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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-11-08

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[01] AA Daily

08 November 1999 Monday


[03] These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on November 8, 1999. The Anadolu Ajansi does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their occuracy.

[04] HURRIYET (LIBERAL) - ---------------- JET-PA IS LIKE TITAN The Finance examined the files of Jet-Pa and issued a report on the company. The Finance gave tax penalty to Jet-Pa which is about trillions of Turkish liras. Jet-Pa's declared incomes were compared with its non-declared incomes which were registered in the computer. The officials at the Finance determined the tax rate difference between the two records as 20 trillion Turkish liras. The transfer of shares were not officially registered. The invoice of the expenditures were not taken. Jet-Pa did not take invoice for 296 billion Turkish lira expenditures.

[05] YASEMIN BECOMES WORLD RECORD BREAKER Swimmer Yasemin Dalkilic of Turkey broke women's free-style diving world record in Bodrum county of Aegean Mugla province. Dalkilic dived 68 meter deep without oxygen tubes and broke the record. Yasemin completed her diving in 2 minutes and 27 seconds.

[06] MILLIYET (LIBERAL) - ----------------- CRITICAL HOURS FOR NATURAL GAS Azerbaijani and Turkmen delegations had serious talks about the natural gas which Turkey will purchase. Azerbaijan wants to have a quota from the Caspian-transite Turkmen natural gas. However, Turkmenistan opposes this. Cumhur Ersumer, the Energy and Natural Resources Minister, tries to reach a compromise between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. Ersumer said that there will be no return from the Blue Stream Project.

[07] NGOS TO SAY FIRST WORDS IN OSCE SUMMIT The process of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Summit starts with the meeting of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of 54 countries today. A total of 3,000 people will participate in the NGO meetings. The participants will discuss the issues including human rights, torture and child soldiers during the meeting.

[08] SABAH (LIBERAL) - --------------- RETURN TO YOUR HEADQUARTERS President Suleyman Demirel, who experienced three military coups, will receive General Pervez Musharraf, the leader of the military rule in Pakistan. Demirel will tell Musharraf to return to their headquarters as soon as possible. Demirel told Sabah the things he will advise Musarraf. Demirel will advise Musharraf that the worst democratic rule is much more better than the best military rule. The second thing which Demirel will advise is when the armed forces interferes with the politics, they become deteriorated. Demirel will also recommend that the military coups do not solve the problem, but opens deep wounds in the long term.

[09] TAX AND STAND-BY TO BECOME CLEAR THIS WEEK Economy circles are starting a critical week. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected to conclude the draft stand-by agreement this week. The Draft Law on Capital Market and the Banking Arrangement Council are planned to be taken into the agenda this week. The Earthquake Tax which was suspended due to the criticisms, will be discussed in the Council of Ministers once more this week. Despite the criticisms and reactions, the Earthquake Tax and the 500 Trillion Turkish Lira Additional Budget are expected to be passed from the parliament.

[10] CUMHURIYET (LEFT) - ---------------- DSP FEELS UNEASY OVER MHP Rahsan Ecevit, Deputy Chairperson of Democratic Left Party (DSP), meets with the parliamentarians of DSP and investigates the government. Rahsan Ecevit, who earlier said she did not forget the past days and the blood that was shed at those times, voices the uneasiness felt over Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). It was reported that Rahsan Ecevit, who meets with DSP deputies, complained about groupings of MHP and pointed out that no concession will be given from the amnesty of Haluk Kirci.

[11] OSCE MEETING STARTS WITH CIVILIANS Meetings of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) start with the participation of non-governmental organizations in Ciragan Hotel. The meetings will take place to make preparation to the leaders' summit. The meetings will mainly focus on human rights.

[12] RADIKAL (LEFT) - ------------- MOSCOW CRISIS IN COALITION Sadi Somuncuoglu, Minister of State, said he found odd that two parliamentarians from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), who were in the delegation that went to Moscow, were not invited to the meeting which took place in Turkey's Embassy in Moscow. Somuncuoglu said the public has seen the unilateral concession of MHP, yet noted that ''thinking that this will always happen, will contradict with the facts.''

[13] MARMARA SHAKEN AGAIN Marmara region was shaken again on Sunday. The epicenter of the quake, with a preliminary magnitute of 5.0, was Hendek- Adapazari. The quake was also felt in Istanbul.

