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Turkish Press Review, 97-11-13

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] YILMAZ CALLS FOR SUPPORT FOR BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE
  • [02] HOLBROOKE'S CONTACTS
  • [03] TURKEY LOOKING FOR NEW FINANCE IN US
  • [04] IRAQIS FLOCKING TO HAKKARI
  • [05] MILITARY PLANE CRASH
  • [06] 13 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED
  • [07] REPPAS: "TURKEY BLASTS SOLUTION HOPES"
  • [08] TAI AND AIRBUS COOPERATE IN AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION
  • [09] TURKISH ENERGY CONFERENCE
  • [10] DENKTAS EVALUATES CONTACTS WITH HOLBROOKE
  • [11] ANKARA DEMANDS EQUAL STATUS
  • [12] SEMINAR TO BE HELD IN HONOUR OF PAKISTAN GOLDEN JUBILEE

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER

    13.11.97

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

    [01] YILMAZ CALLS FOR SUPPORT FOR BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz visiting Baku, said yesterday that one of the important factors that will shape international policies in the world in the 21st century will be oil. Yilmaz went to Baku to attend a ceremony to mark the occasion of the opening of the pipeline from Azerbaijan's Chirag oil fields under the $8 billion Mega project carried out by an international consortium. Yilmaz once more voiced Turkey's demand that the long-debated pipeline project should be designed to pass through Turkey, saying that the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline, that will carry Caspian crude oil from Azerbaijan to international markets, was the best solution on a strategic, economic and environmental basis.

    Recalling the Armenian-Azeri dispute over the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh by Armenia, Yilmaz said that stability in the Caucasus depends on the withdrawal of Armenia from Nagorno-Karabakh. Azeri President Haydar Aliyev and Yilmaz met during the Turkish prime minister's visit to Baku and Aliyev said that his country fully supports the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline but the final decision will be made by the international consortium and related firms. Yilmaz also thanked Haydar Aliyev for his remarks supporting the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline over the other alternative for Azeri oil. US Energy Secretary Federico Pena, who delivered a speech during the ceremony, also supported the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline and said: "We want oil to flow via Turkey. Yilmaz met Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze last night in Baku. /Milliyet-Hurriyet/

    [02] HOLBROOKE'S CONTACTS

    US President Bill Clinton's Cyprus envoy Richard Holbrooke's last- minute visit to the Turkish capital ended yesterday. Ankara said yesterday that no developments were made during the US envoy's visit and said that it awaits no resolution over the Cyprus problem before the upcoming elections in Greek Cyprus.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz noted that the Cyprus problem was very complex and needed time. He stated that they were pleased with Holbrooke's contacts, adding that Holbrooke's approach towards the issue was more realistic than that of the EU. /Hurriyet/

    [03] TURKEY LOOKING FOR NEW FINANCE IN US

    Members of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), will be meeting the heavyweights of the US finance sector on November 17 in an effort to find new monetary resources. The TUSIAD delegation wants to demonstrate to the finance sector in the US the good intentions of the government in the area of loans and financial development.

    Observing these developments, officials in Ankara declared yesterday that a visit by state minister Gunes Taner at the same time was "purely coincidental". Taner himself has also confirmed that following recent talks with IMF representatives, there will be no new stand-by agreement between Turkey and the IMF. Turkey, however, does need money to finance the government's much vaunted eight year education programme, and this is something that the TUSIAD delegation will also have in mind. /Sabah/

    [04] IRAQIS FLOCKING TO HAKKARI

    At least four thousand people have fled to Hakkari from northern Iraq to escape from the fighting there. Most of those now seeking shelter in Turkey's southeastern township of Hakkari are peshmerge fighters caught up in the fighting between separate Kurdish political factions. /Sabah/

    [05] MILITARY PLANE CRASH

    Shortly after take-off from Malatya air-base, a Turkish Air Force F-4 jet plane yesterday crashed into open countryside around the the base. The two pilots aboard the F-4 parachuted clear and were later picked-up by helicopter. One of the pilots broke a leg, but the other returned to Malatya base uninjured. /All papers/

    [06] 13 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED

    During current operations in Beytulssebap, Sirnak, 13 PKK terrorists and one security official were killed. Meanwhile, the radio Voice of the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (IKDP) announced that 150 Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (IPUK) peshmerges had been killed in fighting in northern Iraq and that 500 others had been wounded. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] REPPAS: "TURKEY BLASTS SOLUTION HOPES"

    Greek government Spokesman Dimitri Reppas claims that Turkey's Cyprus policy blasted efforts to solve the problems on the island. Speaking at a press conference yesterday Reppas critized Turkey's objections to Greek Cyprus membership in the European Union (EU). He added: "At the moment it is technically possible that the Turkish side can attend the Cyprus-EU full membership negotiations. However, they want to exclude themselves from the negotiations." Reppas stressed that the policy followed by the Turkish side only harmed themselves. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] TAI AND AIRBUS COOPERATE IN AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION

    Turkish Airspace Industries (TAI) and airplane giant Aircraft will cooperate in the production of big cargo aircraft. The project will be completed in 2005. The FLA cargo planes to be produced by Aircraft and TAI are expected to replace cargo planes such as the C-130s and C-160s that are widely used today. /Hurriyet/

    [09] TURKISH ENERGY CONFERENCE

    President Demirel delivered a speech at the Turkish Energy Conference organized by the Economist magazine published in Britain. Demirel commented on Turkey's energy policy and stressed that the government was determined to privatize state-owned power plants. The president also touched on electricity shortages, prospects in the offing, and pointed out that the construction of a nuclear power plant was a must. /Milliyet/

    [10] DENKTAS EVALUATES CONTACTS WITH HOLBROOKE

    In a statement to journalists, Northern Cyprus President Rauf Denktas stressed that efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus issue would bear fruit only if the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was recognized as a sovereign state with status eqaul to that of Southern Cyprus. Denktas described his contacts with US President Bill Clinton's Special Cyprus Envoy Richard Holbrooke and Greek Cypriot leader Glafkos Klerides as "beneficial" and said that the parties involved in the issue will continue to exchange views. He said that it was not realistic to expect any developments before the results of the general elections in Southern Cyprus are announced. /Milliyet/

    [11] ANKARA DEMANDS EQUAL STATUS

    In a press conference yesterday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ambassador Necati Utkan said that all obstacles to Turkey's participation in the European Conference of EU member and candidate member countries have been lifted, but added that Turkey was anxious about the content of the conference. He stressed that Turkey's full membership application should be evaluated in the same way as the applications of the other countries in line to join the Union. Ambassador Utkan pointed out that Ankara was not positive about the "special status" that will put Turkey in a different category, excluding it from the EU expansion process. /Milliyet/

    [12] SEMINAR TO BE HELD IN HONOUR OF PAKISTAN GOLDEN JUBILEE

    A Pakistan seminar is being held in Istanbul today, November 13. The seminar, which has been organized by the Islamic Conference Organization, the Islamic History Arts and Culture Research Centre (IRCICA), the Pakistani Embassy in Ankara and the Pakistani Consulate General in Istanbul is a part of the celebrations of Pakistan's Golden Jubilee. Famous scientists, intellectuals and media representatives are to attend this seminar. /All papers/

    END


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