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Turkish Press Review, 00-11-06

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

06.11.00

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] CROATIAN PRIME MINISTER IN ANKARA
  • [03] BAHCELI REELECTED AS MHP LEADER
  • [04] TURCO-US RELATIONS
  • [05] FOREIGN MINISTRY'S AGENDA
  • [06] REPORT: PKK INVOLVED IN LIVESTOCK SMUGGLING
  • [07] BAR ELECTONS HELD IN ISTANBUL
  • [08] STATE MINISTER ONAL: INFLATION BETTER THAN EXPECTED
  • [09] TURKEY: 18TH COUNTRY IN SERVICE EXPORTS
  • [10] SALOMON SMITH PRAISES TURKEY
  • [11] TOSCANA IN US MARKET
  • [12] UNDERSECRETARY TUZMEN'S STATEMENT ON IRAQI MARKET
  • [13] AGREEMENT FOR CREDITS BY EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK
  • [14] HIGH RATE OF PRODUCTION INCREASE IN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
  • [15] PROPOSAL TO DISCUSS THE SEIZED BANKS IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
  • [16] `EUROPEAN UNION AND GLOBALISATION' PANEL
  • [17] PROF. WALTER'S STATEMENT
  • [18] EARTHQUAKE RESEARCH
  • [19] BRIDGE PROJECTS
  • [20] AKSA GENERATOR IN KAZAKHSTAN
  • [21] TREASURY'S FOREIGN DEPT REPAYMENT WEEK
  • [22] TOURISM DEVELOPS IN TURKEY
  • [23] DAYS OF DEDE KORKUT
  • [24] TURKISH DAY IN BOSTON
  • [25] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [26] FRANCE AND THE ARMENIANS BY IZZET SEDES (AKSAM)

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

    [02] CROATIAN PRIME MINISTER IN ANKARA

    Croatian Prime Minister Ivica Racan arrived in Ankara yesterday to pay an official visit at the invitation of Premier Bulent Ecevit. During his three-day visit, Mr. Racan will meet with Turkish authorities to exchange views on the recent developments in the Balkans and on regional and multi-national issues. He will also be received by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. /Turkiye/

    [03] BAHCELI REELECTED AS MHP LEADER

    State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli was reelected leader of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) for the third time. During the MHP's Sixth Ordinary Big Congress, Bahceli obtained 1,283 votes of 1,301 delegates. After his election, Bahceli addressed the congress and listed the party targets for the new period. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Parliamentary Speaker Omer Izgi, Premier BUlent Ecevit, Motherland Party (ANAP) leader and Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and True Path Party leader (DYP) Tansu Ciller sent messages of congratulation to him on the occasion. /Turkiye/

    [04] TURCO-US RELATIONS

    Whoever is elected President after the upcoming elections in the US, a change in the positive relations between Turkey and the US is not expected. The Democratic candidate Al Gore, and George W. Bush, the Republican candidate, are neck and neck according to political polls. Political observers note the different approaches of the candidates important issues for Turkish-American relations: The Democrat Gore will probably try to soften the Turkish side on the Cyprus issue. During the presidential race, Gore has previously stated that even if a solution cannot be found for the Cyprus problem, then the Greek-Cypriot's membership to the EU should be accepted. Meanwhile, the Republican Bush says he is against finding an outside solution for some issues such as the Cyprus issue or the crisis between Israel and Palestine. If Bush is elected President, he is not expected to be as interested in the Cyprus problem as Clinton. In addition, if Gore is elected President, he is expected to support Turkey's membership to the EU pending a solution to the Cyprus issue. For Bush, the Cyprus problem is not expected to be a priority. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] FOREIGN MINISTRY'S AGENDA

    Turkey will turn its attention to foreign policy this week and therefore Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be hard at work. Ankara, which has been working toward becoming a member of the European Union (EU) for many years, will learn EU's expectations from Turkey with the Accession Partnership Document to be declared on November 8. A draft bill on the so-called Armenian genocide bill, withdrawn from the US House of Representatives, will be discussed in the French Senate on November 7. One reason the bill is being discussed in the French Senate is the approaching elections in France. Meanwhile, the US Presidential elections will be one of the issues closely followed by Ankara. /Aksam/

    [06] REPORT: PKK INVOLVED IN LIVESTOCK SMUGGLING

    The PKK terrorist organization is engaged in smuggling livestock on the Turkish-Iraqi and Turkish-Iranian borders to finance its terrorist activities according to a report prepared by the Gendarmerie Forces Command`s Anti-Organized Crimes Division. The report stated some five million animals are smuggled from Iran and Iraq into Turkish territory each year. The report included comments blaming Iranian authorities for allowing the livestock smugglers to operate. This happens, it says, out of a desire to harm the Turkish economy. /Turkish Daily News/

