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Turkish Press Review, 01-05-04

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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

04.05.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] ECEVIT IN SPAIN
  • [02] BILL OF THE PRESS LAW WAITING TO BE DISCUSSED
  • [03] DERVIS SEEKS SUPPORT FROM OPPOSITION PARTIES
  • [04] DERVIS' STATEMENT CONCERNING THE TURKISH ARMED FORCES
  • [05] GREECE URGES RESUMPTION OF CYPRUS TALKS
  • [06] IMF WAITING FOR THE ENACTMENT OF LAWS
  • [07] OECD: "REFORMS ARE NECESSARY"
  • [08] DEMIREL TALKS WITH POWEL
  • [09] RUSSIAN PLANES AT TURKISH BORDERS
  • [10] BANKING BILL READY
  • [11] DEUTSCHE BANK'S REPORT
  • [12] "CUSTOMS UNION KEY STEP FOR EUROPEAN UNION MEMBERSHIP"
  • [13] URKSAT SHUTTLE IS OUT OF PRIVATIZATION
  • [14] ERBAKAN'S ENGLISH VISITOR
  • [15] ANSWER TO ARMENIAN ALLEGATIONS BY CDs
  • [16] PKK THREAT TO BRITISH ENGINEER OF ILISU DAM
  • [17] DRUG TRAFFICKING UNDER PKK'S CONTROL
  • [18] MOVES TO PREPARE NEW LEFT WING PARTY
  • [19] FEHRIYE ERDAL TO BE TRIED IN BELGIAN COURT
  • [20] VISIT FOR AMERICAN DEFENSE SYSTEM
  • [21] PROTEST FOR THE GIANT TANKER
  • [22] TURKISH LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER BEGINS TO BE PUBLISHED BY THE GREEK EMBASSY
  • [23] TURKISH GRAIN MIGHT BE DESTINED FOR EGYPT
  • [24] JAPANESE PRINCE MIKASA IN TURKISH JANISSARY BAND'S CONCERT IN TOKYO
  • [25] TOURISM AND TRAVEL FAIR IN ISTANBUL
  • [26] YOUTH CAMPS OPEN TO THE WORLD
  • [27] CLOUDS OF MAY RECEIVES ANOTHER AWARD
  • [28] AYBULUS' SUCCESS
  • [29] UCKAN'S PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
  • [30] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [31] WHAT KIND OF A 'SHIELD' BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ECEVIT IN SPAIN

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit left for Spain yesterday to pay a two-day official visit at the invitation of his Spanish counterpart, Jose Maria Aznar. Following the meetings, two premiers held a joint press conference. Spanish Premier Aznar said Spain supports Turkey's EU membership. During his speech Ecevit said EU membership is Turkey's right. He said, "We have very good relations with Spain during the course of history. Recent years these relations have further developed. We also expect to improve the current commercial relations." Meanwhile, before leaving for Spain, Ecevit told reporters he welcomes the recent developments in obtaining foreign loans. He said the IMF pledged to grant a $13-billion loan and the World Bank around $6-billion loan. /Turkiye/

    [02] BILL OF THE PRESS LAW WAITING TO BE DISCUSSED

    Responsible Editor of the daily Cumhuriyet, Fikret Ilkiz, Said there will be radical changes in the press sector if the bill which contemplates amendments to the press law is accepted. Reminding the press law was one of the laws that should be changed within the framework of the Harmonization Laws to the Council of Europe, Ilkiz said a bill was prepared upon the request of the Directorate General of Press and Information. He said, "Our aim was to prepare a new press law in accordance with the international conventions and convenient to Turkey's structure within the framework of the freedom of expression. We have examined the international conventions to which Turkey is a party and prepared a draft bill." /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] DERVIS SEEKS SUPPORT FROM OPPOSITION PARTIES

    State Minister for the Economy, Kemal Dervis, met with the leaders of opposition parties the True Path Party(DYP) and the Republican People's Party(CHP), in an aim to inform them of the economic program. Dervis will meet with Recai Kutan, leader of the Virtue Party(FP) on Friday afternoon. Ciller said she was not in favor of supporting the program. CHP Chairman Deniz Baykal expressed his wishes for the success of Kemal Dervis, stating that Dervis had taken a great responsibility. /Turkish Daily News/

    [04] DERVIS' STATEMENT CONCERNING THE TURKISH ARMED FORCES

    State Minister Kemal Dervis said that he had met Second Chief of the General Staff, General Yasar Buyukanit, concerning the privatization of Telekom and that there was not a single problem concerning the issue. Dervis added, "We will guarantee every issue about the defense and security of Turkey through the "golden shares". Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) is the most sincere supporter of Turkey. There is no disagreement between the program and the TSK." /Sabah/

