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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>
TURKISH PRESS REVIEW
WEDNESDAY JULY 3, 1996
Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning
 MESSAGE FROM ERBAKAN TO SIMITISPrime Minister Necmettin Erbakan has sent a congratulatory note to Greek Prime Minister Simitis to wish him well after being appointed chairman of the PASOK party.
In his message, Erbakan said that he wished to send his sincere congratulations and best wishes now that Simitis was head of the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Party (PASOK). /Cumhuriyet/
 WATER ISSUE EXPLAINED TO EUROPEANSTurkey's permanent representative at the European Parliament, Selim Kuneralp, has explained to the European Foreign Relations Commission about the domestic and foreign water problems faced by Turkey.
Kuneralp has explained that although Turkey has many advantages in certain areas, the country's natural resources were not endless. Most of the major cities in Turkey had to deal with water shortage problems, services lacked infrastructural support and there were also huge water needs in the agricultural sectors.
Apart from Turkey's domestic problems, there were those pressing in from the outside, and Turkey wanted to avoid creating regional tension because of the growing water issue. Kuneralp also touched on various water projects including the Manavgat fresh water project, the "peace waters" plan and studies on using more sea water. /Hurriyet/
 PUSH FOR MORE TRADE WITH IRAQTurkish and Iraqi trade and commercial sectors are pushing hard to renew the old trade connections that dwindled away after the gulf war. The oil for medicine deal between Iraq and the UN has lent impetus to new trade initiatives between the two countries. Trade delegations are already moving between Turkey and Iraq, and soon high level officials from Turkey's Foreign Trade Department will visit Baghdad, government sources noted yesterday. /Milliyet/
 1,069 TERRORISTS KILLED, 3,674 CAPTURED BY JUNE 1996Seven terrorists have surrendered, 22 have been killed and six injured terrorists been captured in operations carried out by security forces in Van, Mus, Mardin, Bitlis and Bingol. A total of 1,069 terrorists were killed, and 3,674 surrendered or were captured in the first five months of 1996 in anti-terrorism operations throughout Turkey. /Hurriyet/
 MED TV IS TAKEN OFF THE AIRThe London-based MED-TV, widely believed to be run by Turkey's separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has ceased its broadcasts. The Kurdish-language TV went off the air after Portugal which was providing satellite communications facilities, unilaterally terminated the contract. After Ankara's repeated protests, France Telecom refused to renew the transponder contract when it expired, upon which MED-TV officials hired a transponder from a Portuguese company which provided limited broadcasting time.
The Turkish officials, noting that MED-TV needed at least $25 million to start broadcasting and employed 200 people across Europe, said the money was easily collected by the separatist organization through illegal drugs trade and money extorted from the large community of Turkish citizens living in European countries. But the main factors playing into the PKK's initial success with the TV experiment were the European governments' ignorance of the links between the separatist group and its array of front organizations, or their toleration of its activities. It took patient efforts on the part of Ankara to persuade these governments to stop their direct or indirect assistance, the officials said. /Hurriyet/
 UKRANIAN PRESIDENT CANCELS HIS VISIT TO TURKEYThe visit of Ukranian President Leonid Kuchma to Turkey, which was originally scheduled for July 2-4, has been cancelled, the Ukranian Embassy announced yesterday. Embassy official Rustam Rustamov explained that President Kuchma had not wanted to be awy from Ukraine while that country' new constitution was still being written. Another reason for the cancellation of the visit is that President Kuchma wanted to be in his country during the second phase of the elections in Russia, Ukraine's largest neighbour, which will be held today. Rustamov said that President Kuchma would visit Turkey towards the end of the year. /All papers/
 TURKISH MERCHANT FLEET 16TH LARGEST IN WORLDThe Turkish merchant fleet ranked 16th in the world in terms of capacity, a government report released by the Prime Ministry's Maritime Undersecretariat said. The report put the Turkish fleet's cargo volume at 84.2 million tons during 1995, up 12.6 % from the previous year. /All papers/
 KARADAYI PRAISES TURCO-BULGARIAN COOPERATIONTurkish Chief of General Staff Ismail Hakki Karadayi on a visit to Sofia said that Bulgaria and Turkey are in agreement when it comes to the issues of the Balkans, the Middle East and the former Yugoslavia, the Anatolia news agency reported. Karadayi was speaking after meeting separately with the Bulgarian Army Chief Tsvetan Totomirov; Defence Minister Dimitar Pavlov; Prime Minister Jan Videnov and President Jelu Jelev. He said that the most important problem of the region was providing peace and order in the former Yugoslavia. Karadayi also said that the success of the reforms in former Eastern-bloc countries would play an important role in the developing relations between Turkey and these countries.
Karadayi indicated that one of the biggest problems facing the world is terrorism. "The origin of this terror is mainly the Middle East. In order to be effective in the fight against terrorism, all countries should cooperate with each other. In that respect, the recent cooperation between Turkey and Bulgaria should constitute an example to all countries". Karadayi visited the "Dolna Mitropoliya Air Base" yesterday and will be visiting various military installations during the last stages of his visit, before returning to Turkey./All Papers/
 TOURISTS FLOODING INTO CAPPADOCIAFigures show that in comparison to the same period last year, there has been a 130 percent increase in the number of tourists visiting the beautiful "moon-scape" region of Cappadocia.
Visiting tourists are fascinated by the underground cities, the primitive churches with their frescoes, the small potteries and of course the wonderful scenery. /Hurriyet/
 TURKEY RESTING HOPES ON OLYMPICS MONEY SPINNERReports from the Turkish National Olympics Committee say that Turkey could earn ten billion dollars if the 2004 Olympics were held in Istanbul. From every point of view, having the Olympics in Turkey would be beneficial: tourism would grow, Turkey would be promoted abroad and the earnings would be immense.
Noting the advantages, the Olympic Committee members also warned yesterday that starting from now Istanbul had to be shown as one of the world's leading sites for the event. Other cities in the race for hosting the Olympics include Athens, Stockholm, St Petersburg, Rome, Seville, Lille, Cape Town, San Juan, Buenos Aires and Rio. /Hurriyet/
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