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05 June 1999 Saturday
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on June 5, 1999. The Anadolu Ajansi does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL)HISTORICAL LETTERS
Hurriyet seized a top secret letter sent by Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit to German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder nine days before the European Union (EU) Summit held in Germany. Ecevit said in his letter, ''We will accelerate our efforts to realize democratic and social reforms. But if Turkey's candidacy statute is recognized clearly, these reforms will ease.'' Meanwhile, Schroder said in his response to Ecevit that he would do his utmost to take relations between Turkey and the EU out of deadlock at the summit. He expressed hope over further improvement of relations.
SEAWOLF-99 MANEOUVRES CONTINUE IN AEGEAN SEA
Following Greek government's assistance to Abdullah Ocalan, the head of terrorist organization, the Greek press started to incite terrorism. The Katimerini, one of leading newspapers of Greece, frankly gave tactics to terrorist organization PKK, ''PKK's support towards Ocalan is confusing. Apo is finished. You should understand this fact as soon as possible for the sake of your fight. You should break off all connections with Apo.'' Meanwhile, divergences appeared in the terrorist organization. Osman Ocalan says, ''We had better to wait for a while,'' while Bayik and Karayilan defend to continue terrorist actions.
THEIR TARGET WAS THE U.S. CONSULATE GENERAL
SABAH (LIBERAL)ASSASINATION ALERT
The General Directorate of Security said that it received a tip-off saying that the illegal fundamentalist IBDA-C organization is preparing to assassinate Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. A full investigation about the tip-off is underway. Thus, security measures have been tightened in Ankara. Meanwhile, Ecevit came together with
Sadettin Tantan, the Interior Minister. Tantan said that several people were taken into custody.
IMF DELEGATION DUE IN TURKEY ON JUNE 15
Undersecretariat of Treasury issued a statement saying that the delegation will hold contacts with private sector and finance circles between June 15 and 16, and start consultations in Ankara on June 17.
IMF delegation is expected to leave Turkey on June 28 after meeting with the public institutions in Ankara.
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)IBDA-C PREPARES ITSELF TO ASSASINATE PREMIER ECEVIT
The Intelligence Department of the Security sent a statement to the Prime Ministry saying that the Islamic Great East Raiders-Front (IBDA-C) was planning to assasinate Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit.
The number of bodyguards of Ecevit was increased. Regarding the assasination plan, Ecevit said he is accustomed to such threats and news and that the security took the necessary measures.
FIRST STEP TAKEN TO CIVILIANIZE DGMs
The proposal for a constitutional change to exclude military judge from the structure of the State Security Courts (DGMs) was submitted to Yildirim Akbulut, the Speaker of the Parliament.
The proposal was signed by 333 deputies.
There is a need for 367 votes to realize the proposal without holding a poll.
INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN BY ERBAKAN
It was documented with the telephone talks that Yasin Hatiboglu, the former Speaker of the Parliament from the FP, chaired the General Assembly in accordance with the instructions he received from Erbakan, and he confessed that he violated the By-Law to postpone the polls and collapse the governemnt.
RADIKAL (LEFT)''MARATHON'' TO END THIS WEEKEND
The students, who want to enter universities and the Turkish or foreign private high-schools schools, will be very tired this weekend. The exam for private schools will be held today and the university exam on Sunday.
Today, a total of 2,642 primary school students will have the exam to enter the private high-schools and colleges while on Sunday, almost 1.5 million high-school graduates will answer the questions to be a university student.
FOREIGN BORROWING STARTS
The road-show will start next week and last nearly ten days. Promotion meetings will be held in important financial centers in the U.S. and Europe.
Treasury authorized early this week the Chase Manhattan and Morgan Stanley to arrange the issue which is expected to have a ten year term.
YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL)ANTI-INFLATIONIST PROGRAMME
The 57th government aims to push ahead with structural reforms and rapidly cut inflation to single digits.
According to the economic programme of the government, the budget deficits will be closed the state's minting will be prevented and the agricutural subvension will be reduced. With these measures, Argentine managed to decrease inflation from 20 thousand percent to one-digit numbers.
