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Turkish Press Review, 98-06-04

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

04.06.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] YILMAZ: ELECTION GOVERNMENT IN NEW YEAR, POLLS IN APRIL
  • [02] DEMIREL CRITICIZES FRENCH DECISION
  • [03] BOMB EXPLODES IN ISTANBUL: ONE DEAD
  • [04] PRIME MINISTRY EVALUATES CURRENT TURKEY-EU RELATIONS
  • [05] "TURKEY IS NOT PLANNING TO PRODUCE NUCLEAR WEAPONS"
  • [06] EXPORTS INCREASE
  • [07] TUSIAD IN EUROPEAN SUMMIT
  • [08] EUROMONEY CONFERENCE IN TURKEY
  • [09] HOLBROOKE'S VISIT POSTPONED
  • [10] FENER GREEK ORTHODOX PATRIARCH RETURNS TO TURKEY
  • [11] SEA WOLF'98 NAVAL MANEUVERS COMMENCE
  • [12] NINE KILLED AND TWO INJURED IN TUNCELI
  • [13] COOPERATION BETWEEN TURKEY AND RUSSIA
  • [14] IMF DELEGATION COMING TO TURKEY
  • [15] FIRST HEALTH CENTRE CONVENTION BEGINS
  • [16] HIGH MILITARY COUNCIL CONVENES
  • [17] TURKISH, GREEK ADMIRALS MEET IN ISTANBUL

  • [01] YILMAZ: ELECTION GOVERNMENT IN NEW YEAR, POLLS IN APRIL

    Mortherland Party (ANAP) Leader and Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal have both agreed on the resignation of the current minority coalition government and on the holding of joint general and municipal elections in April 1999. Both leaders announced their agreement on Wednesday at a press conference following their meeting which lasted for more than one hour. Yilmaz said he would step down as prime minister at the beginning of next year. His earlier agreement to hold joint elections on March 29 was vehemently opposed by the leaders of his coalition government's other partners, the Democratic Left Party (DSP) and the Democratic Turkey Party (DTP).

    Yilmaz, who provided the main details of the agreement package, said that the ruling coalition partners and the CHP would propose that Parliament hold elections next April, "most likely on the 18th". Yilmaz also indicated that a different caretaker government system would lead the country to the elections, a system which he said would be discussed with President Suleyman Demirel in the coming days. /All papers/

    [02] DEMIREL CRITICIZES FRENCH DECISION

    President Suleyman Demirel received a delegation from the Turkish-American Associations' Assembly yesterday and harshly criticized France, which has approved the so-called Armenian genocide draft law. Demirel said that lobby activities in the US and Europe were trying to darken Turkey's image. He noted that he hoped the draft law, which has been approved by the French National Assembly, would not be ratified by the Senate.

    Meanwhile, Azeri President Haydar Aliyev also criticized France for its decision and noted that the French National Assembly, which approved the draft law, was unjust and did not comply with today's conditions. Aliyev, who met with French Minister for Industry Christian Pierret, who is in Baku to attend a "Caspian-oil-gas-98 International Fair", said that Azerbaijan was concerned over the decision of the French National Assembly. Aliyev declared that throughout the history, Armenians had frequently made genocidal attacks against Turks and Azeris, and added that though these had all been forgotten, the incident in 1915 was still on the agenda. It is reported that French firms will not be included in the Izmir International Fair in protest against the approval of the so-called Armenian genocide draft law by the French National Assembly. /Sabah/

    [03] BOMB EXPLODES IN ISTANBUL: ONE DEAD

    One person died and six were injured when a bomb exploded in a suburban train, which was travelling on the Sirkeci-Halkali line in Istanbul yesterday. Head of the Department for the Struggle Against Terrorism, Atilla Cinar, said later that an investigation into the incident was continuing. /Sabah/

    [04] PRIME MINISTRY EVALUATES CURRENT TURKEY-EU RELATIONS

    Prior to a European Union (EU) meeting to be held in Cardiff, Wales, on June 12, Turkish officials evaluated the current situation in Turkey-EU relations at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz yesterday. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] "TURKEY IS NOT PLANNING TO PRODUCE NUCLEAR WEAPONS"

    The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement yesterday and declared that Turkey did not aim to produce any nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, and that the latest suggestions by some newspapers that Turkey plans to cooperate with Pakistan in producing nuclear weapons were certainly untrue. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] EXPORTS INCREASE

    Turkey's exports in May increased by 3 % when compared to the same month in 1997 and reached $2.308 billion. Exports in the iron-steel sector, which were supposed to be most affected by the crisis in Asia, increased by 10 %. In January-May 1998, exports increased by 5 % when compared to the same period last year and amounted to $11.036 billion. /Sabah/

