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Turkish Press Review, 00-11-24

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

24.11.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [02] SEZER: "TEACHERS SHOULD RECEIVE THE SUPPORT THEY DESERVE"
  • [03] ECEVIT RECEIVES ROBERTSON
  • [04] KIVRIKOGLU'S ROMANIA VISIT
  • [05] EFFORTS TO END CLASHES IN THE MIDDLE EAST
  • [06] MOSCOVICI'S STATEMENT ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN TURKEY
  • [07] ROBERTSON'S SPEECH IN ESDI CONFERENCE
  • [08] BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS DETERMINED
  • [09] TOROS-2000 EXERCISE ENDS
  • [10] KUCHMA: "WE REGARD YOUR SUCCESS AS A GUIDING PRINCIPLE"
  • [11] TGNA RATIFIES THE NEW TAX LAW
  • [12] SECOND TURKISH-SPEAKING REPUBLICS BUSINESSMEN'S CONGRESS BEGINS
  • [13] MULTINATIONAL TEXTILE FACTORY IN URFA
  • [14] KOC HOLDING RECEIVES $250 MILLION CREDIT
  • [15] DOGUS HOLDING'S RATE INCREASES
  • [16] FOREX RESERVES INCREASE BY $850 MILLION
  • [17] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [18] TURKEY ON WEEKEND BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

  • [01] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [02] SEZER: "TEACHERS SHOULD RECEIVE THE SUPPORT THEY DESERVE"

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer issued a message celebrating the "Teachers' Day". Mr. Sezer said the support they deserved should be given to teachers shaping the future generations. The economic conditions of teachers should be improved. Mr. Sezer said the society needs an educational system involving democratic ideals. Therefore the required changes should be carried out as soon as possible. /Milliyet/

    [03] ECEVIT RECEIVES ROBERTSON

    Yesterday, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit received NATO Secretary-General George Robertson. Following the meeting, Mr. Ecevit said that the NATO Secretary General has informed the member countries about the recent developments before his one-year term in office come to end. Regarding a question on Turkey's exclusion from the decision-making mechanism of the European Security and Defence Identity (ESDI), Mr. Ecevit said, "Turkey is confronted with unfairness on the subject." In his statement, Mr. Robertson said that they discussed the ESDI topic and other regional issues. /Turkiye/

    [04] KIVRIKOGLU'S ROMANIA VISIT

    According to a statement issued by the General Secretariat of the Office of the Chief of General Staff, Chief of General Staff Gen. Huseyin Kivrikoglu paid an official visit to Romania on Nov. 20-23 at the invitation of Romanian Chief of General Staff Gen. Mihail Popescu. The statement said that Gen. Kivrikoglu met with President's Defence Counsellor, Gen. Konstantin Degeratu, Chief of General Staff, Gen. Mikhail Popescu, and other Romanian high level officials. During the meetings, cooperation in military and defence industry, Partnership for Peace activities and other bilateral topics were discussed. /Turkiye/

    [05] EFFORTS TO END CLASHES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

    Former President Suleyman Demirel made phone calls to Egyptian President Husnu Mubarek, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Jordanian King Abdullah and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak before attending the meeting of the international committee, formed to stop the violence in the Middle East. Mr. Demirel will leave for New York on Nov. 25 to participate in the international committee's meeting to be held on Nov. 26-27. Following the meeting in New York, the members of the committee are expected to proceed to the Middle East. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said that Turkey had important historic responsibilities in the Middle East and he was continuing to meet with authorities of the sides to end the clashes. /Aksam/

    [06] MOSCOVICI'S STATEMENT ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN TURKEY

    Speaking before the European Conference Ministerial Meeting which Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ismail Cem also attended in Socheaux, France, EU term president France's Minister of State responsible for the EU Affairs, Pierre Moscovici stated that problems concerning human rights, democratization and minority rights are still viewed as an obstacle for Turkey's full EU membership. Mr. Moscovici also said that close relations between military and political institutions constituted a problem, adding that Turkey's participation in the meetings was important. Recalling that Turkey's Accession Partnership Document was about to be accepted, Mr. Moscovici said, "Turkey's candidacy is a wager we bet to win." Mr. Cem representing Turkey at the meeting conveyed Turkey's concern over the Cyprus issue's inclusion in the Accession Partnership Document to his European counterparts and EU Commissioner responsible for enlargement Gunther Verheugen at the meeting. The meeting is a preparation for the Nice Summit to be held with the participation of candidate countries on December 7. Candidate countries were informed about the structural reforms planned to be made within the EU. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] ROBERTSON'S SPEECH IN ESDI CONFERENCE

    Delivering a speech at the European Security and Defense Identity (ESDI) Conference organized by the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), NATO Secretary-General Lord George Robertson emphasized the importance of Turkey for the EU, NATO and the interests of the region. Giving information on the strategic relations between NATO and the EU. Mr. Robertson said, "Turkey should enter the picture. We need Turkey as it has a very important geopolitical location in the region. Turkey's vital role should be clearly understood. We should not forget that Turkey has always a place in all defense scenarios." Stating that countries which are not members of the EU but are NATO allies should be given more roles, Mr. Robertson said, "Turkey as a secular, Kemalist (M. Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey) and democratic country has an essential place in Europe's security." /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS DETERMINED

