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Turkish Press Review, 00-11-08

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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>

08.11.00

Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning


CONTENTS

  • [01] ECEVIT PRESENTS AWARDS TURKISH SPORTMEN RECEIVING MEDALS IN OLYMPICS
  • [02] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS.. FROM THE COLUMNS... NO RED LIGHTS ON THE ROAD TO EUROPE BY DOGAN HEPER
  • [03] (MILLIYET)
  • [04] TURKEY-EUROPE FOUNDATION TO BE ESTABLISHED
  • [05] ATHENS OBJECTS TO THE ACCESSION PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT
  • [06] ARMENIAN BILL IN FRENCH SENATE
  • [07] ECEVIT PRESENTS AWARDS TURKISH SPORTMEN RECEIVING MEDALS IN OLYMPICS
  • [08] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM IN STRASBOURG
  • [09] SEVARDNADZE'S VISIT POSTPONED
  • [10] DEMIREL IN THE MIDDLE EAST COMMISSION
  • [11] NORWAY TO BUILD POWER STATION IN ARHAVI
  • [12] KEGAK TEAMS FORMED
  • [13] TURKEY SENDS A TROOP TO GEORGIA
  • [14] WARNING TO GERMANY
  • [15] BUDGET TO BE DISCUSSED
  • [16] YALOVA'S STATEMENT
  • [17] PROPOSAL REGARDING SEIZED BANKS WAS REJECTED
  • [18] TURCO-RUSSIAN BUSINESS MEETING
  • [19] THE ECONOMIST GLANCES TO TURKEY
  • [20] SCHEELE AND THURSFIELD'S VISIT
  • [21] CULTURE TRAIN IN BALKANS
  • [22] GALATASARAY IN THE SECOND ROUND OF EUROPEAN LEAGUE OF CHAMPIONS
  • [23] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS.. FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [24] NO RED LIGHTS ON THE ROAD TO EUROPE BY DOGAN HEPER (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ECEVIT PRESENTS AWARDS TURKISH SPORTMEN RECEIVING MEDALS IN OLYMPICS

    [02] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS.. FROM THE COLUMNS... NO RED LIGHTS ON THE ROAD TO EUROPE BY DOGAN HEPER

    [03] (MILLIYET)

    [04] TURKEY-EUROPE FOUNDATION TO BE ESTABLISHED

    A non-governmental organization, the Turkey-Europe Foundation, is to be established. The foundation will contribute to the integration process of Turkey by ensuring Turkey has an equal footing and equal relations with the EU. Ziya Muezzinoglu will be the chairman of the foundation. Other members of the executive board are as follows: Atilla Coskun, Prof.Tugrul Arat, Can Baydarol, Sukru Elekdag, Resat Kadaifciler, Prof.Atilla Eralp, Prof.Mukerrem Hic and Aysel Celikel. /Hurriyet/

    [05] ATHENS OBJECTS TO THE ACCESSION PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT

    Greece is continuing to object to the exclusion of the Cyprus and Aegean issues from Turkey's short and long term homework in the conclusion part of the Accession Partnership Document (APD). The Greek member of the European Council asked that the Greek and Cyprus issues be added to the conclusion section of the document instead of the introduction section. The EU Commissioners will convene today, and give the final word on the APD. The EU Commissioner Gunter Verhuegen's explainations that Turkey will object and not accept the Document if those issues are included in the "homework" section comprising political criteria, have not convinced the Greek side. Mr. Verheugen recalled that Turkish Minister Mesut Yilmaz had emphasized Turkey would not accept the Document if the Cyprus and Aegean issues were included into the political criteria during their meeting in Brussels. Mr. Verheugen reportedly said, "If Turkey does not accept the APD, a new crisis may emerge." Diplomatic sources point to a Greek veto of the APD as highly possible during the EU Foreign Ministers meeting to be held Nov. 20-21. /Turkiye/

    [06] ARMENIAN BILL IN FRENCH SENATE

    62 senators approved the so-called Armenian genocide bill, prepared by Armenian lobbies in the French Senate, to be discussed in an urgent issues session. For the bill to be brought to an urgent issues session required 30 votes. The Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) delegation, which went to Paris to prevent the bill from being brought to the Senate's agenda, met with Head of the French Senate's Turkey Friendship Group Jacques Richard Delong. It was stated that the Turkish delegation conveyed Turkey's concern over the bill at the meeting. Meanwhile the delegation sent letters to all members of the Senate stating that approval of the bill would seriously damage bilateral relations between Turkey and France. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] ECEVIT PRESENTS AWARDS TURKISH SPORTMEN RECEIVING MEDALS IN OLYMPICS

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit presented awards to the Turkish sportsmen who received medals in the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics. In the ceremony, five sportsmen, 17 trainers and one sports club received awards. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM IN STRASBOURG

