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Turkish Press Review, 98-10-13

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

13.10.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] "A CONCRETE MESSAGE FROM DAMASCUS"
  • [02] "TURKEY IS DETERMINED"
  • [03] BALKAN LEADERS IN ANTALYA
  • [04] YILMAZ-SIMITIS MEETING IN ANTALYA
  • [05] DRUG OPERATION
  • [06] TURKISH-FRENCH COOPERATION FOR GAP
  • [07] TURKEY: A SHOPPING CENTRE
  • [08] IMF DELEGATION IN ANKARA
  • [09] TURKISH-IRISH BUSINESSS COUNCIL
  • [10] FIRST TURKISH MAYOR IN WESTERN THRACE
  • [11] FOREIGN PRESS INTERESTED IN TURKEY
  • [12] CONFERENCE IN LAUSANNE
  • [13] TURKISH STRAITS NOT TO BE USED FOR OIL TRANSPORTATION
  • [14] COOPERATION IN HEALTH
  • [15] SAYGIN AND AYKUT IN SOFIA
  • [16] FRENCH CAMPANIES IN ISTANBUL
  • [17] INCREASE IN STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [18] FRENCH SHIP IN ANTALYA
  • [19] "APO IS NOT IN ARMENIA"

  • [01] "A CONCRETE MESSAGE FROM DAMASCUS"

    Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa came yesterday to Ankara to convey a message from Syria. President Suleyman Demirel, who received Moussa at the Cankaya Palace, said that Egyptian Foreign Minister had brought a "concrete message from Damascus" adding that Ankara would consider the message.

    Later on in the day, Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem met with his Egyptian counterpart in Ankara. Cem expressed his thanks to Egypt for her efforts to defuse the ongoing crisis between Turkey and Syria. After the three-hour meeting foreign ministers gave a joint press brief. Cem said that Ankara was in favour of peace with Damascus. He added that Syria had begun acting in line with Turkey's sensitivities on Damascus' links with Kurdish separatists. Moussa said for his part that he hoped Ankara would be satisfied with the talks. /All papers/

    [02] "TURKEY IS DETERMINED"

    London-based MBC television channel which is broadcasting in Arabic reported depending on Egyptian Foreign Ministry that Turkey's determination forced Syria to meet the requests of Ankara. Egyptian Foreign Ministry officials said that Damascus was ready to give information to Ankara about the terrorist activities along the Turco-Syrian border and start diplomatic talks with Ankara. The report added that Damascus also wanted a Turco-Syrian summit to be organized at the end of this year. /Sabah/

    [03] BALKAN LEADERS IN ANTALYA

    The leaders of the Balkan countries gathered yesterday in Antalya. Speaking at the opening session of the summit Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz expressed deep concern with the situation in Kosovo. Stressing that he was personally in contact with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, Yilmaz called on the Serbian leader to clear the obstacles in the way of dialogue between the parties in Kosovo conflict and abide by the UN Security Council resolutions on the issue.

    Today the seven participant countries - Turkey, Macedonia, Albania, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece - are expected to adopt a joint decleration on the results of the summit. /All papers/

    [04] YILMAZ-SIMITIS MEETING IN ANTALYA

    Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis, who are attending Balkan summit in Antalya, had a face-to-face meeting yesterday. Turkey's concern with the support given to terrorist activities, Cyprus issue and other regional problems were some of the topics discussed by Turkish and Greek prime ministers. Yilmaz stressed at the meeting that PKK was a separatist terrorist organizations and asked Greece not to support and give shelter to PKK. Yilmaz also suggested that a dialogue process be started between Turkey and Greece which was refused by Simitis. /Hurriyet/

    [05] DRUG OPERATION

    During operations carried out by security forces in the Gogsuguzel village of Aksaray, 5.5 kilograms of hashish were seized yesterday. One person was arrested regarding the incident, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [06] TURKISH-FRENCH COOPERATION FOR GAP

    A delegation headed by Cyrille Van Bouyeure, Director of the Rural Areas and Forests of the Agriculture and Fishing Ministry of France arrived in Sanliurfa yesterday to make observations in the Southeast Anatolian Project (GAP). The French delegation and Hasan Sahin Cengiz, Deputy Undersecretary of Turkish Agriculture and Village Affairs Ministry were welcomed by officials from the Regional Directorate of GAP Development Administration. /Hurriyet/

    [07] TURKEY: A SHOPPING CENTRE

    Head of the International Shopping Centres' Association, John Riordan, said yesterday that Istanbul was like the US from the standpoint of shopping centres. Riordan added: "There are many shopping centres in the Middle East and Balkan countries. However Turkey and especially Istanbul is highly developed regarding this issue". Riordan noted that the shopping centres he visited in Turkey were very successful. /Hurriyet/

