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Turkish Press Review, 98-07-09

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

09.07.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CEM-ARAFAT MEETING
  • [02] KARADAYI TO VISIT TRNC
  • [03] STANDARD AND POOR CONTINUES CONTACTS IN TURKEY
  • [04] HUGE POWER PLANT IN CAN
  • [05] TURKEY WILL SEARCH FOR OIL IN TRNC WATERS
  • [06] PKK MASSACRE
  • [07] GREECE BLASTS US AND ISRAEL FOR SELLING ARMS TO TURKEY
  • [08] DYP GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO ITS FORMER DEPUTIES
  • [09] INJURED POLITICIANS, JOURNALIST BROUGHT TO ISTANBUL
  • [10] TIGHTER CONTROLS ON IRAQI OIL
  • [11] WTO SEMINAR FOR BSEC MEMBERS
  • [12] MERRILL LYNCH BOOSTS MORALE
  • [13] 10 PKK TERRORISTS DEAD
  • [14] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTRY WELCOMES US SUGGESTION
  • [15] HOLBROOKE'S COMMENTS ON KOSOVO INVOLVE TURKEY

  • [01] CEM-ARAFAT MEETING

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem met with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in Ramallah yesterday. After the meeting, Cem said that Turkey was in a unique position to play a positive role in the Mideast conflict because of its good relations with Israel and the Palestinians.

    Meanwhile Cem, who also met President Ezer Weizman on Wednesday, talked about the dominant military influence in Turkey's relations with Israel. /All papers/

    [02] KARADAYI TO VISIT TRNC

    Chief of General Staff General Ismail Hakki Karadayi will pay a visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Friday, a statement from the General Staff said on Wednesday. Karadayi's visit to the TRNC will precede a visit by President Suleyman Demirel, who is expected to arrive on the island on July 20 or July 21. /Hurriyet/

    [03] STANDARD AND POOR CONTINUES CONTACTS IN TURKEY

    Representatives of Standard and Poor's (S and P), one of the leading US rating organizations, will meet with representatives of the private sector tomorrow. Members of the S and P delegation, who met with officials of the Treasury Undersecretariat yesterday, were given information about recent macro-economic developments. The S and P delegation also met with representatives of the State Planning Organization and Privatization Administration.

    The delegation will meet with representatives from the Central Bank and Finance Ministry today. The S and P officials, who will go to Istanbul and meet with representatives of the private sector, will leave Turkey on Saturday. /Sabah/

    [04] HUGE POWER PLANT IN CAN

    A contract worth TL 350 trillion has been signed for the Can Thermic Power Plant, which will overcome energy problems in the Canakkale province. A consortium consisting of the French Gec Alsthom and Turkish Teknotes companies has won the tender put out by the Turkish Electricity Company (TEAS) in January 1998. The first stage of the power plant will be completed in 34 months, while the second part of the plant will be finalized in 36 months. /Sabah/

    [05] TURKEY WILL SEARCH FOR OIL IN TRNC WATERS

    Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) will jointly search for oil in the territorial waters of the TRNC. Foreign Ministry officials said that searching for oil in TRNC waters was of great importance from the standpoint of political and economic relations between Turkey and the TRNC. The officials noted that the TRNC was a sovereign state and that it was natural to search for oil in its own territorial waters. Officials pointed out that the search for oil in TRNC waters will be carried out in line with a decision taken within the framework of the Association Council established between Turkey and the TRNC. /Sabah/

    [06] PKK MASSACRE

    Nine members of the PKK terrorist organization, who blockaded the Ordu-Tokat highway two days ago, massacred the second director of a prison in the Unye district of Ordu, Mustafa Eryilmaz, his wife and his daughter. The terrorists also set a bus on fire. /Sabah/

    [07] GREECE BLASTS US AND ISRAEL FOR SELLING ARMS TO TURKEY

    Greek Defense Minister Akis Chacopulos has criticized the United States and Israel for supplying Turkey with weapons. Chacopulos, who is on an official visit to the United States, claimed on Tuesday that Turkey was increasing its military build-up in the TRNC. "90 percent of Turkish weapons in the TRNC are American made. The problem is that these weapons can be used again," he was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency. The Greek defense minister also lashed out at Israel, saying that this country provided Turkey with arms that the US did not supply to Greece and Turkey. He also harsly criticized flourishing Turco-Israeli relations.

