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Turkish Press Review, 00-10-11

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

11.10.00

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] EP FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMISSION REJECTS THE PROPOSALS OVER THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
  • [02] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [03] CZECH PRESIDENT HAVEL VISITS TURKEY
  • [04] TURKEY OPENS IRAQIAN OIL PIPELINE
  • [05] THE US ADMINISTRATION INTENSIFIES ITS PRESSURE
  • [06] EP FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMISSION REJECTS THE PROPOSALS OVER THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
  • [07] BAHCELI'S REACTION TO THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE BILL
  • [08] NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS PROTEST AGAINST THE US
  • [09] CEM'S TELEPHONE DIPLOMACY FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
  • [10] CANDIDATES FOR THE PARLIAMENTARY SPEAKER
  • [11] OKUYAN IN LONDON
  • [12] YILMAZ'S STATEMENT ON ECONOMIC STABILITY
  • [13] A TURK RECEIVES GERMAN ORDER OF MERIT
  • [14] BULGARIA ASSIGNS A THERMIC POWER-PLANT FOR TURKEY
  • [15] STANDARD AND POOR'S ANALYSTS VISIT TURKEY
  • [16] AMERICAN FIRMS' INTEREST IN TURKEY'S ENERGY PROJECTS
  • [17] TURKISH-ISRAELI TEXTILE FIRMS MERGE
  • [18] EURASIA MANAGER WOMEN'S CONGRESS
  • [19] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [20] A RAY OF HOPE BY GUNGOR MENGI (SABAH)

  • [01] EP FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMISSION REJECTS THE PROPOSALS OVER THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

    [02] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [03] CZECH PRESIDENT HAVEL VISITS TURKEY

    Czech President Vaclav Havel arrived in Ankara for a three-day visit. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer received the Czech President. At the reception, Mr. Sezer said, "Both Turkey and the Czech Republic place great importance on democratic principles, the rule of law and human rights. We are members of the NATO and West European Union and must improve our mutual close relations. Mr. Havel is highly regarded for the historic process which paved the way for the development of modern democratic states in his region." The delegations have signed three separate agreements on customs, agriculture and veterinary. /Milliyet/

    [04] TURKEY OPENS IRAQIAN OIL PIPELINE

    After dispatching humanitarian aid to Iraq, a second retaliation for the Armenian bill will be made through the reconnection of the Iraq-Turkey crude oil pipeline, which was out of use for many years. Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Cumhur Ersumer ordered BOTAS to implement the necessary preparations for the openning of the pipeline. Within the framework of Iraqi embargo, the pipeline, consisting of two sections, has been closed down for almost ten years. However, one section of the pipeline was partially opened in 1996 under the supervision of the UN. The pipeline has a transfer capacity of 70 million ton crude oil in total. As it has been closed, Turkey has a loss of $225 million yearly only for the transfer of the oil. Turkey has often expressed concerns over its losses due to the embargo, however, it was not taken into consideration. Meanwhile, a second Turkish plane carrying medical materials and five medical doctors will land in Baghdad today. /Turkiye/

    [05] THE US ADMINISTRATION INTENSIFIES ITS PRESSURE

    The US Administration increased its pressures to prevent the so-called Armenian genocide bill's approval on the floor of the House of Representatives. Moreover, the criticisms issued by two prominent American liberal newspapers have had an effect. Diplomatic circles are noting Turkey's importance which has increased due to the recent developments in the Mideast and Yugoslavia. /Turkiye/

    [06] EP FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMISSION REJECTS THE PROPOSALS OVER THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

