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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 3, 1995)

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

Turkish News Directory

Subject: TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 3, 1995)


CONTENTS

  • [01] DINAR QUAKE TOLL MOUNTS

  • [02] ANKARA: POSTPONING CUSTOMS UNION IS SAME AS A NEGATIVE ANSWER

  • [03] US STRENGTHENS CILLER'S HAND IN AZERI OIL, CUSTOMS UNION

  • [04] GREECE-PKK CONNECTION CONFIRMED

  • [05] EUROPE PUTTING ON THE PRESSURE

  • [06] TURKEY DOES NOT WANT RAPID EXPANSION OF NATO

  • [07] THIRD CONVENTION OF TURKIC STATES CONCLUDES IN CESME

  • [08] UNITED STATES WARNS SYRIA OVER KURDISH MILITANTS

  • [09] SEAWOLF-2/95 NAVAL EXERCISES START IN AEGEAN AND MARMARA

  • [10] TURKEY READY FOR CULTURAL COOPERATION WITH GREECE

  • [11] FORMER FM MEETS SADDAM HUSSEIN

  • [12] FIVE MILITANTS KILLED IN SOUTHEAST

  • [13] "WORLD HABITAT DAY" CELEBRATED

  • [14] BRUSSELS CONFERENCE ON PRIVATIZATION

  • [15] TURCO-MACEDONIAN FRIENDSHIP EVENING

  • [16] TURKISH TEXTILE EXPORTERS IN JAPAN


  • WITH THE COMPLIMENT OF

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION

    TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    OCTOBER 3, 1995

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press

    this morning.

    [01] DINAR QUAKE TOLL MOUNTS

    At least 57 people have lost their lives and about 250 have been in the earthquake which devestated the southwestern Turkish town of Dinar Sunday night after a week of earlier tremors.

    At least 57 people lost their lives and about 250 were injured in the earthquake which devastated the southwestern Turkish town of Dinar Sunday night after a week of earlier tremors.

    Officials said there were still people believed buried under the ruins and rescue workers, assisted by troops and a special survivors. The death toll may eventually rise to 100, officials Besides Switzerland, Germany dispatched a seven-member team of rescue specialits to Dinar. Greece also said it was sending 30 rescue workers,doctors and seismologists to the disaster site.

    President Suleyman Demirel, who visited the stricken town along with government ministers and ranking officials, had to listen to the lamentations of the survivors about gross neglect on the part of local officials and pledged that the town will be completely rebuilt shortly using every means available to the state.

    Prime Minister Tansu Ciller, interrupting her efforts to set up a minority government, also visited the town to soothe the people and promise rapid relief./All Papers/

    [02] ANKARA: POSTPONING CUSTOMS UNION IS SAME AS A NEGATIVE ANSWER

    Turkey reiterated on Monday that it would not consent to the customs union ratification being postponed as rumors mounted to that effect.

    "Postponing the ratification of the customs union will have the same effect as a negative answer," Foreign Minister deputy spokesman Nurettin Nurkan told journalists in a press conference. He said, stressing that the establishment of the customs union between Turkey and the European Union (EU), without any dealy, was a "contractual obligation."

    Nurkan, however, refrained from comment when asked about what policy Turkey might follow in the event that the European Parliament postponed the vote or voted negatively. "We hope that the European Parliament will make a positive decision," Nurkan said./All Papers/

    [03] US STRENGTHENS CILLER'S HAND IN AZERI OIL, CUSTOMS UNION

    The US Administration, perhaps parallel to its recent and substantial foreign policy gains in the West Bank and Bosnia, recently felt the need to re-emphasize its long-standing support for Prime Minister Ciller and a multiple-pipeline solution for Azeri early oil which incorporates the "Georgian option" designed by Ciller's senior advisor Professor Emre Gonensay, without, however, totally alienating the Russians.

    The White House expressed its support last week by saying, "Ciller has been a good friend of the United States. We have good relations with the Turkish government. We hope our excellent relations continue."/All Papers/

    [04] GREECE-PKK CONNECTION CONFIRMED

    According to Foreign Ministry advisor Onur Oymen, is firm evidence of strong ties between the PKK terrorist organization and Greece. One of the points mentioned over the weekend by Oymen was that Greek parliamentarian Siguridis was recently given an award by PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.

    Interestingly, other sources have also confirmed that there is a connection between the PKK and Greece. The "Defence and Diplomacy" magazine that is circulated in Greece referred to the connection in its September issue. Bringing everything together, Oymen added that many of the problems in the Aegean region stemmed from outside sources. Oymen again stressed that Turkey still wanted "real dialogue" with Greece. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] EUROPE PUTTING ON THE PRESSURE

    Turkey is coming under pressure from the European Union (EU) from all sides. Both the EU and EU parliament want Turkey to make more changes in the current reforms, and to be more "flexible" in some areas of change.

    Diplomatic sources note the contacts between Ankara and the EU, especially as the days grow shorter in connection with a final decision on Turkey's membership in the EU customs union.

