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Turkish Press Review, 98-06-30

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

30.06.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] RESCUE OPERATIONS CONTINUE IN EARTHQUAKE ZONE
  • [02] PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE CENTRE IN ANKARA
  • [03] US POLITICIANS ARRIVE IN TURKEY
  • [04] GARANTI BECOMES FCI MEMBER
  • [05] TURKISH DELEGATION TO VISIT TRNC IN JULY
  • [06] SYRIA CALLS FOR DIALOGUE
  • [07] CONDOLENCES FROM ALIYEV
  • [08] AKMAYA-ORTEKS WINS POAS TENDER
  • [09] NSC MEETING
  • [10] DENKTAS: GECITKALE BASE TO BE KEPT OPERATIONAL
  • [11] SCHUESSEL PROMISES NEW PAGE IN TURCO-EU RELATIONS
  • [12] RULING UBP VICTORY IN TRNC LOCAL POLLS
  • [13] YUCELEN IN PORTUGAL
  • [14] IZZETBEGOVIC IN ISTANBUL
  • [15] INDIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER IN ANKARA
  • [16] US-TURKISH TEXTILE MEETING IN ISTANBUL
  • [17] TANER IN LONDON
  • [18] RAMSTORE IN KAZAKHSTAN
  • [19] FOUR PKK MEMBERS ARRESTED IN IZMIR

  • [01] RESCUE OPERATIONS CONTINUE IN EARTHQUAKE ZONE

    Rescue teams from the National Civil Defence Organization, supported by the members of the Exploration and Evacuation Asociation (AKUT), have so far been very successful in their operations carried out in the southern city of Adana, and the Ceyhan district nearly 40 kilometres east of Adana, epicentres of an earthquake which registered 6.3 on the Richter Scale and triggering the destruction of many building and killing at least 120 people on Saturday. One of the heads of the National Defence Organization said yesterday that the volunteers from AKUT, including renowned mountaineer Nasuh Mahruki, have been very helpful in the rescue operations with their patient labour and knowledge of techniques. A 45 year-old teacher, Hatice Eker, was rescued alive from the remains of a huge building in Ceyhan 49 hours after the earthquake.

    People in the quake area are not entering their houses after warning messages by seismologists that shocks following the quake might totally destroy houses damaged by the quake. According to the latest casualty reports, the death toll has risen 120. /Hurriyet/

    [02] PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE CENTRE IN ANKARA

    A Partnership for Peace (PFP) training centre set up by the Turkish Armed Forces in NATO's southern flank was opened in Ankara yesterday. Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen.Cevik Bir delivered a speech at the opening ceremony and said that the protection of peace was harder than waging war and added that peace could be achieved through dialogue, cooperation, openness, mutual respect and goodwill. Commander of the PFP Training Centre Staff Colonel Cengiz Kurkcu said for his part that the PFP consisted of 43 countries including 16 NATO member countries. Kurkcu noted that within the framework of PFP activities, 1,555 military staff have been trained in Turkey to date and 1,172 military staff were still being trained. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, Director of the International Military Headquarters of NATO, Lieutenant General O.L.Kandborg, Head of the Southern European Allied Forces Major General Ton Kolsteren and generals from 16 NATO countries and 27 PFP countries attended the ceremony. /Hurriyet/

    [03] US POLITICIANS ARRIVE IN TURKEY

    Representatives of the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), an influential institution, which prepares young politicians at international levels, will arrive in Turkey today. A delegation of nine people will hold contacts in Ankara and Istanbul and will also visit the Southeast Anataolian Project (GAP). /Hurriyet/

    [04] GARANTI BECOMES FCI MEMBER

    The Garanti Bank has become a member of Factors Chain International, the biggest factoring organization in the world. According to a statement made by Garanti Bank, Garanti Bank, which began international factoring services in 1997, is the only Turkish bank which provides international factoring services. The FCI has 134 members from 48 countries. /Hurriyet/

    [05] TURKISH DELEGATION TO VISIT TRNC IN JULY

    A delegation headed by President Suleyman Demirel will visit the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on July 20. The delegation will include Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, National Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin, State Ministers Husamettin Ozkan, Sukru Sina Gurel, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen.Cevik Bir and many other high-level officials. With this visit, a message will be given that Turkey will always side with the TRNC. /Hurriyet/

    [06] SYRIA CALLS FOR DIALOGUE

    Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Adnan Omran will visit Ankara tomorrow to hold contacts with Turkish Foreign Ministry officials. Omran will pay a two-day visit to Turkey as the official guest of Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Korkmaz Haktanir. /Hurriyet/

    [07] CONDOLENCES FROM ALIYEV

    Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev sent a message of condolence to Turkish President Suleyman Demirel yesterday following the earthquake, which has so far taken 120 lives in Adana. Aliyev noted that he shared Turkey's pain and wished recovery for those injured during the earthquake. /Hurriyet/

    [08] AKMAYA-ORTEKS WINS POAS TENDER

    A partnership between the Akmaya and Orteks companies has led to a 51 % stake in state petroleum distributor Petrol Ofisi Company (POAS), a key element in the government's privatization plans. The two companies made the highest bid of $1.16 billion for a share in the state-owned company at a live televised bidding session. POAS operates 5,677 out of more than 8,000 petrol stations across Turkey and has a 51 % market share in sales terms. /All papers/

    [09] NSC MEETING

    A National Security Council (NSC) meeting, which convened early yesterday in Ankara, lasted five hours and mainly focused on foreign policy issues of major concern, such as the recent tensions with Greece over Cyprus. The NSC meeting decided that emergency rule should still apply in six Southeastern provinces: Diyarbakir, Van, Hakkari, Siirt, Sirnak and Tunceli, and be extended for four months more starting from July 30, a statement from the NSC secretariat announced.

