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Turkish Press Review, 98-09-08

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

08.09.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] THIRTY-THREE COUNTRIES SEEK TO REVIVE SILK ROAD
  • [02] YILMAZ VISITS ISRAEL
  • [03] TURKISH AND EU EXPERTS TO DISCUSS FISHERY PRODUCTS BAN
  • [04] CEREMONY MARKS START OF 1998-1999 JUDICIAL YEAR
  • [05] TURK RECEIVES COUNCIL OF EUROPE REPORTERS
  • [06] AMERICAN HOSPITAL SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH US HOSPITALS
  • [07] OPTIONAL DEBENTURE BOND SALE FROM TREASURY
  • [08] OPERATIONS AGAINST DHKP_C ORGANIZATION
  • [09] TRNC ASSEMBLY SPEAKER VISITS RUSSIA
  • [10] MEETING OF EUROPEAN AIR FORCES COMMANDERS
  • [11] TURCO-RUSSIAN COOPERATION
  • [12] FREE ZONE TRADE VOLUME TO REACH $8 BILLION
  • [13] EUROPEAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION REJECTS PRIORITY PLEA
  • [14] PHARMACY CONGRESS
  • [15] URANIUM OPERATION
  • [16] RABBANI ASKS FOR SUPPORT
  • [17] DEMIRBANK 45 YEARS OLD

  • [01] THIRTY-THREE COUNTRIES SEEK TO REVIVE SILK ROAD

    High-level representatives of 33 European and Asian countries are gathering today in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku to hammer out an agreement on the construction of a vital transportation corridor linking Europe with the Caucasus and Asia that will revive the ancient "Silk Road" from China to Spain. The project is entitled "Transport Corridor: Europe-Caucasus-Asia" (TRACECA). President Suleyman Demirel, accompanied by Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, will represent Turkey at the summit.

    After arriving in Baku yesterday, Demirel had bilateral talks with Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev at the airport. Demirel and Aliyev later laid the foundation of a hotel and business centre set up by Turkish-Azerbaijani partnership. Demirel said in his speech that Turkey always sided by Azerbaijan and the Silk Road summit demonstrated the importance of Azerbaijan in the world. Aliyev said for his part that Turkish businessmen were working in free market conditions in Azerbaijan and expressed his thanks for Turkey's assistance for the Azeris, who flee from their territories under the Armenian occupation.

    Later in the day, Demirel met with the presidents of Moldovia, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan. On Tuesday, Demirel will with his Bulgarian and Ukrainian counterparts. /All papers/

    [02] YILMAZ VISITS ISRAEL

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz arrived yesterday in Israel, the second leg of his Middle Eastern tour. Yilmaz met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It is reported that during the meeting Yilmaz and Netanyahu expressed their concerns over Syria, which supports terrorism. Netanyahu also stated that Iran, with its nuclear missiles, would not only be a regional problem but also a global issue in the future. Netanyahu, who held a press conference following the meetings during which cooperation agreements in agriculture and free trade were signed between Turkey and Israel, said: "In order to achieve an agreement with Palestine, we need the support of all sides including Turkey". Yilmaz said for his part that Turkey has some concerns over the Middle East peace process and noted that Turkey supports the US plan for the Middle East. Yilmaz added that the agreements between Turkey and Israel do not aim at any third country.

    During the meeting between Yilmaz and Netanyahu, it was agreed that the water transported from Turkey to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) with huge balloons will also be brought to Israel and then to Jordan and Palestine. Today, Yilmaz is expected to visit the Palestinian territories and meet with Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat. /All papers/

    [03] TURKISH AND EU EXPERTS TO DISCUSS FISHERY PRODUCTS BAN

    Turkey and European Union (EU) experts meet today in Brussels to discuss the lifting of a EU ban imposed on the export of Turkish fishery products to the Union in May. The Turkish delegation, comprised of high-level officials from the Agriculture Ministry, will explain the measures taken in order to improve technical and hygienic conditions in the production of fishery products.

    A total of TL 350 billion has been allocated to the Agriculture Ministry for the setting up of laboratories capable of carrying out all quality tests required from the EU. The EU will revise its ban on September 30. /All papers/

    [04] CEREMONY MARKS START OF 1998-1999 JUDICIAL YEAR

    The 1998-1999 judicial year started with a ceremony at the Court of Appeals building in Ankara yesterday. President Suleyman Demirel, Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin, coalition party leaders Bulent Ecevit and Husamettin Cindoruk, ministers, bureaucrats and high-ranking judges were present at the ceremony. /All papers/

    [05] TURK RECEIVES COUNCIL OF EUROPE REPORTERS

    Hikmet Sami Turk, State Minister responsible for human rights, received Walter Schwimmer and Andreas Barsony, the reporters of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly yesterday. The reporters will also meet with Interior Minister Kutlu Aktas. After the meeting, Turk said that the Council of Europe has formed a mechanism to monitor the developments related to human rights and democracy in the member states. "Within this framework, Turkey's steps are being monitored" Turk said. "I informed the reporters on the new developments taken in the field of human rights" he added. /All papers/

    [06] AMERICAN HOSPITAL SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH US HOSPITALS

