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24 FEB 1998
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on Feb 24, 1998. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. You will find more detailed summaries of the main stories in the Turkish press in a few hours.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL) ERBAKAN CHALLENGES
MILLIYET (LIBERAL) MANISA SUPRISE
SABAH (LIBERAL) SEVKI YILMAZ FLED
CUMHURIYET (LEFT) ANNAN SOLVED THE CRISIS
Meanwhile Foreign Minister Ismail Cem who said he had made a very small contribution to the establishment of peace in the Gulf added that Turkey would act together with Jordan for a lasting compromise.
RADIKAL (LEFT) EARLY ELECTION SIGNAL FROM YILMAZ
YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL) AUTHOR YASAR KEMAL FEELS OFFENDED BY PRESIDENT
TÜRKİYE (RIGHT) SIX GIANT MOBILIZATIONS
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE) FAZILET IN PARLIAMENT
FİNANSAL FORUM (ECONOMY) STRUGGLE AGAINST INFLATION SUSPENDED
 TURKEY-FRANCE - FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT SIGNED DURING PRESIDENT DEMIREL'S VISIT TO FRANCE TO BE PUT INTO FORCEANKARA, Feb 24 (A.A) - Activities are underway to put a framework agreement into practice signed between Turkey and France during President Suleyman Demirel's visit to Paris, it was reported on Monday.
The Foreign Ministry statement said the framework agreement signed between Turkey and France earlier was a sign indicating the importance attributed to the development of a Turkish-French partnership.
The statement recalled the three important points which the framework agreement aimed to reach:
-Intensifying the existing political cooperation and establishing a strategic dialogue between the Foreign Ministries.
-Improving bilateral economic and trade relations, preparing a basis for joint investments in third countries and cooperation for energy sources and oil and natural gas transports.
-Providing an understanding which is based on a wider perspective between the two countries and attributing importance to cultural and technical cooperation in a bid to improve opening to the foreign world by respecting each other.
The statement said a detailed action plan which will ensure putting a framework agreement into effect will be specified during negotiations which will be held in Ankara between the undersecretaries of the two countries.
 TURKEY-INTERNAL - EARTHQUAKE IN ERZURUMERZURUM, Feb 24 (A.A) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.8 on Richter scale shook the eastern part of Erzurum Province on Tuesday morning.
Officials from the Ataturk University Seismology Center said that the earthquake occurred at 08:45 p.m and the epicenter of the quake was 10 kilometers to the south of Erzurum.
No casualties or financial damage were reported.
 TURKEY-PARTY - GENERAL HEADQUARTERS BUILDING OF THE CLOSED RP LOCKED AND SEALEDANKARA, Feb 24 (A.A) - The General Headquarters building of the Welfare Party (RP) which was closed by the Constitutional Court was locked and sealed on Monday.
The Finance Ministry officials locked and sealed the building at 22:10 after making several observations.
Apart from the permanent fixtures and equipment, 65 million Turkish Liras was given to the Treasury.
Meanwhile, several party members took away their private belongings and threw the party documents into the wastebasket.
 TURKEY-PARTY - VIRTUE PARTY IN PARLIAMENT - NUMBER OF DEPUTIES OF VIRTUE PARTY INCREASED TO 57ANKARA, Feb 24 (A.A) - After the closure of the Welfare Party (RP) by the Constitutional Court, 57 of the RP's deputies who became Independent, applied to the Parliamentary Chairmanship and said that they had transferred to the Fazilet Party (Virtue Party).
The Malatya Deputy Recai Kutan, Corum Deputy Yasin Hatiboglu, Sivas Deputy Temel Karamollaoglu, Trabzon Deputy Seref Malkoc and Istanbul Deputies Mehmet Ali Sahin and Ali Oguz are among the deputies who transferred to the Virtue Party from the closed RP party.
The Manisa Deputy Bulent Arinc while responding to the question of the A.A correspondent if he would transfer to the Virtue Party said ''I am not thinking of transferring at the moment. I will continue my evaluation until the weekend.''
Sources close to the RP administration said that all the RP deputies who became Independent after the closure of the RP would transfer to the Virtue Party on Tuesday.
According to the Parliamentary Internal regulations, the Virtue Party gained the right to set up a group in the Parliament as it has more than 20 deputies.
