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Turkish Press Review, 00-04-28

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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>

28.04.00

Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT'S MANNER SHOULD BE CLEAR BY HIKMET BILA (CUMHURIYET)
  • [02] PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT
  • [03] DEMIREL'S LAST NSC MEETING TODAY
  • [04] PRESIDENT OF CHAD IN TURKEY
  • [05] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: "SEZER IS THE CONTEMPORARY VOICE OF TURKEY"
  • [06] CORANTIS: "EXTREMISTS CAN'T DAMAGE TURCO-GREEK RELATIONS"
  • [07] FRANCE APPOINTS NEW AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY
  • [08] ONGOR ELECTED HEAD OF TURCO-AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL
  • [09] ARMENIAN LOBBY WRITES TO CLINTON TO STOP SALE OF COPTERS
  • [10] ARMENIANS CAUSE DIVISION IN PKK
  • [11] NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY MONITORING MEETING
  • [12] DEMIRALP: "INCREASE IN RATING GAVE US MORALE"
  • [13] ORAL: "IMPROVEMENTS ARE UNDERWAY"
  • [14] SECOND RATING UPGRADE IN A WEEK
  • [15] IS BANK-TIM SET TO SEAL MOBILE PHONE CONTRACT ON MAY 4
  • [16] ELECTROLUX: "WE CANNOT BE A LEADER WITHOUT TURKEY"
  • [17] GERMAN BANK IN IMKB
  • [18] SUCCESS OF TURKISH STEEL IN THE U.S.
  • [19] GSM REVENUES FOR THE DISASTER REGION
  • [20] TURKEY IMPOSES ANTI-DUMPING TAXES
  • [21] SAUDI BUSINESS DELEGATION CALLS FOR TURKISH INVESTMENTS
  • [22] ERDEMIR PLANS $15 MLN STEEL SERVICE CENTRE
  • [23] UNITED GARANTI RECEIVES (BB-)
  • [24] EU-KOBI CENTER IN IZMIT
  • [25] EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE IMF TO MEET
  • [26] DEMIREL'S STATEMENT ON THE SOUTHEASTERN ANATOLIA PROJECT
  • [27] ITU'S EARTHQUAKE REPORT
  • [28] SEISMOGRAPHES LAID BENEATH THE MARMARA SEA
  • [29] ENGINEERING AWARD FOR TURKISH ENGINEER
  • [30] DIRECTORATE OF RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS' PREPARATION FOR THE EU
  • [31] RONA AYBAY: "HUMAN RIGHTS ARE AN IDEAL"
  • [32] 15,000 SOLDIERS IN THE OPERATION
  • [33] 10 BILLION DOLLARS FROM FRANCHISING IN ONE YEAR
  • [34] NAIM SULEYMANOGLU IN BULGARIAN PRESS
  • [35] MEDALS IN WEIGHT-LIFTING
  • [36] PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET TO COME TO ISTANBUL
  • [37] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [38] PRESIDENT'S MANNER SHOULD BE CLEAR BY HIKMET BILA (CUMHURIYET)

  • [01] PRESIDENT'S MANNER SHOULD BE CLEAR BY HIKMET BILA (CUMHURIYET)

    [02] PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT

    During the ballot carried out yesterday at the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) to elect the 10th president of the Republic of Turkey, Ahmet Necdet Sezer obtained more votes than the total votes of the other nine candidates. The candidates and their votes are as follows: Ahmet Necdet Sezer, 281; Nevzat Yalcintas, 61; Sadi Somuncuoglu 58; Yildirim Akbulut, 56; Dogan Gures, 35; Ahmet Iyimaya, 10; Rasim Zaimoglu, 7 and A. Oktay Guner, 5; Oguz Aygun, 4; Mail Buyukerman, 3 votes. As the A. Necdet Sezer couldn't get the 367 votes in the first vote, a second round of balloting will be held on Monday, May 1. The candidate Sezer, nominated by the leaders, is expected to be elected as president during the second round of voting. The Motherland Party's Leader, Mesut Yilmaz, asked the other nominess to withdraw their candidacies. While evaluating the result of the ballot, Premier Bulent Ecevit stated that the result was as expected and he was hopeful that the second ballot would benefit Sezer. Meanwhile, in regards to the ballot, Ahmet Necdet Sezer stated, "It is up to the Parliament's discretion." Sezer's candidacy has been widely covered in the foreign press also and viewed as a positive development. The European press emphasizes especially his secure and democratic stance. /Milliyet/

