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15 February 1999 Monday
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on Feb 15, 1998. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL) AZIZ IN TURKEY
OCALAN APPLIES FOR ASYLUM IN GREECE
MILLIYET (LIBERAL)CLEAR MESSAGE TO AZIZ
Tareq Aziz, the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister who is in Ankara will meet with Bulent Ecevit, the Prime Minister today. Turkey will give a message to Aziz calling the Iraqi administration to abide by the U.N. Resolutions, adding if this is the case the embargo on Iraq will be lifted. Aziz can also meet with President Suleyman Demirel and the Chief of the General Staff.
SABAH (LIBERAL)CRISIS HITS HOUSES AND FLATS
The economic stagnation and the Tax Law decreased the prices of houses and flats by 25-30 percent. So it is the appropriate time to buy a house. Particularly in big cities thousands of houses are on sale.
OCALAN BEGS GREECE
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)''HEZBOULLAH IS VERY DANGEROUS''
Aydın Arslan, the regional director of state of emergency said that terrorism has been taken under control in Southeastern Turkey, adding ''however the conditions of terrorism are still present.'' Noting that the state of emergency rule has to be lifted, Arslan said that the participation to the separatist terrorist organization is at minumum level. Arslan stressed that ''unfortunately another organization tries to be effective in the region which is trying to establish a Kurdish state based on fundamentalist principels, this is Hezboullah. This is our biggest problem at the moment.''
SEARCH FOR BALANCE IN ANKARA
RADIKAL (LEFT)BLACK MONEY DUE TO SHUTTLE TRADE
Even the known figures in the foreign exchange reserves of shuttle trade, which comes among the important sources of the ''unregistered'' part of Turkish economy, surprise everybody. In 1997 and nine months of 1998, 485.7 trillion liras of foreign exchange were brought to Turkey through customs. Howeven the amount that has been declared is just the visible part of the iceberg.
YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL)WORLD TREASURE
Seven hundred years of Ottoman archives opened their doors to Yeniyuzyıl newspaper. 150 million documents remaining from Ottoman period are unique in the world. However only 50 million of them have been classified. The secrets of 700 years of the Ottoman Empire which extends from Thrace to Caucasus are in those archives.
AKTAS, CANDIDATE OF IZMIR
TÜRKİYE (RIGHT)SECRET TURKEY SUMMIT
A secret meeting will be held in south western region of London namely in Wiston House, which will be close to the press. During the meeting, Turkish- Greek-EU relations, the Cyprus question, terrorism, Turkish-Israeli and Turkish-Russian relations and the expectations of Turkey from the west will be taken up. The secret summit will last for four days. Ilhan Kesici, a parliamentarian from the Motherland Party (ANAP), Prof. Dr. Dogu Ergil, Ugur Bayar, the Chairman of the Privatization Board, Faruk Logoglu, the Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry will represent Turkey at the meeting.
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)CRITICAL APPOINTMENT
Tareq Aziz, the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister who came to Turkey yesterday will meet with Bulent Ecevit, the Prime Minister and Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister on Monday. The issue of Incirlik base and the secret support extended by the Iraqi administration to the separatist terrorist organization PKK and the policy of the U.S. on Iraq are expected to come to the agenda of the meetings.
 PREMIER ECEVIT: ''WE KNOW THAT SOME OF THE PKK TERRORISTS WHO LEFT SYRIA ARE IN IRAQI TERRITORY''ANKARA, Feb 15 (A.A) - Premier Bulent Ecevit said on Sunday that some members of the separatist terrorist organization PKK, who were forced to leave Syria are in Iraqi territory.
Responding to a question asking whether or not the news saying that ''6000 PKK members who fled from Syria have set up a camp in north of Baghdad'' would be taken up during his meeting with Tareq Aziz, the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, Ecevit said ''I don't know the details, but we know that some of the PKK terrorists who left Syria are in Iraqi territories. We'll certainly bring this issue to the agenda tomorrow.''
When asked whether or not Incirlik base will be discussed during the meetings with Aziz, Prime Minister Ecevit said ''all issues that concern our relations can come to agenda.''
