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02.10.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER'S MESSAGES
  • [02] CEM MEETS FISCHER
  • [03] PARLIAMENT TO BEGIN SECOND ROUND OF AMENDMENTS
  • [04] KIVRIKOGLU'S STATEMENT ON THE US RETALIATION TO AFGHANISTAN
  • [05] DERVIS' STATEMENT ON CURRENT SITUATION IN ECONOMY
  • [06] SUHA TANIK RESIGNS FROM ANAP
  • [07] NO TENSION WITH ANKARA
  • [08] GREEN LIGHT TO TUSIAD
  • [09] HIGH LEVEL SECURITY AT INCIRLIK
  • [10] WELDON: "TURKEY IS VERY IMPORTANT"
  • [11] EU TROIKA IN ANKARA
  • [12] GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER CALLS ON TURKEY TO SETTLE CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [13] GREEK CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION IS LADEN'S FINANCE BASE
  • [14] BELGIUM WANTS PKK'S FINANCIAL RESOURCES
  • [15] CHINA UPS PRESSURE ON VARYAG
  • [16] NEW ACADEMIC YEAR AT THE GULHANE MEDICAL ACADEMY BEGINS
  • [17] RADICAL ISLAM DEBATED
  • [18] YILMAZ: "WESTERN WORLD OWES RENAISSANCE TO ISLAM"
  • [19] HONORARY DOCTORATE FOR DENKTAS
  • [20] GEN. STROHMEYER MEETS GEN. YALMAN IN ANKARA
  • [21] THE ARMENIAN TURKS ON TUSIAD'S COVER
  • [22] NEW ACADEMIC YEAR BEGINS
  • [23] JAPANESE SUPPORT FOR TOURISM
  • [24] AKBANK JAZZ FESTIVAL TO BEGIN
  • [25] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [26] WHEN THE NEEDLE HURTS BY SAMI KOHEN (OKTAY EKSI)

  • [01] SEZER'S MESSAGES

    Delivering a speech at the opening of the new legislature year in the Parliamentary Plenary Session, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer gave important messages to the parliamentarians basing his speech on the question of "what kind of Turkey do we desire?" Sezer's speech covered important topics such as the constitutional amendments, corruption, accession period to the EU, National Programme, human rights, secularism, national security, and the Straits. Stating that 400 deputies would be enough for the Parliament, Sezer said, "We must be ready for a global economic crisis." and added, "Politicians should leave their personal interests behind and give priority to the enactment of the Political ethics law. Sezer mentioned the importance of lifting political immunity to be able to try deputies. Stating that both politicians and citizens should leave their personal interest behind , Sezer emphasized the importance of the enactment of a political ethics law so as to prevent corruption and establish a "transparent state". Naming the current National Programme as a historical opportunity, Sezer stated that Turkey was determined to share a future based on universal and peaceful values with the European countries. Stating that after September 11th tragedy in the US all countries' economies were affected negatively as a sign of a global crisis in the future, Sezer said that politicians should refresh the confidence of people in the economic program. Expressing his full confidence in Turkish nation, Sezer said he was always sure that Turkey was on the right path. /All Papers/

    [02] CEM MEETS FISCHER

    Following his visit to the US, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Cem arrived in Germany. After a meeting with his German counterpart Joschka Fischer, Cem said , "Terrorism does not have religion, nationality or a justifiable excuse." At a joint press conference, Cem stated he informed Fischer about his contacts in the US. Fischer expressed his pleasure in hosting Cem in Berlin. /Turkiye/

    [03] PARLIAMENT TO BEGIN SECOND ROUND OF AMENDMENTS

    Parliament will begin the second round of voting to amend 37 articles of the Constitution today. The amendment marathon, which began in Sept. 19 and which will form the sixth amendment of the current 1982 Constitution, is expected to end this week. /Turkish Daily News/

    [04] KIVRIKOGLU'S STATEMENT ON THE US RETALIATION TO AFGHANISTAN

    Speaking at the reception held to mark the opening of the new legislative year yesterday, Chief of the General Staff, General Huseyin Kivrikoglu said, "A land operation would be very difficult for the US. A retaliation based on bombing specific targets would be rational. If civilian people is hurt during the operations, not just Islamic countries but also other countries will oppose the US. Operation must be made against Taleban Administration." Kivrikoglu said that Turkey would not send soldiers to Afghanistan and added that Turkey continues to support General Dostum, who is opposed to Taleban Administration in Afghanistan. /All Papers/

