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Turkish Press Review, 00-06-26

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

26.06.00

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] PRESIDENT SEZER'S MESSAGE
  • [03] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL TO CONVENE
  • [04] ADMIRAL ERKAYA'S FUNERAL
  • [05] BALLOTINGS AT TGNA
  • [06] BAHCELI: "WE WILL CONTINUE OUR PATH"
  • [07] ISMAIL CEM ON TURKEY'S STANCE IN THE NEW MILLENIUM
  • [08] STATE MINISTER GUREL VISITS FRANCE
  • [09] GEN. CELASIN RETURNED
  • [10] EU INSTITUTES TO BE FORMED
  • [11] ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY POWER STATION
  • [12] WATER PIPELINE TO TRNC
  • [13] SECOND PICASSO PAINTING SEIZED
  • [14] TURKISH TROOPS KILLED 11 PKK TERRORISTS IN HAKKARI
  • [15] ECZACIBASI TO DELIVER SPEECH AT OECD
  • [16] SUPPORT TO AGRICULTURE
  • [17] FIVE-YEAR PLAN
  • [18] WORLD BANK TO CONTRIBUTE $500 MILLION TO RENEWABLES FUND
  • [19] MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE
  • [20] INTERNATIONAL TENDER FOR SECURITY OF TUPRAS
  • [21] CONSUMPTION BOOM
  • [22] AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR'S SUMMIT
  • [23] MARITIME SUMMIT
  • [24] KANNECI FASCINATED AUDIENCE WITH HIS "HALFETI CONCERT"
  • [25] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [26] OIC TO DISCUSS TURKEY'S CHAIRMANSHIP BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

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

    [02] PRESIDENT SEZER'S MESSAGE

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer sent a congratulatory message to Slovenian President Milan Kucan to mark the National Day of the Republic of Slovenia. Emphasizing that Turkey attaches importance developing cooperation and relations with Slovenia, Sezer conveyed his and Turkish people's best wishes to the Nation of Slovenia. /Turkiye/

    [03] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL TO CONVENE

    The National Security Council (MGK) is convening today at 9:30, at the Cankaya Palace. The meeting will be presided by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. During the meeting, the topics on the agenda are expected to be discussed. /Turkiye/

    [04] ADMIRAL ERKAYA'S FUNERAL

    One of the chief consultants of the Prime Ministry and ex-Commander of the Naval Forces, retired Admiral Guven Erkaya will be buried today in Istanbul after a funeral. Admiral Erkaya died of cancer, the day before yesterday, at the age of 62. /Turkiye/

    [05] BALLOTINGS AT TGNA

    Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) will vote on eight reports of the investigation commissions on Thursday. The reports include the GSM case which envisages to send the Motherland Party (ANAP) leader, Mesut Yilmaz, to the Supreme Court and "slush fund" case for the True Path Party (DYP) leader, Tansu Ciller. /Turkiye/

    [06] BAHCELI: "WE WILL CONTINUE OUR PATH"

    The leader of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) and Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli went to Seydisehir in order to attend some openings and foundation laying ceremonies. Replying to questions posed by journalists, Bahceli stated that the government was strong and working in harmony. /Star/

    [07] ISMAIL CEM ON TURKEY'S STANCE IN THE NEW MILLENIUM

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Cem expressed his views on Turkey's stance in the new millenium during his contacts in Izmir and Aydin. Attending a conference organized by the Izmir Chamber of Commerce, Cem stated that Turkey had two aims for the 21st century. One was to enter the EU and the other was to play a central determining role in the Eurasia region. He added that these aims completed and strengthened one another. Turkey's economic cooperation has increased in the Middle East because of its relations with the Central Asian countries. He added that these two aims were not in contrast with each other and in fact this was a natural extension of Turkish culture and history. Cem also stated that Turkey had to renew itself in the light of modern values. Cem noted that Turkey's relations with the EU should be evaluated in three categories. These included economic issues, regulations and the formation of an EU General Secretariat. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] STATE MINISTER GUREL VISITS FRANCE

