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Turkish Press Review, 00-11-27

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

27.11.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY-EU RELATIONS TO BE CLEAR IN DECEMBER
  • [02] DENKTAS:"AN ARTIFICIAL PEACE WOULD NOT SOLVE ANY PROBLEMS"
  • [03] DENKTAS WILL NOT ATTEND THE NEXT ROUND OF PROXIMITY TALKS
  • [04] TURKISH ARMED FORCES REACT TO ACCESSION PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT
  • [05] AMENDMENT TO THE TGNA BY-LAWS
  • [06] CEM: "CLAUDIA RUTH'S STATEMENTS ARE ANNOYING"
  • [07] MIDDLE EAST COMMISSION
  • [08] YILMAZ'S STATEMENT ON CYPRUS AND AEGEAN
  • [09] MAINZ: "TURKEY WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE EU"
  • [10] "ANTAKYA, THE LOST ANCIENT CITY EXHIBITION" IN US
  • [11] MINISTRY OF NATIONAL EDUCATION PREPARES FOR THE EU
  • [12] ONAL IN JAPAN
  • [13] DEMIRALP: "NO CONCESSIONS ABOUT OUR OBJECTIVES"
  • [14] FAST TRAIN FOR ANKARA-ISTANBUL RAILWAY
  • [15] AWARD TO EYUBOGLU HIGH SCHOOL

  • [01] TURKEY-EU RELATIONS TO BE CLEAR IN DECEMBER

    Turkey, in a tense time with the EU due to addition of the Cyprus and Aegean statements into the Accession Partnership Document (APD), is entering a new phase. Next month, Ankara will make vital decisions on both local and foreign policies, including the EU, Cyprus, amnesty and economic topics. The route of Turkey-EU relations will be clear in December. Stating that Turkey will not give any concessions on these subjects, the coalition partners are asking for an amendment to the Aegean and Cyprus topics in the APD. The first and important reaction against the APD came from Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas. Mr. Denktas declared that he will not attend the sixth round of the proximity talks. /Turkiye/

    [02] DENKTAS:"AN ARTIFICIAL PEACE WOULD NOT SOLVE ANY PROBLEMS"

    The President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Rauf Denktas evaluated the current situation after the fifth round of proximity talks. Mr. Denktas said, "We did not abstain from the talks, but said that we also would not go to the brink of the abyss. As some people may have been disturbed by peace, Turkish soldiers were brought to the island 26 years ago. They were trying to bring an artificial peace to the island." Mr. Denktas said an artificial peace would lead the two societies to the battle grounds. He said the EU's precondition for Turkey to solve the Cyprus problem before her full membership was a criterion that would degenerate the process."The EU wants to adopt the right of Greek-Cypriots to return their former homes. If this right is recognized, Greek-Cypriots will attack Turkish-Cypriots. Mr. Denktas said those who made this proposal know this fact, and insist on establishing a multinational force on the island. Turkish-Cypriots do not favor this proposal. Turkish-Cypriots want the revival of the guarantee mechanism established in 1960 when the federal republic was established upon this premise. /Milliyet/

    [03] DENKTAS WILL NOT ATTEND THE NEXT ROUND OF PROXIMITY TALKS

    The Cyprus Summit held Friday at the Cankaya Palace ended with a statement by TRNC President Rauf Denktas. He said unless the existence of the TRNC is accepted and equality of the two sides on the island was established, continuation of the proximity talks process would only be a "waste of time." The summit was also attended by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Deputy Prime Ministers Devlet Bahceli and Mesut Yilmaz and the Chief of the General Staff, Gen.Huseyin Kivrikoglu. Speaking to the press afterward Mr. Denktas said, "We have reached the conclusion that these talks are nothing but a waste of time as long as our parameters are not accepted. The Greek-Cypriots are running on the pretext that they are the sole legitimate government on the island. We, according to the 1960 agreements, have on an equal basis with the Greek-Cypriots, with equal sovereignty and are as independent as the Greek-Cypriots. When we were left stateless we had no choice but to form a state of our own. We have continued talks in good faith after we founded our state." Mr. Denktas said he was not calling for recognition, but an acknowledgement of the fact that the Greek-Cypriots do not govern the Turkish-Cypriots and never would. He said he would tell the UN Special Envoy for Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto to stop wasting time and called upon him to treat both sides as equals. /Turkish Daily News/

    [04] TURKISH ARMED FORCES REACT TO ACCESSION PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT

    The Commander of the War Academies, General Nahit Senogul, harshly critisized the conditions such as minorities' rights and freedoms included in the accession partnership document. Replying to certain international organizations and European countries, Mr. Senogul said," Certain countries want Turkey to make concessions from its indivisible structure under the guise of demanding more rights for minorities. Our struggle as a nation is not an easy one. Members of the War Academies are determined to make no concessions on the unity of the Republic of Turkey. They will always be devoted to the revolutions of Ataturk (the founder of the Republic of Turkey)." /Sabah/

