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Turkish Press Review, 00-05-11

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

11.05.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] ENGLAND AND AMERICA ARE THE NEW MARKETS IN THE READY-TO-WEAR CLOTHES
  • [02] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [03] DEMIREL VISITS ALBANIA
  • [04] COUNCIL OF STATE'S FOUNDATION ANNIVERSARY
  • [05] INTERROGATION OF MUMCU MURDER SUSPECTS CONTINUE
  • [06] CILLER: "THERE SHOULD BE NO UNSOLVED MURDERS"
  • [07] IRANIAN AMBASSADOR MEETS FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIALS
  • [08] OYMEN: "TURKEY MUST BE INCLUDED TO ESDI"
  • [09] NIGERIAN MINISTER ARZIKA VISITS ANKARA
  • [10] CEM VISITS YILMAZ
  • [11] EU MEMBERS AND NON-EU NATO ALLIES TO MEET
  • [12] IRANIANS ACCUSE ISRAEL OF FABRICATING ALLEGATIONS
  • [13] CHINESE GOVERNOR VISITS ISTANBUL
  • [14] TURKISH JETS FLY ON GREECE
  • [15] CYPRUS TO BE DISCUSSED
  • [16] POSITIVE STEP FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION
  • [17] CEM TO VISIT AZERBAIJAN
  • [18] ISRAEL'S RECEPTION
  • [19] INCIDENT AT THE BORDER BETWEEN IRAN AND TURKEY
  • [20] OPERATION IN IRAQ
  • [21] BAKU-CEYHAN TO OPEN FOR SERVICE BY 2004
  • [22] BROTHERHOOD BETWEEN ATHENS AND ISTANBUL REFLECTED ON PHOTOGRAPHS
  • [23] THE YOUNGEST FLEET IN THE TURKISH AIRLINES
  • [24] PRIVATIZATION LAW TO BE CHANGED
  • [25] ENGLAND AND AMERICA ARE THE NEW MARKETS IN THE READY-TO-WEAR CLOTHES
  • [26] FIVE TURKS' SUCCESS
  • [27] 'RELIGIONS IN FAITH AND TOLERANCE ERA OF 2000' MEETING BEGINS
  • [28] TURKEY URGES SYRIA TO LIFT NON-TARIFF BARRIERS ON TRADE
  • [29] TURKISH MANAGER GETS SENIOR POST AT ALCATEL INTERNATIONAL
  • [30] OTTOMAN WORKS OF ART IN ISTANBUL
  • [31] TURKEY IN FINANCIAL TIMES
  • [32] STATIONERY FAIR OPENS
  • [33] THERMAL SPRINGS IN TURKEY
  • [34] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [35] CONSTITUTION SHOULD BE AMENDED BY ESEN UNUR (STAR)

  • [01] ENGLAND AND AMERICA ARE THE NEW MARKETS IN THE READY-TO-WEAR CLOTHES

    [02] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [03] DEMIREL VISITS ALBANIA

    President Suleyman Demirel headed for Albania on Wednesday, following an invitation by Albanian President Recep Meydani, the Anatolia News Agency reports. Demirel said at the airport that the friendly relations which had existed for centuries between Albania and Turkey are continuing today. "In addition to bilateral relations, we will exchange our views on regional matters, such as Kosovo, that concern both Turkey and Albania in our meeting with Meydani" said the President.

    [04] COUNCIL OF STATE'S FOUNDATION ANNIVERSARY

    The Council of State celebrated its 132nd foundation anniversary. President Suleyman Demirel, President-elect Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Speaker of the TGNA, Yildirim Akbulut, the Acting Chairman of the Constitutional Court, Hasim Kilic, State Minister Suayip Usenmez, Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk, the Chief Prosecutor of the High Court of Appeal, Vural Savas, and members of the judiciary, attended a meeting organized to mark the anniversary. During his speech, stressing that juridiciary circles were proud of Sezer's new office, the Chairman of the Council of State, Erol Cirakman, said that two bills had to be enacted as soon as possible which would enable to end cases in a short time. He also underlined that reactionary still threated the State and added, "The legacy of the founders of the Republic of Turkey could not be protected." /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] INTERROGATION OF MUMCU MURDER SUSPECTS CONTINUE

    Police will extend for three days the interrogation of 21 suspects who were arrested in Bursa in connection with the 'Umut' police operation launched to find the murderers of journalist Ugur Mumcu, the Anatolia News Agency reports. A total of 121 people have been arrested in connection with the operation.

