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Turkish Press Review, 96-07-22

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CILLER LAYS FULL CLAIM TO THE DYP
  • [02] SECURITY FORCES KILL 22 MILITANTS
  • [03] HALIL MUTLU GRABS THE GOLD MEDAL
  • [04] CENTRAL BANK RESERVES CLIMB TO $26.7 BILLION
  • [05] SPECIAL "HAMMER" BRIEFING FOR PARLIAMENT
  • [06] TURKISH BUILDERS REDESIGNING MOSCOW

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    MONDAY JULY 22, 1996

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

    [01] CILLER LAYS FULL CLAIM TO THE DYP

    The fifth routine congress of the True Path Party (DYP), the coalition partner, began and ended on Sunday as predicted with Tansu Ciller gaining full control over her party. Ciller, who is also deputy prime minister and foreign minister in the present coalition government, furthermore defended the coalition partner Welfare Party (RP), and said: "It is not us, but the people that brought the RP to power". Ciller recalled that she was elected leader of the DYP three years ago on June 13, 1993. /All papers/

    [02] SECURITY FORCES KILL 22 MILITANTS

    Turkish security forces have killed 22 militants of the PKK terrorist organization, according to a statement from the emergency rule governor's office. The clashes took place in the southeastern provinces of Bitlis, Hakkari, Siirt, Batman and Sirnak. Additionally, three militants surrendered in Bingol, Mus and Tunceli. The statement also said that 14 separatists had been arrested. /Sabah/

    [03] HALIL MUTLU GRABS THE GOLD MEDAL

    Turkey took its first gold medal on the opening day of the Olympic Games in Atlanta when Halil Mutlu wrote his way into the sport's history books by adding the 54kg. weightlifting title to his previous World and European championships. /All papers/

    [04] CENTRAL BANK RESERVES CLIMB TO $26.7 BILLION

    The Central Bank's gold and foreign exchange reserves increased to $26.7 billion from June 21-28, the Anatolia news agency reported. The bank said that Turkish reserves rose from $26.630 billion to $26.707 billion, increasing by $77 million. According to Central Bank figures, on June 28, gold reserves were $1.383 billion, the Central Bank's foreign exchange reserves were $15.869 billion and commercial banks' foreign exchange reserves were $9.455 billion.

    [05] SPECIAL "HAMMER" BRIEFING FOR PARLIAMENT

    A first of its kind briefing will be given in the Turkish parliament by US ambassador Mark Grossman, who will present the US view on extending the mandate of the "hammer" multinational force stationed in Turkey.

    Grossman will try to persuade the Welfare Party led coalition government to extend the stay of the force designated "Provide Comfort" -deployed in Incirlik near Adana for the protection of the Kurds in northern Iraq.

    The issue is a sensitive one for Turkey, and the government of Necmettin Erbakan is split over the issue. Grossman will stress that Provide Comfort must find a way of meeting its commitments in a fashion that will satisfy all sides involved in the administration of the force. /Milliyet/

    [06] TURKISH BUILDERS REDESIGNING MOSCOW

    Turkish architects and builders are changing the face of Moscow. Turkish companies have already surpassed the one million square metre mark of new building in Moscow. Now, with Russian support, Turkish companies working in Moscow are about to bring out a promotionary book "A Bright Future For The World" outlining what Turkey is doing to improve conditions.

    The book will distributed especially among the independent former Soviet satellite countries, and the Balkan countries. Commenting on the publication of the new book, Russian officials noted how well Turkish companies were working with them, and said that the companies were rightly proud of the good work they were doing. /Sabah/

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