[14] TURKIYE (RIGHT) - --------------- CONGRATULATIONS YASEMIN Swimmer Yasemin Dalkilic of Turkey broke women's free-style diving world record on Sunday following her European record. Dalkilic meditated for about 20 minutes before she dived into the sea by jumping from a platform that was set up for her off shore south Aegean Bodrum county. The 20 year-old university student Dalkilic went 68 meter deep in 2 minutes and 38 seconds without oxygen tubes and broke a world record.

[15] TWO FOREIGN FLAGGED SHIPS COLLIDE IN ISTANBUL A six thousand gross-ton Belize-flagged vessel named ''Semele'', which entered the Istanbul Straits from the Black Sea collided with a 16 thousand gross-ton Bulgarian-flagged vessel named ''Shipka'' which wanted to depart from the Ahirkapi port to enter the Istanbul Straits at about 13:00 local time. ''Semele'' sank shortly after the accident happened 1.5 miles off-shore the Ahirkapi. The 18-member crew of ''Semele'' were rescued by the ships around. Nature Warriors Association staged a demostration at 12:00 local time on Sunday to get the attention to the accidents in the Straits. The accident occurred two hours after the protest.

[16] ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE) - ------------------ QUAKE FRIGTHENS PEOPLE AGAIN Two separate afterschocks were recorded in Adapazari-Hendek on Sunday at 18:54 local time measuring 5.0, and at 19:06 local time measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale. Prof. Ahmet Mete Isikara, Director of Research Center, said ''it will be good if people, whose houses are damaged, do not enter their houses.'' Seven people who got shocked following the quake, were taken under treatment in hospitals.

[17] SAYGILIOGLU: 2000 WILL BE THE YEAR OF TOURISM Nevzat Saygilioglu, Undersecretary of Tourism Ministry, said the year 1999 was a loss in tourism, adding that their target will be to be successful in the year 2000. Saygilioglu said the sector will build strategy of the year 2000 on belief tourism.


[19] ANKARA, Nov 8 (A.A) - The administrators of Akit newspaper submitted a petition to Premier Bulent Ecevit on Sunday. Serdar Arseven, the Ankara Representative of Akit newspaper, and lawyer Abdullah Ciftci submitted a petition to the Prime Ministry Cabinet Directorate concerning the detention of Hasan Karaya, the Editor-in-Chief of Akit, and Hasan Huseyin Maden, a member of the Broadcasting Council of Akit. When leaving the Prime Ministry, Ciftci told the reporters that they demanded that Nuh Mete Yuksel, the State Security Court Prosecutor, should be withdrawn from investigating their file. They also demanded that some other prosecutors be charged to investigate their file, Ciftci said. Ciftci claimed that the detention of Karakaya and Maden does not comply with the laws. The petition submitted to the Prime Ministry said that Emin Colasan, a columnist in Hurriyet daily, wrote about the claims of a prisoner named Kasim Gencyilmaz in one of his stories. Karakaya and Maden were taken into custody after Colasan wrote his story, the petition noted. The petition added that the implementations which do not comply with the laws should be ended.


[21] ANKARA, Nov 8 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Sunday that there is no need to worry about the issue of presidency. Demirel responded to the questions in the Pulse of the Politics programme which was broadcast in state-run TRT-1 channel. ''Turkey is a constitutional state. There are rules in the Constitution. If these rules are implemented and a president cannot be chosen in the fourth round, then an election will be held,'' Demirel said. When asked about his evaluations on the possibility of changing the Constitution to be elected as the President once more, Demirel noted that he has been saying for nearly 20 years that the president should be elected by the public. The parliament could not choose a President after the term in office of Fahri Koruturk, the sixth President, ended; Demirel recalled. That day, they proposed that the public should choose the president, Demirel noted. Demirel continued, ''this is my idea. But, I will not launch campaigns for this. I cannot try to have the majority of the parliament. Because this is a political incident. I am over the politics in my present position. The parliament can solve this problem as it solves the other problems of Turkey.'' Only Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Germany do not choose the president directly, Demirel stated. Demirel said, ''in the end, Turkey will reach this point. But, Turkey has another problem. Turkey cannot tolerate an instability any more. She has to maintain stability. She has to improve the superiority of the national will. The national will has to choose the president.'' Demirel continued, ''in my opinion, the extension of the term in office is wrong. Premier Ecevit also said this. The power of the person who will become the president should not be zeroed. If you extend the term in office, then that person becomes like a corpse. Let's do what is right.''


