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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-07

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[01] AA Daily

07 November 1999 Sunday


[03] These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on November 7, 1999. The Anadolu Ajansi does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their occuracy.

[04] HURRIYET (LIBERAL) - ---------------- LUJKOV: ''MY DREAM IS COMING TRUE BY THE HELP OF TURKS'' Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Moscow Mayor Yuri Lujkov laid the foundation of the Turkish Trade Center which will be constructed by Turkey Chambers and Commodity Exchanges Union (TOBB) and Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM). Lujkov said his dream is coming through by the help of Turks and said they expected bigger trade centers from Turkish businessmen in the future. The project will be completed in 2001. The Turkish Trade Center will have four floors of parking lot, four floors for the shopping area, and another four floors for offices and showrooms.

[05] EU SUPPORT FROM YOUNG EUROPEAN BUSINESSMEN Prior to Helsinki Summit, young European businessmen came to Istanbul and expressed support for Turkey's EU membership. Marco Perzzini, the Secretary General of Young Enterpreneurs Society (YES) for Europe said they would intensify their lobbying activities in the countries they have organizations for Turkey's EU candidacy. The main reason for their visit is to see the quake struck regions and announce what kinds of support they could offer to these areas. YES for Europe will build a vocational school in the disaster area.

[06] MILLIYET (LIBERAL) - ----------------- OSCE STORM The first stage of the summit of the century, OSCE will start tomorrow. Around 5,000 people and 170 non-governmental organization will come to Istanbul from 54 countries to attend the summit. Turkey will open 'racism' to discussion in the first meeting. Presidents of 54 countries including Clinton, Blair, Schroder and Chirac will be in Istanbul between 17 and 19 November. The summit has outmost importance for Turkey prior to UE Helsinki Summit. Baku- Ceyhan pipeline agreement is also expected to be signed during the OSCE summit.

[07] RACISM FILE FROM TURKEY AT OSCE The warm-up rounds tours of OSCE summit is starting tomorrow. The Turkish delegation will open racism to discussion on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Delegations of member countries will join the meeting. Turkey will supervise the discussions between 11 and 16 November. The summit will start on November 18 and end on 19 November.

[08] SABAH (LIBERAL) - --------------- IMF INSISTS ON TAX The Finance Ministry promised the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to make ten different tax revisions. The increase in Value Added Tax, special consumption tax and quake tax are among these commitments. Besides, the IMF wants to be determinant concerning determination of minimum wage with the aim of preparing a comprehensive Stand-By programme. It is estimated that the increase in minimum wage will be 25 percent.

[09] SPECIAL DUBLEX CELL FOR EVCIL Erol Evcil who hurt many people with his confessions was put in the most safe prison. Evcil who gave information about not only murder of businessman Nesim Malki but also several dark relations, was put into the Kartal Maximum-Security Special Prison. Evcil is staying alone in a dublex ward which is actually for six prisoners. This ward has a separate bathroom and garden. Besides there is always a guard in front of the ward.

[10] CUMHURIYET (LEFT) - ---------------- ASSASINATION COVERED OVER WITH FOG A progress couldn't be recorded in the investigation although 17 days passed since the assasination of Ahmet Taner Kislali, journalist-author and former Culture Minister. Several scenarios were put forward after the murder of Kislali but the assailant or assailants couldn't be identified. The tip-offs are investigated fastidiously while the likenesses became clear when the witnesses reached an agreement on them. The five separate working groups oriented their attention toward the foreigners entering or exiting Turkey. Detention of three Iranians escalated the tension in relations with Tehran. The evidences which bring forward the possibility of illegal Islamic Great Eastern Raiders'-Front (IBDA-C), and some suspects were determined.In accordance with the information given by the witnesses, investigations were launched into some smoke-coloured cars' owners.

[11] TERRORISM'S ASSASINATION PROTOCOL It was revealed that the illegal IBDA-C which is claimed to stage the car bomb attack on Kislali, made an ''armed attacks protocol'' with other terrorist organizations. IBDA-C which prepared lists of those who will be killed, declared 1999 as the destruction year of Turkey.

[12] RADIKAL (LEFT) - ------------- ANOTHER SCANDAL They increased the immunity of civil servants and named it ''revolution''. The draft law on the trial of civil servants which was introduced as ''revolution'' by Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk, removes the Council of State but leaves the decision of the trial of accused to the hands of his/her chief. If the draft law on Trial of Civil Servants is legalized, the immunity shiled of public servants will be strenghtened and became arbitrary. The draft law which removes the Council of State and shortens the procedure, leaves the permit for trial to the hands of ''chiefs''.

