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25 JULY 2000
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's
press on July 25, 2000. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and
does not vouch for their accuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL)RESIGNATION CALL TO EROGLU
Certain members of the National Unity Party (UBP), the senior partner of the
coalition government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, called on
Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu to step down from his post. The UBP deputies
alleged that the Turkish Cypriot people had lost all the confidence they had
in the government, and because of this, the government would not be able to
continue for long under Eroglu's leadership.
WARM WELCOME TO FIRST OFFICIAL GUEST
Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria yesterday in Ankara. Obasanjo, impressed by
Sezer's hospitality, expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome he had
received, and invited his Turkish counterpart over to his country. On monday,
the two countries put signature on two documents foreseeing increased
cooperation between the two countries.
MILLIYET (LIBERAL)MGK SHOULD EXPAND
Military expressed strong support to the EU's request to increase the number
of civilian members in the National Security Council (MGK). Answering Milliyet
correspondent's question, Chief of General Staff Huseyin Kivrikoglu said ''They
have consulted us. There can be hundreds of civilian members in the MGK. We
don't mind it.''
THERE IS STILL HOPE FOR ZEUGMA
ancient city which is slowly drowning by the waters of the the Birecik Dam.
The group is aiming to carry the second terrace of Zeugma to a higher
altitude. The representatives of the group who are working to save Zeugma said
''this was not an initiative which accuses the government, but it was a
completely positive approach to save Zeugma.''
SABAH (LIBERAL)RADICAL FUNDAMENTALIST POLICE AND CLERKS TO BE DISCHARGED
Interior Minister Saadettin Tantan, upon a warning by the National Security
Council, prepared a decree having the force of law (KHK) foreseeing the
removal from office of those government clerks and policemen who had involved
in radical fundamentalist activities, and submitted it to the Prime Minister's
Office. According to the KHK, these persons would not have another chance of
being employed at public services.
SECOND REDUCTION TO CREDIT CARD INTERESTS
Following Pamukbank's decision to pull down the credit card interest rate from
5.95 percent to 5.90 percent, Kocbank has resolved to pull down this rate from
6.25 to 5.5 percent.
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)GOKCEK ''FREE PASS CARD'' GAME
Ankara mayor Melih Gokcek distributed 2 million 400,000 free pass bus cards to
the elderly people in Ankara which has a total population of 3,5 million.
Ankara Municipality received a bill of 1,5 trillion TL from the Directorate of
Electricity Gas and Bus (EGO) in June and half of this bill covers the costs
of free pass bus cards. Gokcek has cancelled the free bus cards which were
earlier given to the handicapped, retired teachers, foreign students and
HIGH SPEED KILLS 39 PEOPLE IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ON MONDAY
that occured all around Turkey. The accident in Malatya resulted in the
highest number of deaths. 13 people died and seven passengers were injured
when a minubus driver lost control of the vehicle because of a flat tire and
crashed head-on into the truck which was coming from the opposite direction.
Other accidents took place in Elazig, Istanbul, Sakarya, and Ankara's Golbasi
RADIKAL (LEFT)THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE RAID PARLIAMENT IN TRNC
About 3,000 people who had their money at the bankcrupt banks in the Turkish
Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) rebelled when the government failed to pay
back their investments. ''Bank-victims'' first walked to the Presidency
building, later they broke into TRNC Parliament and manhandled some of the
deputies. Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu who was asked to come to the rostrum
said the ''people will definitely be paid back their cash.'' Later security
forces took the angry crowd out of Parliament. One person was injured in the
incident while 29 others were detained.
SEZER: ''YOK'S SYSTEM WILL CHANGE''
Higher Education Council (YOK) said the system to elect rectors should change.
Sezer said the current system is creating mistrust and chaos and he promised
to members of Lecturers Association (TUMOD) that the current system will
YENI BINYIL (LIBERAL)POWER COMMUNICATION LINE TO BULGARIA
A new power communication line will be installed between Turkey and Bulgaria.
Ivan Shilyashki, Chairman of Bulgaria's State Energy and Energy Sources Agency
Chairman said that a 260 kilometer-long power communication line between
Turkey and Bulgaria would be installed, and that Bulgaria's portion would cost
about 31 million dollars. Shilyashki said that the 200 kilometer portion of
the line would be within Turkish territory, and each country would be
responsible of financing its own portion.
