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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-04-11

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

AA Daily

11 April 1999 Sunday


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
  • [02] PRESIDENT DEMIREL LEAVES FOR ALBANIA - DEMIREL: ''MY VISIT WILL STRESS THE SOLIDARITY WITH KOSOVAR REFUGEES WHO ARE IN THOSE COUNTRIES''
  • [03] PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: ''EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WHO WANT TO GIVE HUMAN RIGHTS LESSON TO US SHOULD LEARN HUMANITY LESSON FROM TURKEY''
  • [04] MORNINSTAR, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF CLINTON, DUE IN TURKEY
  • [05] PLANE CRASH IN SOUTHERN ADANA PROVINCE - FLIGHT DATA RECORDER OF TRAKYA PLANE SEND TO THE U.S.
  • [06] PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: ''MEASURES ARE TAKEN AS NEW NESTING OF PKK IS OBSERVED''
  • [07] KOSOVO SUPPORT FROM TURKEY TO NATO
  • [08] LETTER OF TERRORIST CHIEF - PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: ''HE WANTS THE ATTACKS TO END, YET THERE IS A CONFLICT BETWEEN THEMSELVES''
  • [09] GAP, A WORLD PROJECT
  • [10] TURKEY'S ELECTRICITY ENERGY PRODUCTION
  • [11] PRESIDENT DEMIREL'S CONTACTS IN ALBANIA AND MACEDONIA - DEMIREL VISITS REFUGEE CAMPS IN ALBANIA AND MEETS WITH THE OFFICIALS

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN

    These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on April 11, 1999. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET (LIBERAL)

    DEMIREL: PRIVATIZATION IS A MUST IN ENERGY
    President Suleyman Demirel said Turkey will enter into energy shortage if energy projects are not realized, adding that ''darkness waits for Turkey in the year 2000s.'' Demirel pointed out that privatization of energy was a must in order to prevent this. Demirel said Turkey should adjust itself to universal law, market economy and principles of globalization.

    44 TERRORISTS KILLED IN NORTHERN IRAQ
    A total of 44 terrorists were killed and 15 others were captured during the cross border operation carried out against the terrorist organization in Northern Iraq. 10 soldiers died in the operation. Two SA-7 surface to air missiles were seized in shelters belonging to terrorists. Also five terrorists were killed in southeastern Tunceli and Batman provinces. Three soldiers died here.

    MILLIYET (LIBERAL)

    SAVAS: DENUNCIATION IS NOT NEEDED IN INVESTIGATION
    Vural Savas, the only authorized name under Constitution to file a suit for the closure of political parties, said there was no need for denunciation for the prosecutors to launch an investigation about the election speeches of the parties. When asked if he started an investigation about the speeches of Tansu Ciller, leader of True Path Party (DYP), Savas said every kind of evidences will come to them.

    BINGOL, BRAIN OF ILLEGAL DEV-SOL ORGANIZATION CAPTURED
    Ibrahim Bingol, the suspect of assasination of retired Lieutenant General Hulusi Sayin was detained in Brussels, capital city of Belgium.

    Security officials said Ibrahim Bingol, who was imprisoned with charges of murdering retired Lieutenant General Sayin and Doctor Musa Duman in 1991 but ran away the same year from the Ankara Closed Prison, was captured in Brussels three days ago.

    Bingol had been wanted with Interpol's red bulletin.

    SABAH (LIBERAL)

    ''SPY'' ACCUSATION TO TURKISH BUSINESSMAN
    General Zdanovic, Russian Interior Intelligence Service Spokesman, said Bahri Besikci (62), the Turkish businessman, was expelled with charges of ''espionage.'' Turkish Foreign Ministry said they did not have information about Besikci upon a note coming from Russia.

    44 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED
    ''Spring cleaning'' of Turkish Armed Forces launched in Northern Iraq continues. A total of 6,000 commandos and 600 transitory village guards devastates shelters of terrorists in Kharkhurk, Sinath and Haftanin regions. A total of 44 terrorists were killed and 15 others were captured in clashes. A total of 10 soldiers died in the operation.

    CUMHURIYET (LEFT)

    WEST IS STILL THE HOPE OF OCALAN, TERRORIST CHIEF
    Abdullah Ocalan, chief of terrorist organization, made a written statement with the help of Mahmut Sakar, his lawyer, and wanted the United Nation (U.N), Council of Europe (COE)and Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to participate in ''peace process'' in Turkey as observers. Ocalan also said PKK should get prepared to legalize itself within the democratic system.''

    KOSOVO STATEMENT OF GENERAL STAFF
    General Staff issued a statement and said Kosovo operation of NATO will continue increasing its force till Serbs withdraw and pointed out that number of refugees is more than 800,000.

