FRIENDSHIP WILL BE TILL BAF A crisis may erupt if a plane lands Baf in Greek-Greek Cypriot joint manoeuvres. The expectation that friendship winds which blow between Turkey and Greece will bring ''tranquility'' to the Aegean, will be in vain. Ankara says ''everything depends on Athens.'' ''Toksotis'' military exercise of Greece which was planned to take place in the Mediterranean, and ''Nikiforos'' military exercise of Greek Cypriots will be jointed on October 5. It is reported that Greek planes will land Baf Base in southern Cyprus for supplying. Ankara is absolutely opposed to the landings even if for supplying.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-03 [14] CYPRUS SUPPORT FROM OIC Foreign Ministers of Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) said they were together with Turkish Cypriots and that they wanted a fair solution.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-03 [15] ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE) - -------------------- ECEVIT RETURNS FROM U.S. OPTIMISTIC Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit who returned from a five day visit to the U.S. returned home very optimistic. Ecevit described his contacts with Clinton as fruitful and said ''his visit showed once again that Turkey and the U.S. are strategic partners''. The U.S. will increase Turkey's textile quotas 108 million U.S. dollars, Ecevit said and also noted that the U.S. adopted a more realistic approach on the Cyprus issues.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-02 [04] S-300's TO BE USED FOR THE FIRST TIME The S-300's missile system deployed in Crete will be used for the first time on Saturday during Nikiforos operation by the Greek Cypriot National Protection Army and Greek Armed Forces. S-300's will provide effective protection for Greek war planes in the operation which will be organized in Cyprus, Greek Cypriot newspapers said .
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-02 [08] CUMHURIYET (LEFT) - ---------------- ECEVIT MEETS WITH ANNAN, THE U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit talked Cyprus issue with Kofi Annan, the U.N. Secretary General in New York. Ecevit said Annan's term of office was a ''chance for the world''. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem pointed out that Turkey's determination on Cyprus issue was understood. Cem said ''nothing can be done in Cyprus ignoring our sensitivity in Cyprus.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-02 [17] ANKARA, October 2 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Saturday that his official visit to the U.S., which took place upon the invitation of Bill Clinton, the U.S. President, was very positive, adding that ''this visit once again showed that Turkey and the U.S. are strategical partners.'' Addressing a news conference in Ankara's Esenboga Airport, Ecevit briefed about his visit to the U.S. Noting that his five- day official visit to the U.S. was very positive and that he held a very fruitful meeting with Clinton, Ecevit said ''we have talked in a friendly and sincere atmosphere that suits to two allies. We have discussed many issues. We have thanked to them due to the support they extended following the massive quake.'' Ecevit said ''we have agreed to strengthen both economical and political relations.'' He said ''providing 108 million U.S. dollar increase for two years in textile quotas given to Turkey can be a positive development. Also, trade and investment agreement was signed. This agreement has a quality to create a basis that can realize many concrete projects. Willingness of the U.S. President to sent a group of businessmen to search for the investment facilities in Southeastern Anatolia region is pleasing for us.'' Pointing out the Bill Clinton, the U.S. President, reiterated his full support to Baku-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline project, Ecevit said they found appropriate to increase cooperation on Caspian passing Natural Gas Pipeline Project. Ecevit said Clinton continued to support Turkey's membership to the EU in an active way, noting that ''the U.S. President once again pointed out that he supports our views regarding European Defense and Security Identity.'' Ecevit said ''we have exchanged views with Clinton on regional issues like Kosovo'', adding that they have stressed the contribution of Turkish-U.S. cooperation in solution of regional conflicts. Ecevit said the U.S. President Clinton felt pleasure over the improvement in Turkish-Greek relations. Ecevit said they have seen Clinton and the U.S. administration in a more realistic manner that is forwarded to understand the views of Turkish Cypriots. Statement issued by the U.S. side which pointed out that there could be no return to the status quo on Cyprus to the pre-1974 period was a realistic approach. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit pointed out that during his meeting with Al Gore, the U.S. Vice President, oil and natural gas pipelines were discussed and added that they also took up development in the Caucasia. Noting that he held separate meetings with the administrators of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ecevit said ''we have seen that economic reforms covered by our country were welcomed. It is clear that our fruitful cooperation with these institutions will continue increasingly.'' Ecevit also said he held various meetings with Senate and Congress members, press representatives, businessmen as well as Turkish community in the U.S. that forms a friendship bridge between the two countries. Ecevit said statements of two senators, during one of these meetings, created reaction in the press and public, adding that ''these two people are spokesmen and militants of Greek Cypriot lobby so far. I think, it will be wrong to evaluate the inconvenient views of these people as the views of Senate or the Representatives Assembly.'' PM Ecevit pointed out that the reforms which Turkey initiated in economic and political field increased the support of the U.S. to Turkey, adding that ''I have seen that fruitful studies of our coalition government and its consistent attitudes created appreciation. This was always stressed during the meetings we have attended. I have also seen that harmonized studies of the Parliament increased respect to a great extend.'' Noting that this visit once again proved that Turkey and the U.S. were two strategical partners, Ecevit said ''our visit prepared base of close cooperation with our important ally. This was a positive and fruitful visit. I am happy to return to home with a positive impression.'' When a journalist asked the contents of the meeting he held with Kofi Annan, the U.N. Secretary General, Ecevit said Annan was an understanding and constructive person. He said ''it was a very beneficial meeting. His interest to Cyprus question was natural, moreover, this should be seen as a guarantee. Because he is a very understanding and positive person.'' Responding to a question about his meeting with Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State and Kissinger's point of view towards Cyprus question, Ecevit said Turkey announced its views regarding Cyprus issue to the world public ''yet, we have seen that our views to this end are evaluated in a gradually understanding way in the world.'' Devlet Bahceli, Deputy Prime Minister, Cumhur Ersumer, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, and Ahmet Kenan Tanrikulu, Minister of Industry and Trade, also participated in the news conference.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-02 [18] MOSES, CLINTON'S CYPRUS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE TO VISIT ANKARA AND ATHENS NEXT WEEK
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-02 [19] WASHINGTON, D.C October 2 (A.A) - Ahmet Erdengiz, the Washington, D.C. Representative of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said he hoped Alfred Moses, Clinton's Special Cyprus Representative, would return to the U.S. realizing that there was no favorable grounds to call for a meeting between the Greek and Turkish side of the Cyprus, following his contacts in Ankara and Athens next week. Erdengiz told A.A that Moses' visits are important because the the U.N. Secretary General will invite both sides according to the results of the report prepared by Moses after his visits. ''First the necessary grounds should be formed, later meetings can start between the two states,'' Erdengiz said. Despite the attitude of the Turkish side, the U.N. Secretary General called on two sides for a meeting, Erdengiz noted and said ignoring realities would not be good. The U.S. wants to understand the situation in Cyprus very well, and acts cautiously by sending Moses the the island, he said and added that ''he hoped Moses would stop a negative move that might occur''.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-04 [06] PAPANDREU: "HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO SOLVE CYPRUS PROBLEM"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-04 [10] SECOND EURASIAN ECONOMIC SUMMIT
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-01 [02] NEW YORK, Oct 1 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit stays in a hotel in New York, the U.S. in which an assassination attempt was staged against him 23 years ago, it was reported on Friday. Prime Minister Ecevit and his wife Rahsan Ecevit settled in Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York after wrapping up his contacts in Washington D.C. A Greek Cypriot fanatic tried to kill Ecevit in Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York he came after taking the decision of intervening on Cyprus in 1974 to prevent genocide attempt of Greek Cypriots on the Turkish society living on the island. Stavro Sykoperides, the cashier of the hotel, attempted to assassinate Ecevit and it was found out that he was member of the Greek Cypriot terrorist organization EOKA-B. The bullet hadn't hit Ecevit but created panic in the hotel. Turkish and American intelligence services took extraordinary security measures in the floor where Ecevit and his wife stay.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-01 [04] NEW YORK, Oct 1 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit met with representatives of Jewish associations as his first contact in New York, it was reported on Friday. After receiving representatives of Jewish associations in his hotel room, Ecevit said ''Jews are ready to extend all kinds of help regarding the problems Turkey face.'' Issuing a statement after the meeting which lasted for 45 minutes, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said ''it was a very friendly meeting. They help us in all issues and they asked how could they help us from now on. It was a very beneficial meeting.'' ''How will they help?'' asked journalists to Ecevit who replied that ''we have economic problems and problems about military cooperation. They told me that they would help us within the framework of their own understanding about our problems. Besides we know that they collected a great amount of money for the earthquake survivors in Turkey.'' Upon another question, Ecevit said ''I reiterated our own views about the Cyprus question,'' without giving any details. Meanwhile it was reported that an institution namely ''American Jewish World Service'' (AJWS) has collected 900,000 dollars for earthquake survivors in Turkey till today. Ruth Messinger, the Chairman of AJWS was among the representatives of Jewish institutions who came together with Premier Ecevit today. AJWS noted in a statement that they would construct an ''Israeli village'' for survivors in Turkey. 25 temporary huts out of 525 ones which were planned for 2000 people, will be constructed by using 175,000 dollars. The project foresees construction of a school, one clinic and road in addition to the huts. The construction of the Israeli village is likely to be completed at the end of October. Meanwhile Jewish institutions will give 11,000 dollars for trauma traning center in which earthquake victims will be treated. Jewish societies will also give 125,000 dollars for the project that foresees psychological treatment of women and children. A tent city that is resistant to winter will be built in Adapazarı province of Turkey that will shelter 18,000 people during winter by 300,000 dollars that will be provided by AJWS. Kitchens, toilets, showers, one school and one clinic will be in this tent city.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-01 [06] NEW YORK, Oct 1 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, who is currently in New York, met with Kofi Annan, the U.N. Secretary General, it was reported on Friday. Speaking to journalists after his half an hour meeting with Annan, Ecevit said that ''Kofi Annan's being the U.N. Secretary General is a chance for our world. I explained my views about Cyprus question to him and wished him success.'' Upon a question, Premier Ecevit said ''he asked my views about the Cyprus question, and I told him my views, which you know.'' ''Will Kofi Annan appoint a special envoy and start shuttle diplomacy between the two sides on the island?'' asked journalists to Ecevit who replied that ''we'll see it in time.'' Meanwhile the U.N. Press Office said that ''the recent earthquake disaster in Turkey, Cyprus negotiations and the situation in Iraq'' were taken up in Ecevit-Annan meeting.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-01 [08] NEW YORK, Oct 1 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Friday that the U.S. is a world state and at the same time the most powerful state of the world, adding ''Turkey now opens to whole world by the power it gets from its democratic secular republic, its history and its people.'' Ecevit stated that Turkey's military and political relations with the U.S. are very advanced, but its economic relatkions are weak. Ecevit, who is currently in New York, participated in the meeting held by the Federation of Turkish-American Associations. Rahsan Ecevit, the wife of Premier Ecevit, Cumhur Ersumer, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister and several deputies also participated in the meeting. Addressing the meeting Ata Erim, the Chairman of the Federation, said that Turks living in the U.S. started an aid campaign due to the earthquake disaster in Turkey and 1.5 million dollars which was collected was sent to Turkey. Noting that they launch efforts to form an effective lobby in the U.S., Erim pointed out that they are behind lobbies of other countries regarding activities. Referring to dual citizenship, Erim said that the support of Turkey to the Federation of American-Turkish Associations should strengthen. ''We are devoted to our national values, principles and reforms of Ataturk and democratic republic, '' Erim said. Ata Erim also gave a plate to Premier Bulent Ecevit as he was chosen by the Federation as the ''Statesman of the Year.'' Premier Bulent Ecevit said in his part that the U.S. President Bill Clinton was the first President who phoned him after the formation of the 57th government and this showed the interest and trust of the U.S. in Turkey. Noting that they took up all world issues during his meeting with U.S. President Clinton, Premier Ecevit pointed out that ''we discussed all problems of the world in our meeting. It was a very useful and friendly meeting. Thus I explained clearly our expectations from the U.S. to Mr. Clinton and his friends.'' Addressing the people in the meeting, Ecevit said ''I wish you to remain as our citizens, but at the same time the citizens of this friendly country. There is no obstacle for that in our Constitution and laws. Those who want to benefit from dual citizenship or who want to leave Turkish citizenship, have to inform the state about it and get permission. But Merve Kavakcı didn't abide with that.'' Noting that a framework-agreement was signed between the U.S. and Turkey for improvement of economic and commercial relations, Ecevit said the negotiations held to increase textile quotas were concluded. Recalling that a quota of 108 billion dollars in two years was accepted, Ecevit pointed out that Clinton and he reached full consensus about the issues of Baku-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline and Caspian Basin Pipelines. Issues such as relations with the EU, Bosnia, Kosovo, Turkish-Greek relations and Cyprus issue were taken up in his meeting with Clinton, said Premier Ecevit, adding they reached a consensus of opinion with Clinton regarding the unacceptability of a solution which creates a situation on Cyprus which is similar to the one in pre-1974 period. Stressing that there was genocide, injustice, unequality and slavery on Cyprus before 1974, Ecevit said that ''Turkey and Turkish Cypriots also can't accept a solution which will carry the island to pre-1974 period.'' Ecevit said that the Turkish nation is grateful for the aid provided by Turks living in the U.S. and by Americans, adding tents given to citizens whose houses collapsed in the quake are not solution and they examine examples of prefabricated huts from all over the world. ''I hope this problem will end till November,'' said Ecevit, adding sources have been allocated to make the necessary aid to earthquake survivors. Stressing that thousands of permanent houses have to be built in the disaster region, Ecevit said that chosing the place where they will be built is very important.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-01 [10] NEW YORK, Oct 1 (A.A) - Premier Bulent Ecevit said on Friday that the government in Turkey works in full harmony and in such a speed which was not seen in Turkish political life before. Addressing the meeting held by the Federation of Turkish-American Associations in New York, Premier Ecevit said that the goverment made the parliament pass 67 laws and constitutional changes in a short period of time, ''many of them are laws having the character of reform,'' he added. Ecevit gave information about the laws adopted and when he mentioned the law that will give opportunity to release of writers from prisons, persons in the hall applauded him. Noting that the Turkish economy was struck twice by the economic crisis first and then the earthquake, Ecevit said that many efforts have to be exerted in the economic field. Both World Bank and IMF promised to provide at least 3 billion dollars of aid to meet the needs of earthquake surviviors in Turkey, he added. ''Our military and political relations with the U.S. are very advanced, but our economic relations are weak,'' said Premier Ecevit, adding the trade volume between the two countries was only 6.3 billion dollars in 1997, this number didn't change in 1998 and it decreased by 29.3 percent in the first half of 1999. ''This upsets us very much. You, our citizens in the U.S., should try to orient American investors to Turkey,'' he said. Pointing out that Turkey is one of the most important countries of the world in respect of historical and natural sightseeings, Ecevit said that 9-10 million tourists come to Turkey annually, but only 5 percent of them is American. Speculations such as ''There is terrorism in Turkey'' are spread and tourists who want to visit Turkey are deterred, said Ecevit, calling on Turkish citizens in the U.S. by saying ''Aegean and Mediterranean are among the safest regions of the world. Please encourage our American friends to come to Turkey.'' Referring to the damage Turkey suffered due to the embargo imposed on Iraq after the Gulf Crisis, Ecevit said that Turkey lost 30-35 billion dollars in eight years. ''Opportunity has been given to Jordan to compensate that, but this opportunity was not given to Turkey,'' he added. Stressing that Turkey is a country which makes the biggest contribution to the policy pursued by the U.S., Ecevit said Turkey also suffers from great damage due to the same reason, adding he told about this injustice to U.S. President Bill Clinton. Premier Ecevit was applauded frequently during his speech. After Ecevit's speech, Ali Sencer, the Chairman of the Federation of American-Turkish Cypriot Associations gave a plate to Ecevit for the 25th anniversary of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' (TRNC) gaining freedom.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-01 [16] LEFKOSA, Oct 1 (A.A) - The new legislative year in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) started on Friday. Rauf Denktas, TRNC President, Sukru Sariisik, the Turkish Cypriot Peace Forces Commander, Ertugrul Apakan, Turkey's Ambassador to Lefkosa, and Ali Nihat Ozeryanli, TRNC Security Forces Commander, participated in the opening session of the TRNC parliament. Ertugrul Hasipoglu, TRNC Parliament Speaker, said that the republic develops day by day and that the TRNC constitution should be rearranged in accordance with today's conditions. Dervis Eroglu, TRNC Prime Minister, said that the foreign policy will be in the first place of the agenda of the new legislative year; adding that the fair and lasting solution on Cyprus can only be reached when the two sides are considered equal. Emphasizing that Premier Bulent Ecevit told Bill Clinton, U.S. President, that Turkey cannot make a concession about the sovereignty of the Turkish Cypriots one more time, Eroglu noted that they find the approach saying, ''there will not be a return to the days before 1974 on Cyprus'' positive. Eroglu added that Turkey will not give up her guarantorship on Cyprus.

