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 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's
press on February 7, 2000. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories
and does not vouch for their accuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL)GOVERNMENT TO MEET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF INDUSTRY AND BANKING SECTORS
Government will meet with representatives of industry and banking sectors for
measures which will facilitate overcoming economic crisis. Deputy Prime
Minister Mesut Yilmaz said, ''we will listen to problems of real institutions
and finance sector. At the Council of Ministers meeting next week, we will
announce a series of measures.''
''TURKEY HAS AN EXCELLENT ECONOMIC AND COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL''
economic and commercial potential. Speaking at a seminar on ''the United
States' Commercial and Fiancial Services'' organized by Istanbul Chamber of
Commerce, Pearson said that the trade volume between the two countries had
increased 70 percent since 1994. He noted that exporta from Turkey to the
United States climbed by 15 percent in 1999 and 2000. Stressing that the
United States attributed great importance to Turkey, Caucasia and the Central
Asia, Pearson said 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 Turkey and the United States,'' he added.
THERE IS NOT ANY PROBLEM IN U.S. PRESIDENT BUSH'S LETTER
in U.S. President George W. Bush's letter to Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit have
given rise to discussions. These words are not related with problems between
Turkey and the United States, but they are regarded with problems in the
region.'' Logoglu came together with diplomacy correspondents at a luncheon.
Responding to a question, Logoglu said, ''in his letter, President Bush used
the word of 'challenge'. President Bush attributes importance to friendly
relations between the two countries, and his letter will open doors for us. In
his letter, President Bush said that some challenges might emerge in regional
issues concerning both Turkey and the United States. He added that the two
countries would overcome these challenges through cooperation,'' Logoglu
MILLIYET (LIBERAL)HOPES FADE AWAY TO CAPTURE TERRORISTS WHO ASSASINATED OKKAN
Saadettin Tantan, the Interior Minister, said that seizure of terrorists who
assassinated Gaffar Okkan, the Police Chief of southeastern Diyarbakir
province, and five other policemen would take time. Tantan made remarks on the
assasination of Okkan, and didn't want to make any clear statement on which
organization actually staged the attack. We don't know whether the attack has
a foreign connection or not, said Tantan, and added they would exert utmost
efforts to capture the terrorists.
WOMAN JANNISSERY BECOMES HERO OF CARTOONS IN U.S.
woman jannissery figure in its cartoons. The DC Comics Company is using the
Woman Jannissery in its best seller cartoon Justice League of America Super
Heroes. The Woman Jenissery is wearing a red garment with star and crescent
which is the emblem of the Turkish Republic. She is carrying a book in one
hand an holding an Ottoman sword in the other. The characters of the Justice
League of America will fight against devil in this weeks' edition.
SABAH (LIBERAL)TURKISH PEOPLE TO DRINK ''PRIVATIZED TURKISH RAKI''
The Turkish Tobacco and Alcoholic Drinks Authority (TEKEL) which has a share
of 1.5 percent in Gross National Product of Turkey, is taken into the scope of
privatization. The selling procedure of Tekel will be completed in three
years. The reform in Tekel, which took place in the letter of intend submitted
to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), draws the attentions of many foreign
and local companies.
JUSTICE MINISTRY ACCEPTS AESTHETIC OPERATION REQUEST OF WOMEN INMATES
prisons applied to the Justice Ministry to undergo aesthetic operations. Three
of those women had already underwent asthetic operations as the Justice
Ministry approved their applications. Remaining six women inmates will also
undergo operations in Kartal State Hospital in coming days.
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)RALLY TO PROTEST IMF AND F TYPE PRISONS
The Work Party (EMEP), the People's Democracy Party (HADEP), the Freedom and
Solidarity Party (ODP) and the Human Rights Association (IHD) will hold a
rally in Abide-i Hurriyet Square in Sisli district of Istanbul on Sunday to
protest the F type prisons, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and capital
NETHERLANDS' INTEREST IN GAP
DLV Agricosult of the Netherlands, will come to southeastern province of
Sanliurfa. Tacken will be briefed by the Directorate of Southeastern Anatolia
Project (GAP) Regional Development Authority on the GAP and latest
developments in the region. Later, Tacken will visit Resarch Station in
Koruklu, fields under irrigation, Ataturk Dam and Koc-Ata Husbandry Facility.
