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12 JUNE 1998
 DONATION OF 5.5 MILLION US DOLLARS FROM TURKEY TO GEORGIATBILISI, June 12 (A.A) - Turkey and Georgia signed on Thursday a protocol concerning Turkey's donation of 5.5 million US dollars to the Georgian Armed Forces. Major General Mehmet Baspinar, the Chairman of the Logistics Support Agency of the Ministry of Defence, who is Tbilisi for an official visit, and Coni Pirtshalaisvili, the Georgian Chief of the General Staff, signed the protocol on behalf of their countries.
Addressing the joint press conference, Baspinar pointed out that Turkey wants to see a strong Georgian Armed Forces.
Pirtshalaisvili noted that Turkey's donation to his country has an historical importance for the military cooperation between Turkey and Georgia.
Baspinar held talks with the senior officials of the Georgian Armed Forces after the press conference. He also visited the Turkish Education Department of the Georgian War Academy.
 NATIONAL DAY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION - PRESIDENT DEMIREL SENDS A MESSAGE OF CONGRATULATION TO RUSSIAN PRESIDENT BORIS YELTSINANKARA, June 12 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel sent on Friday a message of congratulation to his Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin to celebrate the National Day of the Russian Federation.
According to the Presidential Press Center, Demirel said in his message, ''I sincerely congratulate the National Day of the Russian Federation on behalf of the Turkish people. I believe that our determination will help to improve the good neighbourhood relations between Turkey and Russia that depend on mutual respect and friendship. The good relations between our nations will contribute to the peace, stability and welfare in the region.''
 MAY DAY INCIDENTS CASE - 31 OF 49 ARRESTED SUSPECTS RELEASEDISTANBUL, June 12 (A.A) - Thirty-one of the 49 arrested suspects, who were taken into custody after the intervention of security forces on grounds that they wanted to incite May Day celebrations staged by the non- governmental organizations, were released.
During the trial the arrested people didn't accept the crimes, adding that they went to watch the demonstration on May 1 and defended that they didn't participate in the illegal demonstration.
The Judge of the court decided for the release of 31 suspects and that 18 others should remain under arrest.
The indictment prepared by the Sisli Republic Chief Prosecutor's Office said that the terrorists of the illegal extreme left organization didn't enter into the demonstration square and wanted to stage an alternative demonstration march. They put red masks and cloths on their faces and wore one type of uniform.
The indictment said that this group made preparations to provoke incidents and opened banners in response to the call from police to disband. It said this group threw stones and sticks in response to the warnings of the security forces.
 THE DRAFT RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE SO-CALLED GENOCIDE ON ARMENIANS - MEMBERS OF THE PARLIAMENT MEET WITH THE SENIOR FRENCH OFFICIALSPARIS, June 12 (A.A) - The members of the Parliament who are in Paris for an official visit, met on Thursday with Rene Manory, the Floor Leader of the French Senate on the draft resolution concerning the so-called genocide on Armenians which was adopted by the French Parliament last month. Xavier Villepin, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the French Senate, was in attendance at the meeting.
Hasan Tartan, the Izmir Deputy from the Democratic Left Party (DSP), Mustafa Karslioglu, the Bolu Deputy from the DSP and Kemal Albayrak, the Kirikkale Deputy from the Virtue Party (FP) took part in the delegation lead by Mumtaz Sosyal, the Zonguldak Deputy from the DSP.
The members of the delegation emphasized that the mentioned draft resolution will damage the good relations between Turkey and France and requested the French Senate to reject it.
Rene Monory said that the draft resolution isn't on the agenda of the French Senate for the time being, and it isn't expected to come onto the agenda until October. He also stressed that France gives great importance to her relations with Turkey.
The delegation pointed out, ''according to Article 41 of the French Constitution, the power for the determination of foreign policy is belonging to the government. Therefore, it is contrary to the French Constitution that the French Parliament adopts a draft resolution which can have a direct impact on foreign policy''.
