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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-04-10

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

AA Daily

10 April 1999 Saturday


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
  • [02] NUMBER OF KOSOVARS COMING TO TURKEY
  • [03] NUMBER OF KOSOVAR REFUGEES STAYING IN IMMIGRANTS' GUESTHOUSE REACHES FOUR THOUSAND
  • [04] PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: ''ETHNICAL DISCRIMINATION BECOMES WIDESPREAD IN NOT ONLY IN RUSSIA AND SERBIA BUT ALSO IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES''
  • [05] 71ST ANNIVERSARY OF ADOPTION OF SECULARISM
  • [06] DROUGHT IN TRNC - TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS: ''WE WILL ATTAIN SOMETHING WITH COOPERATION WITH TURKEY''
  • [07] PRESIDENT DEMIREL: ''IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO DISCUSS WHETHER EU WILL ACCEPT US OR NOT. LET US CREATE A DE FACTO SITUATION AND REACH TO THE LEVEL OF EU''
  • [08] THE ECONOMIST ANALYZES POLLS ON 18 APRIL: - ''ECEVIT BECAME WHITE HOPE OF TURKS WHO DON'T WANT ISLAMISTS BE THE POWER AGAIN'' - ''THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT ECEVIT HASN'T BECOME A PART OF A CORRUPTION IN HIS 42-YEAR POLITICAL CAREER AND HIS ROLE IN APPREHENSION OF OCALAN IN KENYA'' - ''HOWEVER, ECEVIT WILL FAIL IN COLLECTING SUFFICIENT VOTE FOR TAKING THE POWER ALONE''
  • [09] TURKEY'S EMBASSY IN SKOPJE ENTERS INTO AN INTENSIVE WORK PROCESS FOR KOSOVAR REFUGEES
  • [10] CONTACTS OF ITALIAN DELEGATION IN TRNC - CUSCUNA: ''WE WANT TO SET UP NEW TIES BETWEEN OUR CULTURES'' - TRNC PRESIDENT RECEIVES ITALIAN DELEGATION

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN

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

    HURRIYET (LIBERAL)

    ONLY TURKEY KEPT ITS PROMISE
    Kiro Gligorov, Head of State of Macedonia, which is in the critical region, said Western people and NATO member countries gave promises when refugee flow began towards their country who escaped from Serbian cruelty, adding that none of these promises were kept. Gligorov said only Turkey kept its promise.

    CHIEF PROSECUTOR SAVAS PERSISTENT ON CLOSING HADEP
    Vural Savas, Chief Prosecutor of Supreme Court, applied to Constitutional Court for a second time to prevent Peoples' Democracy Party (HADEP) from entering to elections although it was rejected earlier. Savas wanted HADEP to be prohibited from entering to every kind of political activity and wanted this party to be closed as it is a focus of every kind of separatist activities.

    MILLIYET (LIBERAL)

    HADEP: ''WE HAVE COMMON SIDES WITH PKK''
    Osman Ozcelik, Deputy Chairman of Peoples' Democracy Party (HADEP) said they have common sides with the terrorist PKK organization. Ozcelik said ''there is no organic tie between HADEP and PKK yet they have common sides. This is the kurdish problem. PKK applied to solution with arms yet we will solve it through peaceful means.''

    SABAH (LIBERAL)

    MHP PANIC IN DYP
    Success of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) made True Path Party (DYP) uneasy. Broadcasting organs of Cillers continuously attack Devlet Bahceli, leader of MHP. MHP becomes successful in regions like the Aegean, Centeral Anatolia and Erzurum which are the castles of DYP.Ciller feels uneasy over these developments.

    EITHER ALONE OR WITH DSP
    Mesut Yilmaz, leader of the Motherland Party (ANAP), disclosed his government partnership plan following general elections. Yilmaz said there was no reason for them not to be coalition partner with the Democratic Left Party (DSP) again.Yilmaz said they can not make cooperation with other parties.

    CUMHURIYET (LEFT)

    TURKEY READY FOR LAND WAR
    National Security Council (NSC) decided to participate in all the stages of military operations of NATO started against Yugoslavia, including the land war. With a resolution dated October 8, 1998, the government was authorized to send soldiers abroad. In case NATO starts land operation, Turkish Armed Forces will be able to send soldiers abroad.

    THE RIGHT EXPLOITS RELIGION
    Tansu Ciller, leader of True Path Party (DYP), targets Mesut Yilmaz, leader of the Motherland Party (ANAP) in her speeches in election meetings and reiterates her words ''they have closed Imam-Hatip schools.'' Meanwhile, Yilmaz warns the citizens against the ones who exploit religion and said ''nobody can close Imam-Hatip schools.''

