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08 FEB 1998
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the leading stories in Turkey's press on Feb 8, 1998. Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
HURRIYET (LIBERAL) Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said he doubted that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has any intention of launching any missile strikes against Turkey. Regarding the issue of chemical weapons in Iraq, Cem stated that ''If these weapons exist, we launch efforts to abolish them all in the Middle East.''
MILLIYET (LIBERAL)EMBRACE OPERATION
Council of Ministers decided to prevent any migration before reaching Turkey in case of an US intervention and launch efforts to embrace these people in their own countries. ''Humanitarian support centers'' will be set up by the cooperation of soldiers and non governmental organizations. (NGOs) These centers will meet the needs of the immigrants and also try to prevent the flow of PKK militants to Turkey.
SABAH (LIBERAL)OUR PEOPLE TO RETURN FROM BAGHDAD
An order has been given for all non-essential Turkish personnel and their spouses and children except the Turkish Ambassador and several high ranking officials in Baghdad to return to Turkey in case of an US military attack against Iraq.
CUMHURIYET (LEFT)UNEASINESS AFTER WAR
Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said ''I do not think US will be satisfied by one operation. US thinks of other operations in the future. This will lead to chaos and new formations in Iraq. We are uneasy about it. We do not oppose US, but we try to set up a dialogue with Iraq.''
RADIKAL (LEFT)US TO HIT VERY BADLY
Washington administration, which has sent three aircraft carriers to the Gulf for the first time, will also use the heavy plane bombers namely B-52. Incirlik Base will extend logistical support to such an operation.
TÜRKİYE (RIGHT)YILMAZ: NO BODY CAN COPE WITH US
Addressing the Council of Ministers meeting, Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz said that ''there is no body who can be able to cope with US. Likewise, no body can persuade Iraq to take a step backwards. This issue has become an issue of prestige for US.'' Yılmaz recalled that US is the super power of the world.
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)HISTORICAL MEETING
Fethullah Gulen will hold a private meeting with Pope John Paul II in Vatican on Monday.
FINANSAL FORUM (ECONOMY)NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKET
Negative developments such as the Gulf Crisis, the statement of Privatization Administration Board (OIB) and high inflation have negatively effected the foreign exchange market and the latter decreased by 15.80 percent. The ambiguity in politics and economy do not give a chance to the stock exchange market.
 TURKEY-IRAQ-UN - HUMANITARIAN AID COMMITTEE TO CONVENE ON MONDAYANKARA, Feb 8 (A.A) - The government, which thinks that the possibility of war in the Gulf is high within the framework of the recent crisis between Iraq and the United Nations (UN), deepened its efforts regarding the measures that will be taken, it is reported on Saturday.
''Humanitarian Aid Committee,'' which was set up during the Council of Ministers meeting the same day, will convene under the leadership of State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel for the first time on Monday.
Government sources said that the committee will take up two main mission, the first of them is to evaluate and minimise the risks which Turkish people can face with during a possible war and one of these risks is the danger of chemical weapons.
The second mission of the committee is to prevent a possible migration from Iraq to Turkey and Red Crescent will play a significant role to this end.
The same sources said that Red Crescent will cross Iraqi border and work there if US intervenes in Iraq, adding that a cooperation will be made with international aid institutions and other non-governmental organizations in Turkey.
 TURKEY-EUROPE - ITALIAN DEFENSE MINISTER ANDREATTA: ''TURKEY'S PLACE IS IN EU''MUNIH, Feb 8 (A.A) - Italian Defense Minister Beniamine Andreatta said on Saturday that the place of Turkey is in European Union (EU).
Addressing the ''34th European Security Policy Conference,'' Italian Defense Minister Andreatta stated that the importance of Mediterranean region in security policies of Europe and the world increases day by day.
Noting that Turkish-EU relations should be improved, Andreatta pointed out that the decisions taken during Luxembourg Summit did not close the entrance path of Turkey to EU.
Italian Defense Minister Andreatta stressed that Turkey moves in the direction of West within the framework of Ataturk's revolutions, adding that he believes giving full membership perspective to Turkey by forming new mechanisms will contribute to regional stability.
