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Turkish Press Review, 98-07-20

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

20.07.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEMIREL TO MEET BUSINESSMEN FROM SOUTHERN ANATOLIA
  • [02] COOPERATIVE KEY-98 EXERCISE
  • [03] MEANINGFUL CEREMONY
  • [04] SELEZNIYOV: "WE CAN TALK ABOUT S-300s IF TURKEY WANTS TO"
  • [05] CELEBRATIONS IN TRNC
  • [06] STRAITS BEING DISCUSSED IN LONDON
  • [07] TURKISH AIRLINER FORCED TO LAND
  • [08] INCREASE IN EXPORTS FROM DENIZLI
  • [09] TERRORISTS COOPERATE IN GERMANY
  • [10] "ASIA TO EUROPE SWIMMING CONTEST"
  • [11] "LET'S NOT REPEAT PAST MISTAKES"
  • [12] GREEK BAN
  • [13] PKK WAYLAID IN SIVAS
  • [14] US LEVIES TAX ON GOLD FROM TURKEY
  • [15] TURKISH CONTRIBUTION TO GERMAN ECONOMY
  • [16] NEW IMPROVEMENTS IN BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE PROJECT
  • [17] DEMIREL CRITICIZES EU
  • [18] INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL IN ANKARA

  • [01] DEMIREL TO MEET BUSINESSMEN FROM SOUTHERN ANATOLIA

    President Suleyman Demirel is going to meet with businessmen from the southeast regions to increase investments and to find solutions to the problems there. Demirel and the businessmen from the southeast will meet at Cankaya Palace tomorrow. /Milliyet/

    [02] COOPERATIVE KEY-98 EXERCISE

    'Cooperative Key-98', one of the planned exercises for NATO and Partnership For Peace (PFP) member countries, started yesterday with a ceremony held at the Akinci Fourth Main Jet Base Command. The exercise hosted by Turkey will last until 24 July. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] MEANINGFUL CEREMONY

    The 62nd anniversary of the Montreux Straits Treaty will be celebrated tonight at the Montreux Palace in Switzerland. The 62nd anniversary of the treaty signed on July 20, 1936, will be celebrated within the framework of activities planned for the 75th anniversary of the Turkish Republic. The celebration, hosted by Turkish Ambassador to Bern Taner Baytok, will be attended by many guests from Turkey and Switzerland. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] SELEZNIYOV: "WE CAN TALK ABOUT S-300s IF TURKEY WANTS TO"

    Speaker of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian Federation Parliament, Gennadi Selezniyov, said yesterday that they could talk about Russian-made S-300 missiles to be deployed in southern Cyprus during their contacts in Turkey. Selezniyov and his accompanying delegation arrived in Turkey yesterday as the official guests of Turkish Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin. In a statement at the airport, Selezniyov noted that there were many issues to be discussed in detail between Turkey and Russia. Selezniyov will be received by Turkish President Suleyman Demirel and Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin today. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] CELEBRATIONS IN TRNC

    On the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the July 20, 1974, Cyprus Peace Operation by the Turkish Armed Forces, Turkish war planes and naval vessels are visiting the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). TRNC President Rauf Denktas said in a statement yesterday that although Turkish Cypriots suffered a lot, they never did become slaves of Greek Cypriots. Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz will arrive today in the TRNC and deliver a speech to the Turkish Cypriot nation. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] STRAITS BEING DISCUSSED IN LONDON

    The 44th regular session of the Sub-Committee of the Coast Guard of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) started yesterday in London. During the five-day meeting, Turkey is expected to encounter criticism for implementations regarding the routing of ships and ship report systems. A particular group of countries is expected to try to corner Turkey during the meeting. The group, led by Russia, also includes Greece, Bulgaria, the Ukraine and Greek Cyprus. They will try to confront Turkey, putting forward a report by the World Chamber of Trade, which deals with the subjects in question. Further, Russia is expected to try to increase the chances of Novorossisk port being made the transportation centre for Central Asian and Azeri oils. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] TURKISH AIRLINER FORCED TO LAND

    A Turkish Airlines passenger plane was forced to land at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, because of an unexplained malfunction in one of its engines yesterday, the Anatolia news agency reported. The Turkish Airlines (THY) Airbus-310 was on a flight from Istanbul to Dusseldorf with 200 passengers on board and had to turn back only 10 minutes after take-off. THY officials stated that the pilot of the plane had been required to dump some of its fuel into the Marmara Sea before it could land.

