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Anadolu Agency: News in English, 97-12-06

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

06 DEC 1997


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN
  • [02] TURKEY-TREMOR - MILD QUAKE IN SOUTHERN PROVINCE OF ANTALYA
  • [03] CROSS-BORDER OPERATION - TURKISH ARMED FORCES STARTS A NEW OPERATION IN NORTHERN IRAQ
  • [04] TURKEY-TRNC - TRNC PRIME MINISTER EROGLU MEETS DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT AND PARLIAMENT SPEAKER CETIN - ECEVIT: ''CONCRETE STEPS ARE TAKEN REGARDING PARTIAL INTEGRATION''
  • [05] TURKEY-BULGARIA (1) - PRIME MINISTER YILMAZ WRAPPS UP HIS CONTACTS IN BULGARIA - JOINT PRESS STATEMENT NOTES: ''TURKEY TO SUPPORT BULGARIA'S MEMBERSHIP TO NATO'' - PRIME MINISTER YILMAZ INVITES KOSTOV TO TURKEY
  • [06] TURKEY-BULGARIA (2) - INTERIOR MINISTER BASESGIOGLU LEAVES BULGARIA - BASESGIOGLU INVITES BULGARIAN INTERIOR MINISTER BONEV TO TURKEY
  • [07] TURKEY-OIC - PRESIDENT DEMIREL TO LEAVE FOR TEHERAN ON MONDAY
  • [08] TURKEY-EU - PRIME MINISTER YILMAZ TO VISIT BRITAIN AND LUXEMBOURG
  • [09] TURKEY-TRNC - TRNC PRIME MINISTER EROGLU: ''TRNC NEEDS FURTHER INVESTMENTS''
  • [10] TURKEY-TRNC (2) - CYPRUS-TURKISH DEVELOPMENT PLATFORM MEETING - PRESIDENT DEMIREL SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE PLATFORM: - ''WE WILL STAND AGAINST ACTIONS AIMING TO DISTURB PEACE IN CYPRUS AS A GUARANTOR STATE''

  • [01] TURKEY-PRESS SCAN

    These are some of the leading stories in Turkey's press on December 6, 1997. Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HÜRRİYET (LIBERAL)

    RAPPORTEUR: SHUT IT
    The first signal regarding the closure case of the Welfare Party (RP) has come from Constitutional Court. The Rapporteur of Constitutional Court completed his report regarding the clousure of the Welfare Party and proposed to close the party. The report having 400 pages was submitted to the 11 members of the Constitutional Court by President Yekta Gungor Ozden yesterday. The report is not binding on the members. Ozden called the members to convene on December 10 to discuss the report and he said that the meeting can last for three-four days. The Constitutional Court will give its decision by simple majority.

    MİLLİYET (LIBERAL)

    EGILMEZ RESIGNS
    Undersecretary of Treasury Mahfi Egilmez resigned yesterday. His resignation effected the stock markets, because it was just before the meetings with IMF regarding the struggle against inflation. Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz reacted to the resignation, saying that ''Those people who speak without having any aim and who are capricious can not contribute to our struggle with the inflation.''

    EUROPE COMING CLOSER
    EU Commissioner responsible for Foreign Affairs Hans van den Broek said ''Turkey is included in expansion process. Meanwhile French President Jacques Chirac talked about Turkey with his meeting with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in Bonn. Chirac said ''If Turkey is isolated, this will be against the interests of Europe,'' and Kohl also accepted this idea.

    SABAH (LIBERAL)

    20,000 SOLDIERS IN IRAQ
    A cross border operation started in Northern Iraq against the separatist terrorist organization before winter comes. Mesut Barzani's forces KDP which is approximately 8000 peshmerges joined in the operation. The aim of the operation is to cleanse particularly Hakurk region of Northern Iraq from the terrorist organization, which tries to re-settle in the region.

