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Turkish Press Review, 98-07-16

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

16.07.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEMIREL VOICES SUPPORT FOR ALBANIANS
  • [02] STOCK EXCHANGE RISES
  • [03] GOVERNMENT APPROVES AGREEMENT WITH SWEDEN
  • [04] KARADAYI LISTENING AND LEARNING
  • [05] GERMAN INDUSTRIALISTS IN TURKEY
  • [06] S-300 MISSILES TO CYPRUS IN AUGUST
  • [07] LAKE CRITICIZES GREECE AND GREEK CYPRIOTS
  • [08] PKK AMBUSH MILITARY PATROL KILLING 17
  • [09] SUPRISE POAS PRIVATIZATION DEAL
  • [10] GURKAN RESIGNS FROM CHP
  • [11] TER PETROSYAN CRITICIZES KOCHARIAN POLICY ON TURKEY
  • [12] BRITAIN RETURNS TURKEY'S HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS
  • [13] NATIONAL TOURISM COUNCIL TO BE ESTABLISHED
  • [14] TUSIAD CALLS FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
  • [15] TURKISH EXPORT FIGURES RELEASED
  • [16] LEADING 16 BANKS JOIN 'COMMON ATM' PROJECT
  • [17] TURKEY-TRNC SECOND PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL
  • [18] MONEY, CREDIT AND COORDINATION COMMITTEE
  • [19] 'ALL DRAFT RESOLUTIONS AGAINST TURKEY REJECTED'

  • [01] DEMIREL VOICES SUPPORT FOR ALBANIANS

    During a speech delivered at the Albanian parliament yesterday, President Suleyman Demirel of Turkey expressed yesterday Turkey's concern over the clashes in Kosovo. Demirel called on international communities to take necessary measures without delay in order to curb Serbian attacks, noting that the situation threatens international peace and security. Demirel also said that Turkey is ready to join all the peace missions. /Hurriyet/

    [02] STOCK EXCHANGE RISES

    Just as all stock exchanges the world over have been boosted by the recent agreement between Russia and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and by positive signals from the Japanese economy, the Istanbul Stock Exchange yesterday gained a few points when the Turkish Privatization Council announced its surprising decision about the privatization of the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (POAS) and plans for further privatizations. The council declared that it had withdrawn from an earlier decision to sell POAS to Hayyam Garipoglu, who made the highest bid, and that instead it would transfer the corporation to a joint enterprise comprised of Is Bank, Bayindir, Park and PUIS, which made the the third highest bid. The stock exchange responded immediately to the news of this decision and reached 4,435 points, an increase of 1.44 percent, thus recovering from a recent down trend caused by the government coalition partners' disagreement about a salary increase for civil servants. /Hurriyet/

    [03] GOVERNMENT APPROVES AGREEMENT WITH SWEDEN

    The Council of Ministers approved yesterday an agreement between Sweden and Turkey signed in Stockholm on April 11, the Anatolian news agency reports. A "Protection and Encouragement of Investments" agreement, published in the Official Gazette yesterday, aims to equalize Swedish and Turkish investors when they invest in these countries. The agreement will be effective for 15 years.

    [04] KARADAYI LISTENING AND LEARNING

    Chief of General Staff General Ismail Hakkı Karadayı currently visiting the US, has so far made no comment on US efforts over Cyprus, saying merely that first he will listen to what the US has to say on the matter. Last week, in Washington Greek Defence Minister Akis Cohacopoulos proposed that Cyprus be declared a "no-flight zone". The US Administration has officially stated that it does not support this proposal, but was in favour of a moratorium to end provocative flights over Cyprus./Milliyet/

    [05] GERMAN INDUSTRIALISTS IN TURKEY

    A delegation from the German Industry Confederation (BDI), in which some of the largest industrial institutions of Germany are members, is in Turkey on the invitation of TUSIAD (Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen's Association). BDI members who have an influential lobby in Germany yesterday met with Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz, TGNA Speaker Hikmet Çetin, and TOBB Chairman Fuat Miras. Following their visit to Prime Minister Yılmaz, BDI Chairman Henkel said that they aimed to improve relations between Turkey and Germany. /Sabah/

