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Turkish Press Review, 98-10-26

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

26.10.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] MILLIONS MARCH FOR THE REPUBLIC
  • [02] TEKEL TO PRODUCE CUBAN CIGARS
  • [03] BUDGET DISCUSSIONS TO BEGIN THIS WEEK
  • [04] COUNTDOWN FOR BOSPHORUS SECURITY SYSTEM
  • [05] AWAITING BULGARIAN PRIME MINISTER
  • [06] CLUB ALDA HOLIDAY VILLAGE WINS AWARD
  • [07] DRUG OPERATION IN VAN
  • [08] BOND SALE IN US DOLLARS FROM TREASURY
  • [09] STRAITS PROPOSAL FROM WORLD BANK
  • [10] GREEK JETS VIOLATE TRNC AIRSPACE
  • [11] FIRST CONTACT WITH LEBANON ON PKK
  • [12] DESK ON SOLEIMAN THE MAGNIFICENT IN CHICAGO
  • [13] WORLD BANK PRAISES TURKISH EDUCATION
  • [14] ISTANBUL BAR ELECTS ITS NEW CHAIRMAN
  • [15] "EUROPEAN UNION VIEWS TURKEY AS A CANDIDATE STATE"
  • [16] TWO SOLDIERS KILLED IN MARDIN

  • [01] MILLIONS MARCH FOR THE REPUBLIC

    A Republican March was carried out across Turkey yesterday as part of the activities commemorating the founding of the Republic of Turkey. Millions demonstrated their loyalty to the nation in marches that started at 10 a.m. in cities across the country, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    Ankara's Republican March made its way from the old stadium to Anitkabir, Ataturk's Mausoleum, with marchers chanting the slogan, "Marching for the Republic". Citizens of all ages, gathering for the walk early in the morning, were joined by State Minister Yucel Seckiner, State Minister Salih Yildirim, Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen.Hilmi Ozkok, Chief of Police Necati Bilican, Ankara Governor Erdogan Sahinoglu and Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek, along with several deputies and representatives from the judiciary.

    [02] TEKEL TO PRODUCE CUBAN CIGARS

    The Tekel General Directorate has accelerated its project to produce cigars in conjunction with Cuba. Mehmet Akbay, general director of Tekel, explained to the Anatolia news agency that the Turkey-Cuba Joint Economic Commission had signed an agreement at its meeting in 1997. In accord with the agreement, two experts have come from Cuba to investigate the possibility of producing cigars from Turkish and Cuban tobacco. The experts have examined land in Rize, Pazar, Trabzon's Akcaabat district, Ceyhan and Adana and have decided that these areas are suitable for cigar tobacco agriculture.

    Akbay announced that following the approval of the Supreme Planning Board, they will start a company with $3 million paid-up capital called "TEKA". Tekel's share in the company will be $1,350,000, Akbay added.

    [03] BUDGET DISCUSSIONS TO BEGIN THIS WEEK

    Budget discussions will begin after Finance Minister Zekeriya Temizel presents a budget plan prepared by the Finance Ministry for the 1998-1999 fiscal year to the Parliamentary Planning and Budget Commission. The discussions will take one-and-half-months. President Suleyman Demirel will accept good wishes for the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic in Parliament on Thursday. On the same day, Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin will give a banquet in honour of 16 foreign heads of state. /All papers/

    [04] COUNTDOWN FOR BOSPHORUS SECURITY SYSTEM

    Bidding for a "Fully-automatic Computerized Ship Traffic Control" system that will provide security of passage from Istanbul and the Canakkale Straits will take place in November. Construction, due to start in the first months of 1999, will cost $40 million and is scheduled to begin operation by the end of 2000. The system will balance, direct and control traffic, organize flow and decrease the risk of accidents in the Turkish Straits. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] AWAITING BULGARIAN PRIME MINISTER

    Bulgarian Prime Minister Ivan Kostov will travel to Bursa with Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz on November 6. Kostov and Yilmaz will sign an agreement solving the "pension sufferring" of 150,000 retired ethnic Turks from Bulgaria now living in Turkey.

