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Turkish Press Review, 99-01-28

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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>

28.01.99

Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning


CONTENTS

  • [01] ARCELIK TO PRODUCE AIR-CONDITIONERS JOINTLY WITH THE SOUTH KOREANS
  • [02] SENSITIVE AGENDA OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL
  • [03] DEMIREL: "TURKEY MUST MAINTAIN STRONG TIES WITH ARAB WORLD"
  • [04] ECEVIT PROPOSES DIALOGUE
  • [05] CEM: "INCIRLIK CAN'T BE USED FOR OFFENSIVES"
  • [06] PRESIDENT DEMIREL HOSTS A RECEPTION
  • [07] ECEVIT MEETS GENERAL CELASIN
  • [08] CILLER CRITICIZES GOVERNMENT APATHY OVER KOSOVO
  • [09] ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL RE-ESTABLISHED
  • [10] VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD LINKED TO LACK OF FUNDS
  • [11] ECEVIT DENIED CLAIMS OF ALLIANCE
  • [12] SPECIAL ENVOY TO LEBANON FOR THE PKK
  • [13] OCALAN STILL ON ITALY'S AGENDA
  • [14] "WE WILL NOT LET OCALAN ENTER LYBIA"
  • [15] OCALAN OPENS A CASE FOR POLITICAL ASYLUM
  • [16] "PKK NOURISHED BY DRUG TRAFFICKING"
  • [17] `TORTURE' CRISIS WITH DENMARK
  • [18] IMF DELEGATION IN TURKEY
  • [19] THE STOCK EXCHANGE ROSE BY 4.5%
  • [20] CONFEDERATIONS OF CIVIL SERVANTS AND WORKERS MEET
  • [21] BREAKTHROUGH FOR FOREIGN DEBT FROM TREASURY
  • [22] WORLD BANK TO GRANT $300 MILLION
  • [23] 53 TERRORISTS DIED
  • [24] COORDINATION MECHANISM
  • [25] BLOW ON DHKP_C IN GERMANY
  • [26] COURT REAFFIRMS NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN MANISA TORTURE CASE
  • [27] JOURNALIST RAGIP DURAN RELEASED
  • [28] SECURITY PERSONNEL TO BE TRAINED IN NEW METHODS OF INTERROGATION
  • [29] THE GERMAN WILL DRINK EFES PILSENER
  • [30] EGYPT-TURKEY NATURAL GAS PIPELINE PROJECT
  • [31] CRISIS MEETING FROM MESS
  • [32] THE MUFTI OF ISKECE SENTENCED TO 17 MONTHS
  • [33] TURKISH CULTURAL CENTRE TO BE OPENED IN SARAJEVO
  • [34] DISPUTE OVER ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN FRANCE
  • [35] INCREASE IN SUGAR PRODUCTION
  • [36] TAG HIGHWAY TO BE OPENED
  • [37] SUPREME BOARD OF PRIVATIZATION MEETS TOMORROW
  • [38] BAYAR: 'GLOBAL LEADERS FOR TOMORROW'
  • [39] FOUR TURKS TO GO TO SPACE
  • [40] ONEWORLD AIRLINE ALLIANCE TO START NEXT WEEK
  • [41] TARKAN: TURKISH ELVIS PRESLEY
  • [42] ARCELIK TO PRODUCE AIR-CONDITIONERS JOINTLY WITH THE SOUTH KOREANS
  • [43] AGRICULTURISTS FROM 22 COUNTRIES IN GAP
  • [44] 700 YEAR-OLD BIBLE IN ISKENDERUN
  • [45] FROM THE COLUMNS ... FROM THE COLUMNS ... FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [46] PROJECT TURKEY -BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ARCELIK TO PRODUCE AIR-CONDITIONERS JOINTLY WITH THE SOUTH KOREANS

    [02] SENSITIVE AGENDA OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

    The National Security Council today will hold one of its most important meetings in recent years . The main topic of the meeting will be an assessment of how to prevent the exploitation of religion in propaganda campaigns before the 18 April elections. At the meeting it will be stressed that 'February 28' was not an enforced process, but rather it was the natural reaction of the secular and democratic society in Turkey. In addition to the subject, information will be presented to the Council on ways to extricate the country from the crisis influencing Turkey as well as the whole world. The studies concerning the policy Turkey will follow against the US, in the light of the latest developments in Northern Iraq, will also be presented to the Council. /Hurriyet/

