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Turkish Press Review, 01-08-09

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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr>

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

09.08.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] SHARON: "ISRAEL IS PROTECTING HERSELF"
  • [02] ISRAELI MINISTER IN ISTANBUL
  • [03] KRYGZISTAN DELEGATION VISITS BAHCELI
  • [04] CAKMAKOGLU IN UKRANIA
  • [05] ANAP EXECUTIVE COUNCIL'S STATEMENT
  • [06] TUSIAD SUPPORTS YILMAZ
  • [07] SLIGHT REVISION IN ANAP
  • [08] DOCUMENTARY ON THE COMMON HISTORY OF TURKEY AND GREECE
  • [09] FRIENDSHIP AND PEACE AWARDS
  • [10] KIZILAY CHAIRMAN GIVEN BULGARIAN MEDAL OF HONOR
  • [11] TURKISH "FALCONS" ARRIVE FROM BALKANS
  • [12] EARTHQUAKE STATION OPENS UP IN ADANA
  • [13] DERVIS MEETS EXPORTER COMPANY OWNERS
  • [14] REAL SECTOR TO BE TAKEN UP
  • [15] INFLATION TARGETS
  • [16] ETIBANK AND SITEBANK TO BE SOLD
  • [17] HANDICAPPED ART FESTIVAL FOR ISTANBUL SOON

  • [01] SHARON: "ISRAEL IS PROTECTING HERSELF"

    Turkey could not persuade Israel to return to the negotiation table to discuss the halt of the usage of extreme violence inflicted on Palestinians. Visiting Ankara for an official daily visit, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met with Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Foreign Minister Ismail Cem yesterday. The President Ahmet Necdet Sezer also received him. While Ecevit proposed Sharon to return to the negotiation table, Sharon said, "Arafat must end violence and terror first." Sharon also refused the proposal on sending international observers to the region. Stating that Turkey sympathizes with Israel's sensitivity on the issue of security, Ecevit said, "However, we attach great importance to the peace to be sustained between Palestine and Israel." Meanwhile Sharon said, "No matter how much we want to return to the negotiations, we cannot do so if Palestine does not end violence in the region. We cannot make any concessions from the security of Israel. I believe Turkey would do the same thing under similar conditions." /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] ISRAELI MINISTER IN ISTANBUL

    Israeli Minister of Industry and Trade Dalia Itzik will proceed to Istanbul after participating in Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's offical meetings in Ankara. Itzik will meet with the Turkish-Israeli Businessmen Council members today and visit Istanbul Trade Chamber tomorrow. /Turkiye/

    [03] KRYGZISTAN DELEGATION VISITS BAHCELI

    The State Minister and Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli received a delegation from Krygzistan headed by Krygz State Secretary Osmonakun Ibrahimov yesterday and met for a while. /Turkiye/

    [04] CAKMAKOGLU IN UKRANIA

    The Minister of National Defense Sabahattin Cakmakoglu, left for Ukraine yesterday for a three-day official visit, said Kiev's chance to win the tank tender is high and the final decision will be made in the next 2-3 months. Cakmakoglu met with his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksander Kuzmuk and Prime Minister of the Crimea Autonomous Republic Valery Gorbatov yesterday. Ukraine, Germany, France and the US are competing for a tender launched by Turkey regarding the purchase of a thousand tanks. /Turkiye/

    [05] ANAP EXECUTIVE COUNCIL'S STATEMENT

    The Motherland Party (ANAP) Executive Council responded to the statement by the Office Of the Chief of the General Staff criticizing the ANAP Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz's statement arguing that national security constituted an obstacle against the democratization process in Turkey. Stating that who he addressed during his speech was the political parties, Yilmaz said in ANAP Executive Council meeting, "We have to discuss this issue. I personally believe that the democratization process can be accelerated and improved without making any concessions from the principle of secular and unitary state. ANAP Administration issued a written statement after the meeting stating that certain comments made by the press resulted in distorted interpretations of Yilmaz's statement. The statement said, "The ANAP Congress is a legal platform where all the problems of our country can be discussed. Our Chairman Yilmaz said in his opening speech of the Congress that wide interpretations of the concept of "national security" constitute an obstacle against Turkey's attempts to enter the EU. His statement did not have any expression targeting a group or people. However, some false interpretations in the press caused new false interpretations by the Turkish Armed Forces. ANAP believes that secularism and territorial integrity are inevitable for Turkey." ANAP members requested Yilmaz to continue to defend his statement by refraining to be offensive against other partners of the government. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] TUSIAD SUPPORTS YILMAZ

    Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association (TUSIAD) issued a statement supporting ANAP Chairman Mesut Yilmaz's statement on the concept of national security. Stating that democracy means having a maturity to discuss even the most sensitive issues without causing any crisis or instability in the country, TUSIAD said, "Mr. Yilmaz's statement is a proper attempt to discuss democratic practices in Turkey." TUSIAD stated that everybody was concerned over a new crisis, which might take place on the top of the ruling powers again just after the previous one emerged due to the debates among the state institutions. Stating the success of the economic program highly depended upon the political stability, TUSIAD said, "The stability would only be provided by not hiding the problems but by discussing them. In democratic regimes, every issue can be discussed in every platform." /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] SLIGHT REVISION IN ANAP

    Motherland Party (ANAP) made a slight revision within its structure. Minister of Tourism Erkan Mumcu was appointed as the Acting Chairman and Deputy Chairman responsible for the Political Affairs. Mustafa Tasar replaced Mumcu as the Minister of Tourism. Meanwhile, Ankara Deputy Nejat Arseven was appointed as the Minister of State. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer ratified the appointments. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] DOCUMENTARY ON THE COMMON HISTORY OF TURKEY AND GREECE

    A documentary will be filmed about the exchange, which took place after the Lausanne Treaty between Mitilini and Ayvalik. The documentary titled 'The Story of An Exchange- From Mitilini to Ayvalik' aims to show the life in Mitilini before the exchange and display the Turco-Greek friendship. The shooting will begin in September. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] FRIENDSHIP AND PEACE AWARDS

    The Friendship and Peace awards given by the Association of Support Among Turks of Western Rumelia will find their owners. The awards, given in the memory of Dr. Sadik Ahmert who lost his life in a car accident on July 24, 1995, will be distributed for the sixth time this year. Among the guests invited to the ceremony, which will take place in the Crown Plaza, are State Minister Faruk Bal and Culture Minister Istemihan Talay. /Turkish Daily News/

    10,000 WORKERS GO ABROAD IN 2001

    Around 10,000 Turkish citizens have left the country to work abroad via the Directorate General of the Turkish Employment Association. The number of workers sent in the January-June term has increased from around 7,000 people to 10,000 since 2000, indicating a 38 percent increase in the number of workers going abroad. Of the workers sent, 3,000 went to Saudi Arabia, 1,500 went to the Russian Federation, 1,200 went to Israel 1,000 went to Germany. /Turkish Daily News/

    TURKEY TO ASSIGN 150 TROOPS TO MACEDONIA FORCE

    After signing final truce agreements in Macedonia, Turkish soldiers to be assigned to NATO's peacekeeping force in Macedonia will be sent from the Turkish Brigade in Bosnia. The authorities said that the 150 solders would be sent to Macedonia upon NATO's invitation. Turkey also told NATO that it might send an additional 300 soldiers if NATO called for reinforcement. The 3,500-man NATO division will be located in Macedonia after restoring the permanent cease-fire between Albanian rebels and the Macedonian government. The division will stay in Macedonia for 30 days, but in case of necessity that period might be extended. /Turkish News/

    [10] KIZILAY CHAIRMAN GIVEN BULGARIAN MEDAL OF HONOR

    Kizilay (the Turkish Red Crescent) Chairman Ertan Gonen was given a Red Cross gold medal by Bulgarian Red Cross Chairman Hristo Grigorov in Bulgaria on Wednesday. Speaking at the ceremony, Grigorov said Gonen had been given the highest award by the Bulgarian Red Cross. "We will support Turkey's candidacy as an Executive Council member at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation General Council meeting to be held on November 7," Grigorov said. Gonen thanked Grigorov for the help provided by the Bulgarian Red Cross to Turkey immediately after the earthquake on August 17, 1999 and called it an "expression of friendship." /Turkish News/

