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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>
TURKISH PRESS REVIEW
APRIL 25, 1997
Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning.
 INDIRECT TALKS ON CYPRUS TO CONTINUE IN LATE MAYPresident of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Rauf Denktas said, "There is no reason to change the 'set of ideas'," referring to a scheme which outlines a bi-communal, bi-zonal and politically equal solution for the Cyprus problem. The Anatolia news agency reported Denktas' remark on the so-called 'ideas' proposed by former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Ghali which envisage the protection of guarantor rights and request that Cyprus' membership in the European Union come only after a solution is reached. "If the unchanged set of ideas will be the basis for discussion, then let's get together and talk," Denktas stated./All papers/
 CONSTITUTIONAL COURT'S 35TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED TODAYChief Justice Yekta Gungor Ozden and a delegation of High Court members visited Ataturk's mausoleum, Anıtkabir on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Constitutional Court. Ozden told the press that Constitutional justice was the guarantee of a modern state based on law.
A ceremony will be held on Friday to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the founding of the court./Cumhuriyet/
 SECURITY FORCES KILL 34 SEPARATISTS IN SOUTHEASTSecurity forces killed 34 rebels from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and suffered one casualty in clashes during operations to sweep the terrorists from several areas of the Southeast. According to the office of the Emergency Rule region governor, 21 rebels, including four women, were killed in rural areas of the town of Hani near Diyarbakir, eight near Sirnak, and five near Tunceli. Security forces also seized different types of rifles, including long-range models. One separatist surrendered to security forces. Rocket launchers, mortars and night vision equipment was seized near Sirnak during searches the area./Milliyet/Sabah_
 CONFERENCE OF ISLAMIC THOUGHT OPENSThe second International Conference of Islamic Thought, sponsored by the Cultural Branch of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, begins on Friday. The three-day conference will be opened by Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan at the Lutfu Kirdar International Congress and Exhibition Centre. The conference features such topics as sources of Islamic thought, Islam and cultural pluralism, Islam between East and West, and Islam in contemporary Western thought. The conference will end on Sunday./All papers/
 BRITISH MINISTER PRAISES TURKISH ECONOMYBritish Foreign Trade Secretary Martin Laing praised the Turkish economy as "dynamic, healthy and resistant" and said that the European Union-Turkey customs union had pushed Turkey's European integrity to the foreground, giving British investors unprecedented access to the Turkish market. He noted that Turkey was at the same time an entrance point to the Middle East, the Turkish speaking republics and other neighbouring countries. Speaking in London at the traditional dinner of the Middle East Society, Sir Martin told the representatives of 500 leading companies of the world and embassadors of various countries that Turkey had a growing market. The minister said that Britain's annual trade with the Middle East amounted to 25 billion pounds, of which 2.5 billion pounds-worth was with Turkey. British exports to Turkey amounted to 1.5 billion pounds a year. Noting that the Turkish market provided opportunities in all areas, he stressed that no one had the luxury to ignore the Turkish market.Hurriyet//Sabah_
 'EUROPEAN MUSEUM OF THE YEAR' AWARD TO TURKEY"The European Museum of the Year" award is presented to the Anatolia Civilizations Museum in Ankara by a commission of the European Union. The commission has already sent the award to the Turkish Ministry of Culture./Milliyet/
 ANKARA INSISTS ON ITS AEGEAN POLICYAnkara stressed at meeting with Dutch diplomats of the term president of the European Union that the status quo in the Aegean Sea would never be changed. The Dutch delegation went to Athens after visiting Ankara and noted Turkey's answer to Greek officials on veto conditions of Greece to financial aid./Cumhuriyet/
 MOST AID GOES TO DEVELOPED COUNTRIESOECD funding for privatization in the 22 member countries of the OECD bloc went mainly to the already developed countries. The biggest slice of 57.8 billıon dollars made available by the OECD for privatization development was consumed by Germany with a massive 16.9 billion dollars. Turkey, assessed as one of the more slowly growing OECD member countries benefited from a 291 million dollar chunk. /Cumhuriyet/
 OPERATION TO RECOVER STOLEN STATUEAlerted to the sale of a bronze statue stolen from Turkey, the Turkish Embassy in Vienna informed the local police and had the sale blocked.
The Vienna Dorotehum Museum wanted to buy the statue which officials said had been offered to them by a German "private collector." No name however was provided the officials. Provenance for the antique statue was apparently provided by the collector and the museum saw no reason why the sale should not go ahead.
