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Turkish Press Review, 98-09-15
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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>
Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning
 TURKISH AIRLINES PLANE HIJACKEDAn Airbus type plane of the Turkish Airlines (THY), flying from Ankara to Istanbul, was hijacked yesterday evening. Ihsan Akyuz, 26, forced the pilot to fly to Trabzon threatening him by directing a plastic gun at him. The plane landed in the Trabzon Airport where the hijacker let the passengers go and then surrendered to the security forces, following a brief bargaining. There were a crew of eight and 76 passengers aboard during the hijacking which ended in two hours. Asked by the security forces to explain his reason for the hijacking, Akyuz initially said that he protested a decision to prevent female students with "turban" (a head-covering) from registering universities. Soon afterwards he made a contradictory statement by saying that he tried to draw attention to the Chechen problem. /Milliyet/
 INDIAN PRESIDENT TO VISIT TURKEYIndian President Shri K.R. Narayanan will arrive in Ankara tomorrow. During his official visit, agreements concerning the encouragement of investments, struggle against drug-trafficking and cultural fields. Raising the trade volume to one billion dollars, and improvement of political, military and technological relations will also be on the agenda.
Prior to his visit, Narayanan, who was the Indian Ambassador to Ankara in the 1970s, interviewed by Sami Kohen for Milliyet: he noted that the rapprochement between Pakistan and Turkey had not affected Indian-Turkish relations and that Turkish stance on the issue of Keshmir was constructive. /Milliyet/
 EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT TO VOTE ON REPORT ON TURKEYThe European Parliament this week is scheduled to discuss and vote on a report on Turkey and on a draft recommendation concerning the operability of the European Union's customs union agreement with Turkey, the Anatolia news agency reported. The report, which was written by Conservative British Deputy Edward McMillan Scott, will be put to a vote on September 16. The report also expresses regret for Turkey's suspension of its political dialogue with the EU, which was Turkey's reaction to its exlusion from the list of full membership candidates at the Luxembourg Summit last December.
 AKTAS TO VISIT ITALYInterior Minister Kutlu Aktas will visit Italy on September 21. According to a statement made by the Interior Ministry, Aktas will sign an agreement for "Cooperation in the Struggle Against Terrorism, Organized Crimes and Drug Smuggling" between Turkey and Italy, which was initialled on June 26, 1998. Italian Interior Minister Giorgio Napolitano will meet with Aktas, who will return to Turkey on September 23, the Anatolia news agency reports.
 CEM COMPLETES HIS CONTACTS IN IRANForeign Minister Ismail Cem completed his contacts in Iran and returned to Turkey yesterday. Meanwhile, Greek Government Spokesman Dimitri Reppas suggested that Cem's statements in Tehran regarding Greece were the repetition of known Turkish allegations. Reppas held a press conference yesterday and criticized Cem's statements regarding Greek, Armenian and Iranian cooperation. Reppas said: "Greece supports the establishment of confidence and stability in the region. The statements of the Turkish Foreign Minister could only be described as speculations".
Cem, who completed his contacts in Tehran, proceeded on to Isfahan. Cem met with Deputy Governor Resul Goreysiyan. Cem departed from Isfahan yesterday evening and returned to Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/
 DRUG OPERATION IN ANKARAAccording to a statement made by the Ankara Security Office, 14 kilograms of heroin were seized by members of the Ankara Narcotics Department yesterday. Seyfi Sungurlu was arrested regarding the incident. /Cumhuriyet/
 ENERGY SUMMIT IN HOUSTONA World Energy Congress started yesterday in Houston, the US, with the participation of 5,000 people from 73 countries. A 166-person delegation headed by Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Cumhur Ersumer is representing Turkey at the summit. Former US President George Bush delivered an opening speech and said that all governments should invest in energy.
The Congress, which will last until September 18, bears importance for Turkey from the standpoint of meetings on Turkmen natural gas (Caspian passage) and Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline projects. Ersumer will meet with US Energy Secretary Bill Richardson and Ambassador Richard Morningstar, US President's envoy in energy, in addition to representatives of many companies such as Amaco Bechtel, Unocal, Westinghouse and Pacific Corporation. /Hurriyet/
 'TURKEY'S SITUATION IS GOOD'General Director of Reuters, one of the most important news agencies in the world, Peter Job, replied to questions of the Hurriyet daily newspaper during his short visit to Turkey. Job said that Turkey was not highly affected with the global crisis. He added that Turkey was among the industrialized countries such as Italy and Spain. /Hurriyet/
 SECURITY FORCES KILL 22 PKK TERRORISTSSixteen members of the PKK terrorist organization have been killed in recent operations by the security forces in the southeastern province of Sirnak, the Anatolia news agency reported. According to a statement by regional officials, the operation was named after a late Gendarmerie officer whose helicopter was shot down by the PKK last year. In other provinces, the security forces are reported to have killed six more terrorists. The operations took place in the southeastern provinces of Hakkari, Diyarbakir, Batman, Tunceli and Mus.
 TEMA BEGINS NEW REFORESTATIONAs nearly two dozen forest fires raged on the periphery of Istanbul, Turkey's leading environmentalist group announced a new reforestation campaign. Forestry officials said 200 hectares of forests had been destroyed in nearly 24 separate fires in the past week. Eighteen new fires were reported on Sunday. Sudden rains Sunday night helped fire fighters extinguish the blazes.
The Turkish Foundation for Combatting Soil Erosion for the Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats (TEMA) on Sunday said it would begin a campaign to plant 10 million oak tree seeds across Turkey. /All papers/
 TANER TO VISIT GERMANYState Minister Gunes Taner, accompanied by an economy delegation, will go today to Germany to meet with financial and economy circles. Taner and Deputy Undersecretary of the Treasury, Cuneyt Sel, will give a speech at the information meetings to be organized by Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank. The Turkish delegation headed by Taner will later go to London to attend an economy meeting. The delegation will return to Turkey on Saturday.
On the other hand, the Turkish Treasury has started meetings to inform foreign market investors in the U.S. The meetings at which Turkish economy will be explained are being held in New York, Boston, New Jersey and Los Angeles. /Sabah/
 JOHNSON-ECEVIT MEETINGNorwegian International Development and Human Rights Minister, Hilde Johnson and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit met yesterday in Ankara. It was announced that Ecevit and Johnson discussed bilateral relations and recent international developments at the meeting. After visiting Interior Minister Hasan Denizkurdu, Johnson flew to Diyarbakir. /Sabah/
 AWARD TO TURKISH TOURISM OFFICETurkish Tourism Office in London won the "the most creative summer holiday platinum award" of the Daily Mirror newspaper. Head of the Advertisement Department of the Daily Mirror newspaper, Mark Pritchett presented the award to Turkish Tourism Attache, Savas Kuce, yesterday during a ceremony in London. After the ceremony, Kuce said that the Turkish Tourism Office also won the "1998 Pegasus" advertisement award given by Reader's Digest. /Hurriyet/
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