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Turkish Press Review, 98-06-24

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

24.06.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] 'TURKEY NOT EXCLUDED FROM EU'
  • [02] DEMIREL RECEIVES ASHRAWI
  • [03] PANGALOS PROMOTES CONTENTION
  • [04] CYPRUS CONFERENCE IN VIENNA
  • [05] TURKEY CRITICIZES ARMENIAN THREAT
  • [06] STATE MINISTER CELEBI TO LONDON
  • [07] IMF: "AGREEMENT WILL BENEFIT TURKEY"
  • [08] LIMITATION ON IRAQI OIL IN JUNE
  • [09] FINANCIAL TIMES: "TURKEY LOOKING GOOD"
  • [10] TURKEY ASKS ANNAN TO INTERVENE IN CYPRUS
  • [11] ANKARA OBJECTS TO ISRAEL'S EXPANSION PLAN
  • [12] ANKARA HOPES FOR COMMONSENSE ON KURDISH REPORT
  • [13] TURKEY REITERATES ITS SUPPORT FOR BULGARIA
  • [14] ERSUMER VISITS EGYPT
  • [15] TURKISH-JAPANESE COOPERATION IN MINING
  • [16] BALKANS INTERNATIONAL PEACE FORCE MEETING
  • [17] NEW ASTRONOMY AND AVIATION COUNCIL
  • [18] DENKTAS COMMENTS ON LATEST EVENTS IN CYPRUS
  • [19] TURKEY RAISING STRAITS ISSUE IN EXPO'98

  • [01] 'TURKEY NOT EXCLUDED FROM EU'

    Charge d'Affaires of the Turkish Representation of the EU Commission Jorg Ketelsen said: "Turkey has already entered the Customs Union with the EU. Turkey is absolutely not excluded from the full EU membership process. For full EU membership, Turkey should carry out all its obligations and abide by all the necessary conditions".

    Ketelsen delivered a speech at a seminar during which EU-Turkish relations were discussed yesterday in Istanbul. He noted that Turkey had covered a great distance on the path to full EU membership and added that the recent Cardiff summit was an example of this. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] DEMIREL RECEIVES ASHRAWI

    Palestinian Minister for Higher Education Hanan Ashrawi said that Palestinian Head of State Yasser Arafat would visit Turkey in the shortest possible time. President Suleyman Demirel received Ashrawi yesterday. According to a statement issued by the Presidential Press Centre yesterday, Ashrawi noted during the meeting that they were sure that Turkey would continue to exert effort to overcome the bottleneck in the Middle East peace process. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] PANGALOS PROMOTES CONTENTION

    Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ambassador Necati Utkan noted that Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos displayed his complexes about Turkey at every opportunity. Utkan said during a press conference yesterday that Pangalos used an 'insolently and venturesome' style in the statements he gave to journalists during his visits to the Gulf countries. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] CYPRUS CONFERENCE IN VIENNA

    Honorary representative of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Chairman of the Europe-Cyprus Turkish Associations' Council Lutfi Seydali noted that if a hot conflict occurs in Cyprus, which both sides regard as a 'national cause', the southern wing of NATO could collapse and this situation would satisfy Russia, which has always wanted a hold in the Mediterranean. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] TURKEY CRITICIZES ARMENIAN THREAT

    Turkey condemns Armenia's threat to annex Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced yesterday. "This announcement by Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanyan reveals once again the real intentions and uncompromising attitudes of the Armenian government towards the peace negotiations carried out by the OSCE Minsk Group" Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan told a weekly press conference. "The fundamental fault in the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is Armenia" Turkey's announcement declared, noting Armenia's rejection of the Minsk group's peace proposals for the troubled region. The Turkish statement ended by expressing a desire for the international community to make an appropriate response to the Armenian threat concerning Karabakh. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] STATE MINISTER CELEBI TO LONDON

    State Minister Isin Celebi will go to London today as the official guest of British Trade Minister Lord Clinton Davies and the British Industrialists' Confederation (CBI). Celebi will meet today with Trade Minister Davies. Tomorrow he will attend a conference on "Turkey" during which Turkish businessmen and Chairman of the Turkish Economy Bank, Yavuz Canevi will give speeches. Celebi will try to convince British businessmen to invest in Turkey. /Sabah/

    [07] IMF: "AGREEMENT WILL BENEFIT TURKEY"

    International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chairman Michel Camdessus said that the "Close Monitoring Agreement" to be signed between Turkey and IMF will be to the benefit of Turkey. He added that the Turkish government had been applying a determined programme to decrease inflation. Camdessus also noted that they were in close dialogue with Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, State Minister responsible for economy, Isin Celebi and other economy officials to watch developments in the Turkish economy more closely.

    Chief of the Turkish desk of the IMF, Martin Hardy said he believed that the staff monitoring programme would help the government in its struggle againt inflation.

