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Turkish Press Review, 00-06-05

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

05.06.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [02] SEZER ON FREE PRESS
  • [03] SEZER'S REQUEST CONCERNING THE ANTIQUE CITY OF ZEUGMA
  • [04] ZEUGMA ON 'NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE'
  • [05] BENDIT'S STATEMENT CONCERNING SEZER
  • [06] ECEVIT IN NORWAY
  • [07] TURK IN ENGLAND
  • [08] CAKMAKOGLU IN THE US
  • [09] ORAL RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE
  • [10] TGNA EXPECTED TO RATIFY BAKU-CEYHAN AGREEMENT
  • [11] HAYDAR YILMAZ TO VISIT COPENHAGEN
  • [12] CONFESSIONS OF AN IRANIAN SPY
  • [13] TURK: "AMNESTY BILL STILL ON THE TGNA'S AGENDA"
  • [14] SECURITY OF THE AEGEAN TO INCREASE
  • [15] TURKEY MARKS WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
  • [16] US GUESSES THE INFLATION RATE IN TURKEY AS 35%
  • [17] EXPORT TO THE MIDDLE EAST REGION INCREASES
  • [18] AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY TO BE DISCUSSED
  • [19] IVECO'S ADVENTURE OF SILK ROAD COMES TO AN END
  • [20] TURKISH LEATHER FOR ECCO COMPANY
  • [21] SAKARYA UNIVERSITY TO ENSURE EMPLOYMENT FOR 96 EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
  • [22] ALSTOM ELECTRICITY
  • [23] TURKEY'S SUCCESS IN TRANSPORTATION TO INCREASE
  • [24] WOMEN CONFERENCE OF THE UN TO BEGIN
  • [25] 'LITERATURE EXPRESS'
  • [26] BORDER TRADE TO BE REDUCED
  • [27] CONCERT OF FRIENDSHIP IN ANKARA
  • [28] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [29] THE PRESIDENT SHOULD NOT GO TO IRAN BY SUKRU ELEKDAG (MILLIYET)

  • [01] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [02] SEZER ON FREE PRESS

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer stated that Turkish press was one of the indispensable aspects of democracy and said, "The existence of free press in a country is an indication of democracy." Sezer issued a message to the Chairman of Journalists' Association on the meeting of its General Council. Sezer also said, "The press, which is most influential in the freedom of disseminating the news, is one of the most important elements in the functioning of democracy."/Milliyet/

    [03] SEZER'S REQUEST CONCERNING THE ANTIQUE CITY OF ZEUGMA

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer's first important request concerned a cultural issue. Sezer asked for an additional period for the excavation to save the ancient Zeugma city, which is bound to be inundated by the waters of the Birecik dam lake. After his request, Ministry of Energy began to work on the issue and gave an additional period of time of ten days for the excavations to save the city. These developments began when the Chairman of the Chamber of Architectures, Oktay Ekinci, made a written application to President Sezer. Ekinci requested additional time from Sezer for the excavations. Sezer, who found Ekinci's request to be fair and gave information to the Minister of Energy, Cumhur Ersumer, on this issue. Then a meeting was held at the Ministry during which it was decided that the regime of water will be balanced. Thus, the excavation to save the city of Zeugma will continue by 28 June. /Sabah/

    [04] ZEUGMA ON 'NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE'

    'New York Times Magazine', which is published in the US on each Sunday, published a news on the antique city of Zeugma in Belkis village, Gaziantep's district of Nizip. The magazine stated that they became aware of the city of Zeugma and its unique mosaics a short period of time ago and added that the Turkish administration did not want the ruins to be inundated due to the urgent need of electricity." /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] BENDIT'S STATEMENT CONCERNING SEZER

    Joint Economic Commission's (KEK) Chairman to the European Wing, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, stated that the election of Ahmet Necdet Sezer as the Turkish President, was a very important step on the path to Turkey's integration with the European Union. Bendit added, "Sezer is not only a good jurist, but also is known for the importance he attaches to human rights, democracy and the freedom of expression. Sezer will be able to make important contributions when Turkey tries to reach the European norms. The support he received from all political parties indicates a positive change. I will support the steps that will be taken by the new Turkish President." /Turkiye/

    [06] ECEVIT IN NORWAY

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit went to Norway yesterday as the official guest of the Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg. Ecevit stated that he admired and loved Norway and that Turkey had so much to learn from Norway. Ecevit issued a statement at the airport before his departure to the capital of Norway, Oslo, saying, "During my visit, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ismail Cem, high-ranking public administrators and diplomats will accompany me. I am the first Turkish Prime Minister, who will visit Norway after 22 years. I visited Norway 22 years ago again as Prime Minister. Now I am very happy to find this opportunity again. Norway is one of the countries expert in the issue of energy. There is also the opportunity of cooperation with this country in the issue of energy." /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] TURK IN ENGLAND

