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Turkish Press Review, 98-10-12

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

12.10.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] YILMAZ WARNS DAMASCUS
  • [02] BALKAN SUMMIT IN ANTALYA
  • [03] DEMIREL LAYS FOUNDATIONS FOR MARIN CITY
  • [04] TURKISH ARMENIAN PATRIARCH ELECTION
  • [05] TANER RETURNS FROM IMF TALKS IN US
  • [06] HIGHWAYS IN TURKEY
  • [07] SARKYILDIZI BEGINS TRIAL PRODUCTION
  • [08] AFSIN-ELBISTAN POWER PLANT
  • [09] AZERIS IN TURKEY VOTE DURING PRESIDENCY ELECTIONS
  • [10] FIRST LADIES MEET IN SOFIA
  • [11] EXPORTERS GO TO EGYPT
  • [12] SYMPOSIUM ON TURKISH-JAPANESE RELATIONS
  • [13] ALIYEV: "WE ARE BACKING TURKEY AGAINST SYRIA"
  • [14] TURKISH MARKET FOR ENGLAND
  • [15] "STOP SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST ORGANIZATION, PKK"
  • [16] HOPE FOR TURKEY'S EU MEMBERSHIP

  • [01] YILMAZ WARNS DAMASCUS

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz maintained his tough stance towards Syria, saying: "If any one has an eye on our territory, it is our duty to get rid of that eye". "We can't go on like this. Enough is enough" Yilmaz said, adding that the Kurdish separatists will be completely destroyed if Syria ceases supporting them and providing a safe haven for their leader.

    Meanwhile, Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa is returning to Turkey for the second time in one week, and is believed to be carrying his diplomatic briefcase "Syria's expectations from Turkey". Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, who was in Antalya to attend the summit of leaders of the Southeastern European countries, will be flying back to Ankara on that day to briefly attend the talks with Moussa.

    Syrian Leader Hafiz Esad, who panicked due to the determined stance assumed by Turkey, began to send messages to Ankara saying that he understood the seriousness of the issue. Esad, who sent his first message to Turkey with Iranian Foreign Minister Kemal Harazzi last week, will send his second message with Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa. /All papers/

    [02] BALKAN SUMMIT IN ANTALYA

    Balkan Summit of leaders of the Southeastern European countries, which will last for two days, will begin in Antalya today. Also on Monday, Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz will have a face-to-face meeting with his Greek counterpart Costas Simitis. The meeting is scheduled to last just half an hour and will not have a definite agenda. Yilmaz will also have bilateral meetings with his other counterparts.

    Yilmaz met with Yugoslavian Prime Minister Momir Bulatovic yesterday. The Kovoso problem was taken up during the meeting. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem had talks with Yugoslavian Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic and Albanian Foreign Minister Paskal Milo. /Sabah/

    [03] DEMIREL LAYS FOUNDATIONS FOR MARIN CITY

    With the joint participation of Turkish, US and Polish companies, "Marin City's" foundations were laid by President Suleyman Demirel in Istanbul, the Anatolia news agency reported over the weekend. Speaking at the ceremony, Demirel said that a great project was now underway in Istanbul, a city that was a cradle to many civilizations and had innumerable precious historical works. Marin City will cost $500 million. The facility will be constructed in an area 18 kilometres from Ataturk Airport. It will include a 500 yacht-marina, a school, recreation and sports areas, a water sports club, an open-air theatre, a hospital and two shopping centres.

    [04] TURKISH ARMENIAN PATRIARCH ELECTION

    Armenian churches across Turkey held elections to select the 79 civil delegates who will make up the General Delegation Board during upcoming elections to determine the 84th Patriarch of the Turkish Armenians. After the death of Patriarch Karekin II on March 10, 1998, members of the Spiritual Assembly chose 10 spiritual delegates who will join the 79 civil delegates in selecting the new patriarch in elections to be held on October 14. /Sabah/

    [05] TANER RETURNS FROM IMF TALKS IN US

    Gunes Taner, state minister responsible for economic affairs, has returned to Turkey. Taner was in Washington to participate in meetings with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). While there, Taner held talks with high-ranking officials from international financial institutions.Taner provided information to officials from these financial institutions on the Turkish economy and the policies to be followed in 1999. He also spoke about the 1999 budget during his talks and invited foreign investors to Turkey.

    An IMF-delegation headed by Turkey-desk chief Martin Hardy will arrive in Turkey on October 14. According to information the Anatolia news agency obtained from IMF officials, the delegation will conduct talks in Turkey on the situation of the economy.

    [06] HIGHWAYS IN TURKEY

    The total length of highways constructed across Turkey has so far reached 2,099 kilometres, with 1,615 kilometres of these highways currently in operation. According to information the Anatolia news agency obtained from the General Directorate of Highways, as of the end of 1997, over $10 billion had been spent on highway construction. The Directorate plans to spend $3.63 billion to complete highways already under cosntruction and a further $4.93 billion for new highway projects to be undertaken over the next few years.

