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09 JUNE 2001 Sunday
These are some of the major headlines and their
brief stories in Turkey's press on June 9, 2001. The Anadolu Agency does not
verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL)''I PROMISE''
Rustu Kazim Yucelen said, ''illegal telephone
tapping became a paranoia in the public opinion. Sometimes even I get
suspicious. As Interior Minister, my telephones might have been tapped. But I
promise. Everyone will talk on the phone freely from now on.''
RUSSIAN MINISTER PREFERS SWISSHOTEL
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov preferred
the Swisshotel which was stormed by a group of Chechen terrorists in April,
for the dinner hosted in his honor. Responding to a question about visa
implementation on Turkish businessmen, Ivanov said, ''if hotels are stormed
and planes are hijacked in this country, what can we do?''
ISTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL STARTS
The 29th Istanbul International Music Festival
organized by the Istanbul Culture and Art Foundation, started yesterday. The
festival will continue till July 3. The main theme of this year's festival is
Guiseppe Verdi. A total of 600 musicians including 480 foreigners from Italy,
Britain, Azerbaijan, the U.S., Russia, Germany, Austria, Lithuania, Denmark,
Finland, Sweden and France, will participate in the festival.
MILLIYET (LIBERAL)WORLD WAR IN KONYA
Airspace over central province of Konya will
become the third biggest imaginary battle field of the world. Turkish and
foreign war planes will perform exercises over Konya. Air forces of Turkey,
Israel and the U.S. will participate in the ''Anatolian Eagle Exercise'' which
will start on June 14.
INVESTIGATION AGAINST POLICE GANG
An investigation has been launched against
former Istanbul Police Chief Kazim Abanoz who set up special teams in the
Istanbul Police Department to follow some certain people.
COHN-BENDIT MEETS OZPOLAT
Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a member of the European
Parliament, met with Sadi Ozpolat, one of the leaders of the illegal
Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) at the F-type prison in
Kandira district of Istanbul. Addressing journalists following the meeting,
Cohn-Bendit said, ''members of the DHKP-C have fixed ideas. Their ideas remind
me the Stone Age.''
SABAH (LIBERAL)POLITE RESPONSE TO TACTLESS RUSSIAN MINISTER
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov who is
currently in Turkey on an official visit, met with Prime Minister Bulent
Ecevit. Speaking at the meeting, Ivanov said, ''I will stay at Istanbul's
Swisshotel. I hope that Chechens would not storm the hotel during my visit.''
Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit responded to Ivanov saying, ''you can have a
sound sleep in every hotel in Istanbul.''
ALIEN IN FOCA NOW
Did the alien coming from depths of the space
come to Izmir after its visits to Usak and Sivas? Two security officials in
Foca township of western province of Izmir claimed that they saw an alien.
Security officials were engulfed in panic. They informed their director on the
incident. They said, ''the alien had a round head. There was a red light in
the middle of its body.''
IMF WARNS TURKEY POLITELY
International Monetary Fund (IMF) European One
Department Director Michael Deppler said that markets were worried whether or
not the program would be implemented and that the government should quell
Deppler spoke at a conference on ''Restructuring
in Economy: Reforms and Opportunities'' which was organized by CNBC-E and
Management Turkey, via satellite from Washington D.C., the U.S. Noting that
any postponement in implementation of the program would create problems,
Deppler defined the decisions on public workers' pay and wheat prices as ''unfortunate''.
When asked what the most serious risk in front of Turkey was, Deppler said, ''there
are two serious risks. First one is the failure in implementation of the
program. There are serious worries in the markets over whether or not the
programme will be implemented. The government must quell this concern and
restore confidence in the markets.''
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)ALERT FOR ECONOMY
The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges
of Turkey (TOBB) carried out a public survey with the participation of 249
chambers on ''impacts of the economic crisis on real sector''. According to
results of the survey, 98.61 percent of Turkish businessmen think that Turkey
should reconstruct its administration. 3,476 companies joined the survey. 95.5
percent of these companies think that Turkey needs a new Constitution while
the rest 4.5 percent think the opposite.
