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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-10-29

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[01] AA Daily

29 October 1999 Friday


[03] These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on October 29, 1999. The Anadolu Ajansi does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

[04] HURRIYET (LIBERAL) - ------------------ FOREVER REPUBLIC We are marking today the 76th anniversary of foundation of Republic of Turkey. Ataturk, the Great Founder of Republic of Turkey, said, ''Republic of Turkey is a state based on democracy. Democracy is dependent on political understanding. It is ideational, indivudial, and it defends equality.'' Releasing a statement, President Demirel noted, ''There may be criticisms and even attacks against the secular Republic of Turkey. We should not be incited.'' Meanwhile, General Huseyin Kivrikoglu, the Chief of General Staff, stressed that the Turkish Armed Forces would continue to protect democratic and secular Republic of Turkey against overall domestic and foreign threats.

[05] AKIT NEWSPAPER RAIDED Security units searched the Akit Newspaper's building in Goztepe district of Istanbul province upon the directions of the Office of Republican Chief Prosecutor of the Istanbul State Security Court (DGM). Mustafa Karahasanoglu, the Editor in Chief of the Akit Newspaper, and Ali Ihsan Karahasanoglu, the lawyer, were taken into custody. They were later released after their interrogations were finalized. It was claimed that the Akit Newspaper had showed Prof. Dr. Ahmet Taner Kislali, former Culture Minister and journalists, as a target to the terrorist organizations.

[06] MILLIYET (LIBERAL) - ----------------- U.S. PRESIDENT CLINTON: ''ATATURK WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST LEADERS OF THE 20TH CENTURY'' U.S. President Bill Clinton sent a message of congratulation to President Suleyman Demirel to mark the 76th anniversary of foundation of Republic of Turkey. In his message, President Clinton described Ataturk, the Great Founder of Republic of Turkey, as one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of the 20th century.

[07] TUSIAD: ''TURKEY SHOULD NOT BE GONE ASTRAY BY DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN THREATS'' The Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen' Association (TUSIAD) issued a booklet named ''Democracy is Turkey's Source of Power''. The TUSIAD emphasized, ''there may be circles who aim at sending Turkey away of her targets to be a secular, democratic state of law respecting human rights, and individual freedoms, by entraping her. Turkey should not be gone astray by any domestic and foreign threats. She should not try to resolve existing problems with initiatives which could mean limitation of democratic rights.''

[08] SABAH (LIBERAL) - -------------- KAVAKCI GETS MARRIED Merve Safa Kavakci, who was elected as Istanbul deputy of the Virtue Party (FP), got married with Bekir Yildirim, a businessman. Circles closed to the FP claimed that Kavakci would gain her Turkish citizenship again by getting married with a Turkish citizen.

[09] GENERAL KIVRIKOGLU: ''TURKISH ARMED FORCES WILL CONTINUE TO PROTECT DEMOCRATIC AND SECULAR REPUBLIC OF TURKEY'' General Huseyin Kivrikoglu, the Chief of General Staff, said that the Turkish Armed Forces would continue to protect democratic and secular Republic of Turkey against overall domestic and foreign threats. Releasing a statement to mark the 76th anniversary of foundation of Republic of Turkey, General Kivrikoglu said, ''As members of the heroic Turkish Armed Forces, we are proud of celebrating the 76th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey which was founded with self-sacrifice of Turkish nation under leadership of Ataturk, and with blood of our martyrs.''

[10] CUMHURIYET (LEFT) - ---------------- U.N. HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS CONDEMNS ASSASIONATION OF PROF. DR. KISLALI Mary Robinson, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, condemned assasination of Prof. Dr. Ahmet Taner Kislali, the former Culture Minister and a leading journalist. Robinson described the assasination of Kislali as a vicious attack.

[11] RADIKAL (LEFT) - --------------- LONG LIVE REPUBLIC We are celebrating 76th anniversary of our Republic with a more developed Turkey and longing for more democracy.

[12] EIGHT OTHER PKK TERRORISTS TO SURRENDER An eight-people terrorist PKK group, currently in Europe, will surrender to Turkey because of Republic day. It was determined that another group of PKK terrorists, headed by Yasar Kaya, will come during the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit and will try to make propaganda.

