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Turkish Press Review, 98-02-02

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

02.02.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY WILLING TO MEDIATE IN GULF CRISIS
  • [02] GROSSMAN IN ANKARA
  • [03] DEFENSE MINISTER SEZGIN CALLS FOR UNITY IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
  • [04] "TURKEY SINCERE ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS REFORMS"
  • [05] CINDORUK IN GERMANY
  • [06] CREDIT EXTENDED TO EXIMBANK
  • [07] EU EXTENDS ECU 70 MILLION TO TURKEY
  • [08] SALOMON BARNEY IS HOPEFUL FROM TURKEY
  • [09] $30 BILLION LOSS IN EIGHT YEARS
  • [10] BREMEN 97 AWARD
  • [11] CAGAN, "TURKEY AGREES WITH ILO CHARTER"
  • [12] TOURIST FACILITIES IN HARRAN

  • [01] TURKEY WILLING TO MEDIATE IN GULF CRISIS

    Top level Turkish officials met yesterday to discuss the latest developments in the fresh increase of tensions between Iraq and the US and to outline the stand of Turkey in the crisis. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Deputy Chief of General Staff General Cevik Bir and high level representatives of the Foreign Ministry. A declaration released after the meeting gave details about steps to be undertaken by Turkey in a move to act as a mediator in the crisis. In the declaration Iraq was urged to abide by UN Security Council decisions.

    According to the statement, Turkish soldiers will not participate in military operations against Baghdad, and the Incirlik military base near Adana will not be used to launch attacks against Iraq. At the same time, the government is planning to send Foreign Minister Ismail Cem to Baghdad to help the two sides work out a compromise.

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz met yesterday evening with President Suleyman Demirel to brief him about developments in the US-Iraq crisis.

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz had a 30-minute phone conversation with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Albright told Yilmaz that Washington has still not issued its final decision about launching a military operation against Iraq. /Hurriyet/

    [02] GROSSMAN IN ANKARA

    US Deputy Secretary of State Marc Grossman, Deputy Chief of General Staff Joseph Ralfton and U.S. European Armed Forces Commander John Jumper have arrived in Ankara. Today, the American delegation will meet with Chief of General Staff Ismail Hakki Karadayi, Deputy Chief of General Staff Cevik Bir and Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Korkmaz Haktanir. It is expected that the American delegation will ask Turkey if US military forces can use Incirlik air base to launch attacks against Iraq. /Sabah/

    [03] DEFENSE MINISTER SEZGIN CALLS FOR UNITY IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

    Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin, on an official visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday, praised the efforts of Bosnian and Croation officials to establish a tolerant and peaceful society in the country, and called for the termination of all racial, religious and cultural segregation. On the fourth day of his visit, Sezgin met with Mostar Mayor Safet Orucevic and his deputy Ivan Prskalo, the Anatolia news agecy reported. Later in the day, Sezgin attended a dinner given in his honor attended by Mayor Orucevic, Croatian leader Prskalo, and other high level officials.

    On Saturday, Sezgin also visited the Turkish Consulate in Mostar. Sezgin planned to leave Bosnia on Sunday and head on to Paris.

    [04] "TURKEY SINCERE ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS REFORMS"

    Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Hans Christian Kruger said on Sunday, some days after a visit to Turkey, that the Turkish government was sincere about efforts to complete human rights reforms. Kruger said that during his visit he had observed that Turkish officials were giving the utmost importance to human rights issues, the Anatolia news agency reports. Commenting on the will and absolute determination of Turkey to develop human rights and democracy, Kruger said that they awaited the results of planned reforms in this vital area.

    [05] CINDORUK IN GERMANY

    Chairman of the Democratic Turkey Party (DTP), Husamettin Cindoruk, held contacts with many Turkish citizens in Berlin over the weekend. Cindoruk also visited the Berlin Turkish Society and was briefed by administrators. Chairman of the Society, Sabri Adak, gave a dossier on "Problems being experienced abroad and solution proposals" to Cindoruk. /Cumhuriyet/

    [06] CREDIT EXTENDED TO EXIMBANK

    Turkish Eximbank has received one-year term EURO syndication credit worth $75 million from abroad. An agreement regarding the credit was signed yesterday by Acting General Director of Turkish Eximbank Ahmet Kiliccioglu and Deputy General Director Bekir Bora and representatives of 12 participant banks. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] EU EXTENDS ECU 70 MILLION TO TURKEY

    The European Commission has announced its decision to release 70 million ECU from the MEDA funds promised to Turkey for 1997. The money will be spent on funding various developments projects in Southeastern Anatolia and improving human rights in Turkey. MEDA funds extended to Turkey since 1996 total ECU 103 million with the transfer of this latest amount. /Hurriyet/

    [08] SALOMON BARNEY IS HOPEFUL FROM TURKEY

    Salomon Smith Barney, an international consulting and marketing research institution based in London, anticipates that Turkey's growth rate will be 5 % in 1998. Salomon Smith Barney officials note that in the last three years Turkey has grown rapidly and point out that Turkey's growth rate was 7 % in 1995-1996. Officials state that in general, views regarding the stock market in Turkey were also positive and say: "There will be important developments in the capital market towards the year 2000". /Cumhuriyet-Sabah/

    [09] $30 BILLION LOSS IN EIGHT YEARS

    Turkey has lost nearly $30 billion in eight years because of the international embargo imposed on Iraq by the United Nations (UN). The economic loss has occurred because of the prevention of border trade, the closure of the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik oil pipeline and the blocking of exports to Iraq, all of which have negatively effected especially the Southeast Anatolian region. /Cumhuriyet/

    [10] BREMEN 97 AWARD

    Ali Cem Budak, Research Assistant of Istanbul University, has been awarded with the Bremen, Germany, social sciences 1997 P.H.Degree award. Budak's P.H.study includes aspects of fiscal policy from the standpoint of Turkish, German and British laws. /Cumhuriyet/

    [11] CAGAN, "TURKEY AGREES WITH ILO CHARTER"

    Labour and Social Security Minister Nami Cagan said that Turkey was one of the 24 countries which approved the seven articles of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Charter on human rights. Cagan, in Italy to meet with ILO representatives, held contacts in the International Training Center in Torino. Cagan went to Switzerland yesterday to meet with ILO Director General Michel Hansenne. At the meeting they discussed now to improve Turkey-ILO relations. Cagan added that seven ILO articles on basic human rights had already been approved by the Turkish Parliament.

    Cagan said that Turkey would be a bridge between the Turkish-speaking Republics and the ILO. /Milliyet/

    [12] TOURIST FACILITIES IN HARRAN

    Sanliurfa Mayor Sahabettin Harput said on Sunday that they would construct tourist facilities in Harran, where the ruins of one of the world's the first universities have been found. Harput added that the TL 60 billion project had already been delegated and that construction would be started soon. /Sabah/

    END


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