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Turkish Press Review, 98-06-03

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

03.06.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] YILMAZ AND BAYKAL MEET TODAY
  • [02] RUSSIAN GUARANTEE FOR S-300 MISSILES
  • [03] PANGALOS TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [04] ANKARA: WE HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE
  • [05] TURKEY CRITICIZES FRENCH 'GENOCIDE' BILL
  • [06] DEFENSE WEEKLY REPORT
  • [07] TURKEY PUTS TRUST IN AUSTRIA
  • [08] MAY INFLATION SEEN AT 3-4 PCT
  • [09] TURKISH-SLOVAKIAN JEC MEETING
  • [10] MARCOMET-98 MEETING IN ISTANBUL
  • [11] 7,000 RUSSIAN TOURISTS IN ONE WEEK
  • [12] MIGROS TO SET UP KAZAKH VENTURE
  • [13] SEVEN FIRMS BID FOR ADVISER ROLE IN THY SALE
  • [14] AWARD TO SARTEN PACKING INDUSTRY
  • [15] NEIGHBOUR'S SUPPORT FOR PKK
  • [16] SEA-WOLF '98 EXERCISES
  • [17] 14 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED
  • [18] OPPOSITION TO GREEK CYPRIOT EU MEMBERSHIP
  • [19] POLICE APPREHEND ORGANIZER OF ATTACK ON BIRDAL
  • [20] STOCK EXCHANGE RECOVERS
  • [21] SALOMON SMITH BARNEY APPROVES INVESTMENT IN TURKEY
  • [22] GERMAN COMPANY INVESTING IN SOUTHEAST ANATOLIA

  • [01] YILMAZ AND BAYKAL MEET TODAY

    A critical summit will be held between Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal today. During the summit, it is expected that the leaders will discuss the date of early elections and the government's need for CHP support for its new reform proposals awaiting parliamentary approval. /All papers/

    [02] RUSSIAN GUARANTEE FOR S-300 MISSILES

    Russia has given guarantees for the delivery of Russian-made S-300 missiles to the Greek Cypriot Administration in spite of possible serious increases in tension in the Eastern Mediterranean. Russian Representative in Southern Cyprus, Georgi Muratov, said in a statement to the AFP news agency yesterday that the two countries had committed themselves to agreements that the S-300 missiles would certainly be deployed in southern Cyprus. /Sabah/

    [03] PANGALOS TO VISIT TURKEY

    Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos has stated that he is ready to meet with his Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem during a meeting of Foreign Ministers from the Balkan countries to be held in Istanbul on 8-9 June. /Sabah/

    [04] ANKARA: WE HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE

    In response to a New York Times report on the controversy over Nazi gold, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan stressed yesterday that Turkey had nothing to hide. "Turkey is very open and ready to cooperate" Utkan said. Utkan stated that Turkey had given the necessary response to a previous report, which alleged that it had been involved in the transfer of Nazi gold during World War II. "Currently a team headed by State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel is carrying out very serious work in response to these new claims" he added. /All papers/

    [05] TURKEY CRITICIZES FRENCH 'GENOCIDE' BILL

    Turkey is continuing intensive protests days after a bill recognizing the historic claims of a so-called Armenian genocide by Turks in 1915 was passed in the French National Assembly. Turkey's Ambassador to Paris, Sonmez Koksal, handed a protest letter to the French Foreign Ministry yesterday. In the written note, Turkey requested better protection for its diplomats in the country, arguing that the bill might provoke racist attacks against Turkish diplomats and families and staff, who have suffered 31 deaths at the hands of Armenian terrorists.

