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Turkish Press Review, 96-12-03

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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT DEMIREL ASKS EUROPEAN SECURITY SUMMIT TO FOCUS ON BOSNIA AND KARABAKH
  • [02] PARLIAMENT CONSIDERS OPC TO BE NO LONGER NECESSARY
  • [03] ANKARA: "NO NEW AGREEMENT WITH ISRAEL"
  • [04] TURKEY PUTS STAMP OF APPROVAL ON ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT BANK
  • [05] AMOCO TO BID FOR IZMIR POWER PLANT PROJECT
  • [06] WATA GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN ANTALYA
  • [07] FM CILLER TAKES OFF FOR LONDON
  • [08] TURKEY, BULGARIA TO MEET FOR BILATERAL TALKS
  • [09] CROATS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TUAF'S EXPERIENCE
  • [10] 17 PKK MILITANTS KILLED IN SOUTHEAST CLASHES
  • [11] GREEK AIRSPACE 6 MILES
  • [12] TURKEY TO PRODUCE SPARE PARTS FOR JAPANESE CARS
  • [13] PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN YAMAHA AND BELDESAN
  • [14] FRENCH FIRM WINS TENDER
  • [15] MENEMEN TO BE THE LEATHER CENTRE OF EUROPE

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    TUESDAY DECEMBER 3, 1996

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

    [01] PRESIDENT DEMIREL ASKS EUROPEAN SECURITY SUMMIT TO FOCUS ON BOSNIA AND KARABAKH

    President Suleyman Demirel on Monday called on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to focus its attention on Bosnia and Karabakh in his speech at the European security organization's two-day summit in Lisbon.

    Demirel said the issue should be resolved based on the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and the granting of full autonomy to Nagorno-Karabakh. In his speech, Demirel called for collective action against ethnic-nationalism and racism, terrorism, organized crime, arms and drug trafficking, money laundering and environmental deterioration. Demirel is also to ask for the backing of the OSCE countries for Turkey's fight against Kurdish terrorism in its southeastern provinces. /Cumhuriyet-/Milliyet

    [02] PARLIAMENT CONSIDERS OPC TO BE NO LONGER NECESSARY

    At the last session of the National Security Council (NSB), it was officially announced that the Turkey-based Operation Provide Comfort Force (OPC) would expire on 31 December and the OPC was no longer required as an operation force. It was declared that after the OPC, a U.S. air force unit would stay on at the Incirlik base permanently within the framework of bilateral agreements and that a Northern Watch (NW) military operation would be started. /Cumhuriyet-Milliyet/

    [03] ANKARA: "NO NEW AGREEMENT WITH ISRAEL"

    Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman Sermet Atacanli denied a new military agreement between Turkey and Israel. In his weekly press conference Atacanli said that the General-Director of Israel Defense Ministry, David Ivri, had paid an official visit to Ankara last week during which Turkey and Israel had agreed on an application program of the Military Training and Defense Industry Cooperation Agreement signed previously. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] TURKEY PUTS STAMP OF APPROVAL ON ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT BANK

    State Minister Abdullah Gul who was in New Guinea last week for the 21st Governors' Meeting of the Islamic Development Bank indicated that Turkey was putting its stamp of approval on the Islamic Development Bank (IDP) because for the first time it was being active in the determination of the bank's policies.

    Gul said Turkey was not, however, satisfied about trade volume and economic ties between the members of the bank. For this reason Turkey had put forward a number of proposals to boost Islamic cooperation. Among these proposals were the closing of construction bids financed by the bank to nonmember countries, the financing of machinery from domestic markets and slashing bank red tape. Gul pointed out that on the whole these proposals had been accepted by the member countries. He added that all the Turkish speaking republics were now members of the bank and that the bank would support investment projects in the republics through the Turkish Eximbank.

    [05] AMOCO TO BID FOR IZMIR POWER PLANT PROJECT

    Amoco Corp., one of the world's leading energy companies, has announced that it will be bidding for a $400 million power plant project in Izmir next month with a local partner. Some 22 other major energy companies, including Mobil Oil Corp. of the U.S., Gazprom of Russia and British Gas, have prequalified for the project that will produce electricity from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) Turkey plans to import from Egypt.

    [06] WATA GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN ANTALYA

    The 32nd General Assembly of the World Association of Travel Agencies (WATA) convened in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya yesterday. Speaking at the opening ceremony, WATA Chairman Adel Zaki told delegates that the travel industry was the world's number one industry in 1995 and would be for many years to come. Zaki praised Turkey, saying that the country had all the history, culture, nature, archaelogy, mountains and beaches necessary to the industry as well as many other facets, remarking that this made Turkey "a prime touristic destination." WATA has 186 members in 166 cities in 82 countries, with 146 sales points.

