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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-02-23

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

AA Daily

23 February 1999 Tuesday


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
  • [02] DENKTAS, TRNC PRESIDENT: ''THERE ARE TWO EQUAL STATES ON CYPRUS IN RESPECT OF POLITICS''
  • [03] OTTOMAN CHARM IN PARIS - FRENCH PEOPLE SHOW GREAT INTEREST IN EXHIBITION NAMED ''ISTANBUL: A DOOR OPENING TO THE EAST''
  • [04] TWO LORRIES BELONGING TO THE TURKS BURNED IN KOLN - THE WINDOWS OF A MARKET BROKEN
  • [05] COMMITTEE ON PREVENTION OF TORTURE'S REPORT ON TURKEY: ''TURKEY IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK IN SPITE OF SOME DEFICIENCIES IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN RIGHTS''
  • [06] PRESIDENT DEMIREL IN THE PHILIPPINES - DEMIREL PROCEEDS TO SUBIC BAY
  • [07] BURHAN CAKMAK WAS BROUGHT TO TURKISH EMBASSY IN MOSCOW AFTER ESCAPING FROM GANGS IN CHECHENIA - CAKMAK SAID YALCIN DASIK ALSO RAN AWAY WITH HIM
  • [08] PRESIDENT DEMIREL LEAVES THE PHILIPPINES
  • [09] HAMORI, THE HUNGARIAN MINISTER OF CULTURE: ''THE 1000TH ANNIVERSARY OF HUNGARY WILL BE PROBABLY BE HELD IN ISTANBUL''
  • [10] SUPPORT TO BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE PROJECT FROM GEORGIA - SHEVARDNADZE, GEORGIAN PRESIDENT: - ''BAKU-CEYHAN ROUTE CARRIES NOT ONLY STRATEGIC BUT ALSO ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE FOR GEORGIA'' - CASPIAN OIL SHOULD BE TRANSPORTED VIA TURKEY''
  • [11] A GROUP OF LAWYERS APPLY TO ISTANBUL STATE SECURITY COURT TO BE THE LAWYER OF THE CHIEF TERRORIST
  • [12] A SUSPENSION BRIDGE AND SUB-TUNNEL TO IZMIR GULF - OZFATURA, IZMIR MAYOR: - ''A SUSPENSION BRIDGE LIKE THE ONE IN SAN FRANCISCO WILL BE ESTABLISHED TO THE KALE PASSAGE WHICH IS THE NARROWEST PART OF THE GULF AND A SUB-TUNNEL BETWEEN KARSIYAKA AND KONAK WILL BE BUILT TO EASE THE TRAFFIC IN IZMIR''
  • [13] EU STATEMENT DISAPPOINTS GREECE AND SUPPORTERS OF THE TERRORIST PKK
  • [14] GOVERNMENT'S EAST AND SOUTH EAST INVESTMENT PROJECTS - STATE MINISTER MUSTAFA YILMAZ SAID ECEVIT GAVE INSTRUCTIONS TO COMPLETE THE UNFINISHED SHORT TERM PROJECTS IN THE SOUTH EAST
  • [15] RADIATION IN TRNC - TRNC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT MINISTER BOZKURT: ''THE RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES AT THE OLD MINE SITE WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO CEKMECE'' ''WE BANNED THE ENTRANCES TO THE MINE SITE'' - BERGAMA MAYOR TASKIN: ''THE INCIDENT IN LEFKE SHOWS WHY WE OPPOSE USAGE OF CYANIDE IN GOLD PRODUCTION''
  • [16] MORNINGSTAR IN ANKARA - AKTAS, ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTER, MEETS WITH MORNINGSTAR
  • [17] COMING ELECTIONS - POLITICAL PARTIES TO SUBMIT THEIR LIST OF CANDIDATES TO SUPREME ELECTION BOARD AND ELECTION COUNCILS TILL 17.00 ON WEDNESDAY
  • [18] AKTAS, ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTER: - ''WE WANT TO REALIZE THE THINGS WE WISH TO DO IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION ISSUE BECAUSE TURKEY NEEDS THEM NOT BECAUSE THE IMF AND THE WORLD BANK ASKED US TO REALIZE THEM''
  • [19] ITALIAN POLICE TIGHTEN SECURITY MEASURES AGAINST DEMONSTRATIONS OF SUPPORTERS OF TERRORRIST CHIEF OCALAN
  • [20] ARSLAN, THE EMERGENCY REGIONAL GOVERNOR: ''PKK MEMBERS STARTED TO SURRENDER, THE LEADING STAFF COLLECTS RADIOS AND TRANSCEIVERS IN ORDER NOT TO LOSE THEIR STATUS'' - ''THERE IS A FIGHT FOR LEADERSHIP IN THE ORGANIZATION''
  • [21] CHIEF TERRORIST ARRESTED
  • [22] STATEMENT OF EU COUNCIL - FOREIGN MINISTRY: ''EU IS EXPECTED TO ASK ITS MEMBER TO ACCOUNT FOR ITS ATTITUDE WHICH VIOLATED INTERNATIONAL LAW IN A SHAMEFUL WAY''
  • [23] APPREHENSION OF CHIEF TERRORIST - FOUR OF 15 LAWYERS, WHO UNDERTOOK DEFENSE COUNSEL POSTS, LEAVE FOR MUDANYA FROM ISTANBUL
  • [24] PRIME MINISTER BULENT ECEVIT: - ''FOREIGN MINISTRY IS CARRYING OUT A STUDY TO HAVE GREECE BE INCLUDED IN THE LIST OF COUNTRIES SUPPORTING TERRORISM''
  • [25] PRESIDENT DEMIREL SAYS GREECE SUPPORTS MURDERS COMMITTED IN TURKEY
  • [26] TRIAL OF CHIEF TERRORIST - LAWYERS TO DEFEND CHIEF TERRORIST ARRIVE IN MUDANYA - ''WE CAME TO MUDANYA FOR THE START OF JURIDICAL PROCESS''
  • [27] ''SURRENDER'' STATEMENT TO TERRORISTS - EMERGENCY RULE REGIONAL GOVERNOR'S OFFICE PREPARES THREE SEPARATE ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE TERRORISTS TO SURRENDER
  • [28] TURKEY TO COVER ''OFFENSIVE POLICY'' AGAINST GREECE
  • [29] EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS CONVENE FOR TERRORIST CHIEF
  • [30] BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE PROJECT

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN

    These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on Feb 23, 1998. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET (LIBERAL) LAST WARNING
    President Suleyman Demirel harsly warned Greece and Europe this time as he before warned Syria. Demirel said, ''I give a last chance to Greece which is revealed to be a collaborator of the separatist terrorism. I invite all the leaders of this country to comply with the provisions of the international law.'' Demirel continued, ''Greece showed that she does not belong to the group of civilized countries by these latest developments. Terrorism is a danger which threatens international law and stability in the world.''

    APO: ''DON'T HANG ME! I WILL EXPLAIN EVERYTHING''
    Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization who realized the real strength of Turkey after he is captured, is now trying to save his life. Ocalan said, ''I am regretful! Do not hang me! I will explain everything.'' Stating that the terrorist who were trained by the Greek intelligence service were sent to Syria, Ocalan said that the plastic mines came from Italy, adding that they get missiles from South Africa.

    OECD: TURKEY IS SUCCESSFUL
    Alexandra Iwanchuk Bibbee, the head of the Turkish desk of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), said that Turkey's economy was successful in 1998. Bibbee, who came to Turkey in the beginning of February 1999, added that he will issue his last evaluations about Turkey by a report in the shortest time.

