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Turkish Press Review, 98-07-21

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

21.07.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY AND TRNC MARK JULY 20 ANNIVERSARY
  • [02] DUMA CHAIRMAN: "S-300 MISSILES ARE FOR DEFENSE"
  • [03] US RATING INSTITUTION D AND P OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TURKEY
  • [04] ECEVIT: "WE CAN ALSO SELL WATER TO GREEK CYPRIOTS"
  • [05] THY-QUALIFLYER GROUP PARTNERSHIP
  • [06] INTERNATIONAL PRAISE FOR RAMSTORE
  • [07] NO OFFICIAL DOCUMENT FROM SWITZERLAND
  • [08] TURKISH SPEAKER FOR EUROPEAN YOUTH PARLIAMENT
  • [09] THREE PEOPLE ABDUCTED BY PKK FOUND IN GERMANY
  • [10] KAZAKH AIRLINES FLY TO DALAMAN
  • [11] AWARD FOR ALIYEV
  • [12] MANYAS LAKE
  • [13] OIL IN ADANA
  • [14] CEM: "TURKEY IS A NOMINAL EU CANDIDATE"
  • [15] KINKEL AND SUSSMUTH TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [16] "CLINTON CAN PREVENT S-300 MISSILES"
  • [17] THREE PKK TERRORISTS KILLED IN BINGOL
  • [18] SPANISH FAIR IN ISTANBUL
  • [19] KDP RADIO: "SEPARATIST TERRORIST ORGANIZATION IS A DRUG GANG"

  • [01] TURKEY AND TRNC MARK JULY 20 ANNIVERSARY

    Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) marked yesterday the 24th anniversary of the Turkish intervention on the island, determinedly vowing to sustain solidarity and cooperation. Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel, responsible for EU affairs and Cyprus, as well as other high-level Turkish officials, flew to the island to participate in the celebration ceremonies. President Suleyman Demirel, who is expected to visit the island on Saturday, telephoned TRNC President Rauf Denktas and extended his congratulations.

    Upon his arrival on the island early on Monday morning, Yilmaz said Greece and Greek Cyprus had not learned the lessons of the Turkish intervention. Yilmaz told reporters that Greek Cypriot attempts to deploy Russian-made S-300 missiles on the island this year were a dangerous escalation. In a public speech later in the day, Yilmaz reiterated Turkey's support for the TRNC and emphasized that Turkey would not allow the Turco-Greek balance in the eastern Mediterranean to be upset. /All papers/

    [02] DUMA CHAIRMAN: "S-300 MISSILES ARE FOR DEFENSE"

    Gennady Selezniyev, Chairman of the Russian Duma, said that S-300 missiles are for defensive purposes, not offensive ones. In a joint press conference in Ankara yesterday with Turkish Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin, Selezniyev said that Cyprus is a state recognized by the UN and it can regulate its defense system as it wishes. When asked about the sale of the missiles to the Greek Cypriots, Selezniyev told reporters that within the framework of the commercial deal between Greek Cypriots and the Russian Federation, the S-300 missiles will be delivered to the island.

    Selezniyev has had a chain of contacts during his four-day visit to Turkey. He has been received by Turkish President Suleyman Demirel and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. On Tuesday he will fly to Istanbul for meetings with Turkish businessmen. /All papers/

    [03] US RATING INSTITUTION D AND P OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TURKEY

    Turkey deserves more than a BB (-) credit rating, says Hyme Hanz, the analyst at the leading US rating institution of Duff and Phelps (Dand P). Hanz had talks in Turkey two weeks ago when he obtained information on the latest developments in the Turkish economy. A D and P committee will meet and determine Turkey's new grade in two weeks, he said, adding: "The Turkish economy is on the right track". /All papers/

    [04] ECEVIT: "WE CAN ALSO SELL WATER TO GREEK CYPRIOTS"

    Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Democratic Left Party (DSP) Bulent Ecevit said yesterday that the potable water to be transported to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) from Turkey with huge semi-submersible balloons could also be sold to Greek Cypriots if they want. Ecevit made this proposal during a meeting with the members of the High Board of Citizens Living Abroad in Ankara last week. Meanwhile, a project for the transportation of water from Anamur Soguksu to the TRNC is at the last stage. The project will be officially put into implementation with a ceremony to be attended by Turkish President Suleyman Demirel on July 25. /Hurriyet/

    [05] THY-QUALIFLYER GROUP PARTNERSHIP

    The first joint company of the Qualiflyer Group including Turkish Airlines (THY) is being established. In a statement made by THY yesterday, the company, based in Zurich, Switzerland, will go into operation on August 1. The founding partners, Swissair, Austrian Airlines, Sabena, TAP, THY and AOM will all have equal shares in the company. /Hurriyet/

    [06] INTERNATIONAL PRAISE FOR RAMSTORE

    It is reported that the Ramstore supermarket set up by the Koc Group in Moscow, Russia, is attracting the attention of the local population. The American Washington Post newspaper praises Ramstore in its latest issue. The newspaper notes that Ramstore provides quick and high-quality services. /Hurriyet/

    [07] NO OFFICIAL DOCUMENT FROM SWITZERLAND

    No official document has arrived yet from Switzerland regarding a decision taken during a meeting between the Vaud Canton and Lausanne Municipality to open the Rumine Palace, where the Lausanne Treaty was signed, for the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the Turkish Republic. In a statement yesterday, Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Sermet Atacanli said: "No official document has arrived from the Swiss authorities yet". /Hurriyet/