    [05] GREECE URGES RESUMPTION OF CYPRUS TALKS

    Greece called on Thursday for a resumption of talks between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots and said nothing could be better for peace in the region than Cyprus' membership of the European Union(EU). "Cyprus' entry into the EU...gives us the chance to ensure peace and security in the region," Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis told at a news conference after meeting Greek-Cypriot Leader Glafkos Clerides. Simitis said it was essential for both sides to restart UN-sponsored talks on the future of the Mediterranean island. "The dialogue... for solving the Cyprus issue has entered a dead-end," Simitis said. "We believe this dialogue is necessary and must continue... from where it stopped last November." UN-sponsored proximity talks stalled late last year when Turkish-Cypriot President Rauf Denktas pulled out, saying he would not attend negotiations unless his demands for the recognition of separate states were addressed. "We hope the continuation of this dialogue can lead to solving the political problem," Simitis said. /Turkish Daily News/

    [06] IMF WAITING FOR THE ENACTMENT OF LAWS

    It was stated that the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was expecting the enactment of the Telekom and Banking Law by the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) to approve Turkey's new economic program and the involved finance package. The IMF sources stated that the date of the meeting of the Executive Board of the IMF concerning Turkey's program has not been determined yet. /Hurriyet/

    [07] OECD: "REFORMS ARE NECESSARY"

    A report issued by the OECD, based in Paris, said, restructuring in the banking sector is the most urgent reform. The report pointed out the monetary policy should be supported by structural reforms. It also stressed that to overcome the crisis, public expenditures should be decreased and privatization should be carried out without any delay. /Turkiye/

    [08] DEMIREL TALKS WITH POWEL

    The former Turkish President, Suleyman Demirel, currently in New York, talked with the American Secretary of State, Colin Powel, on the phone. The phone conversation lasted for 15 minutes, during which Demirel said that he had sent the report of the committee, which was established during the Sarm Al Sahi Summit. Demirel said that the report included many important suggestions for the future of the Middle East peace process. Meanwhile, Powel said he also had read the report and agreed with Demirel. /Sabah/

    [09] RUSSIAN PLANES AT TURKISH BORDERS

    Armenian Chief of the General Staff, Mikhail Aruntunyan, said Russian planes will hold reconnaissance flights at the Iranian and Turkish borders beginning today. He said other Armenian borders will be controlled by Armenian planes as usual. In 1992, Moscow and Yerevan signed an agreement allowing Russian units to be deployed at the Armenian borders. /Turkiye/

    [10] BANKING BILL READY

    Following a meeting headed by State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Husamettin Ozkan, the Banking Regulation and Supervision Board Chairman, Engin Akcakoca, told reporters the work on the banking bill which foresees an amendment to the current Banking Law has been completed. /Turkiye/

    [11] DEUTSCHE BANK'S REPORT

    German Deutsche Bank issued a report analyzing Turkish economy. The report said, beginning from February, a recovery has been observed in markets, the Treasury realized a successful tender and interest rates have begun to fall down. It noted economic program, prepared by State Minister Kemal Dervis, and its estimations are realistic. The report also pointed out IMF loans to be granted to Turkey are the highest when quota rates were taken into consideration. /Turkiye/

    [12] "CUSTOMS UNION KEY STEP FOR EUROPEAN UNION MEMBERSHIP"

    Turkey-Europe Foundation Deputy Chairman Tugrul Arat said Turkey's entry into the Customs Union was an important step on Turkey's way to becoming a European Union member. Arat said, "The Customs Union will enable a free movement of capital, labor and people between Turkey and the EU once it is fully implemented. Turkey-EU relations will then enter an irreversible stage." /Turkish News/ ISTANBUL STOCK EXCHANGE INDEX RISES BY 6.8% Following Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's statement that the problem with Turk Telekom can be solved in a couple of days, the Istanbul Stock Exchange index rose yesterday by 6.8%. The completion of the draft of the banking law was another reason for the rise. Since March 29, stock prices increased by 80% in terms of TL and by 60% in terms of dollars. /Milliyet/

