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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-02

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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 2, 1999. The Anadolu Ajansi does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their occuracy.
  • [04] HURRIYET (LIBERAL) - ---------------- ATATURK PEACE AWARD GIVEN TO PRESIDENT ALIYEV OF AZERBAIJAN President Haydar Aliyev of Azerbaijan was given the Ataturk Peace Award. President Aliyev expressed profound satisfaction over receiving the award carrying the name of Ataturk, the Founder of modern Republic of Turkey. Aliyev described Ataturk as one of the greatest leaders, and statesmen of the 20th century.
  • [05] RUSSIA WAITS FOR ECEVIT Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit will pay an official visit to Russia between November 4-6 as the guest of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Ecevit's visit to Russia aims at further improving commercial relations with Russia. Meanwhile, Russia wants to market her energy resources to Turkey. Joint struggle against terrorism is expected to be high on the agenda of Ecevit's contacts in Russia.
  • [06] CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR THE SEVENTH TIME Bunyamin Adanali, and Unal Osmanagaoglu, who were being tried on charges of killing seven members of the banned Turkish Labour Party (TIP) in Bahcelievler district of Ankara in 1978, were sentenced to capital punishment for the seventh time.
  • [07] MILLIYET (LIBERAL) - ----------------- TURKISH AVIATION AGENCY HITS GROUND The regulation of the Turkish Aviation Agency (THK) which was established by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk with the principle that, ''the future is in the skies'', was abolished by the Council of Ministers. The Agency will be restructured in six months. Atilla Tacoy, the Director General of the Agency, and other administrators have been dismissed. Two inspectors prepared a report on the Turkish Aviation Agency. The report said that the plane tender was given to a company which had bankrupted. The report added that thus, the agency lost 4.3 million U.S. dollars.
  • [08] TWO NEW GSM PHONES ARE ON THE WAY State Minister Yuksel Yalova said that the tender for two new Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) network will be announced until the new year. The new networks will be set up in accordance with the GSM 1800 system.
  • [09] SABAH (LIBERAL) - --------------- MADAM CARE TO AHMET KAYA Ahmet Kaya, a Turkish singer who praises the terrorist organization and its head Abdullah Ocalan, received the residence permission in France by the efforts of Mrs. Mitterand. Kaya is now living in Paris. France opened her arms to Kaya by the initiatives of Danielle Mitterand.
  • [10] SHAMEFUL VISIT The public officials went to Germany rather than the quake survivors who were invited to Germany by the German authorities. The famous German Bad Durreheim Thermal Spring Enterprises invited 50 quake survivors to spend two weeks in Germany. However, 50 personnel working in Bursa, Bolu, and Sakarya went to Germany rather than the quake survivors.
  • [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.
  • [12] ENVIRONMENT MINISTER AYTEKIN IN GERMANY Fevzi Aytekin, the Environment Minister, arrived in Bonn, Germany, to attend the ''Climate Change Environment Charter 5th Sides Conference''. Aytekin is scheduled to make a speech at the conference which will start on Tuesday.
  • [13] AFTERPHOCKS CONTINUE TO SHAKE MARMARA REGION Three aftershocks with magnitudes ranging from 2.7 to 3.6 shook Orhangazi county of Bursa province, Bigadic county of Balikesir province, and Savastepe county of Balikesir province in the wake of the 7.4-magnitude earthquake which devastated northwestern part of Turkey on August 17. Meanwhile, a slight earthquake measuring 2.7 was recorded in Marmaris county of Mugla province.
  • [14] RADIKAL (LEFT) - ------------- SLIGHT EARTHQUAKE SHAKES OSMANIYE A slight earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale shook southern Osmaniye province at 21:56 local time on Monday. Officials at the Bogazici University Kandilli Observatory Earthquake Research Institute said that the epicenter of the earthquake was Duzici county of Osmaniye province. The earthquake was also felt in Osmaniye, and Kadirli county. No casualties or financial damages were reported in the earthquake.
  • [15] 14 MEMBERS OF IBDA-C CAPTURED A total of 14 members of the illegal Islamic Great Eastern Raiders-Front (IBDA-C) were captured in Istanbul following the assasination of Prof. Dr. Ahmet Taner Kislali, the former Culture Minister and a prominent journalist. The captured members were planning to stage a bomb attack to protest the anniversary of the Higher Education Board (YOK) on November 6, 1999.
