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Turkish Press Review, 98-07-06

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

06.07.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] 10 TURKISH COMPANIES AMONG WORLD'S GIANTS
  • [02] GERMAN MINISTER PRAISES TURKISH BUSINESSMEN
  • [03] CHIRAC REACTS AGAINST GENOCIDE CLAIMS
  • [04] TURKISH F-5 TO MACEDONIA
  • [05] ATHENS PROPOSAL FOR CYPRUS
  • [06] KARADAYI SAYS THE FINAL WORD
  • [07] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM TO VISIT ISRAEL
  • [08] FIRE SPREADS ON CYPRUS
  • [09] TURKEY'S STRUGGLE AGAINST BLACK MONEY APPROVED BY OECD
  • [10] TPAO AND AMOCO SET UP JOINT VENTURE IN KAZAKHSTAN
  • [11] MILD TREMORS HIT SOUTH TURKEY AGAIN
  • [12] GREECE-GREEK CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION MILITARY COOPERATION
  • [13] DEFENCE INDUSTRY GROWING
  • [14] NATO NOT TO INTERVENE IN CYPRUS OR THE AEGEAN
  • [15] TURKEY WANTS FULL-MEMBERSHIP IN THE EU
  • [16] CAGAN IN NAKHICHEVAN
  • [17] TREASURES OF CROESUS IN TURKEY
  • [18] STATE MINISTER CELEBI: "WE ARE DETERMINED TO BEAT INFLATION"
  • [19] CHAIRMAN OF US INTERNATIONAL EXPORTERS' UNION IN ISTANBUL
  • [20] EGE: "EXPORTS WILL GO UP"
  • [21] INTERNATIONAL ANTALYA JAZZ FESTIVAL

  • [01] 10 TURKISH COMPANIES AMONG WORLD'S GIANTS

    According to a recent issue of BusinessWeek, one of the leading world economic publications, 10 Turkish companies are among the biggest companies of the emerging markets. Turkish Is Bank ranks 43rd among 200 companies with a $5.261 billion market value, while Tupras ranks 64th and Akbank 75th. The other seven companies include the Sabanci Conglomorate (91), the Koc Conglomorate (92), Turkish Airlines (101), Yapi and Kredi Bank (146), Petkim (173), Petrol Ofisi (180) and Garanti Bank (186). /Hurriyet/

    [02] GERMAN MINISTER PRAISES TURKISH BUSINESSMEN

    German Economy Minister Guther Rexrodt said over the weekend that Turkish companies, which contributed DM 45 billion prior to taxation to the Gross National Product (GNP), were an indispensable part of the German economy. Rexrodt noted that he wished the number of Turkish companies, which is currently at 45,000, would further increase. Rexrodt delivered a speech at a meeting on "Economic policy at the threshold of the 21st century and the role of Turkish companies in Germany" organized by the Turkish-German Businessmen's Union (TDU) in Berlin. TDU Chairman Ahmet Basbug also delivered a speech and said that Turks regarded Germany as their homeland. /Hurriyet/

    [03] CHIRAC REACTS AGAINST GENOCIDE CLAIMS

    French President Jacques Chirac has reacted against the draft bill to recognize the so-called Armenian genocide by Turks which was approved by the French National Assembly, and has cancelled a visit to Armenia planned for September.

    French President Chirac later made a statement in support of Turkey to a correspondent of Hurriyet daily newspaper and said: "I wholeheartedly support Turkey's inclusion in the European Union (EU) as soon as possible". Chirac pointed out that Turkish Cypriots should also participate in the negotiations between Greek Cypriots and the EU. /Hurriyet/

    [04] TURKISH F-5 TO MACEDONIA

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, who will pay a visit to Macedonia today, will mainly take up an agreement for the delivery of 20 F-5 war planes to that country. An agreement for the delivery of the planes was initialled during preliminary meetings between the delegations of the two countries. Yilmaz will meet with Macedonian Prime Minister Branko Crvenkovski and will finalize the agreement. /Hurriyet/

    [05] ATHENS PROPOSAL FOR CYPRUS

    According to To Vima, a weekly newspaper published in Athens, Greece has sent a special document to the permanent members of the UN Security Council proposing that meetings at military level should be initiated between Turkey and the Greek Cypriot Administration to decrease the tension stemming from the Cyprus problem. The special document notes that a very sensitive point, which endangers stability and peace in the region, had been reached. /Hurriyet/

