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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 20, 1995)

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

Turkish News Directory

Subject: TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 20, 1995)


CONTENTS

  • [01] FOUNDATION LAID FOR REVIVAL OF DYP-CHP COALITION

  • [02] TURKISH JOURNALISTS FREED TOMORROW

  • [03] KINKEL: "WE NEED TURKEY"

  • [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

  • [15] ANTALYA CONFERENCE


  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW


    FRIDAY OCTOBER 20, 1995


    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press

    this morning

    [01] FOUNDATION LAID FOR REVIVAL OF DYP-CHP COALITION

    The foundations for the re-establishment of the True Path Party (DYP) and the Republican People's Party (CHP) coalition were laid yesterday. Officials from both parties said negotiations on the coalition protocol had left them with positive impressions. The electoral law will reportedly constitute the most important item of the protocol. Once the talks on the coalition come to an end and the document is presented to the DYP and CHP leaders for approval, the Cabinet list is expected to be released. However, with President Demirel leaving for his postponed visit to the US tomorrow; it is expected that the Cabinet list will be submitted to him for approval after his return on Tuesday. After the list is submitted to the president, the government programme will be presented to Parliament and the vote of confidence for the new government will be held next week. While the DYP and CHP representatives negotiating on the new coalition government have reached an agreement in principle, a separate commission has been set up to make amendments to the electoral law. /Hurriyet-Sabah/

    [02] TURKISH JOURNALISTS FREED TOMORROW

    Turkish journalists Munire Acim and Ali Kocak, who have been held by the Bosnian Serbs for 12 days", will be released tomorrow. In a written statement yesterday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ambassador Omer Akbel disclosed that as the result of contacts between officials of the UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR) and the Serbian side, the Turkish journalists would be released tomorrow at Sarajevo Airport. Akbel expressed his satisfaction over this commonsense development. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] KINKEL: "WE NEED TURKEY"

    Klaus Kinkel, German Foreign Minister, said in a press conference with the Foreign Journalists' Association in Bonn yesterday, that they were ready to support Turkey on the customs union issue. He said: "I always support customs union between Turkey and the EU. Turkey is very important from the standpoint of relations with NATO as it is a bridge between the Islamic countries and Asian countries. We need Turkey. We must help Turkey in solving her problems". He also stated that they wished to see a stable government set up in Ankara. /Hurriyet/

    [04] PANEL ON "TURKEY'S MEMBERSHIP IN THE EU"

    European Commission Member, Ambassador Michael Lake pointed out that the customs union would bring many opportunities for cooperation between Turkey and the EU in many fields and said that it would be an important step towards Turkey's integration with Europe. Attending the panle entitled "Turkey's membership in the EU-Problems and Possibilities" held yesterday at the Turkish-American Council, Lake noted that the EU had allocated an ECU 14 billion-fund for the customs union and said: "Turkey, which is among the 10 countries where the EU does most of its trading, is a very important market for the EU with its large population". /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] ALBANIA PERCEIVES TURKEY AS AN IMPORTANT ALLY

    "One cannot think of the Balkans without Turkey" Albanian Defence Minister Saffet Zulali said yesterday. He is in Washington D.C. as the guest of US Secretary of Defence William Perry. The cooperation between Turkey and Albania will help secure lasting peace in the Balkans, the Albanian minister said. Turkey, with which Albania has close relations, is helping the latter to train its military personnel, he added. He also made it clear to Perry that Albania hoped to join NATO.

    Meanwhile, Ground Forces Commander Gen.Hikmet Bayar was received yesterday in Albania by President Sali Berisa. During the meeting, both sides expressed their pleasure at the existing cooperation between the Turkish and Albanian armies. Gen.Bayar, in Albania as the official guest of the country's Chief of General Staff Sheme Kosova, arrived on Wednesday.

    [06] US AMBASSADOR HELPS EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

    Ankara's US Ambassador Mark Grossman presented a $61,000 check to the UN Development Programme Resident Coordinator, Paul Van Hanswick de Jonge yesterday in Ankara. The check was given by the US administration as relief aid for the Dinar earthquake victims. The funds will be used to replace the 290 tents given to the people of Dinar right after the quake. The tents need to be replaced because they belong to the UNHCR stockpile, maintained for refugee emergencies.

    [07] AZERI PRESIDENT APPRECIATES TURKISH AID

    Azeri President Haydar Aliyev said that Turkish aid to Azerbaijan and the Republic of Nakhichevan was greatly appreciated. During a meeting with Turkish Ambassador to Baku, Omur Orhun, Aliyev said that Nakhichevan had been faced with a tough economic situation and that Turkey's aid had been of great help to them. Aliyev stated that he would like to see Turkish businessmen in Nakhichevan and Azerbaijan now that the trade barriers between the two countries had been lifted. Turkey is planning to send 25 thousand metric tons of sugar beet to Nakhichevan, as well as establishing a model agricultural centre in the Azeri city of Kacmaz.

