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 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on February 10, 2002. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL)SADDAM:''SAY NO TO THE UNITED STATES''
Iraqi Embassy to Ankara yesterday announced the English translation of the letter sent by the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. In his letter, Saddam said that he was expecting good neighbourly relations from Turkey. ''We expect Turkey to remain faitful to rules of international law and be a good neighbour. We also expect Turkey to stand against the agressive threats of the United States and other countries,'' Saddam wrote.
TOBB:''TURKEY IS AT A CRITICAL CROSSROADS''
MILLIYET (LIBERAL)SADDAM'S ''STUBBORN'' LETTER
Iraqi leader Saddam, in his letter to Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, said ''Don't yield to the arrogant United States.'' Saddam is also accusing the United States for creating excuses to attack Iraq. The Iraqi leader turned down Ecevit's demand to allow UN weapons inspectors to enter Iraq.
GENERAL DIRECTORS AND THEIR DEPUTIES OF FUND BANKS
SABAH (LIBERAL)HERE IS SADDAM'S LETTER
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein reproached Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit in his response letter. The letter didn't include harsh words, and Saddam didn't threathen Turkey. Iraqi Embassy in Ankara said Hussein noted in his letter that he expected Turkey to take part in taking serious steps in the region for ensuring the stability and security and to regard the threats of the U.S. from a balanced and general aspect.
ET BALIK TRANSFERRED TO SUMER HOLDING
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)MINE WORKERS HOLD PROTEST
Mine workers in Gokcesu hamlet held a demonstration yesterday to protest the dismissal of 400 workers from the mine pit belonging to Nurullah Ercan. The workers walked to protest unemployment, poverty and the intervention with their right to get organized in trade unions.
OCALAN GIVES MESSAGES
RADIKAL (LEFT)E-ATTACK AGAINST FOGG
Workers' Party (IP) leader Dogu Perincek has announced the internet messages written by EU Commission Ankara Representative Karen Fogg. Fogg applied to the Foreign Ministry claiming that Perincek employed illegal ways to obtain her internet messages. Perincek said ''The correspondance shows that Fogg is involved in an operation whose target is to change the prime minister and set up a new party. Her strategic target is to overthrow the nation state.''
THE REST IS UP TO SADDAM
During his visit to the United States, Ecevit was told by U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney that the United States was definitely ready for a military operation against Iraq.
TURKIYE (RIGHT)THREE TURKISH COMPANIES RECORD SUCCESS
Family Business Magazine, which published the list of the great family companies in the world excluding the ones in the U.S., included four companies from Turkey on Saturday. Koc Holding was ranked the 49th, Sabancı Holding was ranked the 56th, Dogus Holding belonging to Sahenk Family was ranked the 60th and Garanti Bank again belonging to the latter was ranked the 106th in the list of the magazine.
ALARM IN INCIRLIK BASE
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)SHEEP NOT TO BE SACRIFICED IN STREETS DURING FEAST OF SACRIFICE
Citizens will not be permitted to sacrifice sheep in streets during the feast of sacrifice. Istanbul Governor Cakır said that ''if necessary, I will charge the gendarme to prevent that.'' However only 12 days left for the Feast to begin, but the places where sheep will be sacrificed have not been determined.
 IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER NACI SABRI TO ATTEND EU-OIC MEETING IN TURKEYANKARA - Iraqi Foreign Minister Naci Sabri will come to Turkey to attend the European Union (EU)-Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Joint Forum which will be held in Istanbul on Feb. 13.
Foreign Minister Spokesman Huseyin Dirioz told the A.A that there was no scheduled meetings between Sabri and Foreign Minister Ismail Cem yet.
 PARLIAMENT SPEAKER IZGI RETURNS FROM AZERBAIJANISTANBUL - Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi who visited Azerbaijan as the official guest of his Azerbaijani counter part Murtuz Aleskerov returned home on Sunday morning with a group of deputies who accompanied him. ''We confirmed the excellent level of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey and exchanged opinions to further develop economic and cultural relations between us,'' Izgi said.
