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Turkish Press Review, 98-06-09

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

09.06.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEMIREL GOES TO KAZAKHSTAN
  • [02] IMF DOPING IN MARKETS
  • [03] TURKEY: SHOPPING CENTRE OF EUROPE
  • [04] ENERGY CONFERENCE IN TURKEY
  • [05] 37 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED
  • [06] FOREIGN MINISTERS OF SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
  • [07] US SENDS 300 COMMANDOS TO CYPRUS
  • [08] DEMIREL RECEIVES TRNC PARLIAMENTARIANS
  • [09] ACADEMICIANS REACT AGAINST SO-CALLED ARMENIAN MASSACRE
  • [10] RECYCLING CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL
  • [11] 9TH TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL MEETING
  • [12] TIME MAGAZINE PRAISES TURKISH CONSTRUCTORS
  • [13] TURCO-IRANIAN ECONOMIC COOPERATION
  • [14] UN MEETING FOR STRUGGLE AGAINST DRUGS
  • [15] TECHNICAL COORDINATION WITH IMF
  • [16] BRITISH TRADE DELEGATION IN TURKEY
  • [17] COBRA POISON WORTH TL 1.5 TRILLION SEIZED
  • [18] NEW ACTIVITY IN SIRNAK
  • [19] SYNDICATION CREDIT FOR TEKSTILBANK
  • [20] MED TV FINED BY BRITISH TV COMMISSION

  • [01] DEMIREL GOES TO KAZAKHSTAN

    President Suleyman Demirel went yesterday to the Kazakh capital of Astana where he will participate in the "fifth Summit of Presidents from Turkish-speaking countries", the Anatolia News Agency reported. The summit aims to strengthen multilateral cooperation among the Turkish speaking countries including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

    Prior to his departure, Demirel told press members that he will also attend ceremonies marking recognition Astana as the new capital of Kazakhstan. State Minister Ahad Andican is accompanying Demirel during the visit.

    [02] IMF DOPING IN MARKETS

    The positive impressions of IMF Deputy President Stanley Fischer regarding the Turkish economy have boosted domestic markets. Shares in the stock market surged by 2.77 % yesterday. The Istanbul Stock Exchange-100 Index increased by 113 points and reached 4,193. Yet on the other hand, deposit, bond, repo and interest rates all decreased. /Milliyet/

    [03] TURKEY: SHOPPING CENTRE OF EUROPE

    A TV channel in the US promoted Turkey as the "shopping centre of Europe" in a programme on "Tourism in Europe". Presenter of the programme Rick Stevens pointed out that Turkey was a very cheap country for American tourists. /Milliyet/

    [04] ENERGY CONFERENCE IN TURKEY

    A conference on "Power projects 2000" organized jointly by Global Stock Exchange and the Financial Times was held in Istanbul yesterday. The target of the conference was to develop support for international investments in energy. During the conference, energy investments to be made in Turkey and technical aspects of the investments were discussed. Speakers pointed out that the role of Turkey in Caspian oil development projects was not only a golden commercial opportunity but also a balancing element in the region. /Milliyet/

    [05] 37 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED

    During operations carried out by Turkish security forces in Southeastern Anatolia against the PKK terrorist organization, 37 separatists have been killed. One PKK terrorist has been arrested and another PKK terrorist surrendered in Siirt. During the operations, one Turkish soldier died. /Milliyet/

    [06] FOREIGN MINISTERS OF SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

    The main theme of a current meeting in Istanbul of Foreign Ministers of Southeast European Countries organized to discuss economic and political cooperation among the Balkan countries, was the future of the region and Kosovo. However Yugoslavian Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic noted that the Kosovo problem was a domestic issue for Yugoslavia alone and rejected the inclusion of the Kosovo problem in the Istanbul declaration to be issued today. Delivering an opening speech, Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said that violence in Kosovo and every form of terrorism should end as soon as possible and added: "The sincere wish of the Turkish government is to hold meetings for a continuous and effective solution to the problem as soon as possible". He stated that a joint policy for the future should be decided. During the conference, the foreign ministers of Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia also delivered speeches.

    Meanwhile, Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos visited the Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch yesterday morning. During the meeting, the opening of a representative office in Athens for the Fener Patriarchate was taken up. /Milliyet/

    [07] US SENDS 300 COMMANDOS TO CYPRUS

    The Tharos newspaper published in the Greek Cypriot Administration reports that the US has sent 300 soldiers to Cyprus. According to the newspaper, soldiers from special units of the US Armed Forces, have been sent to the British Agrotur Base in Limassol. The newspaper also claims that Britain has been preparing various scenarios involving Cyprus, and that London has been seeking support for its proposed policies. /Milliyet/

    [08] DEMIREL RECEIVES TRNC PARLIAMENTARIANS

    President Suleyman Demirel yesterday received in Ankara members of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Parliamentiary Union. At the reception Demirel said that there were two states on the island and that when the western world accepted this reality, the Cyprus issue would reach a political solution. Demirel noted that the Cyprus issue was the national cause of Turkey and that the TRNC and Turkey must continue to work in unity and cooperation to be a more powerful influence in the region. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] ACADEMICIANS REACT AGAINST SO-CALLED ARMENIAN MASSACRE

    Turkish members of the Turco-French Parliamentarians Friendship Group have begun initiatives in Paris to block approval of a draft bill by the French Senate about the so-called Armenian massacre.

