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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-01-04

Anadolu Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: The Anadolu Agency Home Page at <http://www.anadoluajansi.gov.tr/>

04 JAN 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
  • [02] THE BALKAN DEFENSE MINISTERS' MEETING TO BRING TURKISH AHD GREEK DEFENSE MINISTERS TOGETHER
  • [03] JOHN, GERMAN FOREIGNERS OFFICIAL: ''TURKISH-GERMAN RELATIONS SHOULD BE NORMALIZED''
  • [04] ''IMPORTANCE OF TURKEY'' IN WASHINGTON TIMES
  • [05] FINALLY HAKAN SUKUR GIVES HIS DECISION - STRIKER OF GALATASARAY FC TO LEAVE FOR ITALY ON MONDAY WITH HIS PARENTS
  • [06] 21 POLITICAL PARTIES TO PARTICIPATE IN GENERAL AND LOCAL ELECTIONS ON APRIL 18
  • [07] ELECTION TERM STARTS
  • [08] ROKETSAN, A TURKISH FIRM AIMS TO BE THE LEADING MISSILE AND ROCKET PRODUCER OF THE WORLD IN THE 21ST CENTURY
  • [09] NATIONAL INCOME DUE TO REGIONS IN TURKEY
  • [10] CILLER, THE LEADER OF DYP MEETS WITH ECEVIT, THE LEADER OF DSP - ECEVIT: ''CILLER TOLD ME THAT HER PARTY WILL EXTEND SUPPORT TO A MINORITY GOVERNMENT THAT WILL BE FORMED BY ME''
  • [11] TURKEY-STOCK EXCHANGE - IMKB FIRST SESSION - NATIONAL-100 INDEX RISES TO 2,687.90 WITH AN INCREASE OF 89.98 POINTS
  • [12] CILLER, LEADER OF DYP: ''WE CAN ACCEPT A MINORITY GOVERNMENT''
  • [13] CILLER, LEADER OF DYP: ''WE WILL BE THE FIRST PARTY TO SUPPORT THE MINORITY GOVERNMENT FORMED BY MR. ECEVIT''
  • [14] YILMAZ-ECEVIT MEETING ENDS - ECEVIT, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER: ''YILMAZ DOES NOT FIND CILLER'S PROPOSAL ODD''
  • [15] YILMAZ-ECEVIT MEETING ENDS - PRIME MINISTER YILMAZ: ''WE WILL SUPPORT A GOVERNMENT FORMED BY ECEVIT'' ''IT SEEMS THAT THE LEADERS HAD A COMPROMISE FOR THE FIRST TIME''
  • [16] BAYKAL, LEADER OF CHP: ''ANAP AND DSP LEFT EREZ IN THE LURCH''
  • [17] YALIM EREZ: ''I BELIEVE EVEN ONE OF THE POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS WON'T BE DECEIVED BY SUCH ZIG-ZAGS OF CILLER''
  • [18] YALIM EREZ: ''I AM MEETING WITH EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTS ME AND DOES NOT OPPOSE TO MY PREMIERSHIP''
  • [19] DENKTAS, TRNC PRESIDENT: - ''THE GREEK CYPRIOTS WILL LONG FOR THE CONFEDERATION ONE DAY'' - ''GREEK-GREEK CYPRIOT PARTNERS START QUARRELLING WHEN THEY CANNOT TAKE THE WEAPONS THEY WANT'' - ''OUR PRECONDITIONS TO START THE NEGOTIATIONS ARE OBVIOUS''
  • [20] OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF: - ''SOME PERSONS' BEHAVIOURS AS IF THEY WERE THE SPOKESMEN OF THE TSK, AND THEIR CLAIMS THAT TSK SUPPORTS THEIR IDEAS DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE MORAL VALUES'' - ''TSK STATES ITS IDEAS AND EVALUATIONS WHEN REQUIRED. TO THIS END, IT DOES NOT NEED A MEDIATOR''

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN

    These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on Jan 4, 1998. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET (LIBERAL) OCALAN THREATENS ITALY
    Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK started to threaten Italy where he took shelter for two months. Ocalan told the Italian government, which wishes to find a country to send Ocalan that ''if you force me to go, we will invade Europe by a big immigration.'' The Italian media also says that Italian Premier Massimo D'Alema started to pay the price of protecting the chief terrorist. Il Giornale daily said in its news titled ''Ocalan Captured Premier D'Alema'', that Ocalan's being in Rome continued to cause troubles for the Italian government.

    CANDIDACY HURRY
    Bureaucrats who will run for candidacy in general elections have to resign from their jobs within one week starting from today. The election term started in Turkey today and the political prohibitions also started.

