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Turkish Press Review, 98-06-22

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

22.06.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC
  • [02] RADAR NETWORK FOR AEGEAN
  • [03] TRNC EXPORTS MEDICINE
  • [04] FORBES' MAGAZINE LIST
  • [05] WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT
  • [06] 120 KG HEROIN SEIZED
  • [07] FOUR CHURCHES TO BE RESTORED
  • [08] TURKEY AND GREECE IN EUROFOR

  • [01] DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC

    President of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Federation Eyup Ganic, Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Attaf and Palestinian Minister for Higher Education Hasan Ashrawi arrived in Ankara yesterday. The guest president and the ministers will begin their contacts today.

    Algerian Foreign Minister Attaf was welcomed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem who noted that Turkey and Algeria were brotherly countries and said: "We will form a concrete action plan during the visit of the minister". Attaf and Cem will sign a cooperation protocol between the two countries today. President Ganic will meet with Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Turkish Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin today. Palestinian Minister Ashrawi will also meet with Cem today. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] RADAR NETWORK FOR AEGEAN

    Turkey has started initiatives for the 'Long Horizon Project' which has been on the agenda since 1991 but which has not been put into implementation for various reasons. This project will enable Turkey to watch the Aegean region with highly-developed radars. Greek islands, which are close to Turkey's shore, are a serious obstacle to Turkey's observance of strategic areas in the Aegean. On the other hand, Greece can watch Turkey by using cheap and less-developed systems based on these islands. The Turkish Defense Industry Undersecretariat will put out a tender for the project in autumn on behalf of the Turkish Naval Forces Command. With this project, illegal activities such as narcotic and human trafficking will be brought under control. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] TRNC EXPORTS MEDICINE

    The Pharma Mondial medicine plant in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is exporting medicine to the Caucasian countries, Africa and Britain. The Administrative Director of the plant, Resat Acar, noted that medicine production was aimed at domestic, and especially foreign markets. Acar said that they would also export medicine to Pakistan in the near future. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] FORBES' MAGAZINE LIST

    Three Turkish tycoons have made it to Forbes magazine's world-acclaimed list ranking the world's richest billionaries. Rahim Koc and the Koc family of Koc Holding, along with Sakip Sabanci and the Sabanci family of Sabanci Holding shared 56th place on the list of 200. Koc Holding and Haci Omer Sabanci Holding, each with an estimated value of $5 billion, were tied with other groups: Ten Fong and Robert Ng of Singapore of real estate fame and Gad Rausing and family from Sweden, whose main business is packaging. The other Turk on the list -in the 148th place, together with the owners of Hermes International- is Ayhan Sahenk and family, owner of Garanti Bank. /All papers/

    [05] WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT

    White House Spokesman Mike McCurry noted that smuggled petroleum was entering Turkey from Iraq, but only in small quantities. McCurry replied to questions from New York Times journalists last Friday and pointed out that they had conveyed the issue to Turkish officials and said that the Turkish government had declared that they would deal with the issue. McCurry stated that Turkey had suffered heavily from UN sanctions imposed on Iraq. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] 120 KG HEROIN SEIZED

    The Izmir Head Office for the struggle against narcotics seized 120 kg heroin in Cesme over the weekend. It was later announced that the estimated value of the heroin was TL 1.2 trillion and that four foreigners had been arrested in connection with the incident. /Milliyet/

    [07] FOUR CHURCHES TO BE RESTORED

    Minister of Culture, Istemihan Talay said that four churches in different cities are to be restored and opened up for Christian worship. Talay noted that the Saint Paul Church in Tarsus, Aya Nicola Church in Demre, Antalya, and one in Goreme and another in Antakya will be restored for worship and visits. /Milliyet/

    [08] TURKEY AND GREECE IN EUROFOR

    In 1999, Turkey and Greece will participate to the Mediterranean Peace Force (Eurofor), established in 1996 by France, Portugal and Spain to protect security in the Mediterranean. French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish Defense Ministers held a meeting the day before yesterday in Spain during which they decided to include Turkish and Greek forces in the Eurofor force in 1999. /Hurriyet/
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