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Turkish Press Review, 01-05-23

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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

23.05.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT SEZER APPROVES TURK TELEKOM BILL
  • [02] CEM WARNS THE EU ABOUT CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [03] ISMAIL CEM SUPPORTS THE REPORT OF TURKISH INDUSTRIALISTS AND BUSINESSMEN ASSOCIATION (TUSIAD)
  • [04] ANKARA WARNS BOTH PALESTINE AND ISRAEL
  • [05] YALOVA: "RUSSIA IS AN INDISPENSIBLE PARTNER"
  • [06] DENKTAS: "ECHR DECISION IS POLITICAL"
  • [07] BELGIUM SUPPORTS TERRORISTS
  • [08] NEW LIST OF TURKISH AMBASSADORS BECOMES CERTAIN
  • [09] GERMAN AMBASSADOR TOURS EASTERN ANATOLIA
  • [10] TURAN GENC RETURNS FROM ROMANIA
  • [11] US PROPOSES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO CONTROL BORDER TRADE WITH IRAQ
  • [12] AL-SABBAH TO VISIT ANKARA
  • [13] ECONOMY BUREAUCRATS TO MEET FINANCIAL CIRCLES
  • [14] MOTION FOR INVESTIGATION AGAINST ERSUMER OVERRULED
  • [15] TUSIAD'S INVITATION TO ARMENIAN BUSINESSMEN
  • [16] TURKEY TO SELL NATURAL GAS TO REPUBLIC OF CZECH
  • [17] INTEL: "TURKEY WILL WEATHER CRISIS AFTER SEPTEMBER"
  • [18] EU-TURKEY CONFERENCE
  • [19] KOC'S BOOKINTURKEY WEB SITE
  • [20] AWARD TO PROF. SAYLAN
  • [21] "MAN OF THE YEAR": ARIF MARDIN
  • [22] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [23] IS THIS A POLITICAL GESTURE ? BY ILNUR CEVIK (TURKISH DAILY NEWS)

  • [01] PRESIDENT SEZER APPROVES TURK TELEKOM BILL

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer has ratified the bill envisaging the privatization of 99.9 % of Turk Telekom, which received opposition based on the allegations that it is against the Constitution. The opposition alleges that the Telekom bill violates both the Constitution and the Constitutional Court decision. The enactment of the Telekom Law is one of the most important prerequisites which IMF put as a condition for approving Turkey's letter of intent and loan to be given to Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] CEM WARNS THE EU ABOUT CYPRUS ISSUE

    Stating the main target for the Cyprus issue is to reach a solution which can be mutually accepted, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said, "If the Greek Cypriot Administration is accepted to the EU as the representative of the whole island, this would cause a serious crisis." Visiting the Economic Development Foundation yesterday, Cem said they wanted to reach a solution in favor of both sides. Both the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Turkey are doing their utmost to reach such a solution." Meanwhile, Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou said at his meeting with the US officials that they wanted to see the Greek Cypriot Administration as an EU member. He emphasized that if the Greek Cypriots were successful in meeting the necessary criteria to become a full EU member, their membership should be approved. /Hurriyet/

    [03] ISMAIL CEM SUPPORTS THE REPORT OF TURKISH INDUSTRIALISTS AND BUSINESSMEN ASSOCIATION (TUSIAD)

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem viewed TUSIAD's report on democratization including demands from the government as positive. Cem visited Economic Development Foundation(IKV) yesterday and answered the questions of the press members. Cem stressed that steps towards democratization and freedom of expression should be immediately taken by the end of the legislation year. Cem said, "We have one and half month left and we should use this time effectively, otherwise it may be too late for something." Cem said the Copenhagen criteria are not difficult to meet and constitute the principles we have been discussing about for 20-25 years. "In order to start the negotiations for the full EU membership, we do not have to fully meet all criteria, rather we should make understand the EU that we are serious in this process and eager to implement reforms." Cem said the European Bank of Investment will extend a loan totaling 450 million Euros from its Special Action Fund. /Hurriyet/

