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Turkish Press Review, 98-05-13

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

13.05.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEMIREL RETURNS HOME
  • [02] SEZGIN: "THE AEGEAN SHOULD BE A SEA OF PEACE"
  • [03] NAVAL FORCES COMMANDER TO ATHENS
  • [04] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS APPROVES 'BLUE FLOW' PROJECT
  • [05] TANER: "WE DO NOT NEED AN AGREEMENT"
  • [06] AKIN BIRDAL SHOT
  • [07] US AND GERMANY CONDEMN ATTACK ON BIRDAL
  • [08] KINKEL: "WE ARE DEEPLY SORROWFUL"
  • [09] BRITAIN CONDEMNS BIRDAL ATTACK
  • [10] 'MY TURKEY PARTY' FOUNDED
  • [11] SALIH YILDIRIM IN WASHINGTON
  • [12] TURKEY OPENS ADVISOR TENDER FOR THY SELL-OFF
  • [13] IS BANK SHARES IN LONDON EXCHANGE
  • [14] ATATURK ON FRENCH TV
  • [15] POLICE VEHICLE HIT BY MINE

  • [01] DEMIREL RETURNS HOME

    President Suleyman Demirel, who attended the 5th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit in Kazakhstan, returned home last night. Demirel also visited Cimkent and Turkhistan together with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev yesterday. Later Demirel and Nazarbayev went to Ahmet Yesevi International Turk-Kazakh University. In a speech at the university Demirel said that unity, friendship and love were the principles of the Turkish world which spread from from Adriatic Sea to the Great Wall of China. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] SEZGIN: "THE AEGEAN SHOULD BE A SEA OF PEACE"

    Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin, attending the Western European Union (WEU) Defense Ministers meeting on the Greek island of Rhodes, gave a statement to Greek daily newspaper Ta Nea saying that disputes between Turkey and Greece should be solved through dialogue and good will. He added that he did not believe that S-300 missiles would be deployed in to Greek Cyprus, risking further tension in Turkish-Greek relations. Sezgin added that the Greek Cypriot administration could not, in fact, represent the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). /Sabah/

    [03] NAVAL FORCES COMMANDER TO ATHENS

    Naval Forces Commander Admiral Salim Dervisoglu will go to Athens tomorrow in order to attend a Western European Union (WEU) Naval Forces Commanders meeting. It is expected that during the visit Dervisoglu will meet his Greek counterpart. /Sabah/

    [04] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS APPROVES 'BLUE FLOW' PROJECT

    An agreement related to the 'Blue Flow' project was approved by the Turkish Council of Ministers yesterday. According to the project, Russian natural gas will be transported to Turkey through a pipeline to be laid underneath the Black Sea. The pipeline will be constructed by RAO Gazprom, a Russian company, in the territories of the Russian Federation and by a consortium established with RAO Gazprom's main construction firm and Turkish companies in Turkish territories. The initial international agreement for this project was signed between Turkey and Russia on December 15, 1997, in Ankara. /Milliyet/

    [05] TANER: "WE DO NOT NEED AN AGREEMENT"

    The IMF delegation has completed its annual check in Turkey and has presented its report. While the IMF delegation wanted reforms to be made, Head of the IMF Turkish Desk, Martin Hardy, pointed out that financial discipline should further continue and said: "The best service to be made by this government will be to reduce the rate of inflation". State Minister Gunes Taner said for his part that Turkey had foreign exchange reserves worth $36 billion and added: "We do not need an agreement with the IMF".

