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Turkish Press Review, 98-01-19

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CONSTITUTIONAL COURT BANS WELFARE PARTY
  • [02] SUMMIT MEETING OF COALITION PARTNERS
  • [03] US TRADE DELEGATION IN TURKEY
  • [04] IMF DELEGATION HOLDS CONTACTS IN ANKARA
  • [05] OIL GIANT AMOCO INVESTS IN ALIAGA, IZMIR
  • [06] PRODI'S STATEMENT
  • [07] GERMAN MINISTER: PKK IS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION
  • [08] "EVERYTHING CAN BE SOLD IN ISRAEL"
  • [19] 'WE ARE NOT THE ENEMY OF TURKS"
  • [10] "EUROPEAN UNION MUST CHANGE ITS POLICY"
  • [11] VURAL: "GERMANY IS IN CONTACT WITH PKK"

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    19.01.98

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

    [01] CONSTITUTIONAL COURT BANS WELFARE PARTY

    The Constitutional Court issued Friday its final decision in the case for closing down Islamic-oriented Welfare Party (RP). The Court decided to ban the party for activities designed to undermine secular democratic order. Nine of the Constitutional Court members voted in favour of the decision, while two voted against. RP leader Necmettin Erbakan and six other RP activists, Sevket Kazan, Ahmet Tekdal, Sevki Yilmaz, Hasan Huseyin Ceylan, Halil Ýbrahim Celik and Sukru Karatepe, will not be able to found new political parties and to participate in the political life of the country for five years. The decision will enter into effect after its publication in the Official Gazette. The case filed by Supreme Court of Appeals Chief State Prosecutor Vural Savas was continuing for eight months and was closely followed by the Turkish and foreign media. /All papers/

    [02] SUMMIT MEETING OF COALITION PARTNERS

    The leaders of the coalition parties will meet today in the Prime Ministry Residence to discuss a report prepared by Inspection Board Chairman Kutlu Savas. The report dwells on corruption within the state and on connections between politicians, bureacrats and mafia. The serious dimentions of corruption within the state first came to light in the aftermath of a traffic accident near the town of Susurluk at the end of 1996. /All papers/

    [03] US TRADE DELEGATION IN TURKEY

    US Secretary of Commerce William Daley accompanied by 64 businessmen arrived yesterday in Ankara. In a statement to journalists, Daley said that the visit aims to improve bilateral economic and commercial relations and seek ways for enhancing cooperation. State Minister Isin Celebi said that the visit will play an important role for improving economic and commercial collaboration between the two countries. /All papers/

    [04] IMF DELEGATION HOLDS CONTACTS IN ANKARA

    An IMF delegation will arrive today in Ankara to discuss possibilities for backing moves of the Turkish government to pull down inflation. The delegation is headed by Martin Hardy, responsible for IMF Turkey Desk, and Ajay Chibber, World Bank official responsible for Turkey, and is expected to arrive in Ankara Wednesday.

    The delegation is scheduled to hold contacts with Turkish officials by the end of this month. IMF officials will meet Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, State Ministers in charge of national economy Gunes Taner and Isin Celebi, and Finance Minister Zekeriya Temizel. /Milliyet/

    [05] OIL GIANT AMOCO INVESTS IN ALIAGA, IZMIR

    A delegation of officials from oil giant Amoco hold contacts with Turkish officials last Friday. Amoco officials signed a memorandum of understanding and agreed to set up a power station in Aliaga near Izmir. Prospects for the materialization of the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline projects were also taken in hand. Observers draw attention to the fact that the visit came in the aftermath of US Energy Undersecretary Robert Gee's contacts in Ankara, and note that Turco-US commercial relations were intensifying. /Milliyet/

    [06] PRODI'S STATEMENT

    Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi criticized the European Union (EU) and pointed out that the EU should be opened up to Turkey. Prodi delivered a speech at a meeting in Italy saying, "Mediterranean countries constitute the borders of the EU. Therefore, there should be a policy of peace and dialogue in the Mediterranean. We are responsible for the development of the Mediterranean". /Sabah/

    [07] GERMAN MINISTER: PKK IS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

    Bavarian Interior Minister Gunther Beckstein met yesterday with Turkish State Minister Refaiddin Sahin at Turkey's Numberg Consulate. Beckstein noted that he did not share the same views with Federal Chief Prosecutor Kay Nehm and said: "The PKK is absolutely a terrorist organization, which abuses human rights, abducts children and extorts money". /Sabah/

    [08] "EVERYTHING CAN BE SOLD IN ISRAEL"

    Turkish Ambassador in Israel, Barlas Ozener, called upon Turkish entrepreneurs to make further cooperation with their counterparts. Ozener noted that he wanted cooperation with Israel in trade and technology in addition to military projects and said: "Turkish businessmen can sell everything to Israel on condition that they pay attention to quality". Ozener stated that Israel's state-of-the-art technology in agriculture could also be evaluated in joint projects with Turkey and added that following the free trade agreement between Turkey and Israel, the agreement for the prevention of double taxation and the encouragement of investments should be promulgated at the Turkish Parliament as soon as possible. /Milliyet/

    [09] 'WE ARE NOT THE ENEMY OF TURKS"

    John E.Porter, who is a member of the European Security and Cooperation Commission (shortly the Helsinki Commission regarding the human rights), is visiting Turkey with four other US Congress members. His wife Kathryn Porter, Chairperson of the Human Rights Union, is also accompanying him. The delegation made contacts with various human rights groups in Istanbul. They expect to meet with Turkish President Suleyman Demirel, Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and other high-level officials including Gen.Cevik Bir in Ankara. John and Kathryn Porter said that they were not the enemy of Turkey and their stance regarding the Kurdish problem, Cyprus and human rights was not against Turkey. /Milliyet/

    [10] "EUROPEAN UNION MUST CHANGE ITS POLICY"

    Political scientist, Amos Perlmutter stated that European Union must change its ill-considered policy towards Turkey. In his article, which was published in Washington Times, Perlmutter stressed the strategic importance of Turkey. He also mentioned that Turkey, Israel and United States were the allied countries who could prevent Islamic fundamentalism in the Mideast, and the European Union should not ignore this fact. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] VURAL: "GERMANY IS IN CONTACT WITH PKK"

    Turkish Ambassador to Germany, Volkan Vural, noted that German officials had held meetings with PKK militants and added that the PKK organization agreed to give up terrorist activities in Germany in exchange for German support for the organization. "It is difficult to understand why Germany, once determined to fight against terrorism, today voices support for the PKK terrorist organization," Vural said.

    Vural added, "In order to protect its place in Germany, the PKK has decided to act in line with the regulations of the country. However, it should be very well known that the PKK is a terrorist organization. Turkey and Germany need each other and they should protect their mutual interests." /Cumhuriyet/

    END


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