    [03] DEMIREL'S LAST NSC MEETING TODAY

    The regular monthly meeting of the National Security Council (NSC), chaired by President Suleyman Demirel, will convene today at the Presidential palace. Since Demirel's term in office ends on May 16, this should be his final NSC meeting. He is expected to say his farewells. /All papers/

    [04] PRESIDENT OF CHAD IN TURKEY

    The President of Chad, Idris Deby, arrived in Turkey yesterday as the guest of President Suleyman Demirel, and Deby was welcomed at Ankara's Esenboga Airport by State Minister Ramazan Mirzaoglu and other officials after which he attended an official ceremony at the Presidential Palace. The Foreign Ministry stated that Deby would have meetings in line with Turkey's policy of opening up to Africa. Regional relations will also be discussed during the visit. Deby will go to Istanbul from Ankara, where he will tour historic and touristic sites. This visit is the first from Chad at the presidential level. /All papers/

    [05] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: "SEZER IS THE CONTEMPORARY VOICE OF TURKEY"

    Ahmet Necdet Sezer, a presidential candidate, has been known well by the European Parliament. A speech delivered by Ahmet Necdet Sezer during the 37th anniversary of the establishment of the Constitutional Court last year has caused great interest within the European Parliament and this speech has been noted in the text of three decisions taken concerning Turkey. These decisions have described Sezer as the 'contemporary voice of Turkey'. Sezer had pointed out in his speech that Turkey should harmonize with universal norms in the field of human rights and should make amendments to its Constitution and laws. /Hurriyet/

    [06] CORANTIS: "EXTREMISTS CAN'T DAMAGE TURCO-GREEK RELATIONS"

    Greek Ambassador to Ankara, Ioannais Corantis, said that Turkey and Greece were improving relations, something that radical groups cannot prevent. Corantis sent a letter to Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) Chairman Sinan Aygun, who went to Athens last week with Turkish businessmen to take part in the Turco-Greek Friendship and Cooperation Fair. Corantis said in his letter that the fair was a big success and that the Greek people were very pleased, adding that he is looking forward to another fair to be held in Istanbul next April. The Ambassador also said that he was very disturbed by an incident in which a Turkish flag was burned near a hotel where Turkish businessmen were staying. Corantis stated that those had burned the flag did not represent the Greek citizenry and added that nothing could destroy the improving relations between the two countries. /All papers/

    [07] FRANCE APPOINTS NEW AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY

    France's government has appointed Bernard Garcia as Ambassador to Turkey. Garcia is attached to the Foreign Ministry and previously served as Ambassador to Switzerland. Outgoing Ambassador Jean-Claude Cousseran has been named Head of the French Intelligence Service. Garcia is expected to take up his new posting next month. /All papers/

    [08] ONGOR ELECTED HEAD OF TURCO-AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL

    Private lender Garanti Bank board senior member Akin Gungor was elected Head of the Turco-American Business Council, the Foreign Economic Relations Board announced yesterday. ARGE's Yilmaz Arguden, Disbank's Vural Akisik and Shenco's Serif Egeli were elected as deputies. /All papers/

    [09] ARMENIAN LOBBY WRITES TO CLINTON TO STOP SALE OF COPTERS

    Some 29 members of the US House of Representatives, who are also members of Greek Cypriot and Armenian lobby groups, have written a letter to President Bill Clinton asking him to stop the sale of Bell-Textron King Cobra attack helicopters to Turkey should the contract be awarded to the US. The letter was written on the initiative of Republican Senator for Florida and member of the Greek Cypriot lobby movement Michael Bilirakis and states that refusing to supply the helicopters to Turkey will increase stability in the Balkans, the Caucasus and the Middle East, and contribute to an improvement in Turkey's human rights accord. Cypriot Armenian lobbyists are also suggesting that Turkey's financial resources should be put to better use repairing the effects of the earthquake. /All papers/

