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Turkish Press Review, 01-02-21

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CONTENTS

  • [01] INAN'S BILL APPROVED BY THE TGNA FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMISSION
  • [02] GREEK LEFTIST PARTY SINASPISMOS REACTS TO THE SO-CALLED GREEK GENOCIDE BILL
  • [03] ITALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER DINI PRAISES FOREIGN MINISTER CEM
  • [04] $50 MILLION NEEDED FOR THE PROTECTION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
  • [05] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [06] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL TO MEET MONDAY
  • [07] ECEVIT AND CEM TO GO TO SKOPJE
  • [08] BAHCELI'S STATEMENT
  • [09] UNITED NATIONS PRAISES TURKEY
  • [10] INAN'S BILL APPROVED BY THE TGNA FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMISSION
  • [11] TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS IN ISTANBUL
  • [12] GREEK LEFTIST PARTY SINASPISMOS REACTS TO THE SO-CALLED GREEK GENOCIDE BILL
  • [13] ITALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER DINI PRAISES FOREIGN MINISTER CEM
  • [14] DYP WITHDRAWS CENSURE MOTION
  • [15] FP DEMANDS ADDITIONAL PERIOD
  • [16] IMF SUPPORTS THE OPERATION
  • [17] BUSINESSMEN TO TRAVEL TO IRAQ
  • [18] BUSINESS WORLD WANTS PEACE
  • [19] PERIOD EXTENDED IN THE THY BIDDING
  • [20] ISTANBUL'S FUTURE DEPENDS ON CONVENTION TOURISM
  • [21] $50 MILLION NEEDED FOR THE PROTECTION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
  • [22] ELECTRICITY LAW ENACTED
  • [23] FINANS-BIR'S APPLICATION TO THE BDDK
  • [24] TREASURY SHORTENS ITS BORROWING TERM
  • [25] NO PROBLEM IN DEBT SERVICE
  • [26] YAPI KREDI BOOSTS ASSETS 53 % IN 2000
  • [27] TURKISH FASHION FAIR IN GREECE
  • [28] ISS USES TURKISH BLANKETS
  • [29] MODERN TURKISH POETRY ANTHOLOGY IN THE BALKANS
  • [30] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [31] TUNING IN THE BALKANS BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] INAN'S BILL APPROVED BY THE TGNA FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMISSION

    DENKTAS: &quot;CYPRUS CANNOT BE PREREQUISITE FOR TURKEY'S FULL EU MEMBERSHIP&quot;

    [02] GREEK LEFTIST PARTY SINASPISMOS REACTS TO THE SO-CALLED GREEK GENOCIDE BILL

    [03] ITALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER DINI PRAISES FOREIGN MINISTER CEM

    [04] $50 MILLION NEEDED FOR THE PROTECTION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE

    [05] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

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    [06] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL TO MEET MONDAY

    The tension between Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and President Ahmet Necdet Sezer has been gradually reduced since yesterday. The National Security Council (MGK) is expected to meet on February 26. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit met with the TGNA Speaker Omer Izgi yesterday. After the meeting, Ecevit said, &quot; We always try to overcome the problems because state works cannot be delayed.&quot; /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] ECEVIT AND CEM TO GO TO SKOPJE

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit will go to Skopje to attend the Heads of the State and Government Summit Meeting of the Southeastern European Countries Cooperation Process, which will be chaired by Macedonia on 22-23 February. Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ismail Cem, will represent Turkey during the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs on 22 February in Skopje, which is considered to be a preparation for the Summit Meeting. /Turkiye/

    [08] BAHCELI'S STATEMENT

    Nationalist Action Party (MHP) leader and Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli, who is currently in Turkmenistan, visited the city of Tasoguz today. As part of his visit, Bahceli also went to Urgench and was welcomed with an official ceremony. He first visited the tomb of Necmettin Kubrevi and then the Stone Mesjid Museum where he was given a tour. The Governor of Tasoguz, Habibullah Durduyev, gave a banquet in honor of Bahceli in the traditional Turkmen tent, established in the historical city of Urgench. Bahceli issued a statement following the feast and said that he was very pleased by his visit and that he enjoyed being away from the stressing atmosphere of Ankara. Bahceli has not made any explanation concerning the crisis that occurred during the National Security Council the day before. /Turkiye/ CEM: &quot;WE WILL SUBMIT NATIONAL PROGRAM BY MID-MARCH&quot; Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said that Turkey plans to submit its National Program to the EU by the middle of March. The program includes Turkey's plans for political and economic reform needed to start EU-entry talks. &quot;The National program will probably be handed over to the EU by the middle of March&quot; Cem told journalists after meeting his Portuguese counterpart Jaime Gama in Lisbon. /All papers/

