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Turkish Press Review, 00-11-09

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

09.11.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS THE MEANINIG OF THE ACCESSION PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT
  • [02] BY EROL MANISALI (CUMHURIYET)
  • [03] ACCESSION PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT DECLARED
  • [04] FRENCH SENATE PASSES THE ARMENIAN BILL
  • [05] ANNAN MEETS WITH DENKTAS AND KLERIDES
  • [06] YILMAZ VISITS SOUTH EAST ANATOLIA
  • [07] KIVRIKOGLU MEETS GREEK COMMANDER
  • [08] UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [09] IRAQ HALTS PUMPING OF OIL THROUGH KIRKUK-YUMURTALIK PIPELINE
  • [10] TURKISH BUSINESSMEN IN EUROPE INVEST IN SOUTH EAST ANATOLIA
  • [11] PRODUCTION INCREASE IS 6.3 PERCENT
  • [12] DEMIRBANK UNDERWRITES ROMANIAN STATE BONDS
  • [13] AKBANK GIVES $200 MILLION CREDIT TO TURKCELL
  • [14] EXHIBITION "THE GREAT PALACE OF BYZANTINE EMPERORS" BEGINS
  • [15] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [16] THE MEANINIG OF THE ACCESSION PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT BY EROL MANISALI (CUMHURIYET)

  • [01] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS THE MEANINIG OF THE ACCESSION PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT

    [02] BY EROL MANISALI (CUMHURIYET)

    [03] ACCESSION PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT DECLARED

    Yesterday, the EU Commission announced the Accession Partnership Document (APD) outlining Turkey's strategy for full EU membership. Diplomatic circles said Greece made last minute revision to the Document, and statements on the Cyprus issue were removed from "the introduction section" and put into "the short term precautions section" of the Document. In the introduction section, Turkey's efforts to comply with the Copenhagen Criteria were praised. The principles section of the APD stated that border disputes between countries (implicating the Aegean issues between Turkey and Greece) should be solved with bilateral meetings. If no solution was found by the end of 2004, the parties should go to the International Court of Justice at the Hague, complying with the UN resolution. The Commission expects Turkey to announce the "National Harmonization Programme" by the end of this year and to take into consideration the priorities stated in the APD. The APD will be valid after ratification by the Council of the EU meeting on Nov. 20 or Dec. 5. Meanwhile, in a statement the Turkish Foreign Ministry reiterated Turkey's view that the Cyprus issue was a issue between the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and the Greek-Cypriot Administration. It said Turkey's effort to solve the issue could not be related to its EU membership. The statement also noted that Turkey has passed a milestone in the full EU membership process and it would continue its efforts to start to full membership negotiations. /Turkiye/

    [04] FRENCH SENATE PASSES THE ARMENIAN BILL

    Yesterday, the Bill on the so-called Armenian genocide passed in the French Senate by 164 votes to, 40 votes against with four senators abstaining. According to the French Constitution, the bill will be sent to the French Assembly. Bulent Akarcali, a member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) delegation who met with French senators before the voting, said neither President Jacques Chirac, nor Premier Lionel Jospin attempted to prevent the bill's passing. Stressing that enacting the bill would damage Turco-French economic, cultural and social relations, Mr. Akarcali said, "The French government underestimated and deceived the Republic of Turkey." Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Ministry reacted to bill's passage. Yesterday, French Ambassador to Turkey, Bernard Garcia was summoned to the Foreign Ministry and had Turkey's concern and views over the case quoted to him. Additionally, party representatives in the TGNA condemned France in their statements saying no one would benefit from those kind of efforts. /All Papers/

    [05] ANNAN MEETS WITH DENKTAS AND KLERIDES

    Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of UN, met with Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Glafkos Klerides, the leader of the Greek-Cypriot Administration in Geneva during the fifth round of the proximity talks. Annan proposed that both leaders come together again in January. Annan said he asked Alvaro De Soto, the Special Representative for Cyprus, to visit Ankara, Athens and Cyprus at the end of this month. Evaluating the APD, President Rauf Denktas said putting the Cyprus issue into the short term criteria, is a big play by the EU against Turkey. /Turkiye/

    [06] YILMAZ VISITS SOUTH EAST ANATOLIA

    Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Motherland Party, Mesut Yilmaz will visit South East Anatolia Nov.18-21. This is his first visit as a part of the coalition government. Mr. Yilmaz will put out information regarding the government's regional policy and democratization which the EU put as a precondition for Turkey's full EU membership. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] KIVRIKOGLU MEETS GREEK COMMANDER

    The Chief of the General Staff Huseyin Kivrikoglu met with his Greek counterpart, Manausos Paragioudakis yesterday in Brussels, to attend the NATO Military Committee meeting. The two commanders talked about confidence-building measures in the Aegean and military cooperation. The Military Committee, NATO's highest military decision-making body began its 140th regular convention yesterday in Brussels. Mr. Kivrikoglu represents Turkey in the meeting. Topics regarding the status quo in the Balkans and European Security and Defense Identity(ESDI) will be on the meeting's agenda. The Chiefs of the General Staff will meet with military representatives of those states cooperating with the NATO during the European-Atlantic Partnership Committee meeting today. /Aksam/

    [08] UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TO VISIT TURKEY

    Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma will pay an official visit to Turkey Nov.22-24. The president will attend a function to be held in his honor in Istanbul Nov.24. A Joint Economic Commission meeting between the two countries is due to be held in Ukraine Dec.13-16. A Turkish delegation, under the direction of State Minister Rustu Kazim Yucelen, will attend the meeting which places great emphasis on economic relations. /Turkish Daily News/

