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Turkish Press Review, 01-03-02

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

<LINK href="http:/_www.byegm.gov.tr_yayinlarimiz_chr_pics_css_tpr.css" rel=STYLESHEET type=text/css> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="20%"><_td> <td width="60%"><map name="FPMap1"> </map></td> <td width="20%"></td> </tr> <_table> &nbsp; <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="20%" valign="top"> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="100%"> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="10" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="100%" style="border: 1 solid #808080" bgcolor="#FFFFFF">&nbsp;Press &amp; Information</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="100%" style="border: 1 solid #808080">&nbsp;Turkish Press</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="100%" style="border: 1 solid #808080">&nbsp;Foreign Press in&nbsp; Turkey</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="100%" style="border: 1 solid #808080">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="100%" style="border: 1 solid #808080" bgcolor="#F0F0F0">&nbsp;Turkish Press Review &gt;&gt;</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="100%" style="border: 1 solid #808080">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="100%" style="border: 1 solid #808080">&nbsp;Press Guide</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <_td> <td width="80%" valign="top" style="border: 0 solid #808080" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="10" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="100%" style="border: 1 solid #808080"> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="5" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="100%"> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="100%">02.03.2001</td> </tr> </table> </td> <_tr> <tr> <td width="100%"> &nbsp;CONTENTS <ul>

CONTENTS

  • [01] A FUND TO BE ESTABLISHED TO SAFEGUARD THE STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [02] INTERNATIONAL OLYMPICS COMMITTEE TO VISIT ISTANBUL IN MARCH
  • [03] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [04] BUSH SENDS LETTER TO SEZER
  • [05] SEZER TO VISIT HOLLAND
  • [06] US READY TO HELP TURKEY
  • [07] CEM TO MEET POWELL
  • [08] US ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE WALKER IN ANKARA
  • [09] DERVIS IN TURKEY
  • [10] ANKARA HAPPY WITH UK ACT ON TERRORIST GANGS
  • [11] NEW PERIOD WITH BELGRADE
  • [12] CHIRAC'S REPLY TO SELCUK
  • [13] ALIYEV TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [14] CANEVI'S STATEMENT
  • [15] US ADMINISTRATION DISCUSSES TURKISH ECONOMY
  • [16] SUPPORT FROM POLAND TO TURKEY'S EU BID
  • [17] TRADERS TO BUY HALKBANK
  • [18] A FUND TO BE ESTABLISHED TO SAFEGUARD THE STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [19] INTERNATIONAL OLYMPICS COMMITTEE TO VISIT ISTANBUL IN MARCH
  • [20] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [21] NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR EU BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

  • [01] A FUND TO BE ESTABLISHED TO SAFEGUARD THE STOCK EXCHANGE

    [02] INTERNATIONAL OLYMPICS COMMITTEE TO VISIT ISTANBUL IN MARCH

    [03] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

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    [04] BUSH SENDS LETTER TO SEZER

    American President George W. Bush said the US will continue supporting Turkey in her political and economic reforms. In a letter to President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Mr. Bush said, &quot;Turkey is a valuable NATO ally and a friend of the US.&quot; Emphasizing his desire to work closely with Turkey, Mr. Bush wants Turkey to continue her economics reforms in cooperation with the IMF. /Turkiye/

    [05] SEZER TO VISIT HOLLAND

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer will pay an official visit to Holland on March 3-5 at the invitation of Dutch Queen, Beatrix. Mr. Sezer is expected to receive Prime Minister Wim Kok, members of the Dutch Social Economic Council and representatives of Turkish community living in the country. Additionally, according to a statement issued by the Presidential office, President Sezer is scheduled to travel to Germany March 17th to attend the opening of the Trojan Exhibition in Stuttgart. /Turkiye/

    [06] US READY TO HELP TURKEY

    US Ambassador Robert Pearson welcomed Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and his wife, Deputy General Chairman of Democratic Left Party (DSP) Rahsan Ecevit, at a lunch the day before yesterday and received Deputy Prime Minister Husamettin Ozkan and the Deputy Undersecretary of Treasury, Ferhat Emil, yesterday. According to information received, the economic problems and the possible solutions were the main topic discussed during the two hour plus lunch. After US President George W. Bush's phone call supporting Ecevit, the meeting between the Ambassador and Ecevit, and then Ozkan and Emil, is interpreted as a sign that Washington is ready to give financial support to Turkey. Now, the US is worried that if the Turkish economy bottom out, the strategic benefits to the US will be damaged. Thus, the US wants to watch closely to see a net picture of the crisis and how the decision-making mechanism is working. /Hurriyet/

