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Turkish Press Review, 97-12-11

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] ICO POURS COLD WATER ON TURKEY
  • [02] EU MEETING IN LUXEMBORG
  • [03] DEMIREL: TERRORISMIS A GROSS VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
  • [04] CENSURE MOTION AGAINST MINISTER TOPCU REJECTED
  • [05] PUBLIC SERVANTS PROTEST UNSUFFICIENT SALARY INCREASES
  • [06] DEVELOPMENTS IN CASE FOR RP CLOSURE
  • [07] MERSIN NARROWLY ESCAPES DISASTER
  • [08] ANOTHER AEGEAN CONFRONTATION
  • [09] SHIP SINKS IN THE AEGEAN
  • [10] AWARD TO RETIRED TURKISH AMBASSADOR
  • [11] THY MAKES 2 TRILLION IN PROFITS

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER

    11.12.97

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

    [01] ICO POURS COLD WATER ON TURKEY

    President Demirel, in the Iranian capital of Tehran for a summit meeting of the Islamic Conference Organization (ICO), cut his visit short and returned to Ankara earlier than scheduled in reaction to the fierce criticism directed against Turkey at the summit. Demirel was planning to stay in Tehran until Thursday evening. Nevertheless, the tense atmosphere at the meeting and the anti-Turkish attitudes of the member-countries forced Demirel to leave the summit without waiting for the final session.

    Demirel went to Tehran with reservations, because at a meeting prior to the summit the ICO Council of Ministers had accepted two drafts condemning Turco-Israeli rapprochement and the sweeping-up operation in Northern Iraq launched by the Turkish Armed Forces against the PKK terrorist organization. High-level Turkish officials even discussed whether or not Demirel should attend the summit at all.

    Despite all the efforts exerted by Demirel, ICO members turned a deaf ear to Turkey's calls for cooperation in the struggle against terrorism, and two decisions criticizing operations in Northern Iraq and friendly relations with Israel were passed by the ICO summit, even though Turkey's name was not explicitly mentioned. Observers say that the final communique to be released today will harshly criticize Turkey. /Hurriyet/

    [02] EU MEETING IN LUXEMBORG

    Before the European Union (EU) summit, Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz met with Luxemborg Prime Minister Jean Claude Juncker and Foreign Minister Ismail Cem met his counterpart Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jaques Poos.

    Diplomatic sources later reported that Junker also met with Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis in Athens before he talked with Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz. It was noted that Junker suggested a troika which would be responsible only for relations with Turkey. With this formula, Turkey-EU relations would not be discussed on platforms where agreement between all the member countries would be required, noted the same sources. However, it is also reported that Turkey does not look postively at the formula. /Cumhuriyet, Milliyet/

    [03] DEMIREL: TERRORISMIS A GROSS VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

    President Suleyman Demirel released yesterday a message on the occasion of Human Rights Day. Demirel stressed that terrorism was a gross violation of human rights. He added that no country had a perfect human rights record and could give lessons to others on the issue. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz also released a related message noting that attacks against Turkey under the pretext of protecting human rights were unacceptable. /Hurriyet/

    [04] CENSURE MOTION AGAINST MINISTER TOPCU REJECTED

    A censure motion tabled by the opposition parties against Housing Minister Yasar Topcu for corruption charges in the construction of a Black Sea highway was rejected by Parliament yesterday. 464 deputies attended yesterday's sessions, and CHP deputies left the General Assembly when voting on the motion began. The opposition failed to collect the majority of 276 votes necessary to pass the censure motion and topple the minister. /All papers/

    [05] PUBLIC SERVANTS PROTEST UNSUFFICIENT SALARY INCREASES

    Public servants, discontented with the 30 percent salary increase promised by the government, will go out on general strike today all over the country despite a circular issued by Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz to ban the strike. Transportation, communications and health services in the whole Turkey will be paralyzed. CHP leader Deniz Baykal voiced support for the strike and urged the government to take into account public servants' demands. /Hurriyet/

    [06] DEVELOPMENTS IN CASE FOR RP CLOSURE

    The Constitutional Court convened yesterday to render its final decision in the case for the closure of the pro-religious Welfare Party (RP). The court decided to review once again video tapes and files related to the case, and postponed the final discussions on the fate of the RP to December 16. /All papers/

    [07] MERSIN NARROWLY ESCAPES DISASTER

    A PKK attempt to sabotage the Atas Petrol Refinery in Mersin was prevented at the last moment by chance, when a gas bottle bomb was found. 900 people working in the refinery together with the 500 thousand population of Mersin were thus saved from what could have been a terrible disaster. /Hurriyet/

    [08] ANOTHER AEGEAN CONFRONTATION

    It has been reported that Turkish war planes, making practice flights, were buzzed by the Greek Air Force over international waters in the Aegean Sea. It was claimed in a Greek television news bulletin that twelve Turkish Air Forces F16 war planes flew over Larissa and Thessaloniki and then over Sciros Island.This claim was denied by the General Staff yesterday.These flights were described as usual practice flights. /Milliyet/

    [09] SHIP SINKS IN THE AEGEAN

    A Turkish vessel sank in the Aegean yesterday, the Anatolia news agency reported. Ten of the crew on board were rescued, while one sailor is still missing.

    [10] AWARD TO RETIRED TURKISH AMBASSADOR

    The Chilean government has presented a special award, given only to heads of governments and state leaders, to retired Ambassador Ildeniz Divanlioglu, appointed to Santiago between 1993-1997. The award will be presented to Divanlioglu by Chili Ambassador to Turkey, Jaime Pardo, during a ceremony in Ankara. /Cumhuriyet and all papers/

    [11] THY MAKES 2 TRILLION IN PROFITS

    Following a 33 percent increase, Turkish Airlines (THY) reached 2.4 trillion TL in profits for the first nine months of this year. Last year THY made 3.4 trillion TL in yearly profits. /Sabah/

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