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Turkish Press Review, 98-05-26

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

26.05.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] ROMANIAN PRIME MINISTER MEETS WITH YILMAZ
  • [02] TURKEY, US HOLD EXERCISE IN MEDITERRANEAN
  • [03] DENKTAS TO MEET MILLER
  • [04] TURKISH LABOUR MINISTER IN GERMANY
  • [05] ENERGY CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL
  • [06] NEW EU STRATEGY FOR TURKEY
  • [07] ARMENIAN DRAFT TO BE DISCUSSED BY FRENCH PARLIAMENT
  • [08] INCREASE IN TURKEY'S ARMS EXPORTS
  • [09] DEPUTY CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF IN ISRAEL
  • [10] SWEDISH TRADE DELEGATION IN TURKEY
  • [11] NETHERLANDS RANKS THIRD AMONG COUNTRIES INVESTING IN TURKEY
  • [12] BAYKAL RE-ELECTED AS THE CHAIRMAN OF CHP
  • [13] FOREIGN POLICY AND GAP PROJECT ON THE AGENDA OF MGK
  • [14] BORTTSCHELLER: "PKK AIMS TO CREATE CHAOS"
  • [15] SLOVAKIA TO BAN MED TV
  • [16] HANS VAN DEN BROEK HOPEFUL ABOUT TURKISH-EU RELATIONS
  • [17] THIRD EURASIAN ISLAMIC COUNCIL HELD IN ANKARA

  • [01] ROMANIAN PRIME MINISTER MEETS WITH YILMAZ

    Prime Minister of Romania, Radu Vasile, who is in Istanbul to attend a conference on the Energy Future of the Caspian and Black Seas, met in Istanbul on May 25 with Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz to discuss trade relations between the two countries, reported the Anatolia news agency. Prime Minister Yilmaz said after the meeting that the growth of two-way trade between the two countries was very satisfactory. He added that Turkey and Romania would be key players in economic development, and promoting peace and stability in the region. Vasile said for his part that there was good cooperation between Turkey and Romania in every sector from banking to tourism.

    [02] TURKEY, US HOLD EXERCISE IN MEDITERRANEAN

    Turkish and American naval and air forces are to carry out a military exercise between May 26 and 29 in the international waters and airspace of the eastern Mediterranean. The exercise will include warships from the US Sixth Fleet and Turkish naval forces and warplanes. /Cumhuriyet-Milliyet/

    [03] DENKTAS TO MEET MILLER

    President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Rauf Denktas will meet with Thomas Miller, US special envoy to Cyprus, on Tuesday. Miller will participate in a conference in Greek Cyprus on Tuesday morning and then cross over the TRNC to meet Denktas. Miller is also scheduled to have talks with the representatives of the Greek Cypriot Administration to cancel the deployment of Russian-made S-300 missiles, which are scheduled for installation on the island in mid-August. /Hurriyet/

    [04] TURKISH LABOUR MINISTER IN GERMANY

    Turkish Labour Minister Nami Cagan, who has gone to Germany as the official guest of his German counterpart Norbert Blum, described his visit as an "important opportunity for the further development of relations and dialogue between the two countries". Following a meeting between the two ministers yesterday, German Labour Minister Blum said: "We know that Turkey is an important country and has a significant role in world policy". The two ministers and the delegations of the two countries will also hold a meeting today. /Milliyet/

    [05] ENERGY CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL

    President Suleyman Demirel and Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz said at an energy conference attended by regional countries yesterday in Istanbul that the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project had no alternative from many standpoints. Demirel noted that the Turkish straits were being subjected to danger and that a new transportation line was required. Yilmaz stated that the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project was superior to other alternatives from many aspects such as security, technology and the environment. Demirel thanked the countries involved especially the US for their support for Turkey regarding the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project. /Milliyet/

    [06] NEW EU STRATEGY FOR TURKEY

    In response to the "European Union (EU) Strategy for Turkey" prepared by the European Commission, the EU Coordination Council has completed its study, which aims to develop relations between Turkey and the EU. The Council presented its study called "Strategy for the development of Turkish-EU Relations" to Turkish State Minister responsible for EU affairs, Sukru Sina Gurel, yesterday. Gurel said that if the EU changed its discriminative stance against Turkey, then Turkey would review its attitude towards the EU.

