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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 00-10-14

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

Anadolu Agency

ANADOLU AGENCY

NEWS

14 OCTOBER 2000

Saturday


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
  • [02] INTERIOR MINISTER TANTAN SAYS SOME COUNTRIES PROTECT
  • [03] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM EXPRESSES PESSIMISM REGARDING
  • [04] ONE MORE TURKISH PLANE LANDS IN BAGHDAD
  • [05] JUSTICE MINISTER TURK'S INTENSIVE SCHEDULE IN STRASBOURG
  • [06] TRANSPORTATION MINISTER WILL BE HANDED OVER TURKSAT 2-A IN CANNES
  • [07] CEM-PAPANDREOU MEETING POSTPONED
  • [08] ALBRIGHT AND COHEN WRITE LETTER TO HASTERT ASKING HIM NOT TO
  • [09] NATIONAL EDUCATION MINISTER BOSTANCIOGLU
  • [10] ENERGY MINISTER ERSUMER SPEAKS AT SYMPOSIUM ON WIND ENERGY(1)
  • [11] ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTER ERSUMER:
  • [12] AMERICANS WHO VISIT WEB SITE OF CULTURE MINISTRY
  • [13] MANY BELGIANS PREFER TURKEY TO SPEND THEIR VACATIONS

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN

    These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on October 14, 2000. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET (LIBERAL)

    COLASAN'S SECRET REVEALED
    The name mentioned in the claim of the paper's columnist Emin Colasan who said that a journalist took one million dollar from Murat Demirel, who was arrested for corruption in Egebank, is Rauf Tamer, a famous journalist. Mete Has, a businessman claimed that Tamer was not connected with the incident. Tamer said in his part that he won't continue writing in the Sabah paper till he is acquitted.

    8.2 TRILLION LIRAS OF SECRET ACCOUNT
    One day before the seizure of Egebank by the state, the two brothers who put 8.2 trillion liras in the off-shore account of the bank, disappeared. Bulent and Keramettin Bahadır brothers put 12.1 million dollars in the off- shore account on December 21, 1999. The police investigates now whether the money put in the bank was earned through illegal ways or not.

    MILLIYET (LIBERAL)

    CLINTON: ''I WAS INEFFECTIVE''
    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer explained the deputies he received in Cankaya about his telephone talk with the U.S. President Bill Clinton. Sezer noted that Clinton is sincere in his wish of rejecting the resolution on the socalled genocide on Armenians by the U.S. full House. Sezer said Clinton told him that the U.S. President has not been influential in the election atmosphere this year.

    358 YEARS IMPRISONMENT WANTED FOR CAKICI
    An imprisonment of 358 years was wanted for Alaattin Cakıcı, a notorious mafia boss who incited his men to attack Karagumruk Sports Club and kill 15 people. Cakıcı told the court that he didn't have control on his ''bif family.''

    SABAH (LIBERAL)

    INFLATION EXPECTED TO BE UNDER 40 PERCENT IN OCTOBER
    State Statistics Institute (DIE) Chairman Sefik Yildizeli said that the inflation rate for the month of October could be under 40 percent. Noting that the inflation was 4.7 percent last year in October, Yildizeli said this months's inflation should be pulled down to 1.9 percent in order to make the annual inflation for 2000 under 40 percent.

    GAY INTEREST IN TURKISH WRESTLING
    Turkish wrestlers who went to France to promote oil wrestling drew a lot of attention from the audience which were mostly formed by gays. Famous designer Jean-Paul Galtier and Turkish Ambassador in Paris Sonmez Koksal were also in the audience. After the performance, gays competed with each other to get a signature from the wrestlers. Regarding the performance, the Parisien newspaper wrote ''this is not a gay entertainment, this is an historical performance.''

    CUMHURIYET (LEFT)

    DEATH PENALTY TO BE LIFTED
    The Justice Ministry's Turkish Penalty Law Amendment Commission completed its works regarding the amendment of Article 312 and the lifting of the death penalty. The commission which is under the supervision of Prof. Sulhi Donmezer will submit the draft law to the Justice Ministry after giving its last shape to it. Turk said, the draft law, will be sent to Parliament after the Ministers Council, therefore will take effect in 2002. The draft law suggests replacing death penalty with heavy life sentence.

    FIRST MEETING IN THE AEGEAN
    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will meet his Greek counterpart Papandreou in Marmaris on Sunday. The two ministers, during their meetings in Marmaris and later Rhodes, will discuss the latest point reached in Turkish-Greek relations. Cem and Papandreou will also seek ways to strengthen cooperation between Turkey and Greece especially in economy and tourism fields.

