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Turkish Press Review, 00-09-20

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

20.09.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [02] CEM MEETS HOLBROOKE
  • [03] DENKTAS' STATEMENT ON THE CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [04] TURCO-GREEK RAPPROACHEMENT CONTINUES
  • [05] CONSTITUTIONAL COURT ON CRIMES COMMITTED VIA MEDIA
  • [06] UNMIK GUARANTEE FOR KOSOVAR TURKS
  • [07] SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE BILL TO BE VOTED TODAY
  • [08] ETHIOPIAN DELEGATION IN TURKEY
  • [09] STATE MINISTER CAY IN TAJIKISTAN
  • [10] OPERATION IN SOUTHEAST
  • [11] NEW BASE FOR NAVY
  • [12] UNICEF TO DONATE $20 MILLION TO TURKEY
  • [13] CHIBBER: "ATATURK IS A PERFECT LEADER"
  • [14] ENERGY DEFICIT
  • [15] TURKISH-SWISS BUSINESS COUNCIL ESTABLISHED
  • [16] START FOR THE PRIVATIZATION OF PETKIM
  • [17] HONORARY DOCTORATE FOR PROF. YASARGIL
  • [18] FILM FESTIVAL IN SAFRANBOLU
  • [19] BESIKTAS' VICTORY
  • [20] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [21] ROAD MAP FOR EU BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

  • [01] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [02] CEM MEETS HOLBROOKE

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem met the US permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) Richard Holbrooke yesterday in New York. According to a statement by Deputy Spokesman of Foreign Ministry Huseyin Dirioz, Mr. Cem and Mr. Holbrooke mainly discussed the Cyprus issue, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's statement emphasizing that the Turkish and Greek Cypriots were the political equal of the other and the Turco-Greek relations. Mr. Dirioz said that Mr. Holbrooke had conveyed his pleasure over the latest developments on the Cyprus issue at the meeting. Yesterday, Mr. Cem also met Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov. Stating that they held consultations on the Iraq issue, Mr. Cem said, "I gave information about Turkey's cooperation in the fight against terrorism with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to Mr. Ivanov and added that Uzbekistan would also join this cooperation." Meanwhile, Mr. Cem delivered a speech at the Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). Emphasizing that the real solution in Cyprus would be the recognition of two equal nations and states, Mr. Cem said, "Turkey supports the proximity talks held under the umbrella of the UN. This issue should be included in the OIC final declaration." He added that since the Turkish-Cypriots needed the support of the Islamic countries, these countries should cooperate with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) in the areas of economy, culture and information. Mr. Cem traveled to Brussels after completing his contacts due to the UN's 55th term meetings. He is expected to meet the Chairman of the European Parliament Nicole Fontaine, Chairman of the European Commission Romano Prodi and the EU Commissioner responsible for the enlargement Gunther Verheugen. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] DENKTAS' STATEMENT ON THE CYPRUS PROBLEM

    President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas said that the map, proposal and suggestions mentioned in the Greek-Cypriot press had not been presented to them and that these issues had not been discussed between the Turkish side and the United Nations (UN). Denktas added, "The territorial issue cannot be discussed unless our sovereignity is recognized. We asked for information on the subject during our meeting with the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative, Alvaro De Soto. They expressed their unhappiness over the issue. However, those maps, cantons and proposals were not presented to us." /Aksam/

    [04] TURCO-GREEK RAPPROACHEMENT CONTINUES

    It had been decided at the meeting of the Turkish and Greek Foreign Ministers in New York that the Aegean issue encompassing an advance in the confidence-building measures would be discussed during bilateral contacts between the two countries. While Greece stated that the meetings will be held on Sept. 29, it was reported the meeting which will be held between Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and his Greek counterpart George Papandreou on Oct. 19 would accelerate the rapprochement period. Despite the opposition of a group including Greek Defense Minister Akis Cohacopulos, it was decided that the Aegean issue will be discussed during the Papandreou-Cem meeting. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] CONSTITUTIONAL COURT ON CRIMES COMMITTED VIA MEDIA

    The Constitutional Court partially annulled the law on the postponement of sentences given to the crimes committed through media and publications. The Court granted a one-year period to the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) to carry out the required amendments. This decision raised the hopes that a number of people will be released and also the former leader of the former Welfare Party Necmettin Erbakan will not be imprisoned. The Court declared the law as invalid by stating that according to Article 10 of the Constitution, individuals are equal before the laws. This means that to postpone the punishments of only the ones committed through media for the same kind of crimes is against the principle of equality between individuals. /Milliyet/