    [08] IMF DELEGATION IN ANKARA

    An International Monetary Fund (IMF)-delegation headed by chief of Turkey-Desk Martin Hardy arrived in Ankara yesterday. The delegation will meet with high-level bureaucrats related to the Turkish economy. IMF Executive Director Willy Kiekens is expected to participate in the second part of the meetings to be held by the IMF delegation in Ankara. It is reported that the delegation will leave Turkey on October 26. /Hurriyet/

    [09] TURKISH-IRISH BUSINESSS COUNCIL

    The Turkish-Irish Business Council evaluated bilateral relations between the two countries during a meeting in Istanbul yesterday. It was pointed out during the meeting that economic and political relations between Turkey and Ireland were further increasing. It is also reported that the Irish Republic will open an Embassy in Ankara. In addition to co-chairmen of the Council, Dr.Celik Arsel and Michael Hannon, Irish State Minister responsible for agriculture and food, Noel Davern, and Turkish Ambassador to Dublin, Murat Ersavci, delivered speeches during the meeting. /Hurriyet/

    [10] FIRST TURKISH MAYOR IN WESTERN THRACE

    During local elections in Greece, one of the nominees competing to be a mayor in four regions in Western Thrace received more than 50 % of the votes and won the election. Thus a Turk became a mayor for the first time. Hasan Hakki Kasif, who received more than 50 % of the votes in Sirkeli of the Komotini (Gumulcine) district of Greece, won the election and became the mayor. Other Turkish nominees competing in three regions will attend the second round of the elections to be held on Sunday. /Hurriyet/

    [11] FOREIGN PRESS INTERESTED IN TURKEY

    The foreign press was highly interested in Turkey during the January-September period of this year. According to information obtained from the promotion bureaus of the Tourism Ministry, while a total 989 foreign newspapers and magazines devoted 1,501 pages to Turkey during the January-September period, foreign radio and television stations broadcast nine programmes regarding Turkey during the same period this year. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] CONFERENCE IN LAUSANNE

    A conference on the "Turkish Republic from 1923 to 2023: Our Heritage, Our Today and Future" organized by the European Association of Turkish Academics (EATA) within the framework of the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic will be held on October 16-17 in Lausanne. Many noted people in politics, science, business and media from Turkey and Eastern European countries are expected to attend the conference during which perspectives regarding the future of Turkey will be evaluated. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] TURKISH STRAITS NOT TO BE USED FOR OIL TRANSPORTATION

    President Suleyman Demirel yesterday stated that the only secure way to transport Caspian oil was through Baku-Ceyhan pipeline and Turkey would not allow Straits to be used as a passage way for oil. Replying to criticisms against the Turkish stance, President Demirel said: "There is no alternative to Baku-Ceyhan pipeline. Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey are determined on this point. Caspian oil cannot pass through the Bosphorous, it is impossible. Let us use Turkey's ports in the Mediterranean. The world has to accept this proposal."

    Speaking at the "12th International Petroleum Council", Demirel said that the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline was one of the leading projects for peace and prosperity. Demirel added that it was virtually impossible to carry 50 million tonnes of oil through the Straits. Therefore the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline would replace the Straits, he noted. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] COOPERATION IN HEALTH

    To include other countries to the cooperation between Turkey and Japan in the fields of information, education and communications carried out for 10 years, a programme on "Audio-Visiual Communication" has been started. Minister of Health Halil Ibrahim Ozsoy noted that Turkey had begun to extend aid to other countries although it was the one getting it a short time ago. Ozsoy said that this was a good development. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] SAYGIN AND AYKUT IN SOFIA

    State Minister Isilay Saygin and Environment Minister Imren Aykut attended working-group meetings held within the framework of the conference titled "Woman in the 21st Century" in Sofia. Saygin said at the meeting that women should be organized to be effective in the administration of their countries. Aykut made a peace call asking women to prevent arms sales to the regions where clashes were going on. /Sabah/

    [16] FRENCH CAMPANIES IN ISTANBUL

    French Foreign Trade Minister, M.Jacques Dondoux and a French delegation including representatives of French firms and journalists visited the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) yesterday. Chairman of TUSIAD, Muharrem Kayhan said that they exchanged views on recent economic, political and social developments in the world with their guests from France. /Sabah/

    [17] INCREASE IN STOCK EXCHANGE

    Istanbul Stock Exchange started the week with an increase. Positive atmosphere in American, European and Far Eastern stock exchanges stimulated Istanbul stock exchange. With an 214 point increase as for last Friday the stock exchange increased to 2.160. Daily transaction volume was increased to TL 76.5 trillion. /Sabah/

    [18] FRENCH SHIP IN ANTALYA

    French airplane ship, Foch anchored Antalya harbour. French officials said that the ship would stay in Turkey for four days and according to a possible intervention in Kosovo under the umbrella of NATO, 33 jets were ready to participate in NATO forces. /Sabah/

    [19] "APO IS NOT IN ARMENIA"

    Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanyan denied the claims that PKK leader Abdullan Ocalan (Apo) was in Armenia saying that they did not have any connection with the issue. Oskanyan added that such misleading claims were aimed to cause problems between the two countries. /Sabah/
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