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04 April 1999 Sunday
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on April 4, 1998. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL) ALPASLAN TURKES COMMEMORATED
PRESIDENT DEMIREL RETURNS FROM GULF
MILLIYET (LIBERAL)TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS INVITES KOSOVARS
Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said that a part of Kosovar muslims can be sheltered in Maras, TRNC and called on the Turkish Cypriot government to take a decision about this issue. Denktas said that 3000-5000 Kosovars can be sheltered in Maras.
TURKISH AID TO ALBANIA
SABAH (LIBERAL)DENKTAS: ''LET'S OPEN MARAS TO KOSOVARS''
Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said that a part of Maras will be opened to shelter the Kosovars who face the genocide of Serbians and that TRNC government will give the final decision about this issue. Denktas emphasized that he will give any kind of support to such initiatives.
TURKISH AND SPANISH COOPERATION IN TOURISM SECTOR
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)PRESIDENT DEMIREL:''WE ARE IN FAVOUR OF THE TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF
President Suleyman Demirel said that the solution of the Kosovo crisis should protect the territorial integrity of Yugoslavia and should pave the way to pluralist democracy in Kosovo. Demirel harshly criticized the ones who compares Kosovo and the southeastern parts of Turkey.
FRENCH SKIER WHO WAS TRAPPED UNDER SNOW IN HOSPITAL
RADIKAL (LEFT)WHERE IS BIG TURKEY?
The paper says that Kosovo is being evacuated, Macedonia and Albania are helpless and Turkey is just watching the developments. Ecevit government looks as if she has forgotten that she is a member of the NATO. The Red Crescent works very slowly. Noting that an intervention in Kosovo can cause world war, Premier Ecevit said yesterday that ''NATO's task is difficult in military respect.'' Stressing that Russia has an important role to play in solution of the problems in the region, Premier Ecevit acts as if Turkey is just a ''spectator'' by forgetting the status of Turkey in the region and her historical links with Kosovo.
BLAST IN HAKKARI
YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL)RUSSIAN SHIP PASSES THROUGH THE STRAITS
The first of the eight Russian war ships named ''Leman'' which will pass through the Straits and reach the Mediterrenean, passed through Istanbul Strait on Saturday. The ship which hoisted the Turkish flag was accompanied by small boat and and an assault boat of the Turkish Naval Forces.
SEVEN AND A HALF MILLION U.S. DOLLAR AID FROM TURKEY
TÜRKİYE (RIGHT)ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT FROM SPAIN
Nine Spanish high technology companies including Idon, Iberinsa, Inclam, Tecnoma, Inima, Cadagua, Imabe, Iberica, Tecniberia and Tecnicas Reunidas, will cooperate with Turkey in the projects like refining the Tuz Golu (Salt Lake), cleaning of Iznik Lake and other kinds of water and sewage projects. Expo Tecnia Company said in its statement that Spain will support the environmental development projects in Turkey with 374 million Euros between 1998 and 2001 in accordance with the protocol signed between Turkey and Spain in 1998.
ARAFAT, PALESTINIAN HEAD OF STATE, DUE IN ANKARA ON MONDAY
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)OPERATION WAS LEAKED
Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit says that the NATO's operation against Yugoslavia was leaked. ''Serbs knew that there would be an air operation against them and they had taken their counter measures before the operation.'' Calling to the world, Premier Ecevit said that ''everybody should launch efforts to prevent the genocide in Kosovo.''
 TURKEY SENDS HUMANITARIAN AID PACKAGE TO ALBANIA AND MACEDONIAANKARA, April 4 (A.A) - Turkey is sending an humanitarian aid package to Albania and Macedonia by four aircrafts on Sunday.
The General Staff said in its statement that the air operation of NATO against Yugoslavia on April 3 and 4, 1999 were successful and that eleven Turkish aircrafts which were deployed in Ghedi city of Italy successfully completed their air defense patrolling mission, adding that one Turkish frigate continues its mission in Adriatic Sea.
Recalling that the Russian ship named ''Liman'' passed through the Istanbul Strait on Saturday, the statement noted that Turkey will send the humanitarian aid to Albania and Macedonia.
The statement added that the number of the Kosovars coming to Turkey reached 5,319 on Saturday.
 PRESIDENT DEMIREL RETURNS TO TURKEY - DEMIREL MEETS WITH BAHRAINI EMIR SHEIKH HAMADMANAMA/ANKARA, April 4 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel returned to Turkey on Saturday evening, he visited the new Bahraini Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa and expressed his condolences for the death of the former Emir Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa the same day.
Before visiting Bahraini Emir, President Demirel met with representatives of Turkish banks acting in Bahrain and Turkish university lecturers working in Bahrain University.
