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Turkish Press Review, 98-10-05

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

05.10.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] TENSION BETWEEN TURKEY AND SYRIA
  • [02] TURKISH ECONOMY DELEGATION IN US
  • [03] CROSS-BORDER OPERATION IN N.IRAQ
  • [04] NEARLY 2,000 KILLED IN S.EAST OVER NINE MONTHS
  • [05] DENOUNCING ITALY
  • [06] TWO SHIPLOADS OF FUGITIVES
  • [07] TERRORIST ATTACKS IN TOKAT

  • [01] TENSION BETWEEN TURKEY AND SYRIA

    Tension between Turkey and Syria which dominated the weekend continues. In an interview over the weekend, President Suleyman Demirel said that warnings to Syria about Turkish military action to finally end the support that Syria gives to PKK terrorism were "serious" and should be heeded not just by Syria, but also by the whole world.

    World reaction to Turkey's message that terrorism supported by Syria will be no longer be tolerated by Turkey has been positive. Egyptian leader Husnu Mubarek has initiated a mediatory process beginning with talks with Syrian leader Hafiz Esad. First reports suggest that Syria has "grown weary" of its war of attrition against Turkey. Diplomatic sources say that a diplomatic solution can be reached. Washington, which has long condemned the PKK organization, has already declared that the crisis must be resolved through diplomatic channels.

    The message from Turkey however remains unchanged: Syria has got to pay- and pay heavily- for its years of support for the terrorist PKK organization in its efforts to destabilize the southeastern regions of Turkey.

    The Arab states in the Middle East are also concerned that the fragile regional peace process could well be shattered by a confrontation between Turkey and Syria. This is something that Husnu Mubarek will discuss when he comes to Ankara today.

    Syria is not without support: Iraq has declared that it will side with Syria in the event that a clash breaks out. Turkey remains firm. Deputy prime minister Bulent Ecevit said yesterday that the Syrian stance was unreasonable and obstinate. In the meantime Turkish military forces have massed on the Turkish border with Syria with plans already formulated and ready to put into operation. Turkish Air Force fighter planes are patrolling the border and it is expected that military exercises will follow.

    PKK terrorist leader Abdullah Ocalan is said to be in Syria, where his presence adds fuel to Turkey's claims that Syria supports terrorism. Turkish leaders point out that Turkey has endured enough at the hands of the PKK. President Demirel summed up the situation yesterday by saying that "enough is enough. This has got to stop". /All papers/

    [02] TURKISH ECONOMY DELEGATION IN US

    A Turkish economy delegation, headed by State Minister Gunes Taner, and including Treasury Undersecretary Yener Dincmen, President of the Central Bank, Gazi Ercel, Deputy Undersecretary of the Treasury Cuneyt Sel, Head of the Privatization Administration, Ugur Bayar and other high level officials responsible for the economy is representing Turkey at annual IMF-IBRD meeting. Taner is also holding bilateral meetings besides delegation meetings.

    The Turkish delegation met with the Head of the IMF, Stanley Fisher over the weekend and is expected to meet with high level representatives of US bank and credit and finance institutions in this week. /Milliyet/

    [03] CROSS-BORDER OPERATION IN N.IRAQ

    Turkish Armed Forces are carrying out a cross-border operation in northern Iraq. The operation is aimed at seizing PKK members who fled from Turkey over to northern Iraq. Military sources repor that "There have been clashes between security forces and terrorists in southeastern Anatolia. PKK members have tried to escape to northern Iraq over the border. Turkish security forces have followed them and seized PKK members who have fled into northern Iraq during cross-border operations."

    Meanwhile it has been announced that a extensive operations have started in the triangle between the Iran-Iraq-Turkey borders. The operation is being conducted only along Turkey's own borders. /Sabah/

    [04] NEARLY 2,000 KILLED IN S.EAST OVER NINE MONTHS

    Over the past nine months, 1,530 members of the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party and 251 security officers have been killed in military operations in southeastern Turkey. During the same period 150 separatists were captured and 156 surrendered, the Anatolia news agency reported on Sunday. The prolonged operations have restricted PKK activities in the southeast and blocked the organization's logistic support. PKK shelters and depots have been eradicated and numerous weapons, equipment, food and clothing supplies were seized in the operations of the past nine months. Livestock belonging to the PKK organization was also founded and seized.

    [05] DENOUNCING ITALY

    The Association of Kemalist Idealists yesterday denounced the convention of the alleged Kurdish parliament under the roof of the Italian parliament. In a written statement the Association said: "We believe and denounce that providing an opportunity for some terrorists, enemies of Turkey to convene under the guise of a "Kurdish parliament" under the roof of the Italian parliament, will be another black stain in Italian history already marked with facism in the past."/Hurriyet/

    [06] TWO SHIPLOADS OF FUGITIVES

    In the biggest operation realized in recent years, 435 people, including 275 Turks and 160 foreigners and 11 organisers, trying to illegally enter Italy were detained over the weekend in Canakkale. It was the first time so many Turkish citizens have been involved in illegal human transportation, and because a great majority of them were from Southeast Anatolia, it is suspected that the PKK terrorist organisation had a hand in the matter. Security officials state that at a time when Turkish-Italian relations are tense due to a meeting of an alleged Kurdish Parliament in Italy, the PKK had planned a new refugee sensation but this plan was foiled when Turkish intelligence units stoped the operation in Canakkale when they raided the ships carrying the illegal immigrants. /Hurriyet/

    [07] TERRORIST ATTACKS IN TOKAT

    A police unit was attack in front of a factory in Tokat last night. During the attack two police officials were seriously wounded. Military sources later announced that a search had already been started to find the attackers. /Sabah/
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