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Turkish Press Review, 97-05-07

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] HAYDAR ALIYEV: TURKEY IS PRIORITY FOR THE MAIN ROUTE
  • [02] TURKEY, ISRAEL AND THE US WILL HOLD JOINT EXERCISES
  • [03] DEMIREL LEAVES FOR POLAND
  • [04] GREEK AND TURKISH "WISE MEN" WILL START TALKS
  • [05] FOREIGN MINISTRY PREPARES REPORT ON TURKEY
  • [06] US PRESSING FOR TURKEY'S INTEGRATION WITH EUROPE
  • [07] NATO EXERCISE AT INCIRLIK
  • [08] BOTAS TO TENDER FOR SECOND PHASE OF GAS LINE TO IRAN
  • [09] 93 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    MAY 7, 1997

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

    [01] HAYDAR ALIYEV: TURKEY IS PRIORITY FOR THE MAIN ROUTE

    Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev said his country was attaching priority to the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline for transportation of Caspian oil to world markets. Aliyev pointed out that the strategic cooperation agreement signed during his visit was important for Azerbaijan.In an address at the Parliament, the Azri president praised Turkish support in Azerbaijan's struggle for independence. He noted that Turkey has increased its share in the proceedings of Caspian oil from 1.75 to 6.75 percent and stressed that they would always value Turkey's partnership in the rich oil reserves. During talks with President Demirel, Aliyev voiced concern over Russian arms sale to Armenia and asked for Turkish strategic support. /Milliyet/

    [02] TURKEY, ISRAEL AND THE US WILL HOLD JOINT EXERCISES

    Second Chief of the General Staff General Cevik Bir said that Turkey would participate in joint military maneuvres with Israel and the US. The exercises will commense in eastern Mediterranean in a few weeks and are qualified by observers as a "warning to Teheran and Damascus". Arab countris and the Greek Cypriot administration have been alarmed by the reports for the joint maneuvres. In a statement on his return from Tel Aviv General Bir said: "We have discussed every element constituting a threat to stability in the region. The joint exercises are of a humanitarian nature. They will include search and rescue training." /Milliyet/

    [03] DEMIREL LEAVES FOR POLAND

    President Demirel will pay a three-day official visit to Poland. Demirel is expected to meet in Warshaw with his Polish counterpart Alexander Kwasnievsky, Prime Minister Wlodzimiers Cimoszewicz, Polish Parliament and Senate Speakers and former president Lech Walesa. /Hurriyet/

    [04] GREEK AND TURKISH "WISE MEN" WILL START TALKS

    Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Onur Oymen said that the so-called "wise men" of Athens and Ankara would within a month initiate moves to define and seek solutions to bilateral problems. Turkey will be represented in the committe of wise men by former Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Sukru Elekdag and retired Ambassador Suat Bilge while Greek representatives will include Prof. Argiris Faturos from the Athens University and Krateros Yoannu from the Thrace University.

    [05] FOREIGN MINISTRY PREPARES REPORT ON TURKEY

    Following an official EU statement that Turkey's application for EU membership would be evaluated according to the same criteria as the other candidate countries released at the end of Turkey-EU Association Council meeting in Brussels late in April, the Foreign Ministry has prepared a detailed report on the Turkish economy. The report compares Turkey and the other candidate countries with respect to their GNP, growth rates, real increase in exports, number of cars, phones and computers and a number of other factors. The statistics included in the report unvail Turkey's superiority in comparison to the other candidates. /Hurriyet/

    [06] US PRESSING FOR TURKEY'S INTEGRATION WITH EUROPE

    US Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott voiced support for Turkey's integration with Europe. He pointed out that everybody would benefits from a Turkey that is strong, successful, secular, democratic and is granted EU full membership. /Hurriyet/

    [07] NATO EXERCISE AT INCIRLIK

    The Incirlik military base in the southern province of Adana is hosting Distant Thunder'97 annual NATO exercises. The exercises are designed to develop a common understanding of peacekeeping operations, doctrine and interoperability between the air forces of Italy, Turkey, the US and the UK. The exercises will continue until May 9. /All papers/

    [08] BOTAS TO TENDER FOR SECOND PHASE OF GAS LINE TO IRAN

    Turkey's state pipeline company Botas will soon invite local and international bidders for the second phase of a prposed gas pipeline that will evenually extend from Iran's Tabriz to Ankara. Botas officials said the company was preparing tender terms for the 874-km section from Erzurum to Ankara via Sivas. The officials did not give the estimated cost byut analysts say it will be up to $500 million.

    [09] 93 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED

    In clashes in the southeastern provinces of Hakkari and Diyarbakir between the PKK separatist organization and the security forces, 93 terrorists and 12 soldiers were killed over the last two days. It is reported that the terrorists run away throwing their dead in the nearby Zap river and loading the wounded on mules.

    The Turkish Armed Forces have initiated operations in the Southeast upon reports that plans were afoot for a PKK penetration into the Turkish territory. /Hurriyet/

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