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Turkish Press Review, 00-08-11

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

11.08.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] KHK TENSION GROWS
  • [02] GENERAL KIVRIKOGLU WILL ATTEND NATO MILITARY COMMITTEE MEETINGS
  • [03] BEN-AMI ON MIDDLE EAST PEACE
  • [04] YILMAZ GIVES FULL SUPPORT TO ECEVIT ON THE DECREE
  • [05] KUTAN CALLS ON PRESIDENT SEZER: "DO NOT SIGN THE DECREE"
  • [06] NATO EXERCISE AIR-MEET 2000
  • [07] BALFE: "TURKEY IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK BUT THE PACE IS SLOW"
  • [08] MORE ILLEGAL MIGRANTS CAPTURED
  • [09] NO RIFT BETWEEN DENKTAS AND EROGLU
  • [10] PKK STEPS UP EFFORTS IN GREECE
  • [11] 7 HIZBULLAH MEMBERS ARRESTED
  • [12] US INTEREST IN THE TURKISH ENERGY PROJECTS
  • [13] BANK DEPOSITS MORE PROFITABLE IN JULY
  • [14] PRODUCTION BOOM IN DURABLES

  • [01] KHK TENSION GROWS

    The tension between President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and the government on the decree in the force of law (KHK) concerning the dismissal of the civil servants who are allegedly involved in reactionary and separatist actions has increased. After the cabinet meeting yesterday, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said that government decided to send the KHK back to the President without any changes. Ecevit did not hide his displeasure over the presidential veto which he described as a breach of presidential powers. He said, "The President do not have the right to disapprove a government decree. It is a constitutional obligation that the President has to sign the government decree. If the President opts for, he could take the issue to the Constitutional Court." Ecevit accused President Sezer of exercising a state power that is not covered by the Constitution and added that the Presidency should not act like judiciary. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] GENERAL KIVRIKOGLU WILL ATTEND NATO MILITARY COMMITTEE MEETINGS

    NATO Military Committee Meetings will be held between September 11-17 in Istanbul and Athens this year. The Chief of General Staff, Gen. Huseyin Kivrikoglu will travel to Athens to attend the meetings. Greek Chief of General Staff Manusos Pragiudakis will come to Istanbul for the second leg of the meetings. During the meetings, other than general issues of NATO, the problems between Turkey and Greece are expected to be discussed bilaterally. Military sources said those contacts will contribute to the recent rapprochement between the two contries. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] BEN-AMI ON MIDDLE EAST PEACE

    Israeli Public Order Minister Solomo Ben-Ami paid a one-day visit to Turkey yesterday. During his visit, Ben-Ami met Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Foreign Minister Ismail Cem. It was reported that during the meetings Ben-Ami briefed the Turkish officials on the results of the Camp David meetings and the latest developments in the Middle East peace process. Ben-Ami said, "I think Turkey is also aware that the only country that could mediate in the Middle East peace process is the United States." Meanwhile, a US State Department high level official Ned Walker will visit Turkey on Monday to convey the American views on the Middle East peace process. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] YILMAZ GIVES FULL SUPPORT TO ECEVIT ON THE DECREE

    Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz gave full support to Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit on the decree in the force of love by saying "some civil servants working at the public offices are still against the unity of the country, and the basic principles of the Republic of Turkey. Those people must be fired. Yilmaz added they would do their best for the civil cervants who abide by the basic principles of the Republic and that there was no need to worry about those people./Sabah/

    [05] KUTAN CALLS ON PRESIDENT SEZER: "DO NOT SIGN THE DECREE"

    Chairman of the Virtue Party Recai Kutan warned both the goverment and President Ahmet Necdet Sezer who refused to approve the decree in the force of law on dismissal of civil servants. Mr. Kutan said: "Sezer's veto was the right decision. If the government sends the decree second time to the President for approval, he does not have to sign it if he still thinks that it is undemocratic." /Hurriyet/

