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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 01-06-03

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Anadolu Agency



03 JUNE 2001 Sunday


These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on June 3, 2001. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.



Devlet Bahceli, the State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, who addressed the dinner which was hosted by Turkish-German Empoyers Association in his honor, wanted Turkish businessmen living in Europe to transfer their deposits to Turkey.

Bahceli said Turkey's entreprenur force abroad reached 72,300 people only in Germany, noting that, ''Turkish entreprenurs, who contribute to the development of Germany, reached a capital accumulation both for Turkey and Germany.''


John Taylor, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Treasury, said they were very insistent for Turkey to accept some conditions before the credit of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Taylor said negotiations held with Turkey would be a model in efforts of the Bush administration to change the IMF.



Mustafa Koc, the Executive Board Chairman of the Koctas Structure Markets Trade Corp. said, ''we have put into implementation the 20 million U.S. dollars investment, which we had made for the Koctas Kartal, for the difficult days which our country is passing through. Thus, we wanted to stress our confidence and resolution in future of the country.''


Automotive exportation, which showed 89 percent increase, pushed exportation in May. Monthly exportation also recorded 21 percent increase, which can be regarded as a record.

An important increase is expected in exportation due to the competition power which was obtained following the devaluation. The data of May are confirming the expectations.



Bosch company, which continues investments in Turkey despite the economic crisis, will make an investment worth of one billion German marks, by the end of the year 2004.

Bosch had made nearly 400 million German marks additional investment to its installations in Bursa Organized Industry region in 1999-2001. Bosch did not lose confidence in Turkey.

Number of personnel, which is currently 2,500 in Bosch's installations in Bursa, will reach 4,700 in 2004 after the investment.


The personnel of Emlakbankasi, whose transfer was brought to the agenda with the Letter of Intent, will stage a march today in Ankara against the closure.

Nearly 5,000 workers of Emlakbankasi are expected to participate in the march.



As the government goes on its path with the crises, a series of development expectations appeared in a way that will give a shape to the politics.

As attention was given to the statements of State Minister Kemal Dervis, that ''wait for autumn,'' a series of developments are expected in parties in the parliament in autumn. It was stressed that those developments may be completed with an election in 2002 spring or autumn.

Leaders of the parties, which are coalition partners, intensified their tours to Anatolia.


It was reported that sudden temperature changes experienced recently did not have anything to do with the ''global heating.'' Mikdat Kadioglu, the Marmara region Representative of the Chamber of Meteorology Engineers, said, ''the temperatures also may break records. We should look at century records in order to say that the climate changed.''



The Thermic Power Plant, which became a nightmare of the citizens of Yatagan, turned into a money machine because of the transfer and operation agreement.

Turkish Electricity Inc. (TEAS) has to pay 30,000 U.S. dollars the power plant each time when the power plant was re-opened. The power plant is closed by the Mugla Governor's Office.


Donald Rumsfield, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, who paid his first official visit abroad to Europe, will start from Turkey.

Rumsfield will meet Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, National Defense Minister Sabahattin Cakmakoglu, and Gen. Huseyin Kivrikoglu, the Chief of General Staff.



Forest Ministry said on Saturday that nearly 129 hectares of forested area were destroyed in 14 fires which broke out in various regions of the country.

Forest Ministry officials said 12 of the 14 fires, which broke out throughout the country on Friday, were taken under control without spreading.

A total of 129 hectares of forested are were destroyed in fires which broke out on Friday, and a total of 1221 hectares of forested are was burnt down throughout the country in the year 2001.


Husnu Yusuf Gokalp, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, who evaluated the resignation of Yuksel Yalova from state ministry, pointed out that, ''it is his own decision. I wish everything to be beneficial.''

Gokalp, who responded to the questions of reporters, pointed out that the government implemented its own economic program in a determined way.

Gokalp said, ''we have no doubt that the government will be successful in economic program. Economic crises will be overcome. It is the Council of Ministers which prepares the economic programs and backs the government.''



Number of fire increased as temperatures increased. The fire, which broke out in Foca township in Aegean Izmir province, continued on Saturday. Fire in Foca could be taken under control after three helicopters participated in the efforts early on Friday morning. Ahmet Erturk, the Foca Head Official, said 60 hectares of forested area was destroyed in fire. Erturk said 3,500 people participated in the efforts to put out the fire.


Fuat Miras, the Chairman of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), said they were thinking of expending 100 million U.S. dollars to the small and medium enterpreses which make exportation.

''We are thinking of expending credit to exporters through Eximbank. I met the Eximbank Excutive Board Chairman in this respect. I hope to get the concrete results of this next week.''


ANKARA - Foreign Ministry condemned the terrorist attack in Tel Aviv which killed 18 people and injured many others.

