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Turkish Press Review, 01-01-15

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

15.01.01

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER'S NEW YEAR RECEPTION
  • [02] MORI'S CALL FOR PEACE
  • [03] PROTEST AGAINST FRANCE
  • [04] OPEN BIDDING PERIOD
  • [05] IMF TO START MEETINGS
  • [06] BLUE STREAM PIPELINE
  • [07] NATO HELICOPTERS TO FLY WITH TURKISH SOFTWARE
  • [08] RADAR CONTROL SYSTEM IN BOSPHROUS
  • [09] OECD SUPPORTS ANKARA IN THE FIGHT AGAINST MONEY LAUNDERING
  • [10] WEB SITE AGAINST THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
  • [11] ARMENIAN PATRIARCH IS UNEASY ABOUT THE GENOCIDE BILL
  • [12] ISRAEL-TURKEY-UNITED STATES JOINT EXERCISES START
  • [13] CE ON 21 ITEMS OF PRODUCTS
  • [14] IRON MINES ON PRIVATIZATION PROGRAM
  • [15] TURKISH RESCUE TEAM TRAVELS TO EL SALVADOR
  • [16] ELECTRONIC TAX OBSERVATION FOR THE COMPANIES
  • [17] FOREIGN DEBT REPAYMENTS
  • [18] GERMAN TOURISTS PREFER TURKEY
  • [19] ZEUGMA ANTIC CITY
  • [20] TURKEY'S FIRST MODERN ARTS MUSEUM
  • [21] ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS:"TERIM HAS PROVEN TO BE AN EMPEROR"
  • [22] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [23] BLACK MARK IN THE HISTORY OF FRANCE BY SUKRU ELEKDAG (MILLIYET)

  • [01] SEZER'S NEW YEAR RECEPTION

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and his wife Semra Sezer will give a new year reception at the Presidential Palace Jan.16-17. Official protocol, representatives of the foreign missions, artists, representatives of professional organizations, journalists, businessmen and representatives of nongovernmental organizations will participate in the receptions. /Sabah/

    [02] MORI'S CALL FOR PEACE

    Japanese Prime Minister Yosiro Mori said rapprochement between Turkey and Greece is an inevitable factor for the stability in the Eastern Europe. Mr. Mori, the first Japanese Premier paying an official visit to Athens, met with Greek President Kostis Stefanopulos and Premier Kostas Simitis. After the meetings, regarding Turco-Greek relations, Mr. Mori said his Greek counterpart is exerting important efforts to improve relations with Turkey. /Turkiye/

    [03] PROTEST AGAINST FRANCE

    Azerbaijani Cultural Association and Turkish World Culture and Human Rights Association's members placed a black wreath in front of the French Consulate in Izmir to protest discussion of the so-called Armenian genocide bill in the French Assembly. Stressing they would not accept any decision against Turkish Nation by the French Assembly, the members said, "The ones who condemn Turkey for the so-called Armenian genocide, should look first to the Armenian genocide carried out in Anatolia yesterday and in Azerbaijan today. The decisions do not affect the Republic of Turkey. The loser will be the Armenians, living in Armenia, and the Armenian State. /Turkiye/

    [04] OPEN BIDDING PERIOD

    An open bidding process will be followed in the public institutions. The new state bidding law prepared by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing is ready to be sent to the Turkish Grand National Assembly. The bidding law includes the World Trade Center and the EU norms. Accordingly, the tenders will be completed by the bidding commission in order to prevent any consultation with the firms before the biddings. /Turkiye/

    [05] IMF TO START MEETINGS

    The IMF delegation headed by Turkey Desk Chairman, Carlo Cottarelli, begins its meetings with Turkish authorities today. In the meantime, the government is pushing the button to start the reforms which were pledged to the IMF in the third letter of intent. The delegation will also observe the reforms step by step in banking sector. The Banking Regulation and Supervision Board will announce the banks to be sold on Jan. 20. The IMF delegation will leave Turkey Jan. 22. /Turkiye/

