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Turkish Press Review, 97-11-18

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] UZBEKISTAN PRESIDENT IN TURKEY
  • [02] YILMAZ SETS OUT FOR TALKS IN ROME, MADRID
  • [03] ANKARA EXPRESSES CONCERN, CALLS FOR RESTRAINT
  • [04] AGREEMENT WITH IMF ON THE WAY
  • [05] CEM: "WE DO NOT CONFRONT ARABS"
  • [06] ENVIRONMENT MINISTER AYKUT IN TUNISIA
  • [07] TURKEY EXTENDS OLIVE BRANCH TO GREECE
  • [08] NATO CHIEF COMMANDER IN ANKARA
  • [09] FM CEM WARNS RUSSIA
  • [10] TURKISH STRAITS DISCUSSED IN LONDON
  • [11] NORTHERN CYPRIOT STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [12] CANADIAN FOREIGN MINISTER IN ANKARA
  • [13] UN INCREASES EFFORTS ON CYPRUS CONFLICT
  • [14] ANKARA ASKS FOR SERIOUS DISCUSSION AT EU MEETING
  • [15] SLADZIC EXPRESSES CONCERNS OVER DAYTON ACCORD
  • [16] ARMY WANTS GOVERNMENT TO TAKE 'URGENT ACTION' IN SOUTHEAST
  • [17] TURKEY REFUSES US CREDITS

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER

    18.11.97

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

    [01] UZBEKISTAN PRESIDENT IN TURKEY

    Uzbekistan President Islam Kerimov is paying an official visit to Ankara on the official invitation of President Suleyman Demirel. Kerimov said that Turkey was a country of special importance for Uzbekistan and said that the Turkish government had been the first to extend support to Uzbekistan after the country gained its independence. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] YILMAZ SETS OUT FOR TALKS IN ROME, MADRID

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz will pay a two-day official visit to Italy and Spain, starting on November 23, as part of his continuing campaign to strengthen Turkey's European Union bid. /All papers/

    [03] ANKARA EXPRESSES CONCERN, CALLS FOR RESTRAINT

    Turkey reiterated yesterday its concern over escalating tensions in the Gulf as Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz chaired a quadrilateral summit on developments. A statement from the Foreign Ministry said that Ankara was concerned with the escalation of tension in the Gulf and expected that current tensions could be defused through negotiation. Speaking to reporters after the summit at the Prime Ministry which was attended by Chief of General Staff Gen.Ismail Hakki Karadayi, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, Yilmaz said that the US has not made any request to Turkey for the use of Incirlik base.

    Meanwhile, Turkey estimated its losses from seven years of UN sanctions on its neighbour, Iraq, at $30 billion, but said it was still part of the US-led coalition that defeated Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War. "We estimate that our losses have reached as high as $30 billion since the start of hostilities in the Gulf" Foreign Ministry Spokesman Sermet Atacanli said at a news briefing. Atacanli noted that Turkey favoured a lifting of the embargo only if Baghdad implemented the UN resolutions. "We are a member of the international coalition and there is no change in our position. We feel that Iraq must comply with all the relevant UN resolutions". Approximately 7,000 Turkish truckers remained stranded inside Iraq as of Monday and were in a "desperate condition", waiting for Baghdad to resume an illicit diesel fuel trade. The trade, vital to the economy near Turkey's border with Iraq, has been cut during the crisis over UN arms monitoring. /Milliyet-Hurriyet/

    [04] AGREEMENT WITH IMF ON THE WAY

    Meetings being held between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a Turkish delegation headed by State Minister Gunes Taner in Washington are giving out positive signals. There are some comments that the "IMF's 17th agreement with Turkey is on the way". It is reported that the agreement with the IMF will be for three years as Turkey wants. Meetings with the IMF in Washington will end today. /Hurriyet/

    [05] CEM: "WE DO NOT CONFRONT ARABS"

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem stated yesterday that no application was made to Turkey for the use of bases in Turkey for a military intervention in Iraq. He added that Turkey would abstain from confronting Arab countries. Replying to questions in the Greek and Turkish services of the Voice of America (VOA) radio service, Cem said that Turkey suffered great economic losses during the Gulf crisis and furthermore had been left with a terror problem. Cem added: "Turkey has good relations both with the Arab countries and Israel. In case of war, if the Arab countries assume a joint stance against Turkey, Turkey will lose a lot from this. Therefore we are being prudent". /Hurriyet/

    [06] ENVIRONMENT MINISTER AYKUT IN TUNISIA

    Turkish Environment Minister Imren Aykut went to Tunisia yesterday to attend meetings on "Mediterranean Environment Action Union". Aykut said: "We will especially discuss the prevention of pollution by wastes from vessels and aircraft". /Hurriyet/

