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News by Date for November 1999

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Monday, 1 November 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-01 [17] POYD CHAIRMAN: 2001, THE YEAR TO VIGOROUSLY PROMOTE TURKEY
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-01 [02] Cooperation among Greek and Albanian schools
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-01 [10] Albania's trade deficit amounts to USD281 million
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-01 [18] Berat hospital under full reconstruction
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-01 [19] Visa issue opens assembly proceedings this week
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-01 [02] Cooperation among Greek and Albanian schools
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-01 [11] UNHCR finances rehabilitation of Elbasan prefecture premises
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-01 [17] Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia demand creation of a reconstruction regional fund
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 212, 99-11-01 [17] NATO COMMANDER CONDEMNS ATTACK ON SERBIAN CONVOY
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 212, 99-11-01 [18] ETHNIC CROATS EVACUATED FROM KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 212, 99-11-01 [31] ALBANIA'S PRIME MINISTER CALLS IT QUITS

Tuesday, 2 November 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-02 [11] SEZEN AND HARIS ON THE SAME STAGE Famous pop singer Sezen Aksu and Greek singer Haris Alexiou will share the stage to improve the Turkish- Greek friendship in Turkey on November 6, 1999. Haris and Aksu will also sing for friendship in Greece on November 23, 1999. CUMHURIYET (LEFT) - ---- ------------ BLUE STREAM PROJECT TO BE SIGNED The additional protocol regarded with the Blue Stream Project is expected to be signed during Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's official visit to Russia between November 4-6. The project will provide Turkey 16 billion cubic metres of natural gas till 2007. The U.S., Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan have reacted against the project. Meanwhile, Turkey plans to sign the final agreement on the Baku- Ceyhan oil pipeline project at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Summit in Istanbul.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-02 [37] ANTALYA, Nov 2 (A.A) - The fifth summit of the European Union (EU)- Mediterranean Economic and Social Councils, which is the civil dialogue platform of the EU-Mediterranean Cooperation, will take place in southern Antalya province between November 4 and 5. Officials said President Suleyman Demirel, Parliament Speaker Yildirim Akbulut, State Minister Mehmet Ali Irtemcelik, EU Economic and Social Committee Acting Chairman Ania Margareta Regnell, and Turkey-EU Joint Consultation Committee Co- Chairman Husamettin Kavi would address the opening session of the summit that would be held at the Talya Hotel in Antalya. Almost 150 representatives of countries like Algeria, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, and Turkey, and international organizations, and members of the EU Economic and Social Committee are expected to participate in the summit. The EU- Mediterranean Cooperation which 12 EU and 15 Mediterranean countries have memberships, started with the EU-Mediterranean Ministers' Conference which was held in Barcelona between November 27-28, 1995. The EU-Mediterranean Cooperation gained a civil dialogue platform status with the Economic and Social Councils Summits in last four years in Madrid, Paris, Casablanca, and Lisbon. Turkey regularly attended these four meetings.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-01 [19] ANKARA, Nov 1 (A.A) - Premier Bulent Ecevit said on Sunday that the possibility of President Suleyman Demirel's being chosen as the president again gradually strengthens. Ecevit joined the ''Pulse of Politics'' programme which was broadcast in the state-run TRT channel. When asked about the possibility of passing the Constitutional Amendment concerning Demirel's being elected as president once more, Ecevit said, ''it is not easy to choose a new president from the parliament, taking into consideration the structure of the parliament. When it is understood that this is difficult, the possibility of Demirel's being chosen as the president again gradually strengthens.'' When asked whether Demirel's term in office will be extended or he will be chosen again, Ecevit noted that new elections will be held rather than the extension of the term in office. When recalled the close relations between Turkey and Greece which started after the quakes hit both countries and asked how this development will affect Cyprus issue, Ecevit stated that the two countries started to have warm relations following the quakes. The Cyprus issue and Turkish-Greek relations should not be considered together, Ecevit stressed. Ecevit continued, ''Greece lost the right to be a guarantor on Cyprus because the military coup in Cyprus in 1974 was initiated by Greece.'' The issues including the Aegean, the continental shelf, and the territorial waters can be solved by dialogue, Ecevit emphasized. Ecevit said, ''we have reached a more positive atmosphere in Cyprus discussions then before. We have reached a very sensitive period. It is a chance to have Rauf Denktas in front of the Turkish Cypriots in such a period.'' Responding to the questions on his visit to the U.S., Ecevit pointed out that they discussed the economic issues during his visit. Some agreements which was signed with the U.S., led the Turkish economy face a bottleneck, Ecevit said. Ecevit continued, ''we had closer cooperation on some issues with the U.S. within the framework of NATO. Turkey had an active stance about Kosovo, Bosnia, and Iraq issues. All these issues have heavy burdens on our economy. The embargo imposed on Iraq damaged Turkey.'' The military aid to Turkey ended in the beginning of 1999, Ecevit recalled. Ecevit stated that he explained all these to the U.S. administration and the U.S. administration said that Turkey was right. The U.S. administration shed green light to some international organizations and Turkey had benefits from this, Ecevit stressed. Ecevit emphasized that the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project was discussed during his visit and the U.S. administration supported the project. When asked about the ''Blue Stream'' natural gas agreement signed with Russia, Ecevit pointed out that the Russian side started to fulfil the Blue Stream project. Russia agreed with Italy upon the finance issues and the Blue Stream Project is being fulfilled, Ecevit said. When asked about the ideas of the U.S. about this project, Ecevit noted that Turkey seriously needs natural gas. Ecevit added that Turkey needs not only the Russian gas but also the Azerbaijani gas, Turkmen gas, and Algerian gas. Responding a question about the relations with the European Union (EU), Ecevit stated that the stance of the EU countries changed but he is cautious about this issue. The EU membership is the right of Turkey and that one day the EU will knock on the door of Turkey, Ecevit stressed. Turkey marked significant steps in democratization process, Ecevit emphasized. Ecevit listed these steps as the changes concerning the political parties, sentencing those who torture people to heavy imprisonment terms, and releasing those who were imprisoned on charges of intellectual crimes.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-02 [09] CAKMAKOGLU: TURKEY IS NOT EXPANSIONIST
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-02 [13] `WHITE STORM' IN THE AEGEAN
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-02 [01] Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeo I to visit Tirane today
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-02 [07] Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeu I arrives in Tirane
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-02 [15] Albania takes part in international tourism fair in Selonoki
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-02 [21] Albanian President Meidani meets Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholemeu I
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-02 [23] Conference for reconstruction of the Balkans starts in Thessalonika
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 213, 99-11-02 [21] MOLDOVAN PRESIDENT IN GREECE
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-02 [35] LEFKOSA, Nov 2 (A.A) - Forestry Minister Nami Cagan and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Agriculture and Forestry Minister Irsen Kucuk will sign an ''Assistance and Cooperation Protocol'' on Wednesday. The protocol foresees planning in the field of forestry, protection of forests in the TRNC and supply of equipment and air support from Turkey to extinguish forest fires. The protocol also foresees cooperation in border applications of new forest fields in the TRNC and land survey. The Forestry Ministry will supply the spare parts of the vehicles, which were donated to the TRNC for use in the field of forestry, in accordance with the protocol. Turkey will supply plants and seeds to develop plantation in the TRNC in accordance with the protocol, which foresees cooperation in afforestation that is being carried out within framework of the TRNC Forestry Master Plan. Turkey and the TRNC will cooperate in the national park projects and training, and those activities will be specified with annual plans in accordance with the protocol.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-01 [19] ANKARA, Nov 1 (A.A) - Premier Bulent Ecevit said on Sunday that the possibility of President Suleyman Demirel's being chosen as the president again gradually strengthens. Ecevit joined the ''Pulse of Politics'' programme which was broadcast in the state-run TRT channel. When asked about the possibility of passing the Constitutional Amendment concerning Demirel's being elected as president once more, Ecevit said, ''it is not easy to choose a new president from the parliament, taking into consideration the structure of the parliament. When it is understood that this is difficult, the possibility of Demirel's being chosen as the president again gradually strengthens.'' When asked whether Demirel's term in office will be extended or he will be chosen again, Ecevit noted that new elections will be held rather than the extension of the term in office. When recalled the close relations between Turkey and Greece which started after the quakes hit both countries and asked how this development will affect Cyprus issue, Ecevit stated that the two countries started to have warm relations following the quakes. The Cyprus issue and Turkish-Greek relations should not be considered together, Ecevit stressed. Ecevit continued, ''Greece lost the right to be a guarantor on Cyprus because the military coup in Cyprus in 1974 was initiated by Greece.'' The issues including the Aegean, the continental shelf, and the territorial waters can be solved by dialogue, Ecevit emphasized. Ecevit said, ''we have reached a more positive atmosphere in Cyprus discussions then before. We have reached a very sensitive period. It is a chance to have Rauf Denktas in front of the Turkish Cypriots in such a period.'' Responding to the questions on his visit to the U.S., Ecevit pointed out that they discussed the economic issues during his visit. Some agreements which was signed with the U.S., led the Turkish economy face a bottleneck, Ecevit said. Ecevit continued, ''we had closer cooperation on some issues with the U.S. within the framework of NATO. Turkey had an active stance about Kosovo, Bosnia, and Iraq issues. All these issues have heavy burdens on our economy. The embargo imposed on Iraq damaged Turkey.'' The military aid to Turkey ended in the beginning of 1999, Ecevit recalled. Ecevit stated that he explained all these to the U.S. administration and the U.S. administration said that Turkey was right. The U.S. administration shed green light to some international organizations and Turkey had benefits from this, Ecevit stressed. Ecevit emphasized that the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project was discussed during his visit and the U.S. administration supported the project. When asked about the ''Blue Stream'' natural gas agreement signed with Russia, Ecevit pointed out that the Russian side started to fulfil the Blue Stream project. Russia agreed with Italy upon the finance issues and the Blue Stream Project is being fulfilled, Ecevit said. When asked about the ideas of the U.S. about this project, Ecevit noted that Turkey seriously needs natural gas. Ecevit added that Turkey needs not only the Russian gas but also the Azerbaijani gas, Turkmen gas, and Algerian gas. Responding a question about the relations with the European Union (EU), Ecevit stated that the stance of the EU countries changed but he is cautious about this issue. The EU membership is the right of Turkey and that one day the EU will knock on the door of Turkey, Ecevit stressed. Turkey marked significant steps in democratization process, Ecevit emphasized. Ecevit listed these steps as the changes concerning the political parties, sentencing those who torture people to heavy imprisonment terms, and releasing those who were imprisoned on charges of intellectual crimes.
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-02 [41] ZAGREB, Nov 2 (A.A) - Turkey and Croatia are determined to develop economic relations. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem launched initiatives in Croatia to develop the economic relations between the two countries. Cem, who came to Croatia on Monday, met with Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mate Granic on Tuesday. In the joint press briefing held after the meeting, Cem thanked to Croatian nation for its help to Turkey following the massive earthquake disaster on August 17. Cem said that the general elections which will be held in Croatia next month, will start a new process in improvement of democracy in Croatia. Cem stated that he proposed Croatian officials to bring high ranking diplomats of the two countries together to find ways to develop eceonomic relations. Turkey is looking forward to signing free trade agreement with Croatia, said Cem and added that cooperation in tourism should also be developed. The international society should launch more efforts for reconstructuring Kosovo, said Cem and noted that the two countries decided to be more active in the Southeastern Europe Stability Pact. Cem pointed out that Turkey and Croatia are indispensable countries of Europe whether or not they are the members of the EU. ''Yet these two countries' joining the political dimension of EU will contribute a lot to EU,'' added Cem. Granic said in his part that they proposed a free trade agreement to Turkey and they want to cooperate with Turkey regarding the highway project that will be built in Adriatic coast. Turkey, Croatia, and Bosnia plan to form a group for better implementation of Dayton agreement, stated Granic and added that Turkey, which is among both NATO and Islamic countries, carries great importance for them. Cem was later received by Croatian Prime Minister Zlatko Matesa. Matesa told Cem that ''Turkey has to reflect its political influence in Southeastern Europe also to economic field.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-01 [19] ANKARA, Nov 1 (A.A) - Premier Bulent Ecevit said on Sunday that the possibility of President Suleyman Demirel's being chosen as the president again gradually strengthens. Ecevit joined the ''Pulse of Politics'' programme which was broadcast in the state-run TRT channel. When asked about the possibility of passing the Constitutional Amendment concerning Demirel's being elected as president once more, Ecevit said, ''it is not easy to choose a new president from the parliament, taking into consideration the structure of the parliament. When it is understood that this is difficult, the possibility of Demirel's being chosen as the president again gradually strengthens.'' When asked whether Demirel's term in office will be extended or he will be chosen again, Ecevit noted that new elections will be held rather than the extension of the term in office. When recalled the close relations between Turkey and Greece which started after the quakes hit both countries and asked how this development will affect Cyprus issue, Ecevit stated that the two countries started to have warm relations following the quakes. The Cyprus issue and Turkish-Greek relations should not be considered together, Ecevit stressed. Ecevit continued, ''Greece lost the right to be a guarantor on Cyprus because the military coup in Cyprus in 1974 was initiated by Greece.'' The issues including the Aegean, the continental shelf, and the territorial waters can be solved by dialogue, Ecevit emphasized. Ecevit said, ''we have reached a more positive atmosphere in Cyprus discussions then before. We have reached a very sensitive period. It is a chance to have Rauf Denktas in front of the Turkish Cypriots in such a period.'' Responding to the questions on his visit to the U.S., Ecevit pointed out that they discussed the economic issues during his visit. Some agreements which was signed with the U.S., led the Turkish economy face a bottleneck, Ecevit said. Ecevit continued, ''we had closer cooperation on some issues with the U.S. within the framework of NATO. Turkey had an active stance about Kosovo, Bosnia, and Iraq issues. All these issues have heavy burdens on our economy. The embargo imposed on Iraq damaged Turkey.'' The military aid to Turkey ended in the beginning of 1999, Ecevit recalled. Ecevit stated that he explained all these to the U.S. administration and the U.S. administration said that Turkey was right. The U.S. administration shed green light to some international organizations and Turkey had benefits from this, Ecevit stressed. Ecevit emphasized that the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project was discussed during his visit and the U.S. administration supported the project. When asked about the ''Blue Stream'' natural gas agreement signed with Russia, Ecevit pointed out that the Russian side started to fulfil the Blue Stream project. Russia agreed with Italy upon the finance issues and the Blue Stream Project is being fulfilled, Ecevit said. When asked about the ideas of the U.S. about this project, Ecevit noted that Turkey seriously needs natural gas. Ecevit added that Turkey needs not only the Russian gas but also the Azerbaijani gas, Turkmen gas, and Algerian gas. Responding a question about the relations with the European Union (EU), Ecevit stated that the stance of the EU countries changed but he is cautious about this issue. The EU membership is the right of Turkey and that one day the EU will knock on the door of Turkey, Ecevit stressed. Turkey marked significant steps in democratization process, Ecevit emphasized. Ecevit listed these steps as the changes concerning the political parties, sentencing those who torture people to heavy imprisonment terms, and releasing those who were imprisoned on charges of intellectual crimes.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-02 [02] CE experts evaluate first laws of postwar Kosova
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-02 [04] Nearly two thirds of population unemployed in Kosova
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-02 [10] Statement by the IMF Mission
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-02 [12] Albanian Minster of Foreign Affairs Milo moves to Strasbourg
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-02 [17] William Walker arrives in Kosova
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 213, 99-11-02 [09] KOSOVA SERB POLITICIAN SHOT
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 213, 99-11-02 [10] OSCE POINTS TO KOSOVA COURT CRISIS
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 213, 99-11-02 [13] YUGOSLAV CHIEF OF STAFF CONDUCTS TROOP INSPECTION NEAR

Wednesday, 3 November 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-02 [01] NATO-ROBERTSON-INTERVIEW BY ANDRE DE NESNERA (WASHINGTON)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-03 [18] UNCHR finances reconstruction of Berat schools
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-03 [19] NATO in Albania - humanitarian or military mission ?
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-03 [24] Close cooperation with U.S. to continue - PM Meta
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 214, 99-11-03 [22] U.S. DIPLOMAT CALLS FOR AN END TO ANTI-SERB VIOLENCE IN
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 214, 99-11-03 [26] IMF GIVES ALBANIA POSITIVE ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 214, 99-11-03 [27] ALBANIAN POLICE CONDUCT BORDER AREA SWEEP
Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-03 [26] GREEK AMBASSADOR CORANTIS SPEAKS AT 'TURKISH-GREEK RELATIONS MEETING'
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-03 [27] ESKISEHIR, Nov 3 (A.A) - Ioannis Corantis, the Greek Ambassador in Ankara, said on Wednesday that the quake disaster created a solidarity atmosphere between Turkey and Greece which will further grow in the future. Corantis who spoke at ''Turkish-Greek Relations'' meeting organized by Eskisehir Rotary Club noted that Turkish-Greek relations were at a different level now then they were 7 months ago when he first came to Turkey. ''There is a rule in economy. Evertything that goes down has to go up. It was the same for Greek-Turkish relations. The foreign ministers of both countries came together quietly and took decisions to solve the problems. Drafts were prepared in Athens and Ankara to develop relations. Agreements were initiated in tourism, anti-terrorism and maritime fields. Greek people will not forget Turkey's sensitivity when the quake hit Athens. Turks also were helped by Greeks during the Marmara quake. Great solidarity and sacrifice were observed during these disasters. The people of both countries are giving a message of peace,'' Corantis said. The Greek Ambassador also noted that he wanted Turkey to enter the EU. Regarding the Cyprus issue, Corantis said they want this problem to be solved. Turkey's positive attitute will help to develop relations with Europe, he also stressed.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-03 [17] BARTHOLOMEW I VISITS TIRANA
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-03 [01] Parliament Speaker meets with Ecumenical Patriarch
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-03 [02] Press Review
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-03 [11] Vartholemeu I inaugurates work for construction of Cathedral "Birth of Christ" in Shkoder
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-03 [25] PM Simits invites Meta for official visit to Greece
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-03 [27] ESKISEHIR, Nov 3 (A.A) - Ioannis Corantis, the Greek Ambassador in Ankara, said on Wednesday that the quake disaster created a solidarity atmosphere between Turkey and Greece which will further grow in the future. Corantis who spoke at ''Turkish-Greek Relations'' meeting organized by Eskisehir Rotary Club noted that Turkish-Greek relations were at a different level now then they were 7 months ago when he first came to Turkey. ''There is a rule in economy. Evertything that goes down has to go up. It was the same for Greek-Turkish relations. The foreign ministers of both countries came together quietly and took decisions to solve the problems. Drafts were prepared in Athens and Ankara to develop relations. Agreements were initiated in tourism, anti-terrorism and maritime fields. Greek people will not forget Turkey's sensitivity when the quake hit Athens. Turks also were helped by Greeks during the Marmara quake. Great solidarity and sacrifice were observed during these disasters. The people of both countries are giving a message of peace,'' Corantis said. The Greek Ambassador also noted that he wanted Turkey to enter the EU. Regarding the Cyprus issue, Corantis said they want this problem to be solved. Turkey's positive attitute will help to develop relations with Europe, he also stressed.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-03 [15] TURKISH-TRNC PROTOCOL
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-03 [16] STATE MINISTER MIRZAOGLU IN TRNC

Thursday, 4 November 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-04 [08] CEM TO ATTEND COUNCIL OF EUROPE CABINET MEETING
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-04 [02] William Walker declared Citizen of Honour of Kosova
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-04 [06] Humanitarian aid increase imports volume in Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-04 [09] U.S. to create a guarantee fund for U.S. investors in Southeast Europe
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-04 [11] Eight dinghies with illegals on board turned back
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-04 [12] USA to create a guarantee fund for American investors in Southeastern Europe
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-04 [13] Albanian army greatly involved to become NATO worthy partner
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-04 [17] Albanian foreing minister demands long-term solution for Kosova
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-04 [19] "Deutche Welle" to organize training seminar in Tirane
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-04 [21] Government programme aims promotion of economic reforms
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 215, 99-11-04 [16] OSCE WARNS VIOLENCE IN KOSOVA COULD DISCOURAGE DONORS
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 215, 99-11-04 [17] THACI GIVES AWARD TO U.S. DIPLOMAT
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 215, 99-11-04 [19] UN SPECIAL ENVOY ASSESSES BALKAN SITUATION
Articles about Greece
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-04 [10] GREEK AMBASSADOR IN ESKISEHIR
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-04 [13] MARAS IN CONSIDERATION OF THE EU VISA
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-04 [21] GEMSTONE STOCK EXCHANGE IS BEING ESTABLISHED
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-04 [27] SAFEST CITY: ISTANBUL
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-04 [13] MARAS IN CONSIDERATION OF THE EU VISA
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-04 [30] FINE-TUNING OF INTERESTS WITH RUSSIA - BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

Friday, 5 November 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-05 [09] A GESTURE TO ATHENS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-05 [10] CEM: "WE WANT EU TO REACH CONCLUSION"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-05 [11] CEM: WE BENEFIT FROM GREEK EXPERIENCE
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-05 [17] 317 KILOGRAMS OF NARCOTICS CAPTURED IN IPSALA
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-05 [11] Ministers of Meta cabinet explain priorities of their ministries
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-05 [16] Albanian Minister of Agriculture bans import of animal products from Turkey
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-05 [24] Hope for 300 000 illegal refugees in Greece
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 216, 99-11-05 [33] BALKAN LEADERS URGE INVESTMENTS
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-05 [09] A GESTURE TO ATHENS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-05 [10] CEM: "WE WANT EU TO REACH CONCLUSION"
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-05 [05] Two people killed and a third injured in Tropoje
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-05 [06] A high ranking delegation of Saudi Arabia visited Kosova
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-05 [21] Education Minister asks unification of Albanian primer
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 216, 99-11-05 [20] POVERTY ON THE RISE IN YUG0SLAVIA

Saturday, 6 November 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-05 [01] KOUCHNER ON KOSOVO (L ONLY) BY BRECK ARDERY (UNITED NATIONS)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-06 [01] Albanian Foreign Minister critisizes unilateral attitude towards Kosovo
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-06 [16] CEI demands opening of Agency for reconstruction of Kosova soon
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-06 [17] Albanian Foreign Minister voices will of Albanian government to cooperate with Pact's partners
Articles about Greece
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-06 [15] Delays of construction operations in Kapshtica-Korca road

Sunday, 7 November 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-07 [01] Albania, ally of U.S. and NATO in challenges of the coming millennium - Meta