    [03] DEMIREL: "TURKEY MUST MAINTAIN STRONG TIES WITH ARAB WORLD"

    President Suleyman Demirel described his two-day visit to Algeria as very useful, adding that Turkey should maintain strong ties with the Arab world, the Anatolia news agency reports. "We have to maintain good relations with the Arab world as well as with the Balkan, Caucasian, European and Central Asian countries" he said. Turkish Airlines (THY) should start offering flights from Istanbul to Algeria, Demirel suggested.

    [04] ECEVIT PROPOSES DIALOGUE

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit has stated that the problem of Iraq is a priority on Turkey's agenda, he added that the Iraqi government is continuing to perform acts of provocation to which the US is reacting harshly. Ecevit stated that for the first time, a civilian settlement had been bombed in Iraq and added that Turkey was deeply sorrowful at this act. Pointing out that without effective dialogue with Turkey, a healthy solution to the Iraqi problem could not be achieved, Ecevit said: "Because, second only to Iraq, the country most affected by this crisis is Turkey. We are ready for talks with all related countries including the US and Iraq on this issue". /Aksam/

    [05] CEM: "INCIRLIK CAN'T BE USED FOR OFFENSIVES"

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said yesterday that the US did not have permission to launch attacks on Iraq using planes stationed at Turkish bases. Cem said the task of US warplanes at the jointly operated Turkish-American Incirlik Air Base, was solely to fly reconnaissance missions over northern Iraq. The agreement between Washington and Ankara permits the US planes to respond to an attack, although 'bomb attacks on targets in Iraq are not possible under the agreement', Cem said.

    Cem noted that the aim of patrolling the no-fly zone in northern Iraq was to deter the administration in Baghdad from attacking Kurds and creating another exodus of refugees to Turkey, similar to the one that followed the Gulf War eight years ago. Incirlik was said to be a hive of activity yesterday and by midday 17 US warplanes had taken off from the base along with six tanker aircraft, four transport planes and an aircraft fitted with the AWACS early warning system. /All papers/

    [06] PRESIDENT DEMIREL HOSTS A RECEPTION

    President Demirel hosted the first "New Year" reception, postponed due to the clash of the New Year with the Holy month of Ramadan, at the Presidential Residence yesterday evening. Nearly 1,500 VIPs attended the reception, including TGNA Speaker Hikmet Cetin, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Chief of the General Staff General Huseyin Kivrikoglu, True Path Party (DYP) leader Tansu Ciller, Mark Parris, the US Ambassador to Ankara, and Dimitri Nezeritis, the Greek Ambassador to Ankara. Demirel is hosting the second "New Year" reception tonight. /Turkiye/

    [07] ECEVIT MEETS GENERAL CELASIN

    General Ergin Celasin, the Secretary General of the National Security Council (MGK), visited Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit in order to inform him about the proposed agenda of the Council to be held today. It is reported that during the MGK meeting, Ismail Cem, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Senkal Atasagun, the Undersecretary of the National Intelligence Agency (MIT), will present the latest information concerning the current location of the PKK leader, Abdullah Ocalan. /Sabah/

    [08] CILLER CRITICIZES GOVERNMENT APATHY OVER KOSOVO

    At a press conference held at True Path Party (DYP) Headquarters yesterday, Party Leader Tansu Ciller answered questions about domestic and foreign politics. On questions of whether the DYP and the Virtue Party (FP) would form an alliance before the elections, Ciller said that her party 'had not' and 'would not' ally itself with the FP.

