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Turkish Press Review, 01-05-22

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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

22.05.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT SEZER TO VISIT EASTERN AND SOUTHEASTERN ANATOLIA
  • [02] ECEVIT'S STATEMENT CONCERNING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
  • [03] CEM: "TURKEY IS BOTH EUROPEAN AND ASIAN"
  • [04] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING
  • [05] CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO BE DEBATED THIS WEEK
  • [06] VURAL: "TURKEY CAN BE AN EU MEMBER WITHIN TEN YEARS"
  • [07] EU FORMAT FOR NEW BILLS
  • [08] BULUNC: "EU SHOULD BEHAVE WITH COMMON SENSE"
  • [09] BAHCELI TO GO TO GERMANY AND FRANCE
  • [10] CILLER SPEAKS AT PANEL ON 'ROLE OF WOMEN IN POLITICS'
  • [11] GURUZ: "WE ARE DETERMINED TO STIFLE FUNDAMENTALISM, SEPARATISM AND RADICALISM"
  • [12] PKK MILITANTS KILLED IN BINGOL
  • [13] TURKISH-GREEK JOINT RESCUE TEAM
  • [14] TURKEY AND SYRIA TO IMPROVE COOPERATION
  • [15] GUREL'S SUPPORT FOR THE TURKISH PEOPLE IN THE US
  • [16] US DELEGATION VISITS CORUM
  • [17] INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION SEMINAR BEGINS IN ISTANBUL
  • [18] YEREVAN'S DEMAND FOR THE OPENING OF A NEW RAILWAY
  • [19] BURGAZ AND EDIRNE CONSULATES
  • [20] EUROPEAN TURKS WANTS TO CONTRIBUTE TO THY AND TELEKOM PRIVATIZATIONS
  • [21] DERVIS TO TOUR ANATOLIA
  • [22] TUSIAD ASKS FOR REFORMS
  • [23] CAPITAL INCREASE BY PRIVATE BANKS
  • [24] DEUTSCHE BANK RECOMMENDS TURKISH BONDS
  • [25] UNKNOWN TURKEY TO BE PROMOTED
  • [26] TURKISH TOURISTIC INVESTMENTS IN BULGARIA
  • [27] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

  • [01] PRESIDENT SEZER TO VISIT EASTERN AND SOUTHEASTERN ANATOLIA

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer will travel to Van and Hakkari on May 30. Chief of the General Staff, General Huseyin Kivrikoglu will accompany the President. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] ECEVIT'S STATEMENT CONCERNING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said the debates concerning the collective bargaining should be solved without causing any strikes and tension. During the meeting of the Council of Ministers yesterday, State Minister Mehmet Kececiler spoke on the debates concerning the issue. Ecevit listened to other Ministers and said all people should shoulder their responsibilities in order to overcome the economic bottleneck. Ecevit said, "It will be highly beneficial for everyone if the process of disagreement does not last any longer." /Sabah/

    [03] CEM: "TURKEY IS BOTH EUROPEAN AND ASIAN"

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ismail Cem, said Turkey is both European and Asian. He added, "This multi-identity is important for us." Addressing Political Affairs Commission meeting in Ankara organized in the scope of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly meetings, Cem gave information about Turkish foreign policy and Middle East issue. He said they recently made certain changes in traditional Turkish foreign policy. Regarding a question on the Greek-Cypriot administration's EU membership topic, the Minister said, "If Greek-Cyprus is included in the EU, Turkey's response to that will be very harsh and this will not good for anyone. I prefer a settlement in Cyprus, acceptable by both sides." /Turkiye/

    [04] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING

    Delivering a speech at the Council of Ministers meeting held yesterday, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit wanted to receive information about the investigations being held into the recent CASA planes accidents. Minister of Defense Sabahattin Cakmakoglu said the Office of the Chief of the General Staff was investigating the accidents and would later inform the government about the results. Minister of State responsible for the Economy, Kemal Dervis, informed the Council of Ministers about the loans to be taken from the IMF and World Bank. The bill on the local administrations was also discussed during the meeting. A sub-commission consisting of Interior Minister Sadettin Tantan, Minister of Finance Sumer Oral, Public Works and Housing Minister Koray Aydin and Minister of State Mehmet Kececiler was established to determine the final form of the bill. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO BE DEBATED THIS WEEK

