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Turkish Press Review, 01-05-14

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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

14.05.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER: "MOTHERHOOD IS SACRED"
  • [02] PRISON REFORM TOPS PARLIAMENT AGENDA
  • [03] CEM TRAVELS TO BRUSSELS
  • [04] STEPHANOPOULOS: PROBLEMS CANNOT BE SOLVED WITH DIALOGUE
  • [05] GROSSMAN TELLS OF MISSILE DEFENSE
  • [06] STATE MINISTER SINA GUREL TO VISIT THE US
  • [07] TURKISH CIVIL CODE TO BE AMENDED
  • [08] AMBASSADOR KOKSAL RETURNS TO FRANCE
  • [09] DURMUS VISITS SWITZERLAND
  • [10] TURK VISITS ROMANIA
  • [11] BAHCELI VISITS SAMSUN
  • [12] MEETING OF IMF GOVERNORS TOMORROW
  • [13] INTERNATIONAL FINANCE INSTITUTIONS' DIRECTORS TO CONVENE IN ISTANBUL
  • [14] TREASURY'S NEW TENDER
  • [15] PANEL ON FACTS ABOUT ARMENIAN ALLEGATIONS
  • [16] HOPE FOR KOBIs IN GAP
  • [17] US WRITER SWIMS ACROSS DARDANELLES
  • [18] TURKISH STUDENT WINS US HELICOPTER SOCIETY AWARD
  • [19] EDUCATIONAL AID TO DOGU AKDENIZ UNIVERSITY IN TRNC
  • [20] FRIENDSHIP AND PEACE MARCH
  • [21] SUNEXPRESS FLIGHTS BETWEEN ANTALYA-FRANKFURT
  • [22] ACTIVITIES OF TURKISH AUCTION HOUSE ESKIDJI
  • [23] HUGE ANCIENT HERCULES STATUE FOUND IN IZMIT
  • [24] EFES PILSEN IS THE THIRD IN EUROPEAN BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
  • [25] HAMZA YERLIKAYA: EUROPEAN CHAMPION FOR THE FIFTH TIME
  • [26] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [27] THE LAST TWO CRITICAL DAYS BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)
  • [28] THREE FRIENDS BY GUNGOR MENGI (SABAH)

  • [01] SEZER: "MOTHERHOOD IS SACRED"

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer issued a message to mark the Mothers' Day. Stressing to bring up children as civilized persons to whom the future will be entrusted, is under the responsibility of mothers, Sezer congratulated all mothers' Mothers' Day. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and the True Path Party (DYP) leader Tansu Ciller also issued messages on the occasion of the Day. /Turkiye/

    [02] PRISON REFORM TOPS PARLIAMENT AGENDA

    Prison reform bills will top the agenda of Parliament this week, since the economic emergency laws caused their postponement for a while. One of the bills allowing prisoners in high-security F-type prisons to take part in communal activities inside jail has been approved by Parliament recently. Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk said that two other bills were soon to be brought onto Parliament's agenda, but a series of emergency bills designed to overcome the current economic crisis led to the postponement of the debate on the bills for a few weeks. /Turkish News/

    [03] CEM TRAVELS TO BRUSSELS

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will travel to Brussels today to attend the meeting of the EU member and candidate countries' foreign ministers. New proposals on the European Security and Defense Identity will be discussed during the meeting. Cem will meet with EU Commissioner responsible for Enlargement Gunther Verheugen tomorrow to discuss the implementation of the National Programme and the Partnership Council meeting to be held in June between Turkey and the EU. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] STEPHANOPOULOS: PROBLEMS CANNOT BE SOLVED WITH DIALOGUE

    Greek President Kostis Stephanopulos argued that problems between Turkey and Greece could not be solved through dialogue. Delivering a speech at the ceremony held to commemorate the Greeks alleged to be killed by the Ottomans in 1822, Stephanopoulos claimed the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) convicted Turkey for the crimes she committed on Cyprus. He added Greece wanted to establish peaceful relations with Turkey and argued Turkey was in search for solutions to the problems between the two countries, through means contrary to the international principles. He said, "Problems between Turkey and Greece cannot be solved via dialogue." /Hurriyet/