Izgi also indicated that he listened to the problems of Turkish businessmen in Azerbaijan.
The parliament speaker said he stressed that Turkey would always support Azerbaijan also in the future.
Izgi said he also visited the refugees who escaped from the Armenian occupation and added that he would try to increase the amount of aid sent by the Turkish Red Crescent for these people.
Izgi said the Upper Karabakh problem was the biggest obstacle in front of peace and cooperation in the Caucasia.
''I repeated that Turkey supports a solution that doesn't violate Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and international law and said that Armenia should stop its occupation in the Azerbaijani land,'' he said.
''We expressed our satisfaction with the stage reached in Baku-Tbilisi- Ceyhan and Sahdeniz projects and the recently held Azerbaijan-Turkey Joint Economic Commission meeting. I proposed once again to form a Parliamentary Association of Brother Countries between our governments. I was greatly honoured by the honourary doctorate I was given by the Baku State University,'' he said.
Izgi said his visit was an important step to strengthen friendly relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Before leaving for Turkey, Izgi also held a news conference in Bine Airport of Baku.
Izgi said that studies were underway regarding the genocide and massacre attempts of the Armenians against Azerbaijanis particularly Hocalı massacre, adding that the necessary things would be done about the issue.
When asked about the possibility of the U.S.'s starting an operation in Iran and Iraq, Omer Izgi said that the region where these two countries were situated was an important region for Turkey. ''Turkey will be definitely informed about an intervention in this region,'' Izgi said.
 PARLIAMENT SPEAKER IZGI SPEAKS TO A.A: ''AZERBAIJAN IS A BRIDGE FOR TURKEY OPENINGTO CENTRAL ASIA''
BAKU - Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi said on Saturday that Azerbaijan is a bridge for Turkey opening to the Central Asia. Speaking to A.A correspondent about his visit to Azerbaijan before leaving Baku for Turkey, Izgi said that Azerbaijani people and government wanted to have better relations with Turkey.
Both countries want to further improve the relations, Izgi said and indicated that Azerbaijan was very important for Turkey, which must help the former.
Referring to the commercial and economic relations, Izgi said that very important steps were taken to prepare a long term economic cooperation programme between Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Recalling that the protocol of the Joint Economic Commission second term meeting was signed during the visit of State Minister Resat Dogru to Baku last week, Izgi said that the protocol would contribute to the improvement of economic relations.
Meanwhile a joint statement was issued about Izgi's visit noting that the visit showed that Turkey was always besides Azerbaijan.
Noting that the developments in the bilateral relations, regional issues, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and Shahdeniz projects were discussed in details in the meeting, the joint statement said that the project of ''Friendly Parliaments Union'' between Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Georgia was also taken up.
It was also stated that honourary doctorate award was presented to Izgi by Baku State University, adding that ''the visit constituted a step in further improvement of the friendship and brotherhood bridge between the two countries based on multidimensional cooperation and historical, cultural and social relations.''
 STATE MINISTER BAL:''THE INVESTMENTS' BEING LEGAL IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHERE THEY ARE MADE''AMSTERDAM - State Minister Faruk Bal told Turkish people living in the Netherlands that they could make investments in Turkey or in Europe and what is important is that these investments should be realized through legal institutions. In Rotterdam city of the Netherlands, Bal attended the sixth in the series of meetings held to inform Turks living abroad about the investment opportunities in Turkey.
Speaking at the meeting, Bal said that investments made in European countries would also benefit Turks and Turkey in the long run, but they prefer these investments to be made in Turkey since Turkey offers them much better opportunities in the short term.
Capital Market Board (SPK) Dogan Cansizlar said that despite all warnings, in European countries some institutions are collecting money and they call it ''partnership share'' by using documents which have no legal value. He said that these institutions were not legal therefore people have very low chances of getting their money back. He asked Turks to ask companies who ask money from them if they were members of the SPK.
