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Turkish Press Review, 97-11-25

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEMIREL IN ROMANIA
  • [02] PM VISITS ITALY AND SPAIN
  • [03] EU MEETING IN BRUSSELS
  • [04] JOINT BUREAU FOR TURKISH AND GREEK BUSINESSMEN
  • [05] UN'S CYPRUS ADVISOR VISITS ANKARA
  • [06] BIR WARNS EU
  • [07] BULGARIAN DEFENSE MINISTER IN ANKARA
  • [08] STRAITS REGULATIONS ARE CHANGING
  • [09] TEACHERS' DAY CELEBRATED
  • [10] EUROPE FINDS THE SOLUTION IN RAILWAYS
  • [11] GERMANY VOWS IT WILL SUPPORT TURKEY'S EU BID
  • [12] EC PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY RAPPORTEURS IN ANKARA
  • [13] FIRST INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOBILE CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL
  • [14] SUCCESS OF TURKISH COMPUTER COMPANY

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER

    25.11.97

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

    [01] DEMIREL IN ROMANIA

    President Demirel is paying an official visit to Romania. During his contacts with Romanian officials Demirel dwelt on the efforts of the PKK terrorist organization to establish itself in Romania.

    The Turkish president noted that Turkey and Romania were closely cooperating with each other and that there were nearly 5,000 Turkish companies operating in Romania. "Nevertheless, the PKK terrorist organization is trying to turn Romania into a base for its activities aiming to undermine Turkish security," Demirel told Romanian representatives. /All papers/

    [02] PM VISITS ITALY AND SPAIN

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz is visiting some EU member countries in a move to raise support for Turkey's EU membership bid. Yesterday Yilmaz met his Italian counterpart Romano Prodi. During the meeting, Prodi pledged that Italy will continue to back Turkey's drive for integration with Europe and stressed that the Italian government will exert every effort to enhance Turkey-EU rapproachement.

    Having completed his contacts in Italy, Prime Minister Yilmaz went on to Madrid to meet Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. Yilmaz voiced optimism about the results of the approaching Luxembourg summit where EU enlargement will be discussed and added that Turkey could not be excluded from the EU expansion process. In a later statement to journalists, the Turkish prime minister noted that his Italian and Spanish counterparts shared the same view. /Sabah/

    [03] EU MEETING IN BRUSSELS

    European Union (EU) Foreign Ministers discussed yesterday the expansion of the Union and its relations with Turkey. While the meeting was continuing, Dutch Foreign Minister Hans Van Mierlo held a press conference and said that except for Greece all other EU member countries accepted Turkey participation in the upcoming European Conference without conditions. He also criticized Athen's veto against Turkey, adding that it was for the benefit of the EU to bring Turkey into the EU fold.

    At the end of the meeting the Commission members decided to transfer the question of Turkey-EU relations and their extension beyond Customs Union, to the Council of the Permanent Representatives of the EU for further discussion. /Cumhuriyet/Sabah_

    [04] JOINT BUREAU FOR TURKISH AND GREEK BUSINESSMEN

    A bureau will be established in the Cyprus buffer zone for Turkish and Greek Cypriot businessmen. The bureau, which will be set up according to a decision taken during a meeting between Turkish and Greek Cypriot buinessmen in Brussels, will be active next year. In the bureau, Turkish and Greek Cypriot businessmen will come together, exchange views and develop joint projects. /Hurriyet/

    [05] UN'S CYPRUS ADVISOR VISITS ANKARA

    The UN secretary-general's Cyprus advisor, Diego Cordovez, will meet Turkish officials on Tuesday during a visit to the Turkish capital, following talks on the island. "We hope this visit assists in better portraying the realization of the issue. Of course, the main point will be the most recent developments concerning Cyprus and EU relations" Foreign Ministry Spokesman Sermet Atacanli said in his weekly press conference on Monday. Atacanli commented that Turkish Cypriot President Rauf Denktas had stated that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) would take part in the negotiations concerning EU accession if and only if the TRNC was recognized as an equal sovereign entity. /All papers/

