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Turkish Press Review, 98-05-25

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

25.05.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] FLOODS CAUSE ENORMOUS DAMAGE
  • [02] ROMANIAN PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [03] HRA CHAIRMAN BIRDAL IDENTIFIES ASSAILANTS
  • [04] ECEVIT VISITS SOUTHEAST ANATOLIA
  • [05] SECURITY FORCES KILL 23 PKK TERRORISTS
  • [06] ENERGY CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL
  • [07] TURKISH-KAZAKH COOPERATION
  • [08] MILLER IN CYPRUS
  • [09] SEAWOLF EXERCISE IN AEGEAN
  • [10] ATV REPORTER ATTACKED
  • [11] INCREASE IN FOREIGN TRADE
  • [12] TURKISH-ISRAELI AGREEMENT
  • [13] STATE ALLOCATIONS FOR THE SOUTHEAST
  • [14] TURKEY REPORT TO IPI
  • [15] BIR IN ISRAEL
  • [16] KUANGYI: "TURCO-CHINESE RELATIONS ARE AT A GOOD LEVEL"
  • [17] ERDOGAN IN TOKYO
  • [18] TURKISH BOXERS RANK THIRD

  • [01] FLOODS CAUSE ENORMOUS DAMAGE

    Recent heavy rain fall has caused flooding in several western Black Sea towns, killing 16 people over the past three days. Troops used rubber boats and helicopters to evacuate 953 people from outlying villages in the region. Moreover, the rising waters flooded thousands of houses and destroyed bridges, roads and railway lines. As a result of the floods, eight people are still missing. President Suleyman Demirel, who visited the flood areas in the western Black Sea region, said that trust in the state should be secured. Demirel noted that the flooding had caused material damage worth TL 200 trillion in the region. Demirel, Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, State Minister Hasan Gemici and Minister of Public Works Yasar Topcu visited Karabuk and Bartin and were briefed by Karabuk Governor Cemal Ayman and Bartin Governor Fatih Eryilmaz.

    Eryilmaz said that they had warned the local people of more heavy rain fall, and added, that 78 % of Bartin was flooded with water levels reaching four meters at one point. Telephone communications with nearby cities was cut off and transportation was impossible. Military units, officials and volunteers are working in the area. /All papers/

    [02] ROMANIAN PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT TURKEY

    Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile will attend a conference with Cambridge Energy Reserve Associates (CERA), the private energy think-tank which is hosting the "Tale of Two Seas" meeting on Caspian Sea and the Black Sea in Istanbul. He will meet with President Suleyman Demirel and Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz. /Hurriyet/

    [03] HRA CHAIRMAN BIRDAL IDENTIFIES ASSAILANTS

    Following the arrest of six suspects who allegedly attacked the Human Rights Association (HRA) Chairman, Akin Birdal, who is still in hospital, has identified the suspects, Bahri Eken and Kerem Deretarla, who attacked him. They were later taken to the site of the incident to reenact the assault in the HRA offices in Ankara. The suspects will be questioned further by the police in Ankara on May 25. Meanwhile, Voice of Germany (VOG) radio said that the capture of the assailants who attacked HRA Chairman Akin Birdal in 10 days' time, was of great importance for Turkey's image. /All papers/

    [04] ECEVIT VISITS SOUTHEAST ANATOLIA

    Deputy Prime Minister and Democratic Left Party (DSP) Chairman Bulent Ecevit said that there were obstacles to directing investments into southeast Anatolia's most needy regions and that the state should overcome these difficulties by taking additional measures. Ecevit is continuing his visit to the Southeast with the aim of examining the implementation of investment incentives. Ecevit said a six-hour meeting with the region's governors had been very helpful in determining what hardships are faced in implementing measures taken by the government. Ecevit noted that regional governors viewed the government's incentives measures as "very positive". /All papers/

    [05] SECURITY FORCES KILL 23 PKK TERRORISTS

    Turkish security forces killed at least 23 members of the PKK terrorist organization in several clashes near the eastern town of Van and the southeastern towns of Tunceli and Siirt over the weekend. A written statement from the Emergency Rule Region said that a terrorist also surrendered to security forces near Van. According to the statement, security forces killed 11 PKK terrorists in outlying regions of Van, Siirt and Tunceli provinces yesterday. On Saturday, the deaths of an additional 12 PKK terrorists -killed in a three-hour firefight with security forces in Van- were also reported. /All papers/

