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Turkish Press Review, 00-08-18

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

18.08.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY MARKS 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF QUAKE
  • [02] PRESIDENT SEZER IN EARTHQUAKE REGION
  • [03] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING
  • [04] OVER 5000 RECRUITS IN RESCUE TEAM
  • [05] COMMANDERS' FAREWELL VISIT
  • [06] FEHRIYE ERDAL RELEASED FROM PRISON
  • [07] POLICE SEIZES PICASSO'S PAINTING IN SANLIURFA
  • [08] RATIFICATION FOR GSM
  • [09] MINISTRY OF JUSTICE SENDS A DECREE TO THE PUBLIC PROSECUTORS
  • [10] CASH AIDS FOR THE VICTIMS OF NATURAL DISASTER RAISE
  • [11] IMF TO OPEN AN OFFICE IN TURKEY
  • [12] MANUFACTURING CAPACITY RATIO INCREASES
  • [13] TURKISH FIRMS IN BAGHDAD
  • [14] "TURKISH NATIONAL DAY" IN EXPO 2000 FAIR
  • [15] TURKEY TO PARTICIPATE IN THESSALONIKI FAIR

  • [01] TURKEY MARKS 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF QUAKE

    Thousands of people gathered with candles and tears in central squares of hard-hit towns at 3:02 a.m. to mark the moment that the earthquake hit western parts of Turkey on Aug. 17 last year, killing over 17,000 people and causing the collapse of more than 285,000 homes. Mourning for their beloved ones, survivors of the victims called on government to heal the wounds of quake as soon as possible.

    [02] PRESIDENT SEZER IN EARTHQUAKE REGION

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer yesterday paid a one-day visit to the Marmara region on the first anniversary of the last year's devastating quake. Delivering a speech at the 294 permanent houses' laying foundation ceremony in Sakarya, President Sezer said all Turkish citizens are sharing the grief of the earthquake. Wishing for God's mercy on the victims of the quake and offering his condolences to their relatives, the President said that Turkey had learned lessons from the quake and would continue to heal the wounds. He also said: "We ask you to be patient and to trust the State."

    [03] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING

    The Council of Ministers held a meeting yesterday to evaluate the developments after the August 17 Marmara quake. After the meeting, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said, "The state has proved its power after the quake." The Prime Minister said, "There was no hitch in the health and education services in the region after the earthquake. The housing and nutrition services were carried out very quickly." During the Council of Ministers' meeting, it was decided to form a council which will determine the deficiencies of the measures taken against quakes. The council which will be presided by Deputy Prime Minister Husamettin Ozkan consists of Public Works and Housing Minister Koray Aydin, Finance Minister Sumer Oral, State Ministers Faruk Bal and Recep Onal.The council will prepare a report on deficiences of the activities that have been carrying out in the quake region and will present it to the Council of Ministers. Mr. Ecevit said, " A mobilization is necessary to deliver the houses to the people who lost their houses in the earthquake as soon as possible."

    [04] OVER 5000 RECRUITS IN RESCUE TEAM

    Search and rescue teams formed by the Civil Defence Organization walked in the parade in Taksim, Istanbul to commemorate the people who lost their lives in the Marmara quake last year. Deputy Governor of Istanbul Ali Cafer Akyuz said that 5.350 rescuers were trained for possible new disasters and the rescue teams were equipped with modern search and rescue materials.

    [05] COMMANDERS' FAREWELL VISIT

    The Commander of the Land Forces Gen. Atilla Ates and the Commander of Gendarmerie Gen. Rasim Betir paid a farewell-visit to Minister of National Defence Sabahattin Cakmakoglu. Both commanders will retire on Aug. 30.

