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Turkish Press Review, 00-08-07

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

07.08.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] KHK TENSION CONTINUES
  • [02] MHP CONGRESS IN MOUNT ERCIYES
  • [03] DENKTAS LEAVES TURKEY
  • [04] GREEK CYPRIOTS NOT HAPPY FOR PROXIMITY TALKS
  • [05] ISRAELI GOVERNMENT WANTS TO MEET TURKISH GOVERNMENT
  • [06] GOKALP'S STATEMENT
  • [07] PREPARATIONS FOR THE EUROPEAN CONFERENCE
  • [08] CRITICISM CONCERNING THE PETROLEUM DRAFT LAW
  • [09] ACTIVITIES CONCERNING THE EARTHQUAKE
  • [10] MUMCU ON TOURISM INCOMES IN THE YEAR 2000
  • [11] CONSTANT PRICE FOR ELECTRICITY
  • [12] NEW INVESTMENTS FROM PETKIM
  • [13] ISTANBUL STOCK EXCHANGE'S SUCCESS
  • [14] IMKB COMPANIES ANNOUNCES HIGH PROFITS FOR THE FIRST HALF
  • [15] TURKEY RANKS 52 ON WORLD FOREIGN INVESTMENT LIST
  • [16] ECONOMISTS HOPEFULL FOR THE YEAR-END INFLATION TARGETS
  • [17] TURCO-JAPANESE STATUE SYMPOSIUM IN MILAS

  • [01] KHK TENSION CONTINUES

    The tension between Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and President Ahmet Necdet Sezer on the decree in the force of law (KHK) which concerns dismissing the civil servants who are involved in reactionary and separatist actions continues. The tension had begun at the meeting between Prime Minister Ecevit and President Sezer on August 1. President Sezer had conveyed his uneasiness with the decree in the force of law to the Prime Minister. Although Sezer approved the content of the decree of law, it was reported that he was in favour of a new law on the issue instead of enacting a decree in the force of law. Prime Minister Ecevit said that as the government they do not have any intentions to withdraw the decree in the force of law. /Turkiye/

    [02] MHP CONGRESS IN MOUNT ERCIYES

    Hundred thousands people gathered at the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) 'Victory Congress' in Tekir Valley at Mount Erciyes, Kayseri. During the Congress, musical groups took stage and various games were organized. Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of MHP Devlet Bahceli delivering a speech at the congress, said that people who are willing to sacrifice their life for the sake of their country do not need to take lessons from the people whose love for their country is open to questioning. Bahceli said, "We have to be careful and work hard to upgrade our country to the leader status." /Milliyet-Aksam/

    [03] DENKTAS LEAVES TURKEY

    President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas who arrived in Turkey after the proximity talks in Geneva, said that he had gone to Geneva to help to reach a peaceful and permanent solution for the Cyprus problem and that Turkish-Cypriots had discussed the suggestions for a solution in a comprehensive way. Denktas said, "The one, who wants to reach a consensus, should remove the embargo. Our approach is for the establishment of good neighbourly relations and the cooperation bridges and to make an agreement that will prove only one Cyprus State, which is a big example of reconciliation. Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit was also worried about the internal problems of Cyprus but he believed that those problems would be solved because he trusted the Turkish-Cypriots". President Denktas left for TRNC yesterday. /Aksam/

    [04] GREEK CYPRIOTS NOT HAPPY FOR PROXIMITY TALKS

    Stating that they could not meet Turkish side in Geneva meetings, the leader of Greek Cypriots Glafkos Klerides said that they were not happy with this process. Klerides said that confederation issue was not brought to the agenda of the proximity talks. Meanwhile Greek Cypriot politicians who went to Geneva stated that they were uneasy with the results of the proximity talks. Greek Cypriot Parliament Speaker Spiros Kipriyanu stated that they needed to discuss the latest developments in Athens again. /Turkiye/

    [05] ISRAELI GOVERNMENT WANTS TO MEET TURKISH GOVERNMENT

    After the Palestinian leader Yaser Arafat visited Ankara, the Israeli government took an initiative for a similar visit. The Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak sent a letter to his Turkish counterpart Bulent Ecevit and wanted to hold a meeting concerning the problems in the Middle East. Israel's one of the leading newspapers, 'Jerusalem Post', said that during Arafat's meetings with the Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and the former Turkish President Suleyman Demirel, Israel played dangerous games over Jerusalem. The newspaper also wanted Turkey to use its influence on the issue and stated that Turkey was trying to follow an impartial and natural policy concerning the issue. /Turkiye/

    [06] GOKALP'S STATEMENT

    Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Husnu Yusuf Gokalp said that the "Chairmanship of the Department of Marketing and Foreign Trade" was established within the Ministry in order to find solutions for problems of the marketing of the agricultural productions in Turkey, which has a big agricultural potential. In his written statement, Gokalp said that there were many problems concerning the marketing of many important agricultural productions. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] PREPARATIONS FOR THE EUROPEAN CONFERENCE

    Preparations for the Junior Chamber International's (JCI) 40th European Conference, which will be held in Istanbul in 2002, were started. More than 3,000 officials are expected to come to Turkey to attend the conference, which is an international organization and which aims at contributing to the improvement of the socio-economic level of the society. /Turkiye/

    [08] CRITICISM CONCERNING THE PETROLEUM DRAFT LAW

    State Miniter Suayip Usenmez prepared a report entitled "Reconstruction Works, Opinions, Criticisms and Suggestions on Petroleum and Natural Gas in the 21st Century" that criticizes the petroleum draft law that is on the agenda of the Council of Ministers. Usenmez pointed out that if this draft law is enacted, then the production and the search activities will stop and that Turkey will depend on the other countries in terms of petroleum. Usenmez presented his report to a commission including the State Ministers Recep Onal and Mehmet Kececiler and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Cumhur Ersumer. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] ACTIVITIES CONCERNING THE EARTHQUAKE

