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Turkish Press Review, 00-08-22

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

22.08.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CRISIS ON THE DECREE WITH THE POWER OF LAW
  • [02] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL TO CONVENE ON WEDNESDAY
  • [03] YILMAZ VISITS BULGARIA
  • [04] CEM TO VISIT PALESTINE
  • [05] IRANIAN DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER IN TURKEY
  • [06] MEDALS OF HONOUR FOR COMMANDERS
  • [07] TAKE-OVER CEREMONY AT THE FIRST ARMY
  • [08] ART TREASURES SMUGGLERS CAPTURED
  • [09] STOLEN PICASSO SEIZED IN SANLIURFA WORTH $17 MILLION
  • [10] PACKARD GIVES $5 MILLION TO ZEUGMA
  • [11] MOODY'S ON TURKEY

  • [01] CRISIS ON THE DECREE WITH THE POWER OF LAW

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer refused for the second time to sign the decree with the power of law no. 605 (KHK), on dismissal of civil servants who are allegedly involved in reactionary and separatist activities. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit held a press conference yesterday on the issue and said: "There are certain differences in understandings of the duties, authorities and the Constitution between the Presidency and Council of Ministers. It would have been better for the President to have signed the decree and then took the issue to the Constitutional Court. However, instead of carrying out this process, he assumed the duty of the Constitutional Court. He does not have the right to do so. We have a serious problem." Pointing out that the the President's reservations on the KHK included many contradictions, Mr. Ecevit emphasized that the aim of the KHK was to prevent the separatist and anti-secular activities within the state institutions. The Prime Minister also told that the three leaders of the coalition government would meet today to discuss the issue.

    [02] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL TO CONVENE ON WEDNESDAY

    The National Security Council (MGK), presided over by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, will meet on Wednesday at the Presidential Palace. This will be the last such meeting for Ground Forces Commander General Atilla Ates and Gendarmerie Commander General Rasim Betir, who would retire on August 30.

    [03] YILMAZ VISITS BULGARIA

    Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz left for Varna, Bulgaria to pay a one-day visit at the invitation of Bulgarian Prime Minister Ivan Kostov. After meeting with Mr. Kostov, Mr. Yilmaz said that during the meeting they had reviewed bilateral relations and joint economic ventures.

    [04] CEM TO VISIT PALESTINE

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will pay a one-day official visit to Palestine tomorrow. Mr. Cem will meet Palestinian leader Yaser Arafat in Gazze to exchange views and information on the Middle East peace process.

    [05] IRANIAN DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER IN TURKEY

    Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Muhsin Eminzade arrived in Ankara yesterday to hold talks with Turkish officials. Mr. Eminzade, who will be received by President Sezer today, brought a written message from the Iranian President Muhammed Hatemi. Mr. Eminzade said: "I will deliver President Hatemi's message to President Sezer. We are willing to establish healthier relations between the two countries." Mr. Eminzade will also meet Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and will hold a press conference after his contacts.

    [06] MEDALS OF HONOUR FOR COMMANDERS

    The Commander of the Navy Admiral Ilhami Erdil and Commander of Air Force General Ergin Celasin were presented the Medal of Honour of the Turkish Armed Forces, due to their contribution to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The Chief of General Staff Gen. Huseyin Kivrikoglu, Minister of National Defence Sabahattin Cakmakoglu, Force Commanders and a number of officers attended the ceremony. Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Yasar Buyukanit and Lieutenant General Sener Eruygur were awarded with the TSK Medal of High Performance.

    [07] TAKE-OVER CEREMONY AT THE FIRST ARMY

    Commander of the First Army General Hilmi Ozkok handed over his duty to General Necdet Timur at a ceremony held yesterday. Gen. Ozkok has been appointed to the Land Forces Commander recently.

    [08] ART TREASURES SMUGGLERS CAPTURED

    Sarkisla Gendarmerie in Sivas announced that 15 people were caught at an unauthorized archeological excavation-site. A total 715 smuggled historical treasures and artifacts were seized with an estimated market value of TL 5 trillion (approximately $8.5 million). The artifacts include a statue of bronze bull, a silver statue of a goddess, nine hand-written Korans in gold-plated covers and many statues, necklaces and gold, silver and bronze coins from Hittite, Urart, Roman, Byzantian, Seljuks and Ottoman civilizations. Experts of Sivas Museum said that the artifacts date back to the Bronze Age and Anatolian Civilizations in the Hellenistic period.

    [09] STOLEN PICASSO SEIZED IN SANLIURFA WORTH $17 MILLION

    Stolen from Kuwait, taken by the Peshmerga in northern Iraq and then on the black market in Sanliurfa, the "Portrait of a Young Woman" by Picasso had been seized by Turkish police forces in Suruc, Sanliurfa. The painting was painted circa in 1903 in Barcelona and measures 50 by 36 centimeters. The painting reportedly is worth $17 million.

    [10] PACKARD GIVES $5 MILLION TO ZEUGMA

    Owner of Hewlett-Packard Inc. David Packard gave $5 million for rescue operations in Zeugma. A protocol was signed between the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) Administration and Packard Humanities Institute. According to the protocol, Mr. Packard will double the number, if necessary. Chairman of the GAP Administration Dr. Olcay Unver said, "The rescue operations in Zeugma are going well. We do not have money or personnel shortage."

    [11] MOODY'S ON TURKEY

    An analysis by the Moody's reportedly found Turkey's economic program successful. The analysis emphasized that the Turkish government had a powerful parliamentary support. "Due to the positive political developments in Turkey, there may be an increase in Turkey's rate. Interest and inflation rates have a tendency to decline. In order to maintain a stable decline in the inflation, financial adaptation, structural reforms and privatisation should be completed," the analysis concluded.
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