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09 May 2000 Tuesday
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on May 9, 2000. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their occuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL)TRADE VOLUME WITH SYRIA TARGETED AT ONE BILLION U.S. DOLLARS
State Minister Recep Onal said that they are targeting to increase the trade volume between Turkey and Syria to one billion U.S. dollars. Onal went to Demascus with a big delegation of businessmen to attend the Turkey-Syria Joint Economic Commission meeting which is organized for the first time after 12 years. The current trade volume between the countries is 539 million U.S. dollars, Onal noted and said that they have to increase the variety of products to reach their target of one billion U.S. dollars.
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION INCREASES BY 3,2 PERCENT
PROSECUTOR PRESENT AT INTERROGATION
MILLIYET (LIBERAL)FOREIGN MINISTRY AWAITS DOCUMENTS
The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced that the ''necessary initiatives would be made'' in the light of the documents pertaining to the Mumcu asssassination case, to be received from Iranian authorities. Foreign Ministry officials said they would apply to Iranian authorities in the wake of their receiving information that there was Iranian involvement in the assassination of journalist Ugur Mumcu.
CAKICI: ''PUNISH ME''
TURKISH AND CUBAN PEOPLES UNITE
SABAH (LIBERAL)''THIS IS HOW WE KILLED MUMCU''
Mumcu's murderers confessed: ''We went to the street where Mumcu lived one day before the assasination. The Iranians told us that they will plant a bomb in Mumcu's car. They entered the yard and I talked to the policemen waiting in front of the house to distract them. The Iranians planted the bomb within one minute.''
DEMIREL'S BLACK LIST
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)TENSION ARISES WITH TEHRAN
The revealing of a link between the Iranian intelligence service and Mumcu's assasination caused tension between Ankara and Tehran. It is stated that Turkey can discuss a new policy against Iran at the National Security Council (MGK) after the investigation is completed. For years, Iran has been supporting fundamentalist terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Islami Cihad and working to export its regime through some Islamist organizations in Turkey. In February of 1997, Iranian Ambassador to Turkey Muammed Riza Bagheri had said ''all Muslim nations will one day be ruled by shariah'' when he spoke at ''Jarusalem Night'' which was organized by Sincan Municipality. After the incident, Bagheri had to leave Ankara.
THERE IS AZAD UNDER EVERY STONE
RADIKAL (LEFT)YILMAZ SIGNALS FOR CABINET POSITION
Mesut Yilmaz, leader of the Motherland Party (ANAP) gave signals that he could seek a position in the Council of Ministers, in the wake of Sadi Somuncuoglu's dismissal and the resignation of Mehmet Ali Irtemcelik. Speaking at his party's executive board meeting, Yilmaz said that the duties of Mehmet Ali Irtemcelik would be carried out temporarily by State Minister Rustu Kazim Yucelen, and that he had no intentions as yet, of making any appointments to the vacant post of Irtemcelik. Yilmaz is expected to enter the cabinet as the deputy prime minister after the conclusion of the studies of the parliamentary commissions investigating into allegations of corruption against him.
COLOR OF PASSION AND BETRAYAL
YENI BINYIL (LIBERAL)ANOTHER TREMOR JOLTS MALATYA
A medium scale tremor rocked Malatya's Poturge township. According to the information given by the Kandilli Observatory and Seismological Research Center of Istanbul's Bogazici University, Poturge was rocked twice on Monday; at 02.10 hours by a 4,5- strong tremor, and by another measuring 3,6 at 03.00 hours. There were no casualties or serious material damage in the area.
IKV DELEGATION IN ANKARA
IMF DELEGATION DUE IN TURKEY
TURKIYE (RIGHT)BAHCELI:''WE ARE OPEN TO NOVELTIES''
Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli said Turkey will make big investments in telecommunication field when he spoke at World Radiocommunication Conference which started on Monday in Istanbul. ''The 21st century will be an important advancement age for humanity. The developments in the telecommunication field will affect all other sectors,'' Bahceli said and noted that Turkey should not stay behind these developments.
NEW HINTS FOUND IN INVESTIGATION OF MUMCU'S ASSASINATION
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)SECOND BANK CRISIS IN TRNC
Banking Council of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus took control of two more banks in TRNC whose financial situation weakened. These are Kredi Bank and Endustri Bank which belong to Salih Boyaci, one of the inlaws of TRNC President Rauf Denktas and businessman Asil Nadir, respectively. This raised the number of banks which are taken under control by the government to six.
FP CHAIRMAN CANDIDATE GUL IS HOPEFUL ABOUT CONGRESS: ''CHANGE IS
 BUSINESSMEN OF IZMIR VISIT THE U.SNEW YORK- A delegation from the Izmir Chamber of Trade have started a campaign ''Izmir for holiday, Izmir for business'', in an effort to promote the Aegean port town of Izmir, officials said on Tuesday.
