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Turkish Press Review, 98-06-15

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

15.06.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] NAZARBAYEV IN TURKEY
  • [02] THIS WEEK IN PARLIAMENT
  • [03] HISTORICAL SIGNING TODAY
  • [04] 'SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE BILL WILL NOT PASS'
  • [05] BRITAIN: DO NOT EXPECT TOO MUCH FROM THE SUMMIT
  • [06] TURKISH-BRITISH TRADE MISSION LEAVES TURKEY
  • [07] HARDY TO VISIT TURKEY TOMORROW
  • [08] SOLANA: "S-300 MISSILES ARE A GREAT MISTAKE"
  • [09] HIGH MILITARY COUNCIL MEETING
  • [10] ARAB CONCERN OVER TURKISH-JORDANIAN-ISRAELI COOPERATION
  • [11] IBCA TO UPRATE TURKEY
  • [12] GERMANY GIVES GUARANTEES REGARDING PKK
  • [13] 18 TERRORISTS KILLED IN S.EAST
  • [14] FIFTH PATRIARCHAL ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMER SEMINAR
  • [15] GROWING TOURISM COUNTRY: TURKEY
  • [16] LESS FOREIGN EXCHANGE PAID FOR OIL
  • [17] ATHENS TO EMBARGO FRANCE
  • [18] FLOODS CAUSE LOSS OF LIFE

  • [01] NAZARBAYEV IN TURKEY

    President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev arrived in Turkey yesterday evening as the guest of Turkish President Suleyman Demirel. Nazarbayev was welcomed with an official ceremony at Ankara's Esenboga Airport by Demirel. Nazarbayev and Demirel will hold meetings on various issues including the development of economic relations between the two countries and finding solutions to regional problems. Nazarbayev, who will leave Turkey on June 18, will also meet with Turkish businessmen. /Hurriyet/

    [02] THIS WEEK IN PARLIAMENT

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz is expected to meet the Motherland Party's (ANAP) Parliamentary Group Deputy Chairmen on Monday and determine the drafts to be discussed in Parliament. The government's coalition partners and then the Republican People's Party (CHP) will be informed as to which draft laws have been given priority. Tax draft law, drafts concerning customs, the prevention of unfair competition in importation and the formation of an Accreditation Council are likely to be discussed and voted on. Reforms dealing with local administrations are also likely to be enacted in Parliament. /All papers/

    [03] HISTORICAL SIGNING TODAY

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz said that an early election protocol prepared with Chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal will be signed today. /Sabah/

    [04] 'SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE BILL WILL NOT PASS'

    Turkish Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin, who met with Deputy Speaker of the French Assembly Gilles Robien and Deputy Chairman of of the Senate Jean Delaneau, said that he had gained the impression during his meetings that the French Senate would not pass the controversial Armenian genocide bill. After attending a meeting of European Parliament Speakers held in Stockholm, Cetin proceeded on to Oslo, Norway. /Hurriyet/

    [05] BRITAIN: DO NOT EXPECT TOO MUCH FROM THE SUMMIT

    EU Term-President Britain said in a statement prior to the Cardiff summit to begin today that Britain had exerted great efforts for the recovery of Turkish-EU relations. However, there should not be too high expectations regarding this issue. /Hurriyet/

    [06] TURKISH-BRITISH TRADE MISSION LEAVES TURKEY

    The Turkish-British Trade and Investment Mission is pleased with its visit to Turkey. Chairman of the Mission Sir Jeremy Hanley said that their meetings in Turkey had been very beneficial and representatives of 25 accompanying firms had made serious business contracts in Turkey. Hanley noted that he would come to Turkey again in July and August to complete the projects which they had started with this visit. /Hurriyet/

    [07] HARDY TO VISIT TURKEY TOMORROW

    Chief of the IMF-Turkey Desk, Martin Hardy, will come to Turkey tomorrow to make contacts regarding a special agreement to be made between the IMF and Turkey. Turkish Treasury Deputy Undersecretary, Cuneyt Sel, who delivered a speech at a meeting of the Advisory Council for Domestic Debts on Friday, said that the agreement to be made with IMF was a 'Staff Monitored Programme'. Sel noted that the IMF would monitor Turkey once every three months in compliance with the programme.

