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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
10.11.97Newspot, General Directorate of Press and Information
Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning
 NATION COMMEMORATES FOUNDER OF THE REPUBLICPresident Suleyman Demirel said yesterday that the Turkish Republic would continue to progress along the path of civilization in accordance with Ataturk's principles and thoughts. Demirel issued a message on the 59th anniversary of the death of Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic. Meanwhile, non-governmental organizations visited Ataturk's Mausoleum yesterday and will return today to commemorate his death.
Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin stated that it was his and his colleagues' primary duty and obligation to attempt to achieve their targets without sacrificing any of the basic values of the democratic and secular system. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, who also released a message on the 59th anniversary of Ataturk's death, said yesterday that the current and future principles and basic organizations of the Turkish Republic, which will continue to guide Turkey along the path of modern civilization, would be based on the views and principles of independence and freedom outlined by Ataturk.
Besides the official ceremonies to be conducted throughout Turkey, "The Ataturk Culture and Art Train" will depart from Ankara for Kayseri today as part of the activities to commemorate Ataturk this week. The train will travel to three cities with its culture and art exhibitions. /All papers/
 IRANIAN REPLY TO DEMIRELAn editorial in the Tehran Times newspaper has welcomed a statement made by Turkish President Suleyman Demirel who said: "The Turkish-Iranian border is a friendship border". The editorial said: "Let's make Turkish-Iranian relations a model for other countries in the region". /Hurriyet-Cumhuriyet/
 TURCO-IRANIAN RAPPROCHEMENTIranian Deputy Foreign Minister Muhsin Eminzade announced over the weekend that in the next 10 days Turkey and Iran will appoint ambassadors to each other's capitals. The statement was made in the aftermath of Eminzade's three-day visit to Turkey. The Iranian official added that Turkey and Iran would exert efforts to improve bilateral relations just prior to an Organization of Islamic Conference meeting scheduled for December 5-11 in Tehran. /Hurriyet/
 EU MEETING IN BRUSSELSA European Union Foreign Ministers' meeting will be held today in Brussels. At the meeting problems between Turkey and the EU will be discussed. The main topic of the agenda will be whether or not Turkey will be invited to the European Conference. The Conference will be held in February, 1998, with the participation of the 11 candidate countries seeking membership into the EU.
Hans van den Broek, chairman of the EU Foreign Relations Committee, EU, said that they would discuss how Turkey-EU relations could be improved. Britain, France and Italy are for inviting Turkey to the European Conference, whereas Germany wants an "equal status" deal for Turkey. Greece insists that Turkey should not attend the Conference. /Milliyet/
 TURCO-GREECE MEETING IN BRUSSELSIt has been reported that following an agreement reached between Turkish and Greek prime ministers in Crete, NATO supported security building measures in the Aegean have been accepted in principle by Greece. Accordingly, Turkey's and Greece's permanent representatives to NATO, Onur Oymen and Yorgo Salvaidis will meet in Brussels with the General Secretary of NATO, Havier Solana, within the next days. /Milliyet/
 15 TERRORISTS KILLEDDuring operations conducted in and around Beytussebap near Sirnak, 15 PKK terrorists have been killed. A group of terrorists attacked villagers who were returning from working in a forest near Dogan township of Pervari, Siirt, killing six and wounding three. Military sources later announced that operations were continuing to seize the terrorists. /Cumhuriyet/
 RUSSIA WARNED AGAINTurkey will once again warn Russia about selling S-300 missile systems to Greek Cyprus. Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary, Inal Batu, will go to Moscow on 17 November. Batu said that he will meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Avdayev and ask him to cancel the sale of S-300 missile systems to Greek Cyprus. He added that the Cyprus issue, Turco-Greek problems, and aviation and maritime cooperation between Turkey and Russia would be on the agenda of the meeting. /Cumhuriyet/
 YAGMURDERELI RELEASEDAttorney Esber Yagmurdereli was released from prison yesterday for health reasons. According to relevant provisions of the Criminal Trial Procedure Law, Yagmurdereli's punishment has been postponed for a period of one year due to his sickness, and he was set free from Cankiri high security prison. /All papers/
 US SEEKS DIALOGUE ON ENERGYUS Energy Secretary, Federico Pena, will arrive in Turkey tomorrow. Pena is expected to meet Turkish Energy and Resources Minister Cumhur Ersumer. The US secretary will have talks prior to his attendance at a ceremony to mark the early commencement of Azerbaijani oil production on November 11. An agreement on the construction, under the Build-Operate-Transfer system, of a natural gas power plant, is expected to be initialed by a joint consortium. /Hurriyet/
 CEVDET SELVI LEAVES DSPDemocratic Left Party (DSP) former deputy chairman, Cevdet Selvi, resigned from the DSP party on Friday without waiting for a decision to be taken about him by the party's disciplinary board regarding his possible expulsion. This brings the number of DSP deputies in Parliament down to 63. /All papers/
 HISTORICAL CYPRUS DECISIONForeign Minister Ismail Cem and State Minister responsible for Cyprus Sukru Suna Gurel yesterday paid a six-hour visit to Northern Cyprus. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem later announced that discussions for setting up a federation on the island could be initiated only if the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was officially recognized. Cem stressed that a federation could be set up only between two states with equal status. The statement came on the eve of US President's Special Envoy to Cyprus, Richard Holbrooke's visit to the island. In a meeting with TRNC President Rauf Denktas, the Turkish foreign minister worked out details related to the stand of the Turkish side in talks with Holbrooke.
