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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-02-09

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From: The Anadolu Agency Home Page at <http://www.anadoluajansi.gov.tr/>

AA Daily

09 February 1999 Tuesday


CONTENTS

  • [01] BLAST IN KOMOTINI - A BOMB EXPLODES IN AVENUE WHERE TURKISH CONSULATE GENERAL TAKES PLACE
  • [02] AVALANCHE IN DENIZLI - WORKS CONTINUE TO RESCUE MOUNTAINEER WHO TRAPPED UNDER AVALANCHE TWO DAYS AGO
  • [03] ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL MEETING - PREMIER ECEVIT: ''WE GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION'' - TEMIZEL, FINANCE MINISTER: ''THERE IS NOT A SINGLE ISSUE ON WHICH WE CANNOT HAVE A COMPROMISE'' - THE COUNCIL TO SEARCH THE REASONS OF THE DISMISSALS
  • [04] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
  • [05] BLAST IN KOMOTINI - A SEPARATIST ORGANIZATION NAMED AS ''SUPPORT TO OCALAN, HAWKS OF THRACE'' CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY OF INCIDENT
  • [06] DARENDE'S EXHIBITION IN A.A ART GALLERY
  • [07] HERCUS OFFERS CLERIDES TO SET UP COMMERCIAL RELATIONS WITH THE TRNC
  • [08] TURKEY-LEBANON - KARAHAN CONVEY PRESIDENT DEMIREL'S MESSAGE TO HIS LEBANESE COUNTERPART LAHOUD - KARAHAN: - ''WE CAN MEDIATE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND LEBANON''
  • [09] TWO PEOPLE WHO WAS TRAPPED IN THEIR CAR DUE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL RESCUED AFTER 48 HOURS
  • [10] THE ''WORLD AND TURKEY REPORT'' OF THE DTP - ''TURKEY'S STABILITY PROGRAMME IN 1998 PROVIDED AN ADVANTAGE AGAINST THE GLOBAL CRISIS''
  • [11] ERZURUM: AN OPEN AIR MUSEUM - A TOTAL OF 230 HISTORICAL WORKS INCLUDING MANY MOSQUES, TOMBS, FOUNTAINS AND CHURCHES, TAKE PLACE IN ERZURUM
  • [12] WORLD BANK DELEGATION IN TURKEY - WORLD BANK TO PROVIDE TURKEY A LOAN WORTH OF 200 MILLION U.S. DOLLARS
  • [13] DEMIR, SILOPI HEAD OFFICIAL: - ''THE NUMBER OF THE TANKERS CARRYING DIESEL OIL REACH TO 500 A DAY''
  • [14] IRANIAN FM KHARRAZI: ''WE HAVE COMMON RELATIONS AND INTERESTS WITH TURKEY'' - ''WE NEVER HAD AN IDEA OF IMPOSING OUR REVOLUTION BY FORCE''
  • [15] COMPETITION IN FOOD SECTOR - THE PRICES OF SOME TREATED FOOD ARE DECREASED WITH IN THE SCOPE OF THE CUSTOMS UNION AGREEMENT
  • [16] BLAST IN KOMOTINI - GREEK GOVERNMENT CONDEMNS BOMB ATTACK
  • [17] TPAO TO OPEN NEW OIL WELLS IN THE SOUTHEAST
  • [18] A CONDOLENCE BOOK OPENED IN JORDANIAN EMBASSY IN ANKARA FOR KING HUSSEIN OF JORDAN - PARLIAMENT SPEAKER CETIN SIGNS THE BOOK: - ''TURKEY LOST A SINCERE FRIEND''
  • [19] ALDAPE, THE DIRECTOR OF THE SPANISH FOREIGN TRADE INSTITUTE: - ''TURKEY IS OUR STRATEGIC PARTNER IN 1999''
  • [20] BELGIUM DOES NOT ALLOW ILLEGAL DEMONSTRATION OF SEPARATIST TERRORISTS
  • [21] LEFTIST PARTIES OF TURKEY, GREECE, TRNC, AND GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE TO MEET IN LONDON
  • [22] DENKTAS MEETS WITH MADDEN
  • [23] RECEPTION IN IRANIAN EMBASSY
  • [24] CONVENING OF SO-CALLED PARLIAMENT OF TERRORIST ORGANIZATION - FOREIGN MINISTRY: ''TARGET OF SUCH INITIAVES IS TO DECEIVE PUBLIC AND ENCOURAGE TERRORISM''

  • [01] BLAST IN KOMOTINI - A BOMB EXPLODES IN AVENUE WHERE TURKISH CONSULATE GENERAL TAKES PLACE

    KOMOTINI, Feb 9 (A.A) - A bomb which was left in the avenue where the Turkish Consulate General takes place, exploded at 23:40 p.m. on Monday in Komotini.