    The statement said Turkish F-16 planes, deployed in Italian Ghedi Airbase, stayed in the air for 30 hours the day before and noted that Turkish planes realized a total of 474 flights so far.

    RADIKAL (LEFT)

    ECEVIT: CILLER IS ILL-TEMPERED
    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said Tansu Ciller, leader of True Path Party (DYP) was ill-tempered during the election campaign. Ecevit said he had difficulty in explaining the angry attitude of a party leader. Ecevit said Ciller also exploited religion.

    TERRORISTS ABDUCT DEPUTYSHIP CANDIDATE OF ANAP FOR HAKKARI PROVINCE
    Members of the terrorist organization abducted Osman Dara, candidate for deputyship of the Motherland Party (ANAP) for Southeastern Hakkari province, his brother and their two relatives on Friday evening.

    The incident happened when a group of terrorists raided the house of Dara in Besbulak village in Yuksekova county in southeastern Hakkari province and abducted Dara, his brother Izzet and two of their relatives. The terrorists who fled towards the Iranian border region, later released two of those people but took Dara and his brother with them.

    Security forces started an operation in order to rescue Dara.

    Abdurrahman Keskin, Mayor of Hakkari, told A.A correspondent that they expressed hatred to the incident.

    YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL)

    ''WHITE HOPE OF TURKS''
    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.

    PRESIDENT DEMIREL IN ALBANIA AND MACEDONIA
    President Suleyman Demirel will pay separate visits to Albania and Macedonia on Sunday to boost morale and to cover the situation in the region closely.

    Demirel is scheduled to meet with Rexhep Meidani, Albanian President and is expected to meet with Pandali Mayko, Albanian Prime Minister. Demirel will give the message that Turkey shares the sorrows of Albanian people and will continue to expend aid to these country with determination.

    TÜRKİYE (RIGHT)

    SPRING OPERATION
    A total of 44 PKK terrorists were killed during an operation in Northern Iraqi boder. 10 soldiers died in the operation. Operations started as the weather becomes warm and as infiltrations began from the borders. A mass blow was put on PKK with the operation which started in a region adjacent to Turkish-Iraqi border. Many weapons and two SA-7 milles were found in shelters belonging to terrorists.

    DEMIREL MORALE TO THE BALKANS
    President Demirel will go to Macedonia on Sunday. Demirel who will meet with Gligorov, Head of State, will be briefed about the problems of the refugees. During the visit massacre of Serbs will be taken up and Demirel will see human tragedy on the spot.

    [02] PRESIDENT DEMIREL LEAVES FOR ALBANIA - DEMIREL: ''MY VISIT WILL STRESS THE SOLIDARITY WITH KOSOVAR REFUGEES WHO ARE IN THOSE COUNTRIES''

    ANKARA, April 11 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Sunday that Turkey will continue to be with Albania and Macedonia as it happened earlier, adding that Turkey will expend every kind of efforts to overcome the problems these two countries will meet.

    Addressing a news conference before leaving for Albania and Macedonia, Demirel said his visit will stress the solidarity of Turkey with the Kosovar refugees who are in those countries.

    Noting that Albania and Macedonia, where the Kosovar refugees sheltered, showed an example attitude to provide a transitory sheltering to these people with the help of international community, Demirel said coordination of humanitarian aid will also be discussed during the visit.

    Demirel said ''I believe that my visit is a timely opportunity to show the support we expend to them and to stress the importance Turkey attributes to the stability and tranquility of Albania which we have perfect relations in the Balkans.''

    Demirel said he will discuss coordination of humanitarian aid which Turkey started during the meetings with President Gligovorov and President Meidani and that they will determine the needs about the future aid.

    Demirel said Turkey, as a requirement of its historical and moral responsibility, opens its doors to its Kosovar brothers and forms two camps composed of 1000 tents for the refugees in Macedonia and Albania to provide them sheltering in a healthy and secure atmosphere. Turkey will be in an effort to help Kosovar people who were forced to leave their houses and to help Albania and Macedonia to overcome this important problem. Sheltering of 10,000 people are envisaged in the first stage. Depending on the requirements in the coming period, efforts are underway to double the capacity of the two camps in question.

    President Demirel said he will visit these camp regions during and get information about the works underway.

    Noting that Turkey pointed out the importance of finding a solution to the problem through diplomatic ways from the very begining of Kosovo crisis, Demirel said this opportunity was lost with the inhumane policies of Belgrade regime.

    Demirel noted that ''Turkey believes that the resolved struggle of NATO will be successful and return of Kosovar people, who were forced to leave their houses, will be provided. Demirel said Turkey expended efforts to heal the wounds caused by the tragedy as a result of attitude of Belgrade administration and fulfil its moral responsibilities.

