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Turkish Press Review, 97-04-10

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] LEVY LEAVES TURKEY
  • [02] TURKS SEND HUMANITARIAN AID TO BULGARIA
  • [03] INTENSE DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC
  • [04] BIR: TURKEY'S WEU CONCERNS UNDERSTOOD FULLY
  • [05] UN CYPRUS ENVOY REPORTS PROGRESS ON TALKS
  • [06] TURKISH PLANE PARTS FOR BRAZIL

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    APRIL 10, 1997

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

    [01] LEVY LEAVES TURKEY

    Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy left Turkey on Wednesday having received a mixed bag of signals on Turkish-Israeli relations. Having met with many Turkish officials, Levy headed home with views ranging from the positive to the critical on Israel's current position in the Middle East peace process and the cultivation of ties between Turkey and Israel./Milliyet/Cumhuriyet_

    [02] TURKS SEND HUMANITARIAN AID TO BULGARIA

    Four truckloads of humanitarian aid sent by the Religious Affairs Foundation set off on Tuesday, three bound for Bulgaria and one destined for the southeastern town of Mus. State Minister Nevzat Ercan said that the Foundation had donated 100 tons of humanitarian aid since 1993, and that this amount would certainly increase over time. /All papers/

    [03] INTENSE DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC

    Intense two-day diplomatic traffic is seen to be continuing with high-level officials meeting with their Turkish counterparts and Turkish officials preparing for talks in various Western capitals in the coming days.

    Topping the list of officials visitors to Ankara is the State Secretary for the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, Siri Bjerke, who held talks with his Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Onur Oymen on Wednesday. NATO expansion was reportedly high on the agenda of the talks between Oymen and Bjerke.

    Albanian Deputy Foreign Minister Albert Rakibi also began a three-day official visit to Turkey on Wednesday at the invitation of Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Onur Oymen. The visit will focus on recent developments in crisis-stricken Albania and the two parties will exchange views on the Balkan situation in general.

    Highlighting other high-level diplomatic exchanges to take place in the coming days, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Omer Akbel said that Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Onur Oymen will travel to Warsaw, Poland for similar consultations which are expected in this case to concentrate on NATO expansion and that country's bid to join the allience.

    Akbel also said that high-level talks with European Union term president Holland were expected to be held in Ankara this week while the Latvian foreign minister is expected in Ankara on April 29./all papers/

    [04] BIR: TURKEY'S WEU CONCERNS UNDERSTOOD FULLY

    Deputy Chief od Staff General Cevik Bir, who arrived in Paris on Wednesday to attend the Western European Union's meeting of Chiefs of Staff, said Turkey's concerns regarding its lack of participation in WEU decision making mechanisms were fully comprehended by its partners at the military level. Bir pointed out that Turkey could veto the WEU use of NATO infrastructural resources unless it participated fully in these decision making mechanisms. The two days of meetings will focus on recent developments in troubled Albania, Bosnia and Zaire.

    Cevik Bir will also hold contacts on joint tank production with France. Bir pointed out that Turkey has been looking for a partner for joint tank production./Milliyet/Hurriyet_

    [05] UN CYPRUS ENVOY REPORTS PROGRESS ON TALKS

    The United Nations Resident Representative on Cyprus, Gustav Feissel, sent U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan his report on the separate talks he has been holding with the two leaders of the divided island. Before departing for the meeting in Geneva between Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas and Annan midday on Wednesday, Feissel informed the secretary-general about what had been achieved during the 18 meetings and explained the attitudes of the two leaders to the idea of a joint meetings. Feissel indicated that there had been some improvement at the end of the private sessions with the two leaders./Hurriyet/Milliyet_

    [06] TURKISH PLANE PARTS FOR BRAZIL

    Turkish defence sector companies are planning to produce spare parts for planes for sale to air companies in Brazil.

    Sector representatives said yesterday that an agreement was on the way particularly for spare parts for F-16 fighter planes. Parts for planes in the Airbus family could well be included in the agreement. /Hurriyet/

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