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Turkish Press Review, 97-01-14

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY, IRAQ MAY RENEW 'HOT PURSUIT' ACCORD IN 1997
  • [02] KARADAYI: MISSILES A PROVOCATION
  • [03] TURKEY NEGOTIATING TO BUY BELGIAN, DUTCH MISSILES
  • [04] THIRD ROUND OF NORTHERN IRAQI PEACE TALKS TO START TODAY
  • [05] TURKISH ARMY RANKED AMONG WORLD'S 10 LARGEST
  • [06] PKK PLANS CONFERENCE IN MOSCOW
  • [07] ISTANBUL'S YOUNG BUSINESSMEN TO ESTABLISH 'CYPRUS HOLDING'
  • [08] GAP EXPORT BOOM
  • [09] THE TIMES: GREEK CYPRIOTS RESPONSIBLE FOR CRISIS
  • [10] TRIAL OF PKK TERRORISTS IN GERMANY

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    JANUARY 14, 1997

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

    [01] TURKEY, IRAQ MAY RENEW 'HOT PURSUIT' ACCORD IN 1997

    A new hot pursuit agreement to sweep up the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists in northern Iraq might be renewed between Iraq and Turkey, high level officials said. In addition, Northern Watch - the new replacement for Operation Provide Comfort (OPC) - could end this year if the Iraqi government opens all of its mass destruction weapons facilities to U.N. observers. Turkish military officials noted that the first 'hot pursuit' agreement was signed in 1984 but remained unrenewed since the end of the 1980s.

    Turkey is giving serious consideration to renewing the agreement this year and sources say that Iraqi officials have given positive signals on the issue./All papers/

    [02] KARADAYI: MISSILES A PROVOCATION

    Turkish armed forces chief Gen. Ismail Hakki Karadayi on Monday started an official visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to underline Turkey's resolve not to permit the sitting Russian anti-craft missiles in the Greek south of island, while a senior U.S. envoy conferring with Greek Cypriot leaders played down the crisis. Gen. Karadayi said Greek Cypriot plans for the acquisition of long-range Russian S-300 surface-to-air missiles were the "culmination of provocation and over-militarisation"./Hurriyet/

    [03] TURKEY NEGOTIATING TO BUY BELGIAN, DUTCH MISSILES

    The Belgian Defense Ministry confirmed on Monday media reports that French defense company Thomson-CSF was negotiating the sale to Turkey of surplus Belgian and Dutch surface-to-air missile systems. "Talks are underway. We can not talk yet about a sale," spokesman Col. Ronny Van den Broule said. Thomson-CSF was seeking to acquire the missiles from Belgium and the Netherlands before selling them on to Turkey. The Dutch foreign and defense ministries declined to comment./Cumhuriyet/

    [04] THIRD ROUND OF NORTHERN IRAQI PEACE TALKS TO START TODAY

    The third round of peace negotiations for northern Iraq is to be held today in Ankara. Representatives from Jalal Talabani led the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Massoud Barzani led Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) are to sit down to talks co-chaired by the U.S. assistant secretary of state, Robert Pelletreau, and the undersecretary of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Onur Oymen. British and Turkmen officials will also be presented at the meeting./Radikal/

    [05] TURKISH ARMY RANKED AMONG WORLD'S 10 LARGEST

    The 780,000-strong Turkish army is one of the ten largest armies in the world, according to research carried out by the World Strategic Information Institution. In recent years, Turkey has started to give priority to army modernization programs and new weapons systems to catch up with 21st century technology. During a briefing last year, the General Staff said that $ 150 billion would be need to fund the arms and operations of the Turkish Armed Forces in the next 25 years. During that period, the ground forces will need $ 60 billion, the navy $25 billion, and the air force will need $ 65 billion for arms and equipment./All papers/

    [06] PKK PLANS CONFERENCE IN MOSCOW

    The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is planning further activity in Russia, following that country's plans to sell anti-aircraft missiles to Greek Cyprus, the Anatolia news agency reported on Monday. The PKK plans to hold a conference in Moscow on January 16 to discuss certain issues, with the support of the committee for geopolitical affairs of the Duma. At the meeting the PKK is expected to express its support for Greek Cyprus. A number of similar conferences have been organized by the PKK in the past, including a meeting of Kurdistan parliamentarians in exile under the protection of the Duma./All papers/

    [07] ISTANBUL'S YOUNG BUSINESSMEN TO ESTABLISH 'CYPRUS HOLDING'

    A group of young businessmen from Istanbul are establishing a 'Cyprus Holding' company which will serve as a 'consultant' for Turkish companies wishing to invest in northern Cyprus. The Istanbul Young Businessmen's Group (IGIG) met last week in Istanbul with Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Derviž Eroglu and discussed the 'Cyprus Holding" project. IGIG chairman Vedat Celikbas said the group will meet next week and assess the developments regarding the establishment of "Cyprus Holding". /All papers/

    [08] GAP EXPORT BOOM

    The industrialization success of the GAP industrialists are continuing also in the field of exports. As a result of market expansion research, the number of countries to which exports have been sent during the first six months of the year, has increased to 80. The amount of exports realized during the January-October period of 1996 has exceeded $300 million. In addition, the GAP Administration has announced that centers for encouraging investments in southeastern Anatolia and supporting investors would be set up. /Hurriyet/

    [09] THE TIMES: GREEK CYPRIOTS RESPONSIBLE FOR CRISIS

    The Times noted yesterday that the Greek Cypriot administration carried beared the main responsibility for the escalation of the tension regarding the a purchase of Russian missiles by the Greek Cypriots. The Times noted that the Greek Cypriot attitude was provocative and would severely damage efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus question.

    At the same time, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Omer Akbel gave a harsh answer to US State Department Spokesman Nicolas Burns criticism of Turkey's attitude in the missile crisis. Akbel pointed out that there was no disagreement with respect to the Turkish attitude in the crisis between the General Staff and the Foreign Ministry./Hurriyet/

    [10] TRIAL OF PKK TERRORISTS IN GERMANY

    The trial of three PKK terrorists responsible for various terrorist acts in Germany will begin in Dusseldorf. The terrorists are charged with setting to fire Turkish houses, kidnapping and membership in terrorist organizations./Cumhuriyet/

    END


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