[23] ANKARA, Nov 8 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Sunday that a total of 14,000 temporary houses will be delivered to the quake survivors till November 15. Addressing ''the Pulse of Politics'' program broadcasted in TRT-1 Channel, Demirel said quake was again the main topic of the agenda of Turkey. Demirel noted that 34,000 temporary houses were built for the quake survivors and that one third of them were delivered, adding that Housing and Public Works Ministry told him that 14,000 houses will be delivered as of November 15. Pointing out that 79 contractors worked for the construction of temporary houses, shifting of the rubble, and for infrastructure, Demirel said most of the 34,000 temporary houses will be delivered by the end of November. Demirel said the tents were gradually removed in Golyaka and Duzce countries, and noted that ''the train is put on the right track.'' Demirel said the construction of 60,000 permanent houses and demolished public installations will be put out to tender till March 15. Responding to a question about Chechnya, Demirel said Russia was the neighbour of Russia, ''we can not interfere to the domestic affairs of this country, yet things happen in Chechnya which attract the attention of all world.'' Demirel said Chechnya was an Autonomous Republic, and that Russia and Chechnya earlier had tried to solve their conflict with arms yet reached an agreement in the end. Demirel said, ''they tried to use weapons again. All the world and Turkey want the problem to be solved through peaceful ways. Civilian people should not suffer damage. Russia should listen to the voice of the world. The world doesn't regard this incident as terrorism. Everybody says this problem should be solved through peaceful means.''


[25] ANKARA, Nov 8 (A.A) - Premier Bulent Ecevit received Toshitami Kaihara, the Governor of Japanese Hyogo State, on Monday. Ecevit said that Japan assisted Turkey following the massive earthquake. Not only the financial aspects, but also the moral aspects of this aid carry importance, Ecevit noted. Japans, especially the residents of Kobe which is one of the cities in the Hyogo State, shared the pains of Turkey, Ecevit stated. Ecevit stressed that Turkish nation is grateful for the Japanese nation. Kaihara expressed his condolences to Ecevit for those who were killed in the devastating quake in August. Stating that they saw the prefabricated huts in Adapazari, Kaihara said this indicates that the region is gradually being reconstructed.


[27] ANKARA, Nov 8 (A.A) - The Turkish firms which come among the five countries which are mostly represented in the 32nd Baghdad International Fair, are pleased with the interest shown in the fair. Forum Fair company, which organized the Turkish firms' participation in the fair, said that the Baghdad international fair started last Monday and it will end on November 10. The Turkish pavilion in which the Iraqi high ranking officials are also interested, has been founded in an area of nearly 1500 square meters. Mieanwhile representatives of Turkish firms and Iraqi officials came together at the ''Turkish Day'' dinner held by the Iraqi Embassy on November 3. The two sides noted in that meeting that the commercial relations between the two countries have to be upgraded to the level before the Gulf Crisis. The fair is a good opportunity to reach this goal, they stressed. The number of those who visit the 32nd International Baghdad fair, is expected to exceed two million people. Meanwhile a ''Turkey Export Products Fair'' will be held in April, 2000 in Baghdad after the interest shown to the Turkish firms in the fair was taken into consideration.


[29] ANKARA, Nov 8 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Monday regarding the visit of General Pervaiz Musharraf, the leader of the Pakistani military administration to Turkey that ''states must respect each other and their identitities.'' ''The way he came to power is another issue, '' Demirel told reporters. ''Musharraf had said that he was affected by the coup in Turkey, you were also banned from politics after the coup in Turkey. Will you tell him to return back to democracy and his military mission?'' asked journalists to Demirel. Demirel responded to that by saying ''Turkey is a great state and Pakistan is a close friend of Turkey. Friendships are between nations and states. Administrations come and go. It is not convenient for me to say the things I will tell the administrator of another country who visits our country.'' President Demirel said that state is an important concept and each state has its own identity.