    [09] IRAQ HALTS PUMPING OF OIL THROUGH KIRKUK-YUMURTALIK PIPELINE

    Iraq has temporarily suspended operation of the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik oil pipeline because of a payment problem, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said yesterday. The problem will be resolved soon and Iraq will probably resume operation of the pipeline shortly, Dujarric said. He added the problem concerned the payments made to Iraq for the oil it sells as a part of the UN's oil-for-food program. According to Dujarric, the problem arose after Iraq refused to be paid in US dollars and instead asked for payment in euros. The Kirkuk-Yumurtalik pipeline, a major oil pipeline transferring Iraqi oil to western markets through Turkey, was closed in the aftermath of the Gulf War of 1990. The pipeline resumed operation in 1995 with the launch of the oil-for-food program, allowing Iraq to sell oil in order to purchase basic food and medical supplies. /Turkish Daily News/

    [10] TURKISH BUSINESSMEN IN EUROPE INVEST IN SOUTH EAST ANATOLIA

    Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen in Europe will invest in the South East Project (GAP) region.President of the Association of European Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen (ATIAD), Esref Unsal, said they will try to contribute to the economic development by inviting European investors to the region, by investing in the region, and by improving commercial relations. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] PRODUCTION INCREASE IS 6.3 PERCENT

    Increase in industrial output is 6.3 % compared with last year's figures. Industrial production increased 4.8 % in the first nine months of this year. Production in the manufacturing industry increased 7 % and 8.4 % in the electric, water and natural gas industries. /Sabah/

    [12] DEMIRBANK UNDERWRITES ROMANIAN STATE BONDS

    Demirbank entered the consortium of banks underwriting the issuing of the second eurobonds by the Romanian government. Demirbank is the first Turkish Bank to take part in such a consortium to provide foreign funds to another country. Representatives of Demirbank said the leader of the consortium is ING Barings and Schroder Salomon Smith Barney. /Sabah/

    [13] AKBANK GIVES $200 MILLION CREDIT TO TURKCELL

    Akbank provided Turkcell with $200 million credit, until now the largest amount a Turkish bank ever provided to a Turkish company. The general director of Turkcell, Cuneyt Turktan, said they will use the money to speed up infrastructural investments. Previously, Mr. Turktan said, they received credit from international financing institutions, but now, Akbank provided similar conditions. Mr. Turktan said two new GSM operators will be active in the market. To ready themselves for competition, they will attach special importance to investments regarding the mobile internet. /Milliyet/

    [14] EXHIBITION "THE GREAT PALACE OF BYZANTINE EMPERORS" BEGINS

    The painting exhibition titled, "The Great Palace of Byzantine Emperors" opens today in the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Works in Sultanahmet, Istanbul. The exhibition runs until Nov.17. The exhibition was organized by the Culture Ministry, the Italian Embassy to Turkey, the Turkish Embassy to Italy, the Italian Foreign Ministry, the Italian Culture Institute in Istanbul and Yildiz Technical University. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [16] THE MEANINIG OF THE ACCESSION PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT BY EROL MANISALI (CUMHURIYET)

    Columnist Erol Manisali comments on EU's Accession Partnership Document (APD) for Turkey. A summary of his column is as follows:

    The EU's Accession Partnership Document for Turkey was announced yesterday. It states these evaluations will be repeated in 2004, particularly on economic matters. Furthermore, the EU expects improvement concerning democratization in accordance with the Copenhagen criteria. Even though it is not mentioned by name, the Kurdish problem is the focal point of the EU approach, followed by the position of the National Security Council. To top it all off, the it has placed the Greek demand on Cyprus among the short-term problems to be solved in the APD. This means that Cyprus is a pre-condition for the Turkish side to enter the EU. In other words, the EU recognizes the present Greek-Cypriot Administration as the only valid government on the island and does not give an equal status to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It is understood that the Aegean issue will be taken to the Court of Justice at The Hague in 2004 as Greece does not want to enter a dialogue with Turkey ove this issue. The APD says the continental shelf is the issue left and it would be best solved at the Hague.

    The EU is telling Turkey what it has to do one by one, but is not giving a time-table or even any financial aid for that matter. The APD is a unilateral document and creates an imposition on Turkey. Europe takes no responsibility, and ignores Turkey's wishes altogether. The APD shows that if Turkey does not enter the EU, it will also not be governed or controlled by the EU administration. There is no difference between those wanting a mandate in 1919 and those wanting to enter the EU today. What is more, the APD does not give any guarantees for Turkey's future admittance to the EU. Both in Helsinki and the APD issued yesterday, the conditions Turkey has to comply with are being pointed out. The surveys conducted uptil now show that 80% of the Europeans are against Turkey's admittance into the Union.

    Can the EU, which has admitted Turkey, leave out Belarus, the Ukraine or even the Russian Federation? Such an integration would mean upsetting the level of prosperity and domestic balances in Europe. The APD is one of the milestones in the process of taking Turkey under EU'rule and control. The EU will neither take Turkey in nor will exclude it altogether. The greatest guarantee for the EU is the 'EU lobby' created by a narrow circle and the media. Concepts like 'homework' and 'road map', are more for societies under the rule of colonial regimes.

    The reason Ataturk's Turkey is being forced into such unacceptable concepts can be explained by the dominance of a narrow but influential circle in the media. It is a grave mistake to believe that the APD is a step on the road to full EU membership."


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