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Turkish Press Review, 00-08-25

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

25.08.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] US AMBASSADOR PARRIS PAYS FAREWELL VISITS TO PRESIDENT SEZER AND SPEAKER AKBULUT
  • [02] TOTAL NUMBER OF COMPANIES PARTICIPATING IN IZMIR INTERNATIONAL FAIR REACHES 870
  • [03] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS' MEETING
  • [04] CEM MEETS ARAFAT
  • [05] TURKEY: NEW GEOSTRATEGIC POWER IN THE REGION
  • [06] US AMBASSADOR PARRIS PAYS FAREWELL VISITS TO PRESIDENT SEZER AND SPEAKER AKBULUT
  • [07] DEMIREL VISITS AZERBAIJANI EMBASSY
  • [08] HAND-OVER CEREMONY AT GENDARMARIE
  • [09] 50 MILLION DOLLARS FOR ZEUGMA
  • [10] TOTAL NUMBER OF COMPANIES PARTICIPATING IN IZMIR INTERNATIONAL FAIR REACHES 870
  • [11] MINISTRY TO EXCAVATE ANCIENT CITY OF ANTANDROS
  • [12] 2 MILLION TOURISTS VISITS ANTALYA

  • [01] US AMBASSADOR PARRIS PAYS FAREWELL VISITS TO PRESIDENT SEZER AND SPEAKER AKBULUT

    [02] TOTAL NUMBER OF COMPANIES PARTICIPATING IN IZMIR INTERNATIONAL FAIR REACHES 870

    [03] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS' MEETING

    The Council of Ministers met yesterday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. Following the 2.5-hour meeting, State Minister and Government Spokesman Rustu Kazim Yucelen said that during the meeting issues such as the disputed decree with the power of law (KHK), municipal workers strikes and an hydrogen energy center to be established were discussed. Stressing that the government would take the KHK issue to the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) when it returns from summer recess on Oct. 1, Minister Yucelen said: "From now on, all Ministers will try to explain the contents of the KHK to the public clearly."

    [04] CEM MEETS ARAFAT

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem conveyed Turkey's views on the Middle East peace process to the Palestinian Head of State Yasser Arafat in Gazze yesterday. Mr. Cem assesed the Camp David Meetings as an important step for the peace process. Mr. Cem said: "The leaderships of Clinton, Barak and Arafat is a good chance for the peace process. This opportunity should not be missed." Diplomatic sources reported that Palestinian side was pleased with Mr. Cem's visit. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will travel to New York in early September to attend the United Nations Millenium meeting where he will meet with US Secretary of State Madeline Allbright and Israeli Foreign Minister Slomo Bem-Ami. Mr. Cem will brief them on his talks with Mr. Arafat.

    [05] TURKEY: NEW GEOSTRATEGIC POWER IN THE REGION

    The RAND, a US-based think-tank organization, published a report stating Turkey appeared as a new geostrategical power in the region. According to the report, increasing number of missile systems in the Middle East is a threat to the security of Turkey, therefore Turkey should be placed under the umbrella of anti-missile system to be established against this threat. In the report entitled "The Future of Turkey-West Relations, "Turkey is considered being in a unique geostrategical position, due to its proximity to the Persian Gulf and oil and natural gas fields in the Caucasus and Central Asia regions. The report also stressed that Turkey's access to the European Union should be supported.

    [06] US AMBASSADOR PARRIS PAYS FAREWELL VISITS TO PRESIDENT SEZER AND SPEAKER AKBULUT

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer received outgoing US Ambassador Mark Parris in the Presidential Palace yesterday for a 40-minute farewell visit. Mr. Parris is scheduled to leave Turkey in the first week of September. He will be replaced by Robert Pearson, a career diplomat who is specialized on the Balkans and security issues. Mr. Parris also paid a farewell visit to Parliament Speaker Yildirim Akbulut.

    [07] DEMIREL VISITS AZERBAIJANI EMBASSY

    Former President Suleyman Demirel paid a visit to the Azerbaijani Embassy in Ankara to extend his condolences over the death of former Azerbaijani President Ebulfez Elcibey. In the book of condolence, Mr. Demirel wrote: "We will remember the Turkish world's distinguished leader Ebulfez Elcibey for his invaluable services for Azerbaijan's independence."

    [08] HAND-OVER CEREMONY AT GENDARMARIE

    The Commander of Gendarmerie Gen. Rasim Betir handed over his duty to Gen. Aytac Yalman. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Speaker of the TGNA Yildirim Akbulut, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Chief of General Staff Gen. Huseyin Kivrikoglu, Ministers, force commanders and a number of guests attended the hand-over ceremony. During his speech, Gen. Betir said: "Turkish Army will be a defender of the secular republic, Ataturk's principles and reforms and our national unity forever."

    [09] 50 MILLION DOLLARS FOR ZEUGMA

    The World Bank's Turkey Director Ajay Chibber yesterday visited the ruins of the Zeugma ancient city. Mr. Chibber said he will try to do his utmost for extention of a loan amounting to $50 million from the World Bank for the Zeugma ancient city.After he toured the region with Minister of Culture Istemihan Talay, Mr. Chibber said: "It is very pleasing to see that all parts of the society in Turkey have been trying to protect the Zeugma ancient city." Mr. Talay, on the other hand, said: "Mosaics and the region near the lake will be turned into be an open air museum with the loan to be received from the World Bank."

    [10] TOTAL NUMBER OF COMPANIES PARTICIPATING IN IZMIR INTERNATIONAL FAIR REACHES 870

    The number of companies to take part in the International Izmir fair rose to 870, according to Izmir Fair and Cultural Activities General Manager Fevzi Hepsenkal. 320 foreign and 540 domestic firms will be represented at the Izmir International Fair (IIF) which will be opened for the 69th time on Saturday, Aug. 26.

    [11] MINISTRY TO EXCAVATE ANCIENT CITY OF ANTANDROS

    The Culture Ministry will launch a project to excavate the historical riches of the Aegean area between Edremit and Kucukkaya, including the ancient city of Antandros. A team to be formed by the Aegean University's archaeology department will be in charge of carrying out the excavations. Excavations will start on Aug. 28 and are set to last for 45 days. The ancient city of Antandros, known for its historical riches, is located in the Edremit district of the Aegean province of Balikesir. Academics say that the city faces the danger of being destroyed by the rapid construction in the area.

    [12] 2 MILLION TOURISTS VISITS ANTALYA

    Turkey has been enjoying a good tourism season this year especially in Antalya region. According to Antalya Governor's office, the number of tourists visiting Antalya reached over 2 million in the first eight months of this year. Last year the figure was around 1.3 million in the same period.
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