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18 February 1999 Thursday
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on Feb 18, 1998. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL) DGM TO TRY OCALAN ON THE IMRALI ISLAND
TURKEY'S FIRST WIND ATLAS TO BE PREPARED
MILLIYET (LIBERAL)OCALAN:I AM READY TO SERVE TURKEY
Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK who was captured by a successful operation in Kenya told in the plane while coming to Turkey that ''I love my country and if it is necessary, I can serve Turkey.'' Psychiatries stressed that Ocalan is in great fear, surprise and sadness. Noting that the chief terrorist can even attempt to suicide, the psychiatrists stated that he is in serious depression because his confidence in himself decreased very much.
COURT IN IMRALI
SABAH (LIBERAL)ISRAEL: WE HAVE NO CONNECTION
Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister said that Israel does not have any connection with the capture of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organizatkion PKK. Meanwhile, four members of the terrorist organization who attempted to occupy the Israeli Consulate in Berlin were killed by security guards, while 13 of them were injured. The Israeli embassies in Europe were closed.
OCALAN'S HOUSE IS IMRALI
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)OCALAN UNDER INTERROGATION
Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said that Abdullah Ocalan is currently staying at the Imrali Prison in the Marmara Sea under tight security.
Ecevit said that the process of putting Ocalan on trial will not take so long and he will be defended by Turkish lawyers.
OPERATION AGAINST PKK CAMPS IN NORTHERN IRAQ
The land forces are being backed by planes and helicopters during their operation in which also the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) peshmergas are participating. Armoured units entered late on Wednesday Northern Iraq from Habur.
The Turkish military units, which entered Northern Iraq from Uludere, Cukurca and Semdinli regions, reached PKK camps in Haftanin, Sinat and Pirbela. The Turkish Armed Forces units, which entered from Semdinli region, started an intense operation against the camp in Hakurk. The most comprehensive operation is being staged against Gara and Metina camps.
RADIKAL (LEFT)OCALAN'S PASSPORT FROM GREEK CYPRIOTS
It has been understood that Abdullah Ocalan, the chief terrorist who was captured in Kenya by a successful operation, entered Kenya with the diplomatic passport given to him by the Greek Cypriot side. The passport of Ocalan has been prepared for Lazaros Mavros, a Greek Cypriot journalist and the chairman of an association supporting PKK.
IF OCALAN TALKS, EVERTHING WILL CHANGE
YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL)ISRAEL KILLED FOUR SUPPORTERS OF PKK
The demonstrations of the supporters of the separatist terrorist organization (PKK) in Europe continue. The supporters of PKK started to attack the Israeli embassies and consulates. Four supporters of the separatist terrorist organization, who tried to attack the Israeli Consulate in Berlin were killed by the security forces, while fifteen of the supporters were injured.
APO'S ARREST MADE TOFAS COMPANY RELAX
TÜRKİYE (RIGHT)OPERATION OF THE CENTURY
The world is astonished by Turkey's success in arresting Abdullah Ocalan. CIA expert Stanley Bedlyngton defined the capture of Ocalan as a great operation.
''I've never witnessed such an operation during my 40 years of profession. This is a lesson to be given to intelligence staff,'' he said.
Among the pictures distributed were photos of a passport belonging to Greek- Cypriot Lazaros Mavros but bearing chief terrorist Abdullah Ocalan's picture. Lazaros Mavros is the chairman of the ''solidarity with Kurdistan association'' in the Greek-Cypriot side.
Sermet Atacanli, the Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman said, ''these are grave and serious developments. It was revealed that Ocalan had been brought to Kenya by an organization arranged by the Greek government and he had been hosted there for some time.''
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)APO CARRIES A GREEK CYPRIOT PASSPORT
A Greek Cypriot passport was found on Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization (PKK). The photograph and the signature of the terrorist chief is present on the red-colour passport which was issued for the name Lazaros Mavros.
 PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: - ''OPERATIONS AGAINST PKK IN NORTHERN IRAQ ARE STAGED PERIODICALLY'' - ''TURKISH ARMY OCCASIONALLY USES ITS RIGHT FOR HOT PURSUIT''ANKARA, Feb 18 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Wednesday that the operations against the separatist terrorist organization in Northern Iraq were staged periodically, adding, ''the Turkish Army occasionally uses its right for hot pursuit.''
Speaking to the CNN reporter before attending a programme broadcasted by the private television channel NTV, Ecevit said, ''operations against PKK in Northern Iraq are staged periodically because PKK elements try to infiltrate from the border region. Thus the Turkish Army uses its right of hot pursuit from time to time. They gave special permission to us even when Northern Iraq was under control of Baghdad regime.''
Responding to the question about the reason and extension of the operation, Ecevit said, ''we have to take security measures when the number of terrorist elements in the border region increases. It does not take long. Sometimes, one or two days, sometimes one week. The Turkish Army later returns back to Turkey.''
 SMALL GROUPS SET FIRE FOUR PUBLIC BUSESISTANBUL, Feb 18 (A.A) - Small groups which gathered together in different districts of Istanbul set four public buses on fire by hurling petrol bombs on Wednesday evening.
The small groups which gathered together in the bus stops in Kucukcekmece, Fatih, Kagithane, Gultepe and Kartal districts set four public buses ablaze by hurling petrol bombs, causing financial damages.
Meanwhile, a group set two private cars on fire and stoned seven cars in Zeytinburnu district.