    MILLIYET (LIBERAL)

    THERE IS NO ALLIANCE
    The Democratic Left Party (DSP) is against entering into an alliance with the Motherland Party (ANAP) in elections, meanwhile Dogan Tasdelen, the mayor of Cankaya district in Ankara who was from the Republican Peoples Party (CHP) is expected to resign from his party today and join DSP. DSP will show Tasdelen as its candidate for being the mayor of Ankara.

    DEMIREL'S NEW PLAN
    President Suleyman Demirel said that ''I talked to party leaders and searched for a way to hold the elections in 2000, however my efforts didn't give a result. Today the situations seems more difficult. Firstly we must solve the government problem and then we will take up the reform in the political system.''

    SABAH (LIBERAL)

    A FORMULA WITHOUT FP
    Prime Minister-Designate Yalım Erez will meet with Recai Kutan, the leader of the Virtue Party (FP) today. However Kutan said that Erez and Deniz Baykal, the leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP) who met each other yesterday, agreed upon the participation of CHP to the government. Kutan said that Erez government will be formed according to the model proposed by Deniz Baykal.

    SUKUR TO LEAVE FOR ITALY
    Hakan Sukur, the striker of Galatasaray soccer team will leave for Torino city of Italy to play for Juventus. This time Sukur's parents won't leave him alone.

    CUMHURIYET (LEFT)

    DIFFICULT YEAR IN ECONOMY
    Turkey which has a foreign debt of 450 trillion liras and 5.2 trillion liras of internal debt to be paid within the first three months of 1999, is in scarcity of sources. Meanwhile, the expected decrease in the inflation could not be reached.

    TURKEY'S FUNDAMENTALIST MAP
    Reports prepared by the Police show the ''fundamentalist elements'' in 1980s in Turkey. The reports stressed that the group of Fethullah Gulen, a sect leader dominates the biggest part of Turkey, meanwhile Suleymancılar sect increased their number of associations from 30 to 800 in Turkey throughout 1980s, while they increased the number of ''Islamic Cultural Centres'' from 200 to 400 abroad.

    RADIKAL (LEFT)

    THE TARGET IS REACHED IN 1998
    The State Institute of Statistics (DIE) announced that the inflation rate in wholesale prices was 54.3 percent and the inflation in consumer prices was 69.7 percent in 1998. The inflation rate in December 1998 for wholesale prices became 2.5 percent while the inflation in the consumer prices was 3.3 percent.

    CANDIDACY RUSH
    The term for the general and local elections will start from today. The political parties will notify the methods of determining their candidates for the elections to Supreme Election Board till January 8 and the deadline for civil cervants who want to run for candidacy is January 11, they have to resign from their jobs the same day.

    YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL)

    OCALAN LIKES ITALY VERY MUCH
    Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the separatist terrorist organization PKK does not want to leave Italy, because he thinks that if he leaves Italy, his dream of being a political figure will also end. Russian and Italian communists also extend support to Ocalan, the chief terrorist.

    TÜRKİYE (RIGHT)

    BAYKAL SUPPORTS EREZ
    Yalım Erez, the Minister of Industry and Trade and Prime Minister-Designate met on Sunday with Deniz Baykal, the leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP). After the meeting, Baykal said that Erez continues to launch efforts to form a government by good will and determination, adding they support the efforts of him.

    ELECTION PAIN
    The political parties have troubles concerning the coming general and local elections because there are too much candidates. Thousands of candidates apply to the parties and the latter try to choose the appropriate ones without hurting the others.

    ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)

    OPERATION IN URFA
    Turkish police in the southeastern province of Sanlıurfa discovered a large scale ammunition smuggling scheme when they seized 37,000 rounds of bullets hidden on a truck.

    [02] THE BALKAN DEFENSE MINISTERS' MEETING TO BRING TURKISH AHD GREEK DEFENSE MINISTERS TOGETHER

    ATHENS, Jan 4 (A.A) - The Balkan Countries' Defense Ministers' meeting will be held on January 12 in Athens, Greece and Ismet Sezgin, the Turkish Defense Minister will come together with Akis Cohacopulos, the Greek Defense Minister during the meeting, it is reported on Sunday.

    The Balkan Defense Ministers' meeting will be held in order to realize a full cooperation among the Balkan countries at the military level.

    The maneuver possibilities of the multinational military force, which was planned to be deployed in the Balkans will also be taken up at the meeting.

    The military force could not start to function because the countries could not reach an agreement about the deployment of the headquarters of the force and due to the disagreements between Turkey and Greece. The disagreement between the sides was overcome during the meeting held in Istanbul in November and the Balkan countries decided to start the functioning of the force.

