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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 01-09-27

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

Anadolu Agency

ANADOLU AGENCY

NEWS

27 AUGUST 2001 Thursday


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 28, 2001. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET (LIBERAL)

    EXTRAORDINARY SUPPORT FROM THE U.S. TO ECEVIT
    Robert Pearson, the U.S. Ambassador in Ankara, gave a strong support to the coalition government, and said some respectable people almost every week said this government would any time fall from power, and that an election would take place. Pearson said he would not be able to join this chorus, noting that this was the government which stayed in power the most in the recent ten years.

    STRONG SOLIDARITY
    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem spoke to the U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, the U.S. President George W. Bush's National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, and the U.S. State Secretary and during the contacts Cem gave the message that ''Turkey supports you.''

    Stressing that Turkey suffered a lot from terrorism and understood the U.S. well, Cem said terrorism did not have geography and religion. Powell in his part expressed pleasure over this support.

    MILLIYET (LIBERAL)

    GREAT FIGHT FROM TURKEY WITH MONEY LAUNDERING
    Turkey signed on Thursday the European Convention on Money Laundering. Turkey's Permanent Representaive to the Council of Europe (COE) Alev Kilic said that Turkey also signed the convention against corruption and the convention on special law against corruption.

    The European Convention on Fight with Money Laundering aims to improve the cooperation between COE member states against the money collected as a result of drug smuggling, arms smuggling and terrorist incidents.

    The convention also foresees harmony in the laws of the member states in fight with these crimes.

    FIRST RELEASE THEN DEATH
    Zeynep Arikan and Ali Riza Demir, who were on death fast to protest ''F'' type prisons, died on the 343rd day in a house in Sariyer district on Thursday.

    Arikan, who started death fasting when she had been kept in Umraniye Prison, was later released from the prison due to health reasons following ''Return to Life Operation.'' Arikan continued her death fasting in a house in Kucukarmutlu. Arikan had involved in attacks on Istanbul Security Directorate in June 16, 1997, and Harbiye Officer's Club on July 14, 1997.

    Ali Riza Demir also died on the 343rd day of his death fast. Demir, who was released after benefitting from law on conditional release, continued his death fasting in a house in Kucukarmutlu.

    SABAH (LIBERAL)

    TURKEY TO BE BUS BASE OF MERCEDES
    Mercedes Benz-Turk, which made an investment worth of 250 million German marks in Turkey in the recent two years, is after new investments. Till Becker, the Chairman of the Mercedes-Benz Turk Board of Directors, said they wanted to make production of all Mercedes buses in Turkey, however noted that the incentives were not adequate.

    CONSTITUTIONAL PROPOSAL FROM DYP TO REDUCE NUMBER OF PARLIAMENTARIANS
    Tansu Ciller, the leader of the True Path Party (DYP), said the nation expected self sacrificies from the parliament because of the economic difficulties. Ciller wanted number of parliamentarians to be reduced from 550 to 450.

    Ciller opened a proposal in connection with the issue to signature. The proposal foresees amendment to Article 75 of the Constitution.

    CUMHURIYET (LEFT)

    JUSTICE MINISTER TURK LEAVES FOR BELGIUM
    Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk said, ''I believe that the European countries which have been insensitive from time to time about the views of Turkey on terrorism, will evaluate the dimension of the issue in a better way from now on,'' Turk told reporters before leaving for Belgium upon the invitation of Belgian Interior Minister Antoine Duquesne.

    Responding to questions on extradition request of Turkey about Fehriye Erdal from Belgium, Turk said that ''as it is known, the death penalty foreseen for Erdal in Turkey as she is accused of killing Ozdemir Sabanci and the political evaluation of the issue by Belgium, impeded her extradition to Turkey. Yet the Brussels court took a decision to try Erdal for killing a person upon the initiative of Sabanci family. Turkey is ready to provide all sorts of judicial help for trial of Erdal in Belgium.''

    PROGRAM MAY CHANGE
    Ajay Chhibber, the World Bank Turkey Desk Chief, said small changes could be made on economic program, noting that, the determination of realizable targets in 2002 will both increase the credibility of the economic programme and it will also contribute to the revival of the economy.

    State Minister Yilmaz Karakoyunlu received Chhibber the same day.

    Speaking to reporters before the meeting, Chhibber said that the Tobacco Law is very important for agricultural reform and farmers.

    Chhibber said that the farmers' conditions will improve by the implementation of alternative products system and by getting direct income support, adding that he will also take up privatization issue in his meeting with Minister Karakoyunlu.

    RADIKAL (LEFT)

    NEW TARGET FROM YPK
    Supreme Planning Board (YPK), which discussed 2002 year targets, announced that no concessions would be made from the economic program. The growth rate that was determined from next year will be 5 percent.

    BLACKSEAFOR'S FIRST ACTIVITY STARTS IN GOLCUK
    The first activity of the Black Sea Naval Cooperation Task Group (BLACKSEAFOR) started in Golcuk on Thursday. The multinational sea force was formed by the Black Sea littoral countries.

    Admiral Bulent Alpkaya, the Naval Forces Commander, addressed a ceremony held in Fleet Command Naval Force, and said Blackseafor was formed with the participation of the Black Sea littoral countries, for the maintenance of peace and stability in the Black Sea and to increase regional cooperation activities.

    Admiral Alpkaya said the Blackseafor at the same time would contribute to the strengthening and development of friendship and cooperation between the naval forces of the member countries.

    TURKIYE (RIGHT)

    FOREIGN TRADE DEFICIT IS MILLION U.S. DOLLARS
    Foreign trade deficit decreased 58.5 percent in July and reduced to 992 million U.S. dollars.

    According to a statement made by the State Statics Institute (DIE), it was reported that foreign trade deficit decreased 56.8 percent in seven months and reduced to six million U.S. dollars.

    SUPPORT TO MUSHARRAF
    Presidency Foreign Affairs Chief Advisor Tacan Ildem said President Ahmet Necdet Sezer talked to Haydar Aliyev, the Azerbaijani President, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, and Kyrgz President Askar Akayev on the phone, and exchanged views with the leaders regarded with the terrorist attacks that occurred in the U.S.

    Sezer said, ''friendly and brotherly country Pakistan is going through a difficult period,'' adding that Turkey supports Pakistan in this difficult period.

    Sezer said Turkey welcomed decision of Pakistan to take place in international coalition following the attacks in the U.S.

    ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)

    COMMITMENTS MADE TO IMF TO BE FULFILLED
    Kemal Dervis, State Minister responsible for economy, said program targets that were stated in the letter of intent given to International Monetary Fund (IMF) in May, will be fulfilled in 2002.

    FM CEM'S SUPPORT TOUR
    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem met the high ranking officials of the U.S. administration in Washington D.C., and discussed the contributions which Turkey would make in fight against terrorism.

    Meanwhile, Aydemir Erman, the Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary and Special Coordinator, gave special information to the U.S. officials about Afghanistan.


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