    One bomb disposal expert was slightly injured at the blast.

    Explosition caused financial damages in surrounding buildings.

    Police said the bomb, made of dynamite, had gone off while the expert was working to defuse it.

    They said an anonymous caller had telephoned state radio at 21:00 p.m. to warn of the bomb.

    Responding to questions of the A.A correspondent, Sakir Ozkan Torunlar, the Turkish Consul General in Komotini, said that the Turkish Consulate Building was not damaged at the blast.

    Torunlar noted that the bomb was left in front of a construction across the consulate building.

    Meanwhile Torunlar visited injured expert at the hospital.

    [02] AVALANCHE IN DENIZLI - WORKS CONTINUE TO RESCUE MOUNTAINEER WHO TRAPPED UNDER AVALANCHE TWO DAYS AGO

    DENIZLI, Feb 9 (A.A) - Works are underway in Baskarci Mountain in the Western Denizli Province to rescue Mutlu Acar (20) who trapped under avalanche two days ago, it was reported on Monday.

    A civil defense group and the special rescue team (AKUT) arrived in the region to participate at the works.

    Yusuf Ziya Goksu, the Governor of Denizli, said that the Chairman of the Turkey Mountain Climbing Federation and members of the Isparta Eğirdir Mountain Climbing Federation are expected to come to region later on Tuesday.

    Halil Dagdas, Ahmet Turan and Burak Adnan Catakoglu, the other members of the climbing group, were rescued by security officials.

    [03] ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL MEETING - PREMIER ECEVIT: ''WE GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION'' - TEMIZEL, FINANCE MINISTER: ''THERE IS NOT A SINGLE ISSUE ON WHICH WE CANNOT HAVE A COMPROMISE'' - THE COUNCIL TO SEARCH THE REASONS OF THE DISMISSALS

    ANKARA, Feb 9 (A.A) - The Economic and Social Council meeting whiCh was held under the presidency of Premier Bulent Ecevit ended on Monday evening.

    Premier Bulent Ecevit said after the meeting that they gave an example of democratic participation in the meeting.

    Responding the questions after the meeting which started at 1.45 p.m and lasted for seven and a half hours, Ecevit said that it was a good meeting and that they had a productive work.

    Ecevit added that he will issue a statement with the participant leaders in a press conference which will be held at 1.30 p.m. on Tuesday.

    Zekeriya Temizel, the Finance Minister, said that there was not a single issue on which they could not have a compromise.

    The Economic and Social Council decided to set up a working group to search the reasons for the dismissals and to take the necessary measures to prevent them.

    Salim Uslu, the Chairman of the Hak-Is, said that all the social parties in the Council put forward their uneasiness they felt about the lack of legal infrastructure in the Council.

    Stating that they decided to set up a working group which will be formed from the representatives of the employees, employers and the government to carry out efforts to end the dismissal of the employees, Uslu said that the group will prepare a report about the reasons of dismissals and the measures to be taken to prevent them.

    [04] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN

    These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on Feb 9, 1999. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET (LIBERAL)

    SEARCHES IN KARCI MOUNTAIN FOR A YOUNGSTER
    21 year-old Mutlu Acar who trapped under avalanche in the Karci Mountain of western Denizli province two days ago cannot still be reached and rescued. Eleven-member rescue team with two dogs carried out efforts to find and rescue Acar. The dogs found out blood traces on a rock on Monday, but the rescue team could not continue their efforts of search due to the bad weather conditions.

    IMF'S MESSAGE OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT AFTER THE
    ELECTIONS IN TURKEY
    The delegation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) headed by Martin Hardy, the Chief of the Turkish desk of the IMF, stated that they will provide financial support to Turkey with a programme which will be implemented after the elections held in April. Hardy and Yener Dincmen, the Undersecretary of the Treasury, issued a joint press conference about the evaulation of the IMF delegation in Turkey.

    MILLIYET (LIBERAL)

    NATIONAL COMPROMISE TEXT
    The Economic and Social Council had a compromise in their meeting which was held under the presidency of Premier Bulent Ecevit and which lasted for seven and a half hours. The Council decided to give thrustful messages to the markets to decrease the interests.

    GENERAL YALMAN HEADS FOR SYRIA
    A military delegation headed by General Aytac Yalman will go to Syria in the following days within the framework of Adana Agreement which was signed between Turkey and Syria on October 20, 1998. Turkish military delegation will discuss how the agreement operates with the Syrian military delegation headed by General Adnan Badr Al-Hassan, Syrian Political Security Chief.