Foreign Ministry issued a statement stressing the obligation to put an end to the tension and violence atmosphere in the region, and noted that, ''this irresponsible action, which contradicts with the efforts in this respect, is a new repetition of actions which are against peace.''

The statement said everybody should understand that nobody can reach anywhere with the implementation of terrorism and violence, and noted that, ''both sides should adopt an attitute against the implementation of terrorism and violence, and disclose the will in this respect to the national and world public in a clear way. We once again call on the sides to operate the Security Committee and implement the proposals in Mitchell Report without any preconditions and not to miss the opportunity to provide peace.''


ANKARA - State Minister Abdulhaluk Cay left on Sunday for Kazakhstan to participate in the second term Turkey-Kazakhstan Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting to be held in Astana between 4-8 June.

Speaking at Esenboga Airport before his departure, Cay said that they would evaluate the developments recorded in the commercial and economic relations since the first JEC meeting held in 1999.

Noting that the commercial relations between the two countries would be taken up in details in the meeting, Cay said that the trade volume between the two countries increased by 18 percent in 2000 when compared to the one in 1999.

Issues of increasing the investments having Turkish capital in Kazakhstan, improving the relations in construction sector and in energy sector and diversification of industrial cooperation will be taken up in the meeting, he said.

Noting that relations in the fields of transportation and banking, which are the most important factors of improving commerical and economic relations will also be evaluated, Cay said that ''when the JEC meeting between Turkey and Kazakhstan is evaluated together with joint economic commission meetings held with Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan between March-May 2001, an important stage in improvement of the relations with the Turkish Republics will be concluded.''

Cay will return to Turkey on June 9.


ANKARA - State Minister Kemal Dervis met with the IMF delegation headed by Turkey Desk Chief Juha Kahkonen on Sunday.

The economic programme is expected to be taken up in the meeting.

Dervis has studied with Treasury Undersecretary Faik Oztrak and his assistants till his meeting with IMF delegation in the afternoon.


ANKARA - The 24th General Assembly of the Parliament Reporters Association (PMD) was held on Sunday at Anadolu Agency's (A.A) Conference Hall.

Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi, who delivered a speech at the opening of the General Assembly, said that citizens had all kinds of freedoms in full

democracies, and went on to say:

''The press is one of the vital institutions of democratic systems, which help citizens enjoy their freedom to information fully. Throughout the history, press has been the pioneer of opening new venues and the sufferer of the pains along its efforts of lifting obstacles.''

''In the 1930s, the manuscript book written by Ataturk was taught at school under the Citizenship Education courses. It is still vitally important for us to go back and read through the lines of that book in order to better comprehend the significance of the press in democratic systems. In his book, Ataturk says that press plays a major role in social life in general and

in the advance of the Republic.''

''He states that a journalist has to respect the national concerns and interests of his country and the commonly shared values of the country's citizens as much as he respects his own beliefs and opinions while putting down an article; and that getting rid of the harms caused by the press organs is not restricting its freedoms, but the freedom of the press itself.''

''The duty of a journalist is to provide the public opinion with objective, right, and accurate information, and to refrain from giving biased, sensational, and subjective news. Personally, I favor a free press.''

PMD Executive Board Chairman Kemal Saydamer, who also took floor at the session, said that important developments had taken place over the past two years in the press sector, that many dailies had been closed down, and many journalists had been laid off, and that these developments proved how important it was for the press organs to be well organized and in solidarity.


ISTANBUL - Patrick Leclercq, the prime minister of Monaco visited on Sunday Topkapı Palace with his wife.

Leclercq participated in the reception held at Cıragan Palace on Saturday evening within the framework of the celebrations held upon the 78th birthday of Monaco Prince Rainier III.

Speaking before the reception, Leclercq said that Monaco which was a small country had a dynamic economy. Noting that nearly six million tourists from Monaco visited Turkey every year, he said that Monaco wanted to set up good relations with Turkey.

-State Staticts Institute (DIE) announced on Sunday that the wholesale prices increased by 6,3 percent and consumer prices increased by 5,1 percent in May, 2001.

The annual inflation rate has been 57,7 percent in wholesale prices and 52, 4 percent in consumer prices as of May, 2001.



ANKARA - State Staticts Institute (DIE) announced on Sunday that the wholesale prices increased by 6,3 percent and consumer prices increased by 5,1 percent in May, 2001.

The annual inflation rate has been 57,7 percent in wholesale prices and 52, 4 percent in consumer prices as of May, 2001.

The five-month inflation rate has been 40,5 percent in wholesale prices and 28,3 percent in consumer prices.


ANKARA - The annual inflation rate has been 57,7 percent in wholesale prices and 52,4 percent in consumer prices as of May, 2001.

