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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 97-12-01

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From: The Anadolu Agency Home Page at <http://www.anadoluajansi.gov.tr/>

01 DEC 1997


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
  • [02] TURKEY-OIL - OIL PRODUCTION IN ADIYAMAN PROVINCE - TPAO PRODUCES 11.2 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL IN LAST 11 MONTHS
  • [03] TURKEY IN BRIEF - DECEMBER 1, 1997
  • [04] TURKEY-HEROIN - 11 PEOPLE TAKEN UNDER CUSTODY RELATED TO 1200 KG DRUGS
  • [05] TURKEY-TRNC-EU - TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS IN ISTANBUL - DENKTAS: ''IT SHOULD NOT BE EXPECTED FROM TRNC TO GIVE CONCESSION FROM ITS SOVEREIGNITY FOR EU'' - ''GREEK-CYPRIOTS HAVE NOW BEEN IN A POSITION TO ACCEPT 1960 AGREEMENT''
  • [06] TURKEY-AUCTION - TURKEY'S ATTACK HELICOPTER TENDER - TERM OF ADJUDICATION FOR SUBMITTING BIDDINGS TO LAST ON DECEMBER 31 - SKORSKY COMPANY TO PULL OUT FROM TENDER
  • [07] TURKEY IN BRIEF (2) - DECEMBER 1, 1997
  • [08] TRNC-EU - EU COMMISSIONER BROEK'S VISIT TO CYPRUS - TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS: ''WE WILL NOT GIVE ANY CONCESSIONS''
  • [09] NORTHERN IRAQ - KDP KILLS SEVEN TERRORISTS AND ENCIRCLES 200 TERRORISTS NEAR TURKISH BORDER
  • [10] TURKEY-RUSSIA - STATE MINISTER TANER EXTENDS HIS VISIT IN MOSCOW
  • [11] TURKEY-IRAN - PRESIDENT DEMIREL'S CHIEF CONSULTANT GUNGOR: - ''IRANIAN NATURAL GAS WILL START TO BE USED IN TURKEY IN THE YEAR 2000''
  • [12] TURKEY-ISRAEL - FORMER ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER SIMON PERES: ''TURKEY HAS THE POWER TO TOTALY CHANGE SITUATION IN MIDDLE EAST''
  • [13] TURKEY-OMAN - PRESIDENT DEMIREL IN OMAN
  • [14] TURKEY-US-NETHERLANDS - TURKISH NUH CEMENT CO. LTD. TO SET UP ENERGY POWER PLANT WITH AMERICAN AND DUTCH COMPANIES

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN

    These are some of the leading stories in Turkey's press on December 1, 1997. Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. You will find better detailed summaries of major news reports in a few hours.

    HÜRRİYET (LIBERAL)

    SHAME ON CENSUS
    Only men were asked about their profession during the census, which locked all Turkey in their houses for 14 hours. Women were not asked the same question, although millions of women are employed. Those young people who are employed and live with their families, seemed to be unemployed, because their profession were also not asked.

    200 KG HEROIN, ONE TON HASHISH
    Police seized 200 kilograms of heroin and one ton of hashish in Istanbul the other night. The market value of the drug is 10 trillion liras and two lorries were carrying the drug from Yuksekova town of Hakkari province to the Netherlands.

    MİLLİYET (LIBERAL)

    LAST TAX ON OIL
    State Minister Gunes Taner promised: ''The price of the oil will not change for six months starting from today.'' TUPRAS, which regulates the price of oil every month, increased the price of oil by 9 percent on Sunday evening. Meanwhile, Taner said the government will not put pressure over the private sector regarding taxes, but he gave a message that ''we will do our best to cope with the inflation, the price of oil decreases in foreign markets and we have the power to meet the losses of TUPRAS, as the price of oil will not change till the end of May.''

    ''EU GAME'' OF GREECE
    Greece, which is resolved to prevent the participation of Turkey in European Conference, works on a new formula due to the pressure of European Union (EU): ''We will accept it, only if we delay the Conference to June.''

    SABAH (LIBERAL)

    CHAOS IN CENSUS
    Everybody stayed in their homes all day, but when it was 19.00, there were many houses where the census officials could not still arrive. Police arrested many people wanted for various crimes. Seven villages of Bergame town in western Turkey protested the census and these families did not open their doors to census officials.