[13] TURKIYE (RIGHT) - --------------- ECEVIT RETURNS BROKEN HEARTED Russia's caprices overshadowed Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's visit to Moscow. The energy war and Russian President Boris Yeltsin's position surprised the Premier. The cooperation in combat terrorism and foundation of the Turkish Trade Center pleased Ecevit while the developments about the Blue Stream and the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline projects created troubles.

[14] DEMIREL: ''ARMENIANS HAVE TO WITHDRAW FROM KARABAKH'' President Suleyman Demirel said that the settlement of peace in Caucasia depends on settlement of international legality. ''Armenia, which continues to occupy Azerbaijani territories, has to abide by the international laws,'' he stressed.

[15] ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE) - ------------------ THEIR PATIENCE EXHAUSTED The wounds which couldn't be healed in the region for 2.5 months, exasperated the quake survivors. The officials were warned for the last time in the ''quake demonstration'' that was held in Adapazari byalmost 40 non- governmental organizations. The quake survivors called the government to fulfil its duties and responsibilities. The quake survivors continue to react against the withdrawal of non-governmental organizations which have been giving financial and moral support to them since the quake. The representatives of non-governmental organizations who wanted their screams heard since August 17, said, ''they did not hear us, and they still insist on not paying attention.''

[16] RED CRESCENT ADMINISTRATION RESIGNS Following the resignations of former Chairman Kemal Demir of the aid organization Kizilay (Red Crescent), the 28-member Red Crescent Board headed by Yuksel Bozer resigned yesterday. The Red Crescent Extraordinary Congress will take place on November 21, 1999. The government was planning to hand over the Red Crescent to the Adminitration of Mosques.


[18] ANKARA, Nov 7 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, his wife Rahsan Ecevit and the accompanying ministers returned to Turkey on Saturday after wrapping up their visit to Moscow. Speaking to reporters at the Esenboga Airport in Ankara, Ecevit said Turkey and Russia have consensus of opinion and will concerning the realization of the ''Blue Stream Project''. Ecevit said they exchanged opinion about several issues conserning the stability in the region and Europe. Ecevit srtessed that the sincere cooperation betwen Turkey and Russia is important for not only the region but also the peace in the world. Noting that there is cooperation between Turkey and Russia in every field in spite of competition, Ecevit said they sought the ways to develop the commercial and economic relations which are going to recess. Pointing out that he found the opportunity to express his opinions abot Chechenya issue to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Ecevit said protection of of the civilians against the clashes should absolutely be provided. Ecevit also expressed his pleasure over the acceptance of the aid organization Kizilay's (Red Crescent) aid offer. Recalling that a joint declaration for cooperation in combat terrorism was accepted during his visit to Moscow, Ecevit said he requested the Speaker of the State Duma to be more sensitive towards the cooperation in combat terrorism. The Prime Minister stressed that the law on prevention of double taxation was still not approved by the State Duma although it was approved by Turkey. Noting that he also met with the Turkish businessmen, Ecevit said, ''I once again felt proud of the successes of our businessmen in Russia. The success of our businessmen is the success of Turkey. The government will continue to assist our businessmen in every field.'' When asked why the ministers from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) were not invited to the luncheon at the Turkish Embassy in Moscow, Ecevit said, ''the Ambassador did not host a luncheon. We visited the Embassy for a few hours to discuss a technical issue.'' When asked whether he would meet with political party leaders to discuss the amnesty law, Ecevit said he did not prepare a programme for Sunday. When asked why he couldn't meet with Russian President Boris Yeltsin, Ecevit said he can't comment on that subject.