[31] VIENNA, Nov 8 (A.A) - The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) still takes resolutions unanimously. The organization could achieve to keep up with the new obligations and to shape itself up in accordance with these obligations from the very beginning. The most obvious example of this is the ''Consensus Minus One'' rule which was adopted in 1992. An interesting aspect of the organization is that the resolutions taken do not have any legal bindings. Despite this, the resolutions which are taken unanimously by the organization and which are based on mutual commitments rather than international agreements, have significant political power. In other words, the decision process of OSCE can operate slowly because it takes long time to pursuade the member countries. But, the countries can impose political pressure on the country which does not obey the decision taken by the organization. The highest authority of the decision process of the organization is the Presidents' and Prime Minister's Summit which will be held in Istanbul next week. The Council of Ministers which convene by the summits held every two or three years, can take high-ranking decisions. However, the Permanent Council which convenes in Vienna every Thursday, is the real decision organ of the organization. Yalim Eralp, Turkey's Representative to the Permanent Council, not only carries out his responsibilities in this council for three years but also he is considered among the contractors of the Istanbul Summit. Armenia blocked the proposal which Turkey submitted to the Lizbon Summit in 1996, saying that a summit should be held in Istanbul for a long time. Howevery, Armenia had to obey holding a summit in Istanbul on the intensive pressures of the U.S.


[33] ANKARA, Nov 8 (A.A) - Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) process, which started as a result of efforts of Soviet Union in the year 1950's, turned into a compromise when relations between the East and the West softened at the beginning of 1970's. The West made Eastern Bloc countries accept its willingness to interfere with democratization and human rights issues in Warsaw Pact countries, in return of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact's demand to accept ''recognization of the borders.'' Economic cooperation was added to this compromise as a third dimension. Long negotations period which started in Helsinki in 1973, resulted in signing of Helsinki Final Charter in the negotiations held between July 30- August 1, 1975, which was the main document of CSCE process. The Final Charter, which all European countries, (except Albania,) Canada and the U.S. signed, was divided into three parts called ''Basket''. The first one of these parts was ''confidence building measures, security, and document regarding some parts of disarmament'', the second one was ''document about economy, science, technology and environment fields'', and the third one was ''cooperation in humanitarian and other fields.'' Main Helsinki principles, that will show the ways to mutual relations in the first basket, were defined briefly as:

[34] ''-Sovereign equality of countries - Avoiding use of force and threat of force - Immunity of borders - Territorial integrity of countries - Solution of conflicts through peaceful methods - Not interfering in domestic affairs of countries - Respect to human rights - Respect to basic freedoms (freedom of thought, belief and religion) - Equal rights of people and right to determine their own faith - Inter-state cooperation and importance attributed to cooperation - Fulfilment of liabilities and commitments within the framework of international law with good will.''

[35] CSCE had gone through a very important stage with 1990 Paris Charter. The period when Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact entered collapse period and when Berlin Wall collapsed, deeply influenced CSCE period. Paris Charter was signed in this transition period. The start was symbolized with a slogan ''Europe takes step to a new period.'' Paris Charter formed the first move of establishment of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). It has been decided that two summits will take place in Paris once in two years. Also, a high level officials committee, secretariat, Conflict Prevention center, free elections office and OSCE Parliamentarians Assembly was formed in 1991. As a result of the initiatives led by Turkey, memberships of former Soviet Union countries and countries which are located in the geography extending from Kazakhstan to Georgia, to OSCE were adopted. Helsinki Summit held in 1992, confirmed the 1975 Helsinki principles. It gave OSCE the will of change. A new dialogue, negotiation and cooperation forum was formed. The summit in 1994 was held in Budapest, Hungarian capital. ''Budapest Summit'' formed the final stage of the establishment of OSCE as new institutions were decided to be formed in the summit. It has been decided in that Summit to turn Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) into Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as of January 1, 1995. A document regarding political and military dimensions of security was also adopted. The 1996 summit took place in Lisbon, Portugal. Turkey submitted its candidacy to host the following summit. The summit which had to take place in 1998, was postponed to 1999 due to the difference of opinions caused by the approaches of Russia and the U.S. within OSCE. The counter-statements of Armenia and Greek Cypriot side not to hold last summit of the century in Istanbul, were overcomed due the efforts of Turkey.


[37] VIENNA, Nov 8 (A.A) - Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which will stage the last summit of the century in Istanbul, is not known by public as much as other organizations. More than 1400 officials work in center of Council of Europe (COE) in Strasbourg, yet only 200 people work in Secretariat of OSCE in Vienna. The Secretariat of the OSCE in Vienna is situated at a fourth floor of a shopping center. OSCE applies to different ways to reduce its expenses. Permanent representatives of the countries convene at meeting halls in Hofburg Palace of Austrian- Hungarian Empire every Thursday. Salaries of more than 2.500 international experts assigned in OSCE missions are paid by their countries. The 180- million U.S. dollar budget of the organization is not much when compared to other organizations. The biggest expense of OSCE is sent to missions in regions where important clashes and problems take place. The U.S., Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Russia meet the biggest share of the budget of the organization. The organization has 14 observation missions. A total of 88 percent of the budget of the organization is spent to these missions. In other words, OSCE tries to spend this money to regions which have problems. The U.S. allocate money to the missions with a rate of 12.4 percent. Yet, Turkey participates in the budget of the organization with 1 percent rate and the number of Turkish officials in the missions is less.


