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12 April 1999 Monday
 CEM, FOREIGN MINISTER, IN BRUSSELSBRUSSELS, April 12 (A.A) - Foreign Minister Ismail Cem arrived in Brussels on Sunday to participate in NATO Council emergency meeting.
Foreign Ministers of 19 NATO member countries will convene in NATO General Headquarters in Brussels on Monday to evaluate latest situation on Kosovo crisis and air operations of the Alliance.
NATO Spokesman said a change of attitude should not be expected from this meeting and announced that the ministers will reiterate the resolution of the alliance.
The Spokesman said NATO Council will also discuss the ways that will be covered to bring stability to the region following the end of the operation.
Foreign Minister Cem is expected to return to Turkey on Monday evening.
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on April 12, 1999. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL)BUS COLLIDES WITH LORRY: SIX KILLED, 21 INJURED
Six people were killed and 21 others were injured when a passenger bus collided with a lorry in Osmancik country in central Anatolian Corum province. The accident happened when Mesut Ozdemir, driver of the lorry changed the lane without giving signal.
STFA CONNECTS FIVE COUNTRIES TO EACH OTHER IN TWO CONTINENTS
MILLIYET (LIBERAL)OFFICIAL SCANDAL
The Gaziosmanpasa Municipality, Istanbul was caught red-handed while repairing a shanty. The municipality is restoring this shanty while it has to destroy it as the shanty was not registered with a title deed.
A small lorry with official license plate is carrying the construction equipment, the municipal employees are working as construction workers while the owner of the shanty is only looking at them from the door.
The requests of professors to leave for Greece were rejected.
SABAH (LIBERAL)BALLOT BOX ALARM
The political parties, which suffered from the tricks at the ballot boxes in the general elections in 1994, this time announced mobilization. The leaders of the political parties intensified their warnings against these tricks calling the people to protect their votes.
Tricks at ballot box: Your vote in the ballot can be stolen. Your valid vote can be counted as invalid. They can sicken you by creating queues in front of the ballot boxes. The people, who voted, can prevent other people from voting by lining up in front of another ballot box. They can weary you by extending the time of voting in the voting room.
BOMB AMBUSH FROM PKK TO SOLDIERS
As a result of the operation launched after this attack, security forces killed one terrorist.
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)INSPECTORS OF FINANCE MINISTRY INVESTIGATE REGISTRATIONS OF NATIONAL YOUTH
Inspectors of Finance Ministry who examined documents of National Youth Foundation proved that they were full of deficiencies. It was also revealed that there are incomes which were not recorded and that some of the documents did not reflect the facts. National Youth Foundation works as a sub-organization of Virtue Party (FP).
WARNING FROM SECURITY DEPARTMENT
RADIKAL (LEFT)DEMIREL STRESSES THE INFLUENCE OF TURKEY IN ALBANIA AND MACEDONIA
Turkey which expends an active support to air operation of NATO took the aid to the refugees in the region by President Suleyman Demirel. Demirel gave assurances to Albanian and Macedonian administrations to expend support against refugee question. Demirel said everybody in Kosovo are our brothers.
WARNING FROM DEMIREL TO RUSSIA
Demirel accused Slobodan Milosevich, Yugoslavian Head of State to start ethnic cleansing in Kosovo and warned that seeking for another solution apart from the principles put forward by NATO, will increase tension in the region.
YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL)FP KNOCKS DOORS OF NIGHT CLUB
The deputy candidates of the Virtue Party (FP), which raises obstacles in front of night clubs, bars and even pubs in the municipalities they are administrating, went to the night clubs after midnight.
They shook hands with night club hosstesses calling them to vote for the FP.
DOMESTIC BURGER WAGES WAR AGAINST BIG MAC
The Guneri A.S., which was obliged to close one restaurant and can manage to operate the other restaurant with 20 percent capacity, requested the Competition Board to punish the Mc Donald's, claiming that the Mc Donald's doesn't obey to rule of fixing the prices according to the demand and supply in the market.
TÜRKİYE (RIGHT)DEMIREL: ''THEY'LL ALL RETURN BACK TO THEIR HOMES''
President Suleyman Demirel, who left for Albania, visited the refugee camps.
Noting that the inhumane treatment, ethnic cleansing and oppression in Kosovo will finish, Demirel said, ''Milosevic's passion will absolutely be of no use.''
BLOODSHED IN POLLS
Ihsan Keles, the bodyguard of Kazanci of ANAP, quarreled with Aslanhan.
As a result of the quarrel, bodyguard Keles shot dead Aslanhan. The supporters of Aslanhan later cornered Keles and beat him. Omer Kazanci was stabbed.
 PRESIDENT DMEIREL RETURNS TO TURKEYANKARA, April 12 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Sunday that ''our mutual responsiblity, in the existing stage, is to reduce the sufferings of Kosovar refugees and to be in solidarity with them.''
