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Turkish Press Review, 00-11-17

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

17.11.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT SEZER COMPLETES HIS VISIT TO JORDAN
  • [02] ANGER GROWS
  • [03] TURKISH ARMENIANS: "EUROPE IS EXPLOITER"
  • [04] TOBB ACCUSES EU OF HYPOCRACY
  • [05] IKV PROTESTS EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
  • [06] PKK CAMP IN ARMENIA
  • [07] ARMENIAN-GREEK COOPERATION
  • [08] TURKEY TO ATTEND TURKEY-EU JOINT PARLIAMENTARIAN COMMISSION
  • [09] GEN.CELASIN: "EVERY MEASURE SHOULD BE TAKEN FOR TRNC"
  • [10] BELGIAN JURISTS QUESTION OCALAN
  • [11] TURCO-AZERBAIJANI FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION'S CONFERENCE
  • [12] OIL AND NATURAL GAS CONGRESS BEGINS
  • [13] CEM IN MARSEILLES
  • [14] LINDH TO ARRIVE IN TURKEY TODAY
  • [15] SALE OF SIKORSKY CH-53E HELICOPTERS
  • [16] TURKEY-FRANCE STRATEGIC COOPERATION MEETING HELD IN PARIS
  • [17] TEMIZEL'S STATEMENT FOR THE SALE OF 10 BANKS
  • [18] FACTORIES' CAPACITY USAGE RATE INCREASES
  • [19] DISBANK OPENS EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONAL BRANCH
  • [20] LOAN TO BE RECEIVED FROM THE IMF AND THE WORLD BANK
  • [21] ARCELIK SELLS THE MOST IN TUNISIA
  • [22] TOROS MANEUVRES TO BE ORGANIZED
  • [23] 'CAN' IN NEW YORK

  • [01] PRESIDENT SEZER COMPLETES HIS VISIT TO JORDAN

    After completing his three-day visit to Jordan, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, returned to Ankara yesterday. During his visit, Mr. Sezer discussed bilateral economic ties, military cooperation, as well as ways to end the Palestinian-Israeli clashes with King Abdullah. A large Turkish business delegation accompanied Sezer to Jordan to talks with their Jordanian counterparts on seeking ways to increase joint trade with Iraq. /Turkish Daily News/

    [02] ANGER GROWS

    Following the addition of the Cyprus issue into the Accession Partnership Document, the approval of the Armenian bill in the European Parliament created tension between Ankara and Europe. Turkish authorities expressed their reactions in various statements. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said the resolution could damage relations with the EU, while Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz viewed the resolution as invalid and unreasonable. Opposition leader Recai Kutan, of the Virtue Party (FP), and leader of the True Path Party (DYP), Tansu Ciller, emphasized that politicians had no right to judge history. They also called on the Government to react harshly to the developments. The Ninth President Suleyman Demirel blamed the EU Parliament for the resolution. /Turkiye/

    [03] TURKISH ARMENIANS: "EUROPE IS EXPLOITER"

    Turkish Armenians convened yesterday in Istanbul to evaluate the approval of the Armenian resolution in the EU Parliament. About 60 representatives of the Armenian Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches issued a statement, saying, "Turkish Armenians find the statements contained in the bill approved by the EU Parliament, regarding the Turkish Armenians, strange, as Turkish Armenians haven't made any of these demands. We don't approve of our problems being taken up by third parties using them as an obstacle to prevent our country from unifying with the EU." /Turkiye/

    [04] TOBB ACCUSES EU OF HYPOCRACY

    The Union of Turkish Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) condemned France and the European Union for approving the so-called Armenian genocide. The president of TOBB, Fuat Miras, at the closing of the Union's meeting held in Diyarbakir, said the EU pretends to be interested in the problems of the Southeastern Anatolia. Mr. Miras criticised the postponement of the financial aid to be granted to Turkey as a part of Turkey's membership to the European Customs Union. The following remarks related to the EU were stressed at the closing declaration of the TOBB's Southeastern meeting: 1. The precondition of Accession Partnership Document linking Turkey's full EU membership to a solution of the Cyprus problem would not be accepted. We protest the EU's attempt to impose proposals which disregards Turkey's national interests on the island as a solution. 2. According to the London and Zurich agreements, Turkey is a guarantor state on the island. We protest the EU calling Turkey an invader country on the island. 3. We condemn the European Parliament and French Senate's approval of the so-called Armenian genocide bill. /Aksam/

    [05] IKV PROTESTS EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

    The Foundation of Economic Development (IKV) condemned harshly the European Parliament's (EP) decision on the so-called Armenian genocide bill. A statement by IKV said, "Turkey-EU relations entered a new phase with the Accession Partnership Document. However, it is clear that the EP is aimed at hindering the reform process in Turkey with this decision." Continuing, the statement said, "We condemn the EP's adoption of these baseless claims put forth by circles trying to exclude Turkey from the EU. We call on the members of the European Council and the European Commission to come to their senses and act accordingly when voting on this baseless proposal." /Aksam/