    [06] FEHRIYE ERDAL RELEASED FROM PRISON

    Fehriye Erdal, whose extradition is wanted by Turkey on murder charges, was released from Bruge prison by the order of Belgian authorities on Wednesday and placed under house arrest. Belgium is seeking to deport Erdal to a third country. Meanwhile, two journalists, who were following Fehriye Erdal after release, were attacked by the militants of terrorist organization DHKP-C. Aggressors lightly injured the journalists and broke down their cameras. They also took their car and belongings and ran away.

    [07] POLICE SEIZES PICASSO'S PAINTING IN SANLIURFA

    The painting "The Portrait of a Young Woman" by Pablo Picasso, which was stolen from the Kuwait Museum during the Iraqi military occupation, was seized in a police operation in Suruc, Sanliurfa. The painting was submitted to Harran University to be examined by the experts.

    [08] RATIFICATION FOR GSM

    The Competition Board ratified the take-over of the licence of GSM 1800 network to Is Bank-Telecom Italia consorsium which gave the highest offer with 2,525 billion dollars at the bidding on April 12 2000.

    [09] MINISTRY OF JUSTICE SENDS A DECREE TO THE PUBLIC PROSECUTORS

    Ministry of Justice has sent a decree to the public prosecutors demanding the improvement of the health conditions in the jails. The decree also envisages necessary measures should be taken not to cause delays in the health services in jails. It is reported that prisoners' health conditions have always been taken with care without taking into account whatever crime or offence they had committed.

    [10] CASH AIDS FOR THE VICTIMS OF NATURAL DISASTER RAISE

    The Council of Ministers decided to raise the amount of cash aid paid to the victims of the disaster-stricken areas. According to the decision which was published in the Official Gazette yesterday, the Fund for Social Solidarity and Aid is going to pay now TL750 million to the citizens who lost their first degree relatives in the natural disaster such as earthquakes, floods, landslides,avalanches. The victims who lost their properties such as house, shop etc. will get cash aid ranging from TL200 million to TL500 million which will be based to the degree of the damage.

    [11] IMF TO OPEN AN OFFICE IN TURKEY

    Turkish Foreign Ministry has approved the IMF to open an `office' in Turkey to observe the implementation of stand-by agreement. IMF representative Odd Per Brekk will be the chief of the office. Opening an IMF representative office in Turkey was first suggested by Carlo Cottarelli, an IMF Official in charge of Turkey desk at the beginning of the year. Foreign Ministry gave its formal approval to the official demand of the General Directorate of Foreign Economic Relations of the Treasury Undersecretariat on the issue.

    [12] MANUFACTURING CAPACITY RATIO INCREASES

    State Institute of Statistics (DIE) announced the data on the production, sales and prices of the industrial sector for the second quarter of 2000 (April, May, June) and the expected ratios for the third quarter of the year (July, August, September). DIE disclosed yesterday the Turkish manufacturing industry's utilization of production value weighed capacity reached 76.1 % increasing by 0.4 % when comparing the same period of last year.

    [13] TURKISH FIRMS IN BAGHDAD

    Turkish firms are preparing to attend the 33rd Baghdad International Fair. A 4,500-square metre area is going to be allocated for Turkey which is expected to participate in the fair with 50 firms.

    [14] "TURKISH NATIONAL DAY" IN EXPO 2000 FAIR

    "Turkish National Day" will be celebrated on August 19, at the Expo 2000 Fair in Hannover, Germany. Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Motherland Party (ANAP) Mesut Yilmaz and Minister of Tourism Erkan Mumcu will participate in the activities.

    [15] TURKEY TO PARTICIPATE IN THESSALONIKI FAIR

    Turkey will participate in the Thessaloniki Fair to be held between September 2 and 11.The fair will be inaugurated by Greek Prime Minister Simitis. 19 countries such as Turkey, the United States, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Colombia, South Africa, the Czech Republic will present their productions in the fair. Chairman of Turco-Greek Business Cưuncil Sarik Tara said, "The firms that will participate in the fair will present their productions not only for the Greek market, but also the European Union markets. This fair will contribute greatly to the rapproachment between Turkey and Greece."
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