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Turkish Press Review, 97-01-03

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] TOP TRNC OFFICIALS VISIT TURKEY
  • [02] D-8 MEETING IN ISTANBUL
  • [03] TURKEY, PAKISTAN AND IRAN TO DISCUSS AFGHANISTAN
  • [04] GREEK DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER RESIGNS
  • [05] WAR IN CYPRUS POSSIBLE
  • [06] RUSSIAN PROPOSAL FOR CYPRUS
  • [07] 154 PKK MILITANTS KILLED
  • [08] CILLER: "PRIVATIZATION WILL PUT ITS STAMP ON 1997"
  • [09] TURKISH CAPITAL RANKS FIRST IN AZERBAIJAN
  • [10] TURKEY IS RELIABLE IN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS
  • [11] PENSIONS FOR WORKERS ABROAD
  • [12] BAYKAL AND INONU TO GO TO ROME
  • [13] TURKEY: A HOLIDAY COUNTRY FOR ALL SEASONS
  • [14] TURKS IN ANTARCTICA

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 1997

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

    [01] TOP TRNC OFFICIALS VISIT TURKEY

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Prime Minister, Dervis Eroglu, and Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Denktas have arrived in Turkey for a working visit, the Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday. The TRNC officials will meet with Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller. At the end of the talks, a protocol for economic cooperation will be signed. The TRNC delegation will be received also by President Demirel. /Hurriyet/

    [02] D-8 MEETING IN ISTANBUL

    Turkey is to host the foreign ministers of eight developing Muslim countries, commonly known as the D-8, at a meeting on Saturday in Istanbul to discuss ways to improve relations in all aspects, the Anatolia news agency reported. The meeting is expected to be officially opened by Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan. This will be the second gathering of D-8 members. The first was held in Ankara by high ranking officials from the involved countries. Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria and Pakistan make up the other seven members of the D-8, a group launched by Turkey after the pro-Islamic Welfare Party led by Necmettin Erbakan came to power in 1996.

    [03] TURKEY, PAKISTAN AND IRAN TO DISCUSS AFGHANISTAN

    High ranking officials from Turkey, Pakistan and Iran will meet on Saturday in Istanbul to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. Turkey's interest in trying to find a solution to the long-running civil war in Afghanistan has been shown by the offer to host a UN conference on the issue as well as by donating TL 7 billion in humanitarian aid. The meeting in Istanbul has been arranged following initiatives by Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan. Turkey will be represented by State Minister Abdullah Gul, and Iran and Pakistan are expected to send their foreign ministers to the meeting. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] GREEK DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER RESIGNS

    Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Christos Rozakis resigned on Thursday following criticism from within the government of his conciliatory line towards Greece's longtime rival Turkey. Government officials said Rozakis was at odds with his boss, Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos who backs a hard line against Ankara. Rozakis was an advocate of a reapproachment with Turkey and supported closer relations between the European Union and Ankara, something that Pangalos has repeatedly vetoed. /Milliyet/

    [05] WAR IN CYPRUS POSSIBLE

    According to military sources close to the Pentagon, the risk of serious confrontation in Cyprus is increasing. A new military report on the situation says that the position on the island today is similar to the 1974 situation when Turkey finally carried out the "peace operation" to save the Cypriot Turkish community on the island.

    Greek radio on the island constantly draws attention to the way the Greek community is beefing up its arms and military strength. President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas, has again informed the UN about developments on Cyprus, noting that the Greek side was spending two million dollars a day on new military systems. Taking all the factors into consideration, US experts reckon that a hot confrontation is very likely. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] RUSSIAN PROPOSAL FOR CYPRUS

    It is reported that Russia will propose the establishment of 'a special working group' for Cyprus within the framework of the Security Council to extend practical help to the goodwill mission of the UN Secretary-General. Russia also wants EU representatives and five permanent members of the Security Council to convene in the shortest possible time to discuss the Cyprus issue in detail and work on a joint action plan. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] 154 PKK MILITANTS KILLED