    [05] AMENDMENT TO THE TGNA BY-LAWS

    The government will make an amendment to the by-laws of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA), in order to accelerate the law-making process. According to the new by-law, deputies will be obliged to participate in the sessions, and the length of their speeches will be restricted. The Parliamentary Speaker will have enlarged powers. The government will bring the regulation to the floor of the TGNA in a short time. /Hurriyet/

    [06] CEM: "CLAUDIA RUTH'S STATEMENTS ARE ANNOYING"

    During an interview in a television programme Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said, the disputable statements by Claudia Ruth, the Germany Federal Assembly Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid Commission's Chairman, were also not ratified by the Turkish Foreign Ministry. Mr. Cem called Ruth's statements, made during her recent visit to the southeastern region of Turkey, annoying and absurd. Yesterday, Mr. Cem left for Vienna to attend the Organization on European Security and Cooperation (OSCE) Council of Ministers' meeting. Before the meeting, Mr. Cem will meet with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright this morning at a working breakfast. /Turkiye/

    [07] MIDDLE EAST COMMISSION

    The Research Commission for the Middle East formed by US President Bill Clinton to end the clashes in the Middle East and presided over by US Senator George Mitchell, convened in New York. One of the commission members, former president Suleyman Demirel said the future of the 50-year Palestinian-Israeli conflict is unpredictable. He said the delegation may arrive in the region in mid-December. /Turkiye/

    [08] YILMAZ'S STATEMENT ON CYPRUS AND AEGEAN

    Speaking at the "New Policies in a New Millennium, Central Anatolia Region Meeting", Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Mesut Yilmaz, stated Turkey would not make any sacrifices on issues such as Cyprus and the so-called Armenian genocide. Mr. Yilmaz said, "We do not want to cause any problem in our relations with the EU. However, in order to improve Turco-EU relations, the EU should have intentions similar to ours. If the EU decides to solve the Aegean and Cyprus issues according to the demand of Greece, then being an EU member would not be beneficial for Turkey anymore." /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] MAINZ: "TURKEY WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE EU"

    Following the meeting of the Young Entrepreneurs for Europe YES for Europe in Brussels, the Chairman of the association, Wolfgang Mainz evaluated Turkey-EU relations. Mr. Mainz said Turkey will contribute to the EU with its different religion and culture. He said, "It is not fair to wait only for Turkey to complete its homework. The EU also has to implement its own responsibilites and duties and increase its financial aid to Turkey." /Turkiye/

    [10] "ANTAKYA, THE LOST ANCIENT CITY EXHIBITION" IN US

    Historic objects, such as jewelery and sculptures, unearthed by American archaeologists before the annexation of Hatay to the Republic of Turkey, are being exhibited in the Worcester Museum, Massachussetts in the US. In the exhibition titled "Antakya: The Lost Ancient City" most of the ancient works are being exhibited for the first time in 75 years. The exhibition will open in Cleveland and Baltimore Museums after February 4. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] MINISTRY OF NATIONAL EDUCATION PREPARES FOR THE EU

    The Ministry of National Education has begun conducting a comparative analysis between the Turkish primary education system and that of the EU countries. An EU desk, established within the structure of the Ministry, began to research the education systems of these countries. Among the topics to be observed are compulsory education, numbers of lessons, hours of lessons, preparation of lesson books and school types. After the research is completed, certain necessary changes will be made in the Turkish national education system. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] ONAL IN JAPAN

    The Minister of State responsible for economics, Recep Onal travelled to Tokyo, Japan to attend the 12th joint meeting of the Turkish-Japanese Business Council and to meet with Japanese officials. A delegation consisting of bureaucrats from the Treasury and other related authorities accompanied him. Mr. Onal and the delegation will first meet with officials from the Sakura Bank. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] DEMIRALP: "NO CONCESSIONS ABOUT OUR OBJECTIVES"

    Stating the economic stability program being jointly pursued by the IMF will continue in 2001, Treasury Undersecretary Selcuk Demiralp said, "We will have single-digit inflation in 2001. The economic program will be strengthened with new tax regulations and the 2001 budget." /Turkiye/

    [14] FAST TRAIN FOR ANKARA-ISTANBUL RAILWAY

    Alarko-Alsim and two Spanish firms won the tender for the restoration of the Ankara-Istanbul railway's Ankara-Eskisehir line. After the restoration is completed, a fast train will be used. The total cost of the project has been calculated at Euro 437 million. A large part of the credit necessary for the project will be met by the Spanish government and the Spanish Exim Bank. /Turkiye/

    [15] AWARD TO EYUBOGLU HIGH SCHOOL

    Eyuboglu High School received an award given by the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) for its superior education quality by European standards. The School Director, Sema Kan Ozkaya received the award in Nice, France. Ms.Ozkaya said, "Our school is one of three high schools accredited worldwide. We are happy the success of our school was recognized by a well-acclaimed institution." /Hurriyet/
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