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Turkish Press Review, 01-05-28

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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

28.05.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] BUSY SCHEDULE IN THE TGNA
  • [02] ECEVIT: "VILLAGE-CITY PROJECT WILL BE REALIZED"
  • [03] CEM SPOKE TO "WELT AM SONNTAG"
  • [04] DENKTAS TO DESIGNATE NEW PM MONDAY
  • [05] TURKEY'S RESERVATION IN ORGANIZATION FOR ISLAMIC CONFERENCE
  • [06] DEMIREL: " THE BALKANS NEED PEACE"
  • [07] BLACKSEAFOR DRAFT LAW IN PARLIAMENT
  • [08] PAPANDREOU: "THE US SUPPORTS GREECE"
  • [09] TURKEY TO ATTEND EU CANDIDATE COUNTRIES MEETING
  • [10] RUMSFELD TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [11] HASAN GEMICI EXPLAINS 'SOCIAL SUPPORT PROJECT'
  • [12] KUTAN ASSURES VURAL OF SUPPORT IN EU MEMBERSHIP EFFORTS
  • [13] OKSUZ TO ATTEND CONFERENCE IN LISBON
  • [14] ARMED STRUGGLE IN BATMAN
  • [15] MID-EAST RAILROAD MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
  • [16] NATO SHIPS VISIT IZMIR
  • [17] EARTHQUAKE LOANS TO BE USED
  • [18] TURK TELEKOM'S DIGITAL SERVICE TO START IN AUG.
  • [19] LONG TERM TREASURY BONDS TO BE ISSUED
  • [20] TURKEY TO REPAIR OTTOMAN RELICS
  • [21] ISTANBUL PROMOTED ON KOHL'S MARRIAGE
  • [22] FIGARO MAGAZINE PROMOTES TURKEY
  • [23] CHAIRMAN OF THE RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS YILMAZ IN SKOPJE
  • [24] RELIGIOUS CEREMONY IN CAPPADOCIA
  • [25] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [26] DIALOGUE IN CYPRUS BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

  • [01] BUSY SCHEDULE IN THE TGNA

    Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) will continue to debate the "Radio and Television Bill" this week. Meanwhile, an advisory committee consisting of members from all five parties in Parliament will convene either today or Tuesday to set the working hours and agenda of the Parliament for the week. Parties will continue efforts to reach a consensus on a proposed Constitutional amendment. A sub-committee has reached a compromise on the amendment of the 51 articles. Another bill, "Technology Development Regions Bill" will be debated at the Planning and Budget Commission. /Turkiye/

    [02] ECEVIT: "VILLAGE-CITY PROJECT WILL BE REALIZED"

    Stressing he is supporting village-cities to be established in rural areas, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said, "This year will be a breakthrough for village-cities." Yesterday, Ecevit paid a visit to the villages in the eastern province of Erzurum. He met with 41 villages' administrators and explained his village-city project. Talking to reporters, Premier Ecevit denied the rumors of a cabinet revision. /Turkiye/

    [03] CEM SPOKE TO "WELT AM SONNTAG"

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said Turkey will not accept the Greek-Cypriot Administration's full EU membership. Cem added that there are some circles within the EU that still do not want to see Turkey in the EU, because she has predominantly Moslem population. Cem answered the questionlike views of former German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel in the German weekly "Welt am Sonntag" under the heading "Does Europe need Turkey?". Cem said capital punishment was not being carried out for 20 years in Turkey. Cem especially stressed that Turkey did not give a timetable for starting negotiations for full EU membership. Regarding the potential EU membership of the Greek-Cypriot Administration, Cem said Turkey cannot accept the representation of all Cypriot people only by the Greek side. "We favor a solution that can be accepted by all nationalities on the island," Cem added. /Hurriyet/

    [04] DENKTAS TO DESIGNATE NEW PM MONDAY

    President Rauf Denktas of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus(TRNA) said he will designate a new prime minister on Monday. Speaking to reporters after he was presented by Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu the resignation of the National Unity Party(UBP), Communal Liberation Party(TKP) coalition government, Denktas said he will meet with leaders of all political parties on Monday and designate a new prime minister in view of his discussion with the leaders. /Turkish Daily News/

    [05] TURKEY'S RESERVATION IN ORGANIZATION FOR ISLAMIC CONFERENCE

    Turkey put reservation on the common sanctions to be imposed on Israel which were included in the joint communique issued after the Organization for Islamic Conference(OIC). At the concluding remarks of the summit, the break of all political relations and bring difficulties in the way of the economic relations with Israel was demanded as long as agressions and blockade against Palestinian people and administration continued. Turkish officials stated the application of this article will not produce positive results. /Milliyet/

    [06] DEMIREL: " THE BALKANS NEED PEACE"

    The "Balkans Political Club's Establishment Meeting" was held in Sofia, with the initiatives of former Bulgarian President, Jelu Jelev. Famous old and new politicians from Balkan countries, including former President Suleyman Demirel participated in the meeting. After the meeting, Demirel told reporters Mr. Jelev's initiative is very important. Stressing the peace in the Balkans has been the most important topic for years, Demirel said, "For the establishment of peace, nations in the region should better know each other ." /Turkiye/

