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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 27, 1995)

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

Turkish News Directory

Subject: TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 27, 1995)


CONTENTS

  • [01] NEW ELECTORAL LAW

  • [02] SETTLEMENT IS REACHED OVER WAGE DISPUTE

  • [03] NSC RECOMMENDS SHORTER MANDATE FOR PROVIDE COMFORT

  • [04] COURT UPHOLDS DEP CONVICTIONS

  • [05] TURKEY AND HUNGARY SIGN FIRST MILITARY AGREEMENT

  • [06] TURKEY TO UNDERTAKE OIL EXPLORATION IN IRAQ

  • [07] KINKEL: "TURKEY IS A PART OF EUROPE"

  • [08] ANKARA AND MACEDONIA SIGN FRIENDSHIP AGREEMENT

  • [09] TURKEY EXPORTS 672,279 TONS BARLEY

  • [10] 65TH INTERPOL MEETING TO BE HELD IN TURKEY

  • [11] 11TH MEETING OF OIC COMCEC TO TAKE PLACE IN ISTANBUL

  • [12] SEMINAR ON "ATATURK THROUGH THE EYES OF FOREIGN HISTORIANS"


  • WITH THE COMPLIMENT OF

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION

    TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    OCTOBER 27, 1995

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press

    this morning.

    [01] NEW ELECTORAL LAW

    A draft bill on changing the electoral law was accepted at the General Assembly of Parliament yesterday. According to the temporary clause of the law, the 20th term general elections will be held on December 24 and the following will be held in October, 2000.

    According to the new law some of the changes are as follows: the voting age is lowered to 18, number of seats in parliament is increased to 550, and Turkish citizens living abroad will vote at border gates. /Milliyet-Sabah-Hurriyet/

    [02] SETTLEMENT IS REACHED OVER WAGE DISPUTE

    The long running wage dispute was resolved yesterday when the government and the Confederation of Turkish Labour Unions (Turk-Is) reached an agreement. After a 15-minute negotiation with Prime Minister Tansu Ciller, Turk-Is Chairman Bayram Meral said an agreement was reached helped by the prime minister's positive efforts. The latest round of collective bargaining negotiations was held between Ciller and Labour Minister Ates Amiklioglu and Turk-Is board members. The wage deal offers a retroactive 16 % pay hike for both the first and second halves of 1995. The workers will receive an 18 % pay raise for the first six months and 20 % for the following six months in the following year. In the agreement, all salaries will increase to a minimum level of TL 12 million. The 1995 increase will cost the government TL 65 trillion ($1.3 billion). The collective bargaining contract includes 540,000 public sector workers. /Hurriyet/

    [03] NSC RECOMMENDS SHORTER MANDATE FOR PROVIDE COMFORT

    The National Security Council (NSC) yesterday advised the extension of the mandate of an allied strike force stationed in Turkey to protect Iraqi Kurds but shortened the term from six months to three. A statement was issued after the monthly meeting of the council chaired by President Suleyman Demirel and attended by Prime Minister Tansu Ciller, Chief of the General Staff, Gen.Ismail Hakki Karadayi, council member ministers, force commanders, NSC Secretary-General Gen.Ilhan Kilic, Interior Minister Nahit Mentese on behalf of Defence Minister Vefa Tanir, and Justice and Transport Ministers. The statement said the Operation Provide Comfort should continue to be based in Turkey for three months from 1 January, 1996. The decision coincides with a visit by Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Saad Abdel-Majid El-Faissal, who met Foreign Minister Coskun Kirca. The NSC also recommended that the State of Emergency be extended in 10 southeastern provinces. It agreed emergency rule should be extended for four months from November 19. Parliament will have the final say when it votes on both issues this month or early next month. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] COURT UPHOLDS DEP CONVICTIONS

    The Court of Appeals yesterday revised an initial conviction of eight former Democracy Party (DEP) deputies, upholding the prison sentences passed on four and ordering the retrial of the other four. The court upheld judgements against Leyle Zana, Orhan Dogan, Hatip Dicle and Selim Sadak, who were sentenced to 15-year prison terms by the State Security Court (DGM) last December. These four former deputies will be released in 2005. The DGM's sentences against Ahmet Turk and Sedat Yurttas were upheld, but the court ordered their release since they have served the required minimum of their sentences under Turkey's liberal parole bill. The appeals ordered their retrial under the Anti-Terrorism Law. The Court of Appeals also decided that the fines of TL 70 million imposed on Sirri Sakik and Mahmut Alinak, both also sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison, were too lenient. Sakik and Alinak will be retried in the coming days. The decision of the appeals court were announced by judge Demirel Tavil. Former deputies Zana, Dogan, Dicle and Sadak were originally charged under the Anti-Terrorism Law with being members of an outlawed armed organization and following their conviction applied to the appeals court. /Cumhuriyet-Milliyet-Sabah/

