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Turkish Press Review, 97-11-21
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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
Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning
 "TURKEY SHOULD NOT BE EXCLUDED"The Financial Times newspaper reports that anti-European views among Turks are increasing. The newspaper noted that Turks thought Europe was behaving unfairly towards them. Turkey could make its own way in politics, security and trade in the future if it was not given strong hope, added the same source. State Minister Isin Celebi also noted that if Turkey was not included in the expansion process of the European Union (EU), it would block trade with EU goods. /Sabah/
 PARLIAMENT FAILS IN ATTEMPT TO CURTAIL MP IMMUNITYA draft, proposed by leaders of the ruling Motherland (ANAP), Democratic Left (DSP) and Democratic Turkey (DTP) parties, as well as the CHP and DYP, calling for an amendment to Article 83 of the Turkish Cosntitution that regulates judicial immunity enjoyed by the parliamentarians has again been turned down. In the first round of voting on the draft, although the combined seats of the parties supporting the bill stands as high as 368 in the 550-member unicameral Turkish Parliament, the "yes" votes for whether or not to consider the draft numbered only 300, and dipped further to 284 in the vote on the first article of the proposal and to 272 in a role on changing its second article. This result has shown that it will be very difficult to obtain the required 330 votes in favor of the amendment in the second round of voting. /All papers/
 BAKU-CEYHAN GETS MEGA BOOST FROM WASHINGTONThe prospects of the Baku-Ceyhan main export oil pipeline becoming a reality has takrn a decisive step forward during the last few days with unmistakably strong new endorsement from senior members of the Clinton administration. During the first day of a two-day conference on 'Caspian pipelines: The keys to the new oil rush," organized by Cambridge Energy Associates, the U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-Russian Business Council, both Secretary of Energy Frederico Pena and U.S. Ombudsman for Energy and Commercial Relations with the new independent states and Counselor to the Department of Commerce Jan H. Kalicki portrayed the Baku-Ceyhan as an important element in the overall integrated scheme which is sometimes referred to as the "Eurosian energy transportation corridor." Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev also endorsed the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline during his high-level visit to Washington.
"I repeatedly voiced the United States' support for the development of a Baku-Ceyhan pipeline and I encouraged the development of a trans-Caspian route link up with the Baku-Ceyhan corridor," Pena said at the Caspian pipeline conference. /Hurriyet/
 "TALABANI IS DEADLOCKING THE ANKARA PROCESS"Officials in Ankara said on Thursday that the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by Jalal talabani, has deadlocked the Ankara process - the peace initiative sponsored by the United States, Britain and Turkey. The officials confirmed the reports that members of the PKK are situated, together with the PUK, along the ceasefire line drawn between the two rival Kurdistan groups, the PUK and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), but emphasized once again that all the air raids carried out in northern Iraq by the Turkish army were against the PKK.
"The PKK's ability to stage attacks has almost been eliminated. Our troops will soon withdraw from the region," said the officials, adding that Turkish troops had postponed their withdrawal from the area because of the joint PUK-PKK attack on the KDP. In addition the officials denied reports that a secure buffer-zone had been established within Iraqi territories. /Cumhuriyet/
 HARSH RESPONSE FROM ANKARATurkey rejected yesterday an EU proposal for replacing the Turkey-EU Association Council meeting scheduled for November 24 with an unofficial dinner. With this decision Turkey poured cold water on new EU proposals and thus sent a clear response to EU heads of state and government that gathered yesterday in Luxemburg.
EU Term Chairman Luxemburg previously suggested November 24 as the date for a Turkey-EU Association Council meeting. Ankara welcomed the proposal. Nevertheless, the 15 EU members failed to reach an agreement on the issue, and Luxemburg this time said that the Turkish Foreign Minister and his EU counterparts could meet at an unofficial dinner to discuss their views. Turkish officials, however, decided that since EU ministers had failed to reach a concrete decision and disagreed on the moves to be undertaken, an unofficial dinner would hardly bring any benefits and declined Luxemburg's offer. /Milliyet/
 TURKISH VICTORY IN DENMARKAccording to the unofficial results of local elections held in Denmark on Wednesday, 12 of the 27 Turkish candidates have been elected to various municipality positions. There are three other Turkish deputies who have chances to win the elections. The final results are expected to be announced this morning. /Hurriyet/
 RUSSIA BOOSTS TURKEY'S GOLD SALESIt is reported that during the last three-month period of this year Turkey sold 76 tons of gold to foreign countries. Officials of the World Gold Council, which prepares balance sheets for gold markets, said that world gold sales have broken all records this year. One of the administrators of the World Gold Council, Richard Scoterm, gave detailed information to the Russian TASS agency about figures for the third quarter of 1997 sent to the New York and London gold exchanges. Scoterm stated that the amount of gold sold in international markets during the past three months exceeded 705 tons and, out of this total, 76 tons were sold through Istanbul.
Meanwhile, General Secretary of Istanbul Gold Exchange, Kaan Aytogu, said that the annual trade volume of the Istanbul Gold Exchange was 270 tons and added that there have been intensive demands from Russians, Europeans and the US during recent months. /Hurriyet/
 HEAD OF OECD COMPETITION COMMISSION IN TURKEYHead of the OECD Competition Commission and Deputy Chairman of the French Competition Council, Frederic Jenny, underlined that the Competition Board in Turkey should be 'independent and autonomous' in order to be successful. Jenney, who came to Turkey to conduct a joint study between the OECD and Turkish Competition Board, is also holding seminars on competition in countries including Moldovia, Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Frederic Jenney met with Head of the Turkish Competition Board, Aydin Ayaydin. /Hurriyet/
 TURKISH FLOWERS WIN EUROPEAN AWARDSTurkish firms which participated in the recent International Flower Fair held in Amsterdam, Holland, have been presented with the "European Silver Quality Award" thus winning top places from among 430 firms. /Hurriyet/
 'RIGHTS AND PROBLEMS ARE UNIVERSAL'The 15th World Congress of the Consumers International has been held in Chile. Chairman of the Association for the Protection of Consumers, Mehmet Sevim, represented Turkey during the congress. Sevim noted that the problems and rights of consumers were no longer national but universal. He said that discussions during the congress dealt with increasing consumerism without harming the environment. /Cumhuriyet/
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