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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 99-04-23

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

AA Daily

23 April 1999 Friday


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
  • [02] ULUCEVIK, TURKEY'S AMBASSADOR TO BONN: ''TURKEY SUPPORTS A POLITICAL SOLUTION WHICH PROTECTS YUGOSLAVIA'S TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY''
  • [03] MANOEUVRES OF NAVAL FORCES - MARINES WIND 1-2/99 TACTIC MANOEUVRES TO START ON 24 APRIL - STARFISH-99 TACTICAL MANOEUVRES CONTINUE IN MARMARA AND AEGEAN SEAS SINCE 19 APRIL
  • [04] EXPOTECNIA'99 FAIR
  • [05] TURKISH PLANES FLY 797 HOURS SINCE BEGINNING OF NATO AIR STRIKE
  • [06] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM: - ''TURKEY MUST TAKE PART IN THE DECISION-MAKING MECHANISM ABOUT KOSOVO''
  • [07] PRESIDENT DEMIREL: - ''TURKEY WILL COMPLY WITH THE NATO DECISION''
  • [08] TURKEY-WEU BARGAINING IN NATO SUMMIT
  • [09] PRESIDENT DEMIREL: ''PROTECTION OF RELIABILITY OF NATO IS IMPORTANT THAN EVERYTHING'' - ''EVERYBODY HAS EQUAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS IN TURKEY''
  • [10] FINAL AGREEMENT FOR TRANSFER OF TURKMEN NATURAL GAS TO BE SIGNED ON MAY 31
  • [11] TURKISH PLANES FLY 819 HOURS SINCE BEGINNING OF NATO AIR STRIKE
  • [12] RED CRESCENT SENDS HUMANITARIAN AID TO KOSOVAR REFUGEES IN ALBANIA AND MACEDONIA BY 36 LORRIES
  • [13] PRESIDENT DEMIREL OPENS NEW TURKISH EMBASSY BUILDING IN THE U.S.
  • [14] NATO SUMMIT - DEMIREL AND SIMITIS NOT TO HOLD BILATERAL MEETING
  • [15] 23 APRIL NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY AND CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL CELEBRATED - PREMIER ECEVIT: ''ATATURK GAVE TURKISH NATION THE TARGET OF REACHING BEYOND MODERN CIVILIZATION LEVEL''
  • [16] CONVENTIONAL FORCES IN EUROPE AGREEMENT
  • [17] DEPLOYMENT OF S-300 MISSILES IN CRETE ISLAND - PREMIER ECEVIT: ''TURKEY CAN TAKE ALL KINDS OF TECHNICAL MEASURES TO PREVENT POSSIBLE THREAT OF THESE MISSILES AGAINST TURKEY''
  • [18] QUIN, UNDERSECRETARY OF BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE: - ''THE TALKS BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES ON CYPRUS SHOULD RESUME'' - ''THE CYPRUS ISSUE CAN'T BE SOLVED WITH EXTERNAL PRESSURES''

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN

    These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkey's press on 23 April 1999. The Anadolu Agency doesn't verify these stories and doesn't vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET (LIBERAL)

    HE DOES WHAT IT BEFITS
    Deniz Baykal, the leader of CHP, became the first leader who resigned from the general chairmanship of his party in Turkish democracy after the election defeat.

    NUCLEAR THREAT TO GROUND OPERATION
    As Clinton and Blair gave the green light for ground operation against murderer Milosevic, one more nuclear threat came from Russia.

    NINE THOUSAND PEOPLE LOST THEIR JOB IN ''DETROIT'' OF TURKEY
    A total of 2,500 small scale businesses was closed after the economic crisis which emerged in the end of last year in Bursa province which became one of the automotive centers of the world just like Torino or Detroit.

    The number of people who lost their jobs reached 24 thousand in five months. The great majority of jobless is from the automotive sector; that is, almost 9 thousand.

    YUGOSLAV AMBASSADOR: KOSOVO TURNS INTO A BLOOD LAKE
    Darko Tanaskovic, Yugoslavian Ambassador to Turkey warned NATO not to start a ground operation. The Ambassador said, ''in this case, Yugoslavia will be a blood lake for everbody, but especially for Albanians. I hope NATO will not come to this point.

    IMPORTANT MESSAGES FROM THE ARMY
    Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) is the most powerful defender of principles of democracy, human rights, and legal state as well as internal and external security of the country, a statement prepared by Office of the General Staff said.

