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Turkish Press Review, 98-02-19

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

19.02.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEMIREL RECEIVES MEMBERS OF DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION
  • [02] YILMAZ VISITS HACI BEKTAS VELI FOUNDATION
  • [03] TURKEY'S RESPONSE TO CLINTON
  • [04] US: WE HAVE CONFIDENCE IN TURKEY
  • [05] ANKARA RENEWS PEACE CALL TO GREECE
  • [06] EU-CYPRUS TOPS HANNAY'S AGENDA
  • [07] SHATTUCK MONITORS HUMAN RIGHTS IN MARDIN
  • [08] CATTAUI'S CONTACTS IN ISTANBUL
  • [09] ARCELIK RANKS FOURTH IN EUROPE
  • [10] 1.2 TONS OF HASHISH SEIZED IN GAZIANTEP
  • [11] THIRD TURKISH SATELLITE
  • [12] ALAATTIN CAKICI CAUGHT
  • [13] TUSIAD DELEGATION IN NORTHERN CYPRUS
  • [14] TURKISH FABRIC DESIGNS ON THE WAY TO THE US
  • [15] ITALIAN AWARD FOR GUNES

  • [01] DEMIREL RECEIVES MEMBERS OF DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION

    President Suleyman Demirel received members of the Diplomatic Correspondents' Association yesterday and commented on the ongoing crisis in Iraq. After a possible strike against Iraq, Demirel noted that chaos could break out, inflicting serious damage on Turkey.

    "I sent a message to Saddam Hussein and requested him to implement all the UN resolutions. If he is not opening the palaces for inspection in order to protect his prestige, he could have done that by expressing everything openly in front of his people. But he did not do so" the president stated. /All papers/

    [02] YILMAZ VISITS HACI BEKTAS VELI FOUNDATION

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz said yesterday that Turkey's greatest treasure was the coexistence and agreement between its various cultures. Yilmaz made his remarks while visiting the future site of the headquarters of the Haci Bektas Veli Anatolia Cultural Foundation in the Dikmen District of Ankara. The prime minister stressed that the state gives equal status to every sect in Turkey, and pointed to the variety of cultures and religious sects in Turkey. Haci Bektas Veli was a holy man of the Alawite sect. /Sabah/

    [03] TURKEY'S RESPONSE TO CLINTON

    Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Necati Utkan, said yesterday that US President Bill Clinton could well have in mind merely a US military exploratory operation from the north, and added that Turkey, although making no promise of military support in general could support this kind of operation. Utkan also expressed Turkey's pleasure at UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's attempts to find a peaceful solution to the Gulf crisis by visiting Baghdad. Although it is noted in an official government statement that "We hope this last chance will not be wasted" it is also stressed that Turkey will not support the US in case it launches a military attack against Iraq. Meanwhile, President Suleyman Demirel is continuing with his "telephone diplomacy" aiming to ease the tension in the region. Yesterday morning Demirel spoke with Kuwaiti Emir, El Sabah. In a later statement released by the Presidency, it was declared that Demirel had expressed his opinion that military action against Iraq was not a necessity and that Turkey had a responsibility for the maintenance of peace in the region. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] US: WE HAVE CONFIDENCE IN TURKEY

    The US Government has declared that they have "absolute confidence" in Turkey, referring to Turkey's military support for the US should it launch a military attack against Iraq. Responding to questions in a television interview, White House National Security Counsellor, Sandy Berger, said that "Turkey and Saudi Arabia are well aware of the menace arising from Iraq. We do not have any doubt about their support in a probable Gulf War." /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] ANKARA RENEWS PEACE CALL TO GREECE

    Turkey yesterday renewed its call to Greece for a peaceful settlement of the disputes between the two countries over the Aegean, despite an earlier categorical refusal from the Greek Foreign Minister. "We hope that our proposal will be considered and that the answer will be a positive one" Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan told reporters. He also added that Turkey expected an "official and serious" response, in apparent dissatisfaction with the statements of Greek officials in the press. /All papers/