RADIKAL (LEFT)BY-LAW TO BE DISCUSSED IN PARLIAMENT AGAIN
The leaders of the coalition decided to discuss the proposal of change in by-law
of parliament as no concrete outcomes obtained from the meetings headed by
Omer Izgi, the Speaker of Parliament. The discussion on the change in by- law
of the parliament is expected to be carried out starting from today. In the
meantime, Recai Kutan, the leader of Virtue Party (FP), said President Ahmet
Necdet Sezer should gather the leaders of the coalition parties to discuss the
NO INTEREST IN AUTOMOBILE PURCHASE CREDIT
the financial crisis in the sector. The companies make big sales in cash
payments and no interest rate is applied in some options of the credit sales.
Tofas, Fiat, Opel, Hyundai, Toyota and Wolkswagen are some of the companies
that launched campaigns to overcome the crisis.
TURKIYE (RIGHT)EXPECTED DECISION
Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz said that some measures would be taken to
relieve the markets. ''We will hold a meeting especially with representatives
of real and finance sectors on Thursday. We will carry out a work to have the
burden of the program on social sections divided justly without making
concessions from the main targets and to prevent some cricles from suffering
from the program,'' he said.
DENKTAS IN MALATYA
address people in a demonstration which will be staged in Malatya to condemn
and protest approval of resolution on so-called genocide on Armenians by
France and its decision to erect a genocide monument in Paris. TRNC President
Denktas will also speak at a conference at Inonu University on ''Importance of
Cyprus Issue for Turkey''.
FEMALE MILITANTS OF TERRORISM
suspect of assasination of businessman Ozdemir Sabanci. The dossier submitted
to the court requested Fehriye Erdal's trial in Turkey. Meanwhile, Husnu Cemal
Aslan, female newsreader of MED TV which is known as the television channel of
the terrorist PKK organization, was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison by the
Erzurum State Security Court on charges of ''being a member of terrorist
organization''. Aslan said, ''I was deceived by the organization. I tried to
escape but they threatened me.''
TAX DEBTS TO BE PAID IN 18 INSTALLMENTS
time until December 31, to pay their tax debts in 18 installments with three
percent annual interest rate.
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)72 HOURS IN SEA
Five Crimean students studying in Turkey struggled against waves in Black Sea
for three days but only two of them succeeded in surviving. Alim, Ahmethan,
Viktor and Aleksi who were graduated from the Turkish High School were
studying in Turkey together with their friend Ruslan Settarov. They set off on
a journey to Crimea to spend their mid-term holiday. The ship they board sunk
in Black Sea. Fifty-one of the passengers managed to climb lifeboats. Some of
them were still in the sea. Ruslan Settarov couldn't board the ship's boat and
was frozen to death. Aboard the lifeboat where Ahmethan managed to climb, four
people were frozen to death and two others died when they went out of their
minds in three days. Two days after the accident, Alim was also frozen to
death. Ahmethan and Viktor were saved on the third day.
IT DOES NOT HAVE ANY CONNECTION WITH OPERATION WHITE ENERGY
Britain did not have any connection with the ongoing criminal investigation
into allegations of corruption in energy tenders. It said that it was one of
the regular visits.
were detained within scope of operations staged after assasination of
Diyarbakir Police Chief Gaffar Okkan. Nizamettin Gokce, one of terrorist
Hezbollah organization's triggers who surrendered to security forces is among
those arrested people.
PARLIAMENT'S ARCHITECTURE INNOCENT
said that fights at parliament stemmed from the interior design of the
parliament. The Chamber of Architects stressed that fights were made by MPs
not by seats.
AGREEMENT REACHED ON BY-LAW
claimed life of a deputy. Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi said that also Article
91 would be debated at parliamentary general assembly in accordance with the
agreement among political parties.
 CLOSURE CASE AGAINST FP-BUMIN, CHAIRMAN OF CONSTITUTIONAL COURT:
-''WE WILL ASSESS SUPPLEMENTARY INDICTMENT SUBMITTED BY
SUPREME COURT OF APPEALS CHIEF PROSECUTOR KANADOGLU''
ANKARA - Mustafa Bumin, the Chairman of the Constitutional Court, said
on Wednesday that they would assess supplementary indictment submitted by
Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor Sabih Kanadoglu regarding the
closure case of the Virtue Party (FP).
