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From: The Anadolu Agency Home Page at <http://www.anadoluajansi.com.tr/>ANADOLU AGENCY
08 JULY 2000 Saturday
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on July 8, 2000. The Anadolu Ajansi does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL)EARTHQUAKE PANIC IN ISTANBUL
An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale jolted Istanbul at 03:15 a.m. on Friday. Officials at Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory Seismology Institute said that the earthquake was centered on the islands offshore Istanbul. Vilayet Tutar, 31, died of a heart attack due to a sudden fear from the earthquake. Meanwhile 40 people, who jumped out of their windows and balconies in panic, were injured and hospitalized.
IMF EULOGIZES TURKEY
TREASURY: 295 MILLION U.S. DOLLARS LOAN WILL BE TRANSFERRED ON JULY 11
The three-year stand-by was approved on December 22, 1999 in a total amount equivalent to SDR 2,892 million (about 3.9 billion U.S. dollars).
Turkey has so far drawn the equivalent of SDR 443.4 million (about 590 million U.S. dollars) under the stand-by.
MILLIYET (LIBERAL)INCREASE RECORDED IN NUMBER OF TOURISTS VISITING TURKEY
A 42.7 percent increase has been recorded in number of foreign tourists visiting Turkey in May this year. Number of foreign tourists, in five months covering January-May period, increased by 25.4 percent. State Statistical Institute issued a written statement and said 986, 376 tourists visited Turkey in May this year. Number of visitors was 691.365 this time last year. In January-May period, which covers the first five months of this year, number of tourists visiting Turkey was 2.831 million. In the first five months of last year, number of foreign tourists was 2.258 million.
TURKEY, GREECE, AND EU COMMISSION JOINT WORKING GROUP SET UP
SABAH (LIBERAL)1,071 EARTHQUAKES RECORDED IN FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2000
A total of 1,071 earthquakes ranging from 2.5 to 5.9 on the Richter scale were recorded throughout Turkey in the first six months of 2000. A 5.9- magnitude earthquake which jolted Cerkes township of central Cankiri province on June 6, caused casualties and financial damage.
COMPATIBLE BONE MARROW FOR TURKISH CYPRIOT BOY FOUND
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)COURT OF APPEALS APPROVES 25-MONTH IN PRISON SENTENCE AGAINST YILMAZ
The Court of Appeals approved the 25-month in prison sentence handed down on former member of parliament Sevki Yilmaz. The Duzce High Criminal Court had sentenced Yilmaz to 25-month in prison on charges of ''insulting the government and violating the Law on Crimes Committed Against Ataturk''.
The Court of Appeals approved the Duzce High Criminal Court's decision after evaluating the appeal case of this verdict. The Court of Appeals had earlier approved some imprisonment sentences against Sevki Yilmaz, former deputy of the closed Welfare Party (RP).
DE SOTO HOLDS TALKS WITH DENKTAS AND CLERIDES
RADIKAL (LEFT)A SUMMER NIGHT NIGHTMARE
The 4.2-magnitude earthquake that hit the islands offshore Istanbul at 03:15 a.m. on Friday revealed that no one was ready for earthquakes. A total of 36 people who jumped out of their windows and balconies in panic, were injured and hospitalized. A person who wanted to warn his neighbours with his gun, shot himself. Vilayet Tutar, 31, died of a heart attack due to a sudden fear from the earthquake.
NINE PEOPLE DIE AS HEAT WAVE SCORCHES TURKEY
people died of heart attacks brought on by temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius.
YENİ BİNYIL (LIBERAL)FOREST FIRES THROUGHOUT TURKEY
Fires broke out in 12 forested areas in Serik and Kumluca townships of Istanbul, Denizli, Akaokoca township of Duzce, Avyalik township of Balikesir, Koycegiz township of Mugla, and Mut township of Icel due to soaring temperatures. Nearly 100 hectares of forested areas were burnt down to ashes in the fires.