    [07] FM CILLER TAKES OFF FOR LONDON

    Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller leaves for London today to attend a Bosnia-Herzegovina Peace Implementation Council meeting. At the Foreign Ministry's regular weekly press conference, deputy spokesman Sermet Atacanli said Ciller would be in London to attend the December 4-5 meeting.

    [08] TURKEY, BULGARIA TO MEET FOR BILATERAL TALKS

    Turkey and Bulgaria are to meet to discuss political matters in Sofia on December 4-6. Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman Sermet Atacanli, said Deputy Undersecretary Ali Tuygan and Bulgarian Deputy Foreign Minister will lead the two countries' respective delegations. Besides bilateral talks concerning the two countries, regional and international issues will also be discussed at the meeting.

    [09] CROATS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TUAF'S EXPERIENCE

    Defense Minister Turhan Tayan received on Monday Croatian Air Force Commander Major General Josip Juletic in Ankara. Tayan said mutual visits between the two countries improved cooperation. Major Gen. Juletic thanked Turkey for its contributions to Croatia saying that the Croat Air Force was trying to organize itself according to world standards and that in the future his country wanted to take advantage of Turkey's wide experience in this field. Later, the Croat general was received by the Chief of General Staff Gen. Ismail Hakki Karadayi. Juletic also visited his counterpart Gen. Ahmet Corekci at Turkish Air Force (TuAF) headquarters in Ankara. Gen.Corekci voiced his pleasure at seeing the Croat commander in Turkey and said he believed that both countries' efforts continued to play a key role for peace and stability in the Balkans.

    [10] 17 PKK MILITANTS KILLED IN SOUTHEAST CLASHES

    Seventeen militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed during separate operations carried out by security forces in the rural areas of Hakkari, Mardin, Bingol, Van and Sirnak, an announcement from the Office of the Emergency Rule Governor said on Monday. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] GREEK AIRSPACE 6 MILES

    The US Defence Department, in a written statement issued in response to a Greek journalist's question, said that Greek air space covered 6 miles and that the US would inform Greece only when US planes were flying within those 6 miles, otherwise when flying in international flight paths they had no obligation to report to Greece or Turkey. This statement points out that Greek air space in the Aegean covers only 6 miles and that airspace up to 10 miles was "international flight zone". Previously although the US had hinted that it did not recognize the 10 miles as Greek airspace it hesitated to voice this opinion officially. A Greek newspaper later said that this US policy legalized Turkish violations. A Greek government spokesman did not comment on the statement and said at present no initiatives concerning it would be taken. /Milliyet/

    [12] TURKEY TO PRODUCE SPARE PARTS FOR JAPANESE CARS

    Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan has stated that Turkey and Indonesia will cooperate to produce spare parts for Japanese cars in Turkey. Attending a meeting organized by the Bursa Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association, Erbakan noted that he had met with Indonesian Technology Minister Habibi two days ago and that they had reached an agreement for the production of spare parts for Japanese cars in Turkey. Erbakan said: "Spare parts for Indonesian and Japanese cars will be produced in Turkey. Habibi considers that their production in Turkey will be cheaper and better". /Milliyet/

    [13] PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN YAMAHA AND BELDESAN

    It has been reported that while Beldesan (80 % share), one of the companies of the Koc Holding, and Yamaha (20 % share), a Japanese firm, are becoming partners, Tekersan and Mannesmann will also be partners. Beldesan is a firm which produces bicycles, mopeds and shock absorbers. Beldeyama capital will total $13 million and will begin operations on 2 January 1997. Tekersan (20 % share), which produces wheel rims, and German Mannesmann will share in exports. /Sabah-Milliyet/

    [14] FRENCH FIRM WINS TENDER

    A tender put out for the operation of water and sewer systems and opened by the Antalya Municipality Water General Directorate (ASAT) has been won by ENKA and the French Lyonnaise Des Eaux firm. The firms have stated that they will make investments worth $250 million and will be responsible for the distribution and sale of water for 10 years. /Milliyet/

    [15] MENEMEN TO BE THE LEATHER CENTRE OF EUROPE

    Owners of leading leather plants in Spain and Italy have applied to make investments in the Menemen Leather Organized Industrial Region. Second Chairman of the Organized Industrial Region, Yahya Uz, said: "There has been an important increase in proposals for cooperation during recent months". /Hurriyet/

    END


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