    MILLIYET (LIBERAL)

    16 LAWYERS TO APO
    A total of 16 lawyers applied to Istanbul State Security Court (DGM) to defend Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization, who is being interrogated in the Imrali Island and who is expected to be arrested on Tuesday.

    TWO WEEKS OFF IN TOFAS COMPANY
    TOFAS, a Turkish automotive company, declared that it recessed production in their factory for two weeks due to the continuing stagnation in the domestic markets. The TOFAS company will start working on March 8, 1999.

    EIGHT-YEAR IMPRISONMENT TO A YOUNGSTER WHO OPENED
    BANNER AT THE PARLIAMENT
    Ankara State Security Court (DGM) sentenced a youngster who opened a banner at the parliament to eigth-year imprisonment on charges of being a member of an illegal organization and of hurling an explosive substance.

    SABAH (LIBERAL)

    ''SHIT HEADS''
    The British press started to curse Turkey by going too far and tries to protect Abdullah Ocalan, the chief terrorist and his terrorist organization PKK. For instance Simon Jenkins, a columnist in The Times newspaper started his article by saying ''bomb Turkey now, let's not wait. Tomahawk the Bosphorus, take out Izmir.'' Meanwhile Tony Parsons, a writer of the Mirror newspaper described Turkey as ''barbaric toilet.''

    GREECE WARNED
    President Suleyman Demirel, who is in Philippines, said that Turkey is getting impatient about Greece and she can even use the right to self defense which stems from international law if she continues to extend support to terrorism. Noting that it has concretely been seen that Greece has cooperated with the terrorist organization PKK, President Demirel said that ''what is more important is the fact that Greece is not still regretful. On the contrary Greece displays her sorrow over the capture of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief terrorist.''

    TURKEY'S PRIORITY IS CEYHAN
    Ziya Aktas, the Energy Minister, said that they accept the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project and Turkmenistan natural gas pipeline as the most important. Aktas added that they want to accelerate the Baku-Ceyhan project. Aktas said, ''we want to sign the contracts and agreements in March, that is before the elections.''

    CUMHURIYET (LEFT)

    GREECE SUPPORTS TERRORISM
    President Suleyman Demirel claimed that Greece was captured on the very act of supporting Abdullah Ocalan, the chief terrorist, who was brought to Turkey, adding that Greece has to be taken to the list of countries that support terrorism. If Greece continues to act illegally Turkey will use the right of self defense which stem from international law, said President Demirel, adding that Greece is in a behaviour which extends support to all elements which are hostile to Turkey.

    SEARCH FOR AN ALTENATIVE MARKET
    President Suleyman Demirel, who is currently paying an official visit to Philippines, met with Philippine President Joseph E. Estrada and said that ''Turkey has a key role in the Euroasian geography which extends from Atlantic to Pacific.'' Addressing to Philippine business circles, President Demirel stated that Turkey wishes further improvement of economic and commercial relations with Philippines.''The reforms we undertook in the beginning of 1980s, transformed the Turkish economy into a dynamic one, the private sector has become a motivating force and the role of Turkey in the global economy has changed in a considerable extent. Turkey integrated with the global economy and became a world state,'' said President Demirel, adding that the World Bank which describes Turkey as one of the ten emerging markets, now uses the term ''emerging giant'' for Turkey.

    PKK GIVES ARMS TO DHKP-C
    Abdullah Ocalan, the chief terrorist will be arrested as his legal custody period finishes today. Ocalan said during his interrogation that he has not talked with Dursun Karatas, the leader of the illegal Revolutionary People's Communist Party - Front (DHKP-C) upto now, adding that from time to time the terrorist PKK gave weapons and money to this organization which is very weak in rural areas, but there is not any relation between the two organizations apart from that.

    RADIKAL (LEFT)

    APO CONFUSION
    It is revealed that Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the terrorist organization, was not taken to the Imrali Island via Bandirma but was taken to the capital city Ankara by a military jet. Ocalan who stayed in Golbasi district of Ankara was interrogated for two days by the officials of the special teams and the National Intelligence Organization (MIT). Ocalan was taken to the Imrali Island on February 18, 1999.

    THE FIRST OF THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS IN THE WORLD
    U.S. News and World Report magazine listed the terrorist organization (PKK) at the top of the list of the most cruel terrorist organization of the world in the last ten years.

    MEETING WITH IMF IN MARCH
    Hikmet Ulugbay, the Deputy Prime Minister and the State Minister Responsible From Economy, said that they can meet with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. in the second week of March 1999.

    YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL)

    SECURITY FORCES PUT ON ALERT AGAINST POSSIBLE PKK ATTACKS
    Crisis Desks were established within construction of the National Security Council and the Interior Ministry, and security forces were put on alert againts possible PKK attacks. Bus and train stations, airports, subways, bridges, ports, stadiums, cinemas, theatres, super markets and bus stops are among the possible PKK targets.

    HEALTH MOBILIZATION IN EASTERN AND SOUTHEASTERN ANATOLIA
    The 56th Government plans to sent 20 thousand health officials to the Eastern and the Southeastern Anatolia region. The government also plans to open a psychiatry center in Diyarbakir Province and a cardiology center in Van Province.

    SANBERK, TURKISH AMBASSADOR TO BRITAIN, SENDS LETTER TO THE TIMES
    Ozdem Sanberk, the Turkish Ambassador to Britain, sent a letter to The Times newspaper warning the West European countries, especially Britain and Germany, not to assure wrong expectations to the Kurdish groups living in those countries and not to encourage them. Pointing out that even a newspaper or a TV channel did not mention the crimes of chief terrorist and give answer to the reason for his trial during the process started with his capture, Sanberk said that the British mass media is fed with ''unreal information.''

    TÜRKİYE (RIGHT)

    THE EU CONDEMNS THE PKK
    The European Union (EU) saw the truth at last. In the wake of violent demonstrations of supporters of the terrorist organization PKK in Europe, the Union made a statement and condemned terrorism. The Council of EU issued a statement saying, ''The European Union condemns all kinds of terrorism.''

    MED-TV CAN BE CLOSED AT ANY MOMENT
    Luc Van Den Bossche, the Belgian Interior Minister, summoned the representatives of the Med-TV, the broadcasting organ of terrorist PKK, to the Ministry in order to warn them. Pointing out that they got information that the supporters of the terrorist organization were addressing the Med- TV ''to call for revenge and violence'' and that such attitudes are contrary to mass media laws, Bossche noted that such acts cannot be tolerated. Meanwhile the Termonde Public Prosecutor's Office which is responsible for the Denderleeuw region from where the Med-TV makes broadcasts, opened an investigation against the Med-TV.

    ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)

    PRESIDENT DEMIREL: GREECE WAS CAPTURED IN THE ACT
    Addressing an interview on the Philippine state-run television channel, President Suleyman Demirel said that Greece supported the terrorist activities of the PKK, and she has to be included in the list of countries supporting terrorism and abetting terrorists.

    President Demirel stressed, ''Greece and her accomplice the Greek Cypriot side, were captured in the act in their relation with terrorism. It was concretely revealed that Greece has been the collaborator of bloody murders of PKK terrorism for a long time.

    Within this framework, I once again call Greek authorities to comply with their obligations within the framework of international law as all civilized countries respecting law should do. However, if they prefer to continue their illegal attitudes, we reserve our right to take legitimate self-defence measures stemming from international law.''

    [02] DENKTAS, TRNC PRESIDENT: ''THERE ARE TWO EQUAL STATES ON CYPRUS IN RESPECT OF POLITICS''

    LEFKOSA, Feb 23 (A.A) - Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) stressed on Monday that there are two equal states on Cyprus in respect of politics, adding that the Greek Cypriot side can't represent the Turkish Cypriot side with the fake ''Republic of Cyprus'' title.