    SABAH (LIBERAL)

    BLAST IN KOMOTINI
    A bomb which was left in the avenue where the Turkish Consulate General takes place, exploded on Monday in Komotini. Police gave no information about the casualties. Blast caused financial damages in surrounding buildings.

    SAMSUN TO HOST BEAUTIES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
    A beauty contest will be organized in Samsun within the framework of the 80th anniversary of the Youth and Sports Festival in 19 May with the participation of the most beautiful girls of 45 countries. Metin Ilyas Aksoy, the Governor of Samsun, pointed out that festival will be celebrated with the international organizations.

    CUMHURIYET (LEFT)

    S-300 MISSILES TO BE DEPLAYED ON CRETE
    Grece and the Greek Cypriot side have agreed in principle on the delivery of the Russian made S-300 missiles to Greece. Dimitri Reppas, the Spokesman of Greek Government, said that they decided to deploy the missiles on Crete.

    2000TH ANNIVERSARY OF JESUS CHRIST'S BIRTH
    A total of 24 religious officials from the Catholic and Orthodox Churches in the U.S. arrived in Istanbul yesterday. Officials will hold several activities in Istanbul within framework of celebrations for the 2000th anniversary of Jesus Christ's birth.

    RADIKAL (LEFT)

    HEAVY SNOWFALL PARALYZES DAILY LIFE AND TRAFFIC
    Heavy snowfall continue to paralyze daily life and traffic in different parts of Turkey. Nearly 1,500 village roads in the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia regions were closed to the traffic. Many villages can not be reached by phone and several others can not be given electricity in the region. Meanwhile a number of traffic accidents occured in Ankara-İstanbul highway as a result of heavy snowfall, causing financial damages.

    TURKISH FAMILY SETS MODEL FOR WHOLE WORLD
    The German Focus, the French Ca M'interesse and L'evenement du Jeudi magazines praise Turkish family structure. The magazines stressed that as the family structure begins to come down in Western countries, the family ties are very strong in Turkey. Magazines also underlined that the rate of divorce is only 1 percent in Turkey.

    YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL)

    AND APO IN RUSSIA...
    Necati Bilican, the Director General of the Security, said that Abdullah Ocalan, chief of separatist terrorist organization PKK, has taken shelter in Nijni Novgorod in Russia after he left Italy.

    Bilican stressed in his statement to the German weekly magazine

    ''Der Spiegel'' that airplane carrying Ocalan landed on Nijni Novgorod in Russia via Corfu Island after it left Italy. He added that they will pursue him step by step and will capture him.''

    CARGO SHIP RUNS AGROUND
    The 800 gross-ton cargo ship named ''Soydan Okan'' which brought 1,505 tons of fertilizers from Gemlik to Bulancak county of Northern Giresun province ran aground after its rope was torn off by the storm and the waves. The ship ran aground almost 30-40 metres away from the coast in the east side of the port.

    TÜRKİYE (RIGHT)

    MAGNIFICENT FAREWELL TO KING HUSSEIN OF JORDAN
    A magnificent official funeral took place for King Hussein of Jordan who died from cancer on Sunday. Jordanian people accompanied to their beloved King in his last journey in tears. Heads of states and governments from more that 40 countries, showed their last respects to King Hussein bin Talal. Meanwhile President Suleyman Demirel who also attended the funeral, had an opportunity to hold talks with the U.S. President Bill Clinton, his Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin, Egyptian President Hosnu Mubarak, President Jacques Chirac of France, Palestinian President Yasar Arafat and Israeli President Ezer Weizmann.

    JAPANESE RATING INSTITUTE POSTPONES ITS VISIT TO TURKEY
    JCR, the Japanese Rating Institute which is expected to visit Turkey on February 16, postponed its visit to February 20. Masami Shigematsu, the Chief of JCR's Turkey Desk, said that they postponed their visit due to busy economic agenda of Turkey.

    ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)

    IMF: WE RELY ON TURKEY
    Martin Hardy, Chief of International Monetary Fund (IMF) Turkey Desk, concluded his contacts in Turkey. Hardy said that Turkey succeeded in resisting against difficulties which influenced whole world. He expressed gratification over the implementation of the Staff Monitoring Programme in 1998, noting that although the promises were kept, there are still several other things which have not been completed yet, adding that developments in international circles were also effective on this.