 BOMB ATTACK ON A BANK IN KARTAL DISTRICT OF ISTANBULISTANBUL, Feb 15 (A.A) - Two unidentified attackers threw a Molotov cocktail at the Vakıfbank's branch in Kartal district of Istanbul late on Sunday night.
The assailants came to the bank on Rahmanlar Bagdat street around 01.00 on Sunday night and threw the molotov cocktail which did not explode, however they opened fire which broke the windows of the bank. Later the assailants fled the scene.
Officials said operations are underway to capture the assailants.
Meanwhile another assailant attempted to stage an arson attack on the ATM of Vakıfbank's branch in Fatih district. Police officers extinguished the fire, which caused minor damage to the machine.
An investigation is underway concerning the incident.
 DECISION OF BASQUE PARLIAMENT CAUSES DISCUSSION IN INTERNAL POLITICS OF SPAIN - KDP: ''THE SO-CALLED KURDISH PARLIAMENT CAN'T REPRESENT KURDS''MADRID, Feb 15 (A.A) - The decision of the Basque parliament which will host the so-called ''Kurdish parliament'' continues to be a matter of discussion in Spanish internal politics, it is reported on Sunday.
While centralist parties, the Populist Party, which is in power and the main opposition party namely the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) accuse the separatist Basque nationalists of using the so-called ''Kurdish parliament'' in order to violate the constitution, the Basque nationalists claimed that the government and the centralist parties consider this issue as an opportunity to wear Basque people out.
The discussions between supporters of the unitary state and separatists in Spain intensifies on Spanish internal political and legal arrangements more than on Turkey and the so-called ''Kurdish parliament.''
Three big associations of Spanish judges issued statements on Saturday supporting the attitude of the government pointing out that the government is authorized to decide on foreign policy issues.
Spanish press organs publish news about Turkish-Spanish economic relations nearly every day. The news stresses that the place of Turkey in Spanish economy comes before the Southeastern American countries expressing concern of the Spanish firms that make business with Turkey.
Meanwhile, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) sent a statement to the Basque newspapers saying that ''the so-called 'Kurdish parliament is not the representative of the Kurdish people and was not elected by people's will and through democratic ways.''
 MISSING MOUNTAINEER FOUND DEADDENIZLI, Feb 15 (A.A) - The dead body of Mutlu Acar, who lost his life by being trapped under avalanche in the Karci Mountain in western Denizli province was found by his father and local people on Sunday.
The body of Mutlu Acar was found in upper regions of Oksuz Bogazı.
Efforts to rescue the missing climber, who climbed Karcı Dagı together with his three friends on February 7 and who was later lost, were carried out by various rescue teams and by citizens. The rescue teams were also in danger due to heavy snowfall.
 PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT MEETS WITH AZIZ, IRAQI DEPUTY PRIME MINISTERANKARA, Feb 15 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit met on Monday with Tareq Aziz, the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister who came to Turkey on Sunday.
Aziz was welcomed by Ecevit and Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister at Prime Ministry building. After meeting with five minutes alone, Ecevit and Aziz proceeded to the room where the interdelegationary meetings take place.
The Turkish deleation is headed by Bulent Ecevit, the Prime Minister and is composed of Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister; Korkmaz Haktanır, the Foreign Ministry Undersecretary; General Yasar Buyukanıt, the Chairman of General Staff's Operation Department; Umit Pamir, Counsellor of Prime Ministry; Selim Karaosmanoglu, Turkish Charge D'Affaires to Iraq and Ugur Ziyal, Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary. The Iraqi delegation is headed by Tareq Aziz including Faruq Al Hicazi, the Iraqi Ambassador to Turkey and other high ranking Iraqi officials.
 FIRE AT EL HAMRA CINEMA IN A HISTORICAL BUILDING IN BEYOGLU DISTRICT OF ISTANBULISTANBUL, Feb 15 (A.A) - A fire erupted at Elhamra Cinema in a historical building in Beyoglu district of Istanbul late on Sunday night.
The fire started due to an unknown reason at ''El Hamra Cinema'' on Istiklal Street around 23.15 local time causing major damage at the cinema. The fire was put out by the intense efforts of fire brigades at 00.30.
