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Turkish Press Review, 00-09-11

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

11.09.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] BAHCELI PARTICIPATES IN CELEBRATIONS OF 700TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE'S ESTABLISHMENT
  • [02] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [03] PRESIDENT SEZER RETURNS FROM NEW YORK
  • [04] PRESIDENT SEZER'S MESSAGE ON NEW SCHOOL YEAR
  • [05] AKBULUT LEAVES FOR CROATIA
  • [06] YILMAZ ON EU MEMBERSHIP
  • [07] BAHCELI PARTICIPATES IN CELEBRATIONS OF 700TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE'S ESTABLISHMENT
  • [08] KIVRIKOGLU IN ATHENS
  • [09] PROXIMITY TALKS BEGIN
  • [10] GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER ON TURKEY'S AEGEAN AND CYPRUS POLICIES
  • [11] RAPID REACTION FORCES COMMAND IN ISTANBUL
  • [12] TURKEY'S SUCCESS IN CENTRASBAT-2000 MANOEUVRES
  • [13] SUBMARINE RESCUE MANOEUVRES CONTINUE
  • [14] SECOND ECONOMY SUMMIT HELD IN ANTALYA
  • [15] STATE MINISTER GUREL TO VISIT BRITAIN AND DENMARK
  • [16] CULTURE MINISTRY BRINGING FIVE AMERICAN COUPLES TO TURKEY
  • [17] TURKISH AND GREEK BANKS COMPLETE BULDING HIGH SCHOOL IN KOCAELI
  • [18] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [19] HESITATIONS ON THE PATH TO EU BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

  • [01] BAHCELI PARTICIPATES IN CELEBRATIONS OF 700TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE'S ESTABLISHMENT

    [02] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [03] PRESIDENT SEZER RETURNS FROM NEW YORK

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, who was in New York due to the United Nations (UN) Millennium Meeting, returned to Turkey yesterday. Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) Speaker Yildirim Akbulut welcomed the President at Ankara's Esenboga Airport. Mr. Sezer evaluated the results of the UN Millennium Meeting in the press conference he held at the Airport. Emphasizing that globalization created new opportunities for the humanity, Mr. Sezer said the world should be careful not to make the rich the richer and the poor the poorer. Mr. Sezer said, "I pointed out at the meeting that we, as the Turkish nation, always consider the will of people as the highest value and this is the only way to make the rule of law prevail in a country. I stated that democracy should be protected from all kinds of extremist actions and the role of civil society in protecting the democracy should be increased. I also said that democratization and economic development complement each other for the development of a nation." Mr. Sezer added, " I pointed out that the most efficient way to eliminate the threats towards our security was to strengthen the base of the democracy by achieving of the rule of law, enlargening the scope of rights and freedoms, establishing a transparent administration mechanism and protecting the independence of the judiciary." /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] PRESIDENT SEZER'S MESSAGE ON NEW SCHOOL YEAR

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer issued a message on the occasion of the beginning of the new school year. Mr. Sezer said, "Turkish youth should be guided correctly by taking their abilities and interests into account for the future of Turkey." Stating that first of all democracy should be taught to the youth in the schools, Mr. Sezer said, "The Turkish youth ,who will guide the Turkish society in the future, should be trained with the programs which entail scientific, rationalist and positivist principles." /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] AKBULUT LEAVES FOR CROATIA

    Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA), Yildirim Akbulut left for the Croatian capital, Zagreb, to participate in the Parliament Speakers' meeting, entitled, "The Role of the Parliament Speakers in the Implementation of the Stability Pact and in the Integration of Europe-Atlantic." Before his departure, Mr. Akbulut said that during the meeting, the ways to improve the cooperation between the Parliaments of the Southeastern European Countries would be discussed. /Turkiye/

    [06] YILMAZ ON EU MEMBERSHIP

    Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz said on Friday that the government was determined to start European Union full membership negotiations. Speaking at the first session of the European Union Internal Coordination and Harmonization Committee's "Inter-ministerial Coordination Meeting', Yilmaz said they had no time to lose on the path towards the full EU membership. Drawing attention to the fact that Turkey must fulfill the Copenhagen criteria if she really wants to become a full member of the EU, Yilmaz said, "Today our political organizations, non-governmental organizations, unions and a majority of our people support Turkey's full EU membership, but some circles still have concerns about it. They think that the territorial integrity of Turkey may be in danger if Turkey becomes a full EU member. I always say these kinds of concerns should be discussed openly in public." Mr. Yilmaz added that while Turkey was preparing her own national program, the EU was writing the Accession Partnership Accord that will explain the EU's expectations from Turkey for starting the full membership negotiation process. /Turkish Daily News/