Some persons were detained in the operations of the security forces in these districts.
 CAPTURE OF CHIEF TERRORIST - COEPA WISHES TO SEND A DELEGATION TO TURKEYSTRASBOURG, Feb 18 (A.A) - Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (COEPA) said on Wednesday that it wishes to send a delegation to Turkey as soon as possible concerning the capture of the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK.
Russel Johnston, the Chairman of COEPA and a British parliamentarian said that they will phone Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister on Thursday and ask for the approval of Turkey concerning the issue.
Noting that they wish to send a delegation to Turkey as soon as possible, Johnston stressed that the aim of this delegation is to overcome the concern about the health of the chief terrorist, recalling that Turkey is a member of COE and a party to the European Convention of Human Rights.
''Our aim is to act in a constructive manner and help Turkey, which is a member of the COE,'' said the British parliamentarian, adding they tend to send either a delegation or its two rapporteurs to Turkey.
Russel Johnston called on Turkish parliament to approve the European agreement prohibiting the death sentence in a short period of time in a written statement he issued together with Hans Christian Kruger, the COE Deputy Secretary General on Tuesday. Johnston had stressed that the chief terrorist should be brought before the justice in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights and other conventions of COE.
 PREMIER ECEVIT RESPONDS TO QUESTIONS: ''THE OPERATION CARRIED OUT BY TURKISH ARMED FORCES IN NORTHERN IRAQ IS NOT CONNECTED WITH THE CAPTURE OF THE CHIEF TERRORIST''ANKARA, Feb 18 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Wednesday that the operation carried out by the Turkish Armed Forces was earlier planned and it isn't connected with the capture of the chief terrorist.
Responding to questions in the private television channel of NTV, Premier Ecevit stated that within the last 48 hours, the confidence of the Turkish people in the state increased.
''By the capture of the chief terrorist, an opportunity has occured for the deceived young people who live in mountains, because they see the behaviours of the person whom they adore as their leader. They also see how European countries closed their doors to them one by one. Therefore, I hope that they will make a re-evaluation,'' said Premier Ecevit.
When asked whether or not the government would invite the parliament for an extraordinary meeting to discuss the law on repentance, Premier Ecevit said the gathering of the parliament seems impossible, recalling that the parliament couldn't even adopt the law on banks.
''I am sure that after the elections, the parliament will adopt such a law. In fact, this issue had come to the agenda. I can say that this process will be speeded up. If many young people surrender to security forces, our people and the parliament will embrace them. I have no doubt of that, few months can't be considered as a loss,'' Bulent Ecevit said.
Responding to a question asking whether or not the abolishment of the death penalty would come to the agenda of the parliament after the elections concerning the trial of the chief terrorist, Prime Minister Ecevit recalled that the Democratic Leftist Party (DSP) opposed to death sentence from the beginning.
Noting that the death sentence is not applied in Turkey for 15-16 years, Premier Ecevit stated that ''certainly this is a special situation, emotional reactions can be different towards that, so I am not very certain.''
When asked about the operation being carried out in Northern Iraq by the Turkish Arlmed Forces, Premier Ecevit said ''this is not connected with the capture of the chief terrorist. The Turkish Armed Forces is obliged to carry out military operation to the north of Iraq because terrorists can gather in these places as they are very steep and can be used as bases. Turkish Armed Forces stages operations to Northern Iraq and later withdraw from the region.''
 DEMONSTRATIONS OF THE SEPARATIST TERRORISTS IN GERMANY - SCHILY, GERMAN INTERIOR MINISTER: - ''WE CAN MAKE THE LAWS MORE STRICT IF NECESSARY'' - ''THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS NOT IN CONTACT WITH THE PKK''BONN, Feb 18 (A.A) - Otto Schily, German Interior Minister, said on Wednesday evening that they can make the laws more strict against the demonstrations of the supporters of the separatist terrorist organization (PKK), who increased their occupations and attacks in Germany in the last twenty-four hours, if necessary.
Addressing a press conference in Bonn after he postponed his visit to Schwerin for the incidents occured in Israeli Chief Consulate in Berlin, Schily gave information about the latest developments.
Schily said, ''I want nobody to join such demonstrations from now on.''
Stressing that they worry that the violence of the separatist terrorists can be more than the security experts predicted, Schily noted that the federal government has not been in contact with the supporters of the separatist terrorist organization to end this violence.
Noting that it is out of question that the federal government holds contacts with an organization which is banned and which occupies the establishments, Schily said, ''the federal and state governments are determined to prevent such acts of violence. We can make our laws more strict in a way that it eases the deportation of the ones who are involved in this violence.''
Stating that he felt sorry about the latest development in Berlin, Schily stressed that he saw that how dangerous such acts can be despite that the occupation of diplomatic establishments are banned.
Schily emphasized that they continue their efforts to put an end to the occupation of the diplomatic establishments.
Pointing out that the acts of the supporters of the separatist terrorist organization is not held only in Germany, Schily said that the European Union (EU) needs a joint strategy in this issue.
 PREMIER ECEVIT RESPONDS TO QUESTIONS: - ''WE'VE NEVER TAKEN ELECTION ACCOUNTS INTO CONSIDERATION CONCERNING THE CAPTURE OF CHIEF TERRORISTY''ANKARA, Feb 18 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Wednesday that he has never taken election accounts into consideration concerning the capture of the terrorist chief.