Engin Turker, the Turkish Ambassador to Bahrain responded to the questions of President Demirel about the status of Bahrain in the region and working conditions in that country.
Noting that Bahrain is an important trade centre of the region, Turker said that Turkish firms have to come to this country.
President Demirel said that he is pleased to see seven Turkish banks in Bahrain, adding Turkey has to further improve relations with the Middle East and Caucasus.
President Demirel said that he had postponed his visit to Bahrain twice due to his heavy schedule, adding he visited Bahrain this time in order to express Turkey's condolences for the death of former Bahraini Emir.
 SUPPORT OF DENKTAS TO ''AID TO KOSOVO'' CAMPAIGN - DENKTAS: ''TURKISH CYPRIOTS LIVED THE SAME TRAGEDY WHICH KOSOVAR MOSLEMS ARE FACING''LEFKOSA, April 4 (A.A) - Rauf Denktas, the President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), contributed on Saturday to the ''Aid to Kosovo'' campaign by giving clothes for the Kosovars.
Addressing a statement in the aid collection centre, Denktas said that the Turkish Cypriots lived the same tragedy which the Kosovar Moslems are facing at the moment, adding that their aid will increase day by day.
Denktas said, ''the Serbs and the Kosovars should reach an agreement as two equal parties. The efforts to make these people live together after all the things the Serbians did, will cause new threats.''
When reminded his words saying that one part of Maras should be opened temporarily to shelter the Kosovar Moslems, Denktas noted that some part of Maras will be opened to shelter the Moslems who face genocide of the Serbs in Kosovo and that the TRNC government will give the final decision about this issue.
Emphasizing that he will support any kind of initiatives which aim at sheltering the immigrants in Maras, Denktas stated that he is ready to defend his opinion everywhere in the world.
Denktas said, ''I do not recognize an authority which will say 'no' to this. These people are living in the streets. Nobody has a right to let these people live in streets. The United Nations (UN) and the Security Council do not have this right. There are empty spaces in Maras and they should be re-opened to settlement after they are repaired as soon as possible.''
 PRESIDENT DEMIREL RETURNS TO TURKEY - DEMIREL: ''WE'VE TAKEN UP RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGAINST TERRORISM''ANKARA, April 4 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel wrapped up his two-day visit to Qatar and Bahrain on Saturday and returned to Turkey the same day.
Addressing a statement at Esenboga Airport, President Demirel said that they evaluated opportunities to further improve relations and cooperation between Turkey and Qatar with Qatari Emir and other Qatari officials.
''Within the framework of the importance attributed to installation of peace, security and stability in the Middle East and Gulf region by our countries, we've taken up the recent developments regarding the Middle East Peace Process and international cooperation against terrorism which crosses borders. In this regard, I informed my counterpart about our struggle with the terrorist PKK and the aim and scope of our operations staged against the terrorist PKK organization in Northern Iraq, besides we've explained once again the views of Turkey about waters that cross borders,'' said President Demirel.
President Demirel stressed that protocols foreseeing regular political consultations between Turkish and Qatari Foreign Ministries were signed, adding they have reached a consensus of opinion upon convening the Turkish- Qatari Joint Economic Commission soon and speeding up efforts to sign agreements on reciprocal investments and prevention of double-taxation.
''Positive and constructive steps have been taken in respect of strengthening both our relations with Qatar and the regional peace and stability,'' said Demirel.
President Demirel said that he also proceeded to Bahrain in order to express his condolences for the death of former Bahraini Emir Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa and congratulate the new Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa.
President Demirel added that he also exchanged views with Bahraini Emir about bilateral relations and regional issues.
 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATO - BAYULKEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE TURKISH ATLANTIC COUNCIL: - ''NATO SHOULD BE SUCCESSFUL IN APPLING ITS DECISION ABOUT KOSOVO''ANKARA, April 4 (A.A) - Umit Haluk Bayulken, the Chairman of the Turkish Atlantic Council, said on Sunday that NATO should be successful in applying its decision about Kosovo and that otherwise, it will mean a big loss for the peace of Europe.
Addressing a statement to A.A for the 50th anniversary of NATO, Bayulken noted that the alliance protected all its members from the armed attacks since it was set up.
Stating that the members developed their economic and social level under the most effective and most protective umbrella of the history and that thus the world did not face a general war trouble by the efforts of this alliance, Bayulken stressed that the alliance took a right decision about the Kosovo issue.
Bayulken stated that the effect of NATO's determination and will in putting an end to the clashes in Bosnia-Herzegovina by the Dayton Agreement is not disputable.
Drawing the attention that similar determination and will should be shown in Kosovo issue, Bayulken said, ''NATO's being successful in this issue is unavoidable. Even thinking of an opposite possibility will mean a big and irreperable loss not only for NATO but for the peace and security of Europe.''
