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Turkish Press Review, 00-11-28

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

28.11.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] A NEW ROLE FOR TURKEY: DEMIREL IN THE MIDDLE EAST FACT-FINDING COMMITTEE
  • [02] CHHIBBER: "TURKISH GOVERNMENT SHOWED ITS DETERMINATION TO CONTINUE WITH ECONOMIC PROGRAM"
  • [03] SEZER VISITS IZGI
  • [04] MGK TO MEET TOMORROW
  • [05] OSCE SUMMIT IN VIENNA
  • [06] A NEW ROLE FOR TURKEY: DEMIREL IN THE MIDDLE EAST FACT-FINDING COMMITTEE
  • [07] ONAL IN JAPAN
  • [08] DENKTAS' STATEMENT ON PROXIMITY TALKS
  • [09] FP TRIAL ON DECEMBER 12
  • [10] BALKAN MEDIA SUMMIT
  • [11] TUSIAD DELEGATION IN BRUSSELS
  • [12] LEADERS ATTEND ECONOMIC SUMMIT
  • [13] CHHIBBER: "TURKISH GOVERNMENT SHOWED ITS DETERMINATION TO CONTINUE WITH ECONOMIC PROGRAM"
  • [14] FISCHER: "THE PROGRAM IS ON TRACK"
  • [15] PIERUZZI: "WE TRUST TURKEY'S FUTURE"
  • [16] FOGG: "AN EQUILIBRIUM IN DEVELOPMENT IS NECESSARY"
  • [17] UGEUX ON TURKCELL
  • [18] TREASURY RECEIVES 450 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE SAMURAI MARKET
  • [19] KORFEZBANK RECEIVES LOAN FROM ABROAD
  • [20] BOEING WINS AWACS TENDER
  • [21] NUMBER OF RESCUE TEAMS INCREASES

  • [01] A NEW ROLE FOR TURKEY: DEMIREL IN THE MIDDLE EAST FACT-FINDING COMMITTEE

    [02] CHHIBBER: "TURKISH GOVERNMENT SHOWED ITS DETERMINATION TO CONTINUE WITH ECONOMIC PROGRAM"

    [03] SEZER VISITS IZGI

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer visited Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) Speaker, Omer Izgi yesterday. Mr. Sezer conveyed his congragulations to Mr. Izgi upon his election as the TGNA Speaker. /Hurriyet/

    [04] MGK TO MEET TOMORROW

    The National Security Council (MGK) will meet tomorrow under the chairmanship of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. The latest domestic and foreign issues will be taken up during the meeting. /Turkiye/

    [05] OSCE SUMMIT IN VIENNA

    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Council of Ministers's Eighth Meeting began in Vienna yesterday. The opening speech was given by Austrian Foreign Minister Benito Ferrero Waldner. Representing Turkey at the meeting, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, met with Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou Sunday night. He also met with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, at a breakfast yesterday. Mr. Cem is expected to meet with Dutch, Belgian, Danish, Finnish, British, Austrian, Ukranian, Azerbaijani and Algerian Foreign Ministers. /Turkiye/

    [06] A NEW ROLE FOR TURKEY: DEMIREL IN THE MIDDLE EAST FACT-FINDING COMMITTEE

    Turkey achieves a new regional and international role with former President Suleyman Demirel's membership in the Middle Eastern Fact-Finding Committee aimed at stopping the violence between Palestinians and Israelis. The five-member committee held its first meeting in New York. Mr. Demirel put forth some proposals which would increase Turkey's role in the peace efforts. Accordingly, two more Turkish officials will attend the next meeting to be held in Turkey. Norway's Foreign Minister, Thorbjorn Jagland, NATO former Secretary-General, Javier Solana, former US Senator of Maine, George Mitchell, and former US Senator, Warren Rudman, are the other members of the fact-finding committee. At its first meeting, the committee met with the representatives of the Palestinians and Israelis and requested a "written statement" regarding the causes of the clashes. /Milliyet/