    [10] ARMENIANS CAUSE DIVISION IN PKK

    The allegations concerning the so-called Armenian genocide have caused a division in the PKK terrorist organization. According to information received from intelligence services, Osman Ocalan and Duran Kalkan, members of the PKK terrorist organization, claim that if the PKK supports Armenians, this would make the PKK gain sympathy throughout the world. On the other hand, other PKK members, Ali Riza Altun and Cemil Bayik, suggest that it would not be right for the PKK to support allegations concerning the so-called Armenian genocide. /Turkiye/

    [11] NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY MONITORING MEETING

    Addressing a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) meeting in New York, Foreign Ministry International Security Affairs Director Omur Orhun said that Turkey had ratified the NPT and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) but that other countries had yet to do so. He praised Russia for ratifying START and CTBT and called upon four other unnamed countries to step forwards and sign the NPT. He also called for an international effort to stop the smuggling of nuclear materials. /Turkish Daily News/

    [12] DEMIRALP: "INCREASE IN RATING GAVE US MORALE"

    The Undersecretary of Treasury, Selcuk Demiralp, said that the increase in the credit rating of Turkey in the 3.5th month of programme, was delightful and encouraging. Stating that they were expecting an increase in the credit rating in May or June, Demiralp stressed, "This development shows that Turkey is on the right path". /Sabah/

    [13] ORAL: "IMPROVEMENTS ARE UNDERWAY"

    Finance Minister Sumer Oral said that the targets focused on for the first three months of the three-year economic programme have been achieved and added that these improvements would also affect the prosperity of the people. Oral delivered a speech at a session on "Globalizing Capital, Changing Monetary and Financial Policies" yesterday and stated that the inflation rate in April would be lower than that in March. Oral also pointed out positive developments as regards the increases in Turkey's rates determined by international rating institutions. He added that there would a great influx of foreign capital to Turkey. /Hurriyet/

    [14] SECOND RATING UPGRADE IN A WEEK

    Fitch IBCA yesterday upgraded Turkey's long-term foreign currency rating to BB- from B+. In a statement the rating agency said that while the long-term foreign currency rating is now taken off rating alert positive, the short-term foreign currency rating of B is unchanged. Fitch IBCA has also issued a long-term local currency rating for Turkey for the first time, assigning a rating of BB. These ratings apply to senior unsecured debt issues of Turkey. The report indicted that the upgrade reflects both the success of the reform and stabilization programme undertaken by the current government. /All papers/

    [15] IS BANK-TIM SET TO SEAL MOBILE PHONE CONTRACT ON MAY 4

    The government will sign a contract to the Is Bank-Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM), the winner of the first GSM 1,800 license, Transport Minister Enis Oksuz announced yesterday. Oksuz also said that announcement of a block sale in Turk Telecom, originally expected for today, might be delayed by a few days. The second GSM license will be auctioned off on May 2. However, it is not yet clear which of the four invited consortia would bid for it. The prospective operator of the second GSM 1,800 must offer at least $2.5 billion. A third GSM 1,800, to be operated by the state-owned telecommunications concern Turk Telecom will be installed at the same time as the private operators. /All papers/

    [16] ELECTROLUX: "WE CANNOT BE A LEADER WITHOUT TURKEY"

    Michael Treschow, the Chairman of a giant world company in durable goods, Electrolux, stated that their company cannot keep its positon as a leader in Europe without the Turkish market. Declaring that Turkey was an important market with its young population and geographical position, Treschow said that it was not possible to exclude Turkey. He added, "Unfortunately, while we couldn't manage our situation in Turkey properly, our struggle is on-going and we are open to every opportunity and venture." /Sabah/

    [17] GERMAN BANK IN IMKB

    The German Deutsche Bank AG, a leading bank in the world, has entered the Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) by purchasing 40 % of the shares of the Bender Stock Exchanges. The Head of the Deutsche Bank, Rolf Breuer, said that the Turkish capital market was very attractive and added that they wanted to be a part of this market. Breuer held a conference yesterday in Istanbul and stated that they trusted in Turkey. He also expressed his pleasure over the strong stance assumed by the government in the struggle against inflation. /Hurriyet/

    [18] SUCCESS OF TURKISH STEEL IN THE U.S.

