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Turkish Press Review, 01-10-10

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10.10.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] DECREE ON SENDING TROOPS ABROAD
  • [02] TURKISH SOLDIERS READY FOR A CALL
  • [03] BAHCELI ON THE OPERATION AGAINST AFGHANISTAN
  • [04] CEM TO VISIT GREECE
  • [05] THE US SUPPORTS TURKISH ECONOMY
  • [06] TURKEY IS CONCERNED OVER IRAQ
  • [07] PEARSON MEETS ZIYAL
  • [08] A TOUGH OIC SUMMIT
  • [09] DERVIS MEETS ORAL
  • [10] JORDANIAN KING TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [11] NATO FLEET IN MEDITERRANEAN
  • [12] DEMIREL: "TURKEY ENJOYS EQUAL STATUS WITH OTHER EU CANDIDATES
  • [13] PAPANDREOU TO VISIT ISTANBUL
  • [14] TURKEY PREPARED FOR REFUGEE INFLOW
  • [15] TURKS START ELECTIONEERING IN KOSOVO
  • [16] IMF DELEGATION TO ARRIVE IN TURKEY
  • [17] FINANSBANK RECEIVES LOAN
  • [18] KONSAN COMPANY EXPORTS GOODS TO THE US
  • [19] MUSTAFA KOC WINS AWARD IN THE 1ST YESILADA MODEL PLANE CHAMPIONSHIP
  • [20] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [21] WHAT SPRINGS TO MIND? BY OKTAY EKSI (HURRIYET)

  • [01] DECREE ON SENDING TROOPS ABROAD

    While the discussions on whether to send Turkish troops to Afghanistan or not are continuing, the decree on sending troops abroad was signed by all the ministers and sent to the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) last night. If the Parliament approves the decree, the government will have the authority to send troops abroad. The government note signed by Premier Ecevit says, "It is natural for Turkey to support the US who has always been with Turkey during her fight against terrorism. The operation started by the US is in the interests of all humanity. Turkey should contribute to the operation as much as possible." /Turkiye/

    [02] TURKISH SOLDIERS READY FOR A CALL

    Turkey is keeping her special military units on alert for a possible call to participate in a land operation in Afghanistan. Turkey will sent a military unit to the region if the US or NATO requests. On the other hand, a delegation of a Brigadier General and six officers left for the US to take part in the command center of the operation in Washington. There are experts on biological and chemical weapons among the military delegation which went to Pentagon at the request of the US. /All Papers/

    [03] BAHCELI ON THE OPERATION AGAINST AFGHANISTAN

    Nationalist Action Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli said the military operation of the US against Afghanistan should be limited to concrete targets. During his party's group meeting yesterday, Bahceli suggested that an international conference should be gathered to remove the double standards in the fight against terrorism. Bahceli pointed out that the determination and solidarity should be kept up with the "Committee for Monitoring the Struggle Against Terrorism" that will be established within the United Nations. /Milliyet/

    [04] CEM TO VISIT GREECE

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will pay a two-day working visit to Greece on Nov. 7, the Foreign Ministry said. Relations between NATO allies have been steadily improving over the past two and-a-half years, bolstered by a mutual outpouring of help following killer quakes that struck both countries in 1999. /Turkish Daily News/

    [05] THE US SUPPORTS TURKISH ECONOMY

    The US Administration, which issued an official statement for the first time since Minister of State responsible for Economy Kemal Dervis' visit to Washington last week, stated that it supported Turkey's efforts in overcoming the economic crisis she was currently in. The US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, Alan Larson, said Turkish officials were still continuing to meet with the IMF officials and added that the US Administration wanted to play a productive role in this period. Larson said, "We view Turkey as a vital ally and friend. Mr. Dervis met with me, Secretary of Treasury O'Neill and Vice President Dick Cheney last week. This was a good opportunity for us to see how he evaluates the current situation." Stating that Turkish government succeeded in pursuing economic reform programs, Larson said, "Our aim is to maintain the continuance of this improvement." /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] TURKEY IS CONCERNED OVER IRAQ