Below are several deputies from the former RP Party who sent a petition to the Parliamentary Chairmanship saying that they had joined the Virture Party:
Yakup Budak (Adana), Sitki Cengil (Adana), Ahmet Celik
(Adiyaman), Zeki Ergezen (Bitlis), Bedri Incetahtaci (Gaziantep),
Sinasi Yavuz (Erzurum), Omer Ozyilmaz (Erzurum), Avni Dogan
(Kahramanmaras), Mikail Korkmaz (Kirikkale), Ali Oguz (Istanbul),
Yasar Canbay (Malatya), Fikret Karabekmez (Malatya), Fethullah Erbaþ (Van), Naci Terzi (Erzincan), Omer Naimi Barim (Elazig), Yasin Hatiboglu (Corum), Zulfikar Gazi (Corum), Nedim Ilci (Mus),
Husamettin Korkutata (Bingol), Mustafa Kamalak (Kahramanmaras), M.
Ali Sahin (Istanbul), Ahmet Dogan (Adiyaman), Ziyattin Tokar (Agri), Mehmet Aykac (Corum), Turhan Alcelik (Giresun), Hayrettin Dilekcan (Karabuk), Fethi Acar (Kastamonu), Hasan Huseyin Oz (Konya), Recai Kutan (Malatya), Huseyin Yildiz (Mardin), Sabahattin Yildiz (Mus), Huseyin Olgun Akin (Ordu), Mustafa Hasan Oz (Ordu), Ahmet Demircan (Samsun), Latif Oztek (Samsun), Musa Uzunkaya (Samsun), Temel Karamollaoglu (Sivas), Abdulkadir Oncel (Sanliurfa) and Seref Malkoc (Trabzon).
 TURKEY-INTERNAL - EARTHQUAKE IN BURHANIYEBURHANIYE, Feb 24 (A.A) - An earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale shook the town of Burhaniye in Balıkesir Province at 19:19 a.m. on Monday.
The officials at the Kandilli Observatory Institute said that the epicenter of the quake was in the Aegean Sea.
No casualties or financial damages were reported.
 TURKEY-FOREIGN POLICY - PM YILMAZ ADDRESSES HIS PARTY GROUP MEETINGANKARA, Feb 24 (A.A) - Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz said on Monday that he was very pleased that the Gulf crisis reached a positive point in the direction of Turkey's expectations, adding that ''Turkey successfully passed the test in this crisis due to her foreign policy.''
Speaking to reporters as the Motherland Party (ANAP) group meeting continued, Yilmaz said that they evaluated the general political situation.
Yilmaz expressed pleasure that the Gulf crisis reached a positive point according to Turkey's expectations but noted that the possibility of a war and hot clash has not yet been overcome.
Recalling that the agreement signed between the Iraqi administration and the UN Secretary General should be confirmed in the Security Council, adding, ''we hope that the US will give up the idea of the military operation it has announced earlier.''
Yilmaz said the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan went to Baghdad by taking into consideration the views of the US.
Prime Minister Yilmaz said Turkey incorporated a peaceful policy from the very beginning of this crisis and a policy that is appropriate to Turkey's own interests. He said Turkey's policy was confirmed by the attitude of the US and Iraq, adding that the US is an important ally of Turkey and Iraq is an important neighbor.
Yilmaz said, ''everybody has to accept that Turkey had a contribution, even if slight, to the overcoming of the tense atmosphere.''
Prime Minister Yilmaz recalled that Turkey, from the very beginning, told Iraq to abide fully by the UN Resolutions and also defended that the embargo imposed on Iraq should be diminished in return for Iraq's abiding by the resolutions.
Meanwhile, speaking about closure of the RP Yilmaz said that the new political situation erupting after the closure of the RP will be evaluated.
 TURKEY-TRNC - THE COOPERATION AGREEMENT CONCERNING SOCIAL SERVICES COMES INTO FORCEANKARA, Feb 24 (A.A) - The cooperation agreement signed on
January 17, 1997, between Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) has been published in the Official Gazette and came into force on Tuesday.
In the agreement, it is foreseen that the social services including personnel training and the establisment of the rehabilitation centers, will be improved in the TRNC and cooperation between the two countries will be developed.
Officials told A.A the correspondent that the two countries will prepare joint scientific research programmes.