    [07] BAR ELECTONS HELD IN ISTANBUL

    Yucel Sayman was reelected as the president of the Istanbul Bar Association yesterday. The Istanbul Bar Association is the second largest Bar with 15,000 members, after the Tokyo Bar Association. Elections were held in the Law Faculty of Istanbul University. Out of 8,262 votes, Yucel Sayman acquired 3,303 votes. Kazim Kolcuoglu received 2,212 votes. Mr. Sayman said they will establish a Scientific Research Institute in which the young advocates will be active. /Hurriyet/

    [08] STATE MINISTER ONAL: INFLATION BETTER THAN EXPECTED

    Over the weekend, state Minister Recep Onal said that successful results were achieved in the first nine months of the government implemented macro-economic program. Speaking at a conference on "Legal Dimensions in Manufacturing" in Marmaris Saturday, Onal said inflation expectations had been broken in the last seven months. He added that the program would be implemented in 2001 decisively. Stating that in January and October the lowest price increases since 1987 were realized, Onal said, "Any doubt about the program's future has completely disappeared. Th disinflation program has caused real interest to drop remarkably and the Turkish economy, which shrunk dramatically last year, to get ahead in international and domestic markets. Under this program consumption and production have taken on new life." /Turkish Daily News/

    [09] TURKEY: 18TH COUNTRY IN SERVICE EXPORTS

    According World Trade Organization's data, the US leads the world exporting the most services totalling $ 252 billion. Britain with $ 101 billion and France with $ 79 billion follow the US. Turkey places 18th on the list at $ 16 billion. /Sabah/

    [10] SALOMON SMITH PRAISES TURKEY

    The International Consultancy Company Salomon Smith mentioned the success of Turkey's current economy program in its monthly report. Stating that most of the objectives set in the economic program by the Turkish government were reached, the report said the Turkish government contended not just with macro economic measures but also pursued certain structural reforms and achieved a decrease in the inflation rate. The report also stated that the Turkish government was determined to continue the program and to overcome all obstacles which could appear during the program's implementation. /Sabah/

    [11] TOSCANA IN US MARKET

    Toscana, which entered the US market last year, wants to increase its annual sales this year. Chairman of the Leather Industry Executive Council Yahya Uz said, "We aim to increase our sales in the US market this year. We also want to be influential in the manufacturing industry." Toscana will also export its products to Spanish and Chinese markets. /Sabah/

    [12] UNDERSECRETARY TUZMEN'S STATEMENT ON IRAQI MARKET

    Foreign Trade Undersecretary Kursad Tuzmen said Turkey would be among the three leading countries exporting goods to Iraq. Mr. Tuzmen said, "The export rate to Iraq will increase with the opening of the second border gate. Iraq will give bigger portions to the Turkish companies in biddings for agricultural products and energy industries." /Sabah/

    [13] AGREEMENT FOR CREDITS BY EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK

    An agreement for the second installment of 150 million euros from a loan totaling 600 million euros from the European Investment Bank (EIB) will be signed in Ankara today. The loans are for reconstruction projects in Turkey's earthquake-devastated region. Treasury Undersecretary Selcuk Demiralp and EIB Vice President, Ewald Nowotny will sign the agreement. Yesterday the Treasury Undersecretariat reported the EIB had pledged to lend the money to partially finance recontruction work. Last year's two earthquakes left more than 18,000 people dead and many towns in ruins. The agreement for the first 150 million euros was signed on Feb.9. The loans will be used for rehabilitation of municipality infrastructure, repair of damaged railways and highways, housing rehabilitation, new housing construction and rehabilitation of small businesses destroyed in the quakes. Another 150 million will be used for financing small- and medium-sized enterprises(KOBI). /Milliyet/

    [14] HIGH RATE OF PRODUCTION INCREASE IN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

    Turkey is the champion with the highest increase rate of production in the automotive industry. According to the figures in the first six months of 2000, automotive production increased 46 percent. /Hurriyet/

    [15] PROPOSAL TO DISCUSS THE SEIZED BANKS IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

    The pre-session will be convened in the Turkish General National Assembly to discuss the proposal submitted by a Deputy of Virtue Party, Ali Coskun, regarding the banks currently under the control of the Deposit Account Insurance Fund. If the proposal is approved in the presession, the issue will be taken up in the Nov.14 general convention of the assembly. /Hurriyet/

    [16] `EUROPEAN UNION AND GLOBALISATION' PANEL

    European Union (EU) and globalization were discussed during two panels organized at the TUYAP Book Fair. European Parliament member and German Socialist Democrat Party deputy, Ozan Ceyhun, said, "A common interior policy will be of immense benefit to Turkey. Turkey also has many cooperation alternatives in the international arena. I defend neither localization over globalization, nor globalization over localization. I think the best solution is to have both under the same roof." /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] PROF. WALTER'S STATEMENT