Tuesday, 5 October 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [03] HURRIYET (LIBERAL) - ------------------ ''OUR RELATIONS TO BLOSSOM'' Greek Foreign Minister Yorgo Papandreu, who is in Turkey said in his speech which he dedicated to earthquake survivors in Turkey that ''our relations will blossom soon.'' ''EU membership is a process; democracy, progress in human rights, economic and political reforms are necessary for it. We will be vanguard for your full membership to the EU. There are politicians in both Turkey and Greece who founded their political career on hostility. Turkey, which we couldn't determine her targets, is an element of threat on Cyprus. Premier Bulent Ecevit's statement saying that Turkey does not have territorial claims in Aegean are positive. The active participation of international actors for security in Aegean is necessary,'' the guest foreign minister said.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [10] A TOTAL OF 14,837 FOREIGNERS CAPTURED IN 10 MONTHS A total of 14,837 illegal immigrants were captured in ten months in Edirne province, as they were tying to proceed to Greece illegally. Officials at the Edirne Security Department said that most of them were brought to the region in return of money. Iraqis and Iranians are the highest in number who want to pass the border. RADIKAL (LEFT) - --------------- ONE TONE OF HEROIN CONFISCATED Security officials confiscated one tone of heroin having a market price of nearly 20 trillion Turkish Liras (TL), which was hidden in in a lorry loaded with garlics, at the Gurbulak Border Gate in Turkish-Iranian border. Lutfi Yigenoglu, Agri Governor, said that Mehmet Ali Ozlent, driver of the lorry, was taken into custody in connection with the incident.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [19] ANKARA, Oct 4 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Sunday, ''Cyprus question is not a matter between Turkey and the U.S., between Turkey and the European Union (EU), and between Turkey and Greece. And it should not be.'' Addressing a television programme named ''Pulse of Politics'' on the state-run TRT-1 channel, President Demirel said, ''Cyprus question cannot be solved without taking into consideration the de facto situation on the island. There are two nations, and two states on Cyprus. One of them is not the state of whole island. If the world recognizes the Southern Cyprus as the state of whole island, this will be a great mistake. Cyprus question cannot be solved without recognizing the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).'' Demirel noted, ''We approach to the end of the 20th century. One of the most important events in the 20th century was foundation of the Republic of Turkey. After the Ottoman Empire collapsed, the Republic of Turkey was founded by the genius, heroism and great statesmanship of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Turkey had a population of 13 million, 80 percent of it had been farmers. There were no factories, electricity, telephone lines, or tractors. Nearly 10 thousand teachers had educated more than 300 thousand children. Now, Turkey has 600 thousand teachers and 15 million students. There was only one university in those days. Turkey has 72 universities in 1999. Turkey's population increased up to 65 million. Turkey became the 16th country having one of the biggest economies in the world. Her gross domestic production climbed to 400 billion U.S. dollars. Turkey has become an industrialized country in 75 years. She has begun to export industrial products to 135 countries. How can you dare to say that Turkey has done nothing? This is nothing but a denial.'' Pointing out that Turkey has become a world state, President Demirel recalled that Turkey was one of ten great economies in the world according to the U.S. Commerce Department's data. President Demirel said, ''Turkey has been a member of the NATO for 50 years. We have close relations with the EU, Eurasia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Russia. Having regard to Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Balkans, and the Middle East peace process, we are one of the most leading countries. We have been associate member of the EU since 1963. We are a full member of the Customs Union. We are selling 70 percent of products to the EU countries. Turkey will continue to further develop in coming years.'' ''Turkey has been struggling against terrorism for 15 years. There is not a second country struggling against terrorism within democracy. Those who were involved in terrorism, are aware of the fact that it is not possible to cope with Turkey. They aim at setting at loggerheads among the Turkish people. But they could not trick our people. We have plenty of things to do. As we approach to the 21st century, we must become more operational, and more transparent. We must purify ourselves from all bribes, and misuses,'' Demirel added. Evaluating Prime Minister Bilent Ecevit's official visit to the U.S., Demirel described the U.S. as one the best friends of Turkey. Stressing that Prime Minister Ecevit's visit to the U.S. was very successful, Demirel said that the U.S. extended full support to Turkey on the issues of membership to the EU, struggle against terrorism, economy, energy, and the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline project.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [20] PAPANDREU, GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS FENER GREEK ORTHODOX PATRIARCHATE: - ''WE WISH SOLUTION OF PROBLEMS BETWEEN TURKEY AND GREECE, WE EXERT EFFORTS TO THIS END''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [21] ISTANBUL, Oct 4 (A.A) - Yorgo Papandreu, the Greek Foreign Minister visited Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul and met with Patriarch I. Bartolomeos on Monday. Visiting the Patriarchate in Balat district of Istanbul in the morning, Papandreu prayed in the Patriarchate church. Papandreu told I. Bartolomeos that he brought the best wishes of Costas Simitis, the Greek Prime Minister to him, adding ''we wish solution of problems between Turkey and Greece like you and we launch efforts to this end. Certainly there are problems between the two countries. But we have to launch efforts to install peace in the region and for friendship and peace of peoples, by the good will and patience of the both sides.'' ''We hope that the recent positive atmosphere and climate between Turkey and Greece to be permanent and long term,'' said the Patriarch I. Bartolomeos in his part. Noting that this positive atmosphere between the two countries will also help in overcoming certain problems of the Patriarchate, I. Bartolomeos hoped that cooperation in all fields can be set up between Turkey and Greece. ''We are particularly pleased about your support to Turkey's membership to the European Union (EU),'' said I. Bartolomeos to Papandreu, adding ''this will not only be to the interest of Turkey and Greece, but to the whole region. Turkey is geographically a European country. But she shouldn't be impeded from membership to the EU as she is a muslim country.'' Meanwhile Papandreu said that he conveyed the problems the patriarchate faces to Turkish officials. Upon these words, I. Bartolomeos requested Papandreu to help in opening the clergy school in Heybeliada, which is closed for 30 years, defending the view that opening this school will also serve the interests of Turkey. Papandreu visited on Sunday the 150 prefabricated huts which were constructed by Greece in Derince hamlet of Izmit province which was devastated by the massive earthquake that hit Marmara region of Turkey on August 17.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [28] ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY'S NEW ACADEMIC YEAR OPENING CEREMONY - PAPANDREU, GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER: ''PEACE WILL BE BROUGHT FOR THE NATIONS IN THE REGION BY PEOPLE''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [29] ISTANBUL, October 4 (A.A) - Yorgo Papandreu, Greek Foreign Minister, participated in the opening ceremony of the new academic year of the Istanbul University on Monday. Papandreu, who gave a lecture during the ceremony, said he will devote all his sources for the peace of Turkish and Greek peoples. Pointing out that he considered peace as a process, Papandreu said ''last point of this process in the Balkans and in the Middle East is peace. Its meaning in Turkish-Greek relations is cooperation and re-rapproachement.'' Noting that politicians may play an important role in peace process, Papandreu said ''many of them helped, we are pleased over this. Yet, Turkish and Greek peoples will be the ones who will do it. There is not so much place for the third people. Even if their intentions are good, their methods can be limited. Peace will be brought for the peoples in the region by people. I am so hopeful about the new generations. The new generations have not experienced tragic incidents of our century.'' The guest minister pointed out that several people defined the things happening in Turkish and Greek relations as ''fairy tale'', adding that this was not so because the things which were experienced were the demands of the two peoples. Papandreu said ''it is the time to venture the impossible'' to this end. Recalling that they begin to study on a dialogue together with Foreign Minister Ismail Cem a few months ago to determine issues of joint interest, the guest minister pointed out that several people called them as ''low diplomacy'' as if cultural heritage and environment were unimportant, yet that he preferred to call it as ''less exciting.'' Noting that Greek shared a vision with its neighbours, Papandreu said ''this vision is the United Southeastern Europe extending from Cyprus to Romania and from Turkey to Bosnia, where the borders are respected and protected and that nobody investigates them.'' Papandreu said ''we will be a nations-family. We will be a bouquet of cultures'', and also noted that ''double standards should not be implemented. For example, Greece will demand for only one standard on the issue of Turkey's membership to the European Union (EU).'' Stressing that several people claimed that ''peace will come by calling for different states for different ethnic groups'', Papandreu said ''I say no to this. Because there is not short ways in our region going to peace. Also, there are not quick and easy ways. European nations and EU are a multi-ethnic structure region and it is proud of this. We, together with Turkey, share the basic principle that borders should not be changed according to minorities. All our efforts should be intensified on preservation of them within the borders they are in. There are two things which I think you will understand. ''Let us break the last Berlin Wall. Let us save Cyprus from this burden. Let us save all of us from this burden.'' Papandreu noted that entrance of Cyprus to EU will be for the benefit of the two communities, adding that Greece believed that Turkey will have a future within EU. He also said it was for Turkey's benefit to be the full member of the most successful, politic and economic regional union. Noting that the definition of security was changed after cold war, Papandreu said security was focused on the factors that were not military. Recalling that Turkey was located in a geography surrounded by Caucasus, the Middle East and the Balkans, Papandreu said Turkey had to face the subsidiary effects of the clashes in the region. Papandreu said to this end, Turkey's decision to follow the way of developed European countries should be applauded, adding that Greece supported Turkey to be a country applying joint values of Europe. Pointing out that European Union (EU) was not a closed ''Christian Club'', Papandreu said on the contrary EU based on mutual reciprocal interests. Noting that there were several practices which should be applied, Papandreu said the countries should create democratic institutions, multinational education, competitive business atmosphere, and free media groups. Greek Foreign Minister also said the countries should be willing to solve the problems within the framework of international laws. Stressing that they wanted Turkey in the EU, Papandreu said ''we want Turkey to share all rights and responsibilities.'' The guest minister said basic word of dialogue developed between the two countries was the ''peoples'', adding that this dialogue will reveal a base on which peoples of the two countries will stand and that this base will rapproach them further more. Papandreu said the ideas will be invalid if they can not be developed by the peoples. Pointing out that search and rescue teams of Turkey and Greece, AKUT and EMAK, broke the concretes which separated the two peoples for years, Papandreu said ''Greek volunteers started working in rubbles in Turkey before us. This is the core of civilian participation and diplomacy.'' Noting that voice of the peoples should be strong, Papandreu said time came for students, professors, universities in Turkey and Greece to play an indispensable role.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [34] FM CEM HOSTS LUNCH IN GREEK FM PAPANDREU'S HONOUR
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [35] ISTANBUL, Oct 4 (A.A) - Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister, hosted an unofficial lunch in the honour of Yorgo Papandreu, the Foreign Minister of Greece, at the Foreign Ministry's Representation in Istanbul on Monday. Speaking to reporters following the lunch which lasted nearly 2.5 hours, Yorgo Papandreu said they had started a process a few months ago, adding, ''this does not mean that we solved the problems. We are in the very beginning of a long process.'' Noting that he had explained Greece's position towards the problems between Turkey and Greece during his contacts in Istanbul, Papandreu said the ways for negotiations, discussions and understanding were opened. Stressing that he thought the understanding between the Turkish and Greek peoples was very important and would constitute the basis for peace, Papandreu defined his visit to Turkey as ''a very fruitful visit''. Responding to a quesiton, Ismail Cem said Turkey and Greece had their own positions towards the Cyprus question, and this was a reality, adding that they were trying to recover the relations between the two countries. Emphasizing that they were trying to take a step in right direction to this end, Cem expressed his pleasure over hosting Greek Foerign Minister Papandreu in Turkey. Stressing that his counterpart and he had held unofficial contacts, Cem said, ''I believe we understood each other better.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [36] VISITS BETWEEN TURKISH-GREEK UNIVERSITIES
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [37] ANKARA, Oct 4 (A.A) - Prof. Dr. Suha Sevuk, the Rector of the Middle East Technical University (ODTU), said on Monday that a group of Turkish rectors would leave for Athens on October 14 upon the invitations of the universities in Greece. Prof. Dr. Sevuk and Prof. Dr. Spyros Kyritsis, the Chairman of the Greek Rectors' Committee, who had attended the opening ceremony of the ODTU's new academic year, staged a joint press briefing at the Congress and Culture Center. Prof. Dr. Sevuk mentioned that important developments had been recorded between the Turkish and Greek universities in last one month in parallel to the recently warming relations between the Turkish and Greek peoples, and a serious rapprochement had started. Prof. Dr. Sevuk said they had talks with the Athens University in accordance with those developments, and as a result of those talks, Prof. Dr. Kyritsis came to Turkey and made a speech at the opening ceremony. Noting that a group of Turkish rectors would leave for Athens on October 14 upon an invitation of the universities in Greece, Prof. Dr. Sevuk said also the university students would pay mutual visits. ''I think that firstly the Greek students will visit Turkey in October, and later the Turkish students will leave for Greece. We will do our utmost to help in this atmosphere of rapprochement and solidarity,'' he said. Prof. Dr. Spyros Kyritsis said the duty of the academicians was to ''try to continue the positive climate'' appeared after the quakes, and the issues beyond this interested the diplomatic and political circles. Prof. Dr. Kyritsis academicians had already good relations, and they would do their best to contribute to the positive atmosphere. Responding to a question, Prof. Dr. Sevuk stressed that The Turkish and Greek governments should put forward a political will for further development of relations between the universities, and the political will should be supported economically. When asked whether some expressions in the Turkish and Greek history books would be removed, Prof. Dr. Kyritsis said the expressions in those books did not affect the feelings of the two peoples, stressing that the negative expressions should be removed. Prof. Dr. Sevuk said, ''history can not be changed but it can be expressed very painstakingly.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [43] ANKARA, Oct 4 (A.A) - The Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the ''Nikiforos'' military exercise staged by Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration, was worrysome concerning the security and stability on Cyprus and in Eastern Mediterranean. Issuing a statement, the Foreign Ministry said, ''Turkey's taking every kind of measure against the military preparations, which constitute a direct threat against the security of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), is very natural.'' Stressing that the military exercise in question, which was staged with the participation of Greek warplanes and military vessels, ran counter to the positive atmosphere that was tried to be formed on Cyprus, the statement said the military exercise in question, which also included attack scenarios against the Turkish side, proved the TRNC's confidence and security concerns on Cyprus to be right. The statement said Turkey hoped the international community would evaluate that negative and provocative development as they should. The Nikiforos military exercise started on October 2 and will continue till October 7.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-05 [03] PAPANDREU RETURNS HOME
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-05 [09] NIKIFOROS EXERCISES
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-05 [22] TURCO-GREEK FRIENDSHIP
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-05 [23] SCHROEDER: "WE ARE LOOKING AT WAYS TOWARDS CANDIDACY"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-05 [31] CONCERT OF FRIENDSHIP
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-05 [37] THERE IS NOTHING NEW ON PAPANDREU -BY DOGAN HEPER (MILLIYET)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-05 [17] Albanian Film Central archives serving European film companies
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 194, 99-10-05 [04] SOME GEORGIAN CLERGY OPPOSE POPE'S PLANNED VISIT
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [03] HURRIYET (LIBERAL) - ------------------ ''OUR RELATIONS TO BLOSSOM'' Greek Foreign Minister Yorgo Papandreu, who is in Turkey said in his speech which he dedicated to earthquake survivors in Turkey that ''our relations will blossom soon.'' ''EU membership is a process; democracy, progress in human rights, economic and political reforms are necessary for it. We will be vanguard for your full membership to the EU. There are politicians in both Turkey and Greece who founded their political career on hostility. Turkey, which we couldn't determine her targets, is an element of threat on Cyprus. Premier Bulent Ecevit's statement saying that Turkey does not have territorial claims in Aegean are positive. The active participation of international actors for security in Aegean is necessary,'' the guest foreign minister said.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [18] PRESIDENT DEMIREL: - ''CYPRUS QUESTION IS NOT A MATTER BETWEEN TURKEY AND THE U.S., AND IT SHOULD NOT BE'' - ''PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT'S VISIT TO THE U.S. WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [19] ANKARA, Oct 4 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Sunday, ''Cyprus question is not a matter between Turkey and the U.S., between Turkey and the European Union (EU), and between Turkey and Greece. And it should not be.'' Addressing a television programme named ''Pulse of Politics'' on the state-run TRT-1 channel, President Demirel said, ''Cyprus question cannot be solved without taking into consideration the de facto situation on the island. There are two nations, and two states on Cyprus. One of them is not the state of whole island. If the world recognizes the Southern Cyprus as the state of whole island, this will be a great mistake. Cyprus question cannot be solved without recognizing the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).'' Demirel noted, ''We approach to the end of the 20th century. One of the most important events in the 20th century was foundation of the Republic of Turkey. After the Ottoman Empire collapsed, the Republic of Turkey was founded by the genius, heroism and great statesmanship of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Turkey had a population of 13 million, 80 percent of it had been farmers. There were no factories, electricity, telephone lines, or tractors. Nearly 10 thousand teachers had educated more than 300 thousand children. Now, Turkey has 600 thousand teachers and 15 million students. There was only one university in those days. Turkey has 72 universities in 1999. Turkey's population increased up to 65 million. Turkey became the 16th country having one of the biggest economies in the world. Her gross domestic production climbed to 400 billion U.S. dollars. Turkey has become an industrialized country in 75 years. She has begun to export industrial products to 135 countries. How can you dare to say that Turkey has done nothing? This is nothing but a denial.'' Pointing out that Turkey has become a world state, President Demirel recalled that Turkey was one of ten great economies in the world according to the U.S. Commerce Department's data. President Demirel said, ''Turkey has been a member of the NATO for 50 years. We have close relations with the EU, Eurasia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Russia. Having regard to Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Balkans, and the Middle East peace process, we are one of the most leading countries. We have been associate member of the EU since 1963. We are a full member of the Customs Union. We are selling 70 percent of products to the EU countries. Turkey will continue to further develop in coming years.'' ''Turkey has been struggling against terrorism for 15 years. There is not a second country struggling against terrorism within democracy. Those who were involved in terrorism, are aware of the fact that it is not possible to cope with Turkey. They aim at setting at loggerheads among the Turkish people. But they could not trick our people. We have plenty of things to do. As we approach to the 21st century, we must become more operational, and more transparent. We must purify ourselves from all bribes, and misuses,'' Demirel added. Evaluating Prime Minister Bilent Ecevit's official visit to the U.S., Demirel described the U.S. as one the best friends of Turkey. Stressing that Prime Minister Ecevit's visit to the U.S. was very successful, Demirel said that the U.S. extended full support to Turkey on the issues of membership to the EU, struggle against terrorism, economy, energy, and the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline project.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [25] ANKARA, October 4 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Monday that he was not so much suprised over the rate of inflation that was disclosed at the weekend, adding that ''its a little high.'' Responding to a question how he evaluated inflation figures of September which was disclosed on Sunday, Ecevit said ''I am not so much suprised, it is a little high. It is known that Turkish economy is going through the narrow straits. The quake also negatively affected this. We will try to recover from now on.'' A journalist recalled that Greek war planes' landing in the Baf Base was in question for suppling within the framework of Greek-Greek Cypriot joint military exercise, and asked if this will affect Turkish- Greek relations negatively, Ecevit said ''I hope Greek planes will not land in Baf. They have not landed in the Base up to this time as far as I know.'' Responding to another question related with (F) type prisons, Ecevit said construction of six prisons are under way to build room type prisons. Ecevit said construction of same type five other prisons will start before the end of this year, adding that arrangements continue to build room system in several other prisons.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [29] ISTANBUL, October 4 (A.A) - Yorgo Papandreu, Greek Foreign Minister, participated in the opening ceremony of the new academic year of the Istanbul University on Monday. Papandreu, who gave a lecture during the ceremony, said he will devote all his sources for the peace of Turkish and Greek peoples. Pointing out that he considered peace as a process, Papandreu said ''last point of this process in the Balkans and in the Middle East is peace. Its meaning in Turkish-Greek relations is cooperation and re-rapproachement.'' Noting that politicians may play an important role in peace process, Papandreu said ''many of them helped, we are pleased over this. Yet, Turkish and Greek peoples will be the ones who will do it. There is not so much place for the third people. Even if their intentions are good, their methods can be limited. Peace will be brought for the peoples in the region by people. I am so hopeful about the new generations. The new generations have not experienced tragic incidents of our century.'' The guest minister pointed out that several people defined the things happening in Turkish and Greek relations as ''fairy tale'', adding that this was not so because the things which were experienced were the demands of the two peoples. Papandreu said ''it is the time to venture the impossible'' to this end. Recalling that they begin to study on a dialogue together with Foreign Minister Ismail Cem a few months ago to determine issues of joint interest, the guest minister pointed out that several people called them as ''low diplomacy'' as if cultural heritage and environment were unimportant, yet that he preferred to call it as ''less exciting.'' Noting that Greek shared a vision with its neighbours, Papandreu said ''this vision is the United Southeastern Europe extending from Cyprus to Romania and from Turkey to Bosnia, where the borders are respected and protected and that nobody investigates them.'' Papandreu said ''we will be a nations-family. We will be a bouquet of cultures'', and also noted that ''double standards should not be implemented. For example, Greece will demand for only one standard on the issue of Turkey's membership to the European Union (EU).'' Stressing that several people claimed that ''peace will come by calling for different states for different ethnic groups'', Papandreu said ''I say no to this. Because there is not short ways in our region going to peace. Also, there are not quick and easy ways. European nations and EU are a multi-ethnic structure region and it is proud of this. We, together with Turkey, share the basic principle that borders should not be changed according to minorities. All our efforts should be intensified on preservation of them within the borders they are in. There are two things which I think you will understand. ''Let us break the last Berlin Wall. Let us save Cyprus from this burden. Let us save all of us from this burden.'' Papandreu noted that entrance of Cyprus to EU will be for the benefit of the two communities, adding that Greece believed that Turkey will have a future within EU. He also said it was for Turkey's benefit to be the full member of the most successful, politic and economic regional union. Noting that the definition of security was changed after cold war, Papandreu said security was focused on the factors that were not military. Recalling that Turkey was located in a geography surrounded by Caucasus, the Middle East and the Balkans, Papandreu said Turkey had to face the subsidiary effects of the clashes in the region. Papandreu said to this end, Turkey's decision to follow the way of developed European countries should be applauded, adding that Greece supported Turkey to be a country applying joint values of Europe. Pointing out that European Union (EU) was not a closed ''Christian Club'', Papandreu said on the contrary EU based on mutual reciprocal interests. Noting that there were several practices which should be applied, Papandreu said the countries should create democratic institutions, multinational education, competitive business atmosphere, and free media groups. Greek Foreign Minister also said the countries should be willing to solve the problems within the framework of international laws. Stressing that they wanted Turkey in the EU, Papandreu said ''we want Turkey to share all rights and responsibilities.'' The guest minister said basic word of dialogue developed between the two countries was the ''peoples'', adding that this dialogue will reveal a base on which peoples of the two countries will stand and that this base will rapproach them further more. Papandreu said the ideas will be invalid if they can not be developed by the peoples. Pointing out that search and rescue teams of Turkey and Greece, AKUT and EMAK, broke the concretes which separated the two peoples for years, Papandreu said ''Greek volunteers started working in rubbles in Turkey before us. This is the core of civilian participation and diplomacy.'' Noting that voice of the peoples should be strong, Papandreu said time came for students, professors, universities in Turkey and Greece to play an indispensable role.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [35] ISTANBUL, Oct 4 (A.A) - Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister, hosted an unofficial lunch in the honour of Yorgo Papandreu, the Foreign Minister of Greece, at the Foreign Ministry's Representation in Istanbul on Monday. Speaking to reporters following the lunch which lasted nearly 2.5 hours, Yorgo Papandreu said they had started a process a few months ago, adding, ''this does not mean that we solved the problems. We are in the very beginning of a long process.'' Noting that he had explained Greece's position towards the problems between Turkey and Greece during his contacts in Istanbul, Papandreu said the ways for negotiations, discussions and understanding were opened. Stressing that he thought the understanding between the Turkish and Greek peoples was very important and would constitute the basis for peace, Papandreu defined his visit to Turkey as ''a very fruitful visit''. Responding to a quesiton, Ismail Cem said Turkey and Greece had their own positions towards the Cyprus question, and this was a reality, adding that they were trying to recover the relations between the two countries. Emphasizing that they were trying to take a step in right direction to this end, Cem expressed his pleasure over hosting Greek Foerign Minister Papandreu in Turkey. Stressing that his counterpart and he had held unofficial contacts, Cem said, ''I believe we understood each other better.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [43] ANKARA, Oct 4 (A.A) - The Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the ''Nikiforos'' military exercise staged by Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration, was worrysome concerning the security and stability on Cyprus and in Eastern Mediterranean. Issuing a statement, the Foreign Ministry said, ''Turkey's taking every kind of measure against the military preparations, which constitute a direct threat against the security of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), is very natural.'' Stressing that the military exercise in question, which was staged with the participation of Greek warplanes and military vessels, ran counter to the positive atmosphere that was tried to be formed on Cyprus, the statement said the military exercise in question, which also included attack scenarios against the Turkish side, proved the TRNC's confidence and security concerns on Cyprus to be right. The statement said Turkey hoped the international community would evaluate that negative and provocative development as they should. The Nikiforos military exercise started on October 2 and will continue till October 7.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-05 [02] LEADERS SUMMIT
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-05 [09] NIKIFOROS EXERCISES
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-05 [15] 'NO COMPROMISE ON CYPRUS'
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-05 [25] ERTUGRULOGLU REJECTS CAMP DAVID-STYLE TALKS
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-04 [19] ANKARA, Oct 4 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Sunday, ''Cyprus question is not a matter between Turkey and the U.S., between Turkey and the European Union (EU), and between Turkey and Greece. And it should not be.'' Addressing a television programme named ''Pulse of Politics'' on the state-run TRT-1 channel, President Demirel said, ''Cyprus question cannot be solved without taking into consideration the de facto situation on the island. There are two nations, and two states on Cyprus. One of them is not the state of whole island. If the world recognizes the Southern Cyprus as the state of whole island, this will be a great mistake. Cyprus question cannot be solved without recognizing the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).'' Demirel noted, ''We approach to the end of the 20th century. One of the most important events in the 20th century was foundation of the Republic of Turkey. After the Ottoman Empire collapsed, the Republic of Turkey was founded by the genius, heroism and great statesmanship of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Turkey had a population of 13 million, 80 percent of it had been farmers. There were no factories, electricity, telephone lines, or tractors. Nearly 10 thousand teachers had educated more than 300 thousand children. Now, Turkey has 600 thousand teachers and 15 million students. There was only one university in those days. Turkey has 72 universities in 1999. Turkey's population increased up to 65 million. Turkey became the 16th country having one of the biggest economies in the world. Her gross domestic production climbed to 400 billion U.S. dollars. Turkey has become an industrialized country in 75 years. She has begun to export industrial products to 135 countries. How can you dare to say that Turkey has done nothing? This is nothing but a denial.'' Pointing out that Turkey has become a world state, President Demirel recalled that Turkey was one of ten great economies in the world according to the U.S. Commerce Department's data. President Demirel said, ''Turkey has been a member of the NATO for 50 years. We have close relations with the EU, Eurasia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Russia. Having regard to Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Balkans, and the Middle East peace process, we are one of the most leading countries. We have been associate member of the EU since 1963. We are a full member of the Customs Union. We are selling 70 percent of products to the EU countries. Turkey will continue to further develop in coming years.'' ''Turkey has been struggling against terrorism for 15 years. There is not a second country struggling against terrorism within democracy. Those who were involved in terrorism, are aware of the fact that it is not possible to cope with Turkey. They aim at setting at loggerheads among the Turkish people. But they could not trick our people. We have plenty of things to do. As we approach to the 21st century, we must become more operational, and more transparent. We must purify ourselves from all bribes, and misuses,'' Demirel added. Evaluating Prime Minister Bilent Ecevit's official visit to the U.S., Demirel described the U.S. as one the best friends of Turkey. Stressing that Prime Minister Ecevit's visit to the U.S. was very successful, Demirel said that the U.S. extended full support to Turkey on the issues of membership to the EU, struggle against terrorism, economy, energy, and the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline project.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-05 [07] Book "Pjeter Bogdani, letter and documents" presented in Prishtine
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-05 [08] Albanian President sends message to NATO Secretary General Solana
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-05 [11] Order improves North of Albania - Arens
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-05 [24] Italian-Albanian relations to be institutionalised further
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-05 [27] One killed, several wounded in clashes in Mitrovice
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 194, 99-10-05 [17] SERBIA FREES 54 KOSOVAR PRISONERS
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 194, 99-10-05 [18] NATO PEACEKEEPERS REMOVE BARRICADES IN KOSOVAR TOWN
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 194, 99-10-05 [19] KFOR SPOKESMAN CRITICIZES THACI

Wednesday, 6 October 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-06 [01] SERBIAN MOVIE BY PHILIP SMUCKER (BELGRADE)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-06 [05] Morine customs office to be reconstructed
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-06 [07] Investments in health service in Kukes
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-06 [12] Swedish lawyer ends mission to Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-06 [17] Transitional Council discusses security issues in Kosova
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-06 [25] Albania ready to further consolidate relations with Italy
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 195, 99-10-06 [14] ONE DEAD, SEVERAL INJURED AFTER CLASH IN DIVIDED KOSOVAR
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 195, 99-10-06 [15] UCK PRESS ORGAN ACCUSES KOSOVAR PUBLISHER OF SPYING
Articles about Greece
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #126, 99-10-05
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-06 [05] SIMITIS: "POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE PREVAILS IN TURCO-GREEK RELATIONS"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-06 [06] FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN MILITARY OFFICIALS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-06 [17] GREEKS PREFER FRIENDSHIP WITH TURKS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-06 [21] U.S. ENCOURAGED BY FURTHER CONTACT BETWEEN TURKEY AND GREECE
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-06 [27] MOSES SEEKING FORMULA ACCEPTABLE TO DENKTAS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-05 [12] RADIKAL (LEFT) - --------------- ''WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT COULD HAPPEN'' There were ''war screams'' in the Aegean six months ago. It is like a dream... Papandreu, Greek Foreign Minister, addressed the opening ceremony of the new academic year of Istanbul University, and Kyritsis, Chairman of Greek Rectors Committee, gave ''frienship lesson'' to the students of the Middle East Technical University (METU). Turkish-Greek rapproachement, which started with the quake, strengthens everyday with a new message, even it has not turned into concrete steps. Papandreu said ''Aegean will bring us together. Power of our neighbours will be our power. Voice which comes from the Balkans will be heard in the whole world.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-05 [19] Abdullah Aymaz, the Editor-in-Chief of the Zaman newspaper, met with Archbishop Hristodulos of Greece. Noting that the quakes had warmedthe relations between the Turkish and Greek peoples, the Archbishop said, ''the Turkish and Greek politicians have to act a spokesmen for the two people's feelings, and strengthen the friendship.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-05 [25] WASHINGTON D.C., Oct 5 (A.A) - U.S. President Bill Clinton's newly appointed Special Representative to Cyprus Alfred Moses' visit to the island was postponed to next week, it was reported on Tuesday. Tom Weston, the Cyprus Coordinator of the U.S. State Department, will accompany Moses' tour covering Ankara, Athens and Lefkosa. Meanwhile, a high-level official at the U.S. State Department, said their only aim was to let the leaders of the two sides on Cyprus to sit at the negotiation table in the shortest time-frame without any precondition. The official said he was sure that those talks would absolutely be held. The official stated that the contacts of Moses and Weston would focus on a formula that could be accepted by Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) who opposed to the re-start of negotiations between the leaders of the two communities on Cyprus. Stressing that there was not an American plan for the solution of the Cyprus question, the officials said the role of the U.S. was to accelerate the process. Emphasizing that U.S. President Bill Clinton's statements in his meeting with Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit saying that the there couldn't be a return to the conditions before 1974 had a meaning regarded with ''security'', the official said, ''we are willing to think about the security of all Cypriots and listen to the opinions to be put forward. However, there is not a developed opinion for making security arrangements.'' When asked what kind of a position the U.S. would adopt if the Turkish side rejects to sit at the table without the recognition of ''principle of two states'', the official said, ''we are exerting efforts to prevent the issue from reaching that point. I think we will be successful.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-05 [39] PRESIDENT DEMIREL RECEIVES RECTOR OF ATHENS TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY: - ''WE ARE OBLIGED TO LIVE TOGETHER, WE CANNOT CHANGE THIS FACT''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-05 [40] ANKARA, Oct 5 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Tuesday that Turkey and Greece had to live together. ''Therefore, we must act together for the benefit of our people and our region,'' he added. Demirel received Suha Sevuk, the Rector of the Middle East Technical University (METU), and Prof. Sypros Kyriysiz, the Rector of Athens Technical University. Prof. Kemal Guruz, the President of Higher Education Council also attended the meeting. Recalling the disastrous quakes which hit both Turkey and Greece, President Demirel said the disasters made Turkey and Greece come closer, and added that the two nations should develop relations in every field including science, sports and trade. ''We have to live together, we cannot change this fact. We have to act together for the benefit of our people and our region. We are appreciating this warm atmosphere between the countries. I am hoping that this atmosphere helps us to improve our relations. Our bilateral relations and cooperation will be beneficial for both Turkish and Greek people,'' Demirel said. Prof. Sevuk said he has been invited by the University of Athens, and would be in Athens on October 14. ''We are trying our best to help our diplomats and politicians. Even though we cannot have much influence in politics, we are trying to bring together the academic worlds. I am hoping that this development helps our diplomats to solve the basic problems,'' Sevuk noted. Prof. Syriysiz stated that the latest developments in relations between Turkey and Greece were unplanned. ''And this shows how close we are. We discovered that we are not only neighbours, but we are sisters and brothers,'' he said. Demirel stressed that Turkish politicians never incited hatred against Greek people. ''In this country, politicians never followed a hostile policy against Greek people. Yes, we have problems and most of these problems are old ones. We are trying to bring a solution to them through peaceful ways. I always stressed this: Politicians on the two sides of the Aegean prevented a confrontation. I think politicians of both countries acted very clever and they saw what policy they had to follow for the benefit of their countries. I do not believe that Turkish people carry any hostility in their hearts. We had many contacts including Ataturk and Venezilos, Menderes and Karamanlis. I think we managed to preserve peace between us. We will continue to evaluate problems together. The existing problems are rooted from the history. What we need to do is to learn how to live with these problems. Then, we should discuss how we could solve them for the interest of both Greece and Turkey. In the last 35 years, I talked to your prime ministers and presidents. Our proposal is to solve our problems through diplomatic ways, and we still propose that,'' Demirel explained. ''The former President Turgut Ozal and Papandreu; Mitcotakis and I had very useful contacts. The public opinion in both countries should help their politicians so that the politicians could solve these problems without any public pressure. When you sit at a table, in fact people in the street are sitting at that table. Academicians, scientists and people should cooperate. Now there is a good atmosphere. Foreign Ministers of Turkey and Greece are working to be closer. Mr.Papandreu spoke at the Istanbul University yesterday. He gave a very nice speech. The academicians should also exchange views on scientific and academic issues,'' Demirel concluded.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-05 [53] TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS: ''MANOEUVRE OF GREEK CYPRIOTS IS TO CLEAN NORTHERN CYPRUS FROM ENEMY...ENEMY IS TURKISH CYPRIOTS AND TURKEY''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-05 [58] STRASBOURG, Oct 5 (A.A) - The common recommendary draft resolution prepared by the political groups in European Parliament (EP) didn't mention giving candidacy status to Turkey during Helsinki Summit, it was reported on Tuesday. The recommendations of Liberal and Green groups which want to give candidacy perspective to Turkey were taken out from the common text due to the pressure of Christian Democrats and Socialist groups having a great number of seats in EP. The text only mentions words like ''Turkey is capable of applying for full membership and Turkey's candidacy will contribute a lot to development of the EU and stability and peace in Europe.'' The Liberal and Green groups will submit a change in the draft for giving an open message to Turkey at Helsinki Summit during the voting that will take place on Wednesday. Yet these proposals are not expected to be accepted. The draft stresses that it welcomes the efforts of Turkey to fulfil political and economic criteria of Copenhagen. Recalling that the softening of relations between Turkey and Greece is pleasing, the draft calls on Turkey to continue making reforms in human rights, democracy and contribute to starting of intercommunal talks between the two sides on Cyprus under the auspices of U.N. The draft, which will be discussed by the EP general council on Wednesday, also calls on Turkey not to execute death penalty on Ocalan, the head terrorist and abolish death sentences.
Articles about Cyprus
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #126, 99-10-05
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-06 [21] U.S. ENCOURAGED BY FURTHER CONTACT BETWEEN TURKEY AND GREECE
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-06 [27] MOSES SEEKING FORMULA ACCEPTABLE TO DENKTAS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-06 [29] EDUCATION MINISTER LEAVES FOR TRNC
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-05 [06] PAPANDREU: LET'S BRING DOWN THE WALLS Papandreu, Greek Foreign Minister, addressed the opening ceremony of Istanbul University new academic year, and said ''It is time to dare the impossible. Let us bring down the last remaining Berlin wall. Let us free Cyprus from this burden, free ourselves from this burden.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-05 [09] CUMHURIYET (LEFT) - ---------------- MILITARY EXERCISE FOR OCCUPATION OF TRNC STAGED While Greek Foreign Minister Yorgo Papandreu blew the winds of peace in Istanbul, the Greek Air Forces' warplanes staged the exercise of ''occupying the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)'' in the airspace of Cyprus. It was mentioned that two similar scenarios would be practiced today and tomorrow within the framework of the Nikiforos military exercise which was followed by Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek Cypriot side.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-05 [23] NEW YORK, Oct 5 (A.A) - The foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) decided to hold their first meeting in the year 2000 in Istanbul, it was reported on Tuesday. In accordance with the decision of the OIC foreign ministers, who convened in New York, the meeting will take place in February or March 2000. The OIC foreign ministers decided to hold their 27th regular meeting in Malaysia in June 2000. Diplomatic sources told the A.A correspondent that the major topic of the meeting, which would be hosted by Turkey, would be ''the OIC and the problems to be faced in new period.'' The OIC said that the foreign ministers would review 30-year history of the OIC, and discuss the problems, which would be faced in new period, and opportunities, which would be offered by the new period, in that very important and special meeting in Istanbul. Meanwhile, the OIC foreign ministers, in their final communique, stressed that they strongly supported the rightful case of the Moslem Turkish Cypriots. The foreign ministers called on the Turkish and Greek Cypriots to find a solution through negotiations and accept the equal status of each other.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-05 [24] U.S. PRESIDENT'S SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE TO CYPRUS MOSES' VISIT TO ISLAND POSTPONED NEXT WEEK
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-05 [25] WASHINGTON D.C., Oct 5 (A.A) - U.S. President Bill Clinton's newly appointed Special Representative to Cyprus Alfred Moses' visit to the island was postponed to next week, it was reported on Tuesday. Tom Weston, the Cyprus Coordinator of the U.S. State Department, will accompany Moses' tour covering Ankara, Athens and Lefkosa. Meanwhile, a high-level official at the U.S. State Department, said their only aim was to let the leaders of the two sides on Cyprus to sit at the negotiation table in the shortest time-frame without any precondition. The official said he was sure that those talks would absolutely be held. The official stated that the contacts of Moses and Weston would focus on a formula that could be accepted by Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) who opposed to the re-start of negotiations between the leaders of the two communities on Cyprus. Stressing that there was not an American plan for the solution of the Cyprus question, the officials said the role of the U.S. was to accelerate the process. Emphasizing that U.S. President Bill Clinton's statements in his meeting with Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit saying that the there couldn't be a return to the conditions before 1974 had a meaning regarded with ''security'', the official said, ''we are willing to think about the security of all Cypriots and listen to the opinions to be put forward. However, there is not a developed opinion for making security arrangements.'' When asked what kind of a position the U.S. would adopt if the Turkish side rejects to sit at the table without the recognition of ''principle of two states'', the official said, ''we are exerting efforts to prevent the issue from reaching that point. I think we will be successful.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-05 [42] ISTANBUL, Oct 5 (A.A) - Dervis Eroglu, the Prime Minsiter of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) asked the support of Turkish Republics for the international recognition of TRNC, it was reported on Tuesday. Eroglu spoke at the Second Eurasia Economic Summit, and said they wanted TRNC to be recognized internationally. ''Naturally, first we expect our brothers to recognize us. I think, expecting their support is our national and natural right,'' Eroglu said. ''Cyprus has always been a focus of attention because of its jeostrategical and jeoeconomical location. The new emerging market after the collapse of the Soviet Union further increased this attention. The situation of Cyprus is the concern of all countries and it is very important to be risked. Therefore stability is crucial on the island,'' the TRNC Prime Minister said. Eroglu also stressed that an agreement could only be reached if two states on the island are officially recognized. Yildirim Akbulut, the Speaker of Parliament, who also spoke at the summit said Turkey was the most important window through wich the Turkish Republics can reach out to the world. Turkey is a big country in the region and other sister countries can make use of Turkey's experience, he said. Akbulut added that the integration in the region would bring peace to the world.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-05 [53] TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS: ''MANOEUVRE OF GREEK CYPRIOTS IS TO CLEAN NORTHERN CYPRUS FROM ENEMY...ENEMY IS TURKISH CYPRIOTS AND TURKEY''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-05 [54] LEFKOSA, Oct 5 (A.A) - Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Tuesday he hoped that the ''Nikiforos Manoeuvre'' and the words of Yorgo Papandreu, the Greek Foreign Minister opened the eyes of everybody. Noting that the manoeuvre is to clean Northern Cyprus from enemy, which is the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey, Denktas said Greek Cypriots continue to be armed and try to reach this goal. Denktas said that he is not sorry as he is accused of being uncompromising, because he knows for what Turkish Cypriots struggle, adding ''we protect our freedom and sovereignty, we protect Turkey's rights and guarantorship on Cyprus.'' Noting that he is concerned about the fact that Greek Cypriots want Turkish Cypriots to give up sovereignty and guarantee agreement, Denktas said that ''this is what I am worried about. Indeed I am not uncompromising,'' adding the Turkish Cypriots are not a minority on the island.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-05 [58] STRASBOURG, Oct 5 (A.A) - The common recommendary draft resolution prepared by the political groups in European Parliament (EP) didn't mention giving candidacy status to Turkey during Helsinki Summit, it was reported on Tuesday. The recommendations of Liberal and Green groups which want to give candidacy perspective to Turkey were taken out from the common text due to the pressure of Christian Democrats and Socialist groups having a great number of seats in EP. The text only mentions words like ''Turkey is capable of applying for full membership and Turkey's candidacy will contribute a lot to development of the EU and stability and peace in Europe.'' The Liberal and Green groups will submit a change in the draft for giving an open message to Turkey at Helsinki Summit during the voting that will take place on Wednesday. Yet these proposals are not expected to be accepted. The draft stresses that it welcomes the efforts of Turkey to fulfil political and economic criteria of Copenhagen. Recalling that the softening of relations between Turkey and Greece is pleasing, the draft calls on Turkey to continue making reforms in human rights, democracy and contribute to starting of intercommunal talks between the two sides on Cyprus under the auspices of U.N. The draft, which will be discussed by the EP general council on Wednesday, also calls on Turkey not to execute death penalty on Ocalan, the head terrorist and abolish death sentences.

