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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-01

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  • [01] AA Daily
  • [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
  • [03] These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on November 1, 1999. The Anadolu Ajansi does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their occuracy.
  • [04] HURRIYET (LIBERAL) - ---------------- DERVISOGLU EXPLAINS WHAT THEY WOULD DO IF HODJA RESISTED What would the soldiers do if the Refahyol (Welfare Path) coalition did not return the post? Here is the historical evaluation which soldiers made that time. Admiral Salim Dervisoglu, who was the Naval Commander of Golcuk headquarters when the soldiers had given decisions about the Refahyol coalition, said that there were two possibilities then. Dervisoglu noted that the people would react to this and topple the Refahyol coalition. Dervisoglu stated that if the people did not react, the Refahyol would remain indifferent and the army and the people would be hand in hand and put an end to this. Dervisoglu stressed that it was impossible to continue the coalition then.
  • [05] IMF IN TURKEY TOMORROW The International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation headed by Carlo Cottarelli, the Chief of IMF Turkey Desk, will arrive in Turkey on Tuesday. The IMF delegation will meet with the private sector officials and economy bureacrats in Ankara and Istanbul. The delegation is expected to shape up the stand-by agreement.
  • [06] MILLIYET (LIBERAL) - ----------------- INTERROGATION ON CAGLAR, A CONTRACTOR, WITHIN FRAMEWORK OF EVCIL'S INTERROGATION A total of 20 persons were taken into custody within the framework of Evcil's interrogation. Yuksel Caglar, a contractor who is close to notorious mafia boss Alaattin Cakici, was taken into custody in Bodrum and was taken to Bursa province. Caglar is known as the ''secret safe'' of Cakici AMNESTY AND ARRANGEMENT ON MILITARY SERVICE AT PARLIAMENT The draft amnesty law and the legislation which will let the men pay their way out of the compulsory 18-month military service, will be discussed at the parliament this week. The meetings about the budget of 2000 will start in the Planning and Budget Commission on November 3, 1999. The Constitutional Commission will discuss the amnesty law which was vetoed by President Suleyman Demirel and returned to the Parliament to be reviewed.
  • [07] SABAH (LIBERAL) - --------------- TURKISH FILM ''PROPAGANDA'' BECOMES FIRST IN CHINA The Turkish film ''Propoganda'' which is directed by Sinan Cetin, became the first in the Fourth International Shanghai Film Festival. ''Propaganda'' was chosen as the ''Best Film'' and given the ''Gold Cup'' award.
  • [08] EXPORTS IN AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR INCREASES 66 PERCENT The exports in the automotive sector increased 66.3 percent in the January-August period. The figures of the State Statistics Institute (DIE) indicated that overall exports of Turkey decreased 7.1 percent in the mentioned period. The DIE figures also indicated that the imports of Turkey reduced 20 percent in the same period.
  • [09] AZERBAIJANI PRESIDENT ALIYEV COMES TO TURKEY Haydar Aliyev, the Azerbaijani President, came to Turkey to receive the ''Ataturk Peace Award'' and to visit the quake zone. Aliyev said that some problems in the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project still remain but that the agreement will be signed during the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit.
  • [10] CUMHURIYET (LEFT) - ---------------- AMNESTY BILL SOURS RELATIONS OF COALITION PARTNERS Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) reacted as Democratic Left Party (DSP) opposed inclusion of Haluk Kirci, extreme rightest murderer, within the scope of amnesty. Suayip Usenmez, Minister of State from the MHP, said ''we should forget past times.'' He also said amnesty bill was not prepared for a specific person. Claiming that MHP did not have an insistency about Kirci, Usenmez said ''if nearly 50 people are included within this context, of course Kirci will be included. The ones who don't accept this will not cast their votes. We don't force them.''
  • [11] NO PROGRESS IN INVESTIGATION Ten days passed after the murder of Prof. Ahmet Taner Kislali in a bomb attack. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit talked in a TV program on Sunday evening and said terrorist PKK organization was weakened. He said ''we are putting an end to separatist terrorism. Yet, other troubles may come after this.'' Ecevit said there are people who could not accept strengthening of Turkey and noted that such incidents occur because of this. Ecevit said he could not comment on the issue before the investigation ends, adding that ''this will mean influencing the jurisdiction.''
  • [12] RADIKAL (LEFT) - ------------- GERMANY CAPTURED KEY MAN OF IPEKCI MURDER German Interpol formally announced Turkey that German Justice Ministry took principle decision for the extradition of Yalcin Ozbey and noted that ''you may start procedures.'' Yalcin Ozbey was caught in Germany. He is one of the key names of Abdi Ipekci murder together with Mehmet Ali Agca and Oral Celik. German officials said Ozbey can be extradited and noted that required documents should be prepared if his extradition is wanted.
  • [13] PARLIAMENT ALSO DOES NOT TRUST Parliament also felt uneasy over the usage of quake aid apart from its targets. Parliamentary Chairmanship Council applied to Treasury upon the allegations that the aid could not reach the quake victims and took back their aid saying they wanted to construct ''Parliament Site'' in the region.''
  • [14] TURKIYE (RIGHT) - --------------- ''DON'T ISOLATE US'' Vartan Oskanyan, Armenian Foreign Minister, said the most important remedy to overcome the economic problem in their country was to open Turkish-Armenian borders which is close to trade. Oskanyan said they waited for this gate to be opened. He said solution of problem in the Caucasus depends on Turkey because Turkey is the leader country in the region. He said ''we want to improve relations with Turkey, yet Ankara refuses us.'' Oskanyan sent the message that ''help us in struggle with terrorism, we are ready for relations in every field.''
  • [15] LEADERS OF TWO FRIENDLY COUNTRIES IN TURKEY Haydar Aliev, President of Azerbaijan, and Sahabuddin Ahmed, President of Bangladesh, arrived in Turkey as the official guests of President Suleyman Demirel. Ahmed said ''Turkey should be accepted as the model for Moslem countries.''
  • [16] ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE) - ------------------ TENT CITY OF BAUHAUS COMPANY EVACUATED DUE TO EMBARGO All the world outpoured to the help of Turkey following the massive earthquake which hit Marmara region. Bauhaus, well-known Germany company, erected a tent site with 380 tents to heal the wounds of the quake. The state did not show the required interest to the quake victims after volunteers of Bauhaus left our country after 1.5 months.The Red Crescent did not extend aid to the tent site, sheltering 1000 people, as it was not official. Inhabitants of the tent site evacuated the tents and moved to official tents.
  • [17] ECEVIT EVALUATES RECENT INCIDENTS Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit pointed out that there were forces which want to weaken secular democratic republic in Turkey, adding that ''the incidents which we experienced lately should not demoralize us. We should not think that such things could not be prevented in democracy.'' Responding to the questions of Kurtul Altug in TRT 1 channel, Ecevit said he could not comment on the murder of Kislali yet noted that ''we should not think of sincere religious people as enemies of secularism.''
  • [18] PREMIER ECEVIT: ''THE POSSIBILITY OF DEMIREL'S BEING CHOSEN AS PRESIDENT AGAIN GRADUALLY STRENGTHENS''
  • [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.
  • [20] A.A