    [07] TUSIAD IN EUROPEAN SUMMIT

    The Turkish Businessmen's and Industrialists' Association (TUSIAD) will attend a meeting of the European Industrialists' and Employers' Connfederations' Union to be held in London on June 5. TUSIAD Chairman Muharrem Kayhan is representing Turkey at the meeting. Kayhan will point out at the meeting that Turkey's full EU membership will make an important contribution to Europe's global competitive power. /sabah/

    [08] EUROMONEY CONFERENCE IN TURKEY

    A conference on "Turkey: Investment in the Future" was held in Istanbul yesterday. Delivering a speech at the conference attended by many foreign investors, Chairman of the Privatization Administration (OIB) Ugur Bayar said that during the first five months of this year privatization worth $2 billion has been achieved. Talking about targets for 1998, he added: "Privatization worth $12 billion will be achieved by the end of 1998". 500 people from 20 countries participated in the conference. /Sabah/

    [09] HOLBROOKE'S VISIT POSTPONED

    US Special Cyprus Envoy Richard Holbrooke's visit to Cyprus planned for the beginning of June has been postponed. It is reported that this decision is based on the results of a visit of Thomas Miller, Holbrooke's deputy, who held contacts at the end of May in Cyprus. /Sabah/

    [10] FENER GREEK ORTHODOX PATRIARCH RETURNS TO TURKEY

    Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomeos, who has been holding contacts in the US and Canada, completed his visit and returned to Turkey yesterday. Replying to questions from journalists at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, Bartholomeos said that he had attended a ceremony to give him an honorary doctorate by the American Yale University. /Sabah/

    [11] SEA WOLF'98 NAVAL MANEUVERS COMMENCE

    Sea Wolf '98, a routine Naval Forces exercise, began when warships saled from their bases yesterday. The maneuvers will take place between June 3 and 26 in the international waters of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, as well as in the Marmara Sea. Navy Commander Adm.Ilhami Erdil is in command of the maneuvers. /All papers/

    [12] NINE KILLED AND TWO INJURED IN TUNCELI

    Terrorists killed nine people and injured two in the village of Salman near the Pertek district in Tunceli province in the Southeast yesterday. The terrorists stopped a minibus and machine-gunned the passengers, reported the Anatolia news agency. Security forces have begun big operation to capture the terrorists.

    [13] COOPERATION BETWEEN TURKEY AND RUSSIA

    Bulent Akarcali and Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkovo put their signatures on the protocol between the Turkish Democracy Foundation and the Russian Association for International Cooperation for a Turco-Russian Research Centre in a ceremony held at the State Guest House in Ankara yesterday. The protocol points to bilateral relations in many areas. /All papers/

    [14] IMF DELEGATION COMING TO TURKEY

    The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) first deputy chairman, Stanley Fischer, and its European Department's director, Michael Deppler, are going to visit Turkey as guests of the state minister responsible for the economy, Gunes Taner, on June 5-6, according to a press release from the Prime Ministry Treasury Undersecretariat. A report on Turkey prepared by IMF experts will be discussed by the IMF's Executive Directors' Council in July. /All papers/

    [15] FIRST HEALTH CENTRE CONVENTION BEGINS

    The first Health Centre and Preventative Medicine Doctors Convention began in Turkey yesterday, the Anatolia news agency report. Health Minister H.Ibrahim Ozsoy said at the opening of the convention that technology and hospitals have become more important than health centres, which are rarely used other than for vaccinations, and which have not updated their equipment and style of practice since their initial foundation.

    He said: "We had to determine a way to update the health centres both in terms of function and structure". He pointed out that they had taken all the changes in society such as population dynamics, migration and industrialization into consideration.

    [16] HIGH MILITARY COUNCIL CONVENES

    In a move to deal with situations involving officers alleged to have been involved in Islamic fundamentalism, the Turkish High Military Council will convene on June 16. The meeting, which will be headed by Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, aims to halt the growth of Islamic fundamentalism within the Turkish Army. Many officers, therefore, are expected to be removed from the Army. /Milliyet/

    [17] TURKISH, GREEK ADMIRALS MEET IN ISTANBUL

    Turkish Chief of Naval Forces, Admiral Salim Dervisoglu and his Greek counterpart Georgios Ioannidis met yesterday in Istanbul where a NATO "Maritime Commanders Meeting" is being held. After a one and a half hour meeting with his counterpart, Dervisoglu said that recent Turkish military exercises, the "Sea Wolf Maneuvers" had not created further tension between Greece and Turkey and stressed the friendliness of their meeting. /Hurriyet/
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