    RADIKAL (LEFT)

    TURKISH STYLE ISLAM
    The Turkish Economic and Social Etudes Foundation (TESEV) carried out a poll in 16 provinces, revealing that the Turkish people are faithful to their religion but against the state-religion unity. Majority of 3,054 people attended the poll don't approve of the religion's being effective in the public platform and the state's intervening in the people's beliefs and worship.

    Majority is against fundamentalism but in favor of religious tolerance. The 21 percent of the radical islamists are confused. They accept ''Islamic Law'', but they don't approve of several Islamic rules.

    OCALAN TO COMPLAIN ABOUT ATHENS TO ECHR
    Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the terrorist organization, announced through his lawyers that he will complaint about Greece to the European Court of Human Rights. Ocalan accused Greece of playing role in his apprehesion.

    Noting that the aim of Greece for years is to set the Turks and Kurds to fighting, Ocalan said this is a crime of humanity.

    YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL) KOC DOPING TO THE SOUTHEAST
    Koc Holding and Ata Group started initiatives for the biggest private sector investment of the region. The project which was initiated with the initiative of Vehbi Koc two years ago, will be implemented. The 17-million U.S. dollar investment is the biggest one of the investments of private sector made to the region.

    THE GOVERNMENT HAD TO BOW TO ELECTION ECONOMY
    Government which showed that it did not apply election economy so far and proved this with the base prices, broke this policy for the first time.

    The government annuled the price increase to diesel oil and kerosene which was made a day ago. The price increase to diesel oil and kerosene interest the farmers who have a great vote potential.

    TÜRKİYE (RIGHT)

    SUICIDE BOMBER WAS IRANIAN
    It was revealed that the assailant, who staged suicide bomb attack on Hakkari Governor Nihat Canpolat killing himself and the Governor's driver, was ''Ferhenk'' code-named Turab Mohammad who was born in Iran-Urumia.

    The Iranian aides and other supporters of the bomber said their real targets were public buildings.

    BLACK-BOX FOUND
    After the digital cockpit voice recorder, the second black-box was also found, enabling the experts to reveal the secrecy in the plane crash in Ceyhan.

    The units, who are trying to extract the plane, reached the black-box in 12 meters depth.

    ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE) PKK IN PROSTITUTION MARKET
    It was revealed that the PKK, which organizes every kind of evil business from drug trafficking to racketeering in order to finance terrorism, laid hands on the prostitution market. Ten PKK terrorists, who were captured in the security forces' raids in Istanbul, confessed that the PKK started to deal with fake money and white slave trade.

    In the light of the terrorists' confessions, securtiy forces detained 32 foreign prostitutes.

    THEY WOULD HAVE CLAIMED MANY LIVES IF THEY WEREN'T CAPTURED
    Security forces confiscated three time bombs hidden in the cache of a car at the Ipsala Border Gate.

    Questioning three PKK terrorists, who brought the time bombs into the border from Germany, security forces detained two terrorists, who were preparing themselves for suicide bomb attacks in Istanbul, and nine terrorists, who staged bomb attack on the Mc. Donald's in Beyazit.

    [02] NUMBER OF KOSOVARS COMING TO TURKEY

    EDIRNE, April 10 (A.A) - Number of Kosovars coming to Turkey, after escaping from Serbian attacks, reached to 9,000, it was reported on Saturday.

    A passenger bus which entered to Turkey from the Kapikule Border Gate early this morning brought 50 refugees. The Kosovars were sent to Gaziosmanpasa Refugee Guest House in Kirklareli county.

    Number of refugees coming to Turkey from highways were decreased as Bulgarian officials did not allow them to transit from their territories. No enterance was recorded with the passenger buses in the recent one week. Very small number of people could only reach to the border gate with their private cars.

    Officials said a total of 574 Kosovar refugees came to Turkey with four planes landing in Corlu Airport and noted that they expect coming of refugees with airways.

    Most of the refugees coming to Turkey settled near their relatives in Tekirdag, Istanbul, Bursa and Yalova, the ones who did not have relatives in Turkey are sheltered in Refugee Guest House in Kirklareli. Number of Kosovars settled in the guest house increased to 3.260.

