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Turkish Press Review, 98-02-25

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

25.02.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] THY PLANE HIJACKED
  • [02] KARADAYI TO VISIT MOSCOW
  • [03] BLAIR WARNS GREEK CYPRIOTS ABOUT S-300 MISSILES
  • [04] 20 PKK MILITANTS KILLED
  • [05] DEPAR STARTS POLITICAL LIFE
  • [06] ATHENS AGAIN POINTS TO ICJ
  • [07] MULTILATERAL DISCUSSION ON BAKU-CEYHAN
  • [08] DORON IN TURKEY
  • [09] TL 1 QUADRILLION ALLOCATED FOR EDUCATION
  • [10] TURKISH EXPORT GOODS IN HONG KONG
  • [11] MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS IN WASHINGTON
  • [12] TURKISH DIPLOMACY WINS ADMIRATION
  • [13] FP EMERGES AS MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY
  • [14] TUSIAD MEETING ON HUMAN RIGHTS
  • [15] TURKISH MINORITY IN GERMANY
  • [16] UN SECRETARY-GENERAL ACKNOWLEDGES TURKEY
  • [17] OECD DEFINES NEW PRINCIPLES IN COMPETITION
  • [18] TURKISH-LIBYAN RELATIONS TO BE RESTORED

  • [01] THY PLANE HIJACKED

    An RJ 100-type Turkish Airlines (THY) passenger plane, which took-off from Adana last night for Ankara, was hijacked and forced to fly to Diyarbakir. The hijacker, Mehmet Dal (31), was overpowered by the crew and passengers in the aircraft at 02:00 a.m. /Milliyet/

    [02] KARADAYI TO VISIT MOSCOW

    Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen.Ismail Hakki Karadayi is planning to visit Moscow as the guest of the Russian Chief of General Staff. Gen.Karadayi attended a celebration party yesterday night at the Russian Embassy in Ankara on the occasion of the Russian Federation Army Day.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will go to Jordan tomorrow for a two-day official visit. Cem will meet with the Jordanian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. Cem will also come together with Jordanian King Hussein at a luncheon. /Milliyet/

    [03] BLAIR WARNS GREEK CYPRIOTS ABOUT S-300 MISSILES

    Following the US, Britain has also declared that Russian-made S-300 missiles should not be deployed in southern Greek Cyprus. According to Greek Cypriot radio, British Prime Minister Tony Blair sent a message to Greek Cypriot Leader Glafkos Klerides and tried to persuade him not to deploy S-300 missiles on the island. Blair also called upon Klerides to demonstrate "good intention" with regard to the rightful demands of Turkish Cypriots for equal political status.

    President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas, has stated that he will not meet with Cyprus Special Envoy for Britain, Sir David Hannay, who is expected to arrive in Cyprus tomorrow. Denktas noted that visa restrictions imposed by Britain on only Turkish Cypriots and not Greek Cypriots, was unfair. /Milliyet/

    [04] 20 PKK MILITANTS KILLED

    Twenty militants of the PKK terrorist organization have been killed in overnight clashes, government officials in southeast Turkey said yesterday. During the clashes, two Turkish soldiers also died. The office of the emergency rule region said clashes broke out in mountains near Diyarbakir, when PKK separatists shot at an army patrol on Monday night. Fighting continued into the morning. The bodies of 20 militants, along with their weapons, were recovered Tuesday morning, the office said in a written statement. /Milliyet/

    [05] DEPAR STARTS POLITICAL LIFE

    The Changing Turkey Party (DEPAR), formed under the chairmanship of the former Democratic Left Party (DSP), and now led by independent deputy Gokhan Capoglu, has submitted a petition for establishment to the Interior Ministry. With the founding of DEPAR, the number of political parties in Turkey has gone up to 35. Capoglu said that with the establishment of the party, choices will be made even clearer to the undecided segment of the population. /All papers/

    [06] ATHENS AGAIN POINTS TO ICJ

    Greece yesterday conveyed its official response to Turkey's five-point initiative for peaceful settlement of all current Aegean disputes, in which it focused again on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague as the forum where bilateral disputes should be solved.

    Turco-Greek disputes in the Aegean include the following basic issues: territorial waters and airspace, the continental shelf, Flight Information region (FIR) lines, militarization of the Aegean islands and the ownership of some islands. However, Greece maintains that the continental shelf is the only issue of friction. /All papers/

    [07] MULTILATERAL DISCUSSION ON BAKU-CEYHAN

    An important meeting will be held in Istanbul on March 1 for a broad discussion of Turkey's proposal for the construction of an oil pipeline extending from the Azerbaijani capital of Baku to Turkey's southern port of Ceyhan. With the participation of the foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Turkey, the countries involved will exchange ideas and seek a common consensus on the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline. /Milliyet/

    [08] DORON IN TURKEY

    Chief Rabbi of Israel Bakshi Doron and the delegation accompanying him called on Mehmet Nuri Yilmaz, head of the General Directorate of Religious Affairs, on Monday at his Ankara office, as a part of their visit to Turkey. Doron said that rather than political and military relations, cultural and religious rapprochment between Turkey and Israel was an essential element. Doron also commented that Jews in Turkey live in a peaceful and tolerant environment which he admired.