    The military force's headquarters will be in Plovdiv city of Bulgaria for four years, then it will continue to function in Constanta city of Romania and lastly in Edirne province of Turkey. After 12 years, the headquarters will move to Kilkis city of Greece.

    Meanwhile Sezgin and Cohacopulos will come together for the first time after the decision concerning the annulment of deployment of S-300 missiles at the Greek Cypriot side.

    [03] JOHN, GERMAN FOREIGNERS OFFICIAL: ''TURKISH-GERMAN RELATIONS SHOULD BE NORMALIZED''

    BERLIN, Jan 4 (A.A) - Barbara John, the foreigners official of Berlin state in Germany said on Sunday that the relations between Turkey and Germany have to be improved and normalized.

    Responding to questions of weekly Focus magazine, John stated that the two countries need each other, adding the two sides should give up accusing each other in an exaggerated way.

    Claiming that Turkey seems to consider herself as a victim of an international plot, John said Germany turned back the expectations of Turkey including the membership to the European Union (EU) and this played an effective role concerning these developments.

    John stressed that both sides have to be open to right criticisms in order to improve the bilateral relations.

    Noting that the racist attacks which took place in Molln and Solingen cities of Germany shook the trust of Turkish people towards Germany and German people, John claimed that Turkey does not want to take into consideration the criticisms of Germany in the field of human rights.

    [04] ''IMPORTANCE OF TURKEY'' IN WASHINGTON TIMES

    WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (A.A) - An interesting article about the importance of Turkey was published in American newspaper of Washington Times on Sunday.

    David Jones, the Chief Editor of Foreign News Department of the paper said in the article that Refet Kaplan, a young journalist of Turkish origin who worked in Washington Times was very interested in the issues that concern Turkey, adding ''I should frankly say that in that period I was not interested in issues about Turkey that much, but I was respecting the works of Kaplan.''

    Noting that they invited Richard Holbrooke to the office one day, David Jones said Holbrooke told them that he likes to read Washington Times as it covered news about Turkey, stressing that the paper grasped the importance of Turkey.

    Holbrooke stated that the position of Turkey is at an importance point, Turkey is surrounded by the west which is a secular and prosperous group of countries on the one hand and by countries like Syria, Iraq and Iran which don't respect democratic values and by the reviving radical Islamism on the other hand, said Jones.

    ''It was so easy to accept the argument of Holbrooke who said that Turkey had to integrate with the west,'' said Jones, adding Tansu Ciller, when she was prime minister, defended the same views in a meeting held at the office. ''However she was not as persuasive as Holbrooke because she served her own political needs,'' Jones said.

    David Jones pointed out that the biggest hurdle that stands in front of Turkey's integration with Europe is Turkish-Greek conflict and the Cyprus question, stressing that the claims put forward about human rights in Turkey and Germany's being afraid of an immigrant worker flow constituted other obstacles for Turkey.

    ''American diplomats worked to solve the Cyprus question in an intensive, but quiet manner. I suppose the American diplomats had fun during the new year celebrations after the decision taken by Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader,'' added Jones.

    Clerides gave up to deploy the S-300 missiles on Cyprus last week.

    The US administration had warned Clerides to ''cancel the S-300 missiles.'' Richard Holbrooke still works as the US President's Special Envoy for Cyprus.

    [05] FINALLY HAKAN SUKUR GIVES HIS DECISION - STRIKER OF GALATASARAY FC TO LEAVE FOR ITALY ON MONDAY WITH HIS PARENTS

    ISTANBUL, Jan 4 (A.A) - Hakan Sukur, the striker of Galatasaray football club and a famous football player of the Turkish national team finally gave his decision by ending the speculations about his joining the Italian football club Juventus and said that he will leave for Italy with his family on Monday.

    Responding to questions of journalists, Sermet Sukur, the father of Hakan Sukur said that it will not be easy for Hakan Sukur, who was an emotional person, to leave Galatasaray football team.

    ''This problem became an issue of the whole country, it has become an issue which concerns the state officials. Juventus does not want every football player and Galatasaray does not give every football player to Juventus,'' said Hakan's father, adding ''Hakan will be more successful in Juventus and we won't leave him alone.''

    Noting that Juventus wishes to see Hakan Sukur to play for them, Sermet Sukur said Hakan is ready for that.

    Hakan Sukur will leave for Italy on Tuesday at the latest if the proceedings of his family about their passports are not completed.

    [06] 21 POLITICAL PARTIES TO PARTICIPATE IN GENERAL AND LOCAL ELECTIONS ON APRIL 18

    ANKARA, Jan 4 (A.A) - The Supreme Election Council announced on Monday that 21 political parties will participate in the general and local elections that will be held on April 18, 1999.