    [06] BLUE STREAM PIPELINE

    The main welding work on the Blue Stream Pipeline's Samsun-Ankara section has been completed. As a part of the Blue Stream Project, which foresees transfering Russian natural gas to Turkey via the pipeline constructed under the Black Sea, the 501-km section to be constructed on Turkish territory is expected to be truly completed by April 2001. The pipeline will be 1,200 km length in total and cost $3.4 billion. /Turkiye/

    [07] NATO HELICOPTERS TO FLY WITH TURKISH SOFTWARE

    A Turkish software company, Milsoft, has been commissioned to take part in software development studies aimed at fitting out the Sikorsky S-70 Seahawk helicopter. The Sikorsky company after conducting technical and administrative studies at the company to assess its suitability held talks. The contract was signed last month. The Milsoft company has sent its software writers and engineers to Sikorsky Aircraft facilities in Connecticut in the United States. The company is already well known in NATO for representing Turkey at an all-systems interoperability exercise called JWID-2000 (Joint Warrior Interoperability Demonstration). /Turkish Daily News/

    [08] RADAR CONTROL SYSTEM IN BOSPHROUS

    The preparations to establish the "Maritime Traffic Administration and Information Systems", a plan to control and observe maritime traffic in the Istanbul Bosphorus and Canakkale Straits, are expected to end soon. Construction works for the traffic control system are expected to begin on January 27 with a ceremony. Minister of State Ramazan Mirzaoglu is expected to attend the ceremony making the opening of the system. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] OECD SUPPORTS ANKARA IN THE FIGHT AGAINST MONEY LAUNDERING

    Turkey analyst of the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), a part of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), John Karlsonn, said fighting against corruption was one of the main issues in Turkey. Karlsonn stated Turkey was efficiently fighting against corruption. He added the Banking Regulation and Supervision Board was very important in the fight against money laundering and corruption. Stating that FATF was closely following the developments in Turkey, Karlsonn said they were in close cooperation with Turkish officials. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] WEB SITE AGAINST THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

    The Office of the Chief of the General Staff presented historical documents and incidents to the public on its web-site against the allegations of the so-called Armenian genocide. The web-site covers certain important questions about the relationship between Armenians and the Ottoman Empire. The web site states that the allegations of the so-called Armenian genocide are totaly untrue and are only built on Armenian hostility towards Turkey without any historical evidence. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] ARMENIAN PATRIARCH IS UNEASY ABOUT THE GENOCIDE BILL

    Armenian Patriarch in Turkey, Mesrop Mutafyan, announced his unease about the acceptance of the so-called Armenian genocide bill at the Foreign Affairs Commission of the French national assembly. Mr. Mutafyan said, "Turkey and Armenia have to solve their mutual problems through dialogue. We will support this dialogue." He said some people in the West wanted to use this issue to their favor, and he was not happy about this. /Milliyet/

    [12] ISRAEL-TURKEY-UNITED STATES JOINT EXERCISES START

    The "Reliable Mermaid 3" military exercises started yesterday in the Israeli territorial waters. The exercises are carrying out search and rescue operations. /Milliyet/

    [13] CE ON 21 ITEMS OF PRODUCTS

    The Foreign Trade Undersecretary has completed its project for placing the "CE" sign on certain products obligatory for exportation of 21 items to the EU. Undersecretary has prepared a "Bill on Preparing and Implementation Technical Regulations related to the Products" which was sent to the TGNA as a government's draft on December 18, 2000, The draft is expected to be enacted as a law in 2001. /Aksam/

    [14] IRON MINES ON PRIVATIZATION PROGRAM

    The Turkish Iron and Steel Industry (TDCI) was put under the privatization program by order of the Privatization Administration Board (OIB). Two remaining enterprises operating iron mines in Hekimhan and Divrigi will be privatized. The representatives of the OIB said the State Monopolies (Tekel) and some power plants will also be brought into the privatization program. /Milliyet/

