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By Gokce Gokalp and Ahmet Toprak
* Anatolian news agency reports that the Turkish prime minister Mr. Bulent
Ecevit met with the French minister of defense Alain Richard and discussed
rebuilding of Afghanistan and economic developments between Turkey and
Turkey's minister of defense Mr. Sabahattin Cakmakoglu was also in
As part of the discussions relating to Afghanistan, modernization of
Afghan army and formation of a new police force in Afghanistan were also
Mr. Ecevit and the visiting French minister also talked about the
expansion of NATO, problems in the Caucasus and relations between
Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Speaking at the meeting, Prime Minister Ecevit said that 20 percent of
foreign investments in Turkey were made by French firms, and expressed
his satisfaction over French firms' interest in Turkey.
However, Prime Minister Ecevit brought up the imbalance in mutual trade
volume between the two countries and asked for efforts from France to
* First week of the Cyprus talks between the President Rauf Denktash of
the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the leader of the Greek
Cypriots Mr.Glafkos Klerides ended. Mr. Denktash proposed to talks some
Both sides do not give information to the press about the talks. Both
sides say that they will continue the talks where all issues will be
brought to the agenda without any pre-condition until June.
Mr. Denktash and Mr. Glafkos Klerides will meet at 5:00 P.M. local time
on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
During their meeting on January 16 U.N. Secretary General's Special
Envoy to Cyprus Alvaro De Soto also participated.
The Cyprus problem goes back several decades. Soon after the foundation
of a bi-communal republic of Cyprus in 1960, the Cypriot Greeks reneged on
international agreements and pushed the Turks into enclaves and blocked
them from participating in the economic and administrative life on the
When extremist Greeks, backed by the Greek junta in power then, toppled
the all-Greek Cypriot government in 1974 with the ultimate goal of uniting
the island with Greece, Turkey intervened militarily.
The Turkish intervention gathered the Turks into the Northern part of
the island to assure them the security and safety that they did not have
for many years.
* The daily Cumhuriyet reports that an earthquake expert announced that a
new CD-ROM called "Five Minutes for Life" on disaster preparedness was
being sent to governorships and education departments throughout the
Professor Ahmet Isikara, director of Bogazici University's Kandilli
Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, told a press conference at
the observatory that the new multimedia presentation was designed to help
Turkey's people to be more aware of and ready for natural disasters.
Dr. Isikara added that they had also prepared a cartoon strip to help
children learn what places are dangerous during earthquakes so that they
will know what to do to stay safe.
Two strong earthquakes killed thousands of people in Turkey in 1999.
* Turkey continues to make suggestions to Israel and Palestine for ending
of terrorism and violence in the Middle East, reports the Anatolian News
Speaking in a news conference on Wednesday, Turkey's Foreign Affairs
Ministry Spokesman Huseyin Dirioz responded to questions about the
messages Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat sent to Turkey.
"It is true that Arafat sent a message to Mr. Prime Minister and Mr.
President. However, it is not correct for us to give information about the
content of the message for the moment," said Dirioz.
When asked if there is a change in Turkey's policy regarding the recent
developments in the Middle East, Dirioz said that "we are in contact with
both sides. The international society wants ending of terrorism and
violence. We continue to make suggestions to both sides to this end and we
will continue launching efforts."
* Turkey's Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit paid an official visit to
As part of his first day's contacts, Ecevit met with his Bulgarian
counterpart and the country's former king, Mr. Saxe-Coburgotski.
During their meeting, bilateral relations, regional developments and
agreements on cleaning up mines on the country's mutual borders were
Speaking at a state dinner in his honor, Ecevit pointed to Turkey's
years-long struggle against terrorism. Stressing that both countries
wanted to further develop bilateral relations on all fronts, Ecevit added
that Turkey and Bulgaria would fill an important gap in the European Union
when they became members.
* The daily Hurriyet reports that three Belgian parliamentarians traveled
to northern Iraq on Jan. 6 to meet with rebel Kurdish Worker's Party
leader Abdullah Ocalan's brother Osman Ocalan.
Hurriyet writes that Belgium has played the most active role when the
European Union was preparing a list of terrorist organizations. Turkish
officials complain that the European Union failed to include in their list
the Revolutionary People's Liberation Front and the Kurdish Worker's
Party. The officials say the two underground groups threaten Turkey the
The two groups are on the terrorist organization list of the U.S. state
Meanwhile, Hurriyet says, there are allegations that Ms. Fehriye Erdal,
one of the accused assassins of Turkish businessman Ozdemir Sabanci has
slipped away from her residence in Belgium. Belgium has refused to
extradite her to Turkey to stand trial
In related news, wire reports write that the authorities banned the
Kurdish Worker's Party in Australia.
