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Turkish Press Review, 02-05-28

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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> <map name="FPMap1"></map> Press &amp; Information Turkish Press Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

28.05.2002


CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER ARRIVES IN ROME TO ATTEND NATO-RUSSIA SUMMIT
  • [02] RECOVERED ECEVIT RETURNS TO HIS OFFICE
  • [03] BAHCELI VISITS GREAT WALL OF CHINA
  • [04] YILMAZ, DERVIS MEET WITH US SENATORIAL DELEGATION
  • [05] COALITION CELEBRATES THIRD ANNIVERSARY, ECEVIT HIS 77TH BIRTHDAY
  • [06] IZGI: “THE EU TRAIN WILL NOT BE MISSED”
  • [07] KAHKONEN PRAISES TURKEY UPON COMPLETING SECOND REVIEW
  • [08] AGREEMENT SIGNALS ALTERED RUSSIAN STANCE ON BAKU-CEYHAN
  • [09] ANKARA STREET NAMED FOR INDIAN POET TAGORE
  • [10] ISTANBUL HOME TEXTILE FAIR A RESOUNDING SUCCESS
  • [11] BARTHOLOMEOS URGES REOPENING OF ORTHODOX THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL
  • [12] SABANCI LAWYER APPEALS ERDAL RULING
  • [13] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [14] DEADLOCK IN POLITICS TO BE SOLVED BY SEZER BY ISMAIL KUCUKKAYA (AKSAM)
  • [15] THIRD YEAR OF THE COALITION BY ORHAN BIRGIT (CUMHURIYET)

  • [01] SEZER ARRIVES IN ROME TO ATTEND NATO-RUSSIA SUMMIT

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer accompanied by Foreign Minister Ismail Cem arrived yesterday in Rome to attend a NATO-Russia summit. Sezer stated that Turkey welcomed the establishment during the summit of a new NATO-Russia Council. Sezer said that decisions taken at the summit would usher in a new era of NATO-Russian cooperation. /Hurriyet/

    [02] RECOVERED ECEVIT RETURNS TO HIS OFFICE

    Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit left Baskent hospital yesterday after undergoing 11 days of medical treatment there for a broken rib and a blood clot in his left leg. “I am fine and I am in charge,” he told reporters and throngs of people gathered together chanting supportive slogans in front of the hospital before he left for his office. Today, he is expected to hold a press conference at the Prime Ministry residence to mark the third anniversary of the three-way coalition government and his 77th birthday. /All Papers/

    [03] BAHCELI VISITS GREAT WALL OF CHINA

    Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli yesterday visited the Great Wall of China. Calling the 2,400-kilometer long structure one of the greatest wonders in the world, Bahceli said, “I have always wanted to see the Great Wall of China since it is one of the most impressive monuments in the world and it attracts many foreign tourists to China.” He declined to respond to journalists’ questions on discussions over the future of the Turkish government. Bahceli also visited the Turkish Embassy in Beijing. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] YILMAZ, DERVIS MEET WITH US SENATORIAL DELEGATION

    Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and State Minister for the Economy Kemal Dervis yesterday met with a US delegation upon the invitation of the US Embassy in Ankara. The delegation consisted of a number of US senators who paid a one-day official visit to Turkey. Central Bank Governor Sureyya Serdengecti, Treasury Undersecretary Faik Oztrak and Banking Regulation and Supervision Board (BDDK) Chairman Engin Akcakoca also attended the meeting. Among the issues which were discussed during the gathering were Turkey’s current economic situation and discussions on Turkish-EU relations as well as early elections. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] COALITION CELEBRATES THIRD ANNIVERSARY, ECEVIT HIS 77TH BIRTHDAY

    Today has a special importance for Prime Minister and Democratic Left Party (DSP) leader Bulent Ecevit, as the tripartite coalition government celebrates completing its third anniversary in power, and Ecevit himself celebrates his 77th birthday. The current 57th government has changed 10 of its Cabinet ministers to date, while coalition junior partner Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Mesut Yilmaz joined the Cabinet on July 13, 2000, as deputy prime minister and state minister. The majority of the approximately 400 draft laws presented to Parliament by the government during the past three years have been enacted. The government has issued some 58 decrees with the force of law, 4,293 decrees and 130 circulars. /All Papers/

    [06] IZGI: “THE EU TRAIN WILL NOT BE MISSED”

    Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi said yesterday that Turkey will not miss the European Union train. Pointing to President Ahmet Necdet Sezer’s initiative to hold a meeting with the coalition government leaders and other parties’ leaders in Parliament regarding Turkey’s EU membership process, Izgi said that the meeting should be considered a normal and natural part of the process. After addressing the opening of a symposium entitled “Erzurum and Sivas Congresses” at Gazi University, Izgi told reporters that the EU was one of the options laid out before Turkey. Regarding the discussions on language and education, Izgi stated that the Turkish state was not against teaching different languages in general, but that the language of education could not be anything other than Turkish. Commenting on the death penalty, Izgi said, “Greece, an EU member state, has a provision in its Constitution for the death penalty in cases of war and threat of war. Turkey may abolish the death penalty completely, but for the time being it is not urgent.” /Turkiye/

    [07] KAHKONEN PRAISES TURKEY UPON COMPLETING SECOND REVIEW

    An International Monetary Fund delegation headed by Turkey Desk Chief Juha Kahkonen yesterday completed the IMF’s second review. It is to present a report on recent developments in Turkey’s economy to an IMF Executive Board meeting in late June. Speaking to reporters, Kahkonen said that Turkey’s government was doing a good job implementing its economic program. When asked about rumors of early elections, Kahkonen stated, “You are doing well, and I don’t want to make any speculations.” /Hurriyet/

    [08] AGREEMENT SIGNALS ALTERED RUSSIAN STANCE ON BAKU-CEYHAN

    Russian pipeline construction company Rosneftegazstroi and the Georgian International oil company (GIOC) on Sunday signed an agreement in Tbilisi, Georgia to construct a new pipeline. Under the new agreement, Russia is to transport some of its oil to Ceyhan, Azerbaijan through a secondary pipeline called the “Novorossisk-Supsa-Ceyhan” connected to the Baku- Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. GIOC Chairman Georgi Canturya yesterday stated that a Russian-Georgian partnership had been set up to construct the new pipeline. Novorossisk is known as Russia’s main oil port in the Black Sea. Since the Tengiz-Novorossisk, which Russia has so far considered an alternative to Baku-Ceyhan, has increased sea traffic in the Bosphorus, Turkey had offered Russia the opportunity to transport its oil through Baku- Ceyhan. Although the Russian government has not yet made an official statement on the issue, it seems that Russia has decided to change its policy over Baku-Ceyhan. The new pipeline will also increase Russia’s latitude in making oil exports. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] ANKARA STREET NAMED FOR INDIAN POET TAGORE

    The Greater Ankara Municipality City Council yesterday passed a resolution giving the name of Indian poet and philosopher, Rabindranath Tagore, to a street in the Cankaya neighborhood. During its meeting, the council voted and approved the “Chairmanship Article on Giving Rabindranath Tagore’s Name on a Street in Ankara.” Fourth Street in Cankaya will be henceforth known as Tagore Caddesi. Tagore, who was born in 1861 and died in 1941, is thought of as the final representative of traditional Indian poetry. His poems were inspired by the suffering of his people, and he passed away just a few years before India achieved independence. /Aksam/

    [10] ISTANBUL HOME TEXTILE FAIR A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

    The EVTEKS 2002 home textile fair ended in Istanbul on Sunday, with organizers reporting that deals totaling some $1.5 billion had been signed at the fair, a record amount. The five-day event attracted some 68,000 attendees from Turkey and around 8,500 from 72 countries worldwide, including Germany, the US, Russia, Italy, Israel, Greece, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates. The 410 largest companies in the sector were represented at the fair, which hosts ITF and the Istanbul Fair company called the world’s second-largest home textile fair. /Sabah/

    [11] BARTHOLOMEOS URGES REOPENING OF ORTHODOX THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL

    Istanbul Patriarch Bartholomeos yesterday reiterated his call for the reopening of the Orthodox theological school on Istanbul’s Heybeli Island. Speaking to journalists during a visit to Capadoccia, Bartholomeos said that he had repeated his request many times that theological schools directed to educating young men of faith be opened. Concerning his request to have the Heybeli Island school reopened, Bartholomeos added, “It was our right to expect this from the Turkish government. We hope and believe that the Education Ministry and Board of Higher Education [YOK] will deal with this issue with understanding and find a solution as soon as possible.” Then Bartholomeos reopened for visitors the 13th century Sarica Church, a church near Urgup which had recently been restored. /Turkiye/