Thursday, 7 October 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-07 [01] ON THE LINE: WHAT NEXT IN YUGOSLAVIA?
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-07 [02] Vollebaek meets members of Kosova Transitional Council
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-07 [11] Donors estimate the economical situation in Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-07 [13] SECI discusses on priorities of Stability Pact projects
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-07 [17] U.S. General pledges NATO will have a long-term presence in Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-07 [19] NATO, friendliest organization for Albanians
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-07 [20] German Land of Walheim grants 400 000 DM for Elbasan
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 196, 99-10-07 [19] ...AS DOES JACKSON
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 196, 99-10-07 [24] ALBANIA'S MAJKO REJECTS CRITICISM BY PREDECESSOR
Articles about Greece
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-07 [06] TURCO-GREEK RELATIONS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-07 [27] GREEK MEDIA: ECEVIT PLEDGED TO CLINTON
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-06 [05] MILLIYET (LIBERAL) - ----------------- EARTHQUAKE SHAKES MARMARIS A predawn earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale shook Marmaris county of Aegean Mugla province on Tuesday for seven seconds. A total of 103 people were injured. 23 of them broke their legs and arms when they had jumped out from the windows and balconies in panic. One person who has broken his waist jumping from the balcony, is in critical condition.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-06 [12] RADIKAL (LEFT) - --------------- PEACE WINS The ''Nikiforos-Toksotis'' military exercise on Cyprus created concerns that it would overshadow the warming relations between Turkey and Greece but the statements of Akis Tsohatzopoulos, the Greek Defense Minister, relieved the atmosphere and eased the worries. While Turkey is carefully following whether planes will land at the Baf Airbase, the Greek Defense Minister announced that they did not think of landing a plane in Baf.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-06 [32] WORDS OF PAPANDREU, GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER - ATACANLI, FOREIGN MINISTRY DEPUTY SPOKESMAN: ''WE DON'T AGREE WITH CERTAIN EXPRESSIONS USED BY PAPANDREU IN HIS SPEECH''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-06 [33] ANKARA, Oct 6 (A.A) - Sermet Atacanlı, the Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman, said on Wednesday that they don't agree with certain expressions used by Yorgo Papandreu, the Greek Foreign Minister during Taksim meetings about the Cyprus question. Addressing a weekly press briefing, Atacanlı pointed out that they were pleased to see Papandreu once again in Turkey and they hope this visit will contribute positively to relations between the two countries within the framework of the dialogue process. Atacanlı pointed out that the 1974 operation, which aimed to save Turkish Cypriots on Cyprus from massacre, was held within the framework of the rights given by 1960 guarantee agreement to Turkey and Greece, which is also a guarantor state and Greece has to know this well. Atacanlı, the Deputy Spokesman said when evaluating Papandreu's words referring to Turkish Cypriots as minority, that ''Papandreu's describing Turkish nation as a minority is certainly a mistake. Turkish Cypriot nation has never had the status of minority in the history. It is one of the owners of the island and also the equal sovereign founder of the Cyprus Republic in 1960. It is clear that it established the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in 1983 by its own will. These facts have to be known by Greek officials.'' Atacanlı said that Greece's regarding the Cyprus question from a realistic point of view will also help in searches for a common solution on the island.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-06 [39] IGDIR, October 6 (A.A) - Ramazan Mirzaoglu, the State Minister stressed that Turks never committed genocide throughout the history, at the international symposium which started in Igdir on Wednesday. The symposium focuses on Turkish-Armenian relations. Mirzaoglu said he hoped historical realities would be unearthed with the help of objective Turkish and foreign scientists who are participating in the symposium. ''The bones that are found in mass graves belong to the Turks. The mass grave in Hakmehmet village is the most recent example. Armenian, Jewish and Russian minorities enjoyed a free life in the Ottoman Empire. Patriarchates and other places of worship prove this. Unfortunately, imperialist states abused Armenians. They made them form gangs and provoked them against Turks by giving them arms. They rioted but Turks never killed those who rioted,'' he explained. The Minister also pointed out that today Armenians and Jewish people led a happy life in Turkey and continued: ''Armenian and Jewish minorities became the richest groups living in Turkey. These minorities not only live a free life but also make commerce without being exposed to any kind of pressure. How could Armenian and Jewish minorities have become so rich if Turkey oppressed them? We are facing with the biggest betrayal of the century. The Turkish Republic always supports to resolve problems through peaceful ways. Turkey does not want peace only between Turks and Armenians but all around the world.'' Prof. Azmi Suslu, the President of Ataturk Research Center who spoke at the symposium argues that it was Armenians who committed a genocide. Suslu said Armenians massacred one million Turks. ''Turks who live in Van, Mus, Bingol, Igdir and Erzurum have been massacred by Armenians. A U.S. group of parliamentarians also found out that one million Turks have been killed,'' he added. Opening of the graves have been postponed because of respect for the dead, he added. ''Even though it is late, mass graves all around Anatolia will be opened and it will be proven that the Armenians committed a genocide. Our studies on this field continue as long as terrorism, land and compensation discussions continue. We will continue to dig out realities one by one. I hope that the genocide monument in Igdir turns to a research and education center,'' he said. The symposium is attended by scientists from Naxchivan, France, Austria and Italy.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-06 [52] TURKISH, GREEK AND ISRAELI MUSIC TO BE PLAYED AT CHICAGO CONCERT FOR BENEFIT OF QUAKE SURVIVORS
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-07 [04] Soccer: Greece-Albania 2-0 (1-0)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-07 [12] Greek consul promises to help Southern Albania.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-07 [21] Albanian intellectuals meet in Ionnina
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-07 [06] TURCO-GREEK RELATIONS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-07 [14] DENKTAS: "U.S. WANTS A BASE ON CYPRUS"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-07 [25] PAPANDREU'S WORDS CAUSE PROBLEMS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-07 [27] GREEK MEDIA: ECEVIT PLEDGED TO CLINTON
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-06 [12] RADIKAL (LEFT) - --------------- PEACE WINS The ''Nikiforos-Toksotis'' military exercise on Cyprus created concerns that it would overshadow the warming relations between Turkey and Greece but the statements of Akis Tsohatzopoulos, the Greek Defense Minister, relieved the atmosphere and eased the worries. While Turkey is carefully following whether planes will land at the Baf Airbase, the Greek Defense Minister announced that they did not think of landing a plane in Baf.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-06 [33] ANKARA, Oct 6 (A.A) - Sermet Atacanlı, the Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman, said on Wednesday that they don't agree with certain expressions used by Yorgo Papandreu, the Greek Foreign Minister during Taksim meetings about the Cyprus question. Addressing a weekly press briefing, Atacanlı pointed out that they were pleased to see Papandreu once again in Turkey and they hope this visit will contribute positively to relations between the two countries within the framework of the dialogue process. Atacanlı pointed out that the 1974 operation, which aimed to save Turkish Cypriots on Cyprus from massacre, was held within the framework of the rights given by 1960 guarantee agreement to Turkey and Greece, which is also a guarantor state and Greece has to know this well. Atacanlı, the Deputy Spokesman said when evaluating Papandreu's words referring to Turkish Cypriots as minority, that ''Papandreu's describing Turkish nation as a minority is certainly a mistake. Turkish Cypriot nation has never had the status of minority in the history. It is one of the owners of the island and also the equal sovereign founder of the Cyprus Republic in 1960. It is clear that it established the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in 1983 by its own will. These facts have to be known by Greek officials.'' Atacanlı said that Greece's regarding the Cyprus question from a realistic point of view will also help in searches for a common solution on the island.

Friday, 8 October 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-08 [01] K-FOR HANDOVER (L-ONLY) BY LAURIE KASSMAN (PRISTINA)
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 197, 99-10-08 [15] REINHARDT SAYS HE HAS NO IMMEDIATE SOLUTION FOR MITROVICA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 197, 99-10-08 [17] WORLD BANK APPROVES $60 MILLION FOR KOSOVA RECONSTRUCTION
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 197, 99-10-08 [18] U.K. CALLS FOR CRACKDOWN ON KOSOVA MAFIAS
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-08 [14] TÜRKİYE (RIGHT) - ---------------- ECEVIT: ''FULL MEMBERSHIP TO THE EU IS OUR NATURAL RIGHT, BUT WE CANNOT JEOPARDIZE OUR NATIONAL UNITY'' Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said, ''full membership to the European Union (EU) is our natural right, but we cannot jeopardize our national unity for the sake of the EU membership.'' Addressing the group meeting of the DSP, Prime Minister Ecevit referred to his visit to the U.S., and noted that the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have assumed a positive attitude towards Turkey except for two senators who are active members of the Greek Cypriot lobby.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-08 [09] 'LE SOIR': "EUROPE DRAWS CLOSER TO ANKARA"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-08 [13] GREEK-CYPRIOTS: "LET'S TALK FOLLOWING THE SUMMIT"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-08 [22] TURCO-EU RELATIONS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-08 [26] AFTER ECEVIT'S VISIT TO THE U.S. - BY ISMET GIRITLI (TURKIYE)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-07 [09] CUMHURIYET (LEFT) - ---------------- ''WESTERN EUROPE IS RACIST'' Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit pointed out that Turkey's full membership to European Union was its right. Ecevit said when Turkey and Greece are left alone, they can set up extraordinary good relations between them, adding ''they should leave us alone for a certain period of time, so that we can solve problems between us.'' Referring to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) in his speech, Prime Minister Ecevit stated that Cyprus issue is not anymore a problem in respect of Turkey and the TRNC and before the Peace Operation, there was continious fight, genocide and violence in TRNC.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-07 [11] RADIKAL (LEFT) - --------------- MILITARY EXERCISE ENDS WITHOUT A CRISIS Greek-Greek Cypriot joint manoeuvres ended without a crisis for the first time since 1995. Same atmosphere is expeced in Toros Military Exercise of Turkish Armed Forces.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-07 [24] TURKISH-EU RELATIONS - SASI, EU TERM PRESIDENT FINLAND'S MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR EUROPEAN AFFAIRS: ''STARTING OF CYPRUS TALKS WILL HELP TURKEY TO BE ANNOUNCED AS CANDIDATE COUNTRY''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-07 [25] STRASBOURG, October 7 (A.A) - Kimmo Sasi, European Union (EU) Term President Finland's Minister responsible for European Affairs, said on Thursday that starting of Cyprus talks under the U.N. supervision will help Turkey to be announced as candidate country in Helsinki summit. Speaking to reporters Sasi said reforms which will be made in Turkey till December, and New York talks will also help starting of a positive atmosphere. Responding to the question of A.A correspondent which said ''do you consider starting of New York talks as an open precondition for Turkey's candidacy?'' Sasi said ''no, we don't consider it as a precondition. Of course, a result is not expected to be obtained immediately from the Cyprus talks. Yet, I think that development of these talks will have positive effects in Helsinki.'' Noting that important reforms took place in Turkey in the recent months, Sasi said they expected continuation of steps that will be taken in the field of human rights and democracy. Sasi said there were responsibilities which Turkey and the EU should fulfil till Helsinki. Meanwhile, Gunther Verheugen, EU Commision's Commisioner responsible for enlargement, speaking at European Parliament, wanted Turkey to be given candidacy status and noted that EU Commion's report which will be issued next week, will make an advise to EU Council to this end.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-07 [47] ANKARA, Oct 7 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Leader of the Democratic Left Party, said on Thursday, ''full membership to the European Union (EU) is our natural right, but we cannot jeopardize our national unity for the sake of the EU membership.'' Addressing the group meeting of the DSP, Prime Minister Ecevit evaluated latest developments both in Turkey and abroad. Referring to his visit to the U.S., Ecevit said that he had held very positive contacts with the high-level U.S. officials. Ecevit noted that the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have assumed a positive attitude towards Turkey except for two senators who are active members of the Greek Cypriot lobby. Ecevit added, ''U.S. officials have a great confidence in the 57th government. They knew laws which were passed by the parliament recently, and constitutional changes in detail, and they expressed profound satisfaction over them. I told them that the embargo which has been imposed on Iraq since the Gulf War, has caused major financial damage for Turkey. They told me that we were right in our complaints, and said that they would try to solve these problems. I also told them that it was a contradiction that military cooperation between Turkey and the U.S. improved considerably, but we had not received any military aid since the beginning of this year.'' Stressing that the U.S. officials had attributed great importance to the ''Trade and Coopearation Agreement'' which was signed between Turkey and the U.S., Ecevit said, ''They told me that with the agreement, a perpetual dialogue door has been opened. The U.S. is very positive about the call on to make investments in Southeastern Anatolia region. Several businessmen will pay a visit to the region in coming days. The U.S. has also extended support to the Baku- Ceyhan oil pipeline project.'' Referring to the Cyprus question, Prime Minister Ecevit pointed out, ''U.S. President Bill Clinton's statement as ''there could be no return to the status quo on Cyprus to the pre-1974 period,'' is the expression of a realistic approach. There is not any pressure on Turkey regarded with the Cyprus question. We held a very positive meeting with Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations. Meanwhile, a promising dialogue has started between Turkey and Greece. Ismail Cem, Foreign Minister, and Yorgo Papandreu, Greek Foreign Minister, have made considerable contributions to this process. We have been defending for a long time that problems between the two countries can be solved only by dialogues. Greece has been refraining from dialogues. Now, dialogue process has begun. But it will be too optimistic to expect sensitive problems concerning Aegean Sea will be taken up immediately. There are many cooperation opportunities. If this dialogue process can contribute to the improvement of recent positive psychological atmosphere, then Aegean dispute can be discussed in a productive way.'' Referring to the eartqhquake disaster which devastated Marmara Region on August 17, Prime Minister Ecevit stressed that the government has given priority to solve the problems of quake victims. Noting that the Red Crescent should not be overshadowed, Ecevit said that Prime Ministry Inspection Committee's works were underway.
Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-08 [24] TURKISH-GREEK BUSINESS COUNCIL TO RESTART ACTIVITIES
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-08 [25] ISTANBUL, October 8 (A.A) - Business relations between Turkish and Greek businessmen which were frozen during the Ocalan crisis are being restored. Turkish-Greek Business Council's Executive Committee will gather in Athens on October 12. The move was initiated by the Greek side. Turkey will have a high level representation in the two day meeting. Turkish delegation headed by Sarik Tara will be consisted of the Executive Council members; Yavuz Zeytinoglu, Meral Gezgin Eris, Aldo Kaslowki, Selim Egeli, Asaf Guneri, Tevfik Bilgen, Leyla Cagatay Ustel, Burhan Karacam, and Mehmet Ali Neyzi. The Executive Council is expected to form working groups on banking and tourism at the meeting. The Black Sea Economic Cooperation Conference will also be organized by Athens Trade and Industry Chamber in the same days. Turkish businessmen will also express their opinions at the conference. Meral Gezgin Eris will speak about Black Sea Economic Cooperation and EU relations. Sarik Tara, the President of Turkish-Greek Business Council will explain foreign investments while Aldo Kaslowski will focus on business circles in the world. Sarik Tara told A.A they they were optimistic about developing business relations with Greece. Turkish-Greek Business Council froze its activities after the head of the terrorist organization, Ocalan was found in the Greek Embassy in Kenya. Following the incident, Rahmi Koc, the President of the Council had resigned. Taking strength from the recovering Turkish-Greek relations following the quake disaster, business circles in both Turkey and Greece expressed their willingness to revive business relations which will be for the benefit of both sides.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-08 [26] TURKISH BUSINESSMEN TO GO TO ATHENS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-08 [27] ISTANBUL, October 8 (A.A) - Nihat Gokyigit, member of Foreign Economic Relations Council and Black Sea Economic Cooperation, said on Friday that Turkish Greek Business Council's Executive Board will gather on October 12 and 13 in Athens. Gokyigit said they were optimistic about restoring frozen relations between Turkey and Greece. For the first time political relations are recovering between Turkey and Greece, Gokyigit noted and said that economic cooperation would speed up the recovery in political relations. ''Turkey is right in the center of Black Sea Economic Cooperation and is the biggest market in the region. Greece is in the EU. Considering this geography, development of relations is good for both sides,'' he explained. ''There will be business contacts between Turkish and Greek businessmen during the visit in Athens. There are business opportunities in industry, tourism, energy, and sea transport. We will discuss all these,'' Gokyigit said.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-08 [30] TURKISH MINORITY IN WESTERN THRACE SEND DONATIONS TO QUAKE SURVIVORS IN ATHENS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-08 [31] KOMOTINI, October 8 (A.A) - Representatives of the Turkish minority living in Western Thrace submitted Greek authorities on Friday a portion of the aid they collected for the quake victims in Athens. About 7.8 billion Turkish Liras (TL) collected in Xanthi and 1.1 billion TL. collected in Komotini was given to Vaso Papandreu, the Interior Minister and Stavros Kampelis, the Secretary General of East Macedonia and Thrace region. In the meantime, Turkish and Greek private radio stations in the region are broadcasting a joint programme in their stations for one day to help quake survivors in Athens.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-08 [50] ONE MORE STEP IN TURKISH-GREEK RELATIONS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-08 [51] ANTALYA, October 8 (A.A) - Akdeniz University's Economy and Administrative Sciences Faculty is working to strengthen the recovering relations between Turkey and Greece. Prof. Yavuz Tekelioglu from Economy and Administrative Sciences Faculty told A.A that he invited Prof. Mihalis Papayanakis, the Greek member of the European Parliament. Prof. Papayanakis had won Abdi Ipekci Peace Award in 1998. Papayanakis who happily accepted Turkey's invitation will speak at a conference titled ''Turkey, Greece, and the EU'' on November 12. ''Governments cannot be sufficient on this matter on their own. All segments of the society, non-governmental organizations, and universities must also take an action. It is people who will maintain peace. We want to do our share as a university. Therefore, we invited Papayanakis who is a well known personality and a scientist. Besides, our scientific cooperation with the Greek Volos University continues,'' Prof. Tekelioglu said.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-08 [02] TUSIAD VISITS EUROPE
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-08 [04] GREEK JOURNALISTS TO COME TO TURKEY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-08 [09] 'LE SOIR': "EUROPE DRAWS CLOSER TO ANKARA"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-08 [13] GREEK-CYPRIOTS: "LET'S TALK FOLLOWING THE SUMMIT"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-08 [23] COOPERATION BETWEEN THE TURKISH AND GREEK CENTRAL BANKS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-08 [27] IS THE DOOR OF THE EU HALF-OPEN? - BY DOGAN HEPER (MILLIYET)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-07 [09] CUMHURIYET (LEFT) - ---------------- ''WESTERN EUROPE IS RACIST'' Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit pointed out that Turkey's full membership to European Union was its right. Ecevit said when Turkey and Greece are left alone, they can set up extraordinary good relations between them, adding ''they should leave us alone for a certain period of time, so that we can solve problems between us.'' Referring to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) in his speech, Prime Minister Ecevit stated that Cyprus issue is not anymore a problem in respect of Turkey and the TRNC and before the Peace Operation, there was continious fight, genocide and violence in TRNC.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-07 [28] INTELLIGENCE UNITS: - ''MILITARY TRAINING IS CONTINUING IN CAMPS IN IRAQ, IRAN, ARMENIA AND GREECE DESPITE PKK'S CALL FOR PEACE''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-07 [29] ANKARA, Oct 7 (A.A) - It was reported on Thursday that military training was continuing in camps in Iraq, Iran, Armenia, and Greece despite the terrorist organization PKK's call for peace. According to the intelligence units' reports, several activities of the terrorist organization PKK which has pledged to withdraw from Turkey and to establish peace upon directions of Abdullah Ocalan, the head of terrorist organization who was sentenced to capital punishment by the Ankara State Security Courty (DGM) No: 2, but did not take satisfactory steps towards its promises, in September are as follows: - Nearly 30 terrorists who concluded their military training in camps in Greece, have been sent to Armenia. Meanwhile, 10 terrorists who have no legal problems, were chosen to charge in propaganda activities in Turkey. - A total of 23 terrorists from Europe, Iran, and Iraq have participated in the terrorist organization PKK. - PKK has purchased a great deal of weapons from Iran. - About 150- 200 terrorists who proceeded to Iran from Turkey, were settled in camps in Iran. - Military training in camp in Iraq, Iran, Armenia, and Greece are continuing despite PKK's call for peace. - Problems emerged between PKK's members and terrorists in mountains. PKK members in Europe has begun to sent smaller amounts of money. - PKK is continuing to drug traficking, and collecting illegal money. - Terrorists confessed that a number of terrorists who wanted to make use of Repentance Law, were killed or questioned. Meanwhile, Cemil Bayik who refused the tacticts to withdraw and to establish peace, may take action after a period. Terrorist organization PKK which carried out dense propaganda activities to receive people's support, has decided to open bureaus abroad with the aim to support political activities
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-07 [32] TURKISH AND GREEK CENTRAL BANKS TO BUILD A SCHOOL TOGETHER IN DISASTER AREA
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-07 [47] ANKARA, Oct 7 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Leader of the Democratic Left Party, said on Thursday, ''full membership to the European Union (EU) is our natural right, but we cannot jeopardize our national unity for the sake of the EU membership.'' Addressing the group meeting of the DSP, Prime Minister Ecevit evaluated latest developments both in Turkey and abroad. Referring to his visit to the U.S., Ecevit said that he had held very positive contacts with the high-level U.S. officials. Ecevit noted that the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have assumed a positive attitude towards Turkey except for two senators who are active members of the Greek Cypriot lobby. Ecevit added, ''U.S. officials have a great confidence in the 57th government. They knew laws which were passed by the parliament recently, and constitutional changes in detail, and they expressed profound satisfaction over them. I told them that the embargo which has been imposed on Iraq since the Gulf War, has caused major financial damage for Turkey. They told me that we were right in our complaints, and said that they would try to solve these problems. I also told them that it was a contradiction that military cooperation between Turkey and the U.S. improved considerably, but we had not received any military aid since the beginning of this year.'' Stressing that the U.S. officials had attributed great importance to the ''Trade and Coopearation Agreement'' which was signed between Turkey and the U.S., Ecevit said, ''They told me that with the agreement, a perpetual dialogue door has been opened. The U.S. is very positive about the call on to make investments in Southeastern Anatolia region. Several businessmen will pay a visit to the region in coming days. The U.S. has also extended support to the Baku- Ceyhan oil pipeline project.'' Referring to the Cyprus question, Prime Minister Ecevit pointed out, ''U.S. President Bill Clinton's statement as ''there could be no return to the status quo on Cyprus to the pre-1974 period,'' is the expression of a realistic approach. There is not any pressure on Turkey regarded with the Cyprus question. We held a very positive meeting with Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations. Meanwhile, a promising dialogue has started between Turkey and Greece. Ismail Cem, Foreign Minister, and Yorgo Papandreu, Greek Foreign Minister, have made considerable contributions to this process. We have been defending for a long time that problems between the two countries can be solved only by dialogues. Greece has been refraining from dialogues. Now, dialogue process has begun. But it will be too optimistic to expect sensitive problems concerning Aegean Sea will be taken up immediately. There are many cooperation opportunities. If this dialogue process can contribute to the improvement of recent positive psychological atmosphere, then Aegean dispute can be discussed in a productive way.'' Referring to the eartqhquake disaster which devastated Marmara Region on August 17, Prime Minister Ecevit stressed that the government has given priority to solve the problems of quake victims. Noting that the Red Crescent should not be overshadowed, Ecevit said that Prime Ministry Inspection Committee's works were underway.
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 197, 99-10-08 [04] PREPARATIONS CONTINUE FOR ELECTION OF NEW ARMENIAN

