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Turkish Press Review, 98-01-15

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] BRITAIN: TURKEY SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN EXPANSION PROCESS
  • [02] NOTE TO GREECE
  • [03] PKK CAMPS IN GREECE
  • [04] ARSON IN GERMANY: A TURKISH CHILD DIES
  • [05] HAVANA-ISTANBUL DIRECT FLIGHTS
  • [06] PKK SUFFERS HEAVY BLOW
  • [07] NEW TURKISH AMBASSADOR IN PARIS
  • [08] HUNGER STRIKE IN ERZURUM ENDS
  • [09] TURKEY STILL AWAITS CLEAR PICTURE ON HOW GERMANY SEES THE PKK
  • [10] TURKEY REBUFFS GREEK CLAIMS OVER 10-MILE AIRSPACE

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF PRESS AND INFORMATION,OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER

    15.01.98

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

    [01] BRITAIN: TURKEY SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN EXPANSION PROCESS

    European Union (EU) term-president, Britain's Foreign Minister Robin Cook said that Turkey should be included in the expansion process. Cook pointed out that EU criteria included market economy, human rights and democracy. Yesterday, Cook furnished information to European parliamentarians regarding the British government's priorities during its EU term-presidency. Cook stated that Turkey's candidacy for full EU membership should be evaluated with the same impartial criteria imposed on other countries. Cook noted that Britain would work for strengthening EU-Turkey relations and added that Turkey was an important ally.

    Meanwhile, Cook has had a phone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and said that his words regarding Turkey's eastern borders were misunderstood. Cook made a statement early in January and claimed that Turkey's eastern borders were undefined and that minorities were not respected. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] NOTE TO GREECE

    Turkey protested Greece regarding opening fire to a Turkish boat called Burak Reis last week by a Greek security boat. The protest was conveyed to Greek officials in Turkey yesterday. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] PKK CAMPS IN GREECE

    While the US press notes that the PKK is a terrorist organization trying to establish a separate state in southeastern Turkey, the Washington Times newspaper said: "There are PKK training camps in Greece". In another comment in the Voice of America (VOA) radio, immigrations to European countries were mentioned. The radio said that the problem in Turkey was mainly stemming from terrorism and Turkey had to fight against the PKK. /Sabah/

    [04] ARSON IN GERMANY: A TURKISH CHILD DIES

    A Turkish child died as a result of an arson in the Bielefeld district of Germany. According to a statement made by the Bielefeld prosecutor's office and the police, it was determined that the fire broke out following an act of arson. /Sabah/

    [05] HAVANA-ISTANBUL DIRECT FLIGHTS

    Cuban airlines Cubana de Aviacion are planning to start direct flights between the Cuban capital of Havana and Istanbul. The flights will be made once a week and will last 14 hours. This new schedule will contribute to the improvement of Turco-Cuban bilateral relation. /Hurriyet/

    [06] PKK SUFFERS HEAVY BLOW

    Sweeping up operations launched by the Turkish Armed Forces against the PKK terrorist organization have been instrumental in undermining PKK power. Many terrorists are trying to escape from the organization, and others are giving themselves up to Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) forces in Northern Iraq. PKK terrorists who have surrendered to KDP forces say that it an amnesty law was issued by the Turkish government, many PKK terrorists would consider giving themselves up to the Turkish security forces. /Hurriyet/

    [07] NEW TURKISH AMBASSADOR IN PARIS

    Former National Intelligence Service (MIT) Undersecretary Sonmez Koksal has been appointed Turkish Ambassador to Paris. Fatma Sule Soysal has been appointed ambassador to the Belarussian capital of Minsk, and Halil Akinci appointed ambassador to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljiana. Former Turkish Ambassador to Paris Tansug Bleda, Minsk Ambassador Tansu Okandan and Ljubjiana Ambassador Ilhan Yigitbasioglu have all been recalled back to Foreign Ministry headquarters in Ankara. /Hurriyet/

    [08] HUNGER STRIKE IN ERZURUM ENDS

    The hunger strike in the Erzurum special and E-type prisons has ended following intense efforts by non-governmental organizations. Prisoners have been taken for health controls. The Erzurum Prison Prosecutor said that after negotiations with the prisoners they reached a consensus and how hoped that there will not be any kind of demonstration in the prison. /Sabah/

    [09] TURKEY STILL AWAITS CLEAR PICTURE ON HOW GERMANY SEES THE PKK

    Following the German Federal Chief Prosecutor's remarks defining the PKK as a criminal but not a terrorist organization, Turkey has reacted strongly. Following yesterday's unexpected remarks, German Interior Minister Manfred Kanther announced there has been no change in the their original decision which earlier depicted the PKK as a terrorist organization. Kanther also repeated what his spokesman had said right after Nehm's statements: that the ban on the PKK still remained in Germany because PKK crimes were still serious enough to maintain the ban.

    Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan said during news conference yesterday that "All responsible members of the international community should refrain from acts and statements which could be interpreted as encouraging this organization and terrorism in general. We are in the process of evaluating the reasons for and the possible future impact of this decision. But whatever our conclusions are, we maintain that the PKK is a separatist terrorist organization, which has carried out brutal attacks on innocent Turkish people and Turkish territories."

    Turkish Foreign Ministry Ismail Cem also said on Wednesday that the German federal prosecutor's decision to remove the PKK from the list of terrorist organizations was "a grave mistake." /All papers/

    [10] TURKEY REBUFFS GREEK CLAIMS OVER 10-MILE AIRSPACE

    Turkey on Wednesday rebuffed recent statements by Greek Defense Minister Akis Tzohatzopoulos that Greece airspace extended 10 miles and included all the Aegean islands. Turkey also rejected Greek accusations of Turkish violations of Greek airspace and of creating tension in the Aegean. "According to international law, the extent of national airspace should correspond to the extent of territorial waters. The only country that does not abide by this international principle and implements airspace and territorial water rights differently is Greece," the Foreign Ministry statement said. /All papers/

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