SUSURLUK HEARING LASTS 3 MINUTES
Security Court No 6, but the case was adjourned for one more time, in order to
give time to one of the defendants to recover from his state of
unconsciousness. Ugur Onder, Ibrahim Sahin's lawyer said his client had
rcently had a traffic accident, that he would be undergoing a surgery in the
month of September, and called for an adjournment. The case was adjourned to
TURKIYE (RIGHT)HYK TO GIVE PASS TO DIGITAL BROADCASTS
The Supreme Communication Council convened at an extraordinary session
yesterday under the chairmanship of State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister
Husamettin Ozkan. The Council agreed to turn on the green light to a shift
from cable and satellite broadcasts to digital, provided that the
rearrangements required to secure national interests are made within three
VAKIFBANK SUPPORT TO QUAKE STRICKEN INDUSTRIALISTS
losses in last year's earthquakes. Vakifbank's Project Loans Director Nese
Aslan Kayacan said about the bank's decision to provide credits to quake
stricken industrialists, that the bank had reserved a 150 million euro portion
of a total of 600 million euros provided by the European Bank of Investment,
to provide as credits in compensation of the losses that the sector suffered.
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)FOURTH EURASIA ISLAM COUNCIL MEETING IN SARAJEVO
Mehmet Nuri Yilmaz, the Head of Religious Affairs, arrived in Bosnian capital
of Sarajevo to attend the Fourth Eurasia Islam Council meeting between July
25-27. Representatives of Turkish Republics in Central Asia, Albaia, Romania,
Russia, Croatia, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Syria, Bulgaria, Mongolia and Poland will
be in attendance at the meeting.
CAGIRICI SENTENCED TO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
accused of committing a number of homicides including assasinations of
journalist-writer Cetin Emec, journalist-writer Turan Dursun, and Iranian
opponent Ali Aksar Gorbani, and staging bomb attacks held at the Istanbul
State Security Court (DGM) no: 3. At the end of the trial, Irfan Cagrici, a
member of the organization's execution council, was sentenced to capital
punishment on charges of attempting to change the constitutional order with
armed struggle. The Istanbul DGM no: 3 sentenced four suspects to life in
prison. While 17 suspects were sentenced to imprisonment terms from three- year-nine-month
to twelve-year-six-month, 20 suspects were acquitted.
 NSC TO CONVENE ON WEDNESDAYANKARA - The National Security Council (NSC) will convene in Istanbul on
Wednesday under the chairmanship of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer.
The monthly meeting of the NSC will start at 02:00 p.m. at the War Academies.
Following the meeting, President Sezer and members of the NSC will attend
graduation ceremony at the War Academies.
 FIRE-BOMB ATTACK ON A MINIBUS IN ISTANBULISTANBUL - Unidentified assailants hurled a fire-bomb on a minibus in
Bahcelievler district of Istanbul early on Tuesday.
Fire broke out in the minibus after the bomb went off.
Fire-fighting teams and local residents extinguished the fire.
The attack caused major damage in the minibus.
Officials told the A.A correspondent that the assailants had left a placard
near the minibus on which name an illegal organization was written.
A full investigation into the attack is underway.
 SPORTS - SOCCER -BESIKTAS TO PLAY AGAINST PFC LEVSKI SOFIA OF BULGARIA IN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGE SECOND QUALIFYING ROUNDANKARA - The first leg of the second qualifying round between Besiktas and PFC
Levski Sofia of Bulgaria will be played on July 26 in Istanbul.
The match will start at 08:45 p.m.
Fiorenzo Treossi, Fabrizio Babini and Lorenzo Fornasin of Italy will referee
The second leg will be played in Sofia on August 2.
The program of first leg matches in the second qualifying round of Euponean
Champions Leage are as follows:
06:00 p.m. Shaktar Donetsk (Ukraine) v Levadia Maardu (Estonia)
07:00 p.m. SK Slavia Prag (Czech Republic) v FC Shamkir (Azerbaijan)
07:30 p.m. Brondby IF (Denmark) v KR Reykjavik (Iceland)
07:30 p.m. Zimbru Kisinev (Moldova) v NK Maribor Banik (Slovenia)
08:00 p.m. Helsingborgs IF (Sweden) v Bate Borisov (Belarus)
07:00 p.m. Haka Valkeakoska (Finland)v ASK Inter Bratislava (Slovakia)
09:45 p.m. Glasgow Rangers (Scotland) v FBK Kaunas (Lithuania)
10:00 p.m. FC Shelbourne (Ireland) v Rosenborg BK Trondheim (Norway)
09:15 p.m. HNK Hajduk Split (Croatia) v Dunaferr SE (Hungary)
09:30 p.m. SK Sturm Graz (Austria) v Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)
08:45 p.m. BESIKTAS (Turkey) v PFC Levski Sofia (Bulgaria)
09:00 p.m. Dinamo Bucharest (Romania) v KP Polonia Warsaw (Poland)
09:00 p.m. Kizilyildiz Belgrad (Yugoslavia)vTorpedo Kutaisi (Georgia)
09:00 p.m. Anderlecht (Belgium) v Anorthosis Famagusta (Greek Cypriot
 SECURITY FORCES INTERCEPT 81 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTSANTALYA - Security forces intercepted on Tuesday 81 people in Aralik township
of eastern Igdir province who had entered Turkey illegally.
