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Turkish Press Review, 97-11-24

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRIME MINISTER'S INTENSE AGENDA
  • [02] NEW ECONOMIC PACKAGE
  • [03] GERMAN SUPPORT FOR NEW TAX CONTROL
  • [04] SIX TERRORISTS KILLED IN TOKAT
  • [05] GEN. CEVIK BIR OFF TO WASHINGTON
  • [06] DEMIRBANK OPENING A BRANCH IN ROMANIA
  • [07] DEVLET BAHCELI RE-ELECTED MHP LEADER
  • [08] CENSUS ON SUNDAY

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER

    24.11.97

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

    [01] PRIME MINISTER'S INTENSE AGENDA

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz yesterday went to Romania and on the same day visited Italy to hold official meetings. Yilmaz will meet today with his Italian counterpart, Romano Prodi. Yilmaz will be accompanied by State Minister Cavit Kavak, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Korkmaz Haktanir, Prime Ministry Chief Advisor, Murat Sungar, Foreign Ministry Deputy General Director of Western European Affairs, Bozkurt Aran and the Foreign Ministry Deputy General Director of European Union (EU) Relations. It is expected that the two ministers will discuss Turkey's EU membership and Italy's support for Turkey, and Turco-Greece relations including the Cyprus problem.

    Following his meeting with the Italian Prime Minister, Yilmaz will fly on to Madrid to meet with his Spanish counterpart, Jose Maria Aznar. /Sabah/Milliyet_

    [02] NEW ECONOMIC PACKAGE

    Today's papers concentrated on discussions of Turkish officials with IMF representatives in Washington. Milliyet daily newspaper's front page headline says that a "shock package is ready". State Minister Gunes Taner is quoted as saying that the government will exert efforts to pull down inflation to the 15 percent mark by the end of 1998. In line with proposals by IMF officials, State Minister Taner and his staff are now working on a one-year stabilization programme that will be submitted to IMF on December 12. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, who is scheduled to visit the US in the middle of December, when the final details of the agreement will be hammered out with the IMF officials.

    [03] GERMAN SUPPORT FOR NEW TAX CONTROL

    The German government is lending technical support to new Turkish Ministry of Finance measures to up-date archaic tax controls in Turkey. The Finance Ministry is bringing in new computerized systems to control tax payments, tax evasion and to establish new tax schedules appropriate to the economic situation.

    The new tax system has already been started in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Adana. The project will take another three years to complete. The system will work both ways: it will be easier for tax officials to keep track of tax payments, and tax payers will be able to benefit from a better service. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] SIX TERRORISTS KILLED IN TOKAT

    During clashes between security forces and a group of terrorists in Topcam, near Tokat, six terrorists, four men and two women, were killed. Regarding the incidents Tokat Mayor, Ayhan Cevik, said that the terrorists were the members of the outlawed TIKKO and DHKP-C organizations. He added that five rifles, a pump action automatic shot-gun and a number of documents belonged to the organization were seized. /Sabah/Cumhuriyet_

    [05] GEN. CEVIK BIR OFF TO WASHINGTON

    Deputy Chief of General Staff Cevik Bir, will leave for Washington today, for a three-day visit to the United States. It is reported that General Cevik Bir will discuss such issues as the Cyprus conflict as well as fundamentalist and extremist activities in Turkey. /All papers/

    [06] DEMIRBANK OPENING A BRANCH IN ROMANIA

    As part of continuing expansion policy, Turkey's Demirbank is opening a new branch in Romania in pursuit of new investment and foreign trade possibilities. Director for foreign operations, Ali Ayanlar, said over the weekend that Demirbank believed that foreign trade and international banking will continue to grow. Demirbank branches in Turkey have increased from 36 to 71 this year, and Demirbank officials say that they want to see the same growth abroad. /Sabah/

    [07] DEVLET BAHCELI RE-ELECTED MHP LEADER

    The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) held its third congress within six months. Devlet Bahceli took 671 of the votes and was chosen once more as the leader of the party at the end of the 5th MHP Ordinary Congress. Other candidates, Tugrul Turkes and Ramiz Ongun won 483 and 73 votes respectively, while Sahin Gokce withdrew after the first round of voting. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] CENSUS ON SUNDAY

    A general census will be held on Sunday, November 30. The census is of great importance for the next general elections as well as for determining funds to be extended to munacipalities. Citizens will not be allowed to leave their houses on Sunday. /Hurriyet/

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