    [06] KARADAYI SAYS THE FINAL WORD

    The Turkish Armed Forces will continue considering the fight against both 'internal' and 'external' threats as their 'prime duty' and in so doing they are attaching great importance to remaining outside of party politics and within legitimacy, Turkey's top officer said. Gen.Ismail Hakki Karadayi, in a written statement, stressed that it was not the duty of the government alone to combat fundamentalism, but the army was responsible as well. "It is an obligation imposed on us by the law to protect with the same sensitivity the existing constitutional system, to which we feel absolutely attached. We consider this obligation of ours to be in parallel to the activities in the same direction of the governments of the Republic" Karadayi said.

    The statement of the top commander of the country came only a day after Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz told a news conference that it was primarily the duty of the government to deal with fundamentalism and urged the armed forces to stay away from party politics. He said the fight against fundamentalism was the responsibility of the whole state, not just the military, and ultimately the government must decide how it was conducted. Yesterday, however, the prime minister, when asked to comment on Karadayi's statement, said: "I could sign it". Karadayi said it was a fact acknowledged by the Parliament, the government, civic organizations and society in general that there was a threat to the constitutional secular order of the country and that it was the prime responsibility of the armed forces to fight any threat directed at the constitutional order of the country. /All papers/

    [07] FOREIGN MINISTER CEM TO VISIT ISRAEL

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem begins a four-day long trip to Israel on Monday in an attempt to increase Turkey's role in the Middle East Peace Process. Cem, who was invited to Israel by Prime Minister and acting Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will spend two days of his four-day visit in official meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials. /All papers/

    [08] FIRE SPREADS ON CYPRUS

    The fire that broke out on Saturday in the Greek part of the island of Cyprus passed the demarcation zone, reaching the towns of Yesilirmak and the Bademlikoy in the Turkish part. The fire has so far caused a lot of damage, although no deaths have been reported. The flames were brought under control early on Sunday morning but strong winds made the work of fire fighters more difficult, the Anatolia news agency report.

    Late on Sunday afternoon fire fighters were still battling the fire in cooperation with police, soldiers, the Cyprus Turkish Forces and locals. In addition to two helicopters sent from Antalya and helicopters from the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces that have joined the effort, more aid has been asked for from Turkey.

    [09] TURKEY'S STRUGGLE AGAINST BLACK MONEY APPROVED BY OECD

    A report prepared by the Financial Actions Group of the OECD indicates that the struggle demonstrated by the Turkish government against black money has been officially recognized, the Anatolia news agency reports. It was also reported that the Financial Crimes Investigation Committeee is in the process of developing a computerized system, supported by a strong team of specialists, to combat black money operations.

    [10] TPAO AND AMOCO SET UP JOINT VENTURE IN KAZAKHSTAN

    The Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO)'s international branch, TPOC, and the American-financed international petroleum company AMOCO have set up a joint venture in Kazakhstan to search for oil and natural gas, the Anatolia news agency reports. The new company, called TEPCO LLC, is based in Aktubinsk, Kazakhstan and will carry out oil and natural gas explorations in northern Kazakhstan.

    [11] MILD TREMORS HIT SOUTH TURKEY AGAIN

    Mild tremors shook southern Turkey yesterday in the latest aftershocks of a powerful earthquake that struck the area a week ago, officials said. "There were three tremors measuring around 3.0 on the Richter scale this morning" an official of the earthquake monitoring centre in Istanbul said. An official at the local governor's office in the southern province of Adana said there were no reports of injuries from the latest quakes. /All papers/

    [12] GREECE-GREEK CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION MILITARY COOPERATION

    According to "Fileleftheros", a newspaper published in the Greek Cypriot administration of Cyprus, during his visit to the Greek Cypriot administration on July 20, the date of the 24th anniversary of the 1974 Peace Operation by the Turkish Army, Greek Defence Minister Akis Cohacopulos will seek ways to cooperate in a project to build a naval base worth 30 trillion Turkish Liras. The report also says that Greece will partially finance the project. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] DEFENCE INDUSTRY GROWING

