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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 16, 195)

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

Turkish News Directory

Subject: TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 16, 195)


CONTENTS

  • [01] PARLIAMENT REFUSES TO GIVE CONFIDENCE VOTE

  • [02] NEW SPEAKER NEEDED

  • [03] DEMIREL'S US TOUR POSTPONED

  • [04] OYMEN POINTS TO ACTIVIST AGENDA IN US-TURKISH RELATIONS

  • [05] FAO MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

  • [06] PKK SUFFERS HEAVY BLOW IN GERMANY

  • [07] PKK UNDER PRESSURE

  • [08] CALL TO FREE TURKISH JOURNALISTS

  • [09] FOREIGN TRADE FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED

  • [10] BRITISH TRADE MISSION TO VISIT TURKEY

  • [11] GERMAN DELEGATION TO VISIT TURKEY

  • [12] TURKEY RANKS 27TH IN TOTAL WEALTH

  • [13] ANTALYA RECORDS 69 % INCREASE IN TOURISM


  • WITH THE COMPLIMENT OF

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION

    TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    OCTOBER 16, 1995

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish

    press this morning

    [01] PARLIAMENT REFUSES TO GIVE CONFIDENCE VOTE

    Parliament yesterday punctured Prime Minister Tansu Ciller's 28-month hold on power, refusing to give the confidence vote she sought for a minority government for her True Path Party (DYP) which she wanted to substitute for the partnership she terminated last month with the social democrats. The opposition bloc, joined by many DYP deputies mustered 230 no-confidence votes against Ciller's still-born government. Ciller could attract only 191 votes of support. Six deputies abstained. After convening her party's executives in a crash meeting after the no-confidence vote, Ciller said she would propose holding early elections on December 24. But opposition parties indicated that they would first try other government alternatives. President Suleyman Demirel, scheduled to leave for a working visit to Washington tomorrow, was expected to meet with party leaders today to discuss the options. Demirel will hold the first meeting with Ciller and the second with Chairman of the Motherland Party (ANAP) Mesut Yilmaz, and then the others. Under the Constitution, only 20 days are left (from the original 45) for a new government to secure a vote of confidence from the Parliament. At the expiry of the period, Demirel can dissolve the parliament and call early elections after consulting with the Parliament speaker. It was not immediately clear whether Demirel will proceed with the US visit, which includes a meeting with President Bill Clinton on Wednesday, or put it off to attend to the government crisis. /All papers/

    [02] NEW SPEAKER NEEDED

    One of the side issues of the current government crisis is the urgent need for a new parliamentary speaker following the resignation of Husamettin Cindoruk. At the most, the new appointee can serve for only a year, and with the likelihood of early general elections this could be shortened to only a few months. Although a number of candidates have put themselves forward, no decision has been made. Candidates have ranged from DYP member Ismet Sezgin, to representatives from the Welfare Party. Observers reckon that the issues will be resolved after four rounds of voting. /Sabah/

    [03] DEMIREL'S US TOUR POSTPONED

    President Suleyman Demirel has been obliged to delay his visit to the US for a day or two following the collapse of the minority government on Sunday, when it failed to win a vote of confidence. Demirel was prepared to set off on his tour of the US on Tuesday, October 16, but will now wait until a new Speaker for parliament has been voted in. The issue is crucial to the forming of a new government strong enough to lead Turkey to an early general election. Ankara political circles think that Demirel could leave on Wednesday. /Sabah/

    [04] OYMEN POINTS TO ACTIVIST AGENDA IN US-TURKISH RELATIONS

    Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Onur Oymen said relations between Ankara and Washington needed a new direction for steady growth. Speaking at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to a group of Turkish and US officials, think-tank specialists and journalists, Oymen said: "We spent too much time in the past just trouble shooting -and trying to avoid problems in Turkish-US relations. We need to build-up the relations" in order "not to return to square one" he said. He emphasized the importance of the expanded role that could be played by Turkish-Americans. Referring to intensive Turkish efforts in the past to avoid certain anti-Turkish amendments in the US Congress, Oymen recalled that it would be a mistake to approach the Congress as though every legislator was anti-Turkish by default. "Our aim is to have more direct contact with all US congressmen. We will invite more of them to Turkey. The more we explain our realities, the more friends we'll have" he said. On Friday, Oymen visited US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence Jean Lodal; Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights John Shattuck; Washington Post senior editor Stephen Rosenfeld; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce Jeff Houser; National Security Council Deputy Director Sandy Berger. Oymen also had lunch with Assistant Secretary Richard Holbrooke.