    [15] TURKISH RESCUE TEAM TRAVELS TO EL SALVADOR

    A 7.6 magnitude quake centered off El Salvador's southern coast rocked Cenral America. The quake was felt across El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and Mexico. As search and rescue efforts are continuing in the quake-hit area, it was stated that a 25 person search and rescue team will travel to El Salvador to assist. According to the Crisis Management Center statement, an affiliated office of the Office of the Prime Minister, 15 people from the Directorate General of Civil Defense and 10 people from the voluntary search and rescue organizations will travel to El Salvador. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] ELECTRONIC TAX OBSERVATION FOR THE COMPANIES

    The state will closely observe companies committing tax evasion through an internet based accountancy automation system "Say 2000i". The new system will reduce tax evasions and losses. With the implementation of the new system, the state accounting system will also change. /Hurriyet/

    [17] FOREIGN DEBT REPAYMENTS

    The Treasury will make foreign debt repayments totalling $ 195.3 million this week. The largest portion of the repayments, $ 105.9 million will take place today. /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] GERMAN TOURISTS PREFER TURKEY

    The German Bunde Magazine stated that Turkey was a preferrable country for a secure holiday. Additionally, Turkey was the most preferred country in Germany for the 2001 summer period. /Cumhuriyet/

    [19] ZEUGMA ANTIC CITY

    Chairman of the Southern Anatolia Project (GAP) Administration Olcay Unver said planning for the 2001 activities will be completed in a month for the rescue works in Zeugma. Unver stated that for the recovery works to be carried out in Zeugma, a minutes of accord was signed with the American Packard Humanities Institute, on June 7, 2000. /Cumhuriyet/

    [20] TURKEY'S FIRST MODERN ARTS MUSEUM

    The Minister of Culture is preparing to establish Turkey`s first and largest modern arts museum. The museum will be constructed in restorated train hangars. The preserved train hangars will feature performance art such as the theatre and opera. The project is expected to be completed in a year. /Cumhuriyet/

    [21] ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS:"TERIM HAS PROVEN TO BE AN EMPEROR"

    Fatih Terim, Turkish manager of Fiorentina, is on the cover of all Italian newspapers. After defeating Milan 4-0 under the management of Terim, all papers have headlines such as, "Terim has proven to be an emperor" and "Terim is victorious, Fiorentina is flying". /Milliyet/

    [22] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [23] BLACK MARK IN THE HISTORY OF FRANCE BY SUKRU ELEKDAG (MILLIYET)

    "The Turkish public knows that French intentions in occupying Cukurova at the end of World War 1 was to colonialize the region. What is not known by the majority, is that France used Armenian gangs and Armenian troops in French uniforms to engage in a violent ethnic cleansing rarely witnessed throughout history. This cruelty, torture and massacres directed against Turks,is a black spot in French history. With the French National Assembly trying to pass a law stating that Turks committed crimes of genocide against the Armenians, it is necessary to shed light on these dark pages of history.

    The first action by the French while occupying Cukurova was to appoint an administrator titled 'Syrian and Armenian High Commissioner', and to bring the Legion d'Orient, made up of close to ten thousand Armenians trained in Egypt, to the region. Then the French began to implement a plan to convert the population balance in favour of Armenians in hopes of establishing an Armenian Republic. As a first step, it called on Armenians in diaspora, and those who were relocated, to come to Cukurova. It was followed by an ethnic cleansing aimed at forcing the Turks out of Cukurova. At first, the Armenian occupying forces burning with hatred, played an important role in these actions. Furthermore, the French, by arming the Armenian population, gave them a blank check to raid Turkish villages and kill the peasants. Planned massacres against Turks took place within this atmosphere, and torture and rape were widely seen. France has been both an accomplice to this violence and the main responsible party.

    The US High Commissioner in Istanbul Admiral Bristol, in a report he sent to Washington, said, 'French and Armenian troops destroyed Turkish villages and massacred the people.'(Laurence Evans, United States Policy and Partition of Turkey, p.259)

    In the end, the French were defeated by the national resistance movement, and withdrew from Anatolia, leaving the traces of violent massacres, and abandoning Armenians to their fate.

    The French politicians who forget this embarassement are trying to rewrite history by enacting laws at a time when French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin rejected a proposal to investigate the French massacres in Algeria, saying they should leave the judgement on the issue to the historians."


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