    Minister of Justice, Hikmet Sami Turk, arrived in London to attend the 23th European Justice Ministers Meeting, which will be held between 7 and 9 June. Turk issued a statement concerning the extradition of Fehriye Erdal at Ataturk Airport before his departure, saying, "The international cooperation in regard with the extradition of the criminals and the struggle against crime is necessary. Otherwise, a person, who committed a crime in a certain country can be saved from punishment by escaping to another country. We consider Erdal to be a terrorist, who should be punished." /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] CAKMAKOGLU IN THE US

    Minister of National Defence, Sabahattin Cakmakoglu, stated that Turkey was in favour of a full and equal participation in a formation, which will be determined within the European Union of Security and Defence. Cakmakoglu said that the European Union should consider the situation of Turkey, while establishing an organization concerning the security and defence of Europe. Cakmakoglu, who arrived in the US as the official guest of the US Defence Secretary, issued a statement at Ataturk airport before his departure, saying, "I will also attend the opening ceremony of the National Victory Museum, which was prepared to commemorate the anniversary of the landing on Normandia on 5 and 6 June during the World War II. After these celebrations, I will fly to Brussels on the special plane of the US Defence Secretary with the Defence Ministers of the NATO-member countries to attend the meeting of the NATO's Defence Ministers on 8 and 9 June." /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] ORAL RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE

    Girne American University, which is the first private university in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), gave the title of honorary doctorate to the Turkish Minister of Finance, Sumer Oral, due to his services in the economy sector. During the ceremony, which was organized for the presentation of this award to Oral, 21 students, who graduated from this university were presented their diplomas. Oral issued a speech during the ceremony, saying, "The 21st century is progressing with a rapid change, during which education and science gains importance." /Turkiye/

    [10] TGNA EXPECTED TO RATIFY BAKU-CEYHAN AGREEMENT

    This week the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) is expected to debate a proposal envisaging the ratification of the agreement pertaining to the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline, the Anatolia news agency reported. The agreement was originally signed between Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan, and in order for it to go into effect the parliaments of the three countries must give their approval. With the approval, the legal phase in the project will be completed. The agreement is expected to be the priority in the TGNA this week. Reports say that Parliament will have a busy schedule throughout June, since the coalition parties would like to start the legislative holiday by early July. Meanwhile, Parliamentary commissions have been set to debate a series of proposed amendments to the Highway Transportation Law and the Anti-terrorism law. /Turkish Daily News/

    [11] HAYDAR YILMAZ TO VISIT COPENHAGEN

    Mayor of Cankaya, Haydar Yilmaz, will visit the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen as the official guest of the World Health Organization. Yilmaz will attend the meeting of the Healthy Cities in Copenhagen. /Turkiye/

    [12] CONFESSIONS OF AN IRANIAN SPY

    Iranian spy Belladi Berbahani Said Shahram who took refuge in Turkey conveyed information to CIA officials concerning the fact that Iran was using terrorism as a tool. Shahram, in an interview he gave to CBS spoke on the 'Iran's ties to international terrorism' and 'Turkey's role' in bringing them out. He also stated that Tehran Administration was behind the Lockerbie disaster of 1988, which took 270 lives. It was stated during the TV program, that Shahram who was being kept in Turkey for protection purposes, had served as the Coordinator of Iran's Terroristic Activities Abroad. /Milliyet/

    [13] TURK: "AMNESTY BILL STILL ON THE TGNA'S AGENDA"

    Minister of Justice, Hikmet Sami Turk, said in a panel discussion in Istanbul that the amnesty bill is still on the agenda of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, the Anatolia news agency reported. Turk did not give the amnesty bill a scheduled date since this could cause further disappointment among inmates. The amnesty bill has been discussed in the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) since last year, but no concrete decision has yet been made. There have been a number of prison riots since then. Experts believe that disappointment among inmates and their relatives was the principle reason for the unrest in the prisons. "There is expectation in prisons about the amnesty bill. Sometimes this feeling turns into a restless waiting," Turk said. Talking about the situation of prisons in Turkey, Turk said that newly constructed F-type prisons were being built according to the U.N. and European Council standards. /Turkish Daily News/