    Yilmaz said, for his part, that this year a peace conference would be organized on Mount Ararat at the suggestion of the European Churches Union. Later on Tuesday afternoon, Doron visited Culture Minister Istemihan Talay as well. /All papers/

    [09] TL 1 QUADRILLION ALLOCATED FOR EDUCATION

    Speaking at a meeting held in Ankara to evaluate the capital investments planned for the eight-year compulsory education programme, Education Minister Hikmet Ulugbay stated that in order to provide a modern infrastructure for primary education, a total TL 1 quadrillion in resources had been allocated from the investment budget of the 1998 ministry consolidated budget. /Hurriyet/

    [10] TURKISH EXPORT GOODS IN HONG KONG

    The Hong Kong Trade Development Council Representative in Turkey discussed applications directed towards increasing the economic trade potential of Turkey in Hong Kong in a seminar on "Hong Kong, the Best Trade Partner in the Far East". Turkish Representative of the Council, Yakup Barouh said that Hong Kong was still the best country in the Far East with which to trade and added that products of companies which would like to export to Hong Kong could be exhibited free in a fair to be organized there. European Director Joseph Lee and Chairman of the Istanbul Chamber of Trade Mehmet Yildirim, also attended the seminar. /Sabah/

    [11] MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS IN WASHINGTON

    Minister of Communications Necdet Menzir went yesterday to the US to attend a American-Turkish Council Meeting. Before his departure, Menzir said that they would explain the "Bosphorus Railway Tube Tunnel" or "Marmaray" project and the "Gebze-Halkali Underground Road Projects" at the Council. /Sabah/

    [12] TURKISH DIPLOMACY WINS ADMIRATION

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem's efforts to ensure a regional cooperation agreement in the Middle East is still being talked about in Baghdad. Cem's efforts during the crisis have gained more importance now the crisis is over. Diplomatic circles have noted Turkey's cooperation with France and Russia to end the crisis. Accordingly, Cem's Jordan visit to be realised this weekend is being closely followed by Baghdad. Iraq welcomes Turkey's stance against a military solution. /Sabah/

    [13] FP EMERGES AS MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY

    More than 100 deputies from the outlawed Welfare Party (RP) joined yesterday the newly established Virtue Party (FP). FP officials applied yesterday to the Parliamentary Administrative Council for the establishment of a party group and held their first party group meeting. The FP is now the largest opposition party in Parliament. /Sabah/

    [14] TUSIAD MEETING ON HUMAN RIGHTS

    The Turkish Businessmen`s and Industrialists' Association (TUSIAD) held yesterday a meeting on democratization in Turkey. Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin also attended the meeting and said that the duty of the state to protect human rights ought to be included in the Constitution. He called on political parties to agree on passing the necessary legal regulations for initiating a drive for democratization and protection of human rights in Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] TURKISH MINORITY IN GERMANY

    According to the Turkish Research Centre based in Germany, the number of Turks migrating to Germany has increased greatly since the 1960s. Turks living in Germany number more than two million, and represent three percent of the total German population. Officials from the Turkish Research Centre say that Turks in Germany could be regarded as a minority. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] UN SECRETARY-GENERAL ACKNOWLEDGES TURKEY

    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has averted a possible military attack against Iraq, expressed yesterday his gratitude to several statesmen, including Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, for their support in finding a peaceful solution to the Iraq-UN crisis. /Hurriyet/

    [17] OECD DEFINES NEW PRINCIPLES IN COMPETITION

    A Common Trade and Competition Group Meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which is being held in Paris, took a series of decisions having impact on foreign companies investing in Turkey. At the meeting, where Turkey was represented by a delegation from the Competition Council headed by Aydin Ayaydin, new principles concerning foreign banks were also agreed on. Aydin Ayaydin noted that all these new decisions and principles were obligatory for Turkey as well as the other OECD members. According to Ayaydin's statement, underlying principles are based on equality between foreign and domestic investments, and confidentiality of information submitted to the competition councils. The new principles lift several restrictions on foreign companies and banks expanding abroad. /Hurriyet/

    [18] TURKISH-LIBYAN RELATIONS TO BE RESTORED

    Turkey's relations with Libya have been restored officially. Relations with this country long since damaged by remarks made by Libyan Leader Kaddafi when former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan visited that country, have slowly been improving. President Suleyman Demirel yesterday received the new Libyan Ambassador to Ankara, when he presented his creditentials. /Hurriyet/
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