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23 SEPT 1998
 THE 53RD UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETINGS - FOREIGN MINISTER CEM MEETS WITH HIS SPANISH COUNTERPART MATUTES - EUROPE EXPECTS A ''NEW PROPOSAL'' FROM PRESIDENT DENKTAS OF THE TRNCNEW YORK, Sept 23 (A.A) - Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister, who is currently in the US in order to attend at the 53rd General Assembly Meetings of the United Nations (UN), met on Tuesday with his Spanish counterpart Abel Matutes.
The meeting of the two foreign ministers focused on the relations between Turkey and the European Union (EU) and the Cyprus question.
Addressing the meeting, Cem stressed that Turkey attributes great importance to the confederation proposal of President Rauf Denktas of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and described the proposal as a new approach including the same parameters with the UN. Matutes gave the message to the Cem that the EU hasn't welcomed the proposal, pointing out that Europe expects a more developed proposal from President Denktas.
Mentioning the relations between Turkey and the EU, Cem stressed that Turkey expects Europe to discuss clearly the membership process during the EU's summit in Vienna in December.
Ismail Cem also participated at the Foreign Ministers' meetings of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). The issue of establishing a free trade region between the BSEC countries was discussed at the meeting.
Cem later attended the meeting of ''Renewed Democracies'' and went to the luncheon of the members of the Foreign Relations Council. Addressing the luncheon, Cem stressed Turkey's strength in the region and gave information about the new energy corridors in Eurasia.
Explaining Turkey's dynamic attributes, Cem mentioned Turkey's role in the region as a leading country.
Cem will sign on behalf of Turkey on Wednesday the agreement banning biological weapons.
He will meet with his Brazilian, Albanian, Romanian and Bulgarian counterparts the same day.
Ismail Cem will also meet at a luncheon with the foreign ministers of the member states in the G-8.
 PRIME MINISTER YILMAZ IN NEW YORKNEW YORK, Sept 23 (A.A) - Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz arrived in New York on Tuesday night in order to attend the 53rd General Assembly Meetings of the United Nations (UN).
Cavit Kavak and Gunes Taner, the Ministers of State, and Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister, who is already in New York, will accompany him during his visit to the US.
Mesut Yilmaz attended the concert at the Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall organized within the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey.
Baki Ilkin, the Turkish Ambassador to the US, Aytug Plumer, the
Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations (UN), and Fuat Tanlay, the Turkish Consul General in New York, were also in attendance at the concert.
Mesut Yilmaz will proceed to Mexico on 27 September for an official visit and return to Turkey on 29 September.
Yilmaz is scheduled to address the meeting organized by the ''Global Securities'' on Wednesday. He will meet separately with Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral of India and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan following the meeting.
 SEZGIN, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, RECEIVES KUWAITI PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATIONANKARA, Sept 23 (A.A) - Ismet Sezgin, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence, received on Tuesday the Kuwaiti parliamentary delegation lead by Ghanam Ali Al-Jamhour, a Kuwaiti deputy.
Addressing the meeting, Sezgin pointed out that there are close historical ties between the two countries, and described Kuwait as a friend of Turkey.
Noting that the Kuwaiti people have overcome the difficulties rapidly following the Gulf War, Sezgin expressed Turkey's satisfaction with Kuwait's development process.
Reminding that the legal basis already exists between Turkey and Kuwait in order to improve economic and industrial cooperation, Sezgin stressed that the volume of trade between Turkey and Kuwait which is currently 250 million US dollars, should be increased up to one billion US dollars.
Mentioning Turkey's powerful defence industry, Sezgin requested Kuwait to cooperate in the defence industry with Turkey.
Ghanam Ali Al-Jamhour noted that they share the same opinions with Sezgin, adding, ''we will be pleased with establishing cooperative relations with Turkey in every field.
Pointing out that Turkey has shown her willingness towards peace ano friendship during the Gulf War, Al-Jamhour thanked Turkey for her support to Kuwait.
Reminding that the Baghdad Administration has been holding many Kuwaiti captives since the Gulf War, Al-Jamhour stressed that President Saddam Hussein of Iraq has done nothing about the captives despite the warnings of several international organizations, including the United Nations. He asked Iraq to fulfill the decisions of the UN.
