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4 OCTOBER 2000
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on October 4, 2000. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL)HURRICANE OF TWO Ts
Interior Minister Saadettin Tantan and Zekeriya Temizel, the Head of Banking Regulation Supreme Board, launched the ''Kasirga'' (hurricane) operation against the administrators of the banks which had been transferred to the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund. Temizel found out that the corruption in these banks was made eight months before the banks were transferred to the state. Later, the Ankara State Security Court (DGM) Chief Prosecutor's Office decided to carry out the investigation into Egebank, one of the banks transferred to the fund, jointly by the policemen working in the Smuggling Department and the banking experts. Murat Demirel, the former owner of Egebank, was detained on September 28.
LAST CALL TO U.S.
MILLIYET (LIBERAL)EXPECTED SCANDAL
The International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives approved on Tuesday the resolution on the socalled genocide on Armenians by 24 votes against 11 votes. The resolution is expected to be discussed in the full House next week.
DECISION NOT TO PROSECUTE ERDOGAN
SABAH (LIBERAL)YILMAZ:MILITARY IS RIGHT
The General Staff reacted harshly to the statement of Erkan Mumcu, the Tourism Minister who said that ''exaggerated sensitivity in the struggle with fundamentalism leads us to fanaticism.'' The General Staff noted that ''staying indifferent to the fundamentalist activities which turned into a greater danger today than tomorrow will bring the country to the edge of darkness. The Armed Forces will continue its struggle with the same resolution.'' ANAP leader Yılmaz said that the reaction of the General Staff to Mumcu, a minister from ANAP was right.
MARMARA FAULT LINE HAS THREE PIECES
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)U.S. DOESN'T UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE
Turkey reacted to the approval of the resolution on the socalled genocide on Armenians by the U.S. House of Representatives International Relations Committee despite the efforts of Turkey and the U.S. administration to prevent that. Turkey decided to make the embargo imposed on Armenia more severe and respond to the U.S. by using its Iraqi card.
INFLATION RISE IN SEPTEMBER
RADIKAL (LEFT)PLEASING RATE IN THE IN THE INFLATION
The inflation decreased to its lowest rate in 13 years. The numbers announced by the State Istatistics Institute reveal the Turkey had reached to a historical place in the struggle agains inflation. The consumer ptices increased 3.1 in September and the inflation number had decreased to 49 percent after 13 years. The inflation rate in wholesale prices is 23.7, and in consumer prices 26.9, in the first nine months of 2000.
REGIONAL COOPERATION FOR THE TURKISH STRAITS
YENI BINYIL (LIBERAL)INFLATION RATE IS BELOW 50 PERCENT
The wholesale prices increased 2.3 percent while the consumer prices climbed 3.2 percent in September 2000. But, the annual inflation rate in wholesale prices index decreased to 43.9 percent while the annual inflation rate in consumer prices index fell to 49 percent. This was the first time when the annual inflation rate decreased below 50 percent.
CEM WARNS ARMENIA AND U.S.
TURKIYE (RIGHT)TRANSPARENCY IN MIT
A new era has started in the National Intelligence Organization (MIT). Premier Bulent Ecevit, Deputy Prime Ministers Mesut Yilmaz and Devlet Bahceli attended the inauguration of the MIT Press Center. Ecevit said that MIT will remove the dangers against Turkey by informing the people about the possible dangers and threats.
HEROIN WORTH OF 100 BILLION TL SEIZED
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)The paper claims that those people who does not want Turkey to join the European Union (EU) can cause crisis in the country in order to isolate Turkey from Europe while the last form is given to the Partnership Document.
 APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION ON SOCALLED GENOCIDE ON ARMENIANS-IRTEMCELIK:''NO INSTITUTION CAN URGE TURKISH NATION
TO ACCEPT A CRIME WHICH IT DIDN'T COMMIT''
WASHINGTON D.C. - Mehmet Ali Irtemcelik, a deputy from the Turkish parliamentary delegation which is in Washington D.C., said on Tuesday that no institution can urge the Turkish nation to accept a crime which it didn't commit.
Speaking to a group of journalists, Irtemcelik said that the development within the U.S. House of Representatives International Relations Committee was not an unexpected thing, adding that the Turkish parliamentary delegation was sorry by the approval of the resolution.
''Nothing has finished yet, the resolution has been transfered to the full House. We'll monitor the developments there. Our mission here is both to explain the sensitivity of Turkey about the issue, and also contribute to the protection of the Turkish-American relations,'' said Irtemcelik.
Turkey does its best for Turkish-American relations and for the regional stability, said Irtemcelik adding that Turkey's counterparts should also act in a responsible way like Turkey.
Reminding the reporters that there is no real document about the claims of genocide on Armenians, Irtemcelik noted that ''the Turkish nation will never accept the charge because it didn't happen.''
