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Turkish Press Review, 97-05-01

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY-EU ASSOCIATION COUNCIL MEETING RESULTS PLEASE ANKARA
  • [02] CILLER, PANGALOS MEET IN ISTANBUL
  • [03] US: PKK IS THE MOST DANGEROUS TERRORIST ORGANIZATION
  • [04] TURKEY AND ISRAEL TAKE GIANT STEP IN DEFENSE AREAS
  • [05] BLACK SEA FOREIGN MINISTERS URGE TRANSPORT COOPERATION
  • [06] TURKISH POLICE SEIZE 48 KG OF HEROIN
  • [07] 23 TERRORISTS KILLED
  • [08] FOREIGN POLICY UNDER DEBATE IN GERMANY
  • [09] CYPRIOT GREEKS THINKING MORE POSITIVELY
  • [10] TURKISH DOCTOR APPLAUDED IN THE US
  • [11] TOURISM COOPERATION WITH CYPRUS
  • [12] TURCO-GREEK DIALOGUE BEGINS
  • [13] SOYLEMEZ PERSUADES WORLD BANK

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    MAY 1, 1997

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

    [01] TURKEY-EU ASSOCIATION COUNCIL MEETING RESULTS PLEASE ANKARA

    Thursday's late-night meeting of the Turkey-EU Association Council in Luxembourg has pleased Ankara with its results, despite remaining obstacles such as the continuing Greek vetos on funds owing to Turkey. The most satisfying result for Ankara is the official confirmation on the EU side that Turkey remains on course for eventual membership in the Union provided it fulfills objective criteria applicable to all prospective members. Turkish officials were also pleased at being assured that a report being prepared by the European Commission on relations between Turkey and the EU would not represent a blueprint for a new kind of relationship between the sides. /Sabah/

    [02] CILLER, PANGALOS MEET IN ISTANBUL

    Turkish Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller and her Greek counterpart Theodoros Pangalos met in Istanbul on Wednesday a day after the two countries decided to establish a committee of "wise men" who will look into the possibility of settling the seemingly intractable problems between the two countries. The two foreign ministers got together on the sidelines of a meeting of a Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSCE) forum in Istanbul. Both Ciller and Pangalos on Wednesday attended the meeting of the Turkey-EU Association Council in Luxembourg./Sabah/

    [03] US: PKK IS THE MOST DANGEROUS TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

    The annual U.S. State Department report made public on Wednesday refers to Greece as a country that lends official support to anti-Turkish terrorists. "The Greek government continues to tolerate the official presence in Athens of two anti-Turkish terrorist groups - the National Liberation Front of Kurdistan, the political wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), and the Revolutionary People's Liberation Front. Referring to the fact that PKK attacks have noticeably decreased, the report interestingly says this is apparently not due to the Turkish army's successful campaign. The report puts PKK strength at between 10,000 to 15,000 'guerillas' and also mentions that the PKK has 'thousands of sympathizers' in Turkey and Europe. According to the report, Iran provides safe haven to elements of the PKK./Milliyet/Cumhuriyet_

    [04] TURKEY AND ISRAEL TAKE GIANT STEP IN DEFENSE AREAS

    Defense Minister Turhan Tayan, paying an official visit to Israel between April 30 and May 2, called on his counterpart Itzak Mordehay and inspected Israeli Aircraft Industries where Turkey's F-4's are being upgraded, ae well as attending two important briefings. He will be received by Israeli President Ezer Weizman on Thursday and will also meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu./Cumhuriyet/Sabah_

    [05] BLACK SEA FOREIGN MINISTERS URGE TRANSPORT COOPERATION

    The foreign ministers of the 11-nation BSCE, meeting in Istanbul Wednesday, called for closer ties in telecommunications, transport, and education. "We have completed our infrastructure," Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller, as term president of the Black Sea Economic Cooperative, said of the regional pact. Ciller said several telecommunications projects had already been completed to link the countries of the region. She urged the member nations to build the proposed "link corridor", a highway connecting the litorral countries of the Black Sea./Cumhuriyet/

    [06] TURKISH POLICE SEIZE 48 KG OF HEROIN

    Turkish police have seized 48 kg of heroin in the western province of Kocaeli, Anatolia news agency said on Wednesday. Police arrested four men with 48 kilo packets of the drug in an undercover operation by posing as potential buyers, the agency said.

