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15 DEC 1997
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the leading stories in Turkey's press on December 15, 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)HISTORICAL DECISIONS
The government took historical decisions against the European Union (EU) which did not accept Turkey for full membership. Here are the answers of Ankara to EU: Turkey will continue its will for incorporation in the EU. All conditions which were imposed by EU are rejected. Turkey will not participate in European Conference which will be held in March. Relations with EU will be carried out within the framework of 1963 Ankara Agreement. Turkey will not discuss the issues of Cyprus, Aegean and human rights with EU. These issues will only be taken up with EU countries at bilateral level. Integration of TRNC with Turkey will be speeded up and if EU does not fulfil its obligations stemming from customs union, Turkey will not try to improve these relations.
MİLLİYET (LIBERAL)MOSCOW INTERESTED IN BOSPHORUS
Addressing a statement before coming to Ankara for a visit, Russian Prime Minister Victor Cernomyrdn said that the new regulation that is implemented by Turkey in the Straits is ''unilateral'', adding that ''if it changes, we will be glad.''
PARTY INTERPRETATION BY ERBAKAN
SABAH (LIBERAL)DIFFERENT REACTIONS FROM WEST
American Ambassador to Turkey called Foreign Minister Cem yesterday and told him that US President Bill Clinton shares the dissappointment of Turkey regarding EU. British Prime Minister Blair sent a message to Prime Minister Yılmaz and said ''think twice,'' while German Prime Minister Kohl stated ''be calm.'' French President Jacques Chirac stressed that he feels regret because a strong message has not been given to Turkey.
CUMHURİYET (LEFT)IMPORTANT GUEST TO VISIT ANKARA
Russian Prime Minister Victor Cernomyrdn, who is prime minister in Russia for five years despite many political problems, will arrive in Turkey today. Cernomyrdn is expected to sign a natural gas agreement worth of 20 billion dollars with Turkey during his stay. The agreement foresees Turkey to purchase 16 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia for the next 25 years. This natural gas is planned to be transported by a 1200 kilometer- pipeline which will pass under the Black Sea.
TÜRKİYE (RIGHT)13 FILES IN PARLIAMENT
The parliament Constitution-Justice Joint Commission will discuss the report prepared regarding 13 immunity files of 10 parliamentarians today.
ERBAKAN: RP IS ENOUGH FOR US
RADİKAL (LEFT)TURKEY CURTAILS IT ALL
Council of Ministers which convened yesterday to evaluate Luxembourg Summit decided to curtail its discussions with European Union in the fields of human rights, Southeastern problem, Cyprus and Greece. Nevertheless Turkey will continue to be bound by the Customs Union deal. Prime Minister Yılmaz stressed that Turkey will not participate in European Conference, which has lost its meaning by the interventions of Greece. Yılmaz stated that if negotiations start between EU and the Greek Cypriot administration, then Turkey will enter in an integration process with TRNC.
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)HARSH REACTION FROM TRNC
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) cut the negotiation process between the two communities in the island after EU's decision to start full membership negotiations with the Greek Cypriot side. TRNC stressed that it will participate in negotiations regarding Cyprus question only at state level.
YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL)HUSBANDS WHO COMMIT ADULTERY TO BE PUNISHED
The draft law which foresees imprisonment for husbands who commit adultery will be taken up today by Justice Commission. If the draft becomes a law, those men who commit adultery will be imprisoned for three years.
FİNANSAL FORUM (ECONOMY)30 PERCENT OF EMPLOYEES ARE WOMEN
International Labour Organization (ILO) said in one of its reports that the percentage of employed women in Turkey between 1994-1995 was only 30. The report added that the percentage of women who are administrators in Turkey is only 10.
 TURKEY-FOREIGN POLICY - FM CEM TO LEAVE FOR BRUSSELS - CEM TO PARTICIPATE IN AUTUMN TERM MEETING OF NATO COUNCILANKARA, Dec 15 (A.A) - Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will leave for Brussels on early Tuesday to participate in Autumn Term Meeting of NATO Council, it was reported on Monday.
Especially the issue of ''NATO's expansion process'' will be taken up in the two-day meeting to which NATO ally countries' Foreign Ministers will attend.
The Foreign Ministers of NATO ally-candidate countries Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic will also hold meetings with NATO Foreign Ministers.