    [06] UNMIK GUARANTEE FOR KOSOVAR TURKS

    It was stated that the United Nations Mission for Kosovo (UNMIK) will realize the principle of equality of Kosovar Turks with the Albanians and Serbians. According to a statement by the Foreign Ministry, UN special representative to Kosovo Bernard Kouchner sent the official document concerning UNMIK's promises to Kosovar Turks to the Head of Turkish Democratic Union Mahir Yagcilar on Sept. 15. "The UNMIK is trying to take further steps to guarantee the rights of Kosovar Turks. The principle of equality will also be valid for the languages. Kosovar Turks will have the right to get education in Turkish and their identity cards will be written in Turkish.", stated the document. It was reported that the Foreign Ministry considered the document as a positive development while the Associations of the Kosovar Turks have also been satisfied. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE BILL TO BE VOTED TODAY

    The US Congress' Subcommittee on the International Operations and Human Rights will vote the so-called Armenian genocide bill today. If the bill is rejected, it will be removed from the agenda, but if it passes, it will go on to the House International Committee. Since the Armenian lobbies are trying to get the bill passed in the House Committee, it was reported that they will organize a conference regarding the so-called genocide between Sept.27-28. Meanwhile, American oil, energy and defense industry firms are also continuing their lobbying activities to support Turkey. Head of Turkish-American Council Lincoln McCurdy sent a letter to the Chairman of House of Representatives Dennis Hastert saying that the recognition of the bill should be prevented as Turkey is one of the most reliable allies of the US. /Sabah/

    [08] ETHIOPIAN DELEGATION IN TURKEY

    During a four-day visit to Turkey, Ethiopian Minister responsible for Water Resources and Meteorology, Shiferaw Jarso and an accompanying delegation visited State Minister Ramazan Mirzaoglu. After the meeting, Mr. Mirzaoglu said that Ethiopia is a country convenient for the construction of a great number of dams. The Ethiopian delegation will visit the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) region today and make various observations. /Turkiye/

    [09] STATE MINISTER CAY IN TAJIKISTAN

    State Minister Abdulhaluk Cay went to Tajikistan for official meetings. According to an announcement by the Foreign Ministry, Cay will participate in the Economic Commission Meeting between the two countries and be welcomed by the Tajikistan President and Prime Minister during his visit, which ends on Sept. 26. /Turkish Daily News/

    [10] OPERATION IN SOUTHEAST

    A statement issued by the office of the Governor of Emergency Rule said that two members of the PKK terrorist organization were killed during the operations carried out between the security forces and a group of PKK members in Hakkari, Mus and Tunceli yesterday. Meanwhile, one PKK member was seriously wounded, and two PKK members were captured with their weapons and other two terrorists surrendered to security forces in Hakkari. Operations are underway. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] NEW BASE FOR NAVY

    A new base for the navy will be constructed in Izmir and Chief of the General Staff Gen. Huseyin Kivrikoglu will lay the foundation of the Command on Sept.28, on 'Navy Day'. /Milliyet/

    [12] UNICEF TO DONATE $20 MILLION TO TURKEY

    UNICEF has decided to donate $20,000,000 to Turkey over the next five years. The decision was made at an UNICEF Action Committee meeting in New York. /Turkish Daily News/

    [13] CHIBBER: "ATATURK IS A PERFECT LEADER"

    World Bank Turkey Director Ajay Chibber delivered a speech at the conference on ' Effective Administration on the path to the European Union'. Mr. Chibber said that the example for the best leader in Turkey was Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. He said that Ataturk has founded Is Bank with the financial assistance extended by Indian Moslems for the Turkish War of Independence. Mr. Chibber said, " Turkey is currently in good condition and we should congratulate the government for this. However, the war has not yet been won. I believe the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency will effectively deal with the irregularities in the banking sector." /Milliyet/