Responding to questions in the private television channel of NTV, Premier Ecevit said that his Democratic Left Party (DSP) is a party which has gained the trust of other parties, adding the support extended by the parliament to his party having 550 deputies is the best example of that.
Recalling that the 55th government realized education and tax reforms in the South Eastern Turkey, Ecevit pointed out that the problem in the region is not connected with ethnic issues, adding that the problem can be solved by education, economic and social investments.
Responding to a question about the Virtue Party (FP), Ecevit stated that it will seen during the election process whether or not the party's understanding of secularism has changed.
Noting that President Suleyman Demirel's term in office can be extended, Premier Ecevit said that Turkey needs privatization.
''Our party does not think that being against privatization is a necessity of being a leftist, privatization is a reality of our age and Turkey needs that. However the Constitution in force today is statist and it is not easy to carry out privatization with this constitution,'' said Premier Ecevit.
Referring to social security reforms, Premier Ecevit pointed out that the age of retirement will be increased. ''Social security system is needs treatment in Turkey,'' said Premier Ecevit.
 WALL STREET JOURNAL ASKS QUESTIONS TO CIRCLES WHO DEFEND THE CHIEF TERRORISTNEW YORK, Feb 17 (A.A) - Wall Street Journal, one of the leading newspapers of the U.S. asked the questions that should be asked to circles who defend the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK, it is reported on Wednesday.
An article published in the newspaper by the title of ''a terrorist being brought to justice'' stressed that ''the whole world has finally seen the real face of the supporters of the separatist terrorist organization who occupied embassies by the gasoline drums and who took hostage innocent people.''
The article asked the Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini, who urged for application of legal state's rules for Ocalan, the question of ''why didn't Dini apply such laws to Ocalan when he was in Italy,'' recalling that Italy could have extradited Ocalan, the chief terrorist to Turkey.
Noting that the Italian officials who did not do that, took him on a plane and helped him to escape from the justice, the article also criticized Greek officials who defended the view that ''giving fuel to Ocalan's plane was a humanitarian behaviour.''
The article stressed that Ocalan, the chief terrorist and the separatist terrorist organization have not shown the same humanitarian behaviour to the Turkish pilots and passengers who were crashed by them, adding that Greeks will never be able to explain why they have protected a terrorist wanted by another NATO country.
''Greece has taken the response of the PKK by the latter's occupation of her embassies in 10 countries,'' said the article, stressing that European people who protected the chief terrorist and his supporters have learnt what PKK terrorism meant from the first hand.
''Turkey is a democratic country and the chief terrorist preferred to resort to force instead of defending his case in a democratic plaftorm. European countries think that they have saved themselves from this issue, however the wound they have opened by betraying an allied country won't be forgotten for a long period of time,'' the article added.
 TRADING VOLUME AT IMKB REPO-REVERSE REPO MARKET INCREASES 7.8 PERCENT TO 3.1 QUADRILLION LIRAS LAST WEEKANKARA, Feb 18 (A.A) - The trading volume at the Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) repo-reverse repo market increased 7.8 percent to 3 quadrillion 163 trillion Turkish Liras (TL) last week, it was reported on Thursday.
Two weeks before, the trading volume had been 2 quadrillion 933 trillion TL.
In parallel with the increase in the transactions last week, the number of contracts also raised.
The number of contracts, which had been 6,685 two weeks ago, reached 6,910 last week.
The volume of repo transactions except the stock exchange decreased 11.7 percent to 6 quadrillion 590 trillion TL last week.
The trading volume had been 7 quadrillion 468 trillion TL two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, 96 percent of the trading volume at the repo-reverse repo market was collected at overnight transactions.
The overnight volume reached 3 quadrillion 65 trillion TL while the weighted repo rate became 78.2 percent, which had been 80.8 percent two weeks before.
Meanwhile, the overnight repo transactions except the stock exchange reached 5 quadrillion 738 trillion TL or nearly 78 percent of total transactions, which had been 85 percent two weeks ago.
 THIRD DAY OF THE TERRORIST DEMONSTRATIONS IN LONDON - SANBERK, THE TURKISH AMBASSADOR TO BRITAIN: ''THE TERRORIST CHIEF WILL BE TRIED ACCORDING TO THE TURKISH LAW AND JUSTICE SYSTEM''LONDON, Feb 18 (A.A) - While it is the third day of the terrorist demonstrations in London and the occupation of the Greek embassy in London, the British police pointed out on Thursday that the assailants have explosive substances and they don't intervene with them due to that reason.
Jim Busby, the Spokesman of London police organization said that the most appropriate way is to wait till the supporters of the the separatist terrorist organization PKK, who occupied the Greek Embassy, get tired and surrender.
Meanwhile the demonstrations of supporters of the separatist terrorist organization around the Greek Embassy continue. The demonstrators who spent the night at the same place started to be active starting from Thursday morning. Security measures have been tightened around the Greek Embassy.
Meanwhile Ozdem Sanberk, the Turkish Ambassador to Britain told B-SKY-B television channel that ''the terrorist chief will be tried fairly. This will be fairer than the treatment he showed to his own victims.''
Noting that Ocalan is a criminal and a fugitive wanted by the red bulletin of Interpol, Sanberk pointed out that ''Ocalan will be defended by lawyers in the court in accordance with Turkish justice system.''
Responding to a question asking whether or not the Israeli and the U.S. intelligence services have participated in the operation which led to the capture of Ocalan, Sanberk recalled the statements of Turkish and Israeli officials about the issue, adding the Israeli intelligence service did not have any connection with the issue.