The 23-men business delegation got together with their U.S colleagues at a reception in New York held by Turkey's Consul General in New York Mehet N. Ezen.
The Turkish businessmen are to meet also with the municipal board officials of New York.
Speaking to the A.A correspondent about the campaign, Ekrem Demirtas, Executive Board Director of the Izmir Chamber of Trade, said that their aim was to turn Izmir into an internationally renowned 'world metropolitan', and added that they had got into contact with about 900 New York companies with the initiatives of a U.S promotion company.
Noting that they would be proceeding to Miami after completing their contacts in New York, Demirtas said that they would make similar tours to Paris and London in late 2000 and early 2001, and that their future itinerary also included San Francisco and Los Angeles.
''Izmir is a heaven for '3rd Age' tourists, that is to say, tourists over 55 years of age. Plus, the U.S tourists, visiting Izmir and environs, have to know that they will also find the opportunity to become pilgrims by taking a few hours' trip inland. However, we have to make extensive promotion of our country; and this is not something we can manage by counting on a couple of thousand dollars to be provided by the state. The private sector has to mobilise all its means for this purpose,'' Demirtas said.
 SOMUNCUOGLU'S DISMISSAL FROM MHPANKARA - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's and President Demirel's letter of approvals regarding State Minister Sadi Somuncuoglu's dismissal appeared on Tuesday's Official Gazette.
In the same issue, it was stated that State Minister Tunca Toskay will replace Somuncuoglu. It was also noted that State Minister Rustu Kazim Yucelen will fill in for Mehmet Ali Irtemcelik who resigned from his post.
 EUROPEAN BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP -TURKISH NATIONALS TO TAKE MAJOR TEST IN FINLAND PRIOR TO OLYMPIC GAMESANKARA - The 33rd European Seniors Boxing Championship will tae place between May 12th and 21st in Tampere, Finland, where Turkish nationals will take one major test before competing in the Olympic Games, officials said on Tuesday.
Along with Russian and Ukranian nationals, the Turkish nationals will be one of the three teams to compete in all categories in the championship, which will take place with the participation of 192 sportsmen from 36 countries.
The Turkish National team consists of the following names:
Ramazan Ballioglu: 48 Kg
Halil Ibrahim Turan: 51 Kg
Agasi Agaguloglu: 54 Kg
Ramaz Phaliani: 57 Kg
Shalva Phaliani: 60 Kg
Nurhan Suleymanoglu: 63,5 Kg
Bulent Ulusoy: 67 Kg
Firat Karagollu: 71 Kg
Gokhan Kazas 75 Kg
Yildirim Tarhan 81 Kg
Mehmet Hendem 91 Kg
Kurban Gunebakan 91+ Kg
 NARCOTIC TEAMS SEIZE 50 KILOS OF MORPHINE IN IGDIRIGDIR - Igdir Security Directorate's narcotic teams seized 50 kilograms of morphine in Igdir's Aralik township and detained four dealers.
Acting on a tip- off, the teams started following a jeep which was carrying drugs. The teams which searched the jeep found 50 kilograms of morphine which were put in bags of one kilo.
The accused said they bought the morphine from Iran for 70,000 U.S. dollars and were planning to send it to other countries through Turkey and Nahcevan.
The market value of the drug was 250,000 U.S. dollars.
 TOURISM MINISTRY AND IZMIR GOVERNORSHIP JOINTLY PREPARE CD-ROM WHICH COVERS IZMIR'S 5,000 YEAR HISTORYIZMIR - Izmir Tourism Director Ayla Karamete said 3,000 CD-Roms have been prepared which covers the 5,000 year story of Izmir and its faith tourism centers.
Karamete told A.A the CD which was prepared jointly by the Tourism Ministry and Izmir Governorship, comes in English, French, and German language. The CD is formed by images and text and they last for 17 minutes. Bergama, Selcuk, Foca, Cesme and Odemis and various civilizations who inhabitated in these areas are shown in the CD.
Karamete noted that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam lived together in Izmir and said Izmir was one of the few cities where one can see mosques, synagogues and churches together.
The CDs will soon be sent to Turkey's foreign promotion undersecretariats, embasssies and travel agencies which organizes tours to Turkey. Some local tourism centers and bureaus will also receive a copy of the CD.
 AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR BLOOMS IN SPRING MONTHSBURSA- The daily production of Tofas reached 380, and Oyak Reault's daily production reached 580, particularly in the wake of the falling trend in bank credits, and with the beginning of promotion campaigns by automotive companies, a Turkish Metalworkers' Union official said on Tuesday.