Saturday, 9 October 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-09 [01] "Glina" water soon to Italy
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-09 [01] "Glina" water soon to Italy
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-09 [05] Tropoje inhabitants want functioning of Qafe Morine customs point
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-09 [06] Albanian President demands a mini-Schengen in the Balkan region
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-09 [11] Financial institutions to study projects presented at Bari meeting

Monday, 11 October 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-11 [01] KOSOVO - WINTER BY LAURIE KASSMAN (CABRA, KOSOVO)
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-11 [02] E-U / MINISTERS (L ONLY) BY RON PEMSTEIN (LUXEMBOURG)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-11 [16] Nearly 500 doctors of Mitrovice hospital lodge protest in Prishtine
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-11 [17] Alpine brigade "Taurineze" replaced by "Fruili" brigade
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-11 [22] Crisis and destabilization have been overcome - OSCE
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-11 [23] Rehabilitation of objects used for accommodation of Kosova arrivals goes on
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 198, 99-10-11 [21] SERBIAN AGENTS INTO KOSOVA?
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 198, 99-10-11 [22] KOSOVARS REBURY MASSACRE VICTIMS
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 198, 99-10-11 [27] BULGARIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS NATIONALISM 'USELESS'
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-10 [12] EDUCATION TO START TOMORROW Metin Bostancioglu, the National Education Minister, said that the education in the disaster zone will start on Monday. Speaking in an opening ceremony of a school in Lefkosa, capital of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Bostancioglu noted that the education cannot be neglected and postponed. Stressing that there is a race in education field in the world rather than a military race or industrial race, Bostancioglu stated that those who win this race will lead all the other countries in the 21st century.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-11 [25] AFTERMATH OF THE HELSINKI SUMMIT - BY FERAI TINC ( HURRIYET)
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-11 [26] G-20 - BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)
Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-10 [13] TÜRKİYE (RIGHT) - ---------------- TURKEY-MIDDLE EAST-EUROPE ENERGY COOPERATION Turkey-Middle East-Europe will be connected to each other by energy lines. Officials said that the Balkans interconnected energy system, which will also include Turkey and Greece, has been decided to be set up. After the joint energy project of Turkey with four Middle Eastern countries namely Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Syria, which is still underway, Turkey will also take part in another important energy project in the Balkans.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-10 [33] COAST AEGEAN MUNICIPALITIES UNION MEETING
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-10 [34] KUSADASI, Oct 10 (A.A) - The Turkish and Greek delegations came together at a dinner on Saturday. The delegations which attended the Coast Aegean Municipalities Union meeting, gathered together in front of the municipality hall of Kusadasi county of western Aydin province prior to the dinner. The two delegations started to walk from the municipality hall until the caravansaray where the dinner was to be held. Following the walk, Fuat Akdogan, Kusadasi Mayor, and Fligos Petruskas, Samos Mayor, set free peace pigeons. Akdogan said that the pigeons were the symbol of peace and brotherhood and that the pigeons will meet each other whereever they go. Petrukas said that they will carry out efforts for becoming sister cities and that they consider Kusadasi as their sister city at the moment. Later, the delegations entered into the caravansaray to participate in the dinner. The administrators of the Kusadasi Chamber of Commerce made a statement during the dinner titled ''For a Peaceful Trade in the Aegean.'' Emphasizing that the problems arising from visa procedures between Turkey and the Islands should be solved, the statement said, ''the necessary initiatives to make the legal arrangements for the coastal trade should be carried out and fulfilled. The term of staying in Turkey which is 24 hours at the moment, should be extended for the tourists who come from the Greek Islands. We wish that the Turkish and Greek chambers of commerce continue the cooperation to improve the peace between the two countries.'' Meanwhile, the aid collected in Samos for the quake survivors in Turkey arrived in Kusadasi. The Greek delegation which fetched the aid materials said that they brought clothes and food. The Greek delegation will leave Kusadasi on Sunday.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-10 [39] COAST AEGEAN MUNICIPALITIES UNION MEETING
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-10 [40] KUSADASI, Oct 10 (A.A) - The Turkish and Greek journalists who followed the Coast Aegean Municipalities Union meeting issued a joint declaration on Sunday. Emphasizing that they desire lasting friendship and brotherhood, the journalists asked the politicians of Turkey and Greece not to stand in front of the peace demands of the two nations. Pointing out that they consider the quake tragedies in two countries as an important step for peace, the journalists said, ''we do not want to become the instruments of the international weapon monopolies which only think of their own interests and try to make the two nations enemies and the efforts of making the two nations passive by digressing them from their common interests. We, the Greek and Turkish journalists, think that the politicians of the two countries should not be an obstacle for the peace and friendship demands of the two nations.'' ''The journalists of the two countries want to say that we neither want to have an artificial hostility which is created by today's world conditions and nor a transitory friendship caused by the Marmara and Athens quakes. We desire mediums, in which the lasting friendship and brotherhood that are set up by the governments and politicians of the two countries, will prevail,'' the journalists added. The declaration also called the Turkish and Greek press agencies to pursue a broadcasting policy which will improve the friendship and brotherhood rather than a policy which provokes hatred and hostility.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-10 [41] COAST AEGEAN MUNICIPALITIES UNION MEETING
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-10 [42] KUSADASI, Oct 10 (A.A) - The Turkish and Greek delegations which participated in the Coast Aegean Municipalities Union meeeting, issued a statement on Sunday. Fuat Akdogan, the Chairman of the Union, and Fligos Petruskas, the Mayor of Samos, read out the statement. Drawing the attention that the Turkish and Greek nations are ''neighbours and friends'', the statement said that they believe that the Aegean will become the global center of culture, tourism and trade again when the two countries have relations based on mutual love and respect in the light of good neighbourhood, friendship and brotherhood. The statement continued, ''we, the representatives of the Turkish and Greek nations which share the two banks of Aegean, promise to make the Aegean the sea of friendship and brotherhood which will increase the economic level of the two nations. We, the representatives of Turkish and Greek nations, announce that we love each other, we take into consideration the aspects that unite us rather than the aspects that divide us and we welcome a happy future.'' Akdogan proposed having sister municipalities between Turkey and Greece and the delegations decided that Samos and Kusadasi should have the leading role for this initiative.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-09 [05] BUSINESSMEN DUE TO ATHENS The relations between Turkish and Greek businessmen which were frozen due to the crisis of Abdullah Ocalan, the head terrorist revive again. Turkish-Greek Business Council Execution Board will convene in Athens on October 12 due to the invitation of Greece.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-09 [12] RADIKAL (LEFT) - --------------- AN AID CHEQUE FROM BARTHOLOMEOS TO ECEVIT Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit received Bartholomeus, Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch. Bartholomeos gave a donation cheque worth of 161.5 billion liras, which was collected by their communities due to the quake disaster in Turkey. Ecevit thanked to Bartholomeos, saying that ''this has material and spiritual value for us.'' Bartholomeos requested Ecevit to use their aid in education.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-09 [13] TURKISH BUSINESSMEN DUE TO ATHENS Nihat Gokyigit, member of Foreign Economic Relations Council and Black Sea Economic Cooperation, said that Turkish Greek Business Council's Executive Board will gather on October 12 and 13 in Athens. Gokyigit said they were optimistic about restoring frozen relations between Turkey and Greece. For the first time political relations are recovering between Turkey and Greece, Gokyigit noted and said that economic cooperation would speed up the recovery in political relations.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-09 [15] PATRIARCH DONATES 161 BILLION LIRAS I. Bartholomeos, the Patriarch of Fener Greek Orthodox Church in Istanbul visited Premier Bulent Ecevit and gave him a check worth of 161.5 billion liras collected in Turkey and outside Turkey by their community due to the earthquake disaster in Turkey. Ecevit said ''this is very importance for us.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-09 [23] COAST AEGEAN MUNICIPALITIES' UNION MEETING
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-09 [24] KUSADASI, Oct 9 (A.A) - Mehmet Kececiler, the State Minister, said on Saturday that everybody should fulfil his or her responsibilities to improve the friendship between Turkey and Greece. A total of three governors, 26 mayors and 28 representatives of the non-governmental organizations from Greece participated in the 15th Ordinary General Assembly meeting of the Coast Aegean Municipalities' Union in Kusadasi county of Aydin province. Mehmet Kececiler, three deputies and the mayors of the cities which are bound to the union represented Turkey in the meeting. Emphasizing that he participated in this meeting to contribute to the improvement of the relations between the two countries, Turkey is determined to improve the friendly relations with Greece. Stressing that the friendship between the Turkish and Greek nations goes back to very old times, Kececiler said, ''the local administrations, non-governmental organizations and the chambers of industry and commerce undertake many responsibilities to improve the friendship between Turkey and Greece. The local administrators are the fundamental elements of democracy. The public chooses the administrators. The friendship between the nations influences the administrators in the end. Let's set up the bridge and lay the infrastructure between the two countries.'' Kececiler continued, ''let us re-establish the friendship which goes back to old times between the two nations. The friendship between Ataturk and Venizelos, Ozal and Papandreu is still remembered. The relationship between Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and the Greek Foreign Minister Yorgo Papandreu is not only between themselves but between the governments, citizens, non-governmental organizations, municipalities and in the fields of sports and arts. We are determined to improve the good relations.'' Noting that they are ready to solve the present problems between the two countries, Kececiler stated that the two countries should be connected to each other through motorways and the Ipsala Border Gate will be modernized. Proposing cooperation to his Greek counterpart in customs, Kececiler said that he is waiting for the answer of his counterpart. Pointing out that the touristic relations should also be improved, Kececiler asked that the reciprocal tours should be arranged among the islands and the mutual trade should be facilitated. Nikos Hagis, the Chairman of Greek 12 Islands Chamber of Commerce, said that the trading relations should be improved and thus, the friendship will also improve. Fligos Petruskas, the Mayor of Samos, said that the administrators should behave in accordance with the interests of the two nations. Petruskas added that he wants the improvement of the cultural and touristic relations within the framework of sister cities.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-11 [15] "IF WE FIGHT, THEN WE WILL BE DESTROYED"

Tuesday, 12 October 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #129, 99-10-12
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-12 [05] Over 486,000 travelers prefer Durres maritime service
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-12 [06] Some 4 500 houses burned in Rahovec commune
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-12 [07] Kosovars still staying in Kukes and Has
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-12 [08] Kouchner meets political subjects of Kosova
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-12 [11] President Meidani meets Michael Douglas
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-12 [12] President Meidani meets singer Agim Hushi
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-12 [13] Customs points on Albania-Kosova border asked to be opened
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-12 [15] British parliamentarians in support of Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-12 [24] Relations between Albania and Turkey are very good - Majko
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-12 [28] Positive developments of relations between Albania and Germany
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-12 [29] Albanian President highlights Turkish assistance for Army
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 199, 99-10-12 [16] UCK COMMANDER DENIES WAR CRIMES CHARGES
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 199, 99-10-12 [17] SERBIAN NGO CALLS FOR RELEASE OF KOSOVAR PRISONERS
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 199, 99-10-12 [18] UN ADMINISTRATOR KILLED IN PRISHTINA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 199, 99-10-12 [19] NO MASS GRAVE IN KOSOVA MINE
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 199, 99-10-12 [20] NEW IDEAS FOR RAHOVEC?
Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-11 [33] GREEK DELEGATION DEPARTS KUSADASI
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-11 [34] KUSADASI, Oct 11 (A.A) - The Greek delegation departed Kusadasi county of Aegean Aydin province on Sunday. The Greek delegation departed the county after participating in the Coast Aegean Municipalities Union meeting in Kusadasi. The delegation included Fligos Petruskas, the Mayor of Samos, Mustafa Mustafa, a Turkish deputy from Western Thrace, some Greek administrators, the representatives of the non-governmental organizations and journalists. Prior to the departure, Mustafa Mustafa, Komotini Left Alliance deputy, said that the Turkish-Greek approach had influences on the Turkish minority in Western Thrace. Emphasizing that they are trying hard to make the approach and rehabilitation process which started in 1990 a lasting one, Mustafa noted that the Turkish-Greek dialogue constitutes a ''straight line.'' Stressing that some improvements are marked in the relations despite some zigzags, Mustafa stated that the Turks living in Western Thrace were influenced by the improvement of the relations between Turkey and Greece. Noting that he is neither optimistic nor pessimistic against all these developments, Mustafa stressed that they have to have the belief of living together for peace. Stating that Greece can end the visa application for Turkey, Mustafa emphasized that the visa problem can be solved by bilateral meetings. Pointing out that the visas which are not given due to the Schengen agreement can be valid for the islands close to Turkey, Mustafa said that this project which will cover the islands, can help getting more closer and improve the commercial and touristic facilities.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-11 [49] INVITATION FROM GREECE TO ALIAGA MAYOR
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-11 [50] KUSADASI, October 11 (A.A) - Leftist Union, formed by several parties and non-governmental organizations in Greece, invited Hakki Ulku, Aliaga Mayor, to a conference that will take place in Athens on October 20 which will be staged to halt armament race. Nikos Constantopoulos, the Chairman of Leftist Union, said in his invitation letter that peoples who are in the two shores of the Aegean entered into an atmosphere where solidarity and good will prevailed. Constantopoulos said review of relations between Turkey and Greece and investigating armament race between the two countries came to the agenda as an outcome of this new atmosphere. He said the Leftist Union made a call to put an end to armament race between Turkey and Greece basing on these views. Constantopoulos said their call received support in Greece, adding that a conference was staged to discuss this initiative of the Leftist Union and to further improve it. He said their target was to exert effort to initiate dialogues between the two countries to reduce arms reciprocally. In the letter, it was noted that many famous people from political, social, and scientific circles from the EU member countries will participate in the meeting. Hakki Ulku, Mayor of Aliaga, said they will fulfill their obligations in rapproachment and dialogue efforts between the two countries, adding that ''this dialogue should be improved. I believe that this initiative should be supported.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-11 [53] THEODORAKIS, FARANDURI AND LIVANELI TO SING TOGETHER AT ''FRIENDSHIP CONCERT'' IN ISTANBUL AND ATHENS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-11 [54] ISTANBUL, October 11 (A.A) - Mikis Theodorakis, Maria Faranduri and Zulfu Livaneli will give a ''Friendship Concert'' at Istanbul's Harbiye open air theater on October 12 and at Athens Constitution Square on October 13. The concert was postponed due to the earthquake which hit Athens on September 8. An orchestra composed of Turkish, Greek, and German musicians will accompany Theodorakis, Faranduri, and Livaneli on Tuesday night. The concert will start at 7.30 p.m. All the revenues of the concert will be given to quake victims both in Turkey and Greece. The tickets are available at Vakkorama branches, various book and music stores and Harbiye open air theater. Tasos Mandelis, the Greek Transportation and Communication Minister, five parliamentarians, artists, and unionists will come to Istanbul from Greece on Tuesday to watch the concert.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-12 [01] ECEVIT RECEIVES GREEK ENVOY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-12 [05] ECEVIT RECEIVES GREEK ENVOY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-12 [14] WARM MEETING IN ATHENS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-12 [27] HEAD OF SIMITIS AND ECEVIT'S MIND - BY METIN TOKER (MILLIYET)
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-11 [36] BERLIN, Oct 11 (A.A) - The International Parliamentarians Union Congress meeting started in Berlin, the capital of Germany on Sunday evening. A parliamentary delegation composed of seven deputies headed by Cavit Kavak represents Turkey in the congress in which parliamentarians from 138 countries participate. Speaking in the opening of the congress, Johannes Rau, the German President said that the Congress which was founded by two persons 110 years ago, has many important functions. Noting that the Congress plays an effective role in protection of democracy, Rau said ''tolerance is the most significant part of democracy.'' Cavit Kavak, a Motherland Party (ANAP) deputy met with German President Rau after the meeting. Kavak thanked Rau for the aid sent by Germany after the massive earthquake in Turkey, adding that he knows Rau as a President who is friendly towards Turks and foreigners. Cavit Kavak will address the congress about Cyprus question on Tuesday.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-11 [52] ANKARA, October 11 (A.A) - Ahmet Zeki Bulunc, the Ambassador of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to Ankara, said on Monday that the visit of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit to the U.S. had important results for the preservation of the interests of Cypriot people. Responding to the questions of reporters after meeting with Prime Minister Ecevit, Bulunc said he paid a visit of courtesy as he was newly appointed to his post. Bulunc said he conveyed Ecevit the issues related with Cyprus. Pointing out that he responded to the questions of Ecevit related with the economic and political position of TRNC, he said, ''Ecevit was closely interested in issues like water project, university projects, and economic informations. We also focused on the results of his visit to the U.S. and the importance of the visit for us.'' Responding to a question of a journalist saying if there was a change in the views of Ecevit regarding Cyprus question during his visit to the U.S, Bulunc said, ''there is no such effect. We have observed that the determination in this policy continues.''
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-12 [27] HEAD OF SIMITIS AND ECEVIT'S MIND - BY METIN TOKER (MILLIYET)

Wednesday, 13 October 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-13 [05] GREEK MINISTER MANDELIS IN ISTANBUL
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-12 [16] TÜRKİYE (RIGHT) - ---------------- TURKISH BUSINESSMEN IN ATHENS AND BRUSSELS The Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association (TUSIAD)'s tour including capitals of European Union (EU) countries, started in Brussels. Meanwhile, Turkish-Greek Business Council will convene in Athens tomorrow.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-12 [41] ANKARA, Oct 12 (A.A) - The Tourism Ministry will host the foreign search and rescue teams which assisted Turkey in the devastating Marmara quake, in southern Antalya province. The Tourism Ministry said on Tuesday that the foreign teams which participated in the search and rescue operations in the Marmara Region, was invited to Turkey. Emphasizing that 165 people who came to Turkey from Britain, Greece, and Israel will be hosted in Antalya between October 18 and 23, 1999 at the first stage, the Ministry noted that they will thank these people for their contributions. The Ministry added that a panel discussion titled ''Organizations for Rescue Operations and Searches for International Cooperation'' will be held on October 22, 1999 within the framework of the programme.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-12 [54] GREEK SINGER THEODORAKIS AND POLIZAGOPULOS, CHAIRMAN OF GREEK LABOUR CONFEDERATION, IN ISTANBUL
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-12 [55] ISTANBUL, Oct 12 (A.A) - Greek singer Mikis Theodorakis and Hristos Polizagopulos, the Chairman of Greek Labour Confederation, arrived in Istanbul on Tuesday. Theodorakis and Polizagopulos came to Istanbul to participate in the ''Friendship Concert'' which will be held for the quake survivors by the initiatives of the Turkish and Greek labour organizations. Polizagopulos said that Greece launched aid campaign for Turkey following the devastating quake. Emphasizing that their aim is to set up a hospital in Izmit, Polizagopulos noted that they continue their efforts for this. Theodorakis said that Turkish and Greek nations do not have any problems. Stressing that they participate in the peace efforts for 13 years, Theodorakis stated that the best example for their efforts is the participation of the Turkish and Greek labour organizations in these efforts. Noting that he believes that the administrators of the two countries should pay attention to the message of the two nations, Theodorakis stressed that they believe that the peace, friendship, and cooperation will prevail at last.
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-13 [19] WHAT DOES CONCESSION MEAN? - BY SEDAT SERTOGLU (SABAH)
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-13 [03] Registration of population in Kosova to begin by end of November
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-13 [04] PM Majko meets with Hollywood actor Michael Douglas
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-13 [05] Albania participates in Frankfurt book fair for the sixth time
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-13 [07] Thaci condemns murder of UNMIK worker
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-13 [08] The foreign organizations repair houses in Kosovo
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-13 [10] Kofi Annan arrives in Prishtine
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-13 [11] Kofi Annan talks to Kosovo politicians
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-13 [12] Mines still kill in Kukes
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-13 [14] Germany has important role in Stability Pact implementation
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-13 [16] Balkan future to be discussed in Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-13 [19] AFOR 2 will contribute to increasing cooperation with Albanian Army
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-13 [20] Kosova leadership asks for direct representation of Kosova in UN
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-13 [22] Legislative reform - a priority for Albanian Parliament
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-13 [24] Meidani hails consolidation of Albania-Germany relations
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 200, 99-10-13 [18] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT INVITES SERBIAN OPPOSITION