    [06] CILLER: "THERE SHOULD BE NO UNSOLVED MURDERS"

    The Leader of the True Path Party (DYP), Tansu Ciller, stated that the developments in clarifying the Ugur Mumcu assasination was welcome. During her speech at DYP's group meeting Ciller said, "There should be no unsolved murders left. Turkish nation cannot accept it. Whatever or whoever is behind the murders has to be unearthed." /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] IRANIAN AMBASSADOR MEETS FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIALS

    While allegations about Iranian involvement in the Mumcu murder mount, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Faruk Logoglu met Iranian Ambassador to Ankara Mohammed Huseyin Lavasani yesterday. Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Sermet Atacanli told reporters yesterday that the Ministry was staying out of the issue for the time being. Speaking at a weekly press meeting, Atacanli stressed that they had not received any concrete evidence from the Interior Ministry that may pave the way for taking any diplomatic action against Iran. He added that they had to wait and see the results of the investigation before they began any diplomatic initiative. /All papers/

    [08] OYMEN: "TURKEY MUST BE INCLUDED TO ESDI"

    The Turkish Representative to NATO, Ambassador Onur Oymen stated that Turkey must be included to the European Security and Defense Identity (ESDI). Turkey's anxieties concerning ESDI were discussed at a meeting organized in Washington by the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) and Turkey Surveys' Institute. The American State Department Director of European Security and Political Affairs, Walter Andrusyszyn and Counsellor of France Embassy to Washington, Philippe Errera attended the meeting. Recalling that in the aftermath of the Cold War fights concerning NATO had arisen around Turkey, Oymen said, ESDI's decisions relating to those issues might effect Turkey's security. He stated, "NATO is responsible for the security in Europe. Creating two separate security regions in Europe within the framework of NATO cannot be accepted." He also emphasized that Turkey didn't want to be excluded but wanted to take part in the formation it deserved. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] NIGERIAN MINISTER ARZIKA VISITS ANKARA

    The Minister of Transport, Enis Oksuz, received Nigerian Minister of Communications Alhaji Mohammed Arzika, who was in Turkey for the World Radiocommunication Conference in Ankara yesterday. After meeting with the Nigerian Minister, Oksuz said that Turkey can purchase oil and natural gas from Nigeria. Arzika invited Turkish companies to join in bids in telecommunications, transportation and operation of ports and other facilities in his country. /Turkish Daily News/

    [10] CEM VISITS YILMAZ

    Motherland Party (ANAP) Leader Mesut Yilmaz met Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, the Anatolia News Agency reports. After the meeting, Cem stated that from time to time he visited party leaders to give information about the relations with foreign countries.

    [11] EU MEMBERS AND NON-EU NATO ALLIES TO MEET

    EU countries and non-EU NATO allies' political directors will meet today in Brussels in two separate meetings. The directors will discuss the development of cooperation and solidarity mechanisms. Turkey will be represented by the Foreign Ministry's international security works general director, Ambassador Omer Orhun. /Turkish Daily News/

    [12] IRANIANS ACCUSE ISRAEL OF FABRICATING ALLEGATIONS

    An Iranian diplomat accused Israel of fabricating the latest allegations over Iranian involvement in the Mumcu murder. He claimed that pro-Israeli circles in Turkey were mobilized after 13 Iranian Jews confessed that they had been spying for Israel. "Now that Iranian Jews have admitted their crimes, Israel is in a very difficult situation. They have mobilized Zionist circles in Turkey to blame Iran in a bid to dynamite Turkish-Iranian relations" said the diplomat. /All papers/

    [13] CHINESE GOVERNOR VISITS ISTANBUL

    Republic of China Guandong State Governor Lu Riuhua and 40 Chinese businessmen visited Istanbul Governor Erol Cakir yesterday in Istanbul, the Anatolia News Agency reports. After bilateral discussions between the two governors, a friendship and cooperation procotol was signed between Istanbul and the Guandong State. At the end of the visit, the two governors exchanged gifts. The Chinese delegation later visited the Istanbul Municipality Office and met Istanbul Deputy Mayor Umit Ozerol.

    [14] TURKISH JETS FLY ON GREECE

    The rapprochement between Turkey and Greece, observed in politics also reflects to the military. At the end of May, Turkish Armed Forces will take part in a NATO manoeuvres which will be carried out in Greek territory in May. Before that, last week, Greece allowed Turkish four F-16 planes to use its air space for the first time, while they were flying to Germany to attend "Elite 2000" manoeuvres. /Milliyet/

    [15] CYPRUS TO BE DISCUSSED

    Officials from the European Union (EU) and from the US will discuss the issue of Cyprus. EU Commission's member responsible for expansion, Gunter Verheugen, EU Foreign Policy and Defence High Commissioner, Javier Solana, US Coordinator to Cyprus, Tom Weston and Bill Clinton's special representative to Cyprus, Alfred Moses will meet and try to find a solution for the Cyprus problem before the discussions planned to be made within the framework of the United Nations (UN). The delegation from the US will discuss the Cyprus issue in Brussels for the first time after the Helsinki Summit and later will inform Washington on these discussions. /Turkiye/

