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Turkish Press Review, 98-02-20

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

20.02.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEMIREL MEETS WITH CHIRAC
  • [02] CEM URGES KLERIDES TO BE PRUDENT
  • [03] ECEVIT CLARIFIES IRAQ SITUATION
  • [04] FOREIGN MINISTRY AND US DELEGATIONS VISIT GAP
  • [05] BOND EXPORTS WORTH $400 MILLION
  • [06] AGREEMENT SIGNED BETWEEN TURKEY AND RUSSIA
  • [07] ALBRIGHT TELLS CEM: "WE WILL TAKE ACTION"
  • [08] NEW RUNWAY FOR ATATURK AIRPORT
  • [09] MINISTER BASESGIOGLU: CAKICI NOT CAUGHT
  • [10] TATAR DELEGATION IN TURKEY
  • [11] NO CHANGE IN GREEK ATTITUDES
  • [12] WELFARE PARTY LOSES ITS CASE

  • [01] DEMIREL MEETS WITH CHIRAC

    Turkish President Suleyman Demirel, who went to Paris yesterday for a two-day official visit, met with his French counterpart Jacques Chirac. Presidential spokesman Catherine Collana said after the one-hour and 45 minute meeting of the two presidents that the main issue of discussions had been bilateral relations as well as Turco-European Union (EU) ties. Demirel stressed that Europe was not a geographic zone but a combination of values in which Turkey had its place. Chirac, for his part, indicated that the Luxembourg summit had confirmed Turkey's eligibility to be a member of the EU. The two presidents were scheduled to continue their talks, most notably on Iraq during their dinner, she said.

    "My conviction is that Turkey should come to the European Conference and be an active member because this conference is the family meeting of Europe" Chirac was quoted as saying at the start of Demirel's visit. President Demirel, accompanied by a large delegation, was welcomed at Orly Airport by President Chirac himself. After national athems and military honors, Demirel, after a brief stop at his hotel, rejoined Chirac in the Elysee Palace. For the rest of the day, President Demirel received various French ministers -the Minister of Economy, the Minister of Reform of State and Decentralization and the Minister of European Affairs. He then went to the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI) where he delivered a speech. /All papers/

    [02] CEM URGES KLERIDES TO BE PRUDENT

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, who is on an official visit to China, said yesterday that "Klerides, who is on the last leg of his political career, may at least now be more prudent in his attitudes". Cem stated that Turkey would maintain its current stance on the Cyprus problem if a federation based on two equal states is not established on the island.

    He criticized the current UN solution proposals for "not being realistic". Stressing that according to international law, a federation cannot be formed between a state and a community, he said, "There is no need for imaginary objectives and imaginary accusations". /Milliyet/

    [03] ECEVIT CLARIFIES IRAQ SITUATION

    Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said yesterday that a parliamentary decision was necessary for Turkey's support of a possible US attack against Iraq. He continued by stating that no discussion had taken place to date between Turkey and the US concerning Ankara's participation in a possible military strike. "We have received no such demand up to the present time and we hope we will not receive one in the future" Ecevit said. /All papers/

    [04] FOREIGN MINISTRY AND US DELEGATIONS VISIT GAP

    An 11-member Turkish Foreign Ministry and American delegation arrived in the southeastern Sanliurfa province on Wednesday to make contacts and tour the Southeast Anatolia Project Region (GAP). The five-member Foreign Ministry and the six-member American delegations were welcomed by officials from the GAP Regional Development Administration at Sanliurfa Airport. The Turkish-American delegations first visited the Ataturk Dam near the Bozova district of Sanliurfa. The delegation, which examined the irrigation tunnel and the areas under irrigation, also visited historical and touristic sites in Sanliurfa yesterday, the Anatolia news agency reported.

    [05] BOND EXPORTS WORTH $400 MILLION

    Turkey has sold seven-year term bonds worth $400 million in the Eurobond market within the framework of a foreign debt programme. The interest rate in debts realized via JP Morgan and Salomon Smith Barney has been put at 9.875 %. /Milliyet/

    [06] AGREEMENT SIGNED BETWEEN TURKEY AND RUSSIA

    A "Blue Flow" project on Turkey's purchase of natural gas from Russia was initialled yesterday in Moscow. An agreement was signed between the Russian Stroytangaz and Turkish Hazinedaroglu and Oztas firms. Turkish Energy Minister Cumhur Ersumer and State Minister Burhan Kara also attended the signing ceremony. With the agreement signed yesterday, the first concrete step was taken for the purchase of more natural gas supplies, which will be transported from Russia to Turkey through the pipelines under the Black Sea. /Milliyet/

    [07] ALBRIGHT TELLS CEM: "WE WILL TAKE ACTION"

    US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright yesterday telephoned Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, who is currently paying an official visit to China. Albright requested details about Turkey's stance on the Iraq problem. Albright stressed that if UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's visit to Baghdad fails, the US will take action. Cem declared that Turkey was doing its best to avoid a war, but added that nevertheless Turkey was an ally of the US. Cem also said that he trusted that Kofi Annan would find a solution to the Iraq problem. Cem added that if conditions were suitable on 26 February, he will visit Jordan. /Milliyet/

    [08] NEW RUNWAY FOR ATATURK AIRPORT

    The construction of a third runway, which will increase the landing-departure capacity of Ataturk Airport in Istanbul was begun with a ceremony yesterday. Minister of Communications and Transport, Necdet Menzir, State Minister Ahad Andican, Istanbul Governor Kutlu Aktas, Security Chief Hasan Ozdemir and high-level officials from the Airports Administration attended the ceremony. /Sabah/

    [09] MINISTER BASESGIOGLU: CAKICI NOT CAUGHT

    Minister of the Interior Murat Basesgioglu said that reports about the arrest of wanted Turkish underworld figure Alaattin Cakici on the Spanish-French border were unfounded. Basesgioglu added that France and Spain have officially notified Turkey that Cakici has not been caught. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] TATAR DELEGATION IN TURKEY

    A Tatar delegation headed by Tatar Parliament Speaker Mustafa Abdulcemil Kirimoglu is paying an official visit to Turkey. The delegation met yesterday with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and National Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin. Ecevit pledged to bring the issue of Crimean citizens' rights to the Council of Ministers. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] NO CHANGE IN GREEK ATTITUDES

    Greece has again asserted that it will not make any changes in its current policies regarding Turkey, despite Ankara's recent initiative for rapprochement through bilateral talks on the Aegean disputes, the Anatolia news agency reported. "There is no reason why Greece should change its policies regarding Turkey" Greek government spokesman Dimitri Reppas told a press briefing on Wednesday.

    [12] WELFARE PARTY LOSES ITS CASE

    A Constitutional Court majority vote yesterday cancelled article 103 paragraph 2 of the law regulating the activities of political parties, which is in contradiction to Article 69 of the Constitution which justifies the closure of parties acting against the principles of secular government, thereby removing the advantage of the Welfare Party hoped to gain before making application to International Court of Human Rights where the party plans to seek the right to political activity. The decision will be put into effect after being published in the Official Gazette. /Hurriyet/
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