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Turkish Press Review, 97-08-28

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] ITALIAN SUPPORT FOR TRNC
  • [02] CONGRESSMAN LUGAR HOLDS TALKS WITH TOP TURKISH OFFICIALS
  • [03] BORDER TRADE SECURITY IN NSC MEETING
  • [04] PREVENTION OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS HIGH ON AGENDA
  • [05] TURKEY'S SUCCESS IN UN
  • [06] CENSUS ON NOVEMBER 30
  • [07] MUSA ANTER TRAVELLERS ARRIVE IN ISTANBUL
  • [08] KINKEL INVITES CEM TO GERMANY
  • [09] CEM TO ATTEND UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING
  • [10] TURKEY A LEADING CAR PRODUCER
  • [11] BOMB ALARM
  • [12] BOMBER ARRESTED
  • [13] PENTAGON FOLLOWS DHKP-C
  • [14] A WONDERFUL NIGHT
  • [15] TREASURY PUTS OUT BIDS ON 2 AND 16 SEPTEMBER
  • [16] MINE EXPLODES: FOUR PEOPLE DIE

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER

    28.08.97

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Tukish press this morning.

    [01] ITALIAN SUPPORT FOR TRNC

    Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini said yesterday that both communities living on Cyprus should be represented at the discussions for accepting Cyprus into the EU. In a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem, who is paying an official visit to Rome, Dini stressed that the Klerides administration does not represent the whole population on the island. "We have to find a formula for including also the Turkish side in the EU membership discussions," the Italian foreign minister noted. Dini's statement that there were "two republics, two communities and two governments on Cyprus" has aroused the fierce criticism of Greece and the Greek Cypriots.

    There are reports that the "working document" submitted by the UN to the leaders of the two communities living in Cyprus during the second round of the direct talks in Glion, Switzerland, was drafted by British diplomat David Hannay. Disturbed by this development, the US has allegedly been exerting pressure on UN Special Cyprus Representative Diego Cordovez, urging him to announce that the document was not official. Turkish diplomats said that the plan implemented in Glion was " a typical British maneuvre" and stressed that the UN had no authority to issue such documents. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] CONGRESSMAN LUGAR HOLDS TALKS WITH TOP TURKISH OFFICIALS

    Richard Lugar, a senior US Senator, visited key Turkish figures in Ankara on Tuesday and Wednesday to exchange views on regional issues, including Cyprus, the Caucasus, the Aegean, energy resources in the Caspian region and NATO expansion. Lugar said they were seeking ways to improve their strategic cooperation with Turkey. /All papers/

    [03] BORDER TRADE SECURITY IN NSC MEETING

    The National Security Council (NSC) headed by President Suleyman Demirel held its monthly regular meeting yesterday at the Cankaya Palace. Security of border trade was taken up during the meeting and the Council of Ministers wanted to take steps for tighter controls at the Habur border gate. Furthermore, fundamentalist demonstrations usually held on Fridays to protest the eight-year uninterrupted compulsory education programme were also discussed during the NSC meeting. /Milliyet/

    [04] PREVENTION OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS HIGH ON AGENDA

    The Supreme Board of Traffic Safety will convene today under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz to discuss measures for the prevention of traffic accidents. During the meeting, steps designed to provide financial resources for the improvement of traffic control systems and motorway infrastuctures will also be taken in hand. The Council will consider separating the traffic development fund, with an expected revenue of TL 2 trillion, from the general budget. /All papers/

    [05] TURKEY'S SUCCESS IN UN

    A draft law requested to be put on the agenda of the UN Human Rights Commission has been rejected following initiatives by the Turkish permanent representative to the UN. The draft law prepared by an American representative, David Weissbrodth, brings heavy criticisms against Turkey, on the Kurdish issue. The draft law was supported by Belqian, Greek, Norwegian, French and British representatives.

