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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 98-09-27

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From: The Anadolu Agency Home Page at <http://www.anadoluajansi.gov.tr/>

27 SEPT 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] WORLD TOURISM DAY - PRESIDENT DEMIREL: ''THE DEVELOPMENTS RECORDED IN TOURISM SECTOR ARE PLEASING, BUT NOT SUFFICIENT'' - PRIME MINISTER YILMAZ ISSUES A MESSAGE UPON THE WORLD TOURISM DAY
  • [02] 460TH ANNIVERSARY OF PREVEZE NAVAL VICTORY - ADMIRAL DERVISOGLU, CHIEF COMMANDER OF NAVAL FORCES: - ''OUR NAVAL FORCES HAVE ALWAYS HAD THE POWER TO GIVE THE RIGHT RESPONSE TO THE PEOPLE WHO TRY TO DESTROY THE INTEGRITY OF OUR NATION AND COUNTRY''
  • [03] ERSUMER, MINISTER OF ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES: - ''WE'VE PREPARED THE ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE OF TURKEY UNTIL THE YEAR 2020''
  • [04] NORTHERN IRAQ - TURKEY UPGRADES HER REPRESENTATION IN IRAQ TO EMBASSY LEVEL, SO SHE STRESSES THE FACT THAT SHE RECOGNIZES THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION IN IRAQ AND SUPPORTS THE TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF IRAQ
  • [05] TURKEY IN BRIEF - 27 SEPTEMBER 1998
  • [06] TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS TO LEAVE FOR NEW YORK, THE US ON MONDAY - DENKTAS WARNS GREEK CYPRIOTS ABOUT THE S-300 MISSILES ONCE AGAIN
  • [07] KINKEL, FOREIGN MINISTER OF GERMANY: - ''TURKEY IS A FRIEND OF GERMANY AND WILL REMAIN SO''
  • [08] A LEBANESE-FLAGGED CARGO SHIP ENDANGERS TRAFFIC IN DARDANELLES STRAITS

  • [01] WORLD TOURISM DAY - PRESIDENT DEMIREL: ''THE DEVELOPMENTS RECORDED IN TOURISM SECTOR ARE PLEASING, BUT NOT SUFFICIENT'' - PRIME MINISTER YILMAZ ISSUES A MESSAGE UPON THE WORLD TOURISM DAY

    ANKARA, Sept 27 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Sunday that ''the recent developments recorded in tourism sector are pleasing, but they aren't sufficient.''

    Presidential Press Centre said that President Demirel issued a message upon the ''World Tourism Day,'' noting that Turkey has always attributed great importance to tourism, which is one of the vital sectors of Turkish economy.

    Recalling that approximately 10 million tourists visited Turkey last year and approximately a tourism income of eight billion dollars were gained, President Demirel said that the capacity of beds in Turkey reached 700,000 and this number is aimed to be increased.

    ''By the end of August, 6,6 million people visited Turkey, this number decreased when compared to last year due to the conditions of the world. I believe that the First Tourism meeting which will be held in October will be an important basis for finding solution methods to the problems seen in tourism sector, re-determining policy priorities and developing new strategies.''

    ''When we complete our deficiences in tourism sector, Turkey will reach its goal with bed capacity of 1,5 million, 25 million tourists and 15 billion dollars of income in the coming years,'' added Demirel.

    Issuing a message upon the same day, Prime Minister Yżlmaz said that tourism which is a locomotive sector in development of countries, also integrates people from different cultures, therefore contributes to cultural and social development.

    ''Our government extends support to efforts which aim to broaden the network of motorways and airports, to create new tourism areas, to complete infrastructure defeciences and to increase the service quality in the sector,'' said Yżlmaz.

    [02] 460TH ANNIVERSARY OF PREVEZE NAVAL VICTORY - ADMIRAL DERVISOGLU, CHIEF COMMANDER OF NAVAL FORCES: - ''OUR NAVAL FORCES HAVE ALWAYS HAD THE POWER TO GIVE THE RIGHT RESPONSE TO THE PEOPLE WHO TRY TO DESTROY THE INTEGRITY OF OUR NATION AND COUNTRY''

    ANKARA, Sept 27 (A.A) - Admiral Salim Dervisoglu, the Chief Commander of the Naval Forces, said on Saturday that the Preveze Naval Victory was one of the unforgettable victories of the Turkish naval war history. ''Our Naval Forces have always had the power to give the right response to the people who try to destroy the integrity of our nation and country,'' he stressed.

    Within the framework of the 460th anniversary of the Preveze Naval Victory and the Naval Forces Day, Admiral Salim Dervisoglu issued a message saying, ''the Preveze Naval Victory is the most concrete example for combatting quality, morale power, unity and cooperation spirit and noble courage of the Turkish Naval Forces.''

    ''Our Naval Forces, which have such a glorious history, have the power to give the right response to the people, who try to destroy the integrity of our nation and country and try to covet our rights and interests in the sea, with the full might stemming from this glorious history, exalted nation and the greatest leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey and his reforms. We have the honour of proving this power to our exalted nation with the role we are playing at securing the peace in the region and in the world,'' he emphasized.

