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Turkish Press Review, 01-09-11

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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr>

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

11.09.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] ECEVIT'S STATEMENT ON UN SUMMIT
  • [02] ECEVIT IS INVITED TO TURKISH-AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL MEETING
  • [03] ECEVIT ORDERS THE INVESTIGATION OF CASA PLANES
  • [04] EXPLOSION IN ISTANBUL
  • [05] EU INVITES TURKEY TO STOCKHOLM
  • [06] CEM ASKS FOR EU PATIENCE
  • [07] DERVIS ATTENDS TOBB MEETING
  • [08] ANKARA'S MESSAGE TO MOROCCO
  • [09] BRUSSELS FOLLOWS THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS IN TURKEY
  • [10] DENKTAS: ASK CLERIDES ON EQUALITY
  • [11] DIALOGUE PERIOD WITH SYRIA
  • [12] PARLIAMENT SPEAKER TO GO TO SWEDEN
  • [13] HEALTH MINISTER DURMUS GOES TO SPAIN
  • [14] ARSEVEN HOPEFUL ABOUT REFORMS
  • [15] NEW MEMBER TAKES OFFICE IN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT
  • [16] AYGUN VISITS BAYKAL
  • [17] TUSIAD ASKS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
  • [18] TURKEY PLEDGES IMF BUDGET ON COURSE
  • [19] TURKISH-GREEK NATURAL GAS NETWORK ON THE WAY
  • [20] JAPANESE PRINCE TOHOMITO TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [21] INONU ATTENDS TURCO-GREEK PHYSICS CONFERENCE
  • [22] IZMIT RECEIVES THE EUROPEAN HONOR FLAG
  • [23] TURKISH-JEWISH ENCOUNTER IN NEW YORK
  • [24] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [25] THE BEST POSSIBILITY BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ECEVIT'S STATEMENT ON UN SUMMIT

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit responded the questions of the reporters on the Cyprus issue yesterday. Ecevit said that Greek Cypriot leader Glafkos Clerides could not bear to meet with Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas despite Denktas' proposal. Stating that Denktas took the decisions concerning the Cyprus issue by consulting with Turkey, Ecevit said, "Contrary to allegations, Denktas is ready to meet with Clerides. However, it was Clerides who rejected a face-to-face meeting." /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] ECEVIT IS INVITED TO TURKISH-AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL MEETING

    The Turkish-American Business Council invited Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit to the meeting which is planned to be held in Turkey in November. The members of the Council stated that Ecevit's attendance might draw the attention of the American business circles to Turkish economy. Receiving the members of the Council yesterday, Ecevit has not given an answer to the invitation yet. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] ECEVIT ORDERS THE INVESTIGATION OF CASA PLANES

    The inquiry was opened within the Civil Defense Undersecretariat concerning the CASA planes. CASA planes, which came to Turkey in 1989, has made accidents three times and caused the death of 48 people. Upon the findings and complaints found in the first research made by the Ministry of National Defense, this time the Prime Ministry's Council of Investigation has begun to search the incident with the order of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. /Hurriyet/

    [04] EXPLOSION IN ISTANBUL

    An explosion in Istanbul's Taksim Square killed two police officers and injured 20 other people. The suicide bombing, occurred at 17:37 yesterday, was carried out by Ugur Bulbul, one of the death fasters to protest F-type prisons. The illegal DHKP_C organization claimed the responsibility for the attack. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and political parties leaders condemned the terrorist attack and expressed their sorrow. On the other hand the Minister of Interior Affairs, Rustu Kazim Yucelen decided to return Turkey interrupting his visit to Syria. /Turkiye/

    [05] EU INVITES TURKEY TO STOCKHOLM

    Turkey has been invited to the annual EU Conference of Parliamentary Speakers for the first time this year. Speaker of the Turkish Parliament Omer Izgi will travel to Stockholm on Thursday to attend the conference between September 13th and 15th. The Parliamentary Speakers will be received by the King of Sweden on September 14th. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] CEM ASKS FOR EU PATIENCE

