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Turkish Press Review, 98-09-03

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

03.09.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] YILMAZ DECLARES EXTRA ANTI-CRISIS MEASURES
  • [02] BARZANI IN ANKARA
  • [03] ANKARA CALLS ON GREEK SIDE TO RECONSIDER THE PROPOSAL
  • [04] ECEVIT BACKS SUGGESTION BY DENKTAS
  • [05] NEIGHBOURS 'COOPERATE' WITH PKK
  • [06] ARMED ATTACK ON ESENYURT MAYOR
  • [07] CAKICI FILE IN FRANCE
  • [08] NUCLEAR PHYSICISTS MEET IN ISTANBUL
  • [09] SILK ROAD TOUR BEGINS
  • [10] FRANCE GRANTS RADAR TO GREEK CYPRIOTS
  • [11] RAPID INCREASE IN IMKB
  • [12] THREE TURKISH FIRMS VIE FOR EUROPEAN QUALITY AWARD
  • [13] BMC FOR ENGLISH MARKET
  • [14] STRUGGLE AGAINST DRUGS
  • [15] SETTLEMENT AREA DATING BACK 10,000 YEARS

  • [01] YILMAZ DECLARES EXTRA ANTI-CRISIS MEASURES

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz announced new measures over and above those announced on August 28, in order to prevent external factors from aggravating the liquidity shortage and to prevent this shortage from threatening the government's borrowing programme. Yilmaz met with members of the Union of Banks yesterday in Ankara and later on addressed press members. He said that they wanted to minimize the effects of the recent crisis on the Turkish economy and in the medium term they wanted to convert the crisis into an opportunity. Yilmaz insisted that intervention in financial or any other markets was out of question, and the government would firmly obey the rules of the free market economy. /all papers/

    [02] BARZANI IN ANKARA

    Mesut Barzani, leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), arrived in Ankara yesterday, where he is scheduled to have meetings with senior Turkish government officials. After talks with foreign ministry diplomats in Ankara today, Barzani will be received by Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and Parliamentary Speaker Hikmet Cetin on Friday. He will also attend a working lunch given by Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Korkmaz Haktanir on Friday. /Sabah/

    [03] ANKARA CALLS ON GREEK SIDE TO RECONSIDER THE PROPOSAL

    Turkey called on Greece and Southern Cyprus yesterday to reconsider the recent Turkish Cypriot proposal for the establishment of a Cyprus confederation as an ultimate solution on the island. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan said a press conferance yesterday that if the proposal was wasted, the tension situation on Cyprus might reach even a more agitated level, which could open the way for the permanent division of the island. He added that it was a serious proposal without any tactical aim and based on the realities of the island. /Hurriyet/

    [04] ECEVIT BACKS SUGGESTION BY DENKTAS

    Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, who will visit the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Saturday, said yesterday that he supported a suggestion by President of the TRNC Rauf Denktas that a confederation should be established between the TRNC and the Greek Cypriot Adminitration. /Milliyet/

    [05] NEIGHBOURS 'COOPERATE' WITH PKK

    Turkey's southern and eastern neighbours, Syria, Iraq and Iran, have reportedly been cooperating with the PKK terrorist organization to ethnically cleanse their own Kurdish populations. According to intelligence sources, Iraq has been inciting the ongoing conflict involving rival Kurdish factions in its north, while proving the PKK with arms and money. For its part, Syria has been using force against its own ethnic Kurdistan population by compelling young people to join PKK. Sources added that Syria's moves to help PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan was actually a disguised attempt to ethnically cleanse its own population of Kurds. Iran also using PKK to sweep out its ethnic Kurdistan population, according to the sources adding that the three countries might also be aiming to undermine the current regime in Turkey by cooperating with the PKK. /Hurriyet/

    [06] ARMED ATTACK ON ESENYURT MAYOR

    Mayor of Esenyurt, a district in Istanbul, Dr.Gurbuz Capan was attacked yesterday by a young boy (14). Later the assailant surrendered to the police. It is reported that the health situation of Capan was good. Investigations to the incident are continuing. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] CAKICI FILE IN FRANCE