    ''They can't be a Republic of Cyprus without us, this is against the rules of international law,'' said Rauf Denktas.

    Receiving a delegation composed of students, professors and journalists from a French university who came to TRNC to see the realities regarding the Cyprus question, TRNC President Denktas told the delegation that the problem did not start in 1974 like the Greek Cypriot side claimed, but it started in 1963 by the isolation of the Turkish part from the partnership republic by use of force.

    Referring to the unilateral application of the Greek Cypriot side to the European Union (EU) for membership, Rauf Denktas stressed that ''the EU should suspend this application by telling the Greek Cypriot side to solve her problems with her partner and apply later, however nobody listens to us.''

    Noting that TRNC is a 16 year old republic which works with all of its democratic principles, Denktas said a progression about the Cyprus question can't be realized without recognizing the existance of TRNC. ''This is our position, there are two owners of Cyprus and this reality has also been expressed by Bill Clinton, the U.S. President.

    Recalling that the Greek Cypriot side gave passport to Abdullah Ocalan, the chief terrorist, Rauf Denktas pointed out that Greece is behind all of these as she wants to realize her 100 years old ''megalo idea'' which is foolish.

    Professors of Valenciennes University said in their part that President Denktas is a great statesman, describing him as ''one of the greatest and important actors of the history and as a very good photography artist.''

    The French delegation invited President Denktas to come to Valenciennes University and hold an exhibition in fall.

    Recalling that his exhibition in Paris was closed upon the claim of the Greek-Greek Cypriot lobbies who alleged that the exhibition had political aims, Denktas said ''that was not a political exhibition, it was all about nature, flowers and people. But when Denktas does something, it becomes political.''

    [03] OTTOMAN CHARM IN PARIS - FRENCH PEOPLE SHOW GREAT INTEREST IN EXHIBITION NAMED ''ISTANBUL: A DOOR OPENING TO THE EAST''

    PARIS, Feb 23 (A.A) - The French people show great interest in exhibition named ''Istanbul: A Door Opening to the East'' organized by the Association of Protecting and Promoting the Culture and Art Heritages (KUSAV) within the framework of celebrations for 700th anniversary of foundation of the Ottoman Empire, it was reported on Monday.

    The exhibition constitutes from three themes: ''The Power and Magnificence of the Ottoman Empire: Silk and Bronze Objects and Carpets'', ''Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent'' and ''The Hamam: Turkish Bath''.

    Within the scope of the exhibition, the Turkish kitchen and the costumes reflecting the taste of Ottoman ladies, will also be promoted to the French people in the exhibition.

    Meanwhile Kenize Murat and Nedim Gursel, leading Turkish writers, will meet with their readers and Michele Nicolas will address a conference on Turkey.

    The exhibition in the famous ''Galeries La Fayette'' will remain open until 20 March.

    [04] TWO LORRIES BELONGING TO THE TURKS BURNED IN KOLN - THE WINDOWS OF A MARKET BROKEN

    BONN, Feb 23 (A.A) - Two lorries which were registered in Turkish traffic were set ablaze by unidentified assailants in Koln province of Germany, while the windows of a market belonging to the Turks were broken on Monday night.

    The security forces in Koln said in their statement that the tyre and the canvas of one of the lorries were set ablaze, adding that there was a minor damage in the other lorry which was set fire with an oil barrel put under it.

    Meanwhile, the German security forces said that the windows of the market which was situated in the intersection of two streets were broken by a stone.

    The security forces who investigate whether or not the three incidents are political requested from the witnesses to give further information about the incidents.

    [05] COMMITTEE ON PREVENTION OF TORTURE'S REPORT ON TURKEY: ''TURKEY IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK IN SPITE OF SOME DEFICIENCIES IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN RIGHTS''

    STRASBOURG, Feb 23 (A.A) - The European Committee on Prevention of Torture noted in one of its reports that ''the steps that are taken by Turkey are positive in spite of the deficiencies in the field of human rights.''

    The Committee published a report about its visits to prisons and police stations in Turkey in 1997 and it also included the answer of the Turkish government concerning this issue.

    Noting that the steps of the Turkish officials taken in order to prevent mistreatment in prisons are on the right track, the Committee stressed that the sustainable efforts of the concerned sides should continue in order to reach the desired aim.

    The report emphasized that the decree issued on December 3, 1997 by the Turkish government about human rights and prevention of torture and bad treatment is an encouraging development, adding that the full implementation of this decree will be a turning point in human rights of Turkey.

    Pointing out that the government has to check and monitor the implementation of the decree, the report noted that the delegation which visited Turkey was impressed by the well treatment of patients by the personnel in mental hospitals.

    Meanwhile, the Committee also published the answer of the Turkish government which said that Turkey is one of the few countries which tried to respect human rights and freedoms while struggling with terrorism directed against its territorial and national integrity.

    The Turkish government took attention to the sensitive balance between realization of human rights and freedoms and the responsibility of the state to protect its citizens.

    Noting that Turkey is resolved to make cooperation with the European Committee on Prevention of Torture and will take into consideration its proposals, the government referred to the difficulty of fulfilling several proposals due to their economic costs.

    The report widely covered the views of the Ministries of Justice, Interior and Health.

    [06] PRESIDENT DEMIREL IN THE PHILIPPINES - DEMIREL PROCEEDS TO SUBIC BAY

    SUBIC BAY, Feb 23 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel who pays an official visit to the Philippines, proceeded on Tuesday to Subic Bay which is a free trade region, after he concluded contacts in Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

    Felicito Payumo, the Administrator of Subic Bay Port Town, gave a luncheon in honour of President Demirel and accompanying delegation.

    At the luncheon President Demirel was informed about Subic Bay free trade region.

    Addressing the luncheon, Demirel thanked for the interest and hospitality of the Philippine officials.

    President Demirel said, ''we have many common points such as democracy, market economy and human rights... Whereever you live, these principles are valid in today's world. 21st century means peace and stability for whole world. The main target of the next century will be cooperation and unity. Turkey wants relations dependent on the reciprocal benefits.''

    Describing Subic Bay as a model project for whole world, Demirel congratulated Philippine government and officials, adding, ''Turkish businessmen should realize business deals in the Philippines and in return Philippine businessmen should work in the free trade regions in Turkey.''

    Felicito Payumo, the Administrator of Subic Bay Port Town, in his part reminded that he had an opportunity to visit Istanbul once, and praised the cultural and historical assets of Istanbul.

    [07] BURHAN CAKMAK WAS BROUGHT TO TURKISH EMBASSY IN MOSCOW AFTER ESCAPING FROM GANGS IN CHECHENIA - CAKMAK SAID YALCIN DASIK ALSO RAN AWAY WITH HIM

    MOSCOW, Feb 23 (A.A) - Burhan Cakmak, a Turkish citizen who was taken hostage by the gangs in Chechnia, was brought to the Turkish Embassy in Moscow on Monday night on a plane, after escaping from the gangs. Another Turkish citizen, Yalcin Dasik also ran away with Cakmak but his whereabouts is not yet known.

    Cakmak was met by the Embassy staff at the Moscow airport after he flew there with a plane full of Russian soldiers and civilians who were also taken hostages. He was later brought to the Turkish Embassy.

    Cakmak told the Embassy members that he and Dasik managed to break free from the gang after engaging into a fight with them. It was reported that he suffered bruises during the struggle and he dropped to 60 kilos from 105 kilos during the time he stayed with the gang.

    ''We risked everything and decided to escape,'' he told the Embassy members. Cakmak said he and Dasik lost each other after they ran away. Later, Cakmak found shelter at a police station in Ingus Republic neighboring Chechenia. Cakmak also stated that Dasik knew where he was going and will probably appear on Tuesday.