Emphasizing that the alliance should maintain its prior and main tasks to continue to be convincing and dissuasive, Bayulken said that the first commitment of NATO is protecting its quality of being a collective defense organization for its allies.
Stressing that the alliance is very successful in adapting to the new conditions following the cold war era, Bayulken said, ''since the United Nations (U.N) cannot be successful in protecting the peace in the new conditions, the alliance should undertake effective measures and tasks in the application of peace.''
Bayulken added that the alliance should take necessary steps to fight against new threats like terorism and should be in solidarity with its allies about this issue.
 TURKES COMMEMORATED IN SECOND YEAR FOLLOWING HIS DEATH - PRESIDENT DEMIREL: ''THE DEATH OF TURKES WAS A BIG LOSS FOR OUR POLITICAL LIFE''ANKARA, April 4 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Sunday that Alparslan Turkes, the founder of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), was an important statesman and politician in the political life of Turkey for 40 years by his ideas and opinions, adding that the death of Turkes was a big loss for Turkey's political life.
Issuing a message, President Demirel said that he commemorates Turkes with mercy in the second year following his death.
 TURKISH TRADE DELEGATION DUE IN RUSSIAANKARA, April 4 (A.A) - A Turkish trade delegation headed by Yavuz Ege, the Foreign Trade Undersecretary, left on Sunday for Russia to hold official contacts on commerical and economic issues.
The officials from the Foreign Trade Undersecretariat (DTM) said that the meetings between the delegations of Turkey and Russia will be a continuation of the technical meetings which were held between the two countries before.
The issues like removing the problems which occured after the economic crisis and the decreasing amount of the trade volume in the latest days are expected to be discussed in the meetings.
Turkish delegation will return to Turkey on April 8, 1999.
 MAY TO BE CELEBRATED AS ''TURKISH MONTH'' IN NEW YORK - CONCERTS, EXHIBITION AND ''TURKISH FILMS WEEK'' TO BE HELDNEW YORK, April 4 (A.A) - United Turkish-American Associations (BTAD) decided to celebrate May as the ''Turkish Month'' in New York, it is reported on Sunday.
The traditional Turkish day march which is held every year by the Turkish- American Associations Federation (TADF) will be held on May 15, 1999 in Madison Avenue.
The TADF also planned to arrange a ''Turkish Week'' between May 14 and 21, 1999 in New York city of the U.S.
In accordance with the programme of BTAD, Turkish groups which will come from Turkey will give concerts, a ''Turkish films week'', music shows will be held and exhibitions will be opened.
Cem Yilmaz, the famous stand-up comedian, Yeni Turku, a Turkish pop music band, Hoy-Tur Halk Dans Toplulugu, a folklore dancing team, and Yasar, a Turkish pop music singer, are among the artists who will participate in the ''Turkish Month'' shows in the U.S.
An oil paint picture exhibition in which the works of Turkish, U.S., French, Japanese, Korean and Iranian artists will be displayed and a photography exhibition will be held in which the photographs of Guler Ugur will be shown.
 RED CRESCENT SENDS 250 TENTS AND 2,500 BLANKETS TO SKOPJEANKARA, April 4 (A.A) - The Red Crescent sent on Sunday 250 tents and 2,500 blankets to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, by two military cargo planes within the framework of the initiatives of helping the Kosovars.
Red Crescent said in its statement that 400 tents and 2,500 blankets were loaded in other military planes and that the planes will take off for Tiran, the capital of Albania, after the air corridor is opened.
The statement noted that all the preparations for two tent-sites in Macedonia and Albania which will be set up to shelter the Kosovars are completed and that the Red Crescent is waiting for the permission of the mentioned countries.
 50TH FOUNDATION ANNIVERSARY OF NATO - PRESIDENT DEMIREL: ''NATO CONTINUES TO EXIST NOT BY BEING AGAINST A CERTAIN COUNTRY OR BLOCK, BUT FOR PEACE AND STABILITY IN EUROPEAN-ATLANTIC REGION''ANKARA, April 4 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Sunday that NATO continues to exist not by being against a certain country or block but by being aware of its responsibility in installation of peace and stability in European-Atlantic region.
Issuing a message upon the 50th foundation of NATO, President Demirel said that ''the importance of this vital role assumed by the Alliance regarding peace and stability, is once again revealed in Kosovo after Bosnia.''
Noting that NATO has been the basic guarantee of member states' common security and defense for half a century, President Demirel said that Turkey shares the success of NATO as being one of the distinguished members of this society of democracies.
''The adaptation process for NATO after the end of the cold war will be completed by the NATO Summit that will be held in Washington D.C., the US between April 23-25, 1999. At the summit, basic documents that will determine the alliance's point of view about the coming century and strategy will be adopted,'' President Demirel said.