    Ankara continued to urge France not to further harm bilateral relations with the genocide bill. "France is not a foe of Turkey. It is a country with which Turkey has an economic, political and cultural partnership. However, the negative impact that this decision will have on Turco-French relations is inevitable" Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan said in his weekly press conference yesterday. /All papers/

    [06] DEFENSE WEEKLY REPORT

    Turkish and Greek military officers have begun meeting secretly in recent months in an attempt to ease long-standing tensions between the two NATO allies, the magazine Defense Weekly reported yesterday. In its June 3 issue, the military affairs magazine said NATO sources had confirmed that talks had taken place, mainly in Brussels, at the initiative of NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana, the Associated Press reported. By mid-year, Solana hopes to announce that both countries will have agreed to a series of confidence-building measures on sharing the Aegean Sea, the report said.

    These measures will be based on two memoranda of understanding which Greece and Turkey signed in 1988 that were never implemented, except for a provision to halt military exercises during the summer, the magazine was quoted as saying by Associated Press. /All papers/

    [07] TURKEY PUTS TRUST IN AUSTRIA

    Turkey yesterday urged Austria, the upcoming holder of the European Union's (EU) rotating term presidency, to take Turkish concerns into account when it inherits a row between the EU and its southeastern neighbour. "We hope that the new presidency will come closer to realities and have a more realistic evaluation of the prevailing situation" Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan told a weekly press briefing yesterday. /All papers/

    [08] MAY INFLATION SEEN AT 3-4 PCT

    Turkish inflation is expected to have slowed down in May because of a government policy to freeze public sector prices and falls in international oil prices, analysts said. A Reuters poll, based on forecasts by eight banks, five brokerage houses and one economist, showed predictions centered on the 3.9-4.0 percent range for monthly consumer price rises and 3.0-3.8 percent for wholesale prices. Analysts said a government move at the start of the year to freeze public sector prices and adjust them every six months would be the main driving force in pushing inflation lower during the spring and summer. /All papers/

    [09] TURKISH-SLOVAKIAN JEC MEETING

    State Minister Yucel Seckiner went to Slovakia yesterday to participate in the First Term Turkish-Slovakian Joint Economic Commission (JEC) Meetings as the official guest of Milan Cagala, Slovakian Minister of the Economy, the Anatolia news agency reported. Seckiner will be received by Vladimir Mechiar, Prime Minister of Slovakia. Seckiner is also expected to meet with the Slovakian Ministers of Public Works and Finance, the Chairman of the Federation of Football and the Deputy Chairman of the Olympic Federation. Seckiner will return to Turkey on June 5.

    [10] MARCOMET-98 MEETING IN ISTANBUL

    The Marcomet-98 meeting, which will be held among the NATO Naval Forces Commanders of the Southern Region and the Partnership for Peace (PFP) countries will start on June 3 in Istanbul, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. The General Secretariat of the Naval Forces said in a written statement that commanders from Turkey, Italy, Greece, Spain, Romania, Albania, Georgia, the Ukraine and observors from Bulgaria, representatives from the NATO Secretariat, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe (SHAPE) and the British Representative to NATO will participate in the Marcomet-98 meeting.

    [11] 7,000 RUSSIAN TOURISTS IN ONE WEEK

    The interest of Russian tourists in Turkey is increasing day by day. In May, 7,000 Russian tourists visited Antalya in one week. According to 1997 statistics issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry, 930,000 Russian tourists visited Turkey last year. /Sabah/

    [12] MIGROS TO SET UP KAZAKH VENTURE

    Turkey's leading supermarket chain Migros Turk T.A.S. said yesterday it had signed an agreement to set up a joint venture supermarket firm in Kazakhstan with $9,619,250 in capital. Migros, controlled by the Turkish industrial conglomerate Koc, will hold a 42 % stake in the joint venture, Koc's foreign trade arm Ram Dis Ticaret will own 28 % and Kazakh Butya Holding will have the remaining 30 %. The accord was signed on Monday, Migros said in a statement sent to the Istanbul Stock Exchange. Migros operates around 180 supermarkets, including five big stores in Azerbaijan and one in Moscow under the name Ramstore. /All papers/