    [03] NUMBER OF KOSOVAR REFUGEES STAYING IN IMMIGRANTS' GUESTHOUSE REACHES FOUR THOUSAND

    KIRKLARELI, April 10 (A.A) - The number of Kosovar refugees at the Gaziosmanpasa Immigrants' Guesthouse in Kirklareli reached four thousand, it was reported on Saturday.

    As a result of the initiatives of Turkey and the Internatioal Immigration Organization, 574 more refugees were brought to Turkey by four planes and settled in the camp.

    Ahmet Coskun, the Director of the Red Crescent camp, said the delivered equipments and foodstuffs in the camp will suffice 20 thousand refugees.

    Noting that the aids, which were sent by the people, private companies and non-governmental organizations contributed them to meet the requirements of the Kosovars, Ahmet Coskun requested the people to lend their helping hands.

    [04] PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: ''ETHNICAL DISCRIMINATION BECOMES WIDESPREAD IN NOT ONLY IN RUSSIA AND SERBIA BUT ALSO IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES''

    ANKARA, April 10 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Friday that ethnical discrimination became widespread not only in Russia and Serbia but also in European countries.

    Ecevit responded to the questions of reporters in a TV program and said Turkey has not given up its right of European Union (EU) membership and did not have an intention to give concession to this end.

    Noting that although it has been entered to election atmosphere, they did not implement election economy, Ecevit said they have lightened the tax burden of workers, farmers, tradesmen and civil servants with the tax reform.

    [05] 71ST ANNIVERSARY OF ADOPTION OF SECULARISM

    ANKARA, April 10 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Saturday that Islam harmonized with secularism, democracy and civilization in Turkey and that a dynamic community structure was created from this harmonization.

    Prime Minister Ecevit issued a message due to the 71th anniversary of adoption of secularism principle. Noting that secularism was a principle of republic and democracy and assurance of freedom of belief and conscience, Ecevit said Turkish people reached religion knowledge and secular democratic republic.

    Ecevit said he congratulated 71st anniversary of secularism and concluded his message as saying ''I wish peace and tranquility to all our religion brothers.

    [06] DROUGHT IN TRNC - TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS: ''WE WILL ATTAIN SOMETHING WITH COOPERATION WITH TURKEY''

    LEFKOSA, April 10 (A.A) - Rauf Denktas, President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said on Saturday that Israel recorded progress in agriculture and irrigation issues although it is more drought than TRNC, adding that TRNC will attain something due to the cooperation with Turkey.

    Denktas received an agriculture delegation who came to TRNC to hold contacts on the issue of chickpea production instead of barley, aiming to bring a solution to drought problem of TRNC.

    Denktas, who was briefed about the studies held in TRNC, said ''your studies will have great contribution to economy and villagers.''

    Noting that Turkey held advanced level studies on agriculture issue, Denktas said he was pleased that TRNC was selected to hold studies.

    The delegation members said Cyprus was like a natural conservatory due to its climate, adding that the aim of their studies was to enliven agriculture economy of TRNC.

    [07] PRESIDENT DEMIREL: ''IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO DISCUSS WHETHER EU WILL ACCEPT US OR NOT. LET US CREATE A DE FACTO SITUATION AND REACH TO THE LEVEL OF EU''

    ANKARA, April 10 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Saturday that it was not necessary to discuss whether European Union (EU) will accept Turkey or not, and pointed out that ''Let us create a De facto situation and reach to the level of EU. What can the EU say than?''

    President Demirel met with a delegation headed by Faruk Yoneyman, Executive Board Chairman of Foreign Capital Association. In the meeting Yoneyman said their aim was to speed up the coming of foreign capital to Turkey. Noting that only one billion U.S. dollar of 450 billion U.S. dollar capital circulating in the world entered to Turkey, Yoneyman said Turkey needed 5 billion U.S. dollars foreign capital.

    Yoneyman said fortification and special privilege issues were not in international standarts so there were several problems.

    President Demirel said democracy, human rights and market economy can not be separated from each other, adding that understandings of the past should be adjusted.

    Demirel stressed the need that gross national product per capita should be increased to more than 10,000 U.S. dollars, and pointed out that ''this will be realized with investment. Most of the insfrastructure we made are limited, our airports, highways, railways are limited and outdated.''

    Demirel stressed that Constitutional change on these issues should have priority on issues that will be taken up after elections.

    Demirel said ''we should overcome all the obstacles in front of foreign capital. Aren't we trying to enter the EU? This is also free circulation. Who will circulate freely? The capital, services, and people.''