Monday, 8 November 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-08 [01] SERB MEDIA (L-ONLY) BY LAURIE KASSMAN (LONDON)
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #137, 99-11-08
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-06 [43] Demirel said the threats and risks like terrorism, ethnic nationalism, racism, xenophobia, intolerance continued to prevail while the humanity was trying to come together around the common values and targets to make peace, stability and cooperation dominant in the world. Demirel stressed that the removal of obstacles in front of a better and just world order could be possible only with the solidarity of all countries. Demirel said the aggressive nationalism based on ethnic cleansing firstly in Bosnia- Herzegovina and later in Kosovo could be prevented as a result of the determined position of the international community and its intervention in time. ''I found the opportunity to observe the situation during my visit to Kosovo on October 15, 1999. The Kosovar Muslims are grateful to the international community for its help. I believe that ss the sister Islamic countries, we have to mobilize all of our facilities to heal the wounds of our Kosovar brothers and sisters and meet their urgent requirements especially including permanent residence. I think it will be more beneficial if the OIC and the Islamic Development Bank expend more active efforts. As the Islamic countries, our active contribution to the efforts for reconstruction of Kosovo will play an important role concerning the peace and stability in Southeastern Europe. With this respect, I want to emphasize once again that it will be more beneficial if you continue your active contributions increasingly to the efforts for reconstruction of Bosnia-Herzegovina,'' he said. Demirel said the emergence of a golden opportunity for the settlement of a lasting peace in the Middle East was one of the most important developments which encourage optimism for international security and stability on the eve of the 21st century. Demirel stated that they wish a progress could be recorded in the process' all parts including Syria and Lebanon. Demirel said the agreement, which signed in Sharm el Sheikh a short time ago, proved that the blocked peace process returned to its normal course, and it was a historic step. Demirel stressed that Turkey's aim was to contribute to the settlement of an atmosphere which would enable the people of different origins, cultures, nations, religions to live together in pecae in the Middle East. ''We have the chance to build together our common future. I believe that the leaders in the Middle East will manage to give the message of cooperation instead of enmity,'' he said. Demirel emphasized that settlement of a lasting peace in Caucasia depended on the settlement of an international legality. Demirel invited Armenia, which continues to occupy one-fifth of the Azerbaijani territories, to abide by the international laws. Demirel stressed that the settlement of a lasting and just peace in Caucasia is the most natural right of Azerbaijan. ''Our support to sister Azerbaijan for her good will steps for peace has to be continued in determination. With this respect, I want to once again emphasize that continuation of our humanitarian aid to more than one million Azerbaijani refugees is our debt of brotherhood,'' he said. Demirel said as the Islamic countries, they have to closely follw the incidents which happen in North Caucasia and reached serious humanitarian dimensions. Demirel said the developments in question, which create serious concerns for especially the civilians, have the intention to threat the regional peace. ''We expect Russia to overcome all of the problems including the developments in North Caucasia on this bassi and within the framework of respect to supremacy of law and human rights,'' he said. Noting that the support given to sister Pakistan concerning the Kashmir issue continues in determination, Demirel said they attach importance to solution of the problem with dialogue between Pakistan and India and on the basis of international legality. Calling on the Islamic world to continue to support the rightful case of the Moslem Turkish society on Cyprus, Demirel said, ''the continuation of the support given by the sister Islamic countries to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus's (TRNC) good will position toward the just and lasting solution on the basis of two equal sovereign states on the island, and the development of relations with the TRNC in every field will strengthen the solidarity within the Islamic world.'' Demirel added that they appreciate the comprehending position of sister Indonesia for the reasonable solution of the East Timor problem on the basis of international legality.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-05 [35] MOSCOW, Nov 5 (A.A) - Premier Bulent Ecevit said that the Joint Declaration of Cooperation in Struggle Against Terrorism which was signed with Russia does not include any articles that can associate the incidents in Chechnya. Following his meeting with Gennady Seleznyov, the chairman of Duma, lower chamber of Russian parliament; Ecevit staged a press conference concerning his contacts in Russia. He met with Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister, and Seleznyov, the chairman of Duma; Ecevit recalled. The two countries should attribute importance to cooperation in their economic relations rather than competition, Ecevit noted. Ecevit stated that Putin complained that the Russian businessmen cannot undertake giant projects in Turkey as the Turkish businessmen do in Russia. Turkey will help the Russian businessmen and the Russian businessmen can benefit from the incentives in the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia Regions if they wish, Ecevit stressed. Ecevit drew the attention that the DUMA sometimes assumes attitudes which saddens Turkey. Ecevit continued, ''it is an important development that the realities have started to be understood. I told them that we had felt uneasy about the encouragement of the terrorist organization PKK by some circles in DUMA. I discussed this issue with Putin in details.'' ''I told them that we have some documents including the information that some circles open their arms to PKK. Putin told me that he will make sure that our undersecretary in the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) and the undersecretary in the Russian intelligence unit will meet each other,'' Ecevit added. Ecevit said, ''I hope that such a meeting will take place in one or two days. It will be very useful to have a cooperation, communication and exchange of information between our intelligence units.'' The drawback of DUMA in some issues concerning Turkey led to the suspension in the ratification of some agreements, Ecevit drew the attention. Ecevit continued, ''Russia is waiting for Turkey's decision concerning the tax exemption. But, this additional protocol regarding the tax exemption is susject to some agreements which have not been ratified by the DUMA yet. Despite this, we held technical initiatives. There is not a serious problem. But, we should discuss this issue in the government and the parliament.'' ''We told them their concerns were meaningless. We told them that we need the Turkmen and Azerbajani natural gas which will be transfered to Turkey by the Blue Stream Project. Thus, we made it clear that there is no need to be uneasy about the future of the Blue Stream Project,'' Ecevit added. Ecevit emphasized that Putin expressed Russia's ideas about the incidents in Chenchnya during their contacts. He told Putin that he was uneasy about damaging the civilian people by the incidents, Ecevit pointed out. Later, Ecevit responded to the questions of the journalists. It is not yet clear whether or not he will be received by Boris Yeltsin, Russian President; Ecevit said. Ecevit noted that his contacts with Putin and Seleznyov were satisfactory. Responding questions on Blue Stream Project, Ecevit stated that he received the news that an agreement regarding the additional protocol was reached in the technical level prior to his departure to Russia. He added that thus, he could not have the opportunity to examine the draft agreement. The additional protocol was Russia's demand and Turkey can meet the requirements of the protocol, Ecevit stressed. When asked whether or not the U.S. has a reserve on this issue, Ecevit emphasized that no country opposed to the Blue Stream Project. Ecevit pointed out that all the opportunities should be evaluated not to have an energy crisis in Turkey in the following years. The agreement on this issue was signed two years ago, Ecevit recalled. Ecevit said, ''the investments on this issue have been initiated. This is a process of no return. But, we have to take cautious steps.'' When asked why Turkey pursues a different policy about Chechnya dispute although she did not consider Kosovo dispute as the internal problem of Yugoslavia; Ecevit noted that Turkey did not change her policy. Ecevit continued, ''but, there are things we can do and things we cannot do. The Kosovo dispute occured because the U.S. and all the European Union (EU) countries interfered with the dispute. Now, we cannot reach the incidents in Chechnya although we want to. Our relations with Russia carry importance for us. We cannot take every step we want.'' ''But, we clearly expressed our uneasiness about the damages which the Chechen people face. It is obvious that we feel uneasy in respect of humanity. Of course, the Russian authorities put forward some reasons. The public opinion has to evaluate these,'' Ecevit added. When asked whether or not he agrees with Putin's evaluating the incidents in Chechnya within the framework of the struggle against terrorism; Ecevit said, ''we are against all types of terrorism. But, there is not any statement which will be associated with the incidents in Chechnya in the declaration we signed today.'' Ecevit added, ''we have always defended that the countries should assume definite attitudes towards terrorism. The declaration we signed today is one which was prepared within this framework.'' When asked whether or not the declaration will prevent the support given to the terrorist organization PKK, Ecevit said, ''in my opinion, the Prime Minister's and the Parliament Speaker's saying that they find all the criticisms right, is a sufficient guarantee. And, I believe that they will do their best about this issue.'' Ecevit said that Yeltsin will participate in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit which will be held in Istanbul. They did not discussed the Cyprus issue during the contacts, Ecevit noted. Referring to the Straits issue, Ecevit stated that it is necessary to have new arrangements about the passage through the Straits due to the increasing traffic. He added that it is impossible for Turkey to implement arrangements which do not comply with the Montreux Agreement.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-08 [32] WHO LED ECEVIT DOWN THIS ROAD? BY FUAT BOL (TURKIYE)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-08 [09] DP supports cooperation of political forces in Kosova with UN
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-08 [10] Canada offers 100 million dollars on Kosova and Balkan reconstruction
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-08 [17] NATO is a powerful partner of Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-08 [18] Albanian, Prishtine universities increase cooperation
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 217, 99-11-08 [14] KOSOVARS REBURY MASSACRE VICTIMS
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 217, 99-11-08 [15] KOSOVA SERBS MEET WITH RUSSIAN ENVOY
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 217, 99-11-08 [16] KFOR TO STAY FOR UP TO 10 YEARS?
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 217, 99-11-08 [17] WHO TRIED TO BLOW UP KOSOVA RAILWAY BRIDGE?
Articles about Greece
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-08 [04] CLINTON-EUROPE (L) BY DAVID GOLLUST (WHITE HOUSE)
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #137, 99-11-08
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-07 [32] ATHENS, Nov 7 (A.A) - Marc Grossmann, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for relations with the European Union (EU) said on Sunday that his country supported a resolution based on bizonal and bicommunal federation in Cyprus. Grossmann told To Vima newspaper published in Athens that they were working to start negotiations without any preconditions between the two sides and added that Cyprus issue would be discussed when President Clinton visits Athens and Ankara. Grossmann who spoke about recovering Turkish-Greek relations said the recent developments were very pleasing for the U.S. Grossmann noted that the news item which appeared in the Washington Post a while ago about Greek cooperation with the 'November 17 terrorist organization' did not reflect the official opinion of the U.S. Nicholas Burns, the U.S. Ambassador in Athens, on the other hand said the U.S. was uncomfortable about the fact that nobody was caught related to the terrorist organization in Greece.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-06 [19] TURKISH-GREEK DIALOGUE
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-06 [20] ANKARA, Nov 6 (A.A) - Greece welcomed on Friday the news saying that the Turkish Armed Forces will not exercise some of its maneouvres to contribute to the friendly atmosphere between Turkey and Greece. Ioannis Corantis, the Greek Ambassador to Ankara, told the A.A correspondent that they had earlier launched initiatives within this framework. They had cancelled some maneouvres to decrease the tension in the region, Corantis said. Corantis claimed that despite this, they could not see the similar attitude from Turkey. If this news is correct, it could have positive effects on the relations between the two countries, Corantis noted. The newspapers had written that the Turkish F-16 war planes would not land on Cyprus during the Toros Maneouvres which would be exercised between November 25 and 26, 1999. The newspapers had also said that the Determination Maneouvres, which were the joint maneouvres exercised by Turkey and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), would not be exercised this year.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-06 [27] TUYGAN, TURKEY'S AMBASSADOR TO ATHENS, VISITS GREEK PM SIMITIS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-06 [28] ATHENS, Nov 6 (A.A) - Ali Tuygan, Turkey's Ambassador to Athens, visited Costas Simitis, the Prime Minister of Greece, on Friday. The sources told the A.A correspondent that Tuygan submitted the good will message of Premier Bulent Ecevit to Simitis. Ecevit said that he welcomed the progress recorded in the dialogue process between Turkey and Greece, the sources said. The sources noted that Ecevit also said he was pleased that Simitis would participate in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Summit in Istanbul. Simitis and Tuygan emphasized that it would be useful to continue the bilateral relations in this positive atmosphere during the meeting, the sources stated. The sources added that Simitis and Tuygan expressed that lasting solutions could be found for the problems between the two countries.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-08 [03] US RECALLS ITS PROPOSAL ON CYPRUS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-08 [19] CLINTON'S GREEK VISIT
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-08 [27] AID FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF KOCAELI UNIVERSITY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-08 [30] "FRIENDSHIP" CONCERT
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-08 [07] Albanian weight lifters in World Championship in Greece
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-08 [17] NATO is a powerful partner of Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-08 [20] Money market in Albania on the right track
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 217, 99-11-08 [32] BULGARIA, ROMANIA FAIL TO AGREE ON RIVER DANUBE BRIDGE
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-08 [04] CLINTON-EUROPE (L) BY DAVID GOLLUST (WHITE HOUSE)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-07 [26] LEFKOSA, Nov 7 (A.A) - Ertugrul Hasipoglu, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Parliament Speaker, said on Sunday, ''this flag will never be dipped and these soldiers will never leave the island. Everyone better know this. Otherwise, there will be a great bloodshed. And the side to suffer most from it will be the Greek-Cypriots.'' Addressing the ''Rotary Vision 2000 Information Seminar'' organized in the TRNC, Hasipoglu said, ''if you are clever enough, you accept two separate states. There can't be any other solution,'' addressing the Greek-Cypriot side. Noting that the world discusses the Cyprus question from time to time, Hasipoglu said a period in which the Cyprus question has warmed has started recently. Hasipoglu said there has never been a concept of nation on Cyprus and two communities whose religions, languages and origins are different are living on the island. Hasipoglu said their aim is to live in the territories where they were born and grew, and this is the most important right of humanity. ''However, the world pretends not to see this and considers the Turkish Cypriots as a minority. The world does not recognize the TRNC and defends that the rights of minority will be sufficient for us,'' he said. Stressing that the Cyprus Peace Operation in 1974 brought the right of living to the Turkish Cypriots and the prosperity to Greek-Cypriots, Hasipoglu said, ''if the Peace Operation had not been launched, the Turkish Cypriots could face a more serious situation than the one in Crete.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-07 [31] GROSSMAN:''U.S. SUPPORTS BIZONAL AND BICOMMUNAL FEDERATION IN CYPRUS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-07 [32] ATHENS, Nov 7 (A.A) - Marc Grossmann, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for relations with the European Union (EU) said on Sunday that his country supported a resolution based on bizonal and bicommunal federation in Cyprus. Grossmann told To Vima newspaper published in Athens that they were working to start negotiations without any preconditions between the two sides and added that Cyprus issue would be discussed when President Clinton visits Athens and Ankara. Grossmann who spoke about recovering Turkish-Greek relations said the recent developments were very pleasing for the U.S. Grossmann noted that the news item which appeared in the Washington Post a while ago about Greek cooperation with the 'November 17 terrorist organization' did not reflect the official opinion of the U.S. Nicholas Burns, the U.S. Ambassador in Athens, on the other hand said the U.S. was uncomfortable about the fact that nobody was caught related to the terrorist organization in Greece.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-06 [20] ANKARA, Nov 6 (A.A) - Greece welcomed on Friday the news saying that the Turkish Armed Forces will not exercise some of its maneouvres to contribute to the friendly atmosphere between Turkey and Greece. Ioannis Corantis, the Greek Ambassador to Ankara, told the A.A correspondent that they had earlier launched initiatives within this framework. They had cancelled some maneouvres to decrease the tension in the region, Corantis said. Corantis claimed that despite this, they could not see the similar attitude from Turkey. If this news is correct, it could have positive effects on the relations between the two countries, Corantis noted. The newspapers had written that the Turkish F-16 war planes would not land on Cyprus during the Toros Maneouvres which would be exercised between November 25 and 26, 1999. The newspapers had also said that the Determination Maneouvres, which were the joint maneouvres exercised by Turkey and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), would not be exercised this year.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-06 [43] Demirel said the threats and risks like terrorism, ethnic nationalism, racism, xenophobia, intolerance continued to prevail while the humanity was trying to come together around the common values and targets to make peace, stability and cooperation dominant in the world. Demirel stressed that the removal of obstacles in front of a better and just world order could be possible only with the solidarity of all countries. Demirel said the aggressive nationalism based on ethnic cleansing firstly in Bosnia- Herzegovina and later in Kosovo could be prevented as a result of the determined position of the international community and its intervention in time. ''I found the opportunity to observe the situation during my visit to Kosovo on October 15, 1999. The Kosovar Muslims are grateful to the international community for its help. I believe that ss the sister Islamic countries, we have to mobilize all of our facilities to heal the wounds of our Kosovar brothers and sisters and meet their urgent requirements especially including permanent residence. I think it will be more beneficial if the OIC and the Islamic Development Bank expend more active efforts. As the Islamic countries, our active contribution to the efforts for reconstruction of Kosovo will play an important role concerning the peace and stability in Southeastern Europe. With this respect, I want to emphasize once again that it will be more beneficial if you continue your active contributions increasingly to the efforts for reconstruction of Bosnia-Herzegovina,'' he said. Demirel said the emergence of a golden opportunity for the settlement of a lasting peace in the Middle East was one of the most important developments which encourage optimism for international security and stability on the eve of the 21st century. Demirel stated that they wish a progress could be recorded in the process' all parts including Syria and Lebanon. Demirel said the agreement, which signed in Sharm el Sheikh a short time ago, proved that the blocked peace process returned to its normal course, and it was a historic step. Demirel stressed that Turkey's aim was to contribute to the settlement of an atmosphere which would enable the people of different origins, cultures, nations, religions to live together in pecae in the Middle East. ''We have the chance to build together our common future. I believe that the leaders in the Middle East will manage to give the message of cooperation instead of enmity,'' he said. Demirel emphasized that settlement of a lasting peace in Caucasia depended on the settlement of an international legality. Demirel invited Armenia, which continues to occupy one-fifth of the Azerbaijani territories, to abide by the international laws. Demirel stressed that the settlement of a lasting and just peace in Caucasia is the most natural right of Azerbaijan. ''Our support to sister Azerbaijan for her good will steps for peace has to be continued in determination. With this respect, I want to once again emphasize that continuation of our humanitarian aid to more than one million Azerbaijani refugees is our debt of brotherhood,'' he said. Demirel said as the Islamic countries, they have to closely follw the incidents which happen in North Caucasia and reached serious humanitarian dimensions. Demirel said the developments in question, which create serious concerns for especially the civilians, have the intention to threat the regional peace. ''We expect Russia to overcome all of the problems including the developments in North Caucasia on this bassi and within the framework of respect to supremacy of law and human rights,'' he said. Noting that the support given to sister Pakistan concerning the Kashmir issue continues in determination, Demirel said they attach importance to solution of the problem with dialogue between Pakistan and India and on the basis of international legality. Calling on the Islamic world to continue to support the rightful case of the Moslem Turkish society on Cyprus, Demirel said, ''the continuation of the support given by the sister Islamic countries to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus's (TRNC) good will position toward the just and lasting solution on the basis of two equal sovereign states on the island, and the development of relations with the TRNC in every field will strengthen the solidarity within the Islamic world.'' Demirel added that they appreciate the comprehending position of sister Indonesia for the reasonable solution of the East Timor problem on the basis of international legality.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-05 [35] MOSCOW, Nov 5 (A.A) - Premier Bulent Ecevit said that the Joint Declaration of Cooperation in Struggle Against Terrorism which was signed with Russia does not include any articles that can associate the incidents in Chechnya. Following his meeting with Gennady Seleznyov, the chairman of Duma, lower chamber of Russian parliament; Ecevit staged a press conference concerning his contacts in Russia. He met with Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister, and Seleznyov, the chairman of Duma; Ecevit recalled. The two countries should attribute importance to cooperation in their economic relations rather than competition, Ecevit noted. Ecevit stated that Putin complained that the Russian businessmen cannot undertake giant projects in Turkey as the Turkish businessmen do in Russia. Turkey will help the Russian businessmen and the Russian businessmen can benefit from the incentives in the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia Regions if they wish, Ecevit stressed. Ecevit drew the attention that the DUMA sometimes assumes attitudes which saddens Turkey. Ecevit continued, ''it is an important development that the realities have started to be understood. I told them that we had felt uneasy about the encouragement of the terrorist organization PKK by some circles in DUMA. I discussed this issue with Putin in details.'' ''I told them that we have some documents including the information that some circles open their arms to PKK. Putin told me that he will make sure that our undersecretary in the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) and the undersecretary in the Russian intelligence unit will meet each other,'' Ecevit added. Ecevit said, ''I hope that such a meeting will take place in one or two days. It will be very useful to have a cooperation, communication and exchange of information between our intelligence units.'' The drawback of DUMA in some issues concerning Turkey led to the suspension in the ratification of some agreements, Ecevit drew the attention. Ecevit continued, ''Russia is waiting for Turkey's decision concerning the tax exemption. But, this additional protocol regarding the tax exemption is susject to some agreements which have not been ratified by the DUMA yet. Despite this, we held technical initiatives. There is not a serious problem. But, we should discuss this issue in the government and the parliament.'' ''We told them their concerns were meaningless. We told them that we need the Turkmen and Azerbajani natural gas which will be transfered to Turkey by the Blue Stream Project. Thus, we made it clear that there is no need to be uneasy about the future of the Blue Stream Project,'' Ecevit added. Ecevit emphasized that Putin expressed Russia's ideas about the incidents in Chenchnya during their contacts. He told Putin that he was uneasy about damaging the civilian people by the incidents, Ecevit pointed out. Later, Ecevit responded to the questions of the journalists. It is not yet clear whether or not he will be received by Boris Yeltsin, Russian President; Ecevit said. Ecevit noted that his contacts with Putin and Seleznyov were satisfactory. Responding questions on Blue Stream Project, Ecevit stated that he received the news that an agreement regarding the additional protocol was reached in the technical level prior to his departure to Russia. He added that thus, he could not have the opportunity to examine the draft agreement. The additional protocol was Russia's demand and Turkey can meet the requirements of the protocol, Ecevit stressed. When asked whether or not the U.S. has a reserve on this issue, Ecevit emphasized that no country opposed to the Blue Stream Project. Ecevit pointed out that all the opportunities should be evaluated not to have an energy crisis in Turkey in the following years. The agreement on this issue was signed two years ago, Ecevit recalled. Ecevit said, ''the investments on this issue have been initiated. This is a process of no return. But, we have to take cautious steps.'' When asked why Turkey pursues a different policy about Chechnya dispute although she did not consider Kosovo dispute as the internal problem of Yugoslavia; Ecevit noted that Turkey did not change her policy. Ecevit continued, ''but, there are things we can do and things we cannot do. The Kosovo dispute occured because the U.S. and all the European Union (EU) countries interfered with the dispute. Now, we cannot reach the incidents in Chechnya although we want to. Our relations with Russia carry importance for us. We cannot take every step we want.'' ''But, we clearly expressed our uneasiness about the damages which the Chechen people face. It is obvious that we feel uneasy in respect of humanity. Of course, the Russian authorities put forward some reasons. The public opinion has to evaluate these,'' Ecevit added. When asked whether or not he agrees with Putin's evaluating the incidents in Chechnya within the framework of the struggle against terrorism; Ecevit said, ''we are against all types of terrorism. But, there is not any statement which will be associated with the incidents in Chechnya in the declaration we signed today.'' Ecevit added, ''we have always defended that the countries should assume definite attitudes towards terrorism. The declaration we signed today is one which was prepared within this framework.'' When asked whether or not the declaration will prevent the support given to the terrorist organization PKK, Ecevit said, ''in my opinion, the Prime Minister's and the Parliament Speaker's saying that they find all the criticisms right, is a sufficient guarantee. And, I believe that they will do their best about this issue.'' Ecevit said that Yeltsin will participate in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit which will be held in Istanbul. They did not discussed the Cyprus issue during the contacts, Ecevit noted. Referring to the Straits issue, Ecevit stated that it is necessary to have new arrangements about the passage through the Straits due to the increasing traffic. He added that it is impossible for Turkey to implement arrangements which do not comply with the Montreux Agreement.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-08 [03] US RECALLS ITS PROPOSAL ON CYPRUS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-08 [19] CLINTON'S GREEK VISIT
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-08 [20] Money market in Albania on the right track

Tuesday, 9 November 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-09 [01] CLINTON - GREECE (L-ONLY) BY DEBORAH TATE (WHITE HOUSE)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-09 [02] CLINTON-EUROPE (S) BY DAVID GOLLUST (WHITE HOUSE)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-08 [05] YASEMIN BECOMES WORLD RECORD BREAKER Swimmer Yasemin Dalkilic of Turkey broke women's free-style diving world record in Bodrum county of Aegean Mugla province. Dalkilic dived 68 meter deep without oxygen tubes and broke the record. Yasemin completed her diving in 2 minutes and 27 seconds.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-08 [14] TURKIYE (RIGHT) - --------------- CONGRATULATIONS YASEMIN Swimmer Yasemin Dalkilic of Turkey broke women's free-style diving world record on Sunday following her European record. Dalkilic meditated for about 20 minutes before she dived into the sea by jumping from a platform that was set up for her off shore south Aegean Bodrum county. The 20 year-old university student Dalkilic went 68 meter deep in 2 minutes and 38 seconds without oxygen tubes and broke a world record.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-08 [21] ANKARA, Nov 8 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Sunday that there is no need to worry about the issue of presidency. Demirel responded to the questions in the Pulse of the Politics programme which was broadcast in state-run TRT-1 channel. ''Turkey is a constitutional state. There are rules in the Constitution. If these rules are implemented and a president cannot be chosen in the fourth round, then an election will be held,'' Demirel said. When asked about his evaluations on the possibility of changing the Constitution to be elected as the President once more, Demirel noted that he has been saying for nearly 20 years that the president should be elected by the public. The parliament could not choose a President after the term in office of Fahri Koruturk, the sixth President, ended; Demirel recalled. That day, they proposed that the public should choose the president, Demirel noted. Demirel continued, ''this is my idea. But, I will not launch campaigns for this. I cannot try to have the majority of the parliament. Because this is a political incident. I am over the politics in my present position. The parliament can solve this problem as it solves the other problems of Turkey.'' Only Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Germany do not choose the president directly, Demirel stated. Demirel said, ''in the end, Turkey will reach this point. But, Turkey has another problem. Turkey cannot tolerate an instability any more. She has to maintain stability. She has to improve the superiority of the national will. The national will has to choose the president.'' Demirel continued, ''in my opinion, the extension of the term in office is wrong. Premier Ecevit also said this. The power of the person who will become the president should not be zeroed. If you extend the term in office, then that person becomes like a corpse. Let's do what is right.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-08 [51] NEW YORK, Nov 8 (A.A) - Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations, said on Monday that he would call on President Rauf Denktas of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), and Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration, to negotiate in New York in near future. Annan said that he had not set a definite date yet, adding that negotiations were underway with the sides and the guarantor countries. Reiterating that he had not reached a final decision, Annan noted that he would decide on the issue within one month. Annan is expected to attend the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) Summit in Istanbul between November 17-19. He is also scheduled to pay an official visit to Turkey between November 19-22. Responding to questions of the A.A correspondent, Annan stressed that the problems could only be solved through dialogue. Annan told the A.A correspondent that the European Union (EU) and the U.S. were also interested in the Cyprus question because it could escalate tension in the region. Annan expressed wish over the detente in relations between Turkey and Greece to make a considerable contribution to ease the tension. Annan recalled that he held contacts with Alfred Moses, the Special Representative of U.S. President Bill Clinton to Cyprus, and received encouraging reports from Moses. He stressed that they had also taken into consideration the United Nations Security Council's proposals with the aim to give the final form to the current packet. Annan said that the Cyprus question was a significant problem in the region. He described the Cyprus question as a potentially dangerous problem. Annan reminded that he had brought Denktas and Clerides together two times in Troutbeck near New York, and in Glion, Switzerland. He underlined that a new initiative should be launched to further improve this process. Noting that the Cyprus question was not only the problem of the people living on the island, Annan emphasized that the Cyprus question was a regional problem.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-09 [05] SOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS IN PARIS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-09 [16] SCHILLY BRINGS EU SUPPORT
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-09 [27] PEACEFUL MEETING OF TURKISH AND GREEK WOMEN
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-09 [35] NO PASSAGE -BY GUNGOR MENGI (SABAH)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-09 [08] Albanian Premier leaves for Rome on Wednesday
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 218, 99-11-09 [02] POPE VISITS GEORGIA
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-09 [01] CLINTON - GREECE (L-ONLY) BY DEBORAH TATE (WHITE HOUSE)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-08 [35] CSCE had gone through a very important stage with 1990 Paris Charter. The period when Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact entered collapse period and when Berlin Wall collapsed, deeply influenced CSCE period. Paris Charter was signed in this transition period. The start was symbolized with a slogan ''Europe takes step to a new period.'' Paris Charter formed the first move of establishment of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). It has been decided that two summits will take place in Paris once in two years. Also, a high level officials committee, secretariat, Conflict Prevention center, free elections office and OSCE Parliamentarians Assembly was formed in 1991. As a result of the initiatives led by Turkey, memberships of former Soviet Union countries and countries which are located in the geography extending from Kazakhstan to Georgia, to OSCE were adopted. Helsinki Summit held in 1992, confirmed the 1975 Helsinki principles. It gave OSCE the will of change. A new dialogue, negotiation and cooperation forum was formed. The summit in 1994 was held in Budapest, Hungarian capital. ''Budapest Summit'' formed the final stage of the establishment of OSCE as new institutions were decided to be formed in the summit. It has been decided in that Summit to turn Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) into Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as of January 1, 1995. A document regarding political and military dimensions of security was also adopted. The 1996 summit took place in Lisbon, Portugal. Turkey submitted its candidacy to host the following summit. The summit which had to take place in 1998, was postponed to 1999 due to the difference of opinions caused by the approaches of Russia and the U.S. within OSCE. The counter-statements of Armenia and Greek Cypriot side not to hold last summit of the century in Istanbul, were overcomed due the efforts of Turkey.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-08 [50] ANNAN, SECRETARY GENERAL OF UNITED NATIONS, TO CALL ON DENKTAS AND CLERIDES TO NEGOTIATE
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-08 [51] NEW YORK, Nov 8 (A.A) - Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations, said on Monday that he would call on President Rauf Denktas of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), and Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration, to negotiate in New York in near future. Annan said that he had not set a definite date yet, adding that negotiations were underway with the sides and the guarantor countries. Reiterating that he had not reached a final decision, Annan noted that he would decide on the issue within one month. Annan is expected to attend the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) Summit in Istanbul between November 17-19. He is also scheduled to pay an official visit to Turkey between November 19-22. Responding to questions of the A.A correspondent, Annan stressed that the problems could only be solved through dialogue. Annan told the A.A correspondent that the European Union (EU) and the U.S. were also interested in the Cyprus question because it could escalate tension in the region. Annan expressed wish over the detente in relations between Turkey and Greece to make a considerable contribution to ease the tension. Annan recalled that he held contacts with Alfred Moses, the Special Representative of U.S. President Bill Clinton to Cyprus, and received encouraging reports from Moses. He stressed that they had also taken into consideration the United Nations Security Council's proposals with the aim to give the final form to the current packet. Annan said that the Cyprus question was a significant problem in the region. He described the Cyprus question as a potentially dangerous problem. Annan reminded that he had brought Denktas and Clerides together two times in Troutbeck near New York, and in Glion, Switzerland. He underlined that a new initiative should be launched to further improve this process. Noting that the Cyprus question was not only the problem of the people living on the island, Annan emphasized that the Cyprus question was a regional problem.
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-09 [12] ANNAN: "OSCE SUMMIT WILL BE A FORUM DURING WHICH COMMON PROBLEMS WILL BE DISCUSSED"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-09 [13] DENKTAS WARNS KLERIDES
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-09 [14] ANNAN CALLS ON THE SIDES ON CYPRUS
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-09 [01] CLINTON - GREECE (L-ONLY) BY DEBORAH TATE (WHITE HOUSE)
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-09 [26] RUSSIA: "THIS WILL BE THE TURNING POINT"
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-09 [02] Government approves grant agreement with U.S for budget support
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-09 [04] Bernard Kouchner founds Kosove budget
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-09 [09] Rambouillet testimonies in book "The Bloody Peace" of Qosja
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-09 [11] Small business predominates in private sector
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 218, 99-11-09 [15] THACI ARGUES KOSOVA IS NOT CHECHNYA...
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 218, 99-11-09 [16] ...SAYS SERBIAN CIVILIANS ARE WELCOME...
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 218, 99-11-09 [17] ...AND NOTES PROBLEMS REMAIN BETWEEN KOSOVARS
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 218, 99-11-09 [18] RUSSIAN DIPLOMAT WANTS POLITICAL SETTLEMENT
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 218, 99-11-09 [19] CALL FOR MONITORING OF KOSOVA 'POLITICAL TRIAL'