Sezgin stressed, ''I had brought the issue of the Kuwaiti captives onto the agenda during an official visit to Iraq and requested the officials to release the captives or give information about their destinies. President Saddam Hussein told me that there were no captives in Iraq, but if there were he would release them immediately.''
 NORTHERN IRAQ ... - THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN BARZANI AND TALABANI IS DESCRIBED AS ''AN IMPORTANT COMPROMISE IN AN IMPORTANT PERIOD'' - PROVISIONS OF AGREEMENT ARE IN PARALLEL WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF THE ANKARA PROCESS - A US OFFICIAL: ''THE US DOESSN'T SUPPORT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INDEPENDENT KURDISH STATE IN NORTHERN IRAQ''ANKARA, Sept 23 (A.A) - The US describes the agreement reached between Massoud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Jalal Talabani, the leader of the Patriotic Union for Kurdistan (PUK) in Washington, D.C., as ''an important compromise at an important period,'' and the agreement is expected to last long, it was reported on Tuesday.
An American official who is closely interested in Northern Iraq said ''this agreement is an important step for both the two Kurdish groups, other ethnic groups and also for other countries such as the US, Turkey and Britain; which are closely interested in the region.'' ''For the first time, the real Iraqis, meaning Barzani and Talabani, expressed their sincere will to establish a better future in their region,'' said the US official, adding that they agreed on the method of solving such issues as the sharing of border incomes and power and the establishment of security.
The US official said that concrete steps will be taken within the framework of the agreement, stressing that the steps and results to be taken will be in parallel with the agreement signed in 1996 within the framework of the Ankara Process.
Noting that the two groups which are parties to the agreement agreed on the establishment of security in the region and particularly at the borders, the official pointed out that this agreement will secure the borders of Turkey and Iran with Iraq, will provide for regional security and won't permit the activities of the ''unauthorized armed elements.''
The official said that the two Kurdish groups don't support the existence of the PKK, the separatist terrorist organization in the region, adding that the US is aware of the fact that Turkey has an important security interest in the region and the US will continue to support Turkey's right to protect herself. ''The establishment of an atmosphere of stronger stability in the region will decrease the need for the struggle against the PKK terrorism,'' he added.
Noting that Talabani and Barzani are in a regular consultation with each other and with the countries which are closely interested in the region, the same official stressed ''we won't be surprised if the two Kurdish leaders meet with each other again soon in Ankara or London.''
The leaders of the Iraqi administration aren't pleased with the agreement reached between Talabani and Barzani, the official said, adding that Turkey seems ''satisfied'' with the agreement.
''The US doesn't support the establishment of an independent Kurdish state in the region,'' said the US official, adding that the establishment of a such state will cause instability in the region.
Stressing that the US supports the territorial integrity of Iraq, the American official stated that the Iraqi people have the right to choose their own governments.
The official emphasized that the US has two targets in Northern Iraq, firstly to prevent the threat of Saddam Hussein and to establish an atmosphere of stability in the region.
''At the last stage of the compromise reached between the two Kurdish leaders, the rights of the Turcomans should also be protected,'' he added.
 EXPORTS FROM THE GAP REGION TO THE CIS COUNTRIES AND TO EASTERN EUROPEGAZIANTEP, Sept 23 (A.A) - Agricultural and animal products worth 11.8 million US dollars were exported from the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) region to the Commonwealth of Independent States in the first eight months of the year with an increase of 45.2 percent, it was reported on Wednesday.
The GAP region has realized exports worth 25.4 million US dollars to the Eastern European countries in the same period with an increase of 182.3 percent.
In the same period last year, a total of 8.1 million US dollars of goods were exported to the Commonwealth of Independent States and a total of 9.2 million US dollars of goods were exported to Eastern Europe.
Abdulkadir Cikmaz, the Chairman of the Southeastern Anatolia Union of Exporters, told the A.A correspondent that in the January-August 1998 period, they exported animal products worth 6 thousand US dollars, grains and pulses worth 46 million US dollars, dried fruits worth 50 thousand US dollars and plastic sack worth 7.1 million US dollars to the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Cikmaz added that they exported animal products worth 705 thousand US dollars, grains and pulses worth 2.1 million US dollars, dried fruits worth 858 thousand US dollars and textiles worth 21.7 million US dollars to the Eastern European countries in the same period.