After the meeting with Monory, the Turkish delegation came together with Jean David Levitte, the French Foreign Policy Adviser to President Jacques Chirac. It was reported that the meeting also focused on the draft resolution concerning the so-called genocide on Armenians that was adopted by the French Parliament.
Meanwhile, reactions caused by the mentioned draft resolution continue in Turkey. The Seyhan Municipality Assembly and Anadolu University Senate condemned the French Parliament for adopting in France the draft resolution foreseeing the recognition of the so-called genocide on Armenians.
 ''PROBLEM OF IMMIGRATION PROCESS'' MEETING IN GERMANY - ''IDENTITY PROBLEM OF TURKISH IMMIGRANTS'' DISCUSSED DURING THE MEETINGOBERHAUSEN, June 12 (A.A) - The ''Problem of the Immigration Process'' meeting staged jointly by the ''Immigration Documentation Center and Museum'' and Ruhrland Museum, discussed the ''identity problem of Turkish immigrants.''
Faruk Sen, the Director of the Turkish Research Center and author Zafer Senocak participated at the meeting which took place under the leadership of German author Seidel Piellen.
Briefing about the general situation of Turkish citizens living in Germany, Sen stressed that the Turkish immigrants may overcome the identity problem by making successful studies in the political and social fields.
Sen said that the process of Turkish immigrants becoming German citizens should be accelerated and that this will contribute to their adjustment in Germany.
Author Zafer Senocak said ''our attention has always turned to policy in Turkey. Since they aren't giving us many things, we should turn our attention to Germany and make them accept us.''
 NATO DEFENCE MINISTERS' MEETING - SEZGIN, THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF DEFENCE: - ''URGENT AIR MANOEUVRES WILL BE HELD IN ALBANIA AND MACEDONIA'' - ''TURKISH PEOPLE LIVING IN KOSOVO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE SOLUTION CONSULTATIONS''BRUSSELS, June 12 (A.A) - Ismet Sezgin, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence, said on Thursday that the NATO will perform urgent air manoeuvres in Albania and Macedonia with the approval of these two countries, in his statement after the NATO Defence Planning Council meetings.
Pointing out that the Turkish people and the other ethnic groups living in Kosovo should also be represented at the solution consultations along with the Albanians and Serbians, Sezgin noted that Turkey believes that the NATO has a great responsibility for taking the Kosovo crisis under control.
Sezgin stressed, ''Turkey as a Balkan country, is concerned with the developments in Kosovo. We don't want to let Kosovo become a second Bosnia. Therefore Turkey, as a powerful ally of the NATO, will join the activities that will held by the NATO.'' He added that Turkey is ready to fulfill her responsibilities.
Ismet Sezgin emphasized that the solution should be based on the territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the principles of the United Nations and the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
 UN SECRETARY GENERAL'S REPORT ON CYPRUS ISSUED - KOFI ANNAN: ''SIDES ON CYPRUS DON'T LISTEN TO SECURITY COUNCIL''NEW YORK, June 12 (A.A) - The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said on Thursday that the concerned sides on the island didn't listen to the requests made by the Security Council to reduce defense expenditures of the Greek Cypriot side and to decrease the number of foreign soldiers.
Annan sent his report to the Council Chairmanship proposing the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP) be extended until Dec 31, 1998.
In the report, Annan pointed out that both sides on the island abided by the ceasefire agreement, adding ''the implementation to increase and modernize the number of military units and weapons continues. The sides ignored the measures proposed by the UNFICYP to reduce tension.''
Annan said ''the existence of the UNFICYP on the island is indispensable for the consolidation of the ceasefire. The maintenance of the ceasefire is vitally important for bringing a solution to the Cyprus question as the international community foresaw.''
The Secretary General said they were in contact with the sides on the issue, adding that he would convey the results of his contacts in a separate report to the Security Council.
 TURKEY-PRESS REVIEW (1)These are brief summaries of some of the leading stories in Turkey's press on June 12, 1998. The Anadolu Agency doesn't verify these stories and doesn't vouch for their accuracy.