Demirel returned to Turkey concluding his contacts in Albania and Macedonia, the two countries which were mostly effected by the incidents in Kosovo. Addressing a news conference in Esenboga Airport, Demirel said he and the accompanying delegation withnessed the tragedy and the seriousness of the position of those people who have sheltered to Albania and Macedonia.
Demirel said the human shame recorded in the region can not be erased from the minds for long years and pointed out that ''we have seen that administrations of Albania and Macedonia mobilized to shelter those people in the best way and with the support of the international community resolved to overcome the problems stemming from the mass immigration.''
Demirel said they had the opportunity to discuss the developments and the problems during meeting with Rexhep Meidani, Albanian President, Iskender Gjinushi, Parliament Speaker and Pandeli Mayko, Prime Minister and noted that the main topic of his meeting with Kiro Gligovorov, Macedonian President, was again the human tragedy recorded in Kosovo.
Demirel noted that Turkey fulfilled its responsibilities to heal the wounds caused by the inhumane policies of Belgrade administrtion and stressed that it will continue to do so.
President Demirel pointed out that stopping violence policy of Belgrade regime based on ethnical nationalism and to providing safe return of the refugees to their houses are the main goals of international community.
''I wish my visit will contribute to the revealing of the human tragedy in the region. I would like to stress that Belgrade administration should give up its mistaken attitude, should accept the expectations of international community and should stop massacre forwarded to Kosovars. It should not be forgotten that Belgrade regime will account for the crimes they commited against humanity in front of justice.''
 PRESIDENT DEMIREL AND GLIGOROV, MACEDONIA'S PRESIDENT, STAGE JOINT NEWS CONFERENCESKOPJE, April 12 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel met with Kiro Gligorov, President of Macedonia, on Sunday during his visit to this country and the two Presidents staged a joint news conference following their meetings.
Recalling that NATO used force as an agreement could not be reached through peaceful ways, Demirel said the problem entered to a new phase after that. Demirel said he held consultations with Gligorov many times on Kosovo question and called for a solution through peaceful means. Demirel said ''this did not reach a result so NATO started to use force as of March 24.''
Noting that there was an ethnical cleansing in Kosovo and that people of Kosovo were forced to leave their houses, Demirel said this caused an important immigration pressure on Macedonia and Albania.
Demirel said Turkey established camps in Albania and Macedonia, it is very sorrowful that people are obliged to mass immigrations. ''This problem will be solved in the end and the refugees will return to their houses. Yet, this should happen before winter.''
Demirel noted that Gligorov conveyed the problems his country met because of this incident and pointed out that ''he is right. I am calling on all the civilized world for help.''
Gligorov, Macedonia's President, said Turkey always supported his country in the most difficult days.
Pointing out that Turkey and Macedonia have improving relations, Gligorov said ''Turkey is a strategic partner for us. We have historical and cultural relations.''
Gligorov stressed that they felt concern over the refugees and called for more support stressing that their financial power is limited.
Responding to a question of a Turkish journalist how he evaluated land operation, Gligorov said ''We have agreed with the EU and NATO and accepted 12,000 soldiers. There are two important issues: The first one is that the soldiers will be there as peace mission soldiers and the second one is that the soldiers will be able to enter Kosovo if a peace agreement is signed in Kosovo. No attack can be staged to another country from Macedonian territories.''
Meanwhile, President Demirel, responding to a question of a Macedonian journalist, said ''Turkey is a NATO member country. It will abide by the decisions of NATO. Morover, NATO announces that it will not launch a land operation.''
President Demirel donated 100,000 U.S. dollars during the meeting.
Demirel received Lupco Georgievski, Macedonian Parliament Speaker, following joint news conference.
 CONTACTS OF PRESIDENT DEMIREL IN ALBANIA - DEMIREL: ''THIS INHUMANE TREATMENT, ETHNIC CLEANSING AND OPPRESSION WILL FINISH'' - ''MILOSEVIC'S PASSION WILL BE OF NO USE'' - ''I AM CALLING THE HUMANKIND TO EXPEND MORE HELP TO THESE TYRANNIZED PEOPLE''TIRANA, April 12 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Sunday that the inhumane treatment, ethnic cleansing and oppresion in Kosovo will finish, stressing, ''Slobodan Milosevic's passion to expel these people from Kosovo and cleanse that region will absolutely be of no use.''
President Suleyman Demirel and the Albanian President Rexhep Mejdani visited the Dinamo Sports Facilities refugee camp where Kosovars took refuge in.
Later, Demirel and Mejdani visited the Red Crescent's camp, which is being set up in Elbasan.
Officials at the Red Crescent camp said they will establish at the first stage a camp where a total of five thousand people can stay and later the capacity will be increased to ten thousand.
President Demirel said lending a helping hand to the tyrannized people of Kosovo is first of all Turkey's duty.
''Albania, Turks, everybody in Kosovo are our sisters and brothers. We consider that we were also exposed to oppression. The torture and oppression against these people is an unpleasant event,'' Demirel said.
