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Turkish Press Review, 98-09-14

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

14.09.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] FOREST FIRES IN ISTANBUL
  • [02] YILMAZ OPENS ERDEMIR PORT FACILITIES
  • [03] CEM IN IRAN
  • [04] NECDET CALP DIES
  • [05] SCHOOLS OPEN TODAY
  • [06] RADIO-COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL
  • [07] $1 BILLION FOR THIRD BOSPHORUS BRIDGE
  • [08] $600 MILLION WORTH OF INVESTMENTS FROM TUPRAS
  • [09] 717TH COMMEMORATIVE CEREMONIES FOR ERTUGRUL GAZI
  • [10] SOME 1,200 MAKE PILGRIMAGE TO NORTH
  • [11] HASHISH SEIZED IN KAYSERI
  • [12] HOSPITAL FOR PKK MEMBERS
  • [13] KIVRIKOGLU IN COPENHAGEN
  • [14] INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY IN TURKEY
  • [15] GREEKS FIRE TURKISH BOAT
  • [16] MINISTER OF HEALTH IN DENMARK
  • [17] OCALAN CALLS ON GREEK CYPRIOTS TO SUPPORT PKK
  • [18] THREE ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING TURKISH TERRITORIAL WATERS
  • [19] DONATION FROM JAPAN TO TURKEY
  • [20] TURKISH-POLISH BUSINESS COUNCIL
  • [21] DEMIREL CRITICIZES LIBYA

  • [01] FOREST FIRES IN ISTANBUL

    Efforts are continuning on the part of firefighters from Maltepe and Kartal to extinguish a forest fire which erupted in Istanbul's Maltepe district yesterday. Istanbul Forest Ministry Regional Director Mehmet Sandikci stated yesterday that it had become certain that a blaze in Istanbul's Beykoz district had been started intentionally at six different locations. The fire, finally put out yesterday, destroyed 150 hectares of forest. Sandikci added that the reforestation process had already begun in Beykoz to restore to the region to its previous beauty. /All papers/

    [02] YILMAZ OPENS ERDEMIR PORT FACILITIES

    "The goal is to make ERDEMIR port one of the top five facilities in Europe" said Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz yesterday. Speaking at the opening of the Black Sea's ERDEMIR port auxiliary facilities, the construction of which began in 1990, Yilmaz stressed the importance of maritime trade and the iron and steel sectors to the country's economy.

    He also said the government had decided to implement the most up-to-date measures possible in order for the country to take its rightful place in the world. The prime minister also pointed out that the government was determined to provide for the full privatization of Eregli Iron and Steel Company (ERDEMIR), which will serve as a model for other privatizations. /All papers/

    [03] CEM IN IRAN

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, who is currently visiting Iran, has accused Greece of restarting the Crusades against Turkey. He was referring to a meeting last week in Tehran bringing together Iranian, Greek and Armenian foreign ministers. Cem held a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart, Kamal Harazzi, in Tehran yesterday and said Greece was trying to "recruit Muslim soldiers to take part in the new Crusades".

    Harazzi denied that the tripartite meeting was anti-Turkey or that Iran had sour relations with Turkey. Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, who received Cem, was unhappy with Ankara's military cooperation with Israel, Iranian television reported. Khatami also extended to Turkish President Suleyman Demirel an invitation to visit Iran. Cem told Khatami that Demirel also expected the Iranian president in Turkey to participate in the celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the Turkish Republic. /All papers/

    [04] NECDET CALP DIES

    Former chairman of the now-defunct Populist Party (HP), Necdet Calp, died yesterday after sufferring a heart attack. Calp was the founding chairman of the HP, which was established in 1983 and merged in September 1985 with the Social Democracy Party, which then became the Social Democrat Populist Party. /All papers/

    [05] SCHOOLS OPEN TODAY

    The 1998-199 school year for 13 million students and 500,000 teachers starts today, with Education Minister Hikmet Ulugbay advising students, parents and teachers about some new changes in procedure, the Anatolia news agency reported over the weekend. The ministry has renewed its focus on the importance of studies since the institution of the eight-year compulsory education scheme. /All papers/

    [06] RADIO-COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL

    The World Radio-communications Conference (WRC) will be held in Istanbul in 2000. It is expected that conference to be attended by nearly 2,500 people will contribute almost $20 million to Turkey's economy. The conference will last for five weeks. /Hurriyet/

    [07] $1 BILLION FOR THIRD BOSPHORUS BRIDGE

    The General Directorate of Highways has decided to construct the third Bosphorus bridge with a model of Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT). It also decided that the Canakkale bridge will be constructed via foreign credits worth $400 million. It is expected that the construction of the Bosphorus bridge will cost nearly $1 billion. The Highways of General Directorate will put out a tender at international level regarding the Bosphorus bridge. /Hurriyet/