GREEK TRIP AGAINST TURKEY
Two paragraphs, which the EU wanted to annext to the final document for a positive signal to Turkey, were taken out from the document due to Greece's objection and they were adjourned till the next EU Summit in Helsinki.
TÜRKİYE (RIGHT)ANGER OF A VETERAN
At the fifth day of the trial of Abdullah Ocalan, the head of the terrorist organization, on Imrali Island, tension escalated. Kemal Bilgic, lawyer of Ocalan, started to read out the two-page statement.
When he read out the phrase of ''great warriors have great peace'', the intervenor lawyers started to protest. The intervenor plaintiffs and their lawyers reacted to these words by saying ''war for what, against whom''. Intervenor lawyer Sevket Can Ozbay stated that the defense lawyers were making the propaganda of the terrorist organization. Naim Karabicak, a veteran who was injured in clashes with terrorists, and lost his leg, shouted ''who will be accountable for my leg?'' He took off his prosthesis leg and protested the defendant's lawyers.
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)OPERATIONS UNDERWAY IN THE SOUTHEAST
Eight terrorists were killed in operations launched by security forces in the rural area of the Southeast. Meanwhile, two terrorists surrendered to security forces. Two scurity officials died in clashes with terrorists. Operations are underway in the region.
PKK ENGULFS IN PANIC
 MACE, CANADIAN AMBASSADOR TO ANKARA, IN SOUTHEASTERN MARDIN PROVINCEMARDIN, June 5 (A.A) - Michael Mace, Canadian Ambassador to Ankara, and his wife paid a visit to southeastern Mardin province after holding contacts in Sanliurfa province on Friday.
Mace, who left the delegation which was formed by the Chief Counsellor of nine countries and which went to Sanliurfa, visited Fiket Guven, the Mardin Governor, in his office.
Mace said that they want to set up a bridge between the businessmen of Canada and Mardin, adding that they want to send the Canadian products to Middle East countries via Mardin Free Zone.
Guven said that they will evaluate the joint investment proposals which will later be submitted to them, and that they will be pleased about the integration of the businessmen of Canada and Mardin.
Mace and his wife later visited the free zone, organized industry zone and, a historical monastery.
Mace and his wife then returned to Sanliurfa.
 BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE - CONSULTATIONS START IN ANKARA AMONG TURKEY, AZERBAIJAN AND AIOC CONSORTIUMANKARA, June 5 (A.A) - The consultations for the construction of Baku- Ceyhan oil pipeline started among the officials of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Azerbaijani International Operation Consortium (AIOC) in Ankara on Friday.
The parties will try to finalize the ''inter-governmental agreement and transition country agreement'' during the meetings.
The commercial proposal prepared by Turkey is expected to be discussed in details at the meetings.
Turkey gave her commercial proposal to Abid Serifov, Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister, on May 27, 1999 as a response to the Azerbaijani proposal which was submitted on April 2, 1999.
Turkey wants to end the meetings about Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline project until the beginning of July.
 TIP-OFF SAYING THAT A FUNDAMENTALIST GROUP PREPARES TO ASSASSINATE PREMIER ECEVIT - ECEVIT: ''WE ARE USED TO THAT KIND OF NEWS''ANKARA, June 5 (A.A) - Premier Bulent Ecevit said on Friday that they are used to that kind of news when he was making a statement about the tip-off saying that illegal fundemantalist IBDA-C organization was planning to assassinate him.
Ecevit responded the questions of the journalists when leaving the Prime Ministry.
When asked a question about the tip-off, Ecevit noted that the General Directorate of Security takes the necessary measures when they receive such tip-offs.
When recalled that the General Directorate of Security sends a letter to him about this issue, Ecevit said that he had not received such a letter.
When recalled that the Cologne Summit of the European Union (EU) has not figured out a positive or negative message concerning Turkey, Ecevit said, ''I have not seen the last statement. Germany made a good will initiative. But, we have not reached a solution.''
