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06 February 2000 Sunday
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on February 6, 2000. The Anadolu Ajansi does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their occuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL)FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITION IN ATHENS
Both Cartoon Exhibition of Aydın Dogan Foundation and also the First Turkish-Greek Media Congress were inaugurated by Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou yesterday in Athens. Cem said that Greek Premier Costas Simitis told him that he accepted this invitation with pleasure. ''We will determine the date of the visit together with Mr. Papandreou,'' said Cem. Cem noted that Turkish and Greek press contributed to the positive atmosphere of the relations between the two countries, adding ''if one told me that Turkish and Greek flags would be waved together in the same stadium six months ago, I would have never believed that.''
WARNING FOR AUSTRIA
MILLIYET (LIBERAL)INDIAN BRAIN IN TURKEY
Indian computer engineers come to Turkey and they earn only 1000 dollars for projects which are worth of 2500 dollars. Till today, 350 Indian computer engineers came to Turkey and 250 of them will also come soon to work in Turkish firms.
HOSTILITY AGAINST TURKS OVER
SABAH (LIBERAL)ANKARA WORRIES ABOUT ''RACIST AUSTRIAN GOVERNMENT''
Coming of a racist party to the government in Austria caused worries in Ankara. Demirel said reactions to Austria should not be interpreted as ''interference to Austria's domestic affairs''. He described the issue as a ''very sensitive matter.'' ''I would like to stress that Turkey which has many citizens living in various European countries is very sensitive towards the rising racism and xenophobia in Europe. We will closely follow up the policies of the new Austrian government,'' he noted. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit also expressed worries regarding the new Austrian government during a press conference on Saturday. ''Europe suffered a lot from racism in the near past. Xenophobia continues to be a serious threat not only in Austria but also in other European countries. We have many Turkish citizens living in this country so we are especially concerned about the issue,'' Ecevit said.
BAHCELI:''VIRTUE PARTY COULD BE BANNED''
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)FUNDAMENTALIST ISLAMISTS ARE IN THE STATE
While the security forces are continuing operations against Hezbollah in 44 cities, they unrevealed an interesting fact in Tokat. A deputy police chief in Tokat was caught while selling publications praising shariat. Another junior officer who was dismissed from the army was caught while marketing IBDA-C's newspaper Furkan. Police detained 73 people among whom there were 38 civil servants, teachers and policemen.
OPPOSITION SAYS GOVERNMENT'S FORMULA NOT ACCEPTABLE
RADIKAL (LEFT)DREADFUL DOUBT
Sources said that eight equipments were found in the Prime Ministry information system which took information outside from the system. This happened just before the detainment of Abdulsamet Yıldız, a computer operator working in the Prime Ministry building who was a member of the terrorist Hezbollah organization..
IMF APPRECIATES TURKEY
TURKIYE (RIGHT)STEP BY STEP TOWARDS PEACE IN AEGEAN
The chilly winds on the two sides of the Aegean are leaving its place to friendly relations between Turkey and Greece. While Foreign Minister Ismail Cem's contacts in Greece are continuing, Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis accepted Ecevit's invitation to Turkey. Simitis will come to Turkey next Saturday.
FISCHER:''TURKEY IS DETERMINED ON ITS ECONOMIC PROGRAMME''
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)FP SHOULDN'T GIVE UP POLITICS
The debate on giving up politics within the Virtue Party (FP) has been evaluated as ''escalating the tension.'' President Suleyman Demirel who met with Recai Kutan, the leader of the FP said that ''Turkish Armed Forces is not a political party. No body can get any benefits by damaging it. In our meeting with Kutan, I told him that the tension should not be escalated.''
DGM:FUNDAMENTALISM IS A LIVING DANGER
 MAJORITY OF TOURISTS WERE FROM GERMANY, BRITAIN AND ROMANIA LAST YEARANKARA - A total of 7 million 485,308 people visited Turkey in 1999 during which Turkish tourism went through a crisis and majority of tourists came from Germany, Britain and Romania.
According to the figures of State Statistics Institute (DIE), 1 million 388, 766 German tourists, 814,989 British tourists and 483,164 Romanian tourists visited Turkey last year.
Russian Federation, the U.S., Iran, France, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Israel followed Germany, Britain and Romania.
Antalya Airport hosted the highest number of tourists who entered Turkey. More than 1 million 733,000 tourists entered the country from Antalya Airport. Istanbul's Ataturk Airport followed Antalya Airport with 1 million 584,000 tourists.
 DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS: ''PROCEEDINGS STARTED TO DISMISS 73 IMAMS WHO HAD CONNECTIONS WITH HEZBOLLAH''ALANYA - Mehmet Nuri Yılmaz, the Director of Religious Affairs said on Saturday that the necessary proceedings have started to dismiss 73 imams who were determined to have connections with the terrorist Hezbollah organization.
Yılmaz said that they informed the officials about the imams who had connections with Hezbollah.
''Terrorists can either be religious or atheist; moslem or Christian. This issue shouldn't be confused with religion. Killling a person is a very big sin in Islam,'' he added.
 THE ECONOMIST: ''ISMAIL CEM, A TURKISH STRATEGIST''NEW YORK - The Economist, the magazine of financial circles published an article about Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister in its current issue.
