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Turkish Press Review, 98-01-26

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

26.01.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] FM CEM VISITS GERMANY
  • [02] PANGALOS: "NO AEGEAN WARFARE"
  • [03] HEAVY AGENDA FOR EU MINISTERS' MEETING
  • [04] TURKEY TO TAKE GREEK CYPRUS BASE CASE TO SECURITY COUNCIL
  • [05] NEW TURKISH AMBASSADOR TO WASHINGTON
  • [06] TRUCK DRIVERS IN DIFFICULT SITUATION
  • [07] DISAPPOINTMENT IN WESTERN THRACE
  • [08] 47 IRAQI FUGITIVES IN EDIRNE
  • [09] CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF IN VIENNA
  • [10] THY AND SWISSAIR SIGN COOPERATION AGREEMENT
  • [11] US WITHDRAWS MILITARY CREDITS

  • [01] FM CEM VISITS GERMANY

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will start today a visit to Germany. In a statement prior to his departure, Cem spoke out harshly against Germany's recent declaration that the PKK organization was not a terrorist, but a criminal organization. "The fact that the PKK organization abstains from carrying out terrorist activities in Germany as it continues with its attacks against innocent citizens in other countries is no excuse for this German attitude," Cem noted. Touching upon the international outcry following the recent flow of Middle East and Asian refugees to Europe, the Turkish Foreign Minister stressed that in this context European politicians should refrain from striving to carry the Kurdish problem to international platforms, because such an approach would only encourage separatism in the Middle East. /Hurriyet/

    [02] PANGALOS: "NO AEGEAN WARFARE"

    Greek Foreign Ministers Theodoros Pangalos told Milliyet's Sami Kohen in an exclusive interview over the weekend that he saw no possibility of warfare between Turkey and Greece. Pangalos proposed the initiation of a new process for the solution of the Aegean dispute, telling Kohen that the most easily-solved problems should be addressed first. Despite all the Greek barriers put in front of Turkey in its bid for European Union (EU) membership, Pangalos told Kohen that Athens wants the EU to open its doors to Turkey.

    In addition, Pangalos suggested that Turkey take the Kardak issue to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. "Then we would remove the main obstacle preventing the distribution of EU assistance to Turkey. We are suggesting all our disagreements be taken to The Hague. There cannot be a solution based on force in Ankara-Athens relations" Pangalos said. /All papers/

    [03] HEAVY AGENDA FOR EU MINISTERS' MEETING

    European Union (EU) foreign ministers will gather today for the first time under Britain's latest six-month term in the EU's rotating presidency. Their agenda ranges from the union's relations with China, Russia, the US, Iran and Turkey, to assessing the state of the Middle East peace process, Algeria's descent into violence and a recent influx of Kurdish refugees into the EU.

    [04] TURKEY TO TAKE GREEK CYPRUS BASE CASE TO SECURITY COUNCIL

    Turkey said on Saturday it would complain to the UN Security Council about a Greek Cypriot military base under construction on the divided island of Cyprus. "We are bringing this dangerous developments to the attention of the UN secretary-general and the head of the Security Council" the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It said Ankara would stand by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), separated from the Greek Cypriot south by a UN-patrolled buffer zone.

    "Turkey will continue to take the necessary measures against any threat to the security of the TRNC as well as its own soil" the statement said. The Greek Cypriot base was formally handed over to government authorities by the contractors on Saturday. The base, on the island's western coast, will be used by Greek air force planes under a joint defense pact between the Greek Cypriot government and Athens, its closest ally. /All papers/

    [05] NEW TURKISH AMBASSADOR TO WASHINGTON

    Bari Ilkin, Turkish Ambassador to The Hague, will be appointed as ambassador of Turkey in Washington. Ambassador to Bonn, Volkan Vural will be appointed permanent representative to the UN in New York, Nabi Sensoy will become Turkey's new Ambassador in Moscow. /Hurriyet/

    [06] TRUCK DRIVERS IN DIFFICULT SITUATION

    It is reported that 600 Turkish trucks have been waiting for 32 days at Syria's Kamisli Customs Gate. Truck drivers, who entered Syria and bought crude petroleum there, cannot re-enter Turkey because the duration of a "Border Trade" agreement has expired. /Sabah/

    [07] DISAPPOINTMENT IN WESTERN THRACE

    A change to be made by the Greek government in the citizensip law has disappointed the Turkish minority living in Western Thrace. Minority representatives noted that Athens' decision to annul the 19th article of the citizenship law did not satisfy the Turkish minority because this article, which aims at Turks living in Greece and depriving thousands of people of citizensip, has not officially been lifted yet. /Sabah/

    [08] 47 IRAQI FUGITIVES IN EDIRNE

    47 Iraqi fugitives, waiting to cross the border illegally in the Uzunkopru district of Edirne, have been detained and sent to the Foreigners Department of the Edirne Security Directorate. Sixty Albanian and Kurdish refugees were also arrested yesterday along the Adriatic coasts of Italy. /Sabah/

    [09] CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF IN VIENNA

    Chief of Turkish General Staff Gen.Ismail Hakki Karadayi yesterday went to Vienna, the capital of Austria, to attend a Military Doctrine Seminar of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). During the seminar, which will begin today and last until Wednesday, high-level commanders and civilian strategy experts will take up various military issues including defense policies. It is reported that representatives of the countries participating in the seminar will also be able to hold bilateral meetings. /Sabah/

    [10] THY AND SWISSAIR SIGN COOPERATION AGREEMENT

    Turkish Airlines (THY) on Saturday signed an agreement at the prime minister's residence for cooperation in services with the Swissair Group. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz said that it was a very important partnership. Cem Kozlu, the head of the board of directors of the Turkish Airlines and Hannes Goetz, the head of the board of directors of Swissair signed the deal. Yilmaz in his speech, pointed out that globalization has similar formations in the aviation sector as well. As a result, Yilmaz said companies are trying to set up partnerships to increase competitiveness. Swiss Amabassador Andre Faivet, chairman of the Directorate of Privatization Ugur Bayar and a small group of guests attended the ceremony.

    [11] US WITHDRAWS MILITARY CREDITS

    The US Government is withdrawing its military credit for Greece and Turkey, according to the AFP French News Agency. The Agency reported that this decision was taken in line with current US government measures to cut back expenditures.

    It was also reported that there had been no official announcement about the decision but the Agency had been informed by an official in the US arms industry. /Hurriyet/

    END


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