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Turkish Press Review, 01-05-25

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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

25.05.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] ECEVIT: "TURKEY IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK"
  • [02] YILMAZ: "STRUCTURAL REFORMS SHOULD BE SPEEDED UP"
  • [03] IMF DELEGATION TO ARRIVE IN TURKEY EARLIER THAN EXPECTED
  • [04] MGK TO CONVENE ON TUESDAY
  • [05] ANKARA'S CONCERNS OVER OIC MEETING
  • [06] JORDANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER EL HATIP IN ANKARA
  • [07] CRITICAL DAYS FOR AGRICULTURAL REFORM IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT
  • [08] IRAQ TO INCREASE ITS OIL EXPORTING CAPACITY THROUGH TURKEY
  • [09] WEAPONRY PURCHASES POSTPONED
  • [10] GREEK REPORT ON CLERIDES' VISIT TO ATHENS
  • [11] NO PERMISSION FOR TURKS IN GREEK-CYPRIOT ELECTIONS
  • [12] CHANGE OF THE US SENATE CHAIRMAN
  • [13] METU-TURKISH ARMED FORCES COOPERATION
  • [14] MANAVGAT WATER
  • [15] INTERNATIONAL ARMS FAIR TO BE HELD IN ANKARA
  • [16] LEATHER INDUSTRY FINDS NEW EXPORT MARKETS
  • [17] INTERNATIONAL CO-GENERATION AND ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE BEGINS
  • [18] BANKS TO SEEK ADVICE FROM LAZARD ON DEBT SWAP
  • [19] ISTANBUL STOCK EXCHANGES' SUCCESS
  • [20] SMITH BARNEY: "BUY TURKISH SHARES"
  • [21] EXCAVATIONS TO BE STARTED IN HASANKEYF
  • [22] TURKEY POPULAR FOR TOURISM

  • [01] ECEVIT: "TURKEY IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK"

    Addressing the Democratic Left Party (DSP) group meeting, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit evaluated the coalition government's two years in power. Recalling May 28 is the government's second anniversary, Ecevit said the 57th government is the most successful, the long lasting and most harmonious coalition government up to now. Stressing Turkey is very dynamic, Ecevit said, "That's why we are not interesting in artificial problems. We try to meet Turkey's expectations. The Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) is also working hard." Regarding the recent economic crisis, Ecevit noted, "Our government had a great success in overcoming the crisis. If the IMF and World Bank's support is used properly, the economy will be put on the track." /Turkiye/

    [02] YILMAZ: "STRUCTURAL REFORMS SHOULD BE SPEEDED UP"

    Motherland Party (ANAP) leader, State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz said emergency precautions and structural reforms which help surmounting the economic crisis, must be brought into life soon. Addressing the Association of the International Transportation Agencies' summit, Yilmaz said, "Turkey comes first in Europe in the international highway transportation. However, this sector has had serious problems in last 10 years." Yilmaz noted the government is working hard to bring into life the structural reforms as soon as possible. /Turkiye/

    [03] IMF DELEGATION TO ARRIVE IN TURKEY EARLIER THAN EXPECTED

    It was reported that the IMF delegation, which was expected to come to Turkey on June 8, will arrive in Turkey on May 31 for its eight review visit. The visit is expected to last for ten days. The delegation will examine whether the performance criteria have been met. If the delegation is satisfied with the current situation it will release the second portion of the loan after June 25. /Cumhuriyet/ IMPLEMENTATION OF ARTICLE 16 UNDERWAY After making amendments to Article 16 of the Anti-terrorism law, which allows inmates in high-security F-type prisons to meet in recreation areas, the Justice Ministry has now set up the conditions for implementing the law. According to information received from the Anatolia news agency on Thursday, Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk has sent a circular to the administers of Turkey's 11 F-type prisons. The Anti-terrorism Law previously banned inmates convicted of terrorist activities from participating in joint activities. One of the conditions that death fasts had demanded from the government was the lifting of this isolation. /Turkish Daily News/ 17 FUNDS TO BE LIQUIDATED The bill on the liquidation of 17 state funds was sent to the Prime Ministry. Two of the 17 funds were out of the scope of the budget. Support and price stability fund will be the only fund left within the budget. /Milliyet/

    [04] MGK TO CONVENE ON TUESDAY

    The National Security Council (MGK) is to convene at the Presidential Mansion chaired by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer on Tuesday May 29. The meeting will start at 09:00 and discuss the latest domestic and foreign developments. /Turkish Daily News/

    [05] ANKARA'S CONCERNS OVER OIC MEETING

    Turkey is concerned over being left alone at the Organization for Islamic Conference (OIC) meeting to be held to denounce the Israeli Administration for the mounting violence in the Middle East. OIC members are expected to take harsh decisions which might even mean cutting all relations with Israel at the meeting to be attended by Foreign Minister Ismail Cem. To date, Turkey has preferred to be neutral and moderate between the Palestinian and Israeli sides. Meanwhile, Islamic countries prefer to sever their relations with Israel after Ariel Sharon took office in the government. An official from the Turkish Foreign Ministry stated that Turkey's position is more influential than it was in the past among the OIC members and therefore she would not be alone concerning the Middle East issue. The official added there might be certain divergence of opinions among the members. Meanwhile common points between the Mitchell report prepared by Middle East Investigation Commission including former Turkish President Suleyman Demirel and Turkey's proposals have been drawn attention. Both the report and Turkey state the cease-fire should be maintained in the region and peace should be sustained again. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] JORDANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER EL HATIP IN ANKARA

