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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (December 5, 1995)

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

Turkish News Directory

CONTENTS

  • [01] CILLER IN BONN

  • [02] BRITISH LABOUR LEADER BACKS CU BID

  • [03] TURKISH POLICE LEAVE FOR BOSNIA

  • [04] PKK USING CHILDREN

  • [05] PKK VIOLENCE GOING ON INTERNET

  • [06] CLINTON DETERMINED TO SOLVE CYPRUS ISSUE

  • [07] TURKEY URGES GREECE TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS IN W.THRACE

  • [08] FM HASTENS TO 'CLARIFY' AMBASSADOR'S REMARKS

  • [09] ROMANIAN DEFENCE MINISTER VISITS TURKEY

  • [10] FIRST CONTACT WITH YUGOSLAVIA

  • [11] TUGIAD REPRESENTATIVE ELECTED YES VICE-CHAIRMAN


  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    TUESDAY DECEMBER 5, 1995

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press

    this morning

    [01] CILLER IN BONN

    Prime Minister Tansu Ciller, who arrived in Bonn late yesterday evening and will start her official contacts today, will focus on Turkey's relations with the EU and the approaching deadline for the Customs Union (CU). Ciller, meeting with Chancellor Helmut Kohl, will ask him to "use his influence" with the German deputies in the European Parliament -who, with 99 deputies, form the most numerous national group in the 626-member body. With the same aim, Ciller will also meet with Rita Susmuth, Speaker of the German Parliament and with the representatives of political parties. Ciller's last minute lobbying mainly targets some members of the German radical right who might vote against the realization of CU when the General Assembly votes on it on December 13. She will also press the German Socialists, by holding a meeting with their parliamentary group leader Rudolph Sharping, for a "yes" vote. She will also have interviews with daily Suddeutch Zeitung and television channel ARD. /Hurriyet/

    [02] BRITISH LABOUR LEADER BACKS CU BID

    The British Labour Party leader, Tony Blair, and the shadow foreign secretary, Robin Cook, expressed yesterday their full support for the proposed EU-Turkey customs union, which will be voted on in the European Parliament (EP) on December 13. Blair described a meeting with Foreign Minister Deniz Baykal, as useful and productive. "We are very happy with the meeting we had with Mr.Baykal, leader of one of our sister parties. We assure the sister party that we fully support Turkey's CU agreement to be approved by the EP" Blair said. Referring to the caucus meeting of the EP Labour Group to be held on December 5, Blair said: "The Labour group of the EP will be meeting tomorrow and I am hopeful that they will decide in favour of CU with Turkey". He noted that both the British Labour Party, and Turkey's Republican People's Party (CHP) were based on common ground. Blair pointed out that the Labour Party wanted the CU to go ahead and wanted Turkey to develop its links with Europe, based on common, social democratic values. Baykal expressed his satisfaction with support he received from both the Labour leader and Robin Cook.

    He pointed out that the British Labour Party was one of the parties that have a considerable number of MEPs in the EP and that it was a very respected political party all over the world. "Because of the importance of the party, their clear support for Turkey's CU bid is a very important step in the approval of the CU agreement. I believe such an important step can be interpreted as if almost every barrier in front of the CU is lifted. We also evaluated the relationship between the CHP and the Labour Party. We might have a chance to meet with him (Blair) again, in Turkey in 1996. Blair and I expressed our intention to improve the relationship between the Labour Party and the CHP" Baykal stated. /Sabah-Cumhuriyet-Hurriyet/

    [03] TURKISH POLICE LEAVE FOR BOSNIA

    A fifty person Turkish police unit is on the way to Bosnia to police the return of 25 thousand refugees who want to return home. Following the signing of a protocol only two weeks ago, police officers have been specially trained and prepared for their specialized task.

    After a farewell ceremony at Ankara's Esenboga Airport, the policemen will fly off to Zagreb. The Unit will be composed of six officers and 44 men. The unit will go fully armed and with supporting equipment. /Hurriyet/

    [04] PKK USING CHILDREN

    The noted German weekly Der Spiegel has a report in its latest issue that claims the illegal PKK terrorist organization is abusing, and misusing children in its terror activities in Germany.