Wednesday, 10 November 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-10 [01] CLINTON/GREEK TRIP (S) BY NICK SIMEONE ()
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #138, 99-11-10
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-10 [17] "NO TRNC, YES GREEK-CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-10 [23] "FRIENDSHIP WALK" FROM ISTANBUL TO SELANIK
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-10 [26] TURKISH AIRPORTS: AMONG LOWEST RISK OF BUGS IN 2000
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-09 [03] WASHINGTON D.C. Nov 9 (A.A) - U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday that the next century will be dependent in great extent on the role Turkey will determine for itself. Speaking in a meeting explaining the U.S. foreign policy priorities at Georgetown University, Clinton reminded that he will visit Turkey next week. ''When I am in Turkey, I will explain that a great part of the 20th century's history is connected in bad or good way with the collapse of the Ottoman empire before and after the First World War and the decision given by European powers following that. Turkey is at crossroads in Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. If Turkey can fully take her place in Europe as a stable, democratic and secular muslim nation, future will be better,'' Clinton said. Clinton stated that Turkey's future role is also dependent on the relations with Greece. ''Turkey's taking place in Europe will come true only if a progress is recorded in her relations with Greece including the Cyprus question, if Turkey continues to strengthen the respect towards human rights and if European allies have a real vision. European allies must believe that European and muslim worlds can be in peace and harmony in Turkey and give a chance to realization of our dreams in this part of the world in the new millennium,'' he added. Clinton noted that he will mention the importance of the role Greece plays in Europe and the Balkans during his visit to Greece. ''Greece is a democratic model for younger democracies in the Balkans. She is a door opening to the European markets and a stable power in the region. Her only problem is the tension with Turkey. Ironically both Turkey and Greece are NATO allies and allies of each other. They served together in the Balkans. Their nations helped each other during the earthquake disasters. Turkish- Greek problem can be solved. It will be solved in the future and the U.S. will do her best to contribute to that,'' he said. Clinton stressed that his visits to Italy and Bulgaria will also contribute to improvement of the U.S. relations with all these countries and help in building a stable, united and democratic Europe. Mentioning the Turkish-Greek conflicts again and again in his speech, Clinton said these problems come among ''perhaps the oldest problems they face and in some ways perhaps the hardest to build a lasting peace in the Aegean Sea region, to achieve a true reconciliation between Greece and Turkey, and bridge the gulf between Europe and the Islamic world.'' In other parts of his speech, Clinton explained the developments that took place in the world after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the efforts and goals of the U.S. for stability and peace.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-09 [31] GREEK CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION TO PARTICIPATE AT OSCE SUMMIT WITH A 30- MEMBER DELEGATION
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-09 [32] ANKARA, Nov 9 (A.A) - The Greek Cypriot administration will participate at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Summit in Istanbul between November 17-19 with a 30-member delegation headed by Glafcos Clerides. Meanwhile, President Rauf Denktas of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) cannot attend the last summit of the century because the OSCE did not recognize the TRNC. The Greek Cypriot administration was not recognized by Turkey, but the international community has recognized it. The Greek Cypriot administration was accepted as a member to the OSCE despite Turkey's objections. Releasing a statement, the Foreign Ministry said that Turkey would only host the summit, therefore participation of the Greek Cypriot administration at the summit would not mean that Turkey recognized the Greek Cypriot administration. Turkey has taken measures to prevent comments claiming that Turkey recognized the Greek Cypriot administration. Within this framework, overall correspondences will be made by the Secretariat of the OSCE. Turkey and the TRNC have indicated that the Greek Cypriot administration would represent only southern part of the island at the summit. Turkey will put rezervations to the agreements which she will have to sign with the Greek Cypriot administration within the framework of OSCE. A total of 54 countries, including Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Greek Cypriot administration, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, the Holly See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Tajikistan, Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Britain, the U.S., and Uzbekistan, will participate at the summit. Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia which the OSCE cooperate in Mediterranean region, will also attend the summit.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-09 [33] TRNC: ''WE CALL GREECE TO TAKE STEPS FOR PEACE BY ACCEPTING THE REALITY THAT THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT NATIONS AND STATES ON CYPRUS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-09 [34] LEFKOSA, Nov 9 (A.A) - The Foreign and Defense Ministry of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Tuesday that they call Greece to take steps for peace by accepting the reality that there are two different nations and two separate states on Cyprus. A statement of the TRNC Foreign and Defense Ministry called Greece to give up its Cyprus policy which she continued for years by turning a blind eye to existence of the Turkish nation on Cyprus and the rights of guarantor Turkey, and to stop creating tension in the island and in the region. The statement referred to the statements of Dimitris Reppas, the spokesman of the Greek government who said that Greece is the guarantor on Cypus and she will always be the guarantor. ''Greece is the country which put into force the cruel Akritas plan aiming at eliminating Turkish Cypriots and toppling the 1960 administration in 1963 despite the 1960 agreements,'' the statement said. The statement added, ''Greece was also the country which backed the ethnic cleansing that was implemented on Turkish Cypriots for 11 years. Greece was the country which made the bloody military coup in Cyprus on July 15, 1974 to make Enosis (union with Greece) come true.'' Introducing the Greek Cypriot side which does not represent the Turkish Cypriots and to this end, which does not represent the whole island, as the ''legal Cyprus government'' does not comply with the aspects of being a guarantor, the statement noted. The statement stressed that carrying out efforts to become a member of the European Union (EU) despite the 1960 agreements, does not comply with the aspects of being a guarantor either. It is a matter of interest how Greece explain her initiatives which do not comply with being a guarantor and the violation of 1960 agreements which envisages her guarantorship, the statement emphasized. Pointing out that the Greeks and Greek Cypriots insist that the Greek Cypriot side is the ''legal government'' of Cyprus, the statement said the Greeks and Greek Cypriots try to deteriorate the balance that was established on the island in 1960 by their Joint Defense Doctrine and the unilateral and illegal application of the Greek Cypriot side to the EU. The Greeks and Greek Cypriots have created the present impasse in the island by eliminating the parameters in the ongoing negotiation process which is carried out within the framework of the good will mission of the United Nations (U.N.) General Secretariat, the statement added.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-09 [39] CLERIDES, LEADER OF GREEK CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION, DUE TO TURKEY ON NOVEMBER 17
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-09 [40] LEFKOSA, Nov 9 (A.A) - Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration, will leave for Istanbul on November 17 to attend the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) Summit. A 16-member delegation including Yannakis Casulides, the Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister, and Mihalis Papatru, the Greek Cypriot Spokesman, will accompany Clerides during his visit to Istanbul. Clerides is expected to visit Bartholomeos, the Fener Greek-Orthodox Patriarch. He will stage a press conference at the International Press Center. Clerides is also scheduled to partake of the dinner which will be hosted by President Suleyman Demirel.
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-10 [01] CLINTON/GREEK TRIP (S) BY NICK SIMEONE ()
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-10 [02] U-S - SERBIA (L ONLY) BY KYLE KING (STATE DEPARTMENT)
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #138, 99-11-10
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-10 [15] NATO MONUMENT UNVEILED
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-10 [40] TURKEY'S IMPORTANT DAYS BY DOGAN HEPER (MILLIYET)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-09 [20] ANKARA, Nov 9 (A.A) - The European Security Charter and an Adaptation Agreement on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty are expected to be signed during the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit in Istanbul. ''The European Security Charter'' which was brought to the agenda by Russian Federation in 1994 and which determines the European security model, can be signed at Istanbul summit. European Security Charter is likely to foresee certain principles which determine the new functions which the OSCE will undertake in the new century. Besides another document which aims at developing new mechanisms regarding the method of peace keeping operations is expected to be signed. Meanwhile serious discussions take place on the fourth draft on security prepared by OSCE Term President Norway. A joint declaration is expected to be issued at the end of the summit about regional issues including Chechnia, Kosovo and Karabakh problems. The declaration will probably include the results of OSCE's missions about regional conflicts. Vienna Document will be reviewed and its reviewed form will be accepted at the summit by heads of states and governments of OSCE countries. Vienna Document foresees exchange of information and views among member countries and defense planning about military forces, armament and equipment. When countries are involved in extraordinary or dangerous military activities, the Vienna document foresees both exchange of information and also founding contact mechanisms. Contact between military authorities is also foreseen. Vienna Document urges countries to inform their operations and military concentrations in specific levels and their military activities including 9,000 soldiers to OSCE in nine days before. It also urges countries to call observers when the number of military personnel exceeds 13,000. CFE Adaptation Agreement is also expected to be adopted during the summit in Istanbul. CFE agreement brings certain reductions and limitations in five categories of conventional weapons.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-09 [38] ISTANBUL, Nov 9 (A.A) - The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Review Conference continues prior to the Istanbul summit which will be held between November 18 and 19, 1999. The issues of human rights, security, and economy and the compliance of the member countries to the principles of the organization are being discussed in the Review Conference. The representatives of 54 member countries, the administrators of 170 non-governmental organizations, and the countries which are the members of the Mediterranean Cooperation, participate in the conference. Japan and South Korea attend the Review Conference as observers. The non- governmental organizations express their problems which they face within the framework of the organization and press during the conference. Akkan Suver, the Director General of Marmara Group Strategic and Social Researches Foundation, spoke in the conference. Suver drew the attention to the attacks of the terrorist organization PKK which violate the human rights. Turkey has been exposed to the attacks of a group of bandits who are the enemies of the humanity for 16 years, Suver said. Turkey maintained her unitary structure and integrity against these attacks, captured the head of this terrorist organization and handed him over to the justice, Suver noted. Suver stated that the foundation thinks that the PKK is an illegal organization which has violated the basic human rights. The young people who want to surrender to the security forces to benefit from the repentance law are around 16 or 17 years old, Suver stressed. The Serbians did the similar things in Kosovo, Suver recalled. Suver said that to this end, they condemn the PKK terrorist organization and the Serbian gangs which abduct the children and force them to stage armed attacks. They also condemn the parents who force their children to stage armed attacks in return of money, Suver pointed out. The Kurdish Institute also submitted a report to the OSCE Secretariat. The report asked the organization to allocate a different budget to the countries like Turkey which have some socio-economic problems. Hasan Kaya, the Chairman of the Institute, said that they do not want to complain about Turkey. The member countries should help each other and should be in solidarity to solve the present problems and to increase the welfare of the countries, Kaya added. Meanwhile, Harold Koh, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Responsible for Human Rights who visited Turkey a short time ago, responded the questions of the journalists about the human rights issue in Turkey. Koh said that they were pleased about the developments Turkey marked in the human rights. But there are still many things Turkey should do in this field, Koh added. The OSCE Review Conference is discussing the human rights in today's session. The conference is evaluating whether or not the member countries comply with the human rights principles of the OSCE. The non-governmental organizations will also discuss the human rights in Turkey and OSCE Region in the afternoon session. The OSCE Review Conference will end on Wednesday following the session in which the economic issues will be discussed.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-10 [04] Nexhat Daci - chairman of Academy of Sciences and Arts in Kosova
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-10 [08] KFOR Commander Reinhardt to visit Albania Thursday
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-10 [10] About 57 publishing houses confirm participation in "Prishtina '99" Book Fair
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 219, 99-11-10 [14] MILOSEVIC MEETS WITH RUSSIAN DIPLOMAT
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 219, 99-11-10 [15] CHURCH DESTROYED BY FIRE IN KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 219, 99-11-10 [16] ARTEMIJE APPEALS TO SERBIAN REFUGEES
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 219, 99-11-10 [27] FOUR YEARS AFTER ERDUT, EASTERN SLAVONIA CONTINUES TO LAG
Articles about Cyprus
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #138, 99-11-10
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-10 [17] "NO TRNC, YES GREEK-CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION"
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-09 [03] WASHINGTON D.C. Nov 9 (A.A) - U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday that the next century will be dependent in great extent on the role Turkey will determine for itself. Speaking in a meeting explaining the U.S. foreign policy priorities at Georgetown University, Clinton reminded that he will visit Turkey next week. ''When I am in Turkey, I will explain that a great part of the 20th century's history is connected in bad or good way with the collapse of the Ottoman empire before and after the First World War and the decision given by European powers following that. Turkey is at crossroads in Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. If Turkey can fully take her place in Europe as a stable, democratic and secular muslim nation, future will be better,'' Clinton said. Clinton stated that Turkey's future role is also dependent on the relations with Greece. ''Turkey's taking place in Europe will come true only if a progress is recorded in her relations with Greece including the Cyprus question, if Turkey continues to strengthen the respect towards human rights and if European allies have a real vision. European allies must believe that European and muslim worlds can be in peace and harmony in Turkey and give a chance to realization of our dreams in this part of the world in the new millennium,'' he added. Clinton noted that he will mention the importance of the role Greece plays in Europe and the Balkans during his visit to Greece. ''Greece is a democratic model for younger democracies in the Balkans. She is a door opening to the European markets and a stable power in the region. Her only problem is the tension with Turkey. Ironically both Turkey and Greece are NATO allies and allies of each other. They served together in the Balkans. Their nations helped each other during the earthquake disasters. Turkish- Greek problem can be solved. It will be solved in the future and the U.S. will do her best to contribute to that,'' he said. Clinton stressed that his visits to Italy and Bulgaria will also contribute to improvement of the U.S. relations with all these countries and help in building a stable, united and democratic Europe. Mentioning the Turkish-Greek conflicts again and again in his speech, Clinton said these problems come among ''perhaps the oldest problems they face and in some ways perhaps the hardest to build a lasting peace in the Aegean Sea region, to achieve a true reconciliation between Greece and Turkey, and bridge the gulf between Europe and the Islamic world.'' In other parts of his speech, Clinton explained the developments that took place in the world after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the efforts and goals of the U.S. for stability and peace.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-09 [31] GREEK CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION TO PARTICIPATE AT OSCE SUMMIT WITH A 30- MEMBER DELEGATION
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-09 [32] ANKARA, Nov 9 (A.A) - The Greek Cypriot administration will participate at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Summit in Istanbul between November 17-19 with a 30-member delegation headed by Glafcos Clerides. Meanwhile, President Rauf Denktas of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) cannot attend the last summit of the century because the OSCE did not recognize the TRNC. The Greek Cypriot administration was not recognized by Turkey, but the international community has recognized it. The Greek Cypriot administration was accepted as a member to the OSCE despite Turkey's objections. Releasing a statement, the Foreign Ministry said that Turkey would only host the summit, therefore participation of the Greek Cypriot administration at the summit would not mean that Turkey recognized the Greek Cypriot administration. Turkey has taken measures to prevent comments claiming that Turkey recognized the Greek Cypriot administration. Within this framework, overall correspondences will be made by the Secretariat of the OSCE. Turkey and the TRNC have indicated that the Greek Cypriot administration would represent only southern part of the island at the summit. Turkey will put rezervations to the agreements which she will have to sign with the Greek Cypriot administration within the framework of OSCE. A total of 54 countries, including Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Greek Cypriot administration, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, the Holly See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Tajikistan, Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Britain, the U.S., and Uzbekistan, will participate at the summit. Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia which the OSCE cooperate in Mediterranean region, will also attend the summit.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-09 [33] TRNC: ''WE CALL GREECE TO TAKE STEPS FOR PEACE BY ACCEPTING THE REALITY THAT THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT NATIONS AND STATES ON CYPRUS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-09 [34] LEFKOSA, Nov 9 (A.A) - The Foreign and Defense Ministry of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Tuesday that they call Greece to take steps for peace by accepting the reality that there are two different nations and two separate states on Cyprus. A statement of the TRNC Foreign and Defense Ministry called Greece to give up its Cyprus policy which she continued for years by turning a blind eye to existence of the Turkish nation on Cyprus and the rights of guarantor Turkey, and to stop creating tension in the island and in the region. The statement referred to the statements of Dimitris Reppas, the spokesman of the Greek government who said that Greece is the guarantor on Cypus and she will always be the guarantor. ''Greece is the country which put into force the cruel Akritas plan aiming at eliminating Turkish Cypriots and toppling the 1960 administration in 1963 despite the 1960 agreements,'' the statement said. The statement added, ''Greece was also the country which backed the ethnic cleansing that was implemented on Turkish Cypriots for 11 years. Greece was the country which made the bloody military coup in Cyprus on July 15, 1974 to make Enosis (union with Greece) come true.'' Introducing the Greek Cypriot side which does not represent the Turkish Cypriots and to this end, which does not represent the whole island, as the ''legal Cyprus government'' does not comply with the aspects of being a guarantor, the statement noted. The statement stressed that carrying out efforts to become a member of the European Union (EU) despite the 1960 agreements, does not comply with the aspects of being a guarantor either. It is a matter of interest how Greece explain her initiatives which do not comply with being a guarantor and the violation of 1960 agreements which envisages her guarantorship, the statement emphasized. Pointing out that the Greeks and Greek Cypriots insist that the Greek Cypriot side is the ''legal government'' of Cyprus, the statement said the Greeks and Greek Cypriots try to deteriorate the balance that was established on the island in 1960 by their Joint Defense Doctrine and the unilateral and illegal application of the Greek Cypriot side to the EU. The Greeks and Greek Cypriots have created the present impasse in the island by eliminating the parameters in the ongoing negotiation process which is carried out within the framework of the good will mission of the United Nations (U.N.) General Secretariat, the statement added.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-09 [39] CLERIDES, LEADER OF GREEK CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION, DUE TO TURKEY ON NOVEMBER 17
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-09 [40] LEFKOSA, Nov 9 (A.A) - Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration, will leave for Istanbul on November 17 to attend the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) Summit. A 16-member delegation including Yannakis Casulides, the Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister, and Mihalis Papatru, the Greek Cypriot Spokesman, will accompany Clerides during his visit to Istanbul. Clerides is expected to visit Bartholomeos, the Fener Greek-Orthodox Patriarch. He will stage a press conference at the International Press Center. Clerides is also scheduled to partake of the dinner which will be hosted by President Suleyman Demirel.

Thursday, 11 November 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-11 [01] CLINTON - KOSOVO (L) BY DEBORAH TATE (WHITE HOUSE)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-11 [02] CLINTON - KOSOVO (L-UPDATE) BY DEBORAH TATE (WHITE HOUSE)
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-11 [16] CLINTON'S PLANNED TRIP TO GREECE RE-ARRANGED
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [13] GREEK CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION TO PARTICIPATE AT OSCE SUMMIT WITH A 30- MEMBER DELEGATION The Greek Cypriot administration will participate at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Summit in Istanbul between November 17-19 with a 30-member delegation headed by Glafcos Clerides. Meanwhile, President Rauf Denktas of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) cannot attend the last summit of the century because the OSCE did not recognize the TRNC. The Greek Cypriot administration was not recognized by Turkey, but the international community has recognized it. Releasing a statement, the Foreign Ministry said that Turkey would only host the summit, therefore participation of the Greek Cypriot administration at the summit would not mean that Turkey recognized the Greek Cypriot administration.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [14] RADIKAL (LEFT) - ------------- U.S. PRESIDENT CLINTON SAYS TURKEY TO DETERMINE NEXT MILLENIUM U.S. President Bill Clinton said that the global peace depends on Turkey's integration with Europe. Clinton noted that the next millenium depends on how Turkey will define her role in today's and future world because she is the intersection point of Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. Turkey should try to eliminate the differences in the points of view on Cyprus question with Greece, Clinton stated. Clinton added that she should improve the human rights.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [35] WASHINGTON D.C. Nov 10 (A.A) - Finnish Foreign Minister Tarja Halonen who is currently in Washington D.C. to participate in the EU-U.S. ministers meeting, said on Wednesday that they strongly support Turkey's membership to the EU. Speaking in a joint press briefing together with U.S. State Secretary Madeleine Albright, Chairman of EU Council Javier Solona and EU Commissioner responsible for foreign affairs Chris Patten; Halonen said that there is a very positive atmosphere in the EU in the direction of enlargement. Turkey is ''a very interesting issue,'' said Halonen and noted that they received very positive signals after the meetings with Foreign Minister Ismail Cem. Halonen also praised the improving relations between Turkey and Greece and said ''foreign ministers of the two countries succeeded in a very important mission.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [43] SALONICA, Nov 10 (A.A) - ''Turkey-Greece Friendship Train'' which was organized by the Turkish Radio and Television Broadcast Organization (TRT), arrived in Salonica, Greece, on Wednesday. Couetidis Loudouicos, the Director General of Greek Railways, welcomed the train in the Salonica Train Station. Addressing the ceremony, Loudouicos said that the friedship train would accelerate relations and coopetaion between Turkey and Greece. Loudouicos recalled that ceremonies also took place in Greece to mark the 61th anniversary of demise of Ataturk, the Great Founder of modern Republic of Turkey. Yucel Yener, the Director General of the TRT, noted that the friendship train would make a considerable contribution to relations between two countries. Hasan Mollaoglu, the Director General of the State Railways, said that they would hold meetings about railways, and transportation of commercial goods with Greek officials. Passengers of the friendship train later participated in a ceremony in the house where Ataturk was born and which was later turned into a museum. The friendship train will leave for Athens later today.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [45] SALONICA, Nov 10 (A.A) - Great leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern and secular Turkish Republic, was also commemorated on Wednesday in Salonica city of Greece where he was born. The commemoration started as the participants observed a minute of silence at 9.05 a.m. in the house where Ataturk was born. Seckin Cetinelli, Turkey's Consul General to Salonica, said that Ataturk established the Republic of Turkey with his loyal friends. It is necessary to know the history of Turkey to understand the greatness of the Republic of Turkey, Cetinelli noted. After Cetinelli's speech, Ataturk's ''Nutuk'' (Speech) was listened. The young people who participated in the commemoration, read Ataturk's address to the young people and sang anthems. Then, Birol Akifoglu, a deputy from Xanthi; Yucel Yener, Director General of Turkish Radio and Television; Hasan Mollaoglu, the Director General of Turkish State Railways; and Sabriye Delioglu, the Chairman of Xanthi Turkish Union, all spoke in the ceremony. Later, Ataturk was commemorated in Turkey's Consulate. The delegation which came to Salonica by the Turkey-Greece Friendship Train, a delegation from Tekirdag and Turks living in Xanthi participated in this commemoration. The participants later visited the house where Ataturk was born.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [59] ANKARA, Nov 10 (A.A) - Fikret Unlu, the State Minister responsible for youth and sports, said on Wednesday that the propasal of Karanikolas, the Chairman of the Greek Red Cross Egio Branch, reflects a thought which should be welcomed. Karanikolas who carried out efforts in the quake zone as a pediatrician, sent a letter to Turkey which proposed that Turkey and Greece should carry out joint initiatives to stage the 2010 World Cup together. Unlu responded to this letter, stating that increasing the sports activities to improve the close relations between Turkey and Greece carries importance. The sports clubs held foolball, basketball, and volleyball matches for the quake survivors after the quake disasters which hit both countries, Unlu recalled. Unlu continued, ''to this end, Karanikolas' proposal reflects a thought which should be welcomed. As it is known, Turkish and Greek Football Federations are holding contacts to hold the 2008 European Football Championship together.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [62] CYPRUS ARGUMENT IN SOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL - OYMEN RESPONDS TO THE PROVOCATION OF LISSARIDES, GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE SOCIALIST LEADER - OYMEN: ''CYPRUS QUESTION STARTED IN 1963 WITH THE ETHNIC CLEANSING ON TURKISH CYPRIOTS BY GREEK CYPRIOTS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [65] ANKARA, Nov 10 (A.A) - The delegation headed by Ambassador Numan Hazar, the Chairman of the Organization for Islamic Conference (OIC) visited Pretoria, the capital of the Republic of South Africa, Johannesburg which is the trade center of this country and Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe Republic between October 31 and November 7. Representatives from the Foreign Ministry, Finance Ministry, Treasury, State Planning Organization, Foreign Trade Undersecretariat and Turkey Contractors Union were in the delegation. Two representatives of General Staff Directorate also joined the delegation in Zimbabwe. In the Republic of South Africa, Ambassador Hazar was received by acting Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad. Hazar presented Pahad a letter of Foreign Minister Ismail Cem inviting Dlamini Zuma, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of South Africa. The two countries agreed to sign agreements on trade, economic and technical cooperation, mutual encouragement of investments and their protection, and to prevent double taxation when Zuma visits Turkey. A protocol suggesting political solidarity mechanism between the foreign ministries of the two countries will also be signed during Zuma's visit. In Zimbabwe, the delegation was received by Stanley Mudenge, the Foreign Minister; Moven Mahacci, the Defense Minister; John Nkomo, the Defense Minister and local administrations. Turkey and Zimbabwe will cooperate in trade, economy, and technology fields as well as military training, the two sides agreed during the talks. Related agreements are expected to be signed when Orbert Mpofu, the Minister of Industry and Trade and Mahacci visit Turkey. During the meetings, the Turkish side briefed the Zimbabwean authorities about the Cyprus issue, relations with Greece and the EU, the Middle East and other regional and international matters. The Zimbabwean side said they still remembered the medical aid Turkey sent to them in 1970 during their struggle against the racist regime and expressed gratitude. It was said that both visits were very fruitful for the development of political, economic, and cultural ties with both Zimbabwe and the Republic of South Africa.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [69] ANKARA, Nov 10 (A.A) - Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said on Wednesday that it will not be correct to make an estimation about Turkey's candidacy to European Union (EU), before the conclusion of EU Helsinki Summit. He said ''Turkey's probable candidacy is not depended on any special precondition.'' In a written statement disclosed by Foreign Ministry Information Department and where latest developments were evaluated, Cem conveyed his views about the table before Helsinki Summit. Cem said number of countries approaching positively to Turkey's candidate status increased greadually, adding that this was a late decision. Cem said this decision was for the benefit of stability, peace and economic development in a wide geography including EU and Turkey. Cem pointed out that making an estimation would not be correct before seeing the results of the summit, and added that the decision could not be taken in case even one of the 15 member countries oppose. FM noted that Turkey's probable candidacy was not dependent on any special condition, and added that implementation of special conditions in case of Turkey's membership, was regardless of question. Cem said ''Turkey will be evaluated under the same criteria with other candidates, and will take step on the way of full membership as long as it fulfils them. Morever, Copenhagen criteria which include the criteria in question, is not the product of EU. These are the values which all humanity formed and shared. Turkey will continue to improve these values which it already contributed, whether it becomes a candidate to EU or not.'' Foreign Minister Cem pointed out that another important topic of Turkey was the Cyprus issue. Cem noted that both Turkey and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) openly clarified their position about the resolution of the U.N. Security Council which foresaw talks between the sides in Cyprus. ''Turkey has announced to the world that proposals which can be accepted by TRNC, can be implemented. Also, we have disclosed to all the concerned sides that there can be no connection between Cyprus issue and Turkey's EU candidacy. We adopt the policies implemented by Denktas and fully support them,'' FM noted. Cem pointed out that joint working groups formed between Turkey and Greece exhibited positive developments, adding that ''they managed to reach a level in every issue, including struggle against terrorism, on which Turkey is very sensitive. ''The first results make us think that more comprehensive and deep efforts may be brought to the agenda. The works are carried out cautiously and in a determined way and by taking into consideration mutual sensitivities,'' he added. Responding to the reactions shown to statements of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit that Chechnya problem was the domestic affairs of Russia, Cem said ''the events in Chechnya cause great concern in Turkey, the situation presents the danger of spreading to the Caucasus and sparking regional instability.'' Answering to the criticisms against Turkey's foreign policy on Chechnya issue, Cem said ''Turkey is a defender of territorial integrities of the countries under the international agreements it signed and under its own understanding. Turkey defines Russia's preservation of its territorial integrity as a legal concern. Turkey believes that human rights are matters of all humanity, not a domestic matter. The disaster which Chechen women, children, and refugees are exposed, is a great pain in our hearts. Turkey does its best both in political and humanitarian dimensions to ease these pains.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [80] GREEK AMBASSADOR TO BERLIN: ''GREECE WILL BE PLEASED WITH TURKEY'S EU CANDIDACY''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [81] MUNICH, Nov 10 (A.A) - Dimitrios Nezeritis, the Greek Ambassador to Berlin, said on Wednesday that they supported Turkey's European Union (EU) candidacy for full-membership. Nezeritis, who was the former Greek Ambassador to Ankara, staged a press conferene on Greece's foreign policy and her changing preferences. Noting that there had been changes in Greece's foreign policy priorities in time, Nezeritis said the continuing Cyprus question remained a foreign policy priority that was wiating to be solved. Calling Turkey ''the great neighbour of Greece'', Nezeritis stressed that the political atmosphere between Turkey and Greece had been recently recovered as a result of the meetings of the Turkish and Greek Foreign Ministers. Nezeritis said the problems between Turkey and Greece like the continental shelf, territorial waters and airspaces could be solved through the laws as they were mentioned in the international agreements. Nezeritis said they were not in favour of the bilateral solution proposed by Turkey. ''We really want Turkey's EU candidacy. However, the decision will be taken at the Helsinki Summit,'' he said.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-11 [16] "Alpha Credit Bank" opens its branch in Tirane
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 220, 99-11-11 [20] MACEDONIA, GREECE START PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-11 [01] CLINTON - KOSOVO (L) BY DEBORAH TATE (WHITE HOUSE)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-11 [02] CLINTON - KOSOVO (L-UPDATE) BY DEBORAH TATE (WHITE HOUSE)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-11 [03] NATO / KOSOVO (L ONLY) BY STEFAN BOS (BUDAPEST)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-11 [08] Some US$ 59 million enter Albania with Kosovars arrival
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-11 [09] State transfers in cash increase to 31 million dollars
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-11 [18] Albanians in Mitrovice block industrial complex "Trepca"
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-11 [22] Madeleine Albright writes to Premier Thaci
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-11 [23] KFOR Commander Klaus Reinhardt arrived in Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-11 [25] 2000 years of Christianity: International Symposium "Christianity among Albanians"
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 220, 99-11-11 [15] UN HAS EXHUMED MORE THAN 2,000 BODIES IN KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 220, 99-11-11 [16] SOME 379 KILLED IN KOSOVA SINCE JUNE
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-11 [02] TURKEY HONOURS ATATURK IN NATIONWIDE CEREMONIES
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-11 [10] EROGLU INSISTS ON 'RECOGNITION BEFORE TALKS'
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [13] GREEK CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION TO PARTICIPATE AT OSCE SUMMIT WITH A 30- MEMBER DELEGATION The Greek Cypriot administration will participate at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Summit in Istanbul between November 17-19 with a 30-member delegation headed by Glafcos Clerides. Meanwhile, President Rauf Denktas of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) cannot attend the last summit of the century because the OSCE did not recognize the TRNC. The Greek Cypriot administration was not recognized by Turkey, but the international community has recognized it. Releasing a statement, the Foreign Ministry said that Turkey would only host the summit, therefore participation of the Greek Cypriot administration at the summit would not mean that Turkey recognized the Greek Cypriot administration.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [14] RADIKAL (LEFT) - ------------- U.S. PRESIDENT CLINTON SAYS TURKEY TO DETERMINE NEXT MILLENIUM U.S. President Bill Clinton said that the global peace depends on Turkey's integration with Europe. Clinton noted that the next millenium depends on how Turkey will define her role in today's and future world because she is the intersection point of Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. Turkey should try to eliminate the differences in the points of view on Cyprus question with Greece, Clinton stated. Clinton added that she should improve the human rights.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [46] TRNC PRIME MINISTER EROGLU IN LONDON - EROGLU ADDRESSES TURKISH CYPRIOTS IN A CONFERENCE
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [47] LONDON, Nov 10 (A.A) - Dervis Eroglu, the Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Wednesday that his country is an independent state although it is not recognized by world states. Speaking in a conference held in north London where many Turkish people live, Eroglu said that TRNC has certain economic and social problems like other countries, but many of them stem from the fact that TRNC is not recognized officially by the world. Turkish Cypriot nation is right, said Eroglu and added that all western people who ask themselves the reasons of ''the foundation of a Cyprus Republic in 1960, isolation of Turks from it in 1963 and the military operation staged by Turkey in 1974,'' have to give this right to Turkish Cypriot nation. Eroglu pointed out that providing peace in Cyprus and Mediterranean, concerns not only Turkey, but also the U.S. and Britain, yet these two countries think of their interests more than those of Turkish and Greek Cypriots. The U.N. Security Council mentions calling the concerned sides for negotiation without precondition, but discussing a federation on the island is a precondition, said Eroglu. ''Does this mean 'negotiations without any precondition?' If we accept this, this will cause disappearance of our state,'' he said. ''We must confess that Turkish Cypriots need peace more than Greek Cypriots, because our link with the world weakens every day. But we can't submit decisions taken or pressures imposed on TRNC overseas,'' he said. Eroglu added that ''if you attempt to sit a negotiation table for EU membership without an agreement on the island, it means that you've accepted the existance of one Cyprus Republic on the island and only minority rights for Turkish Cypriots. We are not against the idea of joining the EU, but priority has to be given to reaching an agreement first.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [62] CYPRUS ARGUMENT IN SOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL - OYMEN RESPONDS TO THE PROVOCATION OF LISSARIDES, GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE SOCIALIST LEADER - OYMEN: ''CYPRUS QUESTION STARTED IN 1963 WITH THE ETHNIC CLEANSING ON TURKISH CYPRIOTS BY GREEK CYPRIOTS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [63] PARIS, Nov 10 (A.A) - A very harsh argument on Cyprus issue took place in the final session of the Social International General Congress. Vasos Lissarides, Socialist Party leader of Greek Cypriot side, addressing the Socialist International session, made baseless accusations against Turkey. Lissarides blamed Turkey for occupation and ethnic cleansing. Altan Oymen, leader of Republican People's Party (CHP), who spoke after Lissarides, said Representative of Greek Cypriot side tried to enter into polemics and deviate the facts as it happened in every international meeting. Oymen said Cyprus problem started in 1963 and continued afterwards with ethnic cleansing campaign of Greek Cypriot side against Turks. He said it did not start in 1974 as Greek Cypriot representative claimed. Pointing out the positive and peaceful atmosphere created between Turkish and Greek people following the quakes, Oymen said statements of Greek Cypriot representative failed to help this.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [65] ANKARA, Nov 10 (A.A) - The delegation headed by Ambassador Numan Hazar, the Chairman of the Organization for Islamic Conference (OIC) visited Pretoria, the capital of the Republic of South Africa, Johannesburg which is the trade center of this country and Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe Republic between October 31 and November 7. Representatives from the Foreign Ministry, Finance Ministry, Treasury, State Planning Organization, Foreign Trade Undersecretariat and Turkey Contractors Union were in the delegation. Two representatives of General Staff Directorate also joined the delegation in Zimbabwe. In the Republic of South Africa, Ambassador Hazar was received by acting Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad. Hazar presented Pahad a letter of Foreign Minister Ismail Cem inviting Dlamini Zuma, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of South Africa. The two countries agreed to sign agreements on trade, economic and technical cooperation, mutual encouragement of investments and their protection, and to prevent double taxation when Zuma visits Turkey. A protocol suggesting political solidarity mechanism between the foreign ministries of the two countries will also be signed during Zuma's visit. In Zimbabwe, the delegation was received by Stanley Mudenge, the Foreign Minister; Moven Mahacci, the Defense Minister; John Nkomo, the Defense Minister and local administrations. Turkey and Zimbabwe will cooperate in trade, economy, and technology fields as well as military training, the two sides agreed during the talks. Related agreements are expected to be signed when Orbert Mpofu, the Minister of Industry and Trade and Mahacci visit Turkey. During the meetings, the Turkish side briefed the Zimbabwean authorities about the Cyprus issue, relations with Greece and the EU, the Middle East and other regional and international matters. The Zimbabwean side said they still remembered the medical aid Turkey sent to them in 1970 during their struggle against the racist regime and expressed gratitude. It was said that both visits were very fruitful for the development of political, economic, and cultural ties with both Zimbabwe and the Republic of South Africa.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [69] ANKARA, Nov 10 (A.A) - Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said on Wednesday that it will not be correct to make an estimation about Turkey's candidacy to European Union (EU), before the conclusion of EU Helsinki Summit. He said ''Turkey's probable candidacy is not depended on any special precondition.'' In a written statement disclosed by Foreign Ministry Information Department and where latest developments were evaluated, Cem conveyed his views about the table before Helsinki Summit. Cem said number of countries approaching positively to Turkey's candidate status increased greadually, adding that this was a late decision. Cem said this decision was for the benefit of stability, peace and economic development in a wide geography including EU and Turkey. Cem pointed out that making an estimation would not be correct before seeing the results of the summit, and added that the decision could not be taken in case even one of the 15 member countries oppose. FM noted that Turkey's probable candidacy was not dependent on any special condition, and added that implementation of special conditions in case of Turkey's membership, was regardless of question. Cem said ''Turkey will be evaluated under the same criteria with other candidates, and will take step on the way of full membership as long as it fulfils them. Morever, Copenhagen criteria which include the criteria in question, is not the product of EU. These are the values which all humanity formed and shared. Turkey will continue to improve these values which it already contributed, whether it becomes a candidate to EU or not.'' Foreign Minister Cem pointed out that another important topic of Turkey was the Cyprus issue. Cem noted that both Turkey and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) openly clarified their position about the resolution of the U.N. Security Council which foresaw talks between the sides in Cyprus. ''Turkey has announced to the world that proposals which can be accepted by TRNC, can be implemented. Also, we have disclosed to all the concerned sides that there can be no connection between Cyprus issue and Turkey's EU candidacy. We adopt the policies implemented by Denktas and fully support them,'' FM noted. Cem pointed out that joint working groups formed between Turkey and Greece exhibited positive developments, adding that ''they managed to reach a level in every issue, including struggle against terrorism, on which Turkey is very sensitive. ''The first results make us think that more comprehensive and deep efforts may be brought to the agenda. The works are carried out cautiously and in a determined way and by taking into consideration mutual sensitivities,'' he added. Responding to the reactions shown to statements of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit that Chechnya problem was the domestic affairs of Russia, Cem said ''the events in Chechnya cause great concern in Turkey, the situation presents the danger of spreading to the Caucasus and sparking regional instability.'' Answering to the criticisms against Turkey's foreign policy on Chechnya issue, Cem said ''Turkey is a defender of territorial integrities of the countries under the international agreements it signed and under its own understanding. Turkey defines Russia's preservation of its territorial integrity as a legal concern. Turkey believes that human rights are matters of all humanity, not a domestic matter. The disaster which Chechen women, children, and refugees are exposed, is a great pain in our hearts. Turkey does its best both in political and humanitarian dimensions to ease these pains.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-10 [81] MUNICH, Nov 10 (A.A) - Dimitrios Nezeritis, the Greek Ambassador to Berlin, said on Wednesday that they supported Turkey's European Union (EU) candidacy for full-membership. Nezeritis, who was the former Greek Ambassador to Ankara, staged a press conferene on Greece's foreign policy and her changing preferences. Noting that there had been changes in Greece's foreign policy priorities in time, Nezeritis said the continuing Cyprus question remained a foreign policy priority that was wiating to be solved. Calling Turkey ''the great neighbour of Greece'', Nezeritis stressed that the political atmosphere between Turkey and Greece had been recently recovered as a result of the meetings of the Turkish and Greek Foreign Ministers. Nezeritis said the problems between Turkey and Greece like the continental shelf, territorial waters and airspaces could be solved through the laws as they were mentioned in the international agreements. Nezeritis said they were not in favour of the bilateral solution proposed by Turkey. ''We really want Turkey's EU candidacy. However, the decision will be taken at the Helsinki Summit,'' he said.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-11 [16] "Alpha Credit Bank" opens its branch in Tirane