    [13] URKSAT SHUTTLE IS OUT OF PRIVATIZATION

    State Minister Yuksel Yalova, who is currently visiting the US to attend meetings with the administrators of the international financial funds, said in telecommunications sector, more than 50% of the shares will not be sold to foreign investors. Yalova said the privatization of Turksat communications shuttle is out of question. /Milliyet/ GRANSIT TO EXHIBIT ITS PRODUCTS AT 'COVENINGS 2001' A granite producer company in Eskisehir, Gransit, will promote its products to the world market at the world's biggest ceramics fair, Covenings 2001. The fair will be organized on 20-23 May in New Orleans, USA. Gransit has more than 300 stores in Turkey and exports 10% of its products to Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, England and the US. /Sabah/

    [14] ERBAKAN'S ENGLISH VISITOR

    Chairman of the Parliamentarians' Assembly of the Council of Europe, Lord Russel Johnson, will arrive in Turkey on 15 May and visit the former leader of the defunct Welfare Party (RP) Necmettin Erbakan. /Sabah/

    [15] ANSWER TO ARMENIAN ALLEGATIONS BY CDs

    The Ministry of Culture is preparing CDs to explain facts about the Armenian claims. Minister of Culture Istemihan Talay said Turkey will use technology to express historical realities. The CDs will be prepared in Turkish, English, French and German and distributed to all countries. /Turkiye/

    [16] PKK THREAT TO BRITISH ENGINEER OF ILISU DAM

    The PKK terrorist organization threatened the British engineer of the Ilisu Dam to be built on the Tigris River. The dam has been drawing negative reactions since it will cause the region including Hasankeyf to be inundated by water as a result of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP). It was stated a Kurdish-origin share -holder of the British firm to build the dam warned the members of the executive board stating that the PKK might end the cease-fire if the dam is built. /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] DRUG TRAFFICKING UNDER PKK'S CONTROL

    German magazine "Stern" said heroin market in Hamburg was under the control of the terrorist organization PKK. It said everyday drugs worth around DM 400,000 are sold in Germany, cocaine market is controlled by Albanians and heroin market by PKK members. /Turkiye/

    [18] MOVES TO PREPARE NEW LEFT WING PARTY

    Moves to form a new left-wing party by former members of the Republican People's Party(CHP) have reached their final stage. Erdal Inonu will have talks today with his colleagues before making a decision as to who will be party leader. He is expected to meet in Istanbul with former members of the CHP and the Social Democratic People's Party(SHP) and will speak with Murat Karayalcin in the evening. /Turkish Daily News/

    [19] FEHRIYE ERDAL TO BE TRIED IN BELGIAN COURT

    The prosecutor and judge in Belgian court stated that Fehriye Erdal, who is accused of murdering a Turkish businessman Ozdemir Sabanci, can be tried in Belgian courts for the crimes she committed in Turkey. At the hearing Sabanci family's lawyer Fernand Schmitz defended that Erdal should be tried within the framework of the European Anti-Terror Convention. Schmitz later said, it is a very positive development that the opinions stated by the prosecutor and the judge are in parallel with their own thesis. /Milliyet/

    [20] VISIT FOR AMERICAN DEFENSE SYSTEM

    A high-ranking US delegation will visit Turkey to have consultative meetings about the plans for establishing a missile defense system put forward by the US President George W. Bush and Turkey's integration into this defense system. The system will provide protection for the NATO member countries. /Milliyet/

    [21] PROTEST FOR THE GIANT TANKER

    The Peace with Nature Association is preparing to organize a protest for the Malta-flagged giant oil tanker which is expected to cross the Bosphorus. The protest is expected to take place on May 7-8 with the participation of many boats. /Cumhuriyet/ DALLAS MARKS APRIL 23 Dallas Mayor and City Council Chairman Ronald Kirk stated that Dallas had celebrated Turkish National Sovereignty and Children's Day as "Turkish Heritage and Children's Day" in Dallas. He said, in a proclamation which was sent to the Assembly of Turkish American Association, that Americans of Turkish descent in Dallas had played a significant role in educational, cultural, economic and civic development of their community. /Turkish News/

    [22] TURKISH LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER BEGINS TO BE PUBLISHED BY THE GREEK EMBASSY

    The Greek Embassy to Ankara began to publish a Turkish language monthly newspaper of four pages. The newspaper called 'Greece', the first issue of which was published this month to be sent to the leading officials in Turkey, includes news about Greece and articles about the relations between Turkey and Greece. Greek Ambassador to Ankara, Ioannis Corantis, said, "We wanted to deliver our messages and issues having priority to many circles through this newspaper." /Hurriyet/

