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Turkish Press Review, 01-02-28

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CONTENTS

  • [01] CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO REVIEW PARLIAMENTARY REGULATIONS
  • [02] SHARON'S MESSAGE TO ECEVIT: PALESTINIANS SHOULD STOP VIOLENCE
  • [03] WASHINGTON POST AND NEW YORK TIMES EVALUATE RECENT CRISIS IN TURKEY
  • [04] THY TO SCHEDULE EXTRA FLIGHTS TO VAROUS DESTINATIONS
  • [05] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [06] HOW THE CRISIS IS SEEN ABROAD BY GURAY OZ (CUMHURIYET)
  • [07] PRESIDENT SEZER NAMED 'JURIST OF THE YEAR'
  • [08] QUEEN BEATRIX INVITES PRESIDENT SEZER
  • [09] LEADERS DISCUSS NEW CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR
  • [10] CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO REVIEW PARLIAMENTARY REGULATIONS
  • [11] BAHCELI'S STATEMENT
  • [12] CEM MEETS WITH POWELL
  • [13] CEM MEETS WITH VERHEUGEN
  • [14] SHARON'S MESSAGE TO ECEVIT: PALESTINIANS SHOULD STOP VIOLENCE
  • [15] HOPE OF 25 BILLION US DOLLARS
  • [16] WASHINGTON POST AND NEW YORK TIMES EVALUATE RECENT CRISIS IN TURKEY
  • [17] CLOSE RELATIONS WITH THE US
  • [18] ERDAL'S TRIAL ON 15 MARCH
  • [19] TURKEY EXPECTS RAPROCHEMENT FROM SYRIA
  • [20] THY TO SCHEDULE EXTRA FLIGHTS TO VAROUS DESTINATIONS
  • [21] POLICE OPERATIONS AGAINST DHKP_C
  • [22] FINANCIAL PROTOCOL BETWEEN TURKEY AND TRNC
  • [23] GENERAL STAFF CONTINUES ITS 'BOOK CAMPAIGN'
  • [24] TURKISH TOURISM HOSTS MORE IRANIANS
  • [25] COTTARELLI TO LEAVE TURKEY DESK AFTER 6TH REVIEW
  • [26] NO RESHUFFLE IN THE GOVERNMENT
  • [27] ITO SUMMIT
  • [28] ISTANBUL STOCK EXCHANGE'S NINE DAYS HOLIDAY
  • [29] RWE POWER COMPANY TO INVEST IN BLACK SEA REGION
  • [30] TURKISH ARCHEOLOGY PROFESSOR DIES
  • [31] TURKISH MUSICIAN'S SUCCESS
  • [32] BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS
  • [33] TURKISH PAINTERS IN PARIS
  • [34] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [35] HOW THE CRISIS IS SEEN ABROAD BY GURAY OZ (CUMHURIYET)

  • [01] CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO REVIEW PARLIAMENTARY REGULATIONS

    TANTAN: &quot;STRUGGLE AGAINST CORRUPTION WILL CONTINUE&quot;

    [02] SHARON'S MESSAGE TO ECEVIT: PALESTINIANS SHOULD STOP VIOLENCE

    [03] WASHINGTON POST AND NEW YORK TIMES EVALUATE RECENT CRISIS IN TURKEY

    [04] THY TO SCHEDULE EXTRA FLIGHTS TO VAROUS DESTINATIONS

    CHHIBBER: &quot;CRISIS MAY BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TURKEY&quot;

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

    [06] HOW THE CRISIS IS SEEN ABROAD BY GURAY OZ (CUMHURIYET)

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    [07] PRESIDENT SEZER NAMED 'JURIST OF THE YEAR'

    The 'Jurist of the Year' award, given annually by the Turkish Bar Association (TBB), in commemoration of the late Gumushane Bar Chairman Ali Gunday, will be awarded to President Ahmet Necdet Sezer this year. President Sezer received TBB Chairman Eralp Ozgen at the Presidential Palace yesterday. Ozgen said after the meeting that the chairmen of the Turkish Bar Associations had agreed to name President Sezer 'Jurist of the Year' unanimously. The aim of his visit was to convey the news to the president. /All papers/

    [08] QUEEN BEATRIX INVITES PRESIDENT SEZER

    The Dutch Queen Beatrix, who welcomes guests only twice a year, invited Turkish President Sezer to Hollnad this year. Sezer accepted this invitation and will go to Holland on 3 April. An intensive program was prepared for Sezer, who is the recipient of an invitation that is symbolically important due to the limited number of guests. Sezer will tour the cities of the Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam with Queen Beatrix and attend cultural activities. Sezer will also visit the schools that have the Turkish students most and meet with the Turkish community living in Holland. According to Dutch diplomatic sources, Sezer is considered as a symbol in the West. A high-ranking diplomat from Holland said, &quot;Sezer has gained great fame as the defender of norms, which have not previously been mentioned in the Turkish society. The Western world is watching Sezer with admiration. Our Queen wanted to meet him.&quot; /Sabah/

