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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 5, 1995)

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

Turkish News Directory

Subject: TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 5, 1995)


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY SHARING IN PETROL PIPE DEAL

  • [02] DEMIREL: PEACE IS ONLY ALTERNATIVE

  • [03] FOREIGN AID TO DINAR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS MOUNTS

  • [04] ANKARA TO PROVIDE HOUSING FOR BOSNIA

  • [05] IRAN TO BRIEF TURKEY ON MEETINGS WITH N.IRAQI KURDISH LEADERS

  • [06] TURKEY APPEALS TO UN TO STOP PKK USING ATRUS CAMP

  • [07] ANKARA RAPS OSLO SEMINAR'S FINAL DECLARATION ON KURDISH ISSUE

  • [08] CZECH AND TURKISH DEPUTIES TO ESTABLISH CLOSER TIES

  • [09] TURKISH EXPORT GROWTH FOURTH HIGHEST IN WORLD

  • [10] ANKARA DENIES NEW CYPRUS PLAN

  • [11] MEETING HELD ON WOMEN IN AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

  • [12] DAY OF THE SEA MEETING IN ANTALYA


  • WITH THE COMPLIMENT OF

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION

    TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    OCTOBER 5, 1995

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press

    this morning.

    [01] TURKEY SHARING IN PETROL PIPE DEAL

    The good news is that after all the hopes and disappointments, Turkey will in fact share in the Azeri early petrol pipeline project. Turkey will share overland petrol pipeline transportation with the Russians who will use an alternative route. Although at one time it looked as though Turkey would be excluded from the project, the Azeri petrol consortium which met in London yesterday has decided to involve Turkey in the pipeline transportation of Azeri early petrol to world markets through port facilities in Turkey.

    Although official announcement will be made in Baku later this month, details are already being sorted out. Representatives at the meeting of the international consortium noted yesterday that last minute initiatives from Ankara and Washington helped to sway the decision in Turkey's favour. Turkey's pipeline proposal takes a route through Georgia and ends up at the Ceyhan Mediterranean port facility. Prime Minister designate Ciller has also exerted every means possible to ensure that Turkey got a share of the pipeline pie. /All papers/

    [02] DEMIREL: PEACE IS ONLY ALTERNATIVE

    Fifty specialists and men of religion from 50 countries have gathered in Istanbul for the Istanbul Conference of Tolerance that started yesterday in the Sabanci Center. The conference, jointly organized by the UNESCO Turkish National Commission and Galatasaray University, is the last international event in the series of undertakings held within the framework of the "Year of Tolerance". In a speech at the opening of the conference, President Suleyman Demirel said that peace was the only alternative for mankind and stressed that everybody had to undertake steps for establishing peace all over the world. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] FOREIGN AID TO DINAR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS MOUNTS

    Foreign countries and international organizations have rushed to help the Dinar earthquake victims, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

    So far, Foreign Ministry spokesman Omer Akbel said, Switzerland has sent seven search and rescue experts and three specially trained dogs. They have also indicated that an 80-man and 15-dog team is on call if Turkey asks for more aid. Germany has sent a fully-equipped team of six rescuers. Greece, whose Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou was one of the first leaders to send a condolence message to Ankara, sent a seven-member health team, an ambulance and a 22-man rescue team. Japan, which experienced a major earthquake earlier this year, has offered to send 400 tents to the region. The International Federation of Red Crescent and Red Cross is about to send 400 tents to the region. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has given 1,500 tents and the UN Department for Humanitarian Affairs is about to transport 177 more tents, the cost of which has been shouldered by Italy, to the region./All Papers/

    [04] ANKARA TO PROVIDE HOUSING FOR BOSNIA

    Turkey, which has previously expressed a desire to help with the reconstruction of Bosnia-Herzegovina, will provide 350 houses for the Bosnians.