    CUMHURİYET (LEFT)

    HOLBROOKE IS BANKER IN SOUTHERN CYPRUS
    US President's Special Representative to Cyprus Richard Holbrooke is the share holder of a bank in Southern Cyprus named ''Credit Suisse First Boston.'' Deputy Director of Greek Central Bank Spiros Stavrinakis said that this bank invested 7 billion dollars in Russia last September. The national income of the Greek Cypriot Administration is known as 6 billion dollars.

    NEW PERIOD STARTS WITH US
    Foreign Minister Cem said that a new period is opening regarding Turkish- American relations. Meeting with US State Secretary Madeleine Albright, Cem stated that a cooperation will start with US concerning Euroasian energy corridors.

    TÜRKİYE (RIGHT)

    NEW PERIOD WITH BULGARIA
    A joint statement was issued after Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz met Bulgarian President Petar Stoyanov and Prime Minister Ivan Kostov. The statement noted that Turkey will continue to extend support to Bulgarian membership to NATO and a common attitute will be taken regarding the struggle against the separatist terrorist organization.

    RADİKAL (LEFT)

    FATE OF TOPCU
    The fate of Rural Affairs and Housing Minister Yasar Topcu will be determined next week. The censure motion regarding the claims against Topcu will be discussed on Monday and the voting will take place on Wednesday.

    YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL)

    SERIOUS WARNING TO GOVERNMENT
    Undersecretary of Treasury Mahfi Egilmez resigned from his post in onder to protest the chaos in administration of economy. Yılmaz government which made contradictory statements, lost Mahfi Egilmez. Egilmez resigned on Tuesday, but Prime Minister Yılmaz said ''Your resignation will increase inflation by 20 percent, wait for a while, we will put everything in order''. The stock market decreased by 6.3 percent, while the interest rates increased by 7 marks.

    ZAMAN (RELIGIOUS)

    BILL TO BE PAID BY TURKEY
    Iraq stopped the exportation of oil, as the United Nations (UN) did not increase the quota. Kerkuk-Yumurtalık oil pipeline is again under the threat of being useless and Turkey seems to pay the bill again.

    FİNANSAL FORUM (ECONOMY)

    MAHFI EGILMEZ RESIGNS
    Undersecretary of Egilmez, who said many times that he will not be submissive to the pressures, resigned because of his disagreement with the high administration of economy.

    [02] TURKEY-TREMOR - MILD QUAKE IN SOUTHERN PROVINCE OF ANTALYA

    ANKARA, Dec 6 (A.A) - A tremor shook southern province of Antalya and the Lakes region slightly early Saturday but caused no damage or injuries.

    The quake, which struck at 2.13 a.m. (00.13 GMT), had a preliminary magnitude of 4.2, the Istanbul-based Kandilli observatory said.

    The tremor was also felt in neighboring provinces of Denizli, Isparta, Burdur and Alanya.

    [03] CROSS-BORDER OPERATION - TURKISH ARMED FORCES STARTS A NEW OPERATION IN NORTHERN IRAQ

    ANKARA, Dec 6 (A.A) - Turkish Armed Forces started a new cross border operation in Northern Iraq against the separatist terrorist organization, it is reported on Friday.

    The operation is staged in order to prevent the activities of the separatist organization which tries to re-settle in Hakurk region of Northern Iraq.

    Minister of Interior Murat Baseskioglu told A.A correspondent that Turkish Armed Forces started the operation by 20,000 soldiers and 8000 peshmergas of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) which are under the command of KDP Leader Mesut Barzani participated in the operation.

    Baseskioglu stated that the operation is staged in order to strike the last blow on the separatist terrorist organization before the winter comes.

    [04] TURKEY-TRNC - TRNC PRIME MINISTER EROGLU MEETS DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT AND PARLIAMENT SPEAKER CETIN - ECEVIT: ''CONCRETE STEPS ARE TAKEN REGARDING PARTIAL INTEGRATION''

    ANKARA, Dec 6 (A.A) - Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on Friday that Turkish-Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) relations deepened during the 55th government and concrete steps were taken regarding partial integration.