[13] SUPPORT FROM DENMARK TO EU MEMBERSHIP Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association (TUSIAD) delegation, led by Erkut Yucaoglu, the Chairman, held contacts in Denmark as the guest of Danish Industrialists and Confederation. Hans Skov Christensen, General Director of Danish Industrialists Confederation, said Turkey's EU membership and its evaluation with the other candidates equally will contribute positively to EU's general economic performance.

[14] TÜRKİYE (RIGHT) - ---------------- A GROUP OF 8 TERRORISTS TO SURRENDER A second group of 8 terrorists will come to Turkey to surrender to the security forces after Abdullah Ocalan, the head of terrorists organization PKK, who was sentenced to capital punishment by the Ankara State Security Court (DGM) No: 2, called on terrorists to lay down arms, and to withdraw from Turkey.

[15] TURKEY AND VIETNAM SIGN CULTURE AGREEMENT A culture agreement was signed between Turkey and Vietnam. The agreement was signed after interdelegationary talks presided by Devlet Bahceli, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State, and by Nguyen Cong Tan, the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister, who is paying an official visit to Turkey. The agreement envisages cultural cooperation between the two countries.

[16] ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE) - -------------------- AND KAVAKCI MARRIES Merve Safa Kavakci, Virtue Party (FP) Istanbul Deputy, married last night with a secret wedding ceremony. The marriage was hidden from the press. It was reported that Kavakci was married to an engineer named Bekir. Kavakci, who was denaturalized by a decision of Council of Ministers, gained the right of Turkish citizenship by marrying a Turkish citizen.

[17] MESSAGE OF GENERAL KIVRIKOGLU General Huseyin Kivrikoglu, Chief of General Staff, said that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) will continue to be a gurantee of holy territories of the country and peace and tranquility of the region against every kind of internal and external threats that may be formed against Turkish Republic.


[19] IZMIR, Oct 29 (A.A) - ''Ataturk's Unseen Fotographs'' exhibition which is formed from the private collection of businessman Hanri Benazus opened in Izmir's TANSAS Cigli shopping center on Thursday. Keti Sigura, the daughter of Benazus said she was happy to share his father's private collection with people of Izmir. The exhibition can be seen between October 20 and November 10.


[21] ANKARA, Oct 28 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Thursday, ''There may be criticisms and even attacks against the secular Republic of Turkey. We should not be incited.'' President Demirel issued a message to mark the 76th anniversary of foundation of Republic of Turkey. In his message, President Demirel underlined, ''the secularism which is one of the main characteristics of the Republic, is also a significant condition of the peace in Turkey. The secularism is guarantee of freedom of religious belief and conscience.'' President Demirel noted that the Turkish nation commemorate Ataturk, the founder of modern Republic of Turkey, his broters in arms, and those who lost their lives during the Independence War, with gratitude. Referring to the quake disaster which devastated northwestern part of Turkey on August 17, President Demirel said, ''the quake disaster created profound sorrow both in Turkey and abroad. Thousands of people were killed while tens of thousands of others were injured by the quake. We were all distressed by our loses. Our overall officials including the Turkish Armed Forces, strived to remove heavy damage of the quake. Meanwhile, states, people, and international organizations from all over the world, mobilized to assist Turkey to heal the wounds of the disaster. Turkish nation is gratefull to all of them. Our nation which stood up against all kinds of difficulties, will heal wounds of the quake as they did in Erzincan and Dinar in the past.'' ''Prof. Dr. Ahmet Taner Kislali, a distinguished scientist and journalist, was assasinated last week. I harsly condemn the attack. Security forces have launched a full investigation into the incident to capture the responsibles. Turkish people's reaction against the attack, has further consolidated our unity and solidarity. The trick and its target are obvious. Everyone should be aware of the fact that we are determined to protect our unity, and Republic of Turkey forever,'' President Demirel underlined. President Demirel recalled that the 20th century was the scene of extremely significant developments in every field besides the disasters, and wars. Demirel described foundation of modern Republic of Turkey as one the most important events in the 20th century. He added, ''Republic is not only a kind of administration for Turkey, but also the greatest modernization initiative. Republic has provided Turkey to take her place among the civilized societies. Turkish nation has adopted the Republic. Every individual living in Turkey is free. Everyone can use freely their rights and freedoms within a system framed by laws. Everybody shares the same past, and a common future. Ataturk's principle ''sovereignty belongs to the nation unconditionally'' forms the basic of the state and regime.'' President Demirel emphasized that Republic of Turkey was a democratic, secular, and social state of law.


