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Turkish Press Review, 96-07-15

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] KALEMLI VISITS RUSSIA
  • [02] PKK UNDER ATTACK
  • [03] TURKEY SEEKING FREE TRADE WITH CENTRAL EUROPEANS
  • [04] THY FASTEST GROWING AIRLINE
  • [05] PROSPECTS FOR IMPROVING COMMERCIAL RELATIONS WITH IRAQ
  • [06] PRIVATIZATION TO SPEED UP
  • [07] US CONCERNED ABOUT PROVIDE COMFORT FUTURE
  • [08] TURCO-IRANIAN RELATIONS TENSE
  • [09] NATIONAL DAY MESSAGE TO CHIRAC
  • [10] TOURISM DEVELOPMENTS EXPECTED

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    MONDAY JULY 15, 1996

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

    [01] KALEMLI VISITS RUSSIA

    Accompanied by a five-deputy parliamentarian delegation, Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Kalemli went to the Russian Federation yesterday for an official visit. Kalemli said in a statement at Istanbul Ataturk Airport that the visit was being made at the invitation of the Speaker of the Duma of the Russian Federation, Selezniev. Kalemli noted that he would hold talks with parliamentarian members and a cooperation protocol encompassing important issues between the Turkish Parliament and the Russian Federation's Federal Assembly would be signed. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] PKK UNDER ATTACK

    Turkish security forces have bottled up a band of PKK terrorists in the mountainous region of Ararat, right on the border with Iran. In an operation code named "Murat" Turkish troops have so far killed one terrorist in the region, but the total for all regional operations against the PKK is twenty-one. /Sabah/

    [03] TURKEY SEEKING FREE TRADE WITH CENTRAL EUROPEANS

    Within the framework of the European Union (EU) customs union agreement, Turkey wants new free trade agreements with the Central European countries of Hungary, Romania the Czech Republic and Slovakia along the lines of agreements already made with Israel. Talks with the European countries are already going ahead, with government representatives suggesting that agreements will be signed within the next few months.

    Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller confirmed over the weekend that Turkey's free market policy would not alter following the change in the government. She also noted that a more realistic foreign exchange programme would be applied. /All papers/

    [04] THY FASTEST GROWING AIRLINE

    Turkish Airlines (THY) is Europe's fastest growing airline according to the latest surveys. The European Airlines Union (EAU) says that THY has shown a 42.1% increase in operations during the first three months of this year when compared to the same period last year.

    THY General Director Atilla Celebi said over the weekend that THY was already beefing up for the next century and was negotiating for expansion. THY has also been described as a rising star in the market by international finance magazines. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] PROSPECTS FOR IMPROVING COMMERCIAL RELATIONS WITH IRAQ

    During the official visit of a Turkish commercial delegation to Iraq last week, Iraqi Minister of Commerce Mohammed Mehdi Saleh noted that Iraq was willing to restore the intensive Turco-Iraqi commercial relations enjoyed prior to the UN embargo imposed against Iraq. Saleh said that the amount of goods Iraq would buy from Turkey was bound to the amount of Iraqi oil exports, and added that in contrast with previous oil exports amounting to $1.2 billion monthly, now Iraqi oil exports were limited to $225 million monthly. A possible lifting of the embargo would highly increase the volume of Turco-Iraqi trade. /Sabah/

    [06] PRIVATIZATION TO SPEED UP

    The new coalition government is planning to speed up the privatization process in order to gain the confidence of foreign investors. Turk Telekom, Petrol Ofisi, Tupras and Erdemir are on the top of the list of the establishments with total value of TL 800 trillion planned to be privatized. /Sabah/

    [07] US CONCERNED ABOUT PROVIDE COMFORT FUTURE

    US Deputy Chief of the General Staff Joseph Ralston arrives today in Ankara. Ralston is expected to press for extension of the period of stay of the Provide Comfort multinational force which expires at the end of this month. /Sabah/

    [08] TURCO-IRANIAN RELATIONS TENSE

    Operations by the Turkish armed forces against a PKK camp in Bote, followed by a PKK attack against the Gulluk police station near the Turco-Iranian border have increased the tension in relations between Turkey and Iran. Turkey has protested to Iran for sheltering PKK terrorists, but Iran, rejecting the accusation, said that Turkish planes returning to their home territory, bombed an Iranian police station near the border. Turkish military officials, noting that the distance between the Bote camp in Northern Iraq and the Iranian border police station was at least 20-30 kilometers, draw attention to the unsoundness of the Iranian claims. Last month, claiming that Turkish jet fighters bombed two villages in its territory, Iran asked Turkey for compensation. /Hurriyet/

    [09] NATIONAL DAY MESSAGE TO CHIRAC

    President Suleyman Demirel sent a congratulatory message to French President Jacques Chirac on France's National Day. Pointing out that friendship and cooperation between Turkey and France would further advance, Demirel stated that Turkey would continue to exert efforts to this end with the support of Chirac. /Hurriyet/

    [10] TOURISM DEVELOPMENTS EXPECTED

    Commenting on growth in the tourism sector, Foreign Minister Ciller said over the weekend that operators in the sector should seek out their own financing in the international market -but doing so with government backing. She told tourism sector representatives during a meeting in Kemer near Antalya that it was hoped the sector would produce ten billion dollars next year. /Cumhuriyet/

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