    CUMHURİYET (LEFT)

    ONE DAY NOT ENOUGH FOR CENSUS
    Many people reacted, because they were not counted. State Statistics Institute (DİE) Chairman Sıddık Ensari said that these citizens can apply today and be counted. Police took 1200 people into custody, because they went outside, while the census was continuing. Meanwhile, 431 wanted people were arrested. Although there were a few cars in streets, seven traffic accidents took place and three people were wounded.

    TÜRKİYE (RIGHT)

    GIANT INVESTMENT IN MOSCOW
    Two Turkish firms, namely Koc and Enka, constructed a giant market in Moscow. Totaly 15,000 Russian people visited the market in half a day. President of Koc Executive Board Rahmi Koc said they will invest more in Moscow. Three more shopping centers will be constructed in Russia till 2000.

    RADİKAL (LEFT)

    PROSECUTOR REACTS
    Court of Apeeal Chief Prosecutor Vural Savas thinks that international agreements are not valid regarding the closure case of the Welfare Party (RP). Savas said ''Turkish judges should give verdict in accordance with Turkish law. If they give supremacy to international agreements, this will cause serious problems.''

    CHP'S GAME
    The censure motion, which was filed by True Path Party (DYP) regarding Minister of Settlement and Housing Yasar Topcu, will be taken up in the parliament on Tuesday. Republican Peoples Party (CHP) thinks of not participating in the voting and will leave the government alone.

    ZAMAN (RELIGIOUS)

    WEST QUESTIONS OUR JUSTICE
    US press, which claims that Turkish justice system is effected by political choices and foreign pressure, compares Turkey with communist China regarding the violation of human rights.

    YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL)

    GANG CAN LEAK TO MHP AND PARLIAMENT
    The wife of ex-leader of National Movement Party (MHP) Seval Turkes said ''Several people try to use MHP. Alpaslan Turkes were very angry with them, too. The members of the gang can use MHP as a legal institution and can enter in the parliament. I am trying to prevent this as the wife of Turkes.''

    FİNANSAL FORUM (ECONOMY)

    EU AGAIN IN CYPRUS
    EU Commissioner for Foreign Affairs Hans van den Broek will hold bilateral contacts with the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus for two days. Broek is expected to recall to the two leaders that full membership negotiations of Cyprus with EU will start in April and wish them to continue their efforts to find a solution in Cyprus.

    [02] TURKEY-OIL - OIL PRODUCTION IN ADIYAMAN PROVINCE - TPAO PRODUCES 11.2 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL IN LAST 11 MONTHS

    GAZIANTEP, Dec. 1 (A.A) - Turkish Petroleums Co. Ltd. (TPAO) produced 11.2 million barrels of oil in southeastern Adıyaman province during January- November 1997 period, it was reported on Monday.

    The increase in oil production was three percent when compared to same period last year.

    TPAO Regional Directorate officials told A.A correspondent that TPAO meets 61 percent of Turkey's total oil production from 143 wells in 17 different regions in Adıyaman, adding that 33.500 barrels of high-gravity oil was produced a day from those wells.

    TPAO continues its oil researches in southern Hatay province and its test- productions in southeastern Kilis and Sanliurfa provinces.

    [03] TURKEY IN BRIEF - DECEMBER 1, 1997

    ANKARA - President Suleyman Demirel on Monday left for Oman and United Arab Emirates.

    President Demirel said prior to his departure that he will pay two-day official visits each to Oman and United Arab Emirates.

    Noting that there are close friendship relations between Oman, United Arab Emirates and Turkey, Demirel said that they will exchange views regarding regional and international issues, overview economic and commercial relations and determine new areas of cooperation with these countries during his visit to Oman and United Arab Emirates.

    ANKARA - Deputy Prime Minister and National Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin on Monday left for Belgium to participate in North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Defense Ministers meeting.

    Prior to his departure from Esenboga Airport, Sezgin said in a press briefing that he will attend to NATO Extraordinary Ministers Meeting in Autumn Term.

    Sezgin said that he will convey Turkish government's views regarding security cooperation in Southeastern Europe and partnership for peace in a working dinner.

    Minister Sezgin will also participate in Nuclear Planning Group Defense Planning Committee, North Atlantic Council Meeting, and European Atlantic Partnership Council meeting.

    Sezgin will return to Turkey on December 4.

    ANKARA - ''Agreement for Mutual Encouragement and Protection of Investments'' that was signed between Turkey and Spain is approved by the Council of Ministers.

    The agreement that is published in today's Official Gazette foresees the cooperation of two countries to create suitable conditions for investments and productive usage of the resources.

    The agreement has been signed on 15 February 1995 in Ankara.