The sixth of the meetings will be held in Brussels on Monday.
 ISTANBUL IDEALISTS PROTEST SWEDENISTANBUL - A group of people who are members of Istanbul Idealists Union, which are close to the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) protested on Saturday Sweden due to the leaflets handed out during a meeting held by the Swedish Embassy.
The group carrying banners in their hands went to the Swedish Consul General in Istiklal Street of Beyoglu and shouted slogans.
Releasing a public statement on behalf of the group, Istanbul Idealists Union Chairman Levent Demir said that the games played on Turkey still continued. Later the group dispersed.
 TAI TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRODUCTION OF GIANT TRANSPORTATIONAIRPLANES
ANKARA - Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) will produce a number of important parts of the world's most advanced giant A400 transportation airplane according to a final agreement signed between eight countries and Organisme Conjointe de Cooperation Matiere d'Armament (OCCAR). The A400 transportation airplanes will replace C-130 Hercules and C-160 Transall planes which have become old.
TAI will participate in all stages of design development, production and support after sales.
According to the production program announced to the countries by OCCAR a short time ago, Turkey will be given ten airplanes with a 5.10 percent participation share.
The first of the 196 A400s will fly in 2006 and the first delivery will be made in 2008.
 JAPANESE LAND FORCES COMMANDER TO VISIT TURKEYTOKYO - Japanese Land Forces Commander Full General Masahiro Nakatani will come to Turkey for an official visit on Monday. Nakatani, who will visit Turkey as the official guest of Land Forces Commander Hilmi Ozkok, will have a series of contacts in Ankara and Istanbul.
Nakatani will be the first Japanese Land Forces Commander visiting Turkey. He will leave Turkey on Feb. 15.
Nakatani originally scheduled his visit to Turkey on Feb.13-16 last year but the visit was postponed due to Sept.11 attacks.
 TURKEY'S EXPORT TO GERMANY HIGHEST AMONG OTHER COUNTRIESANKARA - Turkey imported goods to Germany worth of 4 billion 975,836 USD in Jan.-Nov period of last year with an 17.4 percent increase from 2000. Currently, Turkey's export to Germany is the highest among other countries. State Statistics Institute (DIE) announced Turkey's export to Germany in the same period of 2000 as 4.7 billion USD.
The United States and Italy followed Germany last year with 2.9 billion USD and 2.1 billion USD.
During the same period, Turkey's export to Britain increased seven percent compared to the previous year and reached 1.9 billion USD. Turkey's export to France increased 6.1 percent and reached 1.7 billion USD.
Germany also topped the list of countries which sold the highest amount of goods to Turkey. Turkey's import from Germany increased 13.3 percent and reached 4.9 billion USD.
Italy and Russia followed Germany by 3.2 billion USD and 3.1 USD.
 FM CEM SAYS TURKEY ATTRIBUTES GREAT IMPORTANCE TO OIC-EU MEETINGISTANBUL - Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said on Sunday that the holding of the Joint Forum between the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the European Union (EU) between 12-13 February in Istanbul is very important for Turkey. ''The meeting brings message of peace, cooperation and harmony to the whole world, this is a very important message,'' said Cem in the news conference he held in Cıragan Palace where the Joint Forum would be held.
Cem explained in the news conference that he got great support from the EU and OIC for the meeting.
Cem said that 71 countries would participate in the Forum, adding that 51 of them would attend the meeting with their foreign ministers, which is very important.
Stressing that the eyes of the world are on Turkey due to the Forum, Cem said that 618 press members applied to cover the Forum and 190 of them were from foreign tv, radio and press organs.
 EU-OIC JOINT FORUM TO BE HELD IN ISTANBUL BETWEEN 12-13 FEBRUARYISTANBUL - A Welcome Reception will be held in Cıragan Palace on Monday evening on the eve of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)- European Union (EU) Joint Forum. Representatives from 71 countries including 51 foreign ministers will participate in the Forum which will be held between 12-13 February. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit will also address the Forum.