WORLD BANK EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS DUE IN TURKEY
WOLF: ''TURKEY SHOLD TAKE FURTHER STEPS IN ENERGY''
TURKIYE (RIGHT)ERBAKAN: ''IMPRISONMENT SENTENCE CONTRADICTS WITH LAW''
Necmettin Erbakan, former leader of the banned Welfare Party (RP), said that ratification of his one-year imprisonment sentence by Appeals Court was in fact a matter of Turkey, adding that, ''this decision contradicts with all basic principles of law.'' Speaking after Friday prayer, Erbakan said it would not mean that all the decisions taken by the jurisdiction was appropriate to law. Erbakan said he believed that the mistakes will be corrected soon, and noted that, ''first, we believe that Parliament will take required measures to prevent implementation of the laws contrary to the will of nation. Secondly, we will apply for the 'correction of decision'. We believe that the mistakes will be corrected there. And thirdly, Strasbourg Human Rights Court, is a court which Turkey recognized under Article 90 of the Constitution.''
CEYLAN COMPANY TO CONSTRUCT DWELLINGS IN REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)EXPORTS OF AUTOMOBILES DECREASE 26 PERCENT IN JUNE
Exports of automobiles decreased 26.6 percent in June 2000. The Uludag Exporters' Unions (UIB) Secretariat General said that the increase in exports from the automotive sector remained at about 8.5 percent in January- June 2000 period. It said the six-month increase in exports became 8.5 percent from 1 billion 213 million to 1 billion 317 million U.S. dollars.
 FOREST FIRE IN TORBALI TAKEN UNDER CONTROLTORBALI - Fire broke out early on Saturday in a forested area near Ozbey village in Torbali township of Aegean Izmir province.
Officials told the A.A correspondent that fire-fighting teams rushed to area to extinguish the fire and took the fire under control.
There were no immediate reports of casualties in the fire.
A full investigation into the fire is underway.
 CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO DEBATE CLOSURE CASE AGAINST FP IN SEPTEMBERANKARA - The Constitutional Court will start to debate closure case against the Virtue Party (FP) in September 2000.
Officials at the Constitutional Court told the A.A correspondent on Saturday, ''Vural Savas, the Republican Chief Prosecutor of the Appeals Court, requested annulment of the Second Subsection of Article 103 of the Political Parties Law. His request has extended scope of the case. Therefore, the Constitutional Court has decided to debate the merits of the case in September.''
Savas filed a lawsuit against the FP on charges of ''being a continuation of the banned Welfare Party (RP) and becoming a center of anti-secular actions'' on May 7, 1999.
Savas requested all FP parliamentarians except Aydin Menderes who resigned from the FP, to be stripped off their deputyship.
Rapporteur has finalized a report regarding the closure case against the FP, and Mustafa Bumin, the Chairman of the Constitutional Court, has distributed the report to members of the court.
 SECURITY FORCES INTERCEPT 41 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTSEDIRNE - Security forces intercepted on Saturday 41 illegal immigrants in Uzunkopru, Meric and Ipsala townships of northwestern Edirne province as they were trying to proceed to Greece illegally.
The immigrants including Afghans, Syrians, Bangladeshis and Iranians were taken into custody for violating the Turkish borders and the passport law.
Officials told the A.A correspondent that the immigrants would be deported once the legal proceedings were completed.
 OPERATION AGAINST TERRORIST ORGANIZATION PKK -ONE TERRORIST CAPTURED IN IZMIRIZMIR - Security forces capturad on Saturday a member of the terrorist organization PKK in Aegean Izmir province.
Officials told the A.A correspondent that Abdulvahap Kaya had been sentenced to three years and nine months in prison by Izmir State Security Court (DGM) on charges of being a member of the terrorist organization PKK.
Kaya will be sent to the court house once the legal proceedings are completed.
 TURKISH-AMERICAN JOURNALISTS' ASSOCIATION HOSTS A DINNER IN HONOR OF VURALNEW YORK - The Turkish-American Journalists' Association (TAJA) based in New York, the U.S., hosted a dinner in honor of Volkan Vural, the Permament Representative of Turkey to the United Nations who has been appointed as the Secretary General for relations with the European Union (EU).