    [09] UNITED NATIONS PRAISES TURKEY

    The United Nations (UN) stated that Turkey had displayed a great deal of effort for the struggle against laundering money earned from the production, smuggling and sale of drugs. In the year 2000 report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), attached to the UN, it was stated that Turkey was taking action on the route used for delivering drugs produced in Afghanistan destined for Europe. It was stated that Turkey had seized a great deal of stimulant, which is produced under the name of Captagon in Europe, and that it closed an illegal laboratory that produces this stimulant. In the UN report, it was further stated that Turkey was continuing to discover and close heroin production facilities. /Aksam/

    [10] INAN'S BILL APPROVED BY THE TGNA FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMISSION

    The bill, which is considered as a response to France's approval of the so-called Armenian genocide bill, was approved in the TGNA Foreign Relations Commission. The Commission chaired by the Motherland Party Deputy Kamran Inan accepted the bill prepared by Inan. The bill will be presented to the TGNA Presidency after the report on the bill is completed. Some of the articles of the bill entitled &quot;Law Against the International Claims, Accusations and Distortions&quot; are as follows: 1) Turkey rejects the allegations of the so-called Armenian genocide. 2) Turkey strongly denounces the support and protection to the ASALA terror. 3) Turkey denounces the occupations of the Upper Karabagh and Azerbaijan. 4) Turkey denounces the countries who are mere spectators to the genocide perpetrated in the Bosnia-Herzegovina. Meanwhile Turkey's Charge D'Affaires to France, Kaya Turkmen, sent a letter to the Speaker of the French Parliament Raymond Forni, protesting the ASALA terrorist organization's lawyer and Republican Union Party Deputy Patrick Deveciyan's statements against Turkey. Denouncing Deveciyan's statements, Turkmen asked, &quot;Does political immunity give the right to insult peoples and countries to a deputy?&quot; /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS IN ISTANBUL

    The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas visited the First Army Commander, General Necdet Timur, in Istanbul. The meeting was closed to the press. /Cumhuriyet/ DENKTAS: &quot;CYPRUS CANNOT BE PREREQUISITE FOR TURKEY'S FULL EU MEMBERSHIP&quot; Giving a conference on the Cyprus issue at the Istanbul University, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas said that Greek Cypriots, Greece and the Western countries must first recognize the presence of two different nations and states on the island as an acceptable solution. Denktas added, &quot;The Cyprus issue cannot be a prerequisite for Turkey's full EU membership.&quot; Stating that Cyprus was very important for Turkey so that no concessions could be made, Denktas said, &quot;If the EU put the Cyprus issue as a condition for Turkey's full EU membership, Turkey would, of course, object to the decision. We have fought for years to avoid Cyprus being a problem for Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] GREEK LEFTIST PARTY SINASPISMOS REACTS TO THE SO-CALLED GREEK GENOCIDE BILL

    Negative reactions to the so-called Greek genocide bill are continuing. The leftist coalition party, Sinaspismos reacted to the bill. In its statement on the issue, the party said that no one could consider the incidents during 1914-1924 as genocide. The Party demanded the bill to be withdrawn before the approval of the President. &quot;The bill is in contradiction with the historical and scientific facts. Approval of the bill by President Kostis Stephanopulos would seriously damage bilateral relations.&quot; /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] ITALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER DINI PRAISES FOREIGN MINISTER CEM

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, currently in Italy, met with his Italian counterpart Lamberto Dini yesterday in Rome. Dini expressed his personal ideas and feelings about Cem as follows: &quot;Ismail Cem is very sincere, courageous and open-hearted. I have a high respect for Cem. We have never lost bilateral contact with Cem even in the period of the Ocalan crisis. We have always managed to maintain bilateral trust. He has received respect in the international arena due to his sincere and courageous character.&quot; /Sabah/

    [14] DYP WITHDRAWS CENSURE MOTION

    The True Path Party (DYP) submitted a petition to the General Assembly of Parliament yesterday and requested that the censure motion they had earlier submitted in relation with the economic situation of the country be withdrawn. The reason for the withdrawal of the motion involves the latest crisis that broke out between President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit during talks in the National Security Council (MGK) meeting on Monday. /All papers/