    RADIKAL (LEFT)

    PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE TAKEN ON PROPERTIES OF DEMIRELS
    Precautionary measures have been taken for the properties of the wife and parents of Yahya Murat Demirel, the former owner of Egebank who was arrested for corruption. Meanwhile the former secretary of Demirel said that ''we used to give money to the police director Yigit every month.''

    A BAG FULL OF MONEY
    Businessman Mete Has said that he, not Rauf Tamer -a journalist-, took the bag full of money sent by Yahya Murat Demirel, the former owner of Egebank who is in prison now.

    YENI BINYIL (LIBERAL)

    SEZER CALLS FOR PEACE
    Turkey also intensified its efforts to maintain peace in the Middle East. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer's Private Secretary and Foreign Affairs Advisor Tacan Ildem said Arafat-Barak meeting could be held in Turkey. ''Turkey is ready to take any kind of initiative that would contribute to peace. Turkey would not hesitate to host this meeting,'' Ildem told reporters.

    EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT MEMBER CEYHUN PESSIMISTIC ABOUT
    TURKEY'S EU MEMBERSHIP PROCESS
    European Parliament (EP) Greens members Ozan Ceyhun spoke at a meeting titled the Copenhagen Criteria in Turkey's EU Candidacy and Developments in Human Rights. Ceyhun criticized Turkey's insufficient efforts on its way to the European Union. ''Turkey has only one chance: socialists, social democrats, Greens, and communists. Because these groups, unlike German Prime Minister Schroder, believe that EU should be formed under EU norms, and it should not become a Christian club.''

    TURKIYE (RIGHT)

    GOOD NEWS FROM DIE
    Sefik Yıldızeli, the Chairman of the State Statistical Institute (DIE) said that the annual increase in the inflation rate can be less than 40 percent in October. Yıldızeli pointed out that the inflation will decrease at the end of this year compared to last year.

    GREAT SUPPORT TO WORKERS
    The leaders of the True Path Party (DYP) and the Virtue Party (FP) said that they extend great support to the draft law on the Job Security prepared by the Minister of Social Security and Labour Yasar Okuyan. They also asked the government to bring the issue to the agenda of the parliament.

    ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)

    CEYHUN IN EP
    Ozan Ceyhun who left Turkey after the military coup in Turkey on 12 September 1980, became a member of the European Parliament (EP) after 19 years. Ceyhun also defended Turkey against the resolution on the socalled genocide on Armenians. Ceyhun who was elected to the EP from Germany is also a member of the Turkey-Europe Joint Parliamentary Commission. Life imprisonment was wanted by the military regime of 12 September for him before he left the country.

    [02] INTERIOR MINISTER TANTAN SAYS SOME COUNTRIES PROTECT

    DRUG DEALERS WHICH WEAKENS FIGHT AGAINST DRUG SMUGGLING
    PORTUGAL/SINTRA - Interior Minister Saadettin Tantan has said that fight against drug smuggling sometimes remains insufficient because some countries shelter people who make money from drugs.

    Pompidou Group's 12th Ministers Conference ended in Sintra city of Portugal on Friday.

    Tantan told reporters that the two day conference was very beneficial. ''Fight against drugs could become more effective if the participating countries make legal regulations as it has been stated during the meetings.''

    Noting that Turkish security forces are in close cooperation with security units of other countries, Tantan said the missing parts in the legal systems of some countries cause problems in this cooperation.

    Tantan said several drug smugglers are arrested but authorities generally overlook where their money source lies at. ''Who are the forces behind this money source?'' Tantan said.

    ''Leading drug dealers have the chance to live in some developed countries. This encourages those who make a living out of drug smuggling. For example, Nurettin Guven who is wanted by Turkey from drug smuggling, lives in a deluxe house in Britain. When we ask British authorities to return him, we don't get a reply from them. There are several other examples like this.''

    Tantan stressed that continious fight against drug organizations is very important and this should be explained to all countries. He also said that all countries should work together in this field.

    [03] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM EXPRESSES PESSIMISM REGARDING

    CRISIS IN MIDDLE EAST
    ANKARA - Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said on Friday that Turkey is trying harder than several countries to stop the violence in the Middle East, but added that under the light of the situation, the violence is not likely to stop anytime soon.

    Cem briefed reporters about the meeting at the Prime Ministry regarding the Middle East crisis which lasted two and a half hours.

    Noting that Turkey has conveyed its call for peace to both sides, Cem said that government officials are having intensive contacts on the matter.

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit had a positive telephone conversation with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and he is scheduled to speak on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak on Saturday afternoon, Cem told reporters.

    Cem said that he spoke with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on the phone and asked him about his expectations from Turkey. He also conveyed to Annan Turkey's views on some developments in the Middle East.