    The constitutional amendment package consisting of 51 articles will be debated at the Interparties Reconciliation Committee this week. A sub-commission determined the amendments which should be made immediately by examining all the articles of the Constitution. The package annuls the parliamentary authority to approve the decisions of the death penalty except for the war times. It also brings restrictions to the authority of the President. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] VURAL: "TURKEY CAN BE AN EU MEMBER WITHIN TEN YEARS"

    Secretary General for the EU, Volkan Vural, said Turkey would become an European Union member within ten years. Speaking at a meeting with European Turkish Businessmen's Association(ATIAD) members, Vural said Turkish-EU relations entered a new era after the Helsinki Summit. He said: "Our economy is being restructured, which is necessary for EU membership. We are taking important steps toward acceptance with the review of some laws in Parliament. We have also taken steps in political issues but they have been overshadowed by the economic crisis." /Turkish Daily News/

    [07] EU FORMAT FOR NEW BILLS

    The Turkish General Secretariat for the EU has begun a joint work with the European Union Council to examine the harmonization of the Bill on the Establishment and Broadcasting of Radio and Televisions and the Bill on Bids with the EU criteria. These bills are very important for Turkey since they are within the criteria which Turkey should meet to become a full EU member. It was stated the Bill on Radio &amp; Television Higher Board prepared by the Parliament was far from meeting the EU expectations. Meanwhile, the European Union Council is expected to present a report on the regulations of the public bids in the EU countries and evaluating the pros and cons of the bill prepared by Turkey to the Secretariat General for the EU. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] BULUNC: "EU SHOULD BEHAVE WITH COMMON SENSE"

    Ahmet Zeki Bulunc, Ambassador of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to Turkey, said, "In case the Greek-Cypriot Administration is included in the EU, an unstable period, full of crises, will begin in the Eastern Mediterranean." Attending a panel in Bursa organized by Uludag University, Bulunc called on the EU to act in common sense. Regarding the recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights against Turkey, Ambassador Bulunc said, "The Court's decision was political, not legal. Between 1963 and 1974, massacres against Turks were carried out by EOKA in Cyprus, however, the same international institutions did nothing to stop that violence." /Turkiye/

    [09] BAHCELI TO GO TO GERMANY AND FRANCE

    Deputy Prime Minister and the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli will go to Europe on 29 May. Bahceli will stay in Europe for one week. He will first go to Germany and then to France. Bahceli will attend the General Council of the Turco-European Federations and hold meetings with Turkish businessmen and other Turkish people living abroad concerning the economy. /Sabah/

    [10] CILLER SPEAKS AT PANEL ON 'ROLE OF WOMEN IN POLITICS'

    True Path Party (DYP) leader Tansu Ciller said on Monday that although about 30 percent of her party, and of others, at grassroots are women, this was not reflected in Parliament, adding, "Full democracy is the product of a local notion, and full democracy cannot exist without the presence of woman." The panel, organized jointly by the DYP Istanbul Provincial Organization, Germany's Christian Democratic Party (CDU), and the Liberation Turkish-German Friendship Association (Hur-Turk), took place at the Atakoy Crown Plaza Hotel. Ciller said in the speech she gave there that the panel contributed to the strengthening of the friendly ties between Turkey and Germany. /Turkish News/

    [11] GURUZ: "WE ARE DETERMINED TO STIFLE FUNDAMENTALISM, SEPARATISM AND RADICALISM"

