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Turkish Press Review, 98-06-08

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

08.06.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] IMF SAYS TURKISH ECONOMIC PROGRESS IS ENCOURAGING
  • [02] NEW LEVERAGE APPEARS IN TURCO-GERMAN RELATIONS
  • [03] 89TH LABOUR CONFERENCE
  • [04] ERSUMER VISITS CANADA AND US
  • [05] BASESGIOGLU TO ATTEND UN MEETING
  • [06] TURKS LEAVE TROUBLED AREA
  • [07] HEROIN WORTH TL 10 TRILLION SEIZED
  • [08] PRODUCTION INCREASES IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
  • [09] WORLD BANK SUPPORT FOR FLOOD DISASTER
  • [10] PKK BOMB TEAM SEIZED IN ISTANBUL
  • [11] SEA WOLF '98 MILITARY EXERCISE
  • [12] JORDAN TO USE TURKISH AIR SPACE
  • [13] SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN BUSINESSMEN'S CONFERENCE
  • [14] NEW SHAPE IN EU-TURKEY RELATIONS
  • [15] BOSPHORUS PROTEST
  • [16] DEMIREL COMMENTS ON EARLY ELECTION AGREEMENTS
  • [17] MISSILES TO ARRIVE IN CYPRUS IN AUGUST
  • [18] GERMAN TOURISTS IN TURKEY
  • [19] INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS IN IZMIR AND ISTANBUL

  • [01] IMF SAYS TURKISH ECONOMIC PROGRESS IS ENCOURAGING

    Stanley Fischer, the first deputy president of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), referred on Sunday to developments in the Turkish economy as encouraging, and said he hoped that the downward trend in inflation would continue into 1999. Before his departure from Turkey, Fischer made statements about his meetings with Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, State Minister Gunes Taner, top level bureaucrats and representatives from the private sector of Istanbul. Pointing out that he had read prior to his visit the draft report evaluating Turkey, which Martin Hardy, the chief of the IMF Turkey desk, had prepared, Fischer said during his meetings in Istanbul he had seen that the economic programme being followed in Turkey was encouraging.

    Meanwhile, State Minister Gunes Taner said Turkey had displayed a performance which was beyond the expectations of the IMF delegation. Taner said with such developments in the economy, expectations regarding the downward trend of inflation in 1998 had become stronger. In a press conference at Ataturk Airport following Fischer's departure from Turkey, Taner said that the IMF delegation had found the opportunity to talk about economic and political stability in Turkey with organizations other than the government. He noted that a standby agreement with the IMF was not on the agenda. /All papers/

    [02] NEW LEVERAGE APPEARS IN TURCO-GERMAN RELATIONS

    The German-Turk Foundation (DTS), which recently opened in Hamburg, will attempt to ease recently tense relations and develop ties between Turkey and Germany. The DTS is one of the most powerful Turkish foundations established outside of Turkey and has such prominent members from the large Turco-German community as the owner of Oger Tours, Vural Oger, and the publisher of the leading German daily Die Zeit, Dr.Theo Sommer. In a meeting last week, Sommer said: "The DTS will lobby intensely for Turkey's accession into the European Union (EU)". The DTS will open a branch in Istanbul within two months. /All papers/

    [03] 89TH LABOUR CONFERENCE

    Labour and Social Security Minister Nami Cagan, Chairman of the Turkish Confederation of Employers' Unions (TISK) Refik Baydur and Chairman of the Confederation of Revolutionary Workers' Unions (DISK) Bayram Meral are to address the International Labour Organization's (ILO) 89th Labour Conference. The conference will take up the child labour problem and will create more jobs for small and medium-scale enterprises. /All papers/

    [04] ERSUMER VISITS CANADA AND US

    Energy Minister Cumhur Ersumer started a key official trip covering the US and Canada yesterday. Ersumer left Ankara for New York, where he plans to address a conference entitled "Financing of Eurasia Energy Projects in the 21st Century" to be held by the East-West Institute. Ersumer said he would discuss ways of financing energy transportation projects in the east_west corridor. Ersumer will proceed to Canada after the conference in New York upon the invitation of his Canadian counterpart. Ersumer and the energy delegation will return to Turkey on Sunday. /All papers/

    [05] BASESGIOGLU TO ATTEND UN MEETING

    Interior Minister Murat Basesgioglu will attend a UN meeting, "Fight Against Drugs in the US". Before leaving Ankara yesterday, Basesgioglu said the preliminary work for the meeting to be held between June 8-10 was completed during an earlier meeting in Vienna. "Turkey is helping the struggle against drugs whether it be within its borders or connected with other countries" he said. He also noted that he would underline the link between drug trafficking and international terrorism. /All papers/

    [06] TURKS LEAVE TROUBLED AREA

    Turks headed for the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa yesterday in an attempt to evacuate the country, which is facing renewed fighting with Eritrea. Turkey's ambassador to Ethiopia, Murat Ilhan, told the Anatolia news agency that a group of 160 Turkish nationals were travelling by road to the capital and will return home on a Turkish Airlines aircraft. ILhan also said there were a few other Turks in Ethiopia, most of them living far from danger in the capital, and that as far as he knew, there were no Turks in Eritrea, which he had recommended people to avoid. Ilhan said the authorities in the country had been very helpful in the evacuation of foreigners, and that both sides had respected the cease-fire.