    Meanwhile, OECD Secretary-General Donald Johston arrived in Turkey yesterday to examine private and public sector developments. /Hurriyet-Cumhuriyet/

    [08] SOLANA: "S-300 MISSILES ARE A GREAT MISTAKE"

    NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana has warned both the Russians and the Greek Cypriots regarding the deployment of Russian-made S-300 missiles in the Greek Cypriot Administration. In a statement to the UBA news agency, Solana noted that this initiative was a "very great mistake" and said: "The S-300 missiles will increase the tension in the region and cause new problems". Upon a question from a journalist, Solana stated that a no-flight zone over Cyprus was not on the agenda. /Hurriyet/

    [09] HIGH MILITARY COUNCIL MEETING

    The High Military Councill will hold an extra-ordinary meeting tomorrow, during which officers and non-commissioned officers, who are supposed to have contacts with illegal and fundamentalist organizations will be expelled from the military. The meeting will be headed by Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz. /Hurriyet/

    [10] ARAB CONCERN OVER TURKISH-JORDANIAN-ISRAELI COOPERATION

    The recent military strategic cooperation agreements between Turkey, Jordan and Israel are causing concern in the Arab world especially in Egypt. Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister Fathi Al-Shazli will visit Turkey on June 24 to convey the concern of his government regarding these regional developments. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] IBCA TO UPRATE TURKEY

    Turkish representative of the third biggest rating firm in the world Fitch IBCA, Paul Rawkins, noted that they would now include Turkey in the "positive status" bracket. He noted that there were many positive developments in the Turkish economy, and that especially privatization was further advancing. Rawkins stated that a committee meeting would be held regarding Turkey's rating credit in two weeks time and that IBCA would then issue an evaluation regarding Turkey.

    Meanwhile, officials from Moody's and Standard and Poor's will visit Turkey in the second half of July. Rating institutions which will receive the results of the IMF-Turkey report will also be given detailed information about developments in the Turkish economy. /Sabah/

    [12] GERMANY GIVES GUARANTEES REGARDING PKK

    Germany's First Deputy Interior Minister, Prof.Kurt Schelten, has given guarantees to Turkey by saying that the PKK is an illegal terrorist organization, and that German policy regarding the PKK will not change. Schelten also invited a delegation from Turkey to Germany. /Sabah/

    [13] 18 TERRORISTS KILLED IN S.EAST

    In operations carried out by security forces in the Southeastern provinces of Hakkari, Sirnak, Diyarbakir (Lice district) and Tunceli (Cemisgezek district)), 18 terrorists were killed, five terrorists were captured and two terrorists surrendered. Weapons were also seized by the security forces. /All papers/

    [14] FIFTH PATRIARCHAL ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMER SEMINAR

    The Fifth Environmental Summer Seminar was officiallly opened yesterday evening at the Monastery of the Holy Trinity on Heybeliada by Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew. The seminar is being sponsored by the Patriarch Bartholomew and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg, in his capacity of president of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The theme of this year's seminar is "The Environment and Poverty" and among those attending are expert environmentalists, wild life scientists, legal experts and politicians. Greek Archbishop Hristodoulos arrived in Istanbul on Saturday to attend the seminar, which continues until June 20. /All papers/

    [15] GROWING TOURISM COUNTRY: TURKEY

    According to a report published by the World Tourism Organization, Turkey earned $7 billion from tourism last year. Turkey ranked 17th among the countries earning the highest income from tourism. France, the US, Spain, Italy and Britain were the first five countries to profit the most from tourism in 1997. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] LESS FOREIGN EXCHANGE PAID FOR OIL

    Turkey has paid less this year in foreign exchange than last year for crude oil supplies, the price of which fell in international markets. Although in 1997 the import of crude oil increased by 2.4% when compared to the previous year, foreign exchange paid for this amount actually dropped by 6.5%. According to Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade, last year 23 million 324.3 thousand tons of crude oil was imported in exchange for $3,194,145,200. /Milliyet/

    [17] ATHENS TO EMBARGO FRANCE

    The Greek govenment has reacted strongly against France which has opened up for debate the subject of full membership of the Greek Cypriot Administration in the EU. Greek Foreign Minister Pangalos has stated that they could apply commercial pressures against France to protest this 'contentious' approach. /Milliyet/

    [18] FLOODS CAUSE LOSS OF LIFE

    In Pervari, Siirt, two people have lost their lives in floods following torrential rains. Heavy rain has also caused great damage in Ardahan. In Pervari rains caused floods and besides the loss of human life nearly 50 sheep was lost in the flood waters. In Ardahan people whose houses were damaged are being temporarily housed in schools and small hotels. Teams from the Directorates of Village Services and Highways are working non-stop to the repair village roads. /Milliyet/
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