    State Minister Prof. Sukru Sina Gurel arrived in France on the first stop of his European tour, the Anatolian News Agency reports. Gurel stated that he will visit Belgium, Holland and Switzerland and said he will meet with the representatives of Turkish associations as well as the countries' officials./Turkish Daily News/

    [09] GEN. CELASIN RETURNED

    The Commander of the Air Forces, General Ergin Celasin returned Turkey. Gen. Celasin had gone to the US at the invitaion of the US Air Force Commander, Gen. Michael E. Ryan, on June 19th. /Turkiye/

    [10] EU INSTITUTES TO BE FORMED

    Europe has offered to cooperate in supplying the lack of EU experts needed by the public and private sectors. Academicians from the leading European universities will be coming to Istanbul in July to discuss the formation of EU institutes and other cooperation opportunities. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY POWER STATION

    The ground of the Can power station was laid by the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Deputy Prime Minister Cumhur Ersumer in Can, Canakkale yesterday. This is the first enviroment friendly thermic power plant to be built in Turkey. Ersumer, speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony stated that the power plant would be built completely with foreign loans and and would cost $ 400 million. He also added that the construction of the power plant would be completed in three years./Aksam/

    [12] WATER PIPELINE TO TRNC

    Turkey-TRNC water pipeline project, planned to bring a solution to the shortage of water issue in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), will begin to be constructed in 2001, when the required loans are found. With the $350 million credit, first the engineering services and secondly construction investments will be financed. Water pipeline project will carry the waters of Dragon Stream in Anamur to TRNC. /Aksam/

    [13] SECOND PICASSO PAINTING SEIZED

    During the two operations carried out by the security forces in Izmir in last month, famous Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso's second smuggled painting, was also seized. The oil painting, named "Dora-Maar" was painted by Picasso in 1938. Two people captured by the police while they wanted to sell the painting to 15 million dollars. Picasso's other painting, "La Fermiere" was also seized in Izmir on June 6th. /Sabah/

    [14] TURKISH TROOPS KILLED 11 PKK TERRORISTS IN HAKKARI

    Turkish troops have killed 11 PKK terrorists in recent clashes and one soldier was killed and one soldier was wounded in the fighting in the Southeastern province of Hakkari, close to the borders with Iraq and Iran, the Emergency Rule Governor's Office based in Diyarbakyr reported in a statement on Sunday. /All papers/

    [15] ECZACIBASI TO DELIVER SPEECH AT OECD

    Bulent Eczacibasi, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Eczacibasi Holding, will participate in the OECD Forum 2000. On the first day of the three-day meeting, organized by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Eczacibasi will deliver a speech on the "Private Sector's Role in Developing Countries' Adoptation to Globalization". /Hurriyet/

    [16] SUPPORT TO AGRICULTURE

    Support to agriculture increased in 1999 among the OECD countries. However, Turkey was the first in giving support to agriculture according to the ratio of government's support to the gross national income. Financial source, allocated for this purpose, was 16.1 billion dollars in Turkey. /Sabah/

    [17] FIVE-YEAR PLAN

    The Eighth Five-Year Development Plan, regarding Turkey's 2001-2005 period, has begun to be discussed in the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA). Representing the plan, the Minister of Industry and Trade, Ahmet Tanrikulu, stated that although Turkey had certain shortcomings in economics and in the social area, it also had many positive aspects. He emphasized that while preparing the plan, they tried to consider Turkey's long term strategies. /Milliyet/

    [18] WORLD BANK TO CONTRIBUTE $500 MILLION TO RENEWABLES FUND

    The World Bank plans to contribute some $500 million to a proposed fund aimed at encouraging Turkey's use of renewable energy resources, the Anatolian News Agency reports. The bank suggested that the fund be arranged in such a way that it can not be liquidated and within the framework of the new electricity market law. The World Bank also urges the government to give priority to the use of renewable energy resources instead of natural gas. Government officials are presently working on incentives to make the sector appealing. The bank advises the government to resort to renewables such as hydro, wind and solar energy, which provide solid and long-term solutions through a country's own resources. /Turkish Daily News/