    Turkey and Jordan are holding consultations on the draft for smart sanctions over Iraq which were prepared by Britain and the US who are members of the UN Security Council. Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdulhalil El Hatip was received by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and met with Foreign Minister Ismail Cem yesterday in Ankara. The new regime foresees, on one hand, a wider space for trade with Iraq, on the other hand, a stricter control of the border trade with Iraq. Additionally, both countries' concern over the increasing violence in the Middle East was discussed during the meetings. Stating the recent incidents might negatively affect the situation in the region, Cem said both parties should try to end the violence in the region. It was stated El Habib accuses Israel of the incidents. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] CRITICAL DAYS FOR AGRICULTURAL REFORM IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT

    Final debates over the Agricultural Reform Implementation Project to be held with the support of the World Bank will begin on May 28 in Ankara. World Bank expert John Nache will arrive in Turkey on June 1 for the negotiations of the project through which $600 million will be received. The project is expected to be presented to the World Bank by the end of June if a consensus can be reached during the negotiations. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] IRAQ TO INCREASE ITS OIL EXPORTING CAPACITY THROUGH TURKEY

    Iraq will be able to reach its full oil exporting capacity by the end of 2001 through rehabilitation of the Iraqi-Turkish pipeline, reported the Iraqi News Agency Thursday. Rafid Abdul-Halim, general director of Iraq's Northern Oil Company, told the agency Thursday that, "Iraq has received equipment including the electric pumps and pressers needed for rehabilitating the second oil pumping station of the Iraqi-Turkish pipeline." The UN oil-for-food program allows Iraq to sell oil to buy food, medicines and other humanitarian needs for its people. The United Nations has enforced sanctions on Baghdad since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait. /Turkish Daily News/

    [09] WEAPONRY PURCHASES POSTPONED

    Within the framework of her armament program of 2000-2005, Athens decided to extend her weaponry purchases by the year 2008 and to decrease her armament expenses by 2.7 billion US dollars. The government spokesman Dimitri Reppas spoke on the issue in line with the decisions taken by the Defense and Foreign Affairs Commission. Reppas said, "The armament program of the year 2001 will be carried out as planned but there will be a deduction of 2.7 billion US dollars as from the year 2002." During the meeting, the Greek Armed Forces' restructure, defense infrastructure and the changes concerning the professional and obligatory military service were discussed. /Sabah/

    [10] GREEK REPORT ON CLERIDES' VISIT TO ATHENS

    Greek Foreign Ministry prepared a report about Greek-Cypriot Administration leader Glafcos Clerides' visit to Athens. The report said the announcement of Turkey to annex the northern part of the island if the Greek Cypriot Administration enters the EU should be seriously considered. According to the report, the Foreign and Defense Ministers of Greece and the Greek-Cypriot Administration will go over all possible scenarios, taking the possibility of a clash in Cyprus and the Aegean into consideration. The report said Clerides has put forward the possibility of Turkey's annexation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. But, in official announcements, Clerides seems to give no importance to this issue. /Milliyet/

    [11] NO PERMISSION FOR TURKS IN GREEK-CYPRIOT ELECTIONS

    An action taken by Ibrahim Aziz, a Turk living in Southern Cyprus, to vote in the parliamentary election on May 27 was rejected by Greek Supreme Court. Aziz' s lawyer, Sotiris Drakos said after the examination of the decision, they will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. /Turkiye/

    [12] CHANGE OF THE US SENATE CHAIRMAN

    Turkish diplomats claim that the new majority of democrats in the US Senate may have negative effects on Turkey. Liberal senator Joe Biden became the new chairman of the US Senate. Biden had a serious debate with Foreign Minister Ismail Cem over the Cyprus and Aegean issues in the past. Following the resignation of senator James Jeffords from the Republican Party , republicans lost majority at the Senate and this will negatively affect the Bush administration's decisions on judiciary, diplomacy and bureaucracy. /Milliyet/ FIRST A310 DELIVERED TO IRAN The first Airbus A310-200 airplane, which is modernized in the fleets of the Turkish Airlines (THY) and which was sold to Iran, was delivered to Tehran. Meanwhile, the second will be taken by the Iranian pilots today. The remaining four planes will be sent to Iran in two months. THY has previously sold each of these planes for 12 million US dollars and signed an agreement totaling 90 million US dollars for six planes, subsidiary materials and engines. /Hurriyet/

    [13] METU-TURKISH ARMED FORCES COOPERATION

    A "Middle East Technical University (METU)- Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) Modeling and Simulation Research and Implementation Center" was established. The center which was established jointly by the Office of the Chief of the General Staff and Defense Ministry Undersecretary, will develop basic and practical research and development projects to meet the demands of the TSK within the framework of modeling and simulation. It will encourage scientific research concerning the methods and technologies used in those spheres. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] MANAVGAT WATER

