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Turkish Press Review, 98-02-23

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

23.02.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] WELFARE PARTY CLOSURE PUBLISHED IN OFFICIAL GAZETTE
  • [02] VIETNAM AND TURKEY SIGN SECOND ECONOMIC COOPERATION PACT
  • [03] SEZGIN: "HOPE-INSPIRING AGREEMENT"
  • [04] CRIMEA CALLS FOR AID
  • [05] CHIEF RABBI TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [06] US PEACE PLAN FOR AEGEAN
  • [07] TURKISH-AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL MEETING IN WASHINGTON
  • [08] NGOs TO MEET
  • [09] BLAIR: "OUR DOORS ARE OPEN TO TURKEY"
  • [10] GOVERNMENT MOVES TO OVERCOME RED-TAPE
  • [11] TEXTILE SECTOR LEADERS EVALUATE IMPACT OF ASIAN CRISIS
  • [12] GREEK CYPRIOTS PREVENT TOURISTS FROM ENTERING TRNC
  • [13] TURKEY WANTS DIALOGUE WITH SYRIA

  • [01] WELFARE PARTY CLOSURE PUBLISHED IN OFFICIAL GAZETTE

    The justification of the Constitutional Court verdict to close down the Welfare Party (RP) was published in the Official Gazette yesterday. In addition to the closure of the Welfare Party, there is a political ban on six of its former members, including chairman Necmettin Erbakan. They are expected to face prosecution for supporting Islamic fundamentalism and opposing the secular system in Turkey. Erbakan and four other deputies will lose their parliamentary seats and will not be allowed to become executives of parties for a period of five years.

    The parliamentary balances changed when the decision to close the Welfare Party was legalized in the Official Gazette yesterday. The number of empty chairs in Parliament now stands at eight, including those of two deputies who passed away during this parliamentary term. The number of independent deputies in Parliament now stands at 160. /All papers/

    [02] VIETNAM AND TURKEY SIGN SECOND ECONOMIC COOPERATION PACT

    Vietnam and Turkey have signed a second cooperation agreement aimed at boosting bilateral trade and investment, Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said on Saturday. The first economic cooperation pact was signed last year and a third one also may be signed, Cem said. Two-way trade is about $60 million a year, mostly Turkish exports to Vietnam. "We want to raise the volume and have a better balance" Cem told a news conference at the end of a brief visit.

    He said Turkish contractors are interested in the Vietnamese construction sector and will look into possibilities of projects for which they can bid. He said Vietnam has expressed interest in setting up a trade representative office in Turkey, and added that the two parties will exchange further visits soon. /All papers/

    [03] SEZGIN: "HOPE-INSPIRING AGREEMENT"

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Ismet Sezgin yesterday noted that the move towards agreement between UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Iraqi Head of State Saddam Hussein in Baghdad was indeed very pleasing and said that the solution of the problem through diplomatic means was hope-inspiring. He added: "Turkey has carried out its responsibilities regarding this issue and will continue to carry them out in line with developments".

    An agreement between Kofi Annan and Saddam Hussein will be signed today. First reaction by the US is cool: "First, we have to see the text. Even it is positive, US military units will stay in the Gulf anyway". It has been officially reported that agreement has been reached on the UN control of eight presidency palaces allegedly used to hide weapons of mass destruction. /Milliyet/

    [04] CRIMEA CALLS FOR AID

    Crimean Tatar National Parliament Speaker Mustafa Abdulmecil Kirimoglu noted over the weekend that the Turkish and Crimean peoples were brothers and said: "We do not want only aid for our development, but also we want Turkish businessmen to make investments in Crimea". Kirimoglu added that in addition to the official meetings he held in Ankara, his contacts with business leaders were also very positive. /Milliyet/

    [05] CHIEF RABBI TO VISIT TURKEY

    Israeli Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi Doron will arrive in Turkey today for a two-day visit. Doron, who will first arrive in Istanbul, will proceed on to Ankara tomorrow and meet with Turkish Culture Minister Istemihan Talay and Head of the Directorate of Religious Affairs, Mehmet Nuri Yilmaz. After visiting Ataturk's Mausoleum, he will return to Istanbul the same day and visit Mufti Selahattin Kaya. Doron will leave on Wednesday. /Milliyet/

