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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 00-07-22

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From: The Anadolu Agency Home Page at <http://www.anadoluajansi.com.tr/>

Anadolu Agency

ANADOLU AGENCY

NEWS

23 JULY 2000

Sunday


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
  • [02] CYPRUS TALKS TO RESTART ON MONDAY
  • [03] TENDER FOR ATTACK HELICOPTERS -BELL COMPANY OFFICIALS EXPRESS EXCITEMENT OVER WINNING TENDER
  • [04] OGER TOUR AIMS TO BRING 100,000 GERMAN TOURISTS TO ANTALYA COMING WINTER
  • [05] TENDER FOR ATTACK HELICOPTERS -U.S STATE DEPARTMENT; ''WE WELCOME TURKEY'S DECISION''
  • [06] TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS: ''THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE TRNC IS ADMITTED WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF ANY AGREEMENT''
  • [07] FISKOBIRLIK CHAIRMAN:''TURKEY NEEDS AGRICULTURAL PLANNING TO DEAL WITH HAZELNUT PRODUCTION SURPLUS''
  • [08] HISTORICAL CITIES ASSOCIATION INAUGURAL MEETING HELD IN BURSA
  • [09] COASTING VESSEL SINKS OFF GELIBOLU
  • [10] CHAMBER OF ENVIRONMENT MINISTERS: -''NUCLEAR POWER THREATENS LIFE''
  • [11] TURKISH SOLDIERS BUILD SCHOOL IN MAMUSHA
  • [12] TURKISH WARSHIPS TO PARTICIPATE IN ''BRIZ 2000'' MANOEUVRES, ARRIVE AT VARNA PORT
  • [13] IKK AND KSO ORGANIZE TRAINING PROGRAMME TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ON NATURAL DISASTERS
  • [14] TRNC DELEGATION DUE TO GENEVA

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN

    These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on July 22, 2000. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET (LIBERAL)

    WE HAVE NOT SEEN THE EU DOCUMENT
    The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) announced that it wants to see the EU document which EU Commissioner in Charge of Enlargement Guenther Verheugen had brought to Ankara, and which included the views of the Union pertaining to Turkey's membership. Deputy Prime Minister and MHP leader Devlet Bahceli said he should have seen the said document as the coalition partner, and that since he had not seen it yet, he expected to examine it in the forthcoming week's Council of Ministers meeting.

    TURKISH ARCHITECT TO ERECT TWIN-SCRAPERS IN NEW YORK
    The latest twin sky-scrapers of New York were designed by a Turkish architect, namely Mustafa K. Abadan. The 'Columcus Center' in Manhattan, whose construction will have been completed in 2.5 years' time, will host Time Warner, America On Line (AOL), and CNN. The jazz hall of the center will be named after Ahmet Ertegun, owner of Atlantic Records Co.

    ARSONIST SHEPHERDS PUT IN JAIL
    Four shepherds, who had set a forest fire in the Buldan township of Denizli, causing 1050 hectares of forest land to burn ito ashes, were arrested and put in jail. Ali Dogru (37), Mehmet Aydogan (35), Irfan Aydogdu (33), and Osman Aydogdu (38) had set a picnic fire in the forest area, and had not put it out, causing 1050 hectares to burn into ashes. After being tried by the court, all four were sent to prison.

    MILLIYET (LIBERAL)

    NOT ENOUGH ENERGY
    The government is taking certain measures in an effort to minimise the negative effects of the energy shortage. There will be limitaions on the use of energy within the framework of a 'national mobilisation' to maintain the balance between electricity production and consumption. Limitations will be imposed on window illuminations of shops, street lights, and buildings. The measures will be discussed at the Council of Ministers meeting on Tuesday.

    TURKEY PREFERS COBRA
    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said that the contract negotiations for production of 145 strike helicopters would be held firstly with American Bell company-the producer of 'King-Cobra' helicopters, and secondly with Russian-Israeli consortium Kamov-IAI in accordance with priority list. In the press conference he held following the Defense Industry Executive Committee meeting, Ecevit said that they had received detailed information on the helicopter tender at the meeting. He said that the contract negotiations for production of 145 strike helicopters would be held firstly with American Bell company, and secondly with Russian-Israeli consortium Kamov-IAI in accordance with priority list. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said a third bidding firm, Italy's Agusta, would be approached if talks with the first two groups proved unsuccessful.

