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Turkish Press Review, 98-09-09

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

09.09.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] BAKU SUMMIT
  • [02] YILMAZ: MEDIATOR IN MIDDLE EAST
  • [03] TURKISH-ISRAELI RELATIONS
  • [04] SEZGIN GOES TO LONDON
  • [05] LOGAN IN SOUTHEAST ANATOLIA
  • [06] PRIVATIZATION OF ERDEMIR
  • [07] FOREIGN MINISTRY DEPUTY UNDERSECRETARY IN TURKMENISTAN
  • [08] HEROIN IN VAN
  • [09] TURCO-CHINESE RELATIONS
  • [10] TURKISH PLANT IN GERMANY
  • [11] $2.3 BILLION FROM TURKISH WORKERS ABROAD
  • [12] STATEMENT BY OHAL GOVERNOR
  • [13] TURKEY DENIES GREEK CLAIMS OF AIRSPACE VIOLATIONS
  • [14] TURKEY, IRAN DISCUSS TRANSPORTATION ISSUES
  • [15] WORLD BANK GIVES A LOAN OF $11.6 MILLION
  • [16] PFP OPERATIONS
  • [17] TANER TO EVALUATE ECONOMIC CRISIS IN RUSSIA
  • [18] NORMALISATION PROCESS STARTS IN SOUTHEAST ANATOLIA
  • [19] MEETING OF TURKISH INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH (TIR)
  • [20] TURKEY UPGRADES STATUS IN UN INDEX FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
  • [21] TREASURY UNDERSECRETARIAT APPROVES SALE OF TURKBANK
  • [22] FOREIGN CONSULTANCIES FOR TURKEY
  • [23] RABOBANK FOUNDS BRANCH IN ISTANBUL
  • [24] TAX COURSE STARTS

  • [01] BAKU SUMMIT

    Thirty-two European and Asian countries signed yesterday a landmark agreement in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku aimed at the establishment of a vital transportation corridor linking Europe with the Caucasus and Asia, signaling the revival of the ancient "Silk Road" from China to Spain. The agreement laid the foundations for the improvement of land, sea and rail transportation along the Europe-Caucasia-Asia Corridor (TRACECA). In addition, four technical addenda on customs implementations and registration were signed within this major project.

    President Suleyman Demirel, accompanied by Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, represented Turkey at the summit. "Today the Silk Road is one gain at the international stage bringing new hopes, opportunities and potentials for peace and welfare for the nations it connects" Demirel said in his speech at the summit. Demirel also touched on the issue of the oil pipeline routes to carry the Caspian oil to the international markets. He emphasized that the proposed route from Baku to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan will guarantee the energy security of the region. Referring to Russia's suggestions that the oil be carried from its Black Sea port of Novorossisk via the Bosphorus, Demirel said that Turkey is not against the utilization of the Black Sea, but the transportation of oil through the Turkish Straits would endanger the safety of Istanbul and the surrounding environment. /All papers/

    [02] YILMAZ: MEDIATOR IN MIDDLE EAST

    Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, who met with Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat on the last leg of his Middle Eastern tour for three-days, conveyed a message from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Arafat, saying: "We can achieve peace if we hold bilateral meetings". Arafat said for his part that they supported a solution within the framework of a US plan also boosted by Turkey and added that he did not trust in Netanyahu. Yilmaz stated that Turkey would make further initiatives for the establishment of peace in the Middle East and said: "A country, which supports the PKK terrorist organization in the region, is Syria". Syria has previously described Yilmaz's visit to Israel as a "hostile step". "Speaking about hostility, it is Damascus' support for separatist terrorism that should be brought under a magnifying glass" Yilmaz said.

    Yilmaz and Arafat, who met in the West Bank city of Ramallah, discussed various issues including Turkey's financial assistance to Palestine. The two leaders later held a joint press conference. Yilmaz stressed that the deterioration of the peace process would harm Palestine. He added that Turkey extended $1 million to Palestine and for the rest of the aid ($49 million), a delegation headed by Palestinian Planning and International Relations Minister Nabil Saas will visit Turkey in the upcoming days and meet with Turkish Eximbank officials. Yilmaz also noted that three cooperation agreements in environment, sports and standardization were signed between Turkey and Palestine. Arafat expressed thanks to Yilmaz for the Turkish unit in El-Halil. /Hurriyet/

