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Turkish Press Review, 97-04-28

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING
  • [02] CABINET RESIGNATIONS
  • [03] UN CONVENTION MAY GIVE SYRIA "GAP EDGE"
  • [04] BSEC BUSINESS CONFERENCE
  • [05] FRESH TENSION IN THE AEGEAN
  • [06] OPERATIONS AGAINST PKK CONTINUE
  • [07] CSCE DELEGATION IN ANKARA
  • [08] FOREIGN CAPITAL FLOW TO THE SOUTHEAST
  • [09] PEACE OFFENSE BY THE GREEK CYPRIOTS
  • [10] "SILK ROAD", THE CULTURAL BRIDGE

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    APRIL 28, 1997

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

    [01] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING

    The National Security Council chaired by President Suleyman Demirel convened on April 26 at the presitential palace. During the meeting, issues involving Turkey's internal and external security were discussed. The government was urged to work more effectively to implement the measures package recommended by the council at a meeting on February 28 to stem anti-democratic activities of religious fundamentalist movements. At the meeting, a draft on eight-year model in education was signed. /All papers/

    [02] CABINET RESIGNATIONS

    Minister of Industry and Trade Yalim Erez and Health Minister Yildirim Aktuna from the DYP wing of the coalition government resigned from their posts on Saturday, handing their official resignations to Prime Minister Erbakan. DYP leader Tansu Ciller announced that she had asked for the resignations on the grounds that government ministers should have "no say in whether governments come or go". Erez and Aktuna were pressing for DYP withdrawal from the coalition with the Welfare Party. /All papers/

    [03] UN CONVENTION MAY GIVE SYRIA "GAP EDGE"

    The UN has accepted a draft proposal which would allow down-river countries on transborder rivers to stop the water flow control facilities of upriver countries for 18 months. The draft, negotiated and accepted at the intergovernmental level after a 20-year study by the legal commission, will be discussed in June at the UN General Assembly and is expected to be passed. This draft in principle would enable Syria to stop the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP). Turkey is opposing the draft and has not signed it, declaring that that it was not bound by the clauses in the agreement. /All papers/

    [04] BSEC BUSINESS CONFERENCE

    A Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) conference on "Opportunities for Business" begins today in Istanbul with the participation of more than 400 businessmen from five continents. The presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldovia, Romania and Ukraine are also scheduled to attend the conference as the official guests of President Demirel. Issues to be discussed at the conference include regional cooperation, economic rebuilding, financing growth and investment projects, telecommunications, agriculture and transportation. /Sabah/

    [05] FRESH TENSION IN THE AEGEAN

    The winds of spring blowing between Turkey and Greece were replaced by fresh tensions. Within this framework, the meeting of Turkish Chief of the General Staff General Karadayi with his Greek counterpart went on in a cold atmosphere. Greek Chief of the General Staff Tzogannis shied away from touching upon sensitive issues and said that politicians were to resolve the problems between Turkey and Greece. The deterioration in Turco-Greek relations came in the eve of the Turkey-EU Partnership Council meeting scheduled to begin tomorrow in Luxembourg. The tensions started with Greek Foreign Minister unveiling to the press the text of a secret document to be accepted at the meeting in Luxembourg. During the meeting in Luxembourg, Greek veto on EU funds to Turkey will be taken in hand. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] OPERATIONS AGAINST PKK CONTINUE

    In clashes between PKK terrorists and members of the security forces in Siirt, 14 PKK militants and 5 Turkish soldiers were killed. Thus, the number of PKK terrorists killed in the Siirt operation during the last three days increased to 37.

    Papers report that deployment of fresh troops to the Southeast continues. Military convoys carrying troops and ammunition are flowing to the southeastern province of Hakkari. The General Staff's press office announced that this was part of massive efforts to prevent the outlawed PKK organization to carry out separatist activities in Turkey. /All papers/

    [07] CSCE DELEGATION IN ANKARA

    A delegation of the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) headed by CSCE Parliamentary Assembly Chairman Javier Ruperez arrived yesterday in Ankara upon the official invitation of the Turkish Parliament. The delegation will have contacts with Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, Deputy Prime Minister Tansu Ciller, Parliament Speaker Mustafa Kalemli and other officials. /Milliyet/

    [08] FOREIGN CAPITAL FLOW TO THE SOUTHEAST

    According to a research by Capital magazine, fresh investments by foreign entrepreneurs are flowing to the Anatolian provinces of Denizli, Gaziantep, Kahramanmaras, Manisa and Usak. According to specialists, the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) played an important role in attracting foreign capital to the region. /Hurriyet/

    [09] PEACE OFFENSE BY THE GREEK CYPRIOTS

    In violation of the Greek Cypriot Administration's orders, 126 Greek Cypriots passed to the north of the island and visited a church. The Greek Cypriot Administration blocked 597 Greek Cypriots from following suit.

    The relaxation in bilateral relations started with the visit of a chapel of dervishes in southern Cyprus by the Turkish Cypriots, is being endangered by the negative stand adopted by the Greek Cypriot Administration. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] "SILK ROAD", THE CULTURAL BRIDGE

    Travelers like Marco Polo, Hsuan-tsang, Ibn-i Battuta, Evliya Çelebi brought the world closer by sharing their experiences in the far away lands with us. A "Silk road" team of four, formed under the leadership of Arif Ascı has renewed the greatest cultural heritage in history on camel back. The team which started its voyage on June 2 in Chian, arrived in Turkey on April 12. /Cumhuriyet/

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