Carpets, biscuits, sweet cakes, chocolates, candy, margarine, plastic sacks, cotton thread, synthetic thread, pistachio nuts and dried apricots are among the goods exported the most.
 TORRENTIAL RAINS CAUSE FLOOD IN ISTANBUL - MANY HOUSES AND BUSINESS PLACES INUNDATEDISTANBUL, Sept 23 (A.A) - Many houses and business places in Istanbul were flooded by torrential rains, which started last night, it was reported on Wednesday.
The heavy rains affected the Gaziosmanpasa, Bayrampasa, Merter, Esenler and Bahcelievler Districts inundating many houses and business places.
The torrential rains also paralyzed the daily life and traffic in the city. Several traffic accidents occurred in Istanbul causing financial damage.
The Istanbul Municipality units continue their pumping activities.
Meanwhile, the officials from the Meteorology Regional Directorate said that the heavy rains will continue today.
 CELEBI, THE STATE MINISTER: ''WE STARTED TO REAP THE RESULTS OF OUR ECONOMIC PROGRAMME''SANLIURFA, Sept 23 (A.A) - Isın Celebi, the Minister of State, said on Tuesday that they started to reap the results of the economic policy which is being implemented and the inflation rate decreased to a considerable extent.
Addressing the Sanlıurfa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Celebi said that the growth rate will be more than 4 percent in Turkey, while there is an economic crisis in Russia and the world.
Noting that the government aims to provide stability in the economy and to decrease the inflation rate to 50 percent, Celebi stated ''the increase in the prices of wholesale goods was 67 percent during the last eight months. We think that it will decrease to less than 60 percent by the end of this year. It means that we have decreased the inflation rate from the brink of 100 percent to 50 percent.''
''The young entrepreneurs working at the medium-scale industries in Turkey didn't permit the growth rate to decrease below 4 percent,'' said Celebi, adding that the foreign currency exchange reserves of the Central Bank increased to above the level of 20 billion US dollars.
''As long as we control the inflation rate, this will be advantageous for both export transactions and for investors. The important thing is to create stability for the enterpreneurs in Turkey. Therefore the target of the financial beginning, which will start to be implemented on 30 September, is to take the budget deficit under control, to increase the budget income and control expenditures,'' he said.
 CHINESE ZIGONG LANTERNS EXHIBITION IN ANKARAANKARA, Sept 23 (A.A) - The exhibition composed of the Zigong Lanterns, one of the traditional and cultural handicrafts of China, was opened in Ankara, it was reported on Tuesday.
Kuangyi Yao, the Chinese Ambassador to Turkey, and Altan Kocer, the General Director of the Vakifbank, were in attendance at the opening ceremony of the exhibition at the Vakifbank Cultural Center. The exhibition aims at supporting cultural and artistic activities in order to acquaint nations with each other.
Many lanterns reflecting the Chinese people's lively imagination, creativity and mastery of the crafts, are at the exhibition.
 SEZGIN, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, LEAVES FOR PORTUGAL - SEZGIN TO ATTEND AT UNOFFICIAL MEETING OF DEFENCE MINISTERS OF NATOANKARA, Sept 23 (A.A) - Ismet Sezgin, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence, left on Wednesday for Portugal in order to attend the unofficial meeting of the defence ministers of the member states of the NATO.
Addressing the journalists at the Esenboga Airport before his departure, Sezgin reminded that the NATO unofficial meeting is being held once in a year.
Sezgin noted that they will discuss the international problems before the meeting of the defence ministers of the NATO that will be organized in Brussels later this year.
Ismet Sezgin told the reporters, ''tomorrow's first meeting will focus on the latest developments in Kosovo. We will exchange opinions on the United Joint Mission Force and security in Europe during the second session. The issues of strategical concept bio-initiatives, reciprocal workability and the spreading of the mass destruction weapons will be discussed on Friday.''