Recalling that ten thousand Kosovars arrived in Turkey and some of them were settled near their relatives, Demirel said, ''this means that there are many Kosovars whose relatives are living in Turkey. And this proves that we are very close to each other. Besides, 3,500 Kosovars were settled at the Guesthouse in Kirklareli.''
''The people, who were forced to abandon Kosovo, will return back to their homes. This is the commitment of the NATO, which is the representative of the cilized world. The people, who were exposed to this treatment, are not faulty or guilty. I praise Albania's attitude in this issue,'' Demirel said.
Albanian President Mejdani said the Turkish nation and state always supported Albania in her difficult times.
''The visit of Mr. Demirel is a great moral support for us. Our sisters and brothers will return to their homelands. With this objective, the NATO and the international community are expending efforts. The Turkish state and especially Mr. President Suleyman Demirel are launching great initiatives. I want to thank to them,'' Mejdani said.
 CONTACTS OF PRESIDENT DEMIREL IN ALBANIA - DEMIREL MEETS WITH ALBANIAN PRESIDENT MEJDANI,PREMIER MAJKO AND PARLIAMENT SPEAKER GJINUSHI - DEMIREL: ''KOSOVO WILL BE CLEANSED FROM BLOODY MURDERERS'' - ''THE BELGRADE REGIME SHOULD WELL-PERCEIVE THIS MESSAGE'' - ''THE NATO AIR STRIKES WILL CONTINUE TILL THESE TARGETS ARE REACHED'' - ''THE ONLY WAY TO CONTRIBUTE TO PEACE IS TO MEET NATO'S DEMANDS''TIRANA, April 12 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Sunday that Kosovo will be cleansed from the bloody murderers, stressing, ''the people, who were forced to abandon Kosovo, will absolutely return back to their homes. The Belgrade regime should understand this massage well.''
Demirel received Albanian Parliament Speaker Iskender Gjinushi and Prime Minister Pandeli Majko.
Later, Demirel and Albanian President Rexhep Mejdani staged a joint press conference.
Addressing the press conference, Demirel said the situation in the refugee camps in Albania openly put forward the shame of humanity, which is being experienced in the central Europe on the eve of the 21st century.
Noting that the event in Kosovo is the struggle between democracy and totalitarism, Demirel said, ''in order to make our common values live and let the hope overcome the pessimism, the air operation, which was started by the NATO with determination against the Belgrade regime which is responsible of the inhumane massacre, should absolutely finish successfully, and the people who are responsible of this shame of humanity, should absolutely put on trial.''
''I want to state that we are pleased with Albania's lending helping hand to Kosovars, who escaped from the murders of Milosevic. Turkey has always supported Albania and will continue to do so,'' he said.
''The NATO air operation will continue till these targets are reached. The people, who continue to contact with Milosevic and support him, should rapidly give up the policies, which will encourage and incite Milosevic to crimes against humanity, if they really want to contribute to peace. The only way to contribute to peace is Milosevic's meeting NATO's demands,'' Demirel said.
President Demirel said this difficult and tough period will finish in near future and the Belgrade regime will be obliged to fulfil the expectations of the international community, stressing that the NATO is determined to this end.
Albanian President Mejdani said that the visit of President Demirel is a great moral and political support for them.
''There is a very sensitive situation. This stemmed from Belgrade's massacre. This clash is not a clash between two communities. This is a clash between two mentalities. This is a clash between democracy and violence. This is a clash between democracy and pro-Hitler attitudes in central Europe. This will be the victory of democracy and humanity'' Mejdani said.
President Suleyman Demirel later proceeded to Macedonia. Demirel was welcomed by Macedonian President Kiro Gligorov at the Petrovec Airport in Skopje.
President Demirel visited the camp in Boyana, which was set up by the Red Crescent for Kosovar refugees.
Addressing the refugees, Demirel said, ''we don't want you leave Kosovo. You'll return back to Kosovo. You are our sisters and brothers. We will never leave you alone.''
 SEVEN POLICEMEN INJURED IN A TERRORIST ATTACK IN THE BLACK SEA TOKAT PROVINCETOKAT, April 12 (A.A) - Seven policemen were injured in a terrorist attack held in Erbaa county of northern Tokat province on Sunday afternoon, it was reported on Monday.
A total of seven policemen who was going to held an operation in the rural area of Erbaa county injured when some terrorists staged an attack against the military convoy.
The injured policemen were taken under treatment in Tokat Public Hospital the same day while the efforts to capture the terrorists are underway.
 HASSAN BIN TALAL, THE FORMER CROWN PRINCE OF JORDAN, ARRIVES IN ISTANBULISTANBUL, April 12 (A.A) - Hassan Bin Talal, the Former Crown Prince of Jordan, arrived in Istanbul on Sunday to attend the international congress about ''Science and Education in Ottoman State'' which is held within the framework of the activities for the 700th anniversary of the Ottoman Empire.
