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Turkish Press Review, 00-11-30

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

30.11.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] KOC: "THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE FOR TURKEY TO BECOME A FULL EU MEMBER"
  • [02] THE US SUPPORTS TURKEY
  • [03] MIRZAOGLU RECEIVES US AMBASSADOR PEARSON
  • [04] TURKEY HANDS NOTE TO EP
  • [05] UN TO TRY TO CONVINCE DENKTAS
  • [06] DEMIREL ATTENDS MIDDLE EAST SUMMIT
  • [07] MGK CONVENES
  • [08] EU TO PROPOSE THE INTRODUCTION OF DUTY FREE IMPORT REGULATIONS
  • [09] PACKAGE OF MEASURES IS READY
  • [10] MINISTER CALLS FOR JAPANESE INVESTMENT
  • [11] IMF AND WORLD BANK GIVE CREDITS TOTALING $2 BILLION
  • [12] KOC: "THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE FOR TURKEY TO BECOME A FULL EU MEMBER"
  • [13] WIND OF FRIENDSHIP IN BRUSSELS
  • [14] LIBRARIANS FROM BALKANS
  • [15] EUROPE IS FAMOUS FOR MEANINGLESS DEMANDS

  • [01] KOC: "THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE FOR TURKEY TO BECOME A FULL EU MEMBER"

    [02] THE US SUPPORTS TURKEY

    Before the EU's decision on Turkey, to be made during the Dec. 4th meeting, the US supported Turkey. State Department Spokesman, Richard Boucher, said, "We have always supported Turkey's EU membership. Regarding the case, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, met both with Ismail Cem and George Papandreou during the OSCE summit in Vienna. Furthermore, the US administration, our diplomats in Europe and representatives of our other organizations have been in continuous contact with their counterparts to ensure Turkey's EU membership." /Turkiye/

    [03] MIRZAOGLU RECEIVES US AMBASSADOR PEARSON

    US Ambassador Robert Pearson paid a courtesy visit to State Minister Ramazan Mirzaoglu Tuesday. "We had an exchange of views on matters my ministry is dealing with," Mirzaoglu told the press after the meeting. He stated security and cleanliness of the seas surrounding Turkey in general, and the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles Straits in particular, were important for both Turkey and the United States. "We agreed in the meeting, the strategic partnership between Turkey and the United States was beneficial to both countries," he added. Mr. Pearson said for his part, there existed a strategically important partnership between Turkey and the United States, adding this was developing at various levels. Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, a project to transfer Azeri petroleum to Western markets through Turkey, is particularly significant for both countries, said the ambassador. He added that realization of the project would ease the pressure of traffic in the straits considerably. /Turkish Daily News/

    [04] TURKEY HANDS NOTE TO EP

    Regarding the protest-activity of two DHKP-C militants during Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem's speech before the European Parliament (EP), Ankara asked for the EP to immediatedly punish the militants. Chairman of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Commission, Elmar Brok, appealed to the EP security unit for a comprehensive investigation on the recent activities of DHKP-C militants in EU Organizations. It is asserted some of the European parliamentarians have a close relationship with the DHKP-C and met with the militants, inviting them to the Parliament. /Turkiye/

    [05] UN TO TRY TO CONVINCE DENKTAS

    Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Kofi Annan, who favors continuation of proximity talks for a solution to the Cyprus problem, will send his special representative, Alvaro De Soto to Cyprus. The purpose of the visit is for 'convincing the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Rauf Denktas', who decided to withdraw from the proximity talks due to the present situation. De Soto is expected to meet with Denktas and Greek-Cypriot leader, Glafkos Klerides, on 4 December. Before his visit to Cyprus, he will hold some contacts in Ankara and Athens. According to information received from Press Speaker of the UN Peace Force on Cyprus, Sarah Russel, De Soto will meet with the Greek officials today and will arrive in Ankara tomorrow. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] DEMIREL ATTENDS MIDDLE EAST SUMMIT

    Within the framework of the agreement signed at the city of Sharm-el-Sheikh in Egypt, the 9th Turkish President Suleyman Demirel, elected as a member of the research commission dedicated to the Middle East peace process, completed his work in New York and returned to Turkey. Demirel stated, "The committee will visit the region before 15 December, unless a problem occurs, and will present its report to the US President in March 2001. I will meet with the authorities of the concerned countries during these visits. I have suggested the second meeting be in Istanbul, but a decision on the issue has not yet been reached." /Aksam/

    [07] MGK CONVENES

    The National Security Council (MGK) held its usual monthly meeting yesterday headed by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. Topics related to internal security, external developments and alternative energy sources were discussed at the meeting. /Milliyet/

    [08] EU TO PROPOSE THE INTRODUCTION OF DUTY FREE IMPORT REGULATIONS

    The European Union will propose Turkey put into effect again the regulations related to "duty free imports" at the Joint Committee meeting of the Customs Union. The European Commission will put forth the free circulation of second-hand industrial goods, especially motorized vehicles. /Milliyet/

