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Turkish Press Review, 00-06-27

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

27.06.00

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] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL CONVENED
  • [03] ADMIRAL ERKAYA LAID TO REST
  • [04] ORGANIZATION FOR ISLAMIC CONFERENCE (OIC) CONVENES
  • [05] CLINTON PRAISES TURKEY'S SUPPORT DURING WAR IN KOREA
  • [06] CLINTON'S COMMENT ON TURCO-GREEK RELATIONS
  • [07] ANAP'S PACKAGE ON AMENDMENTS
  • [08] YILMAZ GOES TO USA
  • [09] ECZACIBASI SPEAKS AT THE OECD MEETING
  • [10] GUARANTEE ON STABILITY BY BAHCELI
  • [11] ECONOMIC SOCIAL COUNCIL MEETING
  • [12] ISTANBUL CHILDREN'S MEETING
  • [13] NEW STATE TENDER BILL
  • [14] WIND ENERGY POWER PLANT
  • [15] RMK MARINA DOCKYARD BUILDS TANKERS
  • [16] SAFE PASSAGE THROUGH THE STRAITS
  • [17] TURKEY'S ECONOMY IN A GROWTH TREND
  • [18] NEW POWER PLANT IN ISKENDERUN
  • [19] A HOPEFUL PERIOD IN THE STOCK EXCHANGES
  • [20] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [21] TURKEY'S REALITY AND THE COPENHAGEN CRITERIA BY METIN TOKER (MILLIYET)

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

    [02] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL CONVENED

    The National Security Council (MGK), presided by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, convened yesterday at Cankaya Palace. During the 4.5-hour meeting, the MGK decided to advise the government to abolish the State Emergency Rule (OHAL) in the city of Van as of July 30. A statement declared by the MGK Secretariat said the council also decided that Emergency Rule should be extended in four other southeastern cities, Diyarbakir, Hakkari, Sirnak and Tunceli, for a further four months. Besides, the Council decided to recommend government to take a series of measures to boost border trade in the region. Concerning the issue of Turkey's exclusion from the European Security and Defense Identity (ESDI), the council said Turkey would continue to follow closely the EU decisions taken at the summit in Feira and their reflections in the NATO. /Turkiye/

    [03] ADMIRAL ERKAYA LAID TO REST

    One of the Chief Consultants of the Prime Ministry, ex-Commander of the Naval Force, Retired Admiral Guven Erkaya was buried with a state ceremony at Zincirlikuyu cemetery in Istanbul. The Chief of General Staff, Gen. Huseyin Kivrikoglu, Force Commanders, high level officials, parliamentarians and a big crowd of citizens attended the funeral. /Hurriyet/

    [04] ORGANIZATION FOR ISLAMIC CONFERENCE (OIC) CONVENES

    Islamic States will discuss "the new economy" in Kuala Lumpur, Malesia. Turkey is going to bring the issues related to the Cyprus, Western Thrace and Kosovo on the agenda. Ambassador Ya?ar Yaky?, representing Turkey at the OIC meeting, is a candidate for the post of Secretary General of the OIC. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] CLINTON PRAISES TURKEY'S SUPPORT DURING WAR IN KOREA

    U.S President Bill Clinton stated that if the allies such as Turkey would not helped during the Korean War, World War III would have broken out. At the opening ceremonies in Washington to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, Clinton stressed that the Korean War was considered the forgotten war, although it was the most savage war in history and also played a key role in the Cold War. Representatives of the 21 countries which participated in the Korean War, including Turkey attended the ceremony. /Turkiye/

    [06] CLINTON'S COMMENT ON TURCO-GREEK RELATIONS

    Clinton explained his views on the Turco-Greek rapprochement during an interview by the Greek newspaper "To Vima". U.S President Bill Clinton said that recent developments, experienced between Turkey and Greece, were promising. Clinton wished that courageous steps should also continue to solve the Cyprus issue. /Turkiye/