    [08] PRESIDENT DEMIREL LEAVES THE PHILIPPINES

    SUBIC BAY, Feb 23 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel concluded his official visit to the Philippines and left this country on Tuesday.

    Addressing the journalists at the Subic Bay Airport before his departure, President Demirel said, ''visiting such a beautiful country was a special pleasure for myself and for the delegation accompanying me.''

    Describing his contacts in the Philippines as productive and positive, Demirel told the reporters, ''we also had opportunity of visiting Subic Bay which is a wonderful entertainment center and a fruitful free trade region. Representatives of the Turkish private sector have searched the ways of making business with their Philippine countreparts. As we approach a new century, Turkey and the Philippines both take place in two powerful regions of the world, should make use of the new opportunities. Turkey which take place at the junction point of Asia and Europe, is a natural bridge to reach the large markets in both continents.''

    Noting that Turkey succeeded in becoming a dynamic industrial community from an agricultural one, Demirel reminded, ''more than 80 percent of Turkey's exportation consists of industrial products. Turkey's annual industrial investments have increased up to 8,5 billlion U.S. dollars in 1998 and total trade volume has climbed to 80 billion U.S. dollars. Her exportation has risen 78 percent within 6 years. Turkey exports many products to 135 countries on five continents. Turkey has one of the biggest economies of her region with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) more than 400 billion U.S. dollars. 75 percent of GDP stems from industry and trade and the annual growth rate has been 5 percent on the average since 1980. Our economy grew by 8.1 percent in 1995, 7.9 percent in 1996 and 8 percent in 1997. The gross domestic product per capita in respect of purchasing power is around 6000 U.S. dollars. Turkey also comes among the first 10 countries in the world in respect of sectors like construction. The total trade volume in the nine free trade zones has reached 5.5 billion dollars. Moreover, Turkey gains an annual income of 7-9 billion dollars from tourism.''

    Pointing out that they have taken significant steps towards completing the legal basis of the economic cooperation between the two countries, Demirel emphasized that the agreement envisaging economic and technical cooperation between Turkey and the Philippines will be beneficial for the business circles.

    Noting, ''The Philippines has a key role to provide peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pasific region. We monitor closely her active role in the region which encourages cooperation in trade and human resources,'' Demirel added, ''Turkey is ready to improve relations with the Philippines in every field. I hope my visit to the Philippines will accelerate the efforts towards further improvement of the relation.''

    [09] HAMORI, THE HUNGARIAN MINISTER OF CULTURE: ''THE 1000TH ANNIVERSARY OF HUNGARY WILL BE PROBABLY BE HELD IN ISTANBUL''

    BUDAPEST, Feb 23 (A.A) - Joseph Hamori, the Hungarian Minister of Culture said on Tuesday that ''the 1000th anniversary of Hungary will be probably held in Istanbul.''

    Hamori told A.A correspondent that ''we had a meeting with Ender Arat, the Turkish Ambassador to Hungary two weeks ago and the project of Gul Baba Tomb came to the agenda. I believe the financial problems of the tomb will be solved by the establishment of Gul Baba Foundation and the Tomb will be one of the most beautiful tourism centers of the capital.''

    Although Turkey extended a great deal of support and restorated the tomb, Gul Baba Tomb is not still in good condition, Hamori added.

    Referring to the ''Ottoman Graves'' found recently in the skirts of Budin Castle, Hamori said ''I've told Mr. Arat that our ministry will extend material support to the efforts that will be launched to restore the graves, which are in bad condition.''

    ''I know that the mosques in Pec are in good condition and efforts will be launched to protect the Turkish historical works of art in Hungary. Besides I've sent a file to my Turkish counterpart about the issue and invited him to Hungary,'' Hungarian Minister of Culture added.

    Hamori said that permanent cultural centres can be opened in Budapest and Istanbul due to the historical bounds between the two countries.

    [10] SUPPORT TO BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE PROJECT FROM GEORGIA - SHEVARDNADZE, GEORGIAN PRESIDENT: - ''BAKU-CEYHAN ROUTE CARRIES NOT ONLY STRATEGIC BUT ALSO ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE FOR GEORGIA'' - CASPIAN OIL SHOULD BE TRANSPORTED VIA TURKEY''

    TBILISI, Feb 23 (A.A) - Eduard Shevardnadze, Georgian President, said on Monday that the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline route carries not only strategic but also economic importance for Georgia.

    Addressing a statement to the journalists, Shevardnadze recalled that Georgia supports the Baku-Ceyhan main oil pipeline project, adding that they will ensure the security of this pipeline in their territories.

    Shevardnadze noted that the Caspian oil should be transported to the world markets via Turkey.

    [11] A GROUP OF LAWYERS APPLY TO ISTANBUL STATE SECURITY COURT TO BE THE LAWYER OF THE CHIEF TERRORIST

    ISTANBUL, Feb 23 (A.A) - A group of lawyers who applied to the State Security Court in Istanbul, submitted a joint petition saying that they wish to be the lawyers of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the terrorist PKK organization on Monday.

    Fifteen lawyers registered with the bars of Istanbul, Izmir and Diyarbakır including Osman Baydemir, the deputy chairman of the Human Rights Association and Eren Keskin, the head director of the same association in Istanbul submitted their petition saying they wish to advocate the chief terrorist.

    The lawyers noted that Mehmet Ocalan and Havva Keser, the brothers of the chief terrorist applied them, adding the result of their application can be definite on Tuesday at the earliest.

    Meanwhile Giuliano Isapia and Luigi Saraceni, who applied to Istanbul Bar saying that they are lawyers of the Milano Bar, requested the Bar to appoint Turkish lawyers on behalf of them as they are foreigners.

    Yucel Sayman, the Chairman of Istanbul Bar said they have sent a note to the Ministry of Justice about this issue, adding they will decide later whether or not to appoint a Turkish lawyer for the chief terrorist.

    [12] A SUSPENSION BRIDGE AND SUB-TUNNEL TO IZMIR GULF - OZFATURA, IZMIR MAYOR: - ''A SUSPENSION BRIDGE LIKE THE ONE IN SAN FRANCISCO WILL BE ESTABLISHED TO THE KALE PASSAGE WHICH IS THE NARROWEST PART OF THE GULF AND A SUB-TUNNEL BETWEEN KARSIYAKA AND KONAK WILL BE BUILT TO EASE THE TRAFFIC IN IZMIR''

    IZMIR, Feb 23 (A.A) - Burhan Ozfatura, Izmir Mayor, said on Tuesday that a suspension bridge like the one in San Francisco to the gulf and a sub- tunnel between Karsiyaka and Konak districts will be established in western Izmir province to ease the traffic.

    Ozfatura told A.A correspondent that they completed the studies on the infrastructure of Izmir in his term in office for the last five years.

    Stating that they will give the priority to the upper structure of the city in case he is re-elected as Izmir mayor in April 1999 elections, Ozfatura said that one of the most significant projects to be launched after the elections is the establishment of a suspension bridge and the other is the construction of a sub-tunnel.

    Noting that they will build a suspension bridge to the Kale passage which is the narrowest part of Izmir Gulf, Ozfatura said, ''this bridge will be built in a way that it does not hamper the transition of the vessels and will be similar to the ones in San Francisco of the U.S. The vehicles coming from Canakkale and heading for Cesme county can easily and quickly head for their destination without turning the perimeter of the Gulf.''

    ''We had prepared the pre-studies for the suspension bridge with the U.S. town planners two and a half years ago. The cost of the bridge will be worth 120 million U.S. dollars and will be realized in build-operate- transfer (BOT) model. This bridge will ease the traffic and will be one of the symbols of Izmir,'' Ozfatura added.

