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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 2, 1995)

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

Turkish News Directory

Subject: TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 2, 1995)


CONTENTS

  • [01] STRONG QUAKE HITS CENTRAL TURKEY, DAMAGE REPORTED

  • [02] ASSURANCE FROM ALIYEV ON AZERBAIJANI OIL

  • [03] INONU: GREECE NOT READY FOR CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE

  • [04] ANKARA BELIEVES THAT EU COUNCIL CANNOT POSTPONE CUSTOMS UNION

  • [05] DEMIREL CHARTS COURSE FOR PARLIAMENT, NATION

  • [06] TURKISH EXPORTERS TO EXHIBIT AT JAPAN FAIR

  • [07] US MEDIA PROMOTES TOURISM


  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW


    MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1995


    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press

    this morning.

    [01] STRONG QUAKE HITS CENTRAL TURKEY, DAMAGE REPORTED

    A strong earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale shook central Turkey on Sunday, Anatolian news agency said. It quoted officials of the Seismological Institute of the Bosphorus University as saying the tremor struck at 5:57 pm local time, with the epicentre located between the provinces of Konya and Afyon.

    Turkish state television later said there was "some damage" to buildings in Dinar, in Afyon province, and Civril, in Denizli province. A government minister said he expected the final death toll from a strong earthquake in the southwestern Turkish town of Dinar to be around 100 after at least 24 people were reported dead and more than 100 injured.

    Anatolian news agency said power and telephone lines in Dinar were cut off after the quake hit on Sunday. The Turkish Red Crescent and local authorities in nearby areas sent tents, foodstuffs and other supplies, as well as rescue teams including excavation equipment. The casualties had been taken to hospitals in other towns in Afyon province, to which Dinar belongs, and to others in neighbouring Isparta provinve, it said. Turkish President Suleyman Demirel arrived in Dinar early Monday morning.

    [02] ASSURANCE FROM ALIYEV ON AZERBAIJANI OIL

    Turkey has received an important assurance from Baku on the subject of Azerbaijani oil. During telephone conversations of Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev with President Suleyman Demirel and Prime Minister Tansu Ciller, Aliyev said he would support the Turkish viewpoint on the subject of transporting Azeri oil.

    The US administration had proposed a division of the routing, one to pass through Russia, and the other through Georgia and Turkey. A Turkish delegation is leaving for London today to attend discussions on the matter.

    Should the project materialize, two million tons of Azeri oil will be transported through Georgia and Turkey. In addition, possibilities for transport of Kazakh oil as well will arise. /Milliyet/

    [03] INONU: GREECE NOT READY FOR CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE

    Foreign Minister Erdal Inonu, who had just returned from the United Nations' 50th General Assembly in New York, was speaking to journalists at Ankara's Esenboga airport about the content of his talks with his Greek counterpart Carolas Papoulias. "I have told him that constructive attitude is needed to take up all problems, but he is not ready for this. We are not running away from meetings, but we want serious talks," Inonu added.

    Inonu also said that he had talks with many of his counterparts from European Union (EU) countries during the General Assembly. Inonu said: "There is a tendency in the European Parliament towards postponing the voting on the customs union. This would be counterproductive both for Turkey and the EU. Whichever government comes to power, progress towards the customs union will continue because it is the will of the people".

    Responding to a question on his contacts on the Bosnia issue, Inonu said that Turkey would be interested in the reconstruction of Bosnia after the establishment of peace in the region./All Papers/

    [04] ANKARA BELIEVES THAT EU COUNCIL CANNOT POSTPONE CUSTOMS UNION

    A senior Turkish official has said that the proposed customs union with 15 nations of the Eropean Union (EU), scheduled for January 1, 1996, cannot be postponed by the Association Council meeting on the grounds of political issues.

    Reyhan Atmaca, head of the EU department at the Foreign Trade Undersecretariat, said that the Council could only come up with technical reasons to postpone the customs deal but that Turkey has done enough work to rule this out.

    "Prior to the Association Council meeting, Turkey has successfully completed 85% of the technical harmonization, which is sufficient to achieve the customs union," Atmaca told the semi-official Anatolia news agency. She was reffering to a recent discussion she had with Seger Abou, the European Commission's director general for the Mediterranean. "Mr.Abou told me at a Brussel meeting that Turkey's preparations for customs union harmonization had been sufficient," Atmaca said. She argued, "The customs union cannot be postponed on such grounds as human rights, democracy and the Cyprus dispute. I cannot comment on whether the European Parliament will give the final go-head. This decision is political," she said.

    [05] DEMIREL CHARTS COURSE FOR PARLIAMENT, NATION

    President Suleyman DEmirel, in a speech opening the legislative year in Parliament on Sunday, said Turkey is on course to become a major regional power, but stressed there are problems and offered a series of prescriptions.

    Demirel said separatist terrorism is being encouraged by neighbouring countries and some circles in Europe, but stressed Turkey is about to win the battle against violence. The president also opposed European pressure on Turkey to improve its human rights image and implement democratic reforms, saying "Turkey shall become a part of Europe, not through submission, but will be welcomed with dignity. Everone should register this fact. Those attempting to block Turkey's integration with Europe shall be held responsible before history."/All Papers/

    [06] TURKISH EXPORTERS TO EXHIBIT AT JAPAN FAIR

    A group of Turkish exporters will be displaying their products at a Japanese fair on October 2-4. A Turkish trade mission, chaired by Foreign Trade Undersecretary Nejat Eren, left for Tokyo at the weekend. There are 47 businessmen representing Turkey's 25 prominent foreign trade companies in the Turkish delegation. The Tokyo trip is being organized jointly by Japan's foreign tradepromotion agency JETRO, which has an office in Istanbul and the Istanbul Textile Exporter's.

    [07] US MEDIA PROMOTES TOURISM

    The tourism boom in Turkey has drawn the attention of several US newspapers, the Anatolian news agency reported on Sunday. The weekly travel section of the New York Times devoted four pages to a story featuring Istanbul and giving details about some important sites, including Dolmabahce Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque, and the Ayasofya Museum. A spokesman for the tourism attache in New York said that there has been a tremendous increase in the number of American tourists coming to Turkey this year.

    END

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