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Turkish Press Review, 97-04-11

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKISH PARLIAMENT APPROVES TROOPS FOR ALBANIA
  • [02] TURKEY TO HOST NATO FEMALE OFFICERS' MEETING IN JUNE
  • [03] GREECE WANTS EXPERTS TO DISCUSS PROBLEMS WITH TURKEY
  • [04] GREECE EXTENDS INVITATION TO PKK LEADER
  • [05] CEVIK BIR APPEALS ON ATHENS FOR A MILITARY DIALOGUE
  • [06] PRESIDENT DENKTAS: TALKS MAY BE POSSIBLE IN JUNE
  • [07] IMF DELEGATION VISITS PM ERBAKAN
  • [08] TURCO-ISREALI RELATIONS IMPROVE
  • [09] US FIRM KMR POWER PLANNING ENERGY INVESTMENT IN TURKEY
  • [10] GOVERNMENT MAKES NEW MOVE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
  • [11] DUTCH DELEGATION VISITS ANKARA
  • [12] TURKISH STATES CONGRESS STARTED
  • [13] TOURISM WEEK
  • [14] EXIMBANK EXTENDS TOURISM CREDIT

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    APRIL 11, 1997

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

    [01] TURKISH PARLIAMENT APPROVES TROOPS FOR ALBANIA

    Parliament on Thursday afternoon gave the rubber stamp to efforts to send Turkish soldiers to Albania while, at the same time Albanian Deputy Foreign Minister Albert Rakibi was engaged in talks during his official two-day visit to Ankara. In the most recent developments in Albania, Turkish Parliament approved the deployment of Turkish troops within the framework of a multinational peacekeeping force to secure calm in Albania. The commitment agreed upon was for a three month period./Hurriyet/

    [02] TURKEY TO HOST NATO FEMALE OFFICERS' MEETING IN JUNE

    Turkey will host the NATO Female Officers' Meeting at the beginning of June, a gathering aimed at building cooperation among the female officers of the organization. While these meetings are held annually, June's gathering will be the first one in Turkey. The meeting will be held between June 2-6 in Istanbul's Harbiye Orduevi and numerous high-level generals, officers from NATO-member countries are expected to attend./All papers/

    [03] GREECE WANTS EXPERTS TO DISCUSS PROBLEMS WITH TURKEY

    Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Yannos Kranidiotis on Wednesday said Athens favored an exchange of views between academicians on procedural issues relating to Greek-Turkish disputes, which have long soured relations between the two NATO members.

    A senior official from the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that Turkey would not reject such a proposal./All papers/

    [04] GREECE EXTENDS INVITATION TO PKK LEADER

    110 members of the Greek parliament have sent letters to the Greek cabinet and to local administrations asking that PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan be officially invited to Athens. Deputy Parliament Speaker Panayotis Kritikos is also among the said deputies. The letter calling for PKK leader`s invitation to Athens either by the government or the mayors of Athens or Tessaloniki, or by a university. /Milliyet/

    [05] CEVIK BIR APPEALS ON ATHENS FOR A MILITARY DIALOGUE

    The Second Chief of the General Staff, General Cevik Bir has stated that he is ready to set up a dialogue with Greece at Chiefs of General Staff level. Addressing a news conference yesterday in Paris at the end of a WEU meeting, General Bir said that the Turkish General Staff was reday to attend a bilateral meeting with Greece as recently suggested by NATO Military Committee. "However, we have not received any response from Greece yet," Bir noted. /Hurriyet/

    [06] PRESIDENT DENKTAS: TALKS MAY BE POSSIBLE IN JUNE

    Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas, said on Thursday that face-to-face talks with Greek Cyprus President Glafkos Clerides might take place within the next few months. After a closed session held with the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Denktas said that a meeting could take place by the summer - around June. He added that Turkish side hopes direct talks could resume by June at a venue to be proposed by Annan - either in Geneva or New York or somewhere else./All papers/

    [07] IMF DELEGATION VISITS PM ERBAKAN

    Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan received IMF delegation at the Prime Ministry on Thursday. During the visit, Erbakan said that Turkey was one of the five or six countries that could improve its economy by itself. Head of the IMF delegation, Martin Hardy, said the committee attached great importance to relations with Turkey and that they were pleased to have the opportunity to talk with the prime minister./Hurriyet/

    [08] TURCO-ISREALI RELATIONS IMPROVE

    The economic dimension of the Strategic Dialogue Accord agreed by Turkey and Israel one and a half year ago has been reinforced during Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy's visit to Ankara. The Parliament passed last week a bilateral free trde agreement. In this way, concrete steps to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation were taken up. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] US FIRM KMR POWER PLANNING ENERGY INVESTMENT IN TURKEY

    Independent U.S. power company KMR Power Crop. is planning to invest in power projects in energy-hungry Turkey, where power demand rises at an annual rate of 11 perecnt. The company president said: "We are committed to Turkey for a long term. Turkey is one of the top three countries we are interested in. It has all the ingredients of the emerging giants." Company President George Kappaz said KMR planned other investments in Turkey, which has a power shortage of 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours this year. He added: "Turkey needs to invest $ 3 to $ 4 billion every year for power plant projects. So there is a big potential for investment here."/All papers/

    [10] GOVERNMENT MAKES NEW MOVE ON HUMAN RIGHTS

    The True Path Party (DYP) - Welfare Party (RP) coalition government has taken a new step towards eliminating human rights violations in Turkey. State Minister Lutfu Esengun announced that a Higher Board of Human Rights Coordination had been established, saying that the board would be a positive factor in reducing human rights abuse. At a press conference in Parliament, Esengun announced that the new board of would be composed of himself as State Minister and the undersecretaries of Justice, Foreign and Interior Ministries, with the undersecretary of the Prime Ministry coordinating group's activities. The board will be given executive powers and will be able to make recommendations to other public bodies. Esengun denied that the board's powers would lead to confusuion among various state agencies. He announced that individuals and nongovernmental organizations would be eligible to file complaints of alleged human rights violations with the board, which would also be able to draft legislation as it deems necessary. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] DUTCH DELEGATION VISITS ANKARA

    A high-level delegation from the Dutch Foreign Ministry had official contacts in Ankara yesterday. During the discusions between Turkish and Dutch officials, Partnership Council meeting scheduled for April 29 and Turco-Greek disagreements were taken in hand. The Dutch Foreign Minister is presently acting also as the EU Term President. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] TURKISH STATES CONGRESS STARTED

    The fifth Congress of Friendship, Brotherhood and Cooperation of the Turkish States started Thursday, and will continue until April 13. President Suleyman Demirel will attend the congress, organized by the foundation for Friendship, Brotherhood and Cooperation of the Turkish States and Federation (TUDEV). About 600-700 delegates are expected to participate in the congress, which started in Istanbul./Hurriyet/

    [13] TOURISM WEEK

    Tourism week will be celebrated between 15-22 April. The Ambassadors of England, Germany and Russia in Turkey will be presented shields during the Tourism week because most of the tourists visiting Turkey last year came from these countries.

    The week will officially be opened on April 16 in Istanbul at Lutfi Kirdar Congress Centre. Deputy Prime Minister Tansu Çiller, ministers and parliamentarians will attend the night. /Sabah/

    [14] EXIMBANK EXTENDS TOURISM CREDIT

    Tourism entreprenuers increasing Turkish foreign exchange reserves will be rewarded by the Turkish Eximbank. Eximbank officials announced that they will extend credits to tourism agencies that have ensured the entry of $1 million or more in foreign currency to Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    END


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