    [04] ONE MORE TURKISH PLANE LANDS IN BAGHDAD

    BAGHDAD - One more Turkish plane carrying medical aid arrived in Baghdad's International Saddam Airport on Saturday morning.

    Medical and trade delegations on the plane were welcomed by Iraqi Trade Chambers Federation Deputy Chairman Zuheyr Abdulgafur at the airport.

    Since August, 2000, a total of 21 airplanes landed in the International Saddam Airport in Iraq which is under the sanctions of the United Nations.

    [05] JUSTICE MINISTER TURK'S INTENSIVE SCHEDULE IN STRASBOURG

    STRASBOURG - Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk who participated in the European Fight Against Racism Conference held within the structure of the Council of Europe (COE), held a series of contacts on Friday.

    In his meeting with the Belgium Interior Minister Antoine Duquesne, Turk brought onto agenda the extradition request of Turkey for the terrorist Fehriye Erdal, one of the suspects of Sabancı killing.

    If this is not the case, Erdal should be tried in Belgium for the crimes she committed in Turkey, said Turk and requested the Belgian Minister to give permission to the Turkish prosecutors to interrogate Erdal.

    Turk also criticized the attitude of Belgium which didn't consider the crime committed by a gun as a terrorist crime as the gun is not considered as an automatic weapon.

    Duquesne said that they consider Fehriye Erdal as a person who threatens the public order in Belgium, adding that her custody period continues and they don't want to give her the right to asylum.

    In his meetings with the Italian Justice Minister Pierre Fascino and the U.S. Deputy State Secretary Harold Koh Hangju, Turk explained the uneasiness of Turkey over the resolution on the socalled genocide on Armenians brought to these countries' parliaments.

    Italian Justice Minister said that the discussion of the resolution expected to come onto agenda on October 25 has been postponed. The U.S. Deputy State Secretary said in his part that the Clinton administration didn't approve the resolution.

    Turk also held bilateral meetings with the COE Secretary General Walter Scwimmer, the European Court of Human Rights Chairman Luzius Wildhaber, COE's Rapporteur to Turkey Andreas Barsony, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson, Ukranian and Azerbaijani justice ministers the same day.

    Turk gave detailed information to the judiciary reform in Turkey in his meetings with the COE officials.

    [06] TRANSPORTATION MINISTER WILL BE HANDED OVER TURKSAT 2-A IN CANNES

    ANKARA - Transportation Minister Enis Oksuz will go to France on Sunday where he will be handed over Europe's most advanced satellite Turksat 2-A.

    A ceremony will be held in the French city of Cannes on October

    15-17 to deliver Turksat 2-A to Turkey.

    Oksuz said that the tests of Turksat 2-A which is Turkey's third satellite would be completed by October 16 and the satellite would be launched from the French Guiana in South America.

    Oksuz said after the satellite starts operating, it will provide broadcast to a vast area from London to China and Turkish people living in this area will be able to receive Turkish tv channels. Noting that the satellite cost 300 million U.S. dollars, Oksuz said Turksat 2-A would also be used as an alternative if Turksat 1-C has a technical failure.

    Stating that the satellite would be good for Turkey's economy, he said the satellite would also bring together the Turkish world and enable them to watch each other's tv programmes.

    Stressing that Turksat 2-A would play an important role in communication, he said the satellite would also help to detect the location of ships or other vehicles on any point on the earth.

    [07] CEM-PAPANDREOU MEETING POSTPONED

    ANKARA - The meeting between Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and the Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou which was foreseen to be held on Sunday in Marmaris, Turkey and Rhodes island of Greece was postponed.

    A Foreign Ministry statement noted on Saturday that the meeting was postponed due to the developments in the Middle East, to a later date that will be determined later.

    The Greek side was informed about the possibility of postponening the meeting last Thursday, the statement said adding that the reasons of postponement are ''the continuation of the tension in the Middle East, the escalation of the tension and the heavy schedule of Foreign Minister Ismail Cem related to the tension in the region.''

    [08] ALBRIGHT AND COHEN WRITE LETTER TO HASTERT ASKING HIM NOT TO

    PASS RESOLUTION ON SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Secretary of Defense William Cohen, in a joint letter they sent to House Speaker Dennis Hastert, clearly asked him not to pass the congressional resolution on the so-called Armenian genocide.

    The letter said that the passage of the resolution would seriously damage United States' security interests in the East Mediterranean, Middle East, Caucasia, and Middle East.

    Albright and Cohen also reminded Hastert who is a supporter of the resolution that Turkey's Incirlik base has a very important role in the inspection of the no-fly zone in Northern Iraq. The letter said the Incirlik base played a vital role in last year's Kosovo operation.