    [07] ONAL IN JAPAN

    Recep Onal, the State Minister Responsible for the Economy, is continuing meetings in Tokyo in addition to his participation in the Turkish-Japanese Business Council's meeting. Yesterday, Mr. Onal and his accompanying delegation met with Takashi Fujishima, Deputy Chairman of the Sakura Bank, Nomura and Sony Companies' executives. Today, they will meet with Chairman of the Japanese Parliament Turkish Friendship Group, Kanezo Moraoka, authorities from Marubeni Company and the Chairman of the Japanese Business Council, Takashi Imai. Following these meetings, Minister Onal will inaugurate the Turkish-Japanese Business Council's 12th Joint Meeting which will last two days. /Turkiye/

    [08] DENKTAS' STATEMENT ON PROXIMITY TALKS

    President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas spoke about his possible return to the table of proximity talks. Mr. Denktas said, "We cannot act as if the TRNC doesn't exist. From now on, we will speak as the TRNC, as a state." /Star/

    [09] FP TRIAL ON DECEMBER 12

    The case against the Virtue Party (FP) bringing about its closure will be tried in the Constitutional Court on December 12. It was stated that this trial would not last longer than one month. If the FP is closed and the party deputies are cancelled, the elections of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) will be held again. /Aksam/

    [10] BALKAN MEDIA SUMMIT

    The conference titled, "New Media Technologies for the Development of Cooperation in the Balkans" was held in Thessalonika, Greece. Balkan news agencies, newspapers and televisions executives came together and discussed their issues and explored possibilities for better cooperation. /Turkiye/

    [11] TUSIAD DELEGATION IN BRUSSELS

    During contacts in Brussels, the Turkish Association of Industrialists and Businessmen (TUSIAD) Foreign Relations Commission, defended the opinion that 'the European Union (EU) has to make some changes in its policies concerning Turkey so this new phase can be successful. During the meeting organized between the EU Commission's Turkish Desk Chairman, Alain Serventie, and a group comprising responsible officials of various Directorate-Generals of the candidate countries, and the TUSIAD delegation yesterday morning, the TUSIAD officials mentioned their expectations as follows; the EU should systematically delineate its support for Turkey's Accession Partnership Document in a constructive way through its rhetoric during the enlargement process and before the international public; EU policies should be constructive and in favor of solution for Turkey during the process of Turkey's candidacy; the EU should oppose any misinformation about Turkey; the EU should increase financial cooperation to a level convenient with the targets of the Accession Partnership Document; the EU should reserve all financial cooperation funds for projects necessary to bring Turkey into harmony with the EU; the EU should develop additional financial leeway in the first years so Turkey can be included in the EU cooperation program. /Aksam/

    [12] LEADERS ATTEND ECONOMIC SUMMIT

    The leaders of coalition parties met yesterday to discuss economic issues. Prime Minister and Chairman of the Democratic Left Party (DSP), Bulent Ecevit, Deputy Prime Ministers, Chairman of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli, Chairman of the Motherland Party (ANAP) Mesut Yilmaz and State Minister Husamettin Ozkan, Treasury Undersecretary Selcuk Demiralp and Central Bank Governor Gazi Ercel attended the meeting. It was stated that general economic issues were discussed during the meeting. /Turkiye/

    [13] CHHIBBER: "TURKISH GOVERNMENT SHOWED ITS DETERMINATION TO CONTINUE WITH ECONOMIC PROGRAM"

    World Bank Turkey Director, Ajay Chhibber praised the government's decision to enact the law regarding the privatization of state-owned banks through first gaining autonomy. Mr. Chhibber said, "This law is a great step in the fiscal adjustment program. The Turkish government has showed its determination in continuing with the program. We truly support all efforts of the government." Mr. Chhibber, regarding the first portion totaling $780 million of the Financial Structural Adjustment Loans (FSAL) World Bank would give to Turkey, said the loan negotiation would be made by year's end. /Milliyet/

    [14] FISCHER: "THE PROGRAM IS ON TRACK"

