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Turkish Press Review, 00-10-18

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

18.10.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS NECK TO NECK COMPETITION BY SABAHATTIN ONKIBAR
  • [02] (TURKIYE)
  • [03] KARIMOV: "I PURSUE ATATURK'S IDEALS"
  • [04] PARLIAMENTARY SPEAKER TO BE ELECTED TODAY
  • [05] PRESIDENT ALIYEV CRITISES ARMENIAN BILL
  • [06] VERHEUGEN VISITS GREECE TO DISCUSS CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [07] TURKEY PLEASED WITH THE EYGPT SUMMIT
  • [08] PARLIAMENTARIAN GOK RESIGNS
  • [09] HOST COUNTRY AGREEMENT INITIALED FOR BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE PROJECT
  • [10] YILMAZ AND VURAL TO GO TO BRUSSELS
  • [11] TURKEY-IRAN SECURITY COMMISSION MEETING ENDS
  • [12] STABILITY PACT TALKS CONTINUE
  • [13] IRAQI HEALTH MINISTER RECEIVES TURKISH DELEGATION
  • [14] TURKEY, EU DISCUSS FREEING OF SERVICES AND STATE PURCHASES
  • [15] IMF DELEGATION TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [16] CITES MEETING IN IZMIR
  • [17] DENIZBANK RECEIVES SYNDICATION CREDIT
  • [18] KIRKUK-YUMURTALIK OIL PIPELINE IS READY
  • [19] NEW ENTERPRISE OF DUPONT IN TURKEY
  • [20] ENERGY FINANCING SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL
  • [21] TURKEY FAVOURED INVESTMENT MARKET
  • [22] AWARD FOR FAZIL SAY
  • [23] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [24] NECK TO NECK COMPETITION BY SABAHATTIN ONKIBAR (TURKIYE)

  • [01] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS NECK TO NECK COMPETITION BY SABAHATTIN ONKIBAR

    [02] (TURKIYE)

    [03] KARIMOV: "I PURSUE ATATURK'S IDEALS"

    Uzbek President Islam Karimov hosted President Ahmet Necdet Sezer in Uzbekistan. Uzbek President Islam Karimov said, "Uzbeki society has never been anxious about the approach and attitude of Turkish society towards us. We are brothers." Mr. Karimov said, "Ataturk is a great reformer and politician who transformed Turkey into a modern society. My way is Ataturk's way and I will not turn back. People opposing Ataturk's ideas are my enemy and people supporting his ideas are my brothers." Mr. Karimov said he regarded President Sezer as Turkey's guardian in pursuing Ataturk's way of modernization. Stating that Turkish Office of the General Staff is a very important institution paving the way for modernization, Mr. Karimov also said he appreciated the policies of the Turkish Office of the General Staff." Mr. Karimov added that the establishment of schools by various societies in Uzbekistan, apart from the ones recognized by the Turkish Ministry of National Education, will not be allowed. /Milliyet/

    [04] PARLIAMENTARY SPEAKER TO BE ELECTED TODAY

    The Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) will elect the new speaker today. The two candidates, Murat Basesgioglu from the Motherland Party (ANAP) and Omer Izgi from the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) will compete in the fourth round of the votings. The candidate obtaining the most votes will be the new Speaker of the Parliament for a three-year term. /Turkiye/

    [05] PRESIDENT ALIYEV CRITISES ARMENIAN BILL

    Regarding the Armenian bill which is on US House of Representatives' agenda, Azeri President Haydar Aliyev said it was unfair to deal with events happened occuring 85 years ago and that he disagreed with the discussions over the bill. Additionally, Azeri Parliamentary Speaker Murtuz Aleskerov said "In case the bill is approved, I will lodge my objection with the US Congress." Stressing that the case is a work for historians, Mr. Aleskerov said, "Both sides had losses during the events of 1915. In no way can these events be called a genocide." /Turkiye/

    [06] VERHEUGEN VISITS GREECE TO DISCUSS CYPRUS ISSUE

    The European Commission continues its efforts to draft the final version of the Accession Partnership Document for Turkey. European Union Commissar responsible for Enlargement Gunter Verheugen will visit Greece to discuss the Cyprus issue today. Diplomatic sources say that Cyprus talks are still ongoing and that although the first part of the EU document contains a reference to the Cyprus issue, it was not considered a precondition for Turkey's full EU membership. However, the diplomats fear that the solution of Cyprus problem will be made a precondition for full EU membership. /Milliyet/

    [07] TURKEY PLEASED WITH THE EYGPT SUMMIT

    The Foreign Ministry issued a written statement noting that Turkey was pleased with the decisions made during the Eygpt Summit held to end the struggles between Israel and Palestine. "The decisions must be put into effect immediately.", said the statement. The decisions were seen as a positive step in ending the struggles and ensuring peace in the region. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] PARLIAMENTARIAN GOK RESIGNS