Friday, 12 November 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-12 [01] KOSOVO / PLANE (L-ONLY) BY TIM BELAY (TIRANA)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-12 [02] MACEDONIA ELECTION (L ONLY) BY BETH POTTER (SPLIT, CROATIA)
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #139, 99-11-12
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-12 [08] NATO PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY'S GENERAL COUNCIL
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-12 [09] GEN.KIVRIKOGLU RETURNS TO TURKEY
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-12 [02] Press review
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-12 [10] KFOR has under control security throughout Kosova
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-12 [11] CE's Furrer awarded title Citizen of Honour of Tirana
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-12 [12] KFOR - factor for stability in the region - PM Meta
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-12 [13] Kosova needs KFOR army
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-12 [14] Serbs burn more than 50% of libraries in Kosova
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-12 [17] Some 14 Albanians released from Serbian jails, thousand others still in prison
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-12 [18] Albania supports KFOR mission in Kosova and region
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-12 [20] Furrer praises Assembly for meeting commitments to CE
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-12 [22] Meidani praises MAPE mission performance in Albania
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-12 [11] DENKTAS ISSUES ANOTHER WARNING ON OSCE SUMMIT
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-11 [09] CUMHURIYET (LEFT) - ---------------- CYPRUS ARGUMENT IN SOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL A very harsh argument on Cyprus issue took place in the final session of the Social International General Congress. Vasos Lissarides, Socialist Party leader of Greek Cypriot side, addressing the Socialist International session, made baseless accusations against Turkey. Lissarides blamed Turkey for occupation and ethnic cleansing. Altan Oymen, leader of Republican People's Party (CHP), who spoke after Lissarides, said Representative of Greek Cypriot side tried to enter into polemics and deviate the facts as it happened in every international meeting.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-11 [28] LEFKOSA, Nov 11 (A.A) - Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said on Thursday that solution was being sought for the Cyprus question through indirect talks so any initiative to block the solution ways should not be launced at the summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Istanbul, and the terminology that will upset the Turkish Cypriots should not be used. Denktas said, ''we wish a terminology that will once again upset us won't be used in the Summit. We wish decisions and statements saying 'we recognize a single government in Cyprus, and this is the Greek Cypriot government' which do not esteem the rights, laws, and realities won't be made in the Summit.'' U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan has said, ''the OSCE Summit in Istanbul will be a forum in which common problems like the Cyprus question will be discussed.'' Denktas said it would be evaluated by everybody if an initiative to block the solution ways was launched in the Summit. ''Probably, there are very important issues on the agenda of the OSCE. However, the Cyprus issue is the Turkish Cypriots' case of rights and freedom. It is Turkey's case of geopolitical interest. It is the case of prevention of the destruction of the Turkish-Greek balance that occurred as a result of the 1960 international agreements. I am once again emphasizing that it will be once again evaluated, and our rights and freedoms will be reviewed again if they accept decisions showing that they will continue the unjust treatment that started 36 years ago toward the Turkish Cypriots,'' he stressed.
Articles about Greece
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-12 [30] FRIENDLY AWARDS IN ATHENS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-12 [31] 'FRIENDSHIP TRAIN'
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-11 [10] FRIENDSHIP TRAIN IN SALONICA Friendship train arrived in Salonica to improve relations with Greece and commemorate the 61th anniversary of the death of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkish Republic. In the ceremony, it was said Ataturk started Turkish-Greek friendship with Greek leader Venizelos.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-11 [31] FRIENDSHIP TRAIN ARRIVES IN ATHENS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-11 [32] ATHENS, Nov 11 (A.A) - The Friendship Train which was organized by the Turkish Radio and Television Broadcast Organization (TRT) and the Directorate General of State Railways, arrived in Athens on Thursday. Fikret Unlu, the State Minister responsible for sports; Yorgos Murmuris, the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Greek State Railways; and Ali Tuygan, Turkey's Ambassador to Athens, welcomed the train. Later, Unlu responded to the questions of the Greek journalists. A very good friendship project has been launched between Turkey and Greece in the recent days, Unlu said. The best examples of this friendship can be observed in sports and arts today, Unlu noted. Unlu said, ''the searches for friendship and peace started after the quake disasters which hit both countries. The friendship which started between Ataturk and Venizelos, is gradually improving. We are proud of this. We think of improving this friendship in every field.'' ''Perfect organizations are being held. Yesterday, the Telekom had a basketball match. Today, there is the Abdi Ipekci award ceremony. All these are the organizations which improve the friendship between Turkey and Greece. Besides, the two nations are friends for years, '' Unlu added. Unlu stated that the history should be relegated to the pages of history and both countries should take steps for the future. The residents of Athens can visit the Ataturk Museum which is in the Friendship Train. Turkey's Embassy in Athens will host a reception in the honour of the Friendship Train.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-12 [13] Kosova needs KFOR army

Saturday, 13 November 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-13 [03] Press review
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 221, 99-11-12 [17] KOSOVA'S SERBS SAY PEACEKEEPERS DISTORT STATISTICS
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 221, 99-11-12 [23] BULGARIAN PRESIDENT REAFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR GOVENMENT
Articles about Greece
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-13 [22] President Meidani inaugurates fair "Tirana Trade 1999"

Sunday, 14 November 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-13 [03] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-12 [19] FM CEM SAYS FOREIGN SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS TO ARRIVE IN TURKEY AS OF TOMORROW MORNING
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-13 [04] CLINTON RELEASES HIS NEW CYPRUS REPORT
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-13 [06] PRESIDENT DENKTAS OF THE TRNC: - ''I WOULD NOT MEET WITH CLERIDES BEFORE TRNC'S STATUS IS CLARIFIED''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-12 [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-12 [13] DENKTAS:''I'M READY FOR INDIRECT TALKS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-12 [18] U.S. PRESIDENT CLINTON'S NATIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANT BERGER SAYS QUAKE WHICH HIT DUZCE TODAY DOES NOT AFFECT CLINTON'S SCHEDULE
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-12 [11] NATO'S PARLIAMENTARIANS ASSEMBLY MEETINGS START

Monday, 15 November 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-14 [05] KOSOVO / CRASH (S) BY TIM BELAY (TIRANA)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-14 [06] CLINTON - EUROPE SCENESET (L ONLY) BY DEBORAH TATE (WASHINGTON)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-14 [08] CLINTON - TURKEY (L-ONITER) BY DEBORAH TATE (ANKARA)
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-15 [02] BILL CLINTON IN TURKEY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-15 [21] CLINTON IN TURKEY BY IPEK CEM (SABAH)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-15 [13] Agreement of American Grant for Albanian state budget is assigned
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 222, 99-11-15 [18] UN PLANE CRASH IN KOSOVA KILLS ALL ABOARD
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 222, 99-11-15 [19] ETHNIC ALBANIAN LEADER WARNS OF FAILURE BY WEST IN KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 222, 99-11-15 [22] MONTENEGRO PASSES AMNESTY FOR DRAFT DODGERS
Articles about Greece
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-14 [06] CLINTON - EUROPE SCENESET (L ONLY) BY DEBORAH TATE (WASHINGTON)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-14 [07] CLINTON - CYPRUS (L) BY DEBORAH TATE (ANKARA)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-14 [08] CLINTON - TURKEY (L-ONITER) BY DEBORAH TATE (ANKARA)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-14 [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-14 [12] FOREIGN AID FOR QUAKE SURVIVORS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-14 [15] PRIME MINISTRY CRISIS MANAGEMENT CENTER ANNOUNCES DEATH TOLL AS 349
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-14 [20] U.S. PRESIDENT CLINTON ARRIVES IN TURKEY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-15 [02] BILL CLINTON IN TURKEY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-15 [10] NEW PLOT BY GREEK LOBBY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-15 [13] EU MESSAGE FROM THE US TO TURKEY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-15 [16] ARI GROUP'S PEACE INITIATIVE TOWARDS ARMENIAN AND GREEK RELATIONS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-15 [21] CLINTON IN TURKEY BY IPEK CEM (SABAH)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-15 [09] Economy forces 1/3 of Albanian population to emigrate
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-14 [06] CLINTON - EUROPE SCENESET (L ONLY) BY DEBORAH TATE (WASHINGTON)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-14 [07] CLINTON - CYPRUS (L) BY DEBORAH TATE (ANKARA)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-14 [08] CLINTON - TURKEY (L-ONITER) BY DEBORAH TATE (ANKARA)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-14 [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-14 [20] U.S. PRESIDENT CLINTON ARRIVES IN TURKEY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-15 [08] CYPRUS TALKS TO RESUME IN NEW YORK IN DECEMBER
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-15 [09] CELEBRATION FOR TURKISH REPUBLIC OF NORTHERN CYPRUS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-15 [10] NEW PLOT BY GREEK LOBBY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-15 [21] CLINTON IN TURKEY BY IPEK CEM (SABAH)