    A cooperation and personnel exchange agreement between the Vehbi Koc Foundation American Hospital and the New York Prebyterian Hospital, Cornell University Weill Medical Faculty and Columbia University Medical Faculty was signed in Istanbul yesterday. /All papers/

    [07] OPTIONAL DEBENTURE BOND SALE FROM TREASURY

    The Treasury started to collect offers yesterday for the three-month (91 days) term Treasury bonds having 21 % period interest and for the one-year (364 days) term state debenture bonds over the US dollar and have 3 % coupon rate, the Anatolia news agency reports. The organizations, which will mediate in sales, will continue to receive demands on September 8 and 9 to specify the total limit in sales. The firm sales will be realized on September 10. The issue date for the three-month term bonds was determined to be September 10 while their repayment will be made on December 10, 1998.

    [08] OPERATIONS AGAINST DHKP_C ORGANIZATION

    According to a statement made by the Istanbul Department for Struggle Against Terrorism yesterday, nine people, one pistol and many documents of the illegal DHKP_C organization were seized in Zeytinburnu, Istanbul, during operations carried out on 3-7 September, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [09] TRNC ASSEMBLY SPEAKER VISITS RUSSIA

    Parliament Speaker of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Hakki Atun went yesterday to Russia. Atun said that the TRNC proposal to the Greek Cypriot Administration for the establishment of a "Cyprus Confederation" should be regarded as an important ooportunity to achieve peace in Cyprus. Atun, who made a statement prior to his departure to Moscow for the 100th meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference, noted that he would furnish information regarding the recent situation in Cyprus to parliamentarians during the meeting and added that he would also have a chance to explain the just cause of the TRNC, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [10] MEETING OF EUROPEAN AIR FORCES COMMANDERS

    Commander of Turkish Air Forces, Gen.Ilhan Kilic, went yesterday to Britain to attend the European Air Forces Commanders' Meeting (EURAC). Gen.Kilic was elected term-president of the EURAC Conference yesterday. It is reported that three candidates attended the election for the term-presidency and Gen.Kilic received nine votes out of 17 votes. Air forces commanders from 17 European countries are participating in the conference. According to a statement made by the Air Forces Command, Gen.Kilic will stay in London until September 10 and will hold official contacts, the Anatolia news agency reports. Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Ismet Sezgin will also go to Britain today.

    [11] TURCO-RUSSIAN COOPERATION

    The Council of Ministers approved yesterday "a memorandum of accord of the second term meeting of the working group for cooperation in industry and transfer of high-technologies between Turkey and Russia" which was signed on July 1, 1998. According to the approval decision published in the Official Gazette yesterday, Turkey and Russia will cooperate in the areas such as machinery industry, aviation and space industry, electric and electronic industry, environmental protection and security equipment, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [12] FREE ZONE TRADE VOLUME TO REACH $8 BILLION

    The annual trade volume in free zones is to reach $8 billion. According to Foreign Trade Undersecretariat data, the trade volume in free zones during the first seven months of this year increased by 52 % when compared to the same period last year and amounted to $4.200 billion. The total trade volume in free zones was $5.508 billion last year. /Hurriyet/

    [13] EUROPEAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION REJECTS PRIORITY PLEA

    Welfare Party (RP) closed by the Constitutional Court asked the European Human Rights Commission to give priority to its complaint against Turkey but was rejected. In the application prepared by Sevket Kazan, a former RP deputy, on May 22, it was claimed that with the closure of the Welfare Party and banning some members of it from political life, the sixth, seventh, ninth, tenth, eleventh, fourteenth and eighteenth articles of the European Human Rights Convention were violated. Kazan had later asked the Commission to give priority to the examination of the complaint. This plea was rejected. /Milliyet/

    [14] PHARMACY CONGRESS

    The second International Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals Science Congress started yesterday in Istanbul. At the Congress where 350 scientists attended, pre-clinic and post-clinic evaluations of drugs, the credibility of new pharmaceuticals, scientific and legal arrangements on the subject were taken up. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] URANIUM OPERATION

    Eight people who tried to sell 4.5 kg. of solid uranium, used in manufacturing nuclear weapons, to police acting as if they were buyers were arrested yesterday. In a statement by the Financial Branch of Istanbul Police, it was said that uranium was brought to Turkey from Russia through illegal means. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] RABBANI ASKS FOR SUPPORT

    Turkey has proposed a national compromise conference for the solution of the Afghanistan problem and stated that it could host such a meeting. The ousted Afghani leader Burhaneddin Rabbani who is in Ankara complained of Pakistani approach supporting Taliban and asked for aid. Leader of the Islamic Society Rabbani, yesterday met with State Minister Ahad Andican. Andican stated that the recent developments in Afghanistan were not approved by Turkey and added that diplomatic channels would be used to reach a compromisory solution. /Milliyet/

    [17] DEMIRBANK 45 YEARS OLD

    Demirbank is celebrating its 45th anniversary. General Director Selahattin Serbest said that they aim to be amongst the top 500 banks of the world in the year 2000. Serbest indicated that Demirbank's 25 % stake is held by foreign investors. /All papers/
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