The other members of the parliamentary delegation also expressed sorrow over the approval of the resolution and hoped that it wouldn't be accepted by the full House.
 RESOLUTION ON SO-CALLED GENOCIDE ON ARMENIANS-REEKER, SPOKESMAN OF U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
EXPRESSES SORROW OVER THE ADOPTATION OF RESOLUTION
WASHINGTON D.C. - Phillip Reeker, the Spokesman of the U.S. Department of State, expressed late on Tuesday sorrow over the adoptation of the resolution on the so-called genocide on Armenians by the U.S. House International Relations Committee. Reeker issued a written statement in which he said that U.S. President Bill Clinton told President Ahmet Necdet Sezer in his latest phone call that he is against the resolution.
Reeker noted that if the resolution is passed from the U.S. House of Representatives, the peace and stability efforts in the Caucasus and the Turkish-American relations can be damaged.
Such drafts and resolutions make settlement of dialogue in the region more difficult, Reeker stated.
Reeker stressed that Turkey is an ally which has vital importance in the critical region.
They want to exert joint efforts with Turkey to reach the common targets, Reeker said.
That the resolution should not have negative effects on the bilateral relations, is for the benefit of two countries, he said.
The Turkish-American relations have a strong base, Reeker added.
 TURKISH-U.S. BUSINESS RELATIONS TO BE DISCUSSED IN NEW YORKNEW YORK - The Turkish-U.S. business relations will be discussed in a conference held in New York on Thursday.
The conference will be held in the New York Municipal Board Hall by the concerted efforts of the Turkish-American Business Forum and officials of New York Municipality.
Officials of the Forum told A.A correspondent on Wednesday that the conference will enable the Turkish and U.S. businessmen to meet with the administrators of New York and officials of other organizations.
Mark Parris, the former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey; Peter Vallone, the New York Mayor; Jerome O'Donovan, the Chairman of Economic Development Committee; and Orhan Taner, the Chairman of the Turkish-American Business Forum; will speak in the conference.
 TURKEY, ISRAEL, EGYPT AND GREECE TO HAVE COOPERATION IN TOURISMANKARA - Hulya Aslantas, the Deputy Chairperson of Turkish Travelling Agencies Union, said on Wednesday that they will establish East Mediterranean Travelling Agencies Union Federation together with Israel, Greece and Egypt.
Aslantas told A.A correspondent that regional promotion and marketing are important in tourism sector.
The chairpersons of Travelling Agencies Unions of Egypt, Israel, Greece and Turkey convened in Istanbul, Aslantas said.
Aslantas noted that these four countries have launched efforts to form East Mediterranean Travelling Agencies Union Federation and that the pre- protocol of the federation was signed in Istanbul.
The mentioned countries put forward some new proposals, Aslantas stated.
Aslantas stressed that agreement reduction committee was formed and that the final protocol will be signed in Istanbul in the end of November.
They think that the cooperation will be beneficial to the four countries, Aslantas said.
Aslantas emphasized that Turkey and Israel carried out joint promotion campaign in the U.S. last year.
''Our joint initiatives with Israel will continue. We exchanged views with Israel in September regarding the 2001 tourism season. We plan to continue the cooperation,'' Aslantas added.
 NEW TURKISH JUDGE TO ECHRANKARA - An election will be held for the new Turkish judge who will work in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in place of Rıza Turkmen whose term in office will end in November 2001.
There are certain criteria which should be abided by Turkey while choosing its new judge candidate. The election process will start on November 1, and firstly the government has to declare its election date. At the second stage, three names among the applicants will be determined and then the Foreign Ministry will inform the Council of Europe (COE) Secretariat General about these candidates.
The candidates should be experts in the human rights field, they have to know English and French and one of them has to be a woman.
The COE gives one year period to 41 member countries to determine their candidates. The COE will be informed about the candidates till the end of February and finally the COE Parliamentary Assembly will elect one of the candidates within 2,5 months.
 INTERNET USERS MAY REACH HISTORICAL FACTS ON SO-CALLED GENOCIDEON ARMENIANS IN THE WEB SITE OF THE CULTURE MINISTRY
ANKARA - The internet users can reach historical facts about the allegations in the resolution on socalled genocide on Armenians which was approved by the U.S. House International Relations Committee, in the web site of the Culture Ministry. A written statement from the Culture Ministry said on Wednesday that the internet users can reach the information and the documents about the claims of the Armenians under the scope of ''Historical Facts on the Socalled Genocide on Armenians Discussed at the U.S. House of Representatives'' in Culture Minister's site at ''www.kultur.gov.tr''.
The site could be reached from ''www.ermenisorunu.gen.tr'' and ''www.armenianterror.com'' adresses in Turkish, English and German.
