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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 13, 1995)

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

Turkish News Directory

Subject: TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 13, 1995)


CONTENTS

  • [01] GOVERNMENT PROGRAMME DEBATE TODAY

  • [02] OYMEN HAS CROWDED AGENDA IN WASHINGTON

  • [03] ANKARA POLICE THWART PKK BOMBING CAMPAIGN

  • [04] TURKEY SLAMS SYRIA OVER PKK ESCALATION

  • [05] TURKEY WITHDRAWS TEN AIRCRAFT

  • [06] ANKARA ACCUSES GREECE OF ISSUING THREAT

  • [07] TURKISH-IRANIAN SECURITY MEETINGS END

  • [08] CULTURAL AGREEMENT WITH BELARUS

  • [09] PKK MILITANTS KILLED ON MOUNT ARARAT

  • [10] IBRD TO LEND TURKEY $60 MILLION TO UPGRADE FISCAL SYSTEM

  • [11] TECHNICAL LEVEL CU LOOKS "GOOD"

  • [12] NO POSTPONEMENT SAYS EU

  • [13] TURKISH-RUSSIAN TOURISM COOPERATION

  • [14] ANKARA 72 YEARS AS CAPITAL

  • [15] GREECE EXTENDS OLIVE BRANCH


  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    OCTOBER 13, 1995

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish

    press this morning

    [01] GOVERNMENT PROGRAMME DEBATE TODAY

    The programme of the 51st government will be debated today in Parliament. The minority government set up under the direction of Prime Minister Tansu Ciller has already outlined its programme in a more than forty page long document. Now the party groups will take up the issues starting at midday. Each party group will be allowed fifteen minutes to state its case against the government. /Hurriyet/

    [02] OYMEN HAS CROWDED AGENDA IN WASHINGTON

    US State Department Spokesman Nicholas Burns said that he expected Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Onur Oymen to discuss the following topics during his meetings with US officials in Washington: Bosnia, Conventional Forces in Europe, Turkey's involvement in Central Asia, Operation Provide Comfort and Cyprus. "The US and Turkey have a very strong relationship and the agenda these days is very full" Burns said. /All papers/

    [03] ANKARA POLICE THWART PKK BOMBING CAMPAIGN

    Two members of the PKK terrorist organization -believed to be a bomb squad- were caught by Ankara police anti-terrorism teams. Police officials said that they have been following the bomb squad for four months and that they caught the two members, Zana Mazak and Hasan Ozgenc, in possession of 306 grams of the RDX type of explosive in the militants' house. Officials added that the two were preparing to carry out a bombing campaign in Ankara. It was stated that Mazak joined the PKK in 1992 when he was a student at Diyarbakir's Dicle University in the Southeast and he has so far participated in eight clashes with security forces. Mazak said that he had been trained at the Lavrion camp in Greece. Ozgenc said that he had been active in the PKK in the Netherlands and received a political education in Amsterdam and Denhag. /Sabah/

    [04] TURKEY SLAMS SYRIA OVER PKK ESCALATION

    Concerned with escalating terrorist acitivities in its southern border areas, Turkey has once again warned Syria, and asked Syrian authorities to take the necessary measures, the Foreign Ministry stated yesterday. The statement said that the Syrian Ambassador to Ankara was summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday and the issues of terrorist infiltration and border incidents were brought to the attention of the Damascus government. "The PKK terror organization's Syria- sourced activities are carefully monitored by Turkish public opinion and our government. The strong evidence which indicates that the leaders of the terror organization find shelter in Syria and the territories under its control was several times brought to the attention of Damascus" the statement noted. It added that the incidents such as border violations, also were brought to Syria's attention. "But, it is observed that there has been a certain escalation of these incidents this year. Despite our initiatives these incidents have not decreased" the statement declared. Meanwhile, US State Department Spokesman Nicholas Burns said that Syria had been warned over the PKK issue and pointed out that the Damascus government's support for the PKK was unacceptable. Burns noted that US Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who met with Syrian Foreign Minister Faruk El Sara last week had especially taken up the PKK issue at the meeting. /Hurriyet-Sabah/

    [05] TURKEY WITHDRAWS TEN AIRCRAFT

    Turkey has recalled 10 of its military aircraft, deployed in Italy to support NATO operations to prevent flights by Serb planes in Bosnian airspace, due to the improving situation in war-ridden Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement yesterday. The ministry also said Greece, which in the past had not allowed the Turkish military aircraft to use its airspace on their way to join the NATO force, once again did not give permission to the planes returning home. "We regret this Greek move which inevitably defies the credibility of the UN and NATO (policies on Bosnia) and which undermines solidarity within the NATO alliance" the statement added. After the return of the 10 planes, Turkey now has eight F-16 fighter aircraft left in Italy's Ghedi air base, headquarters of the NATO operation. A 1,500-strong Turkish battalion is also deployed in Zenica in central Bosnia as part of a UN peacekeeping force. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] ANKARA ACCUSES GREECE OF ISSUING THREAT