Responding to questions of journalists, Bumin stressed that they would begin
to assess the supplementary indictment prepared by Kanadoglu on the basis of
video footage related to the First Congress of the FP.
Bumin said, ''after taking a decision on this issue, we will debate whether or
not we should continue to hear the other case. These debates can be postponed
-TURKEY-CZECH REPUBLIC COOPERATION IN VETERINARY MEDICINE
diseases in animals through exports and passages in transit.
The agreement which was signed between Turkey and Czech Republic on September
10, 2000 on cooperation in veterinary medicine, was published in the Official
Gazzette on Wednesday.
The agreement will come into force after the sides notify each other that they
have fulfilled the necessary conditions.
The agreement will be valid for five years.
The agreement will extend automatically at the end of the first five-year if
the sides do not decide to put an end to the agreement.
-TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS ARRIVES IN MALATYA
arrived in eastern province of Malatya on Wednesday to attend a rally to
protest approval of the resolution on so-called genocide on Armenians by
General Edip Baser, the Commander of the Second Army, and Malatya Mayor Mehmet
Yasar Cerci welcomed President Denktas at the Erhac Airport.
Denktas will attend the rally organized by provincial representatives of
the Democratic Left Party (DSP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), the
Virtue Party (FP), the Motherland Party (ANAP), the True Path Party (DYP), the
Republican People's Party (CHP) and Grand Unity Party (BBP), to protest
-PRESIDENT MESIC OF CROATIA ARRIVES IN ANKARA
an official visit.
State Minister Fikret Unlu and other officials welcomed President Mesic at
Ankara's Esenboga Airport.
An official welcoming ceremony will be held at the Cankaya Presidential Palace
for President Mesic.
During his visit, President Mesic will meet with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer,
Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and former
President Suleyman Demirel.
Croatian Foreign Minister Tonino Picula, Tourism Minister Pave Zupan Ruskovic
and European Integration Minister Ivan Yakovcic are accompanying President
-CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR ERCEL: ''IMPORTANT BENEFITS HAVE
benefits had already been obtained from the disinflation program which was put
into practice with a three-year perspective.
Releasing a statement on ''monetary policy implementation in coming period'',
Ercel said that the inflation rate had reduced for the first time to 2.3
percent in wholesale prices and 2.5 percent in consumer prices in January of
2001 after a long period of time.
Noting that the decreasing trend in inflation would continue also in coming
months, Ercel said that with this respect, Central Bank's highest level
contribution to the program would continue with its policies.
Ercel said that net domestic assets targeted figures had been revised downward
for the period following January of 2001 by taking into consideration the
''In accordance with the change in targeted net domestic assets figures, net
international reserves minimum figures were increased and revised for the same
period,'' he added.
-ULUABAT LAKE INCLUDED IN WORLD LIVING WATERS LIST
Waters List, sources said on Wednesday.
The World Living Wetlands Platform which is a voluntary institution prepares
the World Living Waters list in accordance with their characteristics and
The platform which included Uluabat Lake in the list, considering it an eco
system that should be left to next generations.
Uluabat Lake is also in the list of the Ramsar Convention which comprised the
wetlands important to whole world. Turkey is also a side to Ramsar Convention.
Other lakes which were included in the Living Waters List are as follows:
Lake Constance (Central Europe), Lake St. Lucia (South Africa), Mono Lake (the
U.S.), Lake Biwa (Japan), Lake Baikal (Russia), Nestos Lakes (Greece), Lake
Tengiz (Kazakhstan), Dead Sea (Middle East), La Nava Wetlands (Spain),
Pantalan Wetlands (South America), Laguna mar Chiquita (Argentina), Milicz
Ponds (Poland), and Uluabat Lake.
-FINANCE MINISTER ORAL: ''THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT AN EXEMPTION,
not an exemption, it is an implementation to make tax debts payments easier
Staging a press conference, Oral said that taxpayers would pay their tax debts
in 18 installments with a three percent annual interest rate.
Oral said that those who wanted to make use of this facility could make
applications by March 16, and pay their first installments till end of March.
He said that taxes would be paid without any reduction in their interests and
''The annual default interest rate is still 36 percent but it was decreased to
three percent with this facility,'' he said.
''This is absolutely not an exemption, it is an implementation to make tax
debts payments easier for taxpayers,'' he added.
