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Turkish Press Review, 96-12-09

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] ECONOMICS AND IMAGE-BUILDING ON ISLAMIC AGENDA
  • [02] TURKEY HAS SUFFERED THE MOST FROM THE EMBARGO ON IRAQ
  • [03] CILLER'S STATEMENT
  • [04] MORE US-LINKED NORTHERN IRAQIS ARRIVE IN TURKEY
  • [05] PKK MILITANTS ATTACK SOUTHEASTERN TOWN OF MIDYAT
  • [06] TURKISH BUSINESSMEN IN ATHENS
  • [07] TURKISH EXPORTS UP IN JAN-NOV 1996
  • [08] UN SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR CYPRUS TO VISIT TURKEY

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    MONDAY DECEMBER 9, 1996

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

    [01] ECONOMICS AND IMAGE-BUILDING ON ISLAMIC AGENDA

    Muslim nations, holding their annual meeting of foreign ministers this week, will seek to increase economic cooperation. Indonesia, hosting the ministerial meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) for the first time, is eager to promote economic cooperation and development among its 53 member states.

    Industry and Trade Minister Yalim Erez will represent Turkey at the meeting. Ezer said at a press conference on Sunday at Ankara's Esenboga Airport that Turkey's strengthened relations with Islamic countries was also important for the West. Erez said the OIC worked in close coooperation with the UN, trying to find solutions to international problems and trying to increase economic relations between member countries. /All papers/

    [02] TURKEY HAS SUFFERED THE MOST FROM THE EMBARGO ON IRAQ

    Iraqi Ambassador Rafi Al Tikriti said that Turkey has suffered from the embargo against Iraq more than Jordan so it was only right that Turkey be given the same trade privileges that Jordan had, the Anatolia news agency reported.

    Tikriti said that the UN had allowed Jordan special privileges in its trade with Iraq but that Turkey's losses from the embargo against Iraq had reached $40 billion. Turkey has had to work hard in order to get the same privileges, Tikriti said.

    [03] CILLER'S STATEMENT

    Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller said yesterday that the necessary mechanisms already existed within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for handling disputes between member states. In a written statement, Ciller said that efforts by Greece to urge the Alliance to establish such a mechanism to deal with disputes between Ankara and Athens amounted to an "exercise in futility". Ciller also announced that she had sent a letter to Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos on November 29 concerning his proposal that disputes between NATO members in an expanded alliance should be taken to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Ciller said she had indicated in her letter that Turkey also believed, like Greece, that NATO's effectiveness must be preserved, even after it expands by admitting former members of the Warsaw pact. /All papers/

    [04] MORE US-LINKED NORTHERN IRAQIS ARRIVE IN TURKEY

    In the latest stage of a US-sponsored evacuation, 650 northern Iraqis entered Turkey from Silopi on Sunday bringing the total number to 1,700, the Anatolia news agency reported. They will eventually be resettled in the US.

    [05] PKK MILITANTS ATTACK SOUTHEASTERN TOWN OF MIDYAT

    Separatist militants from the PKK terrorist organization attacked security forces in Midyat near the southeastern town of Mardin. The Anatolia news agency reorted that a group of heavily armed PKK terrorists attacked the Midyat police headquarters with grenade launchers late on Saturday. Security forces repelled the attack without suffering any casualties.

    [06] TURKISH BUSINESSMEN IN ATHENS

    The arrival of Turkish businessmen in Athens to attend a meeting of the Turkey-Greece Joint Business Council due to begin today, has been the focus of wide-spread interest in that country according to the Anatolia news agency reporting from the Greek capital.

    Turkish industrial magnate Rahmi Koc, who heads the Turkish delegation, and a large number of other Turkish businessmen and industrialists are expected in Athens today, Anatolia said.

    [07] TURKISH EXPORTS UP IN JAN-NOV 1996

    Turkish exports rose 4.4 % to $21.333 billion in the first 11 months of the year from $20.434 billion in the same 1995 period, the Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM) said in a statement on Friday. It said November exports rose to 4.8 % to $2.261 billion from $2.158 billion a year ago. /All papers/

    [08] UN SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR CYPRUS TO VISIT TURKEY

    The UN Secretary-General's special representative for Cyprus, Han Sun-Joo is to visit Turkey this week. Although Ankara is waiting for new initiatives to try and solve the Cyprus problem, diplomatic circles are not expecting a new plan from Sun-Joo. /All papers/

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