A NEW ERA TO START IN EURASIA
Proposals to be put forward by Russian Foreign
Minister Igor Ivanov and Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will be discussed during
Russian President Vladimir Putin's scheduled visit to Turkey at the end of
this year. During the meeting between Cem and Ivanov who is currently in
Turkey on an official visit, regional problems such as Iraq, Caucasus, Cyprus
and Balkans; the Blue Stream Project; bilateral political and economic
relations; and international smuggling and terrorism were brought onto agenda.
KESK HOLDS A DEMONSRATION IN ANKARA
Confederation of Public Workers Labor Unions (KESK)
Ankara Branches Platform held a demonstration in Ankara yesterday to protest
security forces' intervention in Thursday's demonstration. Platform Chairman
Hasan Karakaya said that seven people were taken into custody while some
others were hospitalized in Thursday's incidents. He complained that they were
not given the right to read out a press statement since December of last year
which is their legal right.
RADIKAL (LEFT)SEZER: ''STRUCTURE SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR
President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said, ''electors
should not be passive. They should be active. Political parties which do not
conform to democracy in their structure, cannot fulfil necessities of a
democratic state. All arrangements should be made to democratize the political
SHAMEFUL DEFENSE AT UMUT CASE
Ankara State Security Court (DGM) no:2
continued to hear the case on ''Umut'' (Hope) operation which was launched to
find murderers of journalist-writer Ugur Mumcu, and later covered 22 incidents,
including assasinations of Prof. Dr. Ahmet Taner Kislali, Prof. Muammer Aksoy
and Dr. Bahriye Ucok. During yesterday's court session, Ibrahim Ceylan, the
lawyer of the suspects, said, ''Mumcu should
have checked its automobile. Kislali and Ucok should have called the police
before opening suspecious packages.''
TURKIYE (RIGHT)''SENSITIVE'' PERIOD WITH RUSSIA
A joint working group was formed to further
develop relations between Turkey and Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Igor
Ivanov who held intense contacts in Ankara expressed his pleasure with the
partnership reached in bilateral relations including international security.
New York Times, one of the most influential dailies in the U.S., said that the
U.S. which targeted to reduce Russia's influence over the world's most
strategical area couldn't get a result from its efforts due to the Blue Stream
project and that Russia won the energy resources. The newspaper said that
Turkey's dependence on Russia increased.
MISTAKE IN CASA CRASH IS PECULIAR
The investigation into the CASA plane which
crashed shortly after it took off for a test flight was concluded. It was
announced that problems in the plane's aileron control system led to the crash
and that the possible cause of the accident was peculiar to the plane that
crashed and would not have any effect on the safety of the rest of CASA
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)THERE IS NOT SUCH A LAW IN THE WORLD
The new Law on Supreme Board of Radio and
Television (RTUK) which was adopted with the votes of coalition partners, is
unique in the world. Turkey gained a matchless radio and television law after
the government adopted the law by ignoring objections of press organs,
vocational organizations and scientists. President Ahmet Necdet Sezeris
expected to veto the law which will pave way to monopolism in the press.
-SPORTS - BOXING
 PALIANI OF TURKEY QUALIFIES TO FINAL IN 57 KG AT11TH WORLD AMATEUR BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS
BELFAST - Ramazan Paliani of Turkey competing
in men's 57 kg category, qualified to final late on Friday at the 11th World
Amateur Boxing Championships in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Paliani took on Joni Turunen of Finland in the
He beat his Finish opponent, and qualified to
Paliani will vie for gold medal on Sunday
against Galip Caferiov of Kazakhstan.
Meanwhile, Bulent Ulusoy of Turkey competing in
men's 71 kg category, was defeated by Simion Marian of Romania.
Ulusoy won bronze medal.
On Saturday, Agasi Agaguloglu of Turkey
competing in men's 54 kg category, will vie for gold medal against Guller
Ortiz Rigondeaux of Cuba.
 CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO START DEBATING CLOSURECASE AGAINST FP ON TUESDAY
ANKARA - The Constitutional Court will start
debating the closure case against the Virtue Party (FP) on Tuesday.