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has rejected demands to impose taxes reaching 56 % on the imports of steels coming from Turkey and Venezuela. Thus, Turkish steel producers have attained a great success. Following this decision by the U.S. ITC, the taxes which have been paid to the U.S. to date will also be repaid to Turkey. /Hurriyet/

    [19] GSM REVENUES FOR THE DISASTER REGION

    The Transport Minister Enis Oksuz attended a seminar on 'Project for the Development of Students from the Turkish-Speaking Republics and Turkish Communities' coordinated by State Minister Abdulhaluk Cay yesterday in Ankara. Oksuz delivered a speech and said that the greatest investment would be in the people, adding that revenues to be received from the GSM tenders would be used to overcome the damage caused in the earthquake disaster region. /Turkiye/

    [20] TURKEY IMPOSES ANTI-DUMPING TAXES

    Turkey has imposed 50 and 95 % anti-dumping taxes on iron and steel pipe connection elements imported from Brazil and China respectively, according to a communique published by the Foreign Trade Undersecretariat in yesterday's Official Gazette. The undersecretariat has further started investigations into the suspected dumping of Taiwanese sheet and drilling screws. It is maintaining anti-dumping taxes on iron and steel logs imported from Russia, Moldovia and Ukraine. Meanwhile, anti-dumping taxes on citric acid and non-rechargable lighters of Chinese origin were lifted. /Turkish Daily News/

    [21] SAUDI BUSINESS DELEGATION CALLS FOR TURKISH INVESTMENTS

    A business delegation from Saudi Arabia visited the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) yesterday. TOBB General-Secretary Sefik Tokat said at the meeting that volatility rather than steady progress has prevailed in Saudi-Turkish relations. He said that Turkish entrepreneurs' dynamism exceeded Turkey's borders, adding that 856 Turkish companies have investments in 47 countries. Abdullah Sarig Al-Dahlan, the Head of the Saudi delegation, said that the Saudi Arabian Union of Chambers would do its best to bring about a joint cooperation programme with the TOBB. He added that a Turkish-Saudi business council should be established between the two countries. /Turkish Daily News/

    [22] ERDEMIR PLANS $15 MLN STEEL SERVICE CENTRE

    State-run iron and steel concern Erdemir plans to build a $15 million steel service centre in the Gebze Organized Industrial Zone, the Anatolia News Agency reports. The plant is to have an annual capacity of 150,000 metric tons and will produce steel sheets as required by the durables, automotive sub-industry and manufacturing industry sectors. It is due to begin operations in October 2001.

    [23] UNITED GARANTI RECEIVES (BB-)

    Standard and Poors increased the credit rating of United Garanti Bank International (UGBI), which was established by Garanti Bank, from (B+) to (BB-) in terms of the long-term credit and the guarantee of deposits. The bank's general situation was upgraded from 'positive' to 'stable.' /Aksam/

    [24] EU-KOBI CENTER IN IZMIT

    It was stated that the European Union (EU) Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (KOBI) Business Development Centre would be established in Izmit. General Secretary of Kocaeli's Chamber of Industry (KSO), Hamdi Dogan, stated that they were trying to establish three business centres under the title of 'EU-KOBI Business Centre" for four months, one of which will be established in Izmit and the other in Kocaeli. Dogan added that they have not decided yet where to establish the third one. He said, "This business centre, which will serve as a technical advicing establishment, will provide educational instruction and guidance concerning the ensuring of finances." /Cumhuriyet/