(Derived from the Newsspot of the Turkish General Directorate of Press and Information.)
CETIN IN SWEDEN
BASESGIOGLU ATTENDS PANEL MEETING IN NEW YORK
TURKEY VOLUNTEERS AS KOSOVO LINK
Utkan said, ''we have expressed our desire to establish a mechanism that will provide a powerful flow of information and that this view of ours, as well as the outcome of the Istanbul meeting concerning Kosovo, be presented also to the other ministers of the Contact Group''. He also noted that the clause concerning Kosovo couldn't be put into the final declaration of the Istanbul meeting, 'due to the objections of the Yugoslav delegation at the meeting and which have been announced under the title of the Chairman's Summary' ''. /All papers/
RUSSIA STARTS SHIPPING THE S-300 MISSILES TO CYPRUS
FOREIGN MINISTRY RECEIVES FRENCH MESSAGES CAUTIOUSLY
Also reacting against the draft resolution is the Union of Turkish Associations in France which declared yesterday that its members will march at the Invalides Square, Paris, on June 20 to protest the draft resolution. /Hurriyet/
 TURKEY-PRESS REVIEW (2)These are brief summaries of some of the leading stories in Turkey's press on June 12, 1998. The Anadolu Agency doesn't verify these stories and doesn't vouch for their accuracy.
(Derived from the Newsspot of the Turkish General Directorate of Press and Information.)
FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES UP
THE WORLD BANK EXTENDS CREDIT FOR DISASTER AREA
ITALIAN MISSILES FOR GREEK CYPRIOTS
Meanwhile, Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said in a statement regarding the missiles that with a missile agreement made with the Greek Cypriot Administration, Italy was supporting an anti-Turkish policy together with Boris Yeltsin, the Head of the Russian Federation. The Turkish Foreign Ministry officials also warned the Italian government and requested the annulment of the missile order. /Cumhuriyet/
ANNAN: ''BOTH SIDES ON CYPRUS DON'T ABIDE BY THE COUNCIL'S WISHES''
RED CRESCENT CELEBRATES ITS 131st ANNIVERSARY
The Kizilay, the Turkish Red Crescent Association, is celebrating its 131st anniversary. Kemal Demir, the Kizilay General Director, held a press conference yesterday to mark the occasion and discuss the group's ongoing projects. Demir told reporters that so far this year Turkey had endured six floods, three landslides, and four earthquakes and, in response to these disasters, the Kizilay had contributed 458.2 billion TL to emergency relief funds. In addition to the money donated for domestic relief, Demir said the fund has given 85 billion TL for humanitarian aid abroad. /All papers/
270 MILLION US DOLLAR WORLD BANK CREDIT
TURKEY TO PRODUCE BUSES IN UZBEKISTAN
ERCEL: ''STRUGGLE AGAINST INFLATION HAS BEEN STEPPED UP''
FOREIGN EXCHANGE FROM HAZELNUT EXPORTS REACHES 879 MILLION US DOLLARS
 CONFIDENCE BUILDING MEASURES - PENTAGON WELCOMES AGREEMENT IN THE AEGEANWASHINGTON, D.C., June 12 (A.A) - The US Department of Defense (Pentagon) said on Thursday that Turkey and Greece accepted the steps aimed at increasing the confidence in the Aegean as an outcome of the initiatives of Javier Solana, the Secretary General of the NATO and identified it as a step taken towards stability.
Kenneth Bacon, the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs of the US Department of Defense, speaking about the issue said that the positive attitude of Turkey and Greece towards Solana's proposals were ''satisfactory and pleasing.''
Bacon said, ''this is a step taken towards stability in the Aegean'' and pointed out that these measures in the Aegean wouldn't make an important effect on the military existence of US in the region.
Bacon said that these positive developments related to the Aegean was the success of the NATO Secretary General.
Solana, within the framework of Confidence Building Measures, carried out secret talks with Turkey and Greece, and announced a while ago that his contacts resulted in positive outcomes.
