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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (August 11, 1995)

From: hristu@arcadia.harvard.edu (Dimitrios Hristu)


CONTENTS

  • [01] CILLER AT A MEETING OF THE ISTANBUL 2001 COMMITTEE

  • [02] TURKEY, BOSNIA SIGN MILITARY COOPERATION ACCORD

  • [03] RUSSIA WANTS TO BOOST INVESTMENTS IN TURKEY

  • [04] COOPERATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN TURKEY AND VENEZUELAAPPROVED

  • [05] FOREIGN PRESS PRAISES TURKISH TOURISM

  • [06] TERRORISTS SPRAY TEK VEHICLE WITH BULLETS

  • [07] 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF ANAFARTALAR VICTORY INCANAKKALE

  • [08] AUTO INDUSTRY OUTPUT UP 8 % IN JANUARY-JULY

  • [09] INDUSTRIAL CAPACITY UTILIZATION AT 81.1 %

  • [10] DR.SADIK AHMET'S FAMILY ARRIVES IN ISTANBUL

  • [11] DEMIREL MEETS UZBEK PRESIDENT IN HOLIDAY RESORT

  • [12] US CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION VISITS ANKARA

  • [13] KURDISH SUMMIT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

  • [14] LIBRARIANS MEET IN ISTANBUL

  • [15] FOREIGN EXCHANGE PEAK

  • [16] CHILDREN FROM BOSNIA COMING TO TURKEY

  • [17] CHP APPEALS FOR END TO BOSNIA TRAGEDY

  • [18] NETHERLANDS ADMITS PKK IS A DANGER FOR TURKEY


  • WITH THE COMPLIMENT OF

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION

    TURKISH PRESS REVIEW


    FRIDAY AUGUST 11, 1995

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

    [01] CILLER AT A MEETING OF THE ISTANBUL 2001 COMMITTEE

    Prime Minister Tansu Ciller chaired a meeting of the Istanbul 2001 Committee yesterday. Flanked by Deputy Prime Minister Hikmet Cetin, Istanbul Governor Hayri Kozakcioglu, State Minister Yildirim Aktuna and Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor R.Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister said the city could serve a a hub for the Islamic world, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Ciller said the authority of country and local governments should be increased, but new regional administrative bodies would have to be established to solve problems beyond the means of local authorities. She said the new administrative bodies would deal with the mushrooming of "gece kondu" slum dwellings, garbage collection and disposal, traffic and transportation, air pollution and protection of drinking water reservoirs. A special law for Istanbul would be passed in the national legislature to help facilitate city governance, she added. The Istanbul 2001 Committee is composed of Ciller, Cetin, several cabinet members, Mayor Erdogan, senior provincial and municipal officials and top state bankers. /Milliyet/

    [02] TURKEY, BOSNIA SIGN MILITARY COOPERATION ACCORD

    Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina signed an agreement yesterday which foresees cooperation in military fields. It was signed by the deputy chief of the Turkish General Staff, Gen.Ahmet Corekci, and Bosnia's visiting acting Defence Minister Muhammed Lemes. The accord envisages cooperation between Turkey and Bosnia in the fields of military training; defence industry infrastructure; military technology; scientific research and development; and military medicine. Turkey has also signed similar agreements with the Balkan states of Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia and Albania. Corekci said at the signing ceremony that Turkey and Bosnia had extraordinarily close ties whose roots go back to the depths of history. "Everyone must be sure that the Turkish nation, which knows the meaning of the fight for independence very well, wholeheartedly backs the struggle of the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina" he said. Lemes said the Bosnian government was grateful for Turkey's support of their country. /Milliyet-Cumhuriyet/

    [03] RUSSIA WANTS TO BOOST INVESTMENTS IN TURKEY

    Russia wants to take part in Turkey's projects to build dams, bridges and tunnels and railway electrification systems, Deputy Foreign Minister Albert Chernishev said yesterday. He told reporters in Moscow that Turkey's investments in his country were worth over $5 billion while Russia's share in Turkish projects was only a small fraction of this figure. "We must balance this situation by boosting our investments in Turkey" he added.