    [08] DYP GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO ITS FORMER DEPUTIES

    In a ceremony yesterday, independent Kilis Deputy Dogan Gures joined the True Path Party (DYP). The executive board of the DYP decided on Tuesday to give the green light for the return of former DYP deputies who were either dismissed by the party or left on their own accord. /All papers/

    [09] INJURED POLITICIANS, JOURNALIST BROUGHT TO ISTANBUL

    The members of the Turkish committee who were involved in an automobile accident on the Skopje-Manastir highway in Macedonia and were seriously injured, were rushed to Istanbul in a special ambulance airplane late Tuesday night. State Minister Rustu Kazim Yucelen and Motherland Party (ANAP) Parliamentarian Sinasi Altiner were reported yesterday to be improving. Milliyet newspaper's Ankara representative Fikret Bila was the worst hurt and his situation continues to remain serious. /All papers/

    [10] TIGHTER CONTROLS ON IRAQI OIL

    The Turkish Ministry of Industry and Trade stated that its labelling practice does not aim to prevent oil importation from Iraq but to regulate it. The ministry sent a circular concerning the oil industry to all governors of the country. Labelling requires that the origin of gasoline and other compulsory information be stated on gas pumps at retail fuel sites. In other words, gas stations will mark on their pumps when oil comes from Iraq. /All papers/

    [11] WTO SEMINAR FOR BSEC MEMBERS

    A regional seminar on the World Trade Organization and the Multilateral Trading System is being held in Istanbul for members of the Black Sea Economic cooperation (BSEC), the BSEC announced yesterday. During the three-day seminar, which began on Tuesday, trade officials will provide information on the WTO and the multlateral trading system, including agreements on agriculture, sanitary measures, textiles and clothing. /All papers/

    [12] MERRILL LYNCH BOOSTS MORALE

    One of the consultants of Turk Telekom, Merrill Lynch stated yesterday that inflation had begun a downward trend in Turkey, and what was more important was that inflationist expectations were also beginning to be shattered for the first time. Merril Lynch said that the "staff monitoring agreement" reached with the IMF would contribute greatly to the macro-economic future of Turkey. /Hurriyet/

    [13] 10 PKK TERRORISTS DEAD

    10 PKK terrorists were killed yesterday, eight of them near Sirnak, one in Bingol, and one in Siirt. One member of the security forces was killed by terrorists. Two terrorists were captured alive near Bingol and Van. /Hurriyet/

    [14] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTRY WELCOMES US SUGGESTION

    Responding to a question from a Reuters news agency correspondent about what he thought about a US suggestion to stop all military flights over Cyprus, Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Theodoros Theodoru said that it was a positive proposal, and that the problem was how the Turkish side would react to the suggestion. The suggestion was made yesterday by US Secretary of Defense William Cohen when he and his Greek counterpart Akis Chacopulos held a joint press conference at the Pentagon, Washington. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] HOLBROOKE'S COMMENTS ON KOSOVO INVOLVE TURKEY

    When he appeared on a CNN news programme yesterday , Richard Holbrooke, nominated by US President Bill Clinton as the new US permanent representative in the United Nations, said that the Kosovo problem could lead to a Greece-Turkey confrontation. Noting that if Kosovo is separated from the new Yugoslavia Federation, embodying Serbia and Montenegro, border disputes could arise, Holbrooke said "a very dangerous situation would arise and two NATO allies, Greece and Turkey could come to the verge of a confrontation" , stressing the issue's large-scale effects. /Cumhuriyet/
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