    [06] CLUB ALDA HOLIDAY VILLAGE WINS AWARD

    The International Hotels and Restaurants Association (IHRA) has awarded the 1998 Environmental Award to Club Alda Holiday Village in Beldibi, Antalya. The IHRA, which holds an important place in the tourism sector and to which many internationally renowned hotels are members, presented the award to Dr.Ibrahim Birkan, general director of Aspen Tourism A.S. during its 36th Annual Congress in Manila on October 25. /All papers/

    [07] DRUG OPERATION IN VAN

    During an operation carried out by members of the Department for the Struggle Against Smuggling and Organized Crime at the Security Office in Van, 26.4 kilograms of unadulterated heroin, the market value of which totals TL 80 billion, was seized yesterday, the Anatolia news agency reports. Twelve people were taken into custody regarding the incident.

    [08] BOND SALE IN US DOLLARS FROM TREASURY

    The Treasury will offer one-year term state bonds in US dollars to the public today. The repayment of the bonds will be realized on October 26, 1999. /Hurriyet/

    [09] STRAITS PROPOSAL FROM WORLD BANK

    World Bank representative in Turkey Chhibber criticizes the foreign companies which want to transport Caspian oil through Turkish Straits. Chhibber has noted that the pressure on the Straits will create a serious environmental problem. Chhibber, who also carries out projects on environmental problems in Black Sea, said: "If Turkey wants, the World Bank can prepare a report on the Straits, which examines tanker traffic and its risks". /Hurriyet/

    [10] GREEK JETS VIOLATE TRNC AIRSPACE

    Greek war planes participating in the parade during the joint Greek-Greek Cypriot Nikiforos maneuvers violated the airspace of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). TRNC officials protested the incident to the United Nations Peace Force and other concerned organizations. TRNC Defense and Foreign Minister Taner Etkin stated that Greeks and Greek Cypriots were playing with fire by their provocations. /Milliyet/

    [11] FIRST CONTACT WITH LEBANON ON PKK

    Damascus is taking concrete steps to implement a protocol signed between Turkey and Syria to end the support given to the PKK. Immediately following the signing of the protocol envisaging a meeting between Turkey, Syria and Lebanon, the Lebanese Government got in touch with Turkey. According to the protocol signed between Turkish and Syrian security officials, the two sides decided to take up the battle against the PKK within a tripartite framework. /Milliyet/

    [12] DESK ON SOLEIMAN THE MAGNIFICENT IN CHICAGO

    A desk on Soleiman the Magnificent in the Chicago University was officially opened yesterday. Officials from the Turkish Chicago consulate and Turks who contributed to the opening of the department attended the ceremony. At the Magnificent Soleiman desk, in the Middle Eastern Sciences Department of the University courses on modern Turkey, Ottoman history, Turkish and Ottoman languages are given. /Milliyet/

    [13] WORLD BANK PRAISES TURKISH EDUCATION

    Vice President of the World Bank, Joseph Stiglitz said that eight-year uninterrupted primary education reform would contribute to the economic development of Turkey. Speaking at a seminar to promote the 1998-1999 World Development report, Stiglitz said that knowledge was very important for the development of states and that Turkey was very determined to improve its educational system. /Hurriyet/

    [14] ISTANBUL BAR ELECTS ITS NEW CHAIRMAN

    There was an election yesterday at the Istanbul Bar, which is the biggest bar of Turkey and the third in the world. At the end of the elections Yucel Sayman was elected for the second time to the post of chairman of the Istanbul Bar. Sayman received 2,641 votes out of almost 7,000 votes. /Hurriyet/

    [15] "EUROPEAN UNION VIEWS TURKEY AS A CANDIDATE STATE"

    State Minister Isin Celebi said that the European Union (EU) decided to improve its relations with Turkey and that it did not overview the huge potential of Turkish economy within the scope of its enlargement strategy. Attending a joint meeting of the ministers of the candidate states in Brussels, Celebi said: "The EU accepted Turkey as one of the 12 candidate states but not as the twelfth of the candidates." Celebi noted that Turkey's present foreign trade volume gave Turkey priority among other candidates. /Sabah/

    [16] TWO SOLDIERS KILLED IN MARDIN

    At the end of the clashes between separatist terrorists and security forces of Mardin Security Command two soldiers were killed in mountainous region of Mardin. According to the military sources wide scope operation had already been started to seize the terrorists. /Sabah/
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