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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (December 22, 1995)

From: "Demetrios E. Paneras" <dep@bu.edu>

Turkish News Directory

CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY WINS MORE APPROVAL

  • [02] HOLBROOKE TO TACKLE CYPRUS

  • [03] TURKEY SAVES BOSNIANS FROM A COLD WINTER

  • [04] US OFFICIAL ENDORSES CILLER STANCE ON KURDS

  • [05] WORLD BANK APPOINTS TURK VICE PRESIDENT

  • [06] TRNC GOVERNMENT WINS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE

  • [07] BRITISH MP: TURKEY IS PART OF EUROPEAN FAMILY

  • [08] TURKEY SUPPORTS UN PEACEKEEPING FORCE ORGANIZATION SHAKEUP

  • [09] TURKISH CONFEDERATION SET UP IN GERMANY

  • [10] TEXTILE QUOTA FROM TURKEY


  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    FRIDAY DECEMBER 22, 1995

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

    [01] TURKEY WINS MORE APPROVAL

    As a member of the European Union (EU) customs treaty, Turkey is racking up more "good" points: This time from the noted Economist Intelligence Unit. According to the weekly Economist magazine, Turkey is still a risky area to invest in- but the risk is decreasing and "Turkey is a country worth investing in."

    According to the EIU, the last quarter of this year showed an improvement over last year, this in relation to the EIU's own system of assessing credit risk. Turkey is now placed in the "C" bracket, which is an improvement in the EIU rating for Turkey.

    Turkish businessmen say that the EIU decision is right on the spot according to the facts. All agree that a negative assessment would not have been in harmony with domestic economic progress. But they add that the next government has to have a policy that will maintain further progress. /Sabah/

    [02] HOLBROOKE TO TACKLE CYPRUS

    Richard C.Holbrooke, the man who negotiated the Bosnia peace agreement signed last week in Paris, is planning a new round of shuttle diplomacy, this time to promote a comprehensive peace agreement for Cyprus. Political observers note the significance of the fact that such an experienced diplomat as Holbrooke has undertaken the task of finding a lasting solution to the Cyprus question. Washington will try to persuade both sides in the dispute to accept a Swiss-style federation model. /Sabah/

    [03] TURKEY SAVES BOSNIANS FROM A COLD WINTER

    Turkey prevented Russia from cutting natural gas to Bosnia by pledging to foot Bosnia's $6 million bill itself.

    During a meeting on the reconstruction of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Brussels, Bosnians appealed to Turkey to help them with Moscow, which was threatening to cut natural gas supplies to Bosnia-Herzegovina because of unpaid debts since it resumed supplying natural gas in the beginning of November, after a visit by Bosnian Prime Minister Haris Sladzic to Moscow in October. Russia also wants to collect a $105 million debt from former Yugoslavia, but Sarajevo claims that it cannot be held responsible for the whole sum. /All papers/

    [04] US OFFICIAL ENDORSES CILLER STANCE ON KURDS

    The present Turkish government is "dedicated" to the positions on the Kurdish issue advocated by the US and "and others in the West", a high US State Department official has said. Interviewed yesterday by European journalists over the US Information Agency's "Worldnet" television network, Peter Tarnoff, undersecretary of state for political affairs, was asked about "the Kurdish conflict, which is destabilizing Turkey and the region". After noting that Turkey is "a solid, important member of the NATO alliance and.. playing an important role in Bosnia" Tarnoff urged his questioner "to be mindful.. that the (outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party) PKK, which is a Kurdish terrorist organization, is dedicated to violence, and it is an organization which has demonstrated time and time again that it is based on violence. /All papers/

    [05] WORLD BANK APPOINTS TURK VICE PRESIDENT

    The World Bank has appointed Kemal Dervis, a prominent Turkish economist, as vice president. Dervis, who has been working for the bank since 1977, will take office on January 1, 1996. Dervis is currently in charge of the Bank's activity in Europe and Central Asia, covering Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. As vice president he will cover the Middle East and North Africa. Another Turkish economist, Atilla Karaosmanoglu, also served as the vice president at the Bank. /Milliyet-Cumhuriyet-Sabah/

    [06] TRNC GOVERNMENT WINS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE

    The third coalition government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), made up of the Democracy Party (DP) and the Republican Turks' Party (CTP), won a vote of confidence in yesterday's voting in the 50-seat TRNC Parliament. Twenty-nine deputies voted yes with 18 opposing. Three deputies did not take part. /All papers/

    [07] BRITISH MP: TURKEY IS PART OF EUROPEAN FAMILY

    Wayne David, a British Labour MP who is also a Euro-MP, said that Turkey was a part of the European family. David, speaking on the BBC World Service program Newshour, noted that realization of the customs union could "possibly" be a prelude to Turkey's full membership of the EU. "I think one of the strong reasons for voting "yes" in the European Parliament has been the fact that having had the CU, the next step will be for Turkey to put together a realistic application for membership in the EU. /All papers/

    [08] TURKEY SUPPORTS UN PEACEKEEPING FORCE ORGANIZATION SHAKEUP

    Turkey supported a proposal to reorganize the way UN peacekeeping forces are organized. The proposal, which was presented by Argentina's permanent representative to the UN, calls for more communication between the Security Council and the states which contribute troops to peacekeeping contingents. /All papers/

    [09] TURKISH CONFEDERATION SET UP IN GERMANY

    A Turkish confederation was established yesterday in the German city of Hamburg to defend the rights of Turkish citizens living abroad. Hakki Keskin, a German Social Democrat Party deputy in the Hamburg State Parliament, was elected chairman of the federation. Keskin said during the opening ceremony that they would ask the German government to allow the foreign people who work in Germany to have dual citizenship. He also called upon the German government to make radical amendments in its citizenship law. Volkan Vural, Turkish Ambassador to Bonn, participated in the opening ceremony. Over 3,000 Turkish organizations and associations have joined the confederation, which does not include any pro-Islamic organizations. /All papers/

    [10] TEXTILE QUOTA FROM TURKEY

    Turkey will supervise and implement quotas on 45 countries in textile and ready-wear as of 1 January, 1996 within the framework of the customs union. It will implement a unilateral limitation on four countries. According to the Foreign Trade Undersecretariat, Turkey will make agreements with the countries already part of EU quota and supervision agreements in the textile and ready-wear sector. To this end, Turkey will implement supervision on 12 countries and quotas with 33 countries. It will put a unilateral limitation on Macedonia, North Korea, Croatia and Bosnia. /Cumhuriyet/

    [END]

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