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Turkish Press Review, 98-09-18

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

18.09.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] INDIAN PRESIDENT IN TURKEY
  • [02] CEM TO FLY TO CANADA ON SEPTEMBER 27
  • [03] TANER IN GERMANY
  • [04] TURCO-TAJIK COOPERATION
  • [05] CEM TALKS WITH MILO
  • [06] AZERI OIL
  • [07] ENERGY CONGRESS
  • [08] INCREASE IN FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES
  • [09] KIVRIKOGLU TO VISIT BRUSSELS
  • [10] GERMAN TOURIST TO BE IMPRISONED
  • [11] DENKTAS: BRITISH INTERESTED IN CONFEDERATION PLANS
  • [12] MENDERES, ZORLU, POLATKAN REMEMBERED
  • [13] GERMAN AIR FORCE COMMANDER TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [14] EU PARLIAMENT SOFTENS ATTITUDE
  • [15] ISTANBUL IS PREPARING FOR A NEW SUMMIT
  • [16] BILL TO CHANGE CIVIL LAW
  • [17] GOVERNMENT SPENDING 7 MILLION DOLLARS FOR CELEBRATIONS
  • [18] TURKISH BUSINESSMAN AWARDED IN AUSTRIA

  • [01] INDIAN PRESIDENT IN TURKEY

    President Suleyman Demirel, who hosted his Indian counterpart K.R.Narayanan in Ankara yesterday, displayed an impartial attitude on the tense relations between India and Pakistan, also a close ally of Turkey, and reiterated Ankara's disapproval of the two countries' nuclear rivalry. Referring to the longstanding dispute over the province of Kashmir, Demirel stated that Turkey was "deeply upset" by the existence such a problem between India and Pakistan.

    The two presidents nevertheless praised efforts to improve bilateral relations and emphasized that there was no major problem between the two big, secular and liberal Asian democracies. As a result of talks between delegations from the two countries, four agreements aimed at improving Turco-Indian cooperation were signed. The four documents cover mutual protection and promotion of investments, cooperation against drug smuggling, improvement of exports, and technological and scientific cooperation. /All papers/

    [02] CEM TO FLY TO CANADA ON SEPTEMBER 27

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will fly to Canada on September 27 after attending a UN General Assembly meeting in New York. In Ottowa, Cem will meet with his Canadian counterpart Lloyd Axworthy. Following Cem's trip, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas will alo visit Canada. /All papers/

    [03] TANER IN GERMANY

    State Minister Gunes Taner met yesterday with German businessmen and bank representatives in Frankfurt. Noting that Asian and Russian made little negative impact on the Turkish economy, Taner called on German investors to expand into Turkey. /Hurriyet/

    [04] TURCO-TAJIK COOPERATION

    A customs cooperation agreement was signed yesterday in Ankara by Turkish State Minister Rifat Serdaroglu and Tajik Minister responsible for customs Rahim Karimov. The agreement aims at developing economic and commercial relations between Turkey and Tajikistan, harmonizing customs regulations and establishing cooperation in communications and technology between the customs administrations of the two countries, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [05] CEM TALKS WITH MILO

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem had a telephone conversation yesterday with his Albanian counterpart Paskol Milo and noted that Turkey supported the constitutional order in Albania. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] AZERI OIL

    Head of the Azerbaijan State Petroleum Company (SOCAR) Natik Aliyev said in a statement yesterday that despite the negative stance of Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan regarding the Baku-Ceyhan project, they aimed to initiate the project by the end of this year or at the beginning of next year. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] ENERGY CONGRESS

    Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Cumhur Ersumer who is currently in Houston, Texas, to attend the 17th Energy Congress of the World Energy Council said yesterday that Turkey is a nominee to host the "World Energy Congress" to be held in 2003. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] INCREASE IN FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES

    Central Bank foreign exchange reserves have reached $22.015 billion. Foreign exchange reserves, which increased by $11 million between 4 and 11 September, rose to $22.015 billion on September 11. Turkey's gold reserves totalled $1.125 billion on August 28. /Milliyet/

