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Turkish Press Review, 96-12-26

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEMIREL APPROVES THE BUDGET
  • [02] FRANCE NOT REPRESENTED IN THE RECONNAISSANCE FORCE
  • [03] TURKEY ASKS US TO INVESTIGATE KURDISH INSTITUTE
  • [04] SYRIA WARM TO MENDING TIES
  • [05] TURCO-IRAQI RELATIONS
  • [06] REACTION TO ATTACKS IN WESTERN THRACE
  • [07] CONSORTIUM TO SELL TURKISH TELECOM SET UP
  • [08] TURKEY TO IMPOSE VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR BELGIAN CITIZENS
  • [09] MUSIAD BACKS ESTABLISHMENT OF COTTON UNION
  • [10] BAYINDIR AND INTERBANK SECURE SYNDICATION LOANS
  • [11] HONORARY DOCTORATE TO MELIH SIPAHIOGLU

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DECEMBER 26, 1996

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

    [01] DEMIREL APPROVES THE BUDGET

    President Suleyman Demirel has approved the 1997 Fiscal Year Budget Law, accepted by the Parliament. With the ratification of the Budget law, he has also approved the Clear Accounts of 1994 and 1995 fiscal years. The 1997 budget will enter into effect with its publication in today's Official Gazette. /Hurriyet/

    [02] FRANCE NOT REPRESENTED IN THE RECONNAISSANCE FORCE

    According to a decision of the Turkish Parliament, the Provide Comfort Force whose mandate is ending on December 31, 1996, will be replaced by a Reconnaissance Force. The final talks prior to the discussions at the Parliament, regarding some technical details related to the Reconnaissance Force, were held yesterday among the US, British and French embassies in Ankara and the Turkish Foreign Ministry. During the discussions, France unveiled its decision to withdraw from the Force. /Sabah/

    [03] TURKEY ASKS US TO INVESTIGATE KURDISH INSTITUTE

    Foreign Ministry Spokesman Omer Akbel said on Wednesday that Turkey had asked the US to investigate the Kurdish Institute in Washington. When questioned about PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan's declaration that the Kurdish Institute in Washington belonged to the PKK, Akbel said that Ocalan's statement was very clear and unambiguos. "We are waiting for an assessment by US officials. We have requested that everything about this institute be investigated, including the source of its funding," Akbel said. /Sabah/

    [04] SYRIA WARM TO MENDING TIES

    The Syrian envoy to Ankara, Abdulaziz al-Rifai, said Damascus was in favour of any initiatives aimed to improve relations between Turkey and Syria, countries which he called neighbours and friends. During a visit to Turkey last week, Iranian President Rafsanjani had offered to mediate between Turkey and Syria for resolving the problems between the two countries. Ankara replied by saying that as long as Syria supported terrorism there could be no dialogue. /All papers/

    [05] TURCO-IRAQI RELATIONS

    Pointing out that the embargo imposed on Iraq since 1990 had been "unfair and meaningless", Energy and Natural Resources Minister Recai Kutan said that Turkey and Iraq would exert joint efforts to lift this unjust implementation. Meeting Iraqi Oil Minister Amir Muhammed Rashid, who is in Ankara to attend the Turco-Iraq Joint Economic Commission meeting, Kutan said that Turkey would buy 10 billion cubic meters natural gas from Iraq./Cumhuriyet/

    [06] REACTION TO ATTACKS IN WESTERN THRACE

    The Western Thrace Turkish Minority Solidarity Council has issued a communique and condemned the inhuman treatments of Greek policemen who attacked a mosque and villagers in Kimmeria, Xanthi. The Council said that the mosque was being constructed under a legal permission and viewed the attacks as "state terror".

    During a weekly press conference yesterday, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ambassador Omer Akbel, said: "Necessary initiatives have been made under the auspices of the Greek Embassy in Ankara. The issue will be closely followed". /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] CONSORTIUM TO SELL TURKISH TELECOM SET UP

    Goldman Sachs was appointed as the leader of the consortium which will give consultancy service to the government in selling a 20 percent part of Turkish Telecom (TT). The government is expecting to raise a reveneu TL 450 trillion by selling the TT. Thirteen banks will participate in the consortium, including two Turkish banks, Garanti Yatirim and Global Securities. According to the officials, the consortium will start operations after obtaining a World Bank approval. /All papers/

    [08] TURKEY TO IMPOSE VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR BELGIAN CITIZENS

    The Belgian Foreign Ministry has made a statement recalling that Belgian citizens, who will go to Turkey, should obtain visa by 31 December 1996. The statement said that visas could be obtained from the Turkish official representative offices in Belgium and from the border gates. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] MUSIAD BACKS ESTABLISHMENT OF COTTON UNION

    Turkey's Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD) on Wednesday unveiled an ambitious "cotton Union" plan which envisages bringing together the world's leading cotton producers. The "Cotton Union 1996" report prepared by MUSIAD and the International Foundation for Technological, Economic and Social Research was introduced by MUSIAD Chairman Erol Yarar at a press conference. Yarar stated that the Cotton Union project will be the liberation of Turkey and will be a useful and rational start for economic and political targets for the Turkish and Islamic world. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] BAYINDIR AND INTERBANK SECURE SYNDICATION LOANS

    Bayindir Holding, a Turkish contractor company, obtained a $50 million three-year syndication loan from an international group of seven banks to finance highway projects, company officials said on Wednesday. The agreement for the loan, to be used by the Turkish Treasury on behalf of the company, was signed on Monday in London. In addition, Turkey's private bank Interbank said it had secured a $25 million syndicated loan from a group of eight banks, led by Bankers Trust and Fuji Bank. /Milliyet/

    [11] HONORARY DOCTORATE TO MELIH SIPAHIOGLU

    University of Nebraska University, America, gave the "Honorary Doctorate" title to Melih Sipahioglu, Chairman of the Administration Council of the Fruko Tamek Corporation. Sipahioglu, a 1953 graduate of the University of Nebraska Administration Faculty, was presented with the award by Jack Goebel, the dean of the Faculty. Sipahioglu is the first foreigner awarded by the University of Nebraska./Hurriyet/

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