    [05] FAO MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

    The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) celebrates its 50th anniversary today. In a message released on the occasion, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf praised the fact that Turkey for years has achieved self-sufficiency in food. The FAO's theme this year is "Food for All", to draw attention to the role of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in eradicating hunger and malnutrition.

    [06] PKK SUFFERS HEAVY BLOW IN GERMANY

    One hundred and eighty supporters of the PKK terrorist organization were taken into custody by German police in the state of Bade-Wurtemberg's Polheim town while they were holding an illegal meeting. Police spokesmen said that two of the participants were senior PKK commanders. /Cumhuriyet-Sabah/

    [07] PKK UNDER PRESSURE

    The Kurdistan Workers' Party, better known as the separatist PKK organization suffered some severe knocks over the weekend. Reports from the problem plagued southeastern regions of the country say that in Bitlis, Tatvan, Mus, Siirt, Sirnak and Tunceli, 15 members of the PKK were killed over the weekend. Among those reported killed in clashes with the regional security forces were code-named PKK leaders already known for their involvement in serious acts of violence. Considerable quantities of weapons and ammunition were also seized by the security forces. /Sabah-Milliyet/

    [08] CALL TO FREE TURKISH JOURNALISTS

    Two Turkish journalists arrested while reporting on events in Bosnia are still being detained. The Turkish Foreign Ministry has demanded that the two, Anatolia news agency representative Ali Kocak and Hurriyet newspaper journalist Munire Acim, be released at once. The Foreign Ministry announced over the weekend that initiatives for the release of the two journalists had begun with Yugoslavia Federation. The ministry has also started contacts with the UN UNPROFOR peace force command to ensure that the two Turks are freed just as soon as possible. The two journalists are protected by international laws and as such are entitled to all the rights normally extended to journalists everywhere. /Sabah/

    [09] FOREIGN TRADE FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED

    In a move to boost Turkey's foreign trade in line with world developments, a new Ankara-based foreign trade foundation has been set up by the government. One of the main functions of the foundation will be to direct foreign trade developments along the most effective and productive channels. /Sabah/

    [10] BRITISH TRADE MISSION TO VISIT TURKEY

    Seven British companies, offering a broad range of products and services, will take part in a trade mission to Turkey organized by the Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Industry between October 16 and 20. The mission will visit the Izmit Chamber of Industry to give presentations and for talks with local Turkish companies tomorrow, on October 17. /All papers/

    [11] GERMAN DELEGATION TO VISIT TURKEY

    A delegation from the German Federal Parliament's Defence Commission will visit Ankara today. German Embassy officials said that the delegation will visit Foreign Minister Coskun Kirca, Defence Minister Vefa Tanir, some deputies and also officials from the office of the Chief of General Staff.

    [12] TURKEY RANKS 27TH IN TOTAL WEALTH

    The World Bank ranks Turkey 27th in total wealth. The figures were produced using a new method of calculation and were based on 1993 figures for the 192 countries evaluated. The seven indutrialized countries (the US, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom) apparently own 62.2 % ($295.45 billion) of the world's total wealth ($474.74 billion). In the rankings for total national wealth, Turkey came in 27th with a total of $2.02 billion. The US took first place with $108.45 billion, Japan was second with $70.46 billion, and Germany was in third place with $32.4 billion. /Milliyet/

    [13] ANTALYA RECORDS 69 % INCREASE IN TOURISM

    German tourists are in first place, Russians in second and Israelis in third place among tourists who visit Antalya. The Tourism Office of Antalya said that 1.5 million tourists from 23 different countries came to Antalya by sea or plane in 1995, in contrast to last year's 897,325 tourists, an impressive increase of 69 %. Tourism organizations said that Germany played an important role in the total increase and that Antalya was a second home for Germans. Austrian and English tourists showed a 90 % rise in numbers.

    END

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