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Turkish Press Review, 00-06-20

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

20.06.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] ASSEMBLY OF TURCO-AMERICAN ASSOCIATIONS PREPARES SUGGESTION PACKAGE FOR TURKEY
  • [02] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [03] ECEVIT TO VISIT HALFETI
  • [04] "TURKEY WILL NOT BE EXCLUDED"
  • [05] TURKEY'S DECISION CONCERNING ESDI
  • [06] REACTION TO UN'S DECISION
  • [07] DE SOTO IN TURKEY
  • [08] VERHEUGEN TO ARRIVE IN TURKEY
  • [09] SEVANTIE IN ANKARA
  • [10] GREAT INTEREST IN BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE
  • [11] ISRAEL'S WATER DELEGATION IN TURKEY
  • [12] BELGIUM REJECTS FEHRIYE ERDAL'S POLITICAL ASYLUM REQUEST
  • [13] CHANCE FOR 4 BILLION FROM EU
  • [14] ASSEMBLY OF TURCO-AMERICAN ASSOCIATIONS PREPARES SUGGESTION PACKAGE FOR TURKEY
  • [15] COMPULSORY CONSENSUS
  • [16] STATE INSTITUTE OF STATISTICS (SIS) DATA
  • [17] WORK TO PREVENT MARMARIS FROM POLLUTION
  • [18] AGREEMENT BETWEEN TURKCELL AND NOKIA
  • [19] TURKEY RECEIVES ITS HISTORICAL ARTEFACTS BACK
  • [20] TURCO-GREEK FRIENDSHIP CONCERT
  • [21] TURKEY AT EURO 2000 QUARTER FINALS
  • [22] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [23] THORNS ON THE PATH TO THE EU BY YALCIN DOGAN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ASSEMBLY OF TURCO-AMERICAN ASSOCIATIONS PREPARES SUGGESTION PACKAGE FOR TURKEY

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

    [03] ECEVIT TO VISIT HALFETI

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit will visit Sanliurfa today to make observations at the ancient city of Zeugma and to attend the opening ceremony of the new settlements at the district of Halfeti. Ecevit will also visit Harran University and the Provincial Presidency of the Democratic Left Party (DSP) in Harran. /Turkiye/

    [04] "TURKEY WILL NOT BE EXCLUDED"

    European Union (EU) ensured that Turkey would not be excluded from the European Security and Defense Identity (ESDI) which will take effect in 2003. A letter, sent by the EU Term President Portugese Foreign Minister Jaime de Gama to Ismail Cem before the EU Summit began yesterday in Feria, Portugal, stated, "It is not possible to exclude Turkey from such a formation. We welcome your decision to participate in the defense force with a battalion scheduled to be formed in 2003." During the Summit in Feria, final decision on ESDI will be made. A "special relation" is expected to be formed with six countries, including Turkey, members of NATO, but not the EU. In the meantime, Greece has been accepted to the membership of the European Monetary Unit (EURO) at same meeting. /Hurriyet/

    [05] TURKEY'S DECISION CONCERNING ESDI

    The decision that will be announced during the Feira Summit concerning the European Security brought Ankara to action. When the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not receive a new and positive decision from the EU Summit, the political decision was evaluated by a delegation chaired by Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. During the meeting, which was also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ismail Cem, Undersecretary Faruk Logoglu and the Deputy Undersecretary Kurtulus Taskent, decisions that are likely to be taken during the Feira Summit and the possible scenarios resulting from it were discussed. It was decided that Turkey, which was excluded from ESDI, will use its NATO card. It was further decided that NATO's resources will be made use of and the operations, from which Turkey will be excluded, will not be supported. Meanwhile, Portugal, who handed the term Chairmanship of the European Union (ESDI) to France, supported Turkey concerning the issue that Turkey should be included in the decision-making mechanism of this organization. /Aksam/

    [06] REACTION TO UN'S DECISION

    The reaction of the Turkish side, to the United Nation (UN)'s Security Council's decision on extending the term of the Peace Force in Cyprus which was taken on June 15, is continuing. President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Rauf Denktas, said on Monday that if the UN does not take any steps to correct its recent decision, they will take strict measures. He stated, "If the UN does not take any steps for the sake of the TRNC, we may ask the UN peace keeping force to leave TRNC territory." /Hurriyet/

    [07] DE SOTO IN TURKEY

    United Nations (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan's Special Representative Alvaro de Soto, arrived in Ankara yesterday to carry out contacts before the third round of proximity talks that will be held on 5 July in Geneva for the solution of the Cyprus problem. De Soto said, "I hope the reactions of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to the latest decision of the UN will not affect the discussions in Geneva. I will go to Athens after my visit to Turkey." De Soto, who met the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Faruk Logoglu yesterday, will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ismail Cem today. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] VERHEUGEN TO ARRIVE IN TURKEY

