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Turkish Press Review, 98-02-24

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

24.02.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] NEW VIRTUE PARTY GROUP IN PARLIAMENT
  • [02] ANKARA WELCOMES UN-IRAQ DEAL
  • [03] TURKEY EXPANDING ECONOMIC HORIZONS IN CHINA, VIETNAM
  • [04] FORMER RP DEPUTIES WILL FACE TRIAL
  • [05] MOTORWAYS DIRECTORS MEET IN ANKARA
  • [06] TURKISH MARKETS SHARPLY BOOSTED BY IRAQ DEAL
  • [07] OIL PRICES TO BE INDEXED WITH WORLD OIL PRICES
  • [08] THY COOPERATION BREAKTHROUGH
  • [09] TURKEY RANKS FIRST IN AN INCREASE IN NUMBER OF TOURISTS
  • [10] MALAYSIAN MINISTER IN ISTANBUL
  • [11] ELEKDAG IN NEW YORK TIMES
  • [12] TURKISH MUSICIAN NOMINEE FOR A GRAMMY

  • [01] NEW VIRTUE PARTY GROUP IN PARLIAMENT

    Forty-one deputies of the now-defunct Welfare Party (RP) joined the Virtue Party (FP) on Monday, thus enabling this new party to form a parliamentary group. A Constitutional Court ruling, detailing its justification for the closure of the Welfare Party (RP), was published in the Official Gazette on Sunday, putting an end to the RP's 14-year-old political life. /All papers/

    [02] ANKARA WELCOMES UN-IRAQ DEAL

    Turkey welcomed yesterday the deal over weapons inspections which UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan closed in Baghdad, and signaled it would engage in regional cooperation for a permanent solution to the crisis with Iraq. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said he would visit Jordan on Thursday to propose regional cooperation for a permanent solution, noting: "Turkey welcomes the agreement between Iraq and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan". In a press conference yesterday, Cem also gave a message to the whole world, saying that it was the time to ease the embargo on Iraq.

    Cem commented that Turkey had brought its own "modest, but unique approach to the crisis", bringing to mind his own diplomatic effort to diffuse the crisis in Baghdad. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz also affirmed cautiously, "Turkey would be on the top of the list of countries that would be most happy if the crisis were over", noting that the deal was a great relief for Turkey. /Milliyet/

    [03] TURKEY EXPANDING ECONOMIC HORIZONS IN CHINA, VIETNAM

    In line with its Silk Road 2000 project, which aims to strengthen Turkey's presence in the Far East, Turkey had laid the foundations for broader cooperation with China and Vietnam. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, who completed a trip to China and Vietnam last week, held a press conference on Monday, and evaluated the results of the high-level contacts he made in the two countries. Emphasizing that the political groundwork for further improvement in economic and political ties with China and Vietnam had been laid during his meetings, Cem said that Turkey had decided to increase mutual imports and exports, and undertake joint investment projects with China and Vietnam.

    Cem said that these developments will enhance Turkey's role in the international arena and help to accelerate the Foreign Ministry's Silkroad 2000 project. Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Taiwan were the next Far Eastern countries with which Turkey will seek more intensive contacts, he added. /Hurriyet/

    [04] FORMER RP DEPUTIES WILL FACE TRIAL

    Ankara State Security Court Prosecutor Nuh Mete Yuksel announced yesterday that a case will be filed against former Welfare Party (RP) deputy Sevki Yilmaz. The prosecutor will demand capital punishment for Yilmaz for his activities against the Constitution and gainst secular democratic order. The parliamentary status of Yilmaz has been terminated in line with Constitutional Court decisions. /Sabah/

    [05] MOTORWAYS DIRECTORS MEET IN ANKARA

    President Suleyman Demirel, Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and Housing Minister Yasar Topcu attended a meeting of the directors of the motorways 48th region which was held in Ankara on Monday. In his opening speech Demirel recomended that the government prepare a master transportation programme without delay. Housing Minister Yasar Topcu said they were preparing a plan to rent out motorways to private sector administration for periods of ten years, adding that the ministry was trying to overcome the finance problem by applying the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model to transportation projects. /Sabah/

    [06] TURKISH MARKETS SHARPLY BOOSTED BY IRAQ DEAL

    Turkish shares jumped nearly 10 percent on Monday morning as the Middle East's largest market gave an enthusiastic welcome to the new accord between the United Nations and Baghdad on weapons inspections, brokers said. The agreement secured by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan also sparked a buying spree on the bond market, sending yields tumbling by more than five percentage points. The rush of optimism was reflected in trading volume, which climbed 50 percent to 33.5 trillion lira ($ 147 million) from 22.3 trillion on Friday morning. /Milliyet/

    [07] OIL PRICES TO BE INDEXED WITH WORLD OIL PRICES

    The Cabinet yesterday decided to index oil prices with world oil prices as from May. Giving details about the decisions taken in the cabinet, State Minister and Government Spokesman Sukru Sina Guven said that an indexed oil price mechanism would be set up to avoid price increases for a limited period. /Hurriyet/

    [08] THY COOPERATION BREAKTHROUGH

    Turkish Airlines (THY) General Director Yusuf Bolayirli noted yesterday that following Swissair, they had signed a letter of "strategic intent" with Belgium Airlines (Sabena) and Austrian Airlines. Bolayirli said that their aim was to schedule flights to more places, reduce the cost and offer more alternatives to passengers. In a press conference, Bolayirli stated that the new agreements were completely commercial and did not envisage integration. /Milliyet/

    [09] TURKEY RANKS FIRST IN AN INCREASE IN NUMBER OF TOURISTS

    Turkey ranks first in an increase in the number of tourists coming to Turkey, when figures for 1997 are compared to 1996 and ranks 18th in the list of tourism income increases. According to details published in Le Figaro newspaper, Turkey earned $7 billion from tourism last year. /Milliyet/

    [10] MALAYSIAN MINISTER IN ISTANBUL

    Malaysian Minister for International Trade and Industry, Seri Rafidah Aziz, will arrive in Turkey today to make contacts. Aziz, accompanied by a 20-person delegation, will first visit Istanbul and then proceed on to Ankara. The Malaysian Minister is expected to meet with Turkish businessmen and industrialists. /Milliyet/

    [11] ELEKDAG IN NEW YORK TIMES

    The views of Turkey's former Ambassador to Washington, Sukru Elekdag, regarding the recent Gulf crisis, have been given wide coverage in the New York Times newspaper. An article written by Stephen Kinzer, New York Times correspondent in Turkey, gives coverage to Elekdag's views on the effects of a possible operation against Iraq. Elekdag is quoted as saying that the US should be patient, and notes that there was no indication that the situation was urgent, or that Saddam Hussein would use weapons. /Milliyet/

    [12] TURKISH MUSICIAN NOMINEE FOR A GRAMMY

    For the first time, a Turkish musician has been putforward as a candidate for a Grammy, which is the highest music award in the world. Mustafa Gundogdu (30) will compete with four other candidates in "Best Remixer" sessions in New York tomorrow. /Milliyet/

    END


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