    [04] TURKEY-HEROIN - 11 PEOPLE TAKEN UNDER CUSTODY RELATED TO 1200 KG DRUGS

    ISTANBUL, Dec 1 (A.A) - Police said on Sunday that 1000 kilos of hashish and 200 kilos of heroin which were seized by police early on Sunday, belonged to the manager of Atakoy C Hotels Casino Hasan Erkus.

    Istanbul Police officials stated that the number of people who were taken under custody in connection with the incident increased to 11, including Erkus, Mehmet Sevis, and Muhammet Ustundag, the driver of the lorry.

    Officials said that the investigation is still underway.

    [05] TURKEY-TRNC-EU - TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS IN ISTANBUL - DENKTAS: ''IT SHOULD NOT BE EXPECTED FROM TRNC TO GIVE CONCESSION FROM ITS SOVEREIGNITY FOR EU'' - ''GREEK-CYPRIOTS HAVE NOW BEEN IN A POSITION TO ACCEPT 1960 AGREEMENT''

    ISTANBUL, Dec 1 (A.A) - Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas on Monday said that it should not be expected from TRNC to give concession from its sovereignity for European Union (EU).

    TRNC President Denktas late on Sunday arrived in Istanbul from Germany. Speaking to A.A correspondent in the airport, Denktas said that his visit to Germany carried great importance before the EU summit on December 12.

    President Rauf Denktas said he met German Foreign Ministry officials, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Peter Hartmann, Cyprus Special Representative Graf zu Rantzau and the ministry's Mediterranean Desk Chairman Friedrich Groning.

    Denktas said he briefed the officials about the past of Cyprus question.

    ''I learned that Greek-Cypriot side's Foreign Minister Casulides had said they wanted to be EU member together with Turkey. This shows that Greek- Cypriot side has come to a position to accept 1960 agreement, which foresees that Cyprus cannot be a member of EU without Turkey.''

    Denktas then proceeded to TRNC.

    [06] TURKEY-AUCTION - TURKEY'S ATTACK HELICOPTER TENDER - TERM OF ADJUDICATION FOR SUBMITTING BIDDINGS TO LAST ON DECEMBER 31 - SKORSKY COMPANY TO PULL OUT FROM TENDER

    ANKARA, Dec 1 (A.A) - The term of adjudication for submitting tenders for first 50 of 145 attack helicopters worth of USD 145 billion will last by December 31, it was reported on Monday. The tender was put out by Turkish Defense Industry Undersecretariat (SSM).

    SSM officials told A.A correspondent that SSM expects Skorsky company to bid for ''Comanche''; Mc-Donnell Douglas to bid for ''Apache Long Bow''; Eurocopter for ''Tiger''; Bell Textron for ''King Cobra''; Augusta for ''A- 129 International Mangusta'' and Russian company to bid for ''Mi-24'' and ''Mi-28'' helicopters until December 31.

    SSM will decrease the number of eligible companies to two or three by evaluating the biddings that will be submitted until the end of April 1998. Defense Industry Executive Committee will submit its list to Turkish Aviation and Space Industry Co. Ltd. (TAI) in July 1998.

    TAI, which will hold negotiations with the eligable companies about the tenders, will prepare a general evaluation report regarding the biddings. Defense Industry Executive Committee then will announce the company to win the auction at the end of 1998 or early 1999.

    SSM foresees maximum domestic contribution to attack helicopters that was put out to tender.

    Meanwhile, American defense sources stated that Skorsky company plans to pull out from the tender due to a problem with the Boeing firm. Boeing and Skorsky companies together produce ''Comanche'' helicopters.

    [07] TURKEY IN BRIEF (2) - DECEMBER 1, 1997

    ANKARA - The rafinery basic prices of fuel-oil productions were increased by nearly nine percent to be valid by December 2, it was reported on Monday.

    Turkey Oil Refineries Co. Ltd. (TUPRAS) Executive Board Chairman and General Director Ergun Kuran said in a written statement that the refinery output prices of high-octane gasoline, fuel-oil, liquid petroleum gas, motorine and gasoil were increased by nearly nine percent.

    RIZE - General Directorate of Tea Administrations (CAYKUR) stated that it signed a total of 3500 tons of tea exportation agreements with Britain and Iraq, it was reported on Monday.

    CAYKUR General Director Nejat Ural told A.A correspondent that thay signed 2000 tons of tea exportation agreement with Britain and 1500 tons of tea exportation with Iraq.