    A Democratic Party (DSP) Deputy from Istanbul Bulent Ersin Gok resigned his post yesterday. Prime Minister and Democratic Party leader Bulent Ecevit requested his resignation due to allegations of bribery. /All Papers/

    [09] HOST COUNTRY AGREEMENT INITIALED FOR BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE PROJECT

    The first of the final agreements for the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project was signed in a ceremony held in Baku yesterday. At the ceremony, chaired by Azeri President Haydar Aliyev, the "Host Country Agreement" and the agreement for establishing a sponsor group were initialed. Director General of Turkish Petrolium Joint Stock Company (TPAO), Osman Demirag, and Deputy Undersecretary of Minister of Energy, Ali Turkoglu were there to represent Turkey. The sponsor group agreement was signed by the investor companies. The Host Country Agreement was signed by investor companies and the Azeri government. Delivering a speech after the ceremony, President Aliyev said, "With the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project, Caucasus petrolium will be marketed all around the world by 2004." Stating that the project would be completed with the continuous support of the US, Mr. Aliyev said a new period has begun for the project and added, "We have undergone too many difficulties thus far. However, we have overcome all the difficulties through political consistency and unity." /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] YILMAZ AND VURAL TO GO TO BRUSSELS

    Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and EU Secretary General Volkan Vural will travel to Brussels today for a series of talks with EU officials. It was reported that Mr. Yilmaz and Mr. Vural will try to exclude sensitive issues (such as Cyprus and the Aegean issues) from the accession partnership document to be declared November 8. Mr. Yilmaz and Mr. Vural are expected to meet the EU Commissioner Responsible for Enlargement Gunter Verheugen, EU Commissioner Responsible for Foreign Policy and Defense Javier Solana, European Commission Deputy Chairman Loyola De Palacia and members of the European Parliament. Meeting with the head of the Foreign Ministry's EU Office Selim Kuneralp and Deputy Undersecretary Ugur Ziyal yesterday, Deputy Chief of General Staff General Yasar Buyukanit expressed the views and concerns of the Office of the General Staff over the accession partnership document. During the meetings, the reports of the Office of the Genaral Staff were also taken up. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] TURKEY-IRAN SECURITY COMMISSION MEETING ENDS

    The seventh Turkey-Iran High Security Commission meeting ended yesterday. Saim Cotur, the Interior Ministry Undersecretary heading the Turkish delegation in Tehran, said the reciprocal friendship and understanding pervading the meeting was influential in bringing about the positive outcome. Measures to prevent smuggling on the Turkish-Iranian border and the illegal border crossings by opponents of both countries across the border, constituted the main topics of the three-round meeting, said Deputy Interior Minister Gulamhuseyin Bolandiyan, head of the Iranian delegation. The issue of drug smuggling was also on the agenda. Mr. Bolandiyan said that Turkey and Iran should cooperate closely to prevent drug smuggling, establishing a security zone in the region. /Turkish Daily News/

    [12] STABILITY PACT TALKS CONTINUE

    Over 100 projects classified in two separate timetables named "Fast Initial" and "Short Term", are being discussed at the meeting of the Stability Pact's second desk responsible for economic issues in Istanbul. The meeting is organized to establish political stability in the Balkans after the break up of Yugoslavia. The projects are aimed at reestablishing the damaged infrastructure due to the wars in Yugoslavia. Seven countries were directly damaged in the Balkans and Kosovo region. Among the countries to benefit from the workings of the Stability Pact are Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Yugoslavia Federation. The Istanbul meeting is particularly focused on the `Fast Initial' package which consists of projects to be completed as soon as possible. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] IRAQI HEALTH MINISTER RECEIVES TURKISH DELEGATION

    Iraqi Health Minister, Umit Mithat Mubarek received a delegation from the Altaylar Company, headed by the Chairman of Executive Committee Muhammed Besir Altay. Altaylar is among the private Turkish firms providing aid shipments to Iraq. Health concerns were discussed during the meeting. Mr. Mubarek told the Turkish delegation that the UN embargo on transfer of aid to Iraq is meant to make the Iraqi people suffer. /Turkish Daily News/

    [14] TURKEY, EU DISCUSS FREEING OF SERVICES AND STATE PURCHASES

    The first round of talks between the European Commission and Turkey regarding the freeing of services and state purchases is continuing in Ankara. A statement from the Foreign Ministry said the meeting was meant to be a forum to exchange information between Turkish and European Commission delegations on the regulations currently valid in both Turkey and the EU regulating services and state purchases. /Turkish Daily News/

    [15] IMF DELEGATION TO VISIT TURKEY

    An International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation will arrive in Turkey on Oct. 24 and begin meetings with Turkish authorities on Oct. 25. The delegation will examine the budget for next year and the macro economic values used to determine the performance and structural criteria for the year 2001. These criteria will be placed in the third letter of intent which will be summitted to the Executive Board of the IMF. The IMF delegation is expected to complete its meetings in fourteen days. /Turkiye/