    Stressing that they plan to build a sub-tunnel under the sea to save the people from the traffic jam between Karsıyaka and Konak districts, Ozfatura said that the cost of this project is worth 70 million U.S. dollars.

    Pointing out that there are two possibilities for the sub-tunnel, Ozfatura said, ''either the cars can go inside this sub-tunnel or the transportation can be done by a train as in Istanbul. In the first possibility, another study is necessary since the carbon monoxide gas can be a problem in the tunnel while 750 persons can be carried in the second choice. We think that the second possibility is better than the first one.''

    [13] EU STATEMENT DISAPPOINTS GREECE AND SUPPORTERS OF THE TERRORIST PKK

    LUXEMBOURG, Feb 23 (A.A) - The statement issued by the EU Council during its meetings in Luxembourg caused reactions of the supporters of the terrorist organization PKK, while Greek journalists evaluated the statement as ''the failure of Greece,'' it is reported on Monday.

    The EU statement condemned all kinds of terrorism, adding ''the struggle with terrorism should be carried out in the framework of democratic norms, respect to human rights and principles of the state of law.''

    The EU statement expressed concern and sorrow over the violent activities that took place after the capture of the chief terrorist, stressing that the activities launched by the supporters of the terrorist PKK organization can't be accepted and no permission could be given to such kind of violent activities.

    Taking into consideration the guarantee of Turkey for a fair trial of Ocalan, the terrorist organization PKK chief, the statement said that they understand from this guarantee an impartial trial, facilities provided for international observers to observe the trial, and freedom for defense.

    Recalling the definite opposition of the EU to death sentence, the statement attributed importance and full support to the territorial integrity of Turkey.

    The EU statement pointed out that the problems of Turkey should be solved by political means, human rights, principles of democracy and the methods of legal regime. The statement defended that the search for a political solution and reconciliation will positively affect the Turkey-EU relations.

    Addressing a press briefing after the EU Council meeting, Hans Von Ploetz, the German State Secretary said that the statement condemned terrorism and no permission will be granted to violent acts.

    Impliying that Greece, ''which violated the EU principles without giving information to its partners,'' has been clearly warned, Von Ploetz said that they wish Turkey to find a political solution to Southeastern problem within the framework of respect shown towards her territorial integrity.

    Hans Von Ploetz reacted harshly when a member of med-tv, the mouthpiece of terrorist organization PKK, resembled the statement to a ''letter without stamp'' and asked what for it could be used. ''Read well, the answer is inside,'' Von Ploetz said, emphasizing that ''the terrorism is condemned in the statement and the violence will not be tolerated.''

    Stating that they carried out their relations with Turkey within the mentality of friendship, Von Ploetz did not deny that Greece became the target of heavy criticism.

    ''Greece is represented by her new minister,'' Von Ploetz said, implying that it was the previous Greek minister to blame. ''It is clearly understood that the consultation and information mechanisms should work between the member countries when a problem directed to the domestic security of the EU is in question,'' he said.

    Responding to questions of supporters of the terrorist organization PKK and Greek press members, Von Ploetzs said ''we recieve positive messages from Turkey and I don't agree with speculations.'' Von Ploetz also asked why a med-tv member was taken to the hall, and emphasized his objection after the end of his press conference.

    [14] GOVERNMENT'S EAST AND SOUTH EAST INVESTMENT PROJECTS - STATE MINISTER MUSTAFA YILMAZ SAID ECEVIT GAVE INSTRUCTIONS TO COMPLETE THE UNFINISHED SHORT TERM PROJECTS IN THE SOUTH EAST

    ANKARA, Feb 23 (A.A) - State Minister Mustafa Yılmaz stated on Monday that his party started working to complete the unfinished short-term investment projects in the south-east Anatolia, after Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit gave instructions three days ago about what should be done in the region until the elections.

    The government will be in cooperation with the Turkish Development Bank as well as the General Directorate of Rural Areas and South East Anatolian Project(GAP)for the realization of these projects, Yılmaz told the reporters.

    Yılmaz said they are planning to rent some trucks and work machines to complete the road construction projects as well as a small size potable water project.

    The minister will present the financial portrait of these undertakings to the prime minister and then continue their work.

    ''These projects are the usual activities of the Democratic Left Party (DSP) rather than investment for the elections,'' he explained and added that his party wants to give priority to the development of the Southeast as a measure to curb terrorism.

    Yilmaz said he, along with Ecevit, is planning to visit the region after Feb. 25 though no certain date has yet been set up for their tour.

    The Housing and Settlement Minister Ali Iliksoy and Izmir Metropolitan Mayor candidate Ahmet Piristina also held talks with Ecevit at the DSP headquarters on Monday.

    [15] RADIATION IN TRNC - TRNC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT MINISTER BOZKURT: ''THE RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES AT THE OLD MINE SITE WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO CEKMECE'' ''WE BANNED THE ENTRANCES TO THE MINE SITE'' - BERGAMA MAYOR TASKIN: ''THE INCIDENT IN LEFKE SHOWS WHY WE OPPOSE USAGE OF CYANIDE IN GOLD PRODUCTION''

    LEFKOSA, Feb 23 (A.A) - The isotopes which were left by the international Cyprus Mining Company (CMC) 25 years ago in Lefke will be transferred to the Istanbul Cekmece Nucleer Research Center.

    The TRNC Health and Environment Minister, Dr. Gülsen Bozkurt told the A.A that they were informed about a possible radiation leak in Lefke by a former CMC employee.

    ''We sent a team to the area to take measurements. The researchers detected a leak with a radius of 1 to 2 meters. The radiation is very weak and does not constitute a big threat. However, we still banned the entrance to the mine site and put warning signs. We were able to locate 3 of the 8 isotopes so far,'' Bozkurt explained.

    A group of experts from the Turkish Atomic Energy Foundation (TAEK) went to the island to investigate the site and write a report.

    The Health Minister said the isotopes will be sent to the Nucleer Research Center in Cekmece to be disactivated. ''I do not yet know how the isotopes will be transferred or how much the process will cost. We will agree on a solution with the experts,'' she stated.

    Meanwhile, the 3,5 million tons of radioactive waste which was left behind by the CMC, drew people's attention one more time to gold production using cyanide.

    Bergama Mayor Sefa Taskin criticized the CMC and said, ''we had told the public many times that companies running a gold mine use radioactive materials. The CMC is one of these notorious companies.''

    ''It is apparent that the radioactive waste left behind by the CMC has damaged the natural balance in that area. This could happen to all regions in Turkey and Bergama where cyanide is used to measure the amount of gold in a mine site. The incident in Lefke shows how right the Bergama people are in their opposition to the cyanide usage,'' he concluded.

    [16] MORNINGSTAR IN ANKARA - AKTAS, ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTER, MEETS WITH MORNINGSTAR

    ANKARA, Feb 23 (A.A) - Ziya Aktas, Energy and Natural Resources Minister, met on Tuesday with Richard Morningstar, the U.S. President Bill Clinton's Special Representative to the Caspian Region.

    Morningstar who held contacts in Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan, arrived in Turkey early this morning. He will inform Aktas about the latest developments in the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline project and the Turkmen natural gas pipeline project.

    Addressing the journalists before the meeting, Morningstar said that his contacts in Turkey will focus on oil and natural pipelines in question.

    Morningstar had attended signing ceremony of the ''Trans Caspian Natural Gas Pipeline Agreement'' in Ashkabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, last Friday. The agreement which was signed by President Saparmurad Niazov of Turkmenistan and Edward Smith, the Chairman of PSC Consortium, envisages transportation of Turkmen natural gas into the European markets via Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

    Morningstar then proceeded to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, and discussed the latest developments in the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline project.