 TURKEY-RUSSIA - RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER CHERNOMYRDIN ARRIVES IN ANKARAANKARA, Dec 15 (A.A) - Russian Prime Minister Victor Cernomyrdin arrived in Ankara on Monday morning to pay an official visit.
Russian Prime Minister Chernomyrdin will meet Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz and President Suleyman Demirel the same day and return to Russia on Tuesday.
 TRNC-EU - TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS: ''EU'S DECISION IS THE LATEST MOVE OF GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE AND GREECE WHICH TRY TO TRANSFORM TURKISH CYPRIOTS' STATUS INTO A MINORITY STATUS FOR 34 YEARS''LEFKOSA, Dec 15 (A.A) - President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas said on Sunday that the latest decision of European Union (EU) is also ''the latest move of Greece and Greek Cypriot side, which try to transform the position of Turkish Cypriots into minority status for 34 years.''
Noting that it is a waste of time to negotiate Cyprus question with those people who do not take the existance of TRNC into consideration, TRNC President Denktas said that ''Turkish Cypriots will not be submissive to injustice.''
''They let the Greek Cypriots to claim responsibility over Cyprus under the name of 'legitimate government.' The result is obvious. As we will not accept that, they are the ones who have curtailed the intercommunal negotiation process in the island,'' Rauf Denktas said.
TRNC President Denktas stressed that all kinds of efforts will be launched for a while, adding that ''if they wish unification of Cyprus, they can not ignore us.''
 TURKEY-TERRORISM - TERRORIST ATTACK IN NIKSARNIKSAR, Dec 15 (A.A) - A group of separatist terrorists attacked a lime factory in Niksar township of Tokat province on Sunday and they escaped after burning three lorries.
Eught terrorists, including three women, came to Niksan Lime Factory on Sunday evening and rendered two guardians of the factory ineffective.
Terrorists then burned three lorries and broke one computer and fascimile machine in the factory.
Operations are underway to capture the terrorists who run away.
 TURKEY-TRNC - PRIME MINISTRY CONSULTANT FOR CYPRUS AFFAIRS KARACA IN TRNCLEFKOSA, Dec 15 (A.A) - Prime Ministry Consultant for Cyprus Affairs Salih Zeki Karaca and an accompanying delegation arrived in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) late on Sunday to hold contacts regarding the implementation of ''Economic Cooperation Protocol'' signed between Turkey and TRNC in January 1997.
Karaca said they will also sign an agreement to prepare the legal infrastructure of USD 80 million of Turkey's financial support's second bracket.
Pointing out that TRNC will take some measures to repay that loan, Karaca said, ''everybody knows these. We prepared a programme regarding the structural reform to make TRNC's economy be self-sufficient.''
Noting that Turkey will do its utmost to improve TRNC's economy, Salih Zeki Karaca said, ''we never take into consideration external influences. There is a legal government in northern part of Cyprus and we will do our utmost to improve TRNC's economy and we will achieve this.''
 TURKISH PRESS REVIEWThese are brief summaries of some of the leading stories in Turkey's press on December 15, 1997. Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
(Derived from Newsspot of Turkish Directorate of General Press and Information)
STRONG REACTION TO EU DECISION
Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz has made it clear that although Turkey will continue to move towards full membership in the EU, it will not be according to present conditions as specified by the EU especially in connection with Turkey. Yilmaz said over the weekend that Turkey will not attend a March EU conference because anyway Turkey rejected the conditions imposed against Turkey by the EU. Further, applications for membership in the EU will no longer top the agenda and will revert to the status of the 1963 Ankara Agreement. Thus the later application put forward by Turgut Ozal in 1987 will no longer be considered as effective.
Political dialogue will be vastly reduced. Turkey will not discuss matters like human rights, Cyprus and relations with Greece with the EU as a whole, but only on a one-to-one basis with other EU member countries should the situation arise. In line with this decision, the Customs Agreement to boost bilateral trade between Turkey and the EU will not be developed to previously planned potential levels.
As proposed by Turkey, integration with northern Cyprus will now be speeded up and a common defence policy will be developed. Although there will be sweeping changes in connection with NATO relations and in other areas, Ankara has not shut the door entirely. There will be a six-month cooling down period, during which Ankara will wait to see if the EU makes a new approach.
