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15 JAN 1998
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the leading stories in Turkey's press on October 15, 1997. Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. You will find better detailed summaries of major news reports in a few hours.
HÜRRİYET (LIBERAL)OPERATION OF YOUTH
Four young members of Welfare Party; Erdogan, Gul, Gokcek and Arinc carry out secret studies for radical changes in a period ''without Erbakan'' if the party is closed.
MİLLİYET (LIBERAL)WHY IS THIS SECRECY?
Reactions arouse as the report which will solve ''Susurluk case'' is not disclosed.
SABAH (LIBERAL) TANER CONTROLLS PREPARATIONS FOR IMF
CUMHURİYET (LEFT)STATE ACCEPTS GANG
Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz gave a copy of Susurluk report to Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. Yilmaz, while sending the report to General Staff, will give an order to make what is necessary.
TÜRKİYE (RIGHT) WEAPONS IN THE SEA
PKK WARNING TO GERMANY
RADİKAL (LEFT) IMMORAL PROPOSAL TO JUSTICE
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)SUCCESS OF COOPERATION
Edirne massacre is solved in a short time with the joint cooperation of police and genderma. Cleaning of the rottens within the police is appreciated.
YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL)NEW WELFARE PARTY (RP) WITH ERDOGAN
Young team of RP is determined. Either they will persuade RP leader Erbakan or they will leave.
US MINISTER OF TRADE DALEY: TURKEY SHOULD BE LEADER COUNTRY
FİNANSAL FORUM (ECONOMY)EU IS UNJUST TO TURKEY
IKV and YASED members evaluated Luxembourg Summit issuing a joint statement and stressed that the results of the Summit was behind the expectations.
 TURKEY-US - US MINISTER OF TRADE DALEY TO COME TO TURKEYANKARA, Jan 15 (A.A) - The US Minister of Trade William M. Daley will come to Turkey on Jan 18 for a 4-day visit within the framework of ''Business Development Mission.''
US Embassy Press Information Office statement said Daley will be received by President Suleyman Demirel and Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz on Tuesday.
Daley is also scheduled to meet State Ministers Gunes Taner, Isin Celebi, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, Transportation Minister Necdet Menzir, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Cumhur Ersumer and will address US- Turkey Business Development Commission meeting on Jan 19.
Daley will proceed to Istanbul on Jan 21.
 TURKEY-EGYPT - CULTURE MINISTER TALAY LEAVES FOR EGYPTISTANBUL, Jan 15 (A.A) - Culture Minister Istemihan Talay left for Egypt on Tuesday as the official guet of Egyptian Culture Minister.
During the visit, Talay will hold a series of contacts to improve bilateral cultural relations between Turkey and Egypt. Talay will also participate in various activities including concerts.
Culture Minister Talay and the accompanying delegation are expected to return to Turkey on Jan 20.
 TURKEY-GERMANY - FOREIGN MINISTRY STATEMENT: ''WE HAVE DIFFUCULTY IN UNDERSTANDING STATEMENTS OF GERMAN CHIEF PROSECUTOR''ANKARA, Jan 15 (A.A) - Foreign Ministry on Wednesday expressed ''dissapointment'' to the statement of the German Chief Prosecutor which he made regarding the separatist terrorist organization.
Ministry statement said German Ambassador to Ankara Hans Joachim Vergau was summoned to Foreign Ministry on Wednesday upon the statement of German Chief Prosecutor Kay Nehm who said separatist terrorist PKK organization was not ''a terrorist organization yet preserved its criminal speciality.''
The statement said ''we think that this norrow-viewed statement of the Chief Prosecutor is in particular and we hope that German government will continue its determined attitude against the separatist terrorist PKK organization.''
 TURKEY-ITALY - TURKEY TELLS ITALY THAT IT EXPRESSES REGRET OVER THE SPEECH OF DINIANKARA, Jan 15 (A.A) - Ankara Wednesday told Italy that it expressed regret over the statements of Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini.
Foreign Ministry written statement said Italian Charge d'affairs was invited to Foreign Ministry on Jan 14, 1998 and was told the dissapointment and regret Turkey felt over the statements of Italian Foreign Minister Dini broadcasted in an Italian tv.
The statement noted that it was obvious that such statements would promote terrorism adding that ''separatist terrorist organization and its sub- organizations exploit such statements issued without thinking and moreovever, it is seen that they are in an effort to show Italy as their supporter.''
Foreign Ministry statement went on as saying: ''we expect Italy which we have friendly relations, to avoid such statements that may be exploited by terrorist organizations and that may encourge them.''