    [07] 23 TERRORISTS KILLED

    Security Forces killed 23 terrorists during military operations in eastern and southeastern regions of Turkey. Four village guards, who involved in the operations conducted in northern Iraq, were killed by terrorists and four security forces members were wounded. Four guards were killed at the end of attacks launched by PKK terrorists in Cukurca province of Hakkari. The Emergency Rule Regional Governor's office said in a statement that 18 separatists terrorists were killed during military operations which were launched to catch them in Dargecit township of Mardin province. Nine terrorists were killed in Ovacik township of Tunceli province. Security operations continue in the region. /Cumhuriyet/Milliyet_

    [08] FOREIGN POLICY UNDER DEBATE IN GERMANY

    German people and the German government are all under pressure to review German policy in connection with the status of foreigners living in Germany. Old laws from back in 1913 are still in force and they restrict the application of foreigners seeking naturalization.

    A lot of the foreign people now in Germany can no longer be described as "guests" and the government is being forced into doing something about their situation even though feeling against foreigners runs high in Germany.

    Turkish workers are especially interested in developments because they are the target of racist attacks because of their Turkish origins. /Sabah/

    [09] CYPRIOT GREEKS THINKING MORE POSITIVELY

    The Greek Cypriot community on Cyprus, led by Glafkos Clerides, is looking more positively at efforts to resolve the situation on the island. The Greek Cypriot community has noted that a seven part Russian proposal package could well lead to new ideas on the Cyprus issue. /Hurriyet/

    [10] TURKISH DOCTOR APPLAUDED IN THE US

    Turkish doctor Sukru Emre has won the admiration of his colleagues in the US for a successful "in-situ split liver transplant" during which he saved two seriously ill patients. Doctor Emre works at the noted Sinai Research Hospital where he has already carried 800 successful specialized liver transplants. /Hurriyet/

    [11] TOURISM COOPERATION WITH CYPRUS

    Turkish Tourism Minister Bahattin Yucel went to Cyprus two days ago to sign an "Accord for Cooperation in Tourism" which foresees the development of touristic relations between Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to boost growing tourism potential. /Hurriyet/

    [12] TURCO-GREEK DIALOGUE BEGINS

    A statement made at the Turkish-EU Association Council in Luxembourg said that Turco-Greek dialogue had begun and that the Foreign Relations Committee would write a report by June at the latest. The first meeting will be held in Holland with further meetings to follow in Ankara and Athens. Dialogue between the undersecretaries of the foreign ministries of the two countries, Onur Oymen and Yorgo Papandreu, will continue. In a statement to the Turkish Hurriyet newspaper, Papandreu said that he would continue to meet with Oymen and would study new formulas for the solution of all the problems between Turkey and Greece. Papandreu stated that the first meeting of the two undersecretaries would be held at the Council of Ministers of the European Council in Strasbourg in the forthcoming days. /Hurriyet/

    [13] SOYLEMEZ PERSUADES WORLD BANK

    State Minister Ufuk Soylemez said that Chairman of the World Bank James Wolfenshon had been impressed with developments in the Turkish economy. Within the framework of his contacts in Washington, Soylemez met with US Deputy Secretary of Treasury David Lipton and said: "We underlined during our meetings that Turkey is a secular and democratic state of law". He also detailed recent economic, political and social developments in Turkey. Soylemez noted that Deputy Chairman of the World Bank Johannes Lynn would visit Turkey in June. /Sabah/

    END


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