The EU anyway has not shut out Turkey. EU leaders have again declared that Turkey's membership is only a matter of time. But quite how the two sides will now reconcile differences is a matter of intense debate in the capital and will continue to be so for weeks to come. /All papers/
RUSSIAN PM CHERNOMYRDIN IN ANKARA
CEM TO BRUSSELS
TERRORISTS ATTACK FACTORY
TURCO-FRENCH JOINT INVESTMENT IN DIYARBAKIR
TURCO-IMF MEETING IN WASHINGTON
PM YILMAZ: GAP PLAYS HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE FOR TURKEY
POPULATION CENSUS RESULTS
 TURKEY-INTERNAL - CLOSURE CASE OF WELFARE PARTY - CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO CONTINUE DISCUSSING CLOSURE CASE OF RP ON TUESDAYANKARA, Dec 15, (A.A) - Constitutional Court will continue discussing the closure case of Welfare Party (RP) on Tuesday.
The Constitutional Court delegation had earlier decided to postpone the meeting in order to ''deepen the examination.''
The delegation can watch again the video-tapes and review the magazines or books which were brought by the defendant and the plaintiff if the delegation members wish to do so, after the delegation starts to read the report of the rapporteur. The delegation can decide to listen to the views of those people who have ''information and interest'' regarding the case.
Rapporteur Yusuf Ozturk had said in his report that the Welfare Party should be closed due to Articles 68-69 of the Constitution and also to the concerned articles of the Political Parties Code, but his opinions were not binding for the court.
Chief Prosecutor Vural Savas filed a case before the Constitutional Court on May 21 1997 and called for the closure of RP under Articles 68/4 and 69/6 of the Constitution. The concerned articles foresee the closure of a political party, if it becomes focus of all anti-secular activities.
 TURKEY-TERRORISM - CROSS-BORDER OPERATION - OPERATION STAGED AGAINST TERRORISTS WHO RUN AWAY TO CUDI MOUNTAIN FROM SINATH REGIONSIRNAK/SEMDINLI, Dec 15 (A.A) - A group of separatist terrorists fled away from Turkish Armed Forces' cross-border operation in Northern Iraq to Cudi Mountain, it was reported on Monday. Security forces staged further operations in that region to capture those terrorists.
Turkish Armed Forces destroyed separatist terrorist organization's Hakurk camp and the other camps located near Iranian border. Security forces encircled the terrorists in that region, preventing the entrance of logistic support into the region. All stores of the terrorists in that region were seized.
Meanwhile, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) radio said that nine terrorists were killed by KDP forces near Mangesh village.
The radio said early on Monday that separatist terrorists continue their attacks in border regions.
The radio said that separatist terrorists attacked to a civilian motor- vehicle near Baneka village in Northern Iraq, killing six Christian Kurds. It said that Peshmergas led by Barzani, staged an operation after the attack and killed nine terrorists.
 TURKEY-POPULATION - ISTANBUL, THE MOST CROWDED CITY OF TURKEYISTANBUL, Dec 15 (A.A) - Istanbul is still the most crowded city of Turkey, it is reported on Monday.
Istanbul, which constitutes a bridge between Asia and Europe, became again the biggest province of Turkey according to the data gained from the census held on November 30. The share of Istanbul's population in Turkey's population increased to 14,69 percent.
The population of Istanbul was approximately 700,000 in the first years of the Republic, now it reached 9,198,229 and it is even more than the sum of the other big cities' populations namely Ankara, Izmir and Bursa.
While the rate of population increase decreased generally in Turkey from 2, 17 percent to 1,47; the rate of population increase in Istanbul only decreased from 4,47 to 3,5.
The share of Istanbul's population in Turkey's population was 5,57 percent in 1950, it reached 13 percent in 1990s and 14,69 percent in 1997.
Experts told A.A correspondent that this increase is due to its fast development and migration to this city.
State Statistics Institute (DIE) data below shows the population of Turkey and Istanbul since the census held in 1950:
YEARS TURKEY'S ISTANBUL'S ISTANBUL/TURKEY POPULATION POPULATION RATE ---------- -------------- --------------- ----------------- 1950 20.947.188 1.166.477 5.57 1955 24.064.763 1.533.822 6.37 1960 27.754.820 1.882.092 6.78 1965 31.391.421 2.293.823 7.31 1970 35.605.176 3.019.032 8.48 1975 40.347.719 3.904.588 9.68 1980 44.736.957 4.741.890 10.60 1985 50.664.458 5.842.985 11.53 1990 56.473.035 7.196.753 12.74 1997 (*) 62.606.157 9.198.229 14.69 (*)= Temporary Data of 1997 Census
 TURKEY-NATO - FOREIGN MINISTER CEM LEAVES FOR BRUSSELSISTANBUL, Dec 15 (A.A) - Foreign Minister Ismail Cem left for Brussels on Monday to participate in Northern Atlantic Council meetings.
