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Turkish Press Review, 98-09-17

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

17.09.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] YILMAZ HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE
  • [02] KIVRIKOGLU IN NORWAY
  • [03] NO CHANGE IN EU
  • [04] JORDANIAN F-16s IN TURKEY
  • [05] TURKEY: ARRANGEMENT FOR N.IRAQ SHOULD BE TEMPORARY
  • [06] ANKARA URGES CANCELLATION OF S-300 MISSILES
  • [07] ANKARA ACCEPTS LIBYAN EXPLANATION
  • [08] TURCO-BULGARIAN AGREEMENT
  • [09] TURKISH-IRANIAN RELATIONS
  • [10] 53 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED
  • [11] ATES WARNS SYRIA
  • [12] UNCTAD CALLS FOR RESTRICTION OF CAPITAL FLOW
  • [13] NARAYANAN IN TURKEY
  • [14] AKIN BIRDAL: NOMINEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD
  • [15] YILMAZ TO ATTEND UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • [16] U.S SUPPORTS BAKU-CEYHAN ROUTE
  • [17] BANKING SEMINAR IN ISTANBUL
  • [18] FRENCH AWARD TO YASAR KEMAL
  • [19] PRESS COUNCIL WORLD CONGRESS
  • [20] ARAB UNION DENOUNCES TURKISH-ISRAELI COOPERATION
  • [21] HUMAN RIGHTS COURT TO DISCUSS RP's APPLICATION

  • [01] YILMAZ HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE

    Motherland Party (ANAP) Leader and Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz described September 30 as a "financial clearance day", when in accordance with a Finance Ministry circular, all Turkish citizens will be required to deposit their cash, foreign exchange, certificates of deposit and similar assets in the bank. Putting the new tax reform into effect represents a turning point for Turkey, he stated during a press conference organized on the publication of the circular. /All papers/

    [02] KIVRIKOGLU IN NORWAY

    Chief of General Staff, Gen.Huseyin Kivrikoglu has gone to Oslo, Norway, after attending three-day NATO Military Committee meetings in Copenhagen, Denmark. Kivrikoglu and his fellow commanders were welcomed with a military ceremony in Oslo. Later they watched a display by special units of the Royal Guard. /Milliyet/

    [03] NO CHANGE IN EU

    The European Union (EU) Commission issued a call yesterday to revive political dialogue between Turkey and the EU severed following the Luxembourg summit. A report written by British Conservative Deputy Edward McMillan Scott on the customs union agreement between Turkey and the EU was discussed yesterday at the European Parliament. The EU Commission's Foreign Relations Comissioner Hans Van Den Broek said yesterday that political dialogue between Turkey and the EU should be revived. Broek noted that the EU did not want to exclude Turkey and called on Turkey to participate in the Second European Conference to be held on October 5. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] JORDANIAN F-16s IN TURKEY

    Jordanian military aircraft will hold training flights in Turkish airspace next month. Intelligence cooperation between Turkey and Jordan is also underway. Jordan, a country with one of the best intelligence networks in the Middle East, relays information regarding the activities of the PKK terrorist organization in the region to Ankara. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] TURKEY: ARRANGEMENT FOR N.IRAQ SHOULD BE TEMPORARY

    Turkey said yesterday that any arrangement to fill the authority vacuum in northern Iraq should be temporary and should lay the necessary ground for a more efficient struggle against the PKK terrorist organization. Referring to the ongoing consultations between the two Iraqi Kurdish leaders, Celal Talabani and Mesut Barzani, and US officials in Washington, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan told a press conference that any arrangement to be made in northern Iraq as a result of these talks should be a 'temporary order'. Utkan added that Talabani and Barzani will inform Ankara about their talks in Washington when they return. /All papers/

    [06] ANKARA URGES CANCELLATION OF S-300 MISSILES

    Turkey said yesterday that a postponement, and not complete cancellation, of Greek Cypriot plans to deploy Russian-made S-300 missiles on Cyprus will further aggravate the situation on the island. "Arbitrary decisions for postponement will not bring a solution to the present problems, will not change the essence of the issue and will even cause the present situation to deteriorate", Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan said in a written statement. "It is obvious that neither Turkey nor the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) can tolerate the utilization of the S-300s as a constant element of threat" Utkan stressed. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] ANKARA ACCEPTS LIBYAN EXPLANATION

    Ankara expressed satisfaction yesterday with a Libyan explanation that members of the PKK terrorist organization had participated in a recent official parade in Tripoli without the previous knowledge of the Libyan authorities. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan told a press conference yesterday that Libya had assured Ankara that it would take action and investigate the controversial incident in which PKK members paraded in an official ceremony organized for the September 1 anniversary of the Libyan revolution. Tripoli has stated that it would punish those responsible for the incident, Utkan added. /All papers/

    [08] TURCO-BULGARIAN AGREEMENT

    The Bulgarian Parliament approved yesterday a 'Free Trade Agreement' which was signed between Turkey and Bulgaria in Sofia in July. The agreement, previously approved by the Turkish Parliament, thus comes into effect. According to the Turkish-Bulgarian Free Trade Agreement, customs rates for industrial products between the two countries will be gradually reduced and be nullified in 2002. The agreement also foresees the establishment of free trade zones between the two countries, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [09] TURKISH-IRANIAN RELATIONS

    Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan held a press conference yesterday and said that during the visit of Foreign Minister Ismail Cem to Iran, Iranian officials expressed their concern over Turkish-Israeli cooperation agreements. Utkan added: "They noted that Iranian concerns were stemming from Israel not Turkey". Utkan also stated that the recent situation in Afghanistan was causing anxiety. He pointed out that during Cem's visit to Iran, it was agreed that a multi-party coalition should be established in order to overcome the tension in Afghanistan, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [10] 53 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED

    It is reported that 29 members of the PKK terrorist organization were killed during an operation yesterday in the Beytussebap district of Sirnak. According to Emergency Rule Region officials, during operations carried out since September 11, 53 PKK terrorists have been killed. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] ATES WARNS SYRIA

    Land Forces Commander Gen.Atilla Ates warned Syria yesterday and said: "Syria has been sheltering the leader of the PKK terrorist organization Abdullah Ocalan for a long time. Syria should not exploit our goodwill". Ates was briefed by military officials from the Border Command in Reyhanli along the Turkish-Syrian border yesterday. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] UNCTAD CALLS FOR RESTRICTION OF CAPITAL FLOW

    The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has published its "Trade and Development Report, 1998". The report was announced by Economics Professor Korkut Boratav of Ankara University at the UN Information Centre in Ankara yesterday. UNCTAD suggests a financial safety mechanism for national currencies that are under speculative attack. The report defends the right of countries that have heavy debt obligations to restrict capital flow and stresses that this right should be regarded as similar to the safety measures that are required by the World Trade Organization's rules for foreign trade. /All papers/

    [13] NARAYANAN IN TURKEY

    Indian President Shri K.R.Narayanan arrived in Ankara late on Wednesday for a two-day official visit. Narayanan is expected to meet with his Turkish counterpart Suleyman Demirel on Thursday following an official welcoming ceremony. He will later have talks with Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin. /All papers/

    [14] AKIN BIRDAL: NOMINEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD

    The largest political group in the European Parliament, the Socialists, has nominated Human Rights Association (IHD) president Akin Birdal, for this year's Saharov human rights award. The final decision on the winner will be made by the Parliament's presidency after all the groups determine their nominees. /All papers/

    [15] YILMAZ TO ATTEND UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz is preparing to launch a new diplomatic initiative to garner international support for Turkey to become a rotating member in the UN Security Council in 2001, the Anatolia news agency reported. Yilmaz is scheduled to be in New York on September 22 and will give a speech two days later at the General Assembly to announce Turkey's intention to be nominated for Security Council membership. /All papers/

    [16] U.S SUPPORTS BAKU-CEYHAN ROUTE

    Energy and Natural Resources Minister Cumhur Ersumer met yesterday with US special envoy to the Caspian region, Ambassador Richard Morningstar. At the end of the meeting, Morningstar said that they supported the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline for the transportation of Caspian oil to European markets. He added that the construction of the pipeline should be started by the end of 1998 without further delay. /Sabah/

    [17] BANKING SEMINAR IN ISTANBUL

    The Turkish Banks' Union and international credit rating institution, Thomson Bankwatch, will organize a seminar on 28 September in Istanbul. The structure of the banking systems in countries like China, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong will be discussed during the seminar, which will be chaired by the Hong Kong Director of Thomson Bankwatch. /Sabah/

    [18] FRENCH AWARD TO YASAR KEMAL

    "Ecureuil" the Foreign Literature Award of the Bordeaux Book Fair, France, was given to world-famous Turkish author Yasar Kemal. Yasar Kemal was presented the award as he was both regionally and universally popular and successfully represented his country's culture. Kemal will be presented with his award on 21 September in Ankara by representatives of the French government. /Milliyet/

    [19] PRESS COUNCIL WORLD CONGRESS

    The General Council and the World Congress of the World Press Councils' Union (WAPC) will be held on 19-21 September in Istanbul. Abuse of the principles of the profession and a mechanism to examine these abuse will be discussed during the meeting. /Milliyet/

    [20] ARAB UNION DENOUNCES TURKISH-ISRAELI COOPERATION

    Foreign ministers from the Arab Union member countries gathered yesterday in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. Delivering a speech during the opening of the meeting, Ismet Abdulmecit, General Secretary of the Arab League said that improvement in Israel's military relations with Turkey threatened the national interests of the Arab countries.

    Noting that a statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel will develop a regional security system in cooperation with Turkey, had much worried them, Abdulmecit called on Turkey to review its relations with Israel. Syrian Foreign Minister Faruk el Sara also noted the unease Arab leaders felt because of Israeli-Turkish military cooperation. /Hurriyet/

    [21] HUMAN RIGHTS COURT TO DISCUSS RP's APPLICATION

    The European Human Rights Court will examine an application by representatives of the former Welfare Party (RP), which was outlawed by the Turkish Constitutional Court about a year ago. Sevket Kazan, one of the senior members of the party, declared yesterday that their file will be on the agenda of meetings to be held by the sub-committee of the court between September 19-26. /Cumhuriyet/

    END


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