    Demirel said today's most important problem was to provide the transitory sheltering of refugees under the best conditions, otherwise, new sufferings will be added to the existing ones.

    ''I hope my visit will reveal the human tragedy in the region once again and I also hope my visit will contribute to the accelaration of measures taken by international community to overcome the suffering of Kosovar people'' Demirel said.

    President Demirel also noted that the visits will show the importance Turkey attributes to the integrity, stability and security of Albania and Macedonia, adding that ''Turkey will be together with friendly Albania and Macedonia as it always did and will expend every kind of effort and contribution to overcome the problems they meet.''

    [03] PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: ''EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WHO WANT TO GIVE HUMAN RIGHTS LESSON TO US SHOULD LEARN HUMANITY LESSON FROM TURKEY''

    ISTANBUL, April 11 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Saturday that Turkey expended all its facilities for the Kosovars without considering if they are Turkish or Albanian origin.

    Addressing an open air meeting of his party, Ecevit mentioned about the cruelty of Serbs in Kosovo and pointed out that Turkey ran to the help of Kosovars as it did earlier to Jews and Iraqi Kurds.

    Ecevit noted that Turkish state extended its helping hand to Kosovar people although other islam countries did not do this.

    Reiterating that the ones who come from Kosovo were not immigrants, Ecevit said ''they will return to their country soon. Yet, Turkey is their country as long as they are away from their own country.''

    Noting that racist war and religious fanaticism were replaced with ideologic separation in the world, Ecevit said ''today, racism becomes widespread in many European countries, not only in Serbia. Yet, we do not have the concept of race. Several Europeans who want to teach us human rights lessons to Turkey should learn humanity from Turkey at first.''

    [04] MORNINSTAR, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF CLINTON, DUE IN TURKEY

    ANKARA, April 11 (A.A) - Richard Morningstar, Special Representative of Bill Clinton, the U.S. President, responsible for Caspian Basin energy policies, is scheduled to come to Turkey next week.

    Morningstar is expected to hold several meetings with officials of Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and with several private energy companies.

    The visit of Morningstar has a special importance as prices of petroleum increased nowadays. Energy circles stress that increase of petroleum prices will make Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline more attractive.

    Petroleum companies focus on the cost of the project on the issue of Baku- Ceyhan Pipeline.

    Early production petroleum, extracted in Azerbaijan, is transported through Baku-Soupsa and Baku-Novorossiisk routes and a main pipeline is needed as the these two routes do not have the required capacity to carry the main petroleum.

    Morningstar had come to Turkey in the first week of February and discussed latest developments on the issue of Baku-Ceyhan pipeline together with officials of Ministry of Energy.

    [05] PLANE CRASH IN SOUTHERN ADANA PROVINCE - FLIGHT DATA RECORDER OF TRAKYA PLANE SEND TO THE U.S.

    ISTANBUL, April 11 (A.A) - Flight data recorder of Boeing 737-400 type Trakya plane, belonging to Turkish Airlines, was sent to the U.S. in order to be observed.

    Officials of Turkish Airlines said the reason of the accident will be determined when the flight recorder is deciphered.

    The plane had taken off from Adana Sakirpasa Airport at 00.36 at night on April 7, after eight minutes following the take off, the plane crashed in Adatepe region of Ceyhan county. Due to the first examinations at the wreckage, it had been seen that the plane was fully stuck in ground.

    All crew of the plane died when it crashed near Ceyhan county of southern Adana province.

    The crew were: pilot Kivilcim Tuncer, the co-pilot Orhan Bezcioglu, and the hostesses Hatice Misirlioglu, Gonul Topal, Nida Guler and Deniz Desen.

    [06] PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: ''MEASURES ARE TAKEN AS NEW NESTING OF PKK IS OBSERVED''

    ANKARA, April 11 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Sunday that new nesting of terrorist organization was observed in nortern Iraq, adding that the operation launched against the region was a measure taken to this end.

    Responding to the questions of reporters about the operation in Northern Iraq Ecevit said ''such operations are held in the region from time to time until the targetted result is taken. New nesting of PKK was observed in that region, in the Iraqi side. Naturally, measures are taken in this respect.''

    Responding to a question if Turkey has an expectation from the visits of President Demirel to Albania and Macedonia, Ecevit said ''Albania and Macedonia expect many things from Turkey. All their expectations are met. Turkey was the first country running to the help of Kosovars. They are our brothers. President Demirel went there to observe the problems on the spot.''

