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Turkish Press Review, 98-09-23

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

23.09.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CEM IN NEW YORK
  • [02] DENKTAS PROPOSES COMMISSION
  • [03] CELEBRATIONS FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF TURKISH REPUBLIC
  • [04] ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TURCO-GERMAN RELATIONS
  • [05] TURCO-IRANIAN SECURITY MEETINGS
  • [06] KURDISH FEDERATION AGREEMENT
  • [07] NGOs MEET IN PARIS
  • [08] PKK OPERATION IN ISTANBUL
  • [09] CYPRUS CONCERN IN EU
  • [10] ONE YEAR FOR CAKICI
  • [11] 21 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED
  • [12] IRAN: SAHAP-3 MISSILES DO NOT TARGET TURKEY
  • [13] 12 TURKS AMONG 600 LEADING FINANCIAL FIGURES
  • [14] EUROPEAN COUNCIL AWARDS TURKISH HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION
  • [15] SYRIA DENOUNCES TURKEY
  • [16] SHARP INCREASE IN ISTANBUL STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [17] THREAD AND TEXTILES EXPORTS
  • [18] HASH OPERATION

  • [01] CEM IN NEW YORK

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, who is in New York for the 53rd UN General Assembly, said yesterday that the stance assumed by Turkey regarding relations with the European Union (EU) following the Luxembourg summit has yielded positive results. Cem met with EU Commissioner for Foreign Relations Hans Van Den Broek yesterday, and during their meeting, a strategy to prepare Turkey for full EU membership was taken up. Following the meeting, Broek said: "The EU Commission is working hard on the Cardiff document, which includes a European strategy for Turkey aiming to bring Turkey and the EU closer". Broek promised that the EU would exert efforts for releasing EU financial assistance to Turkey.

    Foreign Minister Cem also met with his Spanish counterpart Abel Matutes. It is reported that during the meeting, the Cyprus issue was taken up. Matutes gave a message that the European countries were expecting new proposals instead of the establishment of a Confederation in Cyprus from Turkish Cypriot President Rauf Denktas. Cem said for his part that Turkey regarded the proposals of Denktas as "serious". /Sabah/

    [02] DENKTAS PROPOSES COMMISSION

    President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas proposed yesterday the establishment of a joint independent commission to deal with the settlement of property and compensation issues on the divided island. "There is an independent commission dealing with the issue of missing people. A similar commission for property and compensation can be set up on the basis of mutually agreed processes and criteria" Denktas was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency.

    [03] CELEBRATIONS FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF TURKISH REPUBLIC

    The 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic will also be celebrated in the Romanian capital of Bucharest. According to a statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, the Turkish Businessmen's Association (TIAD), which includes 120 Turkish businessmen whose firms are operating in various industrial sectors in Bucharest, will organize various activities in Bucharest in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Turkish Republic, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [04] ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TURCO-GERMAN RELATIONS

    Fifteen lecturers from Munich University in Germany arrived in Turkey yesterday to contribute to the further development of Turkish-German relations. The German lecturers will later proceed on to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and meet with TRNC President Rauf Denktas there, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [05] TURCO-IRANIAN SECURITY MEETINGS

    A delegation headed by Hossein Mirzai Mutahhar, Security General Director of the Iranian Interior Ministry, arrived in Turkey yesterday. The delegation met with Turkish Deputy Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry Sami Sonmez. The delegation will hold meetings on the struggle against smuggling, organized crime and terrorism. The delegation will leave Turkey on September 25, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [06] KURDISH FEDERATION AGREEMENT

    It is reported that a peace agreement signed in the US between Mesut Barzani, Chairman of the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (IKDP) and Celal Talabani, Chairman of the Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (IPUK) includes some elements which could be used to establish a Kurdish state. When the Washington administration sent a copy of the agreement document to Turkey, it was found that there is a sentence which refers to an "Iraqi Kurdish Federation" in the document. Ankara has conveyed its concern to the US administration verbally. The Turkish Foreign Ministry will hand a note to Britain, which also played an important role in the preparation of the agreement. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] NGOs MEET IN PARIS