Pointing out that he will later proceed to Macedonia in order to attend the third meeting of the defence ministers of the Southeastern European countries, Sezgin noted that the defence ministers of Turkey, the US, Italy, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Macedonia will sign the document at the meeting foreseeing a peacekeeping force to be established in the Balkans. Sezgin reminded that Turkey attributes great importance to the Balkans, stressing that she supports all initiatives aimed at peace and stability in the region.
Ismet Sezgin will return to Turkey on 27 September.
 CENTRASBAT 98 MILITARY EXERCISE STARTSTASHKENT, Sept 23 (A.A) - The Centrasbat 98 military exercise started in Chirchiq, near Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan and military troops of eight countries including Turkey are participating at the military exercise, it was reported on Tuesday.
Addressing a press briefing upon the opening ceremony of the military exercise, which will be carried out within the framework of the NATO's Partnership for Peace (PFP) programme, Yure Agzamov, the Uzbek Deputy Minister of Defense, said that the Centrasbat 98 military exercise has an important place for international cooperation in the military field.
The Turkish, American, Russian, German, Azerbaijani, Turkmen, Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Georgian ambassadors and 55 observors from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), several European countries and many Uzbek ministers and high ranking officials watched the official ceremony held for the Centrasbat 98.
Addressing the official ceremony, Hikmetullah Tursu Tursunov, the Uzbek Defense Minister, said that the security of the region is under threat due to the incidents in Afghanistan. ''The most important element for Uzbekistan is protection of regional security and peace,'' he added.
Noting that Afghanistan has become a nest of terrorism, Tursunov pointed out that Centrasbat, which was established between Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan as a Central Asian battalion, contributes to the regional peace.
The military exercise will be carried out in two parts, firstly in Uzbekistan and then in Kyrgyzstan.
 AUSTRIAN CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF IN ANKARA - GENERAL MAJCEN VISITS GENERAL KIVRIKOGLUANKARA, Sept 23 (A.A) - General Karl Majcen, the Austrian Chief of General Staff, who is currently in Turkey for an official visit, visited on Wednesday his Turkish counterpart General Huseyin Kivrikoglu.
General Majcen was welcomed by General Kivrikoglu at the General Staff Headquarters with a military ceremony.
Major General Atila Isik, the Secretary General of the General Staff was also in attendance at the ceremony.
 TURKISH PRESS REVIEW (1)These are brief summaries of some of the leading stories in Turkey's press on 23 September 1998. The Anadolu Agency doesn't verify these stories and doesn't vouch for their accuracy.
(Derived from the Newsspot of the Turkish General Directorate of Press and Information.)
CEM IN NEW YORK
Commission is working hard on the Cardiff Document, which includes a European strategy for Turkey aimed at bringing Turkey and the EU closer. Broek promised that the EU would exert efforts for releasing EU financial assistance to Turkey. Foreign Minister Cem also met with his Spanish counterpart Abel Matutes. It was reported that during the meeting, the Cyprus issue was discussed. Matutes gave a message that the European countries were expecting new proposals instead of the establishment of a Confederation on Cyprus from the Turkish Cypriot President Rauf Denktas. Cem said that Turkey regarded the proposals of Denktas as ''serious''. /Sabah/
DENKTAS PROPOSES COMMISSION
CELEBRATIONS FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF REPUBLIC OF TURKEY
According to a statement by the Foreign Ministry, the Turkish Businessmen's Association (TIAD), which includes 120 Turkish businessmen whose firms are operating in various industrial sectors in Bucharest, will organize various activities in Bucharest in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey.
ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TURCO-GERMAN RELATIONS
TURCO-IRANIAN SECURITY MEETINGS
Turkey yesterday. The delegation met with Sami Sonmez, the Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior. The delegation will hold meetings on the struggle against smuggling, organized crime and terrorism. The delegation will leave Turkey on 25 September.
