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Turkish Press Review, 98-06-11

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

11.06.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] "FIRST LAWS THEN ELECTIONS"
  • [02] ADVISER FOR THY'S SALE
  • [03] ERCEL IN LONDON
  • [04] INFORMATION CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL
  • [05] THREE-YEAR SWISS VISA FOR TURKS
  • [06] "IF WAR EXPLODES, IT WILL NOT FAVOUR GREEK CYPRIOTS"
  • [07] S-300 MISSILES DELIVERY IN OCTOBER
  • [08] BIDDING WARNING FOR FRANCE
  • [09] DRAFT BILL ON ALLEGED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE TO BE POSTPONED
  • [10] UYGUN RESIGNS FROM DTP
  • [11] DEMIREL AND YILMAZ AT EPHESUS '98
  • [12] WORLD BANK CREDIT FOR EIGHT-YEAR EDUCATION PROGRAMME
  • [13] TUSIAD MEETING IN DIYARBAKIR
  • [14] MOODY'S LOOKS POSITIVELY AT TURKISH ECONOMY
  • [15] ITALIANS VISITING TRNC
  • [16] IRELAND TO OPEN EMBASSY IN ANKARA
  • [17] ASPENDOS FESTIVAL BEGINS ON JUNE 13

  • [01] "FIRST LAWS THEN ELECTIONS"

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, noting that elections will be held following the promulgation of laws currently on the agenda of the Turkish Parliament, said that the structure of the election government will be determined following further meetings. Yilmaz stated that there was no problem with the partners of the coalition government and added that an election protocol agreed between himself and Republican People's Party (CHP) Leader Deniz Baykal, although yet unsigned, was actually in operation. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] ADVISER FOR THY'S SALE

    The firm which will render internal and external advisory and mediatory services for the privatization of the public share in Turkish Airlines (THY) will be Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB). In order to decide on the firm, letters of invitation were sent to eight firms on 11 May. /Hurriyet/

    [03] ERCEL IN LONDON

    Head of the Central Bank Gazi Ercel delivered a speech in London yesterday at a meeting on the "Euro effect on developing economies and Turkey's situation". Ercel said: "I believe that Turkey will receive a larger share from international capital flow with the globalization trend in the world economy". Ercel recalled that Europe was the biggest commercial partner of Turkey. /Hurriyet/

    [04] INFORMATION CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL

    A conference on "Policies and strategies for a Europe-Mediterranean information society" will be held in Istanbul on 15-16 June. The conference is organized by the Turkish Informatics Foundation and Bogazici University with the support of the European Commission. /Hurriyet/

    [05] THREE-YEAR SWISS VISA FOR TURKS

    The Swiss Chamber of Commerce has stated that new arrangements made by the Swiss Federation Council for the entry of foreigners into Switzerland will pave the way for three-year visa for Turkish citizens. According to this, Turkish citizens, who pay regular commercial visits to Switzerland, will be able to receive three-year visa within the framework of certain conditions. /Hurriyet/

    [06] "IF WAR EXPLODES, IT WILL NOT FAVOUR GREEK CYPRIOTS"

    Britain's Independent newspaper said in its yesterday's issue that the deployment of Russian-made S-300 missiles in southern Cyprus will not adversely affect Turkey's strategic advantage in the region. The newspaper added: "Turkey is only 40 miles away from Cyprus". /Hurriyet/

    [07] S-300 MISSILES DELIVERY IN OCTOBER

    The Greek Cypriot Administration announced yesterday that the delivery of Russian-made S-300 missiles had been postponed to the end of October. Officials explained that the reason for the postponement was to protect the tourism season from negative effects. It is known that important numbers of tourists have already cancelled their reservations because of fears of the risk of a military confrontation on the island. /Sabah/

    [08] BIDDING WARNING FOR FRANCE

    It is reported that if the French Senate approves the so-called Armenian genocide bill, Turkish Naval Forces will not invite French firms to bid for Turkish military aircraft purchases. The decision as to whether the French Thomson CSF aircraft producer, which is interested in a $150 million contract, will be invited to bid or not, will be given following the decision of the French Senate. Last week, Turkey postponed an agreement according to which it was planning to purchase Eryx tank destroyer missiles from the French Aerospatiale firm for $2.7 billion.

