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Turkish Press Review, 00-08-24

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

24.08.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT SEZER RECEIVES EMINZADE
  • [02] MGK MEETING
  • [03] NO NEED FOR EXTRAORDINARY SESSION
  • [04] CEM MEETS ARAFAT
  • [05] ELCIBEY LAID TO REST
  • [06] QUAKE IN MARMARA
  • [07] TURKISH EMBASSY PROTESTS CNN
  • [08] US SUPPORT FOR TURKEY IN NORTHERN IRAQ
  • [09] BREUER: "TANKS SHOULD BE SOLD TO TURKEY"
  • [10] POLICE SEIZE 400-YEAR-OLD KORAN
  • [11] BIG INVESTMENT IN GAP
  • [12] WHO LIAISON OFFICE IN TURKEY

  • [01] PRESIDENT SEZER RECEIVES EMINZADE

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer received the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Muhsin Eminzade yesterday. Mr. Eminzade presented a message from Iranian President Khatemi to Mr. Sezer. In his message Mr. Khatemi invited him to Iran. Mr. Sezer said that the establishment of an atmosphere of security was a key factor for the improvement of Turco-Iranian relations. Mr. Sezer reportedly said to the Iranian envoy that Iran's support to Turkey in its fight against PKK and Hizbullah terrorism would be the determining factor in bringing the Turco-Iranian relations to a desired level. President Sezer said he would visit Tehran when these expectations were met.

    [02] MGK MEETING

    The National Security Council (MGK) met yesterday under the chairmanship of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. After the crisis between the government and the President over 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 MGK discussed the issue at its meeting yesterday and decided that laws to fight against the reactionary and separatist actions must be passed as soon as possible and the necessary regulations to prevent reactionary and separatist activities within the state mechanisms must be drawn up as a matter of urgency. The statement issued after the meeting said: "During the meeting, the domestic and foreign issues on national security were reviewed, a monthly evaluation of the security forces' fight against the terrorist organizations all around the country was made and an unanimous consensus was reached on taking all necessary measures as soon as possible to prevent the elements that are against the secular structure of the state and aim to break up the territorial unity of the country. In addition, the MGK discussed the latest developments on the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

    [03] NO NEED FOR EXTRAORDINARY SESSION

    Answering a question posed by journalists yesterday whether the government calls the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) for an extraordinary session on the disputed decree with the power of law, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said: "For the time being, there is no need to call TGNA for an extraordinary meeting over the issue." Mr. Ecevit also said the Council of Ministers does not think to send a new decree to the President regarding the issue right now.

    [04] CEM MEETS ARAFAT

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem met with Palestinian Head of State Yaser Arafat during his one-day visit to Gazze. At the meeting in the Presidential Palace, Turkish and Palestinian delegations discussed the latest developments in the Middle East peace process. Thanking Turkey for her contributions over the issue, Mr. Arafat said: "We believe that Turkey's efforts will be fruitful for further progress in the peace process." Foreign Minister Cem said: "The peace process and its accomplishment is very important for Turkey. We appreciate Mr. Arafat's great efforts for establishing peace in the region. I want to express my gratitude to him on behalf of the all peace-lovers in the world."

    [05] ELCIBEY LAID TO REST

    Former Azerbaijani President Ebulfez Elcibey who passed away the day before yesterday in Ankara, was laid to rest after a state funeral in Baku on Wednesday. Ministers Abdulhaluk Cay, Edip Safter Gaydali and Enis Oksuz attended the funeral. Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev received the Turkish delegation and thanked them for their visit. The Turkish delegation also conveyed Turkish people and politicians' deep sorrow over the death of Mr. Elcibey.

    [06] QUAKE IN MARMARA

    A quake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale shook the Marmara region at 4:45 p.m. yesterday. The Kandilli Observatory said that the epicenter of the quake was the Hendek district of Sakarya. The quake which lasted less than ten seconds and caused panic among citizens was also felt in the neigbouring provinces including Istanbul, Kocaeli and Yalova. It is reported that eight people were injured and that there were no serious damage.

    [07] TURKISH EMBASSY PROTESTS CNN

    Armenian lobbyists in the United States told CNN reporters that Turkey was threatening to arrest the Microsoft employees and ban Microsoft products as the Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia makes reference to the alleged "genocide" of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks at the beginning of the 20th century. Although both Turkey and Microsoft denied the claims of the Armenian lobbies, CNN broadcast the Armenian lobby's views without giving Turkey any chance to defend itself. Officials of the Turkish Embassy in Washington lodged an official protest with CNN.

    [08] US SUPPORT FOR TURKEY IN NORTHERN IRAQ

    Washington has given its support for incursions by the Turkish Armed Forces into Northern Iraq in order to defend themselves from PKK terrorists based in the region. US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said: "In general we support Turkey's fight against terrorism and its right to defend itself; however the scope and the duration of cross-border operations must be limited and take into account the rights of the civilian population in the region."

    [09] BREUER: "TANKS SHOULD BE SOLD TO TURKEY"

    Defence Spokesman for the German Christian Democrat Union and Christian Social Union Paul Breuer said that Germany should treat Ankara and Athens equally in terms of the tank sales. Breuer said: "The reason of not selling the Leopard II A5 tanks to Turkey is the violation of human rights. By treating the two NATO countries differently, Germany is losing its international credibility. Some ideologists try to exclude Turkey from NATO. If Turkey demands, then the tanks should be sold to Turkey."

    [10] POLICE SEIZE 400-YEAR-OLD KORAN

    The police seized a hand written Koran over 400 years in an operation against smugglers. An Iranian was arrested as he tries to sell the Koran to undercover police officers in Van. An expert said, "The Koran was written in 1686 and because of its gold inlay and coloured ink, is an invaluable piece of art."

    [11] BIG INVESTMENT IN GAP

    The biggest investment with foreign capital in the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) region will be made in Adiyaman. Head of Adiyaman GAP Center for Supporting and Guiding the Investors (GAP-GIDEM) Mehmet Sirri Ozen said: "The necessary legal procedures for establishing the citric acid (salt of lemon) factory in Adiyaman are almost completed. The factory will be built by the partnership of HYGEA and Israel GADOT firm." Stating that the factory will be a breakthrough for the economy of the GAP region, Ozen said: "Within the framework of the GAP Master Plan, this factory will be a big stride to reach our targets. The factory, which will support the social life in Adiyaman, will attract more foreign investors." Initially, 250 workers will be employed in the factory and 10.000 tons of the annual production will be exported.

    [12] WHO LIAISON OFFICE IN TURKEY

    The agreement for the opening of a Liaison Office of World Health Organization (WHO) in Turkey, signed by Turkey and WHO European Regional Office in Copenhagen on May 10, 1999, was published in Official Gazette. According to the agreement, the organization will continue its activities in Turkey through this new Office.
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