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Turkish Press Review, 01-03-16

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

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

16.03.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] DERVIS TO VISIT NEW YORK
  • [02] ECEVIT: "FOREIGN INVESTORS WILL BE WELCOME"
  • [03] ITO SUPPORTS DERVIS
  • [04] YILMAZ IN SLOVAKIA
  • [05] ERSUMER RETURNS TO TURKEY
  • [06] TURKISH BUSINESSMEN TO GO TO WASHINGTON
  • [07] NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR EU IS READY
  • [08] SEZER SIGNS DECREE ON OZTRAK'S APPOINTMENT
  • [09] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARIANS TO MEET IN DIYARBAKIR
  • [10] TGNA SUB-COMMITTEE TO DEBATE ALGERIAN GENOCIDE BILL
  • [11] MACCARTHY AND MANGO: "THE ARMENIANS, FULL OF HATRED, WILL BE DISAPPOINTED"
  • [12] CHECHEN TERRORISTS HIJACK RUSSIAN PLANE
  • [13] TURKEY STANDS FIRM ON ESDI
  • [14] ALIYEV BRINGS PEACE PLAN FOR KARABAKH
  • [15] BRITISH PARLIAMENT APPROVES NEW BILL IN FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM
  • [16] PKK TERRORISTS KILLED IN SIRNAK
  • [17] CEM PRESENTS A SHIELD TO FORMER TRNC MINISTER ERTEGUN
  • [18] PAPANDREOU TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [19] RUSSIA'S BACKWARD STEP
  • [20] NATURAL GAS PIPELINE OF 980 KM TO BE CONSTRUCTED
  • [21] FEHRIYE ERDAL CASE POSTPONED
  • [22] ANTI BRIBERY MEETING TO BE HELD IN ISTANBUL
  • [23] FOUTH AND MOUTH DISEASE ALARM
  • [24] BAHCELI'S STATEMENT ON RECENT ECONOMIC CRISIS
  • [25] IMF SATISFIED WITH GOVERNMENT'S DECISION
  • [26] TRESURY PREPARES FOR INTERNAL DEBT PAYMENT
  • [27] PUBLIC BORROWING FOR DEBT REPAYMENT ON MARCH 21
  • [28] TUSIAD: "CENTRAL BANK SHOULD INTERVENE TO THE MARKET"
  • [29] TOBB MEETING
  • [30] FOUNDATION LAID FOR MOBILE POWER PLANT
  • [31] BDDK BAILS OUT IKTISAT BANK
  • [32] NEW BILL FOR TURK TELEKOM
  • [33] SABANCI UNIVERSITY IN FOREIGN PRESS
  • [34] TOURISM DEVELOPS IN TURKEY
  • [35] IMPLEMENTATION OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
  • [36] POYRAZOGLU'S NEW PLAY ON AUSTRALIA TOUR

  • [01] DERVIS TO VISIT NEW YORK

    As the Urgent Precautions Package has been announced, it is time to announce the technical infrastructure and details of the package and to determine the framework of the National Program. Within this context, the macroeconomic figures will become clear, and details of the program will be announced. State Minister Kemal Dervis will go to the US March 24. Meanwhile, the Executive Boards of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank will meet March 28, during which Turkey's letter of intent will be discussed and the amount of resource for Turkey will be determined. In addition, the block sale of 51% of Telekom, the legal changes concerning the autonomization of the World Bank, budget changes and additional budget laws will be discussed as priority issues. The 2001 Budget will be brought in line with the new macroeconomic targets. /Aksam/

    [02] ECEVIT: "FOREIGN INVESTORS WILL BE WELCOME"

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said non-urgent public investments will be delayed for a period of time. However, foreign invesment institutions will be welcome to invest in Turkey on a "build-operate-transfer" basis. Ecevit said, "If the floating exchange rate is used for the purpose of increasing exports and touristic services, the economy will gain momentum. The increase in exports will stimulate domestic production and the unemployment rate will decline." /Milliyet/

    [03] ITO SUPPORTS DERVIS

    The Head of Istanbul's Chamber of Trade (ITO), Mehmet Yildirim said the urgent economic measures package are not the measures needed to mobilize the real sector, nevertheless the ITO will lend support and assess the results at the end of the first three months. Yildirim said the announced measures are in fact long-term in nature. "Short term priorities should be to decrease interest rates and to transfer $5 billion to Eximbank for export credits." said Yildirim. /Milliyet/

    [04] YILMAZ IN SLOVAKIA

    Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz left for Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, on a one-day official visit at the invitation of his Slovakian counterpart. Before leaving, Mr. Yilmaz said Turkey and Slovakia are supporting each other during their EU membership process and added that Turkey supports Slovakia's desire to become a NATO member. /Turkiye/

