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Turkish Press Review, 98-09-25

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

25.09.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKISH CALL FOR DIALOGUE WITH GREECE
  • [02] DENKTAS REPLIES TO KLERIDES
  • [03] INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT
  • [04] BRITISH-TURKISH FRIENDSHIP GROUP
  • [05] ANDICAN RECEIVES AMB.LEBEDEV
  • [06] GERMAN SUPPORT FOR SOUTHEAST
  • [07] TURKISH-CANADIAN ECONOMIC COOPERATION
  • [08] OPERATIONS IN SOUTHEAST
  • [09] HUMBOLDT SYMPOSIUM
  • [10] GUREL MEETS WITH BORMAN
  • [11] STATE MINISTER ASIK RESIGNS
  • [12] GREECE CLAIMS AIR SPACE VIOLATION
  • [13] STOCK EXCHANGE LOOKING UP
  • [14] EXPORTS INCREASE
  • [15] PIPELINE AGREEMENT SOON
  • [16] BAYAR AND ERCEL ON THE LIST
  • [17] INTELLIGENCE CHAMPIONSHIP IN ISTANBUL
  • [18] TANER TO ATTEND IMF MEETINGS
  • [19] ALTERNATIVE KURDISH SUMMIT IN ANKARA
  • [20] INONU COMMEMORATED
  • [21] CAKICI SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS' IMPRISONMENT
  • [22] PERINCEK TAKEN INTO CUSTODY
  • [23] DYNAMIC MIX-98
  • [24] SCHROEDER'S STATEMENT TO MILLIYET

  • [01] TURKISH CALL FOR DIALOGUE WITH GREECE

    Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, who is currently in New York to attend the 53rd term-meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), delivered a speech at the General Assembly yesterday. Yilmaz said that Turkey was a nominee for the Security Council for the year 2000 and that diplomatic initiatives had been started to that end. Yilmaz issued a call to Greece for dialogue and supported a proposal made by Turkish Cypriot President Rauf Denktas for the establishment of a Confederation in Cyprus. Yilmaz expressed Turkey's views on the crisis in Kosovo, Turkish-Greek relations and the Middle East peace process. Yilmaz also called upon Armenia to withdraw from Azerbaijani territories. He stated that Turkey shared a joint cultural heritage with the Arab nations, but added that Turkey was nevertheless, a friend of Israel. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] DENKTAS REPLIES TO KLERIDES

    President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas said that the 1960 Guarantee System in Cyprus was a national system and added that Turkish Cypriots were against the infringement of the system. Denktas noted that Greek Cypriots were trying to weaken the 1960 system and turn it into an international guarantee system. Denktas sent a written statement to Greek Cypriot Leader Glafkos Klerides yesterday and said that a proposal expressed by Klerides in New York to increase the number of guarantor states in Cyprus was a 'Byzantine game'. Denktas stated that the Cyprus problem stemmed from the guarantee system and said: "The problem is that despite international agreements Cyprus is being manipulated into a Greek state".

    Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of the Defense Committee of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament, Aleksey Alfadok, said yesterday that if Turkey intervenes during the transportation of Russian-made S-300 missiles to southern Cyprus, they will regard this as a reason for war and retaliate militarily. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT

    A Turkish-Slovakian Joint Economic Commission First Term Meeting protocol has been approved by the Turkish Council of Ministers. A decision regarding this approval was published in the Official Gazette yesterday. According to the protocol, exchange of goods between Turkey and the Slovakian Republic will total $200 million by the year 1999 and the activities of institutions related to the encouragement of trade will be improved, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [04] BRITISH-TURKISH FRIENDSHIP GROUP

    Turkish Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin said that Turkey and Britain are cooperating through international institutions and are pursuing similar policies. Cetin yesterday received Chairman of the British-Turkish Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group Ben Chapman and an accompanying delegation. Cetin said during the meeting that bilateral relations between Turkey and Britain date back 400 years. Chapman said for his part that good relations between the two countries should be further developed through their parliaments, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [05] ANDICAN RECEIVES AMB.LEBEDEV

