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Turkish Press Review, 97-04-17

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEMIREL SENDS CONDOLENCES
  • [02] TURKEY-EU JOINT COMMISSION MEETING
  • [03] TURKEY MAY REVIEW EURO-MED PROCESS
  • [04] WARM WINDS BLOW BETWEEN TURKEY AND GREECE
  • [05] TURKEY REPEATS CALL FOR DIALOGUE WITH GREECE
  • [06] GENERAL KARADAYI MEETS GREEK COUNTERPART
  • [07] US CRITICISES GREEK INVITATION FOR PKK LEADER
  • [08] KANDEMIR CRITICIZES WEST
  • [09] GEN.COREKCI TO VISIT US
  • [10] TERRORISTS RENDERED INEFFECTIVE
  • [11] APPOINTMENT WITH IMF IN SIX MONTHS
  • [12] NEW BRITISH AMBASSADOR RECEIVED BY DEMIREL
  • [13] TURKEY CLOSES EMBASSY IN ZAIRE
  • [14] AZERBAIJANI PRESIDENT ALIYEV TO VISIT TURKEY IN MAY
  • [15] MESSAGE TO EU FROM TUSIAD
  • [16] RUSSIAN ENERGY GIANTS TO MEET IN ISTANBUL
  • [17] TURKEY RECOVERS STATE ARCHIVES FROM BULGARIA
  • [18] NEW TRAFFIC LAW REDUCES ACCIDENTS
  • [19] INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROJECT OLYMPIAD ON MAY 3

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    APRIL 17, 1997

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

    [01] DEMIREL SENDS CONDOLENCES

    President Demirel sent messages of condolence to Bangladesh, Pakýstan and India because citizens of these countries were victims of Tuesday's fire in a tent city for pilgrims near the holy city of Mecca. Over 200 pilgrims perished in the blaze and the ensuing stampede, and more than 1,000 were injured. Demirel also sent a message to Saudi Arabia's King Faht expressing his deep sorrow over the tragedy. /Sabah/

    [02] TURKEY-EU JOINT COMMISSION MEETING

    The Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Commission's 40th meeting ended yesterday with the approval of two draft proposals. One of the proposals is that Turkey "be evaluated equally to other candidate countries" in the process of EU enlargement, and the other draft suggests abolishing visa requirements for businessmen and children under 16 crossing into EU countries. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] TURKEY MAY REVIEW EURO-MED PROCESS

    State Minister Ufuk Soylemez who is representing Turkey in Malta said if discrimination continues over the Mediterranean Development Fund (MEDA), Turkey would review its whole participation in the Euro-Med process. "Turkey has fulfilled its obligations under the customs union, but for reasons unrelated to the customs union or the Euro-Med processes, it cannot utilize them despite promises. This is clearly discrimination," Soylemez said. He added that Turkey supported the establishment of a free trade area between Europe and the Mediterranean by the year 2010. /Sabah/

    [04] WARM WINDS BLOW BETWEEN TURKEY AND GREECE

    During talks in Malta, Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Onur Oymen and Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Yorgo Papandreu prospects for bilateral discussions on Turco-Greek diagreements between specialists from the two countries were taken in hand. Following his meeting with the Greek official, Oymen gave details about the meeting to Dutch Foreign Minister Hans Van Mierlo, who is at the same time EU Term President. Later, in a speech at the Mediterranean Conference Van Mierlo said that the Oymen-Papandreu meeting was an important move towards solving Turco-Greek disagreements.

    In the same connection, Greek Foreign Minister Thodoros Pangalos announced yesterday that Greece will lift its objections to the sale of Turkish agricultural goods on the EU market and invited Greek businessmen to cooperate with Turkish entrepreneurs. /Sabah, Milliyet/

    [05] TURKEY REPEATS CALL FOR DIALOGUE WITH GREECE

    Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Omer Akbel on Wednesday said Turkey was pleased that Greece had lifted its veto on Turkey's participation in the WEU decision-making process. "We hope all the vetoes in international organizations in which Turkey and Greece are members will be lifted and that a dialogue begins between Turkey and Greece," Akbel said.

    [06] GENERAL KARADAYI MEETS GREEK COUNTERPART

    As Greece continues to lift the obstacles it had placed before Turkey at the EU, high level contacts between the two countries are also intensifying. Chief of the General Staff, General Ismail Hakki Karadayi, will come together with his Greek counterpart Tzoganiz during a visit to Brussel on April 27-28. Observers view this meeting as a milestone in the rapprochement of the two countries. /Sabah/

    [07] US CRITICISES GREEK INVITATION FOR PKK LEADER

    Referring to attempts by Greek deputies to invite PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan to Athens, US Spokesman Nicholas Burns said that such initiatives to legalize outlawed terrorist organizations were unacceptable. According to observers in Washington, nationalist groups in Athens, uneasy about the improvements in Turco-Greek relations, are using the PKK trump to abort the fragile raprochment process that strarted between the two neighbour Balkan countries. /Sabah/

    [08] KANDEMIR CRITICIZES WEST

    Turkish Ambassador to Washington, Nuzhet Kandemir, delivered a speech at the "National Committee on American Foreign Policy" Institute in New York two days ago and criticized Europe's silence regarding arson attacks against Turkish families in Germany. Kandemir said that since Germany has been pressing second generation Turkish children to become German citizens, this was a violation of human rights.

