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Turkish Press Review, 97-12-05
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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
 CEM SATISFIED WITH BERGER AND PENATurkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem summarized the results of his first-day contacts in Washington as "very satisfactory" after meeting with Secretary of Energy Frederico Pena and National Security Adviser Sandy Berger.
Cem said he called Berger's attention to Turkey's increased geostrategic importance in the region and the need to treat Turkey with more realism and less attention to very exaggerated human rights accusations directed at it. During his meeting with US Secretary of Energy Federico Pena, Cem said he believed "certain developments will be realized in putting together the political structure of the Caspian energy lines." Foreign Minister Cem noted that his visit to Washington is going well in terms of 'preparing the ground' for the upcoming visit of Prime minister Mesut Yilmaz. /Hurriyet/Sabah_
 SECURITY FORCES CLEAR PKK BASES IN TUNCELITurkish security forces have launched a large-scale sweeping-out operation in and near the southeastern town of Tunceli in order to inflict heavy damage on the PKK. Following intelligence reports that the PKK has been preparing a base in the area for the winter season, security forces are engaged in an operation to prevent such attempts. The operation is especially intensive in the Tunceli-Ovacik and Pertek triangle. /Cumhuriyet/
 TURKEY-ISRAEL-U.S. JOINT NAVAL MANEUVERSHigh level military sources announced that the "Reliant Mermaid" joint naval maneuvers between Turkey, Israel and the United States will be held on 5-9 January. The military excercise will be held off the Israeli coast and in the international waters of the eastern Mediterranean and will start at Haifa port, north Israel, according to both Turkish and Israeli defense sources.
Sources said that the details of the exercise will be discussed during Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai's trip to Turkey December 8 and 10. He is also expected to discuss Turkey's new request from Israel to buy more Popeye missiles. /Hurriyet/Sabah_
 TURKEY AND BULGARIA SOLVE BORDER DISPUTETurkey and Bulgaria have solved the 33-year-old Rezve border dispute with two agreements signed on Thursday during the visit of Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz to Bulgaria. The agreements aim to overcome a longstanding animosity between the two countries and to give an extra boost as well as new energy to the already accelerating, positive Turkish-Bulgarian relations, the Foreign Ministry noted.
"The agreements, the Determination of the Boundary at the Mouth of the Mutludere_Rezovska River and the Delineation of Maritime Areas Between the Two States, define the point of the sea border between the countries and contemplate changes to be made to enable the river to run properly," the Foreign Ministry announced.
Prime Minister met with his Bulgarian counterpart and he will be received by President Peter Stoyanov and Speaker of the Parliament Yordan Sokolov, along with the ethnic Turkish leader of the Rights and Freedom Movement Party, Ahmet Dogan, during the visit which will provide a platform for a meeting of a large delegation of businessmen from both countries.
Interior Minister Murat Basesgioglu, who is also visiting Bulgaria, stated, "Our neighbours should not use terrorism or their PKK card in solving their problems; otherwise they will not receive any concessions from us." /All papers/
 AGAR AND BUCAK ONE STEP CLOSER TO COURTDuring its sessions on Thursday, the Parliamentary Joint Constitutional and Justice Commission passed a decision in favor of lifting the immunity of True Path Party (DYP) deputies Mehmet Agar and Sedat Bucak. After the commission has prepared its report, it will be presented to Parliament for approval. /All papers/
 RUSSIANS PRAISE TURKISH ARMED FORCESThe Krasnaya Zvezda publication of the Russian Defense Ministry praised the Turkish Armed Forces and described the Northern Iraq operations as "wonderful". An article in the journal dated 28 November, noted that the standing of Turkish soldiers in Turkish society was high. The article stated that operations carried out by the Turkish Armed Forces from May until July in northern Iraq were the biggest military operations during the past 10 years. It said: "Experts qualify the operations as "wonderful" from the standpoint of planning and organization". /Hurriyet/
 CEM WARNS EUROPE IN LE MONDEIn an article published in the French Le Monde newspaper, Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem has warned the European Union (EU). His article titled "Turkey is a chance for Europe" said: "The EU is at the level of making a decision regarding expansion. Which role will the EU give Turkey, which has historical, cultural and economic ties stretching between East and West? The choice at the Luxembourg summit is clear for the EU: Whether it will choose a vital bridge- or it will make a discrimination?" /Hurriyet/
 SPECIAL STATUS FOR TURKEYAt a meeting when the "expansion process of the EU" was discussed, the European Parliament proposed for Turkey a high-level "special relation". During the voting held yesterday at the General Council, the proposal of the groups of Greens and Radicals at the European Parliament was taken up. However, two different proposals submitted that proposed avoiding discrimination in connection with Turkey's candidacy were rejected.
During the voting at the General Council, limited support extended by some of the deputies of the Greens, Radical and Socialist groups was not enough and the proposals were not approved. The part of the decision regarding Turkey noted that relations with Turkey were different from those with Eastern European countries and said: "However Turkey is a very important country and deserves special interest". /Hurriyet/
 ECONOMIC SOLUTION FOR TERRORISMThe Turkish Parliament has put on its agenda the "Law for the development of Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia" to fully demolish terrorism. The draft law, which foresees big tax exemptions for investments made in the Emergency Rule regions, began to be discussed at the General Council of the Turkish Parliament yesterday. The draft aims to prevent unemployment and bring economic growth to the region. /Hurriyet/
 GERMAN AMBASSADOR VERGAU MEETS ERBAKANGerman Ambassador Hans-Joachim Vergau yesterday held a 90-minute meeting with Welfare Party (RP) leader Necmettin Erbakan. After the meeting, Vergau told journalists that he conveyed to Erbakan German anxiety over the activities of Muslem associations in Germany. /Milliyet/
 HUMAN RIGHTS CIRCULARPrime Minister Mesut Yilmaz yesterday issued a circular calling for respect for human rights. The circular aims to improve Turkey's human rights record and prevent torture. The government has also launched a human rights training programme for administrators, security chiefs and Gendarmery officials.
In a press conference yesterday, State Minister in charge of human rights, Hikmet Sami Turk, said that freedom of thought and freedom of press should be enhanced without jeopardizing national integrity. Human rights courses will be included in school education programmes, and TV programmes will be produced and broadcast over the TRT state-owned TV channel. /All papers/
 TAX REFORM IN THE OFFINGFinance Minister Zekeriya Temizel announced yesterday that a tax reform to be put into effect at the start of the new year will be debated by Parliament. According to the new system, everybody will be assigned a tax number that will allow Ministry of Finance inspectors to follow up tax payments. The tax number will be required in commercial transactions and in dealings with banks.
Finance Minister Temizel described the reform as a "turning point in fiscal regulations." The new system will allow for fiscal inspections through computers, and tax officers will be able to gather information from bank information systems by using the personal tax numbers. The new implementations are expected to be effective in fighting tax evasion. /All papers/
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