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Turkish Press Review, 00-08-23

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

23.08.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] KHK GOES TO PARLIAMENT
  • [02] ELCIBEY DIES
  • [03] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL CONVENES
  • [04] TURKISH AND IRANIAN OFFICIALS ON SECURITY
  • [05] CEM MEETS WITH ARAFAT
  • [06] IRAQ CONDEMNS TURKEY
  • [07] EARTHQUAKE IN ANKARA
  • [08] TALAY IN DIYARBAKIR
  • [09] OECD SEES GOOD PROGRESS IN ECONOMY
  • [10] ERCEL: "TURKEY'S CREDIT WILL INCREASE IN SEPTEMBER"
  • [11] COTTARELLI PRAISES ECONOMIC STABILITY PROGRAM
  • [12] TURKEY PREPARES FOR THE EUROPEAN QUALITY AWARD
  • [13] INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FAIR IN ISTANBUL

  • [01] KHK GOES TO PARLIAMENT

    After President Ahmet Necdet Sezer's second refusal to sign the decree with the power of law (KHK) concerning the dismissal of the civil servants who are allegedly involved in reactionary and separatist actions, the leaders of the coalition partners met yesterday to find a solution to the crisis. The coalition partners have agreed to submit the KHK to the Parliament in an effort to pass it as a law and also decided to discuss the issue at the Council of Ministers. After the meeting the coalition leaders issued a written statement. "Council of Ministers will try to bring the KHK into the parliament's agenda as soon as possible. The leaders of the coalition partners believe that the President's veto is a violation of the Constitution,"said the statement.

    [02] ELCIBEY DIES

    Ebulfez Elcibey, Azerbaijan's first democratically elected President following its independence in 1991, passed away yesterday at the Gulhane Military Medical Hospital at the age of 62. For the last two months Elcibey had been undergoing treatment in Ankara for prostate cancer. His death has led to deep sorrow in Azerbaijan and Turkey. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli and other high-level officials issued messages expressing their sorrow. Elcibey's body was transported to Azerbaijan by a Turkish Air Force plane following a state ceremony at the Ankara Esenboga Airport. Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli, Minister of Defence Sabahattin Cakmakoglu, Minister of Transportation Enis Oksuz, Ministers of State Abdulhaluk Cay, Ramazan Mirzaoglu, Edip Safter Gaydali and Hasan Gemici represented Turkey at the ceremony. Ministers Oksuz, Cay, Gemici and Gaydali flew to Azerbaijan by the same plane in order to attend Elcibey's funeral to be held in Baku today.

    [03] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL CONVENES

    The National Security Council (MGK) to be presided over by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, will meet today at 9:30 in Cankaya Palace. Although it is not included in the formal agenda, the controversial decree over the civil servants is also expected to be discussed at the meeting. The issues such as various operations carried out by security forces and latest developments in Cyprus will be taken up during the meeting.

    [04] TURKISH AND IRANIAN OFFICIALS ON SECURITY

    Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Muhsin Eminzade met with Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ambassador Faruk Logoglu yesterday. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Foreign Minister Ismail Cem received Mr. Eminzade as well. The Iranian official presented a letter to Mr. Sezer from Iranian President Muhammad Khatami. Mr. Eminzade came to Turkey at Logoglu's invitation to hold political consultations between the two countries. Topics of bilateral relations including political, economic and security issues which cause problems between Turkey and Iran were discussed. It is reported that during the meetings, Turkey and Iran reached to a mutual understanding on making a military cooperation in fighting with terrorist activities. During the meetings, Turkey and Iran have decided to strengthen the common cooperation mechanisms because they said the security problems led also to economic and political problems between the two countries. It was agreed upon that the military forces of the two countries will cooperate on the security issues. Meanwhile, it was reported the Presidents of the two countries are expected to meet in the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York in September and Foreign Ministers Ismail Cem is expected to visit Tehran in the following months.

    [05] CEM MEETS WITH ARAFAT

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem left for Palestine today to hold talks with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on the Middle East peace process. Mr. Cem will meet Mr. Arafat in Gazze today to convey his views on the latest developments in the peace process. Turkey tries to help Israel and Palestine in overcoming the crisis between the two countries. Diplomatic sources said Mr. Cem's visit should not be interpreted as an effort to mediate between Israel and Palestine. "Turkey is trying to contribute to the peace and stability in the Middle East," said the sources.