Stressing that Turkey and Turks don't have any fight with Kurds, and people of Kurdish origin have become Presidents and Parliament Speakers in Turkey, Sanberk added ''our fight is with terrorist organization which does not have even one representative in Northern Iraq and in the region.''
 FM CEM ARRIVES IN CZECH REPUBLICPRAGUE, Feb 18 (A.A) - Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister, started on Thursday his contacts within the framework of his one-day visit to Prague, the Czech Republic.
Foreign Minister Cem was received by Egon Lansky, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. Later, Cem and the accompanying delegation met with The Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kavan. Cem and Kavan are expected to stage a joint press conference following their meeting.
Cem will be received the same day by the Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel, Senate Chairman Libuse Benesova and Parliament Speaker Vaclav Klaus.
 NEW PICTURES AND VIDEOS OF TERRORIST CHIEF DISTRIBUTED TO MASS MEDIAANKARA, Feb 18 (A.A) - New pictures and videos of chief terrorist Abdullah Ocalan soon after his arrival in Turkey and his journey to his existing staying place were distributed to the mass media on Thursday.
Abdullah Ocalan was pictured in front of two Turkish flags hung on the wall with handcuffs.
The new video takes 4 minutes and 40 seconds. This video includes the scenes of his getting off the plane and his journey to his current location.
The video, which was recorded on 16 February, starts with the plane's approaching the apron. The video continues with the scenes of blindfolded Ocalan's getting off the plane and getting on a military minibus.
Later, it is seen that the chief terrorist, who was kept waiting for a short time in a room in the airport by the special team members, boards a frigate with the help of two special team members. At that moment, there is a black beret on Ocalan covering his head.
After a short scene of Ocalan on the frigate, there is the scene of the island to which the frigate approached.
Later, Ocalan wearing a raincoat and a beret covering his head is getting out of the frigate with the help of two special team members.
In the next scene, Ocalan, whose clothes were changed and eyes are open, is in front of two Turkish flags.
Meanwhile, it is heard that Ocalan says his eyes became blurred. A special team member asks whether or not he wear glasses and Ocalan says he has a problem with his eyes for a long time.
 CAPTURE OF CHIEF TERRORIST - TRANSFER OF IMRALI PRISONERS TO OTHER PRISONS COMPLETEDBURSA, Feb 18 (A.A) - The transfer of 247 prisoners on Imralı island to other prisons was completed on Thursday.
The transfer of prisoners from Imralı island to other prisons in Turkey started on Wednesday as the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK was brought to this island. While tight security measures were taken in Mudanya during the transfer, eight military ships coming from Imralı cast anchor offshore Mudanya on Wednesday evening.
The transfer proceedings ended at 22.00 local time on Wednesday, while the military ships and assault boats left Mudanya on Thursday morning.
Meanwhile the prison guards have been changed with special security teams in Imralı prison.
 THE ''SPACE SCIENTISTS'' WHO WILL JOIN THE CONGRESS TITLED ''WE ARE NOT ALONE IN THE SPACE'' ARRIVE IN ISTANBULISTANBUL, Feb 18 (A.A) - A group of ''space scientists'' including many U.S. citizens who will join the UFO (unidentified flying object) Congress which is titled ''We Are Not Alone In the Space'' and which will be held for the first time in Turkey arrived in Istanbul on Thursday.
Eric Von Daniken, who is known as an investigator on UFOs and wrote almost 30 books on this subject, will join the congress which will be held between February 20 and 21 in Istanbul.
Noting that a similar congress was held in the U.S before and that many people joined that congress, an official from the congress team said that this congress will open new horizons in the thoughts of the people.
 KAZAKHSTAN SECURITY FORCES DISPERSE THE SUPPORTERS OF THE SEPARATIST TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONALMATY, Feb 18 (A.A) - Kazakhstan security forces dispersed on Wednesday the supporters of the separatist terrorist organization (PKK) who wanted to march towards the Turkish Embassy in Almaty, Kazakhstan to protest the capture of Abdullah Ocalan, the terrorist chief.
About 500 to 600 supporters of the separatist terrorist organization were hampered and dispersed two kilometres away from the Turkish embassy by the Kazakhstan security forces.
The street where the Turkish Embassy is situated and which was closed to traffic this morning is re-opened to traffic after the protestors were dispersed by the security forces.
 THREE GREEK MINISTERS RESIGN UPON REQUEST OF GREEK PREMIER SIMITISATHENS, Feb 18 (A.A) - The leading three ministers of Greece resigned on Thursday upon the request of Costas Simitis, the Greek Prime Minister.
Dimitris Reppas, the Greek Government Spokesman said that Greek Premier Simitis requested the resignation of Theodoros Pangalos, the Greek Foreign Minister; Alekos Papadopulos, the Interior Minister and Philipos Pecalnikos, the Minister of Public Order due to the developments concerning the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK and the Greek ministers accepted that.
Reppas quoted Simitis as saying that ''those who played a role in bringing the chief terrorist to Greece by illegal ways have to assume responsibility over the problem they have caused.''
Athens News Agency (ANA) announced that the new cabinet will be declared the same day.
