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Turkish Press Review, 98-07-02

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

02.07.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] 'ANKARA'S EFFORTS ARE PLEASING'
  • [02] TURKEY TO PURCHASE FOUR AWACS
  • [03] CEM DUE IN BERLIN
  • [04] PAKISTAN WANTS TO INCREASE COOPERATION
  • [05] TURCO-BULGARIAN RELATIONS
  • [06] GERMANY ASSIGNS DM 2 MILLION
  • [07] ATHENS WARNS ANKARA
  • [08] FORMER ANAP DEPUTIES JOIN DYP
  • [09] SECURITY FORCES KILL 41 PKK TERRORISTS
  • [10] SYRIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER IN ANKARA
  • [11] TURKEY-EU ASSOCIATION DISCUSSES OBSTACLES IN TRADE RELATIONS
  • [12] PIPELINE FROM TURKMENISTAN TO TURKEY AND EUROPE
  • [13] MARINA TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN GAP
  • [14] CABOTAGE CELEBRATIONS
  • [15] "TURKEY WALKING TOWARDS A BRIGHT FUTURE"
  • [16] TANER IN LONDON
  • [17] ARAFAT TO VISIT TURKEY
  • [18] PRIVATIZATION INCOME
  • [19] US DELEGATION MEETS DEMIREL AND BIR
  • [20] REINFORCEMENT FLEET TO THE AEGEAN
  • [21] FOREST FIRES IN MUGLA AND BELEK

  • [01] 'ANKARA'S EFFORTS ARE PLEASING'

    It has been noted on the Internet that the Staff Monitoring Agreement signed between Turkey and the IMF is "very pleasing". A one-page article noted that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) administration has welcomed the agreement, which aims at observation by IMF experts of Turkey's policy to reduce the rate of inflation. Turkish officials and IMF experts have been in close contact with each other regarding the policies to provide macro-economic stability and reduce the rate of inflation. The IMF administration supports Turkey's efforts and believes that if the conditions of the agreement are fully applied, there will be an important decrease in the rate of inflation in 1.5 years' time. Turkey has accepted observations by IMF experts every three months until the end of 1999. /Sabah/

    [02] TURKEY TO PURCHASE FOUR AWACS

    Turkey is putting out a tender for the purchase of four AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) aircraft equipped with radar systems to control the Aegean Sea and Turkish airspace. Four companies will be invited to bid, three of which are from the US and one from Israel. The firm which wins the bidding will be announced in 1999. It is planned that the project will be completed in 2002 when the AWACS become operational in the Turkish Air Forces. /Sabah/

    [03] CEM DUE IN BERLIN

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will participate in an international forum which will be staged in Berlin by Bertelsmann Foundation between 3-4 July, the Anatolia news agency reported. A Foreign Ministry written statement said that the session will be chaired by Henry Kissenger, former US Secretary of State, and that Ismail Cem, Javier Solana, NATO Secretary-General and Richard Holbrooke, US Special Representative to the UN will address the session.

    [04] PAKISTAN WANTS TO INCREASE COOPERATION

    Ishak Dar, Pakistani Minister of Trade, said yesterday that several infrastructural projects, which will be realized, will offer great opportunities for investors. Ishak Dar and Sehbaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Punjap Province, who arrived in Istanbul to participate in the Turkish-Pakistani Business Council meeting, gave a conference at the Ciragan Palace, giving information about the general economic situation in Pakistan and cooperation opportunities between Turkey and Pakistan, the Anatolia news agency reported.

    [05] TURCO-BULGARIAN RELATIONS

    Dr.Hristo Ivanov Vasilev, Bulgarian Governor of the Haskova region, and accompanying delegation including 18 people, came yesterday to Edirne in order to hold contacts, the Anatolia news agency reported. The delegations of Turkey and Bulgaria will discuss the reports prepared by the commissions of agriculture, culture and sports.

    [06] GERMANY ASSIGNS DM 2 MILLION

    Germany has assigned DM two million to people who suffer from the earthquake, which shook the southern province of Adana and its surroundings, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

    [07] ATHENS WARNS ANKARA

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said yesterday that Turkey could not blackmail Greece regarding the full EU membership of the Greek Cypriot Administration. Reppas held a press conference yesterday and noted that according to a decision taken during the Luxembourg summit and recalled in Cardiff, the issue of the full EU membership of the Greek Cypriot Administration is not connected to the solution of the Cyprus problem. /Sabah/

    [08] FORMER ANAP DEPUTIES JOIN DYP

    Two deputies who earlier resigned from the senior coalition partner Motherland Party (ANAP) joined the opposition True Path Party (DYP) yesterday. Rasim Zaimoglu from Giresun and Ibrahim Yazici from Bursa joined the DYP during a ceremony held at a DYP parliamentary group meeting. Including Yazici and Zaimoglu, DYP's seats in Parliament now number 96. /All papers/

    [09] SECURITY FORCES KILL 41 PKK TERRORISTS

    In a series of recent operations, security forces in southeast Turkey have killed 41 members of the PKK terrorist organization, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. Two members of the separatist organization were captured during the operations, which took place mainly in the province of Hakkari. Three security force members died in the operations. Regional forces have confirmed that the operations are still underway. Meanwhile, it has been reported that the PKK has lost ground in Turkey and in northern Iraq.