  • [16] AN IMF DELEGATION TO COME TO TURKEY An International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation headed by IMF's Turkey Desk Chief Carlo Cottarelli will arrive in Ankara on Tuesday to hold contacts within the framework of the Stand-By agreement. The IMF delegation will start its talks firstly at the Treasury Undersecretariat, and continue to hold contacts at the State Planning Organization, Finance Ministry, Privatization Management Board, Central Bank, and Capital Market Board. The IMF delegation is expected to proceed later to Istanbul to meet with the representatives of private sector.
  • [17] TURKIYE (RIGHT) - --------------- BIG AWARD TO AZERBAIJANI PRESIDENT ALIYEV Haydar Aliyev, Azerbaijani President, was given Ataturk Peace Award. After Aliyev received the award, he said that he is honoured to receive this award. Aliyev noted that Azerbaijan always supports the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project. He added that the agreement on the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project will be signed during the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit.
  • [18] ONE BILLION U.S. DOLLAR FROM WORLD BANK The World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) Financial Sector meetings have been completed. If the IMF signs a Stand-By agreement with Turkey, the World Bank will grant one billion U.S. dollar credit to Turkey to be used for the structural changes in financial sector. The credit will be used to privatize the public banks, overcome the deficiencies in banking sector and lift the public guarantee on the bank accounts.
  • [19] ISTANBUL GOVERNORS HOST DINNER FOR BANGLADESHI PRESIDENT Erol Cakir, Istanbul Governor, hosted dinner in the honour of Shabuddin Ahmed, the Bangladeshi President. Ahmed said that the relations between the two countries are improving day by day. Ahmed noted that the common history, common belief, and common values strengthen the relations between Turkey and Bangladesh.
  • [20] ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE) - ------------------ TAIWAN INVITES TURKISH BUSINESSMEN Peter Win Jung Huang, the Director of Taiwan Trade Center's Office in Istanbul, said that his country urgently needs contruction equipment such as steel, cement, and glass, and foodstuff in the wake of 7.8-magnitude earthquake which struck Taiwan on September 21, and called on Turkish businessmen to make more export.
  • [21] ENIGMA OF YALCIN OZBEY As Saadettin Tantan, the Interior Minister, said that there was no information about capture of Yalcin Ozbey, one of the accuseds of assasination of Abdi Ipekci, a prominent journalist, the Justice Ministry requested extradition of Yalcin Ozbey. The Justice Ministry has taken action after the German Interpol informed Turkey that Ozbey was captured on charges of a different crime.
  • [22] PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY A.A IN INTERNET
  • [23] ANKARA, Nov 2 (A.A) - The photographs taken by the Photograph Service of the Anadolu Agency (A.A) started to be transmitted via internet on Tuesday. The photographs can be reached by the subscribers of the A.A via internet. The A.A Photograph Service will transmit approximately 120 photographs a day. These photographs can be seen from the web-site titled ''www.anadoluajansi.com.tr''.
  • [24] AN IMF RESEARCH INDICATES OPERATION OF MONETARY BOARD SYSTEM IN TURKEY IS DIFFICULT
  • [25] ANKARA/WASHINGTON D.C., Nov 2 (A.A) - A research conducted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) indicated that the operation of Monetary Board system in Turkey is difficult. Prof. Doni Rodrik, a lecturer in the Harward University, said in his research titled ''Economic Reforms'' that the Monetary Board which is proposed as a radical economic measure, cannot be successful in every country. Decisions which will arise difficulties should be taken to make the Monetary Board system successful, Rodrik noted. Rodrik enamurated some of these difficulties as the freezing of the prices and the regular arrangement of the prices. A tight banking system is the precondition of this system, Rodrik stated. The Monetary Board system fixes the official monetary unit to an international monetary unit and it takes the place of the Central Bank. Thus, it directs the monetary supply. The IMF proposes this system to the countries where the inflation rate is so high to decrease the inflation to a one-digit figure and to reach stability by decreasing the interests. The inflation rate of the countries which regularly apply this system, decreases and the interest rates reduce a year after the system is started to be implemented.
  • [26] IMF DELEGATION IN ANKARA