    [16] POSITIVE STEP FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION

    Europan Union (EU) Commission will appoint Alain Servantie to the Turkish desk. If there will not be an unexpected event, Servantie will begin his duty in June officialy. Servantie, is currently working at the telecommunications department of expansion discussions. Servantie knows Turkey very well and previously worked at the EU Commission's representation in Ankara. /Turkiye/

    [17] CEM TO VISIT AZERBAIJAN

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ismail Cem, will continue President Suleyman Demirel's effective foreign policy concerning the petroleum in Caucasia and the Caspian region. It was revealed that although Cem was not included in this programme, he will be directed to this area with the request of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and will pay his first visit to Azerbaijan at the end of May. /Turkiye/

    [18] ISRAEL'S RECEPTION

    Israel's 'National Day' was celebrated in a reception at Israel Embassy in Ankara. However, the Turkish government protested Israel by not attending this reception due to the fact that Israel's Minister of Education, Yossi Sarid, allowed the claim on the Armenian genocide during the era of the Ottoman Empire to be included in the curriculum of high schools. Turkish Armed Forces attended this reception on the Major General-level and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was represented by the Middle East Department. /Sabah/

    [19] INCIDENT AT THE BORDER BETWEEN IRAN AND TURKEY

    A group of 153 people, comprising the Afghans, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis, who wanted to cross the border between Turkey and Iran and to enter Turkey illegally, did not obey the security forces' warning to stop. Thus, nine people died and five people were injured as a result of the fire opened and mines exploded. /Sabah/

    [20] OPERATION IN IRAQ

    The Peshmerge forces, under the leadership of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and Barzani, started a clamp operation against the PKK terrorist organization in Northern Iraq at the beginning of this week. During the operation, thirty members of the PKK were killed and one soldier died as he stepped on a mine. TSK units attended this operation from the Cukurca Region and Peshmerges supported this operation with cleansing manoeuvres. It was revealed that this operation, attended by nearly 5,000 TSK personnel and peshmerges, was started after the rumor that the PKK members will enter Turkey from the Iraqi border. /Sabah/

    [21] BAKU-CEYHAN TO OPEN FOR SERVICE BY 2004

    "The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline will definitely be built by the year 2004 and be ready for service" Advisor to the US President and Secretary of State for Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy, John Wolf. "I am here today not just to express my belief in this project, but to make it clear that this project will definitely be built by the year 2004 at the latest". Wolf was speaking on Wednesday at a three-day conference organized by the Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) and is being co-sponsored by the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and the Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Council (DEIK) in Istanbul. /All papers/

    [22] BROTHERHOOD BETWEEN ATHENS AND ISTANBUL REFLECTED ON PHOTOGRAPHS

    A book including the photographs picturing Istanbul and Athens will be prepared thanks to the cooperation between Pamukbank and the History Foundation in order to contribute to the friendship between Greece and Turkey. Ara Guler, Izzet Kehribar, Arif Asci, Cem Turgay and Sinan Kocaslan will continue to take the photographs of Athens until 14 May for this book, which will be entitled 'Istanbul-Athens: The Other Shore From the Eyes of Photographers'. /Aksam/

    [23] THE YOUNGEST FLEET IN THE TURKISH AIRLINES

    General Director of the Turkish Airlines (THY), Yusuf Bolayirli, stated that THY was the youngest airline within Europe with its plane fleet, the average age of which is six. Bolayirli added, "According to the results of the survey held by a tourism magazine in 1998, THY is the best one among ten airlines, who give a service of highest quality." /Aksam/

    [24] PRIVATIZATION LAW TO BE CHANGED

    The personnel of the Privatization Board Administration (OIB), will be dependent upon contract by the draft law, which envisages a change in the law numbered 4,046 concerning the arrangement of the privatization implementations. State Minister Yuksel Yalova stated that the structure of the personnel of the OIB had been determined again and that their aim was to turn the whole personnel out to be contractual personnel. /Aksam/

    [25] ENGLAND AND AMERICA ARE THE NEW MARKETS IN THE READY-TO-WEAR CLOTHES

    The ready-to-wear producers, who export their goods mostly to the European Union (EU) member countries, are in a difficult situation due to the fact that the ready-to-wear exports increased by only 0.6% during the first four months of the year 2000 and reached 2 billion 480 million dollars. The most rapidly ceveloping market became England with an increase by 27% and the second was the US with an increase by 22%. Chairman of the Turkish Clothing Industrialists' Association, Gungor Kesci, stated that nearly 60% of the sector was badly affected by the instability of the dollar-euro parity. /Sabah/