    [04] ANKARA WARNS BOTH PALESTINE AND ISRAEL

    Turkey has warned both Turkey and Israel because of the increasing violent incidents in the Middle East. Stating the parties were gradually becoming remote from the peace process, Turkey warned both sides that the incidents could become widespread in the region unless the violence is ended immediately. A statement by the Foreign Ministry said, "It is not possible to deem the terrorism excusable. On the other hand, it is not also acceptable to approve the Israeli government's response to these sporadic terrorist incidents by bombing the civilian targets. Turkey regards such retaliations as extreme power uses and believes they adversely affect the conditions in the region, at the same time, causing the violent incidents to mount." /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] YALOVA: "RUSSIA IS AN INDISPENSIBLE PARTNER"

    State Minister Yuksel Yalova said cooperation but not competition comes first in Turco-Russian relations. Delivering a speeching at a seminar, titled, "Daily Problems in Turkey's and Russia's Economy Politics" in Moscow, Yalova said Russia is an important market for Turkey. Stressing the trade volume between the two countries is $4.5 billion, he said Turkish investments in Russia amount to over half billion US dollars. Yalova also emphasized Turkey aims at being the 10th largest economy in the world in the next ten years. /Turkiye/

    [06] DENKTAS: "ECHR DECISION IS POLITICAL"

    The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President, Rauf Denktas, pointed out Turkish side will not take a backward step on the Cyprus issue. In a television program, Denktas said the European Court of Human Rights decision against Turkey is political. Underlying that the Cyprus issue could not be solved with courts' decisions, he said, a settlement can only be reached by taking the current realities of the two sides into consideration. Stressing he does not expect an improvement on Cyprus issue until September, Denktas said, "Diplomatic games wanted to be played again. We do not want games but acceptance of the realities. As De Gaulle said, for a unification, first the current separation should be accepted." /Turkiye/

    [07] BELGIUM SUPPORTS TERRORISTS

    The DHKP-C terrorist organization organized a press conference in International Press Center in Brussels. In addition to relatives of the prisoners in Turkey, Belgian parliamentarians attended the meeting. Following the meeting, conservative parliamentarian Karel Van Hoorebeke, said, "We are against human rights violations in Turkey. Belgian parliamentarians are trying to put pressure on Turkey. Human rights violations cannot be acceptable in an EU candidate country." /Turkiye/

    [08] NEW LIST OF TURKISH AMBASSADORS BECOMES CERTAIN

    The long awaited list of ambassadors has been finalized and received a preapproval from President Sezer last weekend. The list will be confirmed after the related countries approve the appointments. Undersecretary Faruk Logoglu will be appointed as the Turkish Ambassador to the United States. The present ambassador, Baki Ilkin, will be recalled to Ankara. /Turkish News/

    [09] GERMAN AMBASSADOR TOURS EASTERN ANATOLIA

    German Ambassador Rudolph Schmidt's excursion to eastern Turkish cities and towns to oversee progress on German-Turkish joint projects has ended. He visited a host of cities and towns during his one-week trip, including Trabzon, Gumushane, Siran, Bayburt, Kars, Uzundere, Mus and Erzurum, where he inspected German-Turkish joint projects, and also toured a number of historical sites. "The Turkish-German Cooperation Program is the way Germany expresses its support for Turkey as it readies itself for European Union membership," he stated. /Turkish News/

    [10] TURAN GENC RETURNS FROM ROMANIA

    Security Director General Turan Genc returned to Turkey on Tuesday from Romania, where he attended an international meeting on "illegal immigration." Speaking to reporters at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, Genc said that there were gangs who were organising illegal immigrations, and that many countries, disturbed by the illegal immigrations were waging a joint struggle against the menace. "The participants of the meeting took up possible means of overcoming this serious problem, and reached full accord over the necessity of international cooperation against illegal immigration", said Genc. He added, "Until today, about 100,000 illegal immigrants have been seized in Turkey while attempting to cross to Europe from Eastern or African countries." /Turkish News/