    Morningstar is expected to leave for Russia on Wednesday morning.

    [17] COMING ELECTIONS - POLITICAL PARTIES TO SUBMIT THEIR LIST OF CANDIDATES TO SUPREME ELECTION BOARD AND ELECTION COUNCILS TILL 17.00 ON WEDNESDAY

    ANKARA, Feb 23 (A.A) - An important stage will be recorded on Wednesday concerning the coming general elections, it is reported on Tuesday.

    Political parties will deliver their list of candidates to the Supreme Election Board till 17.00 on Wednesday.

    The application of those who will run in the elections as independent candidates will also end on Wednesday.

    The list of temporary parliamentary candidates will be declared on March 1, 1999 and published in the Official Gazette.

    After the objections to the candidates, the lists will be final and declared on March 9, 1999.

    The number of candidates who have to be declared by one political party which will run in the elections from all regions is 77,863.

    The total number of candidates who will be declared by the 21 political parties is 1,635,123.

    [18] AKTAS, ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTER: - ''WE WANT TO REALIZE THE THINGS WE WISH TO DO IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION ISSUE BECAUSE TURKEY NEEDS THEM NOT BECAUSE THE IMF AND THE WORLD BANK ASKED US TO REALIZE THEM''

    ANKARA, Feb 23 (A.A) - Ziya Aktas, the Energy and Natural Resources Minister, said on Tuesday that they want to realize the things they wish to do in international arbitration issue because Turkey needs them not because the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or the World Bank asked them to realize these things.

    Responding a question on the international arbitration issue, Aktas drew the attention that Turkey faces energy deficit and added that investments worth of four to five billion U.S. dollars are necessary in the coming decade to overcome this deficit.

    Evaulating the investments in energy sector, Aktas said, ''I wish we could make this investments by the resources of the public and the private sector.''

    Drawing the attention to the importance of the foreign capital to meet the increasing energy demand since the Turkish resources are limited, Aktas said, ''then, we can either make investments by the foreign capital or wait until we have enough capital. We do not have a choice to make the investments when we have enough capital since the thing we are talking about is electricity.''

    Stressing that one of the preconditions of the foreign investors who are interested in the energy projects in Turkey is the international arbitration issue, Aktas noted that Turkey accepted the international arbitration by the international agreements she signed.

    [19] ITALIAN POLICE TIGHTEN SECURITY MEASURES AGAINST DEMONSTRATIONS OF SUPPORTERS OF TERRORRIST CHIEF OCALAN

    ROME, Feb 23 (A.A) - The Italian police tightened the security measures on Tuesday against demonstration of supporters of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of terrorist organization PKK.

    Terrorist plan to held a march in Rome tomorrow to support the terrorist chief.

    As the demonstrators continue to come to Italy from different parts of Europe, the number of demonstrators is expected to further increase tomorrow.

    Rose Russo Jeruolino, the Italian Interior Minister, stressed, ''all necessary measures have been taken. Violent actions will not be tolerated anyway.''

    The Italian police determined the identities of the assailants who caused damage during the previous demonstrations, and extended efforts to capture them.

    Meanwhile security measures have been tightened for European Cup basketball match between Italian and Turkish national teams which will be played tomorrow.

    [20] ARSLAN, THE EMERGENCY REGIONAL GOVERNOR: ''PKK MEMBERS STARTED TO SURRENDER, THE LEADING STAFF COLLECTS RADIOS AND TRANSCEIVERS IN ORDER NOT TO LOSE THEIR STATUS'' - ''THERE IS A FIGHT FOR LEADERSHIP IN THE ORGANIZATION''

    DIYARBAKIR, Feb 23 (A.A) - Aydın Arslan, the Emergency Regional Governor said that members of the terrorist PKK organization started to surrender after the capture of their leader, adding that the leading staff started to collect radios and transceivers of the terrorist members not to lose their status, power and comfort.

    Addressing a press briefing about the developments in the region after the capture of the chief terrorist, Arslan stated that bringing Ocalan, the chief terrorist to Turkey by a successful operation on February 16 carries great importance not only for Turkey, but also for the region, adding that efforts are underway to adopt the Law on Repentance.

    Noting that the most important reason of underdevelopment of the Southeastern region is terrorism, Arslan said that efforts aming at providing security of the people and the operations of the security forces are underway. ''Surrenders have started, we believe that this will continue in the coming days. Our governorships are exerting efforts to make the prepared declarations reach terrorists in mountains, regional people and parents. Three statements will be distrubuted by helicopters within this framework.''

    Stressing that a fight for leadership within the organization has started after the capture of the chief terrorist, Arslan said that the organization has a strong financial power due to drugs and weapons smuggling and a fight continues within the organization regarding the share of this income.

    Aydın Arslan said that 2230 terrorists surrendered to the state after the date when the emergency of state started to be implemented, adding those who were captured alive and who benefited from the code on repentance are not included in that.

    Arslan added that all kind of measures have been taken in order to hold the elections safely.

    [21] CHIEF TERRORIST ARRESTED

    ANKARA, Feb 23 (A.A) - Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of terrorist PKK organization, was arrested on Tuesday after the verdict for arrestment in absentia of Ocalan was changed into arrestment in presence.

    The preparatory interrogation, which was carried out by the Ankara State Security Court (DGM) public prosecutors Talat Salk, Nuh Mete Yuksel and Hamza Keles, concluded the same day.

    Mehmet Maras, the alternate judge at the Ankara DGM No:2, changed early the same day the decision on arrestment of Ocalan ''in absentia'', which had been made regarding his statement to the PKK's broadcast organ, the Med-tv and the murders of terrorist organization in southern Adana province and the surroundings, into his arrestment ''in his presence'' and decided to arrest the chief terrorist on charges with treason and committing crimes against his state, country and its sovereignty.

    Ocalan for the first time will be tried as an arrested suspect in a lawsuit which was opened with the request for ''death penalty'' with charges of ''treason and committing crimes against the state, the country and its sovereignty'' regarding his statement to the Med-tv, and terrorist PKK's murders in Adana and its surroundings.

    The investigation files and lawsuit dossiers and court files against the terrorist PKK and its chief Ocalan started to be sent to the Ankara DGM. The dossier prepared by the Diyarbakir DGM Chief Public Prosecutor's Office which mentions that Ocalan is directly responsible for 13,998 activities, was received by the Ankara DGM Chief Public Prosecutor's Office and started to be observed.

    The Chief Prosecutor's Office asked the Erzurum DGM to send the its court file.

    [22] STATEMENT OF EU COUNCIL - FOREIGN MINISTRY: ''EU IS EXPECTED TO ASK ITS MEMBER TO ACCOUNT FOR ITS ATTITUDE WHICH VIOLATED INTERNATIONAL LAW IN A SHAMEFUL WAY''

    ANKARA, Feb 23 (A.A) - Turkey said on Tuesday that it was revealed with the latest developments that Greece is the accomplice of terrorist organization, adding that what was expected from the European Union (EU) at this stage was to ask its member, who violated international law in a shameful way, to account for this.

    A Foreign Ministry statement, evaluating the statement issued by the EU Foreign Ministers meeting regarding the capture of terrorist chief, said the accomplice of the terrorist organization which targetted life, property, and territorial integrity of Turkey is a EU member country.

    The statement said, ''the country in question was caught in the very act and had to confess its crime. The EU's silence on the issue of this accomplice contradicts with the principle of legal state which it defends. The EU is expected to make its member, who violated international law in a shameful way, to account for this. The EU's reliability will be damaged unless they fail to do this.''

    The statement also critized the EU's idea of sending an observer to the judgement of terrorist chief and stressed that Turkey, as a legal state, is faithful to its international legal commitments.