    [23] TURKISH GRAIN MIGHT BE DESTINED FOR EGYPT

    Traders participating in a Turkish grain export tender said on Thursday the grain offered from TMO's stocks might be destined for Egypt. Turkey's Soil Products Office (TMO) said on Thursday it had received bids from a total of eight international traders in its tender to sell up to 285,000 tons of red and 75,000 tons of white milling wheat and 50,000 tons of feed barley. Traders in the tender said wheat and barley were likely to be destined for Middle East, in particular Egypt, where traders said on Wednesday the market was looking to Turkish grain for supplies. /Turkish Daily News/

    [24] JAPANESE PRINCE MIKASA IN TURKISH JANISSARY BAND'S CONCERT IN TOKYO

    The Culture Ministry's Mehter Band (janissary band) gave a concert two days ago in the Tokyo Mosque and Culture Center. Hundreds of audiences including Japanese Prince Mikasa applauded the concert enthusiastically. Delivering a speech before the concert, Turkish Ambassador to Tokyo, Yaman Baskut mentioned the importance of the janissary band in Turkish history and added it was one of the oldest bands in the world history. He said, "The music of the Turkish janissary band have been listened to in the Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and Northern Africa throughout the centuries." /Cumhuriyet/

    [25] TOURISM AND TRAVEL FAIR IN ISTANBUL

    The Eastern Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Fair will take place in Istanbul between May 23-27. Many Turkish and foreign firms, institutions, associations, foundations and certain municipalities will take part in the fair. /Cumhuriyet/

    [26] YOUTH CAMPS OPEN TO THE WORLD

    The project initiated last year by the Directorate General of Youth and Sports as a part of the "Youth Project in the Social Development" will open to the world this year. 1,500 foreign university students are expected to attend the camps to be opened in 44 cities throughout Turkey this year. Students will have the chance to meet with different cultures and people with the project which will reinforce international tolerance, peace and universal ties of friendship. /Cumhuriyet/

    [27] CLOUDS OF MAY RECEIVES ANOTHER AWARD

    "Clouds of May" directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan received the "Best Director" award at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival and the "Special Jury Prize" at the Singapore Film Festival. /Cumhuriyet/

    [28] AYBULUS' SUCCESS

    19-year old Gokhan Aybulus attracted the attention of the international music authorities and was accepted by Tchaikovski Conservatoire in Moscow. He continues to receive his music education at Tchaikovski Conservatoire thanks to 'Eczacibasi Abroad Music Scholarship', which is granted to the 'Extraordinarily Talented Young Turkish Artists' by Dr. Nejat Eczacibasi Foundation. /Turkiye/

    [29] UCKAN'S PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

    Swedish Ambassador to Ankara, Nil Liljegren, made a comment about Gurkan Uckan's photography exhibition titled 'Stockholm: Personal Impressions', which was opened at the Swedish Embassy', and said, "This exhibition maintains the Swedish Romanticism and Turkish nature, which greatly affected me." Uckan's photographs of Stockholm are exhibited with the lines of the Turkish poets. Journalist, author and photographer Uckan's photography exhibition can be visited on 4-11 May at the Turco-American Association. /Hurriyet/

    [30] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [31] WHAT KIND OF A 'SHIELD' BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen comments on the recent proposal of US President George W. Bush. A summary of his column is as follows: "The world is talking about the bomb US President George W. Bush dropped the day before yesterday. Certainly, the issue will be discussed in various capitals of the world stretching from Washington to Moscow, from Brussels to Beijing. Even though all attention is focused on economy in Turkey, the subject will be taken up in Ankara soon. The new bomb of the US President concerns a defense doctrine. It is officially known as 'National Missile Defense' and is called 'Star Wars' or 'Missile Shield' among the public...Whatever the name may be, we must closely follow the discussions on the new strategy announced by President Bush. Not only Russia and China but also many Western countries such as France are against this new defense concept. It is feared that this new policy will lead to shelving the previous agreements on nuclear defense and result in a new arms race, and therefore create tension. Turkey is a country gaining importance within this new strategy. A high-ranking US delegation will come to Ankara next week to discuss the issue with Turkish officials. The American experts are considering Turkey to be one of the pillars of the 'Shield'. Therefore, the location of Turkey is of utmost importance against threats coming from Iran or Iraq. Can this 'shield' protect Turkey against a threat which can be carried out by tactical missiles? To what extent will Turkey's protection take place within this concept? Turkish officials state that to comment on the issue, the new strategy foreseen by Bush should be explained more explicitly and answers should be given to series of questions. Grossman's contacts in Ankara will help to clarify the proposal."
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