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Turkish Press Review, 98-10-27

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

27.10.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] IMF DELEGATION'S CONTACTS IN TURKEY
  • [02] ERDOGAN RESIGNS FROM VIRTUE PARTY
  • [03] RUSSIAN MINISTER IN TURKEY
  • [04] BULGARIA CLEARS LANDMINES ON TURKISH BORDER
  • [05] DENKTAS CRITICIZES SOUTHERN CYPRUS
  • [06] TURKEY-IRAN MEETINGS
  • [07] SAYGIN GOES TO SPAIN
  • [08] CULTURAL POLICIES SYMPOSIUM
  • [09] KOC COMPLAINS ABOUT EU
  • [10] MORNINGSTAR VISITS TURKEY
  • [11] TOURISTIC CRUISES IN BLACK SEA
  • [12] NSC MEETING
  • [13] TURKISH PROTEST IN MOSCOW
  • [14] PKK CAMP IN RUSSIA
  • [15] TURKEY EMBARASSES KADDAFI
  • [16] ITALY DOES NOT ALLOW PKK TO HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE
  • [17] 10 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED
  • [18] "SYRIA IS FOR GOOD RELATIONS WITH TURKEY"
  • [19] TALABANI AND BARZANI TO VISIT ANKARA
  • [20] NOTE TO MOSCOW
  • [21] COMPUTER SYSTEMS IN PRIMARY EDUCATION

  • [01] IMF DELEGATION'S CONTACTS IN TURKEY

    International Monetary Fund (IMF) Turkey Bureau Chief Martin Hardy said that deep-rooted reforms, especially in the areas of financing, agricultural and social security are in urgent need of legislation by Parliament. Hardy made his comments at a press conference in Ankara organized jointly with State Minister responsible for the economy, Gunes Taner. Four months after the staff monitoring agreement between Turkey and IMF, the government's 1998 economic programme is in harmony with financial targets, Hardy said.

    He said that in spite of foreign factors like the Russian economic crisis, which affected the balance of payments, Turkey would meet its 1998's economic targets if it keeps government expenditures at the proposed levels. Referring to the privatization issue, Hardy said: "Privatization should be continued. Privatization is the way to develop in today's world". Meanwhile, Taner reminded reporters that the IMF delegation is in Turkey to observe the fruits of the staff monitoring agreement. A report being prepared by the IMF delegation is expected to be released in a few days. /All papers/

    [02] ERDOGAN RESIGNS FROM VIRTUE PARTY

    Istanbul Mayor Recep Tayyip Erdogan resigned from the Virtue Party (FP) yesterday. Erdogan sent his resignation through the 10th notary to the FP. He said: "Due to legal obligations, I am resigning from my party". Erdogan is expected to shortly start serving a ten-month prison sentence for reciting poetry last year at a public meeting. His action was demeed divisive by Turkish courts. /All papers/

    [03] RUSSIAN MINISTER IN TURKEY

    While Ankara awaits a Russian response to Turkish expactations regarding the presence in Moscow of Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the PKK terrorist organization, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov will convey messages from President Boris Yeltsin and Prime Minister Yevgeni Primakov to their Turkish counterparts Suleyman Demirel and Mesut Yilmaz. Russian Embassy officials said that the minister would be coming to Turkey for the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Republic of Turkey. /All papers/

    [04] BULGARIA CLEARS LANDMINES ON TURKISH BORDER

    Bulgaria has started clearing the landmines it had place along its border with Turkey during the Cold War period, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. Officials from the Bulgarian Defense Ministry said that a 14-strong team is clearing the total of 1,640 landmines installed in the region. The operation is estimated to cost some DM 130,000.

    [05] DENKTAS CRITICIZES SOUTHERN CYPRUS

    President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas harshly condemned the six-day joint military exercises of Southern Cyprus and Greece. Denktas said that during the maneuvers, the commanders used overblown, hostile and zealous language against the Turks. Referring to Southern Cyprus' announcement that a naval base will be built and that two Greek fighter jets will remain on the island, Denktas called on the European Union (EU), which will formally start accession talks with Southern Cyprus on November 5, to realize what kind of people it would sit with at the table.

    [06] TURKEY-IRAN MEETINGS

    Ambassador Aydemir Erman, Turkey's coordinator related to Afghanistan, has gone to Iran to hold meetings on Afghanistan. Yesterday, Erman met with Deputy of the Iranian Foreign Minister Muhsin Eminzade, Iranian new Representative in Afghanistan Ibrahim Taheriyan, former representative Alaaddin Burucerdi and Afghan Ambassador of the Burhaneddin Rabbani Government to Iran Seyid Muhammed Hayirhah. Erman will be received by Iranian Foreign Minister Kemal Harrazi, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [07] SAYGIN GOES TO SPAIN

    State Minister Isilay Saygin went to Madrid yesterday to attend a meeting of the Joint Economic Commission (JEC) between Turkey and Spain. Saygin will return to Turkey on October 28, the Anatolia news agency reports.