    [06] PKK CAMP IN ARMENIA

    Armenia, stating officially that it aims "to have good relations with Turkey", reportedly allowed the PKK terrorist organization to establish training camps in the Nagorno-Karabakh which has been under Armenian occupation for years. Reportedly the camps plan to offer shelter to about 250 PKK militants. Armenian Armed Forces will supply technical aid for the construction of necessary facilities. /Turkiye/

    [07] ARMENIAN-GREEK COOPERATION

    Greece and Armenia, founding their local and foreign policies on hatred against Turkey, are having a series of meetings. Members of Armenian Tashnak Party, the Greek PASOK Party and the Greek Foreign Minister met last week in Athens. During the meetings, in addition to topics such as regional and bilateral relations' development, gaining international support for the so-called Armenian genocide allegations were also discussed. After, the Tashnak Party issued a statement emphasizing their happiness with the French Senate's approval of the Armenian bill. /Turkiye/

    [08] TURKEY TO ATTEND TURKEY-EU JOINT PARLIAMENTARIAN COMMISSION

    The co-chairman of the Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentarian Commission, Kursat Eser said they decided to attend the meeting of the Commission, which will take place Nov.21-22 in Antalya. This decision eased European Parliament. The co-chairman Daniel Cohn Bendit said they are pleased with this decision. /Aksam/

    [09] GEN.CELASIN: "EVERY MEASURE SHOULD BE TAKEN FOR TRNC"

    The Commander of the Turkish Air Forces, General Ergin Celasin said Turkish Armed Forces took every measures to protect the independence of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Mr. Celasin attended the 17th anniversary activities of the establishment of the TRNC. /Aksam/

    [10] BELGIAN JURISTS QUESTION OCALAN

    A group of jurists from Belgium questioned Abdullah Ocalan, the head of the PKK terrorist organization, on the Imrali island Nov.14 as part of the "Operation Sputnik" investigation. The Justice Ministry released an announcement about the visit because new stories claimed a delegation from the European Court of Human Rights had paid a visit to Ocalan. Ministry officials said these allegations were false and the foreign delegation which visited Imrali were the Belgian jurists. "Operation Sputnik" was launched after the Belgian government received information that the "Roj" company, which owns the Brussel-based MED-TV, is laundering money. Ocalan gave testimony to the Belgium jurists who are investigating the allegation. /Turkish Daily News/

    [11] TURCO-AZERBAIJANI FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION'S CONFERENCE

    The Turco-Azerbaijani Friendship Association is organizing a conference titled, "Massacres and the so-called Armenian Genocide". The conference will be held Nov. 26 in Ankara. /Turkiye/

    [12] OIL AND NATURAL GAS CONGRESS BEGINS

    Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Cumhur Ersumer, said the EU should give up its hypocritical behaviors. Mr. Ersumer said the oil and natural gas of Caspian region will be delivered through Turkey to Europe. Mr. Ersumer gave a speech at the opening ceremony of the International Oil and Natural Gas Congress. Mr. Ersumer said, "We hope that Turkey will continue in its position as a bridge between this region and Europe. Special advisor to US President Clinton, John Wolf, said the US will continue its active support for the establishment of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil Pipeline. Mr. Wolf said the US gives special importance to the East-West energy corridor. Mr. Wolf said, "Carrying oil with ships through the straits can lead to an environmental disaster, therefore, the Bosphorus cannot be a transportation route for Caspian oil." /Aksam/

    [13] CEM IN MARSEILLES

    The 'Middle East Special Peace Plan', kept secret by Turkey for a long period of time, was discussed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and his Israeli counterpart Shlomo Ben Ami, during a secret meeting in Marseilles. Cem, currently in Marseilles to attend the Euro-Med meeting, also met the Palestinian Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Nebil Shath, yesterday morning. According to the plan titled, 'Sliced Sovereignity', Turkey brought a very special suggestion to Israel and Palestine concerning the most problematic regions, Kubbet-ul Sahra and Mescid-i Aksa. Within this framework, the two holy regions will have divided ownership and responsibility. Ownership of Kubbet-ul Sahra and Mescid-i Aksa will be given to Israel and all the responsibility and living arrangement rights will be given to Palestine. /Hurriyet/

    [14] LINDH TO ARRIVE IN TURKEY TODAY

    Sweden will undertake the term-presidency of the European Union (EU) in January. Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Anna Lindh arrives in Turkey today. Lindh will tour the candidate countries for a short period of time and during her four hour visit to Ankara, will meet with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Cem. /Milliyet/

    [15] SALE OF SIKORSKY CH-53E HELICOPTERS

    The sale of 8 Sikorsky CH-53E type helicopters, equalling 350 million US dollars which Turkey planned to purchase from the US, was hindered in the State by the Cyprus problem. The Democratic Senator from Delaware, Joseph Biden, explained the reason for declining the sale of these helicopters saying, "During Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's visit to Washington in October 1999, I asked him when the Cyprus problem would be solved. He replied that this problem was solved in 1974. Then I told him that as long as Turkey continues in this manner concerning the issue, I will not support Turkey." The agreement of the helicopter sale between Turkey and Sikorsky Company, was signed in June. The helicopters to be produced by the company were expected to be delivered to Turkey in 2003. Now Senator Biden's objection to the sale of this helicopter has caused a postponement in the export licence. /Milliyet/