    [07] CEM TO MEET POWELL

    US State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher said Secretary of State, Colin Powell, will meet with his Turkish counterpart, Ismail Cem, Tuesday in Brussels to discuss various topics, including the Iraqi embargo. Mr. Boucher added the Ministers will meet again during Cem's visit to Washington on March 30th and take up the topic of the Iraqi embargo comprehensively. Meanwhile, Iraqi Trade Minister, Muhammed Mehdi Salih, noted the loss of various countries due to the embargo imposed on Iraq was over $200 billion. He estimated Turkey's loss at 30, Russia's at 40, France's at 35, the US' at 25, Britain's at 25, China's at 25, and others at $30 billion. /Turkiye/

    [08] US ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE WALKER IN ANKARA

    US Assistant Secretary of State responsible for Near Eastern Affairs, Ed Walker, met with Deputy Undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ugur Ziyal in Ankara. At his press conference, Walker said American experts would evaluate border trade with Iraq. Stating that border trade with Iraq was very important for Syria, Jordan and Turkey, Walker said, &quot;The commercial activities along the Iraqi borders should be carried out very carefully. We will discuss the issue with experts to avoid damaging the Turkish economy.&quot; He added the new US policy with Iraq was prepared taking the welfare of Iraqi civilians and neighbor countries into account. Turkey has demanded the US consider the situations of both Iraqi civilians and Iraq's neighbors who have incurred losses due to the US embargo, when determining its new policy with Iraq. Walker said the new US policy toward Iraq was more rational than the old one however it was still not enough for Iraq to normalize relations with the world. Turkey will convey her views on the Iraqi issue during Foreign Minister Ismail Cem's US visit, March 31. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] DERVIS IN TURKEY

    World Bank Deputy Governor Kemal Dervis, traveled to Ankara from Washington at the invitation of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, said those who come to Turkey with a long-time business plan, will certainly benefit. Dervis added the basic structure of the Turkish economy was sound and, thus, she would overcome this crisis. Dervis met Ecevit at the Prime Ministry. The meeting began at 18:00 and lasted for one hour. After the meeting, Dervis gave a short statement saying, &quot;We have begun the meetings. We are viewing the situation together. I appreciate Mr. Ecevit's invitation. I am ready to help you by doing my best.&quot; /Hurriyet/

    [10] ANKARA HAPPY WITH UK ACT ON TERRORIST GANGS

    Enacting a tough new anti-terrorism law, Britain, on Wednesday, announced plans to ban 21 radical groups, including the terrorist organization PKK (Kurdistan Worker's Party), and the Revolutionary People's Liberation Front (DHKP-C). The law was prepared by Britain's Home office. Before the ban takes effect, the list-contained in a draft order to Parliament - must be debated and approved by those of the Commons and the House of Lords, a process expected to take four to six weeks. Many of the groups have no organized presence in Britain. The new anti-terrorist legislation, which took effect February 19, empowers the government to ban groups that commit violence abroad and to crack down on supporters who channel funds and recruit for terrorist organizations. /Turkish Daily News/

    [11] NEW PERIOD WITH BELGRADE

    The foundations for a new period of relations between Turkey and Belgrade will be laid today. Within this context, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Cem will hold a series of critical meetings with leading bureaucrats, including the State Minister Vojislav Kostunitsa in the capital of the Yugoslavian Federal Republic, Belgrade. During Cem's two-day visit, the situation of people of Turkish origin living in this country and the latest situation in Komodo and Southern Serbia will also be discussed. /Hurriyet/

    [12] CHIRAC'S REPLY TO SELCUK

    French President Jacques Chirac sent a reply to High Court of Appeals President Sami Selcuk's letter on the approval of the so-called Armenian genocide. In his letter Chirac said, &quot;France has no intentions of either changing her policy over Turkey or damaging her centuries-old bilateral relations with Turkey.&quot; Chirac stated he attached great importance to Selcuk's letter, claiming the allegations of the so-called Armenian genocide have nothing to do with reality. He added, &quot;I'd like to emphasize that while approving the Armenian bill, French parliamentarians refrained from judging modern Turkey as she could not be held responsible for incidents in 1915.&quot; /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] ALIYEV TO VISIT TURKEY

    The President of Azerbaijan, Haydar Aliyev will visit Turkey March 12-16 in response to an invitation by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. According to the Foreign Ministry statement the visit will concentrate on areas of bilateral and multilateral cooperation. /Aksam/

    [14] CANEVI'S STATEMENT

    Bankers and foreign experts gathered at the Risk Management Conference organized by the Financial World in Istanbul. During the conference, the former Central Bank Governor and the Chairman of the Executive Board of Turkish Economy Bank (TEB) Yavuz Canevi said, &quot;The main axis of the problem is the banking system. Now everybody is looking for a rescuer. We do not need a superman. The true identification of the problem and political stability are necessary to overcome the crisis. In addition, the targets should be revised rapidly and an atmosphere of confidence should be created.&quot; /Sabah/