 TURKEY-CFE - OBSERVATIONS OF THE MULTI-NATIONAL INSPECTION TEAMANKARA, Feb 24 (A.A) - A multi-national inspection team which made observations within the framework of the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Agreement which had been signed during the European Security and Cooperation Conference Summit on Nov 21, 1990, and went into force in July 1992 specified that Turkey fulfilled her responsibilities, it was reported on Monday.
The General Staff General Secretariat statement said the multi-national inspection team which was formed under the chairmanship of Bulgaria between Feb 18 and 20, 1998, made observations in Turkey.
The statement said the six-people team in question arrived in Turkey from the Edirne/Kapikule border gate on Feb 18, 1998, and made a CFE observation in a military headquarters with the accompanying General Staff team on Feb 19, 1998, and departed from Turkey on Feb 20, 1998.
It said the delegation in its observations specified that Turkey implemented the agreement effectively and abided by her responsibilities.
 TURKEY-PRESS REVIEW (1)These are brief summaries of some of the leading stories in Turkey's press on Feb 24, 1998. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
(Derived from Newsspot of the Turkish General Directorate of Press and Information.)
NEW VIRTUE PARTY GROUP IN PARLIAMENT
ANKARA WELCOMES UN-IRAQ DEAL
Cem commented that Turkey had brought her own ''modest, but unique approach to the crisis'', bringing to mind his own diplomatic efforts to diffuse the crisis in Baghdad. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz also affirmed cautiously, ''Turkey would be on the top of the list of countries that would be most happy if the crisis were over,'' noting that the deal was a great relief for Turkey. /Milliyet/
TURKEY EXPANDING ECONOMIC HORIZONS IN CHINA, VIETNAM
Cem said that these developments will enhance Turkey's role in the international arena and help to accelerate the Foreign Ministry's Silk Road 2000 project. Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Taiwan were the next Far Eastern countries with which Turkey will seek more intensive contacts, he added. /Hurriyet/
FORMER RP DEPUTIES WILL FACE TRIAL
MOTORWAYS DIRECTORS MEET IN ANKARA
(To be continued)
 TURKEY-PRESS REVIEW (2)These are brief summaries of some of the leading stories in Turkey's press on Feb 24, 1998. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
(Derived from Newsspot of the Turkish General Directorate of Press and Information.)
TURKISH MARKETS SHARPLY BOOSTED BY IRAQ DEAL
OIL PRICES TO BE INDEXED WITH WORLD OIL PRICES
THY COOPERATION BREAKTHROUGH
TURKEY RANKS FIRST IN AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF TOURISTS
MALAYSIAN MINISTER IN ISTANBUL
ELEKDAG IN NEW YORK TIMES
TURKISH MUSICIAN NOMINEE FOR A GRAMMY
 TURKEY IN BRIEF - FEBRUARY 24, 1998SAKARYA - The results of the feasibility studies for the ''Sakarya River Transportation Project'', which will connect the Sakarya River to the Black Sea, were introduced to the public on Monday.
Addressing the promotion meeting at the Adapazari Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Prof. Dr. Necati Agiralioglu from the Istanbul Technical University said that they concluded the ''High Sakarya Project'' within eight months by nine academicians.
ADANA - The movement at the Incirlik Base continued on Monday although the UN and Iraq have reached an agreement.
A total of 12 F-16s, eight F-15s, two Tornadoes, one Awacs, four KC 135 planes and two C-5 planes took off from the base by mid-Monday.
These planes returned to the base after the 2:00 p.m.
Officials said that these planes undertook their routine patrol and monitoring flights at the northern part of the 36th parallel in Northern Iraq.
ANKARA - General Ismail Hakki Karadayi, the Chief of the General Staff, received on Monday Admiral Hristo Kontrov, the Chief Commander of the Bulgarian Naval Forces, who came to Turkey upon an official invitation from Admiral Salim Dervisoglu, the Chief Commander of the Naval Forces.
Defining the cold war period as the ''missed years'', Gen. Karadayi said in the meeting that the relations between the two countries have rapidly improved since 1992.
Later, Admiral Kontrov met with Ismet Sezgin, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense.
Sezgin said in the meeting that Turkey and Bulgaria agreed that the security, peace and stability in the Balkans mean the security, peace and stability in all of Europe.
ISTANBUL - Deniz Baykal, the leader of the Republican Peoples' Party (CHP), said on Monday that the relations between Turkey and the Crimean Autonomous Republic have improved but the authorities should establish closer relations with that region.
