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Turkish Press Review, 98-06-29

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

29.06.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] EARTHQUAKE IN ADANA: 116 DEAD
  • [02] PKK BLOCKADES ROAD: TWO DEAD
  • [03] NSC MEETS TODAY
  • [04] MISSILE CRISIS IN G-8 COUNTRIES
  • [05] "FRIENDSHIP MESSAGE" FROM GREECE
  • [06] IRAQ ALLOWS PKK TO OPEN OFFICES IN BAGHDAD
  • [07] ILLICIT IRAQI OIL LEGALIZED
  • [08] IMF-TURKEY TALKS CONCLUDED
  • [09] FIRST TWO COUGAR CHOPPERS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE NEXT YEAR
  • [10] PFP CENTRE IN ANKARA
  • [11] A CENTURY-LONGING ENDS
  • [12] INCREASE IN DOMESTIC NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION
  • [13] BAYAR: "PRIVATIZATION INCREASES TURKEY'S IMF CREDIBILITY"
  • [14] CAPITAL: "EUROPE IN BOSPHORUS"
  • [15] FRENCH HISTORIAN DENIES THROWS LIGHT ON ARMENIAN MASSACRE
  • [16] KINKEL: "WE ARE READY TO HELP TURKEY"
  • [17] CLINTON AND WEIZMAN OFFER THEIR CONDOLENCES
  • [18] TURKEY IS A MODEL IN TOURISM

  • [01] EARTHQUAKE IN ADANA: 116 DEAD

    Scores of people were believed to be still trapped under mountains of rubble yesterday, a day after a major earthquake struck southern Turkey, killing at least 116 people and injuring 1,517, officials said. Among those killed on Saturday were 37 people who lived in the downtown suburbs of Adana, a city of one million about 400 kilometres south of the capital, Ankara. The hardest hit areas were slums with poorly constructed buildings. In the nearby town of Ceyhan, about 48 kilometres east of Adana, rescue workers are using earthmoving machinery to uncover people buried under rubble.

    President Suleyman Demirel toured the area early Sunday morning and supervised rescue work. He visited local hospitals and met with the injured. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, accompanied by a delegation of state ministers, were also among those visiting the area. /All papers/

    [02] PKK BLOCKADES ROAD: TWO DEAD

    Members of the PKK terrorist organization, who blockaded the highway to Bingol over the weekend, killed one Turkish soldier and a Turkish Electricity Distribution Company (TEDAS) worker. During the conflicts in the Emergency Rule Region over the last few days, 10 PKK terrorists were killed and two security officials died. /Milliyet/

    [03] NSC MEETS TODAY

    The National Security Council will hold a meeting today during which Cyprus and the French Armenian draft will mainly be discussed. President Suleyman Demirel will head the meeting which will also be attended by State Minister responsible for Cyprus and EU relations Sukru Sina Gurel. /Milliyet/

    [04] MISSILE CRISIS IN G-8 COUNTRIES

    Seven members of the highly-developed G-8 countries (the US, Britain, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and Russia) have launched initiatives at ambassadorial level in Moscow and want the Russian government to cancel the delivery of S-300 missiles to the Greek Cypriot Administration. Seven ambassadors have stressed decisions taken for the disarmament of instable regions. On the other hand, Russian officials have so far rejected the initiatives and claim that the balance in Cyprus will not be disrupted by the S-300 missiles. Meanwhile, Greek Cypriot Leader Glafkos Klerides will visit Moscow in July. Klerides is expected to meet with Russian Head of State Boris Yeltsin on July 13. /Milliyet/

    [05] "FRIENDSHIP MESSAGE" FROM GREECE

    Greek President Kostis Stephanopulos has sent a 'friendship and peace' message to Turkey requesting that efforts be exerted to find a solution to the Cyprus problem. Completing a four-day visit to the Greek Cypriot Administration, Stephanopulos made a statement before his departure and said: "I convey to Turkey a message of friendship and peace, and I hope that Turkey will accept it". He noted that the Greek Cypriot Administration wanted Turkish Cypriots to attend negotiations with the EU and he added: "The future of the island concerns not only Greek Cypriots but also Turkish Cypriots. The prosperity of one side is connected to that of the other side". /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] IRAQ ALLOWS PKK TO OPEN OFFICES IN BAGHDAD

    Iraq has allowed the PKK terrorist organization to open offices in Baghdad, an Arabic newspaper reported yesterday. The London-based Al-Hayat, quoting Kurdish sources in northern Iraq, also said that Iraq has started providing the PKK terrorist organization with weapons and logistical support. Al-Hayat also said that two other offices of the PKK have been opened in the northern cities of Mosul and Kirkuk. Iraq also urged the two Iraqi Kurdish groups controlling the north of that country, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), to allow the PKK to operate in their areas bordering Turkey. /All papers/