    SABAH (LIBERAL)

    TELEPHONE DIRECTORY ON THE NET
    The 118 unknown numbers hotline will start giving services on the internet. Telekom officials said that after the completion of the necessary legal procedures, the telephone directory would be put on the internet and open to all users free of charge. The adress of the virtual directory will be ''http://rehber.telekom.gov.tr''.

    NEW TRAFFIC LAW
    The new traffic law, prepared with the initiatives of the Democratic Left Party, foresees stricter orders and harsher punishments. Drivers without driving licences, for instance, will have to face 3-6 months in prison, while drunk drivers will be fined 250 million Turkish liras, and will be deprived of their licenses for 2 years.

    FLOATING CITY
    Costa Atlantica, one of the five biggest cruisers of the world, arrived in Istanbul, its first route ever, with its 2,600 passengers. Setting sail from Venice on July 16, on a route called ''Scenes from the Orient''- covering Turkey and Greece- the cruiser arrived in Salipazari port of Istanbul on Thursday. The 20-storey cruiser has a total of 1,677 cabins, with a capacity of accommodating 2,680 passengers. Among its facilities are one observatory, 2-storey taverns, 4 swimming pools, 4 hydromassage pools, video hall, 1000-person theatre, gymnasium, 2 discos, 1 casino, 12 bars, a conference hall, shopping centers, restaurants, and buffets.

    CUMHURIYET (LEFT)

    YOK RESISTS ON SAME LIST OF CANDIDATES
    The Council of Higher Education (YOK) will re-present to Sezer its lists of rector candidates without making any changes on it. YOK General Council which had a confrontation with Sezer due to the rectors list, had a meeting on Friday and agreed that the list will be presented to Sezer beginning of next week, without any changes made on it. The Council claimed that the law doesn't allow changing the list.

    PRIORITY GIVEN TO BELL TEXTRON'S KING COBRA
    Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has finalized the project to meet Turkey's need of attack helicopters. It was decided that talks will be first held with the U.S. firm Bell Textron. If Ankara fails to reach an agreement with Bell Textron, Turkey will start talks with Russian-Israeli consortium. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said the project would not affect the disinflation programme.

    RADIKAL (LEFT)

    'PARACHUTE' INDICTMENT COMPLETE
    Ankara State Security Court (DGM) Republican Prosecutor Talat Salk concluded his investigations regarding the ''Parachute Operation'' which had been launched to reveal fictitious exports and corruptions, and prepared the indictment on Friday. Prosecutor Salk sought imprisonment terms from 5 years and ten months up to 28 years to suspect Yasin Altinbas on charges of ''setting up a gang for profiteering and preparing fake documents for exports''. The Prosecutor sought same imprisonment terms to suspects Fatih Agcakala, Kemal Ozsonmez and Mehmet Emin Altinbas in accordance with the same charges. In his indictment, Salk sought 3.5 years in prison to suspects Melahat Ozyurek, Recep Kaynar, Mustafa Kemal Akay, Remzi Horzum, Aydin Gunes, Servet Sukuti Altinbas, Ayvaz Canpolat, Mehmet Dogan, Dondu Celik, Atilla Zengel, Abdullah Altinbas and Semih Donmez in accordance with 1/1 Article of the Law no: 4422. The indictment said that the suspects had committed the crimes of ''smuggling, violation of the Law on Taxes and preparing fake documents to help the gang which was set up for profiteering''. It said it was revealed that Yasin Altinbas bribed the bureaucrats who were responsible of preventing crimes.

    NEW REGULATIONS FOR PEDDLARS
    The Istanbul Chamber of Trade (ITO) is preparing a darft law to regulate peddling on the streets of Istanbul. Mehmet Yildirim, Chairman of ITO, said there were about 500 thousand peddlars selling goods on the streets of Istanbul, that the income they were obtaining was unregistered, and that the new regulations they were working on, would help prevent unregistered income.

