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Turkish Press Review, 01-05-21

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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

21.05.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] SUPPORT FROM SEZER TO EDUCATION
  • [02] AYTEKIN TO TRAVEL TO SWEDEN
  • [03] BUSY WEEK AHEAD FOR PARLIAMENT
  • [04] DERVIS TO TOUR ANATOLIA
  • [05] YILDIRIM KOC: "TURKEY IS A BUFFER ZONE FOR THE EU"
  • [06] REUTERS: "CYPRUS WILL CREATE A CRISIS IN EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN"
  • [07] AMBASSADOR LOGOGLU: "CYPRUS IS NOT A MATTER OF THE EU"
  • [08] MEDAL OF COURAGE TO GEN. DURSUN BAK
  • [09] MACEDONIAN PARLIAMENTARIANS TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [10] TURKEY WILL NEVER LOSE ITS GEOGRAPHICAL AND STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE
  • [11] KOC: "THIS PROGRAM IS OUR LAST CHANCE"
  • [12] HISTORY OF THE BALKANS' TO BE RE-WRITTEN
  • [13] "COUNTRY OF TALES"
  • [14] TURKISH-GREEK TOURISM FORUM
  • [15] INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MEETING IN
  • [16] TOBB REQUESTS TEXTILE REHABILITATION FUND
  • [17] TURCO-GREEK FRIENDSHIP IMPROVES WITH ONE-DAY TOURS WITHOUT VISA
  • [18] TURKISH DAY MARCH IN NEW YORK
  • [19] ISTANBUL LOOKS AT EARLY WARNING SYSTEM
  • [20] NATO MANOEUVRES IN MEDITERRANEAN
  • [21] TURKEY READY TO HOST SCIENTIFIC OLYMPICS
  • [22] TURKISH OPERA SINGER COMES FIRST
  • [23] THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF FILM SCHOOLS
  • [24] NEW ZEUGMA EXHIBITS OPEN
  • [25] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [26] SOME ISSUES ON THE AGENDA BY MUSTAFA BALBAY (CUMHURIYET)

  • [01] SUPPORT FROM SEZER TO EDUCATION

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer called on all citizens to give support to the "National Education Campaign" which was launched by his wife Semra Sezer. According to a statement released by President's office Sezer said education continues to be one of the prominent problems of Turkey. "Although we have taken serious steps to solve education problem since the foundation of the Republic, there are still many difficulties to be tackled. These problems can only be solved with the large participation of our citizens," Sezer said. /Turkish Daily News/ ANAP MARKS ITS 18TH ANNIVERSARY Motherland Party (ANAP) leader and Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz visited Ataturk's Mausoleum on the occasion of his party's 18th anniversary on Sunday. Later, Yilmaz traveled to Istanbul to attend a ceremony at the Lutfi Kirdar International Convention center, and participated in ANAP's Istanbul regional convention. /Turkish News/

    [02] AYTEKIN TO TRAVEL TO SWEDEN

    Minister of the Environment, Fevzi Aytekin, accompanied by a delegation, will travel to Sweden today to participate in a meeting organized by United Nations Executive Director of Environmental Program, on May 22-23 in Stokholm. /Turkiye/

    [03] BUSY WEEK AHEAD FOR PARLIAMENT

    The Parliament will take up a parliamentary investigation motion filed by Virtue Party (FP) deputies against former Energy and Natural Resources Minister Cumhur Ersumer in connection with the "White Energy" case on May 22. Parliament will take up a bill contemplating amendments to the "Law Pertaining to the establishment of Radio Stations and Television Channels" and the "Press Law." Debates on the bill pertaining to Prison Monitoring Committees will also be continued during the week, as well as negotiations on the Bill Pertaining to the Protection of Farmers' Rights, a bill for the harmonization of highway and traffic standards with European norms, and one other bill pertaining to the Education Ministry Revolving Fund Establishments. /Turkish News/

    [04] DERVIS TO TOUR ANATOLIA

    State Minister for the Economy, Kemal Dervis, will make trips to Anatolian cities to explain the details of the economic program to the people and hear their opinions. /Milliyet/

    [05] YILDIRIM KOC: "TURKEY IS A BUFFER ZONE FOR THE EU"

