Visit the Hellenic Biomedical Scientists of the Diaspora Homepage

Turkish Press Review, 98-02-17

Turkish Press Review Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

17.02.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] ICC ADVISES TURKEY TO FORM AN INSTITUTION FOR "INTERNATIONAL MEDIATION"
  • [02] PRESIDENT CONFERS WITH MUBARAK ON IRAQ
  • [03] PRESIDENT DEMIREL TO VISIT FRANCE
  • [04] TURKEY TARGETS CHINESE CONSTRUCTION MARKET
  • [05] TURKEY'S EU STANCE
  • [06] US-TURKISH TIES
  • [07] ISRAELI EXPERT TO ADVISE ON INFLATION
  • [08] BLAIR'S IRAQ GUARANTEE
  • [09] CEM: "LET'S FIRST TALK"
  • [10] BURSA PLANE CRASH
  • [11] ADDITIONAL NATURAL GAS AGREEMENT WITH RUSSIA
  • [12] TURCO-PAKISTANI COOPERATION
  • [13] TURKEY EMERGES AS LEADER IN CEMENT PRODUCTION
  • [14] ICC ADVISES TURKEY TO FORM AN INSTITUTION FOR "INTERNATIONAL MEDIATION"
  • [15] TOURISM MINISTRY REVIVES 'SILKROAD' PROJECT
  • [16] TOURISM HEAVEN: TURKEY

  • [01] ICC ADVISES TURKEY TO FORM AN INSTITUTION FOR "INTERNATIONAL MEDIATION"

    [02] PRESIDENT CONFERS WITH MUBARAK ON IRAQ

    President Suleyman Demirel conferred with the leaders of the Arab countries, including his Egyptian counterpart, Husnu Mubarak, over the phone on Saturday. Demirel and Mubarak exchanged concerns over a possible military strike against Iraq and the grave consequences this action could bring to neighbouring countries. Other high-level talks will follow, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan said during a weekly press conference yesterday, without giving details on these future talks. Utkan said that Turkey was hopeful that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's visit to the region and his efforts may ease the crisis. Demirel had earlier spoken with Jordan's King Hussein on the matter.

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz met with US Ambassador to Ankara Marc Parris yesterday. It is reported that they exchanged views regarding the Iraq crisis. /Sabah-Hurriyet/

    [03] PRESIDENT DEMIREL TO VISIT FRANCE

    President Suleyman Demirel will pay an official visit to France on February 19-20, on the invitation of French President Jacques Chirac. During his contacts with French officials, Demirel will discuss bilateral relations, as well as issues of regional and international importance. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] TURKEY TARGETS CHINESE CONSTRUCTION MARKET

    In a concrete move towards enlarging its economic horizon in Asia, Turkey has offered to launch construction projects in China, a proposal that Beijing has welcomed. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, who is currently on an official visit to China, made the proposal during talks with Chinese Foreign Trade and Economy Minister Wu Yi yesterday.

    The parties agreed that Turkey should submit a project package to China in 15 days, outlining specific construction projects. Yi noted that China focused on the development of middle class housing, and expressed hope that Turkish contractors would be chosen to carry out their construction. The plans to launch Turkish Airlines (THY) flights to Beijing and Shanghai were also presented to Chinese officials. Yesterday, Cem also held talks with his Chinese counterpart, Qian Qichen. Cem and Qichen discussed the continuing crisis in the Gulf, and decided to intensify the information flow on the issue between their two countries. /Milliyet-Sabah/

    [05] TURKEY'S EU STANCE

    Turkey will not alter its decision to cancel its previous dialogue with the European Union (EU), but will move ahead with an extensive effort to launch a new and different process of talks, State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel said yesterday. "The government has decided to sever its comprehensive and multidimensional dialogue with the EU due to the bloc's discriminatory attitude towards Turkey at its Luxembourg summit. This decision will be maintained if the EU does not revise its stance" Gurel said in an opening speech at the second meeting of the EU Coordination Council.

    However, Gurel clarified his remarks by saying that the government aimed to continue and improve its relations with the EU within the framework of the 1995 Customs Union (CU) agreement. This depends on the EU's fulfillment of its basic obligations under the agreement, he added. In a related development, the Turco-EU Joint Customs Union Committee gathered in Brussels yesterday. The committee discussed problems arising from CU functions. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] US-TURKISH TIES

    More than 500 Turkish businessmen, scholars, diplomats and journalists will attend the 17th annual conference on US-Turkish relations in Washington D.C. February 25-28, the president of the Turkish-US Business Council declared yesterday. During the four-day conference, members of the council will hold meetings with members of the US Congress, and visit American think tanks, international organizations and leading academics. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] ISRAELI EXPERT TO ADVISE ON INFLATION

    An Israeli advisor to the World Bank, Prof.Nissan Liviatan, will prepare a report on reducing inflation in Turkey. Liviatan, who met with economy bureaucrats and State Minister Gunes Taner last week in Ankara, suggests that inflation can be reduced to 10 % in 18 months. /Sabah/

