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06 JUNE 2001 Wednesday
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on June 6, 2001. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL)TANTAN GOES
The revision in the government which had been on the agenda for some time started yesterday. Saadettin Tantan, who was the Interior Minister, was appointed as the State Minister for Customs. Rustu Kazim Yucelen, who was the State Minister for Anadolu Agency (A.A) and the state-run TRT, was appointed as the Interior Minister while Yilmaz Karakoyunlu was appointed as the State Minister for Privatization.
PEOPLE CLOSE TO TANTAN THINK TANTAN WILL RESIGN TODAY
SECRET OF E.T. IN USAK TO BE SOLVED IN U.S.
MILLIYET (LIBERAL)GUARANTEE FROM DERVIS
State Minister Kemal Dervis, who had a meeting with bank managers in Istanbul, said that inflation rate will decrease around 30 percent in the second half of the year. Jacob Frenkel, who decreased the inflation in Israel from 500 percent to 10 percent, informed the Turkish bank managers about struggle against expensiveness. Following the meeting, Dervis said, ''we will also listen to the experiences of Brazil, which decreased the inflation to 2 percent.''
THEY HAVE CONFIDENCE IN TURKEY
SABAH (LIBERAL)SHOCK DECISION IN WHITE ENERGY CASE
Ankara State Security Court (DGM) decided to release all the suspects on the same day when Interior Minister Saadettin Tantan was appointed as the new State Minister for Customs. Nine suspects, including former state minister Sonmez and Selvi, the general director of Turkish Electricity Inc. (TEAS), were being tried on charges of setting up a gang. But, the suspects were not released because they had been imprisoned on charges of bribery and misuse of authority. Meanwhile, the investigation into prosecutor Talat Salk, who was carrying out the investigation into corruption in energy tenders, was finalized. The result, ''Salk is wrong. His place of mission should be changed.''
BALLMER DUE TO TURKEY TODAY
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)TANTAN EARTHQUAKE
State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz finalized yesterday his operation to remove Sadettin Tantan from the Interior Ministry portfolio. Before this operation, Yilmaz did not publicly keep secret his uneasiness about Tantan. Tantan became the State Minister in charger of Customs. Sources said that Tantan had told State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Husamettin Ozkan that he would not accept this state ministry portfolio and he would resign from both the Motherland Party (ANAP) and his ministerial post. State Minister Rustu Kazim Yucelen has become the new Interior Minister. Yilmaz Karakoyunlu joined the cabinet to replace State Minister Yuksel Yalova for Privatization who resigned last week. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer approved the decree on the new list of cabinet members.
TWO CONDITIONS TO YEREVAN FROM ECEVIT
RADIKAL (LEFT)RAID ON SO-CALLED HOTEL
The Tourism Ministry cancelled the tourism management licence given to Victor Bedoyan, an Armenian citizen who opened a hotel in eastern Van province. The Ministry said that the conditions have changed while Bedoyan will file a lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Bedoyan got the licence and two-star plate for his hotel named ''Vartan'' which means victory in Armenian language, from the Tourism Ministry a week ago. The Ministry cancelled the licence in a week. Tourism Minister Mumcu said that the licence was cancelled because Bedoyan made some arrangements contrary to the licence.
ESDI AGITATION IN WEST
TURKIYE (RIGHT)NEW COALITION GOVERNMENT IN TRNC
The National Unity Party (UBP) and the Democrat Party (DP) are once again forming a coalition government in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) after 2.5 years. The list of new cabinet members will be submitted to the TRNC President on Thursday. The government program will be read out at the Parliament on Friday.
ECEVIT: THIS IS UNFAIR
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)TWO SIDES OF AEGEAN TO BE CONNECTED
Turkey and Greece which seem to be two neighboring countries that can't reach an agreement on any matter will connect the natural gas pipelines. As a result of the project, Turkey aims to transfer Turkmen, Iranian and Azerbaijani natural gas into European countries via Greece. The gas networks in Turkey and Greece will be connected each other with a pipeline which will pass from Canakkale. Pipeline Oil Transportation Inc (Botas) Director General Gokyan Yardim said that the protocol on the project had been signed in January of 2001 and that engineering works had started.
