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Turkish Press Review, 01-05-15

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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

15.05.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] CRUCIAL BILLS ARE WAITING FOR THE PRESIDENT'S APPROVAL
  • [02] BLAIR'S LETTER TO ECEVIT
  • [03] ANKARA'S LETTER TO UNITED NATIONS
  • [04] CEM AND CAKMAKOGLU TRAVEL TO BRUSSELS
  • [05] AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY THANKS PRESIDENT BUSH FOR HIS SUPPORT TO TURKEY
  • [06] GREEK PARLIAMENT SPEAKER KAKLAMANIS: "TURKEY IS OUR FRIEND"
  • [07] DENKTAS' STATEMENT ON THE RECENT ECHR DECISION
  • [08] FRANCE CONTINUES TO PROTECT TERRORISTS
  • [09] IRAN PLAYS WITH FIRE
  • [10] 'REALITY' SYMPOSIUM TO START FOR US LECTURERS
  • [11] SCHREIBER WANTS TO BECOME A TURKISH CITIZEN
  • [12] MCMFORMED HAND-OVER CEREMONY
  • [13] TOP CHINESE COMMANDER SHUGEN QIAN IN TURKEY TO IMPROVE TIES
  • [14] SECCP ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD
  • [15] VIRTUE PARTY'S LAST DEFENSE
  • [16] CABINET DEBATES AID MEASURES IN FLOOD-HIT REGIONS AROUND ANTAKYA
  • [17] CARGO SHIPS COLLIDE, NO ONE HURT
  • [18] IMF MEETING
  • [19] BELGIAN FINANCE MINISTER IN ANKARA
  • [20] "THE US NEVER CUTS HER AID TO TURKEY"
  • [21] ISTANBUL STOCK EXCHANGE INDEX INCREASE
  • [22] MARKOWITZ'S WARNING ABOUT PRIVATIZATION
  • [23] UZUNER'S BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED IN BRITAIN
  • [24] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [25] THE REASONS OF THE CRISIS BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

  • [01] CRUCIAL BILLS ARE WAITING FOR THE PRESIDENT'S APPROVAL

    The Banking and Telekom Laws, among the 15 priority laws, were sent for the approval of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. Ruling parties are expecting the ratification of the bills soon, while opposition claims the bill will turn back from the President, as they are against the Constitution. The Parliament passed the Banking Bill on May 11 and Telekom Bill on May 12. /Turkiye/

    [02] BLAIR'S LETTER TO ECEVIT

    After the support extended by the US President George W. Bush, French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin and Prime Minister of the European Union's (EU) current term-president, Sweden, Goran Persson, British Prime Minister Tony Blair also said he supported Turkey to overcome the economic crisis. Blair wrote a letter to Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and expressed his pleasure over the joint work carried out with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In his letter, Blair wrote, "I know that this period, in which you try to ensure a stability in the economy, is very hard. I just wanted to assure you of our support." /Hurriyet/

    [03] ANKARA'S LETTER TO UNITED NATIONS

    Turkey has sent letters to the chairmen of the UN General Council and UN Security Council stating the Armenian terrorism was still a threat for the world. Main issues mentioned in the letter concened the Chairman of the Armenian National Committee in America (ANCA), Murat Topalyan and the threat caused by the Armenian terrorism in general. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] CEM AND CAKMAKOGLU TRAVEL TO BRUSSELS

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ismail Cem and Minister of National Defense, Sabahattin Cakmakoglu left for Brussels yesterday to attend EU Foreign and Defense Ministers' meeting. /Turkiye/

    [05] AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY THANKS PRESIDENT BUSH FOR HIS SUPPORT TO TURKEY

    American Jewish Committee and Bnai Brith International Administration have sent letters to President George W. Bush stating they supported Turkey and thanking him for his support and sincerity towards Turkey. They said Turkey would sustain stability and complete its democratic and financial restructuring to integrate with Europe within a few years. Stating Turkey deserved support as one of the closest allies of the US, the Jewish community said the American support to Turkey must continue. Claiming Turkey's success was very important for the realisation of the US long-term targets in the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia, the letters said American support is vital for Turkey in the economic recession period. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] GREEK PARLIAMENT SPEAKER KAKLAMANIS: "TURKEY IS OUR FRIEND"