    Turkey's cooperation is indispensable, the letter said, to ease the tension in Cyprus and the Aegean. Turkey currently has more than 2,000 peace force soldiers in Bosnia, Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia, the letter stated. In the lettter, Albright and Cohen also underlined that Turkey plays a very critical role in providing prosperity in Central Asian republics, and varify the United States' energy resources including the pipelines in the Caspian region.

    Legislation's interference to a subject which concerns only history would only have a very destructive effect on Turkey-Armenia relations, the letter said. Noting that the resolution would also damage the United States' security and trade interests in the region, Albright and Cohen strongly requested Hastert not to pass the resolution.

    [09] NATIONAL EDUCATION MINISTER BOSTANCIOGLU

    LEAVES FOR POLAND
    ANKARA - Metin Bostancıoglu, the National Education Minister left for Poland on Saturday morning to participate in the Council of Europe (COE) 20th Conference of European Education Ministers.

    The subject of the conference is education policies for democratic citizenship and for social harmonization; targets and strategies for Europe. The conference will be held between 15-17 October in Poland.

    Democratic citizenship education, teaching European history in the 20th century, European language education, social harmony, democratic citizenship, education policies for social harmony and the studies undertaken within the scope of the Southeast European Stability Pact will be taken up in the conference.

    [10] ENERGY MINISTER ERSUMER SPEAKS AT SYMPOSIUM ON WIND ENERGY(1)

    CESME - Energy and Natural Resources Minister Cumhur Ersumer said that his ministry was determined to start the usage of wind energy in Turkey when he spoke at the Wind Energy symposium held in Cesme on Saturday.

    Wind energy is new to Turkey, like it is to all over the world, Ersumer said and added that other countries took big steps in this field.

    ''Turkey has to think bigger if it wants to be a modern country and develop its industry,'' Ersumer said and he briefed the audience on the legal regulations made in the energy sector and other activities carried out in the energy sector.

    Noting that wind energy is both inexpensive and environment friendly, Ersumer said that his ministry is doing everything necessary to start the implementation of these projects as soon as possible.

    He also underlined that Turkey has a rich potential for wind energy.

    [11] ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTER ERSUMER:

    ''WE TOOK MEASURES TO MAKE KIRKUK-YUMURTALIK
    OIL PIPELINE OPERATE 24 HOURS A DAY WITH FULL CAPACITY''
    CESME - Cumhur Ersumer, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources said on Saturday that they took measures to make Kirkuk-Yumurtalık oil pipeline operate 24 hours a day with full capacity.

    Responding to questions of journalists after the symposium on wind energy, Ersumer said that there is no new development about the Kirkuk-Yumurtalık oil pipeline.

    ''Efforts are underway, there is no recent development. We watch the evaluations of both the U.N. and the Foreign Ministry about the issue,'' he said.

    [12] AMERICANS WHO VISIT WEB SITE OF CULTURE MINISTRY

    CONTINUE TO COME TO TURKEY
    ANKARA - The American guets who visited the web site of the Ministry of Culture and whose names were determined by the Yahoo, continue to come to Turkey.

    A Ministry of Culture statement noted on Saturday that Cindy-Ryan Kimmel and Sherry-Marga Milliken couples, who won the lottery of the web site will be hosted in Turkey between 15-23 October; Marian Lamin and Barbra Williams will be hosted in Turkey between 27 October-November 4.

    The historical places and natural beauties of Turkey will be shown to the American guests in Istanbul, Ankara and Nevsehir.

    The first lucky couple Sherry-John Fish visİted Turkey between 11-18 September.

    [13] MANY BELGIANS PREFER TURKEY TO SPEND THEIR VACATIONS

    BRUSSELS - An increase of 63 percent was observed in the number of Belgian tourists visiting Turkey in 2000, and Turkey has become the third most preferred country by Belgian tourists.

    Turkish and foreign sources are saying that the number of tourists who visited Turkey will reach 10 million by the end of this year, the

    figure which was targeted by Turkey in the beginning of the year.

    According to a survey carried out by Belgian Tour Operators Association and a survey institution named Wes, after Spain and France, Belgian tourists are preferring to spend their vacations in Turkey. Turkey achieved the sharpest increase among all countries in the sales of package tour organizations with a rise of 93,9 percent in 2000.

    A total of 210,312 Belgians visited Turkey between January and September in 2000 which shows an increase of 63,5 percent compared to last year.

    According to the information obtained by the Tourism Ministry, a total of 8, 217,525 tourists visited Turkey in the first nine months of the year. Most authorities are expecting this number to exceed 10,000,000 by the end of 2000.


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