Check-out What's New on HR-Net A)? GHT="50">
Compact version
Today's Suggestion
Read The "Macedonian Question" (by Maria Nystazopoulou-Pelekidou)
HomeAbout HR-NetNewsWeb SitesDocumentsOnline HelpUsage InformationContact us
Thursday, 14 November 2019
 
News
  Latest News (All)
     From Greece
     From Cyprus
     From Europe
     From Balkans
     From Turkey
     From USA
  Announcements
  World Press
  News Archives
Web Sites
  Hosted
  Mirrored
  Interesting Nodes
Documents
  Special Topics
  Treaties, Conventions
  Constitutions
  U.S. Agencies
  Cyprus Problem
  Other
Services
  Personal NewsPaper
  Greek Fonts
  Tools
  F.A.Q.
 

Turkish Press Review, 02-04-01

Turkish Press Review Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

<LINK href="http://www.byegm.gov.tr_yayinlarimiz_chr_pics_css/tpr.css" rel=STYLESHEET type=text/css> <map name="FPMap1"> <_map> Press &amp; Information Turkish Press Turkish Press Review &gt;&gt; Foreign Press Guide Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

01.04.2002


CONTENTS

  • [01] PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE BILL LIMITING PRESIDENT’S AUTHORITY THIS WEEK
  • [02] TURKEY CONVEYS ITS CONCERNS ON MIDEAST TO WASHINGTON
  • [03] SP DELEGATION VISITS PALESTINIAN AMBASSADOR
  • [04] IRAQ THANKS TURKEY FOR OPPOSING OPERATION
  • [05] US AMBASSADOR PEARSON: “TURKEY IS SAFE FOR TRAVELLERS”
  • [06] FESTIVAL PLANNED TO BRING ASIAN COUNTRIES TOGETHER
  • [07] TURKEY TO HOST SUBCON INDUSTRY CONVENTION
  • [08] CONSTRUCTION FAIR SLATED FOR ISTANBUL
  • [09] UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PAYMENTS BEGIN TODAY
  • [10] KARACAOGLU COMPANY RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL QUALITY AWARD
  • [11] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [12] WE CANNOT REMAIN INDIFFERENT TO VIOLENCE BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)
  • [13] ANKARA’S CALL AND ARAFAT BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

  • [01] PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE BILL LIMITING PRESIDENT’S AUTHORITY THIS WEEK

    A bill proposing certain limits on the authority of the president and prime minister is expected to be debated in the Parliament this week. The bill, which was presented to Parliament in November 2000, aims to free the president and prime minister from the necessity of making certain appointments and also to increase the efficiency of the bureaucracy. Under the new regulations, certain appointments would be made through the signature of the relevant minister alone, rather than of that minister plus the president and prime minister. /All Papers/

    [02] TURKEY CONVEYS ITS CONCERNS ON MIDEAST TO WASHINGTON

    Turkey launched a new diplomatic initiative over the weekend to help bringing about an end to the escalating violence in the Middle East. The US ambassador to Ankara, Robert Pearson, and Turkey’s ambassador to Washington, Faruk Logoglu, conveyed Ankara’s views to US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, and his deputy Nicholas Burns that measures should taken to ensure the safety of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who was confined over the weekend to his compound under Israeli Army siege, as soon as possible. Ankara conveyed the message to the Bush administration that current developments would adversely affect Turkey’s relations with all neighboring countries and that Israel should pull back from Ramallah. However, the Bush administration has laid the onus for the current crisis on Arafat rather than Israel, saying that he needs to do more to end the attacks and suicide bombings by Palestinian militants. Furthermore, Turkish Foreign Ministry Middle East Department Director- General Turkekul Kurttekin met with Palestinian Ambassador Fuad Yasin and Israeli Ambassador David Sultan over the weekend. Turkey’s Consul General to Jerusalem Huseyin Avni Bicakli made a phone call to Arafat on Saturday to learn his demands and expectations from the US and Israel. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] SP DELEGATION VISITS PALESTINIAN AMBASSADOR

