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Turkish Press Review, 97-10-02
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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>
TURKISH PRESS REVIEW
DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER
Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning.
 NEW LEGISLATIVE YEAR IN PARLIAMENTPresident Suleyman Demirel marked the opening of Parliament's 3rd legislative year of the 20th term with a comprehensive statement. President Suleyman Demirel stressed that the Turkish Republic was the 'crowning achievement' of the common desire of the Turkish nation for democracy, secularism, human rights and peace.
Emphasizing the importance of the secular characteristic of the state, Demirel, stressing the importance of education reforms in Turkey, said, "Common efforts towards modernization, prosperity and development ought to be concentrated first and foremost in the area of education."
Speaking about foreign policy issues, Demirel said that if Turkey completes its reforms in a speedy and dynamic manner, then no one can block its full membership in the EU. Demirel mentioned that Turkey was in a position to play a key role in the new architecture of Europe, recalling that Turkey was developing its policies on European integration. /All papers/
 EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE BACKS TURKSThe European Court of Justice called on Germany to obey the laws of the European Union and not to expel two Turkish citizens. Faik Gunaydin and Kasim Ertanir, whose residence permits were not extended by the German government, applied to the Court which ruled in their favor and asked Germany to be respectful of the free circulation of Turkish workers. /Milliyet/
 YILMAZ: GERMANY'S ONLY CONCERN IS FREE CIRCULATION OF TURKSPrime minister Mesut Yilmaz said on Wednesday that Germany's only concern about the integration Turkey into the European Union was the free circulation of Turks. Yilmaz made his remarks upon his return from a two-day official visit to Bonn. During a meeting with German Chancellor Helmuth Kohl, the German leader said his country had no objections to Turkey's accession to the EU but have concerns about the free circulation of Turks and wants to find a solution acceptable to the two sides. Yilmaz said, "I stressed that Turkey is a part of Europe and that its economic potential, history, geostrategic position, and culture were a source of wealth for Europe."
Yilmaz noted that he had also met with German businessmen and underscored the importance of improving economic ties between the two countries. /All pepers/
 PKK'S ZAP CAMP UNDER COMPLETE CONTROL OF TURKISH TROOPSTurkish jets bombed reeling separatists near Iraq's mountainous border with Iran on Wednesday in a cross-border drive. Officials said warplanes bombed the PKK separatists as Turkish troops pursued them eastwards after capturing the PKK's main base at Zap on Tuesday. Turkish ground forces, backed by air support, attacked three other camps near the Turkish border in an effort to dislodge the PKK. /Hurriyet/
 ANAP DEPUTY UZUN APPLIES FOR SPEAKER'S POSTMotherland Party (ANAP) Kocaeli Deputy Hayrettin Uzun filed the first application for the post of Parliament speaker on the opening day of the new legislative year. /Hurriyet/
 FAO INTENSIFIES EFFORTS IN FIGHTING POVERTY AND HUNGERThe United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is launching a worldwide campaign to stop the waste of money and to fight hunger. The campaign was launched in Turkey yesterday with a press conference attended by Turkish Agriculture Minister Mustafa Tasar and Maharaj K. Muthoo, the FAO representative in Ankara. /All papers/$
 LEADERS MEET FOR 'BALKAN SUMMIT'President Suleyman Demirel will pay a one-day official visit on Friday to Bulgaria for a trilateral meeting with the participation of Romanian President Emil Constantinescu, the Foreign Ministry announced. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Omer Akbel deied press reports about this meeting having a mediator role in Turco-Greek relations, saying that no such intension had so far been expressed to them, but adding that whenever there are such highlevel foreign contacts, the leaders might discuss many issues.