  • [01] AA Daily

    01 November 1999 Monday

    [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN

    [03] These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on November 1, 1999. The Anadolu Ajansi does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their occuracy.

    [04] HURRIYET (LIBERAL) - ---------------- DERVISOGLU EXPLAINS WHAT THEY WOULD DO IF HODJA RESISTED What would the soldiers do if the Refahyol (Welfare Path) coalition did not return the post? Here is the historical evaluation which soldiers made that time. Admiral Salim Dervisoglu, who was the Naval Commander of Golcuk headquarters when the soldiers had given decisions about the Refahyol coalition, said that there were two possibilities then. Dervisoglu noted that the people would react to this and topple the Refahyol coalition. Dervisoglu stated that if the people did not react, the Refahyol would remain indifferent and the army and the people would be hand in hand and put an end to this. Dervisoglu stressed that it was impossible to continue the coalition then.

    [05] IMF IN TURKEY TOMORROW The International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation headed by Carlo Cottarelli, the Chief of IMF Turkey Desk, will arrive in Turkey on Tuesday. The IMF delegation will meet with the private sector officials and economy bureacrats in Ankara and Istanbul. The delegation is expected to shape up the stand-by agreement.

    [06] MILLIYET (LIBERAL) - ----------------- INTERROGATION ON CAGLAR, A CONTRACTOR, WITHIN FRAMEWORK OF EVCIL'S INTERROGATION A total of 20 persons were taken into custody within the framework of Evcil's interrogation. Yuksel Caglar, a contractor who is close to notorious mafia boss Alaattin Cakici, was taken into custody in Bodrum and was taken to Bursa province. Caglar is known as the ''secret safe'' of Cakici AMNESTY AND ARRANGEMENT ON MILITARY SERVICE AT PARLIAMENT The draft amnesty law and the legislation which will let the men pay their way out of the compulsory 18-month military service, will be discussed at the parliament this week. The meetings about the budget of 2000 will start in the Planning and Budget Commission on November 3, 1999. The Constitutional Commission will discuss the amnesty law which was vetoed by President Suleyman Demirel and returned to the Parliament to be reviewed.

    [07] SABAH (LIBERAL) - --------------- TURKISH FILM ''PROPAGANDA'' BECOMES FIRST IN CHINA The Turkish film ''Propoganda'' which is directed by Sinan Cetin, became the first in the Fourth International Shanghai Film Festival. ''Propaganda'' was chosen as the ''Best Film'' and given the ''Gold Cup'' award.