    During her speech, Ciller said that the foreign policy of the 55th government had neglected the crisis in Kosovo and left the area in the hands of Serbian brutality and European ignorance. Ciller, stressing that she was calling on Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit to do his duty once again, and said: "Turkey should lead an emergency intervention if necessary". Ciller criticized the government, saying that they are responsible for the image of Turkey, which isolated itself from the whole region. Ciller said: "Ecevit's policy on northern Iraq has stripped Turkey of its role as a main protagonist and placed it in a spectator position. We should not forget that Iraq, especially northern Iraq, is Turkey's problem more than it is the US". /All papers/

    [09] ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL RE-ESTABLISHED

    The Economic and Social Council was re-established following a Prime Ministry communique in order to provide the basis for more stable and efficient management of Turkey's economy and a better-developed social life. According to the communique published yesterday, the council will help to bring about more efficient and healthy relations between the state, employers and employees and will help to defend the rights and interests of various sectors of society along with those of the country as a whole. The Council aims to increase democratic participation in economic and social policy decisions, which is hoped will contribute to Turkey's accession to the EU. /All papers/

    [10] VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD LINKED TO LACK OF FUNDS

    If we could have spent $3 million on computerizing the system, we would not have the voter registration fraud we see today, said Tufan Algan, the Head of the Supreme Electoral Board (YSK) yesterday. Algan's comment, reported by the Anatolia news agency yesterday, was in reference to alleged incidents of double-registration and 'ghost voters' that became apparent when rosters of registered voters were examined.

    [11] ECEVIT DENIED CLAIMS OF ALLIANCE

    It was reported that more than three thousand people have applied to the Democratic Left Party (DSP)to stand as Parliamentary candidates in the forthcoming elections, which means a clear superiority over the Republican People's Party (CHP), which rivals the DSP on the left-wing of the political spectrum. Emphasizing that a great interest has been shown in their party by prospective Parliamentary candidates, Prime Minister and DSP leader Bulent Ecevit denied the claims that they may enter into an alliance with the Motherland Party (ANAP) in some constituencies. Meanwhile, regarding claims that the DSP will nominate Izmir independent MP Aydin Guven Gurkan for the post of Istanbul Mayor, Ecevit said, "I do not know, we have not thought about it yet." /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] SPECIAL ENVOY TO LEBANON FOR THE PKK

    Turkey having achieved what it wanted from Syria concerning the PKK, has decided to appoint a special envoy to Lebanon whose duty is to undertake shuttle diplomacy to cut off the support which that country lent to terrorism. The special envoy will be Aydan Karahan from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Karahan,expected to go to to Lebanon at the beginningof February, will call on the authorities not to shelter the PKK within their borders. Karahan will carry out this duty until he reaches his goal. /Hurriyet/

    [13] OCALAN STILL ON ITALY'S AGENDA

    Despite the departure of the terrorist Ocalan, the murderer of babies and civilians, the Italian press is working hard to prevent his name being forgotten and claim that he may not have left Italy after all. The newspaper,"La Repubblica" , yesterday in a commentary entitled 'Ocalan: Top Secret' stated that it seemed as if Ocalan had vanished into thin air. The paper went on to say that there was no news about his whereabouts and he might still be in Italy. La Repubblica added that the government could have acted more seriously both on Ocalan's arrival and departure. The paper claimed that Ocalan might return to Italy as a free man after obtaining the right of political asylum on February 24. /Hurriyet/

    [14] "WE WILL NOT LET OCALAN ENTER LYBIA"

    Noting that it is not possible for Ocalan to penetrate Lybia, Mansur Bedir, the Lybian Ambassador to Ankara, stated that they do not provide any support to the PKK. Bedir said: "We did not meet anybody concerning the possibility of Ocalan's coming to Lybia. Yet if he comes, he will be deported immediately." /Turkiye/

    [15] OCALAN OPENS A CASE FOR POLITICAL ASYLUM

    Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the terrorist PKK organization, opened a law suit at the Administrative Court in Rome for the recognition of the conditions he asserts for the right to political asylum by legal authorities. According to the news provided by ANSA, the official news agency in Italy, Ocalan also demanded that Prime Minister D'Alema and the Minister of the Interior, Jervelino, bear witness before the court. Meanwhile, Augusto Sinagra, Turkey's lawyer, argued that the Italian Government had arranged everything fom the beginning and it was still possible for Ocalan to return Italy. /Turkiye/

    [16] "PKK NOURISHED BY DRUG TRAFFICKING"

