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TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review (February 26, 1996)

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

Turkish Press Review Directory

CONTENTS

  • [01] SEARCH SWINGS BACK TO 'MOTHERPATH' FORMULA

  • [02] DEMIREL CALLS ON SYRIA TO STOP SUPPORTING TERRORISM

  • [03] KOC DIES AGED 95

  • [04] TURKISH BUSINESSMEN ABROAD TO MEET IN ISTANBUL

  • [05] ANKARA CALLS IN ATHENS AMBASSADOR

  • [06] EU DEBATING TURKEY-GREECE PROBLEMS

  • [07] DENKTAS BLAMES GREECE

  • [08] SECURITY FORCES KILL SIX PKK TERRORISTS

  • [09] TOURISM SECTOR JUMPS OFF TO A GOOD START


  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    MONDAY FEBRUARY 26, 1996

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

    [01] SEARCH SWINGS BACK TO 'MOTHERPATH' FORMULA

    Exploratory talks were underway over the weekend between caretaker Prime Minister Tansu Ciller's True Path Party (DYP) and the Motherland Party (ANAP) of Mesut Yilmaz for a government partnership. The talks between the sides continued on Sunday afternoon. The deputy head of the DYP's parliamentary group Yalim Erez, his ANAP counterpart Ulku Guney and ANAP deputy for Gaziantep Mustafa Tasar attended the talks held at Yilmaz's residence.

    Reflecting her conciliatory tone over the weekend, Ciller expressed her happiness that Welfare Party (RP)-ANAP coalition had not been formed and said there was still the possibility for a DYP-ANAP partnership. "The country today is faced with important problems. What is important in this respect is the formation of a workable government" Ciller told reporters on Saturday night. Ciller said that the DYP was ready to do all that it had to so that the country does not remain without a government.

    Preliminary talks between the DYP and ANAP started almost immediately after Mesut Yilmaz announced at a press conference on Saturday afternoon that they had failed to come up with a formula for establishing a coalition with the RP. Yilmaz will meet with chairman of the Democratic Left Party (DSP) Bulent Ecevit today and ask for his support for the "Motherpath solution" from outside the coalition.

    Yilmaz will also meet with President Suleyman Demirel this afternoon. He is expected to furnish information to Demirel about talks on the formation of a coalition between ANAP and DYP. Ciller will go to Rome,Italy, this evening, meet with Italian Prime Minister Lamberto Dini and come back tomorrow evening. Then, she will meet with Yilmaz and sign the preliminary protocol. The list of the Council of Ministers for the ANAP-DYP coalition government will probably be submitted to Demirel on Friday.

    MOTHERPATH preliminary protocol

    *For one year (-1 January 1997) Yilmaz-Prime Minister *For two years (1 January 1997-1 January 1999) Ciller-PM *For one year (1 January 1999-1 January 2000) Yilmaz-PM *Ciller will not be in the Cabinet headed by Yilmaz and vice versa. *Eight executive ministries will be given to ANAP and nine to DYP. *Finance Ministry to ANAP and Treasury to DYP. *Chairmen of the Central Bank and the Department of Religious Affairs and General Directors of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) and the Anatolia news agency will be determined by the two leaders. /Sabah-Hurriyet/

    [02] DEMIREL CALLS ON SYRIA TO STOP SUPPORTING TERRORISM

    President Suleyman Demirel on Saturday called on Syria to abandon using terrorism as a foreign policy lever and stop supporting Turkey's separatist terrorists. The president also urged Damascus to open talks with Turkey on the long-running dispute over sharing the water of the River Euphrates. "Syria must give up using terror as an instrument of foreign policy and seek a solution to its problems with Turkey in a way fitting to good neighbourly and brotherly ties" Demirel said in a message to the heads of state of Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Egypt explaining Turkey's position. Demirel recalled that Syria had so far not agreed to Turkey's repeated calls for dialogue on the issue of sharing water from the Euphrates and said he believed Syria's recent moves to pull the Arab world over to its side over the water sharing dispute stemmed from "a need to hide the great responsibility it took upon itself with its support of terror". The Turkish president said he hoped Arab countries would not be party to Syria's groundless attacks against Turkey. Demirel underlined in his message to the Gulf leaders and the Egyptian president that Turkey intended no harm to any of its neighbours over the water issue and would maintain that policy. /All papers/

