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25 January 2000 Tuesday
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on January 25, 2000. The Anadolu Ajansi does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their occuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL)NAME BEHIND MASSACRE IS HACI INAN
Mehmet Emin Ekici, the confessor in the case of the illegal terrorist Hezbollah organization, said that the real name behind the massacre and the real head of organization was a person called 'Haci Inan.' Ekici said, ''Haci Inan ordered most of the killings. He was captured by the police with charges that he incited people to kill two teachers in Tarsus township in 1998. However, he was released due to lack of evidence.'' According to the intelligence units, Haci Inan worked in a newspaper in Ankara for some time. He hid himself by being a head mean of minor importance. However, he had more authority than Ekici, who was the military flank responsible of the illegal organization.
MAGNIFICENT COMMEMORATION OF UGUR MUMCU
KOC BECOMES THE GIANT SHOPPING CENTER IN CYBER WORLD
MILLIYET (LIBERAL)MURDERERS SETS OUT LIKE THIS...
The leader of the illegal terrorist Hezbollah organization ran his candidacy for the chairmanship of Petrol-Is in the congress which was held in southeastern Batman province 20 years ago. The year was 1980. The place was ''the critical region'' Batman. There was Petrol-Is congress. The right wing nominated a 'surprize' person for the chairmanship of Petrol-Is against the candidate of the left wing who was supported by Munir Ceylan, a member of the trade union. This 'surprize' name was Huseyin Velioglu. A person who had ties with the National Salvation Party (MSP) and who was registered to the trade union as a worker of an oil station. Munir Ceylan said that they could not hear about Velioglu in Batman after he was defeated in the elections until the murders for which nobody claimed responsibility started to be heard.
SNOW PARALYZES DAILY LIFE
SABAH (LIBERAL)DEFENSE DAY OF FP
The Virtue Party (FP) will defend itself today in the ''closure case'' which was filed against itself. Cemil Cicek will defend the FP in the trial which will be held in the Constitutional Court. The FP will base its defense on the claim saying, ''the case is the personal problem of Vural Savas, the Chief Prosecutor.''
365-DAY OPEN CYBER FAIR
HEZBOLLAH IS INCLUDED IN NSC AGENDA
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)OUR RIGHTFULNESS WAS REVEALED
The General Staff announced that it was closely following the operations against terrorist Hezbollah organization, adding, ''struggle against fundamentalism is the responsibility of every individual.'' Issuing a statement, the General Staff said the people, who considered the Turkish Armed Forces' determined attitude towards fundamentalism as a fundamentalism paranoia, put forward this allegations intentionally or with ignorance. It stressed that the Turkish Armed Forces for several times made a warning about fundamentalist terrorist organizations and their supporters who want to destroy the Republic of Turkey and replace it with a state based on Sharia Law. ''The things that may be caused by politicization of religion have been once again revealed by the latest actions of Hazbollah, '' it said.
400 PEOPLE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY
TWO MORE BODIES
UGUR MUMCU COMMEMORATED
RADIKAL (LEFT)PARLIAMENT INVESTIGATION INTO HEZBOLLAH
The Virtue Party (FP) called for a Parliamentary investigation into terrorist Hezbollah organization which committed gruesome murders throughout Turkey. The motion, which was prepared by Bulent Arinc, FP Group Deputy Chairman, and his friends, pointed out that Turkey sufferred from terrorism for years. The motion said operations are underway against an illegal organization called ''Hezbollah'' thoughout the country, in a period when separatist terrorism, which caused great sufferings, are about to vanish. The motion pointed out that the Parliament should form an investigation commission against Hezbollah organization, and search for the terrorist Hezbollah organization in detail.
BAKU-CEYHAN READY IN PRINCIPLE
TURKIYE (RIGHT)ALERT IN BUREAUCRACY
Hezbollah terror which spreaded horror throughout the country is being investigated. The scope of the investigation was enlarged when information about bureaucrats were found in the house of pro-Hezbollah civil servant Abdussamet Yildiz who was detained at the Prime Ministry. Investigation was launched against six civil servants while the personal information about the Prime Ministry personnel are being restored.
WHO IS THE REAL LEADER?
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)INVESTIGATION COMMISSION: ''A SECRET HAND PREVENTS REVEALING OF MURDER''
Ersonmez Yarbay, a Virtue Party (FP) deputy who is the Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission for Investigation Into Murder of Ugur Mumcu, said their denouncement was ignored. He claimed that the evidences of the murder were concealed and a secret power prevented revealing of the murder.