    The first anniversary of the earthquake that occurred on 17 August 1999 will be commemorated in Sultanahmet by the non-governmental organizations. These activities, which will be organized under the name of "17 August: Sleep and Awakening" between 9 and 20 August, will include some exhibitions and forums and panels during which the experiences and the problems of the non-governmental organizations and the suggestions for the solutions of these problems will be discussed. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] MUMCU ON TOURISM INCOMES IN THE YEAR 2000

    Minister of Tourism Erkan Mumcu said that the results of the first seven months of 2000 in tourism sector were very lucrative. Mumcu said that the number of tourists visiting Turkey reached 1.5 million which showed 60 % increase in tourist figures comparing the same period of last year. Stating the figures revealed the real potential and dynamism of the Turkish tourism, Mumcu said that the advertisement campaign of the Tourism Ministry was very successful. Mumcu added the figures to date showed that the target of 10 million tourists could be exceeded. Mumcu said that they would reach a record number next year by a well-organized flight schedule and added that real target for next year is $ 20 billion income from tourism. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] CONSTANT PRICE FOR ELECTRICITY

    Turkish Electricity Distribution Corporation (TEDAS) is searching for new income sources to fill its economic gap. At the last meeting of State Economic Enterprises Coordination Council, it was decided to apply a constant price for the electricity consumption. The tariff for the new implementaiton will be TL 500.000 for the households, TL 5 million for the industrial facilities and TL 2 million for the commercial places. TEDAS's annual deficit is around TL 600 trillion. Meanwhile a protocol has been signed between state-owned pipeline company BOTAS, Turkish Electrical Generation and Transmission Corporation (TEAS) and the Treasury Undersecretariat on TEAS's international obligations and its debts to BOTAS. According to the protocol, the Treasury Undersecretariat assumed responsibility for TEAS's foreign debts. /Turkiye/

    [12] NEW INVESTMENTS FROM PETKIM

    Petkim, which was put on the privatization calendar for the last quarter of this year, plans $ 400 million investments in its Aliaga complex until 2003. Petkim has also complexes in Izmit Yarimca and Canakkale. General manager of Petkim Turgut Bozkurt said that they did not have any plans for renovation of Yarimca and Canakkale complexes, since Canakkale complex is very small and Yarimca complex will be privatized by way of selling as an asset. Bozkurt said that nine factories out of 18 in Yarimca has already been closed due to economic reasons and added that they want to increase the volume of exports in Petkim. /Milliyet/

    [13] ISTANBUL STOCK EXCHANGE'S SUCCESS

    Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) took the fourth place in the developing markets in terms of the transactions volume of the stocks. Federation of International Stock Exchange Markets announced that, with the $606.2 billion transactions volume of stocks Taiwan Stock Exchange took the first place followed by South Korea with $281.2 billion, Hong Kong Stock Exchange with $198.5 billion and IMKB with $ 98.9 billion. /Milliyet/

    [14] IMKB COMPANIES ANNOUNCES HIGH PROFITS FOR THE FIRST HALF

    Companies whose shares are traded at the Istanbul Stock Exchanges (IMKB) have started to announce their profit performances for the first half of the year last Friday. It is reported that this year companies' performances were higher than the corresponding period of the last year when taking into account at the figures of the 23 companies' net profits.

    [15] TURKEY RANKS 52 ON WORLD FOREIGN INVESTMENT LIST

    A new report prepared by State Planning Organisation (DPT) shows Turkey placed as one of the leading countries among developing nations in terms of per capita foreign capital investment in the early 1990's. But,the report says this share fell drastically at the end of the decade. According to the report total foreign direct investments rose from $359 billion in 1996 to $464 billion in 1997 and $644 billion in 1998. In addition direct foreign investments increased by 24.3 percent from 1986 to 1990. The rate of increase was 19.6 percent in 1991-95, 9.1 percent in 1996, 29.4 percent in 1997 and 38.7 percent in 1998./Turkish Daily News/

    [16] ECONOMISTS HOPEFULL FOR THE YEAR-END INFLATION TARGETS

    Professor Refik Erzan from Bosphorus University and Professor Targan Unal from Istanbul University are hopeful for the year-end inflation targets. The results of the government's anti-inflationary stabilisation programme have created divergent opinions but most of the academics assess the program positively.

    Professor Refik Erzan said that the economy was stimulated production grew 8 percent in the first five months of this year. Erzan said that the rise in July inflation stemmed from the fact that the economy is recovering quickly. "I still see 25 percent consumer inflation as a realistic target for the year's end" he said.

    Professor Targan Unal said that targets of the programme for the first seven months of the year had been achieved succesfully. He said that if expectations of a higher inflation are broken then the year end program target will be achieved.

    Other economists usually consider the dropping of inflation target from 65-70 percent to 30-35 percent would be a great achievement. /Turkish Daily News/

    [17] TURCO-JAPANESE STATUE SYMPOSIUM IN MILAS

    Turkish and Japanese sculptors will meet at a symposium, organized by Mimar Sinan University and the Municipality of Milas on 10 August in Milas. The symposium will be attended by four Turkish and three Japanese artists, who will make a statue of Milas in marble. Within the framework of the symposium, lecturers of Mimar Sinan University will give ceramics courses for the amateurs and the students. /Hurriyet/
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