    [08] $600 MILLION WORTH OF INVESTMENTS FROM TUPRAS

    It is reported that the Turkish Petroleum Refineries Joint Stock Company (TUPRAS) will complete six projects, which will cost $603.1 million, will be completed by the year 2002. General Director Ergun Kuran noted that the TUPRAS aimed at further developing in technology in the world oil sector and especially in the European Union (EU). /Hurriyet/

    [09] 717TH COMMEMORATIVE CEREMONIES FOR ERTUGRUL GAZI

    Demirel, who participated in the 717th commemorative ceremonies for Ertugrul Gazi in the Sogut district of Bilecik yesterday, delivered a speech and said: "We will forever safeguard this beautiful country presented to us by our ancestors". /Hurriyet/

    [10] SOME 1,200 MAKE PILGRIMAGE TO NORTH

    Some 1,200 Greek Cyriots crossed the UN-patrolled buffer zone yesterday to make a pilgrimage to monastery in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). But 50 others, who refused to ask the Turkish Cypriots for permission to make such a trip, staged a quiet protest at the buffer zone, where UN guards did not allow them to pass without proper permits. This year's daylong pilgrimage to the monastery was just the third arranged since the 1974 Turkish intervention. /All papers/

    [11] HASHISH SEIZED IN KAYSERI

    During operations carried out by members of the Narcotics Department in Kayseri, 16.5 kilograms of hashish have been seized, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [12] HOSPITAL FOR PKK MEMBERS

    According to the Greek Cypriot Simerini newspaper, Greek Cypriots are going to establish a hospital for PKK members at the Syrian-Iraqi border. The paper also quoted an interview with PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan confirming the hospital news. It is known that Simerini newspaper financially supports the "Kurdistan Cooperation Committee" in southern Cyprus. /Milliyet/

    [13] KIVRIKOGLU IN COPENHAGEN

    Chief of General Staff, Huseyin Kivrikoglu went to Copenhagen, Denmark yesterday to attend NATO Military Committee meetings. Kivrikoglu and other chiefs of general staff from 16 countries were received yesterday by Danish Queen II. Margrethe and later they attended a banquet given by Danish Chief of General Staff, Christian Hvidt, at the Tivoli Park. Official meetings will start today. /Milliyet/

    [14] INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY IN TURKEY

    A weekly economy magazine, Para, announced that 700 foreign enterprises are interested in investing in Turkey through franchising system. The magazine listed the names of the enterprises and their investment areas from food, ready-to-wear, international hotel chains, computer, tourism to construction. Noting that $3,500 would be enough to establish an enterprise in Turkey, Para also published an internet address for detailed information; Web:http:/_franchise.org. _Sabah/

    [15] GREEKS FIRE TURKISH BOAT

    Firing shots in the air, Greek soldiers aboard a coastal security board harassed yesterday a Turkish boat fishing in international waters near Ayvalik. After having escaped from the Greeks, the fishers informed the Turkish Coastal Security forces, which arrived there and found that the Greek boat had disappeared withdrawing to the Greek territorial waters. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] MINISTER OF HEALTH IN DENMARK

    Halil Ozsoy, Minister of Health, went yesterday to the Danish capital of Copenhagen to attend a meeting of the World Health Organization. /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] OCALAN CALLS ON GREEK CYPRIOTS TO SUPPORT PKK

    In an exclusive statement to "Simerini" newspaper and "Sigma" television in the Greek Cypriot Administration (GCA), Abdullah Ocalan, head of the PKK terrorist organization called on the GCA and Greece to jointly struggle against Turkey. Asked about S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, Ocalan said that he had approved efforts by Greek Cypriots to install missiles on the island. /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] THREE ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING TURKISH TERRITORIAL WATERS

    Two Italians and one Albanian aboard a boat with Greek flag anchored in the territorial waters of Turkey were arrested yesterday by Turkish gendarmery in the Menderes district of Izmir. /Cumhuriyet/

    [19] DONATION FROM JAPAN TO TURKEY

    Turkey and Japan will sign an agreement today with exchanging notes for the assignment of aid worth 350 thousand US dollars within the scope of Japan's annual cultural donation to Turkey, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [20] TURKISH-POLISH BUSINESS COUNCIL

    Husamettin Kavi, Chairman of Turkish and Polish Business Council, which acts within the structure of the Foreign Economic Relations Committee (DEIK) and the accompanying delegation held contacts in Poland, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    During the meetings it was decided to provide information to the firms heading towards cooperation between the two countries and to support the firms to solve the possible problems.

    [21] DEMIREL CRITICIZES LIBYA

    President Suleyman Demirel said on Saturday that he considers the participation of the separatist terrorist organization PKK in Libyan official parade held upon the anniversary of the Libyan Revolution as a regretful incident. Responding to questions of journalists concerning the issue, President Demirel said that Turkey attributes importance to the friendly Libyan people, however Muammar al-Quaddafi, the Libyan leader has been issuing such statements for a long time which make Turkey uneasy, the Anatolia news agency reports.
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