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Turkish Press Review, 98-07-10
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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>
Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning
 CEM URGES ISRAEL TO TAKE POSITIVE STEPSForeign Minister Ismail Cem, returning from a four-day visit to Israel where he had talks with top Israeli and Palestinian officials, said yesterday that he had warned Israel about the limping Middle East peace process. Cem cautioned Israel about the grave outcomes if Israel should fail to comply with the US proposal to withdraw from 13 % of the West Bank area in 15 days, the Anatolia news agency reported.
"I tried explaining to Israeli officials that they have to take a positive step in this direction by the end of this month or otherwise they will miss the train" Cem said, noting that the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, goes into recess at the end of July. "We all felt that there was great tension" Cem said, adding that radical ideas might emerge at a time when the Palestinian side appeared extremely tense. Cem also underlined his opposition to the idea of one-sided intervention in all international issues.
 ALBRIGHT'S LETTER TO KLERIDESIn an effort to ward off the installation of Russian-made S-300 missiles in southern Cyprus, US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has sent a letter to Greek Cypriot Leader Glafkos Klerides, suggesting that the S-300 missiles be stored outside Cyprus or be replaced by rockets with a shorter range than that of the S-300s, according to the Greek Cypriot daily Philelephtheros. Greek Cypriot Administration spokesman Christos Stylianides yesterday confirmed that the letter was sent, but declined to comment on its content./All papers/
 ANKARA REITERATES GREEK MILITARIZATIONTurkey reasserted yesterday that Greece's militarization of its East Aegean islands was a flagrant breach of international law and urged Athens again to comply with international agreements, defining the status of the islands. Turkey conveyed a verbal note to Greece last week, protesting against the militarization of the East Aegean islands, which were demilitarized under the 1923 Lausanne and 1947 Paris treaties. Referring to the note, Greece on Tuesday accused Turkey of stirring up tension in the region and dubbed Turkey's arguments as "historically unacceptable". "Greece's attitude shows that it has no respect for the Lausanne and Paris treaties which established a sensitive balance between Turkey and Greece in the Aegean. Turkey calls on Greece to obey international law" a Foreign Ministry statement said yesterday. /All papers/
 TURKEY A KEY COUNTRYThe Clinton Administration which supports the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project for the transportation of oil and natural gas resources from the Caspian region world markets, stated yesterday that Turkey was a key country in US energy policy. Speaking at the Congress, deputy Secretary of State Marc Grossman said that Turkey had become the leading country in the Caspian Basin energy policies and added that the US administration would work to strengthen Turkey's position and continue cooperating with Ankara to complete the project./Cumhuriyet/
 DEMIREL GOES TO ALBANIAPresident Demirel will pay an official visit to Albania on 14-15 July. During this visit he is expected to call on the Yugoslav Administration to solve the Kosovo problem through peaceful means. /Cumhuriyet/
 ECEVIT: "WE DO NOT BARGAIN OVER MISSILES"Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister Bulent Ecevit said yesterday that the deployment of S-300 missiles by Greek Cypriots on the island will not be made an issue to bargain over. The US is willing to explore the possible creation of a "no-fly" zone over the divided island of Cyprus as a way to ease the tension there, US Defense Secretary William Cohen has said. Regarding this issue, Bulent Ecevit said: "We cannot make our security an issue to bargain about". /Hurriyet/
 KARADAYI IN CYPRUSChief of General Staff Gen.Ismail Hakki Karadayi will go the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) today. Meanwhile, Greek Cypriot newspapers describe Karadayi's one-day visit as a "new provocation". /Hurriyet/
 LAKE'S REPORT CONCERNS ATHENSA new report by EU permanent representative in Ankara, Michael Lake, is mainly about Athens. The report sent by Michael Lake, who until recently worked in Ankara for eight years, just to the EU prior to his departure from Ankara, blamed Greece and the Greek Cypriot Administration for Turco-Greek tension and the S-300 missiles. Greek newspapers described Lake as a "Turkish spy". /Hurriyet/
 TURBULENCE INJURES SIXA Turkish Airlines (THY) 340-type Airbus, flying from Istanbul to Tokyo two days ago, flew into turbulence over the Ural Mountains. Six Japanese passangers, who did not fasten their security belts, were injured. /Hurriyet/
