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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (August 2, 1995)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dimitrios Hristu)
 MEETING OF SUPREME MILITARY COUNCIL
 A FRIENDLY VOICE IN CONGRESS
 FOREIGN INVESTMENT GROWING
 IRAN, TURKEY HOLD SECURITY MEETING
 CULTURE MINISTRY ORGANIZES A CONCERT FOR BOSNIA
 ARSON ATTACKS CONTINUE IN GERMANY
 SWISS NATIONAL DAY CONGRATULATIONS
 INTERNATIONAL NAVAL EXERCISE IN BLACK SEA
 TRAINING TIES TURKS TOGETHER
 ANOTHER FOREIGN CURRENCY RESERVES RECORD
 IDB EXTENDS $1.5 MILLION TO TURKEY
 PKK TERRORIST ORGANIZATION BURNS TURKISH FLAG
 TURKISH TROOPS HELP BOSNIAN CIVILIANS
 PKK ADMITS TIES WITH IRAN
TURKISH PRESS REVIEW
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 2, 1995
Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press
 MEETING OF SUPREME MILITARY COUNCILUnder the chairmanship of Prime Minister Ciller, the Supreme Military Council met yesterday in Ankara. The meeting will continue until August 4 and is being attended by top level military leaders including Chief of General Staff, Ismail Hakki Karadayi, Land Forces Commander Hikmet Bayar, Admiral Vural Beyazit, Air Force Commander Halis Burhan, Gendarmery commanders and other officers responsible for security, equipment, military education and training and Security Council Secretary General Dogan Beyazit, together with Defence Minister Mehmet Golhan.
Among the major issues on the agenda, retirements and promotions are taking first places, followed by assessments of the military- political situation in the region and Turkey. /Cumhuriyet-Milliyet/
 A FRIENDLY VOICE IN CONGRESSRepublican Party representative for Indiana, Dan Burton, has been speaking up on behalf of Turkey, saying that there are misunderstandings about relations between Turkey and its Kurdish population.
Speaking during sessions of the US Congress, Burton said that Ankara deserved more support as Turkey moved towards a more democratic structure. Burton also condemned the PKK terrorism in Turkey and elsewhere. He noted that a number of leading Turkish figures, including former president Turgut Ozal and Deputy Prime Minister Hikmet Cetin have Kurdish origins. Noting these points in Turkey's favour, Burton stressed that military aid to Turkey should not be cut.
Adding that in Iraq, while the Saddam regime tried to exterminate the Kurds, Turkey had opened its doors to victims of Iraqi poisonous gas attacks, Burton drew attention to the fact that Turkey need financial and other support in its fight against Marxist-Leninist PKK terror supported by Syria, Iraq and Iran. /Cumhuriyet-Milliyet/
 FOREIGN INVESTMENT GROWINGFor many years Turkey has been in need of foreign investment to boost the domestic economy. Now the position has changed radically and Turkish businessmen are investing heavily abroad. According to the latest figures, Turkish investment in at least eleven major countries is touching on one billion dollars.
Heading the list of Turkish investment abroad comes Britain with 160 million dollars, then Kazakhstan with 130 million dollars. Third is Germany with 129 million and the US fourth with 98.4 million dollars. /Sabah/
 IRAN, TURKEY HOLD SECURITY MEETINGTurkey and Iran discussed their security concerns at a high- level meeting in Ankara yesterday. Ali Rezak Berati, Iranian Security Forces Chief, and Bekir Aksoy, Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry, jointly chaired the 11th joint security committee meeting, which focused on activities of the PKK terrorist organization along the common Turkish-Iranian border. The Iranian delegation was given a formal reception by Interior Minister Nahit Mentese after the first round of talks. In his speech, the minister said that there was no problem between Turkey and Iran, "but we will remain sensitive against terrorism because these terrorist activities in Turkey are also harmful for Iran" he concluded. Mentese pointed out that there were some infiltrations over the Iranian border, but, he said: "We will discuss this issue with Iranian officials. The Turkish-Iranian border, which was drawn in the Kasr-i Sirin agreement (1639), will remain as the border of peace and friendship". Iranian Security Chief Berati said that his country was among those countries most damaged by terror activities in the last 10 years. He promised that the two countries would work together to end the threat of terrorism, and announced that Iran was ready to share its field experience in combatting terror. "We captured three terrorists in the last couple of days. Iran handed over a number of terrorists to Turkey in the past" he said. The Iranian official is expected to leave Ankara for Tehran on August 4. /Hurriyet-Cumhuriyet/