[23] ANKARA, Oct 28 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Thursday that, ''Modern Turkey is not far away. We walk towards our target altogether.'' President Demirel issued a message to mark the 76th anniversary of foundation of Republic of Turkey. In his message, Demirel said, ''Turkish nation which had founded the Republic of Turkey under leadership of Ataturk, has made this country one of the most powerful countries in the region.'' Stressing that Turkey was a world state which carried out giant progresses, Demirel added, ''Turkey has carried out a rapid improvement in 76-year history of the Republic. She turned into a democratic industrial society from an agriculture society. Free election, free parliament, free press, free jurisdiction, free university, free trade unions, free religious belief, free conscience, free mind, and free civilian cociety, are images of Turkey as we approach to the 21st century.'' Demirel recalled that Turkey was the 16th biggest economy of the world with her gross domestic product of 400 billion U.S. dollars, and her gross domestic product per annum of 6 thousand 712 U.S. dollars. He added that 90 percent of Turkey's export is industrial products. ''Turkish economy is one of the rising 10 markets of the world. Turkish economy is the biggest economy in the Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Black Sea, Caspian basin, and in the Middle East. We have been invited to G-20 Group. This is the sign of Turkey's power. Our target is to become one of the first ten countries in the coming 20 years,'' Demirel underlined. Demirel said, ''Turkey should improve her infrastructure in the fields of energy, agriculture, communication, and transportation. She should also maintain her deterrent quality. Turkey should continue her efforts to improve democracy and political liberalizm. Demirel also pointed out that Turkey would continue to monitor developments both in the region and in the world, and to assist resolving problems.


[25] SIVAS, Oct 29 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said the Republic was declared 76 years ago to fight against poverty, ignorence and helplessness when he spoke at the opening of Sivas Trade and Industry Chamber's building on Thursday. Demirel explained Turkey's development in the last 76 years by giving figures. ''Turkey which had to buy everything from a needle to a thread from outher countries, can now produce and sell them,'' Demirel said. In 1930's, since there were no enterpreneurs, the government had to establish the industry, Demirel explained. However, the times have changed, and today the government must withdraw itself from trade and industry, he noted. President Demirel said Turkey had very successful enterpreneurs who do business all around the world, therefore today's economic difficulties are temporary. He pointed out that the first decade of 2000's was very critical. ''If we miss the train in the next ten years, it would be very difficult for us to catch it again. This is a train of development and democracy,'' he said. He also called on businessmen from Sivas who work in big metropols to invest in their hometowns. ''We have bright days ahead of us. Continue to have faith in yourself, in our country and democracy,'' he said. Husnu Yusuf Gokalp, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs who also spoke at the opening said they would help the economical development of Sivas by improving transportation in the city.


[27] ANKARA, Oct 29 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Thursday that the cooperation between security and intelligence units greatly increased the state's power to catch the criminals. Responding to a question about the capture of Erol Evcil who allegedly was involved in Sabanci's assasination, Ecevit said ''Since the 55th government came to power, there is an increasing efficiency to capture criminals. Some circles do not want to see it but the cooperation between security and intelligence units greatly increased our state's power in this field. I hope murderers of Ahmet Taner Kislali would also be found before too long.'' When asked if he had any solid information about who was behind Kislali's murder, Ecevit declined to answer by saying it would not be right to make an explanation before the investigation is finalized. Regarding a report prepared about Fethullah Gulen's schools by Prime Ministry Follow-up Council, Ecevit said the report covered not only Gulen's schools but all private institutions. Ecevit also said the Chief of General Staff Directorate postponed the Republic Day celebrations due to the quake disaster. He said he would meet with officials from the Finance Ministry very soon to discuss the additional taxation regulations which arose due to the earthquake. Ecevit also pointed out that he didn't know the latest situation regarding Fehriye Erdal.