[39] ANKARA, Nov 8 (A.A)- Significant part of the performance criteria of the stand-by agreement which will be signed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), became clear. The officials told A.A correspondent on Monday that the public sector general balance and the non-interest surplus of the public sector are the leading aspects of the performance criteria. The IMF attributed importance to the public sector general balance including the consolidated budget, local administrations, State Economic Enterprises (SEEs) and the funds, since June, the officials said. The officials noted that the other performance criteria are the international reserves, the net domestic assets, and the public sector borrowing requirement. The IMF delegation headed by Carlo Cottarelli, the Chief of Turkey Desk of IMF, carries out works on the estimation of the public sector general balance, the officials stated. The public sector general balance will be announced in three-month terms from now on, the officials stressed. The officials emphasized that the IMF delegation has difficulty in estimating the municipalities' borrowing requirements. The IMF pursues a different method in estimating the public sector borrowing requirement and the delegation focused on the losses of the public banks, the officials pointed out. The officials said that the IMF delegation emphasizes that the public sector borrowing requirement rate of Turkey should not be more than ten percent of the Gross National Product (GNP). The total public sector borrowing requirement is planned to be 12.1 percent of the GNP rate in 2000, the officials noted. They added that this rate will be 15.1 quadrillion Turkish liras in 2000. The IMF delegation will visit Turkey every three months after the stand-by agremeent is signed, the officials stated. The officials stressed that the delegation will visit Turkey to see whether or not the performance criteria are caught up. They added that the delegation will give the instruction to release the credit installments. The stand-by agreement which was planned to have a maturity of two years can have a maturity of three years, the officials emphasized. The officials recalled that the letter of intention which was submitted to the IMF Executive Directors' Board for the emergency aid credit, emphasized that a strong anti-inflation programme can only be supported by a three-year standby agreement. A three-year standby agreement can be possible for the implementation of structural reforms including the ones in agriculture, financial sector and privatization; and for the encouragement of the reforms together with the World Bank's structural harmony credits.


[41] TBILISI, Nov 8 (A.A) - Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, the Georgian President said on Monday that Turkey plays an important role in solution process of Georgian-Abkhazian problem. In a press briefing held the same day, Shevardnadze stated that Turkey has always said that she is ready to take an active role in solution process of Georgian-Abkhazian problem. He added that this issue will be discussed once again during the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Summit in Istanbul. The Georgian President said that in his phone talk with President Suleyman Demirel, they took up Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline project, Blue Stream and Trans-Caspian natural gas pipeline projects. Turkey has a very important role in the region and Georgia wants to improve her relations with Turkey, said Shevardnadze and noted that he considers the Blue Stream Project as an important project.


[43] ANKARA, Nov 8 (A.A) - German Interior Minister Otto Schilly arrived on Monday in Ankara as the official guest of Interior Minister Saadettin Tantan. The guest minister was welcomed by Interior Minister Tantan at the Esenboga Airport. Speaking to reporters at the airport, Tantan said the guest German Interior Minister arrived in Turkey to further improve the cooperation between the Turkish and German Interior Ministries, and to visit the quake zone. ''I hope the cooperation will increase. I believe Mr. Schilly's visit will contribute to this,'' he said. German Interior Minister Otto Schilly said Germany is Turkey's traditional friend, and the donations made by Germany after the strong quake were the best expressions of friendly feelings. ''I hope my contacts in Turkey will contribute to recovery of the relations between our two countries. Germany is one of the countries which want Turkey to carry out cooperation with the European Union (EU) at a higher level. I wish my contacts will contribute to this,'' he said. Schilly said he shared the grief of the Turkish people over the losses in the quake. ''We sent some concrete aid and will continue to do so. Besides, we will do our best for the continuation of the EU's aid to Turkey,'' he said. Interior Minister Saadettin Tantan said, ''Germany is one of the countries which rushed to help Turkey shortly after the earthquake. The Turkish people are grateful to Germany.''


