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Turkish Press Review, 98-10-15

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

15.10.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CETIN TO VISIT LAUSANNE
  • [02] FOREIGN MINISTRY: CONFIRMATION IS REQUIRED ON APO'S WHEREABOUTS
  • [03] TURKEY COMPLAINS ABOUT SYRIA TO EUROPEAN UNION
  • [04] SEZGIN: "APO IS NOT IN RUSSIA"
  • [05] TURKISH ARMENIANS ELECT NEW PATRIARCH
  • [06] YILMAZ OPENS "EXPO-SHIPPING"
  • [07] HAKKARI DEPUTY ZEYDAN LEAVES DTP
  • [08] 48 TERRORISTS KILLED IN SOUTHEAST
  • [09] TEMA OAK TREE PLANTING CAMPAIGN
  • [10] CEM: "TURKEY IS DETERMINED"
  • [11] AMBASSADOR BATU BACK TO ROME
  • [12] CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT FOR THERMAL POWER PLANT
  • [13] DHKP-C OPERATIONS
  • [14] AKHISM CULTURE WEEK CELEBRATED
  • [15] ROMANIAN CLAIM
  • [16] RESTORATION OF CHURCH OF ST.PAUL
  • [17] GOOD NEWS FOR TURKISH CITIZENS LIVING IN GERMANY
  • [18] NEARING THE POINT OF SOLUTION
  • [19] NO PROBLEMS ABOUT BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE PROJECT

  • [01] CETIN TO VISIT LAUSANNE

    Turkish Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin will go to Lausanne today to participate in celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey and the signing of the Lausanne Treaty. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] FOREIGN MINISTRY: CONFIRMATION IS REQUIRED ON APO'S WHEREABOUTS

    The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said that recent claims that PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan has left Syria, 'have to be confirmed.' Sermet Atacanli, deputy spokesman of the Foreign Ministry said yesterday in a weekly press conference that 'Turkey needs confirmation on whether or not Ocalan is out of Syria'. "If Syria really wishes to end the tension or prevent that tension from assuming different dimensions, it should cease supporting the terrorist organization without questions having to be asked," Atacanli told reporters.

    Atacanli also said that no meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and his Syrian counterpart, Farouk Al-Sharaa has been planned. In addition Atacanli reiterated Turkey's complaints about Greece and their support of the PKK. /Hurriyet/

    [03] TURKEY COMPLAINS ABOUT SYRIA TO EUROPEAN UNION

    Turkey brought Syrian support of the PKK to the agenda of a meeting among terrorism specialists from member countries of the EU, the US, Canada and Israel which was held yesterday by the European Council. Turkish Foreign Ministry advisor Bahattin Gursoz told the meeting that Syria continued to permit PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan to reside in Damascus and that Ankara had concrete evidence to prove it. He said that normalization of relations with Syria would be impossible if Damascus continues its support of the terrorist organization, adding that every country has the right to self defense if its security is threatened. Gursoz noted that to date almost 40,000 people have been killed because of PKK terrorists activities. "Nevertheless Kurdish society and PKK terrorism should not be linked to each other," stressed Gursoz. /Hurriyet/

    [04] SEZGIN: "APO IS NOT IN RUSSIA"

    Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin noted yesterday that there was no information confirming that the leader of the PKK terrorist organization Abdullah Ocalan (Apo) is in Russia. Sezgin, who attended a promotion reception for the upcoming 1999 Defense Fair, replied to questions from press members and said: "There is no news corroborating that Ocalan is in Russia. I can say however, that Ocalan is not in Syria and I hope that Syria will not harbour Ocalan anymore". /Sabah/

    [05] TURKISH ARMENIANS ELECT NEW PATRIARCH

    Archbishop Mesrob Mutafyan was chosen the 84th patriarch of the Armenian community in Turkey following an election held on Wednesday. He received 74 votes from 89 delegates representing Turkish Armenians and the Armenian religious establishment. /Hurriyet/

    [06] YILMAZ OPENS "EXPO-SHIPPING"

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz opened an international expo-shipping exhibition in Istanbul on Wednesday and pledged to continue supporting Turkey's fast growing shipping industry. He urged foreign companies to invest in the Turkish shipping industry, one of the most profitable sectors of the economy. The shipping industry earns at least $2 billion a year for the domestic economy. /Hurriyet/

    [07] HAKKARI DEPUTY ZEYDAN LEAVES DTP

    With the resignation of Democratic Turkey Party (DTP) Hakkari Deputy Mustafa Zeydan on Wednesday, the number of DTP seats in Parliament have fallen from 20 to 19 and the party has lost its right to have a group in Parliament. Just after his resignation, Zeydan announced that he would be joining the True Path Party (DYP), increasing that party's seats to 96. /Hurriyet/

    [08] 48 TERRORISTS KILLED IN SOUTHEAST

    Security forces have killed a total of 48 PKK terrorists in recent operations, particularly in the southeastern province of Van. According to the same dispatches, a total of 16 members of the security forces, 14 of whom were village guards, have also been killed. /Hurriyet/Sabah/

