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Turkish Press Review, 00-04-03
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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>
Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning
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 DEMIREL DOES NOT ANNOUNCE HIS WITHDRAWALPresident Suleyman Demirel has met with the former and new parliamentarians from the True Path Party (DYP) since last Friday before the second round of voting. The parliamentarians noted that they discussed the topics relating to 'regional issues`. Some circles stated that Demirel had no intention of quitting before getting the result of the second round of the voting. /Cumhuriyet/
 ECEVIT RETURNS TO TURKEYPrime Minister Bulent Ecevit and an accompanying delegation returned from India to Ankara yesterday night and Ecevit spoke on his visit to India at Ankara's Esenboga Airport. He went to Shantiniketan from Calcutta during the last day of his visit to India. Ecevit also received the title of 'honorary doctorate' from Wishwar Bharati University. Ecevit delivered a speech during this ceremony, saying, "Wishwar Bharati is a unique international educational and cultural centre. It is a great privilege for me to be honored by this title." During his speech, Ecevit also mentioned his interest in the culture of India and Tagore. Then Ecevit visited Rabindranath Tagore Museum and said that he was very happy to visit this Museum. Ecevit and the accompanying delegation returned to Ankara yesterday. /Turkiye/
 SIMITIS' PEACEFUL MESSAGE TO TURKEYGreek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis stated that the day during which Turkey's candidacy to the European Union (EU) was accepted in Helsinki, was the happiest day of his life. Simitis gave a statement to 'Eleftherotipia' daily newspaper in which he said, "Turkey's relations with Europe were placed on a firm ground within the framework of values and principles that have been trying to be established for 50 years and the day in which this decision was announced was the happiest day of my life. After the decisions taken in Helsinki, important developments have occurred between Turkey and Greece in terms of normalizing the relations between these two countries. We are determined to continue these works which I believe to be beneficial for both countries. Furthermore, New Democracy Party Leader Kostas Karamanlis stated that if his party comes to power, then they would continue to implement the policy of rapprochement between Turkey and Greece. /Turkiye/
 DIPLOMATIC NEWS: "TURKEY'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE EU WILL BE GREAT"The 'Diplomatic News' magazine published in Belgium devoted wide coverage to the relations between Turkey and the European Union (EU). In the news the headline of which was 'Turkey in the EU', the interviews made with the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ismail Cem, Minister of National Defence, Sabahattin Cakmakoglu, Turkish Permanent Representative to the EU, Ambassador Nihat Akyol and Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association's (TUSIAD) Representative to the EU, Bahadir Kaleagasi were published. Ismail Cem spoke to 'Diplomatic News' magazine during which he said that the acceptance of Turkey's candidacy to the EU was a development that corrected the previous mistakes. Cem added, "The dynamic and developing Turkish economy will contribute to Europe and, thus, the Turkish democracy will improve. Minister of National Defence, Sabahattin Cakmakoglu, pointed out the works concerning the European Security and Defence Identity (ESDI) and emphasized the importance of the participation of the countries who are not EU members in the maneouvres which will be carried out by the EU with NATO's contribution. /Turkiye/
 LEADERS' SUMMITThe party leaders of the coalition government are going to meet today and take up the issues which caused crisis among the partners before the second round of voting for the Constitutional amendment, which will be carried out on April 5. The Nationalist Action Party Leader Devlet Bahceli is expected to propose the discussion of the Article 101 of the Constitution only. /Cumhuriyet/
 'NO ONE SHOULD EXPECT CRISIS`Minister of Labour and Social Security, Yasar Okuyan, Motherland Party (ANAP) parliamentarian Suhan Ozkan and the Chairman of Istanbul Province, Ibrahim Taskin, yesterday organized a meeting in Istanbul. Stating that the DYP was expecting a governmental crisis, Okuyan said, "Certain circles who expect a government-crisis, will understand in a couple of days that they are mistaken. The opposition is trying to create a crisis." He emphasized that the opposition should be patient at least for four more years before coming into power and noted that the presidential election would be carried out according to the rules in the Constitution. /Cumhuriyet/
 COHN-BENDIT IN TURKEYThe Co-Chairman of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Commission (KPK), Daniel Cohn-Bendit, will come to Ankara today. Cohn-Bendit will meet the former deputy of the Democracy Party (DEP) Leyla Zana who is currently in prison. The Justice Ministry has given an approval to Bendit who previously caused the postponement of the KPK meeting envisaged to be held in March when his demand to visit Zana was rejected. Bendit-Zana meeting will not be an official one. Bendit who will also meet the Co-Chairman of the KPK, Kursat Eser, is expected to visit the Association of the Mothers of the Martyrs. Bendit will hold a press conference and then will leave Turkey. /Milliyet/