President Suleyman Demirel will address the opening speech of the congress which will start on Monday at the Dolmabahce Palace and which is held by the Scientific and Cultural Research Centre of the Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC).
Talal who was welcomed by Ahmet Tan, the Tourism Minister, will address a speech on '' the Role of the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East''.
 ITALIAN DELEGATION DEPARTS FROM TRNCLEFKOSA, April 12 (A.A) - The Italian delegation, composed of many parliamentarians and businessmen, held contacts and observations in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) before departing TRNC on Monday.
The Italian delegation which was headed by Augusto Sinagra, the Italian Honourary Representative in the TRNC, was received by the state and governmental officials and met with the leaders of the policital parties during the visits in the TRNC.
The Italian delegation which listened to the views of the Turkish Cypriots and which got information about the latest developments also met with the businessmen in the TRNC.
 GREEK CYPRIOTS COME TO TRNC FOR RELIGIOUS CEREMONYLEFKOSA, April 12 (A.A) - A total of 1452 people from the Greek Cypriot side came to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to hold religious ceremony for the Easter on Monday.
The Greek Cypriots who entered in the TRNC from the Ledra Palace Border Gate went to the Dipkarpaz region by 36 busses which were allocated by the TRNC authorities.
The Greek Cypriots will hold their religious ceremony by lighting candles in the Apostoposol Anderas Monastery which is situated in Dipkarpaz region.
The TRNC authorities took all the necessary measures to provide security during the visit of the Greek Cypriots. The TRNC authorities allocated a full-capacity ambulance in case they face any health problem during the journey or during the religious ceremony.
The official and civilian policemen and the soldiers of the United Nations (UN) Peace Force accompanied the busses.
The Greek Cypriots will return to the Greek Cypriot side in the evening.
The Turkish and Greek Cypriot societies can visit their holy places which are situated in the other side on their religious days under the agreement which was signed by Rauf Denktas, the TRNC President, and Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek Cypriot side, in 1997.
Under the agreement, the Turkish Cypriots can visit Hala Sultan Tomb in Larnaka in Ramadan and Sacrifice Feasts and the Greek Cypriots can visit the mentioned monastery in April, August and November.
 COUNCIL OF MINISTERS RATIFIES AGREEMENT BETWEEN TURKEY AND KOREA ON USAGE OF NUCLEAR ENERGYANKARA, April 12 (A.A) - The Council of Ministers ratified on Monday the ''Agreement on the Cooperation in Using the Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Goals'' which was signed between Turkey and Korea.
The agreement which was signed in October 1998 foresees having cooperation in basic and practical research-development in the use of the nuclear energy for peaceful goals; the construction and the operation of the nuclear power stations and research reactors, the exchange of views with the scientific and technical personnel.
 TRIAL OF CHIEF TERRORIST - SAKAR, OCALAN'S LAWYER LEAVES FOR IMRALI ISLANDMUDANYA, April 12 (A.A) - Mahmut Sakar, the lawyer of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief terrorist, left for Imralı island to meet with his client on Monday.
Mahmut Sakar who came to Mudanya county of Bursa early in the morning told journalists that the number of lawyers who were authorized to defend Ocalan, the chief terrorist reached to 70.
The three lawyers were later brought to the port, but only Mahmut Sakar was allowed to leave for the island at 11.00 local time.
Meanwhile two ships carrying construction equipment, food stuff and soft drinks left for the island.
 BRITISH INDEPENDENT TELEVISION COMMISSION: ''THE DECISION ABOUT MED-TV CAN BE TAKEN ANY TIME AFTER TODAY''LONDON, April 12 (A.A) - The Independent Television Commission (ITC) who was charged to inspect whether or not the television broadcasts are in line with principles, noted on Monday that the decision about the broadcasts of MED-TV, the mouthpiece of the terrorist organization PKK, which were banned for 21 days, can be taken any time after today.
ITC Spokesman said that MED-TV which was closed for 21 days on March 22, officially defended itself last Friday.
Noting that the defense of the MED-TV is examined at the moment, ITC Spokesman said that it is not possible to take a new decision about MED-TV, but the mentioned decision can be taken in the coming days.
ITC is the only authorized institution who takes decisions about the activities of the all TV channels that broadcast via Britain by licence.
If ITC is not satisfied about the defense of the MED-TV, the mouthpiece of the terrorist organization PKK, it can cancel its licence and close MED-TV channel for an indefinite period of time.
 MARBLE'99 TO BE HELD BETWEEN 15 AND 18 APRIL IN WESTERN IZMIR PROVINCEIZMIR, April 12 (A.A) - The Marble'99 Fair, a marble, natural stone and technologies fair, will be held between April 15 and 18, 1999; it was reported on Monday.
An official from Izmir Fair Services, Cultural and Artistic Affairs Trade Corp. (IZFAS) said that 316 companies, including 114 foreign companies from Italy, Israel, India, Spain, Lebanon, South Korea, Pakistan, Germany, the U.S., Hong Kong, China, France, Belgium, Poland, Holland, Taiwan, Sweden and Korea, will participate in the fair which is held for the fifth time.