 DEMONSTRATION IN FRONT OF TURKISH CONSULATE GENERAL IN URMIA - IRANIAN POLICE DISPERSE DEMONSTRATORS BY SHOOTING INTO AIRTEHERAN, Feb 18 (A.A) - Supporters of the separatist terrorist PKK organization attempted to attack on Thursday the Turkish Consulate General in Urmia, Iran, but they were prevented by the Iranian police who opened fire into the air.
Officials at the Turkish Embassy in Teheran and Consulate General in Urmia said that the demonstrators, who started to gather in front of the Consulate early the same day, attacked the Consulate building with stones, bricks and clubs.
During the attack, the sentry box in front of the Consulate was totally destroyed while the personnel were not injured.
The Iranian security forces taking measures around the Consulate intervened in the group and dispersed them by opening fire into the air.
Nearly 300 demonstrators gathered in two groups chanted slogans against Turkey, the U.S., Israel, Italy, Kenya and Greece and still continue to gather in front of the Consulate.
 LANDSLIDE IN WESTERN SOMA COUNTY OF MANISA - BEDERDEN, HEAD OFFICIAL OF SOMA: - ''TWELVE HOUSES WHICH ARE SEEN AS DANGEROUS ARE EVACUATED''SOMA, Feb 18 (A.A) - Twelve houses were evacuated in Soma county of Western Manisa province on Thursday due to the landslide.
Gunduz Bederden, Soma Head Official, said in his statement that landslide occured in a village of Soma due to the torrential rains and that they evacuated twelve houses which are seen as dangerous.
Noting that the families in the landslide region will settle down in tents, Bederden said, ''we faced landslide before in this region. Most of the citizens who have to leave their homes are settled in the houses of their relatives. The tents we requested from the Ministry of Housing and Rural Affairs arrived in Soma. The families which will settle down in these tents for some time will later settle down in the social houses built by the ministry.''
 TURKISH-GERMAN ASSOCIATION IN TOURISM SECTOR - THE TOURISM MINISTRY TO JOIN THE ESSEN CAMPING AND TOURISM FAIR AS THE SISTER COUNTRYANKARA, Feb 18 (A.A) - Turkey will join the ''Essen Camping and Tourism Fair'' which will be held in North Rhine Westphalia state of Germany, as the sister country.
The Tourism Ministry told A.A correspondent that six fair officials and fourteen German journalists will visit Turkey on Friday since Turkey joins the fair as the sister country.
Ahmet Tan, the Tourism Minister, will hold a press conference in Istanbul with the fair officials and the German journalists.
A high-ranking official from the Tourism Ministry said that Essen Camping and Tourism Fair, which is the biggest tourism fair in Germany, is an important opportunity for the introduction of Turkey, adding that they expect an increase in the number of toursits coming from Germany.
Stating that the reservations of German tourists increased by 50 percent this year, the official noted that they will continue to issue joint advertisements with the tour operators and that they will join eleven tourism fairs in Germany.
Emphasizing the importance of such presentations in spring when the reservations increase, the official added that the value of the visit of the German press to Turkey before the tourism season is worth than millions of German marks.
Drawing the attention that the most important airports of Germany are in Essen and that most of the charter flights set out from this airport, the official said that this fair is among the most important fairs by which the Germans made their choices of spending their holidays.
Emphasizing that the fair is held for 40 years, the official said that there will be 850 stands and 13 pavillions in the fair.
 U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT: - ''WE SUPPORT TURKEY'S RIGHT OF DEFENDING HERSELF AGAINST TERRORISM''WASHINGTON D.C., Feb 18 (A.A) - The U.S State Department said on Wednesday that the U.S. supports Turkey's right of defending herself against terrorism.
James Foley, the Deputy Spokesman of the U.S. State Department, said of the question about the Turkish security forces' operation against the PKK shelters in Northern Iraq that they support Turkey's right of defending herself against terrorism.
James Foley, who declined to make statement about Greek efforts to hide Abdullah Ocalan at the Greek Embassy in Kenya with an illegal passport, said that he thought the issue will be discussed diplomatically with the Greek officials.
Foley said the Greek government announced that it had acted with humanitarian reasons, adding that the important thing for them is that the chief of a terrorist organization will be put on trial.
Responding to a question, Foley recalled that it was frequently mentioned in the press that the PKK smuggles drugs and racketeers.
James Foley said they expect Ocalan to be tried fairly and appropriate to international norms.
Meanwhile, when asked why the U.S. does not support the rights of Kurds while it supports the rights of Palestinians, Joe Lockhart, the Spokesman of Whitehouse, said that mixing Palestinians with Kurds means mixing apples with oranges.
Joe Lockhart stated the day before the they were pleased with the apprehension of the chief terorist.
Lockhart said the U.S. did not have any direct involvement in Ocalan's capture and that it is against a Kurdish state in the Middle East.
 TRIAL OF CHIEF TERRORIST TO TAKE PLACE ON IMRALI ISLANDANKARA, Feb 18 (A.A) - Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK will be tried on Imralı island, it is reported on Thursday.
Ministry of Justice officials stressed that Abdullah Ocalan, the chief terrorist who was captured in Kenya and brought to Turkey, will be tried on Imralı island.
Officials pointed out that preparations are underway to take measures to provide communication and realize the transportation of press members and spectators during the trial process on the island.
Meanwhile the State Security Court in Izmir submitted a petition to Ministry of Justice in order to get the testimony of the chief terrorist.
