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Turkish Press Review, 97-10-03

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEMIREL TO VISIT KUWAIT
  • [02] OPERATION CONTINUES IN NORTHERN IRAQ
  • [03] US CONCERN OVER PKK
  • [04] PARLIAMENT LIFTS EMERGENCY RULE IN THREE PROVINCES
  • [05] TURKEY TO TAKE PART IN 2000TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHRIST'S BIRTH
  • [06] TURKEY'S FIRST WOMEN'S HOSPITAL OPENED IN ANKARA
  • [07] IMF OFFICIALS TO ARRIVE ON OCTOBER 6
  • [08] PRIVATIZATION OF ETIBANK
  • [09] TURKISH PRIVATE SECTOR TO ATTEND MEDITERRANEAN SUMMIT
  • [10] TURCO-CHINESE BUSINESS COUNCIL MEETING
  • [11] FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES UP
  • [12] ANKARA ANXIOUS ABOUT ISRAEL'S PEACE PROCESS DECISIONS

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER

    03.10.97

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

    [01] DEMIREL TO VISIT KUWAIT

    President Suleyman Demirel will pay an official visit to Kuwait on October 6-7, where he will sign an agreement preventing double taxation and one launching a two-year cultural exchange programme. Demirel will meet high-ranking Kuwaiti officials in order to enhance bilateral relations. Demirel will give an address on Kuwaiti television and meet businessmen on the second day of his stay. /All papers/

    [02] OPERATION CONTINUES IN NORTHERN IRAQ

    The Turkish Army's cross-border operation is into its second week. 361 separatists of the PKK terrorist organization have been killed or injured during clashes with the security forces. Iran and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by Celal Talabani, have been accused of supporting the PKK. "Iran has sold the PKK Katyusha rockets" claimed some PKK terrorists who surrendered to security forces. In addition, according to information received, nearly 300 terrorists infiltrated northern Iraq from Iran. "Escaping PKK terrorists are getting into the PUK-controlled area and are being protected there", the surrendered terrorists added. Terrorists, who attacked the Kosk village in Mus yesterday night, escaped after seizing the weapons of 40 village guards while another group of PKK militants attacked the Kersen village in Erzincan yesterday and damaged the electric and telephone lines.

    Meanwhile, Fred Eckhard, a spokesman of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, has advised Ankara to withdraw its troops from northern Iraq. On the other hand, Huseyin Celem, Turkey's permanent representative in the UN, declared that Turkish troops would leave northern Iraq after completing their task. "The operation in northern Iraq is being undertaken because the situation requires intervention" said Celem, speaking in New York. Commenting that the instability in Iraq is because of wrong policies pursued by Baghdad, Celem said that if the Baghdad administration had had control of northern Iraq, then the PKK terrorist organization would not have had a chance to settle in that area. Celem also added that Turkey would take all necessary measures to protect its citizens. /Milliyet-Sabah/

    [03] US CONCERN OVER PKK

    US State Department deputy spokesman Jim Foley confirmed the US administration's view that the Greek government tolerates the presence of terrorist groups in Athens. "As the April 1997 edition of our publication, "Global Patterns of Terrorism" noted, the Greek government continues to tolerate the official presence in Athens of offices of two terrorist groups, the PKK's ERNK political wing and the revolutionary People's Liberation Party Front, formerly known as Devsol. The latter group is responsible for the murder of two US government contractors in Turkey" Foley said. /Cumhuriyet-Milliyet/

    [04] PARLIAMENT LIFTS EMERGENCY RULE IN THREE PROVINCES

    Parliament passed yesterday the motion requesting the lifting of the emergency rule in three provinces as of October 6. Thus as next week, the emergency rule in Batman, Bitlis and Bingol has been lifted. /Milliyet/

    [05] TURKEY TO TAKE PART IN 2000TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHRIST'S BIRTH

    Turkey will participate in the 2000th anniversary celebrations of the birth of Jesus, by offering a wide range of faith tours of early Christian sites, Tourism Minister Ibrahim Gurdal said yesterday. Gurdal, in a news conference in Istanbul, also extended the government's invitation to Pope John Paul to Turkey during the worldwide celebrations to commemorate the anniversary of Christ's birth. Gurdal said special "tours of faith" would be offered by Turkish travel agencies before and during the celebrations to well known Christian, Jewish and Muslim sites. A group of 40 travel writers, reporters and television journalists and priests from the US and 16 countries are taking part in a nine-day visit of religious sites in western Turkey, as a part of a faith tour arranged by the Tourism Ministry. /Milliyet/

    [06] TURKEY'S FIRST WOMEN'S HOSPITAL OPENED IN ANKARA

    Turkey's first women's hospital, the City Hospital Women's Health Centre, was opened in Ankara yesterday with a ceremony attended by Parliament Speaker Mustafa Kalemli and State Minister Isilay Saygin. /All papers/

    [07] IMF OFFICIALS TO ARRIVE ON OCTOBER 6

    An IMF delegation headed by Martin Hardy will come to Turkey on October 6 to hold meetings with the public and private sectors. IMF officials will also meet officials from the Treasury, the State Planning Organization (DPT), the Central Bank, the Privatization Administration Board and the Finance Ministry. /Milliyet/

    [08] PRIVATIZATION OF ETIBANK

    The sale of Etibank is to be carried out through the bargaining method, a statement from the Privatization Administration Board said yesterday. Interested bidders would submit sealed bids and that if the Privatization Commission deems it necessary they would come together in order to offer further bids. The deadline for bidders has been set as November 3 and detailed information and bidding forms will be available for TL 75 million as of October 15. /All papers/

    [09] TURKISH PRIVATE SECTOR TO ATTEND MEDITERRANEAN SUMMIT

    Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) and Turkish Employers' Confederation (TISK) will represent Turkey in the third European-Mediterranean Business World Summit. The Mediterranean Summit will be organized by the European Union (EU) Commission and the European Industry and Employer Confederation Union (UNICE) on 6-7 October in Athens. During the meeting, the MEDA programme and economic problems will be discussed. /Hurriyet/

    [10] TURCO-CHINESE BUSINESS COUNCIL MEETING

    The fourth Turco-Chinese Business Council meeting started in Istanbul yesterday. At the opening of the meeting, the chairman of the Council, Asaf Guneri, said that Turkey wanted to make joint investments with China in energy, chemistry, food, defense, textile and construction. Head of the Chinese delegation, Zhong Min said, for his part, that China could reach European markets via Turkey. He added that Turkey had an important location between Asia and Europe and that China desired to increase the trade volume between the two countries. /Hurriyet/

    [11] FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES UP

    The Central Bank foreign exchange stocks reached almost $20 billion. According to the Central Bank officials, foreign exchange stocks were $19.8 billion at the end of September 1997; whereas it had been $16.3 billion as of 1996. Meanwhile foreign exchange stocks of commercial banks were announced as $8.4 billion. /Hurriyet/Cumhuriyet/Milliyet/

    [12] ANKARA ANXIOUS ABOUT ISRAEL'S PEACE PROCESS DECISIONS

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent decision which destroys the Middle East Peace Process caused uneasiness in Ankara. Insisting on its settlement policies, Israel puts Ankara in a difficult position who would like to improve its relations with this country. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on the issue that Turkey-Israel cooperation was a must in the region but Netanyahu government's settlement policies would cause problems. Ecevit noted that Turkish public opinion was very sensitive about the Palestine issue. /Milliyet/ END
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