    [16] TURKEY-FRANCE STRATEGIC COOPERATION MEETING HELD IN PARIS

    The meeting on 'Turkey-France Strategic Cooperation' attended by a group of Turkish politicians and experts was held in Paris yesterday. The French bureacrats' 'abashed' and moderate manner concerning the so-called Armenian bill passed in the Senate was also interesting. The French Senator responsible for Controlling the process of Turkey's membership to the European Union (EU), Robert Del Picchia, said, "I voted against approving this bill in the Senate because I am not a historian and only the historians should be interested in this issue." The meeting was also attended by Uluc Gurkan, Bulent Akarcali, Sema Piskinsut, Associate Proffessor Bilgin Tiryakioglu, Gunduz Aktan, Prof. Nur Vergin and Bulent Tanla from Turkey. /Milliyet/

    [17] TEMIZEL'S STATEMENT FOR THE SALE OF 10 BANKS

    Chairman of the Banking Regulation and Supervision Board, Zekeriya Temizel, announced the action plan for the sale of 10 banks within the Saving Deposit Insurance Fund. The announcement stated an important stage of the action plan concerning the shares of the banks within the fund was enacted yesterday. The Board's report stated, "Resources needed for strengthening the financial structure of the fund banks before they are sold was loaned to the Saving Deposit Insurance Fund by the Teasury. This loan will be paid back to the Treasury in 10 years beginning December 2002. The announcement also stated the Board will begin to accept investor applications showing they meet the necessary conditions for owning a bank after 20 November." /Hurriyet/

    [18] FACTORIES' CAPACITY USAGE RATE INCREASES

    The capacity usage rate in the manufacturing industry increased by more than 10 points when compared with the same period last year. According to the announcement made by the State Institute of Statistics, the capacity usage rate in the manufacturing industry was 81.9%, which is the highest figure recently. If this increase continues, then the capacity usage rate will reach its highest point ever since the beginning of the Republic in the following months. /Hurriyet/

    [19] DISBANK OPENS EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONAL BRANCH

    Disbank, reconstructing itself to serve its customers through special branches, opened its European Institutional branch. Deputy General Director of Disbank, Faik Acikalin, said, "Disbank, which has been very pretentious since it was established concerning the institutional banking, has now added personal and commercial banking to its areas of service. For this purpose, we not only strengthened the technological infrastructure, but also rearranged the organizational structure." /Milliyet/

    [20] LOAN TO BE RECEIVED FROM THE IMF AND THE WORLD BANK

    The International Monetery Fund (IMF) and the World Bank reached a conclusion and, thus, a loan of 600 million US dollars, as the third and fourth slice, is expected to be received by the IMF. 390 US dollars will most likely be taken from the World Bank within the framework of the financial sector harmonization loan. The additional letter of intent is expected to be sent to Washington by the end of November. It also envisages that the IMF will release the loan, amounting to nearly 600 million US dollars, before Christmas. The World Bank Director for Turkey, Ajay Chibber, said the loan planned for Turkey will be discussed by the Executive Board of the World Bank by the end of this year. Chibber said, "We congratulate the Turkish Parliament on the very important step it took in reforming public banks." /Milliyet/

    [21] ARCELIK SELLS THE MOST IN TUNISIA

    The Tunusdan Company established by Koc Holding, producing Arcelik durable consumer goods, showed the largest amount of revenue in Tunisia. The company has the second biggest market share in the country. /Aksam/

    [22] TOROS MANEUVRES TO BE ORGANIZED

    Chief of the General Staff announced that Turkish F-16 planes will be sent to the Gecitkale Airport in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) for the Toros 2000 manoeuvres to be held 21 and 23 November. The announcement stated, "The Barbaros-Toros manoeuvres, which were organized twice yearly in the past, are now being held once a year due to the meetings of friendship with Greece. Turkey has not transferred any battle planes to the island since November 1998. However, Greece transferred its battle planes to Baf Airport during the Nikiforos manoeuvres. Therefore our battle planes will be transferred to Gecitkale Airport during the Toros manoeuvres." /Milliyet/

    [23] 'CAN' IN NEW YORK

    The play entitled 'Can', staged by Genco Erkal and based on the poems and life of Can Yucel, will be performed in New York on 19 November. The play, which will be staged at 19:30 at the Kaye Playhouse and Hunter College on 19 November, won the 'Honorary Award' during the International Istanbul Theatre Festival last year and the 'Most Succesful Actor' Award of Afife Jale, Muhsin Ertugrul and Sadri Alisik. The set was designed by Can Yucel's daughter Su Yucel. /Cumhuriyet/
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