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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 01-02-06

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

Anadolu Agency

ANADOLU AGENCY

NEWS

06 FEBRUARY

2001 Tuesday


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
  • [02] ANKARA DGM PROSECUTOR YUKSEL FILES A SUIT AGAINST
  • [03] GENDARME GENERAL COMMANDERSHIP SAYS
  • [04] TURKEY'S SUPPLEMENTARY LETTER OF INTENT ANNOUNCED
  • [05] 3.5 TONNES OF DRUG DESTROYED IN MARDIN
  • [06] TOURISM TAKES GOOD START IN ANTALYA
  • [07] U.S. AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY PEARSON: ''TURKEY HAS AN
  • [08] TREASURY UNDERSECRETARIAT:
  • [09] 1.4 BILLION U.S. DOLLARS IMF CREDIT TRANCHE
  • [10] TURKEY-EU RELATIONS
  • [11] TACKEN, CHAIRMAN OF AGRICULTURAL INVESTMENTS
  • [12] RED CRESCENT SENDS HUMANITARIAN AID TO INDIA
  • [13] OPIC DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF DEVELOPING INVESTMENTS WITH

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN

    These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's

    press on February 6, 2000. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories

    and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET (LIBERAL)

    A COMMANDER GOES TO LONDON WITHIN FRAMEWORK OF ENERGY OPERATION
    The gendarme forces who are currently conducting the operation in the energy

    field, sent a delegation to Britain to investigate the foreign contacts.

    According to the news of the CNN Turk TV Channel, the delegation headed by

    Commander Yusuf Soybas, will make investigations about the financial aspect of

    the operation. This visit came to the agenda as the gendarme forces found out

    that some of the companies which were involved in the issue were based in

    Britain. The involvement of the Russian mafia is another possibility that is

    being examined by officials.

    AKSENER, DYP KOCAELI DEPUTY SAYS TURKEY AND AZERBAIJAN SHOULD FURTHER
    IMPROVE THEIR COOPERATION
    Meral Aksener, True Path Party (DYP) Kocaeli deputy, said Turkey and

    Azerbaijan should further imrove their cooperation in the region as an

    alternative to the European Union (EU). This would strengthen the position of

    both countries in Eurasia, added Aksener. The issue said Aksener, should be

    discussed by politicians and academicians of both countries.

    MILLIYET (LIBERAL)

    BAYKAL CHANGES
    Deniz Baykal, the leader of the Republican Peoples' Party (CHP)- a central

    leftist party- who wants to bring righists to his party started to change his

    discourse. He will try to bring together a group of righist politicians and

    businessmen who defend a synthesis between Islam and Turkish nationalism, in a

    new formation. Baykal chose the words of ''science'' both in Turkish and

    Arabic to name this formation as ''Bilim ve İlim.''

    GENDARME IN BRITAIN
    There is a new shocking development in the operation white energy which is

    carried out by Talat Salk, the prosecutor of the State Security Court (DGM).

    Sources said that a gendarme delegation headed by General Yusuf Soybas

    went to Britain for an investigation. Salk said that the news about the visit

    is true, yet it is not related with the operation.

    SABAH (LIBERAL)

    FP SHOCKED
    Sabih Kanadoglu, the Chief Prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals,

    presented yesterday a supplementary indictment in closure case against the

    Virtue Party (FP). In the supplementary indictment, Kanadoglu requested

    closure of FP on charges of being successor of the banned Welfare Party (RP)

    on the basis of footage related to the First Congress of the FP. The attempt

    of Kanadoglu shocked the Virtue Party (FP).

    DEATH PENALTY FORMULA OF BAHCELI
    Devlet Bahceli, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) wanted

    officials to include the statement saying that ''the parliament is authorized

    in the issue of death penalty'' in the text of Turkey's National Programme for

    the Adoption of the Acquis (NPAA). ''We can't accept education and

    broadcasting in Kurdish language, because that can lead to a discussion on

    federation,'' Bahceli said.

    CUMHURIYET (LEFT)

    ATTEMPT TO ATTACK FRENCH CONSULATE GENERAL IN ISTANBUL PREVENTED
    Security forces captured one person who wanted to stage a bomb attack on the

    French Consulate General in Istanbul. The security forces, which had taken

    tight measures around the Consulate General for some time, stopped a person

    who headed towards the building on Sunday night. Officials identified the

    detainee as Fevzi Ozcelik.