    [05] ERSUMER RETURNS TO TURKEY

    Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Cumhur Ersumer, travelled to the Syrian capital, Damascus, upon the invitation of his Syrian counterpart Munib Saem el-Dahr, and returned to Turkey yesterday. During his visit Ersumer participated in the opening ceremony for a Syrian-Jordanian electricity grid link up. He also held bilateral meetings with Syrian officials. /Turkish Daily news/

    [06] TURKISH BUSINESSMEN TO GO TO WASHINGTON

    The "Annual Conference" of the Turco-American Business Council, attached to the Foreign Economic Relations Committee, and of the American-Turkish Council will be held March 25-28 in the capital, Washington. State Minister Kemal Dervis and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Cem will attend the conference to discuss the issue of 'Direct Investment in Turkey and the US'. The conferences will discuss how Turkey can increase US investments and foreign capital as well as increasing Turkish investments in the US. The conference will include sessions on energy, defence, telecommunication, finance, agriculture and food products, textiles and ready-made clothing, investments in Turkey and in the US, and the Southeast Anatolian Project (GAP). /Aksam/

    [07] NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR EU IS READY

    The Secretary General for the EU, Ambassador, Volkan Vural has finished drafting Turkey's National Program for EU membership. Thursday Vural visited the Turkish Parliament Foreign Policy Committee and relayed information about the program's final draft. The program will be discussed by the Cabinet and made public at a press conference by Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz. Vural gave some details on sensitive issues, such as issues, such as education in Kurdish and the abolition of capital punishment. /Turkish News/

    [08] SEZER SIGNS DECREE ON OZTRAK'S APPOINTMENT

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer signed the decree appointing Banking Regulation and Supervision Board (BDDK) Deputy Chairman, Faik Oztrak, as Treasury Undersecretary. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARIANS TO MEET IN DIYARBAKIR

    European Co-Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), Daniel Cohn-Bendit, which serves as the bridge between the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) and the European Parliament (EP), said the JPC wants to hold its meeting in Diyarbakir. Cohn-Bendit added, "If Turkey does not accept this suggestion, then a delegation from the EP will want to visit Diyarbakir. Mayor of Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality, Feridun Celik, currently in Strasbourg as Cohn-Bendit's guest, attended the meeting of the JPC's European wing yesterday. /Aksam/

    [10] TGNA SUB-COMMITTEE TO DEBATE ALGERIAN GENOCIDE BILL

    A bill denouncing the massacres and violence perpetrated by France in Algeria and all other places, is being debated in the TGNA Interior Affairs Commission. The bill was prepared after France's approval of the so-called Armenian genocide. The Commission sent the bill to a sub-committee. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] MACCARTHY AND MANGO: "THE ARMENIANS, FULL OF HATRED, WILL BE DISAPPOINTED"

    British Researcher Andrew Mango and American historian Prof. Justin McCharty attended a meeting organized by the Democratic Principles Foundation in Istanbul, to discuss Turco-Armenian relations. Before the meeting, Mango and McCharty spoke with journalists, saying the Armenians, engaged in a smear campaign, will be disappointed by Turkey's professional efforts to make clear the historical realities and to explain them to the world. /Turkiye/

    [12] CHECHEN TERRORISTS HIJACK RUSSIAN PLANE

    A Russian plane was hijacked yesterday by two Chechen terrorists soon after its departure from Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. The plane is carrying 162 passengers, 59 of whom are Turks, and a crew of 12. The terrorists carried knives and claimed to have a bomb. Women, children and a wounded person were released by the terrorists late last night. The plane initially headed out of Turkish airspace towards Cairo, but Egyptian air traffic control said the plane had turned in the direction of Medina. The plane landed at an airport in the Muslim holy city of Medina in Saudi Arabia, according to Qatar's al-Jazeera TV channel and Saudi Arabian civil aviation authorities. Demanding an end to war in Chechnya, the terrorists demanded to go to Afghanistan. After the hijacking, the Russian Federation sent a note to Turkey. The letter stated they had warned Ankara before about possible Chechen terrorist activities that might take place in Turkey. Russia demanded extra security measures for Russian citizens and institutions. The Foreign Ministry conveyed Ankara's worry over the incident. Meanwhile, Saudi officials said they had formed a special desk to deal with the hijacking adding that they hoped a solution would be found. /Cumhuriyet-Turkish News/