    Turkey has concerns over a possibility which might result in both the spread of the war in Afghanistan to other countries like Iraq and an inflow of refugees to Turkey. Expected developments were discussed at the leaders' summit in Cankaya Presidential Palace two days ago upon Washington's statements alluding to such a development. It was reported that Foreign Ministry initiated a work against the inflow of refugees. Parliamentary Speaker Omer Izgi said that the war which spread towards Uzbekistan would include other countries. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] PEARSON MEETS ZIYAL

    The US Ambassador to Ankara, Robert Pearson, met with Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ambassador Ugur Ziyal yesterday. Pearson discussed the possible ways of cooperation with Turkey on the issues of intelligence, bank accounts of terrorist organizations and military and humane aids. Stating that the US understands Turkey's concerns over Iraq, Robertson said, "We have no disputes on this issue." It was stated that Ziyal conveyed Turkey's requests on combating terrorism to Pearson during the meeting. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] A TOUGH OIC SUMMIT

    The decisions which will be made at the end of the Organization of the Islamic Conference OIC Summit to begin in Daho today are being awaited with great curiosity throughout the world. The summit is expected to be a tough one after the recent developments in Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will represent Turkey at the summit. Many expert diplomats will accompany Cem during the summit. They are expected to voice Turkey's views on the international cooperation against terrorism since she accepted to provide military and logistic support to the US as the only Muslim NATO country. Diplomats will draw attention to the dangers of newly emerging prejudices and unjust animosity towards Muslims in the Western world. /Hurriyet/

    [09] DERVIS MEETS ORAL

    Minister of State Kemal Dervis and Minister of Finance Sumer Oral met yesterday to discuss budget figures for the year 2002 before the Higher Planning Council's convention on Oct. 11. Following the two-hour meeting, Dervis also met with other economic bureaucrats. /Turkiye/

    [10] JORDANIAN KING TO VISIT TURKEY

    Jordanian King Abdullah is expected to visit Ankara on Saturday . During his visit the King will meet with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit to discuss the recent operation to Afghanistan. /Turkiye/

    [11] NATO FLEET IN MEDITERRANEAN

    On the demand of the US, NATO deployed its nine-ship fleet in the eastern part of Mediterranean. Turkey, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Britain and the US have one frigate, Greek has one destroyer and Germany has one oil tanker in the fleet. On the other hand, NATO Secretary General George Robertson pointed out that they would also ask other countries to help the operation led by the US. Britain is the only one country other than the US participating in the operation actively from the very beginning. /Turkiye/

    [12] DEMIREL: "TURKEY ENJOYS EQUAL STATUS WITH OTHER EU CANDIDATES

    Former President Suleyman Demirel said Tuesday that Turkey would eventually meet all the requirements delineated in the Copenhagen criteria set for all candidate European Union members, but that it would also refuse to be treated differently to other candidate states. Demirel took the floor at the European Government-Private Sector Relations Council meeting, which was held behind closed doors at Istanbul's Ceylan Inter-Continental Hotel. The text of the speech he delivered, entitled "Turkey: Past, Present, and Future" was distributed to members of the press. In his speech, Demirel denounced the terrorist attacks carried out against the United States, and said it had revived debates on "clashes between civilizations," adding: "Turkey, whose population is mostly Muslim, yet which still is a secular, democratic republic, is the antithesis of such pessimistic theories about the future. It is more important than ever before that all nations comprehend the Turkish example." /Turkish News/

    [13] PAPANDREOU TO VISIT ISTANBUL

    It was stated that Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs George Papandreou would arrive in Istanbul today to pay a one-day official visit. Papandreou will hold a meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeous regarding the initiative on improving inter-religious dialogue. /Hurriyet/

    [14] TURKEY PREPARED FOR REFUGEE INFLOW

    With refugee inflow being one of the most likely outcomes of the ongoing operation against Afghanistan, Turkey, the second largest refugee accepting country in the world, continues preparations for a possible inflow. Recently there was a meeting in Hakkari Governor's office, in which the transfer and control of refugees were discussed by the authorities. The written statement mentioned that refugees are to be transferred to Gurun district of Sivas province, the refugee gathering zone. "The refugees shall be sheltered in the Temporary Sheltering Zones in Hakkari, and their requirements will be met by a commission, Red Crescent, and Social Assistance and Solidarity Fund," the statement said. /Turkish Daily News/