The immigrants including 77 Pakistanis and 4 Iranians, were taken into custody
for violating the Turkish borders and the passport law.
Officials told the A.A correspondent that the illegal immigrants would be
deported once the legal proceedings are completed.
 HAZELNUT EXPORTS -675 MILLION U.S. DOLLARS OF HAZELNUTS EXPORTED SINCE SEPTEMBER 1, 1999GIRESUN - Turkey has obtained 675 million 482 thousand 155 U.S. dollars from
her exports of hazelnuts since September 1, 1999 which was the first month of
the 1999-2000 export year.
Officials at the Black Sea Union of Hazelnut Exporters told the A.A
correspondent on Tuesday that Turkey exported 194 thousand 434 tonnes of
hazelnuts, and obtained an income of 675.4 million U.S. dollars.
Turkey exports hazelnuts mainly to the European countries.
In the same period last year, Turkey had exported 171 thousand 920 tonnes of
hazelnuts, and obtained an income of 711 million 634 thousand 873 U.S.
 TWO MONUMENTS AT FLEET COMMANDERSHIP TO IMMORTALIZE THOSE WHO DIED AT LAST YEAR'S EARTHQUAKEANKARA - Two monuments have been built at the Fleet Commandership to remember
the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) personnel who lost their lives at last year's
Naval Forces Commandership said in a written statement that the 441 people who
died on August 17 will be immortalized by the monuments which will open with a
ceremony on Wednesday. The monuments, one built in the Headquarts Building and
the other at the Naval Officers House, bear the names of those who lost their
lives in the quake.
Chief of General Staff Huseyin Kivrikoglu, Land Forces Commander Atilla Ates,
Naval Forces Commander Ilhami Erdil, Air Forces Commander Ergin Celasin and
Gendarme General Commander Resim Betir will be present at the opening
ceremony. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer is also expected to attend the
People who lost their relatives, including the family of British Major James
Shermor Acton who was staying at the military guest house when the quake
stroke, have been invited to the ceremony.
 DEPOSITORS' DEMONSTRATION IN TRNC -NUMBER OF DETAINEES INCREASES TO 55LEFKOSA - Number of detainess increased to 55 on Tuesday after yesterday's
demonstration of depositors in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
investigation, number of detainees which was declared as 29, increased to
A full investigation into the incidents is underway in the TRNC.
Meanwhile, those who were injured during the incidents and taken to the Dr.
Burhan Nalbantoglu State Hospital for medical treatment, are in good
Officials told the A.A correspondent that 17 out of 19 people who were taken
to the hospital, were discharged after their medical treatments were
Meanwhile, the Turkish Cypriot newspapers covered the story on their first
pages. The newspapers defended that provocateurs distorted righful
demonstration of the depositors.
A group of nearly 2 thousand depositors who demanded repayment of their
savings at banks which were sequestrated by the state, stormed the parliament
building by breaking doors and windows. They later continued their
demonstration in the General Assembly Hall by throwing all official documents
into the air, and chanting slogans urging President Rauf Denktas and the
government to resign.
 ERBAKAN, FORMER LEADER OF BANNED RP, APPLIES TO ECHRANKARA - Sevket Kazan, a former deputy from the banned Welfare Party (RP),
said on Tuesday that they had applied to the European Court of Rights (ECHR)
with the request of suspension of implementation of court ruling about
Necmettin Erbakan, the former leader of the RP.
Kazan recalled that the Appeals Court had upheld one-year imprisonment
sentence against Erbakan in accordance with the second paragraph of Article
312 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK).
Noting that Erbakan would apply to the Appleas Court Republican Chief
Prosecutor's Office for the correction of the verdict, Kazan said that a
request for correction of verdict did not prevent implementation of court
ruling in accordance with the Criminal Trial Procedure Law.
Kazan said that Erbakan's French lawyer had applied to the ECHR with the
request of suspenzion of the implementation of court ruling.
Kazan added that their application also included their objections regarded
with the merits of the case.
 MOSAIC PIECE WHICH WAS STOLEN FROM ZEUGMA 32 YEARS AGO TO BE PLACED ON ITS ORIGINAL SPOTGAZIANTEP - Gaziantep Culture Director Hasan Eliacik said that the mosaic
piece which was stolen from Zeugma ancient city 32 years ago will be placed
back to its original spot. The mosaic was brought back to Turkey from the U.S.
on June 19.
Eliacik told A.A correspondent that the mosaic depicting the love of Partenope
and Metiox has been put together by experts and it will be promoted to public
by a ceremony which will be attended by Culture Minister Istemihan Talay.
Eliacik said the mosaic, after the ceremony, will be restored and it will open
to visitors soon.
