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Turkish Press Review, 98-09-22

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

22.09.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] "HONORARY DOCTORATE" FOR DEMIREL
  • [02] YILMAZ GOES TO NEW YORK
  • [03] YILMAZ HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE
  • [04] TURKEY, ITALY TO SIGN SECURITY COOPERATION DEAL
  • [05] GEN.PORTZ IN TURKEY
  • [06] ECEVIT PARTICIPATES IN CONGRESS OF PRESS COUNCILS
  • [07] AYKUT IN SPAIN
  • [08] COOPERATION AGREEMENT
  • [09] FIRST IZMIR INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURE FAIR
  • [10] DEFENSE MINISTERS TO MEET IN MACEDONIA
  • [11] TURKEY'S APPLICATION ACCEPTED
  • [12] EU STRATEGY REPORT
  • [13] FOUR IBDA_C MEMBERS ARRESTED
  • [14] CHAIRMAN OF HADEP RELEASED
  • [15] COUNCIL OF EUROPE TO HOLD CONFERENCE ON TERRORISM
  • [16] "GANDHI PARK" IN IZMIR
  • [17] WORLD EARTHQUAKE FORUM IN ISTANBUL
  • [18] TURKISH FIRM RECEIVES ENVIRONMENT AWARD

  • [01] "HONORARY DOCTORATE" FOR DEMIREL

    President Suleyman Demirel opened the Gaziosmanpasa University in Tokat yesterday. The University Senate presented Demirel with an honorary doctorate at the end of the opening ceremony. Prof.Turgut Topbas said at the ceremony that Demirel had made both soil and water come together, bringing life to the southeast region through the Southeastern Anatolia Project. /Sabah/

    [02] YILMAZ GOES TO NEW YORK

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz is going to New York to have talks at the UN on Tuesday, a statement released by the office of the prime minister said yesterday. Yilmaz, who will deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly on September 24, will meet with the prime ministers of India, Pakistan and Israel, as well as the secretary-general of the UN, Kofi Annan.

    Following his visit to New York, Yilmaz will fly on to Mexico, the first such visit by a Turkish prime minister to that country, on Sunday. Yilmaz will return to Ankara on September 29. /All papers/

    [03] YILMAZ HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz held a meeting with economic bureaucrats yesterday. Following the meeting, Yilmaz announced measures to relieve the Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB). Yilmaz noted that a proposal made by intermediary institutions to collect taxes from all financial procedures was not regarded as acceptable. He stated that they had reduced the minimum duration for tax exemption for shares from one year to three months. He recalled that the crisis in the stock exchange stemmed from developments in foreign markets.

    Yilmaz said that the earnings of foreign institutional investors in Turkey through portfolio administrations would continue to be exempt from corporation income taxes. The rate of stoppage of income taxes that will be received from those earnings will also be zero. A decision of the Council of Ministers on income tax will be announced in the near future. /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] TURKEY, ITALY TO SIGN SECURITY COOPERATION DEAL

    Turkey and Italy will sign an agreement to boost cooperation in the field of security, the Anatolia news agency reports. Interior Minister Kutlu Aktas went to Rome to meet with his Italian counterpart for the signing of the agreement which includes 13 main points. Aktas said that the agreement was important especially in relation to combatting terrorism.

    [05] GEN.PORTZ IN TURKEY

    Air Forces Commander Gen.Ilhan Kilic received yesterday his German counterpart Gen.Rolf Portz. The two generals had talks on bilateral cooperation in personnel training and international issues of mutual interest. Earlier in the day, Gen.Portz had talks with Chief of General Staff Gen.Huseyin Kivrikoglu and Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin, who drew attention to the continuing presence of the PKK terrorist organization and its affiliates in Germany.

