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Turkish Press Review, 98-07-13

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

13.07.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] GENERAL KARADAYI TO GET US AWARD
  • [02] TURKEY READY TO HELP KOSOVO
  • [03] TURCO-ISRAELI MILITARY COOPERATION
  • [04] PESHMERGES ATTACK PKK
  • [05] ISRAELI AIR BASE IN TURKEY
  • [06] JERUSALEM CYPRUS INITIATIVE
  • [07] THIRD BOSPHORUS BRIDGE
  • [08] TURCOLOGY DEPARTMENT IN FLORIDA
  • [09] TURKISH AND GREEK CYPRIOT FERRY BOATS COLLIDE OFF CORFU
  • [10] TURKISH COMPUTER WIZ
  • [11] AUTOMOTIVE CAPACITY INCREASES
  • [12] FIRE IN AYDIN
  • [13] EVALUATIONS ON TURKISH ECONOMY

  • [01] GENERAL KARADAYI TO GET US AWARD

    Chief of General Staff General Ismail Hakki Karadayi will begin a visit to the United States on July 16 to receive a medal of merit. The visit by General Karadayi will have the character of a farewell visit, as the top Turkish general retires in August. General Shelton will be presenting the medal of merit to his Turkish counterpart.

    During his visit, General Karadayi will visit the NATO Command in Norfolk, Virginia. He will also meet with US Defense Secretary William Cohen for talks that are expected to focus mainly on Turkey's relations with Greece and the Cyprus issue. /Hurriyet/

    [02] TURKEY READY TO HELP KOSOVO

    In a statement to Koha Jone newspaper published in Albania, President Suleyman Demirel over the weekend said that Turkey was ready to undertake its duties within the international community to prevent any more spilling of blood. Noting that an agreement between Pristina and Belgrad on the independence of Kosovo would be welcomed, Demirel stated that if Kosovo insisted on independence under the present conditions it would not be accepted by the international community. /Sabah/

    [03] TURCO-ISRAELI MILITARY COOPERATION

    A military mission from Turkey are holding military exercises at an air base in Israel. Six Turkish Air forces F-16 warplanes exercised at the Sdhema Training Base which is equipped with many missile systems and radars, including systems for Russian-made S-300 missiles. The exercises aim to test the readiness of Turkish warplanes and pilots to launch an attack against S-30O missiles which are planned to be deployed by the Greek Cypriot administration. Turkish military officials evaluated the manoeuvres as "perfect", and noted that Turkey would open a similar training centre. /Hurriyet/

    [04] PESHMERGES ATTACK PKK

    Nearly 8,000 peshmerges affiliated to the Iraqi Kurdistan Democrat Party (IKDP) have launched initiatives against the PKK terrorist organization, which has killed many innocent people in northern Iraq. During operations carried out by peshmerges against the PKK, many terrorists have been killed. Meanwhile, due to a possible penetration of PKK terrorists fleeing from the attacks of the peshmerges through Turkey, units of the Turkish Armed Forces have been moved to the border regions. /Milliyet/

    [05] ISRAELI AIR BASE IN TURKEY

    According to the Christian Science Monitor newspaper published in the US, Israel has constructed a special base for the use of only Israeli aircraft in eastern Turkey and Turkish jets are under training in Israel to deal with PKK missile attacks. An article written by Scott Peterson noted that relations between Turkey and Israel are rapidly developing. /Milliyet/

    [06] JERUSALEM CYPRUS INITIATIVE

    According to the Haaretz newspaper published in Israel, due to the tension caused by Russian-made S-300 missiles to be deployed in southern Cyprus, the Israeli government has proposed to mediate between Turkey, Greece and southern Cyprus. However this initiative has not so far yielded any positive results. According to the newspaper, the Israeli government launched mediation initiatives following suggestions from Washington. A Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman noted that the Israeli government brought this issue to the agenda during Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem's recent visit to Israel.

    According to the newspaper, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu talked about the tension created by the S-300 missiles during his meeting with Ismail Cem and said that he supported finding a solution to this problem through peaceful means. The Israeli government thinks that the purchase of S-300 missiles is a "great mistake", the newspaper added. /Milliyet/

    [07] THIRD BOSPHORUS BRIDGE

    Public Works and Housing Minister Yasar Topcu pointed out yesterday that a foundation ceremony for a third Bosphorus Bridge was planned to be held before the end of this year, while the tunnel project would be put into implementation by 2010 and at the latest in 2015. Topcu delivered a speech yesterday during an opening ceremony held for a new highway, which connects Altunizade to Umraniye in Istanbul. Topcu said: "The third Bosphorus Bridge project is the biggest project planned and designed for Istanbul". /Milliyet/

    [08] TURCOLOGY DEPARTMENT IN FLORIDA

    A Turcology department will be opened at the US Atlantic University in southern Florida. Rector of South Florida Atlantic University Prof.James Catanese and Student Director Prof.William B.Stronge have visited universities in Ankara and Konya. /Milliyet/

    [09] TURKISH AND GREEK CYPRIOT FERRY BOATS COLLIDE OFF CORFU

    Two ferry boats collided on Sunday off the coast of the Ionian island of Corfu, causing material damage to both ships but no injuries, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. The head-on collision between the Turkish Iskenderun and the Greek Cypriot Valentino occurred 27 kms west of Corfu, the ministry said. The Valentino had shortly before left the southern Greek port of Patras for Italy, while the Iskenderun was headed for Izmir, Turkey, from a Croatian port, the ministry added. /Hurriyet-Sabah/

    [10] TURKISH COMPUTER WIZ

    The founding member of Fore System, one of the three fasting growing US computer firms, is a Turk, Onat Menzilcioglu. Within the framework of the company he founded with three friends, Menzilcioglu has achieved massive success in computer technology, by developing the ATM system. /Sabah/

    [11] AUTOMOTIVE CAPACITY INCREASES

    While the average rate of capacity utilization in the automotive industry totalled 51 % during the first five months of this year, this figure rose to a huge 147 % in the midi-bus sector. According to Automotive Industry Association (OSD) data, total capacity was 339,530 units during the first five months of this year. Midi-bus capacity was 2,770 units while total output in the automotives industry was 247,500 units. /Milliyet/

    [12] FIRE IN AYDIN

    Fire brigades saved a forest in the borderland between Izmir and Aydin in the Aegean region by putting out a fire which could have spread after destroying a two square kilometres area yesterday morning. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] EVALUATIONS ON TURKISH ECONOMY

    A review carried out by "the Economist", a British economics magazine, forecasts that Turkey's growth rate for this year will be 5.3 %, and 4.5 % in 1999.

    Meanwhile, representatives of Fitch IBCA, an economic rating company, said that they were not about to increase Turkey's credit grade because of concerns over an early election planned to be held in April 1999. /Cumhuriyet/


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