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Turkish Press Review, 00-11-16

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

16.11.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] MELIH FERELI TO ATTEND "WHITE HOUSE CULTURAL AND DIPLOMACY CONFERENCE"
  • [02] PRESIDENT SEZER IN JORDAN
  • [03] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES THE ARMENIAN BILL
  • [04] COALITION LEADERS' MEETING
  • [05] 17TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE TRNC
  • [06] DELEGATION FROM ECHR VISITS OCALAN
  • [07] ECHR DOES NOT POSTPONE THE HEARING
  • [08] TURK: "INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SHOULD COOPERATE AGAINST GRAFT"
  • [09] TURKEY PUTS FORTH A NEW PROPOSAL FOR BOSNIA
  • [10] COTTARELLI'S STATEMENT ON TURKISH ECONOMY
  • [11] MELIH FERELI TO ATTEND "WHITE HOUSE CULTURAL AND DIPLOMACY CONFERENCE"
  • [12] TGNA PASSES THE LAW ON PRIVATIZATION OF STATE-OWNED BANKS
  • [13] IBAR ANNOUNCES ITS RESEARCH ON BANKS AND BANKING SYSTEM IN TURKEY
  • [14] TURCO-GREEK FRIENDSHIP
  • [15] BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE TO BE OPENED IN 2004
  • [16] MENICHETTI TO PROMOTE NEMRUT

  • [01] MELIH FERELI TO ATTEND "WHITE HOUSE CULTURAL AND DIPLOMACY CONFERENCE"

    [02] PRESIDENT SEZER IN JORDAN

    After participating in the Islamic Development Organization Summit in Qatar, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer proceeded to Jordan yesterday to pay an official visit. President Sezer and Jordanian King Abdullah headed the meetings between the two delegations. During the meetings, the topics such as bilateral relations, the Middle East peace process and trade with Iraq were discussed. Mr. Sezer and King Abdullah also attended the Turco-Jordanian Business Council's meeting. At a banquet in honour of Mr. and Mrs. Sezer, King Abdullah decorated the Turkish President with a medal, the first official one presented to him as the Turkish President. /Turkiye/

    [03] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES THE ARMENIAN BILL

    The European Parliament approved a bill, which was enclosed with the report titled, "Turkey's steps on the path of EU full membership." The bill regarding the so-called Armenian genocide passed the Parliament by 234 votes for, 213 votes against, with 93 parliamentarians abstaining. The phrase, included in the European Parliament's resolution, says, "The European Parliament calls on the Turkish Government and the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) to increase their support for the Armenian minority which forms an important part of the Turkish nation, and within this framework, to officially recognize that Armenians were subject to genocide before the establishment of the Republic of Turkey." Stressing that Turkey's full EU membership negotiations would not begin until Turkey reachs a full compliance with the Copenhagen criteria, the decision also asked for further developments in human and minority rights. /Turkiye/

    [04] COALITION LEADERS' MEETING

    The leaders of the coalition government met yesterday. During the 2.5-hour meeting, the so-called Armenian genocide allegations included in the European Parliament's resolution was taken up. Following the meeting, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit issued a statement, saying, "The European Parliament has no right to call on the Turkish government and the TGNA regarding the allegations without any scientific base. These kinds of actions may damage the relations between Turkey and the European Union." /Turkiye/

    [05] 17TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE TRNC

    The 17th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was celebrated with various ceremonies yesterday. Addressing the Turkish-Cypriots in a ceremony, President Rauf Denktas emphasized that they established the state after suffering many losses of lives. He said, "People, having no state, are sentenced to being slaves." /Turkiye/

    [06] DELEGATION FROM ECHR VISITS OCALAN

    A delegation from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) visited Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the PKK terrorist organization on Imrali island. The delegation asked questions about his health condition in Imrali. They said, "Ocalan said he was not treated badly since his capture. Nobody tried to get revenge of what they have done." /Milliyet/

    [07] ECHR DOES NOT POSTPONE THE HEARING

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rejected Turkey's proposal to postpone the hearing of Abdullah Ocalan which will take place on Nov.21. Turkey wanted additional time from the court, as the views of Ocalan's lawyers were submitted to Turkey few days ago. Turkey has been working on the issue for the last six months. Turkey's lawyers needed additional time to examine the files prepared by Ocalan's lawyers. /Milliyet/

    [08] TURK: "INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SHOULD COOPERATE AGAINST GRAFT"

    Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk said, bribery and graft are great handicaps preventing the development of societies and erode the cultural values. They also destroy the social order. Mr. Turk said graft and bribery have transcended the national borders and became an international phenomena. Mr. Turk said, "International community should cooperate in fighting against graft and bribery." /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] TURKEY PUTS FORTH A NEW PROPOSAL FOR BOSNIA

    Turkey announced that multiethnic and multicultural status of pre-war Bosnia should be revived. Turkey's permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Umit Pamir, at the UN general meeting on Bosnia, said, "This status should be achieved without damaging the independence and territorial sovereignty of Bosnia. This is a must for the stability in the Balkans. A confidence should be built among Bosnians, Serbians and Croatians for maintaining peace and stability in the region." /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] COTTARELLI'S STATEMENT ON TURKISH ECONOMY