    [08] INCREASE IN EXPORTS FROM DENIZLI

    Textile exports from Denizli increased by 13 percent, reaching $ 219.4 million during the first six months of this year when compared to the same period of last year. According to Denizli Chambers of Trade, 94 types of textile goods were exported to 62 countries all around the world from Denizli between 1 January - 30 June of this year. Germany is the biggest market for textile goods produced in Denizli, added the same sources. /Milliyet/

    [09] TERRORISTS COOPERATE IN GERMANY

    Outlawed separatist terrorist organizations have established a union called "Revolutionist United Forces" in Germany. According to a report by Focus magazine based on Federal Criminal Information Bureau, the union has been formed by the PKK, an outlawed Turkish Communist Party, the Marxist_Leninist Communist Party (MLKP), the Revolutionist Left (DevSol) and auxiliary organizations. The report also noted that the Federal Bureau does not see the union as a threat. /Milliyet/

    [10] "ASIA TO EUROPE SWIMMING CONTEST"

    The Bosphorous Straits were closed yesterday to shipping traffic for a swimming contest. The tenth International Bosphorous-98 from Asia to Europe Swimming Contest took place yesterday. A total of 256 swimmers participated in the contest but only 155 swimmers completed the race. Prior to the contest "Fighters for Nature" demonstrated with posters, shouting "the Turkish Straits should be roads of friendship and peace". /Sabah/

    [11] "LET'S NOT REPEAT PAST MISTAKES"

    Greek Deputy Foreign minister Iannos Kranioditis, in a private interview with Sabah, stated that the EU could solve not only Turkish-Greek disputes and the Cyprus problem, but also be a guarantee for the future prosperity of Turkey. Noting that Turkey would benefit from a change of mind on Cyprus, Kranioditis said that Greece had repeatedly voiced its desire for Turkey to advance along the road leading to the EU and take its due place in the European family. He added however that they could not disregard the negative stance of Turkish governments and their opposition to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of his country. /Sabah/

    [12] GREEK BAN

    Turkish pop music singers Harun Kolcak, Ebru Aydin and a technical team of 14, booked to give concerts for the Turkish communities living in Western Thrace, were denied entry by Greek border customs officers. Customs officers claimed their visas were invalid and then asked for cigarettes and wine, manager Ozgur Aras said. /Sabah/

    [13] PKK WAYLAID IN SIVAS

    PKK terrorists yesterday blocked the road between Akincilar and Susehri townships of Sivas. The terrorists stopped two trucks and minivan, forced the drivers and passengers out. After killing two of the passengers and burning a truck they fled. Following the incident, local security forces began wide-scale search operations. /Sabah/

    [14] US LEVIES TAX ON GOLD FROM TURKEY

    After Turkey filled an 80 million dollar quota, adopted by the US for gold imported from Turkey, the US announced that it would levy a 5.7 percent tax on gold from Turkey. Turkish exporters will pay a 45 cent customs tax for each gramme of gold which they sell to the US, where Turkey makes the highest amount of gold export. /Hurriyet/

    [15] TURKISH CONTRIBUTION TO GERMAN ECONOMY

    According to a report by the Turkish Research Centre, contributions to Germany's gross national income in 1996 by more than two million Turks living in Germany reached DM 69 billion, an amount which is twice as big as Syria's gross national income. /Hurriyet/

    [16] NEW IMPROVEMENTS IN BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE PROJECT

    Following a summit on May 13-15 in Istanbul where Turkish, Azerbaijani and Georgian officials decided to prepare individual reports on technical aspects of the projected Baku-Ceyhan pipeline, his ministry had completed a work on basic issues such as construction, operation, finance and ownership, said Cumhur Ersumer, Minister for Energy and Natural Resources yesterday. He also noted that two agreements for the realization of the project would be signed by authoritative councils. /Hurriyet/

    [17] DEMIREL CRITICIZES EU

    In a statement to Hurriyet newspaper over the weekend , President Suleyman Demirel said that the European Union had become a "captive of Greece" in its policy towards Turkey and for that reason it could not play the role which it was obliged to on international platforms. "Although some positive steps concerning Turkey were taken in the last summit of the EU held in Cardiff, the EU's discriminatory approach to Turkey has not been changed yet" said Demirel. /Hurriyet/

    [18] INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL IN ANKARA

    The first International Human Rights Film Festival will be held in Ankara on December 10-17, 1998. The festival aims to stress the importance of the concept of human rights, bring out its international dimensions through the movie sector and create a consciousness of human rights in all walks of society. /Cumhuriyet/
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