TENSE START FROM KAHKONEN
FIRST PRIVATE REFINERY
MERCILESS PRICE INCREASE IN GAS
 KIVRIKOGLU, CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF ARRIVES IN BEIJINGBEIJING - Huseyin Kivrikoglu, the Chief of General Staff, arrived in Beijing, China, on Wednesday.
Kivrikoglu is expected to meet with Deputy Chinese State Minister Hu Jintao and Fu Quanyou, the Chinese Chief of General Staff.
General Kivrikoglu, who will proceed to Shanghai following his contacts, is expected to depart from this country on June 10.
 IMF EUROPEAN I DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR KIEKENS IN TURKEYANKARA - Willy Kiekens, the European I Department Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), came to Ankara on Wednesday.
Kiekens will attend the contacts of the IMF delegation and will receive information especially about the banking sector.
Willy Kiekens is expected to meet with State Minister Kemal Dervis and Treasury Undersecretary Faik Oztrak this afternoon.
Kiekens will proceed to Istanbul this evening and will meet with the representatives of the banking sector on Thursday.
The problems of the banks and the restructuring of the banking sector are expected to be debated in Kieken's contacts in Istanbul.
 WORLD BANK-TURKEY AGRICULTURE TALKS CONCLUDEDANKARA - Talks between Turkey and the World Bank on Agricultural Reform Implementation Project were concluded.
Sources said on Wednesday that the talks which had started in Ankara on May 28 ended yesterday.
Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Husnu Yusuf Gokalp, Industry and Trade Minister Ahmet Kenan Tanrikulu and State Minister Kemal Dervis for Economy would sign the Development Strategy Letter today or tomorrow, sources said.
The letter will be submitted to the World Bank for a 600 million U.S. dollars loan for agricultural restructuring projects.
Together with the strategy letter, the loan agreement was expected to be presented to World Bank Board's approval on June 28.
Projects will be put into practice in July-August if the World Bank approves the letter and loan agreement.
World Bank is expected to approve 397 million U.S. dollars first tranche of the 600 million U.S. dollars loan to Turkey in 2001-2004 period and the remaining amount between 2004-2006.
Sources said that 166 million U.S. dollars of the 397 million U.S. dollars first tranche of loan would be used to finance restructuring of agriculture sales cooperatives associations.
World Bank would allocate 52 million U.S. dollars to the 250 million U.S. dollars of farmers registration system program.
Within scope of the three-year alternative products and product planning program (farmers products exchange program) which will cost 545 million U.S. dollars, World Bank will extend 180 million U.S. dollars socurce to the project for narrowing the tobacco and hazelnut planting fields and 200 million U.S. dollars source to project for spreading direct income support payments.
Sources added that 10-12 million U.S. dollars part of the loan would be used to finance promotion of the projects.
 STATE MINISTER DERVIS MEETS WITH BANK MANAGERSISTANBUL - State Minister Kemal Dervis met on Wednesday with the general managers and high-level officials of banks.
Sources said that Dervis would explain the new economic program.
Ekrem Keskin, the General Secretary of the Banks Association of Turkey, said that general managers of all banks had been invited to the meeting and that almost 60 bank managers or deputy bank managers would attend the meeting.
Keskin said that this was the first time that the economic problem was being discussed by the banking sector in a wide sense.
A similar meeting on the former economic program was held when Recep Onal was the state minister for economy, Keskin noted.
Keskin said that the views of the banking sector regarding the economic program would be debated at the meeting, adding that Treasury Undersecretary Faik Oztrak and Hakan Ozyildiz, the deputy undersecretary for public finance, are also attending the meeting.
 U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE RUMSFELD: ''OUR COOPERATION WITH TURKEY IN INCIRLIK IS A VERY IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP AND TURKEY IS A VERY IMPORTANT COUNTRY''WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said on Wednesday that as the partners of the coalition power which controls the no- fly zone in Northern Iraq, they have a very important cooperation with Turkey and Turkey is a very important country.
Rumsfeld who paid his first external visit to Turkey after he was appointed as the U.S. Secretary of Defense told the U.S. Armed Forces television channel while he was visiting the Incirlik base that the cooperation he saw in Turkey and the support extended were great.