[45] THE HAGUE, Nov 8 (A.A) - Annemarie Jovitsma, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands, said on Monday that the Netherlands extended full- support to Turkey's European Union (EU) membership. The Association of Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen (TUSIAD) delegation, which continues its contacts in European countries to express the Turkish business world's opinions about the relations between Turkey and the EU, started its contacts in The Hague. The TUSIAD delegation headed by Erkut Yucaoglu, the Chairman of the TUSIAD Executive Board, met with Jovitsma at the Prime Ministry building. Following the meeting, Jovitsma said they gave full- support to Turkey's EU membership without a prejudice, and they will defend their opinion at the Helsinki Summit. Noting that Turkey has to fulfil the Copenhagen criteria for EU membership, Jovitsma said the things that have to be fulfilled to this end should be implemented with a programme. Joritsma stressed the fulfilment of the programme would take time so the full-membership might necessitate a specific time.


[47] ANKARA, Nov 8 (A.A) - Iraqi Health Minister Umid Mithad Mubarak visited on Monday Health Minister Osman Durmus. Addressing the meeting, Durmus said Turkey will assist Iraq in the services like food, medicine, medical treatment and preventive medicine. ''However, this can be possible only with cooperation. I hope Iraq will show understanding,'' he said. Minister Mubarak said Iraq could receive medicine and food from other countries in return for food due to the embargo imposed by the United Nations (U.N.) Mubarak said the health services couldn't be given properly and the potable water was not clean in Iraq due to the embargo. Noting that the Iraqi children were facing the risk of polio as the health services were insufficient, Mubarak said the Iraqi children, at least, had to be protected with vaccine. Recalling that their relations with the Turkish companies were good before the embargo, Mubarak said they were in favor of cooperation between Turkey and Iraq. Health Minister Osman Durmus said they attached importance to polio in Iraq, and they thought it sould be taken under control. Pointing out that the relations between Turkey and Iraq had reached a specific level before the resolution for oil-for-food and medicine, Durmus said the trade between the two countries decreased from 90 million U.S. dollars to 30 million U.S. dollars due to the embargo. Turkey and Iraq will sign an agreement on ''Cooperation in Health and Medical Field'' on Tuesday.


[49] ANKARA, Nov 8 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit received on Monday German Interior Minister Otto Schily. The meeting started at 16.00 local time and lasted for nearly one hour. Mehmet Ali Irtemcelik, the State Minister responsible for human rights was also present at the meeting. Southeastern problem, Turkey-European Union (EU) relations and human rights came to the agenda of the meeting. Schily told Ecevit that a minority group in Germany speak a language namely ''zorbish'' and the German government does not punish the group due to that. Ecevit stressed that Kurdish language is spoken in Turkey without any difficulty. Human rights were also taken up at the meeting and Ecevit told the guest minister that the punishment terms given for crimes of torture have been increased. The guest minister also told that Turkey has to do her best to be the member of the EU.


[51] NEW YORK, Nov 8 (A.A) - Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations, said on Monday that he would call on President Rauf Denktas of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), and Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration, to negotiate in New York in near future. Annan said that he had not set a definite date yet, adding that negotiations were underway with the sides and the guarantor countries. Reiterating that he had not reached a final decision, Annan noted that he would decide on the issue within one month. Annan is expected to attend the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) Summit in Istanbul between November 17-19. He is also scheduled to pay an official visit to Turkey between November 19-22. Responding to questions of the A.A correspondent, Annan stressed that the problems could only be solved through dialogue. Annan told the A.A correspondent that the European Union (EU) and the U.S. were also interested in the Cyprus question because it could escalate tension in the region. Annan expressed wish over the detente in relations between Turkey and Greece to make a considerable contribution to ease the tension. Annan recalled that he held contacts with Alfred Moses, the Special Representative of U.S. President Bill Clinton to Cyprus, and received encouraging reports from Moses. He stressed that they had also taken into consideration the United Nations Security Council's proposals with the aim to give the final form to the current packet. Annan said that the Cyprus question was a significant problem in the region. He described the Cyprus question as a potentially dangerous problem. Annan reminded that he had brought Denktas and Clerides together two times in Troutbeck near New York, and in Glion, Switzerland. He underlined that a new initiative should be launched to further improve this process. Noting that the Cyprus question was not only the problem of the people living on the island, Annan emphasized that the Cyprus question was a regional problem.

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