    TAX AMNESTY TO BE ADOPTED
    The Council of Ministers decided yesterday to bring payment facilities to tax

    payers in line with the studies of the Finance Ministry. This decision was

    adopted in spite of the government's commitment of not adopting any tax

    amnesty in the letter of intent sent to IMF and the press briefing of Finance

    Minister Sumer Oral who also said that there wouldn't be any amnesty for tax

    payers.

    RADIKAL (LEFT)

    PREMIER ECEVIT: WE WILL RESIST
    Premier Bulent Ecevit who issued a statement after the meeting of the leaders

    of the coalition, said they would insist on the change in by-law of the

    parliament. Some legislative studies should be carried out very quickly said

    Ecevit adding that they would keep their attitude on the issue within the

    framework of legal rules.

    SOUTHEASTERN STUDENTS VISIT ISTANBUL AND IZMIR
    The Air Forces Commandership took 36 students from various provinces of

    southeast to Izmir and another group of students to Istanbul. The primary

    school students who are hard working were chosen from southeast Diyarbakir,

    Batman, Mardin and eastern Mus provinces for the trip. The students will visit

    museums, historical sites and will go to cinemas, theatres within the

    farmework of the visit.

    TURKIYE (RIGHT)

    GRANDSON OF SULTAN ABDULHAMID II SAYS FRENCH PARLIAMENTARIANS HAVE NO
    KNOWLEDGE ON ARMENIAN ISSUE
    Bulent Osman, the grandson of Sultan Abdulhamid II, who was born and who is

    living in Paris said the French parliamentarians have no knowledge both on the

    Armenian issue and the history. Noting that the Turks who believed that the

    French were their friends were disappointed, Osman said the relations between

    the two countries would be damaged due to the attitude of the French

    parliament.

    SPRANGER, GENERAL MANAGER OF OPEL IN TURKEY SAYS THEY WON'T LEAVE TURKEY
    Erhard Spranger, the general manager of Opel in Turkey said their decision to

    close down their facilities in Torbali township of Aegean Izmir province

    shouldn't be exaggerated adding that they will continue to stay in the

    country. ''We just stopped the car montage in the factory,'' said Spranger.

    Noting that Opel was ranked the seventh in Europe with their thirteen percent

    market share in Turkey, Spranger said they climbe the steps just like

    Galatasaray did.

    ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)

    PARLIAMENT SPEAKER IZGI TAKES ACTION
    Political parties reached a consensus on limiting the speeches to be issued on

    behalf of party groups in the parliament to five minutes and limiting the

    number of motions that can be submitted to the parliament. This consensus was

    reached in the contacts of Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi with the acting group

    leaders of political parties.

    OPERATION WHITE ENERGY CONTINUES
    Huseyin Cogalan, the former director of Turkish Electricity Production and

    Distrbution Inc's (TEAS) Department of Various Energies was taken into custody

    yesterday upon the instruction of Talat Salk, the State Security Court (DGM)

    Prosecutor. Osman Ilhan, the acting director general of energy affairs and

    Mustafa Mendilcioglu were also brought to DGM again.

    -IMF MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CHAIRMAN KOHLER SAYS TURKISH GOVERNMENT'S
    DETERMINATION IN IMPLEMENTING ECONOMIC PROGRAMME AUGURS WELL FOR
    RETURN OF FULL MARKET CONFIDENCE
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Horst Kohler, Managing Director and Chairman of the

    International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday that the determination shown

    by the Turkish government so far augurs well for the return of full market

    confidence and for the success of the authorities' ambitious disinflation

    program.

    Following the meeting of the IMF Executive Board, which approved the fifth

    review of Turkey's economic programme and giving 1.4 billion U.S. dollars part

    of a new credit to Turkey, Kohler said:

    ''Policy implementation since the last Executive Board meeting has been most

    encouraging. In particular, the Central Bank of Turkey has strictly

    implemented the monetary policy framework laid out in their December 2000

    Letter of Intent and important actions in the structural area have been

    implemented during January.''

    ''On monetary policy, the Central Bank of Turkey has successfully mopped up

    most of the excess domestic credit created during the crisis, thus helping to

    restore market confidence as evidenced by the reduction in interest rates and

    the increase in foreign reserves.''

    ''On banking, the recent decision to adopt a time-bound plan to resolve the

    banks currently controlled by the Saving Deposit Insurance Fund that did not

    elicit market interest should help restore confidence in the banking system.