    [07] HEROIN WORTH TL 10 TRILLION SEIZED

    During operations carried out in Istanbul, 201 kg of heroin has been seized. Information regarding the operations was given to Interior Minister Murat Basesgioglu before he went to New York to attend a meeting for the struggle against drugs. An official noted that 14 people have been taken into custody and said: "The market value of the heroin totalled TL 10 trillion. Operations are continuing". /Hurriyet/

    [08] PRODUCTION INCREASES IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

    According to the National Productivity Centre, there was an 18.2 % increase in the manufacturing industry between 1992 and 1996. On the other hand, there was a 31 % decrease in wages.

    Meanwhile, according to Treasury Undersecretariat data, foreign capital permitted in Turkey since 1980 totals $22.9 billion, while actual foreign capital entry amounts to $10.7 billion. /Hurriyet/

    [09] WORLD BANK SUPPORT FOR FLOOD DISASTER

    Experts from the World Bank will visit Turkey this week to hold meetings regarding the credit to be extended to Turkey for the reconstruction of the area which was devastated following a flood disaster in the Western Black Sea region. The credit is expected to amount to $100 million. /Hurriyet/

    [10] PKK BOMB TEAM SEIZED IN ISTANBUL

    Interior Minister Murat Basesgioglu said yesterday before his departure to New York that a 21-member PKK team had been seized in Istanbul. He also revealed that the team had bombed a train in Istanbul the week before, which resulted in the death of a passanger. Basesgioglu noted that Chief of the Istanbul Police Department, Hasan Ozdemir, would hold a press conference today evaluating the operation.

    Meanwhile, a village guard was killed yesterday in Silvan, near Diyarbakir, which is used as a base by the Hizbullah terrorist organization, by an unknown person. /Sabah/

    [11] SEA WOLF '98 MILITARY EXERCISE

    The Sea Wolf '98 military exercise has been successfully completed the Navy Forces Commander in the international waters of the Aegean. Military observers from Bangladesh and Pakistan also watched the exercises. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] JORDAN TO USE TURKISH AIR SPACE

    Turkey, which is on the way to becoming one of the most important countries in the Middle East, has decided to open its air space to Jordan for training purposes. During General Ilhan Kilic's visit to Jordan last week, it was decided that Turkish and Jordanian pilots would mutually use their country's air space for training purposes. During the visit it was also decided that Turkey would give simulated flight training to Jordanian pilots in Turkey. Turkey will also hired-out two Spanish-made Casa transportation planes to Jordan. These recent developments in military cooperation between two Muslim countries, Jordan and Turkey, will be a more deterrent in the Middle East than Turkish-Israeli military cooperation, said diplomatic sources. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN BUSINESSMEN'S CONFERENCE

    Heads of governments and businessmen from eight southeastern European countries will meet today in Istanbul. The conference is being held by the Foreign Economic Relations Consul in parallel with a Southeast Foreign Ministers Meeting. Government representatives, chairmen of industry and trade chambers and businessmen from Turkey, Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia and Romania will attend the two-day meeting. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] NEW SHAPE IN EU-TURKEY RELATIONS

    It has been pointed out that Austria, which will take over the European Union (EU) term presidency in the second half of the year, will give new shape to EU-Turkey relations. Chairman of the Austrian People's Party, Andreas Khol said in a conference on "European Union '98: Problems Awaiting The Austrian Term Presidency", that Turkey-EU relations should be improved and the necessities of the customs union agreement between Turkey and EU should be meet. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] BOSPHORUS PROTEST

    Thousands of people joined yesterday in a demonstration aiming to protest the lack of concern over the dangerous situation in the Turkish straits. The demonstration was organized jointly by nearly 100 associations which want international organizations to give more attention to the Turkish straits, namely the Bosphorus and Dardanelles which are seriously threatened by ships carrying oil or other explosive substances. /Milliyet/

    [16] DEMIREL COMMENTS ON EARLY ELECTION AGREEMENTS

    Commenting on the agreement reached by Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and Republican People's Party chairman Deniz Baykal that foresees an early election to be held on April 1999, President Suleyman Demirel warned parliamentarians by saying that an election under the present election system would bring no good to the country and that necessary changes must be made in the system prior to another election. /All papers/

    [17] MISSILES TO ARRIVE IN CYPRUS IN AUGUST

    The Russian Defence Ministry will deliver S-300 missiles to the Greek Cypriots in August, the Greek "To Vima" newspaper reports. The report states that the announcement of the delivery by Russia has worried Greek Cypriot officials because it will further intensify the tension on the Island. /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] GERMAN TOURISTS IN TURKEY

    One out of every four tourists who chooses Turkey for a vacation is German, official State Statistic Institute figures show. According to the same statistics, most of the tourists visiting Turkey between January and April were Germans (155,639 or about 24 % of the total) followed by the French (44,218 or 6 %) and the Russians (43,638 or 6 %). /Hurriyet/

    [19] INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS IN IZMIR AND ISTANBUL

    The 12th International Izmir Festival organized by the Izmir Culture Art and Education Foundation will begin on June 14, while the 26th International Istanbul Music Festival will start today. /Hurriyet/
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