Constitutional Court Chief Judge Mustafa Bumin,
Deputy Chief Judge Chairman Hasim Kilic, and judges Fulya Kantarcioglu, Rustu
Sonmez, Ahmet Akyalcin, Ali Huner, Yalcin Acargun, Tulay Tugcu, Mahir Can
Ilicak, Ertugrul Ersoy and Sacit Adali will convene at 10:00 a.m. on June 12,
and start debating the closure case against the FP.
The case is expected to be finalized in seven
or ten days.
The lawsuit was filed on May 7, 1999, by Vural
Savas, the retired Chief Prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals, with the
pretext that the FP was the continuation of the outlawed Welfare Party (RP)
and it became the focus of anti-secular activities.
Savas requested the Constitutional Court to
lift deputyships of all FP members except for Aydin Menderes who resigned from
the FP one day before the closure case.
While he was explaining his opinion on the
merits of the case, Savas claimed that the second paragraph of Article 103 of
the Political Parties Law was contrary to the Constitution, and requested the
court to annul the paragraph.
The second paragraph of Article 103 of the
Political Parties Law was annulled by the Constitutional Court.
Before his retirement, Savas sent a video
footage to the Constitutional Court including words referred to Necmettin
Erbakan, the former leader of the outlawed RP, during the first regular
congress of the FP.
The Constitutional Court asked Sabih Kanadoglu
who was replaced with Savas, to explain his opinion about the video footage.
Kanadoglu requested the Constitutional Court to
accept the video footage as a supplementary evidence.
The Constitutional Court rejected Kanadoglu's
Later, Kanadoglu submitted a supplementary
indictment to the Constitutional Court.
Kanadoglu also requested the Constitutional
Court to ban founders of the FP from political activities for five years, and
to lift deputyships of Ismail Alptekin and Mehmet Ozyol.
Meanwhile, the Constitutional Court rejected FP
leader Recai Kutan's request for implementation of Article 104 of the
Political Parties Law.
At its meeting on February 7, 2001, the
Constitutional Court decided to combine Kanadoglu's supplementary indictment
with the main lawsuit.
The FP submitted its pre-defense against the
Later, Kanadoglu explained his opinions on the
merits of the case.
After submission of written defense by the FP,
Kanadoglu made verbal statements, and FP deputy Mustafa Kamalak made his
party's verbal defense.
Mehmet Turhan, the Rapporteur of the case,
prepared a supplementary report.
The report was distributed to the members of
the Constitutional Court.
 GOVERNMENT BILL ON TOBACCO MARKET SUBMITTEDTO PARLIAMENT SPEAKER'S OFFICE
ANKARA - The government bill on reconstruction
of tobacco, tobacco products and alcoholic drinks market was submitted to the
Parliament Speaker's Office late on Friday.
The bill foresees restructuring of the
Directorate General of Tobacco and Alcoholic Drinks Monopoly (TEKEL).
In accordance with the bill, TEKEL's Public
Economic Enterprise status will be changed into State Economic Enterprise
status, paving the way for its privatization.
Under the bill, the Turkish Trade Law rules
won't be implemented in TEKEL's privatization in order to accelerate the
The bill foresees formation of a Tobacco,
Tobacco Products and Alcoholic Drinks Market Regulatory Committee comprising
Each of the Finance Ministry, Health Ministry,
Agriculture and Rural Affairs Ministry, Treasury Undersecretariat, Foreign
Trade Undersecretariat, Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey
(TOBB) and TEKEL Directorate General will have a representative in the
According to the bill, tobacco will be traded
in accordance with contracts or auction method. The price of tobacco will be
set according to the contracts between farmers and merchants.
Foreign entrepreneurs who want to produce
tobacco products in Turkey should have a factory at which 2 billion cigarettes
per year should be produced in single shift and found hi-tech facilities
including also tobacco preparation departments for at least 15 million grams
for other tobacco products.
Those foreigners who fulfil these conditions
can sell, distribute and estimate price for their products in free market.
Those foreigners who want to produce tobacco products in Turkey will take
certificates from the TEKEL.