 TERRORIST ATTACKS IN GERMANY CONTINUE - SUPPORTERS OF PKK SET FIRE MANY TURKISH BUSINESS PLACES - FOUR PEOPLE INJURED IN HEILBRONNBONN, Feb 18 (A.A) - The supporters of the separatist terrorist PKK organization who protested the apprehension of the chief terrorist Abdullah Ocalan continued to set fire late on Wednesday many Turkish business places in several cities in Germany.
Unidentified seven arsonists wearing masks set fire to a Turkish culture association in Heilbronn with a molotov cocktail injuring four people and badly damaging the building. Police detained five people in connection with the arson.
Before this incident, unknown assailants attempted to set fire to another culture association with gasoline.
Two Turkish travel agencies in Bremen became the targets of PKK supporters. The damage at those agencies worth 70 thousand German Marks. A Turkish travel agency, which the supporters attempted to sabotage, was damaged which costed 10 thousand German Marks.
In Stuttgart, unidentified attackers threw incendiary component to a Turkish shopping center. Also, a Turkish buffet was sabotaged. There were no injuries in those two arsons.
Supporters set fire to a Turkish cafe in Bielefeld, a Turkish clubhouse in Lohne and a Turkish buffet in Bunde county, a Turkish shopping center in Freiburg.
Meanwhile, Stuttgart police detained 30 supporters of the PKK.
 ATTACK ON TURKISH TRAVELLING AGENCY IN BELGIUMBRUSSELS, Feb 18 (A.A) - A Molotov cocktail was hurled on Thursday to a Turkish travelling agency in Liege city of Belgium. The Belgian security units noted that the supporters of the separatist terrorist organization PKK attacked the Turkish travelling agency.
The Molotov coctail which was hurdled to Beltur Turizm firm belonging to Atilla Aydogdu, a Turkish businesman, caused great damage in the travelling agency.
Noting that the windows were broken, computers and important equipments were burned, Aydogdu stated that he was earlier threatened by the supporters of the separatist terrorist organization PKK.
The Belgian Prosecution started an investigation about the incident.
 ANKARA STATE SECURITY COURT TO INTERROGATE TERRORIST CHIEFANKARA, Feb 18 (A.A) - Ankara State Security Court (DGM) will interrogate Abdullah Ocalan, chief of separatist terrorist organization, captured in Kenya and currently under custody in Imrali Island, it was reported on Thursday.
Cevdet Volkan, Chief Prosecutor of DGM, held a meeting with the DGM prosecutors related with the interrogation of terrorist chief.
Three prosecutors of Ankara DGM were designated to interroragate Ocalan, at the end of the meeting. These three prosecutors will go to Imrali Island.
Ankara DGM Chief Prosecutorship carries out an interrogation of the terrorist chief under Article 125 foreseeing ''capital punishment'' which is arranged for the treachery and crimes commited against the state and country. This process was started due to the speech of Ocalan which was made in MED TV.
The three DGM prosecutors will conclude the interrogation withing five days and transfer it to the stand-by judgeship with a call for arrest.
Establishment of the terrorist organization and the illegal activities of the organization since 1978 will be the subject of the investigation, and the activities of the terrorist chief will not be taken up one by one during the interroration, but the activities will be evaluated generally under Article 125 of Turkish Penal Code.
Files in several courts related with the terrorist chief and interrogation document in prosecutorships will be wanted. Chief Prosecutorship is planning to file the suit in the possible shortest time after the conclusion of the interrogation.
Another judge will be wanted to Imrali Island from Ankara DGM for the demand for the arrest and decision for the detainment will be given there. Following this, it is expected that Ankara State Security Court no:2 where a file suit against Ocalan with the demand of ''capital punishment'' was previously opened, will be designated for the judgement.
The cases which were previously opened against Ocalan will be united in this court.
Meanwhile, it was reported that the judgment place will be Imrali Island due to security reasons. The delegation which will make the judgement will go to the court during the judgement period.
The sixth clause of the Law about the Foundation and Judgement Procedures of the State Security Courts facilitates the judgement to take place in Imrali. This clause also includes the provision that ''State Security Court may decide to hold the hearing in another place to hold the cases quickly.''
It was reported that the stage of indictment and interrogation of the defendant will be carried out without intervals and that additional time could be given to listen to the witnesses, decision of the prosecutor and for defense.
Meanwhile, it was also reported that the first custody period in terrorism crimes was 48 hours and that this date will be increased to seven days in the case of Ocalan, which is the maximum legal time as 48 hours were expired since the time he was taken under custody.
It was also reported that Justice Ministry began to take all measures in Imrali Island required for the judgement process. Additional services like arrangement of the hall, transportation, and communication began to be taken.
 INDEPENDENCE OF JUDGMENT IN TURKEYANKARA, Feb 18 (A.A) - The independence of judgement has been taken under guarantee with rules of the constitution in Turkey, diplomatic sources said on Thursday.
Diplomatic sources emphasized that Turkey will not tolerate any intervention or influence towards the independence of jugdement.
The same sources pointed out that if the constitutional decisions concerning judgement are examined, it will be seen clearly that the legislation and execution have no influence on judgement at all.
Diplomatic sources stressed that the independence of judgement is determined in Turkey more strictly than the ones in many Western countries.
Noting that every one should show respect to the independence of judgement, the same sources also added that the overall organizations and instutions in Turkey are very sensitive concerning this issue. The sources also stressed that the same respect should also be shown by the foreign organizations and countries.
