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Turkish Press Review, 01-05-02

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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr>

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

02.05.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] IMF PROMISES FOR MORE SUPPORT
  • [02] MOODY'S: "LET'S SEE THE PERFORMANCE"
  • [03] CALL FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS
  • [04] DERVIS TO MEET WITH KUTAN AND CILLER
  • [05] TURCO-EU RELATIONS
  • [06] CENSURE MOTION DISMISSED IN PARLIAMENT
  • [07] TURKISH ARMED FORCES TO PROMOTE DEFENSE INDUSTRY PRODUCTS
  • [08] FP CLOSURE HEARINGS SET FOR THIS MONTH
  • [09] CHANGE IN CONDITIONS OF F-TYPE PRISONS
  • [10] NATURAL GAS LAW APPROVED
  • [11] FOREIGN MINISTRY DENOUNCES ATTACK IN MACEDONIA
  • [12] DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC IN ANKARA
  • [13] LOCAL ADMINISTRATIONS SUMMIT
  • [14] FOREIGN INTEREST IN TURKISH FIRMS INCREASES
  • [15] MIDEAST COMMISSION COMPLETES ITS MISSION
  • [16] SHIP RUNS AGROUND IN YENIKOY
  • [17] FIRST WOMAN TURKISH AMBASSADOR TO AN ARAB COUNTRY
  • [18] PROF. MEHMET OZ RECEIVES TURKISH-AMERICAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
  • [19] TURKISH ART SHOW IN WASHINGTON
  • [20] ISLAMIC WORKS AUCTION IN LONDON
  • [21] GERMAN PRIME MINISTER SCHROEDER'S BROTHER VOSSELER WRITES A BOOK ON TURKEY
  • [22] BOX OFFICE SUCCESS OF TURKISH FILM DIRECTOR IN ITALY
  • [23] BERLIN PHILHARMONY ORCHESTRA IN ISTANBUL
  • [24] AWARD FOR TURKISH HOTEL
  • [25] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [26] ON THE EVE OF CABINET REVISION BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

  • [01] IMF PROMISES FOR MORE SUPPORT

    During the IMF-World Bank spring term meetings, it was decided to give more financial aid to Turkey in the future and $10 billion aid will be given in the near future. Evaluating the developments towards increasing foreign aid to Turkey, Treasury officials said IMF Executive Directors Council will say the final word. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] MOODY'S: "LET'S SEE THE PERFORMANCE"

    One of the credit rating organizations Moody's' Turkey analyst Kristin Lindow said the support of the IMF, the World Bank and G-7 countries for Turkey are very encouraging and this will make positive effects on the markets. Emphasizing the importance of re-establishing trust in the markets, Lindow said the structural reforms should be enacted and implemented soon. To raise Turkey's "negative" credit rate, Lindow stressed first they should see all the details of the economic program and than the implementations. /Turkiye/

    [03] CALL FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS

    State Minister for Economics Kemal Dervis attended a meeting organized jointly by the American-Turkish Association, the Merril Lynch Financial Institute and the Foreign Policy Association in New York. Addressing the meeting, Dervis said, "We are determined to draw foreign investors in Turkey." Stressing today Turkey has a great competitive power due to foreign currency rate, he said they expect a great boom in tourism sector. Pointing to two legs of the program, strong tax policy and increase in development rate, Dervis said, "Both the IMF and the World Bank believe that we can achieve the targets specified in our program." He also declared 99% of the Turk Telekom will be privatized. /Turkiye/

    [04] DERVIS TO MEET WITH KUTAN AND CILLER

    State Minister for the Economy Kemal Dervis will meet with the leaders of Virtue Party(FP) Recai Kutan and True Path Party(DYP) Tansu Ciller to receive their support for the economic program. /Hurriyet/ $53.8 BILLION TRADE DEFICIT DUE TO CUSTOMS UNION In response to EU parliamentarian Renate Sommer who claimed that Turkey is reluctant in implementing the requirements for the full EU membership, Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz said the reason for current economic crisis in Turkey is the trade imbalances resulting from the Customs Union with the EU. Between the years 1996-2000, Turkey had a deficit of $53.8 billion in trade with the EU. Turkey was the party who made concessions for the Customs Union. Since 1996 Turkey could not achieve the required level of foreign investments which will come from the EU countries, neither could she increase the exports to the Union. /Hurriyet/

