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Turkish Press Review, 96-12-27

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEMIREL TO HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW
  • [02] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL CONVENES
  • [03] PARTNERS AGREE ON PRINCIPLES OF NEW OPERATION PROVIDE COMFORT
  • [04] SADDAM HUSSEIN SENDS MESSAGE TO PM ERBAKAN
  • [05] TURKEY'S EU ENVOY ANXIOUS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE CUSTOMS UNION
  • [06] A NEW DATE FOR ATRUSH REFUGEE CAMP
  • [07] DRUGS SEIZED IN TURKEY IN 1996
  • [08] BILKENT UNIVERSITY ONE OF THE LARGEST US CONGRESSIONAL TRIP SPONSORS
  • [09] TRALLES RE-EXCAVATED AFTER 94-YEAR BREAK
  • [10] TURKEY THE MOST POPULAR HOLIDAY COUNTRY IN SWEDEN
  • [11] TURKISH NATIONAL POET COMMEMORATED

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW
    DECEMBER 27, 1996, FRIDAY

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

    [01] DEMIREL TO HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW

    President Suleyman Demirel will hold a press conference tomorrow and evaluate the year 1996. During the conference, Demirel will express his views regarding developments, foreign policy and economy in Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL CONVENES

    The National Security Council (NSC) held its last ordinary meeting for 1996 yesterday. At the meeting headed by President Suleyman Demirel, the Chief of General Staff furnished information regarding mass annihilation weapons and their effects in the world. Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Tansu Ciller, National Defence Minister Turhan Tayan, Interior Minister Meral Aksener, the NSC secretary-general, secretary-general of the Presidency Necdet Seckinoz and other officials attended the meeting. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] PARTNERS AGREE ON PRINCIPLES OF NEW OPERATION PROVIDE COMFORT

    As the Operation Provide Comfort comes to an end, US, Turkey and Britain, the three members of the multinational force patrolling Northern Iraq, have agreed on Wednesday on the principles of a new operation which will do almost the same job. The parties exchanges letters and agreed on new governing principles consisting of 15 articles. There is a clear reference to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq, but no reference to the 36th parallel. According to the governing principles, the multinational force will be co-commanded by Americans and Turks, and its aim will be to undertake only reconnaissance, although in case of serious incidents, the new force may be involved in preventative action. US officials have expressed their satisfaction over the fact that an agreement regarding the multinational force has been reached. /Milliyet/

    [04] SADDAM HUSSEIN SENDS MESSAGE TO PM ERBAKAN

    Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has sent a message to Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan that the bilateral relations between the two countries should be improved as soon as possible. The message has been conveyed by Iraqi Oil Minister Amir Muhammed Rasheed, who is in Ankara for joint economic commission meeting and who met with Prime Minister Erbakan on Thursday. Erbakan expressed his wish that the embargo imposed against Iraq is lifted and noted that Turkey was willing to make use of UN Article 50 which allows trade with third countries who suffer excessive negative effects as a result of an embargo situation. "The Turco-Iraqi joint economic commission meeting agreement will be prepared according to these elements," Erbakan said. /All papers/

    [05] TURKEY'S EU ENVOY ANXIOUS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE CUSTOMS UNION

    Uluc Ozulker, Turkey's ambassador to the European Union, has warned that the customs union between Turkey and the EU cannot continue under the prevailing circumstances. He noted that the customs union was not merely a "mathematical model" for reducing customs tariffs, but a model for securing broader integration between Turkey and the EU. Ozulker said that the trade deficit between Turkey and the EU was expected to rise to $10 billion to Turkey's disadvantage for 1996. He accused the union of seeking a solution to its present problems throught Turkey without fulfilling any of its own obligations, adding that the "Greek factor" could not be considered the sole obstacle on Turkey's path to Europe. /All papers/

    [06] A NEW DATE FOR ATRUSH REFUGEE CAMP

    It is reported that the United Nations Refugees High Commissioner (UNRHC) stopped extending food aid to the Atrush refugee camp in northern Iraq on 15 December and indicated that the statutes of international protection for the camp would be lifted by 21 January 1997. Turkey has wanted the camp to be closed as it started to be controlled by the PKK terrorist organization. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] DRUGS SEIZED IN TURKEY IN 1996

    During 2,059 operations carried out within the framework of the struggle against drug smuggling by Turkish police in 1996, seven tons of hashish, three tons of heroin and 12 kilograms of cocaine were seized. During the operations, 3,934 people, including 142 women, were captured and 136 foreigners were taken into custody because of drug smuggling. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] BILKENT UNIVERSITY ONE OF THE LARGEST US CONGRESSIONAL TRIP SPONSORS

    Bilkent University in Ankara quietly shouldered its way to the top ranks of Washington's lobbying "foreign special interest groups" by financing 12 trips for members of the US Congress in 1996. The lobbying effort has cost the university $68,388. During such trips the organizing special interest group finds the opportunity to discuss with US lawmakers issues of importance to them within the relaxed atmosphere of a pleasure trip. /All papers/

    [09] TRALLES RE-EXCAVATED AFTER 94-YEAR BREAK

    The ancient city of Tralles in Aydın is being excavated again, after a break of 94 years, revealing relics of a marble bath decorated with mythological scenes, the Anatolia news agency reported. Assistant Professor Rafet Dinc, who is in charge of the excavations, said they had dug up the bath's caldarium belonging to the late Roman period. He said that they had found 20 coins from the Ottoman period at an excavation to the north of the bath. /All papers/

    [10] TURKEY THE MOST POPULAR HOLIDAY COUNTRY IN SWEDEN

    A magazine dubbed "Allas Veckoditning" published in Sweden has listed Turkey at the top among the countries preffered by Swedish people for their holidays in 1997. The magazine devoted two and a half pages to Turkey. Pointing out that Turkey is a popular country for holiday, the magazine said: "In Turkey, service is cheap, there is sunlight, the sea is clean and there are many historical assets". /Sabah/

    [11] TURKISH NATIONAL POET COMMEMORATED

    The well-known Islamist poet Mehmet Akif Ersoy, who wrote the Turkish National Anthem "Istiklal Marsi", was commemorated on the 60th anniversary of his death. The ceremony was held on Thursday in Ersoy's house, now a museum. /All papers/
    Note: The Turkish Press Review will be not published from December 28 to January 2 because of the New Year five day holiday.

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