    [14] SECURITY OF THE AEGEAN TO INCREASE

    Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, George Papandreou, stated that the mutual proposals, on which Turkey and Greece reached an agreement about the increase of mutual security precautions in the Aegean by decreasing the tension and through the good neighbourly relations, will be discussed during the meeting of the political directors on 23 June. Papandreou said, "Now the ball is in Turkey's court. The important thing is that Turkey should act within the framework of legal systems." Meanwhile, 'To Vima' daily stated that Athens would present a proposal to Ankara concerning the freezing of armament in the Turkish and Greek navies. /Aksam/

    [15] TURKEY MARKS WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

    Ministry of Environment has organized a number of activities for World Environment Day, the Anatolia news agency reported on Sunday. The activities will take place between June 5 and 11. World Environment Day (June 5) is celebrated worldwide. It is an effort to boost environmental awareness and to increase activities that promote protection of the environment. In a press conference over the weekend, the Minister of Environment, Fevzi Aytekin announced that the Ministry would hold several ceremonies in schools around Ankara in order to give children access to information about environmental issues. There will also be environmental conferences, competitions, concerts and exhibitions throughout the week. /Turkish Daily News/

    [16] US GUESSES THE INFLATION RATE IN TURKEY AS 35%

    The US thinks that the inflation rate in Turkey will be 35% at the end of the year in terms of the Consumer Price Index (TUFE). Officials from the US Department of Treasury and Trade stated that if the structural reforms and the economic program continues, the inflation rate in Turkey will decrease during the next years as well. US officials from the economy sector point out that Turkey had one of the biggest potentials in the region and that it was among 10 biggest markets. They also stated that Turkey had a dynamic private sector. According to the US officials in the economy sector, Turkey has shown a strong performance thanks to the economic reforms and thus, the interest rates began to decrease. While the foreign trade volume reached 6 billion dollars, the amount of the American companies' investment in Turkey reached 2.5 billion dollars. American businessmen are also interested in investment areas such as energy, infrastructure, telecommunication and agriculture. /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] EXPORT TO THE MIDDLE EAST REGION INCREASES

    It was stated that the Southeastern Anatolia Region's agricultural and animal husbandry export to the Middle East amounted to 43 million 394 thousand dollars in the first four months of the year. According to the data finished by the Southeastern Anatolia Exporters' Association, during the period between January and April of the year 2000, export of animal products to the Middle East countries amounted to 83,000 dollars, export of grains, oily seeds and their products and dried beans reached 23 million 453 thousand dollars, export of dried fruits reached 893 thousand dollars and export of textiles amounted to 965 thousand dollars during the same period. /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY TO BE DISCUSSED

    The international conference, the subject of which is the 'Turkish Autovotive Industry and the Markets Around It', organized by the Euro Forum, will be held on 26 and 27 June. During the conference, the Turkish Automotive Industry will be discussed and the production, export, new products, commercial vehicles and electronic trade will also be examined. /Hurriyet/

    [19] IVECO'S ADVENTURE OF SILK ROAD COMES TO AN END

    The tour of Silk Road, which was organized by Baraka Nature Sports and Organization, was carried out by Iveco's midibus, called 'M 29.12'. 12 members of this adventure traveled through he world's oldest trade road on 'M 29.12', which was prepared by Iveco specially. In addition, Pirelli and Magnetti Marelli also supported this tour, on which the route through Iran, Pakistan and India was followed. /Hurriyet/

    [20] TURKISH LEATHER FOR ECCO COMPANY

    In the news concerning Danish Ecco and Turkish Desa Companies, which have shoe manufacturing companies in 11 countries in the world, it was stated that Desa Company would produce shoes for Ecco Company. As part of this agreement, Turkish Desa will also produce the leather-ware for Ecco Company, which will be marketed in 90 countries. /Hurriyet/

    [21] SAKARYA UNIVERSITY TO ENSURE EMPLOYMENT FOR 96 EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

    96 earthquake victims, who lost their jobs after the earthquakes that occurred in the Marmara region this year, will work in various projects, developed by Sakarya University (SAU). Rector of the SAU, Prof. Ismail Calli, stated that these projects will contribute to finding solutions for the problem of an employment, which increased after the earthquakes, and will create new areas of employment in the city. Calli added that these projects were developed as part of the 'Volunteer Work Projects', which was coordinated by the Employment Bureau with the support of the World Bank. /Hurriyet/

    [22] ALSTOM ELECTRICITY

    Alstom Electricity, which is located in Gebze, will begin delivery of its first production, which was established by it as part of the agreement with the American Dynegy Power Development Company concerning the production of the generator transformer, amounting to 22 million dollars. Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Energy, Cumhur Ersumer and the Motherland Party (ANAP) leader, Mesut Yilmaz are also expected to participate in the ceremony in the factory. /Star/