    Pointing out that Turkish justice is independent and the judgement is impartial and transparent, the statement said ''hearings in Turkey is clear in principle; everybody may watch it depending on the decision of judge. It is impossible for us to accept investigation of Turkey's independent courts. The EU's idea to send an observer to cover the hearings means to intervene to the duty of independent judgement and promoting the efforts to influence independent judgment. This attitude, which also contradicts with legal state principle, is unacceptable.''

    The Foreign Ministry statement underlined that Turkey will continue to carry out its struggle against terrorism, adding that violence incidents which happened in European countries lately, is the outcome of negligence and consessions these countries gave to terrorism. The statement said, ''we hope that the EU member countries took required lessons from these incidents.''

    Noting that Turkey will take necessary steps for the welfare and hapiness of its citizens, the statement said the EU member countries should examine well the statement of the Foreign Ministry issued last Saturday and written reports of news conference of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit which was staged on Monday.

    The statement said, ''if the EU and all EU member countries fulfil their responsibilities in struggle against terrorism, it will have positive repercussions in Turkish-EU relations.

    [23] APPREHENSION OF CHIEF TERRORIST - FOUR OF 15 LAWYERS, WHO UNDERTOOK DEFENSE COUNSEL POSTS, LEAVE FOR MUDANYA FROM ISTANBUL

    ISTANBUL, Feb 23 (A.A) - Four of the fifteen lawyers, who were given permission by the Ankara State Security Court (DGM) Chief Public Prosecutor's Office and undertook the procuration of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the terrorist PKK organization, left on Tuesday for Mudanya from Istanbul.

    The Ankara DGM Chief Public Prosecutor's Office accepted the request of 15 lawyers for being the defense counsels of the chief terrorist.

    Osman Baydemir, the Deputy Chairman of the Human Rights Association, Ahmet Zeki Okcuoglu, Hatice Korkut and Medine Ayhan, four of the fifteen lawyers whose requests for procuration were accepted, went to Mudanya to follow the developments and hold meetings with the chief terrorist.

    Meanwhile, it was reported that Osman Baydemir and Ahmet Zeki Okcuoglu would proceed to the Imrali Island from Mudanya.

    [24] PRIME MINISTER BULENT ECEVIT: - ''FOREIGN MINISTRY IS CARRYING OUT A STUDY TO HAVE GREECE BE INCLUDED IN THE LIST OF COUNTRIES SUPPORTING TERRORISM''

    ANKARA, Feb 23 (A.A) - Bulent Ecevit, the Prime Minister and the leader of the Democratic Left Party (DSP), said on Tuesday that Foreign Ministry is carrying out studies to have Greece be included in the list of countries which support terrorism.

    Responding to a journalist who asked whether or not Turkey would launch an international initiative to have Greece been included in the list of rogue countries defending terrorism, Ecevit said, ''yes, the Foreign Ministry is now carrying out a study concerning the issue.''

    Responding to another question, Prime Minister Ecevit said that the interrogation of the chief terrorist was concluded the same day and the lawyers would arrive on the Imrali island.

    Meanwhile, Ecevit expressed his sorrow over the deaths of six primary school pupils as a result of the collapse of the school's roof and supporting wall in Bursa under powerful winds.

    [25] PRESIDENT DEMIREL SAYS GREECE SUPPORTS MURDERS COMMITTED IN TURKEY

    SUBIC BAY-ABOARD THY PLANE, Feb 23 (A.A) - President Suleyman said on Tuesday that Greece expended support to the murders committed in Turkey, adding that ''whoever expends support to the ones who killed those innocent people, all of them will be bloody handed. Humanity can not be like this!'' Demirel said Turkey is obliged to overcome terrorism problem.

    Demirel, who concluded his official visit to the Philippines, responded to the questions of reporters aboard the plane.

    When recalled his statements related with Greece, Demirel said all the world states undertook responsibilities in struggle against terrorism. Demirel said, ''Greece supports the murders committed in Turkey. This is a shame!''

    Responding to another question, Demirel said he made this statement upon the question of Philippines tv. When asked ''you say, Turkey reserves her right of self-defense. Can you explain this?'', Demirel said self-defense is something very clear.

    When asked what should Greece do to make itself forgiven, Demirel said, ''it should act as a state, nation, and an independent state in international issues. I say Greece fails to act like a contemporary state.''

    When asked if it was a must to close Lavrion Camp to put an end to the problem, Demirel said, ''I only announce this as an enmity. I say nothing else.''

    Responding to a question if European countries understood the attitude of Turkey, Demirel said, ''it is not my problem if they understood or not. Anybody, who is able to understand, will say this is a shame!''

    When asked why the world did not see this issue, Demirel said ''it does not see, this is another shame. There is a disinformation or prejudice. Or, we could not clarify the issue well.''

    President Suleyman Demirel said Turkey has to overcome the problem of terrorism, adding that the terrorism cannot continue like this for years. ''This 15 years costed a lot for Turkey. Very wise steps are taken. Turkey has to evacuate the mountains without spoiling its balances and tranquility. It should withdraw its children, who were deceived, from the mountains. These should be done without causing pain in Turkey. It should be done step by step and very calmly,'' Demirel said.

    Demirel said terrorism can not continue without getting foreign support and pointed out that Turkey is obliged to cut this foreign support.

    Responding to another question, Demirel said there was a very useful program for Southeastern Anatolia Region, adding that this program will be performed.

    [26] TRIAL OF CHIEF TERRORIST - LAWYERS TO DEFEND CHIEF TERRORIST ARRIVE IN MUDANYA - ''WE CAME TO MUDANYA FOR THE START OF JURIDICAL PROCESS''

    MUDANYA, Feb 23 (A.A) - Four lawyers including Osman Baydemir, the Deputy Chairman of the Human Rights Association (IHD), who will defend Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of terrorist PKK organization, arrived on Tuesday in Mudanya county.

    Speaking on behalf of the lawyer-group including Ahmet Zeki Okcuoglu, Hatice Korkut and Medeni Ayhan, IHD Deputy Chairman Osman Baydemir said that they, as the lawyers, requested the Ankara State Security Court (DGM) to permit them to be the defense counsels of the chief terrorists after Ocalan's brother Mehmet Ocalan and sister Havva Keser had made an application.

    ''We made application for three lawyers in accordance with the Law of Criminal procedure. However, we had the information on the phone that the Ankara DGM would give permission to one lawyer. And we informed the Ankara DGM that we don't want to insist on our request by taking into consideration the developments in Turkey. We came here to give the start for juridical process. Our only goal is to meet with Ocalan and explain his legal rights,'' Baydemir said.

    ''We were informed that there are good weather conditions. We hope to proceed to the Imrali Island,'' he added.

    When asked how much they would be paid for the defense, Baydemir said, ''we won't ask over than attorneyship tariff.''

    Ahmet Zeki Okcuoglu has registration at the Istanbul Bar, Osman Baydemir at Diyarbakir Bar while Hatice Korkut is registered at Izmir Bar and Medeni Ayhan at Ankara Bar.

    Meanwhile, the residents protested these four lawyers and chanted slogans against the terrorist organization like ''damn with PKK, you dishonorables, how can you defend this terrorist?''

    [27] ''SURRENDER'' STATEMENT TO TERRORISTS - EMERGENCY RULE REGIONAL GOVERNOR'S OFFICE PREPARES THREE SEPARATE ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE TERRORISTS TO SURRENDER

    DIYARBAKIR, Feb 23 (A.A) - Announcements which were prepared for the terrorists to surrender, following the capture of terrorist chief, will be distributed by helicopters.

