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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 4, 1995)

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

Turkish News Directory

Subject: TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 4, 1995)


CONTENTS

  • [01] PETROL PROJECT LOOKING BETTER

  • [02] EU PRESSING FOR CUSTOMS UNION

  • [03] DENKTAS REJECTS PLAN

  • [04] INDIA WANTS STRONG TIES WITH TURKEY

  • [05] MORE AID TO DINAR QUAKE VICTIMS

  • [06] AMBASSADOR KANDEMIR WARNS CONGRESS AGAINST PELL AMENDMENT

  • [07] FIRST ARMENIAN PLANE LANDS IN ISTANBUL

  • [08] ANKARA TELLS EUROPE: TO INVEST IN TURKEY IS TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE

  • [09] TURKISH, EUROPEAN TRADE MISSIONS RELEASE JOINT DECLARATION TO SUPPORT CUSTOMS UNION


  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW


    WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 4, 1995


    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press

    this morning

    [01] PETROL PROJECT LOOKING BETTER

    The Azeri early petrol consortium will meet in London today to make a final decision on the route of the overland pipeline project to carry the petrol to port facilities in Turkey and Russia.

    Although Turkey wanted a major share in the project, the consortium seems set on including a Russian proposal that take the petrol to a Black Sea port. On the other hand, Turkey is happy that final decisions will include Turkey, especially as even this was doubtful a few weeks back. Turkish officials are agreed that in the long-term, the dual system will still work out in Turkey's favour. /All papers/

    [02] EU PRESSING FOR CUSTOMS UNION

    The European Union (EU) member countries are exerting every effort to get Turkey signed into the EU customs union at the end of the year. Although there are still some snags, the EU has made it known that it wants Turkey in the customs union.

    There are conditions however. The most problematical issue from Turkey's standpoint is the revision of the 8th article of the constitution, which still remains a point of contention between Turkey and the EU-which has already recommended that Turkey should be more flexible in connection with provisions of the article.

    Reports from Brussels nevertheless tend to be optimistic, with the general outlook very much in Turkey's favour. The Europeans have boosted Turkey's morale with talks that indicate a lot of support for Turkey, despite the current domestic political problems. Turkey too, seems to be trying to reinforce its image of developing democratization. The European Commission, in line with developments in Europe and Turkey, has announced that it wants to see an end to "stop and go" policies where Turkey is concerned. /All papers/

    [03] DENKTAS REJECTS PLAN

    Rauf Denktas, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), has rejected a USc draft regarding a solution to the Cyprus issue.

    Answering questions from journalists in Famagusta, Denktas said: "Richard Boucher, US Ambassador to Nicosia, wanted to give me a report on 14 September. But I refused to take it because he said that the report included membership in the European Union (EU) before a solution current issue."

    Pointing out that within the framework of an agenda, decided by UN General Secretary Butros Ghali on October 1994, security building measures should first be discussed and then the essence of the Cyprus issue must be debated, Denktas added: "First of all Turkish Cypriots' status will have to be decided and after that the EU issue will be debated. Thus, we cannot accept a report including EU membership."

    On the other hand, a former Cyprus envoy tothe UN, Hugo Gobbi, maintained that a solution to the Cyprus question exists if the north and the south of the island agree to coexist within a system of cooperation, even while maintaining their differences. Gobbi told a press conference at Bilkent University in Ankara that he was in favour also of a Turkish Cypriot state and a Greek Cypriot state. He mentioned that a single, undivided Cyprus would run an enormous risk of ethnic tension. /Hurriyet/Cumhuriyet/

    [04] INDIA WANTS STRONG TIES WITH TURKEY

    Indian Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, pointing to historical and cultural similarities between India and Turkey, said that this fact underlines "the necessary groundwork for diversifying and strengthening relations between the two countries."

    Rao indicated that this was especially important at a time when both countries were building beneficial political and economic links with countries around the world./All Papers/

    [05] MORE AID TO DINAR QUAKE VICTIMS

    The number of victims in Dinar, a township near Afyon in Turkey, hit by a major earthquake at the weekend, has risen to at least 73 dead and over 200 injured as Turkish and foreign rescue teams sifted through the debris on Tuesday with fading hopes of finding survivors. Besides Swiss and German rescue specialists, Greece sent more doctors and ambulance yesterday. Shocked survivors have had to spend more time in fear as another aftershock rocked the half-destroyed town 370 kilometers southwest of Ankara where some 4,000 houses have been destroyed./All Papers/

    [06] AMBASSADOR KANDEMIR WARNS CONGRESS AGAINST PELL AMENDMENT

    Turkey's Ambassador to the United States, Nuzhet Kandemir, sent a letter on Monday to the conference committee that will soon meet to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the Foreign Assistances Appropriations bill. Ambassador Kandemir drew the attention of the committee members to the fact that an amendment introduced by Sen. Claiborne Pell might have adverse effects on Turkish-US relations.

    In his amendment, Pell required Turkey to allocate "not less than $5 million" of the US aid to help promote human rights for Kurds in the Southeast through non-governmental organizations (NGSs).

    Kandemir said in his letter that if the NGOs are allowed to operate within Turkey without the knowledge of the Turkish government, there could be political drawbacks from the point of view of international human rights laws in general, and the Geneva Convention on human rights, in particular.

    A senior State Department official echoed sentiments expressed in Kandemir's letter to the conference committee. The senior official, talking to a small group of Turkish and Greek journalists, said the Pell amendment was uncalled for especially when Turkey was doing its best to cope with human rights violations./All Papers/

    [07] FIRST ARMENIAN PLANE LANDS IN ISTANBUL

    For the first time ever an Armenian Airlines passenger plane has landed in Istanbul. The Armenian Airlines Tupolev 134 landed on Monday after Turkey announced the opening of the air corridor between the two countries, the Anatolia news agency reported. Being the first Armenian national carrier flight to land on Turkish soil, the five crew members and 21 passengers were greeted with flowers at the airport.

    [08] ANKARA TELLS EUROPE: TO INVEST IN TURKEY IS TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE

    At a crowdy conference in the European capital of Brussels, senior Turkish bureaucrats displayed their packed privatization list.

    "To invest in Turkey is to invest in the future," said Turkey's top privatization official, Ufuk Soylemez. He tols a group of businessmen and bankers in Brussels, where a Turkish mission is promoting 18 state firms on the sell-off list, "Turkey is an interesting and highly-attractive area for the rational foreign investor."

    Speaking at the same gathering, Treasury Undersecretary Ayfer Yilmaz said that Turkey was a "key country" to invest in, given the fact that the largest privatization operations would be arranged in the next five years./All Papers/

    [09] TURKISH, EUROPEAN TRADE MISSIONS RELEASE JOINT DECLARATION TO SUPPORT CUSTOMS UNION

    An Istanbul-based investors' club and a group of European trade missions based in Turkey have released a joint declaration to call for further support for Turkey's proposed customs union with 15 nations of the European Union, scheduled for January 1, 1996.

    "We are hereby repeating our determination to make every necessary move in Europe to clear the way for the completion of the customs union," the declaration concluded.

    The signatories were: the Foreign Capital Coordination Association (YASED), the Association for Turkish Businessmen and Industrialists in Europe (ATIAD), the British Trade Office, the Italian Foreign Trade Office, the Program for Turkish-German Economic Cooperation, the Spanish Trade Office, the German Chamber of Trade and Industry, the Turco-French Trade Association, the Turco-French Investment and Cooperation Promotion Organization, the Italian Trade Office, and the Swedish Trade Center./All Papers/

    END

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