    YENI BINYIL (LIBERAL)

    TURKEY IS GETTING USED TO WIND POWER
    Marmara and Aegean regions are showing more and more interest to wind power to produce electricity. There are currently 23 wind power plants which are either in project stage or under construction in both regions. Wind energy is preferred all around the world mostly because it is environment friendly, therefore does not create greenhouse effect. It also does not make countries depend on others for electricity and it is ''free.''

    KAREN FOGG:''OUR UNDERSTANDING OF MINORITIES IS DIFFERENT''
    EU Turkey Representative Karen Fogg said the minority issue varies among different countries. ''We are not calling everybody minority. When we talk about minorities, we are talking about groups which have some rights and privileges. People should be able to express themselves regardless of their origin,'' she said and added that the bans preventing people from expressing themselves should be lifted. Noting that the EU has a different view of minorities, Fogg said they are trying to find a middle point with Turkey on this matter. She said the EU is trying to help Turkey reach the Copenhagen criteria and stressed that they need a constructive dialogue to achieve this.

    TURKIYE (RIGHT)

    TURKISH LIRA GAINS 3.2 PERCENT VALUE IN SIX MONTHS
    State Planning Organization (DPT) announced that Turkish Lira has gained 3.2 percent value in the first half of the year. In the same period U.S. dollar gained 17 percent and German Mark gained 9 percent value.

    TECHNOLOGY CENTER TO BE SET UP IN SOUTH EAST
    Alarko Holding is constructing a techno-city in the area covered by the South East Anatolia Project (GAP). The techno-city which will cost 4.5 billion U.S. dollars aims to carry out land research, educate farmers and provide them with loans and technology assistance. The techno-city project which will be supported by the Agriculture Ministry will also promote the agriclture potential of the GAP region to the world.

    ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)

    IPA AWARD TO AYDIN POLICE
    The Aydin Security Department received the Turkey Award given by the International Police Association (IPA). A. Tekin Akin, Provincial Police Chief of Aydin, who paid a visit to Governor Muharrem Goktayoglu to furnish him with information on the activities of the IPA in Aydin, said that Turkey's membership in such a professional union as IPA was highly important, perticularly considering Turkey's EU membership process. Noting that seven officials from the Aydin Security Department had founded the Turkey desk of IPA in 1998, Akin said that Turkey had been admitted officially into the IPA on May 9, 2000 with the support of the Greek IPA representatives, adding that this was a very important development from Turkey's standpoint. Akin expressed honor over serving for the country as part of the Police Organization.

    SCIENCE THIEVES CAPTURED
    The thieves, who stole the formulas on which genius Kemal Karadag, the person who had extinguished the fire at TUPRAS oil refinery in the wake of last year's quake, were arrested. The thieves, namely Ali Seydi Calar, Vahdi Calar, and Serdar Halici were tried on the charge of stealing a case containing chemical formulas, 5 thousand marks, and one camera. Vahdi Calar and Serdar Halici were arrested and put in jail.

    [02] CYPRUS TALKS TO RESTART ON MONDAY

    LEFKOSA - The second stage of the third round of Cyprus proximity talks will start in Geneva on July 24, Monday.

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Dentkas and his delegation will leave for Geneva on Sunday.

    The first stage of the talks which aimed to prepare grounds for face-to- face talks had begun under the supervision of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on July 5 in Geneva. During the talks which lasted for ten days, Denktas proposed a comprehensive proposal package foreseeing a confederation solution on the island.

    Alvaro de Soto, Annan's Cyprus Special Representative, conferred with both sides separately and had some suggestions for them. He asked both sides to express their views regarding these suggestions at the talks which will start on Monday.

    Upon his return from Geneva, Denktas had stated that De Soto formed a framework for the talks to which they are willing to contribute. He noted that the real ''give-and-take'' process would begin either at the end of the second stage of the third round or at the fourth round of talks in New York.

    The third round of Cyprus talks will last until August 4. The fourth round is expected to start in New York on September 12 and last until October.