 US-PKK - US STATE DEPARTMENT: ''PKK IS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION''WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (A.A) - US State Department Wednesday once more underlined that separatist PKK was a terrorist organization.
US State Department Acting Spokesman James Foley, responding to a question about the statement of German Chief Prosecutor Kay Nehm, said they would call for information from Bonn to this end adding that ''as far as we have understood, PKK is still a banned organization in Germany.''
The US official said PKK was banned in Germany and that this was stated by German officials. He also stressed that this was ''very important.''
Foley said views of the US Administration regarding separatist terrorist PKK organization was well known and stressed that ''PKK is a terrorist organization.'' Foley also said ''our view regarding the character of this organization has not changed.''
PKK is included in the list of organizations which the US State Separtment announced as ''terrorist'' officially. The US describes PKK as the bloody handed terrorist organization.
Syra, Iran and Iran were shown as countries supporting separatist terrorist PKK in the annual terrorism report of the US State Department.
 TURKEY-GAP - GAP ADMINISTRATION CHAIRMAN UNVER: ''GAP TO BE EXPORTATION BASE OF THE REGION IN THE FUTURE''KAHRAMANMARAS, Jan 15 (A.A) - Southeastern Project (GAP) Regional Development Administration Chairman Olcay Unver said on Thursday that GAP would be the exportation base of the region in the future.
Unver told A.A correspondent that GAP caused a movement in every sector in the region as a integrated development project adding that ''especially in the last few years the understanding that GAP was an investment initiative only including dams and irrigation system programs was left behind and became a period where socio-cultural activities were stressed.''
Unver said interest of private sector forwarded to GAP was intensified adding that interests of foreign countries and organizations to the project turned to a concrete contribution.
Unver stressed that GAP was the most important development initiative of Turkey and the region adding that when the project is concluded, with the increase in agriculture and energy production, the region will become exportation base of the region.
Unver said the project will cost 32 million dollars adding that GAP was never a hole for the economy of the country.
 TURKEY-US - US LAND FORCES COMMANDER TO BE CONFERRED TURKISH ARMED FORCE'S MEDAL OF MERITANKARA, Jan 15 (A.A) - The US Land Forces Commander Gen. Dennis Joe Reimer will be awarded with Turkish Armed Force's medal of merit, it was reported on Thursday.
Gen. Reimer will pay an official visit to Turkey between Jan 19 and 22 as the official guest of Land Forces Commander Gen. Huseyin Kivrikoglu.
The guest Commander will visit Land Forces Commandership on Jan 19.
Reimer will be awarded with Turkish Armed Force's medal of merit due to his contributions to the continious development between Turkish and US armed forces and land forces.
 TURKISH PRESS REVIEWThese are brief summaries of some of the leading stories in Turkey's press on January 15, 1998. Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
(Derived from Newsspot of Turkish Directorate of General Press and Information)
BRITAIN: TURKEY SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN EXPANSION PROCESS
Meanwhile, Cook has had a phone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and said that his words regarding Turkey's eastern borders were misunderstood. Cook made a statement early in January and claimed that Turkey's eastern borders were undefined and that minorities were not respected. /Cumhuriyet/
NOTE TO GREECE
PKK CAMPS IN GREECE
ARSON IN GERMANY: A TURKISH CHILD DIES
HAVANA-ISTANBUL DIRECT FLIGHTS
PKK SUFFERS HEAVY BLOW
NEW TURKISH AMBASSADOR IN PARIS
HUNGER STRIKE IN ERZURUM ENDS
TURKEY STILL AWAITS CLEAR PICTURE ON HOW GERMANY SEES THE PKK
Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan said during news conference yesterday that "All responsible members of the international community should refrain from acts and statements which could be interpreted as encouraging this organization and terrorism in general. We are in the process of evaluating the reasons for and the possible future impact of this decision. But whatever our conclusions are, we maintain that the PKK is a separatist terrorist organization, which has carried out brutal attacks on innocent Turkish people and Turkish territories."
Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem also said on Wednesday that the German federal prosecutor's decision to remove the PKK from the list of terrorist organizations was "a grave mistake." /All papers/
TURKEY REBUFFS GREEK CLAIMS OVER 10-MILE AIRSPACE
 TURKEY-EU - JPC CO-CHAIRMAN AKARCALI SAYS THEY DECIDED TO PARTICIPATE IN MEETING SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN BRUSSELS IN FEBRUARYANKARA, Jan 15 (A.A) - Turkish-European Union Joint Parliamentary Commission (JPC) Co-Chairman Bulent Akarcali said on Thursday that Turkish flank decided to participate in a meeting of the JPC that will take place in Brussels in February. Akarcali said Luxembourg Summit will be evaluated and recent situation of Customs Relations will be taken up during the meeting.
