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Turkish Press Review, 00-08-16

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

16.08.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER TO MEET ECEVIT
  • [02] ECEVIT IN HACIBEKTAS
  • [03] TURKEY SIGNS "TWIN ACCORDS"
  • [04] DENKTAS CALLS ON KLERIDES
  • [05] WALKER: TURKEY HAS BEEN HISTORICALLY HELPFUL IN THE PEACE PROCESS
  • [06] TURKEY TO AID LIBYA IN MINE CLEARING
  • [07] BELGIUM RULES TO SEND FEHRIYE ERDAL TO THIRD COUNTRY
  • [08] DALLARA: "TURKEY IS ON THE RIGHT PATH"
  • [09] GEN. KARADAYI HAS HEART ATTACK
  • [10] YILMAZ'S STATEMENT ON THE ANCIENT CITY OF THE ZEUGMA
  • [11] FOREIGN PRESS PRAISES TURKISH TOURISM
  • [12] QUAKE VICTIMS IN GREECE
  • [13] SABIHA GOKCEN AIRPORT
  • [14] FIRST MODEL VILLAGE IN VAN
  • [15] KEMALREIS FRIGATE TO SAIL TO BRITAIN
  • [16] RAY CHARLES IN ISTANBUL

  • [01] SEZER TO MEET ECEVIT

    The tension between the government and the President emanating from the decree in the force of law (KHK) regarding the dismissal of certain civil servants has eased. President Sezer who returned to Ankara the day before yesterday after a visit to Istanbul gave an appointment to Prime Minister Ecevit for a meeting. Sezer and Ecevit are expected to meet today. Replying to questions posed by journalists on his way to Hacibektas, Prime Minister Ecevit said that during the meeting with Sezer they will take up the KHK issue, and he said that believed the issue would be solved. Ecevit also said, "Three different parties have been working in harmony more than one year with the appreciation of the people. I believe that similar harmony can be achieved between the government and the President." /Turkiye/

    [02] ECEVIT IN HACIBEKTAS

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit went to Hacibektas yesterday to attend the 37th traditional Hacibektas commemoration activities which are going to start today. Ecevit visited the Haci Bektas Veli Museum in Hacibektas and inaugurated a kindergarten which was built by a citizen. He also inspected the Cultural Centre, the construction of which is still underway. Ecevit said, "Hacibektas is a very important cultural centre not only for the Dervishes of the Bektashi sect and other Muslims, but also for the whole world." /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] TURKEY SIGNS "TWIN ACCORDS"

    Yesterday Turkey signed the United Nations (UN) Personal and Political Rights Accord and the UN Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Accord, which are called the "twin accords". Turkey's Permanent Representative at the UN, Ambassador Volkan Vural signed these accords in New York on behalf of Turkey. All the European Union (EU) member countries are party to these accords which have been signed previously by all candidate countries except Turkey. By signing these accords, Turkey will recognize the political and cultural rights of minorities and the right of self-determination. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] DENKTAS CALLS ON KLERIDES

    The 26th anniversary of the liberation of Gazimagosa has been celebrated in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). In a speech he delivered at the ceremony President Rauf Denktas called on the Greek Cypriot leader Glafkos Klerides to make peace together. Denktas said, "We are sovereign and equal as you are. Tell the truth to your youth". In his speech, Denktas also emphasized the importance of the Cyprus Peace Operation. /Turkiye/

    [05] WALKER: TURKEY HAS BEEN HISTORICALLY HELPFUL IN THE PEACE PROCESS

    Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, the US Assistant Secretary of State Edward Walker said Turkey has ideas which will contribute to the Middle East peace process and added that she has been historically helpful in the issue. Walker said, "We want to work together with Turkish authorities to conclude the Middle Eastern peace process". Referring to a new summit between Israeli and Palestinian officials, Walker says he is optimistic that a Palestinian-Israeli peace settlement can be reached in the near future. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] TURKEY TO AID LIBYA IN MINE CLEARING

    Libya has asked Turkey to assist in locating and removing mine fields. The request for assistance in locating and clearing mine fields remaining from World War II was made by Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ahmet Ibrahim to a Turkish delegation from the Turkey-Libya friendship group, which is currently in Libya visiting work sites run by Turkish construction companies. /Turkish Daily News/

    [07] BELGIUM RULES TO SEND FEHRIYE ERDAL TO THIRD COUNTRY

    According to the Belgian radio station, VRT, Belgian Minister of the Interior Antoine Duquesne has ruled that Fehriye Erdal, who is wanted by Turkey on murder charges, be sent to a third country for judgement. It is reported that she may be sent to an African country. /Sabah/