    The Turkish Foreign Ministry sent a file prepared by the Justice Ministry, which demands the extradition of Alaattin Cakici, the head of a large criminal organization, to France with a special courier yesterday. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan held a press conference yesterday and replied to question of members of the press. He said that the Turkish Embassy in France would present the file to French juridical authorities together with a note. Utkan added that these procedures would be completed by the end of this week. Turkey wants the extradition of Cakici because of six crimes he has committed in Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] NUCLEAR PHYSICISTS MEET IN ISTANBUL

    A "Balkan Nuclear Physicists Meeting", during which basic issues in nuclear physics are explained and the results of daily studies are discussed, is continuing in Istanbul with the participation of nearly 100 scientists from 19 countries including Spain, Yugoslavia, Sweden, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Britain, Belgium, Germany, France, Holland, Italy, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Japan, the US and Turkey. The meeting organized by the Istanbul University will last until September 10. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] SILK ROAD TOUR BEGINS

    A tour for the "Silk Road" organized by the Tourism Ministry in order to promote the caravansaries and inns on the way of the Silk Road will begin tomorrow with a press conference to be held by Tourism Minister Ibrahim Gurdal. 36 press members and tour operators from 17 countries will participate in the tour, which will end on September 10. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] FRANCE GRANTS RADAR TO GREEK CYPRIOTS

    According to an article in the Phileleftheros newspaper published in the Greek Cypriot Administration, France will grant a new radar system to the Greek Cypriot National Army. With this new system, the Greek Cypriot Army will be able to observe Turkey. The article noted that all the expenses of the new system would be met by the French government. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] RAPID INCREASE IN IMKB

    There was an increase in the Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) yesterday. The second greatest increase of 288 points in the New York Stock Exchange two days ago enabled the IMKB to increase by 5.58 % yesterday. Officials noted that the ups-and-downs in the index were not so good for the market. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] THREE TURKISH FIRMS VIE FOR EUROPEAN QUALITY AWARD

    A member of the European Quality Administration Fund Administrative Board Hazim Kantarci, yesterday stated that three Turkish firms, Arcelik, Netas and Beko were qualified for the finals in the contest for the "European Quality Award". Kantarci said that three Turkish firms had entered the contest in two separate categories. While Arcelik, and Netas would compete in the category of large scale companies, Beko will compete in the category of small and medium scale enterprises. /Hurriyet/

    [13] BMC FOR ENGLISH MARKET

    The first Turkish truck BMC Professional, which was displayed at the Hannover 57th Commercial Vehicles Fair for the second time is ready for use on the roads of England. BMC wanting to get hold of 10% of the English market where 12 thousand trucks are sold every year, aims to sell 1,200 trucks to that country. Contacts for the sale of trucks have already been made and the serial production of BMC Professional is to start two months later. /Hurriyet/

    [14] STRUGGLE AGAINST DRUGS

    At a meeting, held in Istanbul in recent days, a series of decisions were taken aiming to struggle against drugs. The meeting was chaired by Isilay Saygin, the State Minister responsible for "woman rights and family" and the head of the High Council for Struggle against Drugs. A "Narcotics Intelligence Network" will be built up and an anti-drugs campaign will be launched to limit the spread of drug addiction. Families, school administrators, shopkeepers, municipalities and non-governmental organizations are all expected to contribute to the network. /Milliyet/

    [15] SETTLEMENT AREA DATING BACK 10,000 YEARS

    One of the first settlement areas, which dates back 10,000 years, has been found in Aksaray. During the excavations carried out by a delegation headed by Prof.Ufuk Esin, Chairman of the Pre-History Department of the Istanbul University Literary Faculty in the Asikli village of Aksaray, it has been discovered that people living in this area were using sundried bricks while they were building houses and they were engaged in agriculture and hunting. /Cumhuriyet/
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