    [11] TURKISH "FALCONS" ARRIVE FROM BALKANS

    Anatolia news agency reported on Wednesday that the Turkish Air Forces' (TuAF) Balkan duties, which started on April 21, 1993 in Bosnia and Herzegovina and later on in Kosovo have ended. The remaining three F-16 fighters from the 182nd Squadron have returned. TuAF Command has issued a statement saying that Turkish squadrons were positioned at the Ghedi Airbase in Italy, to restore peace in the Balkans. Fighters participated in operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. It stated that from 1993 to the present, 167 planes from 10 squadrons had joined in the operations. Squadrons flew 35,000 hours in Bosnia and 2,000 hours over Kosovo, it added. /Turkish News/

    [12] EARTHQUAKE STATION OPENS UP IN ADANA

    An earthquake station established within the framework of Turkish earthquake network studies by the Bosphorus Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute has now entered service, Anatolia news agency reported on Tuesday. Turkish Union of Engineers' and Architects' Chambers (TMMOB) Ankara Branch Chairman Melih Baki said in a written statement that micro and macro earthquake activities in the region would be recorded and automatically transferred online to the Kandilli Observatory Seismology Laboratory Recording and Evaluation Center via the Adana-Ceyhan Earthquake Station which was set up in the Yilankale district. /Turkish News/

    [13] DERVIS MEETS EXPORTER COMPANY OWNERS

    The exporter company owners met with the State Minister Kemal Dervis yesterday and Dervis flashed a green light to them in the sense that the burden on the industry would be decreased. Dervis said that he also thought that the costs of employment and energy should be decreased and told the members of the Executive Board of the Turkish Assembly of Exporters (TIM) that the involved parties should be convinced for this purpose. Dervis wanted from the officials of the TIM to prepare a study concerning the issue. Chairman of the TIM, Oguz Satici, said that Dervis would meet separately with 20 officials from the industrialist sector soon and that they would discuss the things that should be done regarding the exports and tourism together. /Milliyet/

    1.5 BILLION DOLLAR IN TREASURY

    A part of the 1.5-billion dollar IMF loan that has entered into the Treasury's account will be used as a reserve while the other part will be used for financing the budget. The IMF Executive Board approved Turkey's Additional Letter of Intent on Aug. 3. Two three million dollar slides will be released after Sep. 20 and Nov. 15. /Turkiye/

    [14] REAL SECTOR TO BE TAKEN UP

    Following the finance sector, the economy administration will begin to hold a series of meetings to discuss real sector's issues. Tomorrow textile and contractor services sectors will be taken up. The participants at the meetings will include Minister of State Kemal Dervis, Minister of Finance Sumer Oral, Minister of Industry and Trade Ahmet Kenan Tanrikulu and Minister of Housing and Settlement Koray Aydin, as well as high level bureacrats involved in the sectors. /Turkiye/

    [15] INFLATION TARGETS

    It was stated that the Deputy Chairman of the Brazilian Central Bank, Daniel Luiz Gleizer, Mexican Central Bank's General Director of Economic Researches, Alejandro M. Werner and Prof. Nissan Liviatan from Israel had been invited to the round table meeting to be held in Istanbul on August 10th to benefit from their experiences in the works about setting targets regarding inflation. According to the announcement made by the Central Bank, the inflation target setting, which has been adopted by the developed countries since the beginning of the 1990s and which has given successful results in terms of the stability of prices, has begun to be used by the developing countries as well, in the recent years. /Milliyet/

    [16] ETIBANK AND SITEBANK TO BE SOLD

    Banking Regulation and Supervision Board (BDDK) announced that the process of the sale of Etibank and Sitebank, which are within the Saving Deposits Insurance Fund (TMSF) had begun. According to the information released by the BDDK, the investors, who are interested in these banks, will be able to apply for Etibank by August 17th and apply for Sitebank by August 16th, until the end of the working hours. The investors, who meet the necessary requirements, will be determined on August 22nd. /Milliyet/

    [17] HANDICAPPED ART FESTIVAL FOR ISTANBUL SOON

    The Second International Art Festival for the handicapped, organized by the Handicapped Association, is due to be held in Istanbul on August 14 to 19. The association announced on Wednesday that around 400 artists from 18 countries would participate in the festival, which is being organized by the Greater Istanbul Municipality. Famous jazz musician Christine Jones, who is known for her support of the handicapped, will give a special concert during the festival. /Turkish News/
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