    SISTER MORALE TO APO
    Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of terrorist PKK, met with his sister after 22 years who visited him in Imrali island where he has been kept under arrest.

    MİLLİYET (LIBERAL)

    ANAP REFUSES CILLER
    ANAP (Motherland Party) refused the proposal of Tansu Ciller, the DYP (True Path Party) leader, to set up a government by forming a block in the central right. Stating that the initative should have been started before the elections, Erkan Mumcu, the deputy chairman of ANAP, said that ''they did not take serious the new promises of Ciller as they did not take serious her previous statements.''

    BAHCELİ: WE DID NOT CHANGE
    Devlet Bahceli, the leader of MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) gave clear messages in ''32th Day'' (a tv program in a private tv channel): ''We do not make coalition with DYP or FP (Virtue Paty). We do not feel regret for our activities before and after September 12. Catli was my student. He was a successful and honest idealist. I do not know what he did after September 12. If Haluk Kırcı is acquitted, we accept him.''

    ''60 YEARS'' STRUGGLE FOR RETIREMENT AGE
    The representatives of the workers cannot reach a deal with the representatites of the employers and government concerning the age of retirement. But the representatives reached agreement on other issues to improve the social security institutions. The next meeting is on May 14.

    SABAH (LIBERAL)

    BAHCELİ: DYP AND REFAH CREATED REGIME CRISIS
    MHP leader told Sabah that DYP and Refah created conflicts between the institution, paving the way for a regime crisis. ''We do not drag the country into an adventure. In the new period, the DYP and FP must stay in the opposition,'' he said.

    ANAP HINTS THAT IT CAN PROVIDE SUPPORT TO GOVERNMENT IN THE PARLIAMENT
    The evaluations in the ANAP front is that the message of elector is that the new government should be formed by DSP and MHP. ''If it is needed, we can provide support to this formation from outside. If ANAP joins the government, the partnership should be equal. A government with DYP must be refrained.''

    WE DO NOT TURN OUR BACK TO THE EU
    MHP gave assurances about an open economic model. Tunca Toskay said, ''the relations with the EU became state policy, it is out of question for us to change it completely.''

    CUMHURIYET (LEFT)

    THE ENTHUSIASM OF NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY
    The 23 April National Sovereignty and Children Festival is celebrated with enthusiasm throughout the country.

    ROMANIA EXTRADICTS 30 PKK MEMBERS
    Romania expelled 30 PKK members who were active in this country and who could not provide documents proving that they were working in a job.

    HOLE IN NATO UMBRELLA
    The Western European Union insists that it should have the decision mechanisms in military operations of the alliance in Europe. Turkey rejects that the decision mechanisms concerning operations in Europe be put under the control of WEU.

    RADIKAL (LEFT)

    THE ALLIANCE SEARCHING FOR ITSELF
    NATO ''celebrates'' its 50th birtday under the shadow of Kosovo War. The Alliance will account for the past in an environment which lacks security and stability, and thus will form its future.

    TOURISM CRISIS IN NSC
    The National Security Council will discuss the problems in the tourism sector in the meeting which will be held in the end of this month. Tourism Minister Ahmet Tan will join the meeting and convey the measures which they are taking and planning to take.

    YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL)

    ONE MILLION DOLLARS FOR EVERY YEAR FROM ATHENS TO PKK
    Abdullah Ocalan, terrorist chief, who revealed very clearly the relation between Athens and the PKK, said that Athens gave one million dollars aid every year to PKK, and asked PKK to bomb Turkish economic and touristic installations.

    IMRALI PASSES THE COURSE
    A delegation of the European Committee to Prevent Torture who visited Imrali after allegations that Ocalan is tortured and kept in conditions against human rights in Imrali, completed a pre-report concerning their observations in Imrali. The report said that the conditions Ocalan is kept are in the standards of European jails and that they determined no traces of torture.

    TÜRKİYE (RIGHT)

    THE CHAIRMANSHIP RACE STARTS IN VIRTUE PARTY
    The Virtue Party which cannot repeat its success in local elections in the general elections, is in a difficult period. Bulent Arıc, Menisa Deputy said he is a candidate for chairmanship. Abdullah Gül and Cemil Cicek are also expected to be candidates.

    ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)

    THREE CHOICES OF MHP
    1. To take an influential part in a convenient government model

    2. A formation under the prime ministry of Bahceli

    3. Being the first party in the next elections by staying in the opposition.

    [02] ULUCEVIK, TURKEY'S AMBASSADOR TO BONN: ''TURKEY SUPPORTS A POLITICAL SOLUTION WHICH PROTECTS YUGOSLAVIA'S TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY''

    BONN, April 23 (A.A) - Tugay Ulucevik, the Turkish Ambassador to Bonn, said on Thursday that regarding the Kosovo crisis, Turkey supports a political solution which protects Yugoslavia's territorial integrity.

    Ambassador Ulucevik attended the meeting between the members of the Organization for Islamic Conference (OIC) Contact Group and Joschka Fischer, the Foreign Minister of Germany, the Term President of the European Union (EU).

    Speaking to the A.A correspondent following the meeting, Ulucevik said, ''Turkey supports international initiatives for a political solution of the Kosovo crisis. I mentioned at the meeting that Turkey has an important situation as she is a member of both the NATO and OIC.''

    Ulucevik said Turkey supports the Kosovo peace plan which was prepared by the western countries and includes five conditions, on the condition of protection of Yugoslavia's territorial integrity.

    Recalling that Turkey alone sent three million U.S. dollars humanitarian aid to Kosovar refugees in Albania and Macedonia, Ulucevik said that Turkey also announced that she will accept 20 thousand Kosovar refugees and set up camps in Albania and Macedonia where 20 tousand refugees can take shelter in.

    ''At the meeting, I expressed the importance of continuation of humanitarian aid for a political solution. Mr. Fischer said the problem is not an Islam-Christian problem, but it is an humanitarian issue,'' Ulucevik said.

    ''Mr. Fischer stressed at the meeting that the EU is not the club of cultures and religions, but it is a club of values, and showed Germany as an example for this. Mr. Fischer said Germany changed the citizenship law which will enable the Turks to adapt themselves to life in Germany,'' Ulucevik added.

    [03] MANOEUVRES OF NAVAL FORCES - MARINES WIND 1-2/99 TACTIC MANOEUVRES TO START ON 24 APRIL - STARFISH-99 TACTICAL MANOEUVRES CONTINUE IN MARMARA AND AEGEAN SEAS SINCE 19 APRIL

    ANKARA, April 23 (A.A) - The ''Levent Ruzgari (Marines Wind) 1-2/99'' Tactic Manoeuvres of the Naval Forces Commandership will be staged between April 24 and 28 in the Izmir Gulf-Doganbey region in the Central Marmara Sea, it was reported on Thursday.

    The Naval Forces Commandership Secretariat General issued a statement saying that two frigates, one destroyer, five patrol ships, nineteen fighter boats, two coastguard landing ships, five mine sweepers, one submarine, one helicopter, and six aiding ships will participate in the Marines Wind which is one of the concerted manoeuvres of the Naval Forces.

    The statement said the amphibious brigade and land forces, and planes allocated by the Air Forces will also attand the Marines Wind.

    The ''Deniz Yildizi (Starfish)-99'', which is one of the national concerted manoeuvres of the Naval Forces, has been continuing on the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea since April 19.

    The Turkish Naval Forces' fdigates, submarines, assault boats, the Turkish Air Forces' fighter planes and fighter bombardment planes and an sea outpost plane of the Pakistani Naval Forces participate in the manoeuvres.

    The ships participating in the Starfish-99 will visit Varna Seaport in Bugaria and Constanza Seaport in Romania between 23-26 April; and Poti and Batumi Seaports in Georgia Between April 29 and May 1.

    Observers of Azerbaijan, Romania, Bulgaria, and Pakistan are also attending the manoeuvres which will last on May 3.

    [04] EXPOTECNIA'99 FAIR

    ANKARA, April 23 (A.A) - The representatives of the El Pais International, which is one of the communication companies of Spanish daily the El Pais, visited on Thursday Mehmet Guler, the General Director and the Chairman of the Executive Board of the A.A.

    Angel Luis de la Calle, the Deputy General Director of the El Pais İnternational, briefed Mr. Mehmet Guler on the Tenth Expotecnia'99 Fair which will be organized by Spain in Istanbul between June 1 and 6.

    Calle said that the El Pais International is responsible of the promotion of the fair, so they will pay visits to mass media organizations in Turkey to inform them about the fair.

