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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 10, 1995)

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

Turkish News Directory

Subject: TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 10, 1995)


CONTENTS

  • [01] AZERI OIL CONSORTIUM SETTLES EXPORT ROUTE DISPUTE

  • [02] ESTONIAN FOREIGN MINISTER'S CONTACTS IN ANKARA

  • [03] TURKEY URGES AMSTERDAM TO CURB PKK ACTIVITY ON NETHERLANDS SOIL

  • [04] ANKARA SAYS OPERATION INTO N.IRAQ WAS 'LIMITED'

  • [05] ECO COUNTRIES GATHER FOR COOPERATION IN HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT

  • [06] GAP -ONE OF WORLD'S GREATEST PROJECTS

  • [07] TURKISH POLICEMEN IN BIHAC

  • [08] GOVERNMENT PROGRAMME IN THE TGNA

  • [09] ANKARA ACCUSES GREECE

  • [10] STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER TANSU CILLER


  • WITH THE COMPLIMENT OF

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION

    TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    OCTOBER 10, 1995

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish

    press this morning

    [01] AZERI OIL CONSORTIUM SETTLES EXPORT ROUTE DISPUTE

    An international consortium decided yesterday to use two pipelines to export Azerbaijan's offshore oil to the West. "The consortium decided that there will be two routes (for exporting early Azeri oil) --through Russia and Georgia" Ilham Aliyev, Vice-President of the Azeri State Oil Company SOCAR, told reporters. Aliyev, son of Azeri President Haydar Aliyev, said the oil from three Capsian Sea oilbeds would be pumped through both countries simultaneously. Prime Minister Tansu Ciller described the decision as a step toward a historic development. "The decision (by Azerbaijan and the consortium) is an indication of imminent trade possibilities in our region which can be expressed in terms of billions of dollars" she told reporters in Ankara. "The way for the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline has been opened; this pipeline will carry not only the Azeri oil but also the Kazakh petrol in the future". Ciller said: "I would like to express my gratitude to Presidents Bill Clinton, Haydar Aliyev and Eduard Shevardnadze for their support for the Turkish thesis". Consortium officials said that exactly how the early Azeri oil would be shared between the two pipelines -one from Baku to the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk and the other from the Azeri capital to Georgia's Soupsa port on the Black Sea- would be decided at a later date. They said agreements would be signed with Russia and Georgia in November to finalize the early oil deal. "Adoption of the Georgian route means the establishment of the first system to pump the region's oil to the Western markets without depending on Russian pipelines" Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Omer Akbel told reporters in Ankara. /Milliyet-Hurriyet-Sabah/

    [02] ESTONIAN FOREIGN MINISTER'S CONTACTS IN ANKARA

    Turkey and Estonia yesterday discussed the security risks in their regions posed by Russia's push for changes in the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty, which would allow Russia to deploy more conventional weapons on its flanks. "A modification of the map of the CFE is going on; but we are looking for a solution that would not change the level of conventional arms near our borders" Estonian Foreign Minister Riivo Sinijarv told a news conference after meeting his Turkish counterpart, Coskun Kirca. Thanking Turkey for its support in principle for future NATO membership of Estonia, Sinijarv said: "Whatever steps are taken on NATO's enlargement or regarding the CFE, it should be absolutely clear that there should be no 'grey zones', zones of different security levels in Europe". Both Kirca and Sinijarv said that the positions of their countries were very close to each other in general and even coincided on some points. "We have very good relations with Estonia" Kirca said. "Our ties are unclouded" Sinijarv added. The two countries signed agreements yesterday pledging cooperation on tourism and land transport. Sinijarv also was received by President Suleyman Demirel yesterday.

    [03] TURKEY URGES AMSTERDAM TO CURB PKK ACTIVITY ON NETHERLANDS SOIL

    Turkey has urged the Netherlands to extend its cooperation in the prevention of terrorist activity and drug trafficking by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Dev-Sol, an ultra- left urban terrorist group. Turkish Interior Minister Nahit Mentese, who met with his Dutch counterpart, Hans F.Dijkstaal, yesterday, said that Turkey wanted the finalization of a Security Cooperation Agreement between the two countries. The accord was presented to Amsterdam by Ankara in 1993. "It is impossible for nations to fight alone against organized crimes such as terrorism and against its financial source, drug trafficking" Mentese told Dijkstaal. "The need for international cooperation against such crimes is very clear" he said. Mentese cited the PKK, Dev-Sol and various ultra-rightist groups as the centres of organized crime. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] ANKARA SAYS OPERATION INTO N.IRAQ WAS 'LIMITED'