    International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Chief of the Turkish Desk, Carlo Cottarelli, who finished his observations in Turkey within the framework of the stand-by agreement, said Turkey's additional letter of intent will be evaluated by the Executive Board of the IMF during the second half of this month and the second slice of the loan to be given to Turkey amounting to 600 million dollars will be released. During the press conference he held with the Treasury Undersecretary Selcuk Demiralp, Cottarelli added, "We have completed examining the third and the fourth period of Turkey's economic programme. Our discussions here were mostly on the economic policies for the year 2001. There have been greatly important results in Turkey in 2000 and the inflation rate is at its lowest level since 1986. The rate of the economic growth is expected to be 7% this year." /Hurriyet/

    [11] MELIH FERELI TO ATTEND "WHITE HOUSE CULTURAL AND DIPLOMACY CONFERENCE"

    Istanbul Culture and Art Foundation is preparing to represent Turkey once more on the international platform. The General Director of Istanbul Culture and Art Foundation, Melih Fereli, will attend the 'White House Cultural and Diplomacy Conference' as the only guest from Turkey on 28 November in Washington. US President Bill Clinton and the US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will open the conference and they will chair the morning session of the conference. The role of the culture in the modern social diplomacy and the international relations, and the impact of the cultural activities in establishing an effective and successful foreign policy will be discussed during the conference, which will be attended by many bureaucrats, leading figures and representatives of the institutions from the world of culture, art and press. /Hurriyet/

    [12] TGNA PASSES THE LAW ON PRIVATIZATION OF STATE-OWNED BANKS

    The Turkish Grand National Assembly(TGNA) ratified the draft law on the autonomy of state-owned banks, Halkbank, Ziraat Bank and Emlakbank, before they are privatized. The banks will be initially restructured in a four and half years' time and then privatized under the supervision of a board. Until the privatization, three banks will be under the control of the Treasury, instead of the related ministers. /Milliyet/

    [13] IBAR ANNOUNCES ITS RESEARCH ON BANKS AND BANKING SYSTEM IN TURKEY

    International Research and Auditing Company (IBAR) carried out a research for analysing banks and the banking system in Turkey. IBAR announced financial data regarding 36 Turkish banks out of 81 banks operating within the Turkish financial system. Isbank, Pamukbank and Akbank are the leading three banks that made the highest pre-tax profit in 1999. The head of the executive board of IBAR, Selcuk Abac explained the report in a press conference yesterday. Mr. Abac warned on the fact that speculations seriously harm the banking system. Mr. Abac said, "Banks having a fluctuating financial structure would be put under state control immediately, but currently no such banks exist in the system." /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] TURCO-GREEK FRIENDSHIP

    Greek Minister George Paschalidis made an explanation about his visit to Turkey and said, "I express the Greek Government's support for the two countries' businessmen. Minister Paschalidis made a speech during the press conference that was organized to promote the Greek Industry and Commerce Fair that will be opened today and due to a delegation from the Thessalonika Chamber of Commerce and Industry's visit to the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) and said that he was in Istanbul to extend political support to the cooperation between the Turkish and Greek businessmen. Paschalidis added, "100 Greek companies are expected to participate in this fair and the participation of these companies shows how we are enthusiastic concerning the cooperation between the two countries." Meanwhile, ITO Chairman, Mehmet Yildirim, said that he viewed the participation of the Greek Minister as an indication of the political support. /Sabah/

    [15] BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE TO BE OPENED IN 2004

    Ambassador Elizabeth Jones, who was appointed the US President Bill Clinton's Advisor Responsible for the Energy Resources in the Caspian Region, made observations at BOTAS' Facilities in Yumurtalik. Ambassador Jones was accompanied by the former Advisor, Ambassador John Wolf, and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Yurdakul Erguder, and was briefed by the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline's Project Director Gokhan Bildalci and BOTAS Regional Director in Ceyhan, Gurhan Unal. /Aksam/

    [16] MENICHETTI TO PROMOTE NEMRUT

    Huge statues, which take place at the peak of the Nemrut Mountain in Adiyaman's district of Kahta and dates back to the period of the Kommangene Kingdom, will be introduced to the world by the British Burberrys Company's art director, Roberto Menichetti and his friends. Producer and Director Alvaro Palanga said, We have come to Turkey as guests to shoot a documentary to promote Turkey abroad in a better way. We wanted to make this promotion with Menichetti as we consider him to be the most effective person concerning the issue. The filming includes the cities and districts such as Adiyaman, Istanbul, Van, Sanliurfa, Dogubeyazit, Kahta, Malatya, Kayseri, Nevsehir, Urgup, Goreme, Avanos, Ankara and Batman. The photographs taken by Menichetti in Nemrut and in other regions of Turkey will be published in various magazines." /Cumhuriyet/
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