Thursday, 14 October 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-13 [01] KOSOVO / SERBS BY LAURIE KASSMAN (PRISTINA)
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-13 [03] BELGRADE RACE (L-ONLY) BY ANDY EDWARDS (BELGRADE)
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-13 [05] WEDNESDAY'S EDITORIALS BY ANDREW GUTHRIE (WASHINGTON)
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-14 [02] DEMIREL DUE IN KOSOVO
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [54] ANKARA, Oct 13 (A.A) - Ismail Cem, Foreign Minister, will start on Sunday his tour to Latin America, including Cuba, and Venezuella. Cem's contacts in these countries will focus on the issue of further strengthening economic and commercial relations. Meanwhile, Cem is planning to pay a visit to Greece with the aim of attending the foreign ministers meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) which will be held in Salonica between October 27-28. Cem is expected to come together with his Greek counterpart Yorgo Papandreu to discuss the latest developments in Turkish-Greek dialogue, Turkey's full membership to the European Union (EU), and the Cyprus question. Ismail Cem is also scheduled to pay an official visit to Croatia as the guest of his Croatian counterpart Mate Granich on November 2. Within framework of his visit to Croatia, Cem is expected to take up issues such as bilateral relations, Kosovo crisis, and other regional and international matters with Croatian officials. Cem is envisaged to visit Sweden and Denmark which have assumed an abstaining attitude towards Turkey's full membership to the EU, in the second half of November.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-14 [01] Albania is on the road of its integration into Euro-Atlantic structures - Ruperez
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-14 [02] Albania - a strategic point for regional stability - Gjinushi
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-14 [10] Albanian Foreign Minister leaves for Kosova on Saturday
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-14 [15] Turkey to support Albania to adhere NATO
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 201, 99-10-14 [13] BELGRADE POLICE 'CHECK OUT' ALBANIANS
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 201, 99-10-14 [14] SERBIAN OPPOSITION READY WITH ELECTION PROPOSAL
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 201, 99-10-14 [19] GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER CALLS FOR KOSOVA 'TRUTH COMMISSION'
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 201, 99-10-14 [20] MORE THAN 400 MASS GRAVES IDENTIFIED IN KOSOVA
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-13 [02] E-U EXPANSION (L ONLY) BY RON PEMSTEIN (BRUSSELS)
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-14 [08] DIPLOMACY ON CYPRUS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-14 [21] FINALLY EUROPE AWAKENS - BY IZZET SEDES (AKSAM)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [12] GOOD OLD DAYS Kemal Akkaya, one of the former economy ministers and favourites of late President Turgut Ozal is accused of corruption. Akkaya can't pay his debts to many businessmen. A suit has been filed against him in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [18] WASHINTON D.C., Oct 13 (A.A) - The U.S. administration started to take initiatives for recognition of Turkey's candidacy status to the European Union (EU) by the efforts of Tom Weston, the U.S. State Department's Special Coordinator to Cyprus. Weston takes initiatives before Helsinki Summit to be held in December, in Britain, Germany, Spain, Belgium, and Norway for Turkey's membership to the EU. Diplomatic sources in Washington D.C. said on Wednesday that Alfred Moses, U.S. President Bill Clinton's Special Representative for Cyprus will hold contacts in Ankara on Thursday and he is expected to meet with Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. Moses will also hold contacts in Athens together with Weston between 16-18 October after wrapping his contacts in Ankara which will last for two days. Moses and Weston will proceed to Cyprus on October 19 and return to the U.S. on October 21. Sources recalled that Richard Holbrooke, the former representative of Clinton to Cyprus and U.S. Permanent Representative to U.N. had earlier taken initiatives in France and Germany for Turkey's candidacy. Moses and Weston, who are known as the ''Holbrooke Team'' think that ''if the way to EU candidacy opens for Turkey, an initiative can also be taken regarding Cyprus issue.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [54] ANKARA, Oct 13 (A.A) - Ismail Cem, Foreign Minister, will start on Sunday his tour to Latin America, including Cuba, and Venezuella. Cem's contacts in these countries will focus on the issue of further strengthening economic and commercial relations. Meanwhile, Cem is planning to pay a visit to Greece with the aim of attending the foreign ministers meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) which will be held in Salonica between October 27-28. Cem is expected to come together with his Greek counterpart Yorgo Papandreu to discuss the latest developments in Turkish-Greek dialogue, Turkey's full membership to the European Union (EU), and the Cyprus question. Ismail Cem is also scheduled to pay an official visit to Croatia as the guest of his Croatian counterpart Mate Granich on November 2. Within framework of his visit to Croatia, Cem is expected to take up issues such as bilateral relations, Kosovo crisis, and other regional and international matters with Croatian officials. Cem is envisaged to visit Sweden and Denmark which have assumed an abstaining attitude towards Turkey's full membership to the EU, in the second half of November.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [55] LOIZIDOU CASE - FOREIGN MINISTRY: ''THE COMMITTEE OF DELEGATES HAS PRETENDED NOT TO SEE THAT THE CASE IS A PART OF THE CYPRUS QUESTION TAKING UP THE CASE LIKE A SEPARATE INCIDENT''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [56] ANKARA, Oct 13 (A.A) - The Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the European Council Delegates Committee discussed the Titina Loizidu case like a separate incident and pretended not to see that the case was a part of the Cyprus question. Addressing his weekly press conference, Sermet Atacanli, the Deputy Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, said Turkey put forward that she didn't agree with the decision by casting a negative vote. Recalling that Turkey complies with the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights concerning Turkey without exception even if ''she does not agree with the content'', Atacanli said, ''however, the Loizidu case, as it was mentioned even in the court decision itself, is an exceptional case. Thus, it necessitates an exceptional procedure. It was expected that the Delegates Committee, which is a political organ, could understand this exceptional characteristic of the case. However, the Delegates Committee, with this interim decision, has taken up the Loizidou case as if it was a separate case by pretending not to see that the case is a part of the Cyprus question.'' Atacanli stressed that Turkey supports the statement of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), which is the real side of the case, and the liquidation of mutual property claims on Cyprus is one of the main dimensions of the Cyprus question. Recalling that the U.N. Secretary General mentioned this issue in his last good-will report, Atacanli said, ''liquidation of property demand of Loizidou and similar demands will be made with a comprehensive solution for the Cyprus question. The TRNC has taken an important step to this end. The TRNC has proposed the solution of this problem through property exchange and compensations, and establishment of a Joint Commission to this end. We think that the proposal is the most appropriate and realistic frame for the solution of the Loizidou and similar cases.'' The European Court of Human Rights had made a ruling which orders Turkey to pay compensation for ''depriving'' Titiana Loizidou, a Greek-Cypriot woman, of her property rights in the TRNC and provide her with free access to the property in question.
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 201, 99-10-14 [25] EU UNVEILS NEW APPROACH TO EASTWARD ENLARGEMENT
Articles about Greece
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-14 [08] DIPLOMACY ON CYPRUS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-14 [09] WINDS OF FRIENDSHIP EVERYWHERE
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [08] SABAH (LIBERAL) - -------------- THEY SING FOR FRIENDSHIP Greek singer Mikis Theodorakis, Maria Faranduri, and Turkish singer Zulfu Livaneli sang for friendship in Istanbul. The ''Friendship Concert'' which had been planned to be held in an earlier date was postponed after a quake hit Greece. The singers sang their best-loved songs for friendship on the same stage.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [18] WASHINTON D.C., Oct 13 (A.A) - The U.S. administration started to take initiatives for recognition of Turkey's candidacy status to the European Union (EU) by the efforts of Tom Weston, the U.S. State Department's Special Coordinator to Cyprus. Weston takes initiatives before Helsinki Summit to be held in December, in Britain, Germany, Spain, Belgium, and Norway for Turkey's membership to the EU. Diplomatic sources in Washington D.C. said on Wednesday that Alfred Moses, U.S. President Bill Clinton's Special Representative for Cyprus will hold contacts in Ankara on Thursday and he is expected to meet with Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. Moses will also hold contacts in Athens together with Weston between 16-18 October after wrapping his contacts in Ankara which will last for two days. Moses and Weston will proceed to Cyprus on October 19 and return to the U.S. on October 21. Sources recalled that Richard Holbrooke, the former representative of Clinton to Cyprus and U.S. Permanent Representative to U.N. had earlier taken initiatives in France and Germany for Turkey's candidacy. Moses and Weston, who are known as the ''Holbrooke Team'' think that ''if the way to EU candidacy opens for Turkey, an initiative can also be taken regarding Cyprus issue.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [23] TURKISH-GREEK BUSINESS COUNCIL MEETING ENDS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [24] ATHENS, Oct 13 (A-A) - The Turkish-Greek Business Council meeting ended on Tuesday. The meeting was held under the chairmanships of Sarik Tara and Panayotis Kutsikos in Athens. Staging a joint press conference following the meeting, Tara and Kutsikos said that the meetings were very positive and that they decided to set up working groups which will carry out efforts to improve the cooperation between the two countries. Emphasizing that the working groups will carry out efforts on fields like insurance, banking, sea transportation, marketing, transportation, small and medium scale enterprises, construction, tourism and cooperation with the third countries, Tara and Kutsikos noted that the proposals of the working groups will be discussed in the next meeting of the council which will be held in Istanbul in February. Stressing that the working groups will be composed of experts, Tara and Kutsikos stated that the Turkish and Greek groups will firstly convene separately and then meet each other to shape up the proposals. Tara and Kutsikos added that they will inform the Turkish and Greek governments about these proposals aiming at improving the cooperation between the two countries. Pointing out that the efforts of the Turkish and Greek businessmen were not useless, Tara and Kutsikos stressed that the trading volume between the two countries increased from 300 million U.S. dollars to 800 million U.S. dollars in a few years despite the problems. Responding the questions, Tara said that he think that the atmosphere in Athens was very positive and that the businessmen should do their best to improve the relations. Emphasizing that the Athens meeting was held in parallel with the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Business Council meeting, Tara noted that the meeting lasted for only two hours. Stressing that they will convene again in Istanbul in the second part of February, Tara stated that they will discubb all the issues in details then. The Turkish delegation will leave Greece on Wednesday.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [31] YALOVA, MINISTER OF STATE, IN ATHENS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [32] ATHENS, October 13 (A.A) - Yuksel Yalova, Minister of State, said on Wednesday that Turkey's privatization target for 2000 was 5 billion U.S. dollars. Addressing Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Business Council, which takes place in Athens, Yalova pointed out the investment requirements of the Black Sea region. Stressing that privatization was a means of accelarating foreign investments, Yalova mentioned the steps taken in Turkey and the plans that have been prepared. State Minister Yalova said ''For the first time in 10 years we have a stable Coalition Government, determined to deliver results. This Parliament is working hard to pass long awaited laws. Probably the most important of these is the Constitutional change regarding the inclusion of international arbitration in contacts dealing with public utilities. Through this change, the concept of privatization has entered the constitution, and the road has been opened for international arbitration of potential problems that foreign investors may face in their investments in Turkey. Many projects that were stalled will take off, and we believe that many investors who were hesitating will now move in.'' Noting that the Government was aware of the necessity to introduce further regulations, bring in checks and balances, and create a favourable environment for investors, Yalova said ''our government is also aware of the need to implement the privatization program as fast as possible, and my own ministry is trying hard to do it carefully, without overlooking its legal and social implications.'' ''The privatization programme for the second half of this year and the first half of the year 2000 has been reviewed following the earthquake and new programme has been prepared. Among the companies that are within the framework of the new programme, the state maritime transportation company, Deniz Nakliyat Sirketi, will be privatized through a recently opened tender. In this framework, tenders have also been opened for two state insurance firms Ankara Sigorta and Guven Sigorta'' Yalova said. Yalova said ''new tenders will be announced for the forestry products firm ORUS, a hotel and real estate belonging to the state tourism company TURBAN, and textile plants belonging to Sumer Holding, These wil be followed by new tenders for the privatisation of state enterprises of various sizes and sectors. Among thse are Turkish Airlines, Turk Telekom, two large petrochemical complexes, the state share in the Eregli Isdemir steel plant and several banks.'' Yalova said ''according to the planned new calender, in the last quarter of 1999, a tender will be announced for the privatization of the majority shares of the biggest oil distribution company Petrol Ofisi. Last year there was a tender to privatise this company and a bid was made for 1.2 billion U.S. dollars. Althought the sale decision was made, the tender was later cancelled. The privatization of this important company that will attract both local and foreign firms will be re-launched this year.'' ''In the first quarter of the year 2000, local and overseas public offering of Tupras, the state oil refineries, will be realised. Solomon Smith Barney has been selected as the underwriter for this privatization. This is expected to attract much attentionl among investors'' Yalova said, adding that ''I will not go into further details but merely point out that our privatization target for 2000 is 5 billion U.S. dollars. Drawing attention to the considerable volume of Turkish investments in BSEC countries, Yalova said ''the Turkish investors already engaged in this region have acquired much experience and would make useful partners to European investors seeking to get a foothold in this region with such a promising development potential.'' He said the scope for cooperation between the BSEC and the EU in the field of investments is enourmous and we must all strive to obtain maximum benefits form these possibilities. Yalova said ''this programme, together with our new legislation, reduced inflation and structural reforms will lead to a marked increase in the inflow of foreign investments to Turkey.'' Yalova will depart Greece on Thursday morning.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [44] EDIRNE/MUGLA, Oct 13 (A.A) - Security forces intercepted on Wednesday a total of 104 people in Edirne and Mugla provinces as they were trying to proceed to Greece illegally. Immigrants including 16 Afghans, 11 Iraqis, 69 Iranians, 4 Moroccans, and one Algerian, were later taken into custody for violating the Turkish borders and the passport law. Officials said that the immigrants will be deported once the legal proceedings are completed.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [51] MANDELIS, GREEK TRANSPORTATION MINISTER, DEPARTS TURKEY
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [52] ISTANBUL, Oct 13 (A.A) - Haralambos Anastasios Mandelis, Greek Transportation and Communication Minister, departed Turkey on Wednesday. Mandelis who had came to Turkey yesterday, watched the ''Friendship Concert'' which was organized in cooperation with the General Labour Confederation of Greece (GSEE), the Confederation of the Turkish Labour Unions (Turk-Is), the Labour Confederation (Hak-Is), and the Confederation of Public Workers' Trade Unions (KESK) for the quake victims. He also came together with Enis Oksuz, Transportation Minister.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [54] ANKARA, Oct 13 (A.A) - Ismail Cem, Foreign Minister, will start on Sunday his tour to Latin America, including Cuba, and Venezuella. Cem's contacts in these countries will focus on the issue of further strengthening economic and commercial relations. Meanwhile, Cem is planning to pay a visit to Greece with the aim of attending the foreign ministers meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) which will be held in Salonica between October 27-28. Cem is expected to come together with his Greek counterpart Yorgo Papandreu to discuss the latest developments in Turkish-Greek dialogue, Turkey's full membership to the European Union (EU), and the Cyprus question. Ismail Cem is also scheduled to pay an official visit to Croatia as the guest of his Croatian counterpart Mate Granich on November 2. Within framework of his visit to Croatia, Cem is expected to take up issues such as bilateral relations, Kosovo crisis, and other regional and international matters with Croatian officials. Cem is envisaged to visit Sweden and Denmark which have assumed an abstaining attitude towards Turkey's full membership to the EU, in the second half of November.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-13 [62] Poland v Turkey Portugal v Croatia Czech Republic v Greece Netherlands v Belgium Norway v Spain Yugoslavia v England Russia v Slovakia France v Italy
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-14 [07] President of Hellenic Diaspora voiced interest for investments in Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-14 [09] Some 34 Kurds and Iraki illegals detained
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-14 [21] Meidani encourages Athens for realization of objectives
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 201, 99-10-14 [04] GEORGIAN OFFICIALS TRY TO NEGOTIATE UN HOSTAGES' RELEASE

Friday, 15 October 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-15 [02] U-N - BALKANS ENVIRONMENT (L - ONLY) BY MAX RUSTON (UNITED NATIONS)
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-15 [03] SERBIAN JOURNALIST HONORED BY MIKE O'SULLIVAN (LOS ANGELES)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-14 [21] ANKARA, Oct 14 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel Thursday received Nadejda Mihailova, Bulgarian Foreign Minister. Pointing out that the relations between Turkey and Bulgaria are very well and improving day by day, Demirel said he defends the Turkish-Bulgarian friendship in every opportunity. Emphasizing that he thinks this friendship is in its highest level nowadays, Demirel noted that not only Bulgarian President Petar Stoyanov but also the Bulgarian Prime Minister and the other Bulgarian officials attribute importance to this friendship as much as Turkey. Stressing that nearly all kinds of agreements, including the free trade agreement, was signed between the two countries, Demirel drew the attention that the trade volume between the two countries reached 600 million U.S. dollars. Noting that many Turkish enterpreneurs started to make business in Bulgaria to contribute to the development of this country, Demirel stated that Turkey opened banks in Bulgaria. Demirel continued, ''additional to the improvement of the bilateral relations, we had cooperation in not only Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSCE) but also in the diplomatic and political relations with this country and the Balkans. We have taken joint steps for the security and stability of the Balkans.'' Emphasizing the cooperation of the two countries in the Kosovo dispute, Demirel stressed that they will continue their relations with the present understanding, cooperation and trust. Demirel thanked Bulgaria for the aid and assistance she sent following the quake disaster. Mihailova said that the relations between the two countries continuously improve and that the improving relations contribute not only to the two countries but also to the regional stability. Emphasizing that the cooperation will continue to increase the welfare, Mihailova noted that they discussed the bilateral relations and the regional problems during his contacts in Ankara. Stressing that they discussed the multi-national peace force headquarters which was established in Plovdiv, Mihailova stated that this is the indicator of setting up a new climate in the Balkans. Noting that they discussed the visits which will be paid by Bulgarian Parliament Speaker and the Chairman of the Bulgarian Foreign Relations Commission during his contacts, Mihailova stressed that President Stoyanov will probably pay an official visit to Turkey in the first months of 2000. Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister, also participated in the meeting.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-14 [22] PRESIDENT DEMIREL DUE IN KOSOVO
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-14 [23] ANKARA, Oct 14 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel will go to Kosovo for one-day visit on Friday. The Foreign Ministry statement said on Wednesday that Demirel will visit Turkish units which work under the auspices of Kosovo Force (KFOR). Emphasizing that Demirel will meet with the kinsmen and hold contacts with the leaders of the Kosovars, the statement noted that Demirel will visit the Turkish cooperation offices in Prizren and Pristina which work to provide the cooperation of the humanitarian aid facilities to Kosovo. Noting that Turkey has strong historical, humanitarian, and cultural ties with Kosovo, the statement stressed that Turkey did not refrain from any self-sacrifice and carried out all kinds of efforts to solve the problems from the very beginning. Pointing out that Turkey tried to contribute to the efforts of establishing lasting peace and stability in Kosovo and healing the wounds; the statement emphasized that Demirel's visit will be held within this framework. The statement added that Demirel visit will indicate the close attention that Turkey pays to the problems in Kosovo and that it will improve the present ties between Turkish people and Kosovars. Demirel will be accompanied by General Huseyin Kivrikoglu, the Chief of General Staff, and Sabahattin Cakmakoglu, the National Defense Minister, during his visit.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-15 [01] Meidani holds talks with Thaci on situation in Kosova
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-15 [02] Party of Democratic Progress of Kosova formed
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-15 [03] Press review
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-15 [11] March of Albanians in northern Mitrovice halted
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-15 [17] Serbia pledges stability in the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-15 [19] Priorities in macro-economic field to be defined next week
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-15 [21] Chiavarelli takes command of COMMZ(W) in Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-15 [23] Free elections, obligation for Kosovars - Thaci
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-15 [26] Kosova Protection Corps, reliable source for all ethnic groups
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 202, 99-10-15 [10] KOSOVARS TRY TO STORM BRIDGE IN MITROVICA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 202, 99-10-15 [11] ANNAN CALLS FOR MULTI-ETHNIC KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 202, 99-10-15 [12] ALBANIA'S MILO WARNS AGAINST NEGLECTING KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 202, 99-10-15 [13] TURKISH PRESIDENT VISITS KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 202, 99-10-15 [14] NEW LICENSE PLATES FOR KOSOVA
Articles about Greece
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-15 [06] GREEK MEDIA: "EU LAID OUT RED CARPET'
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-15 [09] UNIVERSITY RECTORS IN ATHENS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-15 [25] CANDIDATE COUNTRY - BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-14 [18] ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE) - -------------------- DENKTAS PREPARED IN ADVANCE Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) who is waiting for the visit of Alfred Moses, the U.S. President's Speciel Representative to Cyprus, spoke clearly: ''there can't be a solution without us.'' Acting prudently towards the efforts of the U.S. for a solution on Cyprus, Denktas said the U.S. did not interest in the Cyprus question for the first time. He said that Bill Clinton's Special Representative to Cyprus Alfred Moses, who will meet him next Tuesday, should first of all listen to the sides before bringing any package. Refusing to accept the opinion of the U.S.'s being the fourth guarantor state after Turkey, Greece, and Britain, Denktas said, ''the Greek-Cypriots are in favour of U.S.'s guarantorship to dilute the guarantorship on the island.'' Denktas reiterated that they won't attend direct talks without the recognition of the TRNC as a separate state.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-14 [27] ANKARA, October 14 (A.A) - Alfred Moses, U.S. President Bill Clinton's Special Envoy to Cyprus, said on Thursday that his meeting with Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit was ''friendly and constructive.'' Prime Minister Ecevit received Moses, who is currently in Turkey within the framework of his tour covering Ankara, Athens, and Lefkosa. Speaking to journalists following the meeting, Moses said he had met with Ecevit in Washington D.C. on September 28, adding that this visit was a continuation of the meeting. Moses said he is scheduled to meet with Glafcos Clerides, Greek Cypriot leader, and President Rauf Denktas of the Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to take further steps ''within the framework of principles.'' Clinton's Special Envoy said his meeting with Ecevit took place in a friendly atmosphere, noting that it was a constructive meeting. Mark Parris, the U.S. Ambassador to Ankara, was also present at the meeting.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-14 [35] ANKARA, Oct 14 (A.A) - Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister, Thursday received Alfred Moses, the U.S. President Bill Clinton's Special Envoy to Cyprus. Following his meeting with Cem, Moses will be received by Premier Bulent Ecevit and President Suleyman Demirel. Moses, who is accompanied by Thomas Weston, the U.S. State Department Special Coordinator to Cyprus, is expected to visit Athens and Lefkosa following his contacts in Ankara. The U.S. officials and Premier Ecevit had planned Moses' visit to Turkey during Ecevit's visit to the U.S.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-15 [15] Italy and Greece main partners in trade, according to INSTAT
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-15 [28] Cooperation between Greek, Albanian lobbies in U.S. benefits Albania
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-15 [25] CANDIDATE COUNTRY - BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-14 [18] ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE) - -------------------- DENKTAS PREPARED IN ADVANCE Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) who is waiting for the visit of Alfred Moses, the U.S. President's Speciel Representative to Cyprus, spoke clearly: ''there can't be a solution without us.'' Acting prudently towards the efforts of the U.S. for a solution on Cyprus, Denktas said the U.S. did not interest in the Cyprus question for the first time. He said that Bill Clinton's Special Representative to Cyprus Alfred Moses, who will meet him next Tuesday, should first of all listen to the sides before bringing any package. Refusing to accept the opinion of the U.S.'s being the fourth guarantor state after Turkey, Greece, and Britain, Denktas said, ''the Greek-Cypriots are in favour of U.S.'s guarantorship to dilute the guarantorship on the island.'' Denktas reiterated that they won't attend direct talks without the recognition of the TRNC as a separate state.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-14 [26] PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT RECEIVES MOSES, CLINTON'S SPECIAL ENVOY TO CYPRUS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-14 [27] ANKARA, October 14 (A.A) - Alfred Moses, U.S. President Bill Clinton's Special Envoy to Cyprus, said on Thursday that his meeting with Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit was ''friendly and constructive.'' Prime Minister Ecevit received Moses, who is currently in Turkey within the framework of his tour covering Ankara, Athens, and Lefkosa. Speaking to journalists following the meeting, Moses said he had met with Ecevit in Washington D.C. on September 28, adding that this visit was a continuation of the meeting. Moses said he is scheduled to meet with Glafcos Clerides, Greek Cypriot leader, and President Rauf Denktas of the Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to take further steps ''within the framework of principles.'' Clinton's Special Envoy said his meeting with Ecevit took place in a friendly atmosphere, noting that it was a constructive meeting. Mark Parris, the U.S. Ambassador to Ankara, was also present at the meeting.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-14 [32] CLINTON IS NOT HOPEFUL FOR A SOLUTION ON CYPRUS BEFORE 2001
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-14 [33] WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (A.A) – U.S. President Bill Clinton who expresses in every opportunity his desire to find a solution for the Cyprus question before his term of office is concluded, said he is not hopeful for a solution on Cyprus before the year 2001 even if the U.S. Congress does not raise more difficulties in front of him. Mike Hammer, the U.S. President's National Security Spokesman, said on Thursday that the continuous prevention of the President by the Congress in foreign policy like in the approval of the Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty makes reaching the targets difficult. Hammer said Cyprus and Northern Ireland are among the targets that are prevented from reaching a solution but the President sees a solution unlikely before January 2001 even if the Congress does not raise more difficulties.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-14 [34] FM CEM RECEIVES MOSES, U.S. SPECIAL ENVOY TO CYPRUS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-14 [35] ANKARA, Oct 14 (A.A) - Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister, Thursday received Alfred Moses, the U.S. President Bill Clinton's Special Envoy to Cyprus. Following his meeting with Cem, Moses will be received by Premier Bulent Ecevit and President Suleyman Demirel. Moses, who is accompanied by Thomas Weston, the U.S. State Department Special Coordinator to Cyprus, is expected to visit Athens and Lefkosa following his contacts in Ankara. The U.S. officials and Premier Ecevit had planned Moses' visit to Turkey during Ecevit's visit to the U.S.

Saturday, 16 October 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-16 [01] Flights in Tirane-Pristine line resume
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-16 [03] First civil airplane flew today from Tirana to Prishtina
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-16 [04] "World Doctors" - project to help the health service in Korce
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-16 [07] Albania and Kosova should not transmit negative phenomena to each other - Majko
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-16 [08] NATO to continue to stay in Albania - Reinhard
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-16 [13] Albanians should try more to find long-term solution to Kosova - Milo
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-16 [14] Albanian political factor in Kosova should be unified - Surroi
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-16 [15] Writer Ismail Kadare supports campaign "2000 - year against shots"