The small 46 cm high two thousand year old statue was especially valuable said Embassy Cultural Advisor Meral Cerci who helped to track down the sale and stop it. /Milliyet/
 YILMAZ MEETS WITH KOHLChairman of the Motherland Party (ANAP) Mesut Yilmaz, who is in Germany as the guest of the Konrad Adenaeuer Foundation, met with German Prime Minister Helmut Kohl in Bonn. Yesterday, Yilmaz met first with defence policy spokesman of the Assembly Group of the Greens Party Kerstin Muller and Greens Deputy Helmut Lippert. Later, as an honorary guest of the Parliament, Yilmaz listened to President of the Cezch Republic Vaclav Havel's speech at the Federal German Assembly and then participated in an Assembly cocktail party during which he held a brief meeting with Prime Minister Kohl. /Sabah/
 NEW CYPRUS DRIVE FROM UNUN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has accelerated his efforts for peace in Cyprus and rolled up his sleeves for a Denktash-Klerides Summit in June. Annan, who has taken initiatives to reach a solution in Cyprus by the end of 1997, has called his advisers to a private meeting in New York next week. Annan will furnish information regarding the current situation on the island to representatives of five permanent members of the UN Security Council and seek support to hold a face-to-face meeting between the two leaders on the island. Even though the Turkish Cypriot administration has accepted the invitation, it is reported that Greek Cypriot leader Klerides, who has been refusing to hold a high-level meeting for the last two and a half years, is not expected to say "Yes" easily. /Hurriyet/
 CILLER: "IF TURKEY CANNOT JOIN EU, EUROPE WILL LOSE"Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller delivered a speech regarding "Turco-EU relations" at the General Council of the Turkish Parliament yesterday. Ciller said that Turkey's full EU membership was more important for Europe and regional peace. Ciller stated that Turkey had the highest growth rate among the 11 countries seeking membership in the EU, and claimed that Turkey was the second biggest NATO member country following the US. Noting that Turkey was the first country which had applied for EU membership, Ciller added: "If Turkey cannot join the EU, it will be Europe and the region which loses". /Cumhuriyet/
 SOYLEMEZ TO MEET WITH IMF TODAYA Turkish delegation headed by State Minister Ufuk Soylemez and including the Treasury Undersecretary, the Head of the Central Bank, the Chairman of the Privatization Administration and some high-level bureaucrats is going to the US today for the ordinary annual meetings of the World Bank. A statement issued by the State Ministry said that the delegation would stay in the US until 3 May and meet with the chairmen of the IMF, World Bank and many high-level officials. Later, the delegation will hold contacts with leading US financial institutions in New York. /Milliyet/
 TURKISH FREE SHOPS ARE POPULARRepresentatives of the European tourism sector are angry about an EU decision which states that free shop markets will be closed by the beginning of 1999 in "harmony with single market principles". Chairman of the Duty Free Markets Federation, Bary Goddard, said that this decision would create a $7 billion loss and orientate tourists to Turkey and Morocco". /Sabah/
 TURKISH SOLDIERS ENSURE SECURITY IN TIRANA314 more Turkish soldiers arrived in Tirana yesterday by air to join the other Turkish troops sent to strife-ridden Albania. General Koksal Karabay who will act as deputy commander of the international naval forces in Albania has also arrived to Tirana. The number of Turkish soldiers deployed in Albania to support international efforts to restore calm in the country now totals 691 and will increase to 779 with the arrival of a last group of 88 troops. The Turkish soldiers will remain in the region for three months. /Hurriyet/
 "TURKEY IS NOT BOUND BY EU PRESIDENCY STATEMENTS"Referring to a statement to be released by EU Term President Niederlands after the Turkey-EU Partnership Council meeting scheduled for April 29 in Luxembourg, that was recently unveiled to the press, Turkish Foreign Ministry officials announced that the statement had no binding effect on Turkey and was not an issue that had to be negotiated with Greece.
Hoping to put Ankara in a difficult position, Greek Foreign Minister Teodoros Pangalos has been trying some "secret dealing" to the advantage of Greece -this in connection with the Greek veto against Turkey blocking EU funds. Pangalos had noted that Greece would lift the veto if Turkey signed a new document prepared by Greece. /Milliyet/
 SIMITIS POSITIVE ON DIALOGUE WITH TURKEYGreek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis told a news conference in Bonn, Germany, yesterday that despite some disagreements between Turkey and Greece, there were positive trends in bilateral relations. He added that finding a solution to disputes between Turkey and Greece would be to the benefit of everybody and stressed that he was for the improvement and strengthening of Turkey's cooperation with the EU. He expressed his belief that Turkey-EU meeting on April 29 would spawn positive results and that even decisions for resolving problems in the Aegean could be expected.
Simitis had a meeting in Bonn with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. During their meeting, Kohl and Simitis discussed their relations with Turkey and the Greek veto against Turkey blocking EU funds. /Milliyet/
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