    [04] COOPERATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN TURKEY AND VENEZUELA APPROVED

    A cultural, educational and scientific cooperation agreement between Turkey and Venezuela went into effect after being ratified by the Ministry of Councils. Under the agreement, which was published in the latest issue of the Official Gazette, the two countries will encourage private companies which work in education, science and cultural fields, to cooperate with one another.

    [05] FOREIGN PRESS PRAISES TURKISH TOURISM

    Turkey has emerged as a major international tourism destination this summer, said the foreign press in several recently published articles. Two German dailies said a surge in tourism had occured this season in Turkey. In another article published in one of Belgium's popular travel magazines, Turkey was named the surprise of the summer months. Tourism officials said that 10 % more foreign tourists have so far visited Turkey this year when compared to last year.

    [06] TERRORISTS SPRAY TEK VEHICLE WITH BULLETS

    A Turkish Electric Authority vehicle was sprayed with machine gun fire by terrorists in the Southeastern province of Bingol late Wednesday. Two people were killed and two injured in the vehicle. Two village guards who rushed to assist the vehicle were also killed and one seriously injured during the clash with terrorists. Operations against the terrorist continue.

    A group of terrorists from the PKK terrorist organization on Wednesday set ablaze a ferry used to transport people across the Keban reservoir in eastern Turkey. The terrorists, raiding Kemaliye township in Erzincan province late on Wednesday set the ferry on fire at its moorings before fleeing. The ferry was used to provide transport between Kemaliye and 23 villages around Keban.

    Terrorists, who raided the Hacilar and Derincay villages of Karliova, Bingol, kidnapped 29 people. /Milliyet-Cumhuriyet/

    [07] 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF ANAFARTALAR VICTORY IN CANAKKALE

    The victory at Anafartalar, remembered as a turning point in the Canakkale campaign against a multinational force, was commemorated yesterday on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The ceremony was attended by top officials of the province of Canakkale and members of the public. Messages praising the victory and the martyrs killed in the campaign were sent from, among others, President Suleyman Demirel and Prime Minister Tansu Ciller.

    [08] AUTO INDUSTRY OUTPUT UP 8 % IN JANUARY-JULY

    Between January and July of this year, auto industry output increased by 15 % to 167,244 units compared to the same period last year. According to statistics from the Automotive Industry Association, the production of pickup trucks rose by 83 % and output reached 8,305 units, truck production increased by 48 %, tractors by 46 % and minibuses by 36 % during the first seven months of 1995.

    [09] INDUSTRIAL CAPACITY UTILIZATION AT 81.1 %

    Turkey's manufacturing industry capacity utilization in July of 1995 soared to 81.1 % from the 71 % of the same month last year, State Statistics Institute (DIE) figures revealed yesterday.

    [10] DR.SADIK AHMET'S FAMILY ARRIVES IN ISTANBUL

    The family of Dr.Sadik Ahmet, the former independent deputy from Komotini, Greece, who lost his life in a traffic accident near his hometown recently, arrived in Istanbul yesterday. Ahmet's wife Isik, his daughter Funda and son Levent were brought to Turkey by a special medical airplane sent by the Turkish government. Health Minister Dogan Baran met the aircraft which arrived at 2:50 p.m. Thursday. Isik Ahmet expressed her gratitude for the attention and care the Turks have shown, saying: "This attention shown by the Turkish people keeps us feeling connected". Isik Ahmet told the press at the airport that her husband had dedicated his life to the justified struggle of the Thracian Turks. She said: "This struggle will not end with my husband's death. Others have assumed responsibility to pick up the struggle where he left off. My suspicions regarding the accident continue. We have not received any word as to how the investigation is taking shape". After the Ahmet family were taken to the Kosuyolu Hospital, Minister Baran held a press conference at the Ataturk Airport. He told the press that Funda, whose spleen had been removed, was in stable condition, and that as a result of the good medical care administered at the Komotini Hospital, she was alive today. Xanthi Mufti Mehmet Emin Aga, will also be brought to Turkey to receive medical treatment. /Sabah/

    [11] DEMIREL MEETS UZBEK PRESIDENT IN HOLIDAY RESORT

    President Suleyman Demirel met yesterday with Uzbek President Islam Kerimov at a holiday village near the Mediterranean resort of Kemer where Kerimov is spending his holiday. Hundreds of tourists, mainly foreigners, applauded the Turkish president, accompanied by his wife, Nazmiye Demirel. Demirel and Kerimov reportedly discussed ways to improve Turkish-Uzbek relations in their two-hour meeting. /Sabah/

