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Turkish Press Review, 96-12-06

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] GERMANY KEEPS TO HARD-LINE POLICY AGAINST PKK
  • [02] WEU PROMOSES MEMBERSHIP DEAL
  • [03] NATION MARKS 62ND ANNIVERSARY OF WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE
  • [04] DEMOCRATIZATION PACKAGE ON THE WAY
  • [05] CAR EXPORTS BOOM
  • [06] CILLER: TURKEY WILL TAKE ITS PLACE IN EUROPE
  • [07] TURKEY'S TEXTILE CAPITAL
  • [08] HONORARY CONSUL TO INDONESIA
  • [09] "TURKEY IS AN IMPORTANT COUNTRY"

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1996

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

    [01] GERMANY KEEPS TO HARD-LINE POLICY AGAINST PKK

    The German Parliament has harshly condemned the violent attacks of the out-lawed organization, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), in a draft resolution. The resolution was unanimously accepted on 5 December in a session on human rights. The draft resolution criticizes the PKK for the violent attacks it carries out against innocent people. The resolution also demands that the Turkish government improve human rights and accelerate the democratization process./Cumhuriyet/

    [02] WEU PROMOSES MEMBERSHIP DEAL

    After eight hours of heated debate, Turkish deputies in the Western European Union (WEU) Parliamentary Assembly obtained late on 4 December the assembly's support to "accomodate Turkey's participation in WEU forces in the MediterrAnean with a view to preparing for its accession to membership in the WEU in the near future to WEU and, in due course, in the European Union."

    Also, Turkey's desire to become a full member of the WEU was duly highlighted. Another positive aspect of the report was that it took the view that the European Union and the WEU were disqualified from acting as mediators between Turkey and Greece, including involvement in the Cyprus question, because the two countries had different status in those organizations. /All papers/

    [03] NATION MARKS 62ND ANNIVERSARY OF WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE

    It was 62 years ago on December 5 that Ataturk granted Turkish women the right to vote and be elected. Turkish women all over the country joined in celebrations marking an important event in Turkish history.

    President Süleyman Demirel, in a message he issued said that Turkish women's right to vote and be elected was a clear indication of Turkish women's sucess in every field and on all levels as well as being part of the firm roots of secularism and democracy in Turkey.

    Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller, Parliament Speaker Mustafa Kalemli, and State Minister Isilay Saygin also issued message./Sabah/

    [04] DEMOCRATIZATION PACKAGE ON THE WAY

    A democratization proposal has been approved also by the Parliamentary Justice Commission. According to the proposal, periods of detention can last four days at most, and that only with a judge's decision can this period be extended to seven days./Hurriyet/

    [05] CAR EXPORTS BOOM

    During the first 11 months of the year, car exports have increased by 14 percent reaching $1.3 billion. According to the Exporters Union, the greater part of the exports amounting to $730 million was realized by automotive affiliated industries. /Sabah/

    [06] CILLER: TURKEY WILL TAKE ITS PLACE IN EUROPE

    Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller, who is in London on the occasion of the international Bosnia conference, noted at a press conference that the Turkish government was determined to bring an end to human rights violations in the country. She noted that Turkey was a country where state of law principles were being applied and stressed that torture was illegal and that all claims with respect to such practices would be handled with great care. Ciller pointed out that the measures undertaken by Turkey in this respect would help the country to take its rightful place in Europe.

    In a statement to the CNN TV channel, Ciller gave details about the latest steps undertaken by Turkey to improve the human rights record of the country./Hurriyet/

    [07] TURKEY'S TEXTILE CAPITAL

    Yesterday's issue of the International Herald Tribune Newspaper qualified the Denizli province as "Turkey's textile capital". The newspaper devoted three pages to describing the success of industrialization in the province, and said: "The Denizli cock has crowed". The newspaper stated that Denizli was a world textile centre and noted that 15 % of the towels and bathrobes sold in Europe and 36 % of those sold in the US was produced in Denizli. /Milliyet/

    [08] HONORARY CONSUL TO INDONESIA

    Turco-Indonesian relations, which recently came on the agenda with Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan's visit to Indonesia, have become even warmer following a gesture by the Indonesian Embassy. With a ceremony at the Embassy, Nalan Rimer was appointed Indonesia's Honorary Izmir Consul. Rimer, who received her appointment from Ambassador Soelarso H.Soebroto, said that she would exert every effort to improve relations between the two countries in every field. /Hurriyet/

    [09] "TURKEY IS AN IMPORTANT COUNTRY"

    Radical Group Chairperson of the European Parliament (EP), Catherine Lalumiere, held a press conference yesterday in Brussels when she issued a report on human rights and made general evaluations. Lalumiere stated that even though the EP attached great importance to human rights, others approached the matter from the commercial standpoint. Lalumiere noted that Turkey was a very important country for the EU and was a bridge between the Middle East, Central Asia and Europe. /Cumhuriyet/

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