Imports of tobacco will be limited with the
production requirement even if it is made with the purpose of exports after
processing, and it can be carried out by tobacco producers mentioned in the
The bill foresees imprisonment terms from 1
year to three years and at least 225 million Turkish lira fine to those who
set up or operate factory or facility to produce tobacco and tobacco products.
 STATE MINISTER BAL IN WASHINGTON D.C.:
 ''LIQUIDATION OF EMLAKBANK SHOULD BE DISCUSSEDWITH IMF AGAIN''
WASHINGTON D.C. - State Minister Faruk Bal said
on Saturday, ''although liquidation of Emlakbank is foreseen in the letter of
intent submitted by Turkey to the International Monetary Fund (IMF),
liquidation of the bank should be discussed with the IMF again.''
Bal proceeded to Washington D.C. after
attending the United Nations' special session on ''Istanbul+5'' in New York.
Holding a press conference, Bal said, ''liquidation
of Emlakbank will not be beneficial to our economy. If it is closed down, its
expenses will continue. Emlakbank has customers having credits of 3
quadrillion Turkish liras (TL). It means that 3 quadrillion TL would be
withdrawn from the markets. Also nearly 10 thousand personnel of the bank and
their families will constitute a serious social problem. The bank can be
shrinked and rehabilitated. Therefore, liquidation of the bank should be
discussed with the IMF again.''
Responding to a question on concerns about
implementation of the new economic program, Bal said, ''the Turkish government
has put forward some commitments in its letter of intent to the IMF. We will
fulfil these commitments. But it will be beneficial to discuss the letter of
intent by taking into consideration Turkey's conditions.''
Referring to allegations on so-called Armenian
genocide, Bal said, ''these are nothing but allegations. Such a genocide had
never taken place in Turkey. The Ottoman Empire decided to relocate Armenians
in order to provide both internal and external security following the battle
with Russia. All citizens of the Ottoman Empire were taken under state's
Meanwhile, Bal came together with
representatives of the Turkish Forum and the Assembly of Turkish-American
 BILL ON CLOSURE OF DUTY LOSSES OF BANKSSUBMITTED TO PARLIAMENT SPEAKER'S OFFICE
ANKARA - The government bill which foresees to
close duty losses of public banks was submitted to the Parliament Speaker's
Office late on Friday.
In accordance with the bill, banks will be
obliged to make their annual balance sheets about their annual activities (including
2000) and profit-loss figures approved by an independent supervisory committee
mentioned in Banks Law.
Banks' duty losses receivables which stemmed
from the duties they were charged with several laws and decrees before this
law enters effect and couldn't be met by budget subsidies will be closed
within framework of the rules set within scope of their reconstruction.
Meanwhile, the personnel who will be determined
as extra employment during the restructuring process will be transferred to
other public institutions and organizations.
The negative difference between commitments and
assets which will be taken over by Ziraat Bankasi and Halk Bankasi will be
paid to the undertaking bank as capital by the Treasury Undersecretariat.
Following transfer procedures, Emlak Bankasi's
authorities and capabilities to carry out banking activities and accept
deposits will end and it will enter closure process.
Rules of the Law on Collecting Public
Receivables will be implemented in collecting of every kind of banks'
receivables until the public share in the banks reduces below 50 percent.
The Banks Board will be authorized in sale of
Group A and B shares belonging to Foundations Directorate General.
The bill annuls the laws which cause duty
losses which negatively affect financial structures of Ziraat Bankasi and
Agriculture Credit Cooperatives.
The bill foresees liquidation of Civil Defense
Fund, Disasters Fund, Mass Housing Fund, Electricity Energy Fund, Free Areas
Settlement and Development Fund, Apprenticeship Vocational and Technical
Education Development and Spreading Fund, Small and Medium Scale Industry
Development and Support Fund, Pasture Fund and Special Environment Protection
Fund will be liquidated.
Incomes from these funds will be transferred to
 BILL ON INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION SUBMITTED TO PARLIAMENTANKARA - The government bill on international
arbitration was submitted to the Parliament Speaker's Office late on Friday.