    Pointing out that Turkey is an important country for Spain, Calle said more than 300 Spanish companies from 15 sectoral groups will exhibit their technological and industrial products at the fair to be held at the World Trade Center in Istanbul.

    Calle said the aim of the fair is to get closer the two countries, improve commercial relations and set up a joint bridge towards the Turkish Republics.

    A.A General Director Mehmet Guler said the developments concerning the fair are monitored closely, stressing that the Anadolu Ajansi, which addresses 90 percent of the Turkish mass media with its news and photographs and at the same time serves the businessmen via its VBI system, will fulfil its duties also during the fair.

    [05] TURKISH PLANES FLY 797 HOURS SINCE BEGINNING OF NATO AIR STRIKE

    ANKARA, April 23 (A.A) - The General Staff Information Center issued a statement on Thursday saying that that there are now 10,271 Kosovar refugees in Turkey.

    The statement said 50,000 Kosovars in Serbia, 76,340 in Karadag, 375,000 in Albania, 140,000 in Macedonia, 32,500 in Bosna-Herzegovina, 9,974 in Germany and 4,162 in other countries. Around 280 thousand people were forced out of their homes in Kosova by Serbs since the beginning of NATO's air strike.

    It said 3,802 Kosovars were settled at the Gaziosmanpasa Refugee Camp.

    The Turkish F-16 planes deployed at the Ghedi Airbase in Italy flew a total of 25 hours between April 21 and 22. The Turkish F-16s which spent 797 hours in the air returned to their base without encountering any problems.

    [06] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM: - ''TURKEY MUST TAKE PART IN THE DECISION-MAKING MECHANISM ABOUT KOSOVO''

    WASHINGTON, April 23 (A.A) - Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said on Friday that Turkey must take part in the decision making mechanism about Kosovo.

    Cem, who is currently in Washington to attend the NATO Summit, responded questions of the journalists. Pointing out that Balkan countries should have more influence about Kosovo, Cem said, ''NATO undertakes various humanitarian and military self-sacrifices, but stays back during the decision-making process.''

    Cem pointed out that as a NATO member, Turkey did not take part in the decisions taken in Rambouillet and decision taken within the EU.

    Criticizing the Western countries which make Kosovo issue a tool for domestic consumption, Cem said that ''they talk about things which must be discussed in very closed circles in front of the public as if it is a plan; and as a result, the determination of NATO is wounded.''

    Cem pointed out that Turkey had very serious proposals about Kosovo, and said that he received a letter from Madeleine Albright, the US Secretary of State, which thanks Turkey in this issue. Cem said, ''yet, we did not speak about these proposals in front of the press because it would be wrong.''

    Responding to a question, Cem said that a ground force was not on the agenda.

    Ismail Cem will meet Madeleine Albright on 25 April. The two ministers are expected to discuss Kosovo issue, bilateral relations, and issues which Turkey and the US are interested.

    [07] PRESIDENT DEMIREL: - ''TURKEY WILL COMPLY WITH THE NATO DECISION''

    WASHINGTON, April 23 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Friday that Turkey will comply with any action plan of NATO concerning Kosovo.

    Demirel said in an interview with the PBS, one of the leading television channels of the US, that the situation in Kosovo can be defined as the replacement of people by force, misery, ethnic cleansening, and genocide.

    When asked if Turkey supports NATO's possible ground operation in Kosovo, Demirel said, ''Turkey will do whatever NATO wants.''

    Pointing out that the civilized world has two alternatives for what is happening in Kosovo, Demirel said first of these is to be insensitive, the second is to start action. Demirel said that NATO rightfully chose the second alternative.

    [08] TURKEY-WEU BARGAINING IN NATO SUMMIT

    WASHINGTON, April 23 (A.A) - Tough bargainings are taking place concerning the ''Europe Security and Defense Identity'' (ESDI) which will be replaced by the WEU (Western European Union) in the near future, behind the curtains in NATO Summit which convened in Washington due to the 50th anniversary of the Alliance.

    Diplomatic sources told A.A that Turkey continues a tough bargaining to determine its place in ESDI. Turkey struggles not to loose her gained rights.

    The sources said that Turkey's demands from Europe are as follows:

    ''Turkey wants its gained rights within the framework of WEU which forms the core of European defense mechanism to be protected as they are.

    Ankara demands full participation and equal rights concerning the defense of Europe.