    [05] DERVIS' STATEMENT ON CURRENT SITUATION IN ECONOMY

    Minister of State responsible for Economy Kemal Dervis said that although the recent developments in the US affected world economy negatively, Turkey had alternative plans even for a war scenario. Stating that they did not demand for a delay in next year's debt payments from the IMF, Dervis said, "We have to prepare the plan which will lead Turkey to develop. If we can maintain our friends' support and try very hard within our borders, I believe, Turkey will begin to develop in 2002." Meeting with First Deputy Chairman of the IMF Anne Krueger and US Secretary of Treasury Paul O'Neill, Dervis emphasized the necessity of minimizing the state. Dervis said that IMF and World Bank had also full confidence in Turkey to recover her economy. /Sabah/

    [06] SUHA TANIK RESIGNS FROM ANAP

    The tension in the Motherland Party (ANAP), begun with preparation of a declaration, continued with the resignation of a deputy, Suha Tanik yesterday, has culminated with the meeting of 17 oppposition deputies. Regarding the recent actions of the opposition deputies in the party, ANAP leader Mesut Yilmaz asserted that their actions depends on personal reasons. He said, " Our friends have done wrong. No one has the right of presenting his personal case as the case of the country." Yilmaz also added the resignations will not cause any problem in the government. /Milliyet/

    [07] NO TENSION WITH ANKARA

    The Chairman of the Turkish Industrialists and Businessman Association (TUSIAD) Tuncay Ozilhan criticized the government in a TUSIAD meeting on Friday. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit replied by stating that "the reconciliation should not be prevented". The Chairman of the Turkish Industrialists and Businessman Association (TUSIAD) Tuncay Ozilhan replied by stating that the demands of TUSIAD are misunderstood and that the TUSIAD first wants the government to overcome the economic crisis. /Sabah/

    [08] GREEN LIGHT TO TUSIAD

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit gave green light to TUSIAD in the opening reception of the Grand National Assembly. Ecevit sid "If the TUSIAD has any problems, and it is natural to have problems, we can talk. We are open to discussion." /Sabah/

    [09] HIGH LEVEL SECURITY AT INCIRLIK

    After the terrorist attacks in the US, security measures were increased at the US Air Force Base in Incirlik, Adana, and Turkish workers on the base are warned against suspicious individuals. Turkish Military Industry Workers' Union (Harb-ıs) Chairman Ahmet Sener said that there were not yet any problems for some 1,500 Turkish workers on the base. He added, "Anxiety has been removed from the base, and the US staff trusts us, because have also we suffered from terrorism for many years." /Turkish News/

    [10] WELDON: "TURKEY IS VERY IMPORTANT"

    Senator Curt Weldon, the chairman of the US delegation visited Turkey, said that although Turkey should have played an essential role in the US' foreign policy, this had been neglected so far. Recalling Turkey suffered $30 billion of losses in the Gulf War, Weldon said, "We must re-evaluate this fact and our foreign policy." An American delegation chaired by Senator Weldon visited Foreign Ministry and Office of the Chief of the General Staff. Stating that they were positively impressed by the meetings they held with the Turkish officials, Senator Weldon said that he would convey his impressions to President George W. Bush. Stating they were also impressed by Turkey's experience in terrorism, Weldon said, "Our visit to Ankara is the most sincere one among Rome and Moscow visits. Turkey has always been with us however we have not attached as much importance as she deserved. We'll talk this issue with President Bush and Secretary of State Powell." Senator Solomon Ortiz said that Turkey had great experiences on combating terrorism to relay to other countries. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] EU TROIKA IN ANKARA

    EU Troika, currently in Ankara to improve political dialogue between the EU and Turkey, visited Foreign Ministry yesterday. Turkey conveyed her views on combating terrorism to the EU Troika. During the meeting where all dimensions of Turco-EU relations were discussed, consultations on the National Programme, political and economic criteria, constitutional amendment package and European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) were held between the two parties. Another topic of the meeting was terror and the ways to combat it. Turkey conveyed her experiences and views on the issue to the EU Troika. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER CALLS ON TURKEY TO SETTLE CYPRUS PROBLEM