    Ankara said yesterday that the weekend cross-border operation into northern Iraq was over. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Omer Akbel confirmed that an incursion into northern Iraq had indeed taken place. "The operation to prevent a group of terrorists from infiltrating into Turkish territory to stage attacks against Turkish targets was very limited in scope. As far as I know, it is now over" Akbel said. Akbel denied that any civilians had been killed, wounded or suffered material damage during the operation. /Hurriyet/

    [05] ECO COUNTRIES GATHER FOR COOPERATION IN HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT

    The second meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization's (ECO) Committee for Cooperation in Environment and Health began in Ankara yesterday. At the opening ceremony, Health Minister Dogan Baran said that the ECO had been created by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey in 1985 and has 10 members today, including Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. Baran added that a country cannot develop without a healthy society. The meeting will finish today and a final report on cooperation in environment and health will be prepared.

    [06] GAP -ONE OF WORLD'S GREATEST PROJECTS

    The Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) is one of the greatest agricultural and energy projects in the world. The Conference on Global Super Projects organized every year by the World Development Council will include GAP on the agenda of the conference next year, and will provide detailed information about the project. /Milliyet/

    [07] TURKISH POLICEMEN IN BIHAC

    Turkish and Croatian policemen will assist the 20,000 Bosnian refugees, who have taken shelter in Croatia, to return to their homes in Bosnia. Upon a request by the Bosnian government, Turkey will send 50 or 100 Turkish policemen to Bihac to ensure order and security for the return of the refugees. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] GOVERNMENT PROGRAMME IN THE TGNA

    The Consultative Committee of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) has established the schedule of the new government's programme. Today the programme will be read at the General Council of the Grand National Assembly. According to the Constitution, two days after the presentation of the programme to the Assembly, it will be opened to debates on 13 October. A day after the debates on the programme, a vote of confidence will be held in Parliament on 15 October. /Sabah/

    [09] ANKARA ACCUSES GREECE

    The Turkish Foreign Ministry pointed out that Greece's attempts to pass a special law in education is against the Lausanne Treaty. In a written statetement of the ministry it was said that Greece aimed to integrate minorities with the Greek nation. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER TANSU CILLER

    9.X.1995

    NEWS NOTE

    THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT DAY FOR TURKEY. THE DECISION BY THE AIOC AND THE AZERI GOVERMENT IN FAVOR OF TWO PIPELINES TO THE NORTH AND TO THE WEST TO EXPORT AZERI EARLY OIL WILL ALLOW TURKEY TO PLAY A PROMINENT ROLE IN TRANSPORTING CASPIAN SEA OIL AND IN LINKING THIS IMPORTANT REGION TO THE WEST. NEXT YEAR WE HOPE FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE MAIN EXPORT PIPELINE ACROSS TURKEY TO CEYHAN. THIS WILL PROVIDE A VERY IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO TURKEY'S ECONOMY.

    WE ARE GRATEFUL TO PRESIDENT ALIYEV FOR HIS APPROVAL, TO PRESIDENT SHEVARDNAZE FOR JOINING US IN THIS PROJECT, AND TO OUR PARTNERS IN THE AIOC FOR THEIR CONFIDENCE. PRESIDENT CLINTON AND THE U.S GOVERNMENT HAVE PROVIDED SUSTAINED AND FORCEFUL SUPPORT FOR WHICH I AM DEEPLY APPRECIATIVE.

    THE TURKISH TEAM LED BY PIPELINE COORDINATOR EMRE GVNENSAY HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY AND SKILLFULLY. I AM GRATEFUL TO THEM AND THE MANY OTHERS WHO HELPED OUR EFFORT, FIRST AND FOREMOST TO PRESIDENT DEMIREL.

    THIS DECISION IS AN IMPORTANT BEGINNING, WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING CLOSELY WITH OUR NEIGHBOURS, OUR AIOC PARTNERS, AND RUSSIA IN A COOPERATIVE REGIONAL EFFORT THAT CAN HELP BRING PEACE, STABILITY AND PROSPERITY TO ALL THE PARTICIPATING NATIONS.

    END

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