    The British government rejected Armenian lobbies' demands for January 27 to be named as the "Commemoration Day for the Victims of the Holocaust". The daily Independent stated that Armenian attempts were officialy refused in a letter written by Neil Frater, an official from the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the Armenian Union in the US. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] TOROS-2000 EXERCISE ENDS

    The Toros-2000 exercise conducted by the Turkish Armed Forces on the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)'s territorial waters and air space, as well as Eastern Mediteranean's international air space and territorial waters, was completed successfully. Turkish-Cypriot Peace Forces also participated in the exercise. /Turkiye/

    [10] KUCHMA: "WE REGARD YOUR SUCCESS AS A GUIDING PRINCIPLE"

    Turkey and Ukraine decided to support the cooperation efforts in defense industry by developing concrete projects. Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, who is visiting Turkey on an official invitation by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, invited Turkish businessmen to invest in Ukraine. The construction of Odessa Airport, investments in telecommunications and glass industry by the Turkish Businessmen were discussed at the meeting between the two delegations. Koc Holding might also open hypermarkets in Ukraine. Mr. Kuchma, in a speech he delivered in the TGNA yesterday, said, "Ataturk pointed to today's Turkey when he said after the war of independence, 'we will gain great non-military victories from now on, especially in economic, scientific and information areas.' I belive Ukraine will also be successful in carrying out the required reforms by taking your success as a guide." /Hurriyet/

    [11] TGNA RATIFIES THE NEW TAX LAW

    The Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) ratified the supplementary tax draft law yesterday. With the implementation of new taxes, including "the standard of living tax", around $43 million in more taxes will be collected. The rate of special transaction tax, special communication tax, automobile purchase and selling tax will be determined by the government. With the new law, merger of the banks will be exempted from the tax liabilities for three years. Institutions and persons who will buy the banks at loss will have the right to subtract the losses of those bank from their profits for a five-year period. /Milliyet/

    [12] SECOND TURKISH-SPEAKING REPUBLICS BUSINESSMEN'S CONGRESS BEGINS

    Second Turkish-Speaking Republics Businessmen's Congress will begin today in Istanbul under the auspices of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. During the Congress to be opened by Minister of State Abdulhaluk Mehmet Cay, the problems of the businessmen working in the Turkish-Speaking Republics will be taken up. /Star/

    [13] MULTINATIONAL TEXTILE FACTORY IN URFA

    An Italian, a Swiss and two Turkish companies are planning to establish a textile factory in Urfa. The factory will initially produce cotton yarn,and later blue jeans and special cloths. /Sabah/

    [14] KOC HOLDING RECEIVES $250 MILLION CREDIT

    Koc Holding obtained $250 million in syndication credit from foreign financial markets. The one-year credit with Libor+0.95 will be of general use for the group companies of the holding. /Milliyet/

    [15] DOGUS HOLDING'S RATE INCREASES

    International rating institutions, Standard and Poor's and Fitch announced the credit rate they gave to the Dogus Holding. These rating institutions rated the holding for the first time. Standard and Poor's gave B+ for the long-run, B for the short-run. Fitch gave BB- as exchange rate and BB as TL rate to the holding. Standard and Poor's announced the banks owned by Dogus Holding are making good profits and their risk management is successful. /Milliyet/

    [16] FOREX RESERVES INCREASE BY $850 MILLION

    The Turkish Central Bank's foreign exchange reserves rose by $850 million to $24.4 billion in the week ending Nov.17, the bank announced yesterday. The bank said its gold reserves had remained unchanged at $1.01 billion. Total foreign currency reserves of commercial banks and special finance institutions amounted to $16.5 billion as of Nov.3, according to the most recent data available. National foreign exchange reserves, including Central Bank foreign exchange reserves, commercial banks' and special financial institutions' foreign exchange reserves and Central Bank gold reserves, rose by $948 million to $41.8 billion Nov.3. Meanwhile, the Central Bank said that a total of $8.7 billion had been transferred out for debt payments since Jan.1. /Turkish Daily News/

    [17] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [18] TURKEY ON WEEKEND BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Yilmaz Oztuna describes the events of the week briefly in his column. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "This weekend is closing with economic news high on the agenda. At the beginning of the week, the most important issue discussed was the Accession Partnership Document. When those who could not fathom the sensitivity of money acted carelessly, the stock exchange market hit the bottom. Interest rates rose, demand for foreign exchange increased, despite the strength of our economic potential which is accepted by both World Bank and the West. Foreign exchange reserves are at a level($24 billion) which was not reached before. However, bailed out banks cast a shadow on the banking system and as we are not accustomed to acting quickly, some issues turned into never ending problems.

    Turkey's relations with the EU are left to the Nice Summit in France in December. I am optimistic of its outcome. Nothing can be imposed upon Turkey through force or insults. Turkey is accustomed to discordant voices. It will not lose its European identity with the propaganda campaigns of Armenians, Greeks or others. It will be a disappointment to those who expect Turkey, who has lived through the days of Ataturk, defended Europe against the Soviet Union for 40 years, to turn its back on the West.

    The amnesty issue which we have brought upon ourselves should also be mentioned. In fact, there is not a proper draft on the isse. Even if there is an accord among the parties in the TGNA, no one knows what will happen in the Constitutional Court. The judges themselves cannot say anything until they have seen the file.

    I believe Turkey is moving forwards. A brilliant Turkish State will arise after these periods of confusion. It is a historical fact that periods of prosperity follow eras of violence."


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