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem left for Strasbourg yesterday to attend the Council of Europe Fall-Winter Committee of Ministers Meeting. Before his departuree, Mr. Cem answered questions posed by journalists on the Accesssion Partnership Document (APD). Stressing the Foreign Ministry's efforts to protect Turkey's interests at a maximum level, he said "We will continue to tell the truths." Mr. Cem said, "This document may be revised up to its submission. It is a document by a commission. It will be official after acceptance by the Ministers Council in December." /Turkiye/

    [09] SEVARDNADZE'S VISIT POSTPONED

    Georgian President Eduard Sevardnadze's visit, exptected to take place today, was postponed due the passing of Mr. Sevardnadze's elder sister. According to the statement of the Foreign Ministry, Mr.Sevardnadze phoned President Ahmet Necdet Sezer to postpone the visit. The Foreign Ministry conveyed its condolences to Mr. Sevrdnadze and his family in the statement. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] DEMIREL IN THE MIDDLE EAST COMMISSION

    The US Administration officially announced a commission would be formed to investigate the violence in the Middle East. The White House statement said the commission will be formed by five people under the chairmanship of former American Senator, George Mitchell. It also noted that Turkish former President Suleyman Demirel, another former American Senator, Warren Rudman, EU Defence and Foreign Policy Higher Representative, Javier Solana and Norweigan Foreign Minister Thorbjoern Jagland will be other commission members. The commission will work independently and objectively to prevent clashes in the Middle East. /Turkiye/

    [11] NORWAY TO BUILD POWER STATION IN ARHAVI

    The Minister of Energy and Natural Sources Cumhur Ersumer stated the Norwegian public company, Statkraft, was willing to build a 150 megawatt hydroelectric power station in Arhavi. Minister Ersumer met with Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Minister Olav Akselsen. Bilateral meetings were held between the delegations chaired by the two ministers. Minister Ersumer said that the Norwegian companies were also interested in a water project in the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP). /Aksam/

    [12] KEGAK TEAMS FORMED

    The 'Security and Investigation of the Coastal Seas' (KEGAK) formed as a part of the Naval Security Command began duty during a ceremony attended by the Minister of the Interior Saadettin Tantan. Naval Security Commander Vice Admiral Yalcin Ertuna delivered a speech during the ceremony organized at the Naval Security Marmara and the Straits Region Command. He said, "The boats attached to the Ministry of the Interior are carrying out their duties at 48 headquarters, harbours and gulfs along the shores of Turkey. These boats carry out their duties in the shallow seas." Vice Admiral Ertuna added that 9 search and rescue helicopters, 3 discovery planes and 4 search and rescue ships with helicopters would be added to the system by 2005. /Aksam/

    [13] TURKEY SENDS A TROOP TO GEORGIA

    After Russia moved part of its conventional weapons from Georgia to Armenia, Turkish air forces sent military troops to Georgia for the renovation of the Marneuli Airport. According to a statement by the General Secretariat of the Office of General Staff, the Marneuli Military Airport, south of Tbilisi, will be restorated by the Turkish Air Forces. The statement said, "This effort will consolidate our friendly ties and develop of our cooperation, as well as contribute to peace and stability." /Milliyet/

    [14] WARNING TO GERMANY

    Minister of National Defence Sabahattin Cakmakoglu sent a warning to Germany, which has created a problem concerning Turkey's modern tank producing project of 7 billion US dollars. Cakmakoglu, making the opening speech of the symposium entitled 'Past, Today and the Present of the Turkish Defence Industry', organized for the 15th anniversary of Defence Industry Undersecretariat, said, "Foreign pressures cannot be accepted concerning equipment usage. When Turkey purchases technology through an export licence, it aims to develop and nationalize. Countries that accept this can enter into our area of purchase. If they do not give an export licence, then I will ignore that country." Thus, Cakmakoglu criticized Germany without uttering its name. /Aksam/

    [15] BUDGET TO BE DISCUSSED

    Minister of Finance Sumer Oral said the 2001 Financial Budget would be presented to the Turkish Grand National Assembly's (TGNA) Plan and Budget Commission Friday. The Commission is then expected to have a break until the middle of next week. The budget discussions are expected to begin within as part of a programme to be formed later. Meanwhile, the public works draft law about Ziraat Bank, Halk Bank and Emlak Bank will be discussed at the Plan and Budget Commission tomorrow. /Star/

    [16] YALOVA'S STATEMENT

    State Minister Yuksel Yalova said income that once took 15 years to earn was now earned within one year. Yalova attended a conference organized by Euromoney and said, "Turkey is less improved than former East Block countries and the capitalist countries as far as the privatization is concerned due to some mistaken policies." Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of the Privatization Board Adminsitration (OIB) Fevzi Aricioglu said that 51% of the Turkish Airlines would be launched for tender by the end of this month. /Star/