    Also criticizing US policy towards Turkey, Ambassador Kandemir stated that it was a great mistake to permit the activities of pro-PKK terrorist organizations such as AKIN and the Kurdish Institute. Kandemir further criticized Washington for not sending frigates to Turkey as promised. /Sabah/

    [09] GEN.COREKCI TO VISIT US

    Air Forces Commander Gen.Ahmet Corekci will go to the US next week to attend a meeting of NATO Air Forces Commanders. A statement issued by the Turkish Air Forces Office yesterday said that Gen.Corekci will visit the US between 21-30 April as the official guest of US Air Forces Commander Gen.Ronald Fogleman and will participate in the 50th foundation anniversary ceremonies of the US Air Forces and also in a conference of World Air Forces Commanders. /Milliyet/

    [10] TERRORISTS RENDERED INEFFECTIVE

    It is reported that during operations carried out by the Turkish Armed Forces on 14-15 April 1997 in the rural area of Tunceli, 47 militants who were about to carry out terrorist activities before and during the Feast of Sacrifice have been rendered ineffective. According to the General Secretariat of the General Staff, operations launched against the PKK terrorist organization by security forces in April were continuing despite the cold weather. These operations have been especially intensified in the provinces of Tunceli, Bingol and Sirnak. /Sabah/

    [11] APPOINTMENT WITH IMF IN SIX MONTHS

    Sabah daily newspaper reports that a possibility has emerged for the visiting IMF delegation to return to Ankara in six months to sound out conditions for a financial accord if the government shows the necessary political will. Political aspects have been added to a report on Turkey prepared by the IMF. Economic details from the report were revealed during a recent meeting of the delegation with Ciller. The report will be taken up by the IMF Board of Directors.

    [12] NEW BRITISH AMBASSADOR RECEIVED BY DEMIREL

    Britain's newly appointed ambassador to Ankara, David Logan, presented his letter of credentials to President Suleyman Demirel on Wednesday. At the presentation Logan told Demirel in Turkish "It is an honour for me to visit Turkey" and said that he would exert efforts to improve liaisons. Demirel congratulated Logan on his new post. /All papers/

    [13] TURKEY CLOSES EMBASSY IN ZAIRE

    Turkey has decided to close temporarily its embassy in Zaire because of turmoil in the capital Kinshasa, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spoksman Omer Akbel said on Wednesday at a weekly press conference. The families of Turkish personnel in Zaire have already returned home, and the remainder of the staff will arrive on April 20. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] AZERBAIJANI PRESIDENT ALIYEV TO VISIT TURKEY IN MAY

    Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev's postponed visit to Turkey will now take place on May 5-8, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Omer Akbel said on Wednesday at a weekly press conference. Aliyev's visit was originlly scheduled for April, but postponed due to the death of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Alparslan Turkes. /All papers/

    [15] MESSAGE TO EU FROM TUSIAD

    The Association of Turkish Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSIAD) has sent a message to the European Union (EU) proposing that the EU should look to the years ahead, and plan for more cooperation with Turkey.

    A TUSIAD delegation headed by Muharrem Kayhan has been in contact with the EU Foreign Relations Commission and declared that both sides should plan ahead for tomorrow rather than be restricted to the problems of today. /Hurriyet/

    [16] RUSSIAN ENERGY GIANTS TO MEET IN ISTANBUL

    A Black Sea Business Conference organized by the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and Foreign Economic Relations Council (DEIK) will be held in Istanbul on 28-30 April. Chairman of the Lukoil firm, the biggest oil producer of Russia, Vahit Alekperov, Chairman of Gazprom, a gas firm, Rem Vyakhirev, will participate in the conference. Georgian Head of State Eduard Shevardnadze is also expected to attend the conference during which Caspian oil and Turkmen natural gas will be discussed. /Hurriyet/

    [17] TURKEY RECOVERS STATE ARCHIVES FROM BULGARIA

    Turkey has recovered 70 percent of roughly two-and-a-half million 17-19th century Ottoman period archives from Bulgaria, the Anatolia news agency reported. The Ottoman documents were sold to Bulgaria in the early years of the Turkish Republic to a paper factory in Bulgaria as scrap paper.

    [18] NEW TRAFFIC LAW REDUCES ACCIDENTS

    The new traffic law has been effective in reducing the number of accidents following its implementation on January 1, 1997, Traffic Department officials said. Statistics showed that there was a 19 percent decrease in traffic accidents and a 33 percent decrease in injuries in the first three months of 1997, compared to the same period in 1996. /Anatolia news agency/

    [19] INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROJECT OLYMPIAD ON MAY 3

    The Fifth Environmental Project Olympiade will take place in Istanbul on May 3 and 4. High school and secondary school students from 20 counries will compete at the Olympiade with scientific, economic and contemporary projects. /All papers/

    NOTE: Because of the religious festival of sacrifice, the Turkish Press Review will not be published again until Thursday, April 24.

    END


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