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Turkish Press Review, 01-02-05

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Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning&nbsp;</td>

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CONTENTS

  • [01] CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO BE DISCUSSED AT THE LEADERS' SUMMIT
  • [02] BOMBERS PROTESTING OSCE MEETING IN ISTANBUL WERE CAPTURED
  • [03] INDUSTRIALISTS RUSH TO NEW ORGANIZED INDUSTRIAL ZONE
  • [04] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [05] THE INCIDENT AT THE TGNA BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)
  • [06] CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO BE DISCUSSED AT THE LEADERS' SUMMIT
  • [07] TUZMEN TRAVEL TO SWITZERLAND
  • [08] BOYCOTTING FRANCE
  • [09] FRENCH INTELLECTUALS CRITICIZE FRENCH PARLIAMENT
  • [10] ARMENIAN LOBBIES ACCUSE THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY
  • [11] CAKMAKOGLU'S STATEMENT
  • [12] SECOND ARMENIAN MEMBER OF THE MHP
  • [13] CHP WARNS THE GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC
  • [14] ESAT COSAN DIES
  • [15] CONTRACT FOR CHILD LABOR BECOMES OFFICIAL
  • [16] GENERAL OZKOK DEPARTS THE TRNC
  • [17] MUMCU RETURNS FROM THE US
  • [18] TURCO-FRENCH ECONOMIC RELATIONS
  • [19] BOMBERS PROTESTING OSCE MEETING IN ISTANBUL WERE CAPTURED
  • [20] SUPER HELICOPTERS FOR TURKISH POLICE
  • [21] 33 NEW COMPANIES ESTABLISHED
  • [22] NEW AIRLINES TO BE ESTABLISHED
  • [23] 1,458 PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR QUAKE VICTIMS
  • [24] 12 % INCREASE IN TEXTILE EXPORTS
  • [25] GROWTECH AGRICULTURAL FAIR IN ANTALYA
  • [26] INDUSTRIALISTS RUSH TO NEW ORGANIZED INDUSTRIAL ZONE
  • [27] MC DONALDS PROMOTES TURKEY TO JAPAN
  • [28] TURKEY DEVELOPS IN FAIRING
  • [29] OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHY EXHIBITION IN BERLIN
  • [30] BIRET'S CONCERT IN ATHENS
  • [31] TOURIST FLOW TO CAPPADOCIA
  • [32] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [33] THE INCIDENT AT THE TGNA BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

  • [01] CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO BE DISCUSSED AT THE LEADERS' SUMMIT

    [02] BOMBERS PROTESTING OSCE MEETING IN ISTANBUL WERE CAPTURED

    [03] INDUSTRIALISTS RUSH TO NEW ORGANIZED INDUSTRIAL ZONE

    [04] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [05] THE INCIDENT AT THE TGNA BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

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    [06] CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO BE DISCUSSED AT THE LEADERS' SUMMIT

    Coalition partners will discuss the Constitutional amendments package. Leaders are expected to abandon the proposal requiring a 2_3 majority vote of Constitutional Court members in order to close political parties. Leaders will discuss a 5+5 year duty-period for the presidency. The required changes of the TGNA by-laws will also be handled at the summit. /Sabah/

    [07] TUZMEN TRAVEL TO SWITZERLAND

    Foreign Trade Undersecretary Kursad Tuzmen left for Switzerland today. Tuzmen will pay an official visit to Switzerland at the invitation of Swiss Economy State Secretary David Syz February 5-7. Tuzmen will also hold a conference on recent developments in the Turkish economy and the economic and trade relations between Turkey and Switzerland in Zurich tomorrow. /Turkiye/ RUMSFELD: &quot;WE SHOULD STRENGTHEN NATO&quot; US Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, gave a signal that the new US administration thinks differently than Europe over defence policy. Speaking at the International Security Conference in Munich, Rumsfeld emphasized NATO will play the leading role in the European defence as before, and gave the message that the US does not welcome the planned establishment of the Rapid Reaction Force by the EU. He said, &quot;A weak NATO, weakens the European security.&quot; German Foreign Minister Joscka Fischer said the EU was insistent upon developing its own defence force. Fischer, pointing to Turkey, said, &quot;A veto against this formation leads to the creation of two separate structures.&quot; /Turkiye/

    [08] BOYCOTTING FRANCE

    12 more projects worth $6 billion which would have been carried out by French firms will be cancelled by the Turkish authorities. The projects are as follows: Turksat satellite project, Hydro electrical power plant, Third GSM licensee, Privatization of Turk-Telekom, Construction of Bodrum, Ankara and Dalaman airports, Construction of Kars-Tbilisi and Istanbul-Ankara railroads, Marmaray project, Privatization of Turkish Airlines, Akkuyu Nuclear power plant, Akkuyu thermical power plant, Melen project. /Star/