IT IS AN ILLOGICAL AND SERIOUS SLANDER
 HAZELNUT EXPORTS - 456 MILLION U.S. DOLLARS OF HAZELNUTS EXPORTED IN FOUR AND A HALF MONTHSGIRESUN, Jan 25 (A.A) - Turkey has obtained 456 million 221 thousand U.S. dollars from her exports of hazelnuts since September 1, 1999 which was the first month of the 1999-2000 export year.
Officials at the Black Sea Union of Hazelnut Exporters told the A.A correspondent on Tuesday that Turkey exported 131 thousand 909 tonnes of hazelnuts, and obtained an income of 456 million U.S. dollars.
Turkey exports hazelnuts mainly to the European countries.
In the same period of last year, Turkey had exported the same amount of hazelnuts. Turkey obtained an income of 456 million 860 thousand U.S. dollars last year. However, Turkey obtained the same amount of income by exporting nearly 20 thousand 500 tons more hazelnuts this year.
The Union said one cental of standard natural hazelnuts is being exported for 318 U.S. dollars at the moment. One cental of standard natural hazelnuts was being exported for 424 U.S. dollars last year.
 TURKISH WAR SHIPS IN MEDITERRANEAN - OGUTCU, NATO'S PERMANENT NAVAL FORCE COMMANDER: ''TURKISH WAR SHIPS ALSO CARRY OUT THE MISSION OF BEING TURKISH TOURISM ENVOYS''NAPOLI, Jan 25 (A.A) - Two Turkish ships which belong to Stanavformed, the NATO's Permanent Naval Force and Mcmformed, the two Mine Countermeasures Force (Mcmformed) wave the Turkish flag in the Meditterranean on Tuesday.
The two Turkish war ships met each other Napoli port of Italy.
Stanavformed was founded on April 30, 1992 by the participation of eight countries, namely Britain, the U.S., Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Greece, and Turkey to show the existence of NATO and to perform military exercises in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. For the first time, a Turkish admiral commands the Stanavformed.
Commander Ogutcu told A.A that ''it is my mission to improve the training level of NATO naval force during my term in office as the being the commander of Stanavformed. Turkish war ships will also carry out the mission of being Turkish tourism envoys.''
Ogutcu told reporters in Napoli that Stanvaformed is the biggest armed element of NATO in the Mediterranean, recalling that it also carried out its mission during Kosovo war.
NATO Permanent Naval Force started its second term training on January 20 in Napoli port of Italy and it will visit Istanbul port between 7-10 July, 2000.
Ogutcu's term in office will end on September 15 and he will turn over his mission to Italian commander in a ceremony that will be held in La Spezia port of Italy.
 SHUTTLE TRADE BETWEEN TURKEY AND BULGARIA TO BE TAKEN UNDER CONTROLSOFIA, Jan 25 (A.A) - Nicolai Pavlov, the Chairman of the Bulgarian Commission of Protecting Competition, said on Tuesday that they will sign an agreement which foresees taking the shuttle trade between Turkey and Bulgaria under control.
Pavlov pointed out that diplomatic efforts continue to prepare the agreement, adding the aim of the agreement is to limit the shuttle trade and to register it officially.
Claiming that the shuttle trade which continues for years between Turkey and Bulgaria causes unjust competition for certain sectors, said Pavlov and added that the volume of the goods which are taken to the country illegally will decrease by signing this treaty.
-ADDITIONAL PIPELINE FOR RUSSIAN NATURAL GAS
Officials of Bulgarian Gazstroymontaj Company which has undertaken the construction of the pipeline, said on Tuesday that the new pipeline would be constructed parallel with the old one.
Petar Goshev, the Marketing Director of Gazstroymontaj Company, noted that the necessary aggreement was signed with the Bulgargaz Holding.
When the new pipeline will become operational, the amount of natural gas transported from Russia to Turkey, will increase up to 18-20 billion cubic metres in 2003.
 STATE MINISTER GUREL LEAVES FOR SWEDEN: ''TURKEY HAS ALWAYS BEEN A COUNTRY WHICH EMBRACED GROUPS OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE UNDER DIFFICULT CONDITIONS OR THREAT OF GENOCIDE''ISTANBUL, Jan 25 (A.A) - State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel left for Sweden on Tuesday to participate in the meeting namely ''Genocide Committed by Nazi Germany Against Jewish People in Pre-Second-World War Period and During War.''