    The statement said that the NSC had also decided that a temporary village guards system should be implemented, that preparations for the system be completed and that the Cabinet should be kept informed of its development. /All papers/

    [10] DENKTAS: GECITKALE BASE TO BE KEPT OPERATIONAL

    President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas said yesterday that all necessary measures were being taken to keep Gecitkale Airport operational as a military base. "Since a military air base has been provided for the utilization of Greek military aircarft in the south, Gecitkale air base will be used as a permanent military base ready to operate at any second" Denktas was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency.

    [11] SCHUESSEL PROMISES NEW PAGE IN TURCO-EU RELATIONS

    New European Union (EU) term president Austria's Foreign Minister Wolfgang Schuessel predicted yesterday a 'new page' in troubled EU-Turkey relations, while giving an outline of his six-month long portfolio as the new presidency holder. Schuessel noted that the Cardiff conclusions had been well received in Ankara and that the Austrian term presidency will attach special importance to holding an early Association Council meeting between Turkey and the EU, the Anatolia news agency reported. Underlining that the impasse in relations should be cleared, the foreign minister said that during its term, Austria will try to bring the "European Strategy for Turkey" to life, enhancing Turkey's stability and its Western vocation.

    [12] RULING UBP VICTORY IN TRNC LOCAL POLLS

    The centre-right National Unity Party (UBP), the major partner of the ruling coalition in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), clinched a major victory in the local elections in the country, according to unofficial results yesterday. /All papers/

    [13] YUCELEN IN PORTUGAL

    State Minister Rustu Kazim Yucelen went to Lisbon on Sunday to take over the term presidency of EUREKA on 30 June in the name of Turkey, reported the Anatolia news agency. Yucelen said that Turkey would be the new term president of European Universities and Research Coordination Committee (EUREKA) starting July 1, adding: "Our term presidency will speed up the transition process of Turkey over to the European Union (EU)."

    [14] IZZETBEGOVIC IN ISTANBUL

    Bosnia-Herzegovina President Alia Izzetbegovic arrived yesterday in Istanbul. Izzetbegovic will be presented today with an honorary doctorate from Marmara University during a ceremony which President Suleyman Demirel will also attend. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] INDIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER IN ANKARA

    Indian Lower Assembly Parliament speaker, G.M.C Balayogi and an accompanying delegation arrived in Ankara yesterday as the official guests of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA). Balayogi visited his Turkish counterpart Hikmet Cetin. During the visit Balayogi said that India always supported peace and wanted to improve its relations with Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] US-TURKISH TEXTILE MEETING IN ISTANBUL

    The Istanbul Textile and Ready-to-Wear Exporters' Union (TIM) organized a seminar on "US Textile and Ready-to-Wear Market Conditions and New Opportunities", yesterday in Istanbul. At the seminar ways to increase textile exports to the US, which is the second biggest export market of Turkey after the European Union (EU), were discussed. Chairman of TIM Okan Oguz said that the US was an important export market for Turkey, and that Turkey was looking for ways to increase its export rate to that country. Oguz added that Turkey had increased its exports to the US by 49 percent to the US. /Cumhuriyet/

    [17] TANER IN LONDON

    Immediately after he returned from America, State Minister Gunes Taner went yesterday to London. Before his departure Taner said: "Following the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Turkey is now looking for new sources to finance its economy".

    Meanwhile, Member of the Executive Board of the Istanbul Trade Union, Mehmet Yildirim said that the recent agreement between Turkey and the IMF was a positive step forward in regard to the Turkish economy. He added that the agreement would bring relief to the domestic market. /Sabah/

    [18] RAMSTORE IN KAZAKHSTAN

    The Turkish Koc Company and its Kazakh partner laid the foundations yesterday for a culture and trade center in Almati. Turkish Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Kurtulus Taskent and Almati Mayor Viktor Hrapunov also attended the ceremony. The project will cost almost $ 26 million and will be completed in six months. It will be constructed entirely by Turkish firms. /Sabah/

    [19] FOUR PKK MEMBERS ARRESTED IN IZMIR

    Four members of the PKK terrorist organization, already involved in three bomb attacks and who were planning to attack tourists and military targets, were arrested yesterday together with four other people who support. The four, trained for bomb attacks in Greece were brought to Izmir illegally in Greek-owned high speed boats. /Hurriyet/
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