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Turkish Press Review, 01-03-19

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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

19.03.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] NATIONAL PROGRAM TO BE DECLARED
  • [02] MACEDONIAN FOREIGN MINISTER IN ANKARA
  • [03] BARGAINING WITH G-7 FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
  • [04] TURCO-AMERICAN COUNCIL'S MEETING TO START
  • [05] HUMAN RIGHTS TOPIC NOT TO BE TAKEN UP
  • [06] NEW YORK TIMES: "INTEGRATION MAY BE HARD IF ECONOMY IS NOT HEALED"
  • [07] ALIYEV: "THE ESTABLISHMENT OF TURKISH MILITARY BASES WOULD BE A REASONABLE INITIATIVE"
  • [08] CAKMAKOGLU VISITS UAE
  • [09] INTERNATIONAL TERROR AT THE AGENDA OF TURCO-RUSSIAN
  • [10] WWC MEETING IN ISTANBUL
  • [11] BAHCELI'S STATEMENT ON RECENT ECONOMIC CRISIS
  • [12] JORDAN TO MEDIATE BETWEEN TURKEY AND SYRIA
  • [13] MOGULTAY QUITS CHP
  • [14] TURKISH-GREEK BORDER DEAL CONCLUDED
  • [15] TURKEY: EU AID TO BATTLE HUMAN SMUGGLING NEEDED
  • [16] GERMAN PARLIAMENT DEBATES PKK BAN
  • [17] MAY 1 TERROR IN BRITAIN
  • [18] FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED WITH THE IMF
  • [19] THE VICTORY OF CANAKKALE SEA CAMPAIGN COMMEMORATED
  • [20] THREE NEW BOOKS ON MASSACRES OF TURKS BY ARMENIANS
  • [21] IRANIAN NATURAL GAS TO BE RECEIVED IN JULY
  • [22] FOREIGN CREDIT TO BE RECEIVED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE GAP HIGHWAY
  • [23] GARANTI SEALS 350 MILLION EURO SYNDICATED LOAN
  • [24] INTERNAL BORROWING SCHEDULE TO BE DECLARED
  • [25] TURKISH TEXTILE SECTOR IS FIFTH IN WORLD
  • [26] ZEUGMA INCLUDED TOURISM AGENCY'S PROGRAM
  • [27] DERVIS, ANOTHER CABINET MINISTER? BY ILNUR CEVIK (TURKISH DAILY NEWS)

  • [01] NATIONAL PROGRAM TO BE DECLARED

    The National Program will be declared today after the Council of Ministers' meeting. It will then be submitted to the European Union (EU). The Prime Minister's Office released a press statement saying, the Program will be a turning point in Turkey's relations with the EU. Additionally, it said, "The National Program will be proof of Turkey's determination for EU membership, her self-confidence, and a national compromise." /Turkiye/

    [02] MACEDONIAN FOREIGN MINISTER IN ANKARA

    Macedonian Foreign Minister Srgjan Kerim arrived in Ankara last night for a two-day visit amid continuing tension on the Kosovo-Makedonia border. Kerim will meet with his Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem, and will seek Turkey's support in ending the violence in Kosovo. Kerim leaves Turkey tomorrow. Cem has previously stated that Turkey was backing Macedonia in these issues. /Turkish Daily News/

    [03] BARGAINING WITH G-7 FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    At a dinner he gave yesterday, State Minister for Economy Kemal Dervis explained to the Ambassadors of G-7 countries that Turkey was in need of urgent foreign resources. IMF European Director, Michael Deppler, World Bank Turkey Representative, Ajay Chhibber, and EU Representative, Ambassador Karen Fogg were also present at the dinner. Before the dinner Dervis spoke to the press, " We have to discuss in detail with the public at large the nature of the new economic program and receive their support. Therefore, we need some time for the final version of the program." /Milliyet/

    [04] TURCO-AMERICAN COUNCIL'S MEETING TO START

    A number of Turkish high level authorities and businessmen including Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and State Minister Kemal Dervis, delegations from the General Staff and Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, TUSIAD members and representatives of certain firms, will travel to the US to participate in the March 25 Turco-American Council meeting. During the three-day meeting, the US Administration is expected to ask Turkey to put her economy on the right track with fighting against corruption and providing transparency. /Hurriyet/