    [06] US PEACE PLAN FOR AEGEAN

    It is reported that US President Bill Clinton's special Cyprus envoy Richard Holbrooke has proposed a "Turkish-Greek Agreement" in order to ease the tension between Ankara and Athens. Ankara views the agreement, in which "good neighbourly" principles are prominent, as "positive in principle", while Athens' stance is not clear. It is reported that there is no consensus of opinion between Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis and Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos.

    According to an article published in the Greek "To Vima" newspaper, the Greek Prime Minister prefers a "non-aggressive agreement", while the Turkish side prefers a "friendship, cooperation and good neighbourliness" agreement, which has a more comprehensive content. /Milliyet/

    [07] TURKISH-AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL MEETING IN WASHINGTON

    Top Turkish energy sector officials are off to the US to discuss energy investments. The annual Turkish-US Business Council meeting will be held on 25-26 February in Washington. Energy and Natural Resources Minister Cumhur Ersumer said yesterday that they would discuss the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Station, the Baku-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline project, LNG thermal stations, hydroelectric power stations and privatization in the sector with US officials. It has also been announced that representatives of the US Amoco, Unocal, National Powers, Westinghouse, and Mobil companies are in line to meet with Turkish officials. /Sabah/

    [08] NGOs TO MEET

    The chairmen of the Turk-Is (Turkish Confederation of Labour Unions), DISK (Confederation of Progressive Labour Unions), TISK (Turkish Confederation of Employers Union), TOBB (Turkish Union of Chambers and Exchange Commodities) and TESK (Confederation of Turkish Craftsmen and Artisans) Non-Governmental Organizations will meet today in Istanbul to discuss problems on the domestic agenda. Turk-Is chairman, Bayram Meral, said that they would especially discuss some new adjustments to the election system. TISK chairman Refik Baydur, noted that the aim of the meeting was to seek solutions to Turkey's problems. /Sabah/

    [09] BLAIR: "OUR DOORS ARE OPEN TO TURKEY"

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair said over the weekend that the European Union was not excluding Turkey. In a special statement to Turkish daily newspaper Sabah, Blair added that it was now the first time that Turkey's full EU membership candidacy was being accepted at both statesmen and governmental levels. Blair said: "Doors are open for Turkey to attend the European Conference. Turkey and Britain are known for their pragmatic policies, and for policies that will of the benefit to both countries." /Sabah/

    [10] GOVERNMENT MOVES TO OVERCOME RED-TAPE

    A conference on public computer networks begins today in Ankara. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz will deliver the opening speech at the conference which is being held to work out the final details on a project for the establishment of a single computer network connecting all public establishments. The project will be instrumental in fighting bureaucratic red-tape. /Hurriyet/

    [11] TEXTILE SECTOR LEADERS EVALUATE IMPACT OF ASIAN CRISIS

    Ismet Ozcan, Chairman of the Turkish Association of Textile Producers, said that by June the impact of the Asian financial crisis shaking the Far East will also hit Turkey. The Association has prepared a report on the anticipated results of the crisis in Turkey and presented it to the cabinet and to Central Bank Chairman Gazi Ercel. Textile producers are planning to hold a summit meeting to discuss measures for minimizing the negative effects of the Asian crisis. /Hurriyet/

    [12] GREEK CYPRIOTS PREVENT TOURISTS FROM ENTERING TRNC

    Efforts by Greek fanatics to prevent tourists entering the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) continued yesterday at the Ledra Palace crossing between the two communities on the island. This time, they were also supported by the other youth groups. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] TURKEY WANTS DIALOGUE WITH SYRIA

    Turkey has again started seeking to renew political dialogue with Syria that Turkey cut-off because of Syrian support for the PKK terrorist organization. Ambassador Aykut Cekirge is going to Syria today. /Cumhuriyet/
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