    Ankara will send food and medicine to Bosnia. Further details of the aid will be ironed out at a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Assistance Mobilization group, a group of senior officials that aims to coordinate the OIC military, economic, legal, and humanitarian aid to Bosnia, and which will meet in Istanbul tomorrow./All Papers/

    [05] IRAN TO BRIEF TURKEY ON MEETINGS WITH N.IRAQI KURDISH LEADERS

    Iran will brief Turkey on its meetings with the leaders of the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurds (PUK) in Tehran through its ambassador in Ankara. The Iranian Ambassador to Turkey, Ali Riza Bagheri, has asked for a meeting with the Foreign Ministry, which is expected to take place in the near future./All Papers/

    [06] TURKEY APPEALS TO UN TO STOP PKK USING ATRUS CAMP

    Ankara has appealed to the United Nations to prevent its refugee camp in Atrus, northern Iraq, being used as a base for terrorist activity. Foreign Ministry spokesman Omer Akbel said in a press conference Wednesday that the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) searched the camp on September 13 and found arms and equipment, as well as a group of terrorists in the camp, which was first established by a UN body.

    "There is clear evidence that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is using the Atrus camp," Akbel said. He added: "What we want is to make sure that the PKK is unable to use this camp as a base. Whether they move the base or impose tighter controls is left up to discretion of the United Nations, which is the relevant authority there," Akbel said./All Papers/

    [07] ANKARA RAPS OSLO SEMINAR'S FINAL DECLARATION ON KURDISH ISSUE

    Ankara, which has previously expressed its displeasure over a seminar on the Kurdish issue in Oslo, declared that the final document produced at that meeting was "contradictory to law and practices on human rights."

    Diplomatic sources said they had serious doubts about the aims in organizing such a conference, particularly after a message from Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), was read out during the seminar. Ankara spoke a week ago of Turkish displeasure over the seminar, organized jointly by the Norwegian Human Rights Institute and the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, but said it was not considering any sanctions or measures against Oslo.

    Although the seminar criticized PKK terrorism during its sittings, Ankara felt uneasy over the fact that the PKK is a terrorist organization with no right of self-defence was omitted in the final declaration.

    Diplomatic circles said that Turkey was faced with "indirect aggression" from some of its neighbours who, for their own national interests, were supporting the PKK, but this was not metioned at all during the Oslo conference./All Papers/

    [08] CZECH AND TURKISH DEPUTIES TO ESTABLISH CLOSER TIES

    A delegation of six Czech deputies completed a visit to Turkey on Wednesday having reached an agreement with their Turkish counterparts on the establishment of a joint parliamentarian group between the Czech Republic and Turkey. The deputies visited Turkey as guests of the Turkish Parliament Foreign Relations Commission. Issues raised during discussions between the Czech deputies and their Turkish counterparts included the Czech Republic'c membership in NATO, relations with Russian in the post Cold war period, Mediterranean and Middle East matters as well as Turkey joining the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA). The Czech parliamentarians asked Turkey to support their country's bid to join NATO, and this was welcomed by the Turkish side.

    The Czech delegation was also received by Foreign Minister Erdal Inonu during its four-day visit to Turkey. Bilateral relations between the two countries are expected to develop at the parliamentarian level while both countries agree that trade relations should be the primary field for closer cooperation since there are no political problems between Turkey and the Czech Republic.

    A delegation of Turkish deputies will be visiting Prague for further talks between the two countries' deputies./All Papers/

    [09] TURKISH EXPORT GROWTH FOURTH HIGHEST IN WORLD

    Turkey posted the world's fourth highest export growth rate this year, following South Korea, Mexico and Spain, the state-run Korea Trade Promotion Corporation (Kotra) said Wednesday. A Kotra survey of the 54 largest exporting countries showed that Turkey recorded 29.5% export growth in the first six months of the year, following South Korea with 33.4%, Mexico with 32.8% and Spain with 30.9%./All Papers/

    [10] ANKARA DENIES NEW CYPRUS PLAN

    The Foreign Ministry denied Wednesday having any information about a U.S. plan for a settlement in Cyprus. Foreign Ministry spokesman Omer Akbel said that although it was known that the United States was trying to find "common ground" for resumption of dialogue between the parties, no plan nor proposal had come to Ankara./All Papers/

    [11] MEETING HELD ON WOMEN IN AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

    "Women in Agriculture in the Near East: A Regional Operation Plan (1996-2000) Information Meeting," organized by Ankara University and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has started in Ankara, the Anatolian news agency reported on Wednesday./All Papers/

    [12] DAY OF THE SEA MEETING IN ANTALYA

    NATO and the Western European Union (WEU) will hold a "Day of the Sea" meeting on October 13, in Antalya. In a press conference yesterday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Omer Akbel said that during the meeting, the characteristics of NATO and WEU naval forces would be discussed. /Cumhuriyet/

    END

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