    [03] ERSUMER, MINISTER OF ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES: - ''WE'VE PREPARED THE ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE OF TURKEY UNTIL THE YEAR 2020''

    CANAKKALE, Sept 27 (A.A) - Cumhur Ersumer, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, said on Saturday that they have prepared the necessary energy infrastructure to prevent an energy shortage until the year 2020.

    Ersumer, who attended the opening ceremony of a clinic in Kilitbahir village in Canakkale and the foundation-laying ceremony of the Intepe pond, said that they were trying to control Turkey's rivers and streams and increase energy production.

    ''Turkey will never experience the trouble stemming from the energy investments which couldn't be completed in the process which started six years ago,'' he stressed.

    Pointing out that the Intepe pond will irrigate 144 hectars of agricultural field, Ersumer recalled that Turkey was purchasing energy from Bulgaria when the Motherland Party (ANAP) came to the power in 1983.

    ''We again came to the power in 1995. Today, we are still purchasing electricity not only from Bulgaria but also from Georgia and Iran. Turkey will become an electricity exporting country when we realize these projects one by one. This is our goal,'' he mentioned.

    Noting that Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and he participated in the opening ceremonies or foundation-laying ceremonies of dams and ponds throughout the country, Ersumer said that they were exerting efforts to solve Turkey's energy problem at international platforms.

    [04] NORTHERN IRAQ - TURKEY UPGRADES HER REPRESENTATION IN IRAQ TO EMBASSY LEVEL, SO SHE STRESSES THE FACT THAT SHE RECOGNIZES THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION IN IRAQ AND SUPPORTS THE TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF IRAQ

    ANKARA, Sept 27 (A.A) - There are two goals of Turkey by upgrading her representation in Iraq to Embassy level, it is reported on Saturday.

    A source close to the government told A.A correspondent that Turkey aims to stress the fact once again that she supports the ''territorial integrity of Ankara and recognizes the central administration in Iraq,'' by taking such a decision.

    The source stated that there have been several problems in communication channels between Iraqi administration and Turkey due to the fact that Turkey was represented at the rank of charge d'affaires in Iraq, adding that Selim Karaosmanoglu, the Charge d'Affaires who is in fact an ambassador, can't meet with the high ranking Iraqi officials due to this fact.

    Meanwhile, the source pointed out that Prime Minister Mesut Yżlmaz and Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, who are currently in the US, were ''informed'' before taking this decision.

    This statement concerning Northern Iraq was written by Bulent Ecevit, the Deputy Prime Minister and Sukru Sina Gurel, the State Minister.

    The government official defended the view that after the signature of an agreement between Massaud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Jalal Talabani, the Patriotic Union for Kurdistan (PUK), the differences between the policies of Turkey and the US started to become clearer.

    Criticizing the US policy in Northern Iraq, the government source said that ''on the one hand, the US says things about the territorial integrity of Iraq and on the other hand she acts in contradiction with the things she says.''

    ''We couldn't stay indifferent towards decisions which fully ignore the Ankara Process and which show that other formulas are being planned which try to isolate Turkey,'' said the official.

    Stressing that Turkey is not fully pleased by all policies of Iraq, the official pointed out that ''Turkey also wishes Iraq to abide by the UN sanctions, to destroy mass destruction weapons and to establish such a system which respects human rights and democracy in Northern Iraq. However, the territorial integrity of Iraq has to be absolutely protected.''

    Turkey is concerned about the use of the expression of ''unauthorized armed forces and others'' which was used in the agreement. Noting that the word ''others'' means the operations of Turkey in the region, the source added that ''why do they use the word 'others'? Naturally we can't accept that this will prevent our cross-border operations which are needed in the region.''

    The official added that Turkey is also uneasy about the provision which included the word ''federation.''

    Meanwhile, diplomatic sources say that it is not only the US which is behind the agreement between Talabani and Barzani, but also the Britain, although she denies that.

    The same sources stress that the US and Britain acted mutually in preparation of the agreement.

    Meanwhile, Mustafa Ziya, the Representative of Turcoman Front in Ankara told A.A concerning the statement of Ecevit that they support the decision of Turkey.

    Ziya stressed that Turkey's views should have also been asked before the signature of the agreement between two Iraqi Kurdish leaders in Washington D.C.

    Ziya added that they are also uneasy about the use of the word ''federation'' which is mentioned in the agreement document.

    [05] TURKEY IN BRIEF - 27 SEPTEMBER 1998

    ISTANBUL - Husamettin Cindoruk, the leader of the Democratic Turkey Party (DTP), returned on Saturday to Turkey after concluding his visit to Switzerland, Germany and France.

    Cindoruk said that during his visits, he held contacts regarding the participation of the Turkish people living abroad in the elections in Turkey.

    Cindoruk added that he will hold on Monday a press conference concerning the recent developments in Turkey.

    SANLIURFA - A 34-member delegation including the members of the Girne Rotary Club of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) arrived on Saturday in southeastern Sanliurfa province to make observations at the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP).

