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Turkish Press Review, 01-09-21

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

<LINK href="http://www.byegm.gov.tr_yayinlarimiz_chr_pics_css/tpr.css" rel=STYLESHEET type=text/css> <map name="FPMap1"> <_map> Press &amp; Information Turkish Press Foreign Press in Turkey Turkish Press Review &gt;&gt; Press Guide Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

21.09.2001


CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER TO VISIT KARS
  • [02] SECURITY SUMMIT
  • [03] FOREIGN MINISTRY WARNS
  • [04] CEM TRAVELS TO THE MIDDLE EAST
  • [05] TURKEY'S CONCERN OVER CENTRAL ASIAN COUNTRIES
  • [06] OCALAN CASE TO BE BROUGHT TO THE AGENDA AT COUNCIL OF EUROPE MEETING
  • [07] IZGI IN CYPRUS
  • [08] TASAR: "TURKEY HAS NO SECURITY PROBLEMS"
  • [09] COMMEMORATION CEREMONY FOR VICTIMS OF TERROR IN ISTANBUL
  • [10] AYTEKIN'S STATEMENT
  • [11] DEMIREL: "THE US SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS"
  • [12] MHP BEGINS TURKEY TOUR
  • [13] PKK PREPARES FOR A SERIES OF ATTACKS
  • [14] DERVIS ON THE MEETINGS WITH THE IMF
  • [15] IMF SUPPORT FOR TURKEY
  • [16] BREKK: "YOUR PERFORMANCE IS VERY GOOD"
  • [17] WHITSON: "TERRORISM INCREASED THE IMPORTANCE OF TURKEY"
  • [18] ANTIKA'S STATEMENT
  • [19] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [20] GOODWILL IS NOT ENOUGH BY OMER OZTURKMEN (TURKIYE)

  • [01] SEZER TO VISIT KARS

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer will travel to Kars today. He is expected to visit the Office of Governor and the 14th Mechanized Infantry Brigade. Later he will deliver a speech at the "Historical Cities Union Kars Meeting" panel. After his visit to Gazi Ahmet Muhtar Pasa's House, Kazim Karabekir's wagon and Kars castle, the President will return to Ankara. /Turkish Daily News/

    [02] SECURITY SUMMIT

    Following the summit at the Prime Ministry the day before, another meeting headed by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer was held in the Presidential Palace yesterday with the attendance of top political and military officials. During the meeting, recent foreign developments were evaluated and the decision, "Turkey will do whatever she can in the struggle against terrorism and will give the necessary support to the US and other countries" was announced. /Turkiye/

    [03] FOREIGN MINISTRY WARNS

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement regarding the unsafe situation in Pakistan following the terrorist attacks in the US. The statement warned Turkish citizens currently in Pakistan to go to secure regions or leave the country as soon as possible and called on others planning to visit this country to postpone their travels. /Turkiye/

    [04] CEM TRAVELS TO THE MIDDLE EAST

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ismail Cem, will go to the Middle East today to pay a working-visit. According to the information received, Cem will meet with the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shimon Peres and the Palestinian leader Yaser Arafat. During his contacts, Cem will give the parties the message to continue with the cease-fire, to stop violence and to return to the table of peace. Cem talked with Peres and Arafat on the phone a few days ago. /Hurriyet/

    [05] TURKEY'S CONCERN OVER CENTRAL ASIAN COUNTRIES

    Turkey is trying to decrease the level of her concern over Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan who are among the countries Taleban Administration would probably react to after a possible US retaliation. Deputy Undersecretary responsible for Afghanistan Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Aydemir Erman was sent to Uzbekistan. It was stated that Turkish Ambassadors who work in the region will meet in Tashkent to discuss the recent developments. Central Asian countries are under the threat of radical Islamic terrorist groups after they announced their support to the US retaliation. Ambassador Erman and his accompanying delegation will evaluate the chancing balances in the region. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] OCALAN CASE TO BE BROUGHT TO THE AGENDA AT COUNCIL OF EUROPE MEETING

