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25 DEC 1997
 TURKEY-PRESS SCANThese are some of the leading stories in Turkey's press on Dec 25, 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)''WE HAVEN'T SEEN SUCH A LOVE''
Editor of Time Magazine Walter Isaacson told the US ABC Tv that ''We have understood who Ataturk is for Turkish people. We have not seen such a love.''
EIGHT BILLION DOLLAR SUPPORT TO EXPORTATION
MİLLİYET (LIBERAL)REFORM FAILED UTTERLY
Finance Minister Temizel: ''I hope outcomes of Tax Law will be reached in the year 2000.'' Temizel does not hide his disappointment related with tax reform.
SABAH (LIBERAL)GOVERNMENT GIVES UP THE IDEA ''THERE WILL NOT BE PRICE INCREASES FOR SIX
State Minister Taner said ''Increase of stock exchanges will be reflected in the prices.''
SUPPORT FROM GREECE AND IRAN TO PKK
CUMHURİYET (LEFT)INTERIOR MINISTER SAYS EDIRNE MASSACRE INVESTIGATED MULTI-LATERALLY
Prime Ministry Inspection Committee deepened Susurluk investigation and called for information from Security Department and National Intelligence Organization about six people killed in TEM motorway.
DENKTAS: ''EU TOOK THE BURDEN FROM OUR BACK''
TÜRKİYE (RIGHT) YILMAZ DUE TO ASKHABAD ON FRIDAY
RADİKAL (LEFT) ''ELECTION'' UNDERSTOOD FROM THE SITUATION
ANKARA: ''GREECE SHOULD CONDEMN PKK TERRORISM BY GIVING NAME''
ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)SCHOOLS WHICH ARE PRIDE OF TURKEY
Private Turkish schools acting in countries which Turkish people heard their names very rarely became the pride of those countries and Turkey with their success.
YENİ YÜZYIL (LIBERAL)FUNDAMENTALIST MONEY WILL BE PREVENTED
Government began to take measures upon the decision of National Security Council (NSC) to prevent fundamentalist money. Discrimination will end for Private finance organizations which collect money under the name ''money without interest.''
FOREIGN MINISTRY EXPLODES TO ATHENS
FİNANSAL FORUM (ECONOMY)IT IS SOCIAL SECURITY'S TIME AFTER THE BUDGET
Minister Celebi said the government was resolved to implement 1998 program, adding that draft resolutions of Social Security Reform and Tax reform will be sent to parliament after the confirmation of the budget.
 TURKEY-POLITICS - PREPARATION COMMISSION DECIDES TO LIFT THE IMMUNITY OF RIZE DEPUTY SEVKI YILMAZANKARA, Dec 25 (A.A) - Preparation Commission Wednesday decided to lift the immunity of Rize Deputy Sevki Yilmaz who resigned from Welfare Party (RP) and became an Independent Deputy.
The Commission, headed by Republican Peoples Party (CHP) Mugla Deputy Zeki Cakiroglu, investigated six separate files about Sevki Yilmaz. The Commission then decided to lift the immunity of Yilmaz due to five files, opening the way for Yılmaz to be judged in the court. The commmission also decided to postpone the lifting of immunity about the sixth file.
The decision about Yilmaz will be taken up in Parliamentary General Assembly after being discussed in Joint Commission.
Yilmaz's immunity will be lifted due to the accusations about insult to military powers of the state, government and Parliament and counterfeiting in official document.
The Commission also investigated two files about Sanliurfa deputy Ibrahim Halil Celik who resigned from Welfare Party (RP) and became an Independent deputy.
 TURKEY-VATICAN - POPE DUE TO TURKEY FOR PILGRIMAGE - TOURISM MINISTER GURDAL: - ''POPE INFORMED US THAT HE WELCOMED OUR OFFICIAL INVITATION THROUGH TURKISH AMBASSADOR TO VATICAN AND HE WILL COME TO TURKEY FOR PILGRIMAGE''ANKARA, Dec 25 (A.A) - Tourism Minister Ibrahim Gurdal on Wednesday said, ''Pope Jean Paul II informed us that he welcomed our official invitation through Turkish Ambassador to Vatican Altan Guven and he will come to Turkey for pilgrimage.''
Stressing the considerable improvement in the ''Anatolia 2000'' project, Gürdal said ''Pope showed a sensible approach to our willingness to host Christian world in Turkey on grounds of Jesus Christ's 2000th birthday anniversary and said that he will perform the rites of pilgrimage in Turkey. This is a very important and pleasant development for us,'' he said.
Pointing out that Pope's decision will have a positive effect over Christian world, Gurdal said that he expects lots of Christian people to be pilgrim in Turkey in the year 2000.
There are several important historical and religious Christian sites in Turkey like St. Paul Church in Tarsus, the place where St. Paul lived; Holy Virgin House in Ephesus; St. Pierre Church in Antakya, and St. Paul Church in Isparta-Yalvac, the place where St. Paul performed his first sermon.
 TURKISH PRESS REVIEWThese are brief summaries of some of the leading stories in Turkey's press on December 25, 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)
YILMAZ TO VISIT TURKMENISTAN
ISMET INONU COMMEMORATED
REPORTS OF GREEK AND IRANIAN SUPPORT FOR PKK
TURKISH-ISRAELI MILITARY COOPERATION
ANKARA'S METRO OPENS ON SUNDAY
NORTHERN WATCH MANDATE TO BE EXTENDED FOR SIX MONTHS
'SCHENGEN FORMULA FOR TURKS' TO BE HANDLED AT JAN.15 EU MEETING
EXIMBANK PLANS 500 MLN MARK BOND ISSUE IN 1998
''WE HAVE NEVER WITNESSED SUCH LOVE''
EGYPT AND JORDAN INVITED TO ''RELIANT MERMAID'' MANEUVRES
 TURKEY-EXPORTATION - GAP REGION REALIZES USD 348 MILLION OF EXPORTATION TO MIDDLE EAST COUNTRIES IN FIRST 11 MONTHS OF 1997GAZIANTEP, Dec 25 (A.A) - Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) region's agricultural and animal goods exportation to Middle East countries during January-November 1997 period increased 66,4 percent to 348 million dollar compared to same period last year, it was reported on Thursday.