    Higher Education Board (YOK) Chairman Professor Kemal Guruz said on Monday: "We are determined to root out separatism and radical fundamentalism. If anyone has anything to say to us because of this, I would be proud to give the necessary response." Professor Guruz made a presentation on "Higher Education Systems in Turkey and Abroad" at a panel at Ankara University's Institute of Natural Sciences, in which he talked about the history of the university as a higher education institution, the development of universities, and the currently used systems of higher education. /Turkish News/ YILDIRIM 2001 MOBILIZATION EXERCISE STARTS The first stage of the planned manoeuvre by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), the Yildirim (Thunder) 2001 Mobilization Maneuvers, has begun, Anatolia reported Monday. The General Staff's General Secretariat issued a statement saying that the exercise would be held by Land Force Command units in Izmir-Bornova and Naval units in Bartin-Amasra until June 12. The mobilization system's check, reserve troops' training exercises, developing coordination between military and public institutions in case of a mobilization, and joint operations among ministries, public institutions and armed forces will be performed during Yildirim 2001. Some 2,229 reserve troops, 118 vehicles and some elements from public institutions will participate in the first stage of the exercise. /Turkish News/

    [12] PKK MILITANTS KILLED IN BINGOL

    Eleven PKK militants were killed during the operations held in Bingol within three days. A security official was killed by the PKK militants during the operations. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] TURKISH-GREEK JOINT RESCUE TEAM

    Turkey and Greece have established a 80-person special rescue team to operate in natural disasters. "Joint Ellenic Turkish Stand By Disaster Response Unit" will have two coordination centers in Athens and Ankara. /Hurriyet/

    [14] TURKEY AND SYRIA TO IMPROVE COOPERATION

    The friendly relations between Turkey and Syria, which started growing in the wake of the apprehension of terrorist leader Abdullah Ocalan, are gaining impetus with the mutual efforts of border provinces, Anatolia reported Sunday. A protocol was signed between Kilis and Haleppo governors, envisaging increasing cooperation in the fields of education, culture and sports. Concrete steps to this end were taken in these fields with a joint decision taken by the education, culture, and sports committees of the two border towns. /Turkish News/

    [15] GUREL'S SUPPORT FOR THE TURKISH PEOPLE IN THE US

    State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel returned from the US to Turkey. Gurel attended the Turkish march and said the importance of Turkish community living in the US was 'firm and indispensable'. He said, "From now on the importance of the Turkish people in the fields of science, art and politics will be felt much more." /Sabah/

    [16] US DELEGATION VISITS CORUM

    A US delegation chaired by the Assistant Counsellor responsible for the Political Affairs at the US Embassy in Ankara Larry Silverman, visited Corum and met with the Corum Governor and Mayor to get information about the problems of the province. Stating that they see Turkey as a close ally, Silverman said after the meetings that they were paying visits to various cities in Turkey to be informed about the current problems and to find ways for the solutions to those problems. /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION SEMINAR BEGINS IN ISTANBUL

    An inter-regional seminar titled "International Cooperation National Implementation_Process of Approval," organized by the contributions of the United Nations Organization of the Banning of the Nuclear Tests started in Istanbul. Deputy Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry, Sencar Ozsoy, said at the seminar that the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty is very important for stopping the development of nuclear weapons. Turkey gives special importance to nuclear disarmament. "Turkey is at the center of regional disputes and as a result of this, our country is actively involved in the efforts to ease the nuclear threat," said Ozsoy reminding that Turkey signed the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty on September 24, 1996. /Turkish Daily News/

    [18] YEREVAN'S DEMAND FOR THE OPENING OF A NEW RAILWAY

    Armenia has announced that she is ready to open the railway lines stretching to the Turkish border. Medimax Agency in its article on the contacts of the Minsk Group within the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Nagorno Karabakh, stated that a high level Armenian official said they were ready to open the railway within a month if their proposal was accepted. American Co-Chairman of the Minsk Group, Carey Cavanough, said they considered Turkey would be pleased with such a proposal however it would not be correct to begin the works without reaching a solution on the Karabakh issue. /Cumhuriyet/

    [19] BURGAZ AND EDIRNE CONSULATES

    Bulgaria and Turkey will reopen Consulates in Burgaz and Edirne. Turkish Ambassador to Sofia, Tahsin Burcuoglu, said the agreement was reached concerning the Consulates that are expected to open before September. /Sabah/

