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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 30, 1995)

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

Turkish News Directory

Subject: TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 30, 1995)


CONTENTS

  • [01] REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATED IN TURKEY

  • [02] NEW GOVERNMENT ON THE WAY

  • [03] SUPREME ELECTORAL BOARD GIVES "GO" SIGNAL FOR ELECTIONS

  • [04] ASSOCIATION COUNCIL HOLDS KEY MEETING

  • [05] TATAR PARLIAMENT SPEAKER TO VISIT TURKEY TODAY

  • [06] TURKEY'S INTERNATIONAL RESERVES HIT $28 BILLION

  • [07] THIRTY-EIGHT PKK MILITANTS KILLED IN S.EAST

  • [08] TURKS IN GERMANY FOUND A POLITICAL PARTY


  • MONDAY OCTOBER 30, 1995

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press

    this morning

    [01] REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATED IN TURKEY

    Ceremonies were held throughout Turkey, foreign representations and in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) yesterday to mark the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the Republic. Opening ceremonies were held in Ankara at Ataturk's Mausoleum, Anitkabir, where President Suleyman Demirel laid a wreath at Ataturk's memorial and signed the "Special Guest Book". Parliament Speaker Ismet Sezgin, Prime Minister Tansu Ciller, Chief of General Staff Gen.Ismail Hakki Karadayi, President of the Constitutional Court Yekta Gungor Ozden, Chairman of the Motherland Party (ANAP) Mesut Yilmaz, Chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal, Chairman of the Welfare Party (RP) Necmettin Erbakan, Chairman of the Democratic Left Party (DSP) Bulent Ecevit, Chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Alparslan Turkes, high-ranking military officials, members of the Council of Ministers, Ankara's Governor and Mayor, and members of the high courts participated in the ceremony.

    The second ceremony was held at the Parliament, where President Demirel received the leaders of the political parties, high- ranking military officials, members of the high courts, and foreign diplomats in Ankara. Another ceremony was held at the Hippodrome in Ankara.

    In his televised Republic Day address, Demirel said one of the greatest achievements of the Republic was the establishment of democracy, which he said, was to be further developed. Ciller said in her own message that Turkey was concluding a customs pact with the EU and said that among her objectives was making Turkey a competitive country integrated with Europe and a respected member of the world community. Gen.Karadayi noted in his message that the armed forces were ready and able to defeat all attempts to disrupt the unity of the nation.

    Russian President Boris Yeltsin sent a congratulatory message to President Demirel. Yeltsin said that relations between the two countries should continue to grow in every field, as he is sure they will. Speaking at a reception given by Turkish Ambassador to Baku Omur Orhun, Azeri President Haydar Aliyev said they were celebrating Turkey's Republic Day as their own National Day and Azeri people were proud of the Turkish nation's victories in history. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] NEW GOVERNMENT ON THE WAY

    The new DYP-CHP coalition government will announce its cabinet and ministers either this evening or tomorrow morning. Turkey's 52nd government will try for a vote of confidence on Sunday, November 5.

    Leader of the CHP party, Deniz Baykal, still has not made up his mind about being both deputy prime minister and foreign minister. Baykal is under pressure to take up the duties of foreign minister because of the EU-Turkey customs union issue.

    The new government is expected to get rid of some of the old faces and bring in some fresh blood. Party groups spent Sunday polishing up the new government's programme-which will centre around getting Turkey into the vital customs union. It is noteworthy however, that this will be the first time that a protocol will go through without being signed by either coalition leader. The coalition protocol will be signed only by those who put it together. The programme will nevertheless be presented to the press by both party leaders. /All papers/

    [03] SUPREME ELECTORAL BOARD GIVES "GO" SIGNAL FOR ELECTIONS

    The Supreme Electoral Board (YSK) announced yesterday the timetable for the upcoming December 24 general elections and triggered the bans to be observed throughout this period. According to the timetable, civil servants, political party leaders and members of the Turkish Armed Forces are required to resign from their posts by November 1 if they wish to run in the December 24 elections. District electoral boards will post the lists of eligible voters on October 31, so that they can be updated. The voters' list will be removed on November 9 to examine possible objections against the names listed, and they will be finalized on November 11 and declared valid. In addition, political parties have until 31 October to notify the YSK of the method they will use to determine their candidates and the names of the election districts in which they will run. The YSK has also determined which political parties are eligible to take part in the elections. Thirteen parties will participate in the elections. Yesterday, the YSK determined the distribution of 450 parliamentary seats among 79 provinces, and the election districts in Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir. An extra 100 seats, in addition to the existing 450 in the Parliament, will be distributed among the parties which clear the 10 % nationwide hurdle, proportional to their share of the total vote. /Sabah/

    [04] ASSOCIATION COUNCIL HOLDS KEY MEETING

    The Turkey-EU Association Council will hold a crucial meeting today in Luxembourg to review the progress in the implementation of the conditions for the trade pact. The results of the meeting, the first since the Association Council rulings on March 6, are expected to go beyond the confirmation, which Turkey seeks, that the required technical harmonization for the customs integration is completed. The envisaged EU package will reportedly include meetings once a year between the president and prime minister of Turkey and the presidents of the EU (ministerial) Council and the EU Commission within the framework of political consultations. Beside the envisaged twice-yearly meetings between the foreign ministers, ministerial level meetings will also be held regularly on judicial matters and domestic policy issues. Foreign Minister of the DYP minority government Coskun Kirca will represent Turkey at the 37th term Association Council meeting today and then will go to Brussels. He will meet with Spanish Reporter Carlos Carnero who will present the report regarding Turkey to the European Parliament. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] TATAR PARLIAMENT SPEAKER TO VISIT TURKEY TODAY

    Vesiley Lihacov, Parliament Speaker of Tatarstan, and his delegation will visit Turkey as the guest of the Turkish Parliament. Officials said that the delegation headed by Lihacov will first visit Parliament Speaker Ismet Sezgin at his office in Ankara. A cooperation protocol will be signed by Deputy Parliament Speaker Mustafa Kalemli and Lihacov. The delegation will leave Turkey on Tuesday. /All papers/

    [06] TURKEY'S INTERNATIONAL RESERVES HIT $28 BILLION

    Turkey's international reserves, including foreign exchange and gold reserves of the Central Bank and hard cash deposits of local banks, reached a record $28 billion in October, according to a recent disclosure by the governor of the Turkish Central Bank. "No country under International Monetary Fund (IMF) supervision has made such a turnaround in such a short time as Turkey" Central Bank Governor Yaman Toruner said on Friday. He explained how the Central Bank's tight monetary policies were improving the Turkish economy by lowering inflation expectations and increasing savings. /All papers/

    [07] THIRTY-EIGHT PKK MILITANTS KILLED IN S.EAST

    Thrity-eight militants of the PKK terrorist organization were killed during military operations, and four soldiers were killed in action in the Southeast. Officials from the Diyarbakir-based emergency rule region said that 26 militants were killed in Bingol's Genc district, five in the rural area of Diyarbakir's Hazro district, five in Hakkari's Cukurca district, and two in the rural areas of Olcekli and Altinbasak villages in Hakkari's Yuksekova district. Four soldiers were killed in action during the clashes. /Milliyet/

    [08] TURKS IN GERMANY FOUND A POLITICAL PARTY

    The German Democratic Party, founded by German citizens of Turkish origin, has held its first meeting. Sedat Sezgin, one of the founding members was elected party chairman. The party was established in reaction to the increasing xenophobia in Germany, and aims to assist foreigners, and especially people of Turkish origin, with their problems encountered in Germany. /Milliyet/

    END

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