The mosaic which is 2,5 meters to 2,5 meters was found in the U.S. in 1993
through the joint efforts of Gaziantep Museum and Prof. david Kennedy from
West Australia University. It was found out that the mosaic was stolen from
Turkey in 1968. Through the initiative of Istemihan Talay, the valuable piece
was brought home on June 19.
 CYPRUS PROXIMITY TALKS -TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS: ''THE STATE IS ON DUTY''GENEVA - Official contacts held within the second stage of the third round of
Cyprus proximity talks are continuing on Tuesday, in Geneva under the
mediation of the United Nations.
Alvaro de Soto, U.N Secretary General Kofi Annan's Special Cyprus
Representative met on Tuesday morning with President Rauf Denktas of the
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
Speaking to Greek Cypriot reporters about Monday's incidents in the TRNC,
Denktas said that similar things were taking place also in the Greek Cypriot
sector, but that this did not mean that the State was not on duty, watching
over its people.''
De Soto was to meet with Greek Cypriot leader Glafcos Clerides after his
meeting with Denktas.
The second stage of the third round of proximity talks are expected to last
until August 4.
 CHINESE CONSUL GENERAL SAYS TRADE VOLUME BETWEEN TURKEY AND CHINA SHOULD INCREASEBURSA - Istanbul Consul General of China, Kun Xu said on Tuesday that the
trade volume between his country and Turkey should further increase.
Kun Xu who paid a visit of courtesy to Bursa governor Ali Fuat Guven said that
the Chinese economy has been growing very rapidly in the last decade and added
that the economic crisis which hit the southeast Asia could not even stop this
growth. Kun Xu stated that China's growth rate is expected to be about seven
percent this year.
Noting that Turkey and China enjoy very good political relations, Kun Xu said
the trade volume should also increase as parallel to the good relations.
Kun Xu said last year's trade volume was 700 million U.S. dollars. ''This
figure should increase because there is a big potential between the two
countries. Both sides should work hard to increase their trade volume.''
The economic recovery in China is also pulling up the prosperity level in the
country, he said and noted that last year many Chinese people travelled
outside China as tourists. Kun Xu said there will be a sharp rise in the
number of Chinese tourists visiting Turkey if the Chinese economy further
improves in the coming years.
 COUNCIL OF MINISTERS CONVENESANKARA - The Council of Ministers convened on Tuesday under the chairmanship
of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit.
Mesut Yilmaz, the leader of the Motherland Party (ANAP) who was appointed as
the deputy prime minister and minister of state on July 13, is also in
attendance at the meeting which started at 11:00 a.m.
At the meeting, the Council of Ministers will take a decision about the tender
for Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant.
Husamettin Ozkan, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State, and Tunca
Toskay, the State Minister, will inform the Council of Ministers on the recent
Selcuk Demiralp, the Undersecretary of Treasury; Kursad Tuzmen, the
Undersecretary of Foreign Trade; Muzaffer Selvi, the Director General of the
Turkish Electricity Production and Distribution Corp (TEAS); and Ahmet
Kilicoglu, the Director General of the Eximbank, are also in attendance at the
 TALABANI, LEADER OF PUK, IN TURKEYANKARA - Jalal Talabani, the leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)
of Iraq, arrived in Ankara on Monday to hold talks.
Addressing journalists at the Esenboga Airport in Ankara after his arrival,
Talabani said that he came to Turkey from Syrian capital of Damascus.
When asked of news reports claiming that President Saddam Hussein of Iraq was
preparing to stage an attack on Sulaymaniyah, Talabani said, ''these news
reports are not new. We hear about such news reports from time to time. But I
do not suppose that Saddam could stage such an attack.''
When asked whether or not he would request support from Turkey, Talabani, ''we
always want support of our friends.''
Meanwhile, the second meeting of the Peace Monitoring Group that was scheduled
to be held later today, was postponed due to Talabani's visit to Turkey.
The first meeting of the Peace Monitoring Group was held last week in
The Peace Monitoring Group was set up to protect cease-fire between Iraqi
Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).
 NORDIC INVESTMENT BANK DELEGATION VISITS GAPSANLIURFA - A delegation from the Nordic Investment Bank which provided
foreign loan for Sanliurfa's Yaylik Valley irrigation project is visiting
southeastern Sanliurfa and Adiyaman provinces.
GAP Regional Development Administration authorities told A.A correspondent on
Tuesday that the bidding for the Yaylak Valley project took place some time
ago and the project will provide irrigation to 20,000 hectares of land.
Nordic Investment Bank delegation which is formed by six representatives have
been briefed on the latest situation at GAP by the authorities. The delegation
later went to Yaylak Valley.
Delegation members will later visit Ataturk Dam and Hydro Electric Power
Plant. On Wednesday, the delegation will tour some historical sites in
Adiyaman before they leave Turkey.