    [05] BLAST IN KOMOTINI - A SEPARATIST ORGANIZATION NAMED AS ''SUPPORT TO OCALAN, HAWKS OF THRACE'' CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY OF INCIDENT

    ATHENS, Feb 9 (A.A)- A separatist organization named as ''Support to Ocalan, the hawks of Thrace'' claimed responsibility of the bomb attack in the avenue where the Turkish Consulate General takes place, it was reported on Tuesday.

    The Greek police said that an anonymous caller had telephoned the local state radio station and gave the name of the organization.

    The bomb made of dynamite, had gone off while a bomb disposal expert was working to defuse it.

    The expert was slightly injured at the blast.

    Explosition also caused financial damages in surrounding buildings.

    Responding to questions of the A.A correspondent, Sakir Ozkan Torunlar, the Turkish Consul General in Komotini, said that the Turkish Consulate Building was not damaged at the blast.

    [06] DARENDE'S EXHIBITION IN A.A ART GALLERY

    ANKARA, Feb 9 (A.A) - An exhibition which consists of works of Daver Darende, a leading Turkish painter, was opened in the Anadolu Ajansi Art Gallery on Tuesday.

    A total of 58 paintings reflecting the daily life in Istanbul, take place in the exhibition.

    Darende who had opened several exhibitions in Krakow, Poland, between 1984 and 1985, was awarded with two honorary diplomas and a bronze medal by the Directorate General of the Cultural Affairs of Krakow.

    The exhibition will be open until 27 February.

    [07] HERCUS OFFERS CLERIDES TO SET UP COMMERCIAL RELATIONS WITH THE TRNC

    LEFKOSA, Feb 9 (A.A) - Ann Hercus, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General to Cyprus who maintains shuttle diplomacy between the two communities on the island, proposed Glafcos Clerides, leader of the Greek Cypriot side administration, to set up commercial relations with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), on Monday.

    Hercus holds contacts with the Greek Cypriot deputies and request their assistance in her activities on Cyprus.

    Ann Hercus endeavours to establish commercial relations between the two communities within the framework of the confidence building measures on Cyprus.

    [08] TURKEY-LEBANON - KARAHAN CONVEY PRESIDENT DEMIREL'S MESSAGE TO HIS LEBANESE COUNTERPART LAHOUD - KARAHAN: - ''WE CAN MEDIATE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND LEBANON''

    BEIRUT, Feb 9 (A.A) - Aydan Karahan, the Ambassador responsible for the relations with Lebanon, stressed on Monday that Turkey can mediate between Lebanon and Israel concerning the troop withdrawal.

    Karahan received by President Emil Lahoud of Lebanon and conveyed President Suleyman Demirel's message to him at the meeting.

    Addressing the journalists following the meeting, Karahan pointed out, ''we have good ties with Israel. If Lebanon wants us to do so and asks us, we are ready to mediate between the two countries and influence Israel to implement a 20-year-old U.N. resolution demanding a troop withdrawal from south Lebanon.''

    Israel has said previously that she will withdraw from Southern Lebanon in return for security guarantees from the Lebanese government.

    Lebanon and Syria insist on that Israel should withdraw from Lebanon unconditionally as the United Nations Resolution 425 envisaged.

    Karahan also came together with Zafer Al-Hassan, the Secretary General of the Lebanese Foreign Ministry.

    Meanwhile Karahan is expected to convey Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's message to his Lebanese counterpart Salim Hos on Wednesday.

    [09] TWO PEOPLE WHO WAS TRAPPED IN THEIR CAR DUE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL RESCUED AFTER 48 HOURS

    HADIM, Feb 9 (A.A) - Two people who were trapped in their car in Hadim county of Konya province due to heavy snowfall were rescued on Tuesday after 48 days.

    It is reported that two vegetable-fruit sellers in the open market were trapped in their car while going from Hadim county to Bozkir county due to the heavy snowfall.

    The persons who were found by the highway rescue teams said that they saved their lives by eating oranges for two days, and they were in good health.

    [10] THE ''WORLD AND TURKEY REPORT'' OF THE DTP - ''TURKEY'S STABILITY PROGRAMME IN 1998 PROVIDED AN ADVANTAGE AGAINST THE GLOBAL CRISIS''

    ANKARA, Feb 9 (A.A) - The State Planning Organization (DTP) said on Monday that Turkey's stability programme in 1998 provided an advantage against the global crisis.

    The ''Developments and Expections in Turkey and in the World Report'' issued by the DTP noted that the Gross National Domestic Product (GNDP) recessed in significant levels, the unemployment rate increased and the inflation rose in high amounts as a result of the rapid stagnation in the domestic demands in the countries which face crisis and which do not apply a stability programme like the one applied in Turkey.