    [13] TURKEY STANDS FIRM ON ESDI

    Turkey has not changed its policy of blocking European Union access to NATO military facilities in future peace keeping operations. The EU wants access to NATO facilities as a part of its European Security and Defence Identity (ESDI). The issue was an item during a meeting in Brussels between NATO's North-Atlantic Council (NAC) and the EU's Political and Security Committee. The committee is designed as an advisory body for common foreign and security policy activities within the EU. Turkey's permanent NATO representative, Ambassador Onur Oymen, said the issue was discussed briefly, but no significant change was recorded. The main topic of the Brussels meeting was the tension along the Macedonia border. /Turkish News/

    [14] ALIYEV BRINGS PEACE PLAN FOR KARABAKH

    Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev is reprotedly trying to gain the support of the Turkish government in an effort to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Aliyev has proposed working together with Turkish officials in convincing the US government to support a plan being drawn up by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk group. The new plan specifies the withdrawal of Armenian troops froma section of the "occupied" territories of Azerbaijan, the opening of a corridor between Azerbaijan and Nakhechevan, and the deployment of international peacekeeping forces on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border. /Turkish News/

    [15] BRITISH PARLIAMENT APPROVES NEW BILL IN FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM

    The British Parliament has approved a new bill in the fight against terrorism by prohibiting the activities of 21 terrorist organizations including the PKK and DHKP-C. The bill was prepared by Interior Secretary Jack Straw to reinforce the new Anti-Terror Law enacted in February. British political circles stated the bill was going to be discussed at the House of Lords. The bill foresees heavy punishments including expulsion for the members of these organizations, as well as for people aiding to these organizations and sympathizers who carry their emblems or flags. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] PKK TERRORISTS KILLED IN SIRNAK

    Nine PKK terrorists were killed in operations by security forces in Sirnak. Officials said that operations in the region were continuing. /Milliyet/

    [17] CEM PRESENTS A SHIELD TO FORMER TRNC MINISTER ERTEGUN

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Cem presented a shield to former Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Foreign and Defense Minister Necati Munir Ertegun for his service in the TRNC. Cem and Undersecretary Faruk Logoglu emphasized Ertegun's contributions to the TRNC in the speeches they delivered at the ceremony. /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] PAPANDREOU TO VISIT TURKEY

    It is reported that Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou will come to Ankara April 6 for one day visit. /Milliyet/

    [19] RUSSIA'S BACKWARD STEP

    Moscow has stepped back from it's harsh stance regarding Kazakhstan's signature on the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline protocol. During a visit to Astana, Russian Head of State Vladimir Putin's Special Advisor for the Caspian Region, Viktor Kalyujni, claimed that Russia did not oppose any feasible project, including the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project. /Turkiye/

    [20] NATURAL GAS PIPELINE OF 980 KM TO BE CONSTRUCTED

    General Director of BOTAS, Gokhan Yardim, stated, "A pipeline of 980 km, extending from Azerbaijan to Erzurum-Horasan, will be constructed as a part of the project transporting Azerbaijani natural gas to Turkey. The Azerbaijani natural gas pipeline will connect with the Iranian natural gas pipeline in Erzurum. In addition, it will connect with the Blue Stream pipeline 50 km east of Ankara. /Aksam/

    [21] FEHRIYE ERDAL CASE POSTPONED

    The Fehriye Erdal hearing was postponed at the request of defense attorneys until May 3. The case against Erdal was brought by the Sabanci family for crimes she committed in Turkey. The lawyer for the Sabanci family, Fernard Schmitz, stated Belgium, which refused to extradite Erdal, had to try her. /Sabah/

    [22] ANTI BRIBERY MEETING TO BE HELD IN ISTANBUL

    The meeting of the Coalition to Fight Against Bribery in Transitional Economies, organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will be held in Istanbul March 20-22 this year. The main aim of the meeting is to determine effective precautions which can be taken to avoid bribery in transitional economies. /Sabah/

    [23] FOUTH AND MOUTH DISEASE ALARM

    As foot and mouth disease has become widespread in England, Belgium and Germany, Turkey has taken increased precautions. Turkey has decided not to import animal products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, angora wool and spring-shorn wool. Meanwhile, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stated the foot and mouth disease has become a global threat and that no country is safe in terms of this disease. /Aksam/

    [24] BAHCELI'S STATEMENT ON RECENT ECONOMIC CRISIS

    Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli said Turkey could overcome the crisis by taking further steps based on sound decisions and a determination to implement those decisions without making concessions. Stating everbody should do his utmost to accomplish his duties, Bahceli said, "On the one hand, we should try to sustain a more stable atmosphere, on the other hand, we should not be late in taking the necessary steps for Turkey to continue her progress." /Cumhuriyet/

    [25] IMF SATISFIED WITH GOVERNMENT'S DECISION

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is satisfied with government's decision to accelerate banking reform. IMF circles strongly stress the burden of the banking sector on the economy which resulted in the fiscal crisis and the collapse of the former program. /Milliyet/