    [23] TURKEY'S SUCCESS IN TRANSPORTATION TO INCREASE

    Turkey will have the fifth biggest Ro-Ro fleet, when two ships, called the International Association of Transportation (IAT) Mediterranean and the IAT Aegean, the production of which are still continuing, will begin to work. The Ro-Ro ship called IAT Mediterranean, which was produced in Germany, was located to the sea. When the IAT Aegean, the production of which is ongoing in the same dockyard, will begin to operate, Turkey will be the 6th best country in the Ro-Ro transportation. However, Turkey aims to be the best fifth country in this category. /Aksam/

    [24] WOMEN CONFERENCE OF THE UN TO BEGIN

    The conference entitled 'Women 2000: Equality and Problems Between Genders' will begin in New York today. A delegation chaired by the State Minister Hasan Gemici will represent Turkey during this conference. /Aksam/

    [25] 'LITERATURE EXPRESS'

    Nearly 100 authors from 43 countries in Europe, started a journey of literature friendship in Europe in a special tour. The train tour, called 'Literature Express', will begin today and end on 14 July. The memories of the authors will be written by themselves throughout the tour and then they will be published, which will begin to be sold during Frankfurt Book Fair in the year 2001. Turgay Fisekci, Mahir Oztas and Asli Erdogan will participate in the Literature Express from Turkey. /Hurriyet/

    [26] BORDER TRADE TO BE REDUCED

    In line with the reports prepared by the Prime Ministry, the National Security Council decided to reduce border trade in stages. Meetings were held under the supervision of Prime Ministry officials, where representatives from the General Staff, Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade, customs bureaus, and the governors of border provinces attended. During the meetings held at the Prime Ministry, Foreign Affairs Ministry, and General Staff pointed out that Iran had begun new implementations which would lend support to the PKK through border trade. /Milliyet/

    [27] CONCERT OF FRIENDSHIP IN ANKARA

    Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and the Greek pianist Dimitris Sgouros will stage a Concert of Friendship on 8 June in Ankara for the earthquake victims. The concert, which was organized by Bilkent University and the Greek Embassy, will be organized at Bilkent Odeon. /Cumhuriyet/

    [28] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [29] THE PRESIDENT SHOULD NOT GO TO IRAN BY SUKRU ELEKDAG (MILLIYET)

    Former Ambassador Sukru Elekdag writes on President Sezer's participiation in the Economic Cooporation Organization summit. A summary of his column is as follows:

    In the news concerning the first National Secruity Council (MGK)meeting President Ahmet Necdet Sezer chaired, it was stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed the view that it would be better if the President participated in the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit and that Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit agreed with this opinion. However, the final decision was left to President Sezer himself. As these news are not denied, the suggestion to the President can be accepted as stated. However, this suggestion seems to be incorrect in two respects. The first one being to give an inexperienced President a proposal with two alternatives. It was reasonable to propose Sezer a clear policy because President Sezer will make a decision depending on the information he receives from the organizations represented in the MGK and in the light of the consultations he will make with the officials representing them. The second mistake is not to evaluate President Sezer's visit to Iran taking into consideration the hostile policy this state has been following against Turkey.

    A sound evaluation would note that at a time when Iran's conspiracy plans and evidences of political murders have come out into open, the visit of President Sezer to Iran would be viewed as Turkey's desire to sofen the tense atmosphere and be seen as a weakness. If Turkey is to follow a deterrent policy against Iran, it should avoid the creation of such a climate.

    Foreign Ministry officials state that their viwes are based on various views, such as attending a multilateral organization meeting and an official visit are two different events and should not be mixed. Not to attend a summit may create an example and it won't be possible to attend others as well. Secondly, it is in Turkey's advantage to cooperate with the Central Asian Turkish Speaking Countries in this platform where Turkey urges them to participate. Finally, if we do not attend this conference general public may expect the implementations of sanctions against Iran and the relations become tenser.

    I believe that none of these reasons, are as important to require Turkish President to go to Iran in an atmosphere where we have to send stern messages concerning our relations. This incorrect evaluation may be the due to the lack of cooperation between the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The stage of diplomatic initiatives has been left far behind in our relation with Iran. The message to be issued to Iran is that, unless they put a stop to all hostile policies immediately Turkey will use its right of self-defense and resort to measures aiming at Iranian interests and escalate them until it gets results."


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