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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>
TURKISH PRESS REVIEW
FRIDAY AUGUST 1, 1997
Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning
 PRESIDENT TALKS OF NEW HORIZONSSpeaking in Istanbul yesterday, President Suleyman Demirel said that in a world of new horizons, Turkey was a country also opening to new horizons. Commenting on current domestic developments, Demirel said that whatever the conditions, Turkey was full of hope for a bright future. He said that there must be no hesitation about striding forward into a promising future. "We can look forward to many radiant tomorrows", concluded Demirel. /All papers/
 DEMIREL CONDEMNS TERRORIST ATTACKS IN ISRAELPresident Suleyman Demirel yesterday sent a message to his Israeli counterpart, Ezer Weizman, condemning the latest terrorist attack in Jerusalem. "I learned with deep sorrow that a terrorist attack in Jerusalem caused the death and injury of many innocent people. Turkey, which also suffers from terrorism, regardless of the reason is against all forms of terrorism and will always continue to be against all acts of terrorist violence. I am condemning this terrorist act against innocent people" Demirel said. He added that he sent his condolences in the name of the Turkish people. /All papers/
 PKK TERROR CONTINUES IN SOUTHEASTIn a clash between the PKK terrorist organization and security forces in Hakkari in southeastern Anatolia, a specialist sergeant and a village guard were killed. The conflict erupted in the early morning hours between security units and terrorists who were attempting to raid a village. In other news, PKK terrorists had planned to launch a rocket attack on a village near Tunceli in the Southeast but fled, firing their weapons at the same time, after realizing they had been identified by security forces. One person was killed and three were injured when a house was hit by a rocket. In the Gurpinar district of Van, two children, aged 10 and 12, were killed by land mines which had been laid by the PKK near a spring. /Sabah/
 IMKB GIVES CASH FOR EIGHT-YEAR SCHOOLINGThe Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) donated $200 million in order to build schools in 196 districts of the Southeast within the framework of the eight year uninterrupted compulsory primary education plan. The donation was released by IMKB President Tuncay Artun during a ceremony yesterday, which was attended by Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, State Ministers Gunes Taner, Husamettin Ozkan and Cavit Kavak. In accepting the donation, Yilmaz said that IMKB's contribution should be an example for other individuals and establishments. Yilmaz noted that the IMKB had initiated the education mobilization effort when it had earlier informed the government of its intention to donate the sum of approximately TL 32 trillion. IMKB stipulated that a significant portion of the donation must be used in the East and Southeast. /Milliyet/
 SUPREME MILITARY COUNCIL MEETS TO DECIDE PROMOTIONSThe Supreme Military Council (YAS) is gathering early Friday to decide on the promotion of high ranking officers. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz will preside on the first day of the four-day meeting. Decisions will be made with respects to who will be retired and whose terms will be extended for one year during the YAS regular meeting. YAS convenes twice a year but it is only at the August meeting that the promotion of generals is discussed. YAS members will also decide on the officers who will be dismissed from the military for disciplinary reasons. /All papers/
 COMMISSION CLEARS BILL SUSPENDING EDITORS' PRISON TERMSThe Parliamentary Justice Commission passed yesterday a bill calling for suspension of lawsuits filed or punishments given to editors for Press Law violations that occurred prior to July 12. If the bill is also passed in Parliament, the penalties issued against editors will be suspended and not enforced. This provision will also apply to editors currently serving prison terms for Press Law violations.
The bill stipulates that if a responsible editor wilfully commits another violation within a period of three years from the date of suspension of their penalty, he or she will have to serve prison terms that include the sentence from the previous conviction. Justice Minister Oltan Sungurlu said that the consensus reached by the predominantly jurist-dominated commission following a series of discussions was very positive for him and his colleagues. /Milliyet/
 DENKTAS-KLERIDES MEETINGPresident of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas and Greek Cypriot Leader Glafkos Klerides yesterday met in the house of the island's UN Resident representative Gustav Feissel. Denktas said that the EU recommendation to start negotiations with Greek Cyprus hampered the UN-initiated direct talks. Denktas noted that the final decision on whether to attend the second round of talks would be announced on Monday, after reviewing the decision at the Council of Ministers.
Reading out a joint statement following the one hour and 40-minute meeting, Feissel said that the two leaders had decided to cooperate to end the misery of Turkish and Greek Cypriot missing families. Feissel noted that the two leaders would assign two persons, who will have an exchange of information until the end of September. The bodies of missing persons will be given to their families. Feissel stated that the meeting was beneficial and added that if necessary the two leaders would meet again on humanitarian issues. /Milliyet-Cumhuriyet/
 TURKISH TEXTILES SOLD EVERYWHERETurkish textile products are making their mark in a market that stretches round the world. The manufacturers grouped together in Denizli for instance, are selling their wares in countries from Britain and the European countries in the north, to the Indian Ocean countries and islands stretching through to the Pacific.
Sales Director for the Ipekyol textile plant, Nuri Alper Buyukkalayci, says that Denizli products are known around the world for their quality. /Milliyet/
 U.S. LIFTS IRAQ EMBARGOEnergy Minister Cumhur Ersumer said yesterday that the U.S. had lifted the embargo imposed on Iraq and declared the decision to Turkey. Ersumer said: "America has withdrawn its objections against the Tebriz-Ankara oil pipeline project. Two days ago, the American administration sent a written note saying that the project was not within the scope of the embargo imposed on Iraq and that it would viewed in that context." /Hurriyet/
 ALIYEV, OIL PIPELINE VIA TURKEYDuring his first official visit to America, Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev stressed that the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline should be realised. Noting that they had close relations Turkey, Aliyev said that Turkey had an important role in the Caucasian region. The Azerbaijani President noted that the biggest oil pipeline should go through Turkey for both economic and strategic reasons. He added that Turkey was the door through which Azerbaijan had opened up to the world, and Turkish companies would play vital roles in oil agreements.
National security former advisor, Zbigniev Brzezinski, for his part said at the meeting that the United States must collaborate closely with Turkey. "Turkish-U.S. relations must pay attention to the integration of the Caspian basin along with the rest of the world," said Brzezinski. /All papers/
 US SECRETARY OF TRADE TO VISIT TURKEYUnless there is an unforeseen hitch, William Daley, US Secretary of Trade will to visit to Turkey in September. Officials state that Secretary Daley will primarily handle the energy and telecommunication projects which are to be built on build-operate-transfer and build-own-operate models. During the visit, US Secretary of Trade Daley, will also focus on projects which can be carried out jointly in Central Asia and ways for furthering cooperation. Within the framework of Eximbank agreements previously signed between Turkey and the US, more cooperation was agreed upon jointly finance projects in Central Asia. /Sabah/
 LIVESTOCK IMPORTS BANNED FOR THREE MONTHSTurkey has banned livestock imports for three months from August 1 in an effort to boost the local breeding and animal husbandry sectors, Agriculture Minister Mustafa Tasar said yesterday. "Our aim is to protect our breeders and animal husbandry sector by enhancing domestic breeds" he said. He noted that the government was working on a plan to promote livestock breeding and milk production. "Turkey aims at taking its place among the livestock exporting countries" he added. /All papers/
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