    The report emphasized that Turkey took her growth rate around the potential growth rate and realized significant decreases in her inflation in such situation.

    Drawing the attention that the increase in the international crisis led to a stagnation in the production and demand above the targets of the programme as of the last quarter of 1998, the report said that the economic programme which is being implemented since the beginning of 1999 prevents facing the global crisis in Turkey.

    The report recalled that only the taxation reforms could be applied among the structural reforms which were foreseen for the Turkish economy in 1998.

    Stressing that a slow down in the production and domestic demand is expected in the second half of 1999, the DTP report stated that the recession in the domestic demand, the stagnation in the financial opportunities and the increase in the finance costs accelerated the stagnation in the production and the demand.

    The report added that the indefiniteness in the economic and political position negatively affects the trust of the consumers and causes a decrease in the private expenditures.

    Recalling that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) foresees an increase of 4.4 percent in the rate of world trading volume, the DTP report said that there are some factors which can negatively affect the realization of this prediction such as the continuation of the precautionary stance of the international fund to the developing countries, the difficulties in the international payments, application of the precautionary measures of capital and the movement of the goods by the countries which face deficit in their trading and current transactions, the continuation of the stagnation in the Japanese economy.

    The economic problems Turkey face in 1999 are said to be the increase in the finance costs, the stagnation in the opportunities, the slow down in the international trade, especially in the trade of Turkey and Russia, the decrease in the trust to the developing economies in the international markets and the increase in the political indefiniteness.

    The DTP report said that Turkey is affected by the stagnation of the new capital inflow to the developing countries in 1998.

    The report stressed that the developments in Brazil in January 1999 can lead to the continuation of the precautionary stance of the international capital in the developing countries and to the limitation of the foreign finance opportunities.

    The report indicated that Turkey will borrow 23.5 billion U.S. dollar, including 21.6 billion U.S. dollars of domestic borrowing in the first four month of 1999.

    The report emphasized that the high rate of the domestic borrowings in a situation of stagnation in the domestic and foreign opportunities increases the pressure in the domestic finance markets and prevents the decrease of the interests.

    Stressing that the effects of the crisis which the world face in the last quarter of 1998 led to stagnation and losses of employment in some sectors, the report noted that the high rate of real interests also caused losses of production and employment.

    The report added that the effects of the global crisis on Turkey was 10.6 billion U.S. dollar capital outflow in the third three-month period.

    Adding that the high rate of real interests and the decrease in the production negatively affected the relation between real sector and banking sector, the report stated that the fact that the banking sector caused stagnation in the finance opportunities in the sectors increased the loss in production and employment.

    The report also noted that the delays in the realization of structural reforms which will increase the economic efficiency and the problems faced in privatization hampered the thrust to the domestic and foreign markets.

    Pointing out that this situation caused doubt in the continuity of the successes in the short term measures, the DTP report emphasized that applying the most optimal macro economic policies by having the support of all the sectors, realizing structural reforms, protecting and developing the domestic and foreign markets have importance in such situation to protect the successes gained in struggling against inflation and not to cause losses of production and employment at the same time.

    [11] ERZURUM: AN OPEN AIR MUSEUM - A TOTAL OF 230 HISTORICAL WORKS INCLUDING MANY MOSQUES, TOMBS, FOUNTAINS AND CHURCHES, TAKE PLACE IN ERZURUM

    ERZURUM, Feb 9 (A.A) - A total of 230 historical works take place in Eastern Erzurum Province and surroundings, it was reported on Tuesday.

    Erzurum which is known as an open air museum, is among provinces rich of historical works.

    Most of the historical works in the province belong to the Selcuklu and Ottoman Empires periods.

    There exist 53 mosques, 43 tombs, 27 fountains, 20 bastions, 14 castles, 3 monumental gates, 2 ruins of city walls, 6 small mosques, 7 madrasahs (theological schoos), 9 caravansaries, 15 public bath, 5 bridges, 7 churces, 18 sits and a tumulus in Erzurum Province and surroundings.

    Erzurum was first established in B.C. 4000s and hosted Urartians, Medians, Persians, Arabs, Sassanits, Romans and Byzantinians.

    Erzurum was one of the most significant commercial and cultural centers in Anatolia during the Ottoman Empire.

    [12] WORLD BANK DELEGATION IN TURKEY - WORLD BANK TO PROVIDE TURKEY A LOAN WORTH OF 200 MILLION U.S. DOLLARS

    ANKARA, Feb 9 (A.A) - The World Bank delegation formed by two experts arrived in Turkey on Tuesday.