The historical building which was seriously damaged by the fire was also used by French Theatre, which was one of the most important theatres of the Reform Period during Ottoman reign. The building had the character of being the oldest ''Istanbul Theatre'' by maintaining its shape.
 LINN, WORLD BANK'S DEPUTY CHAIRMAN TO ARRIVE IN ANKARA ON TUESDAYANKARA, Feb 15 (A.A) - Johannes Linn, Deputy Chairman of the World Bank who is responsible from the European region including Turkey will arrive in Ankara on Tuesday, it is reported on Monday.
Linn is expected to be received by Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Hikmet Ulugbay, the Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister who is responsible from economy.
Linn, who will stay in Ankara for one day will leave Turkey for Russia the same day.
Officials said that the issue of the financial support that will be extended by the World Bank to Turkey will be taken up at the meetings with Linn, who is expected to stage a press briefing before leaving Turkey.
 GEN. NEWTON, THE U.S. AIR FORCES EDUCATION AND TRAINING COMMANDER IN ANKARAANKARA, Feb 15 (A.A) - General Lloyd Newton, the U.S. Air Forces Air Education and Training Commander, who is currently in Ankara, visited Mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of modern and secular Turkish Republic on Monday together with Mark Parris, the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey.
Newton told journalists that ''I am proud of visiting great leader Ataturk on behalf of American people and the U.S. armed forces.''
Mak Parris said in his part that the presence of U.S. General Newton in Turkey reflects the importance of the Turkish-American military cooperation. Parris added that this also shows the importance attributed by the U.S. to her relations and cooperation with Turkey.
Responding to a question about the contacts of Tareq Aziz, the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister in Ankara, Parris said ''I don't have any other thing to add to the statement issued by U.S. State Department Spokesman last Thursday. We'll have a clearer attitude after the meetings.''
When asked whether or not there will be a contact among American and Turkish officials regarding Incirlik Air Base today, Parris said that ''all activities concerning the bilateral military cooperation will be discussed.''
 TURKISH FOOD PRODUCTS AT INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO FOOD FAIRCHICAGO, Feb 15 (A.A) - Turkey is going to participate in the ''World Luxurious Food Products Fair'' that will be held between 21-23 March in Chicago with 13 giant institutions and firms, it is reported on Monday.
Turkish frozen food products, Turkish canned food, marmalade, olive oil, tomato products, macaroni, beans, dried fruit and vegetable will be presented at the fair.
Meanwhile experts point out that the food product market in the U.S. needs new products, adding that those firms which want to sell products to this country have to undertake research concerning the marketting in the U.S.
Turkish businessmen in Chicago said that Turkey can export food more than textiles, adding Turkish firms should undertake investments directed at firms marketting wholesale food in the U.S.
 CHIEF TERRORIST BEGS PRIMAKOV, THE RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER TO REMOVE THE OBSTACLE TO HIS REQUEST OF POLITICAL ASYLUMMOSCOW, Feb 15 (A.A) - A statement of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK was issued on Monday in Moscow and Ocalan begged Yevgeni Primakov, the Russian Prime Minister to remove the obstacle to his request of political asylum in the statement.
Ocalan, the chief terrorist noted in the statement which was published by ERNK, which is one of the organs of the separatist terrorist organization PKK that he asked Russian, Italian and Greek governments for political asylum.
Begging Primakov, the Russian Prime Minister for help, the chief terrorist asked the Russian government to show a special sensitivity towards his asylum request. The chief terrorist stressed that he expects the Russian Premier to take into consideration the view of Duma, the lower chamber of Russian parliament, which called on the government to grant political asylum to him on November 4.
 ''SHORT LIST'' OF THE FOUR BILLION DOLLARS OF HELICOPTER TENDER EXPECTED TO BE ANNOUNCED TILL FEBRUARY 20 - 50 HELICOPTERS TO BE PRODUCED AT THE FIRST STAGEANKARA, Feb 15 (A.A) - The ''short list'' including the firms that offered the most appropriate proposals in the helicopter tender worth of four billion dollars and which aims at producing 145 attack helicopters is expected to be announced till February 20, it is reported on Monday.