Sabri Ozdemir, Chairman of the TOFAS based Bursa branch of Turkish Metalworkers' Union said that the markets were enlivened in the positive deelopments in economy, that 600 new workers had been employed at TOFAS over the past month, and that the total number of TOFAS employees had thus reached 3,750.
Ozdemir said that the daily production reached 380 vehicles with the implementation of the double shift system.
Ismail Dursun, Chairman of the OYAK RENAULT based Bursa branch of Turkish Metalworkers' Union said that the daily production of the installation had reached 580, and added,
''With the implementation of the double-shift system, we retired some of our workers, and appointed some others to different positions.''
 FIRST INTERNATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL OF COUNTRIES SHARING BLACK SEA COASTS TO BE HELD IN TRABZONTRABZON - First international theater festival of countries sharing Black Sea coast will take place from May 16 to 24 in Trabzon.
The festival which is organized by the State Theaters General Directorate will be participated by six drama groups from Moldovia, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Georgia, and Turkey.
The plays will be performed at Atapark Haluk Ongan Stage, Black Sea Technical University Fatih Education Stage, and Huseyin Kazaz Culture Center.
On the other hand, the traditional theater competition of Trabzon municipality will be organized betwen May 23 and June 2. Students of several high schools in Trabzon will compete in the organization.
There will be an award ceremony for the three winning schools on June 5.
 GENDARME TEAMS AND BORDER OFFICIALS CATCH 4,352 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN EDIRNE IN LAST FOUR MONTHSEDIRNE - In the last four months, 4,025 foreigners who tried to pass to Greece and Bulgaria from Turkey illegally and 327 others who tried to enter Turkey were caught totalling up to 4,352.
Edirne Gendarme Commander Colonel Hami Cakir told A.A that they continue their effective struggle against illegal immigrants on the borders. He also noted that some of those who were caught belonged to terrorist organizations.
''Last year, our gendarme teams caught 8,000 of the 17,000 foreigners. We are getting finger prints of all people who are caught on the borders. When we compare these finger prints with others, we sometimes come across with people who have been involved in terrorist activities,'' he explained.
Gendarme and border officers caught 1,430 people in January, 1,338 people in February, 608 people in March, and 976 people in Edirne in April.
The illegal immigrants, during their interrogations, said that they were planning to pass to Greece and from there to other various European countries.
Many of the immigrants who are trying to illegally enter Turkey are Bulgarian citizens with Turkish origin who want to come to Turkey to be with their families.
Immigrants who are caught are sent to Edirne Security Directorate's Foreigners Department to be deported.
 TENDER FOR ANKARA-ISTANBUL RAILROAD REHABILITATION PROJECTANKARA - The commission formed under Cevat Oktay, vice-Director of Turkish State Railways Co. (TCDD) for the tender of the ''Ankara-Istanbul Railroad Rehabilitation Project'', found the proposals of the six consortiums appropriate, TCDD officials said on Tuesday.
TCDD officials told the A.A correspondent that the proposals would be assessed in a maximum of 180 days, but that the tender would have been concluded much earlier than that.
The rehabilitation project, which is to enable trains to travel through the Ankara-Istanbul corridor in 5-5,5 hours in the first stage, and 4 hours in the second, is estimated to have been completed in 34 months.
The project will not only reduce the length of the journey, but it will also provide customers with better quality standards and increased comfort.
Officials said that the project would also make railroad transportation a more attractive alternative to highway transportation.
The consortia bidding for the tender are as follows:
''Yapi Merkezi, Nurol Inc., Usluer'', ''Alsim-Alarko, DHL (Spain), G&O (Spain)'', ''Tekfen, Vias (Spain), Elecnor (Spain), Cobra (Spain), Dimetrnic (Spain), Ineco (Spain), Inabensa (Spain)'', ''Limak, Mustafa Ozcan, Ircon (India)'', ''Turan Hazinedaroglu, Oztas, BTC (Germany), HCE (Germany)'', and ''Gunsayil Inc., Azvi (Spain)''.
 BLACK SEA COAST GUARD COMMANDERS CONVENE IN ISTANBULISTANBUL- The Black Sea Coast Guard commanders of the countries having coasts to the Black Sea, started on Tuesday in Istanbul.
Admiral Yalcin Ertuna, coast guard commander, said in his inauguration address, that he was happy to host the first of such a meeting.
Noting that cooperation agreements in the field of coastal security had been signed over the past ten years between Turkey and such countries as Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia having coasts to the Black Sea, Admiral Ertuna said:
''These agreements serve for further developing our relations based on such friendly grounds, the Black Sea coast guard commanders meeting carries great significance from the standpoint of solidarity, cooperation, security and coordination among us.''