    The strengthening of regulations aimed at addressing sources of market risk is

    similarly welcome.''

    ''Progress has been made also in other structural areas, including by

    implementing key steps envisaged under the program to facilitate the

    privatization of telecommunication, transportation, and energy sectors. In

    light of the progress made, and of the authorities' reassurance that the

    Electricity Markets Law would be enacted by mid-February, the Executive Board

    approved the request of the Turkish authorities for a waiver of compliance on

    the performance criterion relating to the enactment of this law.''

    ''Strict adherence to the monetary, fiscal and the structural reform program

    is needed. The determination shown so far augurs well for the return of full

    market confidence and for the success of the authorities' ambitious

    disinflation program.''

    [02] ANKARA DGM PROSECUTOR YUKSEL FILES A SUIT AGAINST

    16 MEMBERS OF LABOUR UNION ''TUM YARGI-SEN''
    ANKARA - Nuh Mete Yuksel, Prosecutor of Ankara State Security Court (DGM)

    filed a suit on Tuesday against 16 members of the labour union founded in

    judiciary field namely ''Tum Yargı-Sen'' for helping and abetting the illegal

    terrorist organization DHKP-C.

    Yuksel requested heavy imprisonment for the suspects changing from four years

    six months to seven years six months.

    The indictment prepared by Yuksel said that the terrorist organization namely

    Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) started death fasts in

    prisons when the state wanted to open F type prisons and associations which

    support this terrorist organization outside started demonstrations.

    ''There was only one aim of these protests which was to prevent the illegal

    organizations and armed gangs' losing control in prisons,'' the indictment

    noted.

    The indictment stressed that the labour union ''Tum Yargı-Sen'' extended

    support to illegal organizations, adding that the labour union took part in

    the fight to keep prisons under the control of gangs and terrorist

    organizations.

    The indictment also asserted that the labour union in question was not founded

    to fight for the rights of their members, but to extend support to illegal

    organizations.

    The administrators of the labour union including its chairman will be tried at

    Ankara State Security Court (DGM) No. 1.

    -DNA TEST TO BE DONE TO PROVE MASSACRE COMMITTED
    AGAINST TURKS BY ARMENIANS
    ERZURUM - DNA test will be done to prove the cognation between those Turks

    living in eastern Erzurum province and those who were killed by Armenians and

    who were buried in mass graves.

    If the DNA test is positive, Erzurum Bar will bring legal action against

    concerned states.

    Naci Turan, the Chairman of the Research Commission on Massacre of Armenians,

    told A.A that after the adoption of the law on so-called genocide on Armenians

    by the French parliament, cases could be brought against Turkey.

    Noting that Armenians killed thousands of Turks in Erzurum and its

    surroundings after the First World War, Turan said that ''unfortunately we

    couldn't bring these massacres to the world agenda sufficiently.''

    The proof of the massacre committed by Armenians are the mass graves found and

    opened, he said adding that ''it is known that the people killed were Turks

    and muslims, because their belongings were all Turkish and Islamic style

    things.''

    [03] GENDARME GENERAL COMMANDERSHIP SAYS

    ITS DELEGATION WENT TO BRITAIN TO DISCUSS ISSUES
    RELATED TO INTERNATIONAL CRIME AND DRUG TRAFFICKING
    ANKARA - A gendarme delegation headed by Yusuf Soybas went to Britain

    to discuss issues related to international crime and drug trafficking within

    the scope of bilateral relations, and the visit is not related with the

    operation ''white energy,'' Gendarme Commander's Office said on Tuesday.

    Issuing a written statement the General Secretariat of the Gendarme

    Commandership said that private television channel CNN Turk broadcast an

    unreal news yesterday and claimed that Gendarme commandership sent a

    delegation to Britain to investigate the dimensions of the operation ''white

    energy'' related to energy field abroad.

    ''The delegation went to Britain on Feb 4, 2001 upon the official invitation

    of the British Foreign Office dated Jan. 11, 2001 to discuss issues of

    international crime and drug trafficking,'' it added.

    [04] TURKEY'S SUPPLEMENTARY LETTER OF INTENT ANNOUNCED

    ANKARA - The supplementary letter of intent of Turkey given to IMF was

    announced on Tuesday after the latter approved the fifth review of Turkey's

    economic programme and giving 1.4 billion U.S. dollars part of a new credit to

    Turkey.

