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Turkish Press Review, 98-07-28

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

28.07.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] STRATEGY REPORT ON EU-TURKEY RELATIONS
  • [02] ZAMAN CORRESPONDENT DIES IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
  • [03] US REPLIES TO STATEMENTS BY PANGALOS
  • [04] TARGET FOR INCOME EXCEEDED
  • [05] MOSCOW TURKISH TRADE CENTRE
  • [06] PARTIES AGREE ON EARLY GENERAL ELECTIONS
  • [07] STOCK EXCHANGE RISES
  • [08] HATEMI TRIES TO SOOTHE CONCERNS OVER IRAN MISSILE TEST
  • [09] TURKISH SCIENTIST WINS R & D AWARD
  • [10] WORKING GROUP MEETS FOR BLACK SEA TRAVEL SECURITY
  • [11] 'US SHOULD REVIEW ITS POLICY ON TURKEY'
  • [12] PANGALOS GIVES FLOWERS TO TURKISH SOLDIERS
  • [13] SAKIK: "OCALAN HAS HUGE FINANCIAL RESOURCES IN SYRIA"
  • [14] DIPLOMATS VISITING PIPELINE COUNTRIES
  • [15] PRODI VISITS TURKEY
  • [16] ANKARA CRITICIZES SWITZERLAND FOR ANTI-TURKISH ATTITUDE
  • [17] DEMIREL URGES ACTION ON KOSOVO
  • [18] ROMANIAN PRESIDENT TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [19] DENKTAS: "TRNC SHOULD HAVE ITS OWN CURRENCY"
  • [20] MOUNT NEMRUT ERODING
  • [21] TURKISH ECONOMY IS ON RIGHT TRACK
  • [22] WORLD MARITIME SCIENCE AWARD FOR TURKEY

  • [01] STRATEGY REPORT ON EU-TURKEY RELATIONS

    A strategy report by Turkish officials on relations between the European Union and Turkey notes the economic imbalance in economic relations. The report says that the customs union has created a larger foreign trade deficit for Turkey and that Turkey has so far been unable to secure sufficient foreign capital from the EU countries. Criticizing the EU by saying that it has not fulfilled its obligations, the report concludes that economic cooperation must be heightened and that the Association Council must work more effectively. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] ZAMAN CORRESPONDENT DIES IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

    Ahmet Duran, 24, a correspondent for Zaman newspaper died yesterday in a traffic accident near Antalya. Two other employees of the paper were injured when the car they were in flew off the road at speed. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] US REPLIES TO STATEMENTS BY PANGALOS

    Jamie Rubin, spokesman for the US State Department, replied yesteday to a statement by Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos in which he called on US citizens of Greek origin to make financial contributions to the Greek Army. In the same statement, Pangalos also called US President Bill Clinton a liar. Rubin said that the "disgraceful" terminology of Pangalos did not become a minister of a NATO member country, and was an interference in US domestic policy. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] TARGET FOR INCOME EXCEEDED

    In the first six months of 1998, while the targets determined for national income were exceeeded by 241.4 trillion Turkish Liras, expenses stayed within the limits of the programme. Thus, the budget deficit stayed below the target of the programme by 246.8 trillion Turkish liras. The Ministry of Finance yesterday announced the budget targets for the third three-month period and said that the government would act with determination, to combat inflation and keep to the targets of the government programme. /Hurriyet/

    [05] MOSCOW TURKISH TRADE CENTRE

    Groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of a Turkish Trade Centre in Moscow to be built jointly by the Union of Turkish Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB)and the Turkish Exporters Union (TIM) will be held in September with the attendance of Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz. The trade centre which is expected to be completed in two years and which will cover 20,000 square metres, will hold 250 offices, shopping centres and show-rooms. /Hurriyet/

    [06] PARTIES AGREE ON EARLY GENERAL ELECTIONS

    The coalition parties and the Republican People's Party have agreed to hold general elections on 25 April 1999. The Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) will debate this motion before leaving for summer recess. /Milliyet/

    [07] STOCK EXCHANGE RISES

    Agreement reached among the coalition partners for early general elections has boosted stock exchange activity. While share trading rose by 1.31%, the IMKB-100 Index increased by 56 points and reached 4.326. The lifting of uncertainty about early elections and the positive messages given by international rating firms concerning Turkey's credibility were the main reasons given for the positive trading start to the week. /Milliyet/