    The Council of Europe will convene today to discuss international terrorism. The permanent committee consisting of ambassadors will review the anti-terror agreement. They will discuss the proposals to amend the agreement after the recent attacks on the US in September 11th. Turkey is expected bring the issues of Abdullah Ocalan, leader of PKK terrorist organization and extraditions of militant terrorists Dursun Karatas and Fehriye Erdal to Turkey into the agenda during the meeting. Turkey will draw attention to the importance of international cooperation in fighting against terrorism and request European countries to be more sensitive and determined in this fight. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] IZGI IN CYPRUS

    Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi and an accompanying delegation, on an official visit to Cyprus, were received by the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Rauf Denktas yesterday. Stressing that Turkey will always stand by Cyprus in her justified case, Izgi said the only way for a settlement in Cyprus is confederation. Denktas noted that Greek Cypriots was intriguing to enter the EU and said, "Their EU membership will harm the peace and stability in the region." /Turkiye/

    [08] TASAR: "TURKEY HAS NO SECURITY PROBLEMS"

    Speaking at the press meeting he held yesterday with the representatives of tourism sector, Minister of Tourism Mustafa Tasar, said, "There is no security problem in Turkey. Such speculations would give a wrong picture of Turkey to the world, so politicians should be careful about their speeches refraining from creating an atmosphere of panic. Turkey has no security problems." Receiving Japanese Ambassador to Turkey, Shiego Takaneka, Tasar evaluated bilateral tourism relations between Turkey and Japan. Stating that he supported all projects aiming to develop tourism transactions between the two countries, Tasar said increasing advertisements and sales opportunities would work to attract more tourists. /Cumhuriyet-Turkish Daily News/

    [09] COMMEMORATION CEREMONY FOR VICTIMS OF TERROR IN ISTANBUL

    The people who lost their lives during September 11th terrorist attacks on the US were commemorated in Saint Antoine Church yesterday in Istanbul. Delivering a speech at the ceremony, US Ambassador to Turkey, Robert Pearson said that Turkish people's sharing the grief of American people in their very hearts impressed him so much. Pearson said, "This is a mean murder targeting not just American people but all of us." /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] AYTEKIN'S STATEMENT

    Minister of Environment, Fevzi Aytekin, said they had prepared a draft law concerning the prevention of the sea pollution and the principles of urgent intervention. Aytekin made this explanation concerning this draft law during the Marmara Sea 3rd Environmental Protection Meeting that was held in Canakkale. /Sabah/

    [11] DEMIREL: "THE US SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS"

    Former President Suleyman Demirel said, "The world stands by the US today. However, it would be wrong to kill innocent people in the name of a retaliation. Nobody can equate Afghan people with Osama Bin Laden. The US should be moderate and cautious in her retaliation." /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] MHP BEGINS TURKEY TOUR

    The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) launched its Turkey tour yesterday, aiming at establishing healthy relation between politicians and the society in order to increase the quality of public services. As a part of this project , junior coalition partner MHP formed nine different delegations to tour Anatolian cities to listen to people's complaints and demands. /Turkish Daily News/

    [13] PKK PREPARES FOR A SERIES OF ATTACKS

    It was reported that the PKK terrorist organization is preparing for suicidal attacks on September 28th when the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will render its decision about PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan. The PKK militants who are not expecting a decision in favor of Ocalan from the ECHR sent their militants to metropolitan cities for suicidal attacks. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] DERVIS ON THE MEETINGS WITH THE IMF

    Before leaving London, State Minister Kemal Dervis spoke to the Financial Times daily and said that there was a disagreement between Turkey and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concerning the inflation figures of the year 2002 during the meetings held with the IMF. The Financial Times wrote that the IMF delegation completed its contacts in Ankara without determining the inflation targets. Dervis said, "Determining a realistic inflation target for the year 2002 is more important than not being able to achieve it." Dervis also predicted that the economy will shrink by 7% this year. In its commentary, the Financial Times wrote that an agreement should be reached before the IMF releases the portion amounting to 3 billion US dollars of the loan that it gave for the economic program in Turkey. /Sabah/

