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Commission passes 'Cargill bill'

The controversial "Cargill bill," following a veto by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, was passed yesterday by the Turkey Parliament's Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Affairs commission without any changes.

The commission convened under Justice and Development (AK) Party Adana Deputy Vahit Kirisci on Thursday. After evaluating Sezer's veto reasons, the commission passed the bill, which critics say is meant to enable illegally built industrial and agribusiness facilities to continue their operations.

Under the bill, in order to acquire permits and continue running, firms illegally operating will have to apply to the Agriculture Ministry within a year of the law coming into force and pay YTL 5 (€2.67) for each square meter of occupied land.

Critics charge the bill stipulates a backdoor amnesty for certain firms that have built and run industrial complexes without obtaining required permits. These firms are said to include US-based agribusiness giant Cargill, which is alleged to have close ties with a number of government figures.

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