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Turkish Press Review, 98-07-01

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

01.07.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] SUCCESS IN FORESTRY
  • [02] US CANCELS FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS IN ADANA
  • [03] TURKISH ECONOMY AND POLITICS EXPAND INTO AFRICA
  • [04] TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTRY REACTS TO GREEK STATEMENT
  • [05] THREE VILLAGE GUARDS KILLED
  • [06] DENKTAS WARNS THE UN
  • [07] GROWTH RATE REACHES 8.1%
  • [08] PARLIAMENT EXTENDS NORTHERN WATCH FOR SIX MONTHS
  • [09] TURKEY TO HOST NATO AIR EXERCISES
  • [10] MACEDONIAN DEFENSE MINISTER IN TURKEY
  • [11] S-300 CONTROVERSY
  • [12] YILMAZ EXPLAINS IMF-TURKEY ACCORD
  • [13] ULUGBAY IN TIRANA
  • [14] 32 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED

  • [01] SUCCESS IN FORESTRY

    Turkey ranks sixth among 15 European countries in studies in forestry jointly carried out by the World Foundation for the Protection of Nature and the Association for the Protection of Natural Life. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] US CANCELS FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS IN ADANA

    According to a statement by US Ambassador to Ankara, Mark Parris, the US will not hold Fourth of July celebrations in the southern Turkish city of Adana where 55 people were killed by an earhquake on Saturday. /Sabah/ DEATH TOLL REACHES 138 IN EARTHQUAKE AREA

    The death toll in the earthquake region surrounding the east Mediterranean city of Adana and Ceyhan has risen to 138. Out of 138 killed by the earthquake which registered 6.3 on the Richter scale, 129 have so far been identified. /Sabah/

    [03] TURKISH ECONOMY AND POLITICS EXPAND INTO AFRICA

    Turkey has completed work on expansion of the Turkish economy and politics into Africa. Turkish ambassadors to African countries convened yesterday to complete preparations of this expansion project which aims to strengthen economic and political relations with African countries. /Sabah/

    [04] TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTRY REACTS TO GREEK STATEMENT

    Deputy spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, Sermet Atacanli, reacted yesterday to statements by Greek President Stephanopulos that Cyprus was a part of Greece and that Greece would continue to strengthen its defence doctrines on Cyprus until they reached their aim. Atacanli said that statements made during Stephanopulos' visit to the Greek Cyprus administration on June 25-28, confirmed his hostile approach to dealing with problems on the Island. /Sabah/

    [05] THREE VILLAGE GUARDS KILLED

    Members of the PKK terrorist organization killed three village guards yesterday in Hakkari. During the clashes, 10 terrorists were killed, while five other village guards were wounded. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] DENKTAS WARNS THE UN

    TRNC President Rauf Denktas has reacted strongly against the resolution adopted by the UN Security Council on the extension of the Peace Force mandate on the island. Denktas stated that the TRNC government will restrict the operations of the Peace Force in Northern Cyprus in retaliation for the use of the term "Cyriot Government" for the Greek Cypriot Administration. President Denktas pointed out that the UN has made a solution to the problem more difficult by turning a blind eye to the realities of the situation on the island. In a statement yesterday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry alsko protested against the declaration of the extension of the Peace Force mandate because the term "with the permission dof the Cyprus government" which does not have any legal basis is used in the extension resolution./Hurriyet/

    [07] GROWTH RATE REACHES 8.1%

    The Gross National Product increased by 8.1% in the first three months of this year when compared to the same period last year. In a statement by the State Statistics Institute yesterday it was pointed out that in the first three months of 1998, Gross National Domestic Product rose by 7.2% in fixed prices./Hurriyet/

    [08] PARLIAMENT EXTENDS NORTHERN WATCH FOR SIX MONTHS

    The Turkish Parliament on Tuesday voted to extend the mandate of the multinational Northern Watch Operation that patrols a nofly zone in northern Iraq. The aircraft taking part in the Northern Watch Operation are based at Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey and belong to the United States, Turkey and Great Britain. "The government's request has been accepted," said Deputy Parliament Speaker Kamer Genc, after the parliament approved a government motion in favour of extending the mandate for another six months, starting in June. /Hurriyet/

    [09] TURKEY TO HOST NATO AIR EXERCISES

    Air forces of five NATO countries and 10 members of the Partnership for Peace (PFP) are to hold air exercises in Turkey between July 15 and 24. A statement by the alliance's Southern Europe Command said the exercise, called "Cooperative Key '98", is aimed at maintaining standarts in peace operations and increasing cooperation among the member countries. Air Force aircraft from Bulgaria, Italy, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey and the United States will take part in the exercises, which will mainly focus on humanitarian aid and search and rescue operations. /Milliyet/

    [10] MACEDONIAN DEFENSE MINISTER IN TURKEY

    Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin said while receiving his Macedonian counterpart Lazar Kitanoski, who is in Ankara for a two day official visit that stability in Macedonia and Albania in the face of renewed tension in the Balkans was very important for Turkey, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. He assured Kitanoski that Turkey would work hard to prevent the current conflict in Kosovo from spreading to neighbouring Macedonia.

    The Macedonian minister, also speaking during the joint press conference, relayed his government's condolences concerning the latest earthquake in Turkey's southern province of Adana.

    [11] S-300 CONTROVERSY

    Referring to the intention of Greek Cyprus to deploy Russian-made S-300 missiles, Turkish Deputy Chief of General Staff, Gen. Cevik Bir said on Monday that international commonsense would eventually prevail and the S-300s would not be deployed. Ankara has threatened retaliation in the event the missiles are installed on the island.

    Meanwhile, the Greek Cypriot daily, Semerini, reported on Tuesday that Washington had launched a new diplomatic initiative to stop deployment of the missiles and leave the door open for recognition of the the TRNC, keeping in mind that it would be an equal element of a Cypriot federation to be established in the future. The report said that the United States, supported by Britain, had persuaded the G7 group to send a letter to Moscow, calling for the cancellation of the S-300's delivery. /Cumhuriyet/

    [12] YILMAZ EXPLAINS IMF-TURKEY ACCORD

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz has been expalining the context and details of the Staff Monitoring Programme agreed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Yilmaz said at a press conference on Tuesday at the parliament building that the IMF approved the government's goals concerning balance of payments, the inflation rate and budget targets for 1998 and 1999 as well as its present economic programme. He pointed out that the agreement with the IMF means that Turkey will be able to borrow with more suitable conditions from international markets. He added that the economic programme approved by the IMF will be carried out regardless of changes in domestic government leadership. /All papers/

    [13] ULUGBAY IN TIRANA

    Education Minister Hikmet Ulugbay went to Tirana yesterday as the official guest of Albanian Education and Science Minister Ethem Ruka. In a statement at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport prior to his departure, Ulugbay noted that he would hold contacts for further development in educationsl cooperation between Turkey and Albania and that he would meet with Albanian President Meidani and Prime Minister Nano. /Hurriyet/

    [14] 32 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED

    During operations carried out near Bagisli Village in Hakkari, 32 members of the PKK terrorist organizations have been killed. Two Turkish security officials also died in action. /Hurriyet/
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