Foreign Ministry said in a written statement that the accession protocols of Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to NATO will be signed during NATO meetings.
Noting that the first meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission will be held in Brussels, the statement pointed out that Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council and NATO-Russian Permanent Partnership Council of Ministers meeting will be held on Wednesday.
The statement went on saying that the Turkish delegation which is headed by Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will proceed to Copengahen to participate in Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Council of Ministers meeting.
Foreign Minister Cem is expected to address OSCE Council of Ministers meeting and a declaration is expected to be published regarding the security model of the 21st century at the end of the meeting.
''During the meeting various decisions are expected to be taken concerning Norwegian term presidency in 1999, appointment to OSCE Special Representation of Media, improvement of OSCE humanitarian dimension meetings and finance of OSCE mission and projects,'' the statement added.
 TURKEY-EU - FM: ''IF EU DOES NOT CHANGE ITS APPROACH AND OPINION, NO PROGRESS CAN BE EXPECTED IN OUR RELATIONS''ANKARA, Dec 15 (A.A) - Foreign Ministry said on Monday that if European Union (EU) does not change its approach and opinion about Turkey, no progress can be expected between Turkey and EU.
Addressing a weekly press briefing to foreign press members, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan recalled that Turkey rejected the conditions which were put forward by EU, adding that ''we told EU everything that we could say.''
Responding to a question, Utkan pointed out that bilateral relations will continue with EU countries and at the moment Turkey does not think of imposing embargoes or other limitations concerning the purchase of aircrafts and other commercial issues with EU countries.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan added that Turkey does not ignore the possibility that a positive development can take place in the new EU term presidency.
 TURKEY-US - PRIME MINISTER YILMAZ'S VISIT TO USAANKARA, Dec 15 (A.A) - Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz will meet US President Bill Clinton during his working visit to US, it is reported on Monday.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Necati Utkan said in a press briefing that Prime Minister Yılmaz will meet US President Clinton on December 19 in White House.
Noting that this meeting will give an opportunity to confirm the friendly relations between Turkey and US, Utkan pointed out that the two leaders will take up improvement of cooperation in the fields which concern both countries and exchange views concerning regional and international issues.
Utkan added that Prime Minister Yılmaz will also meet Former US President George Bush, IMF Chairman and US State Secretary during his stay in US.
 TURKEY-RUSSIA - PRESIDENT DEMIREL RECEIVES RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER CHERNOMYRDIN - DEMIREL: ''TURKEY ATTRIBUTES IMPORTANCE TO ITS RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA''ANKARA, Dec 15 (A.A) - President Suleyman Demirel said on Monday that Turkey attributes importance to its relations with Russia and wishes to improve the friendship between the two countries.
President Demirel received Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, who is currently in Ankara for a two-day official visit.
Addressing a statement at the meeting, Demirel said that ''Turkey and Russia are the two important countries in the region.''
Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin in his part said that ''we have to develop our relations in a constructive way.''
Noting that Demirel is known as a ''very constructive leader'' in Russia, Chernomyrdin pointed out that Russia wishes to benefit from the experiences of both Turkey and President Demirel concerning economic and political reforms.
Russian Prime Minister Chernomyrdin will meet Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz the same day and they are expected to sign 10 agreements including the issues of pipelines, juridicial assistance and cooperation in the field of energy.
The Guest Prime Minister will also visit Parliament Speaker Hikmet Cetin and participate in the dinner hosted by Prime Minister Yılmaz.
Viktor Chernomyrdin will proceed to Istanbul on Tuesday morning and return to his country the same day.
 TURKEY IN BRIEF - DECEMBER 15, 1997ANKARA - Chief of General Staff General Ismail Hakki Karadayi on Monday left for Egypt to pay a 4-day official visit.
Gen. Karadayi will hold several contacts in Egypt as the official guest of Egyptian Chief of General Staff Gen. Mecdi Hatate.
KAYSERI - Turkish Zinc, Lead and Metal Industry and Trade Inc. (CINKUR), which is set up in central Kayseri province, realized 20 million dollars of exportation in last eleven months of this year, it was reported on Monday.