 TRANS-CASPIAN OIL PIPELINE PROJECT -DRAFT, CONFIRMING CONVENIENCE OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL DECLARATION SUBMITTED TO THE PARLIAMENTANKARA - The draft confirming the convenience of the intergovernmental
declaration, pertaining to the realisation of the Trans-Caspian Oil Pipeline
project, was submitted to the Parliament on Tuesday.
In the draft, it was said that the purpose in the signing of the
Intergovernmental Declaration Pertaining to the Implementation Principles of
the Trans-Caspian oil Pipeline Project was to encourage domestic and foreign
investors to take part in transportation projects through the host countries,
namely Turkmenistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey, to establish a regional
pipeline network that would be sufficient enough to meet the demands of the
countries concerned, to form an export pipeline network in the region, and to
develop a project that would eventually transport Turkoman natural gas to
Turkey and from there, to European markets.
It also said that the signatories had agreed to provide the necessary support
to sponsors, which they could need to complete the project before the end of
the last quarter of the year 2002.
''Turkey has been developing various projects in order to meet her increasing
demand for energy and create reliable and economical alternatives to diversify
her energy resources on one hand, and to become one of the major energy
terminals of the world on the other. The Trans-Caspian Oil Pipeline Project is
not only an economical alternative for Turkey in meeting her increasing
demands, but also one, that is strategically important in the integration of
the regional countries with the west.
This project will become part of the pipeline network that will be formed
along the East-West Energy Corridor, together with the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan
Main Oil Pipeline.
With these facts in hand, the approval of the aforementioned declaration,
which includes stipulations pertaining to the realisation of the Trans- Caspian
Natural Gas Pipeline Project that is to contribute greatly to Turkey's
political and economic priorities, is highly significant,'' the draft said.
 NIGERIAN PRESIDENT OBASANJO DEPARTS FROM TURKEYISTANBUL - Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was in Turkey on an
official visit, took off from Istanbul's Ataturk Airport for home at 01:15
p.m. on Tuesday.
President Obasanjo was seen off by State Minister Edip Safder Gaydali,
Governor of Istanbul Erol Cakir, Istanbul Central Base Commander General
Niyazi Hatipoglu, Police Chief Hasan Ozdemir and various other officials.
 TREASURY ARRANGES THREE-MONTH BOND TENDERANKARA - The Treasury Undersecretariat arranged a three--month bond tender on
The bonds will be issued on July 26 while the repayment of bonds will be
realized on October 25, 2000.
The Treasury realized a net sale of 307 trillion Turkish Liras (TL) at the
Meanwhile, Treasury will realize 429 trillion 836 billion TL in domestic
borrowing repayment on July 26.
 DRAFT LAW APPROVING EUROPEAN CONVENTION OF CHILDREN'S RIGHTS SENT TO PARLIAMENTANKARA - Draft law approving the European Convention of Children's Rights has
been presented to the Parliament Chairmanship.
The European Convention of Children's Rights is based on the 4th and 12th
articles of the UN Children's Rights Convention which expects the countries
which signed the convention to take all types of legal, administrative and
other measures to protect children's rights and enable children to express
their views on every field freely.
The convention proposes to give legal rights to children which aims to protect
children's rights as a human being and an individual. Some points in the
convention aim to facilitate children to use their rights or another
institution or person to use these rights on behalf of the children.
The convention also intends to allow children express their opinions at a
court during family trials such as divorce. The convention says children's
views should be taken into consideration and the court should decide on a
solution which would benefit the children most.
The convention suggests to form a common international attitude to set up
institutional mechanisms which will guarantee that the court decision will be
Turkey had earlier stated that it will act in line with the convention in
cases related to divorce, guardianship of children, and parent-children
 PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: (1) -''IT WILL BE APPROPRIATE TO POSTPONE TENDER FOR NUCLEAR POWER PLANT''ANKARA - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Tuesday, ''it will be
appropriate to postpone tender for nuclear power plant for a period of
Addressing journalists following the Council of Ministers meeting, Prime
Minister Ecevit said, ''as a country that had decided construction of a number
of natural gas and hydroelectric power plants, it is unnecessary for us, for
the time being, to invest in nuclear energy like the other member countries to
the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). At the same
time, it is inconvenient in regard to our economy. Our economic stability
program can be seriously hampered.''
Prime Minister Ecevit added, ''eventually, it will be appropriate to postpone
the tender for nuclear power plant for a period of time. Cancellation of
tender for Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant will not mean giving up nuclear energy.''
 HASIPOGLU, ACTING PRESIDENT OF TRNC: -''YESTERDAY'S INCIDENTS WERE PROVOKED BY ANTI-STATE ORGANIZATIONS WHICH ARE PRO-GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE''LEFKOSA - Ertugrul Hasipoglu, the Acting President of the Turkish Republic of
Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Speaker of Parliament, said on Tuesday, ''yesterday's
demonstrations held by depositors were provoked by anti-state parties, trade
unions and organizations who are pro-Greek Cypriot side.''