That exportation was USD 209.2 million in the same period last year.
Southeastern Anatolia Exporters' Union officials told A.A correspondent that they exported USD 44.5 million of live-stock, USD 231 million of cereals, USD 4.7 million of dried fruits and USD 67.6 million of textile products to Middle East countries in first eleven months of this year.
Officials said exportation to Iraq rose 119 percent to USD 228 million; exportation to Syria increased 67 percent to USD 57 million while exportation to Saudi Arabia decreased 23 percent to USD 29.1 million during January-November 1997 period compared to same period last year.
Officials said GAP region exported especially red lentil, vegetable liquid oil, biscuit, cake, chocalate, candied fruits, navy beans, synthetical yarn, cotton thread, pinenuts, plastic sack, green pistachio, sheep, olive oil, chick-pea, dried apricot, carpet, macaroni and sugar to Middle East countries.
 TURKEY-INTERNAL - COAL MINE COLLAPSES IN BARTIN - 4 MINE WORKERS WHO WERE TRAPPED UNDER DEBRIS RESCUEDBARTIN, Dec 25 (A.A) - Private sector's coal mine in Yenikoy region in Kurucasile township of Bartin province collapsed on early Thursday.
Four mine workers Rifat Gul (aged 19), Ilker Gul (aged 16), Huseyin Gul (aged 19) and Erhan Akdogan (aged 22), who were trapped beneath the debris, were rescued after three and half an hour-rescue studies.
The owner of the coal mine Muhittin Gul said the central ornament of the mine-heading's ceiling collapsed due to torrential rain on early Thursday.
The rescued mine workers were taken under medical treatment in Kurucasile Hospital.
 CYPRUS - CUSTODY PERIOD OF GREEK SALESMAN SPIROS LILLES WHO VIOLATED TRNC MILITARY ZONE EXTENDED BY 8 DAYSLEFKOSA, Dec 25 (A.A) - The custody-period of Greek salesman Spiros Lilles (aged 24), who was detained by Turkish Cypriot forces when he illegally entered and violated Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) military zone in Lefkosa on December 21, was extended by eight days, it was reported on Thursday.
Police had requested an additional time to finalize the investigation into the case of Lilles.
Thus Ilker Sertbay, a judge of Military Court, ruled to extend Spiros Lilles's three-day custody period by eight days.
After the investigation, Spiros Lilles will be judged by Military Court.
 TURKEY-EXPORTATION - DAIB EXECUTIVE BOARD CHAIRMAN OKUR: ''OUR EXPORTATION THIS YEAR ROSE BY 45 PERCENT COMPARED TO LAST YEAR''ERZURUM, Dec 25 (A.A) - Eastern Anatolia Exporters' Union (DAIB) Executive Board Chairman Ismail Okur said on Thursday that exportation from that region this year increased 45 percent to 330 million dollar from 230 million dollar in 1996.
Okur told A.A correspondent that the number of importing countries this year increased to 52 from 45 in 1996.
Stating that they exported various goods to especially Russia, Georgia and Ukraine, Okur said, ''our target is to increase our exportation to 500 million dollar next year and one billion dollar in the year 2000.''
Okur said that nearly 2,500 different products are exported from the region.
 TURKEY-ECONOMY - CENTRAL BANK'S FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES REDUCE TO 18.6 BILLION DOLLARANKARA, Dec 25 (A.A) - Central Bank's foreign exchange reserves dropped to 18.6 billion dollar between December 12-19, it was reported on Thursday.
Foreign exchange reserves decreased 64 million dollar to 18.6 billion dollar on December 19 from 18.7 billion dollar on December 12, according to Cenral Bank's statistics.
Meanwhile, Turkey's international reserves decreased 27 million dollar to 29.7 billion dollar on November 28, according to December 5-based statistics.
International reserves were constituted of USD 1.4 billion of gold, USD 19.3 billion of Central Bank's foreign exchange reserves and USD 9 billion of commercial banks' foreign exchange reserves, according to December 5- based statistics.
 TURKEY-ECONOMY - TOTAL AMOUNT OF STATE DOMESTIC DEBT INSTRUMENTS IN BANKS REDUCES BY 7,9 TRILLION LIRA BETWEEN NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 5 - BANKS' REPURCHASE TRANSACTIONS RISE BY 71.9 TRILLION LIRAANKARA, Dec 25 (A.A) - The total amount of ''State Domestic Debt Instruments'' in banks reduced by 7.9 trillion lira between November November 28-December 5, 1997, it was reported on Thursday.
Central Bank officials told A.A correspondent that the state domestic debt instruments decreased 7.9 trillion lira to 1,731 trillion lira on December 5 from 1,739 trillion lira on November 28, 1997.
Officials said that the state bonds in banks reduced 23.7 trillion lira to 973.9 trillion lira on December 5 from 997.6 trillion lira on November 28.
In the same period, the treasury bonds in banks increased 16.1 trillion lira to 757.1 trillion lira on December 5 from 741 trillion lira on November 28, 1997.
Meanwhile, banks' repurchase transactions during November 28-December 5, 1997 period rose 71.9 trillion to 2,540 trillion lira from 2,468 trillion lira on November 28.
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