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Turkish Press Review, 98-09-24

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

24.09.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] YILMAZ MEETS US FINANCE, INVESTMENT LEADERS
  • [02] SEZGIN IN PORTUGAL
  • [03] 752.5 KG COCAINE SEIZED IN MERSIN
  • [04] KUWAITI-TURKISH FRIENDSHIP GROUP
  • [05] SYRIA-PKK CONNECTION
  • [06] TURKISH-EU RELATIONS
  • [07] WORLD BANK OFFICIALS IN TURKEY
  • [08] SENTENCE FOR ERDOGAN
  • [09] AUSTRIAN CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF IN TURKEY
  • [10] GOVERNOR OF PUNJAB IN ANKARA
  • [11] TURKISH EXPORTS TO CIS AND EASTERN EUROPE INCREASE
  • [12] TURKISH BANK BRANCHES ABROAD
  • [13] SOUTHERN CYPRUS REJECTS YET ANOTHER PROPOSAL
  • [14] CETIN MEETS WITH IRISH COUNTERPART
  • [15] NORWEGIAN PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION VISITS CETIN
  • [16] SEDAT SAHIN CAUGHT IN BERLIN
  • [17] ITALIAN TECHNOLOGY IN DENIZLI AND GAZIANTEP
  • [18] TURCO-ITALIAN PUBLICATIONS DEAL
  • [19] CHP DELEGATION TO VISIT GERMANY
  • [20] CILLER GOES TO US
  • [21] CARGO VESSEL GOES AGROUND

  • [01] YILMAZ MEETS US FINANCE, INVESTMENT LEADERS

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, who is attending the 53rd term meetings of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, briefed yesterday US finance and investment circles on the Turkish economy. Yilmaz delivered a speech during a conference on "Turkey: Emergence of a New Era" jointly organized by the Turkish-American Society and Global Securities, a leading US investment institution. Noting that he was aware of US investors' concerns over the impact of the current global economic crisis on the Turkish economy, Yilmaz said that the structure of the Turkish economy was strong enough to resist this crisis and that the economic programme applied by the Turkish government will overcome the crisis. /Milliyet/

    [02] SEZGIN IN PORTUGAL

    Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin went to Portugal yesterday to attend an unofficial meeting of NATO Defense Ministers. Prior his departure from Ankara's Esenboga Airport, Sezgin noted that this unofficial meeting of NATO Defense Ministers is held once a year, and pointed out that the meeting was important, because it sheds light on the later official meeting of NATO Defense Minister to be held in Brussels. Sezgin stated that during the meeting, international issues and NATO's functions would be taken up, the Anatolia news agency reports. Sezgin, who will proceed on to Macedonia following his visit to Portugal, will return to Turkey on September 27.

    [03] 752.5 KG COCAINE SEIZED IN MERSIN

    As a result of operations carried out by members of the Security Department, 752.5 kilograms of cocaine were seized yesterday in Mersin. It is reported that the cocaine found in a cargo vessel flying the Bahamas flag is the largest amount confiscated in Turkey to date. Fourteen people have been taken into custody in connection with the incident, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [04] KUWAITI-TURKISH FRIENDSHIP GROUP

    Members of the Turkish-Kuwaiti inter-parliamentary friendship group are meeting in Turkey. Chairman of the Turkish-Kuwaiti Friendship Group and Deputy Speaker of the Turkish Parliament, Yasin Hatiboglu, noted during the meeting that relations between the two countries were further developing and said that cooperation should also be deepened for the solution of international problems, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [05] SYRIA-PKK CONNECTION

    Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Sermet Atacanli said in a weekly press conference yesterday that Syria has given no reply to Turkey's security concerns regarding Syrian support for the PKK terrorist organization. Atacanli noted that they sincerely wanted to develop Turkish-Syrian relations and added that the desire and the framework to achieve this goal has been expressed to Syria for many times, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [06] TURKISH-EU RELATIONS

    Director of the European Commission to Turkey Fabrizio Barbasso will arrive in Turkey tomorrow to hold various contacts regarding the Customs Union (CU) agreement between the European Union (EU) and Turkey. Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Sermet Atacanli said in a weekly press conference yesterday that meetings to be held at technical level with Barbasso aimed to deepen the CU agreement. Atacanli pointed out that the EU should carry out its obligations for the extension of financial assistance to Turkey. He added that obstacles hindering Turkish-EU cooperation should be removed and no discriminative stance should be assumed by the EU against Turkey, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [07] WORLD BANK OFFICIALS IN TURKEY

    The World Bank will organize a conference on "the year 2000 syndrome" in Istanbul. During the conference, the effects of the year 2000 syndrome on important sectors such as communications and finance will be taken up. In addition to officials from the World Bank, Undersecretary of State Planning Organization (DPT) Orhan Guvenen and Foreign Trade Undersecretary Yavuz Ege will also attend the conference. /Sabah/

    [08] SENTENCE FOR ERDOGAN

    The Supreme Court of Appeals yesterday upheld a ten-month prison sentence for Istanbul Mayor Recep Tayyip Erdogan who was found guilty by the State Security Court in Diyarbakir in April "for inciting hatred based on religious differences" in a speech at a political rally. Now the court decision will go to the Interior Ministry, which will ask the Council of State to end Erdogan's tenure as mayor. /All papers/

