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14 JULY 2000 Friday
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on July 14, 2000. The Anadolu Ajansi does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL)EU AID IN 2001
Guenther Verheugen, EU Commissioner in Charge of Enlargement, who met with Foreign Minister Ismail Cem yesterday, said that the European Union would be providing aid to Turkey from its 2001 budget. Verheugen said that the amount would be determined in accordance with Turkey's harmonization process. Turkey is expected to receive 450 million ECU's from a total of 8, 5 billion, which the EU reserved for its candidate members.
BAHCELI: TELL PEOPLE ABOUT 312
RECORD OF THE CENTURY
MILLIYET (LIBERAL)IHD: 77 LAWS SHOULD BE AMENDED
The Association of Human Rights (IHD) said in its report on ''Copenhagen Criteria and Turkey'' said that amendments had to be made on hundreds of articles of a total of 77 laws, presently in force in Turkey, in her EU harmonization process. Husnu Ondul, Chairman of IHD, read out the association's report at a press conference at the IHD Headquarters.
TL REVOLUTION IN ATHENS
VIRTUAL TAX OFFICE ON THE WAY
SABAH (LIBERAL)HOT WEATHER CAUSES ELECTRIC TRANSFORMERS TO EXPLODE
Electric transformers could not work and electricity went off when tens of hundreds of air conditioners started working in Istanbul. Also, transformer center burnt in Sincan township in Ankara. Cumhur Ersumer, Minister of Energy, warned the people not to use house equipments except the air conditioners and refrigerators. He wanted the street and ornament lambs not to work.
THREE YEARS FOUR MONTHS IMPRISONMENT TO CAKICI
France had extradited him to Turkey to stand trial on two cases. The file formed one of them. Cakici had been sentenced to five years in prison on June 19 by the Istanbul State Security Court (DGM) No: 6 on charges of ''forming and leading an organization to commit crimes'', the second case for which he was being tried in Turkey.
Cakici will serve imprisonment sentence for 21 months.
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)TEMPERATURES ABOVE 40 DEGREES IN 10 PROVINCES
Turkey exprienced the highest temperatures of summer. Temperatures increased above 40 degrees in 10 provinces starting as of afternoon. The temperatures were 45 degrees celsius in Sile township in Istanbul province. It was 44.2 in Bursa, 44.4 in Antalya and Diyarbakir, and 42 degrees in Izmir. The people were careful not to be in the streets in the afternoon hours. Officials said the temperatures will begin to drop throughout the country starting from Marmara and the Black Sea regions. Temperatures are expected to be below 30 degrees in Istanbul.
DIFFICULT PERIOD WITH THE EU
Mesut Yilmaz, who entered the cabinet as the State Minister responsible for the EU will meet with Verheugen. Devlet Bahceli, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) refused to meet with Verheugen.
BE CAREFUL OF THE FOOD POISONINGS
RADIKAL (LEFT)PROSECUTOR DEMANDS DEATH PENALTY FOR 14
The State Security Court Prosecutor of Van has completed investigations on the 39 Hezbollah militants captured in Van on February 14, and filed cases against the members of the oulawed organization on the charges of participating in 35 activities and killing 24 persons. The prosecutor demanded death sentence for 14 members of the terrorist group, 20 years in prison for 21 of them, and up to 7,5 years in prison for 4. Cihat Buldu, State security Court Prosecutor of Van, in his 228 page indictment against the 39 Hezbollah terrorists, said that all defendants had confessed to have committed the said crimes, and various facts about the structure and activities of the outlawed organization.
YILMAZ TO ASK FOR MONEY
YENI BINYIL (LIBERAL)AGAIN QUAKE RUMORS
Extreme temperatures again provoked the rumors for quke. According to the rumors, scientists determined that there would be a massive quake in Istanbul and informed Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. Prime Minister declared two days public holiday in order to reduce the death toll.
FEHRIYE ERDAL TO BE EXPELLED FROM BELGIUM
TURKIYE (RIGHT)RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES:45 DEGREES CELSIUS
Turkey experienced the most high temperatures of the past 80 years. Five people died because of the hot weather. A telephone central burned, and Toros Express Train derailed. The temperatures also affected our forests. Fire broke out in many regions and thousands of hectares of fores areas burnt.
GOOD NEWS TO TEXTILE PRODUCERS
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)ERDAL'S TRIAL ON JULY 20
Johan Delmulle, Belgian Gent Chief Prosecutor, said that Fehriye Erdal, one of the defendants of the Sabanci assassination case, will be tried in Gent Appeals Court on July 20. Erdal had made an appeal in the wake of Bruges Court's ruling to extend her detention term two days ago. Erdal will stay in Bruges prison till July 20. An official from Belgian Interior Ministry said Belgian government decided to extradite Erdal to a country with whom Turkey has signed no agreements pertaining to extradition of criminals.