Tuesday, 16 November 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-16 [04] PRESIDENT CLINTON RAISES SPIRITS AT THE TGNA
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-16 [06] ECEVIT-SIMITIS MEETING
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-16 [19] NOTES FROM CLINTON'S VISIT - BY SEBAHATTIN ONKIBAR (TURKIYE)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [30] ANKARA, Nov 15 (A.A) - U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday that his country will always be besides Turkey in her good and bad days. Addressing the official welcoming ceremony staged in Cankaya Palace for himself, Clinton thanked to the invitation of President Suleyman Demirel and said that he has always wanted to come to Turkey. Clinton pointed out that he is honoured to broaden relations with Turkey, which is one of the most important allies of the U.S. ''Turkey and the U.S. have further got closer to each other in this century. Our bilateral relations are at a very important level. We, continuously show what we can do together from now on.'' Clinton said that they are helpless due to the earthquakes in Turkey, adding ''we will continue to do all that we can to speed up your recovery, to help you prepare for future natural disasters.'' Clinton pointed out that nobody can prevent such tragic disasters; first one on August 17 and the other one last week. ''On behalf of American people, I would like to express my best wishes and condolences to you and stress that we share your sorrow,'' he said. So far, American support has included search teams, tents and other supplies. The United States has also worked to help Turkey secure loans and other financing to rebuild, Clinton said. ''The United States is proud to stand with Turkey in good times or bad,'' Clinton said, through ''calamities, terrorism or other threats to freedom and democracy.'' The U.S. sent search and rescue teams to Turkey due to the quake, tried to meet the shelter need of at least 10,000 people and tries to provide 1 billion dollars to finance various projects and overcome the damage, he added. ''We'll help in your recovery and help you in the future, '' he said. Clinton stated that they are grateful to all countries particularly Greece which came and helped Turkey in the wake of the quake. Clinton reminded that his visit would last for five days, and added that he will be the first U.S. President who will visit Turkey for the longest time. He said that he wants to stress his solidarity with the Turkish people and the commitment of the American government to Turkey. ''We will work together for a future in which Turkey continues to be an ally of America, a partner in the new Europe and reconciled with others in the region, especially our friends in Greece,'' he said and thanked for the opportunity created for him to meet with Turkish officials and address the Turkish parliament. He will be together with at least 50 leaders during the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit and also visit the quake region, said Clinton. Also mentioning the contributions of Turkey to the operations staged in Bosnia and Kosovo, Clinton said ''I also want to thank you for our unity in Bosnia and Kosovo. I wish to thank you for being together in difficult and easy days and particularly on sad and happy days.'' Also mentioning the creation of one Europe, Clinton ended his words saying ''Mr. President, I promise you that I will work together with you. I will try to fulfil my promise to this end. Turkey has to be also included in this Europe. I believe that the partnership and relations between Turkey and the U.S. will create this opportunity.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [63] GREECE: Greece sent a 56-person rescue team and a medical team with three C-130 planes. She sent humanitarian aid with two C-130 planes. The ''Medicine du Monde-Greece'' will send 300 tents and 4 thousand blankets to the Red Crescent. Besides, a five-member rescue team departed from Greece for Turkey.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [68] ANKARA, Nov 15 (A.A) - Cooperative Determination-99 Manoeuvres will be carried out in Bucharest, Romania between November 26 and December 5. Gen. Tamer Akbas, Commander of NATO Southeastern Europe Allied Forces, will control and direct the manoeuvres. General Staff General Secretariat told a statement that Cooperative Determination-99, one of the manoeuvres performed between NATO and Partnership for Peace countries, will take place between November 26 and December 5. The U.S., France, Italy, Hungary, Portugal, Turkey and Greece, the NATO member countries; and Partnership for Peace member countries like Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Switzerland, Kyrgzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine will attend the manoeuvres. International Red Cross Committee and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees will provide personnel to the manoeuvres. A total of 17 personnel from Land Forces Commandership, including one general, 14 officers, and non-commisioned officers, will participate in the military exercise. Cooperative-Determination-99 Manoeuvres was planned by South Europe Allied Forces Commandership, based in Italy. The statement said a press information center will be opened in Bucharest between November 23 and December 5.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [82] ANKARA, Nov 15 (A.A) - U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday that his country will always be besides Turkey in her good and bad days. Addressing the official welcoming ceremony staged in Cankaya Palace for himself, Clinton thanked to the invitation of President Suleyman Demirel and said that he has always wanted to come to Turkey. Clinton pointed out that he is honoured to broaden relations with Turkey, which is one of the most important allies of the U.S. ''Turkey and the U.S. have further got closer to each other in this century. Our bilateral relations are at a very important level. We, continuously show what we can do together from now on.'' Clinton said that they are helpless due to the earthquakes in Turkey, adding ''we will continue to do all that we can to speed up your recovery, to help you prepare for future natural disasters.'' Clinton pointed out that nobody can prevent such tragic disasters; first one on August 17 and the other one last week. ''On behalf of American people, I would like to express my best wishes and condolences to you and stress that we share your sorrow,'' he said. So far, American support has included search teams, tents and other supplies. The United States has also worked to help Turkey secure loans and other financing to rebuild, Clinton said. ''The United States is proud to stand with Turkey in good times or bad,'' Clinton said, through ''calamities, terrorism or other threats to freedom and democracy.'' The U.S. sent search and rescue teams to Turkey due to the quake, tried to meet the shelter need of at least 10,000 people and tries to provide 1 billion dollars to finance various projects and overcome the damage, he added. ''We'll help in your recovery and help you in the future, '' he said. Clinton stated that they are grateful to all countries particularly Greece which came and helped Turkey in the wake of the quake. Clinton reminded that his visit would last for five days, and added that he will be the first U.S. President who will visit Turkey for the longest time. He said that he wants to stress his solidarity with the Turkish people and the commitment of the American government to Turkey. ''We will work together for a future in which Turkey continues to be an ally of America, a partner in the new Europe and reconciled with others in the region, especially our friends in Greece,'' he said and thanked for the opportunity created for him to meet with Turkish officials and address the Turkish parliament. He will be together with at least 50 leaders during the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit and also visit the quake region, said Clinton. Also mentioning the contributions of Turkey to the operations staged in Bosnia and Kosovo, Clinton said ''I also want to thank you for our unity in Bosnia and Kosovo. I wish to thank you for being together in difficult and easy days and particularly on sad and happy days.'' Also mentioning the creation of one Europe, Clinton ended his words saying ''Mr. President, I promise you that I will work together with you. I will try to fulfil my promise to this end. Turkey has to be also included in this Europe. I believe that the partnership and relations between Turkey and the U.S. will create this opportunity.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [84] ANKARA, Nov 15 (A.A) - The U.S. President Bill Clinton expressed hope on Monday that upcoming talks on Cyprus issue will bring a lasting peace and security for its people. Speaking to press after interdelegational talks, Clinton briefed about the issues he discussed with President Suleyman Demirel. Clinton said they discussed Cyprus issue, and noted that he was hopeful about the upcoming indirect talks related with Cyprus. The U.S. President said they exchanged views about the friendship between Turkey and Greece which was recorded after the quake disaster.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [86] ANKARA, Nov 15 (A.A) - U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday that they feel deep grief over the earthquakes that shook Turkey on August 17 and November 12. In his press release after the interdelegationary meetings, Clinton stated that President Suleyman Demirel has summarized our meeting quite well and so he only wants to briefly add a couple of points. Clinton noted that they took up the summit of the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) which Turkey will host. ''It is fitting that Turkey would be the host in this final year of the 20th century, when the agenda for Europe is to build a Europe that for the first time in history is undivided, democratic and at peace. For Turkey is a key to meeting all the challenges that remained of that vision of Europe: the challenge of integrating Russia, of stabilizing the Balkans, of bringing a real peace to Aegean and Cyprus, of bridging the gulf between the west and the Islamic world. In these areas and more Turkey and the United states should be partners. In that regard, I thank the President and the Prime Minister for the principled stand Turkey took in Kosovo and for Turkey's leadership today in bringing peace and prosperity to the Balkans. We also had a very good conversation about the hopeful progress in cooperation between Turkey and Greece, an issue of profound importance to the United Nations because of our friendship with both nations and because of our strong support for Turkey's full partnership in the EU. I expressed my hope that the coming talks on Cyprus will bring us closer lasting peace with security for all Cypriots, and an end to the island's division.'' ''We discussed the importance of continuing to integrate Russia with Europe as a strong, stable democratic nation, and our shared concern that the mounting civilian casualties in Chechnya will hinder that goal. We talked about energy security in the Caspian, and I reaffirmed America's commitment to making the Baku-Ceyhan and the trans-Caspian pipelines commercial realities, any my appreciation for the leadership of President Demirel and others toward that goal,'' he added. ''Finally, we discussed Turkey's progress in deeping its democracy, and strengthening human rights. There has been impressive momentum in the last few years, and I hope that there will be continued progress, especially in the area of freedom of expression. In closing Mr. President I want to thank you for your friendship, for your commitment to our alliance. And I want to once again reaffirm my personal support for Turkey's European Union (EU) candidacy as it moves forward in all the areas that we have discussed today,''he ended.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [94] ANKARA, Nov 15 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel, and U.S. President Bill Clinton responded to questions of journalists on Monday after the joint press conference. When asked about the allegations of repression and torture in Turkey, President Demirel said, ''it is impossible to say that there is no torture in Turkey; there is torture. But torture is not state policy. Torture is a crime. And whoever commits this crime, no matter who that person may be, that person is investigated and is penalized accordingly. And I can say that we are doing everything to make sure that there is no torture.'' When asked. ''do you believe these allegations; are they a serious impediment to Turkish-American relations? And I speak now partly of the Kurds, but also other dissident groups,'' President Clinton said, ''Let me, in response to your question, say that we believe that there has been a renewed and clear determination of the Turkish government to take a stand against torture and to generally increase protection of human rights. There are some non-torture areas that we hope there will continue to be progress in, like freedom of expression. But President Demirel has faithfully stated, I think, the policy of the Turkish government. And we are encouraged that the human rights issue is moving in the right direction in this nation.'' When asked about relations between Turkey and Greece, President Clinton noted, ''well, I would say from the point of view of America, they are very good. And I could give you some specific examples. One, our partnership in the Balkans, first in Bosnia and then in Kosovo, to stand up for human rights. Two, our commitment to energy security in the region, and the support of the pipelines projects I mentioned earlier. Three, the improvement in the relationships between Turkey and Greece, something which has always been a little bit of a limitation on our partnership, because of our ties to both countries. And four, the economic and political reforms undertaken by Turkey in the last year and several months have been very impressive to us. So, for all these reasons, I would say that the state of our partnership is strong, and I just want the U.S. to be in a position to give more economic assistance and more political support as we move toward our shared objectives.'' Responding to a question, ''could you please tell us how determined you will continue to be in supporting Turkey's efforts with the EU,'' President Clinton said, ''Well, let me say first of all, I am very determined to support Turkish membership in the EU for a very good reason. I think if you -- any of you, including my American colleagues here -- if you were to go home tonight and make a list of the big problems you think the world could face in the next 10 or 20 years, every one of them would be strengthened if Turkey were a full partner in a Europe that respected religious and cultural diversity and shared devotion to democracy and human rights. I might say that is one of the reasons I am so pleased by the recent improvement in relationships between Turkey and Greece and why I think it is so important to continue to make progress there, because the difficulties between the two nations are small when compared to the benefits of cooperation and European integration, both to Turkey and to Greece. As to how I intend to express my support, I will continue to talk to the leaders of Europe. I take every opportunity that I have to have this discussions. I feel very strongly that one of the four or five key questions to the future of this whole part of the world is whether Turkey is a full partner with the EU. So I will continue to advocate it.'' When asked, ''on the WTO deal that you announced today, did China go beyond the concessions that it offered in April? And if so, could you say where and how far? And does this mean that China will be able to have an active role in the WTO talks in the Seathle,'' President Clinton said, ''the answer to the first question is that we... I think the fair answer is that we finished a lot of the matters which were left unsolved when we were meeting in the springtime in Washinington. I don't think it is fair to the Chinese or to the united states to give the inference that either one made massive new concessions. I think that there were matters that were still outstanding that we were able to resolve and work through and I'm very grateful, frankly, for the leadership of Ambassador Barshefksy and Mr. Sperkling on our side and for all those on the Chinese side. I think this is a good agreement for China; and for America; and for the world. I think that all of us benefit when the most populous nation in the world is now going to be part of a rule based system that will bring shared prosperity. The answer to your second question... the short answer to your second question is, I don't know. That is, I honestly don't know how this changes the specific formal role that China might play at Seattle. But as I'm sure you know, all the developing nations have been taking various positions on these issues. And I would certainly hope that the conclusion of this agreement between ourselves and China will lead to the rapid accession of China to the WTO and would lead the Chinese to urge other developing countries to take the same sort of comprehensive approach to their participation in the world economic system , because I think that will bring the quickest benefits to them and to the rest of the world.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [99] U.S. EXIMBANK TO GIVE 1 BILLION DOLLARS LOAN
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-16 [04] Greece earmarks 12 million drachmas for education in Sarande
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-16 [04] PRESIDENT CLINTON RAISES SPIRITS AT THE TGNA
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-16 [10] 'THERE IS NO NEGATIVENESS CONCERNING TURKEY'
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-16 [11] LATEST SITUATION IN THE CYPRUS DEBATE
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-16 [19] NOTES FROM CLINTON'S VISIT - BY SEBAHATTIN ONKIBAR (TURKIYE)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [16] TURKEY SUPPORTS TRNC General H. Edip Baser, Deputy Chief of General Staff, said any solution that fails to accept existence of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) state on Cyprus as a fact, can not be successful. He said Turkey always supported TRNC, and will continue to do so. Rauf Denktas, President of TRNC, thanked to Gen. Baser who arrived in Cyprus to celebrate 16th anniversary of the foundation of TRNC.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [20] LEFKOSA, Nov 15 (A.A) - Rauf Denktas, the President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said on Monday that the U.N. General Secretariat returned to the format, which was agreed on earlier about indirect talks, and noted that he will attend indirect talks that will take place in New York on December 3. TRNC President Denktas told A.A. correspondent that they were disappointed over the first two texts of the U.N. about indirect talks. Denktas said ''as a result of our insistency and with the strong support of Turkey, they have returned to the original text which was earlier agreed on.'' Stressing that everybody should understand that a progress can be recorded in Cyprus only in the basis of full equality, Denktas said ''within the framework of this understanding and by basing on the latest statement of the U.N. Secretary General, we will go to New York on December 3 for indirect talks.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [22] LEFKOSA, Nov 15 (A.A) - Arrival of foreign delegations continue to participate in activities to celebrate 16th anniversary of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Parliamentarians who will represent the Grand National Assembly, arrived in TRNC on Sunday. Polat Bulbuloglu, Azeri Culture Minister, arrived in TRNC, to participate in the activities to celebrate 16th anniversary of TRNC. Bulbuloglu said they wanted to share the happiness of Turkish Cypriots. Arrival of foreign delegation continues. South Korea, South Africa, and Belarus delegation arrived in TRNC on Sunday, and delegations of Argentina, the U.S., Bulgaria, Denmark, and Vietnam are expected to arrive on Monday. Meanwhile, senior Turkish officials issued messages, and congratulated 16th anniversary of the foundation of TRNC.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [56] TURKISH REPUBLIC OF NORTHERN CYPRUS: She sent a 10-member rescue team. She will send another 10-member rescue team.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [69] U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL ANNAN: ''SIDES ON CYPRUS ACCEPTED TO START INDIRECT MEETINGS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [70] WASHINGTON/LEFKOSA, Nov 15 (A.A) - Kofi Annan, the U.N. Secretary General, said on Monday that his statement regarding the indirect talks between the concerned sides on Cyprus which will be held in New York, could be misunderstood. Annan, who visits China, made a statement after TRNC President Rauf Denktas turned back the invitation last evening. He said that there is a misunderstanding and added that ''it seems that my words caused some confusions. I should be clearer. The sides decided to start indirect meetings on December 3 to prepare a basis for meaningful negotiations.'' Annan pointed out that an agreement was reached on calling the concerned sides to a meeting by a short and simple invitation without including any name or titles. However Annan didn't mention the description of Denktas as ''Mr.'' and Clerides as ''President'' in his first statement. Last night Ergun Olgun, the TRNC President's Consultant for Political Affairs, stated that Rauf Denktas wouldn't participate in indirect meetings as the U.N. didn't abide by the earlier reached agreement. Olgun stated that the first statement of Annan in New York caused a different format from the agreement reached. Yet, this morning Denktas said that the U.N. General Secretariat returned to the earlier format and noted that he will attend indirect talks that will take place in New York on December 3.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [74] LEFKOSA, Nov 15 (A.A) - Rauf Denktas, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), cancelled his news conference, which was reported to take place on Monday. Denktas was expected to brief about the latest developments on Cyprus issue, and respond to the questions of local and foreign journalists. TRNC President Denktas told A.A. correspondent that they were disappointed over the first two texts of the U.N. about indirect talks. Denktas said ''as a result of our insistency and with the strong support of Turkey, they have returned to the original text which was earlier agreed on.'' Denktas said the U.N. General Secretariat returned to the format, which was agreed on earlier about indirect talks, and noted that he will attend indirect talks that will take place in New York on December 3. Stressing that everybody should understand that a progress can be recorded in Cyprus only in the basis of full equality, Denktas said ''within the framework of this understanding and by basing on the latest statement of the U.N. Secretary General, we will go to New York on December 3 for indirect talks.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [75] CYPRUS NEGOTIATIONS - FOREIGN MINISTRY: ''TURKEY WILL CONTINUE TO GIVE DENKTAS POWERFUL SUPPORT WITHIN FRAMEWORK OF COMMON VIEWS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [76] ANKARA, Nov 15 (A.A) - As a guarantor country and the motherland, Turkey will continue to extend support to Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Monday saying that Turkey completely supports and shares the sensitivities and position put forward by Rauf Denktas's statement early the same day about the indirect talks on Cyprus. ''Turkey and the TRNC do have the constructive position and common views which are based on today's realities and the experiences in the past concerning the way for finding a just and lasting compromise on the island,'' the statement said. ''It is clear that a new common life on the island can be possible only on the basis of sovereign equality. As a guarantor country and the motherland, Turkey will continue to give Mr. Rauf Denktas the powerful support within the framework of our comoon views,'' it said. The statement said Turkey and the TRNC stressed that the atmosphere is not suitable for direct talks on Cyprus, and ''the basis for negotiation should be prepared for a comprehensive initiative for a lasting solution through the talks with the mediator.'' Recalling that Turkey and the TRNC emphasized that the progress could be recorded on the basis of full-equality on Cyprus, the statement said, ''these opinions were conveyed at the highest-level to the U.N. Secretary General.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [83] PRESS RELEASE OF THE U.S. PRESIDENT CLINTON - ''WE HOPE THAT UPCOMING TALKS ON CYPRUS ISSUE WILL BRING LASTING PEACE AND SECURITY FOR PEOPLE''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [84] ANKARA, Nov 15 (A.A) - The U.S. President Bill Clinton expressed hope on Monday that upcoming talks on Cyprus issue will bring a lasting peace and security for its people. Speaking to press after interdelegational talks, Clinton briefed about the issues he discussed with President Suleyman Demirel. Clinton said they discussed Cyprus issue, and noted that he was hopeful about the upcoming indirect talks related with Cyprus. The U.S. President said they exchanged views about the friendship between Turkey and Greece which was recorded after the quake disaster.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [86] ANKARA, Nov 15 (A.A) - U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday that they feel deep grief over the earthquakes that shook Turkey on August 17 and November 12. In his press release after the interdelegationary meetings, Clinton stated that President Suleyman Demirel has summarized our meeting quite well and so he only wants to briefly add a couple of points. Clinton noted that they took up the summit of the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) which Turkey will host. ''It is fitting that Turkey would be the host in this final year of the 20th century, when the agenda for Europe is to build a Europe that for the first time in history is undivided, democratic and at peace. For Turkey is a key to meeting all the challenges that remained of that vision of Europe: the challenge of integrating Russia, of stabilizing the Balkans, of bringing a real peace to Aegean and Cyprus, of bridging the gulf between the west and the Islamic world. In these areas and more Turkey and the United states should be partners. In that regard, I thank the President and the Prime Minister for the principled stand Turkey took in Kosovo and for Turkey's leadership today in bringing peace and prosperity to the Balkans. We also had a very good conversation about the hopeful progress in cooperation between Turkey and Greece, an issue of profound importance to the United Nations because of our friendship with both nations and because of our strong support for Turkey's full partnership in the EU. I expressed my hope that the coming talks on Cyprus will bring us closer lasting peace with security for all Cypriots, and an end to the island's division.'' ''We discussed the importance of continuing to integrate Russia with Europe as a strong, stable democratic nation, and our shared concern that the mounting civilian casualties in Chechnya will hinder that goal. We talked about energy security in the Caspian, and I reaffirmed America's commitment to making the Baku-Ceyhan and the trans-Caspian pipelines commercial realities, any my appreciation for the leadership of President Demirel and others toward that goal,'' he added. ''Finally, we discussed Turkey's progress in deeping its democracy, and strengthening human rights. There has been impressive momentum in the last few years, and I hope that there will be continued progress, especially in the area of freedom of expression. In closing Mr. President I want to thank you for your friendship, for your commitment to our alliance. And I want to once again reaffirm my personal support for Turkey's European Union (EU) candidacy as it moves forward in all the areas that we have discussed today,''he ended.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [92] BRUSSELS, Nov 15 (A.A) - Jean-Christophe Flori, the Spokesman of the European Union (EU) Commission, said on Monday that there is no negative signal regarding Turkey's EU candidacy. Flori responded to the questions of the journalists and evaluated the developments regarding the official recognition of Turkey's candidacy in the Helsinki Summit. None of the EU countries put forward any blockade or similar stances against Turkey's candidacy, Flori noted. Flori stated that Gunther Verheugen, a member of the EU Commission responsible for the enlargement process, earlier reiterated his wish that the Cyprus question should be solved within the framework of the EU resolutions and during a meeting held between the leaders of the two sides on the island.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [98] BRUSSELS, Nov 15 (A.A) - Tarja Halonen, the Foreign Minister of Finland, which is the Term President of the European Union (EU), said on Monday that she is optimistic about Turkey's candidacy. Halonen responded to the questions of the journalists. The foreign ministers of the EU countries evaluate Turkey's position prior to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit and Helsinki summit, Halonen noted. When asked why she is optimistic about Turkey's candidacy, Halonen stated that the bilateral meetings and the fact that the talks regarding Cyprus will start made her optimistic. The foreign minister of the EU countries will meet with Foreign Minister Ismail Cem in a dinner during the OSCE summit, Halonen recalled. Halonen stated that the contacts will continue prior to the Helsinki summit. Hubert Vedrine, French Foreign Minister, staged a press conference. He said that Turkey's officially being recognized as the EU candidate was put into the agenda during the Council meeting today. Meanwhile, the EU Council issued a statement reflecting the sorrow it felt over the quake disaster in Turkey and wishing condolence to Turkish nation.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [99] U.S. EXIMBANK TO GIVE 1 BILLION DOLLARS LOAN
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [28] ANKARA, Nov 15 (A.A) - The U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday that they will be in an effort to allocate one billion U.S. dollar from Eximbank to improve Turkish-U.S. cooperation and within the framework of quake aid. Addressing the official welcoming ceremony staged in Cankaya Palace, Clinton expressed his condolences to Turkish people over the quake disaster, and noted that the U.S. will act together with Turkey in the good and bad days. Recalling that the U.S. sent rescue teams following the quake, Clinton said with the assignment he has given to Eximbank, they will be in an effort to give one billion U.S. dollars credit to small scale enterprises. Clinton expressed pleasure over being in Turkey, and thanked to Turkey over its efforts exerted for the solution of Bosnia and Kosovo problems.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [30] ANKARA, Nov 15 (A.A) - U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday that his country will always be besides Turkey in her good and bad days. Addressing the official welcoming ceremony staged in Cankaya Palace for himself, Clinton thanked to the invitation of President Suleyman Demirel and said that he has always wanted to come to Turkey. Clinton pointed out that he is honoured to broaden relations with Turkey, which is one of the most important allies of the U.S. ''Turkey and the U.S. have further got closer to each other in this century. Our bilateral relations are at a very important level. We, continuously show what we can do together from now on.'' Clinton said that they are helpless due to the earthquakes in Turkey, adding ''we will continue to do all that we can to speed up your recovery, to help you prepare for future natural disasters.'' Clinton pointed out that nobody can prevent such tragic disasters; first one on August 17 and the other one last week. ''On behalf of American people, I would like to express my best wishes and condolences to you and stress that we share your sorrow,'' he said. So far, American support has included search teams, tents and other supplies. The United States has also worked to help Turkey secure loans and other financing to rebuild, Clinton said. ''The United States is proud to stand with Turkey in good times or bad,'' Clinton said, through ''calamities, terrorism or other threats to freedom and democracy.'' The U.S. sent search and rescue teams to Turkey due to the quake, tried to meet the shelter need of at least 10,000 people and tries to provide 1 billion dollars to finance various projects and overcome the damage, he added. ''We'll help in your recovery and help you in the future, '' he said. Clinton stated that they are grateful to all countries particularly Greece which came and helped Turkey in the wake of the quake. Clinton reminded that his visit would last for five days, and added that he will be the first U.S. President who will visit Turkey for the longest time. He said that he wants to stress his solidarity with the Turkish people and the commitment of the American government to Turkey. ''We will work together for a future in which Turkey continues to be an ally of America, a partner in the new Europe and reconciled with others in the region, especially our friends in Greece,'' he said and thanked for the opportunity created for him to meet with Turkish officials and address the Turkish parliament. He will be together with at least 50 leaders during the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit and also visit the quake region, said Clinton. Also mentioning the contributions of Turkey to the operations staged in Bosnia and Kosovo, Clinton said ''I also want to thank you for our unity in Bosnia and Kosovo. I wish to thank you for being together in difficult and easy days and particularly on sad and happy days.'' Also mentioning the creation of one Europe, Clinton ended his words saying ''Mr. President, I promise you that I will work together with you. I will try to fulfil my promise to this end. Turkey has to be also included in this Europe. I believe that the partnership and relations between Turkey and the U.S. will create this opportunity.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [52] SWEDEN: Sweden sent a 40-member rescue team with six sniffer dogs, tents and other humanitarian aid. Sweden announced she will send a three- member delegaiton from the Rescue Works Agency. Sweden will send two lorries and a jeep from Kosovo.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [80] ANKARA, Nov 15 (A.A) - The U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday that they will be in an effort to allocate one billion U.S. dollar from Eximbank to improve Turkish-U.S. cooperation and within the framework of quake aid. Addressing the official welcoming ceremony staged in Cankaya Palace, Clinton expressed his condolences to Turkish people over the quake disaster, and noted that the U.S. will act together with Turkey in the good and bad days. Recalling that the U.S. sent rescue teams following the quake, Clinton said with the assignment he has given to Eximbank, they will be in an effort to give one billion U.S. dollars credit to small scale enterprises. Clinton expressed pleasure over being in Turkey, and thanked to Turkey over its efforts exerted for the solution of Bosnia and Kosovo problems.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [82] ANKARA, Nov 15 (A.A) - U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday that his country will always be besides Turkey in her good and bad days. Addressing the official welcoming ceremony staged in Cankaya Palace for himself, Clinton thanked to the invitation of President Suleyman Demirel and said that he has always wanted to come to Turkey. Clinton pointed out that he is honoured to broaden relations with Turkey, which is one of the most important allies of the U.S. ''Turkey and the U.S. have further got closer to each other in this century. Our bilateral relations are at a very important level. We, continuously show what we can do together from now on.'' Clinton said that they are helpless due to the earthquakes in Turkey, adding ''we will continue to do all that we can to speed up your recovery, to help you prepare for future natural disasters.'' Clinton pointed out that nobody can prevent such tragic disasters; first one on August 17 and the other one last week. ''On behalf of American people, I would like to express my best wishes and condolences to you and stress that we share your sorrow,'' he said. So far, American support has included search teams, tents and other supplies. The United States has also worked to help Turkey secure loans and other financing to rebuild, Clinton said. ''The United States is proud to stand with Turkey in good times or bad,'' Clinton said, through ''calamities, terrorism or other threats to freedom and democracy.'' The U.S. sent search and rescue teams to Turkey due to the quake, tried to meet the shelter need of at least 10,000 people and tries to provide 1 billion dollars to finance various projects and overcome the damage, he added. ''We'll help in your recovery and help you in the future, '' he said. Clinton stated that they are grateful to all countries particularly Greece which came and helped Turkey in the wake of the quake. Clinton reminded that his visit would last for five days, and added that he will be the first U.S. President who will visit Turkey for the longest time. He said that he wants to stress his solidarity with the Turkish people and the commitment of the American government to Turkey. ''We will work together for a future in which Turkey continues to be an ally of America, a partner in the new Europe and reconciled with others in the region, especially our friends in Greece,'' he said and thanked for the opportunity created for him to meet with Turkish officials and address the Turkish parliament. He will be together with at least 50 leaders during the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit and also visit the quake region, said Clinton. Also mentioning the contributions of Turkey to the operations staged in Bosnia and Kosovo, Clinton said ''I also want to thank you for our unity in Bosnia and Kosovo. I wish to thank you for being together in difficult and easy days and particularly on sad and happy days.'' Also mentioning the creation of one Europe, Clinton ended his words saying ''Mr. President, I promise you that I will work together with you. I will try to fulfil my promise to this end. Turkey has to be also included in this Europe. I believe that the partnership and relations between Turkey and the U.S. will create this opportunity.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [86] ANKARA, Nov 15 (A.A) - U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday that they feel deep grief over the earthquakes that shook Turkey on August 17 and November 12. In his press release after the interdelegationary meetings, Clinton stated that President Suleyman Demirel has summarized our meeting quite well and so he only wants to briefly add a couple of points. Clinton noted that they took up the summit of the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) which Turkey will host. ''It is fitting that Turkey would be the host in this final year of the 20th century, when the agenda for Europe is to build a Europe that for the first time in history is undivided, democratic and at peace. For Turkey is a key to meeting all the challenges that remained of that vision of Europe: the challenge of integrating Russia, of stabilizing the Balkans, of bringing a real peace to Aegean and Cyprus, of bridging the gulf between the west and the Islamic world. In these areas and more Turkey and the United states should be partners. In that regard, I thank the President and the Prime Minister for the principled stand Turkey took in Kosovo and for Turkey's leadership today in bringing peace and prosperity to the Balkans. We also had a very good conversation about the hopeful progress in cooperation between Turkey and Greece, an issue of profound importance to the United Nations because of our friendship with both nations and because of our strong support for Turkey's full partnership in the EU. I expressed my hope that the coming talks on Cyprus will bring us closer lasting peace with security for all Cypriots, and an end to the island's division.'' ''We discussed the importance of continuing to integrate Russia with Europe as a strong, stable democratic nation, and our shared concern that the mounting civilian casualties in Chechnya will hinder that goal. We talked about energy security in the Caspian, and I reaffirmed America's commitment to making the Baku-Ceyhan and the trans-Caspian pipelines commercial realities, any my appreciation for the leadership of President Demirel and others toward that goal,'' he added. ''Finally, we discussed Turkey's progress in deeping its democracy, and strengthening human rights. There has been impressive momentum in the last few years, and I hope that there will be continued progress, especially in the area of freedom of expression. In closing Mr. President I want to thank you for your friendship, for your commitment to our alliance. And I want to once again reaffirm my personal support for Turkey's European Union (EU) candidacy as it moves forward in all the areas that we have discussed today,''he ended.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [94] ANKARA, Nov 15 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel, and U.S. President Bill Clinton responded to questions of journalists on Monday after the joint press conference. When asked about the allegations of repression and torture in Turkey, President Demirel said, ''it is impossible to say that there is no torture in Turkey; there is torture. But torture is not state policy. Torture is a crime. And whoever commits this crime, no matter who that person may be, that person is investigated and is penalized accordingly. And I can say that we are doing everything to make sure that there is no torture.'' When asked. ''do you believe these allegations; are they a serious impediment to Turkish-American relations? And I speak now partly of the Kurds, but also other dissident groups,'' President Clinton said, ''Let me, in response to your question, say that we believe that there has been a renewed and clear determination of the Turkish government to take a stand against torture and to generally increase protection of human rights. There are some non-torture areas that we hope there will continue to be progress in, like freedom of expression. But President Demirel has faithfully stated, I think, the policy of the Turkish government. And we are encouraged that the human rights issue is moving in the right direction in this nation.'' When asked about relations between Turkey and Greece, President Clinton noted, ''well, I would say from the point of view of America, they are very good. And I could give you some specific examples. One, our partnership in the Balkans, first in Bosnia and then in Kosovo, to stand up for human rights. Two, our commitment to energy security in the region, and the support of the pipelines projects I mentioned earlier. Three, the improvement in the relationships between Turkey and Greece, something which has always been a little bit of a limitation on our partnership, because of our ties to both countries. And four, the economic and political reforms undertaken by Turkey in the last year and several months have been very impressive to us. So, for all these reasons, I would say that the state of our partnership is strong, and I just want the U.S. to be in a position to give more economic assistance and more political support as we move toward our shared objectives.'' Responding to a question, ''could you please tell us how determined you will continue to be in supporting Turkey's efforts with the EU,'' President Clinton said, ''Well, let me say first of all, I am very determined to support Turkish membership in the EU for a very good reason. I think if you -- any of you, including my American colleagues here -- if you were to go home tonight and make a list of the big problems you think the world could face in the next 10 or 20 years, every one of them would be strengthened if Turkey were a full partner in a Europe that respected religious and cultural diversity and shared devotion to democracy and human rights. I might say that is one of the reasons I am so pleased by the recent improvement in relationships between Turkey and Greece and why I think it is so important to continue to make progress there, because the difficulties between the two nations are small when compared to the benefits of cooperation and European integration, both to Turkey and to Greece. As to how I intend to express my support, I will continue to talk to the leaders of Europe. I take every opportunity that I have to have this discussions. I feel very strongly that one of the four or five key questions to the future of this whole part of the world is whether Turkey is a full partner with the EU. So I will continue to advocate it.'' When asked, ''on the WTO deal that you announced today, did China go beyond the concessions that it offered in April? And if so, could you say where and how far? And does this mean that China will be able to have an active role in the WTO talks in the Seathle,'' President Clinton said, ''the answer to the first question is that we... I think the fair answer is that we finished a lot of the matters which were left unsolved when we were meeting in the springtime in Washinington. I don't think it is fair to the Chinese or to the united states to give the inference that either one made massive new concessions. I think that there were matters that were still outstanding that we were able to resolve and work through and I'm very grateful, frankly, for the leadership of Ambassador Barshefksy and Mr. Sperkling on our side and for all those on the Chinese side. I think this is a good agreement for China; and for America; and for the world. I think that all of us benefit when the most populous nation in the world is now going to be part of a rule based system that will bring shared prosperity. The answer to your second question... the short answer to your second question is, I don't know. That is, I honestly don't know how this changes the specific formal role that China might play at Seattle. But as I'm sure you know, all the developing nations have been taking various positions on these issues. And I would certainly hope that the conclusion of this agreement between ourselves and China will lead to the rapid accession of China to the WTO and would lead the Chinese to urge other developing countries to take the same sort of comprehensive approach to their participation in the world economic system , because I think that will bring the quickest benefits to them and to the rest of the world.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [96] ANKARA, Nov 15 (A.A) - The U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday that Turkey has become an engine of regional growth. Speaking at the Turkish Grand National Assembly, President Clinton recalled the saying ''the sovereignty is unconditionally belongs to people'', which was marked on the walls of the parliament. Recalling that Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit is a graduate of Robert College, which was the first foreign educational institution in Turkey established at 1963, Clinton said that he was proud of this. Pointing out the friendship and solidarity between Turkey and the U.S during the Cold War period, Clinton recalled the Marshall plan, and Truman doctrine which he said they were to assist and support also Turkey's sovereignty. Clinton said that Turkey has passed every test from Korea to Kosovo in the name of friendship, and partnership. Stating that it was revealed that this friendship was not based on the concern against the Soviet Union, Clinton said that Turkey and this friendship gained even more importance now. Clinton emphasized that Turkey has become an engine of regional development especially by the efforts of former, now defunct President Turgut Ozal, and President Suleyman Demirel, and the parliament. He recalled that Turkey and the U.S. have big trade volume of 6 billion U.S. dollars, including big joint projects, especially in energy sector. Recalling that Turkish parliament has passed 69 laws between June and September, including significant laws such as the social security law, and international arbitration law, Clinton said that ''he will tell this to the U.S Congress when he returned back. Praising Ataturk for connecting Turkey's future to democracy, Clinton reminded that Ataturk was not supported by the Western countries when he exerted efforts to open Turkey to the West, on the contrary, the West tried to bring obstacles in front of him. Reminding that many new countries emerged from the ashes of Ottoman Empire, Clinton said Turkey also lead these countries taking into consideration the transition to democracy. Clinton said the past of Turkey is the key to understand the 20th century. Clinton also recalled that Turkey which was located in a hostile neighborhood, managed to set up a bridge between Europe and Asia, and the East and the West. Thanking Turkey for its support to Operation Northern Watch, and during the mass exodus of civilians from Iraq to Turkey in 1991, and in the Balkans, Clinton reminded that Turkish soldiers in NATO are helping to provide peace in the Balkans. Mentioning Russia, Clinton said that they must tell Russia that fighting against terrorism is right, but excessive use of force against civilians is wrong. Stating that Turkey has come a long way concerning human rights, Clinton said that there is far more to be done. Clinton added that the sovereignty should not be established on fear. Adding that they have profound interests in Turkey's success, Clinton reminded that the U.S. also came from a long distance concerning democracy.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-15 [99] U.S. EXIMBANK TO GIVE 1 BILLION DOLLARS LOAN
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-16 [03] Swiss officials visit Kosove
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-16 [09] Some 316 dead civilians and hundreds of crippled by mines in Kosove
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 223, 99-11-16 [14] NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL CALLS KOSOVA CONFLICT 'WAKE-UP CALL'
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 223, 99-11-16 [15] MONTENEGRIN PRESIDENT MEETS WITH UN BALKAN ENVOY
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 223, 99-11-16 [21] SERBIA RELEASES SOME ETHNIC ALBANIAN PRISONERS

Wednesday, 17 November 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-10-17 [01] KOSOVO DONORS (L ONLY) BY RON PEMSTEIN (BRUSSELS)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-16 [17] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM: - ''RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CYPRUS QUESTION ARE EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENTS OF PRESIDENT DENKTAS''
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-17 [16] Canada opens its consulate in Prishtine
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-17 [18] BSEC summit, real opportunity for development of member states
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-17 [21] Pan-Albanian Book Fair opens in Prishtine
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 224, 99-11-17 [12] ...AS YUGOSLAV GOVERNMENT PROTESTS EXCLUSION, CLINTON VISIT
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 224, 99-11-17 [13] UN SAYS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF MAINLY KOSOVAR SERB REFUGEES
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 224, 99-11-17 [14] EU PLEDGES $500 MILLION FOR KOSOVA RECONSTRUCTION
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 224, 99-11-17 [15] U.S. WELCOMES ELECTION OF TRAJKOVSKI
Articles about Cyprus
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #140, 99-11-16
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-17 [03] CLINTON AND PIPELINE VENTURES
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-17 [09] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM AND CYPRUS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-17 [22] LET'S UNDERSTAND CLINTON - BY CUNEYT ULSEVER (HURRIYET)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-16 [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-16 [08] PM ECEVIT: ''MY MEETING WITH CLINTON WAS VERY POSITIVE FOR TURKEY''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-16 [13] TURKISH ORIGIN PARLIAMENTARIANS CONGRESS STARTS IN TRNC
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-16 [17] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM: - ''RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CYPRUS QUESTION ARE EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENTS OF PRESIDENT DENKTAS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-16 [18] FM CEM: ''EVEN THE COUNTRIES WHICH GIVE LESSONS ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS HAVE DEFICIENCIES ON THIS ISSUE''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-16 [20] TURKISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES NEWS AGENCIES ASSOCIATION - GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF ASSOCIATION CONVENE IN LEFKOSA
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-16 [21] OSCE SUMMIT - ISTANBUL TO HOST PRESIDENTS OF 25 COUNTRIES AND PRIME MINISTERS OF 23 COUNTRIES
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-16 [22] TRNC-ITALY TRADE BUREAU OPENED IN LEFKOSA - DENKTAS: ''THIS IS A GREAT STEP AND BEGINNING''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-16 [23] OSCE AND BSEC SUMMITS
Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-16 [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-16 [08] PM ECEVIT: ''MY MEETING WITH CLINTON WAS VERY POSITIVE FOR TURKEY''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-16 [17] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM: - ''RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CYPRUS QUESTION ARE EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENTS OF PRESIDENT DENKTAS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-16 [21] OSCE SUMMIT - ISTANBUL TO HOST PRESIDENTS OF 25 COUNTRIES AND PRIME MINISTERS OF 23 COUNTRIES
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-16 [23] OSCE AND BSEC SUMMITS
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-17 [06] CE concerns in integration of Albanian emigrants into host countries
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-17 [19] Positive change of electricity situation in Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-17 [20] Albania, Greece, Macedonia increase air traffic cooperation