    The letter is dated Jan. 30, 2001 and it was signed by Recep Onal,

    Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Gazi Ercel, Governor of the Central

    Bank.

    Here is the letter which was addressed to Horst Kohler, Managing Director and

    Chairman of the International Monetary Fund (IMF):

    ''1. The strict implementation of the strengthened policies described in our

    Letter of Intent (LoI) of December 18, 2000-together with the support of the

    international financial community-rapidly restored market confidence after the

    financial turmoil in late 2000. We remain fully committed to the strategy laid

    out in the December 18 LoI. That letter remains the main document outlining

    our policies for 2001-02, which are here updated in some specific aspects in

    light of recent developments. This update relates to: (i) monetary policy

    implementation within the existing framework; (ii) the reform of the tobacco

    sector; (iii) the rolling out of tax identification numbers (TINs); and (iv)

    banking. We hereby also request completion of the fifth review under the Stand-by

    Arrangement.

    2. We will continue to manage monetary policy within the framework set forth

    in the December LoI. The preannounced exchange rate path will remain the main

    monetary anchor of the program. Within this constraint, the Central Bank of

    Turkey (CBT) will manage monetary policy with the goal of maintaining an

    adequate level of foreign exchange reserves, and, to the extent made possible

    by our exchange rate commitment, of keeping monetary conditions at a level

    supportive of our inflation target. The December LoI indicated that should

    capital inflows be stronger than envisaged at that time, NDA would be kept

    below its ceiling so as to avoid excessive money creation. This policy has

    been strictly implemented in January, thus helping to restore confidence. The

    CBT will continue to monitor developments in base money, and reduce NDA in

    response to higher-than-projected capital inflows, keeping in close

    consultation with Fund staff. Moreover, in light of the large margin of NDA

    with respect to its ceiling that is expected to be registered at end- January,

    we have revised downwards the NDA ceiling for the dates following January 31,

    so as to increase the predictability of monetary policy . Correspondingly, the

    NIR floors have been revised upward. The appropriateness of the NDA and of the

    NIR floors will be reassessed during the forthcoming program reviews, in light

    of developments in external accounts and inflation. NDA between test dates is

    not expected to exceed systematically, or by large amounts, the ceilings set

    for the test dates following January 31, except during the March religious

    holidays (for which a more detailed indicative path for NDA will be discussed

    during the February program review). In the event of significant deposit

    withdrawals and in accordance with the protocol between treasury, the SDIF,

    and the CBT, the latter is committed to provide liquidity to the affected

    Savings Deposits Insurance Fund (SDIF) bank (banks), if needed to implement

    the guarantee. Should this lead to a breach of the NDA ceiling, the CBT will

    consult with the Fund staff to examine the factors behind the breach, and will

    be committed to move NDA back within the ceiling with open market operations

    immediately thereafter. Finally, in order to facilitate monetary management,

    state banks will be more prompt in adjusting their borrowing rates to money

    market conditions.

    3. The reform strategy for the tobacco sector and the restructuring of TEKEL,

    one of the main component in our agricultural policy reform and in our

    privatization drive, is being strengthened with respect to the December LoI.

    We will transfer the state monopoly agency (TEKEL) to the Privatization Agency

    (PA), instead of transferring only its tobacco processing units. To this end,

    a law-which will also reform the tobacco sector and phase out support

    purchases of tobacco-will be enacted by end-February 2001 (a structural

    benchmark).

    4. As stated in the December LoI, strengthening tax administration is

    essential to improve efficiency and equity of the tax system. Among other

    steps, we have increased the number of TINs from 13 million at end-1999 to

    15.2 million at end-2000. We intend to increase by 50 percent the number of

    TINs from the end-2000 level by end-2002. To that end, the necessary tax

    regulations will be enacted by end-September 2001 (a structural benchmark).

    5. Regarding banking, the resolution of the SDIF banks is proceeding according

    to schedule. The transition bank set up to reorganize the assets and

    liabilities of the five banks that will have their license revoked will be

    sold or otherwise resolved by end-September 2001 (a structural performance

    criterion). The strategy for dealing with the remaining two banks taken over

    by the SDIF after September 2000 is still being developed as information on

    these banks is being refined. SDIF intends to sell the larger of these two

    banks (Demirbank) using a &quot;fast track&quot; process, taking advantage of

    substantial investor interest already expressed in this bank. The bidding

    terms will be announced by end-January 2001 and will be followed by a brief

    due diligence process; after that we expect to complete a speedy sale. In the

    case of the remaining bank, the SDIF will follow the same sales process used

    for the banks taken over before October 2000 but with a two-month time lag.

