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Turkish Press Review, 97-08-13

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] SECOND ROUND ON EDUCATION STARTING
  • [02] LIMITATIONS ON IMMUNITIES
  • [03] ECEVIT: "STATE OF EMERGENCY WILL BE LIFTED"
  • [04] GULF LOSSES WILL BE PAID
  • [05] HEAVY RAINFALL WREAKS HAVOC
  • [06] FOREST FIRES HIT MARMARIS AND DIDIM REGIONS
  • [07] TURKEY DENIES SOUTH AFRICAN EMBARGO CLAIMS
  • [08] SECOND DAY OF MONTREUX TALKS
  • [09] NATO PLAN FOR THE AEGEAN READY
  • [10] ANKARA MEDIATING FOR PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN
  • [11] TALABANI IN ANKARA
  • [12] TRANSFER TO DTP
  • [13] WORLD TRADE MARKS ENJOY SUCCESS IN TURKEY
  • [14] NEW REGULATIONS IN BAG TRADE

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER

    13.08.97

    Summary of the political and economicnews in the Turkish press this morning.

    [01] SECOND ROUND ON EDUCATION STARTING

    The coalition government has succeeded in passing the bill on education reform through the Parliamentary Planning and Budget Commission in the form it desired. The coalition parties are now preparing for the second test in the Parliament. They want to have the bill included in today's agenda of discussions. The bill has catalyzed heated debates lasting more than 95 hours in total, and despite attempts at obstructing it by the Welfare Party and other opposition groups, the coalition has managed to preserve its form without allowing for any major amendments. /All papers/

    [02] LIMITATIONS ON IMMUNITIES

    Following the eight-year education reform, the Motherleft-D coalition has now undertaken moves to limit the immunities granted to the prime minister and the other members of the cabinet. The Chief Republican Prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeal will now be able to initiate legal action against the Council of Ministers, the prime minister and the members of the cabinet for corruption charges. The government has announced that a related legal regulation will be open for discussion in Parliament. /Hurriyet/

    [03] ECEVIT: "STATE OF EMERGENCY WILL BE LIFTED"

    The High Council for the Struggle Against Terrorism has agreed that the state of emergency implementation are no longer a must for ensuring security in the eastern and southeastern Anatolian provinces of Turkey. The decision was issued following a five-hour meeting of the Council chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit.

    The Council of Ministers has also agreed with the decision put forward by the Council for the Struggle Against Terrorism. Ecevit said that the state of emergency would be lifted by the end of the year. At the same time, the government has initiated moves designed to provide relief for victims of terrorism. Within this framework, the materialization of a project prepared by the Housing Administration in 1994 will be facilitated. The project aims at providing land and agricultural equipment to people living in the region. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] GULF LOSSES WILL BE PAID

    During the Gulf Crisis emerging from the Iraqi annexation of Kuwait, Turkey had many losses. The United Nations started to reimburse the losses of Turkey which totalled $30 billion. A $2 billion part of these losses comes in the first category. This part consists of money for exporters, who could not receive their money in return for goods sold to Iraq and Kuwait, and for contractors and workers working in those countries. Foreign Ministry officials stated yesterday that initially payments in the first category would be made. /Milliyet/

    [05] HEAVY RAINFALL WREAKS HAVOC

    Excessive rain has been affecting parts of the country for three days causing wide-spread floods and damage. Floods paralyzed low-lying parts of Istanbul on Monday. Specialists say that this was the worst single-day rain storm in more than 42 years. Two people were killed and thousands of people were stranded by the rain. Nevertheless, by yesterday all the people stranded by floods had been rescued. /All papers/

    [06] FOREST FIRES HIT MARMARIS AND DIDIM REGIONS

    A forest fire broke out on Monday in the village of Hisaronu, the Anatolia news agency reported. The fire continued to spread to the south and southeast on Tuesday. Firefighters are working to put out the fire with the help of two planes and seven helicopters.

    [07] TURKEY DENIES SOUTH AFRICAN EMBARGO CLAIMS

    The Defense Industry Undersecretariat has reacted harshly to South African claims that Turkey's demands for helicopters was rejected by Pretoria. Defence Industry Undersecretary Yalcin Burcak said that the South African defense firm Denel was more than willing to sell the helicopters to Turkey, but that Turkish officials had ignored Denel's proposal taking into account previous similar disagreements with South Africa. /All papers/

    [08] SECOND DAY OF MONTREUX TALKS

    Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders met for a second day on Tuesday to talk peace for their divided island. Nevertheless, officials from both sides played down prospects of a quick breakthrough because there was "a difference of opinions". The talks, aimed at ending the island's 23-year-old partition and re-uniting it under a bi-zonal and bi-communal federation, follow a first round last month in New York. /All papers/

    [09] NATO PLAN FOR THE AEGEAN READY

    Comprehensive plans for the reducing of tension in the Aegean Sea region as prepared by NATO are ready. The NATO plans to secure peace in the region will carry on where Turkey's unilateral moratorium on Aegean military activity leaves off. Turkey's moratorium ends in just two days time, when the NATO plans for Aegean peace will come into effect. The plans include a package of measures to increase new ties of security.

    The US has played a large part in the preparation of the plan and it is reported that initially a US aircraft carrier will observe developments from the Rhodes straits. /All papers/

    [10] ANKARA MEDIATING FOR PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN

    Turkey has invited the leaders of the warring factions in Afghanistan to meet in either Ankara or Istanbul to elaborate the terms of a settlement that could end years of bloody civil strife. First reports say that the invitation has been refused by the Talebans, and that the anti-Taleban coalition is undecided. /Yeni Yuzyil/

    [11] TALABANI IN ANKARA

    Following moves to settle problems in Cyprus and to improve relations with Greece, the Motherleft-D coalition government has now turned its attention to problem-plagued northern Iraq. Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leader Celal Talabani arrives today as the guest of Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, for talks with government and military leaders. During his talks in Ankara, Talabani will be urged to sever his contacts with the PKK terrorist organization, observe the cease-fire agreement with the Kurdish KDP party and avoid close relations with Iran. /Hurriyet/

    [12] TRANSFER TO DTP

    Deputy for Mardin Muzaffer Arikan resigned yesterday from the DYP party and jointed the Democratic Turkey Party (DTP) together with a group of Mardin municipality officials and former DYP administrators. Now the number of DYP seats in parliament has dropped to 92 from the original 135. At the same time, the number of DTP deputies in parliament has surged to 21. /All papers/

    [13] WORLD TRADE MARKS ENJOY SUCCESS IN TURKEY

    World-known trade marks have scored record sales in Turkey recently. Sale figures high above expectations have encouraged giants like Marks and Spencer, Kickers, Singer, Louis Vuitton and Versace to open outlets in Turkey. /All papers/

    [14] NEW REGULATIONS IN BAG TRADE

    Registering the "bag trade", one of the government's main export strategies, has resulted in 655 individuals and companies being given export sale permits. Under the permit system, companies will be allowed to sell goods to tourists involved in the bag trade without having to pay Value Added Tax. /Hurriyet/

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