Istemihan Talay, the Culture Minister, said that they provided a link from their website to ''Armenian Issue'' site prepared by Forsnet and by doing so, they were aiming at providing the historical facts on Armenian issue.
 TURKEY'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO U.N. PEACE-KEEPINGFORCE ACTIVITIES INCREASE
NEW YORK - The contributions of Turkey to the U.N. peace-keeping force activities increased and Turkey's financial contributions to the peace keeping operations can also increase in time. The contributions of the U.N. member countries to the peace keeping operations of the U.N. were discussed on Wednesday at the fifth committee of the General Assembly related to financial issues.
Turkey contributes to the U.N. general budget by 0.44 percent and to the peace keeping operations budget by 0.088 percent. U.N. sources said that the contribution of Turkey to the U.N. budget can increase when taken into consideration the recent developments in Turkey's economy and the views saying that Turkey is the 16th biggest economy of the world.
Turkey, which actively participates in the U.N. peace keeping operations of the U.N., has 18 police officers in East Timor, 118 in Kosovo and 29 in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Turkey has six observers in Iraq-Kuwait monitoring force, five observers in Georgia force and two observers in East Timor force. The total contribution of Turkey to these mission forces is 165 police officers and 13 observers.
Safak Gokturk, the Turkey's Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.N. who spoke in the fifth committee, said that Turkey started to get more power at the international and regional level in the peace keeping operations and it won't refrain from taking more responsibilities if necessary.
 DROUGHT NEGATIVELY AFFECTS ENERGY PRODUCTION IN DAMSKEBAN - The drought seen in the southeast Anatolia for the last three years started to negatively affect the energy production in dams.
The water level in Keban Dam and in other dams in Fırat (Euphrates) Basin, which have an important share in Turkey's energy production decreased due to insufficient rain.
Officials said that Keban, Karakaya and Ataturk dams had to produce 18,3 billion kilowatthours of energy in the first nine months of this year, but they only produced 12,9 billion kilowatthours of energy. An energy loss of 5,4 billion kilowatthours emerged in the three dams in this period.
Officials noted that the water levels in dams decrease and the energy production will stop if it does not rain much in the coming 1,5 months, adding that islets started to appear in Keban Dam lake.
''If the reservoir level further decreases in these three dams, energy production can be suspended,'' they added.
 PUBLIC INVESTMENTS EXPECTED TO BECOME7.3 QUADRILLION TURKISH LIRAS NEXT YEAR
ANKARA - The public investments which were planned to be 5.9 quadrillion Turkish lira (TL) this year are expected to reach 7.3 quadrillion TL in 2001. Sources said on Wednesday that the communication investments which were included in this year's program of investments totalling 2 quadrillion 905 trillion TL excluding the local administrations investments won't be taken in the scope of investment program for 2001.
This year, a total of 327.4 trillion TL had been allocated to the communication investments which won't be included in 2001 year investment program as the Turkish Telekom's public economic enterprise status was lifted in accordance with the newly legalized Telecommmunications Law.
Meanwhile, almost 750 trillion TL expenditure was demanded for the earthquake expenses which were not included in the public investments this year, and nearly 600 trillion TL source was planned to be allocated to the earthquake expenditures in 2001.
It was foreseen that 400 trillion TL of this source will be normal allocation while the remaining 200 trillion TL will be kept as a reserve allocation.
The definite figures for those investments will become clear after the meeting of Higher Planning Board (YPK) in coming days.
-HISTORIAN YALCINKAYA SAYS NO ACADEMIC OR SCIENTIFIC STUDY
''Before the Seljuks, Armenians rebelled during the time of the Basil I under the Byzantian rule. Following this, some Armenians were sent to Cukurova region. Later, Armenians lived under the rule of Akkoyunlu, Karakoyunlu, Ilhanli, Ottoman and Seferis.''
Majority of the Armenians living under the Ottoman rule were Ottoman citizens and they were enjoying a high level of peace and prosperity, Yalcinkaya said. ''They were the minority who benefited most from the rights that were granted to non-Muslims. Armenians held important positions as bureaucrats and statesmen in the Ottoman Empire. Especially following the Greek uprising in 1821, Armenians replaced Greeks in Ottoman bureaucratical, commercial and cultural affairs.''
Noting that the Berlin Agreement included an article which envisaged to make radical reforms in the regions inhabited by Armenians, Yalcinkaya said after this agreement, Russia and Britain provoked Armenians in order to gain dominance over the region. ''Russians wanted to go down to the Persian Gulf and East Mediterranean and the British wanted to prevent Russia from doing so through the support of Armenians. It is a known fact that Armenians became organized and rebelled against the Ottoman Empire by taking strength from the western countries.''
During the World War I, Armenians cooperated with Russians and they were involved in gang clashes against Turks and other Muslim minorities.