    [05] GROSSMAN TELLS OF MISSILE DEFENSE

    Visiting Turkey as part of a US tour aimed at consulting her allies about the proposed missile defense system, the Assistant Secretary of State Marc Grossman said the United States would like to see as many countries as possible joining the proposed system. The US delegation was visiting Turkey in an effort to marshal support for President George Bush's National Missile Defense plan, a ballistic missile defense system meant to counter threats coming from weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) The United States believes the system is a necessity under the changing security environment as a deterrence mechanism to be used against "rogue states." Grossman maintained a better effective deterrence mechanism should be introduced under current circumstances. "We have been listening to our allies and they are mainly agreeing with our viewpoint," he went on. Asked whether this new system would cover allies outside NATO, Grossman said the decision in that regard lies with these allies, emphasizing the United States favors participation of as many countries as possible. /Turkish News/

    [06] STATE MINISTER SINA GUREL TO VISIT THE US

    State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel will visit the United States to participate in the "Turkish Day March" in New York, as well as to conduct some discussions about the Cyprus question and on the problems of Turkish Americans Community. He will arrive in Washington first and meet with US State Department Cyprus Special Coordinator Tom Weston, several congressmen, the Association of Turkish-American Assemblies (ATAA) and Turkish American Council members, as well as members of the powerful Jewish lobby. /Turkish News/

    [07] TURKISH CIVIL CODE TO BE AMENDED

    Turkish Civil Code is being rewritten 76 years after its first declaration. The new bill was approved at the Parliament except for 80 articles regulating the sharing the assets in case of a divorce. Minister of Justice Hikmet Sami Turk evaluated the bill as a modern one based on the principle of equality between the spouses in all realms. The bill is written in a contemporary language. It is expected to be debated at the Parliamentary Plenary Session in June. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] AMBASSADOR KOKSAL RETURNS TO FRANCE

    Turkey's Ambassador to France Sonmez Koksal returned to France on Sunday, ending a four-month old diplomatic row over a French law recognizing the alleged killing of Armenians during the Ottoman Empire as genocide. Ambassador Koksal was withdrawn and Turkey said it was reviewing economic and political ties with France after French President Jacques Chirac has signed the bill passed by Parliament on January 18. Turkey also retaliated against several French companies, cancelling hundreds of million dollars worth of contracts, including a project to launch country's first spy satellite. Koksal said at Istanbul's Ataturk airport, "Turkish-French relations have been hurt by this incident. But, I believe that both sides will do their utmost to heal this wound." /Turkish Daily News/

    [09] DURMUS VISITS SWITZERLAND

    Health Minister, Osman Durmus, went to Switzerland yesterday to attend the 54th general assembly meeting of the World Health Organization(WHO). Durmus said various health topics, such as nourishment of children, control of infectious diseases, controlling the use of tobacco, the quality of medicine and psychological health will be discussed at the meeting. /Sabah/

    [10] TURK VISITS ROMANIA

    Justice Minister, Hikmet Sami Turk, went to Bucharest yesterday for an official visit upon the invitation of his Romanian counterpart Rodica Stanoiu. Before his departure, Turk said both Turkey and Romania undersigned the European Convention for the Extradition of Criminals as being two members of the Council of Europe. /Sabah/

    [11] BAHCELI VISITS SAMSUN

    Deputy Prime Minister and the leader of the Nationalist Action Party(MHP), Devlet Bahceli went to Samsun yesterday to attend the enlarged regional consultative meeting of his party. Bahceli said at the meeting that, the government is determined to continue the fight against corruption and those who are involved in these ativities will be punished immediately. Bahceli said, in order to exonerate the politicians, their immunities should be restricted, so that courts would decide whether there is an element of crime or not. /Sabah/

    [12] MEETING OF IMF GOVERNORS TOMORROW

    The IMF Executive Governors will convene tomorrow to decide on the $14.3 billion credit to be given to Turkey. Nine out of 14 laws, which were the pre-conditions for the credit, were approved by the Turkish Parliament. The law on Turk Telekom and Banking Law are the most important laws and were passed in Parliament last week. /Hurriyet/