    [15] US ADMINISTRATION DISCUSSES TURKISH ECONOMY

    The US Administration held a high level meeting to discuss Turkish economy. Vise President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, and National Security Advisor Condolezza Rice met yesterday to discuss the recent economic crisis in Turkey and possible aid policies. Evaluating the meeting, American diplomatic sources emphasized Turkey's importance to the US adding that the US Administration attaches great importance to Turkey's overcoming the economic crisis. /Star/

    [16] SUPPORT FROM POLAND TO TURKEY'S EU BID

    Jan Kulakowski, the Polish Minister responsible for EU Affairs reportedly said his country has been supporting Turkey's EU membership bid. Kulakowski met with Deputy Prime Minister responsible for EU Affairs, Mesut Yilmaz, and Secretary General for EU Affairs, Volkan Vural, yesterday in Ankara. After the meeting Yilmaz told the reporters they had been meeting with the Minister since Poland started its membership negotiations with EU. As Turkey is the only candidate country that has not started membership negotiations with the EU, Yilmaz noted they were aiming to benefit from Poland's experiences. /Turkish Daily News/ CHHIBBER: &quot;WORLD BANK IS ON YOUR SIDE&quot; The World Bank Turkey Representative, Ajay Chhibber said, &quot; the real sector cannot be put in order unless the fiscal sector is set right. The sore point in the banking sector is the situation of state-owned banks.&quot; Ajay Chhibber delivered a speech at a meeting titled &quot;Turkish Banking and Risk Management and New Arrangements in Capital Markets&quot; organized by the &quot;Finance World&quot; journal. Chhibber said, &quot;Turkish specialists comprehend the problem and know how to solve it. An outsider may not be helpful when he gives advice. I believe Turkey will overcome this crisis and recover its economy with better conditions. We will support Turkey at the World Bank.&quot; /Milliyet/

    [17] TRADERS TO BUY HALKBANK

    President of the Union of Turkish Traders and Artisans Credit and Guarantee Co-operatives, Suat Yalkin said after meeting with the Prime Minister two days ago that the Prime Minister supported the transfer of Halkbank to traders and artisans. Yalkin said they have around $32 million in their support fund and can become shareholders of Halkbank within two years with an amount of $120 million accumulated in their total funds. /Aksam/

    [18] A FUND TO BE ESTABLISHED TO SAFEGUARD THE STOCK EXCHANGE

    A fund will be established in the Istanbul Stock Exchange to compensate for investors losses in cases when brokers take excessive risks and go bankrupt. In times of dramatic market swings, people will be prevented from trying to manipulate the operations of the stock exchange. The Chief of the Capital Markets Board (SPK), Dogan Cansizlar, said new arrangements will be implemented which will increase the capital of brokers taking higher risks. /Aksam/

    [19] INTERNATIONAL OLYMPICS COMMITTEE TO VISIT ISTANBUL IN MARCH

    The five candidate cities for the 2008 Olympics, Istanbul, Beijing, Osaka, Paris and Toronto are being inspected by the International Olympics Committee (IOC). IOC members will visit Istanbul between March 20-25. IOC will decide on the host city July 13. /Cumhuriyet/

    [20] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

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    [21] NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR EU BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Yilmaz Oztuna writes on the effects of the economic crisis on the membership to the EU. A summary of his column is as follows: &quot;The economic crisis has overshadowed Turkey's membership issue to the European Union. Economic stability is almost as important a prerequisite for the EU as is democracy. We are expecting wise decisions and actions from the Government as it is the Coalition's last chance and they have no alternative. If it is unsuccessful, an alternative will be found and perhaps, even elections will be held. The EU officials stated that beginning membership negotiations as early as 2002 was in our hands. In order to begin negotiations, we must put both the economy and democracy on the right track. The National Program we accepted in order to enter the EU should be clearly explained to the public. Every citizen should know what Turkey can accomplish either within the EU or without the Union. We shall be one of the 28 EU members. Today the number of members is 15, and there are 13 candidates. We assume that 12 of the candidates will enter the Union before us. The responsibility for former Soviet satellites entering before us should be born by all, by the political parties, by other institutions and establishments. We shall be a member, with equal rights, in the most comprehensive alliance in history. We shall implement the same principles adopted by the other members, and grasp the ring we have been reaching for these last 200 years. If we are not able to succeed we shall enter into a close cooperation with the US where it will be impossible for us to stand on equal footing. Our borders will be secure within an EU framework. If we are left outside the EU, all the demands on our borders will be displayed. As it is out of the question to give an inch of our territory, we shall be the only state on earth allocating 1_3 of her budget for defense. It is not possible to attain prosperity in such a country and democracy does not flourish in this atmosphere.&quot; Turkish Press Review will not be published until March 12, 2001. <_ul>

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