    Deutsche Bank's Chief Economist and General Director of Research Centre, Prof. Norbert Walter, said the luckiest countries concerning membership to the EU in 2003 were Turkey and Poland. Prof. Walter held a seminar on the 'Euro and the European Integration' at Sabanci University' organized by Akbank and Deutsche Bank Private Banking. He said, "The countries which want to be a member of the EU have to leave their independence to the EU and to some extent surrender their sovereignty to the EU." /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] EARTHQUAKE RESEARCH

    The Italian ship `Odin Finder', which began to work on the Marmara Sea ten days ago to determine cracks resulting from historical earthquakes, has completed its work. The results of the research were sent to the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and will be announced to the public after being evaluated. /Cumhuriyet/

    [19] BRIDGE PROJECTS

    The bridge projects planned for the Istanbul and the Canakkale Straits will be discussed again next year. The General Director of Highways, Dincer Yigit, said, "Research into the type of construction and site selection for the new Istanbul bridge is continuing. The bridge project planned for the Canakkale Strait will be a part of the 2001 investment program, together with the 3rd bridge on the Bosphorus. /Aksam/

    [20] AKSA GENERATOR IN KAZAKHSTAN

    Aksa Generator, which has been active for two years in Almati Kazakhstan's former capital, moved to its own headquarters in Kazakhstan. The new company building was opened by the Turkish Ambassador to Almati, Cinar Aldemir. Aksa Generator's Chairman to the Region of Central Asia, Cagri Oncul, said, "Despite the intense competition with European and American companies and the global economic crisis which occurred two years ago, Aksa Generator climbed to the top of its branch in Central Asia." /Aksam/

    [21] TREASURY'S FOREIGN DEPT REPAYMENT WEEK

    The foreign debt repayment to be made by the Treasury will be 93.9 million US dollars. The payments will be made at the beginning and at the end of this week. The total repayment to be made by the Treasury between 1 and 10 November will reach 211.6 million US dollars. /Cumhuriyet/

    [22] TOURISM DEVELOPS IN TURKEY

    Turkey played host to 9,389,293 tourists during the first ten months of this year. According to information received by the Ministry of Tourism, the number of tourists visiting Turkey increased by 40% when compared with the same period last year. Chairman of Oger Travel Agency, Vural Oger, said, "Turkey had a very good tourist season. The data we have show that 2001 will be a good year." Meanwhile, General Secretary of the Association of Tour Operators, Hasan Baraner, said the number of tourists expected to visit Turkey will increase by 20-25% next year." /Aksam/

    [23] DAYS OF DEDE KORKUT

    Dede Korkut Days, organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Foundation for the Protection and Research of Anatolian Culture, will be held in Ankara Nov. 7-8. A number of academicians are expected to join the symposium in which Dede Korkut stories will be discussed. /Turkiye/

    [24] TURKISH DAY IN BOSTON

    The Turkish Festival, which commenced in the US city of Boston October 29th, has been an enthusiastic celebration. Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino declared October 29th as 'Turkish Republic Day' for the festival. The declaration Mr. Menino signed was read aloud by the Speaker of the Municipality, Gaston Poupon, and the Turkish flag was hoisted in front of the Municipality building. The Turkish Festival in Boston will continue until 28 November, and includes the Turkish films and concerts. /Aksam/

    [25] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [26] FRANCE AND THE ARMENIANS BY IZZET SEDES (AKSAM)

    Columnist Izzet Sedes writes on the bill waiting in the French senate on the so-called Armenian Genocide. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "Soon local elections will be held in France. Mayors will be elected in a number of important cities such as Marseilles, Lyon and Villeurbane where citizens of Armenian descent are in the majority. The French Senate will debate a bill claiming Armenians were oppressed during the Ottoman Empire. Some opposition party senators, with provocation from politicians of Armenian descent, brought the bill (formerly debated in the Parliament but not put into effect) with a few changes to the Senate agenda. They will try a vote on the bill tomorrow.

    The day before yesterday, French Ambassador To Turkey, Bernard Garcia, said President Jacques Chirac, Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, ministers and socialist senators firmly opposed the bill and were working for its rejection. However, certain opposition senators were raising the issue to gain votes. The Ambassador also said the number of senators against the bill was high, but the ruling socialist party, were in a minority in the Senate. The opposition party senators, trying to make use of the situation, put the issue on the Senate program in the hopes of securing a few votes.

    The bill may be accepted or rejected by a hair's breadth. As it will be discussed late tomorrow night, it is difficult to ascertain which senators will be present during the debate. The French public is not interested in the issue. The bill has been mentioned in a few French newspapers in cities where elections will be held. As French Ambassador Garcia has said, a majority of the French people are against bringing up issues detrimental to relations with Turkey. In the US, President Clinton averted a vote on such a bill by wielding his authority. President Chirac and and Prime Minister Jospin could not do the same due to the weakness of the 'cohabitation' system. Both the President and Prime Minister have lost their strength for different reasons. The approval of the bill is not important as there is the possibility of sending it to the Constitutional Court. First, however, we must await the outcome of the voting."


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