    According to the Supreme Election Council decision published in the Official Gazette the same day, following political parties will participate in the 21st term general and local elections:

    ''The Motherland Party (ANAP), Great Union Party (BBP), Republican People's Party (CHP), Democratic Party (DP), Democracy and Peace Party (ODP), Democratic Turkey Party (DTP), Democratic People's Party, Democratic Left Party (DSP), True Path Party (DYP), Virtue Party (FP), People's Democracy Party (HADEP), Labour Party (IP), Liberal Democratic Party, People's Party, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Freedom and Solidarity Party, Socialist Power Party, Re-Birth Party, Peace Party, Labour's Party and Changing Turkey Party (DEPAR).''

    [07] ELECTION TERM STARTS

    ANKARA, Jan 4 (A.A) - The term for the general and local elections and the political phohibitions concerning this period started on Monday.

    The election term will continue till April 18, 1999, which is the election date.

    The political parties will notify the methods of determining their candidates for the elections to Supreme Election Council till January 8 and the deadline for civil cervants to resign from their jobs who want to run for candidacy is January 11.

    The Supreme Election Council warned all the political parties and other concerned institutions about the prohibitions that will be valid in the election term.

    [08] ROKETSAN, A TURKISH FIRM AIMS TO BE THE LEADING MISSILE AND ROCKET PRODUCER OF THE WORLD IN THE 21ST CENTURY

    ANKARA, Jan 4 (A.A) - Roketsan, a leading Turkish firm in the field of missile and rocket industry also targets to be an outstanding missile and rocket producer in the world in the 21st century by using native technology, it is reported on Monday.

    Roketsan officials told A.A that Roketsan which functions by high technology and in line with NATO standarts, produces in many fields including rocket fuel and rocket pieces.

    Roketsan, which was established in 1988, has an advanced solid fuel technology known as Hydroxyl Terminated Polybutadiene (HTPB).

    The firm which has been producing the launcher and flight motors of Stinger type missiles, also produces T-122 rockets having a range more than 33 kilometers and SR-122 and TR-107 rockets.

    Roketsan which meets the middle-range rocket needs of the Turkish Armed Forces, also attributes importance to research and development (R&amp;D).

    [09] NATIONAL INCOME DUE TO REGIONS IN TURKEY

    ANKARA, Jan 4 (A.A) - Big differences among regions are seen in Turkey concerning the Gross Domestic Income (GDP), it is reported on Monday.

    While the GDP of Marmara region reaches 71.6 billion dollars, GDP of the Eastern Turkey is 7.9 billion dollars and those of Southeastern Turkey is 9.2 billion dollars.

    The serious imbalance seen among provinces is also reflected in the regions, the income per person in Marmara and Aegean regions are beyond the average of Turkey, however the income level is half of those in Eastern and Southeastern Turkey.

    According to the State Institution Statistics (DEI), the national income of Marmara region is 71.6 billion dollars, Central Anatolia's income is 29.1 billion dollars, Aegean region's income is 28.8 billion dollars, Mediterranean's income is 23.7 billion dollars, the Black Sea region's income is 18.2 billion dollars, the Southeastern region's income is 9.2 billion dollars and lastly the Eastern region's income is only 7.8 billion dollars.

    When we take take into consideration the income of provinces, Istanbul comes the first with its 43.8 billion dollars of national income. Izmir follows Istanbul with 13.4 billion dollars and Ankara comes the third with 12.9 billion dollars.

    The populations, GDP per person in dollars and total GDPs according to the data received in 1997 are as follows:

                        1997      1997      1997
                    Population  GDP Per     GDP
                    (Thousand)  Person     (Million Dollar)
        Regions      ---------- -----       ---------------
    
        Marmara
        -------
        1- Istanbul      9,072  4,749      43,083
        2- Kocaeli       1,161  7,882       9,151
        3- Bursa         1,936  3,442       6,664
        4- Balıkesir     1,028  2,722       2,798
        5- Tekirdag        561  3,562       1,998
        6- Sakarya         729  2,719       1,982
        7- Canakkale       448  3,533       1,583
        8- Kırklareli      318  4,385       1,394
        9- Edirne          399  3,437       1,371
        10-Yalova          162  4,980         807
        11-Bilecik         191  4,089         781
     
        Central Anatolia
        ----------------
        1- Ankara        3,665  3,521      12,904
        2- Konya         1,921  2,373       4,559
        3- Kayseri         972  2,298       2,234
        4- Eskisehir       660  3,314       2,187
        5- Kırıkkale       357  3,358       1,199
        6- Sivas           703  1,692       1,189
        7- Nevsehir        288  3,238         933
        8- Karaman         224  3,606         808
        9- Nigde           315  2,551         804
        10-Yozgat          599  1,276         764
        11-Aksaray         346  1,829         633
        12-Kırsehir        243  2,119         515
        13-Cankırı         249  1,585         395
     