    ANKARA - Turkish Naval Forces Chief Commander Admiral Salim Dervisoglu on Monday received Dutch Naval Forces Chief Commander Admiral Luuk Kroon.

    Admiral Kroon, who is in Turkey as an official guest of Admiral Dervisoglu, was welcomed by a military ceremony in Naval Forces Commandership.

    Admiral Dervisoglu said in the meeting that Naval Forces has good relations with Netherlands in defense industry and maritime sector and plans for further improvement in those fields.

    Admiral Kroon said in the meeting that ''I came here to reinforce the relations between two countries.''

    ANKARA - Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz said on Monday that ''our people should be informed about AIDS and show the necessary sensivity regarding this issue.''

    Prime Minister Yılmaz published a message upon the World AIDS Day on December 1. Stressing that AIDS has gained international dimension because it spreads to the world regardless of boundaries, Yılmaz added that AIDS continues to threaten all people in the world.

    Prime Minister said that individuals should also be conscious of caring for their health, in addition to the efforts of the Health Ministry regarding struggle with AIDS.

    ISTANBUL - Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Mustafa Tasar said on Monday that there are cooperation opportunities between Turkey and Israel in many fields particularly in agriculture, hoping that the USD 446 million of annual trade volume with Israel will reach two billion dollars soon due to the Turkish-Israeli Free Trade Agreement.

    Addressing a stament before leaving for Israel at Ataturk Airport, Mustafa Tasar stated that Turkish-Israeli relations speeded up by the Middle East Peace Process.

    ''Our relations will be further strengthened by bilateral agreements which will be signed in the fields of economy, politics and military during my visit to Israel,'' Tasar said.

    Pointing out that Israel wishes to realize joint agricultural projects with Turkey within the framework of Southeastern Project (GAP), Tasar added that he will take up cooperation opportunities with Israel regarding this issue during his visit.

    Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Tasar will be received by Israeli President, Prime Minister and meet Foreign Minister.

    [08] TRNC-EU - EU COMMISSIONER BROEK'S VISIT TO CYPRUS - TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS: ''WE WILL NOT GIVE ANY CONCESSIONS''

    LEFKOSA, Dec 1 (A.A) - President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas said on Monday that ''TRNC will not give any concessions regarding the Cyprus issue'' while he was evaluating on the visit of European Union (EU) Commissioner Hans van den Broek responsible from foreign affairs to Cyprus.

    Noting that the existance of TRNC should be recognized, TRNC President Denktas stated that Greek Cypriot side can not represent Turkish Cypriots, adding that ''if EU accepts this fact, the negotiations between the two communities in Cyprus can start again. EU countries should respect human rights, justice and international treaties regarding the solution of Cyprus question.''

    TRNC Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu, in his part described the visit of Hans van den Broek to Cyprus as a ''show off.''

    Eroglu pointed out that Van den Broek plans to say to EU that ''they have been to Cyprus and met Turkish Cypriots'' before the EU summit that will be held in Luxembourg in December 12.

    EU Commissioner Hans van den Broek is expected to arrive in Cyprus on Monday evening and hold contacts with the both sides regarding the Cyprus question and the membership of Greek Cypriot side to EU.

    TRNC President Denktas will receive Broek on Tuesday, who will then hold a press briefing and leave Cyprus the same day.

    [09] NORTHERN IRAQ - KDP KILLS SEVEN TERRORISTS AND ENCIRCLES 200 TERRORISTS NEAR TURKISH BORDER

    ULUDERE, Dec 1 (A.A) - Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) forces, which clashed with separatist terrorist organization in Northern Iraq, killed seven members of the terrorist organization, it is reported on Monday.

    Local sources told A.A correspondent that approximately 200 terrorists, who aimed to settle in between Pirbela and Snath camps in Northern Iraq, are encircled by KDP forces. These terrorists cannot also enter into Turkey due to strict measures taken in the border.

    KDP forces continue to stage operations against the members of the separatist terrorist organization.

    [10] TURKEY-RUSSIA - STATE MINISTER TANER EXTENDS HIS VISIT IN MOSCOW

    MOSCOW, Dec 1 (A.A) - State Minister Gunes Taner extended his visit to Moscow in order to overcome the differences found in the contents of bilateral agreements which will be signed between Turkey and Russia during Russian Prime Minister Victor Chernomyrdin's visit to Turkey between December 14-16, it is reported on Monday.