-COALITION PARTNERS TO MEET WITH REPRESENTATIVES
come together with representatives of real sector to discuss measures to be
taken to solve problems of this sector.
Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, the leader of the Democratic Left Party (DSP);
Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister Devlet Bahceli, the leader of the
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP); Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister
Mesut Yilmaz, the leader of the Motherland Party (ANAP); and Deputy Prime
Minister and State Minister Husamettin Ozkan will be in attendance at the
meeting which will start at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at the Prime Ministry
Representatives of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey
(TOBB), the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD),
the Confederation of Turkish Tradesmen and Artisans (TESK), the Confederation
of Turkish Employers' Unions, the Turkish Exporters' Assembly, the Textiles
Employers' Union, the Chamber of Maritime Trade and other employers'
organizations will attend the meeting.
At the meeting, measures to be taken to accelerate real sector's works and to
solve problems of this sector will be discussed.
Representatives of real sector will submit their proposals to the leaders.
Meanwhile, leaders of coalition partners will come together with ministers
responsible for economy on Friday to assess proposals put forward by
representatives of real sector.
-PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT: ''WE FACE SOME SUSPICIOUS AND
(DSP), said on Wednesday that they face some suspicious and distressing games
and dark scenarios each day, adding, ''however, we are determined to overcome
all of these with the help of services and progresses.''
Speaking at DSP Parliamentary Group meeting, Ecevit said that the inflation
rate reduced to below 30 percent for the first time in last 14 years.
Ecevit said that they were trying to form a source to remove insufficiencies
in salaries and wages.
Noting that the high chronic inflation was taken under control, Ecevit said
that government's determined struggle against inflation started to give
Recalling that wholesale prices index reduced to 2.3 percent and consumer
prices index decreased to 2.5 percent in January, Ecevit stressed that the
inflation index for manufacturing industry which was called core inflation
reduced to 1.7 percent.
''We are offering payment facility in installments to taxpayers who couldn't
pay their tax debts, relieving the tradesmen, craftsmen and small and medium
scale enterprises,'' he said.
''We have given the start for a work at the Council of Ministers to bring a
rapid solution to problems of villagers and farmers. I hope that we can
announce results of this soon,'' he said.
The Prime Minister said that they would hold a meeting with the officials and
experts to determine measures and solutions which would accelerate works of
all productive circles.
''Our aim is not only to settle stability in the economy but also dynamism in
the economy, more investments and production, more employment and social
justice. One of the main conditions for achieving these is rapid working of
legislative and executive organs in harmony,'' he said.
''Yesterday, a spokesman from the oppostion said, 'don't do the jobs hastily
and carelessly'. However, not only the government but also Turkey has to act
quickly. Because, we are determined to solve long-standing problems and reduce
the inflation,'' he said.
Ecevit stressed that there were numerous draft laws to reduce inflation,
increase income level of people, prevent unemployment, revive productive
economy, activate promised foreign sources and develop democracy.
''All these entail a rapid work at the parliament. Therefore, we have to
change the parliamentary by-law. Last week's discussions on change in the
parliamentary by-law resulted in demise of Fevzi Sihanlioglu, a deputy from
the True Path Party (DYP). Sihanlioglu died of heart attack during the
fistfights overshadowing prestige of the parliament. Meanwhile, I want to
stress that the Parliamentary General Assembly Hall has some inconveniences
due to its architectural structure. On that night, those who wanted to prevent
speeches and votes, could easily occupy platform,'' he stressed.
Ecevit added, ''our government has been recording progress to achieve its
targets with determination despite all difficulties. As a result of our works,
separatist movements and terrorism have come to the level of eradication;
inflation has begun to decrease; and that all measures have been taken against
corruptions. We are determined to continue to expend all efforts for
prosperity of our people.''
-32 THOUSAND TURKISH AND FOREIGN TOURISTS VISIT YEDIGOLLER LAST YEAR
Yedigoller National Park in 2000.
Kadir Bilgili, an official from Zonguldak National Parks Directorate, said on
Wednesday that Yedigoller National Park was at the border of northern
Zonguldak and Bolu provinces, adding that there were seven lakes in the park.
Last year, a total of 32 thousand Turkish and foreign tourists visited
Yedigoller National Park, said Bilgili, and added that April and May were the
best months to visit the lakes.
There are 238 different plant species in the park, added Bilgili.
