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Turkish Press Review, 97-05-02
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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>
TURKISH PRESS REVIEW
MAY 2, 1997
Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning.
 TURKEY TO URGE RUSSIA TO DISCOURAGE PKK ACTIVITIES IN MOSCOWTurkey reacted strongly as outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) members in Moscow openly announced future terrorist acts planned against the public in Turkey. The Turkish Embassy in Moscow sent a dossier prepared on the press meeting to the Russian Embassy, which will be followed in upcoming days by a meeting between Russian and Turkish authorities in the capital. At the meeting, Turkish authorities from the embassy will reportedly ask Russian officials how it is possible that terrorists can go around declaring their terrorist intentions in Moscow./Milliyet/
 SOYLEMEZ PLEASED WITH CAMDESSUS' APPRAISAL OF ECONOMYState Minister Ufuk Soylemez, visiting to Washington has declared that the IMF was pleased with the Turkish economy's progress. Speaking to journalists before he left for New York, the DYP state minister responsible for the Treasury said that IMF Managing Director Michael Camdessus had pointed out that the indicators for 1997 look a lot better than those for 1996.
Soylemez was pleased with the reaction of the IMF, saying that the organization was prepared to help Turkey out of its present difficulties. Soylemez noted that World Bank Vice President Johannes Lynn would visit Turkey in June to decide upon new project credits and by that time IMF Director Willi Kikens would also be present./Cumhuriyet/
 TAIWAN SEEKS TO BOOST TURKEY TRADETaiwanese trade representative Peter Huang is confident that trade between Taiwan and Turkey will increase in the coming years, continuing a robust Taiwanese export industry to Turkey. At a dinner given for journalists Tuesday evening Huang announced that the largest Taiwanese trade delegation ever to visit Turkey, 35 strong from all areas of business, will hold a day-long trade meeting for Turkish businessmen on May 8 in Istanbul./All papers/
 MAY DAY CELEBRATED35,000 people joined in May Day celebrations in Istanbul, where there were clashes between the demonstrators and the police, but no serious injuries or death were recorded. Thousands also gathered in Ankara and Izmir on Thursday to peacefully celebrate May Day. _Milliyet
 JOINT MILITARY EXERCISES WITH ISRAELIsrael is willing to hold joint military maneuvres with Turkey. The Israeli proposal was presented to National Defence Minister Turhan Tayan who is on an official visit to Israel. Details about the maneuvres will be elaborated when Second Chief of the General Staff General Cevik Bir visits to Israel.
Israeli Defence Minister Ishak Mordechai said that joint military maneuvres held with the participation of Turkey, Israel and the US would strengthen all the three countries. He added that plans were afood for the holding of such military exercises at the end of 1997.
During his contacts in Tel Aviv, Minister Tayan discussed the terms of a new bilateral agreement for the modernization of F-5 Turkish jet fighters. /All papers/
 OSCE DELEGATION IN DIYARBAKIRAn Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) delegation headed by the Parliamentarian Assembly Chairman Javier Ruperez is visiting Diyarbakir. Ruperez voiced support for the Turkish struggle against terrorism and pointed out that Turkey's aim was to ensure security and tranquility in the country. /Sabah/
 FBI TRAINING FOR TURKISH POLICE CHIEFS14 police chiefs from 12 Turkish provinces will be trained by the US Federal Bureau for Investigations (FBI). The course covers issues related to the struggle against terrorism and to criminal law implementations. /Sabah/
 MERRILL LYNCH PRAISES THE TURKISH PRIVATE SECTORBouglaf Johnson, Co-Chairman of Merill Lynch, one of the leading US consulting companies, said at a conference organized by the Turco-American Businessmen's Association, that Turkey had a dynamic private sector. He invited Turkish officials to initiate measures to facilitate foreign investment in Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/
 HUGE OIL RESERVES IN THE CASPIAN REGIONEuropean entrepreneurs see the Caspian region with its huge energy reserves as a "new Middle East" that will meet the energy needs of the countries in Europe and the Black Sea region. According to Turkish officials, European support for the Black Sea Economic Cooperation was reinforced by the importance of the region for meeting future energy needs. /Cumhuriyet/
 PROJECT FROM ERBAKAN TO D-8 MEMBERSIt is reported that Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan will present 30 sector projects, such as the automotive and defence industry sectors, to D-8 members (eight developing Islamic countries) during a meeting of the D-8 Industry Working Coordination Group to be held in Ankara today. /Cumhuriyet/
 NOTED ECONOMIST FROM CHILE IN ISTANBULDr.Jose Pinera, a noted Chilean economist, who has been the chief adviser for privatization of the social security systems of many countries especially Spain, Mexico, Argentine, Colombia and Peru, will arrive in Istanbul to hold a seminar on "Privatization of the Social Security System and its effect in the World", jointly organized by Global Stock Exchanges and Istanbul Stock Exchanges on 6 May. Dr.Jose Pinera is the founder of the International Social Security Reform Centre. /Sabah/
 TURKEY PAYS $727 MILLION OFF FOREIGN DEBT IN APRILTurkey paid out $727.10 million in foreign debts in April. According to the Central Bank, the Treasury paid off $637.15 million in foreign debts, the Central Bank paid $51.55 million and other public institutions $38.40 million. In January $448.99 million in foreign debts was paid off, in February $668.39 million and in March $1.3 billion. Thus payments made since the beginning of 1997 total $3.1 billion. /Milliyet/
 PKK MILITANTS KILLED IN SOUTHEASTOperations against militants of the PKK terrorist organization are continuing. Officials say that security measures have been taken along the borders to prevent the incursions of PKK terrorists into Turkey. During the operations, 864 terrorists were either killed or wounded between 1 January and 1 May while 73 security officials died. Officials also stated that during this period many PKK strongholds were destroyed.
Meanwhile, intensive operations were carried out yesterday and the previous day during which nine militants were killed in the Nazimiye district of Tunceli, five in the Baskaya region of the Mutki district of Bitlis, two in the Cukurca district of Hakkari and one on Gulluce mountain in Sirnak province. A Turkish soldier died in Cukurca and six soldiers and two village guards were wounded. Two terrorists surrendered to Turkish security units in Bingol and Hakkari. /Cumhuriyet-Sabah/
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