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Turkish Press Review, 97-10-16

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY WARNS GREECE OVER PROVOCATIONS
  • [02] AGUSTA TO PRODUCE COST GUARD HELICOPTERS FOR TURKEY
  • [03] GERMAN DELEGATION IN ANKARA
  • [04] IMF BACKS STABILITY MEASURES
  • [05] WORLD BANK APPROVES WATER PROJECT IN TURKEY
  • [06] NO RUSSIAN SUPPORT FOR PKK
  • [07] KURDISH ORGANIZATIONS AGAINST BARZANI
  • [08] ECEVIT'S CONTACTS
  • [09] LUXEMBOURG'S STANCE TOWARDS TURKEY CHANGES
  • [10] ANKARA: A MEDIATOR IN GULF
  • [11] THIRD SATELLITE IN 1999

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER

    16.10.97

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

    [01] TURKEY WARNS GREECE OVER PROVOCATIONS

    In a speech at the symposium of "Contemporary Turkish Diplomacy: A process of 200 years", President Demirel said that the use of force was high on the list of options in protecting national interest. Nevertheless, he stressed that the art of diplomacy should first be used before resorting to force. Demirel made these remarks against the backdrop of tension between Turkey and Greece over Cyprus. The symposium was organized by the Foreign Ministry Strategic Research Centre. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] AGUSTA TO PRODUCE COST GUARD HELICOPTERS FOR TURKEY

    Agusta SpA Cascina Costa has won Turkey's $50 million contract for five intermediate-class twin-engine helicopters for the Turkish Coast Guard. Under the Coastal Guard Command's development master plan, Turkey has been planning to buy five medium-class helicopters to meet its needs in the field. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] GERMAN DELEGATION IN ANKARA

    A German delegation headed by State Minister responsible for foreign affairs, Helmut Schaefer, arrived in Ankara for bilateral talks. In a meeting with Turkish State Minister responsible for human rights, Hikmet Sami Turk, the German guest said he was pleased to see that Turkey and Germany share the same values on human rights. Schaefer welcomed the efforts of the Turkish government for abolishing capital punishment and torture and praised Turkey's legal approach in the fight against terrorism. The German minister also had a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem. /All papers/

    [04] IMF BACKS STABILITY MEASURES

    The IMF voiced its satisfaction over the government's plans to introduce mid-term stability measures, the Anatolia news agency reported. IMF director Willy Kiekens arrived in Turkey to learn more about macroeconomic measures to be launched by the Turkish government. According to Kieckens, insistance on the part of the government to implement the measures may be effective in pulling down inflation. The IMF official will meet the State Planning Department Undersecretary, the Central Bank governor and Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz.

    [05] WORLD BANK APPROVES WATER PROJECT IN TURKEY

    The World Bank approved on Tuesday a $20 million loan to Turkey in support of a Participatory Privatization of Irrigation Management and Investment Project. The project will improve irrigation, leading to higher crop yields and more timely and equitable water delivery. /Hurriyet/

    [06] NO RUSSIAN SUPPORT FOR PKK

    Anatoli Kulikov, Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, said that Russia was not extending support to the PKK terrorist organization. He said that the Kurdish issue was Turkey's domestic problem and added that Russia would not intervene in the issue. /Milliyet/

    [07] KURDISH ORGANIZATIONS AGAINST BARZANI

    The Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (IPUK) headed by Celal Talabani, Iraqi Kurdistan Socialist Party (IKSP), Iraqi Kurdistan Communist Party (IKKP) and the PKK have started fighting against the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (IKDP) headed by Mesud Barzani. During the conflicts, 13 IPUK peshermergas have been killed. A military vehicle hit a mine in the Resadiye district of Tokat and four Turkish soldiers died. Meanwhile, 35 militants of the PKK terrorist organization were killed during operations in the rural areas of the Lice and Kulp districts in Diyarbakir. Operations are also continuing in the Sebinkarahisar district of Giresun to seize PKK terrorists, who have killed one of three engineers whom they have abducted. /Cumhuriyet-Hurriyet/

    [08] ECEVIT'S CONTACTS

    State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit requested support for Turkey's full EU membership during his meeting with Finland Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen. On the second and last stop of his Scandinavian tour to rejuvenate bilateral political relations and to seek support for Turkey's full EU membership, Ecevit visited the Finland Parliament. Ecevit met with Finn Prime Minister Lipponen. Ecevit conveyed the developments in Turkey to Lipponen and requested support for Turkey's full EU membership. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] LUXEMBOURG'S STANCE TOWARDS TURKEY CHANGES

    Chairwoman of the Economic Development Foundation (IKV) Meral Gezgin Eris said that EU term-president Luxembourg, which has previously had a negative stance towards Turkey, changed its stance and became positive towards Turkey. Eris noted that Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker and Foreign Minister Jacques Poos would visit Turkey prior to an EU Summit to be held in December.

    Eris, who met with Luxembourg Foreign Minister Poos and State Minister responsible for the economy, Georges Wohlfart in Luxembourg, stated that they were aware of the importance of economic cooperation with Turkey. /Hurriyet/

    [10] ANKARA: A MEDIATOR IN GULF

    While Washington is exerting efforts to ease the Turco-Greek tension which has escalated during an exercise in Cyprus, Ankara is trying to alleviate the US-Iranian tension in the Gulf, which has escalated with the arrival of the US aircraft vessel Nimitz in the region. Ankara, which has launched initiatives under the auspices of Tehran and Washington, gives messages calling upon the sides to be cold-blooded. /Hurriyet/

    [11] THIRD SATELLITE IN 1999

    Turkish Transport Minister Necdet Menzir said that the launch of Turksat 2A satellite was discussed during a meeting of the Council of Ministers the previous day. Menzir noted that the third Turkish satellite was expected to be launched in 1999. /Hurriyet/

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