When asked whether this means that the doors of the EU are closed, Ecevit said, ''the doors are the same open and close as they were before.''
 HUNGARIAN DELEGATION IN SOUTHEASTERN MARDIN PROVINCE - GUVEN, MARDIN GOVERNOR: - ''WE ARE OPEN TO FOREIGN PROJECTS''MARDIN, June 5 (A.A) - The Hungarian delegation which was headed by Bertalan Bzekely, Hungarian Deputy Agriculture Minister, visited Fikret Guven, the Governor of southeastern Mardin province, on Friday.
Guven said that the investments in Mardin are realized by state encouragement but that they are open to foreign projects.
Stressing that they are in favour of cooperation in agriculture field, Guven noted that they are in favour of transfer of capital and technology, and that the investments which Hungary will realize in Mardin is under the guarantee of the state and the governorship.
Bzekely said that they expect the businessmen of Mardin will participate in the economic meeting which will be held in Budapest in the following months.
Stressing that their investigations in the region were positive, Bzekely noted that Turkey is in competition with the world countries in agriculture, meat sector, poultry and husbandry.
Bzekely stated that Turkey and Hungary can have cooperation in integrated meat installations, and husbandry, adding that they want to open to the Middle East countries by the mediation of Turkey.
Later, the delegation left for Ceylanpinar county of southeastern Sanliurfa province.
 ARMED ATTACK ON THE U.S. CONSULATE GENERAL - RUBIN, SPOKESMAN OF U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT: - ''WE'RE GETTING INFORMATION FROM TURKISH OFFICIALS''WASHINGTON D.C., June 5 (A.A) - James Rubin, the Spokesman of the U.S. State Department, said on Friday that they do not want to speculate on the yesterday's armed attack in front of the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul without getting enough information on whether the attack was targeting the U.S. Consulate.
Addressing a press conference, Rubin recalled that the attack was staged in a building outside the U.S. Consulate.
Rubin stressed that they asked for information from the Turkish officials about the identities of two people who were reported to be the members of an illegal extreme-leftist organization and were killed in clash with the police as they were preparing themselves to stage a terrorist attack.
Acting on a tip-off, security officials determined two persons entering into a six-floor construction site on Tarlabasi boulevard, which was in front of the U.S. Consulate General. Police warned them to surrender, but a clash erupted when terrorists countered the police warnings with fire. The suspects were killed. Police seized two pistols and a flame-thrower belonged to the terrorists.
 NATO'S AIR OPERATION AGAINST YUGOSLAVIA - TURKISH F-16 WAR PLANES STAY IN AIR FOR 12 HOURS - ALBANIAN PRESIDENT TO VISIT TURKISH HUMANITARIAN AID TEAM, AND RED CRESCENT'S ELBASAN CAMPANKARA, June 5 (A.A) - Turkish F-16 war planes that participate in the NATO's air operation against Yugoslavia which are deployed at the Ghedi Airbase in Italy, stayed in air for 12 hours on June 4, it was reported on Saturday.
The General Staff Information Center issued a statement saying that according to the latest figures, there are 16,932 refugees in Turkey; 50 thousand in Serbia; 68,400 in Montenegro; 443,900 in Albania; 247,400 in Macedonia; 21,700 in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and 83,493 in other countries.
A total of 16,932 Kosovar refugees have entered Turkey from Istanbul, the Tekirdag-Corlu border gate, and from the Edirne-Kapikule border gate since the beginning of NATO air operation.
A total of 7,293 Kosovar refugees have been provided shelters in the Gaziosmanpasa Refugee Camp in Kirklareli province.
Turkey has provided shelters for more than 12 thousand Kosovar refugees in camps in Macedonia and Albania. Both camps have capacity to host 20 thousand refugees.
Red Crescent's convoy of five trucks carrying humanitarian aid worth of 120.5 billion Turkish Liras, arrived in Kapikule Border Gate.
Meanwhile, Albanian President Rexhep Mejdani is expected to visit the Turkish Humanitarian Aid Team and the Red Crescent's Elbasan Refugee Camp later today.