The draft includes arrangements about ''solution
of disputes stemming from privilege specifications and contracts for public
services which include foreign factors'' which is foreseen in Article 125 of
the Constitution through arbitration.
The factor of ''foreignness'' will be accepted
if the business place or place of their residence of the sides are in
different states and at least one of the partners of the company which signed
the contract that is the basis of arbitration agreement brings foreign capital
in accordance with the relevant regulations and provide capital or asset flow
from one country to another.
The bill foresees signing of ''arbitration
agreement'' for solution of possible disputes through arbitration.
Sides can decide on the number of arbitrators
but the number of arbitrators should be odd. If the sides did not reach an
agreement of the number of arbitrators, three arbitrators will be chosen.
Sides will have equal rights and authority in
 FIFTH BALKAN TAEKWONDO CHAMPIONSHIPS START IN EDIRNEEDIRNE - The Fifith Balkan Taekwondo
Championships started at the Mimar Sinan Sports Hall in northwestern province
of Edirne on Saturday.
A total of 62 sportsmen and 49 sportswomen from
Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina
are attending the championships.
Taekwondo Federation Deputy Chairman Coskun
Eftekin said that they were hosting the championships in Edirne as it was
close to the Balkan countries.
''The Balkan Taekwondo Association protects its
existence as self-sacrificing efforts of Turkey and Greece,'' he said.
 SPORTS - BODY-BUILDING
 SONTANJA, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF IFBB:
 ''WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO SPREAD BODY-BUILDINGAS A WAY OF HEALTHY LIVING''
GAZIANTEP - International Federation of Body-Building
(IFBB) Deputy Chairman Rafael Sontanja said on Saturday that they had been
trying to spread body-building as a way of healthy living.
Speaking at a meeting to promote the 18th
Mediterranean Countries Body-Building and Fitness Championships in
southeastern province of Gaziantep, Sontanja expressed his pleasure with
Turkish people's interest in body-building.
The championships will start at 03:00 p.m. at
Gaziantep Municipality Sports Hall the same day.
A total of 48 sportsmen and women from Turkey,
Yugoslavia, Israel, Italy, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Palestine and Morocco will
participate in the championships.
 PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT HOLDS A PRESS CONFERENCE (1):
 ''THERE ARE PSYCHOLOGICAL OBSTACLES IN FRONT OF BUREAUCRACY''ANKARA - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on
Saturday, ''there are Psychological obstacles in front of bureaucracy.
Bureaucrats and public workers should rely on that they would not get into
trouble because of the deals they signed legally.''
Holding a press conference at the Prime
Ministry Office, Prime Minister Ecevit said, ''there are hopeful developments
in the economy. A decrease has begun in the inflation rate which is more rapid
than the expected.''
''The atmosphere of security provided during
the 57th government's term in office, has made an important contrubition to
improvement of tourism. Now, our prior target is to increase production.
Therefore, we have to provide the necessary source. The problem is not only
the source. At the same time, we should activate bureaucracy. As it was
pointed out at the Higher Planning Board's statement, there are psychological
obstacles in front of bureaucracy. Bureaucrats and public workers should rely
on that they would not get into trouble because of the deals they signed
legally,'' he stressed.
Prime Minister Ecevit added, ''after the 57th
government has come to the power, struggle against corruption has accelerated.
Political will in the government has provided it. Struggle against corruption
will continue without interruption. We should store bureaucracy confidence
while we have been struggling against corruption. This is the duty of a state
of law. It is also a necessity of sound and rapid development.''
(To be continued)
 TRANSFER OF NUCLEAR WASTE THROUGH STRAITSISTANBUL - Prof. Dr. Sarman Gencay from the
Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Nuclear Energy Institute said on Saturday
that it was very difficult to prevent transfer of nuclear waste through the
''Turkey must form a very good team and
determine measures against transfer of nuclear waste through the Straits,'' he
Speaking to the A.A correspondent, Gencay said
that there were three kinds of nuclear waste in the world such as low, medium
and high level radioactive substances, and that the nuclear waste that Russia
was planning to carry via the Straits was ''high level'' radioactive.