Addressing a news conference in Parliament Akarcali said they would discuss how new strategies would be in relations with the EU following Luxembourg summit.
Akarcali said he sent a letter to European Parliament Chairman Delgado regarding EU membership of Cyprus.
Akarcali said Greece carried out an unbelievable hostility against Turkey and assumed an insulting attitude to Turkey. He said Turkey should specify its five-years foreign policy according to this.
 TURKEY-US (2) - US COMMERCE SECRETARY DALEY TO VISIT TURKEY NEXT WEEK - US COMMERCE DEPARTMENT: ''TURKEY IS ONE OF THE IMPORTANT MARKETS OF EUROASIA''WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (A.A) - US Commerce Secretary William Daley will start his contacts in Turkey accompanied by a crowded delegation next Monday, it is reported on Thursday.
William Daley will be the first US Commerce Secretary who visit Turkey after Bill Clinton was elected as US President in November 1992.
Addressing a statement about his visit to Turkey, William Daley said that he will attribute importance to further improvement of Turkish-American commercial relations and increase of US investments in Turkey.
''We encourage European Union (EU) and Turkey to solve their problems between them,'' said Daley, adding that US does not wish to be a part of discussion that exists between Turkey and EU. Daley pointed out that the issue of human rights in Turkey can also be taken up during his visit.
US is interested in the fields of energy, telecommunication, information technology, food and agriculture in Turkey.
Morevover, joint investment in third countries and investment projects of US firms in Turkey are expected to be taken up during Daley's visit.
Meanwhile, US Department of Commerce underlined the fact that Turkey is one of the important markets of Euroasia.
The statement noted that US business world is interested in Turkey and William Daley will focus on investment and cooperation in the field of energy.
The statement stressed that Turkey has the highest growth rate among Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the privatization plans of Turkey offer a great opportunity for American firms.
 TURKEY-GERMANY-TERRORISM - SPD INTERNAL POLITICS EXPERT PENNER: ''PKK IS SUCH AN ORGANIZATION WHICH IS READY TO COMMIT SERIOUS CRIME'' - TURKISH- GERMAN FORUM: ''WE CONDEMN UNLUCK STATEMENT OF GERMAN CHIEF PROSECUTOR NEHM''BONN, Jan 15 (A.A) - German Social Democratic Party (SPD) parliamentarian and internal politics expert Willfried Penner said on Thursday that ''the separatist terrorist organization PKK is such an organization which is ready to commit the most serious crimes.''
Addressing a statement to a German newspaper, German Federal Parliament Interior Commission Chairman Penner stated that the separatist terrorist organization PKK is a hidden danger, yet it does not constitute a concrete threat in Germany at the moment.
Noting that the separatist terrorist organization administration have changed its strategy, Penner added that ''the organization does not bring political problems to Germany at the moment. The bans that were imposed upon PKK can only be lifted after this organization serves peaceful ends.''
The President of Turkish German Forum Executive Board Bulent Arslan said in a written statement that the statement of German Prosecutor Kay Nehm will make the separatist terrorist organization powerful and the life and property of Turkish people living in Germany are in danger.
''We condemn the unlucky statement of Federal German Chief Prosecutor,'' said the statement adding that ''PKK has over the years been responsible for the massacre of thousands of innocent people, including children, teachers, civilian and soldiers for the sake of a distorted Marxist- Leninist ideology and Kurdish nationalism and it threatens the territorial integrity of Turkey, which is a NATO country.''
''Showing PKK only as a crime organization can effect the other institutions of Germany which are responsible for internal security of the country and they can loose their sensitivity against PKK and this situation is very dangerous for the internal security of Germany,'' said the statement.
 TURKEY-INTERNAL - CLOSURE CASE OF WELFARE PARTY - CONSTITUTIONAL COURT DISCUSSES CLOSURE CASE OF THE PARTYANKARA, Jan 15 (A.A) - Constitutional Court delegation continues to discuss the closure case of the Welfare Party (RP) on Thursday.
Constitutional Court Deputy President Guven Dincer said after the morning session that the delegation continued to evaluate the evidence and examine the tapes and video tapes regarding the case. The delegation will continue to examine the additional evidence submitted by Court of Appeal Chief Prosecutor Vural Savas regarding the merits of the case in the afternoon session.