Speaking before his departure in Ataturk Airport, State Minister Gurel said that prime ministers and ministers of 45 countries will participate in the meeting that will be held in Stockholm.
Turkey had been accused in relation to the gold and properties seized by Nazi Germany, said Gurel and added that the 55th government was able to prove that Turkey was innocent by a comprehensive study it carried out. Such claims saying that ''Turkey got the Jewish gold which were seized by Nazi Germany'' were not true.
This issue will come to the agenda during this meeting, said Gurel and added that they will have the opportunity to show all the data about the issue in the international field.
''Turkey has always been a country which embraced groups of people who live under difficult conditions or threat of genocide irrespective of their religion and race,'' said Gurel and added that Turkey has a honourable past.
Responding to questions of journalists about the operations carried out against the terrorist organization Hezbollah, Gurel said that ''we hope that the issue will be clarified from all of its aspects soon.''
 EU COMMISSION CHAIRMAN PRODI: ''TURKEY HAS TO ABIDE BY COPENHAGEN CRITERIA''STRASBOURG, Jan 25 (A.A) - Romano Prodi, the Chairman of the European Union (EU) Commission said on Tuesday that ''Turkey has to abide by the Copenhagen criteria to become a member of the EU.
Speaking in the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (COEPA) meeting, Prodi said responding to a question of a Turkish parliamentarian that ''Turkey is officially a candidate country of the EU and it will be subject to the same treatment together with other candidate countries. We have a general strategy about candidate countries and this is valid for all candidate countries.''
Prodi said that the European project of EU is a stability project before everything and added that EU does not want rich countries in one side and poor countries in the other side in the same continent.
 SECOND TOUR OF PROXIMITY TALKS - TRNC DELEGATION, LEAD BY DENKTAS, TO DEPART THE ISLAND ON SATURDAYLEFKOSA, Jan 25 (A.A) - Rauf Denktas, President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), will depart the Island on Saturday together with a delegation to partake second tour of proximity talks that will start on January 31, 2000 in Geneva.
The TRNC delegation, which will pass Saturday night in Istanbul, and leave for Geneva on Sunday.
Mustafa Akinci, TRNC Minister of State and Deputy Prime Minister, Tahsin Ertugruloglu, Foreign and Defense Minister, Ergun Olgun, Presidency Undersecretary, Mustafa Evral, Presidential Political Affairs Director, Osman Ertug, TRNC Foreign Affairs and Defense Ministry Undersecretary, and the consultants Mumtaz Soysal and Taner Etkin will accompany Denktas in Geneva talks.
Geneva talks will be held under the supervision of Kofi Annan, the U.N. Secretary General. Annan will later hand over his post to Alvaro De Soto, Cyprus Special Representative. The talks, which are expected to last for 10 days, will take place in the same framework with the first round held in New York.
The U.N. General Secretariat, which aim at forming a base for the comprehensive negotiations leading to final solution, will continue to listen the sides on all issues.
The U.N. General Secretariat is not expected to bring a proposal or package into the negotiation table.
TRNC President Denktas, following the proximity talks in Geneva, will proceed to Germany on February 10 to hold official contacts.
Denktas is expected to meet with Joschka Fisher, German Foreign Minister, on February 11.
 JOINT PROMOTION PROGRAM FROM TURKEY AND ISRAEL FOR ''BELIEF TOURISM''ANKARA, Jan 25 (A.A) - Erkan Mumcu, Minister of Tourism, said on Tuesday that Turkey and Israel will launch a joint advertising campaign to lure tourists to early Christian sites 2,000 years after the birth of Jesus.
Mumcu said a joint 2 million U.S. dollars advertising campaign had recently begun in the United States.
''Our campaign is aimed particularly at transatlantic visitors,'' Mumcu said. ''Once they've come all this way, it makes sense to offer them a joint package''.
''There are many sites in Turkey which are important in the Bible, but unfortunately Ephesus is the only one which is really well-known,'' said Mumcu.
Mumcu said St John is said to have visited Ephesus, on Turkey's western coast, at the end of his life with the Virgin Mary, and to have to have written his gospel there. St Paul also visited the site and wrote his letters of spiritual advice to the Ephesians.
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