    Members of the delegation are expected to hold talks with the senior officials from the Treasury, the Foreign Trade, the Eximbank, the Turkey Development Bank (TKB) and Halkbank.

    Meetings will focus on the bank loan worth of 200 million U.S. dollars which will be provided by the World Bank to support the real sector which faces difficulties stemming from the global crisis.

    The bank loan will be provided within the framework of financial aid programme of 500 million U.S. dollars within scope of the Country Aid Strategy (CAS) of the World Bank.

    The loan which will be used especially for improvement of export sector, is expected to be allocated to the Eximbank, the Turkish Development Bank and the Halkbank.

    Officials stressed that a long-term World Bank loan with low cost is extremly significant in a period of global crisis.

    [13] DEMIR, SILOPI HEAD OFFICIAL: - ''THE NUMBER OF THE TANKERS CARRYING DIESEL OIL REACH TO 500 A DAY''

    DIYARBAKIR, Feb 9 (A.A) - Mustafa Demir, the Head Official of Silopi county of southeastern Sirnak province, said on Tuesday that the number of the tankers carrying diesel oil from Northern Iraq reached from 250 to 500 a day.

    Demir told A.A correspondent that the problem Turkey faced when Iraq stopped giving diesel oil to Northern Iraq as the U.S. and Britain launched an air strike against Iraq was overcome and that the number of tankers trading diesel oil from Habur Border Gate increase day by day.

    Noting that the number of the tankers reached from 250 to 500 today, Demir recalled that 42,000 drivers bring diesel oil to Turkey in return of goods he carry to Northern Iraq and that each driver has an income changing form 180 million Turkish liras to 300 million every journey.

    Demir said, ''before the U.S. bombed Iraq, a total of one thousand tankers were going to Northern Iraq. But, the diesel oil trade stopped for a week as Saddam Hussein government stopped giving diesel oil to Northern Iraq. Then, the trade started again.''

    ''A total of 250 tankers could bring diesel oil at the first step. As the amount of the diesel oil increased in Northern Iraq, we increased the number of tankers to 500 as of today'', Demir added.

    [14] IRANIAN FM KHARRAZI: ''WE HAVE COMMON RELATIONS AND INTERESTS WITH TURKEY'' - ''WE NEVER HAD AN IDEA OF IMPOSING OUR REVOLUTION BY FORCE''

    TEHRAN, Feb 9 (A.A) - Kamal Kharrazi, Iranian Foreign Minister, said on Monday that Turkey and Iran have normal relationship.

    When asked to evaluate the Iranian-Turkish relations in a press conference held on Monday, Kharrazi said, ''we have normal relations with Turkey. We have common problems like Northern Iraq dispute and have some differences in our points of view as in the Turkish-Israeli relation.''

    Recalling that Iran condemned the relation between Turkey and Israel and that she invited Turkey to stop her relations with Israel, Kharrazi said, ''because this relationship threatens the regional security. We see this as the continuation of Israel's spreading policy.''

    Noting that they have common interests and cooperation with Turkey besides the differences in points of view, Kharrazi stressed that they want to improve their relations.

    Kharrazi did not respond the question on whether or not the tripartite meeting of Iran, Turkey and Syria about Iraq will begin.

    Responding a question on what he think about the imposing of the Iranian Revolution to some other countries, Kharrazi said that they never had an idea of imposing revolution by force.

    [15] COMPETITION IN FOOD SECTOR - THE PRICES OF SOME TREATED FOOD ARE DECREASED WITH IN THE SCOPE OF THE CUSTOMS UNION AGREEMENT

    ANKARA, Feb 9 (A.A) - The adaptation period of some treated food products to the European Union (EU) within the commitments of the Customs Union is completed on Tuesday.

    The prices of some treated food products are decreased for the European Free Trade Zone Agreement (EFTA) as of the beginning of 1999 by the export regime of 1999. Thus, the industry share in the import of some treated food including biscuits, waffles, some kinds of ice-cream, frozen macaroni, bread, pastries, cakes, pizzas, some Turkish desserts are lifted for the EU and the EFTA. Only protection with the agriculture share will be applied in the import of these products from the countries which are the members of the EU.

    The customs taxes for these treated food products are determined seperately for the countries with which Turkey signed a free trade agreement.

    The protection rate in these products changes from country to country which are the members of EU and EFTA, while it is 9.32 percent for the third countries in accordance with the industry share.

    The treated food products are protected against the third countries with both the industry share and the agriculture share. Customs tax is imposed in the import of the agricultural goods protected by the industry share from the third countries.