Addressing a press conference, Hasipoglu said, ''security forces launched an
investigation following the incidents and determined ten provocateurs among
Hasipoglu said that the incidents were taken under control as a result of
determined attitude of the Security Forces Commandership.
He told reporters, ''the parliament is not an executive organ. It is the main
source of democracy reflecting the people's will. No one can reach anywhere by
storming the parliament. I wish such incidents would not occur again.''
''There may be circles who want to benefit from the situation in the country.
Our people should claim their rights with common-sense. They should not be
provoked by these circles. It is very meaningful that these incidents had
coincided with the third round of proximity talks in Geneva, Switzerland. We
are experiencing a very critical period. A concensus should be provided.
Otherwise, such incidents may lead to a change in the regime,'' he stressed.
Noting that the depositors were righful, Hasipoglu told reporters, ''the
government could not keep its promises due to recent economic difficulties.
The government plans to pay back depositors' savings at the banks which were
sequestrated by the state, by dividing into 18 instalment. The first three
payments have already been made. Jurisdiction process regarding the banks in
question should not be delayed.''
Hasipoglu said that 53 people were arrested during yesterday's incidents.
He added that three police vehicles and six official vehicles were damaged in
Meanwhile, seven detainees are expected to stand trial later today on charges
of damaging state's properties.
 PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: (2) -THE CANCELLATION OF TENDER FOR AKKUYU NUCLEAR STATION DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE QUIT CONSIDERING NUCLEAR ENERGY''ANKARA - The tender for the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Station wa cancelled on
Tuesday. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, in a statement he made in the wake of
this development, said that the cancellation of the tender did not mean that
Turkey would quit considering nuclear power in the future.
''The Council of Ministers are in full accord in their decision to take up the
nuclear power station issue, once the economic program reaches its targets, ''
Prime Minister Ecevit, who made a statement pertaining to the cancellation of
the tender for Akkuyu Nuclear Power Station during the Council of Ministers
meeting, which started at 11.00 hours and which is still continuing said:
''The Council of Ministers have agreed to make an assessment of the Turkish
Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) report. According to this report, the Chernobyl
disaster occurred not when the station was at production, but during an
experiment. The report also stresses on the negligence of the Soviet
authorities of the time, who had not taken into consideration the fact that
such a reactor needed steel protection buildings. There exists and operates
many nuclear power stations in neighboring countries, whose technological
standards are not so up-to-date, and which again carry the risk of causing
disasters. This means that Turkey will still be under the threat of a possible
disaster even if she does not have any nuclear stations.
Nuclear power stations are not a threat against tourism either. One of the
most popular countries that tourists choose to go, is France, which at the
same time, has the greatest number of nuclear power stations within its
borders. We have other reasons to delay the construction of a nuclear station
in Turkey, reasons that have to do with our economy.''
Ecevit pointed out that Turkey did not need to consider nuclear power stations
for the time-being, and added:
''It would be better if we consider building nuclear power stations after we
have solved our economic problems. It is better for us to put the 'nuclear'
file to the shelf, and not take it down until we have implemented the whole
economic reform program successfully.
The TAEK report says that natural gas resources could fall insufficient only
after 15 or 20 years. Then, we might reconsider nuclear energy as an
When and if natural gas shortage emerges as a serious problem, we will, most
probably need more than one nuclear power stations. But at present, we have no
financial sources for such a thing. And the Treasury Undersecretariat has
warned us against this financial situation.
According to the TAEK report, nuclear power station designers are working on
projects that would reduce the cost of future generation power stations by 25
percent, and prolong their operational lives to 40-50 years.
Since we are not faced with serious energy problems for the time being, and
since we'd better concentrate on solving our economic problems, it would be
much better if we consider a nuclear power station after 10 or 20 years from
 ECEVIT: ''TAKING DECISIONS UNANIMOUSLY AT MGK MEETINGS HAVE BEEN A BENEFICIAL TRADITION''ANKARA - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Tuesday that compromising and
taking decisions unanimously has been a beneficial tradition at the National
Security Council (MGK).
Following his statement during which he announced that the Akkuyu Nuclear
Power Project has been postponed once again, Ecevit answered reporters'
When reminded of Chief of General Staff Huseyin Kivrikoglu's words regarding
increasing the number of civilian members in the MGK, Ecevit said ''Kivrikoglu
only stressed a truth with his statement.'' ''Taking decisions unanimously and
through compromise at MGK meetings has been a beneficial tradition.''
Responding to another question, Ecevit said he has no information about the
decree having the power of law which foresees dismissing civil servants who
were involved in fundamentalist and separatist acts.
 PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: -''WE SHALL HAVE A NUCLEAR POWER STATION ONE DAY. IT IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME''ANKARA - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Tuesday, that sooner or later,
Turkey would have a nuclear power station, adding, ''It is just a matter of
Prime Minister Ecevit told reporters that Turkey could have her own nuclear
power station 15-20 years from now, that all the participants of the Council
of Ministers meeting were in accord over Turkey's adoption of nuclear energy,
but that it was just a matter of time.
In reply to a question on when the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry
report pertaining to limitations of electricity consumption would be issued,
Ecevit said that they were still working on the report.
 FOURTH EURASIA ISLAM COUNCIL MEETING STARTS IN SARAJEVOSARAJEVO - Mehmet Nuri Yilmaz, the Head of Religious Affairs, said on Tuesday,
''adherents of three monotheistic faiths should work together to provide peace
The Fourth Eurasia Islam Council meeting started at the Holiday Inn Hotel in
Bosnian capital of Sarajevo with participation of 49 religious leaders from 26
countries and 10 autonomous regions.
Addressing the opening session of the meeting, Yilmaz said, ''we have decided
to hold the meeting in Bosnia-Herzegovina because it is a country in the
middle of Europe which is densely populated by Muslims.''
Yilmaz said, ''human has been asking questions 'who am I?', 'where do I come
from and where do I go?', 'what is the purpose of my existence?' since the
beginning of his existence. Religion responded his questions. Philosophers and
metaphysicians tried to respond these questions. But only religion's answers
were satisfied the human. The religion aims at unifying people by leading them
to happiness. Adherents of three monotheistic faiths should work together to
provide peace and happiness.''
Jack Klayn, a representative of the United Nations, underlined importance of
dialoque among different cultures and religious beliefs in efforts to provide
peace in the world.
Prime Minister Ethem Bicakcic of Bosnian Federation was also in attendance at
the opening session of the three-day meeting.
Meanwhile, Yildirim Akbulut, the Speaker of Parliament; Prime Minister Bulent
Ecevit; Devlet Bahceli, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State; Mesut
Yilmaz, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State; Husamettin Ozkan, the
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State; and Recai Kutan, the leader of
the Virtue Party (FP) sent congratulary messages to Yilmaz.
 NIGERIAN PRESIDENT OBASANJO INVITES TURKISH BUSINESSMEN TO HIS COUNTRYISTANBUL - Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Tuesday, that his
country was presently in a process of reconstruction and democratisation after
15 years of military rule, and called on Turkish businessmen to make
investments in his country.
''There are very profitable investment opportunities in Nigeria for Turkish
companies,'' Obasanjo said.
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and the delegation accompanying him
attended a meeting on Tuesday, organised by the Foreign Economic Affairs
Council (DEIK), and had talks with the representatives of Turkish business
Noting that Turkish and Nigerian busines circles could cooperate in launching
joint projects in Nigeria in the fields of energy, natural gas, oil, mining,
potable water, food, agriculture and various branches of industries, and said:
''We have to further develop our economic cooperation relations with Turkey, a
country with which Nigeria has been entertaining good and friendly relations
for centuries. We invite Turkish businessmen to Nigeria, to make investments
and run businesses. Nigeria has rich natural resources, so it has much to
offer to Turkish businessmen. Our sources are rich, but we are in need of
investments to exploit them.''
DEIK Executive Board Director Yavuz Zeytinoglu said that the trade volume
between Turkey and Nigeria had been around 61 million dollars in the year
1999, 37 million being exports from Turkey and 24 million exports from Nigeria,
and that the major Turkish goods exported to Nigeria were non-metal minerals,
iron and steel, textiles, vitamins, and medicine.
He went on to say that 21 million worth of Turkey's imports from Nigeria was
constituted by natural gas, and that the remainder, by oily seeds, fruits,
coffee, tea, and various spices.
State Minister Edip Safter Gaydali, Governor of Istanbul Erol Cakir, Mayor of
Istanbul Ali Mufit Gurtuna, Turkey's Ambassador to Nigeria Sahin Kaya,
Assembly Speaker of the Istanbul Chamber of Trade Atalay Sahinoglu and various
Turkish businessmen attended the DEIK meeting.
 CYPRUS PROXIMITY TALKS -PRESIDENT DENKTAS OF TRNC: ''PROXIMITY TALKS ARE GOING WELL''GENEVA - President Rauf Denktas of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)
said on Tuesday, ''the third round of proximity talks in Geneva, Switzerland,
are going well.''
Addressing journalists following his meeting with Alvaro de Soto, the Special
Representative of United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to Cyprus,
President Denktas said, ''they listened to us and invited to talks again. We
do not know when we will hold talks again, but we have been satisfied with the
Meanwhile, the United Nations officials said that de Soto would not come
together with Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration,
Referring to yesterday's incidents, President Denktas called on the depositors
to remain calm.