    Regarding bank regulation, a new regulation meeting EU standards that defines

    direct and indirect ownership relationships in connected lending is still

    being discussed with the banking industry and is expected to be introduced by

    end-February 2001 (a structural benchmark).

    [05] 3.5 TONNES OF DRUG DESTROYED IN MARDIN

    DIYARBAKIR - A total of 3.5 tonnes of drugs which were seized by the security

    forces in the operations launched in southeast and eastern regions were

    destroyed in a cement factory in southeast Mardin province on Tuesday.

    The drugs seized in two regions between 1996-2000 were burnt down to ashes in

    the factory.

    The officials said the market value of the drugs was approximately 12 trillion

    Turkish Liras(TL).

    [06] TOURISM TAKES GOOD START IN ANTALYA

    ANTALYA - More than 74,000 tourists came to southern Antalya province in

    January, 2001 with an increase of 50 percent compared to the same period last

    year.

    Last year, 48,360 foreign tourists had visited the province.

    Antalya Airport officials reported that 61 percent of the tourists who arrived

    in Antalya were Germans.

    A four percent of increase was observed in the number of French tourists who

    came to Antalya, compared to January, 2000. 1,978 French tourists came to the

    province in January, 2001.

    The Israeli tourists camee third after German and French tourists in January,

    2001.

    [07] U.S. AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY PEARSON: ''TURKEY HAS AN

    EXCELLENT
    ECONOMIC AND COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL''
    ISTANBUL - U.S. Ambassador to Turkey W. Robert Pearson said on Tuesday that

    Turkey had an ''excellent'' economic and commercial potential.

    Pearson spoke at a seminar on U.S. commercial and fiancial services held at

    the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce.

    Most of the investors in the United States are aware of Turkey's high

    inflation and added that the embassy personnel in Ankara were working to

    utilize this potential.

    Since 1994, the trade volume between his country and Turkey increased 70

    percent and Turkey's export to the United States climbed by 15 percent in 1999

    and 2000, he explained.

    Turkey, Caucasia and the Central Asia are very important for the U.S.

    government, Pearson said and told the participating businessmen that the U.S.

    businessmen were anxious to start working on joint projects with them in the

    months to come. ''We want to strengthen the commercial ties between the United

    States and Turkey,'' he added.

    Unlike ITO Chairman Mehmet Yildirim who spoke before him, Pearson didn't touch

    the so-called Armenian genocide resolutions in Europe and the United States.

    [08] TREASURY UNDERSECRETARIAT:

    -''THE IMF EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS BOARD HAS COMPLETED FIFTH TURKEY
    REVIEW AND APPROVED 1.4 BILLION U.S. DOLLARS CREDIT TRANCHE''
    ANKARA - Treasury Undersecretariat said on Tuesday that International

    Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board had approved fifth review of Turkey's

    economic program which is supported by a three-year IMF stand-by credit.

    Releasing a statement, Treasury Undersecretariat said that the decision would

    enable Turkey to draw up to SDR 1.09 billion (about 1.4 billion U.S. dollars)

    immediately.

    The stand-by credit was approved in December 1999 for SDR 2.9 billion (about

    3.8 billion U.S. dollars). On December 22, 2000, the Board decided to provide

    additional resources available under the Supplemental Reserve Facility (SRF)

    for SDR 5.8 billion (about 7.6 billion U.S. dollars) to alleviate balance of

    payments difficulties.

    Of the total amount of SDR 8.7 billion (about 11.4 billion U.S. dollars) under

    the stand-by credit, Turkey has so far drawn SDR 2.84 billion (about 3.7

    billion U.S. dollars).

    The statement said that following the Executive Board discussion on Turkey,

    Horst Kohler, Managing Director and Chairman, said, ''policy implementation

    since the last Executive Board meeting has been most encouraging. In

    particular, the central bank has strictly implemented the monetary policy

    framework laid out in their December 2000 Letter of Intent and important

    actions in the structural area have been implemented during January.''

    On monetary policy, the Central Bank of Turkey has successfully mopped up most

    of the excess domestic credit created during the crisis, thus helping to

    restore market confidence as evidenced by the reduction in interest rates and

    the increase in foreign reserves, Kohler said.