CINKUR General Director Hassan Khosroshahi told A.A correspondent that they managed to increase their production capacity to 37 thousand tonnes from 18 thousand tonnes by the revision studies they gave start last year, adding that they exported 43 percent of their total production.
Khosroshahi said that they exported 15 tonnes of zinc in return for USD 20 million to Japan, Bangladesh, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt, Italy, Greece, India, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Tanzania, Philippines and Vietnam during January-November 1997 period.
Khosroshahi finally said their target is to export 22 million dollars of zinc till the end of 1997.
ISTANBUL - Ukranian 26-businessmen delegation including representatives of biggest Ukranian companies on Tuesday will meet Turkish businessmen in Istanbul to discuss further cooperation and corporation opoortunities.
A seminar titled ''Turkey's exportation potential and general position'' will be given to Ukranian importers by Central Anatolia Exporters' Union (OAIB) within the framework of Foreign Trade Undersecretariat's ''Increase of Exportation Project''.
Ukranian delegation members will hold bilateral contacts with Turkish exporters during their visit to Turkey.
Ukranian importers will leave Turkey on December 18.
ISTANBUL - The ''First Istanbul Display of World Underwater Films'', which was organized by Turkish Deniztemiz Association, will take place in Galatasaray High-School in Istanbul between December 20-21, it was reported on Monday.
Daniel Mercier, Pierre Coton and Andre Laban will participate in the display as guests.
ANKARA - State Minister Mehmet Batalli, who is in Ethiopia on an official visit, continues his contacts in that country, it was reported on Monday.
Foreign Trade Undersecretariat said in a written statement that the delegation led by State Minister Batalli continues to hold contacts with high-ranking officials in Ethiopia where they left for on December 12.
 TRNC-EU - TRNC PRESIDENT DENKTAS: ''INTERCOMMUNAL TALKS HAVE BEEN KILLED, THERE IS NO FEDERATION AT THE AGENDA TODAY''LEFKOSA, Dec 15 (A.A) - President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas said on Monday that the idea of federation is no more at the agenda after the decision of European Union (EU) to start full membership negotiations with the Greek Cypriot side, adding that ''intercommunal talks have been killed.''
Noting that TRNC will not hold contacts with the United Nations (UN) regarding the intercommunal talks between the two sides in Cyprus, TRNC President Denktas said that ''EU Representative to Cyprus Jilles Anouil's mission has ended in TRNC.''
President Denktas and Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu held a meeting and evaluated the decision taken in EU summit regarding Cyprus.
Addressing a statement after the meeting, Denktas stated that
''The Greek Cypriot side tries to claim responsibility over Cyprus by ignoring the rights of Turkey. There are two states in Cyprus and they have to set up good neighbourhood relations and respect each other's rights, so that they can open the way for re-unificiaton.''
Responding to a question, TRNC President Denktas pointed out that ''those who accept our state will come and meet us, and it is just a waste of time to meet those who do not recognize our state.''
TRNC President stressed that the government will prepare a protocol within this framework which regulates all kinds of issues between the two sides in Cyprus.
Rauf Denktas said that he sent a letter to UN Secretary General's Special Consultant to Cyprus Diego Cordovez regarding this issue.
TRNC Prime Minister Eroglu in his part said that ''negotiations regarding Cyprus question will be based on two states from now on.
The details will be declared within 3-5 days.''
 TURKEY-EU - EU COMMISSION: ''TURKEY SHOULD REVIEW ITS DECISION''BRUSSELS, Dec 15 (A.A) - The officials of European Union (EU) Commission called Turkey on Monday to review its decision regarding its relations with EU.
EU Commission Speaker said that ''we have taken the first and unfortunately negative reactions from Turkey. If Turkey reviews its decision, it will recognize that the EU decision includes concrete steps about Turkey's full membership in the future.''
Noting that the conditions which are put forward for Turkey are also same for other candidate states, the spokesman added that EU determined a strategy which is convenient for Turkish-EU relations.
''EU Commission attributes great importance to its dialogue with Turkey and hopes that this dialogue will continue after Turkey reviews its decision. We note that Turkey continues its will for incorporation in the EU and we welcome this part of the statement,'' said the spokesman.
Responding to a question, spokesman added that ''EU said that it will start full membership negotiations. The chance which is given to Turkey is very important and it should not be wasted.''
