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Turkish Press Review, 97-10-15
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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>
TURKISH PRESS REVIEW
DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER
Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning.
 MESSAGE TO GREECE FROM GENERAL KARADAYIToday's papers privide extensive first-page coverage to mounting tensions in Cyprus. Observers note that Greece is pursuing provocative policies and quote Turkish Chief of the General Staff, General Ismail Hakki Karadayi, as saying that Greece is exerting efforts to artificially raise tensions on the island. According to Karadayi, "behind all these moves there is the Greek desire to provoke us." At the same time, Karadayi dismissed Greek initiatives as "not serious" stressing that the balance of forces in the region was clear for any observer following the developments. "The grandeur of the Turkish army on its own is sufficient to deter the Greek," the Chief of the General Staff said. State Miniser Sukru Sina Gurel in turn noted that Greece was "playing with fire" and added that Turkey will undertake the necessary measures to ensure its security.
Turkey is making preparations to respond to the Nikiforios military exercises jointly staged by Greece and Southern Cyprus on the island by holding military maneuvres in the region. Military officials stress that the exercises, code named "Toros", were not designed as a hostile act, but as a show of determination to protect the interests of Turkish Cyprus and Turkey in Cyprus against Greeks who violated the moratorium on military flights over Cyprus.
US President Bill Clinton's special envoy to Cyprus, Richard Holbrook, invited both sides to refrain from provocative acts. /All papers/
 RAIN WRECKS HAVOC IN ISTANBULHeavy rainfall that started on Sunday has paralyzed life in Istanbul. Hundreds of homes were flooded in areas located in the lower parts of the city. Traffic became frustrating. Four people died in various accidents. Residents are emptying the water from houses taken over by waste from the overflowing sewage pipes because efforts by the city's firemen have been inadequate. With trousers rolled up, the local people in these areas are busy emptying the water with buckets even as they chase after their possessions being dragged away by flood waters. /All papers/
 NO PARLIAMENTARY SPEAKER ELECTED YETThe two rounds of balloting held yesterday to elect a new parliamentary speaker rendered no results because none of the seven nominees managed to win the constitutionally required majority of two thirds. The elections have been postponed until Thursday when the candidates will seek to win 276 votes. If no result is obtained, the two candidates receiving the highest votes will compete in a fourth round. /All papers/
 YILMAZ WILL SEEK SUPPORT IN PARISPrime Minister Mesut Yilmaz is scheduled to arrive in Paris late on Thursday for a swift visit to rally French support for Turkey's integration with Europe. Having already met with French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin in Strasbourg, Yilmaz will hold talks with President Jacques Chirac and will ask for support for Turkey's EU drive. Turkey will lobby for the EU heavyweights to reconfirm Turkey's full membership prospects in the eve of an informal meeting of EU ministers in Luxembourg on October 24-25. /All papers/
 TERRORIST ATTACK IN GIRESUNPKK terrorists stormed a mine 30 kilometers far from Giresun on Monday night and set to fire four vehicles and 12 tons of diesel oil. Three engineers have been abducted, and one of the engineers was found dead yesterday 4 km away from the mine. Security forces launched an operation in the region following the attack.
At the same time, 22 PKK terrorists were killed in operations in Hakkari initiated after ten soldiers were killed by a mine laid down by PKK terrorists. According to a terrorist who surrendered to the security forces in Northern Iraq, the PKK terrorist organization dsiposed of SA-7B type missiles. /Cumhuriyet/
 STAND-BY AGREEMENT WITH IMFStabilization policies pursued by the government and the 1998 budget draft law helped the Motherleft-D coalition win the support of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). IMF officials have agreed to sign an accord with Turkey to support moves for privatization, social security and tax reforms. Officials said that the IMF Executive Director responsible for European Affairs, Willy Kiekens will come to Ankara to discuss the terms of the agreement to be signed. /Cumhuriyet/
 ECEVIT IN SWEDENDeputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit is paying an official visit to Sweden. During his contacts with Swidish officials Ecevit concentrates on Turkey's EU cause. Yesterday the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister met Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson, Deputy Foreign Minister Pierre Schori and other top level officials. Ecevit is also scheduled to visit Finland within the framework of his Scandinavian tour. /All papers/
 JOINT MISSILE PRODUCTION WITH ISRAELIsraeli Chief of General Staff, General Amnon Lipkin Shakak, who is paying an official visit to Turkey, and his Turkish counterpart General Ismail Hakki Karadayi have agreed to cooperate in the production of "Delilah" missiles. According to the report, these missiles are superior to the Russian-made S-300 missiles to be deployed in Southern Cyprus. Delilah missiles have 500-km range of action and have the capacity to hit surface, air and sea targets. During his contacts in Ankara, Shakak also made new proposals with respect to the Tank 2000 project, Phalcon early warning systems and 5.56 mm guns purchased for the Turkish infantry. /Milliyet/
 BRITISH TRAINING FOR TURKISH POLICEMENTurkish policemen will be trained abroad within the framework of Turco-British cooperation in the field of human rights. Britain will assist Turkey in the project and British specialists will help Turkish policemen appreciate the importance of the human rights issue. British State Minister Doug Henderson said they were willing to cooperate with Turkey in a number of fields. "We want to share our experiences with Turkey," said Henderson. /Cumhuriyet/
 EUROPEAN INTEREST IN TURKISH STOCKSThe Treasury has exported to the Eurobond market stocks and bonds amounting to DM 1.5 billion. European investors have shown great interest in the Turkish bonds. Specialists evaluate this development as a positive sign with respect to Turkey's ability to raise foreign debts. /Hurriyet/
 TANER IN LONDONState Minister Gunes Taner will go London tommorow to attend a meeting on "Capital Market and Investment in Turkey" organised by the Turco-British Business Council. Central Bank Chairman Gazi Ercel and Head of the Privatization Administration, Ugur Bayar, will accompany Taner in London.
Completing his contacts in London, Gunes Taner will pay an official visit to Washington on 24-27 October to meet with IMF officials. Next, Taner will go to Germany for contacts with business circles. /Milliyet/
 WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS CONTINUESThe eleventh World Forestry Congress, "Forestry for Sustainable Development Towards the 21st Century" is continuing in Antalya this week. In a move to cope with frequesn forest fires, participants will discuss the establishment of an international organization with a structure similar to that of NATO. Turkish officials have initiated contacts on technical level with representatives of Russia, Israel and Italy to elaborate possibilities for cooperation in extinguishing forest fires. /Hurriyet/
 TURKEY WILL HOST WTO GENERAL ASSEMBLYThe 12th general assembly of the World Tourism Organization will be held in Istanbul on October 17-24. 1500 delegates are expected to attend the assembly, described by observers as the biggest tourism assembly in the world. /All papers/
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