Addressing the dinner, Vural said, ''Turkey's full membership to the EU is an exciting and historical project. Turkey's EU membership will be one of the most important circles of the historical progress that started by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror and that reached its peak with Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Founder of modern Republic of Turkey. The EU membership is a necessity for Republic of Turkey's target of contemporary civilization. Adoption of this project by all Turkish people will lead us to a great achievement.''
Vural is expected to return to Turkey on Monday.
Meanwhile, Umit Pamir, who has been appointed as the new Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations, is expected to start his post officially on September 1.
 INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION INCREASES 2.8 PERCENT IN MAYANKARA - The State Institute of Statistics (DIE) announced on Saturday that the production in the industrial sector increased by 2.8 percent in May compared to figures for the same period last year.
The production had decreased in May 1999 by 3.8 percent.
Meanwhile, the production in the industrial sector increased by 3.6 percent in the first five months of 2000 compared to figures for the same period last year.
The industry production had decreased by 5.6 percent in the first five months of 1999.
 BALDUK, CHAIRMAN OF KATSO: -''FOREIGN TRADE VOLUME OF KAHRAMANMARAS INCREASED UP TO 78 MILLION U.S. DOLLARS''KAHRAMANMARAS - Mehmet Balduk, Chairman of Kahramanmaras Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KATSO), said on Saturday, ''our foreign trade volume which was 393 thousand U.S. dollars in 1989, increased up to 78 million U.S. dollars in 1999.''
Responding to questions of the A.A correspondent, Balduk said that the textile products accounted for 98 percent of exports to Italy, France, the U.S. Britain, Greece, Denmark, Israel, the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland.
 NARCOTICS OFFICIALS IMPOUND TWO KG OF HEROINEDIRNE - Narcotics officials impounded on Saturday two kg of heroin in northwestern Edirne province.
Acting on a tip-off, narcotics officials stopped Ismail Acai who was on his way to Greece, at a bus station and impounded two kg of herion in his luggage.
Two people were taken into custody in the operation.
Officials told the A.A correspondent that market value of the heroin was 9 billion Turkish liras.
A full investigation into the drug is underway.
 OPERATION AGAINST HISTORICAL WORK SMUGGLINGADANA - Security forces captured one person who has been smuggling historical works, in southern Adana province on Saturday.
Officials told the A.A correspondent that security forces confiscated a number of historical works including silver coins, rings, ornaments and seals belonged to the Roman Empire and Ottoman Empire periods in the operation.
Ahmet Soydan was taken into custody in the operation.
A full investigation into the incident is underway.
 TURKISH-GERMAN JOINT ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTSANKARA - Rudolf Schmidt, the German Ambassador to Turkey, said on Friday that joint environment projects between Turkey and Germany
were independent from political parties.
Schmidt hosted a dinner for journalists at the German Embassy in Ankara.
Addressing the dinner, Schmidt recalled that Turkish and German governments had decided to launch joint environmental projects in order to contribute to positive developments in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia.
Schmidt said that German firms joined tenders for dams and power plants in the region.
Referring to economic cooperation between Turkey and Germany, Schmidt
a series of negotiations would be held between Turkey and Germany in October with the aim of further improving economic cooperation.
Responding to questions about Turkey's candidacy to the European Union (EU), Schmidt underlined importance of the Copenhagen criteria.
Schmidt recalled that Guenter Verheugen, the EU Commissioner for enlargement, would come to Turkey on Thursday.
He emphasized that the EU membership would contribute to stability and democratization in Turkey.
Responding to a question about Necmettin Erbakan, the leader of the banned Welfare Party (RP) and Article 312 of the Turkish Penal Code,
Schmidt said that the Article 312 should be annuled in accordance with the EU standards.
Schmidt recalled that Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit aimed at bringing the annulment of Article 312 onto parliamentary agenda in the new legislative year.
