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Turkish Press Review, 97-12-26

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PARLIAMENT APPROVES 1998 BUDGET
  • [02] ARMY ROCKET INJURES 8, INCLUDING SOLDIERS
  • [03] TURKEY EXTENDS MANDATE OF NORTHERN WATCH
  • [04] YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS TO OPEN UP TO WORLD
  • [05] U.S.' EU SUPPORT TO TURKEY
  • [06] PM YILMAZ IN TURKMENISTAN
  • [07] BRITISH-AMERICAN TOBACCO TO PRODUCE "SAMSUN" CIGARETTES
  • [08] OPTIMISTIC MESSAGE FROM RUSSIA
  • [09] GREEK GENERAL IN PKK CAMP
  • [10] GERMAN JUDICIARY SEES THE TRUTH
  • [11] DEMIRKAN IN GERMAN PRESS
  • [12] EARLY AZERBAIJANI PETROLEUM ARRIVES

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER

    26.12.97

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

    [01] PARLIAMENT APPROVES 1998 BUDGET

    The coalition government on Thursday successfully passed its first budget test in Parliament. The TL 14.793 quadrillion 1998 draft budget, proposed by the coalition Motherland Party (ANAP), Democratic Left Party (DSP) and Democratic Turkey (DTP) government was approved in Parliament. The budget foresees an annual economic growth of 3 percent,a deficit of TL 3.993 quadrillion and an average of TL 240,000 to one U.S. dollar. /All papers/

    [02] ARMY ROCKET INJURES 8, INCLUDING SOLDIERS

    Eight people, including six soldiers were injured on Thursday off the coast of the Black Sea town of Sile, near Istanbul, when a Turkish Army training rocket accidentally hit a fishing boat.

    The boat, hired by the military, was releasing target balloons. Injured crew members and soldiers were rushed to hospital and none are in a critical condition. /All papers/

    [03] TURKEY EXTENDS MANDATE OF NORTHERN WATCH

    Turkey on Thursday extended the mandate of the Northern Watch for another six months. The Northern Watch is a multinational force consisting of U.S., British and Turkish air force units covering northern Iraq in an aerial surveillance operation to protect the Kurdish regions. /Cumbhuriyet/

    [04] YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS TO OPEN UP TO WORLD

    The 4th International Young Entrepreneurs Competition will be held in Turkey organized by the Bogazici University with the support of NTV and Arthur Anderson. The organization aims to present successful Turkish youth to the world. /Hurriyet/

    [05] U.S.' EU SUPPORT TO TURKEY

    According to a report by the Voice of America radio station, Washington gave full support to Turkey's European Union (EU) membership. The report said, "Turkey is a valuable friend and ally of the U.S. Turkey has pointed itself to the west. In the past, the U.S. welcomed Turkey's share in NATO and the OESC. Today, Washington now supports Turkey's EU membership. And also the U.S. will continue to support Turkey's membership in to European organizations."/Hurriyet/

    [06] PM YILMAZ IN TURKMENISTAN

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz's current official official visit to Turkmenistan, where the transportation of Turkmen natural gas to international markets is an issue high on the agenda of the visit. /Hurriyet/

    [07] BRITISH-AMERICAN TOBACCO TO PRODUCE "SAMSUN" CIGARETTES

    In line with a decision of the High Planning Board, 51 percent of the shares of Akhisar Cigarette Factory have been transferred to the British-American Tobacco company. The factory will produce 25 million "Samsun" and "Yeni Harman" cigarettes yearly. /Milliyet/

    [08] OPTIMISTIC MESSAGE FROM RUSSIA

    An article in the Russian official news agency, Itar Tass, noted regarding Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin's visit to Turkey last week that "during the visit the foundation of a friendly partnership between the two countries, which has been needed for a long time, laid down".

    The article stated that the visit had a strategic importance from the economic standpoint and that from the political standpoint it exceeded the limits of bilateral relations. It said: "If the European Union carries on with a hide-and-seek game with Turkey, Ankara may channel its policies from the West to the North. In that case, NATO's expansion towards the East will be in danger". /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] GREEK GENERAL IN PKK CAMP

    PKK bomber Seref Kilic, brought to Turkey after he took shelter in the Turkish Consulate-General in the Urumiye district of Iran, stated that a Greek general made observations in the camp of the PKK terrorist organization in Greece. Officials noted that the most important issues among information given by Kilic would be conveyed to Greece and Iran via the Turkish Foreign Ministry. /Milliyet/

    [10] GERMAN JUDICIARY SEES THE TRUTH

    The Administrative Court of Karlsruhe decided that Kurds are under no pressure in Turkey and slammed both its own government and EU countries. Some people claimed that they were subject to pressure in Turkey because they were Kurds and wanted to take refuge in Germany. But they were rejected and therefore opened proceedings in the Karlsruhe Administrative Court. However, the German judge was not convinced by the allegations of the Kurds and concluded that there was no pressure againts Kurds in Turkey. /Hurriyet/

    [11] DEMIRKAN IN GERMAN PRESS

    In the German Die Zeit newspaper, an article by Renan Demirkan, novelist and artist, has generated interest among American, Spanish and German writers and intellectuals. The title of Demirkan's article was "Cyber Despotism". /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] EARLY AZERBAIJANI PETROLEUM ARRIVES

    In line with the agreement between Russia and Azerbaijan, the first petroleum tanker set out on its way to the Bosphorus.

    In accordance with the agreement which requires that the marketing of early petroleum produced in Hazar must be made through Novorossik Seaport, the 61,000-tons tanker belonging to Lukoil Company set out on its way from Novorossik. It is expected that the tanker will enter the Bosphorus on Saturday. A second tanker carrying 59 thousand tons petroleum is expected to arrive in the Bosphorus on 31 December, 1997. Transneft, Russian petroleum transport company said that next year, 1.5 million ton petroleum will be transported through Novorossik. /Hurriyet/

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