KURDISH FEDERATION AGREEMENT
NGOs MEET IN PARIS
Institutions which are against the Multilateral Agreement for Investments (MAI), are organizing various activities to inform the world public opinion of their views. ''21-29 September International Action Week Against MAI'' has started. Over 700 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from 70 countries, which constitute the International Coalition Against MAI, will hold meetings in Paris and outline a ''Societies Agreement'' prepared as an alternative to the MAI. A Turkish Working Group including Ridvan Budak, the Chairman of the Confederation of Progressive Labour Unions (DISK), will attend the meetings in Paris. /Cumhuriyet/
PKK OPERATION IN ISTANBUL
CYPRUS CONCERN IN EU
Union (EU), France, Italy and Spain have given significant messages to the EU Term-President Austria. The EU Representatives of these three countries have noted that if a solution on Cyprus cannot be achieved in the period of one year, then they will veto the application of the Greek Cypriot Administration for full EU membership. Meanwhile, according to the news in the Greek press, if the stance assumed by these three countries continues, Greece will veto the entry of five countries which are currently holding negotiations for full EU membership. /Cumhuriyet/
 TURKISH PRESS REVIEW (2)These are brief summaries of some of the leading stories in Turkey's press on 23 September 1998. The Anadolu Agency doesn't verify these stories and doesn't vouch for their accuracy.
(Derived from the Newsspot of the Turkish General Directorate of Press and Information.)
ONE YEAR FOR CAKICI
21 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED
IRAN: SAHAP-3 MISSILES DON'T TARGET TURKEY
12 TURKS AMONG 600 LEADING FINANCIAL FIGURES
EUROPEAN COUNCIL AWARDS TURKISH HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION
SYRIA DENOUNCES TURKEY
SHARP INCREASE IN ISTANBUL STOCK EXCHANGE
THREAD AND TEXTILES EXPORTS
 ANATOLIA FROM OBJECTIVE OF DUTCH PHOTOGRAPHER - EXHIBITION ''KESIKKOPRU: AN OASIS ON THE STEPPE'' OF LEO DIVENDAL TO BE OPENED ON 4 OCTOBERANKARA, Sept 23 (A.A) - Anatolia will be reflected from the objective lens of a Dutch photographer, it was reported on Wednesday. The photograph exhibition named ''Kesikkopru: an Oasis on the Steppe'' of Leo Divendal will be opened at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara on 4 October.
Divendal came to Turkey for the first time in 1990 with the initiative of Bekir Tecimer, the former Mayor of Kesikkopru. His photographs have been displayed previously in the Netherlands.
Leo Divendal who works at the Photograph Department of the Amsterdam Art Academy, give place to the traditions, relations and the remembrances in his works.
 ATAKOGLU CHARMS MORE THAN 15 THOUSAND PEOPLE IN ANCIENT ASPENDOS THEATRE IN ANTALYA AT THE CONCERT ORGANIZED FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF REPUBLIC OF TURKEYANTALYA, Sept 23 (A.A) - Fatih Atakoglu and the Cemal Resit Rey Orchestra composed of 74 musicians, gave a concert on Wednesday in the ancient Aspendos Theatre in Antalya within the framework of celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey.
More than 15 thousand people watched the concert where the musicians played the composition named the Republic during a display of fireworks.
Tahsin Ciftcioglu, the Deputy Governor of Antalya, Hasan Subasi, the Mayor of Antalya, and other high level officials watched the concert that was organized by the Global Stock Exchanges.
 ALAATTIN CAKICI, THE NOTORIOUS MAFIA BOSS TO APPEAR AT COURT IN FRANCE ON THURSDAYNICE, Sept 23 (A.A) - Alaattin Cakıcı, the notorious Mafia boss, will appear at the court in France on Thursday, it was reported on Wednesday.
Cakıcı will be tried for entering France with a fake passport, while Muradi Guler, his bodyguard, who was captured together with Cakıcı, will be tried for carrying an unlicensed gun. Cakıcı can be imprisoned for up to two years for entering France with a fake passport.
Cakıcı, who was arrested in Nice, France, was interrogated by Belgian officials at the beginning of September.
Turkey asked France to extradite Cakıcı to Turkey on 2 August.
The Foreign Ministry has sent five separate files to the French Foreign Ministry asking for the extradition of Cakıcı to Turkey, the files were later submitted to the French Ministry of Justice for examination and lastly they were transferred to the Appellate Court composed of three judges at Aix-en-Provence, France. If the court decides not to extradite Cakıcı to Turkey, then the French government doesn't have the right to change this decision. If the opposite happens, then the French Ministry of Justice has the right to say the last word.