    ''On banking, the recent decision to adopt a time-bound plan to resolve the

    banks currently controlled by the Saving Deposit Insurance Fund that did not

    elicit market interest should help restore confidence in the banking system.

    The strengthening of regulations aimed at addressing sources of market risk is

    similarly welcome,'' he added.

    ''Progress has been made also in other structural areas, including by

    implementing key steps envisaged under the program to facilitate the

    privatization of telecommunication, transportation, and energy sectors. In

    light of the progress made, and of the authorities' reassurance that the

    Electricity Markets Law would be enacted by mid-February, the Executive Board

    approved the request of the Turkish authorities for a waiver of compliance on

    the performance criterion relating to the enactment of this law,'' Kohler

    said.

    ''Strict adherence to the monetary, fiscal and the structural reform program

    is needed. The determination shown so far augurs well for the return of full

    market confidence and for the success of the authorities' ambitious

    disinflation program,'' Kohler added.

    [09] 1.4 BILLION U.S. DOLLARS IMF CREDIT TRANCHE

    TO ENTER CENTRAL BANK'S ACCOUNT THIS WEEK
    ANKARA - Central Bank will receive this week SDR 1.09 billion (almost

    1.4 billion U.S. dollars) IMF credit tranche approved by the IMF Board on

    Tuesday.

    The credit which means approval of the fifth review of Turkey's economic

    program is backed by supplementary letter of intent covering five articles.

    The stand-by credit was approved in December 1999 for SDR 2.9 billion (about

    3.8 billion U.S. dollars). On December 22, 2000, the Board decided to provide

    additional resources available under the Supplemental Reserve Facility (SRF)

    for SDR 5.8 billion (about 7.6 billion U.S. dollars) to alleviate balance of

    payments difficulties.

    Of the total amount of SDR 8.7 billion (about 11.4 billion U.S. dollars) under

    the stand-by credit, Turkey has so far drawn SDR 2.84 billion (about 3.7

    billion U.S. dollars).

    [10] TURKEY-EU RELATIONS

    -JUSTICE AND DOMESTIC AFFAIRS SUB-COMMITTEE CONVENES
    BRUSSELS - The Justice and Domestic Affairs Committee, one of the

    sub-committees formed within framework of regulations adjustment between

    Turkey and the European Union (EU), convened in Brussels on Tuesday.

    High-level officials and experts of relevant ministries and institutions from

    both Turkey and the EU are in attendance at the one-day meeting.

    At the Turkey-EU Partnership Council meeting held in Luxembourg on April 11,

    2000, it was decided to form eight sub-committees for de facto beginning of

    ''screening process'' which is also valid for Turkey together with other

    candidate countries.

    The implementation of sharing all issues in the EU acquisitions among eight

    sub-committees, is valid for all candidate countries.

    The EU holds full membership negotiations with candidate countries in 31

    separate branches including free circulation of products, people, services and

    capital; social rights; adjustment with competition policy; agriculture;

    fishery; transportation; economic and monetary union; science and research;

    education; regional policies; justice and domestic affairs; customs union;

    joint defense and foreign policy.

    Rapid or slow progress towards the full membership is determined in accordance

    with candidates' adjustment with the EU acquisitions and their finalization of

    dossiers.

    The first sub-committee meeting was held between Turkey and the EU on June 22,

    2000. At the meeting, the issue of agriculture was taken up.

    The sub-committee meetings continue in several fields.

    -ITO CHAIRMAN YILDIRIM: ''TURKEY'S TRADE WITH THE U.S. WILL
    INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY IF THE U.S. LIBERALIZES TEXTILE QUOTAS''
    ISTANBUL - Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) Chairman Mehmet Yildirim

    said on Tuesday that the trade volume between Turkey and the United States

    would grow significantly if the United States liberalizes the textile quotas

    for Turkey soon instead of waiting for the year 2005.

    Speaking at a seminar on the Commercial and Financial Services of the United

    States, Yildirim said they were pleased to see that the trade volume between

    the two countries reached 6.5 billion U.S. dollars last year. Turkey's export

    constituted three billion U.S. dollars of this trade volume, he pointed out.

    ''I believe that our trade volume will increase greatly if the United States

    liberalizes the textile quotas for Turkey,'' he contended.