 GERMAN INDUSTRIALISTS TO VISIT TURKEYA mission from the German Confederation of Industry (BDI), which includes the largest industrialists' groups in Germany, is to visit Turkey at the invitation of the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen' Association (TUSIAD). During the visit, leading German and Turkish industrialists will have contacts aiming to boost economic ties between the two countries. The mission will also be received by President Suleyman Demirel and Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz. /Milliyet/
 STANDARD AND POORS VISITS FINANCE MINISTERRepresentatives of Standard and Poors(S and P), a well-known US rating institution, met yesterday with Finance Minister Zekeriya Temizel. During the meeting, also attended by Treasury officials, S and P representatives were given details about tax reforms and improvements in tax proceedure. S and P also visited the Central Bank. Today they will move on to Istanbul where they will come together with private sector representatives. /Milliyet/
 QUAKE ROCKS AEGEAN ANATOLIAYesterday evening an earthquake which registered 5.3 on the Richter scale rocked the Aegean cities of Ýzmir, Manisa and Aydin and surrounding area. Still deeply concerned by a recent earthquake's destruction in the Adana region, which killed 145 and seriously damaged thousands of buildings, people were alarmed by the 10 seconds long quake. No casualties has so far been reported, but some houses received minor damages. /Milliyet/
 ANKARA DISAPPROVES SUGGESTIONS TO STOP FLIGHTS OVER CYPRUSOfficials in Ankara voiced yesterday that they did not approve a recent Greek suggestion that the Greek Cyprus administration will not deploy Russian-made S-300 missiles if military flights over Cyprus are banned . "Suggestions to stop all military flights over Cyprus cannot even be discussed," said officials in Ankara while the Greek Foreign ministry spokesman said that they were pleased with the positive reaction of US Secretary of Defence William Cohen to the Greek proposal. /Milliyet/
 GREEK CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION TESTS S-300 MISSILES IN RUSSIATrained by Russian experts, military officers from the Greek Cypriot administration yesterday tested Russian made S-300 missiles which are being planned to be deployed in the Greek side of the island of Cyprus. According to a statement made by an anonymous Russian Defence Ministry official to Interfax news agency, the tests were also observed by officials from the Greek Cypriot administration. The Russian official also claimed that the test firings had been successful. /Milliyet/
 ECONOMIC BRIEFElectricity production increased by 10.01 % in the first three months of this year, when compared with the same period last year, reports the Anatolia news agency.
Meanwhile, the average production of automobiles increased by 11% last month, and an 18% increase over the first six months of this year.
The first hydro-unit at the Kralkizi Dam, which is included in the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP), has gone on stream and a second unit will be included in the system in August 1998, reports the Anatolia news agency.
 PKK-TIKKO COOPERATIONPKK members yesterday killed the Kurukopru village headman in Zara, and TIKKO terorists killed Cakilsu village headman in Tasova. Both the PKK and TIKKO terrorists were wearing military uniforms to prevent the local people from informing the security forces.
In another incident in Gevas, Van, one soldier was killed and one was wounded yesterday as the result of clashes between separatists and security forces.
Turkish security forces have started operations in the Turkey-Iran-Iraq triangle near the Semdinli district of Hakkari. The operation is being supported by air forces. /Sabah/
 AUSTRIAN PRAISES TURKEYThe weekly Austrian Liberal News Magazine praises Turkish tourism in its latest issue. The magazine says that Turkey has the most suitable price-quality combination among touristic countries for the 1998 tourism season. /Sabah/
 WORLD CARTOONISTS IN ISTANBULWorld famous cartoonists from all around the world are meeting in Istanbul to attend the 18th International Nasreddin Hodja Cartoon Festival, organized by the Istanbul Cartoonists Association. Results of festival cartoon competitions will be announced today in the historical Yerebatan cistern. /Sabah/
 EXPLOSION AT MISIR CARSISIAn explosion at the Yeni Cami entrance of the historic Misir Carsisi (Egyptian Bazaar) in Eminonu, Istanbul, caused enormous panic. The explosion occurred at exactly 2:00 p.m., yesterday next to a buffet at the entrance to the market. After catching fire, the gas canisters in the buffet blew up. Initial police reports say that seven people were killed and at least 120 people were injured, 10 seriously. It was also reported that there were 11 foreigners among those injured. /All papers/
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