    Meanwhile, Commander of the French Land Forces, Gen.Philippe Lemercier will visit Ankara on June 14. Turkish representatives will then convey their concern over the so-called Armenian genocide bill. /Hurriyet-Cumhuriyet/

    [09] DRAFT BILL ON ALLEGED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE TO BE POSTPONED

    At the end of yesterday's session of the French Senate, it was announced that a draft bill about an alleged Armenian genocide by the Turks was not among topics to be discussed until the end of June. Diplomatic sources noted that it could be said that French government might be using tactics to delay voting on the draft bill in parliament. /Milliyet/Sabah/

    [10] UYGUN RESIGNS FROM DTP

    Afyon Deputy Kubilay Uygun resigned from the Democrat Turkey Party (DTP) yesterday. Thus the number of DTP seats in Parliament has fallen to 20. /Hurriyet/

    [11] DEMIREL AND YILMAZ AT EPHESUS '98

    President Suleyman Demirel and Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz will today observe the 'Ephesus '98 Exercise', one of the planned exercises carried out by the Turkish Armed Forces in Seferihisar, Doganbey Gulf, Izmir. Chief of General Staff Gen.Ismail Hakki Karadayi and force commanders will also observe the exercise. /Hurriyet-Cumhuriyet/

    [12] WORLD BANK CREDIT FOR EIGHT-YEAR EDUCATION PROGRAMME

    Although to date TL 105.854 trillion has been saved in public donations for the new eight-year uninterrupted basic education programme, National Education Minister Hikmet Ulugbay said yesterday that the World Bank would send the first part of a $600 million in credit for the programme to Turkey next month. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] TUSIAD MEETING IN DIYARBAKIR

    Turkish industrialists and businessmen meet today in Diyarbakir under the chairmanshio of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD). The current economic and political situations in Turkey and regional development projects are among the topics on the agenda of the meeting. /Milliyet/

    [14] MOODY'S LOOKS POSITIVELY AT TURKISH ECONOMY

    After the positive statements of the deputy chairman of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Stanley Fischer at the end of his visit to Turkey and also after the positive messages in a recent OECD report about the Turkish economy, Moody's, one of the leading rating establishments has also shown a constructive attitude towards the economy. David Larson, responsible for the Turkish desk at Moody's said that they shared parallel views with IMF about the Turkish economy, and that they would up-grade Turkey's credit rating to 'positive' from 'stable'. He added: "There have been courageous developments in the economy. Inflation is decreasing. We hope that the Turkish economy rating will further improve very soon." /Milliyet/

    [15] ITALIANS VISITING TRNC

    A 24-member Italian delegation is today going to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to discuss the Cyprus issue and initial a dialogue process. The delegation will meet with President Rauf Denktas, Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu and Foreign Minister Taner Etkin between 12-15 June. It is announced that the delegation would like to form a TRNC lobby in the Italian Parliament. /Sabah/

    [16] IRELAND TO OPEN EMBASSY IN ANKARA

    According to a statement by the Foreign Minister of Ireland, David Andrew, yesterday, the Irish government has decided to open an embassy in Ankara. The Turkish Foreign Ministry has welcomed Ireland's decision by saying that Turkey has had an embassy in Dublin since 1973. /Sabah/

    [17] ASPENDOS FESTIVAL BEGINS ON JUNE 13

    The Fifth Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival organized by the Culture Ministry General Directorate State Opera and Ballet will be held on June 13-July 4. President Suleyman Demirel will inaugurate the festival. /Hurriyet/
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