    [08] THE ECONOMIST ANALYZES POLLS ON 18 APRIL: - ''ECEVIT BECAME WHITE HOPE OF TURKS WHO DON'T WANT ISLAMISTS BE THE POWER AGAIN'' - ''THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT ECEVIT HASN'T BECOME A PART OF A CORRUPTION IN HIS 42-YEAR POLITICAL CAREER AND HIS ROLE IN APPREHENSION OF OCALAN IN KENYA'' - ''HOWEVER, ECEVIT WILL FAIL IN COLLECTING SUFFICIENT VOTE FOR TAKING THE POWER ALONE''

    LONDON, April 10 (A.A) - The Economist, which was published in Britain weekly, in its analysis on the general elections on 18 April, gave a broad place to Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, who was seen to raise his points in recent months, saying, ''Ecevit became the white hope of those Turkish people who don't want the islamists to come back into the power.''

    The magazine recalled that the public polls revealed that Ecevit's Democratic Left Party (DSP) is running almost neck-to-neck with the Virtue Party (FP), which represents the islamists, but Ecevit has increased his popularity.

    Claiming that the reason for this was the low performance of Turkey's two main secularist politicians Mesut Yilmaz of the Motherland Party (ANAP) and Tansu Ciller of the True Path Party (DYP), the magazine said the other main reason was the windfall of the capture in Kenya of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the terrorist organization. The magazine said Ecevit has been greeted by adoring crowds shouting ''Welcome Kenya's Conqueror''.

    Noting that it is the fact that Ecevit is one of the very few Turkish politicians never to have been accused of corruption, the magazine said Ecevit is unlikely to win enough seats in the new parliament to form a government on his own.

    The magazine said a few daring souls argue that Ecevit should team up with Recai Kutan's Virtue Party (FP) because that would help to check the growing polarization between religious and secular Turks which is fast becoming the greatest threat to national stability.

    The Economist said it is unlikely to happen as the army has made it clear that it doesn't want islamists in the government.

    The Economist said it became evident that powerful circles in Turkey like the army and Turkish Association of Industrialists and Businessmen (TUSIAD) will most welcome another Ecevit-Yilmaz coalition, adding, ''if the islamists are indeed to be excluded from government, at least three secular parties may have to glue themselves together to form a workable parliamentary majority. But the necessary glue is in short supply.''

    [09] TURKEY'S EMBASSY IN SKOPJE ENTERS INTO AN INTENSIVE WORK PROCESS FOR KOSOVAR REFUGEES

    SKOPJE, April 10 (A.A) - Turkey's Embassy in Skopje entered to an intensive work process due to Turkey-Macedonia diplomacy traffic, which increases in the recent days, coordination of distribution of aid coming from Turkey and prodecures regarding Kosovon refugees who will go to Turkey.

    The Embassy staff, headed by M. Fazli Kesmir, the Ambassador, carries out studies to conclude the required procedures of the refugees who will go to Turkey.

    A group of refugees set out with the documents prepared by the Embassy to go to Turkey.

    [10] CONTACTS OF ITALIAN DELEGATION IN TRNC - CUSCUNA: ''WE WANT TO SET UP NEW TIES BETWEEN OUR CULTURES'' - TRNC PRESIDENT RECEIVES ITALIAN DELEGATION

    LEFKOSA, April 10 (A.A) - The Italian delegation including Italian parliamentarians and businessmen led by Augusto Sinagra, the Honorary Representative of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to Italy, met with Semi Bora, the Mayor of Lefkosa, and the municipality council members, it was reported on Saturday.

    Addressing the meeting at Lefkosa Saray Hotel, Nicolo Cuscuna, an Italian Parliamentarian, said on behalf of the Italian delegation that the Italian municipalities want to cooperate with the TRNC municipalities.

    Noting that the aim of their visit is to set up new ties between the Turkish cypriot culture and the Italian culture, Cuscuna said that they want to strengthen the ties between the TRNC and Italy.

    Cuscuna said he hopes the Italian businessmen can make business with the TRNC businessmen.

    Semi Bora, the Mayor of Lefkosa, said they are ready to support every kind of initiative which can be launched to further improve the relations between the TRNC and Italy.

    Pointing out that every kind of project to be realized with the build- operate-transfer model is open for the Italian businessmen, Bora showed the multi-floor car park project as an example for this.

    Meanwhile, Rauf Denktas, the President of the TRNC, received the Italian delegation.

    Denktas briefed the delegation on the latest developments about the Cyprus issue and listened to their views.

    The Italian delegation will leave the TRNC on Sunday.

    A.A


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