Sunday, 17 October 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-16 [04] HURRIYET (LIBERAL) - ------------------ SECOND ''FATHER'' AFTER 88 YEARS President Suleyman Demirel is the first Turkish President who paid an official visit to Kosovo after 88 years. Kosovar people welcomed President Demirel by chanting slogans as ''Father, Welcome to Kosovo''. Albanians had welcomed Sultan Reshad on June 5, 1911. Addressing kinsmen, Demirel said, ''You should protect your unity, solidarity, culture, and traditions.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-16 [24] PRISTINA/ANKARA, Oct 16 (A.A) - President Demirel responded to questions of journalists on the plane on his way to Turkey from Kosovo on Friday night. Demirel said he was very satisfied with his visit in Kosovo. ''This visit had some goals. First of all, there was an image that Turkey failed to follow up on some issues because of the quake disaster. We monitored closely the developments in Kosovo. Turkey's foreign policy made very important services in Kosovo issue. The 50th year meeting of NATO in Washington D.C. turned into a Kosovo meeting. Turkey was one of the four or five countries who defended NATO's success over this issue at the meeting. Turkey is very interested in maintaining stability and peace in Balkans. Secondly, there is a Turkish minority living in the Balkans, and they have to feel themselves secure,'' Demirel explained. ''The Turkish minority tries not to get involved with incidents and their efforts are supported by Turkey,'' Demirel stressed. ''We wanted to assure these people that they still have Turkey's support,'' he said. Referring to the Turkish troops in Kosovo, Demirel said Turkish soldiers performed very important duties in the area. ''The Turkish minority has rights and responsiblities in the reconstruction of Kosovo. Kosovo will be a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural place, and the Turkish minority will take its place there. They will take part in political discussions, and in Kosovo's administration. To do this, they have to preserve their unity,'' Demirel stated. ''Both Turks and Albanians will have very important roles in Kosovo. The unity is important. I told both Turks and Albanians. We are concerned with Albanians as much as we are concerned with Turks,'' he continued. Upon a question about Kosovo's future, Demirel reminded the U.N.'s resolution No: 1244. ''There are two conditions in resolition No: 1244; one is about autonomy and the other is about self-government. I told the NATO Commander and the U.N. Representative that Turkey should have an important role in this process,'' President Demirel pointed out. Responding to another question, Demirel said the Turkish minority in Kosovo had problems in preserving their cultural heritage. ''We gave messages. Turkey continues to be interested in Kosovo and the Balkans, and she carries out her responsibilities. We asked the world not to forget the Turks in Kosovo. We also stressed that the most important issue in Kosovo is security,'' Demirel said. He noted that the life in Kosovo was back to normal, and he was pleased about the developments. When reminded about the lack of Turkish radio and television broadcast in Kosovo, Demirel said that he told the U.N. officials to work on the issue. When a reported reminded that some circles in the West resemble this situation to the Kurdish problem, Demirel answers, ''Yugoslavia is composed of ten nations. There are ten languages, and three religions. There is no such situation in Turkey''. ''Turkey is concerned with problems in the world. Turkey does not want the Turkish minority to be hurt by these problems,'' he stressed.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-16 [26] PRISTINE/ANKARA, Oct 16 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel evaluated his one-day visit to Kosovo, and answered the questions of journalists aboard the plane on his return to Turkey late on Friday. President Suleyman Demirel said Turkey has to work hard at the Baku-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline and Turkmen natural gas via the Caspian, stressing that the discussions on the Turkmen natural gas and Blue Stream Project were wrong. Recalling that he would leave for a visit to Azerbaijan on Monday, Demirel said, ''Mr. Aliyev, with his own definition, wants to make pomposity, but I definitely don't want any pomposity. Because we have domestic pains and troubles. I will observe the situation there. What's happening and how is it going? Turkey has to work hard at the Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline, and the Turkmen gas via the Caspian.'' ''Of course, there is a confusion. I want to say something. Today, Turkey consumes ten billion cubic meters gas, she has to use twenty billion cubic meters. Turkey will be obliged to reduce the gas she gives to the industry within five-six months. The situation becomes grave when you can't give gas to energy power plants. Turkey will be need of 53 billion cubic meters gas in the year 2010. I will purchase it wherever I find. I won't consider the priority. I will purchase it from the one which will finish earlier. Turkey has to produce power. The development of Turkey in next decade depends on this. If Turkey will become one of the top ten developed countries, she has to develop her industry, and this depends on electricity and gas,'' the President said. Responding to a question, Demirel said the discussions on the Turkmen natural gas and the Blue Stream Project were wrong. When asked how he evaluated the Turkmen President's statements, Demirel said, ''on my personal view, it was somehow a concern.'' Recalling that he will visit the disaster area together with Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit on Sunday, Demirel said they will deliver the temporary huts at first stage. Responding to a question, Demirel said he was pleased with the performances of the government concerning the aid to quake survivors. ''I receive reports every day from the ministers. The essential problem in Turkey is the quake zone. It has to be solved before the winter,'' he said. ''Turkey is not a country that can not afford her expenses. However, Turkey became a country which has difficulties in bearing herself due to the interest burden. The most serious problem in Turkey is the quake. The second one is the public finance. The third one is the balance of payments. The first one is natural disaster but Turkey has to solve other problems. There can't be a country whose public finance is well-arranged,'' he said.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [12] DEMIREL DUE TO KOSOVO President Suleyman Demirel will go to Kosovo together with Gen. Huseyin Kivrikoglu, Chief of General Staff, and Sabahattin Cakmakoglu, Minister of National Defense. Presidential Press Center statement said Demirel will visit headquarters of Turkish Forces in Mamusa and Prizren.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [19] PRESIDENT DEMIREL LEAVES FOR KOSOVO
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [20] ANKARA, Oct 15 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Friday that a new era started in Kosovo after the NATO accomplished its operation, the Peace Plan and after the resolutions of the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council were adopted. Prior to his departure from the Esenboga Airport of Ankara, Demirel noted that now it's time to heal the wounds and establish peace. Stressing that he leaves for Kosovo for one-day visit, Demirel stated that a delegation including General Huseyin Kivrikoglu, Chief of General Staff; Sabahattin Cakmakoglu, National Defense Minister; and high- ranking officials accompanies him during his visit. Noting that they will visit the Turkish Mission Force Commandership working under the auspices of Kosovo Force (KFOR), Demirel stressed that they will later visit the Turkish Coordination Offices in Prizren and Pristina and receive information about the efforts. Stating that he will meet with the administrators of the U.N. Kosovo Mission which carries out efforts in Kosovo, Demirel emphasized that he will come together with the representatives of the Kosovars and the kinsmen and will address the people. Recalling that the humanitarian tragedy in Kosovo had a dimension which threatened the peace and security in the Balkans and Europe in the first half of this year, Demirel said that this development caused many Kosovars becoming refugees. Demirel continued, ''as a result of NATO's determined struggle, the humanitarian tragedy ended. As the NATO accomplished its operations and as the Peace Plan and the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council are adopted, a new era started in Kosovo. Now, it's time to heal the wounds and to establish peace.'' Drawing the attention that some new problems are faced in this era, Demirel said, ''but, the efforts to provide a safe atmosphere in Kosovo and to have a pluralist democratic regime which will meet the expectations of all the Kosovars and bring a lasting peace in the region by healing the wounds, continue. Turkey actively contributes to these efforts. The Kosovars who were urged to leave their homes, could return to their homes before the winter comes. This was what we targeted. We are pleased about achieving our target.'' ''Turkey will continue to contribute to the international efforts regarding the establishment of peace and stability in Kosovo and the initiatives of reconstruction of Kosovo from now on,'' Demirel added. Demirel will return to Turkey this evening.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [22] MAMUSHA, Oct 15 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Friday that the European Union (EU) Report on Turkey is a positive step. Responding to questions of journalists in the plane to Kosovo, President Demirel said ''the EU report does not mean everything, but the confirmation of this report in Helsinki meeting and declaration of Turkey as a candidate will improve our relations with Europe.'' Noting that his visit to Kosovo is a belated one, President Demirel said that ''the peace in the Balkans closely interests Turkey.'' Turkey wishes stability in the Balkans, said President Demirel, adding this is to the interest of everybody. ''We launched all kinds of efforts both in our Balkan policy, and European policy to install this stability,'' he said. Pointing out that he will see the situation in Kosovo, President Demirel said that ''we'll see one million Kosovo people, who were earlier refugees.'' Demirel reminded that there are Turkish minority and soldiers in Kosovo. Upon a question about EU Commission's report, President Demirel said ''this is a positive step. We always say that there is an image problem of Turkey and I suppose that Turkey's joining G-20 and the report of EU will contribute well to this image.'' ''What do you think about the coup in Pakistan?'' asked journalists to President Demirel, who stressed that Pakistan is a sister country of Turkey. ''I've always wanted the solution of problems in Pakistan within the framework of constitution. I wish such a coup didn't happen. I wish Pakistan to stay on the legitimate basis and govern its legitimate civilian adiminstration. This is not intervention with their internal affairs. I hope a civilian administration can be established as soon possible by basing on the will of the nation and within the framework of the constitution,'' said President Demirel. ''What kind of a feeling is it to visit Turkish soldiers again in the Balkans as a Turkish leader after 100 years,'' asked a Wall Street Journal reporter to Demirel who said that ''our historical feelings remain in the past. There are many events to be proud of in the history, but we don't base our future on our past. We don't carry the past to present. Today the Turkish Republic and the Turkish nation wish to set up good relations with her neighbours. Turkish soldiers are in the Balkans today to keep the peace.'' ''We'll see what kind of problems the Turkish minority in Kosovo have. There are still 60,000-70,000 Turkish people there. Besides there are many people of different ethnic origins in Kosovo. These people should be the holder of rights in the future of Kosovo. Many painful events took place in Kosovo. We want peace and stability, we want people to live together. There are successful steps taken in that direction. We greet all Kosovo people,'' said President Demirel. President Demirel later had a briefing in the Turkish Force Headquarters in Mamusha.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [23] PRESIDENT DEMIREL IN KOSOVO - DEMIREL ADDRESSES TO KINSMEN IN MAMUSHA: - ''A NEW PERIOD STARTED IN KOSOVO''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [24] MAMUSHA, Oct 15 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel arrived on Friday in Kosovo for a one-day visit. Addressing in a meeting to the kinsmen living in Mamusha city, Suleyman Demirel said, ''I am happy to be with you here today. I bring you your 65 million brothers' and sisters' kind regards. The whole world clearly knows that you have been trying to protect your existence and live in peace under difficult conditions for long years.'' Noting that a serious humanitarian tragedy was experienced in Kosovo, Demirel said the people, who wanted to take revenge from the history, caused great pains, sufferings and grief in the Balkans. ''While you, our Kosovar brothers and sisters, are trying to protect your most natural right of living here, the minds, hearts and prayers of the Turkish nation are always been with you. We have always shared your grief and concerns,'' he said. Stressing that Turkey did her best to ease those concerns and pains, and will continue to do so, Demirel said, ''Kosovo is very important for Turkey. Your existence here creates first of all a great spiritual responsibility for us. Our interest in Kosovo is based on the historical, cultural and humanitarian ties.'' ''The Turks, Albanians, Serbs and other ethnic groups have lived in peace and harmony in the free climate of the Balkans for centuries. However, the winds of ethnic nationalism resulted in the definition of the region as a powder keg where a strife could break out at any moment since the 19th century. The enmity of those who lived together has been incited. Thus great pains have been suffered. The aggressive ethnic nationalism, which takes the discrimination as a basis in 20th century, has made the Balkans be one of the hot regions in the world. The Balkans became a region, which is full of ethnic tensions. The Balkans became a region which once again threatens the peace and stability in whole Europe. The Balkans became a region where ethnic cleansing policies are carried out, hundred thousands of people are forced to abandon their homelands, innocent people are killed, mass graves are dug, '' he said. Stating that the ethnic discrimination did not bring anything to the Balkans except bloodshed and tears, Demirel said, ''the region, which has suffered a lot till today, has to see the reality. The incidents occurred in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo should not happen again.'' Noting that a new period started in Kosovo, the President said he wants the wounds of the past healed rapidly, the traces of war removed, and Kosovo be the region of peace and stability in spite of being the center of disputes. Recalling that Turkey opened her doors to the Kosovars who escaped from ethnic cleansing, and made efforts to host those people, Demirel said this was a humanitarian duty. ''I emphasized especially this issue at the Stability Pact Summit in Sarajevo on July 30. We wished the Summit to be a historical turning point in the bad fortune of the Balkans. I stressed at that Summit that important steps should be taken in the shortest time-frame to heal the wounds in Kosovo, otherwise, the stability pact, which aimed at bringing stability in whole Balkans, would fail. I called on the international cummunity to help Kosovo urgently,'' he said. ''The only way to succeed in working and living together in peace is the respect for democracy, supremacy of law and human rights,'' the President stressed. ''Settlement of peaceful atmosphere in Kosovo and continuation of the Turkish existence in Kosovo are very important for Turkey. The Turkish public opinion is very sensitive in this issue. Turkey has always been with her kinsmen, and will continue to do so. What Turkey is seeking in Kosovo is peace, brotherhood and cooperation. Turkey wishes these for all Kosovar people,'' he said. Emphasizing that Turkey's support and assistance to overcome the troublesome period in the shortest time will continue increasingly, Demirel said, ''we opened coordination bureaus in Pristina and Prizren. One of the basic duties of these bureaus is to contribute to solution of problems of all Kosovar people, and help in supplying the urgent demands of these people.'' Stressing that the Turkish military unit serves the peace in Kosovo, Demirel said, ''within this framework, deployment of our one squadron in Mamusha pleased both you and us.'' Stating that almost 60 thousand kinsmen are living in Kosovo, and they announced to the world that the kinsmen have to participate in the administration, Demirel said, ''having equal rights and the opportunity to be represented equally as the Turkish community in the new political structure of Kosovo is your most natural human rights. We will continue to be the defender of your rights.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [25] PRESIDENT DEMIREL IN KOSOVO
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [26] MAMUSHA, Oct 15 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Friday that when the negotiations regarding the final status of Kosovo start, Turkey will continue to defend the representation of Turkish society in Kosovo in this process within the framework of equity principle. Addressing in a meeting to the kinsmen living in Mamusha city, Suleyman Demirel called on Kosovar people to help the efforts of civilized world, adding ''all Albanians, Turks and Serbs should launch efforts to live together and help all the U.N. officials.'' ''We are follower of your rights, but no result can be taken if you are not in unity. We only want you to be in unity,'' said President Demirel, who was applauded by the crowd which shouted slogans of ''father, father.'' ''All of you had lived through difficult years. All of you share the future's fate in Kosovo,'' said President Demirel. ''Turkey will always behind you in protecting your identity and developing your culture,'' said President Demirel, adding ''each of you function as a friendship bridge between the Balkans and Turkey. You lived in these territories and will continue to live. The bad fortune of the Balkans is behind. We must create an integrated, democratic, prosperous and peaceful Balkans now.'' ''I all calling the countries in the Balkans from here, let's unite our powers to write a new history. Let's build a new Kosovo and new Balkans,'' said President thanking all U.N. officials including Turkish soldiers who serve the peace. ''The world's eyes are on Kosovo. I came here to help all U.N. officials and the soldiers of all countries,'' he added.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [27] PRESIDENT DEMIREL IN KOSOVO: ''A LASTING PEACE HAS TO BE INSTALLED IN KOSOVO IN COMING DAYS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [28] PRIZREN, Oct 15 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Friday that a lasting peace has to be installed in Kosovo in the coming days. After concluding his contacts in Mamusha, President Demirel proceeded to Prizren by helicopter. President Demirel was welcomed by Turks there. The representatives of kinsmen explained their problems and wishes from Turkey to President Demirel. They told Demirel that they want Turkish language to be official, television channels to broadcast in Turkish language, radio TRT FM to broadcast in Prizren, a Turkish high school to be founded in Prizren. They also stressed that a discrimination was shown against Turks in Kosovo. ''Turkey has to help Kosovo to protect our identity, we want to live here as Turks,'' the representatives said. ''You are the first Turkish head of state who came here after Sultan Resad,'' they told Demirel. President Demirel said in his part that a violence was seen in Kosovo, although Turkey warned the world before these developments took place. ''We owe you spiritually, therefore we closely monitor the developments in Kosovo. We wish Kosovo to have many languages, religions, ethnics and the Turks to get the place which they deserve in formation of Kosovo,'' President Demirel said.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [30] PRISTINA, October 15 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel who came to Pristina from Prizren visited the tomb of Murat the First who was killed by the Serbian Milos Obilic during the Kosovo Battle in 1386. Here, Demirel prayed and later signed the special notebook of the tomb. Responding to a question of a tv reporter, Demirel said Murat the First was one of the first Ottoman rulers who advanced to Central Europe. Demirel also sent his love and respect to Turks who live in Pristina. President Demirel later went to Turkish Cooperation Bureau and met with the temporary government authorities. He also visited the Turkish Troop in Prizren and had dinner there. Demirel submitted 10,000 U.S. dollars to the Commander of the Turkish Troop to be used to meet their needs. He also visited the tents where Turkish soldiers stay. President Demirel was given a briefing when he visited Mamusha. He later thanked Izzet Cetingoz, the Commander of the military unit for the briefing and wished success to all the soldiers in the unit. ''Despite all difficulties, Turkish Armed Forces is fulfiling its task here in accordance with the decision of the United Nations. You have come a long way to turn the life back to normal. I congragulate you and wish you success. I am sure that you do everything perfectly. I have brought much love to you from Turkey,'' President Demirel told Turkish soldiers.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [31] DEMIREL IN KOSOVO
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [32] PRISTINA, October 15 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel received General Klaus Reinhardt, the IFOR Commander and Bernard Kouchner, the Chairman of UNMIC at the Turkish Coordination Bureau in Pristina on Friday. Demirel later came together with the members of Kosovo Turkish Representation Delegation and called on Turks in Kosovo to act in unity. President Demirel later addressed to Turks who waited for hours in front of the Turkish Cooperation Bureau. He told them that Turkey wanted peace, welfare and happiness in Balkans. ''The suffering will end in Kosovo. Turkey, like it has done before, will continue to help Kosovo,'' Demirel said. Turks, Albanians, Serbians, Bosnians and everybody who lives in Kosovo should live in peace in a multi-national environment, Demirel stressed.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-17 [01] Albanians must manifest dignity and humanism - Milo
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-17 [02] Mission of International Community is to defend minorities - Kouchner
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-17 [03] Kouchner to visit Albania in November
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-17 [04] Exhumations in Kukes, threat for epidemics and violation of law
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-17 [05] Mine cleaning on border zones attracts attention of humanitarian associations
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-17 [08] Albanian Airlines starts Tirane-Prishtine flight
Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-16 [08] DOG FIGHT IN AEGEAN SEA Greece claimed that Turkish war planes violated ''air traffic rules'' in the Athens Flight Information Route (FIR). Athens News Agency (ANA) claimed that 8 Turkish F-16 and F-4 war planes which violated the air traffic rules, were forced to turn back by Greek war planes.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-16 [15] ALL THE WAYS COME TO SAME POINT: BRUSSELS After Germany and Britain, Denmark, Austria and France wanted the acceptance of Turkey's EU candidacy. The summit of the EU leaders yesterday in Tampere, Finland, reinforced Turkey's hope for candidacy status. Denmark, Austria and France announced that they agree with the EU Commission's opinion for granting Turkiy candidacy status. Although it was not clearly expressed, the EU expects some gestures from Ankara concerning especially human rights and Cyprus question. Sweden and Greece are the spokesmen of these gestures which are expected to be got ready in time for the EU Council meeting in December.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-16 [32] TAMPERE, Oct 16 (A.A) - Turkey's European Union (EU) candidacy was discussed in detail at the dinner of the EU leaders at the Tampere Summit in Finland on Friday. Staging a press briefing following the dinner, Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis gave the message that Athens won't obstruct Ankara's candidacy at Helsinki Summit. Simitis stated that the process for announcement of Turkey's candidacy continues in a positive atmosphere. The Greek Prime Minister said that some members expressed their drawbacks regarding announcement of Turkey's candidacy at the meeting. Simitis said members stated at the meeting that both the EU and Turkey have bilateral responsibilities for the announcement of her candidacy at Helsinki Summit. Greek Premier Simitis indirectly stated that Athens does not have an intention to put forward a precondition for Turkey's EU candidacy before the Helsinki Summit. While France, Germany and Britain announced that they will support Turkey's candidacy at the Helsinki Summit, Sweden claimed that pressure has to be put on Turkey concerning human rights to grant her EU candidacy status. The EU leaders' summit will end today.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-16 [37] TURKISH-GREEK RELATIONS - 31-MEMBER KOS ISLAND DELEGATION ARRIVES IN BODRUM
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-16 [38] BODRUM, Oct 16 (A.A) - A 31-member Kos Island delegation arrived on Saturday in Bodrum as the guests of the Promotion of Bodrum Foundation (BOTAV). The delegation headed by Vasilus Xipolitas, the Head Official of Kos Island, arrived at the Bodrum Port early the same day with a ferryboat. The Greek delegation was welcomed by Ugur Boran, the Head Official of Bodrum; Emin Anter, the Mayor of Bodrum; and Sahin Ali Birer, the Chairman of the BOTAV. The guest delegation firstly visited the Bodrum Castle and the underwater archaeology museum inside the castle. The delegation, which also visited the Bodrum bazaar, will spend two days in this county of Mugla province in the Aegean. Speaking to the A.A correspondent, BOTAV Chairman Birer said they had paid a visit to Kos Island in 1997, giving the start for warming relations. Stressing the importance of cooperation between the Turkish and Greek peoples after the quake disasters, Birer said, ''we invited them to Bodrum, and they responded favorably to our kind invitation. We will host them here for two days.'' Birer said the relations between Bodrum and Kos Island will continue in coming years, and they want to cooperate in every field especially tourism.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-16 [84] July 31, 1980 - Athens, Greece Galip Ozmen, the Administrative Attache at the Turkish Embassy, and his family are attacked by Armenian terrorists while sitting in their car. Galip Ozmen and his fourteen-year-old daughter, Neslihan, are killed in the attack. His wife, Sevil, and his sixteen-year- old son, Kaan, are wounded. Credit for the double killing is claimed by ASALA.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-16 [99] November 4, 1980 - Geneva, Switzerland The Swiss Palace of Justice in Geneva is heavily damaged by a bomb explosion. Credit is claimed by ''October 3.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [11] CUMHURIYET (LEFT) - ---------------- ATHENS TO REMAIN ALONE Officials of Foreign Ministry who said ''Advancement Report'' prepared by European Union Commission was accepted generally by the Council, pointed out that the report will be accepted in Helsinki Summit. Noting that oppositions to Turkey's candidacy came from Sweden, Denmark, and Greece, the officials said if Scandinavian countries can be convinced, Greece will remain alone and can not oppose more.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [35] TURKISH-GREEK FRIENDSHIP AT EU TAMPERE SUMMIT
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [46] BRUSSELS, Oct 15 (A.A) - The Association of Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen (TUSIAD) delegation continues its contacts in the capitals of the European Union (EU) countries. The delegation led by Erkut Yuvaoglu, the Chairman of the TUSIAD Board, wrapped up its contacts in Sweden and Finland on Friday. Stressing the importance of contacts in Sweden which is ''suspicious'' about Turkey's EU candidacy, the delegation members said they held contacts at the Union of Swedish Industrialists and the Union of Swedish Employers, they formed the common opinion of the Turkish and Swedish private sectors, adding, ''we conveyed the compromise we reached with the Swedish unions that Turkey's EU membership is for the common benefit of the two sides to the political flank.'' The TUSIAD delegation, which met with Leif Pagrotsky, the Swedish Minister of Foreign Economic Affairs, and the members of the Swedish Parliament's Foreign Affairs Commission, also visited the editors in chief of two biggest dailies in Sweden. TUSIAD emphasized that ''Turkey contributed to very clear, friendly and detailed dialogue concerning the acceptance of her EU candidacy.'' The TUSIAD delegation was received by Finnish President Martti Ahtissari and government officials. Evaluating the delegation's contacts in Sweden and Finland, Bahadir Kelagasi, the TUSIAD's Representative to Brussels, said, ''we gave the message that there can be differences in position towards the problems and solution methods but when it is believed that Turkey's participation will be advantageous, a compromise should be reached on the method for reaching this target.'' ''We reached a compromise that acceptance of Turkey's EU candidacy and her participation in the enlargement process together with other candidates will be the rightest thing,'' he said. The TUSIAD delegation, which defined the EU Commission's progress report as a positive move, announced that it will continue its contacts in EU capitals by visiting Italy and France next week, adding that those visits will be followed by the visits to Denmark and Greece. ''Meanwhile, our immense contacts with the German industrialists and companies continue,'' Kelagasi said.
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-16 [13] CALL FROM DENKTAS TO CLINTON The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas said that U.S. President Bill Clinton's announcement of his acceptance of the two-state principle on Cyprus will be sufficient for peace on the island. Denktas said, ''the way to peace will be immediately opened when Mr. Clinton says that he recognizes the two states, telling the truth.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-16 [15] ALL THE WAYS COME TO SAME POINT: BRUSSELS After Germany and Britain, Denmark, Austria and France wanted the acceptance of Turkey's EU candidacy. The summit of the EU leaders yesterday in Tampere, Finland, reinforced Turkey's hope for candidacy status. Denmark, Austria and France announced that they agree with the EU Commission's opinion for granting Turkiy candidacy status. Although it was not clearly expressed, the EU expects some gestures from Ankara concerning especially human rights and Cyprus question. Sweden and Greece are the spokesmen of these gestures which are expected to be got ready in time for the EU Council meeting in December.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-16 [99] November 4, 1980 - Geneva, Switzerland The Swiss Palace of Justice in Geneva is heavily damaged by a bomb explosion. Credit is claimed by ''October 3.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [14] MOSES, U.S. SPECIAL ENVOY TO CYPRUS, TAKES PULSE Alfred Moses, U.S. President Bill Clinton's Special Envoy to Cyprus, started his contacts in Ankara. Moses said that their aim is to start the comprehensive meetings between Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), and Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek Cypriot side, before the autumn ends. Turkey said that she wants to start indirect meetings and these meetings to lay the groundwork for the direct meetings.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-15 [38] TAMPERE, Oct 15 (A.A) - France requested announcement of Turkey's candidacy to European Union (EU) at Helsinki Summit. Staging a press conference on Friday during the EU Tampere Summit, Catherine Colana, the Spokesman of French President Jacques Chirac, said they support announcement of Turkey as a candidate country. Colana said Turkey's EU candidacy will be brought onto the agenda of the dinner of the EU leaders, and France hopes to reach a positive result till the Helsinki Summit. The EU Commission on last Wednesday requested the EU to grant Turkey candidacy status at the Helsinki Summit in December. Meanwhile, European Parliament Speaker Nicole Fontaine claimed that Turkey has to make a gesture concerning the Cyprus question before announcement of her EU candidacy in Helsinki. Speaking to Turkish reporters, Fontaine said the start of intercommunal talks on Cyprus under the supervision of the U.N. will be an important gesture of Turkey, adding, ''Turkey can't prevent another's candidacy while it wants to be a candidate.'' The European Parliament, which is advisory organ of the EU, does not have the right of taking a binding decision for Turkey's candidacy. However, the European Parliament has the right to veto during the process of full-membership after candidacy.

Monday, 18 October 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-18 [01] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMS... FROM THE COLUMNS... TURCO-GREEK RELATIONS AND THE CYPRUS PROBLEM - BY TANJU ERDEM
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-18 [26] TURCO-GREEK RELATIONS AND THE CYPRUS PROBLEM - BY TANJU ERDEM (CUMHURIYET)
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-18 [27] GREEN LIGHT FROM THE EU - BY SUKRU ELEKDAG (MILLIYET)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-17 [17] THREE TOURISTS KILLED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT A passenger bus carrying German tourists to Izmir from Bodrum collided with a lorry near Milas county of Aegean Mugla province. Seven people including three German tourists were killed in the accident while 22 others were injured.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-18 [11] Greece provides 120 million drachmas for education in Gjirokaster and Vlore
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-18 [18] Bank of Black Sea asked to credit SME-s
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 203, 99-10-18 [31] ALBANIA'S RIVAL PARTIES STICK WITH OLD LEADERS
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-18 [01] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMS... FROM THE COLUMNS... TURCO-GREEK RELATIONS AND THE CYPRUS PROBLEM - BY TANJU ERDEM
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-18 [26] TURCO-GREEK RELATIONS AND THE CYPRUS PROBLEM - BY TANJU ERDEM (CUMHURIYET)
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-18 [26] TURCO-GREEK RELATIONS AND THE CYPRUS PROBLEM - BY TANJU ERDEM (CUMHURIYET)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-18 [03] Cohabitation with Serbs, another challenge for Kosova people
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-18 [04] Albanian Foreign Minister visits Adem Jashari house
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-18 [08] German Defence Minister to visit Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-18 [09] Albanian Foreing Minister concludes visit in Kosova
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-18 [10] IMF to give finish in touch to Albania's budget for 2000
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-18 [22] Milo, Thaci officiate Tirane-Prishtine relations
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 203, 99-10-18 [23] KFOR SAYS UCK VIOLATED AGREEMENT
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 203, 99-10-18 [24] KOSOVA'S SERBS TO SEEK OWN 'PROTECTION FORCE'
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 203, 99-10-18 [25] DRASKOVIC BLASTS ALBANIAN PLANS FOR KOSOVA OFFICE
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 203, 99-10-18 [31] ALBANIA'S RIVAL PARTIES STICK WITH OLD LEADERS

Tuesday, 19 October 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-19 [06] MILLIYET (LIBERAL) - ----------------- GESTURE OF ATHENS The Greek Foreign Ministry approved the education with books in Turkish language at the schools in the Turkish minority in Western Thrace who have been exposed to oppression for years. Athens which has rejected Turkey's application for long years, took this decision last week after making some changes in the books. The Turkish minority who will make use of the decision, will gain contemporary reading books which have actual contents. The books of which publishment was started immediately, will be distributed to the Turkish children next month. A new period will begin for the students who are currently trying to learn Turkish language from the photocopies of the books of 1950s.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-19 [07] GESTURE FROM ATHENS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-19 [12] CHAIRMAN OF WORLD CLERICAL COUNCIL
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-19 [13] WELCOME FRIENDS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-18 [28] GREEK JOURNALISTS DEPART TURKEY
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-18 [29] ISTANBUL, Oct 18 (A.A) - A group of Greek journalists who came to Turkey as guest of the Press Council and the Press Council's Solidarity and Development Foundation, departed Turkey on Monday. Addressing journalists at the Ataturk Airport prior to their departure, Nicos Georgiades, Editor in Chief of Eksosia Newspaper, expressed profound satisfaction over hospitality in Turkey. Noting that problems between the press members of both countries needed more time to be solved, Georgiades added that they have taken the first step towards overcoming such problems. Emphasizing that mutual contacts should include overall journalists of both countries, Georgiades pointed out that a group of Turkish journalists would pay a visit to Athens in coming days with the aim of attending preparation works for the Press Council meeting in Athens in January, 2000.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-18 [50] AEGEAN TO BECOME SEA OF FRIENDSHIP
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-18 [51] ANKARA, Oct 18 (A.A) - The participants of the ''Tourism Forum'' said on Monday that the Aegean Sea should be a sea of friendship and cooperation between Turkey and Greece. A statement from the Tourism Ministry said that the representatives of the Turkish and Greek foreign and tourism ministries and the Turkish private sector participated in the Tourism Forum. The Forum was held in Bodrum county of Aegean Mugla province between 16 and 17 October 1999. The Turkish and Greek delegations were headed by Sevinc Dalyanoglu, Director General of Foreign Ministry Bilateral Economic Affairs, and Alexander Migliaressis, an official from Greek Foreign Ministry. The participants determined their proposals which will be taken up at the 3rd Turkish-Greek Tourism Committee meeting which will be held on October 21, 1999. The statement said that the two delegations expressed their desire to turn the Aegean Sea into a sea of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. The problems which were seen in the organized tours, marinas, yacht tourism, and culture and belief tourism, and the solutions, and the improvement of cooperation in tourism sector, were discussed in the forum. The participants agreed upon ''solving the problems and providing cooperation'' by the efforts of two sub-commissions which were formed on the hotel and travelling agencies, and the sea tourism; the statement said. The statement added that the participants decided to submit the proposals to Turkish and Greek governments to be examined. The statement said that the representatives of the two countries emphasized that they want to come together more often and to improve their cooperation.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-19 [05] Albanian adolescents, generation which falls easily 'prey' of crime
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-19 [19] Italy increases economic contacts with Albania
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 204, 99-10-19 [03] ARMENIA, GREECE SIGN DEFENSE AGREEMENT
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-19 [37] ANKARA, October 19 (A.A) - Husnu Yusuf Gokalp, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, will go to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on a four-day visit. Gokalp will hold various contacts to improve cooperation in the field of agriculture between the two countries. Gokalp will be received by Rauf Denktas, the President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), and is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Mustafa Akinci, the Minister of State, and Irsen Kucuk, the Minister of Agriculture.'' Gokalp is expected to return to Turkey on October 24.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-18 [02] DENKTAS SPEAKS TO CNN TURK Rauf Denktas, President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said he will resign and will begin to strugge if he has to sign an agreement which he does not want with the pressures of the U.S. and Europe. Denktas said ''I will not enter that room sit at negotiation table without seeing the end of the tunnel and before guaranteeing how I will get out of it.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-18 [33] ANKARA, Oct 18 (A.A) - Kursat Eser, the Chairman of the Turkish Group of Turkey-European Union (EU) Joint Parliamentarian Commission, said on Monday that if the EU resolution taken in the Helsinki Summit will be similar to the EU Commission report, this stance will accelerate the Turkey- EU relations. Staging a press conference, Eser gave information about the contacts held in Brussels between October 12 and 16, 1999. Emphasizing that the report proposed partnership of concrete participation strategy to Turkey to get prepared for the EU full membership, Eser noted that the report foresaw the elements of the partnership as deepening the political dialogue, the opportunity to fully participate in all the programs and agencies and adaptation of all Turkish regulations and implementations to EU. Eser continued, ''these elements indicate that Turkey is being considered as an official candidate like all the other candidates by the EU Commission. If the resolutions taken in the Helsinki Summit are similar to the recommendations of the Commission, this stance will carry importance for our relations. As being the Turkish wing of the Joint Parliamentarian Commission, we find the resolution of the Commission very positive and we believe this resolution will accelerate the Turkey-EU relations.'' Stressing that the laws which were recently passed from the parliament had contributions in these developments, Eser stated that they do not make some new arrangements for the EU but for their citizens. Noting that some parliamentarians referred to the capital punishment and the Cyprus issue during their contacts in Brussels, Eser stressed that Turkey's having a young population also worries the EU.
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-19 [20] BAKU-CEYHAN TO BE SIGNED AT OSCE - BY MUHARREM SARIKAYA (HURRIYET)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-19 [03] International Book Fair in Frankfurt ends
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-19 [10] PM Majko demands steps to be made in Albanian-Italian relations
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-19 [11] An Albanian film to be shown in Prishtine
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-19 [18] Hajdaraga praises military relations with Germany
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-19 [21] Hajdaraga praises military relations with Germany
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-19 [22] Albania should preserve stability - Scharping
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-19 [23] Compromise should be found within governing majority - Ranieri
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-19 [24] Cooperation with Albania to be sensible in future - Scharping
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 204, 99-10-19 [12] KOSOVA SERBS SEEK OWN PROTECTION FORCE, CANTONS
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 204, 99-10-19 [13] KFOR TO BOOST PRESENCE IN PRISHTINA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 204, 99-10-19 [14] HAS UCK'S POLITICAL POWER PEAKED?
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 204, 99-10-19 [15] MULTI-ETHNIC TEAM FROM KOSOVA IN 'TRUST-BUILDING EXERCISE'
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 204, 99-10-19 [31] MONTENEGRIN PREMIER VISITS BULGARIA