    IMF First Deputy Managing Director, Stanley Fischer, in his statement on the IMF web site, said Turkey's stabilization program is on track. Mr. Fischer said the IMF Executive Board is expected to consider, in the third week of December, the strengthened package of measure recently agreed to by the Turkish authorities and the IMF staff. The disinflation and fiscal adjustment program, launched by the Turkish government in late 1999, has achieved important results: inflation this year will be the lowest since the mid-1980s; growth has picked up strength; and the public debt, which was rising steaply in relation to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) last year, is now falling. /Milliyet/

    [15] PIERUZZI: "WE TRUST TURKEY'S FUTURE"

    The Europe Chairman of 3M (Minnesota, Mining and Manufacturing Co.), Eduardo Pieruzzi, said Turkey was one of the most important trade centers, not just for the region but for the whole world. Stating that everbody was aware of Turkey's development potential, Mr. Pieruzzi said, "Turkey is among those countries in which many countries would like to invest. It has a young and educated populace, a demand for development and a rapid development rate." Mr. Pieruzzi emphasized Turkey's geopolitic importance as a bridge between the West and the East. He added, "We trust Turkey's future and will invest in Turkey." /Hurriyet/

    [16] FOGG: "AN EQUILIBRIUM IN DEVELOPMENT IS NECESSARY"

    EU Turkey representative Ambassador, Karen Fogg, said, "The Turkish economy could compete with the economies of the developed countries if and only if, it maintains an equilibrium in developing education and health investments which should be carried out all over the country." Stating the EU's financial aid programs for Turkey concentrated on East and Southeast regions of Turkey, Fogg said, "The EU had already given Euro 120 million aid to Turkey for compulsory education. Another program totalling Euro 55 million will be used in the Southeast region." /Star/

    [17] UGEUX ON TURKCELL

    The Deputy Chairman of the Wall Street NYSE, Georges Ugeux, said Turkcell, which is the first Turkish company to be transacted in the NYSE, has set an example for other companies. Georges Ugeux came to Turkey to attend the first of a new series of economic seminars organized by the Turkish Association of Industrialists and Businessmen (TUSIAD). During his visit, he made some comments to 'Aksam' daily and said, "I came to Turkey for the first time while working for General Electric. During the last seven years, I have observed the great changes in the profile of entrepreneurs in Turkey. The entrepreneurs in Turkey think beyond the borders and Turkish companies are managed in a modern manner. We see this example most clearly with Turkcell. Turkcell is the first company to open in the foreign markets. More importantly, other companies can also enter through the door which they have opened. There are the other companies in Turkey which have the same capacity and which can follow Turkcell's path." /Aksam/

    [18] TREASURY RECEIVES 450 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE SAMURAI MARKET

    450 million dollars was entered into the Treasury account from the bonds export carried out on November 2 in the Japanese Samurai market. The Treasury, which aimed at a foreign borrowing of 6 billion US dollars in 2000, borrowed a total of 7.7 billion US dollars from abroad. The Treasury could be able to borrow more than it has paid for the first time since 1994 and entered the year 2000 by extending the borrowing term to 30 years. /Sabah/

    [19] KORFEZBANK RECEIVES LOAN FROM ABROAD

    Korfezbank will sign an agreement of syndication loan amounting to 100 million US dollars on December 1. The syndication was organized by Dai-Ichi, Kangyo Bank, Bank of New York, Hypo Vereinsbank, Standard Bank and Barclays. /Sabah/

    [20] BOEING WINS AWACS TENDER

    The Executive Board of the Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry, chaired by Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and the Chief of the General Staff Gen. Huseyin Kivrikoglu, met yesterday to finalize the AWACS bid. After the meeting, Mr. Ecevit said Turkey would negotiate with the American Boeing Company, a $1.5 billion contract for at least six AWACS aircraft to strengthen the country's radar surveillance capabilities. Ecevit also said Turkey will begin talks with Raytheon Corp., also of the US, if the government fails to reach an agreement with Boeing. /Turkiye/

    [21] NUMBER OF RESCUE TEAMS INCREASES

    Istanbul Deputy Mayor and Chairman of Disaster Management Center, Ali Cafer Akyuz said the number of rescue teams increased to more than six thousand this year. There were only 250 teams last year. He added, "In case of a possible disaster in Istanbul, 19 cities are able to give us support." /Cumhuriyet/
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