As an outcome of the agreement reached, the compromise known as the ''Yilmaz-Papulias Agreement'' referring to the Foreign Ministers at that time and dated May 27, 1988, will be implemented.
The US administration feels concern about a hot clash that may erupt between Turkey and Greece, the two Allies, at a time when the NATO is expanding.
Javier Solana has been expending intense efforts to realize the Confidence Building Measures between Turkey and Greece since he became the NATO Secretary General.
 BILATERAL CONTACTS OF ISMET SEZGIN, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF DEFENCE, IN BRUSSELSBRUSSELS, June 12 (A.A) - Ismet Sezgin, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence who is in Belgium to attend the NATO meetings, met on Thursday with his French, Georgian and Macedonian counterparts.
Sezgin gave no detailed information about his meeting with Alain Richard, the French Defence Minister. He noted, ''we had official talks before. Our meeting focused on the latest developments in the political and military issues that were taken up at the former meeting.
Responding to the questions of journalists asking whether or not Turkey has taken France on the ''Red list'' after the adoption of the draft resolution concerning the so-called genocide on Armenians by the French Parliament, Sezgin stressed that Turkey put the countries refusing to sell weapons to her onto this list. He said, ''Turkey's attitude concerning the mentioned draft law is clear. I hope that the French Senate will refuse this unfair and wrong decision''.
Sezgin came together with David Tevzadze, his Georgian counterpart, after his meeting with Richard. He described the meeting as very productive, adding ''we stressed the importance of stability, peace and security in the Caucasus at the meetings. Turkey will maintain cooperation with Georgia not only in the military and defence industry fields, but also on the economy, policy and culture.''
Thanking Turkey for her support, Tevzadze reminded that the clashes continue in his country, and added that the security of Georgia will help the security in the region.
Sezgin also held talks with Lazar Kitanoski, the Macedonian Defence Minister. The meeting of the two defence ministers focused on the initiative aimed at setting up a Southeastern Europe Multi-national Peace Force.
 ALLEGATIONS THAT PIECES OF THE S-300 MISSILE ARE INSTALLED - FOREIGN MINISTRY: ''WE HAVEN'T RECIEVED INFORMATION''ANKARA, June 12 (A.A) - The Foreign Ministry said on Friday that they haven't recieved any information related to the news reports that five radar equipment and missile control panels as well as three Russian expert delegations arrived on the Greek Cypriot side.
The Foreign Ministry official speaking to the A.A correspondent said they haven't received any information in this respect. ''Turkey follows the S- 300 missiles very closely,'' he added.
A news report issued on Friday in a daily newspaper, based on high ranking diplomatic and military sources, said that five radar equipment and missile control panels as well as three Russian expert delegations had arrived at the Greek Cypriot side.
The Foreign Ministry official, speaking about the decision of the Russian National Council to postpone the coming of the S-300 missiles to the island to November or December, said ''nothing has changed for us. Turkey's position is clear. Our attitude towards the S-300 missiles is open.''
Yannakis Kasulides, the Greek Cypriot administration Foreign Minister said there was no decision to postpone the deployment of the S-300 missiles on the island.
 TURKEY TO BECOME HONORARY CHAIRMAN OF THE NATO MILITARY COMMITTEEBRUSSELS, June 12 (A.A) - Ismet Sezgin, the Minister of Defense, who participated in NATO meetings in Belgium, said that Turkey will take over the NATO Military Committee Honorary Chairmanship for one year as of July 1, 1998.
Sezgin said that it was very important that the Turkish Chief of General Staff will take over this assignment on the 50th anniversary of the NATO.
Turkey will take over the Military Committee Honorary Chairmanship from Spain on July 1 and will turn over it to Britain on July 1, 1999.
 HIKMET CETIN, SPEAKER OF THE PARLIAMENT IN SWEDEN - CETIN MEETS WITH HIS SWEDISH COUNTERPART BRIGIDDA DAHLSTOCKHOLM, June 12 (A.A) - Hikmet Cetin, the Speaker of the Parliament, who is Sweden to attend the European Parliament Speakers' meeting, met on Thursday with Brigidda Dahl, his Swedish counterpart. The meeting focused on the issues of the European Union, democracy and human rights.
