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Turkish Press Review, 98-10-19

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

19.10.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKISH-SYRIAN OFFICIALS TO MEET
  • [02] IPI MEETING IN ISTANBUL
  • [03] TURKISH WORKERS ABROAD SUPPORT TURKISH ECONOMY
  • [04] IMF DELEGATION CONTINUES ITS CONTACTS IN TURKEY
  • [05] MAGNIFICIENT 29 OCTOBER CELEBRATION PROGRAMME
  • [06] TURKISH TRADE DELEGATION VISITS EGYPT
  • [07] CELEBI IN BRUSSELS
  • [08] DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS ON OCTOBER 25
  • [09] TL 19 TRILLION FOR HIHGWAY PROJECTS
  • [10] TOURISM COUNCIL CONVENES
  • [11] DEMIREL AND YILMAZ LAY FOUNDATIONS
  • [12] PARLIAMENT TO DISCUSS EARLY ELECTIONS
  • [13] 'US WILL ALSO BENEFIT FROM BAKU-CEYHAN'
  • [14] PROBLEMS IN WESTERN THRACE SHOULD BE EXPLAINED TO EUROPE
  • [15] PRESIDENT OF ESTONIA RETURNS HOME
  • [16] HANDCRAFTS FAIR GOING ON

  • [01] TURKISH-SYRIAN OFFICIALS TO MEET

    According to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Turkish and Syrian officials will meet today at the border. Same sources noted that terrorism will be the only topic of the agenda. Turkey will not accept any other issues brought to the agenda by Syria, said Foreign Ministry officials adding that a Syrian delegation consisting of 10 Syrian officials headed by the chairman of the Foreign Relations Division of the Syrian Interior Ministry and Syrian intelligence officials will be in Turkey to attend the meeting. The Turkish side will be represented by officials from the Foreign Ministry, the Office of the General Staff and Interior Ministry. /Sabah/

    [02] IPI MEETING IN ISTANBUL

    The Executive Board of the International Press Institution (IPI) has called on governments worldwide to release journalists currently being held in prison and to make the necessary changes in the laws that prevent freedom of media. The decleration was made after a two-day conference in Istanbul over the weekend, in which the current situation of the Turkish media was also evaluated. /Hurriyet/Sabah/

    [03] TURKISH WORKERS ABROAD SUPPORT TURKISH ECONOMY

    Foreign exchange brought to Turkey by Turkish workers who work in foreign countries will reach $ 4.350 billion this year, exceeding the previously estimated amount of $ 3.5 billion. The Finance Ministry's expectations for foreign exchange coming from these workers in 1999 is about $ 4.5 billion. /Hurriyet/Sabah/

    [04] IMF DELEGATION CONTINUES ITS CONTACTS IN TURKEY

    Chairman of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Martin Hardy, who came to Turkey on 12 October, said that they discussed Turkey's 1999 budget with Turkish officials responsible for economy. Hardy noted that Turkey had met the requirements of the first quarter of the Staff Monitoring Agreement signed on July between IMF and Turkey. He stressed that IMF technical delegation was satisfied with the economic performance of Turkey in 1998 and that IMF would extend support in 1999. Martin Hardy, however, pointed out that Turkey should take concrete steps in order to apply social security reforms. /Sabah/

    [05] MAGNIFICIENT 29 OCTOBER CELEBRATION PROGRAMME

    Presidents and prime ministers from 169 countries are invited to Ankara on 29 October to attend the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic. President Suleyman Demirel will welcome the guests at Ankara's Esenboga Airport during an official ceremony on 28 October. At the same date a banquet will be given at the Cankaya Presidential Palace. On 29 October, an official ceremony will be held at Ataturk's Mausoleum, Anitkabir in the morning and later in the afternoon there will be an official parade at Hippodrome. Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Culture Ministry Chorus and TRT Chorus will give a "Respect for Ataturk" concert. President Suleyman Demirel will give a reception at the Cankaya Palace. /Sabah/

    [06] TURKISH TRADE DELEGATION VISITS EGYPT

    A cooperation protocol between the export development centres of Turkey and Egypt was signed yesterday in Cairo. General Director of Exports of the Turkish Foreign Trade Centre Omer Berki and Egyptian Co-Chairman Muhammed Hamdy Selam signed the protocol. Delivering a speech prior to the signing ceremony, Egyptian Trade Minister Ahmed Gayeli said that there were initiatives to establish free trade zones with Arab and African countries and added that Turkey could make exports to Middle East and African countries via Egypt and Egypt could make exports to Turkish-Speaking Republics.

