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Turkish Press Review, 96-07-16

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] KALEMLI MEETS RUSSIAN COUNTERPART
  • [02] GREECE SET TO LIFT VETO ON MEDITERRANEAN FUNDS
  • [03] IRANIAN DEPUTY FM VISITS ANKARA
  • [04] FOUR GUNMEN KILLED IN ISTANBUL POLICE STATION ATTACK
  • [05] BEATTIE AND ALBRIGHT TO ARRIVE IN ANKARA ON FRIDAY
  • [06] DEMIREL MEETS TRNC AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY
  • [07] NEW PROSPECTS FOR BAKU-SUPSA PIPELINE
  • [08] TOUGH COMPETITION IN THE IRAQI MARKET
  • [09] PROVIDE COMFORT ON THE AGENDA
  • [10] EUROPEANS TO REVIEW DEVELOPMENTS IN TURKEY
  • [11] PKK MEETING IN ROME
  • [12] MORE OPERATIONS AGAINST PKK

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    TUESDAY JULY 16, 1996

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

    [01] KALEMLI MEETS RUSSIAN COUNTERPART

    Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Kalemli will meet on Thursday with Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin instead of President Boris Yeltsin, who has gone to a sanatorium near Moscow for two weeks of rest. Kalemli, who began his programme in Moscow on Monday, and a group of Turkish deputies met with Duma Speaker Gennady Selezniyev. Kalemli warned that separatists of the PKK terrorist organization use every opportunity to win support in Russia while his Russian counterpart replied: "This should not be a problem any more. Some of our deputies attended meetings of the Kurds living in Russia. However, we do not support the PKK. We have respect for the Turkish Constitution and the choices of Turks. The Duma will never support organizations that carry out terrorist activities against Turkey". /Hurriyet/

    [02] GREECE SET TO LIFT VETO ON MEDITERRANEAN FUNDS

    At the EU Council of Ministers in Brussels on Monday, Greece agreed in principle to lift its veto on a European Union programme that will pump $3.7 billion into the southern Mediterranean region, EU diplomats said. They said Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos had signalled that he was prepared to lift Athens' objections to regulations administering the so-called MEDA agreement.

    The MEDA programme will provide countries stretching from Morocco to Turkey with 3.4 billion European currency units over five years as part of the EU's plans to shore up security along its southern flank. Diplomats said that Pangalos had agreed to lift Greece's veto and that EU term-president Ireland would issue a statement concerning Greek-Turkey relations and bring up the issue when Turkish Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller visits Dublin on Wednesday. /Hurriyet/

    [03] IRANIAN DEPUTY FM VISITS ANKARA

    Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Alaadin Burujerdi will visit Ankara on Thursday without a specific agenda, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Omer Akbel told the foreign press at a weekly briefing. Akbel said that Burujerdi would meet Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Ali Tuygan for an exchange of views. /Milliyet/

    [04] FOUR GUNMEN KILLED IN ISTANBUL POLICE STATION ATTACK

    A group of gunmen opened fire on Gultepe Police Station in Istanbul early on Monday morning, wounding two police officers. The subsequent chase ended when four of the gunmen were killed in an exchange of gunfire. Four others were taken into custody.

    Speaking to journalists later on Moday afternoon, Interior Minister Mehmet Agar said that the gunmen were members of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C). /All papers/

    [05] BEATTIE AND ALBRIGHT TO ARRIVE IN ANKARA ON FRIDAY

    At his weekly press briefing for the foreign press, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Omer Akbel said yesterday that Richard Beattie, US President Bill Clinton's envoy, and Madeline Alrbight, the permanent envoy of the US to the UN, will arrive in Ankara on Friday for talks on a large variety of issues, including the Cyprus problem. The spokesman said the agenda of the talks with Beattie and Albright will not be limited to Cyprus. "We would not be surprised if other subjects of bilateral and regional interest were raised" he said, adding that Iraq might be discussed in view of the possible Iraqi oil sales. /All papers/

    [06] DEMIREL MEETS TRNC AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY

    Turkish President Suleyman Demirel received Turkish Cypriot Ambassador to Turkey Nazif Borman yesterday at the Cankaya Palace on the occasion of 20 July Peace and Freedom Day. Noting that integration of Southern Cyprus into the EU without considering Northern Cyprus was against international agreements, Demirel said: "Cyprus cannot enter the EU before Turkey". /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] NEW PROSPECTS FOR BAKU-SUPSA PIPELINE

    Richard Matske, President of the Chevron Oil Company that has undertaken the drilling of Kazakh oil, suggested that a part of the Kazakh oil could be exported through the Baku-Supsa pipeline, planned to carry Azeri early oil. Drawing attention to the rich Kazakh oil reserves, Matske said that Russian pipelines would not be sufficient to carry Kazakh oil to world markets. The Chevron president dicussed the issue also during a meeting with Azeri President Haydar Aliyev. /Milliyet/

    [08] TOUGH COMPETITION IN THE IRAQI MARKET

    With the opening of the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik pipeline, Turkey will have to compete with many countries over food, medicine and basic commodities exports to Iraq. Within the framework of UN decisions, the exports will be realized as a result of open bidding so that Iraq is given the opportunity to buy best quality goods at the cheapest price. Delegations from various countries such as China, Indonesia, Italy, Belgium, France and Turkey have arrived in Iraq to negotiate with Iraqi officials. /Milliyet/

    [09] PROVIDE COMFORT ON THE AGENDA

    US Second Chief of the General Staff General Joseph Ralston, who has arrived in Ankara to discuss the future of the multinational peace force Provide Comfort, has met with the Second Chief of the Turkish General Staff General Cevik Bir and Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Onur Oymen. The US is planning some reconstructions in the structure of the Provide Comfort force that would persuade the new coalition government to extend the period of stay of the force. /Milliyet/

    [10] EUROPEANS TO REVIEW DEVELOPMENTS IN TURKEY

    The European Parliament (EP) during sessions planned for later this month will be looking at current political developments in Turkey. Top of the EP agenda will be the Erbakan led coalition government and other pressing matters involving human rights issues. Some European parliamentarians will take up the question of whether or not secularism will be protected in the future, and the matter of customs union developments will also be taken up. /Hurriyet/

    [11] PKK MEETING IN ROME

    In a move to refurbish its image and take on the appearance of legal functions, the PKK Kurdish Parliament in-exile has been holding meetings in Rome. A sixty-five person delegation met in a hotel in the suburbs of Rome where the decision to meet every three months in different European cities was taken. The so-called Kurdish Parliament confirmed its anti-Turkish policies. /Hurriyet/

    [12] MORE OPERATIONS AGAINST PKK

    Meanwhile in Turkey, operations against the PKK terror organization continue at full strength. Both sides have recently suffered losses: in a PKK ambush near the southeastern town of Tunceli, an officer and three soldiers were killed when their vehicle was raked with PKK gunfire. In other PKK attacks, another soldier was killed but the terrorists have been taking much more severe losses. /All papers/

    END


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