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    02.03.2005 - 09:56 | Son Güncelleme:

    These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on March 2nd, 2005. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


    40,000 PEOPLE OF NEIGHBORING ARMENIA LIVE IN ISTANBUL: Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, assessing the recent developments in Turkish foreign policy to Hurriyet daily, said 40,000 Armenian citizens in Istanbul.

    Gul said, ''an NGO has carried a survey and revealed that most of them have good relations with the Turks.'' Gul noted most of the Armenians work in technical affairs.

    Gul also said he had warned the American administration about the sensitivities of Turkish people.

    ''Around 7-8 months ago I have warned the Americans saying, 'you are losing Turkish people. You even prevent opening a second border pass to Iraq,'' Gul said noting that, ''in case our warnings had been taken into consideration, we would not be at this point. Americans had to do something to get the support of Turkish people but they did not.
    The U.S. has lost a golden chance.''
    Number of people who were poisoned and died after drinking fake raki increased to 7.
    32 people are currently receiving treatment in hospitals. Five of them are reported to be in serious condition.

    The scandal erupted after Ali Gokdem, the owner of Dem Restaurant and Salih Egridereli died after drinking fake raki.

    HISTORICAL TURKISH BATH ON SALE FOR 2 MILLION US DOLLARS: The Eskidji Real Estate Company has announced that the Tophane Turkish Bath in Istanbul is on sale for 2 million US Dollars.  The bath was built by the Ottoman Mimar (Architect) Sinan.
    TURKISH POLICE NEVER GIVING UP: According to a new traffic regulation in Turkey, judges, prosecutors, parliament deputies and foreign diplomats living in Turkey will start receiving traffic tickets for violations of traffic laws.  Formerly, such dignitaries were exempt from receiving traffic penalties.

    GROWTH RATE TO BE 8.5 PERCENT: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said growth rate figures have not been announced yet but that the growth rate is expected to be 8.5 percent.

    Speaking at Justice and Development Party (AKP) Assembly Group, Erdogan said, indications of the first two months in 2005 were positive, stating that economic program would continue without making any concession.

    ''There is confidence and stability in the basis of economic success,'' Erdogan said, noting that, ''we will certainly reach 8 percent target in inflation.''
    ANOTHER RESIGNATION IN AKP: Governmental Justice & Development Party (AKP) Istanbul parliamentarian Goksal Kucukali resigned from his party on Tuesday.

    Kucukali became the fourth parliamentarian resigning from AKP after Erkan Mumcu, Suleyman Saribas, and Mehmet Eraslan.    ''I am sorry to see that AKP became a party contradicting its  principles, disregarding universal rule of law, and rejecting justice,
    development and democracy'' Kucukali told a press conference.


    ANOTHER RESIGNATION IN AKP: Justice and Development Party (AKP) Istanbul parliamentarian Koksal Kucukali, who had been sent to party discipline board on charges of corruption allegations, resigned from his party accusing AKP administration.
    ''I am sorry to see that AKP became a party contradicting its  principles, disregarding universal rule of law, and rejecting justice, development and democracy'' Kucukali said.
    Turkish Justice Minister Cemil Cicek said Turkey had received information from four different sources, about the whereabouts of Hakan and Kemal Uzan, who are accused of emptying coffers of the Imar Bankasi, and they were asking for extradition of them.

    Cicek told reporters, ''the Interpol gave some information to us in several occasions. We think these people (the Uzans) are not staying at a fixed address. Interpol follows them and informs us about the country where they are.''

    Cicek refused to divulge the names of the countries which Turkey had asked to extradite Hakan and Kemal Uzan.

    Asked if the Uzans were proceeding to another country before the extradition process was completed, Cicek said, ''probably it is so.''

    HOLIDAY IS OVER, EXPORTS MAKE A FRESH START: After slowing down during the recent Islamic Holiday of Sacrifice,Turkish exports have begun to increase again.  Turkish exports last month (February) reached a record level of 5.728 billion U.S. dollars.

    'As Turkey is becoming an economic giant, we will witness some positive developments, not only in Turkey but in the region as well,'' said a Turkish international trading expert.
    ERDOGAN:  ''EVERYTHING IS GOING WELL AS PLANNED IN THE HEALTH SECTOR:   Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that, after the management transfer of Social Security Hospitals to the Ministry of Health, ''things look much better in the health sector across Anatolia.''  Over 300 hospitals were functioning under the Social Security administration previously.

    WE ARE NOW EXPLORING NEW MARKETS: Turkish Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Leader and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that just as a businessman sitting in his office waiting for customers without giving effort to seek new opportunities would be acting wrongly, so would a politician sitting idly in Ankara.  ''There are those who criticize my office and our administration for frequent flies to other lands.  We will definitely continue such commercial and diplomatic trips.  In fact, the number of such visits will greatly increase in the next few months,'' told Erdogan.
    In an interview on Turkish tv channel TGRT last night, globally known historian Dr. Ilber Ortayli has said that, based on the recent terrible developments in the Middle East, he expects hundreds of Israelis to leave Israel.  ''As a historian who has studied the Middle
    East history in depth for decades, I can confidently state that we will see some very important changes in the region very soon.''

    RED CRESCENT DISCLOSES AMOUNT OF AID COLLECTED FOR ASIA: Turkish Red Crescent Association Chairman Talat Yilmaz said 23.833 million YTL was collected within the campaign launched for survivors of quake and tsunami in south Asia.

    Yilmaz said, ''this is the first time Turkish Red Crescent succeeds such a campaign.''
    MIMAR SINAN EXHIBITION IN LONDON: The ''Turks: Architects of an Empire and Genius of Sinan the Great Architect'' exhibition was opened in London's Shapero Gallery.

    The exhibition is composed of 35 photographs of works of Sinan the Great Architect, which were taken by leading Turkish photographer Ahmet Ertug.

    In an interview, Ertug said that he aimed to drew the attention of British public to the fact that Turkey could make cultural contributions to the EU.

    ERDOGAN: ''CABINET WILL CHANGE WHEN TIME COMES'': Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said early elections was not in their agenda, stating that a cabinet revision could take place following their visit to Africa.

    ''I can not change the ministers as media says or newspapers write. I will make necessary changes when necessary. May be I will make some changes following my visit to Africa,'' Erdogan said.

    Erdogan also said the elections would take place in the planned time.
    EXPORTS INCREASE IS ABOVE EXPECTATIONS: Turkey's exports increased 51.19 percent to 5.7 billion U.S. dollars in February 2005, as compared with the same month of 2004.

    Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM) Chairman Oguz Satici said that exports reached 10.7 billion U.S. dollars in January-February period of the year, an increase of 26.98 percent. 

    Meanwhile, 12-month exports climbed 32.74 percent to reach 66.2 billion U.S. dollars between March 2004 and February 2005.

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