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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>
TURKISH PRESS REVIEW
TUESDAY JULY 2, 1996
Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning
 AGAR: "BOMB ATTACK DIRECTLY TARGETS ALL HUMAN BEINGS"Interior Minister Mehmet Agar referring to Sunday's suicide bomb attack, which resulted in the death of six soldiers, said yesterday that the action directly targeted all human beings. A suicide bomber blew herself up in the attack at a military parade in the centre of the eastern province of Tunceli on Sunday afternoon. Six soldiers were killed and more than 30 people, mostly soldiers, were wounded.
In a statement to journalists, Agar said such attacks could not upset the morale of the security forces. He stressed that the field of operations of the separatist organization had narrowed. Agar added that it was impossible for the government to give any concession in its struggle against terrorism, that the struggle would continue to intensify and that the biggest support of the security forces was the nation. Agar later went to Elazig to attend the funeral of the six soldiers. Speaking at a ceremony at the local state hospital, Agar emphasized that those who had given suffering to the state would face the punishment they deserved.
Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Tansu Ciller released a message yesterday condemning the attack. Ciller said that the raid had indicated that terrorism was preparing to shed blood again. Ciller said that the complete neutralizing of terrorism, elimination of murderous gangs and ensuring the security of the people, was the government's primary aim. /All papers/
 KARADAYI VISITS BULGARIAN DEFENCE MINISTERChief of General Staff General Ismail Hakki Karadayi is in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he went as the official guest of Bulgaria's Chief of General Staff General Tsvetan Totomirov. Karadayi visited Defence Minister Dimitar Pavlov yesterday. After meetings, Karadayi said that there was a complete consensus between Turkey and Bulgaria on the issues of regional problems and bilateral relations. Karadayi indicated that bilateral relations between the two countries were improving rapidly in every field, especially in the defence and military fields.
He emphasized that stability had not yet been achieved in the Balkans. "The only way to have permanent stability is to establish a pacifist dialogue" said Karadayi. Karadayi indicated that the improvement of military relations between Turkey and Bulgaria would make a significant contribution to the stability of the region. /All papers/
 TURKEY TO WAIT AND SEECostas Simitis won slightly over half the votes of some 5,200 delegates on Sunday at a congress of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). His election as party leader replaced Andreas Papandreou who died last week. Noting that former Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz's call for dialogue with Greece on 24 March was still valid, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ambassador Omer Akbel stated that Turkey's stance would not change and said: "The future of Turco-Greek relations depends on their attitude. We will wait and see". /Cumhuriyet/
 SYRIA SEES BETTER TIES WITH TURKEY AFTER ERBAKANSyria yesterday said it hoped relations with neighbouring Turkey would improve with the formation of the new coalition government headed by Turkish Islamist leader Necmettin Erbakan. Sending a congratulatory message to Erbakan, Syrian Prime Minister Mahmud El-Zobi said: "I believe that friendship and cooperation stemming from many years back between the two countries will further develop and strengthen".
The official Syrian newspaper Tishreen said Damascus was keen to maintain good ties with Ankara to sort out the crisis over sharing water from the Euphrates and accusations that Syria backs separatist militants in Turkey. "After the formation of a new government headed by Erbakan, new hopes have risen of a real relaxation in Turkey's ties with neighbouring countries, especially Syria" the newspaper said in an editorial. /Cumhuriyet/
 CYPRUS 'BUILD-UP' IN ANKARAUS assistant secretary of state for political affairs, Peter Tarnoff, and US asssistant secretary of defence Jan Lodal will pioneer today what appears to be a busy week for Cyprus contacts in the Turkish capital. The assistant secretaries will concentrate on the Cyprus problem in talks with Turkish officials, headed by new Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan. He will also be discussing Operation Provide Comfort and bilateral political relations. The visit by Tarnoff will be the first official contact between the new Welfare Party (RP)-True Path Party (DYP) coalition and the US administration.