    [06] S-300 MISSILES TO CYPRUS IN AUGUST

    The first parts of Russian made S-300 PMUI missiles systems will be delivered to the Greek Cypriot Administration in August, it is claimed. Following Greek Cypriot Administration leader Glafkos Klerides' departure from Moscow, information given by Russian sources indicates that the missiles will be delivered in line with the conditions stated in the delivery contract. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] LAKE CRITICIZES GREECE AND GREEK CYPRIOTS

    Former European Union (EU) Ambassador to Ankara, Michael Lake, has prepared a report prior to his departure from Turkey and sent it to Brussels. The 27-page report criticizes Greece and the EU over their stance regarding the Cyprus issue. In his report, Lake says: "Greece is a member of the EU, however Turkey is not. This situation creates instability in the region and is against the West's economic and strategic interests". He adds: "Whenever Turkey abides by the conditions put forth by Greece, Athens changes the conditions and brings forth new ones". Lake also noted that negotiations with an administration which aimed to use Russian missiles against a NATO ally, was unacceptable. He stated that provided Turkey was included in the group consisting of Romania and Bulgaria in the EU expansion process, Turkey would have acted more flexibly on the Cyprus issue. /Milliyet/

    [08] PKK AMBUSH MILITARY PATROL KILLING 17

    Members of the PKK terrorist organization ambushed a military patrol last night in the southeastern province of Hakkari, killing 17 soldiers, the Anatolia news agency reported. Regional sources told Anatolia that a military unit and village guards were patrolling an area 10 kilometres away from Hakkari's Yuksekove district when they were ambushed by the terrorists. Among those killed were two second lieutenants, eight privates and seven village guards. Following the killings, security forces launched a large-scale operation in the area to pursue the terrorists, the sources added.

    [09] SUPRISE POAS PRIVATIZATION DEAL

    In a surprise move yesterday, the Supreme Board of Privatization decided not to approve a decision by the Privatization Board for the privatization of a 51 % stake of the state-owned Petroleum Products Inc. (POAS) and gave the deal to another consortium. The Akmaya-Orteks consortium was the highest bidder on June 29 for the 51 % stake in POAS, offering $1.16 billion. The two companies in the consortium are owned by Hayim Garipoglu, an industrialist with interests in mining and banking. The Supreme Privatization Board decided yesterday to make a deal with a consortium of IsBank, Park Holding, Bayindir Holding and PUIS with the same $1.16 billion price offered by the Garipoglu consortium for the 51 % stake in POAS.

    Briefing reporters about the surprise move, State Minister Isin Celebi said that the decision was taken in order to have a wider capital base and benefit for the expertise available in the companies involved in the sector in which POAS is functioning. The minister claimed that the decision of the Supreme Privatization Board was 'in line with the laws' of the country. /All papers/

    [10] GURKAN RESIGNS FROM CHP

    Republican People's Party (CHP) Izmir Deputy Aydin Guven Gurkan, a former social democrat leader, has resigned from the CHP. Upon the resignation of Gurkan, who has made plain his opposition to the party hierarchy for some time, the number of CHP seats in Parliament has dropped to 55. /All papers/

    [11] TER PETROSYAN CRITICIZES KOCHARIAN POLICY ON TURKEY

    Former Armenian President Levon Ter Petrosyan has criticized current President Robert Kocharian's policy on Turkey, pointing out that this line may alienate the country. In an article published in a monthly magazine called "Hayk", Petrosyan said that Armenia's place and international status was very much linked to its relations with its neighbours. Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanyan was also harsly criticized in the article beacuse of his policies which are aggravating the current situation. "Turkish-Armenian relations go back 10 years" Petrosyan added. Petrosyan proposed the formation of better trade ties, cooperation in the area of culture and taking steps for better diplomatic ties to improve relations between Armenia and Turkey. /All papers/