 CAUCASIAN-ABKHAZIAN SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE RELEASES STATEMENT - ''OUR TEN MILLION KINSMEN IN NORTH CAUCASUS, WHO TURNED THEIR FACES TOWARDS TURKEY, EXPECT OUR STATE TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THEIR REQUESTS DURING DETERMINATION OF POLICIES FOR ABKHAZIA''ISTANBUL, June 5 (A.A) - The Caucasian-Abkhazian Solidarity Committee requested the ''Abkhazian-Georgian Peace Talks'', which will be held under supervision of a U.N. representative in Istanbul, to bring a fair and permanent peace, it was reported on Friday.
Releasing a statement, the Caucasian-Abkhazian Solidarity Committee, which is composed of 85 Cacasian-based non-governmental organizatins, called on the sides to provide a fair and permanent peace at the talks between June 6 and 9.
Noting that the result should not aim at annihilating the Abkhazian people but at surviving them, the statement said, ''we expect our state to assume a constructive attitude enabling the sides to reach an agreement.''
Stressing that the Abkhazian people and those of Caucasin origin living in Turkey don't have any enmity towards the Georgian people, the statement said, ''we are respectful to the Republic of Turkey's policies for Caucasus and the Turkish Republics. However, almost seven million of our people in Turkey and ten million kinsmen in North Caucasus, who totally turned their faces towards Turkey, expect our state to take into consideration their requests during determination of its policies for Abkhazia.''
Pointing out that Abkhazia gained autonomous structure after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the statement said that the peace talks have been continuing for six years, but failed to bring a concrete result.
 SKELETON OF KING KERSEBLEPTES OF ODYRIS TO BE FLESHEDANKARA, June 5 (A.A) - A king lived in Thrace thousands years ago, will regain his physical appearance with new technical opportunities, it was reported on Saturday.
Prof. Dr. Ilter Uzel will overlay with fleshlike substance the skeleton of King Kersebleptes of Odyris who is thought to have lived 2,300 years ago.
The skeleton was brought to light in Harekattepe Tumulus in Tekirdag province.
King Kersebleptes will be displayed in Tekirdag Museum after being fleshed and dressed with his original cloths.
King Kersebleptes who was found with two crowns symbolizing his kingship and priesthood; purple cloths and many rings, is thought to die at the age of 40 or 45 from blood-poisoning after suffering from an unknown disease for 10 years.
Responding to questions of the A.A correspondent, Akif Isin, the Director of Tekirdag Museum, said that skeleton of King Kersebleptes who lived in 340s B.C. was found in the sarcophagus room in the middle of the tumulus in 22 metres height.
Stressing that it is a very important find for the history of Thrace, Isin added that King Kersebleptes' steleton was the first king steleton founded in Thrace.
Referring to two crowns of King Kersebleptes, Isin said that one of the crowns is made of gold in the shape of a oak branch. He noted that the second crown is an ivy made of gold-plated copper.
Isin stressed that when the fleshing process is completed, King Kersebleptes will be the first king to be displayed with his genuine identity.
Noting that it is very meaningful that King Kersebleptes was buried in such a magnificent tumulus alone, Isin said, ''this shows that the King did not get married, and that he had no family.''
 THIRD INTERNATIONAL BODRUM ENVIRONMENT FILMS FESTIVAL BEGINSBODRUM, June 5 (A.A) - The Third International Bodrum Environment Films Festival organized by the Cinema and Audiovisual Culture Foundation (TURSAK), began on Saturday.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Cemil Serhadli, the Governor of Mugla, reminded that 67 percent of Bodrum is consist of forests, 24 percent of the territory is private environment area, and the rest is natural site area. The festival began with the ''Hanuman'' directed by Fred Fegau.
Within the scope of the festival where a total of 40 films will be shown, international long feature film, international documentary and short feature film contests will be held.
Meanwhile, a panel discussion on the ''Environmental Conscious and Function of Non-governmental organizations in European Environment Policies'' will be organized to mark the World Environment Day.