The official noted that by the attendance of the foreign companies, the fair will acquire a quality of becoming an international fair.
Stating that the anti-propogandas about Turkey also negatively affects the fair, the official stressed that despite this fact, the foreign attendants and visitors are really very interested in the fair.
Stressing that there are activities like fashion shows and exhibitions within the framework of the fair, the official stated that they have difficulty in announcing the fair since their posters are torn and the posters of the political parties are replaced during the election campaign.
The official said that the last day of the fair is the day when the election is held and that there is a referendum in Italy the same day; adding that despite the misfortune about the date of the fair, they believe that the fair will reach its target and that some observers from the Union of International Fairs (UFI) will participate in the fair which acquires an international identity this year.
 TARTAN, LABOUR AND SOCIAL SECURITY MINISTER: - ''REPUBLIC OF TURKEY HAS FULFILLED ALL KINDS OF RESPONSIBILITIES IN KOSOVO ISSUE UNTIL TODAY AND WILL CONTINUE TO FULFIL THEM FROM NOW ON''IZMIR, April 12 (A.A) - Hakan Tartan, the Labour and Social Security Minister, said on Monday that the Republic of Turkey has fulfilled all kinds of responsibilities in Kosovo issue until today and will continue to fulfill them from now on.
Addressing a speech in his visit to the Izmir branch of A.A, Tartan said that President Suleyman Demirel is the first leader who gives a hand to Kosovo and that the visit of Demirel to Macedonia and Albania is the indicator of the sensitivity of Turkey on the Kosovo issue.
Stating that the Republic of Turkey welcomed nearly 50,000 Kosovars who are living a big tragedy, Tartan noted that Turkey will welcome more people in case the violence in Kosovo continues.
Drawing the attention that the word ''Serbian'' means ''human'' in Caucasus language family, Tartan stated that the Serbians are acting in a way which does not fit with humanity and that maybe, they can remember humanity.
Noting that the Turkish government is very sensitive about Kosovo issue, Tortan stressed that they wish that the people who escaped from the Serbian violence could return to their own lands and that they could live in peace again.
Recalling that the financial and the humanity aids are realized for the Kosovars, Tartan said, ''Turkish Republic continues to help the Kosovars with all its institutions and organizations. They want to clean Kosovo ethnically. The world faced genocide from time to time but no leader was successful in this. We try to meet the needs of nearly 50,000 Kosovars in the camps set up in Turkey and Macedonia.''
''This number will not be limited with 50,000. Because we face a big tragedy and shame of humanity there. We will carry out diplomatic means in addition to our aids,'', Tartan added.
 THREE TERRORISTS CAPTURED IN IZMIT PROVINCE IN THE VERY ACT OF STAGING BOMB ATTACKISTANBUL, April 12 (A.A) - Police captured three terrorists in Izmit province in the very act of staging a bomb attack in front of Izmit municipality, it is reported on Monday.
Anti-terrorism teams in Istanbul said that the three terrorists had also taken part in two separate bomb attacks that took place in Istanbul and they were trained in terrorist camps in Romania and Greece as bomb experts.
Officials said that the three terrorists who were graduates of Black Sea Technical University (KTU) would explode a bomb in front of Kocaeli municipality, adding that the same terrorists also took part in hurling hand bomb to a coffee shop on March 18 in Umraniye district of Istanbul which injured six people and hurling a hand bomb to a lorry in Sisli district the same day.
The officials pointed out that the electronical system prepared to be used in the bomb was the same one which had been used in two separete bomb attacks that had taken place near Carousel and Atrium shopping malls in Istanbul.
Meanwhile the terrorists told police that the socalled ''commanders'' in Romania ordered them to stage a sensational bomb attack which should at least kill 100 people.
Police captured one of the terrorists in Bagcılar district of Istanbul and the two others in Cibali, Istanbul in operations.
The three suspects were later transferred to State Security Court in Istanbul.
 ''INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON SCIENCE AND EDUCATION IN THE OTTOMAN WORLD''ISTANBUL, April 12 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Monday that ''aggressive ethnic nationalism always created a threat in regional peace and stability in the disperse process of former Yugoslavia which started after cold war.''
President Suleyman Demirel participated in opening ceremony of ''International Congress On Science and Education in the Ottoman World'' which was staged by Organization of Islamic Conference Research Center of Islam, History, Art and Culture, due to the 700th anniversary of the foundation of the Ottoman Empire.
Addressing the opening ceremony Demirel said ''what brings us here today is the requirement of understanding the history of a multi-national, multi- cultural and multi-religion world state which has thraces in a wide geography covering millions of kilometers.''