 FREEH IN TURKEYFBI's Chairman, Louis Freeh, is holding official meetings with the Turkish officials to prevent international crimes. Freeh will also hold a series of talks at the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Interior and the National Intelligence Service. Freeh, who is paying a visit to Turkey for the first time, will also visit FBI's branch that was opened at the American Embassy to Ankara in 1999. /Sabah/
 TANTAN: "ISLAMIC TERRORISM THREATENS THE STATE"The Minister of the Interior, Sadettin Tantan, said that the activities of the separatist and reactionary organizations were threatening the State. Security measures prior to the tourism season have been discussed at the Security Summit in Antalya during which decisions to fight against drug trafficking, organized crime and spoiling along the coasts were taken. Tantan requested the support of the Turkish nation in the struggle against terrorism. Tantan said, "Only the PKK terrorist organization and other extreme leftist organizations were on the agenda. However, recently other illegal organizations threatening the Turkish State have been uncovered such as Hizbullah and Vasat". /Aksam/
 'ONE MORE STEP FOR THE KURDISH STATE'One more step has been taken in the efforts launched by the Kurdistan Democrat Party (KDP) to establish a Kurdish state. The KDP will host an international conference at the Mustafa Barzani Chair set up at the American Universities' Union for Global Peace in Washington in 1996. According to an article published in the last issue of the 'Yeni Dusunce' magazine, the hall where the conference will be held will be full of the flags of the so-called KDP government. Kurdistan maps which take place in the KDP website and concern Turkey will be distributed during the conference and the National Kurdistan Anthem will be played. It is also reported that Francis J.Ricciardone, an official from the US State Department Responsible for Northern Iraq, will deliver a speech at the conference entitled 'Identity Search of the Kurds' to be held in the US on April 17-18. /Aksam/
 INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT TO BE PUT INTO PRACTICEA bilateral agreement between Turkey and Britain to allow the dependents of diplomats, technical and administrative personnel of embassies and international representative offices to work in the state they are residing in has been approved. The agreement was signed by the two countries on January 12 in Ankara. /Turkish Daily News/
 UNIVERSAL PATRIARCH IN ANTAKYAIgnatios I.Zakka Iwas, the Universal Patriarch of the whole Eastern Syrian-Orthodox Church based in Damascus, Syria, attended a religious ceremony held at the Saint Pierre Church in Antakya. Patriarch Iwas, who was welcomed by many Syrian-Orthodox people at the Cilvegozu Border Gate in Hatay, was accompanied by many archbishops and spiritual leaders coming from the US, Aleppo, Switzerland, Canada, Iraq, Lebanon, Germany, Syria, Israel, Jordan, California, Istanbul and Turkey's Southeastern region. Iwas stated that Antakya was the second holiest city for Syrian-Orthodox people following Jerusalem and expressed his gratitude for the efforts of the Turkish officials who contributed to the restoration of the church. The Patrirach Iwas and the accompanying delegation will go to India following Turkey. /Aksam/
 EIGHT TRAINING BOATS FOR NAVAL FORCESEight training boats built by the Bora Naval Industry and Trade Joint Stock Company in Istanbul were handed-over during a ceremony attended by the Commander of the Naval Forces, Vice-Admiral Ilhami Erdil yesterday. Erdil said, "The achievement of this venture, the fifth biggest project carried out by the ship-building dockyards other than the military dockyards belonging to the Naval Forces is the success of the Turkish ship-building industry". /Aksam/
 YUSUFELI DAM TO BE CONSTRUCTED BY A FRENCH FIRMYusufeli Dam and the Hydroelectric Power-Station, which were included in the investment programme of the State Water Works in order to meet Turkey's need for energy from Turkish production sources, will be constructed by a French firm. All the assembly, electromagnetic equipment and the other equipment necessary for the construction of Yusufeli Dam and the Hydroelectric Power-Station, which are planned to be built as part of the Turkish-French energy protocol, will be met by the loan package that will be received from France. A total of energy of 1 billion 7 million kw/h will be produced per year in this dam. /Turkiye/
 FOREST FIRE IN ZONGULDAKApproximately 20 hectares of land was destroyed in a forest fire on Saturday evening in Zonguldak. The fire, which spread rapidly because of the high wind, was brought under control yesterday morning. A total of 792 people reportedly participated in efforts to extinguish the blaze, the cause of which has not been determined. /Turkish Daily News/
 ONAL'S STATEMENTState Minister responsible for economy, Recep Onal, stated that Turkey will meet the European Union's (EU) economic criteria following the third year of the implementation of the economic stability programme aimed at reducing the inflation rate. Onal stated that this economic programme should be evaluated following the announcement of figures of June and that Turkey is the luckiest candidate country among the others. /Sabah/
 FINANCIAL WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK IN TURKEYThiry-five members of the Financial Women's Association of New York will organize a series of seminars in Istanbul between 1 and 3 May for three days and continue their meetings in Ankara. The aim of this Association, which was founded in 1956 and has more than 1,000 members, is to increase women's effectiveness in the business world. The members of this Association gather information about the country they will visit. The Head of the IMF-Turkey Desk, Carlo Cottarelli also gave information to this Association concerning Turkey. /Sabah/