    Institutions which are against the Multilateral Agreement for Investments (MAI), are organizing various activities to inform world public opinion of their views. "21-29 September International Action Week Against MAI" has started. Over 700 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from 70 countries, which constitute the International Coalition Against MAI, will hold meetings in Paris and outline a "Societies Agreement" prepared as an alternative for MAI. A Turkish Working Group including Chairman of the Confederation of Progressive Labour Unions (DISK) Ridvan Budak will attend the meetings in Paris. /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] PKK OPERATION IN ISTANBUL

    Members of the Istanbul Department for the Struggle Against Terrorism arrested 10 members of the PKK terrorist organization yesterday and seized one pistol and many organizational documents. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] CYPRUS CONCERN IN EU

    While US and UN initiatives are continuing for a solution to the Cyprus problem, three important members of the European Union (EU), France, Italy and Spain have given significant messages to EU Term-President Austria. EU Representatives of these three countries have noted that if a solution in Cyprus cannot be achieved in a one year time, they will veto the application of the Greek Cypriot Administration for full EU membership. Meanwhile, according to the news in the Greek press, if the stance assumed by these three countries continues, Greece will veto the entry of five countries which are currently holding negotiations for full EU membership. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] ONE YEAR FOR CAKICI

    The second hearing of the case opened against Alaaddin Cakici, head of a large criminal organization in Turkey, and his bodyguard, Muradi Guler, will be held tomorrow in Nice, Paris. It is expected that the case will end during this hearing. Cakici is expected to be sentenced to between three months and one year's inprisonment for his crimes against French law. /Milliyet/

    [11] 21 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED

    In a military operation organized by security forces in and around Hakkari, Mardin, Tunceli and Van against the PKK terrorist organization, a total of 21 terrorists and two policemen have died. /Sabah/

    [12] IRAN: SAHAP-3 MISSILES DO NOT TARGET TURKEY

    Iranian Sahap-3 missiles do not target "friendly and brotherly" country Turkey, the Iranian Embassy in Ankara asserted in a written statement yesterday. The statement was issued in response to claims by Israeli Ambassador in Ankara Uri Bar-Ner, who has maintained that the Iranian missiles pose a threat to Turkey as well. /All papers/

    [13] 12 TURKS AMONG 600 LEADING FINANCIAL FIGURES

    In an article printed in the October issue of Global, a US finance magazine, entitled "600 Strongest Persons in Financial World", 12 Turks, including businessmen and economic bureaucrats, are also mentioned. /Hurriyet/

    [14] EUROPEAN COUNCIL AWARDS TURKISH HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION

    The Turkish Human Rights Foundation shares the "Human Rights Award," given by the European Commission once every three years, with Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolari Movement in Italy, and the Justice Committee in Ireland. /Milliyet/

    [15] SYRIA DENOUNCES TURKEY

    Syria denounced Turkey yesterday for deploying troops in Northern Iraq. It declared that this movement aimed at changing the Arab identity in the region. Syria claimed that Turkey, in fact, wants to "occupy" the region. /Milliyet/

    [16] SHARP INCREASE IN ISTANBUL STOCK EXCHANGE

    Following the announcement by Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz of a package of measures to restore stsbility in the Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB), and a global upward trend in stock exchange trading, IMKB surged yesterday by 9.39 percent. The IMKB trade index increased by 201 points to 2,342. /Milliyet/

    [17] THREAD AND TEXTILES EXPORTS

    Exports of thread and textiles from the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) region in the first eight months of the year increased by 39.5 % to $180.468 million, the Anatolia news agency reports. Chairman of the Southeastern Anatolia Union of Exporters, Abdulkadir Cikmaz, said that in the January-August 1998 period, they exported thread and textiles to Kazakhstan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Romania, Azerbaijan, Syria, Saudia Arabia, the US, Italy, Belgium, Jordan, France, Spain, Lebanon, Israel, Portugal, Russia, Greece and Algeria.

    [18] HASH OPERATION

    According to a statement made by the Security Department, during operations carried out by members of the department in the struggle against smuggling and organized crimes, 87 kilograms of hashish were seized yesterday in Malatya. Nine people were taken into custody in connection with the incident, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    Meanwhile, during operations in the Cumayeri district of Bolu, 10.5 kilograms of hashish were confiscated. Two people were taken into custody. The market value of the hashish totals TL 6 billion. Investigations into the incidents are continuing.


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