    [07] TURKEY EXTENDS OLIVE BRANCH TO GREECE

    Turkey has sent a message that it is ready to put into effect a moratorium which envisages unarmed flight in the Aegean. This peaceful approach by Turkey was made through Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin, who attended the Council of Defense Ministers of the Western European Union (WEU) in Germany. Replying to a question by a Greek journalist, Sezgin pointed out that Turkey preferred to resolve problems with Greece through dialogue". /Hurriyet-Milliyet/

    [08] NATO CHIEF COMMANDER IN ANKARA

    NATO Chief Commander of the European Allied Forces Gen.Mesley Clark met with Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen.Ismail Hakki Karadayi in Ankara yesterday. They discussed various issues including Turkish-Greek tension, and Turkey's relations with Middle Eastern and European countries. /Milliyet-Cumhuriyet/

    [09] FM CEM WARNS RUSSIA

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said that the transportation of Azeri early oil to international markets via the Turkish Straits would not be as easy as expected by Russia. He stressed that passage through the Straits was regulated by international conventions, and pointed out that the Turkish government was obliged to undertake measures to protect its people and the environment. Cem stressed that maritime transportation of Azeri oil to world markets should not emerge as an alternative to pipeline transportation, and noted that Turkey was exerting efforts in support of the Baku-Ceyhan project. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] TURKISH STRAITS DISCUSSED IN LONDON

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will discuss passage through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles Straits at its 20th General Assembly meeting. With a regulation issued in 1994, Turkey imposed a number of limitations on the passage of tankers carrying oil and inflammable materials through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits. Russia, Greece and Bulgaria have tabled objections to this regulation. /Sabah/

    [11] NORTHERN CYPRIOT STOCK EXCHANGE

    The Northern Cypriot Stock Exchange Market, that has actually been operating since October 24, was officially opened yesterday by Turkish State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel. In a speech at the ceremony, said that the Northern Cypriot Stock Exchange will help the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) establish itself not only as a political, but also as an economic power in the region. /Sabah/

    [12] CANADIAN FOREIGN MINISTER IN ANKARA

    Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy met with his Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem in Ankara yesterday and sought Turkey's support for a "Convention on prohibiting the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines, and their destruction" to be held in Ottowa from December 2-4, when the convention will be signed. The Canadian minister also sought Ankara's support for a joint multi-billion dollar bid by joint Canadian-Turkish company Atomic Energy Limited (AEL) for the Akkuyu Nuclear Project.

    [13] UN INCREASES EFFORTS ON CYPRUS CONFLICT

    As intensive diplomatic efforts increase in Cyprus, the UN's Special Cyprus Coordinator Diego Cordovez is due to arrive in Cyprus later on Tuesday for a four-day visit. Cordovez will attempt to bring Denktas and Klerides together during his visit, and will definitely meet seperately with both of them, according to the UN's resident representative on the island, Gustave Feissel. Cordovez is expected to visit Athens, Ankara, Brussels and Paris. /All papers/

    [14] ANKARA ASKS FOR SERIOUS DISCUSSION AT EU MEETING

    Turkey affirmed yesterday that it wants the Joint Council meeting with the European Union which is scheduled for November 24 to be a substantive session with an official agenda, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Sermet Atacanli said at a weekly press conference. Atacanli noted that Turkey's aim is to make sure that the meeting adheres to its original targets and added that certain countries were trying to turn the Council meeting into a "dinner" and that Ankara would not accept this. /All papers/

    [15] SLADZIC EXPRESSES CONCERNS OVER DAYTON ACCORD

    The co-chairman of the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Haris Sladzic, met with Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz yesterday and said he had discussed Bosnian concerns about the implementation of the Dayton agreement, the Anatolia news agency reported. Sladzic reportedly conveyed to the Turkish Prime Minister that many of the conditions signed in Dayton had not been implemented.Sladzic also met with Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin during his visit.

    [16] ARMY WANTS GOVERNMENT TO TAKE 'URGENT ACTION' IN SOUTHEAST

    General Staff officials are urging the government to take immediate economic and social measures as a follow-up to the victory won by the military against the PKK terrorist organization in Turkey's southeastern region. They emphasized that terrorism has been brought to an end in the eastern and southeastern regions by the resolute struggle of the security forces. Yesterday, Maj.Gen.Bekir Ugurlu briefed a group of Turkey's leading journalists in the eastern city of Van, invited by the military to tour the region and observe the situation in the Southeast. /All papers/

    [17] TURKEY REFUSES US CREDITS

    The Foreign Ministry released a statement yesterday highlighting US credits to Turkey. According to the press release, the US has proposed extending $175 million in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) and $50 million in Economic Support Fund (ESF) aid. The Turkish government has once again told the US Congress that Turkey refuses to accept the US funds for 1998 as long as they emerge from Congress in this form, which is seen by the Turkish government as "foreign intervention in domestic affairs".

    END


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