    [07] BLACKSEAFOR DRAFT LAW IN PARLIAMENT

    The bill on establishment of the Black Sea Naval Cooperation Task Group(Blackseafor) was presented to Turkish Parliament on Friday. In order for the application to be put into force, the agreement must be approved by at least four countries' Parliaments. Six Black Sea countries, that is Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and Georgia, signed the Blackseafor agreement on April 2, 2001, in Istanbul, envisaging cooperation in a joint naval force that will be available for humanitarian and environmental operations. /Turkish Daily News/

    [08] PAPANDREOU: "THE US SUPPORTS GREECE"

    Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou evaluated his US visit to the Greek daily Kathimerini. Papandreou said the US stance over the Cyprus issue was in line with the Helsinki decisions. Stating Washington and Athens agreed that the solution of the Cyprus problem did not constitute a prerequisite for the Greek Cypriot Administration's entry to the EU, Papandreou said, "The US officials explicitly stated that although they desired Cyprus to enter the EU after a permanent solution is reached on the island they do not view it as a prerequisite." He said upon the questions on Turkey's possible negative reactions to the Greek Cypriot Administration's entry to the EU that "Greece can cope with all kinds of reactions. However she is taking all necessary precautions to establish positive relations with her neighbors." Additionally, he said non-EU countries could not join the decision making mechanisms of the rapid reaction force to be formed by the EU. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] TURKEY TO ATTEND EU CANDIDATE COUNTRIES MEETING

    A meeting of EU candidate countries' Parliament speakers is to take place in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Turkey's Deputy Parliament Speaker Nejat Arseven is to represent Turkey together with the Turkish Co-Chairman of the Turkey-EU Joint Parliament Commission Kursat Eser. /Turkish Daily News/

    [10] RUMSFELD TO VISIT TURKEY

    US Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, will visit Turkey on June 4. After attending the Southeastern Europe Defense Ministers' meeting in Thesselonika, Rumsfeld will come to Ankara and later visit Incirlik airbase in Adana. Rumsfeld will discuss the European Security and Defense Identity(ESDI), Iraq, Missile Defense System and regional issues during his negotiations with Turkish officials in Ankara. The EU is preparing to exclude Turkey from the European Army, so the US support for Turkey's inclusion bears great importance. Rumsfeld, on the other hand, will request the cooperation of Turkey against Saddam's policies. /Hurriyet/

    [11] HASAN GEMICI EXPLAINS 'SOCIAL SUPPORT PROJECT'

    State Minister Hasan Gemici reported that one of the social programs of the economic program, the 'Social Support Project' that will receive $500 million in financial aid from the World Bank, is nearly ready with its general framework. In his statement Gemici pointed out that with the contributions of the 'Social Help and Solidarity Support Fund' they have been working with the World Bank for two months. He also added that the project will have three main steps which will help children who are poor and not able to continue their education and cannot benefit from health service because of poverty. /Turkish Daily News/

    [12] KUTAN ASSURES VURAL OF SUPPORT IN EU MEMBERSHIP EFFORTS

    Virtue Party (FP) Chairman Recai Kutan said that his party would give the most concrete and strong support for the Prime Ministry's Secretariat-General for European Union in its efforts to achieve membership. Speaking at a meeting held by the FP's foreign relations desk, where Secretary-General for the EU, Volkan Vural, also delivered a speech, Kutan said that he and his associates had been against joining the EU some years ago. "But we have come to see over time that some common values began to dominate the EU. These values are the ones we are aspiring to accomplish. And we should have them not because the EU wants them, but more importantly because our people deserve them." Vural said for his part that the next few years were very important for Turkey. He emphasized that integration with Western institutions was a long-held objective of the Turkish foreign policy. /Turkish News/

    [13] OKSUZ TO ATTEND CONFERENCE IN LISBON

    Transport Minister Enis Oksuz visits Portugal on May 28 to attend the Transport Ministers European Conference in Lisbon. Pan-European integration, land transport, and a number of transport policies will be discussed during the meeting. /Turkish News/

    [14] ARMED STRUGGLE IN BATMAN

    A Hizbullah militant attacked a police car in Batman. The terrorist was killed during the struggle and two policemen were wounded. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] MID-EAST RAILROAD MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

    A conference is to be held between June 4-6 by the railroad organizations from several Middle East countries. Iraq will also attend the conference for the first time in 20 years after it was announced on Jan. 2 this year that Turkey- Iraq railroad would be reopened. One of the topics to be discussed is the potential for carrying goods and passengers by rail between Turkey and Iraq. Representatives from the railroad administrations of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon will attend the conference. /Turkish Daily News/