Pointing out that Turkey is pleased about the participation of Poland, Hungary, Check Republic to the NATO, President Demirel said that Turkey will continue to extend support to Bulgaria and Romania, which wish to join NATO.
''We completely believe that NATO will continue to do its mission in order to realize the ideal of a more secure, integrated, democratic, prosperous and peaceful Europe. Turkey will not refrain from doing her obligations as she does since 1952, when she joined the Alliance'' he added.
 PREMIER ECEVIT: ''OUR TWO CARGO PLANES WHICH WERE CARRYING AID TO KOSOVARS ARE MADE TO TURN BACK FROM BULGARIAN AIR SPACE''ANKARA-KASTAMONU, April 4 (A.A)- Premier Bulent Ecevit said on Sunday that two Turkish cargo planes which were carrying aid to the Kosovars were made to turn back from Bulgarian air space.
Addressing a statement to the journalists following his phone talk with Husamettin Ozkan, the Deputy Prime Minister and the State Minister, Ecevit noted that Bulgaria did not give permission to the two Turkish cargo planes which took off this morning carrying aid materials for the Kosovars in Macedonia, to pass through the Bulgarian air space and that the planes were made to turn back from Bulgarian air space.
 NATIONAL REVENUE ON DOLLAR BASIS - GNP INCREASES 6.33 PERCENT TO 204.5 BILLION U.S. DOLLARS IN 1998ANKARA, April 4 (A.A) - The Gross National Product (GDP) of Turkey increased 6.33 percent from 192.4 billion U.S. dollars to 204.5 billion U.S. dollars in 1998, it is reported on Sunday.
The figures of the State Statistics Institute (DIE) indicated that Turkey realized a national revenue worth of 204.5 billion U.S. dollars in 1998, including 46.1 billion U.S dollars from industrial sector, 39.9 billion U.S. dollars from commercial sector, 34.5 billion U.S. dollars from agricultural sector, 27.7 billion U.S. dollars from transportation and commmunication sector, 18.4 billion dollar from governmental services.
Industrial revenues decreased by 3.33 percent and the export tax recessed by 6.27 percent on U.S. dollar basis in 1998 while the revenues from agriculture, financial institutions and net foreign world increased.
The revenues from agricultural sector increased by 26.51 percent and the revenues from financial institutions increased by 27.61 percent while the revenues from net foreign world increased by 46.78 percent.
The national income per person increased from 3,080 U.S. dollars to 3,224 U.S. dollars in 1998.
 PREMIER ECEVIT: ''MACEDONIA DIDN'T PERMIT US TO SET UP TWO TENT-SITES FOR 20,000 PEOPLE''ANKARA, April 4 (A.A) - Premier Bulent Ecevit said on Sunday that Macedonians didn't permit them to set up two tent-sites for 20,000 Kosovars, adding they are ready to set up them in Turkish territories.
Addressing a statement to journalists, Bulent Ecevit said that the Serb violence continues and Albanians and Turks are forced to leave Kosovo.
''Meanwhile, Macedonia closed her border gates to Kosovars due to their increasing number. In fact we were preparing to set up two tent-sites and we were expecting Macedonian officials to give us the permission to transfer them to their country. However they didn't permit us to do that. We are ready to set up these sites on our own territory,'' said Premier Ecevit, adding they will discuss the issue at the Council of Ministers meeting this evening.
''We have to solve the problem of source, this is an humanitarian mission. Kosovar Albanians are our brothers and relatives. Many of their relatives live in Turkey. I wish the attitude of Turkey and the U.S. will be axmples for other NATO states. They have to contribute to this aid, because the operation which is underway is a collective one,'' said Ecevit, adding Turkey extended 5,5 million dollars of assistance to Kosovars since the beginning of the crisis. ''Of course the amount of our aid will be more than that by the tent-sites for 20,000 people,'' he added.
 TARTAN, MINISTER OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL SECURITY: ''THE HUMAN TRAGEDY IN KOSOVO WILL BE THE MAIN ARTICLE OF CABINET'S AGENDA TODAY''IZMIR, April 4 (A.A) - Hakan Tartar, the Minister of Labour and Social Security said on Sunday that the human tragedy in Kosovo will be the main article during the Council of Minister's meeting the same day.
In his speech in Buca county of Izmir, Tartan said that Turkey's humanitarian aid to Kosovar Albanians who escape from Serb violence will increase.
Noting that a big human tragedy is seen in Kosovo, Tartan said that ''in spite of the reaction by Europe and the U.S., the bloodshed and violence continues in Kosovo. Turkey couldn't stay indifferent to these events. The Council of Ministers was called to convene. I suppose the main article of the meeting's agenda will be the tragedy in Kosovo.''
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