Thursday, 18 November 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-18 [01] GREECE/TURKEY (L-O) BY LAURIE KASSMAN (ISTANBUL)
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-18 [03] OSCE SUMMIT COMMENCES TODAY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-18 [10] ECEVIT-SIMITIS MEETING
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-18 [21] ROAD MAPS - BY ILTER TURKMEN (HURRIYET)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-17 [09] CUMHURIYET (LEFT) - ---------------- U.S. PLAN FOR 2025 President Suleyman Demirel and U.S. President Bill Clinton discussed the deepening of strategical partnership. The U.S. stresses that the economic, political and security level that Turkey will reach in the year 2025 is very important concerning the use of regional interests. The U.S. defends that Turkey, who harmonize secularism and Islamic tolerance, will be a model for both Middle East and Central Asia. The U.S. thinks that the continuous tension between two NATO allies Turkey and Greece due to Cyprus creates negativity for the stability in the region. The U.S. mentions her desire to see concrete results of the initiative for Cyprus while she foresees that the cooperation between Ankara and Athens will be beneficial for the NATO's interests. The U.S. says that Russia's influence on the former Soviet Union republics will be decreased if Turkey becomes the country via which the energy lines pass.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-17 [17] TURKISH AND GREEK ASSOCIATIONS IN THE U.S. ISSUE A JOINT STATEMENT: - ''WE SUPPORT FURTHER IMPROVEMENT OF RELATIONS BETWEEN TURKEY AND GREECE''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-17 [18] WASHINGTON D.C., Nov 17 (A.A) - Leaders of the Turkish-American and the Greek-American associtaions in the U.S. issued on Wednesday a joint statement regarding U.S. President Bill Clinton's official visit to Turkey. In the statement issued by Andrew A. Athens, the Chairman of World Council of Hellens Living Abroad, E. Manatos, the Chairman of the Hellens' Coordinated Works Association, and Tolga Cubukcu, the Chairman of Turkish- American Associations, it was stressed that they supported further improvement of relations between Turkey and Greece. The associations underlined that they approved severely the resolution which was adopted on October 7 by the U.S. Senate to support improving bilateral relations between Turkey and Greece in the wake of the earthquake disasters. The mentioned resolution was submitted to the U.S. Senate by Olympia Snowe, and supported by Jesse Helms, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. Senate, Paul Sarbanes, and Joseph Biden. Meanwhile, the Turkish and Greek association have also approved the resolution of the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage renewal of cooperation between Turkey and Greece, and solution of problem between two countries. The resolution was submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives by Mike Bilirakis, and supported by Carolyn Maloney, Janice Schakowsky and Dan Burton. The statement also added, ''we believe that cooperation between Turkey and Greece will further increase prosperity and security in both countries.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-17 [38] Terrorism is one area where we should strengthen our cooperation. Terrorism is a threat to the well-being and stability fo the civilized world. According to the international law, it cannot and should not be justified under any circumstances. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on 18 October 1999, which establishes the guidelines for the fight of the international community against terrorism. The BSEC countries should draw on this resolution and develop bilateral or multilateral cooperation schemes based on their specific needs and conditions. The member states of the organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation has successfully concluded an agreement on ''Cooperation In Combatting Crime, In Particular In Its Organized Forms.'' I welcome the efforts of BSEC to create a mechanism for the implementation of this agreement. Before concluding my remarks, I extend my congratulations to the Greek authorities for having conducted in the best possible manner the chairmanship of the BSEC during the past six month which brought about fruitful results. I am convinced that the cooperation within the BSEC will be strengthened during the current chairmanship of Moldova which took over from Greece recently. Finally, I wish to thank the Secretary General of the BSEC, Mr. Vassil Bytchev, for his efforts to ensure the success of the BSEC and congratulate our upcoming Secretary General, Mr. Valery Chechelashvili on his appointment. I would also like to thank the outgoing Deputy Secretaires General Ambassador Nurver Nures, Mr. Alexei Nistrean and Mr. Shamil Aleskerov for their most effective services to the organization.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-17 [53] OSCE SUMMIT - FM:''CYPRUS QUESTION IS NOT A TURKISH-GREEK PROBLEM, IT SHOULD BE SOLVED BETWEEN TWO SIDES''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-17 [54] ISTANBUL, Nov 17 (A.A) - Sermet Atacanlý, the Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman said on Wednesday that the Cyprus question is not a problem of Turkey and Greece and added that it should be solved between the two sides on the island. Responding to a question in an information meeting he held within the framework of the OSCE summit, Atacanlý stated that the decision of the concerned sides to hold indirect talks in New York is a positive step. He added that if a positive development is recorded regarding this problem, it will naturally influence Turkish-Greek relations in a positive way. Upon questions about the news published in press claiming that Turkey will accept bringing bilateral problems to the International Court of Justice in the Hague by making a gesture, Atacanlý said that the Court in the Hague is one of the existing methods of solving bilateral problems, but the most important of them is solving the problems between the two sides. Responding to another question, Atacanlý stated that the direction in Turkish-Greek relations is promising and there is a positive ongoing in the studies of the committees formed. Atacanlý noted that precaution has to be reserved about Turkish-Greek relations and time will show for how long this goings-on will continue.
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 225, 99-11-18 [22] BALKAN CRIME FIGHTING CENTER OPENS IN BUCHAREST
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-18 [01] GREECE/TURKEY (L-O) BY LAURIE KASSMAN (ISTANBUL)
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-18 [03] OSCE SUMMIT COMMENCES TODAY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-18 [10] ECEVIT-SIMITIS MEETING
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-18 [21] ROAD MAPS - BY ILTER TURKMEN (HURRIYET)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-17 [09] CUMHURIYET (LEFT) - ---------------- U.S. PLAN FOR 2025 President Suleyman Demirel and U.S. President Bill Clinton discussed the deepening of strategical partnership. The U.S. stresses that the economic, political and security level that Turkey will reach in the year 2025 is very important concerning the use of regional interests. The U.S. defends that Turkey, who harmonize secularism and Islamic tolerance, will be a model for both Middle East and Central Asia. The U.S. thinks that the continuous tension between two NATO allies Turkey and Greece due to Cyprus creates negativity for the stability in the region. The U.S. mentions her desire to see concrete results of the initiative for Cyprus while she foresees that the cooperation between Ankara and Athens will be beneficial for the NATO's interests. The U.S. says that Russia's influence on the former Soviet Union republics will be decreased if Turkey becomes the country via which the energy lines pass.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-17 [10] ECEVIT: ''CLINTON'S VISIT IS VERY POSITIVE'' Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said Clinton welcomed the support that Turkey wants for important economic issues. Noting that there was not a serious obstacle in front of the Cyprus question, Ecevit said, ''however, there are points that Turkey can't take a backward step.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-17 [26] ANKARA (A.A) - State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel said on Wednesday that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) will gain the esteemed place she deserves in the international platform in near future. Gurel, who attended the ceremonies in Lefkosa to mark the 16th anniversary of the foundation of the TRNC, returned to Turkey after wrapping up his contacts. Speaking to reporters in the Esenboga Airport in Ankara, Gurel said any festival was not held due to quake disaster in Turkey but he attended the celebrations including several international activities. ''The most important aspect of those activities was the arrival of more than 40 international delegations in the TRNC to attend scientific ahd cultural activities. This proves that the TRNC will gain the esteemed place that she deserves in the international platform in near future,'' he said.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-17 [28] LEFKOSA, Nov 17 (A.A) - Sukru Sina Gurel, Minister of State, said on Wednesday that he supported resolved attitude of Rauf Denktas, President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Gurel, who attended celebrations to mark the 16th anniversary of the foundation of TRNC, left for Turkey. Speaking before his departure, Gurel pointed out that Turkish Cypriot people were an inseparable part of Turkish nation. Gurel said he attended the ceremonies on behalf of Turkey to make the TRNC fact to be known. Gurel said Turkish Cypriot people will take the place it deserved in international platform very soon, adding that Cyprus question was a case of Turkish nation. Gurel said protocols have been made to use economic contributions that have been sent to TRNC for adjustments in infrastructure and investment projects.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-17 [30] LEFKOSA, Nov 17 (A.A) - The Parliamentarians of Turkish origin, in their meeting held in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), decided to improve every kind of relations with the TRNC. The second and last session of the Meeting of Parliamentarians of Turkish Origin was held on Wednesday at the Ataturk Culture Center in Lefkosa. The joint communique was approved unanimously at the end of the two-day meeting chaired by TRNC Parliament Speaker Ertugrul Hasipoglu. In accordance with the joint communique, the Parliamentarians of Turkish origin will convene again in Lefkosa between July 15 and 23, 2000. The joint communique said the participants, who are parliamentarians in several countries, think it is beneficial to organize such meetings frequently with a comprehensive content. The joint communique said the participants expressed their pleasure over having the opportunity to see the realities about the Cyprus question. It said the parliamentarians will return to their countries with information based on realities about the Cyprus question and they will have the opportunity to lead the development of a realistic position toward the Cyprus question, and increase their initiatives to this end. It said the parliamentarians decided to lead the establishment of interparliamentary friendship groups between the TRNC Parliament and their parliaments. The joint communique stressed that the brotherhood and solidarity spirit, which was observed during the meeting, intensified the belief that ''the 2000s will be the years of Turks.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-17 [34] ISTANBUL, Nov 17 (A.A) - The Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Summit started on Wednesday by the participation of heads of states and governments of the member countries in Musir Fuat Pasa palace (Foreign Ministry's Representation in Istanbul). ''Istanbul Declaration'' which was prepared by high ranking officials of the BSEC countries and which includes the coming perspective of the BSEC, is expected to be adopted today. The summit started by the opening remarks of President Suleyman Demirel and statesmen of other member countries are also expected to address the summit briefly. Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, Armenian, Georgian, Moldovian, Romanian, Ukrainian Presidents and Albanian and Greek Prime ministers and Russian foreign minister participate in the summit together with Turkey. BSEC was founded on June 25, 1992 by the declaration published during Istanbul summit. BSEC offers a model based on multilateral economic cooperation. The organization became a regional economic organization after the BSEC Charter, signed by member states on June 5, 1998, entered into enforcement. Thus BSEC started to be effectively implemented. Israel, Egypt, Polonia, Slovakia, Tunisia, and EU countries namely Austria, Italy, France and Germany will participate in othner meetings of BSEC. While Iran, Uzbekistan, Yugoslavia applied for full membership, Bosnia, Slovenia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Greek Cypriot administration, Belarussia and Hungary applied to be observers.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-17 [53] OSCE SUMMIT - FM:''CYPRUS QUESTION IS NOT A TURKISH-GREEK PROBLEM, IT SHOULD BE SOLVED BETWEEN TWO SIDES''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-17 [54] ISTANBUL, Nov 17 (A.A) - Sermet Atacanlý, the Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman said on Wednesday that the Cyprus question is not a problem of Turkey and Greece and added that it should be solved between the two sides on the island. Responding to a question in an information meeting he held within the framework of the OSCE summit, Atacanlý stated that the decision of the concerned sides to hold indirect talks in New York is a positive step. He added that if a positive development is recorded regarding this problem, it will naturally influence Turkish-Greek relations in a positive way. Upon questions about the news published in press claiming that Turkey will accept bringing bilateral problems to the International Court of Justice in the Hague by making a gesture, Atacanlý said that the Court in the Hague is one of the existing methods of solving bilateral problems, but the most important of them is solving the problems between the two sides. Responding to another question, Atacanlý stated that the direction in Turkish-Greek relations is promising and there is a positive ongoing in the studies of the committees formed. Atacanlý noted that precaution has to be reserved about Turkish-Greek relations and time will show for how long this goings-on will continue.
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-18 [01] GREECE/TURKEY (L-O) BY LAURIE KASSMAN (ISTANBUL)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-18 [10] THURDAY'S EDITORIALS BY ERIKA EVANS (WASHINGTON)
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #141, 99-11-18
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-18 [04] SUPER AGREEMENTS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-17 [36] ISTANBUL, Nov 17 (A.A) - The Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) started its summit meeting on Wednesday. In his opening remark, President Demirel said that: ''It is a great pleasure to open the meeting of the fellow heads of state or government of the organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). This meeting is taking place at the very heart of our organization. This is the building which hosts the BSEC International Permanent Secretariat with a beautiful view of the Bosphorus that connects the Black Sea with the rest of the world. I would like to take this opportunity to express, on behalf of the Turkish people, our heartfelt thanks to the BSEC member states for the solidarity and support shown by them in the relief efforts following the recent earthquakes that devastated an important region of western Turkey. Our organization has a vital mission. This mission is to act as a vital and vibrant link between Europe and Asia; between the Caspian, Black Sea and Mediterranean basins. At the dawn of a new century, these seas that once divided our peoples apart are embracing one another again through new cooperation mechanisms such as the BSEC. Two momentous developments in this respect clearly stood out recently. The first was the signing of the Black Sea Cooperation Charter in Yalta, Ukraine, on 5 June 1998. With this step the BSEC will now better deal with the task of creating a free trade area in the Black Sea basin. This will also contribute to the future European common economic zone. It was not any easy journey that brought us all the way from Yalta of 1945 to Yalta of 1998. Since the world of Yalta 1945 that divided us is not history, we have a chance to build a Black Sea region undivided, democratic, prosperous, and at peace. The second major event for the future of Eurasia and the Black Sea region, was the Silk Road Summit which was convened in Baku on 7 September 1998 with the participation of 34 countries. It was a golden occasion displaying the international recognition of the new opportunities that exist in Eurasia and the BSEC region for peace, cooperation and prosperity. Crucial joint projects that constitute the infrastructure of the re-emerging Silk Road are already being built within the BSEC area as integral parts of the Black Sea rign corridor. Today, ancient Silk Road is not only reappearing, but is also bringing new opportunities, commercial, economic, cultural and political, to the nations of the countries involved. As the BSEC we should seize this historic opportunity. In our wider region, ethnic cleansing, first in Bosnia-Herzegovina then in Kosovo, has been stopped thanks to the resolute stand and effective intervention of the international community. Furthermore, the international community has been quick to establish such formations as the stability pact and the South East European cooperative initiative. These formations aim to promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Balkans by achieving the much needed reconstruction and rehabilitation. The BSEC is looking forward to working in close collaboration with these new initiatives. On the other hand, building lasting peace in the Caucasus on the basis of international legitimacy remains crucial for reaching the goals of the BSEC. Undoubtedly, the strengthening of the BSEC will generate stability and promote democracy in our wider region.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-18 [09] President Meidani meets leading board of the American Bank in Tirane
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 225, 99-11-18 [10] YUGOSLAV ARMY RESERVISTS CHARGED WITH WAR CRIMES, ESPIONAGE
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 225, 99-11-18 [14] OSCE HEAD CALLS ON KOSOVAR ALBANIANS TO END VIOLENCE
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 225, 99-11-18 [15] DONORS EARMARK MORE THAN $1 BILLION FOR KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 225, 99-11-18 [16] UN TAKES STEP TOWARD CENTRAL BANK FOR KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 225, 99-11-18 [18] ALBANIAN SAYS CRIMINALS FLED TO KOSOVA

Friday, 19 November 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-19 [01] CLINTON - GREECE (L) BY DEBORAH TATE (ATHENS)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-19 [02] CLINTON - GREECE ONITER (L) BY DEBORAH TATE (ATHENS)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-19 [04] O-S-C-E EVOLUTION BY LAURIE KASSMAN (ISTANBUL)
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-19 [06] ECEVIT AND SIMITIS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-19 [09] ECEVIT'S 'FRIENDSHIP' LUNCH
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-19 [16] LEADERS' WIVES TOUR ISTANBUL
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-18 [10] SIMITIS: ''GREECE SUPPORTS TURKEY'S EU PERSPECTIVE''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-18 [11] ECEVIT: ''I HAD A POSITIVE AND PRODUCTIVE MEETING WITH SIMITIS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-18 [33] TURKMENISTAN NATURAL GAS TO REACH TURKEY IN 2002
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-18 [34] TURKISH-GERMAN COOPERATION IN ENERGY
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-18 [36] SCHRODER, GERMAN CHANCELLOR: ''QUAKE WOUNDS OF TURKEY SHOULD BE HEALED''
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-19 [01] CLINTON - GREECE (L) BY DEBORAH TATE (ATHENS)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-19 [02] CLINTON - GREECE ONITER (L) BY DEBORAH TATE (ATHENS)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-19 [04] O-S-C-E EVOLUTION BY LAURIE KASSMAN (ISTANBUL)
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-19 [06] ECEVIT AND SIMITIS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-19 [07] CYPRUS SUMMIT
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-19 [16] LEADERS' WIVES TOUR ISTANBUL
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-19 [21] CYPRUS SURPRISE AT OSCE - BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-18 [10] SIMITIS: ''GREECE SUPPORTS TURKEY'S EU PERSPECTIVE''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-18 [11] ECEVIT: ''I HAD A POSITIVE AND PRODUCTIVE MEETING WITH SIMITIS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-18 [24] PRESIDENT DENKTAS OF THE TRNC: - ''WE WILL GO TO NEW YORK WITH GOOD WILL''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-18 [37] TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS TO MEET WITH U.N SECRETARY GENERAL ANNAN ON FRIDAY
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-19 [03] YUGO CLAIMS KOSOVO ABUSES (L ONLY) BY BRECK ARDERY (UNITED NATIONS)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-18 [09] EUROPE CALLS ON RUSSIA TO FIND A POLITICAL SOLUTION IN CHECHNYA
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-18 [15] U.S. PRESIDENT CLINTON'S SPEECH AT OSCE SUMMIT
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-18 [16] PRESIDENT YELTSIN OF RUSSIAN FEDERATION : - ''YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO CRITICIZE RUSSIA FOR CHECHNYA''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-18 [18] PRESIDENT DEMIREL: ''VIOLENCE WHICH IS FED BY ETHNIC ATROCITY SHAKES THE INTERNATIONAL SECURITY SYSTEM''
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-19 [07] First volume of History of Albania to be published in 2000
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 226, 99-11-19 [19] NATO, MACEDONIA AGREE TO END BORDER BOTTLENECK