    The Foreign Relations Commission of the European Parliament (EP) approved the Turkey report, prepared by the French Parliamentarian Phillippe Morillion, which did not include the statement of so-called "Armenian genocide". All the proposals presented to the commission to include the statement in the draft resolution affiliated with Morillion's report were rejected by the Commission. However, the report approved by the commission added two paragraphs concerning Turkey's relations with Armenia. Noting that the tragic past of the Armenians should be taken into consideration by the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA), the paragraphs stated that the TGNA should respect the Armenian minority and that Turkey should improve its relations with the Causasus countries in accordance with the security pact. The report will be discussed in the EP's General Council in November. The pressure of the French government and that of the Turkish Foreign Ministry were influential in persuading the Commission to reject the proposals. Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Cem sent strong messages to the EP through the Turkish Embassy in Brussels. He also phoned Daniel Cohn Bendit who was trying to add the statement to the report. Emphasizing two points in his speech with Mr. Bendit, Mr. Cem said that the EP should not damage the improving Turkey-EU relations since the Helsinki meetings, adding that the Turkish nation was extremeley sensitive to the issue because of the latest developments in the US. Therefore, the EP's stance in favour of the Armenian lobbies would seriously damage relations. In addition, Mr. Morillion recalled the Armenian Patriarch's statement against the resolution. He also stated that the EP did not have the right to use the term "Armenian genocide" and wanted members of the Commission not to make the same mistake as the Americans. /Cumhuriyet-Sabah/

    [07] BAHCELI'S REACTION TO THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE BILL

    The Chairman of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) and Deputy Prime Minister, Devlet Bahceli, has voiced his reaction to the so-called Armenian genocide bill currently being discussed in the US House of Representatives. Speaking at the first meeting of the new legislative year, Mr. Bahceli said, "No objective or no excuse could ever justify playing with the historical record of the Turkish nation and trying to convict it in the eyes of the world. History would not forgive this act of duplicity. Our Western allies should refrain from supporting such attempts that would neither contribute to the peace and stability of the region, nor to friendship and cooperation. Everbody and all institutions in Turkey should first comprehend what these allegations of genocide would mean for Turkey and then act more determinedly." /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS PROTEST AGAINST THE US

    The representatives of various nongovernmental organizations held a street demonstration in Istanbul against the United States due to the so-called Armenian genocide bill currently being discussed in the House of Representatives. Chairman of Kemalist Thought Club Halil Ibrahim Sahin evaluated the bill as "a concious and determined effort" to harm the unity of the Turkish nation. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] CEM'S TELEPHONE DIPLOMACY FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and the officials from the Ministry have been engaging in telephone diplomacy in hopes of preventing the violance in the Middle East from turning into a total war. Turkish diplomats are trying to make parties accept the establishment of an international commission to investigate the events. For the time being Israel is against the establishment of such a commission. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit sent messages to both Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and requested them to immediately come together. Mr. Ecevit said, "Both of you have precious leadership abilities that will ensure peace in the region. I trust that you will prevent a catastrophe in the region. This is your duty to your people." /Milliyet/

    [10] CANDIDATES FOR THE PARLIAMENTARY SPEAKER

    The first two rounds of the election to decide the new Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) will be held tomorrow. Eight official candidates from different parties are going to compete in the election, which is held every three years. Three of the candidates are from the Motherland Party (ANAP), two from the True Path Party (DYP), two others from the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) and the Virtue Party (FP), and one independent. The voting will be made by secret balloting and the candidates will seek the 367 votes needed to be elected. If the numbers are not attained, rounds three and four will be held next Tuesday and Thursday. /All papers/

    [11] OKUYAN IN LONDON

    Minister of Labour and Social Security Yasar Okuyan, currently in London, delivered a speech in the "Struggle Against Poverty and Social Isolation Conference" organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in London. Mr. Okuyan stated that the struggle against poverty is a prerequisite for being a social state governed by the rule of law. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] YILMAZ'S STATEMENT ON ECONOMIC STABILITY

    Delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the Sadettin Tantan Square in Sirinevler, Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz stated that Turkey is in an important period as decisions are being made to determine Turkey's position in the international arena in the 21st century. Noting that the continuation of the Turkish government's economic stability program was highly dependent on the support of the Turkish nation, Mr. Yilmaz said, "The government is determined to continue the stability program." Mr. Yilmaz reminded that to be a member of the EU is a great opportunity for Turkey. He also said that the government aims to put the reforms of local administrations into effect by the end of the year. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] A TURK RECEIVES GERMAN ORDER OF MERIT

