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Turkish Press Review, 01-01-08

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

08.01.01

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] OFFICE OF CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF DENIES ALLEGATIONS OF OPERATION IN IRAQ
  • [02] TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO TALABANI
  • [03] OFFICE OF CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF DENIES ALLEGATIONS OF OPERATION IN IRAQ
  • [04] CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO BE DISCUSSED IN TGNA THIS WEEK
  • [05] YILMAZ TO ATTEND EDU MEETING
  • [06] PARLIAMENTARIANS EXAMINE EDIRNE F-TYPE PRISON
  • [07] ATTACK TO POLICE IN KAGITHANE
  • [08] ARMENIAN LOBBY CONTINUES ITS ACTIVITIES AGAINST TURKEY
  • [09] CHINESE MINISTER IN ANKARA
  • [10] FISCHER: "TURKEY CANNOT BE EXCLUDED FROM THE EU"
  • [11] US ENVOY EXPECTED IN CYPRUS
  • [12] EU'S PRODI SAYS TURKEY ON RIGHT TRACK
  • [13] GOVERNMENT'S BREAKTHROUGH IN EASTERN REGION
  • [14] ISTANBUL'S SECOND AIRPORT TO OPEN
  • [15] EXPLOSION IN THE CANAKKALE STRAITS
  • [16] URKISH SOLDIERS READY FOR DISASTERS
  • [17] RIORITY FOR TOURISM INVESTMENTS
  • [18] OOPERATION IN DEFENSE INDUSTRY
  • [19] ANUFACTURING FACTORY IN BATMAN
  • [20] ESTEL PRODUCES A TV WITH MEMORY
  • [21] OREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES INCREASE
  • [22] REASURY REPAYS $140 MILLION DEBT
  • [23] YTEKIN:"WE EXPENDED $2 MILLION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS"
  • [24] ARTHQUAKE SEMINARS
  • [25] ROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [26] QUESTIONS TO BAHCELI BY SEDAT SERTOGLU (SABAH)

  • [01] OFFICE OF CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF DENIES ALLEGATIONS OF OPERATION IN IRAQ

    [02] TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO TALABANI

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, on a TRT television program, said Turkey was giving technical assistance to Talabani forces fighting against the PKK in Northern Iraq. Mr. Ecevit said PKK forces could not be totally eliminated yet. They are using Northern Iraq to recoup. Mr. Ecevit said the fight between Talabani forces and the PKK show that the PKK danger is not completely over. Regarding broadcasting in Kurdish, Ecevit said the parties composing the coalition government do not have the same opinion. They worry that acceptance of this demand will bring about new unacceptable demands. Some western states are supporting the terrorist groups in Turkey. "The weakening of terrorism pave the way for political separatism. Some western states support these efforts. If they leave the issue to us we can easily solve the problem." said Ecevit. /Hurriyet/

    [03] OFFICE OF CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF DENIES ALLEGATIONS OF OPERATION IN IRAQ

    The Office of the Chief of the General Staff announced that the news stating Turkish soldiers had entered Northern Iraq were untrue. Certain TV channels and papers, known to be PKK supporters, alleged that Turkey had sent its soldiers to Northern Iraq upon Talabani's demand. However, Secretary General of the Chief of the General Staff stated, "We are aware the PKK and its supporters in the media are trying to pursue propaganda against Turkey. Their aims is to create an public opinion against Turkey. We are closely following their attempts." /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO BE DISCUSSED IN TGNA THIS WEEK

    Leaders of the coalition parties will meet today or tomorrow to have the final word on the amendment of the 63rd article of the constitution regulating the closing of political parties. After the leaders' approval, the package, including more constitutional amendments like new regulations in the term of the President, is expected to be discussed in the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) Constitutional Commission. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said the package might pass in the TGNA within a week or 10 days. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] YILMAZ TO ATTEND EDU MEETING

    Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz will attend the meeting of the European Democratic Union (EDU) in Germany Jan.10-11. Mr. Yilmaz will meet with the leaders of fourty democratic parties. The representatives of 11 countries which are also candidates for full EU membership will attend the meetings. /Sabah/