Saturday, 20 November 1999

Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [09] DENKTAS SURPRISE Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) arrived in Istanbul today. Denktas will meet with Kofi Annan to discuss the Cyprus issue just before the indirect talks that will be held in New York.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [10] MILLIYET (LIBERAL) - ----------------- LIGHTNING SUMMIT Kofi Annan, the United Nations Secretary General; Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC); and Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek Cypriot side; will meet in Istanbul today. Annan will start the indirect talks which is planned to be started on December 3, 1999 in New York; today in Istanbul. Annan yesterday told State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel that he would meet with Clerides that day. He added that he would also like to meet Denktas.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [40] U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL ANNAN MEETS CLERIDES
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [41] ISTANBUL, Nov 19 (A.A) - Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations (U.N.), met with Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek Cypriot side, on Friday. Annan, who is in Istanbul for the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit, accelerated the Cyprus talks after Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said on Thursday evening that he would come to Istanbul. Annan met with Clerides at the Ciragan Palace. The meeting lasted for nearly half an hour. Clerides did not respond to the questions of the journalists following the meeting. Annan will meet with Denktas this evening.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [49] ISTANBUL, Nov 19 (A.A) - Costas Simitis, Greek Prime Minister, said on Friday that very positive developments were recorded in Turkish-Greek relations in recent period, adding that the two countries provided aid to each other as a result of cooperation. Simitis told A.A correspondent that there were cooperation in several fields between the two countries. ''I would like to mention a joint initiative taken within the framework of the U.N on natural disasters. Yet, we are not only limited with these. Joint committees are in an effort to look for ways for a more positive cooperation in the field of tourism, economy, and several other issues. Concrete dialog has recorded progress in concrete issues. It will continue and we hope it will produce results. We believe that we can contribute to the improvement of bilateral relations by getting required measures,'' Simitis said. He said, ''of course, the issues I mentioned are important. They are continental shelf and Cyprus issues. These should be solved. We believe that all these should be solved on the basis of principles of international law and agreements. The period of this century where the two states challenge and compete each other, and where problems are solved with violence and power, has remained in the past. The end of the Second World War and Cold War proved that the conflicts may be solved through agreements. If it is impossible to reach an agreement on a specific issue, applying to international institution or organization, like the International Court of Justice in the Hague, can be preferred. They can solve the conflict in an objective and acceptable way. I have mentioned about this thesis to Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. If we can find a way for the solution of this problem, we can take a very big step. The solution is simple. Greece has proposed it: Let us send this issue to the International Court of Justice in the Hague to take a decision, as we could not reach an agreement so far. The decision will be objective, binding, and will not create contradiction in any of the sides.'' When asked what kind of a Turkish-Greek relationship he imagined, Simitis said, ''my dream is that peace should prevail in the region, and friendship, cooperation, and development should be provided. I can give you an example how this dream will function. You should visit Simi, which is a small island of the Dodecanese islands. There are big and beautiful buildings and houses. People of Simi lived with a developed social security system and the cost of the medical treatments was met by the municipality. The employment and health issues of the people of the region were under guarantee. All these were due to the positive relations and trade cooperation of the people of the island with the people of the opposite shores. Conditions have changed. Yet, I believe that this atmosphere I mentioned will guide you in the new world. We want positive relations between the two countries. Both countries may contribute to the providing of prosperity, eradication of nonsense nationalism, and prevent tensions. European Union is the field of peace and cooperation. This should be a prototype that should be valid in this region.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [51] ISTANBUL, Nov 19 (A.A) - Greek Prime Costas Simitis said on Friday that he has reiterated for many times that his country hailed the European perspective of Turkey. Simitis told A.A correspondent that the Turkish and Greek nations indicated that the path to be followed is cooperation and that they should pursue these demands. When asked a question saying, ''you say that inclusion of Turkey in the European Union (EU) will be for the benefit of Greece. Can you say that you can definitely support Turkey's candidacy in Helsinki?'', Simitis said, ''this is the extension of a policy which we support and which focuses on the necessity that the EU should embrace whole Europe for Europe to become a land of cooperation and security.'' Simitis continued, ''to this end, we supported the candidacies of Bulgaria and Romania. We believe that the elimination of borders, the movement of people and trade and the cooperation in all issues unite the nations, ensure more stability, and help overcome the earlier conflicts.'' ''I believe that Turkey's inclusion in the European process will help establishment of a land of peace and security due to the reasons I have mentioned. To this end, Turkey's inclusion in the EU should be encouraged. But, we should not carry the existing problems to the EU,'' Simitis added. Simitis said, ''the EU depends on some rules, some legal principles, and functions to reach a solution in the discussed issues. We said that Turkey's candidacy can be accepted under some conditions. We should announce these conditions to have positive results from Turkey's candidacy.'' When asked whether or not the Turkish-Greek relations cannot be improved without the Cyprus precondition, Simitis said, ''Cyprus question is a very important issue. It is an issue which does not concerns only Greece.'' ''Cyprus is an issue which also concerns the international community. The United Nations (U.N.) has dealt with this issue. There are the resolutions of the Security Council. The Secretary General has exerted efforts for many times,'' Simitis noted. ''We cannot say that this question is over. We cannot say that we forget it and it carries no importance. This question carries utmost importance. This question carries importance for us because it affects Turkish-Greek relations. We should receive positive responds to improve the relations in the long term,'' Simitis added. Mentioning the recent developments about the solution of Cyprus question, Simitis said that ''we welcome the recent development about the re-start of talks and believe that this can contribute to the solution. But these should be to the main point of the issue. The issues should be discussed first to get positive answers to problems. The repetition of talks is the response given to the written message of U.N. Secretary General, but this written message stems from the fact that the negotiations were interrupted in the past. Continuing something which has existed for a long time and which was cut off, won't change the situation completely. I believe that this is late and it should have been done before. The thing that will change the issue is a fundamental development regarding Cyprus issue.'' Referring to the Aegean crisis which emerged in 1996 between Turkey and Greece, Simitis said the tension today is less than the one in 1996. ''This is positive, a dialogue is carried out on certain issues and there is a better atmosphere today. Nations of both countries demand cooperation and overcoming the disagreements. The international public opinion started to feel that the two countries started to get closer to each other. I believe that the repetition of an incident like the one in 1996 will be completely out of question, but I can't assure guarantees that it won't happen in the future. I believe that countries' tendency to create such an incident will be very nonsense,'' he said. ''I can say that in this short period as I stayed in Istanbul, I understood that the Turkish nation-which is also valid for Greek nation- wishes the two countries to have very friendly relations. Turkish people's eyes are on Greece, just like Greek people's eyes are on Turkey for the creation of a better atmosphere. Turkish people have the opinion that all the steps taken for a closer contact are positive. I believe that we must continue this process. We have to discuss the problems that cause divergence and differences. The leaders of the two peoples have the mission of building the bridges of agreement and we tolerate these efforts,'' he said. Greek Premier Simitis ended his words by saying that ''Turkish-Greek relations have a future, peoples want that and they have shown that the solution is cooperation. We should follow these wishes.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [59] ISTANBUL, Nov 19 (A.A) - The U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan met on Friday with Greek Premier Costas Simitis within the framework of the OSCE summit. The two took up the Cyprus question and Kosovo in the meeting. Responding to questions of journalists after the meeting, Greek Foreign Minister Yorgo Papandreau said that he also attended the meeting with Annan in which the Cyprus talks that will be held in New York on December 3 were discussed. ''We support the efforts of the U.N. Secretary General. The positive atmosphere and good relations between Turkey and Greece show that our people can live and work together. Likewise, it seems that the two peoples can live in peace on Cyprus,'' Papandreau said. Papandreau stated that Kosovo issue was also taken up at the meeting and added that Greece attributes great importance to the issue of humanitarian aid. Installing lasting peace in the region is the most important thing, said Papandreau and added that ''we have concerns in providing this. The war has ended but we exchanged views today about the re-construction of the region, which is very important now.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [69] LEFKOSA, Nov 19 (A.A) - Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said on Friday that Kofi Annan, the United Nations (U.N.) Secretary General wanted to meet him in Istanbul. Prior to his departure for Istanbul, Denktas noted that Annan who is in Istanbul for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit wanted to meet him. Denktas said, ''our aim is to reflect our ideas about the framework of the meetings prior to the indirect meetings which will be held in New York. I hope that our meetings will be useful for the meetings to be held in New York.'' He will stage a press conference to respond to the press conference staged by Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek Cypriot side; Denktas stated. Responding a question, Denktas stressed that it is not necessary to update the agreements about the indirect meetings. Denktas emphasized that they are ready for agreement. They will go to New York with good will and will be pleased if they reach pleasing results, Denktas pointed out. Denktas will stage a press conference in Lutfi Kirdar Hall at 3.30 p.m. Then, Denktas will meet with President Suleyman Demirel at the Ciragan Palace at 5.00 p.m. Denktas is expected to depart Istanbul at 8.00 p.m. after meeting with Kofi Annan at 6.00 p.m.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [70] CLINTON SAYS HE THINKS GREECE BECOMES HOPEFUL FOR THE NEW CYPRUS INITIATIVE
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [71] ISTANBUL, Nov 19 (A.A) - Bill Clinton, the U.S. President, said on Friday that he thought that Greece became hopeful for the Cyprus initiative which was launched related with the Cyprus talks. Following his meeting with Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, Clinton responded to the questions of the journalists about the Cyprus question and Turkish-Greek relations. Clinton noted that he thinks that the Greek nation and government became hopeful for the Cyprus initiative which was recently launched. He received positive reactions when he said in the three speeches he made in Turkey that it is necessary to reach a compromise between Turkish and Greek nations, Clinton stated. Clinton will head for Athens this evening and meet with Costis Stefanopulos, Greek President, and Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis. Clinton is expected to discuss bilateral relations, Turkish-Greek relations, and Cyprus question during his contacts in Greece. U.S. President Clinton will leave for Italy on Saturday.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [94] GREEK CYPRIOT LEADER CLERIDES: ''IF DENKTAS INSISTS ON CONFEDERATION VIEW IN NEW YORK, NO RESULT CAN BE TAKEN''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [95] ISTANBUL, Nov 19 (A.A) - Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader claimed on Friday that if Rauf Denktas, the President of Turkish republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) insists on his view of confederation during the indirect talks that will be held in New York on December 3, no result can be taken. Staging a press briefing after participating in the OSCE summit, Clerides defended the view that the talks that will be held in New York will be different than the ones that were done in the past. This time the eyes of the international community, the U.S., and the EU will be on these talks, he added. Responding to a question, Clerides said that Americans prepared a ''scenario'' about the Cyprus question, but he does not know the details of that. International community recognizes one state on Cyprus and he does not represent the community, but the state here in Istanbul, alleged Clerides. Upon another question, Clerides stated that he didn't receive any official invitation document regarding the talks in New York, adding the invitation is verbal rather than written. Clerides noted that a referendum will be held upon any decision that will be taken about the solution of the Cyprus problem. Clerides said that he came to Istanbul for the first time since 1962 and he saw that Istanbul developed a lot since then.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [99] BERLIN, Nov 19 (A.A) - Hans Georg Gerstenlauer, the Deputy Chairman of the European Union (EU) Commission Germany Representation, said on Friday that the conditions are suitable for Turkey's EU membership. The Turkish Researches Center (TAM) which is based in Essen city of Germany, staged a meeting titled, ''The Future Expectation of the EU from Turkey Regarding the Enlargement and Security Policies.'' Prof. Dr. Karl Kaiser, the foreign policy adviser of German Prime Minister Gerhard Schroeder and the Director of German Foreign Policy Research Institute; Hans Georg Gerstenlauer and Faruk Sen, TAM Director, participated in the meeting. Gerstenlauer said that Turkey should adopt her laws to the EU standards. Kaiser said that the German coalition government gives full support to Turkey's EU membership. He hopes all these initiatives will have positive results, Kaiser noted. The membership of a Turkey which has solved all her problems to the EU will have benefits for the EU, Kaiser stated. Kaiser stressed that a secular and democratic Turkey will help the EU in its relations with the Islam countries. Sen said that Turkey has marked significant steps in democratization and human rights. They think that Turkey and the EU can start the talks in 2002, Sen noted. Sen stated that Turkey's steps taken in political and economic fields cannot be ignored. Turkey can be included within the scope of assistance programmes for 11 candidate countries after the Helsinki Summit, Sen stressed. Hakan Okcal, Turkey's Undersecretary to Berlin, said that the Copenhagen criteria are valid for all the candidate countries. They know Turkey's deficiencies and their responsibilities, Okcal noted. Okcal stated that the path of Turkey which was blocked due to the terrorism until today, has been opened. He believes that Turkey should not be excluded and should not be waited for long, Okcal added.
Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [29] ISTANBUL, Nov 19 (A.A) - The presidents or prime ministers of the countries which are the side countries of the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) arrived at the Lutfi Kirdar Sports and Exhibition Hall on Friday. The signature ceremony started with the opening speech of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The delegations of 29 countries participated in the ceremony while the Belgian delegation which was late for the ceremony, signed the CFE Treaty later. Gerhard Schroeder, the German Prime Minister, was the first leader who signed the CFE Treaty. U.S. President Bill Clinton and other leaders followed Schroeder. In the end of the signature ceremony, the officials announced that the agreement was successfully fulfilled. Meanwhile, the statements of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin who said on November 1, 1999 that the situation in Chechnya was temporary and the situation would normalize soon, was included as a note in the final act which was adopted by the CFE Treaty. The agreement was signed by the presidents or prime ministers of Turkey, the U.S., Germany, Hungary, Italy, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Romania, Portugal, Poland, Norway, Moldova, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Spain, France, Georgia, Armenia, Britain, Greece, Italy, and Iceland.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [48] SIMITIS, GREEK PREMIER, SPEAKS TO A.A
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [49] ISTANBUL, Nov 19 (A.A) - Costas Simitis, Greek Prime Minister, said on Friday that very positive developments were recorded in Turkish-Greek relations in recent period, adding that the two countries provided aid to each other as a result of cooperation. Simitis told A.A correspondent that there were cooperation in several fields between the two countries. ''I would like to mention a joint initiative taken within the framework of the U.N on natural disasters. Yet, we are not only limited with these. Joint committees are in an effort to look for ways for a more positive cooperation in the field of tourism, economy, and several other issues. Concrete dialog has recorded progress in concrete issues. It will continue and we hope it will produce results. We believe that we can contribute to the improvement of bilateral relations by getting required measures,'' Simitis said. He said, ''of course, the issues I mentioned are important. They are continental shelf and Cyprus issues. These should be solved. We believe that all these should be solved on the basis of principles of international law and agreements. The period of this century where the two states challenge and compete each other, and where problems are solved with violence and power, has remained in the past. The end of the Second World War and Cold War proved that the conflicts may be solved through agreements. If it is impossible to reach an agreement on a specific issue, applying to international institution or organization, like the International Court of Justice in the Hague, can be preferred. They can solve the conflict in an objective and acceptable way. I have mentioned about this thesis to Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. If we can find a way for the solution of this problem, we can take a very big step. The solution is simple. Greece has proposed it: Let us send this issue to the International Court of Justice in the Hague to take a decision, as we could not reach an agreement so far. The decision will be objective, binding, and will not create contradiction in any of the sides.'' When asked what kind of a Turkish-Greek relationship he imagined, Simitis said, ''my dream is that peace should prevail in the region, and friendship, cooperation, and development should be provided. I can give you an example how this dream will function. You should visit Simi, which is a small island of the Dodecanese islands. There are big and beautiful buildings and houses. People of Simi lived with a developed social security system and the cost of the medical treatments was met by the municipality. The employment and health issues of the people of the region were under guarantee. All these were due to the positive relations and trade cooperation of the people of the island with the people of the opposite shores. Conditions have changed. Yet, I believe that this atmosphere I mentioned will guide you in the new world. We want positive relations between the two countries. Both countries may contribute to the providing of prosperity, eradication of nonsense nationalism, and prevent tensions. European Union is the field of peace and cooperation. This should be a prototype that should be valid in this region.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [50] GREEK PM SIMITIS SPEAKS TO A.A
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [51] ISTANBUL, Nov 19 (A.A) - Greek Prime Costas Simitis said on Friday that he has reiterated for many times that his country hailed the European perspective of Turkey. Simitis told A.A correspondent that the Turkish and Greek nations indicated that the path to be followed is cooperation and that they should pursue these demands. When asked a question saying, ''you say that inclusion of Turkey in the European Union (EU) will be for the benefit of Greece. Can you say that you can definitely support Turkey's candidacy in Helsinki?'', Simitis said, ''this is the extension of a policy which we support and which focuses on the necessity that the EU should embrace whole Europe for Europe to become a land of cooperation and security.'' Simitis continued, ''to this end, we supported the candidacies of Bulgaria and Romania. We believe that the elimination of borders, the movement of people and trade and the cooperation in all issues unite the nations, ensure more stability, and help overcome the earlier conflicts.'' ''I believe that Turkey's inclusion in the European process will help establishment of a land of peace and security due to the reasons I have mentioned. To this end, Turkey's inclusion in the EU should be encouraged. But, we should not carry the existing problems to the EU,'' Simitis added. Simitis said, ''the EU depends on some rules, some legal principles, and functions to reach a solution in the discussed issues. We said that Turkey's candidacy can be accepted under some conditions. We should announce these conditions to have positive results from Turkey's candidacy.'' When asked whether or not the Turkish-Greek relations cannot be improved without the Cyprus precondition, Simitis said, ''Cyprus question is a very important issue. It is an issue which does not concerns only Greece.'' ''Cyprus is an issue which also concerns the international community. The United Nations (U.N.) has dealt with this issue. There are the resolutions of the Security Council. The Secretary General has exerted efforts for many times,'' Simitis noted. ''We cannot say that this question is over. We cannot say that we forget it and it carries no importance. This question carries utmost importance. This question carries importance for us because it affects Turkish-Greek relations. We should receive positive responds to improve the relations in the long term,'' Simitis added. Mentioning the recent developments about the solution of Cyprus question, Simitis said that ''we welcome the recent development about the re-start of talks and believe that this can contribute to the solution. But these should be to the main point of the issue. The issues should be discussed first to get positive answers to problems. The repetition of talks is the response given to the written message of U.N. Secretary General, but this written message stems from the fact that the negotiations were interrupted in the past. Continuing something which has existed for a long time and which was cut off, won't change the situation completely. I believe that this is late and it should have been done before. The thing that will change the issue is a fundamental development regarding Cyprus issue.'' Referring to the Aegean crisis which emerged in 1996 between Turkey and Greece, Simitis said the tension today is less than the one in 1996. ''This is positive, a dialogue is carried out on certain issues and there is a better atmosphere today. Nations of both countries demand cooperation and overcoming the disagreements. The international public opinion started to feel that the two countries started to get closer to each other. I believe that the repetition of an incident like the one in 1996 will be completely out of question, but I can't assure guarantees that it won't happen in the future. I believe that countries' tendency to create such an incident will be very nonsense,'' he said. ''I can say that in this short period as I stayed in Istanbul, I understood that the Turkish nation-which is also valid for Greek nation- wishes the two countries to have very friendly relations. Turkish people's eyes are on Greece, just like Greek people's eyes are on Turkey for the creation of a better atmosphere. Turkish people have the opinion that all the steps taken for a closer contact are positive. I believe that we must continue this process. We have to discuss the problems that cause divergence and differences. The leaders of the two peoples have the mission of building the bridges of agreement and we tolerate these efforts,'' he said. Greek Premier Simitis ended his words by saying that ''Turkish-Greek relations have a future, peoples want that and they have shown that the solution is cooperation. We should follow these wishes.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [58] U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL MEETS WITH GREEK PREMIER SIMITIS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [59] ISTANBUL, Nov 19 (A.A) - The U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan met on Friday with Greek Premier Costas Simitis within the framework of the OSCE summit. The two took up the Cyprus question and Kosovo in the meeting. Responding to questions of journalists after the meeting, Greek Foreign Minister Yorgo Papandreau said that he also attended the meeting with Annan in which the Cyprus talks that will be held in New York on December 3 were discussed. ''We support the efforts of the U.N. Secretary General. The positive atmosphere and good relations between Turkey and Greece show that our people can live and work together. Likewise, it seems that the two peoples can live in peace on Cyprus,'' Papandreau said. Papandreau stated that Kosovo issue was also taken up at the meeting and added that Greece attributes great importance to the issue of humanitarian aid. Installing lasting peace in the region is the most important thing, said Papandreau and added that ''we have concerns in providing this. The war has ended but we exchanged views today about the re-construction of the region, which is very important now.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [70] CLINTON SAYS HE THINKS GREECE BECOMES HOPEFUL FOR THE NEW CYPRUS INITIATIVE
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [71] ISTANBUL, Nov 19 (A.A) - Bill Clinton, the U.S. President, said on Friday that he thought that Greece became hopeful for the Cyprus initiative which was launched related with the Cyprus talks. Following his meeting with Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, Clinton responded to the questions of the journalists about the Cyprus question and Turkish-Greek relations. Clinton noted that he thinks that the Greek nation and government became hopeful for the Cyprus initiative which was recently launched. He received positive reactions when he said in the three speeches he made in Turkey that it is necessary to reach a compromise between Turkish and Greek nations, Clinton stated. Clinton will head for Athens this evening and meet with Costis Stefanopulos, Greek President, and Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis. Clinton is expected to discuss bilateral relations, Turkish-Greek relations, and Cyprus question during his contacts in Greece. U.S. President Clinton will leave for Italy on Saturday.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [94] GREEK CYPRIOT LEADER CLERIDES: ''IF DENKTAS INSISTS ON CONFEDERATION VIEW IN NEW YORK, NO RESULT CAN BE TAKEN''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [99] BERLIN, Nov 19 (A.A) - Hans Georg Gerstenlauer, the Deputy Chairman of the European Union (EU) Commission Germany Representation, said on Friday that the conditions are suitable for Turkey's EU membership. The Turkish Researches Center (TAM) which is based in Essen city of Germany, staged a meeting titled, ''The Future Expectation of the EU from Turkey Regarding the Enlargement and Security Policies.'' Prof. Dr. Karl Kaiser, the foreign policy adviser of German Prime Minister Gerhard Schroeder and the Director of German Foreign Policy Research Institute; Hans Georg Gerstenlauer and Faruk Sen, TAM Director, participated in the meeting. Gerstenlauer said that Turkey should adopt her laws to the EU standards. Kaiser said that the German coalition government gives full support to Turkey's EU membership. He hopes all these initiatives will have positive results, Kaiser noted. The membership of a Turkey which has solved all her problems to the EU will have benefits for the EU, Kaiser stated. Kaiser stressed that a secular and democratic Turkey will help the EU in its relations with the Islam countries. Sen said that Turkey has marked significant steps in democratization and human rights. They think that Turkey and the EU can start the talks in 2002, Sen noted. Sen stated that Turkey's steps taken in political and economic fields cannot be ignored. Turkey can be included within the scope of assistance programmes for 11 candidate countries after the Helsinki Summit, Sen stressed. Hakan Okcal, Turkey's Undersecretary to Berlin, said that the Copenhagen criteria are valid for all the candidate countries. They know Turkey's deficiencies and their responsibilities, Okcal noted. Okcal stated that the path of Turkey which was blocked due to the terrorism until today, has been opened. He believes that Turkey should not be excluded and should not be waited for long, Okcal added.
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [57] ISTANBUL, Nov 19 (A.A) - NATO Secretary General George Robertson said on Friday that the European Security Charter will help NATO by its international civil police and administrators by supporting the peace- keeping soldiers. Speaking to reporters before addressing the OSCE Summit as the NATO Secretary General, Robertson stated that the new OSCE Charter will ease the civilian mission burden of peace-keeping soldiers sent to crisis regions in Europe. The forces led by NATO in Bosnia and Kosovo couldn't achieve great success due to postponements in bringing civilian units. The European Security Charter foresees founding of ''civilian emergency intervention units'' for rapid re-building of legal order in societies which have just come out from war. Meanwhile, Robertson who met with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov last night, said the relations between NATO and Russia are improving in spite of the clashes in Chechnya.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [59] ISTANBUL, Nov 19 (A.A) - The U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan met on Friday with Greek Premier Costas Simitis within the framework of the OSCE summit. The two took up the Cyprus question and Kosovo in the meeting. Responding to questions of journalists after the meeting, Greek Foreign Minister Yorgo Papandreau said that he also attended the meeting with Annan in which the Cyprus talks that will be held in New York on December 3 were discussed. ''We support the efforts of the U.N. Secretary General. The positive atmosphere and good relations between Turkey and Greece show that our people can live and work together. Likewise, it seems that the two peoples can live in peace on Cyprus,'' Papandreau said. Papandreau stated that Kosovo issue was also taken up at the meeting and added that Greece attributes great importance to the issue of humanitarian aid. Installing lasting peace in the region is the most important thing, said Papandreau and added that ''we have concerns in providing this. The war has ended but we exchanged views today about the re-construction of the region, which is very important now.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [83] ISTANBUL, Nov 19 (A.A) - OSCE Term President Norwegian Foreign Minister Knut Vollebaek said on Friday that Russia agreed to find a political solution to Chechnya problem, and added that he hoped Russia keeps its promise. Foreign Minister of OSCE troika members Norway, Austria, Poland, and Romania evaluated the summit's outcomes at a press meeting they organized on Friday. Vollebaek noted that Russia agreed to find a political solution to Chechnya problem through the joint efforts of OSCE members and stressed that the Istanbul Charter was a successful document. Vollebaek said Russia's reaching an agreement with Georgia and Moldovo was another positive development. The Charter carries important points to prevent regional conflicts and to set up a police force, Vollebaek said and added that a military solution could not be an answer to the Chechnya problem. When asked why the police force was needed, Vollebaek said a need for a security mechanism emerged after the Kosovo problem was overcome and they aimed to fill this vacuum by the police force. The term presidency passed from Norway to Austria after the summit and Romania was selected as the term president for 2001. Wolfgang Schussel, the Austrian Foreign Minister, in his speech pointed to the success of the summit and said he was pleased to see that leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan reached a consensus through the dialogue they had at the summit.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [87] ISTANBUL, Nov 19 (A.A) - Istanbul Declaration, which was issued at the end of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit, recalled that Charter for European Security was adopted to strengthen security and stability, and to improve the operational capabilities of our organization. The declaration said OSCE Permanent Council was assigned to take the necessary decisions to implement promptly the new steps agreed upon in this Charter. In the declaration the members pointed out that ''we need the contribution of a strengthened OSCE to meet the risks and challenges facing the OSCE region and thereby to make a difference in the life of the individual, which is the aim of all our efforts.'' ''We reiterate unreservedly our commitment to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms and to abstain from any form of discrimination. We also reiterate our respect for international humanitarian law. We pledge our commitment to intensify efforts to prevent conflicts in the OSCE area, and when they occur to resolve them peacefully. We will work closely with other international organizations and institutions on the basis of the Platform for Co-operative Security, which we adopted as a part of our Charter.'' It said ''the fact that we are meeting in Turkey, which only recently suffered terrible earthquakes, brings home to us the major impact of natural disasters. We need to examine our ability to contribute to a coordinated response by the international community and NGOs with regard to such events, in accordance with the principles of the Platform for Co- operative Security. We instruct the Permanent Council to discuss this matter further.'' On Chechnya problem, which became the most important agenda article of Istanbul summit, all 54 members of OSCE, including Russia, accepted that a political solution should be found to the problem. They stressed that territorial integrity of Russia was recognized fully, and noted that Moscow administration will permit an international delegation to visit the region. Article 23 of the declaration related with Chechnya problem, the members said ''We underline the importance of a political dialogue to solve the conflict, and accept that help of OSCE to this end will contribute.'' It went on as saying: ''We fully acknowledge the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation and condemn terrorism in all its forms. We underscore the need to respect all OSCE norms and commitments, including the commitments contained in the Code of Conduct. We agree that in light of the deteriorating humanitarian situation it is vital to alleviate the suffering of the civilian population by creating the conditions for international organizations to provide humanitarian aid. The declaration expressed pleasure that Russian Federation accepted the visit of OSCE Term President to the region, and noted that duty of OSCE Assistance Group was confirmed in Chechnya, and welcomed the willingness of Russian Federation to take steps that will contribute to the stability, security and economic prosperity of the region. In the part related with Kosovo, it was said ''the situation in Kosovo, in particular the humanitarian situation, remains a major challenge for the OSCE. Our thoughts still go out to the large number of Kosovo Albanians and others who lost their lives, those who saw their property destroyed and the hundreds of thousands who were expelled from and abandoned their homes. Now most of these refugees have returned. As the difficult work of rehabilitation advances, remaining refugees will be able to return. The OSCE Mission in Kosovo forms an essential part of the broader United Nations Mission working under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244. The OSCE Mission today has more than 1400 staff members, and plays a vital role in the process of rebuilding a multi-ethnic society in Kosovo; the first class from the OSCE Police School has graduated, and the OSCE training of judicial and administrative personnel has started. The Organization assists in developing a civil society, in supporting the formation of a pluralist political party landscape, free media and a viable NGO community. The OSCE plays a leading role in promoting and protecting human rights, and establishing respect for the rule of law. The success of this work is essential if democracy is to take root. We pledge to give it our full support. As we advance in these areas, we accelerate our work towards the first free elections in Kosovo, which the OSCE has been tasked to organize. We will seek to involve the local population increasingly in the efforts of the OSCE mission. The declaration said ''last autumn we deployed the largest OSCE mission ever, the Kosovo Verification Mission. The subsequent violence committed by Yugoslav forces and the breakdown of the cease-fire forced us to withdraw the KVM.'' ''Against the background of years of repression, intolerance and violence in Kosovo, the challange is to build a multi-ethnic society on the basis of substantial autonomy respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, pending final settlement in accordance with UNSCR 1244. We expect this Resolution to be fully implemented and strictly adhered to by all concerned. We will assist all inhabitants of Kosovo. But they, and those who aspire to be their leaders, must work together towards a multi-ethnic society where the rights of each citizen are fully and equally respected. Over the recent months, we have witnessed a new exodus from Kosovo, this time of Serbs and other non-Albanians. The necessary conditions must be restored so that those who have fled recently can return and enjoy their rights. Those who fought and suffered for their rights must now stand up for the equal rights of others. We firmly reject any further violence and any form of ethnic discrimination. Failure to oppose such acts will affect the security of the region.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-19 [99] BERLIN, Nov 19 (A.A) - Hans Georg Gerstenlauer, the Deputy Chairman of the European Union (EU) Commission Germany Representation, said on Friday that the conditions are suitable for Turkey's EU membership. The Turkish Researches Center (TAM) which is based in Essen city of Germany, staged a meeting titled, ''The Future Expectation of the EU from Turkey Regarding the Enlargement and Security Policies.'' Prof. Dr. Karl Kaiser, the foreign policy adviser of German Prime Minister Gerhard Schroeder and the Director of German Foreign Policy Research Institute; Hans Georg Gerstenlauer and Faruk Sen, TAM Director, participated in the meeting. Gerstenlauer said that Turkey should adopt her laws to the EU standards. Kaiser said that the German coalition government gives full support to Turkey's EU membership. He hopes all these initiatives will have positive results, Kaiser noted. The membership of a Turkey which has solved all her problems to the EU will have benefits for the EU, Kaiser stated. Kaiser stressed that a secular and democratic Turkey will help the EU in its relations with the Islam countries. Sen said that Turkey has marked significant steps in democratization and human rights. They think that Turkey and the EU can start the talks in 2002, Sen noted. Sen stated that Turkey's steps taken in political and economic fields cannot be ignored. Turkey can be included within the scope of assistance programmes for 11 candidate countries after the Helsinki Summit, Sen stressed. Hakan Okcal, Turkey's Undersecretary to Berlin, said that the Copenhagen criteria are valid for all the candidate countries. They know Turkey's deficiencies and their responsibilities, Okcal noted. Okcal stated that the path of Turkey which was blocked due to the terrorism until today, has been opened. He believes that Turkey should not be excluded and should not be waited for long, Okcal added.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-20 [01] Aid provided for inhabitants of Tropoje border areas
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-20 [04] Meidani asks increase of Italian investments in Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-20 [08] Senior U.S. diplomats visit Prishtina
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-20 [09] Co-habitation of Balkan peoples, factor for a peaceful region

Sunday, 21 November 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-21 [01] CLINTON - GREECE (L) BY DEBORAH TATE (ATHENS)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-21 [02] CLINTON - THREAT (S ONLY) BY DEBORAH TATE (FLORENCE)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-20 [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on November 20, 1999. The Anadolu Ajansi does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their occuracy.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-20 [07] MHP LEADER BAHCELI: ''TURKEY HAS WON THE CHANCE OF PROMOTING HERSELF BY CLINTON'S VISIT AND OSCE SUMMIT''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-20 [13] TURKEY AND ISRAEL TO COOPERATE IN TOURISM
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-20 [16] CLINTON AND SIMITIS STAGE JOINT PRESS BRIEFING (1)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-20 [17] CLINTON AND SIMITIS STAGE JOINT PRESS BRIEFING (2)
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-21 [01] CLINTON - GREECE (L) BY DEBORAH TATE (ATHENS)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-20 [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on November 20, 1999. The Anadolu Ajansi does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their occuracy.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-20 [16] CLINTON AND SIMITIS STAGE JOINT PRESS BRIEFING (1)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-20 [17] CLINTON AND SIMITIS STAGE JOINT PRESS BRIEFING (2)
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-21 [01] CLINTON - GREECE (L) BY DEBORAH TATE (ATHENS)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-21 [04] CLINTON - CONFERENCE (L-O) BY DEBORAH TATE (FLORENCE, ITALY)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-20 [18] OFFICIAL CEREMONY HELD FOR FINNISH PRESIDENT IN ANKARA
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-21 [01] Meidani asks strengthening of friendship between Albania, Italy
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-21 [03] Soccer: Friendly match between Tirane and Prishtine representatives
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-21 [05] Two schools rehabilitated in Shkoder with funds of SDR Foundation

Monday, 22 November 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-22 [03] CLINTON - BULGARIA (L-WRAP) BY DEBORAH TATE (SOFIA)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-22 [04] CLINTON - KOSOVO (S-ONITER) BY DEBORAH TATE (SOFIA)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-22 [05] CLINTON / KOSOVO (L ONLY) BY TIM BELAY (TIRANA)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-22 [07] RUSSIA AND THE WEST BY PETER HEINLEIN (MOSCOW)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-22 [15] Government provides $12 million for building Kukes-Morine road
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 227, 99-11-22 [18] CIVILIAN FLIGHTS SUSPENDED IN KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 227, 99-11-22 [19] SERBIAN POLICE KILLED IN MINE INCIDENT
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 227, 99-11-22 [20] LEADING ALBANIAN WRITER CALLS FOR RESTRAINT
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 227, 99-11-22 [26] CLINTON THANKS BULGARIA FOR SUPPORT OVER KOSOVA
Articles about Greece
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-22 [05] CLINTON / KOSOVO (L ONLY) BY TIM BELAY (TIRANA)
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-22 [18] "I DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THE U.S.A.'S PLAN"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-22 [35] FROM CLINTON'S VISIT TO THE HELSINKI SUMMIT BY YASEMIN CONGAR (MILLIYET)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-21 [04] FINNISH PRESIDENT AHTISAARI LEAVES TURKEY
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-22 [02] DEMIREL RATIFIES NINE AGREEMENTS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-22 [03] ANNAN ARRIVES IN ANKARA FOR TALKS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-22 [18] "I DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THE U.S.A.'S PLAN"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-22 [35] FROM CLINTON'S VISIT TO THE HELSINKI SUMMIT BY YASEMIN CONGAR (MILLIYET)
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-22 [36] DEMIREL UNDERSTANDS BY SEDAT SERTOGLU (SABAH)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-21 [06] UN SECRETARY GENERAL ANNAN TOURS ISTANBUL
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-21 [07] FM UNDERSECRETARY HAKTANIR IN TRNC: ''TALKS TO BE HELD IN NEW YORK WON'T HAVE ANY COMMON POINT WITH DIRECT OR DIRECT MEETINGS HELD IN THE PAST''

Tuesday, 23 November 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-23 [01] CLINTON - KOSOVO (S) BY DEBORAH TATE (AVIANO AFB, ITALY)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-23 [02] CLINTON KOSOVO BY DEBORAH TATE (S) (PRISTINA)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-23 [03] CLINTON KOSOVO (L) BY DEBORAH TATE (CAMP BONSTEEL)
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-23 [04] CLINTON TRIP WRAP (L ONLY) (AVIANO AFB, ITALY)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-22 [05] ANNAN, THE U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL, IN ANKARA - PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT MEETS WITH ANNAN
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-22 [19] PRESIDENT DEMIREL RECEVIES ANNAN, SECRETARY GENERAL OF UNITED NATIONS
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-23 [03] President Clinton visits Kosove
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-23 [05] Clinton meets with senior officials in Kosova
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-23 [07] Meta evaluates Japanese aid to Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-23 [09] Clinton calls on Kosovars to end to vengeance
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-23 [10] Fifth contingent of Albanian peacekeepers back to Albania
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-23 [14] Academician Rexhep Qosja appreciates diary of Kadare "This death event helped us see each other"
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-23 [16] President Clinton's visit to Kosova is a direct U.S. commitment to peace
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-23 [18] Meidani estimates Clinton's visit in Kosovo as "historic event"
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-23 [19] Albanian Premier Meta is for promotion of relations with U.S.
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-23 [20] Clinton's visit in Kosovo - develops Albanian-USA relations
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 228, 99-11-23 [11] PERISIC: YUGOSLAV PARAMILITARIES IN MONTENEGRO
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 228, 99-11-23 [12] WARM WELCOME FOR CLINTON IN KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 228, 99-11-23 [13] KOSOVARS REMOVE RAHOVEC BARRICADES
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 228, 99-11-23 [14] KOSOVA RAILWAY LINE REOPENED
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 228, 99-11-23 [15] CALL FOR SUPPORT FOR SERBIAN OPPOSITION
Articles about Greece
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-23 [04] CLINTON TRIP WRAP (L ONLY) (AVIANO AFB, ITALY)
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-23 [09] SUPPORT FROM ALBRIGHT
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-23 [20] TURCO-GREEK DIALOGUE
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-23 [21] MESSAGES FROM THE FRENCH MINISTER
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-23 [36] SEZEN AKSU-HARIS ALEXIOU CONCERT IN ATHENS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-23 [37] 70TH WORLD MEN'S WEIGHT-LIFTING CHAMPIONSHIP
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-23 [41] THE CYPRUS PUZZLE - BY VEYSEL GANI (TURKIYE)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-22 [07] WEU MEETINGS START
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-22 [09] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM LEAVES FOR LUXEMBOURG
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-22 [15] TUSIAD DELEGATION IN ATHENS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-22 [17] ANNAN, SECRETARY GENERAL OF UNITED NATIONS: - ''THERE WILL BE NO FACE- TO-FACE MEETINGS IN NEW YORK''
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-23 [11] "Fair '99" in the latest preparations
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-23 [04] CLINTON TRIP WRAP (L ONLY) (AVIANO AFB, ITALY)
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-23 [03] ECEVIT: "WE TRUST ANNAN"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-23 [04] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL CONVENES
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-23 [09] SUPPORT FROM ALBRIGHT
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-23 [18] EROGLU: "TECHNICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR INDIRECT TALKS BEING LAID"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-23 [41] THE CYPRUS PUZZLE - BY VEYSEL GANI (TURKIYE)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-22 [05] ANNAN, THE U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL, IN ANKARA - PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT MEETS WITH ANNAN
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-22 [08] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM LEAVES FOR LUXEMBOURG
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-22 [13] EROGLU, TRNC PRIME MINISTER: ''TECHNICAL TALKS ARE UNDERWAY FOR INDIRECT TALKS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-22 [14] TRNC COUNCIL OF MINISTERS DISCUSS DEVELOPMENTS RELATED WITH CYPRUS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-22 [17] ANNAN, SECRETARY GENERAL OF UNITED NATIONS: - ''THERE WILL BE NO FACE- TO-FACE MEETINGS IN NEW YORK''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-22 [19] PRESIDENT DEMIREL RECEVIES ANNAN, SECRETARY GENERAL OF UNITED NATIONS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-22 [22] PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT HOSTS A DINNER IN HONOR OF ANNAN, SECRETARY GENERAL OF UNITED NATIONS

Wednesday, 24 November 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-24 [12] LAST TRUMP CARDS FOR NEW YORK
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-24 [15] GREEK POSITION ON TURKISH EU BID 'NOT A GIVEN'
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-24 [16] GREEK AND TURKISH BUSINESS GROUPS SEEK CLOSER TIES
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-23 [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-24 [10] Greek right-wing party supports Meta-led government
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-24 [12] LAST TRUMP CARDS FOR NEW YORK
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-24 [14] TOROS MANOEUVRES BEGINNING
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-23 [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-23 [04] U.S:''WE ARE NOT IN A POSITION TO PROPOSE ANSWERS TO BIG PROBLEMS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-23 [17] ANKARA ONCE AGAIN STRESSED TO ANNAN THAT INDIRECT TALKS SHOULD CONTINUE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE U.N.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-23 [20] TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS: ''WE ARE GOING TO NEW YORK FOR BASE''
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-24 [44] THE WEST, CONTROVERSIES AND TURKEY BY IZZET SEDES (AKSAM)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-23 [16] WEU COUNCIL - FM CEM MEETS WITH ROBERTSON, NATO SECRETARY GENERAL
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-24 [13] Kosova politicians consider historical and very important Clinton's visit to Kosova
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-24 [15] Albanian CDP hails Clinton visit to Kosova
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 229, 99-11-24 [18] ...AND REPRESENTATIVES OF KOSOVA SERBS
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 229, 99-11-24 [19] MILOSEVIC MEDIA CONDEMN CLINTON VISIT TO KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 229, 99-11-24 [20] SERBIAN POLICE INJURED NEAR KOSOVA BORDER
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 229, 99-11-24 [21] KOSOVARS TRIED FOR 'TERRORISM'
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 229, 99-11-24 [23] ALBANIAN AID MONEY FOR ROAD TO KOSOVA
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 229, 99-11-24 [27] ROMANIA TRIES TO STABILIZE CURRENCY
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 229, 99-11-24 [31] U.S. TROOPS IN KOSOVA: IN FOR THE LONG HAUL?