The President will also attend the official opening ceremony of the Black Sea Fiber Optic System (KAFOS) on Friday. The fiber optic undersea cable system between the three countries is considered to be "one of the most concrete results" of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation. /All papers/
 TURKISH-FRENCH GROUP TO BUILD ISTANBUL OLYMPIC STADIUMA three-member French-Turkish consortium has won a $ 90 million contract to build Istanbul's proposed Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Bidding Committee (IOBC) said on Tuesday. IOBC Director Yalçin Aksoy said the contract to build the 80,000-seat capacity stadium went to the consortium group of Bernard SGE of France, Tekfen Construction and Installation Corporation of Turkey and SEA of France. Construction will begin after the final contract is prepared and signed within a month, Aksoy noted. The stadium will be built in three years. /All papers/
 YILMAZ'S VISIT TO GERMANY IN FOREIGN PRESSThe Foreign press has devoted wide coverage to the visit of Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz to Germany, and made a call to extend support for Turkey. The Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung noted that Turkey's neighbours Syria and Iran were supporting the PKK terrorist organization. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said that Yilmaz had made a good impression in Germany and said that he would overcome the troubles in his country. The Kolnische Rundschau stated that Turkey needed the European Union (EU) and vice versa. The Braunschweiger Zeitung recalled that German Prime Minister Helmut Kohl had called Yilmaz a "friend" and said that it would be much better to make clearer promises about the future of Europe. /Hurriyet/
 TANER'S SPEECH IN FOREIGN PRESSA leading daily economic newspaper, the Wall Street Journal, gave wide coverage to Turkish State Minister Gunes Taner's speech at the World Economic Forum yesterday. It said that Taner gave notice that he would fight inflation during his speech to nearly 200 Turkish and foreign businessmen. The Wall Street Journal also noted that there has been a 68 % increase in the Istanbul Commodity Exchanges Market (IMKB) since the beginning of this year. /Hurriyet/
 WATER MESSAGE FROM KING HUSSEINJordanian King Hussein sent a surprising message to the Water Summit now being held in Istanbul and proposed a supra-national commission for the equal distribution of the waters of the Euphrates River among Turkey, Syria and Iraq. At yesterday's meeting of the "Water Summit" organized by the International Herald Tribune newspaper under the auspices of President Suleyman Demirel, Jordanian Trade, Industry and Natural Resources Minister Hani Mulki read out the message from King Hussein. /Hurriyet/
 US: ATHENS TOLERATES PKKThe US State Department's Acting Spokesman, James Fooley, said that they were concerned over the tolerance shown by Athens to the illegal PKK and DHKP-C organizations. Answering a question asked about an article published in The Observer newspaper, James Fooley said: "As we have mentioned in our terror report, the Greek government continues to show tolerance by permitting the PKK and DHKP-C, active terrorist organizations in Turkey, to open bureau in Athens. The Greek government knows our concerns regarding this issue". /Hurriyet/
 GLASS PYRAMID FESTIVALThe Glass Pyramid in Antalya was opened yesterday by President Suleyman Demirel and was attended by Tataristan President Mintimer Shaymiyev, Turkish Tourism Minister Ibrahim Gurdal, businessman Sakip Sabanci and film artists, who came to Antalya for the Anatlaya Golden Orange Film Festival. The 11th World Forestry Congress will be held in this centre between 13-22 October, 1997. /Hurriyet/
 GROSSMAN IN THE PICTURE FOR CYPRUSFormer US Ambassador to Ankara Marc Grossman, who has been appointed by the US administration to deal with the Cyprus problem and Turco-Greek relations, arrived in Athens yesterday. Meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos, Grossman will later visit Ankara and Cyprus. Grossman will prepare a report on information received during his contacts and submit it to US President Bill Clinton and US envoy for Cyprus, Richard Holbrooke. /Sabah/
 CHINESE FAIR IN ISTANBULA Chinese Fair will be held in Istanbul between 3-7 October. In the fair, civil aviation, ship building, telecommunications, machine manufacture, agricultural machines, chemical products, petro-chemical products, metals and minerals, pharmaceutical products, medical equipment, office equipment, musical instruments, light industrial products, stationery, electrical household equipment, textiles, silk and other hand-made products will be exhibited. /Cumhuriyet/
 "MARKETS ARE HOPEFUL"A report published by the international investment evaluation company, Salomon Brothers, said that the Turkish government has become more stable in recent months with the establishment of the government of Prime Minister Yilmaz and that this positive atmosphere has influenced the domestic market. The report noted that interest rates have continued to decrease and that this trend would continue also in the first week of October. /Cumhuriyet/
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