    Greek Defense Minister Akis Tsohatsopoulos on Monday called on Turkey "to prove its respect for international law and agree to a settlement of the Cyprus problem." He claimed the Sep. 11 attacks in the US and a global anti- terrorist coalition being assembled by Washington make it "imperative for Turkey to prove that it is bound by international law and the principles of the UN by agreeing to a settlement of the Cyprus problem on the basis of law and the UN Security Council resolutions." Turkish officials commenting on the Greek Defense Minister's remarks say Athens is trying to deflect attention from itself, given that western spotlights have been on this country for its less than satisfactory stand against international terror. /Turkish News/

    [13] GREEK CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION IS LADEN'S FINANCE BASE

    Sending a letter to the EU Parliament members, Deputy Chairman of the Motherland Party (ANAP) Bulent Akarcali stated that Greek Cypriot Administration became a base for Osama Bein Laden's financial activities. Akarcali said in his letter, "Former NATO Commander Wesley Clark unveiled that Greek Cypriot Administration became a base for Laden's financial activities. Additionally, former high-level CIA official James Woolsey stated that Greek Cypriot Administration did not accept to disclose the information about Laden's bank accounts refusing to cooperate with the US. Furthermore, one of the militants of Laden, Jama al Fadl, confessed that he opened a bank account in the Greek Cypriot Administration which he named as a secure base for weapon purchase and transfer.". Akarcali added that he could not understand why these facts were ignored in the report prepared by Jaques Poos in the European Parliament within the scope of Cyprus' accession period to the EU. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] BELGIUM WANTS PKK'S FINANCIAL RESOURCES

    The Belgian judiciary, completing an investigation launched in 1996 into terrorist organization the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), is getting ready to start legal proceedings targeting the financial resources that feed the terrorist organization. Within the framework of Operation Spoutnik, launched in 1996, which targeted the PKK and its associations, suprise attacks had been conducted against Med-TV and the offices of many other sub- divisions of the PKK, and many PKK sympathizers were taken into custody. Belgian offcials said they had concentrated especially on the illegal financial resources of the PKK, and said that this would be the main issue they would be dealing with during trials. /Turkish News/

    [15] CHINA UPS PRESSURE ON VARYAG

    China has mounted pressure on the Turkish government to allow the Varyag, which has been bought by China fom the Ukraine and is intended to be used as a floating entertainment ship, to pass through the Turkish Straits, Anatolia reported on Monday. China has proposed to issue an agency guarantee, which is not supported by the full faith and credit of the People's Republic of China, instead of a state guarantee to allow the ship through the Straits in October. Turkish officials also stated that China should complete the required technical modifications to the the ship to receive permission to pass through the Straits./Turkish News/

    [16] NEW ACADEMIC YEAR AT THE GULHANE MEDICAL ACADEMY BEGINS

    Speaking at a ceremony held to mark the opening of a new education semester at the Gulhane Military Medical Academy (GATA) in Ankara, deputy Chief of Staff General Buyukanit told students that learning the principles of Kemal Ataturk was necessary, but emphasized that turning these principles into a way of life was more important. 'The criterion for us to embrace people is the secular, unitary and democratic Turkish Republic shaped in line with the principles of Ataturk. Every movement which fails to meet the requirements of this criterion is the enemy of our country." Buyukanit said in the opening ceremony. He also said to the students that providing citizens with health, education and security services was essential and that the quality of these services will determine the civilization level in a country. The Naval Forces Commander Admiral Bulent Alpkaya speaking at the ceremony said that Turkey was situated in a dangerous geography which requires her to be economically, politically and militarily strong. Land Forces Commander General Hilmi Ozkok said that education was the most important means to carry societies to success and wellbeing./Turkish News/

    [17] RADICAL ISLAM DEBATED

    Radical Islam and combating Islamic terrorism were debated during German Ministry of Defense Undersecretary Walter Kolbow's contacts in Ankara. Kolbow met with Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ugur Ziyal and visited Office of the Chief of the General Staff yesterday. Replying questions of the correspondents after his meetings, Kolbow said that he conveyed Germany's views on combating terrorism and forming a cooperation against international terrorism. He said, "We discussed the ways to combat radical Islamic terrorism and Germany's recent decision to abolish religious privileges." /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] YILMAZ: "WESTERN WORLD OWES RENAISSANCE TO ISLAM"

    Head of the Religious Affairs Mehmet Nuri Yilmaz responded to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's statement alluding Western world's superiority over Islam. Yilmaz said, "It is so irrational to equate terror with Islam. Islam is a humanistic religion which prohibited even breaking other's hearts and needless to say, murder. Historically speaking, Islamic culture influenced Western World very significantly. The West owes Renaissance to Islam." /Sabah/