    [08] HATEMI TRIES TO SOOTHE CONCERNS OVER IRAN MISSILE TEST

    Iranian President Muhammed Hatemi yesterday replied to criticisms following medium-range missile testing by Iran last Wednesday. "Iran's ability to defend itself is not a threat against any neighbouring countries and is in the service of the whole Islamic world", said Hatemi referring to US President Bill Clinton's warning that the missiles, called "Sahab-3", will lead to further instability in the Middle East because many countries in the Middle East including Turkey, Israel and Saudi Arabia are within the 1300 km range of the missiles. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] TURKISH SCIENTIST WINS R & D AWARD

    Turkish scientist Dr. Ali Erdemir, who is currently working at Argon Laboratories, affiliated to the US Energy Department and Chicago University, has won an important R and D award for his invention of a kind of carbon film plating, which reduces friction and is more resistant than silver. The award is seen as the applied sciences "Nobel" award. Erdemir's discovery also won second place in a competition organized by "Discover" magazine last month. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] WORKING GROUP MEETS FOR BLACK SEA TRAVEL SECURITY

    The first meeting of the "Black Sea Travel Security Working Group" set up by the countries which have coasts on the Black Sea started yesterday in Istanbul. The meeting attended by Turkey, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Romania and Georgia will last for three days. Greece is attending the meeting as an observer, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. It is expected that important decisions for bilateral and multilateral projects will be taken during the meetings.

    [11] 'US SHOULD REVIEW ITS POLICY ON TURKEY'

    An article on "Turkey's Strategic Importance" in the Washington Times newspaper yesterday noted that the US should review its policy on Turkey. The article, written by Prof.Amos Perlmutter stated that Turkey was the only secular Islam country in the Middle East and could play an important role in the establishment of stability in the Balkans. Perlmutter said that Turkey was acting as a fortress against fundamentalist activities directed at such countries as Egypt, Jordan and Libya. He pointed out that Turkey and Greece could use their influence in Cyprus and persuade the two sides on the island to sit at the negotiation table. /Sabah/

    [12] PANGALOS GIVES FLOWERS TO TURKISH SOLDIERS

    Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos, who visited Western Thrace yesterday, gave flowers to Turkish soldiers at the Turkish-Greek border by the Meric River. Pangalos noted that the Turkish and Greek nations should live in a peaceful atmosphere. Turkish soldiers thanked Pangalos, saying: "Efharisto", which means 'Thanks' in Greece. /Sabah/

    [13] SAKIK: "OCALAN HAS HUGE FINANCIAL RESOURCES IN SYRIA"

    A leading member in the PKK terrorist organization, Semdin Sakik, captured by Turkish security forces during an operation in northern Iraq and later brought to Turkey, yesterday gave a 29-page testimony to the State Security Court in Diyarbakir. Sakık noted in his testimony that Abdullah Ocalan, head of the PKK terrorist organization, was secreting the organization's financial resources in Syrian banks and said: "If he withdraws his money, the Syrian economy could be shaken". /Sabah/

    [14] DIPLOMATS VISITING PIPELINE COUNTRIES

    Two leading diplomats from Ankara and Washington are on a tour of Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan with letters from US President Bill Clinton and Turkish President Suleyman Demirel which emphasize the importance of both the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline and the trans-Caspian energy corridor. Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Yaman Baskut and Richard Morningstar, Clinton's advisor on Caspian energy issues, will convey their president's messages to Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev and Turkmen President Saparmurad Niyazov Turkmenbasi.

    [15] PRODI VISITS TURKEY

    "We must take concrete steps to decrease tensions in the region (Cyprus)" said Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi. Prodi, on a one-day working visit to Turkey yesterday, was speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz in Istanbul, following a Bosphorus boat cruise. Prodi added: "The situation is damaging the economies of both Greece and Turkey and is increasing the military spending of the two countries". He said: "Italy is in favour of increasing relations with Turkey".