    [26] FIVE TURKS' SUCCESS

    The Turkish team, comprising five people, lead by Associate Professor, Suleyman Sevinc, developed the 'Infinity' software, which started a new period in the electronic trade. Sevinc, who worked as an advisor for Microsoft and Unisys Companies abroad after returning to Turkey developed the 'Infinity' software in 14 months within the Functional Internet Systems with his friends and said that the obstacles before the electronic trade were removed thanks to this software. /Turkiye/

    [27] 'RELIGIONS IN FAITH AND TOLERANCE ERA OF 2000' MEETING BEGINS

    'Religions in Faith and Tolerance Era of 2000' meeting organized by the Religious Affairs Directorate began yesterday in Tarsus, the Anatolia News Agency reports. At the opening ceremony, Culture Minister Istemihan Talay made a speech saying that Tarsus had been a city of tolerance throughout its 6,000-year history. Talay stated that people from different faiths, living in a peaceful environment, needed a secularism respectful of faiths. Talay and some religious leaders and participants then visited St.Paul's Church which is being restored. Head of the Turkish Religious Directorate, Mehmet Nuri Yilmaz, also made a speech at the meeting. Yilmaz said that inter-religious dialogue would contribute to peace.

    [28] TURKEY URGES SYRIA TO LIFT NON-TARIFF BARRIERS ON TRADE

    Foreign Trade Undersecretary Kursat Tuzmen called on Syria to lift non-tariff barriers in order to improve trade between Turkey and Syria. Tuzmen, who accompanied State Minister for the Economy, Recep Onal on his official visit to Damascus, told reporters he hoped Syria would take steps toward removing non-tariff barriers, particularly after the on-going joint economic commission meetings. Yesterday, Recep Onal and Kursat Tuzmen were received by Syrian Prime Minister Mohammed Mustafa Miro. Syrian Economy Minister Mohammed Imadi was also present at the meeting. /All papers/

    [29] TURKISH MANAGER GETS SENIOR POST AT ALCATEL INTERNATIONAL

    Alcatel Teletas Chairman Lutfi Yenel was appointed Vice-President for Southern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India with Alcatel International, the Anatolia News Agency reports. Yenel will be responsible for Turkey, Caucasus and Central Asia and will direct Alcatel International's operations in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Alcatel is a leading provider of Internet access and optic communications and posted sales of 23 billion Euros in 1999.

    [30] OTTOMAN WORKS OF ART IN ISTANBUL

    An auction consisting of Ottoman Works of Art will be held in Istanbul on May 14. A total of 259 works of art are expected to be sold during the auction. /Hurriyet/

    [31] TURKEY IN FINANCIAL TIMES

    The 'Financial Times', a daily economic and political newspaper published in Britain, devoted wide coverage to Turkey in yesterday's issue and said that Turkey should implement the IMF reform programme in the best way in order to achieve her entry in the EU. An article written by Martin Wolf stated that a large part of the Turkish nation attached great importance to Turkey's EU candidacy status. /Hurriyet/

    [32] STATIONERY FAIR OPENS

    The Sixth Stationery and Office Materials 2000 Fair organized at the CNR Istanbul International Fair Centre will be held between May 12 and 16. A total of 200 firms are expected to participate in the fair. /Hurriyet/

    [33] THERMAL SPRINGS IN TURKEY

    Thermal springs in Turkey will be promoted to the world. Investors from various European countries will come to Turkey for partnership meetings. The Tourism Coordinator of the Oger Company, Huseyin Baraner, stated that a decision was taken for the establishment of the 'Turkish Union of Thermal Springs'. Baraner pointed out that a new period would begin in Turkey in the tourism sector and added that thermal tourism would not be affected from political changes or others as far as health is concerned. /Hurriyet/

    [34] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [35] CONSTITUTION SHOULD BE AMENDED BY ESEN UNUR (STAR)

    Columnist Esen Unur writes on the interview given by Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli to daily 'Star'. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "In an interview he gave to Star newspaper, Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli answered our questions. He was also disturbed by the time spent for the Presidential Election when there was so much to do. He complained about the fact that Constitution was still a subject for discussion in Turkey who had accepted her first Constitution 124 years ago. He gave the impression that after Ahmet Necdet Sezer has sworn-in as the 10th President, the Nationalist Action Party will activate the debates on Constitutional amendments.

    During the ceremony he stated that the three coalition parties had to bring about a Constitution which will end all discussions by an agreement reached through a compromise. He also added that Turkey was entering a new millenium, and the first steps in the first year of this millenium should be taken for social compromise. Among his other suggestions were the changing of the Law on Political Parties and the Election Law.

    He stated that Turkish nation did not want polarization, disputes, and degeneration in political style. Bahceli added that people expected a clean political mentality which has not been involved in corruption or bribery. It would please everyone to see the implementation of Bahceli's words."


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