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Turkish Press Review, 98-05-14

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

14.05.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] 7,000 EURASIAN ENTREPRENEURS
  • [02] DEMIREL: "ECONOMIC BORDERS BEING LIFTED"
  • [03] ISMAIL CEM IN BULGARIA
  • [04] IMF TO DISCUSS TURKEY IN JULY
  • [05] "TURKEY IS IMPORTANT"
  • [06] GREEK CYPRIOTS TO PURCHASE 18 S-300 MISSILES
  • [07] INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL
  • [08] TURKEY, GEORGIA HOLD JOINT MILITARY EXERCISES
  • [09] ASILTURK JOINS FP
  • [10] MILLER TO VISIT CYPRUS AT THE END OF MAY
  • [11] BIRDAL IS RECOVERING
  • [12] "INCLUDE TURKEY IN EU"
  • [13] OPERATIONS IN SOUTHEAST
  • [14] TURKISH-GREEK JOURNALISTS IN PARIS
  • [15] TURKEY DENOUNCES INDIA'S NUCLEAR TESTS
  • [16] TURKISH-UAE JEC MEETINGS START IN ANKARA

  • [01] 7,000 EURASIAN ENTREPRENEURS

    President Suleyman Demirel, who attended the First Turkish States Economic Summit held in Istanbul yesterday, said that the Central Asian Republics were trying to develop by using their own enormous underground resources. Demirel noted that Turkey was a key country in the region. He also recalled that 7,000 Turkish businessmen had achieved a trade volume worth $7 billion in the region and that Turkey had extended credits worth $1 billion to those countries.

    Noting that Turkey should form a "Eurasian strategy", State Minister Ahad Andican said for his part that such a strategy would open the way for the private sector. Andican, who also participated in the Summit, stated that 7,000 entrepreneurs, who could be called "Eurasian Turks", were making investments in these countries. He added that Turkey would play an important role in the transfer of capital, in energy distribution and technological investments in those countries.

    Meanwhile, World Bank Director for Turkey Ajay Chhibber said that the Turkish economy was the most dynamic economy in the Eastern Mediterranean and that with an average 5 % growth rate, Turkey had a strong position in exports. Chhibber noted that Turkey played a significant role in the development of economic cooperation among the economies of the Eastern Mediterranean and Central Asia. /Hurriyet-Sabah/

    [02] DEMIREL: "ECONOMIC BORDERS BEING LIFTED"

    The 23rd Economists' Week organized by the Economy Faculty of Istanbul University started yesterday. Delivering an opening speech, President Suleyman Demirel said that people were living in a world where economic borders were being lifted. Demirel added: "The Turkish economy will receive its share from these developments". /Hurriyet/

    [03] ISMAIL CEM IN BULGARIA

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem has begun his mini-Balkan tour to Bulgaria and Romania. During the first day of his two-day visit to Bulgaria Cem met yesterday with his Bulgarian counterpart Nadezhda Mihaylov. Bilateral relations, Bulgaria's NATO membership, bilateral investments, security in the Balkans, the Kosovo issue, and a NATO-framework peacekeeping force were the top issues on the agenda of the two ministers.

    Later in the day, Cem met with members of the Bulgarian parliamentary commission on foreign and integration policies, and with Bulgaria's national security council. He then opened an exhibition on Ataturk in the Bulgarian National Library. /All papers/

    [04] IMF TO DISCUSS TURKEY IN JULY

    An IMF delegation headed by Turkish Desk Chief Martin Hardy, which has been holding contacts for two weeks, left Ankara yesterday. Two separate reports to be prepared by the delegation will be presented to the IMF Executive Board in the second half of July. A report on "Recent Economic Developments" will explain developments in Turkish economy. The second report, an "Experts Report", will include policies and suggestions about future projects. /Hurriyet/

    [05] "TURKEY IS IMPORTANT"

    US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright said in a conference on the Middle East that Turkish-American relations was very important for them. She recalled that during the last meeting with her Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem, that they had stressed the importance of these relations. Regarding the Cyprus issue, Albright said that they were for a bi-communal federation on the island. /Sabah/