    [14] ENERGY DEFICIT

    The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Cumhur Ersumer will present his proposals for energy saving and energy deficit issues to the Council of Ministers' meeting tomorrow. Mr. Ersumer said that a series of measures was being proposed to save energy, such as the rearrangement of the working hours and restrictions to decrease the electricity consumption. He pointed out that they were holding meetings with Iranian and Russian Ambassadors regarding the increase in the natural gas and power imported from those countries. Mr. Ersumer also said that an increase in the electricity prices, an interval the irrigation of the agricultural areas and scheduled power cuts are on the agenda to overcome the bottleneck in power supply. /Turkiye/

    [15] TURKISH-SWISS BUSINESS COUNCIL ESTABLISHED

    Turkish-Swiss Business Council was established under the structure of the Foreign Economic Relations Council (DEIK). Deputy Chairman of the Turkish Association of Industrialists and Businessmen (TUSIAD), Mustafa Koc, said, "Turkey is among the countries whose growth potential is the highest when compared to China, Brazil, India, Mexico, Argentina and Singapore." Meanwhile, Swiss Economy and Foreign Trade Undersecretary David Syz said, "Turkey is a very important country for Switzerland, and Switzerland ranks the fifth among the countries making investments in this country. We closely follow the stability program in Turkey." /Hurriyet/

    [16] START FOR THE PRIVATIZATION OF PETKIM

    Deputy Chairman of the Privatization Administration Board (OIB) Haluk Buyukbas said that within the framework of the privatization of Petro-chemical Industry Company (PETKIM) they were having contacts with the representatives of international banks and would authorize them on the issue in a short time. Mr. Buyukbas said that they would take steps to sell the assets of PETKIM Facilities in Yarimca this year. Mr. Buyukbas said that within the context of market and sector conditions, they may consider the implementation of both a block sale of 51 percent and also a public offer of 15-20 percent /Milliyet/

    [17] HONORARY DOCTORATE FOR PROF. YASARGIL

    Hacettepe University Senate will present 'honorary doctorate' to Prof. Gazi Yasargil, who was elected the 'surgeon of the century' by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in the US because of his success in the neurological surgery and his contributions to the improvement of the surgical methods. The ceremony will be organized at the Cultural Centre of Hacettepe University today. /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] FILM FESTIVAL IN SAFRANBOLU

    'The First Golden Safranbolu Documentary Film Festival' will begin today in Safranbolu, Kastamonu. Within the framework of the activities of the festival, documentary, film and scenario competitions, panels, conferences, seminars and exhibitions will be organized and folk dances will be displayed. Meanwhile, the meeting of the Executive Board of 'Organization of World Heritage Cities' will be held by UNESCO today during the festival. This meeting will be attended by the Mayors from 17 countries, which take place in the 'World Heritage Cities Organization'. /Cumhuriyet/

    [19] BESIKTAS' VICTORY

    Turkish soccer team Besiktas defeated Spanish Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League with a score of 3-0. Ahmet Dursun (2) and Nouma scored the goals during the match played last night at Inonu Stadium in Istanbul. Meanwhile, Galatasaray is going to play its second match in the Champions League tonight against Austrian Sturm Graz at Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium. The match will be kicked off at 21:45. /Turkiye/

    [20] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [21] ROAD MAP FOR EU BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Yilmaz Oztuna writes on the expected discussions concerning the road map for the EU at the Council of Ministers. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "The Council of Ministers will convene tomorrow and will discuss the road map for the EU. The basic reforms requested from the EU candidate countries, including Turkey, will be among those considered. The European Union will take the borders of Turkey under a gurantee which has never been seen throughout its history. Following NATO, the EU will provide the guarantee to Turkey it has granted to all its members. Turkish passport will not be subject to the improper behaviour it has seen until now and there will no longer be a necessity to obtain a visa for each and every country. Turkish citizens will be exempted from the embarassing processes accorded to poor countries with a high rate of population and will open up to the world. The proceedings at the border gates which have been implemented for long seem natural to us. However, remembering Ataturk's words that this nation was not created to be embarassed, I am deeply troubled.

    The prosperous people of the former Ottoman states have taken their borders under guarantee with no requirement for visa to travel. However, we still have the chance to get into the last wagon of the train climbing to the peak with utmost speed. We trust the Coalition Government leaders, Bulent Ecevit, Devlet Bahceli and Mesut Yilmaz and the Turkish Grand National Assembly. They should not disappoint us. The necessity for radical reforms cannot be denied and they can be implemented with determination and strong political will."


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