    UN General Assembly has become a platform in the fighting between Turkey and Greece which accuse each other of posing a threat to peace across the Aegean Sea that divides the two NATO allies. After a statement by Greek Foreign Minister Carolas Papoulias in the General Assembly last week, Turkish Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Tuluy Tanc said it was Greece which threatened Turkey on the Aegean issue, rather than vice versa. Papoulias had accused Turkey of using threats to prevent Greece from extending its territorial waters beyond six miles, which the Greek Minister called "a right that is given to Greece through international agreements". "If Greece extends its territorial waters beyond six miles, it would have 73 % of all Aegean waters" Tanc said. He noted that the issue was more than right of navigation, it also involved issues such as continental shelf and flight information regions. He said that Greece could not use against Turkey an agreement that Turkey had not signed. /Hurriyet/

    [07] TURKISH-IRANIAN SECURITY MEETINGS END

    The 12th ordinary meeting of the Turkish-Iranian Joint Security Committee held between 7-12 October ended in Tehran yesterday. Turkey and Iran agreed to conduct joint operations "against terrorists" along the border between the two countries. Turkish officials, who attended border security talks with the Iranian side in Tehran, said that the two countries had signed an accord to jointly fight terrorism in coordinated operations along the border. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] CULTURAL AGREEMENT WITH BELARUS

    A Cabinet decision, approving an agreement between Turkey and Belarus regarding cooperation in education, science, culture and sports, was published in the Official Gazette yesterday. The aim of the agreement is to develop contacts between television companies, radio stations, educational, cultural and technological organizations. The agreement will be effective for five years.

    [09] PKK MILITANTS KILLED ON MOUNT ARARAT

    Six militants of the PKK terrorist organization were killed during military operations on Mount Ararat in Igdir and Agri provinces in eastern Turkey. Three bazookas, six rockets, three automatic rifles and many illegal documents were confiscated.

    [10] IBRD TO LEND TURKEY $60 MILLION TO UPGRADE FISCAL SYSTEM

    The World Bank (IBRD) and the Turkish government have signed a deal under which the former will lend $60 million to finance the upgrading of the latter's public finance administration, Turkish officials said in the US capital. Aydin Karaoz, head of the foreign economic relations at the Treasury, said the loan will also be used to finance the upgrading of Turkish customs gates to European standards, a move to help ease a proposed customs union with 15 nations of the EU. The World Bank's board last month approved the loan to Turkey. Meanwhile, Treasury Undersecretary Ayfer Yilmaz is scheduled to meet World Bank (IBRD) President James Wolfensohn today. A Turkish delegation of key economic planners has been in Washington to attend the annual meetings of the World Bank and its Bretton Woods twin IMF. It has been proposed at the meeting between US Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs Lawrence Summers and Yilmaz that the Turkish economy will have a closer cooperation with the IBRD for the encouragement of foreign investments and the private sector. Delivering a speech at the annual meetings of the IBRD and IMF, US President Bill Clinton praised Turkey while he was talking about the importance of aid which the International Development Agency (IDA) connected to the IBRD extended to poor countries. Noting that the IDA, which was set up with the initiatives of the former US President Eisenhower, had contributed the world economy for many years, Clinton criticized the Republicans in the Congress for their trend to suspend financial support for the IDA. Clinton said: "Many people in the Congress seem to forget that countries such as Turkey, South Korea, China and Chile, which obtain aid from the IDA have become the most important commercial and strategic partners of the US today". /Milliyet/

    [11] TECHNICAL LEVEL CU LOOKS "GOOD"

    Technical level talks in connection with Turkey's customs union with the member countries of the European Union (EU) will result in a positive "good" for Turkey. According to sources in the EU, the round of technical level conference will end with a report in favour of Turkey's membership in the customs union. Most of the technical level preparations have now been completed-all that is left is the legal and democratic adjustment that Turkey itself must make. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] NO POSTPONEMENT SAYS EU

    Reports from Strasbourg yesterday suggest that European Union (EU) leaders see no reason to delay Turkey's membership in the customs union because of current domestic issues. In reply to a Greek proposal that Turkey's membership should be shelved for the time being, Spanish term president Carlos Westendorp sharply replied that Turkey was a politically important country for the EU. He then added that there was no reason to delay the procedure for admitting Turkey into the customs union. /Cumhuriyet-Sabah/

    [13] TURKISH-RUSSIAN TOURISM COOPERATION

    Turkey and Russia have stepped up cooperation to develop tourism opportunities between their two countries. According to a statement from the Turkish Union of Chambers (TOBB), there will be a seminar on the subject in Antalya on October 17-18. It is expected that a large number of tourism professionals and experts from both countries will attend. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] ANKARA 72 YEARS AS CAPITAL

    Ankara awoke to a gun salute this morning in celebration of 72 years as the nation's capital. During the day, political party leaders will make speeches and there will be a walk in which residents of the capital will participate. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] GREECE EXTENDS OLIVE BRANCH

    Acting on the instructions of Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreu, Greek Ambassador to Ankara Dimitris Nezeritis has approached Foreign Ministry Advisor Inal Batu with the proposal that "peace" talks between Greece and Turkey should be re-opened. For some time now, there has been considerable tension between Turkey and Greece, but there are indications that Greek leader Papandreu has softened his stance against dialogue with Turkey. New dialogue between Turkey and Greece would do much to defuse regional tensions and dissolve many critical issues. /Sabah/

    END

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