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Turkish Press Review, 97-08-27

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] ITALIAN SUPPORT FOR TURKEY
  • [02] RUSSIAN FM PRIMAKOV TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [03] EREZ MEETS WITH FOREIGN TRADE MINISTERS
  • [04] TURKISH WORLD MEETING IN IZMIR
  • [05] US INTERESTED IN DEVELOPMENTS IN TURKEY
  • [06] US SENATOR IN ANKARA
  • [07] PUK DENIES ANY COOPERATION WITH PKK
  • [08] ELPELEG: TURKEY AND ISRAEL WILL ENGAGE IN JOINT EXERCISES
  • [09] GOVERNMENT TO GIVE BOSNIA $10 MILLION
  • [10] BILICAN: WE WILL PREVENT PKK BASES IN BLACK SEA
  • [11] FIRST 15 PRC OF TURK TELEKOM TO BE SOLD BY JANUARY '98
  • [12] $7 BILLION GRANT FROM BOSCH TO TEMA
  • [13] ANTIQUES THIEVES ARRESTED
  • [14] PEACE TRAIN TO COME BY PLANE
  • [15] IRAQ ACCUSES TURKEY
  • [16] TURCO-FRENCH CO-PRODUCTION
  • [17] HYUNDAI STARTS PRODUCTION IN TURKEY IN SEPTEMBER
  • [18] VICTORY WEEK CELEBRATIONS
  • [19] MISSILE TENSIONS IN CYPRUS

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER

    27.08.97

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

    [01] ITALIAN SUPPORT FOR TURKEY

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, on an official visit to Rome, had a meeting yesterday with his Italian counterpart Lamberto Dini. During the meeting, Dini voiced support for Turkey's drive for integration with Europe. He described Turkey as an "European Country", and stressed that a speedy economic development was being witnessed here.

    Commenting on the Cyprus problem, Dini criticized a recent EU statement that Southern Cyprus could be accepted into the Union, stressing that the Greek Cypriots did not represent the whole population on the island. /Milliyet/

    [02] RUSSIAN FM PRIMAKOV TO VISIT TURKEY

    Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeni Primakov is scheduled to arrive in Turkey in October. The visit plays a special importance because for the first time after the disintegration of the former Soviet Union, a top level Russian official is to pay an official visit to Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] EREZ MEETS WITH FOREIGN TRADE MINISTERS

    Industry and Trade Minister Yalim Erez announced yesterday that there has been a big increase in the number of countries participating in Izmir's 66th International Fair (IEF), adding that this is representative of the international importance of the fair. Erez, who met with the trade ministers of Italy, Vietnam, Macedonia, Yugoslavia, Croatia and Kuwait, in Turkey for the IEF, said that these countries count on trade with Turkey and they are interested in making investments. "The Italian minister especially wants to develop economic relations between Turkey and Italy. He said that they will continue to support Turkey in its dealings with the European Council and Customs Union". /All papers/

    [04] TURKISH WORLD MEETING IN IZMIR

    The first Turkish World Economics Congress and the Fourth Turkish Peoples Assembly convened in Izmir yesterday with the participation of 300 delegates. The aim of the initiatives is to improve economic and cultural cooperation between the Turkish communities. In his opening speech, State Minister Ahad Andican said that rendering services to the brotherly Turkish republics was perceived as a "sacred service" by Turkish officials. Izmir Mayor Burhan Ozfatura also delivered a speech, stressing that for centuries Turks have been a symbol of tolerance. /All papers/

    [05] US INTERESTED IN DEVELOPMENTS IN TURKEY

    Officials from the US Embassy in Ankara have started meetings with representatives of the Motherland Party (ANAP), senior partner of the coalition government. The US administration is especially interested in the date of the next general election in Turkey, in religious education after the education reform, and in Turkey's relations with the EU and the Turkish republics. Randy Calinos, an official from the US Embassy in Ankara and responsible for political affairs, has visited ANAP Deputy-Chairman Yasar Okuyan to take in hand these issues. /Hurriyet/

    [06] US SENATOR IN ANKARA

    Richard Lugar, a prominent US Senator, arrived yesterday in Ankara for a two-day visit. Lugar's programme includes meetings with top-level Turkish officials. Yesterday he had contacts with Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Deputy Chief of the General Staff General Cevik Bir. Today he is expected to come together with Defence Minister Ismet Sezgin, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, and President Suleyman Demirel. /Hurriyet/

    [07] PUK DENIES ANY COOPERATION WITH PKK

    Releasing a statement yesterday, the Ankara office of the Celal Talabani-led Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), denied news reports about any cooperation between themselves and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). It was pointed out in the statement that the PUK was honoring the cease-fire in the region. "PKK-KDP clashes continue deep inside Dehouk province, far away from the PUK-KDP front lines. Therefore, the KDP's allegations of PUK support for the PKK are groundless" said the statement. /All papers/

    [08] ELPELEG: TURKEY AND ISRAEL WILL ENGAGE IN JOINT EXERCISES

    The Israeli Ambassador to Ankara, Zvi Elpeleg, repeated that the joint naval maneuvers between Israel and Turkey will take place as planned. In affirming that the maneuvers will definitely take place, Elpeleg, who is at the end of his term of office in Turkey, agreed with Turkish officials that a date has yet to be set for the joint exercises. "Turkey and Israel are two sovereign nations and they have called on other countries to participate in the exercise" Elpeleg told reporters. He also said that Turkey could play an active role in the Middle East peace process. /All papers/

    [09] GOVERNMENT TO GIVE BOSNIA $10 MILLION

    The Cabinet, at its Tuesday meeting, decided to immediately release $10 million of the $20 million sum which Turkey, in the past, promised to give Bosnia-Herzegovina as a grant. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit had demanded that the pledge be fulfilled, said government spokesman, Sukru Sina Gurel. At a press conference which Ecevit held after the meeting, he said: "We pledged aid to our Bosnian brothers. As a first step, there will be a $10 million grant. $1 million of this will be used to repair the historic Mostar bridge".

