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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 26, 1995)

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

Turkish News Directory

Subject: TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 26, 1995)


CONTENTS

  • [01] AMENDMENT OF ARTICLE 8 ADOPTED

  • [02] EURO PARLIAMENT MEMBERS VISIT TURKEY

  • [03] THIRTY-NINE MILITANTS KILLED IN CLASHES IN S.EAST AND IRAQ

  • [04] OPERATION IN BELGIUM

  • [05] IRAQI DEPUTY FM IN TURKEY

  • [06] US REPUDIATES "APO" LETTER

  • [07] PATRIARCH: "ISLAMIC WORLD NEXT GREAT FRONTIER"

  • [08] HISTORIAN LEWIS BRINGS OUT NEW BOOK ON MIDDLE EAST

  • [09] 60 TURKISH OBSERVERS

  • [10] IRANIAN BLOW TO THE DUBLIN PROCESS

  • [11] KARELIAN REPUBLIC OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION INVITES TURKISH BUSINESSMEN

  • [12] US AID TO TURKEY

  • [13] TOURISTS RUSH TO PAMUKKALE

  • [14] UNICEF MEETING STARTS IN ANKARA


  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW


    THURSDAY OCTOBER 26, 1995


    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press

    this morning

    [01] AMENDMENT OF ARTICLE 8 ADOPTED

    The draft bill calling for the amendment of Article 8 of the Anti-Terrorism Law, which bars freedom of expression, was endorsed by the Parliamentary Justice Commission yesterday. The Parliamentary Justice Commission passed the bill, prepared by the Tansu Ciller-led minority government, at its afternoon session after a morning session ended in deadlock. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] EURO PARLIAMENT MEMBERS VISIT TURKEY

    Seventeen German Christian Democrat members of the European Parliament (EP) will visit Turkey. According to the Turkish Democracy Foundation, some of the members of the EP and the head of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Professor Gunter Rinsche will arrive in Ankara today to be received by Parliament Speaker Ismet Sezgin. The other members of the group will arrive in Turkey on October 17. The group will speak at the "Giant Steo to Europe: Customs Union Conference" which will be held on October 28 in Istanbul. In the meantime, the three members of the Franco-Turkish Interparliamentary Friendship Group, an arm of the French Senate, will visit Turkey to meet with the group's Turkish branch, which is led by Mumtaz Soysal. The French group will also visit Foreign Minister Coskun Kirca.

    [03] THIRTY-NINE MILITANTS KILLED IN CLASHES IN S.EAST AND IRAQ

    Eighteen militants of the PKK terrorist organization were killed during military operationsd and a female militant surrendered in the southeast. Officials from the Diyarbakir-based emergency rule region said that eight militants were killed in the rural areas of Diyarbakir's Dicle district, five in Bitlis' Bayramalan district, three in Sarpkoy village of Tunceli's Nazimiye district and two in Batman's Kozluk district. The militants' weapons were seized. A female member of a leftist group surrendered in Tunceli's Ovacik district. 25 rifles, eight hand grenades, a bazooka, ammunition and illegal documents were seized during military operations in Diyarbakir, Batman, Hakkari, Mardin, Siirt, Sirnak and Van in the Southeast.

    Also, Voice of the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (IKDP) reported that IKDP peshmerges killed 21 terrorists and captured six of them at the end of the clashes in and around Batufa, Bagova and Sersing regions.

    Meanwhile, as a result of an attack on the residence of the Aydemir family in Mus, one child and three adults were killed. /Sabah/

    [04] OPERATION IN BELGIUM

    Security units in Anvers, Belgium carried out a large scale operation the previous day and arrested two separatists who extorted money. Spokesman of the Anvers Police, Lamine said: "We know that the PKK have been extorting money and carrying out illegal activities in the Anvers region for a long time. It is known also that the money extorted is used to secure weapons for the terrorist organization and arms smuggling". /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] IRAQI DEPUTY FM IN TURKEY

    Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Saad Abdel-Majid El-Faissal met his Turkish counterpart Onur Oymen yesterday for talks focusing on northern Iraq and a UN embargo on Baghdad, the Foreign Ministry said. Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Nurettin Nurkan said the Iraqi and Turkish delegations discussed bilateral issues. Nurkan said Turkey, which mounted a 35,000-man six-week military incursion into northern Iraq in March, was still staging small-scale attacks against the PKK terrorist organization there. "But there is no intention of large scale operations inside Iraq at the moment" he said.

    [06] US REPUDIATES "APO" LETTER

    A letter allegedly written by PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) leader Abdullah "Apo" Ocalan and sent to the White House, as well as to several Congressional leaders, has been repudiated both by senior White House and State Department officials. The letter, dated October 13, was published in Turkish newspapers and the Arabic daily Al Hayat a week ago. When asked for his reaction to the letter at a press briefing at the Foreign Press Centre, Ambassador Robert Pelletreau Jr., Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, told Turkish journalists that: "We consider the PKK to be a terrorist organization. And I think that's a sufficient answer to (your) question".

