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Turkish Press Review, 01-03-26

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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

26.03.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER GIVES FULL SUPPORT FOR EU REFORMS, ECONOMIC PROGRAM
  • [02] OMER IZGI TRAVELS TO CENTRAL ASIA
  • [03] PARLIAMENT TO ENTER BUSY WEEK OF DELIBERATIONS
  • [04] FULL SUPPORT TO GOVERNMENT FROM BAHCELI
  • [05] DEMIREL RETURNS TO ANKARA
  • [06] ERIS: NATIONAL PROGRAM IS THE GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT CONTRACT
  • [07] VAN AARTSEN : TURKEY IS A VERY IMPORTANT ALLY
  • [08] SEARCH FOR DOMESTIC SUPPORT FOR NEW ECONOMIC PROGRAM
  • [09] TURKEY TRIES TO RECOVER HER LOSSES DUE TO US EMBARGO ON IRAQ
  • [10] AMBASSADORS MET IN BRUSSELS
  • [11] MESROB II:"TURKEY HAS NO TERRITORY TO GIVE ARMENIA"
  • [12] MACEDONIAN MINISTER: "WE SHOULD ASK FOR TURKISH HELP"
  • [13] SCHROEDER'S REQUEST FROM US AUTHORITIES
  • [14] PEARSON: "INVEST IN TURKEY"
  • [15] BANKERS AND HEADS OF CHAMBERS CONVENE
  • [16] NATURAL GAS MARKET COUNCIL TO BE ESTABLISHED
  • [17] ALP IN THE US
  • [18] SUCCESS OF THE TURKS LIVING IN THE US
  • [19] TUSIAD DELEGATION TO TRAVEL TO THE US
  • [20] JAPANESE DEMAND FOR TURKISH HAZELNUTS
  • [21] PRESIDENTS' PHOTOS TO BE EXHIBITED
  • [22] TURKISH-AMERICAN SCIENTISTS CONFERENCE
  • [23] FESTIVAL OF ONE-MAN PLAYS
  • [24] EFFORTS CONTINUE TO MAKE MARDIN AN UNESCO CITY
  • [25] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [26] TGNA AND POLITICAL PARTIES BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

  • [01] SEZER GIVES FULL SUPPORT FOR EU REFORMS, ECONOMIC PROGRAM

    Announcing full support for the reforms set out in Turkey's National Program for the European Union, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said the success in the implementation of the political reforms will have a positive impact on the program intended to get the economy out of its current crisis. Speaking at a weekly press conference at the Office of the President, Tacan Ildem, chief advisor to the president on foreign affairs, said Sezer perceived the program to be indicative of the political determination and will make Turkey an EU member. "The President believes Turkey has taken an important step on the road to full membership by preparing and announcing the National Program," Ildem said. According to Sezer, the Copenhagen criteria, a set of political standards Turkey pledged to maintain in the National Program, should be fulfilled not only to please the EU but also, and more importantly, to advance Turkey's economic and political development and "to grant the rights and freedoms that will make dreams of our citizens come true." Ildem said the president believes relevant state institutions should take the necessary steps as soon as possible to implement both programs and , echoing the government line, that public support will be essential in determining the success of the programs. /Turkish News/

    [02] OMER IZGI TRAVELS TO CENTRAL ASIA

    Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) Speaker, Omer Izgi, traveled to Uzbekistan yesterday to pay an official visit. During the 13-day visit, Mr. Izgi, accompanied by a delegation, is also expected to proceed to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. Before his departure, the Speaker told reporters that he was happy to pay visits to Central Asian countries in his first official trip as the TGNA Speaker. /Turkiye/

    [03] PARLIAMENT TO ENTER BUSY WEEK OF DELIBERATIONS

    Parliament is entering a busy week. Parliament will first debate the censure motion presented by the True Path Party(DYP) against the government over its responsibility for the economic crisis on Tuesday. Parliament will also discuss the lengthening of emergency rule. Privatization of sugar factories, the Individual Retirement Bill, bills proposing changes to the Turkish Armed Forces Personnel Law, the Gendarmerie Organization and the Security Organization will be debated in Parliament this week. /Turkish News/

