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Turkish Press Review, 01-08-28

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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

28.08.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] ECEVIT'S STATEMENT
  • [02] AYGUN MEETS ECEVIT
  • [03] DENKTAS TO MEET ANNAN
  • [04] TURKISH TROOPS TO TRAVEL TO MACEDONIA
  • [05] CAY IN TATARSTAN
  • [06] GARIH FUNERAL TO BE HELD TODAY
  • [07] DERVIS MEETS TIM MEMBERS
  • [08] CILLER CRITICIZES PURCHASE PRICE FOR NUTS
  • [09] SCHRODER SALOMON SMITH BARNEY ON THE TURKISH BANKING
  • [10] TAX IDENTITY NUMBER APPLICATION TO BEGIN
  • [11] HUGE MERGER IN TOURISM
  • [12] SONG OF PEACE IN THESSALONICA
  • [13] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

  • [01] ECEVIT'S STATEMENT

    The positive impacts of the agreement reached by the Bilgin Group and the Banking Supervision and Regulation Board (BDDK) for the approval of the payment plan are continuing in the economic and political world. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit yesterday supported the agreement reached by the BDDK and the Bilgin Group, who have promised to pay all their debt following the taking over of Etibank. Ecevit said, "Many managements are in difficulty and concrete steps should be taken to rescue these companies. We are determined to prepare a regulation that makes it possible for the companies, which could be rescued, to pay their debts by instalments. Within this context, we have taken the first step." /Milliyet/

    [02] AYGUN MEETS ECEVIT

    Chairman of Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO), Sinan Aygun, who launched a campaign for a "credible Turkish Lira, has received the first signature from Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. Aygun said, "The ATO Assembly has decided not to do shopping in the foreign currency as from September 2. In addition, those who do not obey this decision will be punished." Aygun stated that 242 non governmental organizations supported the campaign. Meanwhile, Ecevit said that the value of US dollar should not increase from now on against the Turkish Lira. Aygun further stated the second step of the campaign would be encouraging people to use Turkish goods. /Milliyet/

    [03] DENKTAS TO MEET ANNAN

    President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Rauf Denktas, traveled to Zurich, Switzerland yesterday and met with Gunter Verheugen, the European Union (EU) commissioner responsible for enlargement. Denktas and Verheugen exchanged views on the Cyprus issue. The TRNC President is expected to meet with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan today in Salzburg, Austria. /Turkiye/

    F-16 COMPETITION BETWEEN TURKEY AND THE US

    While Turkey and the US are in a competition to rent F-16 war planes, the two country's officials point out that this situation should not be considered as "a competition which has only one winner" and that if the F-16s are preferred, this would be beneficial both for Turkey and the US. The competition between Turkey and the US, which has came on the agenda with the bidding opened by Hungary, stems from their intention to rent their used F-16s to Budapest. The Turkish and American diplomatic sources say, "There is not a competition, but cooperation." /Milliyet/

    [04] TURKISH TROOPS TO TRAVEL TO MACEDONIA

    The Turkish troops to be entrusted within the body of the multinational NATO brigade are to arrive in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia today. However, according to military sources, it may prove difficult as Macedonian protesters are preventing the entrance of NATO soldiers coming from Kosovo with barricades on the Blathce border. The transfer of the first Turkish group from Bosnia-Herzegovina's Tuzla city of Skopje was postponed to today because of the barricades. Another group will be transferred with two transport planes provided by Air Force Command (HKK). /Turkish Daily News/

    [05] CAY IN TATARSTAN

    The Minister of State Abdulhaluk Mehmet Cay, left for Autonomous Republic of Tatarstan yesterday for an official visit. Cay will meet with the President M. Shaymivey, Premier R. Minnihanov and Parliamentary Speaker F. Muhametsin. /Turkiye/

    DEMIREL: "21ST CENTURY SHOULD BE A CENTURY OF DEMOCRACY"

    The ninth President of Turkey Suleyman Demirel attended the opening ceremony of the "15th International Ground Mechanics and Union of the Geotechnics Engineering Conference." Delivering a speech, Demirel said, "The 21st century should be a century of democracy not only for the rich and the very poor but it should be a century of prosperity for everyone. Scientists and engineers have an important responsibility informing a world better than today." /Turkiye/

    [06] GARIH FUNERAL TO BE HELD TODAY

    The funeral for Businessman Uzeyir Garih, murdered in Istanbul in Eyup Cemetery on Saturday, will be held today. Following ceremonies at Istanbul Technical University at 10:30 and at Neve Shalom Synagogue in Sishane at 13:00, Garih will be buried at Ulus Jewish Cemetery. Meanwhile, despite being on alert since the murder, the police have not yet found concrete evidence. /Turkiye/

    [07] DERVIS MEETS TIM MEMBERS

    State Minister responsible for economy, Kemal Dervis, has listened to the problems of the exporters yesterday. Dervis and the Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM) members have met yesterday at the TIM's complex in Istanbul and they have reached a consensus that within the framework of the regulations, the banks that were taken over to the Fund will serve as a bridge between Eximbank and exporters. Following the meeting, Dervis said, "A stronger Turkey will be created in the following six or twelve months if all the balances are established." /Milliyet/