The Forum is important as Turkey will host a historical meeting, and as foreign ministers of OIC and EU countries will come together for the first time in a foreign ministers meeting. As Foreign Minister Ismail Cem also stressed, the Forum will give peace, cooperation and harmony message to the whole world and the humanity.
Foreign Minister Ismail Cem had proposed holding a conference between the EU and OIC countries to discuss the issue of ''harmony of civilizations'' following the terrorist attacks in the U.S. on September 11, 2001.
Foreign Minister Ismail Cem's proposal of holding a conference in Istanbul was supported by OIC and EU countries and Turkey prepared itself for this meeting in a short time.
Turkey will assume the role of crossroads of cultures, which is beyond its traditional role of bridge during the Forum. A Welcome Reception will be held in Cıragan Palace at 19.00 local time.
The Forum will start on Feb 12 morning by the opening speech of Foreign Minister Ismail Cem. President Sezer and Prime Minister Ecevit will also address the Forum.
A luncheon will be held on the first day in which ''Prevention of Political and Cultural Fault Lines'' will be taken up.
There will be two panels entitled ''Confronting Common Challanges in Today's Environment'' and ''Politics and Media''.
At the end of the forum's first day, Sultans of the Dance will perform a show at Mydonose Showland after dinner.
On Feb.13, there will be another panel entitled ''Who is 'the other? Does it really exist?''. The panel will be followed by a press conference and a dinner.
Cem will also have several bilateral meetings with the participants of the forum.
TRT and Anadolu Agency (A.A) teams will be allowed to watch the sessions. Other press members will follow the meetings from monitors set up in the press center.
A total of 44 foreign ministers from 71 countries will attend the EU-OIC Forum.
Council of Europe Secretary General Walter Schwimmer, Arab Union Secretary General Amr Musa, OIC Secretary General Abdulvahid Belkeziz, Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary General Jan Kubis and Gulf Cooperation Council (KIK) Secretary General Abdurrahman Bin Hamad Elt Atiya and EU Joint Defense and Foreign Policy Higher Representative Javier Solana will be among the participants of the meeting.
A number of academicians and intellectuals including Bernard Lewis, Dr. M'hammed Fantar, Thierry de Montbrial, Prof. Hassan Hanafi Hassanien, Prince Hassan bin Talal, and Prof. Ilber Ortayli will also attend the meeting.
 CEM:''TURKEY ISN'T ONLY A BRIDGE BUT IT'S ALSO A MEETING POINT''ISTANBUL - Foreign Minister Ismail Cem has said that Turkey was the only country who had the status to organize a meeting like the EU-Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Joint Forum since Turkey had close ties with both the EU and OIC. Pointing to the high participation to the meeting, Cem said that a total of 51 ministers including 44 foreign ministers from 71 countries were represented at the meeting, when he spoke on Sunday at a press conference at Ciragan Palace where the forum will take place.
A total of 618 press members from 190 foreign institutions applied to watch the meeting and 85 journalists and authors were coming to monitor the forum.
The foreign minister indicated that the TRT would broadcast the opening and all sessions of the meeting and the European Broadcast Association would broadcast it to the whole world.
''Turkey is the only country which belongs both to the OIC and EU communities,'' he continued. ''Turkey has a very important function not only as a bridge but as a meeting point and a point of unity. I think this is one of the reasons why the meeting has received great attention from all these countries.''
Cem thanked EU and OIC administrations, governments and private organizations in Qatar, the Netherlands, Kuwait, Malasia and Turkey for their contributions to the forum.
''We believe that this meeting would be very beneficial to make us understand each other, creating a dialogue between us and to make us understand that we'll have a better future if we act in unity and cooperation,'' he said.
Cem later answered the questions of reporters about the forum.