    [15] FP DEMANDS ADDITIONAL PERIOD

    The Virtue Party (FP) demanded an additional one month period from the Constitutional Court for its initial defense in the ongoing lawsuit about its closure. The acting Chairman of the FP Group Yasin Hatipoglu presented the petition to the Constitutional Court. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] IMF SUPPORTS THE OPERATION

    The balance, which was shaken due to the crisis that occurred between President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and President Bulent Ecevit the day before, began to improve with the support of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The First Deputy Chairman of the IMF, Stanley Fischer, and the IMF's Director to Europe, Michael Deppler, changed their plans and stayed in Ankara due to the crisis and monitored the developments in the economy. Fischer and Deppler went to the Central Bank and followed the proposals given for the bond bidding. Fischer met with Ecevit again yesterday. This meeting was also attended by Deppler and Carlo Cottarelli and the Central Bank Governor Gazi Ercel. Stanley Fischer said, &quot;We observed that the Government had made the decisions necessary for the achievement of the economic program. 5 billion US dollars of the IMF loan was used and the remaining 6 billion US dollars is enough for the implementation of the program.&quot; Fischer and Deppler left Turkey in the evening. /Aksam/

    [17] BUSINESSMEN TO TRAVEL TO IRAQ

    It was stated that the Turkish Export Goods Fair, organized by the Forum Fair Company, would be opened in May. In a statement issued by Forum Fair Company, it was noted that the Turkish businessmen had reacted negatively against the air attack carried out by the US and England against Iraq. Turkey, which has taken important steps for improving economic and political relations with Iraq, would continue this process. In the statement it was added there would not be any change in the commercial delegation's visit program in March. It was stated that the visit, which would be organized by Uludag Association of Exporters with the coordination of Foreign Trade Undersecretariat, would begin on 12 March. The delegation, which will stay in Baghdad until 16 March, will be chaired by State Minister Tunca Toskay. /Turkiye/

    [18] BUSINESS WORLD WANTS PEACE

    The business organizations met yesterday to evaluate the tension between President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. Chairman of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Stock Exchanges (TOBB) Fuat Miras, Chairman of the Association of Industrialists and Businessmen (TUSIAD) Tuncay Ozilhan, and the Chairman of the Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM) and the chairmen of the councils attached to the TOBB met. The businessmen released a bulletin after the meeting calling for an end in the tension between Sezer and Ecevit. /Milliyet/

    [19] PERIOD EXTENDED IN THE THY BIDDING

    The deadline for the proposal of bidding opened for the privatization of the Turkish Airlines Company, was extended until 30 March 2001. According to a statement issued by the Chairman of the Privatization Board, the requests of the potential investor companies to extend this period were taken into consideration. /Aksam/

    [20] ISTANBUL'S FUTURE DEPENDS ON CONVENTION TOURISM

    The Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Ali Mufit Gurtuna, gathered the tour operators together, who are currently in Istanbul to develop convention tourism. Gurtuna delivered a speech during the meeting organized at Kalyon Hotel, and said, &quot;Nearly 3 million tourists visit Istanbul annually. When we increase this number to 10 million, so many things will change both in Istanbul and in Turkey.&quot; Meanwhile, Undersecretary Savas Kuce said that Istanbul could be promoted in a better way through the convention tourism. Meanwhile, the International Trade and Tourism Fair (ITTE), which will be organized for the first time this year to open new horizons in Turkish tourism, will be opened tomorrow. /Turkiye/

    [21] $50 MILLION NEEDED FOR THE PROTECTION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE

    The 'Ilisu and Kargamis Excavations Project' prepared in order to protect the cultural heritage which will be inundated by the waters of the Ilisu-Kargamis Dams built within the framework of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) was promoted at a meeting in Istanbul two days ago. The Director-General of the Monuments and Museums at the Culture of Ministry, Alpay Pasinli, stated that 25 separate archaeological excavations were carried out in the basin of the Ilisu and Kargamis dams in 2000 and an additional 28 excavations will also be made this year. He said: &quot;The Culture Ministry is ready to support these kinds of initiatives&quot;. It is reported that $50 million is needed for the project to which $2 million has been spent to date. /Hurriyet/