    He indicated that the study included a proposal for the establishment of a consultation mechanism, which will provide for Turkey's participation in joint decision-making while determining relations especially with third countries. It is reported that after Gurel submits the study to Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Gurel is planning to visit Brussels. /Milliyet/

    [07] ARMENIAN DRAFT TO BE DISCUSSED BY FRENCH PARLIAMENT

    The so-called Armenian genocide draft, which has created diplomatic problems between France and Turkey, will be discussed today for the first time by the French Parliament. The draft will be initially discussed at the Foreign Relations Commission and then at the Bureau of Assembly. Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz had earlier said that if the draft was approved, relations between Turkey and France would be seriously damaged. /Milliyet/

    [08] INCREASE IN TURKEY'S ARMS EXPORTS

    The Turkish Machinery and Chemicals Industry (MKEK) exports arms to 50 countries. According to officials from the MKEK General Directorate, Turkey's arms exports made via the MKEK, have tripled during the last five years. MKEK officials have noted that South Korea, Pakistan, Oman, Jordan, Tunisia, Switzerland, Britain, Denmark, Norway, Finland and the US are all major importers of Turkish-made weapons. /Milliyet/

    [09] DEPUTY CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF IN ISRAEL

    Deputy Chief of General Staff Cevik Bir started contacts in Israel yesterday. Director of the Middle East Department of the Foreign Ministry, Aykut Cekirge is accompanying Bir who is participating in strategic assessment meetings held by Israel and Turkey twice a year in line with an agreement signed by the two countries which want to cooperate in military fields. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] SWEDISH TRADE DELEGATION IN TURKEY

    A delegation of Swedish tradesmen, headed by the undersecretary of the Swedish Industry and Trade Ministry, visited yesterday the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD). The delegation will continue contacts in Ankara where it will seek ways to improve bilateral commercial relations between Sweden and Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] NETHERLANDS RANKS THIRD AMONG COUNTRIES INVESTING IN TURKEY

    In an interview with "Cumhuriyet" daily newspaper, Dutch Consul, Adrian J. Quanjer noted the huge investment capacity of the Netherlands in Turkey. He said that the Netherlands takes third place among countries investing in Turkey while the United States and France hold the first and second places. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] BAYKAL RE-ELECTED AS THE CHAIRMAN OF CHP

    The Republican People's Party (CHP), held its 28th national convention over the weekend in Ankara. Deniz Baykal was re-elected as the chairman of the CHP with 875 votes out of a total 1,169 voters. /Sabah/

    [13] FOREIGN POLICY AND GAP PROJECT ON THE AGENDA OF MGK

    The National Security Council (MGK) will meet today under the chairmanship of President Suleyman Demirel. The current situation of the Southeast Anatolia Project (GAP), the flood disaster which happened last week in Turkey, and Turkey's Syria, Cyprus and Greece policies are all on the agenda of the Council. /Sabah/

    [14] BORTTSCHELLER: "PKK AIMS TO CREATE CHAOS"

    Bremen Interior Minister Ralf Borttscheller visited his Turkish counterpart Murat Basesgioglu yesterday in Ankara. During the visit Basesgioglu said that prevention of separatist terrorist activities had the priority on the agenda of Turkey. Borttscheller said for his part that there should be cooperation throughout the world against terrorist activities. He added: "The PKK aims to hold demonstrations against Turkey in Europe and cause clashes to create chaos." /Sabah/

    [15] SLOVAKIA TO BAN MED TV

    Speaker of the Slovakian Parliament, Ivan Gasporovic met yesterday with Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin in Ankara. At the meeting Gasporovic said that senior officials of the Slovakian telecommunications institution would come to Ankara to meet with their Turkish counterparts. He added that they had already started initiatives to cancel the contract with MED TV. /Sabah/

    [16] HANS VAN DEN BROEK HOPEFUL ABOUT TURKISH-EU RELATIONS

    Hans van den Broek, the European Commission's commissioner for foreign relations, expressed hope that the European Union (EU) could still find a way to improve relations. Van den Broek expressed disappointment over "Turkey's staying away", saying this was not a way to solve problems.

    Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel said he intended to meet Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem in Luxembourg on Thursday at a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Kinkel said the EU must work hard to mend fences with Turkey while also attempting to persuade Greece to lift its veto against a 375 million ECU ($415 million) aid package for Ankara. /Hurriyet/

    [17] THIRD EURASIAN ISLAMIC COUNCIL HELD IN ANKARA

    The third meeting of the Islamic Council of Eurasia began in Ankara on Monday with the participation of 48 foreign guests from several countries, from Albania to the Russian Federation. Mehmet Nuri Yilmaz, the head of the Religious Affairs Directorate, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin, Hafiz Sabri Koci from the Islamic Society of Albania, Allahsukur Pasazade of Azerbaijan, Mehmet Emin Aga of Western Thrace, Mustafa Efendi Ceric from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ahmet Kadirov from Chechenya were among the participants. /Cumhuriyet-Hurriyet/

    END


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