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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 17, 195)

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

Turkish News Directory

Subject: TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 17, 195)


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEMIREL POSTPONES FIRST PART OF HIS US TRIP

  • [02] DYP-CHP COALITION

  • [03] SERBS WANT TO EXCHANGE TWO TURKISH JOURNALISTS

  • [04] PRESS CONDEMNS SERBS FOR HOLDING JOURNALISTS

  • [05] 1996 FISCAL YEAR DRAFT BUDGET WILL BE PRESENTED TO PARLIAMENT

  • [06] GEN.BAYAR TO VISIT ALBANIA AND CROATIA

  • [07] PKK MILITANTS KILL ONE, KIDNAP TEN

  • [08] BELGIUM EXTENDS CREDIT TO TURKEY

  • [09] TURKEY-RUSSIA TOURISM SEMINAR BEGINS IN ANTALYA

  • [10] WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS WILL MEET IN ANTALYA

  • [11] TURKEY TO IMPOSE TEXTILE QUOTAS AGAINST 37 NATIONS

  • [12] MORE DECISIONS ON AZERI PETROL

  • [13] GERMAN ANTI-PKK OPERATION

  • [14] BAYKAL OFF TO BRUSSELS


  • WITH THE COMPLIMENT OF

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION

    TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    OCTOBER 17, 1995

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press

    this morning.

    [01] DEMIREL POSTPONES FIRST PART OF HIS US TRIP

    President Suleyman Demirel postponed the Washington part of his visit to the US, due to political developments at home, following Prime Minister Tansu Ciller's failure to get a vote of confidence from Parliament on Sunday. The president is still scheduled to go to New York, where he will attend the 50th General Assembly of the UN. Demirel is scheduled to make a speech at the UN on October 22. His visit to New York will start on Saturday and continue until October 24. It is reported that contacts are continuing for a Demirel-US President Bill Clinton meeting in New York, where Demirel is scheduled to hold a number of bilateral meetings, including one with Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrosyan, and Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreu. /Hurriyet-Milliyet/

    [02] DYP-CHP COALITION

    Prime Minister Tansu Ciller yesterday announced an initial accord with former social democrat partners to revive the four-year coalition which ended on 20 September. Following a surprise meeting in Parliament, Ciller said she and Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal had reached an accord in principle for a new coalition alignment until early elections "at the earliest possible time". Baykal expressed "pleasure at seeing a chance for the DYP and CHP to set up a coalition", saying his party was ready to contribute "If Ciller comes into a position of forming the new government after meeting with the President". Baykal pointed out that the CHP had maintained its approach on September 20. Baykal welcomed the resignation of Istanbul Police Chief Necdet Menzir.

    Ciller then visited President Suleyman Demirel to submit her government's resignation after its failure in Sunday's confidence vote and apparently seek to form the government -for the third time. Demirel accepted her resignation but wanted her to be on duty until a new government is formed.

    Demirel also met with other party leaders, including Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Mesut Yilmaz, CHP leader Deniz Baykal, Welfare Party (RP) leader Necmettin Erbakan. /Milliyet-Sabah/

    [03] SERBS WANT TO EXCHANGE TWO TURKISH JOURNALISTS

    Bosnian Serbs, who have admitted holding two missing Turkish journalists, have indicated that they intend to exchange them for two Serbian reporters held by the Bosnians. The Turkish Embassy in Bosnia informed Ankara that United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) official Victor Vezrouchenko had crossed into the Serbian side to talk with the Serb liaison officer, Incic, who confirmed that two Turkish journalists, missing since last Friday, were indeed being held by the Bosnian Serbs. Incic was quoted as saying that they were keeping the Turks to ensure the release of two Serbian journalists, Alexander Kalevski and Goran Pejcinovic, who were detained by the Bosnians one month ago. The two Turkish journalists, Ali Kocak of the Anatolia news agency and Munire Acim of Hurriyet, are in Lukavica, another UNHCR official, Peter Deck, told Turkey's Charge d'Affaires Serhan Yigit. A meeting is scheduled between Turkish officials and UNPROFOR today. /Cumhuriyet-Milliyet/

    [04] PRESS CONDEMNS SERBS FOR HOLDING JOURNALISTS

    The Turkish Press Council has condemned the Serbs in Bosnia for holding two Turkish journalists-Munire Acim from the Anatolia press agency, and Ali Kocak from Hurriyet newspaper-in contravention of all international agreements.

    Representing the Press Council, Dogan Heper has sent out a signed statement condemning the Serb action, and calling for the immediate release of the two journalists. Heper, calling the Serb action "fascist" said that the matter will be taken to the Union of World Press Councils and dealt with in the strongest possible fashion.

