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Turkish Press Review, 98-06-25

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

25.06.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] EGYPTIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER IN TURKEY
  • [02] TURKS REBUILDING MOSCOW
  • [03] ERCEL AND DINCMEN IN US
  • [04] RETIREMENT AT 60
  • [05] POLISH PRESIDENT'S STATEMENT TO MILLIYET
  • [06] CYPRUS NOTE TO LONDON
  • [07] HACI SABANCI PASSES AWAY
  • [08] DYNAMITE EXPLODES: FIVE DEAD
  • [09] ANKARA REITERATES IT IS NOT HIDING DOCUMENTS ON NAZI GOLD
  • [10] EUROPEAN COUNCIL CONFERENCE
  • [11] SOLINGEN OFFENDER TO PAY DM 18,000
  • [12] BIR: "REPUBLIC WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE"
  • [13] TURKEY RAISES DUTY RATE ON DIESEL
  • [14] MUFTI SENTENCED ONCE AGAIN
  • [15] TURKISH CLOTHING, TEXTILE EXPORTS UP 5 %
  • [16] TURKEY PARTICIPATES IN CHEMICAL DISARMAMENT SYMPOSIUM
  • [17] TRNC PRESIDENT IN VIENNA
  • [18] BASESGIOGLU SENDS LETTER TO BSEC COUNTRIES
  • [19] NEGOTIATIONS FOR FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
  • [20] TURKEY EXPORTS CAPITAL
  • [21] GREEK AND TURKISH PRESIDENTS VISIT CYPRUS
  • [22] TURKEY, EGYPT SIGN NATURAL GAS TREATY
  • [23] BRITISH TRADE MINISTRY PROMOTES INVESTMENT IN TURKEY
  • [24] GERMANY BLOCKS TURKISH ARMS PRODUCTION

  • [01] EGYPTIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER IN TURKEY

    Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister Fethi El-Sazli, who arrived in Ankara yesterday, met with Turkish State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel today. The Egyptian delegation, headed by Sazli, will have contacts on bilateral and regional issues until Friday, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [02] TURKS REBUILDING MOSCOW

    A recent article in Time magazine underlined that Turkish contracting companies are rebuilding Moscow. One of the Turkish companies, ABKA, has undertaken 14 projects worth $87 million. Together with the French CIBEX firm, ABKA started initiatives for the reconstruction of the Moscow Finance Academy and for two huge projects worth $14 million for the construction of a new Russian bank. ABKA is also carrying out projects in Kazakhstan and the Ukraine. /Milliyet/

    [03] ERCEL AND DINCMEN IN US

    Treasury Undersecretary, Yener Dincmen, and Head of the Central Bank, Gazi Ercel, went to Washington yesterday to hold contacts regarding a Staff Monitoring Programme to be signed between Turkey and the IMF on Friday. /Milliyet/

    [04] RETIREMENT AT 60

    Turkish State Minister responsible for the economy Isin Celebi and Labour and Social Security Minister Nami Cagan yesterday signed a protocol, which includes the principles that will hold place in proposed draft reforms. According to the protocol, the retirement age for men will be 60, while for women it will be 57. However, this implementation will only cover people who will start working by 1.1.1999. The protocol was submitted to Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit yesterday. /Milliyet/

    [05] POLISH PRESIDENT'S STATEMENT TO MILLIYET

    Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski said in a statement to Milliyet daily newspaper yesterday that Poland understood Turkey's problems in relations with Europe. Kwasniewski said: "Poland has been excluded from Europe for many years. We do not want Turkey to suffer the same pain".

    [06] CYPRUS NOTE TO LONDON

    Turkey has called upon Britain, one of the guarantor countries in Cyprus, to carry out its responsibilities in connection with preventing the negative developments on the island. Turkey handed a note to Britain yesterday within the framework of the 1960 Guarantee Agreement. According to a written statement made by the Turkish Foreign Ministry yesterday, diplomatic initiatives are continuing to stop the activities of the Greek Cypriot Administration and Greece to upset the balances, stability and security in Cyprus. /Milliyet/

    [07] HACI SABANCI PASSES AWAY

    Chairman of the Haci Omer Sabanci Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of the Sabanci Conglomorate, Haci Sabanci, died in Istanbul yesterday. The body of the noted businessman will be buried in Adana tomorrow. /Milliyet/

    [08] DYNAMITE EXPLODES: FIVE DEAD

    As the result of a dynamite explosion during road construction in the Ermenek district, Karaman, yesterday, five workers died, and two other workers were injured in the blast. /Milliyet/

    [09] ANKARA REITERATES IT IS NOT HIDING DOCUMENTS ON NAZI GOLD

    Accused of supplying Nazi Germany with hard currency and chrome during World War II, Turkey reiterated yesterday that it is not hiding any facts related to that period. State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel said in a press conference yesterday that even before the issues of Nazi gold and German assets were brought to international attention in late 1996 and in 1997, Turkey's clear and open position on the matter had been revealed by Turkish statesmen and diplomats. He added that the US report on the issue was not objective because it was based only on American records; documents belonging to France and Britain, who entered the war two years before the US, were not taken into account. /All papers/

    [10] EUROPEAN COUNCIL CONFERENCE

    During a European Council-Local Autonomy Condition Conference, which ended in Trabzon yesterday, the financial autonomy of local administrations was discussed and it was agreed that without financial autonomy, democracy could not succeed. Experts from the European Council and representatives from Turkey, Russia, Bulgaria, the Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova and Romania attended the conference. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] SOLINGEN OFFENDER TO PAY DM 18,000