    [07] PATRIARCH: "ISLAMIC WORLD NEXT GREAT FRONTIER"

    "The last great frontier was Eastern Europe, where free enterprise is now taking root. But the next great frontier is the Islamic world, and the path to that world begins in Turkey" said Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew yesterday. Addressing a closed meeting of the Chief Executives Organization's International University, the patriarch dwelt on the theme of crossroads, not just between civilizations in geographical terms, but as one of the great moments in time when a "window of opportunity has opened for peace, reconciliation and unity". Pointing out that the inhabitants of Turkey are living proof that different cultures and different faiths can coexist in peace, Patriarch Bartholomew briefly outlined the history of the Christian Church in Anatolia before going on to note the many places around the world where peace has been achieved. He suggested that Turkey's entry into the EU's customs union would promote the cause of East-West unity by defusing tensions and bringing about greater global understanding. He added that the second Habitat Conference sponsored by the UN this coming year could also help make a difference, as could Istanbul's bid for the Olympics in 2004 if it is accepted.

    [08] HISTORIAN LEWIS BRINGS OUT NEW BOOK ON MIDDLE EAST

    Saddam Hussein faced the world's armies beacuse he was a threat to the international community's energy sources and was willing to disrupt international order, says well-known historian Bernard Lewis in his new book entitled "Middle East". Lewis evaluates historical, political, economic, social, religious and intellectual developments in the Middle East from the birth of Christianity to the present century. In his book, he emphasizes the important role of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey in Middle Eastern history and also mentions Turkey's secular and democratic dimensions.

    [09] 60 TURKISH OBSERVERS

    Following an agreement between Israel and Palestine related to be widened autonomy in the West Bank for Palestenians, Turkey announced that she would send 60 military observers to the region for the Palestanian Council elections. It was reported that a 460-delegation from different countries would follow the elections. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] IRANIAN BLOW TO THE DUBLIN PROCESS

    It is reported that Iran's recent decision to send the Badr brigade of Hakim, who is known to be a grgreat opponent to the Iraqi regime, to Northern Iraq will spell the end of the Dublin process. Diplomatic sources drew attention to Tehran's efforts to make its weight felt in the region.

    Nurettin Nurkan, Foreign Ministery Deputy Spokesman in his weekly press meeting said that Turkey hoped for peace and stability in Northern Iraq to be established as soon as possible. He added that Turkey was in favour of the Dublin process.

    Iraqi National Congress (INC) leader Dr.Ahmet Celebi will be expected to pay his second visit to Ankara within the next week. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] KARELIAN REPUBLIC OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION INVITES TURKISH BUSINESSMEN

    Foreign Minister of the Karelian Republic of the Russian Federation Valery Shlyamin visited Turkey. Shlyamin said that they wanted to increase trade relations with Turkey.

    Turkish constructors, for the first time, won a bid to construct a hospital in Karelia. Also, Turkish construction companies have been invited to bid for the $ 25 million construction of the Karelia airport.

    For the last three years, Karelia has expected a $ 8 million in exports to Turkey and is desirous of increasing this to $ 38 million by the end of 1995. /Milliyet/

    [12] US AID TO TURKEY

    The US Congressional Conference Committee debated on Tuesday 180 amendments related to the Foreign Aid Appropriations Act, including some important ones on Turkey. At the end of the session, Turkey got $33.5 million in Economic Support Funds (ESF), and was spared the sharp comments on human rights insisted upon by John Edward Porter, Turkey's number-one human rights critic in the US Congress. Nurettin Nurkan, Deputy Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, in a written statement on Wednesday welcomed the developments in the US Congress as "pleasing in terms of Turkey-US bilateral relations". /All papers/

    [13] TOURISTS RUSH TO PAMUKKALE

    At least 1.15 million foreign and local tourists have visited the "White Paradise" in Denizli's Pamukkale in the first nine months of the year, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. Kazim Bayram, Denizli tourism director, said that Pamukkale receives visitors not only in high season, but for 365 days a year. He said that 650,000 foreigners and 500,000 local tourists have visited the white paradise so far this year.

    [14] UNICEF MEETING STARTS IN ANKARA

    A meeting, entitled "1997-2000 Collaboration Programme between the Turkish Government and UNICEF" started in Ankara. Dr.Aytun Cinay, Undersecretary of the Health Ministry, said that issues related to women and children have priority due to their problems and social standing in Turkey. Cinay said that the country's strategy on the issue will be determined at the meeting. Bener Cordan, Undersecretary of the Education Ministry, said that UN and its organizations should stay out of political struggles when making decisions about countries.

    END

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