    European Union's (EU) official, responsible for expansion, Gunter Verheugen, will arrive in Turkey on 14 July in order to prepare Turkey's accession partnership document. According to the information obtained from the diplomatic sources, opinions will be exchanged with Verheugen concerning the shaping of the above-mentioned document, which is being prepared by the EU Commission and which is expected to be announced in autumn. Another issue that will be discussed with Verheugen will be the financial cooperation. Diplomatic sources, who pointed out that the EU did not fulfil its responsibilities for Turkey within the framework of Customs Union, stated that this issue will be brought to Verheugen's attention. /Milliyet/

    [09] SEVANTIE IN ANKARA

    Alain Sevantie, who was appointed to the Turkish desk of the European Union (EU) Commission, will arrive in Turkey today. During Sevantie's meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA), the main issue will be the 'Accession Partnership' documents that will be prepared by the EU Commission. During these meetings, the work to harmonize Turkish laws with those of the EU and the issue of the 'National Program' that was prepared by Turkey within this framework will be discussed. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] GREAT INTEREST IN BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE

    27 huge petroleum and petro chemistry companies in the world took part in a great competition to buy a share from the METCO, which will undertake the implementation and management of Baku-Ceyhan pipeline. Representatives and the administrators of 27 companies from the US, Germany, England, Holland, Russia, France, Belgium, Japan and Kazahkstan attended the programs that promote the project that is implemented in Baku. A period of time was given to the companies, which attended this meeting and demanded a share from the METCO, to inform their rate of the demand of share. /Milliyet/

    [11] ISRAEL'S WATER DELEGATION IN TURKEY

    Following Israel's decision to reevaluate the water purchase from Turkey, a large delegation from Israel arrived in Turkey to make investigations in Manavgat and to hold meetings in Ankara. It was stated that in this delegation, chaired by the Infrastructure Ministry's Undersecretary, Yakov Efrati, there were also representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from the Ministry of Health and from the Treasury Undersecretariat, Prime Minister Ehud Barak's advisor on the water issue and the official from Israel's Water Distribution Company. Meanwhile, Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Levi, received the members of the Turkish Grand National Assembly's (TGNA) Defence Commission yesterday in Israel and repeated his opinion that 'We should buy water from Turkey'. /Milliyet/

    [12] BELGIUM REJECTS FEHRIYE ERDAL'S POLITICAL ASYLUM REQUEST

    One of the assassins in Ozdemir Sabanci's murder Fehriye Erdal's application for a political asylum was rejected by Belgium Foreigner's Policemen. Following the decision, Belgium is looking for a country to send Erdal who is currently being detained at Brugge prison. Erdal's lawyers declared that they would apply to UN Refugees High Commissioner for rescinding the decision. /Hurriyet/

    [13] CHANCE FOR 4 BILLION FROM EU

    European Union has not fulfilled its financial commitments to Turkey up to now. A report, prepared by the State Planning Department, analizing Turkey-EU relations, pointed out that Turkey had a chance to receive about 4-billion euro financial source from the EU after Helsinki Summit. However, in order to use this financial fund, Turkey should produce projects on regional development, complying with EU standarts, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, environment, education, renovation of industrial infrastructure etc. and present them to EU. /Sabah/

    [14] ASSEMBLY OF TURCO-AMERICAN ASSOCIATIONS PREPARES SUGGESTION PACKAGE FOR TURKEY

    Assembly of Turco-American Associations (ATAA) prepared a package of suggestions to better promote Turkey abroad. In the package, there is the distribution of duties for many institutions. Officials from the ATAA stated, "Among the suggestions, there is the establishment a 'Turkish Promotion Coordination Council'. It was also suggested to make arrangements to encourage the state universities and private universities to develop international exchange programmes and to improve the institutional foreign relations. It was also suggested to prepare web pages on the internet that promotes the natural and cultural richness of Turkey and the Turkish nation's social characteristics." /Turkiye/

    [15] COMPULSORY CONSENSUS

    State Minister Recep Onal, responsible for the Treasury, stated that the money that was saved at the Compulsory Saving Fund should be repaid as soon as possible. Onal said, "However, we want this payment to be carried out in cash without hindering the our government's implementation of the economic programme." Representatives of the Labour Platform, who consists of the chairmen of the confederations of the workers and civil servants, visited Onal at his office. After this meeting, Onal said that they had reached a consensus of opinion concerning the payment of the money, which was collected at the Fund of the Compulsory Saving. Onal added, "A technical committee will be established next week concerning the payment of this money, amounting to 3 trillion 900 billion TL." /Turkiye/