    Supporters of Turkey among the EU member countries have again said that they will do all they can to promote Turkey's membership. /Milliyet/

    [06] TURKEY DOES NOT WANT RAPID EXPANSION OF NATO

    Turkey said on Monday that it was not against a planned expansion of NATO that would include east European states in the Western allience, but was concerned that this process should be carried our carefully and gradually.

    "We are in favor of NATO's expansion in principle, but this should be done very carefully and on a step-by-step basis," Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman, Nurettin Nurkan, told reporters./All Papers/

    [07] THIRD CONVENTION OF TURKIC STATES CONCLUDES IN CESME

    The third "Turkic States and Communities' Friendship, Brotherhood and Cooperation Convention", which has lasted for three days in Izmir's touristic resort of Cesme, ended on Monday with the release of a final declaration.

    In the final declaration, the participants said that they were all loyal to international legislative and human rights conventions and that they adopted them as their main principles. Noting that all the Turkic states and communities were equal and that they respected each other's independence, the declaration emphasised: "We intend to cooperate in every area of life and futher develop our relations."

    Underlining that this cooperation among Turkic states should not be damaged by any third country and that such a move would be seen as interference in the domestic affairs of an independent country, it added: "However, we consider it a humanistic approach if the member countries of the Coomonwealth of Independent States (CIS) would like to provide us with assistance."

    The declaration pointed out that they would act in cooperation against all terrorist activities, particularly the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), all of which are a major threat to the Turkic world./All Papers/

    [08] UNITED STATES WARNS SYRIA OVER KURDISH MILITANTS

    The United States has warned Syria on the issue of its support for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a high ranking US official said.

    Robert Pelletrau, assistant Secretary of State in Charge of Near East Affairs, said that the tension between Syria and Turkey was the cause of potential instability in the region, the Anatolian news agency reported on Monday. "There are some difficulties in Turkey's relations with Syria. We are drawing Syria's attention to the PKK issue. This situation is a source of concern for us. It is also another reason for us to improve our relations with Damascus. Dialogue will help us to to solve these sort of problems," he concluded.

    [09] SEAWOLF-2/95 NAVAL EXERCISES START IN AEGEAN AND MARMARA

    The Turkish Naval Forces launched their scheduled "Seawolf-2/95" exercises on Monday.

    Troops and ships taking part left their respective main bases and ports in Mugla, Kocaeli, and Istanbul for the Marmara Sea and Aegean, where the exercise is taking place in international waters and airspace.

    The exercise will end on October 11 with the return of troops and ships to main bases and ports./All Papers/

    [10] TURKEY READY FOR CULTURAL COOPERATION WITH GREECE

    Turkey is ready to resume talks on cultural cooperation with Greece, which Athens broke off last summer over tensions concerning territorial waters, Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman Nurettin Nurkan said. Speaking after a meeting between the Greek and Turkish foreign ministers in New York, Nurkan repeated that Ankara wanted to have a "constructive dialogue" with Greece. /All Papers/

    [11] FORMER FM MEETS SADDAM HUSSEIN

    Mumtaz Soysal, a Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy and former minister of foreign affairs, met with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. "The talks centered mainly on bilateral relations,"the Iraqi state agency INA reported.

    [12] FIVE MILITANTS KILLED IN SOUTHEAST

    Turkish security forces have killed five Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) militants and captured another 14 in separate clashes in the Southeast, according to a statement released on Monday by government officials from the region. During operations in Hakkari, Siirt and Bingol, security forces also seized arms and grenades, officials said on Monday. In an operation in Adana, 10 PKK rebels were captured, including one who allegedly took part in the 1993 PKK ambush on the Elaz}g-Bingol highway in which 33 soldiers were killed./All Papers/

    [13] "WORLD HABITAT DAY" CELEBRATED

    President Suleyman Demirel issued a message on the occasion of "World Habitat Day", the Anatolia news agency reported on Monday. Demirel said in his message that Turkey was becoming urbanized and although there are some problems with housing these could be solved by Turkey's highly-developed construction sector.

    [14] BRUSSELS CONFERENCE ON PRIVATIZATION

    A conference on the privatization initiated in Turkey starts today in Brussels under the theme "Two days for catching a historical investment opportunity". During the conference, the 18 most important State Economic Enterprises in Turkey will be discussed. Investors interested in the enterprises to be privatized include Turkish and foreign companies such as Shell, Siemens, Pirelli, RP Morgan Banking, as well as the Koc, Sabanci and Eczacibasi groups. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] TURCO-MACEDONIAN FRIENDSHIP EVENING

    The Association for Turco-Macedonian friendship and the Macedonian Embassy in Ankara jointly organized a "friendship evening". In a speech during the evening, Macedonian Ambassador Tirayan Petrovski drew attention to the fact that Ataturk, the founder of modern and secular Turkey, got his military education in the Manastir province of Macedonia. He said that for the promotion of Ataturk and his ideas all over the world, "Ataturk days" should be held in Manastir. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] TURKISH TEXTILE EXPORTERS IN JAPAN

    Turkish exporters have initiated steps for grabbing a share in the huge Japanese market. Within this framework, a "Turkish Week", jointly organized by the Istanbul Union of Textile Exporters and the Japanese Institution for Foreign Trade, is being held in Tokyo. /Cumhuriyet/

    END

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