    Visiting Western Thrace on the occasion of 80th anniversary of Komotini's annexation to Greece, Greek Parliament Speaker Apostolos Kaklamanis stated in the press conference he held in Komotini that Greece regards Turkey as a friend. Stating Greece showed her friendship in Helsinki very clearly, Kaklamanis alleged that Greece has a consistent policy regarding her relations with Turkey however Turkey does not react in the way Greece expects. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] DENKTAS' STATEMENT ON THE RECENT ECHR DECISION

    President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Rauf Denktas, said the recent European Court of Human Rights decision which found Turkey guilty left no reason for proximity talks. Denktas said, "This is not the first ECHR decision which is biased. This Court is politicised." Stating political struggle has been continuing in Cyprus for 38 years, Denktas said, "We would not name a court, which takes decisions privileging Greek-Cypriot human rights but at the same time ignoring rights of the Turkish Cypriots, as a Human Rights Court. Claiming the ECHR decision was a decision solving the Cyprus problem in favour of the Greek Cypriots, Denktas said, "Giving the chance to apply to the courts as a state to one party and then trying to bind the other party for the proximity talks are not in line with justice. Such a stance makes the proximity talks meaningless." /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] FRANCE CONTINUES TO PROTECT TERRORISTS

    France granted the free movement right to the terrorist organization PKK's so-called presidential council member, terrorist Riza Altun. Previously, France rejected his demand for political asylum in July 2000 and gave him residence permission until June 2001. Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced France for the decision as it will be an example for other PKK terrorists. /Turkiye/

    [09] IRAN PLAYS WITH FIRE

    Iran continues to support the PKK terrorist organization violating the anti-terror agreement she signed with Turkey. The investigations of the security forces showed that Iran continued to support the PKK. It was reported the Iranian Intelligence Organisation SAVAMA trained PKK militants in military barracks in Tehran. SAVAMA is reported to change the locations of the PKK militants in every 10-15 days. It was informed that 50 militants, who are being trained by Iranian officers would enter Turkey after completing their training. SAVAMA also helps PKK militants concerning accommodation and health facilities. /Sabah/

    [10] 'REALITY' SYMPOSIUM TO START FOR US LECTURERS

    The Federation of Turkish American Associations (FTAA) and World Turkish Council will hold a joint "Turkish Reality" symposium for US history lecturers and teachers, Anatolia News Agency reported yesterday. The symposium will begin on May 18 at the New York Hilton Hotel. The truth about the Armenian problem, the so-called Armenian Genocide, and other information about Turkey will be furnished to participants. Turkey's Ambassador in Washington Baki Ilkin, FTAA Chairman Egemen Baris and World Turkish Council Chairman Ata Erim will attend the symposium. Panel discussions will be headed by Lousville University lecturer Justin McCarthy and Hunter College lecturer Pierre Oberling. /Turkish News/

    [11] SCHREIBER WANTS TO BECOME A TURKISH CITIZEN

    The German Bremen State's Second Chairman of the Red Cross, Ulrike Schreiber, is preparing to apply to the Turkish Ministry of the Interior to be a Turkish citizen. Schreiber, who began to live in Dalyan, Turkey, in 1992, said she loved Turkey and the Turkish people very much. Schreiber was a Deputy of the German Christian Democratic Party and the Turco-German Community in Bremen until 1999. She said, "I have always tried to develop the friendship between Turkey and Germany. I have struggled for the Turkish people living in Germany for many years. I admire the revolutions of Ataturk and the country he created. I want to live my life in Turkey as a Turkish citizen." /Hurriyet/

    [12] MCMFORMED HAND-OVER CEREMONY

    The Command of the Mine Counter Measures Forces Mediterranean (MCMFORMED) were hand over to Turkey by Greece yesterday with a ceremony in Marmaris Aksaz Naval Base Command. Although he was invited, Greek Naval Forces Commander Vice Admiral Georges Theodoroulakis did not attend the ceremony. Turkish Naval Forces Commander Admiral Ilhami Erdil said Turkey has provided MCMFORMED with minehunters and minesweepers since 1999 and would continue with her support. Mentioning the recent Rhodes crisis between Turkey and Greece, Erdil said, "Despite the fact that there are many alternative transportation ways to Turkey, Greece stated the Commander would fly over Rhodes, a disarmed region according to the 14th article of 1947 Paris Treaty, with a military helicopter. Greece also wanted to land the helicopter on the island of Rhodes while waiting for the ceremony to end. Turkey conveyed the message that it would be an honour to host the Greek Commander in the ceremony if he chooses another way of transportation." /Sabah/