    During the talks Denktas will be accompanied by Foreign and Defense Minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu, Presidency Undersecretary Ergun Olgun, Foreign and Defense Ministry Undersecretary Osman Ertug, Department of Foreign Affairs General Director Resat Caglar, President's advisor on Political Affairs Munir Ertekun, President's advisor on Law and Constitution Prof. Mumtaz Soysal, and Presidency Counseling and Political Affairs Director Mustafa Evran.

    [03] TENDER FOR ATTACK HELICOPTERS -BELL COMPANY OFFICIALS EXPRESS EXCITEMENT OVER WINNING TENDER

    WASHINGTON - Lewis Campbell, Director General of Bell Helicopter Textron Company, which won the first place in Turkey's tender for attack helicopters, said in a statement he made on Friday, that they were very happy and excited with being preferred against the other rival companies vying in the tender.

    The Bell Helicopter Textron officials, in the statement they made to the A.A, said that AH-1Z type King-Cobra, the newest member of the Cobra family, was a special type of craft developed also for the U.S Navy Infantry Command.

    The statement said that King Cobra was the most modern, and most cost- beneficial craft of the world, and expressed hope that the Cobras would be produced jointly by Bell Helicopter Textron and the Turkish Aviation and Space Industries (TAI).

    The statement said that the cost of the fifty helicopters, the first party of a total of 145 crafts, would be produced at an estimated cost of around 1.5 billion U.S dollars, that the main producer would be the TAI, and that many other Turkish companies would be taking part in the production process.

    Campbell said in his statement, that the Bell Helicopter Textron would cooperate with Turkey in the production process by means of technology transfer, and by providing technical services.

    Any contract to be signed between Turkey and Bell Helicopter Textron Company, will require the approval of the Pentagon, the State Department, and the Congress.

    [04] OGER TOUR AIMS TO BRING 100,000 GERMAN TOURISTS TO ANTALYA COMING WINTER

    ANTALYA - Pleased about the recovering tourism in Turkey this summer, Germany's leading tour operator Oger Tur has started activities to bring 100,000 German tourists to Antalya in the coming winter months.

    Oger Tour's head advisor Huseyin Baraner said they made an agreement with an airline company which cost them 34 million U.S. dollars and they will bring 100,000 German tourists from 16 cities in Germany to Antalya between November 1, 2000 and April 1, 2001. Baraner said they are mostly focusing on ski, religion and health fields to draw tourists.

    ''It is time to spread tourism to 12 months in Turkey,'' he said. ''We are having promotion campaigns to draw German people to Antalya. We will offer long accomodation options to retired people and they will have the chance to choose between spending six weeks or the whole winter in Antalya. It will be a very colourful winter.''

    Noting that tourism in the Aegean is weaker compared to the Mediterranean region of Turkey, Baraner said they will also work to revitalize tourism in the Aegean. ''German tourists will rediscover the Aegean in 2001,'' he said.

    Baraner said this weekend, starting from Friday, they will send 340 planes carrying 34,342 German tourists to Antalya, Istanbul, Izmir, Dalaman, and Bodrum in three days. ''Nobody so far has organized 340 flights to one country in only three days. Oger Tour is breaking a record. 25,000 of these tourists are coming to Antalya.''

    Noting that Turkey is an indispensible vacation country just like Spain or Greece, Baraner said their hard work has started yielding fruits.

    [05] TENDER FOR ATTACK HELICOPTERS -U.S STATE DEPARTMENT; ''WE WELCOME TURKEY'S DECISION''

    WASHINGTON, D.C - The U.S State Department said, in the wake of U.S Bell Helicopter Textron Company's winning of Turkey's attack helicopter tender, that it welcomed Turkey's decision, and that the United States was ready to contribute to Turkey's legitimate defense needs.

    A high level State Department official told the A.A correspondent on Saturday, that Turkey was a country with important responsibilities emerging from her membership in NATO.

    Noting that the U.S wanted to contribute to Turkey in her efforts to fulfill these responsibilities and at the same time, meet her defense needs within a legitimate framework, the U.S official said that the Bell Helicopter Textron Company would have to apply to the State Department for approval of any contract it might sign with Turkey, that the State Department would give its decision in line with the pertaining laws and regulations in force, and that it would also consider human rights in giving the decision.