    [08] TURKISH SPEAKER FOR EUROPEAN YOUTH PARLIAMENT

    The first meeting of the European Youth Parliament headed by Esra Bulut was held yesterday in Brussels. 350 young representatives from various European countries attended the meeting. Furnishing information regarding the nine-day meeting, Bulut said: "Issues such as education and the health problems of young people are on the agenda of our meeting". Bulut added: "When we talk about Europe, this does not mean just the European Union (EU). Europe should approach the world with a wider view". /Hurriyet/

    [09] THREE PEOPLE ABDUCTED BY PKK FOUND IN GERMANY

    Three people abducted by the PKK terrorist organization in Sweden to carry out terrorist activities against Turkish soldiers in southern Anatolia, have been found in Germany. The three people, who were handed-over to the Swedish police on Saturday in Hamburg, were later brought to Stockholm. The Stockholm Prosecutor noted that the people, now united with their families, will be questioned soon. /Hurriyet/

    [10] KAZAKH AIRLINES FLY TO DALAMAN

    Kazakh Airlines (Air Kazakhstan) will fly to Dalaman Airport, now its second destination in Turkey. The first flights by Kazakh Airlines started two years ago to Antalya. Air Kazakhstan officials noted that there would be mutual flights on Monday and Wednesday and that flights to Dalaman would continue until August 31. /Hurriyet/

    [11] AWARD FOR ALIYEV

    Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev will be presented with the 1997 Human Rights Award by Karsiyaka Municipality. Azerbaijani Ambassador to Ankara Mehmet Nevruzoglu will receive the award on behalf of Aliyev during a ceremony to be held today in Karsiyaka, Izmir. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] MANYAS LAKE

    A purification plant will soon be set-up to clean-up the Manyas Lake. It is reported that the only way to save the Bandirma Bird Haven National Park from fatal pollution will be a purification plant that could cost $70 million. The European Union (EU) Life Programme and Turkish Environment Ministry are conducting joint studies into the project. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] OIL IN ADANA

    After the recent 6.3 point earthquake in Adana, oil has burst out of a water well in Soysali village near Osmaniye. Officials of the Mining Technical Research General Directorate announced yesterday that Soysali village is on an oil basin and that they had already started a search for new oil reserves. /Milliyet/

    [14] CEM: "TURKEY IS A NOMINAL EU CANDIDATE"

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said yesterday that there had been hopeful developments in Turkey and European Union (EU) relations over the last year, but that he himself was not satisfied with those improvements. In his speech at a meeting of the 35th General Council of the Istanbul Development Foundation (IKV), Cem said that Turkey deserved more than merely this "improvement". Cem recalled that although Turkey was included among the 12 candidates accepted at the recent Cardiff summit, the candidacy was only "nominal". IKV Chairman, Meral G. Eris said for her part that Turkey would not give up on customs union whether it was a member of the EU or not. /Milliyet/

    [15] KINKEL AND SUSSMUTH TO VISIT TURKEY

    German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel and the Speaker of the Federal Parliament Rita Sussmuth will visit Turkey. According to Focus magazine, the German Foreign Ministry has approved the visit. It was reported that before the general elections on 27 September, Kinkel will pay a visit to Turkey to smooth Ankara-Bonn relations.

    Meanwhile, it has been announced that the Speaker of the Federal Parliament Rita Sussmuth will come to Ankara tomorrow. During her two-day Ankara visit Sussmuth will be received by President Suleyman Demirel and meet with Speaker of Parliament Hikmet Cetin, Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and Foreign Minister Ismail Cem. The magazine also said that the German Prime Minister attaches great importance to both Kinkel's and Sussmuth's visits to Turkey. /Milliyet/

    [16] "CLINTON CAN PREVENT S-300 MISSILES"

    In an article William Safire published in The New York Times newspaper on 15 July, asked US President Bill Clinton to prevent the deployment of Russian-made S-300 missiles in Greek Cyprus. He added that postponment of the deployment of the missiles would not solve the problem, and noted, "Cyprus is the hottest point of Turkish-Greek disagreement which extends to the Balkans. Russian Foreign Minister Primakov has retaliated to NATO extention by dividing the southern wing of the organization. As a result of Primakov's tricks and the European Union's prejudicial attitude towards Turkey, now Ankara is more strongly defending a separate Cyprus. Turkish Republic and Greek Cypriots are being drawn into a silly missile provocation. Bill Clinton should call the Russian Foreign Minister to cancel the missile deal." /Milliyet/

    [17] THREE PKK TERRORISTS KILLED IN BINGOL

    As a result of clashes between PKK terrorists and security forces in Gokcedag village, Bingol, three PKK terrorists and five soldiers have been killed. In another incident Catak, Van, a village guard was killed by PKK terrorists. /Sabah/

    [18] SPANISH FAIR IN ISTANBUL

    Spain's giant industrial fair Expotecnia'99 will be held in Turkey. It is reported that the Expotecnia'99 fair, in which 200 Spanish companies will participate, will be organized by the Spanish Foreign Trade Institution. The aim of the fair is said to be to find ways to make Turkey and Spain closer economic partners. /Sabah/

    [19] KDP RADIO: "SEPARATIST TERRORIST ORGANIZATION IS A DRUG GANG"

    Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Radio said that the separatist terrorist organization which has been given serious blows by the Turkish Armed Forces, has been attacking innocent people in Northern Iraq, reported the Anatolia news agency yesterday. The radio said the separatist terrorist organization was a "drug gang". It added that the Kurdish people should shyn the separatist terrorist organization and continue to struggle against PKK.
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