    Academicians of Dicle University laid yesterday a wreath on the Ataturk Monument in Sivas to condemn the draft bill and asked the French Senate to give the matter rational consideration before voting in order not to harm relations between the two countries. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] RECYCLING CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL

    An International Recycling Conference organized by the Ministry for the Environment and the European Institutions started yesterday in Istanbul. In an opening speech, Environment Minister Imren Aykut said that garbage should be collected separatly according to type so that the recycling process could be facilitated and environmental pollution prevented. European expert, Jacques Fonteyne said for his part that European Union Packing and Waste Disposal Directives as accepted in 1994 should be applied internationally to maintain a clean world. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] 9TH TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL MEETING

    The 9th Transportation Council meeting was held yesterday in Ankara after a break of 11 years. In opening speech Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz said that communications, transportation and energy investments should be increased in order to promote development. Yilmaz added that Ankara-Istanbul high-speed train projects would be opened up to bids by the end of this year and that construction of the Kars-Tiflis rail-way would be started very soon.

    For his part Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said that Turkey had neglected its railroads since 1930 but now the government was working to establish a longterm railroad project. Transportation Minister Necdet Menzir also noted at the conference that they were working on improving railroad systems in Turkey and the Bosphorus tunnel. /Cumhuriyet/Sabah/

    [12] TIME MAGAZINE PRAISES TURKISH CONSTRUCTORS

    Time Magazine has published an article in its latest issue praising the success of Turkish constructors in Russia. The article says that Turkish firms, which are hard working and honest, are operating throughtout Russia. The article says that 85 % of construction in Russia was being undertaken by Turkish firms, which have earned $ 14 billion in Russia over the last nine years. /Sabah/

    [13] TURCO-IRANIAN ECONOMIC COOPERATION

    State Minister Rifat Serdaroglu went yesterday to the Iranian capital of Tehran to participate in the "14th term Joint Economic Commission Meetings" (JECM), the Anatolia News Agency reported. Turkish and Iranian officials started on Sunday to exchange views on technical issues in advance of the meetings which will last until the 11th of June. Among the issues to be dealt with are mutual investment incentives, prevention of double taxation, natural gas pipeline projects, the joint fight against environmental pollution and application of maritime agreements which were also on the agenda of previous JECM meetings.

    [14] UN MEETING FOR STRUGGLE AGAINST DRUGS

    Speaking at a meeting organized by the United Nations aiming to boost the struggle against drugs, US Health Minister Donna Shala said Turkey and Mexico had been very successful in their anti-drug campaigns. She also noted that outlawed opium production in countries such as Turkey, Guatemala, Pakistan and Mexico had been mostly halted. /Hurriyet/

    [15] TECHNICAL COORDINATION WITH IMF

    Commenting on the latest visit by a delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), high-level Turkish bureaucrats said yesterday that Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz had suggested that Turkey and the IMF should sign a technical coordination treaty and that Stanley Fischer, head of the delegation, would consult about this suggestion with IMF headquarters. The same bureaucrats said that although Turkey's foreign exchange resources were not sufficient for a stand-by agreement with the IMF, the proposed agreement would also help Turkey to get loans with suitable terms. /Hurriyet/

    [16] BRITISH TRADE DELEGATION IN TURKEY

    Headed by Sir Jeremy Hanley, a delegation composed of British businessmen and investors is continuing its visit in Turkey. Hanley said yesterday that they were seeking ways to cooperate with Turkish firms which he says were making profits in Central Asia and the Caucasus. /Hurriyet/

    [17] COBRA POISON WORTH TL 1.5 TRILLION SEIZED

    Three people who brought cobra poison worth TL 1.5 trillion produced by snake farms in Nakhichevan and used in the medicine industry and who wanted to pump it into the market for the PKK terrorist organization have been arrested following operations carried out in Istanbul, Kayseri and Adana. /Milliyet/

    [18] NEW ACTIVITY IN SIRNAK

    Following the opening of the Habur border gate, there is a new liveliness in the economy in Sirnak province in the Southeast Anatolian region. A second Habur border gate planned to be constructed on the Habur stream between Uludere and Beytussebap is expected to bring commercial growth especially in animal husbandry. /Milliyet/

    [19] SYNDICATION CREDIT FOR TEKSTILBANK

    Tekstilbank has secured syndication credit worth $30 million for a one-year term from international markets. The credit comes from a consortium including 14 banks from 10 countries. General Director Pulat Akcin said that the credit would mostly be used for small and medium-scale enterprises. /Milliyet/

    [20] MED TV FINED BY BRITISH TV COMMISSION

    MED TV, which broadcasts in Kurdish and supports the PKK terrorist organization , has been fined 90,000 pounds by the British Independent Television Commission following an application by the Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council. One of the three reasons given for the fine was making PKK propaganda. /Hurriyet/
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