    [06] GREEK CYPRIOTS TO PURCHASE 18 S-300 MISSILES

    It is reported that the Greek Cypriots are going ahead with the purchase of 18 S-300 missiles from Russia. Greek Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Yannos Kranityotis said in a statement yesterday to the Simerini newspaper published in Greek Cyprus that the number of S-300 missiles that will be deployed in Greek Cyprus will be 18 and that these missiles were not a threat to Turkey. /Hurriyet-Cumhuriyet/

    [07] INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL

    The US government's Trade and Development Agency is organizing an energy conference in Istanbul between May 27-29, aiming to introduce American companies, interested in projects worth 20 billion dollars in the Black Sea, the Caucasus and Central Asia, to the regional countries involved. Representatives of 13 countries, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine will participate in the conference which will be hosted by the Turkish government. /Milliyet/

    [08] TURKEY, GEORGIA HOLD JOINT MILITARY EXERCISES

    The first Turkish-Georgian joint sea manoeuvres, planned during Chief of General Staff Ismail Hakki Karadayi's visit to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi last month, have been staged in the Black Sea. The exercises were Turkey's first joint military manoeuvres with an erstwhile Soviet Republic country. /Milliyet/

    [09] ASILTURK JOINS FP

    Malatya Independent Deputy Oguzhan Asilturk joined the Virtue Party (FP) yesterday. Thus the number of FP seats in the Turkish Parliament reaches 143. /Hurriyet/

    [10] MILLER TO VISIT CYPRUS AT THE END OF MAY

    US Cyprus Coordinator Thomas Miller will visit Cyprus again at the end of this month. It is expected that high-level meetings between representatives of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities on the island will be held in June. /Sabah/

    [11] BIRDAL IS RECOVERING

    Chairman of the Human Rights Association (IHD) Akin Birdal, who was shot and taken to hospital on Tuesday, is recovering. Meanwhile, a draft decision regarding Turkey prepared by political groups in the European Parliament has been put on the agenda of an "urgent issues" session of the European Bureau of the Assembly. French Ambassador to Ankara Daniel Lequertier has described the attack on Birdal as "treacherous". /Sabah/

    [12] "INCLUDE TURKEY IN EU"

    The U.S. President, who went yesterday to Germany for an official visit, asked the European Union (EU) to take Turkey into the EU. Clinton said that the EU should evaluate Turkey's membership application according to the standards applied to other Central European countries. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] OPERATIONS IN SOUTHEAST

    Four more PKK members were killed during security operations being conducted in the Tanin region of Sirnak. Ten PKK members were also captured in the Bismil, Hazro, and Kulp provinces of the Diyarbakir and Nusaybin townships of Mardin. According to military sources operations will continue in the region. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] TURKISH-GREEK JOURNALISTS IN PARIS

    Turkish and Greek journalists met on 12-13 May in Paris. The meeting was organized by UNESCO, which announced 2000 as the "year of peace". Bilateral problems in the media, professional ethics and principles, the foreign policies of the Turkish and Greek governments and the PKK terror organization were some of the topics discussed during the meeting. A final communique prepared by senior UNESCO officials was issued at the end of the meeting declaring that dialogue between Turkish and Greek journalists would be sustained and that UNESCO would create the necessary opportunities for these meetings. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] TURKEY DENOUNCES INDIA'S NUCLEAR TESTS

    Turkey has denounced the recent nuclear tests conducted by India. "As a country which was one of the first to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Turkey views the recent nuclear tests conducted by India as a worrisome development," Foreign Ministry spokesman Sermet Atacanli said on Wednesday. /All papers/

    [16] TURKISH-UAE JEC MEETINGS START IN ANKARA

    The Turkey-United Arab Emirates (UAE) Fifth Term Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meetings started yesterday in Ankara under the co-chairmanship of State Minister Metin Gurdere, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. An Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade statement said that an UAE delegation, headed by Sheikh Fahem bin Sultan Al-Quassimi, the UAE Economy and Trade Minister, had arrived in Turkey to participate in the meetings and to hold contacts. The statement stressed that many infrastructural and industrial projects would soon be realized, adding that the contribution of Turkish construction companies to these projects would primarily be discussed during the JEC meeting.
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