 SUPPORTERS OF OCALAN CONTINUE THEIR TERRORIST ATTACKS IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIESVIENNA/AMSTERDAM/LONDON, Feb 18 (A.A) - The supporters of Abdullah Ocalan, chief of separatist terrorist organization PKK, continued their terrorist attacks in several European countries on Thursday.
A group of 60 separatist terrorists forced their way into the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna, the capital of Austria.
The demonstrators were stopped at the entrance after the police intervened.
Another group gathered outside the headquarters continue their demonstrations to support raiders inside.
Meanwhile nearly 400 separatist terrorists started to march towards the Justice Ministry in the Hague, administrative capital of the Netherlands.
Police has taken tight security measures in the city.
In Strasbourg, France, about 200 supporters of Ocalan gathered in front of the building of the Council of Europe to protest capture of Ocalan.
 FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES OF CENTRAL BANK DECREASE TO 20 BILLION U.S. DOLLARSANKARA, Feb 18 (A.A) - The foreign exchange reserves of the Central Bank decreased to 20 billion 67 million U.S. dollars, it was reported on Thursday.
The Central Bank data shows that the foreign exchange reserves, which reduced by 375 million U.S. dollars between 5-12 February, decreased to 20 billion 67 million U.S. dollars as of 12 February.
The Central Bank's foreign exchange reserves were 20 billion 442 million U.S. dollars on 5 February.
Meanwhile, according to the 29 January-based statistics, Turkey's total international gross reserves decreased 170 million U.S. dollars to 32 billion 440 million U.S. dollars.
The international gross reserves of Turkey were 32 billion 610 million U.S. dollars in 22 January.
As of 29 January, Turkey's international reserves were composed of 1 billion 125 million U.S. dollars in gold reserves; 20 billion 267 million U.S. dollars in the Central Bank's foreign exchange reserves; and 11 billion 48 million U.S. dollars in the commercial banks' foreign exchange reserves.
 THE DUTCH BASED LAWYER OF TERRORIST CHIEF IS ALSO A MEMBER OF RED ARMYANKARA, Feb 18 (A.A) - There are new allegations that Britta Bohler, the Dutch based lawyer of terrorist chief, was included in a terrorist organization namely Red Army Fraction as well as her working like a militant of the terrorist PKK.
Diplomatic sources said Bohler, lawyer of terrorist chief, who was of German origin but dwelled in the Netherlands, acted like the spokesperson of the terrorist organization in the period following Ocalan's arrival to Italy.
Bohler wanted to come to Turkey following the capture of terrorist chief, together with Victor Koppen and Ties Prakken, the other partners of her company, yet they had to turn back from Istanbul's Ataturk Airport upon the directives of Foreign Ministry.
It was learned that Bohler, in her statements to the press, made the propaganda of terrorist organization, and assumed an important role in directing the search of the terrorist chief to find a place to shelter in several European countries.
It was also reported that news reports appeared in European press about Bohler saying that she was included in a terrorist organization named Red Army Fraction and that she gained a great amount of financial benefit in return for her attitude supporting the terrorist organization.
Meanwhile, diplomatic sources said terrorist chief was still a Turkish citizen and stressed that a foreign lawyer's taking over the defense of a Turkish citizen in front of Turkish administrative and juridical authorities contradicted with the related regulations.
 FOREIGN MINISTER CEM IN CZECH REPUBLIC - CEM: ''I HOPE SUPPORT OF GREEKS TO TERRORISM, WHICH ARE PROVED WITH DOCUMENTS, WILL END''PRAGUE, Feb 18 (A.A) - Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, evaluating resignations of three ministers in Greece, which was shaken by the capture of terrorist chief, said ''I hope this support of Greeks to terrorism and terrorist institutions, which were proved by the documents, will end in the future.''
Cem, currently on a one-day official visit to Prague, staged a joint news conference together with Jan Kavan, Foreign Minister of Czech Republic.
Responding to a question about the resignations of Greek Foreign, Interior and Public Order Ministers, Cem said ''whenever Mr. Ecevit becomes the Prime Minister, several positive developments happen in Greece for us. Due to the developments in 1974, which stemmed from Ecevit to a great extend, Greece's transition from a military dictator regime to democracy was facilitated.''
Responding to the question of a foreign journalist related with ''political solution to Kurdish problem and participation of Peoples Democracy Party (HADEP) to general elections'', Cem said ''all the parties and HADEP have the right to participate in the elections. A case was opened in Constitutional Court against HADEP on grounds that it supported separatist terrorist organization and worked together with this organization. I don't know the result of this case and its influence to the participation of the party to the elections.''
Stressing that capture and judgement of the terrorist chief was a case of law, Cem said ''terrorism has no excuse. Not any target makes killing legitimate. Arrest of terrorist chief is in question at the moment. This incident will be resulted under the norms of law.''
Noting that judgement of the terrorist chief did not have military quality, Cem said Turkey, like many Western European countries and the EU countries, have its own legal procedures and noted that those were more liberal than most of the European countries.
Cem said the legal procedure that will be covered on the issue will be appropriate to the international agreements Turkey signed, adding that ''colony era had ended. If some people want colony administrations, they should have to look at some other places, not Turkey.''
When asked if the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) played a role in capture of terrorist chief, Cem said ''you should ask this to CIA.''
Cem also said during his meeting with Kavan, his Czech counterpart, they searched for the facilities to improve bilateral relations for future.