    [13] TOP CHINESE COMMANDER SHUGEN QIAN IN TURKEY TO IMPROVE TIES

    Chinese Land Forces Commander and Deputy Chief of General Staff, General Shugen Qian, visited the Army Command in the Aegean province of Izmir, as part of his official visit to Turkey. This visit was scheduled as part of a prior invitation by Turkish Land Forces Commander Hilmi Ozkok. He was welcomed by a military ceremony by the Aegean Army Commander General Cetin Dogan upon arrival at the command's headquarters. Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, Qian said that he and the delegation accompanying him expressed the friendly views of the Chinese people to Turkey. /Turkish News/ 12TH EUREKA CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN MADRID The 12th Pan-European Cooperative Research and Development (EUREKA) inter-parliamentary conference will be held in Madrid on May 16-18, Anatolia News Agency reported yesterday. Democratic Left Party (DSP) Adana Deputy Ali Tekin, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Agri Deputy Nidai Seven and Virtue Party (FP) Bursa Deputy Altan Karapasaoglu will depart for Madrid today as the delegation representing the Turkish Parliament. EUREKA aims to establish and develop joint projects to research highly competitive technologies and services between small and medium-sized companies in Europe. /Turkish News/

    [14] SECCP ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD

    The Southeastern European Countries Cooperation Process (SECCP) interior ministries' annual meeting will be held in Tirana on May 16, Anatolia News Agency reported yesterday. The Foreign Ministry has issued a statement saying that Deputy Undersecretary Ambassador Yigit Alpogan will participate in the meeting as Turkey's representative. The decisions which came out of previous meetings of the SECCP and other international events will be evaluated in the meeting, the statement said. Every year, one member country holds the SECCP chairmanship and once a year a presidents' and government leaders' summit and a foreign ministers' meeting are held. /Turkish News/

    [15] VIRTUE PARTY'S LAST DEFENSE

    Virtue Party (FP) will submit its final plea to the Constitutional Court today concerning the closure of the party. The case was opened due to the allegations that the Virtue Party is the successor of the Welfare Party which was previously closed and a center for the anti-secular movements in Turkey. The final plea will be given by FP Deputy Mustafa Kamalak. After listening to the verbal plea, President of the Constitutional Court Mustafa Bumin will determine a specific date for the delegation to give the final decision on the case. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] CABINET DEBATES AID MEASURES IN FLOOD-HIT REGIONS AROUND ANTAKYA

    The cabinet has decided to provide aid and subsidies to the southern province of Antakya, which was badly hit by heavy rainfall. Announcing the results of a one-and-a-half hour Cabinet meeting on Monday to the press, State Minister Rustu Kazim Yucelen said he, together with Agriculture Minister Husnu Yusuf Gokalp and State Minister Mustafa Yilmaz, briefed the Cabinet about the flood disaster in the province. They were visiting the region last week. "Our government has said that it would display the same sensitivity over this disaster it has so far displayed for all other natural disasters," Yucelen told reporters. Accordingly, the government has postponed the tax due date for tradesmen and artisans in Antakya by two months. /Turkish News/

    [17] CARGO SHIPS COLLIDE, NO ONE HURT

    Two cargo ships, one Greek and the other Turkish, were confined to the Greek port of Neapolis pending an investigation into their collision late Sunday. No injuries or serious damage were caused by the incident that occured near the island of Kythria, about 200 kilometres (124 miles) southwest of Athens. The Turkish vessel had 16 people on board and was carrying iron, while details of its route were not immediately known. /Turkish Daily News/

    [18] IMF MEETING

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Directors' meeting will be held in Washington today. During the meeting, Turkey's 30-page Letter of Intent will be discussed. The letter which includes the new economic program and the $14.3-billion loan to Turkey is expected to be ratified. Following the approval, $3.9 billion will be released soon. /Turkiye/

