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Turkish Press Review, 97-04-29

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] BLACK SEA ECONOMIC COOPERATION SUMMIT
  • [02] CRITICAL TURKEY-EU MEETING BEGINS TODAY
  • [03] CAUCASIAN SUMMIT ON BSEC SIDELINE
  • [04] ERBAKAN WARNS EUROPE
  • [05] TURKEY: PKK INVOLVED IN DRUG TRAFFICKING
  • [06] GENERAL STAFF BRIEFINGS
  • [07] ENERGY OFFICIALS VISIT OIL-RICH TURKMENISTAN
  • [08] 19 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED IN CLASHES
  • [09] SOYLEMEZ IN WASHINGTON
  • [10] BOTAS AND GAZPROM SING AN AGREEMENT
  • [11] TURKEY BECOMES SUBCONTRACTOR OF BOEING
  • [12] PFP COMMANDERS VISIT TURKISH GENERAL STAFF
  • [13] ERBAKAN RECEIVES IDB DELEGATION

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    APRIL 29, 1997

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

    [01] BLACK SEA ECONOMIC COOPERATION SUMMIT

    Today's papers provide extended coverage to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) meeting that started yesterday in Istanbul under the auspices of President Demirel. The meeting has turned into a BSEC summit with the participation of the presidents of Armenia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldovia, Georgia and Romania. The conference will last three days. During the discussions today, new economic opportunities in the region, projects aimed at regional cooperation, as well as energy, agricultural and environmental issues will be taken in hand. /All papers/

    [02] CRITICAL TURKEY-EU MEETING BEGINS TODAY

    The 38th meeting of the Turkey-EU Association Council, which has an important place in Turkey-EU relations convenes this evening in Luxembourg. This will be the first meeting of the Council after the Customs Union entered into force on January 1, 1996. Despite the fact that Greece has declared its intention not to lift its veto on EU funds to Turkey, official confirmation is expected to the effect that the doors of the EU will open in the long run for membership, as stated at the Apeldoorn meeting. European countries are exerting pressure on Greece to projecta more cooperative attitude. /All papers/

    [03] CAUCASIAN SUMMIT ON BSEC SIDELINE

    The presidents of Azerbażjan and Armania met in Istanbul on Monday on the sideline of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation meeting. The meeting was arranged by President Demirel who attended the first five minutes of the Azerbaijan-Armenia summit. The Turkish president said that Turkey was after peace not only in the Balkans or the Middle East, but in the Caucasus as well. "It is easy to break peace, but very difficult to restore it," Demirel noted, stressing that Ankara wanted Azerbaijan and Armenia to settle their disputes through dialogue. /Sabah/

    [04] ERBAKAN WARNS EUROPE

    Prime Minsiter Erbakan received yesterday a delegation of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) headed by Javier Ruperez, Speaker of the European Parliamentary Assembly. "The issue that should be addressed in particular when talking about human rights in Europe, should be safeguarding the security of Turkish workers there," Erbakan said. The OSCE delegation also met with Parliamentary Speaker Mustafa Kalemli. /Milliyet/

    [05] TURKEY: PKK INVOLVED IN DRUG TRAFFICKING

    According to a Turkish report on the fight against drug smuggling submitted to the European Council, the outlawed PKK organization played an important role in drug trafficking, the Anatolia news agency reported. The report underlined Turkey's efforts to eliminate narcotics smuggling and urged European countries to cooperate and take the neccesary measures. /All papers/

    [06] GENERAL STAFF BRIEFINGS

    The General Staff has launched a number of briefings in a move to furnish the Turkish public with details about Turco-Greek disagreements and the PKK terrorist organization. A briefing was held yesterday for rectors, deans and university lecturers. Today, journalists will be briefed, and on May 2 a meeting with representatives of public organizations is planned. The briefings are being given by military experts. /Sabah/

    [07] ENERGY OFFICIALS VISIT OIL-RICH TURKMENISTAN

    Energy Minister Recai Kutan flew to Turkmenistan yesterday for a three-day visit to discuss an oil deal with Turkmen officials. Turkey already has a significant natural gas deal with Turkmenistan. /All papers/

    [08] 19 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED IN CLASHES

    The regional security center in Diyarbakir reported that 19 PKK terrorists and five soldiers were killed in clashes in southeastern Anatolia. The army will continue its operations in teh region through the summer as the PKK has announced that it will undertake a number of attacks on holiday resorts visited by tourists. /Hurriyet/

    [09] SOYLEMEZ IN WASHINGTON

    State Minister Ufuk Soylemez said that they supported the idea for the renovation of the World Bank. He delivered a brief speech at a group meeting. Soylemez will meet with IMF Executive Director Michel Camdessus tomorrow. /Sabah/

    [10] BOTAS AND GAZPROM SING AN AGREEMENT

    Yesterday, Turkey's Pipelines and Transportation Company (BOTAS) and the biggest gas company of the Russian Federation Gazprom signed a natural gas agreement worth $13.5 billion for 25 years. According to the agreement, the annual natural gas amount, which Turkey will purchase from Russia during this period, will be increased from six billion cubic metres to 30 billion cubic metres. Energy Minister Recai Kutan said that when the natural gas amount from Russia rose, a project would be in progress to lay the second pipeline under the Black Sea.

    Meanwhile, Kutan said that the natural gas pipeline between Turkey and Iran which was under construction would reach Ankara by the end of 1998. He added that Turkey's annual need for natural gas would amount to 60 billion cubic metres in 2010 and therefore they made many agreements with various countries. /Milliyet/

    [11] TURKEY BECOMES SUBCONTRACTOR OF BOEING

    The Boeing Aircraft Company based in the Seattle province of the US rolled up its sleeves to produce certain parts of new Boeing 737 planes in Turkey and to replace Beoing 737 previously used by the Turkish Airlines (THY), with new models. Boeing President Philip Condit, who had contacts with Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan and officials from the Turkish Airlines (THY) and the Turkish Aerospeace Industry (TAI) in Turkey in the middle of April, delivered a speech at the Boeing centre in Seattle giving details about the initiative. /Milliyet/

    [12] PFP COMMANDERS VISIT TURKISH GENERAL STAFF

    Deputy chiefs of general staff of 12 countries, which are members of Partnership for Peace (PFP) and have applied for NATO membership, visited Deputy Chief of General Staff General Cevik Bir yesterday. Bir said that the aim of the meeting was to convey the experiences of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) gained in NATO to the representatives of the countries which applied for membership to NATO. Bir added: "Another aim of the meeting is to develop friendly relations with these countries". /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] ERBAKAN RECEIVES IDB DELEGATION

    Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan received a delegation of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) headed by Dr.Ahmed Muhammed Ali yesterday. Erbakan noted that when a project was underway in an IDB-member country credits should be deposited not in the Western banks but in the banks of Muslim countries. IDB Chairman Dr.Ahmed Muhammed Ali stated that Islamic countries would support electricity projects in Turkey in line with Erbakan's proposal. /Cumhuriyet/

    END


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