[20] ISTANBUL, Nov 7 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Saturday that Turkey proved that she was a reliable ally by successfully performing her duty to protect the southern wing of the NATO during the Cold War. Demirel who spoke at Eisenhower Exchange Scholarship International Consultation Committee Meeting in Istanbul said Istanbul was the financial and trade center of Eurasia, and it reflected Turkey's all elements with its historical heritage, magnificence and dynamism. Demirel said the Eisenhower programme acted as a bridge of solidarity and friendship betwen different nations and managed to survive despite the changing conditions. ''I am proud to say that I am one of the lucky people who benefited from Eisenhower Exchange Programme,'' he noted. Demirel described Dwight D. Eisenhower as an extraordinary statesman and leader and said everybody owed much him for his contributions to democratic societies. ''Turkey and the United States played an important role in the victory of freedom against totalitarism, and they can be proud for that,'' Demirel said. ''Turkey is located on the intersection point of the three most chaotic regions of the world which are the Balkans, the Caucasia and the Middle East. Despite all the conflicts that affect the region, Turkey acted like a fortress in the protection of common values. She had active contributions to the resolution of these conflicts in her region through peacefull ways. Turkey acted together with the U.S. in many of these efforts,'' Demirel said. ''We are planning to strengthen our strategic partnership with the U.S. Turkey and the U.S. had even more common interests and action areas after the Cold War. We will continue to work with the U.S. for peace, prosperity and stability in a wide geography including Central Asia, Caucasia, West Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, Caspian and Mediterranean basins. We have growing cooperation with the U.S. against terrorism which recognizes no boundries and constitutes a threat to international peace. Mr. President Clinton's visit to our country will form an important turning point for the further improvement of Turkey-U.S. cooperation,'' Demirel went on to say. Turkey, since the declaration of the Republic in 1923, recorded important progress in every field, Demirel continued. ''Turkey today is a successful secular democracy although she is located on a chaotic region. She is the 16th biggest economy of the world and has a 80 billion U.S. dollar trade volume,'' he explained. ''Turkey turned into a industrialized urban society. Her dynamic population and close ties with both Europe and Aisa not only made her an excellent market but also a center of communication, energy and transportation network that unites Asia and Europe. She has also become the trade and finance center of Eurasia. Today, with her 400 billion U.S. dollar Gross National Product, she is the biggest economy in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caspian, Blacksea basin and the Middle East. She is also the 16th biggest economy of the world. Turkey has been recently invited to be a member of the 'Developing-20' group. This group, besides D- 7 countries, covers 11 emerging economies and Bretton Wood institutions. Turkey is the 6th biggest trade partner of the European Union. With her 3.5 years of Customs Union experience, she showed that she can adjust to the competition in the EU. Turkey's trade volume reached 75 billion U.S. dollars. Seventy percent of this amount was realized by European countries. Currently the Turkish industry is exporting to 135 countries in the world, '' Demirel explained. ''The main concept that lies under the Blacksea Economic Coopeation is the free travelling of goods, capital, services, people and ideas. Another free trade area is forming with the help of free trade agreements Turkey signed with many countries in the East, Central and Southeast Europe and Mediterranean. This wide region will offer bright opportunities in the next century and bring prosperity,'' he stated. ''Turkey is a multi-party democracy in a region which have very few democracies. We are fulfilling this democratic principles in a very chaotic region disturbed by political conflicts,'' he noted. ''Turkey managed to establish a stable European democracy after facing many challenges for 75 years. Our 76 year-old democracy is an evidence that we can unite Islam, democracy and secularism,'' he said. Demirel concluded his words by saying that they are going through a period in which peace, stability, cooperation and tolerance must be encouraged. ''To turn these into a reality requires wisdom, vision, determination and courage,'' Demirel added.


[22] WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov 7 (A.A) - Mike Hammer, the U.S. National Security Council Spokesman said on Saturday that the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project was getting closer to realization. Hammer who is also Clinton's advisor on security issues noted that the agreement on Baku-Ceyhan could be signed during the OSCE meeting. ''But we have more to accomplish to reach a positive result,'' he said. Hammer said Turkish, Azerbaijani and Georgian authorities were working to prepare the legal and political infrastructure of Baku-Ceyhan. ''We are hoping that necessary things are completed and the agreement is signed during the summit. The leaders of the three countries have very positive attitudes for the signing of the agreement. In any case, it could be said that Baku-Ceyhan is seen on the horizon,'' Hammer added. Hammer also stressed that the U.S. did not want to confront Russia over Baku-Ceyhan and proved this attitude by supporting another pipeline that will pass from Russia. The U.S. Speaker also noted that the U.S. supported cooperation of western firms with all the region's countries except Iran. Hammer said the U.S.'s position towards Iran did not change. The realization of Baku-Ceyhan would guarantee the prosperity and security of the new independent states in the Caspian region and would also serve the commercial interests of the U.S, Hammer added.