    Delivering a speech at the "What is the EU? And what it is not?" panel organised by the Social Research and Culture Art Foundation, Turk-Is Chairman Adviser Yildirim Koc said the EU does not regard Turkey as a full member but wants to use Turkey as a buffer zone. Meanwhile, Assoc. Prof. Sevilay Kahraman told EU's historical development during the panel. Stating the EU was a political structure rather than an economic and legal union, Kahraman said "The permanent target of the EU is to organize a federal and supranational structure." /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] REUTERS: "CYPRUS WILL CREATE A CRISIS IN EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN"

    International British News Agency Reuters claimed the entry of the Greek Cypriots to the EU would cause a serious crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean. Reuters emphasised that Greek Cypriot Administration has improved in the membership negotiations with the EU, which would cause a serious crisis between Turkey and the EU. Recalling Turkey rejects the acceptance of the Greek Cypriot Administration to the EU without taking the views of the Turkish Cypriots into account, Reuters stated Greece threatened the EU of preventing the other candidates' EU accession periods until the Greek Cypriots enter the EU. It was also stated that if the EU membership of the Greek Cypriots is accepted, Turkey might annex Northern Cyprus and also might withdraw from the status of EU candidate. Reuters said, "Such a situation would cause trouble for Turkey who is a NATO member and a US ally." /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] AMBASSADOR LOGOGLU: "CYPRUS IS NOT A MATTER OF THE EU"

    Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ambassador Faruk Logoglu evaluated the recent developments concerning the foreign relations. Logoglu said the EU policy over Cyprus did not contribute to the solution of the problem amd that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decision on Cyprus was a politically biased one. He said, "ECHR acts as if it is the United Nations. Cyprus issue is not a matter either to be held in the ECHR or the EU. The address for the problems on the island is the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Ignoring this fact and finding Turkey guilty is an unacceptable decision." Logoglu added if the Greek Cypriots are included into the EU Turkey would have the right to integrate with the TRNC. Additionally, Logoglu evaluated Turkey's policy over Iraq. Stating Turkey maintains her policy over Iraq on three basic elements, Logoglu said, "The first is to protect Iraq's territorial unity. The second is that Iraq's future would be determined by the communities living in Iraq. Finally, Turkey would never let Iraq be divided. Turkey will never permit a Kurdish state to be established in Northern Iraq." Stating Turkey was concerned over the recent developments in the Middle East, Logoglu added, "Turkey is the only country in which Israelis and Arabs have confidence except for the US. Turkey would use this confidence for sustaining peace and stability in the region." /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] MEDAL OF COURAGE TO GEN. DURSUN BAK

    The office of the General Staff gave the Security Chief of Tunceli, Gen. Dursun Bak a medal of courage and devotion for his efforts of 15 years in fighting against terrorist activities in the region. /Milliyet/

    [09] MACEDONIAN PARLIAMENTARIANS TO VISIT TURKEY

    A group of Macedonian parlamentarians headed by Naser Zubari, Chairman of Turkish-Macedonian Friendship Group in Macedonian Parliament will arrive in Ankara on Sunday as the official guest of Turkish Parliament. The Macedonian delegation will meet with Deputy Speaker of Turkish Parliament Vecdi Gonul and some Turkish ministers in Ankara. They also will visit several historical places in Istanbul. /Turkish Daily News/

    [10] TURKEY WILL NEVER LOSE ITS GEOGRAPHICAL AND STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE

    Turkey's geographical location would maintain her strategic importance, Foreign Ministry Planning Department head Suat Akgun said. Akgun stated that the world's only hegemony power is the US since the en of the Cold War. Akgun underlined that the one-state hegemony condition created optimism in other nations. "Following this optimism, the circumstances in Bosnia Herzegovina and Nagorno Karabag in Azerbaijan have displayed extreme nationalism, racism, international terrorism and human and weapon smuggling to the world. Akgun participating in a conference in Ege University, Izmir, said Turkey was the only country in the south east wing of NATO and that since the cold war Turkey had not lost its strategic position. Akgun emphasized that the energy resources existing in the Caucasus, and the location of the country increased Turkey's strategic importance in the international arana. Akgun said, "Turkey has two main objectives. Firstly, to become a member of the European Union, and secondly, to influence the events in the region." /Turkish Daily News/