    [06] PARLIAMENTARIANS EXAMINE EDIRNE F-TYPE PRISON

    Members of the parliamentary Human Rights Commission visited the Edirne F-type prison in response to the criticisms of "Operation: Return To Life". Democratic Left Party (DSP) Deputy Hasan Macit, Nationalist Action Party (MHP) Deputy Abbas Bozyel, Virtue Party (FP) Deputy Nazir Aydin, Motherland Party (ANAP) Deputy Mirac Akdogan and True Path Party (DYP) Deputy Kamer Genc met with the Public Prosecutor Ali Sanver and then went to the F-type prison. Macit held a press conference after examining the prison. He stated they spoke with various inmates and received information on the implementation of the F-type prison. He further added the inmates could buy whatever they wanted from the canteen and they had no complaints about the prison guards. In response to questions about ending the hunger strikes and death fasts, Macit said the state attaches great importance to F-Type prisons and they learned some immates had ended their hunger strikes. The Commission members then departed in order to examine the Kocaeli F-type prison. /Turkish Daily News/

    [07] ATTACK TO POLICE IN KAGITHANE

    Two people attacked a police car in Kagithane, Istanbul. A policeman was wounded during the attack. Security forces began an investigation in the region. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] ARMENIAN LOBBY CONTINUES ITS ACTIVITIES AGAINST TURKEY

    The allegations of the so-called Armenian genocide was brought to the agenda again in France through the efforts of the Armenian lobby. The bill on the so-called Armenian genocide will be discussed in the Foreign Relations Commission on Wednesday, and is expected to be discussed in the Assembly's Plenary Session January 18, 2001. Stating the Armenian lobby has been somewhat successful in their attempts, specialist at the Eurasian Strategic Research Center (ASAM), retired Ambassador Omer Engin Lutem said, "The bill might be approved in the French Assembly. The French government has not tried to prevent the attempts." /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] CHINESE MINISTER IN ANKARA

    Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China, Tang Jiaxuan, paying an official visit to Turkey at the invitation of Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, will begin official meetings with Turkish authorities today. The Chinese Minister will also be received by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. /Turkiye/

    [10] FISCHER: "TURKEY CANNOT BE EXCLUDED FROM THE EU"

    German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said, "We cannot allow Turkey to prefer any other establishment other than Europe." During an interview with "Der Tagesspile" newspaper, Fischer evaluated of former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt's viewpoint. Schmidt said recently that he believed it was a mistake to have given Turkey candidacy for EU membership. Fischer said, "It should not be evaluated as a mistake." /Turkiye/

    [11] US ENVOY EXPECTED IN CYPRUS

    President Clinton's special envoy to Cyprus, Alfred Moses, and US State Department Special Coordinator for Cyprus, Thomas Weston, are to travel to Cyprus on Jan. 8. The officials will have talks in both northern and southern Cyprus. They had earlier postponed their visit to the island, which is to take place before the fifth round of the proximity talks. The British Special Envoy, Sir David Hannay, will visit the island on Jan. 11. /Turkish Daily News/

    [12] EU'S PRODI SAYS TURKEY ON RIGHT TRACK

    "Turkey is starting from a low point in building the modern democracy needed for membership of the European Union but, it is moving in the right direction," EU President Romano Prodi was quoted on Saturday in a Greek newspaper interview. "They know that if they want to be a member of the EU, they have to develop into a modern democracy," Prodi told the daily To Vima. "As I told you Turkey moves in the right direction but the starting point is very low," he said. "That is why we offered a partnership agreement, a sort of guideline for how Turkey should progress if it wants to become a member state at some point." /Turkish Daily News/

    [13] GOVERNMENT'S BREAKTHROUGH IN EASTERN REGION

    The government will give low interest loans to the firms for the completion of the partly-finished investments in the Eastern and South Eastern regions in Turkey. Reportedly, a 70-trillion TL fund has been allocated for those investments in agriculture, industry, health, education and tourism for 26 provinces. The firms with partially completed investments can use an investment loan at 10% and those who do not have operating capital can apply to the Turkish Developing Bank and Vakiflar Bank for an operating loan at 15%. /Turkiye/

    [14] ISTANBUL'S SECOND AIRPORT TO OPEN

    Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Istanbul's second airport, will open today. Two planes, a military and a Turkish Airways plane, will land at the airport today. Two runways at the airport are 3,000 meters long and 45 meters wide. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] EXPLOSION IN THE CANAKKALE STRAITS

    An explosion occurred yesterday on a Turkish ship named Kaanbey sailing in the Canakkale Straits. A sailor died from the explosion and another was wounded. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] URKISH SOLDIERS READY FOR DISASTERS

