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Turkish Press Review, 98-02-09

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

09.02.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] YILMAZ: "IRAQ HAS 10 DAYS"
  • [02] ECEVIT HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE
  • [03] YILMAZ: "GERMANY LET US DOWN"
  • [04] BUSY WEEK FOR PARLIAMENT
  • [05] FOUNDATION LAID FOR PENDIK-KURTKOY AIRPORT
  • [06] BLAIR DEFENDS 'STRONG TIES BETWEEN TURKEY AND EUROPE'
  • [07] VOA: TURKEY SHOULD BE ACCEPTED BY EU
  • [08] COMMISSION APPROVES UNIONS FOR CIVIL SERVANTS
  • [09] COMMON VOICE IN AEGEAN: WE DO NOT WANT WAR
  • [10] FINAL CENSUS RESULTS
  • [11] MOVE FOR IMPROVING COOPERATION AMONG RELIGIONS
  • [12] TURCO-FRENCH MILITARY COOPERATION
  • [13] HARD BLOWS AGAINST THE PKK
  • [14] IRANIAN CRITICISM AGAINST TURKEY
  • [15] ASIAN CRISIS CANNOT AFFECT TURKEY
  • [16] TURKISH TOURISM IN JANUARY

  • [01] YILMAZ: "IRAQ HAS 10 DAYS"

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz has said: "If Saddam Hussein doesn't take a step back, the operation begins in 10 days' time and lasts for one or two weeks". Furnishing information to the deputies of Motherland Party (ANAP) and later to members of the Council of Ministers regarding the war strategy of the US, Yilmaz noted that if Iraq does not abide by UN resolutions, war will be unavoidable. Yilmaz stated that the US would carry out an "air operation" and if necessary also a "land operation".

    Meanwhile, it is reported that Turkish soldiers will enter northern Iraq today. According to information received from the Office of the General Staff, a nearly 200 kilometer-long buffer zone will be enforced along the border against a likely Kurdish immigration, and 50,000 soldiers from the Sirnak Division will enter northern Iraq. /Sabah/

    [02] ECEVIT HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE

    At a press conference yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit directed sharp criticism against US policies towards Iraq, and said that a hot confrontation in the Gulf could have fatal consequences. Ecevit said that the Washington administration should consult Turkey before starting moves which could effect the whole Middle East region. /Hurriyet/

    [03] YILMAZ: "GERMANY LET US DOWN"

    Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz yesterday made a statement on Germany's Bavaria Television channel. In his statement Yilmaz said that Turkey was being excluded by Germany, and that German Prime Minister Helmut Kohl had not ketp his word on supporting European Union membership for Turkey. He added that Germany did not give much importance to German-Turkish friendship. Yilmaz said, "The Luxembourg decisions forced Turkey to stand on its own feet. And to do this we do not need either the help of Germany or the European Union." /Hurriyet/

    [04] BUSY WEEK FOR PARLIAMENT

    There will be a busy schedule in Parliament this week. Both the General Assembly and parliamentary commissions will deal with various issues. A new bill which will allow police officials to complete their military service in police departments will be debated in Parliament on February 11. To enforce the new bill, an amendment in the law will be required concerning military service. A proposal to provide free health services to soldiers' families and a bill proposing an amendment in the Retirement Fund Law are among other subjects on the Parliamentary agenda. The Planning and Budget Parliamentary Commission will debate the new tax bill on February 10. The bill aims at easing the heavy tax burdens on wage earners. /Sabah/

    [05] FOUNDATION LAID FOR PENDIK-KURTKOY AIRPORT

    In a speech delivered during a foundation laying ceremony for the new Pendik-Kurtkoy Airport in Istanbul, President Suleyman Demirel said that Turkey would continue to grow, develop and become strong no matter what the conditions were, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. "This project is the project of the 21st century" Demirel said, pointing out that the airport, together with the Corlu, Ataturk and Cengiz Topel airports, would provide services for 15 million people. Congratulating the government for its contributions to the project, Demirel noted that following the $32 billion Southeast Anatolia Project (GAP), the Pendik-Kurtkoy Airport Project was one of the most massive construction projects in Turkey. The airport project, which will cost $760 million, will be completed within two years.

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin also delivered speeches at the ceremony. Yilmaz noted that the project was one of the most important investments in Istanbul and Turkey in recent years, and Sezgin stated that another advanced technological industry park project was one of the mega-projects which would carry Turkey into the 21st century. /Sabah/

    [06] BLAIR DEFENDS 'STRONG TIES BETWEEN TURKEY AND EUROPE'

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who has just visited Washington, said during a joint press conference with US President Bill Clinton at the White House on Friday that Turkey was one of the topics the two leaders covered. Blair and Clinton discussed the issue of Turkey's application for full membership in the European Union (EU). "We discussed as well, and agreed, that it was important that Europe strengthen its relationship with Turkey and that we build a strong relationship with Turkey -between Turkey and the EU for the future" Blair said.