    [09] FRENCH INTELLECTUALS CRITICIZE FRENCH PARLIAMENT

    Alexandre Adler (journalist): &quot;The balloting was terrible. 20% of the parliamentarians who voted was ignorant about foreign policy, the others voted in order to humiliate Turkey because, they are against Turkish inclusion in Europe. We presented a stupid gift to Kocaryan.&quot; Olivier Roy (Islamic Specialist): &quot;This is no way related to France's strategic interests. It was done completedly for ballot concerns. While Rwanda and Algeria exist, a vote on a matter which does not concern us is very absurd.&quot; Jacques Attali (Writer): &quot;During history, we enjoyed warm French-Turco relations. The decision is a pychological drama. We have to turn new pages. Turkey will be a center of attraction in ten years.&quot; Dominique Moisi (Academician): &quot;There are very powerful and organized Armenian lobbies. We, the French, submitted to those. Strangely, France is Turkey's the most powerful ally in Europe.&quot; /Turkiye/

    [10] ARMENIAN LOBBIES ACCUSE THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY

    Armenian Lobbies have thus far accused the Ottoman Empire for the so-called genocide of 1915-1919. But, a draft in the US Maryland State Council claims the genocide was carried out from 1915-1923, including the government of the newly established Republic of Turkey. Therefore, the draft wants to include the TGNA and Ankara government, under the leadership of Ataturk, to the list of groups which committed genocide. They also want compensation for their losses. /Star/

    [11] CAKMAKOGLU'S STATEMENT

    Minister of National Defence, Sabahattin Cakmakoglu, reacted to the intransigent nature of the European Union (EU). Concerning minorities, Cakmakoglu said, &quot;Turkey cannot agree with this.&quot; The Defence Minister adding that he did not want to the EU to intervene in Turkey's internal affairs, said, &quot;Is the goal of abolishing the death sentence, human rights or the rescue of the leader of the PKK terrorist organization? I agree with the public which believes the EU is looking for any reason to not include us in the EU.&quot; Cakmakoglu made a number of statements on the important issues that Turkey is facing, including Turkey's relations with the EU, the struggle against terrorism, and the security of the prisons. /Aksam/

    [12] SECOND ARMENIAN MEMBER OF THE MHP

    An Armenian man, reacting to the approval of the so-called Armenian genocide bill, became a member of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) in Yalova's district of Cinarcik. Jirayr Derguzeryan, aged 45 and a Turkish citizen of Armenian origin, stated he was protesting the law. He registered into the MHP's Cinarcik community. Derguzeryan said, &quot;I was born in this beautiful country, did my military service here and pay my taxes here. This country has never discriminated against me just because I am an Armenian.&quot; Another Armenian, Agop Ficiciyan, joined the MHP in Cinarcik the day before. /Aksam/

    [13] CHP WARNS THE GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC

    The Republican Peoples Party (CHP) issued a warning to the government and the public concerning the so-called Armenian genocide bill approved by the French National Assembly and French President Jacques Chirac. Deputy General Chairman of CHP, Inal Batu, said, &quot;The plan comprising of terrorism, promotion, financial compensation and land repatriation is being implemented.&quot; Batu evaluated Chirac's approval and said, &quot;This was an expected development. Both the administration and the parliament in France playing an active role, and these steps were taken with considering Turkey's reactions. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] ESAT COSAN DIES

    Esat Cosan, a retired Professor of Theology in Ankara University and leader of the Nakshibandiyya sect in Istanbul, died in a car accident in Australia. /Milliyet/

    [15] CONTRACT FOR CHILD LABOR BECOMES OFFICIAL

    A law enacting the International Labor Organization's (ILO) contract related to the prohibition and elimination of child labor under improper circumstances, is now official after issuance in the Official Gazette on Sunday, the Anatolia News Agency reported. According to the contract, children under 18 will not be employed under improper conditions. The law, approved by Parliament and immediately enacted, prohibits children from being forced to work for debt repayment and forbids children from being employed in illegal areas. /Turkish Daily News/

    [16] GENERAL OZKOK DEPARTS THE TRNC

    Land Forces Commander General Hilmi Ozkok has left the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), after attending a conference called &quot;Peace 2001&quot;. Addressing reporters at Ercan airport, General Ozkok said he had been observing Greek and Greek Cypriot efforts to fully arm the island, including bringing the Baphos Air Force Base in line with the so-called joint military doctrine. /Turkish Daily News/

    [17] MUMCU RETURNS FROM THE US

    Minister of Tourism, Erkan Mumcu, who travelled to New York to oversee Turkey's promotion campaign, returned home yesterday. Mumcu arrived in Istanbul on a THY plane. Mumcu has previously travelled to the US, Japan, South America and Australia in his efforts to promote Turkey abroad. /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] TURCO-FRENCH ECONOMIC RELATIONS

    Reportedly, 20% of the 500 largest companies in Turkey have joint investments with French companies. Renault, Carrefour, Promodes, Parficim, Compagnie Fin. De Camondo, Danone, Telecom, par Satel Mobil, Total Gas, Thomson and Lafarge are among the 281 companies in question. The trade volume between the two countries was $4.7 billion in 1999. According to the Treasury Undersecretary's data for the year 1999, 15 Turkish companies operate in France. /Turkiye/