    A delegation from Israel started the meetings in Ankara yesterday concerning the purchase of Manavgat water. Following the bargains, an agreement was not reached. It was revealed that the officials from both of the parties could not have reached a consensus on the price of the water. The officials added that the meetings would continue and that the Turkish delegation would go to Israel. Officials from the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Directorate General of State Water Works were present in the Turkish delegation. If an agreement is reached during the second meeting in July, then Israel will buy 50 million cubic meters of water each year for a period of 5-10 years. /Sabah/ TURKEY INTERNATIONAL AIR DISPLAY-2001 IN IZMIR Turkey International Air Display-2001 (TIAD-2001) will be held in Izmir on May 30-June 2 as part of the Turkish Air Force's 90th Foundation Anniversary. Air forces from the following 15 countries are expected to attend the air show: Germany, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Romania, Spain, Ukraine and Greece - Greece's participation is not certain yet. These 15 countries will participate in the air show with 55 planes such as the Mirage-2000, Jaguar, SAAB Draken, Tornado, F-4, MIG-29, MIG-21, IAR-330 Socat, B-1 bomber is to be exhibited for the first time at this show. /Turkish Daily News/

    [15] INTERNATIONAL ARMS FAIR TO BE HELD IN ANKARA

    The International Defense Industry, Aviation and Maritime Fair (IDEF) is to be held at the Turkish Air Force's base at Etimesgut in Ankara over July 27-30. According to an announcement made by CNR International Fairs, this year's fair bearing the slogan "Peace is our business" will host countries that want to organize their armed forces according to contemporary needs and those that want to display their own products and technology. Turkey's geopolitical situation and its potential for commerce in the field of defense is being stressed in the fair. /Turkish Daily News/

    [16] LEATHER INDUSTRY FINDS NEW EXPORT MARKETS

    Germany and Russia continue to be the biggest markets of Turkish leather products, despite a vigorous search for alternative markets following the Russian financial crisis in 1998. A report completed by the Aegean Leather Exporters Union made an evaluation of the leather industry's export moves. According to the report, Germany and Russia have 24 percent and 16 percent shares in total Turkish exports respectively. /Turkish News/

    [17] INTERNATIONAL CO-GENERATION AND ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE BEGINS

    Delivering a speech at the 7th International Co-Generation and Environment Conference in Istanbul, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Zeki Cakan said they attached great importance to the investments in the projects that would produce electricity at lower costs and by safer methods. During the conference, experts stated the co-generation system which provides safer and more inexpensive production of electricity and energy does not harm the environment. They demanded the co-generation system be supported and invested in. /Cumhuriyet/ EMITT 2001-VACATION FAIR IN ISTANBUL The atmosphere at the Emitt 2001-Vacation Fair in Istanbul which was opened with a ceremony attended by Tourism Minister Erkan Mumcu is full of enthusiasm and interest by the people living in Istanbul and different regions of Anatolia. Various travel agencies, tour operators and airline agencies are attending the fair. The fair exhibits a wide range of products from Anatolian handicrafts to the computer-based promotions. /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] BANKS TO SEEK ADVICE FROM LAZARD ON DEBT SWAP

    The Turkish Bankers Association (TBA) is expected to sign a contract with investment bank Lazard this week for advisory services on a voluntary domestic debt swap deal with Turkey's Treasury, which is seen taking shape in June, banking sources said. The swap deal as outlined would help banks by giving them foreign exchange-based papers to cover open forex positions and would aid the Treasury by extending the maturity of its debt. But many details, particularly the rate at which lira-based paper would be converted to dollars, remain to be settled. /Turkish Daily News/

    [19] ISTANBUL STOCK EXCHANGES' SUCCESS

    Chairman of Istanbul Stock Exchanges (IMKB), Osman Birsen, made a speech during the ordinary general council meeting and said, "Considering the indicators except the index, last year the IMKB experienced a good year. 35 openings to public that were made in the year 2000 can be considered as a record. The IMKB is the most unproblematic institution of Turkey in spite of the two latest economic crises. /Hurriyet/

    [20] SMITH BARNEY: "BUY TURKISH SHARES"

    A delegation from Investment Bank, Schroder Salomon Smith Barney, held meetings with Central Bank Governor, Sureyya Serdengecti, and the Banking Regulation and Supervision Board Chairman, Engin Akcakoca. The report issued following the visit, praised the economic program and the efforts of the bureaucrats. The Bank also suggested to increase the investments in Turkish shares. /Turkiye/

    [21] EXCAVATIONS TO BE STARTED IN HASANKEYF

    Archeological excavations in Hasankeyf township will be started on June 15 before the area is inundated by waters of the Ilisu Dam. Ankara University's Language, History and Geography Faculty Professor Olus Arik will lead the excavation team. /Turkish News/

    [22] TURKEY POPULAR FOR TOURISM

    Turkish tourism boomed this year and one million tourists visited Antalya to date. German TV channel SAT-1 announced that Turkey is very popular among German tourists, since Turkish lira became cheaper than before. /Milliyet/
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