    [09] PACKAGE OF MEASURES IS READY

    The Government is taking steps to solve the problems beginning with the demand for foreign currency as well as the liquidity in the economy. Ministers and bureaucrats, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit at the Prime Ministry, prepared the package of measures yesterday. This package will be discussed at the Council of Ministers today. Explanations concerning the timetable of structural reforms and the privatization of Telecom are also expected to be made today. The meeting, which lasted for six hours yesterday, was also attended by the Deputy Prime Ministers Devlet Bahceli and Husamettin Ozkan, Minister of Finance Sumer Oral, Minister of Communication Enis Oksuz, Chairman of the Banking Regulation and Supervision Board Zekeriya Temizel, Treasury Undersecretary Selcuk Demiralp and the Governor of the Central Bank Gazi Ercel. During the meeting, Oral said the developments were very positive and there was no reason for panic by the public." /Star/

    [10] MINISTER CALLS FOR JAPANESE INVESTMENT

    State Minister responsible for the Economy, Recep Onal, called on Japanese businessmen to invest in Turkey. Yesterday, Mr. Onal told businessmen at the 12th Turkish-Japanese Business Council meeting in Tokyo that Turkey was a powerhouse in Southeastern Europe with its 65 million people, $200 billion Gross National Product (GNP) and its fast-growing economy. Mr. Onal provided information on Turkey's privatization program. He said Turkey targeted $18 billion in 2000-2002 and the privatization target in the five-year development plan between 2000-2005 was $40 billion. The Minister said Turkey expected $6-7 billion privatization revenues in 2001, adding the state telecommunications monopoly Turk Telecom sell-off was very important for next year. "Our government is determined to complete privatization of Turk Telecom as soon as possible," he stated. The Minister told the Japanese businessmen that the ultimate aim of Turkey's three-year economic stabilization program was to catch up with European Union economic standards. Mr. Onal said the priority for 2001 was to maintain the rate of decrease in inflation and a sustainable balance of payments. "We forecast a growth rate of 4.5 %, consumer price inflation of 12 % and a current accounts balance of 3.1 % of GNP. /Turkish Daily News/

    [11] IMF AND WORLD BANK GIVE CREDITS TOTALING $2 BILLION

    World Bank Turkey Director, Ajay Chhibber, said the World Bank will provide Turkey with $1 billion loan by year's end. The IMF will also give $600 million credits, together with the $400 million World Bank loans. In total, $2 billion will remove the fluctuations in the financial markets. Mr. Chhibber said the aim of the World Bank is not to provide short term credits, rather, to give financial support for long term development projects. The Deputy Director of the World Bank, Johannes Linn, said a $5 billion loan package is being prepared for the next three-year period. Mr. Linn said a $2.4 billion portion of the loan will be given for the government's fiscal adjustment program. /Milliyet/

    [12] KOC: "THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE FOR TURKEY TO BECOME A FULL EU MEMBER"

    Head of the Koc Holding Executive Board, Rahmi Koc, said Turkey has lost time in its bid to be a full EU member. Mr. Koc said the implementation of wrong policies caused Turkey lose time to be admitted to the EU integration process. /Sabah/

    [13] WIND OF FRIENDSHIP IN BRUSSELS

    The second exhibition titled 'Merhaba Athens, Here Istanbul' organized due to the cooperation between Pamuk Bank and the Foundation of History, opened in Brussels. It was hosted by the Turkish Association of Industrialists and Businessmen's (TUSIAD) Representative to the European Union (EU). Deputy General Director of Pamukbank, Hakan Binbasgil, said, "We particularly support the art of photography in addition to the other branches of art. We have opened the first gallery dedicated to photography and we have organized photography seminars and competitions. We also formed a special photography collection and have new projects about photography. The album that consists of the photographs taken by photography historian Engin Ozendes. The photographs were exhibited for the first time in Brussels. This exhibition will be open until 9 December at the TUSIAD's Representative in Brussels. /Aksam/

    [14] LIBRARIANS FROM BALKANS

    The 'Meeting of the Librarians from Balkans', which brought together librarians from Bosna-Herzegovina, Moldova, Romania, Greece, Yugoslavia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Armenia, began yesterday at the National Library in Ankara. Minister of Culture, Istemihan Talay, stated libraries are no longer just a place where books are read, but have become scientific centers where scientific opinions are discussed. Talay added that Adnan Otugen Library in Ankara and Beyazit Library in Istanbul will be enriched with additional buildings. /Aksam/

    [15] EUROPE IS FAMOUS FOR MEANINGLESS DEMANDS

    Recently, voices favourable to Turkey are being heard regarding the so-called Armenian Genocide Resolution. Following the Wall Street Journal article, a prestigious US newspaper, The Washington Times has lent support to Turkey, saying the European Union was acting unjustly towards Turkey. An article written by Don Feder stated the European Union Parliament was demanding Turkey admit that its predecessor, the Ottoman Empire, committed genocide against Armenians 85 years ago. It added this was the type of self-defeating nonsense for which Europeans were justly famous. Feder said, 'The Turks are a proud people and are understandably indignant by their nation's comparison to Nazi Germany. Between 1973 and 1985 47 Turkish diplomats were assassinated by an Armenian terrorist group. Facing both internal and external challenges as it struggles to modernize and maintain its special identity, Turkey cannot indulge in national psychotherapy. History is not edited by current realities. Alienating Turkey is in no one's interest- save our enemies.'/Sabah/
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