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ismail Cem, has convinced the European Union (EU) term president and the Commission officials that the issue of Turkey will be debated not this week, but in October. The EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs will discuss Turkey on October 5th. Meanwhile, the EU Commission representative, Gunther Verheugen, will come to Turkey in October. Cem also informed his counterparts on the Cyprus issue and said, "Do not judge the question with prejudices and rely on hear-say information." Cem added the constitutional amendments will be debated in the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) in September and that Turkey will go through many changes by October. Following this approach of Cem, the EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs have postponed the meeting concerning Turkey to October. /Hurriyet/

    [07] DERVIS ATTENDS TOBB MEETING

    State Minister responsible for economy, Kemal Dervis, has replied the questions of businessmen concerning the economic and political instability during the meeting of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Stock Exchanges (TOBB) Council and said, "In Turkey, there is a political structure in pieces and these divisions will multiply much more. However, it is possible to ensure a stability in society. It is wrong to depend everything on the miracles in politics. If some non governmental organizations in Turkey, the high-ranking administration in bureaucracy settle down, then a social stability can be ensured. In addition, nobody should make concessions regarding the issues of transparency and honesty." Dervis also criticized the opening of inquiries on information provided by unsigned letters and said the psychosis of crime can be overcome by social solidarity. /Sabah/

    [08] ANKARA'S MESSAGE TO MOROCCO

    Charge d'affairs of Moroccan Embassy, Rasid Aguassim, was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to inform him about Ankara's displeasure concerning the historical artifact smuggler, Aysegul Tecimer's release. Aguassim met with the General Director of Middle East Department, Turkekul Kurttekin, and he was briefed about Turkey's sensitivity concerning the issue and the disappointment deriving from the release of Tecimer. Kurttekin said that Tecimer had been captured together with the Moroccon police but then she had been released immediately, without informing Turkey. Aguassim said he would deliver this message to the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. /Hurriyet/

    [09] BRUSSELS FOLLOWS THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS IN TURKEY

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Cem met with the EU Commissioner responsible for Enlargement, Gunther Verheugen yesterday. It was reported that they discussed the issues of Cyprus, Turco-EU relations and European Security and Defense Identity (ESDI) in detail. During the meeting, Verheugen drew attention to the fact that EU attaches great importance to the constitutional amendments especially on the human rights issues. He stated that Brussels was closely following the developments concerning the amendments at the Turkish Parliament. Meanwhile, Cem reminded that the Turkish government was determined to make constitutional amendments. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] DENKTAS: ASK CLERIDES ON EQUALITY

    President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas appealed to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to ask Greek Cypriot leader Glafkos Clerides why he refuses to accept a partnership based on political equality between the two communities on the island. "Annan and the Security Council members should analyze the Cyprus question correctly. False analyses and wrong initiatives have lost us 38 years. Clerides should be asked crucial questions by his interlocutors. Ask, for instance if it was not indeed the Greek Cypriot side which used the title of the republic of Cyprus and got richer, while we lived without any of our rights and became poorer," he said. Denktas said that the Turkish side merely wanted its constitutional rights, spelled out in the 1960 Constitution. Those, said Denktas, include political equality, equal sovereignty between the two communities, and the need to live in a bi-zonal system. /Turkish News/

    [11] DIALOGUE PERIOD WITH SYRIA

    Interior Minister Rüştü Kazım Yücelen, who made his first official visit to Syria after becoming Minister for Interior Affairs, signed a cooperation agreement and an agreement to prevent illegal migration with the Minister for Interior Affairs of Syria Mohammed Harba. Harba stated that they will take decisions for preventing organized crime, drug trafficking and terrorism with the cooperation agreement. Yücelen reminded that the dialogue process between Syria and Turkey restarted after the Adana Agreement and that there are good reasons for both countries to improve their dialogue. Rüştü Kazım Yücelen also stated that the cooperation agreement will improve economic relations. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] PARLIAMENT SPEAKER TO GO TO SWEDEN

