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Turkish Press Review, 97-12-04

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEMIREL IN ABU DABI
  • [02] PRIME MINSITER YILMAZ IN BULGARIA
  • [03] TURKEY AND BULGARIA COOPERATE AGAINST TERRORISM
  • [04] YILMAZ TO VISIT LONDON
  • [05] CEM: "US UNDERSTANDS TURKEY"
  • [06] ANKARA CONDEMNS BOMB ATTACK ON GREEK PATRIARCHATE
  • [07] TURKEY AND BELGIUM SIGN EXCHANGE PROGRAMME
  • [08] TURKEY AND TRNC SIGN PROTOCOL OF CULTURAL COOPERATION
  • [09] TURKISH NOVEMBER EXPORTS UP FOUR PERCENT TO $2.43 BLN
  • [10] DRUG OPERATIONS
  • [11] ERSUMER RETURNS HOME
  • [12] TURKEY RANKS FIFTY THIRD IN LIBERALIZATION
  • [13] NEW NATO COMMAND STRUCTURE
  • [14] FRANCE HOPEFUL ON TURKEY'S CANDIDACY CHANCE
  • [15] WORLD DISABLED DAY CELEBRATED
  • [16] MEDIA MONOPOLY LEGALIZED
  • [17] REVOLUTION IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS
  • [18] NEW ECONOMIC PACKAGE FOR IMF

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER

    04.12.97

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

    [01] DEMIREL IN ABU DABI

    Completing his visit to Oman, President Suleyman Demirel went yesterday to United Arab Emirates (UAE). In a press conference in Abu Dabi, President Suleyman Demirel accused Syria of extending support to terrorism. Demirel stressed that Turkey would in no way share its water resources with Syria and Iraq, but added that Ankara could consider cooperation with these countries for using rationally regional water resources. Demirel added that Turkey was ready to cooperate with Syria in security issues, and pointed that Syrian officials have not responded to Turkish calls for cooperation. /Cumhuriyet and all papers/

    [02] PRIME MINSITER YILMAZ IN BULGARIA

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz will pay an official visit to Bulgaria today. This is the first visit to Bulgaria of a Turkish prime minister in 19 years. During the meeting, bilateral problems and issues of regional importance will be taken up. /Milliyet/

    [03] TURKEY AND BULGARIA COOPERATE AGAINST TERRORISM

    Turkish Minister of the Interior Murat Basesgioglu went yesterday to Sofia for contacts with his Bulgarian counterpart Bogomil Bonev. Measures for improving cooperation against terrorism will be high on the agenda, and a special bilateral security agreement will be discussed in detail. /Milliyet/

    [04] YILMAZ TO VISIT LONDON

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz will pay a visit to London to meet British leader Tony Blair. The visit is designed as a move to block Greek efforts to undermine Turkey's EU membership bid. Yilmaz's contacts in London have special importance because in January Britain will become EU's new term-president. /Milliyet/

    [05] CEM: "US UNDERSTANDS TURKEY"

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, who is in Washington, said that U.S. understood Turkey's strategic importance however the European Union (EU) did not. Cem added: "Turkey is a bridge between Eastern and Western Europe. The EU cannot realise new economic and cultural dimensions that it will reach via Turkey. Also, the EU has not understood Turkey's importance. The US is more courageous than the EU." /Sabah-Milliyet/

    [06] ANKARA CONDEMNS BOMB ATTACK ON GREEK PATRIARCHATE

    Ankara condemned yesterday a bomb attack at the Greek Patriarchate in Istanbul that took place midnight on Tuesday, slightly injuring one Orthodox priest, the Foreign Ministry announced. A bomb exploded at the Greek Patriarchate in Balat, Istanbul at just after midnight. The bomb, thrown over the wall of the Patriarchate on the Balat Street side, exploded with a tremendous roar.

    A visiting religious official of Greek origin, Nicolu Nectarius, was injured on the arm and taken to the American Hospital. The police who started an extensive search operation around the Patriarchate took some suspects into custody. The Foreign Ministry announced: "We condemn such cases of violent acts, no matter which country it takes place in. It is only natural that every effort will be made to decisively prevent the repetition of such an incident and to bring before court those responsible for this act". /All papers/

    [07] TURKEY AND BELGIUM SIGN EXCHANGE PROGRAMME

    After a series of meetings between December 1-3, Turkey and Belgium signed a cultural, educational and scientific exchange programme on Wednesday. The programme includes cooperation in the fields of education, science, art, youth, sport and press and will be realized in the next two years. Within this framework, mutual scholarships on subjects including public administration will be established. The meetings were headed by Cultural Issues Deputy General Director and Ambassador Vaka Inal and the International Relations General Commission's West European Department Director Jules Ghaude.