    Der Spiegel says that the PKK cells in Germany, especially in the larger cities like Bremen and Hamburg, are using children for entrapment and selling drugs. Other children are used in forms of slave labour- cleaning and doing other heavy work in coffee shops and property belonging to the PKK. /Sabah/

    [05] PKK VIOLENCE GOING ON INTERNET

    News sources say that the Foreign Ministry has plugged into the Internet international information highway with a view to promoting Turkey's image amongst the Internet's 25 million users.

    The Foreign Ministry also wants to put forward Turkey's stand in matters that concern issues like the fight against terror, and other other matters that affect Turkey's foreign relations. Reports and pictures of PKK terrorist violence will also be put into the network- together with evidence that both Greece and Syria back the PKK with training facilities and logistic support. /Sabah-Cumhuriyet/

    [06] CLINTON DETERMINED TO SOLVE CYPRUS ISSUE

    In a determined move to solve the Cyprus problem, US President Bill Clinton has sent off two of his heavies to the island. Cyprus Special Representative Richard Beattie and Foreign Department Special Cyprus Coordinator James Williams have been sent to prepare the groundwork for new initiatives designed to break the current deadlock.

    The two US representatives will seek ways of compromise that will satisfy both sides on the island. Talks will begin today with Greek community leader Glafkos Klerides, followed by afternoon talks with Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas. One of the big issues on the agenda involves the re-opening of abandoned townships including Famagusta in the borders between the two communities. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] TURKEY URGES GREECE TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS IN W.THRACE

    Turkey urged Greece yesterday to "abolish the implementation of all oppresive measures in the whole of Western Thrace" which is mainly populated by ethnic Turks. Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Nurettin Nurkan said that Turkey would be very happy to see the Greek government take complete measures, rather than "the partial and insufficient steps supposedly taken in the restricted military zone". /All papers/

    [08] FM HASTENS TO 'CLARIFY' AMBASSADOR'S REMARKS

    A day after Turkey's Ambassador to Greece said that Turkey could abolish its Aegean army if Greece demilitarized the Aegean islands, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying the status of the issues was completely different. "Due to the security requirements of Turkey, the demilitarized status of the eastern Aegean islands has been an essential element of the Aegean status quo over since they were placed under Greek sovereignty" Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Nurettin Nurkan said yesterday.

    On the other hand, Turkish territory, including the Aegean region, is not under such demilitarized status. The Aegean army was established in Turkey on legal grounds and is defensive in nature" he said. "Greece has been violating the demilitarized status of the islands in contravention of her contractual obligations since the 1960s and has admitted a military presence on some of these isnlands since the 1970s" Nurkan said. /All papers/

    [09] ROMANIAN DEFENCE MINISTER VISITS TURKEY

    Romanian Defence Minister Gheorge Tinca visited his Turkish counterpart, Vefa Tanir, at his office in Ankara yesterday. Tanir noted that the friendship between Romania and Turkey was historically- based and that the two countries had signed many peace agreements to further world peace. Tanir noted that there were nearly 100,000 Turks living in Romania. Meanwhile, Romanian Air Force Chief Gen.Ion Sandelescu and his delegation visited Gen.Ahmet Corekci, Chief of the Turkish Air Force, at his office in Ankara. Gen.Sandelescu, the first Romanian commander to visit Turkey, said that his visit would help to develop military relations between the two countries. He added that Romania was ready to share its aviation experience with Turkey. The guest commander and his delegation will leave Turkey on December 8. /All papers/

    [10] FIRST CONTACT WITH YUGOSLAVIA

    After a pronounced coldness in bilateral ties during war in Bosnia, Ankara has sent a delegation to Belgrade to take the first step in the nromalization of relations. The Turkish delegation, headed by Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Ali Tuygan, will spend Monday and Tuesday in Belgrade having "open agenda talks" with their counterparts. "This visit should be taken as a step within the context of normalization following the peace deal in Dayton, Ohio" Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Nurettin Nurkan said yesterday. Nurkan said that the delegation visited Bosnia and Croatia first. The talks between Turkish and Yugoslav officials would "include everything" from the Bosnian peace process to bilateral relations, he added. /Hurriyet/

    [11] TUGIAD REPRESENTATIVE ELECTED YES VICE-CHAIRMAN

    The European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (YES) general assembly met in Brussels on December 2, electing TUGIAD (Turkish Young Businessmen's Association) representative Murat Bekdik as assembly vice-chairman. The French representative was elected assembly chairman of the organization which includes 33,000 members throughout Europe. /Hurriyet/

    END

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