    Parliament Speaker Ömer Izgi is to fly to Stockholm in Sweden to take part in the "European Union Parliament Speakers' Conference" over Sept. 13-15. The attending speakers will all take part in a conference discussing the role of national parliaments during EU accession talks. /Turkish Daily News/

    [13] HEALTH MINISTER DURMUS GOES TO SPAIN

    Health Minister Osman Durmuş has gone to Madrid to take part in the 51st World Health Organization European Region Office meeting. Durmuş said they would discuss poverty and health, the health situation in Europe, the alcohol action plan and the annual budget. /Turkish Daily News/

    [14] ARSEVEN HOPEFUL ABOUT REFORMS

    The Minister of State Nejat Arseven said yesterday that he had no concerns about the passing of the constitutional amendment package through Parliament, adding, "The members of opposition parties, too have their signatures to the agreement document." Arseven and the acting group leaders of other parties met yesterday with Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) executives in Ankara to exchange views on the constitutional amendment package. Following the meeting Arseven told reporters that he had no concerns and anxieties about the passage of the package through Parliament. /Turkish News/

    [15] NEW MEMBER TAKES OFFICE IN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT

    A new Constitutional Court member started office on Monday after a ceremony was held in the court's headquarters. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit were present at the ceremony, where newly-elected Enis Tunga was sworn in. Speaking at the ceremony, Constitutional Court President Mustafa Bumin said that court members would fulfill their duties in line with principles of secularism. He alşso emphasized that the court should be independent to properly fulfill its duties. /Turkish News/

    [16] AYGUN VISITS BAYKAL

    Ankara Chamber of Trade (ATO) Chairman Sinan Aygun visited the Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal yesterday and informed him about the campaign they have launched to recover the lost of prestige of the Turkish lira. Aygun said that 75 percent of the Turkish people supported the ATO's campaign, however, the government has not taken any concrete steps, although two weeks have gone by. The CHP leader Baykal said that there was a confidence problem lying beneath the current economic crisis that Turkey is undergoing. /Turkish News/

    [17] TUSIAD ASKS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS

    Tuncay Ozilhan, the Chairman of the Turkish Association of Industrialists and Businessmen (TUSIAD) called on political parties to support constitutional reforms including amendments to 37 articles. TUSIAD organized a press conference in Ankara yesterday to present a list of proposals to the government for the lifting of restrictions on freedom of expression. Ozilhan said, "The reforms that we need to carry out to overcome the political and economic crisis should also be fulfilled to achieve EU membership. Now we are waiting for Parliament to start debates over the constitutional amendment package on Sep.17. Approval of the package will be of historic importance." TUSIAD Deputy Executive Committee Chairman Mustafa Koc also said restrictions on freedom of expression should be removed. /Turkiye/

    [18] TURKEY PLEDGES IMF BUDGET ON COURSE

    Turkey on Monday promised the IMF it would stick by ambitious 2001 budget targets laid out under a $15.7 billion international crisis rescue lending package. "Any deviation from fiscal targets is out of question," Finance Minister Sumer Oral said reporters after meeting with visiting IMF inspectors headed by Turkey desk Chief Juha Kahkonen. "One of the program's most important legs is fiscal policy and the fiscal targets will be enacted with care." /Turkish News/

    [19] TURKISH-GREEK NATURAL GAS NETWORK ON THE WAY

    The project works of the natural gas network between Turkey and Greece continue say Turkish officials. Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Mithat Balkan made a speech in the conference on "The EU and Black Sea Economic Cooperation" held in Thessaloniki. Balkan stated that Turkey is preparing a model for the liberalization of trade among the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) countries. Balkan added that Turkey is to submit this model to the BSEC Council of Ministers meeting, which will be held in Antalya this october. Mithat Balkan continued to his speech by mentioning the cooperation programs within the framework of BSEC and the cooperation between Turkey and Greece in establishing a natural gas network. /Turkish Daily News/

    [20] JAPANESE PRINCE TOHOMITO TO VISIT TURKEY

    Japanese Prince Tohomito will visit Turkey to examine the results of certain excavations being carried out in the province of Ankara and its districts. He is expected to arrive in Turkey on September 25th. He will examine the historical artifacts and visit tourist sites. /Cumhuriyet/