    The IMF delegation, which has been making contacts in Turkey for two weeks, met again with State Minister Taner yesterday. Following the meeting, Taner noted that the delegation had completed its first report. Taner stated that in the IMF report, it was pointed out that the rate of inflation should be reduced and that reforms including especially social security reform should be realized as soon as possible. /Milliyet/

    [06] AKIN BIRDAL SHOT

    Leading human rights activist and Human Rights Association (IHD) Chairman Akin Birdal was shot and seriously wounded by two unidentified gunmen at his office in Ankara yesterday. Birdal was rushed to a nearby hospital and underwent surgery for over four hours when six bullets were removed from his body. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz condemned the attack and pledged immediate action to arrest the attackers. "I am deeply sorrowful and I condemn the attack. The assailants will be caught as soon as possible". Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit called the attack "an ugly and grievous incident". Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin said he "strongly condemned" the attack. /All papers/

    [07] US AND GERMANY CONDEMN ATTACK ON BIRDAL

    The US Administration has condemned the attack on Akin Birdal yesterday with an official statement. US State Department Spokesman James Rubin said in a statement that the US administration harshly condemned that attack on Akin Birdal and called upon Turkish officials to bring all those responsible to justice. Rubin said: "The US administration supports all non-governmental organizations, which play an important role in a democratic state and calls upon the Turkish government to provide an environment in which these kinds of organizations can further develop". /Milliyet/

    [08] KINKEL: "WE ARE DEEPLY SORROWFUL"

    Head of the Greens Group in the European Parliament, German Parliamentarian Claudia Roth, also condemned the attack on Birdal. Delivering a speech at a session of the European Parliament's General Council, Roth called for the immediate arrest and trial of those who carried out the attack on Birdal. Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel expressed his sorrow over the attack on Birdal. A German Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that Kinkel wanted the attackers to be arrested as soon as possible. /Milliyet/

    [09] BRITAIN CONDEMNS BIRDAL ATTACK

    British Ambassador to Ankara, David Logan condemned yesterday's attack on the chairman of the Human Rights Association (IHD), Akin Birdal, in a letter to IHD General Secretary Hamza Ucar. In his letter Logan said that they believed that Turkey would continue with efforts to improve human rights despite such brutal attacks. The Belgian Ambassador to Ankara also condemned the attack. /Sabah/

    [10] 'MY TURKEY PARTY' FOUNDED

    An application to set up a new party, the My Turkey Party (TP), was delivered to the Interior Ministry on Monday. The party's chairman is the former chairman of the Independent Artisans' and Tradesmen's Association, Durmus Ali Eker. /All papers/

    [11] SALIH YILDIRIM IN WASHINGTON

    State Minister Salih Yildirim, who is currently in Washington, said during a press conference with Turkish journalists that institutions such as the World Bank, the US Trade and Development Agency (TDA), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the US Eximbank were interested in financing various social development projects related to the Southeast Anatolian Project (GAP). Yildirim and his delegation of senior bureaucrats will leave the US on May 21 after a tour of the Tennessee Valley Authority and similar projects in Arizona, New York and California. /All papers/

    [12] TURKEY OPENS ADVISOR TENDER FOR THY SELL-OFF

    Turkey has launched a tender to select a consultant for the privatization of Turkish Airlines (THY), the country's Privatization Administration (OIB) said. In a statement, the OIB said invitations had been sent to eight candidates for the project to advise on the international and domestic offering of a 25 % stake in the airline this year. It asked the eight companies to present their bids by June 1. Subsequently, a shortlist will be prepared. /All papers/

    [13] IS BANK SHARES IN LONDON EXCHANGE

    The latest bulletin issued by the Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) says that Is Bank shares, brokered by the Bank of New York, can be exchanged on the London Stock Exchange. /Miliyet/

    [14] ATATURK ON FRENCH TV

    A television programme presented by FredeCric Mitterrand, a historical programmes specialist on the France-2 TV channel, praised Ataturk and highlighted aspects of his life and successes. The programme, which lasted more than one and a half hours, also commented that other Islamic countries must follow Ataturk principles . /Hurriyet/

    [15] POLICE VEHICLE HIT BY MINE

    A vehicle carrying a special Turkish police team was hit by a mine near Elazig yesterday evening. One policeman died and four were injured. /Hurriyet/
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