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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (February 5, 1996)

From: TRKNWS-L <trh@aimnet.com>

Turkish Press Review Directory

CONTENTS

  • [01] ANAP LEADER STARTS HIS ROUNDS

  • [02] ISRAELI PM PERES PRAISES TURKEY

  • [03] TURKISH INDUSTRY OUTPUT GROWS 8.7 % IN 1995

  • [04] TURKISH RESERVES RISE TO $13.6 BILLION

  • [05] TURKISH COMPANIES INVEST IN BOSNIA

  • [06] CREDIT WORTH $986 MILLION FOR TURKISH REPUBLICS

  • [07] BAYKAL BLAMES THE GREEKS

  • [08] GREEK-PKK PROTEST IN ATHENS

  • [09] NO ROOM FOR PKK IN RUSSIA

  • [10] TURKEY ATTENDING GERMAN DEFENCE CONFERENCE

  • [11] TURKEY TO PARTICIPATE IN 'EXPOLANGUES 96'

  • [12] EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT PUBLISHED


  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    MONDAY FEBRUARY 5, 1996

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press

    this morning

    [01] ANAP LEADER STARTS HIS ROUNDS

    Caretaker Prime Minister Tansu Ciller on Saturday returned to President Suleyman Demirel the mandate she received from him 15 days ago for forming a government. President Demirel later on Saturday gave the mandate for forming a government to Mesut Yilmaz, Motherland Party (ANAP) leader. Yilmaz will start trying his hand tomorrow. He will convene his party's decision making bodies today to seek their consent for the strategy he plans. Yilmaz will meet Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal and Democratic Left Party (DSP) Chairman Bulent Ecevit tomorrow and then on Wednesday he will meet True Path Party (DYP) leader Tansu Ciller and Welfare Party (RP) leader Necmettin Erbakan. /All papers/

    [02] ISRAELI PM PERES PRAISES TURKEY

    Shimon Peres, Prime Minister of Israel, said on Saturday that Turkey was the key country in the Middle East and Islamic world. Speaking in Davos, where he was attending the World Economic Forum meetings, Peres said that Turkey belonged to democracy and secularism and that it was a leader of modernization. Peres noted that Turkish President Suleyman Demirel would visit Israel in March and that his government attached great importance to Demirel's visit. He added that Israel and Turkey had very close business relations and that a huge number of Israeli tourists visited Turkey every year. He indicated that political, strategic and economic relations between the two countries would be discussed during Demirel's visit. Peres concluded that the water problem in the region could be solved with international efforts, and that, if possible, Israel might buy water from Turkey.

    Sir Leon Brittan, deputy chairman of the European Commission, said at his press conference on Sunday that if Turkey continued its efforts on the lines of the customs union, it could establish close relations with the EU. Brittan said that Turkey's entry into the customs union was very important and a big step for Turkey.

    Meanwhile, Palestinian Head of State Yasser Arafat said that relations between Turkey and Palestine were "very powerful". Arafat, who is in Davos for the World Economic Forum, stated in his press conference that relations between Turkey and Israel dated back many years and said: "We have very good relations with President Suleyman Demirel, the Turkish government, all the parties and the Turkish nation". /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] TURKISH INDUSTRY OUTPUT GROWS 8.7 % IN 1995

    Turkey's industrial production grew 8.7 % in 1995, the State Institute of Statistics (DIE) said on Friday. It said manufacturing industry had grown 9.1 % last year, compared with an 8.6 % contraction in 1994. But the mining industry grew only 0.1 % in 1995 after growing 9.3 % in 1994. The electricity, gas and water sectors grew by 9.8 %, compared to 6.2 % growth in 1994. The DIE said the machinery industry, which mainly depends on imports for raw materials, struck the highest growth with 24.7% in 1995 compared to 31.7% shrinkage in 1994. /All papers/

    [04] TURKISH RESERVES RISE TO $13.6 BILLION

    The Turkish Central Bank's foreign currency reserves rose to $571 million last week to $13.609 billion on Friday, the Bank said. Figures in billions of dollars, Turkey's gross international reserves, including commercial bank holdings, rose by $308 million to $24.1 billion in the week ending January 12, the Bank said. Gross international reserves were $24.36 billion at end-1995, while gold reserves remained unchanged at $1.383 billion. /All papers/