    [09] LEADERS DISCUSS NEW CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR

    Coalition leaders met yesterday in the TGNA to determine who to appoint as economy bureaucrats. The leaders agreed that Deputy Chairman of World Bank Kemal Dervis might be the new governor of the Central Bank. Replying to reporter's questions after the meeting, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said they would hold regular daily meetings with bureaucrats in the following weeks. Ecevit added, &quot;We have a busy schedule during the religious holiday. There are certain changes to be made in the economic stability program.&quot; Stating they would consult with Kemal Dervis, who was summoned from Washington, Ecevit refrained from using certain statements while talking about Dervis's possible appointment. He said &quot;He is so experienced- that's why he is in the World Bank. We will consult with him and exchange views.&quot; /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO REVIEW PARLIAMENTARY REGULATIONS

    The Constitutional Court decided yesterday to review an application by the opposition Virtue Party (FP), which seeks the cancellation of a series of amendments to parliamentary regulations. The court started reviewing the FP's application early on Tuesday. The court will review the application's merits after the court reporter prepares and submits his report. The Constitutional Court also accepted a series of applications from the lower courts and decided to review the Release on Parole. The court found 14 of the applications eligible and rejected the rest. Among the applications rejected is the one concerning the Article 168 of the Turkish Criminal Code (TCK), which makes it a crime to belong to a terrorist organization. The Constitutional Court explained that the lower court did not have the authority to send such an application. /All papers/ YILMAZ: &quot;OUR TARGETS HAVE NOT CHANGED&quot; Motherland (ANAP) Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz stated they had not given up their targets in any way despite the developments which occurred in the economy. He said they still supported the targets of the three-year economic stability program. Yilmaz delivered a speech during the group meeting of his party saying, &quot;Let us continue moving towards our target by changing the staff and method, by working harder, by taking bigger risks and by bearing harsher winds. The problem is not about people, but is structural.&quot; /Aksam/

    [11] BAHCELI'S STATEMENT

    Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli delivered a speech at the Nationalist Action Party's (MHP) group meeting and said, &quot;Most interperations of the economic crisis are too hasty, some of them are incomplete and far from the truth. Among the government's prioritized tasks is the implementation of the basic aims of the economic program. In addition, it is now obligatory for a reparations package to be implemented immediately. Implementing such a reparation program certainly does not mean that the things to be done by the executive and legislative branches in the structual field will be put aside.&quot; /Aksam/

    [12] CEM MEETS WITH POWELL

    Having completed his Middle East tour and attended the NATO meeting, US Secretary of State Colin Powell met with Foreign Minister Ismail Cem for the first time in Brussels. Speaking to the press after the meeting, Cem said he thanked to the US Administration for their support after the recent economic crisis. Stating they discussed Turkey's geographical situation as well as common regional interests, Cem said they also talked about the Iraq issue. Cem added that he conveyed the necessity of a fresh policy over Iraq as old ones had failed. Stating he discussed the Cyprus issue in detail with Powell, Cem said, &quot; I think the US stance over the issue is rather different than the international stance which is unsuccessful and inefficient.&quot; Cem added that his counterpart Powell invited him to the US and stated he thought he would visit the US in the second half of March. Later, Cem represented Turkey at the extraordinary NATO meeting which brings together the foreign ministers of the member countries. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] CEM MEETS WITH VERHEUGEN

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem met with EU Commissioner responsible for enlargement, Gunter Verheugen after the NATO meeting in Brussels. In a joint press conference, Cem and Verheugen said the process between the Turkey and the EU is going well. Verheugen said the Accession Partnership Document period was continuing, adding that the EU did its part by approving the Framework Regulation. Stating he received information on Turkey's National Program from Cem, Verheugen reminded Turkey that it has to meet the political criteria in order to become a full EU member. He emphasized that the political criteria was a prerequisite. /Cumhuriyet/ TANTAN: &quot;STRUGGLE AGAINST CORRUPTION WILL CONTINUE&quot; Interior Minister Sadettin Tantan emphasized that the struggle against corruption would continue and said that all segments of society should take part in the struggle. Legislative immunity should be lifted when necessary, he added. Tantan delivered a speech at a conference in Istanbul organized by the Turkish Foundation of Economic and Social Studies (TESEV). /All papers/