        Agean
        ---------
        1- Izmir         3,089  4,358      13,462
        2- Manisa        1,227  3,337       4,094
        3- Aydın           895  3,042       2,723
        4- Mugla           635  4,071       2,585
        5- Denizli         812  2,972       2,413
        6- Kutahya         636  2,347       1,493
        7- Afyon           794  1,774       1,409
        8- Usak            310  2,162         670
     
        Mediterranean
        -------------
        1- Adana         1,674  3,553       5,948
        2- Icel          1,493  3,495       5,218
        3- Antalya       1,486  3,422       5,085
        4- Hatay         1,192  2,562       3,054
        5- K. Maras      1,001  1,796       1,798
        6- Isparta         460  2,104         968
        7- Osmaniye        435  1,712         745
        8- Burdur          253  2,734         692
        9- Kilis           111  2,339         260
     
        Black Sea
        ---------
        1- Samsun        1,155  2,353       2,718
        2- Zonguldak       616  3,695       2,276
        3- Trabzon         844  2,149       1,814
        4- Bolu            552  3,078       1,699
        5- Tokat           698  1,985       1,386
        6- Corum           580  2,366       1,372
        7- Ordu            840  1,543       1,296
        8- Giresun         463  2,355       1,090
        9- Kastamonu       368  2,537         934
        10-Amasya          347  2,274         789
        11-Rize            327  2,296         751
        12-Karabuk         229  2,714         622
        13-Artvin          186  2,727         507
        14-Sinop           218  2,026         442
        15-Bartın          188  1,294         243
        16-Gumushane       155  1,324         205
        17-Bayburt         100  1,081         108
     
        Southeastern Anatolia
        ----------------------
        1- Gaziantep     1,120  2,283       2,557
        2- Diyarbakır    1,271  1,734       2,204
        3- S. Urfa       1,285  1,374       1,766
        4- Mardin          641  1,346         863
        5- Adıyaman        669  1,245         833
        6- Batman          397  1,634         649
        7- Siirt           261  1,346         351
     
        Eastern Anatolia
        ----------------
        1- Malatya         808  1,905       1,539
        2- Elazıg          517  2,329       1,204
        3- Erzurum         872  1,323       1,154
        4- Van             755  1,053         795
        5- Erzincan        281  2,022         568
        6- Sırnak          320  1,092         349
        7- Bitlis          339  1,019         345
        8- Agrı            464    744         345
        9- Kars            325  1,031         335
        10-Mus             419    763         320
        11-Bingol          236  1,032         244
        12-Hakkari         216  1,050         227
        13-Tunceli          89  1,946         173
        14-Igdır           145  1,149         167
        15-Ardahan         131  1,020         134
    
                                                  Percent
                                                  (Hundred)
                                                  ---------
        Marmara             16,005  4,474   71,612   37.9
        Cent. Ana.          10,542  2,763   29,124   15.4
        Aegean               8,398  3,435   28,849   15.3
        Mediterranean        8,105  2,933   23,768   12.6
        Black Sea            7,866  2,320   18,252    9.7
        Southeast            5,644  1,634    9,223    4.9
        Eastern              5,917  1,335    7,899    4.2
        -------------------------------------------------
        TURKEY              62,480  3,021  188,752  100.0
    

    [10] CILLER, THE LEADER OF DYP MEETS WITH ECEVIT, THE LEADER OF DSP - ECEVIT: ''CILLER TOLD ME THAT HER PARTY WILL EXTEND SUPPORT TO A MINORITY GOVERNMENT THAT WILL BE FORMED BY ME''

    ANKARA, Jan 4 (A.A) - Bulent Ecevit, the leader of the Democratic Left Party (DSP) who met on Monday with Tansu Ciller, the leader of the True Path Party (DYP) said after the meeting that ''Ciller told me that her party is ready to extend support to a minority government that will be under the presidency of me.''

    Noting that he welcomed the proposal of Ciller, the leader of DYP, Ecevit pointed out that ''this was one of my choices for formation of the government when the mission was given to me. Ciller's and her party's support to me is very precious, however I should know whether or not a minority government that will be formed by me can get a vote of confidence in the parliament. The view of the Motherland Party (ANAP) is important in this regard, thus I have to meet with Mesut Yılmaz, the leader of ANAP. Moreover, I am not assigned to form the government, the issue depends on the appreciation of President Suleyman Demirel.''

    Noting that there are still three months for the general elections, Ecevit said that Ciller did not put forward any condition concerning the possibility of a minority government that can be formed by him.