    Gurel also announced that the State Waterworks (DSI) has been authorized to go ahead with a project, in which Turkey will supply drinking water to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The Cabinet decided that the project must be completed by the end of this year. Loading and unloading facilities will be built on both Turkey's and northern Cyprus' coasts. The water will be transported in "baloon containers" to be towed by tugboats. After the water is unloaded, these containers will simply be folded up for the return trip. /Hurriyet-Sabah/

    [10] BILICAN: WE WILL PREVENT PKK BASES IN BLACK SEA

    General Director of Police Forces, Necati Bilican, said yesterday that they have taken the necessary measures to prevent the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) from establishing bases in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Meeting with the Republic of Moldavia's chief of police for the Gagauz region, Bilican said that they would cooperate with Gagauz Turks in Moldavia, in the field of security. Emphasizing that Turkey has been struggling against terrorism since 1984, Bilican said that they have increased their efforts by setting up bilateral contacts with related states, in order to prevent the PKK from receiving outside support. "We have organized groups in the Black Sea region which have had special training in combatting terrorism" said Bilican. /Cumhuriyet-Sabah/

    [11] FIRST 15 PRC OF TURK TELEKOM TO BE SOLD BY JANUARY '98

    The Turkish government hopes to have sold the first 15 percent of the Turk Telekom telecommunications company by the end of January next year, privatization officials said yesterday. Head of the Privatization Administration said Goldman Sachs, advisors in the $3.5-billion sell off, were due to present an evaluation report in mid-November after which the choice of a consortium for the sale would come on the agenda. /Sabah/

    [12] $7 BILLION GRANT FROM BOSCH TO TEMA

    A $7 billion grant collected following a campaign jointly organized by Bosch, a leading institution in the durable goods sector, and TEMA, a non-governmental organization to combat erosion, has been presented to TEMA Chairman Hayrettin Karaca by Bosch General Director in Turkey, Ronald Gurunberg. /Sabah/

    [13] ANTIQUES THIEVES ARRESTED

    During an operation carried out in Istanbul, 38 golden coins and two tiles belonging to the Ottoman Empire have been seized. Two people regarding the incident have been taken into custody. /Sabah/

    [14] PEACE TRAIN TO COME BY PLANE

    Passangers of the "Musa Anter Peace Train" cancelled following initiatives taken by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, will arrive in Istanbul by plane. They will go to Diyarbakir on 1 September by bus. Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Sermet Atacanli said that the passangers, who would go to Diyarbakir by bus, would not encounter any difficulty. Atacanli said: "Just so long as none of the passangers have been deported from Turkey, or prohibited to enter Turkey, there will be no obstacles". /Sabah/

    [15] IRAQ ACCUSES TURKEY

    The Iraqi Administration has accused Turkey of continuing its operations in northern Iraq. Iraqi Foreign Minister Muhammed Said el-Sahaf has sent a letter to United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Hannan claiming that Turkey is continuing its military operations in northern Iraq. He added that this contradicts Turkey's statements that Turkey respected the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq. The letter stressed that Turkey's policy would be harmful to the stability and peace of the region. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] TURCO-FRENCH CO-PRODUCTION

    ADR Productions based in Paris, has started its "Ataturk Documentary" project led by Jocelyene Saab. Representatives of the company said that they aimed to prepare a documentary based on 'documentary films' and that they had officially suggested to the 'Turkish Cinema and Audiovisual Culture Foundation' (TURSAK) that it should act as Turkish partner in the project. The project which will be realised by ADR-TURSAK co-production, will be supported by the French TV channels 'France 3' and 'ARTE'. /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] HYUNDAI STARTS PRODUCTION IN TURKEY IN SEPTEMBER

    The Hyundai Assan Izmit Automobile Plant, constructed by Hyundai Motor Company, will be go into production on 20 September. The annual capacity of the factory will be 120,000 automobiles. /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] VICTORY WEEK CELEBRATIONS

    Victory Week has started with celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the "Great Attack" in Afyon. Ceremonies have also been held to celebrate the 926th anniversary of the Malazgirt Victory. National Education Minister Mehmet Ulugbay and Commander of the Afyon Garrison, Colonel Riza Bulbul, gave speeches at the opening of the ceremonies. /Hurriyet/

    [19] MISSILE TENSIONS IN CYPRUS

    As hopes of reaching a peaceful solution to the Cyprus issue fade, tensions on the problem-plagued island mount again because of the reluctance of the Greek Cypriots to step back from their decision to deploy Russian-made S-300 missiles on their territory. Observers fear that tensions on the island could escalate to a hot confrontation. Richard Holbrooke, Special Cyprus Representative of US President Bill Clinton, is planning to send his assistant Tom Miller to Cyprus in September. /Hurriyet/ END
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