Baykal received Mustafa Abdulcemil Kirimlioglu, the Speaker of the Crimean Tatars Parliament, Ahmet Ihsan Kirimli, the General Director of the Crimean Turks Culture and Solidarity Association, Niyazi Elitok, the Association's Executive Board member and Zafer Karatay, the Crimean Tatars Parliament's Representative to Turkey at The Marmara Hotel.
ASHKABAT - The construction process of the Ashkabat Mosque was concluded on Monday. The Religious Foundation of Turkey started the construction of the mosque in Septemer 1993.
The mosque was constructed on a 27 thousand square metres plot of land in the Turkmen capital of Ashkabat with the donations collected from the the Turkish people.
 TURKEY-BSECPA - FIFTH FOUNDATION ANNIVERSARY OF BSECPAISTANBUL, Feb 24 (A.A) - Husamettin Cindoruk, the leader of the Democrat Turkey Party (DTP) and first term President of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Parliamentarian Assembly (BSECPA) said on Monday that the BSECPA and BSECPA organization could not become an organization providing the expected productivity in the past years.
Addressing the ceremony staged in at the Ciragan Palace on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the foundation of the BSECPA Cindoruk said the negligence of the member countries and the conditions of the world influenced the BSECPA from becoming a productive organization ''I believe that in the future the BSECPA member states will initiate a study which will stress the importance of economic, social and cultural cooperation among themselves.''
Cindoruk said that the Black Sea countries which could not become a member of EU so far and the member countries of the EU should act in solidarity, adding that ''population of the Black Sea countries and their economic potential are so very important that they may form an alternative to the EU.''
Meanwhile, Hikmet Cetin, the Speaker of the Parliament said that the BSEC has taken important steps in the past six years, adding that ''we expect the BSEC to implement new concrete projects in the coming period.''
Cetin said that two important wars were experienced in the 20th century and a cold war erupted after this period. He said that globalization and regional cooperation began to gain importance at the end of these processes.
Cetin said that at this stage Turkey become involved in an effort to unite economically the countries located around the Black Sea and that the BSEC went into force on June 25, 1992, with the participation of the heads of states or governments of 11 countries. Cetin said that the BSECPA was founded in February 1993 with the efforts of Husamettin Cindoruk, the Speaker of the Parliament at that time.
''We expect the BSEC to implement new concrete projects in the coming period'' said Cetin, adding, ''there is a very big potential in the region as there are more than 300 million people living in this region.''
Responding to the questions of reporters Cetin said that developments in Armenia failed to give hope for compromise and peace, ''I hope that the persons who come to power will realize that Caucasia needs stability and peace.''
Cetin said that the Balkans, Middle East and Caucasia were the most troubled regions and that Caucasia, in particular, met with very important developments recently.
Cetin expressed hope that the BSEC, in the coming period, will contribute a lot to peace and stability in the region ''we should work very hard to turn the Black Sea into a sea of peace and stability.''
 TURKEY-RP - LIQUIDATION OF RP'S ASSETSANKARA, Feb 24 (A.A) - The Ministry of Finance, assigned to liquidate assets of the Welfare Party (RP), closed by the Constitutional Court, arranged the scheduled procedure with a notification on Tuesday.
The notification of the Ministry of Finance related to the issue said that commissions and observation groups will be established soon in the provinces which will investigate the RP's assets. It said the studies will be concluded within 15 days and the reports which will be prepared within 20 days will be sent to the Ministry of Finance, General Directorate of National Estates in a week.
The notification said that all the accounts of the RP in banks and other financial institutions, including the rented safe deposits, were blocked.
The notification said that all subscriptions for services opened in the name of the RP such as telephones, electricity, water, natural gas, cable TV and the Internet will be cancelled.
In order to overcome any indecision and to solve conflicts during the liquidation, officials will apply to the Ministry of Finance.
 TURKEY-PARTY - ''DEPAR'' IN POLITICAL LIFE - ''CHANGING TURKEY PARTY'', LED BY ANKARA DEPUTY CAPOGLU, GIVES FOUNDATION PETITION TO INTERIOR MINISTRYANKARA, Feb 24 (A.A) - Gokhan Capoglu, who resigned from the Democratic Left Party (DSP) and remained Independent, gave a petition to the Ministry of the Interior for the foundation of the Changing Turkey Party (DEPAR). With the foundation of the DEPAR, the number of political parties in Turkey reached 35.