Wednesday, 20 October 1999

Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-20 [04] KOFI ANNAN COMING TO TURKEY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-20 [06] CYPRUS ON THE AGENDA
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-20 [08] ROBIN COOK: "TURKEY IS A CANDIDATE FOR THE EU"
Articles about Greece
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-20 [08] ROBIN COOK: "TURKEY IS A CANDIDATE FOR THE EU"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-20 [21] ST. NICHOLAS GOES ON WORLD TOUR
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-20 [04] Some 23 Kurdish illegal emigrants turned back
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 205, 99-10-20 [06] GEORGIAN PRESIDENT CONDEMNS ATTACK ON JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 205, 99-10-20 [28] GREECE PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR ROMANIA EU ACCESSION
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-20 [01] Press review
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-20 [06] Albanian literature in Frankfurt fair also on Bulgarian stand
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 205, 99-10-20 [20] CONTROVERSY CONTINUES OVER SERBIAN CANTON PROPOSAL IN KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 205, 99-10-20 [22] ...THREATENS DOMESTIC OPPONENTS

Thursday, 21 October 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #133, 99-10-21
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-21 [06] TURCO-GREEK DIALOGUE
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-21 [08] EU VISA FROM ATHENS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-21 [25] TURCO-GREEK FRIENDSHIP CONCERT
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-20 [31] RELATIONS BETWEEN TURKEY AND GREECE
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-20 [32] IZMIR, Oct 20 (A.A) - Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis said on Wednesday that they show a sincere and clear attitude concerning Turkey's participation in the European Union (EU), and the development of the relations between Turkey and Greece. Costas Simitis sent a letter on Wednesday to Ekrem Demirtas, the Chairman of the Izmir Chamber of Commerce (IZTO). Simitis said in his reply-letter that he shared the opinions of Demirtas about the reconstruction of the peaceful atmosphere which was settled in last 75 years regarding the prosperity of the Turkish and Greek nations and the security of the region. Costas Simitis stressed that the Turkish and Greek governments have to cooperate to improve the bilateral talks and dialogue between the two countries in the fields of trade and tourism. Greek Prime Minister Simitis said the Turkish and Greek businessmen agreed to increase the economic relations between Turkey and Greece. ''In addition to the opinions of the businessmen, the Turkish and Greek governments are of the same opinion that there is a need for cooperation to increase the bilateral talks on economic relations and especially in the fields of trade and tourism. With this respect, we encourage the private sector in the field of exchange of experience,'' he said. Noting that Greece adopts a sincere and clear position towards Turkey's participation in the European Union (EU), and the development of the relations between Turkey and Greece, Simitis said, in return for this, we want to see an active effort from the Turkish government.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-21 [06] The Italian assistance for Albania evaluated $500 million
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-21 [13] Italian investors ask to be included in EU and World Bank projects
Articles about Cyprus
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #133, 99-10-21
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-21 [05] MOSES MEETS DENKTAS AGAIN
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-20 [30] ANKARA, Oct 20 (A.A) - Bulent Ecevit, the Prime Minister, said on Wednesday that a positive example of democratic compromise was shown concerning the Amnesty Law. ''With the cooperation of all political parties in the parliament, almost all of the factors which concern the public opinion have been removed,'' Ecevit, the Prime Minister and the leader of the Democratic Left Party (DSP), said. Addressing the DSP Parliamentary Group's meeting, Ecevit said they have very limited time to form healthy sheltering opportunities in the disaster areas. Ecevit said the infrastructures of prefabricated huts were concluded rapidly and many of those huts were delivered. Ecevit added that the centers, which were established together with the contributions of friendly countries, would start to be in service as of next week. Noting that they solved the temporary and permanent residence problems, Ecevit said they provided wide- range opportunities to those who rebuilt or repaired their houses. Prime Minister Ecevit said they helped the tradesmen, artisans, farmers, and municipalities affected by the quake, and the implementation of monthly 100 million Turkish Liras (TL) aid to each of 20 thousand survivors started. Pointing out that all of those works were financed by the Treasury and Social Solidarity Fund without waiting for the foreign aid inflow, Ecevit said the aid extended from the fund in question has already reached 30 trillion TL. Stressing that they would not neglect other regions in Turkey, Ecevit said they are determined to speed up investments especially in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia. The Prime Minister stated that they encouraged the foreign capital investments in the region, and they expect a great amount of foreign trade inflow after the concordance laws regarding arbitration came into effect. Emphasizing that the obstacles in front of the Baku-Ceyhan Project were removed as a result of Turkey's determined and patient attitude and the support of the U.S., Ecevit said, ''thus, Turkey will be the bridge which connects the Caspian to Mediterranean. When the Blue Stream Project concludes, Black Sea will be tied to Mediterranean via Turkey.'' Bulent Ecevit said the European Union (EU) from now on can't venture to totally discriminate Turkey, positive signals started to be shown but there was no need to be deceived by excessive optimism. Noting that he hopes the EU will not attempt to insist on condition that may endanger the national unity and integrity and existence of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Ecevit said, ''Turkey will never submit such kind of insistence.'' Emphasizing that they are determined to remove the deficiencies in the state of law, human rights and democracy due to the desire of the Turkish people, Ecevit said they started to take rapid steps to this end.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-20 [33] OSCE SUMMIT-CYPRUS - FOREIGN MINISTRY: ''TURKEY'S POSITION CONCERNING CYPRUS ISSUE IS CLEAR''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-20 [34] ANKARA-ROME, Oct 20 (A.A) - Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Turkey's position concerning the Cyprus issue is clear, and the conditions for the Greek-Cypriot side administrators' participation in the meetings in Turkey were specified earlier. Sermet Atacanli, the Deputy Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, held his weekly press conference at the Foreign Ministry. When asked whether the Cyprus question would be brought onto the agenda during the Summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Istanbul, Atacanli said that Turkey's position concerning the issue is clear. When asked what kind of a procedure would be followed in case of participation of Greek-Cypriot side officials in the Istanbul Summit, Atacanli said the procedure is clear, and it will be implemented in the same way. When reminded of the news saying that the visit of Greek Premier Massimo D'Alema before the Istanbul Summit had been cancelled, Atacanli said the visit of D'Alema to Turkey is still on the agenda. ''Mr. D'Alema's visit to Turkey before the OSCE Summit in Istanbul is still on the agenda. The two sides are still working on the schedule of this visit, '' he said. Meanwhile, Italian Prime Ministry Press Center Director Pasquale Cascella and Massimo D'Alema's Advisor Massimo Cristilli told the A.A correspondent that there is not any scheduled visit of D'Alema to Turkey prior to the OSCE Summit in Istanbul.
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #133, 99-10-21
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-21 [28] A NEW AGE IN EUROPE AND TURKEY - BY ILTER TURKMEN (HURRIYET)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-21 [12] Italian and Albanian Prime Minister inaugurated Fiera Del Levante Fair in Tirana
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-21 [14] Albania-Italy relations, in a qualitatively new stage - Majko
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-21 [17] Italian-Albanian relations are a connection point between EU and the Balkans - D'Alema
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-21 [18] Italian-Albanian relations are a connection point between EU and the Balkans - D'Alema
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-21 [19] Assistance for Hasi inhabitants till Spring 2000
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 206, 99-10-21 [12] ...SAYS HE'S NOT WORRIED ABOUT MILOSEVIC'S ALLIES...
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 206, 99-10-21 [13] ...SEES TWO PROBLEMS FACING YUGOSLAVIA...
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 206, 99-10-21 [18] NATO FEARS VIGILANTE ACTION IN KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 206, 99-10-21 [19] UN BEGINS BUS SERVICE IN KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 206, 99-10-21 [20] BELGRADE BLOCKS CIVILIAN FLIGHTS TO KOSOVA

Friday, 22 October 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-22 [01] KOSOVO BUS SERVICE (L-ONLY) BY LISA SCHLEIN (GENEVA)
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-22 [02] U-S / ISOLATIONISM (L-O) BY MAX RUSTON (NEW YORK)
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-22 [04] EDITORIAL:U-N WORKER SLAIN IN KOSOVO
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-22 [07] FRIDAY'S EDITORIALS BY ANDREW GUTHRIE (WASHINGTON)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-22 [02] Albanian Government adopts some decisions of social-economic character
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-22 [12] Fifty Kosovar women to gain experience in a training course
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-22 [13] Japan supports Albanian state budget with 800 million yen
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-22 [15] REC plans opening of a new centre in Kosova too
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 207, 99-10-22 [22] SECOND UN OFFICIAL ATTACKED IN PRISHTINA
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-22 [02] U-S / ISOLATIONISM (L-O) BY MAX RUSTON (NEW YORK)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-22 [25] SANLIURFA, October 22 (A.A) - Rauf Denktas, the President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus said on Friday that Harran which he described as the cradle of civilization and history, had a very bright future. Denktas came to Sanliurfa to attend the activities of 9th International Culture and Art week. The TRNC President, on the second day of his tour, visited the ruins of the first known university in the world as well as the huts with domical roofs which are famous in the area. Harran is a very attractive spot for tourists both from the architectural and historical aspects, he told reporters. ''Harran has a very bright future. If we promote this place to the world, they will like and support Turkey more. Scientists will come here to make researches. We must work together to make this happen,'' Denktas said.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-22 [12] MOSES: WE FAILED ON CYPRUS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-22 [13] CHANGE OF POST: UN'S CYPRUS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-22 [17] ROCKEFELLER: "I AM TOO OLD FOR INVESTMENT"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-22 [21] THE MISSION OF MOSES - BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)
Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-22 [16] ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE) - -------------------- BOMB TO TURKEY Transportation of Azeri oil whets whole world's apetite. We are living the days in which even the people, who stay away from the most economical Baku- Ceyhan line due to some political concerns, relent, and we approach to the happy ending. During these days, bombs detonate which proves the concerns to be right and leave Turkey to the instability. We are achieving turning points in the path to membership to the European Union, which is our 30- year dream. There is the most appropriate basis that we couldn't find up until now. Even Greece, which raises obstacles, relented. Without any more delay, one intellectual was killed in a car bomb blast. The house of a Greek woman of Turkish nationality was set to fire. The demand in the public opinion for civilizing the Constitution and forming a democratic state sturucture aiming at promoting freedom reached a level that can't be prevented: People, politicians and jurists want ''democracy''. And the EU put forward conditions regarding global democratic values in front of us for the things it will share with us. While we are feeling glad that it will happen this time, we were startled with a bomb.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-22 [09] TURCO-GREEK DIALOGUE
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-22 [21] THE MISSION OF MOSES - BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-21 [04] HURRIYET (LIBERAL) - ------------------ REASON FOR ARSON IS NOT ''ETHNIC ORIGIN'' Marianti Sozde, a Greek origin Turkish woman whose house in Gokceada was burnt by arsonists, said, ''I definitely don't believe that my house was set on fire as I am a Turkish citizen of Greek origin.'' ''Some people wanted my son, who was killed in the fire, for a long time. They wanted to separate us, and they threatened me. I am confused. I was acquainted with the father of my son Aleks in Gokceada. He and I made love in August 1994 but our relationship ended the same year in September when his father called him back. I gave birth to Aleks in Athens. I don't know what I can do now. I love freedom. I can go to Istanbul. I prefer to stay in my homeland Turkey,'' she said.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-22 [26] Greece earmarks 58 million drachmas for Gjirokaster police

Saturday, 23 October 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-23 [02] Albania, Greece to increase cooperation
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-23 [11] Phare program grants 14 million Euro for Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-23 [16] General Ruth to visit Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-23 [19] Shkodra authorities ask for opening of Greek Consulate in this town
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-23 [20] Greek Ambassador suggested opening of Greek Bank in Shkodra

Sunday, 24 October 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-24 [07] SABAH (LIBERAL) - -------------- SEARCH FOR ASSAILANT Saadettin Tantan, the Minister of Interior started to search for the assailants who staged the bomb attack against Ahmet Taner Kıslalı, a professor and journalist- writer. Tantan set up a special team. Police produced likeness of the five assailants including one woman. The police also investigate the mysterious Turk who was captured in Chios island of Greece.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-23 [15] CULTURE MINISTER TALAY PARTICIPATES IN TURKISH-GREEK FRIENDSHIP CONCERT
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-23 [16] BURSA, Oct 23 (A.A) - Istemihan Talay, the Culture Minister, participated in the ''Turkish-Greek Friendship Concert'' held in Bursa on Friday. Talay spoke before the concert started. Fitos Kisidas, Greek Chief Consul to Istanbul, also participated in the concert. The quakes which hit Turkey and Greece derived the love of the two nations, Talay said. Talay noted that the concert is a very meaningful facility in the name of Turkish- Greek friendship and brought together the singers of the two countries. Turkish and Greek nations proved that they are in favour of peace and friendship following the quakes, Talay stated. Talay added that this concert is the result of all these positive feelings and developments.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-24 [09] Weather conditions cancel visit of General Ruth to Tirane
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-24 [22] LEFKOSA, Oct 24 (A.A) - After completing his contacts in Turkey, Rauf Denktas, the President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) returned to Cyprus on Sunday. Upon his return, Denktas told reporters that the cooperation between TRNC and Turkey was the assurance of a good future for Turkish Cypriots. Denktas said he visited South East Anatolia and praised the South East Anatolia Project (GAP). Turkish people's excitement about the Cyprus issue give him morale, Denktas said and stressed that Turkey would never make any concessions about the Cyprus issue. In the meantime, Husnu Yusuf Gokalp, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said he had the chance to see the agricultural activities in TRNC during his visit to the island. The Agriculture Ministries of Turkey and TRNC agreed to further develop the cooperation between the agriculture sectors within the framework of the ''Agricultural Cooperation Protocol'' signed on January 24, 1997. Gokalp said a delegation from TRNC Agriculture Ministry will come to Turkey soon to have contacts with Turkish Agriculture Ministry. TRNC has a need for two silo facilities each with a capacity of 5000 tons or four of them with a capacity of 2500 tons, Gokalp explained. The two countries will also cooperate in fishing. Turkish fishermen will be allowed to enter and get fuel from TRNC ports. Turkey will provide the farmers in TRNC with the cattle vaccination they need. The TRNC farmers will be offered the same conditions with the Turkish farmers while buying vaccination from Turkey.

Monday, 25 October 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-25 [15] ANKARA, Oct 25 (A.A) - Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will leave early on Tuesday for Germany to pay a one-day working visit. The Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Cem who will go to Germany on an invitation from German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, will attend the opening ceremony of the Turkish Embassy building in Berlin. Cem will later meet with his German counterpart Fischer within the framework of his visit. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem is expected to watch the UEFA Champions' League group match between Galatasaray and Germany's Hertha BSC Berlin. The Foreign Minister will proceed to Greece the same day to attend the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Foreign Ministers' Regular Meeting which will take place in Salonica between October 27 and 28.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-25 [16] ATHENS STAGE OF TURKISH-GREEK DIALOGUE STARTS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-25 [17] ATHENS, Oct 25 (A.A) - Athens stage of Turkish-Greek dialogue started on Monday. Mithat Balkan, the Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary, leads the Turkish delegation while Anastasios Skopelitis, the Greek Foreign Ministry Political Director, leads the Greek delegation. Ali Tuygan, Turkey's Ambassador to Turkey, will also attend the meetings. The issues of cultural and regional cooperation will be discussed at today's meetings. The terrorism and related issues will be taken up at tomorrow's meeting. Faruk Logoglu, the Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary, will lead the Turkish delegation at tomorrow's meetings. Meanwhile, officials from the Ministries of Interior, Justice, Culture, the General Staff, will also participate in the meetings. They will join the meetings when the issues concerning them will be discussed. The third round of Turkish-Greek dialogues were staged between October 21 and 22, 1999.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-25 [07] TURKEY IS WAITING FOR INFORMATION
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-25 [12] Cooperation relations between Korca and Greek businessmen are established
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-25 [08] Head of OSCE Regional Office in Shkoder replaced
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-25 [09] Streets of Krume town illuminated
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-25 [19] Italian group "Pooh" to inaugurate playground in Tirane
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-25 [22] Majko asks from Bulgarian counterpart close cooperation to realize initiated projects
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-25 [23] Division among countries of region might delay Balkans reconstruction - Majko
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 208, 99-10-25 [12] KOSOVA'S SERBS SET UP POLITICAL BODY
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 208, 99-10-25 [14] NATO ARRESTS TWO SUSPECTED WAR CRIMINALS

