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Turkish Press Review, 98-10-16

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

16.10.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] ESTONIAN PRESIDENT VISITS TURKEY
  • [02] TURKEY TO CELEBRATE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF REPUBLIC
  • [03] TURKEY'S PRIVATIZATION DRIVE SUCCESSFUL
  • [04] FP DEPUTY ATAOGLU QUITS
  • [05] DRUG OPERATIONS IN ANTALYA
  • [06] 765 PIECES OF HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS SEIZED
  • [07] STATE SUMMIT IN HATAY
  • [08] US: "WE ARE AGAINST A KURDISH STATE"
  • [09] TWO TURKS IN LATIN NOTARIES' UNION
  • [10] FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES INCREASE
  • [11] RUSSIA: "WE CANNOT FORGET TURKISH SUPPORT"
  • [12] FINANCING OF THE TURKSAT-2A SATELLITE
  • [13] ISTANBUL CANDIDATE FOR WORLD PETROLEUM CONGRESS
  • [14] CONFERENCE ON KEMALISM
  • [15] WORLD BANK DONATION TO GAP PROJECT
  • [16] CONFERENCE ON TURKEY IN LAUSANNE
  • [17] "TURKEY SHOULD BE MORE ACTIVE IN THE BALKANS"
  • [18] TEHRAN AND BAGHDAD SUPPORT THE PKK
  • [19] SCHROEDER KEEPS HIS WORD

  • [01] ESTONIAN PRESIDENT VISITS TURKEY

    Estonian President Lennart Meri arrived in Ankara yesterday for a three-day official visit aimed at boosting political and economic cooperation between Turkey and Estonia. Speaking at the welcoming ceremony, President Suleyman Demirel praised the current state of Turco-Estonian relations, emphasizing that Turkey was one of the most determined supporters of Estonia's efforts to join Euro-Atlantic institutions. Demirel stressed that a free trade agreement signed between Turkey and Estonia would contribute to an increase in bilateral trade volumes and the establishment of a free trade area covering the region between the Baltic and the Black seas.

    After completing his programme in Ankara, President Meri is expected to meet with Turkish businessmen in Istanbul to explore opportunities to improve trading and economic relations between Turkey and Estonia. /All papers/

    [02] TURKEY TO CELEBRATE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF REPUBLIC

    Turkey will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Republic with military and civilian parades, concerts, folklore performances, dancing, ballet, fireworks and general festivities, State Minister Cavit Kavak said yesterday. Kavak said celebrations will take place in all provinces, including Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, where major parades and concerts will be given. The Foreign Ministry will hold festivities in other countries. Turkey, Kavak said, has set aside $10 million for the celebrations. The presidents of 16 nations and senior government officials from 21 countries will take part in the celebrations, Kavak added. /Hurriyet/

    [03] TURKEY'S PRIVATIZATION DRIVE SUCCESSFUL

    Turkey will have privatized $7.5 billion of state assets by the end of this year, including energy industry tenders, just below the $12 billion target, in spite of the global financial crisis, the Syrian crisis and all the other negative conditions, Chairman of the Privatization Administration Chairmanship (OIB) Ugur Bayar has said. /All papers/

    [04] FP DEPUTY ATAOGLU QUITS

    Virtue Party (FP) Bingol Deputy Kazim Ataoglu quit his party yesterday. With his resignation, the number of the FP's seats in Parliament dropped to 144. /Hurriyet/

    [05] DRUG OPERATIONS IN ANTALYA

    During operations held in Antalya this year, 46.5 kilograms of hashish have been seized, according to a statement made by the Head of the Narcotic Department of Antalya Security Office. The statement noted that during operations carried out in Antalya and its districts in the first nine months of this year 46.5 kilograms of hashish, the market value of which totalled nearly TL 18.5 billion have been confiscated, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [06] 765 PIECES OF HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS SEIZED

    During an operation carried out in Bolu, 765 pieces of historical artifacts worth TL 5 trillion have been seized. Five smugglers have been taken into custody regarding the incident.

    During another operation carried out by members of the Security Office in Ankara, 825 pieces of historical artifacts have been confiscated. /Hurriyet/

    [07] STATE SUMMIT IN HATAY

    A state summit will be held in Hatay in the upcoming days. President Suleyman Demirel will warn Syria again in the border district of Samandag of Hatay. A visit to be paid by Demirel to Hatay on Monday will also be attended by Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin, Interior Minister Kutlu Aktas, Education Minister Hikmet Ulugbay and Public Works Minister Yasar Topcu. /Hurriyet/

    [08] US: "WE ARE AGAINST A KURDISH STATE"

    The US government noted that concerns regarding the establishment of a Kurdish state in northern Iraq were unnecessary and they were against every initiative to that end. US government officials said that they were against the establishment of a Kurdish state in northern Iraq or anywhere else. US Embassy officials in Ankara held a tele-conference for Turkish journalists yesterday to express Washington's views regarding the issues on the agenda. /Hurriyet/

    [09] TWO TURKS IN LATIN NOTARIES' UNION

    Two Turks have been elected to the Permanent Council of the International Latin Notaries' Union. According to a statement made by the Turkish Notaries' Union, the 22nd Ordinary General Council of the International Latin Notaries' Union, which has 67-member countries, was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina yesterday. /Hurriyet/