    [06] EU-CYPRUS TOPS HANNAY'S AGENDA

    Turco-European Union (EU) relations, the Iraq crisis and the Cyprus question will be among the issues discussed when Sir David Hannay visits Turkey at the beginning of next week as British Prime Minister Tony Blair's special envoy to Turkey, according to the British Foreign Office. Sir David will discuss bilateral relations between Turkey and Britain and is expected to give a message to Turkey regarding its EU status. Meanwhile, EU Commissioner Responsible for Foreign Affairs Hans van der Broek will visit Greek Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on 5 March. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] SHATTUCK MONITORS HUMAN RIGHTS IN MARDIN

    John Shattuck, US assistant secretary, visited the southeastern Turkish city of Mardin yesterday and held talks with the provincial governor. Speaking after the meeting, Shattuck said that his goal was to directly observe human rights developments in Turkey, as it is a prominent ally of the US.

    Mardin Governor Vali Guven, for his part, said that the Turkish government was very sensitive and consistent regarding its projects to improve human rights in Turkey, stressing that Turkey had not created the problems in the Southeast. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] CATTAUI'S CONTACTS IN ISTANBUL

    Turkey is among the five countries in the world recording the fastest growth in foreign trade, the Secretary-General of the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce (ICOC), declared when speaking at a dinner Monday night in Istanbul. ICOC Secretary-General Maria Livanos Cattaui noted that Turkey was one of the five countries -all of which are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development- which recorded the greatest increase in foreign trade between 1990 and 1996.

    Cattaui said that Turkey's development was an indication that the emerging economies of the world would continue to be more efficient than the industrialized countries, despite the Asian financial crisis. Turkey's youthful population and aggressive entrepreneurship were helping drive growth forward, she said. /All papers/

    [09] ARCELIK RANKS FOURTH IN EUROPE

    Arcelik, which is the biggest private sector company in Turkey, ranks fourth from the standpoint of the market share of durable goods in Western Europe. With the sales worth $626 million in 1996, Arcelik ranked ninth in the European market according to Appliance Magazine, a monthly trade magazine published in the US. /Sabah/

    [10] 1.2 TONS OF HASHISH SEIZED IN GAZIANTEP

    During an operation carried out in Golhuyuk village in the Nurdagi district of Gaziantep, 1.250 tons of hashish were seized. Officials noted that the hashish, worth TL 1 trillion, was about to be sent abroad. /Sabah/

    [11] THIRD TURKISH SATELLITE

    Turkish Communications and Transportation Minister Necdet Menzir yesterday signed in Monaco an agreement for the construction of a third Turkih satellite, Turksat 2A. The $260 million satellite project will be materialized by the Euroasiasat company jointly established by Turk Telekom and the French aeronautics company Aerespatiale. Turksat-2A is the first 10KW satellite to be launched into space. It is expected that Turkey will earn $800 million from this lucrative project. /Milliyet/

    [12] ALAATTIN CAKICI CAUGHT

    Shadowy Turkish underground figure, Alaattin Cakici, a leading suspect in a number of murder cases and other criminal activity, has been apprehended by the French police at the southern French border. Ankara will demand the extradition of Cakici to Turkey. /Sabah/

    [13] TUSIAD DELEGATION IN NORTHERN CYPRUS

    Representatives of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) will tomorrow pay a visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on the official invitation of Turkish Cypriot President Rauf Denktas. The TUSIAD delegation, headed by association chairman Muharrem Kayhan, will hold meetings with President Denktas, government officials and Turkish Cypriot businessmen. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] TURKISH FABRIC DESIGNS ON THE WAY TO THE US

    The Kefeli group, which displayed shirts with fabric designs by the Bossa, Anteks and Soktas firms at the Interjens Fair in Cologne, Germany, will now show these same designs to the US market. The firm will promote the shirts made from Turkish fabrics at the Magic World Fair to be held in Las Vegas. /Hurriyet/

    [15] ITALIAN AWARD FOR GUNES

    The University of La Spienza has decided to award its most important traditional Feyer Des Artistes gold medal to former Turkish Interior Minister Hasan Fehmi Gunes. It was learned that this decision was taken because Gunes, a staunch defender of human rights, took it upon himself to protect justice during his period in office. The gold medal will be awarded to Gunes by the Rector of the University, Prof.Marie Morelli. /Hurriyet/
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