    [19] BELGIAN FINANCE MINISTER IN ANKARA

    Belgium Minister of Finance Didier Reynders, who arrived in Turkey on Sunday, met with Minister of Finance, Sumer Oral after a breakfast with State Minister for Economics, Kemal Dervis. Reynders said, "Turkey presented her program to the IMF. This plan is important for Turkey to enter the EU." /Turkiye/

    [20] "THE US NEVER CUTS HER AID TO TURKEY"

    A commentary in The Wall Street Journal said even if Turkey cannot implement the reforms and use loans efficiently, the US cannot stop her aid to Turkey. As Turkey is a NATO member and a base for operations against Iraq, the article said, in every case the US continues to aid Turkey. /Turkiye/ BLUE STREAM PROJECT TO START IN 2002 The Transportation Pipeline Company (BOTAS) declared the gas purchase from Russia will begin in January or February 2002 in the scope of the Blue Stream Project. The pipes produced in Japan and then processed in Malaysia will be transported to Turkey. The pipes are expected to be installed beneath the Black Sea at the beginning of September. /Turkiye/ $10.2 MILLION FOR SOUTHEASTERN OIL Turkish Petroleum Joint Company (TPAO) announced $10.2 million was spent for oil exploration in Southeastern Anatolia last year. According to the statement, during last 13 years, 612,471 meters of drilling has been carried out. /Turkiye/

    [21] ISTANBUL STOCK EXCHANGE INDEX INCREASE

    Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) index increased by 117 points and ended the day with 11,896 points yesterday. The rates of the shares in the IMKB rose by 0.99 points. /Hurriyet/

    [22] MARKOWITZ'S WARNING ABOUT PRIVATIZATION

    Nobel prize winner, economist Harry M. Markowitz, came to Turkey as the guest of Sabanci University and answered the questions of the journalists before the conference at Sabanci University. While replying to the question of a journalist concerning the privatization, Markowitz said, "Privatization is useful but great attention should be paid while privatizing. Every privatization effort may not be successful. In California, where I live, the electricity privatization is an unsuccessful example." /Hurriyet/

    [23] UZUNER'S BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED IN BRITAIN

    Milet Publishing will issue a selection of the books of Buket Uzuner titled "A Cup of Turkish Coffee" in Britain. The selection consists of Uzuner's stories. Milet Publishing will also publish the books of other Turkish writers including Aziz Nesin, Rifat Ilgaz and Furuzan. /Cumhuriyet/

    [24] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [25] THE REASONS OF THE CRISIS BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Yilmaz Oztuna writes on the recent crisis, its reasons and effects. A summary of his column is as follows: "Foreign pressure on Turkey has increased. Crisis in the country activates the negative factors abroad. This is the general rule. As we have repeated many times Turkey's problems abroad will lessen as much as she gets closer to Europe, and increase to the extent she will move away from it. We are on the verge of being treated as a country beyond the borders of the European system. The reason why they cannot pressurize us further is our ties with NATO and the Customs Union. However, the European Union is determined to take the Greek-Cypriot Administration as a member to the organization. The US follows a similar policy. They want to carry out this decision by getting the Turkish approval and not inspite of her. The policy of maintaining the status quo has come to an end. This had gone on long enough. Russians are deploying missiles in Armenia, close to our borders. The situation on our eastern and southern neighbours is known by all. There is no problem with Georgia. Relations with Bulgaria and Greece are improving. As these countries began to adhere to the European standards they are acting more wisely. Armenian and Kurdish issues will last for a long time and occupy our agenda in the future too. However, the decision of the European Court of Human Rights on Cyprus is in the forefront now. It is apparent that such a decision which considers Turks in Cyprus as second class citizens outside the European system and believes Greek-Cypriots to be worthy of modern human rights is devoid of all legal and humane considerations. It cannot be implemented. However, it will always hang over us as the sword of Damocles. Turkey has suspended all problems in the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia because of the economic crisis. We are faced with all these problems because we have discussed the principles of modern civilization standards too long and hesitated in adopting them claiming we had special conditions."
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