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Turkish Press Review, 97-05-21

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY INVITED TO MEETING OF EU CANDIDATE COUNTRIES
  • [02] MILITARY CONTINUES TO HIT PKK
  • [03] REACTIONS TO CROSS-BORDER OPERATION
  • [04] TURKEY-GREECE RELATIONS BETTER
  • [05] UN UNDERSECRETARY IN ANKARA
  • [06] TAYAN RENEWS CALLS FOR PROSECUTION OF BOSNIAN WAR CRIMINALS
  • [07] TURKEY TOP FOR GERMANS
  • [08] SYRIA SETS UP BORDER EXERCISES
  • [09] DRAFT LAW ON MONEY LAUNDERING
  • [10] NO TO CYANIDE
  • [11] TV STATION ATTACKED BY GUNMEN

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    MAY 21, 1997

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

    [01] TURKEY INVITED TO MEETING OF EU CANDIDATE COUNTRIES

    Turkey has been officially invited by EU Term President Holland to attend a briefing for the prospective EU member countries on June 27. The meeting will be held in the aftermath of an intergovernmental conference of EU members. Germany and Greece, opposing Turkey's integration with Europe, have been disturbed by the invitation. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] MILITARY CONTINUES TO HIT PKK

    Turkish security forces have reportedly killed more than 1,300 PKK terrorists and captured nearly 200 in clashes in Northern Iraq. The Turkish Security Forces launched a massive operation last Wednesday to demolish PKK camps. The terrorists surrounded by the Turkish security forces, are reportedly trying to flee towards towns close to the Iranian border under the control of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the Anatolia news agency reported. Fierce battles between the PKK and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) are continuing.

    [03] REACTIONS TO CROSS-BORDER OPERATION

    Iraq has asked the UN to exert pressure on Ankara to reconsider its "aggressive policies" in Northern Iraq. Foreign Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf reportedly sent letters to UN officials urging them to "persuade Turkey to reconsider its hostile policies with regard to the situation in northern Iraq".

    UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Tuesday criticized the Turkish incursion into northern Iraq, saying that Turkey should immediately withdraw its forces from the region. /All papers/

    [04] TURKEY-GREECE RELATIONS BETTER

    The noted Washington Post newspaper claims that relations between Turkey and Greece are getting better and moving into a more positive period. The Washington Post suggests that there is a new feeling of cooperation in the Aegean region. Washington Post writer Jonathan Randal quotes Greek officials as saying that Greece needs to stop thinking that Turkey contemplates nothing but bad against Greece, and start to think more about ways of how to work together more. /Hurriyet/

    [05] UN UNDERSECRETARY IN ANKARA

    UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Sir Kieran Prendergast met Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Onur Oymen on Tuesday in Ankara to discuss steps for resolving the Cyprus question. Prendergast said they hoped that direct talks would begin by the end of June or the beginning of July. Oymen said that Prendergast came to inform Ankara about the results of his visit to Cyprus, and added that Turkey welcomed UN efforts to enhance dialogue between the two communities on the island. /All papers/

    [06] TAYAN RENEWS CALLS FOR PROSECUTION OF BOSNIAN WAR CRIMINALS

    In a meeting on Tuesday with Bosnian Deputy Defence Minister and an accompanying delegation, Defence Minister Turhan Tayan said that Turkey will continue to demand the prosecution of war criminals in Bosnia and the establishment of a war crimes tribunal in Yugoslavia. Tayan pointed out the importance of the international peace force in Bosnia and said that Turkey was attaching special importance to training and equipping the Bosnian army to put it on equal terms with Serbian forces. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] TURKEY TOP FOR GERMANS

    According to the German "Focus" magazine, Turkey will be the top country for Mediterranean tourism this year. The latest issue of Focus notes that last year for the first time more than two million Germans visited Turkey as tourists. The magazine reckons that this year there will be a 20% increase in the number of German tourists coming to Turkey.

    Although growing Islamic radicalism does not appear to affect Turkish tourism, poor traffic conditions do, notes one of the leading agencies bringing German tourists to Turkey. /Sabah/

    [08] SYRIA SETS UP BORDER EXERCISES

    Syria is carrying out military exercises in the regions around the Habur border gate. According to deputy Foreign Ministry spokesman Sermet Atacanli, the exercises have nothing to do with Turkey's recent incursions into northern Iraq. Foreign Ministry officials noted that there has been no complaint from the UN either about the Syrian exercises. /Sabah/

    [09] DRAFT LAW ON MONEY LAUNDERING

    Finance Minister Abdullatif Sener said yesterday that a new draft regulation against money laundering had been submitted to the Council of Ministers. The new draft law will open the way to new control over large money deposits and the movement of large sums of money. /All papers/

    [10] NO TO CYANIDE

    The Council of State has banned the use of cyanide in gold mining operations. This latest ruling by the Council particularly affects operations in Kaymaz near Eskisehir. /All papers/

    [11] TV STATION ATTACKED BY GUNMEN

    Two gunmen in an unidentified automobile raked with gunfire the private TV channel ATV compound in Gunesli, Istanbul. The attackers escaped and police investigations are continuing. /All papers/

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