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Turkish Press Review, 97-01-02

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] HOLLAND WANTS DIALOGUE WITH TURKEY
  • [02] DEMIREL: "ALIYEV IS A CHANCE FOR AZERBAIJAN"
  • [03] HISTORICAL MEETING OF D-8 COUNTRIES
  • [04] OPERATION AGAINST PKK TERRORISTS
  • [05] BORDER TRADE INCREASING
  • [06] SECRET CYPRUS PAPERS REVEALED
  • [07] TURKS ARRESTED FOLLOWING NEW YEAR VIOLENCE
  • [08] TURKEY TO BE A JICA BASE
  • [09] LEGISLATION TO SAFEGUARD THE TURKISH LANGUAGE

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    JANUARY 2, 1997, THURSDAY

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

    [01] HOLLAND WANTS DIALOGUE WITH TURKEY

    It is reported that Holland, which took over the EU term-presidency from Ireland on 1 January, will give priority to the realization of the delayed 1996 Turco-EU Association Council meeting, which could not be held due to obstacles placed in the way by Greece. Counselor of the Dutch Embassy in Ankara, Robert Bosscher said: "During our term-presidency, the most important thing will be to open a Turco-EU dialogue leading to the realization of the Association Council meeting". Turkish Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Tansu Ciller visited Holland last November and voiced Turkey's expectations from Holland during its EU term-presidency. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] DEMIREL: "ALIYEV IS A CHANCE FOR AZERBAIJAN"

    President Suleyman Demirel noted that Azerbajian held an important place in Turkey's foreign policy and said: "A just and lasting peace cannot be attained when Azeri territories are under occupation". Demirel answered the questions of Ibrahim Nebioglu from Azerbaijan Television during a new year interview, and pointed out that Turkey always sided with Azerbaijan on international platforms. Stating that Haydar Aliyev was a "chance" for Azerbaijan, Demirel said: "Azerbaijan is a stable country". /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] HISTORICAL MEETING OF D-8 COUNTRIES

    A meeting of the D-8 countries - eight developing Muslim countries - will be held in Istanbul on 4 January. At the meeting, which will be attended by foreign ministers, an institutional infrastructure of D-8 countries will be formed and preparation will be made for a D-8 Heads of State Summit. The date when the D-8 will be officially set up has been determined as the first three months of 1997. Within this framework, the meeting to be held in Istanbul carries great importance. Prime Minister Erbakan will open the meeting and give a banquet in honour of the foreign ministers at the Ciragan Palace in Istanbul. /Sabah/

    [04] OPERATION AGAINST PKK TERRORISTS

    Turkish troops backed by air support, have crossed into Northern Iraq in pursuit of PKK terrorists, as ground forces continue a cross-border operation against rebels in the region. A statement issued on Tuesday by the office of the General Staff said a brigade crossed into the region on Monday after troops came under fire along the border near Silopi. By Tuesday at least 43 PKK terrorists had been killed, according to the statement, and the operation continued with further high caualities for the PKK. The total number of PKK terrorists killed so far was reported by military sources on Wednesday as 71. /Sabah/

    [05] BORDER TRADE INCREASING

    Despite years of fighting against terrorism in the Sirnak-Civre-Silopi triangle, border trade through the Habur border gate shows a significant increase.

    Habur border gate is situated right in the triangle and is the crossing into northern Iraq. Despite the problems besetting the region, the crossing brings something like 2.5 trillion TL to Turkey in trade and duty charges. Every day two thousand trucks go through the crossing taking basic foodstuffs and building materials into Iraq. On their return, the trucks bring back extra supplies of diesel fuel in large tanks built into the trucks. Figures suggest that total foreign exchange earned by Habur border crossing comes to ten million dollars per month. /Milliyet/

    [06] SECRET CYPRUS PAPERS REVEALED

    Newly released secret documents from thirty years ago reveal that at one time Britain tried to set up a deal whereby Cyprus would be tied to Greece under a kind of ENOSIS agreement. ENOSIS was a movement at the time that sought to bring Cyprus under the control of Athens.

    British efforts to unite Cyprus and Greece were firmly blocked by the then Turkish Foreign Minister, Ihsan Caglayangil, who refused all the offers made by his British counterpart Michael Steward. /Milliyet/

    [07] TURKS ARRESTED FOLLOWING NEW YEAR VIOLENCE

    A number of Turks were arrested after being involved in new year violence in a number of cities throughout Germany. Most of the incidents involved groups of Turks and others from Middle Eastern countries. Despite the cold weather and the outbreaks of violence, most people welcomed the new year peacefully. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] TURKEY TO BE A JICA BASE

    The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will make the Ankara office a Regional Office responsible for Central Asian and Balkan countries. It is reported that "the JICA, which wants to use Turkey as a base for Central Asian countries, will implement the Third Country Training Programme via Turkey. The first implementation of the programme will begin in March, 1997, at the Mining Technical Research Institute. For a better evaluation of underground resources in the Turkish-Speaking Republics, a one-month training programme will be conducted with a 20-member group of experts, who will come from Central Asia. The programme will be financed by the JICA". /Sabah/

    [09] LEGISLATION TO SAFEGUARD THE TURKISH LANGUAGE

    The cabinet is taking steps aimed at obliging businessmen to use Turkish names and encouraging the correct usage of Turkish in the media, the Anatolia news agency reported. State Minister Isilay Saygin said that a new draft law prepared by the ministry had been sent to the cabinet for approval. Saygin said the draft law requires that businessmen use Turkish names on signs advertising their operations, and if foreign words are necessary, they must not overshadow the Turkish words. If the law is approved, an independent board will be set up to monitor the usage of the language.

    END


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