    [08] BLAIR'S IRAQ GUARANTEE

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday phoned Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and gave guarantees to Turkey regarding Iraq's territorial integrity. Blair said: "We attach importance to the territorial integrity of Iraq. We do not want political integrity in northern Iraq to be damaged. Furthermore, we want to carry on good relations with our ally, Turkey". Yilmaz, for his part, recalled that Turkey would not attend the European Conference. Yilmaz noted regarding his talks with Blair that "They had some proposals to restore Turkish-EU relations. They want relations to be normalized until the Cardiff Summit. To this end, they will send a special envoy to Turkey". /Milliyet-Hurriyet/

    [09] CEM: "LET'S FIRST TALK"

    In a statement to the Greek "Elefterotipiya" newspaper, Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said: "Countries which cannot reach a consensus of opinion, first hold meetings, and if they still cannot reach agreement, then they apply to a court. Our basic aim is to meet, discuss and try to solve the problems. Everything begins with communication". Cem pointed out that a solution to Aegean problems could be found through the 33rd UN article, which calls for peaceful means for solving conflicts. Regarding the Cyprus issue, Cem said: "It must be recognized that there are two equal states in Cyprus. Otherwise, it will be very difficult to find a solution to the problem". Cem also called on Greece to agree to mutual disarmament.

    In his response to Cem's statement, Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos noted that he could come together with his Turkish counterpart at any time, however the discussion of bilateral problems was out of the question. He said that bilateral problems could be solved only at the International Court of Justice. /Milliyet/

    [10] BURSA PLANE CRASH

    A Cessna C 421 type private plane, carrying cargo from Istanbul to Bursa, crashed yesterday due to intense fog near the Village of Dagyenice near Bursa. As a result of the crash, pilot Emin Aydin and second pilot Celal Mehmet Agaoglu and his brother Sertac Agaoglu died. /Hurriyet/

    [11] ADDITIONAL NATURAL GAS AGREEMENT WITH RUSSIA

    An agreement for additional Russian natural gas supplies will be signed this week in Moscow. Energy and Natural Resources Minister Cumhur Ersumer will go to Moscow today as the official guest of the Russian Minister of Foreign Economic Relations. Ersumer's visit carries importance from the standpoint of signing an agreement for an extra 8 billion cubic metres of natural gas. It is expected that during Ersumer's visit, the Black Sea Pipeline and Baku-Ceyhan projects will also be taken up. /Hurriyet/

    [12] TURCO-PAKISTANI COOPERATION

    Turkish and Pakistani officials met in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad yesterday for the 11th term meeting of the Joint Commission for economic and technical cooperation. During the meeting, a cooperation protocol was signed. Turkey and Pakistan further agreed to establish a joint marketing company to make exports to third countries. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] TURKEY EMERGES AS LEADER IN CEMENT PRODUCTION

    According to a report from the Union of Central Anatolian Exporters' Unions, in 1995 Turkey produced 2.4 percent of world cement production. In 1995, Turkey was the tenth largest cement producer in the world, and in 1996 was ranked 8th with respect to volume of cement production. In 1996, Turkey was the largest cement producer in Europe. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] ICC ADVISES TURKEY TO FORM AN INSTITUTION FOR "INTERNATIONAL MEDIATION"

    General secretary of the International Chambers of Trade, (ICC), Maria Livanos Cattaui, who has been visiting Turkey, yesterday gave a message to the Turkish government. "If Turkey wants to increase international investments, it should form an institution for international mediation" said Cattaui, during meetings with Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and State Minister Isin Celebi. She also mentioned US complaints about the lack of an institution of this kind, which so far has not been established in Turkey due to constitutional reasons. /Hurriyet/

    [15] TOURISM MINISTRY REVIVES 'SILKROAD' PROJECT

    The historical and cultural 'silkroad' the commercial route linking central Asia to Europe, continues to attract worldwide interest. In an effort to promote tourism, the Tourism Ministry has prepared a project aiming to revive the silkroad, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. A tour organized by the ministry plans to introduce the historical and cultural richness of the silkroad to local and foreign tour operators and travel agencies. The tour will take place on 1-9 September.

    [16] TOURISM HEAVEN: TURKEY

    It is reported that a 14.65 % increase was achieved in the number of tourists visiting Turkey in January compared to the corresponding period last year. According to a statement made by the Tourism Ministry, in January people coming from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) topped the list, while German tourists ranked second and Roamanian tourists ranked third. /Sabah/
    Turkish Press Review Directory - Previous Article - Next Article
    Back to Top
    Copyright 1995-2014 HR-Net (Hellenic Resources Network). An HRI Project.
    All Rights Reserved.

    HTML by the HR-Net Group / Hellenic Resources Institute, Inc.
    trkpr2html v1.02a run on Tuesday, 17 February 1998 - 9:51:24 UTC