    [07] BAHCELI PARTICIPATES IN CELEBRATIONS OF 700TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE'S ESTABLISHMENT

    Speaking at the celebrations for the 700th anniversary of the Ottoman Empire's establishment, Deputy Prime Minister and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Chairman Devlet Bahceli said on Sunday that Turkey should continue to develop without neglecting her own culture and democratic values. Mr. Bahceli said that Turkey should not lose its own national identity while trying to reach new and difficult goals. Mr. Bahceli said, "Those who are disturbed by their own national culture and history and those who do not trust their own people cannot be successful in their goals. It is not possible to isolate ourselves from new global formations, but we must not lose our national identity in our efforts to be a member in this global network. This must be our approach in relations with worldwide organizations and unions." /Turkish Daily News/

    [08] KIVRIKOGLU IN ATHENS

    NATO's 139th Military Committee Meetings begin in Athens today. Chief of General Staff General Huseyin Kivrikoglu travelled to Athens to attend the meetings yesterday. Mr. Kivrikoglu is also expected to hold bilateral contacts. Turkish and Greek Chiefs of General Staff will discuss the arguments on increasing the security in Aegean. During the meetings the issues such as NATO's domestic and foreign problems, the Balkans, NATO's role in the new millennium and the European Security and Defense Identity will be discussed. The new headquartes of NATO will also be handled. Turkey demands two new NATO headquarters be established within its borders. The second round of the NATO Military Committee Meetings will be held in Istanbul between Sept. 13-16. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] PROXIMITY TALKS BEGIN

    The fourth round of the proximity talks on Cyprus will commence tomorrow in New York. The meetings are expected to continue until the first week of October. The US Administration and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan are urging the sides to move on to "substantial discussions." However, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas is insisting that the groundwork for negotiations on "core issues" has not been established yet while Greek-Cypriot leader Glafkos Klerides is threatening to pull out by Oct. 1 if the format of the process is not changed to a direct talks. Mr. Denktas has been stating that the key matter blocking a Cyprus settlement was recognition of the Greek-Cypriot leadership as the "sole legitimate government" on the Island and has been underlining that unless the Greek-Cypriots declare that they are not the government of Turkish-Cypriots, he would enter into any sort of direct talks with Klerides. Since 1998, Denktas has insisted the only solution is a confederation, a loose union of two independent states, while the Greek-Cypriot leadership wants to see the creation of a federal Cyprus settlement in line with the UN Security Council resolutions on Cyprus. Meanwhile, President Denktas will meet Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem today. Later, Mr. Cem is also expected to meet Alvaro de Soto, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus and to explain the view of the Turkish side over the Cyprus issue once again. /Turkish Daily News-Turkiye/

    [10] GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER ON TURKEY'S AEGEAN AND CYPRUS POLICIES

    Greek Defense Minister Aki Cohacopulos stated that Greece would support Turkey's full EU membership if Turkey gradually changes its Aegean and Cyprus policies. Mr. Cohacopulos stated that Greece regarded Turkey's responsibilities on its path towards the full EU membership as an opportunity. Evaluating the Turco-Greek relations before and after Helsinki meetings, Mr. Cohacopulos claimed that Turkey put forth illegal and unilateral demands against Greece and tried to legitimize its presence in Cyprus. Mr. Cohacopulos said that he hoped Turkey would change its policies over the Aegean and Cyprus due to the pressures by the US and the EU and implement more flexible policies towards Greece. He added that if these are achieved, Greece has to support Turkey's full EU membership. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] RAPID REACTION FORCES COMMAND IN ISTANBUL

    It is stated that at the NATO 139th Military Committee Meetings which will be held both in Istanbul and Athens, a decision will be taken to deploy ACE Rapid Reaction Forces (ARRC) as the Corps Command in Istanbul. With the establishment of the Istanbul Corps Command of NATO, the number of such forces will increase to three. Officials from NATO said that within the framework of the new NATO strategy supporting the fight against threats on three different areas, it became inevitable to increase the number of ARRCs, consisting of highly prepared armed forces. The officials said, "It is a must to deploy one of the forces in Turkey. After the meeting in Athens, the final decision will be taken on September 15 at the meeting in Istanbul. If France also agrees, a corps command will be established in Istanbul for the highly prepared rapid reaction forces. /Milliyet/