    [12] BRITAIN RETURNS TURKEY'S HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS

    Marble Roman Period works collected from eastern Anatolia by Dutch Counsellor Alfred Van Lennep on duty in Izmir in 1894 were intended to be taken back to Holland by ship. However, the ship sank, and the historical artifacts have been lying under waters of the English Channel. Now, Britain will return them to Turkey, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. Speaking at a ceremony held at the Turkish Embassy in London, Ambassador Ozden Sanberk thanked everyone who had helped put forth the great effort to see the marbles returned to where they belong. He also noted that the artifacts discovered by underwater acrhaeologists after 101 years do not constitute the only example of such lost artifacts in the world, and added that there are many cultural and historical treasures waiting to be discovered.

    [13] NATIONAL TOURISM COUNCIL TO BE ESTABLISHED

    The Tourism Ministry has completed the preliminary work to establish a National Tourism Council, the lack of which has previously been identified as a deficiency, it was announced yesterday. This work has been conveyed to organizations in the tourism sector to obtain their opinions before the plan is presented to the Cabinet. After the tourism sectors' assessment has been made, a draft will be sent to the Prime Ministry and then a decision will be made by the Cabinet. /All papers/

    [14] TUSIAD CALLS FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

    The Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) has prepared a report to inform Turkish industrialists of the possible damage that will be caused by the EU's technical environmental protection measures. According to TUSIAD, the measures actual aim is to protect industrialists in the EU countries. TUSIAD's report outlines the work that needs to be done concerning the prevention of environmental degradation in order to save Turkish businessmen from being harmed by the EU measures. /All papers/

    [15] TURKISH EXPORT FIGURES RELEASED

    The total export figure for Turkey has risen from $2.09 billion in 1980 to $26.24 billion in 1997. This represents an increase in Turkey's share of total world exports from 1.5 % to 5 % over 17 years. According to data from the State Insitute of Statistics (DIE) and the Foreign Secretary Undersecretariat (DTM), Turkey's imports increased from $7.9 billion to $48.58 billion during the same period. Ready-to-wear clothing is the top exporting sector with 26 % of total Turkish exports. Agricultural products, textiles and iron and steel follow on the list of the best-performing exporters.

    [16] LEADING 16 BANKS JOIN 'COMMON ATM' PROJECT

    Leading Turkish Banks have founded a cooperative organization called the "Common Point ATM Share Group". Customers can use participating banks' credit and cash cards at any other participating banks' ATMs. The group formed by 16 banks accounts for 500 ATMs and a million bank cards. The group aims to include at least 1,000 ATMs and two million bank cards by the end of 1998. /All papers/

    [17] TURKEY-TRNC SECOND PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL

    Five ministers from Turkey, who decided to strengthen the political and economic ties with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) following the EU's Luxembourg Summit, will go to the TRNC to participate in the second meeting of Turkish-TRNC Partnership Council. The Partnership Council meeting will be held during the visit of Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz on July 20 to participate in the celebrations of the anniversary of the Cyprus Peace Operation on July 20 and President Suleyman Demirel's visit that will take place on July 25, the Anatolia news agency reported.

    [18] MONEY, CREDIT AND COORDINATION COMMITTEE

    The Money, Credit and Coordination Committee will convene today under the chairmanship of State Minister Isin Celebi. During the meeting in which the private sector representatives will participate for the first time, the textile sector will be discussed, the Anatolia news agency reported.

    [19] 'ALL DRAFT RESOLUTIONS AGAINST TURKEY REJECTED'

    Tekin Enerem, Chairman of the Turkish Group of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), said yesterday that all the draft resolutions against Turkey were rejected in this year's OSCE meeting. Addressing a press conference staged at the Parliament, Enerem briefed about the seventh General Committee meeting of the OSCE held in Denmark between 7 and 10 July. Noting that as the Turkish group they performed a successful activity, Enerem recalled that Turkey became the target of many unjust criticisms of the Western Parliamentarians in particular at the international forums, the Anatolia news agency reported.
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