    During operations inititated by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) on December 31, 1996, against the PKK terrorist organization in northern Iraq, 154 militants were killed. It is reported that the number of PKK terrorists killed during operations carried out by the TSK to date has reached 31,130. The number of PKK militants who have surrendered totals 1,890. Meanwhile, two Turkish soldiers died during the last TSK operation, while seven Turkish soldiers and three village guards were injured. /Sabah/

    [08] CILLER: "PRIVATIZATION WILL PUT ITS STAMP ON 1997"

    Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Tansu Ciller held the first meeting of 1997 with bureaucrats in the economic sectors. State Ministers Ufuk Soylemez and Ayfer Yilmaz, Undersecretary of the State Planning Institution (DPT) Necati Ozfirat, Treasury Undersecretary Mehmet Kaytaz and other bureaucrats attended the meeting. Delivering an opening speech at the meeting, Ciller said: "Privatization will put its stamp on 1997". Noting that they had exerted great efforts preparing the infrastructure for privatization during the past three years, Ciller stated that they would review the results. /Sabah/

    [09] TURKISH CAPITAL RANKS FIRST IN AZERBAIJAN

    It is reported that 45 % of the companies active in Azerbaijan were jointly set up with Turkey in 1996. According to officials of the Azeri Foreign Economic Relations Ministry, 444 out of 1006 companies in Azerbaijan were jointly set up with Turkey in 1996. Iran ranked second with 222 companies and Russia ranked third with 88 companies, while the US came fourth with 44, Germany fifth with 41 and Britain ranked sixth with 28 joint companies. /Sabah/

    [10] TURKEY IS RELIABLE IN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS

    It is reported that Turkey can get into debt in international markets at a lower cost when compared with other countries in the same category. Even though rating institutions such as Standard and Poor (S and P) and the IBCA have reduced Turkey's credit rate, Turkey is still a "reliable country" in international markets. According to research made by international financial circles, Turkey has a lower debt profile because Turkey pays its foreign debts in due time and has a dynamic private sector. /Sabah/

    [11] PENSIONS FOR WORKERS ABROAD

    Labour and Security Minister Necati Celik said on Thursday that he had presented a draft bill to the Prime Ministry which, if passed by Parliament, would allow Turkish nationals abroad to receive pensions without having to return to Turkey. Briefing journalists on the contents of the bill, Celik said there were 3.3 million Turkish nationals abroad and added that workers abroad had demanded similar measures for years. The bill aims to make Turkish workers living abroad eligible for retirement pensions without having to return to Turkey, and to enable them to receive a higher pension by paying higher insurance premiums. /Sabah/

    [12] BAYKAL AND INONU TO GO TO ROME

    Chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal and former Chairman of the Social Democrat People's Party (SHP) Erdal Inonu will go to Rome, Italy, on 20 January to attend a meeting of the Socialist International Council. The meeting, which will begin on 22 January, will last two days. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] TURKEY: A HOLIDAY COUNTRY FOR ALL SEASONS

    Leading European publications recently praised Turkey for its advances in tourism, the Anatolia news agency reported. The British travel magazine "Travel Weekly" applauded Turkey's growing success and its natural and historic beauty in a four-page spread and estimated that 800,000 British tourists will visit Turkey this year. Another story was published in the journal "Selling Short Breaks" under the headline "Turkish Delight". It said Turkey was a country to be toured during all four seasons. The German magazine "Travel Tribune" took in hand tourism developments in Turkey, and the internationally acclaimed French newspaper "Le Figaro" introduced Turkey as a holiday heaven to its readers for three days in a row, saying the country's tourism richness should be recognized across the globe.

    [14] TURKS IN ANTARCTICA

    Sponsored by UNESCO, a young Turkish man is part of a team of 35 young people on a tour of discovery in Antarctica. Aktug Birinci from Istanbul's Bogazici Unýversity set off for Argentina yesterday on his way to joining the team.

    The group will assess pollution damage in the region and prepare reports on damage resulting from commercial abuse of resources in the area. /Milliyet/

    END


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