    Following the General Staff's report on the PKK's links with drug smuggling, released to the public a fortnight ago, there emerged another report prepared by the Narcotics Department of the Police on the same issue. The report stresses that the PKK is fully organized along the route through the Balkans which is the most important passage for drug trafficking, and the PKK militants serve as drugs couriers as well. Citing more than 200 incidents, the report notes that 2.5 tons of heroin, 13.5 tons of hashish and 4 tons of morphine in smuggling by the PKK have been seized since 1984. /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] `TORTURE' CRISIS WITH DENMARK

    The Information Department of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs submitted a written declaration concerning the death of a Turkish citizen, Ramazan Arican (29), as a result of his torture under arrest in Aarhus, Denmark. Stating that Arican was a resident of Denmark who had been in full compliance with Danish laws for the last 22 years, the Ministry noted that there was strong evidence to support that the Danish police were responsible for his death. Accordingly, Turkey demands the trial of those responsible for this outrageous incidence as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the Danish Ambassador to Ankara has been invited to the Ministry. The declaration emphasizes that such a racist attitude on the part of the Danish police is unequivocally a "human rights tragedy". /Turkiye/

    [18] IMF DELEGATION IN TURKEY

    An International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation, headed by Turkey-desk Chief, Martin Hardy, arrived in Ankara yesterday and started negotiations with the top figures in Turkey's economic administration. The IMF delegation first met Treasury Undersecretary Yener Dincmen in the morning. Following this meeting, Hardy held talks with Hikmet Ulugbay, State Minister Responsible for Economic Affairs, and Finance Minister, Zekeriya Temizel. High-ranking Treasury bureaucrats were also present at the meeting.

    After the talks, Temizel answered the journalists' questions, stating that during the meeting the Turkish side and the IMF delegation assessed the current economic situation. Temizel indicated that this is a regular visit within the guidelines of the Staff Monitoring Programme. Dincmen said after the meeting that they had decided on the working schedule. State Minister Ulugbay said after the meeting that the matter of financial assistance had not been discussed. The Turkish government must service $24 billion in domestic and foreign debts in the first four months of the year. /All papers/

    [19] THE STOCK EXCHANGE ROSE BY 4.5%

    The Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) surprisingly increased yesterday, reaching 2552 with a rise of 4.5%. It is reported that due to a partial slackening in interest rates, China's statements against speculations over devaluation, the developments in Brazil in favor of IMF aid, the Turkish Treasury's authorization of the sum of 500 million marks in borrowing and the emergence of foreign-based purchases all contributed to this rapid increase. Meanwhile, according to data provided by the IMKB, the total transaction volume on the Istanbul Stock Exchange reached $70 billion during 1998. /Sabah/

    [20] CONFEDERATIONS OF CIVIL SERVANTS AND WORKERS MEET

    The Chairmen of Turkey's six labour confederations came together in Ankara yesterday to assess the problems facing employees, including public sector collective bargaining contracts, mandatory savings and massive layoffs. The meeting of the Chairmen was attended by Bayram Meral, the Chairman of the Confederation of Turkish Labour Unions (Turk-Is), Ridvan Budak, the Chairman of the Confederation of Revolutionary Labour Unions (DISK), Siyami Erdem, the Chairman of the Public Workers' Unions, Resul Akay, the Chairman of the Confederation of Turkish Public Employees' Unions (Kamu-Sen), Akif Inan, the Chairman of the Confederation of Civil Servan Unions (Memur-Sen) and Salim Uslu, the Chairman of the Labour Confederation (Hak-Is).