Capoglu, who came to the Ministry of the Interior along with founding members of the party, gave the petition to Ali Bilir, the Ministry Secretary General.
Capoglu said they founded DEPAR at a time when Turkey is passing through a very difficult period, adding that they will work with a very new perception of policy.
With the foundation of the DEPAR, number of parties founded in Turkey so far reached 95 and the active parties reached 35.
 TURKEY-OPERATION - 20 TERRORISTS KILLEDDIYARBAKIR, Feb 24 (A.A) - The Security Forces killed 20 terrorists in an operation launched in Kulp County of southeastern Diyarbakir province in a bid to eradicate the separatist terrorist organization. Two people from the security forces died during the operation.
The Emergency Regional Rule Governor's office said that the security forces, carrying out operations without a break, confronted a group of terrorists on Monday evening. The clashes erupted in the Sinak Tepe region last evening and ended in the Yaylak Tepe region early this morning.
Two people from the security forces were killed by the first shots fired by the terrorists.
The Regional Governor's office said that there were severe winter conditions in the region, however the security forces, despite all these negative aspects, continued the operations without an interval.
 TURKEY-US - TRANSPORTATION MINISTER MENZIR LEAVES FOR THE US - MENZIR: ''MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION WILL REALIZE 50 PERCENT OF TURKEY'S PRIVATIZATION PROJECT IN 1998''ISTKANBUL, Feb 24 (A.A) - Necdet Menzir, the Minister of Transportation said on Tuesday that the Ministry of Transportation will realize 50 percent of Turkey's Privatization Project, which is aimed at 10 billion dollars in 1998.
Necdet Menzir left for the US the same day to participate in the Turkish- American Business Council meetings that will be held in Washington.
Addressing a statement before his departure, Menzir stated that the Turkish delegation will explain the ''Bosphorus Railway Tunnel and Gebze-Halkalı Subway Project'' namely '' The Marmaray Project'' to the US business, finance and government representatives during the business meetings.
Menzir pointed out that they have made great efforts to implement the ''Marmaray project'' as soon as possible.
Menzir added that he will have contacts in the US regarding the railways and ports in Turkey, including the finance of the ''Ankara-Istanbul Fast Railway'' and also he aims to speed up the privatization of the Turkish Telecom.
 TURKEY-INTERNAL - NUMBER OF DEPUTIES OF THE VIRTUE PARTY INCREASES TO 67ANKARA, Feb 24 (A.A) - The number of deputies of the Virtue Party (FP) increased to 67, it was reported on Tuesday.
Ten of the former deputies of the Welfare Party, which was closed by the Constitutional Court, joined the Virtue Party. The names of the deputies who joined to the Virtue party are as follows:
Ismail Yilmaz (Izmir), Ahmet Dokulmez (Kahramanmaras), Abdullah Ozbey (Karaman), Veysel Candan (Konya), Salih Katircioglu (Nigde), Cevat Ayhan (Sakarya), Abdullah Arslan (Tokat), Ahmet Feyzi Inceoz (Tokat), Maliki Ejder Arvas (Van) and Mustafa Bayram (Van).
 TURKEY-INTERNAL - NUMBER OF DEPUTIES OF THE VIRTUE PARTY INCREASES TO 80ANKARA, Feb 24 (A.A) - The number of deputies of the Virtue Party (FP) increased to 80, it was reported on Tuesday.
Thirteen of the former deputies of the Welfare Party, which was closed by the Constitutional Court, joined the Virtue Party. The number of deputies who joined the Virtue Party the same day increased to 23 and among them are Abdullah Gul, Salih Kapusuz and Lutfu Esengun.
 TURKEY-HUMAN RIGHTS - PARLIAMENT SPEAKER CETIN: ''ONE CAN NOT IGNORE AND DENY THAT TURKEY HAS PROBLEMS ON THE SUBJECT OF HUMAN RIGHTS''ANKARA, Feb 24 (A.A) - Hikmet Cetin, the Speaker of the Parliament said on Tuesday that one can not deny and ignore the fact that Turkey has several problems on the subject of human rights, adding that ''we can not accept imprisonment of people because of their political views.''
Speaking at a meeting held by the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), Cetin stated that Turkey signed many international agreements about human rights, adding that the thing which matters is putting them into practice.
