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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>
TURKISH PRESS REVIEW
MONDAY DECEMBER 2, 1996
Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning
 DEMIREL FLIES TO LISBONPresident Suleyman Demirel on Sunday said Turkey would stress the need for a more determined and realistic approach against terrorism, aggressive nationalism and racism as he left for Lisbon yesterday to join 53 other heads of state and government to attend the two-day summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) starting today. In an airport statement before leaving for the Portuguese capital, Demirel said the summit would focus on Europe's new security setup as well as ways and means of increasing OSCE effectiveness in that context. The participating leaders will also review OSCE efforts for the settlement of Bosnia tensions and the ethnic conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Demirel met with Azeri President Haydar Aliyev, Macedonian President Kiro Gligorov and Portuguese former President Mario Soares yesterday. Gligorov noted that he wished new steps would be taken to develop economic cooperation between the two countries and said: "We will be pleased to see Turkish businessmen in Macedonia". Gligorov pointed out that Macedonia was about to open a Consulate-General in Istanbul. Portuguese former President Soares, for his part, expressed the importance of Turkey and said: "It is significant for European interests when Europe and Turkey come closer". /Cumhuriyet-Sabah/
 ERBAKAN TO LAY FOUNDATION IN BURSA TODAYPrime Minister Necmettin Erbakan said yesterday that Turkey was again becoming a big power. Erbakan noted that very important investment drives would be launched next year pointing out that one such significant investment would be a power plant in Bursa where he would lay the foundation stone today. He said that the plant would cost $550 million and that it would produce 9.5 billion kilowatts annually when completed in 1999. The total project cost of the power plant will be financed by Japanese Eximbank and Japanese commercial banks. /Milliyet/
 SECURITY FORCES KILL 57 MILITANTS IN SOUTHEASTSecurity forces have killed 57 separatists of the PKK terrorist organization over the past few days, including 47 who were allegedly trying to cross into Turkey from northern Iraq to carry out terrorist activities. In a written statement, the governor's office in the emergency rule region province said that security forces, backed by air support, carried out an operation near Turkey's southeastern border town of Cukurca in Hakkari province killing 47 militants.
During the operations, ammunition, mines and food supplies were seized. One member of the security forces died after stepping on a land mine. Meanwhile, security forces killed eight separatists near Bingol, two in the rural areas of Sirnak and Siirt provinces. Five PKK militants were also captured in several operations in southeastern cities. /All papers/
 ISRAEL RENEWS MILITARY PACT WITH TURKEYIsrael on Sunday said it had renewed a military cooperation pact with Turkey. "At the end of the week two days of talks in Turkey were concluded between Israel and Turkey" Israel's Defence Ministry said in a statement. "A strategic dialogue was held and an agreement was signed for cooperation and exercises for 1997". It said the country teams were led by David Ivri, adviser of Israeli Defence Minister Yitzhak Mordechai, and Turkish Defence Ministry Undersecretary Gen.Tuncer Kilinc. /Cumhuriyet-Milliyet/
 WORLD AIDS DAY OBSERVED IN TURKEYTurkey along with the rest of world observed World AIDS Day on December 1 with many activities which aimed at creating a society sympathetic to AIDS sufferers and to commemorate those who have died from the virus. Combat against AIDS Associations and Turkish Family Planning Associations organized a conference at TUBITAK, attended by President Suleyman Demirel. Pointing out that AIDS recognized no boundaries, President Demirel said: "It is impossible to get away from the disease after contracting it. The only way not to be affected is to stop it being contracted". Demirel completed his speech by touching upon the contributions and studies made in Turkey over the past 10 years. He said the establishment of national commissions and the services provided by volunteer associations were pleasing. /All papers/
 TURKEY TO TENDER FOR 200,000 TONS OF WHEATTurkey's Soil Products Board (TMO) is expected to invite bids in early December in a tender to import wheat. A TMO official said that bids would be invited on December 10 in a tender to import 200,000 tons of red and white wheat on a three-year credit basis. He said the imports would come from either the US, Australia, Argentina or any EU member country. /All papers/