    Meanwhile Turkish representative to the UN, Ambassador Tugay Ulucevik, rejected the draft law and informed the Commission on the developments about the application of the human rights reform programme in Turkey. Ulucevik stressed that the Turkish government was determined to complete the human rights reforms and to eradicate PKK terrorism. /Hurriyet/Cumhuriyet_

    [06] CENSUS ON NOVEMBER 30

    On November 30, a nationwide population census and update of electoral rolls will be made. The Supreme Election Board announced that on November 30, people will not be allowed to leave their places of residence between 5:00a.m. and 7:00 p.m.The census will cover only the electorate in Turkey. /All papers/

    [07] MUSA ANTER TRAVELLERS ARRIVE IN ISTANBUL

    Supporters of the Musa Anter "peace" train journey have started to arrive in Istanbul by airplane. They will continue to arrive until Sunday when they will set out for Diyarbakir in order to arrive there on September 1, World Peace Day. So far 74 people have arrived. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Sermet Atacanli announced that the government will not try to stop travellers going to Diyarbakir and added that those who are not forbidden by law to enter Turkey would be met with tolerance. /Milliyet/

    [08] KINKEL INVITES CEM TO GERMANY

    The German Foreign Minister has officially invited his Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem to Bonn on 12 September. Following his Paris and Baku, Azerbaijan visits Cem will attend the meeting of the General Council of the United Nations (UN) in New York in the second half of September. It is expected that Cem will also meet with his Greek counterpart Teodoros Pangalos to further discuss the Madrid accord. /Hurriyet/

    [09] CEM TO ATTEND UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will attend UN General Assembly meetings in New York late in September, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Omer Akbel said at a weekly press conference yesterday. He added that State Minister responsible for Cyprus and European affairs, Sukru Sina Gurel, is also expected to pay an official visit to the US next month. /Anatolia news agency/

    [10] TURKEY A LEADING CAR PRODUCER

    Turkey will be the one of the leading automobile production centers of the world in 2000s. The annual capacity of the sector will increase to one million. Currently in 1997, there are seven firms producing automobiles whereas this number will increase to nine in 2000. With this capacity in 2000, Turkey will rank in front of Korea, Spain, Britain, Italy and Brazil. /Hurriyet/

    [11] BOMB ALARM

    The General Directorate of Security has sent photographs of three terrorists, including two women, whose identities have been determined, to all security offices. Intelligence units have found out that the PKK terrorist organization, has trained 20 militants to organize bomb attacks on 30 August especially aimed at Victory Week celebrations. Security forces have taken every possible security measure for these celebrations which are held each year on 30 August, in rememberance of the liberation from Greek occupation. /Milliyet/

    [12] BOMBER ARRESTED

    The last bomber among the five held responsible for killing one Turkish girl and two US soldiers and wounding 200 people including 44 US soldiers during a bomb attack in Western Berlin in 1986, has been arrested in Italy. Following the attack in 1986, the US Air Force held an air attack against Libya. The arrested bomber, Musbah Eter Abdulgasim, is one of the officials of the Libyan Embassy in former eastern Germany. /Milliyet-Sabah/

    [13] PENTAGON FOLLOWS DHKP-C

    It is reported that the illegal DHKP-C organization is among the terrorist organizations being closely followed by the US Defense Department on the Web site in Internet. An article in the latest US News and World Report magazine notes that the Pentagon closely follows the Web site used by terrorist organizations and their sympathizers. The article said that the DHKP-C sends out propaganda in four different languages and has organized attacks in Turkey against US citizens. /Milliyet/

    [14] A WONDERFUL NIGHT

    For the first time in Turkish history there are two Turkish teams in the European Championship League. Last night, Galatasaray defeated Switzerland's Sion team with a score of 4:1 while Besiktas defeated Slovenia's Maribor Branik with a score of 3:1. Turkey's position in the Championship looks good. /Sabah/

    [15] TREASURY PUTS OUT BIDS ON 2 AND 16 SEPTEMBER

    The Treasury will pay off domestic debts worth TL 262 trillion in September and will put out bids for debt rescheduling on 2 and 16 September. Treasury Undersecretary Mahfi Egilmez said that the bids would be announced earlier. /Sabah/

    [16] MINE EXPLODES: FOUR PEOPLE DIE

    Four village guards were killed and one was wounded when a mine laid by the PKK terrorist organization exploded in Sirnak. Meanwhile, leader of the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (IKDP) Mesud Barzani, has refused to meet PKK members from the northern Iraq but called on them to surrender. /Sabah/

    END


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