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Turkish Press Review, 98-06-02

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

02.06.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] ECEVIT IN CHINA
  • [02] CETIN: "FRENCH SENATE SHOULD NOT ENDORSE ARMENIAN BILL"
  • [03] LUXEMBOURG PM COMMENTS ON EU EXTENSION
  • [04] PKK ATTACK IN SOUTHEASTERN ANATOLIA
  • [05] EUROPEAN COUNCIL REPORT ANNOYS TURKEY
  • [06] TURKEY LAYS DOWN TWO CONDITIONS
  • [07] GERMAN DELEGATION IN TURKEY
  • [08] TURKEY CONDEMNS FRENCH PARLIAMENT'S DECISION
  • [09] NUSED: "SUSPEND RELATIONS"
  • [10] TURKEY-TRNC JOINT COMMITTEE
  • [11] ECONOMIC LOSSES OF TL 300 TRILLION
  • [12] IMF DEPUTY CHAIRMAN TO ANKARA
  • [13] BIG BLOW TO INFLATION
  • [14] SAVAS ELECTED AS RTUK CHAIRMAN
  • [15] INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR HISTORICAL REMAINDERS IN NIMROD
  • [16] ENVIRONMENT MEETING IN BONN
  • [17] 40,000 JAPANESE TOURISTS VISIT CAPPADOCIA

  • [01] ECEVIT IN CHINA

    Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit continues with his contacts in China. During his contacts, Ecevit has discussed Cyprus, the Aegean islets, membership negotiations between the Greek Cypriots and the European Union (EU), deployment of Russian-made S-300 missiles in southern Cyprus and issues involving Iraq with Chinese officials. Ecevit has met Chinese President Jiang Zemin, State Economic Housing Reform Deputy President Wan Jiefei and Communist Party Central Committee Foreign Relations President Dai Bingguo. /Hurriyet/

    [02] CETIN: "FRENCH SENATE SHOULD NOT ENDORSE ARMENIAN BILL"

    Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin has warned his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, and the deputy speaker of the French Senate, Paul Girod, that Turco-French relations will suffer significant damage if the country's Senate endorses the "so-called Armenian genocide" bill, which the French parliament passed last Friday. He also underlined that the French bill would encourage the radical and nationalist wings of the new Armenian government and might open the way for another wave of Armenian terrorists attacks against Turks.

    Cetin met the French parliamentarians on Monday on the sidelines of a meeting of parliament speakers from Mediterranean countries and the European Union (EU) in Palermo, on the Italian island of Sicily. Top issues on the agenda of the upcoming Euro-Med parliament speakers' conference on 3-4 June are commercial and financial cooperation, the flow of migration, assistance for economic reforms and cooperation on human rigts. /Hurriyet-Milliyet/

    [03] LUXEMBOURG PM COMMENTS ON EU EXTENSION

    Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean Claude Juncker said yesterday that the extension process of the European Union (EU) could not be completed unless all the centre and eastern European countries, Turkey and Cyprus were included in the EU. Juncker noted that the same criterion was valid for all the candidates and that Turkey was not an exception. /Hurriyet/

    [04] PKK ATTACK IN SOUTHEASTERN ANATOLIA

    11 village guards died in a clash with the PKK terrorists the previous night in a village near Sirnak in southeast Anatolia. The terrorists also stole 700 sheep belonging to the villagers. /Hurriyet/

    [05] EUROPEAN COUNCIL REPORT ANNOYS TURKEY

    A report prepared by the European Council's Commission for Immigrants and Refugees will be argued in the council's meetings between June 22-26. The report severely criticises Turkey's policy towards Kurdish villagers in southeast Anatolia and Northern Iraq. The first appearance of the report in the council dates back to the Gulf Crisis when a mass exodus of Kurdish people from Iraq to Turkey occurred. /Sabah/

    [06] TURKEY LAYS DOWN TWO CONDITIONS

    Turkey will stress two important conditions including the free movement of workers, which has a key role in the implementation of the Customs Union, and participation in the decision-making process of the European Union (EU) during a meeting headed by Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz on Friday. Turkey did not attend an Association Council meeting on May 25 which envisaged taking up issues concerning the CU on account of the Greek veto on EU financial aid to Turkey and a series of political conditions imposed by the EU on Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] GERMAN DELEGATION IN TURKEY