    German President Johannes Rau presented an order of merit to Tayfun Keltek, who is the chairman of the North Rhein-Westfallen Union of Foreign Assemblies (LAGA). At the 10th anniversary of the union of two Germanies, 50 people were presented the order of merit for their public works. /Milliyet/

    [14] BULGARIA ASSIGNS A THERMIC POWER-PLANT FOR TURKEY

    After signing a supplementary agreement with Russia and Georgia on a 1.2 billion Kw_ph annual electricity sale, Energy Ministry agreed with their Bulgarian counterparts that Bulgarian authorities will assign the electricity production of a thermic power-plant for use in Turkey. Furthermore, Turkey will increase the annual purchase of electricity by 1.5 million Kw/ph. /Milliyet_

    [15] STANDARD AND POOR'S ANALYSTS VISIT TURKEY

    The analysts of Standard and Poor will come to Turkey to meet with economic bureaucrats and representatives of the private sector. The director of Standard and Poors David Beers had said that depending on the progress of economic reforms in Turkey, they could increase the credit note of Turkey from B+ to BB. /Star/

    [16] AMERICAN FIRMS' INTEREST IN TURKEY'S ENERGY PROJECTS

    In case the so-called Armenian Genocide bill is accepted in the US House of Representatives, the deals with American firms worth $11 million will be negatively affected. The largest energy project with a cost of $7.9 million is the construction of a thermic power-plant. American firms are interested in 18 thermic power-plants to be built in Turkey. /Star/

    [17] TURKISH-ISRAELI TEXTILE FIRMS MERGE

    One of the five largest cloth producing firms in Europe, Guney Sanayi (affiliated with Baser Holding), and Israeli Polgat Textiles have merged. The new firm, Guney-Polgat, will be based in Adana and %55 of the shares will belong to Guney Sanayi. /Hurriyet/

    [18] EURASIA MANAGER WOMEN'S CONGRESS

    The Eurasia Manager Women's Congress will be held in Istanbul on Nov. 2. In addition to Turkey and Turkish Speaking Republics, 17 participant and 15 observer countries from the Caucasus and the Balkans will take part in the Congress. The topic of the Congress will be "Sexual Equality in Societies Leads to Development and Peace." Many famous women from the political and business world are expected to join the Congress, including wife of the President, Semra Sezer. /Hurriyet/

    [19] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [20] A RAY OF HOPE BY GUNGOR MENGI (SABAH)

    Columnist Gungor Mengi comments on the recent developments in the European Parliament on the report concerning Turkey. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "There are some promising developments in the European Parliament Foreign Relations Committee. As the motion to include the Armenian genocide claims to the 'Turkey Report' was debated, the awakened consciences did not let the prejudices and slanders pass unnoticed. French deputy Daniel Cohn-Bendit speaking on behalf of the Greens Party, apologized in his speech and said he was ready to withdraw the motion. He added that it would not be correct to include the genocide claims in the report.

    The author of the report, Morillon said that the EP did not have to follow the US lead unwisely. Noting that the EP has to listen to the Patriarch of Turkish Armenians, Mutafian, Morillon said " We do not have any right to speak of a genocide. If we have to talk of a historical conscience, first we have to question ourselves on colonization, Indians in America, and the Aborigines in Australia." British deputy Emma Nicholson requested that the term genocide not be used in any discussions concerning Turkey.

    A prestigious and influential US newspaper, The Washington Post gave space to an article full of harsh criticisms and strong warnings. The newspaper said that it would be crazy to lose Turkish friendship over the House elections. The Armenian lobby may secure the voting on the so-called genocide resolution in the House of Representatives tomorrow. ANAP deputy Kamran Inan who is an experienced diplomat said, 'Right now, the congressmen have focused all their attention on the coming elections and are unaware of the impact of the genocide debate. It would be beneficial to inform them of the talks taking place in the European Parliament.'

    The next 24 hours is critical for us. Turkish politicians and diplomats should do whatever they can to protect Turkey from slander."


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