    As the meeting concluded, it was decided that labour confederations will call on the government to create a more democratic and participative Economic and Social Council. The Chairmen further decided to convey their concerns about IMF-dictated policies, which have a negative effect on employees, to the government. /All papers/

    [21] BREAKTHROUGH FOR FOREIGN DEBT FROM TREASURY

    The Treasury has authorized the Deutschebank and Commerzbank to sell four-year bonds worth DM 350 million in order to maintain Turkey's foreign debt this year. According to Commerzbank officials, market research began yesterday concerning the sale of the bonds on the Eurobond market, and the sales will begin next week. They noted that Turkey was the first developing country to appear on the market this year and added that they believed that Turkey would also achieve this sale. /Milliyet/

    [22] WORLD BANK TO GRANT $300 MILLION

    The World Bank is granting $300 million in loans to Turkey to support non-financial sectors troubled by the global crisis. The loans will be granted at 'favourable' interest rates and will be used in particular to finance exports. A World Bank delegation will come to Turkey next week. Turkish officials are expected to give detailed information on the use of the loans, planned to be transferred to Eximbank, Turkey's Development Bank and Halkbank. The bank delegation will examine sectors for which the loans will be used and decide the share to be allocated to each bank. /All papers/

    [23] 53 TERRORISTS DIED

    During the land and air operations against 130 PKK militants in the `Bagok' district of Mardin, 32 terrorists and two soldiers died and four soldiers were wounded. It is reported that the operation in the region continues without ceasing, while the number of terrorists who died during the conflict has reached 53. Two days before this, a first lieutenant and a sergeant had lost their lives in the first clash with the militants. /Turkiye/

    [24] COORDINATION MECHANISM

    It is reported that the Office of General Staff has stated that the Reconnaissance Force deployed in Incirlik Base in Adana was fully under Turkey's control. Meanwhile, efforts are being exerted to establish a coordination mechanism between the Foreign Ministry and the Office of General Staff to maintain better communications. It is also reported that meetings will be held with the US in order to determine the stance to be assumed for the various situations that might be faced by the reconnaissance missions. /Milliyet/

    [25] BLOW ON DHKP_C IN GERMANY

    Banning the activities of the illegal organization DHKP/C (Revolutionary People's Salvation Party/Front), Germany started a police operation against the members and the leaders of the terrorist organization. The poice arrested Mesut Demirel, the Germany correspondant of the DHKP_C, on the basis of `continuing terrorist activities in Germany'. It is reported that the arrested militants will be tried before the Oberlandesgericht court in Hamburg. /Turkiye/

    [26] COURT REAFFIRMS NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN MANISA TORTURE CASE

    Three years after the incident, a local court in Manisa yesterday found 10 police officers not guilty of torturing 16 young people between the ages of 14 and 18. The 10 policemen were being retried after the Court of Appeals on October 12, 1998, threw out the original verdict of March 11, 1998, which had found the officers not guilty.

    Three foreigners were present to follow the court proceedings: Prof.Tracy Higgins of the Fordham University Law School in New York and two members of the Human Rights Lawyers Committee, Sam Scott and Ayliz Baskin. They noted that these were signals showing the improvement of human rights in Turkey. /Milliyet/

    [27] JOURNALIST RAGIP DURAN RELEASED

    Journalist and author Ragip Duran was released from Tekirdag's Saray prison yesterday after serving seven-and-a-half months of a 10-month sentence for having violated a provision of the Anti-Terrorism Law. /All papers/

    [28] SECURITY PERSONNEL TO BE TRAINED IN NEW METHODS OF INTERROGATION

    Turkish security personnel will be trained in new methods of arresting, detaining and interrogating suspects, according to a statement released by the Security Department yesterday. The new programme will educate security personnel on a wide range of subjects including arrest procedures, the rights of the arrested, detention periods and special regulations regarding juveniles. /All papers/

    [29] THE GERMAN WILL DRINK EFES PILSENER

    Efes Pilsener, the leading beer manufacturer in Turkey, opened a representative office in Cologne which is one of the major beer production centers in Germany. The praise of this entrepreneurial spirit of Efes Pilsener has been reverbarating across the German press. The firm is predominantly targeting the Turkish discos in Germany, but Ait is reported that there is remarkable German interest in the Turkish beer which entered the market just a few weeks ago. /Sabah/

    [30] EGYPT-TURKEY NATURAL GAS PIPELINE PROJECT

    Studies for the construction of Egyptian-Turkish natural gas pipeline, which will extend to Iskenderun by passing under the sea base, were speeded up to meet growing demand in natural gas as well as to diversify the supply. The Anatolia news agency reported that feasibility studies were planned to start within this year for the pipeline which will transport the natural gas to Turkey from Egypt's Port-Said Harbour with a pipeline that will be installed under the sea.