* Turkey often accuses neigbouring Greece of supporting the rebel Turkish
Kurds. In an interview on a Greek TV MEGA, the former foreign affairs
minister of Greece Mr.Theodoros Pangalos admitted to Greek government
support to the rebels.
Mr. Pangalos says that his country's support the Kurdish Worker's Party
started during the administration of the late prime minister Mr. Andraes
Papandreu and continued during the administration of the current prime
minister Mr. Simitis.
Turkish special agents apprehended the leader of the rebel Kurds Mr
Abdullah Ocalan in Kenya, where he secretly stayed in the Greek Embassy.
Greece is now trying some of the Greek citizens involved in the affair.
* Turkey's prime minister Mr. Bulent Ecevit says that positive
developments had been occurring in the Turkish economy, reports the daily
Speaking at a group meeting of the Democratic Left Party that he leads,
Prime Minister Ecevit also evaluated his visit to the United States.
He said, "our economy has begun to revive. It will be wrongful to talk
about early elections."
Turkey's economy has been battered by a severe economic crisis since
February of 2001.
* State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli, the leader of
the Nationalist Movement Party said: "Three political parties forming the
coalition government have been acting like a single political party. We
will support the economic program until the end", reported the daily
"Success of the economic program is of vital importance for the future
of our country. Meanwhile, general elections should be held in 2004. Early
elections will not be beneficial." Mr. Bahceli added.
* Turkey's President Mr. Ahmet Necdet Sezer returned three articles of the
draft Banking Law to the Turkish parliament for further discussions last
However the Turkish parliament overrode the presidential veto and
approved the bill on Thursday.
The bill is seen as one of the key legislations for securing new loans
from the International Monetary Fund.
Turkish constitution bars President Sezer from vetoing the bill a second
time, although he can refer it to the Constitutional Court.
The government ignored his calls for modifications to the bill, rushing
the legislation through parliament in time for an International Monetary
Fund board meeting scheduled for Feb. 4. In the meeting the
international lending body is due to approve a new 12 billion dollars
three-year loan package to back Turkey's economic recovery program. The
International Monetary fund has already committed $19 billion to Turkey.
The public dubbed the draft as "operation rescue bank".
The President who approved the law's part about rescue of bank had
vetoed articles 6 and 7 and temporary article 1 of the law. These rejected
articles foresaw the following:
- Extension of immunity to managers of state-owned banks.
- Lifting of the Council of State's authority to control Banking
Regulation and Supervision Agency.
- Removal of the supervision by the State Supervision Board
- Forcing the personnel working at Ziraat and Halk banks, two major
state owned banks, to work under contracts.
* Opposition Republican Peoples' Party leader Mr. Deniz Baykal announced
the report which was prepared after the visit of his Chief Consultant Mr.
Bulent Tanla to Argentina.
Mr. Baykal said that the aim of International Monetary Fund was not to
Turkey's growth, but provide debt rollover and prevent the crisis to
Mr. Baykal noted, "this is International Monetary Fund's concern.
Turkey's concern should be to facilitate economic growth."
* The 2002 World Economic Forum began in New York City, a shift from its
usual venue of Davos, Switzerland made to show solidarity in the wake of
last September's terrorist attacks, says the daily Cumhuriyet.
A session titled "Turkey's Vision" will be held on Feb. 3 as a part of
the Forum. Foreign investors will be informed about the recent measures
taken by the Turkish government to improve domestic economic conditions.
In addition, Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ismail Cem is expected to
hold bilateral meetings with the Secretary of State Colin Powell as well
as his Greek, Afghan and Israeli counterparts.
He is also expected to meet with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He
will also convey Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's recent messages to
Israel's Foreign Affairs minister Mr. Shimon Peres.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Cuneyt Capanoglu
* A Picasso painting, that Interpol identified as stolen, was found in a
garbage dump in Turkey's southern Kahramanmaras province town of Elbistan.
The painting, one of the 16 paintings stolen from a museum in Kuwait
during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1991, has the seals of Kuwaiti
Museum and a U.S. insurance company. It appears that the painting was
insured for 1.5 million dollars.
The gendarmarie informed the officials in Turkey's Ministry of Culture
and requested an investigation to determine whether the painting was
original or not.
* The daily Cumhuriyet reports that a Turkish movie, "Hungry Wolves",
directed by late Yilmaz Guney, will be screened at the 52nd Berlin Film
The Festival is scheduled to begin on February 6th.