    [03] TURKISH-ISRAELI RELATIONS

    It was stated that Turkey and Israel would hold the second of 'search and rescue' operations in November and that the participation of Egypt and Jordan would be sought in the maneuvers. Israeli Haaretz newspaper stated that the date of operations has not been set as yet. Maariv newspaper stated that the Chairman of Jordanian Intelligence Organisation Samih Battihi went Sunday to Israel to attend the meeting between Jordanian, Israeli and Turkish officials aiming to establish a strategic partnership. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] SEZGIN GOES TO LONDON

    Defence Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Ismet Sezgin went to London to attend the Farnborough Ineternational Space and Aviation Fair. In a statement prior to his departure Sezgin said that Turkey was taking initiatives in all platforms to secure peace and stability in the Balkans. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] LOGAN IN SOUTHEAST ANATOLIA

    British Ambassador to Ankara David Logan visited Gaziantep Governor Muammer Guler and received information regarding the industrial infrastructure of the city. Logan noted that the Southeast Anatolian Project (GAP) was one of the most attractive projects in the world and said: "Turkish-British relations are further developing year by year. Turkey is one of the most important 10 markets for Britain and the trade volume between Turkey and Britain totals $5 billion. /Hurriyet/

    [06] PRIVATIZATION OF ERDEMIR

    The Privatization Administration Board (OIB) will hold a roadshow for the privatization of a part of the 51.66 % public share in the Erdemir Eregli Iron-Steel Factories Corp. at the end of October 1998, the Anatolia news agency reports. The OIB officials said the iron-steel sector gained an important position following the crisis in Russia, stressing that the markets will play a determinative role in the privatization of Erdemir.

    [07] FOREIGN MINISTRY DEPUTY UNDERSECRETARY IN TURKMENISTAN

    Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Mehmet Ali Irtemcelik, who is visiting the Turkish-speaking republics in Central Asia, arrived in Turkmenistan yesterday. Irtemcelik, who was received by Head of State Saparmurat Turkmenbasi, conveyed a special message from President Suleyman Demirel regarding Afghanistan. Irtemcelik also conveyed an invitation letter from Demirel to Turkmenbasi to attend celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the Turkish Republic. Completing his visits to Turkish-speaking republics, Irtemcelik left Turkmenistan yesterday, the Anatolia news agency reported.

    [08] HEROIN IN VAN

    It is reported that 4.1 kilograms of heroin have been seized in the Gevas district of Van. The market value of the heroin totals TL 20 billion. Officials noted that investigations to the incident are continuing, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [09] TURCO-CHINESE RELATIONS

    Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin yesterday received administrators and members of the Turkish-Chinese Women Friendship and Culture Association. Cetin said that there were many similarities between Turkey and China even though they are far to each other. He noted that the relations between the two countries were not sufficient and everyone should exert efforts for the development of these relations, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [10] TURKISH PLANT IN GERMANY

    A Turkish company, TIRSAN, which has been producing trailers, gasoline trucks and frigorific vehicles for 20 years, started production in a plant opened in the Goch city of Germany within the framework of cooperation and advisory services. The company, which has a DM 3.400 million capital, plans to produce 500 trailers every year and sell them within the European Union (EU) countries. /Hurriyet/

    [11] $2.3 BILLION FROM TURKISH WORKERS ABROAD

    During the January-June period of this year, foreign exchanges sent by Turkish workers abroad totalled $2.290 billion. According to Central Bank data, foreign exchanges sent by these workers amounted to $348 million in January, $285 million in February, $410 million in March, $342 million in April, $424 million in May and $481 miilion in June. /Hurriyet/

    [12] STATEMENT BY OHAL GOVERNOR

    Governor of the Emergency Rule Region (OHAL) Aydin Arslan has said that terrorism is not the primary problem in the region, anymore. Arslan stated that terrorism has been reduced by 40 % and that the people in the region are dealing with their own problems. Briefing reporters in his office yesterday, Arslan stressed that last year alone 237 soldiers from the security forces died and 1,412 terrorists were killed. He said that the reason why the PKK terrorist organization declared a cease-fire, is because it needs time to reorganize and rearm itself. /All papers/

    [13] TURKEY DENIES GREEK CLAIMS OF AIRSPACE VIOLATIONS

    Ankara denied yesterday allegations by Greece that Turkish military aircraft had repeatedly violated its national airspace and areas controlled by Greek civil aviation authorities. "The allegations are totally untrue. The Turkish Air Force is carrying out routine activities within international airspace" Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Sermet Atacanli said. /All papers/

    [14] TURKEY, IRAN DISCUSS TRANSPORTATION ISSUES

    The Turkish-Iranian joint transportation committee gathered in Ankara yesterday with the transportation ministers of each country participating. Transportation Minister Arif Ahmet Denizolgun and his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Hodjati, are co-chairing the committee talks, during which a number of bilateral problems have been addressed. The meetings will continue until September 10.

