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Turkish Press Review, 00-06-19

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

19.06.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] GUREL'S STATEMENT ABOUT HIS CONTACTS IN VIENNA, BERLIN AND FRANKFURT
  • [02] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS APPROVES OF THE SMALL AND MEDIUM SCALE ENTERPRISES (KOBI) LOAN
  • [03] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [04] DE SOTO TO ARRIVE IN ANKARA TODAY
  • [05] EU LEADERS TO MEET
  • [06] GUREL'S STATEMENT ABOUT HIS CONTACTS IN VIENNA, BERLIN AND FRANKFURT
  • [07] BAHCELI RULES OUT GOVERNMENT CRISIS
  • [08] OYMEN RETURNS FROM CHINA
  • [09] BIDDING LAW TO BE HARMONIZED WITH EU
  • [10] TURKS OF WESTERN THRACE CONVENE
  • [11] PROPOSAL FOR TRAFFIC BILL
  • [12] POPE JEAN PAUL II'S SUPPORT TO FAITH TOURISM
  • [13] GENERAL CELASIN TO VISIT US
  • [14] TURCO-GEORGIAN JOINT MANOEUVRE
  • [15] ADMIRAL ERKAYA IN COMA
  • [16] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS APPROVES OF THE SMALL AND MEDIUM SCALE ENTERPRISES (KOBI) LOAN
  • [17] GAP REGION'S SUCCESS
  • [18] SAHINLER HOLDING'S INITIATIVE ABROAD
  • [19] EZEN'S STATEMENT CONCERNING THE TURKISH MARKET
  • [20] EXAM FOR STUDENT SELECTION CARRIED OUT
  • [21] BOOM IN THE TURKISH TOURISM
  • [22] 14TH KUSADASI FESTIVAL TO BEGIN
  • [23] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [24] EXPECTATIONS FROM SEZER BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

  • [01] GUREL'S STATEMENT ABOUT HIS CONTACTS IN VIENNA, BERLIN AND FRANKFURT

    [02] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS APPROVES OF THE SMALL AND MEDIUM SCALE ENTERPRISES (KOBI) LOAN

    [03] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [04] DE SOTO TO ARRIVE IN ANKARA TODAY

    United Nations (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan's Special Representative to Cyprus, Alvaro De Soto, will arrive in Ankara today to carry out contacts. It was stated that De Soto will talk about the disagreement stemming from the clause that the duty period of the Peace Force in Cyprus was extended with the consent of the Government of Cyprus. Meanwhile, Ankara will point out that there is not a government in Cyprus which represents the whole Cyprus and that this decision contradicts with the principle of sovereign equality between the Turkish-Cypriots and the Greek-Cypriots. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] EU LEADERS TO MEET

    European Union (EU) member countries' leaders will meet today within the framework of Feira Summit, during which Portugal's current presidency will come to an end. The most important agenda of this Summit, which will continue for two days, will be the acceptance of the report on the European Security and Defence Identity (ESDI), prepared by the current Portugese Presidency. Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's letter to the EU leaders concerning the ESDI will also be discussed. /Turkiye/

    [06] GUREL'S STATEMENT ABOUT HIS CONTACTS IN VIENNA, BERLIN AND FRANKFURT

    State Minister Prof. Sukru Sina Gurel, responsible for relations with the Turkish people living abroad, made a statement after his contacts in Vienna, Frankfurt and Berlin in one week, saying that Europe accepted the fact that it would live closely with the Turkish people as a settled people. Gurel added, "They welcome the idea that the Turkish people living abroad will become citizens of the country they are in. They also speed up this process and there are positive steps concerning the preparations of 'Pink Card'. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] BAHCELI RULES OUT GOVERNMENT CRISIS

    The Nationalist Action Party (MHP) leader and Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli ruled out a government crisis or "problem of confidence" between the coalition partners. Spending the weekend in Tokat and attending the inauguration ceremonies of several facilities, Bahceli said political stability of the country should be maintained. He emphasized that Turkey had achieved important headway in fighting the chronic high inflation that had been on the rise for the past 25 years. He added that the government must avoid populist policies and continue to restructure the economy of the country. /Turkish Daily News/