    Regarding the agreement Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz said in a speech Parliament yesterday that the IMF gave support to the government's economy programme and it was not a stand-by agreement. He added that the agreement would meet their expectations. /Milliyet/Sabah/

    [08] LIMITATION ON IRAQI OIL IN JUNE

    The Turkish government has decided to apply new regulations in July to bring under control Iraqi oil and border trade in order to prevent an economic crisis. Officials announced that the application would be realised step by step and the revenue earned during the application would be saved in a fund to be used in investment in border townships. Within this framework the annual oil need of regions will be determined in October and surplus oil supplies will be taken under control. It was also reported that liquid fuel consumption tax would be increased. /Milliyet/

    [09] FINANCIAL TIMES: "TURKEY LOOKING GOOD"

    The British Financial Times, one of the leading world economy newspapers, reported yesterday that although Turkey had a coalition government, it had been successful in realizing important reforms, and in bringing the budget deficit and inflation under control. The report, by John Barham, noted that the Turkish economy had gained a new liveliness. /Milliyet/

    [10] TURKEY ASKS ANNAN TO INTERVENE IN CYPRUS

    Turkey hasevaluated the landing of Greek war planes at the Baf Airbase in southern Cyprus "very provocative" and has asked the General Secretary of the United Nations (UN) Kofi Annan to prevent the Greek Cypriot Administration's efforts to sabotage peace and security in the region. Turkey has sent a letter to Kofi Annan and the Chairman of the UN Security Council, Antonio Monteiro by Turkey's permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Volkan Vural, saying that Russian-made S-300 missiles would bring the sides on the island to the edge of a crisis. /Milliyet/

    [11] ANKARA OBJECTS TO ISRAEL'S EXPANSION PLAN

    Turkey yesterday expressed discontent with Israel's recent plan to expand Jerusalem's territories to the West Bank. "The Israeli decision to expand the boundaries of Jerusalem will not contribute to stability and peace in the Middle East, although it is claimed that the plan is based on just reasons" a Foreign Ministry statement said yesterday. /All papers/

    [12] ANKARA HOPES FOR COMMONSENSE ON KURDISH REPORT

    Turkey expressed its hopes yesterday that a controversial Council of Europe report about the Kurdish issue would be rebuffed in the General Assembly discussions this Thursday. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ambassador Necati Utkan said in a weekly press conference that during the handling of the report, which states that the PKK is fighting for the liberation of the Kurdish people" the rapporteurs received letters of support from the PKK. Utkan added that the report contains unfounded facts and figures. /All papers/

    [13] TURKEY REITERATES ITS SUPPORT FOR BULGARIA

    Turkish Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin on a visit to Bulgaria yesterday gave assurances that Turkey supported Bulgaria's bid for NATO membership and praised the current state of bilateral relations. Cetin met with Bulgarian President Petar Stoyanov. Cetin and Stoyanov agreed that economic cooperation between the two countries from now on would concentrate on the fields of energy, infrastructure and joint investments. Cetin stated that bilateral economic relations will reach a higher level with the signing of a free trade area agreement between Turkey and Bulgaria, which they plan to institute by the end of 1998, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [14] ERSUMER VISITS EGYPT

    Turkey and Egypt signed on Monday a memorandum of understanding concerning the pipeline which will transport natural gas from Egypt to Turkey. Cumhur Ersumer, who is currently in Egypt as an official guest of Hamdi Al-Banbi, Egyptian Minister of Oil, continues to hold contacts in Egypt, reports the Anatolia news agency.

    [15] TURKISH-JAPANESE COOPERATION IN MINING

    The third course of a Training Programme for the Third Countries on "Research and Evaluation of Underground Resources" which was organized together with the General Directorate of Mineral Exploration and Research (MTA) and by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will be concluded on June 29, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [16] BALKANS INTERNATIONAL PEACE FORCE MEETING

    A Balkans International Peace Force meeting started on Monday in the Greek capital of Athens with the participation of military experts from seven Balkan countries, and representatives from the US and Slovenia as observers. The structure of the peace force, the place of the headquarters and financial issues will be discussed at the meeting which will last until June 26, reports the Anatolia news agency. Turkey is being represented by a military delegation led by General Koksal Karabay.

    [17] NEW ASTRONOMY AND AVIATION COUNCIL

    Responding to a question on new Turkish Science and Technology Institute (TUBITAK) projects, Rustu Kazim Yucelen, State Minister responsible for the institute, said in a Parliamentary session yesterday that a rough draft law concerning the setting up of a "national astronomy and aviation council" would be submitted to the Council of Ministers. The council will coordinate astrology education programmes, participate in international astrology projects and carry out researches on satellite and spacecraft technology. /Hurriyet/

    [18] DENKTAS COMMENTS ON LATEST EVENTS IN CYPRUS

    Before leaving for Vienna where he will participate in a conference on "Cyprus" organized by the Diplomatic Academy of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Rauf Denktas, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) commented yesterday on the problems created by the deployment of Greek fighter planes by the Greek Cypriot administration. Answering a question put by a journalist about what he thought about the Greek President's claim that he had not been informed of the deployment, Denktas said that he might be pretending to be unaware because Greece had completely failed in its plans. He also noted that Greece's aggressive policy threatens not only Cyprus but the whole of the region. /Hurriyet/

    [19] TURKEY RAISING STRAITS ISSUE IN EXPO'98

    As a participant in EXPO'98, a maritime fair organized in Lisbon, Portugal, Turkey will try to promote interest in the dangerous situation involving the Turkish straits, that is, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles. Turkish officials will stress that the straits are being threatened by Russian and Ukrainian vessels transporting oil or other explosive substances through the narrow but vital straits. /Hurriyet/
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