    [09] AUSTRIAN CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF IN TURKEY

    Austrian Chief of General Staff Karl Majcen, who is in Turkey on a short visit, visited Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen.Huseyin Kivrikoglu yesterday. The two high-ranking soldiers exchanged ideas. /All papers/

    [10] GOVERNOR OF PUNJAB IN ANKARA

    Shahid Hamid, Governor of Punjab, Pakistan's largest province, came to Ankara yesterday for a brief visit. During his visit, Hamid will have talks with Burhan Kara, Minister of State for Maritime Affairs, on matters of bilateral interest and the expansion of trade and commercial ties between Turkey and Pakistan. Hamid is visiting Turkey on the invitation of the governor of Istanbul. He wll also visit Izmir, before returning to Pakistan. /All papers/

    [11] TURKISH EXPORTS TO CIS AND EASTERN EUROPE INCREASE

    Exports of agricultural and animal products from southeastern Anatolia to the Commonwelath of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern European countries increased by 45.2 % and 182.3 % in the first eight months of 1998, respectively. The dollar amounts for these exports come to $11.84 million and $25.49 million to the CIS and Eastern European countries, respectively, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [12] TURKISH BANK BRANCHES ABROAD

    Turkish banks altogether have 88 branches or representative offices abroad. According to information the Anatoplia news agency obtained from the Treasury Undersecretariat, Ziraat Bank has the highest number of branches abroad, with 17. Halkbank, Pamukbank and Akbank are the other three banks with the highest number of foreign branches. Forty-five of the branches, more than half, are in Germany.

    [13] SOUTHERN CYPRUS REJECTS YET ANOTHER PROPOSAL

    The Greek Cypriot Administration rejected yesterday a proposal by Turkish Cypriot President Rauf Denktas for the establishment of a joint independent commission to deal with the settlement of mutual property claims and compensation issues in Cyprus. Greek Cypriot government spokesman Christos Stylianides, who is in New York for UN General Assembly sessions, disapproved of the proposal saying that "Security Council resolutions stipulate that immigrants should return to their homes" according to the Anatolia news agency.

    In a related development, Greek Cypriot Leader Glafkos Klerides, who is also in New York, said that the number of guarantor states should be increased in the event an ultimate settlement is reached on Cyprus.

    [14] CETIN MEETS WITH IRISH COUNTERPART

    Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin received yesterday a delegation of Irish parliamentarians led by Irish Parliament Speaker Seamus Pattison. Speaking at the meeting, both Cetin and Pattison expressed hope that Ireland's recent decision to open an embassy in Ankara would considerably contribute to the improvement of bilateral relations, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [15] NORWEGIAN PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION VISITS CETIN

    A visiting Norwegian Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Commission paid a visit yesterday to Turkish Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin in Ankara. "We hope that this visit will further develop friendly and cooperative bilateral relations between Turkey and Norway, two NATO allies" the Anatolia news agency quoted Cetin as saying. Later in the day the commission visited Murat Karayalcin, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Commission in the Turkish Parliament.

    [16] SEDAT SAHIN CAUGHT IN BERLIN

    Sedat Sahin on the Interpol red bulletin wanted list has been caught in Berlin, Germany, the Anatolia news agency reports. Officials from the Police Department in Berlin state that Sahin was caught in a joint operation with Turkish police. Sahin has been involved in various armed incidents and is being accused of ordering the murder of Mehmet Nafi Capan, once involved in an illegal drug selling operation.

    [17] ITALIAN TECHNOLOGY IN DENIZLI AND GAZIANTEP

    The Italian Foreign Trade Industry (ICE) and Italian Producers of Textile Machines Association (ACIMIT) have organized meetings on "Italian Textile Machines" in Denizli and Gaziantep, the Anatolia news agency reports. The first meeting was held in Denizli on September 22 and the other will be held in Gaziantep on September 24. A total of 18 Italian firms are participating in the meetings.

    [18] TURCO-ITALIAN PUBLICATIONS DEAL

    A leading company in the Italian publications market, De Agostino Geography Institute, and Turkish Media Holding have decided to set up a joint venture in Turkey, the Anatolia news agency reports. With this deal, Media Holding targets to increase its sales of books and CDs.

    [19] CHP DELEGATION TO VISIT GERMANY

    A delegation from the Republican People's Party (CHP) will visit Germany to observe the German general elections that will be held on September 27, 1998, and to hold various contacts, the Anatolia news agency reports. The CHP delegation will hold a press briefing on September 25 on "Political Developments in Turkey, CHP policies directed towards Europe and the German general elections", and will also participate in activities at Cologne Municipality Palace within the framework of "Intercultural Dialogue Week" on September 26.

    [20] CILLER GOES TO US

    True Path Party (DYP) Leader Tansu Ciller went to the US yesterday. During her visit, Ciller will address academics in Boston University on September 29 and in Princeton University on October 1. /All papers/

    [21] CARGO VESSEL GOES AGROUND

    Navigating the Marmara Sea, a Turkish cargo vessel carrying 1,900 tons of scrap-iron bought from Romania went aground in Bostanci in Istanbul. /Cumhuriyet/
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