The annual inflation rate in May has been 1,5 points below the annual inflation rate in May, 2000 in whole sale prices and 10,3 points below the annual inflation rate in consumer prices.

The annual inflation rate in wholesale prices was 59,2 percent and in consumer prices it was 62,7 percent in May, 2000.

The wholesale prices increased by 6,3 percent and consumer prices increased by 5,1 percent in May, 2001 compared to the previous month.

Meanwhile the annual inflation rate compared to 12-month averages has been 42,3 percent in wholesale prices and 45,3 percent in consumer prices as of May, 2001.

The monthly and annual price increases in the last five years in a comparative way are as follows:

Monthly Inflation

. Wholesale Consumer

--------------------- ----------------

Months 1998 1999 2000 2001 1998 1999 2000 2001

----- ---- ---- ---- ----- ---- ---- ---- ---

Jan 6.5 3.6 5.8 2.3 7.2 4.8 4.9 2.5

Feb 4.6 3.4 4.1 2.6 4.4 3.2 3.7 1.8

March 4.0 4.0 3.1 10.1 4.3 4.1 2.9 6.1

April 4.0 5.3 2.4 14.4 4.7 4.9 2.3 10.3

May 3.3 3.2 1.7 6.3 3.5 2.9 2.2 5.1

June 1.6 1.8 0.3 2.4 3.3 0.7

July 2.5 4.0 1.0 3.4 3.8 2.2

Aug 2.4 3.3 0.9 4.0 4.2 2.2

Sept 5.3 5.9 2.3 6.7 6.0 3.1

Oct 4.1 4.7 2.8 6.1 6.3 3.1

Nov 3.4 4.1 2.4 4.3 4.2 3.7

Dec 2.5 6.8 1.9 3.3 5.9 2.5

Annual Inflation

. Wholesale Consumer

-------------------------- -----------------------

Months 1998 1999 2000 2001 1998 1999 2000 2001

----- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---

Jan 92.5 50.0 66.4 28.3 101.6 65.9 68.9 35.9

Feb 89.6 48.3 67.5 26.5 99.3 63.9 69.7 33.4

March 86.0 48.2 66.1 35.1 97.2 63.5 67.9 37.5

April 83.3 50.0 61.5 50.9 93.6 63.9 63.8 48.3

May 79.9 50.0 59.2 57.7 91.4 63.0 62.7 52.4

June 76.7 50.3 56.8 90.6 64.3 58.6

July 72.1 52.4 52.3 85.3 65.0 56.2

Aug 67.4 53.7 48.9 81.4 65.4 53.2

Sept 65.9 54.4 43.9 80.4 64.3 49.0

Oct 62.0 55.2 41.4 76.6 64.7 44.4

Nov 58.6 56.3 39.1 72.8 64.6 43.8

Dec 54.3 62.9 32.7 69.7 68.8 39.0



ANKARA - Iraq has restarted pumping crude oil into Kirkuk-Ceyhan (Turkey) pipeline after a one-day halt, Gokhan Yardım, the head of the state-run pipeline company (BOTAS) said Sunday.

Yardım told A.A that Iraq which stopped the pumping at 04.00 a.m. on Saturday, resumed the pumping at 08.00 a.m. on Sunday.

Iraq which cited a drop in its oil production and stocks as the reason, started to pump oil to Ceyhan without showing any reason this morning.

Yardım said that Iraq's pumping oil continues at normal amount, adding that Iraq sent its pumping and loading programme for oil in June to Turkey two days before its stopping the pumping.

Noting that Iraq's halting the pumping of oil didn't have any effect on Turkey's oil stocks, Yardım said that Turkey only transports the oil coming from Iraq and takes money for this.

Iraq, which didn't accept the smart sanctions proposal put forward by the U.S. and Britain, announced on Saturday that it would halt oil exports from Yumurtalık and Persian Gulf as of 07.00 Turkish local time on June 4, Monday.


SIRNAK - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Sunday that there are 35,112 villages and 45,000 arable fields in Turkey, adding that Turkey can't develop in such a spread-up settelement order.

''We have to decrease the number of villages and arable fields by thinking about the livelihood of the people,'' Ecevit addressed people in southeastern Sırnak province.

Ecevit came to the province to examine Basagac central-village project.

Noting that separatist terrorism made the people living in the region suffer since 1980s, Ecevit said that ''thousands of soldiers and citizens died and many of the villages and arable fields were evacuated due to terrorism.''

Security has been installed in the region in a great extent, said Ecevit and noted that ''return to villages has started, it is time to return to villages now.''

Pointing to 35,112 villages in Turkey, Ecevit said the state didn't have the resource to bring a satisfying solution to the problems of all these areas because of its spread-up nature. ''We can't build schools or health clinics in all these villages,'' Ecevit continued.

