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Turkish Press Review, 97-12-24

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING
  • [02] TURKEY-ISRAEL TO PRODUCE MISSILES
  • [03] NINE PKK TERRORISTS KILLED
  • [04] THY REWARDS ITS PASSENGER
  • [05] ATHENS SEEKING 'SCHENGEN VISA' FORMULA FOR TURKS
  • [06] SECRET OPERATION
  • [07] GREEK DIPLOMATIC REPRISAL

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER

    24.12.97

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

    [01] NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING

    The National Security Council held yesterday its last meeting for 1997. During the five-hour meeting yesterday, the military wing of the Council presses for economic and social measures to boost developmentin the eastern parts of the country. These measures are expected to back the struggle against terrorism and enhance regional development. Turkey-EU relations and a recent diplomatic crisis in Turco-Greek relations were also taken up. /All papers/

    [02] TURKEY-ISRAEL TO PRODUCE MISSILES

    Turkey and Israel held high-level talks on 22 December in Ankara to debate the production of Arrow missiles. Turkish and Israeli officials agreed in principle to joint produce, for defense purpose, 500-kilometer-range Arrow missiles, following recent concerns that Iran's and Syria's growing missile potential in the region has reached alarming levels.

    Deputy Chief of General Staff General Cevik Bir led the Turkish delegation, while David Ivry, the Israeli Defense Ministers' chief assistant responsible for strategic affairs, headed the Isreali delegation. /All papers/

    [03] NINE PKK TERRORISTS KILLED

    One security official was murdered by terrorists and nine terrorists were killed by security forces in an armed clas in Bingöl province between security forces and terrorists from the outlawed PKK organization. /All papers/

    [04] THY REWARDS ITS PASSENGER

    Turkish Airlines (THY) rewarded its 10,000,000th passenger this year, an 18 year-old American citizen, with a plate and a free round-trip ticket to any of the cities served by THY. /All papers/

    [05] ATHENS SEEKING 'SCHENGEN VISA' FORMULA FOR TURKS

    Schengen countries are carrying on in the usual manner, that is to say not consulting Greece while giving Schengen visas to Turkish citizens, while Greece is trying coming up with a formula for Turkey. After the approval of Greece's Schengen application on the December 7, the Schengen embassies and consulates received new instructions and called their head offices to sak what will they do about Greece's reservation Turks, Albanians, Bulgarians and Macedonians, and had to halt visa procedures for one day.

    Meanwhile the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Turks who do business in Schengen countries and tourist organizations are trying to fight the new peculiarity they are facing about Schengen. /All papers/

    [06] SECRET OPERATION

    PKK tetrorist Esref Kilic who was given military training in Greece and Iran, was kidnapped by Turkish agents four days ago with a successful operation in Urumiye, Iran. The terrorist was brought to Ankara in great discretion. Kilic was being prepared to stage bomb attacks agaisnt targets in Turkey. /All papers/

    [07] GREEK DIPLOMATIC REPRISAL

    Greece, retaliating to Turkey`s expulsion of a Greek diplomat, has taken the decision to also expel a Turkish diplomat. Turkey`s ambassador to Athens Ali Tuygan was called to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday and asked to have Nedim Ozergin, an attache in the Thesaloniki Consulate returned to Turkey. Ankara has described Greece`s deimand for the expulsion of a Turkish diplomat as "unjust, immoderate and arbitrary" and has condemned this latest Greek initiative. /Cumhuriyet/

    END


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