    [08] OYMEN RETURNS FROM CHINA

    The Leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP), Altan Oymen stated that a new China had been created and the developments carried out in that country should be taken as an example. Chinese Communist Party is in contact with 340 parties from 120 countries in order to promote China's opening up abroad politics. In addition to CHP, the Chinesee Communist Party which has held contacts with the Motherland Party (ANAP) and the True Path Party (DYP), welcomed the CHP delegation between June 8 and 15. /Milliyet/

    [09] BIDDING LAW TO BE HARMONIZED WITH EU

    The work to rearrange the State Bidding Law, no. 2886 in effect since 1984, reached its final stage. When this law is enacted after being sent to the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) during the new term of legislation, this will be adapted to the conditions of the day after being revised a great deal. The final opinion of the involved institutions and establishments concerning the draft law, were demanded to be given by 27 June. This draft law was jointly prepared by a commission comprising experts from the Ministry of Finance and by the Ministry of Public Works and Settlement. /Turkiye/

    [10] TURKS OF WESTERN THRACE CONVENE

    The Turks of Western Thrace have convened their fourth international convention in London to make their voices heard all over the world as part of their struggle for the granting of their rights in Greece. Many associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) struggling for the rights of Western Thracian Turks have come together along with Turkish deputies, Turkey's ambassador in London, Korkmaz Haktanir and the mufti of Xanthi (Iskece), Mehmet Emin Aga. /Turkish Daily News/

    [11] PROPOSAL FOR TRAFFIC BILL

    While the walk of Boray Uras to Ankara is continuing, four Democratic Left Party (DSP)'s deputies presented a traffic bill to the Bureau of the Turkish Grand Assembly. According to the draft, driving licence of the drivers, who were under influence of alcohol, will be confiscated for a year, drivers who exceed the speed limit at a rate of 30%, will pay 250 million as fine and the punishments for those causing death, will not be converted into fines. /Milliyet/

    [12] POPE JEAN PAUL II'S SUPPORT TO FAITH TOURISM

    Chairman of the Department of Religious Affairs, Mehmet Nuri Yilmaz, who went to Rome upon the invitation of Vatican and who met Pope Jean Paul II and the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, arrived in Turkey yesterday. Yilmaz delivered a statement at Ataturk Airport, saying, "Pope Jean Paul II will encourage Christians to visit the holy sites in Turkey." Yilmaz added that the extradition of the terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca, who attempted to assassinate Pope Jean Paul II and who killed Abdi Ipekci, was not discussed during his visit. /Hurriyet/

    [13] GENERAL CELASIN TO VISIT US

    Commander of the Air Forces, General Ergin Celasin, will visit the US between 19 and 24 June as the guest of the US Commander of Air Forces, General Michael Ryan. During his visit to the US, Celasin will also meet the US Deputy Chief of the General Staff, General Richard Myers and the American Secretary of Air Forces, Whitten Peters. /Turkiye/

    [14] TURCO-GEORGIAN JOINT MANOEUVRE

    The Turkish unit of 23 arrived in Georgia yesterday to attend the training manoeuvre that will be carried out as part of an agreement between Turkey and Georgia. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] ADMIRAL ERKAYA IN COMA

    Ex-commander of the Naval Forces, Retired Admiral Guven Erkaya, treated at Kasimpasa Naval Hospital for a few days, last night was taken into intensive care unit due to a "pelvic infection". /Star/

    [16] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS APPROVES OF THE SMALL AND MEDIUM SCALE ENTERPRISES (KOBI) LOAN

    Council of Ministers approved of the Loan Agreement signed with the Japanese Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) in order to reestablish the production capacities of the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (KOBI), destroyed during the earthquakes that occurred on 17 August and 12 November. The agreement that was signed between the Treasury Undersecretariat and JBIC, arranges the structure and the conditions of the loan ensurance amounting to 27.5 billion dollars. /Aksam/

