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Turkish Press Review, 98-10-22

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

22.10.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY TO CLOSELY MONITOR SYRIA'S NEXT STEP
  • [02] SYRIA DENIES KURDISH REBELS ACCESS TO TURKEY
  • [03] EU COMMISSION TO RELEASE A $ 162 TO TURKEY
  • [04] BROEK TO ANKARA
  • [05] DENKTAS PROPOSES GREEK CYPRUS NON-AGGRESSION PACT
  • [06] FIRE DESTROYS INDUSTRIAL AREA
  • [07] TURKEY, ISRAEL AND JORDAN JOINT CONFERENCE
  • [08] US SUPPORT FOR BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE
  • [09] PKK OPERATION
  • [10] PRAISE TO TURKISH BUSINESSMEN FROM THE US
  • [11] EXPANSION OF NATO APPROVED

  • [01] TURKEY TO CLOSELY MONITOR SYRIA'S NEXT STEP

    Ankara said that it would be 'closely monitoring' whether Damascus complies with the agreement reached on Tuesday between Turkey and Syrian officials. "It is Syria that has won the war against terrorism. The Syrian administration decided to choose the way of reason and conscience," Foreign Ministry spokesman Necati Utkan said on Wednesday during a weekly press briefing.

    About the news that PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan was in Russia Necati Utkan said that intelligence efforts were underway to determine Ocalan's exact whereabouts. Meanwhile, Moscow remained silent on Wednesday following Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz announcement on 20 October that Ocalan was in Russia.

    Spokesman Utkan during the press briefing expressed Ankara's thanks for the diplomatic efforts of Egypt and Iran, which had tried to defuse the crisis with Syria in the past week. Utkan also passed along Turkey's thanks to all Arab and Muslim countries for their sincere efforts in defusing the crisis. /All papers/

    [02] SYRIA DENIES KURDISH REBELS ACCESS TO TURKEY

    Syria, confirming announcements by Turkey, pledged Wednesday to deny the PKK access to Turkish territory through its own territory, branding the PKK a terrorist organization. According to Syrian official news agency, SANA the Syrian delegation had reiterated that Syrian territories have never been a base for operations and activities aimed against Turkey's security. /Sabah/

    [03] EU COMMISSION TO RELEASE A $ 162 TO TURKEY

    The European Union Commission approved a project yesterday to overcome the Greek veto and lend money to Turkey in line with the European Strategy for Turkey endorsed by the Union at the Cardiff Summit. The Commission adopted a communication which declares that 135 million ECU ($162 million) will be released to Turkey after the vote of qualified majority. The second sum, will be 15 million ECU ($ 18 million) to enable Ankara to make full use of a 1995 customs union agreement with the EU. The aid will be extended to be used for the economic and social improvement of Turkey. /Sabah/

    [04] BROEK TO ANKARA

    Hans van den Broek, the European Union commissioner responsible for foreign affairs, is expected to visit Turkey next week, the Anatolia news agency reported on Wednesday. Van den Broek will be in Turkey on October 29 for celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey, and at the same time is expected to hold talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and other high ranking officials.

    [05] DENKTAS PROPOSES GREEK CYPRUS NON-AGGRESSION PACT

    The President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Rauf Denktas, called on Greek Cyprus to sign a non-aggression pact between the two sides on the long-divided island. He also proposed a meeting between the two interior ministers to outline measures to make it easier for tourists to cross the border between the two sides. /Milliyet/

    [06] FIRE DESTROYS INDUSTRIAL AREA

    A fire broke out on Wednesday morning at the AEG industrial area, one of the leading electronic goods production companies in Turkey in Cerkezkoy, Tekirdag. Saffet Karahisarli, the local administrator of Cerkezkoy, stated that no deaths or injuries had been reported. Damage to the affected area, which covers almost 30,000 square meters, is estimated at around TL five or six trillion. /All papers/

    [07] TURKEY, ISRAEL AND JORDAN JOINT CONFERENCE

    The joint conference between Turkey , Israel and Jordan is described as a partnership between democracies of similar ideological structures to secure peace and prosperity in a tense region. At the tripartite conference organised by English-Israeli Public Affairs Centre, a leading defence official from Israel, David Ivry said that there was a pessimistic picture in the Middle East due to radicalism, terroristic activities and mass destruction weapons. Turkish Ambassador Barlas Ozener asked,'What can we do to persuade our Arab friends that this is not an alliance?" It was also stated that that Prime Minister Yżlmaz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince Hasan of Jordan stressed the importance of this partnership. On the other hand the relations between the three countries are described as a military axis to bestablish sovereignty in the Middle East by those against it./Milliyet/

    [08] US SUPPORT FOR BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE

    The US deputy State Secretary responsible for economic affairs Stuart Eizenstat yesterday said that they supported Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project as the most economic and environmental solution and added that carrying of oil with tankers through the Bosphorous would create great environmental problems. Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem stated that they would take every opportunity in the international law to obstruct the passage of Caspian oil from the Bosphorous. Joint communique on the Turkish-Us Joint Economic Commission fifth term meeting was signed in Ankara yesterday./Cumhuriyet/

    [09] PKK OPERATION

    Following operations by the Security Forces in Izmir and its towns concerning the PKK, eleven people were taken unto custody. The Directorate of Security issued a statement saying that eleven people, among whom the regional responsible men of the region were also present, were taken under custody. Those taken under custody had many documents and various weapons with them./Cumhuriyet/

    [10] PRAISE TO TURKISH BUSINESSMEN FROM THE US

    The most prestigious magazine of the US business world, Forbes prepared a sepcial supplement for the Turkish business world. In the special supplement of Forbes Global Business and Finance Magazine, the views of Turkish businessmen and commentaries praising Turkey took place. The supplement also points out that the economic dynamism Turkey has reached in 75 years is noteworthy and is an incitement to others. /Hurriyet/

    [11] EXPANSION OF NATO APPROVED

    Turkish Grand National Assembly(TGNA) yesterday approved the memberships of former Warsaw Pact members Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary in NATO. According to NATO agreement new members to the pact should be approved by the parliaments of the member countries. The memberships of the three countries was accepted with the votes of ANAP,DSP, and CHP. /Hurriyet/
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