    Intelligence sources say that seizures of drugs by security forces have dealt a severe blow to the PKK and the financial resources it gains by illegal drug smuggling. Within the last one and a half years, gendarmerie forces in the Southeast have uncovered nearly 300 tons of narcotics in the hideouts used by the PKK. /All papers/

    [10] SYRIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER IN ANKARA

    Turkey and Syria are trying to reinvigorate troubled bilateral relations with a visit by Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Adnan Omran to Ankara. Talks to jump-start bilateral relations started yesterday with a meeting between the Syrian team and a Turkish delegation headed by Undersecretary Korkmaz Haktanir. During the three-hour meeting the sides exchanged views on various disputes and issues, addressing each item in order according to its relative importance.

    Haktanir said that terrorism issues, which are seriously hampering relations, were brought up at the meeting in a very detailed way, thus avoiding a superficial assessment of the problem. Omran is expected to meet with Foreign Minister Ismail Cem today, before departuring for Syria. /All papers/

    [11] TURKEY-EU ASSOCIATION DISCUSSES OBSTACLES IN TRADE RELATIONS

    The Turkey-EU Association Committee met yesterday in Brussels at a technical level, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. For the first time, former EU term president Britain gave an official report on the conclusions of the Cardiff summit to officials attending from Turkey's Foreign Ministry. During the meeting, the EU urged Turkey to lift a partial ban on EU meat and livestock imposed for health reasons. Turkey noted this request and reportedly replied that the EU itself has internal problems concerning the issue, but that it would neverthless continue dialogue on the issue.

    [12] PIPELINE FROM TURKMENISTAN TO TURKEY AND EUROPE

    A consortium set-up to transport Turkmen natural gas to Turkish and European markets has started to construct a 1200 kms pipeline. The consortium includes GE Capital, Bechtel Enterprise and the Amoco Corporation. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] MARINA TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN GAP

    Adiyaman Mayor Kadir Calisci said that they began initiatives to construct a marina at the Ataturk Dam artificial lake. He added that after the construction of the marina international water sports competitions would be held at the Ataturk Dam lake. Calisci noted that they aimed to complete construction before the 4th GAP Water Sports Festival in October. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] CABOTAGE CELEBRATIONS

    The 72nd Cabotage Festival was begun yesterday in Istanbul during a ceremony which State Minister responsible for maritime affairs, Burhan Kara and Admiral of the Northern Navy Command Aydan Erol attended. After laying wreath at the Barbaros Monument, Kara said in a speech that today Turkey was constructing its ships and yachts in line with all the rights cabotage offered. /`Hurriyet/

    [15] "TURKEY WALKING TOWARDS A BRIGHT FUTURE"

    The Prime Minister yesterday opened to traffic the last section of the Izmir-Aydin highway. Yilmaz said at the opening ceremony that Turkey was determined to walk towards a bright future and added that there was a great surge of development throughout the country with investments in education, culture, the arts and the infrastructure. Yilmaz also opened an Infrastructure Production Establishment set-up by Aydin Municipality. /Hurriyet/

    [16] TANER IN LONDON

    State Minister responsible for the economy Gunes Taner gave a speech at a conference on "Emerging Markets" in London yesterday. In his speech Taner said that Turkey had become a rising star in world markets especially after the crisis in Asian markets. Taner also emphasized the recent agreement signed between Turkey and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) saying that the agreement was a sign of the trust, the IMF had in the Turkish economy.

    Meanwhile, the Turkish Treasury Undersecretariat yesterday announced a six-month borrowing programme in line with the agreement signed with the IMF. According to the programme the borrowing limit of Turkey for the next six month stands at TL 4.8 quadrillion.

    The Turkish business world yesterday announced its support for the programme, noting that in line with improvements in the economy, the IMF would increase its support to Turkey. /Hurriyet/

    [17] ARAFAT TO VISIT TURKEY

    Palestinian Statesman Yaser Arafat will come to Turkey during the last week of July as the official guest of President Suleyman Demirel. Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will pay a visit to Palestine while returning from Israel after completing his contacts on 6-9 July. Cem will also meet with Arafat. /Hurriyet/

    [18] PRIVATIZATION INCOME

    The Privatization Administration Board (PAB) is rapidly advancing according to the programme it has promised both to the public and the politicians. By the end of the first six months of this year, the PAB has brought in $ 3 billion 182.2 million. The PAB aims to realize privatization projects worth $ 783 million during the third quarter of the year. /Milliyet/

    [19] US DELEGATION MEETS DEMIREL AND BIR

    Visiting members of the US Congress Ways and Means Committee yesterday asked President Demirel about the "danger of fundamentalism, presidential system discussions and barriers blocking investment potential" and discussed military matters with deputy Chief of General Staff General Bir. Committee members expressed their concerns over the legal arrangements barring non-Turks from investing in the energy sector./Milliyet/

    [20] REINFORCEMENT FLEET TO THE AEGEAN

    The US Congress has given permission for the transfer of battleships that the Pentagon has long promised to give to Turkey and Greece. The Congress has agreed to give 14 ships to Turkey considered "old" by the Pentagon. Diplomatic sources state that the paragraph concerning the transfer to be realized through "leasing" was accepted by the Conference Committee but was not finalized due to discussions concerning other topics of the defence budget. /Milliyet/

    [21] FOREST FIRES IN MUGLA AND BELEK

    After fires broke out in forest near Mugla and Belek in the south of Turkey, large areas of forest land near tourism centres have been burned down. /Milliyet/
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