    The treated agricultural goods were listed in three main categories in the process of the customs union agreement with the EU. The industry share in the food products should be nullified against the EU under the agreement.

    The first category consisted of the goods which comply with the commitments of the customs union as of the first year and the goods, the agriculture share of which will not be increased due to the General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade (GATT).

    The second category consisted of the goods which will comply with the international commitments in one and a half years and the tax reductions for these goods were held in six-month terms.

    The third category consisted of the goods which will comply with the commitments in three years and the tax reduction of these goods were held once a year. The last reduction was done in the beginning of 1999 and at a percentage of 30.

    Turkey has commitments arising from the GATT agreement not the EU in agricultural goods issue.

    [16] BLAST IN KOMOTINI - GREEK GOVERNMENT CONDEMNS BOMB ATTACK

    ATHENS, Feb 9 (A.A - The Greek Government condemned on Tuesday the bomb attack in the avenue where the Turkish Consulate General takes place in Komotini overnight.

    Describing the incident as a brutal action, the Greek Foreign Ministry stressed that such attacks target the relations between Turkey and Greece.

    Characterizing the responsibles of the incident as ''miserable groups who likes creating abnormality'', the Greek Government expressed its sincere feelings towards the Turkish Consulate staff.

    A bomb which was left in the avenue where the Turkish Consulate General takes place, exploded at 23:40 p.m. on Monday in Komotini.

    One bomb disposal expert was slightly injured at the blast. Explosition caused financial damages in surrounding buildings.

    [17] TPAO TO OPEN NEW OIL WELLS IN THE SOUTHEAST

    BATMAN, Feb 9 (A.A) - Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) said on Tuesday that it opened a new crude oil production well in southeastern Diyarbakir province and that the initiatives to open three more wells are underway.

    TPAO gave importance to the seismic and pre-drilling studies to increase its production in the region where 21,000 tons of oil is produced a day.

    TPAO found crude oil with 26 gravity in the newly-opened well named ''Kayayolu-3'' near Baroglu village of Diyarbakir and it continues its initiatives in the crude oil wells of Oyuktas-2 and Oyuktas-10 in Silvan county of Diyarbakir.

    The officials of the TPAO said that they found 210 more wells in Raman oil zone in Batman province and that they produce 9,000 barrels of crude oil with 10 gravity from these wells.

    Noting that 12,000 barrels of crude oil are produced a day from 286 wells in Mardin and Sirnak rather than Raman, the officials said, ''we produce crude oil in a total of 496 wells which belong to TPAO Batman Regional Directorate. Batman Regional Directorate produces one seventh of the oil produced in Turkey. We continue our initiatives of search and pre-drilling to increase our production.''

    Stressing that they aim at producing a thousand barrels of crude oil from ''Kayayolu-3'' well, the officials said that they plan producing two or three thousand barrels of crude oil a day by opening two more wells in the region.

    [18] A CONDOLENCE BOOK OPENED IN JORDANIAN EMBASSY IN ANKARA FOR KING HUSSEIN OF JORDAN - PARLIAMENT SPEAKER CETIN SIGNS THE BOOK: - ''TURKEY LOST A SINCERE FRIEND''

    ANKARA, Feb 9 (A.A) - A condolence book was opened on Tuesday in the Jordanian Embassy in Ankara for King Hussein of Jordan who died from cancer two days ago.

    Hikmet Cetin, Speaker of Parliament, signed the book and wrote, ''I want to express deep sorrow on demise of a great leader, an esteemed statesman, and a real friend of Turkey. His majesty had endeavoured to set up a lasting peace and stability in the region. Humanity will never allow his contributions for peace to fade away.

    His efforts to set up a modern country in Jordan will also be remembered by future generations. His untimely demise created deep sorrow among the Turkish people. I am presenting my most sincere feelings to the Jordanian Parliament, the Jordanian Royal Family and Jordanian people who mourn for their beloved King Hussein.''

    Cetin held talks with Musa Breyzat, the Jordanian Ambassador to Turkey and expressed condolences.

    Aleksandr Lebedev, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, and Mehdi Fethullah, the Egyptian Ambassador to Turkey, have also signed the book.

    [19] ALDAPE, THE DIRECTOR OF THE SPANISH FOREIGN TRADE INSTITUTE: - ''TURKEY IS OUR STRATEGIC PARTNER IN 1999''

    ANKARA, Feb 9 (A.A) - Eduardo Euba Aldape, the Director of the Spanish Foreign Trade Institute, said on Tuesday that the Spanish government declared Turkey as its strategic partner in 1999.