    [09] KIVRIKOGLU TO VISIT BRUSSELS

    Chief of General Staff, Gen.Huseyin Kivrikoglu, who has already visited Denmark, is in Norway, where he attended NATO military committee meetings, went to Trendheim yesterday together with other NATO chiefs of general staff. Gen.Kivrikoglu, who watched a demonstration of of Norwegian Air Forces F-16 aircraft, arrived in Stavanger yesterday evening. Gen.Kivrikoglu, who will participate in the second part of a NATO Military Committee Summit in Stavanger today, will leave Scandinavia tomorrow. Gen.Kivrikoglu will go to Brussels tomorrow and return to Ankara on Sunday. /Milliyet/

    [10] GERMAN TOURIST TO BE IMPRISONED

    Eva Juhnke, a German national who was captured by the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (IKDP) during a military operation carried out by the Turkish Armed Forces in northern Iraq, has been sentenced to 15 years jail by the Van National Security Court, the Anatolia news agency reports. It was decided that the 11 months Juhnke had already served while under arrest awaiting trial would be deducted from her prison term. Juhnke has the right to appeal the verdict.

    [11] DENKTAS: BRITISH INTERESTED IN CONFEDERATION PLANS

    Rauf Denktas, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), said that his administration had collected evidence that the Greek Cypriots do not want federation on the island, adding that he would hand this evidence over to the people concerned with a solution to the Cyprus problem, the Anatolia news agency reported. Denktas yesterday received Britain's high commissioner in Lefkose, David Madden, and the Foreign Office's South Europe Desk Director Peter Rickett. Denktas said that his confederation proposal had attracted the interest of Britain.

    [12] MENDERES, ZORLU, POLATKAN REMEMBERED

    Turkey's conservative political parties commemorated the deposed and executed Prime Minister Adnan Menderes and two of his ministers at their graves in Istanbul yesterday. Senior executives from the True Path Party (DYP), the Democrat Party (DP) and the Rebirth Party (YDP) gathered in front of the Anit Mezar Mausoleum, which holds the remains of Menderes, former Foreign Minister Fatin Rustu Zorlu and former Finance Minister Hasan Polatkan. /All papers/

    [13] GERMAN AIR FORCE COMMANDER TO VISIT TURKEY

    German Air Force Commander Gen.Rolf H.Portz will visit Turkey between September 20-24 at the invitation of Air Force Commander Gen.Ilhan Kilic. Portz will later visit Eskisehir, Izmir and Istanbul.

    [14] EU PARLIAMENT SOFTENS ATTITUDE

    Signaling a desire to ameliorate the chilly relations between the European Union (EU) and Turkey, the EU Parliament endorsed yesterday a recommendation calling for the release of EU financial aid to Turkey without preconditions. The EU Parliament discussed a report on the course of Turkey-EU relations since the signing of the customs union agreement in 1995, and subsequently approved a recommendation urging the Union to fulfill its obligations toward Turkey originating from the customs union agreement, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    The report also referred to the Cyprus problem, demanding that Turkey contribute to efforts to restart the UN-sponsored inter-communal talks. The report also called on Turkey to undertake a more effective struggle against drug trafficking.

    [15] ISTANBUL IS PREPARING FOR A NEW SUMMIT

    Istanbul is preparing to host an international conference on "Turkey: A Stepping Stone for Trade with Central Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States" on November 18-19, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [16] BILL TO CHANGE CIVIL LAW

    A bill, which includes 1,030 articles proposing changes in the Turkish Civil Law was presented to the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) yesterday. The bill aims to provide equality between men and women, specifically in the areas of marriage and divorce. /Hurriyet/

    [17] GOVERNMENT SPENDING 7 MILLION DOLLARS FOR CELEBRATIONS

    The government will spend 7 million dollars for celebrations which will be organized in Ankara and Istanbul on October 28-29, marking the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic, State Minister Cavit Kavak has sent letters to private firms, asking them to contribute to the cost. The Lowe Adam Promotion Services company has been given the responsibility of organizing the two day celebrations. /Hurriyet/

    [18] TURKISH BUSINESSMAN AWARDED IN AUSTRIA

    Turkish businessman Haluk Taner was presented with the "Great Honorary Medal of the Republic of Austria" in a ceremony held in Vienna yesterday. Taner is currently working as the general manager of PIMAS, an ENKA Holding subsidiary. Delivering a speech during the ceremony, after noting Taner's contribution to the imrovement of relations between the two countries, Austrian Minister of Economy, Hannes Farnleitner, said that stable economic improvement was needed within the scope of the European Union and Turkey was doing this. "Turkey is already a part of Europe in economic terms. There are some political problems but I believe they will be overcome" said Farnleitner. /Hurriyet/
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