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Turkish Press Review, 02-02-04

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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 Turkish Press Review &gt;&gt; Foreign Press Guide Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

04.02.2002


CONTENTS

  • [01] EARTHQUAKE IN AFYON TAKES 45 LIVES
  • [02] SEZER EXPRESSES GRIEF OVER WEEKEND EARTHQUAKE
  • [03] CROATIAN DELEGATION TO VISIT ANKARA
  • [04] BARKA, EARTHQUAKE SCHOLAR, LAID TO REST
  • [05] CEM, PAPANDREOU SIGNAL NEW ERA ON THE AEGEAN
  • [06] PAPANDREOU: "BETTER ATMOSPHERE THEN EVER BEFORE"
  • [07] TURKEY TO LEAD AFGHAN PEACEKEEPING FORCE
  • [08] CABINET ESTABLISHES COMMITTEE ON AFGHANISTAN
  • [09] JANUARY INFLATION FIGURES RELEASED
  • [10] IMF DIRECTORS TO DISCUSS TURKEY TODAY
  • [11] CAKAN: "THE BLUE STREAM PROJECT IS NO DREAM"
  • [12] TOBB PREPARING FOR TURKISH-US ECONOMIC COMMISSION
  • [13] THREE TURKS NAMED "GLOBAL LEADERS FOR TOMORROW"
  • [14] ITALIAN LITERARY HONOR FOR PAMUK
  • [15] TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL IN HUNGARY
  • [16] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [17] RESPECTABLE TURKEY BY SUKRU ELEKDAG (SABAH)
  • [18] WHAT DOES "AXIS OF EVIL" MEAN TO TURKEY? FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)
  • [19] TURKEY SUFFERS ANOTHER QUAKE YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

  • [01] EARTHQUAKE IN AFYON TAKES 45 LIVES

    Yesterday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 on the Richter scale struck the Western Anatolian province Afyon at 9.15 a.m. The epicenter of the quake was the town of Sultandagi and the towns of Bolvadin and Cay were hardest hit. The devastating earthquake caused the deaths of 45 people and some 200 others were wounded, and scores of buildings collapsed as well. The region was also shaken by aftershocks for the rest of day. The quake could also be felt in the central Anatolian provinces of Ankara, Burdur, Isparta, Eskisehir, Kocaeli and Sakarya. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and a number of ministers arrived in the region following the disaster for inspection. Kizilay (the Turkish Red Crescent) rushed hundreds of tents and blankets to the region. Search and rescue teams also arrived in the area to save people trapped under the ruins. Meanwhile, Greece was reportedly the first country to offer aid to the Turkish government in the wake of the disaster. Greek Ambassador to Turkey Yannis Corantis immediatedly conveyed his country's condolences and offer of aid to the Turkish Foreign Ministry. Turkish officials welcomed the offer, but added that urgent international aid was not presently needed. Greek Foreign Minister George Papendreou also issued a statement expressing his sorrow and condolences to the quake victims. /All Papers/

    [02] SEZER EXPRESSES GRIEF OVER WEEKEND EARTHQUAKE

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said yesterday that yesterday's earthquake in the province of Afyon had saddened the entire Turkish nation. "We hope that the number of casualties doesn't increase, and moreover that our country will never have to undergo another tragedy like this," Sezer stated. /Hürriyet/

    [03] CROATIAN DELEGATION TO VISIT ANKARA

    Croatian Parliament Speaker Zlatko Tomcic and an accompanying delegation is to arrive in Ankara tomorrow as the official guests of Turkish Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi. Izgi is to give a banquet in honor of Tomcic tomorrow night. On Wednesday, the delegation is expected to visit Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and be received by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. /Star/

    [04] BARKA, EARTHQUAKE SCHOLAR, LAID TO REST

    Professor Aykut Barka, one of Turkey's foremost earthquke experts, who died of brain hemorrhage on Friday night, was laid to rest yesterday in Istanbul. Following a service attended by hundreds of his friends, loved ones, and colleagues at Istanbul Technical University, Barka's body was interred at Zincirlikuyu Cemetery. Barka was 50. Prior to his death, the scholar had lain in a coma for three weeks. /All Papers/

    [05] CEM, PAPANDREOU SIGNAL NEW ERA ON THE AEGEAN

    Turkey and Greece have signaled their willingness to start a new process of dialogue in order to work out their differences on the Aegean. Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and his Greek counterpart George Papandreou met yesterday in New York during the World Economic Forum and decided to discuss the Aegean dispute at the ministerial level. Cem said that as a first step, experts from both sides' governments would come together in order to work on finding a solution. For years Turkey has been ready to cooperate with Greece on the Aegean issue, Cem added. /Hürriyet/

    [06] PAPANDREOU: "BETTER ATMOSPHERE THEN EVER BEFORE"

    In an interview with the Greek daily To Vima over the weekend, Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou remarked that an atmosphere promising better developments had been recently created through the joint efforts of Turkish and Greek officials. Papandreou stated that bilateral political contacts and meetings were taking place in a better atmosphere than ever before. He added that the Turkey and Greece should not pass up this opportunity to find solutions to their problems. "Greece is ready to do its utmost to reach a permanent solution on Cyprus," said Papandreou. "We are ready to do whatever is necessary to increase the opportunities towards a permanent solution." /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] TURKEY TO LEAD AFGHAN PEACEKEEPING FORCE

