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Turkish Press Review, 97-05-06

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY AND AZERBAIJAN ENTER INTO STRATEGIC COOPERATION
  • [02] DEMIREL TO VISIT POLAND
  • [03] TURKEY AND ISRAEL DISCUSS TANK PROJECT
  • [04] TURKEY DEMANDS ITS FRIGATES
  • [05] TURKISH HELICOPTER INDUSTRY ESTABLISH SOON
  • [06] FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIAL BATU IN CHINA
  • [07] BOAT DISASTER IN KUSADASI
  • [08] TURKEY AIMS FOR MORE TOURIST
  • [09] CHILEAN REFORMIST ECONOMIST JOSE PINERA VISITS TURKEY
  • [10] TIRSAN EXPORT TRUCK TRAILERS TO GERMANY
  • [11] 50 TERRORISTS KILLED
  • [12] A COMMISSION BETWEEN TURKEY AND GREECE
  • [13] KLERIDES REFUSES DENKTAS' CALL
  • [14] BULGARIA CALLS FOR COOPERATION IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST MAFIA
  • [15] 21 TURKISH FIRMS AMONG LEADING 300 COMPANIES IN THE WORLD
  • [16] TURCO-US COOPERATION IN HAZELNUT
  • [17] TURKEY RANKS 57TH IN NATIONAL INCOME
  • [18] CILLER PROUD WITH THE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TURKISH ECONOMY
  • [19] TURCO-GREEK MEETING
  • [20] INCREASE IN INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION
  • [21] CHP LEADER PRESENTS REPORT ON CYPRUS TO BLAIR

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    MAY 6, 1997

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

    [01] TURKEY AND AZERBAIJAN ENTER INTO STRATEGIC COOPERATION

    Turkey and Azerbaijan on Monday signed on "Deepened Strategic Cooperation" and vowed to help each other in the event that either side's sovereignity and territorial integrity was endangered. The signing of the declaration took place at the highest level, with President Suleyman Demirel representing Turkish side and President Haydar Aliyev the Azeri side. Azerbaijani President Aliyev arrived in Ankara on Monday for an official visit during which a host of other agreements on economic and technical cooperation between the two countries were signed. Turkey and Azerbaijan on Monday also signed cooperative agreements in the fields of maritime and air transportation, social security and electricity./Milliyet/Cumhuriyet_

    [02] DEMIREL TO VISIT POLAND

    President Suleyman Demirel is to pay an official visit to Poland May 7-9 on the invitation of his Polish counterpart Aleksander Kwasniewski, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced on Monday. Demirel will be accompanied by a very large group of Turkish businessmen for his second official visit to this country.

    [03] TURKEY AND ISRAEL DISCUSS TANK PROJECT

    Gen. Cevik Bir, deputy chief of the Turkish General Staff, currently on a three-day visit to Israel, on Monday visited Israeli defense industry facilities while the Turkish delegation of defense experts held meetings with their Israeli counterparts. The Turkish delegation briefed Israeli officials on the 10-year purchasing program of the Turkish Armed Forces and the two parties discussed possible joint projects. The two sides also discussed the modernization of Turkish M-60 tanks by Israel and the Turkish "tank project" which involves the joint production of tanks in Turkey and their sale to a third country. /Sabah/

    [04] TURKEY DEMANDS ITS FRIGATES

    Turkish defense officials met on Monday with U.S. defense official Jan Lodal to demand a straight answer on whether the U.S. Congress would finally send frigates bought by Turkey. Defense Minister Turhan Tayan and Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Onur Oymen reminded Lodal that Turkey had paid in advance for the three frigates which were subsequently blocked by the U.S. Congress. This led Turkey to cancel an order for 10 U.S. Cobra helicopters, upsetting Washington. Lodal, the U.S. Principle deputy undersecretary of Defense for Policy, said: "Turkey is crucially strategic ally of U.S. and we will continue to work together and will develop issues of mutual interest./Milliyet/

    [05] TURKISH HELICOPTER INDUSTRY ESTABLISH SOON

    Efforts have been accelerated to establish a Turkish Helicopter Industry (THS). Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, Machinery and Chemical Industry Agency and Turkish Motors Industry have representatives in the joint working group working under the coordination of the Defense Industry Undersecretarait. Turkish Aviation and Space Industry has been appointed the Turkish contractor.

    Proposals will be taken from US, Italian, French, German and Russian companies such as McDonnel-Douglas, Sikorsky, Augusta, Eurocopter. The evaluations will be concluded at the begining of 1998 and a prototype offensive helicopter will be produced before the year 2000./Hurriyet/

    [06] FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIAL BATU IN CHINA

    Turkish Foreign Ministry undersecretary Inal Batu has met in Beijing with China's Deputy Foreign Minister Chen Jian to discuss bilateral ties, the Anatolia news agency reported on Monday. Batu has responsibility for overseeing Turkish-Greek relations, the Cyprus issue and the air and naval forces. The group will visit Shanghai later in the week.

    [07] BOAT DISASTER IN KUSADASI

    The bodies of 16 people, who died when the boat in which they were being smuggled sank near Kusadasi, were picked up along the Greek coast by the Turkish Coast Guard, the Anatolia news agency reported over the weekend. Fifteen of the dead and six of those missing have been identified. The guards are still trying to find the captain of the boat and to identify one woman who died.

    The boat was reportedly carrying a group of Iraqis, including five women and three children, trying to enter a European Union country. The boat's captain was Turkish while the crew was Iranian. A search is still continuing for the missing passangers.