 CULTURE MINISTRY ORGANIZES A CONCERT FOR BOSNIACulture Minister Ismail Cem said yesterday that a big concert will be organized in Istanbul in October to bring the voice of Bosnia to the world. The minister said that the necessary preparations had been started for the concert, adding that the ministry needed the help of the media, the political parties, and the public to organize the event. "We are organizing this concert for Bosnia-Herzegovina and for the people there. But our main priority is the innocent children in Bosnia who have been the victims of the war" Cem added. He also said that they were planning to call the concert "I cry for Bosnia". Among the famous singers planned to be invited to Turkey for the concert are Paul Simon, Elton John, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Duran Duran, Joan Baez, Neil Young, Ravi Shankar and Stevie Wonder. /Hurriyet/
 ARSON ATTACKS CONTINUE IN GERMANYA Turkish home was firebombed on Monday night in the Bochum province of Germany. After a molotov cocktail was thrown through the window, the family immediately evacuated the house. No serious casualties were reported, but two members of family slightly injured and suffering from smoke inhalation were rushed to hospital. The Bochum Prosecutors Office said an investigation had been launched. /Hurriyet-Sabah/
 SWISS NATIONAL DAY CONGRATULATIONSPresident Suleyman Demirel sent a greetings message to Swiss President Caspar Villiger on the occasion of the National Day of the Swiss Confederation. Demirel's message was reported by his press office as follows: "On behalf of the Turkish nation, I offer my sincere congratulations on the National Day of the Swiss Confederation. I send my best wishes for welfare and happiness to the Swiss people". /All papers/
 INTERNATIONAL NAVAL EXERCISE IN BLACK SEAWarships and submarines from Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Holland and the US will take part in exercises off the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria from August 2 to 9, the Anatolia news agency reported. The exercise, entitled "Briz 95", consist of joint maneuvers, the exercise of sea artillery, anti-aircraft fire and rockets, minesweeping and underwater demolition. The US sixth fleet will be taking part and Turkey will be represented by the "Turgut Reis". Bulgarian President Jelyu Jelev, Prime Minister Jan Videnov and the military attaches of all states that have diplomatic representation in Bulgaria will attend the closing displays on August 9. The warships will leave Bulgarian waters on August 14.
 TRAINING TIES TURKS TOGETHERHikmet Cetin, deputy prime minister and chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), received Murat Jurinov of the Kazakh ministry for education, the Anatolia news agency reported. During the meeting, Cetin said that the most permanent relations between two countries were the ones established by culture and education and that such a relation between Turkey and Kazakhstan would carry their historical unity into the future. Cetin also added that Turkey would support Kazakhstan's recent establishment of the Hoca Ahmet Yesevin University. They also talked about the future of Kazakh students studying in Turkey. /All papers/
 ANOTHER FOREIGN CURRENCY RESERVES RECORDTurkey's ever-increasing foreign currency reserves peaked at $14.7 billion for the first time yesterday, Central Bank (CB) figures showed. This figure is double the amount registered at the beginning of the year. The $1.1 billion that has accumulated in the Turkish Defence Fund is included in the total foreign currency reserves. The CB's foreign currency reserves on December 31, 1994 stood at $7.1 billion. The gold reserves as of Monday night were announced to be $1.44 billion, up from $1.38 billion on April 28. /Milliyet/
 IDB EXTENDS $1.5 MILLION TO TURKEYThe Islamic Development bank (IDB) has allocated $1.5 million in credit to Turkey for the import of plastic products from an IDB member country, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.
 PKK TERRORIST ORGANIZATION BURNS TURKISH FLAGSome 7,000 PKK supporters gathered in Berlin yesterday to mourn the death of a hunger-striker who died last week after fasting for eight days in solidarity with jailed PKK militants in Turkey. At the funeral ceremony where there were pictures of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan and the PKK flag, a Turkish flag was burned. Many PKK supporters shouted slogans such as "Kanther is a terrorist" -a reference to Interior Minister Manfred Kanther, who has banned the PKK in Germany. /Sabah/
 TURKISH TROOPS HELP BOSNIAN CIVILIANSThousands of Bosnians, forced to leave their home and lands are now staying in tent cities set up by Turkish troops in Zenica. Bosnian civilians are also being given medical aid against epidemics. The camp was visited by State Minister Algan Hacaloglu last week. /Hurriyet/
 PKK ADMITS TIES WITH IRANHalil Atac, member of the Presidency Council of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), has admitted that the PKK has good relations with Iran and can easily move in and out of Iran. Atac said that they were not much effected by Turkish military operations in northern Iraq. He added: "The PKK has activities in every region where there are Kurds. That is to say we have activities from Europe to the Middle East. We have also a dialogue with Iran." /Milliyet/