    ''This is a new situation and I will make an evaluation with my friends,'' he added.

    [11] TURKEY-STOCK EXCHANGE - IMKB FIRST SESSION - NATIONAL-100 INDEX RISES TO 2,687.90 WITH AN INCREASE OF 89.98 POINTS

    ISTANBUL, Jan 4 (A.A) - The Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) National-100 Index in the first session increased 89.98 points to 2,687.90 and shares gained 3.46 percent in value compared with prices at the close of Thursday's second session, it was reported on Monday.

    At the close of the first session, the financial index increased 113.82 points to 3,383.40, the industrial index rose 64.81 points to 2,008.48 and the services index climbed 139.57 points to 3,836.08.

    The financial shares gained 3.48 percent in value, the industrial shares gained 3.33 percent in value and the services shares gained 3.78 percent in value compared with Thursday's second session close.

    A total of 238 of the 281 shares gained in value, 19 shares lost in value while the prices of 24 shares didn't change.

    The trading volume in the morning session was 28.4 trillion Turkish Liras.

    [12] CILLER, LEADER OF DYP: ''WE CAN ACCEPT A MINORITY GOVERNMENT''

    ANKARA, Jan 4 (A.A) - True Path Party (DYP) leader Tansu Ciller said on Monday that they would accept a minority government formed by Democratic Left Party (DSP).

    Ciller told reporters following his meeting with Bulent ecevit, DSP leader, that they would accept a minority government which will be formed by DSP leader Bulent Ecevit on condition of ''search for a broad-based external support.''

    Ecevit also told reporters that ''DYP leader Tansu Ciller told me that they would give external support to the minority government I would form.''

    Following her meeting with Ecevit, Tansu Ciller met with Recai Kutan, the leader of the Virtue Party (FP). Ciller held a 55-minute meeting with Kutan at the Parliament.

    Ciller, later met with Mesut Yilmaz, the Prime Minister and the leader of the Motherland Party (ANAP).

    Meanwhile, DSP leader Bulent Ecevit also met with Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz.

    [13] CILLER, LEADER OF DYP: ''WE WILL BE THE FIRST PARTY TO SUPPORT THE MINORITY GOVERNMENT FORMED BY MR. ECEVIT''

    ANKARA, Jan 4 (A.A) - Tansu Ciller, the leader of the True Path Party (DYP), said on Monday that they would support the minority government, which would be formed by Bulent Ecevit, the Deputy Prime Minister and the leader of the Democratic Left Party (DSP), on the condition of ''search for a broad-based external support''. ''We, as the DYP, are seeking solutions. We are putting the very-short way, which will enable the country to have healthy general elections, in front of the Parliament's initiative,'' Ciller said.

    Addressing a press conference she held at the parliament following her talks with Bulent Ecevit, the leader of DSP; Recai Kutan, the leader of the Virtue Party (FP), and Mesut Yilmaz, the Prime Minister and the leader of the Motherland Party (ANAP), Tansu Ciller said that the recent developments had driven the public into despair, adding that ''we, as the DYP, decided to assume an attitude aiming for the necessity to save the public from ambiguity. We have launched an initiative which will enable the parliament to have a government, guarantee the elections and prevent any trick in this field.''

    ''Also, we are not opposed to the premiership of Mr. Ecevit. We are putting ourselves in for this duty, we can receive and give support. Formation of a government led by a political party leader is our condition,'' she stated.

    ''We, as the DYP, decided to cease the issue by taking up the initiative. This issue should be like this and the solution should be left to the Parliament's initiative. Within this framework, we conveyed this proposal to every political party, which has a group in the parliament, within the framework of dialogue. The government to be formed should be led by a political party leader in accordance with the parliamentary democracy. We state that we will support the government which will be formed within this framework. We are putting on the agenda the minority government, which will be fomed by Mr. Ecevit, on the condition of a search for a broad-based external support. We declare that we will be the first party to support such a minority government. Our only expectation from this government is to enable Turkey to have healthy general elections on 18 April 1999,'' Ciller said.

    ''However, we wouldn't give a minister to this government, we won't take the responsibility of such a government. I hope other political parties will approach positively. I believe that we can provide the majority. Now we will wait and see. This approach will bring Turkey into the elections. If the events will develop in accordance with our specifications, th new government will be formed within two or three days,'' she stated.

    [14] YILMAZ-ECEVIT MEETING ENDS - ECEVIT, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER: ''YILMAZ DOES NOT FIND CILLER'S PROPOSAL ODD''

    ANKARA, Jan 4 (A.A) - Bulent Ecevit, the Deputy Prime Minister and the leader of the Democratic Left Party (DSP), said on Monday that Premier Mesut Yilmaz did not find the minority government proposal of Tansu Ciller, the leader of the True Path Party (DYP), as odd. Ecevit said, ''at this moment, the approval of President Suleyman Demirel attaches the importance.''