    TRNC Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu, who is currently in Ankara, visited Deputy Prime Minister Ecevit the same day.

    Addressing a statement at the meeting, Bulent Ecevit stated that TRNC is a separate state and this fact is started to be perceived by European Union (EU) circles in a more realist way now although not voiced, adding that Turkish-TRNC relations will further strengthen in the coming months.

    TRNC Prime Minister Eroglu in his part stated that TRNC wishes to improve all kinds of relations with Turkey and it has economic problems, yet Turkey has always extended support to Turkish Cypriot economy.

    Later, Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin received TRNC Prime Minister Eroglu.

    Hikmet Cetin said that the parliament has always regarded the Cyprus matter as a national matter. Noting that EU regards the Greek Cypriot side as the representative of the whole country, Cetin stressed that this attitute impedes the solution in Cyprus.

    Pointing out that the second mistake of EU is to keep Turkey outside of EU, Cetin stated that ''EU makes a historical mistake.''

    [05] TURKEY-BULGARIA (1) - PRIME MINISTER YILMAZ WRAPPS UP HIS CONTACTS IN BULGARIA - JOINT PRESS STATEMENT NOTES: ''TURKEY TO SUPPORT BULGARIA'S MEMBERSHIP TO NATO'' - PRIME MINISTER YILMAZ INVITES KOSTOV TO TURKEY

    SOFIA, Dec 6 (A.A) - Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz, who was in Bulgaria as an official guest of Bulgarian Prime Minister Ivan Kostov, wrapped up his contacts and returned to Turkey.

    Two Prime Ministers issued a joint statement regarding the visit of Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz to Bulgaria.

    The statement said that the recent sitution of the relations between the two countries were taken up in details during the visit and the two sides showed their will to further improve Turkish-Bulgarian relations. The statement stressed that Turkey will continue to support Bulgaria's membership to NATO in an active way.

    The joint press statement noted that Turkey and Bulgaria have overcomed the problem regarding the determination of their control areas in sea and an agreement was reached in this respect by the end of constructive and comprehensive negotiations.

    The statement recalled that the two countries signed the Agreements on ''Cooperation in Culture, Education and Science'' and ''Cooperation Between Customs Administrations'' and ''Cooperation Protocol Between Interior Ministries.''

    The statement went on saying that ''The two Prime Ministers stressed the importance of completion of free trade agreement and they signed a memorandum regarding the liberalization of trade between Turkey and Bulgaria.''

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz invited his Bulgarian counterpart Kostov to Turkey in 1998.

    [06] TURKEY-BULGARIA (2) - INTERIOR MINISTER BASESGIOGLU LEAVES BULGARIA - BASESGIOGLU INVITES BULGARIAN INTERIOR MINISTER BONEV TO TURKEY

    SOFIA, Dec 6 (A.A) - Interior Minister Murat Basesgioglu, who was in Bulgaria as an official guest of Bulgarian Interior Minister Bogomil Bonev, wrapped up his contacts in Bulgaria and returned to Turkey on Friday.

    Addressing a statement before leaving Bulgaria, Murat Basesgioglu said that Turkey is resolved to cooperate with Bulgaria regarding struggle against illegal activities that concern both countries.

    Interior Minister Basesgioglu stated that his contacts in Bulgaria were successful and he signed a protocol with Bulgarian Interior Minister Bogomil Bonev within the framework of ''Security and Cooperation Agreement'' which was signed in 1992.

    Noting that the protocol foresees cooperation between the two interior ministries in the fields of international terrorism, drug trafficking, arms smuggling and illegal migration, Basesgioglu pointed out that the two ministries will also exchange information and document in this respect.

    ''I hope our resolved attitute and cooperation will prevent crime and illegal incidents,'' said Basesgioglu.

    [07] TURKEY-OIC - PRESIDENT DEMIREL TO LEAVE FOR TEHERAN ON MONDAY

    ANKARA, Dec 6 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel will leave for Teheran to participate in the eighth summit of Organization for Islamic Conference (OIC) that will be held between December 9-11, it is reported on Saturday.