    In addition, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will be going to Tehran next week to meet with his counterpart, Kamal Kharazzi, and will probably be received by Iranian President Mohammad Khatemi. /All papers/

    [15] WORLD BANK GIVES A LOAN OF $11.6 MILLION

    Cemal Ayman, the Governor of Karabuk, said yesterday that the World Bank has provided a loan of $11.6 million in order to meet the damage caused by the flood waters, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [16] PFP OPERATIONS

    The first Partnership For Peace (PFP) Operation which will be held in Macedonia in order to protect peace within the framework of PFP countries will start on September 10, the Anatolia news agency reports. "Cooperative Best Effort-98" is the first of the three operations that will be hosted by Turkey, Macedonia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

    [17] TANER TO EVALUATE ECONOMIC CRISIS IN RUSSIA

    The economic crisis in Russia will be discussed at a meeting organized by the Turkish and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Business Councils in Istanbul on September 10, the Anatolia news agency reports. The Foreign Economic Relations Committee stated that the meeting will focus on the influences of the deepening economic crisis in Russia and the necessary measures to be taken in response to the crisis. State Minister Gunes Taner will give information to the businessmen about the crisis and the measures at the meeting.

    [18] NORMALISATION PROCESS STARTS IN SOUTHEAST ANATOLIA

    Reporters from the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, who are preparing a report on the implementation of human rights in Turkey yesterday started their meetings in Diyarbakir. Reporters Andras Barsony and Walter Schwimmer said that normalisation process on human rights and democratisation had started in southeast Anatolia. The reporters who passed on to Diyarbakir following their meetings in Ankara and Istanbul met with the Governor of the State of Emergency Region and the Chairman of the Diyarbakir Bar. Schwimmer said that their aim was to see and observe the implementation of human rights, democracy and supremacy of law principles in Turkey. He added that their first impression was that the normalisation process had started on these issues. /Cumhuriyet/

    [19] MEETING OF TURKISH INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH (TIR)

    Upon the invitation of Turkish Institute of Research, representatives from the embassies of the countries sending immigrant workers to Germany have met in Bonn with the officials of the organisation. The officials including representatives from Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Poland and Tunisia decided to increase the dialogue among themselves in solving the problems of immigrants living in the Rhine-Westphalia region. Director of (TIR) Faruk Sen said that the meeting had been very productive. /Cumhuriyet/

    [20] TURKEY UPGRADES STATUS IN UN INDEX FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

    An index published annually by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), covering economic, social, educational and health data, shows that Turkey is gradually upgrading her status every year. Turkey which was 74th on the list last year, placed 69th this year. Turkey which stands above average regarding life span and national income per capita is below average on literacy. /Cumhuriyet/

    [21] TREASURY UNDERSECRETARIAT APPROVES SALE OF TURKBANK

    The Treasury Undersecretariat has approved the sale of the Turkish Trade Bank (Turk Ticaret Bankasi), a state-owned bank, to Korkmaz Yigit, who made the highest bid in a tender put out on August 4. The Competition Council had also approved the sale saying that it would give no harm to the sector with regard to competition. /Sabah/

    [22] FOREIGN CONSULTANCIES FOR TURKEY

    The Treasury Undersecretariat announced that it had given authority to Salomon Smith Barney and Chase Manhattan, international finance organizations, to observe markets for foreign borrowing of Turkey. According to a written statement by the secretariat, the two consultancies will hold a series of meetings for investors in the US and England on behalf of Turkey. /Sabah/

    [23] RABOBANK FOUNDS BRANCH IN ISTANBUL

    Rabobank, a leading Dutch bank active in the sectors of food, insurance and health, will open a branch in Istanbul. /Milliyet/

    [24] TAX COURSE STARTS

    The tax course on "Transfer Pricing" organized together by the Ministry of Finance and the OECD started on Monday in Ankara. A total of 25 experts from 11 countries are attending the course, which was organized by the Tax Education Centre aimed at providing technical assistance to some European and Asian countries and to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) which declared their independence following the collapse of the former Soviet Union in their period of transition to a market economy. The tax course will continue until September 11, the Anatolia news agency reports.
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