    [12] US CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION VISITS ANKARA

    Congressman Ike Skelton from Missouri, a Democratic Member of the House Committee on National Security of the US House of Representatives, will lead a Congressional delegation visit to Turkey between August 10-13. He is accompanied by Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz (Democrat-Texas) and Congressman Chet Edwards (Democrat-Texas). The Congressmen will visit Ankara today to meet with Turkish government, military and political leaders to discuss issues of mutual interest. /All papers/

    [13] KURDISH SUMMIT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

    The Kurdish summit being held in a small town not far from Dublin in Ireland, is closed to the press. The summit meeting has been convened to find a way of stopping the 15 month conflict in northern Iraq between Kurdish leaders Mesud Barzani and Celal Talabani.

    After all the effort to set the meeting up, security is tight. Prime mover behind the meeting, US representative Robert Deutsch, hopes that issues involving the future of Erbil and an equal share of customs income can be worked out. Turkey's representative, Ugur Dogan will again stress that Iraq's territorial integrity must be preserved. /Hurriyet/

    [14] LIBRARIANS MEET IN ISTANBUL

    The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) will hold a convention at the Swissotel in Istanbul on August 20-26. Noting that Istanbal was an ideal venue for the meeting, IFLA president, Robert Wedgeworth said yesterday that the delegates would talk about the role of libraries in the future.

    IFLA holds meetings of this size once every four years, in different cities and different countries. Chairman of Turkey's national library, Altinay Sernikli, added that the meeting would add to Turkey's growing prestige. /Hurriyet/

    [15] FOREIGN EXCHANGE PEAK

    The Central Bank (CB) continues to report new peaks in accumulated foreign exchange reserves. At the end of July, reserves stood at 14.6 billion dollars. The CB reports that now the figure peaked to 15 billion dollars during the first week of this month.

    Bank officials note that reserves were given a boost by the sale of Turkish stocks in the Japanese market. Gold reserves have shown a slight decrease from one billion 436 million dollars at the end of July, to one billion 303 million dollars during the first week of August. /Hurriyet/

    [16] CHILDREN FROM BOSNIA COMING TO TURKEY

    Thanks to the efforts of Turkish State Minister responsible for Women and Home Affairs, Aysel Baykal, more of the unfortunate women and children caught up in the Bosnia fighting will be brought to Turkey.

    During a meeting with representatives from women's magazines yesterday, Baykal said that women who had suffered at the hands of violent enemies and orphaned children would be supported at the Cubuk Suleyman Demirel Home. /Milliyet-Cumhuriyet/

    [17] CHP APPEALS FOR END TO BOSNIA TRAGEDY

    Republican People's Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Ertoz Vahit Suicmez has sent letters to all the parties belonging to the Socialist International, and asked them to take urgent steps for bringing an end to the tragedy in Bosnia. In his letter, Suicmez stressed that the human rights accepted after World War II, were being violated in the heart of Europe. He further pointed out that the Serbs had undertaken a cruel campaign of ethnic cleansing and massacres against the innocent Bosnian people. /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] NETHERLANDS ADMITS PKK IS A DANGER FOR TURKEY

    In a report in 1994, the Netherlands Intelligence Service said that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Dev-Sol were serious dangers for Turkey and added: "These two organizations are putting the democratic system in Turkey at risk." The report also noted that as the PKK's activities had been restricted in France and Germany, and that as result supporters of the organization were carrying out their demonstrations in other European countries, the Netherlands government was now obliged to take the neccessary measures to prevent violent protest in Holland. It was also pointed out that PKK had launched bomb attacks in Turket in efforts to damages the Turkish economy. Although the Netherlands Intelligence Service has prepared previous negative reports about the PKK, the government there has let the PKK, which acts against Turkey's domestic security, freely conduct its activities in the Netherlands. Last March, the PKK declared a Kurdish Parliament-in-exile in the Hague and the Dev-Sol organization opened an "Information Office" in Amsterdam. /Hurriyet/

    END

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