    Russian Federation Ambassador to Ankara Alexander Lebedev said that Russian-made S-300 missiles purchased by the Greek Cypriot Administration would not create any political problems between Turkey and Russia. State Minister Ahad Andican, who received Lebedev yesterday, said that Turkey and Russia were two important countries in Eurasia and added that Russia was of great significance for Turkey from the economic standpoint, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [06] GERMAN SUPPORT FOR SOUTHEAST

    A "Family Health Project" will be put into implementation by the Turkish Health Ministry and German Technical Cooperation Institution (GTZ). According to a written statement made by the GTZ, the project will be implemented in Diyarbakir, Mardin, Gaziantep and Kilis. The statement noted that Turkey was on the way to European Union (EU) membership and that this cooperation in the health sector between Turkey and Germany would contribute to that goal, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [07] TURKISH-CANADIAN ECONOMIC COOPERATION

    A joint declaration following a high-level commercial and economic meeting between Turkey and Canada was signed yesterday in Ankara. Turkish Foreign Trade Undersecretary Yavuz Ege and Canadian Deputy Minister of International Trade Robert Wright signed the declaration. Delivering a speech at the signing ceremony, Ege noted that the meeting between the delegations of the two countries had been very beneficial. Wright noted that the second meeting would be held in Canada. During the meeting, it was decided that an agreement for the prevention of double taxation should be signed as soon as possible and cooperation between Turkish Eximbank and Canadian Economic Development Institution should be further developed, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [08] OPERATIONS IN SOUTHEAST

    During operations carried out by Turkish security forces against the PKK terrorist organization in southeastern Anatolia, 16 PKK terrorists were killed yesterday, according to a statement made by the Emergency Rule Region. One terrorist surrendered to security forces in the Catak district of Van. /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] HUMBOLDT SYMPOSIUM

    A Balkan Countries Humboldt Symposium organized by the Humboldt Foundation will begin today in Istanbul. During the symposium, issues such as the protection of historical assets in the Balkans, archaeological research, science, politics and the environment will be taken up. The symposium will end on September 27. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] GUREL MEETS WITH BORMAN

    Turkish Labour and Social Security Minister Nami Cagan received yesterday the Labour and Social Security Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Onur Borman. Gurel said at the meeting that the TRNC would live forever under the guarantee and security of Turkey and the Turkish people. Gurel recalled that a project for the transportation of water from Turkey to the TRNC with huge balloons had been brought into operation and pointed out that that real aim was to transport water via undersea pipelines. He added that technical studies on this were already underway.

    Borman said for his part that meetings were being held between the delegations of the two countries and added that within the framework of an agreement in social security, Turkish and TRNC workers would have mutual rights. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] STATE MINISTER ASIK RESIGNS

    State Minister and ANAP party parliamentary representative for Trabzon, Eyup Asik resigned yesterday as full details of his connection with a leading underworld figure were published. The connection between Asik and Alaattin Cakici, now facing imprisonment in France, has rocked the government, and statements by Cakici implicating Asik and other leading political figures has created a storm in Ankara.

    Yesterday Eyup Asik phoned directly to Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz who is in New York attending the 53rd term meetings of the UN General Assembly, and verbally handed in his resignation from both the government and parliament. /All papers/

    [12] GREECE CLAIMS AIR SPACE VIOLATION

    According to Greek news sources, Athens yesterday claimed that Turkish fighter planes had violated Greek air space over the islands of Sakiz and Limni. The claims have no concrete support, and Ankara has made no statement to refute the claims. /Sabah/

    [13] STOCK EXCHANGE LOOKING UP

    Following recent waves of depression in the Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB), yesterday's trading started to look a bit brighter with new money pushing up the figures for trade and stock dealing. The new activity follows in the wake of a government package to ease the pressure on the stock exchange stemming from the financial crash in Russia the monetary crisis in Asia. /Milliyet/