    NATO has reportedly agreed to hand over the command of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan to Turkey when the UK's leadership term ends after three months. A high-level German official stated yesterday that Turkey had proved that it was capable both politically and militarily of leading the peacekeeping force. Turkey was the first Muslim country to announce its support for the US following last September's terrorist attacks. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] CABINET ESTABLISHES COMMITTEE ON AFGHANISTAN

    State Minister Tunca Toskay announced yesterday that the Cabinet had established a special committee on Afghanistan. He said, "At our last meeting, the cabinet set up a committee to work on issues related to Afganistan. The members of the committe will visit Afganistan this month to tour and observe the country and also see what Turkish businessmen can do to help reconstruct the country." The committee is made up of Toskay, the state ministers Sukru Sina Gurel and Faruk Bal, and Public Works and Housing Minister Abdulkadir Akcan. /Turkiye/

    [09] JANUARY INFLATION FIGURES RELEASED

    The State Institute of Statistics (DIE) yesterday released the month-on-month inflation figures for January that were higher than what many analysts had expected. Inflation in January was 4.2% on the wholesale price index (WPI) and 5.3% on the consumer price index (CPI). The figures pushed year-on-year WPI inflation to 92.0% and CPI inflation to 73.2 percent. /All Papers/

    [10] IMF DIRECTORS TO DISCUSS TURKEY TODAY

    The International Monetary Fund Board of Directors is scheduled to meet today in order to discuss Turkey's Letter of Intent and its new standby agreement. /Milliyet/

    [11] CAKAN: "THE BLUE STREAM PROJECT IS NO DREAM"

    Energy and Natural Resources Minister Zeki Cakan yesterday carried out an inspection tour at the Saipem 7000 Platform, the world's largest semi-submersible heavy lift vessel, which belongs to the Italian Eni_SNAM Company currently laying pipeline in the Black Sea as part of the Blue Stream Pipeline Project. During his tour, Cakan said that Russia was laying 307 km of pipeline on its territory and two pipelines in the Black Sea, one of which is 396 km long and the other 392 km. Saying that all the risk in this region belonged to Russia, Cakan said, "People are criticizing this project without getting the facts. Some people have called the pipeline a pie-in-the-sky dream, but I say that this project is just right for Turkey. Turkey has laid 501 km of pipeline in the region stretching all the way to Ankara, and our nation will invest a maximum of $320 million." /Aksam/

    [12] TOBB PREPARING FOR TURKISH-US ECONOMIC COMMISSION

    The Turkish Association of Chambers and Stock Exchanges (TOBB) is busy laying the groundwork for the first meeting later this month of the Turkish-US Economic Partnership Commission. The TOBB announced yesterday that a preparatory meeting would be held at TOBB's Ankara headquarters tomorrow as part of its preparations. Among those slated to attend this week's meeting are the TOBB council chairmen, as well as representatives and chairmen from the Turkish Exporters' Center, Turkish Association of Industrialists and Businessmen, Islamic Development Foundation, Foreign Economic Relations Committee, Turkish-American Business Association and Turkish Association of Contractors. /Aksam/

    [13] THREE TURKS NAMED "GLOBAL LEADERS FOR TOMORROW"

    The current World Economic Forum in New York City, a summit of international government and civic opinion makers, brought forth an honor for Turkey this weekend: it selected three Turkish citizens to its prestigious list of 100 "Global Leaders for Tomorrow." Democratic Left Party (DYP) Adana Deputy Tayyibe Gulek, CPS Consultancy founder Tulu Gumustekin and HC Company administrator Elif Bilgi were identified as being among the world's most brilliant young people in the list released on Sunday. In addition to being 36 years old or younger, members of the Global Leaders list had to have already achieved a position of considerable influence and responsibility, demonstrated leadership and commitment in addressing social issues beyond their immediate professional interest, and demonstrated a commitment to the principles and objectives which guide the World Economic Forum. /Sabah/

    [14] ITALIAN LITERARY HONOR FOR PAMUK

    Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk was named over the weekend as the recipient of one of Italy's most prestigious literary awards, the Primio Grinzane Cavour, for his book 'My Name is Red.' Pamuk is due to receive the award on June 15 in Torino, Italy. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL IN HUNGARY

    The Turkish Cinema and Audiovisual Cultural Foundation (TURSAK) will hold a Turkish film festival in Budapest, Hungary on March 8-13. Among the movies to be screened at the festival are director Fehmi Yasar's "Heart of Glass", Tunca Yonder's "Return to Agri," Semih Kaplanoglu's "Away From Home," Serdar Akar's "Offside" and Dervis Zaim's "Elephants and Grass." /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [17] RESPECTABLE TURKEY BY SUKRU ELEKDAG (SABAH)