    [08] TURKEY AIMS FOR MORE TOURIST

    Turkey is aiming to attract 10 million tourists who will hopefully spend $ 7.5 billion during their stay in 1997, the Anatolia news agency reported. Tourism Minister Bahattin Yucel, speaking after opening a hotel in Antalya said that during 1996, 8.6 million tourists came to Turkey, injecting into the economy $ 6 billion. Yucel said that their target was 10 million tourists and $ 7.5 billion in tourism income in 1997. He added that the tourists were mostly from Germany, Britain and Russia and that this spread would probably not changed this year.

    [09] CHILEAN REFORMIST ECONOMIST JOSE PINERA VISITS TURKEY

    Chilean reformist economist Jose Pinera, on a visit to Turkey, will give a talk on the "Privatization of the Social Security System and its Examples in the World" in Istanbul on Tuesday. The Chilean economist will be giving the address at the Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) in Istinye at 17:50. Pinera also met officials in Ankara on Monday.

    [10] TIRSAN EXPORT TRUCK TRAILERS TO GERMANY

    Tirsan Industry, Trade and Transportation Corp., Turkey's leading truck producer, announced Monday that it received a DM 3 million contract to supply 60 lorry trailers to Germany's E and H Arnold Spedition Co. Tirsan in a written statement said it would supply 15 long distance lorry trailers immediately and 45 trailers in weekly installments of five over nine weeks.

    It said the agreement was signed on 29 April at Tirsan's factory in Adapazari, where it manufactures long distance lorry trailers. Tirsanalso exports lorry trailers to other countries to other countries, including Romania.

    [11] 50 TERRORISTS KILLED

    During a conflict between the Turkish security forces and militants of the PKK terrorist organization in the Cukurca district of Hakkari along the Iraqi border, 50 terrorists were killed, while eight Turkish soldiers and one village guard died and 10 soldiers were wounded. /Hurriyet/

    [12] A COMMISSION BETWEEN TURKEY AND GREECE

    According to a statement made by the Foreign Ministry, representatives of Turkey and Greece have been determined to solve problems between the two countries at a commission. Argiris Faturos, a lecturer from the Athens University and Krateros Yoannu from the Trakya University will represent Greece at the commission, while retired ambassadors Prof.Suat Bilge and Sukru Elekdag will represent Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] KLERIDES REFUSES DENKTAS' CALL

    A call made by President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas to initiate meetings within the framework of "A series of Ghali's ideas" has been refused by Greek Cypriot leader Glafkos Klerides once again. Klerides said that he could meet with Denktas only if "sovereignty and political equality" would not be discussed. Replying to questions of journalists, Denktas stated that there was no progress in indirect meetings. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] BULGARIA CALLS FOR COOPERATION IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST MAFIA

    Bulgarian President Petar Stoyanov said that Balkan countries should jointly struggle against organized crime, international terrorism and mafia. Noting that an initial agreement has been achieved regarding this issue during a meeting he held with Romanian President Emil Konstantinescu in Sofia on 30 April, Petar Stoyanov stated that he believed that he would also reach a consensus of opinion regarding this issue with Turkish President Suleyman Demirel during his visit to Turkey in early June. /Sabah/

    [15] 21 TURKISH FIRMS AMONG LEADING 300 COMPANIES IN THE WORLD

    According to a list of the biggest textile firms of the world made by the TextilWirtschaft magazine, 21 Turkish textile firms were among the first 300 companies in the world. The German textile ranked first with 71 firms, Japan ranked second with 64 firms, the US third with 50 firms and Brazil fourth with 35 firms. /Sabah/

    [16] TURCO-US COOPERATION IN HAZELNUT

    Turkey and the US will cooperate in marketing hazelnuts. According to officials of the Georgia Agricultural Department, with this cooperation, the consumption of hazelnuts in the US would increase. Cathi Mclain, a department official, said that they signed an agreement with the Fisko Birlik of Turkey. /Sabah/

    [17] TURKEY RANKS 57TH IN NATIONAL INCOME

    According to a report "The State of World Population" issued by the United Nations (UN), Turkey ranked 17th among 154 countries from the standpoint of population and 26th from the standpoint of total income. Turkey came 57th as of her national income per capita, while Switzerland came first with $42,690 and Japan came second with $40,800. /Hurriyet/

    [18] CILLER PROUD WITH THE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TURKISH ECONOMY

    Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller told a press conference yesterday that Turkey had made important steps towards the improvement of its economy in the aftermath of the April 5 economic package. She noted that Turkey was facing no foreign exchange difficulties anymore, and that Turkish exports were increasing. "We will preserve our position of a country with highest rate of economic growth among the OECD countries," Ciller said. She pledged that new agreements with World Bnak and IMF were ahead, and referring to the positive results obtained in contacts with IMF officials said that Turkey's credit volume will be increased to $1 billion. /Sabah/

    [19] TURCO-GREEK MEETING

    Greek Deputy Foreign Minister George Papandreu and Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Onur Oymen met yesterday in Strasbourg. Both officials discussed on the methods to be employed by the "group of wise men" from the two countries in their efforts to resolve bilateral disagreements. Turkey and Greece are expected to announce this evening the names of the specialists that will take part in the group. /Hurriyet/

    [20] INCREASE IN INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION

    Industrial production has increased by 11.1 percent in March in comparison to the same month last year. Manufacturing is the sector that has marked the greatest success with an increase rate of 12 percent, followed by mining and electicity, gas and water supplies. Increase for the first three months of the year is 5.4 percent. /Sabah/

    [21] CHP LEADER PRESENTS REPORT ON CYPRUS TO BLAIR

    The new UK government, has received a report on Cyprus from the Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal. The report follows the developemnts in the Cyprus issue and presents the Turkish approach to the question. The report was presented to the new British Foreign Minister Robin Cook by CHP Secretary General Adnan Keskin who was following the election campaign in the UK. /Milliyet/

    END


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