VILLAGES ON FIRE
'UNLIMITED POWER' PERFORMS INTERESTING SHOW
 EXPORTS FROM GAP TO MIDDLE EASTGAZIANTEP - Exports from the South Eastern Anatolia Project (GAP) region to Middle Eastern countries decreased by 25,6 percent in the first six months of the year as compared to the same period of 1999, plunging down to 67 million 832 thousand U.S dollars from 89 million 884 thousand, officials said on Friday.
The share of Middle Eastern countries in the region's total exports, which had been 33,9 percent in the first six months of 1999, went down to 24,8 percent.
According to the information given by the Union of South East Anatolian Exporters, animal products worth 119 thousand U.S dollars, cereals, grains, oil seeds and products worth 36 million 601 thousand U.S dollars, dried fruits worth 1 million 128 thousand dollars, and textiles worth 29 million 984 thousand dollars were exported to the Middle East in the January-June 2000 period.
Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia are the major importers of Turkish goods, and the major export goods of Turkey to Middle Eastern countries are synthetic threads, cotton threads, plastic secks, sunflower oil, olive oil, cereals, dried apricots, biscuits, synthetic and knitted textiles, sugar, and flour.
 EU COMMISSIONER VERHEUGEN MEETS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF HUMAN RIGHTS ASSOCIATIONSANKARA - Guenther Verheugen, European Union Commissioner in Charge of Enlargement, got together on Friday, with the representatives of human rights organisations and associations.
Verheugen had a one hour meeting with Chairman of the Human Rights Association (IHD) Husnu Ondul, Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation Yavuz Onen, and Chairman of Mazlum-Der Yilmaz Ensarioglu at the EU Commission Turkey Bureau.
Verheugen made no statements prior to or after his contacts.
 DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER MESUT YILMAZ ARRIVES IN PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE HEADQUARTERSTO MEET WITH EU COMMISSIONER VERHEUGEN
ANKARA - Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Mesut Yilmaz, who was admitted into the cabinet on Thursday as the State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of EU Affairs, started office on Friday at the Prime Ministry Headquarters. Yilmaz was met in front of the building by State Ministers Yuksel Yalova and Rustu Kazim Yucelen, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources cumhur Ersumer, and Minister of Labor and Social Security Yasar Okuyan.
Mesut Yilmaz is to have his first official talk as the Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of EU Affairs with EU Commissioner in Charge of Enlargement Gunther Verheugen. He is later to receive President of Turk-Is Labor Union Bayram Meral.
 GERMAN TOURISTS INTERESTED IN NEMRUTKAHTA - German tourists are getting increasingly interested in the Nemrut ruins, located in Adiyaman's Kahta township, officials said on Friday.
Huseyin Baraner, Consultant to Oger Holding told the A.A correspondent that they were planning to host at least 5 thousand this year, and at least 15 thousand German tourists next year in Nemrut, qualified as the ''8th wonder of the world''.
''We had started promoting Turkey years ago, by using pictures of the god statues in Nemrut, and we saw that we had made a good choice in doing so. Our company has brought in the greatest number of German tourists to the region. There is, now a much greater demand by them, and we are attaching special importance to Nemrut due to the increasing interest of the German tourists,'' said Baraner.
Baraner added that the protection and the promotion of this wonderful, and historically important spot was of vital importance from the standpoint of Turkey's tourism.
 IHD CHAIRMAN ONDUL: -''WE DID NOT TAKE UP ARTICLE 312 OF TCK IN OUR MEETING WITH VERHEUGEN''ANKARA - Husnu Ondul, Chairman of the Human Rights Association said on Friday, that they did not take up the Article 312 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) during their talks with EU Commissioner in Charge of Enlargement Guenther Verheugen.
Ondul, who spoke to reporters after the meeting with Verheugen, in which the representatives of various human rights organizations and associations were also present, said that Verheugen had told them that Turkey had made no significant progress since the Helsinki Summit in the field of human rights.
Ondul said that he had also submitted a report on human rights prepared by his association to Verheugen.
 FOURTH MEETING OF FOREIGN MINISTERS OF SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE COUNTRIES STARTSOHRID - The fourth meeting of the foreign ministers of the Southeastern Europe countries started in Ohrid, Macedonia, on Friday.
Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and the accompanying delegation, including high- ranking officials of the Foreign Ministry, are representing Turkey in the meeting.
The participants will exchange ideas about the developments marked in stability, security and democracy in Southeastern Europe. The initiatives carried out since the adoptation of Southeastern Europe Stability Pact will be evaluated during the meeting.
The attitude and efforts of the countries regarding the projects that will be put into force within the framework of the Stability Pact are on the agenda of the meeting.
