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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 18, 1995)

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

Turkish News Directory

Subject: TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 18, 1995)


CONTENTS

  • [01] CILLER GETS JOB OF REVIVING COALITION

  • [02] BAYKAL IN BRUSSELS

  • [03] POLITICAL LEADERS MEET WITH DEMIREL

  • [04] DEMIREL SEEKING A NEW DATE WITH CLINTON

  • [05] OYMEN'S VISIT TO WASHINGTON "POSITIVE"

  • [06] GOVERNOR ERKAN SAYS 3,091 PKK MILITANTS KILLED IN 1995

  • [07] KDP OFFICIALS: OVER 1,000 PKK MILITANTS TAKEN OUT OF ACTION

  • [08] UN URGES UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF TWO TURKISH JOURNALISTS

  • [09] WAR AGAINST SEX TOURISM

  • [10] RUSSIANS PREFER TURKEY FOR HOLIDAYS


  • WITH THE COMPLIMENT OF

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION

    TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    OCTOBER 18, 1995

    [01] CILLER GETS JOB OF REVIVING COALITION

    President Suleyman Demirel received True Path Party (DYP) leader Tansu Ciller at Cankaya Palace yesterday evening and asked her to form a DYP-CHP coalition. Demirel, after assigning Ciller, issued a statement calling on the parties to agree on an early elections date without any further delay. Recalling that if a government cannot be formed by 6 November, the Assembly would be dissolved, Demirel added: "Under these conditions in the Assembly, the only way to win a confidence vote seems to be through a DYP-CHP coalition".

    Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal, who left for Brussels yesterday in a bid to persuade European Parliament socialists to lift their objections to Turkey's entry into the customs union, deferred the start of coalition talks following Ciller's assignment to the task. Contacted by phone in Brussels, Baykal said his aides could negotiate the terms of a new coalition with their DYP counterparts. Baykal added: "We have no time to lose. We are hopeful. We will try to hold the general election on 24 December. Turkey must have a fresh parliament as from 1996". /Milliyet-Hurriyet-Sabah/

    [02] BAYKAL IN BRUSSELS

    Following his arrival in Brussels yesterday, CHP party chairman Deniz Baykal went on to have talks with European Parliament reporter Carlos Carnero Gonzales about constitutional and other reforms in Turkey.

    Although specifics were not discussed, Baykal later told journalists that "evaluations had been made." Carnero Gonzales added that the European Parliament was "determined" that the planned EU customs union with Turkey would go ahead in December. He stressed however, that although no serious obstacles remained, Turkey was still obliged to complete certain revisions in vital areas of the constitution and legal system prior to full customs union.

    Today Baykal will face an important test as he meets with leftist inclined groups in the European Parliament (EP). He will also meet with Hans van den Broek, who is responsible for the EP Turkey desk, and the socialist group in the EP to whom he will explain the current crisis in Turkey. /Cumhuriyet-Sabah/

    [03] POLITICAL LEADERS MEET WITH DEMIREL

    Now that Prime Minister Ciller has yet again been appointed to resolve the governmental crisis by forming another new government, it might appear that the crisis is over. Nevertheless, President Demirel is going to meet with other party chiefs and continue his talks with them.

    One of the main issues under debate remains the knotty question of election reforms and changes in the constitution. Demirel has already spoken with the leaders of most of the major parties and obtained their views on the current situation. /Milliyet/

    [04] DEMIREL SEEKING A NEW DATE WITH CLINTON

    Forced to delay his visit to Washington because of the government crisis, President Demirel is now trying to fix a new time to speak with President Clinton. According his programme, Demirel should have been in the US already-meeting with Clinton and other leading US figures.

    Demirel has been forced to cancel the Washington part of his visit, and has thus missed out on talks with Clinton. He hopes nevertheless, to be in New York at the end of the week where he will give a speech at the UN General Council. Clinton's Presidential Office has advised that a new date will likely be possible "some months later" -but there are hopes that a meeting can be squeezed in after Demirel has been to New York. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] OYMEN'S VISIT TO WASHINGTON "POSITIVE"

    The visit of Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Onur Oymen has been described as "positive" with Oymen having effective talks with Washington officials.