    [20] EUROPEAN TURKS WANTS TO CONTRIBUTE TO THY AND TELEKOM PRIVATIZATIONS

    European Turkish Businessmen's Association (ATIAD) wanted new regulations be made for the participation of the Turkish citizens living in foreign countries into the Turkish Airlines (THY) and Turk Telekom privatizations with their capital worth Euro 15 billion. Presenting a report explaining their request to the Minister of State responsible for the Economy Kemal Dervis, ATIAD said the government should not forget possible contributions of the Turks living in foreign countries to the new economic program. ATIAD delegation also met with Minister of State Tunca Toskay and Secretary General for the EU Volkan Vural. /Cumhuriyet/

    [21] DERVIS TO TOUR ANATOLIA

    State Minister for Economics, Kemal Dervis, is beginning his tour to Anatolian provinces today. The first stop of his visit will be Gaziantep. Dervis is expected to meet with representatives of real sector in the region and discuss the new economic program. /Turkiye/

    [22] TUSIAD ASKS FOR REFORMS

    Association of Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen (TUSIAD) asked for reforms in the political and legal systems. Chairman of the TUSIAD, Tuncay Ozilhan declared a report titled, "Democratization Perspectives in Turkey and EU Copenhagen Political Criteria" in a press conference. Evaluating the report, Ozilhan said, "The reforms asked by TUSIAD for many times, completely cover the EU political criteria." Stressing the economic crisis stemmed not only from economic imbalances but hitches in politics, Ozilhan said, "If Turkey enters into a re-structuring process, it must also include the political structures. We will continue to make pressure through all means for democratization." /Turkiye/

    [23] CAPITAL INCREASE BY PRIVATE BANKS

    Banking Regulation and Supervision Board(BDDK) announced that it will closely observe the capital increase by private banks totalling $1.4 billion. Private banks are committed to either raise their capital and find capital-like loans, or decrease the number of branches and personnel. If the banks do not fulfil their commitments, BDDK will take the required measures. /Milliyet/

    [24] DEUTSCHE BANK RECOMMENDS TURKISH BONDS

    Deutsche Bank recommended investors to increase the share of Turkish Eurobonds in their portfolios. The bank said Turkish government took drastic measures and carried out legal actions to put the economy on a firm ground. The bank expected that economic reforms will reduce the political risks. /Milliyet/

    [25] UNKNOWN TURKEY TO BE PROMOTED

    Oger Tour, one of the prominent tour operators in Germany, is working to promote the historical sites in Turkey which have not taken a share in the tourism market so far. Oger Tour manager Nina Oger said they were trying to promote "Unknown Turkey" to foreign tourists. Oger said, "Germany is very important for Turkish tourism. We are planning to send one million German tourists to Turkey this year. The new Unknown Turkey market will attract more German tourists." /Cumhuriyet/

    [26] TURKISH TOURISTIC INVESTMENTS IN BULGARIA

    Magic Life International hired a touristic complex on the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria. The director of the company, Cem Kinay, said Bulgaria will be a hotspot for European tourism very soon and they also consider to operate some other hotels as well. /Hurriyet/

    [27] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    TIME TO LISTEN TO TUSIAD by ILNUR CEVIK (Turkish Daily News) Columnist Ilnur Cevik writes on the positive role of the democratization report by the TUSIAD. A summary of his column is as follows: "The Turkish Businessmen's and Industrialists' Association (TUSIAD) has made public a major report urging democratic reformation in Turkey. It is time someone told this government that without political reforms you cannot bring about economic and social reforms. It has to put its house in order to which also means an effective fight against corruption and irregularities. The conservative establishment in Turkey has been preventing even the mention of "political reforms". There are too many circles in Turkey who do not even want to hear about the Copenhagen criteria. So TUSIAD has taken the bold move to remind everyone that Turkey needs to implement the Copenhagen criteria and thus legislate political and social reforms. TUSIAD is aware that as long as you cannot correct the crooked political system you cannot go far in revamping the economy and finding real salvation. This means not only changes in the election laws and laws on political parties but also ending the corruption shame in Turkey. Both the United States and Europe want transparency in the Turkish political system. We feel that valuable organizations like TUSIAD should push for political reforms. This contribution will be vital and will really help in transforming our country into a real parliamentary democracy. It is time all pressure groups in Turkey, from professional groups to trade unions and employer associations, unite to add their voice to the TUSIAD demand for democratization."
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