Tuesday, 26 October 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-26 [10] CUMHURIYET (LEFT) - ---------------- TERRORISM TO BE DISCUSSED The dialogue process between Turkey and Greece which was started by the personal initiatives of the foreign ministers of the two countries, reached its last stage. The fourth tour of the meetings started in Athens yesterday. The two sides will discuss the cultural, regional cooperation, and terrorism issues.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-26 [16] ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE) - -------------------- VISA ON CONDITION FOR EU FROM ATHENS Greece shed green light for Turkey's European Union (EU) membership prior to the Helsinki Summit, but she thinks of squeezing concessions out of Turkey. Greece started to change her negative stance towards Turkey's position in the EU prior to the Helsinki Summit. The main parameter of Athens' new policy is to make Turkey come face to face with the EU. Greece thinks Turkey will have to make concessions on Cyprus when she will be declared as the candidate country.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-26 [19] WASHINGTON D.C., Oct 26 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit gave a statement on Monday to the Washington Post, one of the leading newspapers of the U.S., on the issues of Cyprus question, relations between Turkey and Greece, the European Union (EU), relations between Turkey and the EU, Northern Iraq, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The questions asked to Ecevit and his answers are as follows: ''Q: How do you see Turkey's relationship with the U.S.? A: Our relations with the U.S. improved in recent years. When the Cold War ended, most political circles in Europe thought Turkey's influence had decreased. But the U.S. realized that Turkey's importance would increase. But at the moment, our relations are at a rather low ebb. Our trade volume with the U.S. is only 6 billion U.S. dollars per annum. This year, it decreased. Tourism has become very important for Turkey, but American tourists constitute only 5 percent of those who come here. Joint investments are well below their potential. However, there is increasing cooperation between our countries in the military sphere. With the disappearance of the Warsaw Pact, NATO's field of activities enlarged. Leadership of the U.S. and Turkey, made a considerable contribution to this end. We cooperate with the U.S. on the issue of Iraq. All these increased our military responsibilities, but the U.S.' military aid to Turkey stopped. Q: You criticized the U.S. in the past. Did your views change in years? A: The world has changed, and everyone has to keep up with these changes. Q: Have you come to an agreement with President Clinton on the issue of Cyprus question when you met with him at the White House? A: We did not discussed the issue in detail. Mr. Clinton emphasized that there could be no return back to pre-1974 conditions on the island. He also expressed hope at that negotiations would start. Q: Do you believe that Turkey would become a member to the EU at the Helsinki Summit? A: EU membership is our right. I am sure that the EU would send an invitation sooner or later without unacceptable political conditions. Q: Isn't it necessary to start negotiations on Cyprus for Greece not to veto the Turkey's membership to the EU? A: We do not believe that there is a serious problem on Cyprus. There was continuing conflict on the island before Turkish Army's peace operation in 1974. What about genocides on Turkish Cypriots, and conflicts among diverse Greek Cypriot groups? Q: Do you want to see solution on Cyprus? A: Certainly, but not only on Cyprus, I want to see solution also in relations between Turkey and Greece. But we cannot venture a genocide risk on Turkish Cypriots after witnessing tragedies in Kosovo. Our proposal is recognition of existence of two independent states on the island. There may not be a diplomatic recognition. But it is necessary to recognize two autonomous existences. There can be indirect negotiations, Rauf Denktas has already accepted indirect negotiations. Q: Can negotiations start in New York? A: I propose Cyprus. It is a beautiful island. Q: There was a big change in the atmosphere between Turkey and Greece. Can problems between the two countries be solved? A: I hope so. I always believed that a dialogue could resolve the problems between the two countries. Of course, the quake disaster affected positively the dialogue which has already begun between the two foreign ministers. It would be not realistic to solve immediately the main issues such as Aegean dispute, continental shelf, and territorial waters. Dialogue should be on the economic and cultural issues, and it should lift psychological obstacles. Q: Do you want to pay an official visit to Athens? A: It is too early to think about it. But I hope that I will come together with Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis at the Summit of Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE). Q: How hard it will be to meet the International Monetary Funds (IMF)'s stringent requirements? A: We have already taken serious and brave steps to put the economy on its foot, and to reduce inflation and high interest rates. We have cut expenditures as much as we can, and enacted constitutional amendments to introduce international arbitration, privatization, social security reform, and banking law. Q: In November, you will go to Moscow, and you will probably sign an agreement for natural gas. What is Turkey's energy priority? Is it the trans-Caspian pipeline supported by the U.S. or gas from Russia? A: Trans-Caspian pipeline is certainly our priority. But he had signed an agreement with the Russian Federation, and have to fulfil our engagements. Q: You have made improvements in human rights, and have given journalists amnesty from all sentences. Are you now going to change to the penal code that journalists will no longer fear jail sentences? A: We have already taken some certain steps. We need constitutional amendments to increase the scope of expression, and we will take steps in that direction. We have been living with separatist terrorism for 15 years which renders it difficult to take steps in the freedom of expression. Q: Will there be more freedom of expression for Kurds who want to use their own language? A: It is legal to use the Kurdish language. There are periodicals in Kurdish, and cassettes in Kurdish. Q: What about schools, TV, and radio? A: Terrorism should end before we take certain substantial steps because the public opinion is very sensitive in this regard. Q: How great is the threat from fundementalism? A: Fundamentalism lost ground in Turkey during the last elections. There was a substantial increase in votes for my party which has been in the forefront of supporting secularism. The people are disturbed at the exploitation of religion with political purposes. Q: It has been said in the past that you were soft on Saddam Hussein? A: We are afraid of the partition of Iraq. It would damage the balance in the region. We are afraid that certain steps might lead to virtual partition. Q: Such as the U.S. aid to the Iraqi opposition in the north? A: It is obvious that results cannot be gained by giving support to the opposition diaspora. I do not think that they can be influential. But the people in Northern Iraq contribute to the relative democratization of Iraq, they establish an effective dialogue with the Baghdad regime. Q: Saddam is not too interested in talking about democracy? A: Few talks about democracy in the Middle East. We are seriously disturbed at the possible effects of continuing this partition of Iraq. It may increase the threat of separatism in Turkey. Q: Can Saddam be overthrown? A: We have to live with the regime. You cannot forcefully change the regime. Q: Why won't you meet with Iraqi opposition? A: I have met with Jalal Talabani and Massoud Barzani, Kurdish leaders in Northern Iraq. But we do not want to encourage the Iraqi opposition in the diaspora to overthrow the regime in Baghdad. This was tried, but failed a few years ago. Q: Turkey has Abdullah Ocalan in jail. Ocalan was convicted of treason in June, and sentenced to die for leading a violent for 14-year campaign against Turkey. You have always opposed capital punishment. What will Ocalan's fate be? A: I cannot express any views because any view I express would appear as trying to influence the court. Q: Is corruption a major problem in this country? A: Not any more. We have enacted a new legislation against corruption. Q: Do you see President Clinton's November visit to Turkey as significant? A: Certainly, very significant. We will be glad to welcome him, and we are proud that he will address the Turkish parliament. It demonstrates Turkey's friendship with the U.S. Q: Turkey can supply water to northern Israel. What are your plans? A: We can supply Israel with water, and southern Greek Cypriot side too. We have already started supplying water to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) with balloons filled with fresh water launched from the Turkish cost to northern Cyprus. Also, we have a pipeline project. Q: When you look ahead to the new milennium, what do you hope to see for Turkey? A: Turkey will play a very important role in the region, and the world, there is no doubt about it. Q: How is your health? There are rumours about it. A: I have no health problems, but some may wish I had.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-26 [32] TURKISH-GREEK TALKS IN ATHENS - TERRORISM TAKEN UP
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-26 [33] ATHENS, Oct 26 (A.A) - The last meeting of the Athens stage of the third round of Turkish-Greek talks started on Tuesday. Faruk Lologlu, the Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary and Anastasyos Skopelitis, the Greek Foreign Ministry Political Director preside the two delegations. Ali Tuygan, the Turkish Ambassador to Greece; Emin Aslan, Director of Smuggling Department of Security; Judge Esin Ozbilgin from Justice Ministry and Colonel Oguz Aydın from General Staff participate in the meetings. Besides terrorism, issues of illegal immigration, organized crime, drug trafficking and border security will be taken up in the meetings which will last today. The first stage of the third round of Turkish-Greek negotiations were held between 21-22 October in Ankara. Meanwhile Ta Nea, a Greek newspaper claimed that the delegations decided on Monday to examine the textbooks of the two countries. Ta Nea noted that Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister and Yorgo Papandreu, the Greek Foreign Minister will come together in Salonica during the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) foreign ministers meeting and evaluate the progress recorded in Turkish-Greek negotiations.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-26 [34] THIRD ROUND OF TURKISH-GREEK TALKS ENDS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-26 [35] ATHENS, Oct 26 (A.A) - The third round of the Turkish-Greek talks were concluded with a last meeting on Tuesday in Athens. The Turkish delegation was headed by Faruk Lologlu, the Deputy Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry, and the Greek delegation was led by Anastasios Skopelitis, the Political Director of the Greek Foreign Ministry. A joint communique was released following today's meeting at which terrorism and the issues related to terrorism were discussed. The joint communique stressed that the talks on ''tourism, environment, economic and commercial relations, culture, regional cooperation, joint struggle against illegal immigration, organized crimes, drug trafficking and terrorism'' were held in a ''friendly'' atmosphere in Ankara between October 25 and 26. The joint communique said the delegations decided to set up working groups to work on the draft documents which were exchanged regarding the issues discussed at the talks. It said the meetings of the working groups will take place in November 1999, adding that the concerned authorities will also participate in those meetings which will be held at ambassador-level. The joint communique said the sides will discuss the reports of the working groups during the fourth round talks in December, and convey the results to their Foreign Ministries.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-26 [02] ECEVIT INTERVIEWED BY NEWSWEEK
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-26 [04] ISMAIL CEM DUE IN BERLIN
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-26 [05] SUPPORT WITHOUT PRECONDITION
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-26 [21] CYPRUS BALL IS IN EU'S COURT - BY SAHIN ALPAY (MILLIYET)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-26 [02] Drugs traffic - the main financial source of crime
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-26 [13] Talks of joint Albanian-Greek Commission under way
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-26 [22] EU finances aim at infrastructure improvement
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-26 [11] FOURTH INTERNATIONAL ATATURK CONGRESS THe Fourth International Ataturk Congress will start in Kazakhstan today. The congress is being held with the cooperation of Hodja Ahmet Yesevi Turkish-Kazakh University and Ataturk Culture, Language, and History Supreme Board. The State Ministers Abdulhaluk Cay and Ramazan Mirzaoglu; Dervis Eroglu, the Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), will participate in the congress.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-26 [16] ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE) - -------------------- VISA ON CONDITION FOR EU FROM ATHENS Greece shed green light for Turkey's European Union (EU) membership prior to the Helsinki Summit, but she thinks of squeezing concessions out of Turkey. Greece started to change her negative stance towards Turkey's position in the EU prior to the Helsinki Summit. The main parameter of Athens' new policy is to make Turkey come face to face with the EU. Greece thinks Turkey will have to make concessions on Cyprus when she will be declared as the candidate country.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-26 [19] WASHINGTON D.C., Oct 26 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit gave a statement on Monday to the Washington Post, one of the leading newspapers of the U.S., on the issues of Cyprus question, relations between Turkey and Greece, the European Union (EU), relations between Turkey and the EU, Northern Iraq, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The questions asked to Ecevit and his answers are as follows: ''Q: How do you see Turkey's relationship with the U.S.? A: Our relations with the U.S. improved in recent years. When the Cold War ended, most political circles in Europe thought Turkey's influence had decreased. But the U.S. realized that Turkey's importance would increase. But at the moment, our relations are at a rather low ebb. Our trade volume with the U.S. is only 6 billion U.S. dollars per annum. This year, it decreased. Tourism has become very important for Turkey, but American tourists constitute only 5 percent of those who come here. Joint investments are well below their potential. However, there is increasing cooperation between our countries in the military sphere. With the disappearance of the Warsaw Pact, NATO's field of activities enlarged. Leadership of the U.S. and Turkey, made a considerable contribution to this end. We cooperate with the U.S. on the issue of Iraq. All these increased our military responsibilities, but the U.S.' military aid to Turkey stopped. Q: You criticized the U.S. in the past. Did your views change in years? A: The world has changed, and everyone has to keep up with these changes. Q: Have you come to an agreement with President Clinton on the issue of Cyprus question when you met with him at the White House? A: We did not discussed the issue in detail. Mr. Clinton emphasized that there could be no return back to pre-1974 conditions on the island. He also expressed hope at that negotiations would start. Q: Do you believe that Turkey would become a member to the EU at the Helsinki Summit? A: EU membership is our right. I am sure that the EU would send an invitation sooner or later without unacceptable political conditions. Q: Isn't it necessary to start negotiations on Cyprus for Greece not to veto the Turkey's membership to the EU? A: We do not believe that there is a serious problem on Cyprus. There was continuing conflict on the island before Turkish Army's peace operation in 1974. What about genocides on Turkish Cypriots, and conflicts among diverse Greek Cypriot groups? Q: Do you want to see solution on Cyprus? A: Certainly, but not only on Cyprus, I want to see solution also in relations between Turkey and Greece. But we cannot venture a genocide risk on Turkish Cypriots after witnessing tragedies in Kosovo. Our proposal is recognition of existence of two independent states on the island. There may not be a diplomatic recognition. But it is necessary to recognize two autonomous existences. There can be indirect negotiations, Rauf Denktas has already accepted indirect negotiations. Q: Can negotiations start in New York? A: I propose Cyprus. It is a beautiful island. Q: There was a big change in the atmosphere between Turkey and Greece. Can problems between the two countries be solved? A: I hope so. I always believed that a dialogue could resolve the problems between the two countries. Of course, the quake disaster affected positively the dialogue which has already begun between the two foreign ministers. It would be not realistic to solve immediately the main issues such as Aegean dispute, continental shelf, and territorial waters. Dialogue should be on the economic and cultural issues, and it should lift psychological obstacles. Q: Do you want to pay an official visit to Athens? A: It is too early to think about it. But I hope that I will come together with Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis at the Summit of Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE). Q: How hard it will be to meet the International Monetary Funds (IMF)'s stringent requirements? A: We have already taken serious and brave steps to put the economy on its foot, and to reduce inflation and high interest rates. We have cut expenditures as much as we can, and enacted constitutional amendments to introduce international arbitration, privatization, social security reform, and banking law. Q: In November, you will go to Moscow, and you will probably sign an agreement for natural gas. What is Turkey's energy priority? Is it the trans-Caspian pipeline supported by the U.S. or gas from Russia? A: Trans-Caspian pipeline is certainly our priority. But he had signed an agreement with the Russian Federation, and have to fulfil our engagements. Q: You have made improvements in human rights, and have given journalists amnesty from all sentences. Are you now going to change to the penal code that journalists will no longer fear jail sentences? A: We have already taken some certain steps. We need constitutional amendments to increase the scope of expression, and we will take steps in that direction. We have been living with separatist terrorism for 15 years which renders it difficult to take steps in the freedom of expression. Q: Will there be more freedom of expression for Kurds who want to use their own language? A: It is legal to use the Kurdish language. There are periodicals in Kurdish, and cassettes in Kurdish. Q: What about schools, TV, and radio? A: Terrorism should end before we take certain substantial steps because the public opinion is very sensitive in this regard. Q: How great is the threat from fundementalism? A: Fundamentalism lost ground in Turkey during the last elections. There was a substantial increase in votes for my party which has been in the forefront of supporting secularism. The people are disturbed at the exploitation of religion with political purposes. Q: It has been said in the past that you were soft on Saddam Hussein? A: We are afraid of the partition of Iraq. It would damage the balance in the region. We are afraid that certain steps might lead to virtual partition. Q: Such as the U.S. aid to the Iraqi opposition in the north? A: It is obvious that results cannot be gained by giving support to the opposition diaspora. I do not think that they can be influential. But the people in Northern Iraq contribute to the relative democratization of Iraq, they establish an effective dialogue with the Baghdad regime. Q: Saddam is not too interested in talking about democracy? A: Few talks about democracy in the Middle East. We are seriously disturbed at the possible effects of continuing this partition of Iraq. It may increase the threat of separatism in Turkey. Q: Can Saddam be overthrown? A: We have to live with the regime. You cannot forcefully change the regime. Q: Why won't you meet with Iraqi opposition? A: I have met with Jalal Talabani and Massoud Barzani, Kurdish leaders in Northern Iraq. But we do not want to encourage the Iraqi opposition in the diaspora to overthrow the regime in Baghdad. This was tried, but failed a few years ago. Q: Turkey has Abdullah Ocalan in jail. Ocalan was convicted of treason in June, and sentenced to die for leading a violent for 14-year campaign against Turkey. You have always opposed capital punishment. What will Ocalan's fate be? A: I cannot express any views because any view I express would appear as trying to influence the court. Q: Is corruption a major problem in this country? A: Not any more. We have enacted a new legislation against corruption. Q: Do you see President Clinton's November visit to Turkey as significant? A: Certainly, very significant. We will be glad to welcome him, and we are proud that he will address the Turkish parliament. It demonstrates Turkey's friendship with the U.S. Q: Turkey can supply water to northern Israel. What are your plans? A: We can supply Israel with water, and southern Greek Cypriot side too. We have already started supplying water to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) with balloons filled with fresh water launched from the Turkish cost to northern Cyprus. Also, we have a pipeline project. Q: When you look ahead to the new milennium, what do you hope to see for Turkey? A: Turkey will play a very important role in the region, and the world, there is no doubt about it. Q: How is your health? There are rumours about it. A: I have no health problems, but some may wish I had.''
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-26 [02] ECEVIT INTERVIEWED BY NEWSWEEK
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-26 [21] CYPRUS BALL IS IN EU'S COURT - BY SAHIN ALPAY (MILLIYET)
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-26 [19] WASHINGTON D.C., Oct 26 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit gave a statement on Monday to the Washington Post, one of the leading newspapers of the U.S., on the issues of Cyprus question, relations between Turkey and Greece, the European Union (EU), relations between Turkey and the EU, Northern Iraq, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The questions asked to Ecevit and his answers are as follows: ''Q: How do you see Turkey's relationship with the U.S.? A: Our relations with the U.S. improved in recent years. When the Cold War ended, most political circles in Europe thought Turkey's influence had decreased. But the U.S. realized that Turkey's importance would increase. But at the moment, our relations are at a rather low ebb. Our trade volume with the U.S. is only 6 billion U.S. dollars per annum. This year, it decreased. Tourism has become very important for Turkey, but American tourists constitute only 5 percent of those who come here. Joint investments are well below their potential. However, there is increasing cooperation between our countries in the military sphere. With the disappearance of the Warsaw Pact, NATO's field of activities enlarged. Leadership of the U.S. and Turkey, made a considerable contribution to this end. We cooperate with the U.S. on the issue of Iraq. All these increased our military responsibilities, but the U.S.' military aid to Turkey stopped. Q: You criticized the U.S. in the past. Did your views change in years? A: The world has changed, and everyone has to keep up with these changes. Q: Have you come to an agreement with President Clinton on the issue of Cyprus question when you met with him at the White House? A: We did not discussed the issue in detail. Mr. Clinton emphasized that there could be no return back to pre-1974 conditions on the island. He also expressed hope at that negotiations would start. Q: Do you believe that Turkey would become a member to the EU at the Helsinki Summit? A: EU membership is our right. I am sure that the EU would send an invitation sooner or later without unacceptable political conditions. Q: Isn't it necessary to start negotiations on Cyprus for Greece not to veto the Turkey's membership to the EU? A: We do not believe that there is a serious problem on Cyprus. There was continuing conflict on the island before Turkish Army's peace operation in 1974. What about genocides on Turkish Cypriots, and conflicts among diverse Greek Cypriot groups? Q: Do you want to see solution on Cyprus? A: Certainly, but not only on Cyprus, I want to see solution also in relations between Turkey and Greece. But we cannot venture a genocide risk on Turkish Cypriots after witnessing tragedies in Kosovo. Our proposal is recognition of existence of two independent states on the island. There may not be a diplomatic recognition. But it is necessary to recognize two autonomous existences. There can be indirect negotiations, Rauf Denktas has already accepted indirect negotiations. Q: Can negotiations start in New York? A: I propose Cyprus. It is a beautiful island. Q: There was a big change in the atmosphere between Turkey and Greece. Can problems between the two countries be solved? A: I hope so. I always believed that a dialogue could resolve the problems between the two countries. Of course, the quake disaster affected positively the dialogue which has already begun between the two foreign ministers. It would be not realistic to solve immediately the main issues such as Aegean dispute, continental shelf, and territorial waters. Dialogue should be on the economic and cultural issues, and it should lift psychological obstacles. Q: Do you want to pay an official visit to Athens? A: It is too early to think about it. But I hope that I will come together with Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis at the Summit of Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE). Q: How hard it will be to meet the International Monetary Funds (IMF)'s stringent requirements? A: We have already taken serious and brave steps to put the economy on its foot, and to reduce inflation and high interest rates. We have cut expenditures as much as we can, and enacted constitutional amendments to introduce international arbitration, privatization, social security reform, and banking law. Q: In November, you will go to Moscow, and you will probably sign an agreement for natural gas. What is Turkey's energy priority? Is it the trans-Caspian pipeline supported by the U.S. or gas from Russia? A: Trans-Caspian pipeline is certainly our priority. But he had signed an agreement with the Russian Federation, and have to fulfil our engagements. Q: You have made improvements in human rights, and have given journalists amnesty from all sentences. Are you now going to change to the penal code that journalists will no longer fear jail sentences? A: We have already taken some certain steps. We need constitutional amendments to increase the scope of expression, and we will take steps in that direction. We have been living with separatist terrorism for 15 years which renders it difficult to take steps in the freedom of expression. Q: Will there be more freedom of expression for Kurds who want to use their own language? A: It is legal to use the Kurdish language. There are periodicals in Kurdish, and cassettes in Kurdish. Q: What about schools, TV, and radio? A: Terrorism should end before we take certain substantial steps because the public opinion is very sensitive in this regard. Q: How great is the threat from fundementalism? A: Fundamentalism lost ground in Turkey during the last elections. There was a substantial increase in votes for my party which has been in the forefront of supporting secularism. The people are disturbed at the exploitation of religion with political purposes. Q: It has been said in the past that you were soft on Saddam Hussein? A: We are afraid of the partition of Iraq. It would damage the balance in the region. We are afraid that certain steps might lead to virtual partition. Q: Such as the U.S. aid to the Iraqi opposition in the north? A: It is obvious that results cannot be gained by giving support to the opposition diaspora. I do not think that they can be influential. But the people in Northern Iraq contribute to the relative democratization of Iraq, they establish an effective dialogue with the Baghdad regime. Q: Saddam is not too interested in talking about democracy? A: Few talks about democracy in the Middle East. We are seriously disturbed at the possible effects of continuing this partition of Iraq. It may increase the threat of separatism in Turkey. Q: Can Saddam be overthrown? A: We have to live with the regime. You cannot forcefully change the regime. Q: Why won't you meet with Iraqi opposition? A: I have met with Jalal Talabani and Massoud Barzani, Kurdish leaders in Northern Iraq. But we do not want to encourage the Iraqi opposition in the diaspora to overthrow the regime in Baghdad. This was tried, but failed a few years ago. Q: Turkey has Abdullah Ocalan in jail. Ocalan was convicted of treason in June, and sentenced to die for leading a violent for 14-year campaign against Turkey. You have always opposed capital punishment. What will Ocalan's fate be? A: I cannot express any views because any view I express would appear as trying to influence the court. Q: Is corruption a major problem in this country? A: Not any more. We have enacted a new legislation against corruption. Q: Do you see President Clinton's November visit to Turkey as significant? A: Certainly, very significant. We will be glad to welcome him, and we are proud that he will address the Turkish parliament. It demonstrates Turkey's friendship with the U.S. Q: Turkey can supply water to northern Israel. What are your plans? A: We can supply Israel with water, and southern Greek Cypriot side too. We have already started supplying water to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) with balloons filled with fresh water launched from the Turkish cost to northern Cyprus. Also, we have a pipeline project. Q: When you look ahead to the new milennium, what do you hope to see for Turkey? A: Turkey will play a very important role in the region, and the world, there is no doubt about it. Q: How is your health? There are rumours about it. A: I have no health problems, but some may wish I had.''
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-26 [08] Albanian Rotary Club gives 45 000 primers to Kosovar children
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-26 [12] Meidani asks Majko to stay in office until creation of new cabinet
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-26 [13] Talks of joint Albanian-Greek Commission under way
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-26 [17] Hajdaraga highlights Great Britain role on security in region
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-26 [23] There are common interests for expansion of Albania-Ukraine cooperation - Parliament Speaker
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-26 [27] German Minister confident of relations with Albanian police
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 209, 99-10-26 [15] KFOR ARRESTS YUGOSLAV SOLDIERS...
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 209, 99-10-26 [26] THE PROBLEM IS MORE THAN JUST ONE MAN

Wednesday, 27 October 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #134, 99-10-27
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-27 [06] CLINTON'S VISITS DECIDED
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-27 [07] PAPANDREU DENIES REPORTS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-27 [09] HISTORY IS BEING RE-WRITTEN
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-27 [16] PRAISES FOR OUR HOTELS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-27 [21] MEMORANDUM FROM THE CHIEF PROSECUTOR - BY ORHAN BIRGIT (CUMHURIYET)
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 210, 99-10-27 [17] NATO TO MOVE KOSOVA LOGISTICS CENTER TO SLOVENIA?
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-27 [06] CLINTON'S VISITS DECIDED
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-27 [01] "Pooh", "Rock No War" inaugurate playground for children of Tirana
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-27 [04] Press Review
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-27 [05] Voting begins in GSC of SP for Premier
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-27 [06] Consultations on first laws of postwar Kosova begin in CE
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-27 [12] Kosova will have its merited place in European integrations- Hombach
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-27 [13] Situation in Kosove during last week improved - Kosove Transitory Council
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-27 [31] Clashes take place in Peje
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 210, 99-10-27 [17] NATO TO MOVE KOSOVA LOGISTICS CENTER TO SLOVENIA?
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 210, 99-10-27 [18] HAGUE COURT: MILOSEVIC TO FACE FRESH WAR CRIMES CHARGES

Thursday, 28 October 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-28 [14] FLIRT CONTINUES IN BSEC Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister, and George Papandreu, Greek Foreign Minister, had a close meeting during the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) meeting. The two ministers said that the dialogue process between Turkey and Greece is 'positive.' The two ministers did not talk about Helsinki Summit.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-27 [14] BASIS OF COMPROMISE IN DIALOGUE The sides reached the basis of compromise in several issues in the Turkish-Greek dialogue. Athens is now observing Ankara's draft bilateral agreement for cooperation in struggle against terrorism. The disturbing definitions will be taken out from the text-books in the Turkish and Greek schools. The results of the dialogue will be evaluated in a meeting between Turkish and Greek Foreign Ministers Ismail Cem and Yorgo Papandreou today in Salonica.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-27 [23] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM PROCEEDS TO GREECE FROM GERMANY
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-27 [24] BERLIN, Oct 27 (A.A) - Foreign Minister Ismail Cem who came to Berlin, Germany as a guest of German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, went to Greece on Wednesday. Cem will participate in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Foreign Ministers meeting that will be held held in Salonica the same day. Cem also watched Herta Berlin-Galatasaray soccer match in Germany.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-27 [27] FM CEM: ''RELATIONS BETWEEN TURKEY AND GREECE ARE IMPROVING''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-27 [28] SALONICA, Oct 27 (A.A) - Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister, said on Wednesday that the relations between Turkey and Greece are improving. Cem, who is in Salonica to participate in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Foreign Ministers' Council Meeting, responded to the questions of the journalists. Cem noted that the relations between the members of the BSCE are good and the members try to improve the relations in such meetings. When asked about the level of the Turkish-Greek relations, Cem said, ''our relations with Greece is improving. The trust between the two countries is also improving. I think this is important. I believe continuation of the relations in this level will result in a closer cooperation of the governments of the two countries in the future.'' Meanwhile, Cem and George Papandreou, Greek Foreign Minister, are expected to have a tete-a-tete meeting within the framework of the meeting. The diplomatic sources said that the ongoing dialogue process between the two countries reached a concrete point. Some agreements on the encouragement of tourism, environment, culture, economy-trade, technology, and investments, and prevention of double taxation are being prepared, the sources noted. The sources stated that these agreements will be prepared by the diplomats of the two countries before the Helsinki summit which will be held in December. The agreements are planned to be signed by Cem and Papandreu, the sources stressed. A diplomatic source told A.A correspondent that the progress which cannot be ensured in the Turkish-Greek relations for 30 years, was ensured in the recent six months. The diplomats of the two countries will try to prepare the agreement on having cooperation against terrorism before the Helsinki summit, the same source said.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-27 [29] FM CEM: ''RELATIONS BETWEEN TURKEY AND GREECE ARE IMPROVING''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-27 [30] SALONICA, Oct 27 (A.A) - Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister, said on Wednesday that the relations between Turkey and Greece are improving. Cem, who is in Salonica to participate in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Foreign Ministers' Council Meeting, responded to the questions of the journalists. Cem noted that the relations between the members of the BSCE are good and the members try to improve the relations in such meetings. When asked about the level of the Turkish-Greek relations, Cem said, ''our relations with Greece is improving. The trust between the two countries is also improving. I think this is important. I believe continuation of the relations in this level will result in a closer cooperation of the governments of the two countries in the future.'' Meanwhile, Cem and George Papandreou, Greek Foreign Minister, are expected to have a tete-a-tete meeting within the framework of the meeting. The diplomatic sources said that the ongoing dialogue process between the two countries reached a concrete point. Some agreements on the encouragement of tourism, environment, culture, economy-trade, technology, and investments, and prevention of double taxation are being prepared, the sources noted. The sources stated that these agreements will be prepared by the diplomats of the two countries before the Helsinki summit which will be held in December. The agreements are planned to be signed by Cem and Papandreu, the sources stressed. A diplomatic source told A.A correspondent that the progress which cannot be ensured in the Turkish-Greek relations for 30 years, was ensured in the recent six months. The diplomats of the two countries will try to prepare the agreement on having cooperation against terrorism before the Helsinki summit, the same source said.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-27 [37] COOPERATION BETWEEN INTELLIGENCE UNITS OF TURKEY AND GREECE DISCUSSED IN DIALOGUE PROCESS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-27 [38] ATHENS, Oct 27 (A.A) - Cooperation between the intelligence units of Turkey and Greece was discussed in the Turkish-Greek dialogue process. A Turkish diplomat told A.A correspondent on Wednesday that the proposal on having cooperation between the National Security Organization and Greek intelligence unit EYP was submitted when the security issues were being discussed. Senkal Atasagun, the head of MIT, and Pavlos Apostolidis, the head of EYP, will meet each other within this framework, the diplomat said.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-27 [42] SELONIKA, Oct 27 (A.A) - Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said on Wednesday that the Cyprus problem was an issue only between the two sides on the island. Cem told A.A that the Cyprus problem was not discussed during the meetings between Turkey and Greece. ''The Cyprus problem is an issue only between the two sides on the island. The committee activities which were developed by the good will of Turkey and Greece have nothing to do with the Cyprus problem,'' he noted. Some concrete developments already take place in these meetings and a more consistent relationship already started between Turkey and Greece, Foreign Minister Cem said. ''The continuation of this atmosphere is for the benefit of both countries. The committee activities which we started in June have reached a certain maturity. By the end of November or beginning of December, we should be able to see more clearly what we have done so far and what we will do in the future,'' Cem stated. ''I find this positive atmosphere between the two countries very important, but at the same time I approach it with caution. What is obvious is that a mutual trust is being formed between the two societies. This is very important. Because cooperation will grow stronger as long as this trust exists. This will be a serious step to turn the tension in the Aegean into understanding and tolerance,'' Cem continued. When asked the reason of his cautious attitute, Cem said Turkey and Greece had many conflicts for long years.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-28 [01] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... ATHENS AND STOCKHOLM ON THE EVE OF HELSINKI - BY ILTER TURKMEN
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-28 [08] DIGNIFIED RAPPROCHEMENT WITH ATHENS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-28 [18] ATHENS AND STOCKHOLM ON THE EVE OF HELSINKI - BY ILTER TURKMEN (HURRIYET)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-28 [05] Some 91 Kurdish illegal emigrants detained
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-27 [41] FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS CYPRUS PROBLEM WAS AN ISSUE ONLY BETWEEN TWO SIDES ON ISLAND
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-27 [42] SELONIKA, Oct 27 (A.A) - Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said on Wednesday that the Cyprus problem was an issue only between the two sides on the island. Cem told A.A that the Cyprus problem was not discussed during the meetings between Turkey and Greece. ''The Cyprus problem is an issue only between the two sides on the island. The committee activities which were developed by the good will of Turkey and Greece have nothing to do with the Cyprus problem,'' he noted. Some concrete developments already take place in these meetings and a more consistent relationship already started between Turkey and Greece, Foreign Minister Cem said. ''The continuation of this atmosphere is for the benefit of both countries. The committee activities which we started in June have reached a certain maturity. By the end of November or beginning of December, we should be able to see more clearly what we have done so far and what we will do in the future,'' Cem stated. ''I find this positive atmosphere between the two countries very important, but at the same time I approach it with caution. What is obvious is that a mutual trust is being formed between the two societies. This is very important. Because cooperation will grow stronger as long as this trust exists. This will be a serious step to turn the tension in the Aegean into understanding and tolerance,'' Cem continued. When asked the reason of his cautious attitute, Cem said Turkey and Greece had many conflicts for long years.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-28 [05] WE CELEBRATE OUR REPUBLIC
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-10-28 [18] ATHENS AND STOCKHOLM ON THE EVE OF HELSINKI - BY ILTER TURKMEN (HURRIYET)

Friday, 29 October 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-29 [01] MACEDONIA ELECTION PREVIEW (L-ONLY) BY TIM BELAY (PRISTINA)
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-29 [02] CLINTON-KOSOVO (L-ONLY) BY DAVID GOLLUST (WHITE HOUSE)
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #135, 99-10-29
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-29 [33] STRASBOURG, Oct 29 (A.A) - Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister, will represent Turkey at the Council of Europe's Ministers Committee which will convene in Strasbourg between November 3-4. The two-day meeting will focus on Kosovo crisis, and ''Stability Pact for Southern Europe''.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-29 [04] Drawings of Kosova Albanian children displayed in Albanian Embassy in Paris
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-29 [05] "Task Force Albania" foundation donates 50 000 books for children
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-29 [11] Thaci and Rugova consider very important Solana's visit to Kosova
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-29 [14] Meidani hails Albanian Rotarians for publishing 45 000 primers for Kosova
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-29 [19] Albania, Turkey partners in context of Stability Pact
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 211, 99-10-29 [24] CONVOY OF SERBS ATTACKED IN KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 211, 99-10-29 [25] AIR CORRIDOR TO KOSOVA TO REOPEN
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 211, 99-10-29 [27] MILOSEVIC PRAISES RAMSEY CLARK
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-29 [29] ANKARA, Oct 29 (A.A) - The 76th anniversary of Republic of Turkey is being celebrated on Friday throughout Turkey. Celebrations are also taking place in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), and Turkish representations abroad. Pillars of the state headed by President Suleyman Demirel attended that ceremony in the mausoleum of Ataturk, the Great Founder of modern Republic of Turkey. They laid a wreath, and observed a minute of silence out of respect to Ataturk, and martyrs who lost their lives during the Independence War. President Suleyman Demirel; Yildirim Akbulut, the Speaker of Parliament; Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit; General Huseyin Kivrikoglu, the Chief of General Staff; Recai Kutan, the leader of the Virtue Party (FP); Necdet Sezer, the President of the Constitutional Court; Commanders of Land, Air and Naval forces; Devlet Bahceli, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State; Husamettin Ozkan, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State; Cumhur Ersumer, the Deputy Prime Minister and Energy and Natural Resources Minister; Mesut Yilmaz, the leader of the Motherland Party (ANAP); Tansu Ciller, the leader of the True Path Party (DYP); Altan Oymen, the leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP); Melih Gokcek, Mayor of Ankara; high-ranking military officials; Yekta Gungor Ozden, the former President of the Constitutional Court; and Hikmet Ulubay, the former State Minister; were in attendance at the ceremony. President Demirel signed the special notebook of the Ataturk's mausoleum saying that ''Great Ataturk, We are celebrating the 76th anniversary of foundation of the Republic of Turkey with a great enthusiasim. Modern, civilized, and prosperous Turkey is continuing to be the main target of the Republic which was found by yourself. We have recorded great successes. We are entering the 21st century with eagerness, determination, unity, and solidarity. Turkish nation believes that the Republic was the most significant tie connecting Turkey to the future as a secular, and social state of law. We are determined to protect, to further improve, and to strengthen the Republic. Overall generations and institutions of the Republic are aware of their duties. Rest in peace, Great Ataturk. We are grateful to you,''
Articles about Greece
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-29 [07] French "Solidarites" to assist schools in Berat
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-29 [16] Some $ 7 million allocated on rehabilitation of Ventrok irrigation project

Saturday, 30 October 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-30 [02] Some ECU 150 000 for post graduate European studies
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-30 [06] Paco protagonist in Israeli league - Soccer
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-30 [13] Greece committed to consolidate relations with Albanian Government
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-30 [16] Shkodra craftsmen present their products in Graz fair
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-30 [20] Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholemeu I will visit Albania for first time
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-30 [03] KFOR commander in southern Kosove demands cooperation with Kukes division
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-30 [04] German family provides $1 million for Elbasan children
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-30 [05] American, Albanian specialists verify damages of monuments in Kosove
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-30 [07] Meta: "Government to continue with determination the reforms of market economy"

Sunday, 31 October 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-31 [05] Our governments continue to work together to the good of Albanian people - Thaci
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-10-31 [07] Customs house in Gore of Kukes to open
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