''Transfer of nuclear waste through the Straits
is risky, of course. We should do everything to prevent this but it is very
difficult. Because, this matter has been on the European agenda for a long
time. Now, Russia allocated a large area to bury nuclear waste. This waste
will be carried to Russia whether or not we want it,'' he said.
''Almost ten thousand tons of nuclear waste is
created a year, and most of the waste in in the United States. I don't think
that the United States will send nuclear waste to Russia,'' he added.
 PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT HOLDS A PRESS CONFERENCE (2)ANKARA - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on
Saturday that they were protecting financial discipline while they were
supporting imports and increase in production.
Holding a press conference at the Prime
Ministry Office, Ecevit said that coordination, cooperation and harmonization
among the relevant state organizations should be set up, adding, ''this is the
prior condition for drawing foreign capital.''
Stressing that the government and parliament
were working rapidly, Ecevit said that they attributed importance to also
contribution of bureaucracy.
Ecevit said that as it had been stated
following Thursday's Higher Planning Board (YPK) meeting, they were determined
to finalize legislative works which were conditions mentioned in the economic
program, in June.
Noting that signing of all government bills
within this scope by the Council of Ministers members had ended, Ecevit said
that they believed that the parliament would rapidly legalize those bills.
Recalling that one of them was Tobacco law,
Ecevit said that as it had been stated following Thursday's YPK meeting, they
would offer opportunities and arrangements to farmers, which were necessary
for planting of more profitable crop in fields where tobacco couldn't be
planted, and later, they would give the start for implementation.
''The need for this is felt especially in
Southeast. We will pave the way for prosperity of farmers,'' he said.
Ecevit said that purification of land mines in
border regions was another important project for the Southeast.
''Thus a broad productive soil will be opened
to agriculture and offered to farmers who don't have land. The area of mine- planted
region is 306 thousand hectares. Besides, we will continue accelerating return-to-village
project. The 57th government will be the government of initiative and progress
both in industry and agriculture,'' he said.
Later, Prime Minister Ecevit responded to
questions of journalists.
When recalled by a journalists that
International Monetary Fund (IMF) European One Department Director Michael
Deppler criticized the program due to salaries of public workers and wheat
prices, Prime Minister Ecevit said, ''we notified the IMF on our opinions. Any
problem is out of question.''
Prime Minister Ecevit rejected allegations
saying that Sadettin Tantan who resigned from Interior Ministry, was invited
to the Democratic Left Party (DSP) by State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister
When asked, ''Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk
said that the lowest rate in the election law was planned to be 5 percent, and
that this proposal could be submitted to the parliament. Will the proposal be
submitted to parliament during this legislative year?'' Ecevit told reporters,
''the parliament will recess at the end of June. It will debate laws regarded
with the economic program till that day. It is hard for the parliament to
spend time on other drafts.''
Prime Minister Ecevit expressed his concerns
about Russia's decision to transport nuclear susbtance through the Straits.
Responding to a question about his dialogue
with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov which was published in a newspaper
today, Prime Minister Ecevit told reporters, ''the news story was exaggerated.
I told Mr. Ivanov that Chechen terrorists were captured immediately, and legal
investigation was launched against them. He told me that they would hold a
meeting at the Swisshotel which was stormed by terrorists, by smiling. Such
news stories upset both me and Mr. Ivanov.''
 LOGAN, BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY:
 ''REFORM PROGRAM SHOULD BE SUCCESSFUL TO REALIZE ATATURK'SVISION TO MAKE TURKEY A STABLE, PROSPEROUS AND DEMOCRATIC
EUROPEAN STATE BASED ON MARKET ECONOMY AND SUPREMACY OF LAW''
KAYSERI - David Logan, the British Ambassador
to Turkey, said on Saturday that the reform program should be successful to
realize Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's vision to make Turkey a stable, prosperous and
democratic European state based on market economy and supremacy of law.
Speaking at a conference organized by
Association of Industrialists and Businessmen (KAYSIAD) in central province of
Kayseri on ''Turkey and Britain, Economic Relations between Turkey and the
European Union (EU), and Further Improvement of These Relations'', Logan said
that what was requested from Turkey for the EU membership was not different
from what was asked from other 12 candidates.
