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Turkish Press Review, 98-06-01

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

01.06.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] INTERVIEW WITH OCALAN CONFIRMS PKK-SYRIA TIES
  • [02] DEMOCRATIC TURKEY PARTY CONGRESS
  • [03] PRIME MINISTER'S TV STATEMENT
  • [04] TAI F-16 AIRCRAFT PROJECT
  • [05] $19 BILLION FOR GAP
  • [06] ECEVIT VISITS CHINA
  • [07] 13 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED
  • [08] KARADAYI TO VISIT US IN JULY
  • [09] TOBB CONVENTION MEETS IN ANKARA
  • [10] PARLIAMENT'S SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
  • [11] BRITAIN RE-EVALUATES CYPRUS MILITARY PLANS
  • [12] TALABANI: "WE WANT TO REBUILD RELATIONS WITH TURKEY"
  • [13] BRITISH TRADE DELEGATION TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [14] TASAR PARTICIPATES IN FAO MEETING
  • [15] TURKISH PC FIRM ACCLAIMED BY US MAGAZINE

  • [01] INTERVIEW WITH OCALAN CONFIRMS PKK-SYRIA TIES

    The latest issue of "Middle East Quarterly" covers an interview with the leader of the PKK terrorist organization, Abtullah "Apo" Ocalan, which indicates "organic ties" between the PKK and Syria. A professor from Tennesee,US, Michael Gunter met Ocalan in the Syrian capital of Damascus on March 13-14. Ocalan talked about how he organized the PKK and the PKK's ties with Syria and the ruling party of Greece, PASOK. It is remarkable that a part of the interview was made in a PKK camp and that "Apo" met with two PASOK parliamentarians during the interview. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] DEMOCRATIC TURKEY PARTY CONGRESS

    At the first annual congress of the Democratic Turkey Party (DTP), held yesterday, Husamettin Cindoruk was unanimously reelected as the party's chairman. The opposition front within the party lagged behind and the former members of the party's ruling board were reelected. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] PRIME MINISTER'S TV STATEMENT

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, making a statement on TV yesterday, said that his government was determined to fight against inflation and added that they were open to every proposal and called upon the other parties to cooperate in the struggle. Yilmaz noted that the public should be patient because the positive signals in the economy would be seen soon. /Hurriyet/

    [04] TAI F-16 AIRCRAFT PROJECT

    The Turkish Aviation Industry (TAI) is about to complete its F-16 project to produce aircraft to meet the need of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF). TAI has also started studies to produce remote control aircraft. TAI has already delivered 197 F-16 aircraft out of a first order of 243 to TAF. /Sabah/

    [05] $19 BILLION FOR GAP

    The Southeast Anatolian Project (GAP), which is the biggest project in the Turkish Republic and one of the leading regional development projects in the world, is envisaged to be finished with a further $19 billion in costs. To date, 41 % of the GAP has been completed with a total public sector expense of almost $13 billion. According to information of the Office of the GAP Regional Development Administration, public sector expenditures of TL 168.5 trillion are likely to be spent on completing the GAP project. /Hurriyet/

    [06] ECEVIT VISITS CHINA

    Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister Bulent Ecevit noted that the new relations initiated by Turkey with China and the Far East would soon be yielding results and said: "We have begun to re-discover the roots of Turkey in Asia". Ecevit, who went to Beijing two days ago as the guest of Deputy Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China, Cian Chichen, visited the Great Wall of China yesterday. Turkish Ambassador to Beijing Unal Unsal and officials from the Chinese Foreign Ministry also accompanied Ecevit. Later Unsal gave a luncheon in Ecevit's honour at the Turkish Embassy. Delivering a speech, Ecevit said that Turkey's breakthrough towards China and the Far East began during the period of Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic. /Hurriyet/

    [07] 13 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED

    Two members of the PKK terrorist organization have been killed near Kantar village in the Gercus district of Batman, one in the Seyh Mehmetttepe region of Sirnak and 10 near Cevre village in the Semdinli district of Hakkari. During the clashes, four members of the Turkish security forces died. /Hurriyet/

    [08] KARADAYI TO VISIT US IN JULY

    Chief of General Staff Gen.Ismail Hakki Karadayi, whose visits abroad have attracted attention due to their strategic impact, is now preparing to travel to the US on July 14 for a week-long visit. Regional strategic cooperation will be the main item on the agenda during talks. Karadayi will voice Turkish concerns to US officials over the planned delivery of controversial Russian-made S-300 missiles to Greek Cyprus by Russia. Karadayi and the delegation which will accompany him during his visit to Washington will also hold talks with the Pentagon regarding Turkey's air defense needs. /Sabah/

    [09] TOBB CONVENTION MEETS IN ANKARA

    The Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) held its regular 53rd general convention in Ankara over the weekend. The election for the Board of Directors was held yesterday. While current TOBB chairman, Fuat Miras, received 103 votes, Cengiz Kaptanoglu received 111 votes, the highest in the election. /Hurriyet/

    [10] PARLIAMENT'S SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz's expected meeting with Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal on Monday is likely to determine Parliament's working schedule for the week. The government will again propose to the CHP that nighttime working hours and Fridays be added to the Parliament's official schedule. /All papers/

    [11] BRITAIN RE-EVALUATES CYPRUS MILITARY PLANS

    It is reported that Britain has re-evaluated its military plans for Cyprus became of the Greek Cyprus Administration's deployment of Russian-made S-300 missiles next month. Accordingly the British Defense and Foreign Ministries are preparing to set-up a huge air-bridge to evacuate 250,000 British citizens from the island. According to the Sunday Times, the British government will also cooperate with British airways. The paper goes on to say that at the moment the British government will not sent additional force to the island in order to avoid cause any further reaction. /Milliyet/

    [12] TALABANI: "WE WANT TO REBUILD RELATIONS WITH TURKEY"

    Leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Celal Talabani said in a special interview with daily Milliyet newspaper that they would like to rebuild their relations with Turkey. He continued: "After Turkey closed its doors against us, Iran became the only alternative for us to open up to the world. We want to rebuild our relations with Turkey. We have started initiatives and asked the US to help us. However, we have not got any results yet. Turkey must believe that we did not provide any military camps for the PKK. And we do not approve of the PKK using northern Iraq as a base from where it can attack Turkey." /Milliyet/

    [13] BRITISH TRADE DELEGATION TO VISIT TURKEY

    A delegation comprised of the representatives of the Middle East Trade Committee (COMET) in England and top British tradesmen and investors will visit Turkey between June 7-13 , when they will meet with Turkish Foreign Trade Undersecretary officials who will inform them about the foreign trade capacity of Turkey and the rules to which foreign investors must conform. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] TASAR PARTICIPATES IN FAO MEETING

    Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Mustafa Tasar participated in the 21st European Conference arranged by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Estonia last week. Tasar said yesterday that he briefed participants about Turkish agricultural policies. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] TURKISH PC FIRM ACCLAIMED BY US MAGAZINE

    Nova Computer, one of the five Turkish computer firms active in Chicago, was evaluated as the best system producer by "PC Today", a noted magazine on computer technology. The firm is also developing computer systems for US Naval Forces submarines. /Cumhuriyet/
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