Noting that Turkey made ''good job'' in the Middle East and Caucasus despite difficulties, Rumsfeld said, ''Turkey is a very close friend and ally. Our cooperation in the Operation Northern Watch is a typical example for this cooperation.''
 DERVIS HAS MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF BANKSISTANBUL - State Minister in charge of Economy Kemal Dervis had a meeting with the top officials of banks which are members of the Turkish Banks Association.
After the two hour meeting which the participants discussed the transition to a powerful economy, Dervis left without making any statements to the press. He declined to answer when reporters asked him if he was given support by the bankers.
Later Dervis left the Ciragan Palace with his wife Catherine Dervis and went to Ataturk Airport to fly to Ankara.
 TANTAN RESIGNS FROM STATE MINISTRY POST AND ANAPANKARA - Saadettin Tantan, former minister of interior who was appointed to the post of State Ministry in place of Yuksel Yalova on Tuesday said on Wednesday that he resigned from his new post and his party Motherland Party (ANAP).
Tantan paid a farewell visit to the high ranking officials at the Interior Ministry the same day and after the farewell ceremony he announced his resignation from his new post and his party.
Tantan said in his statement that he was the Interior Minister for two years, adding that his appointment to another ministry does not coincide with his personal principles and his understanding of politics.
Noting that the posts are temporray, but the ideal of serving the people is the main principle, Tantan said that ''I have always acted with this understanding all through my life. The post, place and time of my serving my people in the fight against all sorts of unjusticies in line with the interests of my country and state are not important. I would like to stress that there won't be any deficiency in my resolution in this fight. I would also like to thank the people, public opinion and press who have always supported me. He also thanked the Interior Ministry personnel who also supported him.''
Upon questions of journalists, Istanbul security director Kazým Abanoz who came to welcome Tantan said that the state mission is based on the principle of continuity.
When journalists asked if Abanoz would also resign, Abanoz ddin't make any comment.
 SOURCES SAY GREAT PLOTS AND DISINFORMATION UNDERWAY REGARDING ESDIBRUSSELS - Reliable sources said that great plots and a comprehensive disinformation activity were underway in the European Security and Defense Identity (ESDI) while the NATO summit is nearing which will be held on June 13. U.S. President George Bush will also attend the summit.
The same sources said despite some positive steps taken, Ankara is not satisfied by the point reached and there was no concensus atmosphere in which Turkey could change its position in the NATO regarding the ESDI.
The EU is continuing its afforts to form a rapid deployment force of 60,000 soldiers. The EU wants this army to be cabable of being ready for an operation within 60 days when necessary and be in charge for at least one year.
The EU wants to use NATO's sources and capabilities in planning, information and high technology fields but wants to exclude non-EU member NATO allies during this process. The EU needs the approval of all NATO countries to automatically benefit from NATO sources and Turkey rejects to give this approval.
Sources said the press was used in these plots to make threats and those who can't obtain a result from this method finally sit at the negotiation table.
''Consensus could only be reached at bilateral contacts. They understood that they cannot force Ankara to accept the decisions of the Nice Summit by ignoring Ankara's warnings,'' a Turkish experts said and added that the Nice decisions which excludes non-EU NATO allies should be adjusted based on the Washington agreement. The Washington Agreement proposes not to discriminate among the members.
''Some EU members are acting as if they are making concessions on some points on which there are no conflicts. What should be answered is that can an EU country have the right to block Turkey's participation. Turkey's certain expectations should be met,'' a Turkish official said.
Quoting the statement of the General Staff which was announced on the day which U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived in Ankara, an expert said this statement said that Turkey which had limitless contributions to Europe's security for 50 years should not be left outside this structure in the future and its national interests should be protected.
The General Staff had underlined in this statement that Turkey should participate in all decision taking and implementation stages of any operation in which the NATO sources will be used. The statement said that the proposals put forward so far were far from meeting Turkey's expectations. The General Staff also underlined that Turkey didn't lose its hopes and still believed that an agreement could be reached.
Pointing to threats and pressures on Turkey, the sources said the EU is trying to ''make Turkey to accept a bad solution by mentioning even worse solutions.''