    [08] FRIENDSHIP MESSAGES FROM ARMENIA

    Armenian Parliamentary Speaker and Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization Parliamentary Assembly Speaker Babken Ararktsian, yesterday visited Istanbul. In request to journalists questions, Ararktsian said that Armenia was willing to improve its relations with Turkey. After Turkey opened the Turco-Armenian air corridor to air traffic, in a display of good will, Armenia handed over two PKK terrorists to the Turkish government. /Hurriyet/

    [09] US SENATE DISCUSSES AID TO TURKEY

    The military and economic credits to be extended by the US to Turkey in 1996 will be determined by the end of this week. A Conference Committee has been established to reconcile the opposing attitudes of the House of Representatives and the Senate regarding the issue. The Conference Committee is expected to insist on a $320 million foreign military sales credit, although a $21 million Economic Support Fund remains a point of debate. /Milliyet/

    [10] EUROPEAN SUPPORT FOR BAYKAL

    The European Parliament (EP) socialist group has repeated that the December 14 customs union between Turkey and the European Union (EU) must go ahead.

    Leader of the CHP party, Deniz Baykal has again been assured that the socialist group will give every support to customs union with Turkey. During his visit to Brussels, Baykal has promoted the customs union with Turkey, and has been well received in return.

    Baykal's efforts to advance Turkey's cause has led to a softening in the European stance against Turkey. Optimism has grown in many areas of agreement, but there is still doubt in some EU quarters that Turkey will make the grade in connection with changes to articles in the law. Top EU officials have only this week said that "no change means no customs union."

    Baykal has bargained over this sensitive issue - but so far there has been no real compromise made by either side. /Hurriyet-Milliyet/

    [11] GETTING TO UNDERSTAND TURKEY

    An editorial in the Washington Post by Amos Perlmutter said that the time had come to show more understanding when it came to Turkey's situation.

    Decrying the propaganda of the powerful Greek and Armenian lobbies, Perlmutter related how Turkey had always been a good friend of the allies, had always denounced racialism and advocated religious freedom. /Hurriyet/

    [12] GOOD NEWS FROM ATHENS

    The Greek government is preparing to lift restrictions "on crossing" applications between villages which are called "the Balkan Branch" by the Western Thrace Turkish Muslim minority.

    In his statement to the private MEGA TV channel last night, Greek Defence Minister Gerasimos Arsenis said that he would visit the Western Thrace Turkish minority in two weeks' time and the application restrictions would then be lifted in Sahin, Demircik, Kozluca, Ilica and Memkova and some other Pomok villages. In order to reach these villages, one now has to get permission from the Greek gendarmerie, Foreign Ministry and the Provincial administration.

    Regarding the prevention of the activities of some fanatical individuals working in local state administrations in Western Thrace, Arsenis said: "A group of extremist nationalist staff members has created unwanted and difficult situations for the Greek state abroad."

    The Athens government, which is determined to change its tough policies in Western Thrace, has decided to to realize two important investment projects in the region. The value of the first project is about $800 million and is a private investment; the second one is about $700 million and an investment with the participation of 160 countries.

    Another field in which the Greek government will take a positive step is education. "English" will be an elective course in monority schools as in Greek schools. Also, a special contingency plan will formed for minority students who have difficulty in entering Greek universities.

    Finally, Greek Defence Minister Arsenis announced that youths from the minorities could enter Greek military school if they so wanted.

    According to some diplomatic sources, Greece is trying to force Turkey to reviews its minority proceeding and is also trying to satisfy both America and the European Union. /Sabah/

    [13] PKK CAMP FALLS TO KURDISH FORCES

    An important military camp belonging to the PKK terrorist forces in northern Iraq has reportedly fallen into the hands of Kurdish units of the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (IKDP).

    Kurdish forces have also commandeered large amounts of food, weapons, ammunition and other supplies belonging to the PKK. Known PKK leaders have also been arrested. /Sabah/

    [14] 1995 BREAKS TOURISM RECORDS

    This year for the first time in Turkish tourism history, one million tourists visited Turkey in September, usually a quiet month in previous years. Officials from the Tourism Ministry said the number of tourist arrivals in the country has been increasing steadily since the beginning of the year and this September saw a 36.3 % increase in visitors compared to the same month last year. A total of 6,157,300 tourists visited the country in the first nine months of 1995, whereas the corresponding figure for the first nine months of 1994 was 5,241,577. In terms of the nationality of tourists visiting Turkey, the greatest number of arrivals since the start of the season have been from Germany, totalling 1,296,629. According to statistics, most of the tourists come from the OECD countries; this season the number was 3,557,230. Tourism revenue for the first eight months reached $3.14 billion.

    Meanwhile, the Tourism Ministry is publicizing winter tourism, hunting, underwater sports and tracking. According to a statement from the Tourism Ministry, the new project, entitled "Four Seasons, Twelve Months in Turkey" aims to make the most of the potential for alternative tourism throughout the country and to promote the attractions of Turkey around the world.

    [15] ANTALYA CONFERENCE

    The "International Antalya Security and Cooperation Conference" will be held in Kemer-Camyuva between 2-5 November. The theme of the conference will be "The mutual influence between developments in the Middle East and the Mediterranean and Turkey's role in ensuring stability in the light of Europe's new security achitecture". Conflicts in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Turco-Greek relations will be taken up at the conference at which President Suleyman Demirel will make an opening speech. The conference has been organized under the auspices of the Speaker of the Turkish Parliament and with the contributions of foreign and defence ministries. It is reported that Turkish Parliament Speaker Ismet Sezgin, Prime Minister Tansu Ciller and NATO Secretary-General Willy Claes will also make speeches. /Cumhuriyet/

    END

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