    Foreign Ministry said that President Demirel will address the OIC summit twice and will hold bilateral contacts with the heads of states who will participate in the summit.

    The statement noted that draft laws regarding international and regional issues and a final decleration will be adopted during the summit.

    President Demirel will return to Turkey on Thursday.

    [08] TURKEY-EU - PRIME MINISTER YILMAZ TO VISIT BRITAIN AND LUXEMBOURG

    ANKARA, Dec 6 (A.A) - Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz will pay working visits to Britain on December 9 and Luxembourg on December 10 before the European Union (EU) summit is held in Luxembourg between December 12-13, it is reported on Saturday.

    Foreign Ministry said that Prime Minister Yılmaz will explain the expectations of Turkey to British Prime Minister Tony Blair just before the Luxembourg summit where important decisions will be taken concerning the expansion of EU.

    The statement noted that ''Turkey will ask Britian's help concerning inclusion of Turkey in EU expansion process within the security and cooperation atmosphere that exists between Turkey and Britain.''

    Foreign Ministry stated that Prime Minister Yılmaz will also meet Luxembourg Prime Minister and EU Term President Jean Claude Juncker in a dinner held in Luxembourg on December 10.

    [09] TURKEY-TRNC - TRNC PRIME MINISTER EROGLU: ''TRNC NEEDS FURTHER INVESTMENTS''

    ANKARA, Dec 6 (A.A) - Prime Minister of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Dervis Eroglu, who is currently in Ankara, called on Friday Turkish businessmen to invest in TRNC, because TRNC can not stand on its feet as a powerful state only by military power, but it needs economic power.

    Addressing a speech at ''Cyprus-Turkish Development Platform'' held by Turkish Democracy Foundation, TRNC Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu stated that several powers use economic crisis as a weapon to overthrow TRNC state and urge its people to dissolve.

    Noting that serious steps and radical, lasting decisions should be taken as soon as possible by Turkey and TRNC, Eroglu pointed out that the Greek Cypriot side wishes to extend its sovereignty to the whole island and reach Enosis under the EU umbrella.

    ''We can not involve in a process which does not attribute importance to the existance of two states in the island,'' said Eroglu regarding the application of the Greek Cypriot side to European Union. (EU)

    Eroglu added that ''the thing that worries TRNC is that at the moment United Nations (UN) Secretary General only presents several proposals and it gradually transferred its good will mission to EU.''

    Meanwhile, TRNC President Rauf Denktas sent a message to the platform and said in his message that ''Turkish Cypriot people is resolved to make the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) live within the framework of democratic principles in spite of all difficulties.''

    Rauf Denktas also called international society to recognize the national equality and sovereignty of TRNC in his message.

    [10] TURKEY-TRNC (2) - CYPRUS-TURKISH DEVELOPMENT PLATFORM MEETING - PRESIDENT DEMIREL SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE PLATFORM: - ''WE WILL STAND AGAINST ACTIONS AIMING TO DISTURB PEACE IN CYPRUS AS A GUARANTOR STATE''

    ANKARA, Dec 6 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Saturday that Turkey will stand against activities that try to disturb peace in Cyprus as a guarantor state, adding that ''The world should recognize the fact that Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is a state, thus there are two states in Cyprus.''

    Sending a message to the ''Cyprus-Turkish Development Platform meeting,'' President Demirel stated that ''We believe that the strengthening of TRNC economy will contribute to the protection of peace and stability in Cyprus.''

    Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz also sent a message to the platform and said that ''Our government will continue to contribute to the efforts of Turkish Cypriot people to increase the prosperity level of Turkish Cypriot nation and to speed up its development.''

    Addressing a speech at the Platform, Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin said that ''a sustanible and realist solution in Cyprus can not be realized by foreign intervention and pressures. The world has to see the fact that there are two communities in the island.''

    Deputy Prime Minister and National Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin stressed in his part that TRNC is under the guarantee of Turkey and Turkey will always be together with TRNC.


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