Cem will hold bilateral contacts with the other foreign ministers joining the meeting.
Ismail Cem is expected to meet with George Papandreau, the Greek FOreign Minister, this afternoon.
Besides Turkey and Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria and Romania are participating in the meeting as full members and Croatia and Bosnia- Herzegovina are attending the meeting as observers.
 EU COMMISSIONER VEHREUGEN SAYS HIS CONTACTS IN TURKEY ARE CONTRUCTIVEANKARA - Guenter Verheugen, the European Union (EU) Commissioner for enlargement, said on Friday that his meeting with Mesut Yilmaz, the Deputy Prime Minister responsible for relations with EU, was contructive.
Following his one-hour meeting with Yilmaz, Verheugen told reporters that the main item of the agenda of the meeting was the human rights.
Verheugen noted that he knows Yilmaz for a long time and that they had good communication because Yilmaz speaks German fluently.
He received information from State Minister Rustu Kazim Yucelen and Yilmaz about the steps that Turkish government has taken in human rights, Verheugen stated. He pointed out that the existence of political will in this field is very important.
Verheugen stressed that the other issue that was taken up during his contacts was the preparatory works for the Accession Partnership Accord.
He and Yilmaz discussed the institutional framework of this document, and this framework carries vital importance for Turkey, Verheugen emphasized.
Verheugen said that both of his contacts were constructive.
When a journalist asked whether or not the financial assistance foreseen for Turkey was on the agenda of today's meeting, Verheugen said that they did not discuss this issue.
Verheugen noted that Turkey can gradually benefit from several programmes of the European Investment Bank.
Responding to a question about the initiatives that Turkey should launch in human rights, Verheugen said that Turkey knows the things that it should do and that efforts are underway in the parliament.
Meanwhile, diplomatic sources said that Article 312 of the Turkish Penal Code, capital punishment and minorities were not discussed in the meeting between Yilmaz and Verheugen.
The sources added that these issues were taken up in the meetings that Verheugen held on Thursday.
 EU COMMISSIONER VERHEUGEN VISITS DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER YILMAZANKARA - Mesut Yilmaz, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State, said on Friday, ''I will carry out foreign contacts which are required to provide domestic coordination in relations with the European Union (EU). These contacts will be held under the roof of the Foreign Ministry. No one needs to be worried because there won't be any problems.''
Addressing journalists after his meeting with Guenther Verheugen, the EU Commissioner for enlargement, Yilmaz said, ''the issue of the EU entails re- arrangement and reconstruction of the Turkish state. Therefore, a comprehensive coordination among all ministries and state institutions is necessary. I will try to work to provide such a coordination. I will also carry out foreign contacts which are required to provide domestic coordination in relations with the European Union. These contacts will be held under the roof of the Foreign Ministry.''
Recalling that he had previously worked with Foreign Minister Ismail Cem for two years, Yilmaz told reporters, ''no one needs to be worried because there won't be any problems.''
When asked about his meeting with Verheugen, Yilmaz refrained from making a statement and said he would brief journalists after Verheugen wraps up his contacts in Turkey.
Yilmaz told reporters that Turkey should fulfil several political and economic duties during its full membership to the EU process.
Pointing out that they would prepare and submit an ''Accession Partnership Accord'' to the EU in September, Yilmaz said, ''all these negotiations focused on preparation works of the document. After studying the document, Turkey will put forward its national strategy. All these are the steps that should be taken till the end
 BRITISH PARLIAMENTARIANS IN DIYARBAKIRDIYARBAKIR - Ann Clwyd, the Chairwoman of Human Rights Commission of the British Parliament, and Peter Lloyd, a member of this commission, met on Friday with the representatives of non-governmental organizations in southeastern Diyarbakir province.
Clwyd, Lloyd and Sule Bucak, the Deputy Secretary General of the Republican People's Party (CHP), held a meeting with Hanefi Isik, the Regional Director of the Human Rights Association.
Clwyd said that British public is sensitive about the Ilisu Dam and that they came to the region to receive information about this dam and Hasankeyf.
She will ask the opinion of the people living in this region about the construction of the dam and the saving of Hasankeyf, Clwyd noted.
Clwyd stated that she will submit a report about this issue to the British government which has a drawback in granting credit for the Ilisu Dam.
Almost 35 thousand people will have to leave their places as Hasankeyf remains under waters, and to this end, they have to ask the ideas of the people about the Ilisu Dam, Clwyd added.
Clwyd and the accompanying people later visited the Diyarbakir Bar.
 1,107 ARTISTS JOIN INTERNATIONAL IZMIR FESTIVALIZMIR - A total of 1,107 artists, including 580 Turkish and 527 foreign, joined the 14th International Izmir Festival.