When asked if the EU could give up NATO sources and develop its own defense identity, experts said that this would mean that the EU would be dependent on France and have to make great financial sacrifices. They said the EU members were far from reaching an agreement on this subject. France which continues to stay outside the military wing of NATO is targeting a formation independent from the Alliance and it could use Turkey as an excuse to reach this goal, the experts commented.
The press in EU countries has been continiously claiming that Turkey's blocking would be overcome by the United States' pressure at the NATO Summit on June 13.
''The solution of this problem is for the good of Turkey, NATO and the EU. We are going through a critical period and we are being flexible,'' Turkish officials stated. ''If Turkey had wanted, it would have blocked the NATO-EU dialogue completely. We didn't block the meetings and cooperation. We want participation in the decision taking mechanism. We want to have a say in this process rather than only expressing our view. They made a mistake by not consulting non-EU members while taking the Nice decisions. Turkey is not responsible of the point which has been reached. They should
have seen the consequences of these decisions. The Nice decisions should be made compatible with the Washington Agreement. Otherwise the EU will have to ask for NATO's approval for each operation and this approval is given unanimously. The ball is in the EU's corner.''
 FOREIGM MINISTRY SPOKESMAN DIRIOZ SAYS ALL DIMENSIONS OF BILATERAL RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA WILL BE TAKEN UP DURING IVANOV'S CONTACTS IN ANKARAANKARA - Foreign Ministry Spokesman Huseyin Dirioz said on Wednesday that all dimensions of the bilateral relations between Russia and Turkey will be taken up during Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov's visit to Turkey which will start on Thursday.
Upon a question, Dirioz said in the weekly press briefing that they will also focus on the regional cooperation possibilities during Ivanov's contacts.
Dirioz recounted that Ivanov is the first Russian Foreign Minister who will visit Turkey after nine years, adding that recently the bilateral relations between the two countries recorded progress in various fields.
Answering another question about the visit of a delegation from the European Parliament (EP) to Turkey, Dirioz stated that ''Turkey pursues a transparent policy on the issue. Prison reforms have been undertaken in our country. It has both pyhsical and legal dimensions, our cooperation with international organizations which focus on human rights continues.''
Dirioz said that the visit of EP delegation to Turkey is not the first one, adding that the European Committee for Prevention of Torture had also visited Turey. We make cooperation with them basically.''
Upon another question, Dirioz said that the claims saying that there is difference of opinion between the Ministry and the General Staff about the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) are not true.
''We are in close cooperation and coordination with the General Staff,'' Dirioz said.
Dirioz also said that Patriotic Union for Kurdistan (PUK) leader Jalal Talabani and Iraqi Kurdistan Democrat Party (IKDP) leader Massaud Barzani will be invited to Turkey, adding that he can't give a date for it at the moment.
Upon another question about the visit of U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to Ankara, Dirioz said that certain news published in the press doesn't reflect the content of the meetings, adding that Rumsfeld said in his own statements that he attributed importance to relations with Turkey.
 JUSTICE MINISTER TURK:''FOUNDATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS ARE A DEMOCRACY SCHOOL''ISTANBUL - Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk who spoke at a conferenec at Istanbul's Sabanci Center briefed the audience about the new regulations brought regarding associations and foundations.
Turk indicated that the changes about associations are among the medium term goals in Turkey's National Program. He said the Associations Law and the Law Regulating Meetings and Demonstrations would be made more democratic. Turk said the articles regulating the associations' international activities is very important in Turkey's EU pre-accession process.
Speaking about the Civil Code, Turk said the final debates regarding this matter will start at Parliament Justice Commission tomorrow. Distribution of assets between the husband and wife will constitute the main topic of tomorrow's discussions.
A total of 155,112 associations were founded in Turkey and only 78,684 of them still survive today while 76,428 of them had to stop their activities because of different reasons, Turk said. ''Our goal is to enable associations and foundations to operate in a democratic environment in our country like in EU countries,'' he commented.''Associations and foundations are a democracy school and they should be made stronger. The stronger the associations will be the more democratic that country will be.''
 TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS ADDRESSES DEPUTIES IN ANKARA: ''GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE WANTS TO DO THE THING IT COULDN'T DO BY USE OF FORCE IN 11 YEARS, BY DECEIVING EU TODAY''ANKARA - Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Wednesday that the Greek Cypriot side wants to do the thing it could not do by use of force in 11 years by deceiving the EU today.