    [05] HUMAN RIGHTS TOPIC NOT TO BE TAKEN UP

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem is scheduled to meet with the US Vice- President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Colin Powell and White House National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice, March 30. Reportedly, for the first time in eight years, human rights and democratization issues will not be on the agenda during the meetings. Previously, during the eight-year Clinton's Administration, human rights and democratization topics were the first articles on the agenda to be discussed in all meetings with Turkey. On the other hand, one of the judges at the European Court, Riza Turmen, said there is a decline in the number of accusations against Turkey in the European Court of Human Rights. However, there is an increase in accusations over the freedom of expression. /Hurriyet/

    [06] NEW YORK TIMES: "INTEGRATION MAY BE HARD IF ECONOMY IS NOT HEALED"

    The prestigious US newspaper, The New York Times commented, "If the economic situation of Turkey is not adjusted, her integration with the West becomes difficult." Yesterday the newspaper issued a commentary on Turkey stressing, "Up to now, Turkey has been saying her strong economy would be sufficient to become a full EU member after implementing changes in the human rights and democracy areas. However, the recent economic crisis gives rise to the question, "Where is Turkey going now?.'" /Turkiye/

    [07] ALIYEV: "THE ESTABLISHMENT OF TURKISH MILITARY BASES WOULD BE A REASONABLE INITIATIVE"

    Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev said that for the first time Turkish military bases may be established in Azerbaijan. Aliyev said it would be better if they were established. Aliyev added that they agreed in principle with Turkey to sign a military cooperation agreement. Aliyev said he is hopeful about the results of negotiations with Armenian President Robert Kocharyan to be mediated by the US. /Milliyet/

    [08] CAKMAKOGLU VISITS UAE

    Defense Minister Sabahattin Cakmakoglu flew to the United Arab Emirates capital, Abu Dhabi, yesterday to take part in the IDEKS defense fair. Speaking before his departure from Ankara Esenboga Airport, Cakmakoglu said the Turksih Armed Forces (TSK) opposes paid military service, and if any law in this regard is approved in Parliament, the TSK will reject it. A total of 17 Turkish firms are participating in the fair. Cakmakoglu will also hold bilateral meetings with the defense ministers of various countries during his stay in Abu Dhabi. After completing his visit to the mirates, Cakmakoglu will travel to Kuwait for another official visit. /Turkish Daily News/

    [09] INTERNATIONAL TERROR AT THE AGENDA OF TURCO-RUSSIAN RELATIONS

    The Russian Federation has begun to pressure Turkey about international terrorism after the recent hijacking of a Russian plane by Chechen terrorists. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov is expected to bring Turkish support of Chechen militants to the agenda during his April 2 visit. He is expected to convey Russia's views over mounting security and cooperation mechanisms. Arguing Chechen terrorists receive financial support, weapons and an open border from Turkey, the Russian Administration demanded security mechanisms be strengthened. It sees the security protocol signed during Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's Moscow visit as inefficient. Meanwhile, Russian Head of State Vladimir Putin is expected to visit Turkey next October at the invitation of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. Putin is expected to discuss international terrorism and the Caucasus with Turkish officials. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] WWC MEETING IN ISTANBUL

    The World Water Council (WWC), an organization coordinating the world's water strategies, met in Istanbul. Egyptian Water Resources Minister and WWC Chairman Mahmud Abuzeid also attended the meeting. On the first day of the four day summit, high-level organization officials met and given information on the WWC and its meetings. WWC French Vice President Rene Coulomb, who chaired the initial meeting, said the WWC was the most important organization in the world concerning world-wide water issues. Stating the GAP (Southeastern Anatolia Project) was a world famous project, Coulomb said the project included not only water issues, but also regional, social, cultural and economic issues. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] BAHCELI'S STATEMENT ON RECENT ECONOMIC CRISIS

    The Chairman of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli, said $35 million was needed to overcome the economic crisis. Bahceli stated, "At the first stage, $13 million is necessary to relieve the shock of the crisis. Works to find this amount will be carried out this week. As soon as we find the money, the market fluctuations will stop and equilibrium will be regained." /Star/

    [12] JORDAN TO MEDIATE BETWEEN TURKEY AND SYRIA

    Jordan will mediate between Turkey and Syria concerning highway transportation. On its recent visit to Jordan, the Foreign trade delegation secured the promise of Jordanian officials to help find solutions to certain problems between Turkey and Syria. Jordan is also expected to persuade Syria on the issue of transferring Egyptian oil and natural gas. /Star/

    [13] MOGULTAY QUITS CHP

    Following Honorary Chairman Erdal Inonu's resignation from the Republican People's Party (CHP), another leading opposition leader to CHP Chairman Deniz Baykal, former minister and CHP Vice Chairman, Mehmet Mogultay, were sent to the party's discipline committee. /Turkish Daily News/