Officials of the Izmir Culture and Arts Education Foundation (IKSEV) said on Friday that the festival ended with the concert that Fazil Say-Kudsi Erguner Jazz Quartet gave in Cesme townhip of Izmir on Thursday night.
The officials noted that 16 activities were held within the framework of the festival.
The Philharmonia Orchestra, famous violin virtuosos like Leonidas and Kavakos, and Russian Army Chorus joined the festival, the officials stated.
The Lyrical History Show was also performed within the framework of the festival, the officials stressed.
The officials added that the Foundation has started the preparations for next year's festival without losing any time.
 FM CEM MEETS WITH HIS GREEK COUNTERPART PAPANDREOU: -''GESTURE PERIOD ENDED IN RELATIONS WITH GREECE. NOW IT IS TIME FOR TAKING CONCRETE ACTIONS''OHRID - Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister, said on Friday, ''gesture period ended in relations between Turkey and Greece. Now it is time for taking concrete actions.''
Cem met with his Greek counterpart George Papandreou during the foreign ministers meeting of ''Southeast European Countries Cooperation Process'' in Ohrid, Macedonia.
Addressing journalists following the 30-minute meeting, Cem said that they had evaluated recent developments in relations between the two countries.
Stressing that rapproachement between Turkey and Greece was beneficial for both countries, Cem said that they were planning to come together with Papandreou in August to evaluate developments in relations between the two countries.
When journalists asked his views about expectations of Athens for a gesture from Turkey, Cem said, ''as I told before, gesture period ended in relations between Turkey and Greece. Now it is time for taking concrete actions.''
Responding to a question on whether or not the latest developments on Cyprus were brought to the agenda of the meeting, Cem said that replacing check-points through the green line within the borders of TRNC is an issue which concerns TRNC alone.
Cem said, ''there is nothing to exaggerate.''
Cem noted that he and Papandreou shared the concerns of both sides during their meetings.
Pointing out to the necessity of being realistic about Turkish-Greek relations, Cem said, ''there is nothing to be confused about. What is important is that both nations have good relations and pursue good relations.''
Cem stated that Turkey's attitude towards the solution of bilateral relations with Greece is known and that Turkey is ready to discuss the bilateral relations peacefully in accordance with the Article 33 of the United Nations (U.N.) Charter.
Referring to the foreing ministers meeting of the Southeastern Europe Countries, Cem said that this platform in which the regional countries take up their own problems, brings forth efficient results.
Cem stressed that Bosnia, Kosovo and stability pact was discussed in the meeting and that this process is at the stage of implementation.
Cem emphasized that a meeting on commercial cooperation, mutual investments and economic structuring will be held in Turkey in October.
Drawing the attention to the forest fire in Greece in the opening session of the meeting, Cem called on all the regional countries to have cooperation against such disasters.
 PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT RECEIVES EU COMMISSIONER VERHEUGENANKARA - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit received on Friday Guenter Verheugen, the European Union (EU) Commissioner for enlargement.
Volkan Vural, the Secretary General for Relations with the EU, and Karen Fogg, the EU Commission Representative to Turkey, were in attendance at the meeting.
No statement has been issued yet about agenda of the meeting.
 GENDARME FORCES CAPTURE 83 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN BATMANBATMAN - Gendarme forces captured on Friday 83 illegal immigrants in northwestern Batman province.
Batman Governor Isa Parlak said that the gendarme forces captued 83 Iraqis hidden in a lorry in Besiri township of Batman province.
Parlak noted that the Iraqis wanted to illegally pass from Turkey to European countries.
Parlak added that the illegal immigrants will be deported following the completion of legal procedures.
 SOARING TEMPERATURES CLAIM FIVE LIVESANKARA - Soaring temperatures from a heat wave that has swept across Turkey from the Balkans killed five people in different parts of Turkey on Friday.
Hasan Azak, 15, Mehmet Acun, 70, Sukru Aydin, 45, and Sacide Zenger, 40, died of strokes, heart attacks and brain hemorrages brought on by extreme temperatures.
Meanwhile, Mustafa Sevilmis, 9, drowned when he went swimming in a small lake in Bahtilli hamlet in Simav township of Aegean Kutahya province.
 VICTIMS OF QUAKE DISASTER ON AUGUST 17 TO BE COMMEMORATEDYALOVA - Yalova Municipality will organize a Commemoration Day out of respect to those who lost their lives when a massive earthquake devastated Marmara Region on August 17 last year.
Addressing a press conference, Yakup Kocal, the Mayor of Yalova, said on Friday that victims of the deadly quake would be commemorated at the first anniversary of the disaster.
Kocal told reporters that they would invite those who rushed to Yalova to help quake survivors to the commemoration day activities.
He added that a Quake Monument would be inaugurated within framework of the activities.
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