    [31] CRISIS MEETING FROM MESS

    The Turkish Metal Industrialists' Union (MESS) will hold a meeting today on 'Effects of the Crisis: Measures and Management' in Istanbul. MESS Chairman Erdogan Karakoyunlu will chair the [Bmeeting to be attended by Rusdu Saracoglu, Osman Birsen, Dr.Mahfi Egilmez, Necati Arikan, Prof.Tankut Centel and Assc.Prof.Deniz Gokce. /Aksam/

    [32] THE MUFTI OF ISKECE SENTENCED TO 17 MONTHS

    Mehmet Emin Aga,the mufti elected by the Turkish minority in Western Thrace, was sentenced to 17 months imprisonment following three separate lawsuits. The Mufti was accused of using an illegal official title during the trials held at the Court of Appeals of Lamia; he was released when his sentence was commuted to a fine.In a statement following his trial, Aga said that he would go to the Higher Court of Appeals and if the same decision was reached he would take his case to the European Court of Human Rights. /Hurriyet/

    [33] TURKISH CULTURAL CENTRE TO BE OPENED IN SARAJEVO

    The request by Bulent Ecevit, who went to Sarajevo as deputy Prime Minister in August, to open a Turkish Cultural Centre in Sarajevo was accepted. The request was discussed at the last meeting of the Bosnia-Herzegovinan Presidential Council and was received positively. The establishment of a Turkish Cultural Centre in Sarajevo, while Iranian and French Cultural Centres are also conducting their activities, would build a bridge between the two countries. The Bosnians will get to know the Turkish people through the activities of the Cultural Centre: also the 32 thousand NATO troops stationed in Bosnia will receive correct information about Turkey. /Hurriyet/

    [34] DISPUTE OVER ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN FRANCE

    The opposition of Gilles Veinstein,the Chairman of the "College de France", who took on the responsibility of a 'consultant' to the State, to the claims of Armenian genocide, resulted in the start of disputes in the country. The statements by Professor Gilles Veinstein, a specialist on Ottoman history who was appointed as consultant in November 1998,on the incidents which took place in 1915 created a furor among Armenians living in France.

    On various occasions after his appointment Gilles Veinstein had stated that the claims of "genocide" had not been duly investigated and therefore the claims of Kamuran Gürün who had studied the Ottoman archives would have more credibility. Veinstein also stressed that the arguements of Dutch historian Erik Zurcher should also be taken into account. Zurcher had said that the sole responsibility of the incident could not be laid on the shoulders of the Ottoman Empire. Due to these statements the Armenian lobby asked for Veinstein to be removed from office, and called on the Education Minister to look into the matter. /Hurriyet/

    [35] INCREASE IN SUGAR PRODUCTION

    Speaking during the 26. Ordinary Congress of the PANKOBIRLIK (Union of Beet Producers' Cooperatives), Mahmut Erdir, the Minister of Agriculture, mentioned that Turkey has entered among the top four sugar producers in the world with the rapid increase in recent years. The total sugar production in Turkey was 2,200 tons in 1997. /Sabah/

    [36] TAG HIGHWAY TO BE OPENED

    The Tarsus-Adana-Gaziantep Highway (TAG), one of the most important projects in the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP), is planned to be opened on August 31, 1999. The TAG Highway includes 262 kilometres of highway and 51 kilometres of approach roads totalling 313 kilometres. The TAG Highway will cost $2.1 billion. /Aksam/

    [37] SUPREME BOARD OF PRIVATIZATION MEETS TOMORROW

    The Supreme Board of Privatization(OYK) will meet tomorrow after a long interval. At the first meeting of the Supreme Privatization Board to be held after the appointment of its members by Bulent Ecevit's government, the 56th in Turkey, the implementations which were carried out in 1998 and the programme for 1999 will be discussed. According to informed sources,at the OYK meeting the officials from the Privatization Administration will give a presentation on how 1998 passed regarding privatization, what is expected from 1999 and the programme prepared prior to 1999. /Hurriyet/

    [38] BAYAR: 'GLOBAL LEADERS FOR TOMORROW'