    [07] KOSOVO SUPPORT FROM TURKEY TO NATO

    WASHINGTON, April 11 (A.A) - Baki Ilkin, Turkey's Ambassador to Washington on Sunday reiterated the support Ankara extended to air operations of NATO against Yugoslavia and pointed out that ''NATO had no other choice but to hit.''

    Ilkin, who participated in ''Larry King Live'' program in CNN, together with Yugoslavian, Macedonian, Albanian and Greek diplomats, said he had the hope that Belgrade has drawn necessary lessons from the operations carried out so far.

    Noting that diplomacy failed on the issue of Kosovo, Ilkin said ''NATO had no other choice. We could have critized NATO if there was another choice, yet there wasn't. Now, I hope there will not be need for a more intensive bombardment.I hope that the ones in Belgrade understood the seriousness of the situation better and accept some of the conditions we put forward.''

    Ilkin noted that Russian war planes were passing from the Straits to the Mediterranean, adding that this will not form a new problem for Kosovo crisis. Ilkin said Turkey at first disclosed that it will accept 26,000 of the refugees and recalled that more than 9,000 of them entered to Turkey.''

    Vladislav Jovanovic, Yugoslavia's permanent representative to the U.N. confirmed the news reports that Yugoslavian army planted land mines to the borders of the country with Albania and Macedonia. Jovanovic said it was normal for Yugoslav army to take such measures when NATO's land operation is in the agenda.

    Aleksandros Filon, Greece's Ambassador to Washington, voiced the views of Athens supporting Serbs and recalled their demands to give an interval to the air operations of NATO. Filon said he will go to the church after the program to pray for the good of people in the region.

    Petrit Bushati, Albania's Ambassador to Washington and Ljubica Acevska, Macedonia's Ambassador to Washington, said their countries were in a difficult situation due to the immigration of the refugees and called for more help.

    [08] LETTER OF TERRORIST CHIEF - PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: ''HE WANTS THE ATTACKS TO END, YET THERE IS A CONFLICT BETWEEN THEMSELVES''

    ANKARA, April 11 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, speaking about the letter of Abdullah Ocalan, chief of terrorist organization, said ''he wants these attacks to end yet, there is a conflict between themselves.''

    Responding to a question about the letter Ocalan disclosed by his lawyer, Ecevit said ''he wants these attacks to end. Yet, there is a conflict between themselves. This means some of them want to continue terrorist attacks.''

    When asked if he could be sincere in his demands, Ecevit said he did not want to comment on that.

    [09] GAP, A WORLD PROJECT

    ANKARA, April 11 (A.A) - International community which played an abstainer attitude to Southeastern Anatolian Project (GAP), now interested in cooperation, it was reported on Sunday.

    A report prepared by GAP Administration Chairmanship said GAP reached to an example position as a regional development project which is remembered together with its ''humanitarian'' dimension and ''sustainability'' concept.

    The report said sustainable development approach and Turkey's resolution to conclude GAP were undertood and concrete uses of the project were revealed and that these contributed the project to reach international dimensions.

    The report mentioned that the projects which GAP Administration carried out together with international organizations were very important and pointed out that GAP as if became a world project.

    [10] TURKEY'S ELECTRICITY ENERGY PRODUCTION

    ANKARA, April 11 (A.A) - Turkey's electricity energy production, which is 73.8 billion kilowatt hour (kwh) in 1993 reached to 110.9 billion kwh in the year 1998, it was reported on Sunday.

    68.8 kwh of last year's electricity production is provided by thermic production and 42.2 billion kwh part is provided with hydraulic production.

    According to the information given by Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, electricity energy production which was 73.8 billion kwh hour in 1993 increased to 78.3 in 1994 and 103.3 kwh in 1997.

    According to transitory figures of 1998, 68.7 billion kwh is provided by thermic production and 42.2 billion kwh is provided by hydraulic production.

    [11] PRESIDENT DEMIREL'S CONTACTS IN ALBANIA AND MACEDONIA - DEMIREL VISITS REFUGEE CAMPS IN ALBANIA AND MEETS WITH THE OFFICIALS

    TIRANA-SKOPJE, April 11 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Sunday that inhumane treatment, ethnic cleansing and cruelty imposed in Kosovo will end, adding that ''ambition of Milosevic administration to get those people out from Kosovo will fail in the end.''

    President Demirel, who visited refugee camps in Albania, also met with Albanian President Rexhep Meidani, Prime Minister Mayko and Parliament Speaker Iskender Gjinushi.

    President Demirel called on humanity to help those people who were oppressed, and pointed out that those people who were forced to leave their houses because of bloody handed murderers, will in the end return to their houses. Demirel said ''Belgrade regime should understand this message very well. NATO operation will continue till it reaches its targets.''

    President Demirel proceeded to Macedonia after concluding his contacts in Albania.

    A.A


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