    According to some reports, the Serbs are holding the two Turks "hostage" and really want to exchange them for Serb journalists held under arrest. Prime Minister Ciller has also stated clearly that the matter will not be allowed to drop, but will be followed closely until Acim and Kocak are released. /All papers/

    [05] 1996 FISCAL YEAR DRAFT BUDGET WILL BE PRESENTED TO PARLIAMENT

    The 1996 Fiscal Year draft budget will be presented to Parliament today. The draft bill was discussed during the meeting between Finance Minister Ismet Atilla and ministry bureaucrats yesterday. Under the Constitution, the Council of Ministers is required to present the budget draft bill and the report containing national budget estimates at least 75 days prior to the commencement of the fiscal year (January 1, 1996). /Milliyet/

    [06] GEN.BAYAR TO VISIT ALBANIA AND CROATIA

    Gen.Hikmet Bayar, the commander of Turkish ground forces, flew to Albania as the official guest of Gen.Sheme Kosova, chief of the Albanian general staff. Officials from the headquarters of the general staff said that Gen.Bayar will continue on to Zagreb, Croatia, where he will meet Gen.Zvonmir Cervenko, the chief of the Croatian general staff. Gen.Bayar will visit Turkish soldiers stationed in Zenica, then return to Turkey on October 19. /All papers/

    [07] PKK MILITANTS KILL ONE, KIDNAP TEN

    A group of 40 militants of the PKK terrorist organization blocked the road on the Turkey-Iran highway in Hakkari's Yuksekova district, killed one person and kidnapped 10 others on Sunday. Meanwhile, a minibus, which was going from Bitlis-Hizan district to Gokay village, hit a mine in the road. The driver and a passenger died. /Hurriyet/

    [08] BELGIUM EXTENDS CREDIT TO TURKEY

    Belgium has extended to Turkey a 150 million Belgian franks credit (approximately TL 255 billion) to support the realization of the latest economic development plan. According to the credit agreement published in the Official Gazette, the yearly interest rate is 2 percent, and the credit term is 15 years. Repayments will start on December 31, 2005. The credit must be used within the framework of the economic development plan for the funding of capital goods and industrial equipment that the Turkish government will buy from Belgium. The credit agreement was signed in Ankara on July 14 this year by State Minister Aykon Dopan and Belgian Ambassador Eric Kobia. /All papers/

    [09] TURKEY-RUSSIA TOURISM SEMINAR BEGINS IN ANTALYA

    A Turkey-Russia tourism seminar, sponsored by the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB), begins in Antalya today. Many tourist officials and administrators from Turkey and Russia will attend the two-day seminar which will focus on increasing cooperation. Ali Osman Ulusoy, deputy chairman of the TOBB executive board, will give the opening speech. Promotion, management, guide training, and tourist sites in both countries will be topics in discussion panels.

    [10] WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS WILL MEET IN ANTALYA

    The 11th World Forestry Congress will be held in October 1997 in Antalya, on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Officials from the forestry ministry said that representatives of the world's forestry foundations, universities, industrial sectors and associations will participate in the congress which is held once every six years. The 10th congress was held in Paris in 1991. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] TURKEY TO IMPOSE TEXTILE QUOTAS AGAINST 37 NATIONS

    Turkey is to impose textile and garment quotas, identical to the EU's trade restrictions, on a total of 37 countries, Turkish officials said yesterday. Turkish trade authorities said negotiations concerning proposed quantity restrictions on textile imports are due to start in early November. The quota limits will not be less than Turkey's average textile imports from the relevant countries over the past three years. /Milliyet/

    [12] MORE DECISIONS ON AZERI PETROL

    The international consortium handling the extraction and transportation of the Azeri Caspian Sea early petrol project has yet to make more decisions about Turkey's share.

    The consortium has now to decide on Turkey's proposals about financing and methods for construction and fine details on routing through Baku and Supsa. Some lengths of pipeline are already built and working, but need a lot of repair work. Other stretches of pipeline will have to be constructed from new.

    The first step in setting up the operation, however, will be the signing of an "umbrella protocol" to cover all eventualities. According to Turkey's proposed model, a project company would have to be set up to deal with initial infrastructural projects, but quite who will finance the deal is not altogether clear. /Milliyet/

    [13] GERMAN ANTI-PKK OPERATION

    The German authorities have stepped up pressure against the banned PKK separatist organization that has established itself in provinces throughout Germany.

    Last week German security officials detained 195 members of the PKK, among whom were three suspects the police were searching for in connection with other serious crimes. The three suspects are also known to be local organizers of PKK cells in the provinces. Government representatives added that government pressure against the PKK will continue. /Hurriyet/

    [14] BAYKAL OFF TO BRUSSELS

    Chairman of the Republican Peoples Party (CHP), Deniz Baykal, is setting off for Brussels today for talks on customs union with the European Union (EU) member countries. Baykal will have contacts especially with the Socialist group in the European Parliament. /Cumhuriyet/

    END

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