    The Defence industry has showed rapid development over the last 15 years and has assumed an important place in the Turkish economy. Apart from military facilities, 14 private sector companies also work in this sector and total investments are running at $ 5 billion 59 million. The sector, established to meet the needs of the Turkish Armed Forces, is now exporting to countries like Belgium, Germany and the US. /Sabah/

    [14] NATO NOT TO INTERVENE IN CYPRUS OR THE AEGEAN

    NATO, which served as the military shield of the Western bloc during the Cold War years is redefining its role on the threshold of the 21st century. NATO sources believe that presently there is no imminent danger but potential threats to the security and stability of the area and point out the need to cooperate in averting these potential dangers such as terrorism, narcotics trafficking, large waves of immigrants and possible use of mass destruction weapons. Therefore within the new NATO security strategy the Aegean problem and Cyprus problems between Turkey and Greece are not on NATO's agenda. NATO believes that the two neighbouring countries should solve these problems between themselves. /Sabah/

    [15] TURKEY WANTS FULL-MEMBERSHIP IN THE EU

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem attending the "International Bertelsmann Forum " held in Berlin, yesterday answered questions put to him by members of the press. Noting German Foreign Minister Kinkel's words that the EU had prepared a "special status" for Turkey, Cem said that Turkey wanted a general status for full-membership not a special one. Commenting that Kinkel's approach towards Turkey was constructive in general, Ismail Cem stated that the Bertelsmann meeting had also been beneficial to Turkey. /Sabah/

    [16] CAGAN IN NAKHICHEVAN

    Nami Cagan, Minister of Labour and Social Security, said on Saturday that the relations between Turkey and Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic will further improve, stressing: "We have always supported you". Cagan and the accompanying degelation were received by Vasif Talipov, Speaker of the Upper Chamber of Nakhichevan, the Anatolia news agency reported.

    [17] TREASURES OF CROESUS IN TURKEY

    The Treasures of Croesus sold abroad illegally during the years 1965, 1966 and 1967 has been returned to Turkey through the efforts of the Turkish Culture Ministry from the Metropolitan Museum in the US, and are being displayed in the Usak Museum, near Izmir. Culture Minister Istemihan Talay, who officially opened the Treasures of Croesus exhibition and also attended the groundbreaking ceremonies for a new Usak Cultural Centre, stated that every piece of work in Anatolia was Turkish property. Talay added that after the Treasures of Croesus success, they were trying to bring back the "Elmali coins" smuggled abroad from Antalya. /Sabah/

    [18] STATE MINISTER CELEBI: "WE ARE DETERMINED TO BEAT INFLATION"

    State Minister responsible for the economy, Isin Celebi said that they were determined to fully apply economic programmes in the struggle against inflation. He added that the results of the first six months of the year and new the agreements signed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were programme successes. Celebi noted that they had already taken necessary precautions against a possible increase in inflation in September or October.

    Celebi continued: "Turkey's exports have increased seven percent whereas there has been a three percent decrease worldwide. The economy stability programme will carry us to our target in the second six months of the year." /Milliyet/

    [19] CHAIRMAN OF US INTERNATIONAL EXPORTERS' UNION IN ISTANBUL

    Chairman of the US International Exporters' Union, Dr. Philip Byrd has called on Turkish exporters to make a move before the quotas are lifted in 2005. Byrd, who will hold a conference tomorrow in Istanbul, said that America is an alternative export market for Turkey. In the conference Byrd will discuss current Turco-American trade relations, views on future trade relations, ways to export more Turkish goods to America, reaching world markets through the Internet and promoting the Turkish market. /Milliyet/

    [20] EGE: "EXPORTS WILL GO UP"

    Foreign Trade Undersecretary Yavuz Ege said yesterday that single money (EURO) applications in 11 European Union member countries will have a positive effect on Turkish foreign trade, and added that the Euro monetary unit would increase Turkish exports to Europe. Ege noted that the Euro would be an advantage for Turkish firms when determining their prices. /Milliyet/

    [21] INTERNATIONAL ANTALYA JAZZ FESTIVAL

    The first International Antalya Jazz Festival will begin tomorrow and last until July 11 . Many foreign and Turkish musicians will participate in the festival. /Hurriyet/
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