  • [27] ANKARA, Nov 2 (A.A) - International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Turkey Desk Chief met on Tuesday with Treasury Undersecretary Selcuk Demiralp. Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Selcuk Demiralp said, ''the important thing for us is to sign the stand-by agreement, and announce to the world and public opinion that Turkey took an important step concerning the financial discipline.'' ''With the stand-by agreement, we will announce Turkey's financial discipline to the world. We expect to sign a stand-by that will be in effect as of the beginning of 2000. We are preparing for this agreement,'' he said. Demiralp said that the IMF delegation led by Cottarelli would stay in Turkey for three weeks.
  • [28] IMF DELEGATION IN ANKARA
  • [29] ANKARA, Nov 2 (A.A) - International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Turkey Desk Chief Carlo Cottarelli said on Tuesday that they are now in Turkey for the talks on a stand-by agreement. Speaking to reporters following the meeting at the Treasury Undersecretariat, Cottarelli said they would conclude the document and letter of intention about the stand-by agreement before leaving Turkey. Cottarelli said the document and the letter of intention in question would be later submitted to the IMF Executive Directors' Board. Responding to a question, Cottarelli said the amount of the financial aid, which would be given to Turkey within the framework of the stand-by agreement, has not become clear yet, and the aid in question was given in accordance with specific rules. Carlo Cottarelli said that the detailed works on the 2000 year budget have not been finalized yet.
  • [30] IMF DELEGATION IN ANKARA
  • [31] ANKARA, Nov 2 (A.A) - Treasury Undersecretary Selcuk Demiralp said on Tuesday that an important support would be obtained from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a result of a stand-by agreement, and the support in question would be related with the balance of payments. Following his meeting with IMF's Turkey Desk Chief Carlo Cottarelli, Demiralp said the amount of the financial aid would be discussed later. ''The loans that the IMF will give are clearly mentioned in its regulations. An important amount of support will come to Turkey from the IMF after the stand-by agreement. The support in question will be about the balance of payments,'' Demiralp said. Noting that the stand-by was a comprehensive agreement, Demiralp said the economy would be discussed at the meetings which would mainly focus on ''public finance, budget, and public general balance''. Recalling that the talks on stand-by agreement started in the U.S., Demiralp said the 2000 year budget was prepared within that framework. Pointing out that the IMF delegation would stay in Turkey for two or three weeks, Demiralp said the IMF delegation would make an evaluation in Washington D.C. after its contacts in Turkey.
  • [32] IMF DELEGATION IN ANKARA
  • [33] ANKARA, Nov 2 (A.A) - International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Turkey Desk Chief Carlo Cottarelli said on Tuesday that he hoped a stand-by agreement would be signed with Turkey, and stand-by loan would be approved by the IMF Executive Directors' Board till the end of 1999. Speaking to reporters following the meeting at the Treasury, Cottarelli said the stand-by was an agreement which has connections with structural reforms among which agricultural reform and privatization are very important. Noting that they would focus on those reforms within the scope of their visit, Cottarelli stressed that the social security reform which was adopted by Turkey was an important step. Responding to a question, Cottarelli said the amount of the loan which would be given to Turkey within the framework of the stand-by agreement has not become clear yet. Pointing out that they need more detailed information about the budget, Carlo Cottarelli said, ''we came here because we believe that the 2000 year budget is in parallel with our expectations.''
  • [34] TURKEY AND TRNC TO SIGN COOPERATION PROTOCOL IN FORESTRY
  • [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.
  • [36] EU-MEDITERRANEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCILS SUMMIT TO TAKE PLACE IN ANTALYA BETWEEN NOVEMBER 4-5
  • [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.
  • [38] IMF DELEGATION'S CONTACTS IN ANKARA CONTINUE
  • [39] ANKARA, Nov 2 (A.A) - An International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation led by IMF's Turkey Desk Chief Carlo Cottarelli visited on Tuesday the State Planning Organization. Following the meeting, Cottarelli said they discussed the macro economic targets for the year 2000. The IMF delegation which started its contacts in Ankara the same day by visiting the Treasury and the State Planning Organization, is expected to meet with the officials at the Finance Ministry, Privatization Management Board, Central Bank, Capital Market Board and public banks.
  • [40] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM IN CROATIA - TURKEY AND CROATIA DETERMINED TO DEVELOP ECONOMIC RELATIONS
  • [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.''
  • [42] A.A