    State Minister Taner is working on the drafts of Energy Agreement, High Technology Transfer Agreement, Agreement on Encouragement and Protection of Investments, Agreement on Prevention of Double Taxation and Turkish-Russian Economic Cooperation Agreement which will all be signed with Russia.

    State Minister Taner met on Monday Turkish-Russian Joint Economic Commission (JEC) Co-Chairman and Russian Health Minister Tatyana Dimitriyeva and Rem Vyahirev, Director of Gazprom which is Russia's leading natural gas firm.

    Turkey will become one of the most important receivers of Russian energy by the above agreements and it will take its natural gas need under guarantee for 2010 by three pipelines, which will arrive to Turkey, one of them through the Black Sea.

    Taner said that possibilities exist to increase the 12 billion dollars foreign trade volume of the two countries to 25 billion dollars and then to 50 billion dollars soon.

    [11] TURKEY-IRAN - PRESIDENT DEMIREL'S CHIEF CONSULTANT GUNGOR: - ''IRANIAN NATURAL GAS WILL START TO BE USED IN TURKEY IN THE YEAR 2000''

    ERZURUM, Dec 1 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel's Chief Consultant Necati Gungor on Monday said that the natural gas agreement between Turkey and Iran was not cancelled and the Dogubeyazit-Erzurum natural gas pipeline construction process continued.

    Gungor told A.A correspondent that he talked about the issue with BOTAS Deputy General Director Ugur Basar. Gungor said the construction of Dogubeyazit-Erzurum natural gas pipe line, the first part of the tender, still continued and the construction of the second part of the pipeline between Erzurum-Ankara was cancelled.

    Pointing out that the second part of the tender was cancelled due to technical insufficiencies, Gungor said, ''we do not have any problems with the construction of Dogubeyazıt-Erzurum pipeline. Our studies continue as they are planned. Iranian natural gas will start to be used in Turkey in the year 2000.''

    [12] TURKEY-ISRAEL - FORMER ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER SIMON PERES: ''TURKEY HAS THE POWER TO TOTALY CHANGE SITUATION IN MIDDLE EAST''

    JERUSALEM, Dec 1 (A.A) - Former Israeli Prime Minister Simon Peres said on Monday that Turkey has the power to change all balances in the Middle East, adding that ''Turkey should use its strategical importance.''

    Addressing to a group of Turkish journalists in Israeli Parliament named ''Knesset'', Peres stated that Turkey should commercialize its water resources.

    Noting that water is more important than oil in the Middle East, Peres said ''Turkey has many water resources and there is no meaning to let it go to the sea.''

    [13] TURKEY-OMAN - PRESIDENT DEMIREL IN OMAN

    MUSCAT, Dec 1 (A.A)- President Suleyman Demirel on Monday arrived in Oman for a two day visit as the official guest of Omani Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.

    President Demirel was welcomed by Sultan Qaboos, Omani high-ranking officials, Turkish Ambassador to Muscat Erdal Tumer and Turkish Embassy officials with an official ceremony in Omani Royal Private Airport.

    President Demirel, who procedeed to Al-bustan Palace Hotel, will receive Turkish citizens living and working in Oman.

    President Demirel tonight will participate in a dinner that Omani Sultan Qaboos Bin Said will host in the honour of President Demirel.

    Demirel is accompanied by a large delegation, including two state ministers and about 40 Turkish businessmen.

    On Tuesday, Demirel and the Turkish businessmen will meet their Omani counterparts to discuss trade and investment opportunities.

    Demirel is to leave Wednesday for the United Arab Emirates.

    [14] TURKEY-US-NETHERLANDS - TURKISH NUH CEMENT CO. LTD. TO SET UP ENERGY POWER PLANT WITH AMERICAN AND DUTCH COMPANIES

    ISTANBUL, Dec 1 (A.A) - Turkish Nuh Cement Industry Co. Ltd. is planning to set up a energy power plant with American and Dutch companies, it was reported on Monday.

    Nuh Cement said in a written statement that Nuh Cement Industry Co. Ltd., which was set up in 1996 and has been active in productions of cement, ready-concrete, lime, white-brick and machinery since that year, continues to realize its new investments.

    It said that Nuh Co. Ltd. decided to set up a power plant to contribute to solution of energy deficit and to meet requirements of existing facilities.

    Nuh Cement organized a consortium with American Stewart-Stevenson and Dutch NEM BV companies to this end.

    Nuh Cement Industry Co. Ltd. Executive Board Chairman Mehmet Eskiyapan together with other companies' representatives will hold a press briefing to introduce energy power plant project on December 2.


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