    In general Washington appears to be pleased with the efforts of Oymen to strike a positive note of optimism in his talks and contacts. Oymen went to Washington as the guest of top US State Department official, Peter Tarnoff. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] GOVERNOR ERKAN SAYS 3,091 PKK MILITANTS KILLED IN 1995

    Unal Erkan, governor of the emergency rule region, said yesterday that 3,091 militants of the PKK terrorist organization had been killed in the first ten months of 1995. Erkan said during a press conference in Hakkari that military operations were continuing against PKK militants, and that terrorist attacks in the region had decreased 45 % from a year ago. The governor added that a total of 237 militants had been captured and 292 militants had surrendered during the same period. Erkan said a total of 186 civilians had been killed by the PKK in the first ten months of 1995, and 295 people wounded. He also reported that when the cross-border operations were included, the number of PKK militants killed in the first ten months of the year rose to 3,620. The governor added that 366 members of the outlawed Hizbullah organization had been captured during the same period. Erkan also said that 3,500 dormitories had been built for 35,000 people who had been forced to flee their homes because of the PKK's terror campaign.

    Meanwhile, a total of seven PKK militants were killed and two captured during current military operations in the Southeast, while two militants surrendered. Emergency rule region officials from Diyarbakir said six of the militants were killed in Hakkari's Gecitli district and the seventh in Sirnak's Balveren district. The two militants who were captured -one man, one woman- were apprehended in Sirnak and Mardin's Midyat district, while those who surrendered did so in Hakkari's Cukurca district. /Hurriyet/

    [07] KDP OFFICIALS: OVER 1,000 PKK MILITANTS TAKEN OUT OF ACTION

    The Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) officials said that over a thousand militants of the PKK terrorist organization have been taken out of action (killed or captured) since September 3. They noted that before their operations in northern Iraq, the PKK militants numbered 2,500 but since that time the PKK had suffered great losses in the Mizuri, Gara and Metina mountains and added that the KDP aims to clean the Huvarkurk region of PKK militants before winter comes. The KDP officials added that PKK militants could return to the region when the winter was over and that security measures must be taken against the PKK in the region.

    [08] UN URGES UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF TWO TURKISH JOURNALISTS

    The UN will not accept any conditions on the release of two Turkish journalists, UN Spokesman Yuri Chizik said yesterday. "The Serbs assure us that the two journalists are in good health. The Serb side insists on the exchange of the two Turkish journalists. It is our strong belief that linkage of the two cases is artificial and we are not going to accept it. We demand unconditional release of the two journalists" Chizik said. It is reported that UN and Serbian officials are expected to meet to discuss the situation of the two Turkish journalists.

    Meanwhile, US White House National Security Council Representative and Adviser to the President, Brigadier General Donald Kerrick stated that the US would support the call for the urgent release of the two Turkish journalists. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] WAR AGAINST SEX TOURISM

    During the 29th World Tourism Conference that will be held in Istanbul on November 3-7 this year, one of the main issues will be the huge increase in sex tourism in countries around the world.

    It is expected that the at least 99 countries that will attend the conference will sign a declaration against this kind of tourism development. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] RUSSIANS PREFER TURKEY FOR HOLIDAYS

    According to statistics gathered by the Russian Federation, most Russians prefer Turkey to other countries as a holiday destination. Officials said that travel agencies were surprised by the level of Turkey's popularity. 587,978 Russian tourists visited Turkey during the 1995 season.

    Between 1992 and 1994, the largest number of tourists who visited Istanbul were from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). They numbered 1,385,237. Istanbul has been visited by 1,658,617 foreign tourists during the first nine months of this year. 1,431,697 arrived in the city during the same period last year.

    END

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