    [15] IMF SUPPORT FOR TURKEY

    International Monetary Fund (IMF) decided to greatly support Turkey and Pakistan, who will be on the front lines during the fight against terrorism. The IMF Chairman, Horst Kohler, decided to extend a huge amount of loan to Pakistan and stated that it will closely follow Turkey's financial situation to lend a new aid. American Treasury Department officials met with their colleagues from the IMF and the World Bank concerning the support and aid for the countries, who will stand-by America during the fight against terrorism. Following the meeting, Kohler said, "We examined the current situation following the terrorist attack and discussed which country will receive which kind of aid if the atmosphere gets worse." Although the IMF is not a kind of institution which resists in holding back aid to the countries due to the political reasons, it will give support to the important diplomatic regions because the US is the biggest participator of the IMF. /Hurriyet/

    [16] BREKK: "YOUR PERFORMANCE IS VERY GOOD"

    International Monetary Fund's (IMF) representative to Turkey, Odd Per Brekk, said the meetings that continue with the Turkish officials within the framework of the 10th review would go on in Washington. In his statement, Brekk pointed out that the economic program was being implemented and all the performance criteria had been met. Brekk further stated that he monetary and financial policies were continuing well and that there had been a stable improvement within the banking reform. Brekk added that following the meetings to be held with the Turkish officials in Washington at the end of this month, the Executive Board of the IMF would complete the 10th review and hold the Executive Board of the IMF meeting during the first half of October. /Hurriyet/

    [17] WHITSON: "TERRORISM INCREASED THE IMPORTANCE OF TURKEY"

    The London-based HSBC Holding PLC, did not postpone its investment in Turkey in spite of the economic crisis in Turkey, the concern over a global crisis and the threat of war. HSBC's Group Chief Executive, Keith R. Whitson, said the balance of the world will change a great deal due to the terrorist attacks but Turkey would not be affected by this change negatively. While explaining the impacts of the fear of the increasing global recession on the world, Whitson said, "Before the terrorist attack against the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the American economy, which was beginning to shrink, was an element of threat against the developing and the developed countries. Following the attack, the fear of a warm war and global recession have emerged. At this point, America's answer will affect all the world and nothing will be the same. However, we know that Turkey, which has an advantage due to its strategic importance, will be a successful country in a long period of time." /Sabah/

    [18] ANTIKA'S STATEMENT

    The biggest banking group, HSBC, which has purchased Demirbank for 350 million US dollars, wants to change Demirbank's name. HSBC's General Director to Turkey, Piraye Antika, said, "We want to change Demirbank's name and make it HSBC. We also want to add the word 'Turkish' to it. For this purpose, we have made the necessary applications." /Sabah/

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

    [20] GOODWILL IS NOT ENOUGH BY OMER OZTURKMEN (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Omer Ozturkmen writes on the necesity of conveying Turkey's experience regarding terrorism to the US. A summary of his column is as follows: "A country which has lost 30.000 to terorism had a message to convey to the international community following the tragedy in New York. It issued that message but whatever the reason it could not be heard. It is unfortunate that Foreign Minister Ismail Cem's speech on the stance of Moslem Turkey regarding terrorism could not be received by the international community or Turkish public. We would have liked his speech to have appeared in influential newspapers to counter the claims of the circles trying to connect terrorism with Islam. In his message Cem said, " These difficult days which can also be described as a crisis situation, represent in essence a struggle between democracy and terrorism. A struggle between commonsense and fanaticism...Meanwhile, we are against those who want to exploit this situation through misleading arguments and wrong actions. Turkey is the prime obstacle to those who attempt to distort this situation and present it as af it were a clash of religions, a fight between religions or a conflict between different cultures. Naming a religion as an adjective before the 'terrorism' is an extreme disrespect to all religions. There is no such thing as 'Islamic' or'Christian' or 'Jewish' terrorism. And we express this opinion to all friendly countries and all the countries concerned in a very clear and open manner...Turkey, and the Turkish foreign policy is determined, confident and, we are influencing developments in a calm manner to the benefit of our country, our people and its future."... Cem's words would have lifted the spirits of hundreds of thousands of Turks living in the US and millions residing in Europe as well as preventing the intentional propaganda connecting Islam with terrorism. There is still time to achieve this purpose."
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