    [08] EXPORTS IN AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR INCREASES 66 PERCENT The exports in the automotive sector increased 66.3 percent in the January-August period. The figures of the State Statistics Institute (DIE) indicated that overall exports of Turkey decreased 7.1 percent in the mentioned period. The DIE figures also indicated that the imports of Turkey reduced 20 percent in the same period.

    [09] AZERBAIJANI PRESIDENT ALIYEV COMES TO TURKEY Haydar Aliyev, the Azerbaijani President, came to Turkey to receive the ''Ataturk Peace Award'' and to visit the quake zone. Aliyev said that some problems in the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project still remain but that the agreement will be signed during the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit.

    [10] CUMHURIYET (LEFT) - ---------------- AMNESTY BILL SOURS RELATIONS OF COALITION PARTNERS Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) reacted as Democratic Left Party (DSP) opposed inclusion of Haluk Kirci, extreme rightest murderer, within the scope of amnesty. Suayip Usenmez, Minister of State from the MHP, said ''we should forget past times.'' He also said amnesty bill was not prepared for a specific person. Claiming that MHP did not have an insistency about Kirci, Usenmez said ''if nearly 50 people are included within this context, of course Kirci will be included. The ones who don't accept this will not cast their votes. We don't force them.''

    [11] NO PROGRESS IN INVESTIGATION Ten days passed after the murder of Prof. Ahmet Taner Kislali in a bomb attack. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit talked in a TV program on Sunday evening and said terrorist PKK organization was weakened. He said ''we are putting an end to separatist terrorism. Yet, other troubles may come after this.'' Ecevit said there are people who could not accept strengthening of Turkey and noted that such incidents occur because of this. Ecevit said he could not comment on the issue before the investigation ends, adding that ''this will mean influencing the jurisdiction.''

    [12] RADIKAL (LEFT) - ------------- GERMANY CAPTURED KEY MAN OF IPEKCI MURDER German Interpol formally announced Turkey that German Justice Ministry took principle decision for the extradition of Yalcin Ozbey and noted that ''you may start procedures.'' Yalcin Ozbey was caught in Germany. He is one of the key names of Abdi Ipekci murder together with Mehmet Ali Agca and Oral Celik. German officials said Ozbey can be extradited and noted that required documents should be prepared if his extradition is wanted.

    [13] PARLIAMENT ALSO DOES NOT TRUST Parliament also felt uneasy over the usage of quake aid apart from its targets. Parliamentary Chairmanship Council applied to Treasury upon the allegations that the aid could not reach the quake victims and took back their aid saying they wanted to construct ''Parliament Site'' in the region.''

    [14] TURKIYE (RIGHT) - --------------- ''DON'T ISOLATE US'' Vartan Oskanyan, Armenian Foreign Minister, said the most important remedy to overcome the economic problem in their country was to open Turkish-Armenian borders which is close to trade. Oskanyan said they waited for this gate to be opened. He said solution of problem in the Caucasus depends on Turkey because Turkey is the leader country in the region. He said ''we want to improve relations with Turkey, yet Ankara refuses us.'' Oskanyan sent the message that ''help us in struggle with terrorism, we are ready for relations in every field.''

    [15] LEADERS OF TWO FRIENDLY COUNTRIES IN TURKEY Haydar Aliev, President of Azerbaijan, and Sahabuddin Ahmed, President of Bangladesh, arrived in Turkey as the official guests of President Suleyman Demirel. Ahmed said ''Turkey should be accepted as the model for Moslem countries.''

    [16] ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE) - ------------------ TENT CITY OF BAUHAUS COMPANY EVACUATED DUE TO EMBARGO All the world outpoured to the help of Turkey following the massive earthquake which hit Marmara region. Bauhaus, well-known Germany company, erected a tent site with 380 tents to heal the wounds of the quake. The state did not show the required interest to the quake victims after volunteers of Bauhaus left our country after 1.5 months.The Red Crescent did not extend aid to the tent site, sheltering 1000 people, as it was not official. Inhabitants of the tent site evacuated the tents and moved to official tents.

    [17] ECEVIT EVALUATES RECENT INCIDENTS Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit pointed out that there were forces which want to weaken secular democratic republic in Turkey, adding that ''the incidents which we experienced lately should not demoralize us. We should not think that such things could not be prevented in democracy.'' Responding to the questions of Kurtul Altug in TRT 1 channel, Ecevit said he could not comment on the murder of Kislali yet noted that ''we should not think of sincere religious people as enemies of secularism.''

    [18] PREMIER ECEVIT: ''THE POSSIBILITY OF DEMIREL'S BEING CHOSEN AS PRESIDENT AGAIN GRADUALLY STRENGTHENS''

    [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.

    [20] A.A


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