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Turkish Press Review, 01-05-30

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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

30.05.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] ECEVIT TO ATTEND EU WORKING DINNER
  • [02] NATO MEETING IN BUDAPEST
  • [03] SEZER AND DEMIREL TO VISIT EASTERN ANATOLIA
  • [04] STATE BANKS ON THE AGENDA
  • [05] VURAL CALL
  • [06] CYPRUS ISSUE DISCUSSED AT THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING
  • [07] GREECE REJECTS CZECH MODEL
  • [08] RUSSIA IS DETERMINED TO COMPLETE BLUE STREAM PROJECT
  • [09] BAGHDAD: "TALKS WITH ANKARA ON NATURAL GAS PROCEEDING WELL"
  • [10] OCALAN'S CASE AT THE ECHR POSTPONED
  • [11] AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ASKS PERMISSION TO OPEN BRANCH IN TURKEY
  • [12] ISRAELI INITIATIVE TO SELL MISSILES TO TURKEY
  • [13] "TURKEY IS FAVORED FOR HER AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTION"
  • [14] BRITISH TRADE DELEGATION TO ARRIVE IN TURKEY
  • [15] TWO EARTHQUAKES IN ERZURUM
  • [16] BOSPORUS CONTROL SYSTEM TO BE COMPLETED THREE MONTHS LATER THAN EXPECTED
  • [17] MORETTI PRAISES OZPETEK
  • [18] INTERNATIONAL LAW CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL
  • [19] TURKEY IS THE FAVORITE OF EUROPEAN TOURISM MARKET
  • [20] DERVIS WILL GIVE A CONFERENCE ON KEMALISM IN ITALY
  • [21] CONQUEST OF ISTANBUL REENACTED
  • [22] FM: "OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE ALSO FEMALE AMBASSADORS IN VATICAN"
  • [23] TELSIM IN LATIN AMERICA
  • [24] EUROPEAN OPHTHALMOLOGY CONGRESS IN ISTANBUL
  • [25] TURKEY'S FIRST CHILD GREEN CONVENTION TO BE HELD
  • [26] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [27] CAN IT BE? BY SEDAT SERTOGLU (SABAH)

  • [01] ECEVIT TO ATTEND EU WORKING DINNER

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit will attend the EU working dinner on June 15-16 in EU-term President Sweden's province of Göteborg. Reportedly, Ecevit accepted Swedish Premier Goran Persson's invitation. EU member and candidate countries' heads of states and governments will attend the dinner and the initiatives on the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) will be taken up. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem is also expected to participate in the dinner. /Turkiye/

    [02] NATO MEETING IN BUDAPEST

    The NATO Council of Ministers' spring meeting was held in Budapest yesterday. France and Germany put pressure on Turkey to relinquish her veto power regarding the European Security and Defense Policy. The EU wants to make use of NATO's strategic planning capabilities for its Rapid Reaction Force. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem spoke to the Financial Times yesterday and said Turkey will not allow the use of NATO capabilities by another establishment, if she is not included in it. /Milliyet/

    [03] SEZER AND DEMIREL TO VISIT EASTERN ANATOLIA

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and the Chief of General Staff, Huseyin Kivrikoglu, will visit Van and Hakkari today. Sezer will visit the governors of the provinces and border patrol and military units. Former President Suleyman Demirel will visit Erzurum and attend a discussion in Ataturk University. /Milliyet/

    [04] STATE BANKS ON THE AGENDA

    State Minister for Economy, Kemal Dervis, said following the solution of the grains price issue, the new topic to be taken up will be restructuring of the state banks and liquidation of Emlakbank. Stressing that restructuring the state banks was not an easy revision, Dervis said, "Structural corruption of the state banks was one of the important reasons of this serious crisis. About TL20 quadrillion in losses has accumulated." About the structural reforms in state banks and Emlakbank topics, among the commitments to the IMF, an opposition is expected from the ministers from the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) and workers of the bank. /Turkiye/

    [05] VURAL CALL

    The Turkish Secretary General for EU Affairs, Volkan Vural stated much of the responsibilities on the way to the full EU membership should be shouldered by the non-governmental organizations in Turkey. He said this process should not only be handled by the political authority and bureaucracy. Stating this is the longest enlargement period in the history of the EU, Vural said Turkey should accelerate her preparations towards full EU membership. He added, non-governmental organizations have great responsibilities in terms of informing the society about the EU and preparing them for the integration with the EU. _Cumhuriyet

    [06] CYPRUS ISSUE DISCUSSED AT THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING

    At the National Security Council(MGK) meeting yesterday, the views regarding the Greek-Cypriot Administration's full EU membership were reiterated. The statement following the meeting said the unilateral application of Southern Cyprus, which breaches the articles of 1960 agreements, will further deepen the division on the island and push the peace and stability process in the Eastern Mediterranean into an uncertain situation. Greek-Cypriots aim to turn the island into a completely Greek island is the reason for the impasse on the Cyprus problem. A compromise can only be achieved if the sovereign equality of two societies is adopted. This is the starting point for a lasting solution to the problem. /Milliyet/