    [07] VOA: TURKEY SHOULD BE ACCEPTED BY EU

    The Voice of America (VOA), official radio broadcast of the US government, aired an editorial on Friday supporting Turkey's application for full membership in the European Union (EU). The December EU summit in Luxembourg did not extend an invitation to Turkey for membership talks while inviting Greek Cyprus and ten Central European countries. "Turkey should be given the same chances" VOA said.

    [08] COMMISSION APPROVES UNIONS FOR CIVIL SERVANTS

    The Parliamentary Planning and Budget Commission approved on Friday a bill providing civil servants with the right to establish unions. According to the bill, civil servants will be able to establish unions in previously determined service sectors without asking permission. In addition, more than one union may be established in each sector. The administration of the unions cannot be in conflict with the Constitution.

    A high administration board will be established to supervise the collective bargaining process. The board will consist of ministries' undersecretaries and other public institutions' undersecretaries and chairpersons.

    [09] COMMON VOICE IN AEGEAN: WE DO NOT WANT WAR

    Many Aegean Turkish and Greek journalists participated in a weekend seminar in Izmir. All participants at the seminar agreed that if a war between Turkey and Greece should occur, this would only further increase problems and would create a disaster for the two countries. They also pointed out that the Turkish and Greek media played an aggressive role instead of a calming role. Greek European Parliamentarians Yannis Papayanakis, Anna Karamanu and Kostas Hacidakis also delivered speeches at the seminar. Touching upon the role of the third countries in Turkish-Greek relations, they said that there was no need for third parties in solving problems between the two countries. /Sabah/

    [10] FINAL CENSUS RESULTS

    State Minister Mehmet Batalli has announced the final results of the national census that was held on November 30, 1997. The census figures record the population of Turkey at 62,610,252, an increase of over 6 million from the 1990 figure of 56,473,035. The population of Istanbul is now put at 9 million, Ankara's at 3.6 million and Izmir's at 3 million. /All papers/

    [11] MOVE FOR IMPROVING COOPERATION AMONG RELIGIONS

    Fethullah Gulen, a leading man of religion in Turkey, yesterday went to the Vatican for an official meeting with the Pope. Gulen will meet with the Pope to discuss possibilities for improving cooperation and tolerance among people from different religions. /Hurriyet/

    [12] TURCO-FRENCH MILITARY COOPERATION

    France has rolled up its sleeves for grabbing a share of lucrative Turkish defence investment projects. Turkey and France have agreed in principle to cooperate in the production of ERYX anti-tank missiles. During a three-day visit to France last week by Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin a number of steps for improving bilateral military cooperation were taken. /Miliyet/

    [13] HARD BLOWS AGAINST THE PKK

    The Turkish Armed Forces started a wide-ranging operation against the PKK terrorist organization four days ago in the Nusaybin, Mardin region. According to military sources, 40 PKK members and three soldiers hed been killed by the end of clashes in around mount Bagok. /Hurriyet/

    [14] IRANIAN CRITICISM AGAINST TURKEY

    Chairman of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Ekber Natik Nuri, arrived in Tehran yesterday after a five day visit to Syria and Lebanon. According to IRNA reports, Nuri told press members that "because Iran and Syria share borders with Turkey ", in his meetings with Syrian President Hafiz Esad, Turkish-Israeli military manoeuvres were the first issue on the agenda. Nuri also said that military alliances formed by Israel are always intended to harm the Muslim countries. /Cumhuriyet/

    [15] ASIAN CRISIS CANNOT AFFECT TURKEY

    Foreign Trade Secretary, Yavuz Ege, said that Turkey's import regime had been stabilized after a period of excessive increase because of the customs union. Ege, responding to questions from Cumhuriyet daily newspaper, on Turkey's foreign trade developments, said that "trade seems rather stagnant, not very satisfactory". He also commented on the Asian crisis saying that "although devaluation reduces the prices of their export goods, import inputs' prices increase. These countries cannot survive with continued devaluation" adding that the present crisis in Asia would not effect Turkey. /Cumhuriyet/

    [16] TURKISH TOURISM IN JANUARY

    By the end of the first month of 1998, 57,462 tourists had visited Antalya. It is reported that 525 charter flights from different parts of the world came to Antalya, and that German tourists topped the list where members are concerned. /Cumhuriyet/
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