The ''short list'' will be sent to Defense Industry Execution Committee including the Prime Minister for the final decision.
Firms which will enter the ''short list'' together with the Turkish Aviation and Space Industry (TAI) will later submit their final industrialization proposal.
At the first stage 50 helicopters, at the second stage another 50 helicopters and lastly 45 helicopters will be produced.
Ten attack helicopters are foreseen to be taken from the firm which will win the tender in order to meet urgent needs.
 CONTACTS OF IRAQI DEPUTY PREMIER IN TURKEY - TAREQ AZIZ: ''MEETINGS WERE VERY POSITIVE, WE HAVE A VERY CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE WITH TURKISH SIDE''ANKARA, Feb 15 (A.A) - Tareq Aziz, the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq, said on Monday that the interdelegationary meetings between Turkey and Iraq were very positive and he hoped they would help in improving the bilateral relations.
Aziz, who is currently paying a visit to Turkey upon an invitation from Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, responded the questions of reporters following the interdelegationary meetings held at the Prime Ministry building. Pointing out that he would stage a press conference after wrapping up his contacts in Turkey, Aziz said, ''we have had a very beneficial dialogue with the Turkish Prime Minister and delegation. The dialogue has been sincere and neutral. We have discussed bilateral relations. We discussed our legitimate concerns in a friendly and open manner. I hope that this sincere and objective dialogue will help Turkey and Iraq reach a good understanding about their own concerns and improve their bilateral relations.''
Noting that the main question was the ''foreign interference'', Aziz said, ''when we remove the foreign interference we can make a good degree of understanding and cooperation. Because Turkey and Iraq are neighbors, and friends. They have lots of thing in common. The security of Turkey is in connection with the security of Iraq. We should not allow the foreigners to interfere in our relations.''
 NEGOTIATIONS ON BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINEANKARA, Feb 15 (A.A) - The technical delegations will once again convene on 18 February to discuss the implementation of the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline project aiming at bringing the Caspian basin oil into the western markets, it was reported on Monday.
The high-level officials at Azerbaijani national oil company SOCAR and the consortium's operation company AIOC are expected to attend the meetings to take place in Ankara.
The Inter-Government Agreement, one of the two agreements Turkey and Azerbaijan are negotiation on, is nearly finalized.
The other agreement, the Host-Government Agreement which prepares the legal and commercial infrastructure necessary for the financing of the project and for the commercial rules, is also nearly concluded.
The two sides reached compromise on the two of four articles during the meetings, which started in Ankara on 11 January and continued in Istanbul between 13-18 January 1999.
Following the negotiations in Ankara, the Host-Government and Inter- Government Agreements are expected to be signed in March 1999.
In accordance with the Constitution, the Parliament has to approve those two agreements within 90 days.
Within the framework of the meetings, Turkey conveyed her two different packages including her commercial proposal to Azerbaijani government in July and August 1998.
The package given in July includes the incentive implementations valid in Turkey, tax and seaport regulations and the technical datum of the project. The second package, which was presented to the Azerbaijani side in August and stressed that it was open to negotiation, includes commercial offers including also passing fee.
 TOFAS TO PRODUCE CARS FOR EGYPT AND RUSSIA IN 1999 - JAN NAHUM, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF TOFAS: - ''WE AIM AT 200 MILLION U.S. DOLLAR EXPORTS IN 1999''ANTALYA, Feb 15 (A.A) - Tofas, a Turkish automobile company, said on Monday that it widens its goal to enlarge its share in the world market and to increase its exports in 1999 and that it will start the production of the model Fiat 178 automobiles as of September in Egypt and Russia.
Murat Selek, TOFAS Deputy Director General, told A.A correspondent that they will evaulate 1998 figures and will discuss the selling of the automobiles like Palio, Siena and Palio Weekend.
Stating that Palio model is heading to be a world car, Selek said, ''we aim at selling one million Palio automobiles. There is a stagnation in the automotive sector in Turkey and in the world, but we will overcome this. The automotive sector cannot be affected from this daily stagnation.''