Elizabeth Guigou, the French Minister of Justice has to publish a written decree including the signature of Jacques Chirac, the French President, for the extradition of Cakıcı.
There are eight cases pending against Cakıcı at a court in Istanbul and one case in Bursa. If Cakıcı is extradited to Turkey, he will be tried at court concerning nine cases where prosecutors will request from capital punishment to heavy imprisonment varying from 25 years to 64 years.
Turkey referred to the European Convention concerning the extradition of criminals and stressed in the files sent to France that the death penalty hasn't been applied in Turkey in practice for a long time.
 IRISH SPEAKER OF THE PARLIAMENT IN ANKARA - PATTISON VISITS HIS TURKISH COUNTERPART CETINANKARA, Sept 23 (A.A) - Seamus Pattison, the Speaker of the Irish Parliament, and the accompanying delegation who are currently in Turkey for an official visit, visited on Wednesday Hikmet Cetin, the Speaker of Parliament.
Addressing the meeting, Cetin stressed that Ireland's decision towards opening an embassy in Turkey, will positively affect the relations between Turkey and Ireland.
Reminding that the volume of trade between the two countries is nearly 300 million US dollars annually, Cetin pointed out, ''this figure increases year by year. Both countries are determined to improve the relations.''
Cetin also emphasized that Ireland has contributed to the solution of the dispute between Northern Ireland and Britain.
Seamus Pattison said that their visit to Turkey aims at further improving the mutual cooperation and friendship with Turkey. Expressing satisfaction with the developments in the fields of trade and tourism, Pattison stressed that Ireland's decision for opening an embassy in Turkey will also help the development of the political and commercial relations.
Mentioning the Northern Ireland question, Pattison added that they believe that Northern Ireland will attain a peaceful solution in the near future.
 RELATIONS BETWEEN TURKEY AND LIBYA - TURKISH UNION OF CONTRACTORS: - ''TURKISH CONTRACTORS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF ECONOMIC RELATIONS BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES''ANKARA, Sept 23 (A.A) - The Turkish Union of Contractors said on Wednesday that the Turkish contractors have contributed to the development of the economic relations between Turkey and Libya.
Reminding that the separatist terrorists carrying the photographs of Abdullah Ocalan, the Leader of the separatist terrorist PKK organization, joined the parade during the celebrations for the anniversary of the Libyan Revolution on 1 September, the Union stressed that the incident has caused a rightful reaction in Turkey. The Union stated, ''the Turkish firms in Libya have concluded projects worth of 11 billion US dollars and provided at least 6 billion US dollars in foreign currency and a great deal of employment.''
 SUPREME COURT OF APPEALS APPROVES THE VERDICT OF DIYARBAKIR STATE SECURITY COURT CONCERNING THE PECUNIARY PUNISHMENT AND TEN MONTHS IMPRISONMENT OF ERDOGAN, THE MAYOR OF ISTANBULANKARA, Sept 23 (A.A) - The Supreme Court of Appeals approved on Wednesday by a majority of votes the verdict of the Diyarbakır State Security Court concerning the pecuniary punishment and ten months imprisonment of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Mayor of Istanbul, due to his speech issued in the southeastern province of Siirt. The political life of Erdogan has ended. Erdogan's Mayorship will be ended by the Council of State upon the application of the Ministry of the Interior.
The State Security Court in Diyarbakır also gave Erdogan a pecuniary punishment of 716,666,666 Turkish Liras.
The political life of Erdogan ended with the approval of the court decision of the Supreme Court of Appeals as he was convicted under Article 312/2 of the Turkish Penal Code and Erdogan lost his right to be elected.
 AGREEMENT SIGNED BETWEEN BARZANI AND TALABANI MAKES CLEAR THE DIFFERENCE OF POLICY OF TURKEY AND THE US REGARDING THE REGIONANKARA, Sept 23 (A.A) - The leaders of the two rival Kurdish Groups in Northern Iraq had earlier met with the initiatives of the US and signed an agreement which made Turkey feel uneasy. This signature of the agreement further marked the different approaches of Turkey and the US aimed at the region.