    Talking to reporters after his meeting with Yilmaz, Ecevit said that he informed Yilmaz about his meeting with Ciller.

    Ecevit said that Ciller's proposal was one of the three possibilities of a new government which he proposed while he was given the mandate of forming the new government.

    Responding to a question about the attitude of Yılmaz to this proposal, Ecevit said, ''at this moment, Demirel's approval of the minority government is important. I cannot say anything before Demirel evaluated the new situation.''

    Ecevit also said that Yılmaz told him that ''he did not find this formula odd, and he supported this government formula before.''

    Responding to a question if he finds odd the visit of Ciller ''when Yalım Erez (independent deputy) was given the mandate to form the government'', Ecevit said, ''she already did not accept the mandate of Erez. She had assumed an attitude against him. That's why, it is not odd.''

    [15] YILMAZ-ECEVIT MEETING ENDS - PRIME MINISTER YILMAZ: ''WE WILL SUPPORT A GOVERNMENT FORMED BY ECEVIT'' ''IT SEEMS THAT THE LEADERS HAD A COMPROMISE FOR THE FIRST TIME''

    ANKARA, Jan 4 (A.A) - Mesut yilmaz, the Prime Minister and the leader of the Motherland Party (ANAP), said on Monday that the political party leaders had a compromise on a minority government formula which could get a vote of confidence in the parliament for the first time. Yilmaz said, ''we stated before that we support a minority government. The minority government formula is not a problem for our party. Now, the approval of President Suleyman Demirel is important.''

    Yilmaz met with Bulent Ecevit, the Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Democratic Left Party (DSP), after meeting with Tansu Ciller, the leader of the True Path Party (DYP).

    Making a statement to the journalists after his meeting with Ecevit, Yilmaz said ''the political party leaders could not have a compromise on a government formula which can have the vote of confidence until now. As Ciller accepted the minority government formula under the premiership of Bulent Ecevit, it seems that the leaders have a compromise at last.''

    Recalling that his party stated that it supported the minority government formula under the premiership of Ecevit, when Ecevit was given the mandate of forming a new government in December, Yilmaz said, ''thus, this type of goverment is not a problem for our party.''

    Stating that they would support any government formula which needed the contribution of ANAP, Yilmaz said, ''now, the approval of the President Suleyman Demirel is important.''

    [16] BAYKAL, LEADER OF CHP: ''ANAP AND DSP LEFT EREZ IN THE LURCH''

    ANKARA, Jan 4 (A.A) - Deniz Baykal, the leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP), said on Monday that the Motherland Party (ANAP) and the Democratic Left Party (DSP) left Yalim Erez, an independent deputy from Mugla province, in a difficult situation.

    ''ANAP and DSP convinced Tansu Ciller to support the minority government led by Ecevit by showing the death with Erez,'' Baykal said.

    Speaking to reporters following his meeting with Tansu Ciller, the leader of the True Path Party (DYP), Baykal said, ''Mr. Erez started the search with the support of ANAP and DSP. However, now he saw that they gave up backing him. I think nobody wants to face with such a thing.''

    Pointing out that a political impoliteness was shown against Yalim Erez, CHP leader Baykal said, ''Mr. Erez was saying that he would form the new government on 6 January. Now, it is happening but in a different way.''

    [17] YALIM EREZ: ''I BELIEVE EVEN ONE OF THE POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS WON'T BE DECEIVED BY SUCH ZIG-ZAGS OF CILLER''

    ANKARA, Jan 4 (A.A) - Yalim Erez, an independent deputy from Mugla province and the Minister and Industry and Trade, who was assigned to form the new government, said on Monday that he believed even one of the political party leaders won't be deceived by such zig-zags of Tansu Ciller, the leader of the True Path Party (DYP).

    Speaking to reporters, prime minister-designate Erez said, ''I am, together with all of the political party leaders who believe in me, on the nearest point to the happy end for Turkey.''

    ''It is unfortunate to see that the issue brought by Mrs. Ciller was not the solution for government search. Ciller is putting Turkey off with her personal problem. She denies what she said one day before. Her issue is not Turkey's issue, it is her personal problem. I have a problem with neither Mrs. Ciller nor the DYP. Since I was assignedto form the government, the press and the public has been following me. I am launching initiatives to form the new government,'' Erez said.