    [13] INTERNATIONAL FINANCE INSTITUTIONS' DIRECTORS TO CONVENE IN ISTANBUL

    Following World Bank's support and IMF's expected support for Turkey's additional letter of intent, world's leading finance institutions' representatives are coming to Turkey this week to examine investment opportunities in Turkey after the recent economic crisis. Finansinvest will host a conference entitled, "Turkey After the Crisis: Economic and Institutional Situation and Expectations" in Istanbul on May 17-18. About 100 representatives from 20 countries are expected to attend the conference. /Turkiye/

    [14] TREASURY'S NEW TENDER

    Tomorrow, the Treasury will launch a 91-day bond tender. The Treasury had planned to borrow a minimum amount of TL 754 trillion. The bills are value dated May 16 and the redemption is scheduled for Aug. 15, 2001. /Turkiye/

    [15] PANEL ON FACTS ABOUT ARMENIAN ALLEGATIONS

    A panel discussion on the facts about the Armenian allegations will be held at the Office of the President of the Gazi University in Ankara at 2:00 p.m. on May 15. The panel discussion will be headed by a lecturer from the Gazi University, Prof.Refet Yinanc. The Head of the Turkish History Institution, Prof.Yusuf Halacoglu, a lecturer from the Gazi University Prof.Osman Metin Ozturk and Coordinator of the Republican History at the Bilkent University Assc. Prof. Esat Aslan will deliver speeches at the panel. /All Papers/

    [16] HOPE FOR KOBIs IN GAP

    Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) proposed a GAP (Southeastern Anatolian Project) Credit Guarantee Fund and a GAP Investment Partnership Company to be established concerning the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (KOBIs) in the GAP region. TOBB prepared a report on the current conditions in the GAP region to help KOBIs improve and new KOBIs be opened. /Cumhuriyet/ JAPANESE WEEK TO BE HELD MAY 19-27 The Turco-Japanese Association will hold some activities in Turkey between May 19-27 to develop friendly relations and promote Japanese culture. Japanese Imperial Prince Mikasa is also the honorary president of the association. A 20-member committee, with the participation of Japanese cartoonists, will arrive in Turkey on May 19. A joint cartoon exhibition of Turkish and Japanese artists will be held in the Turkish-Japanese Foundation's hall in Ankara on May 22. /Turkish News/

    [17] US WRITER SWIMS ACROSS DARDANELLES

    An American travel writer, Joseph A. Oakes, 67, swam across the Dardanelles. Oakes is known for his many articles in US and British magazines. He started his challenge from the Dardanelles' European shore at the Port of Eceabat and finished on the Anatolian coast, near Canakkale Marina. He swam the nearly three miles in two hours and 15 minutes. /Turkish News/

    [18] TURKISH STUDENT WINS US HELICOPTER SOCIETY AWARD

    Ilkay Yavrucuk, a student at Georgia Technical University, has won first prize for his unmanned space craft project to Mars. Yavrucak developed his project in cooperation with his two friends at the University and received the first prize of the American Helicopter Society. He also won the American Helicopter Society's "Superior Student" award for his study of an early warning system for attack helicopters which he developed under the sponsorship of the Boeing Company. /Turkish News/

    [19] EDUCATIONAL AID TO DOGU AKDENIZ UNIVERSITY IN TRNC

    It was reported Turkey has given $55 million to the Dogu Akdeniz University (DAU) in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) since 1979. Stating Dogu Akdeniz University was a state university, the mission of which is to promote the TRNC, DAU President Prof. Ozay Oral said, "Our university promotes the TRNC with its qualified education at the international level." /Cumhuriyet/

    [20] FRIENDSHIP AND PEACE MARCH

    A "Friendship and Peace March from the Mediterranean to Aegean" was held in the Datca Peninsula. The organizer of the march, Turgay Sonmez, said they were happy since a great number of people participated in the peace march. /Cumhuriyet/

    [21] SUNEXPRESS FLIGHTS BETWEEN ANTALYA-FRANKFURT

    SunExpress has begun its scheduled flights between Antalya and Frankfurt. Director General Paul Schwaiger said they made such a decision since tourism in the Antalya region was significantly improving. He added at the press conference held in Frankfurt yesterday that the results of a recent survey proved that Turkish tourism would further improve. /Cumhuriyet/ DAMSEL-FAIR 2001 WARFARE MANOEUVRES START NATO Naval Southern Command will hold the Damsel-Fair 2001, Actual Mine Warfare Manoeuvres, in the Kusadasi- Doganbey area on May 15-26. The NATO Commander, Italian Adm. Luigi Lillo, will also observe the manoeuvres. Turkey will participate in the manoeuvres with a rescue ship, mine sweepers and an underwater defense team. /Turkish News/