    [05] TURCO-EU RELATIONS

    Delivering a speech at the "Turco-EU relation in the New Millennium" Conference in Bahcesehir University, EU Representative to Turkey Ambassador Karen Fogg said, "We are interested in concrete steps Turkey will take rather than the details of the National Programme." /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] CENSURE MOTION DISMISSED IN PARLIAMENT

    Parliament dismissed the censure motion proposed by the True Path Party(DYP) against Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. DYP blamed the government for causing economic crisis and deterioration in the society. The debate on the censure motion was rejected. Deputy Parliament Speaker, Ali Iliksoy said there is no need to debate the censure motion against Cumhur Ersumer, since he resigned from the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. /Milliyet/

    [07] TURKISH ARMED FORCES TO PROMOTE DEFENSE INDUSTRY PRODUCTS

    The Turkish Office of the General Staff will organize a meeting in Karapinar, Konya to promote defense industry products. During the meeting to be held on May 11, recent developments in the Land, Naval and Air weaponry systems and other products will be displayed. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi and Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit are expected to join the meeting. /Turkiye/

    [08] FP CLOSURE HEARINGS SET FOR THIS MONTH

    The Constitutional Court has invited Sabih Kanadoglu, the Supreme Court of Appeals' chief prosecutor, to make his verbal statement on May 8 in the closure case against the Virtue Party (FP). Constitutional Court Assistant Chief Hasim Kilic told reporters yesterday that Kanadoglu would make his verbal statement on May 8. Kilic noted that the Constitutional Court would listen to the FP's verbal defense on May 15. Later, Ahmet Turan, the case's court reporter will prepare an additional report by taking into consideration the additional indictment, the defense, and the views of the chief prosecutor about the merits of the case. Constitutional Court Chief Justice Mustafa Bumin will submit the report to the justices and set a date to debate the case. /Turkish News/ MAY 1 LABOR DAY CELEBRATED The Labor Day was celebrated yesterday. In Istanbul and Ankara, public meetings were held with the participation of the Labor Unions. No major event took place during the meetings. /Milliyet/

    [09] CHANGE IN CONDITIONS OF F-TYPE PRISONS

    The draft foreseeing the amendment to the 16th article of Anti-Terror Law was adopted at Parliament. Following the amendment, the inmates in F-type prisons will participate in various activities held in common spaces. Meanwhile, 27 inmates in Edirne F-type prison stopped continuing their death fast. 24 more inmates are expected to end death fasts. /Milliyet/

    [10] NATURAL GAS LAW APPROVED

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer approved Natural Gas Market Law. The law, one of the 15 urgent laws, was sent to the Office of Prime Ministry to be issued. /Turkiye/

    [11] FOREIGN MINISTRY DENOUNCES ATTACK IN MACEDONIA

    In a statement made by the Foreign Ministry, it was declared that Turkey strongly denounced the killing of eight Macedonian security officials on the weekend. The attack was made a time when the Macedonian government was taking serious steps for moving the inter-ethnic relations in the country onto a stronger base. /Turkish Daily News/

    [12] DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC IN ANKARA

    Turkey will host top-level delegations from Nigeria and Senegal this week. Nigerian Federal Republic Foreign Ministry Political Director O.A.Ashiru is expected to arrive in Turkey today to hold political consultations with Turkish officials. Senegalian Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Mamadou Fall will also pay an official visit to Turkey on May 6. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] LOCAL ADMINISTRATIONS SUMMIT

    A "Local Administration in the EU Period Summit" will be held at Ankara's Altinpark on May 3-4 in a joint project of the Turkish Municipalities Union and Comart International Exhibitions Ltd. More than 1,500 mayors, deputies and several foreign guests will participate in the meetings. /Turkish News/

    [14] FOREIGN INTEREST IN TURKISH FIRMS INCREASES

    Foreign investors' interest is increasing in the Turkish firms which have been suffering losses after the recent economic crisis. Turkish firms such as Tansas, Banvit and Garanti Bank, are continuing their contacts with foreign investors. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] MIDEAST COMMISSION COMPLETES ITS MISSION

    The investigation commission on the Middle East, a member of which is former Turkish President Suleyman Demirel, completed its studies in New York. A final report signed by the members of the commission will be presented to US Secretary of State Colin Powell by commission chairman George Mitchell. /Turkish Daily News/

    [16] SHIP RUNS AGROUND IN YENIKOY

    The Egyptian-flagged "National Star", a cargo vessel weighing 6,160 tons has run aground in the Bosphorus near Yenikoy. Authorities state that the vessel attempted to navigate through the Straits without a pilot and its rudder jammed causing it to run aground. The vessel's crew successfully refloated the ship without asking for assistance from Turkish rescue authorities. /Turkish Daily News/

