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Turkish Press Review, 97-05-30

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] SECURITY FORCES CONTROL MANY PKK CAMPS IN N.IRAQ
  • [02] ANNIVERSARY OF ISTANBUL CONQUEST CELEBRATED
  • [03] NATO MINISTERS DISCUSS ENLARGEMENT
  • [04] CYPRUS FRIENDSHIP FOOTBALL MATCHES
  • [05] ANOTHER NEW BANK
  • [06] ERBAKAN INVITES CHARLES
  • [07] UN OPENS OFFICE IN DIYARBAKIR
  • [08] FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES TOTAL $16 BILLION
  • [09] BANKING EDUCATION FOR TURKISH-SPEAKING PEOPLE
  • [10] BAYKAL TO GO TO SWEDEN
  • [11] US LOBBYING FOR TURKEY
  • [12] TURCO-GREEK RELATIONS DISCUSSED AT CARNEGIE FORUM
  • [13] UN MEETING ON CYPRUS
  • [14] ARSON IN HOLLAND

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    MAY 30, 1997

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

    [01] SECURITY FORCES CONTROL MANY PKK CAMPS IN N.IRAQ

    Turkish troops consolidated their control in parts of northern Iraq, on Thursday in a two-week-old anti-separatist operation. Military sources reported that Turkish forces have taken complete control over mant areas of the Kurdish enclave where outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) separatists were active. It said that among areas under Turkish control were Snath, Khwakurk, Zap, Sidikan, Nerva, Rekan and Berwani.

    The Park Holding group has donated TL 20 billion to two foundations for members of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), the Mehmetcik Foundation and the Rehabilitation and Health Care Center of the Armed Forces. Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Cevik Bir, who received the check, thanked the representatives of the company and praised the work of the Turkish forces subduing terrorists of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq and restoring order in that region as well as in the southeast of Turkey./Cumhuriyet/Sabah_

    [02] ANNIVERSARY OF ISTANBUL CONQUEST CELEBRATED

    Turks celebrated the 544th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul by the Ottoman Turks led by Sultan Fatih Mehmet II with mock battles, fireworks, ceremonies and prayers on Thursday. Istanbul Mayor Tayyip Erdogan and Lieutenant General Edip Baser, commander of the Third Army Corps began the ceremonies with a visit to the Mausoleum of Mehmet II, the conqueror of Istanbul in 1453 and left wreaths in front of the Mausoleum./Hurriyet/

    [03] NATO MINISTERS DISCUSS ENLARGEMENT

    NATO foreign ministers on Thursday opened a meeting in the Portuguese town of Sintra aimed at discussing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) eastword expansion. Turkey is represented by a delegation headed by Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Onur Oymen.

    The heads of state and government of the 16 NATO member countries will meet in Madrid in July to decide which countries they will invite to negotiations on joining the Atlantic alliance./Sabah/

    [04] CYPRUS FRIENDSHIP FOOTBALL MATCHES

    For the first time in forty years, next month there will be football matches between the two communities on Cyprus. The Greek Cypriot AEL team will play against the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Cetinkaya team in friendly matches on the 12th and 19th of June.

    It is expected that at least twenty-five thousand spectators will watch the matches. /Sabah/

    [05] ANOTHER NEW BANK

    Even while debate continues over the number of banks now operating in Turkey, plans are afoot for yet another new bank. Turkish workers in Europe and Turkish businessmen are preparing to set up a new banking facility in line with European demands. Although there seems to be some doubt about whether or not the project will be allowed to go through, Turkish businessmen say they are determined to complete the bank process. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] ERBAKAN INVITES CHARLES

    State Minister Abdullah Gul, who attended a luncheon following the opening of an Oxford University Islamic Research Centre on Wednesday at the St.James Palace in London, presented a letter from Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan inviting Prince Charles to Turkey. Charles said that he would be very pleased to visit Turkey, which he has previously visited three times. /Hurriyet/

    [07] UN OPENS OFFICE IN DIYARBAKIR

    Paul an Hanswijck de Jonge, UN Permanent Coordinator in Turkey, noting that they were planning to open a regional office in Diyarbakir, said that the office would provide an opportunity for closer technical cooperation with development organizations in the region. /Hurriyet/

    [08] FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES TOTAL $16 BILLION

    Foreign exchange reserves in the Central Bank have again passed the $16 billion mark. According to Central Bank data, foreign exchange reserves in the Central Bank increased by $576 million between 16-23 May and reached $16.085 billion. Foreign exchange reserves in commercial banks amounted to $8.8 billion on 9 May, while gold reserves totalled $1.4 billion. /Hurriyet/

    [09] BANKING EDUCATION FOR TURKISH-SPEAKING PEOPLE

    A cooperation protocol, which envisages education in banking, has been signed between Ziraat Bank and the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA). The protocol, which aims to support the development of the current banking system in Caucasia, Central Asian republics and Balkan countries with a "Banking Education Programme", was signed by Head of the Executive Board and Deputy General Director of Ziraat Bank Salih Sevki Doruk and TIKA Chairman Ambassador Necati Utkan. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] BAYKAL TO GO TO SWEDEN

    Chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal will represent Turkey at the third congress of the European Socialist Party in Malmo, Sweden on 4 June. The theme of the congress will be "A new Europe and the responsibility of the left". Following contacts, which will last for four days, leaders will meet at a luncheon on 6 June. /Sabah/

    [11] US LOBBYING FOR TURKEY

    Officials in the Clinton administration are working hard in Europe in preparation for the eastward expansion of NATO and the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshal Plan. In a speech on the integration of Europe, US President Bill Clinton stressed the importance of Turkey, and US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright urged Europe to open its doors to Turkey. /Milliyet/

    [12] TURCO-GREEK RELATIONS DISCUSSED AT CARNEGIE FORUM

    Military specialists, journalists, politicians and academicians from Turkey, Greece and the US gathered together yesterday in Istanbul within the framework of the Carnegie Forum. The two-day meeting is organized by the Carnegie International Peace Foundation and the Carnegie Commission for Preventing Deadly Clashes. During the meeting, Turco-Greek disputes were taken in hand and possible solutions were discussed. /Sabah/

    [13] UN MEETING ON CYPRUS

    UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is planning to bring together the leaders of the Turkish and Greek Cypriot communities in Cyprus on July 9. Both leaders will meet for the first time after a three-year break. The meeting will take place in the environments of New York. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] ARSON IN HOLLAND

    Six suspects arrested in connection to a recent arson attack in The Hague, Holland, said that they had thrown fire bombs at two restaurants owned by Turks. The suspects however rejected claims that they were responsible for a recent arson arson attack when six children and their mother were killed. /Cumhuriyet/

    END


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