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Turkish Press Review, 97-11-05
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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
Newspot, General Directorate of Press and Information
Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning
 YILMAZ AND SIMITIS AGREE ON NEED FOR INTENSIFIED CONTACTTurkish and Greek premiers have agreed to keep working to ease tensions between the opposing shores of the Aegean Sea. Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and his Greek counterpart Costas Simitis told reporters separately after the Crete summit meeting that it would be irrational to expect resolution of Turkish-Greek problems in a 70-minute meeting but both pledged to keep working to ease tensions between the two NATO allies. Simitis said that the meeting had been "useful". Yżlmaz told reporters both men had agreed on the need to deal with disputes calmly. He added: "We had an opportunity to present our views very clearly on the problems between Turkey and Greece."
Yilmaz also disclosed that he invited Simitis to visit Turkey. Simitis said he had would accept the invitation when the time was right and when it became clear that his trip to Ankara would produce tangible results.
The Turkish Prime Minister, who has been in Crete for the Balkans summit, will be departing today for Vienna. /All papers/
 CYPRUS EXERCISES CONTINUETurkish F-16 fighter jets are in northern Cyprus sharing fully in military and naval exercises in and around the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The Air Force jets are sharing in "Toros-2_97" exercises and today will simulate raids against silos to store Russian-made S-300 missiles being purchased by the Greek Cypriot community. The exercises are designed to show how Turkish air and ground forces can seek out and destroy the controversial missile bases.
The Turkish Air Force units in northern Cyprus for the duration of the Toros-2_97 exercises have attracted a lot of local attention. Today is perhaps the most exciting day of the exercise period, with Turkish forces pulling out all the stops to demonstrate air and ground superiority. /All papers/
 CRETE RESULTS PLEASE THE USOfficials in the Clinton administration have voiced their satisfaction over the results of the "Crete summit" meeting between the prime ministers of Turkey and Greece. They are pleased to note the reduction in military tension following the talks held during a meeting of leaders from Balkan countries on the island. Suggestions were also made by the officials that point the way to closer communication between the military forces of the two neighbour countries. /Milliyet/
 GREEK PROPOSAL REJECTEDAthough Greece persists in trying to gain points at the expense of Turkey, Greek moves to gain prominence in the European political arenas are not always succeeding. Proposals by Greece that a Balkan Secretariat should be permanently based in Athens were turned down by participants attending the meeting of Balkan leaders on the island of Crete. The Turkish suggestion that the matter could better be taken up at a later date was approved. /Milliyet/
 GULF READYING FOR ACTIONAs the atmosphere in the Aegean region cools, and Greece and Turkey move towards a change of stance, over in the Persian Gulf the temperature is going up as the sides involved move towards a stand-off. As the US reacts to the Iraqi ultimatum, and prepares to use force to enforce inspection of Iraqi weapons sites, eyes are looking towards Turkey to gauge the degree of possible involvement. Questions about the use of Incirlik base near Adana are already being asked, especially as Pentagon spokesmen say that the US will send F-16 fighters into the region together with a beef-up in personel. /Milliyet/
 DENKTAS-HOLBROOKE MEETINGThe President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Rauf Denktas, met on Monday for the fourth time in a week with US President Special Cyprus Envoy Richard Holbrooke. Holbrooke asked for the meeting in an effort to convince Denktas to continue the Cyprus intercommunal talks even if the EU starts membership discussions with the Greek Cypriots.
Diplomatic sources said Holbrooke was particularly worried by statements of Denktas that intercommunal talks have ended, and that new talks could be resumed only at a "two states" level. Following a meeting with the UN Secretary General on Monday, Denktas announced that "the EU application of the Greek Cyptriots is the end of intercommunal talks." /Cumhuriyet/
 TURKISH CULTURE CONGRESS IN ISTANBULThe Fourth International Turkish Culture Congress organised under the auspicies of the Ataturk Culture Centre has begun in Istanbul. President Suleyman Demirel, Speaker of the Parliament, State Minister Ahmet Andican, Culture Minister Istemihan Talay and scientists from the Central Asia countries attended the opening ceremony of the congress. /Milliyet/ Sabah_
 BIR: "EUROPE EXCLUDES TURKEY"Deputy Chief of Staff, General Cevik Bir said that although Turkey had once been the most active watch-man of NATO and Warsaw Pacts, now it was being excluded from the new architect of Europe and its security structure. Attending a conference on "Turkey and Europe", arranged by the of German Berthelsmen Foundation, Cevik Bir noted that Turkey had made undeniable contributions to the security of the Western world. Noting that now Turkey wanted to include in the central security of Europe, Bir stressed that the framework of European security could not be established without the Balkans, Caucasia and the Middle East. He added that today Turkey had more importance than in the Warsaw Pact period. /Milliyet/
 MOSCOW, "FIRE ACROSS TURKISH SIDE"Moscow has once again claimed that Turkish forces opened fire along the Armenian border guarded by Russia. According to the Caucasia Military Region press centre, Russian border headquarters in Arshat have been fired on from the Turkish side. The Interfax news agency also reported that Russian officials noted that there were casualties and that the Turkish side has already been given a protest note regarding the incident. /Milliyet/ Cumhuriyet_
 AYKUT IN AMERICAEnvironment Minister Imren Aykut said that Turkey would get the necessary technology from Canada and credit from the World Bank for environemtal problems. In her press conference in Washington, Aykut said that they had managed to talk World Bank officials into providing credit on an urgent basis to the Turkish government. She added: "The bank will provide credit on an expedient basis to the government, instead of through the regular slow process to the municapalities that can take years. I explained to them that environmental threats cannot wait." /Sabah/
 RUSSIA APPROVES BLACK SEA OIL PIPELINEThe Russian Gasprom Corporation which intends to increase its share in the Turkish natural gas market, approves the Black Sea oil pipeline instead of the Armenia-Turkey route, saying it carried high political risk. Chairman of the Executive Board of Gasprom, Rem Vyharive said that the 1213 kms long oil pipeline, called "Blue Stream", would run from Russia's Stavropol region to Ankara. He added that the construction of the pipeline would be started next year and it was planned that the first flow of natural gas would reach Turkey in April, 2003.
Diplomatic sources noted that the agreement would help to soften relations between Turkey and Russia. It was announced that the agreement would be signed in Ankara by Russian Prime Minister Victor Chernomirdin. /Sabah/
 ECEVIT TO OSLODeputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit today flies to Oslo which is the first stop of his Scandinavian countries tour including Norway and Denmark./Sabah/
 TURCO-ALGERIA CULTURAL AGREEMENTWithin the framework of Article 15 of the Cultural Agreement signed on 6 April, 1967, in Algeria between Turkey and Algeria, the two countries culture ministers yesterday signed in Ankara a Cultural, Scientific and Technological Exchange Programme for the years 1998, 1999 and 2000. The agreement includes university education, scientific research, education and training, culture and arts, radio and television, press and information and sports. /Hurriyet/
 TURCO-GREEK COMMERCIAL RELATIONS IMPROVENicolas Georgakellor, high-level official from the Athens Chamber of Trade, and Maria Triantafyllon, Director of the Greek Foreign Trade Department, arrived yesterday in Istanbul. The Greek officials will meet Turkish representatives to discuss possibilities for improving bilateral trade relations. /Cumhuriyet/
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