    [07] SARKYILDIZI BEGINS TRIAL PRODUCTION

    The first sugar plant constructed by Turkish entrepreneurs in Uzbekistan has started its trial production. The sugar plant set up in the Horezm province of Uzbekistan will begin to produce sugar with an official ceremony to be attended by high-level officials in November. The plant has cost nearly $80 million. /Sabah/

    [08] AFSIN-ELBISTAN POWER PLANT

    The Turkish government, which has signed bidding agreements of four big natural gas power plants two days ago, laid the foundation of a huge power plant in Afsin-Elbistan yesterday. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and the Japanese Ambassador to Ankara representing the Mitsubishi firm, one of the partners of the constructive consortium attended the foundating laying ceremony of the new power plant in the Elbistan district of the southeastern province of Malatya yesterday. 1,400 megawatt-Afsin-Elbistan power plant will meet 7.5 % of Turkey's total energy consumption. /Sabah/

    [09] AZERIS IN TURKEY VOTE DURING PRESIDENCY ELECTIONS

    Azeri people living in Turkey voted for the new term-presidency elections attended by six nominees including Azeri President Haydar Aliyev at the ballot boxes at the Azeri Embassy in Ankara and at the consulate general in Istanbul. Azeri Ambassador to Ankara Mamed Aliyev said that participation in elections was high in Ankara. /Sabah/

    [10] FIRST LADIES MEET IN SOFIA

    Berna Yilmaz, wife of Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, said that the most important investment for people was education. Berna Yilmaz attended a conference on "Women in the 21st century" and noted that education should be organized according to the requirements of the contemporary period. Hillary Clinton, wife of the US President Bill Clinton, also participated in the conference. /Sabah/

    [11] EXPORTERS GO TO EGYPT

    A delegation of 100 exporters led by Foreign Trade Undersecretary Yavuz Ege will visit Egypt on 16-19 October to promote Turkish export products. In a statement made by Foreign Trade Undersecretariat, the visit to Egypt will be organized by Uludag Exporters' Union. Exporters from various sectors such as textile, automotive, forestry, machinery, chemistry, construction, food, electric-electronic, packaging and iron-steel will participate in the visit. /Hurriyet/

    [12] SYMPOSIUM ON TURKISH-JAPANESE RELATIONS

    A symposium on the history of Turkish-Japanese relations was held at the Bogazici University last week. Seven professors working at various universities in Japan, Bogazici University professors who contributed to the improvement of relations between the countries and students who took scholarships from these universities attended the symposium. The symposium ended on 9 October. The Chairman of the History Department at the Bogazici University Prof. Selcuk Esenbel said: "This symposium organized at the end of 10 years of studies have shed light on the history of Turkish-Japanese relations." /Hurriyet/

    [13] ALIYEV: "WE ARE BACKING TURKEY AGAINST SYRIA"

    Haydar Aliyev touched upon the crisis between Turkey and Syria while casting his ballot and gave full support to Turkey. Aliyev said: "Turkey and Azerbaijan are one. We have always supported Turkey in its struggle against terrorism and will continue to do so. We are backing Turkey." Foreign policy consultant of President Aliyev, Vefa Gulizade said: "We know the problem of PKK. We have information on which anti-Turkish forces support this organization. Kurds are good people but the PKK cannot represent them. Syria is sheltering terrorists and allocating comfortable villas for them. Terrorists then organize attacks against Turkey. Turkey cannot remain indifferent towards this policy." /Hurriyet/

    [14] TURKISH MARKET FOR ENGLAND

    England is ready to take the place of Germany and France with whom Turkey's trade has been decreasing due to economic and political reasons. Last week, a delegation of 40 English businessmen led by the chairman of English-Turkish Chamber of Industry Eddy Warrington. came to Turkey. The delegation which enquired the fields of cooperation with Turkey, especially dwelt on fresh fruit-vegetable trade and met with the leading representatives of this sector. Warrington stated that, English Chamber of Trade put Turkey high on the list of countries having great importance for trade. He added: "This is an important development. England which for years has not given any importance to Turkey, is declaring it to be its most important market. It has shown Turkey as a target for English capital." /Milliyet/

    [15] "STOP SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST ORGANIZATION, PKK"

    The US administration recalled Syria to stop its support for the to PKK. US Defense Secretary William Cohen stressed last week that the Syrian administration should not let international terrorist organization PKK conduct activities on its territories. Also, Deputy of the Director of the Southeast European Desk of the Secretary of State, Dana Bauer said that the US administration strongly advised Syria to stop supporting the PKK. In his speech at an annual meeting of the Turkish-American Assembly (TADA) Bauer stressed that the US administration had declared PKK as an international terrorist organization. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] HOPE FOR TURKEY'S EU MEMBERSHIP

    Leader of the Social Democratic Party Gerhard Schroeder, who won the general elections in Germany, said that Turkey's application to the European Union (EU) membership would be re-evaluated. It is announced that Turkey would contribute $4.7 billion annually to the budget of the EU. /Cumhuriyet/
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