    Turkey objects the reflection of NATO-WEU relations on European Union, and it objects that decisions concerning defense to be taken only within the EU.

    Diplomatic sources said that the US supports Ankara's views in this bargaining and wants Turkey not to be excluded from the defense umbrella of Europe.

    Reliable sources said that Turkey keeps in its hand a trump card; that is, its right of blocking NATO's capabilities to be used for ESDI in case its demands are not met.

    The new formation (ESDI) led by France and Britain foresees that the role of EU must be improved in Europe's defense, but it wants to use the capabilities of NATO, not EU, in defense issues. The EU countries wants Turkey to be excluded from the decision mechanism with the pretext that it is not a full member to the EU.

    [09] PRESIDENT DEMIREL: ''PROTECTION OF RELIABILITY OF NATO IS IMPORTANT THAN EVERYTHING'' - ''EVERYBODY HAS EQUAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS IN TURKEY''

    WASHINGTON D.C., April 23 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Friday that the basic aim of the NATO is to protect its reliability during a period in which the dimensions of the Kosovo crisis are increasing.

    President Demirel attended a meeting organized in Philedelphia by the Eisenhower Foundation before proceeding to Washington D.C.

    When asked what kind of steps NATO can take concerning the Kosovo crisis during its Summit, President Demirel said, ''this issue is very complicated. The NATO has been successful for fifty years. It has been dissuasive because the NATO is a power, and it should remain as a dissuasive power.''

    Stressing that the reliability of the NATO is important than the Kosovo crisis, Demirel said this issue will be discussed at the 50th anniversary meetings in Washington D.C.

    Pointing out that the NATO countries have different views about sending land forces to Kosovo, Demirel said it is difficult for 19 countries to reach a consensus about the issue.

    Responding to a question about the apprehension of Abdullah Ocalan, the chief of the terrorist PKK organization, President Demirel said that Turkey has been suffering from PKK terrorism for the last fifteen years and this terrorist organization is supported by several countries.

    Noting that the terrorist activities of PKK were controlled by their chief from Damascus, Demirel said the terrorist in question was expelled from Syria as a result of Turkey's pressure.

    President Demirel emphasized that everybody has equal rights and freedoms in Turkey.

    When asked why Turkey failed to fully integrate into the European Union (EU), Demirel recalled that Turkey is the member of all organizations in Europe since the Second World War.

    President Demirel added that Turkey shares all of the democratic values with Europe so she can't be excluded from Europe.

    Meanwhile, President Suleyman Demirel attended the dinner given in his honor by Baki Ilkin, Turkey's Ambassador to Washington D.C.

    Hikmet Sami Turk, the Minister of National Defense; Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister; Boris Sihmuradov, the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan; Robert Kennedy; the U.S. Senator; Onur Oymen, Turkey's Permanent Representative to the NATO; Volkan Vural; Turkey's Permanent Representative to the U.N.; the Turkish students in the U.S. participated in the reception at the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C.

    [10] FINAL AGREEMENT FOR TRANSFER OF TURKMEN NATURAL GAS TO BE SIGNED ON MAY 31

    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 23 (A.A) - The final agreement regarding the East- West corridor project for the transfer of Turkmen natural gas into Turkey will be signed on May 31, it was reported on Friday.

    The Turkish and the U.S. energy sources told the A.A correspondent that the meetings among Turkey, Turkmenistan, the U.S. which supports the project, and the U.S. consortium, which will construct the pipeline, continue positively.

    Sources said Turkey's proposal for the unit price for Turkmen natural gas is expected to be accepeted by the Turkmen side within next few weeks, and there is not any obstacle in front of the signing of the final stage, the trade agreement, on May 31.

    Meanwhile, President Suleyman Demirel met with Boris Sihmuradov, the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan, at the recepiton held at the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C. and discussed the latest developments about the project.

    Within the framework of the East-West Corridor project, it is planned that Turkey will purchase 16 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually from Turkmenistan with a pipeline to pass via Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

    The construction of the pipeline is expected to cost 2 billion U.S. dollars.

    [11] TURKISH PLANES FLY 819 HOURS SINCE BEGINNING OF NATO AIR STRIKE

    ANKARA, April 23 (A.A) - The General Staff Information Center issued a statement on Friday saying that that there are now 10,461 Kosovar refugees in Turkey.