    [14] SHARON'S MESSAGE TO ECEVIT: PALESTINIANS SHOULD STOP VIOLENCE

    Holding a press conference at the Israeli Embassy in Ankara, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's special envoy Meir Rosenne said that he conveyed Sharon's message to Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, which said the Palestinians should stop violent activities in order to resume peace talks. Rosenne said Irael was determined to continue the Peace Process. Arguing that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was responsible for the violence, Rosenne said, &quot;Arafat violated the Oslo agreement.&quot; He stated the violence should cease even though talks are interrupted. Rosenne also claimed the Palestinians were not in favor of reaching an agreement on the issue. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] HOPE OF 25 BILLION US DOLLARS

    Now, the hope is that an urgent loan of 25 billion US dollars will be given by the G-7 group, (comprising the US, England, Germany, France, Japan, Italy and Canada) so Turkey can overcome the economic crisis as soon as possible. According to Anatolia news agency, if a guarantee by the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the Treasury can be ensured, the international banking consortium will give a long-term loan, with very convenient conditions, totalling 25 billion US dollars to Turkish banking sector. The US and Japanese Treasuries will head the loan that will be shaped with the support of G-7. According to the officials, the support of the US and Germany was given. Within this framework, high-ranking economy officials will go to Washington at the end of March/beginning of April to ask for financial support for the banking sector. /Aksam_

    [16] WASHINGTON POST AND NEW YORK TIMES EVALUATE RECENT CRISIS IN TURKEY

    An article published in a leading US paper 'The New York Times', defended the idea that the new George Bush Administration should assist and direct the modernization of the political system in Turkey. The article, written by Robert Kaplan, a member of the 'New American Foundation', stated that Turkey held a very important strategic interest for the US. He added, &quot;The Bush Administration should direct Turkey in terms of modernizing her political system, just like the Reagon Administration helped the Israeli economy and the Clinton Administration helped Mexico.&quot; In addition, the importance of Turkey to US interests was pointed out. The article further stated, &quot;An economic disaster in Turkey will cause geopolitical results for the US. Turkey is not only one of the political regulators of the Middle East, but also the economic and democratic vital spot of the Caucasus. A weakening of Turkish borders will awaken many of the problems sleeping since the World War I.&quot; Meanwhile, columnist Stephen S. Rosenfeld wrote an article for the prominent American daily newspaper `The Washington Post' titled &quot;Turkey's Long Identity Crisis&quot; which evaluated the recent economic crisis. Rosenfeld emphasized the US Administration should continue supporting Turkey. Rosenfeld said, &quot;The US must see Turkey's importance in the region and should not forget that Turkey has been one of the US's most important partners in the region.&quot; /Sabah-Aksam/ ORAL: &quot;NO NEED TO PANIC&quot; Minister of Finance, Sumer Oral said the situation was under control of the government after the recent economic crisis and said, &quot;There is no need for panic or pessimism.&quot; Stating there are new regulations in the monetary and exchange rate policies, Oral said this did not mean that the economic program totally failed. Saying Turkey would absolutely overcome the crisis, Oral said there might be certain measures taken in the 2001 budget as well as new macroeconomic regulations. Oral emphasized the success of the program so far saying there would be no deviation from the main target of the program. Stating the main targets of the program were to reach single digit inflation and regulate the public finance in a more efficient way, Oral said, &quot;Today's agenda is to normalize the conditions in the financial sector and regain the equilibrium in the market. Saying it's all over means ignoring certain important things. The program has not failed. Turkey will overcome the crisis.&quot; /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] CLOSE RELATIONS WITH THE US

    The US Administration's support for Turkey is continuing with a banquet given by American Ambassador Robert Pearson. Pearson and and his wife gave a banquet at the American Embassy in Ankara yesterday Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and his wife were in attendance. Diplomatic sources said the banquet was given to improve relations and had nothing to do with the recent American air attack on Iraq or the recent economic crisis in Turkey. /Milliyet/

    [18] ERDAL'S TRIAL ON 15 MARCH

    The opening of a lawsuit against the terrorist Fehriye Erdal, (currently in Belgium), by the Sabanci family for crimes she committed in Turkey, will be discussed at the Council of State on 15 March. Erdal, who is a member of the terrorist organization DHKP-C, was arrested in Belgium September 1999. Belgium has rejected Turkey's extradition demand because of the death sentence in Turkey. Meanwhile, Belgium rejected her application for asylum. After being in prison for more than a year and under house arrest, she is expected to be tried for crimes she committed in Belgium. /Aksam/