    [05] TURKISH COMPANIES INVEST IN BOSNIA

    Turkish construction companies have started contributing to the reconstruction efforts in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The companies will be involved in the reconstruction of houses, factories, hospitals and the infrastructure in the region. Ali Dincer, Minister of State responsible for housing, said that Turkish firms would play an important role in Bosnia's reconstruction. "Turkey has made enormous efforts to achieve peace in the region and will continue its efforts to ensure peaceful coexistence. Nine countries, including Turkey, are involved in reconstruction work in Bosnia-Herzegovina. So far $6 billion has been spent for Bosnia's reconstruction and $4 billion more is expected to be sent to the region" Dincer said. He explained that some Turkish companies would open branches in Tuzla and Mostar in order to coordinate their efforts in Bosnia-Herzegovina. /All papers/

    [06] CREDIT WORTH $986 MILLION FOR TURKISH REPUBLICS

    Turkey has been regulating its economic relations with the Central Asian Turkish republics through Eximbank. So far, Turkey has extended the newly independent Central Asian Turkish republics credits worth $986 million. $556 million was used by the end of 1995. Uzbekistan is the country most intensively benefiting from the credits, followed by Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. /Sabah/

    [07] BAYKAL BLAMES THE GREEKS

    Foreign Minister Deniz Baykal said over the weekend that Greece had added to the tension between Turkey and Greece by creating an incident over the Kardak rocks.

    Baykal added that Turkey had not been looking for a confrontation over the rocks, and had not sought either a political or diplomatic victory. Rather, Turkey had wanted a quick return to the earlier status quo, without taking the issue any further. /Sabah/

    [08] GREEK-PKK PROTEST IN ATHENS

    A fanatical group of extreme right Greek protestors held a demonstration outside the Turkish Embassy in Athens yesterday. The Greek extremists and supporters of the PKK terrorist organization protested against the Kardak indent and developments that followed the Aegean Sea dispute.

    The protest group shouted anti-Turkish slogans and burnt a Turkish flag. Athens police however, stopped the protestors from getting too close to the Embassy. /Milliyet/

    [09] NO ROOM FOR PKK IN RUSSIA

    Dimitri Rurikov, chief advisor to Russian Head of State Boris Yeltsin, said over the weekend that in view of Turkey and Russia's shared feelings about terrorism, there was no room in Russia for the terrorist PKK organization.

    In a statement to the Turkish press, Rurikov said that Russia and Turkey were in a shared battle against terrorism. In the same statement, Rurikov denied claims that Russia was in some way supporting the PKK.

    Commenting on a possible visit by Yeltsin to Turkey, Rurikov said that a factor influencing the situation was the Chechen problem, which Rurikov hoped would be solved just as soon as possible. He hoped too, that ties between Turkey and his own country would get better by politicians following the example of the trade and business sectors, which developed their own ties despite political wrangling. /Hurriyet/

    [10] TURKEY ATTENDING GERMAN DEFENCE CONFERENCE

    Speaking at the 33rd Defence Conference being held in Munich, Germany, Turkish Ambassador to Bonn, Volkan Vural, said that security in the Mediterranean region was vital to European security.

    Vural also stressed that Turkey was ready to talk with Greece about the problems besetting the two countries, and find a solution without resorting to military means. Vural added that support from Turkey's European friends in this instance would be welcome. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] TURKEY TO PARTICIPATE IN 'EXPOLANGUES 96'

    Turkey will participate in the international culture and introduction fair "expolangues 96" as an honorary guest. Speaking at a press conference, Culture Minister Fikri Saglar said that Turkey always contributed to the universal culture and that he wanted Turkey to be introduced to the world. Expolangues 96 is the world's biggest international language, culture and travel fair, and will be held in Paris between February 15 and 19.

    [12] EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT PUBLISHED

    The "European Environment Agency report", which is the most extensive environmental study since that issued by the European Commission in 1986, has been published. The report describes the environmental situation of the territory which extends from Portugal to the Urals and from the north pole to the Mediterranean. The report includes 150 large-scale maps of 46 countries, including Turkey, 200 detailed studies and hundreds of photographs. The report points out the 12 most important environmental problems facing Europe, and includes scientific and academic research data.

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