    The statement said there are 50,000 Kosovars in Serbia, 70,000 in Montenegro, 357,000 in Albania, 130,000 in Macedonia, 32,500 in Bosna- Herzegovina, 9,974 in Germany and 5,440 in other countries. A total of 665, 375 thousand people were forced out of their homes by Serbs since the beginning of NATO's air strike.

    It said 3,958 Kosovars were settled at the Gaziosmanpasa Refugee Camp.

    The Turkish F-16 planes deployed at the Ghedi Airbase in Italy flew a total of 25 hours in latest air strikes. The Turkish F-16s which spent 819 hours in the air returned to their base without encountering any problems.

    [12] RED CRESCENT SENDS HUMANITARIAN AID TO KOSOVAR REFUGEES IN ALBANIA AND MACEDONIA BY 36 LORRIES

    ANKARA, April 23 (A.A) - The aid organization, Kizilay (Red Crescent), sent on Friday 36-lorry humanitarian aid to Kosovar refugees in Albania and Macedonia.

    Fatih Evren, the General Director of Red Crescent, said 20 lorries will leave for Albania and 16 lorries for Macedonia.

    The 249-ton aid sent to Macedonia worth of 206.8 billion Turkish Liras (TL). This aid is composed of 220 tons of foodstuffs, 12.5 tons of cleaning equipments, 11.5 tons (765 parcels) of remedy and medical equipment, 4.5 tons (482 parcels) of clothes and 1 ton (515 pieces) of blankets.

    The 376.5-ton aid sent to Albania worth of 174.4 billion TL. This aid is composed of 240 tons of foodstuffs, 12.5 tons of cleaning equipments, 40 parcels of remedy and medical equipment, 50 parcels of clothes, 3 tons (1, 500 pieces) blankets and 20 tons (1,000 pieces) of beds.

    [13] PRESIDENT DEMIREL OPENS NEW TURKISH EMBASSY BUILDING IN THE U.S.

    WASHINGTON D.C., April 23 (A.A) - The new Turkish Embassy building in Washington D.C. was opened on Friday by President Suleyman Demirel, who is currently paying a visit to the U.S.

    President Suleyman Demirel said that the opening of the Turkish Embassy in the U.S. is pleasing as it is also 79th anniversary of the opening of the Turkish Parliament.

    ''The first Turkish parliament was an assembly of war veterans, it fought for independence and it overcome difficulties together with Ataturk, the founder of modern and secular republic. The Turkish Requblic will be represented here,'' said President Demirel.

    Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister and Hikmet Sami Turk, the National Defense Minister also participated in the opening ceremony.

    [14] NATO SUMMIT - DEMIREL AND SIMITIS NOT TO HOLD BILATERAL MEETING

    WASHINTON D.C., April 23 (A.A) - The news published in Greek media saying that President Suleyman Demirel, who is currently in Washington D.C. to participate in the NATO summit, would meet with Costas Simitis, the Greek Prime Minister was denied on Friday.

    Diplomatic sources said that as long as Greece's obvious support to terrorism continues, there is no need to hold a bilateral meeting at highest level.

    Greek officials contacted with unofficial sources to check for a possibility of a meeting between Demirel and Smitis, but this initiative has been rejected.

    A high ranking diplomatic source said ''we didn't forget what Greece has done regarding terrorist Ocalan. If they wish the realization of such a meeting, firstly they have to completely end their support to terrorism.''

    The same source recalled that Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister had phone talks with Yorgo Papandreu, the Greek Foreign Minister few times and these contacts were limited with the situation in Kosovo. Observors pointed out to the fact that Greece could give such an impression to the world that the relations between Turkey and Greece started to improve if they could realize a meeting between Demirel and Simitis.

    [15] 23 APRIL NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY AND CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL CELEBRATED - PREMIER ECEVIT: ''ATATURK GAVE TURKISH NATION THE TARGET OF REACHING BEYOND MODERN CIVILIZATION LEVEL''

    ANKARA, April 23 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Friday that Ataturk, the founder of modern and secular Turkish Republic gave Turkish nation the target of reaching beyond modern civilization level, adding ''the main tools of reaching this target is education, secularism, freedom and democracy.''

    Premier Ecevit received a delegation headed by Metin Bostancıoglu, the Minister of Education, students and teachers due to April 23-National Sovereignty and Children's Festival.

    Recalling that the children's festival was declared in the first years of the Turkish Republic and in Turkey, Ecevit said that ''the foundation of the secular Republic was laid down in the Turkish Grand National Assembly while the War of Independence was starting.''

