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Turkish Press Review, 00-08-21

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

21.08.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] GENERAL ATES AT THE TAKE-OVER CEREMONY OF SECOND ARMY COMMANDERSHIP
  • [02] "TURKISH DAY" AT EXPO-2000
  • [03] TURKEY TO ATTEND G-20 MEETING IN CANADA
  • [04] MINISTER KORAY AYDIN VISITS JAPAN
  • [05] GENERAL ATES AT THE TAKE-OVER CEREMONY OF SECOND ARMY COMMANDERSHIP
  • [06] OGER'S STATEMENT ON TURKISH TOURISM
  • [07] GERMAN DOCTORS REFUSE TO OPERATE A TURKISH WOMAN
  • [08] TL 100 BILLION FOR ZEUGMA
  • [09] ITO ISSUES SOCIAL SECURITY GUIDEBOOK
  • [10] EXIMBANK SUPPORT EXPORTERS WITH SOFT LOAN
  • [11] ALIAGA AND MYTILINI TO HOST JOINT TURCO-GREEK FESTIVAL
  • [12] TURKEY PLACES FIRST IN ISPOLO WATER POLO TOURNAMENT

  • [01] GENERAL ATES AT THE TAKE-OVER CEREMONY OF SECOND ARMY COMMANDERSHIP

    [02] "TURKISH DAY" AT EXPO-2000

    August 19 was celebrated as a "Turkish National Day" at Expo-2000 in Hannover, Germany, one of the world's largest trade fairs, by a number of social and cultural activities. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Motherland Party Mesut Yilmaz and Minister of Tourism Erkan Mumcu attended the activities. During the opening ceremony, Mr. Yilmaz said: "The European Union cannot truly become itself without Turkey. Those people who draw the borders of Europe without Turkey do not know geography and history. Turkish people want to integrate into it and become a member of the EU family. It is a fact that we do have some problems that we should overcome in order to be a full member of the EU, but we believe that the Turkish people have the capacity to solve these."

    [03] TURKEY TO ATTEND G-20 MEETING IN CANADA

    A Turkish delegation will travel to Toronto, Canada, to attend the the G-20 countries' Finance Ministers Summit in October. The Turkish delegation comprises the Treasury Undersecretary Selcuk Demiralp, Deputy Undersecretary Ferhat Emil, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank Sukru Binay and the Special Advisor to the Finance Minister and the Chairman of the Department of Foreign Relations with the EU, Vedat Ozdan.

    [04] MINISTER KORAY AYDIN VISITS JAPAN

    Koray Aydin the Minister of Housing and Public Works left for Japan to participate in quake studies. Mr. Aydin will meet officials responsible for coordinating recovery work after natural disasters. He will also visit the "Crisis Prevention Center" at Tokyo Metropolitan Administrative Center.

    [05] GENERAL ATES AT THE TAKE-OVER CEREMONY OF SECOND ARMY COMMANDERSHIP

    Ground Forces Commander General Atilla Ates said Turkish army is the army of all people living within the territorial borders of Turkish Republic, at the take-over ceremony of the Second Army Forces, in Malatya. Gen. Ates said: "We, as the armed forces, do not have any other duties apart from defending and protecting our country." Gen. Ates said that the duty of the army is to protect the lives and properties of Turkish citizens and to prevent terrorist activities supported by external forces. General Edip Baser has taken over the Commander of Second Army.

    [06] OGER'S STATEMENT ON TURKISH TOURISM

    One of the biggest tour operators in Germany, Oger Tour's Chairman of the Executive Board Vural Oger stated that Turkey had overcome the crisis which was experienced in tourism sector in 1999. Mr. Oger said: "There is a remarkable increase in the number of tourists visiting Turkey. Almost 6.7 million tourists from Germany are expected to visit Turkey this year. Turkey's tourism revenues are expected to reach $25 billion in five or six years."

    [07] GERMAN DOCTORS REFUSE TO OPERATE A TURKISH WOMAN

    Fatma Elaldi, a Turkish woman living in Germany was refused to have a heart surgery by German doctors, just because she "can not speak German." Associated Press (AP) was the first to report it to the world at the weekend. Then German daily "Bild" reported the event under the headline of "I can not speak German, I was left to die for this reason only.". Also, "Frankfurter Rundschau" and regional papers "Kolner Express" and "Münchener Abendzeitung" gave coverage on the dramatic situation of Ms. Elaldi.

    [08] TL 100 BILLION FOR ZEUGMA

    The Ministry of Tourism earmarked TL 100 billion to be used for the infrastructure of the Zeugma ancient city. Gaziantep Province Tourism Director Mehmet Dogan said: "Tourism Minister Erkan Mumcu attaches a great importance to the efforts to rescue the Zeugma ancient city. The allocation was transfered to Gaziantep's Special Provincial Department to be utilized on the infrastructural projects that will be prepared by the Zeugma Initiative Group."

    [09] ITO ISSUES SOCIAL SECURITY GUIDEBOOK

    The Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) has issued a guidebook entitled "The New Social Security System" for employers and workers. Authored by Professor Murat Demircioglu, the book provides information about amendments to social security legislation and the content of new laws. The first section describes notification procedures for social insurance. The second part describes the beneficiaries of the unemployment insurance program. The third section describing amendments of Bag-Kur insurance fund members outlines procedures for comprehensive and partial old-age payments.

    [10] EXIMBANK SUPPORT EXPORTERS WITH SOFT LOAN

    General Manager of Eximbank Ahmet Kilicoglu said that they would not leave Turkish investors in financial difficulties with TL- foreign exchanges parity. Mr.Kiliço?lu said that Eximbank continued to be a pioneer among the banks in lowering interest rates. This has forced the private banks to turn their credit policy to the export financing. Kiliço?lu said: "Competition did really increase. Because 96% of Turkey's exports consist of consumption goods, raw materials and half finished products, the Eximbank will continue to support the short term loans." While the interests for the export credits were about 69% last year, this year it declined to the level of 25-29%.

    [11] ALIAGA AND MYTILINI TO HOST JOINT TURCO-GREEK FESTIVAL

    In the interest of promoting permanent peaceful relations between Turkey and Greece, a new step was recently taken by Izmir's Aliaga district and Greece's Mytilini Island. Accordingly, the 11-year old Aliaga Labor Festival will now be held in conjuction with Mytilini Municipality as the Aliaga Labor and Peace Festival in order to cement the two society's friendship. The festival will begin on August 28 this year in collaboration with Aliaga Municipality and the Association for Communication and Co-existence in the Aegean, a non-governmental organization (NGO). The festival will begin in Mytilini and will continue through August 30. On August 31, the festival will move to Aliaga where it will continue until September 13.

    [12] TURKEY PLACES FIRST IN ISPOLO WATER POLO TOURNAMENT

    Turkey placed first in International Ispolo Water Polo Tournament. In the final match held in Istanbul Atakoy Olympic swimming pool, Turkey had a 4-4 draw with Romania. While Romania placed second, Belarus took the third place.
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