Noting that negotiations with Cyprus will begin, but it will take a long time, the spokesman added that ''we attribute great importance to participation of Turkish community in these negotiations, as this is to their benefit.''
''Everybody knows that European Conference will be formed and the participation of Turkey is necessary,'' said EU Commission spokesman.
 TURKEY-RUSSIA - PRIME MINISTER YILMAZ MEETS RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER CHERNOMYRDINANKARA, Dec 15 (A.A) - Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz met on Monday Russian Prime Mnister Viktor Chernomyrdin, who is paying a two-day official visit to Turkey.
Interdelegationary meetings between the two countries started, following a tete-a-tete meeting between two prime ministers.
Prime Minister Yılmaz and Russian Prime Minister Chernomyrdin are expected to issue statements after the signature ceremony.
Officials of Russian Embassy in Ankara said that the two countries will sign 20 billion dollars of natural gas agreement and a cooperation agreement in the field of energy, adding that Eximbank and Russian Foreign Economy Bank will also sign three agreements regarding investments which will be made in various regions of Russia.
Turkey and Russia will sign other agreements on prevention of double taxation, encouragement of investments and cooperation agreements in the field of commerce, economics, science, technology and industry.
Russian sources added that Turkey and Russia will sign memorandums on juridicial assistance and high technology.
 TURKEY IN BRIEF (2) - DECEMBER 15, 1997ANKARA - Deputy Prime Minister and National Defense Minister Ismet Sezgin on Monday received Romanian Defense Minister Victor Babiuc.
Romanian Defense Minister Babiuc, who is in Turkey on an official visit, and the accompanying delegation's meeting with Sezgin lasted for nearly one hour.
ANKARA - President Suleyman Demirel on Monday received Ecuadorian Acredited Ambassador to Turkey Marcelo Fernandez De Cordoba, who is living in Rome, at Presidential House in Cankaya district in Ankara.
Ambassador Marcelo Fernandez De Cordoba presented his credentials to President Demirel in the meeting.
ANKARA - Turkish-Macedonian Interparliamentary Friendship Group's Macedonian members, who came to Turkey as the official guests of Turkish Parliament, on Monday visited Foreign Affairs Commission.
Macedonian delegation members met Commission Chairman Murat Karayalcin and other commission members.
ANKARA - The cooperation between Turkish Exportation Development Center (IGEME) and Moroccan Exportation Development Center (CMPE) has been further improved in recent years, it was reported on Monday.
Two institutions' experts continue to make market-researches within the framework of cooperation agreement between IGEME and CMPE.
IGEME stated that one expert from CMPE will come to Turkey to make several observations in Ankara and Istanbul between December 15-20.
It stated that Turkey's importation from Morocco was USD 80 million and exportation to that country was USD 50 million in 1996.
 TURKEY-EU - PRIME MINISTER YILMAZ ADDRESSES TO NEW YORK TIMES: ''EUROPE CONSTRUCTED A NEW BERLIN WALL''NEW YORK, Dec 15 (A.A) - Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz said on Monday that ''Europe has constructed a new Berlin wall in respect of culture.''
Addressing a statement to New York Times, Prime Minister Yılmaz said that ''even if we fulfil all conditions that have been put forward by European Union, (EU) we understood that the attitute regarding our membership will not change.''
Noting that ''Europe clearly implements a discriminatory attitute against Turkey,'' Prime Minister Yılmaz pointed out that ''the reasons that are put forward by EU do not reflect the real reason, which is obviously religious discrimination.''
Yılmaz stressed that EU shows an unacceptable attitute regarding the Cyprus issue and Turkish-Greek relations, adding that ''EU will be the one which will be responsible for the negative developments in Cyprus from now on.''
 TURKEY-TERRORISM - LANDMINE EXPLOSION IN DARGECIT - 12 PEOPLE DIE, 12 OTHERS WOUNDEDDARGECIT, Dec 15 (A.A) - Twelve people died and twelve were injured when a village-minibus hit a land-mine near Temelli village in Dargecit township of southeastern Mardin province, it was reported on Monday.
The minibus, which was carrying passangers between Yoncali-Karabayir and Temelli villages in Dargecit township, hit a mine believed to have earlier planted by separatist terrorists.
Twelve people including one child and one woman died and twelve were wounded in the explosion. The wounded passangers were taken under medical treatment in Mardin, Midyat and Diyarbakir State Hospitals.
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