  • [01] AA Daily

    02 November 1999 Tuesday

    [02] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN

    [03] These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on November 2, 1999. The Anadolu Ajansi does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their occuracy.

    [04] HURRIYET (LIBERAL) - ---------------- ATATURK PEACE AWARD GIVEN TO PRESIDENT ALIYEV OF AZERBAIJAN President Haydar Aliyev of Azerbaijan was given the Ataturk Peace Award. President Aliyev expressed profound satisfaction over receiving the award carrying the name of Ataturk, the Founder of modern Republic of Turkey. Aliyev described Ataturk as one of the greatest leaders, and statesmen of the 20th century.

    [05] RUSSIA WAITS FOR ECEVIT Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit will pay an official visit to Russia between November 4-6 as the guest of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Ecevit's visit to Russia aims at further improving commercial relations with Russia. Meanwhile, Russia wants to market her energy resources to Turkey. Joint struggle against terrorism is expected to be high on the agenda of Ecevit's contacts in Russia.

    [06] CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR THE SEVENTH TIME Bunyamin Adanali, and Unal Osmanagaoglu, who were being tried on charges of killing seven members of the banned Turkish Labour Party (TIP) in Bahcelievler district of Ankara in 1978, were sentenced to capital punishment for the seventh time.

    [07] MILLIYET (LIBERAL) - ----------------- TURKISH AVIATION AGENCY HITS GROUND The regulation of the Turkish Aviation Agency (THK) which was established by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk with the principle that, ''the future is in the skies'', was abolished by the Council of Ministers. The Agency will be restructured in six months. Atilla Tacoy, the Director General of the Agency, and other administrators have been dismissed. Two inspectors prepared a report on the Turkish Aviation Agency. The report said that the plane tender was given to a company which had bankrupted. The report added that thus, the agency lost 4.3 million U.S. dollars.

    [08] TWO NEW GSM PHONES ARE ON THE WAY State Minister Yuksel Yalova said that the tender for two new Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) network will be announced until the new year. The new networks will be set up in accordance with the GSM 1800 system.

    [09] SABAH (LIBERAL) - --------------- MADAM CARE TO AHMET KAYA Ahmet Kaya, a Turkish singer who praises the terrorist organization and its head Abdullah Ocalan, received the residence permission in France by the efforts of Mrs. Mitterand. Kaya is now living in Paris. France opened her arms to Kaya by the initiatives of Danielle Mitterand.

    [10] SHAMEFUL VISIT The public officials went to Germany rather than the quake survivors who were invited to Germany by the German authorities. The famous German Bad Durreheim Thermal Spring Enterprises invited 50 quake survivors to spend two weeks in Germany. However, 50 personnel working in Bursa, Bolu, and Sakarya went to Germany rather than the quake survivors.

    [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.

    [12] ENVIRONMENT MINISTER AYTEKIN IN GERMANY Fevzi Aytekin, the Environment Minister, arrived in Bonn, Germany, to attend the ''Climate Change Environment Charter 5th Sides Conference''. Aytekin is scheduled to make a speech at the conference which will start on Tuesday.

    [13] AFTERPHOCKS CONTINUE TO SHAKE MARMARA REGION Three aftershocks with magnitudes ranging from 2.7 to 3.6 shook Orhangazi county of Bursa province, Bigadic county of Balikesir province, and Savastepe county of Balikesir province in the wake of the 7.4-magnitude earthquake which devastated northwestern part of Turkey on August 17. Meanwhile, a slight earthquake measuring 2.7 was recorded in Marmaris county of Mugla province.

    [14] RADIKAL (LEFT) - ------------- SLIGHT EARTHQUAKE SHAKES OSMANIYE A slight earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale shook southern Osmaniye province at 21:56 local time on Monday. Officials at the Bogazici University Kandilli Observatory Earthquake Research Institute said that the epicenter of the earthquake was Duzici county of Osmaniye province. The earthquake was also felt in Osmaniye, and Kadirli county. No casualties or financial damages were reported in the earthquake.

    [15] 14 MEMBERS OF IBDA-C CAPTURED A total of 14 members of the illegal Islamic Great Eastern Raiders-Front (IBDA-C) were captured in Istanbul following the assasination of Prof. Dr. Ahmet Taner Kislali, the former Culture Minister and a prominent journalist. The captured members were planning to stage a bomb attack to protest the anniversary of the Higher Education Board (YOK) on November 6, 1999.