''The gangs started butchering Turks and Muslims. Acting upon this, the Ottoman Empire took the decision to send some of the Armenians who cooperated with Russians away from the region to stop the clashes and give an end to the Armenian-Muslim war in the region. The Ottomans tried to do this carefully in order to prevent Armenians to suffer any losses. However, some people perished on the way because of the poor constructed roads, and economic problems faced by the country.''
Stating that Britain, France and the United States started an investigation regarding the deaths, Yalcinkaya said these western countries failed to find any evidence of a genocide despite the material and archive they possessed. In the later years, the British government further studied the incident and saw that no such thing as a genocide took place. However, the resentful western powers which failed to reach their goals through the Sevres Treaty have been systematically bringing this subject up against Turkey. No academic or scientific study can prove a genocide committed against Armenians.''
 GERMAN-TURKISH TRADE AND INDUSTRY CHAMBER DELEGATION TOVISIT GAP ON FRIDAY
SANLIURFA - A delegation from the German-Turkish Trade and Industry Chamber will visit the South East Anatolia (GAP) region in order to collect information about the last stage reached in the project. GAP Region Development Administration Directorate announced that the delegation will arrive in Gaziantep on October 6, Friday. After visiting Gaziantep governor Erhan Tanju, Gaziantep mayor Celal Dogan and the Chamber of Commerce, the delegation will go to the Organized Industry Region. The delegation will also visit Zeugma ancient city and the Birecik Dam.
The delegation will later be given a briefing about the last stage reached in GAP.
After visiting the Ataturk Dam and the Hydro-Electric Power Plant, the delegation will leave the region on the same day.
 INTERIOR MINISTER TANTAN SAYS FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION ISA PRIORITY FOR HIS MINISTRY
ANKARA - Interior Minister Sadettin Tantan held a press conference on Wednesday on the operation ''Hedef'' (Target) carried against the Malatyalilar Group.
Prior to the conference, the Intelligence Deparment gave an audio-visual presentation about fundamentalist terrorist organizations. The presentation included detailed information about the ''Malazgirt'' operation carried out against Hezbollah, ''Umut'' operation which shed light on the murders of intellectuals like Muammer Aksoy, Bahriye Ucok, Ugur Mumcu, and Ahmet Taner Kislali, and the latest ''Hedef'' operation.
The Hedef operation was started in 30 provinces against the Malatyalilar Group which aimed to set up a system in Turkey based on the Islamic law. A total of 309 members of the group have been taken into custody and 30 of them were later arrested. Police released 194 of them while the interrogation of 85 people is still continuing. Police also seized five Kalashnikovs, one automatic gun, seven guns of various types, five rifles, one hunting rifle, six hand granades, 5,745 bullets, and a significant amount of equipment used in bomb making.
Tantan said security forces increased operations against organizations which exploit religion to change the constitutional system and set up a system based on the Islamic law.
When asked if the National Intelligence Service (MIT) was involved in the operation against the Malatyalilar Group, Tantan confirmed that the MIT, which did not take part in Hezbollah and Umut operations, cooperated with the police in the Hedef operation.
Regarding the ''Kasirga'' operation which resulted in the arrest of Yahya Murat Demirel, Tantan said ''the government has always supported his ministry's activities.'' When asked if there was any political pressure from the government, Tantan said ''there was no pressure from the government, on the contrary the government encouraged us.''
Tantan said fundamentalist organizations lose their mobility as a result of the operations carried out against them by the security forces. Tantan complained that other institutions fail to perform their duties in combat against fundamentalist organizations.
''Fight against corruption is a priority for us and it will continue uninterruptedly,'' Tantan said answering another question. He stressed that everybody has to obey the law without any exceptions.
 5TH INTERNATIONAL BURSA CHILDREN'S AND YOUNG PEOPLE'STHEATER FESTIVAL TO START ON OCTOBER 14
BURSA - The 5th International Bursa Children's and Young People's Theater Festival organized by the Bursa Culture, Art and Tourism Foundation (BKSTV) will start in Bursa on October 14.
BKSTV Secretary General Melek Apaydin said at a press conference that 12 drama groups including four Turkish groups will participate in the conference.
Istanbul Greater City Theater, BKSTV Children's Theater, Tiyatro Tempo, and Anatolia are the Turkish drama groups participating in the festival. Other participating drama groups are from Italy, France, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Tunisia, Denmak and Russia.
Apaydin said that the participants were chosen among 25 applicants by the World Children and Young People Theaters Association's (ASSITEJ) Turkey office.
The festival, Apaydin said, aims to discuss and find solutions to problems regarding children's theaters.
The Russian St.Petersburg State Theater will perform Polyanna on the first day of the festival which will be held at the Teyyare Culture Center.
Workshops and training sessions will also take place as a part of the festival.
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