    [14] TURKISH-GREEK BORDER DEAL CONCLUDED

    Officials from Turkey and Greece signed a cooperation deal Saturday between villages and towns on either side of their often-tense common border. State Minister Yuksel Yalova, who represented the Turkish government at the signing ceremony, said the positive outcome was the result of three years of work. The Greek government was represented by Foreign Minister George Papandreou. Papandreou, with his Turkish colleague Ismail Cem, engineered the current rapprochement between the two countries. "We are seeing that the closeness between Turkey and Greece has developed quickly in the past few years, and that, as Mr. Papandreou always points out, the peoples diplomacy dimension, as well as the relations between universities, trade unions, students groups, and artists. are also developing," Yalova said. Papandreou, for his part, praised the deal as a symbol of cooperation in the Balkans. /Turkish News/

    [15] TURKEY: EU AID TO BATTLE HUMAN SMUGGLING NEEDED

    Interior Ministry Undersecretary Saim Cotur and Justice Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Seref Unal represented Turkey at the European Union Commission's interior ministers meeting last week in Brussels. Interior Minister Sadettin Tantan, who was invited by the commission, could not attend the meeting due to his scheduled appointments with Turkish opposition leaders in Ankara. The commission organized the meeting right after a ship carrying refugees ran aground near Cannes in France. The fight against organized crime, drug smuggling and illegal immigration constituted the main topics of the meeting. The participating countries searched for new ways to cooperate in combatting the incidence of these serious crimes. Saim Cotur, who spoke on behalf of Turkey at the meeting, asked the EU to extend financial aid to Turkey and to work together with the Turkish government to prevent human trafficking. /Turkish News/

    [16] GERMAN PARLIAMENT DEBATES PKK BAN

    During debates over the banning of terrorist organizations, the German Federal Parliament was asked to continue its ban on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Relating PKK terrorist activities committed in Germany, German Interior Ministry Undersecretary Sonntag-Wolgast indicated the PKK continues to disturb the peace in Germany with its activities. Sonntag-Wolgast said he was in favor of continuating the ban as the PKK is still a threat to peace in Germany. Social Democrat Party (SDP) Deputy Reinhold Hiller said the internal peace of Germany has been under threat ever since Ocalan was arrested. Speaking on behalf of the opposition Union Parties (CDU_CSU), Martin Hohman said the PKK declared Germany "enemy number two" in October 1991. He also added the PKK has been involved in all kinds of crimes such as murder, assault, arson and bribery since 1984. /Turkish Daily News/

    [17] MAY 1 TERROR IN BRITAIN

    According to reports prepared by British intelligence and the Metropolitan police forces responsible for London's security, 150,000 people from around the world are expected to participate in the May 1st anti-capitalist demonstrations to be held in London. The reports said certain terrorist organizations, including the PKK and DHKP-C, will be active during the demonstration. Members of the PKK and DHKP-C were accused of violence in Westminister during last year's demonstrations. According to the report, Turkish groups will gather at Waterloo Station and arrive in Westminister region together. /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED WITH THE IMF

    IMF European Director, Michael Deppler, and the State Minister for Economy, Kemal Dervis will announce today the framework agreement for the urgent measures package. Economy bureaucrats will also give some pivotal economic indicators, but will refrain from determining a target inflation and growth rate in order to prevent a negative psychological impact on the public. Target export and import amounts were readjusted according to the rise in exchange rates. The target for exports was increased from $31 billion to $35-37 billion, and the target for imports was decreased from $54.5 billion to $50 billion. A band of around 40-45 % inflation will be targeted. With the signing of the framework agreement, around $5-7.5 billion in fresh money will be transferred for the rehabilitation of the state-owned banks and to compensate their duty losses. The US Treasury and G-7 countries will give the same amount of additional resources within the framework of the same agreement. The total amount of foreign resources will be around $10-15 billion. /Milliyet/

    [19] THE VICTORY OF CANAKKALE SEA CAMPAIGN COMMEMORATED

    The 86th anniversary of the Canakkale (Dardanelles) Sea War was commemorated. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Parliamentary Speaker Omer Izgi issued celebration messages. Ecevit said, "The Canakkale Campaign was the first war Turks fought on their homesoil. After this war, the concept of a "land of the people" was adopted instead of the land of the sultan." Izgi said, "This victory proved to those people trying to invade Turkey that their wish would never be fulfilled." /Milliyet/