Weekend papers report that Holbrooke is pressing the EU to begin full-membership talks with representatives of the two communities on the island. Ankara has welcomed this proposal. Holbrooke is scheduled to meet first Turkish Cypriot President Rauf Denktas, and then Greek Cypriot leader Glafkos Clerides. Holbrooke will try to arrange a meeting of the two leaders in the Ledra Palace Hotel in the buffer zone between the two communities. /Milliyet/
 TURKISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES COUNCIL CONVENESMinisters of Culture from various Asian republics came to Ankara to attend the Extraordinary Meeting of the Permanent Council of Turkish-Speaking Countries. In a speech at the meeting, Tartar Culture Minister Marsel Taisev stressed the importance of the principles laid down by the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and noted that the whole Turkish world benefited from these guiding principles. The ministers from the Turkish-speaking republics are today attending today the ceremonies held to mark the 59th anniversary of the death of Ataturk. /Hurriyet/
 WORLD BANK SUPPORT FOR STRUCTURAL REFORMS IN TURKEYIn a new report, World Bank officials voice support for structural reforms to be initiated by the Turkish government. The report touches upon the determination of the coalition government to carry out new reforms and notes that when and if a detailed reform programme is actually prepared and implemented by the Turkish government, the World Bank may well extend an additional $3 billion to back the reforms. /Sabah/
 TEMA'S 5TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATEDThe Foundation of Afforestation and Fighting Erosion in Turkey (TEMA), on the occasion of "Combat Erosion Week", held a kickoff meeting over the weekend in Istanbul which was attended by President Suleyman Demirel and various state ministers. President Demirel, speaking at the gathering, said that soil equals bread and as a result, it was not only the government's problem but, to a greater degree, the people's and the nation's problem. /All papers/
 SEMINAR ON TURKISH CUISINEThe famous Smithsonian Institute of the United States and the Washington Turkish Tourism Advisory Office have jointly organized a seminar on Turkish cuisine. /Cumhuriyet/
 TURKISH EXPORTERS VISIT MALAYSIA AND INDONESIAA group of 50 Turkish exporters paid a visit to Malaysia and Indonesia over the weekend to promote Turkish export goods and to build up new export connections. /Hurriyet/
 TCDD TO BUY 60 ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVESThe State Railways Directorate (TCDD) will buy 60 electric locomotives which will initially be put into operation between Ankara-Istanbul, Istanbul-Edirne-Kapikule and Iskenderun-Divrigi. /Hurriyet/
 TURKSEKER EXPORTSThe Directorate of Turkish Sugar Factories (Turkseker) has commenced exports of sugar to Iran, Iraq, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Turkey has the highest potential sugar exports. Officials note that exports could reach 200,000 tons of sugar. /Sabah/
 $1.2 BILLION OF FOREIGN CAPITAL PERMITTED IN LAST 10 MONTHSIn the January-October 1997 period, $1.2 billion of foreign capital permission was given, it was reported on Friday. The Undersecretariat of Treasury said in a statement that it has approved $2.4 million foreign capital in agriculture, $25.2 million in mining, $709.6 million in manufacturing, and $422 million in services sectors, all of which constitutes a total of $1.2 billion during the January-October 1997 period. /All papers/
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