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Turkish Press Review, 98-07-14

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

14.07.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT DEMIREL IN ALBANIA
  • [02] CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF VISITS US
  • [03] RUGOVA WANTS TO MEET DEMIREL
  • [04] FIVE ARRESTED FOR INVOLVEMENT IN ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM
  • [05] EU AND GERMAN AID FLOWS TO PKK
  • [06] PKK: TRYING TO GAIN A FOOTHOLD IN THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT
  • [07] INVESTMENTS IN AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR INCREASE
  • [08] AUTHORITIES BLAST REPORTS OF BUILDING AIR BASE FOR ISRAEL
  • [09] SCHUSSEL: "RELATIONS WITH TURKEY TOPS AUSTRIA'S EU AGENDA"
  • [10] SONMEZ APPOINTED TO CONSTITUTIONAL COURT
  • [11] THY RANKS AMONGST EUROPEAN GIANTS
  • [12] EL-MASUR: "SYRIA USES PKK"
  • [13] DENKTAS: "S-300 MISSILES WILL GET A RESPONSE"
  • [14] MISSILES COVERED IN GREEK CYPRUS ADMINISTRATION PRESS

  • [01] PRESIDENT DEMIREL IN ALBANIA

    President Suleyman Demirel is leaving for Tirana, the capital of Albania, to pay a two-day official visit. Demirel, who was invited by the President of Albania Recep Meidani, will stress Turkey's influential position in the Balkans. Demirel and an accompanying delegation will hold various meetings and emphasize that Turkey is ready to do everything in its power to help Albania during Albania's current transitional period./Hurriyet/

    [02] CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF VISITS US

    Chief of General Staff Ismail Hakki Karadayi went yesterday to the United States. Karadayi will visit the city of Norfolk where the US Atlantic Fleet is based. Karadayi will also participate in meetings to be held on Thursday at the Pentagon, the headquarters of the US Defense Department. /Milliyet/

    [03] RUGOVA WANTS TO MEET DEMIREL

    The leader of the ethnic Albanians in Kosova, Ibrahim Rugova, has reportedly requested a meeting with President Suleyman Demirel who is starting a state a state visit to Albania to pave the way for a more actives role for Turkey in the Balkans. The Anatolia news agency reported yesterday that Rugova will ask for support from Demirel during his tour in Albania, which starts today. A senior official from the Foreign Ministry said that Rugova had been invited to Turkey by Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, adding that the date for the visit had not yet been set.

    [04] FIVE ARRESTED FOR INVOLVEMENT IN ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM

    Following the apprehension of a number of Hizbullah militants in Kocaeli, a team from the security administration in Sakarya arrested yesterday five persons allegedly involved in an Islamic fundamentalist movement led by Metin Kaplan, who replaced his father Cemalettin "black voice" Kaplan, known as the "black voice", after his death. After searches in the suspects' houses and offices, the police confiscated propaganda materials including videos, tape cassettes and illegal publications. The police also found "letters from individuals vowing to follow their chief, Kaplan." These letters are used to recruit new members for the organization. /Milliyet/

    [05] EU AND GERMAN AID FLOWS TO PKK

    Grants worth millions of German marks, sent by the EU to Northern Iraq as humanitarian aid, is said to be conveyed by "Medico International" to the PKK. " Medico International" based in Göttingen, Germany, is known for its support of anti-Turkish groups. "Medico International"; which has been helping the PKK to organize demonstrations under other names, after being banned in Germany, is also seeking ways to have the ban lifted./Hurriyet/

    [06] PKK: TRYING TO GAIN A FOOTHOLD IN THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT

    The PKK, which is on the verge of collapse due to the military blows it has been given within Turkey, is trying to survive in the international arena. According to intelligence sources, the PKK cells abroad are trying for a meeting between PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, and Human Rights Group Chairman Lord Avery of the British Parliament. /Hurriyet/

    [07] INVESTMENTS IN AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR INCREASE

    Investments in the automotive sector in 1997 showed an increase of 57.2% when compared to the previous year. According to data given by the June bulletin of the Automotives Industry Association, total investments of $ 220 million in 1996, this year reached $ 346 million, with an increase of $ 126 million. /Hurriyet/

    [08] AUTHORITIES BLAST REPORTS OF BUILDING AIR BASE FOR ISRAEL

    A weekend report in the US based Christian Science Monitor claimed that Ankara was building an air base exclusively for Israel's use in eastern Turkey. Turkish military and diplomatic officials as well as their Israeli counterparts have denied the claims saying that there would be no logic behind building an air base in Turkey specifically designed for for excercises by Israeli aircraft. A statement from the Foreign Ministry in Ankara said that the report in the Monitor was deliberately aimed at disrupting ties between Turkey and Israel and added that the military cooperation between Turkey and Israel was not aimed against any third country. Air Force Commander Ilham Kilic also denied the report. /Hurriyet/Cumhuriyet/

    [09] SCHUSSEL: "RELATIONS WITH TURKEY TOPS AUSTRIA'S EU AGENDA"

    Addressing a European Union (EU) Council meeting on Monday, current EU term president, Austrian Foreign Minister Wolfgang Schussel, said that Austria will put special emphasis on EU relations with Turkey. He said that reviving the Turkish accession process and making use of the EU's Strategy for Turkey was a priority issue for them. On the Cyprus problem, Schussel stressed the importance of Turkish Cypriots taking part in accession talks along with Greek Cyprus. /Hurriyet/Cumhuriyet/

    [10] SONMEZ APPOINTED TO CONSTITUTIONAL COURT

    Rustu Sonmez, a new member of the Constitutional Court, began his official duties on Monday following a swearing-in ceremony. President Demirel, Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin, President of the Constitutional Court Ahmet Necdi Sezer, members of the Constitutional Court and Justice Minister Oltan Sungurlu were present at the ceremony. /Hurriyet/Cumhuriyet/

    [11] THY RANKS AMONGST EUROPEAN GIANTS

    Turkish Airlines (THY) has become the seventh biggest airline company in Europe. According to research by the International Airline Transportation Association (IATA) the number of passengers carried by THY rose to 9.4 million in 1997, reported the Anatolia news agency.

    [12] EL-MASUR: "SYRIA USES PKK"

    Syrian Prof.Abdul Aziz El-Mansur said in an article on the Arabicnews.com Internet site that his country uses the PKK as a political weapon against Turkey. "Regarding the water issue Syria has two choices; one is cooperation in trade and economy and political pressure by establishing an Arab alliance against Turkey-Israel military cooperation. This alliance includes strategic relations with the PKK and Iran," said El-Mansur. /Sabah/

    [13] DENKTAS: "S-300 MISSILES WILL GET A RESPONSE"

    Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Greek Cypriot leader Glafkos Clerides confirmed on Monday in Moscow that a controversial deal on the transfer of Russian-made antiaircraft S-300 missiles to Greek Cyprus will proceed as agreed.

    Meanwhile President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas repeated warnings that they would retaliate if Greek Cypriots deploy S-300 missiles on the island. "Our position today stands at a point where you will get a response to whatever you do," said Denktas. /All papers/

    [14] MISSILES COVERED IN GREEK CYPRUS ADMINISTRATION PRESS

    Newspapers published in the Greek Cyprus administration report that there is a possibility that Russian-made S-300 missiles will be either sold to other countries or will be deployed outside of Cyprus. A decision to delay or cancel the delivery of the missiles will be given by the Greek Cyprus administration. /Milliyet/Cumhuriyet/
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