    [08] TURKEY AND TRNC SIGN PROTOCOL OF CULTURAL COOPERATION

    Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) signed yesterday in Lefkosa, a protocol for cultural cooperation in order to increase the level of current relations and cooperation and to improve cultural relations in accordance with Ataturk's principles. Turkish Culture Minister Istemihan Talay stated before the signing that the current relations between the two countries will be further increased and that TRNC artists will get the opportunity to perform in Turkey.

    He also said that historical sites from the Ottoman era in the TRNC will be restored in joint ventures. On the other hand, his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Gunay Caymaz, said that Turkey has always been on their side and expressed his gratitude for this. The artistic work of Turkish Cypriots, who played an important role in the preservation of Turkish culture in Cyprus, will have the opportunity of being promoted in Turkey, he said.

    [09] TURKISH NOVEMBER EXPORTS UP FOUR PERCENT TO $2.43 BLN

    Turkish exports rose four percent to $2.43 billion in November, from $2.33 billion in the same month last year, the Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM) said in a report yesterday. Total exports through November jumped 14 percent to $24.39 billion, compared to $21.40 billion in the same 1996 period. "We aim to reach $27 billion of exports by the end of this year" TIM chairman Okan Oguz said in a statement, adding that the rise was so far satisfactory, given contractions in international markets.

    [10] DRUG OPERATIONS

    Security Chief of Istanbul, Hasan Ozdemir, has stated that between the years of 1984 and 1996, drugs connected with the PKK terrorist organization were seized comprising nearly 2.5 tons of heroin, 13 tons of hashish, 4 tons of unadulterated morphin, 2 tons of Indian hemp and 2 tons of acidhydride. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] ERSUMER RETURNS HOME

    Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Cumhur Ersumer, who returned from Turkmenistan yesterday, held a press conference and noted that a technical delegation from the Turkish Petroleum Board (TPAO) would go to Turkmenistan to carry out drilling and exploration for oil in the Amuderya region of Turkmenistan. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] TURKEY RANKS FIFTY THIRD IN LIBERALIZATION

    In research for the year 1988, The Heritage Foundation, one of the leading US research institutions, placed Turkey in 53rd rank as a country having a liberal economic system among 156 countries. In the research, Turkey took place before Greece, which ranked 66th. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] NEW NATO COMMAND STRUCTURE

    The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated that a document, which determined the new command control structure of NATO and was signed in Brussels, was not a bilateral agreement between Turkey and Greece. Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman, Sermet Atacanli, noted that the development was welcomed with pleasure and said: "With this document, it is foreseen that command-control problems between Turkey and Greece in the Aegean will be overcome". /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] FRANCE HOPEFUL ON TURKEY'S CANDIDACY CHANCE

    French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine told the National Assembly that he hoped Turkish participation in the European Conference would be accepted by all during the Luxembourg summit next week. "We are working hard to convince our partners, including the Germans and the Greeks, of the fairness of the idea and I think we will achieve this at the Luxembourg summit" Vedrine said. Vedrine told the National Assembly that France wanted a European conference of all candidate countries, including Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] WORLD DISABLED DAY CELEBRATED

    World Disabled Day is celebrated throughout the world, as well as in Turkey, with various activities, the Anatolian news agency reported yesterday. To mark the day, President Suleyman Demirel issued a message in which he stated that more than 10 percent of Turkey's population is composed of handicapped people and that it is one of Turkish nation's social problems. He said: "As a nation and as a government, it is our main duties to take care of our disabled people. The Turkish Republic, which is a social state, always takes care of our disabled people and helps to solve their problems".

    [16] MEDIA MONOPOLY LEGALIZED

    The Parliament is about to pass a law that will remove legal obstacles for setting up a media monopoly. The draft will lift present limitations allowing persons to own only up to 20 percent of the shares of media establishments. The new draft opens the way to the stock exchange market and biddings for owners of radio and television channels, and lifts similar limitations presently valid for newspaper owners. /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] REVOLUTION IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    The government is preparing for a revolution in private school charges. Massive incentives will extended to private schools, thus charges will be tried to be curbed. The Ministry of Education has designed a draft law aimed at inciting private schools. After Education Minister Mehmet Ulugbay's finishing touches, the draft will be submitted to the Council of Ministers. According to the draft, the rights acknowledged by municipalities, private provincial administrations and other institutions as belonging to public schools will be valid for private schools. Private schools and courses will not be included in the context of commercial offices any more. /Hurriyet/

    [18] NEW ECONOMIC PACKAGE FOR IMF

    The Higher Advisory Council of TUSIAD, to convene in Ankara today, will discuss a proposal of Chairman Bulent Eczacibasi. Eczacibasi will call for a Turkish Maastricht. According to this proposal, initially basic economic and fiscal targets must be set. These targets must be discussed in the Economic and Social Council. The government must submit this bill to the parliament and it must be passed through the parliament as a law binding on every government to come.

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz announced that they would publicize a new programme prior to the IMF meetings scheduled for next week. /Milliyet-Cumhuriyet/

    END


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