    [18] YALIM EREZ: ''I AM MEETING WITH EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTS ME AND DOES NOT OPPOSE TO MY PREMIERSHIP''

    ANKARA, Jan 4 (A.A) - Yalim Erez, an independent deputy from Mugla province and the Minister of Industry and Trade, who was assigned to form the new government, said on Monday that he was meeting with everybody who supports him and does not oppose to his premiership.

    Speaking to reporters, Erez said, ''I don't comment on any statement of a political party leader. I thank to the Democratic Left Party (DSP) leader Bulent Ecevit and his senior aides who supported me.''

    When asked whether or not he was holding talks with political party leaders, Erez said, ''I am meeting with everybody and every political party leader who loves Turkey and who does not put forward his or her problems rather than the problems in the country and who does not oppose to my premiership.''

    ''I will continue to hold talks with the political party leaders. Most probably, I will meet with Recai Kutan, the leader of the Virtue Party (FP) tomorrow,'' Erez added.

    [19] DENKTAS, TRNC PRESIDENT: - ''THE GREEK CYPRIOTS WILL LONG FOR THE CONFEDERATION ONE DAY'' - ''GREEK-GREEK CYPRIOT PARTNERS START QUARRELLING WHEN THEY CANNOT TAKE THE WEAPONS THEY WANT'' - ''OUR PRECONDITIONS TO START THE NEGOTIATIONS ARE OBVIOUS''

    LEFKOSA, Jan 4 (A.A) - Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said on Monday that the statements of Glafcos Clerides, the leader of the Greek Cypriots, who said in the past ''we can long for the federation one day'' came true. Denktas added, ''they long for the federation. But now, confederation is on the table. The Greek Cypriots can long for the confederation one day.''

    Emphasizing that the Greek Cypriots have to accept that they are not the government of the Turkish Cypriots, Denktas called Clerides to hold negotiations for the confederation.

    Stating that the Greek and Greek Cypriot partners started quarrelling when they could not have the weapons they wanted, Denktas added that this result was natural.

    Pointing out that the basic issue was Greek Cypriots' efforts to use the missiles as a bargaining issue, and the support of the US, Britain and the United Nations Security Council for this, Denktas said, ''we won't forget the words of Clerides. He says 'the U.S. promised to decrease the number of weapons and to provide the attendance of Denktas to negotiations.' I cannot know whether or not the US government promised these.''

    Denktas added, ''but our preconditions for negotiation are clear. First of all, they should disclose first of all who we are. They should accept that they are not our government first of all. Our conditions are very simple. There is a single formula on the table and that is the confederation formula. There is no other formula. If the Greek Cypriots accept this formula, we are ready for everything.''

    [20] OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF: - ''SOME PERSONS' BEHAVIOURS AS IF THEY WERE THE SPOKESMEN OF THE TSK, AND THEIR CLAIMS THAT TSK SUPPORTS THEIR IDEAS DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE MORAL VALUES'' - ''TSK STATES ITS IDEAS AND EVALUATIONS WHEN REQUIRED. TO THIS END, IT DOES NOT NEED A MEDIATOR''

    ANKARA, Jan 4 (A.A) - Office of the Chief of General Staff said on Monday that some persons' behaviours as if they were the spokesmen of the TSK, and their claims that TSK supports their ideas do not comply with the moral values. ''TSK states its ideas and evaluations when required. To this end, it does not need a mediator,'' it added.

    A statement issued by the Office of the Chief of General Staff said, ''we feel sad about the biased and unreal news, comments and implications about Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) published in some of the newspapers and broadcasted in some of the television channels.

    Turkish Armed Forces, with the help of the constitutional institutions and great Turkish nation for which it is always at service, continues to struggle against the persons who want to remove the basic qualities of the Republic written in the Turkish Constitution and who want to separate Turkey, and who want to set up a state based on Shariah (Islamic law) principles.''

    ''TSK will maintain its stances and behaviours it showed until today by being bound to its mandates and responsibilities foreseen by the Constitution and the laws, without changing its behaviours,'' the statement added.

    Stressing that the decisions are taken and applied within the chain of order and command in the TSK, the statement said, ''The Turkish Armed Forces personnel and the Turkish citizens with common sense feel regretful about the efforts which try to bring discord to the relations of the commanders by claiming that they have different ideas and by declaring that they prefer something to another. Turkish people know that this kind of efforts are in vain in a period when Turkey needs stability and a new government the most.''

    The statement emphasized, ''thus, some persons' behaviours as if they were the spokesmen of the TSK, and their claims that TSK supports their ideas do not comply with the moral values. TSK states its ideas and evaluations when required. To this end, it does not need a mediator.''

    ''TSK maintains its mandate by being conscious about its responsibility to deserve the reliance of the Turkish nation and continues to be guarantor of the Republic and the country,'' the statement added.


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