    The Head of the Privatization Administration, Ugur Bayar, has taken his place among the 'Global Leaders For Tomorrow' in the eyes of the Founding Committee of the World Economic Forum. The Committee has been selecting the top 100 world-renowned people, from among those whose global achievements have been in the fields of business, politics, art and science since 1994. Ugur Bayar took his place among these 100 people this year, while Businessman Cem Boyner had earlier been chosen to be in this category. These 100 people will come together in Davos on January 31. The Committee has elected 420 people as the Global Leaders For Tomorrow to date. /Aksam/

    [39] FOUR TURKS TO GO TO SPACE

    There is little time left for the adventure tour of space to be launched on December 1, 2001. For the space trip, a total of 250 people including four Turkish citizens have made reservations to date throughout the world. Officials noted that among the countries which had the opportunity to send people on this history-making jaunt were Turkey, Britain, Japan, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand and Greece. They also noted that not all of the places had been reserved yet and they were still open to bookings. /Aksam/

    [40] ONEWORLD AIRLINE ALLIANCE TO START NEXT WEEK

    American Airlines, British Airways, Canadian Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways and Qantas Airways will implement their oneworld global alliance on February 1. From that date, the five airlines are expected to phase in a wide range of initiatives designed to provide their 174 million passengers with improved levels of service and benefits, greater value and increased opportunities for rewards and recognition. The five fly to more than 600 destinations worldwide. Talks are continuing with various other leading airlines interested in joining one world. /All papers/

    [41] TARKAN: TURKISH ELVIS PRESLEY

    One of the leading newspapers published in France, Le Parisien, described Tarkan, a young Turkish pop music star, as the Turkish Elvis Presley. In his article in the newspaper, Philippe Duval said that Tarkan's CD has broken a record in France, selling 450,000 copies. Duval noted that the Olympia concert performed by Tarkan yesterday evening was attended by nearly 3,000 fans. /Aksam/

    [42] ARCELIK TO PRODUCE AIR-CONDITIONERS JOINTLY WITH THE SOUTH KOREANS

    Arcelik and the South Korean LG Electronics firm are to form a new company to produce air-conditioners in Turkey. The company will produce 300.000 air-conditioners with an investment of 50 million dollars: 30% of the production will be exported. The officials who spoke at the ceremony held at Arcelik Cayırova installations, attended by LG Electronics deputy Chairman Ssang Su Kim, stated that investment would start this year and the production in the year 2000. /Hurriyet/

    [43] AGRICULTURISTS FROM 22 COUNTRIES IN GAP

    'Integrated Rural Regional Development Planning' education seminar, staged with the cooperation of Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) Regional Development Administration and the Israeli government, attended by 30 agriculturists and three experts from 22 countries, started in Sanliurfa yesterday, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [44] 700 YEAR-OLD BIBLE IN ISKENDERUN

    A 700-year-old Bible hand written in gazelle leather was seized in Iskenderun county of Hatay. A Syrian citizen was captured in connection with the incident, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [45] FROM THE COLUMNS ... FROM THE COLUMNS ... FROM THE COLUMNS

    [46] PROJECT TURKEY -BY DERYA SAZAK (MILLIYET)

    Derya Sazak, a columnist in the daily 'Milliyet' newspaper, says the following in his article today: "The first reaction came from the Republican People's Party (CHP) against those circles who regarded the 'year 2000 vision' of the political parties preparing for the General Election as insufficient. Enis Tutuncu, an official responsible for the Research and Project Centre, compiled the preparations along the guidelines of the CHP's 'Project Turkey'. The package of proposals includes nearly 40 reports. However, how many of them would be achieved by the CHP and the Democratic Left Party (DSP) in April 18 General Election?

    Nur Verin says in her article on Sunday: 'The left has some factors in common: for instance, they are sensitive to social incidents throughout the world and they are against inequality. They also attach great importance to social justice and human rights. They aim to include women and young people in the political process. These are not only ideals, they are also concrete projects for the left-wing political parties to undertake'. Nur Vergin calls on the CHP and the DSP to find further concrete solutions to the injustice in income distribution". /Milliyet/


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