    [05] TURKEY AND HUNGARY SIGN FIRST MILITARY AGREEMENT

    Turkey and Hungary signed an agreement yesterday on military cooperation for the first time. The agreement was signed by Turkish Defence Minister Vefa Tanir, who has been in Budapest for an official visit, and Hungarian Defence Minister Gyorgy Keleti. Tanir said at the signing ceremony that Turkey would like to deepen the friendship between the two countries and added that they would like to do this through military training and mutual defence. Keleti said that Turkey and Hungary have similar military installations and that it would be useful for both countries to cooperate. Tanir said that Turkey, a NATO member, supported Hungary's desire to participate in the NATO. /Hurriyet/

    [06] TURKEY TO UNDERTAKE OIL EXPLORATION IN IRAQ

    While the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik pipeline between Turkey and Iraq remains closed because of the UN embargo, Turco-Iraqi discussions for cooperation on oil exploration in Iraq continue. During the visit of Iraqi Foreign Minister Abdulmecit El Faysal to Ankara, this issue was also taken in hand.

    Iraq has invited companies from various countries to initiate researches in the Western Desert Region, with oil reserves supposedly comparable to those in Saudi Arabia. Within this framework, the Turkish Petroleum Board is planning to establish a bureau to assist research in the region. Nevertheless, agreements with the Iraqi government for oil exploration would go into force only after the UN embargo imposed against Iraq is lifted. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] KINKEL: "TURKEY IS A PART OF EUROPE"

    In discussions with Turkish journalists, German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel said that Turkey was a part of Europe and noted that he would do his best to ensure that the Customs Union agreement is realized. On November 22, upon the invitation of Kinkel, the foreign ministers of Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Spain and Turkey will come together in Bonn to discuss various regional problems such as human rights and the Kurdish problem in Turkey. Commenting on Turco-German relations, Kinkel touched upon the friendship and cooperation between the two countries and said that Germany was Turkey's most important economic partner. Kinkel also expressed his views ragarding the PKK terrorist organization. He pointed out that brutal PKK attacks in Germany have helped him realize the true nature of the organization. Nevertheless, the PKK problem should be solved by political means, Kinkel stressed. /Hurriyet/

    [08] ANKARA AND MACEDONIA SIGN FRIENDSHIP AGREEMENT

    A new step has been taken between Macedonia and Turkey. Macedonia's capital city Skopje, and Turkey's Ankara have become sister cities. The friendship agreement was signed by Ankara Metropolitan Mayor Melih Gokcek and Skopje Mayor Jove Kekonovski, who has been visiting Turkey as the guest of Gokcek. Gokcek said at the signing ceremony of the agreement to increase cooperation on cultural activities and education, that it would be a beginning for other cooperative activities. /All papers/

    [09] TURKEY EXPORTS 672,279 TONS BARLEY

    Turkey exported 672,279 tons of barley in the January-July period of this year for $46.08 million, according to a statement by the Export Development Centre (IGEME). It said Turkey imported 43,499 tons of barley, all from France, worth $6.1 million in the same period. /All papers/

    [10] 65TH INTERPOL MEETING TO BE HELD IN TURKEY

    The 65th meeting of Interpol, which investigates international crimes, will be held in Antalya in October 1996, with police chiefs of 176 countries participating. Officials say that the meeting will be a very important opportunity to promote Turkey and its tourism potential, demonstrating that Turkey is a safe and secure country.

    [11] 11TH MEETING OF OIC COMCEC TO TAKE PLACE IN ISTANBUL

    Eleventh meeting of the Organization for Islamic Conference (OIC) Commercial and Economic Cooperation Permanent Committee (COMCEC) will take place in Istanbul between November 5 and 8. The meeting will be headed by President Suleyman Demirel. 51 countries, including Bosnia, Macedonia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are invited to the meeting which will last for four days. An election will be held to renew COMCEC bureau members during the meeting. The attending countries will discuss economic aid to several Islam countries.

    [12] SEMINAR ON "ATATURK THROUGH THE EYES OF FOREIGN HISTORIANS"

    A seminar on "Ataturk through the eyes of foreign historians" organised jointly by Vakifbank, ODTU, Inonu Foundation, UNESCO National Commission and A.U.Communication Faculty started in Ankara. Prof.Bernard Lewis, who could not attend the seminar, sent a message outlining his views. Dr.Silvia Tellenbach from the German Criminal Law Institution, former Argentinian Ambassador Prof.Dr.Jeorge G.Blanco Villalta, chairman of the French Scientific Research Institution Prof.Francois Georgen, Dr.Yovan Donef from the Macedonian National History Institution and Turkey's Ambassador to the Netherlands Zeki Celikkol attended as speakers yesterday's session of the seminar. /Hurriyet/

    END

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