    [07] GREECE REJECTS CZECH MODEL

    Greece reacted harshly to the proposal of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit about the implementation of the model of the Czech Republic which foresees the recognition of two separate states in Cyprus. Greek government argued the problem concerning the island is the occupation of the island by the Turks. Spokesman of the Greek Government, Dimitris Reppas, said the Cyprus issue should be solved in accordance with the UN resolutions and a federal republic should be established in Cyprus. /Hurriyet/

    [08] RUSSIA IS DETERMINED TO COMPLETE BLUE STREAM PROJECT

    Russia secured a $3 billion loan to complete the Blue Stream Natural Gas Transfer Project. A statement by the Russian Gasprom said the recent loan worth $1.8 billion was obtained from Italian and Japanese financial institutions. The Blue Stream project will start to operate at the beginning of 2002. Turkey will purchase annually 16 billion cubic meters of natural gas. /Milliyet/

    [09] BAGHDAD: "TALKS WITH ANKARA ON NATURAL GAS PROCEEDING WELL"

    Iraqi Oil Ministry Undersecretary Taha Humud Moussa said negotiations on installing the natural gas pipeline between Turkey and Iraq are continuing. In remarks to the Errafidain weekly, Taha Humud Musa evaluated the Turkish-Iraqi natural gas pipeline as a 'strategic and alive project' and said the project would bring economic benefits to both Turkey and Iraq. /Turkish Daily News/

    [10] OCALAN'S CASE AT THE ECHR POSTPONED

    The lawsuit filed by the leader of PKK terrorist organization, Abdullah Ocalan, versus Turkey at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was postponed for three months. The Court decided to postpone the lawsuit upon the demands of the lawyers of Ocalan as they stated that they could not prepare a proper defense as it was difficult to meet with Ocalan. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ASKS PERMISSION TO OPEN BRANCH IN TURKEY

    Amnesty International (AI), the international human rights organization, has applied to the Turkish Interior Ministry for permission to open a branch in Turkey. /Turkish News/

    [12] ISRAELI INITIATIVE TO SELL MISSILES TO TURKEY

    It was stated Israel has launched an initiative to revive the project of selling missiles to Turkey which was first planned in the recent years. According to an article in "the Defense News", published in the US, Israel will ask for the permission of the Bush Administration to sell Arrow missiles to neighboring countries. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] "TURKEY IS FAVORED FOR HER AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTION"

    Head of the world's largest automotive spare parts fair "Automechanika", Michel-Alexandre Morlat, said Turkey is one of the 10 countries, which is highly developed in automotive and spare part production. "Turkey is the new favored center of world automotive sector with her high-quality automotive production and cheap man power. With the increasing economic stability, this sector will further develop," Morlat said. /Milliyet/

    [14] BRITISH TRADE DELEGATION TO ARRIVE IN TURKEY

    A British trade delegation, headed by Chairman of the British Foreign Trade Development Council, Sir David Wright, will arrive in Turkey today. During its two-day visit, the delegation is expected to meet with State Minister Tunca Toskay, Governor of the Central Bank, Sureyya Serdengecti, Undersecretary of the Treasury, Faik Öztrak, and Chairman of the Privatization Administration Board, Ugur Bayar. /Turkiye/ JAPAN'S SUPPORT FOR TURKEY Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi sent a letter to Premier Bulent Ecevit saying that he hoped Turkey would successfully implement the economic reforms. He said, "I am happy that the IMF and the World Bank have given support to your recent economic program. I wish your efforts result in the prosperity of your nation." /Turkiye/

    [15] TWO EARTHQUAKES IN ERZURUM

    Two earthquakes shook Erzurum yesterday. The quakes did not cause significant damages. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] BOSPORUS CONTROL SYSTEM TO BE COMPLETED THREE MONTHS LATER THAN EXPECTED

    State Minister Ramazan Mirzaoglu said the delivery date for the towers which are being constructed in the Istanbul and Canakkale straits within the scope of the 'Ship Traffic Management and Information System' was delayed for three months later. He added the system was supposed to begin working in 2001. /Cumhuriyet/ AMERICAN AND BRITISH DELEGATIONS IN TURKEY The US and Britain sent delegations consisting of high-level officials to Ankara in order to weather the impasse on the issue of European Security and Defense Policy before the Budapest meeting. It was reported that Turkey conveyed her uneasiness over the issue to the delegations during the meeting which was announced by US Secretary of State Colin Powell. /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] MORETTI PRAISES OZPETEK

    Italian movie director Nanni Moretti who received the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival this year with his movie titled 'The Son's Room' praised Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek who was highly acclaimed for his recent movie 'Ignorant Fairies'. Moretti said, "We all should be proud of Ferzan. He is a great director also in the international arena. Italy should be proud of him." /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] INTERNATIONAL LAW CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL

    The International Law Conference organized by the International Bars Associations (IBA) convenes European lawyers in Istanbul today. The conference is expected to last for two days. /Cumhuriyet/

    [19] TURKEY IS THE FAVORITE OF EUROPEAN TOURISM MARKET

    Turkey, Cuba and Egypt are the favorite countries for the European tourism market. It was stated Greek and Spanish tourism officials are concerned over the dramatic increase in the reservations by Europeans in Turkey. Chairman of the Oger Tour, Huseyin Baraner, said, "The most favorite country for German tourists is Turkey concerning the sales of the package tours. Cuba and Egypt follow her." /Cumhuriyet/

    [20] DERVIS WILL GIVE A CONFERENCE ON KEMALISM IN ITALY

    State Minister Kemal Dervis responsible for the Economy will travel to Rome to give a conference on Kemalism (Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder and the first president of the Republic of Turkey)and to meet with Italian businessmen and politicians. Dervis will deliver a speech titled 'Modern Republic of Turkey and the Role of Kemalism' in Florence and then he will meet with Italian businessmen. /Hurriyet/

    [21] CONQUEST OF ISTANBUL REENACTED

    The 548th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul was celebrated in Istanbul. An enactment of the entry of Fatih Sultan Mehmet and his army into Istanbul was performed as part of the ceremonies. /Turkish Daily News/

    [22] FM: "OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE ALSO FEMALE AMBASSADORS IN VATICAN"

    Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Huseyin Dirioz said on Tuesday that not only Turkey but also other countries have sent female diplomats to the Vatican. In a statement released by the Foreign Ministry, Dirioz said there are eight female ambassadors from various countries including the US, the Philippines, Ukraine and New Zealand in the Vatican. /Turkish Daily News/

    [23] TELSIM IN LATIN AMERICA

    Telsim began roaming service in South America. Telsim, the first Turkish firm giving roaming service in Latin America, agreeing with telecommunications companies in Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, increased the number of countries to which it gives roaming service to 96. /Turkiye/

    [24] EUROPEAN OPHTHALMOLOGY CONGRESS IN ISTANBUL

    Four thousand ophthalmologists are expected to attend the 13th European Ophthalmology Congress to be held between June 3-7 in Istanbul. There will be various symposiums and presentations during the conference. /Hurriyet/

    [25] TURKEY'S FIRST CHILD GREEN CONVENTION TO BE HELD

    The "First National Children's Environmental Convention" will be held in cooperation with the Environment Ministry and Koc Holding on May 31-June 2. According to the statement issued by the Environment Ministry, the first national convention is being organized to teach children how to keep the environment clean. /Turkish News/

    [26] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS

    [27] CAN IT BE? BY SEDAT SERTOGLU (SABAH)

    Columnist Sedat Sertoglu comments on Prime Minister Ecevit's statements concerning Cyprus. A summary of his column is as follows: "Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit mentioned two points during his talks with journalists and they are the necessity of adopting a presidential system in the TRNC and following the example of the Czech Republic and Slovakia in dividing the island into two. We agree with the Prime Minister on the first point. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) should have passed on to the Presidential system long before. This has not been done. However, it is better late than ever. If such a system is accepted in the TRNC, the strange relations between the Presidency and the Office of the Prime Minister will come to an end. The second issue mentioned by the Prime Minister is new and like it or not it is the first time Turkey has voiced an opinion for a long time. The question is can it be implemented? It should be recalled that Czechoslovakia was divided by the joint decision of two communities living in the country. Czechs and Slovaks living in the same Republic parted their ways by a common decision and an amendment to the Constitution. If we have to follow this example, the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots on the island have to reach an agreement on establishing two separate states. The peoples of both communities should agree to this decision. However this does not seem possible. If the sides do not accept this solution it does not stand a chance to be carried out. There are great differences between the Czechoslovakian model and Cyprus. Someone has to explain Prime Minister Ecevit that the only solution before them, in the interests of the TRNC, is to reach their aim starting with the confidence building measures package. Convincing the US Administration, a meeting like Camp David can be organized with the participation of the US representative. The Prime Ministers or the Foreign Ministers of Turkey and Greece should attend this meeting in addition to the leaders of both communities. Reportedly, Prime Minister Ecevit said that the entry of the Greek Cypriot Administration into the EU as a full member will lead to negative consequences. The Foreign Ministry should furnish the Prime Minister and the Chief of General Staff with comprehensive information over the issue baring all the facts and even laying down possible scenarios. Former President Demirel used to say, in order to see what can be accomplished we have to know what cannot be done. Time is swiftly flying away on the Cyprus issue and what cannot be done is clearly seen. Ankara should begin by learning what globalization means and that it gives other countries the right to intervene in the affairs of others. Furthermore, Europe is proceeding towards a single monetary system, the possibility of lifting the borders is increasing. We shall find the answers to our questions when we ask ourselves where the world is going to?"
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