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Turkish Press Review, 00-08-08

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

08.08.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] ISRAELI AMBASSADOR VISITS DEMIREL
  • [02] PARRIS VISITS GOKALP
  • [03] CAKMAKOGLU IN MOLDOVIA
  • [04] JUSTICE MINISTRY DEMANDS ERDAL'S EXTRADITION
  • [05] OPERATION IN THE SOUTHEAST
  • [06] SECURITY FORCES CAPTURE HIZBULLAH TERRORISTS
  • [07] REQUEST FOR FETHULLAH GULEN'S ARREST
  • [08] POLICE UNCOVER FICTITIOUS EXPORT SCAM
  • [09] OPERATIONS AGAINST TERROR AND MAFIA GANGS
  • [10] DEMIRALP ON CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICITS
  • [11] THE BIGGEST AUTO CENTRE TO BE BUILT IN ISTANBUL
  • [12] EU FUND FOR TURKISH TOURISM
  • [13] E-SECURITY CERTIFICATE TO YAPI KREDI BANK
  • [14] SAY 2000-I BIDDING
  • [15] US COUPLES TO WIN A WEEK-LONG HOLIDAY IN TURKEY
  • [16] SPEED BOAT CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ISTANBUL
  • [17] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [18] TURKEY'S ACTIVE ROLE BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ISRAELI AMBASSADOR VISITS DEMIREL

    Israeli Ambassador to Ankara Uri Barner visited the former President Suleyman Demirel at his home. Barner said, "I have not met Mr. Demirel for a long time. During our meeting, we discussed the relations between Turkey and Israel in a comprehensive way. We particularly discussed the issue of Manavgat water and the Turkish companies' activities in Israel. We have not talked about the problem of the Middle East especially". /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] PARRIS VISITS GOKALP

    US Ambassador to Turkey Mark Parris, who will leave Turkey in September, paid a farewell visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Husnu Yusuf Gokalp yesterday. Parris said that during the talks, they discussed the bilateral relations and added that relations between the two countries should be developed. He said that opening an US office in the Southeastern Anatolia was not on the agenda. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] CAKMAKOGLU IN MOLDOVIA

    Minister of National Defence Sabahattin Cakmakoglu went to Moldovia as the official guest of his Moldovian counterpart Boris Gamurari. Speaking at the airport before his departure, Cakmakoglu said, "During my visit, I will have the opportunity to discuss both regional and international issues with Moldovian officials. We have friendly relations with Moldovia. We will also sign the defence industry cooperation agreement between the two countries during the visit". Cakmakoglu is expected to meet the Moldovian President, Speaker of Parliament, Foreign Minister and Energy Minister in addition to his counterpart Gamurari during the visit. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] JUSTICE MINISTRY DEMANDS ERDAL'S EXTRADITION

    Minister of Justice Hikmet Sami Turk sent a letter to his Belgian counterpart Mark Verwilghen concerning the extradition of Fehriye Erdal who was accused of Sabancy murder. In his letter Turk demanded Fehriye Erdal to be interrogated by the Turkish courts and asked the Belgian government if there is still a reservation on the extradition of Erdal. /Turkiye/

    [05] OPERATION IN THE SOUTHEAST

    In a statement issued by the Governorship of the Emergency Rule Region, three members of the PKK terrorist organization surrendered during the operations that were carried out by the security forces in Hakkari and Batman. During the operations many weapons and military equipment were seized. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] SECURITY FORCES CAPTURE HIZBULLAH TERRORISTS

    Four people were detained by police in Hakkari yesterday on grounds of being members of the terrorist group Hizbullah. Police stopped a suspicious-looking car at the checkpoint. After being questioned, the two people in the car were detained. Their statements led police to detain three other people. One of them was released subsequently. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] REQUEST FOR FETHULLAH GULEN'S ARREST

    Ankara State Security Court (DGM) Public Prosecutor Nuh Mete Yuksel has requested Fethullah Gulen's arrest in his absence, however the court rejected the request. If this request is accepted by a higher court Gulen will be arrested as soon as he arrives in Turkey. In the arrest warrant, it was said that Gulen violated the 313 article of Turkish Penal Code- forming a gang to fight politically and socially against the Turkish Republic. /Milliyet/

    [08] POLICE UNCOVER FICTITIOUS EXPORT SCAM

    Izmir Police Chief Hasan Yucesan announced that in the operations carried out in five provinces police found fake receipts worth TL 35 trillion and documents for $ 22 million worth of fictitious exports. Yucesan said, "No payment has been made to Turkey from the importers of these goods. There has been no shipments; it is a hoax". The police discovered that six companies involved in fictitious exports were sending cloth scraps to fictitious companies from which they earned illegal profits in terms of tax rebates. /Milliyet/

    [09] OPERATIONS AGAINST TERROR AND MAFIA GANGS

    Minister of Interior Saadettin Tantan is determined to fight with the mafia gangs, fictious exports scamps, drug traffickers, terrorist and seperatist organizations and ring leaders and chief of those bandit groups throughout the country. Therefore the said people and organizations have been captured one after another. Within these operations government started to take fruitful results in the framework of the new restructuring programme in line with the EU standarts. Security directorates in the big provinces held extensive operations against the illegal crime organizations especially in Ystanbul, seperatist and reactionary terrorist groups such as Hizbullah in big cities.