Cetin stressed that every Turkish citizen should be sensitive and conscious on the subject of human rights. ''Human rights which is the basic value of democracy, should be protected,'' he said.
Noting that the Parliament should abrogate the legal and Constitutional obstacles that prevent human rights, Cetin stressed that the Constitution should be changed within this framework.
 TURKEY-TREMOR - EARTHQUAKE IN THE TOWN OF PULUMUR TOWN AT TUNCELI PROVINCETUNCELI, Feb 24 (A.A) - An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale shook the town of Pulumur at Tunceli Province in eastern Turkey at 12:21 (GMT 10:21) on Tuesday.
The Earthquake Research Center at the Ataturk University noted that the epicenter of the quake was at a distance of 15 kilometers from Pulumur.
No casualties or financial damages have been reported.
 TURKEY IN BRIEF (2)- FEBRUARY 24, 1998GAZIANTEP - Mehmet Aslan, the Chairman of the Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce (GTO), said on Tuesday that the Turkish economy and especially the people living in the Southeastern Anatolia Region have met with several difficulties ever since the first Gulf crisis.
Aslan told the A.A correspondent that ''an ambivalence would re-emerge in the region and the region would again be thrown into the fire if the Habur Border Gate is closed.''
ANTALYA (A.A) - The people engaged in tourism in southeastern Antalya Province started their preparations for the tourism season that will begin in mid-March, it was reported on Tuesday. Modifications were made at the facilities in the region.
More than three million foreign tourists visited Antalya last year.
TRABZON - The Tajik Justice, Transportation and Finance Ministers came to Turkey on Tuesday to make several contacts.
Sakir Ozdikici, the Deputy Governor of Trabzon Province, welcomed Sevket Ismailov, the Tajik Minister of Justice, Nurettin Muhuttinov, the Tajik Minister of Transportation and Mouzafarov Anvarsho, the Tajik Minister of Finance at the Trabzon Airport.
Sevket Ismailov told reporters at the airport that they will attend several conferences in Istanbul and will meet with ministers in Ankara, adding that they want to improve cooperation with Turkay in the fields of finance and telecommunications.
ZONGULDAK - Landslides occurred at three settlements in Zonguldak Province affecting a total of 59 buildings, it was reported on Tuesday.
There were no immediate casualties, but there were reports of damage amounting to billions of Turkish Liras.
LEFKOSA - Dervis Eroglu, the Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), will visit Ankara on Wednesday as the official guest of Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, it was reported on Tuesday.
The TRNC Prime Minister Eroglu will be accompanied by Serdar Denktas, the TRNC Minister of State and the Deputy Prime Minister, Taner Etkin, the TRNC Foreign and Defense Minister, Salih Cosar, the TRNC Finance Minister and Erdal Onurhan, the TRNC Economy Minister.
During the visit of Eroglu, a Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement will be signed between Turkey and TRNC.
The TRNC delegation led by Eroglu will meet with President Suleyman Demirel; Hikmet Cetin, the Speaker of the Parliament; Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz; Gen. Ismail Hakki Karadayi, the Chief of General Staff; Bulent Ecevit, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State; Ismet Sezgin, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense; Sukru Sina Gurel, the Minister of State and Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister during their visit to Ankara until February 28.
ANKARA - Israeli painter Shlomo Bovete, who was born in Turkey, will open an exhibition at the Ankara State Museum of Fine Arts between May 16-30, it was reported on Tuesday.
ANKARA - Hasan Gemici, the Minister of State said on Tuesday that his visit to the Sudan and Djibouti will contribute to the improvement of cooperation with these countries.
Addressing a press briefing, Gemici stated that several Turkish firms participated in his visit to the Sudan and Djibouti, adding that the issues, which were on the agenda of the Sixth Term meeting of the Turkish-Sudanese Joint Economic Commission, have been revised during his visit to the Sudan.
''Sudan and Djibuti are two important countries in Africa, I believe that my visit to these countries will be beneficial in this respect,'' said Gemici.
Gemici stressed that Turkey and Djibuti decided to hold the first term meeting of the Joint Trade, Economy, Technical Commission in Ankara this year.
Hasan Gemici added that he met the Sudanese Head of State Omer Hasan Al Besir and the President of Djibouti Hasan Gouled Aptidon and met several ministers in both countries.