* The daily Cumhuriyet reports that Turkish pianist Gokhan Aybulus was
awarded the Grand Prize for his performance at the Fourth International
Marina Yudina Piano Contest in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mr. Aybulus is an
undergraduate student at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak
* Turkish Soccer: Premier League
Week 20 results:
Ankaragucu 3-2 Fenerbahce
Denizlispor 5-2 G.Antep
Samsunspor 1-2 Göztepe
Malatyaspor 2-1 Kocaelispor
Diyarbakirspor 0-0 Besiktas
Istanbulspor 0-0 G.Birligi
Galatasaray 4-1 Rizespor
Bursaspor 2-2 Trabzonspor
Yozgatspor 3-2 Antalyaspor
Week 21 matches:
G.Birligi - Ankaragucu
Besiktas - Samsunspor
Rizespor - Denizlispor
Fenerbahce 3-0 Kocaelispor
Göztepe - Istanbulspor
Trabzonspor - Diyarbakirspor
G.Antep - Bursaspor
Malatyaspor - Yozgatspor
Antalyaspor - Galatasaray
1. Galatasaray 46
2. Besiktas 43
3. Fenerbahce 40
4. Ankaragucu 33
5. G.Antep 31
6. Istanbulspor 31
7. Bursaspor 28
8. Kocaelispor 28
9. Göztepe 27
10. Trabzonspor 26
11. Denizlispor 25
12. G.Birligi 22
13. Diyarbakirspor 22
14. Samsunspor 21
15. Malatyaspor 21
16. Rizespor 20
17. Yozgatspor 20
18. Antalyaspor 20
* Radu Niculescu, the Romanian forward due to join Turkish Super League
leader Galatasaray will not be turning out in the teams colours after the
Clubs management pulled out of the deal. Niculescu had arrived in
Istanbul to link up with Galatasaray on a four month loan from his
Romanian club National Bucharest.
However, Galatasarays management dropped the deal after they found out
that the forward had already been subject to a transfer this season, from
his previous club Steaua Bucharest. This would have made the 27-year-old
strikers move to the Istanbul team against FIFA regulations, which limit
a player to one transfer a season.
* Fevzi Tuncay, the former first choice keeper for Besiktas, has been
transferred to Gaziantepspor, after failing to cement a place in the
Besiktas starting line up. With Besiktas coach Christoph Daum preferring
to play either Swedens Mattias Asper or Norways Thomas Myhre between the
posts, Fevzi had little hope of re-establishing himself.
However, he will still have to displace Gazianteps incumbent keeper,
Omer Catkic, before returning to Super League action.
* Galatasaray has suffered a blow to its Championship League aspirations
with the news that midfield maestro Sergen Yalçin will be out for a month
or more with a foot injury. Galatasaray have announced that Sergen will
be flying to German soon for surgery to rectify the problem.
* Galatasarays international forward Hasan Sas is to remain with the
Istanbul club, at least until the end of the season, after negotiation
with the French First Division outfit Nantes were terminated over the
question of payment.
"Hasan wanted $1.5 million in advance. They said they could only go up
to $1 million," according to Galatasarays official club website.
Both club coach Mircea Lucescu and director Abdurrahim Albayrak had
urged Sas to remain with Galatasaray, the site said. The site also quoted
Sas as saying that he was not considering a move at this time.
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*** Turkish Ambassador on the "Forum" program for an interview starting at
09:00 P.M. on KQED FM 89.5 on Feb. 11.
*** Turkey and the 21st Century
World Affairs Council Program
Guest: His Excellency Faruk Logoglu
Ambassador of Turkey to the United States
Program Background and Description:
Turkey has long been a crossroads between Europe and the Middle East.
Current challenges in the Middle East have drawn Turkey and the United
States even closer together. In his first visit to the Bay Area
since his appointment, Ambassador Logoglu will discuss the future
of U.S.-Turkish relations.
His Excellency Faruk Loðoðlu was appointed Turkish Ambassador to the
U.S. in September 2001, after serving as Undersecretary of the Turkish
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His career in Turkish public service has
spanned over thirty years.
He has represented Turkey at the European Union and the
United Nations, and in Bangladesh, Germany, Denmark, and Azerbaijan.
Ambassador Loðoðlu has taught political science at Middlebury College
And received a doctorate in political science at Princeton University.
Where: the World Affairs Council
312 Sutter St, Suite 200 (at Grant)
When: Monday, February 11, 2002
Registration: 5:30 PM
Program: 6 PM
Fees: Members Free, Nonmembers $12, Student Nonmembers $5
Mr. Logoglu will also speak in Monterey
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- Time: 6 pm
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