    [10] FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES INCREASE

    Central Bank foreign exchange reserves have reached $22.311 billion. According to Central Bank data, foreign exchange reserves, which increased by $291 million on October 2-9, rose to $22.311 on October 9. Turkey's total international gross reserves increased by $855 million in one week and reached $33.765 billion according to data dated September 25, 1998. Gold reserves amounted to $1.125 billion while foreign exchange reserves in commercial banks totalled $11.162 billion as of September 25. /Hurriyet/

    [11] RUSSIA: "WE CANNOT FORGET TURKISH SUPPORT"

    Acting Speaker of Duma, sub-wing of the Russian Parliament, Dr.Arthur Chilingarov, who visited the Turkish stand in the International Fashion Fair held on October 12-15 in Moscow, noted that they could not forget the support extended by Turkish businessmen to Russia during the crisis period. Chilingarov said: "We will also support Turkish businessmen".

    Turkish Ambassador to Moscow Nabi Sensoy also visited the Turkish firms in the fair and called on Turkish businessmen to continue with their investments in Russia. /Hurriyet/

    [12] FINANCING OF THE TURKSAT-2A SATELLITE

    Turkish Telecommunications, a joint stock company which established EURASIASAT S.A.M. with French company Aerospatiale with start-up capital of $20 million, will be the guarantor of the Turksat-2A satellite's $51.62 million short-term debt. This decision was announced in the Official Gazette yesterday. /Hurriyet/

    [13] ISTANBUL CANDIDATE FOR WORLD PETROLEUM CONGRESS

    Istanbul will be a candidate to host the 17th World Petroleum Congress, to be held in 2003, according to an announcement from Sitki Sancar, the World Petroleum Congress' (WPC) Turkish National Committee chairman and president of the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO). In his written statement released to the Anatolia news agency, Sancar stated that national committees representing members of the WPC will meet in January, 1999, to choose the location for the 2003 congress.

    [14] CONFERENCE ON KEMALISM

    Within the framework of celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey, Social Sciences Faculty of Ankara University will organize a conference on 22-23 October on Kemalism. 81 scientists from 46 countries will attend the conference, titled "Kemalism and Modern Turkey". /Sabah/

    [15] WORLD BANK DONATION TO GAP PROJECT

    State Minister Salih Yildirim said that the World Bank donated $300,000 for the development of investments in the Southeast Anatolia Project (GAP). Yildirim added that the donation would be used for the "Sanliurfa-Harran Plains and Village Improvement Project" prepared for the improvement of the infrastructure of rural areas. He noted that with the coordination of the GAP Regional Development Administration, an initial report has been prepared by the Turkish SU-YAPI Engineering and Construction Company and the US Oklahama State University about the project. /Sabah/

    [16] CONFERENCE ON TURKEY IN LAUSANNE

    Within the scope of celebrations within the framework of 75th anniversary of the proclamation of the republic a conference titled the "Republic of Turkey from 1923 to 2023" will start today in Lausanne, Switzerland. Speaker of the Parliament Hikmet Cetin is going to make an opening speech of the conference, which is organized by Turkish-European Academics Union. At night Turkish Ambassador to Bern, Taner Baytok, will give a reception at the historical Rumine Palace, where the Lausanne Treaty discussions were made. /Milliyet/

    [17] "TURKEY SHOULD BE MORE ACTIVE IN THE BALKANS"

    Representative of the Kosovo Independency Front (UCK) and leader of the Kosovo Parliament Party, Adem Demaci said that Turkey had an important role in the Balkans adding that they wanted Turkey to be more active in the region. Demaci noted that they welcomed the Southeast European Countries' Summit held last week in Antalya with the initiatives of Turkey and said that they need more support from Turkey. Adem Demaci wanted Turkey to be a leader in Kosovo issue in front of America and Europe. /Cumhuriyet/

    [18] TEHRAN AND BAGHDAD SUPPORT THE PKK

    The second man after Ocalan in the PKK Semdin Sakik, said in his statement he gave to the military court in Diyarbakir that Syria, Iran and Iraq were in agreement concerning the PKK. Sakik said: "They want from the PKK to carry on with the conflict. The price of Ocalan's stay in Damascus is to continue shedding blood." Noting that so long as he continued killing, the leader of the PKK Abdullah Ocalan would live like kings in Damascus, Sakik added that the terrorist organization was also supported by Iran and Iraq. Sakik claimed that the PKK guarded the western frontiers of Iran and the reason why Iran supported the PKK was to establish an Islamic state in Turkey by deteriorating its republic. Syria, Iran and Iraq were always in agreement in supporting the PKK." /Milliyet/

    [19] SCHROEDER KEEPS HIS WORD

    Social Democrat Party(SPD), and the Union_90 Greeens have taken an important step which would relieve foreigners in Germany and close to a million Turkish citizens. They have agreed for a reform in the Citizenship Law and accepted their becoming German citizens without abandoning their original citizenship. Herta Daeublir Gmelin on behalf of SPD and Kersin Muller on behalf of the Greens in a joint press conference stated that they would work for the foreigners to have equal rights. /Milliyet/
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