    [26] TRESURY PREPARES FOR INTERNAL DEBT PAYMENT

    With the Treasury's internal debt payment due next week, the economic administration is looking for new formulas to make these payments easily. Alternative solutions, formulated through the works conducted by the State Minister Kemal Dervis, will be discussed by the officials from the World Bank and the Union of Banks and the Economic Supreme Administration. /Aksam/

    [27] PUBLIC BORROWING FOR DEBT REPAYMENT ON MARCH 21

    The Treasury will sell bonds to finance debt repayments on March 21. A three-month bond will be offered to banks. /Milliyet/

    [28] TUSIAD: "CENTRAL BANK SHOULD INTERVENE TO THE MARKET"

    The Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) suggested the Central Bank intervene in the financial markets by selling foreign exchange thereby removing the financial system`s deadlock. The Head of the TUSIAD, Tuncay Ozilhan, said the important thing was to secure the financial base of the economic program. "Currently, the interbank , bond and TL markets are not functioning. The Central bank has enough exchange money at hand to regulate the financial markets. If the bank sells the foreign currency in a controlled manner, the foreign currency will not be pulled out of the markets. Otherwise, the crisis will deepen," said Ozilhan. /Milliyet/

    [29] TOBB MEETING

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Deputy Prime Ministers Devlet Bahceli, Mesut Yilmaz and Husamettin Ozkan and State Minister for the Economy, Kemal Dervis will participate in the enlarged meeting of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB). The Head of the TOBB, Fuat Miras said 350 representatives will meet with Dervis and will have a say regarding the new economic program. /Milliyet/

    [30] FOUNDATION LAID FOR MOBILE POWER PLANT

    The foundation for a mobile power station was laid yesterday in the Hacilar town of Kirikkale. The power station will be jointly constructed by GAMA and BARMEK on 30 acres. The planned completion date is nine months from now. 5,694,000,000 kw hours of electricity produced by the plant in five years will be purchased by TEAS. /Turkiye/

    [31] BDDK BAILS OUT IKTISAT BANK

    The Banking Regulation and Supervision Board (BDDK) bailed out Iktisat Bank yesterday. The BDDK said Iktisat Bank had placed its operation in danger by transferring its resources to firms owned by shareholders. "The bank's losses exceeded its equity capital. The bank's financial weakness has reached a point where it cannot meet its obligations. Iktisat Bank's continued operation in its present situation imperils the rights of depositors and the financial system's security and stability.", the BDDK stated. Iktisat Bank's management was transferred to the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund. The decision was published in the Official Gazette. /Cumhuriyet/

    [32] NEW BILL FOR TURK TELEKOM

    The Transport Ministry has prepared a bill for the privatization of Turk Telekom to domestic and international investors. The Cabinet will determine the number of company shares to be sold off. The bill consists of four articles. and says Turk Telekom is required to be sold off to a consortium of foreign and Turkish firms with a strategic majority shareholder. Turk Telekom will be removed from the regulation supervising State Economic Enterprises (SEEs) by the bill. The measure is being taken to prevent a would-be cancellation of the Turk Telekom sell-off by the Council of State. /Turkish News/

    [33] SABANCI UNIVERSITY IN FOREIGN PRESS

    The New York Times said Sabanci University in Istanbul represents a new model for education in Turkey with its international academic team. The production of interactive information and interdisciplinary studies are the main features of this new education model. /Hurriyet/

    [34] TOURISM DEVELOPS IN TURKEY

    Minister of Tourism, Erkan Mumcu, stated Turkey's 2001 promotion campaign would be implemented in eight countries by five advertisement agencies. He added, "State biddings will be carried out with the participation of the civilian sector, which is a first in Turkey". Meanwhile, Turkey is going through many important developments in spite of the economic crisis; according to the State Instute of Statistics (SIS) data, 2,984 companies and 1,512 firms were established in Turkey. In addition, American Cotton Incorporated's European and Asian Marketing Director, Dean Pelezar, said the Turkish textile sector could undergo an export boom. /Turkiye/

    [35] IMPLEMENTATION OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

    Implemention of daylight saving time will begin on 25 March at 01:00 a.m. A statement issued by the Ministry of Energy and National Resources outlined the reasons for implementing daylight savings. The one hour charge will save energy, ensure Turkey is insync with European time, and decrease the evening energy demand. /Aksam/

    [36] POYRAZOGLU'S NEW PLAY ON AUSTRALIA TOUR

    After the success of his highly acclaimed play Kobay (Guinea Pig), Ali Poyrazoglu will perform his new play "Borrowed lifes" in Australia and Singapour. Poyrazoglu adapted the new play from his book published last year. /Hurriyet/
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