    [12] SABANCI LAWYER APPEALS ERDAL RULING

    Legal proceedings in the case of Fehriye Erdal, a fugitive from Turkish justice for the murder of Istanbul businessman Ozdemir Sabanci, took another turn this week with an appeal by Sabanci family lawyer Fernard Schmitz. Some two weeks ago Belgium’s High Court of Appeals sent back to a lower Bruges court a decision on whether Erdal should be tried in Belgium for her crimes in Turkey. Erdal’s lawyers hailed this decision at the time. Schmitz has now filed an appeal, however, arguing that Erdal should definitely face a Belgian court for her crimes in Turkey. His appeal was filed at the High Court of Appeals, which will most likely hear the case in September. Turkey has been requesting Erdal’s extradition from Belgium for some years, a request which Belgium has consistently refused. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [14] DEADLOCK IN POLITICS TO BE SOLVED BY SEZER BY ISMAIL KUCUKKAYA (AKSAM)

    Columnist Ismail Kucukkaya writes on the deadlock in politics in Turkey and President Ahmet Necdet Sezer’s efforts to break through it. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Everyone is talking about elections in Ankara. Conversations between politicians, bureaucrats, ministers and journalists turn on the same subject. The frequently asked questions in the political arena will be clearly heard in the near future. The leaders’ summit President Sezer has called regarding our relations with the EU will direct the route of politics. A clear solution will be reached on the complete abolition of the death penalty and broadcasting in mother tongue languages. Those supporting EU membership and who are in favor of broadcasting in Kurdish and the abolition of capital punishment will confront those who are against making any concessions. If no solution is reached at the leaders’ summit, the possibility of holding elections will be strengthened. At present, our EU membership bid has turned into a matter of life or death for two parties. The Motherland Party’s (ANAP) and Nationalist Action Party’s (MHP) strategies are based on the last train to take Turkey to the EU. ANAP believes that the only way for it to win in the elections is to project an image as the party most strongly supporting admittance to the EU. Yilmaz will give the message that anyone in favor of the EU should vote for ANAP. He would probably say that our dreams of freedoms and getting rich can only be realized by getting ourselves admitted to the EU. The aim of the MHP is to become one of the major parties in the Parliament after a new election. MHP leader Bahceli has become acquainted with the state and the system in his first governmental experience and clearly issued the message that there is no need to be afraid of the MHP. In the words of an aide to Bahceli, ‘If the MHP can get into the Parliament again, it will remain one of the indispensable pillars of politics in Turkey.’ MHP’s policy concerning the abolition of capital punishment and broadcasting in the mother tongues will be a determining factor in its success in the coming elections. Political observers believe that general elections can be regarded as certain to take place in the autumn of 2003.”

    [15] THIRD YEAR OF THE COALITION BY ORHAN BIRGIT (CUMHURIYET)

    Columnist Orhan Birgit writes on the completion of the third year of the coalition government. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “The completion of the Ecevit government’s third year in office is a first in Turkish coalition politics. The Ecevit government, which is a compromise between the nationalist right and the left, is the longest-running coalition government in the republic’s history. The prime minister will explain the performance of his government over the last three years to the public in a press conference, and we can say that among the headlines will be the passing of laws on banking, telecommunications, tax reform, the abolition of regional directorates with aim of slimming down the state, adding that the hope Turkey has passing through its economic crisis has grown. There are rosy pictures the government can paint, but it is clear that the most important problem awaiting the government will be the discussions regarding the relations with the EU. The initiatives directed at softening the MHP’s resistance concerning arrangements to be made in our laws on the complete abolition of the death penalty and education in mother tongue languages are becoming increasingly important. In addition to a message Ecevit has sent to a newspaper on the issue, the leaders’ summit to be held in Cankaya will be of historic significance. Another important issue is that the tense relations between the prime minister and the president have given way to a more civilized approach in a country where there are those like Tayyip Erdogan who tries to change the agenda by harping on the health of the prime minister, the president’s policy demonstrate a guiding approach. Considering all these points in favor and the presumptions that the coalition cannot live much longer, the minds of the voters are boggled. This confusion helps the parties in power. If they can pull themselves together, eliminate the frictions with the EU, and do not make any concessions from the economic policy they are pursuing, they will see that they have to answer the expectations of the public regarding the changes in the law concerning political parties and elections.”

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