    [17] PROPOSAL REGARDING SEIZED BANKS WAS REJECTED

    The proposal, submitted by deputies from the Virtue Party (FP) and the True Path Party(DYP) regarding the banks controlled by the Deposit Insurance Fund (MSF), was rejected by a vote of the parties in power in the general convention of the National Assembly. /Milliyet/

    [18] TURCO-RUSSIAN BUSINESS MEETING

    The Eighth Joint Turco-Russia Business Meeting will be held in Istanbul October 22-26. Headed by the Russian Federation's First Deputy, Ilya Klebhanov, about 400 Russian businessmen are expected to join the meeting. Additionally, the Russian Exports Fair will open Nov. 23 in Istanbul. Russia is organizing an export fair abroad for the first time in a decade. /Turkiye/

    [19] THE ECONOMIST GLANCES TO TURKEY

    The Economist evaluated the latest banking operations and the latest developments on human rights in Turkey. Stating that the latest banking operations were hopeful for Turkey's future, the Economist said that the IMF's Turkey Desk Chief Carlo Cottarelli, was also happy with the developments. Concerning human rights, The Economist sees Ahmet Necdet Sezer's election as President as a positive development since Mr. Sezer is in favour of certain structural changes and constitutional amendments. /Cumhuriyet/

    [20] SCHEELE AND THURSFIELD'S VISIT

    Ford Motor Company Europan Chairman, Nick Scheele, and his Assistant David Thursfield, will attend the delivery ceremony on November 11 of the houses built in Golcuk by Ford Motor Company and Ford Otosan. Chairman of Koc Holding Company Rahmi Koc will also attend the ceremony. /Star/

    [21] CULTURE TRAIN IN BALKANS

    The `Culture Train', which will to travel various cities in Greece, Bulgaria and Macedonia in order to help strengthen friendship among the Balkan countries, departed from Sirkeci Railway Station for Bulgaria the day before yesterday. Delivering a speech before the train's departure, the Chairman of TGNA Turkey-Macedonia Interparliamentary Friendship Group, DSP Izmir Deputy Kemal Vatan said various Turkish folk music concerts will be organized in Skopje, Komotini and Plovdiv. Stating they would also visit the school Ataturk attended in Greece, Mr. Vatan said Ataturk's special wagon, to be added to the train would be open for the visiters. /Cumhuriyet/

    [22] GALATASARAY IN THE SECOND ROUND OF EUROPEAN LEAGUE OF CHAMPIONS

    Galatasaray tied a 2-2 in the match with Sturm Graz yesterday and qualified for the second round of the European League of Champions. /Sabah/

    [23] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS.. FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [24] NO RED LIGHTS ON THE ROAD TO EUROPE BY DOGAN HEPER (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Dogan Heper comments on the contents of the Accession Partnership Document for Turkey. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "In Turkey people complain of news leakage, however this is not a situation peculiar to Turkey alone. It happens everywhere. For example, the 'Accession Partnership Document' believed to be EU's road map for Turkey was leaked to the press before being published. It has been noted there are no articles offensive to Turkey in the document. This can be seen as an effort to facilitate Turkey's harmonization with the Union as certain events and speeches reveal there are two differing opinions concerning Turkey.

    There are some Europeans, like former German Chancellor Schmidt who claim Turkey can never enter the EU. On the other hand, there are others who sincerely would like to see Turkey in the Union. Schmidt briefly stated that Turkey was not within the European cultural sphere. 'Although European heads of state and government describe Turkey as a candidate member of the future, such an enlargement seems deceptive to me. I support former French Foreign Minister Andre Francois-Poncet's opinion on the cultural differences and geopolitical considerations and suggest not taking Turkey in the EU.'

    The 'Accession Partnership Document' announced today shows the sincerity of those who support Turkey and the defeat of others like Mr. Schmidt who do not. If entrance to the EU requires all members to adhere to the Copenhagen criteria, then Turkey will comply. Turkey's efforts to comform to them was mentioned in the EU's Accession Partnership Document. The EU's expectations of Turkey are reasonable. There are no articles in the document regarding the minority issue, education in Kurdish, the Cyprus problem, Turco-Greek relations. It is even interesting to note that on the Cyprus issue and the conflict with Greece, there are articles which may be disturbing for Greece and pleasing to Turkey without any names mentioned. The Court of Justice at the Hague is seen as the final authority for the solution of the Cyprus issue and Turco-Greek disagreements.

    If Turkey is to become a respected part of Europe some day, it has to follow this road map during the membership process. The strengthening of legal and constitutional methods for the freedom of expression; eradication of torture; stays of execution, improving the situation in the Southeast; bringing the role of the National Security Council in parallel with the implementation as seen in the EU, are among the conditions which should be carried out for the Turkish people and democracy whether or not Turkey enters the EU."


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