 BE HONEST WITH OURSELVES, SAYS GREEK SCHOLARIn a rare departure from the mainstream Greek media and press policy of portraying Greece as a country threatened by Turkey and misunderstood and victimized by its allies, a major Greek weekly has recently published the views of a scholar to the contrary. In his article, professor Nikos Mouzelos has argued that Athens was to blame for the recent violence in Cyprus and Greece stands to lose from its policy of turning down Turkey's calls for dialogue for the settlement of the Aegean disputes. The conclusion of the article, which appeared in the November 24 issue of the Greek weekly To Vima by Nikos Mouzelos of the London School of Economics, said: "Greece is responsible both for the division of Cyprus and the current tension on the island. Only a foreign policy based on analyses our own responsibilities can be to our best national interests. /All papers/
 TURKS IN GERMANY DEMAND EQUAL RIGHTSAt a meeting called "Expectations of Turkish society from Germany after 35 years" held in Berlin, Turks who settled in Germany called for political equality. Berlin State Head-Consulate Acting Atache Gul Sonaer, Social Democrat Party (SPD) Berlin State Chairman Detlef Dzembriski and Dr.Volker Krepp, a Berlin official for the Federal Foreign Workers' office were among the participants of the meeting organized by the Berlin Turkish Science and Technology Centre (BTBTM). /All papers/
 KURDISH PARLIAMENT IN IRAQThe Kurdish Parliament-in-exile, founded by a group of DEP members, is to meet in northern Iraq. A delegation from the Kurdish Parliament trying to bring together all Kurdish organisations operating in the region is in Northern Iraq. The Kurdish "Parliament", known for its sympathy towards the PKK, in an extraordinary meeting held in Belgium decided to increase relations with Kurdish organisations operating in Northern Iraq and to settle there. Chairman of the Executive Council Zubeyir Aydar said that their aim was to maintain unity among Kurds and therefore to establish and develop friendships between Kurdish parties.
In another development, the first steps were taken in the Ankara process aiming to conclude the animosities between Kurdish groups with the leadership of Ankara and Washington. The military training of the Turkmens who are supposed to watch the ceasefire line between Talabani and Barzani forces started last week in Turkey. Turkmens are being trained by Turkish officers while the US is supplying the necessary equipment. /Hurriyet-Milliyet/
 US RECOMMENDS HAMMER SHUT DOWNThe US has now come out with the recommendation that the multinational "Hammer" strike force based at Incirlik near Adana should be operationally reduced. US government officials have recommended to the Welfare Party coalition government that the force should be reduced at the end of the current extention of its duties.
Washington has relayed the view that the Hammer force should only be a "symbolic" block to any kind of assault by Iraqi leader Sadddam Hussein against Kurdish groups in northern Iraq. /Cumhuriyet/
 REPORT ON IRANIAN SUPPORT FOR PKKDespite continuous denials by the Iranian government, a new report by the Turkish Parliamentary Research Commission claims that there is confirmatory evidence that Iran does, in fact, support the terrorist PKK organization.
The report follows seven months of research into the sensitive matter of Iran-PKK connections, and also stresses connections with Armenia, Syria, Greece and the Greek Cypriot community on Cyprus. /Sabah/
 BOSCH REFRIGERATORS WILL BE PRODUCED IN TURKEYAt a meeting in Antalya, Bosch Board of Directors member Hans Peter Haase said that the company was planning to produce 50 percent of total Bosch refrigerator production in its Cerkezkoy facilities. Within this framework, a DM 30 million investment was planned for the Cerkezkoy facilities. A similar arrangement has also been foreseen for Bosch waching mashine production. /Hurriyet/
 TEKEL SETS UP TOBACCO PROCESSING FACILITIES IN DIYARBAKIRThe state-owned Tekel company has imported tobacco-processing equipment worth $7.7 million for its facilities in Diyarbakir. The new facilities with capacity to process about 29,000 tons of tobacco yearly will start production within two months and will create employment opportunities for 750 workers. /Sabah/
 FLOWER EXPORTS BOOMAntalya has started its New Year flower exports to Europe. Since the beginning of the new export season in September about 20 million cut flowers have been exported to Western Europe as well as to Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and Japan worth $3.2 million. /Sabah/
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