Addressing the deputies in the former senate hall in the parliament, Denktas said that ''Turkey tried to bring peace to the island both by giving finincial aid to our national cause that continues for years and also by sacrificing its own sons.''
Noting that a Turkish-Greek war in the region is unavoidable if Greece annexes the island to Greece, Denktas said that the Greek Cypriot-Greek partnership didn't give up the policy of claiming ownership on Cyprus.
''I spent more than half of my life to solve the Cyprus issue,'' said Denktas and he explained in details the things that happened on the island in the last 38 years. Denktas said that they fight for putting into practice the 1960 Treaty.
Denktas commented that the Greek Cypriot side sits around the negotiation table not to reach compromise, but to open the way to its own goals, adding that the Greek Cypriot side tries to prevent any shadow on the so-called ''legitimate Cyprus government'' and to give nothing to the Turkish side other than minority rights in all peace negotiations.
''If we make a new agreement and if accept the rights given to us on the paper, the Greek Cypriot side will start gradually to take us apart from the island,'' said Denktas adding that the condition to join the EU is imposed on them as ''accepting the EU norms.''
''Ninety percent of the TRNC people favour EU membership, but all of these people also want signing of an agrement on the island first. Half of them want to have this agreemment and join the EU with Turkey. We also tell the same thing. We can join the EU with Turkey after adoption of the global exchange of properties and after the installation of a livable atmosphere on the island. 15-20 years are given to Turkey to join the EU, but only few years are given to the Greek Cypriot side to join the EU. Greek Cypriot side already benefits from the EU membership. They should give up the game of disturbing the balance between Turkey and Greece which is the basis of 1960 Treaties for membership. When Turkey joins the EU, Cyprus also acquires this right. Till that moment, an agreement can be reached on the island. The EU has to delay the initiative which it launched for stability in the region,'' he said.
Denktas defended the view that the Greek Cypriot side tries to claim ownership on the island with EU membership, adding that they can't say ''yes'' to EU membership without the recognition of equal sovereignty, the guarantee of Turkey and without determination of their status.
Denktas said that he was criticized for leaving the negotiation table and shown as someone who is uncompromising. He stated that the Greek Cypriot side was now trying to do, what they failed to do in 11 years, through deceiving the EU.
''They are trying to make Cyprus an obstacle to Turkey's entrance to the EU. Britain was fighting with Ireland and it was not told to resolve its conflict with Ireland before it joined the union. Putting Cyprus as an obstacle in front of Turkey is very unfair,'' Denktas said.
The TRNC never objected to Turkey's wish to join the EU and they didn't see themselves entitled to make such an objection, Denktas said. However, he added that if Greeks and Greek Cypriots take control of the island, this would result in a second Crete incident.
''Bring members of the EU and European Parliament who support justice and fairness and we can show them the mass graves. We are ready to reach an agreement through peaceful ways and we are not a minority. We are sorry if these constitute an obstacle for your entering the EU but the EU should see the realities,'' Denktas said.
Responding to the questions of parliamentarians, Denktas said if the whole island is accepted to the EU, the Turkish soldiers will look like invaders since the EU countries don't recognize the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). One parliamentarian remarked that the current developments in Cyprus are very much like Greeks taking control of Crete and that this should be explained to people very well.
Denktas said Turkey's support was very important and he had no doubt that this support would continue.
TRNC President later attended a lunch hosted by Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi in Parliament's Marble Hall.
 EU COMMISSION'S ANKARA PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE FOGG SAYS NGOs ARE VERY IMPORTANT FOR DEMOCRACIESISTANBUL - European Commission's Ankara Permanent Representative Karen Fogg has stated that Turkey made significant progress regarding the short term constitutional and legal changes in its EU pre-accession process.
Speaking at the conference titled ''Associations and Foundations in Turkey's EU Pre-Acccession Process'', Fogg said non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were very important for democracies and that they represented people's freedom and protected the society against totaliterian trends. Development and strengthening of the NGOs are also very important for the EU and that the red tape and inspections should be minimized.
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