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Turkish Press Review, 98-03-02

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

02.03.98

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEMIREL TO VISIT SPAIN
  • [02] PIPELINE SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL
  • [03] GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS MEET BANK REPRESENTATIVES
  • [04] INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT
  • [05] SUMMER TIME ADJUSTMENT ON MARCH 29
  • [06] UK PROPOSES 'EQUAL POLITICAL ROLE' FOR TRNC
  • [07] ERSUMER RETURNS TO TURKEY
  • [08] BURNS: "APPLY TO THE HAGUE FOR AEGEAN"
  • [09] ATTACK BY NEO-NAZIs
  • [10] 155 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED FOR THE LAST TWO MONTHS
  • [11] IRANIAN AMBASSADOR IN ANKARA
  • [12] "FUNDAMENTALISTS BASED IN GERMANY"
  • [13] S-300 CONDITION BY GREEK CYPRIOTS
  • [14] TURKISH CONTRACTORS TO BUILD "BLUE STREAM" PIPELINE

  • [01] DEMIREL TO VISIT SPAIN

    President Suleyman Demirel will go to Spain tomorrow for a three-day official visit. Demirel will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, Tourism Minister Ibrahim Gurdal and State Minister Isin Celebi. The talks there are expected to focus on Turkey's relations with the European Union (EU). In an interview with the leading Spanish paper El Pais, Demirel said that he was waiting for "friendly nations (such as Spain) to correct the mistake they made against Turkey". Demirel will meet King Juan Carlos, Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and leading Spanish officials to boost bilateral, regional and international relations. /Sabah/

    [02] PIPELINE SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL

    A meeting of the oil-producing countries of the Caspian Sea started yesterday with cautious support for a pipeline through Turkey. Turkey brought together Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to see whether it could win political commitment to its pipeline proposal. Georgia joined the meeting as another transit route candidate. In their opening remarks, foreign ministers talks of varying levels of support for the Turkish proposal, bringing oil and gas from Azerbaijan's capital on the Caspian, Baku, to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. "I believe a unified approach will be secured at this meeting on delivering Caspian oil and natural gas by pipelines to international markets" Turkish President Suleyman Demirel said in a statement read out at the meeting. It is expected that the meeting will end today with a joint declaration of political commitment to the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline. /All papers/

    [03] GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS MEET BANK REPRESENTATIVES

    Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, State Minister Gunes Taner and Finance Minister Zekeriya Temizel met Saturday with representatives of the banking sector to discuss the impacts of the tax reform launched by the government. During the meeting, bankers' fears that new tax regulations will imposed too heavy burdens on banks were taken in hand. In a statement after the meeting, Minister Taner said that bankers have voiced full support for the reforms. /Hurriyet/

    [04] INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT

    The cabinet has approved the project on "national dialogue on the strategies for struggling against poverty in Turkey ", which was signed by the Turkish Government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Within the framework of the project, Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), in cooperation with the UNDP, will research the problems of poverty and unemployment in Turkey and their impact on social development. /Cumhuriyet/

    [05] SUMMER TIME ADJUSTMENT ON MARCH 29

    This year's summer time adjustment, aiming to provide more use of daylight hours, thereby saving energy, will be made on March 29. According to information received by the Anatolia news agency from the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, clocks should be placed one hour ahead at 1.00 a.m. on March 29.

    [06] UK PROPOSES 'EQUAL POLITICAL ROLE' FOR TRNC

    As diplomatic efforts accelerate to persuade the Turkish Cypriots to take part in the Greek Cypriot delegation which is due to start accession talks with the European Union (EU) in late March, Britain has proposed that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) be granted an "equal political role". In a message sent to Greek Cypriot Leader Glafkos Klerides last week, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has suggested that the "Turkish Cypriots be invited to participate in the talks and be given an equal political role", the Anatolia news agency reported.

    British Cyprus envoy David Hannay, who was in Ankara last week, discussed the suggestion with Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz who welcomed this new proposal, Anatolia said. Yilmaz and his TRNC counterpart, Dervis Eroglu, who is on an official visit to Turkey, reportedly also discussed the British suggestion. No other details were available.

    [07] ERSUMER RETURNS TO TURKEY

    Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Cumhur Ersumer has stated that they received full support in the US, where they promoted the feasibility report of the Baku-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline. Noting that an agreement was signed with US Secretary of Commerce William Daley, Ersumer said: "With this agreement, for the first time, US firms in Turkey will construct hydro-electric power plants with their own credits". /Milliyet/

    [08] BURNS: "APPLY TO THE HAGUE FOR AEGEAN"

    Nicholas Burns, US Ambassador in Athens, has noted that the problems of continental shelf and Kardak islet should be brought to the Court of Justice in The Hague. In a statement to the Kathimerini newspaper, Burns said that the US government supported the solutions to the problems at the international court and that Turkey should accept this. Noting that the US was against armament in the Aegean Sea, Burns called upon Turkey and Greece to find a solution to their problems. Burns said that international efforts were continuing to resolve the Cyprus problem and he added: "The Cyprus problem plays a critical role in Turco-Greek relations". /Milliyet/

    [09] ATTACK BY NEO-NAZIs

    It is reported that neo-Nazis attacked a Turkish and a Iraqi person two days ago in the Magdeburg district of Germany. Magdeburg police noted that five out of six attackers have been detained. /Milliyet/

    [10] 155 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED FOR THE LAST TWO MONTHS

    Security forces are continuing their operations in the Southeast region to make inactive the PKK separatist terrorist organization. During the clashes 155 terrorists have been killed, 24 have been detained alive and nine of them have surrendered. Within the same period 14 soldiers have been killed and three village guards wounded.

    Military sources said that operations would continue until the separatist terrorists would be swept out of the region. /Sabah/

    [11] IRANIAN AMBASSADOR IN ANKARA

    Iranian new Ambassador to Ankara Levasani is expected to take office within this week. According to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Turkey's Ambassador to Tehran Sencar Ozsoy will also be on his duty at the same time with his Iranian counterpart. /Sabah/

    [12] "FUNDAMENTALISTS BASED IN GERMANY"

    According to German weekly magazine, "Focus", fundamentalist Turkish organizations tried to base in Germany. The magazine reported that the organizations were financially supported by the National View Organization. The report noted that German security officials would take the necessary measures to prevent the activities of the fundamentalist organizations, activities of which had been limited in Turkey by the closure of the Welfare Party (RP).

    Bremen Senator Ralf Borttscheller said that the National View Organization would be banned in Germany because of its fundamentalist activities. /Sabah/

    [13] S-300 CONDITION BY GREEK CYPRIOTS

    The new Defense Minister of the Greek Cypriot Administration Yannakis Omiru repeated Greek Cpriot opinions that in case agreeing on disarming and demilitarizing the whole island, S-300 missiles would not be brought to Cyprus. In his first message to the press as defense minister, Yannakis Omiru claimed that it was the sovereign right of the Greek Cypriot Adiminstration to enhance its defense. Calling on the US and the EU to use their influence on Turkey, Omiru blamed Turkey for destabilizing the region and said, "Pressure must be applied on Turkey." /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] TURKISH CONTRACTORS TO BUILD "BLUE STREAM" PIPELINE

    The Turkish companies Haznedaroglu and Oztas together with the Russian Stray Transgaz company have established a consortium for the construction of a part of the "Blue Stream" pipeline to carry Russian natural gas to Turkey. The consortium will materialize the construction of the Black Sea part of the pipeline to be built at the depth of 2,000 meters, and the Samsun-Ankara part of the project. /Hurriyet/
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