    The Italian prime minister added that Italy supports Turkey's membership in the EU. "Turkey and the EU are obliged to go together in the long run. Their destiny is for cooperation and mutual understanding. Italy shares a great responsibility for peace in the Mediterranean and peace between the Christian and the Muslim world. Turkey is a key country in the equation". Yilmaz noted that economic ties between Italy and Turkey had increased over the past five years and that trade volume between the two nations stood at $6 billion in 1997. He said that 145 Italian companies had direct investments in Turkey at the end of last year, accounting for 4.5 % of all foreign investment. Yilmaz invited Italian companies to take part in Turkey's defense and energy projects as well as its huge privatization programme. The two prime ministers discussed the escalation in violence in Kosovo, Turkey's bid for EU membership and the continuing Cyprus impasse at their meeting, officials from the two countries said. /All papers/

    [16] ANKARA CRITICIZES SWITZERLAND FOR ANTI-TURKISH ATTITUDE

    Ankara has condemned Switzerland for permitting the convening of a Kurdish meeting in Lausanne on Friday, which ended with the endorsement of statements praising the PKK terrorist organization and attacking Turkey, as well as allowing an anti-Turkey demonstration to be held in the same city on Saturday. "We condemn the Swiss federal government for the insensitive stance it has adopted on anti-Turkey activities in its country, despite repeated warnings from Turkey" a Foreign Ministry statement said yesterday. /All papers/

    [17] DEMIREL URGES ACTION ON KOSOVO

    President Suleyman Demirel has sent letters to his counterparts from the Contact Group and some regional countries, calling on them to take urgent measures adequate to the gravity of the violent situation in Yugoslavia's province of Kosovo. In the letters, which he conveyed in the wake of his visit to Albania on July 14-15, Demirel emphasized that the present situation in Kosovo was a "serious threat to stability and security in Southeast Europe" and that Turkey was ready to take part in "any initiative to solve the problem, including a multinational peace force" a statement from the Presidential office said yesterday.

    In addition, Demirel has also sent a letter to Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, demanding an immediate dialogue between the fighting parties, withdrawal of Yugoslav security forces from Kosovo and the establishment of favourable conditions for refugees to return. He has emphasized that the growing flow of refugees fleeing from Kosovo has negatively affected the international community's conception of the dispute. /All papers/

    [18] ROMANIAN PRESIDENT TO VISIT TURKEY

    President Emil Constantinescu of Romania will come to Turkey tomorrow as the official guest of his Turkish counterpart President Suleyman Demirel, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. A statement of the Foreign Ministry pointed out that Constantinescu will visit Turkey within the framework of the regular negotiations set up between the Romanian and Turkish presidents.

    [19] DENKTAS: "TRNC SHOULD HAVE ITS OWN CURRENCY"

    President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas has said that the country should mint its own currency in line with structural requirements for an independent state. "We can put a stamp on Turkish banknotes signifying that this is TRNC money and tell the world that this is our currency" Denktas told the TRNC daily Cyprus, according to the Anatolia news agency.

    [20] MOUNT NEMRUT ERODING

    One of the most popular tourist attractions in Turkey, Mt.Nemrut, which attracts thousands of visitors each year to see its wonderful sunrise, is eroding due to natural causes and lack of proper care. The peak that contain the tumulus of Antiochus the First has eroded down to 50 metres from 75 in 2,000 years, the Anatolia news agency reported. Mt.Nemrut, which is among 440 historical sights listed as a "World Heritage" by UNESCO, is also on the list of the most damaged heritage sites in the world.

    The ambassador for UNESCO in Turkey, Zulfu Livaneli, announced that he was going to bring the damage on the peak of Mt.Nemrut to the attention of UNESCO. "I will give priority to Mt.Nemrut at UNESCO meetings, but first of all it's our duty to protect these historic places" he said.

    [21] TURKISH ECONOMY IS ON RIGHT TRACK

    Marie Cavanaugh, Turkey analyst for leading US finnancial rating institution Standard and Poor's, said they would closely follow the Staff Monitoring Programme the Turkish government has signed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), adding that the programme accord was very important for Turkey's credibility.

    Cavanaugh stressed that the economic programme should not be damaged for the sake of populist policies such as public sector wage hikes, noting that if the programme signed with the IMF was strictly enforced, then the inflation rate would drop in the medium and long-term, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [22] WORLD MARITIME SCIENCE AWARD FOR TURKEY

    Ass.Prof.Guldem Cerit, Chairman of the Department of Marine Enterprises and Management at the Dokuz Eylul University who presented a paper on "Maritime Transports as an Area of Competitive Superiority in International Marketing" at the "Eighth Transportation Research Conference" organized in Antwerp, Belgium, was awarded with the "Maritime Science Award" yesterday, the Anatolia news agency reported.
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