    [12] TURKEY'S SUCCESS IN CENTRASBAT-2000 MANOEUVRES

    Centrasbat-2000 maneuvres, a NATO-Partnership for Peace (PfP) joint operation, have begun in Almati, Kazakhstan. Turkey, Britain and the United States from the NATO and Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Russia from the PfP are participating in the maneuvres. The landing operation of the Turkish parachute units have achieved a great success in the manoeuvres. The manoeuvres are aimed at supporting the peace and improving the humanitarian operations. /Aksam/

    [13] SUBMARINE RESCUE MANOEUVRES CONTINUE

    The "Sorbet Royal-2000", submarine search and rescue manoeuvres, carried out by NATO every three years, are continuing. The Turkish Naval Force Command is hosting the manoeuvres. Yesterday, 40 miles away from the Mersin Gulf, a rescue-manoeuvre was held to save the crew from a sunken submarine under the command of Naval Colonel Ibrahim Aydin. /Turkiye/

    [14] SECOND ECONOMY SUMMIT HELD IN ANTALYA

    The Second Economy Summit, organized by the Tourism, Economy, Scientific Research and Promotion Center (TEBIAT), convened a number of economists and high level bureaucrats in Kemer, Antalya. During the meeting, the point reached in the economic programme was discussed. State Minister responsible for the Economy, Recep Onal, delivered an opening speech at the summit also attended by Governor of the Central Bank, Gazi Ercel. The Chief of the IMF Turkey Desk Carlo Cottarelli participated in the meeting and delivered a speech. Stressing that the government had obtained a great success during the implementation of the programme, Mr. Cottarelli said: "However, it should be carried on. It is not a 100-metre running but a marathon. A programme cannot be successful, unless it is implemented determinedly by the politicians. I observe that the government is determined on the targets of the programme." World Bank's Turkey Director Ajay Chibber also delivered a speech during the Summit. Mr. Chibber said that new program had revived the Turkish economy and the inflation rate tended to decrease. Stating that Turkey had an early success in its economic program, Mr. Chibber said, "Turkey should make structural reforms to continue its success in the economy. Reforms in banking sector is very important. /Hurriyet-Aksam/

    [15] STATE MINISTER GUREL TO VISIT BRITAIN AND DENMARK

    State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel will pay official visits to Britain and Denmark starting on Saturday. He will discuss the problems faced by Turks living in these countries and the prospects of their better integration into the community. /Turkish Daily News/

    [16] CULTURE MINISTRY BRINGING FIVE AMERICAN COUPLES TO TURKEY

    The first of five couples from the United States who won a free visit to Turkey, by courtesy of the Culture Ministry as part of an International promotional campaign will be arriving in Turkey today. The couple will stay in Turkey for a week. They will visit Cappadocia, Ataturk's Mausoleum in Ankara and a series of picturesque sites in Istanbul. /Turkish Daily News/

    [17] TURKISH AND GREEK BANKS COMPLETE BULDING HIGH SCHOOL IN KOCAELI

    The construction of a high school building in Kocaeli, the quake-hit region, has been completed, a statement from Turkey's Central Bank said. The construction was joitly undertaken by the Turkish and Greek central banks. The school is a symbol of the burgeoning frienship between Turkey and Greece in the wake of the quake. /Turkish Daily News/

    [18] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [19] HESITATIONS ON THE PATH TO EU BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Yilmaz Oztuna writes on the hesitations expressed for the EU membership. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz has said that there were still some reservations expressed by some on the full EU membership. In fact, a person who has served as prime minister for three times cannot be expected to be wrong in his observations, especially on a subject such as the EU where the future of Turkish State and nation has been oriented to.

    The messages sent to our newspaper show that if a referendum is held today on the issue, it will be approved by a 2/3s , even 3/4s majority. Turkish nation is seeking prosperity, a clean society and modern civilization. However, for a consensus on the EU membership people have to be enlightened on the subject, as certain circles are provoking it against the EU, and leading it into uncertainty.

    Provocation and distortion are based on points such as, if full-membership is accepted, the Turkish state will be divided, (that is to say an independent or autonomous Kurdish State will be established on Turkish territory),and if we agree to it we would have to make concessions on the Aegean and Cyprus and even concerning the islands left to Turkey, and that Turkey would be governed by foreign centres such Brussels, and Turkish sovereignty will be lost. These foreign centres will force us to sell our banks, factories, lodgings and listening to the phones, infringe our family privacy. These are all nonsense. Such opinions can only reduce us to a secondary Middle Eastern power, which has lost its national culture in a poor state. We would deserve to be treated as a nation left in such a situation."


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