''Time Capsules'' of Ozcan Arca, and ''Gumusluk: Blue and Black'' of the Submarine Researches Association and the Mediterranean Seal Research Group, will also be shown within framework of the festival.
The festival will end on June 10.
 PRESIDENT DENKTAS OF THE TRNC: - ''IF CYPRUS IS POSSESSED BY GREEKS AND THE GREEK CYPRIOTS, TURKEY FALLS INTO A SITUATION PREVENTING HER FROM PUTTING OUT TO SEAS AGAIN''LEFKOSA, June 5 (A.A) - President Rauf Denktas of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Saturday that if Cyprus is possessed by Greeks and by the Greek Cypriots, Turkey falls into a situation preventing her from putting out to seas again.
Denktas stressed that many Turkish soldiers lost their lives to prevent Cyprus from turning into a Greek island.
Pointing out that Turkey attributes great importance to Cyprus not only for the Turkish Cypriots living on island, but also for the geopolitical importance of the island, President Denktas recalled that Turkey admits the Cyprus question as a national case.
Denktas also noted that carnage which took place in Kosovo today, is the same with the carnage committed by the Greek Cypriots against Turkish Cypriots between 1964 and 1965.
 TRIAL OF HEAD OF TERRORIST ORGANIZATION - ASSOCIATION OF DOMINANCE OF LAW SENDS A MESSAGE OF CONGRATULATION TO MEHMET GULER, PRESIDENT GENERAL DIRECTOR OF ANADOLU AJANSI - AKYUZ, CHAIRMAN OF ASSOCIATION OF DOMINANCE OF LAW: - ''ANADOLU AJANSI FULFILS A PRAISEWORTHY DUTY ABOUT TRIAL OF OCALAN''ANKARA, June 5 (A.A) - Erdem Akyuz, the Chairman of the Assocation of Dominance of Law, sent a message of congratulation to Mehmet Guler, the President General Director of the Anadolu Ajansi, upon A.A's success in informing the public opinion about the trial of Abdullah Ocalan, the head of the terrorist organization PKK, on Imrali Island, it was reported on Saturday.
In his message, Erdem Akyuz stressed that the Anadolu Ajansi fulfils a praiseworthy duty to inform public opinion about the trial of a terrorist who committed crimes against humanity and peace.
Emphasizing that Anadolu Ajansi's works on evaluating the trial as a whole, are impartial, reliable, and clear, Akyuz also praised the Anadolu Ajansi as it sends informations without any delay.
Akyuz also said, ''we see that your bulletins are also being used by Turkish and foreign news agencies and press organs with reliance. We also appreciate programmes of the Radio Anadolu. Your attention to the press ethics forms a model for other news agencies besides your high technology. We congratulate overall A.A personnel on your behalf for your careful works to convey faultlessness of the independent jurisdiction, and sensivity of the Turkish public opinion.''
 PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: - ''ANADOLU AJANSI FULFILS ITS DUTY PERFECTLY''ANKARA, June 5 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Saturday that the Anadolu Ajansi fulfils its duty perfectly, adding, ''we also learn some developments from the Anadolu Ajansi.''
After attending the Presidential and Prime Ministry Correspondents' General Assembly held at the Conference Hall of the Anadolu Ajansi, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit visited Mehmet Guler, the President General Director of the Anadolu Ajansi.
Guler informed Ecevit about the works of the Anadolu Ajansi during the visit.
Ecevit stressed, ''the Anadolu Ajansi fulfils its duty perfectly. We follow developments through the news bulletins of the Anadolu Ajansi, and we, sometimes, learn some developments from the Anadolu Ajansi.''
Guler told Prime Minister Ecevit that the Anadolu Ajansi also fulfils its duty successfully during the trial of Abdullah Ocalan, the head of terrorist organization PKK, on Imrali, and that foreign news agencies learned the latest developments in the trial through the Anadolu Agency.
