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Turkish Press Review, 98-06-18

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

18.06.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PM YILMAZ GOES TO ROMANIA
  • [02] COMMANDERS HOLD CYPRUS MEETING
  • [03] KARADAYI GOING TO US
  • [04] TURKISH REACTION TO AEGEAN ISLANDS STATEMENT
  • [05] SUMMER OVERTIME FOR TURKISH PARLIAMENT
  • [06] IMF DELEGATION CONTACTS
  • [07] EGYPTIAN AMBASSADOR: "THE CARGO DOES NOT BELONG TO US"
  • [08] TURKISH VESSELS IN KYRENIA
  • [09] ATHENS ANGRY ABOUT CLINTON COMMENT
  • [10] EP REJECTS ARMENIAN BILL
  • [11] ANNAN CALLS FOR NEGOTIATIONS
  • [12] HIGH COURT REJECTS THERMAL POWER PLANTS
  • [13] TWO MPs RESIGN FROM ANAP
  • [14] TURKEY-CROATIA TO INTENSIFY JOINT COMBAT AGAINST CRIME
  • [15] IRANIAN DEPUTY INTERIOR MINISTER IN ANKARA
  • [16] TURK CONTINUES CONTACTS IN WASHINGTON
  • [17] NORWEGIAN-AMERICAN-TURKISH CONSORTIUM OPENS FACTORY IN GEBZE
  • [18] COOPERATION BETWEEN THY-UZBEK AIRLINES
  • [19] "COOPERATION PARTNERSHIP '98" NAVAL EXERCISE STARTS IN ROMANIA
  • [20] UTKAN EVALUATES CARDIFF SUMMIT
  • [21] BRITISH PRESS COVERS CARDIFF SUMMIT
  • [22] OSMANLI BANK JOINS EUROPEAN BANKING ASSOCIATION
  • [23] SWITZERLAND WANTS TURKISH CONSULATE MOVED
  • [24] PKK ATTACKS WORKERS

  • [01] PM YILMAZ GOES TO ROMANIA

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz went yesterday morning to the Romanian capital of Bucharest to pay an official visit to his Romanian counterpart Rodu Vaslia, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [02] COMMANDERS HOLD CYPRUS MEETING

    Chief of General Staff Gen.Ismail Hakki Karadayi, Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen.Cevik Bir, force commanders and other high-level military officials held an extra-ordinary meeting yesterday and evaluated the Greek-Greek Cypriot military doctrine, which became concrete with the landing of Greek airplanes on the Cyprus Paphos Base, and the Turkish measures to be taken in response. The military officials, who noted that Greek and Greek Cypriots had entered the last phase of an integration process between their military institutions, decided to take similar measures between Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The officials said that the Greek Cypriot Administration was spending $2 billion daily on defense, and that Greece was increasing its military presence in southern Cyprus and that these policies were raising the tension in Cyprus. The military commanders decided to take every deterrent measure against Greece and the Greek Cypriots. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] KARADAYI GOING TO US

    The US Defense Department has confirmed that Chief of Turkish General Staff General Ismail Hakki Karadayi will visit the United States. Pentagon Spokesman Kenneth Bacon told reporters in Washington that Greek Defense Minister Akis Tshohatzopoulos and Karadayi will be visiting the US. Bacon also said that the Pentagon was happy to hear of the recent intention of both sides to fully implement the confidence-building measures agreed upon between Turkish and Greek Foreign Ministers in 1989. During Tsohatzopoulos and Karadayi's visits to Washington, it is expected that the issue of the Russian sale of surface-to-air S-300 missiles to the Greek Cypriot Administration will be highly placed on the agenda. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] TURKISH REACTION TO AEGEAN ISLANDS STATEMENT

    Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan yesterday criticized a statement made by US Ambassador to Athens Nicholas Burns, who said: "Four islands are under Greek sovereignty", and noted that the geopraphical status between Turkey and Greece was not under third country jurisdiction. Utkan said: "Turkey's stance regarding the islands and islets in the Aegean, which were not given to Greece through international agreements, has been declared to the public through several statements. We made proposals to Greece in February and March regarding Turkey's views for the solution to this problem and other issues in the Aegean". /Cumhuriyet-Milliyet/

    [05] SUMMER OVERTIME FOR TURKISH PARLIAMENT

    It has been decided that the Turkish Parliament will work also in July to enact many new laws, especially the tax reform draft. Work will continue on the draft bill on weekdays between 14.00-24.00 until a second decision is announced. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] IMF DELEGATION CONTACTS

