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Turkish Press Review, 97-12-10

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEMIREL SEND OUT HARSH MESSAGES TO ICO MEMBERS
  • [02] YILMAZ MEETS BRITISH COUNTERPART
  • [03] "TURKEY'S CANDIDACY SHOULD BE REGISTERED"
  • [04] MORDECHAI: "ANY COUNTRY POSSESSING BALLISTIC MISSILES IS A THREAT"
  • [05] INVESTIGATION INTO DEATH OF SUSURLUK JUDGE
  • [06] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING
  • [07] REFUSAL OF PKK BY GERMANY

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER

    10.12.97

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

    [01] DEMIREL SEND OUT HARSH MESSAGES TO ICO MEMBERS

    President Demirel who is in the Iranian capital of Tehran for a summit meeting of the Islamic Conference Organization (ICO), in his speech at the summit concentrated on the situation in Iraq and on terrorism. Demirel urged organization members to support Turkey's struggle against terrorism, and said that countries criticizing operations against the PKK separatist organization initiated by Turkey were in fact encouraging terrorism. /Cumhuriyet and all papers/

    [02] YILMAZ MEETS BRITISH COUNTERPART

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz met his British counterpart Tony Blair yesterday. During the meeting, Turkey-EU relations and the Cyprus issue were taken in hand on the eve of a crucial EU summit in Luxemburg when EU expansion will be discussed. In a statement after the meeting, Yilmaz said that Britain was supporting Turkey's bid for integration with Europe. According to Yilmaz, Blair believed that the EU should present to Ankara concrete proposals related to EU membership strategy. The meeting plays a special importance because with the beginning of the new year Britain will undertake EU Term Presidency. /Milliyet/

    [03] "TURKEY'S CANDIDACY SHOULD BE REGISTERED"

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, attending the "Bosnia-Herzegovina Peace Application Council Meeting" in Bonn, held bilateral meetings with Luxemburg and Bulgarian Foreign Ministers, Jacques Poos and Nadezda Michajlov, and the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State.

    In a press conference to Turkish journalists Cem said that he had discussed regional developments and Turkey's EU membership during the bilateral meetings. /Sabah/

    [04] MORDECHAI: "ANY COUNTRY POSSESSING BALLISTIC MISSILES IS A THREAT"

    Visiting Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai said on Tuesday that military and defense industry ties between Turkey and Israel will contribute to stability in the Middle East. Mordechai and his delegation on Tuesday visited Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and were briefed on the plant's current and future projects. The Israeli minister said that the cooperation between the two countries aims at working against threats that target Turkey and Israel, adding, however, that this cooperation would never be directed against third party in the region.

    Mordechai later left Ankara for Istanbul to talk to Jewish community leaders in the city.

    Meanwhile, it has been announced that a joint military exercise between Turkey, Israel and America will be held on 5-9 January in the international waters of the Eastern Mediterranean. /Cumhuriyet/Milliyet/Sabah/

    [05] INVESTIGATION INTO DEATH OF SUSURLUK JUDGE

    Judge Akman Akyurek, who was working for the Parliamentary Commissions investigating the Susurluk corruption scandal and unresolved murders, was killed in a traffic accident earlier this week. Papers voice suspicions that the accident was in fact an assassination plot. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz has ordered Minister of the Interior Murat Basesgioglu and Minister of Justice Oltan Sungurlu to initiate a thorough inquiry into the case. The police, the National Intelligence Service and the state prosecutor in charge of the case however believe that the incident was just an accident. /All papers/

    [06] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING

    At a five-hour meeting yesterday, the Council of Ministers agreed to work out differences in salaries of public servants doing similar jobs. At the same time, the Council fo Ministers decided that a huge 80-thousand person Olympic stadium will be constructed in Istanbul and increased tax fines. /Milliyet/

    [07] REFUSAL OF PKK BY GERMANY

    The administrative court of Berlin refused the litigation which was demanded by the institution called Kurdish Committee aiming to abolish the prohibition of activity for PKK and its supporters.The head of the court , Werner Meirer,in the explanation of their decision ,said that the demand was refused since the Kurdish Committee threatens Germanys internal safety and aims to support PKK. /Cumhuriyet and all papers/

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