ANKARA - The Council of Ministers approved on Tuesday the Free Trade Zone Agreement signed between Turkey and Hungary in January 1997. The agreement was published in the Official Gazette the same day.
The agreement will enter into force after the exchange of diplomatic notes between the two countries.
SOFIA - Tekin Enerem, the Chairman of the Turkish Group of the Organization on Security and Cooperation for Europe (OSCE) Parliament Assembly, said on Tuesday that the economic relations between Turkey and Bulgaria should be further improved.
The four-member Turkish parliamentarian delegation continues its contacts in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. The delegation met with Yordan Sokolov, the Speaker of the Bulgarian Parliament and with the members of the Parliament Foreign Affairs Commission.
Pointing out that the relations between the two contries in every field were covered during the meetings, Enerem told the A.A correspondent that they reached a consensus on all of the issues.
Enerem said that the real intention of their visit was to set up a basis for cooperation between the Turkish and Bulgarian OSCE assemblies before the OSCE General Council to be held in Copenhagen in July.
The delegation will meet with Nadeöda Mihaylova, the Bulgarian Foreign Minister.
 TURKEY-GREECE - GREECE RESPONDS TO TURKEY'S CALL FOR PEACEANKARA, Feb 24 (A.A) - Greece responded to the call for peace from Foreign Minister Ismail Cem on Tuesday.
Dimitris Nezeritis, the Greek Ambassador to Turkey met with Cem the same day and conveyed the proposals of Theodoros Pangalos, the Greek Foreign Minister in response to the call for peace from Turkey. Pangalos conveyed his proposals to Turkey in four topics, as stated below:
-Turkey has to recognize the compulsory legal authority of the International Court of Justice in the Hague regarding the problems between Turkey and Greece.
-Greece reiterates her proposal concerning the solution of the bilateral problems ''step by step.''
-Greece is ready to hold direct meetings with Turkey in order to apply to the International Court of Justice regarding the problem of the continental shelf.
-Greece is ready to hold a meeting between the two foreign ministers within the framework which was planned earlier.
Foreign Minister Cem called Greece for peace on Feb 12, presented five proposals to Greece and stressed that the bilateral problems should be ''defined together.''
Cem had proposed to Greece to change the Madrid Declaration into an agreement, to develop a Wise Men Committee mechanism, to implement ''Confidence Building Measures'' which are planned to be formed within the framework of NATO and lastly to hold a meeting between the high level officials of the two foreign ministries, rather than the foreign ministers, before the end of March.
 TURKEY-INTERNAL - VIRTUE PARTY HAS THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE OF 383 BILLION LIRAS FROM TREASURYANKARA, Feb 24 (A.A) - The Virtue Party (FP) which is represented in the Parliament by the joining of the former deputies of the Welfare Party (RP) after the latter was closed by the Constitutional Court, has acquired the right to receive assistance of 383 billion Turkish Liras from the Treasury, it was reported on Tuesday.
The Treasury extends aid to the political parties which are represented in the Parliament by 3-10 deputies or more than 10 deputies, so that they can compete in elections under the Law on the Political Parties.
If the Virtue Party applies to the Treasury, then it will have the right to receive assistance which is equal to the amount paid to the Republican Peoples' Party (CHP).
 TURKEY-HUMAN RIGHTS (2) - TUSIAD CHAIRMAN KAYHAN: ''TURKEY HAS TO ADMIT THAT VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ARE IMPORTANT OBSTACLES TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT''ANKARA, Feb 24 (A.A) - Muharrem Kayhan, the Chairman of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) said on Tuesday that ''Turkey has to admit that the subjects of the violations of human rights and democracy are obstacles to economic development.''
Speaking at a discussion meeting held by the TUSIAD, Kayhan stated that ''reasons, including the struggle against terrorism and regional underdevelopment, will no longer be excuses for violations of human rights in the eyes of the international public.''
Kayhan warned the government that Turkey could be isolated abroad if she does not prevent the violation of human rights and establish a genuine democratic system.
Speaking at the same meeting, Prof. Dr. Ergun Ozbudun said that torture, violations of the freedom of expression and insufficient protection of minorities are the subjects which put Turkey into a difficult position in the international arena.
Prof. Dr. Bulent Tanor said that the thoughts and opinions of individuals should not be condemned in Turkey, adding that Turkey should be brave enough to repeal several articles in the Constitution and Anti-Terrorism Act which violate freedom of thought and expression.