''The problem could only be solved through village-cities or central villages. These are different than each other. It might be necessary to unite spread up villages and form central villages in areas which are still under threat of terrorism. This will be most needed in East and South East Anatolia regions, here where people started returning to their villages. But the state might not be able to afford to set up new villages everywhere. Besides, villagers might have to live far away from their fields. In village-city project, people will not have to leave their homes. In this project, not the villages, but the schools and health clinics will be united,'' Ecevit said.

He added that it will take time to implement this project all over Turkey.

Ecevit stressed that they are still the villagers who are the poorest section of the population in the country.

''This is a shame for Turkey,'' Ecevit said, adding that ''hopefully all the opportunities of the cities will be brought to villagers in a short time.''

Ecevit said that animal husbandry, which was the most important livelihood in the province recessed due to terrorism and as arable fields were closed. They are re-opened today as terrorism decreased in the region, Ecevit stressed.

''Our government works for opening of a second border gate in the region, a third border gate can follow that,'' Ecevit said pointing out that the government knows that Habur border gate is not sufficient to meet the demands.

People opened posters of Ataturk and Ecevit; Turkish flags and banners written ''Our Only Hope is Habur Border Gate'' ''We Want Thermic Power Station'' and ''We Want Doctors in Our Hospital'' in the area where Ecevit addressed the people of Sırnak.


LEFKOSA - The efforts to found a new government between the National Unity Party (UBP) and Democrat Party (DP) in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) will continue on June 4, Monday.

UBP and DP officials who couldn't get a result from the meetings held on Saturday, decided to continue launching efforts on Monday by giving a one- day break.

DP Secretary General Hursit Eminer told in a statement that certain proposals were put forward, both sides would evaluate it and they will continue to discuss the issue on Monday.

Upon a question, Eminer said that they took up the issue of sharing the ministries in the new government of TRNC, adding that there is not a big problem.

Eminer pounted out that they wouldn't give time regarding the completion of the talkS, adding that a consensus will be reached at the end, but it is necessary for them to make an evaluation first.

UBP on the other hand didn't issue any statement about the meeting.


ISTANBUL - A fire broke out in Grand Halic Hotel in Beyoglu district of Istanbul on Saturday night. No casualties were reported.

Fire brigades came to the scene and the fire was extinguished soon.

The fire which started in the boiler room of the hotel spread to other floors.

Meanwhile the clients who were stuck in the hotel, couldn't go outside because of the heavy smoke.

Beyoglu fire brigades who first came to the scene started to save the clients one by one. Fire brigades of Sisli, Besiktas, Fatih and Bakırkoy districts were also transferred to the scene.

The fire was extinguished in one hour.

Six Greek tourists and one hotel official were treated at Taksim hospital.

Tourists who were among the clients said that they were in panic for a short time, adding later they were taken out by the assistance of hotel officials and fire brigades.

An investigation into the incident is underway.



ANTALYA - Tourism Minister Erkan Mumcu has said that his ministry was expecting a 25 percent increase in the number of tourists and Turkey's tourism income.

Mumcu who came to Antalya on Saturday to attend the Rug and Culture Festival was briefed about the airport traffic by Antalya Governor Ertugrul Dokuzoglu.

Dokuzoglu said that there was a 55 percent increase in the number of tourists who visited Antalya in May compared to the same month of last year. The increase is 54 percent in the first five months of this year

compared to the same period of 2000.

Mumcu indicated that there was a 17 percent increase in the tourism activity throughout Turkey. ''We are expecting a 25 percent increase in the number of tourists and the tourism income by the end of this year. This means 10 billion U.S. dollars of cash flow. Large groups of tourists started coming this month,'' he added.

Drawing attention to the high reservation rates at many hotels, Mumcu said Antalya needed more tourism facilities. Although there are Turkish and foreign entrepreneurs who are interested in building hotels in the area, the current regulations are delaying billions of liras worth of investments, Mumcu said and underlined that a bill proposing changes in the current law is likely to pass from the Cabinet before Parliament recesses this summer. The tourism minister said his ministry estimated that investments worth of

10 billion U.S. dollars would start within a few years if the bill is passed.

Meanwhile, Mediterranean Hotels Association (AKTOB) Chairman Osman Ayik told the Anatolia that they expected a 25 percent decrease in the number of

Turkish tourists due to the economic crisis and a 40 percent increase in the number of foreign tourists vacationing in Antalya. ''Last year 3,5 million foreign tourists had come to Antalya, we are expecting 5 milllion this year. Foreign tourists are filling in the gap of Turkish tourists,'' he commented.

Ayik said his association was targetting ten million tourists for Antalya and 20 million for Turkey in 2005 and stressed that this was not purely a dream.

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