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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr><LINK href="http://www.byegm.gov.tr_yayinlarimiz_chr_pics_css/tpr.css" rel=STYLESHEET type=text/css> <map name="FPMap1"> </map> <map name="FPMap1"></map> Press & Information Turkish Press Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning
19.08.2002BAYKAL: “THE CHP’S GRASSROOTS WILL EMBRACE DERVIS” BAYKAL: “THE CHP IS OPEN TO CEM AND ECEVIT” ECEVIT: “WE WILL NOT UNITE WITH THE CHP” DE SOTO TO VISIT CYPRUS, LAY GROUNDWORK FOR PARIS MEETING BALANLI HANDS OVER AIR FORCE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TO DINGILOGLU US STATE DEPARTMENT PUBLISHES ARCHIVES ON TURKEY, CYPRUS AND GREECE BAN ON TURKEY-EU HORSE TRADE LIFTED TURKEY’S EXPORT TO GREAT BRITAIN SEE BIGGEST BOOST ATATURK BIOGRAPHY PUBLISHED IN BULGARIA TURKISH MEDICAL DOCTOR NAMED “SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR” FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS A BOOK ON ARMENIAN LIES BY TUFAN TURENC (HURRIYET) THE EU’S PROGRAM FOR SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT BY SUKRU ELEKDAG (SABAH)
 CRITICAL WEEK IN POLITICSFollowing Parliament’s decision to hold early elections on Nov. 3, Turkey is set to see another busy political period this week. All eyes have turned to a meeting scheduled today between Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal and former State Minister for the Economy Kemal Dervis. During the meeting, a framework is to be drawn up for unity on the left. Nine Democratic Left Party (DSP) opposition deputies who made a statement last week supporting the CHP and Dervis are expected to leave the DSP this week. Meanwhile, according to rumors in political circles, certain deputies who resigned from the DSP following Dervis’s lead may join the CHP. Ismail Cem’s New Turkey Party (YTP) will reportedly make a decision to form an alliance with Mehmet Ali Bayar’s Democratic Turkey Party (DTP) this week. The YTP’s great disappointment at Dervis’s leaning towards the CHP is still evident. In addition, Motherland Party (ANAP) Deputy Erkan Mumcu, who opposes party leader Mesut Yilmaz, and Yasar Okuyan, who resigned from ANAP’s deputy chairmanship post last week, are to decide on their political future this week. Additionally, ex-ANAP Deputy Murat Baseskioglu is expected to join the Justice and Development Party (AKP). Contacts between political parties concerning the possibility of alliances in the upcoming elections are continuing. Negotiations between the Felicity Party (SP) and the People’s Democracy Party (HADEP) are expected to be concluded this week. On the other side of the spectrum, the True Path Party (DYP) is set to hold meetings with certain parties in line with their call for a “unification on the center-left.” /All Papers/
 BAYKAL: “THE CHP’S GRASSROOTS WILL EMBRACE DERVIS”Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal stated yesterday that the CHP’s grassroots would embrace former Economy Minister Kemal Dervis. Baykal also said that there would be no problem in Dervis joining the CHP. “Our meetings would take two or three days, during which time we would determine a program,” added Baykal. This would not be a CHP program, but rather an election program, stated Baykal. /Hurriyet/
 BAYKAL: “THE CHP IS OPEN TO CEM AND ECEVIT”In a continuing effort to establish unity among Turkey’s leftist parties, Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal yesterday made another call for Prime Minister and Democratic Left Party (DSP) leader Bulent Ecevit and New Turkey Party (YTP) leader Ismail Cem to stand together with the CHP. Baykal’s call for unity came in the leadup to his meeting this afternoon with former Economy Minister Kemal Dervis, who last week declined to join the YTP in light of that party’s rejection of leftist alliance initiatives. Calling on Ecevit to “come home,” Baykal stated, “The door to the CHP stands completely open to Cem and Ecevit. Our call is no passing thing, and our sincerity will continue.” Laying out his party’s program should it come to power, he added, “We will end parliamentary immunity, and deputies will have to stand trial just like ordinary citizens. We will cut the number of ministries and under our leadership, and corrupt officials will lost their posts and face punishment. The plague of high interest rates will be ended. We will extend high school from three years to four and open vocational schools in every field. We will make the social security system and hospital administration into separate entities. We will establish free village clinics wherever they are needed. We will preside over an agriculture revolution and boost the number of greenhouses threefold.” /Star/
 ECEVIT: “WE WILL NOT UNITE WITH THE CHP”Speaking in Duzce yesterday at the kickoff to his party’s election campaign, Prime Minister and Democratic Left Party (DSP) Leader Bulent Ecevit said that the DSP had from the very beginning been opposed to early elections, adding that it would take no steps to form alliances with any other political party. In the latter regard, he reiterated that the DSP would not unite in any way with the Republican People’s Party (CHP). “This is an age-old business that we have no intention of getting involved in,” he said. /Sabah/