Demirel said the 700th anniversary of the foundation of Ottoman Empire will be celebrated this year, adding that ''I sincerely believe that history of this very big civilization, which we are proud to be heirs of, is the mutual history of all the nations which had lived within the borders of the Ottoman Empire and that its history should be searched and written with this understanding. I believe that such international scientific meetings are beneficial and important as they provide the history to be evaluated with a mutual point of view. I thank to the ones who staged this timely conference.''
Noting that the Mediterranean geography, which is the meeting point of three seas and three continents, determined historical development of the Ottoman Empire, Demirel said the Mediterranean region was enriched with the synthesis of western cultures.
Demirel said lessons should be drawn from the history of the Ottoman Empire which respected to differences and which was a model of living together, adding that in order to realize this the history should be read with an understanding which unites people. Demirel pointed out that ''creating enmity from history will not be beneficial for anybody. It should not be forgotton that dimensions of history linking us to each other are important than everything for the future.'' Demirel also said tradition of tolerance includes messages which can be the key of lasting world peace.
President Suleyman Demirel said ''the Balkans, which has the speciality of an important geopolitical interchange throughout the history, is among the regions which are mostly effected from the historical changes and the shocks created by the change periods. The longest peace period of the Balkans is the period of the Ottoman Empire.''
Recalling that the region began to be remembered as powder barrel of Europe in this period, Demirel said ''Balkan people lived together so much in the past that there is not any Balkan country which does not have minority within its structure. Aggressive ethnic nationalism created a continious threat on the peace and stability of the region. Human tragedy continues in Kosovo today as a result of this threat.''
Demirel said Turkey played an active role and contributes a lot to put an end to this tragedy ''we regard this as historical responsibility. We believe that Kosovo people will in the end reach the tranquility and peace it deserved. People were forced to leave their houses, this is a human shame.''
Demirel said ''Our cultural riches which were devastated by aggressive ethnic nationalism will certainly be constructed again, as it happened in Mostar Bridge, to represent a new start. I wish peoples of the Balkans, the Middle East, Caucasia and Central Asia would work together to construct their mutual future.''
Demirel said ''our aim in observing the history of the Ottoman is to start creating a new history by making use of today's facilities and under the light of the past experiences.''
 ENERGY SAVING AND GEOTHERMAL ENERGY SYMPOSIUM - DANISMAN, ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTRY DEPUTY UNDERSECRETARY: - ''TURKEY IS RICH IN RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES''ANKARA, April 12 (A.A) - Haldun Atif Danisman, the Deputy Undersecretary of the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, said on Monday that Turkey is rich in renewable energy resources, adding that but Turkey cannot benefit from this.
Addressing a speech in the semposium on the importance of the geothermal energy and insulated light construction materials in the energy saving which is held by the Directorate General of Mineral Research and Administration (MTA), Danisman said that Turkey has a potential of 40 million TEP (tons oil equivalent energy) hydrolic energy, 26 million TEP geothermal energy, 135 million TEP biomassive energy, 200 million TEP wind energy, 1.3 million TEP solar energy.
Drawing the attention that the usage of geothermal energy, which is one of the renewable energy resources, is not enough in Turkey; Danisman noted that they carried out efforts to support the laws on the usage of the geothermal energy and the investments on this sector.
Danisman added that the usage of insulated light construction materials should be supported to realize strong and resistent constructions against the earthquakes and to save from heating.
An official from MTA said that they think that Turkey has a potential of 26 million TEP geological geothermal energy, adding that they determined 140 important areas, including 7 areas which are suitable for electrical energy and 133 areas which are suitable for heating.
Stating that a total of 600 million U.S. dollar resources can be provided by the usage of 1.8 million TEP energy potential of these 140 areas and 20 billion U.S. dollar resources can be provided by the usage of the potential of the whole country, the official noted that lacking a law on geothermal energy causes problems in the research studies and the investments.
Stressing that the research and development studies are insufficient and requiring support for these studies, the official stated that the research studies should be held by MTA and should be supported by the state while the drilling should be held by the private sector and within the supervision of the MTA and the investments should be taken within the scope of the incentives and should be supported by the state.
 INTERIOR MINISTRY SAYS 9,147 KOSOVAR REFUGEES HAVE COME TO TURKEY UNTIL TODAY - THE REFUGUESS PLACED IN 150 OUT OF 265 TENTS IN GUEST-HOUSE IN NORTHWESTERN KIRKLARELI PROVINCEANKARA/EDIRNE, April 12 (A.A) - The Interior Ministry said on Monday that 9, 147 Kosovar refugees came to Turkey until today and that 3,275 of these refugees were placed in the guest-house in northwestern Kirklareli province.
Issuing a written statement, the Interior Ministry listed the activities of the Health Ministry, the Directorate General of Rural Affairs and the Turkish Red Crescent for the Kosovar refugees.
The statement noted that 44 personnel, including six doctors in different fields, one psychologist, eight pratician doctors, 19 nurses, seven health officials, three environmental health technician work in the guest-house, adding that four pratician polyclinics, five expert polyclinics and two movable hospitals are present in the guest-house.