    An IMF delegation, which is currently holding contacts in Turkey, has begun to discuss the provisions of a 'Staff Monitoring Programme'. Head of IMF-Turkish Desk Martin Hardy and First Deputy Chairman Stanley Fischer held contacts at the Treasury Undersecretariat yesterday. Hardy noted that many issues, including the monitoring programme, which can be viewed as "spiritual support" rather than financial support, and support for credibility would be taken up. Hardy said: "If an election is held, we believe that the programme will continue. The election will not affect the Staff Monitoring Programme". Hardy added: "Meetings will continue next week in Washington. Turkish State Minister Gunes Taner will sign an agreement with the World Bank and will also visit the IMF". The IMF delegation will leave Turkey on June 22. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] EGYPTIAN AMBASSADOR: "THE CARGO DOES NOT BELONG TO US"

    Egyptian Ambassador to Ankara Mohammed Elmahdy Fathala stated yesterday that the cargo in the vessel registered in Malta, which was stopped by Turkey in the Dardanelles Straits on suspicion that it was carrying launching ramps for S-300 missiles to be delivered to the Greek Cypriot Administration, was not on the way to Egypt. Fathala noted that he had learned the cargo was under consignment to a private firm called 'Osman Ahmed Osman' in Egypt from Turkish Foreign Ministry officials and said that the Egyptian government had no connection with the issue. /Milliyet/

    [08] TURKISH VESSELS IN KYRENIA

    President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas received yesterday the commanders of the naval vessels, which have been arriving in the ports of Kyrenia and Famagusta within the framework of the Seawolf'98 exercise. Denktas noted that the visits of these vessels gave confidence to the people of the TRNC. The vessels will stay in the TRNC until Sunday. /Milliyet/

    [09] ATHENS ANGRY ABOUT CLINTON COMMENT

    The Greek Elefteros Tipos and Avgi newspapers made strong comments yesterday regarding US President Bill Clinton's suggestions to Greece for lifting the Greek veto on Turkey, describing Clinton's suggestions as "rude pressure". The Athinaiki newspaper stated that Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis had "bravely rejected" Clinton's proposal. /Milliyet/

    [10] EP REJECTS ARMENIAN BILL

    The European Parliament (EP) has not included a proposed bill, which calls for the recognition of a so-called Armenian genocide by Turks, on its agenda. As the result of a vote held yesterday evening, a proposal to put the bill on the EP agenda was rejected by 299 votes against 70. Eight members abstained. Deputies from Christian Democrat, Socialist and Liberal Groups noted that Turco-European relations were already going through a difficult time and that approval of the bill would only increase tensions. /Milliyet/

    [11] ANNAN CALLS FOR NEGOTIATIONS

    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said yesterday that it was very disturbing that during the last six months the two sides in Cyprus had not convened, and called upon Turkish and Greek Cypriots to avoid actions that could increase the tension in Cyprus. Annan noted that his special envoy Diego Cordovez would visit the island in the forthcoming weeks. Annan voiced his views in a report which he presented to the UN Security Council yesterday. /Milliyet/

    [12] HIGH COURT REJECTS THERMAL POWER PLANTS

    The Council of State has upheld an Aydin Administrative Court ruling, which earlier ordered a halt to the operation of thermal power plants in Gokova, Yatagan, Kemerkoy and Yenikoy. The high court pointed out that since the power plants in question do not have filters, plant waste has had an adverse impact on the environment. /Milliyet-Cumhuriyet/

    [13] TWO MPs RESIGN FROM ANAP

    Two Motherland Party (ANAP) deputies, Ibrahim Yazici from Bursa and Rasim Zaimoglu from Giresun, resigned from the party on Wednesday. While their resignation brought ANAP seats in Parliament down to 138, it raised the number of independents to 14. /All papers/

    [14] TURKEY-CROATIA TO INTENSIFY JOINT COMBAT AGAINST CRIME

    Turkey and Croatia have stepped up joint efforts to carry out a more effective offensive against drug-trafficking and other crimes, reports the Anatolia news agency. The interior ministers of the two countries, Murat Basesgioglu of Turkey and Ivan Penic of Croatia, came together in Izmir yesterday to discuss bilateral issues, particularly the fight against drug-trafficking and the deterioration of the situation in Yugoslavia's province of Kosovo. Speaking during the meeting, Basesgioglu emphasized the importance of cooperation in fighting against drug-trafficking, and called for more attention to the role of the PKK in both drug-production and distribution.