    [11] KOC: "THIS PROGRAM IS OUR LAST CHANCE"

    Chairman of the Koc Holding Executive Board, Rahmi Koc, said the economic program is Turkey's last chance to surmount the crisis. Attending the opening ceremony for Migros Ramstore in Sofia, Koc replied to journalists' questions. Pointing out the necessity for the amendments to election and political parties law, Koc said, "This program is Turkey's last chance. Otherwise, we will be a third world country." /Turkiye/

    [12] HISTORY OF THE BALKANS' TO BE RE-WRITTEN

    A historic decision was taken during the Balkan countries' Foreign Ministers Meeting in Tirana, capital of Albania, which foresees re-writing of history books. Accordingly, delegations will be formed in Balkan countries' ministries of education, including Turkey, to determine the sections in history books which humiliates other Balkan countries. At meetings, to be organized in the next three months, these sections will be debated. /Sabah/

    [13] "COUNTRY OF TALES"

    German State Television ZDF prepared a Web Site promoting Turkey titled, "Country of Tales: Turkey". The site saying, "Go to Turkey for a holiday like a dream", is praising Turkey's holiday regions with more than 50 photos. /Turkiye/

    [14] TURKISH-GREEK TOURISM FORUM

    The third Turkish-Greek Tourism Forum, held in Marmaris, has ended and both delegations have agreed to explore cooperation on a number of issues. During the forum, maritime, travel, sea tourism, tourism investment, air transportation and tourism training events were discussed. /Turkish News/

    [15] INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MEETING IN

    The heads of world's stock exchanges, international funds, banks and financial institutions will meet on June 13-14 in Istanbul. Jim Meyerhoff from Chicago Stock Exchange, former chairman of Eurex, Dr. Jork Franke, Wolfgang Weber Thedy from Nasdaq, Ralf Fischer of German Capital Markets Institute and Pierre Delsaux from the European Union are some of the attendants of the international meeting titled "Capital Markets Arena". /Milliyet/ STATE BOND OFFER WORTH $3.1 BILLION THIS WEEK The Treasury will hold two state bond biddings worth around $3.1 billion. The interest rate increase in the bidding will affect the general interest rate level in the financial markets. /Milliyet/

    [16] TOBB REQUESTS TEXTILE REHABILITATION FUND

    Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges(TOBB) requested the establishment of a $1 billion rehabilitation fund for the textile and ready-made sector and the administration of the fund be given to them. "The Economic Report 2000" prepared by TOBB said that these industries lost their competitive power and are in need of financial resources. TOBB said textile producers should be extended short-term loans without any precondition of export engagement. /Milliyet/

    [17] TURCO-GREEK FRIENDSHIP IMPROVES WITH ONE-DAY TOURS WITHOUT VISA

    The one-day tours to Greek islands, which can be participated without obtaining a visa, will be repeated with an agreement signed between Turkey and Greece this year. Tours first began last year as a symbol of the friendship between the two countries. The tour program begins this year with Bodrum-Rhodes-Bodrum tour. /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] TURKISH DAY MARCH IN NEW YORK

    Traditional Turkish Day March took place with a great participation this year in New York. Besides the march, there were dance and music shows in the Dag Hammrskjold Park. Ministers of State, Sukru Sina Gurel, Abdulhaluk Cay, Turkish Ambassador to Washington, Baki Ilkin, Turkish Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Umit Pamir, Consul-General in New York, Ambassador Mehmet N. Ezen and delegations from many Turkish associations and foundations attended the march. /Cumhuriyet/

    [19] ISTANBUL LOOKS AT EARLY WARNING SYSTEM

    Istanbul Governor Erol Cakir said that electricity, natural gas and chemical production companies had to be included in the "Istanbul Earthquake Early Warning and Emergency Interaction System" project. Cakir wrote a letter to the Prime Ministry, Interior Ministry, Treasury Undersecretariat, and Housing and Public Works Ministry about his support for the project. Within the scope of the early warning system, 10 stations will be built near fault zones, and all data emanating from them will be evaluated and will be forwarded to other institutions. /Turkish News/