    [06] BIR WARNS EU

    Turkish Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen.Cevik Bir delivered a speech at the US National Defense College on "Turkey's role in the new world order" and said: "We expect that our European friends will realize that excluding Turkey from Europe will cost much to all of us". Gen.Bir, who arrived in Washington yesterday to attend a High-Level Defense Group Meeting, will hold bilateral talks with many officials including US Secretary of Defense William Cohen and share in conferences. During meetings in Washington, Bir will seek support regarding a plan for the modernization of the Turkish Armed Forces which is expected to cost $150 billion over a period of 25 years. The meetings will be headed by US Deputy Chief of General Staff Joseph Ralston, who welcomed Gen.Bir at the airport. /Hurriyet-Cumhuriyet/

    [07] BULGARIAN DEFENSE MINISTER IN ANKARA

    Bulgarian Defense Minister Georgi Ananiev, who is in Ankara, visited yesterday Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin and Chief of General Staff Gen.Ismail Hakki Karadayi. Sezgin noted that Turkey supported Bulgaria's application to NATO on the way to integration with Western institutions. Gen.Karadayi said, for his part, that he closely followed developments between the two countries. /Hurriyet-Cumhuriyet/

    [08] STRAITS REGULATIONS ARE CHANGING

    With the changes to be made in the Straits Regulations issued in 1994, more oil tankers will be permitted to navigate the Bosphorus. A traffic system equipped with radars will be set up to prevent collisions. /Hurriyet/

    [09] TEACHERS' DAY CELEBRATED

    Teachers' Day was celebrated throughout Turkey yesterday. President Suleyman Demirel said in a message that teachers' standard-of-living and social position should be improved to the level they deserved. He indicated that education has always been one of the main priorities of the Turkish Republic. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit received a delegation led by Education Minister Hikmet Ulgbay. Ecevit stated that the eight-year education reform was being supported both by the people and the teachers. /All papers/

    [10] EUROPE FINDS THE SOLUTION IN RAILWAYS

    The European Union (EU) member-countries have decided to invest ECU 400 billion in investment for the maintenance of roads, and 80 percent of this will be allocated to railroads, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. According to an article in the EU Traffic Security magazine, it was assumed that traffic congestion in the the EU countries will increase by the year 2010. Officials for the Traffic Research Centre, which works within the Security Forces Directorate, said that studies are being conducted evaluating similar facilities between Europe and Turkey in order to find a solution to promote safety in traffic.

    [11] GERMANY VOWS IT WILL SUPPORT TURKEY'S EU BID

    Germany fully approves Turkey's European Union (EU) membership application and says "Turkey is a candidate for EU membership" a press release by the German Embassy emphasized yesterday. The release recalled that Chancellor Helmut Kohl supported Turkey's full membership which will be achieved at a later date and that he believes Turkey will keep its end of the bargain by meeting its responsibilities. The release said: "Germany agrees with Turkey's participation in the conference on equal terms with the other candidates". /Sabah/

    [12] EC PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY RAPPORTEURS IN ANKARA

    EC Parliamentary Assembly rapporteurs Andras Barsony and Walter Schwimmer along with their delegation met with leading government officials including Interior Minister Murat Basesgioglu, Justice Minister Oltan Sungurlu, State Ministers Sukru Sina Gurel and Hikmet Sami Turk. After meeting Gurel, Barsony said that they share the optimism of the new government. He noted that the purpose of their visit was to analyze problems in the short term. Gurel said, for his part, that the government's aim was to build a society based on human rights for everyone.

    [13] FIRST INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOBILE CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL

    The First International Automobile Conference, organized by the Turkey Representatives of the Import Automobiles Association, will be held tomorrow in the Lutfi Kirdar Congress and Exhibition Centre in Istanbul. Domestic and foreign participants will attend the conference to discuss the "Automobile of the Future" and "Consumers of the Future". /Sabah/

    [14] SUCCESS OF TURKISH COMPUTER COMPANY

    Turkish computer producer Escort participated in the international technology Comdex fair, the world's largest computer technology fair where a computer server developed by Escort was chosen "Comdex Fall'97 best of the show". The Escort server was met with great interest on the part of fair visitors and company representatives. /Milliyet/

    END


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