    [07] ILLICIT IRAQI OIL LEGALIZED

    Companies which import fuel from northern Iraq will form a joint-stock company and rent depots from the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) for the storing of fuel. New regulations, to be enforced by the government, are not aiming to stop fuel imports from northern Iraq, but to bring it under legal control. It is reported that companies bringing fuel from northern Iraq to Turkey have applied to the Finance Ministry for the registration and taxation of their business. The Finance Ministry is still continuing work for the taxing of these businesses. The companies decided to unite and form a joint-stock company, with head offices in Sirnak. The company will operate on the border and take over TPAO reserves located on the border. /All papers/

    [08] IMF-TURKEY TALKS CONCLUDED

    The Staff Monitoring Programme between Turkey and the IMF was agreed upon in Washington on June 27. The Programme includes the Turkish government's economic programme for the next 18 months. "This is a sound text" said State Minister Gunes Taner, Turkey's representative in the talks, showing journalists a copy of the accord. Taner told journalists that after some technical points were agreed upon, Turkey then presented its letter to the IMF. "The IMF will publicly explain its position on Monday or Tuesday. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz will hold a press conference at the same time" he added. /All papers/

    [09] FIRST TWO COUGAR CHOPPERS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE NEXT YEAR

    The transfer of the first two of Eurocopter's Cougar MK1 military transport helicopters from France to Turkey will take place in June 1999, the Anatolia news agency reported. Both Eurocopter and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) signed a contract early this year to jointly produce 30 Cougars under Eurocopter license.

    [10] PFP CENTRE IN ANKARA

    The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), the second largest army in NATO, will open a Partnership for Peace (PFP) Centre in Ankara on Monday. The opening of the centre is a significant step forward in the promotion of the alliance's concept of a new strategic defense structure. The PFP Centre is the first military training school of its kind in NATO's southern flank. It will be opened by Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen.Cevik Bir. /All papers/

    [11] A CENTURY-LONGING ENDS

    Six artifacts and a grave stone commemorating the "brave gladiator Klados" stolen by amateur divers from a ship sunk in 1894 in the English Channel have been delivered to the Turkish Embassy in London a century later, following international legal action. Thus, artifacts stolen during the Ottoman period are being returned to Turkey for the first time. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] INCREASE IN DOMESTIC NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION

    The Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) has accelerated its studies to increase natural gas production to meet the demand of the domestic market. According to TPAO officials, annual production has increased from 600 million cubic meters to 1.5 billion. They add that total natural gas production increased from 3 percent to 10 percent after the northern Marmara natural gas facilities were cut in. /Hurriyet/

    [13] BAYAR: "PRIVATIZATION INCREASES TURKEY'S IMF CREDIBILITY"

    Chairman of the Privatization Administration, Ugur Bayer said that the recent IMF delegation under the chairmanship of Martin Hardy had been "very satisfied" with the studies of the Privatization Administration. He added that the administration had met the targets determined for the first half of the year. Bayar noted that the IMF delegation had also proposed new regulations to facilitate the use of privatization income. /Hurriyet/

    [14] CAPITAL: "EUROPE IN BOSPHORUS"

    Capital, one of the leading economy magazines of Germany, has published a report on Turkey with the title, "Europe in Bosphorus". The report reflected the dynamism of Turkish trade business with private sector. It discusses the disappointment of Turkish trade and business sector with the European Union. The magazine also gives portraits of leading Turkish businessmen, Muharrem Kayhan, Sakip Sabanci, Sarik Tara and Rahmi Koc and reports on their ideas about and Turkish economy. /Hurriyet/

    [15] FRENCH HISTORIAN DENIES THROWS LIGHT ON ARMENIAN MASSACRE

    French historian Prof. Robert Mantran, who has written books on Ottoman history, said that the meaning of the expression of "massacre" has been used in a very general sense. Responding to questions from the weekly Turkish Tempo magazine, Mantran said that Turks had also been massacred in 1915 and that the Turkish government had to prove with documents that not only Armenians but also Turks had been massacred. /Hurriyet/

    [16] KINKEL: "WE ARE READY TO HELP TURKEY"

    German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel sent a message to his Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem reflecting his and the German people's sadness about the earthquake in Adana at the weekend. Kinkel said: "We are ready to help Turkey to reconstruct the region. /Hurriyet/

    [17] CLINTON AND WEIZMAN OFFER THEIR CONDOLENCES

    US President Bill Clinton sent a message to President Suleyman Demirel yesterday offering his condolences about the earthquake in Adana, saying that they were ready to help in rescue operations. Also, Israeli President Ezer Weizman called his Turkish counterpart Suleyman Demirel yesterday to offer his condolences.

    [18] TURKEY IS A MODEL IN TOURISM

    Egypt and Tunisia take Turks as a model in touristic tour operations in order to reach their targets in Europe. Both countries would like to cooperate with Turkey in tour operations in Europe. Last week, Egyptian tourism investors came to Istanbul to meet with their Turkish counterparts to discuss cooperation opportunities in Europe and exchange views. /Sabah/
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