    Ministry of Interior Affairs has made the last attempt recently after the issue of a decree to appoint a new cadre of governors, security directors and police chiefs. /Turkiye/

    [10] DEMIRALP ON CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICITS

    Treasury Undersecretary Selcuk Demiralp said that they closely follow the developments in current account deficits. Demiralp said, "There is nothing to worry about now. But this does not mean that we will not take any decisions, if necessary". Stating that the current account deficit reached $ 4.5 billion, Demiralp said, "Reports on the current account deficit have been given to the government and appropriate agencies. The government will take the final decision. We expect the current account deficit to be about $ 3-3.5 billion by the end of the year". Demiralp stated that they will continue the disinflation program with the support of the private sector. He said that at the end of the August they will meet Central Bank Governor Gazi Ercel and Chairman of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Husamettin Kavi to discuss the developments. /Hurriyet/

    [11] THE BIGGEST AUTO CENTRE TO BE BUILT IN ISTANBUL

    The foundation stone of Otokent, which will be the first automobile shopping centre in Turkey, will be laid down at 11:00 a.m. with a ceremony that will be attended by the former Turkish President Suleyman Demirel. Otokent will be built in Samandira, Istanbul, and will be the biggest automobile shopping centre in Europe. Otokent will consist of three separate parts and meet all sorts of needs in terms of automobile. /Sabah/

    [12] EU FUND FOR TURKISH TOURISM

    It was stated that as part of the Financial Cooperation Protocol that was signed between Turkey and the European Union (EU), the personnel working in the tourism sector will be able to make use of the funds of the EU. It was further stated that those who want to use these funds should present draft projects to the EU Commission. Prof. Faruk Sen, the Director of the Center of Turkish Studies, based in Essen, Germany, said that Turkish tourism recovered a great deal when compared to the last year. Sen said, "Tourism was given big importance since 1980s. The EU ensured very important sources for the encouragement of tourism and the personnel working in the tourism sector will be able to make use of this opportunity thanks to the Financial Cooperation Protocol, signed between Turkey and the EU". /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] E-SECURITY CERTIFICATE TO YAPI KREDI BANK

    Yapi Kredi Bank became the first bank in the world which took the e-sure certificate proving that the bank's internet security system meets the Web-Trust internet security standards developed by American Institute of Public Accountance (AIPA). Yapi Kredi Bank will use its e-sure certificate in its internet banking site, namely 'Teleweb'. /Hurriyet/

    [14] SAY 2000-I BIDDING

    Finance Ministry Director General of Accounting Fikret Sevinc said that the bidding for the web-based full automation project 'SAY 2000-I' will start today. With the SAY 2000-I Project, the state institutions will be able to keep daily accounts. Sevinc said that General Directorate of Accounting will start the biddings for computer systems, computer accessories, infrastructure and equipments this week. Sevinc said, "With the project cash administration will be more efficient, state who distributes 40 % of the national income will be able to see its allocations and the efficiency of the usage of the public resources will be controlled". /Turkiye/

    [15] US COUPLES TO WIN A WEEK-LONG HOLIDAY IN TURKEY

    Culture Ministry will host five US couples who visited the Culture Ministry's web site on the internet. Couples will enjoy a week-long holiday in Turkey which will be financed by the Culture Ministry. A tour including Nevsehir, Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya will be organized for the couples. The names of the couples were chosen by Yahoo from those visiting the home page of the Culture Ministry as a part of a promotional campaign in the US. /Turkiye/

    [16] SPEED BOAT CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ISTANBUL

    The World Inshore Speed Boats Championship Formula 1 Races will take place in Istanbul this year, starting on August 13 at Istinye Bay. The races will be an excellent opportunity to promote Turkey, Istanbul Offshore Club Chairman Ugur Isik told the Anatolia news agency. /Turkish Daily News/

    [17] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [18] TURKEY'S ACTIVE ROLE BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    In his column in the daily "Milliyet" Sami Kohen comments on Turkey's active role in the Middle East peace process. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "Ankara suddenly became an active centre for Middle East peace process. After the Palestinian leader Yaser Arafat's visit, this week Israeli Minister of Public Order Slomo Ben-Ami is expected to arrive in Ankara. Meanwhile, Turkish diplomacy is trying to obtain direct and detailed information concerning what has happened during Camp David Summit. In fact, Ankara was not thinking of playing a more active role in the Middle East peace process except the normal contacts with the interested parties.

    Upon the request of Arafat during his visit to Ankara, Turkey began to play an active role in this process. However, as a high-ranking official has said, Turkey's initiative should not be considered as an "official mediator". The aim of the Turkish initiative is to "contribute" to the process of discussions that started in the Camp David Summit. In fact, according to the Turkish sources, Ankara's initiative also should not be considered to be an "alternative" to the Camp David process. The aim of the Turkish diplomacy is to help to remove the problems in this process. Therefore Turkey wants to have closer contacts with the US and to work with the US on the issue.

    If Israel also wants Turkey to play an active role in this process, now what will Turkey do? The Turkish diplomacy has already started an intensive work concerning the issue. However, all these initiatives and contacts, "silent diplomacy" will be given big importance. To tell the truth, during Arafat's visit to Ankara, the Turkish government's stance concerning the issue became clear to a great extent. One of the most important issues is the status of Jerusalem. Turkey supports Arafat's suggestions concerning this issue. Turkish officials think that Barak should take bigger steps and should agree with a solution on which all the parties involved (the Muslim, Jewish and Christian people) will reach a consensus. Otherwise peace will not be ensured and this development will cause violence. Perhaps Turkey's message to Israel during these contacts will be the same. One of the other important message of Turkey to Arafat is that he should maintain his determined stance in continuing peace process and should avoid unilateral actions that might hinder this."


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