 DEMIRBANK INCREASES NUMBER OF ITS OFFICES IN KAZAKHSTANALMATY - Demir Kazakhstan Bank, one of the Turkish banks operating in foreign countries, opened its second branch office in Kazakhstan.
Demirbank said on Saturday that Demir Kazakhstan Bank's second branch had been opened in Atirau.
Turkish and Kazakh businessmen and representatives of some oil companies attended the inauguration.
Demirbank which is operating in several European countries started giving services officially in Almaty in August 1998.
Demir Kazakhstan Bank which opened its first branch in Almaty in 1999 is planning to open its third branch in Astana this year.
Demir Kazakhstan Bank's General Director Hasan Incekara told the A.A correspondent that Demir Kazakhstan Bank came eighth among the biggest banks in Kazakhstan.
Incekara said Demir Kazakhstan Bank's bassets had increased to 60 million U.S. dollars, equaity capital rose to 15 million U.S. dollars and profit reached 1.2 million U.S. dollars in the first half of 2000.
Noting that the Central Bank of Kazakhstan accepted Demir Kazakhstan Bank as one of the five banks which had international standards, Incekara said the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) decided to purchase a 20 percent stake in the Demir Kazakhstan Bank.
Incekara said the EBRD had also extended a 3.5 million U.S. dollars to Demir Kazakhstan Bank for the financing of foreign trade.
The Demir Kazakhstan Bank has now 117 personnel including five Turkish people.
 FOREST FIRE IN MANAVGATANTALYA - Fire broke out in forested area near Tasagil hamlet in Manavgat township of southern Antalya province on Saturday.
Officials told A.A correspondent that fire-fighting teams rushed to area to extinguish the fire, and took the fire under control after four hours.
A total of seven hectares of forested area were burnt down to ashes in the fire.
 DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF SECURITY: -''6,121 PEOPLE WERE CAPTURED DURING OPERATIONS AGAINST ILLICIT DRUG TRAFFICKING''ANKARA - The Directorate General of Security stated on Saturday, ''news reports regarding security forces' struggle against illicit drug trafficking, were unrealistic and baseless.''
Issuing a written statement, the Directorate General of Security said, ''there are routes from the East to the West for heroin trafficking and from the West to the East for chemical and synthetic drugs trafficking. Turkey is a commercial and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia as a result of its geographical position. Nearly 70 percent of illicit drugs produced in regional countries, is smuggled to European countries via Turkey. As a result of determined and successful struggle against illicit drug trafficking, a Northern Black Sea Route was formed in parrallel to Balkan Route. Another route for drug trafficking is Eastern Mediterranean Route.''
''West European countries and the U.S. eulogize Turkish narcotics officials' success in every occasion. A total of 6,121 people were captured in 2,587 separate incidents in 1999. Narcotics forces impounded 2,249 kg of heroin, 5,458 kg of hashish, 288 kg of base morphine, 13 kg of cocaine, 26.2 tonnes of acid anhydride and 1,749,305 captogan pills in the operations. In 2000, 3,219 people were captured in 1,458 separate incidents. Narcotics officials confiscated 2,850 kg of heroin, 22.6 tonnes of hashish, 976 kg of base morphine, 56 kg of opium, 6 kg of cocaine, 5.5 tonnes of acid anhydride, 618,336 captogon pills and 14,964 synthetic drugs. Meanwhile, 1,583 kg of heroin, 50 kg of cocaine, 15.5 kg of opium and 8.3 tonnes of acid anhydride were impounded in joint operations with the U.S., German, British, Romanian, Belgian, Russian, Dutch, Spanish, Italian and Greek narcotics units,'' the statement pointed out.
The statement emphasized, ''member countries to the European Union cooperate with Turkish narcotics officials without any concern. They eulogize Turkish narcotics officials' determination in struggle against illicit drug trafficking. Meanwhile, the United Nations opened the International Academy for Struggle Against Drug Trafficking and Organized Crimes in Ankara. This reveals their confidence in Turkish narcotics officials. Turkey considers illicit drug trafficking as a crime against humanity.''