    [06] ECEVIT PARTICIPATES IN CONGRESS OF PRESS COUNCILS

    Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit participated yesterday in the last session of the World Congress and General Assembly of the World Association of Press Councils, held in Istanbul. Ecevit said that Turkish journalists could freely express their thoughts. Asked by foreign journalists about Turkish journalists in prison, Ecevit said that most of them were not imprisoned for activities related to journalism. /Hurriyet/

    [07] AYKUT IN SPAIN

    In her official visit to Spain, Environment Minister Imren Aykut said that both Spain and Turkey will coordinate in struggling with environmental problems. "Turkey and Spain are members of the Mediterranean Action Plan, established to prevent the Mediterranean from becoming polluted. In our meetings, the Spanish environment ministers and I will discuss this action plan and how to improve it" Aykut stated. /All papers/

    [08] COOPERATION AGREEMENT

    Prof.Dr.Michael E.DeBakey, a leading name in the medical world, arrived on Sunday in Istanbul to participate in a signing ceremony for a cooperation agreement between the Istanbul International Hospital and the Houston Methodist Hospital. Prof.DeBakey said that the agreement will provide bilateral exchange of technology and information, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [09] FIRST IZMIR INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURE FAIR

    The "First Izmir International Agriculture Fair" will take place in Izmir between 23 and 27 September, the Anatolia news agency reports. The US, Iran, Cuba and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) will be the participant countries while Bulgaria and Spain will attend the fair at delegation-level, and Israel and Britain will participate on a company basis.

    [10] DEFENSE MINISTERS TO MEET IN MACEDONIA

    The third meeting of Southeastern European countries' defense ministers will be held in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, on September 26, the Anatolia news agency reports. At the meeting, ministers are expected to sign a document foreseeing a peace-keeping force to be set-up in the Balkans.

    [11] TURKEY'S APPLICATION ACCEPTED

    The Foreign Ministry said yesterday that Turkey's application to be a permanent observer in the Organization of American States (OAS), which is centred in Washington D.C. has been accepted. The Foreign Ministry stated that the OAS Permanent Council accepted on September 16 the application made by Turkey on July 7, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [12] EU STRATEGY REPORT

    A "New European Union (EU) Strategy" report prepared by Ankara as a result of studies which lasted for eight months has been conveyed to Brussels. The report notes that the customs union (CU) agreement between the EU and Turkey has not opened the way for Turkey's full EU membership, and has worked contrary to Turkey's interests. The report points out that the opportunities envisaged for Turkey in the CU document are not functional and says: "Turkey even lays behind the Northern African countries, which take advantage of the Mediterranean programme". The report was prepared under the supervision of State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] FOUR IBDA_C MEMBERS ARRESTED

    Four members of the illegal IBDA_C (an Extremist Islamic Front) organization were arrested yesterday in Istanbul, according to a statement made by the Istanbul Security Department for the Struggle Against Terrorism. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] CHAIRMAN OF HADEP RELEASED

    Ankara State Security Court (DGM) No.2 has ruled to release five defendants including Murat Bozlak, the chairman of the People's Democracy Party (HADEP), who were facing charges of 22 years and six months in jail each for allegedly representing the political wing of the PKK separatist terrorist organization, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [15] COUNCIL OF EUROPE TO HOLD CONFERENCE ON TERRORISM

    The Council of Europe will hold a conference on combatting terrorism on October 14-16, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. Retired Ambassador Gunduz Aktan will represent Turkey and will deliver a speech on the legitimate classification of terrorist activities as defined in penal codes.

    [16] "GANDHI PARK" IN IZMIR

    Indian President Narayanan, who is in Turkey as the official guest of his Turkish counterpart Suleyman Demirel, opened a park named "Gandhi" in Inciraltý, Izmir. Narayanan also visited the 67th International Izmir Fair. /Sabah/

    [17] WORLD EARTHQUAKE FORUM IN ISTANBUL

    The Turkish Earthquake Foundation (TDV) and Berlin International Earthquake Foundation have organized a World Earthquake Forum in Istanbul to discuss "Earthquake Security in Metropolitan Communities." General Secretary of the TDV, Dr.Hasan Bodur, made the opening speech of the forum which representatives from Germany, China, Taiwan, England, Switzerland, and Armenia are attending. The meeting will end on 25 September. /Sabah/

    [18] TURKISH FIRM RECEIVES ENVIRONMENT AWARD

    Turkish Electrics Industry (TEE), a subsidiary of Koc Holding, has won the "Quality in Environment" award given by the American Quality Association (ASQ). /Hurriyet/
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