    [20] THREE NEW BOOKS ON MASSACRES OF TURKS BY ARMENIANS

    The Prime Ministry Directorate General of State Archives published three new books on the massacres of Turks by Armenians. In the books there are documents proving that 518,000 Turks were killed. It is also known that around 2 million Turks were killed during the World War I. The documents are comprised of reports by committees which conducted investigations in the region, the depositions of people given to the investigation committees and reports of the army commanders, army inspectors, provincial governors, district governors and police officers. /Milliyet/

    [21] IRANIAN NATURAL GAS TO BE RECEIVED IN JULY

    The Pipelines Company (Botas) Director, Gokhan Yardim, said, the construction of pipelines carrying Iranian natural gas to Turkey was completed except for the 300km. portion. The Pipelines will be ready by July 2001. 57 provinces will be able to use the gas. /Aksam/

    [22] FOREIGN CREDIT TO BE RECEIVED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE GAP HIGHWAY

    The Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) will build a highway between Gaziantep and Sanliurfa using $492 million in foreign credits. Turkish firms will construct the highway, which will later be extended to Trabzon in the Black Sea and Mersin in the Mediterranean regions. /Aksam/

    [23] GARANTI SEALS 350 MILLION EURO SYNDICATED LOAN

    Garanti Bank yesterday sealed a 350 million euro syndicated loan with 18 arrangers in London. In a written statement the bank said the loan was secured at a Euribor+0.6 percent interest rate. Garanti said its ability to undertake such a substantial amount of borrowing at a time marked by the economic crisis shows continued international market confidence in the bank. /Turkish Daily News/

    [24] INTERNAL BORROWING SCHEDULE TO BE DECLARED

    The Treasury will declare its internal borrowing schedule today. Reportedly, a strategy for borrowing is expected to be determined. There are two methods under discussion: limiting the maturity dates to one or three months and issuing papers with a longer than one year-maturity at floating rates and one month coupon payment. Meanwhile, the Treasury will realize a TL 2.4-quadrillion internal debt repayment March 21. /Turkiye/

    [25] TURKISH TEXTILE SECTOR IS FIFTH IN WORLD

    The Turkish textile sector ranks fifth in world textile exports, Serdar Yavasoglu, the Chairman of the Aegean Clothing Industrialists' Association said. Stating that despite the hard economic conditions in Turkey, the textile sector has survided. He added that according to European Union data, Turkey is the second country in the world after China in respect of supplying ready-to-wear. /Turkish Daily News/

    [26] ZEUGMA INCLUDED TOURISM AGENCY'S PROGRAM

    Since Zeugma Antique City was in the international eye recently, tourism agencies have begun including the city in their tour programs. TURSAB Gaziantep branch Executive Council Chairman Mehmet Bacaksiz said, "Zeugma has greatly contributed to the region's promotion. It is a very important historical site for us, as well as for the people living in the region. /Cumhuriyet/

    FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [27] DERVIS, ANOTHER CABINET MINISTER? BY ILNUR CEVIK (TURKISH DAILY NEWS)

    Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, the Chairman of the Motherland Party (ANAP) which is the junior partner of the coalition, says Kemal Dervis is just "another" minister in the Cabinet. The leader of the senior coalition partner Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli, who is also a deputy prime minister, says the same things and stresses Dervis is just one of the 32 ministers in the cabinet... If this is the case and the government just wanted a simple reshuffle in the Cabinet by assigning State Minister Recep Onal to another duty after failing to manage the recent economic crisis and replacing him with Kemal Dervis from the World Bank we feel this was all a great mistake. The government could have easily found a replacement for Onal among its 351 deputies in Parliament and thus would not have had to enlist someone all the way from Washington to solve our problems. Both Bahceli and Yilmaz are playing internal politics. They simply could not tell their supporters: "We failed badly, we were in a hopeless position. We had lost all credibility. We simply needed someone which would restore this credibility and get the country back on track. So we enlisted Kemal Dervis as an economic supremo with full authority to run the economy without any interference. We will give him all the political backing he needs and we will not interfere in his good work". Instead we hear that the coalition partners tried to get Dervis to join Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's Democratic Left Party (DSP) in a bid to trap him in their own petty political games and make him a partner fort their own blunders. We are sure some DSP people close to Ecevit are also in this game to push Dervis into the Turkish political mess and hurt his long-term prospects in Turkey... The mission of Dervis will never succeed as long as it is not supplemented with democratic and social reforms. Here we feel Dervis has to push for such reforms in the next few months provided he is really given a free hand to correct the current mess...
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