''A Turkish Strategist: Ismail Cem'' is the title of the article which listed the success of Cem who is the foreign minister for 2,5 years, as persuading EU to accept Turkey, persuading Rauf Denktas, the President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to participate in the negotiations held under the auspices of the U.N. and putting Turkey among the favourite countries of the U.S. in the region.
The Economist referred to the words of Cem who said that ''west and Europe are different things. Joining Europe means adapting a system of values. Respect to democracy, religious tolerance, man-woman equality and cultural pluralism are included in that system.'' The article said Cem pointed out to the fact that Turkey is European for 75 years in that respect.
The article stressed that the last struggle of Cem is to prevent the spreading of the chaos in the Caucasus and Chechnia to the east and south, adding although Cem said ''Chechnia is an internal issue of Russia'' during his visit to Russia last year, Turkey proposed the formation of a Caucasus Stability Pact last month. The article defended the view that the pact which was signed among Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia is a covert warning to Russia.
Referring to the the Cyprus question, The Economist noted that this issue is not among Cem's list of priorities. The article ended by asking the question ''will Ismail Cem be able to urge Rauf Denktas, whom no politician attempted to challange till today, to give concessions?''
 GERMAN DEFENSE MINISTER SCHARPING:''TURKEY'S NEARING TO EUROPE IS IMPORTANT''MUNICH - German Defense Minister Rudolf Scharping said Turkey's getting closer to Europe was important, at the 36th Munich Security Conference on Sunday.
Scharping later conversed with Turkish Defense Minister Sabahattin Cakmakoglu, Parliament Foreign Affairs Commission Chairman Kamran Inan and Turkish Ambassaador to Germany Tugay Ulucevik.
Scharping said the German government wanted to further develop its relations with Turkey and added that they supported Turkey's moving closer to Europe. He also noted that high level German statesmen will visit Turkey in the coming days.
The 36th Munich Security Conference ended on Sunday. Cakmakoglu, after meeting with Turkish attachees in the Munich Consulate will return home in the evening.
 HEZBOLLAH OPERATION IN GAZIANTEP - SUSPECT BALCA:''I KILLED HEP'S PROVINCIAL HEADQUARTERS CHAIRMAN SAKIK''GAZIANTEP - Four suspects who were taken into custody during the operations staged against the terrorist Hezbollah organization in southeastern Gaziantep province, went on Sunday to the scene where Abdulsamet Sakık, the Peoples' Labour Party's (HEP) Provincial Headquarters Chairman was killed on November 3, 1992.
Fuat Balca, one of the suspects who are known as the top-members of the Hezbollah, told the police that he killed Sakık himself and later hided in a mosque.
The suspects were then taken to Duztepe district where an imam was stabbed. Another suspect Faysal Bozkır told the police that a person called Nurettin ordered him to stab the imam who didn't let the Hezbollah militants to use the mosque for training purposes.
The suspects were later brought to security directorate again.
 SOCALLED CALIPH METIN KAPLAN TO STAND TRIAL IN GERMANY ON TUESDAYBERLIN - Metin Kaplan, the son of Cemalettin Kaplan, will stand trial in Germany on Tuesday.
The case will be heard at Dusseldorf State Court. Together with arrested Kaplan, two other persons who work in the same fundamentalist association will also be tried.
The hearing is expected to end on March 22.
Kaplan was arrested in March 1999 due to the suit filed against him by German Federal Prosecution for inciting people to murder and causing chaos in the country.
A clash had erupted between German police and the supporters of Kaplan when the latter was arrested by the police. Three constables were injured in the clash.
Kaplan who declared himself as the socalled ''Caliph of Federated Islam State'' after the death of his father, is accused of ordering the killing of Yusuf Sofu who opposed him.
 TURKISH AND GREEK POLICE STAGE JOINT OPERATION AGAINST DRUG - 4,25 KILOS OF HEROIN SEIZEDISTANBUL - During the first joint operation of Turkish and Greek police against international drug smugglers, 4,25 kilos of heroin was seized having a market value of 40 billion liras in Istanbul and 120 billion liras in Greece. One Austrian drug courier and six Nigerians were captured.
Istanbul Narcotic officials said that due to the cooperation with the Greek narcotic officials, it was determined that a drug gang in Greece was involved in drug trafficking between Turkey and Greece by using couriers.
A joint operation plan against the drug smugglers was prepared. Greek narcotic officials sent a fax to Istanbul saying that the Nigerian drug traders would send an Austrian courier to Istanbul and this person would bring heroin in his return to Athens.
Narcotic teams followed the Austrian courier when he arrived at Ataturk Airport of Istanbul and later captured him who had 4,25 kilos of heroin on him and three Nigerians who helped the Austrian courier.
Three more Nigerians, who were the bosses of the drug gang, were captured in Athens upon the information obtained from the Austrian courier by Turkish police.
Together with the drug, 2 fake U.S. passports, 3 fake British passports, one fake Dannish passport, one fake Senegalese passport, one fake South African passport, three Nigerian passports and equipment used in making fake passports were also found during the Turkish-Greek joint operation.
The drug traders told the police that they used different methods to make the international drug trafficking safer. The Nigerian drug gang in based in Greece urged the citizens of the former Soviet Union to become couriers after making them drug addicts.
The Nigerian gang transferred cocaines to Turkey from the routes of South America-West Europe-Greece by couriers and transfer heroin from the east to the west by the route of Iran-Turkey-Greece-West Europe and the U.S.
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