    [13] SEVEN FIRMS BID FOR ADVISER ROLE IN THY SALE

    Seven international companies have bid for a tender under which Turkey's Privatization Administration (OIB) will pick out an adviser to carry out a partial privatization of Turkish Airlines (THY). The OIB will sell up to 25 % of its total stake of 98.17 % in the national carrier through international and local public offerings. The remaining stake is listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange. The statement said the bidders were invited to give oral presentations to be held on June 8-9. /All papers/

    [14] AWARD TO SARTEN PACKING INDUSTRY

    Turkey's Sarten Packing Industry Co. has won the "World Star Award" for tinned food packaging. At the end of international competition held in Mexico City, Mexico, Sarten Packing Industry came first among 137 firms from 24 countries. /Milliyet/

    [15] NEIGHBOUR'S SUPPORT FOR PKK

    According to a recent report by the Turkish intelligence services Turkey's neighbours, Iran, Syria, Greece and Armenia, have all recently increased their support for the terrorist PKK organization. The report said that Iran provides arms for the organization whereas Greece trains PKK members in camps in its territories. It is claimed in the report that the Syrian government has not been honest in its statements that it had closed down PKK camps in Syria. /Milliyet/

    [16] SEA-WOLF '98 EXERCISES

    The Sea Wolf '98 exercises which are among the planned exercises of the Naval Forces Commander will start today in the Marmara Sea, the Aegean Sea, and the Central and Eastern Mediterranean. Air Force units will share in the exercises. /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] 14 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED

    During current operations in the southeast regions of the country 14 PKK terrorists have been killed. According to the Regional Emergency Administration 12 terrorists were killed in Semdinli, near Hakkari, and two in Bingol. It was also added that three terrorists had surrendered to security forces in Siirt and Sirnak. /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] OPPOSITION TO GREEK CYPRIOT EU MEMBERSHIP

    It has been noted that five powers of the European Union (EU) have decided that "Greek Cyprus should not be a member of the EU". According to news from Athens senior officials of British, French, German, Spanish and Italian foreign ministries held a secret meeting in Paris to evaluate the current EU situation before the Cardiff Summit to be held in June. At the meeting it was decided "to block" Greek Cyprus EU membership if the process should have a negative impact on EU-Turkey relations.

    Meanwhile, Greek deputy Foreign Minister Yanos Kranidiotis evaluated the meeting as a "secret matter" which was against the EU Charter. /Milliyet/

    [19] POLICE APPREHEND ORGANIZER OF ATTACK ON BIRDAL

    Police teams have apprehended Semih Tufan Gulaltay who has been accused of being the chief planner of the assassination attempt against Akin Birdal, head of the Turkish Human Rights Association. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz yesterday announced the arrest in a group meeting of his Motherland Party (ANAP), stressing the swiftness of the police in operations against the assassins. /Hurriyet/

    [20] STOCK EXCHANGE RECOVERS

    After a downward trend in recent days, the Istanbul stock exchange has started to recover with an avarage rise of 4.1 % in shares, while there has been a notable increase in transaction volume which has reached over TL 88 trillion.

    Meanwhile interest rates have started decreasing due to a recent decision taken by the Central Bank concerning the Turkish lira. /Hurriyet/

    [21] SALOMON SMITH BARNEY APPROVES INVESTMENT IN TURKEY

    One of the leading investment consultancy firms, Salomon Smith Barney (SSB) has declared that Turkey is in a secure situation for investors, and sressed the recent improvements and stability in the Turkish economy. /Hurriyet/

    [22] GERMAN COMPANY INVESTING IN SOUTHEAST ANATOLIA

    "Man", a German technology company is planning to make investment in southeastern Anatolia. The company will establish an integrated energy producing plant in the free trade area near Mardin. The board director of Man's Turkey department, Faik Hamidi said yesterday that the company had received approval for the project from the Turkish Ministry for Energy and Natural Resources. /Hurriyet/
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