    [06] TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS: ''THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE TRNC IS ADMITTED WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF ANY AGREEMENT''

    LEFKOSA - President Rauf Denktas of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Saturday, that any kind of agreement to be reached on the Cyprus issue should admit the existence of the TRNC, and that the Turkish side would try to prepare the grounds for a two-state formation at the forthcoming round of proximity talks in Geneva.

    Prior to the second stage of the third round of proximity talks in Geneva, which are to take start on Monday, Denktas held a meeting with the political party leaders. Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu, State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Akinci, Foreign and Defense Minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu, and the leaders and representatives of Turkish Cypriot political parties attended the meeting.

    Denktas said in a statement he made before the meeting, that they would be discussing on the stance of the Turkish side, which it is to display in the Geneva talks, and added:

    ''The Greek Cypriot side does not have the right to represent our government, nor does it have the right to govern us. Their intransigent attitude has eventually led to this situation, in which two communities sharing one island stand at loggerheads. Our condition of a re-union is our recognition as the TRNC. The Greek Cypriots should not attempt to put the Turkish guarantorship at risk.''

    [07] FISKOBIRLIK CHAIRMAN:''TURKEY NEEDS AGRICULTURAL PLANNING TO DEAL WITH HAZELNUT PRODUCTION SURPLUS''

    GIRESUN - Hazelnut Agriculture Sales Cooperatives Association (FISKOBIRLIK) Executive Council chairman Huseyin Durusu said on Saturday that promotion is pivotal in hazelnut business.

    ''For years people are talking about production surplus, but nobody says that hazelnuts should be better promoted and exported,'' he said at a FISKOBIRLIK meeting in Giresun.

    ''The promotion campaign which we started in 1996 had lead to more consumption both in domestic and foreign markets. We will continue such campaigns,'' he noted.

    Pointing out that the biggest obstacle in the hazelnut business is the production surplus, FISKOBIRLIK General Director Cevat Aydin said ''FISKOBIRLIK will buy hazelnuts and make its payments without any delays.''

    ''Although world hazelnut production varies from one year to another, it is an average of 675,000 tons of hazelnuts. The consumption of the world is about 550,000 tons. Hazel production surplus stays at Turkey's stocks,'' he complained.

    ''A law should be passed to limit hazelnut production fields. Turkey needs agricultural planning. While we have a surplus of hazelnuts in Turkey, we have to import sunflowers because sunflower fields were converted to hazelnut fields.''

    ''During 1999-2000 period, FISKOBIRLIK purchased 142,000 tons of hazelnuts and paid the hazelnut producers a total fo 153,8 trillion TL. All the payments were made by March 13, 2000 which is the earliest date of the last 25 years,'' Aydin explained.

    ''Producers should not worry. FISKOBIRLIK has completed all its preparations for purchases in 2000. We have no storage problem. FISKOBIRLIK will buy hazelnuts and pay for it,'' Aydin concluded.

    [08] HISTORICAL CITIES ASSOCIATION INAUGURAL MEETING HELD IN BURSA

    BURSA - Turkey Historical Cities Association's inaugural meeting was held in Bursa on Saturday as a part of the ''Europe: A Common Heritage'' campaign of the Council of Europe.

    The meeting which was supported by the Culture and Interior Ministries was attended by governors of 12 provinces and mayors of 72 townships as well as State Minister Recep Onal and Interior Minister Sadettin Tantan.

    CEKUL Foundation Chairman Prof. Metin Sozen delivered an opening speech at the meeting which focused on preservation of historic and cultural heritage. Sozen said it would be wrong to regard Turkey Historical Cities Association only as a part of a campaign run by the Council of Europe and stressed the need Turkey had for such an organization.

    Architects Chamber Chairman Oktay Ekinci who also spoke at the meeting said Turkey Historical Cities Association will be a privileged assocition and it will be a step for Turkey to join the European Historical Cities Association.

    ''Saying 'we have a history of 5000 years' is not enough. We have to deserve it,'' Ekinci said.

    [09] COASTING VESSEL SINKS OFF GELIBOLU

    GELIBOLU - A coasting vessel ''Mehmet Sadik'', loaded with sand sank into the sea as it awaited anchored at Gelibolu Port on Saturday.