Cem pointed out that Turkey had information and experience in the fields of construction, textile and food industry, while Czech Republic has information and experience in the fields of heavy industry and defense industry in particular. Cem said economy of the two countries could be speeded up when these two are evaluated together.
Noting that arrival of Vaclav Havel, President of Czech Republic, to Turkey was expected in May, Cem said joint economic council was envisaged to convene in Ankara or in Istanbul.
Cem also pointed out that the two countries could cooperate in struggle against terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering.
Kavan in his part, evaluated his meeting with Cem, and expressed pleasure over the support Turkey expended to Czech Republic's memberships to NATO and EU.
When recalled the allegations that Prague Embassy of the U.S. was closed following the developments after the capture of terrorist chief, Kavan said the Embassy was not closed but only security measures were increased.
Kavan pointed out that his country will never support terrorism.
Meanwhile, an official from the U.S. Embassy in Prague said the Embassy building and American Culture Center were evacuated upon the threats.
 CONTACTS OF FRENCH CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF IN TURKEYANKARA, Feb 18 (A.A) - General Jean Pierre Kelche, the French Chief of General Staff who pays an official visit to Turkey, came together with Hikmet Sami Turk, the National Defense Minister, on Thursday.
Addressing the meeting, Turk said that France supports Turkey's full membership to the European Union (EU) and the Western European Union (WEU).
Referring the friendly relations between Turkey and France, Turk reminded that there are cooperation ties between the two countries in the field of defense industry.
Turk also added that the visit of General Kelche will contribute to the further improvement of relations between the two countries.
General Kelche in his part said that his visit to Turkey aims at improving the relations between the armed forces of both countries.
He said, ''we share many points with Turkey. At the same time, French and Turkish soldiers are used to work together. They had worked in many times before, and for the time being they are working together to keep peace in the Balkans. Turkey and France have also developed a close cooperation in weapon industry. I have a great respect in the Turkish Armed Forces. On the other hand, I am aware of Turkey's role both in Europe and in the NATO. France supports Turkey's unification with Europe.''
 PREMIER ECEVIT: ''A STATE WHO TRIES TO INTERFERE WITH TURKEY'S DOMESTIC AFFAIRS, FACES PROBLEMS ALSO IN HER DOMESTIC AFFAIRS'' - ''GREECE PAYS THE PRICE OF HER SUPPORT TO PKK'' - ''NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO QUESTION THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUSTICE IN TURKEY''ANKARA, Feb 18 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Thursday that a state who tries to stir up Turkey's domestic affairs will face problems in her domestic affairs. ''Greece proved this,'' he added.
Responding to a question concerning how he evaluates the resignation of three ministers in Greece, Ecevit told reporters that ''a state wwo tries to stir up Turkey's domestic affairs faces problems in her own domestic affairs. The Greece incident has shown this. Very serious fluctuation started in her domestic policy due to the support of this country given to the separatist terrorist organization PKK for years. I hope that others will also evaluate this that way. Besides, the real face of Ocalan and the PKK have been understood. Nobody can disregard that PKK is a terrorist organization. Greece is recently paying the price of her support which she has given to this organization until now.
Responding to a question if Abdullah Ocalan, the head of the terrorist organizatio PKK, will be judged in Imralı, or not, Ecevit said, ''it goes by itself any more.''
When a journalist asked, ''Turkey had given the guarantee not to 'execute' the head of the separatist terrorist organization to Europe. How will this influence the judgement process?'' Ecevit said, ''it is not possible to give guarantee. But capital punishment has not been carried out in Turkey for almost 18 years. This was recalled. But what will happen after this, I cannot say anything. But we, as the DSP (Democratic Left Party), are against the capital punishment for a long time. This has nothing to do with this issue.''
Not responding the other questions related to the judgement process, Ecevit stressed that the judgement in Turkey is totally independent. When a journalist reminded that the European Court of Human Rights does not accept the State Securty Courts (DGMs), Ecevit said that ''what is important is that it should fit in our own Constitution. In our Constitution, the DGMs have a place. And this is our domestic issue. Nobody has the right to question the independence of justice in Turkey. The DGMs work within this procedure of independence.''
 CAPTURE OF TERRORIST CHIEF - POLICE INTERROGATION TEAM PREPARED TO ARRANGE CAPTURE MINUTES AGAINST OCALAN, AND TO HELP HIS INTERROGATION, AND TO PREPARE JURIDICAL MINUTESANKARA, Feb 18 (A.A) - An eight-people interrogation team from Directorate General of Security and Ankara Security Directorate left for Imrali Island after determining that Abdullah Ocalan, terrorist chief, would be interrogated by Ankara State Security Court (DGM).
Ankara DGM sent a written directive to Directorate General of Security and Ankara Security Directorate after three prosecutors of Ankara DGM, Talat Salk, Nuh Mete Yuksel and Hamza Keles, were designated to interrogate terrorist chief.
Upon the written directive, chief constables from Struggle Against Terrorism Department Chairmanship of Directorate General of Security, Deputy Director of Struggle Against Terrorism Department of Ankara Security Department, a ranking police officer responsible for separatist organization desk and three police officers were designated. The team left for Imrali Island in the afternoon after concluding preparations.
The team will arrange capture minutes of Ocalan, and help the interrogation of terrorist chief in the direction of a file formed against terrorist chief beforehand, and prepare juridical minutes before he was judged.
The team will stay in the island during the pre-interrogation.
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