    [16] AN IMF DELEGATION TO COME TO TURKEY An International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation headed by IMF's Turkey Desk Chief Carlo Cottarelli will arrive in Ankara on Tuesday to hold contacts within the framework of the Stand-By agreement. The IMF delegation will start its talks firstly at the Treasury Undersecretariat, and continue to hold contacts at the State Planning Organization, Finance Ministry, Privatization Management Board, Central Bank, and Capital Market Board. The IMF delegation is expected to proceed later to Istanbul to meet with the representatives of private sector.

    [17] TURKIYE (RIGHT) - --------------- BIG AWARD TO AZERBAIJANI PRESIDENT ALIYEV Haydar Aliyev, Azerbaijani President, was given Ataturk Peace Award. After Aliyev received the award, he said that he is honoured to receive this award. Aliyev noted that Azerbaijan always supports the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project. He added that the agreement on the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project will be signed during the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit.

    [18] ONE BILLION U.S. DOLLAR FROM WORLD BANK The World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) Financial Sector meetings have been completed. If the IMF signs a Stand-By agreement with Turkey, the World Bank will grant one billion U.S. dollar credit to Turkey to be used for the structural changes in financial sector. The credit will be used to privatize the public banks, overcome the deficiencies in banking sector and lift the public guarantee on the bank accounts.

    [19] ISTANBUL GOVERNORS HOST DINNER FOR BANGLADESHI PRESIDENT Erol Cakir, Istanbul Governor, hosted dinner in the honour of Shabuddin Ahmed, the Bangladeshi President. Ahmed said that the relations between the two countries are improving day by day. Ahmed noted that the common history, common belief, and common values strengthen the relations between Turkey and Bangladesh.

    [20] ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE) - ------------------ TAIWAN INVITES TURKISH BUSINESSMEN Peter Win Jung Huang, the Director of Taiwan Trade Center's Office in Istanbul, said that his country urgently needs contruction equipment such as steel, cement, and glass, and foodstuff in the wake of 7.8-magnitude earthquake which struck Taiwan on September 21, and called on Turkish businessmen to make more export.

    [21] ENIGMA OF YALCIN OZBEY As Saadettin Tantan, the Interior Minister, said that there was no information about capture of Yalcin Ozbey, one of the accuseds of assasination of Abdi Ipekci, a prominent journalist, the Justice Ministry requested extradition of Yalcin Ozbey. The Justice Ministry has taken action after the German Interpol informed Turkey that Ozbey was captured on charges of a different crime.

    [22] PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY A.A IN INTERNET

    [23] ANKARA, Nov 2 (A.A) - The photographs taken by the Photograph Service of the Anadolu Agency (A.A) started to be transmitted via internet on Tuesday. The photographs can be reached by the subscribers of the A.A via internet. The A.A Photograph Service will transmit approximately 120 photographs a day. These photographs can be seen from the web-site titled ''www.anadoluajansi.com.tr''.

    [24] AN IMF RESEARCH INDICATES OPERATION OF MONETARY BOARD SYSTEM IN TURKEY IS DIFFICULT

    [25] ANKARA/WASHINGTON D.C., Nov 2 (A.A) - A research conducted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) indicated that the operation of Monetary Board system in Turkey is difficult. Prof. Doni Rodrik, a lecturer in the Harward University, said in his research titled ''Economic Reforms'' that the Monetary Board which is proposed as a radical economic measure, cannot be successful in every country. Decisions which will arise difficulties should be taken to make the Monetary Board system successful, Rodrik noted. Rodrik enamurated some of these difficulties as the freezing of the prices and the regular arrangement of the prices. A tight banking system is the precondition of this system, Rodrik stated. The Monetary Board system fixes the official monetary unit to an international monetary unit and it takes the place of the Central Bank. Thus, it directs the monetary supply. The IMF proposes this system to the countries where the inflation rate is so high to decrease the inflation to a one-digit figure and to reach stability by decreasing the interests. The inflation rate of the countries which regularly apply this system, decreases and the interest rates reduce a year after the system is started to be implemented.