    The 493 gross-ton coasting vessel sank into the sea as it stood idle, anchored at the port, due to an unknown reason.

    All seven crew members on board jumped off the vessel for their lives.

    Officials said investigations into the cause of the incident were underway.

    [10] CHAMBER OF ENVIRONMENT MINISTERS: -''NUCLEAR POWER THREATENS LIFE''

    ANKARA - Chamber of Environment Ministers announced on Saturday, that nuclear energy was not clean energy, and nuclear waste was a threat against all forms of life on earth.

    In the statement issued on Saturday, it was said that Turkey had to be prevented from turning into a nuclear base, insensitive towards nature and all forms of life.

    It said further that Turkey was not a country that could be turned into a nuclear dump, and that members of the chamber would make a press release in front of the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry headquarters on July 24, demanding the immediate abolishment of the tender for the Akkuyu nuclear power station.

    The statement drew attention to the fact that the cost of nuclear energy was much higher as compared to other sources.

    The validity of bids for Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant tender which was opened by the Turkish Electricity Production and Distribution Corp (TEAS) will end on July 24.

    [11] TURKISH SOLDIERS BUILD SCHOOL IN MAMUSHA

    PRISTINA - Turkish troops, functioning in Kosovo within the KFOR, are contributing to the humanitarian development of the region, in addition to their peacekeeping mission. A school built by Turkish soldiers in the village of Mamusha, a great majority of whose 6,000-population consists of ethnic Turks, was inaugurated on Saturday with ceremonies.

    The school was inaugurated by General Necat Bek, the Commander of the 28th Mechanised Infantry Brigade. The ceremony was attended by the Turkish troopers and Turkish Police force functioning in the region, and the villagers.

    [12] TURKISH WARSHIPS TO PARTICIPATE IN ''BRIZ 2000'' MANOEUVRES, ARRIVE AT VARNA PORT

    SOFIA - The four Turkish warships that are to take part in the ''Briz 2000'' manoeuvres arrived at Bulgaria's Black Sea port of Varna on Saturday.

    In the exercises, which are to take place under the command of Naval Forces Staff Chief of Bulgaria, General Petar Petrov between July 26 and 30, the participating staff will practice a scenario on the functions of international naval forces in times of natural disasters, and humanitarian, and search and rescue operations.

    The Karadeniz Frigate, along with ''Saros'' and ''Sariyer'' minesweepers, and a speed boat attached to the Turkish naval forces will participate in the manoeuvres, which will take place with the participation of naval elements from the United States, Greece, France, Ukraine, and Bulgaria.

    [13] IKK AND KSO ORGANIZE TRAINING PROGRAMME TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ON NATURAL DISASTERS

    IZMIT - Izmit Urban Assembly (IKK) and Kocaeli Industry Chamber (KSO) are organizing a training programme to educate people on natural disasters.

    IKK Coordination Council Chairman Mehmet Toker told A.A correspondent that they will train 60 local educators in the three-day programme which makes people better prepared for natural disasters. The training programme is supported by United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Ankara office and the EU.

    The 60 educators people will later train groups of 120. The project aims to train 36,000 people using this method.

    [14] TRNC DELEGATION DUE TO GENEVA

    LEFKOSA - President Denktas of the Turkish Reublic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is leaving the island on Sunday morning for Geneva, where he is to attend the third round of proximity talks, officials said on Saturday.

    Denktas and the delegation accompanying him, will fly to Istanbul at 06.00 hours local time on Sunday, and from there, they will proceed to Geneva.

    At the talks, President Denktas will be accompanied by a delegation consisting of Foreign and Defense Minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu, Presidential Consultant Ergun Olgun, Foreign and Defense Ministry Undersecretary Osman Ertug, Director General of Foreign Affairs Bureau Resat Caglar, Presidential Political Affairs Special Consultant Ambassador Necati Munir Ertekun, Consultant for Judicial and Constitutional Issues Professor Mumtaz Soysal, and Presidential Consultancy and Political Affairs Director Mistafa Evran.

    The proximity talks in Geneva are expected to last until August 4.


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