-TIM TO SUBMIT PROBLEMS OF EXPORTERS IN TOMORROW'S SUMMIT
exporters' associations to the agenda of the real sector summit which will be
held with the leaders on Thursday.
Okan Oguz, the chairman of TIM, underlined importance of the initiative of the
governmnent which aimed at bringing solution to the problems of the real
sector in the summit that will be held with the participation of
industrialists, exporters and tradesmen, adding that discussion of those
measures was important.
Such meetings should be organized frequently, said Oguz and added that
tommorrow's summit was important as the problems of the real sector and
proposals for solution of these problems would be discussed.
Noting that he would represent TIM in the summit, Oguz said he would meet with
the chairmen of the exports sector and would prepare a report comprising of
Oguz said that in the report, they would explain how the economic problems
which the exporters encounter due to the pressure on currency exchange, could
Results of such summits are more important than organization of such meetings
said Oguz, and underlined the importance of implementing the measures that
would bring solutions to the problems of the real sector.
Oguz said the targets for exports in 2001 could be reached if the government
met the expectations of the sector about production, exports and investments.
-PASSENGER BUS COLLIDES WITH A LORRY, KILLING THREE
Seneralti region in Akcabat township of northern Trabzon province, killing
three people and injuring 31 others.
Officials at Trabzon Governor's Office said that the passenger bus which was
on its way from Georgian capital of Tbilisi to Istanbul, collided with the
lorry near Yoroz Seneralti region in Akcabat township.
Lorry driver Ibrahim Aksahin, 31, Salim Hicyilmaz, 17, and bus driver Turgut
Yagci, 43, lost their lives in the accident.
A total of 31 passengers including 29 Georgians were injured in the accident.
They were rushed to hospitals.
-GONZALES, CUBAN DIRECTOR GENERAL
sports institute of Cuba, came to Turkey on Wednesday.
Gonzales who visited Kemal Mutlu, the Director of the Directorate General of
Youth and Sports, asked Mutlu in which branches Turkey felt the need for
Inviting Mutlu to Cuba, Gonzales said that in his visit, he could give better
information about the sports experts.
Gonzales recalled that Turkey had achieved great success in Sydney 2000
Olympic Games, in wrestling and weight lifting, and that they wanted to
continue their cooperation with Turkey in sports.
Mutlu in his part said they appreciated the success of Cuba in training sports
experts adding that the Turkish federations were conducting works to determine
the fields in which Turkey and Cuba could cooperate.
We could cooperate in boxing, athletism, and swimming said Mutlu adding that
they needed experts especially in athletism.
Miguel Lamazares Puello, the Ambassador of Cuba to Turkey, was also in
attendance at the meeting.
country which has importance for the peace, stability and prosperity of
Sezer hosted an official ceremony for Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, who is
paying an official visit to Ankara, at the Presidential Palace.
President Sezer said that after Croatia gained its independence, the relations
between Turkey and Croatia have rapidly developed.
Sezer continued, ''Turkey and Croatia, which have developed their friendly
relations on the basis of mutual understanding and mutual interests, are the
elements of peace and stability in their region. We will search for
opportunities to further improve and intensify our relations and cooperation
during our contact.''
He appreciates the policies followed by Mesic and Croatian government, Sezer
Sezer stated that Croatia takes rapid steps to integrate with the Europe- Atlantic
institutions and organizations, adding, ''availing myself of this opportunity,
I would like to emphasize that our country is closely interested in and
supports the efforts of Croatia in this direction.''
Mesic said that Turkey was one of the leading countries which defended that
the Yugoslavia crisis had to be solved by peaceful methods.
Reminding that Milosevic declared a war in the former Yugoslavian territory,
Mesic said that Turkey was one of the countries which exerted most of the
efforts to end this war.
Mesic noted that the relations with Turkey and Croatia are further developing.
The two countries have joint strategic interests, Mesic stated, noting that
Croatia wants to become a NATO member.
Mesic stressed that to this end, they aim at integrating with the European
Union (EU) and similar organizations.
His visit proves the high-ranking good relations between the two countries,
Mesic said, adding that he expects this visit to be very beneficial.
Mesic invited Sezer to his country.
Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi, State Minister Fikret Unlu, Foreign Minister
Ismail Cem, Tourism Minister Erkan Mumcu, Foreign Ministry Deputy
Undersecretary Yigit Aypogan also attended the ceremony.
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