Following the inauguration speech of Admiral Ertuna, the participants, namely Viacheslav Dimitrov, Bulgaria's Border Patrol Director, Georgia's Border Units Commander General Valery Cheidze, Romania's Border Patrol Coast Guard Chief Anatolie Zemba, Russia's Federal Border Patrol Coast Guard Chief Konstantinovic Logvinenko, and Ukraine's Coast Guard Border Patrol Chief Igor Alferiev posed for a family picture.
The participants then went behind closed doors to exchange views on means of increasing cooperation and further developing relations.
 PRIME MINISTER BULENT ECEVIT SAYS CAPTURE OF MUMCU'S KILLERS INCREASED PEOPLE'S TRUST TO STATEANKARA - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Tuesday that the ongoing operations are not only aiming to find the people who killed journalist-writer Ugur Mumcu, but also the organizations behind these individuals, their financial sources, and their foreign links.
Ecevit, together with Interior Minister Sadettin Tantan, made a statement about the operations carried out to find Mumcu's murderers.
''The success of the security forces against Hezbollah, and the capture of Mumcu's killers increased people's trust to the state,'' Ecevit said.
Ecevit congratulated Interior Minister Sadettin Tantan, and Security General Directorate's teams for their outstanding success in the operations.
''The security organization's operations are not only targeting individuals who committed these murders but also their financial and foreign links and the organizations behind these individuals,'' Ecevit said.
Ecevit also noted that confidentiality is essential in some situations during the coarse of the investigation and said that the press showed understanding for the broadcasting ban brought by the State Security Court.
 FAITH TOURISM IN TRABZONTRABZON - The friendly relations between Turkey and Greece, which have gained impetus particularly in recent months, are expected to reflect on Trabzon's faith tourism sector.
Cemal Akcay, Chairman of the Association of Licensed Establishments of Black Sea (KATBID) said on Tuesday, that the Greeks had historic roots in the Black Sea region, in the eastern sections in particular, and added,
''We expect a great number of Greek tourists in Trabzon this year. A special promotion campaign in Greece will be conducted for this purpose. We will participate in the International Tourism Fair, which is to take place between May 13 and 16 in Athens. A total of 37 provinces of Turkey will be introduced at the fair, and we, as the representatives of Trabzon, will promote our town with slide and video shows and brochures.''
Akcay said he and the managers of various hotels of Trabzon participating in the fair, would do their best to promote Turkey and their town.
 INVESTIGATION OF MUMCU ASSASSINATION -PREMIER ECEVIT AND INTERIOR MINISTER TANTAN NOT GIVE INFORMATION ABOUT DETAILS OF INVESTIGATIONANKARA - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Interior Minister Saadettin Tantan didn't respond to questions of journalists detailly after the statament of Premier Ecevit due to the publication ban of Istanbul State Security Court (DGM) on Tuesday.
Here are the questions asked by journalists to Ecevit and Tantan and the responds to them:
Question:''Are the killers of Ugur Mumcu among the nine persons who are under custody?''
Tantan:''It will be appropriate for us not to speak as the investigation is carried out in confidentiality.''
Question:''There seem to be certain contradictions with the expressions used and the incident.''
Tantan:''Let's not make comments on these issues. It is very detrimental to make comment on such issues without filing the case.''
Question:''There are certain information about Iran in the investigation. What will be done against Iran?''
Tantan:''As I said before it is not good to talk about these issues without filing the public case.''
Ecevit:''If some issues are announced before the appropriate time, the investigation can't be carried out in a succesful way. I trust you as I know journalists can understand this issue. The Minister of Interior will issue the necessary statements when the time comes.
Question:''Did you receive any information about other unsolved murders within the framework of this investigation?
Tantan:''It is very early to say something about the issue for the moment.''
Question:''What are your comments about this success which came after seven years? Does the security forces work with a different concept? ''
Tantan:''There is both the government and parliament support behind our security forces, as long as this continues and when we act by respecting the rules of the legal state, we'll get better results.''
Ecevit:''First of all the resolution of Mr. Tantan and his expertise have been very effective in this success.''
 NATION-WIDE OPERATIONS CONTINUE -15 PEOPLE TAKEN INTO CUSTODYKAYSERI/EDIRNE - Police took into custody eight people in central Kayseri province on Tuesday within scope of nation-wide operations against illegal organizations.
Sources said police detained eight people including an imam in their operations in city-center and Develi township with charges of carrying out activities for illegal terrorist ''Selam (Salutation)'' organization.
Officials said interrogation and investigation were under way.
Meanwhile, eight people were detained the same day in northwestern Edirne province within the scope of nation- wide operations.
Sources said anti-terrorism teams had taken into custody eight people including a university student with charges being members of illegal terrorist ''Selam'' and ''Tevhid (Unification)'' organizations.
Officials said interrogation and investigation were underway.
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