    [14] EXPORTS INCREASE

    Figures issued yesterday by the State Planning Organization (DPT) show that exports over the last eight months show an increase of 11.4 percent in real terms. Imports went up 9.4% over the same January-August period. The latest reports show that the economy is still following the same three-year upward trend and that in real terms the government is keeping to its budget targets. /Milliyet/

    [15] PIPELINE AGREEMENT SOON

    Agreement on the proposed Baku-Ceyhan crude oil pipeline project is expected soon according to reports from Georgia. Georgia Head of State Eduard Shevardnadze is quoted as saying that sides are moving into a position where an agreement can at last be signed. The Tbilisi Interfaks news agency reports that a signing ceremony could take place on October 9. /Milliyet/

    [16] BAYAR AND ERCEL ON THE LIST

    Head of the Privatization Administration Ugur Bayar and Head of Central Bank Gazi Ercel have been given a place among the leading 600 world financial figures. On the list there are many noted individuals including the Chairman of the US Central Bank and the Chairman of International Monetary Fund (IMF). /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] INTELLIGENCE CHAMPIONSHIP IN ISTANBUL

    The seventh World Intelligence Games Championship started in ıstanbul yesterday. Nearly 300 people are competing in the championship which will last until September 27. /Hurriyet/

    [18] TANER TO ATTEND IMF MEETINGS

    Turkish State Minister Gunes Taner will attend IMF-World Bank annual meetings on September 29. A delegation headed by Taner will detail Turkey's achievements and economic targets. /Hurriyet/

    [19] ALTERNATIVE KURDISH SUMMIT IN ANKARA

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, who is currently in New York to attend the 53rd term-meeting of the UN General Assembly, noted yesterday that a Kurdish Federation in northern Iraq was unacceptable to Turkey. It is reported that a meeting to be attended by Chairman of the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (IKDP) Mesut Barzani and Chairman of the Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (IPUK) Celal Barzani will be held in Ankara in November. Cem said that a decision on the future regime in northern Iraq could not be decided in Washington, and added that the Iraqi people should decide on this. He also noted that Iraqi territorial integrity should be preserved and terrorist activities should not be permitted.

    Cem held a press conference in New York yesterday and said that the Kosovo problem should be solved as soon as possible. Cem also expressed Turkey's views on Turkish-Israeli relations and the proposal for the establishment of a confederation in Cyprus. /Hurriyet/

    [20] INONU COMMEMORATED

    The first prime minister and the second president of the Turkish Republic Ismet Inonu was commemorated yesterday. A ceremony marking the 114th anniversary of Inonu was held at the Ataturk's Mausoleum (Anitkabir). Inonu's memorial is also in Anitkabir. /Milliyet/

    [21] CAKICI SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS' IMPRISONMENT

    Alaattin Cakici, head of a large criminal organization in Turkey, was sentenced yesterday to six months' imprisonment in France for entering that country with false documents. Another top gang member, Murat Guler, was also sentenced by the French court to six months' imprisonment. /All papers/

    [22] PERINCEK TAKEN INTO CUSTODY

    Workers' Party (IP) Chairman Dogu Perincek, General Secretary Mehmet Bedri Gultekin and four other party members were taken into custody yesterday because a connection between the IP and the PKK terrorist organization was discovered after an investigation by the Ankara State Security Court (DGM). /All papers/

    [23] DYNAMIC MIX-98

    Dynamic Mix-98 (DM-98), NATO's biggest war game for 1998, will be held on October 1-21 in Italy, Turkey and Greece, with the participation of 11 NATO member states. /All papers/

    [24] SCHROEDER'S STATEMENT TO MILLIYET

    Chairman of the German Social Democrat Party (SDP) Gerhard Schroeder made a statement yesterday to the daily Milliyet newspaper and said that they would not close the door of the European Union (EU) on Turkey. He added that there could not a union based on religious values. Schroeder expressed the importance of the 160,000 Turkish voters living in Germany. /Milliyet/
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