    [08] DALLARA: "TURKEY IS ON THE RIGHT PATH"

    The head of the Institute of International Finance (IIF), Charles H. Dallara met with Central Bank Governor Gazi Ercel yesterday and then held a press conference with the Central Bank's Foreign Affairs Director Omer Altay. At the press conference, Dallara evaluated the government's new economic program by saying " Turkey's economic program is both ingenuous and strong". Stating that he supported the Turkish government's disinflation program, Dallara said, " If the Central Bank, the Turkish people, the business world and the Turkish government cooperate, Turkey will have a single digit inflation rate. Then foreign investors will be interested in Turkey". He said,"Turkey is an important country for the world economy" and added, "Turkey is a part of the Western world. We closely follow the Turkish government's stability program. If the economic program is implemented fully, the doors of the European Union will open for Turkey". He said his team did not see a problem in the balance of payments and stated "The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) agreeing to this type of program shows that it trusts Turkey". Dallara pointed out that there was no need to revise the exchange rates and said, "It is important to support the exchange rate policy with a fiscal income policy". He said, "Turkey is full of confidence and awareness and is doing a serious job for the first time in 20 years". /Hurriyet/

    [09] GEN. KARADAYI HAS HEART ATTACK

    The Former Chief of the General Staff, retired General Ismail Hakki Karadayi had a hearth attack yesterday in Bodrum. It is reported that Karadayi is being treated in intensive care unit in a private hospital in Bodrum and that his condition is good in general. /Turkiye/

    [10] YILMAZ'S STATEMENT ON THE ANCIENT CITY OF THE ZEUGMA

    State Minister Mustafa Yilmaz has said that the work to rescue the ancient city of Zeugma, which will be inundated by the waters of Birecik Dam are still continuing. Yilmaz said, "The private sector, public sector and non-governmental organizations are doing a very good work. When the work is completed, Zeugma will be the most magnificent open air-museum." /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] FOREIGN PRESS PRAISES TURKISH TOURISM

    Turkey's cultural and historical heritage has attracted the attention of the foreign press. According to a Tourism Ministry statement, the Spanish Tiempo magazine has praised Turkish tourism. In the magazinespace was devoted to introducing the Izmir and Aegean shores and Izmir was qualified as the "heart of the Aegean". Turkey's rich cultural and historical heritage was also emphasized by Tiempo. In addition, the thermal facilities in Turkey were descibed as unique and incomparable in the world. Meanwhile, the Spanish daily, El Pais-El Viajero gave wide coverage to Istanbul's historical and cultural richness. /Hurriyet/

    [12] QUAKE VICTIMS IN GREECE

    The Sapes and Komotini Municipalities in Greece invited 60 quake victims, from Golcuk whose age range between 13 and 18 to their countries to take part in a youth camp. Meanwhile, 40 university students from Greece and Turkey will meet in Istanbul to attend the "Turkish and Greek University Students's Meeting for Peace" to be held between August 18 and 25. In the youth camp, jointly organized by the Foundation for the Human Sources Development (IKGV) and by the Sapes and Komotini Municipalities, there will be concerts and sport activities and entertainment scheduled to be held. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] SABIHA GOKCEN AIRPORT

    The International Sabiha Gokcen Airport has been praised by foreign airport representatives and tour operators, who organize charter flights from Germany to Turkey. These officials who visited Turkey were briefed about Sabiha Gokcen Airport and made observations at the new airport, whose construction is still underway. The Officials stated that they would choose Sabiha Gokcen Airport as "a new flight point". /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] FIRST MODEL VILLAGE IN VAN

    Turkey's first model village has been completed in the southeastern Catak district in Van. The village has a police station, post office, a school with 16-classrooms health center and employment center. Location of the Konalga village also have tarmac roads. The families who were evacuated from their villages because of the struggleight against terrorism will be settled in this new village./Turkish Daily News/

    [15] KEMALREIS FRIGATE TO SAIL TO BRITAIN

    The TCG Kemalreis Frigate, one of the modern frigates in the Turkish Naval Forces, will sail to Plymouth to take part in training exercises between Aug. 29 and Oct. 14. /Turkiye/

    [16] RAY CHARLES IN ISTANBUL

    The famous jazz musician Ray Charles who arrived in Istanbul yesterday was welcomed by the Protocol Director of Rumeli Holding Company Abdullah Nebioglu at Ataturk Airport. Charles gave a concert last night as part of the "Rumeli Concerts".He will give another concert tonight for his fans in Istanbul. /Cumhuriyet/
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