He stressed that the depositors' problems would be resolved soon.
President Denktas added that the government should keep its promises.
 MINISTERS COUNCIL MEETING -STATE MINISTER TOSKAY SAYS THEY DISCUSSED SEE'S AND DEVELOPMENTS IN FOREIGN TRADE IN LAST SIX MONTHSANKARA - State Minister Tunca Toskay said on Tuesday that at the Ministers
Council meeting they have discussed the public economic enterprises (SEEs) and
the developments in the foreign trade in the last six months.
''The currency and parity situation caused by the economic policy is
negatively affecting our export but the figures are not worrying and they are
going quite well,'' Toskay said.
A committee of three ministers headed by Deputy Prime Minister Husamettin
Ozkan will work on the measures that need to be taken to remove the obstacles
in front of export and to support export.
Speaking about the SEEs, Toskay said they first focused on those which are in
energy sector. He added that Ozkan and Treasury Undersecretary Selcuk Demiralp
informed the Ministers Council about these institutions.
Toskay said the Ministers Council has taken some decisions of principle but he
declined to say what these decisions these were. However, he noted that they
have agreed to carry out more detailed studies regarding other measures.
Dwelling on the foreign trade, Toskay said at the meeting they had a
presentation about the developments in the foreign trade in the last six
months. The presentation, he noted, tried to draw a general picture of the
economy including balance sheet of payments, foreign trade, production,
capacity usage rates and price changes.
According to the figures of the Exporters Associations, the export increase in
the last six months was 4.9 percent, he said and stressed that this should
''Works have started these days to prepare the budget and economic programme
of 2001. While these are at the beginning stage, we will carry out studies to
remove the obstacles in front of export, and to take measures to support
''To carry out these studies, a committee will be formed under the supervision
of Deputy Prime Minister Ozkan and it will include me and State Minister in
charge of economy Recep Onal,'' Toskay said.
 GEORGIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MENAGARISHVILI IN TURKEYTRABZON - Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister, said on Tuesday, ''Georgia is a
key country in Turkey's policy towards Caucasus.''
Cem met with his Georgian counterpart Irakli Menagarishvili in Trabzon
province in the Black Sea Region.
The meeting focused on recent regional and international developments.
Addressing journalists following the meeting, Cem said, ''Georgia is a key
country in Turkey's policy towards Caucasus. We tried to assist Georgia in its
recent political dificulties. We contributed to its territorial integrity and
security. Our contributions will continue in the future.''
Noting that they had exchange opinions on the issues of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan
oil pipeline and East-West energy corridors at the meeting, Cem said, ''we
discussed security of joint natural gas lines. Host countries will undertake
great responsibilities in providing security of the lines. We envisage to work
together with contribution of all relevant countries.''
''The issue of using Gargabani Electricity Power Plant in Georgia was also
taken up at the meeting. We will convey our opinions to our energy ministers
in coming days. Another issue that was discussed at the meeting was Caucasian
Stability Pact. We have decided to further develop the Caucasian Stability
Pact. Materialization of the pact depends on peace in Caucasus,'' Cem told
Referring to importance of Kars-Tbilisi Railway, Cem said, ''this route will
not connect only Turkey and Georgia to each other. It will connect whole
Caucasus to Western and Eastern Europe. But we have some difficulties in
financing the project. It is expected to cost about 1 billion 200 million U.S.
dollars. Turkey cannot undertake it on its own. Joint works are continuing
between the two countries.''
Meanwhile, Menagarishvilli said in his part that Turkey had an important role
in Georgia's acquisition of its independence and its integration with Europe.
He added that Turkey's role became much bigger after its candidacy to the
European Union (EU) was announced at last year's Helsinki Summit.
 19 INMATES TRANSFERRED TO OTHER PRISONS FOLLOWING INCIDENTS AT NEVSEHIR PRISON IN WHICH ONE PERSON WAS KILLEDNEVSEHIR - A total of 19 inmates were transferred to other prisons on Tuesday
following the incidents at Nevsehir Prison in which one inmate was killed
while two others were injured.
Isik Keskin Ozbay, the Republican Chief Prosecutor in Nevsehir, told the A.A
correspondent that 19 inmates who were involved in the incidents were
transferred to prisons in Pozanti, Nigde, Sinop, Samsun, Gumushane, Ordu,
Giresun and Trabzon due to security reasons.
Ozbay said that security forces seized 12 skewers during the search in the
Fighting broke out among inmates at C-8 and D-2 wards of the Nevsehir Prison
on Sunday due to ongoing bullying. Erdal Asal who was sentenced to life
imprisonment on charges of committing homicide, was killed in the fighting
while Kadir Yilmaz and Sacit Caki were injured. Administrative and judicial
investigation has been launched against 50 inmates who were involved in the
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