 TURKEY-FOREIGN DEBT - TURKEY PAYS 438,2 MILLION DOLLARS OF FOREIGN DEBT BETWEEN JAN 2-14ANKARA, Jan 15 (A.A) - Turkey paid 438,2 million dollars of foreign debt within the first two weeks of January 1998, it is reported on Thursday.
Central Bank data shows that the Undersecretary for Treasury paid 423,7 million dollars, Central Bank paid 5,25 million dollars and other public institutions paid 9,25 million dollars of foreign debt between January 2- 14.
Turkey realized 10 billion and 358,6 million dollars of foreign debt payment in 1997.
 TURKEY-FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES - CENTRAL BANK FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES INCREASE BY 684 MILLION DOLLARSANKARA, Jan 15 (A.A) - The foreign exchange reserves of Central Bank increased by 684 million dollars during the first week of this year, it is reported on Thursday.
Central Bank data shows that the foreign exchange reserves increased by 684 million dollars and increased from 18 billion and 610 million dollars to 19 billion and 294 million dollars within one week.
Meanwhile, international foreign exchange reserves of Turkey increased by 540 million dollars and reached 29 billion and 857 million dollars due to December 26, 1997 data.
Dec 26 data shows that one billion and 384 million dollars of international reserves were composed of gold, 18 billion and 698 million dollars were composed of Central Bank foreign reserves and 9 billion and 775 million dollars were composed of foreign exchange reserves of commercial banks.
 TURKEY-GERMANY - GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER KINKEL: ''OCALAN CAN NOT BE COUNTERPART'' ''EVALUATION OF CHIEF PROSECUTOR IS RELATED WITH LAW, IT IS NOT A POLITICAL EVALUATION''BERLIN, Jan 15 (A.A) - German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel said on Thursday that the chief of terrorist organization PKK Abdullah Ocalan can not be ''counterpart.''
Addressing a statement to Turkish journalists in Berlin, German Foreign Minister Kinkel stated that the right of Turkey to protect its borders can not be ever discussed, adding that ''the statements of chief prosecutor and the reactions of Turkey were a bit exaggrated. People thought in Turkey that the ban on PKK is being lifted. The prevention of terrorist activities of PKK by Turkey can not be discussed. German Federal Interior Minister stressed once again that the ban on PKK will continue. The legal evaluation of the chief prosecutor is not a political one and PKK is still the source of many crime.''
 TURKEY-EU - FRANCE EXTENDS SUPPORT TO TURKEY: ''TURKEY SHOULD NOT BE PROPOSED CONDITIONS FOR EUROPEAN CONFERENCE''PARIS, Jan 15 (A.A) - French Minister Pierre Moscovici Responsible from European Affairs said on Thursday that Turkey should not be proposed conditions to participate in European Conference.
Addressing a speech, Moscovici stated that Turkey should participate in European Conference and if this does not take place
European Conference will loose its meaning.
Moscovici stressed that extending a strong political European perspective to Turkey is important in respect of the support of Turkish public opinion to political and economic reforms.
Noting that Turkey deserves a better attitute than the one shown in Luxembourg Summit, the French Minister added that if Turkey's links with Europe breaks, fundamentalism will strenghten and the solution of Cyprus question will be difficult.
Moscovici pointed out that Turkey showed its good will to cooperate with Europe regarding the struggle against illegal migration during Chief Police meeting in Rome.
French Minister Moscovici added that France invites all the concerned sides to act responsibly concerning the Cyprus question.
 TRNC-US - US CONGRESS DELEGATION IN TRNCLEFKOSA, Jan 15 (A.A) - A seven-member delegation, which represents US Congress and headed by John Edward Porter, arrived in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Thursday to hold contacts.
TRNC President Rauf Denktas received US delegation the same day.
The two sides took up the recent situation regarding Cyprus question and exchanged views during the meeting where US Ambassador to Lefkosa Kenneth Brill also participated.
The US delegation, which will continue to hold contacts in TRNC on Friday, will later on proceed to Turkey and Greece.
 TURKEY-INTERNAL (2) - CLOSURE CASE OF WELFARE PARTY (RP)ANKARA, Jan 15 (A.A) - The Constitutional Court will continue to discuss the closure case of the Welfare Party (RP) at 10.00 on Friday, it is reported on Thursday.
The Constitutional Court delegation completed evaluating the evidence regarding the case and it is expected to exert efforts aiming to form its decision during its meeting on Friday.
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