    Noting that the way to reach the target shown by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is through education, information, science, secularism, freedom and democracy, Ecevit stressed that one of the duties of the Turkish Republic is to act in line with Ataturk's principle of ''peace at home peace abroad.''

    ''Some people supported by foreign powers have been trying to establish an atmosphere of violence and terrorism in Turkey for years. However the Turkish nation has decided to prevent this separatist terrorism and takes steps to this end. The Turkish state has been able to capture the chief terrorist and bring him to Turkey,'' said Bulent Ecevit, adding the MED-TV, the mouthpiece of the terrorist PKK organization which has been encouraging terrorism was completely closed the same day by the British Independent Television Commission (ITC).

    [16] CONVENTIONAL FORCES IN EUROPE AGREEMENT

    ANKARA, April 23 (A.A) - The multi-national inspection unit led by Turkey carried out inquiries in Armenia between April 12 and 16 within the framework of the Agreement on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE), it was reported on Friday.

    General Staff Secretariat General issued a statement recalling that the CFE, which was signed on 21 November 1990 at the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Summit in Paris, entered into effect on 9 November 1992.

    Pointing out that the implementation within the scope of the CFE Agreement signed by 30 countries started in July 1992, the statement said, ''a multi- national inspection unit, which was established under the leadership of Turkey with the participation of a British and a Belgian inspector, carried out an inspection in Armenia between April 12 and 16.''

    The statement said Turkey has carried out a total of 18 inspections in Armenia up until now and eight of those inspections were made at the units deployed in Russia.

    [17] DEPLOYMENT OF S-300 MISSILES IN CRETE ISLAND - PREMIER ECEVIT: ''TURKEY CAN TAKE ALL KINDS OF TECHNICAL MEASURES TO PREVENT POSSIBLE THREAT OF THESE MISSILES AGAINST TURKEY''

    ANKARA, April 23 (A.A) - Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Friday regarding the S-300 missiles which were deployed in Crete island that ''Turkey can take all kinds of technical measures to prevent possible threat of these missiles against Turkey.''

    When a journalist asked Premier Ecevit that ''the deployment of S-300 missiles on Crete island has been officially declared,'' Premier Ecevit said that they couldn't have the opportunity to discuss this issue at the governmental level.

    Recalling that Ismail Cem, the Foreign Minister is abroad, Ecevit stated that ''this armament of Greece against Turkey can only damage herself. In fact Turkey does not have her eyes on anybody's territory. Unfortunately Greek politicians present Turkey as a danger and take steps against Turkey. I suppose European Union (EU) countries will evaluate this in a more realist way.''

    Ecevit underlined the fact that Turkey has the power to take all kinds of technical measures regarding the threat of these missiles against herself.

    [18] QUIN, UNDERSECRETARY OF BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE: - ''THE TALKS BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES ON CYPRUS SHOULD RESUME'' - ''THE CYPRUS ISSUE CAN'T BE SOLVED WITH EXTERNAL PRESSURES''

    LEFKOSA, April 23 (A.A) - Joyce Quin, the Undersecretary of the British Foreign Office, said on Friday that the sides on Cyprus should restart talks to find a lasting and fair solution on the island.

    Staging a press conference at the Ladre Palace in the buffer zone following her contacts on Cyprus, Quin said Britain like all other international communities want the talks resume till the end of the year.

    Quin said the aim of her visit to Cyprus was to see and evaluate the possibilities of an agreement based on political equality and unpreconditional solution.

    Stressing that the Cyprus issue can't be solved with external pressures, Quin said the sides should assume a flexible attitude and mutual understanding to reach an agreement.

    Joyce Quin mentioned that Britain expects the initiatives started by the U.N. Secretariat General to be accelerated till the end of the year to reach a fair agreement offering continuity.

    Noting that during her visit to the island, she found the opportunity to hold a meeting with Ann Hercus, the U.N. Secretary General's Deputy Special Representative to Cyprus, Quin said she expressed Britain's support to the U.N. initiatives at the meeting.

    Pointing out that the start of talks on Cyprus won't be easy, but at least, it should be tried, Quin said 1999 is an appropriate year to expend efforts to this end.

    Quin said she wants to discuss the issue with the new Turkish government.

    Quin and Sir David Hannay, the Special representative of Britain to Cyprus, will leave Cyprus later the same day.

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