    [25] EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE IMF TO MEET

    International Monetary Fund (IMF) will hold the meeting of its executive directors council in Washington today and discuss the developments that occurred since December 1999 in the Turkish economy and the letter of intention comprising 13 articles. IMF determined the date of this meeting as 26 April before but then postponed this date to 28 April due to the fact that Turkey could not finish some of its preparations. /Cumhuriyet/

    [26] DEMIREL'S STATEMENT ON THE SOUTHEASTERN ANATOLIA PROJECT

    President Suleyman Demirel stated that the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP), which is to be implemented within the next 10 years by spending 16 billion dollars, did not depend on the make up for the government and added, "No matter which government comes to power, this project will be implemented." Demirel delivered a speech during the panel entitled 'Accelerating the Improvement of Sanliurfa, GAP's Centre of Attraction' during which he said, "The societies, who consider their life to be a fate and who cannot imagine leading a better life, will never attain a better way of life. Turkey has improved by 5% and made very important developments, each of which can be considered a revolution. We expect Turkey will soon look like the Western countries. GAP could turn the important resources of Turkey into benefits for all." Demirel also pointed out that when Turkey was having economic problems, it could collect 16 billion dollars of 32 billion dollars, which were necessary for the GAP. /Cumhuriyet/

    [27] ITU'S EARTHQUAKE REPORT

    A report, prepared by Istanbul Technical University, of a possible earthquake in Istanbul, was issued yesterday. The report stated that the probability of an earthquake in Istanbul area in 30 years was between 47 and 77 percent, as the 17 August Izmit quake increased the stress of the fault lines in the Marmara Sea. /Star/

    [28] SEISMOGRAPHES LAID BENEATH THE MARMARA SEA

    Ten seismographes sent from Japan have begun to be laid down beneath the Marmara Sea in order to determine the condition of the fault line in the region. The Dean of the Mining Faculty of the Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Prof.Naci Gorur, said that within three or four months' time, information concerning the condition of the fault line in the region will have been completed. /Hurriyet/

    [29] ENGINEERING AWARD FOR TURKISH ENGINEER

    Memduh Guney, who lives in Australia, was presented the "Engineering Design Award" with his "mobile terminal" explorer which is used in payments with credit cards. The product is the smallest equipment of its type. After his graduation from the Middle East Technical University's Mechanical Engineering Department, Memduh Guney immigrated to Australia in 1988 and he is still working at a leading company's product design department. /Aksam/

    [30] DIRECTORATE OF RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS' PREPARATION FOR THE EU

    The Directorate of Religious Affairs will gather the Council of International European Union between 3 and 7 May in order to prepare Turkey for entry into the European Union. During this Council, officials from the Directorate of Religious Affairs, many scientists from the Turkish and foreign universities, the representatives of the political parties and many experts will make speeches. /Cumhuriyet/

    [31] RONA AYBAY: "HUMAN RIGHTS ARE AN IDEAL"

    Bosnia-Herzegovinan Human Rights Court's Judge and the lecturer at the Istanbul Bilgi University, Prof. Rona Aybay, stated that that human rights were an ideal and pointed out that everyone should benefit from the protection of human rights without regard to race, language, or religion and that ideal of human rights was expressed within the general principles that direct the legal code. Prof. Rona Anbay attended the Wednesday Meetings, which are being held in the memory of Prof. Tarik Zafer Tunaya, as a guest and gave a conference entitled "The International Protection of Human Rights and the Position of Human Rights Documents in Turkish Law." Aybay stated that the human rights were multi-dimensional concept, which should be taken into very serious consideration. Aybay added, "The only condition for benefiting from these rights is to be a human." /Cumhuriyet/

    [32] 15,000 SOLDIERS IN THE OPERATION

    The Spring operation, which was started in Tunceli with 15,000 soldiers is continuing. These operations are intensified particularly in the triangle of Ovacik, Hozat and Pertek, with support from the air. /Cumhuriyet/