    [19] BOMBERS PROTESTING OSCE MEETING IN ISTANBUL WERE CAPTURED

    Six people accused of placing bombs near the Russian Consulate and in Harbiye during the OSCE summit in Istanbul two years ago in protest against the invasion of Chechnia by the Russian Federation, were arrested. During the interrogation , it came to light that these persons were planning actions against businessmen, including the kidnapping of some businessmen. /Milliyet/

    [20] SUPER HELICOPTERS FOR TURKISH POLICE

    The Directorate General of Security decided to buy ten MD-600N-type helicopters produced by McDonnell Douglas. The helicopters, will have infrared techology and, are expected to be delivered in six months. They will serve in sensitive and critical centers with respect to terrorism and state security. /Turkiye/

    [21] 33 NEW COMPANIES ESTABLISHED

    The number of companies established last year increased by 22.4% compared to last year. According to data from the State Institute of Statistics (DIE), 27,083 new firms were established the year before last, and 33,161 were established last year. On the other hand, there was a 34% increase in the number of closed companies. /Turkiye/

    [22] NEW AIRLINES TO BE ESTABLISHED

    A new airline company, &quot;Free Bird&quot;, will begin operation in April. The company established by Gozen Aviation will organize charter flights to Europe with three MD 83 type planes. /Turkiye/

    [23] 1,458 PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR QUAKE VICTIMS

    The construction of 1,458 permanent residences in Bolu for quake victims, financed by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing was completed. The Ministry Undersecretary, Raci Akyuz, said 25,714 more houses are being constructed in the quake-ridden area. /Sabah/

    [24] 12 % INCREASE IN TEXTILE EXPORTS

    According to the figures announced by the Uludag Exports Association, textile exports in Bursa increased by 12 % and totalled $37 million. /Sabah/

    [25] GROWTECH AGRICULTURAL FAIR IN ANTALYA

    Growtech Eurasia 2001 International Agricultural Equipment and Flowers Fair will be organized in Antalya March 22-25. Companies from Italy, Spain, Netherlands, France, Israel, Greece and Russia will participate in the fair. /Star/

    [26] INDUSTRIALISTS RUSH TO NEW ORGANIZED INDUSTRIAL ZONE

    The Aliaga district in the Aegean region will soon have a new organized industrial area. The Aliaga Organized Industry Zone will be built on some 9,220 acres near Aliaga's Coraklar village. Representatives of 560 different organizations have applied for a place in the area, which when complete will provide some 50,000 new jobs. /Turkish Daily News/

    [27] MC DONALDS PROMOTES TURKEY TO JAPAN

    The world-famous fast food chain McDonalds promoted Turkey's historical and touristic beauties throughout its 2,000 Japanese branches by distributing 400,000 brochures in January. In the Japanese brochures, financed totally by McDonalds' representative in Japan, Anatolian history and the historical and touristic beauties of today's Turkish Republic were promoted. The brochures stated that Turkey, where the Western and Eastern cultures meet and where different people from different cultures live, includes numerous beauties within its borders. /Aksam/

    [28] TURKEY DEVELOPS IN FAIRING

    Turkey, which understands the importance of international fairs, hosted many international fairs last year. Chairman of the Executive Board of TUYAP fair company, Bulent Unal, said they had begun to implement some joint projects with the best fair companies such as Hannover Messe and Frankfurt Messe. Unal added, &quot;Hannover and Frankfurt Messes will come to Turkey for the first time to attend the fair called 'Otomekanika'. The fair will be a forum for the automative sub industry and garage mending equipment. The exhibit begins in June. In addition, the Turkish adaptation of the electromechanics fair 'Elek', exhibited in France, will be made.&quot; /Cumhuriyet/

    [29] OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHY EXHIBITION IN BERLIN

    The Businessman Sakip Sabanci opened an exhibition on Ottoman Calligraphy in Berlin. /Star/

    [30] BIRET'S CONCERT IN ATHENS

    World-famous pianist Idil Biret staged a concert at the Athens Music Hall. Biret performed Sergey Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 1 with the participation of Athens State Orchestra conducted by Viron Fidecis. Biret returned to perform an encore at the insistence of the 2,000 strong audience. Biret stated she believed Turkish and Greek people greatly resembled one another and that the cultural exchange between these two nations should be more intensive. /Aksam/

    [31] TOURIST FLOW TO CAPPADOCIA

    In January, 31,670 foreign tourists and 48,046 Turkish tourists visited Cappadocia, famous for its fairy chimneys and cave churches and dwellings. /Cumhuriyet/

    [32] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

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    [33] THE INCIDENT AT THE TGNA BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Yilmaz Oztuna writes on the incidents which took place at the TGNA last week. A summary of his column is as follows: &quot;For the first time ever, a deputy died during the plenary session of the Parliament. The Chairman of a commission was harassed in his seat for the first time. The seats reserved for the commission and the podium of the TGNA speaker were surrounded. Threats were made. Fists replaced speeches. Similar incidents happen in all democracies. In other democracies, the parliaments have real immunity. In other countries, the closing of a parliament means the end of a state. In Turkey however, it has been closed twice. Today everyone's attention is focused on the TGNA. I can never think of someone carrying a gun, let alone bringing it into the halls of parliament. However excited a session becomes, commonsense should not be lost. &quot; <_ul>

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