    [15] IRANIAN DEPUTY INTERIOR MINISTER IN ANKARA

    Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin received yesterday Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Gholamhossein Boladian in Ankara, reports the Anatolia news agency. The Iranian official and his delegation are in Turkey to attend a High Security Commission meetings. Sezgin said after receiving Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Boladian that he hoped that the good relations between Turkey and Iran would continue in other areas. Boladian said for his part that he believed his visit would further revitalize bilateral relations.

    [16] TURK CONTINUES CONTACTS IN WASHINGTON

    Hikmet Sami Turk, State Minister responsible for human rights, met with US Attorney General Janet Reno on Wednesday, reports the Anatolia news agency. Turk will meet with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright today. Turk is expected to meet with members of the local Turkish-American community in Chicago.

    [17] NORWEGIAN-AMERICAN-TURKISH CONSORTIUM OPENS FACTORY IN GEBZE

    A Norwegian-American partnership, Kenmore Brazeway, has set-up joint-venture with Turkish Karyer AS to produce No Frost Evaporators for refrigerators and freezers, reports the Anatolia news agency. The consortium opened a new factory yesterday in Gebze. Total investment for the new company is about $2 million and its main marketing operations will be in Central Asia.

    [18] COOPERATION BETWEEN THY-UZBEK AIRLINES

    According to the Anatolia news agency, Turkish Airlines (THY) and Uzbek Airlines have signed a protocol which foresees cooperation in transportation, training and technical areas. The protocol was signed by Vural Akgun and Cemil Kayhan, deputy general directors of THY and Uzbek Airlines officials in Tashkent.

    [19] "COOPERATION PARTNERSHIP '98" NAVAL EXERCISE STARTS IN ROMANIA

    Four former eastern block countries and five NATO member countries have started 12-day sea exercises along the Romania coasts, reports the Anatolia news agency. 42 ships and 3,800 sailors from Turkey, the US, Greece, Italy, France, Bulgaria, Georgia, and Ukraine has rendezvoused at Constantza harbour. It was reported that the aim of the exercise was to ensure harmony between military forces of the countries attending the NATO Partnership for Peace Programme.

    [20] UTKAN EVALUATES CARDIFF SUMMIT

    Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan said yesterday that Turkey had hoped that the European Union (EU) would discuss the results of the Luxembourg summit during the Cardiff summit, reported the Anatolia news agency yesterday. He added: "It was expected that the EU would make a realistic evaluation and reevaluate the results of the Luxembourg summit. However, the EU has shown no political determination because of pressure from Greece. Utkan also stressed that the EU will have to continue to carry the responsibility for the seemingly hopeless situation in Cyprus.

    [21] BRITISH PRESS COVERS CARDIFF SUMMIT

    The Independent newspaper commented yesterday on the European Union's Cardiff Summit where Turkey again faced Greek opposition. The paper criticized the Greek attitude toward Turkey, calling it "hostile". It said the Cardiff summit produced no improvement regarding Turkey's position; neither attempting to include Turkey among full membership candidates, nor proposing financial aid despite the Greek embargo. In the paper France's efforts to counteract the opposition is also mentioned, whereas Germany is seen as one of the countries opposing Turkey's membership. /Hurriyet/

    [22] OSMANLI BANK JOINS EUROPEAN BANKING ASSOCIATION

    While celebrating its 135th year in banking, the Osmanli Bank has joined the EABH, an association of Europe's at least one century old banks. The Association, comprised of 23 banks from 11 different countries, especially deals with historical research into banking. General Manager of the Osmanli Bank, Aslan Acar, said yesterday that the board of the Association was interested in the bank's archives and would soon come to Istanbul to examine them. /Hurriyet/

    [23] SWITZERLAND WANTS TURKISH CONSULATE MOVED

    According to a statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, the Turkish Consulate-General in Zurich is in trouble with finding a new building for its offices, following a refusal by the building's owner to renew contracts. Zurich Municipality has disapproved two places proposed as the consulate's new buildings on the grounds of written complaints by neighbouring Swiss people. Ambassador to Bern Taner Baytok has applied to the federal government requesting diplomatic intervention to resolve the difficulty. /Hurriyet/

    [24] PKK ATTACKS WORKERS

    PKK terrorists attacked yesterday evening workers employed on the Ozluce Dam near Elazig in southeastern Anatolia, killing two of them and injuring seven. Meanwhile security forces killed yesterday three PKK terrorists responsible for the murder of nine civilians in a recent attack on a minibus. /Hurriyet/
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