    The first decision taken on an arson attack, which happened in the Solingen district of Germany five years ago and caused the death of five people has been announced at the Wuppertal Provincial Court. According to the decision, Christian R., who was sentenced 10 years in prison, will pay compensation worth DM 18,000 to the husband and daughter of Gulsum Ince, who died during the incident. /Sabah/

    [12] BIR: "REPUBLIC WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE"

    Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen.Cevik Bir gave a briefing to a delegation from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Parliamentarians' Union and a delegation from Turkish Parliamentarians' Union regarding the Cyprus issue yesterday. During the briefing, the deployment of Russian-made S-300 missiles in the Greek Cypriot Administration was mainly taken up. Fundamentalist activities in Turkey were also discussed in the briefing. Gen.Bir said: "We established the republic and we will keep it alive". /Sabah/

    [13] TURKEY RAISES DUTY RATE ON DIESEL

    The Cabinet has decided to raise the duty rate on diesel brought into the country from northern Iraq from 60 % to 80 %, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. Speaking after a Cabinet meeting, State Minister Ahat Andican said: "The diesel coming from this region under the heading of border trade is responsible for treasury losses of $1.5 billion". "By raising the tax level and limiting regional trade, its impact on the national economy will be avoided" Andican noted.

    [14] MUFTI SENTENCED ONCE AGAIN

    A Greek court in Western Thrace has sentenced Mehmet Emin Aga, an ethnic Turkish mufti (Muslim clergyman), to 14 months in prison as a result of three separate lawsuits, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [15] TURKISH CLOTHING, TEXTILE EXPORTS UP 5 %

    Turkey's textiles and clothing exports rose 5 % in the first five months of 1998 to $4.581 billion from $4.356 billion in the same period last year, the Istanbul Textiles and Clothing Exporters' Union reported yesterday.

    [16] TURKEY PARTICIPATES IN CHEMICAL DISARMAMENT SYMPOSIUM

    Turkey is participating in a chemical weapons disarmament symposium staged in the Middle East for the first time, reports the Anatolia news agency. Jordan is hosting the tow-day symposium which is being held between June 24-25.

    [17] TRNC PRESIDENT IN VIENNA

    Rauf Denktas, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said yesterday that the Greek Cypriot side had given an open cheque to the Russians with the S-300 missiles contract in order to upset the balances in the Mediterranean, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. Denktas, in Vienna for a three-day official visit, met with Kurt Waldheim, former UN Secretary-General and former Austrian President and detailed recent developments in Cyprus.

    [18] BASESGIOGLU SENDS LETTER TO BSEC COUNTRIES

    Murat Basesgioglu, Interior Minister, yesterday sent letters to the interior ministers of the member countries of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), requesting them to cooperate in the struggle against terrorism and drug smuggling, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [19] NEGOTIATIONS FOR FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

    Negotiations held between Turkey and Bulgaria for the signing of a free trade agreement have been concluded, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. The Undersecretariat of the Treasury said that the agreement, which was initialled on June 19, is expected to be signed during the forthcoming visit of the Bulgarian Prime Minister to Turkey.

    [20] TURKEY EXPORTS CAPITAL

    Yener Dincmen, Undersecretary of the Treasury, said that Turkish contracting companies undertook nearly $30 billions worth of construction business abroad and realized $1.457 billion in direct exports of capital, reports the Anatolia news agency. Recalling that the US, Europe and Japan want to enter the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) market via Turkey, Dincmen said that this would play an important role in bringing foreign capital into Turkey.

    [21] GREEK AND TURKISH PRESIDENTS VISIT CYPRUS

    Greek President Stefanapulos is going to the Greek Cypriot administration to pay an official four-day visit. The president will leave Cyprus on June 28 when Suleyman Demirel, President of Turkey, will go to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). /Hurriyet/

    [22] TURKEY, EGYPT SIGN NATURAL GAS TREATY

    Turkey and Egypt signed yesterday an agreement which foresees the construction of a pipeline under the Mediterranean Sea for the transportation of natural gas that Turkey will buy from Egypt. At least five billion cubic metres of natural gas will be conveyed from Egypt to Iskenderun, an east Mediterranean port. /Hurriyet/

    [23] BRITISH TRADE MINISTRY PROMOTES INVESTMENT IN TURKEY

    The British Trade and Industry Ministry has started a campaign for upgrading economic relations with Turkey. The official opening of the campaign will be made during a conference to be attended today by Turkish State Minister Isin Celebi and British Trade Minister Lord Clinton Davis. Britain, which increased its exports to Turkey by 12 % last year, wants to further increase the trade volume between the two countries and is encouraging British firms to invest in Turkey. British Ambassador to Ankara, David Logan, and officials from the British Trade and Industry Ministry in their comments noted the stability in Turkey and said that Turkey had a huge trade capacity. /Hurriyet/

    [24] GERMANY BLOCKS TURKISH ARMS PRODUCTION

    Germany has once again blocked the Turkish defence industry by not allowing a German firm to make equipment for the Turkish Machine and Chemical Industry (MKE). The Heckler-Koch goup won MKE a bid worth DM 22.5 million in November 1997, for producing automatic bomb launchers in Turkey but could not start because of the German government's disapproval. MKE officials are planning to transfer the project to Spanish, Israeli or US firms which also participated in the bidding. /Hurriyet/
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