[29] ANKARA, Oct 29 (A.A) - The 76th anniversary of Republic of Turkey is being celebrated on Friday throughout Turkey. Celebrations are also taking place in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), and Turkish representations abroad. Pillars of the state headed by President Suleyman Demirel attended that ceremony in the mausoleum of Ataturk, the Great Founder of modern Republic of Turkey. They laid a wreath, and observed a minute of silence out of respect to Ataturk, and martyrs who lost their lives during the Independence War. President Suleyman Demirel; Yildirim Akbulut, the Speaker of Parliament; Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit; General Huseyin Kivrikoglu, the Chief of General Staff; Recai Kutan, the leader of the Virtue Party (FP); Necdet Sezer, the President of the Constitutional Court; Commanders of Land, Air and Naval forces; Devlet Bahceli, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State; Husamettin Ozkan, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State; Cumhur Ersumer, the Deputy Prime Minister and Energy and Natural Resources Minister; Mesut Yilmaz, the leader of the Motherland Party (ANAP); Tansu Ciller, the leader of the True Path Party (DYP); Altan Oymen, the leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP); Melih Gokcek, Mayor of Ankara; high-ranking military officials; Yekta Gungor Ozden, the former President of the Constitutional Court; and Hikmet Ulubay, the former State Minister; were in attendance at the ceremony. President Demirel signed the special notebook of the Ataturk's mausoleum saying that ''Great Ataturk, We are celebrating the 76th anniversary of foundation of the Republic of Turkey with a great enthusiasim. Modern, civilized, and prosperous Turkey is continuing to be the main target of the Republic which was found by yourself. We have recorded great successes. We are entering the 21st century with eagerness, determination, unity, and solidarity. Turkish nation believes that the Republic was the most significant tie connecting Turkey to the future as a secular, and social state of law. We are determined to protect, to further improve, and to strengthen the Republic. Overall generations and institutions of the Republic are aware of their duties. Rest in peace, Great Ataturk. We are grateful to you,''


[31] NEW YORK, Oct 29 (A.A) - Istemihan Talay, the Culture Minister, who is currently in New York, the U.S., said on Friday that two significant exhibitions would be opened in different cities of the U.S. in 2000, and in 2001 to introduce Turkey, and Turkish culture. The first exhibition of Ottoman clothes and silk materials will be opened in the Metropolitan Museum between November and December, 2000. The exhibition of Ottoman treasuries will be opened in Washington D.C., Fort Lauderdale, and San Diego in March, 2001. Meanwhile, the U.S. government will provide Turkey a financial aid worth of 1.5 million U.S. dollars to organize the exhibitions. Talay said that the aid would be used to restore the museums in Turkey. Istemihan Talay said that they were expending efforts to take back three historical works which were smuggled from Turkey to the U.S. One of the works are being displayed at the University of Housten Museum. The second of the works, the upper part of the Heracles statue which was stolen from the Perge Museum in Antalya, is in Boston Fine Arts Museum.


[33] STRASBOURG, Oct 29 (A.A) - Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister, will represent Turkey at the Council of Europe's Ministers Committee which will convene in Strasbourg between November 3-4. The two-day meeting will focus on Kosovo crisis, and ''Stability Pact for Southern Europe''.


[35] MERSIN, Oct 29 (A.A) - Security forces captured on Friday seven members of the terrorist organization PKK in southern Mersin province. Mehmet Salih Cetin, Murat Simşek, Kemal Kaplaner, Abdurrahman Kaplaner, Zeynar Kaplaner, Basar Ilbiz, and Azat Arun were taken into custody. Meanwhile, security forces seized one pistol, and 11 bullets in the operation. Officials told the A.A correspondent that the terrorists had killed Ibrahim Gurler on February 18, and participated in illegal demonstrations to protest capture of Abdullah Ocalan, the head of terrorist organization PKK, who was sentenced to capital punishment by Ankara State Security Court (DGM) No: 2.


[37] ANKARA, October 29 (A.A) - Justice Ministry prepared a file for the extradition of Fehriye Erdal and sent to Foreign Ministry to be conveyed to Belgian authorities. Fehriye Erdal is one of the defendants of the Sabanci assasination. Erdal was caught on September 26 in Belgium with a false passport with the name ''Nese Yildirim.''


[39] ANKARA, Oct 29 (A.A) - Nguyen Cong Tan, the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister who is paying an official visit to Turkey as the guest of Devlet Bahceli, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State, visited on Friday the historical places in Cappadocia. Tan, and 19-member Vietnamese delegation visited Uchisar Castle, Goreme Open Museum, and ceramics work-shops in Avanos. Recalling that the annual trade volume between Turkey and Vietnam was between 10 and 40 million U.S. dollars, Tan stressed that they aimed at further increasing the economic cooperation with Turkey. Tan also added that they could cooperate with Turkey in the fields of trade, industry, education, and tourism.

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