    Dwelling on the Armenian genocide allegations, Yildirim said although the U.S.

    government intervened in time and blocked the passage of a resolution, certain

    politicians in some states had kept raising this issue although Turkey is a

    secular country which treated its minorities in a very humanly manner.

    ''Any country could have had shortcomings in its past, but it is not

    acceptable to accuse a country for something that took place 85 years ago. I

    wish the world would also recognize the cruelties done against Armenians 70

    years ago in the communist era,'' he continued. ''Turkey, at that time, didn't

    discriminate against its Armenian citizens and allowed them to enjoy all kinds

    of liberties including religion and education. Today, Armenians in Turkey have

    the same liberties.''

    Yildirim also stated that the French parliament passed the resolution with the

    participation of only 30 pro-Armenian parliamentarians.

    Responding to a question, he said ITO will not participate in the fairs which

    will be held in France. ''This will not hurt the Turkish economy. Similar

    fairs are organized in other countries so we will participate in those

    fairs,'' he responded.

    [11] TACKEN, CHAIRMAN OF AGRICULTURAL INVESTMENTS

    CONSULTING FIRM, DUE IN GAP REGION
    SANLIURFA - Willem Tacken, the Chairman of the Agricultural Investments

    Consulting Firm DLV Agricosult of the Netherlands, will come to southeastern

    province of Sanliurfa on Wednesday.

    Releasing a statement, the Directorate of Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP)

    Regional Development Authority said on Tuesday that Tacken would be briefed on

    the GAP and latest developments in the region during his visit.

    The statement noted that Tacken would visit Resarch Station in Koruklu, fields

    under irrigation, Ataturk Dam and Koc-Ata Husbandry Facility.

    Tacken is expected to depart from the region after holding talks with farmers'

    unions and investors.

    [12] RED CRESCENT SENDS HUMANITARIAN AID TO INDIA

    ANKARA - The Red Crescent sent humanitarian aid to India for the second time

    following last month's devastating quake disaster.

    Releasing a written statement, the Directorate General of Red Crescent said on

    Tuesday that the humanitarian aid included 100 tents, 2,000 blankets, 7,500

    syringes, 192 kg of medicine and 750 kg of disinfectant.

    The statement added that the Red Crescent's second aid to India was prepared

    within framework of a meeting between Ertan Gonen, the Director General of Red

    Crescent, and M. K. Bhadrakumar, the Indian Ambassador to Turkey.

    Turkey earlier sent 10 tonnes of humanitarian aid to India on January 30.

    A massive earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale devastated western

    Gujarat state of India on January 26, killing thousands of people.

    [13] OPIC DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF DEVELOPING INVESTMENTS WITH

    EUROPE

    SAYS OPIC IS VERY INTERESTED IN PRIVATIZATION PRACTICES IN TURKEY
    ISTANBUL - U.S. Overseas Private Investments Council (OPIC) Director in charge

    of Developing Investments with Europe Peter Ballinger said on Tuesday that

    they were interested in the privatizations in Turkey.

    Ballinger who spoke at a seminar on the commercial and financial services of

    the United States said Turkey was an important country for his country due to

    its growing economy.

    Energy is the biggest sector in Turkey as it is in the world, Ballinger said

    and added that they were supporting energy projects worth of 1.6 billion U.S.

    dollars in Turkey which constitutes eight percent of their total portfolio in

    the world. OPIC has certain conditions to give loans, he said and pointed out

    that a company could get a loan from OPIC if it has a 25 percent U.S.

    partnership.

    Ballinger stated that OPIC was very interested in the privatization practices

    in Turkey, especially the telecommunications privatization. He added that OPIC

    was also interested in electricity distribution in Turkey.

    Advisor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy, John D. Breidenstine also

    expressed satisfaction about the increasing commercial activities between

    Turkey and the United States. He said they would hold a seminar in Istanbul in

    March to bring together Turkish and U.S. businessmen and also start

    www.BuyUSA.com internet site to create a favourable environment for

    businessmen of both countries to do business together and sell their products.

    U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) Turkey, Caucasia and Central Asia

    Development of Trade Director Abaseh Mirvali said they had spent 20 million

    U.S. dollars since 1980 on various projects in Turkey and provided technical

    assistance to the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project.

    Mirvali indicated that they would focus on tourism, transportation and

    environmental projects in 2001.

    After the seminar, ITO representatives will have talks with the U.S.

    delegation members which will last for two days.


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