    [19] HONORARY DOCTORATE FOR DENKTAS

    The title of Honorary Doctorate was given to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas by the Kirikkale University. Delivering a speech at the ceremony for opening of the 2001-2002 Academic Year, Denktas called on students to follow Ataturk's principles and said, "The love of Motherland is abovel everthing." /Turkiye/

    [20] GEN. STROHMEYER MEETS GEN. YALMAN IN ANKARA

    Austrian Commander Gendarmerie Gen, Oskar Strohmeyer and an accompanying delegation have been received as official guests by Turkey's Gendarmerie Commander Gen. Aytaç Yalman. The delegation was welcomed by a military parade at the Gendarmerie Headquarters Annex Building. Gen. Yalman said during his welcoming speech "the Turkish and Austrian Gendarmeries are getting to know each other for the first time today,". Gen. Strohmeyer thanked Gen Yalman and said that they would be working together to combat human smuggling, arms and drug trafficking as well as fighting terrorism and organized crime. /Turkish Daily News/

    [21] THE ARMENIAN TURKS ON TUSIAD'S COVER

    Gorus, the periodical published by TUSIAD (Turkish Industrialists and Businessman association) made the Turkish Armenians its coverstory. Issues like Turkish-Armenian relations coming to the agenda after the so-called genocide claims, the Armenian community living in Turkey and the Armenian Diaspora were covered in the story. /Hurriyet/

    [22] NEW ACADEMIC YEAR BEGINS

    The new Academic year began yesterday with various ceremonies held in universities. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer issued a message to mark the beginning of the 2001-2002 Academic Year in universities. Pointing out humanity needs information more than ever, and this shows the importance of universities, Sezer said, "Today, countries are struggling to provide their citizens better education opportunities, and universities play a major role in education. Freedom is a must for universities and democracy is important for scientific research. We have great expectations from academics and university students." Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz also issued messages for the new academic year. /All papers/

    [23] JAPANESE SUPPORT FOR TOURISM

    Tourism Minister Mustafa Taşar stated that "Tourism representatives in Japan hope that the negative developments seen in tourism following the terrorist attacks are temporary". Tasar pointed out that they decided to make the cooperation agreement with Japan on terrorism more effective. Within this framework Tasar said that they also decided to establish a commission and find out the ways to improve tourism between Turkey and Japan. /Turkiye/

    [24] AKBANK JAZZ FESTIVAL TO BEGIN

    "The 11th Akbank Jazz Festival" will bring many jazz masters together in Istanbul and Ankara. The festival will be held on October 3-13. Turkiye_

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

    [26] WHEN THE NEEDLE HURTS BY SAMI KOHEN (OKTAY EKSI)

    Columnist Oktay Eksi comments on the reactions to the terrorist attacks shown by the Western world. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "For years they did not listen to us. Like some Turks, Germans believed that the voices they heard belonged to those of advocating egalitarian democracy and engaging in terrorist activities. They smiled sardonically when we said that love for mankind is a feeling these fanatics know nothing about and that they were so savage and violent that they would not lift a finger if someone they believed to be their enemy was agonizingly killed before their very eyes.

    If they had believed us, would they have embraced the fanatic fundamentalist Cemalettin Kaplan, his son and their community? Protecting them, granting political asylum to others show that they are either ignorant or -we do not want to believe this- are deliberately raising a community against Tukey just in case it may come in handy. If Germany had not been the address the PKK had taken shelter and trusted in when it was hurting Turkey the most, such negative possibilities would not have crossed our minds. However the facts speak for themselves.

    Today, in the United States who was boasting of not censuring the press even during the Second World War, the White House is intervening in the press without any opposition. In England, there is the inclination to revive the Anti-Terror Law which was enacted against the IRA. Soon Belgium, Italy, Sweden and Denmark will follow. In fact, Germans have newly begun to openly state the facts their officials had known for years. They recalled that Metin Kaplan's relation with Usame Bin Laden was confirmed during a trial at the Dusseldorf Provincial Supreme Court where he was tried for being a member of bin Laden's organization . In the court decision sentencing Kaplan to four years imprisonment this fact was openly mentioned. Federal Prosecutor's Office in Karlsruhe confirmed that a group from Kaplan's organization met with Usame bin Ladin in Afghanistan. Now a hunt for Islamic terrorists have begun in Germany."


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