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Turkish Press Review, 97-11-19

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] UZBEKISTAN SEEKS TO INCREASE TRADE WITH TURKEY
  • [02] KANDEMIR: SYRIA AND IRAN HAVE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
  • [03] PARLIAMENTARY IMMUNITY DEBATE TODAY
  • [04] TURKEY EXCLUDED FROM LIST OF EU CANDIDATES
  • [05] TANER: WE AGREE WITH IMF
  • [06] TURKISH REPRESENTATIVE IN EU AGRICULTURE PROJECT
  • [07] KINKEL: TURKEY IS OUR FRIEND
  • [08] GREEK CYPRIOT SOLDIERS ATTACK TURKISH SIDE
  • [09] TURCO-RUSSIAN RELATIONS DISCUSSED IN ISTANBUL
  • [10] FOREIGN MINISTRY RESTRUCTURES
  • [11] TURKEY SIGNS BIOETHICS AGREEMENT
  • [12] US WARNS ARMENIA

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER

    19.11.97

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

    [01] UZBEKISTAN SEEKS TO INCREASE TRADE WITH TURKEY

    Uzbekistan's President Islam Kerimov met with his Turkish counterpart Suleyman Demirel on Tuesday during his three-day official visit to Turkey to boost bilateral relations, the Anatolia news agency reported. Both presidents headed their country's delegations. The large number of ministers in both delegations was due to the fact that Uzbekistan and Turkey signed four agreements, on issues ranging from health to tourism and customs agreements.

    The Uzbek delegation is scheduled to meet represenatatives from small and medium-scale Turkish enterprises that have made investments in Uzbekistan, and aims to attract more large-scale enterprises to invest in their country.

    [02] KANDEMIR: SYRIA AND IRAN HAVE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

    Turkey's ambassador to Washington, Nuzhet Kandemir, said in an interview on CNN television, "It's not only Iraq that has weapons of mass destruction in the region, Iran and Syria also have them," the Anatolia news agency reported. Speaking in a programme about the Iraqi crisis, Kandemir underlined that Turkey is one of the countries that paid the greatest cost in the Gulf crisis and noted that Turkey's economic losses so far amount to $ 30 billion. The Turkish ambassador also emphasized that apart from economic loss, Turkey suffers from terrorist attacks due to the power vacuum in the northern part of Iraq which resulted from the Golf War.

    [03] PARLIAMENTARY IMMUNITY DEBATE TODAY

    Today the Turkish Grand National assembly will debate a constitutional amendment proposal envisaging limitations to parliamentary immunities. All political parties represented in Parliament are expected to back the proposal. The amendment will allow for the trial of deputies for offences not related to their legislative duties. To be paased by Parliament and enter into effect, the proposal needs the support of 367 deputies.

    According to a public opinion poll carried out by the Piar-Gallup group on the eve of this historical vote in Parliament, 82 percent of the Turkish people want to see parliamentary immunities limited. /All papers/

    [04] TURKEY EXCLUDED FROM LIST OF EU CANDIDATES

    The European Parliament Foreign Relations Commission accepted yesterday a report on EU expansion. In the report it is pointed out that the EU should start full membership discussions with all Eastern European candidates except Slovakia. Turkey, in turn, was not given full membership prospects. The commission only agrees on developing special ties with Turkey. The commission has also agreed to invite Turkey to the European Conference meeting that will be held early next year. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] TANER: WE AGREE WITH IMF

    Following his meeting with IMF Executive Director, Michelle Camdessus on Monday, Gunes Taner, State Minister responsible for the economy, said that the agreement in question was not a stand-by in the classic sense of of the word, but a new arrangement in 'duration, scope, quantity and quality', which could serve as a 'new model' to provide similar loans for all the other developing countries of the world. /All papers/

    [06] TURKISH REPRESENTATIVE IN EU AGRICULTURE PROJECT

    Prof. Erkan Ture, lecturer in the Industry Engineering Department of Marmara University, has been selected to contribute to an important EU agriculture project. The project, "HARMA", is a scientific and technical survey and training project. It will start in 1998 and last three years. 23 scientists from Norway, Iceland, Turkey and the EU member countries will share in the project. /Milliyet/

    [07] KINKEL: TURKEY IS OUR FRIEND

    German Defense Minsiter Vocker Ruhe and Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel gave a dinner to their counterparts and their delegations of the Western European Union (WEU) members in Kazsersaal. Speaking with Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin, German Foreign Minister Kinkel said that Turkey was an important country for Germany. Sezgin said in reply that Turkey-Germany relations were at a "good level". In a final communique at the end of the meeting WEU agreed to discuss the establishment of a new military commission to be formed in 1998./Milliyet/Sabah_

    [08] GREEK CYPRIOT SOLDIERS ATTACK TURKISH SIDE

    Greek Cyprus continues its provocative actions against Turkish Cyprus. According to the Police Press Center of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, (TRNC), Greek Cypriot soldiers attacked by throwing stones over into the Turkish side. No casualties were reported, said the same sources. TRNC officials protested about the incidents encouraged by the UN Peace Force stationed along the buffer zone between the two communities. /Milliyet/

    [09] TURCO-RUSSIAN RELATIONS DISCUSSED IN ISTANBUL

    Turkish and Russian academicians and businessmen met at a conference on "Yesterday, Today and the Future of Turco-Russian Relations" in Istanbul yesterday and discussed details about a communications network project to contribute to the improvement of economic and political relations between the two countries. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] FOREIGN MINISTRY RESTRUCTURES

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem has announced that the organizational structure of the Foreign Ministry will be revised. Within the framework of this move, the uses and costs of foreign offices will be reviewed, and those which cannot justify their usefulness will be shut down. This is not all there will be to the restructuring in the Foreign Ministry. Accordingly, the Ministry ýs quitting the "desk" system, which was formed two years ago to monitor and manage all dimensions of bilateral relations from one centre. It is believed that the new method will enable further utilization of the expertise of units and personnel. In the context of restructuring, all economic affairs will be assigned to to the General Directorate of Economic Affairs, whilst all cultural affiars will come under the responsibility of the Directorate General of Cultural Affairs. Moreover, deputy undersecretaries will be charged appointed to new geographical groupings. /All papers/

    [11] TURKEY SIGNS BIOETHICS AGREEMENT

    Turkey has signed the European Human Rights Bioethics Agreement. At a seminar jointly organized by the Mugla Chamber of Medical Workers and September 9 University, doctors discussed measures for improving the existing health system that should be undertaken to facilitate the implementation of the agreement. /Hurriyet/

    [12] US WARNS ARMENIA

    The US State Department has warned Armenia that the Metzamor nuclear power plant located close to the Turkish border poses a great threay to the safety of the region. US State Department Nuclear Plants Safety Coordinator, Carol Kessler, said that Armenia should exert efforts to improve the safety of the Metzamor plant. /Hurriyet/

    END


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