Selek noted that 260 million U.S. dollars investment was made for the three new models of TOFAS.
Jan Nahum, the Managing Director of TOFAS, said that they exported 25,000 cars at an amount of 100 million U.S. dollars to many countries in 1998.
Nahum said that they aim at exporting 35,000 or 40,000 automobiles and spare parts at a price of 200 million U.S. dollars.
Stressing that they will export Palio Weekend model as of March, Nahum said, ''we export to many countries at the moment. We planned a 'Kartal' model carrying seven persons for Egypt. We will start the production of Palio model in Egypt in September.''
Emphasizing that they will send TOFAS-Fiat 178 and its spare parts to Morocco, Poland, India and South Africa, Nahum said, ''we will produce Siena model in Egypt in September and we are planning to produce it in Russia by the end of 1999.''
 TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS: - ''TURKISH CYPRIOTS WANT PEACE ON THE PRINCIPLE OF TWO-STATE''LEFKOSA, Feb 15 (A.A) - Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said on Monday that the shuttle meetings of Ann Hercus, the U.N. Secretary General's Deputy Special Representative to Cyprus, continue.
Pointing out that Hercus did not reach the level of presenting a proposal during the contacts she was holding with the two sides, Denktas told reporters that both sides had experienced uneasiness during the EOKA period, Denktas said that the Greek-Cypriot leader Glafcos Clerides is a wise man awaring of the realities on the island but he could not express the truths as the world failed to see them.
Stressing that the Turkish Cypriots want peace on the basis of two-states, Denktas said, ''because, this is the only formula which won't give the opportunity for the Greek-Cypriots to destroy once again in five years an agreement which may be reached.''
Denktas emphasized that the Greek-Cypriots would not be allowed to repeat their lies after they had destroyed the 1960 Republic.
''Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek-Cypriot administration, is a man who knows that they are not the government of the Turkish Cypriots. Also, the Greek-Cypriots know that they don't have the right to administrate the Turkish Cypriots. They can't achieve something by saying lies to the world. The issue should be solved on the principle of two- states,'' President Denktas said.
Pointing out that Britain is the country which is most responsible for the Cyprus issue, Denktas said Britain should stop her unfair treatment against the Turkish Cypriots.
Denktas said Britain supported Macarios with her bases on the island although it was known that the Cyprus issue had been created by the Greek- Cypriots.
The TRNC President Denktas stressed that it was Britain which brought the Greek-Cypriots into a position of ''legal government''.
 ECEVIT-AZIZ MEETING - PREMIER ECEVIT: - ''WE DISCUSSED ALL ISSUES CONCERNING TURKEY AND IRAQ''ANKARA, Feb 15 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Monday that he held a very beneficial and friendly meeting with Tareq Aziz, the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq, adding, ''we discussed all issues concerning our countries.''
Prime Minister Ecevit staged a press conference following three-hour interdelegationary meeting between Turkey and Iraq.
Pointing out that Iraq's re-gaining her integrity and the conclusion of embargo imposed on Iraq would also relieve Turkey, Ecevit said, ''I told this to Mr. Aziz. Turkey launches every contribution and initiative to this end. However, also the Iraqi administration should take some concrete steps.''
 NEWS IN BRIEF - FEBRUARY 15, 1999ZONGULDAK (A.A) - Turkish and Japanese experts are giving instructive seminars about the exploration of ore beds and the ways to benefit from them to the geologists from Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan for three years.
The fourth of the seminars will be held between May 3 and 30, 1999.
BRUSSELS - A 17 year-old Turkish girl was chosen as ''the Queen of the Carnaval'' in the festival held in Belgium by her dressing as the ''darling'' on St.Valentine's Day.
PARIS - The exhibition titled ''Istanbul- The Door Opening to the East'' which will be held by KUSAV, the foundation to protect and promote cultural and artistic heritage, will be opened in the ''Galeries La Fayette'' shop of Paris, the capital city of France, on Thursday.
The Anatolian clothes will be introduced to the French people in the exhibition in which the Turkish life style, food and clothes, the furniture, the rugs, the carpets, the ceramics and the jewellery which will put forward the life of the Ottoman dynasty will be displayed.
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