    [08] CILLER CRITICIZES PURCHASE PRICE FOR NUTS

    Stressing that the purchase price for nut fell down below one dollar for the first time after long years, the True Path Party (DYP) leader Tansu Ciller said, "When we left , the nut price in Turkey was $2.5. It should be raised at least to TL 2,200." Tansu Ciller held a press conference in Istanbul yesterday. Criticizing the government's agriculture policy, Ciller said, "There is no captain and the helm." Pointing out Turkey holds the 75-80% of the international nut market, she recalled they realized about one- billion dollar exports when they were in power. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] SCHRODER SALOMON SMITH BARNEY ON THE TURKISH BANKING

    The international investing advising company, Schroder Salomon Smith Barney (SSSB), based in London, has estimated that the banking sector in Turkey will recover as from the next year. In its study, SSSB has evaluated the Turkish banking sector and listed its predictions about next year. SSSB has estimated that the bank incomes, which have amounted to 909 million US dollars in 2001, will reach 1.3 million US dollars in 2002; the Treasury bond's average annual interest, which is 91% this year will be 67% next year and the amount of one US dollar will amount to 1,600,000 TL and will be 2,000,000 TL next year. /Milliyet/

    [10] TAX IDENTITY NUMBER APPLICATION TO BEGIN

    Turkish Union of Banks warned citizens to take a tax identity number soon, as beginning from Sep. 1st declaration of it will be obligatory during any transaction at banks. /Cumhuriyet/

    JOINT BID FOR EURO 2008

    A Greek soccer delegation traveled to Turkey on Monday to discuss a possible joint bid for the 2008 European Soccer Championship. The two-day meetings come after the Greek government gives the green light to examine whether an agreement can be reached on a joint bid between the two longtime regional rivals. "The two federations will examine technical details and other issues which could lead us to a joint bid for the co-organization of Euro 2008," said an announcement by the Greek Soccer Federation. /Turkish Daily News/

    [11] HUGE MERGER IN TOURISM

    Magic Life International, which was established by Cem Kinay and Oguz Serim 11 years ago in Vienna and which has 23 clubs, a ship for Nile and three yachts, has merged with the huge European tourism company TUI Hotel Cooperation Company. TUI Hotel Cooperation Company serves for 22 million tourists and has 75 tour operators and 270 hotels. It is attached to the biggest tourism institution in Europe, Preussag, and now is partners with Magic Life by 50%. /Milliyet/

    [12] SONG OF PEACE IN THESSALONICA

    The Turco-Greek concert, which was organized by the Neapolis Municipality in Thessalonica within the framework of "Balkan Square" has attracted a great attention. Zulfi Livaneli and Maria Faranduri has staged a concert together after 19 years and sent all the Balkan nations' messages of peace and friendship to the thousands of people in Thessalonica. Before the concert that was organized in the name of the rapprochement between Turkey and Greece, the award of friendship was given to Zulfi Livaneli and Maria Faranduri. /Milliyet/

    [13] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    Columnist Ozgen Acar comments on the new approach adopted for the expected Cyprus talks. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "A new negotiation process will begin over Cyprus. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is bringing forth the issue, continuing over a quarter of century, with a sense of duty. According to news issued from the Greek Cypriot sector, the negotiations will begin on 15-17 September. It was also reported that Annan has asked to meet TRNC President Rauf Denktas in Salzburg, Austria on August 28. In fact, Denktas is meeting with Annan in Salzburg today. EU Commissioner responsible for enlargement Gunther Verheugen, met with Denktas in Zurich to influence today's meeting. In accordance with the calendar adopted, UN Special Cyprus Representative Alvaro de Soto will go to Cyprus to prepare for the negotiations of the new process and exchange information until September 5. Denktas who said he had accepted the UN Secretary General's call to listen to what he had to say added that new realistic approaches were necessary on where, when, and how the negotiations would take place and at what level. There are two basic differences of opinion why the issue has occupied the international platforms for such a long time. First, TRNC and Turkey are accepting 1959-60 Zurich and London agreements as the legal basis, which has provided the Right of Guarantee leading to the proclamation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. On the other hand, Greek Cypriot Administration and Greece see the Security Council Resolutions as binding on the issue. It is only understood that the resolutions the Security Council has taken, without taking the afore mentioned agreements into consideration following the 1974 incidents which resulted in the collapse of the Cyprus Republic and Constitution, is blocking the road to a solution. Blocking this path again will leave Denktas to no alternative but launching initiatives for the recognition of the TRNC in various countries. Some signals have been received on the issue from different countries. The first to comprehend this fact in Greece is the Communist Party (KKE). KKE draws attention to the fact that with the new process concerning Cyprus, the recognition of Cyprus will be discussed."


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