On Wednesday, Ankara will host South Korean Han Sung-Joo -the new special envoy of UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Furthermore, Richard Beattie, the special Cyprus envoy of President Bill Clinton will arrive in Ankara on Sunday for two days of contacts with the Erbakan administration. Sir David Hannay, Britain's first-ever Cyprus special envoy, was in Ankara last week for talks with Turkish officials. /Hurriyet-Cumhuriyet/
 TURKEY CELEBRATES 70TH MARITIME AND CABOTAGE DAYMembers of Istanbul's maritime community celebrated the 70th anniversary of Maritime and Cabotage Day yesterday with a variety of activities which started with the laying of a wreath at monuments in Taksim Square and at the Besiktas Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa Mausoleum. In a message issued for the occasion, President Suleyman Demirel stated that Turkey had now reached the level in the maritime sector which it deserved. /All papers/
 KOC AND SABANCI IN WORLD BILLIONAIRES LISTTurkish business tycoons Rahmi Koc and Sakip Sabanci have appeared in Forbes Magazines' ranking of the world's billionaires. The financial magazine said in its June 15 that Koc, chairman of Turkey's leading industrial group, Koc Holding company, ranked 62nd in a list of the top billionaires. His worth was estimated at $4 billion by Forbes. Sabanci, chairman of Turkey's number two group, Sabanci Holding company, ranked 84th with his worth estimated at $3.5 billion. World-renowned names coming behind Sabanci are Rupert Murdoch; Stanley Ho; and August and Wilhelm von Finck. The magazine said, for the second year in a row, two Americans, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, topped the ranking of the world's billionaires. /Hurriyet/
 TURKISH COMPANIES IN TOP ONE THOUSANDThe noted economic weekly, Business Week, has placed two Turkish companies in the world's top one thousand leading businesses. At least both Akbank and Turkish Airlines (THY) appear in the top 200 leading companies in the developing countries.
General Motors tops the list with Royal Dutch and the Sheel Group taking second place. Britain does well w th 97 companies in the list, Canada has twenty-five, Hong Kong 17 and the US a massive 422. /Milliyet/
 TURK MERCEDES IN RUSSIAMercedes-Benz Turk is opening up in Russia with finance from the World Bank. The company has won a major contract for the production of city buses -the major part of a total of 744. Mercedes-Benz Turk has made a deal w th Mercedes-Benz AG for selling in Russia model 0 345 buses made in Turkey. /Milliyet/
 FIRST TURKISH NUCLEAR REACTOR ON THE WAYThe construction of Turkey's first nuclear reactor has been started under the control of the Cekmece Nuclear Research and Education Centre. Although the reactor will only be rated at 400 KW, it will be one hundred percent Turkish from the standpoint of materials and technology. /Sabah/
 US OFFERS NEW PIPELINE DEAL TO TURKEYReports suggest that Turkey is losing its grip on the Azerbaijan pipeline project. The US has however, come across with a new offer for Turkey to renew its chances with a new scheme for piping out Kazakh petrol to world markets. The idea is seen as being a good offer insofar as by the year 2010, the Kazakh oil fields could be producing as much as 65 million tons a year. /Cumhuriyet/
 WORLD BANK READY TO FINANCE PIPELINESWorld Bank officials say that they are ready to put up the cash for the central Asian pipeline projects that include the Azerbaijan-Turkey Baku-Ceyhan project that Turkey is particularly interested in. The World Bank says that feasibility studies could be finished in six months, and that the bank and the Turkish government could pull the project together once final decisions have been made. /Cumhuriyet/
 TURKEY: INVESTMENT COUNTRY OF THE YEARRepresentatives of the Italian-Japanese business group, a forum of leading Italian and Japanese industrial establishments will visit Turkey between July 5-12. Turkey was chosen "investment country of the year" for 1996 by the business group. /Milliyet/
 TURKEY BECOMES SECOND AT WORLD ADVERTISEMENT CONTESTThe Turkish National team became second among 24 countries at the Cannes Advertisements Contest, one of the most famous advertisement contest. The Turkish team consisted of 10 young specialists and its participation in the contest was sponsored by the Marketing Turkiye magazine. The fact that Turkey, participating for the first time in this contest, became second is an indication of the progress realized by the Turkish advertisement during the last few years, editor of the Marketing Turkiye magazine said. /Hurriyet/
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