    [11] US PROPOSES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO CONTROL BORDER TRADE WITH IRAQ

    The United States proposed to extend special financial assistance to Turkey and Jordan if they prevent diesel oil smuggling and allow the controls of the border trade. The United States and Britain presented this proposal to the UN Security Council. The proposal includes to liberalize civil trade and to prevent diesel oil smuggling and sales of military equipment. "Smart sanctions" will be implemented by preventing smuggling on the borders of neighboring states. /Milliyet/

    [12] AL-SABBAH TO VISIT ANKARA

    In order to convey a message from Kuwaiti Amr to President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, former Oil Minister Saud Nasir Al-Sabbah will visit Ankara on Wednesday. In a written statement from the Kuwaiti Embassy, it was declared that the mission headed by Al-Sabbah was aimed at boosting solidarity between the two countries and to confirm the goodwill of the State of Kuwait towards Turkey, for Turkey's determination against the anti-Kuwaiti policies of the Iraqi government. /Turkish Daily News/

    [13] ECONOMY BUREAUCRATS TO MEET FINANCIAL CIRCLES

    High-ranking officials of the Central Bank and the Treasury will visit Germany, the United States and Japan to discuss foreign debt repayments, new loans and bond offer with international financial circles. Officials will first meet with the representatives ofDeutsche Bank to discuss the foreign liabilities of private sector and syndication credits. /Milliyet/

    [14] MOTION FOR INVESTIGATION AGAINST ERSUMER OVERRULED

    Parliament overruled on Tuesday night a motion demanding a parliamentary investigation against former Energy Minister Cumhur Ersumer on charges of corruption. The motion was presented by the opposition Virtue Party. /Milliyet/ "DERVIS PUTS TURKISH ECONOMY ON TRACK IN 18 MONTHS" American finance newspaper "The Wall Street Journal" evaluated Turkish economy in an article. In an interview, World Bank's Representative in Turkey Ajay Chhibber said that State Minister Kemal Dervis could put Turkish economy on track in 18 months. The article pointed out Dervis and his team has tried hard up to now. However, it said the reforms are under threat of certain political, economic and social powers. /Turkiye/ WORLD BANK TO EXTEND $3.2 BILLION The World Bank will extend to Turkey $6.2 billion in total in three years. The $3.2-billion loan is expected to be given this year. The maturity date of the loan will be 10-17 years and interest rate about libor plus two points. Meanwhile, in the scope of three year program, Turkey will receive $ 25.2 billion loan in total, $19 billion from IMF and $6.2 billion from the World Bank. /Turkiye/ TOSKAY: "$1 BILLION NEEDED FOR EXPORTS" State Minister Tunca Toskay said a $1-billion financial source is required to meet the exporters' demands and to finance the exports. Replying to questions posed by journalists at the opening of the Turkish-Czech Joint Economy Commission 2nd term meetings Toskay said, the economic program foresees the financing of the exports from sources in and out of budget. Pointing out TL300 trillion is allocated for exports in the budget, the Minister said to realize the program and implement foreign commitments they need a $1-billion financial source. /Turkiye/

    [15] TUSIAD'S INVITATION TO ARMENIAN BUSINESSMEN

    Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) sent a invitation letter to Armenian Union of Businessmen and Industrialists to contribute to the works trying to develop bilateral relations. TUSIAD officials have confirmed that they sent a letter to Armenia and said they has not received a response yet. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] TURKEY TO SELL NATURAL GAS TO REPUBLIC OF CZECH

    Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Zeki Cakan stated Republic of Czech demands to purchase natural gas from Turkey. Meanwhile Turkey is planing to increase her purchase of natural gas from east and west with new agreements in order to meet the increasing demand for the natural gas. /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] INTEL: "TURKEY WILL WEATHER CRISIS AFTER SEPTEMBER"

