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Turkish Press Review, 98-06-26

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

26.06.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] INTERIOR MINISTER GIVES DETAILS ABOUT STRUGGLE AGAINST CRIME
  • [02] EUROPEAN COUNCIL DECLARES PKK A "TERRORIST ORGANIZATION"
  • [03] FIVE PKK MEMBERS ARRESTED IN FRANCE
  • [04] TUBITAK MICRO SATELLITE PROJECT
  • [05] WORLD BANK CREDIT
  • [06] DEMIREL IN MOLDOVA
  • [07] NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS MEET TO PROTECT BLACK SEA
  • [08] WATER SHIPMENTS TO TRNC
  • [09] COOPERATION IN EDUCATION
  • [10] WEU CHAIRMAN TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [11] CETIN RECEIVES BULGARIAN CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF
  • [12] SIXTH ANNIVERSARY OF BSEC
  • [13] BRITISH INVESTORS LOOKING TO TURKEY
  • [14] STEFANOPULOS: "CYPRUS ISSUE PREVENTS TURKEY'S EU MEMBERSHIP"

  • [01] INTERIOR MINISTER GIVES DETAILS ABOUT STRUGGLE AGAINST CRIME

    Speaking to Hurriyet newspaper correspondents, Interior Minister Murat Basesgioglu said yesterday that organized criminal groups had been terminated by anti-terrorist teams from the Security Administration in most of the country's biggest cities. He also noted that the administration's branch for the struggle against smuggling and organized crime had launched operations against the mafia and drugs smugglers. In the past year, 10 tons of drugs and 549 guns have been seized by the branch, said Basesgioglu noting that drugs seized in Turkey accounted for 60 percent of the total amount of drugs seized in all the European countries. According to details the minister gave, in the period from July 1, 1997 to June 21, 1998 2,823 terror incidents happened in Turkey, when 1,722 terrorists were killed and 37 were wounded. 18 members of the security administration, 227 soldiers, 140 temporary village guards and 164 civilians died during the same period. /Hurriyet/

    [02] EUROPEAN COUNCIL DECLARES PKK A "TERRORIST ORGANIZATION"

    In yesterday's session of the European Council's Parliamentarians' Assembly, a report concerning Turkey's southeastern region was debated. After the discussion European parliamentarians decided to declare the PKK a "terrorist organization." They also turned down a a proposal for an international conference on the Kurdish problem; and a call for ceasefire was excluded from the report. The assembly, therefore, made all the changes Turkey wanted. Raporteur Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold voted against the report on the grounds that the content of her report had been considerably changed. /Hurriyet/

    [03] FIVE PKK MEMBERS ARRESTED IN FRANCE

    Five members of the PKK terrorist organization have been arrested in Paris. The five were among a group of nearly 80 PKK members who attacked Turkish people in Paris last Saturday while they marched to protest against a draft resolution passed by the French Parliament about a so-called Armenian massacre by Turks. Three Turkish protesters were severely injured while 15 received minor injuries during the attack. The five will be tried for acts of violence and for being members of a terrorist organization. /Hurriyet/

    [04] TUBITAK MICRO SATELLITE PROJECT

    The Institute of Information Technologies and Electronics Research embodied in the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Institute (TUBITAK) is working on a project to launch a micro satellite in 2000. The satellite will be used for collecting and sending data on various subjects ranging from agriculture to city planning to a centre at the Middle East Technical University (METU). /Hurriyet/

    [05] WORLD BANK CREDIT

    An agreement for $300 million in World Bank credit to support the eight-year education programme in Turkey was signed yesterday in Washington by Turkish State Minister Gunes Taner and Head of the World Bank James Wolfenson. The credit will be re-paid in 15 years, the first three years of which will be without repayment.

    Wolfenson and Taner also signed an agreement regarding a $270 million credit for a "National Transmission Lines Project". Within the framework of this agreement, an investment programme for transmission lines for the Turkish Electricity Production-Transmission Company between the years 1999-2002 will be realized. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] DEMIREL IN MOLDOVA

    President Suleyman Demirel arrived in Moldova yesterday as the official guest of Moldovan President Petru Lucinschi. On arrival, Demirel stressed the importance of relations with Moldova within the framework of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and said that he would also visit the Gagauz Turks who constitute an important bridge between the two countries. Demirel noted that economic and commercial relations between Turkey and Moldova were strengthening.