    [07] ANAP'S PACKAGE ON AMENDMENTS

    The Motherland Party (ANAP) which launched initiatives for the amendments on Articles 83 and 100 of the Constitution, is trying to eliminate the concerns on these issues with its studies. Noting that Article 100 is totally under the control of politics, the members of ANAP aim to reduce the effect of politics to a minimum with a new control mechanism to be formed. According to the draft discussed at the ANAP Chairmanship Board, the issue to be investigated will be first deliberated in the Parliament. If the Parliament suggests the case to be sent to the Supreme Board, the case will then be taken Preliminary Investigation Commission which will be made up of six members. Three of the members will be from the Constitutional Commission and the other three will be determined by the High Court of Appeals. If this Commission accepts the case to sent to the Supreme Court, the Parliament will discuss the issue./Aksam/

    [08] YILMAZ GOES TO USA

    The leader of the Motherland Party Mesut Yylmaz will go to the United States after the discussions for Supreme Court files against him are completed whhen the TGNA convenes on Thursday. It is reported if he was exonorated in the TGNA investigations, he would enter the government after his return from the USA. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] ECZACIBASI SPEAKS AT THE OECD MEETING

    Eczacibasi Holding's Chairman of the Administrative Board, Bulent Eczacibasi stated that the business world had to take initiatives in order to allow the democracy to work properly. Eczacibasi made a speech at the meeting entitled "Cooperation Models in the New Economy" of the Forum 2000 held in parallel to the OECD Council of Ministers conference. In his speech Eczacibasi explained the role of the private sector during the the efforts of the developing countries in adapting to globalization. Noting that private sector could contribute to the solution of problems by forming its own pressure groups and non-governmental organizations, Eczacibasi stated that it had become inevitable to pay attention to politics, giving the example of Turkey. /Hurriyet/

    [10] GUARANTEE ON STABILITY BY BAHCELI

    The Chairman of Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), Erkut Yucaoglu said that State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli expressed in no uncertain terms that the Coalition Government would continue and they were in favour of stability as the business world. State Minister Devlet Bahceli had received Erkut Yucaoglu and a business delegation yesterday. Answering the questions of journalists following the meeting, Yucaoglu said that this economic programme should be based on sound foundations to pave the way for a healthy economic growth. /Hurriyet/

    [11] ECONOMIC SOCIAL COUNCIL MEETING

    The Economic and Social Council which is going to be convened today under the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister Devlet Bahceli, will discuss the five-month implementation of the stability programme and the letter of intention given to IMF. During the meeting the Government will inform the social parties on the issues and ask for the support of employers and employees for its fight against inflation. /Milliyet/

    [12] ISTANBUL CHILDREN'S MEETING

    The "First Istanbul Children's Meeting", organized by the Foundation for the Children in Istanbul, a division of the Istanbul Municipality, and held under the auspices of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, began yesterday. 395 children and 260 academicians attended the meeting. President Sezer, in his message, sent to the meeting, said that to have a healthy future, children's physical and psychological well-being should be protected. During the meeting, the problems of children have been discussed. /Milliyet/

    [13] NEW STATE TENDER BILL

    Minister of Public Works and Housing, Koray Aydin, and Minister of Finance, Sumer Oral, organized a joint press conference and announced the new state tender bill which aims standardizing procedures and ensuring transparency in the process. Minister Aydin stated that the bill prepared by a commission, comprised of experts, after a work of a year. Minister of Finance, Sumer Oral told that the bill was drafted in line with World Trade Organization (WTO) and European Union norms. The bill will be presented to Parliament immediately after the summer recess. /Turkiye/

    [14] WIND ENERGY POWER PLANT

    Turkey's biggest wind energy power plant, Bores Bozcaada Wind Energy Power Plant, constructed by Demirer Holding in Bozcaada, was inaugurated by the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Cumhur Ersumer. Ersumer stated that the power plant cost 13 million dollar and it would produce energy of 30 million kilowatt_hr. Stressing that currently, there were three wind power plants in Turkey, Ersumer said, "In the near future, we will increase this number to 17." He also pointed out that there was a 10,000-MW wind power in Turkey. /Turkiye/