    Felicity Party (SP) leader Recai Kutan and an accompanying delegation yesterday paid a visit to the Palestinian ambassador to Turkey, Fuad Yasin, to show their support. Stressing that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was ready to die for the cause of a Palestinian nation, Yasin said, “If the United States had wanted, it would have stopped the bloodshed in the Middle East. Israel’s only aim is to terminate Arafat. If they do it, Arafat will become a martyr, and then they will have to fight against millions of Arafats.” Meanwhile, the Great Union Party (BBP) and the Workers’ Party (IP) members yesterday held a demonstration in front of the Israeli Consulate General in Istanbul to protest Israeli’s incursion into the West Bank. /Aksam/

    [04] IRAQ THANKS TURKEY FOR OPPOSING OPERATION

    Speaking to Turkish reporters yesterday after meeting with Turkish State Minister Tunca Toskay, Iraqi Vice President Taha Yasin Ramazan thanked Turkey for its opposition to US military intervention in Iraq. Ramazan also said that Iraq was satisfied with Turkey’s stance during US Vice President Dick Cheney’s recent visit to Turkey. “We had serious talks with Toskay on improving relations between Turkey and Iraq,” Ramazan added. /Hurriyet/

    [05] US AMBASSADOR PEARSON: “TURKEY IS SAFE FOR TRAVELLERS”

    In an open letter to US travel agencies released yesterday, the US ambassador to Ankara, Robert Pearson, called on booking agents in the US not to ignore Turkey when they make reservations, especially during the upcoming busy summer session. Pearson declared that US citizens traveling to the region would be safe and welcome in Turkey. The ambassador added that tourists in Turkey faced no threats after last September’s attacks. /Hurriyet/

    [06] FESTIVAL PLANNED TO BRING ASIAN COUNTRIES TOGETHER

    The Foundation of the State Theater and Opera House Artists (TOBAV) has begun laying the groundwork for a festival project to bring Asian countries together. The “Asiaopalia Project” was discussed over the weekend by the representatives of TOBAV and several other non-governmental organizations (NGOs). TOBAV Chairman Tamer Levent stated that the festival would feature activities involving music, literature, poetry, architecture, dancing, theatre, photography and cinema. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] TURKEY TO HOST SUBCON INDUSTRY CONVENTION

    Preparations are underway for the International Subsidiary Industry Convention, “Subcon 2002” which is slated to be held at Istanbul’s International Fair Center on May 16-19. At the gathering, which is sponsored by United Nations Development Organization (UNITOD) and the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO), industrialists from the world over will be able to learn about trends in the global economy from seminars and displays. /Star/

    [08] CONSTRUCTION FAIR SLATED FOR ISTANBUL

    Istanbul’s Tuyap Center will host the 2002 Construction Fair on May 1-5, a construction industry group announced this weekend. Some 60,000 visitors are expected at the fair, which is the largest in its sector. /Star/

    [09] UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PAYMENTS BEGIN TODAY

    Turkey’s first unemployment insurance payments are due to be distributed today. Some 5,700 people who are covered by the new system will receive their allowances from Ziraat Bank. Turkish Employment Foundation (TIK) head Necdet Kenar said that under the new social security law, people who lose their jobs through no fault of their own and who have paid premiums to the unemployment insurance fund for at least 600 days straight were eligible for the payments. The fund began taking compensation applications on Jan. 31 of this year. /Sabah/

    [10] KARACAOGLU COMPANY RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL QUALITY AWARD

    The World Quality Convention announced this weekend that it was handing out its “International Gold Star Award” for 2002 to the Karacaoglu Baklava and Food Company, a division of Turkish Corporation KRC. Speaking of the honor, which was awarded out of a field from over 160 countries, KRC Group Chairman Fatih Karaca said, “This award proves the quality of Turkish cuisine, and especially our baklava.” /Sabah/

    [11] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [12] WE CANNOT REMAIN INDIFFERENT TO VIOLENCE BY FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Ferai Tinc writes on the escalating violence in the Middle East. A summary of her column is as follows:

    “Can Arafat stop terrorism? There are many reasons as to why he cannot. First the Palestinian Authority has been unable to bring economic growth to the region. The anti-democratic and corruption-prone structure of those around Arafat are responsible to some extent. In a program broadcast on BBC TV, the leaders of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade were interviewed. They are young, and they have nothing to do, and sleep during the daytime and patrol the streets at nights. The interesting thing is that their weapons came mostly from Israeli soldiers through intermediaries. Arms smuggling is at its peak. Young people with no prospects for their future constitute only one of the reasons for the infrastructure of terrorism going on in the region. The real reason is that Palestine has never experienced a climate of peace. Arafat cannot stop terrorism. What’s more he is calling on everyone to die for the cause. Under the circumstances, what else can be expected from him? The only side which can do something is the Israeli government, as it is the real state. It has its police force, army, Parliament, democratic institutions, money and sovereignty. However, Sharon and his supporters are striking with vengeance and trying to level Palestine. Standing idly by and viewing of all these incidents and thinking to step in to correct the situation after both sides have been devastated may be possible for Bush. The incidents may seem different when viewed from Washington. However, this is not so in this region. The warning by Jordan’s King Abdullah was important. He was saying that things may get out of control here. The news that Hizbullah may open a second front in Lebanon should be seen seriously, as there is already activity in the region. Not only the Arab world but Turkey is also concerned. How much and how long can the Turkish public tolerate all this violence and indifference? A time may come to question Turkey’s silence. Prime Minister Ecevit’s calling Arafat on the phone is not enough. A system which can more effectively prevent terrorism and bring both sides to common sense must be found. The Bush administration is not budging, but can’t Turkey spearhead an initative through the European Union? France has noted that anti-Semitism has increased in the country due to the recent events. The same thing is happening in Turkey. An initiative must be launched as soon as possible to end terrorrism and to stop the escalation of hostilities. Can’t we lift our finger without the US anymore?”

    [13] ANKARA’S CALL AND ARAFAT BY FIKRET BILA (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Fikret Bila writes on the current Middle East crisis. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Concern for Palestinian leader Arafat’s life is increasing. The consequences of a situation with Arafat surrounded in his compound, with nothing to eat or drink and his possible elimination, has spurred Ankara. After Prime Minister Ecevit’s phone call to Arafat, no leader has been able to contact him. The impression Ecevit received from their talk was that his conditions constituted a cause for concern for Arafat’s life. This impression was conveyed to all concerned countries, including the US and international organizations. Upon Israel’s occupation of Palestine and its intentions to eliminate Arafat as displayed by the Sharon administration, Ankara has warned the US that if Arafat is killed the consequences would be grave. The policies of the countries in the region, including those of Turkey, would be influenced by such an event. This message was conveyed to US Ambassador to Ankara Robert Pearson by the Turkish Foreign Ministry. The same message was conveyed to US officials by Turkey’s Ambassador to Washington. Faruk Logoglu. We can say that the same message was also conveyed to Israeli Foreign Minister Simon Peres. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem expressed Turkey’s concerns to Peres in a phone call. Was Ankara able to get a guarantee for Arafat’s security? One cannot answer this question. Even though US officials are stating that Israel will not risk Arafat’s life, the physical and psychological conditions Arafat is being subjected to show that his life is under no guarantee. Ankara is drawing attention to the fact that Arafat’s health may deteriorate due to the siege and its physical conditions. Washington has to step in to guarantee Arafat’s security actively and with determination. At this stage, Ankara is trying to achieve this. Under the present circumstances all countries, including those in the Arab world, should pressure the US and Israel towards this end. Otherwise, we run the serious risk of the Middle East exploding like a lit fuse if Arafat is eliminated from the scene.”

    ARCHIVE


    Turkish Press Review Directory - Previous Article - Next Article
    Back to Top
    Copyright © 1995-2016 HR-Net (Hellenic Resources Network). An HRI Project.
    All Rights Reserved.

    HTML by the HR-Net Group / Hellenic Resources Institute, Inc.
    trkpr2html v1.02a run on Monday, 1 April 2002 - 9:51:05 UTC