    [19] TURKEY EXPECTS RAPROCHEMENT FROM SYRIA

    Syrian Deputy State Minister, Abdulhalim Haddam, said Syria was attaching special importance to its relations with Turkey. The Turkish delegation, chaired by the General Director of the Directorate General of Press and Information, Aydin Sezgin, comprised of members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Anatolia news agency and the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, was received by the Syrian Deputy State Minister Haddam. During the reception, Haddam delivered a speech saying, &quot;I hope your visit will be an opportunity to get to know Syria more closely and to recognize that the Syrian nation and government wants to improve its relations with Turkey. Meanwhile, Aydin Sezgin said, &quot;The Turkish press thank you for your warm welcome. We have noted the issues you stated. We will express them in Turkey.&quot; While replying to a question concerning relations between Turkey and Syria, Haddam said relations between the two countries were better now than it had been 20 years ago. /Aksam/

    [20] THY TO SCHEDULE EXTRA FLIGHTS TO VAROUS DESTINATIONS

    Turkish Airlines (THY) will operate extra flights between Istanbul and New York to meet the increased demand, THY officials said yesterday. THY has also scheduled extra flights for the Feast of the Sacrifice, to handle the expected traffic boom during the nine day holiday. /All papers/

    [21] POLICE OPERATIONS AGAINST DHKP_C

    Police captured a member of the terrorist DHKP_C organization who had been involved in three bombings in Bakirkoy and Bagcilar, and five people accused of providing aid and shelter to the organization, the Istanbul Security Department Anti-Terrorism Desk officials reported yesterday. /All papers/

    [22] FINANCIAL PROTOCOL BETWEEN TURKEY AND TRNC

    The decree regarding the Cabinet's approval of the Economic and Financial Cooperation Protocol between Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was put into effect after being published in the Official Gazette. In line with the protocol, Turkey will provide $350 million for the TRNC within a three-year period starting from 2001. /All papers/

    [23] GENERAL STAFF CONTINUES ITS 'BOOK CAMPAIGN'

    The General Staff headquarters issued a wtitten statement announcing that they had extended the campaign for books until March 2. The campaign envisages the collection of all kinds of books which will be sent to schools especially in East and Southeast Anatolia. /All papers/

    [24] TURKISH TOURISM HOSTS MORE IRANIANS

    Tourism Agencies Association Chairman Rauf Canak said that efforts to diversify the tourist portfolio visiting Turkey has begun to yield its first results with a significant increase in the number of Iranian tourists visiting Turkey. Canak stated that they were expecting more than 2,000 Iranians to visit Antalya this year. /All papers/

    [25] COTTARELLI TO LEAVE TURKEY DESK AFTER 6TH REVIEW

    IMF Turkey Desk Chief Carlo Cottarelli is rumored to leave the Turkey Desk after completing the sixth review of the standby deal and outlining the framework of a new economic program in March, the Anatolia News Agency reported yesterday. Cottarelli is expected to leave Turkey on Saturday, as the authorities have yet to determine new macro-economic targets. Cottarelli is due to arrive back in Turkey after March 15 to complete the sixth mission and to introduce the new IMF Desk Chief. /All papers/

    [26] NO RESHUFFLE IN THE GOVERNMENT

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said that there would be no reshuffle in the government and that both a new Central Bank governor and a new Treasury Undersecretary would be appointed before the Feast of Sacrifice. The market generally went along with the leaders' pledges that the economic stabilization program would not be given up. The Turkish Lira appreciated 4.2 % against the US dollar and US dollar decreased from 1,078,000 to 910,535 TL yesterday. /All papers/ CHHIBBER: &quot;CRISIS MAY BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TURKEY&quot; World Bank Director in Turkey Ajay Chhibber said yesterday that some improvements have already been observed in the Turkish economy adding that the recent economic crisis may also be an opportunity for Turkey. He said: &quot;There will be a chance to review the economy&quot;. Chhibber stated that the cost of the crisis could not be evaluated now, but would be tallied after the Feast of Sacrifice. Chhibber attended a seminar organized at the Treasury Underscretariat for the &quot;Highways Traffic Security&quot; project and replied to questions posed by journalists following the seminar. He noted that the World Bank support for Turkey would continue in 2001. Meanwhile, two World Bank teams arrived in Turkey over the weekend and are working closely with Turkish officials and the IMF on a revised economic framework including structural reforms and privatization. The team is focusing specifically on the impact of recent financial developments on the banking system and assessing future needs with a special focus on state banks. /Hurriyet/