Noting that eleven Kosovars are under treatment in Kirklareli and Corlu, the statement stressed that two refugees died and that two others gave birth.
The statement emphasized that two laundries and one kitchen is serving the Kosovar refugees in the guest-house.
Stressing that 3,275 Kosovars are staying in the guest-house, the statement pointed out that the refugees were placed in 150 tents out of 265 which were set up in the guest-house.
Meanwhile, the officials from Kapikule Police Organization told A.A correspondent that a total of 166 Kosovar refugees entered in Turkey from Kapikule Border Gate by their cars, adding that most of them were placed in the guest-house and some of them went to the houses of their relatives.
The officials said that this number will increase in case Bulgaria permits the transition of the refugees from her territory.
A total of 153 refugees entered into Turkey by the planes which landed at Corlu Airport, increasing the number of the Kosovars coming to Turkey by planes to 3,363.
The officials in the guest-house said that the aid campaigns for the Kosovar refugees staying in their guest-house continue.
 MORNINGSTAR, SPECIAL ENVOY OF CLINTON, U.S. PRESIDENT, RESPONSIBLE FROM ENERGY IN CASPIAN BASIN, IN ANKARA - AKTAS, ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTER, RECEIVES MORNINGSTARANKARA, April 12 (A.A) - Richard Morningstar, Special Envoy of Bill Clinton, the U.S. President, Responsible From the energy policies in the Caspian Basin, arrived in Ankara on Monday to hold contacts.
Ziya Aktas, the Energy and Natural Resources Minister, received Morningstar in his office and they held a meeting for some time.
The last point in the Baku-Ceyhan crude oil into which the high-ranking officials of the ministry also participated.
Morningstar will depart for Istanbul this evening and will attend the meeting on ''Transfer of Caspian Oil to the Western Markets'' on Tuesday.
The visit of Morningstar carries importance since the oil prices have increased in the latest days.
The energy circles emphasized that the increase in the oil prices will make the Baku-Ceyhan Route more attractive while the oil companies discussed the cost of the Baku-Ceyhan Route project.
When Morningstar visited Ankara in the beginning of February 1999, he requested that Turkey should pay the exceeding amount of costs in case the cost of Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project exceeds the cost which was foreseen as 2.4 billion U.S. dollars.
 ''INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON SCIENCE AND EDUCATION IN THE OTTOMAN WORLD'' - HASAN BIN TALLAL, JORDANIAN CROWN PRINCE: ''THE OTTOMAN STATE DOES NOT EXIST ANYMORE, YET MOST OF ITS HERITAGE ARE SEEN IN ITS FORMER PROVINCES AND ESPECIALLY IN ARCHITECTURE''ISTANBUL, April 12 (A.A) - Hasan Bin Tallal, Jordanian Crown Prince, said on Monday that the Ottoman Empire collapsed due to nationalism, adding that ''the Ottoman Empire does not exist anymore, yet most of its heritage is seen today in its former provinces and especially in architecture.''
Addressing the opening ceremony of ''International Congress on Science and Education in the Ottoman World'', Crown Prince Bin Tallal said many people in the world thought about a military power and conquest when the name of Ottoman Empire is mentioned as it was the ''sword and shield of Islam'' and noted that yet the name ''Empire'' is used in the meaning of ''state'' in the Ottomans.
Pointing out that the Ottomans had founded a very strong Empire, Bin Tallal said ''those people were diciplined, talented in administration, had tolerance in religion, and a nation acting in a way that will meet developments and requirements in the politics.''
The Crown Prince said ''the Ottomans had set up a home sheltering many people from different religion, language and nation. This harmonization was not spoilt till several modern and foreign ideas come.''
Bin Tallal said the refugees have come from Europe to the territories of the Ottoman till the 19th centry and pointed out that this was the indication of tolerance. Noting that the Ottoman administration wanted to preserve this status quo in the second half of 19th century, Tallal said yet nationalist movements distorted history.''
Tallal said contributions of the Ottoman in the field of culture was so much and multi-lateral and pointed out that its cultural influences were seen not only in Islam territories but also in European culture.
Crown Prince Tallal said his family had approved of sovereignty of the Ottomans till the year 1537 yet extreme Arab and Turkish nationalism which started 400 years after caused the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
The Prince said his familiy has never cut relations with Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Founder of Modern Turkish Republic, ''thus my family stands as a real bridge between the two nations, the Turks and the Arabs.''
 ''IPT ROSTOV TURKISH-RUSSIAN TRADE CENTRE'', FIRST TURKISH WHOLESALE AND RETAIL SELLING CENTRE IN RUSSIA, TO BE OPENED IN FIRST HALF OF 1999ROSTOV, April 12 (A.A) - ''IPT Rostov Turkish-Russian Trade Centre'', the first Turkish wholesale and retail selling centre in Russia, will be opened in the first half of 1999; it was reported on Monday.