 YTP LEADER CEM TO VISIT GERMANYNew Turkey Party (YTP) leader Ismail Cem and YTP Secretary-General Istemihan Talay are scheduled to travel to Germany tomorrow. Cem is due to meet with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Interior Minister Otto Schily, and former Foreign Minister Dietrich Genscher. In related news, foreign ministers from 15 European Union member countries are expected to visit Turkey in October in order to lend support for Cem’s November elections bid. Speaking to Hurriyet yesterday, Talay said that the foreign ministers knew Cem very well and so had decided to stand behind him. /Hurriyet/
 DE SOTO TO VISIT CYPRUS, LAY GROUNDWORK FOR PARIS MEETINGUnited Nations Secretary-General Special Envoy for Cyprus Alvaro de Soto will reportedly travel to Cyprus to meet with Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas and Greek Cypriot administration leader Glafcos Clerides on Aug. 26. British Special Envoy for Cyprus David Hannay and US State Department Cyprus Coordinator Thomas Weston will also reportedly be there on the same date. During the meeting, de Soto will extend UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s invitation to hold a meeting in Paris on Sept. 6 and lay out Annan’s goals for the meeting. /Cumhuriyet/
 BALANLI HANDS OVER AIR FORCE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TO DINGILOGLUMaj. Gen. Bilgin Balanli yesterday handed over his post as Air Force School commander to Maj. Gen. Sevket Dingiloglu in a ceremony at Istanbul’s Air Force Command. Thanking Balanli for his years of service, Dingiloglu said, “I consider it my duty to stand for the protection of honest, dignified life in Turkey from threats coming from both home and abroad. Equally we must protect the philosophy of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey, an indivisible entity of democracy, language, and national culture.” After leaving the school, Balanli is set to take over as head of the Air Force Command’s Planning and Principles Department. /Star/
 US STATE DEPARTMENT PUBLISHES ARCHIVES ON TURKEY, CYPRUS AND GREECEThe US State Department is publishing a selection from its official archives on Turkey, Cyprus and Greece in the critical 1964-68 period, the department announced this weekend. The 836-page volume will detail US foreign policy and initiatives in the region under then Secretary of State George Ball, as well as the US’ view of developments during these years. /Cumhuriyet/
 BAN ON TURKEY-EU HORSE TRADE LIFTEDA ban on exporting and importing live horses between Turkey and the European Union has been lifted, the Agriculture Ministry announced this weekend. “Last year, the EU Permanent Veterinary Committee evaluated information sent by our ministry and acted to permit meat imports and exports to the EU from certain regions,” said an Agriculture Ministry statement. “After re-considering the matter, we lifted the live horse import-export ban between Turkey and the EU. The EU Permanent Veterinary Committee’s decision concerning the issue was published in the Official Gazette on Aug. 3 and went into effect on that date.” /Milliyet/
 TURKEY’S EXPORT TO GREAT BRITAIN SEE BIGGEST BOOSTTurkey’s export to the Great Britain rose by $352 million in the period of this January-July to reach $1.57 billion so far this year, representing the largest single-country jump in exports in 2002. In other data released yesterday by the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM), exports to the US over the same period jumped by $162 million, to Russia by $113.8 million and to Taiwan by $96.8 million. /Aksam/
 ATATURK BIOGRAPHY PUBLISHED IN BULGARIABulgarian author Ivan Vlaykov presented his new biography of Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, to the press this weekend. The biography, “Mustafa Kemal Ataturk: General of the Empire,” examines Ataturk’s life and personality in an effort to better acquaint Bulgarians with this eminent leader, said Vlaykov. While doing research for the book, Ataturk’s courage was inspiring, he added. /Cumhuriyet/
 TURKISH MEDICAL DOCTOR NAMED “SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR”Professor Metin Tulgar MD, head of the Biophysics Department at Gaziantep University’s Medical Faculty, has been named “Scientist of the Year” by the International Biography Center in Cambridge, England, the center announced this weekend. The honor marks Tulgar’s groundbreaking work in developing an artificial power source for brains, research which he has carried out for 15 years. /Turkiye/
 FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
 A BOOK ON ARMENIAN LIES BY TUFAN TURENC (HURRIYET)Columnist Tufan Turenc writes about a recently published book by Samuel A. Weems entitled Armenia: Secrets of a Christian Terrorist State. A summary of his column is as follows:
“Samuel A. Weems, a retired district attorney and judge from the United States, has recently written and published a book in response to the Armenian accusations of genocide. Although the title of the book is Armenia: Secrets of a Christian Terrorist State, the subtitle is equally interesting: The Armenian Great Deception Series, Volume 1. Weems, after a very successful judicial career, felt the responsibility to express his indignation with false Armenian allegations. In the course of extensive research he uncovered how Turkey was the target of unfair Armenian accusations. Weems also came to realise that the Christian world supported the Armenians only as a result of their prejudice against Turks. This gave Weems even more determination to get to the bottom of the issue. He carried out his research in archives in Turkey, Russia, France, Italy, Britain and his own country, but the only archives he was barred access to were the ones in Armenia. As was expected, as soon as Weems was ready to start writing his book, he started receiving death threats from Armenian extremists. Despite all these threats, Weems managed to complete the book and it was published a couple of months ago. The book proves the falseness of all the Armenian accusations and documents the Armenians’ propaganda, terrorism and attacks. It shows that the Armenian system is based on propaganda, terror, the church, state and the Diaspora, and exposes how the Armenians have set up a ‘genocide industry’ to reap billions of US dollars in financial aid. Weems explains that the Armenian plan is to get Turkey to accept accusations of genocide against the Armenians and then apologise. Once these goals are reached, the Armenians plan to claim financial compensation, in addition to parts of Turkish territory. With this book, Weems uncovers the lies of the Armenian diaspora, which has done everything within its means to ensure that Turkish-Armenian relations remain tense. However, the sad thing is that this book has not been met with much interest in Turkey. I don’t even think that civil organisations in Turkey know that such a book even exists.” [More information on Weems’ book can be found at http:/_www.stjohnpress.com_the_great/deception.htm.]
 THE EU’S PROGRAM FOR SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT - BY SUKRU ELEKDAG (SABAH)Columnist Sukru Elekdag writes on Turkey’s participation in the European Union’s sixth framework program for scientific and technological development. A summary of his column is as follows:
“Truly we are coming to inhabit a new world order, one usually defined as the ‘post-industrial information age’ marked by revolutionary developments in science and technology, which also have drastic repercussions on both politics and economics. It’s clear that countries unable to keep up with these developments are bound to lag behind in economic and social development.
There is a merciless rivalry in the technological race between the United States, European countries and Japan, all of which are well aware that the new source of power and wealth in our age is knowledge. The EU set out an objective at its Lisbon summit in 2000 to strengthen the scientific and technological bases of European industry and encourage it to become more competitive at international level. In line with this, the Union also put into effect the European Research Area Project, under which the utilization of research results will be aided out and disparate research and development resources will be brought together. The Sixth Framework Program for Scientific and Technological Development, a multiyear program adopted for the period 2002-06, puts forward all the objectives of the European countries in their rivalry with the US and Japan. The program aims at facilitating important contributions to the development of scientific and technological excellence and to the coordination of European research, stressing the importance of involving the associated candidate countries.
Seven priority thematic areas are identified in the Sixth Framework Program:
Biotechnology for health - Information society technologies - Nanotechnology and nanoscience - Aeronautics and space science - Sustainable development models and ecosystems - Food quality and safety Citizens and governance in a knowledge-based society
Now, Turkey is the only candidate country which to date hasn’t been fully included in the EU framework program. That’s why the Turkish government recently decided to take part in the sixth framework program, with an eye on preventing Turkey being left behind in recent technological developments.
I’m sure that Turkey will reap great advantages from this program. Turkey’s participation in the sixth framework program will provide the Turkish government with important reservoirs of knowledge to keep up with the demands of our age, and then with the opportunity to develop short- and long-term strategies to boost its industrial production.
In addition, the program will definitely help Turkey strengthen its industrial infrastructure and develop innovative systems. Cooperation in research and development between our universities and industrial sector will be fortified via joint projects to be developed under the program.
Our industrialists are well aware how difficult it can be to access detailed, reliable information concerning recent technological development. The program will also help them to address this problem of inaccessibility. Since the program places special emphasis on the needs of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Turkey will also be able to strengthen the competitiveness of its SMEs and increase their efficiency.”
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