    [08] CULTURAL POLICIES SYMPOSIUM

    A "Cultural Policies Symposium" will start today in Istanbul. During the symposium, Cultural Policies in member countries of the Council of Europe will be discussed. /Sabah/

    [09] KOC COMPLAINS ABOUT EU

    The CNN television has broadcast a half-hour programme on Turkish Head of the Executive Board of the Koc Conglomerate, Rahmi Koc. The programme called "Pinnacle Europe" has given details about the life style of Rahmi Koc and the company established by his father Vehbi Koc. Replying to questions of the CNN correspondent Charles Hodson, Koc criticized Europe's stance towards Turkey. Rahmi Koc said: "There are some difficulties regarding Turkey's entry in the European Union (EU). Even though Turkey is a secular country, we should exert efforts to make Europe view Turkey as a European country". /Sabah/

    [10] MORNINGSTAR VISITS TURKEY

    Special Advisor to US President Bill Clinton and to the secretary of state on Caspian energy diplomacy, Richard Morningstar, will arrive in Ankara today. Morningstar will meet with many high-level officials including Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Cumhur Ersumer on the transportation of Caspian oils to Western markets. Morningstar's contacts will continue until October 29. /Sabah/

    [11] TOURISTIC CRUISES IN BLACK SEA

    A giant project will start in tourism. A project designed by 11 member countries of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) aims to make Black Sea a 'sea of tourism'. Within the framework of the project to be announced to the world in March, tours covering three or four cities, touristic cruises in Black Sea and international art festivals will take place. /Sabah/

    [12] NSC MEETING

    A meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) will be held today. During the meeting, the recent Syrian crisis, escape of the leader of the PKK terrorist organization Abdullah Ocalan to Russia, an agreement reached between the Kurdish groups in northern Iraq and its effects on Turkey and Turcoman will mainly be taken up. Another important item of the meeting will be the struggle against fundamentalism. /Sabah/

    [13] TURKISH PROTEST IN MOSCOW

    A demonstration will be held on October 29 in Moscow by Turks living in Russia to protest the presence of leader of the PKK terrorist organization, Abdullah Ocalan (Apo) in this country. A statement by the organization committee said: "Every Turkish citizen should fulfil his or her duties to bar sheltering of Apo by any country." If this demonstration is held it will be the first one staged by Turks in Russia. /Milliyet/

    [14] PKK CAMP IN RUSSIA

    Since the Russian government does not deny it, the presence of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan in Russia seems certain. Meanwhile, a camp belonging to the organization within miles of Moscow, silently runs its activities. The owner of the camp is the International Kurdish Societies' Union established by the PKK and registered to the Russian Justice Ministry. The newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda which first found out the presence of the camp in Russia stated that injured people were treated there and that this was an international scandal. The request by journalists to visit the camp was flatly denied by the camp officials and it is not known if there is armed training at the camp. /Milliyet/

    [15] TURKEY EMBARASSES KADDAFI

    Turkey has supported a draft resolution submitted by the Libyan representative in the UN to lift the US embargo despite Libyan leader Muammar Kaddafi's lashing out at Ankara at every opportunity. The Libyan draft foresees the lifting of the unilateral embargo implemented by the US against Tripoli. The draft was accepted. Turkey stated that accepting the resolution did not mean that it supported Libya. Turkish representative at the UN Ambassador Tuluy Tanc said that Turkey was against the implementation of the laws of one country in another, in principle. /Milliyet/

    [16] ITALY DOES NOT ALLOW PKK TO HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE

    It is reported that the PKK was not allowed to hold a press conference at the Italian Senate. The so-called European representative of the PKK, supported by some deputies from the Greens Party, was refused to hold a press conference at the Italian Senate due to initiatives launched by Turkish Ambassador to Rome Inal Batu. /Milliyet/

    [17] 10 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED

    During operations in the southeast region 10 terrorists were killed and a soldier died. According to military sources, at the end of the clashes in the Kiziltepe region of Mardin eight terrorists and in the Beytussebap district of Sirnak two terrorists were killed. In addition three terrorists were seized in Kozluk, Batman with their weapons. Same sources reported that operations would continue. /Cumhuriyet-Hurriyet/

    [18] "SYRIA IS FOR GOOD RELATIONS WITH TURKEY"

    Syrian Foreign Minister Faruk Al-Shara said that the Syrian government was for good neighbourly relations with Turkey. In his statement after the meeting with his Iranian counterpart Kemal Harazzi, Al-Shara said that they did not want clashes in the region. /Cumhuriyet/

    [19] TALABANI AND BARZANI TO VISIT ANKARA

    Leaders of the Kurdish Democratic Union (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Mesud Barzani and Celal Talabani, who signed an agreement last week in Washington, will come to Ankara next week. According to diplomatic sources an official responsible for near east issues of the US Secretary of State, David Welch will also come to Ankara.

    Talabani and Barzani will meet with Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and other high-level officials. At the meetings Kurdish leaders will be asked not to give support to the separatist PKK organization and it will be stressed that Turkey will never allow a Kurdish state to be established in northern Iraq or any other place in the region. /Hurriyet/

    [20] NOTE TO MOSCOW

    Ankara gave a note to Moscow for the extradition of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan. Turkey's Ambassador to Moscow, Nabi Sensoy handed the note to the Russian Foreign Ministry last week. The note asked the Russian officials to extradite the PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, who is the only responsible for various bloody murders in Turkey. A file telling Ocalan's bloody terrorist activities in Turkey was also handed to the Russian officials. /Hurriyet/

    [21] COMPUTER SYSTEMS IN PRIMARY EDUCATION

    National Education Minister Hikmet Ulugbay said that at the end of this year the ministry would open computer laboratory in 2,700 primary schools. He added: "Within three years all the primary schools in Turkey will use computers in education. Within this scope the World Bank will give financial support to Turkey." /Hurriyet/
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