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Turkish Press Review, 97-04-08

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] AIR OF SPRING REIGNS OVER TURCO-GREEK RELATIONS
  • [02] ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTER IN ANKARA
  • [03] EFF PROPOSAL FOR IMF
  • [04] FUNERAL CEREMONY FOR TURKES
  • [05] TURKEY HAS RIGHT TO EU MEMBERSHIP
  • [06] PKK CARRIES OFF NINE PEOPLE
  • [07] D-8 MEETING PLANNED FOR JUNE
  • [08] EU LEADERS DISCUSSS ANKARA
  • [09] EU LETTER FROM TUSIAD
  • [10] TURKEY-US-ISRAEL JOINT MILITARY MANOEUVRES
  • [11] 5TH TURKISH ASSEMBLY IN ISTANBUL
  • [12] PROMOTION OF TURKISH FIRMS ON INTERNET
  • [13] AUTOMOBILE PRODUCTION UP
  • [14] SHIPOWNERS FROM 108 COUNTRIES TO MEET IN ISTANBUL

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    APRIL 8, 1997

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

    [01] AIR OF SPRING REIGNS OVER TURCO-GREEK RELATIONS

    Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Kalemli and his Greek counterpart have held a meeting that added to the "air of spring" reigning over Turco-Greek relations over the last few weeks. During their meeting Kalemli and Kaklamanis agreed to set up a friedship committee between the two parliaments. They also reached an accord on establishing special working groups to cooperate in the struggle against drug trafficking. Kalemli invited Kakalamanis to Ankara, and the Greek representative accepted the invitation.

    In a statement to the Greek Exusia newspaper, Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Onur Oymen welcomed the proposal of Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos for the establishment of a joint committee to take in hand Turco-Greek disagreements. Parliament Speaker Mustafa Kalemli described the proposal as a "basis for bilateral dialogue". Nevertheless, he said Turkey was against "pre-conditional dialogue." Oymen also criticized the fact that Turkey had to learn from the press the new proposals of Pangalos. /Hurriyet, Sabah/

    [02] ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTER IN ANKARA

    Israeli Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister David Levy begins today a two-day visit to Ankara. At 19:00 Levy will meet Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan. His programme also includes talks with President Demirel, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller and other high level Turkish officials.

    [03] EFF PROPOSAL FOR IMF

    Turkey is making preparations to submit to the IMF delegations visiting Turkey an Extended Financial Funds (EFF) model, seen as the most appropriate step within the framework of the medium range stabilization programme envisaged by the coalition government. The IMF delegation is not viewing negatively the proposal, that will be discussed in detail during an IMF meeting later this month. /Milliyet/

    [04] FUNERAL CEREMONY FOR TURKES

    The funeral ceremony to be held today for the late MHP leader Alparslan Turkes is being given extended coverage by all the daily nespapers. The coffin will be carried on shoulders all the way from the hospital where he died to the final resting place of Turkes. Ceremonies at the parliament will be held prior to the religious service that is to take place at Kocatepe Mosque. Ten thousand people have been assigned to ensure order during the ceremonies and funeral marches.

    [05] TURKEY HAS RIGHT TO EU MEMBERSHIP

    Dutch Foreign Minister Hans Van Mierlo has given a strong answer to European Union liberals who oppose Turkey's full membership in the EU. In reply to liberal opposition, Van Mierlo said that Turkey had every right to membership in the EU and voiced full support for Turkey's efforts to secure membership. /Sabah/

    [06] PKK CARRIES OFF NINE PEOPLE

    PKK terrorists carried off nine of the people attending a dinner celebrating the restoration of peace between two families in a village near Diyarbakir. The terrorists struck while the meal was in progress and kidnapped the local village head and eight other villagers.

    Local security forces have begun operations to find the kidnappers and save their captives. /Sabah/

    [07] D-8 MEETING PLANNED FOR JUNE

    Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan has already sent out invitations to the heads of the member countries of the D-8 union of eight developing Islamic countries. Government officials said yesterday that positive replies had been received from all the countries invited except for Egypt.

    The meeting will be held in Istanbul on June 15, and preparations for the meeting have already been started. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] EU LEADERS DISCUSSS ANKARA

    French President Jacques Chirac and German Prime Minister Helmut Kohl will meet in Bonn tomorrow to air their views on Turkey's membership in the EU. These two European Union leaders have opposing views on Turkey and its future relations with the EU. In fact, the future of Turkey and the EU is one of the main problems dividing these two leading EU countries. /Hurriyet/

    [09] EU LETTER FROM TUSIAD

    The Turkish Industralists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) sent a letter to governments of the European Union (EU) requesting support for Turkey's full EU membership. The letter was sent to all EU institutions, governments and socio-economic institutions yesterday. The letter said in part: "The EU should accept that Turkey is a democratic and pluralist society, with wide experience in the market economy". /Hurriyet/

    [10] TURKEY-US-ISRAEL JOINT MILITARY MANOEUVRES

    Washington has accepted Israeli Defence Minister Izak Mordechai's proposal for joint military manoeuvres between Turkey, Israel and the US. The Israeli Defence Ministry said that no official decision had been taken yet and added that the manoeuvres would be to the benefit of all three countries. /All papers/

    [11] 5TH TURKISH ASSEMBLY IN ISTANBUL

    The 5th Turkish State and Populations Friendship, Brotherhood and Cooperation Assembly will be held between 11-13 April in Istanbul. Within the framework of the assembly, using the Latin alphabet in Turkish speaking republics, common currency and forming a Turkish "common market" projects will be discussed. President Suleyman Demirel, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller, ANAP leader Mesut Yżlmaz and high level state representatives will attend the assembly./Cumhuriyet/

    [12] PROMOTION OF TURKISH FIRMS ON INTERNET

    The General Administration of Small and Middle Scale Industry Development (KOSGEB) will promote Turkish firms to the world by means of the internet and CDs in five languages. With this project information about Turkish firms and establishments will be given in Turkish, English, German, French and Italian./Cumhuriyet/

    [13] AUTOMOBILE PRODUCTION UP

    The Automobile Industrialists' Association (OSD) reported that automobile production rose 6 % in March. 19,634 automobiles were produced in March, 1996, whereas 18,524 were produced in March, 1995./Hurriyet/

    [14] SHIPOWNERS FROM 108 COUNTRIES TO MEET IN ISTANBUL

    The General Council of the BIMCO (The Baltic and International Maritime Council) will be held in Istanbul, when nearly 1,000 shipowners and shipbrokers from 108 countries, who hold 70 % of world maritime transportation, will gather on 2-4 June and discuss problems of maritime transport. /Hurriyet/

    END


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