    [22] ACTIVITIES OF TURKISH AUCTION HOUSE ESKIDJI

    One of the largest auction houses in Turkey, Eskidji, will organize auctions abroad, such as in Dubai, Thessaloniki, Brussels and Washington. The owner of Eskidji, Dikran Masis said, theirs was the first foreign auction house which obtained permission to hold auctions in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. /Sabah/ ARIA TO INVEST $1 BILLION The general director of the Telekom Italia, the Italian partner of the Aria GSM Company, Marco De Benedetti, said they will make investments worth $1 billion. Benedetti said there are currently 75,000 customers of Aria. /Hurriyet/

    [23] HUGE ANCIENT HERCULES STATUE FOUND IN IZMIT

    Officials have found a three-meter tall statue of Hercules dated to 2200 BC. The head, an arm and a leg of the statue are missing, but museum officials said it is the most precious artefact found in Izmit to date, of which ancient name was Nicomedia. /Turkish Daily News/

    [24] EFES PILSEN IS THE THIRD IN EUROPEAN BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

    Efes Pilsen beat CSKA Moscow by 91-85 yesterday in Paris and became third in the European SuproLeague competition. /Sabah/

    [25] HAMZA YERLIKAYA: EUROPEAN CHAMPION FOR THE FIFTH TIME

    Hamza Yerlikaya, Olympic Champion for two times and World Champion in wrestling, broke a record receiving his fifth gold medal in the European Championship. During the European Wrestling Championship in Istanbul, Turkish National Team came first with five medals in total while Russia came second and Georgia third. /Turkiye/

    [26] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [27] THE LAST TWO CRITICAL DAYS BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Yilmaz Oztuna writes on the importance of the two last days before the IMF Executive Board meeting. A summary of his column is as follows: "If tomorrow everything goes on smoothly, we shall overcome the economic crisis and a new era of reparation will begin. The crisis will continue even if there are small hitches on the way and this in turn may lead to a third crisis. We may have to accept harsher terms in such a situation. Therefore, we have to be very careful in what we write and do not digress from moderation. We are trying not to add fuel to the fire by our criticisms. When the crisis begins to slow down we can increase the dose of our criticisms. On the other hand, this does not mean that we shall praise those who led Turkey into such a situation. Certainly, we know that the groundwork of the crisis was very deep and first became apparent in 1994. Therefore, the present Government cannot be held totally responsible for this situation. However, the present Coalition came into power knowing what it inherited from the previous governments with the challenge that it will correct all that was going wrong. However, it was not able to prevent the crisis. It could not carry out any reforms. The Government closed its ears to those who said that the time for small reforms had passed and it was the time for a State reform. The Coalition reluctantly approached the modern standards of the EU by shuffling its feet. It could not take radical measures against wasteful expenditure and robbery as soon as it came to power. It could not get rid of narrow-minded people unable to free themselves of their prejudices. The crisis erupted following a dispute between the President and Prime Minister who were bothsincere in their beliefs. Turkey became poorer in a day as the citizens did not trust in the administration and the system."

    [28] THREE FRIENDS BY GUNGOR MENGI (SABAH)

    Columnist Gungor Mengi writes on the effect of Dervis' appointment as a minister in the Cabinet. A summary of his column is as follows: "This Coalition has at least saved Turkey from falling into frequent Government crises. The formation of such a coalition government showed that such a compromise culture can exist in our region. Significant compromises were reached on structural reforms and the fight against corruption. As crises could not topple this cabinet, there will not be a government crisis. Social desires which request a total change in politics, both structural and with its actors have found a new hope in Kemal Dervis. The Government has acted correctly in bringing Dervis to Turkey but in a way prepared its own future. At present, Dervis is seen as the defender of desires in the society and its driving force. Every opposition to Kemal Dervis will improve Dervis' stature in society, and people will support him more. Political structure based on sharing the profits of the State cannot go on. The society in favour of a change has ignored the slanders directed against Dervis because of the Telekom law. The Government has seen that their share in the victory achieved together with Dervis will be far greater than getting rid of him."
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