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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 11, 1995)

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

Turkish News Directory

Subject: TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 11, 1995)


CONTENTS

  • [01] MINORITY GOVERNMENT TARGETS

  • [02] REJOICING OVER PIPELINE DECISION

  • [03] RUSSIA TURKEY'S BIG NEW MARKET

  • [04] CILLER: "TERRORISM IS CRUSHED"

  • [05] MENZIR IN RUSSIAN FEDERATION

  • [06] TWELVE PKK MILITANTS KILLED, ONE CAPTURED IN SOUTHEAST

  • [07] SAUDI ARABIA SENDS TENTS, FOOD TO DINAR VICTIMS

  • [08] TURKISH AUTO INDUSTRY EXPORTS RISE 58 %


  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    OCTOBER 11, 1995

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish

    press this morning

    [01] MINORITY GOVERNMENT TARGETS

    Head of the new minority government Tansu Ciller laid out the details of the new government's targets yesterday. Although the list of targets took up most of a 46 page programme, the main issues can be boiled down to five main points: a new look at the election laws in line with European Union (EU) requirements, democratization, revision of article eight in the constitution, privatization and stern measures against corruption. The minority government, hoping to secure a vote of confidence on Sunday has also promised an end to the current labour strike. Both sides however are taking a tough line and refuse to come to terms. Ciller also said that customs union with the EU was essential and that this was yet another prime target of the minority government. Despite noticeable coolness from the opposition parties, Ciller's own True Path Party (DYP) has voted in favour of the programme, and given Ciller its own vote of confidence. Ciller has described her success in her own party as a "political success." /All papers/

    [02] REJOICING OVER PIPELINE DECISION

    Its backslapping all round following the decison of the international consortium dealing with Azeri petrol reserves to involve Turkey in pipeline distribution projects. Despite past friction with Azeri President Haydar Aliyev, now all is forgiven and forgotten as Prime Minister Ciller thanks all those who have helped Turkey win a substantial share in the distribution of Azeri early oil -this in the face of heavy competition from the Russian Federation. Government representatives see the result as a vindication of Turkish policy and as support for Turkey's increasingly vital position in the region. /All papers/

    [03] RUSSIA TURKEY'S BIG NEW MARKET

    According to a new Black Sea Coastline Cooperation Protocol, officials view Russia and the Russian Federation countries as a "whole new open market for Turkey" just waiting to be developed. Both Turkey and Russia share Black Sea shorelines, and Turkish officials said yesterday that Turkey wanted to build new markets based on this area of shared opportunity. At the moment there was an imbalance of trade between the two countries said officials, but new developments would adjust the differences. The potential of the situation was discussed yesterday at a meeting in the Black Sea town of Trabzon. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] CILLER: "TERRORISM IS CRUSHED"

    Prime Minister Tansu Ciller, in an interview she gave to Leaders magazine, said: "One of the great victories Turkish society has achieved over the last 20 years is that the terrorist challenge has been crushed. Compare Istanbul and Ankara today with 15, 16 or even five years ago, and you will see that terrorism is disappearing. Even in southeastern Turkey, where we face an especially brutal and ruthless movement, the terrorists have largely lost their grip and their power is waning steadily. But, unfortunately, terrorism is one of the realities of modern life". Also commenting on the advantages she enjoys as a female prime minister, she said: "As a housewife and a mother myself, there are things I understand about ordinary people and their needs and aspirations that I think male politicians are less aware of. I reached this position on my own merits and that's the way things are now that I am prime minister. There are probably many people in Turkey, particularly women, who find having a woman prime minister a refreshing change".

    [05] MENZIR IN RUSSIAN FEDERATION

    Necdet Menzir, the Istanbul police chief, flew to the Russian Federation yesterday. Speaking at a press conference at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Menzir said that he would meet with Russian Federation police officials in Krasnodar. Menzir will return on Friday.

    [06] TWELVE PKK MILITANTS KILLED, ONE CAPTURED IN SOUTHEAST

    Twelve male militants of the PKK terrorist organization were killed and a female militant was captured injured during military operations in the Southeast. Officials from the Diyarbakir-based emergency rule region said that six PKK militants were killed in Diyarbakir's Silvan and Lice districts, three in Batman's Sason district, two in Sirnak's Guclukonak district and one in Mus Haskoy district, and a Syrian woman militant was captured injured in Sirnak's Idil district. A temporary village guard was killed in action and another village guard was injured during clashes. Meanwhile, some PKK terrorists who raided Van-Catak district's Sirmali Village yesterday night, massacred one mother and a 4 month old-baby. Three people including one village guard were injured in the attack. /Hurriyet/

    [07] SAUDI ARABIA SENDS TENTS, FOOD TO DINAR VICTIMS

    The Saudi Arabian government is sending two planes full of tents and food to the victims of the Dinar earthquake which left at least 72 dead last week. According to Saudi Arabian Embassy officials in Ankara, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia ordered the sending of aid to alleviate the pain of the victims of the earthquake. The planes will arrive in Ankara today, and the equipment will be sent on to Afyon's Dinar district, about 300 kilometres southwest of Ankara.

    [08] TURKISH AUTO INDUSTRY EXPORTS RISE 58 %

    Turkey's total automotive industry exports climbed by a significant 58 % in the first nine months of the year, compared with the corresponding period of 1994, industrial sources revealed yesterday. Turkey's auto industry exports were $750.2 million for all of 1994. The largest receipts from foreign sales this year came from the component industries, whose exports were $340.3 million. The tire industry earned revenues of $171.8 million while battery exports reached $16.4 million in the above mentioned period. In the main industry, car sales brought in revenues worth $171.2 million, up 187 % from only $59.6 million in the first nine months of 1994.

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