    A delegation from the German Unions' Association is visiting Turkey. Spokesman of the Association and Chairman of the Hamburg Region, Erhard Pumm, replying to questions from journalists, criticized EU policies regarding Turkey and said: "We do not approve of the EU Luxembourg decisions taken against Turkey, or of German Prime Minister Kohl's statements regarding Turkey. We want Turkey to be included in the EU". /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] TURKEY CONDEMNS FRENCH PARLIAMENT'S DECISION

    Acting Speaker of the Turkish Parliament Hasan Korkmazcan has declared that it has been decided that a bulletin regarding the draft law on the so-called Armenian genocide approved in the French National Assembly will be prepared and that the French decision will be denounced at the General Council of the Turkish Parliament. Korkmazcan noted it was also decided that a seminar will be held on the issue. Many organizations including the Turkish Young Businessmen's Association have made statements comdemning the decision taken by the French Parliament. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] NUSED: "SUSPEND RELATIONS"

    NUSED, an association supporting peace and environment against nuclear risk has called on Turkey to cooperate with the world's democracies to suspend relations with India and Pakistan, which both recently held nuclear tests. The association has also declared that Turkey should take a clear stance regarding the prohibition of nuclear tests. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] TURKEY-TRNC JOINT COMMITTEE

    The members of the Joint Economic Committee established by Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) at an Association Council meeting on March 31, 1998, have been determined. A circular issued by Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz pointed out that the two countries were passing through a period which foresees partial integration in security, defense and foreign policy between Turkey and the TRNC on the basis of partnership. The Committee will be headed by the Deputy Undersecretary of the Prime Ministry. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] ECONOMIC LOSSES OF TL 300 TRILLION

    It is reported that economic losses stemming from the flood disaster which recently happened in the Western Black Sea region will total TL 300 trillion. During the flood disaster, stretches of highway in the region were destroyed, bridges were demolished and water flooded many houses. /Milliyet/

    [12] IMF DEPUTY CHAIRMAN TO ANKARA

    A new period is about to start in relations between Ankara and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Sandey Fischer, deputy chairman of the IMF, will come to Ankara on 5 June. Economic circles suggest visit that Fischer would like to examine recent improvements in the Turkish economy more closely. It is scheduled that Fischer will meet with State Minister responsible for the economy, Gunes Taner, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz. /Sabah/

    [13] BIG BLOW TO INFLATION

    The government has taken a new decision to reach its economic targets by the end of the year, in addition to the great step toward that it took in February to decrease inflation. In a written statement the Central Bank has announced that "The Bank pulled down foreign exchange transfer rates to zero during June and July. That is to say, the bank does not buy foreign exchange in June and July. Doing this we acn help to lower inflation by stopping printing new money. Similarly, devaluation will be decreased."

    Economic circles said that because the Central Bank will not pump new money into the market, inflation will be decreased by limiting money demand. They added that the effects of increases in the rates of exchange will decrease as the Central Bank draws back from the market. /Sabah/

    [14] SAVAS ELECTED AS RTUK CHAIRMAN

    Kutlu Savas, the chairman of the prime ministry board of inspectors, has elected head of the Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTUK). Savas, one of the candidates nominated by the senior coalition partner Motherland Party (ANAP), won 145 votes. /All papers/

    [15] INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR HISTORICAL REMAINDERS IN NIMROD

    A "Nemrut Foundation" has recently been established by volunteers led by Maurice Crijins in Netherlands. The foundation aims to preserve the historical remains in and around the Nimrod Mountain. Crijins said yesterday that they had submitted a proposal and master plan to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and the UNESCO Turkey National Commission, calling for financial support for the foundation. /Sabah/

    [16] ENVIRONMENT MEETING IN BONN

    A meeting will be held in Bonn, Germany, for the preparation of the Second Climate Summit to be held in Buenos Aires in November. Turkey will also attend the meeting in Bonn, which is being held for the protection of the environment. /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] 40,000 JAPANESE TOURISTS VISIT CAPPADOCIA

    It is reported that the interest of Japanese tourists in the Cappadocia region is increasing day by day. Chairman of the Cappadocia Touristic Companies' Association, Ahmet Bayram, said that 40,000 Japanese tourists visited the region during the first five months of this year. Bayram stated that a total of 150,000 Japanese tourists are expected to visit Cappadocia within this year. /Cumhuriyet/
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