An official from the Executive Board of IPT who is carrying out investigations in Rostov drew the attention that Russian and Turkish economies have difficult times since the global crisis, and said that this trade centre initiative will be useful for the economies of these two countries.
The official noted that the Rostov Trade Centre will be a place where the Russian consumers can buy a high-quality product at reasonable prices and where the Turkish producers can market their goods in the most effective way.
Stating that we should realize some of our investments in Russia to protect our share in Russian market, the official stressed that they have gained commercial advantages in Rostov by this trade centre and that they can operate 70 or 80 workplaces there until June.
An official from Rostov Municipality who met with the Turkish businessmen said that they are very pleased about the Turkish investments in their country, adding that there are 56 of the 700 companies in Rostov using Turkish capital.
IPT Rostov Turkish Trade Centre which is set up by the initiatives of Rostov Municipality, Mercury Holding and IPT consortium is set up by a closed area of 10,000 square metres and covers 100 shops, including textile shops, construction shops, electrical devices shops and leather shops.
The Turkish companies has the privilege of storing duty-free goods in this IPT Rostov Turkish Trade Centre.
 INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON SCIENCE AND EDUCATION IN THE OTTOMAN WORLD - SILADJDZIC, BOSNIAN PRIME MINISTER: ''THE INFLUENCE OF OTTOMAN STATE CONTINUES AS A DETERMINING ELEMENT OF ALL BALKAN PEOPLE INCLUDING TURKS, BOSNIANS AND ALBANIANS''ISTANBUL, April 12 (A.A) - Haris Siladjzic, the Prime Minister of Bosnian- Herzegovina said on Monday that the influence of the Ottoman Empire continues as a determining element of the cultural personality of all Balkan people including Turks, Bosnians and Albanians, adding ''the Balkan region started to suffer from radical nationalism and religious fanaticism after the withdrawal of Ottomans from the region in the beginning of the 20th century.''
Sending a message to the ''International Congress of Science and Education in Ottoman World'' held by the Organization of Islamic Conference Research Center of History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), Haris Silajdzic said that the Bosnian-Herzegovina had been a part of the Ottoman State for a long time and Bosnian muslims maintained the religious and cultural influences of the Ottoman version of the Islamic civilization.
Stressing that the significant heritage of the 600 years of Ottoman history was multi-religious and multi-cultural structure of the population, Siladjdzic said Ottomans pursued a very tolerant attitude towards people governed by them.
''Ottomans didn't force people to change their religions, languages or cultures. Peoples who are muslims, Christians and Jewish who lived in different places in peace, protected their own beliefs, languages, traditions, customs and moral values,'' he said.
''At the beginning of the 20th century, the Balkans started to suffer from foreign forces, radical nationalism and religious fanaticism by the withdrawal of the Ottomans from the region. This painful experience has disturbed the atmosphere in the region together with radical nationalist and communist movements. This fight which continued for the last 10 years in Bosnia devastated peoples who coexisted in peace. The violence committed against Kosovar people worsens the situation in the region,'' said Silajdzic, adding that mosques, libraries and charitable institutions founded by Ottomans still exist and they play an important role in keeping the cultural identity of the muslims in the Balkans.
''The aim of the radical nationalists is to disturb peace of the peoples who co-exist in a multicultural structure,'' said Haris Siladjzic, adding IRCICA launches efforts to restore these foundations and cultural works of art, to protect the cultural heritage of muslims living in the Balkans and to attract the interest of the world public opinion to the bad treatment of muslims.
 VISIT OF PRESIDENT DEMIREL TO MACEDONIA COVERED BY MACEDONIAN PRESSSKOPJE, April 12 (A.A) - The visit of President Suleyman Demirel to Macedonia was widely covered by the Macedonian press, it is reported on Monday.
The news especially covered by electronical press of Macedonia emphasized that President Demirel thanked to the Macedonian government for carrying out successful aid campaigns for the Kosovar refugees in the speech he addressed in Skopje on Sunday.
Stating that the Republic of Turkey gives political and economic support to Macedonia from the beginning and that it continues supporting her in these hard days, the news stressed that Turkey is the closest friend of Macedonia.
 MINISTRY OF JUSTICE EXERTS EFFORTS FOR BINGOL'S EXTRADITIONANKARA, April 12 (A.A) - The Ministry of Justice started to work for the extradition of Ibrahim Bingol, a member of the illegal Revolutionary Leftist (Dev-Sol) organization who killed Hulusi Sayin, a retired lieutenant general. Bingol was captured in Brussels two days ago. The case about him is currently continuing in his absention.
The Ankara State Security Court sent the related documents to the Ministry of Justice on Monday. The Ministry of Justice will prepare a file about Bingol's case and send it to the Belgium authorities via the Foreign Ministry.
At the same time the Justice Ministry is preparing a file about the extradition of Metin Kaplan, the leader of an illegal fundamentalist organization who was arrested in Germany. The file will be completed soon and will be sent to the Foreign Ministry.
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