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Turkish Press Review, 97-05-08

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEMIREL LAUDS TURCO-POLISH TIES
  • [02] CLINTON DISCUSSES FRIGATE CONTROVERSY
  • [03] TURKISH PARLIAMENT PREPARES TO CONTRIBUTE TO PEACE IN CENTRAL ASIA
  • [04] TURKEY SEES 'WISE MEN' AS POSITIVE STEP
  • [05] BAYKAL TO VISIT GERMANY
  • [06] THE PROBLEMS OF THE BLIND: BALKAN COUNTRIES UNION MEETS
  • [07] NEW PRIVATIZATIONS APPROVED
  • [08] GREEK PRIME MINISTER REACTS TO OPPOSITION TURKEY
  • [09] SWISS PROMOTION CAMPAIGN IN TURKEY
  • [10] THY FLIGHTS TO CHICAGO
  • [11] PRESIDENT ALIYEV'S CONTACTS IN TURKEY CONTINUE

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    MAY 8, 1997

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

    [01] DEMIREL LAUDS TURCO-POLISH TIES

    President Suleyman Demirel flew to Poland on Wednesday for a two-day official visit aimed at improving trade relations and other ties. Before his departure from Ankara's Esenboga Airport, Demirel said that his delegation would be giving priority to improving economic ties and trade.

    Demirel is scheduled to meet with President Aleksander Kwasniewski and other Polish officials. The two will sign an agreement for cooperation in tourism. President Demirel said talks would also focus on the expansion of NATO and the European Union.

    Demirel was accompanied by State Ministers Ahmet Demircan and Nevzat Ercan, political party representatives and businessmen. /Cumhuriyet/Milliyet_

    [02] CLINTON DISCUSSES FRIGATE CONTROVERSY

    U.S. President Bill Clinton said his administration is evaluating the controversial delivery of three frigates to Turkey in the overall context of his country's foreign policy, including the U.S. approach to the Aegean and Cyprus disputes between Ankara and Athens.

    Responding to a letter from a member of the U.S. House of Representatives voicing concerns about the delay in the delivery of the frigates to Turkey, Clinton said that he understood such concerns but that recent developments such as the Kardak islets crisis fueled tension between Turkey and Greece. Clinton added that the United States should take into consideration the importance of easing regional disputes when implementing its policies./Sabah/

    [03] TURKISH PARLIAMENT PREPARES TO CONTRIBUTE TO PEACE IN CENTRAL ASIA

    Parliament Speaker Mustafa Kalemli on Tuesday noted the importance of cooperation between the parliaments of the Turkic Republics, which he said would serve to establish a permanent and just peace in Central Asia and the Caucasus, the Anatolia news agency reported.

    Kalemli stressed that the cooperation between parliament speakers was not directed against any third state or nation. On the contrary, he said, the primary aim of the cooperation was to establish peace in the region. "We are sitting around a table with equal rights. We are acting with good intentions," Kalemli added.

    [04] TURKEY SEES 'WISE MEN' AS POSITIVE STEP

    Turkey is willing to enter into all necessary dialogue with Greece in an attempt to solve its disputes with that country, Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman Sermet Atacanli said on Wednesday at the weekly press conference. The first meeting of the committee of 'wise men', established to define the problems between the two countries and propose solutions to them, will be held in mid-May in the Netherlands.

    Atacanli pointed out that the report would not be binding on the governments but that they would evaluate the report and use it to decide on possible future studies and actions. Foreign Ministry undersecretary Onur Oymen said that the results of the wise men's report would not mean the end of the process of normalizing relations and increasing mutual confidence but a strong beginning./Cumhuriyet/

    [05] BAYKAL TO VISIT GERMANY

    Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal will visit Germany as guest of his counterpart from that country's Social Democrat Party (SPD), Oskar Lafontaine, on May 11. According to a statement from CHP headquarters, Baykal will speak at a meeting organized by the Public Unions Federation in Cologne on the problems of Turks in Germany./Hurriyet/

    [06] THE PROBLEMS OF THE BLIND: BALKAN COUNTRIES UNION MEETS

    A meeting of the Balkan Countries Blind Union will be held today in Spruga, a city near Macedonia's border with Albania, the Anatolia news agency reported on Wednesday. During the two-day meeting Turkey will be represented by its Federation for the Blind. Other countries attending include Macedonia, Greece, Yugoslavia, Albania, Bulgaria, Greek Cyprus, and Romania.

    [07] NEW PRIVATIZATIONS APPROVED

    The Privatization Board (OIB) announced on Wednesday that they approved the block sale of state shares in nine institutions and the transfer of the managing rights to seven harbors, the Anatolia news agency reported. According to a statement released by the OIB, $ 776 miilion-worth of privatization had been approved in March and April. The board aims at privatizing state-owned property and companies worth $ 2 billion this year.

    [08] GREEK PRIME MINISTER REACTS TO OPPOSITION TURKEY

    Addressing his party parliamentary group at a recent meeting, Greek Prime Minister Kosta Simitis reacted to deputies that were criticizing government moves for improving relations with Turkey and said that his policies aimed to "normalize the relations between the two countries." Simitis added that Greece was not dicussing its sovereign rights and would not accept a change of the status quo in the Aegean. /Milliyet/

    [09] SWISS PROMOTION CAMPAIGN IN TURKEY

    Swiss officials have initiated a promotion attack in Turkey, planning to hold Swiss weeks twice a year. The first week within this framework starts tomorrow in Istanbul. Week programme includes an international congress of the Swiss Union of Chambers of Trade, an exhibition of Swiss watches and theatre plays. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] THY FLIGHTS TO CHICAGO

    The Turkish Airlines (THY) has realized its first direct flight from Istanbul to Chicago yesterday./Sabah/

    [11] PRESIDENT ALIYEV'S CONTACTS IN TURKEY CONTINUE

    Azeri President Haydar Aliyev's visit to Turkey continues. Having completed his contacts in Ankara, Aliyev left yesterday for Izmir and Istanbul. Aliyev was presented with an honorary doctorate in international relations at the September 9 University in Izmir.

    Aliyev said that the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline would definitely be constructed and pledged that Azerbaijan will continue to keep its promises to Turkey. /Sabah/

    END


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