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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 01-09-25

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

Anadolu Agency

ANADOLU AGENCY

NEWS

25 AUGUST 2001 Tuesday


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN

    These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on September 26, 2001. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET (LIBERAL)

    FIVE IMPORTANT MESSAGES FROM CEM TO POWELL
    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem is expected to convey five important messages to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. The messages are:

    -Inform about your plan.

    -Be very careful about Iraq.

    -We have full support to U.S. administration.

    -Expend support to north alliance.

    -Humanitarian aid is extremely important of Afghan people.

    AKBANK OBTAINS SYNDICATED LOAN WORTH OF 350 MILLION U.S. DOLLARS
    Akbank said it obtained syndicated loan worth of 350 million U.S. dollars. It said the deal had been signed on Friday. The loan was charged at Libor+80 points and would be used to finance exports.Zafer Kurtul, the Akbank General Director, said Akbank obtained the credit from the foreign markets to support Turkey's exportation. Kurtul said, ''despite very negative developments in the world economy in the recent days, due to the confidence of international finance institutions to our bank and the country, this credit could be obtained.''

    MILLIYET (LIBERAL)

    PUT AN END TO TALIBAN
    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit sent a message to George Bush, the U.S. President, and said, ''if there will be an intervention, Taleban regime should be overthrown. Afghanistan should urgently reach a contemporary administration.'' Foreign Minister Ismail Cem left for Washington D.C. on Tuesday. When asked about the message he would convey to Bush, Cem said, ''the intervention should aim at overthrowing Taleban. For this, compromise and cooperation should be provided between opposing commanders in the North like Dostum.''

    SITUATION IS UNCERTAIN IN TURKEY
    Anne Krueger, the IMF Deputy Managing Director, said economic situation in Turkey was uncertain as interest rates are high. Kurueger said, the IMF did everything for Turkey, adding that, ''on the one side, Turkey's program causes concern, but on the other side it continues. Thus, we are face to face with uncertainty.''

    SABAH (LIBERAL)

    CEM TO MEET WITH POWELL
    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem left yesterday for the United States. He is scheduled to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. Meeting between Cem and Powell will focus on recent developments. The United States attributes importance to Turkey's information about Afghanistan and its good relations with Afghan Northern Alliance opposition. Foreign Affairs Ministry Deputy Undersecretary and Special Coordinator for Afghanistan Aydemir Erman will accompany Cem during his visit to the United States.

    LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST YERMEZ
    A lawsuit was filed against Yener Yermez, the leading suspect of killing of businessman Uzeyir Garih, after Deputy Chief Prosecutor Arif Hikmet Ozer in Eyup district of Istanbul initialed the indictment prepared by Prosecutor Hasan Yilmaz. The two-page indictment sought capital punishment or imprisonment term of at least 20 years to Yermez who confessed to killing Garih, the Chairman of the ALARKO Business Group. The file of the lawsuit was sent to the High Criminal Court. In his indictment, Yilmaz said Yermez killed Garih after the businessman caught him and his girlfriend Pinar Konuskan in an indecent situation at the cemetery, and chided the couple.

    CUMHURIYET (LEFT)

    CUSTODY PERIOD DECREASED TO FOUR DAYS
    Nine articles of the 37-article constitutional amendment package were accepted in Parliamentary General Assembly. Article 4 of the Constitutional Amendment Bill was changed. Under the new article, the custody period is reduced from seven to four days. A total of 482 deputies participated in the secret vote and 455 deputies voted for the article while 21 of them voted against it. The expression ''secular order,'' which was included in the text upon the demand of General Staff, was changed with ''secular republic,'' with a joint proposal.

    EARTHQUAKE IN GAZIPASA: 5.1
    An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale occured offshores of Antalya's Gazipasa township on Tuesday. Bogazici University's Kandilli Observatory and Seismology Center detected the earthquake at 2.53 p.m. and it announced that the epicenter of the quake was in the sea. The earthquake was felt in Gazipasa and its environs.

    FAIR IN PAKISTAN POSTPONED
    ''1st Turkish Export Products Fair,'' which is planned to take place in Karachi city of Pakistan between November 3-6, was postponed to February 2002. Ladin Fuarcilik issued a statement and said the fair was postponed due to the uncertainty about the tension in the region which started with the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11.

    RADIKAL (LEFT)

    AFGHAN INFORMATION BY TURKEY
    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem who went to Washington D.C. upon the United States' invitation will present a file on Afghanistan to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. Cem will ask Powell the plan about the operation.

    FENERBAHCE DEFEATED
    Fenerbahce was beaten 0-1 by France's Olympique Lyon in a Champions League first stage group F match played late on Tuesday at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul. The goal was scored at 89th minute.

    REINFORCEMENT TO INCIRLIK
    Dispatch of 3,600 soldiers who are expected to come from Avion base in Italy to Incirlik base started while many beds and foodstuffs were transported to the Incirlik.

    TURKIYE (RIGHT)

    NSC TO CONVENE ON SEPTEMBER 28
    National Security Council (NSC) will convene on September 28 under the leadership of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. The meeting at the Cankaya Palace will start at 09:30 local time. Domestic and foreign developments will be discussed at the regular meeting of September.

    REPROACH OF PARLIAMENTARIANS
    Turkish parliamentarians said on Tuesday that European countries left Turkey alone in fight against terrorism. The parliamentarians were speaking at the session of Council of Europe Parliamentarians Assembly (COEPA). Atilla Mutman, the Democratic Left Party (DSP) Izmir Parliamentarian who spoke at the session about fight against terrorism held in COEPA, recalled that terrorist PKK organization claimed 35,000 lives in Turkey, adding that, ''countries of Council of Europe left us alone in fight against terrorism. They did not expend us support in real sense. Moreover, some countries opened their doors to terrorists.''

    ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)

    5 MILLION PEOPLE WORKING FOR 77 U.S. DOLLARS
    The minimum wage which was 182 U.S. dollars in 1999 reduced to 77 U.S. dollars in September 2001, decreasing below the minimum wage even in African countries. It is mentioned that even monthly expenditures on a prisoner was high than the minimum wage.

    TURKEY IN LIST OF SUSPICIOUS
    Following the terrorist attacks in the United States, the U.S. administration is on alert also against possible threats to come via sea. Security investigation will be imposed also on the crew in addition to their ship while the Turkish citizens will be the side which will mostly suffer from this implementation. This implementation will consider sailors of 31 underdeveloped countries including Turkey ''suspicious''.

    LADIN'S PLANES COME FOR 13 TIMES
    The Turkish intelligence is deeply investigating whether of not Osama bin Laden has ''connection'' with Turkey. It was revealed that planes belonged to Ladin's family had entered Turkey for 13 times between 1996 and 2000.


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