[24] GAZIANTEP, Nov 7 (A.A) - Mark R. Parris, the U.S. Ambassador to Ankara said that Turkey had become the ''most exciting country'' with regards of the employment opportunities in offers in the last decade on the website prepared by the U.S. Consulate in Adana. Parris drew attention to the rapidly growing Turkish economy and said Turkey had a dynamic private sector and export structure. Parris also said that the U.S. had ongoing activities to increase its trade volume with Turkey and this interest was even more obvious in Turkey's southeastern provinces covered by the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP). There are big opportunities for U.S. business circles in many fields including agriculture, food, textile, energy and mining. The powerful private sector institutions will play an important role to develop business and friendly relations between the two countries, he noted. The U.S. Council in Adana Stuart E. Jones who also has a message on the website explained that the U.S. first formed a unit in Iskenderun in 1958, then the Adana Consulate was opened in 1961 which later became an active part of the U.S. mission. Serious changes are taking place in the region which largely depends on agriculture and stock breeding, Jones said and also stressed that his country wanted to develop cooperation with Turks who live in the GAP region. Jones said they would promote U.S. goods and services in the region and they opened a website on the internet for this purpose. They also prepared brochures about GAP and presented them to all business circles in the U.S. ''GAP creates many opportunities especially in agriculture, textile, energy, good, mining and transportation for U.S. businessmen. I hope that Americans will have better chances of including GAP in their marketing plans as they know more about GAP. GAP is offering opportunities to strengthen trade and friendly relations with Turkey, especially with Southeastern region. I am extremely excited about these opportunities,'' Jones wrote. The website,, has information about the first 100 firms which have high trade volumes in GAP region. It also offers detailed information about GAP, the economic structure of the region, professional instituions and institutions that U.S. investors can contact.


[26] LEFKOSA, Nov 7 (A.A) - Ertugrul Hasipoglu, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Parliament Speaker, said on Sunday, ''this flag will never be dipped and these soldiers will never leave the island. Everyone better know this. Otherwise, there will be a great bloodshed. And the side to suffer most from it will be the Greek-Cypriots.'' Addressing the ''Rotary Vision 2000 Information Seminar'' organized in the TRNC, Hasipoglu said, ''if you are clever enough, you accept two separate states. There can't be any other solution,'' addressing the Greek-Cypriot side. Noting that the world discusses the Cyprus question from time to time, Hasipoglu said a period in which the Cyprus question has warmed has started recently. Hasipoglu said there has never been a concept of nation on Cyprus and two communities whose religions, languages and origins are different are living on the island. Hasipoglu said their aim is to live in the territories where they were born and grew, and this is the most important right of humanity. ''However, the world pretends not to see this and considers the Turkish Cypriots as a minority. The world does not recognize the TRNC and defends that the rights of minority will be sufficient for us,'' he said. Stressing that the Cyprus Peace Operation in 1974 brought the right of living to the Turkish Cypriots and the prosperity to Greek-Cypriots, Hasipoglu said, ''if the Peace Operation had not been launched, the Turkish Cypriots could face a more serious situation than the one in Crete.''


[28] BERLIN, Nov 7 (A.A) - German Interior Minister Otto Schilly, regarding his visit to Turkey which will start on Monday, said on Saturday that Germany had no intentions to dictate anything to Turkey. Schilly said, during his visit, he would come together with President Suleyman Demirel, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Deputy Prime Ministers and Interior Minister Saadettin Tantan and discuss issues that concern his ministry. Human rights and joint struggle against organized crimes are expected to be widely discussed during Schilly's visit. He said human rights was an important issue for Turkey's EU candidacy. ''I believe that two ally countries must openly discuss every issue. If they do this, problems will be resolved sooner,''Schilly said and also stressed that Germany has no intentions to dictate anything to Turkey.


[30] AMSTERDAM, Nov 7 (A.A) - A delegation including the executive board members of the Association of the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen (TUSIAD) will hold contacts on Monday in the Netherlands before the Europan Union's (EY) Helsinki Summit in December. The delegation is touring the EU countries to convey the Turkish business world's opinions about the relations between Turkey and the EU. The TUSIAD delegation will firstly visit Annemarie Joritsma, the Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister of the Netherlands. Later, the delegation will attend the meeting of the Turkish-Dutch Business Council in Rotterdam. The Turkish businessmen will meet with their Dutch counterparts on Tuesday.


[32] ATHENS, Nov 7 (A.A) - Marc Grossmann, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for relations with the European Union (EU) said on Sunday that his country supported a resolution based on bizonal and bicommunal federation in Cyprus. Grossmann told To Vima newspaper published in Athens that they were working to start negotiations without any preconditions between the two sides and added that Cyprus issue would be discussed when President Clinton visits Athens and Ankara. Grossmann who spoke about recovering Turkish-Greek relations said the recent developments were very pleasing for the U.S. Grossmann noted that the news item which appeared in the Washington Post a while ago about Greek cooperation with the 'November 17 terrorist organization' did not reflect the official opinion of the U.S. Nicholas Burns, the U.S. Ambassador in Athens, on the other hand said the U.S. was uncomfortable about the fact that nobody was caught related to the terrorist organization in Greece.

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