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Turkish Press Review, 98-01-23

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

23.01.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] IMF CONTINUES WITH CONTACTS IN ANKARA
  • [02] NSC MEETING
  • [03] THY WILL FLY TO 18 NEW DESTINATIONS
  • [04] OPERATIONS IN SOUTHEAST AGAINST PKK
  • [05] RIGHTS FOR TURKS IN GERMANY
  • [06] BOSNIA ECONOMY SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL
  • [07] TALBOTT DEFENDS TURKEY'S EU BID
  • [08] RIGHTS FOR TURKISH ORIGIN IMMIGRANTS
  • [09] FORMER ARGENTINIAN MINISTER IN ISTANBUL
  • [10] RUSSIA PUTS PRESSURE ON PKK
  • [11] FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES UP

  • [01] IMF CONTINUES WITH CONTACTS IN ANKARA

    State Minister Gunes Taner, Treasury Undersecretary Yener Dincmen and Deputy Undersecretary Cuneyt Sel met yesterday with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Turkish Desk Chief Martin Hardy and World Bank Turkey Director Ajax Chibber. After the meeting Ajax Chibber said that negotiations will continue next week and that it was now difficult to evaluate the meetings between the delegations. Martin Hardy also said that they would like to reach an agreement with Turkey, adding that negotiations will continue in Washington. /Milliyet/Sabah_

    [02] NSC MEETING

    The National Security Council (NSC) convened yesterday for its first meeting in 1998. During the five-and-a-half hour meeting chaired by President Suleyman Demirel, the success of the struggle against the separatist PKK organization under difficult winter conditions was assessed. The Council also discussed measures for the transportation of Caucasian oil to world markets through Turkey. Integration with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was another issue high on the agenda. Relations with the EU in the aftermath of the EU Luxemburg Summit decision to exclude Turkey from the Union expansion process in the short term were also taken in hand. /Milliyet/

    [03] THY WILL FLY TO 18 NEW DESTINATIONS

    Turkish Airlines (THY) Director General Yusuf Bolayirli said that in the second half of 1998 the company was planning to initiate flights to 18 new destinations. The delivery of 49 new 737-800 Boeing aircraft to THY is instrumental for the realization of this ambitious plan. /Hurriyet/

    [04] OPERATIONS IN SOUTHEAST AGAINST PKK

    Security forces continue operations against the PKK terrorist organization in the Gabar Mountains of the southeastern province of Sirnak. Seven terrorists were killed yesterday in the clashes. /Hurriyet/

    [05] RIGHTS FOR TURKS IN GERMANY

    A symposium jointly organized by the Heinrich Boll Foundation, the Goethe Institute and the Turkish Social Economic Political Research Foundation began yesterday in Germany.

    German Prof.Hajo Funke said that especially second and third generation Turks living in Germany should be granted dual citizenship. Chief of the Greens Group in Berlin, Ozcan Mutlu, said: "According to research, after 50 years the number of immigrants in Germany in relation to German people will be just about equal. Therefore the German government should develop new policies which give political and educational rights to immigrants". /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] BOSNIA ECONOMY SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL

    The economy of Bosnia-Herzegovina was discussed in Istanbul yesterday. A meeting organized by the Foreign Economic Relations Council (DEIK) was attended by Bosna-Herzegovina Council of Ministers Bosnian Co-Chairman Haris Sladzic, Serbian Co-Chairman Baro Basic and Croatian Deputy Co-Chairman Neven Tomic. Bosnia-Herzegovina Trade Minister Mirsat Kurtovic said that legal arrangements to facilitate the influx of foreign capital would be passed by parliament by the end of this month. Chairman of the Turkish-Bosnian Business Council, Faruk Berksan, noted that the Council was beneficial for both countries. DEIK member Sarik Tara stated that the war was over and that to attain peace in the Balkans all countries should develop better ties. /Hurriyet/

    [07] TALBOTT DEFENDS TURKEY'S EU BID

    US Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott defended Turkey's bid to become a full member of the European Union (EU) in a speech he delivered on "The New Europe" in Helsinki, Finland, on Wednesday. Addressing the members of the Paasikivi Society, Talbott said: "The end of the Cold War gives us an opportunity to heal old divisions. We must be sure not to create new ones". Talbott said the US believes in "the broadening as well as the deepening of the EU. And hence, more specifically, our advocacy of Turkey's desire for eventual membership in the EU". /All papers/

    [08] RIGHTS FOR TURKISH ORIGIN IMMIGRANTS

    State Minister Ahat Andican said yesterday that although individuals of Turkish origin, who immigrated from Bulgaria to Turkey are not granted full citizenship in the Turkish Republic, they will be granted 'citizenship rights'. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] FORMER ARGENTINIAN MINISTER IN ISTANBUL

    Former Argentinian Finance Minister Dr. Domingo Cavallo yesterday gave a conference to Turkish businessmen in Istanbul. In 1992, Cavallo was selected "Finance Minister of the Year" by noted financial magazine "Euromoney" for his success in pulling down hyperinflation in Argentina to single-digit numbers. /Hurriyet/

    [10] RUSSIA PUTS PRESSURE ON PKK

    PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan said that Russia had started initiatives to close down PKK camps in Russia. Ocalan decries the moves saying "Moscow is about to make a historical mistake."

    After Russian Prime Minister Victor Chernomyrdin's visit to Ankara, relations between the Turkey and Russia have been softening, and Russia has now announced that PKK camps in the country will be closed down. Russia took the first step to close a PKK camp in the Yaroslav forest, 300 kms away from Moscow, once used as a health center to cure wounded terrorists. /Milliyet/Sabah_

    [11] FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES UP

    According to the Central Bank, foreign exchange reserves stand at $ 19.9 billion. Between 26 December, 1997 and 16 January, 1998, reserves increased by $ 45 million and reached $ 19.3 billion. Turkey paid out TL 1.7 billion in foreign debts in the first twelve days of 1998. /Sabah/

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