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Turkish Press Review, 97-04-30

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] ARMY: FIGHTING RADICALISM AND PKK IS A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH
  • [02] GREECE BLOCKS EU FUNDS
  • [03] TURKEY AND ROMANIA SIGN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
  • [04] BSEC MEETING
  • [05] GOOD NEWS FROM FRANCE
  • [06] OSCE SHARES TURKEY'S CONCERNS ON TERRORISM
  • [07] CHEMICAL ARMS BECOME HISTORY
  • [08] DEFENCE MINISTER TAYAN IN ISRAEL
  • [09] PKK COOPERATES WITH ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS
  • [10] RUSSIAN MILITARY BASE CLOSE TO TURKISH BORDERS
  • [11] AWARD TO THE MUSEUM OF ANATOLAN CIVILIZATIONS

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 1997

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

    [01] ARMY: FIGHTING RADICALISM AND PKK IS A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH

    At a special briefing for journalists yesterday, the General Staff declared that the Turkish military considered showing tolerance to the rise of fundamentalism and separatist terrorism as tantamount to the state committing suicide. General Kenan Deniz, head of the General Staff's Domestic Security Department, said that the Turkish national defence concept had been reviewed and that priority was now being given to national and territorial integrity and to the domestic threat against the fundamental principles of the republic. He added that destroying fundamentalism and separatist terrorism were of "life and death" importance for Turkey. /All papers/

    [02] GREECE BLOCKS EU FUNDS

    The Turkey-EU Association Council met yesterday night in Luxembourg. The meeting witnessed once again Greek determination to block EU financial support for Turkey. Referring to the controversial Kardak issue that had previously brought Turkey and Greece to the edge of armed confrontation, Greek Foreign Minister Pangalos said the 15 EU member countries expected from Turkey gestures demonstrating its good intentions. During the meeting, the parties agreed to set up a group of "wise men" to chart a course for resolving Turco-Greek disagreements.

    In a statement after the meeting, Dutch Foreign Minister Van Mierlo said that the Turkish application for EU membership would be evaluated in the same way that the applications of other candidate countries were. The statement was welcomed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ciller. Ankara has wanted a clear official statement from the EU side confirming that Turkey does have a place in the Union, contrary to what European Christian Democrats have been arguing since early March. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] TURKEY AND ROMANIA SIGN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

    Romania and Turkey signed a free trade agreement on Tuesday during the visit of Romanian President Emil Constantinescu to Ankara. At the signing ceremont President Demirel said that the legal framework for improving political and economic relations between the two countries was now completed. President Constantinescu called the free trade agreement a first step towards free trade in the region. /All papers/

    [04] BSEC MEETING

    During discussions yesterday, delegates attending the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) meeting in Istanbul discussed business opportunities in privatization, trade, finance, agriculture, energy, transport and investment. Albania, Armenia, Greece, Moldovia, Georgia, Bulgaria and Azerbaijan gave presentations on their countries. Today BSEC foreign ministers chaired by Turkish Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller will meet in Istanbul. The meeting will consider several recommendations taken during the last six months and discuss administrative issues.

    Turkey's six-month rotating term as president of the BSEC ends tomorrow. Ukraine is the country chosen to undertake term presidency duties. /All papers/

    [05] GOOD NEWS FROM FRANCE

    French President Jacques Chirac has sent a letter to President Demirel expressing French pleasure over the efforts exerted by Turkey to improve its human rights record. "France is determined to support Turkey's taking its place in Europe," Chirac said. /Sabah/

    [06] OSCE SHARES TURKEY'S CONCERNS ON TERRORISM

    A visiting delegation from the Organization for Security and Development in Europe (OSCE) met yesterday Lutfu Esengul, Minister for Human Rights, who asserted that the visit may help tp abolish "wrong ideas" about Turkey. The head of the OSCE delegation Javier Ruperez, OSCE Parliamentarian Assembly Chairman, said that Turkey supported stability, peace and prosperity in the world and added: "We want you to know that we have not the slightest hesitation about condemning terrorism." He pointed out that problems should be resolved through democracy and not terrorism. Later yesterday, the delegation met Minister of Interior Meral Aksener in a session closed to the press. /All papers/

    [07] CHEMICAL ARMS BECOME HISTORY

    The international convention banning chemical weapons signed by 165 countries came into force on Tuesday. Turkey has signed the convention but the signatory documents failed to reach the UN by the deadline which resulted in the absence of Turkey's name in the UN list of signatory nations. /All papers/

    [08] DEFENCE MINISTER TAYAN IN ISRAEL

    National Defence Minister Turhan Tayan is in Israel for an official visit. Second Chief of the General Staff, General Cevik Bir is also expected to visit Israel on May 5 to review bilateral military agreements between Turkey and Israel. /All papers/

    [09] PKK COOPERATES WITH ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS

    Hurriyet daily newspaper reports that the PKK terrorist organization was cooperating with radical fundamentalist groups and that Islamic militants were given military training at PKK camps in Northern Iraq. The Turkish armed forces are cooperating with the Barzani led Kurdish forces in the region in cross border operations aimed at destroying the PKK - Islamic fundamentalist alliance.

    [10] RUSSIAN MILITARY BASE CLOSE TO TURKISH BORDERS

    The Armenian Parliament approved yesterday an agreement that will allow Russia to set up a military base in the region close to the Turco-Armenian border. The Russian Duma ratified the agreement on April 18. /Milliyet/

    [11] AWARD TO THE MUSEUM OF ANATOLAN CIVILIZATIONS

    The Museum of Anatolian civilizations in Ankara had been chosen European Museum of the Year by the European Museum Council. 65 museums from 19 European countries participated in the contest. The contest has been running for 20 years. /HUrriyet/

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