    [21] INONU ATTENDS TURCO-GREEK PHYSICS CONFERENCE

    The "1st Turco-Greek International Physics Conference", jointly organized by the Turkish Physics Association and the Greek Physics Association, started in Bodrum. Prof. Erdal Inonu also attended the conference and said the friendship between Turkey and Greece will play an important role in the development of science. /Sabah/

    [22] IZMIT RECEIVES THE EUROPEAN HONOR FLAG

    Izmit will receive the European Honor Flag today. The European Council's Parliamentarians Assembly held a meeting in Strasbourg and awarded Izmit with the European Honor Flag due to the fact that the Izmit Metropolitan Municipality values man and nature, it contributes to the development of unity, solidarity and friendship among the European nations, and because of its sister city relations and cooperation that it has established on the international platform, works that it carries out as a member of the International Black Sea Club, its cooperation during the natural disasters and finally due to its closeness to the European culture. Mayor of Izmit Metropolitan Municipality, Sefa Sirmen, said, "This award was given to us on behalf of our country and city. We are very happy. It has not only honored us, but also increased our motivation." /Sabah/

    [23] TURKISH-JEWISH ENCOUNTER IN NEW YORK

    Members from the Turkish and Jewish communities in New York held a meeting co-organized by the Turkish-American Associations Federation (TADF) and American Jewish community (AJC) Westchester branch. AJC Westchester Branch Chairman Harry Paul stated that relations between Turks and Jews had reached a higher level in the last three years. Reminding the 200,000 Jews who escaped the Spanish inquisition 500 years ago and found shelter in the Ottoman Empire, Paul noted that Turkey was the first Muslim country that recognized Israel after its establishment. TADF Chairman Egemen Bagis noted the contribution of the Jews to Ottoman Civilization, and mentioned that Turks and Jews had always been close to each other in various places in the world. Bagis also thanked the Jewish community in the United States for the support they gave to Turkey after the 1999 earthquake. /Turkish Daily News/

    [24] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [25] THE BEST POSSIBILITY BY SAMI KOHEN (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Sami Kohen writes on the importance of Cyprus regarding Turkish-EU relations. A summary of his column is as follows: "The worst possible scenario on the Cyprus issue may be the admittance of Greek Cypriot Administration in the EU which would lead to the integration of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus with mainland Turkey, severing of Turkey's ties with the EU and heightening of tension in Turco-Greek relations. If a solution on the problem is blocked , it would not mean that the worst scenario would be enacted. An answer to the question is not definite and, in fact the President of the European Commission Romano Prodi expressed his belief that the Cyprus issue should be solved before the enlargement of the EU. As long as Cyprus remains to be a serious source dispute, there are those who do not favour its admittance to the Union. As 'The Economist' magazine has stated the EU is split in letting a divided Cyprus into the Union. Some are inclined to admit the Greek Cypriot Administration in the EU notwithstanding the objections of Turkey. Some considering the problems this would cause for the Union are thinking otherwise. The second group are concerned that in addition to annexing TRNC ,Turkey could impose an embargo on the whole Island if the problem turns into a crisis. In that case the EU would have created a more serious problem while trying to solve it. It is hard to guess which one of the views would prevail in the EU when the time for a decision comes. The EU will be a party to a dispute which could turn into a crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean by admitting the Greek Cypriot Administration into the Union. Many European diplomats are aware of the fact that the membership of Cyprus is not worth taking such a risk. However, there is another factor which puts the EU in a difficult position and that is: Greece will veto the admittance of other candidate states into the Union if the membership of Greek Cypriot Administration is suspended. Therefore the whole enlargement policy of the EU will be upset. Some EU officials are inclined to accept a Cypriot membership even though the Island may be divided. The best scenario for Cyprus is one where there will be a high possibility for a solution and a compromise will be reached. This will create an atmosphere where both sides will be winners."
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