    [06] ENERGY CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL

    Istanbul will host an important conference on energy between 27-29 May. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz will deliver an opening speech at the conference to be attended by many high-level officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Ukraine, Uzbekistan and the US including US Energy Secretary Federic Pena, Senator Chuck Hagel. During the conference, important issues such as the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline and Turkmen natural gas pipeline will be discussed. /Sabah/

    [07] TURKISH-KAZAKH COOPERATION

    Ilhan Ildeniz has been elected the chairman of the Kazakh-Turkish Businessmen's Association, which aims to bring together Turkish businessmen in Kazakhstan, contribute to the development of the economies of both countries and to provide professional, technical and social cooperation between the businessmen of the two countries. Ilhan Ildeniz said in a speech that the Turkish visa department will assist Turkish companies bringing to investments and trade which will help Kazakhstan with visa formalities. /Sabah/

    [08] MILLER IN CYPRUS

    US Cyprus Special Coordinator Thomas Miller will visit Cyprus today. Miller, who will meet with Turkish Cypriot President Rauf Denktas and Greek Cypriot Leader Glafkos Klerides, will mainly discuss Russian-made S-300 missiles to be deployed by the Greek Cypriot Administration. /Sabah/

    [09] SEAWOLF EXERCISE IN AEGEAN

    Turkish Naval Forces will hold SeaWolf'98 (Denizkurdu), one of the year's biggest annual naval exercises, in the international waters of the Aegean Sea and the eastern Medittrranean between June 3 and 26. A written statement from the Turkish General Staff over the weekend said that a briefing will be given on May 28 in the Navy's Golcuk headquarters. /All papers/

    [10] ATV REPORTER ATTACKED

    Adnan Gerger, a reporter from the private television channel, ATV, was attacked and beaten-up by three unidentified assailants and was hospitalized due to serious injuries on to face received during the attack. The reporters was cornered by the attackers who pursued him with a car and broke his nose. /All papers/

    [11] INCREASE IN FOREIGN TRADE

    According to the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade, Turkey has realised $380.2 in imports and $627.4 in exports with the US during the first two months of this year. It has also been announced that there was a 9.2 % increase in trade volume between the two countries in the same period of last year. Textiles, ready-to-wear clothing, tobacco, food-stuffs, iron and steel are some of the goods that the US imported from Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] TURKISH-ISRAELI AGREEMENT

    A new agreement which foresees the prevention of double taxation and tax evasion between Turkey and Israel was published yesterday in the Official Gazette following approval by the Council of Ministers. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] STATE ALLOCATIONS FOR THE SOUTHEAST

    The state has allocated almost one quadrillon TL for investments in east and southeast Anatolia over the last five years. According to the State Planning Department, the total for investments in 27 districts in east and southeast Anatolia comes to $1.9 billion. It has also been announced that the biggest share of new investments has gone to Diyarbakir. /Hurriyet/

    [14] TURKEY REPORT TO IPI

    The 47th meeting of the General Council of the International Press Institution (IPI) will be held today in Moscow. Chairman of the National Committee, Sami Kohen presented a report on Turkey at the Executive Board meeting held on Saturday. The report, which was the most detailed national committee report presented at the meeting, revealed recent developments in the Turkish press and gave a general overview of the country. At the end of the meeting it was decided to set up a fund to help journalists facing legal action in different parts of the world. /Milliyet/

    [15] BIR IN ISRAEL

    Deputy Chief of General Staff, Cevik Bir went to Israel on Saturday to hold contacts within the framework of bilateral military agreements between Turkey and Israel. Bir, who will start his official contacts today, is expected to meet with the Israeli Defense Minister, the Chief of General Staff and other senior military officials. /Milliyet/

    [16] KUANGYI: "TURCO-CHINESE RELATIONS ARE AT A GOOD LEVEL"

    In a special report to Milliyet daily newspaper, Chinese Ambassador to Ankara, Yao Kuangyi said that although political relations between Turkey and China were at "very good levels", economic relations were only increasing slowly. He added: "The trade volume between the two countries is very unsatisfactory compared with political relations. China is a huge market and Turkey has only a 2 % share in the market. We want more Turkish businessmen to go China. There will be more cooperation between Turkey and China especially in three sectors; energy, construction and textiles." /Milliyet/

    [17] ERDOGAN IN TOKYO

    Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan went yesterday to Tokyo. Erdogan will attend a World Metropolitans Forum which will start today. /Milliyet/

    [18] TURKISH BOXERS RANK THIRD

    During the 32nd Boxing Championship held in Belarus, Ramazan Phaliani, won a gold medal, while Nurhan Suleymanoglu and Ercument Arslan won silver medals. As a team, Turkish boxers ranked third during the championship. /Hurriyet/
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