Husamettin Ozkan, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State, Yuksel Yalova, the State Minister, Sevket Bulent Yahnici, the Deputy Leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Elvan Baransel, the Deputy President General Director of the Anadolu Ajansi, and Ismail Bezgin, the Deputy President General Director of the Anadolu Ajansi, were also in attendance.
 COLOGNE SUMMIT OF EU - FOREIGN MINISTRY ANNOUNCES DOCUMENT PREPARED AND SUBMITTED BY GERMANY AT SUMMIT REGARDING TURKEY - FROM THE DOCUMENT: - ''THE EU COUNCIL CONSIDERS APPROPRIATE TO INCLUDE TURKEY INTO PARTICIPATION PROCESS, AND INVITE HER TO NEGOTIATIONS TO BE HELD WITH OTHER CANDIDATES''ANKARA, June 5 (A.A) - The Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday the document about Turkey which was prepared by the European Union (EU) Term President Germany, and submitted at the EU Summit in Cologne which ended yesterday.
Releasing a statement, the Foreign Ministry said that the document was prepared upon Turkey's approval.
According to the statement, the document, which was submitted at the summit, noted that the EU Council welcomes the Turkish government's determination in further improvement of all of the economic and political reforms necessary for fulfilling the Copenhagen criteria.
Pointing out that the EU Council welcomes especially the Turkish government's determination in strengthening its efforts for democratic and social reforms, and in bringing a constructive solution for the problems in the southeastern Anatolia, the document stressed that with this respect, the EU Council considers appropriate to include Turkey into participation process as a participant candidate on the basis of the European Strategy and invite her to the meetings to be held with other candidates.
The document underlined that the EU Council requests the Council and the Commission to continue to develop energetically the European Strategy to help Turkey prepare herself for participation; and to prepare a road map for necessary reforms to enable Turkey to fulfil the Copenhagen criteria and the provisions in Article 6 of the EU agreement till the EU Council Summit in Helsinki..
Noting that other documents, which were circulated during the summit, couldn't go further on except reflecting the opinions of some EU members, the statement said that naturally, those documents, which did not register Turkey's full-membership, were not approved.
 PRESIDENT DEMIREL: - ''TRIAL OF A BLOODY MATTER WHICH CAUSED GRIEF IN TURKEY FOR 15 YEARS, IS BEING HELD. THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY PROCEDURAL MISTAKE'' - ''NO ONE CAN INTERVENE IN JUDGE'S DECISION''ANKARA, June 5 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Friday, ''the trial of a bloody matter which caused grief in Turkey for 15 years, is being held. There should not be any procedural mistake in the trial.''
Demirel who received Yildirim Akbulut, the Speaker of Parliament, referred to the issue of the State Security Courts (DGMs) at the meeting.
Noting that there is not any issue for objection to the establishment of the DGMs, and the military judge has free will and conscience, Demirel said, ''There are international rules we are engaged to. We either never get engaged to such international rules, or fulfil our commitments if we are already engaged.''
Pointing out that concepts have been changed in the last five decades, and countries do not consider solidarity as intervention in the independence any more, Demirel added, ''Within this solidarity, we have to obey the European Court of Human Rights, and abide by its resolutions. This does not humiliate us.''
''Now, trial of a bloody matter which caused grave pains in Turkey for 15 years, is being held. There should not be any procedural mistake in the trial. No one can interfere in decision to be given by the judge. They can easily criticize us due to a procedural mistake, '' Demirel stressed.
He continued, ''I am sorry to say that several cases were accepted by the Court of Human Rights, and they found our acts wrong, but this trial cannot put up with it. This trial is the most important case of Turkey. Turkish people should not show any sign of disagreement on the issue. Thousands of people lost their lives within 15 years beause of terrorism. People of this country have remained devoted to each other without giving opportunity to eruption of a new Turkish-Kurdish dispute. Actually, the main reason for this problem is not to defeat Turkey's armed forces. It is not possible anyway.
But if they could succeed in creating a separation among people, the terrorist organization would have reached a result. But our nation did not allow such a separation. This is a praiseworthy fact.''
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