    Emergency Rule Regional Governor's Office prepared three separate announcements to provide the surrender of terrorists after the capture of terrorist chief. The announcements which were prepared addressing to regional people, to terrorists in the mountains, and to parents, will be distributed to the more distant parts of the region by helicopters.

    The announcement prepared for the regional people says:

    ''The chief of the bloody handed organization, which claimed lives of more than 30,000 civilians without discriminating the young and the old, baby, and woman, is now in the hands of our state and its independent courts.''

    It said, ''you have suffered a lot because of the activities of the terrorist organization. The state will expend support to overcome these problems and to provide you a comfortable life. Don't believe in the lies of this organization which set your houses, schools, work sites and business vehicles to fire anymore. Everybody should realize that you will not be able to lead anywhere with terrorism.''

    It said, ''we have full confidence and belief that our people will support security forces which work for the tranquility and safety of its people and state and will not rely on the terrorist organization. Within this belief and confidence, we believe that you will continue to support the state. We also hope that the past days will not be experienced again. We also believe that you will also expend support to the efforts initiated to provide the development of the region. We believe that we will be altogether in the prosperous future.''

    -TO THE TERRORISTS IN THE MOUNTAIN-
    ''Young people in the mountains who were deceived:

    You were deceived by the terrorist PKK organization, were forced to go to mountains, and were dragged into a inhumane life. You are still living under these bad conditions with hopelessness, weariness and with the fear of death. There had been many bandits in the mountains, you can see the end of them. You will die in the mountains from hunger and misery while your friends, who left the organization, live in tranquility with their families.''

    ''Make use of this opportunity and don't believe in the promises of so- called administrators of the terrorist organization, who lost their humane values. Benefit from the repentance law that will be issued,'' it said, adding that ''You don't have the right to give much sorrow to your parents. You also have suffered a lot. Let us serve to this country and nation altogether.''

    ''To mothers and fathers;

    You have suffered a lot because of this terrorist organization. Children, whom you could raise with many difficulties, were deceived and were forced to live in an inhumane atmosphere in the mountains. You could see that this organization, which said it struggles for your tranquility and happiness, failed to fulfil any promise. It only brought hunger, misery and tears.''

    ''You also expend efforts to make your children benefit from the repentance law and to put an end to the bloodshed and tears. Help your children to live with their families. Rely on the Great Turkish State and trust on it.''

    [28] TURKEY TO COVER ''OFFENSIVE POLICY'' AGAINST GREECE

    ANKARA, Feb 23 (A.A) - Turkey will cover ''offensive policy'' against Greece which provided every kind of support to the terrorist chief and will make use of every facility to exhibit Greece's terrorism links, it was reported on Tuesday.

    The warning directed by President Suleyman Demirel to Greece on Monday, is evaluated as the first sign in the offensive policy that will be covered. It was reported that the file, prepared by Turkey, regarding the support Greece expended to the terrorist PKK organization, was conveyed to European Union (EU). The file will also be distributed to NATO, U.N., OSCE, COE and several press organizations.

    Proffesor Hasan Unal from Bilkent University International Relations Department, responding to the questions of A.A correspondent, said that he planned to file a suit to European Court of Human Rights against Greece which expended support to terrorist chief.

    Unal said ''families of the martyrs and Turkish state may file separate suits against Greece in the European Court of Human Rights and also families of the martyrs may file a suit against Greek Cypriot administration.''

    Unal said the cases were planned to be opened after gathering of information which terrorist chief will give, adding that ''as it is seen in the latest Kenya example, Greek diplomats expended logistic support to terrorist PKK. After all these are revealed, together with the foreign jurists, the thesis that Ocalan committed human crime, should be emphasized. I think the European Court of Human Rights can not reject such an initiative.''

    Hakki Suha Oktay, Chairman of Ankara Bar, said families of the martyrs can apply to European Court of Human Rights to compensate their loss after Greece's support to terrorist organization is confirmed with judgement.

    Oktay reminded that all procedures in national judgement should come to an end in order to apply to European Court of Human Rights.

    [29] EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS CONVENE FOR TERRORIST CHIEF

    STRASBOURG, Feb 23 (A.A) - The European Court of Human Rights convened on Tuesday to evaluate demand of lawyers of terrorist chief for cautionary judgement.

    Lawyers of terrorist chief had filed a complaint against Turkey last week under Article 2,3,5,6 of European Human Rights Convention related with torture, fair judgement, and right of living, and under Article 39 which included cautionary judgement decision of Court of Human Rights.

    In today's hearing, the Court of Human Rights examines the demand for cautionary judgement regarding meeting of terrorist chief with his foreign lawyers and his treatment by a doctor that will be determined by these lawyers.

    The Court sources told A.A correspondent that ''pre-investigation court'', composed of seven judges, which investigate demand for cautionary judgement may tranfer the issue to a ''higher department'' which is composed of 17 judges as the issue is sensitive.

    The Article 39 envisages the Court of Human Rights to take cautionary judgement before the hearings take place in the related country.

    [30] BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE PROJECT

    ANKARA, Feb 23 (A.A) - Richard Morningstar, the U.S. President Bill Clinton's Special Advisor to the Caspian Basin Energy Policies said on Tuesday that the issue of cost was discussed between the sides on the issue of Baku-Ceyhan crude oil pipeline project, adding that Turkey has to give several assurances on the issue of the cost of pipeline.

    Addressing a news conference, Morningstar briefed about the latest developments recorded in projects related with Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline and bringing of Turkmen natural gas into Turkey.

    Noting that he came to Turkey six times since last May, Morningstar said he held a very constructive meeting with Turkish energy authorities in Ankara.

    When asked ''how will capture of terrorist chief affect the security of pipelines?'', Morningstar said construction of pipelines will last for a few years and that there was no connection between the security of pipelines and the capture of terrorist chief. He said security of pipelines will not be affected.

    Responding to another question Morningstar said important progress was recorded in talks carried out among Turkey, Azerbaijan and AIOC, operation company of the consortium, adding that nevertheless there were still several issues to be discussed. He said cost of the pipeline and assurances Turkey will give about the costs should be resulted in.

    Noting that talks between the sides will continue next week, Morningstar said although he hoped that a more positive atmosphere will be formed in international oil market in the coming months, assurances Turkey will provide due to the cost, under today's conditions, were important.

    When asked what kind of assurances did AIOC wanted from Turkey, Morningstar said Turkey and AIOC should agree on a reasonable amount for the cost of the pipeline. He said the consortium wanted Turkey to meet the price difference if the cost will be above the figures that will be determined.

    Morningstar said the 2.3 billion U.S. dollars envisaged by Turkey, and 3.7 billion U.S. dollars proposed by AIOC could be approached and that the cost could be 2.8-2.9-3 billion U.S. dollars for the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project.

    Pointing out that the agreement signed between PSG Consortium and Turkmenistan for the project foreseeing bringing Turkmen natural gas to Turkey passing under Caspian base and via Azerbaijan and Georgia with a pipeline, was very important, adding that very important developments were recorded in this field.

    Morningstar said Sapharmurad Turkmenbasi, Turkmen President and Haydar Aliev, Azeri President, supported the pipeline projects and that his visit to the regional countries were very beneficial.

    When recalled a news report which appeared in a Russian newspaper saying that Russian Prime Minister Yevgeni Primakov accepted Baku-Ceyhan pipeline but defended passage of Kazakh oil from Russian territories, Morningstar said Russian government did not have a statement on the issue, adding that he did not think this was a feasible solution. Morningstar said capacity of pipelines brings a limitation to the flow of oil and pointed out that some Kazakh oil could be transported from Baku-Ceyhan.

    Responding to another question Morningstar said his country did not oppose to the Blue Stream project.

    Morningstar is expected to leave for Russia on Wednesday morning.

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