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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 31, 1995)

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

Turkish News Directory

Subject: TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (October 31, 1995)


CONTENTS

  • [01] DYP-CHP COALITION: 52ND GOVERNMENT

  • [02] RUSSIA WELCOMES PKK

  • [03] ONLY THE POLITICAL HURDLE LEFT

  • [04] TURKISH INDUSTRY SEEKING FINANCIAL BOOST

  • [05] FIVE PEOPLE KILLED IN SOUTHEAST

  • [06] TURKISH OFFICE IN GERMANY FIREBOMBED

  • [07] TURKEY "SHINING LIKE A STAR"


  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    TUESDAY OCTOBER 31, 1995

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press

    this morning

    [01] DYP-CHP COALITION: 52ND GOVERNMENT

    Prime Minister: Tansu Ciller, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister: Deniz Baykal, State Ministers: Necmettin Cevheri, Cavit Caglar, Aykon Dogan, Abdulkadir Ates, Ali Dincer, Ayvaz Gokdemir, Munif Islamoglu, Omer Barutcu, Ali Ekmen, Mehmet Sevigen, Coskun Kirca, Isilay Saygin, Mehmet Alp, Salim Ensarioglu, Defence Minister: Vefa Tanir, Finance: Ismet Attila, Education: Turhan Tayan, Public Works and Housing: Adnan Keskin, Health: Dogan Baran, Agriculture: Nafiz Kurt, Labour: Mustafa Kul, Industry: Fuat Cay, Energy: Sinasi Altiner, Culture: Fikri Saglar, Tourism: Irfan Gurpinar, Forestry: Hasan Ekinci, Environment: Hamdi Ucpinarlar

    The 52nd government was approved by President Suleyman Demirel. Prime Ministry Press Counsellor Mehmet Bican stated that the justice, interior and transport ministers would resign today and that Ciller would name three independent ministers. Ciller will read the government programme today in Parliament. On Friday, the programme will be discussed and a confidence vote for the 52nd government will be held on Sunday. /Milliyet/

    [02] RUSSIA WELCOMES PKK

    Moscow, which has assured Turkey that Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) meetings would not be allowed in Russia, has opened its doors to a meeting of the so-called Kurdish Parliament-in-exile. The PKK held its first two meetings in the Netherlands and Austria and yesterday held its third meeting in an official building in Moscow. Holding the "3rd General Council Meeting of the Parliament-in-exile" in a Moscow building belonging to the Russian Parliament, the PKK wants to send a message to Turkey that Russia continues to support their activities.

    Russian Parliamentarian Valeri Ustinov gave a speech at the meeting and called for a change in the Lausanne Treaty preparatory to a new agreement to protect Kurdish rights. Chairman of the Russian-Greek Culture Association, Georgi Trapeznikov, said that Kurdish, Armenian and Greek societies were victims of Turkey's ultra-nationalist policies. Ankara has sent a protest to the Russian Federation through Turkey's Ambassador to Moscow, Bilgin Unal, who will convey the protest orally to the Russian Foreign Ministry. /Milliyet-Hurriyet/

    [03] ONLY THE POLITICAL HURDLE LEFT

    In connection with Turkey's customs union with the European Union (EU), positive signals are coming from the Europeans. Problems at the technical level are resolved and only the political hurdle remains to be crossed.

    Now the ball is in the European's court. The EU member countries are left with the decisive vote. Turkey has done all that the EU member countries requested as preconditions to customs union. Despite some misgivings in some areas, the general feeling is that the Europeans are much more positive about Turkey joining them in the vital customs union lead up to full membership. Leading EU figures, including EU Commissioner in charge of foreign relations, Hans Van Den Broek, have all sent out signals suggesting that Turkey is on the way to full membership in the EU.

    Turkey's success in meeting the conditions for customs union is already being described as a "victory" for Turkey. Prime Minister Ciller said yesterday that within three years she would take Turkey into the EU as a full member. In the meantime, contacts between Turkey and the EU remain intense as the final steps are taken to complete years of preparation. /All papers/

    [04] TURKISH INDUSTRY SEEKING FINANCIAL BOOST

    Within the framework of European Union projects for the Mediterranean region, Turkey stands to benefit from grants worth two billion dollars. During the recent Valencia summit, chairman Aldo Kaslowski noted that Turkey was a front-runner among the countries lined-up for benefits.

    Out of a total of six billion dollars in the EU Mediterranean Fund, Turkey could be awarded two billion. Leaders in the Turkish industrial sectors are determined that Turkey will not be bilked out of its due share. According to the projects that has Turkey currently has in hand, Turkish Businessmen's and Industrialists Confederation representatives claim that Turkey meets the norms required by the European Bank administering the fund. /Milliyet/

    [05] FIVE PEOPLE KILLED IN SOUTHEAST

    Five people including two primary school teachers working in the southeast were found dead yesterday after being kidnapped from their homes, security officials said. The regional emergency rule governor's office in Diyarbakir said Gurkan Ariturk and Okkes Kaya were killed by militants of the PKK terrorist organization, which has murdered scores of teachers in the region. /Sabah/

    [06] TURKISH OFFICE IN GERMANY FIREBOMBED

    Unknown attackers threw a petrol bomb into a Turkish advice bureau in the German town of Heilbronn early on Monday but the fire was quickly extinguished and the residents of the tenement above were unhurt, police said.

    [07] TURKEY "SHINING LIKE A STAR"

    President Suleyman Demirel joined in the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Kars from foreign occupation. In a speech at the celebrations, Demirel said Turkey was "shining like a star" in a problem-plagued region. He noted that Turkey was mediating between Armenia and Azerbaijan, trying to solve the controversies between them, and added that soon a border gate would be opened between Turkey and Armenia. /Hurriyet/

    END

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