    Foreign Trade Undersecretary Yavuz Ege said for his part that there were historical ties and friendly relations between the two countries and noted that they aimed to increase the trade volume between Turkey and Egypt by two or three-fold, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [07] CELEBI IN BRUSSELS

    State Minister Isin Celebi went to Brussels yesterday to represent Turkey during a meeting to be attended by ministers of European Union (EU) member countries and EU nominees. The meeting on "Trade, Enlargement and Multi-Lateral System" will be held today. Celebi will return to Turkey on Tuesday, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [08] DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS ON OCTOBER 25

    Daylight saving time implementation, which started on March 29 for energy savings, will end on October 25. The clocks will be set back one hour at 02.00 a.m. With the summer time implementation, 550 million kilowatt/hours of energy worth TL 7.5 trillion have been saved. /Hurriyet_

    [09] TL 19 TRILLION FOR HIHGWAY PROJECTS

    It is reported that TL 19.890 trillion has been allocated for highway projects. According to a Report of Public Investments published by the State Planning Organization, there are currently 21 highway projects financed by the Public Partnership Fund. /Hurriyet/

    [10] TOURISM COUNCIL CONVENES

    The First Tourism Council, which has been established by the Tourism Ministry and is the highest advisory council, will convene in Ankara tomorrow. President Suleyman Demirel and Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz will open the council during which Turkey's tourism strategy in 2000s will be determined. A total of 580 people will present 56 bulletins during the council. Tourism Minister Ibrahim Gurdal said that measures would be determined for the further development of the Turkish tourism. /Hurriyet/

    [11] DEMIREL AND YILMAZ LAY FOUNDATIONS

    President Suleyman Demirel and Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz laid the foundations of Aksaray Sugar Plant, which will be the first private sugar plant of Turkey, Aksaray Airport and some educational and industrial facilities in Aksaray yesterday. Demirel said in his speech that the Republic of Turkey, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, will continue to present benefits for citizens together with further efforts. Yilmaz said for his part that no one would be able to darken Turkey's future. /Hurriyet/

    [12] PARLIAMENT TO DISCUSS EARLY ELECTIONS

    The Turkish Parliament will mainly discuss a proposal made by Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit to hold general elections in December. The Motherland Party (ANAP) will first discuss the proposal at the Bureau of Assembly and then during a Parliament Group Meeting. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and Chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal will meet on Wednesday or on Thursday and once again discuss the issue of the promulgation of laws which take place in the early elections accord. /Hurriyet/

    [13] 'US WILL ALSO BENEFIT FROM BAKU-CEYHAN'

    According to a report published by the noted Heritage Foundation, the US government should increase its political support for the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline project. The report noted that wrong policies to be pursued by the US in Caucasus would negatively affect Turkey's and Israel's interests. The report written by Ariel Cohen said that Caucasus was of great importance for the development of new Silk Road and added that energy resources would be conveyed to world markets via this region. The report pointed out that the US would also benefit from the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline project. /Milliyet/

    [14] PROBLEMS IN WESTERN THRACE SHOULD BE EXPLAINED TO EUROPE

    State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel stated that Turks living in Western Thrace were working hard to continue their future on their own land. State Minister Gurel who spoke at the 45th general council meeting of the Solidarity Association of Western Thracian Turks (SAWTT), said: "We are trying to form a belt of peace and cooperation. However, when we see hostile stands against Turks patience wears thin."

    State Minister Ahad Andican responsible for Turkish-Speaking Republics, pointed out that the problem of Western Thrace continued even from the time Lausanne Treaty was signed. The chairman of SAWTT Taner Mustafaoglu stressed that mayors who will be elected in the elections in Western Thrace should explain these problems to Europe. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] PRESIDENT OF ESTONIA RETURNS HOME

    President of Estonia Lennart Meri who came to Turkey upon an invitation of President Suleyman Demirel was seen off yesterday by Governor of Istanbul Erol Cakir, Istanbul Director of Security Hasan Ozdemir and other dignitaries at the airport on his return to his country. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] HANDCRAFTS FAIR GOING ON

    The Fourth International Arts and Handcrafts Fair wherein 500 artists from 28 countries participated is going on with various activities. The Fair which is taking place at Ataturk Cultural Centre is the scene of many activities among which we can cite musical and dance performances, demonstration of slides. /Cumhuriyet/
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