    Intel's Director of Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa Juergen Thiel said, "Turkey is very important to us. Turkish economy will absolutely recover by September." Stating Intel is supporting its Turkish customers in the economic recession period, Thiel said, "Turkey has a great potential in terms of qualified personnel." /Hurriyet/ THK'S INONU FLIGHT FACILITY 2ND BIGGEST IN THE WORLD The Turkish Aviation Flight Training Facility director, retired Col. Cenan Bilgili, said that the facility was the second biggest flight training center in the world after Russia's. The facility was put into operation in 1936 on a 1,250 hectare field, and includes 360-bed dormitory, 400-person restaurant, 621 official houses, a swimming pool, parking zones and aircraft hangars. /Turkish News/ TREASURY SELLS TL 2.16 QLN OF BILLS AT 72-75 PCT YIELDS The Treasury Undersecretariat on Tuesday sold a net TL 2.16 quadrillion of six-month and 10-month bill before today's TL 3.38 quadrillion domestic debt servicing. The maximum yields for the six-month bills stood at 75 percent and for the 10-moth bills, 72.37 percent. /Turkish News/

    [18] EU-TURKEY CONFERENCE

    Germany's Former Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Hans Dietrich Genscher will give a conference in June in Istanbul, the theme of which will be "Turkey and the European Union". Genscher will evaluate EU views on Turkey and answer the questions of the participants during the conference. /Cumhuriyet/

    [19] KOC'S BOOKINTURKEY WEB SITE

    Koc Holding Group opened a web private life and travel web site named "BookinTurkey". The web site includes information about various hotels, features of the regions, a map for Istanbul hotels, essays on touristic facilities and information about restaurants. It is also possible to reserve tickets online for concerts and sports matches. /Cumhuriyet/

    [20] AWARD TO PROF. SAYLAN

    American Ataturk Association presented the "Ataturk Education and Modernization Award" to Prof. Turkan Saylan, the award titled "Ataturk is Our Guide in Science" to Prof. Behram Kursunoglu and "Ataturk Secularism and Democracy Award" to Orhan Tarhan. A ceremony will be held on May 25 in Turkish Consulate-General in Washington. /Cumhuriyet/

    [21] "MAN OF THE YEAR": ARIF MARDIN

    Turkish music producer Arif Mardin was elected as the "Man of the Year" by New York University "Nordoff-Robbins" Music Foundation. /Hurriyet/

    [22] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [23] IS THIS A POLITICAL GESTURE ? BY ILNUR CEVIK (TURKISH DAILY NEWS)

    Columnist Ilnur Cevik writes on the recent attempts towards sticking a political label on Minister of State Kemal Dervis. A summary of his article as follows: "For days Kemal Dervis and his elegant wife have been the front page stories in mass circulation Turkish dailies. It is clear that there are quite a few people who want Dervis to get involved in politics... What they are doing at the moment is a disservice to Dervis and the country. Dervis is here with a mission. To put out the fire and bring the country out of a serious crisis and then lead it to recovery... Just because the IMF and the World Bnak have provided bail out money for Turkey, just because we managed to announce an austerity program while the stock market recovered some of the lost ground, just because the lira has started to stabilise against foreign currencies after a huge devaluation and just because the government has managed to strike a pay deal with workers employed by the state does not mean we have solved everything and we are back on track for recovery. Those who think Dervis is on a political campaign trail are seriously mistaken. Dervis is going to places in Anatolia which are the heart and soul of our industry. He will have a first hand impression of the huge problems that have halted production in Turkey... So at the end of the day Dervis will get a flavor of the depth of the problem in Turkey and what the ordinary Anatolian people have to face...Then he will be able to make much healthier assessments and draw better conclusions. Let's leave Dervis alone to do the good work. Stop pestering him and his wife trying to get a feel of the country and its people...If we push him too hard to try to stick a political label on him, we may all end up the losers."
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