    [26] IMF DELEGATION IN ANKARA

    [27] ANKARA, Nov 2 (A.A) - International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Turkey Desk Chief met on Tuesday with Treasury Undersecretary Selcuk Demiralp. Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Selcuk Demiralp said, ''the important thing for us is to sign the stand-by agreement, and announce to the world and public opinion that Turkey took an important step concerning the financial discipline.'' ''With the stand-by agreement, we will announce Turkey's financial discipline to the world. We expect to sign a stand-by that will be in effect as of the beginning of 2000. We are preparing for this agreement,'' he said. Demiralp said that the IMF delegation led by Cottarelli would stay in Turkey for three weeks.

    [28] IMF DELEGATION IN ANKARA

    [29] ANKARA, Nov 2 (A.A) - International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Turkey Desk Chief Carlo Cottarelli said on Tuesday that they are now in Turkey for the talks on a stand-by agreement. Speaking to reporters following the meeting at the Treasury Undersecretariat, Cottarelli said they would conclude the document and letter of intention about the stand-by agreement before leaving Turkey. Cottarelli said the document and the letter of intention in question would be later submitted to the IMF Executive Directors' Board. Responding to a question, Cottarelli said the amount of the financial aid, which would be given to Turkey within the framework of the stand-by agreement, has not become clear yet, and the aid in question was given in accordance with specific rules. Carlo Cottarelli said that the detailed works on the 2000 year budget have not been finalized yet.

    [30] IMF DELEGATION IN ANKARA

    [31] ANKARA, Nov 2 (A.A) - Treasury Undersecretary Selcuk Demiralp said on Tuesday that an important support would be obtained from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a result of a stand-by agreement, and the support in question would be related with the balance of payments. Following his meeting with IMF's Turkey Desk Chief Carlo Cottarelli, Demiralp said the amount of the financial aid would be discussed later. ''The loans that the IMF will give are clearly mentioned in its regulations. An important amount of support will come to Turkey from the IMF after the stand-by agreement. The support in question will be about the balance of payments,'' Demiralp said. Noting that the stand-by was a comprehensive agreement, Demiralp said the economy would be discussed at the meetings which would mainly focus on ''public finance, budget, and public general balance''. Recalling that the talks on stand-by agreement started in the U.S., Demiralp said the 2000 year budget was prepared within that framework. Pointing out that the IMF delegation would stay in Turkey for two or three weeks, Demiralp said the IMF delegation would make an evaluation in Washington D.C. after its contacts in Turkey.

    [32] IMF DELEGATION IN ANKARA

    [33] ANKARA, Nov 2 (A.A) - International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Turkey Desk Chief Carlo Cottarelli said on Tuesday that he hoped a stand-by agreement would be signed with Turkey, and stand-by loan would be approved by the IMF Executive Directors' Board till the end of 1999. Speaking to reporters following the meeting at the Treasury, Cottarelli said the stand-by was an agreement which has connections with structural reforms among which agricultural reform and privatization are very important. Noting that they would focus on those reforms within the scope of their visit, Cottarelli stressed that the social security reform which was adopted by Turkey was an important step. Responding to a question, Cottarelli said the amount of the loan which would be given to Turkey within the framework of the stand-by agreement has not become clear yet. Pointing out that they need more detailed information about the budget, Carlo Cottarelli said, ''we came here because we believe that the 2000 year budget is in parallel with our expectations.''

    [34] TURKEY AND TRNC TO SIGN COOPERATION PROTOCOL IN FORESTRY

    [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.

    [36] EU-MEDITERRANEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCILS SUMMIT TO TAKE PLACE IN ANTALYA BETWEEN NOVEMBER 4-5

    [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.

    [38] IMF DELEGATION'S CONTACTS IN ANKARA CONTINUE

    [39] ANKARA, Nov 2 (A.A) - An International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation led by IMF's Turkey Desk Chief Carlo Cottarelli visited on Tuesday the State Planning Organization. Following the meeting, Cottarelli said they discussed the macro economic targets for the year 2000. The IMF delegation which started its contacts in Ankara the same day by visiting the Treasury and the State Planning Organization, is expected to meet with the officials at the Finance Ministry, Privatization Management Board, Central Bank, Capital Market Board and public banks.

    [40] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM IN CROATIA - TURKEY AND CROATIA DETERMINED TO DEVELOP ECONOMIC RELATIONS

    [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.''

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