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Turkish Press Review, 97-08-05

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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>


CONTENTS

  • [01] TRNC LEADER DENKTAS SAYS 'YES' TO MONTREUX TALKS
  • [02] GERMAN AWARD FOR YASAR KEMAL
  • [03] PAKISTANI FOREIGN MINISTER TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [04] GUZEL IN CUSTODY
  • [05] DEMIREL: "MAJORITY IN FAVOR OF EIGHT-YEAR SYSTEM"
  • [06] EREZ: CALLS FOR ECO COOPERATION
  • [07] 'CEM IS A MODEL FOREIGN MINISTER'
  • [08] SOUTHEASTERN SUMMIT AT CANKAYA PALACE
  • [09] 40 FORESTRY MINISTERS IN TURKEY
  • [10] NEWSWEEK: YILMAZ AND SIMITIS SINCERELY WANT PEACE
  • [11] BUSINESS WEEK: TANER HAS MADE FINANCIAL IMPROVEMENTS
  • [12] KIRKUK-YUMURTALIK PIPELINE TO BE OPENED
  • [13] FIVE MILITANTS CAPTURED
  • [14] MEASURES TO ENHANCE BOSPHORUS SECURITY
  • [15] POSITIVE STOCK EXCHANGE MARKET DEVELOPMENTS
  • [16] AMOCO WILLING TO COOPERATE WITH TURKEY

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    AUGUST 5, 1997

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

    [01] TRNC LEADER DENKTAS SAYS 'YES' TO MONTREUX TALKS

    Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas announced on Monday that he will attend the second round of UN-sponsored direct talks with Greek Cypriot leader Glafkos Clerides in Geneva, scheduled for next Monday, to resolve disputes dividing the island.

    The decision was announced Monday morning by TRNC Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu, after the matter was taken up in a meeting of the Cabinet headed by Denktas. "The Cabinet has reached the decision to attend the talks to be held in Switzerland on August 11," said Eroglu, adding however, that if the European Union starts negotiations with Greek Cypriots, a decision to withdraw from direct talks still stands. /All papers/

    [02] GERMAN AWARD FOR YASAR KEMAL

    Germany's Booksellers' Union will give this year's Peace Award to acclaimed Turkish author Yasar Kemal, the Anatolia news agency reported. The Booksellers Union Peace Award jury decided to give the honorary award to the Turkish novelist during the celebrated Frankfurt Book Fare in October, with a special ceremony to be held in a church in Frankfurt. The jury stated its reason for the decision: "Yasar Kemal's stories and novels are written from an honest point of view, reflecting his country's realities. In all his works, including many exclusive interviews and fiction, he has managed to combine various traditional structures including legend, fairy tale and documentary."

    [03] PAKISTANI FOREIGN MINISTER TO VISIT TURKEY

    Pakistani Foreign Minister Gohar Ayup Khan will pay a three-day official visit to Turkey, the Foreign Ministry has announced. The visiting foreign minister will arrive in Ankara on Thursday and meet his Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem to discuss bilateral relations and have consultations on international and regional issues. Ayup Khan will have other consultations in Istanbul during the last days of his visit. /All papers/

    [04] GUZEL IN CUSTODY

    At the behest of the office of the Ankara State Security Court Chief Prosecutor, the police assigned to the anti-terrorism branch have taken into Custody Hasan Celal Guzel, the Chairman of the Rebirth Party (YDP). Following questioning at the Security Directorate, Guzel will reportedly be arraigned in the State Security Court today. Ankara State Security Court prosecutor, Nuh Mete Yuksel had earlier launched an investigation against Guzel for "disclosing state documents to the public."/Milliyet/

    [05] DEMIREL: "MAJORITY IN FAVOR OF EIGHT-YEAR SYSTEM"

    President Suleyman Demirel said the majority of people in the country were in favor of an eight-year compulsory continuous education system, reported the Anatolia news agency.

    "The eight-year system is not only important in terms of education, it can also be considered as a step forward in terms of Turkey's development," said the president. Demirel said he was relying on Parliament to make the right decisions on education reform.

