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Turkish Press Review, 96-07-29

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] HUNGER STRIKE ENDS
  • [02] TURKISH LEADERS CONDEMN ATLANTA BLAST
  • [03] FORESTS ABLAZE ON TURKEY'S AEGEAN COAST
  • [04] PRIVATIZATION INCOME SINCE 1986 AT $3.1 BILLION
  • [05] SEVENTEEN SOLDIERS KILLED IN PKK ATTACK
  • [06] PROVIDE COMFORT NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE
  • [07] THY UNDERTAKES GROUND SERVICES AT SARAJEVO AIRPORT

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    MONDAY JULY 29, 1996

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

    [01] HUNGER STRIKE ENDS

    The weekend agreement between the government and political prisoners, ending a 69-day hunger strike, brought relief to a Turkish public shaken by the recent deaths of 12 hunger strikers within a week. The delegation, comprising representatives from the government, the Republican People's Party (CHP), and some NGOs as well as some writers, reached an agreement with the political prisoners that met with their demands.

    After negotiations, Yasar Kemal, a prominent writer, said: "The most important demand was that the inmates in Eskisehir and Sakarya should be taken to Umraniye prison. We discussed this with the prime minister too and he gave his consent". Zulfu Livaneli, a composer and writer, said that he was happy to announce that the strikes were over. "Our friends inside have been very understanding, and the government's positive attitude made it easier to reach a conclusion. I would like to thank everyone who participated" he said.

    Justice Minister Sevket Kazan expressed his content at the ending of the strikes without the need for a police operation. "I believed that a final meeting was necessary after my call to the inmates to stop on May 26. I asked Welfare Party (RP) Istanbul deputy Mukadder Basegmez and Istanbul Chief Prosecutor Ferzan Citici to undertake negotiations with the strikers". He said that he had agreed to transfer around 100 inmates from Eskisehir to jails in Istanbul, but ruled out shutting down the high-security prison. Vecdet Oz, deputy undersecretary at the Health Ministry, said on Sunday that 170 inmates, 20 of whom were in critical condition, were under treatment in 15 hospitals. Other former hunger strikers are now receiving treatment in prisons. /Sabah/

    [02] TURKISH LEADERS CONDEMN ATLANTA BLAST

    Turkish leaders voiced their sorrow over the Atlanta bomb blast that killed two people and injured more than 100 on Saturday, and urged all countries to cooperate in the fight against terrorism. President Suleyman Demirel issued a written statement expressing his deep grief over the deaths and injuries. He harshly comdemned the terrorist bomb attack and called on all countries to cooperate in the struggle against terrorism. Demirel voiced his special sorrow over the death of a Turkish television (TRT) cameraman who died after the bomb explosion while he was on his way to cover the event.

    A statement by Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan drew attention to recent terrorist attacks both in Turkey and abroad, saying that these terrorist assaults cost many lives. Erbakan also sent a condolence message to US President Bill Clinton to voice his and his government's sorrow over the bombing in Atlanta. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller sent a message to US Secretary of State Warren Christopher saying that Turkey, like the US, has been one of the major targets of international terrorism for many years. /All papers/

    [03] FORESTS ABLAZE ON TURKEY'S AEGEAN COAST

    Forest fires which sprung up last night around Marmaris and Soke, are still a threat to the towns themselves. The fire around Soke engulfed 420 hectares of olive groves and forests but is now under control. The fire around Marmaris is still not under control and has spread to neighbouring villages due to strong winds. The governor of Aydin, Muharrem Goktayoglu, said that experts were investigating the cause of the fire.

    Meanwhile, security forces patrolling in the Zorkun pasture regions of the Osmaniye district in Adana, were shot at. A military vehicle turned upside down and during clashes two security members died and seven were wounded. A forest fire in the region, supposed to have been started by terrorists has been brought under control. /Milliyet/

    [04] PRIVATIZATION INCOME SINCE 1986 AT $3.1 BILLION

    Income from privatizations amounted to $292 million so far this year, bringing total revenues since 1986 to $3.1 billion, the Privatization Administration (OIB) said. Turkey had previously said it aimed to raise $2 billion through privatizations this year. /All papers/

    [05] SEVENTEEN SOLDIERS KILLED IN PKK ATTACK

    On Friday night 50 terrorists attacked a military patrol base near Cukurca, killing an officer and 16 soldiers and wounding 21 others. During the two-hour long skirmish, 11 PKK terrorists were killed. Arriving in Cukurca, Gendarmerie General Commander General Teoman Koman was given details about the attack. An operation was begun to find the terrorists that managed to escape to Northern Iraq. /Hurriyet-Milliyet/

    [06] PROVIDE COMFORT NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE

    In case the period of stay of the Provide Comfort multinational force is extended until December 31, 1996, the Provide Comfort Military Coordination Center based in Zaho is not expecetd to be moved to Silopi, but instead the number of Turkish officers in the center will be increased from four to twelve. This will increase Turkish control over the center. US military sources note that the multinational force was bringing Turkey a yearly revenue of TL 3.6 trillion. In the same connection, US Ambassador to Turkey Marc Grossman promised that the US was about to send to Turkey electronic control systems that will increase border security. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] THY UNDERTAKES GROUND SERVICES AT SARAJEVO AIRPORT

    The Turkish and the Bosnian government have signed a memorandum of understanding foreseeing that Turkish Airlines (THY) will undertake ground services and fuel oil sales at Sarajevo Airport. Twice a week, THY planes will fly to Sarajevo Airport, even though it is not open yet for international transportation. THY earnings from this agreement are expected to reach $125 million yearly. /Sabah/

    END


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