Noting that Dahl is concerned with the problems of human rights and democracy in Turkey, Cetin said, ''We aim to achieve the highest standard on human rights and democracy. Turkey has been struggling against terrorism for a long time. Her struggle depends on the respect of human rights and laws.''
Cetin stressed that the relations between the Turkish and Swedish Parliaments should be improved, offering to set up a friendship group between the Parliaments of the two countries.
Reminding that the decision against Turkey taken at the Luxembourg Summit was also discussed at the meeting, Cetin added, ''Turkey doesn't accept such a differentiation. She will never become a second class member of the European organisations. We want to be a self-respecting, equal and rightful member of Europe. With or without the European Union, Turkey is following the principles of Ataturk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey, and maintaining her important place among the countries.''
Emphasizing that the Kurdish problem isn't a problem of a minority, Cetin noted that this point of view is caused from a lack of information. He added, ''the Republic of Turkey is a citizenship republic. People from different nationalities and groups form the republic under the umbrella of Turkish citizenship.''
Meanwhile Cetin also received Yasar Pektas, the Chairman of the Turkish- Swedish Workers' Association Federation.
The problems of the Turkish workers living in Sweden were discussed at the meetings. Pektas noted that Sweden wants the Turkish people applying for Swedish citizenship, to renounce their Turkish citizenship. He also requested a regulation for the Turkish people living abroad to vote easily in the elections.
 SEZGIN, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF DEFENCE, RETURNS TO TURKEY - SEZGIN: - ''TURKEY HAS SPECIAL CONCERN FOR THE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE BALKANS''ISTANBUL, June 12 (A.A) - Ismet Sezgin, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, who was in Brussels to attend the NATO Spring Meetings, returned on Friday to Turkey and said that Turkey has special concern for the developments in the Balkans.
Addressing the journalist at the Ataturk Airport, Sezgin pointed out that the developments in Kosovo can spread to the other Balkan countries, Sezgin noted that Turkey will take part in the activities of the NATO that will be held in the region.
He added, ''we decided that the NATO should hold urgent air manoeuvres in Albania and Macedonia with the approval of these two countries. I defended at the meetings that the Turkish people and the other ethnic groups living in Kosovo should also be represented at the solution consultations along with the Albanians and Serbians.''
Sezgin responded to a journalist asking ''Can the NATO's decision concerning the manoeuvres be described as an interference?'' as ''Yes, it can be described as an interference.''
 UN SECRETARY GENERAL'S REPORT ON CYPRUS - PLUMER: ''GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE'S LIES ARE DISCOVERED''NEW YORK, June 12 (A.A) - Ambassador Aytug Plumer, the Representative of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to New York, interpreting the report of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan related to the situation on Cyprus, said ''the Greek Cypriot side's lies were discovered.''
Speaking to the A.A correspondent about the report, Plumer said that the report was disproving the propaganda which the Greek Cypriot side wanted to make at the international platforms against Turkey and the TRNC.
Meanwhile, the Secretary General included in the report for the first time the complaints stemming from the embargo imposed on the TRNC. The related paragraph of the report reiterated the view that the daily life in the TRNC, extending from voyage to trade, sports to tourism, was affected by the embargo and stressed that lifting of the embargo was a must if they wanted to create an atmosphere of confidence between the sides.
 56 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS CAPTURED IN UZUNKOPRUUZUNKOPRU, June 12 (A.A) - The security forces captured on Friday 56 Iraqi people in Uzunpinar County of Edirne Province, who were trying to cross the Turkish border illegally.
The police stopped a lorry for a control and captured 56 Iraqis who were hidden under the canvas of the lorry. They were later taken into custody for violating the Turkish borders and the passport law.
Officials said that the Iraqis will be deported once the legal proceedings are completed.
The investigation concerning the incident is underway.