 TURKEY-OIL - TURKISH, AZERI, KAZAKH, GEORGIAN AND TURKMEN FOREIGN MINISTERS TO CONVENE FOR THE BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINEANKARA, Feb 24 (A.A) - The Caspian Basin countries will come together by the beginning of March to exchange views and to reach an agreement regarding the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline, it was reported on Tuesday.
The Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan, which produce oil in the Caspian basin and of Turkey and Georgia which are on the transit route of the oil, will meet in Istanbul between March 1-2.
A high ranking official from the Foreign Ministry said that the aim of the meeting is to reach an agreement regarding the transportation of Central Asian oil via Turkey to the West through the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline. The same official said that a joint declaration could be announced to the public at the end of the meeting.
Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister will represent Turkey at the meeting.
 TURKEY-POLITICS - DECISION TO CLOSE WELFARE PARTY SUBMITTED TO THE PARLIAMENT - FP DEPUTY KAMALAK CLAIMS CONSTITUTIONAL COURT DID NOT CLOSE THE WELFARE PARTY ''PERMANENTLY''ANKARA, Feb 24 (A.A) - The Constitutional Court decision to close the Welfare Party (RP) and remove the parliamentary status from the 6 deputies was submitted to the Parliament on Tuesday.
After the decision was submitted to the General Assembly of the Parliament, the Virtue Party (FP) deputy Mustafa Kamalak told the Parliament that the Constitution defines the closure of political parties separately as ''to close, or to close permanently''.
Pointing out that the RP is ''closed'', but not ''permanently closed'', Kamalak claimed that for that reason, the parliamentary status of the 6 deputies mentioned in the decision cannot be removed. Kamalak also claimed that the decision to remove the parliamentary status of the 6 deputies is also against the Constitution.
Meanwhile the Virtue Party deputies put white carnations on the empty seat of ex-RP leader Necmettin Erbakan, whose parliamentary status was removed.
 TRNC-BRITAIN - TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS: ''I WILL NOT MEET WITH THE BRITISH OFFICIALS UNLESS BRITAIN LIFTS ITS VISA AGAINST THE TRNC CITIZENS''LEFKOSA, Feb 24 (A.A) - Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Tuesday that if Britain does not cancel its visa application against Turkish Cypriot citizens, then he will not meet with the British officials.
President Denktas stated that he will not also meet with Sir David Hannay, the British Special Envoy to Cyprus, who will visit the island on Thursday, because the British government tries to punish TRNC citizens by applying visa against them. Denktas stressed that the TRNC wishes Britain to lift this application, as the TRNC insists on this issue.
Noting that there are two equal populations on Cyprus, Denktas added that ''applying a visa to one side and not applying to the other side means that Britain does not recognize this equality. In fact, Britain is our guarantor state. Her mission is not only to recognize this equality, but rather to maintain and implement this equality.''
Rauf Denktas stressed that the Cyprus question can be solved if this equality is maintained between the two ''states'' on the island.
''In order to show to the world that the Greek Cypriots are not our state and government, we have to protect, support and strengthen the TRNC state and government until the end,'' he said.
Meanwhile, the British Foreign office expressed its sorrow over the fact that the TRNC President Denktas will not receive Sir David Hannay, who will arrive on the island on Thursday.
 TURKEY-WESTERN THRACE-AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL-GREECE - AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL WARNS ATHENS: - ''THE IMPRISONMENT DECISION FOR XANTHI MUFTI MEHMET EMIN AGA MEANS THAT AGA IS IMPRISONED FOR HIS BELIEFS''LONDON, Feb 24 (A.A) - The Amnesty International warned Athens on Tuesday saying that if the court makes a decision of imprisonment for Xanthi Mufti Mehmet Emin Aga in his trial on Wednesday, then it means that Aga is imprisoned for his beliefs.
The Amnesty International's Center in London said in a written statement that Greece would abuse human rights if the court sentences Mehmet Emin Aga with imprisonment, adding that it sent a letter to the Greek government saying, ''we want Mehmet Emin Aga to be released immediately and unconditionally.''
The statement said, ''the Amnesty International believes that the written message of the Xanthi Mufti Mehmet Emin Aga to the Muslims living in Xanthi means that he used his 'freedom of expression'.'' The statement said that a decision for imprisonment of Aga would be contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to international law.
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