    [19] MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

    According to a prior decision taken by the Arbitration Committee for Minimum Wages, the amount of minimum wages will be increased by 7.91 percent from July on. As such, the amount of disposable income for minimum wage is now TL 80.55 million/monthly, which will be 86.9 million in July. /Milliyet_

    [20] INTERNATIONAL TENDER FOR SECURITY OF TUPRAS

    General Manager of Tupras Rafineries Corp. Hüsamettin Dani? said that after the completion of earthquake disaster reports by the experts in August, they will strenghten the security of the complex against all disasters so that it will stay undamaged, strong and secure in the face of of all hard conditions. Danis noted that an international tender will be opened for this purpose soon. /Milliyet/

    [21] CONSUMPTION BOOM

    Following a period of hard pressing stagnation during last year, Turkey's production sector have achieved economic revival during the first five months the year 2000. Economists point out that tourism, automotive and textile sectors which were hit heavily during the crisis have been gaining strength while consumption in food and iron-steel productions are described as a `boom in demand'. State Institute of Statistics announced that the most positive results of this development can be seen in the production of durable consumption goods which have increased production by 28.6 percent at the first 4 months of the year compared to same period of the last year. /Milliyet/

    [22] AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR'S SUMMIT

    An international conference, named "Turkish Automotive Industry and Surrounding Markets" is beginning today. During the two-day conference, the topics, such as production, export, new products, commercial vehicles etc. will be discussed. /Hurriyet/

    [23] MARITIME SUMMIT

    The General Council of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) is going to convene today in Istanbul. Prof. Dr. Osman Kamil, Istanbul Technical University Maritime Faculty's Dean and the Founder Chairman of the IAMU, stated that they will discuss raising the standard of education in maritime. /Milliyet/

    [24] KANNECI FASCINATED AUDIENCE WITH HIS "HALFETI CONCERT"

    Internationally famous classical guitar soloist Ahmet Kanneci staged a concert at his birthplace in Halfeti, Sanlyurfa Province of Turkey, organized by the Regional Administration for the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) The concert, named `Sunset in Halfeti' fascinated the ambassadors of many countries to Ankara and Representative of European Commission, and a large gathering of audience. /Aksam/

    [25] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [26] OIC TO DISCUSS TURKEY'S CHAIRMANSHIP BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Ferai Tinc writes on the candidacy of Turkey for the chairmanship of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). A summary of her column is as follows:

    "A meeting which holds special significance for Turkey is beginning in Malaysia today. Foreign Ministers of the OIC member countries will elect a new chairman for the organization in Kuala Lumpur. The programme of the conference has important issues to be discussed ranging from Chechnya to Cyprus but the election of a chairman holds special importance for Turkey as it is a candidate for the chairmanship of OIC.

    Turkey's former Ambassador to Cairo, Yasar Yakis who knows the Arab world closely is attending the meeting as the strongest candidate for the chairmanship. This year the Chairman will be elected from among the Asian countries of the organization. Foreign Ministry has been lobbying for the event for months. Turkey is supported by 10 of the 17 Asian countries. Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Albania, Guyana have openly expressed their support. Turkey is casting its vote in this group. Countries in other groups are also supporting Turkey. Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Musa in his call for support to Turkey, stated that the interests of Arab and Islamic countries lie in not offending Turkey but embracing it. He also added that they had to encourage Turkey to stay within the Organization. Bangladesh and Morocco have shown their own candidates. The stances of Iran and Saudi Arabia will determine the outcome.

    The participation of State Minister Mehmet Kececiler in the large diplomatic delegation led by Foreign Minister Ismail Cem shows the importance Turkey attaches to relations with the Islamic and Arab worlds. Turkey is hosting many activities of the OIC or untertaking their financing all by itself. Through Turkey the views and demands of Islamic countries can be represented more effectively in EU platforms. The same thing goes for the expression of European views in the fora of Islamic countries./Hurriyet/


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