    [22] ELECTRICITY LAW ENACTED

    The draft law concerning the opening of electricity markets to private initiatives, which was undertaken as part of the program implemented with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), was enacted by the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA). With the arrangement made in the 4th Article of the draft law, the period given for the thermic power stations, which are within the context of the transferring the right of management, and for the transfer of the regions of distribution was extended until 30 June. In addition, a period of five years was given for the completion of the construction of refining facilities. With the same change made in the same article, the rule that arranges the State's being the monopoly in communication was abolished. /Aksam/

    [23] FINANS-BIR'S APPLICATION TO THE BDDK

    Private Finance Institutions Union (Finans-Bir) have applied to the Banking Regulation and Supervision Board (BDDK) to establish an insurance fund. The new insurance fund will include the current and sharing accounts of the private finance institutions. /Sabah/

    [24] TREASURY SHORTENS ITS BORROWING TERM

    The Treasury had to shorten its borrowing term substantially yesterday and tolerated a high interest rate. The Treasury sold TL 1.5 quadrillion one-month bills to the market at an average compounded yield of 144.2 %. Nominal sales amounted to TL 1.6 quadrillion versus a total bid of TL 1.8 quadrillion. The Treasury also sold $530.1 million worth of dollar-denominated bills at a simple annual yield of 12 % yesterday, meeting the entire demand for the bonds. The Treasury sold TL 355 trillion worth of one-month bills to the public sector in the morning. The one-month bills mature on March 21 and the dollar bills on June 21. /All papers/

    [25] NO PROBLEM IN DEBT SERVICE

    The State Minister responsible for the economy, Recep Onal, said the Treasury would comfortably meet today's debt service after yesterday's borrowing auction. In a written statement, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said the tension between state authorities would not cause a deviation from the program. State Minister Recep Onal said he did not expect a significant capital outflow as lira interest rates have surged. Onal predicted that the markets would moderate because the economic program was not compromised. &quot;We are doing our best within the framework of the program&quot; he said, adding that the pressures stemming from the pegged exchange rate regime would diminish as the current account deficit is bridged and the Central Bank adopts a more flexible regime in July. /All papers/

    [26] YAPI KREDI BOOSTS ASSETS 53 % IN 2000

    Yapi Kredi Bank said its assets increased by 53 % to TL 7.5 quadrillion in 2000. Yapi Kredi's banking service income rose by 49 % to TL 175 trillion. Yapi Kredi's equities increased by 250 % from 1999 to TL 1.4 quadrillion thanks to the appreciation of its affiliates listed on domestic and foreign stock markets. /All papers/

    [27] TURKISH FASHION FAIR IN GREECE

    Turkey's Ambassador to Athens, Ali Tuygan stated a significant improvement was observed in economic and commercial relations between Turkey and Greece last year. Speaking at the promotion meeting of the Turkish Fashion-2001 Manufacturing and Leather Fair to be held between March 1-3 in Athens, Ambassador Tuygan said there were many issues between Turkey and Greece in which both countries would cooperate with each other. /Cumhuriyet/

    [28] ISS USES TURKISH BLANKETS

    A Turkish scientist, Salim Yilmaz living in the US, produces the blankets which the International Space Station (ISS) uses to protect from high and low temperatures. Chairman of Boeing Company International Space Station Program Heat Control Department, Salim Yilmaz, said he gave the name of his son , Kaan, to the space blankets he invented. /Cumhuriyet/

    [29] MODERN TURKISH POETRY ANTHOLOGY IN THE BALKANS

    Kosovar author, journalist and poet Hasan Mercan, who has a total of 16 literary awards both in Yugoslavia and Turkey, has prepared a 'Modern Turkish Poetry Anthology in the Balkans' with the contributions of the Directorate-General of Press and Information. Many poems of Turkish poets living in Macedonia, Romania, Western Thracia, Bulgaria and Kosovo are included in the anthology. The foreword of the book is written by Prof.Talat Sait Halman. /Hurriyet/

    [30] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

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    [31] TUNING IN THE BALKANS BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen comments on Turkey's foreign policy towards the Balkans. A summary of his column is as follows: &quot;As the Turkish public is poorly informed, it is not aware of the recent developments in the Balkans and the change in Turkey's Balkan policy. The recent bloody incidents which occurred in Kosovo where the Turkish military unit is serving, brought the issue to the attention of the world. Right now, it is feared that the tension in Kosovo will disrupt the calm in the Balkans and lead the region into instability. One of the main issues discussed during President Sezer's meeting with his Bulgarian and Romanian counterparts in Plovdiv was the situation in Kosovo. The expressions in the join <_ul>

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