    [09] TEMA OAK TREE PLANTING CAMPAIGN

    The Turkish Foundation for Combatting Soil Erosion, Reforestration and Protection of Natural Habitats (TEMA) has organized a 10 billion oak tree seed planting project which was officially opened yesterday with a ceremony at the Presidential Palace attended by President Suleyman Demirel. Speaking at the ceremony, Demirel said: "We are declaring this a national project, a national movement and a national target, and we are announcing it to everyone." Environment Minister Imren Aykut said that the new century world would be saved through mitigating the damage human beings have done and by attempting to save nature. /All papers/

    [10] CEM: "TURKEY IS DETERMINED"

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said yesterday that Turkey was determined to resolve the Syria issue. "Syria's stopping support for separatist terrorist activities is Turkey's top priority. There have been signs of positive developments but Syria must bring Turkey concrete evidence about this", said Cem. He added that Turkey is against the establishment of a security committee. /Hurriyet/

    [11] AMBASSADOR BATU BACK TO ROME

    Turkish Ambassador to Rome, Italy, Inal Batu is going back today to his post in Italy. Batu was called to Ankara to inform the Turkish government about a meeting of the so-called Kurdish parliament-in-exile in the Italian Parliament on 28-29 September. /Hurriyet/

    [12] CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT FOR THERMAL POWER PLANT

    A construction contract for a thermal power plant in Can near Canakkale will be signed today, the Anatolia news agency reports. Turkey signed construction contracts for four natural gas transformation power plants last week. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz is expected to attend the signing ceremony to be held at the Directorate General of the Turkish Electricity Production-Distribution Corp. (TEAS). The construction of the first unit of the plant will be concluded within 34 months and the construction of the second unit will finish within 36 months following the conclusion of the contract negotiations.

    [13] DHKP-C OPERATIONS

    A statement made by the Istanbul Department for the Struggle Against Terrorism yesterday said that 27 members of the illegal DHKP-C organization had been taken into custody. The statement noted that some people working at the Kurtulus newspaper had extended logistic support to the organization. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] AKHISM CULTURE WEEK CELEBRATED

    An "Akhism Festival" organized by the Ankara Municipality within the framework of Akhism Culture Week was held yesterday. Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek and Chairman of the Ankara Union of Chambers of Tradesmen and Artisans Ali Riza Ercan delivered speeches at the festival. Ercan said that Akhism, a philosophy promoting brotherhood, was very important for the future of Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] ROMANIAN CLAIM

    Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile has claimed that Turkey wants to purchase 124 fighter-helicopters to be produced jointly by Romania and the US Bell Textron company. Prime Minister Vasile said in a statement following a Balkan Summit held in Antalya over the last few days that officials from the Turkish Defense Ministry were expected to visit Romania in the upcoming days. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] RESTORATION OF CHURCH OF ST.PAUL

    St.Paul's Church in Antiocheia, an ancient city in the Yalvac district of Isparta, will be restored and opened for faith tourism. Director of the Yalvac Museum Dr.Mehmet Taslialan said yesterday that for the restoration of the church, which is the oldest and the greatest church in the world, an additional TL 34 billion allocation had been sent. /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] GOOD NEWS FOR TURKISH CITIZENS LIVING IN GERMANY

    At a coalition meeting yesterday between the Social Democrat Party led by Chancellor-designate Schroeder and the Union_90 Greens Party, it was agreed that foreigners livin in Germany had the right to dual citizenship to foreigners Thus a new and positive era has started for hundreds of thousands of Turkish citizens living in Germany. Foreigners living in Germany for eight years without committing any crimes will have the right to obtain German citizenship without having to abandon their original nationality. This period will be reduced to five years for young people growing up in Germany. German citizenship will be given to third generation foreigners at birth. /Milliyet/

    [18] NEARING THE POINT OF SOLUTION

    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek yesterday said that within the framework of a goodwill mission initiated by Egypt to solve the crisis between Turkey and Syria, they have reached a point where there is increasing hope for a solution. In a statement he made during a visit to the Egytian Air Forces Command, Mubarek said: "We have neared a point which gives hopes for a solution to the crisis between Turkey and Syria and soon measures will be taken towards that end." Reviewing his efforts to avert threats to the stability of the region, Mubarek added that he was pleased to see that both Turkish President Suleyman Demirel and Syrian Head of State Hafiz Assad had objectively analyzed various aspects of the crisis. /Milliyet/

    [19] NO PROBLEMS ABOUT BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE PROJECT

    Energy and Natural Resources Minister Cumhur Ersumer who received French Foreign Trade Minister Jacques Dondoux yesterday stated that there were no problems concerning the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project. Ersumer said that Turkey had invited Azerbaijani working groups to Turkey to prepare an inter-governmental agreement to be signed on 19 October./Sabah/
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