''There were security officials and other officials colleborating with criminal organizations. In operations, these officials were captured, arrested and punished. Claims which say that presence of officials committing crimes was peculiar to Turkey damage our country and our struggle against illicit drug smuggling. Such news reports create a negative image for Turkey in the international platform. We have launched initiatives at the Ankara State Security Court (DGM) Chief Prosecutor's Office to this end,'' the statement added.
 SPORTS - KARATE -TURKEY COMES ON THE THIRD PLACE IN WORLD UNIVERSITIES KARATE CHAMPIONSHIPSANKARA - Turkey came on the third place in the World Universities Karate Championships.
A total of 250 sportsmen and swortswomen from 22 countries participated in the World Universities Karate Championships in Kyoto, Japan.
Yildiz Aras of Turkey competing in the 60 kg category won silver medal while Meral Donmez of Turkey competing in the free weight, won bronze medal.
 MILITARY BUS PLUNGES INTO SHOULDER OF ROAD, INJURING 23 SOLDIERSMALATYA - A military bus plunged into shoulder of road in eastern Malatya province on Saturday, injuring 23 soldiers.
Officials told the A.A correspondent that the military bus which was on its way from Samsun province in Black Sea Region to eastern Elazig province plunged into shoulder of road near Yazihan township of Malatya province due to high speed.
A total of 23 soldiers were injured in the accident.
The injured soldiers were rushed to the Malatya Military Hospital for medical treatment.
 ''UNDERWATER TREASURIES OF ANATOLIA'' TO BE INTRODUCED TO WORLDBODRUM - Istemihan Talay, the Culture Minister, said on Saturday, ''underwater treasuries of Anatolia should be introduced to the world.''
''Imaging Underwater Treasuries of Anatolia Project'' of the Bodrum Underwater Archaelogy Institute and the Culture Ministry, started in Bodrum township of Aegean Mugla province.
Addressing the ceremony, Talay said that there were many sunken ships under seas surrounding Turkey, and underlined importance of determining places of these ships and imaging them.
Talay said, ''we should introduce these treasuries to the world. Turkey was the cradle of great civilizations. There are many sunken ships and treasuries under seas surrounding Turkey. We should protect them. Eastern Mediterranean was one of the places in which trade and civilization had started.''
Stressing that they aimed at introducing underwater treasuries through the Culture Ministry's web-site, Talay said, ''images of sunked ships will be transmitted in the Culture Ministry's web-site within scope of the project. All sunken ships between Bodrum and Marmaris townships will be determined in coming years.''
The Culture Ministry's web-site is ''www.kultur.gov.tr''.
 ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS IN ANCIENT CITY OF ZEUGMAGAZIANTEP - Military equipments, frescos and mosaics were found in a villa belonged to a commander who had lived in the Roman Empire period, in the ancient city of Zeugma in Nizip township of southeastern Gaziantep province on Saturday.
Addressing a press conference, Kemal Sertok, the Coordinator of the Archaeological Excavations in Ancient City of Zeugma, said, ''excavations have been concentrated in B Region of the ancient city which will remain under waters of dam in October.''
Sertok told reporters that 130 workers and 40 archaeologists including Turkish, British, French, German, Australian and New Zealander experts,
were working in the ancient site.
 SECURITY FORCES DETAIN 15 PEOPLE WHO ATTEMPT TO ISSUE AN ILLEGAL PRESS RELEASE TO PROTEST F TYPE PRISONSISTANBUL/KADIKOY - Security forces detained on Saturday 15 people who attempted to issue an illegal press release in Kadikoy district of Istanbul to protest F type prisons.
A 15-member group carrying photos of Murat Dil attempted to make an illegal press release in front of post office in Kadikoy.
Murat Dil who was sentenced to imprisonment on charges of ''being a member of an illegal organization and throwing explosives'', died in hospital after he had been released from prison when his imprisonment sentence had been postponed due to his illness.
All demonstrators were taken into custody after they did not obey security forces' call to disperse.
The demonstrators were taken to the Police Headquarters in Kadikoy.
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