    [03] KOC DIES AGED 95

    Pioneering Turkish industrialist, Vehbi Koc, died at the age of 95 on Sunday, the Turkish press said on Monday. Koc, founder of the giant Koc Holding, died of a heart attack while on holiday in the southern city of Antalya, the papers said. The Koc group of more than 80 firms encompasses the Tofas automobile company, domestic appliance maker Arcelik and a highly successful chain of supermarkets. President Suleyman Demirel, Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Kalemli, Prime Minister Tansu Ciller and ANAP leader Mesut Yilmaz issued messages of condolence. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] TURKISH BUSINESSMEN ABROAD TO MEET IN ISTANBUL

    Turkish businessmen abroad will meet in Istanbul on February 27. The "World Turkish Businessmen's Meeting" will be the first to gather Turkish businessmen from throughout the world. Six hundred and fifty Turkish businessmen from 34 countries will attend the meeting which will be headed by Sakip Sabanci, Chairman of Sabanci Holding, which is the second biggest business cooperation in Turkey. The meeting will be held under the auspices of President Suleyman Demirel and will host 46 Turkish businessmen from Germany and many from the US, China, the Republic of South Africa and Singapore. Also 350 Turkish businessmen from 28 provinces in Turkey, mostly small- and medium-size company (KOBI) representatives, will join the meeting. The main objective of the meeting is to gather together Turkish businessmen from abroad and in Turkey. The topics to be discussed are the customs union with the EU, foreign investment in Turkey, build-operate-transfer model applications, privatization, KOBIs and the organization of Turkish businessmen abroad. /All papers/

    [05] ANKARA CALLS IN ATHENS AMBASSADOR

    In the wake of the Kardak rocks crisis, the flames of which are still being fanned by Athens, Ankara has called home Turkish ambassador to Athens Umit Pamir. Pamir arrived in Ankara yesterday for talks about the situation-which is also a matter of debate for the European Parliament (EP). Pamir stayed for last night's evening meal at the house of Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Onur Oymen, and enlarged on the situation with Foreign Minister Deniz Baykal. Today Pamir with discuss relations with Greece with Foreign Ministry officials. /All papers/

    [06] EU DEBATING TURKEY-GREECE PROBLEMS

    Today the issue of worsening Turkey-Greece relations will be taken up by a meeting of European Union (EU) foreign ministers in Brussels. Reports suggest however, that Greece will not have things all its own way. Reports from Brussels say that the EU is growing weary of endless Greek ploys to influence EU thinking on Turkey. Greece has overplayed its hand trying to blackmail the EU into accepting Greek engineered vetos against Turkey, and could now face EU opposition to its plans to force Turkey into a corner. Speaking out against Greek plots, Turkish Permanent Representative to the EU, Uluc Ozulker said over the weekend that the EU must act at last against Greece instead of pandering to its every whim. Noting that Greece continually relies on its Cyprus card, Ozulker said that this was no longer sufficient reason for the EU to give way to Greece. Rather, the EU now had to exert economic pressures against Greece including holding back EU economic aid to Greece. This and other matters will be taken up today in what could turn out to be a turning point in Greek domination of the EU. EU officials resent the way Greece has tried to impose its will, and this time the meeting could swing round in Turkey's favour. /All papers/

    [07] DENKTAS BLAMES GREECE

    Speaking at the airport on his way to Poland for a special visit, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Rauf Denktas said that he blamed Greece for all the dispute over the situation in Cyprus. He added that hoped Greece would quickly come to realize the advantages of friendship with Turkey, instead of seeking always to justify its own profit from the situation. Denktas stressed that Greece was forever promoting enmity with Turkey through Cyprus, and that Greece had been spoilt by all the attention it got from the isssue. /Sabah/

    [08] SECURITY FORCES KILL SIX PKK TERRORISTS

    Turkish security forces have killed six PKK terrorists in operations in the eastern city of Bingol, the office of the Emergency Rule Governor said on Saturday. One soldier was killed during the operations which went on over the weekend, they said. Troops surrounded a group of PKK terrorists in a town in Bingol province and killed six of them, the statement issued by the office said. Security forces also captured 11 PKK terrorists in Sirnak, Diyarbakir and Hakkari. /All papers/

    [09] TOURISM SECTOR JUMPS OFF TO A GOOD START

    During the lengthy Bayram holiday the Turkish tourism sector made a promising start to the 1996 season. In the Antalya region, for example, tourist hotels and pensions were all fully booked-up during the Bayram holiday, drawing foreign tourists as well as large numbers of Turks. /All papers/
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