    [16] CITES MEETING IN IZMIR

    The meeting of the CITES (Convention on International Trade of the Endangered Species) permanent committee is to begin in Izmir tomorrow. The convention foresees international cooperation to protect various endangered plant and animal species. /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] DENIZBANK RECEIVES SYNDICATION CREDIT

    Denizbank will receive $35 million syndication credit from international financial markets to finance exports. Hypo Vereinsbank, the Bank of New York, Alpha, Demir-Halk (Netherland), Leonia Corporate and Standard Chartered are among the 16 banks participating in the syndication. The maturity date of the credit will be one year. /Aksam/

    [18] KIRKUK-YUMURTALIK OIL PIPELINE IS READY

    The General Manager of BOTAS Gokhan Yardim said preperations are complete for the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik Oil Pipeline to become fully operational. The Council of Ministers will make the decision to open the pipeline. Mr. Yardim who attended the reception at the Iraqi Embassy in Ankara said," When the pipeline becomes fully operational, Turkey will receive $220-230 million. Currently, revenues are around $175 million." /Aksam/

    [19] NEW ENTERPRISE OF DUPONT IN TURKEY

    Deputy Chairman of Dupont Lycra Dieter Siegel said the company seeking new investment opportunities may chose. Mr. Siegel said Turkey would play an important role in the future of the textile industry and that they already had important customers in Turkey. Marketing Manager of Dupont Lycra in Turkey, Ayfun Cicek said that China and Turkey are the only candidates for new investment of the company estimated at $200 million. /Sabah/

    [20] ENERGY FINANCING SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL

    The problems of the energy sector in Turkey and methods to finance energy projects were discussed in the Euro Forum held in Istanbul. Banking experts and jurists joined the Euro Forum hosted by the Hurriyet Newspaper. Project financing, the practical ways to sign a productive project agreement, negotiations with public institutions and foundations, the reality of energy projects in Turkey and their financing and Turkish energy projects were all discussed at the meeting. /Hurriyet/

    [21] TURKEY FAVOURED INVESTMENT MARKET

    Deutsche Bank, one of the worlds biggest banks, declared that Turkey and Russia are among the top countries for investment. The research paper called `A Look to the Developing Countries 2001', explained that because of serious decreases in inflation, South Africa and Poland, as well as Turkey and Russia are attractive for ivestment. According to the research, the disinflation programs enacted since the begining of the year are both stable and ongoing. /Sabah/

    [22] AWARD FOR FAZIL SAY

    World-renowned pianist Fazil Say, received the "Diapason D'Or-Golden Plate" Award in France for his new CD the "Spring Ceremony" by Stravinsky. The CD was also awarded the "Plate of the Year" by "Classica" magazine and the "Best Plate-R10" by "Repertorie". /Turkiye/

    [23] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [24] NECK TO NECK COMPETITION BY SABAHATTIN ONKIBAR (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Sabahattin Onkibar writes on the voting for the Election of the TGNA Speaker. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "The results of the third round of voting to elect the TGNA Speaker are well known. ANAP's candidate Murat Basesgioglu received 260 votes, MHP'S candidate Omer Izgi 251. Because no one received 276 votes in the third round, the Speaker could not be elected. The final round will take place today.

    In the final round it is not necessary to receive 276 votes. The candidate receiving the majority of votes will be elected as TGNA Speaker. Yesterday's results show that Murat Basesgioglu is one step ahead. Mr.Basesgioglu, who was far behind the MHP candidade in the first two rounds, seems to have made a come back in the third round. Results of the third round show that ANAP-DYP-FP votes are cast as a block. According to the figures, the competition is continuing neck and neck.

    If MHP'S candidate Omer Izgi increases his votes relative to the second round, it will be evident that he did not get any more than some individual votes from DYP. The combined votes of MHP and DSP should be more than 250. Most of the votes Izgi received came from these two parties. Can a surprise or a change be expected? Although a long shot, it is not impossible. If a few of the representatives voting for Mr. Basesgioglu, decide to vote instead for Omer Izgi, the balance will change in his favor.

    The decisive factor in this round will be the votes of DYP and its leader Mrs. Ciller. Deputy Chairman of DYP, Hasan Ekinci said that Murat Basesgioglu was the the centre-right candidate. 'Therefore, we shall vote for him. Party contacts are being made for unity in the centre-right.' ANAP believes that it's rival is not DYP but MHP. It is not far-fetched to think that ANAP and DYP will come together before the elections and enter not only with their own lists and emblems but also an agreement. The coming days will show us a process of rapprochement between ANAP and DYP. MHP is using DYP as a threat to ANAP, but a surprise reversal of the situation is also possible."


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