    [16] STATE INSTITUTE OF STATISTICS (SIS) DATA

    According to the data of the State Institute of Statistics (SIS) the number of the working people increased by 6% and the period of working hours increased by 3% during the first three months of this year. Meanwhile, the rate of productivity per capita increased by 9.3%. The income earned per hour increaed by 109.7.9% in the public sector whereas this amount increased by 59.5% in the private sector. /Star/

    [17] WORK TO PREVENT MARMARIS FROM POLLUTION

    Marmaris, which is one of the best touristic sites of Turkey and the world, is beginning to have a modern appearence. Marmaris Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Project, as part of the Southwestern Coast's Environmental Project, supported by the Ministry of Tourism and the World Bank, is about to be completed. This project deals with the issue of potable water system, small sewage system and the sewers. Mayor of Marmaris, Ismet Karadinc, stated that as soon as this project is implemented, Marmaris will be the only town in the region, whose infrastructure is completed. /Turkiye/

    [18] AGREEMENT BETWEEN TURKCELL AND NOKIA

    Telsim and Nokia signed an agreement, amounting to 900 million US dollars, which will be valid for three years. Within the framework of this agreement, the development of the terminal equipment of Telsim GSM 900 network, its basic stations and the expansion of wireless communication and the increase of the service given to the subscribers is being planned. /Cumhuriyet/

    [19] TURKEY RECEIVES ITS HISTORICAL ARTEFACTS BACK

    Ministry of Culture received 2175 historical artefacts, which were seized at Heathrow Airport while being smuggled in England from Turkey. Turkey's Embassy in London delivered these unique historical artefacts to the representatives of the Ministry of Culture with a ceremony, during which Ambassador Korkmaz Haktanir said, "The delivery of this cultural and historical heritage to the places where they belong is a pleasing development." /Turkiye/

    [20] TURCO-GREEK FRIENDSHIP CONCERT

    Gazi University's Youth Chamber Orchestra and Komotini Municipality's Folk Dance Orchestra and the Students' Chorus will give a Concert of Friendship today. The concert will start at 19:00 at the Concert Hall of Gazi University. /Cumhuriyet/

    [21] TURKEY AT EURO 2000 QUARTER FINALS

    Defeating host Belgium by the goals of Hakan Sukur with a score of 2-0, Turkish National Soccer Team won the chance of playing in quarter finals at Euro 2000. Turkish team will face Portugal on Saturday June 24 at Arena Stadium in Amsterdam to qualify to semi-finals. /Hurriyet/

    [22] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [23] THORNS ON THE PATH TO THE EU BY YALCIN DOGAN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Yalcin Dogan comments on the results of the EU meeting held in Feira, Portugal concerning the European Security and Defence Identity (ESDI). A summary of his column is as follows:

    "Tough negotiations are taking place in Feira, Portugal concerning ESDI between Turkey and the EU. The ongoing secret battle between Turkey and the EU was officially accepted yesterday. A problem, expected to be solved anyhow is quickly deteriorating Turco-EU relations. It may be a technical problem but its results are leading to concerns. Yesterday, EU summit was held in Feira, Portugal to discuss the new organization formed to defend Europe, that is, the European Security and Defence Identity( ESDI). The EU accepts only member states in this organization which means in effect that Turkey is left oudside the decision-making mechanisms of ESDI. The reason why this disturbs Ankara is that, during a development, such as the one in Kosovo, ESDI will undertake the responsibility of military intervention instead of NATO. Kosovo closely interests Turkey, but it will not be included in the decision included on the issue. Another problem is that, ESDI will be able to benefit from NATO's sources. Turkey, in turn, replies that if it is not taken into decision-making process, it will use its power of veto in NATO.

    These technical details are closely concerned with the essence of the matter. From the European point of view Turkey has not solved two basic problems. They are the abolishment of capital punishment, and improvement in human rights issues. EU insists on these matters. Insistence on these matters can be understood upto a point, however, when it turns into intransigency one cannot but think that there may be other reasons behind this decision. Among the questions which come to mind are if there is an unwillingness in the EU to admit Turkey or, does Turkey feel too constrained by the EU rules? That is to say, are excuses being created? Otherwise, it is quite hard to explain the tension in the relations because of a defence organization. One thing is certain, the road to the EU is full of thorns. Ankara has to act quickly."


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