Thursday, 25 November 1999

Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-25 [05] LEADERS' SUMMIT
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-25 [07] TRNC PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION IN TURKEY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-25 [17] VAROSHA IN RETURN FOR EU CANDIDACY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-25 [37] TIME TO SEE THE TRUTH BY ILTER TURKMEN ( HURRIYET)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-24 [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-24 [16] VERHEUGEN, MEMBER OF EU COMMISSION, SAYS HE IS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TURKEY'S OFFICIALLY BEING DECLARED AS CANDIDATE COUNTRY
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-24 [17] TRNC PARLIAMENT CONVENES TO DISCUSS CYPRUS QUESTION
Articles about Greece
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-25 [12] TURCO-GREEK MEETINGS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-25 [14] TURCO-GREEK PARTNERSHIP
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-25 [15] VERHEUGEN: "I AM HOPEFUL FOR HELSINKI"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-25 [16] 'SUPER TURKEY'
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-25 [17] VAROSHA IN RETURN FOR EU CANDIDACY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-25 [37] TIME TO SEE THE TRUTH BY ILTER TURKMEN ( HURRIYET)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-24 [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-24 [14] IKV DELEGATION'S CONSTACTS IN BRUSSELS
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-24 [16] VERHEUGEN, MEMBER OF EU COMMISSION, SAYS HE IS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TURKEY'S OFFICIALLY BEING DECLARED AS CANDIDATE COUNTRY
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-25 [11] Products of Shkoder craftsmen at Salonika fair
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-25 [18] Bridge collapse in Athens kills two Albanians
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-25 [37] TIME TO SEE THE TRUTH BY ILTER TURKMEN ( HURRIYET)
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-25 [01] Press Review
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-25 [03] Kosovo preparing a magnificent Flag Day celebration
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-25 [06] Tirana, Prishtina end Tetova - centres of partnership of Albanian political factor
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-25 [10] Albania's economic integration in the regional and world fields
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-25 [17] European Commission proposes dialogue with Albania

Friday, 26 November 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-26 [09] FOREIGN COUNTRIES OPPOSE OCALAN RULING
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-26 [17] PAPANDREU IN SOUTHERN CYPRUS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-26 [20] TERRORISM ACCORD READY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-26 [34] THE TIME FOR FINE TUNING BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-25 [07] REASONED VERDICT
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-25 [12] U.S. PRESIDENT CLINTON SAYS IMPROVEMENT RECORDED BETWEEN TURKEY AND GREECE
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-26 [08] Greek business interested in Albania
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-26 [17] PAPANDREU IN SOUTHERN CYPRUS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-26 [18] HANNAY TO ATTEND INDIRECT NEGOTIATIONS ON CYPRUS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-26 [31] TOROS'99 MILITARY MANOEUVRES BEGIN
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-26 [34] THE TIME FOR FINE TUNING BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-25 [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-25 [12] U.S. PRESIDENT CLINTON SAYS IMPROVEMENT RECORDED BETWEEN TURKEY AND GREECE
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-25 [16] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM IN SWEDEN
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-25 [20] U.N. RAPPORTEUR DUE TO TURKEY
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-25 [24] SWEDEN SEEMS SOFTER ON ISSUE OF TURKEY'S CANDIDACY TO EU
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-25 [25] TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS: ''MY COUNTERPART WILL BE ANNAN IN NEW YORK''
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-26 [01] Albanian Foreign Minister meets with King of Spain Juan Carlos
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-26 [04] Press Review
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-26 [05] Stand against Milosevic unites Albania's parliamentarians
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-26 [07] Conference "Foreign Investments in Albania - a new beginning" held in Tirana
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-26 [12] Stability Pact provides chances for increased foreing investments

Saturday, 27 November 1999

Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-26 [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-26 [10] TRNC PARLIAMENT SPEAKER HATIPOGLU: ''IT'S NOT POSSIBLE TO UNDERSTAND THOSE WHO DOESN'T BELIEVE IN EXISTENCE OF TRNC''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-26 [11] TOROS-99 MANOEUVRE CONTINUES
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-26 [13] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM IN DENMARK - ''COMMON ACTION PROTOCOL'' SIGNED BETWEEN TURKEY AND DENMARK
Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-26 [05] SUPREME MILITARY COUNCIL CONVENES
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-27 [06] The biggest Greek Cooperation of electric energy confirms it support for KESH
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-27 [04] Kosove people are hardworking, they merit international aid - Thaci
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-27 [05] Soccer: tradition of Tirane, Prishtine football matches continues

Sunday, 28 November 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-27 [12] CEM:''WE CAN'T CHANGE OUR CYPRUS POLICY FOR THE SAKE OF IMPROVING RELATIONS WITH THE EU''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-27 [14] DELEGATION HEADED BY AMBASSADOR HAKTANIR TO GO TO NEW YORK TO ATTEND INDIRECT TALKS ON CYRUS ISSUE
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-27 [12] CEM:''WE CAN'T CHANGE OUR CYPRUS POLICY FOR THE SAKE OF IMPROVING RELATIONS WITH THE EU''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-27 [14] DELEGATION HEADED BY AMBASSADOR HAKTANIR TO GO TO NEW YORK TO ATTEND INDIRECT TALKS ON CYRUS ISSUE
Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-28 [09] Festive parade to mark 87th anniversary of Albania's Independence
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-28 [12] Albanian, British trade exchanges total some $17 million in nine months
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-28 [13] Albanian mission to CE celebrates Independence Day

Monday, 29 November 1999

Articles about Kosovo and the Balkans
[English]Voice of America, 99-11-29 [01] BALKANS / BILDT (L-ONLY) BY LISA SCHLEIN (GENEVA)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-28 [08] TURKEY HAS 928 AIDS PATIENTS INCLUDING 624 CARRIERS
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-29 [06] Senior state officials pay homage to Martyrs Graves
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-29 [07] Soccer, Tirana-Kosova 2-0
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-29 [08] Solemn meeting on 55th anniversary of Albania's liberation
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-29 [09] Army armed forces celebrate 55th anniversary of liberation
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 230, 99-11-29 [22] BELGRADE CHARGES U.S. WITH 'MEDIA AGGRESSION'
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 230, 99-11-29 [23] KOSOVARS CELEBRATE FLAG DAY
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 230, 99-11-29 [31] BULGARIA AFTER CLINTON'S VISIT
Articles about Cyprus
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-29 [03] PRESIDENT DEMIREL IN ISPARTA
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-29 [08] NEW SCENARIO FOR CYPRUS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-29 [09] 'NEW YORK MEETINGS WILL AFFECT HELSINKI'
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-29 [12] ANKARA PLAYS DOWN DER SPIEGEL STORY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-29 [24] TRNC PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION IN EARTHQUAKE REGION
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-28 [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
Articles about Greece
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-29 [05] 'GREECE MAY VETO`
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-29 [06] NICHOLAS BURNS: DON'T VETO
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-29 [29] TURKEY COMES FOURTH IN 70TH WORLD MEN'S WEIGHT-LIFTING CHAMPIONSHIP
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-28 [12] US AMBASSADOR IN ATHENS BURNS: ''WASHINGTON EXPECTS GREECE NOT TO BLOCK TURKEY'S EXPECTATIONS FROM EUROPE''
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-29 [10] Albanian consulate in Ioannina commemorates November 28, 29
[English]RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 3, No. 230, 99-11-29 [31] BULGARIA AFTER CLINTON'S VISIT

Tuesday, 30 November 1999

Articles about Greece
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #144, 99-11-29
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-30 [05] VIEWS OF MINISTER IRTEMCELIK
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-30 [08] ECEVIT: "NO COMPROMISE"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-30 [18] TURKEY THROUGH GREEK DIPLOMAT'S LENS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-30 [25] TOWARDS HELSINKI BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [06] SPECIAL TRANSACTION TAX TO INCREASE BY 51.5 PERCENT The Special Transaction Tax will increase by 51.5 percent. The tax which will be taken from the declarations given to the tax departments, Social Security Agency (SSK), and the municipalities, will be 1.5 million Turkish liras. Six million Turkish liras will be taken from the customs declarations while 15 million will be taken from the purchase, selling or transfer of the cars, and 45 million will be taken from the gun licences. SABAH (LIBERAL) - ------ --------- ISMAIL CEM IN BEST MINISTERS LIST Foreign Minister Ismail Cem was included in the ''Dream Government'' which was announced by the World Economy Forum. Cem was nominated among the best five foreign ministers. Cem was appreciated by the jury due to his honesty and and efforts he exerted for better relations between Turkey and Greece. However, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer became the first in this list.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [08] THREAT OF VETO FROM GREECE Greek Foreign Minister Yorgo Papandreou said they would use veto in Helsinki if Greece's demands from Turkey and the EU were not met. Speaking to a newspaper, Papandreou included execution issue of Abdullah Ocalan into Greece's expectations from Turkey and the EU.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [17] ATHENS, Nov 29 (A.A) - Turkey can participate in the Sydney Olympic Games in all categories by becoming the fourth in team standings in the 70th World Men's Weight-Lifting Championship. The championship which was being held in Athens, ended on Sunday. Greece became the first, Bulgaria became the second, China became the third, and Turkey became the fourth in the team standings. Turkey won three gold and one bronze medals in the championship. Thus, she can attend the Sydney Olympic Games in all categories.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [30] PREMIER ECEVIT: ''WE WILL NOT MAKE CONCESSIONS REGARDING AEGEAN AND CYPRUS ISSUES''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [31] ANKARA, Nov 29 (A.A) - Premier Bulent Ecevit said on Monday that Turkey will not make concessions regarding Aegean and Cyprus issues. Ecevit responded to the questions of the journalists when leaving the Prime Ministry. When asked about his evaluations on the statements of George Papandreou, the Greek Foreign Minister, who said that they will veto Turkey's candidacy to the European Union (EU) if their demands are not accepted at the Helsinki Summit, Ecevit said, ''these are the problems of the EU. Our attitude is definite. We will not make concessions regarding Aegean and Cyprus issues.'' They will see the reactions of the EU to such pressures of Greece and whether or not the EU will bow to those pressures in the resolutions of the Helsinki Summit, Ecevit noted. Responding to a question on the application of the opposition to the Constitutional Court for the annulment of Additional Tax Law, Ecevit stated that they think that the changes in tax laws carry importance for the interests of Turkey. Ecevit continued, ''people used to say that the government did not take sufficient amount of tax from the rentier sector. We have taken positive steps about this issue. Now, the same circles are uneasy about the new tax regulations regarding the rentier sector. This is a dilemma. I believe that the new tax arrangement is useful for the country and complies with the Constitution.'' When asked about the construction of prefabricated huts which are planned to be completed on Tuesday, Ecevit stressed that Public Works and Housing Minister Koray Aydin visited the quake-hit areas and learned about the definite numbers today. They have nearly completed most of the prefabricated huts despite the quake which hit Bolu province on November 12, 1999; Ecevit emphasized. Responding to a question about the dwelling assistance which will be given to the quake survivors, Ecevit said that the credit which will be given will be a long term and low interest credit.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [36] TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS: ''WE BELIEVE IN TURKISH-GREEK FRIENDSHIP''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [37] ISTANBUL, Nov 29 (A.A) - Rauf Denktas, the President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said on Monday that they believe in Turkish-Greek friendship. Denktas was decorated by the ''Statesman of 99'' award in Istanbul. This friendship was deteriorated as Greece wanted to own whole of Cyprus, Denktas recalled. Denktas noted that all of Turkey's initiatives of friendship were rejected by Greece and Greek Cypriots, and the war started. Denktas said, ''we put forward a federation proposal to reach peace as soon as possible. We had put forward many proposals for federation in various forums until 1997. But, in 1997, the Greek Cypriot side did not need peace and compromise any more when the European Union (EU) intervened.'' ''The leader of Greek Cypriot side said, 'I know that I am not your government, but all the world calls me the government of Cyprus. Do you expect me to tell them that I am not the government of Cyprus'. I told him that I did not expect this because the Greek Cypriot side ended the partnership to become the government of whole Cyprus,'' Denktas added. Denktas continued, ''what Greece claimed was the existence of two equal nations and a legal government which is set up by these two nations. However, Greece does her best to integrate the Greek Cypriot side with the EU. If the island is included in the EU under the name 'Cyprus', Turkey's rights on Cyprus will be removed. To this end, it will indirectly be the 'enosis' (union with Greece). Turkey harshly reacted to this.'' Denktas said, ''I am going to New York. The indirect talks will be launched in New York. If they continue to say that the two nations in Cyprus should agree under the only government of Cyprus, nothing will change. Because there are two nations, two democracies, two states, and two governments in Cyprus. These are the realities. If these realities are not accepted, the efforts to set up friendship bridges between the two states are not launched, and the necessary ground for a meeting of the two sides is not set up, then nothing will change.'' ''If Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek Cypriot side, proposes lifting of Turkish guarantee, abolishment of the intervention right of Turkey in case of an attack towards TRNC, and the path for the integration of Cyprus and Greece is opened in the EU; nothing will change,'' Denktas added. Denktas continued, ''I tell all the world not to bother Turkey's guarantee. Do not deteriorate the Turkish- Greek balance in Cyprus. The basis of peace is Turkish-Greek balance. We cannot go on if they say that 'we are not equal, we do not have a state, and our state is not recognized, and to this end our state does not exist.' I am addressing Greece: Cyprus can be a peace bridge between Turkey and Greece.'' ''Menderes and Karamanlis set up an Association Republic by thinking the same thing. They had accepted the principle that one side cannot be dominated by the other. The policy of introducing Greek Cypriots as the 'legal government of Cyprus' has deteriorated Turkish-Greek friendship for 36 years,'' Denktas said. Denktas added, ''I wish the establishment of a new association on the principle of two states in Cyprus. We believe in Turkish-Greek friendship, but we will not give up our sovereignty and equality in the name of friendship. We cannot be dominated by the Greek Cypriots in the name of friendship.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [44] PRESIDENT DENKTAS OF THE TRNC: - ''IF GREECE AND THE GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE ABANDON THEIR TARGET TO MAKE CYPRUS A GREEK ISLAND THERE WILL BE A COMPROMISE ON CYPRUS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [45] ISTANBUL, Nov 29 (A.A) - President Rauf Denktas of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Monday, ''if Greece and the Greek Cypriot side abandon their target to make Cyprus a Greek island there will be a compromise on Cyprus.'' President Denktas attended inauguration of the Bahat Hospital in Gaziosmanpasa district of Istanbul. Addressing the inauguration, Denktas recalled that the Turkish Private sector had taken significant steps. Quoting Ataturk, the Founder of modern Republic of Turkey, as saying, ''we should pay attention to Cyprus. If Cyprus is in enemies' power, our reinforcement opportunities will end,'' Denktas noted, ''Cyprus has a geopolitical importance. We are protecting Turkey's southern coasts from Cyprus. You have charged us with protecting security of Anatolia by not allowing Cyprus from becoming a Greek island.'' Referring to indirect negotiations which will start in New York, the U.S., on December 3, Denktas said, ''if Greece and the Greek Cypriot side abandon their target to make Cyprus a Greek island and to establish a Greek Cypriot Republic on the island there will be a compromise on Cyprus. They cannot eradicate our state. They cannot damage Turkey's rights on Cyprus which were confirmed with the guarantorship agreement, and Turkish-Greek balance. Our duty is not to sign an agreement which cannot be accepted by the Turkish Cypriot.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [46] THE GREEK CYPRIOTS TO PROCEED TO TRNC FOR RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES
[English]Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-11-30 [14] Representatives of Albanian Government meet with Greek investors
Articles about Cyprus
[English]U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing #144, 99-11-29
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-30 [08] ECEVIT: "NO COMPROMISE"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-30 [10] FRANCE TURNED BACK TO TURKEY
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-30 [11] INTERVIEW WITH DENKTAS
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-30 [19] "TRNC WILL KEEP ON BEING A COUNTRY OF CULTURE"
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-30 [25] TOWARDS HELSINKI BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)
[English]Turkish Press Review, 99-11-30 [26] DENKTAS SHOULD NOT BE ABANDONED BY KENAN AKIN (TURKIYE)
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [05] 'INTEREST TAX' IS A CONDITION OF IMF The 'interest tax' which was included in the scope of the tax law at the last stage, was the request of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It was revealed that the IMF put forward this tax as a precondition for the stand-by agreement which will be signed between Turkey and the IMF. MILLIYET (LIBERAL) - ----------------- PRESIDENT DEMIREL IN ISPARTA President Suleyman Demirel, Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev and the President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas went to Isparta. Demirel and his guests attended some opening ceremonies in Isparta. Later, Demirel decorated Aliyev and Denktas with honorary doctorate title.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [14] TRNC: ''THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT STATES IN CYPRUS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [15] LEFKOSA, Nov 29 (A.A) - Tahsin Ertugruloglu, the Foreign and Defense Minister of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said on Sunday that there are two different states in Cyprus. Ertugruloglu spoke to A.A correspondent after Dimitris Hristofias, the Secretary General of communist AKEL party of the Greek Cypriot side, was not permitted to enter into the TRNC when he opposed to the identity control at the border by saying that they do not recognize TRNC. There is a procedure which should be applied when entering a country, Ertugruloglu noted. Ertugruloglu recalled that they implement the regulation which is in force and this regulation foresees fee payment and registration when entering from the Greek Cypriot side to the TRNC. Those who want to think that they are travelling within the borders of one country, cause this problem, Ertugruloglu pointed out. Ertugruloglu continued, ''there are procedures we should obey when we travel from one country to another. It is a strange thing that the AKEL delegation thought that it can enter into the TRNC without these procedures. Those who invited the AKEL delegation should have known this and should have taken precautions.'' The AKEL delegation, including nearly ten people, had wanted to enter into TRNC to participate in the congress of Patriotic Union Movement (YBH). The delegation which had reached the Ledra Palace, had opposed to the procedures by saying that they did not recognize the TRNC and had not permitted the TRNC police to control their passports. Thus, the TRNC police had not permitted the AKEL delegation to enter into the country.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [21] ISPARTA, Nov 29 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Sunday that the future of the Republic of Turkey was brilliant. Noting that the targets set forth by Great Leader Ataturk were being carried out in a large scale, Demirel said, ''these stem from the belief, confidence, and persistence.'' President Suleyman Demirel, Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas attended a ceremony for the foundation of the Medical Faculty Hospital in the Suleyman Demirel University in Isparta. Addressing the ceremony, Demirel said, ''the Republic of Turkey was founded when Great Leader Ataturk saved the country from the enemies, and now the Republic is celebrating the 76th anniversary of its foundation.'' ''Turkey is now playing an important role in the region and in the world. Turkey, who purchased everything from abroad in the beginning, is now producing planes, submarines, and automobiles, and selling industrial goods to 135 countries. This did not happen automatically. This stems from belief, confidence, and persistence, '' he said. Following the ceremony, Demirel and Denktas returned to Ankara while Haydar Aliyev left Turkey. TRNC President Rauf Denktas later proceeded to Istanbul.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [30] PREMIER ECEVIT: ''WE WILL NOT MAKE CONCESSIONS REGARDING AEGEAN AND CYPRUS ISSUES''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [31] ANKARA, Nov 29 (A.A) - Premier Bulent Ecevit said on Monday that Turkey will not make concessions regarding Aegean and Cyprus issues. Ecevit responded to the questions of the journalists when leaving the Prime Ministry. When asked about his evaluations on the statements of George Papandreou, the Greek Foreign Minister, who said that they will veto Turkey's candidacy to the European Union (EU) if their demands are not accepted at the Helsinki Summit, Ecevit said, ''these are the problems of the EU. Our attitude is definite. We will not make concessions regarding Aegean and Cyprus issues.'' They will see the reactions of the EU to such pressures of Greece and whether or not the EU will bow to those pressures in the resolutions of the Helsinki Summit, Ecevit noted. Responding to a question on the application of the opposition to the Constitutional Court for the annulment of Additional Tax Law, Ecevit stated that they think that the changes in tax laws carry importance for the interests of Turkey. Ecevit continued, ''people used to say that the government did not take sufficient amount of tax from the rentier sector. We have taken positive steps about this issue. Now, the same circles are uneasy about the new tax regulations regarding the rentier sector. This is a dilemma. I believe that the new tax arrangement is useful for the country and complies with the Constitution.'' When asked about the construction of prefabricated huts which are planned to be completed on Tuesday, Ecevit stressed that Public Works and Housing Minister Koray Aydin visited the quake-hit areas and learned about the definite numbers today. They have nearly completed most of the prefabricated huts despite the quake which hit Bolu province on November 12, 1999; Ecevit emphasized. Responding to a question about the dwelling assistance which will be given to the quake survivors, Ecevit said that the credit which will be given will be a long term and low interest credit.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [37] ISTANBUL, Nov 29 (A.A) - Rauf Denktas, the President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said on Monday that they believe in Turkish-Greek friendship. Denktas was decorated by the ''Statesman of 99'' award in Istanbul. This friendship was deteriorated as Greece wanted to own whole of Cyprus, Denktas recalled. Denktas noted that all of Turkey's initiatives of friendship were rejected by Greece and Greek Cypriots, and the war started. Denktas said, ''we put forward a federation proposal to reach peace as soon as possible. We had put forward many proposals for federation in various forums until 1997. But, in 1997, the Greek Cypriot side did not need peace and compromise any more when the European Union (EU) intervened.'' ''The leader of Greek Cypriot side said, 'I know that I am not your government, but all the world calls me the government of Cyprus. Do you expect me to tell them that I am not the government of Cyprus'. I told him that I did not expect this because the Greek Cypriot side ended the partnership to become the government of whole Cyprus,'' Denktas added. Denktas continued, ''what Greece claimed was the existence of two equal nations and a legal government which is set up by these two nations. However, Greece does her best to integrate the Greek Cypriot side with the EU. If the island is included in the EU under the name 'Cyprus', Turkey's rights on Cyprus will be removed. To this end, it will indirectly be the 'enosis' (union with Greece). Turkey harshly reacted to this.'' Denktas said, ''I am going to New York. The indirect talks will be launched in New York. If they continue to say that the two nations in Cyprus should agree under the only government of Cyprus, nothing will change. Because there are two nations, two democracies, two states, and two governments in Cyprus. These are the realities. If these realities are not accepted, the efforts to set up friendship bridges between the two states are not launched, and the necessary ground for a meeting of the two sides is not set up, then nothing will change.'' ''If Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek Cypriot side, proposes lifting of Turkish guarantee, abolishment of the intervention right of Turkey in case of an attack towards TRNC, and the path for the integration of Cyprus and Greece is opened in the EU; nothing will change,'' Denktas added. Denktas continued, ''I tell all the world not to bother Turkey's guarantee. Do not deteriorate the Turkish- Greek balance in Cyprus. The basis of peace is Turkish-Greek balance. We cannot go on if they say that 'we are not equal, we do not have a state, and our state is not recognized, and to this end our state does not exist.' I am addressing Greece: Cyprus can be a peace bridge between Turkey and Greece.'' ''Menderes and Karamanlis set up an Association Republic by thinking the same thing. They had accepted the principle that one side cannot be dominated by the other. The policy of introducing Greek Cypriots as the 'legal government of Cyprus' has deteriorated Turkish-Greek friendship for 36 years,'' Denktas said. Denktas added, ''I wish the establishment of a new association on the principle of two states in Cyprus. We believe in Turkish-Greek friendship, but we will not give up our sovereignty and equality in the name of friendship. We cannot be dominated by the Greek Cypriots in the name of friendship.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [44] PRESIDENT DENKTAS OF THE TRNC: - ''IF GREECE AND THE GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE ABANDON THEIR TARGET TO MAKE CYPRUS A GREEK ISLAND THERE WILL BE A COMPROMISE ON CYPRUS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [45] ISTANBUL, Nov 29 (A.A) - President Rauf Denktas of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Monday, ''if Greece and the Greek Cypriot side abandon their target to make Cyprus a Greek island there will be a compromise on Cyprus.'' President Denktas attended inauguration of the Bahat Hospital in Gaziosmanpasa district of Istanbul. Addressing the inauguration, Denktas recalled that the Turkish Private sector had taken significant steps. Quoting Ataturk, the Founder of modern Republic of Turkey, as saying, ''we should pay attention to Cyprus. If Cyprus is in enemies' power, our reinforcement opportunities will end,'' Denktas noted, ''Cyprus has a geopolitical importance. We are protecting Turkey's southern coasts from Cyprus. You have charged us with protecting security of Anatolia by not allowing Cyprus from becoming a Greek island.'' Referring to indirect negotiations which will start in New York, the U.S., on December 3, Denktas said, ''if Greece and the Greek Cypriot side abandon their target to make Cyprus a Greek island and to establish a Greek Cypriot Republic on the island there will be a compromise on Cyprus. They cannot eradicate our state. They cannot damage Turkey's rights on Cyprus which were confirmed with the guarantorship agreement, and Turkish-Greek balance. Our duty is not to sign an agreement which cannot be accepted by the Turkish Cypriot.''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [46] THE GREEK CYPRIOTS TO PROCEED TO TRNC FOR RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [47] LEFKOSA, Nov 29 (A.A) - More than one thousand Greek Cypriots will proceed to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Tuesday to attend religious ceremonies in Apastopolos Andreas Monastery. The Greek Cypriots will enter into the TRNC from the Ledra Palace Border Gate, and will be taken to the monastery by busses. They will perform their religious duties in the monastery, and then leave the TRNC for the Greek Cypriot side later on Tuesday. In accordance with the good will agreement which was signed in 1997 between President Rauf Denktas of the TRNC, and Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration, two sides are able to visit holy places in the TRNC and in the Greek Cypriot side. The Greek Cypriots visit the Apastopolos Andreas Monastery three times in a year while the Turkish Cypriots visit the Hala Sultan Shrine in Larnaca which is the reputed burial place of Um Haram, an aunt of the Prophet Mohammad, during Id al-Fitr and Id al-Adha.
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [48] RUBIN, SPOKESMAN OF THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT: - ''INDIRECT CYPRUS NEGOTIATIONS AIM AT PREPARING GROUND FOR MEANINGFUL CONSULTATIONS''
[English]Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-29 [49] WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (A.A) - James Rubin, the Spokesman of the U.S. State Department, said on Monday that indirect Cyprus negotiations which will start in New York on December 3, aimed at preparing a ground for meaningful consultations. Addressing a press conference, Rubin expressed satisfaction over that negotiations will start under supervision of the United Nations. Rubin told reporters that important issues such as security and administration would be taken up at the meetings. He added that other issues could also be brought onto agenda of the meetings within framework of the good will mission of Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations.
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