    Retired Ambassador Sukru Elekdag writes on the debate over freedom of speech within the context of harmonization laws and the EU. A summary of his column is as follows: " The freedoms of speech and expression as well as education in Kurdish and Kurdish radio-TV broadcasts, which have recently dominated our country's agenda within the framework of the harmonization laws with the EU, have a more significant meaning for Turkey than being just for gaining EU membership. Their importance lies in the desire of the Turkish people to see a respectable Turkey with a sound democratic system, one based on the rule of law. The preconditions for being a respectable state today, lie in our ensuring a democratic system which guarantees the basic rights and freedoms of our citizens. Articles 312 and 159 of the Penal Code in their present state would impose restrictions on freedom of thought and expression akin to those in dictatorial regimes. The changes on the table should have been in line with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decisions. If Ankara wants the ECHR not to impose sentences on itself, it should break the chains of the freedoms of thought and expression and while doing so take the norms of the ECHR into consideration so as not to be in the wrong. We must declare that President Sezer's words, saying that statements which do not call for action or pose a concrete threat cannot be punished, aptly summarize these norms. On education in Kurdish, the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) made a moderate and balanced explanation saying that the official and educational language in Turkey was Turkish. However, all citizens have the right to speak freely, improve their mother tongues and develop their cultural riches. He added that the state is ethnically blind and that it doesn't discriminate among its citizens according to mother tongue, religion or sects. The state's stance regarding education and training covers two different areas,.one public and the other private. Public education is given in Turkish, the official language of the country. The state has no commitment to give education in the various tongues spoken within the country. On the other hand, all Turkish citizens must have the opportunity to establish training and educational courses in their mother tongues within the framework of individual rights. The barriers to broadcasting in Kurdsih must be lifted within these individual rights. A short time ago, Ankara struck a clause from the Constitution speaking of 'language banned by the law'. Some EU circles believe that this action was taken to mislead the Europeans just before the Laeken Summit. Such a stance doesn't become Turkey. Therefore, I hope that necessary changes will be introduced and that the path to Kurdish broadcasts will be opened. Moscow is no longer a foreign threat to Turkey. It wants to be a NATO member and sees cooperation with Turkey in its national interests. Therefore, demands for individual rights should not be opposed by saying that these would pose a threat to the territorial integrity and political unity of the country."

    [18] WHAT DOES "AXIS OF EVIL" MEAN TO TURKEY? FERAI TINC (HURRIYET)

    Columnist Ferai Tinc comments on what US President George W. Bush's recent statement accusing Iran, Iraq and North Korea of constituting an 'axis of evil' against world peace means to Turkey. A summary of her column is as follows: "Turkish politicians should fully comprehend what US President George W. Bush's recent statement singling out Iran, Iraq and North Korea as constituting 'an axis of evil' means to Turkey. Bush's statement interests Turkey not only regarding political, economic and social matters but also on security issues. Washington is likely to attribute a significant role to Turkey as 'the only moderate Muslim country which enjoys good relations with Western countries.' This reminds me of old Cold War theories that a front should be erected against Communism through the formation of a 'Green Belt' of Islamic allies. Here is the situation today: the axis of Turkey-US-Israel versus the axis of Iran-Iraq. Is this role in line with Turkey's goals and social projects? The US believes that it is in a war. President Bush will send Congress a spending plan proposing the biggest jump in defense spending in 20 years. US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's recent statement that 'the United States needs to revamp its military to become more flexible and proactive to meet future threats' signals what kind of policies the US is likely to pursue in the future. The more the US spends on defense, the more the rest of the world purchases weaponry. The US is also expected to support the establishment of an 'European Army' which would lift some of its burden in protecting its European allies. Don't these developments show that Turkey's goals concerning the European Union are growing much more important for the country's security agenda? Turkey should take part in a decision-making mechanism which will be influential in determining the future of Europe. This is a precondition for Turkey to be considered an equal ally against any 'axis of evil' in the international community. That's why the direct relation between Bush's statement and our discussions on democratization should be properly understood in order for us to act in line with our vital national interests."

    [19] TURKEY SUFFERS ANOTHER QUAKE YILMAZ OZTUNA (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Yilmaz Oztuna comments on yesterday's earthquake.A summary of his column as follows: "In the midst of this harsh winter, a harsh earthquake has once again struck our country. The epicenter of the quake was the town of Sultandagi in the Afyon province and it had a magnitute of 6.0 on Richter scale. Our citizens, many sleeping or having just woken up or eating their breakfast on a weekend morning at 9 a.m., were faced with a disaster. When I wrote these lines, the quake's death toll stood at 37, but it will unfortunately rise. Many buildings have collapsed and a number of animals and livestock also died. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit arrived in the region almost at once and Kizilay (theTurkish Red Crescent) hurried aid to the region. But can you imagine how the survivors suffered last night? The thoughts of our friends, fearfully rushing out of their homes yesterday morning caused great pain in our hearts. In recent years, earthquakes have frequently been in Turkey's headlines. Our land has suffered greatly from quakes from the very beginning of recorded history. Our government has willingly or not gained experience in dealing with disasters, and it will do whatever it can. Everything will be done to heal the wounds, and our economic crisis will not cause any negligence or lack of efficiency in doing so. Meanwhile, I want to express my deep sorrow and convey my condolences to the victims of the quake."

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