 ALKIM CHEMISTRY TO SET UP FACILITIES TOGETHER WITH ISRAELThe Alkim Chemistry, which is a leading company throughout the world in the production of sodium sulphate with an annual 250,000 ton-capacity, will cooperate with the Israeli Dead Sea Works firm for the production of potassium sulphate fertilizer in Turkey. The General Director of the Alkim Alkali Chemistry Joint Stock Company, Nihat Erkan, said that they were engaged in a joint venture with the Israeli Dead Sea Works, the second biggest company in this field in the world. Erkan added, "Following the establishment of the facilities, 75,000 tons of demand for fertilizer will have been met in Turkey". /Aksam/
 APPROVAL FOR TUNNEL PROJECTIt has been decided that proposals will be received from a group consisting of three firms established for the engineering and advisory services' tender concerning the Tunnel Project and 'Marmaray' system in Istanbul. An approval was taken from Japan last week following the Turkish Transport Ministry's ratification to receive proposals from the three-firm group including Turkish and Japanese firms. In this context, the Transport Ministry will take proposals within two months at the latest. Officials from the JBIC, a Japanese Over-Seas Credit Institution, stated that a $865 million loan would be initially used in line with the agreements previously signed. A $2.5 billion loan is foreseen to be received from Japan who commits to extend the loans necessary for the construction of the system. The initial $70 million part of the loans will be utilized for the advisory and engineering services of the project. /Aksam/
 WORLD BANK REPRESENTATIVES IN SAFRANBOLURepresentatives from the World Bank to Turkey and officials from the Turkish Culture Ministry have made a series of observations in the Safranbolu district and Yoruk village, which take place in the World Heritage List to evaluate the allocation of a loan concerning a series of projects in these places. The representatives visited the region and said that the amount of the loans would be determined in the near future. /Aksam/
 INFLATION RATE IN MARCHThe figures of the inflation rate for March will be announced today by the State Institute of Statistics (DIE). The inflation rate will be an indicator of the first three months and it is expected to be between 3% to 4%. /Star/
 ALTA VISTA IN TURKEYThe Superonline has offered a 'complete text` search engine to the service of Turkish users, cooperating with one of the largest searching sites in the world, Alta Vista on March 27, 2000. Now, Turkish users who do not know English, can obtain information from Alta Vista's 250-million-page index, using Turkish words. /Cumhuriyet/
 TURKMENISTAN CULTURAL DAYS AT CEMAL RESIT REY CONCERT HALL'Turkmenistan Cultural Days' that were organized by the Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul's Branch of Cultural Affairs started at Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall. The activities that began with the Turkmen Painters' Exhibition aims to increase the cultural cooperation between Turkey and Turkmenistan and to reflect the traditional and modern cultural experience of Turkmenistan. Deputy President of Turkmenistan and Turkmenistan's Minister of Culture, Orazgeldi Aydogduyev, also delivered a speech before the concert staged by Turkmenistan's Symphony Orchestra and said, "We are one nation and two states." /Turkiye/
 COMPETITION FOR THE OTTOMAN WORKS OF ARTTwo leading auction halls, Sotheby's and Christies will sell unique Turkish and Ottoman works of art during the auctions that will be organized in London between 11 and 14 April. Most of these works of art belong to the 16th and 17th centuries and the collectioners are expected to be in strong competition for these works of art. /Sabah/
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 IMPORTANT GUEST BY YAVUZ DONAT (SABAH)Columnist Yavuz Donat writes on the expected visit German President Johannes Rau will pay to Turkey. A summary of his column is as follows:
"As the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) will vote on Constitutional amendments, the German President will come to Turkey from Athens. It would have been much better if this meeting had not coincided with the ballot on the amendment to the Constitution.
This is the first visit of a German President to Turkey after an interval of 14 years. The German President attaches special importance to this visit and there are two Turks in the delegation accompanying him. One is the Chairman of the Turco-German Research Centre, Prof.Faruk Sen and the other is a leading businessman Vural Oger. Prior to his visit, the German President went to the Turco-German Research Centre and was informed on the recent developments.
President Johannes Rau is an experienced, powerful and prestigious statesman. He protested the Solingen tragedy where five Turks were burnt alive. When he became President he stated that he was the President of not only Germans but all citizens living in Germany.
There are two and a half million Turks in Germany. Some of them are workers, some of them are entrepreneurs. 55,200 of the Turks living in Germany have their own businesses. Some of them are tenants, some landlords. Some are even elected deputies and some are members of the European Parliament.
This important visit should not be overshadowed by the voting on the amendment to the Constitution."
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