    [06] EREZ: CALLS FOR ECO COOPERATION

    The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) is set to become an important regional institution according to Commerce and Industry Minister Yalim Erez. Speaking at ECO's sixth executive committee and the third joint transit trade committee meeting in Ankara on Monday, Erez called for deeper cooperation between members so they could adapt to changing world conditions. "The organization aims to get rid of commercial obstacles in the ECO region and spread the free market economy. To achieve these targets, we will support the activities of the private sector.," said Erez. /Sabah/

    [07] 'CEM IS A MODEL FOREIGN MINISTER'

    An article in the leading US Washington Times newspaper said that Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem was a 'model minister'. The newspaper, which closely follows diplomatic developments in Washington, praised Cem's stance towards the press. The newspaper said: "Ismail Cem is a model contemporary foreign minister". The Washington Times noted that Cem sent an e-mail address to foreign press members saying that he wanted to share both his and their views, thereby presenting a direct communications channel. /Milliyet/

    [08] SOUTHEASTERN SUMMIT AT CANKAYA PALACE

    President Suleyman Demirel has carried out research in southeastern Anatolia in new moves to overcome unemployment and revitalize investments in this region. 122 businessmen, who are living in western cities but are of southeastern city Diyarbakir-origin, have been selected and invited to the Presidential Palace for a development summit. /Milliyet/

    [09] 40 FORESTRY MINISTERS IN TURKEY

    Antalya will host the 11th World Forestry Congress between 13-22 October. Forestry ministers of 40 countries will come to Turkey. Deputy General Director Harcharik of the United Nations FAO Organization responsible for Forestry, will visit Turkish Forestry Minister Ersin Taranoglu today to make contacts within the framework of preparations for the congress. According to a statement made by the Press and Public Relations Undersecretariat of the Forestry Ministry, during the meeting between Taranoglu and Harcharik, cooperation between the FAO Organization and the Forestry Ministry will also be taken up. /Milliyet/

    [10] NEWSWEEK: YILMAZ AND SIMITIS SINCERELY WANT PEACE

    It is reported that the prime ministers of Turkey and Greece are looking for an agreed solution for peace in the Aegean. A leading US magazine, Newsweek, held interviews with both Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis and noted that both sides sincerely wanted peace. Yilmaz said that Turkey and Greece were exerting great efforts to become closer and pointed out that the Madrid Agreement was the result of these efforts. Stating that he did not refuse any methods for the solution of problems between the two countries, Yilmaz said: "We did not even refuse the mediation of a third country". He added that Turkey would not accept the deployment of S-300 missiles in Cyprus. Simitis, for his part, said he viewed the Madrid Agreement, which he co-signed with President Suleyman Demirel, as a very important step. /Hurriyet/

    [11] BUSINESS WEEK: TANER HAS MADE FINANCIAL IMPROVEMENTS

    Business Week magazine said that State Minister Gunes Taner responsible for the economy had eased pressures in business and financial circles. The magazine said: "The World Bank noted that it will extend $1.5 billion in credits to Turkey, and it could extend a further $5 billion if Turkey continues to improve current situations". /Sabah/

    [12] KIRKUK-YUMURTALIK PIPELINE TO BE OPENED

    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has stated that he approves a purchase and distribution plan for foodstuffs as put forward by the Iraqi government. As a result, the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik pipeline will operate again. It is expected that Iraq will buy food from Turkey with the money it will receive from oil sales. /Sabah/

    [13] FIVE MILITANTS CAPTURED

    Five DHKP-C militants, including one female militant, who attacked a building belonging to the Istanbul Security Directorate in the Vatan Street, and the Harbiye Officer's Club, were captured yesterday. Weapons were also seized. Security officials are still looking for more weapons. /Hurriyet/

    [14] MEASURES TO ENHANCE BOSPHORUS SECURITY

    State Minister Burhan Kara announced yesterday that a sophisticated radar system will be installed to control the gradually intensifying Bosphorus traffic. "More oil tankers coming from Russia will add to the already busy traffic in the Bosphorus Straits. The radar system will help to prevent a new disaster in the straits," Kara said. The new equipment will cost $200 million, and the ministry is planning to finance the project by increasing fees for crossing the Bosphorus. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] POSITIVE STOCK EXCHANGE MARKET DEVELOPMENTS

    Yesterday the Instanbul Stock Exchange index increased by 63 points and once more surpassed the 2,000 mark. Stock shareholders made yesterday an average profit of 3.19 percent. The appointement of Yalcin Adli as head of the Privatization Administration is said by observers to be the factor that had a positive impact on the stock exchange. Following his appointment, Adli announced that he will accelerate the privatization process. /Hurriyet/

    [16] AMOCO WILLING TO COOPERATE WITH TURKEY

    Officials of the US oil giant Amoco have offered to cooperate with Turkey in the construction of the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline to carry Azeri oil to the world markets. During a recent visit of Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev to Wahington, US officials said they would back the construction of more than one pipeline to carry Azeri oil and as a result the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline has emerged as a high-chance project. /Sabah/

    END


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