    [16] NATO SHIPS VISIT IZMIR

    NATO Mediterranean Permanent Sea Mines Counter Measures Force ships have arrived in the Izmir Harbour. The squadron, which includes ships from Turkey, Spain, the Netherlands, Greece and Italy will remain in Izmir until June. /Turkish News/

    [17] EARTHQUAKE LOANS TO BE USED

    Loans committed to be extended to Turkey by the international credit institutions following the earthquake in the Marmara region two years ago are being used in slices. Following the release of the $500 million-European Investment Bank's loan last year, Saudi and Kuwait Fund Loans and United Arab Emirates loans will be put into effect this year. First portion of the loan extended by Saudi Arabia worth $34million out of $138 million, will be spent in Marmara region to re-construct the infrastructure network. /Turkiye/

    [18] TURK TELEKOM'S DIGITAL SERVICE TO START IN AUG.

    State landline monopoly Turk Telekom General Manager Ibrahim Hakki Alpturk said yesterday in Ankara that digital cable TV broadcasting services would start in August, and this will raise the number of channels and interactive services will also be available. /Turkish News/

    [19] LONG TERM TREASURY BONDS TO BE ISSUED

    The Treasury will issue bonds with longer than one year due date. There will be no need for domestic borrowing this month, since all debt repayments were completed for this month. /Milliyet/

    [20] TURKEY TO REPAIR OTTOMAN RELICS

    The Foreign Ministry has announced that it has speeded up plans to put Ottoman relics and antiques in Kosovo under protection and to restore these and has criticized Saudi Arabia, without naming this country for destroying age-old Ottoman mosques and replacing them with new ones. A statement from the Foreign Ministry on Friday said the Religious Affairs Directorate in Ankara had agreed to provide the fund required to restore the tomb of Murad I. This is considered the most important Ottoman site in Kosovo, and is in a state of serious despair today. The statement said that a team would travel to Kosovo at the end of this month to conduct preliminary research into the requirements for restoring the tomb. /Turkish News/

    [21] ISTANBUL PROMOTED ON KOHL'S MARRIAGE

    The marriage of the son of the former German chancellor Helmut Kohl to the daughter of Turkish businessman Kemal Sozen was the spot news in the German media. Thanks to the marriage, the promotion of Istanbul was made. German TV Channels contributed to the promotion of Istanbul by filming the Ciragan Palace and the Bosphorus. /Milliyet/

    [22] FIGARO MAGAZINE PROMOTES TURKEY

    The Figaro Magazine devoted 48 pages to Turkey in its latest issue published in Japan. The magazine promoted Turkey's historical and touristic regions, as well as Turkish cuisine. /Turkiye/

    [23] CHAIRMAN OF THE RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS YILMAZ IN SKOPJE

    The Chairman of the Religious Affairs, Mehmet Nuri Yilmaz, traveled to Skopje, capital of Macedonia. Yilmaz stated they would restore the Mustafa Pasa Mosque which was damaged by the 1963 earthquake. He met with the representatives of the Turkish community living in Skopje. /Cumhuriyet/

    [24] RELIGIOUS CEREMONY IN CAPPADOCIA

    The Istanbul Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomeus held a spring religious ceremony in Cappadocia. Bartholomeus said the ceremony helps Christians and Muslims come together and added, "Instead of resurging bad memories, we'd rather take lessons from the past and improve our relations." /Cumhuriyet/

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

    [26] DIALOGUE IN CYPRUS BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Ferai Tinc comments on the recent developments in Cyprus and the relations with Turkey and the EU. A summary of her column is as follows: "My friends in Cyprus are complaining that Cyprus is in the news whenever there is a problem on the Island. They would like their voices to be heard in Turkey. When the European Union will take the Greek-Cypriot membership into consideration their complaints and joys will be mentioned more often in the newspapers. Following the banking crisis and the disputes between the Government and the security forces Command people had demonstrated in the streets. They were not happy with their government and in return reacted against Turkey. A solution cannot be found by ignoring their problems. The National Security Council will take up the Cyprus issue today. Following the incidents of last year it was decided to take measures strengthening the feelings of national unity. However, national unity does not mean only to suffer and accept what the Administration says. National unity can be safeguarded only by voluntary unions around common projects. It cannot be guaranteed by instructions. The European Union is a common project. It is the most important national project both in Turkey and in Cyprus. I do not believe that Turkish Cypriots will accept to participate in this project as a minority as Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou said. Organizing resistance movements controlled from above instead of providing democratic platforms where Turkish Cypriots can be heard more clearly is in no way different than communicating via telegraph in the internet age. If the European Union is a goal in Turkey, we have to use the same language and means on the Cyprus issue. This means defending their arguments in European platforms. The political powers in the TRNC instead of bickering among themselves, should direct their energy towards Brussels and Strasbourg, explain their views, requests to everyone and if necessary meeting trying to convince them individually and have them accept the fact that the Turkish Cypriots cannot be reduced to a minority on the Island . Today, it is not possible to reach a solution by escalating a problem. It is time to learn the method of dialogue among partners as the one seen between the US and the EU."
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