    [33] 10 BILLION DOLLARS FROM FRANCHISING IN ONE YEAR

    It has been noted that the franchising sector, which attracted attention as the most popular opportunity in the business establishment, will reach a volume of 10 billion dollars and give job for nearly 100,000 people. Deputy Chairman of Franchise Association, Recep Ali Aksoylu, stated that the era of making money from money had come to an end and that now it was time for initiation implemented thanks to the franchising system. Aksoylu added that this sector was contributing an income of 3 billion dollars to the sector and employing 30,000 people. /Aksam/

    [34] NAIM SULEYMANOGLU IN BULGARIAN PRESS

    Bulgarian newspapers have devoted wide coverage to Naim Suleymanoglu, a noted weight-lifter who has recently won the bronze medal in the European Weight-Lifting Championship. The 'Trud' Newspaper's headline was as follows: "If Naim wins the fourth Olympics Championship in Sydney, he will receive $5 million". /Hurriyet/

    [35] MEDALS IN WEIGHT-LIFTING

    Turkish weight-lifter Yasin Aslan, competing in the 69 kilos weight class, won the silver medal in snatch with 150 kilos and bronze medal in total weight with 325 kilos, at the fourth day of the 79th European Weight Lifting Championship in Sofia. Another Turkish weight-lifter, Ekrem Celil, showing a great performance than expected, won silver medal in clean and jerk with 180 kilos and he came fourth in Europe with his 325 kilos in total. Today, Turkish weight-lifters Mehmet Yilmaz and Ayhan Cicek will compete in the 77 kilo weight class at the championship. /Milliyet/

    [36] PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET TO COME TO ISTANBUL

    Pacific Northwest Ballet will perform William Shakespeare's play entitled 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at Ataturk Cultural Centre on 11, 12, 13 June in Istanbul. This group, which will perform as part of the 28th International Music Festival, will stage this play with the interpretation of Russian choreographer George Balanchine. /Cumhuriyet/

    [37] FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [38] PRESIDENT'S MANNER SHOULD BE CLEAR BY HIKMET BILA (CUMHURIYET)

    Hikmet Bila is a columnist at the daily 'Cumhuriyet'. In his article, he comments on the latest situation in the presidential election in Turkey. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "The first round for bulloting for the presidential election resulted as was expected. It was not expected that 367 votes would be achieved in the first round. If the five leaders' common candidate, the Head of the Constitutional Court, Ahmet Necdet Sezer, collected a very low number of votes, then we could have talked about a suprise. This candidate, which was determined by the five leaders during the signing ceremony, three of whom were Prime Minister at one time, could not collect 367 votes but the difference of votes between him and his closest follower is very high. It is very likely that the parties will keep their promises and elect Sezer the President if an extraordinary development does not occur.

    Head of the Constitutional Court, Ahmet Necdet Sezer, delivered a speech, which changed his life and opened the way to Cankaya Presidential Palace. Sezer was not the only jurist who argues for the supremacy of law and he was not the only Head of the Constitutional Court who defended democratization. The reason for the acceptance of Sezer's candidacy was the fact that he not only signed the decision that closed the Welfare Party (RP), but also he agreed with the RP on some issues.

    When the five leaders came together and signed Sezer's candidacy, this news was announced with the descriptions such as 'the victory of democracy,' 'historic signature' and the 'picture that was longed for.' However, was it not both Sezer's weakness and the power which allowed him to be elected? Were those who think that 'the candidate who is the candidate of everyone is the candidate of noone' wrong? In just the same way, those who applaused as soon as they heard the candidacy of Sezer, thought that it was necessary to wait for a period of time because there were these words uttered from the two wings of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA): "We should be more careful when we embrace Sezer as a rescuer, who closed the RP." Sezer's misfortune was the fact that he was wished to be put in a position, which everyone could shape as he_she wants. Some circles wanted to show Sezer's Presidency as the 'return match of 28 February' and some people considered the common signature of the five leaders as the 'civilian 28 February.' No matter who he_she will be, the person who will be elected the President has to take the lead in a democratic and secular Turkish Republic."


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