    [20] NATO MANOEUVRES IN MEDITERRANEAN

    According to a written statement by the Naval Forces Command, two Turkish frigates will take part in the NATO Trident D'or-2001 Manoeuvres to be held between May 21-June 1 in the Mediterranean. /Cumhuriyet/ 622 HOUSES TO BE DELIVERED TO QUAKE VICTIMS On May 24 a ceremony will take place in which some 622 houses constructed in Duzce with a World Bank loan will be handed over to earthquake victims who won the housing lottery. A health clinic and a primary school will also be handed over. Moreover, officials said that 558 houses, a health clinic and a primary school that is under construction in Gebze will be handed over to the quake victims by the end of this month. /Turkish News/

    [21] TURKEY READY TO HOST SCIENTIFIC OLYMPICS

    The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey(TUBITAK) said the International Scientific Olympic Committee had decided Turkey should host the 32nd International Scientific Olympics. TUBITAK completed all the preperations for the Olympics. The games will take place on June 28-July 6 in Antalya. /Turkish News/

    [22] TURKISH OPERA SINGER COMES FIRST

    Turkish opera singer, Burak Bilgili, 26, came first at the "New Voices" competition organized by German Media Company, Bertelsmann. /Sabah/

    [23] THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF FILM SCHOOLS

    Istanbul Bilgi University organizes the first International Meeting of Film Schools. Two prominent film schools, New York University Cinema Department and FEMIS from France, will participate in the meeting. The meeting, aiming to screen the films from the three continents, will take place between May 21-25. /Cumhuriyet/

    [24] NEW ZEUGMA EXHIBITS OPEN

    Zeugma's artistic works are being displayed in the Gaziantep Museum in four new additional sections. Museum Deputy Director Kemal Sertok said that the Gaziantep Archaeology Museum had gained a major international reputation thanks to the artefacts found in the excavations carried out in the ancient city of Zeugma. /Turkish News/

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

    [26] SOME ISSUES ON THE AGENDA BY MUSTAFA BALBAY (CUMHURIYET)

    Columnist Mustafa Balbay comments on three foreign issues, the recent situation in Northern Iraq, Cyprus and Bulgaria directly concerning Turkey. A summary of his column is as follows: "Following the Gulf War the foundations of a different formation were laid step by step in Northern Iraq. After Ministries, Directorate Generals were established in the region. Reportedly, when it was understood that Saddam could not be toppled soon, the accomplices of the US who had gone to the Island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean are returning following different routes. The entire infrastructure need for the establishment of an independent state is ready. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit viewsthis formation as a cause for concern because he believes that foundations of an independent state are laid down. If Turkey had gone to Mosul as suggested during the Gulf War, a Kurdish state would have been established within her borders. However, commonsense had prevailed and this action was not taken. Now, a separate Kurdish state is trying to be formed with care. Turkey has produced policies which attached great importance to protect the rights of the Turkmens in the Kirkuk region. However, the desired result could not be achieved. Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Faruk Logoglu once more stressed that Turkey favours Iraqi territorial integrity. On the other hand, Northern Iraqi leaders while saying that they do not have any connections with the PKK terrorist organisation accept the fact that there are terrorists living in their region. In Cyprus, the European Court of Human Rights accepted the appeal made by a Greek-Cypriot for the restitution of her property in the North and found Turkey responsible. If this is followed by others, and the ECHR insists in this stance, Turkey can be faced with punishment worth billions of dollars. The Foreign Ministry evaluates the situation as follows: ECHR is not a party to the Cyprus problem. In this situation it has put itself in the place of the UN. The ruling seems as a sequence to the EU policy of preventing a solution to the Cyprus problem and if the Greek-Cypriot Administration is taken into the EU, Turkey will integrate with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus(TRNC). It seems as if the second probability will come to pass. Turkey's relations with Bulgaria are enjoying the most peaceful period ever. If this goes on, we may even demilitarize the borders. Some of our kinsmen who migrated to Turkey in the 1980s are returning home.In 1997, I met a kinsman who had migrated to Turkey. He had two passports with two different names. He had kept his Bulgarian passport as he could not find what he expected in Turkey. He said, if Bulgaria entered the EU before Turkey, he would have the right of free movement earlier. It is most certainly in our favor to improve relations with Bulgaria. Turkish businessmen have begun to invest in Bulgaria. However, this is not a planned operation but a search for getting out of the crisis. Regarding Iraq, new opportunities covering economy can be found. However all of these policies should be evaluated as a whole."
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