 DANISH HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS IN TURKEY - ''WE ARE DEEPLY SORRY ABOUT THE ARMED ATTACK ON AKIN BIRDAL''ANKARA, June 12 (A.A) - The representatives of the Danish Human Rights Associations who came to Turkey to monitor the latest developments on human rights, visited on FridaY the Human Rights Association (IHD).
Addressing a press conference in the association, Anker Jongensen, the former Prime Minister of Denmark, Klaus Slavensky from the Danish Human Rights Center, and Inge Geneffe from the Council for the Rehabilitation of People Exposed to Torture, expressed their deep sorrow about the armed attack on Akin Birdal, the Chairman of the Human Rights Association.
Slavensky pointed out that human rights conditions in Turkey are getting better. Slavensky added, ''the Turkish people can discuss the issues such as democracy, human rights and torture now and some deputies struggle for human rights in the Parliament.''
The Danish delegation will join the opening ceremony of Diyarbakir Branch of the IHD tomorrow.
 NATO-PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE MANEUVER - COOPERATIVE PARTNER-98 MANEUVER TO BE REALIZED IN WESTERN BLACK SEAANKARA, June 12 (A.A) - The ''Cooperative Partner-98'' maneuver, one of the planned military exercises of the NATO and Partnership for Peace countries, will take place in the Western Black Sea between June 14 and 17, hosted by Romania.
Amphibious boats, destroyers, frigates, assault boats, mine search ships, helicopters, naval and air planes, hunter and hunter bombing planes from France, the US, Italy, Britain, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, the Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey will participate in the maneuvers.
Various naval training and humanitarian aid activities to improve cooperation between the NATO and Partnership for Peace countries will be held in the maneuver where Turkey will participate with one frigate, three mine search ships and two assault boats.
The attending ships will gather in Romania's Constanta Harbour on June 14.
 LOAN FROM THE WORLD BANK TO TURKEY - THE LOAN OF 270 MILLION US DOLLARS WILL BE USED TO INCREASE THE CAPACITY OF THE ELECTRICITY NETWORKWASHINGTON, D.C., June 12 (A.A) - The World Bank approved the loan of 270 million US dollars to be given to Turkey, it was reported on Friday.
The officials from the World Bank told the A.A correspondent that the loan will be used to increase capacity of the electrcity network and to perform the reforms in the energy field.
The project will cost 502 million US dollars. The Turkish Electricity Corporation (TEAS) will cover the 232 million US dollars part of the total cost. The loan of the World Bank that is based on the London Interbank Offered Rate (libor) will be repaid within 17 years.
 BASESGIOGLU, MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR RETURNS TO TURKEY - ''TURKEY RECORDED SUCCESS IN STRUGGLE AGAINST DRUG TRAFFICKING''ISTANBUL, June 12 (A.A) - Murat Basesgioglu, the Minister of the Interior, said on Friday that they regarded the issue of fundamentalism as a danger for the basic qualities of the state and the Constitution adding that from the very beginning Turkey carried out a very determined struggle.
Basesgioglu, who participated in the ''UN Struggle Against Drugs Special Session'' staged in New York, said at the Ataturk Airport on his return that the struggle against drugs is the primary goal of all countries.
Basesgioglu said that when addressing the session he pointed out that Turkey recorded great successes in the struggle against drug trafficking, adding '' the drugs seized in Turkey constitute 60 percent of those drugs seized in Europe and 40 percent of those seized in the whole world, this displays the dimensions of our struggle.''
Noting that it was revealed that drug trafficking was linked with international terrorism, and that the separatist terrorist PKK organization played an important role in drug trafficking, Basesgioglu said that the more success recorded against terrorism, then the more success could be recorded in the struggle against drug trafficking.
Basesgioglu pointed out that Turkey was situated on the drug trafficking route and added that during the meeting he requested the Western Countries to be sensitive to the imports and exports of the chemical materials used in heroin production.
Basesgioglu said, ''we regard the issue of fundamentalism as a threat to the basic qualities of the Constitution. We carry out our struggle with determination. We are making our struggle within the principles of the legal state and democracy and respecting human rights''.
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