 TURKEY-TRNC-EU - TRNC PARLIAMENT SPEAKER ATUN: ''AN AGREEMENT WHICH DOES NOT PROVIDE SOVEREIGNTY OF TRNC, MEANS START OF DANGER FOR US''ISTANBUL/KADIKOY, Feb 8 (A.A) - Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Parliament Speaker Hakkı Atun said on Saturday that the Cyprus question can only be solved if it is accepted that the two communities in the island are two separate states.
Addressing a panel in Istanbul, TRNC Parliament Speaker Atun stated that the decision of equality, which was taken during 1965 Luxembourg Summit, has recently been violated and Turkey and TRNC are kept outside the Cyprus question.
Noting that Cyprus issue is mainly between Turkey and Greece, Atun added that ''even if the Cyprus question is solved while making discussions with EU, we can not think of a Turkish state outside European Union (EU) and a fair balance should be set up between Turkey and Greece as being guarantor states. Turkey and TRNC should not be led to a dangerous position because of the status of Greece and the Greek Cypriot side in EU. An agreement which does not provide the sovereignty of TRNC, means the start of danger for us.''
''The Cyprus question can only be solved by negotiations between states and by recognition of political equality between two sides at the state level. If the fact that the two communities are two separate states is not accepted, netiher the EU process nor a lasting solution can be found in Cyprus. If TRNC does not involve in EU process, this will not be the end of the world,'' said Atun.
Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Inal Batu in his part said that joining of Cyprus to EU without Turkey is impossible within the framework of rights stemming from the agreements signed regarding the Cyprus issue, even if a political solution is found in the island.
 TURKEY-EP - JOINT PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSION TO CONVENE ON MONDAYBRUSSELS, Feb 8 (A.A) - Turkish members of Joint Parliamentary Commission (JPC) which is an organ of dialogue between the Parliament and the European Parliament (EP) arrived in Brussels on Sunday to participate in the commission meetings that will start on Monday.
Bulent Akarcalı, the co-president of JPC, Mumtaz Soysal, Aykon Dogan, Kahraman Emmioglu, Ibrahim Ertan Yulek, Bahri Zengin, Ahmet Derin, Ilhan Kesici, Sümer Oral, Ayfer Yılmaz, Birgen Keles and Gencay Gürün will participate in the JPC meeting.
Recent developments in Turkish-EU relations and the results of the decisions taken during Luxembourg Summit will be discussed during the meetings that will last for two days.
JPC meetings will end on Tuesday and the members will come together again in April in Turkey.
 TURKEY-ISRAEL - ISRAELI PARLIAMENT SPEAKER TICHON LEAVES TURKEYISTANBUL, Feb 8 (A.A) - Israeli Parliament Speaker Dan Tichon, who visited Turkey as an official guest of Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin, left Turkey on Sunday for Israel.
Israeli Parliament Speaker Tichon had met President Suleyman Demirel, Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz, Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin and former Parliament Speaker Mustafa Kalemli in Ankara.
After wrapping up official contacts, Dan Tichon proceded to Istanbul from Ankara on February 4 and met mainly business circles and visited the historical and touristic places there.
 CENSUS IN TRNCLEFKOSA, Feb 8 (A.A) - Census is being held in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Sunday in order to determine the electors who will vote in local and general elections.
A curfew is being imposed in TRNC and the census which started at 08.00 will continue till 18.00.
 TURKEY-PAKISTAN-MONGOLIA - STATE MINISTER KARA TO VISIT PAKISTAN AND MONGOLIAANKARA, Feb 8 (A.A) - State Minister Burhan Kara will pay an official visit to Pakistan and Mongolia between Feb 9-20, it is reported on Sunday.
State Ministry said that Burhan Kara will participate in the 11th Turkish- Pakistani Economic and Technical Cooperation Interministers Joint Commission meetings between February 11-14 and the second term Turkish- Mongolian Joint Economic and Trade Committee meetings between February 17- 18.
State Minister Kara will return to Turkey on February 20.
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