    [27] ITO SUMMIT

    During a meeting organized by the Istanbul Chamber of Trade (ITO), attended by leading figures in politics, science, the media and bureaucracy, the so-called Armenian genocide problem was discussed. The participants suggested Turkey should establish a council to effectively deal with the allegations concerning this issue and said that a common stance should be adopted. /Hurriyet/

    [28] ISTANBUL STOCK EXCHANGE'S NINE DAYS HOLIDAY

    The Istanbul Stock Exchange and Istanbul Golden Stock Exchange will close for the 9-day holiday by Friday, March 2. There will be no process in the Shares Market and Bond Market between March 5-9. /Milliyet/

    [29] RWE POWER COMPANY TO INVEST IN BLACK SEA REGION

    It was stated that the German company, RWE Power, wanted to make an investment totalling 4 billion US dollars in the Black Sea Region. According to the information received, the German RWE Power Company, known to be one of the leading European companies in the use of solid churns and energy production, met with the Governor of Samsun Muammer Guler, Mayor of Samsun Metropolitan Municipality Yusuf Ziya Yilmaz, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Adnan Sakoglu in Samsun concerning regional investments. During his meeting with Yilmaz, Chairman of the Executive Board of RWE Power Company, Dr. Gert Maichel, said they wanted to make an initial investment of 1 billion US dollars for the production of electricity from natural gas. Maichel further stated they were ready to make investments in other energy fields as well, and that a technical team would come to make the necessary investigations. /Aksam/

    [30] TURKISH ARCHEOLOGY PROFESSOR DIES

    Retired lecturer from Istanbul University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Archeology and Art History Department, Classical Archeology Sub-department, Prof. Jale Inan died. Inan, who won an important restoration project to the Turkish archeology, will be buried at Zincirlikuyu Graveyard today. /Sabah/

    [31] TURKISH MUSICIAN'S SUCCESS

    Necdet Tiglioglu, of Turkish origin, lives in Berlin, Germany and continues to work for the music company called 'Booya Music' in Hambourg. He has written many compositions for world-wide known singers and music groups such as Nena, Pappa Bear, Jan ver der Torn, N'Sync, Jonestown, and Boyz 2 Men. Tiglioglu won the Golden Album award for song writing with the song 'Remember The Time' when he was 23 years old. /Aksam/

    [32] BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS

    The Boston Turkish Film Festival begins tomorrow. There are seven feature films and two documentaries to be screened at the festival which ends March 14. /Cumhuriyet/

    [33] TURKISH PAINTERS IN PARIS

    Turkish painters Yakut Ayverdi, Aysegul Kora, Selva Suman and Gulay Sevsevil will exhibit their paintings in the Paris Galerie Herouet. The exhibition will take place between March 1-15. /Cumhuriyet/

    [34] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

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    [35] HOW THE CRISIS IS SEEN ABROAD BY GURAY OZ (CUMHURIYET)

    Columnist Guray Oz comments on the recent economic crisis in Turkey and how it is viewed abroad. A summary of his column is as follows: &quot;German newspapers gave wide coverage to the economic crisis in Turkey. They analyzed the crisis in the economic sections of their papers. They agree with the Turkish dailies on the causes of the crisis, and the commentaries published since November all said that Turkish economy did not inspire confidence. It was rumored that the 'mini crisis' in November stemmed from the German Banks' sudden withdrawal of their money in Turkey. Notwithstanding all efforts, Turkey cannot attract foreign investors to the country. We agreed to the Customs Union, accepted arbitration and called the IMF to the rescue. What else is there to do? Certainly, we can ensure political stability. Maybe the reason foreign investors are avoiding Turkey is not that complex. If Turkish businessmen do not invest east of Ankara in their own country, and do not go to Eastern Turkey, maybe that is why foreign investors do not go to the East of Europe, that is to say Turkey. In fact, do they need to come here? Investors go to a country because of cost items, and mainly because of cheap manpower. If cheap manpower is migrating to the developed countries why should they bother? To be serious, during the age of globalization there is no problem like the 'development' of poor countries. Aside from fine tuning made to fan consumption, developing countries are a source of fear for the West. This fear stemming from the difficulty in defending common borders maybe one of the basic reasons why Turkey is delayed at the doorstep of the European Union. Another point Western columnists are stressing is the question of how corruption will be fought with from now on. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer's determination to fight against corruption is considered laudible, but he is not given much chance. In a fashionable idiom used recently in Germany, we may even say they are 'secretly pleased' with the situation. They are hoping Turkey will wait at the doorstep of the EU without uttering a word. They do not care ifthe crisis in Turkey is overcome.&quot; <_ul>

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