    [04] FULL SUPPORT TO GOVERNMENT FROM BAHCELI

    The National Action Party (MHP)'s Third Regional Meeting was held in Antalya yesterday. Devlet Bahceli, leader of the MHP, Ministers, high level party officials, deputies from region, mayors and citizens attended the meeting. Addressing the meeting, Mr. Bahceli evaluated recent developments in Turkey. Regarding the February economic crisis, Bahceli said, it did not stem from the lack of political support. He added, "There was full governmental support for the economic program carried out in 2000." Bahceli pointed out they are looking for new financial resources to overcome economic difficulties. /Turkiye/

    [05] DEMIREL RETURNS TO ANKARA

    Former President Suleyman Demirel returned to Ankara yesterday from Jerusalem. Mr. Demirel, a member of the Middle East Commission established to determine the causes of the violence in the Mideast continuing since Sep. 28, joined with the other members of the commission to hold a series of meetings with both Israeli and Palestinian authorities in the region. Talking to reporters, Mr. Demirel said they met with Israeli President Moshe Katsav and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem the day before. Declaring his view over the issue, he said the situation in the region is not optimistic. /Turkiye/

    [06] ERIS: NATIONAL PROGRAM IS THE GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT CONTRACT

    Economic Development Foundation (IKV) President Meral Gezgin Eris said on Friday that the National Program announced earlier in the week is the government's commitment contract addressed to the Turkish people, the European Union, and the whole world. Eris, who spoke at a discussion forum organized by the Izmir Chamber of Trade (IZTO) Foreign Economic Affairs Directorate, said that the National Program Document would be implemented and added that the National Program was realistic and a "document of rapprochement" in that it was the product of cooperative work among the three coalition parties. /Turkish News/

    [07] VAN AARTSEN : TURKEY IS A VERY IMPORTANT ALLY

    Dutch Foreign Minister Jozias van Aartsen said on Friday that President Ahmet Necdet Sezer's upcoming visit to the Netherlands carried great importance from the standpoint of bilateral relations between the two countries adding, "The Netherlands shall continue to give full support to Turkey, one of our most important allies, in its EU membership process." Van Aartsen sent a notice to the Parliament Chairmanship on Friday, prior to President Sezer's visit on April 3-5. Aarsen said, "Turkey has taken a very important step towards integration with Europe by announcing its National Program, which will surely accelerate and improve Turkish-EU affairs. " /Turkish News/

    [08] SEARCH FOR DOMESTIC SUPPORT FOR NEW ECONOMIC PROGRAM

    After completing his search for foreign support to the new economic program in Germany and the US, the Minister of State responsible for Economy, Kemal Dervis will be very busy also searching for domestic support in Turkey. Dervis has a busy schedule for the next few days in Turkey. Meetings to form a joint Executive Council for the three state-owned banks, Ziraat Bank, Emlak Bank and Halk Bank will be held. The Higher Planning Board will meet in 30 days. Meanwhile Dervis, currently in Washington, met with economic authorities who were in the US to attend Turkish-American Council meetings to evaluate the recent situation in the Turkish economy. Dervis is expected to attend the Turkish-American Council's annual conference today. He will meet with IMF Chief Horst Kohler, Chairman of World Bank, James Wolfensohn and the US Secretary of Treasury Paul O'Neill. He is expected to leave Washington Wednesday. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] TURKEY TRIES TO RECOVER HER LOSSES DUE TO US EMBARGO ON IRAQ

    Turkey, who suffered approximately $35 million in losses because of the US embargo on Iraq, has decided to open a new border gate through Syria to improve her commercial relations with Iraq. However, the US, who demands a continuation of the embargo on Iraq, has reacted to that decision. The Washington Administration warned Ankara about complying with UN Security Council decisions and stated that the UN must control all border commerce activities with Iraq. Emphasizing the great amount of loss which she suffered due to the embargo, and the blow dealt to the socio-economic conditions of the Southeastern Anatolia Region, Turkey has demanded a special regulation within the UN decision for herself. The contentious issues will be discussed during Foreign Minister Ismail Cem's visit to the US. Ankara thinks border commerce would contribute greatly to the improvement of the Southeastern Anatolia region after the problem of terrorism is solved. According to research conducted on the Andiver Pasavan gate to be opened at the Syrian border by the authorities from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Chief of the General Staff and Interior Ministry, the region would enter a new phase of improved economic and social conditions after the improvement of commercial relations with Iraq. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] AMBASSADORS MET IN BRUSSELS