    [17] FIRST WOMAN TURKISH AMBASSADOR TO AN ARAB COUNTRY

    The Foreign Ministry appointed Hilal Baskal as the first woman Turkish Ambassador to an Arab country, Bahrain. /Hurriyet/

    [18] PROF. MEHMET OZ RECEIVES TURKISH-AMERICAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

    One of the most prominent cardiac surgeons, Prof. Mehmet Oz, working at the Colombia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, was elected "The Turkish-American of the Year". Prof. Oz is a well-known surgeon for his successful research and works. He previously received many awards such as "The Doctor of the Year" and "The Future Leader". /Cumhuriyet/

    [19] TURKISH ART SHOW IN WASHINGTON

    Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen' Association(TUSIAD) Washington Representation office will stage an art performance on the evolution of Turkish Art tonight in collaboration with the Library of American Congress. Prof. Talat Halman and Yildiz Kenter will take part in the performance. /Milliyet/

    [20] ISLAMIC WORKS AUCTION IN LONDON

    There are many Ottoman and Turkish works of art in the "Islamic Works" public auction to be held by the Sotheby's in London. Many Iznik tiles, Ottoman jewelry boxes and engravings will be sold by public auction. A special section was reserved for the Middle Eastern painters. Turkish painter Fahrunisa Zeid's paintings will be exhibited for the auction in this section. /Cumhuriyet/

    [21] GERMAN PRIME MINISTER SCHROEDER'S BROTHER VOSSELER WRITES A BOOK ON TURKEY

    German Prime Minister Gerhard Schroeder's brother Lothar Vosseler is preparing a book titled "Turkish Riviera in 14 Days". Visiting Antalya anbd historical and touristic sites in the Mediterranean Region on his vacation, Vosseler is carrying out research in Turkish villages to collect data for his book. He will mention Mediterranean coasts, 5-star hotels, pensions, lives in cities and villages, Turkish food and traditions in his book. He aims to guide German citizens preferring to spend their vacations in Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [22] BOX OFFICE SUCCESS OF TURKISH FILM DIRECTOR IN ITALY

    Le Fate Ignoranti(Ignorant Fairies) directed by Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek has a great box office success in Italy. The film will be shown in Spain, Germany and France. /Hurriyet/

    [23] BERLIN PHILHARMONY ORCHESTRA IN ISTANBUL

    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra gave its 11th Europe Concert in Istanbul two days ago. The concert, expected to reach one billion music lovers in 25 countries, is considered to be a great opportunity for Turkey's promotion. /Cumhuriyet/

    [24] AWARD FOR TURKISH HOTEL

    Turquoise Hotel in Side, Antalya, was included in the 23 best hotels in the world, in a survey conducted by Kuoni, one of the largest travel agency in Switzerland, polling its customers in 335 hotels which it worked with around the world. /Turkiye/

    [25] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [26] ON THE EVE OF CABINET REVISION BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Yilmaz Oztuna writes on the signals of a cabinet revision. A summary of his column is as follows: "There are indications that a cabinet revision is imminent. The nature of a Government and its members will be apparent in the few months following its establishment. Everyone will form an opinion as to what they can do. This has to be first realized by the Prime Minister forming the Cabinet. When the second year in office starts, the Prime Minister should think about whom he should relieve of his duty and contact his close circles. In a single party Government this process is easily completed. In coalitions the situation is rather difficult. All the coalition leaders have to agree on such a change. Turkey has been no exception to the rule. The capabilities of ministers have been understood before the one year period is up. As there were ministers in the Cabinet who were elected to the Parliament for the first time, not much was known about them. However, at the end of the first year requests for a revision increased. These were considered to be a pressure from the public and therefore revision was delayed. It was apparent that the Coalition leaders had made many wrong choices. However, in my view the biggest mistake was in the high number of the ministers. The Cabinet seemed more like small Parliament with 37 ministers. The execution has lost its ability to act quickly. Furthermore, the high number of ministers resulted in unnecessary and unreasonable amount of spending. Today, it is estimated that the present three party Coalition Government will go on for another two years. The ideal number of ministers is 16 or 20 at the most. However, hope for such a radical reform is not high. In any case, the number of ministries will be decreased in an inevitable revision which seems imminent. We hope that those who will govern Turkey going through hard times will be chosen with commonsense. Turkish nation is dissatisfied with the choice of ministers from among ordinary people devoid of comprehension, foresight, and capability."
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