    [15] RMK MARINA DOCKYARD BUILDS TANKERS

    RMK Marina Dockyard, affiliated to Koc Holding, has begun to build tankers for Dutch and Denmark firms. Each of the tankers will be 3,900 DWT and completed in 20 months. /Turkiye/

    [16] SAFE PASSAGE THROUGH THE STRAITS

    The first general assembly of International Association of Maritime Universities convened in Istanbul. Minister of State Ramazan Mirzao?lu said that radar towers would be built to improve the safe passage through the straits. The radar system will be in use in 2001. /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] TURKEY'S ECONOMY IN A GROWTH TREND

    Turkey's economy which had shrank last year due to many internal and external reasons and was hit by Marmara earthquake with final blow, at last began to grow during the first quarter of the year. Industrial production has inreased by 3.4 percent in this period which indicates that general growth will be positive. Industrial production had the bigger share with 32.6 percent of the GNP in 1999 among other sectors. For this reason alone, growth in GNP at the first quarter this year is expected to be 1.1 percent even though the growth rate in other sectors may result with zero growth. Trade sector has also revived and has the second share in the growth of GNP. The growth during the first quarter of this year in the production of durable consumption goods is 21.6 percent. The rate of increase in sales is 19.3 percent. /Hurriyet/

    [18] NEW POWER PLANT IN ISKENDERUN

    Germany's engineering Company, the Steag, has signed a contract yesterday to build a thermic power plant in the Iskenderun province. The company announced in Essen, Germany that the power plant is expected to cost about dollars 1.5 billion and it is to be the biggest investment ever in the past of the company. /Sabah/

    [19] A HOPEFUL PERIOD IN THE STOCK EXCHANGES

    New companies are offering their shares to the public which in turn brings new hopes to Istanbul Stock Exchanges (ISO). The market has recently suffered a drop because of the low volume of the transactions. The companies permitted to sell part of their capital to the public are Ak Energy, Ayen Energy, and Turkcell. Although the expected market capitalization of the shares will approach $2 billions, the transaction volume yesterday (on June 25) totaled only about $425 millons which did not paint an encouraging picture. But players in the market point out that investors' long term expectations are strong since the economic indicators are turning out quite well. /Sabah/

    [20] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [21] TURKEY'S REALITY AND THE COPENHAGEN CRITERIA BY METIN TOKER (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Metin Toker expresses his grief over the death of Admiral Guven Erkaya. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "We have bid farewell to a glittering member of the Armed Forces, Admiral Guven Erkaya in his last journey. The passing away of Erkaya has given us the opportunity to recall that in Turkey the military and the civilians carry the duty of saving and protection of Turkey jointly. During the critical days leading to 28 February, Admiral Erkaya had said that the society was in an idle state. He pointed out that everyone was depending on the Armed Forces to solve the problems if things got worse. However, he added that solution to political problems should not be accepted from the Armed Forces and this time it should be solved by the civilians.

    In fact that crisis was averted by the stance of the civilians, however the spark igniting the fire had again come from the Armed Forces. It is not a coincidence that among more than 50 Moslem countries of the world only one has a secular and democratic state. Neither the Europeans have put forth criteria which would jeopardize this nor Turkey would have been expected to adhere to them if they had done so. It is an important point that the Armed Forces stands against all reactionary forces in Turkey. However, the same situation can be observed in many other countries. It is true that the Copenhagen criteria also have a political aspect to them, and it requires an effective structuring which has the power of implementing sanctions against dirty money, corruption and bribes. Those who want to use these criteria against the military are not talking about them. Admiral Erkaya who was laid to rest yesterday had defended that the civilians had to solve these problems."


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