 TURKISH AMBASSADOR TO IRAN ALPAR MEETS WITH FIRST SECRETARY OF IRANIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKERTEHRAN - Selahattin Alpar, the Turkish Ambassador to Iran met with First Secretary of Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Rıza Khatami. Riza Khatami pointed out to the common cultural, religious and social ties between the two countries and noted that the bilateral relations had to be improved in all fields.
Riza Khatami, who is the brother of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami told in the meeting which took place on Saturday that the impediments in front of improvement of bilateral relations were lifted by the resolution of Iranian and Turkish officials and added that Turkey and Iran were the biggest powers of the region. No effort launched to strengthen the peace and stability in the Middle East without the participation of Turkey and Iran would be successful, he stated.
Riza Khatami indicated that every effort launched to improve the relations between Turkey and Iran would serve the reciprocal interests and regional peace and stability.
Turkish Ambassador Alpar said in his part that Turkey and Iran had similar attitude about the regional developments.
Noting that Turkish industrialists and businessmen wanted to invest in Iran, Alpar asked for support from the Iranian parliament. He stressed that the Turkish-Iranian common natural gas project was a symbol of the good economic relations.
Alpar also stated that Turkey appreciated Iran's contributions to Bonn Conference held on Afghanistan, its support to the new Afghan government and the efforts it launched to solve the regional tensions.
Turkey supported the idea of intercivilizational dialogue voiced for the first time by Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, Alpar said and noted that Turkey would hold a conference on this issue in which foreign ministers of 40 countries would participate.
Alpar also conveyed the invitation of Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi to Iranian Parliament Speaker Mahdavi Karubi for a visit to Turkey.
Karubi is expected to visit Turkey in March.
 FM CEM:''FOREIGN MINISTERS WILL HOLD MANY BILATERAL CONTACTS DURING OIC-EU FORUM''ISTANBUL - Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said on Sunday that foreign ministers from OIC and EU countries will hold almost 100 bilateral contacts among each other during the OIC-EU Joint Forum to be held in Istanbul.
Responding to questions of journalists at the end of the news conference he held in Cıragan Palace, Cem said that ''there are many ministres who want to hold contact with us. I will try to meet with them. But what is important than that is the bilateral contacts among foreign ministers who will come to Istanbul to join the Forum. Their demand for holding bilateral contacts went beyond our estimations. They ask us for help and to fix date and place for their meetings. Almost 30 ministers demanded to meet with me bilaterally.''
When asked if Iraqi foreign minister also demanded to meet with him, Cem said that ''I don't know if there is such a demand now. We are the hosting country, if there is a demand, I will certainly meet with him.''
Cem said that an important meeting will also be held between foreign ministers of Turkey, Greece, which are two Balkan countries and Romania and Bulgaria, which are NATO candidates during the Forum. Cem stated that he proposed Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou to hold such a meeting and he also contacted with Romanian and Bulgarian foreign ministers after that, adding that ''I suppose we will hold this meeting on Feb. 13. We will discuss how can we (Turkey and Greece) can help them. If necessary, we can hold a second meeting in Athens.''
Responding to a question regarding the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' (TRNC) invitation to the meeting in the observer status, Cem said that Turkey was in contact with the EU and OIC and these two big organizations invited the countries which they think should participate in the meeting.
Cem also indicated that the United States welcomed Turkey's initiative to organize such a meeting and it instructed U.S. embassies in the world to support this organization.
''We didn't consider the meetings held previously while organizing this meeting. We had an original approach and we focused on politics. Themes like religions and dialogue between civilizations were dealt successfully in the previous meetings and they are still being discussed. This is a different meeting. It's held on the foreign ministers level,'' he said.
Cem said that besides ministers, a number of famous academicians would also contribute with their thoughts to the meeting.
He said that Eduard Said who was expected to attend the meeting was hospitalized in the United States therefore he could not come.
Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Sencar Ozsoy and Forum Coordinator Ambassador Murat Ersavci also briefed reporters about the program and participants of the meeting.
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