    Addressing a statement, Aldape emphasized that the Spanish government took its economic relations with Turkey among its prior trade policies.

    Aldape said, ''we believe that Spain and Turkey has a significant potential in the transfer of trade, investment and technology.''

    Noting that many Spanish companies will join the ''Expotecnia 99'' fair which will be held in Istanbul between June 1 and 6 to discover the business opportunities in Turkey, Aldape stated that the two countries will be close trading partners after the fair.

    Turkey will host 300 advancing Spanish companies in agricultural industry, production industry, electronics, energy and telecommunication, engineering, transportation, pharmaceutics industry and services sector in ''Expotecnia 99'' fair.

    [20] BELGIUM DOES NOT ALLOW ILLEGAL DEMONSTRATION OF SEPARATIST TERRORISTS

    BRUSSELS, Feb 9 (A.A) - Belgian security forces Tuesday did not allow initiative of separatist terrorists who wanted to stage an illegal demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy in Belgian capital Brussels.

    Nearly 200 police, about 300 gendarme, and many armoured vehicles were brought in front of the Embassy building after the separatist terrorists disclosed that they will stage a demonstration to expend support to the efforts of Abdullah Ocalan, chief of the separatist terrorist organization, to find a place to shelter and to condemn the attitude of the U.S. and Israel.

    Xavier de Donnea, Brussels Mayor, recalled that every kind of demonstration of the separatist terrorists in the capital city was forbidden and gave order for arrest if there are groupings of more than three people.

    Security officials said they acted with the directives to arrest all of the separatist terrorists that will participate in the illegal demonstration and pointed out that large security measures were taken.

    Separatist terrorists annouced that they gave up the idea of illegal demonstration upon the tough attitude of Belgian officials.

    [21] LEFTIST PARTIES OF TURKEY, GREECE, TRNC, AND GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE TO MEET IN LONDON

    LEFKOSA, Feb 9 (A.A) - Leftist parties from Turkey, Greece, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Greek Cypriot side will convene in London on February 13 and discuss Cyprus question.

    Freedom and Solidarity Party from Turkey, Communist Party and Leftist Alliance Parties from Greece, Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and Patriotic Unity Movement from TRNC and Communist AKEL Party from Greek Cypriot side will participate in the meeting that will take place on Saturday.

    These parties had convened in Istanbul in 1998.

    [22] DENKTAS MEETS WITH MADDEN

    LEFKOSA, Feb 9 (A.A) - President Rauf Denktas of the Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) met on Tuesday with David Madden, Britain's High Commisioner to Lefkosa.

    No statement was issued about the meeting in which ''routine issues'' were taken up.

    Madden also met with Glafcos Clerides, leader of Greek Cypriot side on Tuesday.

    Speaking after the meeting, Madden said his country supported shuttle diplomacy of Ann Hercus, the U.N. Secretary General's Deputy Special Representative to Cyprus.

    Madden said they also supported no:1218 Resolution of the U.N. Security Council foreseeing demilitarization and disarmament.

    [23] RECEPTION IN IRANIAN EMBASSY

    ANKARA, Feb 9 (A.A) - A reception was given in Iran's Embassy in Ankara due to the national day of Iran, it was reported on Tuesday.

    Mumtaz Soysal and Fetullah Erbas, the Independent deputies were in attendance as well as several deputies representing Turkish-Iranian Interparliamentarian Friendship Group, and Ambassadors of Azerbaijan, Germany, Italy, Britain, Syria, Iraq and Palestine.

    Officials from General Staff and Foreign Ministry also participated in the reception.

    [24] CONVENING OF SO-CALLED PARLIAMENT OF TERRORIST ORGANIZATION - FOREIGN MINISTRY: ''TARGET OF SUCH INITIAVES IS TO DECEIVE PUBLIC AND ENCOURAGE TERRORISM''

    ANKARA, Feb 9 (A.A) - Turkey said on Tuesday that initiatives like re- convening of ''so-called parliament'' of separatist terrorist organization in European Parliament building has no target but to deceive public and encourage terrorism.

    A Foreign Ministry statement said they have taken tip offs saying that so- called parliament of separatist terrorist organization wanted to stage a meeting in European Parliament building by using radical aspects this time.

    Recalling that such activities of separatist terrorist organization were supported by radical people who are known to have close relations with the organization, the statement expressed belief that European Parliament will not be a tool of a terrorist organization and will not allow such a trick that will encourage every kind of terrorism.

    The statement said, ''at a time when facts about terrorist chief and separatist terrorist organization are revealed in European public opinion, such an initiative has no target but to deceive public and encourage terrorism.''

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