    [15] TURKS START ELECTIONEERING IN KOSOVO

    The only Turkish party to be participating in the general elections in Kosovo, due to be held on Nov. 17 this year, has begun its election campaign. Kosovo Turkish Democrat Party (KDTP) Chairman Mahir Yagcilar said that their members of parliament would speak Turkish in Parliament and added all children should be taught English, Albanian and other Western languages but that Turkish should not be neglected. /Turkish Daily News/

    [16] IMF DELEGATION TO ARRIVE IN TURKEY

    An International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation will arrive in Turkey tomorrow for the tenth review and debates on the 2002 budget. Reportedly, the IMF delegation will put forward some conditions for a possible additional financial source. During the Higher Planning Board meeting to be held tomorrow the decrease in the number of state personnel by 30% in stages and a serious limitation in the state expenditures are expected to be on the agenda. /Turkiye/

    [17] FINANSBANK RECEIVES LOAN

    Finansbank ensured a syndication loan amounting to 110 million US dollars from the international monetary markets. According to the statement released by Finansbank, the agreement concerning the syndication loan was signed in Istanbul yesterday. The syndication loan was jointly given by Alpha Bank, Bank Gesellschaft Berlin, The Bank of New York, Bank of Tokyo - Mitsubishi, HVB Group and First Union National Bank. General Director of Finansbank, Onur Umut, said the loan was the proof of the confidence in Turkey's future and the bank's image with the international markets. /Milliyet/

    [18] KONSAN COMPANY EXPORTS GOODS TO THE US

    Konsan Company began to export technologic construction chemicals and dry plaster to The Tile Shop in the US. The Company, which attaches importance to the Research and Development works, aims to sell its goods first to The Tile Shop and then to the other large construction market chains through the sale representatives in the US. /Milliyet/

    [19] MUSTAFA KOC WINS AWARD IN THE 1ST YESILADA MODEL PLANE CHAMPIONSHIP

    Mustafa Koc placed the first in the 1st International Yesilada Model Plane Championship organized by the Turkish-Cypriot Aviation League. The sportsmen, who had won a degree at the competition made in Yavrukus Facilities at Gecitkale Airport, were presented their awards during a ceremony organized yesterday. Mustafa Koc left his rivals behind and became the first in the championship, in which 60 sportsmen participated. He received his award from the Chairman of the Aviation League, Suleyman Kemik. /Sabah/

    [20] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [21] WHAT SPRINGS TO MIND? BY OKTAY EKSI (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Oktay Eksi writes on the war against terrorism and the fact that ' a terrorrist is a terrorist' no matter what the excuse. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "Human mind races along.... When the incidents on September 11 hurt the US, all balances in the world were upset and concepts were reviewed. Certain stances and measures which were believed to be wrong before, were legalised. In fact, when the US thought it to be fitting, all countries in the world led by our Western friends felt the need to review the policies they had followed until then. Turkey does not have any complaints over the issue since she is not cited in the list of terrorist states, or feels included among those meant by President Geoge W. Bush's words, 'From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.' It may seem as a joke, but certain Western countries such as Italy (who has harbored the chief of the PKK terrorist organisation Ocalan), Greece (who has supported both Ocalan and the PKK in the past), France( who has detained and released Dursun Karatas, leaving aside the support she had lent to ASALA), Belgium(who has welcomed Fehriye Erdal with open arms), Germany (who is a haven for the PKK and fundamentalist reactionaries), Greek Cypriot Administration (who gave Ocalan a passport) should be disturbed by this statement. We are not counting those such as Iran, Syria, Sudan, North Korea and even Pakistan. Although both Saddam Hussein and Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi have lost much of their influence, there are rumors that the war may spread to Iraq. Recently independent deputy Cemil Cicek asked, 'Are not our Western friends who opposed us in extraditing Dursun Karatas, Fehriye Erdal or Ocalan, saying that there was death penalty in Turkey, working hard to catch Osama bin Laden and hand him to the US in accordance with George W. Bush's demands?' Can we refute the fact that all of the Western world is trying to catch Osama bin Laden and hand him to justice in line with President Bush's demands? A foreign diplomat recalled that America defined the measures taken by Israel against terror as 'extra judicial execution' and asked 'Is there a court order for Laden's capture now?'.


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