    [06] NATO EXERCISE AIR-MEET 2000

    NATO's largest air exercise will take place in Turkey between August 28 and September 8. Various fighter planes such as F-4, F-15, F-16, F-18, Tornado, Mirage 2000 and Su-22 will participate in the exercise. In addition, five AWACS (Airbone Warning and Command System) planes, six tankers and five electronic warfare planes will take part in the exercise. Turkey will contribute by six RF-4 reconnaissance planes and 60 personnel. /Turkish Daily News/

    [07] BALFE: "TURKEY IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK BUT THE PACE IS SLOW"

    Richard Balfe, a member of the European Parliament Socialist Group from the British Labour Party, visited Antalya Governor Ertugrul Dokuzoglu during his vacation there. Balfe said that Turkey was on the right track for European Union membership but stressed that Ankara's pace was slow. He added Turkey should fill the gap by working harder and increasing the momentum of reforms. /Turkish Daily News/

    [08] MORE ILLEGAL MIGRANTS CAPTURED

    During a police raid on a house in Van some 43 Iraqi nationals, who had been attempting to cross into Turkey illegally, were captured. They will be deported, it was reported. /Turkish Daily News/

    [09] NO RIFT BETWEEN DENKTAS AND EROGLU

    After meeting with President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas yesterday, TRNC Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu said that contrary to media reports, there was no rift between the President and himself. Eroglu said, "We have no problems with Mr. Denktas and we want dialogue between the government and the president." Eroglu added that they did not discuss the issue of a possible resignation of the government. "Mr. Denktas and I exchanged views on domestic issues and discussed what we could do to overcome the economic crisis. We informed the president on the economic stability package," said Eroglu. /Sabah/

    [10] PKK STEPS UP EFFORTS IN GREECE

    The PKK terroist organization has stepped up its efforts and presence in Greece in a bid to undermine the burgeoing Turkish-Greek rapprochement. The PKK recently spread anti-Turkey propoganda during the International Culture Festival in Crete, the Anatolia News Agency reported. Cretan officials invited the terrorist PKK to the festival. Additionally, the PKK publishes a magazine in Greece, Foni Ton Kurdistan (The Voice of Kurdistan), which has a habit of regularly smearing Turkey. Copies of the magazine have been sold to both Greek tradesmen and members of the Turkish minority for 500 drachmas on the islands of Crete and Istankoy. The issue of the magazine have reportedly been sold to those people forcefully. /Turkish Daily News/

    [11] 7 HIZBULLAH MEMBERS ARRESTED

    7 members of the terrorist Hizbullah organization, who were taken into custody previously, were indicted and sent to prison. /Turkiye/

    [12] US INTEREST IN THE TURKISH ENERGY PROJECTS

    Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources Mustafa Mendilcioglu traveled to the US with an accompanying delegation to meet the officials from the US Departments of Energy and Trade. Mendilcioglu delivered a speech at the National Press Club in Washington and explained the energy investments that Turkey is planning to make in the next 25 years. Mendilcioglu said, "Turkey acts as a bridge in terms of transporting the Caspian oil, natural gas and the Turkmen gas to the West." /Turkiye/

    [13] BANK DEPOSITS MORE PROFITABLE IN JULY

    State Institute of Statistiscs (DIE) announced the bank deposits produced highest monthly real gain in July.The monthly return of bank deposits averaged 1.5 percent last month. The US dollar earned 0.8 percent and the German mark 0.1 percent returns above inflation last month, while the stock market lost 11.4 percent and gold bullion 0.1 percent. /Hurriyet/

    [14] PRODUCTION BOOM IN DURABLES

    The declining interest rates in customer credits paved the way for an increase in production of durables. Total production in this sector has increased 27.5 percent in the first half of this year. TV sets (33.2%), refrigerators (25.1%), washing machines (14.9%), dishwashers (19.4%) were the main goods produced. /Hurriyet/
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