    Turkish soldiers prepare for a possible disaster at the Natural Disasters Education Foundation in Izmir. Search and rescue teams will be established and dogs will also be trained for use in rescue operations. /Aksam/

    [17] RIORITY FOR TOURISM INVESTMENTS

    Priority has been given to investments in tourism for 2001. When compared to last year, this year's public investments will increase by 16.6%. The tourism and production industry investments will increase 51.8% and 48% respectively. According to the program, the tourism industry envisions spending 41 trillion TL this year. Only 27 trillion TL was spent last year. /Turkiye/

    [18] OOPERATION IN DEFENSE INDUSTRY

    The decision on a licencee company is to be made on one of the biggest defence projects of the 21st century, the production of 145 attack helicopters. The meetings with the American Bell Textron Company, held in accordance with the arrangement of the Defense Industry Executive Board, are nearing the end. It was stated that the meetings with the American company will end February 28, 2001. /Cumhuriyet/

    [19] ANUFACTURING FACTORY IN BATMAN

    Businessman Sami Demirci living in France, will establish a factory producing ready made clothes in Batman, his hometown. The equipment and machines necessary for production were brought to Batman. It was stated that Demirci's aim is to complete the establishment of the factory as soon as possible. /Aksam/

    [20] ESTEL PRODUCES A TV WITH MEMORY

    Turkish company Vestel exhibited a TV with memory in the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Additionaly, Vestel exhibited the first world internet terminal at the exhibition. /Aksam/

    [21] OREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES INCREASE

    The Central Bank's foreign reserves increased. The bank had to sell $7 billion foreign reserves during the fiscal crisis in November. The reserves increased to $29.4 billion. /Milliyet/

    [22] REASURY REPAYS $140 MILLION DEBT

    The Treasury will pay $138.4 million foreign debt this week. With this week's payment, the total debt payment of the Treasury for Jan.1-12 will total $169 million. /Milliyet/

    [23] YTEKIN:"WE EXPENDED $2 MILLION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS"

    Minister of the Environment Fevzi Aytekin said around $2 million was expended on 58 environmental projects of the 130 prepared in 2000. Mr.Aytekin said a greater share will be given for environmental projects to be carried out in Thrace region. /Sabah/

    [24] ARTHQUAKE SEMINARS

    The Chambers of Turkish Civil Engineers and Greek Technics will jointly organize seminars on earthquake. The first will be held in Athens. The second will be in Istanbul Jan. 11-12. /Turkiye/

    [25] ROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [26] QUESTIONS TO BAHCELI BY SEDAT SERTOGLU (SABAH)

    Columnist Sedat Sertoglu writes on the foreign policy views of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP). A summary of his column is as follows:

    If we recall correctly, Deputy Prime Minister and Nationalist Action Party leader Devlet Bahceli, has not expressed his party's views on foreign policy. In the next three years beginning with 2001, the developments that will be seen on foreign policy platforms will probably influence Turkey more than the developments within the country. However, the Coalition Government's second largest partner chooses to remain silent on the issue.

    Either they do not want to interfere in the actions of a Ministry belonging to the Democratic Left wing of the Government for fear they may negatively influence the working of the coalition, It may very well be they do not want to voice any radical ideas at the moment.

    MHP leader Bahceli expresses his views on all issues relating to domestic policies such as the amnesty and the closing down of a party but does not utter a word on foreign policy. However, we are not living in the 1970s. The globe is moving towards a world order where everyone intervenes in everyone else's business...The joint monetary system and lifting of borders are two examples. We are in an era where a Greater European Federation is being discussed.

    Therefore, we would like to learn the views the Nationalist Action Party holds on various foreign policy issues such as relations with EU, the Cyprus problem, the bills on the so-called Armenian Genocide, and relations with Washington, Athens, the Caucasus and the Balkans. We also believe this is our right as Bahceli occuppies a seat from where he will have an important role in future decisions of historical import. Today, as the dynamics of foreign policy are changing at the speed of light, the Nationalist Action Party should be trained on foreign policy, preparing plans, and developing scenarios directed towards thefuture. The Nationalist Action Party should prepare reasonable plans in accordance with its own ideals. Everyone wonders what the views of MHP are on foreign policy, both the man in the street and its ardent followers.


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