    [17] GAP REGION'S SUCCESS

    It was stated that there was an increase of 60% in the industrial facilities of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) region and that its share in the added tax of the Turkish industry increased from 2% to 4%. Director of the Administration of GAP Region Development, Erkan Alemdaroglu, stated that the growth due to the increase in the value of land and the increase in the agricultural income due to irrigation positively influenced the capital stock. /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] SAHINLER HOLDING'S INITIATIVE ABROAD

    Sahinler Holding Company decided to expand to various European cities. Chairman of Sahinler Holding Company, Kemal Sahin, said, 'We decided to grow in various European cities. We try to grow by opening branches of Adessa Shops in France, Holland, Italy, England, Spain and Slovenia. Our figures concerning the US are continuing to increase in accordance with the demands of our office in New York. 15% of our total export is being made to the US.' /Aksam/

    [19] EZEN'S STATEMENT CONCERNING THE TURKISH MARKET

    Turkey's Consul-General in New York, Mehmet N. Ezen, invited American investors to invest in Turkey, a market full of opportunities. Ezen delivered a speech during the programme 'Turkey: Market of Opportunitites' that was presented at Hartford Club with the contribution of The World Affaries Council, State of Connecticut's Department of Economic Development. Ezen addressed the administrators of the financial, construction, production, education and service companies and called them to benefit from the positive economic atmosphere in Turkey. Ezen said, "The World Bank elected Turkey as the country among 10 countries that is developing best. I suggest you to invest in Turkey and make use of this market of opportunities. /Aksam/

    [20] EXAM FOR STUDENT SELECTION CARRIED OUT

    Yesterday, 1,414,820 students took a three-hour test for student selection (OSS) in 81 cities and 141 districts in Turkey as well as in Cyprus. The results of the exam will be declared at the end of July. Students who score between 105-119 points will be able to attend institutions of higher education and participate in open-education programmes, while those who receive a score of 120 or above will be eligible to apply to a university. /Milliyet/

    [21] BOOM IN THE TURKISH TOURISM

    Turkish tourism recovered a great deal after the great blow it received with the earthquakes that occurred last year. While the rate of booking is between 15% and 80% in many touristic districts, it is likely that this rate will reach 100% in the coasts of the Meditarrenean and the Aegean Sea in July. /Hurriyet/

    [22] 14TH KUSADASI FESTIVAL TO BEGIN

    Kusadasy will welcome many famous names from the world of art due to the 14th Kusadasi Festival and Gold Dove Music Competition that will be organized between 24 June and 2 July. Gold Dove Music Competition, which is the only populer music competition in Turkey, will be held on 1st of July and sponsored by Unitel and its awards will be given on the following branches: 'the Best Professional Composer', 'the Most Successful Amatoeur Composer' and 'the Most Successful Interpreter'. /Cumhuriyet/

    [23] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [24] EXPECTATIONS FROM SEZER BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Fikret Bila writes on a panel displaying the expectations of the public from President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "In a panel held in Izmir on "The New President and a New Era" the expectations from Ahmet Necdet Sezer were discussed. The great and disciplined interest shown for the panel was an indication of the curiosity of the public for President Ahmet Necdet Sezer's understanding of administration. Almost all sections of the general public support the election of the chairman of a high judicial organization as President. The modest personality of Sezer, his stance taking law and the benefit of the public into consideration before all, his pointing out to the imbalance in the distribution of income has been received favourably by everyone. The question marks in the minds of many on the issue of secularism disappeared with the speeches he delivered at the Parliament and the Presidential Palace and the confidence in the public that he will protect the principles of democratic and secular republic has increased.

    It is expected that Sezer will act in neutrality, be a pioneer for the reforms in law, contribute to the implementation of a clean society by using the State Inspection Council, protect bureaucracy, keep alive the demands which will increase the living standards of civil servants. However, it still is a question in the minds of many if the inexperience of Sezer in politics and foreign policy may be a weakness for Turkey and therefore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government are expected to brief him on every issue.

    In general, people seem quite satisfied with the election of Ahmet Necdet Sezer to Presidency."


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