    The TRNC delegation visited Sahabettin Harput, the Governor of Sanliurfa, and later met with Mustafa Aydogdu, the Deputy General Director of the GAP Regional Development Administration.

    The TRNC delegation will proceed to southeastern Adiyaman province on Sunday after making observations at the Ataturk Dam.

    BONN - The Republican People's Party (CHP) delegation, which arrived in Koln to monitor the general elections which will be held in Germany on Sunday, participated on Saturday in the cultural activities.

    Bulent Tanla, the senior aide of Deniz Baykal, the leader of the CHP, met with Norbert Burger, the Mayor of Koln.

    The CHP delegation later met with the members of the Association of European Turkish Businessmen in Dusseldorf.

    The CHP delegation will return to Turkey on Monday.

    SELCUK - Shahid Hamid, the Governor of Punjab Province of Pakistan, visited on Saturday the historical places in Selcuk county of Izmir.

    Shahid Hamid visited the Ephesus Museum, Isabey Mosque, Saint Jeant Church, Virgin Mary House and Ephesus Ancient City.

    ADANA - Security forces captured on Saturday six separatist terrorists in southern Adana province.

    The Adana Governor's Office said those six terrorists would go to rural areas of eastern Van province to carry out armed violence.

    Following their interrogations, six separatist terrorists were arrested.

    [06] TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS TO LEAVE FOR NEW YORK, THE US ON MONDAY - DENKTAS WARNS GREEK CYPRIOTS ABOUT THE S-300 MISSILES ONCE AGAIN

    LEFKOSA, Sept 27 (A.A) - Rauf Denktas, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) will leave TRNC for New York, the US together with Taner Etkin, the TRNC Foreign and Defense Minister, it is reported on Sunday.

    TRNC President Denktas warned Greek Cypriots over the S-300 missiles once again by calling Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader ''not to do any madness.''

    Addressing a newspaper published in TRNC, Denktas stated that the insistence of the Greek Cypriot administration to bring S-300 missiles to the island will harm her, adding that ''we've taken our measures.''

    Noting that the Greek Cypriot side will be in a risk by bringing the missiles to the island, Denktas said ''from the moment the Greek Cypriot side brings missiles to the island, she will stay on fire for 24 hours a day. Turkey took her decision and she did the necessary things. It is the Greek Cypriot side which will think about the issue and which will be worried.''

    Noting that he will visit the US within the framework of giving information about the Cyprus question, Denktas said that he doesn't have any expectation and he will form a good dialogue with media there.

    [07] KINKEL, FOREIGN MINISTER OF GERMANY: - ''TURKEY IS A FRIEND OF GERMANY AND WILL REMAIN SO''

    BONN, Sept 27 (A.A) - Klaus Kinkel, the Foreign Minister of Germany, who met with the Turkish people in Stuttgart, Germany, said on Saturday that Turkey is a friend of Germany and Germany will continue to support this friendship also in the future.

    Kinkel met with the Turkish and German citizens at the MTV sports facilities in Stuttgart upon an invitation from Prof. Dr. Muharrem Satir, the Chairman of the Baden-Wurttemberg state organization of the Turkish- German Union of Liberals (LTD), which was established within the structure of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), the small partner of the coalition government, and from Mahmut Turker, the Chairman of the Youth Branches of the LTD.

    Addressing the meeting, Kinkel said that Turkey is a very important bridge connecting Europe to Asia, stressing that Turkey does the same task between Europe and the Islamic countries.

    ''As I believe in its good luck, I preferred to hold my last meeting with Turkish citizens. We will continue to support dual citizenship if Turkish origin electors support us in the general elections. We will give full- support to dual citizenship if you elect us,'' he said.

    Recalling that a total of 1,5 billion Moslems are living in the world and this constitutes 23 percent of the world population, Kinkel said, ''Turkey connects Islam to other religions. Thus, Turkey has always protected her importance and peculiarity.''

    Stressing that Turkey is one of the most important trade partners of Germany, Kinkel said, ''Germany realizes the majority of her exports to Turkey. My Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem and I took up these issues in our latest meeting.''

    ''We, as Germany, openly announced our views about the issues of Turkey's enterance into the European Union and the protection of the rights of the Turkish people living in Germany, and we will continue to do so,'' the German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel added.

    [08] A LEBANESE-FLAGGED CARGO SHIP ENDANGERS TRAFFIC IN DARDANELLES STRAITS

    CANAKKALE, Sept 27 (A.A) - A Lebanese-flagged cargo vessel endangered the traffic in the Dardanelles Straits when she followed a wrong course, it was reported on Saturday.

    The Lebanese-flagged cargo ship ''Antuan'', which ran aground off-shore Eceabat, rescued itself by its own efforts but later followed a wrong course in the Dardanelles.

    The traffic was paralyzed when Antuan continued to sail on the wrong course despite the warnings by the Canakkale Strait Traffic Station officials who had been informed about the event by the captains of other vessels crossing the Straits.

    The Lebanese-flagged cargo vessel returned to her cruising course eventually after continuous warnings.


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