Logan said that Turkey had applied on its own
desire and free will to adjust its laws and administration with the EU's laws
Noting that the decision taken at Helsinki
Summit in 1999 was the basis of dialogue between Turkey and the EU in many
fields such as consumer rights and administrative organizations, Logan said,
''I know that there were people in Turkey who believed that Turkey would be
forced to make concessions which would weaken its territorial integrity, under
the guise of political criteria for the EU full membership. A weak and
separated Turkey will not be beneficial for the EU. Another matter is the
Cyprus question. As a guarantor power, we have been expending utmost effort to
encourage finding a lasting solution to problems on the island. We are in
favor of a solution envisaging a bizonal and bicommunal federal Cyprus that
will become a full member of the EU. No one wants Turkey to make a choice
between its benefits in the EU and on Cyprus.''
Noting that the decisions taken at Helsinki
Summit included some sensitive fields such as minorities and human rights,
Logan said that dialogue with the EU should not be considered an attempt to
intervene in Turkey's domestic affairs.
Logan said that the dialogue between Turkey and
the EU aimed at determining what Turkey should do to fulfil membership
He emphasized that British government had been
fully supporting Turkey's full membership to the EU.
Referring to economic crisis in Turkey, Logan
said that the crisis prevented Turkey from maintaining its political and
social reforms and using its economic potential completely.
Noting that they supported the International
Monetary Fund (IMF)'s giving a source of 14 billion U.S. dollars to assist
Turkey in fulfilling its economic reform plans, Logan said that if Turkey
implemented the program successfully, the program would pave the way for a
more stable and prosperous future of Turkey.
Rejecting allegations saying that IMF or
international community had been putting pressure on Turkey, Logan said that
the reform package was Turkey's program, and that it was supported by the
He stressed that the reform program should be
successful to realize Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's vision to make Turkey a stable,
prosperous and democratic European state based on market economy and supremacy
Logan added that trade volume between Turkey
and Britain which had been 2 billion U.S. dollars five years ago, increased up
to 5.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2000.
 VILLAGE GUARDS IN ADIYAMAN CLAIM THEY SEE UFOADIYAMAN - Village guards in southeastern
province of Adiyaman claimed that they saw a big tray-like flying shining
object and followed this object with night vision goggles.
Sources said on Saturday that a group of
village guards and gendarme soldiers who were patrolling around a mountainous
terrain in the north of Dandirmaz village in Tut township of Adiyaman had seen
at about 22:00 hours on Friday that a tray-like shining object had taken off
from the ground and faded into the distance.
Village guards claimed that they had spotted
the extraterrestrial object from 1.5-2 kilometers away and later it had
disappeared 45 minutes after it had landed and taken off for several times.
Village guards Hakan Unal, Fevzi Cebe, Ibrahim
Yilmaz and Yusuf Yilmaz said, ''red and yellow lights were shining from the
object's upper part which seems like a window, and the bottom part of the
object was like a dish and it was spinning continuously. We followed it with
night vision goggles for some time.''
 AGREEMENT REACHED ON ISTANBUL+5 DECLARATIONNEW YORK - Agreement was reached on final
declaration which will be released at the end of United Nations General
Assembly's special session on ''Istanbul+5''.
The declaration envisaging provide enough
dwelling for everyone was approved late on Friday.
The declaration also included commitments about
sustainable development of human settlements in the urbanizing world.
Release of the declaration was delayed after
delegates could not reach agreement on an Arab-initiated paragraph to
criticize Israel without giving name, for building Jewish settlement units on
The paragraph supported by the Group of 77, a
bloc of 131 developing nations, did not mention either Israel or Palestine by
name but emphasized, ''the illegality under international law of any transfer
of civilian population of the occupying power to the occupied territories and
the establishment of settlements in those territories.''
The three-day special session organized by the
Nairobi-based U.N. Center for Human Settlement, was convened to evaluate the
progress on an action plan on housing approved at the Habitat-II Meeting which
was held in Istanbul in 1996.
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