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem met with the Turkish Ambassadors to the EU countries in Brussels to discuss the National Program (NP). The Ambassador said in order to be a full EU member, Turkey should adjust itself to the European norms and adopt its principles. Foreign Undersecretary Faruk Logoglu and Secretary General for the EU Affairs, Volkan Vural also participated in the meeting. Cem will meet today with the EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Gunter Verheugen and will officially submit the Program to the EU. /Milliyet/

    [11] MESROB II:"TURKEY HAS NO TERRITORY TO GIVE ARMENIA"

    Armenian Patriarch Mesrob II said on Sunday that Turkey had no territory to give to Armenia, claiming that the demand for land by Armenian officials was the idea of a bunch of cranks. About 700 Orthodox Armenians attended Sunday Mass at Kayseri's Surp Krikor Lusarovic Church held by Mesrob II. The Anatolian Armenian Church was recognized by Rome in 301 A.D.,that is 1,700 years ago, with St. Gregory becoming the first patriarch of Anatolia. The Armenian community today observes three festivals every year to commemorate St. Gregory. There are four Surp Krikor Lusarovic churches in Istanbul. The name means "the enlightening Saint Gregory." This year's commemorative activities are of particular importance since they are being observed on the 1,700th anniversary of the founding of the Anatolian Armenian Orthodox Church," he said. /Turkish News/

    [12] MACEDONIAN MINISTER: "WE SHOULD ASK FOR TURKISH HELP"

    Macedonia's former interior and foreign minister, Lubomir Firchovski reportedly stated it was a must that the Macedonian government should ask Turkey's military support as "the biggest, the strongest and the country which pursues the most neutral policy in the region." He said "It will be correct to ask for military support from Turkey, as well as Bulgaria and Greece since Turkey is the largest and strongest country pursuing the most neutral policy in the region." Meanwhile Macedonian authorities stated they have cleared the border of Albanian guerillas. /Turkish Daily News/

    [13] SCHROEDER'S REQUEST FROM US AUTHORITIES

    German Prime Minister Gerhard Schroeder will travel to the US to request financial resources for Turkey. According to "Der Spiegel", during his official visit to the US on Thursday, Schroeder will request President George Bush to secure $30 billion credit for the Turkish state-owned banks. /Milliyet/

    [14] PEARSON: "INVEST IN TURKEY"

    The US Ambassador to Turkey, Mark Pearson said the US believed in the success of the economic program in Turkey. During a conference organized within the framework of the Appalachia-Turkey Trade Project, Pearson said, "The US continues to support Turkey. Turkey is a major friend and ally. US also supports the IMF-backed economic program." Pearson invited American businessmen to invest in Turkey,which is a strategic partner of the US. /Milliyet/

    [15] BANKERS AND HEADS OF CHAMBERS CONVENE

    The members of the Banking Union and the Chambers Union will convene today to discuss the high rates of interests banks implement due to the economic crisis. They will try to reach a compromise solution. /Milliyet/

    [16] NATURAL GAS MARKET COUNCIL TO BE ESTABLISHED

    The Office of the Prime Minister sent the Natural Gas Market Bill to the related ministries for consultation. The bill foresees a Natural Gas Market Council to be established. The bill is important for two reasons: It is included in the regulations for adaptation within the EU. The bill will also protect the large investments required for the additional natural gas which will be transferred from Iran and Russia. /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] ALP IN THE US

    The Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister, Prof. Ahmet Vefik Alp, traveled to the US to hold a series of meetings and to attend the 20th Turco-American Relations Conference. Additionally, Mr. Alp will meet with various firms and institutions to get information about new construction techniques that enable structures to withstand earthquakes. /Turkiye/

    [18] SUCCESS OF THE TURKS LIVING IN THE US

    Armenian attempts to put the so-called Armenian genocide in lessons at schools beginning from the primary grades was prevented by the Turkish-American community initiatives. A bill debated at Virginia State's education commission anticipated the so-called "Armenian Massacre" would be taught in school. The Armenian lobby tried to overcome the Turks' objections using "massacre" word instead of "genocide". However, Turkish community members from other states also participated in the discussions and the bill was rejected. /Turkiye/