    Demirel said: "We are determined to further develop relations in education and culture with Moldova. The Gagauz have an autonomous administration and live in peace and calm. I want to express Turkey's pleasure once more regarding Moldova's positive approach towards the Gagauz problem and I am very pleased that $15 million in Turkish-Eximbank credit has been extended, and that projects for providing potable water for the Gagauz are being implemented. I also want to say that I have invited Mr.Lucinschi to Turkey". /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS MEET TO PROTECT BLACK SEA

    Representatives from non-governmental organizations, academicians and businessmen from six countries which have coasts along the Black Sea, met yesterday to discuss the prevention of pollution in the Black Sea and ensure the safety of passage through the Turkish straits. They convened under the name of "Partners of the Black Sea". They will also hold a demonstration on June 28 with the participation of many small boats to protest against cargos being carried through the straits. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] WATER SHIPMENTS TO TRNC

    For a short-term solution to the water problem in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), it is planned that trials for the project to carry water from Turkey in huge balloons will begin by the end of this month. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] COOPERATION IN EDUCATION

    A cooperation protocol has been prepared between Namik Kemal Zeybek, head of the trustee delegation of the Kazakhstan Hodja Ahmet Yesevi University, and Turkish National Education Minister Hikmet Ulugbay. Ulugbay noted yesterday that Turkish aid and support for the university would provide new opportunities to Turkish citizens in Kazakhstan. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] WEU CHAIRMAN TO VISIT TURKEY

    It is reported that Chairman of the Western European Union Assembly (WEU) Lluis Maria de Puig will visit Turkey as the official guest of Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem on July 1-3. Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Sermet Atacanli said in a statement yesterday that Puig will be received by Turkish President Suleyman Demirel, Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin and meet with Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] CETIN RECEIVES BULGARIAN CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF

    Turkish Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin yesterday received Bulgarian Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Miho D.Mihov, who is in Turkey for an official visit. Cetin said in a statement during the meeting that relations between Turkey and Bulgaria were an example for the other countries in the region. Cetin said: "We have no problems. On the contrary, we want to further develop our bilateral relations". Mihov said for his part that he hoped that Turkish-Bulgarian relations would further improve, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [12] SIXTH ANNIVERSARY OF BSEC

    Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Sermet Atacanli said in a weekly press conference yesterday that the Black Sea Economic Coope[Bration (BSEC), which aims at peace, stability and prosperity in the region, would continue to strengthen, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. Turkey congratulated the BSEC member countries on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of the establishment of the organization. Atacanli noted that a Black Sea Trade and Development Bank would begin to function by the end of 1998 and contribute to the development of concrete joint projects. He said: "The foremost projects are to establish a free trade zone in the Black Sea region and to connect the energy networks of the BSEC member countries".

    [13] BRITISH INVESTORS LOOKING TO TURKEY

    Britain, Turkey's second biggest trade partner following the US, has started a campaign to turn Turkey into a leading country for investment. A seminar started yesterday in London with the participation of British State Minister responsible for trade, Lord Clinton Davies, Turkey's Ambassador to London, Ozdem Sanberk, Britain's Ambassador to Ankara, David Logan, Turkish officials, and British and Turkish investors.

    Praising Turkey's developing economy in his opening speech, Davies said that they aimed to increase the trade volume between Turkey and England. He added that the 1996 Customs Union facilitated trade between Turkey and England and pointed out that Turkey was an important bridge to Central Asia. Chairman of the Turkish Economy Bank, Yavuz Canevi said for his part that mutual investments should be increased and that European Union funds had to be extended to Turkey. /Milliyet/Hurriyet/

    [14] STEFANOPULOS: "CYPRUS ISSUE PREVENTS TURKEY'S EU MEMBERSHIP"

    Greek President Kostis Stefanopulos went yesterday to southern Cyprus accompanied by Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos and a 47-member delegation. Kostis Stefanopulos is the first Greek President to visit Cyprus since 1960. He said: "The Cyprus issue is preventing Turkey's membership in the European Union (EU). Turkey should understand this reality. Greek Cyprus however, will become a member of the EU."

    President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Rauf Denktas, who is in Vienna, Austria, said regarding the visit that although Greece was trying to prove that Cyprus was a Greek island, they could not change the political reality on the island. He added: "We hope that during the term presidency of Austria, which will take over on 1 July, 1998, the European Union will change its attitude of support for Greece." /Sabah/


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