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Turkish Press Review, 96-07-30

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] FORESTS GOING UP IN FLAMES
  • [02] IRAN: "20 KURDISH LEADERS KILLED"
  • [03] 84 PEOPLE FLEE TO TURKEY FROM ATRUS
  • [04] UNPLEASANT ATTACK IN GERMANY
  • [05] ANKARA ASKS OBSERVERS FROM WEST

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    TUESDAY JULY 30, 1996

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

    [01] FORESTS GOING UP IN FLAMES

    One of Turkey's most valuable natural resources, acres and acres of forests are going up in flames. During the hot dry summer months the tinder dry forests burst into flame and the fires spread quickly. In the popular tourist areas of Marmaris and Kusadasi the fires are particularly bad. Reports from the regions most affected say that strong winds are fanning the flames and that even the larger towns are threatened.

    Regional officials complain that even the large numbers of fire- fighters involved in trying to extinguish the fires are not enough and that forestry department fire control centres are not sufficiently well equipped to deal with large forest conflagrations. /Milliyet-Cumhuriyet/

    [02] IRAN: "20 KURDISH LEADERS KILLED"

    It is reported that following operations carried out by Iran against Kurdish camps in northern Iraq yesterday, nearly 2,500 people who fled from the region took shelter in the UN Refugee High Commission compound in Erbil. Noting that operations were over, Iranian officials stated that 20 high-level Kurdish leaders were killed in the fighting.

    Meanwhile, replying to questions regarding the issue, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ambassador Ömer Akbel said: "This is an important development in our region. We are closely following what is happening." /Sabah/

    [03] 84 PEOPLE FLEE TO TURKEY FROM ATRUS

    84 people whom the PKK terrorist organization forced to immigrate to Iraq in 1993 yesterday fled to Turkey. This is the first collective escape from the Atrus camp which is under PKK control even though it belongs to the UN. These 84 people have been settled in Sirnak. /Hurriyet/

    [04] UNPLEASANT ATTACK IN GERMANY

    The Turkish House attached to the Turkish Embassy in Hannover, Germany was robbed yesterday by people whose identities are unknown. German police are investigating. /Sabah/

    [05] ANKARA ASKS OBSERVERS FROM WEST

    Ankara has invited the Committee for Preventing Torture and Ill Treatment of the Council of Europe in order to examine the situation in Turkish prisons.

    Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller pointed out yesterday that misleading information was being given to western public opinion regarding recent events. Ciller stressed that there has been no criticism in committee reports to date regarding prisons in Turkey.

    Yesterday, Ciller sent letters to the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy, EU Commissioner Van den Broek and Chairman of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament Pauline Green who sent letters to Ciller to express their concern over the hunger strikes in Turkey. Noting that as a result of the determined attitude of the government and great efforts of officials, hunger strikes in prisons were halted on 27 July, Ciller stressed that they had conducted studies to decrease restrictive implementations in prisons and provide better conditions for inmates.

    Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ambassador Onur Oymen gave information about the recent events in prisons to representatives of EU and NATO member countries in Ankara. /Milliyet/

    END


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