The Foreign Ministry had a cautious attitude following the signature of the agreement and began to examine the full text of the agreement. The Ministry Wednesday issued an official view regarding the agreement and expressed its uneasiness to this end.
Addressing the weekly conference Sermet Atacanli, the Deputy Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry said that Turkey didn't want to participate in the preparation process of the agreement. ''Thus,'' he added ''it can't be expected that Turkey will respond positively to the requests that will be made during the implementation of the agreement.''
Recalling that that a delegation of Jalal Talabani, the leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Massoud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) visited Turkey before proceeding to Washington, D.C., Atacanli said the two sides and the US knew the views of Turkey on this issue.
Noting that the agreement welcomed the contribution of Turkey and Britain to the peace and atmosphere of reconciliation, Atacanli said ''the agreement also said that it was according to the implementation of the principles of the Ankara Process''.
Atacanli said that the two Kurdish leaders were envisaged to convene once every two months from now on and that the first meeting was foreseen to take place in Ankara. Atacanli pointed out that ''nevertheless it is necessary to stress that this agreement wasn't prepared with the participation of Turkey.''
Atacanli noted that the most important principle Turkey attached significance in this respect was the preservation of the territorial integrity of Iraq, adding that the KDP and PUK voiced that they reiterated this principle during their meetings in Ankara.
Stressing the struggle of Turkey against the separatist terrorsit PKK organization in Northern Iraq, Atacanli said that Turkey welcomed that the two sides in the agreement committed that they won't give sheltering facilities to the separatist terrorist organization. Atacanli said this was an important development as it was expressed for the first time by the PUK.
Atacanli said that in the agreement it was said that the PKK will be prevented from establishing a base in Northern Iraq and violate the Turkish border, adding that Turkey will follow the realization of this commitment with sensitivity.
Noting that Turkey promoted the ongoing dialogue between the Northern Iraqi sides with the Baghdad administration, Atacanli said that activities which will be carried out within the framework of the agreement will be followed carefully and that the demands of the sides to be in close negotiation with Turkey will be evaluated as required.
 KUWAITI-TURKISH FRIENDSHIP GROUP VISITS PARLIAMENTANKARA, Sept 23 (A.A) - The members of the Turkish-Kuwaiti Interparliamentary Friendship Group convened in the Parliament on Wednesday.
Yasin Hatiboglu, the Chairman of the Turkish-Kuwaiti Friendship Group and the Acting Speaker of the Parliament, said in the meeting that the relations between Turkey and Kuwait have been improving gradually and the two countries should also cooperate in the solution of international problems.
Stressing that Turkey feels great sorrow about the unsolved problem of the Kuwaiti prisoners of the Gulf War, Hatiboglu said that Turkey will continue her initiatives until the solution of that problem.
Ghanam Ali Al-Jamhour, the Chairman of the Kuwaiti-Turkish Interparliamentary Friendship Group, said that they feel regret about the failure in setting up satisfactory relations among the Islamic countries. Al-Jamhour added that they are very pleased with Turkey's efforts to have the Kuwaiti prisoners of the Gulf War be released by Iraq.
The members of the Kuwaiti-Turkish Interparliamentary Friendship Group also met with Yusuf Namoglu, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission for Public Works, Development, Transportation and Tourism.
 AKTAS, MINISTER OF INTERIOR, DEPARTS FOR ITALY - BILATERAL COMMITTEE TO CARRY OUT SECURITY AND COOPERATION STUDIESROME, Sept 23 (A.A) - Kutlu Aktas, the Minister of the Interior, who signed the ''Security Cooperation Agreement'' between Turkey and Italy on Tuesday departed for Rome on Wednesday.
The agreement signed yesterday includes cooperation between Turkey and Italy against terrorism, organized crimes, drug trafficking, human smuggling and money laundering. The agreement was signed by Aktas and Giorgio Naploitano, the Italian Minister of the Interior.
Within the context of the agreement, a bilateral committee, composed of Security Department representatives of the two countries, will convene whenever necessary and will try to accelerate the cooperation against the crimes in question.
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