    [19] TUSIAD DELEGATION TO TRAVEL TO THE US

    A TUSIAD delegation headed by Tuncay Ozilhan will travel to New York this week to join the Turkish-American Business Forum meeting to be held March 29. Additionally, a parliamentary delegation, led by Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) Foreign Affairs Commission's Chairman, Kamran Inan, will also visit New York April 5-7 to hold a series of meetings. /Turkiye/

    [20] JAPANESE DEMAND FOR TURKISH HAZELNUTS

    As a result of the Turkish Hazelnut Promotion Groups' activities in Japan, the prominent Japanese chocolate company Maiji Seika Kaishe began tests to use Turkish hazelnut in its products. The Hazelnut Promotion Group has been engaged in promotional activities in Japan as well as in the US and China since 1999. /Aksam/

    [21] PRESIDENTS' PHOTOS TO BE EXHIBITED

    Beginning tomorrow, all Turkish Presidents' photos will be exhibited at the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) Hall. At the exhibition, organized by the Association of Photo- Reporters, under the auspices of TGNA, 200 photos of the Presidents, not published before, including those of Ataturk, will be displayed for ten days. /Turkiye/

    [22] TURKISH-AMERICAN SCIENTISTS CONFERENCE

    The Association of the Turkish-American Scientists (ATAS)'s 13th conference was held in Washington, DC. Turkish Ambassador to the US, Baki Ilkin, US Ambassador to Turkey, Robert Pearson and Chairman of the Higher Education Board, Prof. Kemal Guruz participated in the conference. /Turkiye/

    [23] FESTIVAL OF ONE-MAN PLAYS

    The Cankaya Municipality in Ankara organized the Second International Festival of One Man Plays for the occasion of the March 27 World Theater Day. Ferhan Sensoy, Paul Wenninger, Cem Ozer, Tamara Pleshenko, and Musfik Kenter will participate in the festival. /Hurriyet/

    [24] EFFORTS CONTINUE TO MAKE MARDIN AN UNESCO CITY

    Efforts have been accelerated to make Mardin one of the 690 regions in the world protected by UNESCO. Mardin Participatory City Rehabilitation Project was held in Mardin Municipality with the contribution of GAP Development Directory, UN Development Program and Istanbul Technical University. Speaking at the occasion, Mardin Governor Temel Kocaklar said they wanted to make Mardin 'the guest room' of the Southeast. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture Fikret Uccan said they wanted Mardin to be protected by UNESCO. /Turkish Daily News/

    [25] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [26] TGNA AND POLITICAL PARTIES BY YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Yilmaz Oztuna comments on the need of accelerating the speed of TGNA's work. A summary of his column is as follows: "Increasing the speed of the Turkish Grand National Assembly is in the hands of the chairmen of the five political parties which have groups in the parliament. The will of the chairman is reflected in the representatives. The Chairman of the party also presides over the parliamentary group. If need be, he can talk with the representatives individually to convince them. A chairman who does not have face to face contact with the representatives is severely mistaken. Strict instructions of the Chairman to his deputy is important, as deputy chairmen speak on behalf of the Chairman. This rule is valid for almost all democracies. Otherwise, everyone will voice a different opinion and the enactment of laws will be difficult and delayed. Our democracy is based on political parties and a one party democracy is not possible. There is always the possibilitiy that the five chairmen of the political parties may not comprehend the conditions of the country. All of them have close circles and some of their friends in these circles are not even representatives. These people usually give optimistic reports of events to the Chairman. People who can tell the truth which is not to the liking of the Chairman play with fire and in fact they are rarely found. True leaders who came to power by themselves were even misled by these reports both in Turkey and abroad. At present, there are 15 laws that need to be urgently enacted to break out of this economic crisis. 180 laws necessary to become European or to reach modern standards are already there. The President has expressed his complete support for the passage of these laws. The Turkish Grand National Assembly has to work without taking a break, leaving aside their contacts with their constituents. The Speaker of the TGNA is responsible for the coordination between the parties. I do not want to think what will happen if they do not work hard."
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