    [06] IRAQ CONDEMNS TURKEY

    Iraq on Monday strongly condemned what it called the latest agression by Turkey on its territory and threatened to retaliate. The official Iraqi News Agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying, "Iraq condemns the agression and violations carried out by Turkish forces and reserves the right to determine the time and means to respond to this act of agression." The spokesman claimed that latest agression took place on Aug. 15 "causing the killing of 40 and injuring tens more." On Friday the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that an operation against PKK terrorists had taken place on Aug. 15 and that all the necessary precautions had been taken to ensure that no civilians were harmed. The statement said that Turkey was investigating the allegations about the death of civilians.

    [07] EARTHQUAKE IN ANKARA

    An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale struck Turkey near the capital Ankara yesterday, the Kandilli Observatory Center said. The quake's epicenter was near the town of Beypazari 100 kilometres west of Ankara. Local officials said there was no damage to buildings and no injurires reported.

    [08] TALAY IN DIYARBAKIR

    Minister of Culture Istemihan Talay went to Diyarbakir to inspect the excavations that are being carried out in the regions which will be inundated under the Ilisu Dam and Karkamis Dam. Mr. Talay said: "State Hydraulic Works extended financial support for the excavations in the framework of the 'Rescuing the Cultural Assets in the Southeastern Anatolia Region' project."

    [09] OECD SEES GOOD PROGRESS IN ECONOMY

    Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Turkey bureau chief Alexandre Iwanchuk Bibee said that the disinflation program was creating many changes in the Turkish economy. Bibee said, "The OECD is following developments in the Turkish economy closely and an OECD report on Turkey will be published in November. All sectors bear a common responsibility to get rid of high inflation. We have observed very hopeful developments in the Turkish economy." He said that in his latest visit to Turkey he got the impression from his talks with labor and employers' unions that they are ready to do what they should in order to reduce inflation in a coordinated effort with other sectors in society.

    [10] ERCEL: "TURKEY'S CREDIT WILL INCREASE IN SEPTEMBER"

    At a meeting of Turkish and American investors, bankers and businessmen held in New York yesterday, Central Bank Governor Gazi Ercel evaluated the IMF stand-by greement in terms of a period of seven months. Ercel said, "Turkey does not deserve a single 'B' as a rating. Standards and Poor Company officials will come to Turkey in September and make new evaluations. Our rating will increase. We are not in a hurry to remove zeros from the Turkish lira but we are determined to do so. First of all, the inflation rate should go down sufficiently and then the necessary laws should be enacted in the Turkish Grand National Assembly. Turkey will tightly link its currency, the lira, to the euro in the future." The Turkish lira is presently indexed to a foreign currency basket of 1 US dollar and 0.77 euro.

    [11] COTTARELLI PRAISES ECONOMIC STABILITY PROGRAM

    IMF Chief of Turkey Desk Carlo Cottarelli said that despite the increase in oil prices, Turkey had managed to keep the inflation at a lower point in the last six months. Attending the conference given by Turkish Central Bank Governor Gazi Ercel in New York Plaza Hotel, Mr. Cottarelli answered the questions of reporters. Mr. Cottarelli said: "Public borrowings decreased at a drastic level and economic program is being carried out within the framework of set targets. Current rate of inflation declined to the lowest level for the last 16 years."

    [12] TURKEY PREPARES FOR THE EUROPEAN QUALITY AWARD

    Chairman of the Executive Board of Quality Organization (KalDer) Dr. Yilmaz Arguden said: "The European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Forum 2000, which will be held in Istanbul on 27-28 September this year, will be the biggest one in the last ten years. More than 1,500 guests will participate in the forum and this will play a very important role in terms of uniting Turkey with the whole world. EFQM Forum 2000 will provide the Europeans with the opportunity of understanding Turkey in a better way." During the forum the European Quality Awards will be distributed.

    [13] INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FAIR IN ISTANBUL

    "Information 2000- A CEBIT Event" the biggest information technology fair in Turkey will begin on September 6, 2000. Companies from the United States, Singapour and Germany will participate in the fair. Office Technologies, Home Information and Communication Technologies will be exhibited in the fair.
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